Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th February 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

The Green

The photos are starting to come in and I would encourage anyone else that has photographs of the Green, and stories to contact me. I am looking for all photographs of all residents of the Green right up to the present day – just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie. If you do not have a family picture perhaps you can forward me individual pictures and the house number you live/d in. If you don’t have a photograph from your time on the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. I am also looking for photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and return them to you a minute later.

New Defibrillator Course

A new Defibrillator course will take place in the very near future and the organisers are urgently seeking many new people to take the opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators. As this is a down time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both sides of the bridge encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace, sporting events or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the defibrillator in not required hence the great need to have all area and events covered with people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien with your name and phone number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone 3321107, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Death

The parish was brought to a standstill when we learned of the death at her residence in Thureen of Mary Hurson, nee Farrell on Wednesday last 30th January. Everyone that knew Mary says that she was immediately recognisable with the warmest and friendliest smile. Mary would instantly light up any room such was the warmth of her personality. Mary was small in stature, but she was huge in everything she done. No task was to large or too small for her. She was recognised as a very hard worker and a wonderful and supportive neighbour and friend never leaving anyone stuck in their time of need. She was a caring wife and mother and wonderful family woman. Mary was ill for a long time, but such was the character of the woman that she never let it get the better of her or diminish her personality. Mary will be very sadly missed by all of us that had the pleasure to know her.

Mary’s remains reposed in Glennon’s Funeral Home on Thursday last. On Friday her remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church for her Funeral Mass which was followed by burial in Rathcline Cemetery. To her husband John, daughter Michelle, sons Paul and Alan, aunt Tess, relatives and many many friends   we extend our sincere sympathy.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparations for the Lanesborough/Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade has now commenced, and the Parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day 17th March commencing at St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse at 2.30pm sharp 9Starting time will not change).

Tickets for the raffle will be on sale throughout Lanesborough and Ballyleague in all businesses. Further details will follow in the next week

CES Vacancy
There is a community employment scheme vacancy available in the prize-winning village of Newtowncashel. 
Anyone who is interested please contact Tony Moran  between 9:00am and 1:00pm on 086 8146363 Monday to Friday. 

Church Gate Collection

The annual Lourdes Sick Pilgrimage fund collection will take place at all Masses next weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February. Down you’re the years your contributions have been most generous as the committee help people in communities to travel to Lourdes on the Ardagh Clonmacnois Pilgrimage. Many people in our parish have been fortunate to avail of the Pilgrimage through your generous contributions and we look once again towards your generosity.

Longford Horticulture Training

Longford Horticulture is a free Longford Westmeath Educational Training Board funded training course for people who wish to explore Horticultural work options and update or develop new skills. It is particularly suited to persons on Social Welfare Allowance with short or long term health difficulties or for early school leavers interested in acquiring a profession. For details contact Alan Garvey at National Learning Network 087-9065521

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Fitzsimons family, Rathcline and the Manifold family Donard, Co. Wicklow on the death of Olive Manifold, nee Fitzsimons, who passed away on Saturday last 2nd February.

Strokestown Further Education Centre

Places available on our QQI Accredited Course. Training available at Levels 3, 4 and 5, catering for all needs and abilities. This is free course available to those in receipt of a social welfare payment. Payment top up for under 26’s, travel and meal allowance and free childcare places available. Contact your Local Social Welfare Office or call Rachel at the Centre on 071 96 34935. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Bridge Information and Demonstrations

Bridge Demonstrations and information mornings in St Mary’s Hall on Friday next February 8th, starting at 10:30 am and continuing until 12:30 pm All age groups invited. Relax and enjoy a scone & tea. while learning the benefits of playing the game of bridge. If you want to improve your memory and concentration, this is one of the ways students improve their memory and parents find it has helped their children with their maths.  When travelling to other countries it is a great way to meet people make friends without knowing their language. If you need any further information, please phone 0864076462.

Rathcline GAA

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love to see you at the AGM or give your name to chairman Liam Connerton, Secretary Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie Farrell or Minor club  Chairman Alan Fayne, Secretary Seadna Ryan or Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

The AGM of the Rathcline club will take place in the clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday 15th February at 8pm.

