Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 6th April’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Annual 25 Card Drive this Friday

The annual ’25 Drive’ takes place on this Friday (Good Friday) night in the Lough Ree Development  Co–Op hall 10th April at 9pm. The proceeds this year are in aid of the Rathcline Ladies GAA and your support will be much appreciated.

Every year since its inception this game has always been very well supported and I am sure that it will be no different on Friday night.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The club is invited to take part in the annual Good Friday competition, which will take place this year at the new Tartan Track at the Athlone Institute of Technology on Friday next.

This year, the club have over 100 registered which is a record number. Members will be notified of travelling arrangements closer to the day based on club membership alone, the club is very confident of some success. Training in the hall in Ballyleague continues and the record numbers attending necessitated two sessions (6pm -7pm and 7pm to 8pm).

There is now an opportunity for athletes interested in the High Jump to get involved. It has already thrown up some very interesting prospects. The club is now endeavouring to get one of the National High Jump coaches to a session over Easter and the arrangements will be relayed to the high jump athletes during the week.

Holy Week Ceremonies at St. Mary’s

The following is the Easter arrangements for St. Mary’s Lanesboro: Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am. Holy Thursday at 7.30pm. Good Friday at 3.00pm and 7.30pm. Holy Saturday at 7.30pm. Mass times on Easter Sunday at 9.30am and 11.30am.

Volunteer Readers for Easter Week

Volunteer readers are required for the following Easter Ceremonies: One reader for Holy Thursday at 7.30pm. Five readers required for readings on Good Friday at 3pm. Two readers required for Holy Saturday night at 7.30pm. If you can do it please call to Fr. Mickey Reilly at the Presbytery as soon as possible to get required readings.

Daffodil Day Thank You

The Lanesboro Ballyleague Active Age Group would like to thank those that contributed so generously to their ‘Daffodil Day’ coffee morning in St. Mary’s Parish Hall and also to the Hall committee who kindly facilitated the event. The amount contributed amounted to €800.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Ardagh Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Wednesday 27th May to Monday 1st June. The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. The pilgrimage Director is Monsignor Bernard Noonan, Moate phone 090 6481180 and the invalid section is dealt by Fr. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan phone 0902-57122. The cost of the pilgrimage is €725 inclusive per person.

Thank You

County Longford Youth Service would like to thank everyone that contributed to their annual church gate collection. The generous donation of all will go towards sustaining  this valuable service in the county.

Lanesboro Indoor Market this Friday

Lanesboro Indoor Market commenced in a blaze of glory last Friday. The attendance for the first day was very large and from these humble beginning the market will grow and grow. All in attendance were delighted with what was on offer and the reception afforded to them.

As next Friday is Good Friday there will be no Market and it will recommence on Friday week 17th April where no doubt the attendance will be much larger.

We must commend the Co-Op for facilitating the Market and wish them continued success.

Web Page

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Rathcline Club Developments

Monday 6th April has proven to be the beginning of another chapter in the history of the Rathcline GAA club. The machinery of the Prunty construction  company moved on to the club grounds in Clonbonny where over the next few months they will put a new all weather pitch in place. There is great development for the club and the excitement of adding a wonderful pitch to the excellent Clubhouse already in situ.

The club has a proud tradition of being progressive in its development and this current work will once again put them to the forefront in the county.

It was fitting that the final games on the pitch were both in the senior and underage group where a great deal of work is being put in to ensure a sure and sound footing in the senior football status and the minor club have embarked on a long term strategy of continued growth to supplement the senior team with excellent footballers. The seniors went down by the narrowest of margins to Ballymahon and the under 16’s beat Kilbride, Co. Roscommon in a challenge game.

 As part of the fundraising to pay for the pitch developments the club Easter draw will take place this coming weekend in the Swan Tavern. Every club supporter and parishioner is asked to support the draw and tickets are on sale from club members and executive and from O’Brien’s Corner Shop. Tickets are priced at €20 each and the draw will take place at 11pm. The prizes for the draw are 1st 3,000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €750, 4th €500, 5th €250, 6th €200, 7th €200, 8th €200, 9th €200 and 10th €200.

All Ireland medals come to the area.

