Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th March 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Midland Rally Returns

Next weekend we will see the Midland Rally return to the local area with stages taking place in the Killashee, Lanesboro and Cashel areas on Sunday. The rally always brings a great excitement and vibrancy to the communities not only with the drivers and co pilots but also the huge crowd that follows the stages. The timetable as far as I can find out goes something like this, Service Area is Mastertech Business park first car due 11:38am. Stage 1 is around Killashee first car due 9:39am; Stage 2 is around Newtowncashel first car due 10:13am and Stage 3 is around Keenagh/Moydow first car due 11:28am. These stages will be repeated in the afternoon twice more.

Rally programmes will be on sale in O’Brien’s

We wish drivers, co pilots and spectators a wonderful day and ask everyone to obey the stewards and be safety conscious throughout and have a fabulous and happy time.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Early morning was bright, cheerful with a cold breeze, but the rain came at 9am and took the gloss of what we had hope was going to be a good day weather wise. The rain was intermittent throughout the morning but come the late morning the sun reappeared and started to brighten our expectations of a great afternoon for our parade through Ballyleague and Lanesboro. The day was brilliant as was the presentation of all the floats and those that entered their floats should be rightly proud of creating a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day in our community – we are rightly indebted to you all. The turnout along the route was huge, probably the biggest yet and once again it was a special time for us all to see so many lining the street to welcome the floats and especially for the hard-working committee that continues to do a wonderful job year on year.

As usual local TD Eugene Murphy done a wonderful job and was his inimitable self as MC for the day- he never fails us. Joining Eugene on the viewing stand was Stephanie and Mark Abrams from Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA, Fr. Mickey Reilly, Adie Farrell, Gerard Farrell, Joe Flaherty, Michéal Carrigy, Mick Cahill, Paul Ross, Seamus Butler,  

It was another one of those magical days in our community. We seem to be building up great occasions throughout each year and we look forward seeing more big events happening month in month out.

The adjudicators judged the following floats as winners: Best Overall Float – 12th Ballyboro Scout, Most Original Float – Lanesboro Fire Brigade, Best Club Float – Ballyleague Tidy Towns, Best Business Float – Tom Morris Hackney and Clarke’s Bar, Best Vintage Float – Brendan Glennon Vintage Cars, Best Junior Float – Ballyboro Astro Turf Pitch, Best Dressed Window – Friends of Asthma.

The five winners of the raffle were; Bill Murray, Ballyleague, Colin Burke, Ballyleague, Martina Wallace, Erra, Mary Mc Gushin and Charlotte Bourke, Dublin each received  a winners prize of €100 each.

Coffee Morning

A Coffee Morning in support of Daffodil Day and the Irish Cancer Society will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Friday next 22nd March from 10am to 1pm. Your support can help greatly in the ongoing developments in the search for the cure for Cancer. Great work continues to be done and your support will mean a lot.

Mixed fortunes for the CBS

Cian Glennon, Michael Dunne, Liam Ormsby, James Browne and Aaron Glennon son of Vinny and Jane omitted from last week’s report were all part of the CBS Roscommon senior school panel that scored a comprehensive 5-22 to 2-11 win over Summerhill College Sligo in the Connacht Colleges B Football Final at the Connacht Centre of Excellence on Saturday last. They now go on to play the Ulster Final winners

This was some compensation for the lads that played in the Connacht Rugby Final last Wednesday and ran into a stronger Garbally side. There is a great sense of pride in making history something the rugby players did and they can be rightly proud of their achievements.

The Football Final had a particular significance for one particular family as Cian Glennon was a third generation Glennon/Murphy to play in the Connacht Final with the CBS. Cian’s grandfather Tony Murphy (1 The Green) played in the 1950/51final and lost but his feeling of loss was short-lived as that same year he won an All-Ireland medal with Roscommon Minors. In the Connacht final of 1986/87 Cian’s father Ronan was on the losing side. Last Saturday the run of losses ceased and the sense of loss in Connacht finals for this particular family was lifted for good.

The Green

The numbers of photos are starting to come in in greater numbers and I would like to thank you for your search. As I look through them, they are bringing back great memories of the people and their families. 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. Thank you.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Walter and Carmel Burke and family, Cloontuskert, on the death last week of Walter’s brother Ignatius (Iggy) Burke, Willow Park, Athlone last week.

What we missed

Due to the fixtures pile up with a game scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and All-Ireland semi-final the following Saturday I never got the opportunity to mention the exploits of Mercy Ballymahon in the Leinster Senior C Championship. They had to play a North Leinster Final on Monday which they won, 2 days later on Wednesday they had to play a Leinster Final which they duly won to progress to the All-Ireland semi final scheduled for 3 days later on the Saturday. After serious negotiations the game was moved to the following Tuesday where they played their third vital game in 8 days and unfortunately came out the wrong side on the scoreline against a Patrician Academy, Mallow side.

Before I commend our local players, I must mention the madness that the young men had to go through. Considering the majority of them are Leaving Cert you have to ask if the organisers have the interest of the young players at heart. 3 matches in 8 days is total lunacy when there are no exams during the summer to think of this schedule in the middle of the second last school term really beggars belief. Thankfully, I believe there were no injuries from the 3 games but that is just a lucky thing.

