Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 1st February’10

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

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Tickets for this year’s production are now on sale and are selling very fast. The rehearsals are now in full flow and this year promises to be another huge success. Presently, over 120, men, women and children, are rehearsing their acts under veils of secrecy.

The show takes place on Saturday 20th and Sunday night 21st February.

Tickets are on sale in O’Brien’s Corner Shop and just call into Martina or Bridgie and get yours before it’s too late.

Digital Times

The Conmy brothers Stephen and Eddie, sons of Frank and Mary (nee Kelly) Conmy, Rathcline Road have just recently launched Digital Times. It is Ireland’s digital marketing and media authority. It is described as ‘your digital media and marketing companion, letting you know the work that works, identifying the trends you need to know and help you stay true to your brand amongst all the shiny new widgets’.

The changing times saw the two local brothers having to make changes in their lives as the recession made a hard bite into their respective careers. It proved to be a blessing in disguise, as both lads came together to take a brave step of going into publishing their own magazine. In a time of falling readership for many publications the lads have really hit on a winner and are greatly enthused by the excellent response to their first issue of Digital Times.

I know that there are a huge number of readers of these notes involved in all aspects of the digital market and this periodical is available on subscription and if you wish to subscribe contact Stephen or Eddie at

I hope that the ‘Digital Times’ will go from strength to strength for the lads who richly deserve to be successful.

Table Quiz in St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse

Lanesboro Community College Parent’s Association will host a table quiz on Friday 5th February in St. Faithleach’s Clubhouse at 8.30pm. A table of four costs €40. Come along for a great night and support your local schools Parent’s Association. Spot prizes galore on the night.

Lanesboro Fair Day

At a very successful Fair Day meeting last week the committee set Saturday 6th March as the date for this year’s Fair Day. The Fair Day has been a remarkable success for the town over the past number of years and full credit to the hardworking committee for their continued dedication to re-enacting a tradition that was lost to us for so long. The Fair Day brings so many people who once resided in the area back to met up with friends and acquaintances and making the day a real community festival.

Hopefully, there will be huge support from all local businesses as the success of the Fair Day is determined firstly by the support of local businesses and volunteers and then by the dealers that bring their animals to town for sale on the day.    

Pioneer Dinner Dance

The annual County Roscommon Pioneer Dinner Dance will take place in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Saturday night next 6th February. Tickets are available from Brenda Reynolds phone 043 33 21712.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Preparation have commenced for the St Patrick’s day Parade which will be held in Lanesboro on 17th March  If anybody  has an interest in placing a float in the parade please call the Co-Op office for an application form on 3327070. Now is the time to be getting your thoughts together and preparing your theme for float. We hope that this year will see everybody making a special effort to lift the spirits of the people and make the day another wonderful day in our locality.

Computer Course

Anybody interested in a beginners or advanced computer course please call the Co- Op., 043-3327070 to book your place.

Rathcline AGM deferred for one week

The AGM of the Rathcline Club opened on Sunday last to a fair sized number in the clubhouse at their Clonbonny grounds. Unfortunately, when it came to the election of officers there was nobody willing to take a job and the meeting had to be deferred for one week. The AGM will resume on Sunday next 7th February in the clubhouse at 6pm.

Each and every member of the parish interested in maintaining the club in the parish is asked to look deep into their hearts and come along and Sunday in a positive manner that will see the end of this non-accepting of positions and stabilize the club going into the future. There are many exciting opportunities for the club looking to the future and it is vital that these opportunities should be grasped by a committee that is willing to progress the club well into the future.

Junior Presentation

The presentation of the Junior Championship winning medals shall take place in the Swan Tavern on Saturday week 13th February at 8pm – watch a rerun of the final and enjoy excellent music.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Barbara and John Ferguson and family, Knock, on the death on Sunday last 24th January of Tom Sinnott, Cornadough, Newtowncashel, who was brother of Barbara.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results of the Lanesboro Bridge club’s competition held on Wednesday 20th January  are; 1st Gemma Douglas & Marie Sheeran, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen, 3rd Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey. The results for Wednesday 27th are; 1st Marie Sheeran, 2nd tie between Kathleen Reilly & Mary Mc Gushin and Una Lawlor & Bríd Mc Dermott, 3rd Frank & Frances Brennan.

There will be a committee meeting on Wednesday 3rd February at 7.30pm.


Congratulations to Enda Hester, son of Eugene and Celine Hester, Knock, and Mary Hunter, Antogher Road, Roscommon who recently announced their engagement in New York.