All roads led from Roscommon to Banagher, Co. Offaly on Friday last for the All Ireland Colleges Ladies A Senior Final where the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon took on the might of Loreto, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Having won the Connaught final for the first time in the history of the competition they took the challenge of Ulster champions St. Mary’s Newry, in their stride and progressed to their first All Ireland Final. Powered by a number of local girls the girls faced a remarkable time in their young lives. Not alone did they qualify but practically the same panel also qualified for the All Ireland Ladies A Soccer Final. This is truly a remarkable achievement by an extremely talented panel of girls.

The local girls are all members of the St. Faithleach’s club and they are: Aisling Lannon daughter of Anthony and Mary Lannon, Ballagh, Amanda and Laura Mc Loone daughters of Denis and Carmel Mc Loone, Cloontuskert, Siobhan Ormsby, daughter of Steve and Teresa Ormsby, Ballyglass and Cheryl Scally, daughter of Kevin and Regina Scally Mountcashel. A further local connection was Siobhan Tully granddaughter of Johnny and Nancy Kelly, Ballyleague. We congratulate all of the girls and their team mates. We would also like to wish the girls that are on the panel for the soccer final every success and hope that they can achieve the remarkable double for their school.

Shannonside Heritage Country Market

Following the success of their One-day Plant Sale last year, Shannonside Heritage will host their 2nd Annual Country Market on Saturday April 25th on the lawn of the Parish Hall, Lanesborough.

This year the Group are expanding the show to incorporate a wide variety of stalls including flowers, plants, vegetables, homemade bread, cheese, smoked fish, Sauces, bog oak, furniture, pottery, craft demonstrations and many more.

Teas, coffees, scones and light refreshments etc will be available. It has all the promise of a good and enjoyable day and one not to be missed.

Your support of course will be vital to its success, so do please come along.

Watch out for further details later. Information from: Sarah Crinigan 0878197164 or Denis Devereaux 0863862050.


It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death on Sunday 29th March of Tomás Mac Ruairí, Carraroe. Tomás and his wife Siobhan came to live in Lanesboro a number of years back and he quickly endeared himself to neighbours and local alike with his mild manner and pleasantness. He was a great lover of the Irish language and dance. He was an excellent and popular set dance teacher. His passing will leave sadness in the hearts of those that had the pleasure to know him. His remains were removed from his residence on Wednesday last to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro and his remains were interred at Carrickedmond Cemetery following his Funeral Mass. To his wife Siobhan, brothers, sisters relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Gillen family celebrate Easter Early

Last weekend was a celebratory weekend in the Gillen family. Greg and Bernadette and family celebrated the engagement of their daughter Teresa to Fergal Mc Donagh, son of Ambrose and Kathleen Mc Donagh, Gurteen, Co. Sligo. This was closely followed by the birth to their son Peter and his Wife Barbara of a baby son.

We would like to send our heartiest congratulations on their wonderful occasions and wish them all a very happy life.

Special Olympics Collection

Special Olympics Ireland is holding an All Ireland collection on Friday 24th April and they are looking for volunteers to give two hours of their spare time for collection points in the Lanesboro Ballyleague area between 8am and 9pm. They would be very grateful if you could contact the Special Olympics office in Longford 043-49763.

National Breast Check Screening

Breast Check Screening is a Government funded service that provides women aged between 50 and 64 with free breast screening. This service more commonly known as a mammogram is available to women every two tears. Commencing this week Breast Check will be offering free breast x-rays to women from the county at the mobile screening unit located in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Hospital. Eligible women will receive an appointment by post for screening. When the eligible woman receives the appointment date and it is not suitable they can make alternative arrangements by phone on the number supplied with the appointment date.

Inter-Generational Dance Project

Parents with young people aged between 8 and 10 years are asked to take of the free weekly workshops in the Lanesboro Ballyleague area from 7th May to 23rd July.

Roscommon Arts Centre is looking for young people to take part in an exciting and free dance project during the summer season.

The myths and legends of “The Caves of Cats” at Cruachán Aí in Tulsk will be used by Roscommon dancer Catherine Donnelly as the inspiration for the exciting project as she will invite participants to journey along with her, exploring the legends of the caves through creative dance.

The inter-generational project will involve some of the residents of the Innis Ree Nursing Home, who will join the young people during the latter half of the project to share the cave of cats stories as together the group explore their stories through dance and gentle movement.

If your son or daughter is anxious to participate and involve themselves in this opportunity they should contact the Arts Centre immediately. It is essential that before they commit themselves they are sure that they must be able to attend all the weekly workshops. May and June classes are scheduled for after school hours and once the holidays begin the workshops will take place every Thursday morning. To register contact the Arts Centre 090 66 25824.

