Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 17th May’10

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Eileen Watts her husband Des and family on the death of her sister Maria Murphy, Bantry, Co Cork on Sunday 9th May.


Congratulations to Richard and Mairead Rooney, Rathcline on the birth last week of a baby boy.

Lough Ree AC

On Thursday evening, Athlone IT was the venue for the County Athletic finals for the under 13 to under 17 age groups. This event was rather low key, but that is no surprise as the notice was short and the evening fixture does not suit everybody. The club was embarrassed returning youngsters home in the dark, with all having school the following day. We hope that those that made that decision will have learned from it.

It was not all negative; it turned out to be an enjoyable evening for those that participated. The club had some ‘Cloontagh cailíns’ travelling for the first time – a product of the Primary schools sportsday. Indeed Lisa Nolan was one of the stars of the day. The Derryadd lass ran the 1500m under 14; a distance she had never ran before, won, and followed that up by finishing 2nd in the 400m. Orla Duffy came as a guest, was entered in the shot putt competition in error and had the best throw. Larissa Noone take note! Owen Murray also guested in the long jump and should give a good account of himself on Saturday next in his own age group.

The following are county champions for 2010 – Under 13 age group Tanya Farrell Long jump, Cian Donohue Long jump, Alana Dolan Shot, Hayley Rooney 200m. Under 14 : Lisa Nolan 1500m, Kellie Murphy 400m, Eleanor Lisle Shot, Dearbháil Flood 1000 walk, Rachael Costello 400m, Kevin Sorohan 100m and 200m.  Under 15: Enda Berga Shot & Javelin, Laura Peters 100m & 200m.

Runner –Up were; under 13 Sarah Farrell Long jump and Shot, Hayley Rooney 400m, Rachael Costello 100m & 200m. Under 14 Kellie Murphy Javelin, Lisa Murphy 400m. Under 15 Enda Berga 100m. Bronze medal winners; under 13 Cian Donohue 400m & 800m. Tanya Farrell 200m, Anna Peters Shot & Long jump. Under 14; Dearbháil Flood Shot. Under 15 Eleanor Lisle 100m.

Boys were scarce but that is nothing new, it was their loss. Congratulations to all who took part in the Rathcline Community Games earlier in the week. Again the Under 16’s were thin on the ground it makes you wonder if our youth are getting old before their time in all sports?

We look forward to the Roscommon county championships on Saturday next for the under 9 to under 12 age groups and the competitions take place at Lanesboro track. This is a team competition with only 3 teams per county allowed to take part in each competition.

The Sunday walk from Clonbonny GAA pitch continues at 12.30pm every week. All are welcome.


The entire area was saddened to learn of the sad passing of one of our most popular residents at Roscommon County Hospital on Saturday last 15th May. Mena Feeney, Knock was predeceased by her husband Tom and daughter Philomena was a lady of wonderful disposition. She was truly a lady with impeccable qualities and her cheery and hearty welcome betrayed the affection that was her and her way of life. Mena was a lady with a great singing voice and was a member of the Active Age choir. She was a daily communicant and a leading member of the Active Age group since its inception. Mena was an excellent and caring neighbour. Her remains reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Sunday last until the removal of her remains to St. Mary’s Church and burial took place to Clonbonny cemetery follow Requiem Mass on Monday. To her sons Tom and Fergie, daughter Gabrielle, sister Kathleen, brother Frank relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Shannon Gaels

The teams involved in league competitions are competing with tremendous distinction and it is a great credit to the players and team management. We would love to see more parents turning out to support their sons and the teams. The support of parents has a tremendous affect on the players especially the older age groups. The under 14 teams are involved every Tuesday evening commencing this Tuesday v Southern Gaels in Clonbonny at 8pm and again on Tuesday week in Edgeworthstown against Wolfe Tones at 8pm. The under 16 team play every Thursday and this Thursday they play St. Francis in Clonbonny at 7.30pm.

Training continues apace with for under 6 to under 14 in Clonbonny on Thursday evening.

