Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 5th October’09

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes   

Groundbreaking plans for The Green

For some time now the upgrade of the footpaths and sewage for The Green has been a burning issue with the Green residents and following recent meetings it seems that the work so badly needed will now finally get the go ahead.

At a recent meeting of all the interested parties, proposals were put forward for the work and funding. They were very well received with a work schedule to be drawn up in the very near future.

The proposal for the development included the infrastructure for both broadband and District Heating. The broadband infrastructure is very vital as the area has been shortlisted for broadband in the near future by Eircom and it would set the Green up for been connected the instant broadband comes to town.

The second proposal shows extraordinary foresight by the group as the proposal would set the Green apart not only in Lanesboro by in the country. The inclusion of infrastructure for District Heating would be a first for any estate or town in the country and will prepare the Green community for the future which will bring District Heating to Lanesboro. Energy conservation is a priority and with these developments taking place The Green will be in prime position to attain energy conservation and be a leader in the country.

District Heating has been hugely successful throughout the world and it will bring a new form of heating to any community that can embrace this energy saving method.

Lanesboro has been an energy town since the early fifties and it is supremely well located for the introduction of District Heating. Not alone can District Heating bring huge benefits to Lanesboro but it can also re-energise our community as a leading energy town into the future and secure futures for our young people.

One has to congratulate the amazing work of the committee that has put forward these proposals and it is very important that the whole community and indeed surrounding communities support and encourage this project. The Green can be the future not only for us but for the country as a whole.

Harvest Thanksgiving

The annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in St. John’s Church Lanesboro on Sunday next 11th October at 4pm.  The special preacher for the Service will be Canon Lidwell from the Cavan group of Parishes. The community would like to invite everybody to go along and join and praise God in song and prayer for the gifts of the harvest.

The following Sunday 18th October also at 4 p.m. in St Coman’s Church Roscommon Harvest Service will take place and again everybody is invited..

Ballyleague NS

Ballyleague NS entered teams in the Co. Roscommon Primary Schools cross-county championship last week. This is an annual event to encourage youngsters to take part in outdoor activities and be physically active. The venue was the racecourse in Roscommon where up to 500 competitors took part in four events, although schools from the north of the county were thin on the ground.

The Ballyleague School can be well pleased with their performance. While they did not figure in the team medals they had some fine individual performances which qualified those to compete at the Connaught Primary School finals in Sligo on Monday 19th October.

Pride of place must go to the 3rd/4th class girls where Larisa Noone and Sarah Scally finished 6th and 7th respectively. This was a colossal performance from the lasses when once considers that there was over 100 entrants in the 800m event.

The boys in the 5th/6th class 1000m were equally impressive. Dominic O’Reilly 11th was first of the team home, closely followed in 13th place by Mickie Cox. Great placings from this pair who had to contend with Cornafulla and Creagh National Schools which are backboned by St. Ronan’s and Ballinasloe athletic clubs. Jack Irwin 35th and Cian Donoghoe 37th cannot be overlooked for finishing in the top half of the race.

Let us not forget Cian’s brother Éanna who finished 13th in the 800m 3rd/4th class event. The result speaks for itself. Finally congratulations to all who took part and their teacher for making Thursday such an enjoyable occasion.

Lanesboro Badminton Club

Our AGM was held last Thursday where a great attendance was seen. Thanks to all who came and welcome to the new faces on the committee!

Junior Badminton (National School Level aged 8+) will re-commence on Saturday October 17th from 6-7pm. Training for all Secondary School Students will begin on Thursday October 15th 8-9pm. A new session for Adult beginners will be held on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm. Adults every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 9pm onwards. All training sessions are held as usual in the Parish Hall, Lanesboro. Badminton is an excellent way to have fun, keep fit and meet new people especially during the long winter months; anyone with an interest is more than welcome to come down at any of the sessions to try it out.

Blood Transfusion Service

The Irish Transfusion service will offer the opportunity to people to give blood when they visit Longford in mid October. They will be in the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th, and Thursday 15th October from 4.30 pm to 8.30pm each day.

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

Last Saturday Lanesboro Pike Angling held its regular Children’s Competition on the hot water stretch. It was a good day with 12 children taking part between the ages of 6 and 15 years. The first prize was won by Christopher O’Loughlin, second place went to Shane Nally and third place went to Elizabeth Clyne. The competition was sponsored by Irish Anglers Service, Bridie Holmes – Bridie’s Fishing Tackle Shop, Mark Shields- MJS and Alan Farrell.

