Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th November 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Due Recognition

For his lifetime, if not a player or supporter, Eamonn Bolger, Ballyleague, has been a tireless volunteer in many codes. Last week in Farmleigh House, Dublin he received national recognition when winning the Federation of Irish Sport – EBS Volunteers award. Eamonn was nominated by Ballyboro FC and not only had he their support but also the support of the GAA, Community Games and rugby all sports he has been involved with over many years. Eamonn as long as I have known him has been an assiduous volunteer giving great time and dedication to the many young teams and groups, he has been associated with year in year out. If he had the time to spare, he would be at any event in the named codes supporting and following the sporting development of all the young people he was involved with over the years.

Eamonn was presented with his award and a cheque of €250 for his Ballyboro club by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin.

Eamonn’s value is no longer a local secret and there is nobody that deserved it more. Congratulations Eamonn and thank you for all your time and energy.

Breakfast Morning

Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee had a tremendous attendance for their annual ‘Breakfast Morning’ in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Sunday last. As usual a wonderful number turned up to support and they were not disappointed by the breakfast they received. A community morning fully supported by the community and volunteers whether it was in the sponsoring of all foods or all the volunteers that carried out all the required tasks and gave greatly of their time. The buzz of chat was lively throughout, and it was very special with so many people turning up and supporting this wonderful community event.

The Tidy Towns committee and FAS workers continues to do trojan work in the community all year round. They have great pride in their work hence the town and surrounds look amazing all the year round.

Longford County Council rewards the community with an award for the greatest percentage increase in the points in the National Tidy Towns. This year it was Lanesboro that received the accolade with a remarkable increase in points from 288 last year to 307 points this year in 2019.

We must congratulate all involved and we look forward to helping in the coming year by ensuring that in and around our properties will be clean and tidy.

Showing how much of a community event this Breakfast Morning is that the Rathcline U20 who are playing the U20 final on Sunday next finished, when they finished training Cllr Mark Casey had organised that the panel would all join the rest of the community and have their breakfast in the hall. A wonderful gesture Mark.

Strategic Plan

Did you miss the Think Tank/Brainstorming session in the Parish Hall Lanesboro a few weeks ago? It was a hugely positive event with a large number of ideas and suggestion put forward.
Last Monday 11th November they availed of the opportunity offered to the Lanesboro Ballyleague Collaboration Group to meet with the three Government Ministers namely Richard Bruton, Josefa Madigan and Kevin Boxer Moran. The group was led by its chairman Vinny Mc Gowan and would like to thank Micheál Carrigy for getting the group this meeting. It proved to be an excellent and very worthwhile meeting.
As a consequence of this meeting there is a need to draw up a strategic plan for furnishing to the Just Transition Commissioner Kieran Mulvey.
There is still an opportunity for you to make your contribution if you so wish. In recent days it has been put it up on social media and some brilliant ideas were forwarded for inclusion. It is remarkable the great ideas for our community (we would appreciate some from outside of the community) that are out there, and we are hugely appreciative of everyone who took the time to attend the Think Tank and also those that have furnished their views for inclusion. There are some massive projects now with us and with your support both home and abroad, the support of the two county councils and the Government we will once again have a thriving community.

We are looking for anyone locally, from neighbouring parishes or further afield that has a proposal that whey would like included in our strategic plan. From the proposals the group is looking at a number of feasibility studies and this is the chance to have your ideas included in the hope that it can be fruitful.
If you have not already made a submission through the Think Tank, the collaboration group would invite your contribution. Please email to  or leave handwritten submission into O’Brien’s shop where they will be forwarded to the collaboration group.
We would ask that this is done within the next two weeks.

Bord na Mona Estates Mass

On Thursday last a big number attended the mass for deceased members of the three local Bord na Mona estates. Ned Nealon would like to Fr. Mickey Reilly for facilitating the mass. People travelled long distances to be with us – it was most appreciated just to remember their families and former workmates. Following mass there were refreshments in St. Mary’s Parish Hall where the tea, sandwiches, and biscuits led to a settling in and they began enjoying their conversations and renewing old friendship – as expected the conversation went on a long time. Ned would like to thank Sean Moran and his FÁS crew and especially Nuala Malone, Mike Greene, Tom Gill and Francis Clyne for their time and efforts. He would also like to thank the hall committee for the use of the hall and Joe and Martina O’Brien for providing the refreshments.

