Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 26th November 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul Annual Church Gate collection will take place on Saturday
8th and Sunday 9th December at all masses in Lanesboro.
Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.


Monday last 19th November we learned of the death at Costello’s
Nursing Home following a long illness of Cyril Gavigan. He was predeceased by
his parents Jimmy and Anne. Cyril, formerly of Thureen, was a resident in Lough
Ree Park for a good number of years. He was a man who was very diligent in
everything he done and is remembered by all that knew him in previous years as
a man who always worked very hard. He was a great conversationalist and loved
to have the chat and especially recount old times. He loved the simple things
of life and had a love of nature. His remains reposed at his family home in
Thureen on Wednesday last. On Thursday his remans were removed to St. Mary’s
Church, Lanesboro for Mass of the Resurrection and burial in Clonbonny followed
following Mass.

his sisters and brothers Annette, Geraldine, Tony, Garry, Bosco, Kevin, Noel,
Maria, Eamon and Martina, aunts and uncles, relatives and friends we extend our
deepest sympathy.

Table Quiz

In his bid to become King of St. Faithleach’s Ben Hussey will hosts
a Table Quiz in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse on Friday night next 30th
November. Come along, support Ben and a great night


marriage took place on Friday 9th November at St. Edmund’s Parish
Church, Castletown, Co. Laois of Padraig Hanly son of Pat and Mona Hanly,
Lisnacusha and Marie Peters daughter of Michael and Teresa Peters, Kilbricken,
Portlaoise. Bestman was Cathal Chapman, friend and neighbour of the Groom and
groomsman was Benny Mc Namara brother in law of the Groom. Matron of Honour was
Susan O’Brien sister of the Bride and Bridesmaid was Sinead Moore Peters sister
in law of the Bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. W. Hennessy
assisted by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception took place in the County
Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded

Nurse Donlon’s memories

of Nurse Donlon continue to arrive at Stella’s desk in the library and it is
hoped that the older generation amongst us that have so many vivid memories and
it would be great to put them to paper and send them to Stella as soon as you

you have memories of the Nurse you are invited to write them down and hand them
into Stella in the library or you can email Stella at
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.


death occurred peacefully at Innis Ree Nursing Home on Friday 9th
November of Mrs. Winnifred Nee, Clonadra, Ballyleague. Una as she was more
commonly known returned to live in Clonadra with her late husband Chris
following their retirement in England. Una made an instant impact in the
community because of her gentile manner and warm personality. She will always
be remembered for her warm and welcoming smile and her deep sincerity. Her
remains reposed in Farrell’s Funeral Home on Sunday evening before being
removed to The Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague. Following her Funeral
Mass on Monday Una was laid to rest in St. Coman’s Cemetery Roscommon. To her
sons Vinny and Colm, sister Mary Mulvihill, brothers John, Mattie and Joe,
relatives and many friends we would like to extend our sincere sympathy.


marriage took place on Friday last 23rd November at St. Joseph’s
Church, Kilteevan of Luke Brennan, daughter of Pat Brennan and Elizabeth
O’Grady Brennan, Lismacmanus and Mairead Kilmartin, daughter of John and
Margaret Kilmartin, Aughmagree, Kilteevan. Bestman was Niall Healy, friend of
the Groom, and groomsmen were Shane Fallon, neighbour and friend, Martin
Connaughton and Cian Healy, friends of the Groom. Chief Bridesmaid was Jennifer
Kilmartin, sister of the Bride and the bridesmaids were Sinead O’Grady friend
of the Bride, and Catríona Kilmartin and Veronica Kilmartin both sisters of the
Bride. Page boy was Jay Naughton friend and niece Alannah Feeney was the flower
girl. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Sean Beirne and Fr. Michael
Reilly. The weeding reception took place in the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar.
We wish that happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

December for St. John’s Congregation

The Services in St. John’s Church during December and
Christmas are: Sunday 9th December; Carol Service at 11.30am. Sunday
23rd Holy Communion with Sunday school involvement at 11.30am

At St Coman’s Roscommon: Carol Service Thursday 13th
December at 8pm. Christmas Day, Holy Communion Service at 11.30am.