All anglers are reminded of the big boat completion on Sunday week 18th October. More details next week.

Terry Fox Run

The Annual Terry Fox Run in aid of Cancer research will take place on Sunday week 18th October. As usual the Run/Walk will start at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro and follow the regular route with a starting time of 3pm. All walkers and runners are asked to take part and help this excellent charity that carries out so much excellent work in Cancer Research. Your support will be deeply appreciated. For further information please contact Una Clarke phone 086-8929402.

Kilgefin Community Games

The AGM of the Kilgefin Community Games will take place on Monday 12th October at 9pm in Ballyleague Hall. In 2009 many of our youth participated and won medals at county, provincial and national community games track, field and cultural events. We need more adults to help us expand the range of activities we offer our local youth. Please come along and lend a hand.

Weekly 25 Drive

Starting next Sunday night the jackpot will be paid on 16 games. If not won before Christmas it will be divided Card game now starts at 830 pm sharp  The results of Sunday night last 4th October are 11 Games Michael Kelly & Michael Finan, Joe & Edmond and Pat Rock & Tom Foxe. The 20th game Liz & Niall and the 15th game John & Tom 

The raffle winners were: John (Rosemount), PJ Glennon, Sean Parker and Simon Boland

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The under fourteen team and management finished their season with a very enjoyable blitz in Clonbonny on Saturday last.The club would like to compliment the management team of Neil Donohue, Sean Lisle and all the players for their great season and we look foward to next year.The blitz was a great success and thanks goes to the management team and Michelle Lisle and Jacqui Rooney and to Padraic Farrell and Brendan Rhatigan for refereeing the games and everybody that turned out to support. The first final was between the the Stephen Tobin captained team of Eoin Sorohan Sean Costello, Sean Casey, Laura Peters, Niamh Shea and Andrea Carter overcame the challenge of the Andrew Ward captained team of Shane Kenny, Jack Rooney, Lauren Guinan, Elanor Lisle, Emily Brennan and Dearbhail Flood. In the second final the Carol Cooney captained team of Kieran Lisle, Niall Keane, Mikela Cox, Jo Sweeney, Eugene Maguire and Andrew Rhatigan beat the Oisin O’Sullivan captained team of Gary Gallagher, Sharon Rooney, Garth O’Reilly, Shannon Rooney, Connell Kennelly and Danielle Irwin. A feature of both winning teams was that they were both managed by our underage ladies Linda Kilcoyne and Tara Leigh Lulham. Well done girls and also well done to all players.

The Junior Championship visited the two parish primary schools on Monday.Thanks very much to the team captain PJ O Neill for taking the time to visit the schools.The future of the club and future successes on the field will all start in the primary schools.year.

Preparations for Scor have begun and five disciplines will be entered this year. This is great progress as the club had never entered the competition up to a few years ago.

A winter indoor under 8 league has commenced on Monday and will continue for six weeks.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

The Racecourse, Roscommon was the venue for the County Club Championships which took place on Sunday last. As there is only four clubs affiliated to the Roscommon Co. Board the event is destined to be a low key affair. Still it is an ideal oppertunity for introducing children to middle-distant running, rather than the Connaught Championship where the numbers are greater and the standard higher.

While there was over thirty training on Tuesday evening last at Clonbonny it was not possible to field a team of four in any group in Roscommon.

Bryn Peters was the only entrant in the Boys U9 event which he won convincinly.

In the U9 Girls the consistent Orla Keane won again followed by Lucy Ann Myhill second, and Orla Costello in fourth place. Roscommon AC won  the team event. If the club had even a girl to run a poor fourth they would have been in the medals.

In the Girls U10 Nadine Mc Carthy and Patryeza did not make the first three and pacing themselves in middle distant running is a skill the girls will have to conquer.

The Boys U10 was a different kettle of fish, here Eanna O’Donohoe was first with Cronan Flood  in second place. There was a similar result in the U11 Boys where the winner was Owen Murray and Cillian Flood in second place.

The U12 age group seen Niall Keane taking third place while Sarah Farrell was fourth her twin sister Tanya in seventh place and Anna Peters in eight place in the U12 Girls. Sarah finished ahead of A. Hanly Roscommon AC who was 6th in the county Schools. Sarah has indeed  improved!!

