Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 15th October 2018

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Champions at last

At the third time of asking the Rathcline team gained victory over a very gallant and tough Ardagh/Moydow side. As was the way in the previous two games there was nothing between the two teams right through the game. It must be said that we did miss some golden goal chances and in fairness to the lads they never allowed it to diminish their aim of winning back to back Intermediate championship titles. They had to dig deep throughout and with a relatively young team, these three games against Ardagh/Moydow was a wonderfully tough learning lesson and the longer the game went on Sunday you could see them growing greater into the game.

At a stage half way through the second half we pulled away from Ardagh/Moydow by four points but as was their way throughout this intriguing trilogy they pegged the lead back, but it was then that our young men stepped up and Niall Keane scored a great goal to edge us ahead and this time there was to be no doubt about us winning.

The next step is an away trip for the Leinster Quarter Final on Saturday 10th November where Rathcline will play the winners of Mullinavat from Kilkenny or Wexford champions Naomh Éanna from Gorey. There is no doubt that the three games will have stood us in a great place and I am sure the management and panel will relish the trip to Kilkenny or Wexford.

Rathcline will now go to play senior championship in 2019 and judging by the talent that is developing in the club there is no doubt that they won’t be found wanting playing senior championship and perhaps it will not be too long before they will end the famine of a second county championship in the parish.

Wedding

The marriage took place in Sant Isodooro Church, Tragliata, Rome of Emma Kilbride daughter of Freda and Joe Kilbride, Ballyleague and Craig Jackson son of Bobbye and Bill Jackson, Mtunzini, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Matron of Honour was Anna Kimmins-Shine cousin of the Bride and Bridesmaid was Michaela Schramm. Bestman was Keith Jackson brother of the Groom and Dean Berlin friend of the Groom. The Flower Girl was Zoe Jackson niece of the Groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Roby and the wedding reception was held in Borgo Di Tragliata.

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Men and Women Recipes

The subcommittee organising the Rathcline GAA Annual ‘Cake Fare’ on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall is seeking your help in collecting recipes you may have and would like to share them. The idea is to produce a collection with all your recipes included and, on that day, it is intended to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish and further afield. In recent years there has been a great shift to the number of men cooking and baking and the committee would love to hear from you as well as all the ladies that are continually creating great food and confectionary from their chosen recipes.

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.

Without doubt there are surely a huge number of recipes handed down safely stowed away in presses, drawers and attics. Now is the time to dust them off and share them with us. Thanking you in advance.

Can you get your recipes to us as soon as possible as we hope to have the booklet available for the Cake Fare?

The club is looking forward to hearing from everybody with a connection to our parish and we look forward to adding your recipe into the publication.

Breakfast Morning on Sunday next

The hugely popular Lanesboro Tidy Towns Breakfast Morning will return on Sunday morning next 21st October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall from 9am to 1pm.

Last year was the inaugural staging of the event and it proved to be a massive success. This year we hope there will be a bigger crowd supporting the Breakfast and the wonderful work being done by Lanesboro Tidy Towns. Tickets, priced €10, are on sale throughout the town for those that wish to support and cannot attend on the day. There is also the option to pay your €10 on the door.

Death

Tom Ginty, formerly Knock, who is presently home on holidays from Canada dropped into the shop to me on Friday to tell me that Barney Carberry, formerly Cloontuskert, emailed him to tell him that Pat Monaghan had passed away on Thursday 12th October.

The Monaghan family, originally from Co. Mayo, for all of us that remembered the family were highly respected in our community. John Joe, Pat and Mattie had few equals on the football pitch and their exploits in the Rathcline jersey are still talked about. The family also consisted of four sisters Mary, Noreen, Sadie and Ann. The family are still often spoken about with a great fondness and affection. How many families have left that impact in our community having been gone for such a long time? My memory of the family as a youngster was when they lived with their mother on the top of the hill of Rathcline.

Pat was born on 13th May 1945, lived in Canada for many years had been in hospital in Toronto. He had been ill for a time before his death. Even though he was ill Pat’s death leaves a great sadness in all our hearts and minds. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the surviving Monaghan family members, relatives and friends.

Wilder and Gold

A new coffee shop and giftware store, Wilder and Gold’ was opened last week in Main Street Ballymahon, by local lady Marie O’Dowd. Marie is daughter of Margaret and the late Kevin O’Dowd, Bornacor. Marie has a great knowledge of business and this is her first venture into being self employed. We wish Marie the very best of luck and wish her much success. Wilder and Gold is situated beside the Post office and Bank of Ireland and it is situated in the former Hanley’s shop.