Kellogg’s challenge – We have to collect 500 tokens from Kellogg’s Cornflakes, Crunchy Nut and Crunch Nut Feast boxes and ask you help the club reach this goal. You can leave your collection into O’Brien’s shop for collection by the club.

Referee – Have you ever thought of becoming a referee? The club hopes to run a referee course – number dependant – in the very near future. This course is for those interested in becoming a referee to initially do under age blitz matches for the club. It is also a wonderful way of getting the full and up to date information on the new rules.  We hope for a large number from the club and if you are interested please contact Jimmy Flood, Seadna Ryan, Sean Kenny, Brendan Keane or Joe O’Brien immediately. This course is also open to ladies and all must be 16 years or over.

Sympathy – The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ronan Mc Cormack who died so tragically last week. The club would also like to extend its sincere sympathy to the Watts family on the death of Mrs Eileen watts sister Maria Murphy in Cork last week.

Congratulations – The club would like congratulate Paul and Joanne Martin Blenavoher and Richard and Mairead Rooney Rathcline on the recent arrival of new babies into their houses.

Lanesboro Bridge Club

The results for the competition held on Wednesday 12th May are; 1st Una Lawlor & Brid Mc Dermott, 2nd Gemma Douglas & Elish Gray, 3rd Katherine Harrison & Philomena Walsh, 4th Cyril Hussey & Mary Mc Gushen. You are asked to note that the end of year competition takes place on this Wednesday night 19th May.

Graduation Mass

A special Graduation Mass for the Leaving Cert class of Lanesboro Community College will take place on Friday 28th May in St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro.


Congratulations to Paul and Joanne Martin, Blenavoher on the birth last week of a baby girl.

Village Clean-Up

Judging for the tidy towns commences in two weeks time and a special clean-up is planned for the Ballyleague area this coming Wednesday May 19th at 7pm. Can you help? Please meet at the Slieve Ban Hotel at 7pm and bring a friend with you. Residents are asked to help cut grass this week on the side of the roadways near their homes to help improve the appearance of our community.

Thank You

The local Fianna Fáil cumann would like to express our appreciation for the generous response to our National Collection on Saturday and Sunday last and thanks also to all who assisted on the occasion.

