Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 10th September 2018

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Death

On Thursday 6th September last one of the bastions of our community passed away at the home of her daughter Martina on Main Street. Kathleen Harold was in her 98th year, our oldest resident, who was predeceased some 23 years ago by her late husband Tommy and her daughter Ita who died at birth. Kathleen lived at the crossroads at Rathcline most commonly known as Harold’s Cross where she ran a successful shop and was the focal point of our community right up to very recent times. Since her passing away Kathleen’s name has been in the thoughts and on the lips of so many people. She affected so many lives in so many positive ways and her passing is leaving a great number of sad hearts in our community. We are all left the poorer by her death, but her memory will live long in our hearts and minds. Kathleen had been a hard-working lady throughout her life working hand in hand with her late husband Tommy in the many different sectors from the shop, school runs to post collections and in their love of horses and she was also a great support in his love of boxing along with raising her nine daughters. Kathleen was a deeply religious lady and was to be seen at Mass right up to last Saturday week.  She took wonderful pride in her garden which she maintained in pristine condition. The attendance at the reposing of her remains in Martina’s home on Saturday and again at her Funeral Mass in St. Marys church bore ample testimony to the esteem in which Kathleen was held. She was laid to rest alongside her husband Tommy in Clonbonny cemetery.To her daughters Mary, Sr. Rosaleen, Irene, Nuala, Evelyn, Geraldine, Bernie, Florence and Martina we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Taste of the Lakelands

The Taste of the Lakelands will take place again this year on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October. Previous years has been a tremendous success and the taste of the Lakelands is continuing to grow. I am sure that this year will bring bigger attendances to Lanesboro for the weekend. There will once again be a huge number of stands from all parts of the Lakeland area displaying their products.

Championship Games

What a weekend it was for both the Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s teams.

St. Faithleach’s kicked off the wonderful Saturday when they produced a fabulous performance in the home ground of the unbeaten Elphin to emerge with a 0-11 point to 0-8 victory. Manager Gareth Johnston and his fellow mentors have done an excellent job and their expectation of a long championship run was well warranted.

On Sunday next 16th September in Ballyleague St. Faithleach’s will play St. Croan’s at 3.30pm and it where everyone in the community should be as a victory in this game will see St. Faithleach’s into the Roscommon Senior Championship Quarter Final. Let’s make it our business to be there.

Later on Saturday evening last Rathcline carried on their excellent form into the semi-final where they took on Drumlish in the Intermediate semi-final. A win here would leave them one step away from winning the Intermediate championship back to back. Manager Liam Tully and his selectors had the team rightly primed for this game and Rathcline emerged comfortable winners on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-9. The final is set for Pearse Park on Sunday week 23rd September with a 4pm throw in.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to John and Mary Casey and family, Gurteengar on the death of John’s brother in law Bill Johnston, Churchtown, Dublin last week.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club 

The club commences its new season on Monday September 10th. You are asked to be seated at 7.45pm.

Lanesboro ICA Guild

The local Lanesboro Guild of the ICA will resume its monthly meetings on this Wednesday 12th September at 8pm in St. Mary’s Hall.

All are welcome to go along for a chat and a cup of tea.

Wedding

At a civil ceremony on Thursday 23rd August the marriage took place of Rosemarie Masterson Cnoc na Gaoithe, daughter of Bernie Masterson, Lehery and Derek Rutherford son of Kathleen and the late Alan Rutherford, Derry City. Best man was Gareth Rutherford brother of the groom and groomsmen were Kevin Tansey son of the bride and Dean Masterson brother of the bride. Chief bridesmaid was Lauren Tansey daughter of the bride, Ashleen Keady, friend of the bride and Sandra Morris, friend of the bride. Page boys were Eóghan Rutherford son of the couple, Jack Masterson nephew of the bride and Donnacha Killian son of bridesmaid Sandra Morris. Flower Girls were Muireann Rutherford, daughter of the couple, Ciara and Eva Masterson nieces of the bride. The marriage ceremony was performed by Louise Mulcathy and the wedding reception took place in Lough Rynn Castle.