Table Quiz

There will be a Table Quiz in aid of St Coman’s in
Cattigan’s Bar Castle Street at 9pm on Wednesday 7th December. Everyone is invited to go along and support.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to James O’Malley, daughters Bridget O’Malley, Bernadette Costello and Kate Crinigan, onthe death of their mother Mrs Mamie O’Malley, Kilmacnanny, Scramogue and her brothersJimmy, Willie and Pete Kelly and her sister Bridie.

Lough Ree Bridge Club

The results of
the Lough Ree Bridge Clubs competition held for the Marie Sheeran Memorial Cup
on Wednesday 14th November are: Winners – Frank and Frances Brennan.

The result of
the competition held on Wednesday 21st November are:

North/South; 1st Philomena Walsh and Katherine Harrison,
2nd Maureen Hynes and Mona O’Flaherty, 3rd Loretto Cooney
and Freda Kenny. East/West; 1st
Brid McDermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Patricia McGann and Mary
Jamieson, 3rd Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor.

Distinguished Visitor

The piece below was
taken from Lanesboro Primary School webpage:

We recently had the
great pleasure of welcoming Malcolm O’Hagan to our school following his
generous donation through the Irish American Partnership. The school applied to
the partnership for funds to begin our guided reading library and Dr. O’Hagan
very kindly met the grant application in full. Malcolm is a grandson of Master
Edward Rhatigan, who was principal of Lanesborough Primary School from 1908 –
1947. Master Rhatigan ran the school together with his wife, Malcolm’s
grandmother. Malcolm was also very generous with his time and took great
interest in listening to some children read. Afterwards, he chatted freely with
us about his memories of summer days spent in Lanesborough with his
grandparents. Ms Murphy presented Malcolm with a framed photograph of
Lanesborough by local photographer Brigid Mullooly as a token of our


just 4 Monday’s left until Christmas can all club members take and sell 50/50
tickets and help drive the sale up and up. Let’s make Christmas easy and great
for the next 4 lucky people and who knows it could be you. The 50/50 drive for
Christmas has started.

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Ann Kelly, Cullentra.
The winning envelope was worth €304. Amazingly there was a family connection to
the previous week’s winner as Murell Fallon is an aunt of Ann Kelly. The club is
very appreciative to Ann and her extended family for their 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.

Table Quiz

Badminton Club are holding their annual Table Quiz on this coming Saturday 1st
December in Clarke’s Bar in Lanesboro at 9pm, so grab a team and join in what
will be a great night.

Course and Refresher

are a number of clubs and associations in our community and it is very
important every one of them have a number of people trained in the use of the

As you may be aware in the very near future there will be a new defibrillator and defibrillator refresher course commencing. There is a great need for new peopleto learn the use of the defibrillator and there are a number of people thattheir refresher course is now due. We all know the importance of the knowledgein the use of a defibrillator and how your knowledge can and will save a lifewhen you are called upon to use your training. Ifyou want to do the upcoming course leave your name in with Martina O’Brien atthe shop, phone 043 332107/086 2460840; email

€14,700 Tidy Towns

Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lottery draw took place on Tuesday morning last on the
Co-Op office. There was no winner of the €14,600, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the really worthwhile winning amount of
€14,700. The numbers drawn were 2, 23, 28 and 29. The winner of the €50 prize
was Barbara Ferguson, Knock, and the three €20 prizes were won by Teresa Ryan
c/o Mags, Fiona c/o Mags and and Bernie Hanley c/o Mags.

Thecommittee thanks everyone for tremendous and loyal support support.

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.

