Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 19th April 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Nationally Recognised

The National Lottery select what they deem great causes throughout the country and this year included in the list of good causes is the Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub’s Access for All boat which is going into use in the coming weeks. They are finalists in the Health and Wellbeing category.

The boat is designed for taking people with disabilities out to Lough Ree where the design of the boat ensures that if it is their choice they can avail of fishing on the lake or they can tour down the lake and learn of the many islands on Lough Ree.

We would like to congratulate them on their inclusion, and we earnestly hope they will emerge victorious in the category.

Birth

Many congratulations to Patricia and Fintan Duffy, Church View, on the birth last week of a baby boy.

New Venture

We would like to wish Lorcan Donlon, Church View, the very best with his new ‘Colourized Life’ photography business. Lorcan can repair old photographs and bring old photographs to life by colourizing them. The cost of having a photograph repaired is €5 and to colourize your photo is €2.50. Lorcan can be contacted by phoning 083 8089442 or online at facebook.com/ColourizedLife/  

Birth

Many congratulations to Sinead and Brian Farrell, Lehery on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Spring Clean

Lanesboro Tidy Towns is organising a Spring Clean of the parish next Saturday 24th April. You are encouraged to do a clean-up on your road during next Saturday. The committee has approached a person on each road in the parish to co-ordinate the clean-up in their area/road. Litter bags/pickers will be supplied to each area and the clean-up will take place on Saturday next. The litter will be collected by the committee on Saturday evening. Please ensure that COVID guidelines are adhered to and that you wear a luminous jacket. Thank you in advance for your support in keeping our parish clean and tidy. If you need any further details on the clean up on your road, please contact the Tidy Towns Office 3321977 or a committee member.

Darkness into Light

This year the annual Darkness into Light 5km walk is a virtual event, and it will take place on Saturday 8th May.

While people cannot meet up as in previous years they can walk, run, cycle or swim at sunrise on the 8th or anytime over that weekend doing all this while adhering to Government guidelines.

The vital funds raised will go to Pieta House for suicide prevention. The work of Pieta House will give the gift of hope to those impacted by suicide and self-harm. Pieta House offers a 24/7 counselling service and Darkness into Light event helps to keep this invaluable service available.

You can sign up to partake by logging into the Darkness into Light website www.darknessintolight.ie If you pledge to raising €150 then the sign-up fee will be waived.

If you want to be creative with your activity you can contact me, and I will publicise your creativity and fundraising here in these notes and also in our shop window.

Remember that no matter how you choose to take part this year, you will be giving the gift of hope to those in your community in suicidal crisis, or self-harming.

Great News

It is great to confirm that, after a lot of hard work and preparation, the town’s new passenger boat service for trips on the river Shannon will commence daily sailings on Tuesday May 4th. This service is on board the new access for all boat which will bring out both people with disability and also able-bodied passengers on the Shannon from the bridge and the marina in Ballyleague at 10.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

This is a great boost for the town and tourism here. We have been waiting for decades for our own daily passenger boat service and here it is. Trips will be of 90 minutes duration and longer if required with angling and sight-seeing or other activities available. Weekend sailings will be available in July, August and September.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan here in town at 04333 21734 or go online today and book at www.loughreeboattrips.com

Good weather coming

With the weather prospects for the coming week showing a major improvement it all means that all our scenic walkways and the banks of the Shannon will see a large increase of people availing of the natural beauty of the area. We would like to ask everyone to the cautious especially on the roadway’s but also to be conscious of littering and to bring all litter back to the bins situated locally or to bring it home.

There is an onus on all of us to make sure we keep our community clean and tidy as we prepare to welcome visitors once the Government restrictions are lifted which we are sure will be in the near future.

Back to School

It was great to see all our local students return to the classroom. It was the first time this year that every student could return to school and it created a great deal of excitement amongst students. Although it will be a short term to the Summer holidays we wish a very happy time for students and teachers alike.

Cúl Camps

This year the Rathcline Kellogg’s Cúl Camp is scheduled to take place on the week beginning Monday 19th July.

Last year there were a lot of disappointed young people due to number restriction and all parents are advised to make their booking as early as possible, the closing date for registration is Tuesday 4th May. The boking site https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie is now open so don’t delay in making your booking.

The cost of the camp is €65 for the first child, €60 for the second child and €50 for the third and subsequent children.

50/50 Returns

The 50/50 Weekly Draw is back! It’s online and in the local shops! First draw is Friday April 30th. We encourage everyone to buy online if you can. Please see Rathcline GAA Facebook page for the link https://member.clubspot.app/club/rathcline-gaa/fundraiser/tickets, or look out for envelopes in local shops. 

This is essential reading.

The opportunity below is a wonderful prospect, and it is one that should be jumped if you have a creative personality and would like to set up your own business in the food sector.

Food Hub seeks Expressions of Interest.

After four years of preparatory and feasibility work, the new Premier Lakelands food hub project in Lanesborough will go to tender shortly with new opportunities emerging for individuals or small enterprises who are looking for the space and facilities to start a new food enterprise, expand current manufacturing space, relocate with new product development in a structure that reduces carbon footprint in an energy efficient futuristic building which harnesses forward thinking processes.   

The new food hub, which is being supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Government’s Just Transition Fund, will be built on the 4.5-acre site owned by Longford County Council beside the new Fire Station on the Longford road and will include a number of incubator units for start-ups, an artisan sphere, a time share community kitchen and a major enterprise space for food-related industry – creating jobs in the area. 

In advance of the building work getting underway, the Premier Lakelands Food hub is this week inviting expressions of interest from people who would like to get into the food industry and establish their base is this idyllic midland location and create their own new enterprise in this Food Hub centre of excellence development.

