Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 24th June 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Two Provinces Triathlon 2019

Lanesboro to host BMW Triathlon National Series.

On Saturday July 13th, Lanesboro Triathlon Club will host Ireland’s top triathletes when they take part in the club’s annual sprint distance triathlon. The race is now in its ninth year and is well known in triathlon circles as one of the best sprint distance races in the country. No surprise then that for the third year in in a row, the race is part of Triathlon Ireland’s BMW National Series and is expected to attract around 600 competitors.

Competitors start with a 750m swim in the warm waters of Lough Ree. This is followed by an out-and-back 20km cycle on closed roads between Ballyleague and Scramogue. To finish off, there is a flat out-and-back run route along the Rathcline Road. The race includes a Try-a-Tri, with a shorter 200m swim, and the option to take part in an aquabike event (swim & bike). Both these events take place simultaneously on the same course as the main race. 

This year, triathlon clubs are being offered the chance to compete for a prize worth €500 and the coveted title of 2019 Wheelworx Two Provinces Club Champions. Each club member who completes the course will be contributing to the club score, with bonus points available for the first 10 finishers in each age group. The club with the highest total score will be crowned champions.

Two Provinces Kidathon

Young athletes also get the opportunity to compete in the Two Provinces Kidathon. Open to children 8 to 15 years of age, the Kidathon will take place on Friday 12th July at 7:30pm. The Kidathon promises to be a fun-filled event with goodie bags, medals and a post race party for all who take part. The number of entrants is capped for open water safety and demand for places is always high – make sure your child has signed up well in advance of race day to avoid disappointment.

Taking Part

The Sprint Triathlon is open to anyone of 16 years of age upwards. You can enter as an individual or compete as part of a relay team on the day. Entries for all races are via www.triathlonireland.com. You must provide a Triathlon Ireland membership card or a special one-day license at registration on race day, to be eligible to partake.

For further information on entrants, timetables, courses and much more please see our race website www.twoprovincestriathlon.com

Thanks!

The race could not go ahead without the support and hard work of all the local clubs, societies and businesses. Lanesboro Triathlon Club is extremely grateful for all the assistance. This year’s headline sponsor is Cooney’s Homevalue. With five stores across Roscommon, Galway and Mayo, Cooney’s Homevalue provide the best hardware at the lowest prices. Owner Michael Cooney, a member of Lanesboro Tri Club and a long-time supporter of the race will be competing again in July.

The race committee would like to relay a special note of thanks to the main race sponsors who are crucial to the success of the race, namely:

Cooney’s Homevalue,

Bord na Mona

Insuremyhouse.ie, European Café & Bistro, Waterways Ireland

Lough Ree Distillery, Dolan Foods

The Yacht Bar

All Creatures Veterinary Clinic,

K Steel 

O’Reilly Concrete

ESB

Rosie’s Bar,               

Ward Bros Quarry

Bikram Yoga Athlone

Nally’s Ballymahon

Wheelworx

Rustylemon Graphic Design

Casserly’s Spar & Applegreen,

Post-race catering on the day will be provided by the hugely popular Paddy Paella. Food and drinks will be generously supplied by Walkers, Ballygowan, Fruit Shoots, Dolan Foods and Glenisk Yogurts. We are delighted to have them on board as without their fantastic support, we could not possibly stage such a superb event.

Large numbers of national and international triathletes will come to Lanesboro-Ballyleague, bringing with them with many more supporters. This is a true testament to not only the quality of the race, but also to the local amenities. Great credit must be given to the local tidy towns committees for having the two communities looking so impeccable for all our visiting athletes and supporters.

The club is concentrating on incorporating the spectators to make it an all-inclusive affair with music by local DJs and food stalls. We want to make it a very enjoyable family occasion and we’re determined to stretch it into a long-term yearly fixture so it’s important that it has a festival vibe too.

Road Closures

Finally, for safety reasons the following road closures will be in place during the Two Provinces Triathlon & Kidathon:

On Friday 12th July, there will be restricted access to the Rathcline Rd from 7:30pm-9pm, from entrance to event car park to Harold’s Cross.

On Saturday 13th July, the R371 from Ballyleague to Scramogue will be closed to traffic from 10.45am-2pm and the Rathcline Rd will be closed to traffic from 11:30am-1:30pm, from entrance to event car park, to Harold’s Cross.

The club takes great pride in hosting a race where water and road safety are priority, where each competitor comes home safely and enjoys their experience. The club would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and support and hope you can come out and support all the athletes along the route during this fantastic local race.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Colm and Joan Day and family, Rathcline Road on the death on Sunday last 23rd June of Mrs Carmel Daly, Artane, Dublin mother of Colm.

