Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 16th July 2018


Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes


Triathlon Weekend

Each year the Lanesboro Triathlon Club host the Two Provinces Triathlon and each year the club host a series of the Super Series. Each year the preparation and organisation of the races becomes better and better and the race goes off extremely well..

Early morning Saturday the sun shone brightly to welcome the athletes to Lanesboro. The stewards were at their posts from 7am directing and helping everyone and registration was going on even at this early hour.

Almost 500 athletes had registered to take part in the Triathlon and it promised to be a wonderful sight.

At 11am the first of the competitors, the elite men, started their 750m swim which was followed by a 20k cycle to Scramogue and back and then undertook a 5k run through the quarry and up to Harold’s cross and back to the finishing line in the bay area close to the small harbour. This race was ultra-competitive with only 4seconds separating first and second.

The Super Series ladies race was also ultra-competitive with only 2 minutes separating the first three ladies home.

In the male Sprint Triathlon first three home were separated by just one minute while the Ladies Sprint Triathlon the first three home were separated by less than one minute.

The huge attendance was thrilled with the excitement of the tight finishes and also seeing family and friends making it to the finishing line in this gruelling race.

The whole event was a massive success for the Lanesboro Triathlon Club and the organisation of the entire event was a massive success for them. The club must be congratulated for bring such a massive event to our community and also for running the event in such a professional and efficient manner.

The Kids Triathlon took place on Friday evening with a massive 120 young people taking part in a swim, cycle and run. This was a marvellous occasion seeing so many young people making gigantic efforts to complete the course. There was a wonderful excitement all evening and all the young people and their parents must be congratulated for making the event such a success.

The feel-good factor in the town throughout the day was wonderful. To know and feel that such a huge event can be ran year after year and getting better each time is a credit to everyone involved for creating a fabulous memory for everyone that came to Lanesboro for the Two Provinces Triathlon.

To the Lough Ree Triathlon club and the many stewards both on an off the water, the many organisations that backed up the committee, to the Gardaí and the massive number of stewards that gave of their time you are a credit to your community and each one of you are the reason this wonderful occasion is run so successfully.


Earlier in the year the Abbey Theatre issued a call for young people to help programme a two-way festival at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. It was the first time this austere theatre made such a call and it was a wonderful opportunity for the five young curators. The aim of the programme is for the five new curators to set a new festival in 2019.

Luke Casserley, son of Con and Yvonne Casserley, Clonfower was one of the lucky young people to be selected as one of the young curators. He has been deeply involved and hugely successful in the Arts both locally with the Backstage Theatre and also nationally over the past number of years and he is rapidly rising to the very top of his chosen field. This can be seen by the acknowledgements of his talent by the many awards he has received. We would like to congratulate Luke on his recent appointment and we wish him huge success in his future exploits in the Arts field.


Over the past two weeks the town has suffered great heartbreak and this past week we were stunned and shocked to learn of the sudden death of David Farrell, Knock on Monday last 9th July. David, only 27 years old was a young man with the whole world and a bright future ahead of him. Since his very early days David was a very personable and warm young man. He had the smile to disarm even the most serious situation. David as he got older developed into one of the finest young men in our community. His warm welcome and impish smile was feature of David which endeared him to everyone. A short time ago David was diagnosed with a strain of cancer that was to spread rapidly through his body. He refused to let it get to him and as was his strength of character vowed to fight it to the very end. He may have been a slight man, but he had the fight of a lion and he fought his illness gallantly until it took him from us on Monday last. It was one of our blackest days ever.

The attendance at the reposing of his remains at his family residence on Tuesday and Wednesday last and again at his Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church on Thursday was testimony not only to the esteem in which he was held but also to the different generations of people he affected. Following his Mass Cremation took place in the Lakeland’s Crematorium, Cavan

To his father Gerry, mother Teresa, sister Melissa, partner Emma, godson Dylan, relatives and many many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the competition held on Monday night last 9th July are; N/S: 1. Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley, 2nd Mary McDermott and Ann Kilduff, 3rd Ann Delaney and Ann Fallon. E/W: 1st Essie Nugent and Kathleen Kelly, 2nd Chris McGrath and Kitty Dowd and 3rd Mary Jameson and Goretti Kenny.

Good Start

Rathcline got off to a good start in the Intermediate Championship on Sunday last in Newtownforbes when on a very wet evening they overcame the challenge of Killashee.

On Saturday next all roads will lead to Cashel where at 7pm Rathcline will take on Kenagh in the second round of the group fixtures.


We would like to remember one of our former Green residents who passed away in Birmingham on Monday 2nd July. Miko Ward is survived by his wife Eileen, daughters Michelle and Carmel, son Brendan, sisters Maura, Teresa, Loretto and Harriet and brothers Brendan and Martin. We extend our deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The fourth outing of 2018 takes the society to Dunmurry Springs Golf Club, Kildare Town on Friday next 20th July. The tee is booked from 11.30am until 12.30 pm. Hopefully the weather will be good as it has been for the 3 previous outings so far. The Society is looking forward to seeing you all there.

