Lanesboro Ballyleague notes Monday 28th June 2021

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Hanging up the Microphone

Following 36 years as a journalist beginning with the Longford Leader and leading on to the Cavan Leader, Shannonside and latterly RTÉ, Ciaran Mullooly on Sunday last hung up his quill and microphone after a hugely successful career in journalism.

Ciaran’s rise to fame was completed when following his initial role as co presenter in Ear to the Ground he was appointed Midlands Correspondent. He carried out the duties to this role with great dedication and empathy in the huge number of local midland issues and news he covered.

Ciaran always kept his home area and county and his adopted county to the fore at all times and he was a keen promoter of all things local.

In all the coverage of his retirement the one thing that I will always remember Ciaran for was when I was club minor manager and the huge part he played in aiding us to winning county titles.

I am sure that his wife Angela, sons Bryan and Eoin will be glad to have him at home and won’t miss the phone ring at all hours with breaking stories.

We thank Ciaran for all his great work over the years and wish him the very best of luck in the next stage of his career.

Wedding

Wedding bells once again rang out in Lanesboro on Saturday 12th June when local girl Rachael Kelly, daughter of Brendan Kelly and Marese Cahill married Tom Devine, son of Tom and Catherine Devine, Ballagh, Newtownforbes in St. Mary’s Church. Bestman was Frank Devine nephew of the groom. The Flower Girl was Joanie Mae Carroll, niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Turlough Baxter. The wedding reception took place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arvagh, Co. Cavan

Distillery Yard Session

The Distillery Yard is delighted to welcome live music to Lanesborough on this Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm with a brand-new Distillery Yard Session, featuring renowned local traditional musicians Noel Carberry (uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle), Sean Sweeney (guitar and vocals) and Noel Sweeney (saxophone, flute, tin whistle).  Together, the trio will provide an entertaining evening of music, stories, and craic.

This event will take place outdoors in the Distillery Yard, beside Lanesborough Car Park and the ticket price includes a free Coffee or Tea of your choice. In order to comply with social distancing, attendance is limited to 50 people. Seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.

At the time of writing there are just a small number of tickets left. Tickets €10 including a free coffee or tea of your choice.  Tickets available only by pre-booking on https://tinyurl.com/m4h92ttm

This is a new and very welcome addition to the attractions in town and we hope for great weather and a full house for this inaugural event on the banks of the Shannon.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Kenny family, 7 Knock, on the recent death in Long Island, New York of Carmel Kenny. Carmel who spent many many years in the USA was daughter of the late Mike and Molly Kenny and she was predeceased by her brother Noelie, sisters Kathleen, Phil and Bridgie. Carmel is survived by her brothers Michael and James and sisters Mary, Josephine, Martha, and Claire to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

Cemetery Sunday

As was the case last year there will be no Cemetery Sunday in the parish of Rathcline. Traditionally the first three Sundays of August seen Cemetery remembrance in Rathcline, Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries.

We would encourage everyone with plots in tour cemeteries to continue to mark the occasion by ensuring that all family graves are neat and tidy in honour of those that have gone before us. A little time a few days a week leading up to the annual dates would give all cemeteries a great uplift.

Please ensure you bring a black sack with you when on the clean-up and bring all your cutting away for disposal.

Active School Flag

Lanesborough Primary School has been awarded the Active School Flag for recognition as a school where physical activity is valued, promoted, and enjoyed by all. The Active School Accreditor was noted that our school had a ’happy and positive environment’ and was extremely impressed with the efforts of all involved.

The Active School Flag is an initiative developed by the Department of Education that encourages schools to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community.

This initiative commenced in October 2019 under the direction of the Deputy Principal Mrs Rowan. It was comprised of several initiatives such as: the Daily mile, where each class completed a circuit of the school with a goal of completing a mile each day; The Walk around Ireland Challenge ran for 4 weeks, where each week the classes virtually visited different landmarks around Ireland e.g. The Cliffs of Moher and Malin Head. Also, each class had the opportunity to enjoy the Irish Heart Foundation’s Bizzy Breaks in the classroom.

We were fortunate to have several links with various sporting organisations within the community and they facilitated extracurricular activities for all of our pupils.

In conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership, we participated in our first ever Athletic competition in Sports Hall Athletics. Prior to the competition Donal Mulligan worked on developing the fundamental skills of movement in Athletics with 3rd to 6th Class.