Moving to the U13 age group newcomer Dominic O’Reilly was best while in the same age group the girls had a 1, 2, 3 with Rachael Costello in first, Aoife Mc Gann in second and Dearbhail Fllod in 3rd place. Rachael was a convincing winner despite the fact that may not be her best event.

Laura Peters was first in the Girls U14  and last but not least Shane Kenny was second in the U14 Boys and Oisin O’Sullivan in third place.

Well done to all that took part.

With the Connaught championships coming up, even age in Ballinamore and uneven ages  in Tuam, the club will have to give serious consideration to entering teams that may or may not turn up. Roscommon AC have sections to their club (1) Fun Runners and (2) Serious Athletes!!!!  

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on 14th September 2009 N/S Gross 1st Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly, 2nd Mae Casey & Des Watts, 3rd Joan Browne & Phil Chalmers and 4th Mark & Peggy Crehan. Nett 1st Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly, 2nd Mai Casey & Des Watts, 3rd Joan Browne & Phil Chalmers and 4th Mark & Peggy Crehan. E/W Gross 1st Una Clarke & Nora Kelly, 2nd Kathleen Hanley & Mary Fallon, 3rd Mary B Casey & Peg Clarke and 4th Mike Flynn & Geraldine Cafferty. Nett 1st Una Clarke & Nora Kelly, 2nd Kathleen Hanley & Mary Fallon, 3rd Vita Whelehan & Eileen Mulry and 4th Mike Flynn & Geraldine Cafferty

The results of the competition held 21st September N/S Gross: 1st Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly, 2nd Mary Mc Gushin & Renee Walsh, 3rd Hannah Clyne & Maureen Hynes, 4th Maureen Mulryan & Noreen Dunne. Nett  1st Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly, 2nd Mary Mc Gushin & Renee Walsh, 3rd Hannah Clyne & Maureen Hynes and 4th Maura Hanley & Freda Kenny. E/W Gross 1st Mary Conmy & Mary Jameson, 2nd Eileen Mulry & Vita Whelehan, 3rd Mary C Casey & Bernie Kyne and 4th Mike Flynn & Geraldine Cafferty. Nett 1st Eileen Mulry & Vita Whelehan, 2nd Mary Conmy & Mary Jameson, 3rd Mary C Casey & Bernie Kyne, 4th Mike Flynn & Geraldine Cafferty.


The marriage took place recently at St. Croan’s Church, Ballymoe, Co. Galway of Niall Donlon, Strokestown Road, Ballyleague son of Joe and the late Mary Donlon and Fiona Brogan daughter of Jack and Rose Brogan, Ballymoe, Co. Roscommon.  Bestman was Thomas mc Dermott friend of the groom, groomsmen were Enda Donlon and Shane Donlon both brothers of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Sinead Brogan sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Mary Brogan sister of the bride and Lorraine Donlon sister of the groom. Pageboy was Evan Brogan and Flower Girl was Leah Brogan.  The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Oliver Mc Donagh Ballymoe assisted by Fr. Larney Shine Ballyleague. The wedding reception took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The result of the competition held on Wednesday 30th September are; N/S 1st Marie Sheeran & Mary Mc Gushen, 2nd Bridie Deffew & Maureen Hynes and 3rd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen. E/W 1st Frank & France Brennan, 2nd Breege Mc Dermott & Cyril Hussey and 3rd Bernadette Clancy & Kathleen Hanley.  

