Cemeteries: It was particularly good to see so many people attending the blessing of the graves over the past three Sundays in Rathcline, Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries. The time and effort made by so many in the cleaning and preparing of their family graves must be commended on a job well done.

Cemeteries: It was particularly good to see so many people attending the blessing of the graves over the past three Sundays in Rathcline, Lanesboro and Clonbonny cemeteries. The time and effort made by so many in the cleaning and preparing of their family graves must be commended on a job well done.

Level 5 Fetac at Community College: Lanesboro Community College proposes to deliver for level 5 Fetac courses commencing this coming September.  The proposed courses are Outdoor Recreation, Sports and Recreation, Tourism and Office administration. If you are interested you should immediately contact the college phone 043-3321139.

Did you notice anything?: The work has commenced and is continuing at a great pace at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Despite the inclement weather the roof has been removed and it now has felt on and it is latted in preparation for slating. In recent times despite the area been cordoned off with fencing a number of items has gone missing from the site. If you have noticed anything that you feel may be of interest in the on-going inquiries can you report them to Lanesboro Garda station? All of those in the area that pass the church are asked to be vigilant and if they see anything untoward happening can they please take note and report.

Local connections to Dublin Minors: Leinster Hurling Minor Champions Dublin and Dublin Minor footballers who play in the Leinster Final in Croke Park on Sunday next have strong links to the parishes of Rathcline Kilgefin. Man of the Match in the Leinster hurling final was dual player Conor Mc Hugh. On Wednesday night last he played a starring role in the footballers win over Kildare in the Leinster semi-final scoring 1-3. Conor is joined on the Dublin football panel by his brother Eoghan. Both Conor and Eoghan’s mother is a sister of Ronan Cullen, Rathcline Road. We wish the lads the very best of luck in the Leinster Final on Sunday next. A further link with to the Dublin Minor hurlers is Eoin O’Donnell who played a prominent part in the retention of the Leinster Minor title from his wing half back position. Eoin is son of Michael O’Donnell nephew of Sean and Gerry O’Donnell and Nuala Gunn, Curraghroe. We wish Eoin the very best in the upcoming All Ireland semi-final.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Barney, Mary and daughter Rose Mc Cormack, The Green on the death recently of Barney’s sister Mrs Nancy Ryan, Middlesex, England.

Cloontuskert National School: The Parents Association of Cloontuskert National School would like to thank everyone who supported their fundraising events throughout the year. The Parents association would like to send their best wishes to Aileen Mc Conn. Aileen who has been a teacher in Cloontuskert School for the past 11 years is retiring and she is wished a long and happy retirement. The association hopes that both teachers and students have a lovely summer break.

Wedding: The marriage took place at the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas Co. Kildare of Donal Casey, son of Theresa and the late Michael Casey and Elizabeth Quinn, daughter of Tommy and Joan Quinn, Woodlands, Naas, Co. Kildare. Bestman was Ivan Colleran, cousin of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Siobhan Quinn sister of the bride. Page boy was Thomas Quinn nephew of the bride and Flower girl was Maggie Quinn niece of the bride.  The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Jimmy Doyle, Naas assisted by Mickey Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding reception was held in Killashee House, Naas. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Duck Pond: The duck pond that lay idle for so long has been brought to life by the good work of Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op and with the local gun Club supplying 20 ducks the pond is again alive with the sound of ducks. A further feature of the reinvigorating the pond is that a mallard duck that was there in previous years has returned to the pond and not only that but it has hatched seven ducklings. It is great to see and hear again the ducks back in the pond and it brings many people to come and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg: A pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 16th September. The bus starts at Kenagh and will pick up in Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Scramogue and Rooskey. If you wish to travel you are invited to ring Mary at 043-3321969.

Thank You: Fr. Mickey Reilly would like to say a very special thank you to all our parishioners that took part in the Tax relief Scheme. It was a tremendous success and recently he was informed that a repayment of €44,188.88 would be issued to the parish in the near future.

Rathcline Ladies GAA: Our U14 girls were defeated in the County Final last Monday evening by a strong Carrickedmond team.  Well done to all the girls and thanks to the trainer Kieran Feeney for his all the work he put in.  The Senior girls were out in the first round of the Intermediate Championship against Dromard.  The girls defeated Dromard with the final score of 2-13 to 1-8 well done to all.  We would like to thank everyone that donated clothes to our clothes collection this year.  €575 was raised by this collection.

Diarmuid’s starring role: Last week in the notes I mentioned the leading role that Diarmuid Murtagh played in the successful run of the Roscommon Minor team to the Connacht Final. Well, on Sunday last Diarmuid again came up trumps with another tremendous performance when Roscommon defeated Mayo by one point with Diarmuid scoring the most vital of scores late on in the game. Such was his influence to the team throughout he was awarded man of the match for his performance. Well done Diarmuid.