Triathlon Club

On Friday evening last the official opening of the Lanesboro Triathlon club gym took place at the clubs’ new gym and meeting room. The cutting of the ribbon and official opening of the gym was performed by the club’s main sponsor Brendan Cooney, Homevalu Hardware. The evening opened with a welcoming address from club chairman Ian Crosbie. Niall Mulvihill head of the group organising the swim from Kilnacarrow bridge to Lanesboro bridge presented cheques of €2,400 to the Charity of Western Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Longford raised from the swim on August Bank Holiday Monday. Brendan O’Sullivan spoke of the history of the club. While the club’s history is a short nine years there has been so much packed into such a short time. Carmel Hayes spoke of the transition from couch to tri for her in 2019. Chris Kitchen CEO of Triathlon Ireland and Vice President of the European Triathlon Union spoke to the large crowd. He was intrigued with the numbers involved in the club and its growing membership. Chris also mentioned the numbers and work that is going into the junior section of the club.

Overall, it was a very special night for the club. They now have a base on the Main Street, and I am sure this visibility will attract more and more new members.

The awards night by Triathlon Ireland will take place next weekend and our triathlon club is among the top six contenders for major awards. We wish them well. We know they are the best and hope that they will be recognised by Triathlon Ireland as the best.

The very best of luck with the new gym and for another successful year in 2020

Triathlon Club Membership

If you would like to do a Triathlon, Learn or improve your Swim/Bike/Run. Why not Join Lanesboro Triathlon Club TODAY.
By signing up today, you will get almost 14 months membership for the price of 12 months. (NOV, DEC 2019 & 2020 SEASON)
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Community College Open Day

Lanesboro Community College will hold their Open Day for 5th and 6th class pupils on this Wednesday 20th November. Students will have the opportunity to attend classes, meet students and teachers and experience secondary school for a day. All parents are welcome to visit the school on the evening of the 20th November between 7 pm and 9pm. to find out more about the school. The Principals address will begin at 7pm followed by a tour of the school where they will meet students and teachers. You are invited to contact the school 043 3321139 for more details and any questions you may have in advance.

A day in the Young Life

Friday last was a momentous day for 157 of the youth of our country when they came together for the Youth Assembly on Climate Action. What made this especially historic was that it was the first one in the world to be held in its Government Buildings.

Part of that historic occasion was Áine Kennelly, daughter of Brian and Breda Kennelly Carrowstrawley.

The Assembly meet early morning before going off in defined groups to discuss Climate Change alternatives and propose actions. The committee rooms in the House of the  Oireachtas were taken over to generate their conversations and to arrive at their key recommendations.

On returning the Youth Assembly presented to Government a list of 10 recommendations as to what they felt was the most pressing issues.

Later that evening the group were guests at the Late Late Show where presenter Ryan Tubridy held a conversation with a number of them including Áine. She, in a very confident, assured and articulate way said that there was a need to rehabilitate the bogs as it was a tremendous carbon with the capability of storing twice as much carbon as the rain forest. She also said that there was a need to support communities in Transition due to the decisions by ESB and Bord na Mona. It was very important to ensure that they are not sacrificed in the name of Climate Change.

For Áine and the other 156 members of the Youth Assembly this was a historic day and one I am sure that they will never forget. I believe there were 4 representatives in total from County Longford and I would like to congratulate each and every one of them on their historic day.

Venue Change

Rathcline GAA is currently organising a ‘refresh your wardrobe’ night out for ladies on Friday 6th Dec and it will now take place in the ESB Sport and Social Club. It is essentially a dress, handbag, shoes and unwanted gifts sale

It can be supported by donating any pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags or any unwanted gifts and we will sell them at a fun night out to raise funds for the Club.

All donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Contacts Marie Farrell 0868138773; Pat Connerton 0861617501.Tickets are now sale priced €10.

Have you tried it yet?

For many scuba diving creates a great excitement and thrill. The spectacular underwater views create a great exhilaration. The achieving of the required standard means that no matter where you go in the world you can take this skill and explore the underwater world with great confidence.

Allied to the excitement and exhilaration the ability to work as a team in search and rescue brings a great satisfaction. The reward of a successful search and rescue operation can be hugely rewarding to concerned families and friends.

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club is holding free try a dive in Longford swimming pool at 9pm every Thursday night for the next number of weeks
You will learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there
All the equipment you will need is provided by us you just need your togs and swim hat.
Minimum age 18
If you require any further information you can contact a club member of ring any of the following numbers 0879765911, 0879624050 or 0879817784.

Christmas Day Run

The annual Christmas Day Run/Walk sponsorship cards are now available for anyone intending to run or walk in O’Brien’s or from the Flood family, Lanesboro and Newtowncashel.

The beneficiary of this annual Christmas Day run/walk is Multiple Sclerosis as has been the case since 1991which makes this the 29th year and growing. There are a number of diligent and hardworking people putting the organisation of the run/walk together and they all deserve our support.

