Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 29th October 2018

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Brigid on Virgin Media

As you all know and have seen from her fantastic work Brigid Mullooly is renowned for her camera work of the locality. Brigid has the eye for beauty and her extraordinary photography are things of outstanding beauty.

Brigid’s work was recognised nationally when she was selected one of three in the Virgin Media Ireland AM camera club final. Unfortunately, Brigid did not win the main prize but it was wonderful to see her on TV discussing her photograph and having it acknowledged nationally.

Well done Brigid.

Strange week in our community

What is strange generally means it is not good and the news that broke really numbed our community.

The news early in the week that Farrell’s Gala shop was closing stunned us all but to learn that in addition to it the Agri store, the fuel shop was also closing on 17th November. It is a sad day for the community as for as long as can be remembered the Farrell’s shop attached to Ger’s/Adie’s bar at the corner was there. It was the mainstay for the many families down through the hard times when Lanesboro was starting to grow with the emergence of Bord na Mona and ESB. There were legendary stories of the shop and indeed legendary staff there. Alas it will be no more, and Lanesboro’s Main Street and the entire community will be the poorer by its absence to us townies and country people alike. We wish the entire Farrell family, Adie, Josephine, Lorraine and Gerald the very best of luck into the future.

That news was swiftly followed by the announcement from Bord na Mona of the company will be shedding jobs over the next couple of years. Since the early 50’s Bord na Mona has been in our community and the surrounding communities. It has been one of the mainstays along with ESB of our developing area since the 50’s and indeed made us a thriving town right up to recent times.

This was news that we all knew was on the way due to the lifespan of the bog, but it was the without any future plan for our communities being mooted or even put in place that created the greatest shock. While there are many that the voluntary will suit there are many more that it will not suit, and the dramatic decrease of seasonal workers will leave a tremendous lack of money in the community and for the many students the underlying case of no money for accommodation etc. in third level towns.

While Bord na Mona has been so great for us for over 60 years they need to urgently put plans in place for jobs to be created in our area immediately. We must have redeployment to new jobs locally rather than men young and older that have many good working years ahead of them losing work.

Our community has been hit hard over the past week and we must rise together to develop and create a working environment for the next of our younger generation giving them the option to live work and play in their own community and help it grow.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to former Mahoraveen Mary Dennigan, her brothers Mike and Willie, Mahoraveen and their families on the death of Mary’s husband Jean Claude Bohin, Lievin, France recently.

Book Launch

ESB Lanesboro Generating Station History Book launch will take place on Monday 5th November at 12 noon in St Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro. All Lanesboro Generating Station retired staff and Lough Ree Power Station staff are invited.
Interested residents of the Lanesboro and Ballyleague area are welcome to attend. 

Out of Town News

For too long the news from me has been going only one way – informing everyone out of the area as to what is happening in their own and former community.

I am now inviting everyone that has a connection, even a tenuous one, to the Lanesboro, Ballyleague towns, the Rathcline and Kilgefin parishes to share their family news with us. In the recent past we had a birth in Canada (congratulations, again, Martin and Emma) followed a week later by a death also, as it happens, in Canada of the late Pat Monaghan and it is great to be able to share the out of town news with everyone.

You can email me on joea@iol.ie  and I would love to hear from you.

Have you a Recipe?

The Rathcline GAA Annual ‘Cake Fare’ that will take place on Sunday 9th December in St. Marys Parish Hall is seeking your help in collecting recipes you may have and that you may like to share them. The idea is to produce a collection with all your recipes included and, on the 9th December, it is intended to launch a collection of recipes gathered from around Rathcline parish. This idea has really taken off and a host of people have already shared their recipes. Recipes have been flowing in and as the closing date for the recipes is fast approaching it is very important that you, if you wish to share your recipe, get your recipe in as quickly as possible.

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 them as well as all the ladies that are continually creating great food and confectionery 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.

With time closing in for the printing of the booklet you are asked to get your recipes to us as soon as possible as we will 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.

