Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 23rd December 2019

Lanesboro Ballyleague Note

As I won’t be in position to write notes for the Leader this week and next I will publish local updates here.

The very best to all readers for a great Christmas and a very special 2020

Potential Providers coming on board

The invitation to anybody in the Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Killashee, Newtowncashel and the surrounding towns and parishes are beginning to express their interest in providing B&B, Guest House and house rental. Fáilte Ireland will come to Lanesboro and explain what is required for the provision of accommodation and the requirements as to how to get yourself registered.

If sufficient numbers express an interest then Fáilte Ireland will facilitate a meeting to talk through 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 the All-Ireland Fleadh the Éigse Pete Carberry and many other events happening throughout the year there is a great need and indeed a great opportunity for people to create a business for themselves.  If you are interested you can express your interest by contacting Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop, Lanesboro – 086-2460840; joeaobrien@outlook.com

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

The Annual General Meeting of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua took place on Friday night 6th December.

The following committee was elected: Chairman – Michéal Farrell, Secretary – Tracy Gray,
Treasurer – Paula Carberry, Diving Officer – Paul Newman, Safety Officer – Fergal McElgunn, Equipment Officer – Sean Connaughton, Training Officer – Gerry Lane, Child Protection Officer – Herbert Farrell, Public relations officer – Fergal McElgunn.

Local writers Christmas Reading

Local reading 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.

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.

The swim will take place following 11.30pm Mass in Lanesboro which should be approximately 12.30pm.

There are a number of swimmers going in for a swim daily in Lanesboro and at other rivers and lakes and it would be great if they all came spread the word of the swim and boost the numbers. The more we spread the word the more swimmers we will have and the greater support for the nominated charities.

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. Sponsorship cards are available in O’Brien’s or from any member of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club.

St John’s Church

On, tomorrow, Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve) Service of 9 Lessons and Carols will take place at 8pm.

Christmas Celebrations at St. Mary’s

Masses for Christmas will commence on Tuesday 24th Christmas Eve with two Masses at 7pm and 8.30pm. On Christmas Day Masses will be at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Try a Tri in 2020

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?
Go to www.trilanesboro.com/membership/  for more information

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.

Ballyboro FC Oskar Night DVD

The DVD is now on sale with your chance to relive the great drama of that special Movie night on June 15th and get your Christmas presents sorted with a very special DVD including all 8 films that were produced and great memories of a special year. DVD on sale in O’Brien’s Corner shop now. Priced €20 each and special offer of 3 DVDs for €50. Postal orders (€30 each) will be taken by e mail only at: ballyboroastropitchcommittee@gmail.com 

New Year Swim

The Lough Ree Orcas (all year open water swimming group) is holding their inaugural New Year’s Day swim on Wednesday 1st January at 3pm at the marina in Ballyleague.

Start the year with a refreshing dip or swim in the beautiful Shannon river.

Everybody is welcome, young and old, for just a fun splash or short swim in wetsuit or togs, your choice.

The Orcas will be having refreshments in the Yacht Bar after the swim and by the fire and everyone is invited to join them.

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.

Our Library over Christmas

Knitting & Crochet Club
Knitting & Crochet Club will resume after Christmas on Monday 6th January 2020 2-4pm.
New members always welcome!
Poetry & Music Group
Poetry & Music group will continue after Christmas on the 2nd and 4th Monday of January.  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
The library will be open on
Monday 30th December
The library will be closed on following days
Tuesday 24th December to Saturday 28th December inclusive – CLOSED
Tuesday 31st December to Thursday 2nd January inclusive – CLOSED
Normal hours resume on Friday 3rd January 2020.
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

Second Volume Published

The second investigative instalment of the Shamrock 165 has just been published by Gavin Walsh. The first instalment detailing the crash which featuring local lady Evelyn Belton was an intriguing read and I have no doubt that this current book will be another excellent read. This is the second book of the trilogy continuing the exploration and investigation into the fatal crash of Shamrock 165.