It was with great sadness and regret we received the news of the death at Sacred Heart Home, Roscommon of Doreen Murray, Cloontuskert, on Wednesday 27th January. Doreen will be remembered with tremendous affection for her affable nature. She was a thorough and personable lady that always had a warm and welcoming smile. She was a lady with a heart of gold. She was a diligent worker and her passing will leave a tremendous void in the hearts and minds of everybody that had the pleasure to know and meet her. Doreen only 53 years old was stricken with Parkinsons; it was a cross that she bore so courageously and true to her wonderful nature she maintained her ladylike qualities right to the very end. Her remains were removed from Farrell’s Funeral Home to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Thursday last and she was laid to rest following Requiem Mass in Cloontuskert cemetery. To her husband Pat, sons Padraig, Derek and Conor, daughter Madeline, brother, sisters and huge number of friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Guitar Lessons in Lanesboro

Did you or a family member get a guitar for Christmas? Why not get professional lessons in St Mary’s Hall every Thursday evening at 6pm. New course starts this Thursday. Beginners and improvers are welcome. We teach acoustic, classical and electric guitar. All ages welcome. 

You will learn in a relaxed atmosphere and kind and friendly teachers. 


The area was saddened and shocked to learn of the death at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown on Sunday 24th January of Tommy Fitzpatrick. Tommy, formerly of Fitzpatrick’s shop, Rathcline Road, had lived and worked in Dublin in recent years. Tommy will be fondly remembered by many people in the area for in the 60’s he was one of the farseeing group that set up the ‘hops’ in St. Mary’s Parish hall where so many of the young people of the area dance to the most up-to-date and biggest hits of the time on a weekly business. Tommy was a real technical genius and there was nothing he could not turn his hand to and his expertise was always in demand. All of us that had the pleasure of Tommy’s company will have great memories of a great lad. His remains were removed from St. Brigid’s Church Blanchardstown to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro for his Funeral Mass on Tuesday and burial took place following Mass to Cloontuskert cemetery. To his wife Freda, his sister Margaret, relatives and large array of friends we extend our deepest sympathy. 

Shannon Tones Says Thank You

The Shannon Tones would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for helping make their fund raising venture such a huge success. Firstly thanks to Jimmy Hussey for all his hard work and time and without whom there would have been no CD.  Thanks to Denis Hughes who designed the CD cover and posters. They would like to thank everyone who donated cash or spot prizes to us and they are as follows:- Adie Farrell (Main Sponsor), Clarkes Bar, Chris Cullen, Lough Ree Power, P J Maher, Louis Skelly, Joe & Martha Farrell, Joe & Mary Ghee, Thomas Rhatigan, Donal Skelly, Joe Fallon, Brehons Taxi, Supervalu, Breffni Plant Hire, Clancy Credit Management, Phil Maher, Lanesboro/Ballyleague Credit Union, Brendan Gilmore Security, Ray Deegan, Mags Gillen, Padraig Brewster, Cloud 9 Health & Beauty, Seamus Killian Butchers, Xlntee Hairdressers, Terry’s Butchers,, Sean Mimnagh, Joe & Martina O’Brien, Mark Shields, His & Hers Hairdressers, Niall(Giles) Murray, La Mirage, Sculptures Hairdressers.

Shannon Tones had four great nights out promoting the cd and they wish to thank everyone that came and supported each and every night. Thanks to those people that helped with selling raffle tickets each night. Thanks to Joe Duffy for his work designing the presentation cheques.

All money raised went to charity.  Each person performing on the CD paid their own expenses to do so. The total amount raised was €9527.  Initially it was decided to split equally any money raised between MS Ireland and Parkinsons Assoc of Ireland.  It was later decided unanimously that Shannon Tones would donate €500 to the Joe McCormack fund. €4513.50 went to both the other charities.

Whist Drive

Once again we call on all card players to go along to the monthly Whist Drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services. As you are fully aware the economics of the time and the continuing bad weather has put a huge strain and indeed drain on the old and those in need of Lanesboro Social Services. As the Whist Drive is the main fundraiser for the Social Service and a great support for their ongoing work your support is critical. Go along on Friday night week 5th February and enjoy a night of card playing as well as supporting a wonderful cause.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Bridie Cox her husband Dan and family, Curraghroe, her sisters Mary, Nancy and Terry on the untimely death of their brother Peter Dolan, Kilrooskey on Sunday 24th January.

Kevin Flynn passes out as new Garda

Many congratulations to Kevin Flynn, son of Seamus and Mary Flynn, The Green, who passed out from Templemore Garda Training Centre last week. Kevin will be stationed at Kildare Town Garda Station and we wish him a long and safe life as a Garda.

