Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 18th January 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Mind your speed

With the new Mid Shannon Wilderness Park Greenway becoming more and more popular and the number growing greatly it is a wonderful sightseeing so many, and in particular families, availing of our new and healthy amenity.

A big number are parking at the cemetery car park and walking from there as well as the many that are parking down at the barrier.

There is one issue raining its head and that is the number of cars that are going down at a speed not really suitable for that that roadway. There are young people walking and cycling on the roadway as well as the many adults that are walking and cycling that route.

All drivers are asked to be very aware of the numbers cycling and walking along this route and to bear in mind that this route is rapidly becoming a predominately cycling and walking route. A speed limit of 40km per hour is the maximum speed recommended along this roadway and those that are using this road would greatly appreciate if all drivers would adhere to this 40Km as the maximum speed.

Rathcline Super Draw Update

Tickets for the annual Rathcline Super Christmas draw are once again on sale. Tickets are priced at €20 and as usual there are a number of prizes to be won including the first prize of €3,000. There are six prizes in total with €3,000 being the first prize, second prize of €1,000, third prize €500, fourth, fifth and six prizes are €250.

The proceeds of the draw will as usual go to the registration of the club, insurance and the entry fees for all competitions which all fall due at the beginning of each year.

Due to the level 5 restrictions making it practically impossible to sell tickets door to door and with the majority of businesses that sell so many tickets closed the draw has been deferred to Sunday 31st January.

If you would like to buy a ticket you can do so in O’Brien’s, Casserley’s, SuperValu or from any club member or online https://member.clubspot.app/club/rathcline-gaa/fundraiser/tickets

Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club

At the AGM of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club held on Saturday 2nd January the following were elected on to the executive for the coming year. Chairperson: Frank Casey, Vice chairperson: Mícheál Farrell, Secretary: Sean Doyle, Assistant secretary: Herbert Farrell, Treasurer: Paula Carberry, Assistant treasurer: Tracy Gray, Diving Officer: Paul Newman, Training Officer: Gerry Lane, Equipment Officer: Sean Connaughton, Child Protection: Herbert Farrell, Safety Officer: Fergal McElgunn, PRO: Fergal McElgunn

Free Living Well Programme.

Programmes begin on Monday 18th January from 7pm-9.30pm, and Thursday February 18th from 10.30am-1pm.

If you are living with a long-term health condition you may be interested in doing the Living Well ProgrammeThis is a free, six-week programme delivered online 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.  You can contact Olga on 086 6078950 or by email olga.maguire@mayocil.ie

You can find out more information on the programme on the website: www.hse.ie/livingwell

Recycling Real Christmas Trees

Longford County Council will be collecting real Christmas trees free of charge at Westlink Civic Amenity site Longford Town (Lanesboro Road) and Mulleady’s Civic Amenity site Drumlish up to Saturday 23rd January.

The opening hours are as follows:

Westlink Longford Wednesday 9am to 5pm, closed for lunch 1 to 2 and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Mulleadys Drumlish Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Join the Team

The County Roscommon Disability Support Group are seeking people to join their team as home care support workers, Personal Assistants for people with disabilities.

Competitive rates of pay; Free QQI training modules; in house training; Flexible shifts; Cycle to work scheme; Employee Assistance programme.

There are vacancies throughout Roscommon and Mayo. If you are keen to get involved, you should contact Jackie 086 7857764 or Breda 086 8033783 for further information. You can also email recruitment@rsg.ie. Further information can be got on the website www.rsg.ie

Gareth Returns

Congratulations to Gareth Johnston who on Thursday night last was selected to be County U17 manager for the coming year. Gareth has a successful stint with the County minors a few years ago winning the Leinster League and losing narrowly to a highly fancied Dublin team. We wish Gareth, his backroom team and his panel of players the very best of luck in the coming year.

Rathcline Road

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been inundated with people asking me to mention to people walking their dogs on the Rathcline Road to make sure that when their dogs soil the pathways that they clean up after them. The state of the footpath is unbelievable, and the inattention of owners is truly mind boggling.

If you do not have a means of cleaning up after your dog soiling on the footpaths please don’t bring the dog out when you go for a walk.

Tidy Towns Lottery

Due to the level 5 pandemic restrictions the Tidy Towns lottery has been deferred for the next couple of weeks. The committee hopes that everyone is keeping safe and well and wishes them the best of good health.

Reflections

Now that we are into the New Year and things are quiet, I started to reflect on the past year in our community. We were all looking forward to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade before the Corona Virus descended upon us and brought everything to a sudden halt with a countrywide lockdown.  We as a community showed a tremendous resilience and epitomised what a wonderful community we are. The local community stayed together, shared together and discovered what a beautiful and scenic area we live in. We availed of the discovery by walking Sliabh Bán, the unfinished new Mid Shannon Wilderness Park Greenway, Salmon’s Lane, just to mention a few of the hugely used walkways.

