Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 08’November’09

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

The Green

If anybody has any old photographs of the Green, its residents, or its workers or any other memorabilia or stories from the Green since its opening could they contact me at    call to the shop or phone me 086-2460840 or   Many thanks.

Christmas Day Run

The annual Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro will once again be taking place. It is great to hear so many people making comment about taking part and to see some local hardy people already pounding the road and track in preparation for the run/walk. Sponsorship cards are available from Jimmy or Brigid Food or from O’Brien’s Corner Shop.


Would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ronan and Margaret Cullen and family, Rathcline Road on the death of Ronan’s mother Mrs. Mary Ellen Cullen, Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim who was in her 102nd year.

Shape up with Bonnie

Pilates takes place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro and you can shape up with the excellent Bonnie every Thursday night at 7pm. The present course will take place between now and Christmas with a new course commencing early in the New Year. Pilates is an excellent way of getting into shape and it is the most effective way to tone and strengthen. New members welcome anytime and all you need to bring along with you is a mat. For further information please contact Bonnie phone 0872238237.

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.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 4th November are; N/S 1st Loretto Cooney & Bernie Kyne, 2nd Una Lawlor & Bríd Mc Dermott, 3rd Frank & Frances Brennan. E/W 1st Gemma Douglas & Katherine Harrison, 2nd Maura Hanly & Mairead Gill, 3rd Tom Feeney & Kathleen Reilly.

Scor na nÓg in Lanesboro

After an absence of many years the Scor na nÓg will make a very welcome return to Lanesboro. The county semi finals will take place on Saturday 21st November in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The Shannon Gaels Minor club are not alone hosting the event but they also have 5 entries in the night’s schedule. They have entries in Ballad Group, Recitation, Solo Singing, Quiz Team and Sketch.

Scor is a night of wonderful entertainment and it a great opportunity to go along and see the wonderful talented young people performing so wonderfully for their clubs. Come along and enjoy the night and support our young entrants.

Shannon Gaels AGM

The Shannon Gaels AGM will take place in the Clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday night 27th November. This is a very important meeting for the parents of the youngsters of the parish and the meeting will be defining the path forward for the club. This discussion is crucial for the club and each and every parent of players or potential players are invited to come long and involve themselves in the discussion.

The club is continuing to grow both on and off the field and the involvement and support that it is receiving is greatly appreciated and the executive looks forward to an even bigger and more successful year ahead. The meeting will start at 8pm

Turf Cutters & Contractors Association

A very important meeting will take place on Friday night next 13th November in the Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey at 8.30pm. Public Representatives have been invited. Bogs already designated and proposed bogs will be discussed. Anybody with an interest is urged to attend.

Longford Branch of Arthritis Ireland

Dr. O’Rourke who has been recently appointed Rheumatologist at the Regional Hospital Tullamore will give a talk on the subject on this Thursday night in the Longford Arms Hotel at 7.30pm. Everybody with an interest is invited to attend.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge

The results of the IBU Simultaneous Pairs held recently are; 1st Joan Donnellan & Barbara Ferguson, 2nd Margaret Gillen & Mai Casey, 3rd Hannah Clyne & Maureen Hynes, 4th Noreen Dunne & Katherine Harrison and 5th Mary Jameson & Mary Conmy.

Ireland’s Drug Crisis

A presentation by Sunday World crime reporter and author Paul Williams will take place in the Athlone Institute of Technology Lecture Theatre on this Thursday night 12th November at 7.30pm. Paul will speak on the Drug Crisis facing the country at this present time and it is a presentation that should be attended if at all possible. Tickets are priced at €10 adult, €5 student and €15 family and can be booked from O’Brien’s Corner Shop up to Wednesday or they can be purchased on the door on the night.

Local Connection to recent Road Accident

A few months ago early one morning the news bulletins told us of an accident on the Longford Mullingar road. This life changing accident happened to a young man travelling to Dublin to carry out his days work. Unfortunately for the young man he has suffered a severe spinal injury. Joe Mc Cormack from a very popular GAA family in Carrickedmond was the unfortunate young man. Joe is married to local Cloontuskert girl Shirley Mc Caffrey daughter of Ann Marie and the late Eamon Mc Caffrey, Cloontuskert and sister to Tony, Strokestown Road, Damian, Ballyglass and Eamon and Shane both now resident in the US. They have three young children aged 11, 9 and 7 and the thought of a father not being able to go out and play with his young children is truly distressing.