Cumann na mBunscoil Longford facilitated coaches for both Hurling and Gaelic Football over several weeks for all classes. We also participated in an indoor Hurling and Gaelic games competitions.

Brendan Doyle also visited the school and coached the pupils in athletics.

The senior classes completed individual levels in swimming which provides an important life skill and improves their aerobic fitness.

We incorporated dance in school by participating in outdoor Hip hop dance classes which were run over 6 weeks.

5th and 6th class took part in a kayaking session at the Shannon, facilitated by Longford Sports Partnership, making use of the wonderful amenities in our local area.

The first annual Lanesborough Primary School soccer blitz took place at the Astro Turf in the community college, and we hope this to be an annual event.

In partnership with Get Ireland Walking, the school have created a walking route around the perimeter of the school which can be incorporated into many of our curricular subjects.

Active week took place on April 26th and was a huge success. We were joined by Longford Fitness who developed physical literacy and fundamental movement skills through mini games.

We had an energising ‘wake up shake up’ each morning and all pupils completed Active homework for that week.

We would like to sincerely thank the pupils, staff, parents, and the whole school community for their enthusiasm for all the activities and initiatives, and to the parents of the school community for being such active role models for our pupils.

Book your boat trip.

After a lot of hard work and preparation, the town’s new passenger boat service for trips on the river Shannon commenced daily sailings. This service is on board the new access for all boat which will bring out both people with disability and able-bodied passengers on the Shannon from the bridge and the marina in Ballyleague. 

Such has been the demand that there will now be a third sailing with the daily Monday to Friday revised times now reading 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. The trip will take approximately 90p minutes per trip.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan here in town at 043 33 21734 or go online today and book at www.loughreeboattrips.com

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Gerry and Margaret Hagan, their family John, twin sister Laura, Rita, Gemma, Jason and David on the death of their son and brother Gerry Jnr on Saturday 19th June. We also extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Hagan and Sweeney families of Gerry Jnr’s death.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

After a long break due to the pandemic and Government restrictions it is with a happy heart I can mention that the local Lough Ree Golfing Society will have its first outing to Longford Golf Club on Friday week 9th July. The tee is booked for 11am. It will be great to see a bumper number attending the first outing and enjoying the company of local golfers. The Society welcomes new members.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 22nd June for a jackpot of €3,600.

The numbers drawn for this week were 10, 12, 22 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 29th rose to €3,700.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Murt Hunt, and the three €20 prizes went to Madaleine Murray, The Green, Sarah Hopkins c/o Mags and Patsy c/o Mags.

Lough Ree Athletics Club

Training continues every Tuesday at 6.30pm at the track and the club welcomes all young people interested in taking part in track and field athletics.

Schools Out for Summer

Over the past few days, the young people of the local Primary Schools experienced the excitement of the start of the summer holidays while the final exams for the Leaving Cert students took place to bring their second level schooling to an end. We wish each and every one the best of luck for a long happy and hot summer.

Further Exciting Prospects

Last week I received an email from a friend of mine in Athlone, Tom Foley, with a link from the Westmeath Independent of a feasibility Study being progressed by Roscommon County Council looking at the potential for a new local greenway to be developed from Athlone to Lanesborough and Ballyleague will soon be explored by consultants.

Last year the Government announced funding for 26 new greenway projects. Roscommon County council was awarded €100,000 towards a Greenway along Lough Ree and the Shannon to Ballyleague/Lanesboro and then on to Tarmonbarry – a total distance of 68 kilometres.

To be able to access Ballyleague/Lanesboro from Athlone via this Greenway would be a fabulous boost for local tourism and the local economy. This is a further lift for our community from a tourism perspective.

I do know a few years ago Dónall Mac an Bheatha had mapped a route down the east side of Lough Ree to County Westmeath and if the dots can be joined by Westmeath along the east bank, then we would have a very unique loop of Lough Ree that would be absolutely outstanding.

We look forward to further developments on this proposal and an exciting time for all communities along Lough Ree.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place in Adie’s Bar. The lucky winning ticket was in the joint names of Liam Ormsby, Ballyglass and Liam Connerton, Jnr, Ballymahon Rd., who shared €170 between them.

Tickets are available online https://member.clubspot.app/club/rathcline-gaa/fundraiser/tickets or in any of the local shops and the club would encourage your support.