Youth Disco

Ballymahon/Forgney Gaels are holding a Youth Night in ‘The Loft’ Nightclub on Wednesday 8th April from 9pm to 12am.  There will be a live band and disco. Mineral bar only and admission is €5.

County Longford Youth Service

The County Longford Youth Service workers run a Drop In Youth Group in The Co-op Hall on Fridays from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. This group is free of charge to all young people in the area over the age of ten and is a great opportunity for young people to become involved in recreational activities. The activities range from table tennis, cards, board games, karaoke etc. There now is 50 Young People involved in the group. Parents are encouraged to enrol their children in such activities as it provides a fun safe environment for the Young People to socialise.

Parents/adults are encouraged to become involved in the project by registering as a volunteer. You can access more information by calling the Youth Service on 043 40907.

 Lanesboro 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Monday 30th March are: 1st: Mark and Peggy Crehan
2nd: Mai Casey and Margaret Gillen 3rd: Loretta Cooney and Brendan Dowling. Gross: Bernadette Gillen and Patsy Canavan.
The schedule for the rest of the year is:  April 13th Easter Monday: no bridge
April 20th; the AGM will take place. April 27th: The president’s prize (Mrs. Bridie Deffew)
May 4th: no bridge, May 11th: summer competition and on May 18th it will be the summer party.

Kilgefin Community Games

The Annual Fun Run takes place on Easter Monday (13th) at 5pm starting from Rattigan’s in Kilrooskey. All are welcome. Participants will be calling to your door seeking sponsorship over the next week. Please support this local fundraiser.

Calling all Swimming Competitors – The Roscommon County swimming finals take place on 6th and 7th June. We can enter 2 boys and 2 girls in each of the following events: U8 Freestyle, U10 Freestyle, U10 Backstroke, U12 Freestyle, U12 Breaststroke, U12 Backstroke, U14 Freestyle, U14 Backstroke, U14 Breaststroke, U16 Freestyle, U16 backstroke, U16 Butterfly. There is also an U13 relay for boys and girls. A panel of 5 for each. Anyone in the Kilgefin area interested in representing us in any of the above events should contact Ronan Collier at 087-9036272 stating the event and their date of birth. If any event is oversubscribed a draw for entries will take place.

Fundraising for St Christopher’s Day Centre

Mobile phones and chargers, all makes and models, all conditions can be left at St. Christopher’s Day Centre, Battery Road Longford the resource Centre Ballymahon and St, Elizabeth’s Edgeworthstown,
This collection is ongoing, and even if you do not have a mobile to donate now you may have one in the near future. 

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Notes:
O’Rourke Cup: We had a win over Clan Na Gael on Sunday last. Final Score St. Faithleach’s 1-09 – Clan Na Gael 1-06. Team: D. Thompson, J. Connor, D. Murray, D. Thompson, B. Scally, A. Murtagh, S. Ormsby (0-1), M. Reynolds, D. Ryan, S. O’Grady, C. McCormack (1-2), P. Wallace, B. Murtagh (0-4), A. Brehon, J. Quigley (0-1). Subs: P. Murray, D. McCormack (0-1) See fixtures for game next weekend.
Tansey Cup: See fixtures for game next weekend.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 5, 14, 17 and 28. No jackpot winner. €20 winners: Ollie Kelly, Doughill. Colette Gannon, Mount Dillon. Jackie Killian, Church View. Kathleen Hanly, Ballyleague. Michael Kelly, Ballyglass. Next draw takes place in the Club House on Tuesday next 14th April for a jackpot of €8,000. The team on duty – S. Cox, M. Murphy, D. Dunne, N. Banahan. A member of the Club will be calling during the week if you wish to purchase Yearly Lotto Tickets for €50.
Card Game takes place every Tuesday night in the Club House at 9 o’clock sharp. New Players welcome. Results of last week’s games – 11 games: Peggy/Vera. 9 games: Frank/Michael. Last game: Sean/P.J. Ticket Winners: Tom Donlon, Noreen Gibbons, Mickey Kelly and Mary Kenny.
Junior Ladies: St. Faithleach’s were defeated by St. Barry’s on Saturday last. See fixtures for game next weekend.
U16 Girls Division 2A County Final: St. Faithleach’s/Kilbride Girls were defeated in the Final to St. Ciaran’s on Friday last. Team: Shauna O’Neill, Bronagh Donlon, Laura Mc Loone, Roisín Collier (Captain), Marie O’Hanrahan, Claire Brennan, Aoife Kenny, Rochelle Mullaney, Rhona Mc Donagh, Christina Mannion, Lorna Flanagan, Aisling Ormsby, Claire Cleary, Sarah Collins, Kellie Murphy. Subs: Laura Carroll, Jacinta Tully. Many thanks to Manager/Mentors Denis Mc Loone, Patricia Manning, Brendan Collins & Rosaleen O’Hanrahan for their work with the team.