Buy & Bake Sale 

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club will be having hosting a Buy & Bake Sale on Sunday, 03 March at St. Mary’s Parish Hall to raise much needed funds for the club.  Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated.

And Thank You

‘And thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. This is a production much sought after, and it was a very lucky thing that the Minor Club got their ‘spake’ in on time to ensure we would be fortunate enough to have it. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

The following is a synopsis of the play: A play about an ordinary man living in rural Ireland who gets saved… Saved from a life of pub talk and prophesising. King John O’Sullivan used to be able to drink fifteen pints without having to piddle, now, it’s every nine. Going to the Gents so often can wear a man out. The story is told by the Reverend Thaddaeus Clancy and O’Sullivan’s two sons, Larry O and Martin. The sons run the family shop while Daddy, the King of McKenna’s Bar makes up the rules. It’s a story of hard work and success and dangling. There’s bad driving and ice hockey and there’s falling down. When the ‘Divel’ starts to gnaw, the kingdom will fall.

Table Quiz

U.C.D. Student, Padraig Sorohan is organising a table quiz in Rosie’s on Friday 1st March at 9.30pm in aid of his upcoming trip to Haiti. Padraig plans to spend the month of July working in North West Haiti with a poverty-stricken community in an educational setting. All support would be very much appreciated.
Lough Ree AC

The Clonbonny Road Run took place on Sunday as usual, well done to the hardy souls who turned up in the cold to get a run in. Callum Farrell was the first man home in a very fast time well under 10 mins, but Kieran O’Dowd is still the fastest runner over the distance in recent weeks. Congratulations to Daragh Donlon who completed his 14th successive road run, a new record. We are just trying to finalise a date for our AGM which will take place before the end of the month. More details to follow.

Called Off

Due to the inclement weather the organisers of the Lanesboro Social Services Whist game due to take place on Friday night last was called off. The committee thanks you for your patience and looks forward to seeing you all and your card playing friends on Friday 1st March.

Dinner Dance

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th      February in the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40 for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm & Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once again.

As much as is possible could people intending to go have their tickets purchased by Sunday 10th February as the Longford Arms will need to have a number for meal servings.

Our Library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 11th February –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
6 week Art Course with Stephanie
Art Class no 5 continues in the Library on Monday evening 11th February at 6.30pm.
Contact the library on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie> if you are interested.
ESOL Class
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am.  Parents are welcome to bring their babies/toddlers along to socialise with other children, read books and play with the toys, jigsaws and Lego table.
Play 2Gether Programme for Parents & Toddlers
Starting soon at Lanesboro Library – contact Stella on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie> to book your place!
The aim of this 4 week programme is to encourage joint play between a parent and their toddler.  Activities will include soft ball games, movement to music and parachute games.  These activities will develop fundamental motor skills, spatial awareness, manipulative skills, co-ordination and balancing skills and develop a positive attitude to physical activity.  The programme will involve a trained and garda vetted sports tutor attending and leading a fun, physical activity session for 1 hour a week.  Brought to you by Longford Sports Partnership.
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  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.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Marie Victory, Roscommon c/o Bingo. The winning envelope this week was worth €315. Thanks to Marie for her continued support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you.

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws.

The club encourages your support for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so far.

€15,000 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now rise to reach and the jackpot has now reached its maximum of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 5, 12, 18 and 24. The winner of the €50 prize was Sean Connaughton, Curraghroe, and the three €20 winners were Michael Kelly, Abbeyshrule, Marie Casserley c/o Mags and Carmel & Ethna

The committee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

Please note that winners can collect their winning cheques in the Co-Op office only and will be available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm.

Shannon Gael Registration

Registration for the underage section of Rathcline GAA, Shannon Gaels will host their registration night for all players on Friday 8th February from 7 to 8pm. You are asked to remember that the registration is also your young man’s insurance and unregistered players cannot take part in games or training.