Ambitious Plans

The Committee of Cloontuskert Cemetery would like to thank everybody who contributed so generously to our recent Cemetery Sunday collection for the upkeep of the Cemetery for the coming year your generosity is greatly appreciated.  Our thoughts now turn to our next project which will be our last.  We hope to erect a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries it will be erected on the left-hand side of the front entrance to the old Cemetery to the height of the surrounding wall 48 inches. We do not have a time frame for its completion but would love to have it in place for next year, but that might be a bit too ambitious as we are just falling short of the estimated cost. 

Anyone who wishes to inquire further about the proposed project contact any committee member – Sean Carthy, Johnny Malone, Peter Cox Frank Curley Pauline Brennan

Get Active for 6 weeks

A get out get active 6-week activity programme will take place in Ballyleague commencing on Tuesday 23rd October for the six-week duration.

Men and women classes, weekly weigh in, couch to 5k, indoor and outdoor sessions, there will be an optional nutritional plan for those wanting this add on.

There will be four sessions each week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This programme is suitable for all to take part in and enjoy.

The cost of the programme is €100.

There will be a registration night on this coming Thursday night 11th October in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse from 8-10pm. For further details contact Ray Cox 086 6085 272

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sean Carroll, Tullyvrane. The winning envelope was worth €267. Congratulations to Sean on his win and the club also thanks him for his 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.

€14,100 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 €14,000, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now rise to reach and the really worthwhile winning amount of €14,100. The numbers drawn were 3, 5, 10 and 21. The winner of the €50 prize was Lisa Devlin c/o Market, and the three €20 prizes were won by Breata Kenny, Newpark, Cathy Donlon Church View and Mary Slattery, Ballyleague.

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.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

After cancelling last Friday’s outing to Strokestown due to the weather, the Society have rescheduled the outing for next Friday 19th October at 11am.It is hoped to see you all there.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results for of the competition held on Wednesday 3rd October are: North/South 1st Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 2nd Mary Mc Gushin and Una Clarke, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Elish Gray. East/West: 1st Frances Brennan and Frank Brennan, 2nd Katherine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 3rd Maura Hanley and Elizabeth Clyne

The results for Wednesday 10th October: North/South; 1st Mary Mc Gushin and Bernadette Clancy, 2nd Katherine Harrison and Carmel Rodgers, 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey.

East/West: 1st Brid McDermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Elish Gray and Elizabeth Clyne, 3rd Patricia McGann and Mary Jamieson.

Person of the Year

Last Friday night was a momentous night for Fr. Brendan Sullivan, son of Pat and Josie Sullivan, Lehery when Brendan was announced as the Midlands Simon Community Longford Person of the Year. Brendan who celebrated 25 years of Ministry in the Church earlier this year was and is a shining light for everyone in the manner he carries out his ministry. He is hugely regarded for the amount of work he does apart from his ministry and this is an honour that is thoroughly deserved. No matter where you go, and his name is mentioned the affection he is held is amazing – Brendan affects many in the most positives of ways.

Congratulations Brendan on a richly deserved award.

It was a great weekend for the O’Sullivan family when Brendan’s nephew Iarla was name as man of the match in Rathcline’s great win in the Intermediate Championship – a great weekend all round.

Thank You

The Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club would like to thank everyone for their very generous support to their church gate collection last weekend. The sum donated amounted to €752.

Mens Club

The club meets every second Thursday in Clarke’s Bar every Thursday from 12noon until 1pm.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday 18th October and the many stories of their trip to the Titanic Centre, Belfast that took place on Monday. If you have never been there and would like to get involved just drop in to Clarkes for a cuppa and a chat for the hour once a week.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 8th October were N/S: Gross/Nett: 1st Kathleen Kearney Kelly and Joan Donlon, 2nd Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley and Ann Donlon and Freda Kenny. E/W: Gross/Nett: 1st Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Essie Nugent, 3rd Maura Hanley and Mary Mc Gushin                         

Cloontuskert National School 

The Parent’s Association would like to thank everyone who helped out, bought ducks and sponsored prizes for the Duck Derby that took place on 7th October.  It was a great success.

The Parents Association would like to sincerely thank the sponsors of spot prizes for the Duck Darby – Xlntee, Cloud 9, Johnston’s Pharmacy and Town and Country, Athleague. 
Many thanks also to Niall Gannon and Brían Crossan who helped out on the day in their kayaks, Tracy and Michael Farrell and Fergal McElgunn from Lough Ree Sub Aqua and to Patricia McCormack who sourced some of the ducks for us. 
Finally, a special thank you to all parents and children that sold tickets themselves or at SuperValu and at Taste of Lakelands. The winners were 1st Alan Farrell, 2nd Cathy Kelly, 3rd Maria Gill, 4th Joe Gill, 5th Jake Cox, 6th Tim Fox, 7th John Lackey, 8th Anna O’Brien and 9th Sean O’Halloran. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Astro Turf

Plans were unveiled this week for a new initiative to develop an astro turf soccer pitch for the benefit of all the children of Lanesborough, Ballyleague and students of the local secondary school and adults of the entire community. The pitch is badly needed because the existing field at the track at Lanesborough Community College, which has served the school and the community well over the decades, now suffers from heavy flooding in Winter time and is unplayable a lot. The astro project will cost up to €200,000 and is being undertaken by a voluntary committee set up by Ballyboro soccer club and the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board who own the land at LCC. 

