Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 26th April’10

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

Spring clean for Ballyleague:

 A second major Spring clean-up of the village in Ballyleague and the main Strokestown and Roscommon approach roads will take place on this Wednesday evening next April 28th at 7pm. All local residents and business owners along with students in the area are invited to send a representative to help out with members of the Ballyleague Village Renewal Committee. The clean-up starts at the old Slieve Ban Hotel at 7pm. Gloves and litter bags will be provided. It is hoped to improve the appearance of the village before the Tidy Towns judges arrive in June. Thank You to everyone who came along and helped in the first Spring clean last Saturday. It would be appreciated if all residents in Ballyleague would help out to clean the public footpath outside their own homes this week. Last Thursday night Representatives of the Village Renewal committee met with officials of Roscommon county council and the Roscommon Integrated development Company in St. Faithleach’s clubhouse to discuss an exciting new project for the banks of the Shannon. More details here next week

Lough Ree Golfing Society

This Saturday, 1st May, Lough Ree Golfing Society have their first outing to New Forest Golf Course, near Tyrellespass, Co Westmeath; the directions from Lanesborough are; go to Skeagh Hill and turn left for Kilbeggan. Upon entering Kilbeggan turn left and continue out the old Dublin road to Tyrellespass and follow signs from there to New Forest.

The tee off is 10.30 and as usual come a little earlier so the society can organize a smooth start for everybody. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there on what promises to be a very exciting new golf course.

Text 087 9730611 if you intend going.

Local Art Competition.

We had a total of 132 entries. Thank you to everyone who took part and to the teachers from Ballagh, Ballyleague, Cloontuskert and Roxboro Schools who supervised the competition. Thanks also to the judges Denis Devereaux and Isaac Bontha who had the difficult job of picking winners with the high standard that was presented throughout all age groups. Those picked were as follows: Girls U8 1st Emma Fahey, 2nd Isabelle Ryan and 3rd Rachel Donlon. U10 Joint 1st Jillian Banahan and Leah Farrell, 2nd Moya Reynolds, 3rd Laura O’Donnell. U12 1st Leona Hoare, 2nd Eimear Collier, 3rd Hannah Collins. U14 1st Mairead Cleary, 2nd Louise Mullen, 3rd Jade Farrell. U16 1st Shauna O’Neill. Boys U8 1st Jack Murray, 2nd Tyler Hanley, 3rd Mark Cox. U10 1st Conor Kenny, 2nd Cian O’Brien, 3rd Jack Tucker. U12 1st Luke Glennon, 2nd Conor Rohan, 3rd Jason Nolan. U14 1st Dominic O’Reilly, 2nd Ryan Gill, 3rd Colm Mangan.

Presentation of medals will take place at the Kilgefin Track and Field Sports day on Sunday 9th May at St. Faithleach’s sports grounds.

County Art Competition. Congratulations to Shauna O’Neill and Conor Rohan who both took bronze medals in their categories last Saturday in the Hyde.

Ballyleague Bingo

Bingo continues every Thursday night in Ballyleague Hall at 9pm. This week the snowball stands at €2,300. It is a great way to pass an evening enjoying the company a many great characters and a chance of winning a few bob.

Ballagh National School

Enrolment in Ballagh N.S. for the year 2010-2011 is now taking place.  Forms are available from the school and you are asked to make contact before Friday 14th May. If you need further information please phone  090 66 25884


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Bridie Dowd, her husband Kieran and family, Rathcline, her sisters Mary, Cecilia, and Perpetua, brother Jim formerly of Ballinamona on the death of their sister Regina Mohan, Warrington, last week.

Lanesboro Community Games

The date for Lanesboro Community Games will take place at the track on Monday evening 10th May at 6pm. All young people from the parish are urged to get some training in for this big evening. It is also important that parents encourage and support their young people into preparing for the local finals.

Night at the Dogs

Cloontuskert National school invites all the communities of Ballyleague and Lanesboro to a ‘night at the dogs’ at Longford Greyhound Track on Friday 21st May at 8pm. Tickets are priced €10 each and your support will be much appreciated.

There is nothing better than a community night at the dogs where locals and friends enjoy the thrill of a night at the dogs.

Guitar Lessons in Lanesboro Parish Hall

Guitar lessons in St Marys hall every Thursday evening at 6pm. New course starts Thursday May 6th in Lanesboro and Ballymahon, Dean Eagan Library at 7.30. Beginners and improvers are welcome. Acoustic, classical and electric guitar will be taught, all ages welcome, as young as 8 to 80. You will learn in a relaxed atmosphere and kind and friendly teacher. 