Girls U12: St Faithleach’s Girls U12 drew with St. Barry’s on Sunday last. Final Score: St. Faithleach’s 3-1 St. Barry’s 2-4.
U12 Boys Blitz: On Saturday last we held a blitz for U12 Boys where we welcomed teams from Roscommon Gaels, Multyfarnham, Longford & Eastern Harps, Gurteen, Co. Sligo. Well done and many thanks to all who took part. Results as follows: First Round – St. Faithleach’s defeated Roscommon Gaels. Eastern Gaels defeated Multyfarnham.  Second Round – St. Faithleach’s defeated Eastern Gaels. Multyfarnham defeated Roscommon Gaels. Third Round – St. Faithleach’s defeated Multyfarnham. Eastern Gaels defeated Roscommon Gaels. Congratulations to the U12 St. Faithleach’s Team who were the overall Winners. Team: Eran Farrell, Joseph Farrell, Colm Mangan, Jack Irwin, Cian Donoghue, Luke Parker, Mikey Cox, Darren Nerney, Shane Phillips, Steven Walsh, Ryan Guinan, Jonathon Hussey, Daniel Foley, Cian Gannon, Mark Gill & Evan Tynan. Many thanks to all who helped out on the day and to those who helped out with the refreshments in the Club House afterwards.
Congratulations: Well done to the Ladies Convent of Mercy, Roscommon Soccer Team who defeated Ashbourne C. School in the All-Ireland Collages Ladies Soccer A Final on Friday last.
Tea/Coffee Morning: Many thanks to all who supported the tea/coffee morning in the Club House last Friday in aid of Western Alzheimer’s.
Easter: Kids look out for our monster Easter Egg Hunt in St. Faithleach’s Club House and GAA Grounds on Easter Sunday next 12th April. A day of ‘fun for all’ with face-painting, Games, Kids Disco, and raffle so come along and enjoy.
Karaoke Night: Look out for our up-coming Karaoke Night to be held in the Club House on the 25th April.
Merchandise: Club Merchandise now on sale, please phone Derek Thompson on (087) 8172668.
‘Deal or No Deal’: Look out for the 2nd running of our very successful ‘Deal or No Deal’ coming up in May.

Shannon Gaels

The under 12 girls had their first outing of the year where they played in an invitational blitz at Longford Slashers grounds in Farneyhoogan last Saturday. The girls acquitted themselves very well and won two of their three games. Their first game was against hosts Longford Slashers and they won on a scoreline of 4gls 1pt to Longford Slashers 0-0. The scorers were Hannah Shea 2-0, Dearbháil Flood 2-0 and Olivia Lisle 0-1. The second game was a much tougher affair and was they met the one and only loss on a scoreline of 2-1 to Mostrim’s 7-2 with all scores coming from Shannon Rooney. The third game against Carrickedmond was tough one but goals from Dearbháil Flood and Hannah Shea seem our girl’s home by 2-0 to 0-0. A word of commendation to Michele Lisle, Jackie Rooney, Aonaid Casey, and Paula Kenny for their work with this fine team.

Under 16 panel team management is now in place and training in preparation for the season opener against Carrickedmond/Legan on Thursday week 16th April in Carrickedmond is ongoing.

Good luck to the senior executive as they embark on the new pitch development at Clonbonny. The club encourages all parents and supporters to support the senior club draw that takes place this coming weekend.

Lá na gClub – Lá na gClub is the day designated by the GAA as its day of celebration of 125 years. Each club in the country is asked join in the celebration. The Shannon Gaels minor club is presently drawing up an exciting day of celebrations involving the whole community and they look forward to you joining them on Sunday 10th May. It is expected that the full programme will be drawn up this week and full details will be announced in the very near future.

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