Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 31st August 2020

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 

Ebarbers 

Since Eugene Maguire moved his barber’s business down into the middle of the Main Street, I have not heard so much comment in our shop as to how well the shop front and the     barbering inside looks and what it adds to our Main Street. It does indeed look brilliant and it was just what the Main Street needed another shop front with an active business and thankfully it is proving to be a thriving business for Eugene.       

Roscommon Biography 

The fascinating A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography is selling remarkably well so much so that the book has almost sold its entire first issue. With numbers quickly running out it is very important that you pick up your copy of this huge volume. For just €30 you are receiving a hugely interesting and invaluable book steeped with an amazing amount of detail and interest for us all.                

High Shannon  

The rain of the past few weeks has raised great concern with all the farmers and especially those living along the banks of the Shannon. I am reliably informed that the water height on the Shannon is at winter level which is of a great concern. It has not been seen at this       height in living memory at this early stage of the year. Water management must come into play very soon to lower the water height. Because of its height there is a great concern that if nothing is done to release the water then the winter rainfall will well and truly flood lands greater than ever before and put homes in danger. At present all we can do is hope for a sustained dry spell or the powers that be let a greater amount of water to go and alleviate the pressure here and all along the    Shannon.      

Bog Walk 

All during the summer the work on the new greenway across the bog has been held up by the incessant rain so much so that the workers working there were redeployed to other areas and all machinery had been moved away. I am delighted to say that the work has recommenced and with favourable weather conditions they should have completed the spreading of the 804 chippings inside the next week or two. With this stretch rolled it will be suitable for walkers but not yet for cyclists. It will be great to be able to walk the journey from Kilnacarrow over to Cloonbearla before the evenings close in.    

This walkway was due to be completed by May last but with the closing of the power station creating an upheaval in Bord na Mona the projected date had to be scrapped. During that time, we had the best weather conditions of the year and when the workers returned, we go too much rain and not long enough of a drying spell to dry out the bog to allow the workers return.   

I am led to believe that the black top and quarry dust will not be put on until a later date which is fine as long as we can have a walk throughout daylight hours of the winter.  

Having visited it the other day it is amazing to see how the bog is returning to nature such is the growth. The walk looks fabulous and I can only imagine its beauty in a few years of     natural growth on the bog.             

Birth   

Many congratulations to Kevin and Oonagh (nee Casey) Mc Hugh, Rathcline Road on the birth last Saturday of a baby girl.    

Thank You 

We would like to thank the many that completed the Economic and Enterprise Development Strategy for Lanesboro and Ballyleague. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

Future Analytics Consultants will prepare an Economic and Enterprise Development Strategy. The Strategy will develop and deliver effective short, medium- and long-term path to enterprise and job creation in the area, building on existing and planned investment and innovation initiatives.                                         

Rathcline GAA Fundraiser 

The Rathcline GAA is on an ambitious fundraising mission to complete a new development at their grounds in Clonbonny. You can read all about the proposals in the Rathcline GAA club notes below. Your support will be greatly appreciated. 

Cancellation 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the regulations surrounding it the Lough Ree Fishing Hub have had to cancel the two major angling competitions that were due to commence on Monday next 7th September. The organisers    have committed to holding these two competitions at a later date.              

Vacancy                             

The Church View estate has an immediate vacancy for a Rural Social Scheme worker.                                                                                                                                                  

To qualify the person will need to have or have the use of a Herd Number and be in receipt of a social protection payment, i.e. job seekers allowance or farm assist. The hers Number can be in the parents or sibling’s name. 

The vacancy will involve maintaining the estate, cutting and trimming grass, litter control, weeding and caring for plant beds etc. 

The hours will be 19.5 per week or similar arrangement. Full stamp will be provided. 

For more information contact Longford Community Resources clg. Rural Social Scheme Section, phone 0433345555 or contact JP 0868536435. 

Into the Semi – Final  

St. Faithleach’s had an excellent win over Shannon Gaels in the quarter final of the     championship in Hyde Park on Sunday last.  It was a game that Faithleach’s took a firm grip   of early and never loosened their grip for the duration of the game and ran out comfortable winners. 

The semi-final will be played next weekend in Hyde Park, I believe, where they will take on St. Dominick’s. At the time of writing there is no day nor time.   

We wish the panel and management the very best of luck and look forward to a championship final date.  

Clothes Collection 

Over the coming weeks a new 1.5 acres training area for players of the senior, ladies and minor clubs will be developed in the area across the road from the gate to the Rathcline GAA clubhouse/grounds and the installation of floodlights on the training pitch in Clonbonny.
To add to the funds raised in the Saddle Up for Rathcline Cycle taking place on Saturday 12th Sept to fund these developments , we would be very grateful if you could bring any old clothes to Clonbonny next Friday 4th Sept from 6.30-7.30pm.
The clothes will be added to the ladies’ club clothes collection. The Ladies club is very generously donating the proceeds of this clothes collection to help fund these projects in Clonbonny. Every bag of old clothes will help to make these projects happen. A collection point for the bags at the main gate will be in place for next Friday 6.30-7.30pm. Thank you for your support and please share this with your family and friends on your social media.

