Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 4th March 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Historic Victory

It is not too long ago that rugby became part of the sporting curriculum in the CBS Roscommon. In a short period of time they have developed greatly and on Wednesday last they had a historic victory over Coláiste Iognáid, Galway at Creggs Rugby Club on Wednesday last in the semi-final of the Connacht Senior Cup. It is not every day that young men or women we know make history and it is fabulous to know and share those historic moments with those fantastic young men. A famous victory has been rewarded by a trip to the Showgrounds, Galway for the final on Wednesday 14th March. Who else would you want to meet other than the kingpins of Schools Rugby over the years Garbally College? It is the kingpins you always want to beat. There are four local lads representing our community and we would like to congratulate Jack Tucker, Mountcashel son of Martin and Sarah, Cian Glennon, Cloonadra, son of Ronan and Claire Glennon, Michael Dunne, Ballyclare son of Declan and Martina, and team captain Conor Lohan, Ballagh son of Shay and Mary and their team mates and management on a fantastic and historic victory and look forward to another victory on the 13th March.

I know this victory will make all of us that attended the CBS very proud of the team achievements of the team and of the school.

Sub Aqua club members Recognition

The Annual Dive Ireland show took place on Saturday and Sunday last in Nenagh Co Tipperary. 

Multiple members of Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club received awards for 10 years of service. We would like to say congratulations to the following club members and thank them for their many years of service which they have dedicated through their own free time;
Tracy Gray Farrell, Aiden O’Grady, Micheál Farrell, Emer Farrell, Fergal Mc Elgin, Tommy Murray and Shane Flannery.

Death

There was great sadness in our community when it was learned on Saturday last 23rd of the death of Vincent Nee, Cloonadra. Vinny as he was most commonly know moved back to Ireland with his parents a number of years ago. Such was the personality of the man that it took no time at all to become one of the locals. He was a warm and friendly man, always the good word and a heart of gold. A while after coming home his father Chris passed away and in the intervening time his mother Una became ill, and Vinny was a constant with her until her passing. His soft and gentle manner was a great succour to her at her time of need. Vinny shortly afterwards became ill himself and he faced his illness with a great strength and courage. The family trait of caring and kindness was not lost on Vinny’s daughter Rachael who came from England to take care and comfort Vinny through his illness.

He will be sadly missed for all his fun and gaiety for his willingness to help and for his special personality. Vinny left a large number of friends and we will all miss him in our community.

To his daughter Rachael, relatives and wide circle of friend we extend our sincere sympathy. His remains reposed at his residence in Cloonadra on Monday and following his Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague he was laid to rest alongside his parents in St. Coman’s Cemetery, Roscommon.

The Green

The photos are starting to come in and believe me they are bringing back great memories. I would encourage anyone else that has photographs of the Green, and stories to contact me. I am looking for all photographs of all residents of the Green right up to the present day – just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie. If you do not have a family picture perhaps you can forward me individual pictures and the house number you live/d in. If you don’t have a photograph from your time on the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. I am also looking for photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and return them to you a minute later.

Training Course

Longford Horticulture is a 2-year full time Fetac Level 4 free LWETB training course. The course is for people who wish to explore Horticultural career or further educational options. It is particularly suited to persons with a social welfare payment/ who has recently been made redundant and or with short/long term health needs. It is also suitable for early School leavers. For more details contact Alan Garvey 0879065521.

AGM

See Rathcline GAA notes.

Thank You

Rathcline Ladies GAA Club would like to thank everyone who supported our successful Bake Sales in the Parish Hall, Lanesboro on Sunday 3rd March

CES Vacancy
There is a community employment scheme vacancy available in the prize-winning village of Newtowncashel. 
Anyone who is interested please contact Tony Moran  between 9:00am and 1:00pm on 086 8146363 Monday to Friday. 

Do you need to Talk?

Struggling to cope with life? Would it help to talk about your problem in confidence? It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel or what happened to you. If things are getting you down, you can always talk to the Samaritans. The Samaritans are available on Freephone 116123, at all times 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

Birth

On Saturday 23rd February, Finn Martin, Cnóc na Gaoithe was baptised at St. Mary’s Church, we would like to congratulate his parents James and Gemma on the birth of Finn.