The parish of Rathcline were privileged to have a magnificent eight players on the panel and we must surely acknowledge them for their incredible efforts. Oran Kenny, Cian Gilmore, Cronan Flood, Éanna Mc Grath, Bryn Peters, Seadhna Ryan, Richard Prior and Kevin Tansey all wore their school jersey with pride and there is no doubt that this talented eight will help drive the Rathcline club forward to great success when their turn comes in the Rathcline jersey.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 11th March are: N/S 1st Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, joint 2nd Kathleen Kelly and Joan Donlon & Una Clarke and Maureen Hynes, 4th Patricia Mc Gann and Joan Browne. E/W 1st Maura Hanley and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Martha Byrne, 3rd Mary Jameson and Goretti Kenny, 4th Joan Donnellan and Noreen Dunne.

Do you need to Talk?

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Alzheimer Café

The next Alzheimer cafe will be held on this Wednesday 27th March at 7.00pm. in the room at the back of Longford Credit Union.  Entrance and car parking facility are at the rear of the building, between Longford Shopping Centre and Longford Motor taxation office. Guest Speaker on the night is Marie Mc Givney PHN, and her topic is Caring for people with Dementia. This is an information and social evening with tea, coffee, and refreshments been served. Anyone who is affected by Dementia is welcome to come. For more information you can contact Eileen or Breda on 085 8724475 or Longford ASI office on 043 3348402 / 3347221.  

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 13th March are: N/S 1st Catharine Harrison and Mary Farrell, 2nd Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly, 3rd Bernadette Clancy and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd Mike Flynn and Kathleen Kelly.

Table Quiz

St. Earnan’s National School, Killashee, is holding a Table Quiz in the Chestnut Tree, Killashee on Friday next 22nd with the first question been asked at 9pm. Teams of 4 costs €40. There will be a raffle on the night along with spot prizes during the quiz. You are asked to lend your support.

Lanesboro Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues on Monday 25th March 2pm to 4pm.  New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 25th 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.
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.
Venue: Lanesboro Library
Date: Monday April 1st
Time: 6.30pm.
Book Club
Book Club continues on Friday morning 29th March at 11am.  Book choice for this month are ‘The Mother’s Secret’ by Clare Swatman and ‘Love and Ruin’ by Paula McLain.  All welcome to come along for a chat and a cuppa!
‘Music in South Co. Longford’- A Lecture
‘Music in South Co. Longford – A Lecture by Fr. John Quinn will take place in Lanesboro Library on Saturday 13th April at 3pm.  This lecture is organised as part of Éigse Peter Carberry weekend. All welcome to come along!
An Afternoon of Tea & Poetry
As part of the Bealtaine Festival during month of May, Lanesboro Library & our wonderful Poetry & Music group will host an Afternoon of Tea & Poetry!
This event is open to everyone and we hope you will all join us for a cuppa & a song or two!
Venue: Lanesboro Library
Date: Monday 13th May
Time: 4.15pm
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.

Lanesboro Community Games

It is a wonderful thing to have an active Community Games in our parish and thankfully that is what we have with Lanesboro Community Games. There are a number of people doing a lot of work and fair play to them. If you would like to help out or have a young person to participate then bring him/her to the competitions notified here in these notes or contact some of the people mention for their great work or the phone number at the bottom of these results.

Swimming: Well done to all of our participants in the Community Games County Swimming Finals last weekend. We had great success. Jane Dowd, Duileach Ryan and Dylan Hanly got individual golds in their respective competitions. The U13 Boys Relay team of Con Maxwell, Fionn Crossan, Diarmuid Hanly and Mikey Sorohan, swam great and won gold also.
There were two Silver medals for Shane Farrell, a silver medal for Diarmuid Hanly & Laoise Hanly and Bronze medals for Con Maxwell and Fionn Crossan in the individual swimming events. Máitiu Hanly swam really well and achieved a silver medal. Alice Farrell had a great swim but was unlucky not to get a medal. 
A huge Thank you to Teresa Ryan for managing the swim team. Thank you to all the participants for taking part and best of luck to all those going forward to the National Finals in May. 
U16 Basketball: Well done to Mr Michael Lyons (Manager) and the U16 Community Games Lanesborough Basketball team who played Granard last week.  We came up against a good Granard side and we gave a great fighting and competitive display. Granard won out on the night. This was our first time to enter this competition in recent history and proved to be very popular. The panel of players, on the night, was Kieran O Dowd, Conor Lyons, Edgars Veinbergs, Daire Cox, Matthew Heneghan, Jimmy Farrell, Aaron Kenny, Alex Forde, John Doyle, Joshua O’Reilly. 
Many Thanks to Mr Lyons for organising the team and training, over the last few weeks. Thank you also to Deirdre Forde for helping out and contributing her valuable basketball experience. 
Indoor U13 Boys Indoor Soccer: Well done to all who took part in the recently held Indoor Soccer competition in Kenagh. The team reached the quarterfinal stage, where they were narrowly beaten by a good Killoe team. Our U13 panel was Cormac O’Dowd, Luke Cullen, Euan Cullen, Ben Murphy, Ronan Cox and Daniel Hogan. We would like to say a big Thank you to John Tynan and Lee Cullen for managing and preparing them.
U16 Chess Community Games: Well done to our U16 Chess team who recently got to the county final. They played a very good Drumlish team but had to settle for silver medal in the end.  It was a great display considering how young our team was. The team was Bilguun Russell, Conor Lyons, Kieran O’Dowd, Conor Farrell and Cormac O’Dowd. 
Thank you to Mr Michael Lyons for managing and organising the team. 
Forth-coming Community Games events:
Photography competition.
Futsal.
County Mixed Distance Relay Running Trials.
County Talent Saturday 13th April. Online entry cut-off date Saturday 6th April.
County Gaelic Competition: Online entry cut-off date Friday 5th April.
Please contact any of the Lanesborough Community Games committee members if you would like your children to participate in any of these events. Text 086-8147000 for more information. 

