Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 16th 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 Longford Christmas Day 10K run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of Multiple Sclerosis is being organised again for the 19th year.
In that time we have raised approximately €130,000 for Multiple Sclerosis. Further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood,
Newtowncashel (Tel: 086 0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 086 8807596); Casserley’s in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesboro. Alternatively people can also donate online by going to
All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause.
Longford MS has come to depend on this event over the past 18 years and would like to extend their appreciation for the effort given.

Coaching Underage Players

Are you interested in getting involved in the coaching of the young Shannon Gaels underage players? The minor club are actively seeking people to coach the young players. All interested will be coached in the coaching techniques required and you will not be asked to step coldly into coaching. The coaching and development of coaches for underage players is ongoing promotion for the minor club and presently there are some excellent coaches involving themselves in the club. This is an ideal way for ex-players and those interested in coaching to get involved and they will receive continuous support as they grow into full fledged coaches. While some people do not want to get into management this new and exciting initiative from the club is one that should be supported to the fullest. If you are interested please contact Sean Kenny, Seadna Ryan or coaching officer Cian O’Brien 086-1768502.

BrushStrokes Art Group

Brushstrokes Art Group. Our annual Christmas Exhibition and Sale for 2009 can be viewed from Saturday December 5th to Sunday 13th at the MJS premises on Main Street (opposite Supervalue). The official launch, with refreshments, will take place on Sunday 6th at 3.30pm and you are all welcome. The Group are very pleased to welcome our local resident professional artist Mr Michael McCarthy, who will open the exhibition.

There will also be a display of Sparkles Jewellery by Breda O’Loughlin, and original pottery by Thomas’s Promises.   

This will be a great opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts at reasonable prices, and show support for the local artists.

Rural Transport

Longford Community Resources Ltd is delighted with the news that the Rural Transport Programme is included in the Proposed Renewed Programme for Government. Hopefully it will be allowed to continue to provide the quality community based public transport system, to respond to local needs in the rural communities. Many thanks to everybody who supported and lobbied for the Programme following the McCarthy report.

As all 20 Routes are contracted to Local Providers, so we would encourage everybody to avail of the “Door to Door” Service in your region, there are some spaces available, so better to “use it” or “lose it”.

For more information, call Seamus at 043-3345555 Updated timetables are available in Shops, Post Offices, Churches & Community Centres. All groups are welcome.


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.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Josephine Donlon her husband Patsy and family, Lehery, on the death of her brother in law Joe Devlin, Newtowncashel last week. On a personal I note I would like to also pay my respect to one of the finest people I had to the pleasure to meet. May Joe rest in peace and may his wife Liza’s sadness be made easier by the lasting great memories Joe gave to her and to those who had the pleasure to know him.

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.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Tom Farrell, Lanesboro, formerly Rathcline, on the death of his sister Hannah Fagan, Claris Newtowncashel who died during the past week. Hannah had a large number of relatives in our parish and we extend our sympathy to them also.

Point to Point

For the first time in many years a Point to Point comes very close to us. Sunday week 29th November sees the Longford and Westmeath Hunt will hold their Point to Point in Killashee on Magan’s land on the Clondra road. It is a wonderful day and a great way of passing a Sunday afternoon with all the family.

Community Games lacks support

The very existence of the once proud Community Games committee in the parish of Rathcline is now in serious doubt. This has come about by the total indifference by the parents of the parish to the two recent calls for an AGM. Apart from the outgoing executive at the recent attempt to hold the AGM only one, yes one, parent from the parish decided to turn up.

The parish has a long and proud record of participation and achievements in the county and national Community Games and it is a shame that the young people of the parish are not being afforded the opportunity to display their skills in the many different disciplines that makes up the Community Games. Sharon Brady, Rathcline Road is the secretary and I would appeal to parents to give their expression of interest to her before it is too late for the Community Games in Lanesboro and for the young people of the parish.


The marriage took place on Saturday 7th November at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro of Kate Donlon daughter of Peter and Geraldine Donlon, Lisreevagh and Paul Hession son of Sonny and Mary Hession, Turloughmore, Co. Galway. Chief Bridesmaid was Patricia Donlon sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jenny and Noeleen Donlon both sisters of the bride. Bestman was Joe Hession brother of the groom, Groomsmen were Ollie Hession brother of the groom and Declan Langan friend of the groom.  Pageboys were Ronan Hession nephew of the nephew of the groom and Paddy Mc Loughlin cousin of the bride. Flower girl was Eimear Mc Loughlin cousin of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr Michael Murtagh assisted by Fr. Michael Murtagh, Lanesboro and Fr. Des Walsh, Lackagh. The wedding reception took place in the Hodson Bay Hotel and we would like the wish the happy couple many years of health and happiness.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the competition held on Wednesday night last 11th November are; 1st Marie Sheeran & Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Mae Casey & Noreen Dunne, 3rd Gemma Douglas & Kathleen Hanley, 4th Tom Feeney & Kathleen Reilly.