The run/walk takes place for Newtowncashel to Lanesboro with the walkers starting at 11.45am and the runners starting at 12.15pm.

If you are not walking or running or even wheeling, you are asked to be as generous as you can.

Someone must have the picture

Do you remember the Christmas Tree on the Green? It was not until last Thursday that it was brought back to my mind when a former resident of the Green asked me if I had or seen a photograph of the Christmas Tree outside of Masterson’s house, 4 The Green. I had not seen any photograph, but I said I would put it out and see if a photograph may be available. If you have a photograph can you forward it to me, and I will scan it return it to you and pass on the copy. Alternatively, can you scan it and send it to me Thank you very much. As with all mentions of events and stories relating to the Green, I know this piece is going to create great conversation in the shop.

Brushstrokes Christmas Exhibition 2019
Brushstrokes are holding their annual Christmas Exhibition in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesborough, from Friday 29th November to Sunday 31st November. Come and have a browse, wonder at the local artistic talent and look cultured. If you want to appear even more cultured, Brushstrokes meet every week for two hours on Thursday evenings from 8:30pm in St. Mary’s Hall (side room). The aim of the group is to meet and create in a relaxed and supportive environment—so if you wish to explore your artistic side, you can chat to members at the exhibition. We have tea and biscuits (and a lot of home baking) at half time every Thursday. We welcome all levels and all media—for adults (over 18-years). We have a small membership fee of €15 per year and it is €3 each per group meeting.

Rathcline Annual Draw

The Rathcline club will again hold their annual New Year draw on Saturday 11th January in Adie’s Bar. This is a draw that is hugely supported by club members, parishioners and those outside the parish. It is also used by many as an ideal Christmas present.  The tickets are now on sale locally costing just €10. The prizes will be 1st €3,000, 2nd €1,000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th €250, 6th €200 and 7th €200. We encourage you great support of previous years and we look forward to a record number of tickets sold.

U20 Final

The Rathcline U20 final V Northern Gaels is now scheduled for Sunday next in Pease Park with a throw in time of 2pm.We hope that there will be a great support for the team in what will be the club’s final game of the season.

Table Quiz

On Friday week 29th November there will be a very special and mega quiz night in the Peer Inn/Rakish Paddy, Lisnacusha in aid of Rathcline ladies.  The All-Ireland Ladies Cup, the Brendan Martin Cup will be present on the night. There will be a signed Dublin Ladies Jersey up for grabs. Lots of spot prizes to be won. A table of 4 will cost €40. You are invited to go along for what should be a wonderful night whilst supporting Ladies football in the area.

Post it for Christmas

Such has been the demand for the second print of the Sliabh Bán book from home and abroad that it has been decided to offer anyone away from the area the opportunity of having the book posted to them. Begin the conversation with Joe O’Brien phone 086-2460840 or 043 3321107 during shop opening hours and we organise to get the book sent to you.

The book is available for sale in O’Brien’s costing €20 and for post and packaging within Ireland it is an extra €12, GB €32, USA €42, Australia €42, South Africa €42 and EU €41.

Defibrillator Training

A new course will commence in the near future and if you have not already done the course you must register your interest and if you need a refresher course you must also register your name. To register you should call into Martina O’Brien in the shop, or phone Martina at 043 3321107 or 086-3858934 or email

These courses are for the Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Kilgefin, Rathcline, Cashel and Killashee communities.

Club registration for 2020 is open now. Existing members can renew through the TI member areas. New members can use the link below.…/ Become-A-Member/

Our Library this week

Knitting & Crochet Club
Knitting & Crochet Club continues every Monday 2-4pm.
New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group continues on Monday 25th November –  4.15-5.30pm.
All welcome to come along and join in with this very vibrant group!
ESOL Course
ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) takes place in the Library every Tuesday evening 7-9pm. 
Contact Nuala Donlon on for further information.
New Temporary Opening Hours
Please note the change in our Opening hours as follows:
Monday           10am-1pm & 2pm-6pm
Tuesday.          2pm-7pm
Wednesday.     10am-1pm & 2pm-5.30pm
Thursday.         CLOSED
Friday.              10am-1pm & 2pm-5.30pm
Saturday.          10am-1pm
Please note Library will be closed on Saturday 30th November.
Book Club
Book Club for adults continues on Friday morning 29th November at 11am. 
Book choices for November are ‘It Happened One Summer’ by Polly Williams and ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriarty. All welcome to come along.
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, eAudio books, 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

5-a-side Pitch Open

Bookings are now being taken for weekly rental of the new Ballyboro FC 3G Pitch at Lanesborough Community College. To book in for a 5 side match or a 7 a side game in November please register NOW by signing up with a user account at and the venue will be there for you to select under BALLYBORO ASTRO. If you want any more details send an e mail please to 

Thank You

Below is a thank you note from Lanesboro Tidy Towns committee.