Towns Lotto Winner                                                                                    

The numbers drawn in the Lanesboro Tidy Towns Lotto on Tuesday last 25th August were 3, 9, 23 and 25.  There was one lucky person with the jackpot numbers. Brian Farrell, Lehery was the lucky winner of the €8,500 prize. Many congratulations to Brian on his tremendous win.

The winner of the €50 prize was Celine Hester, Knock and the three winners of the €20 prizes were Joe O’Brien, Corner House, F and E Clyne, Corrigeen, and Jimmy Tarmey, Cloontuskert.

The committee urges your support for the lotto and thanks you for your continued great support. 

Leaving Cert Results 

On Monday 7th September next the Leaving Certificate results are due out.  For all the young people in Leaving Cert class 2020 this will be a very unique experience and we wish each and every one of you the very best and hopefully you all will have attained your first preferences. With 3rd level colleges facing you we wish you every success.  

Masses next weekend  

For next week you will see the townlands arrangements below. 

Saturday 5th September 7.30pm Mass the following areas Aughamore, Aughaloughan, Augharanna, Barnacor and Blenavoher. 

Sunday 6th September 9.30am Massit is the turn of Carraroe, Carrowstrawley, Cashelbeg, Church Road, Church View and Clonbonny. 

11.30am Mass on Sunday 6th September completes the full cycle of areas and townslands with Mass for Clonfower, Corrigeen, Cullentra, Curraghrua, Cnóc na Gaoithe and Derrygeel.  

Holy Hour will take place every Friday in St. Mary’s church from 6 until Mass time at     7pm.  

Confessions will take place in the side room of the church from 6.30pm every Friday                evening prior to Mass 

Rathcline Lotto  

The draw of the 50/50 took place on Monday night 24th August in Adie’s bar. The jackpot pool stood at €254 and the winning ticket was in the name of Bernadette Dowd, Thureen 

The 50/50 draw on Monday 31st August took place in the Yacht Bar  

The club apricates the support of everyone that bought tickets for the first draw and we look forward to greater support driving the 50/50 pool to record heights. 

Rathcline Cemetery 

As there was no Mass at Rathcline Cemetery to celebrate the life of the people buried there the annual collection for the upkeep was not taken up. If you would like to donate to the upkeep of the graveyard you can do so by dropping your contribution in and envelope into the box in O’Brien’s Shop. 

Yemen Appeal 

Listening to Mike Magan, Killashee being interviewed by Damien O’Reilly on Country     Wide on Saturday morning could not but bring a great sadness to your heart when you       heard of the living conditions and suffering that is happening in Yemen at the moment.   

Mike had started a campaign and was asking for farmers to donate the “milk from a cow for a day”. Non-dairy and non-farmers are also invited to contribute in an effort to alleviate some of the need for food that is so badly needed in Yemen. If you would like to donate you are invited to log onto www.redcross.ie and go to Yemen Appeal to make your donation.                      

Living Well 

The next programme dates are the 9th,14th 22nd of September and 2nd of November 

If you are living with a long-term health condition you may be interested in doing the Living Well ProgrammeThis is a six-week programme delivered in 2.5-hour weekly sessions where you will learn new skills to manage your health condition on a day to day basis. More now than ever it is important we look after are mental and physical health. Full training will be given to all participants in using the online platform 

Please note you do not have to disclose your health condition on the programme.  Please contact Olga on 086 6078950 or by email olga.maguire@mayocil.ie   

You can find out more information on the programme on our website:  https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/selfmanagement/living-well-programme/        

Lanesboro Library 

Lanesboro Library Opening Hours Extended 

Browse & Borrow service available on the following days- Wednesday and Friday 10am-1pm & 2-4pm and Saturday from 10am-1pm 

For the well-being of everyone, please note the following: 

  • Visitor numbers will be limited to two customers or 1 family in the Library at any one time.  Please queue safely outside the building. 
  • All Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Please wear a face covering when using our building – Thank You. 
  • Book Return:  Books can be returned through the Book Drop to the side of front door. 
  • Computers/Internet:  Public P.C.’s are available for use – Please phone 0433321291 to book your 30-minute time slot. 
  • Printing Services: Printing, Photocopying & Scanning service are available – Please phone 043 3321291 to book your time slot. 
  • Hand Sanitisation: Sanitisation Stations must be used and will be available at the entrance and within the library. 
  • Social Distancing and Respiratory Etiquette must always be observed. 
  • If you or anyone at home has symptoms of Covid-19, please DO NOT visit the Library, or return books for 72 hours, after you have completed a 14-day isolation period and are fever free for 5 days. 

