Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 2nd December 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Christmas Whist Drive

Lanesboro Social Services gives greatly to people in need in our community. They cannot do all this great work without your continued support either by your attendance at the monthly Whist Drives or by your donations.

This coming Friday night 6th December the final of the year and Christmas Whist Drive will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall at 8.30pm

Your attendance and generosity will be greatly appreciated as we go into a trying time for some individuals and families in our community. If you cannot make the Whist Drive, please leave your donation in an envelope with the name Lanesboro Social Services and leave into Martina O’Brien. Thank you in anticipation.

The Lanesboro Social Services committee thanks everyone for all their generosity during 2019 and would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and healthy New Year.

Ladies AGM

The Ladies club will hold its AGM on Monday night next 9th December in the clubhouse at 8.15pm. Rathcline are in the throes of building a strong club and they would like that everyone interested in Ladies GAA and the development of our local club would come to the meeting on Monday. Parents of younger players and senior players are asked to come along. A good attendance will be a sign of an interest in the progression of the club

Christmas Reading

There is a great deal of local reading for this Christmas, ideal for yourself or a Christmas present – Jack Harte’s Rehabilitating the Serpent, Colin Carberry’s book of poetry Ghost Homeland, Henry Owen’s excellent book on Sliabh Bán and its surrounding area, Shamrock 165 a book by David Walsh on the crash of the Aer Lingus 165 where local lady Evelyn Belton lost her life, Jude Flynn’s final edition of Fireside Tales, Longford Historical Society’s Teachbha,  and Paddy Egan’s The Place where I was Born and the Recipe Book produced by the County Roscommon Disability support group, Derrane.

Éigse Pete Carberry

Now this is a weekend for your diary. Following the hugely successful inaugural Éigse Pete Carberry weekend the second Éigse Pete Carberry weekend will take place in Lanesboro on Friday 17th Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2020.

Already the committee are receiving requests for accommodation and if you are interested providing accommodation can you leave your name and number into O’Brien’s for collection by a committee member.

Death

On Thursday last 28th November our community woke up to the sad news of the death overnight of Mary Bridget Connor, Barnacor. Mary B as she was more commonly known was predeceased 32 years ago by her husband Ned and in recent years her sister Teresa. Mary B was a warm-hearted lady and in every conversation the word lady was always the foremost word in describing her. She came from Ardagh to live amongst us many years ago and quickly became one of us. Mary B was a wonderful neighbour and friend. She had a great interest in all things local was a great supporter of all local associations. Although a long time amongst us she never lost interest in her native parish and followed all events and the fortunes of St. Patrick’s Ardagh club. In years gone by many workers that came to work with Bord na Mona would have stayed with her and they were always full of praise for the way she looked after them. She was a very house-proud lady and loved to cook and bake. We will sadly miss her warm and welcoming smile and cheery and genuine hello. Her memory will always bring a smile to us as we fondly remember Mary B.

The attendance at the reposing of her remains in Farrell’s Funeral Home and again at the removal of her remains to St. Mary’s church on Saturday and again at her Funeral Mass and burial on Sunday bore ample testimony to the high esteem in which she was held in our community. Mary B is survived by her brothers Peter Mel and Larry Gillen, relatives and many friends. At this time, we also remember her great friend Margaret Dowd who will deeply miss her. To everyone that feels saddened by the passing of Mary B we extend our deepest sympathy.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Phil Murray, Church View and Maureen Healy, formerly Corrigeen and their extended families on the death of their mother Mrs. Phil Egan, Derryhaun, who passed away on Tuesday 26th November.

Christmas Day Swim

Last year seen a resurgence in the sponsored Lough Ree Sub Aqua Christmas Day Swim. Up to last year numbers had dwindled away but the 2018 swim proved very successful with a noticeable rise in numbers. The Christmas Day swim was always a challenge to every hardy soul to go into the water and swim down a number of metres before emerging.

Are you up for it? Can you do it? Come along and work up an appetite for the Christmas dinner and support the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club and local charities.

Engagement

We would like to congratulate Kevin Flynn, son of Seamus and Mary Flynn, The Green, and Michelle merry, daughter of Michael and Siobhan Merry, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Madge and Jim Finn and their family, Rathcline Road, Madge’s sister Mary, on the death on Friday last 29th November of Con Cowan, Clara, Co. Offaly brother of Madge and Mary.

St John’s Church

The services leading up to Christmas at St. John’s Church will begin on Sunday next 8th December with an Advent Service at 11.30am.

On Sunday 22nd December at 11.30am there will be a Christmas Carol Service with Nativity Play. On Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve) Service of 9 Lessons and Carols will take place at 8pm.

Would you provide accommodation?

Fáilte Ireland would like to invite anybody in the Lanesboro, Ballyleague and the surrounding towns and parishes to express their interest in providing B&B, Guest House and house rental to express their interest by contacting Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop, Lanesboro – 086-2460840; joeaobrien@outlook.com

If sufficient numbers express an interest then Fáilte Ireland will facilitate a meeting to discuss the requirements and standards required to run a successful B&B, Guest House or rented accommodation.