The committee is made up of all local lads and lassies from Lanesborough & Rathcline, Kilgefin and Ballyleague: Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney, Eddie Kelly, Seamus Sorohan, Karl Crawford, Mark Tarmey, Lee Cullen, Ann McGloin, Ronnie Johnston, Eamon Bolger, Kevin Connaughton, John Tynan, Ciaran Mullooly, Carol Donlon, Kieran Feeney. 

The first target for the new committee is to raise enough funds so that it can apply to the Department of Tourism & Sport for a Sports Capital Grant at the end of this month of October for assistance and the committee needs to have a minimum of five per cent of the project cost in the bank at that stage. Raising €10,000 will not be easy, but the committee has set up a Go Fund Me page on the internet and has already raised over €6,000 – thanks to great help from Joe O’Brien and the committee. A special appeal has gone out to past pupils of the school and former residents of the community who are now far away from home but can assist over the World Wide Web. To support the fundraising, just copy and paste this address into your computer browser or link to it online. The link is here:

https://www.gofundme.com/new-lanesborough-astro-turf-pitch?pc=tw_dn_cpgnsharemore_r&rcid=r01-153892268711-2b24de41254e4759

The committee has a number of major fundraising initiatives at the planning stage for 2019 but will only be holding smaller events before Christmas while other major events in the area are underway. The first small event – a TABLE QUIZ NIGHT – is aimed at attracting support from all the families of all students of Lanesborough Community College and all the parents of all the team players with Ballyboro soccer club. This Table quiz will be held at Rosie’s Bar (Sorohan’s) in Ballyleague on Friday night October 26th next at 9.30pm.  Tables of 4 will cost €40 – (10 euro each member) and there will lots of great spot prizes on the night. so please mark the date in your diary for a good night out on the Halloween weekend Friday October 26th. 

If you would like to make a donation to the astro turf pitch fund or help the committee in any way please e mail ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com or telephone John Tynan – the Chairman of Ballyboro soccer club at 087 6221894.

Art and Craft Camp

Halloween Art and Craft camp for kids Tues 30th October to Thursday 1st November inclusive, 10am – 1pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  €35 per child.  Suitable for ages 4 -10 years.  To book a place contact Denise 086 8930990 or Amy 087 0904388.

Set Dancing Classes

As we go into the late Autumn and Winter perhaps it is time to think about taking up the Set Dancing classes that take place in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse every Tuesday at 8.30pm. You will come under the expert tuition of Mairead who is running classes for beginners. If you think you would like to go along and would like to get some encouragement or information you can ring Mairead at 086 8546 433.

Lanesboro Library

Create a Spooky Door Wreath!
Create a Spooky Halloween Door Wreath to greet your trick or treaters! This event is part of the Aisling Festival and costs €5 per child.  Age 6-12 yrs.
Venue: Lanesboro Library
Date: Tuesday 23rs October: Time: 4pm – 5.30pm: Places are limited so contact Stella on 0433321291 to book!

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues at the library on Monday 22nd October 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
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 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.
Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin!
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 is on display in the Library!  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’!
Drop into the Library to get your entry in if you want to win!!
Hallowe’en Family Fun Morning
Parents are welcome to bring their children along to the Library on Saturday morning 20th October 10am to 12 noon for some Family Fun!
Along with the games/Lego/colouring tables, we will have some Hallowe’en fun outfits in the Dress up box and Hallowe’en crafts at the Crafts table.
This is a free event and no booking is required!
Book Club
Our Book Club continues on Friday morning 26th October at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. New members always welcome.
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.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz to raise funds for an MRI Scanner at Mullingar hospital will take place on The Peer Rakish Paddy on Friday 19th October at 9pm. A table of 4 will cost €40. There will also be a raffle on the night.

Concert

The friends of the Regional Hospital Mullingar will host a fund-raising event with funds going to help with the provision of an MRI Scanner for the hospital. The concert that takes place on Saturday night 27th October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall will include comedy act and School around the Corner. This is an evening for young and old with music and craic. Tickets €10 each and are on sale in O’Brien’s.