Bridge Lessons for Beginners 

Bridge lessons in Co-Op Hall Lanesborough with the introductory night taking place on this Thursday September 13th from 8.00 pm to 10.00pm.

Go along and take a friend and learn the skills and enjoyment of Bridge.

 There will be a set of 10 lessons. Interested students …. free.

Anyone interested contact 086 892 9402 or just turn up on the night.

Missing

If by any chance you know of the whereabouts of the marriage booklets ‘A Celebration of Life’ that are missing from St. Mary’s Church could you please have them returned to the church as soon as possible.

Donal’s Bungee Jump

On Saturday next15th September Donal Chapman will undertake a 160ft Bungee Jump to raise funds for MS Longford, Irish Wheelchair Association and DPOL Longford. This is a massive undertaking for Donal and we encourage everyone to support this Bungee jump. Sponsorship cards are available in every local business and we hope he is rewarded greatly for his bravery in this jump. Let’s make a special effort to sponsor Donal for this mammoth undertaking. He deserves all our support

Fr. Ted to Return

The hugely popular play on Fr Ted will return to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday 13th October. The previous staging of the play was such a huge success and public demand was such that the play has had to be staged once more.

Apart from the magnificent show another feature of the night will be the half time draw where there will be €500 in prizes.

Tickets are now on sale in O’Brien’s and as there is a limited supply you are advised to get your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your seat at their great night out. The show will commence at 8.30 with doors opening at 8pm.

Ballyboro FC

Ballyboro under 12s got their season off to a cracking start when they defeated a fancied Tuam Celtic team in Tuam on Saturday last in the FAI Connacht Cup. Christian Donlon got the decisive goal late in the second half to secure a terrific win for the Ballyboro lads. Ballyboro: Ronan Cox, Jack Beattie, Jack Casey, David Cox, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon,
Daniel Hogan, Ben Murphy, Billy Murray, Eoin Beattie. The boys will now play Westport United in the second round of the Connacht Cup.
The under 14 team were well beaten by a very strong St Francis team in their Connacht Cup game. Though the boys tried hard they were unable to match a very skilful St. Francis outfit. Ballyboro: Luke Dowd, Cormac O’Dowd, Bryan Mullooly, Ryan Byrne, Jack McGloin, Matthew Heneghan, Shane Ross, Ciaran O’Dowd, Briain Farrell, Conor Farrell, Sam Murphy.
The club held a very successful Registration Night on Friday last. Registrations for all teams from under 8 to under 16 are still being accepted by Club Secretary Carol Donlon. She can be contacted at 083 8681941. The club are looking for Manager/Coaches for the under 8, under 9, under 10, and under 11 teams. Anyone willing to help out in this regard is asked to contact Carol.

Learn to Jive

Mairead Gaffney and Craig Lovett will run a five-week Jiving course commencing on Wednesday 19th September. Classes will start at 8.30pm. No partner needed. Contact Mairead 086 1763044 0r 086 1928568

Combo Fitness Class

Combo Fitness Classes (with Regina) makes its return to St. Marys Hall, Lanesboro 
Thursday 13th Sept. at 7.30pm. Beginners/ improvers (level) (€40 for 6 classes or €8 per class)

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The Cross-country season is about to start and with that in mind we had our first training run last Tuesday 4th September.  Surprisingly, for our first outing we had a great turnout, up on 30 runners arrived at Clonbonny.   The run is open to all age groups and is a distance of 2km.  The Roscommon Primary Schools Cross Country event is scheduled for Thursday 4th October and schools will be informed.  As in other years races are for 3rd/4th class 800m and 5th/6th class 1,000m with separate races for boys and girls.

Congratulations to Adriana Melia who won the Longford Woman’s Marathon clocking a time of less than 3 hours, a very high standard indeed.

