Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th June 2018

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

 

Another Fabulous Weekend

Lanesboro and Ballyleague all weekend basked in blazing sunshine and attracted a huge number to the Banks of the Shannon right through the weekend – some even ventured in for a swim, went boating and kayaking and fishing.  The Commons North walkway was very busy right through the weekend. A number of tents appeared along the banks and it was tremendous to see so many people enjoying our amenities.

Added to all that, the Lough Ree Fishing Hub hosted the Lough Ree International Coarse Fishing Competition right through the weekend. The Shannon Gaels hosted the hilarious play Fr. Ted Comes to Town, to a packed house. The townsland of Fermoyle played host to the students from Notre Dame college that are presently studying in Dublin. This is an annual and a very special weekend for those American students in Fermoyle courtesy of Joan Killian Gallagher and her husband Chris Clarke.

The comment about our community from strangers throughout the past few weeks was all about the beautiful town we have on both sides of the bridge. There is no doubt that they are correct, and we must acknowledge that fact and strive to make it better and better as the weeks and months go ahead.

Monster Festival goes to the Dogs

The Lough Monster Festival will hold a Night at the Dogs in Longford Greyhound Track on Friday night 6th July. The committee is hoping for a great crowd on the night. Lanesboro has always brought a great crowd and excitement to Longford Greyhound track anytime there has been a night out.

Buster tickets for the Buster Race are on sale at €2 each and you have the chance of winning €300 if you have the correct finishing combination.

The committee is seeking support of businesses to sponsor races and to place advertisements in the race programme.

Midsummers Day with the Stars

The annual Midsummers day with the Stars will take place at Roscommon Racecourse on Sunday 24th June. Year on year this county music festival continues to grow and attracts an attendance from all parts of the country. It is a local festival and it is not too often we get talent such as those featuring so close to us and all on the one day. Featuring this year will be Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Mike Denver, Patrick Feeney, Declan Nerney, Philomena Begley, Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady and a host of other artists. The show will commence at 2pm and there will be free car parking. Admission is just €25, and tickets can be bought locally in O’Brien’s.

On Sunday night in the Abbey Hotel the Festival Dane will take place with Mike Denver and his Band will provide the music. Dancing from 9.30pm.

Championship Weekend

Next weekend will see the Longford team travel to Croke Park for the Leinster semi-final where they will take on Dublin for a place in the Leinster Final. This will be a repeat of the Longford and Dublin 50 years ago when Longford won and went on to win their only Leinster Senior Championship. Let us hope for a repeat of the famous result. Let us hope that there will be a huge Longford and Rathcline support in Croke Park to cheer on Longford. We wish Denis Connerton team manager, players Shane Donohoe, Liam Connerton, and Shane Kenny, goalkeeper coach Tommy Farrell and performance analyst Cian O’Brien the very best and remember David did slay Goliath. Good luck lads.

Death

Friday 25th May will long be remembered as one of the saddest in our community when news broke of the sudden death of one of our most loved residents Jimmy Nolan, Fermoyle.  Jimmy was predeceased by his wife Kitty. Jimmy worked for over 40 years with Massy Ferguson before retiring and working the family farm which he did with great diligence and pride. Jimmy had a wonderful personality, soft, warm and friendly. He was a deeply religious man and that is how he lived his life. Jimmy was a family man and took great interest in each generation. His warm and friendly manner will be sadly missed by everyone that was blessed to be in his company. Jimmy was a tremendous Rathcline parish man with a great interest and support for everything and everyone in the parish. There will be an emptiness in the hearts and minds of everyone that had the pleasure to know him. His memory will live on.

Jimmy’s remains reposed at the home of his son Timmy on Sunday until the removal of his remains to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. On Monday following his Funeral Mass he was laid to rest alongside his wife Kitty in Clonbonny cemetery. To his sons Timmy and James, daughters Mary and Cathriona, sister Kitty, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Silver Jubilee Celebration

Many congratulations to Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan who celebrates his Silver Jubilee as a priest for the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Fr Brendan will celebrate his Jubilee with a Mass in St. Mary’s Parish Church on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm. All are very welcome to come along.

