THE LATE MAUREEN KYNE: The time leading up to Christmas in the Ballyleague Lanesboro area was brought to a shuddering halt when the news broke of the death of one of the area's most popular ladies Maureen Kyne, Ballyleague on Thursday 23rd December.
The grief the news brought was deeply felt throughout the local communities and further afield. Maureen was a woman of the community who worked tirelessly as a teacher in Ballyleague National School until her retirement and then with the local Ballyleague Renewal group. She had within her a great desire to seeing her Ballyleague Lanesboro community prosper and grow. She touched the hearts of everyone that knew her and her passing leaves many an empty heart but a mind full of happy memories. As I can attest she was a tremendous friend and wonderful support. Maureen, a very proud native of Curraghroe, was a tremendous mother and she brought that motherliness to her students in Ballyleague and this was clearly evident by the number of past pupils that turned out to bid their fond farewell to her. The attendance at her residence on St. Stephen's Day and again on Monday 27th at the removal of her remains to the Church of the Holy Rosary for her funeral Mass and burial to Cloontuskert cemetery bore testimony to the esteem in which she was held. To her husband Bernie, sons Enda, Declan, Jarlath and Oliver, sisters Philomena and Irene relatives and many friends we extend our most heartfelt sympathy.
Many congratulations to Sean and Phil Mc Dermott, Lisnacusha, on the recent birth of a baby girl.
We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Ger, Geraldine and Orla Ryan, Augharana, on the death of Ger's mother Mrs Peggy Ryan in Kilkenny, during the Christmas period.
The closing date for the Rathcline GAA club Christmas Draw is coming fast upon us. The club urge your full support for the draw as it is a major source of income especially going I urge your support for the draw on this Saturday night 8th January. Tickets can be bought in O'Brien's or from any club executive. The first prize is 3,000 euro and there are a further nine prizes to be won.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and extended family of Vincent Elliot formerly of Moher, who died recently in Dublin.
Card game will commence on Sunday 16th January in St. Faithleach's Clubhouse, Ballyleague and the first game will start at 9pm sharp. All monies, less expenses, will be given out in prizes. All card players are invited and will be very welcome.
We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Mary and Seamus Flynn and family, The Green, on the death Pat Mc Gurran, Sligo, brother of Mary.
It would be great to see people with tutoring talents in any of the following disciplines to help out with the Community Games committee in Lanesboro. People now seem to have some time on their hands and it would be wonderful if they could share their undoubted talents with the young of the parish in preparation for the County Finals of the Community Games. The following disciplines are to take place on or before 1stMay; The following are team events: Badminton under 15, 5boys, 5girls, Chess under 12 and 16, Choir under 13 and 16 – boys and girls mixed making panel of 20, Culture Corner – live stage presentation 10 mins- under 15 panel of 6 mixed. Cross Country – under 13, 5 boys 5 girls, Draughts under 10, 12 and 14, boys and girls mixed panel of 7 (5+2 subs), Handball under 13 and 15 boys and girls, panel of 6, Middle distance relay under 12 and 14 boys and girls, panel of 6, Project under 11, 13 and 16 boys and girls mixed team of 4, Indoor Soccer under 13 and 15 boys and girls, panel of 8, Table Tennis under 13 and 16 boys and girls, panel of 5, Talent, all under 14 years: Group Dance Irish or Contemporary under 14 and over 8 years, panel of 6, Modern Disco Group Dancing, panel 2 min to 6 max, Set Dancing boys and girls, panel of 10, Group Singing, boys and girls, panel min 2 to 6 max, Group Music boys and girls, panel 2min and 6 max, Drama/Comedy Sketch, boys and girls, 2 min to 6 max, Quiz, boys and girls mixed, panel of 6.Individual events: Art, boys and girls, under 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. Handwriting, boys and girls under 10, Model Making, boys and girls, under 10, 12, 14 and 16. Talent Competition Solo Dance (Modern or Disco), under 14, boys and girls, Solo Singing, under 14, boys and girls, Recitation, under 14, boys and girls, Solo Music, under 14, boys and girls.Contact Teresa Ryan, Main Street, John Rooney, Rathcline or Sharon Brady to offer your skills to the great young people of the parish. Sharing your talents will ensure that your skills will be handed down to a new generation.
The Tidy Towns committee would like to extend deepest sympathy to the family of the late Maureen Kyne, Ballyleague. Maureen was a loyal and devoted member of our committee for many years - having served as secretary in the most recent past. Her efficient note taking and attention to detail was a hallmark of her work as proven by our minute book. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and the people of Ballyleague. May she rest in peace.
We would like extend our heartfelt sympathy to James Murphy and family, Gortgallon on the death of his brother John in Manchester recently.
Lanesboro Social services commence a new year of Whist Drives in St. Mary's Parish Hall on Friday night next 7th January at 8.30pm.
LOUGH REE AC
The year 2011 started with the annual Fun Run from the track to the Parish Hall, in conjunction with the annual MS Run from Newtowncashel, both postponed from Christmas Day.Congratulations to Sinead Farrell who was the first home on the Cashel Run. Sinead's first entry to running is well remembered. As a 5 or 6 year old, she took part in the under 8, 60m in the Community Games, the Rathcline kid continued on to do a lap of the track where she came upon the start of the under 10 sprint where she proceeded to join in that race and finished that race too.Postponed events are never as good as the original fixture. So it was with the Fun Run, where Rachael Costello was the first finish. While in the business of congratulating past athletes, let's extend it to Rosemary Masterson who was selected to represent the Irish Army in a forthcoming international in Germany. This is not her first time to be honoured by the Irish army, but it is the first time the club gave her credit for her achievements. The Lanesboro girl runs for Tullamore Harriers and is also an active and executive member of the Lanesboro Triathlon club.
The Disabled Drivers of Longford Ltd is holding a Church gate collection on next Saturday and Sunday 8th and 9th January at St. Mary's Church, Lanesboro.