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club

U12 Boys Championship Final: Pride of the parish must go to our U12 Boys who defeated Kilbride in the Championship County Final in Hyde Park on Saturday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 2-8 Kilbride 3-2. St. Faithleach’s opened the scoring with scores from Darren Nerney, Mikey Cox, Jonathan Hussey & Steven Walsh within ten minutes. Kilbride replied with 2 goals & a point before Cian Gannon pointed for Faithleach’s. Kilbride added another and Faithleach’s replied with a point from Jonathan Hussey & a cracking goal from Colm Mangan to make half-time scoreline – St. Faithleach’s 1-6 Kilbride 2-2. Four minutes into the second half, Colm Mangan was on target once again to fist the ball into the net after a great run-in followed by a cracking point from Darren Nerney. Kilbride hit back with a long-range ball into the net before Steven Walsh scored another point for Faithleach’s to secure their victory. Many congratulations to all players on the panel and their Manager/Mentors John Gannon & Michael Cox a proud achievement with an unbeaten record in this U12 Championship. Panel of Players: Michael O’Donnell, Jack Irwin, Joseph Farrell, Eran Farrell, Darragh Kelly, Darren Nerney(0-2), Mikey Cox(0-1), Colm Mangan(2-0), Jonathan Hussey(0-2), Steven Walsh(0-2), Cian Gannon(0-1), Ryan Guinan, Shane Phillips, Luke Parker, Cian Donoghue, Daniel Foley, Evan Tynan, Daniel Barry, Mark Gill, Cormac Gannon, Karl Nerney, Conor Smith, Cormac Thompson. The Winners Trophy was presented by Brendan Cregg to St. Faithleach’s Vice-Captain Darren Nerney who accepted it for the team on behalf of Captain Shane Phillips who was missing from action on the day due to hospitalisation. The proud team along with a huge following of supporters toured the parish in a lorry decorated in the red & white colours for the occasion. The team arrived home to the Club House where they celebrated their win & were treated with a meal. Vice-Chairman, Jimmy Mangan on behalf of Chairman, Jimmy Brennan congratulated the team and Manager/Mentors John & Michael and thanked them for their efforts & commitment during the year. He thanked the many parents who travelled to all their matches. Huge thanks to Ollie Kelly for supplying the lorry for the victory tour of the parish. Thanks to the ladies who prepared the food for the event and to the staff of the Club House for their work. Thanks to all who supported the team on the day and indeed throughout the year. Management and Team wished Shane Phillips a speedy recovery. Many congratulations and well done to all.
U14 Girls: County Final ahead for our U14 Girls as they defeated Tulsk in the Semi-Final on Friday evening last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 3-5 Tulsk 1-4. Team: A. Nerney, C. Brennan, E. Kenny, S. Carty, N. Scally, S. O’Neill, T. Nerney, R. Costello, K. Murphy (1-0), S. Brennan (0-2), J. Geoghan (0-3), E. Hegarty, A. Collier (1-0), C. Cleary, R. Banahan (1-0). Subs: L. Hoare, L. Gill, N. O’Donnell, J. Silva, C. O’Reilly. The County Final to be played this weekend; see fixtures for details. We would like to wish the girls and their Manager/mentors the very best of luck for the final and ask you to please come out and support the girls on the day.
Junior (B South) Championship: We were defeated by Clan na Gael in this Final on Saturday evening last in Fuerty. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 0-12 Clan na Gael 2-16. Team: J. Tarmey, D. Byrne, J. Vesey, P. Flynn(0-1), M. Tarmey, P. Murray(Capt.)(0-2), D. McCormack, J. Quigley(0-2), D. Tarmey, K. O’Grady, A. Kenny, N. Kelly, D. Rooney(0-1), M. Cox(0-4), N. Dooney. Subs: P. Kenny (0-2), J. Casey. Thanks to all players and Management, Henry Kenny, John B Hanly & Mickey Walsh for all their hard work and efforts during the year.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 12, 15, 16 and 21. No jackpot winner. €20 winners – Mel Fallon, Cloonadra. Bridget Ormsby, C/O Steve Ormsby. Gwen Malone, Cloontuskert. Mary B Murphy, Cloontuskert. John O’Donnell, Curraghroe. Next draw 13/10/09. The jackpot for the next draw will stand at €9,300. The team on duty – G. Donlon, P. Kenny, R. McCormack, T. Irwin.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 12 games Mike/Kathleen. 11 games Annie/Kathleen & Dan/Frank. Last game Tom/Michael. Ticket winners – Dan, Tom, Frank and Tom.
Up-coming events: The club are holding an Adult Table Quiz Night in the Club House on Friday 16th October. Tables of 4. All welcome, please support. Look out for our ‘Fancy Dress’ Night on Sunday 25th in the Club House. A great night to look forward to with prizes for the most topical and most original costumes so come along and have fun. Music on the night. Those who don’t wear a costume must wear a mask.
Birthday Wishes: Congratulations to U12 Manager Michael Cox who celebrated his 40th Birthday recently.
Dublin City Marathon: John Casey is taking part in the upcoming Dublin City Marathon October 26th to raise funds in aid of the new dressing rooms. Sponsorship Cards available from members of the please so please support.

he coming weeks, please support in any way you can.

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