For more information you are invited to call: 087 7472563 ask for Karl Somers. You can also go to for pictures and recordings of students,

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the O’Dowd family, Rathcline on the death of Mrs. Bridie O’Dowd’s sister, Regina Mohan, in England last week.

The club would like to wish Michael Costello a very speedy recover.

Upcoming fixtures for under 14 and under 16 teams.

Tuesday 27th April at 7.30pm Under 14 league Clonbonny: Shannon Gaels V Granard/Ballymore

Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm Juvenile league Maguire Park, Ballinalee:  Clonbroney/Wolfe Tones V Shannon Gaels

Tuesday 4th May at 7.30pm Under 14 league Moran Park, Carrickedmond: Carrick Sarsfields V Shannon Gaels

Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm Juvenile league Clonbonny: Shannon Gaels V Gratten Gaels

Tuesday 11th May at 7.30pm Under 14 league Clonbonny: Shannon Gaels V Wolfe Tones Óg

Thursday 13th May at 7.30 Juvenile league round 5.

The club would like to congratulate all the young people of the parish who were Confirmed last Friday.

Are you interested in becoming a referee? The club will hold a foundation course in the clubhouse in the very near future. Please contact Joe O’Brien immediately if you are interested. We see people from under 16 upwards that would like to become a referee.

Well done to Shane Donohoe and his Co. Longford Minor team mates who got their Leinster championship campaign back on tracks with a comprehensive victory over Wicklow on Saturday last.

Well done to our two under 12 teams that completed in the Under 12 blitz last week in  Farneyhoogan.

Training continues on Thursday for all players from under 6 up to and including under 12 in Clonbonny from 8 to 9pm.

Cancer Support

LARCC Cancer Support has its centre in Ballinalack and is offering a 10 week programme for those who have been bereaved by Cancer. The programme will commence on Tuesday 4th May from 7 – 9.30pm and the cost is €75 (€35 if on Social Welfare). If you require more information you are asked to phone 044-9371971.


Bishop Colm O’Reilly visited the parish of Rathcline on Friday evening last to administer Confirmation to the young people of the Parish. The day was bright and sunny and welcomed the young recipients of the Sacrament and their parents, family and friends. Those that were confirmed were Grace Brennan, Janine Carling, Niamh Chawke, Conor English, Sarah Farrell, Tanya Farrell, James Gavigan, Niamh Gavigan, Melissa Gilmore, Rachael Gilmore, Rachael Ginty, Shauna Glennon, Caleb Hanlon, Niall Keane, Connell Kennelly, Daniel Lulham, Mark Lyons, James Mc Carthy, Rachael Mc Donagh, Conor Mc Guinness, Daniel, Mullooly, Stephen Dowd, Lara O’Sullivan, Anna Peters, Haley Rooney and Kevin Sorohan.

Cloontuskert NS Enrolment

Cloontuskert NS will be holding their Enrolment Day for School Year 2010/11 on Thursday, 29th April from 2-3pm.   If this date is unsuitable please contact the school on 043-3321817 to arrange a more suitable time

Lanesboro Pike Angling Club

On Sunday 18th April the club held their Michael Casey Perpetual Trophy competition on Lough Ree. Ten boats took part, with a total of 20 anglers. The fishing was not up to expectation with only 11 fish weighed.

1st prize of €150 and the Michael Casey trophy went to Joe Farrell with a fish weighing 2.94kgs. 2nd prize was shared between JJ Craven and Ciara Corcoran with both fish weighing 2.5kgs.Each receiving €50. 3rd prize was also shared between Gerry Mitten and Padraic Corcoran with both fish weighing 2.2kgs.Each receiving €40

 As usual following the competition there was a draw for non-fishing members and the winners were; Aaron Madden, Martha Farrell, Michael Connaughton and  Ronan O`Flynn each winner receiving €25.

.Shannonside Heritage

Shannonside Heritage will be hosting their annual Country Market on Saturday 8th May in Lanesborough. This follows the great success of last year’s market, which saw a huge turnout to visit the large number of stalls displaying home-grown produce, plants and crafts. Put this date on the fridge door, and watch this space for further details.

