Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 23rd April 2018


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Lough Ree Golfing Society

Our first outing of 2018 to County Longford Golf Club was a wonderful success, with one of the best and sunniest days of the year so far. We had quite a few new members on the day, and everyone who played really enjoyed themselves, with very impressive scores returned.

We thank County Longford GC for their help in organising the day and for having the course in such good condition.

Our next outing is to Mullingar Golf Club on Friday 25th of May, this is an excellent course and we hope to see you all there.

The results are: 1st Martin Mc Allister 41pts, 2nd Timmy Glynn 40pts and 3rd Alan Farrell 36pts. The front nine was won by Tony Gavigan 20 pts and the back nine went to John Jordan with 20pts. Nearest the pin was Michael Healy. The ladies’ prizes were won by Bernie Taylor and Ronnie Clarke.

On a sadder note Lough Ree Golfing Society wish to offer sympathy to Pat Mullen and Noel Connaughton’s families on the passing of Pat and Noel since our last outing. Pat played with great enthusiasm and enjoyed the craic immensely. Prizes never bothered him. And Noel was President of the Society and travelled from his home in Thurles to all the outings, showing his commitment to the Society. Both members were stalwarts of the Society in its formative years.

Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anamacha dilse.

Lanesborough Community Games Track & Field Day:

Lanesborough Community Games Annual Track and Field Day will take place on the Track in Lanesboro, on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May starting at 11am (Registration from 10.45am onwards). All children from the parish of Lanesborough are welcome to participate.

Events are open for Girls\Boys from U8 up to U16. We would encourage all parents to encourage their children to participate.

To make sure the day is a success, we would encourage as many parents as possible to assist on the day in whatever capacity is possible. Please contact any of the Community Games committee, if interested: Ciara Myhill 0860290410, Padraig O’Dowd 0868147000, Donal Hogan 0878069490, Barry Hogan 0866007109.

Blood Pressure Check

The Blood Pressure check will take place every Friday in St. Mary’s Parish Hall from 11.30am to 12.30pm while there is demand for it. The check will be carried out by Senior Registered Nurse. This is your opportunity to avail of this great and free service.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Teresa and Joe Mc Grath and family Derrygeel on the death Mary Teresa’s mother Mrs Elizabeth Kelly, Scramogue on Friday last 19th April.

Sign of the Summer

Tuesday 8th May sees the first race meeting of the racing season at Roscommon Racecourse. Roscommon is hugely popular with locals and it is always a sign that the summer is on it way when you hear of the first race meeting at Roscommon. It always brings great excitement in the community and let us hope that they have a long and rewarding season ahead.


The news of the death at his residence in Clonfower on Tuesday last 17th of Hugh Keane came as a big shock to us all. Hugh, a native of Ballinalee moved to Lanesboro where he lived with his late wife Carol (Connerton) who predeceased him a number of years back. Hugh was a man with a great interest in the Labour movement and the right of the working man. He was a reputed to be an excellent negotiator.  Hugh worked with Bord na Mona until his retirement.  During his time on Bord na Mona he was a leading member of the Union and fought for the rights of his co-workers. Hugh was an accomplished singer and following his retirement he released a CD of his music. He had a group on the road and they were very popular throughout the West. Hugh was also the Chairman of the Lough Ree Angling Hub for a number of years. He continued highlighted the on-going plight of the Asian Clams in the hot water stretch and the need for the regeneration of this once famous water stretch. Hugh will be sadly missed by throughout the community and wider area. His remains reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Wednesday before the removal of his remains to St. Mary’s Church. Following his Requiem Mass on Thursday he was laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery. To his son Padraig, daughter in law Maria, grand daughters Chloe and Nicole, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Monster meeting Thursday week

Thursday night 3rd May the organising committee of the Lough Ree Monster Festival will meet in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro at 9.15pm. The committee is always looking for new ways of creating new and innovative ways of making the Festival unique and inclusive for all.

The group are always looking for new people, new ideas, and new people to make the Lough Ree Monster Festival bigger and better than anything gone before. Please do come along, we invite people from the parishes of Rathcline, Cashel, Killashee, Clondra, Kenagh, Kilgefin, Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Share your idea and develop it into something special.

Lough Ree Angling Hub

Our Office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and our contact phone number for the competition is – 00 353 (0) 43 332 1734 or see our Facebook page Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub or email us


We would like to extend our sympathy to the Donlon family, Clonfower and Thureen and the extended Donlon family late of Killinure on the death of Tom Skelly, Newtowncashel on Monday 16th April.

Fleadh Cheoil Longfoirt

Fleadh Cheoil Longfoirt will, for the first time, be held in Newtownforbes on 27, 28 and 29 April.  The main competitions take place on Sunday 29th in Scoil Mhuire NS Newtownforbes.  Competitions in the céilí bands, grúpaí cheoil, rince ar an sean nós, rince Céilí and Seit will be held on Saturday 28th April while the Comhrá Gaeilge, scéalaiocht and storytelling will start the weekend off on the Friday evening at 4.30pm.  A detailed programme of events will be published in the Longford Leader in due course.  Any further enquiries please contact

A sincere thank you to everybody who contributed so generously to this worth cause.