Lanesboro/Ballyleague in recent times has had a large number of events and people attending had either to decide not to come or stay a long distance away. With events in the area rising and the requirement for accommodation growing Fáilte Ireland would like to introduce you to another potential stream of income.

Birth

Many congratulations to Anne Duffy and Shane Donohoe, Mahoraveen, on the birth last week of a baby boy

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Martin and Sheila Ward, formerly of the Green, and the extended Ward family on the death of their granddaughter ‘Rióna at the tender age of four months.

Triathlon Club Membership

If you would like to do a Triathlon or just begin with an Aquathon (swim and run), Learn or improve your Swim/Bike/Run. Why not Join Lanesboro Triathlon Club today?
By signing up today, you will get almost 13 months membership for the price of 12 months.
Go to www.trilanesboro.com/membership/  for more information

Lights Church Gate Collection

Lanesboro Christmas Lights Church Gate collection takes place over next weekend 7th and 8th December. Plans are in place with the help of the Green family, Main Street, to have a Christmas Tree on Main Street. All this costs money. We are hoping the Business Sector in and around Lanesboro will support this initiative. If you miss the collection you can leave your donation with Martina and Joe O Brien. Here’s to a bright Christmas in Lanesboro.

Christmas Party

The annual senior citizens Christmas party will take place on Sunday next 8th December at 3pm in Ballyleague Hall. A traditional Christmas Dinner will be served. The music will be provided by Seamus Farrell and there will be spot prizes to be won during the evening.

Senior citizen from both Ballyleague/Kilgefin and Lanesboro/Rathcline parishes.

Those intending to attend from the Lanesboro/Rathcline parish are asked to put their names on the lists provided in St. Mary’s church before Wednesday 4th December.

A great afternoon of music and dance is promised. For further information you are advised to contact Patricia Manning 086- 2665970.

Lanesboro Gun Club

Meeting

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

Day Trip Clay Shoot

The club travelled to Lakeland Shooting grounds Mullingar on the of 23rd November for the annual sporting and trap clays competition. The event was held over 15 specialist layouts with some challenging clays provided on the day. Our chairman opened the event and set the scene for the day. The day was well supported by members, who enjoyed the layouts provided. We would be hoping to run a similar event in the not to distance future.

The club would like to thank Gerard Farrell who sponsored the prizes for the event.

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 charity supported is MS

There are a number of excellent 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.

Thank You

The Shannon Gaels minor club would like to express their deepest gratitude to everyone that contributed so generously to their church gate collection last weekend

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 €20. 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.

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 joeaobrien@outlook.com 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.

Ladies Night Out

The Rathcline senior club are hosting a Ladies Night Out on this Friday night 6th December in the ESB Sport and Social club. The evening event will commence at 7pmwhere a vast array of ladies clothing, handbags and shoes will be for sale.

If you have any clothes, shoes and handbags in excellent condition that you would like to be rid of the organisers would love to get their hands on them

Thank You

The Parents Association of Fermoyle National School would like to thank everyone that contributed to their recent church gate collection.

Minor Club AGM

Our Shannon Gaels/Rathcline minor club will hold its AGM on Tuesday evening 12th December at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. It is very important that every parent with youngsters capable of playing underage attend the meeting. The club also invites people interested in the GAA and development of underage football in the area and our club improvement. The club continues to progress, but it needs greater support and greater numbers to make that final push to be county champions at all grades. Go along and be part of making the club great

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 9th December  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 nuala.donlon@lwetb.ie 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 Saturdays 16th & 30th November.
Story Time with Mrs Claus!
Come along and enjoy Christmas Story Time at the library with Mrs Claus!
This free festive event is open to children of all ages and takes place at Lanesboro Library on Saturday morning 7th December at 12noon.
To book your place please contact the library on 0433321291 or email sosullivan@longfordcoco.ie
#FamilyTimeAtYourLibrary
Create a Christmas Bookmark with Stephanie!
Get creative making your own Christmas Bookmark with Stephanie!
This free festive event is open to children of all ages and takes place at Lanesboro Library on Saturday morning 14th December at 12noon.
To book your place please contact the library on 0433321291 or email sosullivan@longfordcoco.ie.
#FamilyTimeAtYourLibrary
Membership
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

5-a-side booking

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  www.bookapitch.com 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 ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com 

Craft (Af)Fair
A Christmas shop of craft work, local created products, fare for your sweet tooth, needlework, decorations, candles and a charity section, will operate from Monday 2nd December until Saturday next 7th in unit 5, beside Apple Green filling station, on Mostrim Rd, Ballymahon. Call in to see what’s on offer and maybe find a special “something”.

Tidy Towns Lotto

For the draw on Tuesday 17th December the prizes and for the four names drawn out the prizes will be raised to 1st €100, and 2nd, 3rd and 4th will be €50

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 26th November were 2, 7, 21 and 28. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €6,500. The name on the tickets for the €50 prize Peg Farrell, Clonfower and the three winners of €20 each were Rosaleen Egan, Derryhaun, Jack and Billy Mullooly c/o Mags and Rebekah Coleman, Anally Park, Longford.