Community Games

The Community Games was held on the track last Monday Night 10th May’10 and there was a good turnout of children and parents, we want to say a big Thank You to Bernard Keane of Supervalu for the refreshment of drinks and crisps, Liam Kelly and Tom Gill for the use of the tent and for putting it up. Thank you to all parents who helped out at the finish line and especially to John James, Carmel, Madeline, Patricia, Aisling, Lynne, Margaret and Fabian for all the great help. The results are as follows:-Girls: – U-6 60m 1st Josie Myhill 2nd Maria Myhill 3rd Lauren Curran. U-8 60m 1st Aoife English Flood 2nd Aoife Nolan 3rd Orla Lyons. U-8 80m 1st Aoife English 2nd Aoife Nolan 3rd Roisín Brennan. U-10 100m 1st Orla Keane 2nd Zoe Gallagher 3rd Rebecca Berga. U-10 200m 1st Orla Keane 2nd Zoe Gallagher 3rd Áine Kennelly. U-10 60m Hurdles 1st Orla Keane 2nd Zoe Gallagher 3rd Nadine McCarthy.U-12 100m 1st Sarah Farrell 2nd Tanya Farrell 3rd Niamh Chawke. U-12 600m 1st Tanya Farrell 2nd Sarah Farrell 3rd Hannah Shea. U-12 Ball Throw 1st Tanya Farrell 2nd Aisling Casey 3rd Niamh Chawke. U-14 100m 1st Laura Peters 2nd Shannon Rooney 3rd Hayley Rooney. U-14 800m 1st Laura Peters 2nd Hayley Rooney 3rd Anna Peters. U-14 80m Hurdles 1st Shannon Rooney 2nd Hayley Rooney 3rd Anna Peters. U-14 Shot Putt 1st Shannon Rooney 2nd Anna Peters 3rd Laura Peters. U-14 Long Jump 1st Laura Peters 2nd Shannon Rooney 3rd Hayley Rooney
Boys:- U-6 60m 1st Aaron Kenny 2nd Jamie Hagan 3rd Conor Lyons
U-8 60m 1st Ultan O’Sullivan 2nd Duileach Ryan 3rd Oisin Kenny. U-8 80m 1st Oisin Kenny 2nd Duileach Ryan 3rd Kevin Tansey. U-10 100m 1st Richard Prior 2nd Cronin Flood 3rd Shane Prior. U-10 200m 1st Cronin Flood 2nd Richard Prior 3rd Seadna Ryan. U-10 60m Hurdles 1st Cronin Flood 2nd Richard Prior 3rd Seadna Ryan. U-12 100m 1st Iarla O’Sullivan 2nd Connell Kennelly 3rd Eoin Murray. U-12 600m 1st Connell Kennelly 2nd Iarla O’Sullivan 3rd Cillian Flood. U-12 Ball Throw 1st Luke Lisle 2nd Iarla O’Sullivan 3rd Stephen Dowd. U-12 Long Puck 1st Connell Kennelly 2nd Iarla O’Sullivan 3rd James Gavigan. U-14 100m 1st Mark Lyons 2nd Kevin Sorohan 3rd Sean Casey. U-14 800m 1st Sean Casey 2nd Kevin Sorohan 3rd Oisin O’Sullivan. U-14 80m Hurdles 1st Kevin Sorohan 2nd Mark Lyons 3rd Sean Casey. U-14 Long Jump 1st Kevin Sorohan 2nd Sean Casey 3rd Gary Gallagher. U-16 100m 1st Eoin Sorohan 2nd Jack Rooney.
The names of the children that qualify for the County Final in Ballymahon on Sunday 20th June will be in note in a few weeks including the Relay teams. All children that are going to Ballymahon must sign the entry form.

Thank You

The Shannonside Heritage Group wish to express their sincere thanks to all those who supported their Annual Country Market in Lanesborough on Saturday 8th May. It was a great day, helped in no small way by the good weather. A special word of thanks to Joe and Martha Farrell, the Yacht Bar, and Mags Gillen for their help in selling tickets for the raffle which was held at the show, and to Homevalue, Roscommon for sponsoring one of the prizes. See you all again next year hopefully.  


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.

St. Faithleach’s GAA

Sympathy:  The past week, the parish of Kilgefin has suffered greatly with sad bereavement.  On Saturday morning we learned the tragic news of the death of Ronan McCormack following a car accident. Ronan, a young man of 26 years, a member of the Defence Forces, Custume Barracks, Athlone will be sadly missed by his parents, brother, sisters, grandparents, extended family & a huge circle of friends. The Club extends deepest sympathy. All St. Faithleach’s GAA Club matches/activities were postponed as a mark of respect. On May 3rd the entire area was shocked by the sudden death of Ann Trimble, Kilrooskey. To her husband Garry, sons & daughters, extended family & friends we extend deepest sympathy. On Friday 30th we learned of the death of Pete Gill, Cloonadra. The club extends its sympathy to his relatives and friends. To the daughters, sons, relatives & friends of the late Jack Mc Conway we extend our deepest sympathy.