Raffle

To help defray costs there will be the usual Annual Lanesboro Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade raffle and we would encourage everyone to buy a book or two of tickets. Tickets are priced €2 each or €5 for a book of 3. The five winners drawn out will each receive €100. The draw this year will take place in Adie’s Bar and Restaurant

Minor Club Registration

The final registration for 2019 will take place for Shannon Gaels Minor club players on Friday night next 8th March in the clubhouse in Clonbonny from 7pm to 8pm. Without registration players are not insured and thus cannot be selected for club teams. Parents are asked to ensure that their young sons and players not yet registered to play are registered this Friday evening.

Play this Saturday night

Tickets are beginning to sell fast and if you don’t want to miss your chance, on this Saturday night 9th March, of a great night at the play And Thank You starring the famous and fabulous Seamus O’Rourke you should buy your ticket immediately. The play will take place in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro at 8.30pm.

Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

The proceeds of the night will go to aid the development of the underage players in the Shannon Gaels club. It is very important that the club develops their young and the equipment and coaching tools garnished from the proceeds will create a stepping stone to the development of those young people. Your help will be of great help in this regard.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 20th February are: N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd Frank and Frances Brennan. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mike Flynn and 3rd Maura Hanly and Mairead Gill.

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 27th February: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, Katharine Harrison and Mary Farrell, and 3rd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny. E/W 1st Mary Jameson and Patricia mc Gann, 2nd Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor and 3rd Mike Flynn and Maureen Hynes.

The results of the Pairs Competition are as follows: N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 3rd Una Clarke and Mary Farrell. E/W 1st Brid mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Patricia mc Gann and Mary Jameson and 3rd Maura Hanly and Mairead Gill.

First Session N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan. First Session E/W 1st Mona O’Flaherty and Mike Flynn.

Second Session N/S 1st Mary McGushin and Maureen Hynes. Second session E/W was a tie for 1st place between Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne & Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Fallon.

Thank You

Padraig Sorohan would like to thank all who attended the very successful quiz night in aid of his volunteering trip to Haiti. A huge thank you to the many generous sponsors and to all who have made donations.

Lough Ree AC

The AGM of the club due to be held last Wednesday night was postponed to a later date due to the small number in attendance and the fact that it was an AGM. There is now a motion before the next meeting that the club be abandoned and interested athletes can join either Longford or Roscommon clubs. This is a pity as the past has been good to the club, former members Eimear Molloy, Amanda Hanley and Deirdre Hopkins were awarded athletic scholarships to the USA and Ireland. Mary Farrell was the first athlete to be offered an Irish singlet at a Junior Cross Country International in Mullingar. Brother Willie followed representing Ireland in the Irish Schools Cross Country while Padraic Connerton was part of an Irish Junior team that competed in the Nederland’s

Memory prevents me going further back but suffice to say the club has a great history and it would be a shame to have to call it a day. A new date will be arranged in the immediate future and parents advised accordingly.

Last Sunday’s run in very wet condition saw 8 hardy youths turn up, Tadgh Shea one of our youngest runners ran out an easy winner with a very fast time. A great prospect for the future!!!

Pieta House Table Quiz

A Table Quiz by the Suicide Crisis Centre and Self Harm Centre arms of Pieta House will take place on Friday next 8th March in The Local, Newtowncashel. The quiz will kick off at 9.30pm and everyone is encouraged to go and support two vital aspects of Pieta House

Our Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues every Monday 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 11th March –  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 on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.
Correct Date
Talk on Breast Cancer – Please note correct date!
Lanesboro Library will host a Talk on Breast Cancer with Rosaleen Glennon, author of ‘No Spare Life: One Woman’s Journey Through Cancer’. All welcome to come along – light refreshments will be served.
Date: Thursday March 14th
Time: 6.30pm
David Russell – Book Launch
Local author David Russell will be hosting a night of activities to launch his two new children’s books ‘Bold and the Magic Stove’ and ‘Bold and the Magic Stove (Young Learners Edition)’.  David will be doing activities such as making Cartoon Characters & Designing Cars and wordsearches.  All are welcome to come along.
Light refreshments will be served.
Date: Monday April 1st
Time: 6.30pm.
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.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Andrew Rhatigan, Fermoyle. The winning envelope this week was worth €414. Thanks to Andrew for his dedicated support for the draw. Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws.

