Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 17th December 2018

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Christmas Greetings

As we face into another Christmas and New Year,
I would like to wish everyone a very special Christmas and may 2019 see your
wishes and dreams come to fruition.

There have been happy and sad moments,
very special times and sorrowful times during 2018 we have lost people in death
and emigration we have seen happiness in births, marriages, engagements,
achievements and special occasions and you are all being thought about. At this
time, I think of all our families that are away from us or working over
Christmas and cannot make it home. I would like to wish you, your family and
all our friends the great warmth and comfort through Christmastime. You are all
remembered and thought greatly of, our heart leap when we think of you and the
thoughts of seeing you in the New Year creates a great excitement.

Let’s
go for a Swim

The annual Christmas Day Swim will take
place following 11.30am Mass in Lanesboro on Christmas morning. This year the
Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is seeking as many people as possible to brave the
elements and join them for this annual swim. Sponsorship cards are available
from any member of the club or from O’Brien’s.

Christmas
at St. Mary’s

The arrangements for Masses at St Mary’s
are as follows: There will be 2 Masses on Christmas Eve 24th with
the first Mass at 7pm followed by the second Mass at 8.30pm. Christmas morning
Mass es will be at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Penitential Services will take place in
St. Mary’s Church on Friday next 21st at 7pm. Confessions will take
place in Ballyleague on Thursday next 20th at 7pm.

Cashel to
Lanesboro Christmas morning

The organisers of the Christmas Day Run from
Newtowncashel to Lanesborough along with Longford MS Society
would like to thank everyone for their continued support with the run.  The event will
take place again this year for the 28th time and we hope that we
continue to have such great participation and raise much needed funds for the Longford
MS Society. Should anyone wish to take part and have not already received
a sponsorship card, cards are available from O’Brien’s
Corner Shop or Brigid Mullooly Tel: 086 8807596.  In Newtowncashel
card are available from The Local or Michael Flood.  Thanks to
Peter Hanley Motors who have again for the 28th time sponsored these top-class
Technical T-Shirts and there is one for every participant.  Walkers start from the Hill in Newtowncashel at
11:45am while Runners start at 12:15pm.  Refreshments
will be available enroute and also at the Hall in Lanesborough after the event.  Best of luck with the training!

Death

The end of an era was felt with a great
sadness when we learned of the death at Innis Ree Lodge, Ballyleague of Mickey
Kelly, Kilrooskey on Wednesday last 12th December. Throughout his
life Mickey Kelly was a larger than life character admired greatly far and
wide. He was predeceased by his wife Marie. Mickey, at the time of his death,
was President of St. Faithleach’s GAA club who he devoted his playing life to
and in later years was always available to encourage and support everyone that
put on the red and white jersey. Mickey was on the players on St. Faithleach’s
1965 winning Senior Championship team.

Mickey was a builder of great renown who
was always noted for the quality of his work. He was the warmest and
friendliest of men and had a smile that softened even the hardest heart. He was
a wonderful neighbour where a helping hand always went without saying. The
community of Kilgefin and further afield has lost one of the finest gentlemen
and for that everyone of us that had the undoubted pleasure of knowing him will
be at a great loss. Mickey would not want us to feel that, but he left enough
great memories for us to feel warmth in our hearts. Mickey’s remains reposed on
Friday at his son Ollie’s home in Cloonadra and the attendance on the Friday
evening and again at his Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday bore
ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. Mickey was laid to rest
alongside his wife Marie in Kilgefin Cemetery.

To his sons Ollie and Sean, daughters Denise
and Mary, brother Ned, cousin Johnny Kinsella, relatives and a multitude of friends we express our deepest
sympathy.

Engagement

Many congratulations to Karina Dennigan
daughter of Mike and Mary Dennigan, Mahoraveen and Adrian Boyle son of Martin
and Irene Boyle, Mullaghmore, Moylough, Co. Galway who announced their
engagement recently.

Concert
Success

The students of Lanesboro Community
College presented their annual Christmas Concert in St. Mary’s Hall on Thursday
6th December. As usual the main drivers of the show were the
Transition Year students who again did a wonderful job in putting a most
entertaining night together. The teachers and students must be complimented,
and the show was played to a full house.

Reads
for Christmas

There are many reads to help you through
the Christmas time. Jack Harte’s Rehabilitating the Serpent, “this poignant narrative delves into the dichotomy of
religion and dares to question, analyse and confront the notions of good and
evil and the parallels between love and hate” , Shamrock 165 the story of the ill-fated
Aer Lingus plane crash in Snowdonia that had local lady Evelyn Belton as one of
its passengers in 1952, Under the Thatch memories of growing up under thatch
roofs by Séan ÓSúilleabháin. Rathcline
Bakes the Rathcline GAA clubs’ book of baking recipes, Teathbha the annual
historical journal, the yearly Jude Flynn publication Fireside Tales and last
but not least Old Moore’s Almanac telling us all we need to know about 2019.