Songs of Praise

A Special service of ‘Songs of Praise’ will be held on Sunday 22nd July at 11.30 a.m. in St. John’s Church, Lanesboro.

Favourite well known hymns will be sung by the congregation. You are very welcome and invited to go along and join with the congregation in singing your favourite hymns.

Lanesborough Gun Club

Membership subscriptions are now due for the coming season 2018/2019. Please contact a member of the committee to arrange payment. No follow up contact will be made to collect subscriptions, it is the personal responsibility of each member to ensure they are paid up and insured for the coming season.

Thank You

A special word of thanks must go to everyone that helped make each of our three cemeteries look in such beautiful condition for the Cemetery Sunday’s over the past three Sundays. Your efforts were well noticed and commented upon.

Under 14 Girls

There was great disappointment amongst the Rathcline U14 Girls team on Tuesday last when after a mammoth effort they just lost out by one point in the U14 Championship Final played in Kenagh. The panel that did themselves and the club so well were Zoe Makowski, Emma Killian, Jane Dowd, Holly Wyse, Polly Myhill, Michaela Hall, Bronagh Kiely, Grace Cullen,

Isabelle Smith, Josie Myhill, Chloe Hopkins, Sienna Wyse, Lily Fox. We congratulate the panel and team management and we are sure there are many great days ahead of those young girls.


The civil marriage ceremony took place amongst family and friends at St. Julian’s Malta of Susan Linnane daughter of Gerry and Rosaleen Linnane, Church View and Shane Muldoon son of Timothy and Bernadette Muldoon, Greenhall, Newtowncashel on Thursday 28th June. Flower Girls were daughters Ellie Mai and Maddie. The ceremony was performed by Roberta and the wedding reception took place in Villa Rosa, St. Julian’s. We would like to wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

€12,800 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €12,700 jackpot and the jackpot, for this week, will now rise to €12,800. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 12, and 20. The winner of the €50 prize was Maureen Donlon c/o Mags, and the three €20 prizes winners were Mary Connaughton, Knock, Caroline Gray c/o Adie’s and Mary and Teresa c/o SuperValu.

The committee thanks you for your ongoing support.

It’s happening in our Library

Poetry & Music Group
‘Poetry and Music’ group will continue on Monday 23rd July at 4pm.
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 to come along and interact with other children ages 0-4 yrs., play with our Lego table/building blocks, toy box, colouring tables and hear a story or two!
Book Club
Book Club continues on Friday 27th July at 11am.
Come along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa!
Saturday Family Fun Mornings at the Library
During July & August, we will have a Family Fun Morning each Saturday 10am – 12noon in the library.  There will be Craft Table with Belinda, Retro Games Table, Lego Table and Colouring Tables.
No booking is required – just drop in and join in the fun!
Summer Stars at Lanesboro Library
Summer Stars reading programme is running in Lanesboro Library from July 1st to August 31st.  Each child who registers will join in the fun of reading lots of exciting books during the Summer.  Children will receive their own Summer Stars Reading Card to record their progress and fun rewards will be provided along the way!
Pick up your Summer Star Reading Card at the Library!
Explore Longford Photo Competition for children 6-12yrs.
Longford Tourism in conjunction with Longford Libraries.  Email a high quality photo of a scene/attraction/town/village in Co. Longford.
The competition will run from July 1st –August 31st.
Entry email:<>
Winning photos 1st,2nd,3rd will have their photo published on Visit Longford postcard.
Please note photo entries may be used for promotional purposes.
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<>
New Language

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.
Healthcare Monitoring in Your Home 

Shannonside Digital Skills are putting together a new plan for a pilot scheme in the Lanesborough Ballyleague area in the coming months.

The scheme will allow 20 people who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD or other chronic illness to decide themselves to have their critical daily medical readings monitored by the use of new technology in the comfort of their own home through the use of broadband. These readings will then be monitored in conjunction with a specialised nurse service so that any healthcare readings of concern will be brought to the attention of the person immediately and action proposed.

This pilot project is now only at developmental stage. Participation will be purely on a voluntary basis for each person (10 from Ballyleague and 10 from Lanesborough) and each person who volunteers must firstly fill out a questionnaire and consult with their own GP.

This is the first pilot of its kind in the republic of Ireland and to find our more information please contact Debbie at (086) 223 0971 or Adrian at 04333 21734

The pilot will not start until the initial questionnaire has been successfully completed by all 20 people.