Parkinson’s Association

The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland invites you – a person with Parkinson’s, a carer, relative, health professional or friend – to a weekend of ‘information and relaxation’ from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. Prior registration is necessary and it closes on Monday 22nd February. To make your registration please phone 1800 359 359.

Active Age Resumes

Lanesboro Ballyleague Active Age group has resumed their activities following the Christmas and bad weather break. New members will be warmly welcomed and the activities continue every Tuesday in St. Mary’s Hall at 2pm.

PJ goes to Haiti

Local Curraghroe man PJ Maher has offered his building skills to the needy people of Haiti through the charity Haven.  PJ will travel in the near future to help carry out some very badly needed work in this earthquake ravaged country. PJ is presently embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise badly need money to help rebuild this country. I know you have already been asked to support Haiti but let us send PJ off with great financial support and the best wishes of the communities on both sides of the bridge. A sponsorship card is available in O’Brien’s and I ask you to be a generous as you can be.

Teagasc holds Fodder Clinic

Teagasc are holding a fodder clinic in Lough Ree Co-op Lanesboro on Monday next 8th February between 10am and 3pm. All farmers are welcome.

Rathcline GAA Christmas Draw

The re-scheduled Rathcline GAA Christmas Draw took place on Saturday night last30thth January 2010 at 11pm in the Yacht Bar.

The top prize of €3000 was won by three Newtowncashel sisters Naomi, Orla and Olivia Mulvihill. 2nd prize €750 was won by Danielle and Keith Irwin, children of Tom and Martina of Main Street Lanesboro. The 3 remaining prizes were won by June Shields Rathcline Road, Gerry Hoare Ballyleague and finally Jimmy Carroll, Knock Lanesboro. Thanks to Joe and Martha Farrell of the Yacht Bar for their support food and live music on what was an enjoyable night. Thanks to all those that supported the draw and a huge thank you to our reliable team of ticket sellers.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. Proceeds of next Tuesday’s games go to Haiti Disaster Fund. Results of last week’s games: 12 games, Mike/Tom. 10 games, PJ/Padraig. Last game, Gemma/Freda. Ticket Winners – Brendan, Tim, Mary, Mike. Best wishes to Tom Mullins who is in hospital at the moment.
2010 Club Membership: Membership now due for this year. Adults €40, Students €20, Family €80.
Upcoming Events: Anyone wishing to be notified of Club events by text, please contact Michael Cleary (087) 2238293. Friday 5th February, Lanesboro Community College Table Quiz in the Club House. Friday 12th February, Cloontuskert NS Disco. Saturday 13th February, St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Presentation Night, 3 course Buffet Meal, Music by ‘Half Cut’. Friday 26th February, Minor Club Presentation & Family Night. Playstation World Cup Tournament deferred until Easter Monday.
Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy the Murray Family, Cloontuskert on the death of Doreen Murray. To her husband Pat, daughter Madeline, son’s Padraig, Derek & Conor, to her brothers & sisters, relatives & friends. The club extends deepest sympathy to Violet O’Loughlin & family on the death of her mother, Rebecca Browne, Colooney. The club extends deepest sympathy to Dan & Bridie Cox and family on the death of Bridie’s father, Peter Dolan. Rest in Peace.


Lanesboro IFA would like to extend its sympathy to Peter Donlon, Lisreva, on the death of his mother Tess Donlon.

Lough Ree Co-Op AGM

The AGM of the Lough Ree Development Co-Op will take place on Tuesday next 16th February in the Co-Op at 8.30pm.

Lough Ree Theatre Company

Lough Ree Theatre Company will Stage the production of “Thy Will Be Done”
The Hilarious Comedy by Michael Carey on 12th, 13th and 14th of March in the Co-Op. Hall Fuller details will follow in the coming weeks. 

25 drive

The results of the 25 drive held on Sunday night last 31st January are 1st game Sonny & Eugene 

2nd game Gemma & Mike, 15th game Johno & Brendan. 20th Game Gemma & Mike.

The raffle winners were Freda Connaughton, Sean Kane, Johno Beirne and Liz Hughes

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community School

Lanesboro Ballyleague Community School would like to thank all those who donated generously to their recent Church Gate collection. They would also like to express their thanks to those who volunteered and collected on their behalf.  The Lanesboro Ballyleague Community School service is participating in the free pre-school scheme.  Anyone wishing to make enquiries can do so by telephoning 086-7919-733.

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