Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 19th August 2019

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Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

All Ireland Champion

The All Ireland Community Games finals always brings a great excitement for the local competitors, their parents and their communities. Last week was a very special young man Christian Donlon Goncalves who proved to be the fastest young man in Ireland in the Community Games Under12 100m Final in Limerick last weekend when he had a convincing win in the final. Christian is son of Carol Donlon and Marcelo Goncalves and they live in Cloontuskert.

Even as his tender age Christian has been long recognised as a very special athletic talent and his convincing win only highlighted his outstanding ability.

We congratulate Christian on his fabulous win and wish him every success in the years ahead.

Death

A great sadness enveloped the entire area when the news broke of the death in the care of the Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Roscommon of Joe Fitzpatrick, Kilrooskey on Thursday 15th August. He was predeceased by his father Sonny, mother Mai and his sister Helen O’Grady. Joe was a very popular man no matter where he went. He was a gentleman who always had his community and the wellbeing of everyone at heart. He was a warm and affable man, his warm and endearing smiling broke even the coldest of hearts. He was a tremendous supported of his native Kilgefin parish, St. Faithleach’s and Roscommon GAA and loved nothing better than to bask in their successes. He would always have been an encouraging voice. Joe was of a bubbly and warm disposition, a great neighbour and friend. He had an abiding love of his family. In the past few years Joe had been stricken with a virus, but it was never to dampen his spirit nor lively heart. Any of that knew Joe will always remember the warmth and sincerity of his welcome and his chats. He formed a very popular band, Joe and the Gentlemen who were very successful on the local scene. Joe will be sadly missed but always remembered by so many.

His remains reposed in Smyth’s Funeral Home on Friday last before being removed to St. Mary’s Ballagh. On Saturday following Mass of the Resurrection Joe was laid to rest in Derrane Cemetery.

To his wife, Bridget, sons Jonathan and Michael, daughters Katelyn and Hallie, sisters Kay, Maura and Nuala, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Church Gate Collection

Next weekend the Defibrillator group will hold their annual Church Gate collection the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague.

Everyone is asked to be as generous as possible for the equipping of one of the most vital units that you see located throughout our community.

A new training and upskilling course will be commencing in the near future and if you are interested in being trained in the use of the defibrillator then you should give your name to Martina O’Brien by calling into the shop, phoning 0863858934.

Thank You

Trócaire would like to thank the parishioners of Rathcline for their support to their Lenten Campaign which amounted to €4575.

Engagement

We would like to congratulate Leonie Mahon, daughter of Michael and Caroline Mahon, Barnacor, on her recent engagement to Niall Mc Nally, son of Terry and Renee Mc Nally, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the family, partner and friends of the late Shirley Marlowe, Derryhaun. Shirley was predeceased by her father Jim. She had recently moved to Knock Manor having secured one of the new houses there but unfortunately, she had been in hospital most of the time since receiving the house. Shirley for a time, a number of years ago, was a very popular hairdresser in Lanesboro before moving away. Her passing saddened the hearts of all that knew her, and we extend our deepest sympathy to her mother Mary, sister Marie, brothers David and James, partner Michael, relatives and friends. Shirley reposed in Glennon’s Funeral Home on Friday last. Here remains were removed to St. Dominic’s Church, Kenagh where her Funeral mass was followed in Kilcommac cemetery.

10k Swim

Rathcline’s Colm Daly undertook one of the most iconic marathon swims in the country on Saturday last in the Lough Gill 10k. After training throughout the winter daily swimming in the Shannon, swimming without a wetsuit. Colm competed in similar smaller distance events in skins graduating to the Warrior of the Sea 6k from Rosses Point to Strandhill.

On Saturday last representing the Lough Ree Oreas with fellow Orea Ger Moore and two members of Lanesboro Tri Club, Elaine Lally and Niamh Murray completed the 10k swim. Colm completed the swim which had less than a dozen swimmers, he was swimming without a wetsuit and at 67 years old was the oldest swimmer in the race.

Com wishes to thank the many friends and fellow swimmers who generously sponsored him in the swim which was in aid of the North West Hospice based in Sligo.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Chris Kennelly, R Ger Moore and two members of Lanesboro Triathlon Rathcline Road, her sister Mrs Eileen Farrell, Tullyvrane, and their families on the death of John O’Connell, Fossa, Killarney and formerly of Knightstown, Valentia Island, Kerry on Saturday 10th August.