Gun Club

Meeting

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

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 18th November and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Mark Gilroy, Drumlish. The winning pool was €377 a fair amount as we approach Christmas.

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.

Ballyboro

The under 9s enjoyed their games with Melview and Stonepark on Saturday at the new 3G pitch. Michael Hogan, Tom Hession, Donncha Farrell, Darragh Shanley, Darragh McGloin, Ellen Cox, A.J. Brehon, Saoirse Feeney, Ethan Donnellan, and Conor Kilcoyne ably represented the club.

The under 11s never reached the heights they attained in their previous game when they went down to a strong Kenagh Eagles team. Mikey Sorohan scored a consolation goal for Ballyboro. Team: Mikey Sorohan, Sean Collins, Evan Rooney, Sean O’Dowd, Emre, Dan Casey, Harry Brogan, Keilon Gilmore. Subs: Eoin Beattie, Rian Hogan, Eoghan Mullooly, Ciaran McGloin. 

  The under 11 girls fared better than their male counterparts when they recorded an emphatic win over Gaels United in Drumlish. After a scoreless first half the girls really turned on the style in the second period and scored five goals without reply. Panel and scorers: Lillie Dowd, Emma Hoey, Katie Hoey, Kate Malone (1), Emma Dowd, Ava Brehon (1), Anna Cox (2), Marianna Donlon, Maria Forde, Sophie Cox, Sarah Healy, Amy Burke, Emma Feeney (1), Siun McElgunn.

The under 13s had a comfortable 6-2 win over Killoe Celtic. Christian Donlon (3), David Cox, Euan Cullen and Ethan Slattery were the goalscorers. Team: Paulius Rasa, Anthony Cox, David Cox, Jack Casey, Jack Beattie, Aidan Kelly, Wesley Hughes, Christian Donlon, Jack Brogan, Euan Cullen, Billy Murray. Subs: Daniel Hogan, Brendan Mulvihill, Ethan Slattery, Ronan Cox.

The under 12s gave a very gutsy performance against a highly rated Newtown team and were most unlucky to go down by three goals to two. Two nil down at the interval the team fought back to level matters before a highly dubious penalty award secured the points for Newtown. Ballyboro: Adam Farrell, Eoin Beattie, Ciaran McGloin, Aidan Kelly, Billy Murray (1), Rian Shanley, Rian Hogan (1), Ethan Slattery, Subs: David Dowd, Fergal Murtagh, Ryan Mimnagh, Michael Fallon.

 Both the under 14 and under 15 teams found the going tough in their respective games.  The under 14s performed well in the first half of their game against Newtown, but they were unable to sustain the effort in the second period, eventually going down by six goals to two. Eoin Cox and Luke Cullen (a superb header) scored for Ballyboro. Team: Sam Glennon, Josh Crawford, Cormac O’Dowd, Kevin Donlon, Rory Killian, Luke Cullen, Christian Donlon, Joey Trimble, James Mimnagh, Gabriel Klava, Eoin Cox. Subs: Jack Phelan, Fionn Crossan.

An understrength under 15 team were defeated 5-0 by UCL at Dernafest. Team: Briain Farrell, Ella Hogan, Cormac O’Dowd, Conor Lyons, Bryan Mullooly, Ciaran O’Dowd, Shane Ross, James Mimnagh, Jack McGloin, Byron Duignan, Jack Brogan.

Fixtures: All at home on Saturday. The under 8s will have 2 teams involved in a Blitz where Inny Rovers provide the opposition. The action gets underway at 12 noon. The under 10s play Mostrim at 1pm. the under 11 girls play Killoe Celtic at 2pm. 

Rathcline GAA

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 €20. 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 AGM

The Ladies club will hold its AGM on Monday night next 9th December in the clubhouse at 8.15pm. Rathcline are in the throes of building a strong club and they would like that everyone interested in Ladies GAA and the development of our local club would come to the meeting on Monday. Parents of younger players and senior players are asked to come along. A good attendance will be a sign of an interest in the progression of the club

Minor Club AGM

Our Shannon Gaels/Rathcline minor club will hold its AGM on Tuesday evening 12th December at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. It is very important that every parent with youngsters capable of playing underage attend the meeting. The club also invites people interested in the GAA and development of underage football in the area and our club improvement. The club continues to progress, but it needs greater support and greater numbers to make that final push to be county champions at all grades. Go along and be part of making the club great.

Ladies Night Out

The Rathcline senior club are hosting a Ladies Night Out on this Friday night 6th December in the ESB Sport and Social club. The evening event will commence at 7pmwhere a vast array of ladies clothing, handbags and shoes will be for sale.

If you have any clothes, shoes and handbags in excellent condition that you would like to be rid of the organisers would love to get their hands on them.

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 18th November and the lucky winners of this week’s draw was Mark Gilroy, Drumlish. The winning pool was €377 a fair amount as we approach Christmas.

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.

Thank You

The minor club would like to extend their deepest gratitude to everyone that contributed so generously to their church gate collection last weekend

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