Championship Success

St. Faithleach’s added to their first-round victory of last week with another victory in round 2 of the Roscommon senior Championship. This victory leaves them in a strong position when the championship recommences following Roscommon’s run in the championship. Well done lads.

Our Library this Week

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet Group continues every Monday 2-4pm.  All Welcome!
Lasraí Writers Group
‘Poetry and Music Hour’ will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 14th May from 4.15 to 5.30pm.  Come along and share a favourite poem or song!
The group is looking forward to seeing you there and meeting new people interested in poetry and music and song.
ESOL Class
ESOL Class continues every Tuesday at 7pm.
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
A Parent & Toddler Group for parents/carers with children aged 0-4 years will continue every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.
Come & meet a friend or make a new one over a cuppa, read a story to the children while they discover new toys and interact socially.  All welcome!
Book Club
Book Club continues on Friday morning 27th April at 11am.
All welcome to come along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa!
Revised Opening Hours
Monday 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wed & Fri 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm,
Sat 10am – 1pm.
Foreign Currency & Used Stamps
We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of ISPCC. The smallest donation can make a huge difference.
We also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.
Library membership is free for everyone and provides you with complimentary access to books and p.c.’s in the library as well as a range of digital services.
Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers with your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website<>
Learn a new language online with Mango (over 71 languages available) or learn a new skill with Universal Class which offers over 400 free online courses.
Call to the library for your free library card & pin or further information.

Tourism Co-Op Draw €11,600

Last Tuesday 17th April the Lough Ree Tourism Co-Op held their weekly lottery draw for a jackpot of €11,400. The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 14, and 29. There was no winner of the jackpot and the roll-over for this week stands at €11,600. The winner of the €50 prize was Lucasz & Margaret c/o SuperValu, the three €20 prizes were won by Fiona c/o Mags, Hughie, Smyth, Main street and Liam Connerton, Lanesboro. The co-op really appreciates your continued support.


The winning ticket drawn in Adie’s Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the names of Theresa and Noel Collins, Barnacor. The winning envelope was worth €271 to David.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that buy the one-year ticket.

Your support is much appreciated.

Tea Day

The Longford Branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will host their annual tea day on Thursday 3rd May from 10.00am to1.00pm in their office at Number 2, Earl Street, Longford All monies raised will help to maintain vital services throughout County Longford. Any support will be greatly appreciated, and everyone is welcome.

Darkness into Light

Longford will be hosting our fifth Darkness into Light Walk on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 4:15am to raise much needed funds for Pieta House.

Anyone who would like to participate can do so online at  The walk will take place in over 180 venues on 4 continents.

We are going cashless this year, so all registrations must be online, and t-shirts are posted to walkers directly.

We will be hosting community engagement events in Longford Shopping Center on Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st May to assist with registrations.

Please see our Facebook page for updates: Darkness into Light Longford

Rathcline GAA

League: Sunday was a good day for both the panel and team management when they got their first points in the league with a battling win over Kenagh. The team has great potential and with up to eight players absent a full squad will strengthen us greatly. The present combination of your and established players is gelling in very well and we look forward to manty successful days ahead.

Semi-Final: The U20 semi-final against Kenagh/Legan Sarsfelds took place in Cashel on Friday night last. It was a high scoring and free flowing game keeping the attendance entertained right up to the final whistle. Fortunately, we emerged as winners on a scoreline of 3-15 to 3-13. We now go forward to the final where we will meet the winners of the Carrickedmond/Northern Gaels semi final.

Galway Races:  The club has confirmed the club’s annual Race Day for Monday 30th July. This is a jewel in the club’s activities each year with the day being very special for all. With limited places available the club would advise early booking for this magnificent day. Tickets cost €120 per person and it is real value for money for all you receive on the day

Rolling Stones Draw:

In what, without doubt, will be the Concert of the Year in Croke Park, The Rolling Stones will roll back the years and perform a wonderful concert on Thursday 17th May.

Rathcline GAA have a very special draw taking place for that concert where for €2 only you could be the winner of the draw for those 2 most valuable tickets in the luxury Premium Stand.

The draw will take place on Saturday 12th May in Clarke’s Bar and make sure you have your tickets in this draw. Tickets are on sale in all shop, bars and from committee members.


The winning ticket drawn in Adie’s Bar for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the names of Theresa and Noel Collins, Barnacor. The winning envelope was worth €271 to David.

Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each. Alternatively, you can by the pink ticket for the year for just €100 and have 2 free weeks. The club would like to thank everyone that continues to support the draw on a weekly basis and the many people that buy the one-year ticket.

Your support is much appreciated.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Evening Out: The date has been set for the upcoming Minor Club’s night of entertainment in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. There will be great variety on the night built around a hilarious comedy sketch. The sketch is loosely based on the Fr. Ted theme and it is an evening not to be missed. The date has been set for Saturday 2nd June. Bookings and ticket sales can be obtained at O’Brien’s or from Alan Fayne, Sean Kenny, Seadna Ryan.

