When it comes to community spirit, there is an abundance of it in Lanesboro; indeed the Longford Leader grabbed many examples of it during a recent visit to the area, in an effort to gain the inside knowledge into what is happening in the picturesque south Longford town in the run up to Christmas and there is plenty of craic agus ceoil in the pipeline, that is for sure.
In the run up to Christmas, a huge effort was undertaken by the local artist’s group and the inhabitants of the picturesque shannonside town which culminated in the production of a most beautifully creative calendar, for 2013, with all proceeds being raised for Lough Ree Sub-Aqua Search and Rescue. The initiative comes in the aftermath of a fire at the clubhouse last June which left a trail of destruction at the facility.
Breada O’Loughlin and Denis Devereaux of Brushstroke Art Group spoke to the Leader about the initiative and pointed to the importance of community spirit in Lanesboro/Ballyleague.
“The whole community got behind this initiative because the local sub aqua club holds a special place in everyone’s heart,” Ms O’Loughlin added. “We launched the Calendar 2013 just last week and at just €5, it is a steal. It’s beautiful and includes a lot of the work done by members of the art group.”
Ms O’Loughlin went on to say that Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search & Rescue was established in 1983 with the purpose of training individuals to conduct searches of lakes and rivers in the event of water tragedies. “Today, the club consists of 40 divers and a number of associated members,” she explained, adding that all duties carried out were done so in a voluntary capacity. “Last July, the club suffered a major set back when the club house was extensively damaged in a fire. Equipment was destroyed as was the club van, a mariner 320 compressor and oxygen kits. Due to smoke damage at the time, the clubhouse now needs a new roof, but since the fire, the club has held successful find raising events and members have been overwhelmed with the support received from everyone in the locality.”
Meanwhile, Mr Deveraux concluded by saying, “Lough Ree Sub Aqua Search & Rescue Club is such an important local resource and Brushstorkes is delighted to donate profits from this calendar to the club’s renovation fund”.