New Year Draw

The Rathcline club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw
in the Yacht Bar on Saturday 12th January. This is an annual draw
and the proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and insurance for
the coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket and selling a
book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold them it would
make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league and
championship, we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and the prizes are 1st
€3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th
€250, 6th €200 and 7th €200.

If you are away from home you can contact any member
of the executive or me at  joea@iol.ie, or
phone 086-2460840.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the
Greg Gillen and his family on the death of Mrs. Maureen O’Callaghan,
Carrickananny Road, Belleeks, Co. Armagh on Saturday last 15th
December sister of the late Bernadette Gillen

Lanesboro
Primary School

On Thursday next in St. Mary’s Church the pupils of
Lanesboro Primary School will present their annual Christmas Carol Service at
6.30pm. Traditionally this is an excellent performance by kids so young and it
is a joy to behold. Go along and be entranced by the performances.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the
Mary Mc Gushin and family, Rathcline, the Fleming family Rathcline and the
Molloy family, formerly Rathcline on the death of Vincent Byrne during in
England during the past week. Vincent was married to Suzanne Farrell, Shannon
View, Ballyleague.

St.
Stephens Day Match:

A major charity event will take part at
the St Faithleach’s club grounds in Ballyleague on St. Stephens Day. This year
St Faithleach’s have teamed up with Ballyboro Astro Turf to bring both sides of
the community together and created “The Shannonside Christmas Classic
Blitz”. Player registration (€10) takes place at 12:30, with games
beginning at 12:45. Fancy dress is optional, soup and rolls after, live
commentary. Player’s must be over 16, no upper age limit. Everyone is welcome
to attend. To play on the day please speak to either club or call Jason Fallon
or Stephen Rooney . 

Have your memories of Nurse Donlon?

Have
you memories of Nurse Donlon either as nurse of running the shop at the bottom
end of Main St. beside the bridge? If you have any memories, then Stella in the
library would love to hear from you. 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 can.

If
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 lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie
alternatively you can drop them into O’Brien’s for delivery to Stella.

Christmas for St. John’s Congregation

The Services for St. John’s Congregation in Lanesboro during
Christmas are: Sunday 23rd Holy Communion with Sunday school
involvement at 11.30am and at St Coman’s Roscommon: Christmas Day, Holy Communion
Service at 11.30am.

Defibrillator Course in January

A new Defibrillator course
will take place in January and the organisers are urgently seeking many new
people to take the opportunity of getting trained in the use of defibrillators.
As this is a down time it is important that all clubs and organisations on both
sides of the bridge encourage their members to attend and get trained up.

Rarely a day goes by in a workplace,
sporting events or in public places that a person’s knowledge in the use of the
defibrillator in not required hence the great need to have all area and events
covered with people with the required knowledge.

Contact Martina O’Brien
with your name and phone number, she can be contacted at the shop, phone
3321108, 0863858934 or email martinaclyne1@gmail.com

Senior Citizens Party

Annette Coffey would like
to thank everyone that attended the senior citizens part in Clarke’s Bar on
Friday last. A great number had a tremendous lunch where there was great
entertainment and Santa even made his appearance. Annette would like to thank
everyone that helped out, Louis Skelly for Santa and everyone that donated spot
prizes.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Emily, Sophie and
Donncha c/o Tom Morris who were winning the 50/50 for the first time. The
winning envelope was worth €301. The three winners are grandchildren of Tom
Morris.

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.

€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 €14,900, jackpot and the jackpot for
this week, will now rise to reach and the worthwhile winning amount of €15,000.
The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 18 and 23. The winner of the €50 prize was Peg
Farrell, Clonfower, and the three €20 winners were Percy Flynn, Mount Dillon,
Joe Donoghue c/o Clarkes and Tiernan Hanley c/o Johnny Hanley

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 Bakes

Rathcline
Bakes recipe book is a great book and most definitely well worth having. The
cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley and the book
includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef with Irelands
leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at
€10

Lough Ree AC

Christmas is here and Lanesboro is the place to be on
Christmas morning with the excitement of the swimming, the Newtowncashel to
Lanesboro run and our own contribution by way of the run for the younger
brigade from the track to the parish hall, starting at 12.30 at the track.  Usually this is a great occasion and there is
no reason why next this year should be any different.  Our run is open to anybody to wants to work
up an appetite for the Christmas dinner and all be rewarded for their
efforts.  Thanks to all who participated
during the year and wishing all our members and parents a very Happy Christmas
and looking forward to seeing ye all at the run.