The 15th Gallant 5km/10km Challenge:

In aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place on Saturday 27th October 2018.  This event will start and finish at Mc Seains Bar Cornafean and will be marked out and stewarded along the route to guide you along the way to whichever distance you decide to participate in. Main sponsors of this year’s event are Barry Kiernan Construction Moyne County Longford, Corrigan’s Fuel Services and Convenience Store Moyne County Longford and Grousehall Furniture Killydoon.  Special thanks to them for their kind support. Over the previous 14 years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising €389,000 for this wonderful cause. There will be loads of surprises and craic on the day and it will be a fantastic day for the family.  Entry fee on the day to participate in the Challenge is voluntary.  Registration for the Challenge takes place from 12 noon and Challenge kicks off at 1pm sharp. Anyone wishing to donate to this very worthy cause can do so by leaving donations in the Village Foodstore Crossdoney.  All donations are greatly accepted.

Sponsorship cards or information on the Challenge are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309, William Hughes on 086-3584700 and Village Foodstore in Crossdoney.  Please COME ALONG and support this worthy cause

Rathcline GAA.

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”.  The club is hoping to collect a huge number of old recipes and if you can get them to us as soon as possible so that we can have the booklet ready for our Cake Fare. Looking forward to hearing from everybody and especially adding your recipe into the publication.

Intermediate Champions:

The aim in 2018 was to win the Intermediate championship and to regain senior championship status. Following a famous victory, at the third time of asking, over a hugely determined Ardagh/Moydow side. They made us work hard for everything we got, and their challenge was at all times tough. We dug deep twice before and on Sunday it was to be no different. We went four points up at a crucial stage of the game and it look like we were going to pull away, but their challenge was not to wane and in no time, it was back level. The intensity of the game began to rise, and our lads were no about to cede victory and a wonderful swift attack saw Niall Keane slide the ball to the Ardagh net for a lead that we were never to lose. Celebrations began, and it was a tremendous for the Rathcline team to reward the tremendous support of the community far and wide who were with us throughout this fabulous victory. The club would like to acknowledge the great work of team manager, Liam Tully, selectors Anthony Farrell, Kevin Connaughton, Brendan Rhatigan and everyone else that chipped in and helped in the developing of the team to achieve this great success on Sunday. The club would like to thank our great support that was in Pearse Park over the three games it was wonderful to see you persist in your support.

Congratulations to Iarla O’Sullivan on being named man of the match.

We look forward to the Leinster Championship where we will play in Kilkenny or Wexford, Mullinavat or Naomh Éanna on the 10th November. We go into this game with great confidence considering we played and lost narrowly to Wexford champions, Kilanerin, last year. They went on to win the Leinster Intermediate title and only Sunday last were very unlucky not to have won the Wexford senior championship final.  

It is a great day for our club to be back in the senior ranks and we look forward to the constant development of our team into a team that in no time will, we are sure, be competing on Senior County Final day.

There is a huge amount of work being done in the development of the club as a whole and this victory should provide a great support to the exceptional and continuous work being done tirelessly.

Congratulations:

The Rathcline club would like to pay a special tribute to Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan on being named Midland Simon Community Longford Person of the Year in the Longford Arms on Friday night last.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sean Carroll, Tullyvrane. The winning envelope was worth €267. Congratulations to Sean on his win and the club also thanks him for his 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:

Last Saturday night the Shannon Gaels Minor club staged the Fr. Ted Comes to Town in St. Mary’s hall. The play was back due to public demand and there was another great crowd enjoying the night. The play was written by Colin Fayne. The night was another very special night for Shannon Gaels. The club would like to thank Colin for writing the play, our actors, the backstage crew, the front of house, costume design and makeup, the ladies in the shop. The club would like to thank Margaret Gillen, Anne O’Reilly, The Green and one contributor who wishes to remain anonymous for their generous donations.

The club is deeply grateful to Pat Deasy his wife Angie and their Green Light company for his sponsoring of both staging’s of the play.

Our Minor League final has been rescheduled for Wednesday week 24th October at a venue yet to be confirmed. If you can make it would be tremendous to have a big crowd turning up to support the lads and hopefully bring home another title to the parish.

Well done to our county U16 Fr. Manning Cup representatives Briain Casey, Kevin Tansey, Richard Prior and Seadhna Ryan on helping Longford commence their campaign with a win over Leitrim. Longford will take on Meath at Meath Centre of Excellence Dunsany on this coming Saturday at 2pm.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League: The O’Rourke Cup continues on Saturday afternoon when St. Faithleach’s play Clann na Gael in Ballyleague at 4-30pm. 

Mountdillon GAA Celebration: St. Faithleach’s will host a very special event in the clubhouse on Saturday 20th October as past player’s, officials and friends of the Bord Na Mona /Mountdillon GAA will be honoured at a special reception. RTE broadcaster Ciaran Mullooly will be master of ceremonies and this free event will include music and refreshments.

