Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 25th March 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

An hour less in bed

This Saturday night 30th March you are reminded to put your clock forward as we emerge from Winter time and enter Summer time. It is an exciting time of the year as we look forward to what we hope will be another Summer like last year and a time to great enjoyment.

Seeking People to do B& B

Last weekend I was asked where there was B&B locally that could be availed of for the Pike Fishing competition that takes place on 14th and 15th September. The two lads’ sons of a former local man are looking for B&B for the 13th/14th September. If you are intending to do B&B for that weekend or have the space to do it could you contact me at the shop, and I will put you in touch.

Midland Rally

The Midland Rally once again came to the parish. With it came the customary noise of the rally car as they came in the Longford Road and up the Rathcline Road to the stage start in Lisrevagh. Rally cars came from all over Ireland to take part and a huge number of followers came too searching for the best vantage points to see the thrills and spills of the Midland Rally. As the crossroads in town there was a great number of local residents watching the cars making their way to the stage start and it roar of the engines rather than the speed was the main attraction.

Local entrants Stephen Healy, driver along with co-pilot Enda Fallon had an eventful drive as the they encountered a clutch problem and as luck would have it happened beside Stephen’s home and they put it up and fitted a new clutch and they were back in the race where they went on to complete the course. Driver Vincent Collins and his co-pilot Fintan Kilroe did not encounter such problems and went to a high final position. 

There were many local people involved in the staging of the rally and their input must be complimented for the successful organising of this very popular rally. Congratulations to the entire organising team on a fabulous day.

Extreme Tractor Run

An Extreme Tractor Run will take place the weekend 19th to 21st April from Dublin to Mayo to raise funds for the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Paediatric & Special Care Unit at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar and Mayo University Hospital Castlebar. All of the above are cause are well worth supporting. Two local lads Gordon Farrell, son of Pauric and Deirdre, Carrowstrawley and Shane Prior son of Ciaran and Jacqui Prior are making this huge trip to help raising the funds. Your generous support will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in O’Brien’s

Birth

Many congratulations to Urszula Kapeluszua and Artur Rydzak, Cnoc na Gaoithe on the recent birth of a baby boy.  

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Coyle family, Weekfield on the death last Tuesday 19th March of Mrs. Annie Coyle. Annie was predeceased by her husband the late Jimmy and she was sister of the late Pakie Wallace. She will be very sadly missed by her sons James, Michael, Paul and Patrick, sister Beetie, relatives and a huge host of friends.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The reconvened AGM of the club will take place next Thursday 28th March in St Marys Parish Hall at 9.15 pm. It would be wonderful if all interested in athletics and it development in the area could attend.

There was a very good attendance at the Sunday morning run in Clonbonny with the “in form” Mikey Sorohan leading home the runners in a very fast time.

The next event for the younger brigade will be the Under 9 to Under 11 in the Indoor Arena at AIT, Athlone on Saturday May 4th. Athletes need to reach their eighth birthday this year to be eligible for this event.

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.

Revisiting Nurse Donlon

Previously I was seeking information on the memories of Nurse Donlon at the bottom of Main Street. A good number of memories were recounted in longhand and via email to Stella in the Library. A great number made comment on the notice back then but never put pen to paper or finger to the keyboard. Now we are making a final call for people to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and relate their memories in print. There is so much got already but there is much more out there. Please contact Stella at the library sosullivan@longfordcoco.ie or drop them into the shop or email them to me at joea@iol.ie .

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 11th March are: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Mary Farrell, 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey. E/W 1st Patricia Mc Gann and Una Clarke, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 3rd Elizabeth Clyne and Mary Connor.

Éigse Peter Carberry

Pete Carberry was noted as being one off the very best uilleann pipers in Ireland and the opportunity to celebrate Pete’s memory and music comes to Lanesboro and I would urge everyone that remembers Pete, his music and those that would like to be part of the weekend to come along.

This Commerative weekend to celebrate the life and music of the late Pete Carberry of Derryhaun will be held in Lanesboro over the weekend 12th to 14th April. Pete was a noted uilleann piper who performed and recorded traditional Irish music in a career spanning several decades. The weekend’s events will include Junior and Master music classes, lecture, recitals, Workshops and Exhibition and a concert of traditional Irish music and song. A full programme of events will be published next week. Enquiries to eigsepetercarberry@gmail.com

Co. Longford Spelling Champion

Many congratulations to Chriswin Regit, Cnoc na Gaoithe who recently became the 2019 Spelling Bee Champion for County Longford. Chriswin is pupil at Lanesboro Primary School and will now progress to the Leinster Final in May.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bill Keane and his son Dermot, Curraghroe and the extended Keane family on the death of their daughter and sister Mary Keane, Janesboro, Co. Limerick on Sunday 17th March.

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.

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.  

The two loves of Gabriel Foley
Pillar Box Drama Moydow will present The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley in the Community Centre Ardagh on Saturday 13th April at 8.30pm
All of the proceeds will supplement the Ardagh/Moydow Parish Fundraising programme.
For tickets contact Betty Finnegan 086-3855424 or Mary Lenehen 087-6424316 some tickets may also be available on the night.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 13th March are: N/S 1st Katharine 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.