Lanesboro Tidy Towns Committee would like to thank the large crowd that turned out to support their hugely successful breakfast morning last Sunday. This would not have been possible without our local award-winning chef Stephen Dowd, the FAS team, all the volunteers, (local and Moydow), sponsors and ticket sellers. Thanks to following sponsors SuperValu, Longford & Roscommon enterprise boards, Mike and Nancy Casserly, James & Mary Casey Bakery, Lough Ree Distillery, Lough Ree Community Resources & Summer School, Joe & Martina O Brien, Engine Spares, Yacht Bar, Shannon Cuts, Clarkes Bar, Hanley’s Hardware, Cloud 9, Mags Hair Salon, Lanesborough Meats, Maguires Hair Supplies, John L & Geraldine Farrell, Allcare Pharmacy, Joe the Veg Man & O’Brien’s Chemist.  Thanks to Michael Farrell Electrics, Shane Healy Plumbing, McGowan Metal and Mullooly & Donohue for manual help. See ye all next year!

Want to Do Something New for the Winter Months?

Why not join Longford toastmasters

This is a very sociable and varied group of people who support each other in their quest to engage in public speaking. The group comprises of beginners who are looking to take their first steps in a safe supportive environment to those that have gone through those steps and have become accomplished speakers. Topics are interesting humorous and suitable to everyone.

If you are not sure if Toastmasters is for you why not come along and see what happens at Toastmasters. Visitors very welcome and there is no obligation to join. The meeting will start at 8.20pm

The next meeting will take place on the first and third Thursdays of each month in the Longford Arms Hotel. If you would like more information, please contact Joe 087 2352070. or  

Longford Toastmasters look forward to welcoming you

25 Card Game

The results of the weekly 25 Drive held in the Parish Hall on Sunday night last are: 1st Mike Flynn and Aidan Carling, 2nd Annie Corcoran and Kay Featherstone. Last game winners were Pat Joe Fallon and Tom Nohilly. The game continues every Sunday night at 8 30 pm sharp. Refreshments served. No partner required.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Brendan Mulligan on the recent death of his mother Marcella Mulligan, Coolamber, Edgeworthstown. Marcella was formerly Clabby from Lisnacusha and we extend our sympathy to her extended family and friends in our locality.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 14th November are: N/S 1st Mona O’Flaherty and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey and 3rd Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison who tied with Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Una Clarke and Tom Feeney, 3rd Frank and Frances Brennan.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Eva, Maureen and Elizabeth, and the extended Casey family, formerly Loughbannow, the wife and sons of the late JP Casey, Drumnee, Newtowncashel who died on Sunday 10th November. JP was laid to rest in Rathcline cemetery.

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 12th November were 6, 10, 16 and 23. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €6,200. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Jenny Rice Rooney, The Abbey and the three winners of €20 each were Patsy c/o Mags, Tommy and Marian Murphy, Ballagh and M & E Hanley, Cashelbeg.

Gun Club


A meeting will be held on Friday 6th Dec in Adie’s meeting room at 9pm sharp. All members are asked to attend.


We had a great turnout at our recently held AGM.  The committee updated the meeting in their respective roles within the last period.

For the 2020/2021 season it was agreed that membership fee is to increase.

Clay Shoot

The club will travel on Saturday 23rd November to Lakeland Shooting Grounds Mullingar for the members Annual Clay Shoot Competition.

We are hoping to travel from the town at 9.30am. For all hoping to attend on the day could you please bring with you: Insurance card, ear protection, safety glasses, and a peak hat / baseball hat. These items are a prerequisite for all members to be granted access to the grounds.

Corncrake & Curlew Conservation Programme

The club has been awarded the top prize of €1,200 by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) for their continued effort with regard to supporting the Corncrake & Curlew Conservation Programme in the Lough Ree region.  There was great engagement with members working closely with landowners and other local interests, to protect Corncrake and Curlew nesting and habitat quality. The club would like to talk Mark Craven for his support on this initiative.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 11th November and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Éabha Fitzpatrick c/o Louis Skelly. The winning pool was €365.

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.

ESB Mass

The annual Mass for deceased members of staff of ESB Lanesborough will be held in the Sports and Social clubhouse on Wednesday 20th November at 8pm.