Sympathy

Fr JP Farrell, formerly of Lehery Lane, Lehery, passed away in England on Saturday 19th May. Fr. JP spent his ministry on parish duties in England. He was a very nice, quiet and personable man. He will be sadly missed by all that had the pleasure to know him. His remains arrived at Dublin Airport on Friday last1st June before being removed to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro. Following his Funeral Mass on Saturday he was laid to rest in Rathcline Cemetery. To his brother, Michael, sister, Mary, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Honda 50 Run on Sunday

Do you own a Honda 50? Would you like to take part in the annual Honda 50 Run on Sunday next 10th June? The annual Honda 50 Run will commence from St. Mary’s parish Hall on this coming Sunday 10th June at 12.30pm. Registration will take place in the hall from 10.30am. This is always a great day traveling with fellow Honda 50 enthusiasts. For spectators it is always a sight to behold seeing the large number of bikes passing. Come along and have a very enjoyable day. For further details contact Jimmy 087-2289468

€12,200 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,100 jackpot and the jackpot will now rise to €12,200. The numbers drawn were 5, 8,10 and 24. The winner of the €50 prize was Katanzyna Kavanagh, Rathcline Road, and the three €20 winners were Mags c/o Mags Hair Salon, Kevin Murray, Derrygeel, The 2 Ds c/o SuperValu

Oh, what a night it was in St. Mary’s Parish hall on Saturday night last when the Shannon Gaels Minor club hosted Fr. Ted Come to Town. By the time of the curtain call tickets were at a premium. Word was out that this was something special and the rumour mill was not wrong as it proved to be an excellent night’s entertainment.

A special word must go to main sponsor Pat and Angie Deasy GreenLight and associate sponsor Seanie’s Shannon Grill. Lanesboro Hall committee for the use of the hall, Joe O’Flaherty as MC on the night, play directors Maura Tobin and Brendan Keane.  The committee received enormous help from Tom Gill, Gerry Shanley, Niall O’Donoghue, Pauric Farrell, Sean Moran, Lanesboro Community Development scheme and Martina O’Brien for selling the tickets.

The outstanding cast was Fr. Ted – Colin Fayne, Dougal – Niall Keane, Fr Jack – Paddy Fayne, Bishop Brennan – Ben Hussey, Fr. Stone Shane Kenny, Mrs. Doyle – Claire Costello, Fr Noel Furlong – Alan Fayne, Solicitor – Sarah Farrell, Tom – Oran Kenny, Terry Mc Namee – Dara Byrne, Nuns – Carmel Linnane and Sarah Crinigan, Mary and John – Madaleine Murray and Stephen Tobin and camera crew – Éanna Mc Grath and Callum Gordon

Well done to everyone on a wonderful night.

Wedding

The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday last 31st May of Patricia Brady daughter of peter and Sharon Brady Rathcline Road and Fintan Duffy son of Joe and Phyllis Duffy, Church View. Chief Bridesmaid was Tracy Reilly best friend of the bride, bridesmaids were Emma Duffy sister of the groom, Lisa Brady cousin of the bride and the fourth bridesmaid Erin Connell was unavoidably absence due to the birth of her baby on Thursday 30th.Bestman was Shane Kelly best friend of the groom, and Groomsmen were Gabriel Duffy brother of the groom, Darren Dunne friend of the groom and Michael Sorohan friend of the groom. Pageboy was Gavin Duffy son of Patricia and Fintan and Flower girl was Ava Donlon son of Tracy Reilly and Trevor Donlon. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel Athlone.

Death

The death took place on Thursday last 31st May of Eddie hedge, Rathcline. Eddie moved to the parish a few short years ago. He was a very quiet and friendly man and his absence in our community will be felt by those who knew him.

Eddies remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny Cemetery on Friday last. To his daughter, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Barbeque on Saturday next

Rathcline GAA are running the inaugural Summer BBQ Social in Clarkes Bar on Saturday evening next9th June 2018. Great evening’s entertainment guaranteed with food and refreshments and music planned. The club will complete the draw for the Taylor Swift and Michael Bublé Croke Park Concerts on the evening along with the presentation of photograph of the Intermediate Championship presentation night in February.

The club is hosting this event as a thank you to all its friends and supporters and they are encouraging everyone to come along and enjoy the company of friends and neighbours. There will be no charge for the BBQ and they look forward to seeing a huge crowd turning up on the evening for a truly Rathcline parish and club evening.

There are still tickets available for the forthcoming draw and the club is appealing to patrons to come and take tickets for sale. This bumper draw has five fantastic prizes which appeal to the masses including 2x Premium Stand Tickets to Taylor Swift (2 Concerts) and 2 Premium Stand tickets to Michael Bublé in Croke Park. For our GAA lovers, tickets for both the Leinster Hurling and Football finals are up for grabs. Tickets for this great draw cost only €5 each. All are welcome for what we hope will be a fantastic evening.

