Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 24th September 2018

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Lough Ree AC

It is safe to say the cross-country season is upon us starting with the Longford Primary Schools on Sat next 29th September in Moyne.  Our training runs in Clonbonny are going well, the weather has been kind and the numbers participating increasing each week and we are now up to 40 runners.  Parents and newcomers are welcome; start time is 6.30pm, meet at Clonbonny GAA grounds, the runs will continue until the time changes.   The club would like to offer condolences to the Casey family Rapparee Hill on the death of PJ.  PJ was involved in the club in the early years with all of his family competing in various events and indeed his daughter Carmel caused quite a stir as a distance runner in her day.

Taste of the Lakelands

The Taste of the Lakelands will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October. There will be a huge array of producers on site where the quality of producers in the Lakelands area will be presenting their quality products to all and sundry. This is without doubt an unmissable event in the calendar of Lanesboro and Ballyleague. A lot of planning and hard work is going into the preparation and presentation of the programme and it is hoped this work will be rewarded with bumper crowds on each day. 

Separately on Friday 5th the Lough Ree Distillery will officially launch their distilled Gin. Further details of the launch will follow.

Some of the main attractions on Saturday 6th will be the School Cookery competition, Catherine Fulvio at 3pm and demonstrations with Matthew from the Grow Truck Vegan, the Comfort Wholefood Company. There will be live open-air music on the stage beyond the duck pond from 3pm with the rising star David Keenan and Mick Flavin

On Sunday Kevin Dundon will be the star attraction at 3pm with Asian and Chinese chef who will entice the oriental taste to the uninitiated. On stage from 3 pm will be rising Country Music star Ciaran Rosney and his band and Camillus Egerton

This year there will be a charge upon entrance to the site of €5 per adult where children will go free. This is a small charge for such a wonderful weekend and we hope that the attendance will far exceed the attendances of previous years.

Poetry Winner

Many congratulations to Margaret Nohilly, Rathcline Road who was awarded first prize in the Padraic Colum Gathering 2018 Poetry Competition. Margaret, a founder member of the Lanesboro Lasraí Writers Group received due recognition for her tremendous love and interest of poetry and prose.

Hospice Coffee Morning

The organisers of the Hospice Coffee Homecare Morning that took place on Friday last in St. Mary’s Parish Hall would like to thank everyone that supported the morning and also for their generosity. The amount raised came to €385

Beginners Sett Dancing Classes

Have you an interest in learning to Sett Dance? Beginners Sett Dancing classes will commence in St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse, Ballyleague on Tuesday next 2nd October at 8.30pm.

Dancing is proven to be excellent for the mind and the body. Come along – bring a friend and have plenty of fun. For information contact Mairead 0868546433

Championship Final Replay

On Sunday last Rathcline played an intriguing draw in the final of the Intermediate championship. Having led from start to the final moments it looked as at the end of a tough hard game victory was to be ours. However, with injury time running out an Ardagh/Moydow free went all the way into the net.  It looked all over for us, Shane Kenny’s free broke into the hands of Iarla O’Sullivan who the opportunity to slot the ball over the bar with the final kick of the game.

It is all back to Pearse Park on Saturday next for a 5pm throw in. We hope for a huge crowd from the area to go and cheer on the team and hopefully bring back the Gerry Hennessy Cup to Lanesboro for another year.

We wish manager Liam Tully, mentors and Rathcline panel the very best of luck

Fr. Ted Comes to Town

The hugely popular play Fr Ted Comes to Town 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, that are selling very fast are 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.

Rathcline and Recipes

Rathcline GAA Club will once again be holding their Annual ‘Cake Fare’ on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall. 

On that day we intend to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish.  If you would like to have your favourite recipe or indeed an old family one included in the publication, simply handwrite or type it up and leave it in to Joe or Martina O’Brien or you can contact Pat Connerton on 0861617501 or Michelle Connerton on 0861699466.  Like the football it is “Minor, Senior, ladies and Gents”.  Looking forward to hearing from everybody and especially adding your recipe into the publication.

Fundraising Meeting

A fundraising concert will take place on Saturday 27th October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall to raise funds for an MRI Scanner in Mullingar. Hospital.

A meeting will be held this Friday night 28th September at 8pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall and in attendance will be a representative from Mullingar Hospital to explain why an MRI Scanner is required. Also, in attendance will be Joe Flaherty and our local councillor. It is a meeting for everyone to attend?