Kayaking Summer Camp

The second Kayaking Summer Camp of the summer will start on Monday 12th July and will continue until Thursday 12th July under the skilful watch of instructor Junior Hannon. These courses have been ongoing over a number of years are hugely popular. Places are at a premium and if you are interested you should make an immediate booking. All gear will be supplied except for the wetsuit. It is for young people between the ages of 10 and 17 and it will take place in the old harbour from 10am until 12.30pm.

The cost of the course is €70, and you should phone 0872977769 to make your bookings.

Club Longford

Tickets for the draw are priced €50 or 3 for €125 for a combined 1st prize of a Hyundai Tucson and a €2000 holiday at Center Parcs, 2nd prize is €2,000, 3rd prize 2 VIP tickets to a major concert in Croke Park, 4th prize €1,000 and 5th prize of €500.

Tickets can be bought from any of the Rathcline Club executive, County Board Chairman Albert Cooney, our county players senior and U20 or in O’Brien’s.

Buy your tickets early and you will be in for the next early bird additional draws that take place Sunday next 27th June for €250. Another early bird draw will take place on Sunday 11th July for a one-night stay in Kilronan Castle or Lough Rynn Castle with a dinner for two included and the final early bird draw takes place on Sunday 18th July for a €500 prize. 

The winner of the early bird draw for an overnight stay for two people in the Wineport Lodge, Glasson, was Matt Shaw, Mullingar.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email: lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

Photocopying & Scanning services are available 
Send us your printing and we will print for you. 
Computer & Study facilities are UNAVAILABLE as per Government guidelines.
Opening Hours are
Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars reading programme gets underway this week at the library. Drop in and pick up your Reading Card and pick up some little gifts as you read over the summer months!

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  The smallest donation can make a huge difference. 

We also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

All our 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.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This service is organised by Longford Community Resources. If you or someone you know would like to have a friendly chat or if you want information on local services just phone Terri 087 2915367 or email terri@volunteerlongford.ie. Peter is another person that can be contacted for information – just call Peter on 083 3051786.

Ballyboro

The past week was a very busy one for players and officials with seven teams in action, and the staging of the National Schools’ 5 a side Tournament. 

The under 11s gave a good account of themselves before going down 3-1 to a very strong Kenagh United team. Hayden Smyth scored with a subtle header for Ballyboro.

Kenagh were also the victors in the under 13 game getting the better of a Ballyboro team who did not sparkle on the night.

Oisin Dillon and Rian Hogan scored for Ballyboro under 12s in their joust with UCL Harps. However, the UCL boys finished strongly to win by a 4-2 margin.    

The under 14s performed very well in the second half against a highly rated Newtown team with Wesley Hughes scoring with a stunning free kick. However, the damage was done in the first period with Newtown finding the net three times.

 An under strength under 15 team gave an excellent display against Newtown and looked poised to secure a deserved draw as the game entered the closing stages, but a fortunate goal for Newtown gave them the points by a 2-1 margin.  Jack Brogan, with a thrilling run on the right wing set up the Ballyboro goal scored by Ciaran O’Dowd.

The under 11 girls showed they are a team to be reckoned with when they secured a 4-2 win over Ballymahon. Ellen Cox, Faye Hogan, Hannah Farrell, and Saoirse Dillon found the net for Ballyboro.

The under 13 girls also showed great promise when they had a scoreless draw with Ballymahon.

The 5 a side Tournament for local National Schools organised by the club in association with Lanesboro Community College was once again a great success. Seven schools took part and after 3 hours of hectic action Whitehall NS emerged victorious in the “A” Section defeating Ballyleague NS in the final. In the “B” Section final Fermoyle NS got the better of Kilteevan NS. The Goal of the Tournament award went to Patrick Grehan from Ballyfeeney NS, while Noah McLoughlin from Whitehall NS was selected as the Player of the Tournament. The club is grateful to all who helped on the day, and in particular to the four Ballyboro players and Community College students, Conor Lyons, Bryan Mullooly, Jack McGloin, and Eoin Cox who refereed all the games and did a great job.

Teams in action this week: Tuesday, under 15s v Ballymahon in Ballymahon, 7pm; Thursday, under 14s v UCL Harps in Abbeycartron, 7.30pm. Saturday, under 16 Lions v Stonepark in Abbeycartron, 11am. Saturday, under 16 Tigers v Melview, 12.30pm in Abbeycartron.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure and Knock Manor are scheduled to attend.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday the townsland of Knock, Lehery, and Lismacmanus,

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Mahoraveen, Main Street and Mount Davis.