Rock Summer Camp

Longford School of Rock is delighted to announce three music summer camps for teenagers and children in county Longford this Summer. No previous music experience necessary. Longford Town Teenage and Children’s Camp 1-5th July. Check out www.longfordschoolofrock.com For further details you can call Shane on 087-4144082.

Longford School of Rock is a community-based music education organisation. It was founded in 2013 to encourage and support young musicians to develop towards collaborative, live music performance.

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

Annual Race Day

The Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year this Race Day goes from strength so much so that there are just a limited number of places left for this years Race Day. This is a day not to be missed as anyone that has already been there with the club will tell you. The location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue the best day out of any.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher, Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed Lady competition, after meal entertainment. All this for just €140.

If you would like to book your tickets phone Liam Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay book your tickets now and avoid disappointment.

Birth

Many congratulations to Shane and Susan Muldoon, Curragh Rua on the recent birth of a baby girl.

25 Drive Results

The 25-card game is continuing on Sunday nights in Lanesborough Parish Hall. Thanks to all for your support. 1st Brendan Casey/Joe Dolan on 13 games. 2nd PJ and Bridie Glennon. Last game Michael Doorly/Sean Parker. Raffle Michael Finnan/Kay Featherston/Pat Rock/Kathleen Finnan

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 in Rathcline Parish

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.

With only a few weeks to go to the Blessing of the Graves in Rathcline followed the following weeks in Clonbonny and Lanesboro it is time that people with family graves in the graveyards ensured that their family plots were tended to and cared for, making sure that each grave yard was looking in pristine condition.

The committees of the three local cemeteries would like to remind people that there are no dumping facilities at the cemeteries. People are asked to bring old wreaths, plastic pots etc away with them. 

Church Gate Collection

Samaritans Midland Branch is holding their Annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday and Sunday next 29th and 30the June at all Masses. Your support will be appreciated.

Annual Pilgrimage

The annual one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 25th August with the bus leaving the grounds of Ballyleague Hall at 7am. All enquiries should be made to Mary, phone

Book for Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at the Rathcline club grounds, Clonbonny, from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien Sheridan
087 9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

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 2, 10, 13 and 16. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool now rises to €4,200. The winner of the €50 prize was Jean Fallon, Ballagh, and the three prizes of €20 were won by Vini Mulligan, Lanesboro, Francis c/o Mags, and Cathy Donlon, Church View.

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 second print

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. The sale has been great and there are just a small number of books remaining. 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 Ryan Fallon, Lisrevagh. The winning envelope this week was worth €390. Congratulations to both Ryan and we would like to say a big thank you for your continued 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.

GAA Canal Cycle Launch

Rathcline GAA launches its “Saddle Up for Rathcline ” fundraiser to install a new electronic scoreboard Clonbonny GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor and ladies’ clubs join forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on Saturday 17th August from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough

Join Rathcline GAA in “Saddle Up for Rathcline “a fundraiser to install a new electronic scoreboard at Clonbonny GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor and ladies’ clubs join forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on Saturday 17th August from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough. The community is invited to come and enjoy a pleasant few hours cycling on this flat and picturesque off-road route which meanders through the counties of Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Westmeath and Longford. The 110kms route is broken into a number of 10-15 kms legs which will take about 1 to 1.5 hours of a leisurely cycle. You can select whichever cycle leg suits you and a bicycle will be supplied to you. You will be joined by approx. 20 fellow cyclists on each leg to enjoy the banter and beautiful scenery. You will make your way to the designated starting point of the cycle leg which you select, a bicycle will be given you, cycle your 10-15 kms and once finished your cycle, you will be taxied back to your car. The parish is invited to join the club and cyclists to a bar-b-que and music at the Clonbonny Grounds for the turning on of the electronic scoreboard on the same evening at 8pm.To help with the cost of the scoreboard, each cyclist will make a 50 euro contribution. Cyclists are encouraged to make a team of 4 cyclists from family, friends, work colleagues to enjoy a very leisurely and pleasant day out and help our club to continue its development on and off the field. To register for the cycle you can contact any member of the club executives.

Excitement at the Library

Our local library has a very excitement time ahead with some great summer holiday event for the young people of the area. Have a look below at the number of events and there are many to suit the young person(s) in your home. There are also many other events for the adults. The library is a hive of activity and a most vibrant place in town.

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 8th July – 4.15 to 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. 

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 fun incentives along the way! Weekly draw for a fabulous Back Pack full of surprises for completed entries!

Book Club

Our monthly Book Club takes place on Friday June 28th at 11am.  Book choices for this month are ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver and ‘The Longest Ride’ by Nicholas Sparks.  All welcome to come along for a chat & a cuppa!