New Book Launch

On January 10, 1952 an Aer Lingus passenger plane, St Kevin,
coming from London to Dublin crashed into a mountain top in Snowdonia National
Park, North Wales killing all on board. 
On board was a 28-year-old local girl, Evelyn Belton, Rathcline. She was
employed by The Silk Mills Group in Dublin as Senior Overseas Fashion Buyer and
was returning from London after attending a Fashion Show.  Hers was one of the bodies recovered and she
is now buried in the family plot in Rathcline, with the funeral cortege
extending over 2 miles in length (L. Leader 19/01/52).  Family friends travelled to support the
family in Wales & England – Joe O’Brien MPSI attended the inquest in Wales
& four Rathcline men travelled to London to carry their friend shoulder
high on to the waiting plane – a custom not done in England. They were Eddie
Farrell, Mike Murray, John Hynes & P Mullooly. Sadly, all those friends
have also passed away. On the weekend 2-5 November many relatives of the
deceased met in Wales, completed the trek to the crash site and attended the
launch of ‘Shamrock 165; the unknown crash’. The book had its Irish launch in
Sligo, again attended by families of the deceased. Guest of Honour that night
was a lively Peggy Murphy Lennon, Curraghacrehan.  She spoke emotionally to other families about
her friend and cousin, Evelyn and of seeing her in December 1951 in Dublin. (Both
Peggy’s Grandmother & Evelyn’s Grandmother were sisters-Rhatigans and both
their Grandfathers were brothers – Beltons).  On the front cover of the book is the last
photo taken of Evelyn & her friend and work colleague Kay Talbot, taken only
a few hours before they parted company, the afternoon of the ill-fated flight.  Clearly visible is the bangle on Evelyn’s
wrist which was included as part of the identification.  The full story of St Kevin will be rolled out
in a three-part multi-volume format.  Included in Volume 1 is Evelyn Belton’s
story.  The limited edition, hard-backed
book is now for sale locally in Joe and Martina O’Brien’s Newsagents,


Cllr Micheál Carrigy would like to invite you to
attend a Coffee Morning in aid of Longford Hospice Homecare that he will be
hosting on Friday 14th December from 10am to 1pm at his
Constituency Office at 2 Dublin Street, Longford.  Go along and join Micheál
for a cuppa and a chat.  All donations going to this great cause. All

Fireside Tales

annual publication Fireside Tales by Jude Flynn has been launched for the 16
year. This yearly publication is anxiously waited on each year. It makes for
excellent reading with many brilliant stories and tales from around Longford
Town and County. The book includes contributions from locals Loretto Cooney and
Michael Casey. The book is on sale for just €20 in O’Brien’s.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

results of the competition held on Monday last 19th November are: N/S
Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Guest 1, joint
3rd Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes and Philomena Walsh and Noreen
Dunne. E/W 1st Catherine Harrison and Essie Nugent, 2nd
tie between Carol Hamill and Anne Nugent & Mary Mc Gushin and Maura Hanley.

This week in our library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every
Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues at the
library on Monday 26th November 4.15-5.30pm. All welcome to come along and join
in with this very vibrant group!

ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)
continues every Tuesday evening at 7pm at the library.
& Books Parent & Toddler Group

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!
At the group on Wednesday 12th December, there
will be a special Christmas Story Time with Penny! Mark it in your diaries now!
All welcome!
Yourself Programme with Paul Marsden

‘Minding Yourself’ with Paul Marsden – a 2-week
programme of Mindfulness and Wellbeing will take place in Lanesboro Library
on Monday 26th November and Monday 3rd December at
7pm.  Week 1 – Mindfulness and Resilience, Week 2 – Mindfulness and Sleep.
All are welcome to this FREE event and no booking is required.
Flower Arranging Demonstration

We will have a Christmas Flower Arranging
Demonstration with Mary Holmes on Monday 10th
December at
6.30pm.  All arrangements will be raffled on the night!
This is a FREE event but you must book your
Call Stella on 0433321291 or email<>
to book!
Donlon’s Sweet Shop
Do you remember Nurse Donlon who had the
little sweet shop at West End Lanesboro?  What are your memories?
Do you remember Nurse Donlon and her three
sisters in the shop?
Did you have a hot pot of tea and something to
eat in her café, maybe while attending Fair Day?
While Nurse Margaret was District Nurse in
Lanesboro, are you one of the babies whom she delivered in your home? Are you a
parent of one of those children who were home birthed?
If you have any photographs, memories or stories
of Nurse Donlon, please write them down and hand them into Stella in Lanesboro
Library or Joe O’Brien’s Corner Shop or email
We need all your stories and memories in order
to celebrate Nurse Donlon’s life!
Week Event – Book Club

