Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 26th October’09


Lanesboro Notes


Rathcline GAA Lotto

The Shannon Gaels minor club have responsibility for the Rathcline Loot draw that will take place on Saturday night 31st October. The full proceeds collected by the minor club will go towards the pitch development. It is hoped that there will be a huge response to the ticket seller and your support will be very welcome.

Search for a Star

Yes! It’s back again and the search for new acts and participants for the upcoming Shannon Gaels ‘Search for a Star’ has commenced. Last year a large number intimated that they would love to do it again and their opportunity is now here. New people will also be sought and welcomed to what is a great parish effort. The end result is a wonderful show with many a friendship being renewed and new ones forged. Last year in total 95 took to the stage representing the many acts and the challenge is to better last year’s outstanding show.

A meeting will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Monday night 2nd November at 9pm and the club would like to invite last year’s crew along with anybody that will be interested in taking part in this show. The show will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February 2010.

Shannonside Camera Club

The monthly meeting of the club takes place on Tues.3rd Nov at 8 pm in the ESB Sports & Social club house. Beginners and new members welcome- those new to photography are invited to come at 7.30 for camera assistance. Ms. Michelle Hurson will give a presentation on old photograph restoration at this month’s meeting.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Suicide continues to be a major issue throughout the country and takes the lives of many fine people, for one particular reason or another, every year. The numbers each year are dramatically high and this has brought much heartbreak to homes and families throughout the country and indeed in this region. We are all aware of families that have suffered due to suicide. The devastation it brings to families is agonizing.

Suicide awareness is a major contributor to the prevention of a suicide and with the current high statistics in the number of suicides it is incumbent on us all to make ourselves available to learn more of suicide awareness and how we may be able through the training be in a position to help stop somebody from committing suicide.

The Roscommon Lions Club under the current Presidency of local man Ciarán Mullooly has organised a Cheltenham preview for the past number of years with the aim of raising funds to put a programme of Suicide Awareness and Prevention Course together to help people in the area to learn about and help in the awareness and prevention of suicide. All your support of the Cheltenham night has paid off when the Lions Club announced that they will be hosting their first ASIST, suicide awareness and prevention course, of the autumn at the Quad Youth Centre on the Circular Road, entrance opposite Chinese Restaurant, on Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st November from 9am to 5pm. If you would like to attend or know who would really benefit from this excellent course can you please inform Mary O’Sullivan at 091-548360 of your intention to attend. Your help may save a life.

Get Well Wishes

At present a number of our people from the area are sick or recovering from operations and or treatments. We wish them God’s strength to overcome their medical condition and remind them and their families that they are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Harvest Festival

The Carrickedmond Harvest Festival proved to be a huge success with a large crowd enjoying the offerings of the day. It was very lovely to see a good crowd from the area attending and supporting such a worthy cause. The Carrickedmond Harvest Festival committee are to be commended for their tremendous work in raising €10,000 and proceeds were equally distributed between the 4 midland sub aqua clubs. This is a most generous contribution by the committee and the sub aqua clubs can further develop the great work they do year in year out.


We would like to extend our congratulations to Patrick and Wendy Fox, Lehery on the recent birth of a baby boy.


Rainbows is a support group with programmes for children, 5years and over,  and teenagers who have experienced the loss of a parent through death or separation will hold a programme meeting in the Family Centre, Longford on Tuesday 3rd November from 6pm to 7pm. Those interested in attending are asked to contact 3346827 on or before 30th October.

Riverside Chorus

This call is to parents who know their young people are capable of singing. There is a new and dynamic youth choir being formed in the area and if your young person likes singing then this is the place for them to be. Riverside Chorus will sing everything from Bach to the Beatles and it promises to be a wonderful experience for those lucky young people. This is a new venture in Lanesboro area and it is something that has been badly needed in the area. Please contact Edel Loftus and she will have further information, phone 086-8399835.