Ballyboro

The weather
proved to be a real spoilsport at the weekend with both the under 9 blitz and
the under 11 game versus Killoe Celtic postponed due to the inclement
conditions. League action now takes a break until the weekend of 5th/6th
January, but club activity continues regardless. The club is organizing a Bag
Pack at Dunnes Stores Longford, on this Thursday 20th from 11am to 8pm. Anyone
willing to help out for an hour please contact Karl at 087 6872702. The club in
conjunction with St. Faithleach’s will be holding a novelty charity/AstroTurf fundraiser
football match at Ballyleague on St. Stephens Day.
The past year has certainly proved to be an eventful one for
Ballyboro FC with a highlight being the granting of Planning Permission for the
Astroturf pitch. The coming year promises to be just as momentous with a
significant OscaRs project in the pipeline. Mark Tarmey will be busy over the
Christmas period keeping track of the remaining entries for the Last Man Standing
project.

Ballyboro FC
wish all its players and supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and
successful New Year. 

This week in our library

Knitting & Crochet Group
Knitting & Crochet group continues in the
new year on Monday 7th January 2019.  New members always welcome!
Poetry
& Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues in the new
year on Monday 14th January 2019 –  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)
will continue in the new year.
Babble
& Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group
will continue in the new year!
Book
Club

December Book Club will take place on Friday 21st
December at 11am.
Book choices for this month are ‘The Particular
Sadness of a Lemon Cake’ by Aimee Bender or ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth
Hogan.  All welcome!
Christmas
Hours

Library will close at 1pm on
Saturday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all our patrons!
Art
Course for adults
A six-week Art Course for adults with
Stephanie Hanlon will start on Monday 14th January 6.30-7.30pm.  Cost is
€60 for the course. Places are limited, so contact Stella on 0433321291 or
email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie<mailto:lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie>

to
book your place.
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.

Joe’s Fruit and Veg

Joe’s Fruit and Veg Christmas business hours: Thursday 20th
8am to 5pm and Monday 24th 7am to 4pm.  New Year’s Eve 9am to 4pm.

Joe wishes all his customers a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

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

Christmas Greetings

The
club would like to wish everyone a very special and wonderful Christmas. We
thank all our players, members and friends and supporters for your support and
help throughout the year. There are a number of people and groups that helped
us in many ways especially in Clonbonny and your help is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to your support and help again in 2019.

County Panel

Presently
the Longford county team are flying high in the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup and it
is great to see that the new team management rewarded five of our players with
a call up to the county training panel. We wish Liam Connerton, Shane Kenny,
Shane Donohoe, Iarla O’Sullivan and Dáithí Mulvihill the very best and look forward
to seeing them in action in the county jersey in 2019. We also wish the county
team the very best for the year ahead.

Defibrillator

The
club needs people that are interested in helping out the club by completing the
defibrillator course to take place in January. The need for people to have
training done in the use of the defibrillator is essential at all grades especially
with all the games and training in Clonbonny. We look forward to a good number
of parents of the underage club and supporters and officials from all our clubs
to give their names and phone numbers to the minor (Seadna) or senior (Cathal)
secretaries or to Martina O’Brien at the corner shop.

Rathcline Bakes

Rathcline
Bakes recipe book is a great book and most definitely well worth having. The
cover of the book has been designed by local artist Jack Casserley and the book
includes a recipe from Kieran Glennon a 2-star Michelin Star chef with Irelands
leading restaurant Patrick Guilbaud’s. The books are for sale in O’Brien’s at
€10

Congratulations

The club like to congratulate club players Cian Gilmore,
Oran Kenny, Cronan Flood, Éanna Mc Grath, Kevin Tansey, Richard Prior, Bryn
Peters and Seadhna Ryan who were involved in the Ballymahon Convent side that
won the Longford Westmeath league Final when they beat Rochfortbridge.

New Year Draw

The club will hold its New Year Fundraising draw in the
Yacht Bar on Saturday 12th January. This is an annual draw and the
proceeds helps towards the paying of club affiliation and insurance for the
coming year. The club asks your support by buying your ticket and selling a
book of tickets. If everyone took a book of 5 tickets and sold them it would
make a huge difference and mean that as we enter senior league and
championship, we do so with a sound backing behind us.

Tickets cost €20 each and would make a great Christmas
present. The prizes are 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd
€500, 4th €250, 5th €250, 6th €200 and 7th
€200.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took
place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Emily, Sophie and
Donncha c/o Tom Morris who were winning the 50/50 for the first time. The
winning envelope was worth €301. The three winners are grandchildren of Tom
Morris.

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.