Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 13th May 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners will take place in Ballyleague on Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm on Wednesday evenings. Places are limited and if you wish to attend please phone Áine, 086-8407718 for all details.

Good Luck

The very best of Luck to Christian Donlon, Cloontuskert & Jack Casey, Gardenstown; Ballyboro Utd Soccer Club U12’s – who are on the Longford Town squad to play North Dublin in the All Ireland Plate final on May 18th in Mullingar Athletic Grounds.

Summer Draw on Sunday

Rathcline are holding a ‘Super Summer Draw’ for premium tickets for upcoming events at Croke Park on Sunday night next. The prizes are 1st 2 Premium tickets for the Spice Girls on Friday 24th May, 2nd 2 Premium tickets for the Leinster Hurling final on Sunday 30th June, 3rd 2 Premium prizes for the Leinster Football Final on Sunday 23rd June, 4th 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Friday 5th July and 6th prize 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Saturday 6th July.

All for only €5 this is a draw worth buying tickets for. The draw takes place in Adie’s Bar on Sunday night next 19th May.

25 Drive

The Parish Hall Committee would like to thank all the card players for their continued support of the card game in the hall on Sunday nights. 1st Liz and Niall Hughes. 2nd P J and Bridie Glennon. Last game Pat Byrne and Tom Rooney. Raffle winners Mary Gregg, Liz Hughes, Packie Feeney and Brendan Casey.

Homecoming Concert

Former Rathcline Road resident Fran Deffew will make a triumphal return to his native sod when along with band members of Rake the Ashes will play St. Mary’s Hall on Friday night 24th May in the ‘Back to the Boro’ concert at 8.30pm.

Fran teamed up with the members of Rake the Ashes where they play together regularly in Cassidy’s Pub in Camden Street, Dublin. They have been on the rise since their formation gaining wide acclaim at many venues throughout the country. Their music genre is traditional, ballad and folk.

This night will be one of the best to hit Lanesboro Parish Hall in many years and it is a night not to be missed by anyone. Tickets €10 are on sale in O’Brien’s and already there has been a steady demand for them.

Jobs Fair

Are you looking for employment in the midland region? There will be Jobs Fair for ex Bord na Mona employees among others looking for re-employment in the Midlands region. If others come, you won’t be turned away! 

The Regional Transition Team is hosting the above event in Mount Lucas Training Centre. This event is organised solely for the casual, seasonal and fulltime employees of Bord na Mona. Businesses with regional job opportunities in the manufacturing and construction will attend and a number of job offers will be made on the day.

To register your interest in attending please call Rita on 057 93 62 508

Community Games

Track & Field Day

Thank you to all the participants and parents who attended the Lanesboro Community Games Track and Field day on Sunday.  It was heartening to see such a strong turnout, and great performances from all the participants. 

Thank you also to Lanesboro Tri Club members who managed the finish line so professionally, Fabian Walsh on the loudspeaker, Margaret Mullooly and all who helped out in any way.  It would not have been possible to run this event without you.