Oskars Launch

Since Sept 1st last year a small committee of dedicated volunteers has raised €25,000 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 ongoing but it is clear they will need around €100,000 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 of less than 10 minutes duration will be shot by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events) here around all areas where Ballyboro players live around Easter. Every community organisation is invited along with parents of students to then come to the auditions 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.

We have two active grant applications for up to €200,000 ongoing, but it is clear we will need around €100,000

7 short films will be shot by a professional company (Kevin Rowe Events) here in our area around Easter. We meet as a community on Sunday March 24th at 6pm in the Community College to kick it off and the films will be shown at our Mega Ballyboro Oskar Premiere Night on Saturday June 15th. In the next ten days you will be asked by one of our committee to play a part. 

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 launch and auditions for the major OSKARS night which will be held on this Sunday 24th, at 6pm in Lanesboro Community College. The OSKARS night in June is the major fundraiser for the new Astro Football pitch, a facility which will be of great benefit to the schools’ and the local community. The club are looking for local people to get involved in the OSCARS in whatever capacity that suits: a main role, a minor role, an extra, or just to help behind the scenes. Following the auditions on Sunday evening there will be one rehearsal per week for one hour with the Producer, starting Wednesday March 27th,with filming of scenes to be held on the weekends of May 4th and 5th, and May 11th and 12th. Anyone who wishes to help out is asked to be present on Sunday evening, so don’t be shy all you budding George Clooney’s and Meryl Streep’s, get involved in what is sure to be a memorable experience, and at the same time help to provide a much-needed facility for the area. If you can’t be present on Sunday evening you can contact  any one of the organising committee: Carol Donlon, Ann McGloin, Ciaran Mullooly, Mark Tarmey, Eamonn Bolger, Karl Crawford, Ronnie Johnston, Jason Fallon, Stephen Rooney, Seamus Sorohan, Lee Cullen, Eddie Kelly, John Tynan, Dave Gilmore, Kieran Feeney, Kevin Connaughton.
Fixtures: A relatively quiet weekend in store with just two teams in action. The under 8s are taking part in a Blitz at Killoe Astro on Saturday along with the home team and Stonepark,1pm start. The under 10s are at home to Killoe Eagles on Saturday. Kick off 11am.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Rory Duncan, Knock Manor, Longford Road. The winning envelope this week was worth €429. Rory has just moved to Lanesboro and the new housing estate and it is great to see him supporting the club and getting his reward. The club welcomes all the new residents to Lanesboro. 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.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50 continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now know there are two 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. Those tickets are available in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

€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, 16, 18, 24 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Barbara Ferguson, Knock, and the three €20 winners were Eileen and Kathleen, Moher, Mary Tiernan, Ferefad, Longford, and Eddie Shea c/o Mags.

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.

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

Season Throw-in

Saturday next the footballing season will commence in Clonbonny when our Reserve League team will take on Mostrim in the first round of the league. The game will throw-in at 5.30 and we would ask all of the players be in the dressing room at 4.45pm.

Since it has been a long time since our last game, we would like to think that our game starved supporters will turn out in big numbers for this game.

Thank you: Omitted from last weeks thank you were a few people and we would like to acknowledge their work for the Minor Club. Martina O’Brien for selling the tickets, Anne O’Reilly, The Green, for making up the Hamper prize. To everyone else that helped and sold tickets we would like to express our deepest thanks.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Rory Duncan, Knock Manor, Longford Road. The winning envelope this week was worth €429. Rory has just moved to Lanesboro and the new housing estate and it is great to see him supporting the club and getting his reward. The club welcomes all the new residents to Lanesboro. 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.

It is wonderful to see the 50/50 continuing to rise each week and a special thank you to all of you that are new to supporting the draw and those weekly contributors. Let’s hope that in the very near future the draw each will consistently top the €500 mark and it can with your continued support.

Tickets are on sale in local shops and businesses throughout the town at €2 each or 3 tickets for €5. As you now know there are two 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. Those tickets are available in any of the local outlets or from any member of the club executive.

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