Ballyboro Soccer club

Registration of players (under 6 to Under 18 boys and girls) will close on Friday August 30th from 6-8pm at St Mary’s hall, Lanesborough. All parents please bring birth certificates.  The club’s new astro pitch at LCC will open in October and new players are welcome. For more information please e-mail: ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com

Bord na Mona/ESB Update

As you know the ESB were granted permission by the EPA to re-fire the power station subject to 112 conditions of conditions and following a 28-day period of time where if anyone want to object, they could. In the intervening days An Taisce announced that they would be objecting and Biofuelwatch UK and the US-based Dogwood Alliance, as well as Friends of Irish Environment (FIE) have all since lodged objections to the re-firing. We await the results of the hearing and deliberations.

National Heritage Week

In recognition of National Heritage 17th to 25th August a celebration of local history with John Casey and friends will take place on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm. Everybody is invited to come along to this celebration of our local history.

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 043-3321969

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.

Locals away

Birth: Congratulations to Michael Coffey and Ellie-Ann King, Tarmonbarry on the recent birth of a baby boy

Fashion Designer: A very talented young designer from Ballymore Eustace in Kildare has won the top prize of Project Fashion Designer of the Year 2019. Imogen Lawlor (10) is from Ballymore Eustace and she won Project Fashion Young Designer of the Year 2019. Imogen is daughter of Odie and Lawlor and granddaughter of John and Una Lawlor, Rathcline.

Ballyboro Registration

Registration of players (under 6 to Under 18 boys and girls) will close on Friday August 30th from 6-8pm at St Mary’s hall, Lanesborough. All parents please bring birth certificates. The club’s new astro pitch at LCC will open in October and new players are welcome. For more information please e-mail: ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com

Birth

Many congratulations to Carina and Alan on the recent birth of their son Noah Julian Tobin, Rathcline Road recently.

Ballyboro back in action

The under 10 and under 11 teams really enjoyed their trip to the impressive Mullingar Athletic grounds on Saturday last, where they competed in the Seamus “Muscles” O’Brien Memorial Tournament. The tournament was organized by Shay O’Brien, son of Seamus, and nephew of the late Danny O’Brien, a former schoolteacher in Ballyleague and Lanesboro. The Ballyboro lads performed very well against some of the best underage teams in the midlands and west. The under 10 team were narrowly defeated by St. Josephs and Mullingar Lions. They then recorded an excellent win over Hodson Bay Celtic. This win saw them qualify for the Plate final where they lost out to a very strong Kells team.  The under 11s tried hard and competed well before going down to Longford Town, AC Celtic, and St. Frances in the Plate semi-final. Ballyboro were represented by Mikie Sorohan, Eoin Beattie, Harry Brogan, Ciaran McGloin, Dan Casey,

Eoghan Mullooly, Keilon Gilmore, Eoin Connell, Oisin Dillon, Sean O’Dowd, Adam Farrell, Eoin O’Brien, Billy Murray, Ryan Mimnagh, Ethan Slattery, Harry Kilcoyne and Rian Hogan.
  The Club Annual General Meeting takes place on this Friday night at 7.30 in St. Mary’s Hall Lanesboro. Parents and all interested in the development of football in the locality are invited to attend. The coming season promises to be an eventful one, with splendid new facilities coming on stream. Registration of players will be taken prior to the meeting from 7pm to 7.30pm.
 Huge congratulations to club player Christian Donlon who won a gold medal in the under 12 100 metres event at the Community Games National Finals in Limerick last weekend. It was a   hugely impressive achievement and the club is very proud of him.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning last were 6, 8, 17 and 28. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €5,000. The winner of the €50 prize was Elizabeth Glynn, Ballyleague, and the three €20 winners were Sarah Hopkins c/o Mags, Johnny Hanley, Corrigeen and Brían Kelly, Athenry, Co. Galway.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 12th August and the lucky winners of this week’s draw were Katie and James Browne, c/o Clarke’s Bar. Well done Katie and James on your great win. Thank you for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) 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 shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Another excellent week in our Library

Poetry & Music Group

Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 26th August from 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 until August 31st

Don’t forget to return your completed card to collect your book bag!

Weekly draw for a fabulous backpack containing some surprises for completed entries!

Children’s Summer Events

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 – children must be accompanied by a parent.

Kids Summer Movie Club – On Saturday mornings during 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! On Saturday 24th August, our last movie will be ‘Mary Poppins’ or ‘WALL-E’.
Also available are Dress Up Box, Lego & Colouring Tables to keep your little ones happy!

Children must be accompanied by a parent.

Heritage Week

The theme for Heritage Week this year is ‘Past Times’.  With this in mind, local historian John Casey with the help of Phil McGarry have put together an immense amount of historical information into a presentation & slideshow, books and photographs and you are all welcome to come along to ‘A Celebration of Local History’ on Thursday 22nd August at 7pm to the library. We will also have on display our exhibition on ‘Business in Lanesboro 1900-2015’.  Light refreshments will be served.