Under 15’s

We were very unlucky not to have two Leinster titles in our club. Our U15 team reached their final where they met St. Colmcille’s, Meath and after a titanic hour of football we lost out by 2 points. It was a wonderful achievement for our players to be representing us in a Leinster final and we are rightly proud of the panel and the management. The panel was Aaron Oates, Diarmuid Conlon, Eoin Farrell, Eoin Kinlan, Gary Hand, Jason Mc Dermott, Matthew Hawes, Rory Maguire, Ryan Casey, Tadgh Nerney, Harvey Myhill, Kevin Tansey, Óisin Kenny, Duileach Ryan, Shane Killian, Cian Farrell, Cormac Casey, Cillian Cox, Jamie Hagan, Aaron Kenny, Niall Chawke and Callum Gordan.

Sympathy: The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to Mary Teresa and Joe Mc Grath, Conor, Sean and Éanna on the death of Mary Teresa’s mother last week. The club also extends sympathy to Padraig and Maria Keane and family and the Connerton family on the death of Hugh Keane.

Cúl Camps

As we build up to the summer and our program of 13 Cúl Camps over 7 weeks between July 2nd and August 14th we are now looking for Coaches to assist in the roll out of this program.
We promote these positions as best we can through our website, Facebook and Twitter but as a secretary within your Club you have a far greater reach to potentially interested people so can you please promote within all your Club communications that we are hiring coaches for summer work and all details on how to apply can be got by following the below link,

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp Coaches Wanted<>
Longford/Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps 2018 Longford GAA Coaching & Games aims to promote Gaelic Games within the Clubs of our County by providing quality coaching in a safe and fun environment for all boys and girls.

St. Faithleach’s

Senior Championship: Round two of the championship took place on Sunday afternoon in Strokestown. Result St. Faithleach’s 0-14Castlerea 0-13.  Team: Michael O’Donnell, Karl Nerney, Stephen Ormsby, Daniel Foley (0-1), David Harrison, Adrian Murtagh, Connell Kennelly (0-1), Cathal Gunn, David Rooney (0-1), Jonathon Hussey (0-1), Brian Murtagh, Darragh Hussey (0-1), Diarmuid Murtagh (0-6), Ciarán Murtagh (0-3), Aidan Dooney.

Substitution(s):  Colm Mangan & Darren Nerney.

Junior Ladies League: The ladies faced Oran on Sunday morning in the league. Result St. Faithleach’s 10-16 Oran 1-3. Team: Marie Kelly, Sarah Hoare, Aisling Ormsby, Jennifer Brennan, Keeley Byrne, Amy Curley, Niamh Scally, Rachel Banahan, Ellen Irwin, Kate McPhilips, Sarah Scally, Jillian Banahan, Emma Kenny, Aisling Lannon, Leona Hoare, Joan Geoghegan.

Junior Championship: The first round of the Junior A Championship takes place on Sunday 29th at 2pm in Kilglass against St. Ronan’s.

U16 Ladies Championship: Hard luck to our U16 Ladies who lost out on Sunday evening to Oran in the Championship semi-final. Panel: Amy Gallagher, Katie Rohan, Aoife Trimble, Orla Cox, Laura O’Donnell, Caroline Carroll, Maeve Hickey, Jodi Gibbons, Orla Irwin, Chloe Hussey, Sinead Hickey, Louise Costello, Rachael Donlon, Melissa Banahan, Sarah McCann, Aoife Parker, Melanie Banahan, Katie Murray, Keisha Carty, Megan Maher, Amy Casey. Result: Oran 7-6 St. Faithleach’s 3-5. Many thanks to the management team of Aisling Ormsby, Siobhan Ormsby and Patricia McCormack.

U16 Boys League: The boys play Kilglass Gael’s/St. Barry’s on Friday 27th in Ballyleague.

U14 Boys League: Having had a very narrow defeat to St. Dominic’s last Thursday evening, the U14 panel now play Tulsk on Sunday 29th at 11am in Ballyleague.

U12 Spring League: Our U12’s travelled to Enfield to play Croan’s on Saturday morning last. Result: Croan’s 0-14 Faithleach’s 0-14. Team: Sam Glennon, Darragh Creedon, Craig Glennon, Jamie Betts, Jack Casey, Eoin Cox, Joey Trimble, Nathan McCloat, David Cox, Jake Cox, Billy Murray.


If anyone is interested in doing umpire throughout the year could they please contact Brendan Healy on 0866054354. There is umpire training in Ballyhaunis GAA centre on Wednesday 25th April at 8pm.

Night at the Dog’s: St. Faithleach’s GAA host a “Night at the Dog’s” on Friday May 11th at Longford Greyhound Track. This promises to be a great evening’s entertainment for all the family, members, supporters and community. Tickets are available from any member of the senior team, and in most local retailers. Your support as always is appreciated.

Clothing Collection: A clothing collection will be held on Tuesday 5th June. All unwanted items of clothing, bed linen, shoes, hand bags, etc can be left in old dressing rooms on club grounds.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Peggy and Barney, second place Jimmy and Kevin, last game P.J. and Bridie.



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