€13,800 Tidy Towns

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last. There was no winner of the €13,700, jackpot and the jackpot, for this week, will now rise to €13,800. The numbers drawn were 17, 19, 22 and 30. The winner of the €50 prize was Mags and Peter c/o Mags and the three €20 prizes were won by Bernie Mc Kenna, Barnacor, M. Tanner

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 Library

Exhibition – History of Music in Co. Longford
Lanesboro Library are hosting an exhibition on the history of music in County Longford.
The exhibition traces the county’s musical heritage and includes details of some influential musicians, including pipers and fiddlers.
One of those was Fiddle master Thomas ‘Blind’ Kiernan (who died in 1887). He taught several people to play and they, in turn, taught others, and that chain continues to this day.
Also included is the Granard Harp Festival, which began in 1781 and was the first of its kind in Ireland.
The exhibition also looks at Longford musicians who were well-known in the US such as Frank Quinn and Packie Dolan.
The exhibition runs for two weeks during library opening hours.
Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues on Monday 1st October 2-4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues at the library on Monday 8th October 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!
Digital Skills computer course
Digital Skills computer course starting soon at Lanesboro Library.
To book your place contact Stella on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
Beginners Italian Course
Week 3 of the Italian course continues in the Library on Monday 1st October at 7pm.
Book Club
Book Club will continue on Friday morning 28th September at 11am.  Books choices this month are ‘Last Stories’ by William Trevor or ‘Old Filth’ by Jane Gardam.
All welcome to come along for a chat and a cuppa!
Book Launch
Come along and support local author Rob Peacock at the launch of his second magical mythical children’s book ‘Cara and the Cauldron of the Round Hill’.
Venue:  Lanesboro Library on Thursday 18th October at 7pm.
In conjunction with the book launch, we are running a ‘Guess the weight of the Pumpkin’ competition.  Author Rob Peacock has grown a giant pumpkin which will be on display in the Library from early October!  Prize for the correct or nearest answer will be a signed copy of both of Rob’s books ‘Cara and the Mystery of the Missing Ball’ and ‘Cara and the Cauldron of the Round Hill’!
Get your entry in if you want to win!!
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 [http://www.longfordlibrary.iehttp://www.longfordlibrary.ie/]www.longfordlibrary.ie<http://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.

Thank You

A 100km Charity Cycle in aid of the Irish Cancer Society took place on Saturday September 15 around Lough Ree. Over 50 cyclists took part. The main sponsor was Pat McDonnell Paints, Athlone. Db Cycles sponsored tyres & tubes, Sherry Fitzgerald sponsored the water & Macs Shack sponsored the lovely sandwiches. There was a tea stop in Lanesboro Parish Hall.  Special word of thanks to Tom & Evelyn Rooney, Brendan Rooney & Mairead Rooney who organised the hall and served the tea & coffee. Thanks to the Hall Committee for the use of their great facility. Thanks also to Mark on the motorbike, the stewards & the lads in the vans.  A great day was had by all.  This was the first cycle sponsored by Pat McDonnell Paints in this area and such was the interest in it, the company may consider making it an annual event. 

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

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. The winning name this week was Newtowncashel lady Marian Fagan. The winning envelope was worth €328. We would like to congratulate Marian on her great win and thank her for 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.

Drama Night

All roads will lead to The Thomas Ashe Hall, Ballinalee on Friday night 28th September at 8.30pm sharp. The Leitrim based drama group The Acorn Players proudly present “Loophole” by John McManus. A hilarious comedy in 3 Acts. “A side splitting comedy that will have you shaking in your seats & begging for more”.

Admission €10. Raffle and great prizes.

Rathcline GAA.

Championship Final Replay:

Last Sunday finger nails were chewed right down to the butt. This was a game not for the faint hearted. Leading from the 1st to the 60th minute and a tough hard game seemed to be going our way until a hail Mary free landed in the square and finished in the net leaving us a point in arrears. We wondered if there would be enough time to launch another attack and thankfully there was and Iarla O’Sullivan won the breaking ball from a Shane Kenny free and pointed with the last kick of the game.

Next Saturday we return to Pearse Park for the replay. The game will have a throw in time of 5pm. We look forward to a massive crowd cheering us on Saturday and bring the Gerry Hennessy Cup back to the parish for another year.

We wish manager Liam Tully, mentors and panel the very best of luck.

Fr Ted Comes to Town:

Fr Ted Comes to Town was an outstanding success will again return to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday 13th October. Tickets are selling very fast in O’Brien’s and you are advised to get yours early and be sure of your seat on this hilarious night.

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

Recipes for Rathcline

Rathcline GAA Club will once again be holding their Annual ‘Cake Fare’ on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall. 

On that day we intend to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish.  If you would like to have your favourite recipe or indeed an old family one included in the publication, simply handwrite or type it up and leave it in to Joe or Martina O’Brien or you can contact Pat Connerton on 0861617501 or Michelle Connerton on 0861699466.  Like the football it is “Minor, Senior, ladies and Gents”.  Looking forward to hearing from everybody and especially adding your recipe into the publication.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. The winning name this week was Newtowncashel lady Marian Fagan. The winning envelope was worth €328. We would like to congratulate Marian on her great win and thank her for her continuing 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.

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