Annual Fundraiser

Ballymahon Friends of Crumlin will hold their annual fundraiser on Saturday 9th June. The crawl/walk/run will start at 12 noon sharp with registration starting from 11 am at Nally’s Spar Ballymahon. There is no registration fee, but donations are very welcome.
On the same night, they will be holding their monster raffle in Kiernan’s Bar Ballymahon starting at 10.30 pm with many amazing prizes on offer. Tickets are still available at €5 each or €10 for 3.  All are welcome on the night.

Keep an eye on the group’s Facebook page “Ballymahon Friends of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin” for updates.

Diary Date

The Blessing of Graves in the three graveyards in our parish will commence on Sunday 1st July in Rathcline, Lanesboro 8th July and Clonbonny 15th July. If you have family buried in any of the three cemeteries you are been given advanced notice to allow time to clean up your family grave.

It’s all happening in Lanesboro Library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet Group continues on Monday 11th June between 2 and 4pm.
Poetry & Music Group
‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue at Lanesboro Library on Monday 11th June from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.  All are welcome to come along and join in!
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
The group will continue every Wednesday morning at 10.30am. All welcome!
Cruinniú na nÓg – Saturday June 23rd
Cruinniú na nÓg aims to celebrate and encourage participation by children and young people in culture and creativity in their communities.
Upcoming events

The following events will take place in Lanesboro Library on Saturday June 23rd.
–          10am – Learn to create your own ‘Edible Garden’ with Mary Holmes
–          11am – Create a library character – window painting with Stephanie Hanlon of Hanlon Art Works.
Early booking is advised as places are limited.
Contact Stella on 043 332 1291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>
Book Club
Book Club will continue on Friday 29th June at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. All welcome!
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.
Membership
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 www.longfordlibrary.ie<http://www.longfordlibrary.ie/>

Learn a new language
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Seeking a qualification in Tourism with Business

Tourism with Business QQI Levels 5 & 6 are now accepting applicants for September 2018 entry. These courses award 390 CAO points and are eligible for both SUSI grants and Back to Education Allowance. With Center Parcs opening in County Longford and Fáilte Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands campaign, tourism is set to be one of the main employers in the region. Students who complete level 5 & 6 can gain direct entry into year 2 of degree programmes in Athlone Institute of Technology. With the rising cost of student accommodation, it makes sense to start your degree locally in Longford College of Further Education. For details contact hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie  or see our website to enrol on www.longfordcfe.com. Places limited.

50/50

The winning ticket drawn in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor. The winning envelope was worth €280 to Mary. We say heartiest congratulations to Pat and thank him for his support of our 50/50.

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.

Siamsa

An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from First Class to Sixth Class.  Further information and applications forms available by contacting 087-2642665.

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg

A one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 19th August. The bus will leave Kenagh at 6.40pm and its route will take it through Derryhaun, Ballyleague, Scramogue and Rooskey. For any enquiries you are asked to contact Mary at 043-3321969.

Events Guide

June Events Guide created by Longford Tourism can be found on

www.longfordcoco.ie/services/tourism/longford-events-guide.pdf

If you wish to submit your event or subscribe to a mailing list to receive this monthly Events Guide, please email dreilly@longfordcoco.ie

Rathcline GAA

Good Luck: we would like to wish Denis Connerton team manager, players Shane Donohoe, Liam Connerton, and Shane Kenny, goalkeeper coach Tommy Farrell and performance analyst Cian O’Brien and the Longford panel and management the very best of luck in the Leinster semi-final on Sunday. The semi-final against Dublin will take place as part of a semi-final double header in Croke Park and has a throw in time of 4pm.

We would encourage everyone to travel to Croke Park on Sunday to support Longford. It will be a special day and it will ba a very special day to be in Dublin supporting Longford in a Leinster semi-final for the first time in 30years.

Barbeque on Saturday next: We are running the inaugural Summer BBQ Social in Clarkes Bar on Saturday evening next9th June 2018. Great evening’s entertainment guaranteed with food and refreshments and music planned. The club will complete the draw for the Taylor Swift and Michael Bublé Croke Park Concerts on the evening along with the presentation of photograph of the Intermediate Championship presentation night in February.

The club is hosting this event as a thank you to all its friends and supporters and they are encouraging everyone to come along and enjoy the company of friends and neighbours. There will be no charge for the BBQ and they look forward to seeing a huge crowd turning up on the evening for a truly Rathcline parish and club evening.