For Joe life will never be the same and the renovations that will have to be made to his home will be both dramatic and expensive. To that end the local community in Carrickedmond have embarked on a fundraising campaign to help support Joe, Shirley and their young family and to make life as easy for him in the months and years ahead.

This Thursday evening local people from our Rathcline parish and GAA club will be making door to door calls throughout the parish. You are asked to either buy a ticket for the upcoming raffle €50 or make a generous contribution to the trust fund that has been recently set up. I know through your generosity you will support the family in helping to make life as easy as possible. There is a bank account opened by the trust fund in the Bank of Ireland Ballymahon and if you wish to contribute through that mode the account number is 38239543 and the sort code is 90-16-42.  You can also leave your contribution in an envelope addressed Joe Mc Cormack Trust Fund in O’Brien’s Corner Shop. I thank you for your support in advance.

Rathcline on the up on Saturday next

Saturday next will see a great movement of local people making their way out west as they face the challenge of the world renowned Croagh Patrick. It is not too late to put your name forward for this test of stamina. The funds raised by the Rathcline club will go towards the funding of the wonderful development at their club grounds in Clonbonny. Your generous support will also be helping the Longford Hospice as the Rathcline are making a proportionate donation from the amount raised. Your support either in sponsorship or by climbing the ‘Reek’ will be greatly appreciated. Sponsorship cards are available in O’Brien’s or from Ciarán Donlon or Alan Fayne. Please be generous.

Country Market

The indoor market continues each Friday at the Co-Op Hall, from 11am to 2pm, and it is going from strength to strength. You can pick up fish, jam, eggs, vegetables hot bread, plants etc. and also enjoy a cup of tea as well as meeting local people on a relaxing environment. Mark the market into your diary for Friday next and every Friday.

Annual Christmas Draw

Carmel Linnane and Liz Balfe are holding their fourth annual Christmas raffle in aid of Ghana student priests. The draw will take place on Saturday 12th December in the Yacht Bar. The first prize winner will receive €150, second prize Wine Hamper, third prize Bottle Brandy, fourth prize 2 bottles of wine, fifth prize Biscuits and Sweets. Carmel and Liz would like to thank you for your support over the past three years and look forward to your generous support once again. Tickets are priced at €5 each.


Many congratulations to Francis Farrell, son of Paul and Ita Farrell, Tullyvrane and Ciara Gillen daughter of Greg and Bernadette Gillen, The Green, on their recent graduation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Dublin.


The marriage took place recently at St. Patrick’s Church, Derrygonnelly, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh of Neville Mc Cormack, son of Brian and Maura Mc Cormack, Gortgallon and Aisling Neilan, daughter of Catherine and the late Brian Neilan, Ballybride, Roscommon. Bestman was Breffni Mc Cormack brother of the groom, groomsmen were Senan O’Grady, cousin of the groom and James Lyons friend of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Sinead Neilan, sister of the bride, and bridesmaids were Aoife Neilan sister of the bride and Ruthanne Cawley friend of the bride. Flower girl was Caila Mai Nash niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Christ Mc Hugh and the wedding celebration was held in the Lough Erne Golf Resort.


We would like to extend our sympathy to Michael Lyons and family on the death last week of his aunt Elsie Mc Cormack, Longford.

Folk Choir

A number of people have expressed an interest in the creation of a folk choir to initially sing at the Saturday evening Mass. If you have the voice and are interested in being part of the choir you are invited to go along to the practise in the Convent on Tuesday at 8pm.

Guitar lessons

Guitar lessons have started in St. Marys Hall Lanesboro. There are still places available. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the guitar, now is your chance. Lessons are for young and old. Professional teachers are available to all grades.

You can also give the gift of music this Christmas with one of our great gift ideas…, a music gift voucher.

Just call Karl Somers on 087 7472563 for more info and get playing the music you love, now!!

Lough Ree AC

Cross-Country is a funny old sport and maybe that is why it is enjoyed so much.

After two outings to Connaught venues in Sligo and Ballinamore where the only achievements was “a good wetting”, it was with great trepidation that the club set off for Tuam, the venue for the Connaught uneven age groups, on Sunday last. Having travelled to places as far apart as Letterkenny, Waterford, Cork and Belfast, going to a venue no more than 200 yds from where one was born and reared was indeed a wonderful trip for our own Fabian Walsh and indeed the trip invoked so many memories.