At our Book Club meeting on Friday 30th
November at 11am, we
will have Jackie Gorman from Midland Science attending.  Jackie will be
discussing Robert McFarlane’s book ‘The Lost Words’.  This is a wonderful
poetry book for all ages, which relates to many natural words we remember from
childhood being removed from dictionaries because they are no longer considered
relevant. Words like ‘acorn ’,‘buttercup’ and ‘conker’ to mention a few.
All are welcome to attend this free event.
Monday 2pm – 8pm, Tuesday 2pm – 6pm, Wed
& Fri 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm,
Sat 10am – 1pm.
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.

Digital skills course

Seetec Longford is offering a fully funded digital
skills course aimed at helping people undertake everyday tasks such as online
banking, shopping, as well as mastering smartphone Apps & Social Media.

The course will be for 2.5 hours a day for 4 days and
will be hosted at Seetec’ s Longford centre. Individuals and groups catered
for.  Register your interest by calling 0433349212 or email Seetec is opposite Ganley’s Units
4-6, Red Leaf House, Townparks, Longford.


Another hectic week on and off the
playing fields.
  The under 10s were involved in a 10 goal thriller with
Ballymahon. The game ended with honours even with Oisin Dillon notching all
five goals for Ballyboro. Team: Micheal Sorohan, Eoghan Mullooly, Leon Malkowski,
Eoin Beattie, Rian Shanley, Dan Casey, Rian Hogan. Oisin Dillon. Subs: Evan
Rooney, Harry Brogan, Patrick Gilmore, Ciaran McGloin, Sean O’Dowd, Eoin
Connell, Keilon Gilmore.

The under 12s unbeaten league run came
to an end when they were defeated by UCL. An early sending off left the
Ballyboro lads facing an uphill battle, and ULC made full use of their
numerical advantage winning by a 6-1 margin. Ben Murphy scored the Ballyboro
goal. Team: Ronan Cox, Jack Brogan, Jack Casey, David Cox, Ethan Slattery, Christian
Donlon, Euan Cullen, Ben Murphy, Billy Murray. Subs: Callum Farrell, Liam
Rhatigan, Luke Johnston.
The under 13s were defeated by UCL Harps 5-2. Once again,
an early sending off left the team with a mountain to climb as UCL finished the
stronger team. Euan Cullen and Joey Trimble (a cracking free kick) scored for
Ballyboro. Team: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Jack Casey, Cormac O’Dowd, Rory
Carling, Joey Trimble, Christian Donlon, Conor Farrell, Alex Forde, Eoin Cox, Euan
Cullen. Subs: James Mimnagh, Christov, Jack Naughton.
The under 14s got back on the winning trail when they got the
better of Ardagh by a 3-2 margin. Matthew Heneghan, Bryan Mullooly, and Christy
Burke scored for Ballyboro. Team: Briain Farrell, Jack McGloin, Cormac O’Dowd, Ryan
Byrne, Paul Byrne, Bryan Mullooly, Shane Ross, Sam Murphy, Ciaran O’Dowd, Christy
Burke, Matthew Heneghan. Subs: Jimmy Farrell, Francis Brady.
The under 16 team had most of the play against Castlepollard,
but they found it difficult to translate their superiority into scores. The
game finished level at 2-2, with Owen Farrell and Oisin Kenny finding the net
for Ballyboro. Team: Jack Madigan, Cormac Casey, Shane Killian, Kevin McDonagh,
Chris O’Loughlin, Oisin Kenny, Rian Murphy, Daniel Hayden, Jack Murray, Cillian
Cox, Owen Farrell,
The under 8 blitz scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to
a bereavement in Drumlish.
The Last Man Standing fundraiser for the Astroturf Project
proved to be very successful. Thanks to all who bought and sold cards, and a
special word of commendation to the LMS coordinator Mark Tarmey.