Get Our Get Active: There has been a fantastic response to our Get Out Get Active challenge which kicks off on Oct 23rd. Best of luck to all our participants.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000. Envelopes are €2 and are available from all local retailers and the clubhouse.

anesboro Ballyleague Notes

Champions at last

At the third time of asking the Rathcline team gained victory over a very gallant and tough Ardagh/Moydow side. As was the way in the previous two games there was nothing between the two teams right through the game. It must be said that we did miss some golden goal chances and in fairness to the lads they never allowed it to diminish their aim of winning back to back Intermediate championship titles. They had to dig deep throughout and with a relatively young team, these three games against Ardagh/Moydow was a wonderfully tough learning lesson and the longer the game went on Sunday you could see them growing greater into the game.

At a stage half way through the second half we pulled away from Ardagh/Moydow by four points but as was their way throughout this intriguing trilogy they pegged the lead back, but it was then that our young men stepped up and Niall Keane scored a great goal to edge us ahead and this time there was to be no doubt about us winning.

The next step is an away trip for the Leinster Quarter Final on Saturday 10th November where Rathcline will play the winners of Mullinavat from Kilkenny or Wexford champions Naomh Éanna from Gorey. There is no doubt that the three games will have stood us in a great place and I am sure the management and panel will relish the trip to Kilkenny or Wexford.

Rathcline will now go to play senior championship in 2019 and judging by the talent that is developing in the club there is no doubt that they won’t be found wanting playing senior championship and perhaps it will not be too long before they will end the famine of a second county championship in the parish.

Wedding

The marriage took place in Sant Isodooro Church, Tragliata, Rome of Emma Kilbride daughter of Freda and Joe Kilbride, Ballyleague and Craig Jackson son of Bobbye and Bill Jackson, Mtunzini, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Matron of Honour was Anna Kimmins-Shine cousin of the Bride and Bridesmaid was Michaela Schramm. Bestman was Keith Jackson brother of the Groom and Dean Berlin friend of the Groom. The Flower Girl was Zoe Jackson niece of the Groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Roby and the wedding reception was held in Borgo Di Tragliata.

We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Men and Women Recipes

The subcommittee organising the Rathcline GAA Annual ‘Cake Fare’ on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall is seeking your help in collecting recipes you may have and would like to share them. The idea is to produce a collection with all your recipes included and, on that day, it is intended to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish and further afield. In recent years there has been a great shift to the number of men cooking and baking and the committee would love to hear from you as well as all the ladies that are continually creating great food and confectionary from their chosen recipes.

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.

Without doubt there are surely a huge number of recipes handed down safely stowed away in presses, drawers and attics. Now is the time to dust them off and share them with us. Thanking you in advance.

Can you get your recipes to us as soon as possible as we hope to have the booklet available for the Cake Fare?

The club is looking forward to hearing from everybody with a connection to our parish and we look forward to adding your recipe into the publication.

Breakfast Morning on Sunday next

The hugely popular Lanesboro Tidy Towns Breakfast Morning will return on Sunday morning next 21st October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall from 9am to 1pm.

Last year was the inaugural staging of the event and it proved to be a massive success. This year we hope there will be a bigger crowd supporting the Breakfast and the wonderful work being done by Lanesboro Tidy Towns. Tickets, priced €10, are on sale throughout the town for those that wish to support and cannot attend on the day. There is also the option to pay your €10 on the door.

Death

Tom Ginty, formerly Knock, who is presently home on holidays from Canada dropped into the shop to me on Friday to tell me that Barney Carberry, formerly Cloontuskert, emailed him to tell him that Pat Monaghan had passed away on Thursday 12th October.

The Monaghan family, originally from Co. Mayo, for all of us that remembered the family were highly respected in our community. John Joe, Pat and Mattie had few equals on the football pitch and their exploits in the Rathcline jersey are still talked about. The family also consisted of four sisters Mary, Noreen, Sadie and Ann. The family are still often spoken about with a great fondness and affection. How many families have left that impact in our community having been gone for such a long time? My memory of the family as a youngster was when they lived with their mother on the top of the hill of Rathcline.

Pat was born on 13th May 1945, lived in Canada for many years had been in hospital in Toronto. He had been ill for a time before his death. Even though he was ill Pat’s death leaves a great sadness in all our hearts and minds. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the surviving Monaghan family members, relatives and friends.

Wilder and Gold

A new coffee shop and giftware store, Wilder and Gold’ was opened last week in Main Street Ballymahon, by local lady Marie O’Dowd. Marie is daughter of Margaret and the late Kevin O’Dowd, Bornacor. Marie has a great knowledge of business and this is her first venture into being self employed. We wish Marie the very best of luck and wish her much success. Wilder and Gold is situated beside the Post office and Bank of Ireland and it is situated in the former Hanley’s shop.

Ambitious Plans

The Committee of Cloontuskert Cemetery would like to thank everybody who contributed so generously to our recent Cemetery Sunday collection for the upkeep of the Cemetery for the coming year your generosity is greatly appreciated.  Our thoughts now turn to our next project which will be our last.  We hope to erect a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the three visionaries it will be erected on the left-hand side of the front entrance to the old Cemetery to the height of the surrounding wall 48 inches. We do not have a time frame for its completion but would love to have it in place for next year, but that might be a bit too ambitious as we are just falling short of the estimated cost. 