Fermoyle National School – Enrolment 2010/2011

Enrolment for the academic year 2010/2011 will take place in the school on Friday 7th May 2010 between 2.00p.m. and 3.00p.m. Application forms and alternative arrangements are available on request, tel. 043-3321959

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Corrib Oil Senior League: We had a win over Roscommon Gaels on Sunday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 0-10 Roscommon Gaels 0-9. Team: S. Connor, C. Brennan, J. Connor, D. Thompson, D. Murray, A. Murtagh, B. Scally, D. Ryan, A. McCormack (0-1), E. Kenny, B. Murtagh (0-3), H. Kenny (0-1), G. Cox (0-5), A. Brehon, A. Dooney. Subs: P .Wallace, C. McCormack, C. Murtagh. Game against Kilmore at home this weekend. See fixtures for details.
Tansey Cup: We had a win over Fuerty on Friday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 2-12 Fuerty 2-4. Team: S. Connor, A. Guinan, J. Vesey, D. McCormack, J. Tarmey, J. Connor, D. Murray (1-0), D. Ryan (0-1), A. McCormack (0-2), P. Cox (0-2), C. Murtagh (0-1), A. Kenny (0-3), D. Rooney, A. Brehon (0-1), B. Hussey (0-1). Subs: P. Kenny (1-0), B. Healy (0-1), J. Casey, J. Quigley, A. Manning.
St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Rose: Well done to Cliodhna Thompson, St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Rose & Escort Brian Scally who did the Club very proud at the Roscommon Rose Selection in Kilronan Castle on Saturday night last.
Lotto: The numbers drawn were – 2, 10, 22 and 30. There was no jackpot winner. €20 winners – Frank Fallon, Ballagh. Carol Spellman, Kilteevan. Vera O’Sullivan, Lanesboro. Darragh Hussey, Ballyleague and Margaret O’Neill, Cloontuskert. Annual Yearly Lotto Tickets can be purchased from 1st April.
Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. Results of last week’s games: Joint Winners on 10 games – Gemma/Freda & Michael/Kathleen. Last game – Maureen/Bernie. Ticket winners – Packie, John O, Michael, Phonsie.
U14 Boys: We lost to Kilbride on Friday last. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-8 Kilbride 3-13. Team: J. Garvey, J. Farrell, D. Kelly, C. Mangan, J. Irwin, D. Nerney, M. Cox, S. Phillips (0-1), S. Walsh (0-3), J. Kelly, J. Hussey (1-3). Subs: D. Barry, C. Gannon (0-1), C. Gannon, E. Tynan.
U12 Boys: We had a win over Elphin on Sunday last. Team: K. Nerney, S. Farrell, L. Parker, M. Gill, D. Kelly(0-1), C. Donoghue, D. Nerney(1-7), C. Mangan(0-1), C. Gannon, S. Walsh(0-1), D. Cox, E. Tynan(0-1), D. Foley. Subs: E. Farrell, G. Carberry, A. Farrell, J. Gill.
2010 Club Membership: Membership now due for this year. Adults €40, Students €20, Family €80.
Fundraising Development: Many thanks to all who have supported our Development Fundraising to date. Members will be calling to areas during the week, all support greatly appreciated. You can also donate to any Executive Committee Member at the Club House.
Ladies Mini-Marathon: Mary & Emma Kenny are taking part in the up-coming Ladies Mini-Marathon in aid of proceeds towards the clubs Dressing Rooms. Sponsorship greatly appreciated.
Upcoming Events: Pool Tournament – Draw for upcoming Pool Tournament, see Notice Board in the Club House. Players arrange own game by 31st May.

Club Notifications: Anyone wishing to be notified of Club Events by Text, please contact Michael Cleary at (087) 2238293.
Club Merchandise: Anyone wishing to order St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Merchandise, please contact Derek Thompson at (087) 8172668.