The results of the day are as follows: Boys 80m hurdles U14 1st Lauren Curran, 2nd Lily Hogan, 3rd Lucy Malone, 4th Laoise Hanly. Girls 80m hurdles U14 1st Kieran Dowd, 2nd Cormac O’Dowd, 3rd Shane Gavigan, 4th Daniel Hogan. Girls 60m hurdles U10 1st Sarah Healy, 2nd Maria Forde, 3rd Crystal Mc Donnell, 4th Hannah Farrell. Boys U8 60m hurdles 1st Oisin Dillon, 2nd Dan Casey, 3rd Daragh Donlon, 4th Shane Farrell. Boys 60m U8 1st Ethan Donnellan, 2nd Donncha Farrell, 3rd Tom Hession. Girls U8 60m 1st Saoirse Feeney, 2nd Faye Hogan, 3rd Saoirse Dillon. Boys U14 Long Jump 1st Kieran O’Dowd, 2nd Cormac O’Dowd, 3rd Daniel Hogan, 4th Shane Gavigan. Girls U14 Long Jump 1st Lily Hogan, 2nd Laoise Hanly. Boys U8 80m 1st Donncha Farrell, 2nd Tom Hession, 3rd Niall Morgan. Girls U8 80m Saoirse Feeney, 2nd Faye Hogan, 3rd Saoirse Dillon, 4th Georgina Johnston. Boys U10 100m 1st Oisin Dillon, 2nd Dan Casey, 3rd Darragh Donlon, 4th Shane Farrell. Girls U10 100m 1st Sarah Healy, 2nd Evie Malone, 3rd Maria Forde, 4th Hannah Farrell. Boys U12 100m 1st Rian Hogan, 2nd Mikey Sorohan, 3rd John Farrell, 4th Sean O’Dowd. Girls U12 100m 1st Emma Feeney, 2nd Katie Malone, 3rd Mela O’Brien. Boys U14 100m 1st Kieran O’Dowd, 2nd Cormac O’Dowd, 3rd Shane Gavigan, 4th Daniel Hogan. Girls U14 100m 1st Lauren Hogan, 2nd Lily Hogan, 3rd Lucy Malone. Girls U16 100m 1st Ella Hogan, 2nd Molly Morgan, 3rd Sophie Chapman. Boys U16 100m 1st Conor Lyons. Boys U10 200m 1st Oisin Dillon, 2nd Dan Casey, 3rd Shane Farrell, 4th Daragh Donlon. Girls U10 200m 1st Sarah Healy, 2nd Evie Malone, 3rd Maria Forde, 4th Hannah Farrell. Boys U16 200m 1st Conor Lyons. Girls U16 200m 1st Ella Hogan, 2nd Molly Morgan. Girls U14 Long Puck 1st Lauren Curran, 2nd Lily Hogan. Boys U12 600m 1st Mikey Sorohan, 2nd Callum Farrell, 3rd Rian Hogan, 4th John Farrell. Girl U12 600m 1st Emma Feeney. Girls U14 800m 1st Lucy Malone, 2nd Lauren Curran, 3rd Lily Hogan. Boys U14 800m 1st Kieran O’Dowd, 2nd Cormac O’Dowd, 3rd Daniel Hogan. Boys U16 1500m 1st Conor Lyons, 2nd Billy Russell. Girls U16 1500m 1st Ella Hogan, 2nd Molly Morgan. U12 Ball Throw 1st Mikey Sorohan, 2nd Callum Farrell, 3rd Sean O’Dowd, 4th Luke Johnston. Girls U12 Ball Throw 1st Emma Feeney. Boys U12 Long Puck 1st John Farrell, 2nd Liam Rhatigan, 3rd Callum Farrell, 4th Rian Hogan. Girls U14 Shot Putt 1st Lauren Curran, 2nd Lucy Malone, 3rd Lily Hogan. Boys U14 Shot Putt 1st Kieran O’Dowd, 2nd Cormac O’Dowd, 3rd Shane Gavigan, 4th Daniel Hogan.

Horse Fair

On Saturday last this years Lanesboro Horse Fair took place on the Main Street from the crossroads up to the Green. This is the second year back on the street and it again proves to be the rightful home for the fair judging by the comments from the spectators and those involved in buying and selling.

The day started brightly with a warm sun and the forecasted showers never materialised hence we had a beautiful day for the large crowd that attended. The horses came in large numbers and there was a very brisk business in the buying and selling. Everybody seemed very happy with the trade of the day. The numbers spectating fluctuated during the day and while the numbers were slightly down on previous year it still proved to be another great day at the Fair of Lanesboro.