Anyone who wishes to inquire further about the proposed project contact any committee member – Sean Carthy, Johnny Malone, Peter Cox Frank Curley Pauline Brennan

Get Active for 6 weeks

A get out get active 6-week activity programme will take place in Ballyleague commencing on Tuesday 23rd October for the six-week duration.

Men and women classes, weekly weigh in, couch to 5k, indoor and outdoor sessions, there will be an optional nutritional plan for those wanting this add on.

There will be four sessions each week – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This programme is suitable for all to take part in and enjoy.

The cost of the programme is €100.

There will be a registration night on this coming Thursday night 11th October in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse from 8-10pm. For further details contact Ray Cox 086 6085 272

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sean Carroll, Tullyvrane. The winning envelope was worth €267. Congratulations to Sean on his win and the club also thanks him for his 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.

€14,100 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 €14,000, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now rise to reach and the really worthwhile winning amount of €14,100. The numbers drawn were 3, 5, 10 and 21. The winner of the €50 prize was Lisa Devlin c/o Market, and the three €20 prizes were won by Breata Kenny, Newpark, Cathy Donlon Church View and Mary Slattery, Ballyleague.

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.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

After cancelling last Friday’s outing to Strokestown due to the weather, the Society have rescheduled the outing for next Friday 19th October at 11am.It is hoped to see you all there.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results for of the competition held on Wednesday 3rd October are: North/South 1st Eileen Kelly and Mary Farrell, 2nd Mary Mc Gushin and Una Clarke, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Elish Gray. East/West: 1st Frances Brennan and Frank Brennan, 2nd Katherine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 3rd Maura Hanley and Elizabeth Clyne

The results for Wednesday 10th October: North/South; 1st Mary Mc Gushin and Bernadette Clancy, 2nd Katherine Harrison and Carmel Rodgers, 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey.

East/West: 1st Brid McDermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Elish Gray and Elizabeth Clyne, 3rd Patricia McGann and Mary Jamieson.

Person of the Year

Last Friday night was a momentous night for Fr. Brendan Sullivan, son of Pat and Josie Sullivan, Lehery when Brendan was announced as the Midlands Simon Community Longford Person of the Year. Brendan who celebrated 25 years of Ministry in the Church earlier this year was and is a shining light for everyone in the manner he carries out his ministry. He is hugely regarded for the amount of work he does apart from his ministry and this is an honour that is thoroughly deserved. No matter where you go, and his name is mentioned the affection he is held is amazing – Brendan affects many in the most positives of ways.

Congratulations Brendan on a richly deserved award.

It was a great weekend for the O’Sullivan family when Brendan’s nephew Iarla was name as man of the match in Rathcline’s great win in the Intermediate Championship – a great weekend all round.

Thank You

The Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club would like to thank everyone for their very generous support to their church gate collection last weekend. The sum donated amounted to €752.

Mens Club

The club meets every second Thursday in Clarke’s Bar every Thursday from 12noon until 1pm.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday 18th October and the many stories of their trip to the Titanic Centre, Belfast that took place on Monday. If you have never been there and would like to get involved just drop in to Clarkes for a cuppa and a chat for the hour once a week.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 8th October were N/S: Gross/Nett: 1st Kathleen Kearney Kelly and Joan Donlon, 2nd Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley and Ann Donlon and Freda Kenny. E/W: Gross/Nett: 1st Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Essie Nugent, 3rd Maura Hanley and Mary Mc Gushin                         

Cloontuskert National School 

The Parent’s Association would like to thank everyone who helped out, bought ducks and sponsored prizes for the Duck Derby that took place on 7th October.  It was a great success.

The Parents Association would like to sincerely thank the sponsors of spot prizes for the Duck Darby – Xlntee, Cloud 9, Johnston’s Pharmacy and Town and Country, Athleague. 
Many thanks also to Niall Gannon and Brían Crossan who helped out on the day in their kayaks, Tracy and Michael Farrell and Fergal McElgunn from Lough Ree Sub Aqua and to Patricia McCormack who sourced some of the ducks for us. 
Finally, a special thank you to all parents and children that sold tickets themselves or at SuperValu and at Taste of Lakelands. The winners were 1st Alan Farrell, 2nd Cathy Kelly, 3rd Maria Gill, 4th Joe Gill, 5th Jake Cox, 6th Tim Fox, 7th John Lackey, 8th Anna O’Brien and 9th Sean O’Halloran. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Astro Turf

Plans were unveiled this week for a new initiative to develop an astro turf soccer pitch for the benefit of all the children of Lanesborough, Ballyleague and students of the local secondary school and adults of the entire community. The pitch is badly needed because the existing field at the track at Lanesborough Community College, which has served the school and the community well over the decades, now suffers from heavy flooding in Winter time and is unplayable a lot. The astro project will cost up to €200,000 and is being undertaken by a voluntary committee set up by Ballyboro soccer club and the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board who own the land at LCC. 