Expression of Interest forms available by request from lakelandsfoodhub@gmail.com

 A Food Starter programme is aimed at people thinking of starting their own food business or in the early stages of start-up and includes people who are hoping to progress their food hobby into a full-time sustainable business.

A start your own business course will be run in the coming weeks and all interested people are invited to take part by signing up at

Longford County Enterprise office/start your own business. 

On successful completion of the programme participants should have a sound knowledge of the rudiments of food business start-up and be in a position to go about their start-up in an effective way. The programme will allow them to fully understand the legal requirements and consider the costs associated with setting up a food business.

The aim of this programme is to provide participants with the knowledge of what is involved in setting up a food business.

 To include:

Step 1: Know Yourself / Are you a Risk Taker?
Step 2: Generating a Business Idea
Step 3: Market Research /Identify your Customers and Competitors
Step 4: Decide on an appropriate legal business structure/ Be aware of   legal obligations that will affect your business
Step 5: Examine Your Business Requirements
Step 6: Calculate Investment Requirements/Identify the Supports
Step 7: Developing your Marketing Strategy
Step 8: Developing Your Sales Plan
Step 9: Developing your Financial Administration
Step 10: Write your Business Plan

 Food Starter Programme Start Your Own Business is free

Living Well Programme

New and extra Spring Dates have been added to the HSE, Free Living Well Programme.

The Living Well Programme is a workshop for adults living with a long-term health condition. The workshop is delivered over six workshops (2.5hrs x6) and is free of charge to those diagnosed with a mental or physical illness.

You will develop self-management skills and confidence to live well with your health condition.

To avoid disappointment please book your place early by calling 086 6078950.

Lanesboro Library

In line with Government Level 5 restrictions, Lanesboro Library will remain closed until further notice.

All the online services can be accessed on our website by selecting ‘Your Online Library’. www.longfordlibrary.ie

Use your library card number & pin to log in to your account.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Any enquiries, please email lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

Contact Stella on 3321291 for library information.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekly Masses

Mass continues to be celebrated privately every day by our priests at the usual times Monday to Thursday 10am, Friday 7pm Saturday 7.30pm and Sunday 11.30am and Masses can be seen on the St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro Facebook page.

Shrine Candles

To cover the rising cost of the church shrine candles it is regrettable to say that the cost of each candle must rise to 25c. Your usual generosity will be appreciated.

Mass intentions will continue to be booked for weekdays for the present. People wishing to book masses can do so by contacting Fr Sergiy before or after mass during the week in the Sacristy. All that have booked masses are asked to rebook them for weekdays for the foreseeable future. 

Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays in the church from 10.30 to 8pm. It is very important that there will be at least two people in the church for each hour. Of the Adoration.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm.

Urgent contacts

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko can be contacted at the presbytery or by phoning 3321166 or 0833892362. Alternatively, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who are assisting Fr. Sergiy during his ministery in the parish.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

Cúl Camps

This year the Rathcline Kellogg’s Cúl Camp is scheduled to take place on the week beginning Monday 19th July.

Last year there were a lot of disappointed young people due to number restriction and all parents are advised to make their booking as early as possible, the closing date for registration is Tuesday 4th May. The boking site https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie is now open so don’t delay in making your booking.

The cost of the camp is €65 for the first child, €60 for the second child and €50 for the third and subsequent children.

Join our underage club.

With the return to training for underage players about to begin we would like to welcome all recent and new residents to the parish of Rathcline and we would like to invite you and your family to be part of our club. The club involves itself in underage games for the youngsters of the parish and integrates new people to our parish into the community and we would love to have you as part of our GAA family. Please contact Joe O’Brien in the corner shop and he will direct you to the right people for the age group of your budding footballer.

Club involvement

If you have intentions of being involved with the Minor Club, it is essential that you complete the Safeguarding course as well as completing the Garda Vetting form.

At the moment the recommended coaching courses are in abeyance due to the current pandemic. You will be notified by the club or in these notes the dates that the coaching courses are recommencing.

Contact Mark at Secretarybng.shannongaels.longford@gaa.ie for information on safeguarding and Garda Vetting.

Rathcline GAA

The 50/50 Weekly Draw is back! It’s online and in the local shops! First draw is Friday April 30th. We encourage everyone to buy online if you can. Please see Rathcline GAA Facebook page for the link https://member.clubspot.app/club/rathcline-gaa/fundraiser/tickets, or look out for envelopes in local shops. 

The Club would like to wish every success to our Senior County stars who return to training with Longford on Monday April 19th. Best of luck to manager Pauric Davis and Rathcline players Liam Connerton, Iarla O’Sullivan, Daithí Mulvihill and Shane & Oran Kenny and the rest of the Longford squad in the season ahead.  This is hopefully the signal we all need to get everyone back to the playing fields. 

The Club has recently invested in new gym equipment for players and members. The equipment has now been installed and the gym looks fantastic. Big shout of thanks to Seán Moran and the FÁS team for all their support in getting things ready for the big return to season training.  

A lot of work is still taking place in preparation for the installation of the walkway and barrier fencing around the pitches. This development will be a huge addition to Clonbonny grounds.  

Our Sports Capital Application has now been submitted – a big well done to Seadna Ryan. We await the outcome of this hugely important submission which will bring the full redevelopment of the lower pitch. This redevelopment is badly needed and the pitch upgrade, when combined with the walkway and fencing, promises to be a fabulous facility especially for the younger Minor Club members and the Ladies’ Club. 

Membership for Rathcline GAA is now being accepted and can be paid anytime up to mid-May. More details next week.

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