Shannon Gaels AGM

The AGM of Shannon Gaels Minor club will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday night 27th November. Motions and nominations should be left in special box in O’Brien’s on or before 20th November.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the Farrell Family Ardagh and the many Rathcline parish relatives of the late Mary Teresa Farrell, formerly Carrowstrawley who died last week following a relatively short illness.

A date for your Diary

Lanesboro Primary school will host a nativity Show in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Thursday 10th December at 7pm. It is a date not to be missed and one to be marked in your diary/calendar.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday 21st October are 1st Cyril Hussey & Eilish Gray, 2nd Marie Sheeran & Mary Mc Gushen, Tom Feeney & Katherine Harrison, 4th Bríd Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor.

Night of the Year

The launch of the Shannon Tones CD on Sunday night last in Adie Farrell’s was truly the night of the year in the area. A massive crowd turned up for the launch with the artists singing the songs that will now be making them famous. The proceeds of the CD will go to two very worthy causes namely MS Ireland and Parkinsons Ireland. The local artists and their songs are Michael Coffey – Little Arrows, Seamus Flynn – Leitrim Home, Gerard Farrell – Bang on the Ear, Tracy Docherty (nee Coffey) – Love Me, Steve Ormsby – Gypsy Ho and Me, Joe Ginty – The Contender, Catherine Mc Neilis (nee O’Sullivan) – I saw the Light, Liam Connerton – Walk Tall, John Coffey – Little ol’ Wine Drinker Me, Johnny Malone – Coward of the County, Tommy Donoghue – The Answer to Everything, Fergie Feeney – He Stopped Loving her Today and Jimmy Hussey – Blowing in the Wind.

CDs are on sale in O’Brien’s and the cost is a mere €10 and they are proving to be extremely popular.

Lough Ree Athletic Club

Primary Schools: The Connaught Cross-Country championships for Primary schools were held at Hazelwood GAA grounds, Co. Sligo, on Saturday last. What a day! According to Fabian Walsh “In a lifetime of going to outdoor events from athletics to football to ploughing and all in between, never have I encountered the conditions that existed in Sligo”. That says something about what faced the young runners from the area. Heavy rain, strong winds and shocking underfoot conditions made it a day for the fireside, so every credit is due to everyone that took part.

One could make a case for the postponement of the event. Against all that there was a huge crowd in attendance and most of them would not be coming back for another day, if another day was available.

Results are skimpy as they were the last thing on the mind. There were no complaints from the young athletes. One of the boys made the remark that he was surprised by all the commotion at the start only to be told that that was the reason he was there. 3rd/4th class girls were first in to action after the walking race. In the early stages Larissa Noone was faring well with Rebecca Stavus not far behind and they finished in that order. Apart from Aisling Casey all the Lanesboro girls will be eligible next year. Rosemary Masterson who represented the club and school with distinction in her time and now does some senior running on a regular basis had her daughter running on the day and  it is for sure that she never had to contend with the conditions her daughter Lauran Tansey had to endure.

As the attention was been given to the “little heroes” the boys race passed without great notice of results. But the conditions of their singlets showed the wear of young men who gave their all.

Man years ago there was a film called the Magnificent Seven but this week the “Magnificent Eleven” that turned out and ran so well must be recognised for their efforts and they were Larissa Noone and Dominic O’Reilly both Ballyleague NS, Aisling Casey, Patryega Jedrych, Orla Costello, Rebecca Stavus and Lauren Tansey, Lanesboro NS and Owen Murray, Cillian Flood, Cronan Flood and Daniel Curran all Fermoyle. Ye will not be forgotten! A word must also be given to the parents that travelled on a day to remember.

Killoe NS: Congratulations to Eamon Keogh who was 6th in the 3rd/4th class 800 meters. With a team score of 84 they must surely be in contention for a team award. Brian Harte was 11th in 5th/6th class 1500m. Well done lads.

Congratulations also to Rachael Gilligan Aughnagarron NS who was 13th in the girls 3rd/4th class event and also Mary Sloan Melview NS who was placed 13th in the 5th/6th class event. Well done girls.