Whist Drive Returns

Following the summer break the Lanesboro Social Services Whist Drive will return for another season. Lanesboro Social Services does tremendous unseen work all year round and the Whist Drive is a main fundraiser for them each month. The committee depend on your support and the support of your card playing friends to help ensure that their great work continues unabated.

You are invited to go along to St. Mary’s Parish Hall on this Friday night 2nd November for an 8.30pm start. A great night of card playing is assured and refreshments will be served.

Defibrillator Course and Refresher

In the very near future there will be a new defibrillator and defibrillator refresher course commencing. There is a great need for new people to learn the use of the defibrillator and there are a number of people that their refresher course is now due. We all know the importance of the knowledge in the use of a defibrillator and how your knowledge can and will save a life when you are called upon to use your training.

If you want to do the upcoming course leave your name in with Martina O’Brien at the shop, phone 043 332107/086 2460840; email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

50/50

The club would encourage you to support the weekly 50/50 draw for the next few weeks as there will be a major outlay as Rathcline travel to Wexford for the first round of the Leinster Intermediate Championship and while you have the opportunity to win the weekly prize, but you will also be helping to defray the costs for the Leinster Championship.

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop. The winning envelope was worth €322. Congratulations to Joe 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 or 3 tickets for €5. 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.

€14,300 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 €14,200, jackpot and the jackpot for this week, will now rise to reach and the really worthwhile winning amount of €14,300. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 12 and 29. The winner of the €50 prize was Louis Mullooly, Lehery, and the three €20 prizes were won by Eileen Mullen c/o Xlntee, Patsy c/o Mags and Stephen Maher Gortgallon.

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 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 15th October are: N/S: Gross and Nett:

 1st J.J. Donlon and Joan Donnellan, 2nd Carol Hamill and Ann Hagan, 3rd Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donlon. E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Mary Jameson and Goretti Kenny, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Essie Nugent, 3rd Eileen Kelly and Tom Feeney   

Ballyboro  

The under 10s got their league campaign off to a terrific start when they recorded an emphatic win over Ardagh. A number of players showed great promise for the future and they can look forward to a very enjoyable season. Team and goal scorers Michael Sorohan, Dan Casey, Evan Rooney (2), Eoghan Mullooly (1), Eoin Beattie, Rian Shanley (2), Rian Hogan (4), Oisin Dillon (2), Patrick Gilmore, Eoin Farrell (2), Ciaran McGloin, Keilon Gilmore.
The under 12s got the better of Castlepollard by a 6-3 margin. Ben Murphy was on fire and helped himself to 5 goals, with Christian Donlon scoring the other goal. Team: Ronan Cox, Anthony Cox, David Cox, Jack Brogan, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Tom Gilmore, Ben Murphy, Billy Murray.
The under 14s were also in good form in their game against Killoe Celtic, and they twice overcame a 2-goal deficit to win by 5 goals to three. Team and scorers: Briain Farrell, Jack McGloin, Paul Byrne, Bryan Mullooly, Luke Dowd, Sam Murphy (1), Matthew Heneghan (1), Shane Ross (1), Jimmy Farrell, Christy Burke, Ciaran O’Dowd (1). subs Jack Flynn (1) and Cormac O’Dowd.
The under 13s found Westport United far too good for them in their third round Connacht Cup encounter. The very highly rated Westport team who were Connacht Champions last year had too many aces for a gallant Ballyboro team. Ballyboro: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Cormac O’Dowd, Jack Casey, Christian Donlon, Conor Farrell, James Mimnagh, Eoin Cox, Joey Trimble, Euan Cullen. subs Luke Cullen and Fionn Crossan.
The Table Quiz on Friday last was an outstanding success in which 26 teams participated. Thanks are due to all who made the occasion so eventful: James and Marie who hosted the event and supplied the food; all those who sponsored spot prizes; all who helped out on the night; and last but not least all who took part and entered into the spirit of the occasion.
  The next fund raiser the Club are organising is “Last Man Standing”. Entry forms are available from all committee members. Entrants are required to pick a team to win a Premiership game on a week to week basis, with the last man (or woman) standing pocketing €500.
 Fixtures: The under 9s will be involved in a blitz at Ballymahon Astro on Saturday starting at 12 noon. Other teams involved are Ballymahon and UCL Harps (2 teams). The under 12s are involved in Connacht Cup action on Saturday at 12 noon, where they are at home to Newtown.