A special word of praise must go to the Gardaí, the Order of Malta ambulance crew and the many stewards and committee that ensued that everything ran smoothly for the duration of the Fair. We look forward to another great day at Lanesboro Horse Fair next year.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the game played on Wednesday 1st May are: N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny and 3rd Cyril Hussey and Phil Chalmers. E/W 1st Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan and 3rd Maura Hanly and Mairead Gill.

Honda 50 Run

The annual Honda 50 Run returns to Lanesboro on Sunday 9th June. Registration will take place in St. Mary’s Hall from 10.30am to 12.15pm. The fee is €20, and it includes you in a raffle. The run will commence at 12.15pm with refreshments before and after. No helmet no run. All bikes are welcome. For details contact Jimmy 087 2289468.

There will be a draw taking place for the following prizes and we encourage everyone to support

Are you eligible?

Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op is a local voluntary community group that does so much great work in and around our community. It has our town looking pristine throughout the year and especially in the build up to the Tidy Towns competition. Their dedication to maintaining the town and Shannon banks area is a credit to them and their Social Scheme working team. At present there are two vacancies for staff to help continue this great work. The vacancies are in Office Administration and Caretaker. Participants must be receiving a job seekers payment for 12 months. The minimum wage is €225 for 19 hours a week. If you are eligible apply to the Tourist Office or phone 043 33 21977 or 086 1427143.

Dates for Grave Blessings

The dates have been set for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of Rathcline. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Lanesboro on 14th July and Clonbonny on Sunday 21st July.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Hilda and Sean Carthy, Cloontuskert, Margaret and John Gannon, Gortgallon, and their extended families on the death of their aunt Mary Pearson nee Gaughran, Donegal Town and formerly Salmon’s Lane who passed away on Monday last 6th May in Innis Ree Lodge.

Defibrillator

Evelyn and Kevin organisers and controllers of the training and logistics for the local Defibrillator Group would like to thank everyone that has gone through the recent defibrillator training and also the refresher course. Over 60 people have recently been trained up in the use of the defibrillator.

A new class will commence in the autumn and clubs and associations are asked to actively encourage members to sign up for the course. To be competent in the use of the defibrillator can make the difference between life and death. Names can be given into Martina O’Brien, phone 0863858934 or call into the shop to Martina.

Photographic Award

Many congratulations to Brigid Mullooly on winning the Longford Landscape/Townscape Photographic competition promoted by County Longford Arts Services last week. This competition was open to both amateur and professional photographs and it is great to see to see Brigid’s photograph portfolios gain rightful acclaim. Her work is precise and rightly admired and praised.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy and Anne Breslin, Cloontuskert and their family on the death of Paddy’s father John Breslin, Ardara, Co. Donegal who passed away last week

Adult Kayaking

Adult kayaking will take place on this coming Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm.The cost is just €20 per person. Apart from wetsuits all other gear will be provided. To book your place contact 087 2977769 for further details.

Support for Crumlin next Saturday

Ballymahon Friends of Crumlin are a group established some 3 years ago to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. The group has raised almost €50,000 in the past 3 years. They do this through an annual fundraiser by way of a crawl/walk/run along the canal in Ballymahon and a monster draw with some excellent prizes 
This year the group will be selling tickets at SuperValu Lanesborough on Saturday next 18th May. Tickets are €5 each or 3 for €10. 
Your support would be very much appreciated 

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning last were 7, 16, 26 and 28. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €3,600. The winners of the €50 prize was Imelda Sweeney c/o The Market, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Mary Connaughton, Knock, Nuala Malone, Cloontuskert and Martina c/o Mags.

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

Photographs from the Green

Thanksto everyone that has already sent me photographs and also contacted me and told me they would look some up and get them to me. Seeing what has come in so far is great to see and recall memories. Don’t delay or depend on anyone else to send them please forward them on to me. It is just a flick on your phone, camera, iPad and forward it to me at joea@iol.ie.