The club encourages your support for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so far.

€15,000 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 €15,000, jackpot and the jackpot for this week and the jackpot has now reached its maximum of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 6, 17, 20 and 26. The winner of the €50 prize was Claire Kenny, Church View and the three €20 winners were Jack and Billy Mullooly, c/o Mags and Peter, Pat Kilcoyne, Barnacor and Mags c/o Mgs.

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.

Oskars Launch

Since Sept 1st last year a small committee of dedicated volunteers has raised 25,000 euro for to build a new astro football pitch in our community. The pitch will be for everybody of every age who wants to use it at the track beside Lanesborough Community College.

The committee has two active grant applications for up to 200,000 euro ongoing but it is clear they will need around 100,000 euro of matching funding to get the pitch done this coming summer and that’s why they are launching one BIG push at fundraising in the next few weeks when you and your family and friends will be asked to take a small part of some sort in an Oskar Night.

7 short films will be shot by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events) here in our area around Easter. Every community organisation is invited along with parents of students at the Community College and the football club players of the community on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in the Community College to kick it off and, when it is over, the films will be shown at a mega Ballyboro Oskar Premiere night on Saturday June 15th. In the next ten days you will be asked by one of the committee members to play a part. Please say yes. And if you don’t want any role in the film (even as an extra) we still want your help please because we urgently need people to help behind the scenes for a 10 week period only. See you all on Sunday March 24th in Lanesborough Community College at 6pm for the kick-off. 

Thirty years ago, a small group of hard-working people with a vision came together and put the track and the pitch at the school – we all see what a fantastic amenity it has been for walking, running and athletics. Since Sept 1st last year our committee has raised €25,000 for our new astro football pitch. The pitch will be for everybody of every age who wants to use it at the track beside Lanesborough Community College. PLEASE support the present group trying to get the astro all weather pitch done for the next 10 weeks and we will get this over the line this summer. 

We have two active grant applications for up to €200,000 ongoing but it is clear we will need around €100,000 of our own to get the pitch done this coming summer and that’s why we are launching one BIG push at fundraising in the next few weeks when you and your family and friends will be asked to take a small part of some sort in our Oskar Night.

We have all worked together and raised the first 25k. Please help us raise the last 75K. And if you don’t want any role in the film (even as an extra) we still want your help please because we urgently need people to help behind the scenes for a 10 week period only. See you all on Sunday March 24th in Lanesborough Community College at 6pm for the kick-off. 

Thank you for your ongoing support from every member of our committee: 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, Dave Gilmore, Kieran Feeney.

Ballyboro

The big event of the weekend is the major Adult Football Blitz to be held on Saturday next. Ten teams will be battling it out to be acclaimed seven a side champions.  The action will commence at 10.30 with the final scheduled for 4pm approx. Much work has gone into the arrangements for this occasion, so let’s hope the weather won’t be a spoilsport.
The under 12s really enjoyed their trip to City Calling Stadium last Saturday evening where they were the guests of Longford Town FC. The boys played a game at half time and thanks are due to Longford Town for their assistance, and in particular Avril Gilchrist.
It will be the under 10s turn on 11th May when they play at half time at the Longford Town-Shelbourne game.
  Though defeat was their lot, the under 11s gave their best performance of the season so far when they played Stonepark at Longford Mall Astro. A goal down at half time the team performed brilliantly in the second when facing into a gale force wind. They hit the post three times before going down by four goals to two Ethan Slattery and Eoin O’Brien scored the Ballyboro goals. Panel: Callum Farrell, Mikey Sorohan, Eoin Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Rian Hogan, Billy Murray, Ethan Slattery, Ryan Mimnagh, Eoin O’Brien.
Fixtures: The under 10s are away to Killoe Celtic on Saturday at 12 noon. In the under 12 Major Division Championship on Sunday at 11am, Ballyboro play Newtown Bears in Newtownforbes. The under 13 team play Stonepark in Abbeycartron on Saturday k.o. 11.30. Inny Rovers provide the opposition for the under 14s when they clash in the first round of the Shane Brennan Cup in Lanesboro on Sunday at 11am.

