Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 3rd June 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Death

The news broke on Sunday 26th May of the death at Costello’s Nursing Home, Ballyleague of one of our favourite sons Hillary O’Sullivan, Main Street. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathleen. Hillary had been in failing health in recent times but learning of his death still shocked. Hillary was a larger than life character in our community for many years. Born and reared in Knock where he lived and did all the things young people get up to. He was a footballer of note with the Rathcline club and was a stalwart of the club for many years and in the past 16 years he was a very proud president of the club. Following a spell in England he came back home and worked with Bord na Mona until his retirement. Hillary was also a member of Lanesboro Fire Brigade for a long number of years. Hillary loved everything about our community, he loved to see development and was always encouraging especially our youth. He thrived on the success of our local youth and was always delighted to speak of the achievements of our youth be it academically or on the sporting field – he felt great pride for their personal success. He was a most wonderful caring neighbour and friend. Hillary was a man with a heart of gold and a very friendly man, always ready to assist anyone in need of help and support. His passing will leave a great emptiness in the hearts and minds of everyone that knew him. The attendance at the reposing of his remains at his home on Monday and again at the removal of his remains to St Mary Church for his Funeral Mass bore ample testimony to the esteem in which he was held. Following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny cemetery.

To his wife Vera, son Brendan, daughters Valerie, Jennifer and Catherine, brothers Vincent, Noel, Michael and Val, sister Rosaleen, relatives and many many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Whist Drive

One of the last Whist Drives of the season will take place on Friday night next 7th June in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8.30pm. Lanesboro Social Services help greatly within our community and if you and your friends are card players I urge you to go along and support one of the most vital groups in the parish. Their work is unseen, but it is greatly appreciated. If you cannot make it on Friday night a contribution would be greatly appreciated, and you can leave one in O’Brien’s and it will be passed on to the committee.

New email address

Please note that my email address has changed. Anyone wishing to send me items for the paper or personal emails are asked to send to joeaobrien@outlook.com

Election

On Friday last 24th May it was the turn of our local community to turn out and vote in the local county council elections on both sides of the bridge.

In the Longford County Council, Ballymahon Local Electoral Area, we had our two local councillors Mark Casey and Gerald Farrell once again putting themselves forward for re-election. Following many hard weeks of canvassing it all came down to the people to decide the fate of our two candidates.

The total votes in the Ballymahon LEA was 6,732 with a quota of 949 being the magical number. Following the first vote Mark Casey was one of the poll toppers with a wonderful total vote of 949 votes. This vote seen Mark elected on the first count having exceeded the quota.

Gerard Farrell’s first vote of 621 put him into a very strong position to be returned and following seven further counts Gerard was easily elected on the eight count.

It was a remarkable voted for both our local men and we would like congratulate of the and wish them the very best working for the next five years

Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners continues in Ballyleague on Wednesdays, 7 – 8pm on Wednesday evenings. There are still a very limited of places available and if you wish to attend please phone Áine, 086-8407718 for all details.

Retiring

For almost the past 28 years we have been very familiar with Mary Ghee being our post mistress. Mary was a feature in our community, and she served us loyally over the past years. Sadness at the departure of Mary was the common thread as not only was a she our post mistress, but she was a confidant and agony aunt all rolled into one. She was a lady we all trusted and revered, and her departure was something we never wanted to happen. Mary will be sadly missed in our community and we would like to say a very big thank you to her.

We would like to wish Mary many years of the very best of health and happiness for many years to come.

Honda 50 Run on Sunday next

The annual Honda 50 Run is getting closer to its returns to Lanesboro on Sunday next 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 is a sponsorship card available in O’Brien’s and if you would like to contribute your donation would be greatly appreciated. Your sponsorship entitles you into the draw for 1st prize: Emerald Star Line short break Two Cabin Cruiser, 2nd Meal for 2 in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon, 3rd Meal for 2 at Cox’s Steakhouse, Dromod, 4th Meal for 2 at the Copperstill Restaurant, Dromod and 5th prize Botte Brandy. We encourage everyone to support

Placement Available

Cloontuskert Residents/Tidy Towns Association are seeking the much-needed assistance of a Tús worker for the maintenance of the village, having submitted a successful application for a Tús worker in 2019. If you are interested or know of anyone who may qualify, could you please contact Yvonne in the Roscommon Leader Partnership on 0906630252 for more information. Your assistance in the upkeep of Cloontuskert would be greatly appreciated.