To start with, the weather was an improvement and there was an extra bonus! The boys team were 3rd to Galway City Harriers and Claregalway AC with Ballina being in the unenviable 4th position. This squad was backboned by some Killoe youngsters who joined the club this year. These youngsters were first encountered at the Longford Primary Schools competitions last year. Will Messrs Keogh, Farrelly, and Harte take a bow for their contribution. The Floods and Donoghoe’s certainly appreciated their efforts. The fact that they turned up at the Co. Galway venue was a credit to their parents, when others did not , even though entry fees were paid – a usual bone of contention for the club.

The girls team of Larissa Noone, Rebecca Stavus, Orla Costello and Patrycya Jedrych were eight. Larissa was well placed early on but had not the fitness to maintain her effort. Indeed this fact could relate to all our youngsters. They are not fit enough for this level of competition and if some results were excellent – which they were – it was their natural ability that carried them through.

Both Rachael Costello and Dominic O’Reilly had no team support in their respective events but performed admirably in the circumstances.

 For the first time in years the club has qualified a team for the All Ireland’s next month. The only problem is that Coleraine, Co. Derry is nearer to Scotland than to Lanesboro.

New Business

It is remarkable to note that, over the past number of weeks in a time of recession, Lanesboro has continued to open new businesses. That trend was continued last week when Gerard Farrell, son of Adie and Josephine Farrell, opened his new Agri Supplies business on the Rathcline Road. We wish Gerard many happy and successful years of trading.

St Faithleach’s GAA

Minor Ladies Semi-Final: Well done to our Minor Ladies team who qualify for the Final by defeating Oran last weekend. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 5-9 Oran 3-3. Team: G. Corcoran, A. Kenny, R. Collier, B. Donlon, D. Trimble, S. O’Neill, S. Carty, A. Mc Cloone, A. Lannon, S. Gibbons, S. Scally(3-6), R. Hanly, S. Brennan(0-1), L. Mc Cloone(0-2), K. Murphy(2-0). Subs: E. Kenny, A. Nerney, N. Carty, J. Geoghegan, A. Collier. We wish the team and their Manager/Mentors the very best of luck as the play Eire Óg in the upcoming Final. Please come out and support the ladies for the Final.
Minor Club AGM: Our Minor Club AGM will be held in the Club House on Friday 20th November at 8pm sharp.
Senior Club AGM: Our Senior Club AGM will be held in the Club House on Friday 27th November.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 11 games – Tom/Padraig. 10 games – Mickey/Mary. Last game – Eugene/Tom. Ticket winners – Eugene, Packie, Dan & Michael.
‘Deal or No Deal’: We are holding the ever popular ‘Deal or No Deal’ night this Saturday 14th November following the Ireland V France football match in the Club House. Come along and enjoy a great night with a chance to win some cash.
Upcoming Events: Traditional Irish Music Night on 21st November with music by Patsy & Pauline Hanly & friends. Flower Demonstration 4th December.
Congratulations: To Steven Ormsby who celebrated his 21st at the weekend.


U11 Major League: Ballyboro Tigers V Castlepollard. Final Score 2-2.
Ballyboro came away with a draw away to Castlepollard in game played in wet & windy conditions. Boro were 1-0 down at half time. Stephen Walsh made it 1-1 five minutes into the 2nd half with Castlepollard going ahead 5 minutes later. Boro fought hard and came back into it with a great shot from Darren Nerney from 20 yards levelling the game once again. In the final 10 minutes of this game Boro put on a lot of pressure to get a winner but it was not to be. Best for Boro were: Darren Nerney, Stephen Walsh, Luke Parker, Ronan Healy, Keith Murphy, Gary Galvin, Daniel Foley, Evan Tynan & James Bennett.
U12 Premier League: Ballyboro Colts V Keenagh. Final Score 3-2.
This was a great win for Ballyboro Colts away to Keenagh. Boro were under a lot of pressure for the first 15 minutes and went 1-0 down in the 18th minute. 7 minutes before half-time Daniel Foley scored for Boro to level the game. The 2nd half saw Boro coming back very strong and Foley scored gaol number 2 with a fine header. Boro did not stop there and added goal number 3 when Keith Murphy got onto a ball and shot it to the corner of the net. Once again a good team performance from all 15 players who played a part in this game and thanks to parents for their support. Man of the Match – Iarla O’Sullivan.


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