U12 David Flaherty Cup.
Ballyboro FC V Ardagh United. Final Score 6-7 (after extra-time).
We played a cracking U12 Cup game away to Ardagh on Sunday last. This was a tremendous team effort from all players on the Panel from start to finish. Boro were 1st to score in the opening minute of the game, a flick from Jonathan Hussey onto Shane Phillips who took it round Ardagh’s keeper. Ardagh replied with a goal in the 5th minute. Cian Gannon had a lovely chance in the 7th minute followed by chances for Shane Phillips & Kevin Sorohan before Jonathan Hussey put Boro ahead with a classic free kick into the top right corner. Boro ahead 2-1 at half-time. In the opening minute of the 2nd half, Ronan O’Malley crept in for Boro and did very well to score from a tight angle. Minutes later, Ardagh replied with their 2nd goal of the game. Conor Smith came on in defence for Boro. In the 18th minute, Shane Phillips crossed to Kevin Sorohan who took advantage of Ardagh’s keeper off-line and scored a cracker. Ardagh fought back hard. Conor English, Conor Walton & Ryan Gill came on for Boro and gave it their all. Ardagh were awarded a penalty in the 26th minute, secured the goal and piled on the pressure. In the final minute they scored to bring the game to extra-time at 4-4. Boro’s keeper, Eran Farrell pulled off some cracking saves under pressure before Ardagh were awarded another penalty in the 6th minute and went ahead. Ryan Guinan gave it his all to clear some ball from defence. In the 2nd half of extra-time Ardagh secured an opening goal in the 1st minute but Boro were not giving up. Mickey Cox proved his strength for Boro & Jack Irwin played a stormer cutting a fine ball into Max Zimareves who scored a fantastic goal for Boro. Ardagh scored yet another in the 6th minute. The heavens opened & it became very hard for both sides to control the ball in the downpour. Conor Walton drove the ball into the back of the net in the 9th minute and Boro were back in with a chance. Credit due to all the players on the panel who gave it everything but the win went to Ardagh at the final whistle. Many thanks to our Panel of Players for their commitment & dedication throughout the season & well done to each & everyone, namely: Eran Farrell, Ryan Guinan, Jack Irwin, Daniel Barry, Max Zimareves, Mikey Cox, Kevin Sorohan, Jonathan Hussey, Ronan O’Malley, Shane Phillips, Cian Gannon, Conor Smith, Conor English, Conor Walton, Ryan Gill & Jamie Donoghue. Many thanks to John Sorohan, Team Manager at the start of the season but regretfully could not continue. Huge thanks & appreciation to Tom Gill who took over as team manager into the season & did great work with the panel. Thanks to all the parents for their continued support throughout & all who helped out in many ways. We wish the team all the very best as they progress to U13 level next Season.
U10 – Ballyboro V Stonepark. Final Score 5-0.
In their best performance to date, Boro hit the ground running against a gallant Stonepark side that just couldn’t get up to speed on the day. Deadly Donlon pulled all the strings at the start, setting up both Chalmers & Magan who were both unlucky not to score. Soon all 3 combined to set up Kennelly who unleashed an absolute thunderbolt to the top corner. Just as Stonepark were finding their feet, Kennelly unleashed another rocket with his left foot to send Boro on their way. Stonepark trying to hold on until half-time conceded a fine solo effort from Donlon. Early second-half exchanges saw that Casey, Halpin, Murray & O’Donnell in goal were rock solid Chalmers clipped the outside of both posts before Magan chipped in number 4. Stonepark soldiered on & brought two fine saves from O’Donnell before Kennelly completed a magnificent hat-trick with a long range curler after good work from O’Reilly & Carberry. Pauric Sorohan had the last kick in anger as Boro head to the final where Castlepollard await.
U8 – Ballyboro Lions V Kenagh United. Final Score 2-0.
In an absolute classic that had it all, Boro just about shaded this semi-final to meet Erne Valley in the upcoming Final. Boro blazed a trial in the opening minutes & scored from a Liam Ormsby special in their opening attack. Evan Chalmers went close soon after but Kenagh stormed back & only a superb save from Dylan Donlon along with a saving tackle form Michael Dunne kept Boro in the lead at half-time. Cian O’Brien & James Browne dominated the early second half exchanges but it was the lively Jennifer Brennan who set up O’Brien for their 2nd goal. Orla Costello and Ormsby were full of running & just as Boro looked safe Kenagh turned the tide & dominated to the finish. Donlon was called into action twice, the crossbar was rattled & a magnificent deflection by Nathan McGovern kept Boro hanging on at the finish. A well deserved place in the Final against Erne Valley & if that game is as good as the previous encounter it will go right down to the wire.

7-a-side Finals, Bank Holiday Monday at Abbeycartron.
Congratulations to all our Teams who have qualified for the up-coming 7-a-side Finals. Best of Luck to Steven Ormsby with the Under 8 Panel of Players, to Robbie Chalmers with the Under 10 Panel of Players & to John Tynan with the Under 11 Panel of Players. Please come along and support the teams on the day. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Badminton Club

Hard luck to the Grade 6 Mixed Team who travelled to Dublin recently to battle for a place in the Leinster Final. The team put up a good fight which saw some great games with very close scores. An enjoyable day was had by all. Next year guys!!

A massive congratulations to Stephen Herraty and Edel Mc Dermott who brought home silverware at the Leinster Individual Championships which were held in Baldoyle Dublin last Sunday. Stephen and Edel, who were representing Longford, won out their grade in the mixed doubles section of the competition and are now Grade 6 Mixed Doubles Leinster Champions!! Unfortunately, Kieran Healy and Stephen Herraty, also representing Longford in the men’s doubles, narrowly lost out in their final. Well done to all concerned!


Ulster Bank Schedule

The Ulster Bank will not be in Lanesboro on Friday next but they will be in Adie Farrell’s on Thursday 6th May at 8pm. This is in conjunction with a local IFA meeting. They will again be in Lanesboro Parish Hall on Friday 7th May from 10am to 3pm.


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