Ballyboro

Pride of place this week goes to the under 16 team who just got the better of Gaels United in a seven-goal thriller. Eoin Farrell snatched a dramatic winner in injury time with a well-placed header from a Rian Murphy corner. The other Ballyboro goals were scored by Kevin Tansey (2) and Jack Murray. Panel: Shane Killian, Chris O’Loughlin, Oisin Kenny, Eoin Farrell, Niall Fisher, Rian Murphy, Cormac Casey, Kevin Tansey, Daniel Hayden, Jack Murray, Duileach Ryan, Callum Gordon, Matthew Heneghan. 
The weather proved to be a real spoilsport on Saturday as the under 9 blitz, the under 11 game against Abbey Rovers Stripes, and the under 13 game v Killoe Celtic were all postponed. 

Last week the under 11s were in action versus Killoe Tigers. This was a high scoring game with the Killoe lads winning by seven goals to five. Rian Hogan (2), Rian Shanley (2)  
and an og accounted for the Ballyboro goals. Panel: Billy Murray, Eoin Beattie, Dan Casey, Rian Hogan, Rian Shanley, Eoin O’Brien, Ethan Slattery, Ryan Mimnagh.
Completed forms for the Last Man Standing must be returned to any committee member by this Friday evening at the latest.
Thanks to all who continue to support the Astro Project by placing their blue tokens in the Ballyboro Tube at Tesco Roscommon.
Preparations are in train for the big OSKARS night in the Longford Arms in June.
The club will be running a bus to the Ireland-Georgia European qualifier in the Aviva next month.
Fixtures: There will be an under 8 blitz in Lanesboro on Saturday starting at 11am. Teams taking part are Ballyboro, Stonepark and Inny Fc. 

The under 10s play UCL Rhinos at home on Saturday at 12 noon.
Also on Saturday in the Premier Division Shield, the under 13s are at home to Melview, kick off 2.30.
The under 12s play their second game in the Major Division Championship on Sunday at 2pm at home to Newtown Bears.
Rathcline GAA – ‘Be with us Be a part of Us’.

Dinner Dance

This year we see the return of the Rathcline GAA Dinner Dance on Saturday night 16th      February in the Longford Arms Hotel.

This night out was always the occasion of the year and apart from Santa Claus it was the most looked forwarded event of the year. It was the occasion to dress up and have a local evening in wonderful surroundings and in the company of local people.

This year it is also a cause for celebration as there will be the presentation of the Intermediate Championship and Under 21 medals to the victorious teams.

Tickets are available in O’Brien’s costing a reasonable €40 for a four-course meal and a wonderful night’s entertainment provided by Rhythm & Sticks who are packing the crowds in no matter where they go. 

The club looks forward to a huge number from the parish attending and looks forward to a good number of former players and residents returning for the night.

Come along, enjoy the night and let’s create a night to be remembered and one that will be the start of a wonderful parish night out once again.

As much as is possible could people intending to go have their tickets purchased by Sunday 10th February as the Longford Arms will need to have a number for meal servings.

AGM date change

Have you an interest in the GAA? Would you like to help play your part in Rathcline GAA? Does the skill of your job compliment what the club does? Do you feel that your skills can lead Rathcline to becoming the leading club in Longford? A club is not just about football, it has many facets and the club is ambitiously looking for people that can help progress us both on and off the field – there are many sides that we have identified that need developing and it would be fabulous that you could give off your time to help with this progression. It does not mean that you are being asked to become an executive member but if you have a skill to offer the club the club would love to see you at the AGM on Saturday 23rd  February at 8pm or give your name to chairman Liam Connerton, Secretary Cathal Chapman or Treasurer Marie Farrell or Minor club  Chairman Alan Fayne, Secretary Seadna Ryan or Treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

Shannon Gael Registration

Registration for the underage section of Rathcline GAA, Shannon Gaels will host their registration night for all players on this Friday evening 8th February from 7 to 8pm. You are asked to remember that the registration is also your young man’s insurance and unregistered players cannot take part in games or training.

Play

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro, on Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

Defibrillator training

The club needs people that are interested in helping the club by completing the defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades especially with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a good number of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from all our clubs to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or senior (Cathal) secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Marie Victory, Roscommon c/o Bingo. The winning envelope this week was worth €315. Thanks to Marie for her continued support of the draw and maybe next week it can be you.

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12 month period with two free draws.

The club encourages your support for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so far.

St. Faithleach’s

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