Mass of Remembrance on Thursday

Costello’s Nursing Home is holding their Annual Remembrance Mass in Costello’s Nursing Home Ballyleague on this Thursday 13th September at 6pm. The Mass will remember all residents that have passed away during the time of the Nursing Home and those that passed away during the past year. All friends and families are invited and welcome to attend. For further enquiries contact Patricia mc Kenna, Activities Co-Ordinator 043-3321361

€13,500 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €13,500, jackpot and the jackpot, for this week, will now rise to €13,600. The numbers drawn were 3, 24, 27 and 30. The winner of the €50 prize was Denise Owens c/o Mags and the three €20 prizes were won by Mike Costello c/o Mags, Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop, and Niall and Keith Healy, Ballyleague.

The committee thanks you for your ongoing support.

Please note that winners can collect their winning cheques in the Co-Op office only every Friday from 9am.

Lanesboro ICA Day Trip

The local Lanesboro Guild of the ICA is going on a Day Trip on Sunday next 16th September to Dublin where after tea and scones there will be a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery. This will be followed by a tour of the nearby National Botanic Gardens. On the way home there will be a three-course meal in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar. The cost of the trip is €60 and if you are interested please TEXT Ann-Marie 087-6791332 as soon as possible or you can phone the above number after 7pm. The bus will leave from St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8am on the morning.

Bridge Resumes

Lanesboro Bridge club will commence its new season in St. Mary’s Hall on this Wednesday 12th September in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro at 7.45pm

In our Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues on Monday 17th September 2-4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues at the library on Monday 24th September 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL Class
ESOL Classes (English for speakers of other languages) will continue in the library on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
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!
Beginners Italian Course
A six week Italian course will take place in the Library starting on Monday 17th September at 7pm.  Course costs €50 in total and must be paid in advance.
Contact Stella to book your place on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>.
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.
Used Stamps

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/>
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.

Community Retirement Programme

Co. Longford Citizens Information Service is hosting its annual 6-week Community Retirement Programme which is aimed at all those in the community who have recently retired or who are thinking of retiring.

It is a free 6-week course running every Wednesday from the 19th September 2018 in the Family Centre, St Mel’s Road, Longford from 7.00-9.00pm

To Book your place now call 0761075890

Tourism with Business Level 5  

Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board is still accepting applicants for September 2018 entry. This course awards 390 CAO points and is eligible for both the SUSI grant 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 can seek employment or progress to level 6 and 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. The course is open to school leavers and adults of all ages. For details contact hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or see our website to enrol on www.longfordcfe.com

Irish Dance Classes

The Roscommon Academy of Irish Dance is enrolling for dance classes at Ballyleague hall. There is a limited number of places still available and the enrolling takes place in Ballyleague Hall on Saturday at 11.30am. Beginners classes will last for one hour. Phone Mary 086 8068 067 for booking your place and further information.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. The winning names this week were Johnny Malone and Mary Rhatigan c/o the Yacht Bar. The winning envelope was worth €281. We would like to congratulate both Mary and Johnny on their win and thank them for their continued weekly 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.

Cycle for Cancer

A 100km Cancer Charity Fundraising cycle takes place next Saturday, Sept 15th.  The starting point is Pat McDonnell Paints, Monksland Athlone to Roscommon, Lanesborough, Ballymahon and back o Pat McDonnell Paints. Starting time is 11am. Cyclists will be stopping at Parish Hall in Lanesborough for a tea break from about 12;30 to 2;30pm where you can meet the cyclists or give a donation. Any cyclist interested in joining the race, Registration is €20 – payable in-store at Pat McDonnell Paints, Athlone (or €25 on the day at 9.30am)

Church Gate Collection

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland would like to announce that our Church Gate Collection will be held on Saturday & Sunday 22nd/23rd September throughout the county. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Rathcline GAA.

Fr Ted Returns:

The hugely popular play on Fr Ted will return to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday 13th October. The previous staging of the play was such a huge success and public demand was such that the play has had to be staged once more. Tickets will soon be available, and it is a paly not to be missed this time around.

Apart from the magnificent show another feature of the night will be the half time draw where there will be €500 in prizes.

Championship:

Saturday last our Intermediate repeated the feat of last year when they qualified for the Intermediate Championship for the second year in a row. They had a comfortable win over Drumlish on Saturday – more comfortable than expected and now will play Ardagh/Moydow in the final on Sunday week 23rd September in Pearse Park at 4pm. This was a great performance and we look forward to another improved performance and the retention of the Gerry Hennessy Cup. Time to get the flags flying throughout the parish and support the panel and management in the run up to the final and also on final day.