Thank You

The Lanesboro Tidy Towns group would like to thank everyone who helped make their breakfast morning an outstanding success. Thanks to our sponsors, SuperValu, Casserley’s Spar, Lough Ree Distillery, Clarkes Machinery, Michael Hanly, Engine Spares, Joe the Veg man.  A huge thanks to our local chef Stephen Dowd and all who turned up to serve and wash up. Prize winners were Sarah McNamara, Lucy Farrell, Celine Hester, Brian Farrell, Olive Ginty. Ella Walshe, Joe Ginty and Henry Kenny. A big thanks you to all the businesses that bought and sold tickets. See you all next year!

Weekly Bingo

You are reminded that the Ballyleague Bingo continues every Thursday night in Ballyleague hall commencing at 8.30pm. Ballyleague Bingo is renowned as the biggest and best bingo in the area. There is €200 to be won on every page and a snowball prize of €2000. Go along and support and who knows the snowball or one of the other prizes may be yours.

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

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 12th November 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL Class
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) continues every Tuesday evening at 7pm at the library.
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!
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
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.

Arthritis Ireland

Arthritis Ireland Longford invite you to their Annual Public Meeting Thurs 1st Nov 2018 @ 7.30pm. at the Family Centre St Mel’s Rd. Longford. The presentation will be by guest speaker Jennifer Edgeworth psychologist. 
We would also like to thank everybody who contributed to our Church gate collection held throughout the various parishes in the county. All funds raised are used to provide courses which are subsidized e.g. Adapted Aqua, Adapted Physio, Yoga, Nordic Walking also Living Well with Arthritis is an educational programme giving tools and techniques to manage Arthritis.
Arthritis information booklets and refreshments will be available on the night. Enquiries can be made by phoning  0871404200

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.

The revised schedule of games has been agreed with CCC Longford commenced last weekend. There are many hugely important games in this schedule and it is very important that there is a huge support for the teams throughout. You will see two finals with the prospects of others and we hope for a brilliant finish to the 2018 season. ‘Be with us Be there’.

50/50

The club would encourage you to support the weekly 50/50 draw for the next few weeks as there will be a major outlay as Rathcline travel to Wexford for the first round of the Leinster Intermediate Championship and while you have the opportunity to win the weekly prize, but you will also be helping to defray the costs for the Leinster Championship.

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop. The winning envelope was worth €322. Congratulations to Joe 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 or 3 tickets for €5. 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.

Upcoming games

On Friday night next Friday 2nd November, the promotion relegation playoff will take place when we will take on Granard and a win here will see us playing Division 1 football in 2019. On Saturday 10th November we will make the journey to Wexford/Kilkenny for the Quarter Final of the Leinster Intermediate championship with a 1.30pm throw-in. The following Friday night we will play the U20 Championship Final at a venue yet to be decided at 8.30pm. The semi-final of the Leinster Intermediate will take place on Saturday 24th November at 1.30pm, this will be an away game against the winners of the Offaly/Wicklow Quarter Final.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U20 Championship: Round one of the D2A U20 Championship takes place on Sunday  4th  against  Roscommon Gaels  in Lisnamult  at 12 noon.
Well  done: To Roscommon Community College  and club reps Cian O’ Brien and Kevin and Ian Trautt who won the Roscommon  College’s B final against  Roscommon CBS.
King and Queen  of St. Faithleach’s : The search for our King and Queen  continues and last weekend seen two fundraisers go ahead. Caroline Connaughton and her team climbed Carrauntoohil and Joe Browne brought Elvis back to the Boro in style. This Saturday sees Helen O’Donnell host an American Tea Party in St. Faithleach’s at 8pm, and Brian Scally’s Tractor Run is on November 25th.  Your support for all our contestants is very much appreciated.  Details of all upcoming events are available on our Facebook page.  

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