Children’s Summer Events – to Book email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

Call 0433321291 or message on Messenger

Board Game Battles – Every Friday afternoon 3pm – 4pm during July & August, come along with your friends to the library and test each other’s skills at our Board Game Battles!
Games include, Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Chess, Draughts, Connect 4, Battleship, Dominos, Frustration & Operation!!  We also have decks of cards available!
All ages welcome! – No booking required.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during July & August, Lanesboro Library will be hosting a Kids Movie Club from 10am to 12noon.  No booking necessary.

Come along, bring a blanket or cushion to sit on and join in the fun!
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego & Colouring Tables to keep your little ones happy!

Beginners Scratch Coding – 3-day Taster Course – Beginners Coding Taster Programme with Siobhan will run over 3 days for 2 hrs a day. Tuesday 16th July 3-5pm, Wednesday 17th July 3-5pm, Friday 19th July 3-5pm.  Strictly ages 8-12 yrs.
Booking is required as places are limited.
Children who have already taken the beginners course are not eligible.

Mud Bugs Nature Workshop – Monday 8th July at 2pm.

Mud Bugs is the perfect way for children to spend an hour away from screens! 
Come along to this wonderful Nature Workshop with Jess from Mud Bugs, and let your child immerse themselves in nature while having a lot of fun!
Suitable for ages 4 to 8 years. – Booking is required as spaces are limited.

Paint A Summer Picture with Stephanie! – Tuesday 9th July at 2.30pm

Art workshop with Stephanie Hanlon of Hanlon Art Works.  All ages welcome.

Booking is required as places are limited.

Pet Talk Time with Dogs Trust Ireland – Wednesday 10th July at 1.30pm

Love your pet? Then join us for Pet care talk with Dogs Trust Ireland. Suitable for children aged 7-12 years. No booking required.

Bunny Hop Story Time with Chris Thompson! – Wednesday 10th July at 3pm

It’s SummerTime!   And that means Bunnyhop and Chris Thompson are back again for some fun-loving storytelling.  Suitable for children aged 3-8 years.
No Booking Necessary!

Rap Writing Workshop with Glen Boyne – Glen Boyne is an experienced facilitator of rap workshops for young people which revolve around song writing, rapping, and performance.  Join Glen at Lanesboro Library on Friday 12th July at 10.30am for this 90-minute workshop – participants will be kept entertained and always involved in the creative process!  Ages 10-14 years.  Booking is essential as spaces are limited!

Act Up! – Drama Workshop – Monday 15th July at 2.30pm
Join the very talented Maggi for an exciting Drama Workshop at the Library on Monday 15th July at 2.30pm!  Ages 9-12 yrs.  Booking essential as places are limited.

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

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

The Day at the Galway Races

Yes, the best day of the year is fast approaching – the Annual Rathcline GAA Race Day this year will take place on Monday 29th July at the famous Galway Races Festival. Each year this Race Day proves to be a very popular so much so that there are just a limited number of places left for this year’s Race Day. It is the norm that most of our racegoers stay in Galway overnight and continue the excitement of the Galway Race week. This is a day not to be missed as anyone that has already been there will tell you. The location and comfort of the Killanin Stand is a feature that makes this venue the best day out of any and the opportunity to see the hose passing the winning post right in front of you is a great thrill.

The day out includes a location in the main pavilion in the Killanin Stand overlooking the finishing line, admission to the races with a free race card, free parking, four course meal, €5 drinks voucher, Tipsters in the Pavilion, Bar facilities, Tote in the Pavilion, Best Dressed Lady competition, After meal entertainment. All this for only €140.

To book your tickets phone Liam Connerton 086-8776405, Stephen Rooney 086-3176301 or Alan Fayne 087-1157806. Don’t delay and avoid disappointment.

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. The sale has been great and there are just a small number of books remaining. 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 Ryan Fallon, Lisrevagh. The winning envelope this week was worth €390. Congratulations to both Ryan and we would like to say a big thank you for your continued 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.

Cúl Camps

The Cúl Camps will take place at the Rathcline club from Monday 22nd July to Friday 26th July. You can book your place on Longford GAA website or contact Damien Sheridan 087-9126556 or GAA Coaching Office, Pearse Park, Battery Road, Longford.

Royal Canal Cycle

Last week Rathcline GAA launched its “Saddle Up for Rathcline ” fundraiser to install a new electronic scoreboard Clonbonny GAA Grounds. Members of the Rathcline GAA senior, minor and ladies’ clubs join forces to cycle the Royal Canal Greenway 110kms on Saturday 17th August from the outskirts of Dublin to Lanesborough.

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