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.

Celebration of Mass

When Mass is celebrated online the first two rows of the church are clearly visible. The new system has now been fully put in place and to avail of Mass online click on Churchtv.ie/Longford/Lanesboro to join in the Mass ceremony in our church.

Weekend Masses.

Mass: the maximum number allowed at Mass will be 50.

Holy Communion: will be distributed in the hand only.

Holy Water fonts will remain empty.

Funerals: a maximum of 50 mourners are permitted in the church

Marriages: a maximum of 50 guests are permitted at the marriage ceremony

First Friday and Communion Calls: calls may take place with prior approval of the household.

Confession: the Sacrament may take place in the Church and not in the confessional

Everyone attending the Church are reminded to observe social distancing, and to avail of the hand sanitising stations in the Church.

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. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm. Exposition will be followed Mass at 7pm. It is also an opportunity to avail of the opportunity for Confession.

Parish contacts

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko will be on a break until the end of July. In his absence Fr. Tom Kearney, a native of Newtowncashel has kindly agreed to stand in for weekend Masses. For support and assistance, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The minor club would like to extend a very special thanks to Gareth Johnston, Johnston Pharmacies who very generously sponsored medical bags for each of our teams.

A special work of thanks also to Duncan Murphy for the labels of each medical bag.

Lanesboro Ballyleague Notes

Hanging up the Microphone

Following 36 years as a journalist beginning with the Longford Leader and leading on to the Cavan Leader, Shannonside and latterly RTÉ, Ciaran Mullooly on Sunday last hung up his quill and microphone after a hugely successful career in journalism.

Ciaran’s rise to fame was completed when following his initial role as co presenter in Ear to the Ground he was appointed Midlands Correspondent. He carried out the duties to this role with great dedication and empathy in the huge number of local midland issues and news he covered.

Ciaran always kept his home area and county and his adopted county to the fore at all times and he was a keen promoter of all things local.

In all the coverage of his retirement the one thing that I will always remember Ciaran for was when I was club minor manager and the huge part he played in aiding us to winning county titles.

I am sure that his wife Angela, sons Bryan and Eoin will be glad to have him at home and won’t miss the phone ring at all hours with breaking stories.

We thank Ciaran for all his great work over the years and wish him the very best of luck in the next stage of his career.

Wedding

Wedding bells once again rang out in Lanesboro on Saturday 12th June when local girl Rachael Kelly, daughter of Brendan Kelly and Marese Cahill married Tom Devine, son of Tom and Catherine Devine, Ballagh, Newtownforbes in St. Mary’s Church. Bestman was Frank Devine nephew of the groom. The Flower Girl was Joanie Mae Carroll, niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Turlough Baxter. The wedding reception took place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arvagh, Co. Cavan

Distillery Yard Session

The Distillery Yard is delighted to welcome live music to Lanesborough on this Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm with a brand-new Distillery Yard Session, featuring renowned local traditional musicians Noel Carberry (uilleann pipes, low whistle, tin whistle), Sean Sweeney (guitar and vocals) and Noel Sweeney (saxophone, flute, tin whistle).  Together, the trio will provide an entertaining evening of music, stories, and craic.

This event will take place outdoors in the Distillery Yard, beside Lanesborough Car Park and the ticket price includes a free Coffee or Tea of your choice. In order to comply with social distancing, attendance is limited to 50 people. Seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.

At the time of writing there are just a small number of tickets left. Tickets €10 including a free coffee or tea of your choice.  Tickets available only by pre-booking on https://tinyurl.com/m4h92ttm

This is a new and very welcome addition to the attractions in town and we hope for great weather and a full house for this inaugural event on the banks of the Shannon.

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Kenny family, 7 Knock, on the recent death in Long Island, New York of Carmel Kenny. Carmel who spent many many years in the USA was daughter of the late Mike and Molly Kenny and she was predeceased by her brother Noelie, sisters Kathleen, Phil and Bridgie. Carmel is survived by her brothers Michael and James and sisters Mary, Josephine, Martha, and Claire to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

Cemetery Sunday

As was the case last year there will be no Cemetery Sunday in the parish of Rathcline. Traditionally the first three Sundays of August seen Cemetery remembrance in Rathcline, Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries.