Fixtures: The under 13s are at home to
Newtown Jaguars at 11am on Saturday. The under 14s play Stonepark at home on
Sunday, k.o. 11.30am. Also, on Sunday the under 16s are away to UCL Harps with
a 2pm start.

Rathcline GAA – ‘Be
with us Be a part of Us’

Minor AGM Postponed

Annual General Meeting of the Shannon Gaels Minor club due to take place on
Sunday last 25th November in the clubhouse in Clonbonny had to be
postponed owing to the death of Mrs Mamie O’Malley, Kilmacnanny, Scramogue aunt of
our treasurer Mary Teresa Mc Grath.

club extend their deepest sympathy to Mary Teresa Mc Grath, her family, The O’Malley
and Kelly families on their sad loss.

AGM has been rescheduled for Sunday next 2nd December in the clubhouse
at 7pm. Please attend.

Final Game

final game of a long and successful season will take place on Friday night next
30th November at Mc Gann Park Kenagh with a throw in time of 8.30pm.
Our team joined with Grattan’s to compete in the U20 championship will play
Carrick Sarsfields in the Final of this competition. We hope everyone in the
parish will make the effort to go along. We wish the team management and panel
the very best of luck.


Rathcline GAA Annual ‘Cake Fare’ that will take place on Sunday 9th
December in St. Marys Parish Hall.

This is a call for as many as possible to bake for the day
and offer their cakes, bread, loaves. You are invited to let Pat, Michelle know
that you are baking, or you can leave your name in with Martina O’Brien. The
success of the day really depends on you offering your cakes, bread or scones
to the club for sale.


The club would like to congratulate Mullinalaghta on their
fabulous win on Sunday last in the Leinster semi-final. They have made history in
reaching the final as the first Longford team to play in a Leinster Senior club
final. Good luck to them against Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday 9th


just 4 Monday’s left until Christmas can all club members take and sell 50/50
tickets and help drive the sale up and up. Let’s make Christmas easy and great
for the next 4 lucky people and who knows it could be you. The 50/50 drive for
Christmas has started.

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Ann Kelly, Cullentra.
The winning envelope was worth €304. Amazingly there was a family connection to
the previous week’s winner as Murell Fallon is an aunt of Ann Kelly. The club is
very appreciative to Ann and her extended family for their weekly support of
the weekly 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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

U20 D2 Championship: Hard
luck to our U20’s who lost out to Castlerea on Sunday afternoon. Result: St. Faithleach’s
2-6 Castlerea 2-14. Many thanks to the management team of Gerry O’Donnell,
Walter Burke and Cathal Gunn for their hard work and dedication throughout the
championship. Panel: Michael O’Donnell, Gavin Carberry, Karl Nerney,
Mark Gill, Ruairi Trimble, Darren Nerney,  Daniel McDermott, Colm
Mangan, Connell Kennelly, James Browne, Daniel Foley, Connor Smith, Liam
Ormsby, Jordan Donlon, Michael  Dunne, Ronan Banahan, Kevin Trautt, Ian Trautt,
Cian O’Brien, Nathan McGovern.

Minor Club AGM: Takes place on
Thursday 29th of November in the clubhouse. All parents/members are encouraged
to attend. “Your Club, Your Say”.

St. Faithleach’s GAA AGM: St. Faithleach’s
GAA A.G.M. takes place on Sunday 9th. All members are invited to attend.

King and Queen of St. Faithleach’s:
Well done to Brian Scally who hosted a very successful Tractor Run on Sunday
afternoon last. Ben Hussey hosts his Table Quiz in the clubhouse on Friday 30th
and Michelle Byrne hosts her 25 Card Drive on Saturday 8th in the