Scόr na nÓg

The wonderful and excellent GAA Scόr na nÓg County Longford semi final will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro on Saturday 21st November. Traditionally this is an exceptional display of wonderful talents that are in the clubs of the county and our club is no exception with a good number of our minor club members taking part. We hope for large number of Rathcline people will come along and enjoy the night and support our club representatives.

Climb Croagh Patrick

The Rathcline club is calling all the athletic people of the parish to rise to their challenge to climb Croagh Patrick with them on Saturday 14th November. The club is undertaking this sponsored climb to raise funds for the clubhouse and pitch development and also to raise money for Longford Hospice. The club hopes for a wonderful response to all their climbers as they seek sponsorship throughout the region. Your support either in sponsorship or by climbing the ‘Reek’ will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in O’Brien’s or from Ciaran Donlon or Alan Fayne. Please be generous.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Club members and supporters are reminded that Scόr na nÓg county semi final take place in the Parish Hall on Saturday 21st November.

The Search for a new Star will commence on Monday week 2nd November in St. Mary’s Parish hall. If you want to take part or know somebody that does please make sure of their and your presence at the meeting. The meeting starts at 9pm.

The club held a great Christmas Party for the senior citizens of the parish in the Co-Op Hall last year. It was a recognition and thank you to all our senior citizens of their input and that of their families to the minor club over the years. The party will be held again this year on Sunday 6th December. More details later.

The club wishes the best of luck to the ‘Shannon Tones’ on their recent CD release.

Sympathy – The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Farrell family Ardagh and the extended family throughout the parish of Rathcline on the death of Mary Teresa Farrell formerly Carrowstrawley.  The club also extends its sympathy to the O’Dowd family Fortwilliam on the death of Mrs.Margaret Murtagh Derryhaun. 

Want assistance to prepare Better?

Are of those people who take a keen interest in the whole area of managing, preparing and coaching teams? Could your season have been better or are you getting ready to cut your teeth in the preparation and management of a team in the coming year?

Perhaps, as you wind down after another busy season, you might be interested in a Workshop with Bart McEnroe (the man Mickey Harte calls ‘my mentor’) on Saturday, November 7th.

Bart made Mickey Harte a better manager. He has worked with a large number of managers and coaches around Ireland. You’d be surprised who he has worked with!

To find out how Bart can help you become a better manager, go to

Places are limited to 18 and are allocated on a strict first-come, first-served basis. Cost is €200.

It’s not every manager/coach who will benefit – as Mickey Harte says, “you must be open-minded when dealing with Bart, he challenges you a lot.”


Soundwaves is coming to Lanesboro. Professional guitar lessons start in St. Mary’s parish hall, Lanesboro on this Thursday 29th October commencing at 6pm. All levels welcomes as two guitar tutors will be present. For further details and booking please contact Karl Somers, phone 087-7472563. You can also contact via the web

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. The results of last week’s games are: 14 games – Vera/Tom. 11 games – Tom/Brendan. Last game – Sean/Seamus. Ticket Winners – Peggy, Tom, Pat Joe, Michael.
Adult ‘Fancy Dress’ Party Night: Our ‘Fancy Dress’ Party Night held in the Club House on Saturday last was a great success. Well done to all who made such a great effort and dressed up for the occasion. Congratulations to all our Prize winners on the night. Many thanks to Roisín Collier our DJ for the night. Thanks to the staff of the Club House and to all who helped out in any way. A fantastic night was had by all.
Sympathy: The club extends deepest sympathy to the Cox family on the death of J. J. Cox. The club extends deepest sympathy to the Geoghegan family on the death of Joe Geoghegan, Aughamuck.
Congratulations: To Neville McCormack & Aisling Neilan who got married last week.
Upcoming Events: Kids Halloween Disco in the Club House on Friday 29th October.
Jerseys: If you have, or know the whereabouts of 1 Senior & 1 Junior Jersey which are missing please return same to Mary Kenny or drop them into the Club House.

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