We would encourage everyone with plots in tour cemeteries to continue to mark the occasion by ensuring that all family graves are neat and tidy in honour of those that have gone before us. A little time a few days a week leading up to the annual dates would give all cemeteries a great uplift.

Please ensure you bring a black sack with you when on the clean-up and bring all your cutting away for disposal.

Active School Flag

Lanesborough Primary School has been awarded the Active School Flag for recognition as a school where physical activity is valued, promoted, and enjoyed by all. The Active School Accreditor was noted that our school had a ’happy and positive environment’ and was extremely impressed with the efforts of all involved.

The Active School Flag is an initiative developed by the Department of Education that encourages schools to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community.

This initiative commenced in October 2019 under the direction of the Deputy Principal Mrs Rowan. It was comprised of several initiatives such as: the Daily mile, where each class completed a circuit of the school with a goal of completing a mile each day; The Walk around Ireland Challenge ran for 4 weeks, where each week the classes virtually visited different landmarks around Ireland e.g. The Cliffs of Moher and Malin Head. Also, each class had the opportunity to enjoy the Irish Heart Foundation’s Bizzy Breaks in the classroom.

We were fortunate to have several links with various sporting organisations within the community and they facilitated extracurricular activities for all of our pupils.

In conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership, we participated in our first ever Athletic competition in Sports Hall Athletics. Prior to the competition Donal Mulligan worked on developing the fundamental skills of movement in Athletics with 3rd to 6th Class.

Cumann na mBunscoil Longford facilitated coaches for both Hurling and Gaelic Football over several weeks for all classes. We also participated in an indoor Hurling and Gaelic games competitions.

Brendan Doyle also visited the school and coached the pupils in athletics.

The senior classes completed individual levels in swimming which provides an important life skill and improves their aerobic fitness.

We incorporated dance in school by participating in outdoor Hip hop dance classes which were run over 6 weeks.

5th and 6th class took part in a kayaking session at the Shannon, facilitated by Longford Sports Partnership, making use of the wonderful amenities in our local area.

The first annual Lanesborough Primary School soccer blitz took place at the Astro Turf in the community college, and we hope this to be an annual event.

In partnership with Get Ireland Walking, the school have created a walking route around the perimeter of the school which can be incorporated into many of our curricular subjects.

Active week took place on April 26th and was a huge success. We were joined by Longford Fitness who developed physical literacy and fundamental movement skills through mini games.

We had an energising ‘wake up shake up’ each morning and all pupils completed Active homework for that week.

We would like to sincerely thank the pupils, staff, parents, and the whole school community for their enthusiasm for all the activities and initiatives, and to the parents of the school community for being such active role models for our pupils.

Book your boat trip.

After a lot of hard work and preparation, the town’s new passenger boat service for trips on the river Shannon commenced daily sailings. This service is on board the new access for all boat which will bring out both people with disability and able-bodied passengers on the Shannon from the bridge and the marina in Ballyleague. 

Such has been the demand that there will now be a third sailing with the daily Monday to Friday revised times now reading 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. The trip will take approximately 90p minutes per trip.

To book a seat call Lisa or Dylan here in town at 043 33 21734 or go online today and book at www.loughreeboattrips.com

Sympathy

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Gerry and Margaret Hagan, their family John, twin sister Laura, Rita, Gemma, Jason and David on the death of their son and brother Gerry Jnr on Saturday 19th June. We also extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Hagan and Sweeney families of Gerry Jnr’s death.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

After a long break due to the pandemic and Government restrictions it is with a happy heart I can mention that the local Lough Ree Golfing Society will have its first outing to Longford Golf Club on Friday week 9th July. The tee is booked for 11am. It will be great to see a bumper number attending the first outing and enjoying the company of local golfers. The Society welcomes new members.

Tidy Towns Lottery

The weekly Lanesboro Tidy Towns lottery draw took place in the Tourism Office on Tuesday morning 22nd June for a jackpot of €3,600.

The numbers drawn for this week were 10, 12, 22 and 28. There was no winner of the jackpot and the jackpot for Tuesday 29th rose to €3,700.

The winner of the €50 consolation draw was Murt Hunt, and the three €20 prizes went to Madaleine Murray, The Green, Sarah Hopkins c/o Mags and Patsy c/o Mags.