The committee is made up of all local lads and lassies from Lanesborough & Rathcline, Kilgefin and Ballyleague: Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney, Eddie Kelly, Seamus Sorohan, Karl Crawford, Mark Tarmey, Lee Cullen, Ann McGloin, Ronnie Johnston, Eamon Bolger, Kevin Connaughton, John Tynan, Ciaran Mullooly, Carol Donlon, Kieran Feeney. 

The first target for the new committee is to raise enough funds so that it can apply to the Department of Tourism & Sport for a Sports Capital Grant at the end of this month of October for assistance and the committee needs to have a minimum of five per cent of the project cost in the bank at that stage. Raising €10,000 will not be easy, but the committee has set up a Go Fund Me page on the internet and has already raised over €6,000 – thanks to great help from Joe O’Brien and the committee. A special appeal has gone out to past pupils of the school and former residents of the community who are now far away from home but can assist over the World Wide Web. To support the fundraising, just copy and paste this address into your computer browser or link to it online. The link is here:

https://www.gofundme.com/new-lanesborough-astro-turf-pitch?pc=tw_dn_cpgnsharemore_r&rcid=r01-153892268711-2b24de41254e4759

The committee has a number of major fundraising initiatives at the planning stage for 2019 but will only be holding smaller events before Christmas while other major events in the area are underway. The first small event – a TABLE QUIZ NIGHT – is aimed at attracting support from all the families of all students of Lanesborough Community College and all the parents of all the team players with Ballyboro soccer club. This Table quiz will be held at Rosie’s Bar (Sorohan’s) in Ballyleague on Friday night October 26th next at 9.30pm.  Tables of 4 will cost €40 – (10 euro each member) and there will lots of great spot prizes on the night. so please mark the date in your diary for a good night out on the Halloween weekend Friday October 26th. 

If you would like to make a donation to the astro turf pitch fund or help the committee in any way please e mail ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com or telephone John Tynan – the Chairman of Ballyboro soccer club at 087 6221894.

Art and Craft Camp

Halloween Art and Craft camp for kids Tues 30th October to Thursday 1st November inclusive, 10am – 1pm in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro.  €35 per child.  Suitable for ages 4 -10 years.  To book a place contact Denise 086 8930990 or Amy 087 0904388.

Set Dancing Classes

As we go into the late Autumn and Winter perhaps it is time to think about taking up the Set Dancing classes that take place in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse every Tuesday at 8.30pm. You will come under the expert tuition of Mairead who is running classes for beginners. If you think you would like to go along and would like to get some encouragement or information you can ring Mairead at 086 8546 433.

Lanesboro Library

Create a Spooky Door Wreath!
Create a Spooky Halloween Door Wreath to greet your trick or treaters! This event is part of the Aisling Festival and costs €5 per child.  Age 6-12 yrs.
Venue: Lanesboro Library
Date: Tuesday 23rs October: Time: 4pm – 5.30pm: Places are limited so contact Stella on 0433321291 to book!

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues at the library on Monday 22nd October 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
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 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.
Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin!
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 is on display in the Library!  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’!
Drop into the Library to get your entry in if you want to win!!
Hallowe’en Family Fun Morning
Parents are welcome to bring their children along to the Library on Saturday morning 20th October 10am to 12 noon for some Family Fun!
Along with the games/Lego/colouring tables, we will have some Hallowe’en fun outfits in the Dress up box and Hallowe’en crafts at the Crafts table.
This is a free event and no booking is required!
Book Club
Our Book Club continues on Friday morning 26th October at 11am.  Come along for a chat and a cuppa. New members always welcome.
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.

Table Quiz

A Table Quiz to raise funds for an MRI Scanner at Mullingar hospital will take place on The Peer Rakish Paddy on Friday 19th October at 9pm. A table of 4 will cost €40. There will also be a raffle on the night.

Concert

The friends of the Regional Hospital Mullingar will host a fund-raising event with funds going to help with the provision of an MRI Scanner for the hospital. The concert that takes place on Saturday night 27th October in St. Mary’s Parish Hall will include comedy act and School around the Corner. This is an evening for young and old with music and craic. Tickets €10 each and are on sale in O’Brien’s.