If you don’t have a photograph from your time on the Green a family photograph from a later date will do. You can also drop them into me in the shop where I will scan them and return them to you there and then. I am also looking for photograph of the apprentices and lodgers that stayed on the Green.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Valerie Casey, Roscommon who purchased her ticket at Ballyleague bingo. The winning envelope this week was worth €325. We congratulate Valerie on her win, and we would like to thank her for her support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next.

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.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The club is anxious that all youngsters in its catchment area of the parishes of Killashee, Cloontagh, Newtowncashel, Kilgefin/Ballyleague and Rathcline/Lanesboro avail of the facility that the Lough Ree Athletic Club offers. We cater for all youngsters and look to give them a great grounding in the multi event sport that is athletics. Come along on a Tuesday evening at 6.30 or on a Sunday at 12.30pm except Sunday next where the Community Games will take place from 12

Past Pupils of Lanesboro Tech

Are you a past pupil of Lanesboro Vocational and Technical School or its successor the Lanesborough Community College? Did you or your children or grandchildren attend the school at Knock on the Ballymahon road out of Lanesborough over the years? 

If the answer is YES to that question, then your support is now urgently needed for a major campaign to give the modern-day school an all-weather astro turf football pitch for the first time.

Every year the students at the school in Knock, Lanesboro experience difficulties with flooding and water-logging of the old grass pitch inside the running track when the heavy rainfall hits, which is why a new committee is presently fundraising to build a new state of the art astro turf pitch there and drain and re-surface the old grass pitch.

This is an appeal to past pupils of ‘the Tech’ and Lanesborough Community college to help us raise match funding to build the new facility at a cost of over €250,000.

In return for your support, the name of every past pupil and donor will be published in a new Souvenir Brochure Journal that will be made available on Saturday June 15th, 2019 at special celebratory function as part of the Ballyboro Oskar Night ceremony in the Longford Arms Hotel. Your name will also be recorded on a special sign to be erected at the school. Donations are welcome now. For details call John Tynan at 087 6221894 or Ciaran Mullooly at 087 2433201. You can post your donation directly to Ann McCormack, Treasurer, Ballyboro Football club, Cloontuskert, Lanesborough, county Longford or e mail: ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com

To donate ONLINE today please visit this link:

 https://www.gofundme.com/new-lanesborough-astro-turf-pitch?sharetype=teams&member=838930&rcid=r01-155714034899-99c46e51b22845a5&pc=tw_co_campmgmt_w via @GoFundMe

Lanesboro Library

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 27th May – 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.

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library.  All welcome to bring their babies or toddlers along to play together, read a story or two and have some fun!

Alzheimer Society of Ireland – Mobile Information Service

The Alzheimer Society Mobile Information Service provides information and support to people living with dementia and their families as well as those concerned about their own cognitive health.

No appointment necessary – just pop in and talk to experienced staff who will be available to provide answers to any questions you may have.

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

Time: 11am to 2pm

‘Grow Your Own’ Talk and Seed Swap

On Monday evening 20th May, Ronan Lynch will give a talk on ‘Grow Your Own’.  Also, on the evening will be a Seed/Plant Swap table. Every grower has extra seeds that may never be used. Bring them to our Seed & Plant Swap and take-home new ones!

If growing your own is your thing – you won’t want to miss it!

If you are a beginner and don’t have any seeds to share, you are invited to come along too!

Venue: Lanesboro Library

Date: Monday 20th May

Time: 6.30pm

Book Club

Book Club continues Friday 31st May at 11am.  To celebrate Bealtaine Festival, book clubs around the country are reading ‘Twelve Thousand Days’ by Eilish Ni Dhuibhne. Come along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa!

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.

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.