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

Club Membership

At the AGM last weekend club membership was set for the coming year. General membership for 2019 is set for general membership at €20 and players pay €50 that includes their playing insurance. As the club makes strides to grow and develop, we ask for the support of our community locally and our diaspora to take out membership for 2019. From Monday you can do so online on the “Klubfunder” page. Please support us and become a member. For fu

Minor Club Registration

The final registration for 2019 will take place for Shannon Gaels Minor club players on Friday night next 8th March in the clubhouse in Clonbonny from 7pm to 8pm. Without registration players are not insured and thus cannot be selected for club teams. Parents are asked to ensure that their young sons and players not yet registered to play are registered this Friday evening.

AGM

Our AGM took place this evening and the club would like to thank all who attended and who took positions on the executive.

Rathcline club is providing sporting and cultural activities for all our members and it is our aim to grow the club in celebrating, promoting and developing the games, language, history, heritage and culture of our parish.

We look to welcome and embrace all the new people in our parish, and we encourage them to become part of the Rathcline and Shannon Gaels family. You are now within our parish and we would like that you become involved with us and give your expertise to help and create a newness that will take our club to another level both on and off the pitch.

The executive remained largely the same as last year. The following were elected:

Chairman – Liam Connerton
Vice Chairman – Gerard Farrell
Secretary – Cathal Chapman & Pat Connerton
Assistant Secretary – Sharon Brady
Treasurer – Marie Farrell
Assistant Treasurers – Albert Cooney and Stephen Rooney
Registrars – Peter Skelly, Brendan Rhatigan, Clare Carberry, Gerard Farrell.

Players Registrar – James Hanley
PRO – Caroline Ginty and Joe O’Brien
Irish Officer – Shannon Gaels Minor Club
Coaching Officer – Seadna Ryan and Denis Connerton
Development Officers – Ryan Fallon, Liam Connerton, Seadna Ryan
Field Committee Lead – Johnny Hanley
Field Co-ordinator – Tommy O’Donoghue
County Board Delegates – Louis Skelly, Peter Skelly, Denis Crinigan, Seamus Flynn
Minor Board Liaison – Alan Fayne
Ladies Board Liaison – Brendan O’Sullivan
Insurance Officer – Cathal Chapman
Finance Committee – Alan Fayne, Lorraine Farrell, Gerard Farrell, Una Clarke, Stephen Rooney, Pat Connerton, Brendan Rhatigan, Chris Cullen, Brendan O’Sullivan, Marie Farrell, Albert Cooney, Neil O’Connor

Get your tickets

The Shannon Gaels Minor club is hosting another Big Guerilla Production. ‘And Thank You’ is a new play written and performed by the ever popular and star man Seamus O’Rourke will come to St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro, on this coming Saturday 9th March at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s costing €10. Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s and to book your tickets phone Martina 086-3858934. The play is being hosted by the Shannon Gaels Minor Club.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Andrew Rhatigan, Fermoyle. The winning envelope this week was worth €414. Thanks to Andrew for his dedicated support for the draw. Perhaps next week it can be your turn, all you have to do is to buy a ticket for €2 to be in the draw.

The club thanks everyone for their continued support and encourage everyone to persist in your support and hopefully your name will surely be drawn out in the very near future.  Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5.

There are now 2 alternatives for those that would like to play the 50/50 by paying in advance. Option 1 is the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and Option 2 is the pink envelope where you pay €100 for a 12-month period with two free draws.

The club encourages your support for the weekly draw and would like to thank everyone that has contributed so far.

Leinster League

The Western Gaels U15’s hosted Naomh Máirtín, Louth in the Leinster Cross Border League on Saturday last in Dunbeggan. The winner would be rewarded with a place in the Leinster Semi Final in the coming weeks. After a very entertaining game Western Gaels emerged victorious on a scoreline of 5-9 to 3-6. Great credit to Padraig O’Dowd, Tommy Hawes and Gay Farrell for their great work with the team.