World Champion

It is a very rare thing for me to have to welcome a World Champion to Lanesboro and it is with a great sense of pride that I welcome Kevin Mc Kenna. Kevin is son of Berney and Carmel Mc Kenna, Barnacor. Kevin recently competed in the 2009 Martial Arts World Championships and not only did he win the gold medal but he also took home a silver and two bronze medals. This is a wonderful achievement for Kevin who put the disappointment of losing so narrowly in the previous championship to excel. Kevin really set the Marina Di Carrara, Italy alight with his wonderful performances and achievement. Kevin won the individual gold medal and was declared world champion in the 60kg points karate, won silver in 60kg traditional karate and the two bronze medals were won in the higher weight division of 65kg in the points karate and traditional karate. This is a magnificent performance e and I would like to congratulate Kevin on the fulfilling of his dream.

Lough Ree AC

The cross-country season will finish for the juveniles with the National Finals in Coleraine, Co. Derry. The next big date on the clubs calendar will be the AGM in the very near future. In the meantime the brave cross country brigade finished off their season with a bowling evening in Longford.

Rachael, Melonie and Enda attended the Connaught Squad Coaching at Athlone IT on Sunday. Well done girls!

We see in the daily newspapers that World Silver medallist Olive Loughnane (Loughrea) received the Athlete of the Year award and Mary Cullen (Nth Sligo) who won a bronze at the European Championship took the cross-country award. Amanda and Gillian please take note!


Scor na nÓg in Lanesboro

The county Longford Scόr na nÓg semi final will take place on this Saturday night in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The Shannon Gaels club has entered in five of the events and you are invited to come along and support our young people. Scόr is an excellent competition with so many young people giving of their time to represent their clubs and bring so much entertainment to so many people. Come along and share in what promises to be an excellent night. The first act will commence at 8pm.

Senior Citizens Concert

The Shannon Gaels minor club will hold their Christmas Senior Citizens party again this year on Sunday 29th November in the Lough Ree Development Co-Op hall at 4pm. Last year was an outstanding success and this year it is hoped to be even better.

Table Quiz

There will be a Table Quiz held in the Peer Inn on Friday night next the 20 Nov 09 all proceeds will go to the Joe McCormack fund. Quiz starting at 9.30 sharp, finger food, prizes and raffle on the night. All welcome.

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

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.

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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Notes:
Minor Ladies County Final: Please come out and support our Minor Ladies in the County Final this Sunday against Eire Óg. See fixtures for venue and time. We wish them all the very best of luck.
Minor Club AGM: Our Minor Club AGM will be held in the Club House this Friday 20th November at 8pm sharp.
Senior Club AGM: Our Senior Club AGM will be held in the Club House on Friday 27th November.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were- 1, 4, 22 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and the €20 winners were Maureen Kilmartin, Kilteevan. Pat/Maureen C/O Mags. Bill Keane, Curraghroe. Henry Kenny, Cloontuskert. Tom Gill, Ballyleague. The next draw takes place on Tuesday 24th November for a jackpot of €9,600. The team on duty is M. Cleary, S. Carty, J. Gannon and M. Walsh.
Cards: Every Tuesday night in the Club House, 9.00pm. New players welcome. Results of last week’s games: 12 games – Gemma/Freda. 11 games – P.J/Mary. Last game – Tom/Brendan.
‘Deal or No Deal’: Congratulations to Brian Coyle who was the winner of ‘Deal or No Deal’ held in the Club House on Saturday last. Thanks to all who took part & supported the night. Thanks to our very own Noel Edmonds aka Derek Thomson who did a great job on the night.

Upcoming Events: Traditional Irish Music Night on 21st November with music by Patsy & Pauline Hanly & friends. Flower Demonstration 4th December.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to the Rogers Family, Kilrooskey and the Tiernan Family, Doughill on the death of Pat Rogers, Maynooth formerly of Cloonageeragh.
Club Merchandise: Available from Derek Thompson. Please contact Derek with your orders before 27th November to ensure delivery for Christmas.

Christmas Fair

The Annual Christmas Craft Fair will take place in tandem with the indoor Market in the Co-op hall, on Friday 4th December 2009, from 11am to 6pm.  If you are interested in taking a stand this year, call the Co-Op Office on 3327070.

Mass for deceased members of Longford Co. Co.

Mass for deceased members and staff of Longford County Council will take place on Tuesday next November 24th at 7.30pm in St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford.



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