The book Shamrock 165 ‘decision over Dolgellau’ is available for sale in O’Brien’s

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 

Tidy Towns Lotto

The winning numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op on Tuesday morning 17th December were 7, 9, 13, and 15. There was nobody with the winning numbers and the jackpot pool has now risen to €6,800. The name on the tickets for the €100 prize Elizabeth Glynn, Ballyleague the three winners of the €50 were; Mary D c/o Mags, Aileen Nelson c/o Market

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 16th December and the lucky winners of this week’s draw were Eithne Clyne, Corrigeen. The winning pool was an excellent €421.

Don’t forget the 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 11s were involved in an eight-goal thriller at the weekend. Newtown Bears provided the opposition in very testing conditions. Ballyboro looked to have the game won as they were two goals in front as the game neared a conclusion, but two late goals for the Newtown boys earned them a share of the spoils. Ballyboro team and scorers: Mikey Sorohan, Eoin Beattie, John Farrell, Harry Brogan, Sean Collins, Eoghan Mullooly, Óisín Dillon (1), Rian Hogan (2). Subs: Evan Rooney (1), Sean O’Dowd.

The under 9s enjoyed their joust with Inny Rovers where goals galore and great excitement were the order of the day. Panel: Michael Hogan, Adam Greally, Ellen Cox, Donncha Farrell, Cayden McArdle, Éanna Kenny, Ethan Donnellan, Darragh Shanley, Saoirse Feeney and Conor Kilcoyne.

The under 12s found the going tough against an impressive Inny Rovers team on Sunday going down by four goals to nil. Team: Aidan Kelly, Eoin Beattie, Logan Birmingham, Michael Fallon, Billy Murray, Matthew Murray, Ryan Mimnagh, Rian Hogan, Ethan Slattery.

DVDs of all 8 films screened on OSKAR night are now available at various outlets locally.

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

50/50

The 50/50 draw took place on Monday 16th December and the lucky winners of this week’s draw were Eithne Clyne, Corrigeen. The winning pool was an excellent €421.

Don’t forget the 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.

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.

St. Faithleach’s

Happy Christmas: The club would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members, players, supporters and the community a Happy Christmas.

Christmas Party: Many thanks to all who attended our end of Year Christmas Party on Sunday, the kids had great fun and the arrival of Santa was a big hit. Thanks to Ann and Patricia who gave up their time to organize and to Eamon who provided the gingerbread men and mince pies. Also, to the schools in the surrounding area who gave out the colouring competition pictures. We hope all our younger members have a great Christmas. 

Hamper Draw: The Draw for our Christmas Hamper took place on Sunday evening, with first prize going to The Hussey Family, Lough Ree Park. Second prize was won by Freda Kenny, with third and fourth going to Jack McGloin and Eileen Cox respectively. 

St. Ireland Lights Up: Do you want to get moving and active this New Year, but you have nowhere to go? Do you find it hard to find a safe and well-lit area to go a walk during the dark winter months? Well, your local GAA Club has the answer! We’re coming on board with the Operation Transformation and the GAA for Ireland Lights Up. Every Thursday from the 9th January – 26th February 2019 the club will be open and lit up for you, your family and friends to come and walk. We want everyone to come and join for Ireland Lights Up 2020!

All are welcome to come to this event. For details please contact Tanya O’Rourke

Stephens Day Charity Match: Our annual St. Stephens Day Charity Match takes place on club grounds at 12:45, registration at 12:30pm. This year’s chosen charity is The Irish Heart Foundation, in memory of Jimmy Hussey. All welcome to play (€10), Refreshments in clubhouse after game. Bring your family and friends along for a great afternoon’s entertainment. For more information please contact Nicola Byrne. 

Cards: Take place every Tuesday evening in the clubhouse, wishing everyone who attends a very happy Christmas and thank you for your support throughout 2019. Last week’s winners; Damien /Willie, Kathleen /Annie, Tom Brendan. Last game. Pat /Tommy.

Table prize Jim/Kitty.

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