Western Gaels would like to thank all parents for their contributions of food for the teams and officials. See comprehensive report below.

Leinster U15

Western Gaels U15s played their second game in Leinster Cross County League on Saturday last 2nd March at home to St Martins of Monasterboyce from Co Louth. Played in tough conditions and on a soft surface in Dunbeggan Park it was a game where a strong wind throughout made conditions difficult to play in. But great credit goes to both sets of players for giving us a very entertaining game. We had the wind in the first half, and this was the deciding factor in our victory as we were more clinical in front of goals than our opponents. Dan Devlin (Grattan Gaels) started in goals and had a fine game, our full back line of Beau O Connor (Grattan Gaels) , Aaron Kenny 0-1 (Shannon Gaels)  & Kielan Ruske  (Grattan Gaels) were immense throughout , our halfback line of Jamie Hagan(Shannon Gaels) , Ryan Casey (Grattan Gaels) & Sam Murphy (Shannon Gaels ) all had great games with their great work ethic, our midfield pairing of Matthew Hawes (Grattan Gaels) & Harry Mulvihill  0-1 (Grattan Gaels) had super games , our half forward line of Niall Chawke 0-2 (Shannon Gaels), Eoin Kinlan 2-0 (Grattan Gaels) & Gary Hand 0-3 (Grattan Gaels ) were superb throughout , our full forward line of Kieran O Dowd (Shannon Gaels) , Cillian Cox 2-2 (Shannon Gaels) & Jimmy Farrell 1-0 (Shannon Gaels) had fine games Cillian in particular putting in a man of the match performance, we went in at the break Western Gaels 4-7 St Martins 0-2, On resumption of the second half and with St Martins now having the wind advantage Cormac Casey (Shannon Gaels) entered the fray in the full back line and put in a great performance with some vital interceptions, St Martins were now throwing everything at us with the wind advantage but we weathered the storm manfully, there were a few nervy moments towards the end with a few sloppy goals conceded but in the end we held out for a great victory, this was a great team performance and when Luke Dowd (Shannon Gaels) Conor Lyons (Shannon Gaels) James Killian (Shannon Gaels) Callum Gordon (Shannon Gaels) & Matthew Heneghan (Shannon Gaels) had  entered the game at different stages where they too  played a huge part in this victory we were already looking forward to the Leinster Cross County Finals day in a couple of weeks . Full Time score Western Gaels 5-9 St Martins 3-7. Thanks also to the Grattan’s club for having their pitch in the best condition possible particularly after the rain that had fallen earlier that morning and also for the support on the afternoon and for the refreshments provided after the game.

Western Gaels Panel on the day:

Dan Devlin, Matthew Hawes, Kielan Ruske, Gary Hand, Ryan Casey, Eoin Kinlan, Beau o Connor, Harry Mulvihill (All Grattan Gaels)

Aaron Kenny (Capt.) Cormac Casey, Jamie Hagan, Niall Chawke, Matthew Heneghan, Kieran O’Dowd, Sam Murphy, Jimmy Farrell, Conor Lyons, Cillian Cox, James Killian, Luke Dowd, Callum Gordon (All Shannon Gaels)

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Junior Ladies: Well done to our Junior Ladies who started their league campaign off on Sunday morning with a win against Ballinameen. Result: St. Faithleach’s 6-22 Ballinameen 3-5. Next game against Boyle. 

Minor League D3: The minors played their first game of the league on Sunday morning against Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/ St. Ronan’s which resulted in a win for the home side. Result: St. Faithleach’s 10-13 Kilmore/Shannon Gaels/ St. Ronan’s 3-6. 

U16 League D3: St. Faithleach’s play St. Dominic’s on Sunday 10th at 11am in Ballyleague. 

Congratulations: To Roscommon CBS on their historic win over the Jes in the Connacht Schools Senior A Rugby Semi Final, and to our club reps ; Michael Dunne, Connor Rohan, Cian Glennon and Jack Tucker. Best of luck in the final. 

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