A lift in the restrictions allowed for the waterways of the River Shannon to open. We did not expect any great traffic on the river, but the Shannon filled with Irish people using the river for their staycation. They were loud in their praise of our community for its warmth and welcome. The locals all rallied around and bought local and the shops in the community we kept busier throughout the whole year. Christmas 2020 will go down as the brightest ever in the community with a new Christmas tree and crib at the corner complimenting the tree in Ballyleague and a huge lighting up of our community. Young and old enjoyed the winter wonderland of Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

We did not let the darkness of 2020 determine us instead we forged ahead and became a better community. We showed a true community spirit and while we face into another tough year let us do all the right things, we did last year, and we will come out of all this safely.

Let’s stay apart once more, so that we can stay together for longer, continue to wash our hands and wear your mask.

The Samaritans

There are a great number of Samaritan branches throughout the county and no matter where you are there is one close to you. If you are struggling with life and feel you need to talk to someone then the Samaritans are there for you. All you have to do is pick up the phone and discuss what is one your mind in confidence. It does not matter who you are, how you feel or what has happened to you that phone call is all you need to do. Freephone 116123, every day or night of the year as the service is available 24 hours a day. Don’t let anything fester in your mind make that call immediately.

Lanesboro Library

In line with Government Level 5 restrictions, Lanesboro Library will remain closed until further notice

All the online services can be accessed on our website by selecting ‘Your Online Library’. www.longfordlibrary.ie

Use your library card number & pin to log in to your account.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Any enquiries, please email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

ALONE – Support for older people

ALONE who support older people to age at home have a COVID-19 support line for those who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.

Professional staff are available to answer queries and to give advice. The support line is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. If you feel you need to call you should do so and have the chat, do not let the day pass without making the call. The phone number is 0818 222024.

St. Mary’s Church

Restrictions

Once again, we are back into restrictions and public celebration of Mass is suspended once again and it looks as though we are going into a long-term lockdown. Mass will be celebrated privately every day by our priests at the usual times Monday to Thursday 10am, Friday 7pm Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 11.30am and Masses can be seen on the St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro Facebook page.

Mass intentions will continue to be booked for weekdays for the present. People wishing to book masses can do so by contacting Fr Sergiy before or after mass during the week in the Sacristy. All that have booked masses are asked to rebook them for weekdays for the foreseeable future. 

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays is temporarily suspended.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament that took place on Friday evening’s is now temporarily suspended.

Contacts

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko can be contacted at the presbytery or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. Alternatively, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who are assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

Rathcline GAA

Rathcline Super Draw Update

Tickets for the annual Rathcline Super Christmas draw are once again on sale. Tickets are priced at €20 and as usual there are a number of prizes to be won including the first prize of €3,000. There are six prizes in total with €3,000 being the first prize, second prize of €1,000, third prize €500, fourth, fifth and six prizes are €250.

The proceeds of the draw will as usual go to the registration of the club, insurance and the entry fees for all competitions which all fall due at the beginning of each year.

Due to the level 5 restrictions making it practically impossible to sell tickets door to door and with the majority of businesses that sell so many tickets closed the draw has been deferred to Sunday 31st January.

If you would like to buy a ticket you can do so in O’Brien’s, Casserley’s, SuperValu or from any club member or online https://member.clubspot.app/club/rathcline-gaa/fundraiser/tickets

Gareth Johnston

Congratulations to Gareth Johnston who last week was appointed as manager of the County Longford U17 manager. Gareth was a very successful county minor manager a number of years ago and we have no doubt that he once again will be very successful. Knowing Gareth’s attention to detail we know the team will lack for nothing and we wish Gareth, his backroom team and his panel the very best for a hugely successful year.

Minor Club

If you need to or want to do the Foundation level coaching course or do the Safeguarding course can you please give you name to Mark Kenny. Alternatively, you can leave your name into O’Brien’s for Mark.

The Foundation Level course is the basic level introductory coaching course, and the club would welcome anyone with an interest in the coaching development of our young players to do the course.

Safeguarding course is organised by the GAA who are committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our games and activities. The GAA will take all practical steps to protect them from discernible forms of abuse – from harm, discrimination, or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

If you wish to do this online course you can use the contact mentioned above.

To work with children the GAA insists on the following being completesd: Garda Vetting, Child Safeguarding 1 and Foundation Level

The minor club would like to welcome all parents and their young budding prospects to our club and assure them of great comradery.

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