The 15th Gallant 5km/10km Challenge:

In aid of St Christopher’s Hospice Cavan takes place on Saturday 27th October 2018.  This event will start and finish at Mc Seains Bar Cornafean and will be marked out and stewarded along the route to guide you along the way to whichever distance you decide to participate in. Main sponsors of this year’s event are Barry Kiernan Construction Moyne County Longford, Corrigan’s Fuel Services and Convenience Store Moyne County Longford and Grousehall Furniture Killydoon.  Special thanks to them for their kind support. Over the previous 14 years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising €389,000 for this wonderful cause. There will be loads of surprises and craic on the day and it will be a fantastic day for the family.  Entry fee on the day to participate in the Challenge is voluntary.  Registration for the Challenge takes place from 12 noon and Challenge kicks off at 1pm sharp. Anyone wishing to donate to this very worthy cause can do so by leaving donations in the Village Foodstore Crossdoney.  All donations are greatly accepted.

Sponsorship cards or information on the Challenge are available from St Christopher’s Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309, William Hughes on 086-3584700 and Village Foodstore in Crossdoney.  Please COME ALONG and support this worthy cause

Rathcline GAA.

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”.  The club is hoping to collect a huge number of old recipes and if you can get them to us as soon as possible so that we can have the booklet ready for our Cake Fare. Looking forward to hearing from everybody and especially adding your recipe into the publication.

Intermediate Champions:

The aim in 2018 was to win the Intermediate championship and to regain senior championship status. Following a famous victory, at the third time of asking, over a hugely determined Ardagh/Moydow side. They made us work hard for everything we got, and their challenge was at all times tough. We dug deep twice before and on Sunday it was to be no different. We went four points up at a crucial stage of the game and it look like we were going to pull away, but their challenge was not to wane and in no time, it was back level. The intensity of the game began to rise, and our lads were no about to cede victory and a wonderful swift attack saw Niall Keane slide the ball to the Ardagh net for a lead that we were never to lose. Celebrations began, and it was a tremendous for the Rathcline team to reward the tremendous support of the community far and wide who were with us throughout this fabulous victory. The club would like to acknowledge the great work of team manager, Liam Tully, selectors Anthony Farrell, Kevin Connaughton, Brendan Rhatigan and everyone else that chipped in and helped in the developing of the team to achieve this great success on Sunday. The club would like to thank our great support that was in Pearse Park over the three games it was wonderful to see you persist in your support.

Congratulations to Iarla O’Sullivan on being named man of the match.

We look forward to the Leinster Championship where we will play in Kilkenny or Wexford, Mullinavat or Naomh Éanna on the 10th November. We go into this game with great confidence considering we played and lost narrowly to Wexford champions, Kilanerin, last year. They went on to win the Leinster Intermediate title and only Sunday last were very unlucky not to have won the Wexford senior championship final.  

It is a great day for our club to be back in the senior ranks and we look forward to the constant development of our team into a team that in no time will, we are sure, be competing on Senior County Final day.

There is a huge amount of work being done in the development of the club as a whole and this victory should provide a great support to the exceptional and continuous work being done tirelessly.

Congratulations:

The Rathcline club would like to pay a special tribute to Fr. Brendan O’Sullivan on being named Midland Simon Community Longford Person of the Year in the Longford Arms on Friday night last.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Sean Carroll, Tullyvrane. The winning envelope was worth €267. Congratulations to Sean on his win and the club also thanks him for his 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:

Last Saturday night the Shannon Gaels Minor club staged the Fr. Ted Comes to Town in St. Mary’s hall. The play was back due to public demand and there was another great crowd enjoying the night. The play was written by Colin Fayne. The night was another very special night for Shannon Gaels. The club would like to thank Colin for writing the play, our actors, the backstage crew, the front of house, costume design and makeup.

The club is deeply grateful to Pat Deasy and his Green Light company for his sponsoring of both staging’s of the play.

Our Minor League final has been rescheduled for Wednesday week 24th October at a venue yet to be confirmed. If you can make it would be tremendous to have a big crowd turning up to support the lads and hopefully bring home another title to the parish.

Well done to our county U16 Fr. Manning Cup representatives Briain Casey, Kevin Tansey, Richard Prior and Seadhna Ryan on helping Longford commence their campaign with a win over Leitrim. Longford will take on Meath at Meath Centre of Excellence Dunsany on this coming Saturday at 2pm.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior League: The O’Rourke Cup continues on Saturday afternoon when St. Faithleach’s play Clann na Gael in Ballyleague at 4-30pm. 

Mountdillon GAA Celebration: St. Faithleach’s will host a very special event in the clubhouse on Saturday 20th October as past player’s, officials and friends of the Bord Na Mona /Mountdillon GAA will be honoured at a special reception. RTE broadcaster Ciaran Mullooly will be master of ceremonies and this free event will include music and refreshments.

Get Our Get Active: There has been a fantastic response to our Get Out Get Active challenge which kicks off on Oct 23rd. Best of luck to all our participants.

Lotto: Jackpot stands at €12,000. Envelopes are €2 and are available from all local retailers and the clubhouse.

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