Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 21st June’10

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes 21st June’10

June 21, 2010

By Joe

Lanesboro – Ballyleague Notes

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The Lough Ree Golf Society, next outing to Moate Golf Club on Thursday 1st July, Tee Time from 11.00 to 12.00. Contact any committee member to book your tee time.

Mindless Vandalism

Under the cloak of darkness on Wednesday night Thursday morning last some mindless vandals with spray paint sprayed the names of people on the Clonbonny bridge wall and the wall leading to the graveyard. This vandalism does not need any comment other to say that those that did this foul act should be named to the local Gardai. A great effort has been made in recent times by the local FAS group to clean and maintain this area and to have such a deed done truly beggars belief.  At a time that the community is coming together to help clean up the town it is very disappointing that members of our community should work in such a manner against the very positive work being done. Please, if you know anything at all, contact the Gardai immediately.

Shannon Gaels

Family Day

Sunday next 27th June the minor club will celebrate Lá na gClub with a Family Day, Barbeque and Sports Day in the club grounds in Clonbonny. It promises to be a great day of sports with events for all taking place. The club has a special pride of place for the massive family involvement that continues to be forthcoming from all families in our parish and the events on Sunday is the clubs acknowledgement of the support. We would like to invite and welcome every parent, family and child in the parish to the club grounds on that day and we would like to extend a very special welcome to anybody that may have recently moved into the parish or as of yet not got involved in the club.

We are for you and the development of your boy/girl and we hope you can join us for what should be a tremendous day. We ask you to be in the club grounds around 12.45 for a 1pm start.

Work for our Youth Scheme working well

The community project organised by the Shannon Gaels Minor club is proving to be a tremendous success and the club is extremely grateful to everybody that, so far, has given work to the members of the club. So far we have had lads and lassies footing turf, loading and throwing in turf, helping with silage, with the moving of grass and many other chores that needed to be done.

Again we ask that if you have work to be done and need some help in doing this work the Shannon Gaels Minor club has members ready and willing to do their bit. If you need help please contact any of the following Jimmy Flood, Seadna Ryan, Brendan Keane, Sean Kenny or Joe O’Brien (0862460840).

Powerboating for Lanesboro/Ballyleague

The growing water sport of Powerboat racing will be making its first appearance in Lanesboro on Sunday next. For anybody that witnessed the massive display in Galway over the June Bank Holiday weekend will be equally amazed by the display that will take place on the Shannon next Sunday. The racing will commence at 12 noon and continue to 5 and viewing places will be at a premium and you are advised to arrive early. The racing will take place in the bay area and viewing areas are from below the car park on the Lanesboro side and from the point right around to the waterways Mariana on the Ballyleague side.

The Irish Sailing Association covers many aspects of water sports and water leisure and also develops and administers a range of training and other services to support both members and all those involved in sailing and boating of all types, which currently includes: Dinghy sailing, Sail cruiser sailing, Motor cruiser sailing, Motor cruising (Inland Waterways), Power boating, Windsurfing and Personal watercraft.

All we hope for is that this wonderful spell of weather continues and that all spectators can enjoy in comfort and safety the spectacle of the powerboats.

Kidz Camp

A Kidz Camp will take place in Lanesborough Primary School from this Wednesday June 23rd to June 29th. It will be run by qualified teachers, lots of fun activities in store Art Drama Games Music Science and lots more. The price is €65 per child, family rates available
Contact school at 0433321545 (after 2pm) for further details

Cemetery Sundays

The dates for the Cemetery Sunday’s have been set and they will take place in Rathcline on Sunday 4th July, Lanesboro 11th July and Clonbonny on Sunday 18th July. This notice should give families that have graves in each of the three cemeteries in our parish ample time to prepare their family graves for the blessing of the graves.

Shannonside Camera Club

Club members are now in the process of taking photographs to exhibit at the forthcoming Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and Arts Festival taking place 7th -11th July. The theme this year is ENERGY and the photographs on display will try to endeavour and capture this mood in its various and diverse form. The club was only formed last year and continues to grow, new members always welcome and contact can be made at 043-3321201.

The club has an internet site giving news, interesting photographic tips, photographs depict local, foreign and amusing. This can be seen at

Ulster Bank visits on Friday

Ulster Bank will be in the Parish Hall from 10.00am till 3.00pm on Friday 25th July.

Head Start Summer Fun Club

The Head start Summer Fun Club for 2½  to 8 year olds will be commencing in July and running for three weeks with the first week commencing on Monday 12th for 6-8 year olds, Monday  19th for 4to 6 year olds and Monday 26th July for 2½ to 4year olds.