 Corrib Oil Senior League: We were defeated by Clan na Gael 7/5/10. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 0-6 Clan na Gael 2-14. Team: D. Thompson, C. Brennan, J. Connor, D. Thompson, D. Murray,  A. Murtagh, B. Scally, A. Brehon, M. Reynolds, E. Kenny, B. Murtagh(0-1), D. Hussey G. Cox(0-1), C. McCormack(0-4), A. Dooney. Subs: A. McCormack, M. F. O’Grady, B. Hussey, D. McCormack.
We were defeated by Boyle on Saturday last. The final result was St Faithleach’s 0-8
Boyle 0-12. Team: D. Thompson, M. F. O’Grady, D. Murray, D. Thompson, B. Scally, S. Ormsby, A. Murtagh, A. McCormack, M. Reynolds (0-2), A. Brehon (0-1), P. Wallace (0-1), P. Cox (0-1), G. Cox (0-1), C. McCormack, A. Dooney. Subs: D. Hussey (0-1), C. Brennan (0-1), D. McCormack, S. O’Grady. Prior to the game a minutes silence was observed for the memory of Ronan McCormack RIP. 
Junior B Championship: We had a win over Kilbride. Final Score – St. Faithleach’s 1-13 Kilbride 1-4. Team: S. Connor, B. Doyle, D. Byrne, D. McCormack, J. Tarmey, P. Murray, B. Scally, D. Ryan, J. Connor, P. Cox, B. Healy, A. Kenny, D. Rooney, A. Brehon, B. Hussey. Subs: P. Hunt, J. Casey, P. Flynn, P. Kenny, P. Brennan.
RTE Radio 1 Recording: Thanks to all who attended the RTE Radio 1 Recording of ‘Country Wide’ in St. Faithleach’s GAA Club House. This week’s topic for the recording of ‘Country Wide’ was the influence of the Local GAA Club on the community.  Huge thanks to Derek Thompson, Chairman of our Social Committee who done great work in preparation for the organisation of this event and ensured everything ran successfully. Damien O’Reilly from RTE along with his production team opened the event with music by Patsy Hanly. St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Chairman, Frank Curley & President Mickey Kelly gave a reflection of the Clubs foundation to the present day. Guests, Danny Murray, Paddy Lindsay & Tony McManus reflected on their days playing for Roscommon. Johnny Horohoe & John Fayne, Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club gave the RTE crew a trip on the River Shannon where they discussed the importance of the Lough Ree Water-Way to the local community & its history.  Minor Club Chairman, Jimmy Brennan expressed deepest sympathy to our Under 14/16 Manager, Bob McCormack on the tragic death of his son Ronan McCormack. Jimmy spoke of the Minor Club activities & achievements. Minor Club Registrar, Pauline Kenny spoke of our Ladies achievements in the Club & Social Committee Chairman, Derek Thompson spoke of our Senior Teams Championship & his involvement & hopes for the year ahead.  Presenter, Damien O’Reilly, with the roving mic spoke to Henry Kenny, Patsy Cox, Bernie Cotter & Ben Hussey about their predictions for this year’s Championship. Liam Horan recited a poem ‘The Championship Man’ one of his many famous renditions. The programme closed with a song by Roisín Collier accompanied with music by Jimmy Hussey. Huge thanks to all who took part in the Programme. Thanks to all who supplied refreshments and all who helped out in many ways.
Lotto: 4/5/10 – The numbers drawn were – 2, 3, 13 and 17. No jackpot winner. The five €20 winners were – Breda Moran, Curraghroe. Patsy Costello, Roscommon, Ita Gill, Cloonadra, Edel McCormack, Cloontuskert and Keelin Gallagher, Mount Cashel.

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. Results of last games 4/5/10 – Joint Winners:  10 games, Frank/Ann & Peggy/Phonsie. Last game, Maureen/Bernie. Ticket winners – Tom, Mary, Freda and Tim.

U12 Boys: Our lads played an exciting with Michael Glavey’s on Saturday last. The final score was – St. Faithleach’s 3-7 Michael Glavey’s 4-4.
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. Reminder – all contestants must have their pool game played by May 31st. It’s up to each player to organize the 1st round.
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.
Confirmation/1st Holy Communion: Congratulations to all the young boys & girls from the parish who were Confirmed on Friday last in Scramogue Church & to the children of Ballagh N.S. who made their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday last.
Community Games: Held in St. Faithleach’s GAA Club grounds, Monday 17th at 6.00pm.
Congratulations: To Justine Trautt who celebrated her 21st birthday at the weekend.

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