You can contact Library on: email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie, on Facebook you can private message: @lanesborolibrary , or telephone Stella: 043 3321291 

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps 

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  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 

You can contact Library on: email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie , on Facebook you can private message: @lanesborolibrary, or telephone Stella: 043 3321291 

Ballyboro  

With the new season starting in two weeks’ time club managers for the various age levels will have Registration Forms available at training during the week for existing players. Registration Forms will also be available at the Astro pitch on this Friday between 6pm and 7pm. New players are especially welcome. For information please contact John Tynan at 087 6221894, Carol Donlon at 083 8681941, Ann McGloin at 087 9185446, or Eamonn Bolger at 087 2473772. 

Rathcline GAA 

Into League Semi 

Irrespective of the result on Sunday last the senior team were into the League semi-final. That fact did not alter the winning mindset that the team had built up and after an extremely high scoring game they emerged comfortable winner and maintained their position at the top of their group. They now await the runner up from the other group to see who their semi-final   opponents will be. That game will not take place for a few weeks.    

Support for New Development       

Rathcline GAA Senior, Minor and Ladies clubs are preparing to start Phase 3 of its development plan at its club grounds in Clonbonny, Lanesborough, Co Longford, to be completed by October 2020. The club is experiencing a great period of growth with increasing numbers in our underage grades from nursery (under 6s) to minor grade (u18s), a vibrant ladies club at underage and senior level and the emergence of a very talented senior football team. The clubs continue to be the heartbeat of our community bringing our parish together to enjoy GAA activities.  

In 2019, the Rathcline GAA Pitch Development committee was appointed and quickly set about an ambitious 5-year development plan for the club’s facilities. Please view our Pitch Development video to show the work completed to date and our ambitious plans for 2020. https://youtu.be/YCmwgJKkn9I 

During 2019, the committee organised a very successful sponsored cycle “Saddle Up for Rathcline” to purchase and install an electronic scoreboard in Clonbonny. 

The next phase of development involves the development of additional 1.5 acres of club owned lands into a playing/training area for our underage players, both male and female. This area is located across the road from the entrance to the grounds. 

This project involves the landscaping and drainage of this currently unused area, erection of a Skills/Sports Wall for children to practice their skills and perimeter fencing on the site. The project also involves the erection of floodlighting and drainage on the existing club practice pitch which is used by all playing members. This area will be focus of our facilities to develop the young talent in the club from ages 6 to 18 years of age. The installation of a Skills/Sports Wall is a critical element of this development. This video gives an introduction to how this Skills/Sports Wall will help to develop our young talent.  https://youtu.be/7q1pdP-QV-0  

To help fund this project, the club’s pitch development committee is organizing a sponsored cycle along the Royal Canal Greenway on Saturday 12th September. This year’s cycle will mark the opening of a new cycle route which links Lanesborough to the Royal Canal Greenway at Killashee, making it possible to cycle from Lanesborough to Dublin on this Greenway, passing by the gates of Clonbonny GAA grounds. 
We would be very grateful if you could consider a donation to this project which will help the club to develop improved playing/training/coaching facilities for our growing numbers of underage players. We aim to complete this Phase of the Development by October 2020. We have set up a GoFundMe page for our project fundraiser.     https://www.gofundme.com/f/rathcline-gaa 

Clothes  Collection 

Over the coming weeks a new 1.5 acres training area for players of the senior, ladies and minor clubs will be developed in the area across the road from the gate to the Rathcline GAA clubhouse/grounds and the installation of floodlights on the training pitch in Clonbonny.
To add to the funds raised in the Saddle Up for Rathcline Cycle taking place on Saturday 12th Sept to fund these developments , we would be very grateful if you could bring any old clothes to Clonbonny next Friday 4th Sept from 6.30-7.30pm.
The clothes will be added to the ladies club clothes collection. The Ladies club is very generously donating the proceeds of this clothes collection to help fund these projects in Clonbonny. Every bag of old clothes will help to make these projects happen. A collection point for the bags at the main gate will be in place for next Friday 6.30-7.30pm. Thank you for your support and please share this with your family and friends on your social media. 

Lotto Results:   

The draw of the 50/50 took place on Monday night 24th August in Adie’s bar. The jackpot pool stood at €254 and the winning ticket was in the name of Bernadette Dowd, Thureen 

The 50/50 draw on Monday 31st August took place in the Yacht Bar  

The club apricates the support of everyone that bought tickets for the first draw and we look forward to greater support driving the 50/50 pool to record heights. 

Well Done: 

Congratulation to St. Faithleach’s on their great win in the Roscommon Intermediate Championship quarter final. They will now face St. Dominick’s in the semi-final next weekend and our club wishes them the very best of luck. 

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