To seek a questionnaire please e mail:


David Kilduff, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon was the name on the winning ticket drawn for the Rathcline 50/50 on Monday night last. The winning envelope was worth €250. We would like to extend heartiest congratulations to David on his win and thank him for his continued support of the 50/50

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your name will surely be drawn out soon.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town 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.

Blood Donation Clinic

There is always a great need for blood and none more so than during the summer months due to the present great weather and the amount of people on holidays. The next local Blood Donation Clinic will take place in the Longford Arms on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th July from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Bookings for 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.

Rathcline GAA.

Championship: Sunday last we started out in our bid to retain the County Intermediate title we won last year. The opening game was against our near neighbours Killashee.

After the driest spell in many a long year our championship opening game happened to be played in continuous rain. This was not to deter us in our efforts and after an entertaining game we emerged victors on a scoreline of 3-11 to 1-8.

This was a great start to our campaign which will continue on Saturday evening next in Cashel. We will take on Kenagh at 7pm and we look forward to a great number making the short trip to cheer on the lads once again.


David Kilduff, Lecarrow, Co. Roscommon was the name on the winning ticket drawn for the Rathcline 50/50 on Monday night last. The winning envelope was worth €250. We would like to extend heartiest congratulations to David on his win and thank him for his continued support of the 50/50

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support as your name will surely be drawn out soon.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town 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.

Shannon Gaels

Richard Prior

Throughout the Leinster U17 championship our very own Richard Prior was a shining light on the Longford team performing greatly during each match. Unfortunately, they lost out to Kildare in their semi-final, but they made amends on Saturday last when the played a very fancied Dublin team in the Shield Final in Pearse Park. Richard and his team mates got the reward that was effort all thoroughly deserved when they beat Dublin it the Leinster Shield Final.  Well done Richard on a great county season.

Gerry Reilly Tournament

The intercounty U16 Gerry Reilly tournament is currently taking place and Longford are in a strong position to compete in the final. We have two representatives on the team namely Briain Casey and Seadhna Ryan. We wish them well in the latter stage of the competition and congratulate them on their fine performances so far.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place in the club grounds in Clonbonny from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th July. Bookings can be made online at or with Damien Sheridan, Longford Coaching Officer at Longford GAA office, Pearse Park. Phone Damien at 087 9126556.

St. Faithleach’s

O’Rourke Cup: Ballyleague was the venue for the meeting of St. Faithleach’s and St. Croan’s on Sunday evening. Result

St. Faithleach’s 2-12 St. Croan’s 2-13. Team: Michael O’Donnell, Mark Gill, Darren Nerney, Declan McCormack, David Harrison (1-0), Adrian Murtagh, Cathal Gunn, Brian Murtagh (0-3), Connell Connelly, Colm Mangan, Daniel Foley (1-1), Jonathon Hussey, Aidan Dooney (0-1), David Rooney (0-2), Darragh Hussey (0-4).

Substitution(s): Jordan Donlon & Padraig Shanley (0-1). Next game takes place against Roscommon Gaels on Sunday 22nd in Ballyleague at 1pm.

Junior Championship: St. Faithleach’s played St. Joseph’s in Kilteevan on Sunday afternoon. Result: St. Faithleach’s

1-12 St. Joseph’s 5-8. Team: Stephen O’Connor, Mike-Frank O’Grady, Jack Irwin (0-1), Padraig Murray, Gavin Carberry, Declan McCormack, Ruairí Trimble, Derek Murray, Conor Smith (0-5), Ben Hussey, James Quigley, Henry Kenny (1-1), Niall Dooney, Jordan Donlon (0-5), Jerome Kelly.

Substitution(s):  Brian Scally & Fintan McCormack.

U16 Championship: The U16 boys played Tulsk/Western Gaels on Sunday morning. Result: St. Faithleach’s 1-12 Tulsk/ Western Gaels 4-12. Team: K. McDonagh, D. Kilcoyne, John P O’Reilly, M. Silva, M. Cox, M. O’Brien, R. Klava, C. Glennon, J. Murray, C. Betts,

  1. Kilcoyne, F. Dunne, J. O’Connor. Subs: R. Byrne, T. Ryan.

U14 Championship: O’Rourke Park was the venue for round one of the U14 boy’s championship. Result: St. Faithleach’s 4-16 Castlerea 2-2.

U8 and U10 Blitz: Many thanks to Castlerea St. Kevin’s for hosting the U8 and U10 blitz on Thursday evening last, a great evening was had by all.

Congratulations to St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Chairman Derek Thompson and Yvonne Reid on their marriage which took place on Saturday 14th. The club would like to take this opportunity to wish them both many years of happiness together.

Hard luck to Roscommon Minor Ladies who lost out to Kildare in the Minor B All Ireland Final on Sunday. Despite not securing a victory it was a fantastic achievement to have five representatives on the panel and as a club we are very proud of Ellen, Kate, Marie, Jennifer and Sarah.




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