Lough Ree Athletics Club

Training continues every Tuesday at 6.30pm at the track and the club welcomes all young people interested in taking part in track and field athletics.

Schools Out for Summer

Over the past few days, the young people of the local Primary Schools experienced the excitement of the start of the summer holidays while the final exams for the Leaving Cert students took place to bring their second level schooling to an end. We wish each and every one the best of luck for a long happy and hot summer.

Further Exciting Prospects

Last week I received an email from a friend of mine in Athlone, Tom Foley, with a link from the Westmeath Independent of a feasibility Study being progressed by Roscommon County Council looking at the potential for a new local greenway to be developed from Athlone to Lanesborough and Ballyleague will soon be explored by consultants.

Last year the Government announced funding for 26 new greenway projects. Roscommon County council was awarded €100,000 towards a Greenway along Lough Ree and the Shannon to Ballyleague/Lanesboro and then on to Tarmonbarry – a total distance of 68 kilometres.

To be able to access Ballyleague/Lanesboro from Athlone via this Greenway would be a fabulous boost for local tourism and the local economy. This is a further lift for our community from a tourism perspective.

I do know a few years ago Dónall Mac an Bheatha had mapped a route down the east side of Lough Ree to County Westmeath and if the dots can be joined by Westmeath along the east bank, then we would have a very unique loop of Lough Ree that would be absolutely outstanding.

We look forward to further developments on this proposal and an exciting time for all communities along Lough Ree.

Rathcline 50/50

The Rathcline club’s 50/50 draw took place in Adie’s Bar. The lucky winning ticket was in the joint names of Liam Ormsby, Ballyglass and Liam Connerton, Jnr, Ballymahon Rd., who shared €170 between them.

Tickets are available online https://member.clubspot.app/club/rathcline-gaa/fundraiser/tickets or in any of the local shops and the club would encourage your support.

Kayaking Summer Camp

The second Kayaking Summer Camp of the summer will start on Monday 12th July and will continue until Thursday 12th July under the skilful watch of instructor Junior Hannon. These courses have been ongoing over a number of years are hugely popular. Places are at a premium and if you are interested you should make an immediate booking. All gear will be supplied except for the wetsuit. It is for young people between the ages of 10 and 17 and it will take place in the old harbour from 10am until 12.30pm.

The cost of the course is €70, and you should phone 0872977769 to make your bookings.

Club Longford

Tickets for the draw are priced €50 or 3 for €125 for a combined 1st prize of a Hyundai Tucson and a €2000 holiday at Center Parcs, 2nd prize is €2,000, 3rd prize 2 VIP tickets to a major concert in Croke Park, 4th prize €1,000 and 5th prize of €500.

Tickets can be bought from any of the Rathcline Club executive, County Board Chairman Albert Cooney, our county players senior and U20 or in O’Brien’s.

Buy your tickets early and you will be in for the next early bird additional draws that take place Sunday next 27th June for €250. Another early bird draw will take place on Sunday 11th July for a one-night stay in Kilronan Castle or Lough Rynn Castle with a dinner for two included and the final early bird draw takes place on Sunday 18th July for a €500 prize. 

The winner of the early bird draw for an overnight stay for two people in the Wineport Lodge, Glasson, was Matt Shaw, Mullingar.

Lanesboro Library

Tel: 0433321291 Email: lanesborolibrary@longfordcoco.ie

Photocopying & Scanning services are available 
Send us your printing and we will print for you. 
Computer & Study facilities are UNAVAILABLE as per Government guidelines.
Opening Hours are
Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

Summer Stars Reading Programme

Summer Stars reading programme gets underway this week at the library. Drop in and pick up your Reading Card and pick up some little gifts as you read over the summer months!

Foreign Currency & Used Stamps

We are still collecting unwanted foreign currency and old coins/notes in aid of Koins for Kids.  The smallest donation can make a huge difference. 

We also collect used stamps in aid of ISPCC.  Thank you.

All our 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.

Friendly Phone Call Service

This service is organised by Longford Community Resources. If you or someone you know would like to have a friendly chat or if you want information on local services just phone Terri 087 2915367 or email terri@volunteerlongford.ie. Peter is another person that can be contacted for information – just call Peter on 083 3051786.