Head Start Pre-School is also taking bookings for the FREE Pre-school year and for children of 2½ and upward. For more information contact Denise at 3321321 before 6pm any evening.

Dance, Music, Sport and Art Camp

A dance, music, sport and art summer camp will take place in St. Mary’s Parish hall from Monday 12th to Friday 16th July each day from 10am to 2pm. Children can be dropped off from 9.30am at the Parish Hall. The dance part of the camp will consist of céilí, set, line, Irish, Scottish, hip-hop, flamenco, ballroom, tap and kinder dance. The music part will consist of tin whistle and recorder. The fee for the camp is €50 and reductions for families of three or more. Enquiries and bookings should be made immediately to Maureen Farrell 086-3702719 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              086-3702719      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Mairéad Quinn 086-3046426 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              086-3046426      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Lough Ree AC

The University Sports Grounds in Galway was the venue on Saturday last for the second day of the Connaught Athletic Championships for the Under 13 groups and upwards. The club was well represented but found the competition tough and only failed to turn up.

Enda Berga came out of retirement to retain her javelin title, others were not so lucky! Shane Kenny repeated last year’s performances with silver in the Hammer and bronze in the High Jump. “New kids on the block” Lisa Nolan, Discus U/14 and Alana Donlon Javelin U/13 had bronze medals to show for their day. Both girls are products of Cloontagh School.

We are led to believe that fourth place entitle one to compete in the national Final. In that case we must acknowledge fine performances from Anna Peters U/13 Shot, Grace Brennan U/14 Shot, Laura Peters U/13 200mand Owen Sorohan U/16 100m and they will get another day out for their efforts.

Congratulations to all the athletes who took part in the Community Games County Finals on Sunday. As we go to press the full results of the day were not available. Suffice to say, that this scribes “Star of the Day” was wee Tamara Lee from Killashee in the last event of the day – the Girls walking Race.  

Lakeshore Walks

Are you interested in joining Lakeshore Walks? You will take part in Sunday walking treks, Weekends away hill walking, walking holidays in Ireland and Saturday socials where the companionship and making of new and varied friends will be the order of the day. If this is appealing to you and you would like to find out more information you are invited to call Chris at 087-0938700 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              087-0938700      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Computer/Secretarial Course

Lanesboro Community College will offer a FETAC standard Computer/Secretarial course which will also include a Digital Photography Course commencing on 13th September in the college. The course will take place four mornings a week and if you wish to enrol for the course you are invited to call to the college or phone 043-3321139.

Learn Online for FREE with FAS at Lanesboro Library!

An ‘Online Learning’ Initiative is running in your local library over the next few months.  The courses are all online and are open to everybody over 18.  All courses have been developed for people with little or no IT Skills as well as those with some IT knowledge.  Some of the courses running include: Introduction to Computers, Internet and Email, ECDL, Basic Finance, Health and Safety.

Registration forms are available at the Library.  A FAS course facilitator will be present every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm for any queries you may have.

Nurturing your mental health – leaflets and books available at the library.

Free Wireless internet access available to all members.

For more information contact Stella on 043 3321291 or email

Opening Hrs: Monday 2pm-8pm, Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Wednesday 2pm-8pm, Friday 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm.

Pike Fishing Competition

On Sunday July 4th Lanesboro Pike Angling Club will be holding a competition on Lough Ree from 11am to 4pm. Entries will be taken from 10.30am at Lanesboro harbour.

Entry fee is €25 per boat with a maximum of 4 rods per boat and no more than 2 rods per person.

All boats must have proper holding tanks. All the proceeds of this competition will be donated to County Longford Hospice.

The presentation of prizes will be held in Clarkes bar following the weigh in.

There will be numerous cash prizes on the day, there will also be a raffle for spot prizes.

Summer Brushstrokes Exhibition

The Annual Brushstrokes Summer Art Exhibition will be shown from Saturday July 3rd, to Sunday July 11th at the MJS premises (opp. Supervalu), Main Street, Lanesborough. An official opening will take place on Sunday 4th with wine reception, at 12.30pm, to which you are all invited. Please show you support for our local artists by visiting the exhibition (which is free), and perhaps you may even pick up an original piece of art at a very reasonable price.

Thank You

Mary & Emma Kenny competed the Dublin City Women’s Mini-Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday in aid of funds for St. Faithleach’s GAA Club Dressing-Rooms. Mary & Emma would like to sincerely thank all who sponsored them so generously

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