Check out our Online Services where you can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and newspapers, learn a new language or do an online course.  All you need is your library card and pin.  Renew or request books on our website www.longfordlibrary.ie

Ballyboro

Congratulations to Donal Hogan who Won Last Man Standing 2. Crystal Palace did the business for Donal on Saturday last, as it was Donal’s thirteenth successful pick in succession, to enable him to scoop the 500 euro jackpot.
Best of luck to Jack Casey and Christian Donlon when they contest the National Shield final, as part of the Longford League team, who play North Dublin on Saturday at 12.30 in Mullingar.
The under 13 team found Ballymahon a bit too strong for them in the Cup semi-final. Team: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Jack Casey, Cormac O’Dowd, Rory Carling, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Joey Trimble, Sam Murphy, Eoin Cox, Conor Farrell. Subs: Ben Murphy, Luke Cullen.
The under 8s finished their season in style when they played Newtown in their final Fun League game in Abbeycartron. Panel: Matthew Murphy, David Kenny, Michael Hogan, Donncha Farrell, Darragh McGloin, Tom Hession, Ben Cassidy, Cian Shea, Conor Kilcoyne, Darragh Shanley.
James Carroll, Darragh Donlon, Jack Cassidy, Josh Curran, Alfie Murphy, Tim Kenny, and Cathal Hanley were on duty for the under 9s as they too played their last Fun League game of the season.
Thanks are due to all who helped out and participated in the Table Quiz organised by “The Field” group in Foigha.
The OSKAR fundraising continues on Saturday night when “The Snapper” group are holding a Race Night in Clarkes followed by a disco, starting at 9.30.
OSKAR fever is building up with filming due to start at the weekend in preparation for the big night on 15th June.

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

Super Summer Draw

Rathcline are holding a ‘Super Summer Draw’ for premium tickets for upcoming events at Croke Park. The prizes are 1st 2 Premium tickets for the Spice Girls on Friday 24th May, 2nd 2 Premium tickets for the Leinster Hurling final on Sunday 30th June, 3rd 2 Premium prizes for the Leinster Football Final on Sunday 23rd June, 4th 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Friday 5th July and 6th prize 2 Premium tickets for Westlife on Saturday 6th July.

All for only €5 this is a draw worth buying tickets for. The draw takes place in Adie’s Bar on Sunday week 19th May

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Valerie Casey, Roscommon who purchased her ticket at Ballyleague bingo. The winning envelope this week was worth €325. We congratulate Valerie on her win, and we would like to thank her for her support of the 50/50. Buy a €2 ticket and who knows it could be your name on the next winning ticket drawn on Monday night next.

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.

Féile Final

Western Gaels played their Féile Shield 13 a side  group game on Saturday 13th April last v Longford Slashers , this game turned out to be a winner takes all game as two other teams had withdrawn the previous evening , played in ideal conditions and on a good surface in Michael Fay Park it turned out to be a very entertaining game , our goalkeeper Kieran O’ Dowd (SG)  was in brilliant form throughout, Dan Devlin(GG) and Cormac O’ Dowd(SG) in the full backline had fine games , our halfback line of Conor Lyons(SG), Beau O Connor(GG) & Kielan Ruske(GG) had fine games also with their great work ethic, our midfield pairing of Harry Mulvihill(GG) & Stephen Oates(GG) were in terrific form with both getting the majority of our scores, our half forward line of John McHugh(GG), Jimmy Farrell(SG) & Niall Hawes(GG) had fine games also with their great work rate and putting the Slashers backs under constant pressure. Our full forward line of Luke Dowd(SG) & James Killian(SG) had super games and were very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, at different stages during the game we introduced Willie Stokes(GG), Matthew Heneghan(SG), Luke Cullen(SG), Conor Farrell(SG), Josh Crawford(SG), Ruairi Carling(SG) & Kristof Muller(SG) who all played a huge part in a superb victory. Final Score Western Gaels 3-3 Longford Slashers 0-4.

We have now qualified for the Féile Shield Final with the prize for the winners a trip to the National Féile Finals hosted by Connacht at the end of June, unfortunately this final has been postponed twice due to an appeal and with no date yet confirmed at the time of writing it has turned out to be a very frustrating time for both players and management and certainly not a good advertisement for the Féile Competition.

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