Cemetery Sunday on Sunday week

With many people in our parish having relatives buried in Killashee and Ballinakill I take this opportunity to notify locals of Cemetery Sunday taking place on Sunday 16th June in the Killashee/Clondra parish. Ceremonies will take place in Killashee at 10 a.m., Clondra 12 p.m. and Ballinakill at 3 p.m.

Sliabh Bán Book

The hugely popular history on Sliabh Bán is back on sale and as we are going into holiday season it would make a wonderful read over the summer or even as a present for all those returning during holiday time. The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20.

Cemetery Sunday: note change of dates

The dates have been set for the Blessing of the Graves at the three graveyards in the parish of Rathcline. There is a change in the running order this year and you are asked take heed of the change. The first blessing will take place in Rathcline graveyard on Sunday 7th July followed by Clonbonny on 14th July and finishing with Lanesboro on Sunday 21st July.

Start your degree in Longford

Longford College of Further Education are accepting applicants for their Tourism and Business PLC programmes starting in September. School leavers can apply for the level 5 courses, then progress to level 6 and gain direct entry into year 2 of either the Hospitality Management degree or the Business degree in Athlone Institute of Education. Existing holders of a QQI level 5 certificate in any discipline or equivalent can apply directly onto the level 6 courses. Save on high registration and accommodation costs by starting your degree in Longford.

For further details see: longfordcfe.com or email hjohnston.tcl@lwetb.ie or cprunty.tcl@lwetb.ie

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning last were 4, 17, 19 and 26. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €3,900. The winner of the €50 prize was Leah Flynn c/o Xlntee, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Sarah Hopkins c/o Mags, Vini Mulligan and Maureen Donlon c/o Market.

Winners can collect their winning cheques in the Co-Op office only and will be available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge is starting on Monday 10th June in St. Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro (beside the bridge). You are asked to be seated and ready to start at 8pm. Everyone is welcome. There is a large car park at the rear of the hall.

Rathcline Bakes is back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s. As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

Community Games Art

There was further representation from the area and especially the Rathcline Road – there must be something in the water on that road – at the Community Games Finals in Limerick. John Kenny & the late Angela, Rathcline Road had their daughter Deirdre’s daughter Isabelle McCormack representing Co. Kildare in U12 Model marking. Although she did not feature in the winners podium it was a marvellous achievement by Isabelle. 

Thank You

The organisers of the recent Cystic Fibrosis church gate collection would like to sincerely thank everyone that contributed so generously. The collection amounted to €815.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Joe Ginty, Knock. The winning envelope this week was worth €286. Congratulations to Joe and we would like to say a big thank you for your 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 and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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.

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 10th June – 4.15-5.30pm.

All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group

Babble & Books Parent & Toddler Group continues every Wednesday morning at 10.30am at the library. 

Storytime with Eileen Moynihan

Join us for Storytime, toys, colouring and lots of fun when children’s author Eileen Moynihan visits our Parent & Toddler Group on Wednesday 12th June at 10.30am. 

All welcome to come along and join in!!

Cruinniú na nÓg – BRICKX CLUB Workshop

To celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on Saturday June 15th we will be holding a BRICKX Club workshop in the library from 10am to 12 noon.

BRICKX Club is a creative brick building and social activity workshop for children.

In the workshop, there are a list of Themes, Challenges and Games, which the children can choose for themselves to build. They can be anything from bridges, towers, streets, pyramids…the list is endless. 

Each creation the children make is put on display on the Creation Table.

Parents are invited in at the end of the workshop for ‘show and tell’ and to take pictures of their child’s creations.

Places are limited for this FREE event, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Contact Stella in the library on 0433321291 or email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie to book.

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars Children’s Reading Programme will run from Saturday June 15th to August 31st!  Grab your reading card at the library and start your reading adventure.

Don’t forget to pick up some prizes along the way!