There are still tickets available for the forthcoming draw and the club is appealing to patrons to come and take tickets for sale. This bumper draw has five fantastic prizes which appeal to the masses including 2x Premium Stand Tickets to Taylor Swift (2 Concerts) and 2 Premium Stand tickets to Michael Bublé in Croke Park. For our GAA lovers, tickets for both the Leinster Hurling and Football finals are up for grabs. Tickets for this great draw cost only €5 each. All are welcome for what we hope will be a fantastic evening.

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

Premium Ticket Monster Summer Draw: Rathcline have just launched a Summer Draw for 5 of the next big events in Croke Park. This is a fabulous draw with the opportunity to win Premium tickets for those major events. The prizes are 1st prize 2 Premium Stand tickets for the Taylor Swift concert on Friday 15th June, 2nd prize 2 Premium Stand tickets for the Taylor Swift concert on Saturday 16th June, 3rd prize 2 Premium Stand tickets for the Michael Bublé, 4th 2 Premium Stand tickets for the Leinster Football Final 24th June. 5th prize 2 Premium Stand tickets for the Leinster Hurling Final 1st July.

Tickets are priced at only €5 and the draw will take place this Saturday night next at the Barbeque in Slarke’s.

The draw will take place at a club night for the whole parish in Clarke’s Bar on Saturday 9th June. The night will include a Barbeque and music with all kicking off at 7pm.

50/50: The winning ticket drawn in Rosie’s at the Lifebelt for the Rathcline 50/50 was in the name of Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor. The winning envelope was worth €280 to Mary. We say heartiest congratulations to Pat and thank him for his support of our 50/50.

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

The Fr. Ted Come to Town play was a tremendous success for the club and we would like to thank everyone that made this great night possible. A very special thank you to Pat and Angie Deasy and their GreenLight company for being our main sponsors and The Shannon Grill for their sponsorship. The club would like to extend their thanks to Lanesboro Hall committee for the use of the hall, Joe O’Flaherty who was our MC on the night, play directors Maura Tobin and Brendan Keane.  The committee received enormous help from Tom Gill, Gerry Shanley, Niall O’Donoghue, Pauric Farrell, Sean Moran, Lanesboro Community Development scheme and Martina O’Brien for selling the tickets.

The outstanding cast was Fr. Ted – Colin Fayne, Dougal – Niall Keane, Fr Jack – Paddy Fayne, Bishop Brennan – Ben Hussey, Fr. Stone Shane Kenny, Mrs. Doyle – Claire Costello, Fr Noel Furlong – Alan Fayne, Solicitor – Sarah Farrell, Tom – Oran Kenny, Terry Mc Namee – Dara Byrne, Nuns – Carmel Linnane and Sarah Crinigan, Mary and John – Madaleine Murray and Stephen Tobin and camera crew – Éanna Mc Grath and Callum Gordon. The club would like to thank everyone that helped out in anyway in the run up to Saturday night and also all that turned up and helped on the night.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

County Cup: The rescheduled game between St. Faithleach’s and St. Dominic’s takes place on Friday evening 8th June in Ballyleague at 8:15pm.

Junior League: St. Faithleach’s play Castlerea on Sunday in O’Rourke Park at 2pm.

U16 Boys League Final: Hard luck to our U16 team and management who lost out by a point to Eire Og/Michael Glavey’s on Wed evening in the D3 final. Result: St. Faithleach’s 2-14 Eire Og/Michael Glavey’s 2-15. Team: Kevin McDonagh, David Kilcoyne, Eoin Kelly, Mark Cox, Aaron Glennon, John Pheilm O’Reilly, Richard Klava, Cian Glennon, Mark Silva, Jack Murray, Lee Kilcoyne, Jack Tucker, Connor Betts, Connor Gannon, Francis Dunne, Mikey O’Brien, Jason O’Connor.

U14 Girls League: The girls play St. Mary’s in the league semi-final on Tue 12th June.

Well done: To the Roscommon U20 panel and management and club rep Darren Nerney in their win over Sligo on Saturday, they now play Galway in the semi-final in Tuam on Saturday at 4pm.

Thanks: To all our members who volunteered their time on Sunday to steward, work in the shop, and generally help in many ways to ensure the smooth running of the Roscommon Community Games finals which were held on club grounds. Best of luck to all the qualifiers.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; joint first Mary and Kay, Jack and Brendan, second Peggy and Barney, last game Pat Joe and Tim.

 

 

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