Ballyboro

The under 10s were in fine fettle when they played Kenagh Eagles on Saturday last. This was reflected in a 3-1 scoreline in favour of the Ballyboro boys, with Rian Hogan, Oisin Dillon, and Eoin Farrell the goalscorers. Team: Mikie Sorohan, Eoghan Mullooly, Leon Malkowski, Rian Shanley, Dan Casey, Oisin Dillon, Eoin Beattie, Rian Hogan. Subs: Evan Rooney, Eoin Farrell, Ciaran McGloin, Sean O’Dowd, Eoin Connell, Keilon Gilmore, Patrick Gilmore.
The under 8s enjoyed their day out on Saturday when they participated in a Blitz at Killoe Astro, along with Stonepark and the home team. Panel: Matthew Murphy, Daragh Shanley, Daragh McGloin, Michael Hogan, David Kenny, Tom Hession, Donncha Farrell.
Thanks to all who turned up in on Sunday evening last in big numbers and auditioned for the forthcoming OSKAR Night. All the aspiring George Clooney’s and Meryl Streep’s were put through their paces by producer Kevin Rowe and his assistants, and they are eagerly looking forward to  the rehearsals beginning in earnest.
Fixtures: The under 16s are away to Ballymahon in the quarter final of the Nolan Cup on Sunday at 2.30.In the first round of the Shane Brennan Cup, the under 14s are at home  to Inny FC on Friday at 5.30.The under 13s are at home to Killoe Celtic on Saturday at 1pm in the Premier Division Shield. The under 11s play Killoe Lions in Lanesboro on Saturday at 12 noon in a crucial league encounter. On Saturday the under 9s will be taking part in a Blitz in Lanesboro along with Ballymahon and Melview starting at 11am.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary Tiernan, Ferefad, Longford. The winning envelope this week was worth €365. Mary is a weekly player of our 50/50 and we congratulate her on her win. 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, 2, 20, 27 and 28. The winner of the €50 prize was Adrian Fallon, c/o Clarkes Bar, and the three €20 winners were Eugene Mulvihill, Killashee, Bridie c/o Mags, and Geraldine Farrell 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.

Thank You

The Lanesborough/Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day committee says thanks to the following for their sponsorship and making it possible to stage this year’s parade.

Longford County Council, Heineken, Lough Ree Power, Joan and P.J. Donnellan, Dolan’s Food, Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union, Ping’s Chinese Take Away, Michael Flynn, Gretta and Orla O’Brien, Joe Ginty, Larry Leavy, Johnston’s Pharmacy, Joe and Mary Ghee Lanesboro Post Office, Bernard Keane SuperValu, Shannon Cut Hairdressers, Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home, Joe and Martina O’Brien, Steve Ormsby Clarke’s Bar, Gerard Farrell, James Nolan Rosie’s Bar, Sean Mimnagh Shannon Grill.

Thanks also to all the people that entered floats in the Parade, to the musicians, Parish Choir, dancers, Joe and Martina O’Brien, John Casey, all the stewards and to all that sold and bought tickets.

A special mention to Lanesboro Community College the only school in the area taking part.

The Parade was an outstanding success and well done to the huge numbers of spectators that lined the streets showing their appreciation. Congratulations to the float and raffle winners.

A lot of hard work goes into the organising of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. If you feel you have and idea or suggestion into making our Parade better the committee would love to hear from you – contact Teresa Costello Chairperson or Freda Connaughton Secretary. We have a great parade and you can help make it bigger and stronger with your input. When you consider a good number of Parades in the country did not take part due to a lack of funding and community support it make you think how great our community is in staging and supporting our Parade.

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

Leader Cup

The Leader Cup campaign will commence for our senior team when they take on Dromard in Clonbonny on Sunday next at 2pm. Lets hope for a great attendance and a great result as we dip our toes back into senior football.

Standing Together

As a club we stand full square behind the Granard club and the O’Hara family following the recent tragic death of Niall O’Hara. We offer our deepest sympathy and support to the club and the family in this their darkest hour. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam        

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Mary Tiernan, Ferefad, Longford. The winning envelope this week was worth €365. Mary is a weekly player of our 50/50 and we congratulate her on her win. 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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

 O’Rourke Cup: Round one of the Senior league takes place in Lisnamult on Sunday 31st at 2pm against Roscommon Gaels, your support is appreciated. 

Junior Ladies: The Junior Ladies play Strokestown on Sunday 31st in Ballyleague after a comprehensive win over St. Croan’s last week. 

Best of luck: Best of luck to Roscommon CBS and club reps; James Browne, Liam Ormsby, Cian Glennon, Michael Dunnes and Aaron Glennon in the Schools All-Ireland semi-final on Wednesday against St. Patricks Grammer, Downpatrick. 

U12 Boys: Our U12 boys team had the opportunity to play at half time in the Hyde 

during the Roscommon v Kerry match on Sunday last. This was a fantastic experience for all concerned and we would like to thank Roscommon GAA, club manager John Casey and all the parents who supported the boys for great an afternoon. 

Annual Lotto: Subscriptions for our annual lotto are now available, please contact Sean Cox or Michael Cleary for more information. Jackpot stands at €12,000. 

Condolences: The club would like to express its sympathy to the Malone family Cloonadra, Ballyleague on the death of Michael Malone. May he Rest in Peace. 

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