 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

The under 10 team performed very well in the Shield final versus Newtown Bears at Abbeycartron on Thursday last. Their first half dominance was reflected in a 2-1 lead courtesy of two well taken goals by Oisin Dillon. However, in the second period the Newtown boys gradually got on top and they emerged victorious by five goals to two. Ballyboro: Mikie Sorohan, Ciaran McGloin, Dan Casey, Eoin Beattie, Rian Hogan, Rian Shanley, Oisin Dillon. Subs: Eoghan Mullooly, Evan Rooney, Keilon Gilmore, Leon Malkowski, Patrick Gilmore, Sean O’Dowd, Eoin Farrell, Eoin Connell.
Earlier in the week the under 10s were guests of Longford Town when they played at half time in the Midlands El Classico at City Calling Stadium. The boys enjoyed the experience and thanks are due to Longford Town for their cooperation, and in particular Avril Gilchrist.
Tickets are being snapped up for the big OSKAR night on Saturday week. Judging by some of the trailers of the various films seen to date it promises to be an unforgettable night with a wealth of hitherto unseen local acting talent. A limited number of tickets are still available at O’Brien’s. A number of fund raisers were held at the weekend and thanks are due to all who organised and supported the following events: the Bag Pack at Super Valu; the Table Quiz at the Central Bar; the Champions League scratch cards, winner Enda Kenny;  the Cow Shy which was won by Ollie Trimble; and the OSKAR Party Night in Adie’s.
The final fund raiser before the big night takes place on this Saturday night, when a novel Shaving Private Ryan event takes place at Rosie’s.

Friends of Crumlin

Ballymahon Friends of Crumlin would like to Thank the people of Lanesborough who bought tickets on May 18th for their support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and going towards a fantastic cause.
Friends’ of Crumlin fundraising event will take place on Saturday 8th June at 12pm. The 5km Run/Walk/Crawl event will follow the scenic Canal route around Ballymahon, Starting at Nally’s Spar. 
There is no entry fee for the event, but all donations are greatly accepted. 
Thank you all for your continued support. 

VTOS

Are you unemployed? Would you like to receive free training? The following awards are available if you so choose commencing in September. If you are aged 21 or over and either you or your spouse are in receipt of a DSP payment for at least 6 months. VTOS can offer a range :  of learning including: ECDL and ICT, Spreadsheet/Database/Word Processing, Bookkeeping/Payroll, Business Administration, Work Experience/Career Planning, Customer service, Web Design, Team Working/Communications/English, Workplace Safety, Research and Study Skills.  QQI Level 4 Award in Employment Skills, ECDL: QQI Level 5 Award in Computers and Business, and City and Guilds qualifications. The course, materials and examinations are all free. There is limited funding towards childcare under CETS scheme.

 For further information contact Maeve Madden, VTOS Co-ordinator, Longford VTOS, Battery road, Longford. Telephone 087 2050589. email: mmadden@lwetb.ie

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

Death

The club regretfully records the death of our club President Hillary O’Sullivan. Hillary had been in failing health in recent times but nonetheless the news of his death came as a great shock to us all. Hillary in his youth played with the club with great distinction playing his heart our for the green white and blue. For a number of years, he was working in England, but his heart was set on his native Rathcline parish sod and following his marriage to Vera. Returning to Lanesboro Hillary once again absorbed himself back into the club playing many vital roles on the executive and none more so than his role with the team management on the historic and only senior club championship that came to the club back in 1976. Some 15 years ago he was elected as president of the club a position he cherished dearly, and he proudly represented the club in his capacity as President. Hillary has been absent a short while and his absence was greatly felt. His passing has left a great sadness in the club and it will be continued to be felt for a long time to come. Hillary has left us with many fabulous memories which we will all treasure but when we remember him we will remember as fabulous servant of the parish and the Rathcline club and some of the memories will bring a wide smile to our faces as we remember the many happy times he gave us.

To his wife Vera, son Brendan, daughters Valerie, Jennifer and Catherine, brothers Vincent, Noel, Michael and Val, sister Rosaleen, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Rathcline Bakes back

The hugely popular Rathcline Bakes had to go for a second print and the second print copies of the book are now available in O’Brien’s. As there is only a limited number available early purchase is advisable. The books cost just €10 with some great baking recipes included.

50/50

On Monday night last, the draw took place for the weekly 50/50 draw. This week our winner was Joe Ginty, Knock. The winning envelope this week was worth €286. Congratulations to Joe and we would like to say a big thank you for your 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 and help keep it over the €500 mark.

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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