Ballyboro

The past week was a very busy one for players and officials with seven teams in action, and the staging of the National Schools’ 5 a side Tournament. 

The under 11s gave a good account of themselves before going down 3-1 to a very strong Kenagh United team. Hayden Smyth scored with a subtle header for Ballyboro.

Kenagh were also the victors in the under 13 game getting the better of a Ballyboro team who did not sparkle on the night.

Oisin Dillon and Rian Hogan scored for Ballyboro under 12s in their joust with UCL Harps. However, the UCL boys finished strongly to win by a 4-2 margin.    

The under 14s performed very well in the second half against a highly rated Newtown team with Wesley Hughes scoring with a stunning free kick. However, the damage was done in the first period with Newtown finding the net three times.

 An under strength under 15 team gave an excellent display against Newtown and looked poised to secure a deserved draw as the game entered the closing stages, but a fortunate goal for Newtown gave them the points by a 2-1 margin.  Jack Brogan, with a thrilling run on the right wing set up the Ballyboro goal scored by Ciaran O’Dowd.

The under 11 girls showed they are a team to be reckoned with when they secured a 4-2 win over Ballymahon. Ellen Cox, Faye Hogan, Hannah Farrell, and Saoirse Dillon found the net for Ballyboro.

The under 13 girls also showed great promise when they had a scoreless draw with Ballymahon.

The 5 a side Tournament for local National Schools organised by the club in association with Lanesboro Community College was once again a great success. Seven schools took part and after 3 hours of hectic action Whitehall NS emerged victorious in the “A” Section defeating Ballyleague NS in the final. In the “B” Section final Fermoyle NS got the better of Kilteevan NS. The Goal of the Tournament award went to Patrick Grehan from Ballyfeeney NS, while Noah McLoughlin from Whitehall NS was selected as the Player of the Tournament. The club is grateful to all who helped on the day, and in particular to the four Ballyboro players and Community College students, Conor Lyons, Bryan Mullooly, Jack McGloin, and Eoin Cox who refereed all the games and did a great job.

Teams in action this week: Tuesday, under 15s v Ballymahon in Ballymahon, 7pm; Thursday, under 14s v UCL Harps in Abbeycartron, 7.30pm. Saturday, under 16 Lions v Stonepark in Abbeycartron, 11am. Saturday, under 16 Tigers v Melview, 12.30pm in Abbeycartron.

St. Mary’s Church

Weekend Masses

On Saturday evening next Mass at 7.30pm those from Fermoyle, Green Gardens, Gurteengar, Killinure and Knock Manor are scheduled to attend.

At 9.30am Mass on Sunday the townsland of Knock, Lehery, and Lismacmanus,

The 11.30am Mass will see parishioners from Lisduff, Lisnacusha, Lisrevagh, Mahoraveen, Main Street and Mount Davis.

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.

Celebration of Mass

When Mass is celebrated online the first two rows of the church are clearly visible. The new system has now been fully put in place and to avail of Mass online click on Churchtv.ie/Longford/Lanesboro to join in the Mass ceremony in our church.

Weekend Masses.

Mass: the maximum number allowed at Mass will be 50.

Holy Communion: will be distributed in the hand only.

Holy Water fonts will remain empty.

Funerals: a maximum of 50 mourners are permitted in the church

Marriages: a maximum of 50 guests are permitted at the marriage ceremony

First Friday and Communion Calls: calls may take place with prior approval of the household.

Confession: the Sacrament may take place in the Church and not in the confessional

Everyone attending the Church are reminded to observe social distancing, and to avail of the hand sanitising stations in the Church.

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. 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will resume on Friday evenings, starting this Friday evening and it will take place between 6pm and 6.45pm. Exposition will be followed Mass at 7pm. It is also an opportunity to avail of the opportunity for Confession.

Parish contacts

Fr. Sergiy Ruchenko will be on a break until the end of July. In his absence Fr. Tom Kearney, a native of Newtowncashel has kindly agreed to stand in for weekend Masses. For support and assistance, you can contact Fr. Merlyn Kenny, Newtowncashel 0860603433 and Fr. Turlough Baxter, Killashee 0879972259 who as you know are assisting in our parish.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club

The minor club would like to extend a very special thanks to Gareth Johnston, Johnston Pharmacies who very generously sponsored medical bags for each of our teams.

A special work of thanks also to Duncan Murphy for the labels on each medical bag.

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