Annual Barbeque

The annual fundraising Barbeque will again take place in Clarke’s Bar on Sunday 1st December from 6pm. The Barbeque is in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. Music will be supplied Frank Feery, Brian Ross, Joe & Phil to name a few. Tickets cost just €5 including food.


Following the previous weeks 100% winning return results were not so favourable at the weekend.

First into action were the under 10s and they acquitted themselves very well in a game of fluctuating fortunes against Kenagh Falcons. This was the first competitive Ballyboro game to be played on the new 3G pitch, and Eoin Beattie had the honour of scoring the first goal on the pristine surface with yet another cracking effort. Two more well taken goals from Rian Hogan left the Ballyboro lads 3-1 up at the interval. Kenagh largely dominated the second half, but an inspired performance by goalkeeper Mikey Sorohan kept them at bay, until the closing stages, when two late goals snatched the spoils for Kenagh. Ballyboro: Mikey Sorohan, Ciaran McGloin, Eoin Beattie, John Farrell, Leon Malkowski, Óisín Dillon, Eoghan Mullooly, Evan Rooney. Subs: Sean O’Dowd. Emri, Sean Collins.

The under 13s lost their unbeaten league record when they were defeated 6-2 by Melview. Fielding an understrength team, the Ballyboro lads battled hard but had to give best to a very strong Melview outfit. Billy Murray from a penalty and Christian Donlon scored for Ballyboro. Team: Ronan Cox, Luke Johnston, Aidan Kelly, Euan Cullen, Jack Beattie, Jack Brogan, Christian Donlon, Cody Phelan, Billy Murray, Conn Maxwell, Daniel Hogan. Subs: Ethan Slattery, Anthony Cox, Brendan Mulvihill.

The under 11s girls winning run came to an end when they went down 6-2 to a very skilful Newtown team. Emma Dowd scored two superb goals for Ballyboro. Team: Anna Cox, Sophie Cox, Amy Burke, Kate Malone, Marianna Donlon, Emma Feeney, Lillie Dowd, Sarah Healy. Subs: Ava Brehon, Maria Forde, Laura Rattigan, Emma Dowd, Siun McElgunn.

Congratulations to Aidan Kelly and Billy Murray who have been selected on the Longford under 12 League squad following a series of trials.

Fixtures: The under 8 play their first Blitz on the new 3G pitch on Saturday where Melview provide the opposition. The action gets underway at 1pm. The under 12s are away to Ballymoe on Saturday in the Connacht Shield, kick off 12 noon. The under 15s play Newtown in Newtownforbes on Saturday at 12.30.

Rathcline GAA

Under 20 Final

The 20 will take place on Sunday next in Pearse Park with a 2pm throw in. We would encourage all the club supporters and their friends to go along to support the panel and management. We feel this is a very special team and we wish them and their team management the very best of luck on Sunday.

Thank You

On behalf of the club and the U 20 team and management we would like to thank most sincerely Cllr Mark Casey for sponsoring the team breakfast at the Tidy Towns Breakfast Morning on Sunday last.

Hurlers lose out

The two club hurling men, Paul Hession and Neal O’Connor, travelled to Kilkenny to play Conahy Shamrocks in the semi-final of the Leinster Junior Hurling Championship. It was a big ask that they could beat the Kilkenny champions and it was not to be their day. Both lads in their performances did themselves proud and we are proud of their achievements this year.

New Year Draw

The club will hold their annual New Year draw this year on Saturday 11th January in Adie’s Bar. Tickets are now on sale locally costing just €10. The prizes will be 1st €3,000, 2nd €1,000, 3rd €500, 4th €250, 5th €250, 6th €200 and 7th €200. We encourage the great support of previous years

Ladies Table Quiz

Lads Paddy, Lisnacusha in aid of Rathcline ladies.  The All-Ireland ladies cup, the Brendan Martin Cup will be present on the night. There will be a signed Dublin Ladies Jersey up for grabs. There will be lots of spot prizes to be won. For just €40 a table of 4 you will get the chance to be the ‘brainbox table’ of the night. You are invited to go along for what should be a wonderful night whilst supporting Ladies football in the area.

Calling all ladies

The club is currently organising a ‘refresh your wardrobe’ night out for ladies on Friday 6th Dec in the changed venue of ESB Sports and Social club. It is essentially a dress, handbag, shoes and unwanted gifts sale

It can be supported by donating any pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags or any unwanted gifts and we will sell them at a fun night out to raise funds for the Club.

All donations will be accepted with gratitude.

Contacts Marie Farrell 0868138773; Pat Connerton 0861617501. Tickets are now on sale at €10 each.


The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 11th November and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Éabha Fitzpatrick c/o Louis Skelly. The winning pool was €365.

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.

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