Historic Victory: Many congratulations to Longford GAA New York on creating their own piece of history when winning the New York Championship final on Sunday evening last.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. The winning names this week were Johnny Malone and Mary Rhatigan c/o the Yacht Bar. The winning envelope was worth €281. We would like to congratulate both Mary and Johnny on their win and thank them for their continued weekly 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.

Underage

Hard luck to our three representatives Seadhna Ryan, Richard prior and Briain Casey on the Longford U16 team who were beaten in the Final of the Gerry Reilly Cup in Oldcastle on Saturday last.

Underage Blitz The club hosted a Blitz on Saturday last in Clonbonny with St. Barry’s at U6, U8 and U10 ages. It was an outstanding success enjoyed by all players. There was a great attendance which is very heartening for the players and club alike. The club would like to thank everyone that contributed in any way to help making it such a wonderful day.

The entire club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the Flood family, Lehery, Harold family, Rathcline, Casey family, Lehery, Rooney family, Rathcline, Jordan family The Green, Gavigan family Loughbonnagh, the Farrell family Knock and the Ward family The Green on their recent sad bereavements.

The club wishes St. Faithleach’s the very best of luck in their vital championship game on Sunday in Ballyleague at 3.30 and we encourage all our supporters to along and support them.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Championship: St. Faithleach’s played Elphin in round four of the Championship on Saturday afternoon in Orchard Park. Result: St. Faithleach’s 0-11

Elphin 0-08. Team: Michael O’Donnell, Karl Nerney, Adrian Murtagh, Jonathon Hussey (0-1), David Harrison (0-1), Kevin Farrell, Cathal Gunn, Darren Nerney (0-1), Brian Murtagh (0-2), David Rooney (0-2), Connell Kennelly, Colm Mangan, Darragh Hussey (0-1), Ciarán Murtagh (0-3), Aidan Dooney. Substitution(s):  Daniel Foley, Declan McCormack & Conor Smith. Round five takes place in Ballyleague on Sunday 16th at 3:30pm.

Junior Ladies Championship: St. Faithleach’s v St Dominic’s on Tue 11th at 8:30pm in St. Barry’s.

U14 Boys Championship: The U14 boys played St. Michael’s on Thursday evening in Ballyleague. Result: St. Faithleach’s 13-8 St. Michael’s 6-15. 

U12 Summer League:  Round 3 result: St Faithleach’s 2-14 Elphin 4-16. Team: Darragh Creedon, Eoin Cox, Jack Casey, Sean O Halloran, Christian Donlon, Jamie Betts, Anthony Cox, Billy Murray, Joey Trimble, David Cox, Craig Glennon, Jake Cox, Nathan McCloat. Next game takes place on Monday 10th against Kilmore.

Thanks: To everyone who contributed and attended our Cake Sale in Ballyleague Hall on Sunday last. 

Well done: To Katie Murray, Lyndsey Gibbons, Ellen Kelly and Melanie Banahan who took part in the Connacht LGFA U13 and U15 Development Blitz on Saturday last. 

St. Faithleach’s King and Queen: As part of our ongoing search for St. Faithleach’s King and Queen our six contestants are hosting a Table Quiz in the clubhouse on Friday 21st Sept at 9-30pm. All members of the community are invited to attend this fun and unique event, tickets are available from all contestants or on the night. Remember to check out our social media sites for their profiles and where all six will be revealed. Details of how you can support your contestant will also be published.

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse. Last week’s winners; Eugene Sonny. Runner up Pat & Tommy. Last game Pakie & Jimmy.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000.  Envelopes are €2 and available in all local retailers. Last week’s winners; Lily and Otis Stabler c/o Derek Thompson, Detta Cox, Ballyleague, Ryan Family Lough Ree Park, Murt Hunt, William Murray Church View. 

Condolences: The club would like to express its sympathy to the family of Kathleen Harold , Rathcline, Lanesboro. May she rest in peace. 

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