Explore Longford Young Photographers’ Competition Longford Tourism and Sports Partnership in conjunction with Longford Libraries are running a photography competition. Email a high quality photo of a scene/ attraction/town/village in County Longford. The competition will run from 1st July – 31st August . One photo entry per person. Send photo as an attachment to photocompetition@longfordcoco.ie with your name, age and details of where the photo was taken. Winning photo in each category (4-11) (12-18) will win a voucher to the value of €200 for a bike from Km Cycles. Please note photo entries may be used for promotional purposes. Full details of the competition are available in your local library.

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

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Senior Championship: The first round of the Senior Championship took place on Saturday evening in Fuerty against Michael Glaveys. Result: St. Faithleach’s 1-10 Michael Glaveys 3-5. Team: Mark Tarmey, Karl Nerney, Mikey Cox, James Browne, David Harrison, Adrian Murtagh, Darren Nerney, Brian Murtagh, Cathal Gunn, Michael Dunne, Kevin Farrell, David Rooney, Darren Carberry, Colm Mangan, Diarmuid Murtagh. Sub(s): Darragh Hussey, Senan O’Grady, Aidan Dooney, Jonathan Hussey. Next game takes place on home grounds on Saturday 24th at 6:45pm against Roscommon Gaels. 

Junior Championship: St. Faithleach’s travelled to Lisnamult on Sunday afternoon to play St. Dominic’s in the first round of the Junior A Championship. Result: St. Faithleach’s 2-6 St. Dominic’s 2-9. Team: Stephen O’Connor, Brian Scally, Derek Murray, Mark Gill, Ronan Banahan, Damien Gibbons, Stephen Ormsby, Gavin Carberry, Henry Kenny, Cian O’Brien, Conner Smith, Liam Ormsby, Stephen Walsh, Chris Carberry, Alan Brehon. Sub(s): Daniel McDermott, Padraig Shanley, Shane Garvey. 

Junior Ladies Championship: The Ladies play Michael Glaveys on Sat 31st in the quarter final. 

Minor Championship: St. Faithleach’s played Tulsk last week, result: St. Faithleach’s 3-12 Tulsk 1-14. Next game against Strokestown. 

U16 Championship: The U16 Boys lost out to St. Aidans on Friday evening last. 

U16 Ladies Championship: The girls play St. Michael’s in Ballyleague on Tuesday at 7pm. 

U14 Championship: The boys travelled to St. Michael’s on Sunday. Result: St. Faithleach’s 3-6 St. Michael’s 4-6. Next game takes place on Tuesday evening against Tulsk at 7pm in Ballyleague. 

U12 Summer League: St. Faithleach’s play Kilglass Gaels in Ballyleague on Thursday at 7pm. 

Well done: To club member Christian Donlon Goncalves who won Gold in the U12 100 meter at the National Community Games Finals in Limerick at the weekend. This is a huge achievement for both Christian, his family and for Kilgefin Community Games. 

Club Draw: Our club draw takes place in the clubhouse on Saturday night next, this is a very important fundraiser for the club which will help with the continued commitment to develop our teams and club grounds. Tickets are available in all local retailers and from club members. First prize is two tickets to the All-Ireland Football Final and second prize is a €250 voucher for the Hodson Bay Hotel Group. D.J on the night and all are welcome to the clubhouse. Your support is very much appreciated. 

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

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 12th August and the lucky winners of this week’s draw were Katie and James Browne, c/o Clarke’s Bar. Well done Katie and James on your great win. Thank you for your support of the 50/50. The club is striving to have the pool stand over €500 on a constant basis and this can only happen with your dedicated support. The club would like to thank you for your ongoing support.

There are four options when buying your tickets, (1) buy your €2 ticket, (2) 3 tickets for €5, (3) the green envelope where you pay €50 for a six-month term with one free draw and (4) 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 shops and pubs or from any member of the club executive.

Saddled Up

The Saddle Up for Rathcline took place along the Royal Canal on Saturday staring in Maynooth. The day was hugely enjoyable, and it was a great fundraiser for the club and especially in the raising of money for the new scoreboard. The club would like to thank everyone that took part in the cycle, added to the organising of the cycle and everyone that contributed and sponsored the day.

Barbeque

The barbeque on Saturday evening went off great and it finished off a great day following the cycle along the canal. The feature of the evening was the turning on of the new scoreboard.

Championship

Next Sunday we are back in Championship football when we will play Granard in the relegation playoff. This is a huge game for us and the support for the team will be needed to encourage them vocally in this crucial game. The game will throw in at 2pm in Keenan Park Ardagh.


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