Alison Smyth Cup: The official launch of the County Longford Ladies Championship too place in Clonbonny on Monday night last. Representatives from the county board and all the Ladies GAA clubs in the county were present for the launch. It was a marvellous event tinged with the sadness of the loss of our own Alison Smyth earlier in the year. In recognition of the contribution made by Alison to both local and Longford Ladies GAA a new cup has been dedicated to the name of Alison and the winners of the senior championship will lift the Alison Smyth cup for the first time.

Lanesboro Library: Want to improve your PC Skills? Use internet and email, social media, keep in touch with family and friends using Skype or get the most from your IPAD. Tailored internet classes to suit your needs this summer at Lanesboro Library. For more information contact Yvonne Hogg 087 6155965 or your Lanesboro Library on 3321291. Come along and check out our new children’s, young adult and adult books.

Great Day in Lanesboro/Ballyleague: Saturday last proved to be a tremendous day in the Lanesboro Ballyleague area when Lanesboro Triathlon club hosted their second Two Provinces Triathlon. The early morning was bright and as the time for the kids triathlon approached it got rainy but this did not quell the enthusiasm of the 40 youngsters taking part. It was indeed a terrific spectacle to see such a number of young people between the ages of 8 and 15 taking part. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event for the kids and to see the competitiveness of them was amazing. The days brightened in time for the main event and with, in the region of 290 taking part in the event there was a great scramble to take a lead emerging from the 750m swim in the bay area. From there it was on to the bike and the race to Scramogue crossroads and back for the final leg of the event which was the run taking the competitors through the quarry to the Rathcline Road and following the 5k run they made their way back down Main Street to where it all began and finishing line at the small harbour behind the car park. In the end Eamon Mc Andrew from Sligo emerged as the winner if the event and local lady Marie Sudway, Rathcline Road, kept up her recent fantastic form and leading the ladies home in style. All in all it was a tremendous achievement for the Lanesboro Tri Club but also for the race organiser James Gallagher and his hard working team. It was a credit to them for their thoroughness and professionalism and it definitely put Lanesboro/Ballyleague on the map. There is a saying of events going from strength to strength and there is no doubt that this saying applies to this event. It also reinforces the fact that the communities of Lanesboro and Ballyleague work mighty together and let’s hope that this event is the start of big things for us as one community.

Lanesboro Library: Summer Events at Lanesboro Library - contact 043 3321291 to book a place for your child! Wednesday18th July at 3pm Puppet Show ‘The town with no story’ featuring characters from story books including “Bookie Wookie” Entertaining Puppet Show with the Kids Party Club age group 3-8pm on Friday 20th July at 11am. Olympic Arts & Crafts - come along and create some Olympic memories, get crafty in your local library - Arts & Crafts age group 6-10

Cúl Camps Monday Week: As in previous years these camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games while also supplying each child with a full kit and gear bag. This year our local camp will take place again in Clonbonny from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August. Numbers have been strong in our camp over the past number of years and we hope that this year will exceed all previous years and break all records. Let your kids be part of a wonderful week in Clonbonny. Discounted bookings can be availed of by visiting If you are considering sending your son/daughter to a camp this summer we would definitely recommend a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp. For all up to date information please see the Coaching and Games Notes in the Longford Leader each week or visit

Lough Ree AC: Admiration is the word that comes to mind when describing our qualifiers at the All-Ireland Athletics Finals in Tullamore over the weekend. The club was not expecting medals, but hoping the youngsters would give a good account of themselves – which they did – and not be overawed by the occasion. Orla Keane’s ambition at the beginning of the year was to get to the National Finals. She was not expecting to be competing against 11 year olds from other counties that were almost the height of her mother and she was happy it was not rugby she was competing in. Larissa Noone was competing in the U14 Hammer event and great credit to her for taking on the best in this highly technical event before an audience of 50 at the hammer cage. Stephen O’Dowd faced the same circumstances in the U15 hammer. It was good to see that as the event progressed so did his confidence. He was becoming more consistent in his throws and improving on his personal best. Sunday was another day in Tullamore bringing Radek Pawlonski into action in the U13 Shot and Javelin and Larissa Noone returning for the U14 Discus. While medals were never on the cards Radek obliged with a PB in the javelin and Noone too improved her discus throw. The club learned a solitary lesson - more coaching must be organised for those opting for the highly technical events.

Ladybird Shop: The Ladybird shop on Main Street is having an ‘Olympic Promotion’ to raise money for new school sports equipment. Donations of any sports kits and football boots would be much appreciated along with ladies and gents clothing, shoes, school uniforms, linens and toys. The Ladybird shop thanks everybody for the on-going support.

Lough Ree Summer Festival: The 15th annual festival will be launched in a grand open air performance on the 27th July in the newly cleaned up Lanesborough Commons Quarry. Officiating at the launch will be Castlerea native, celebrated writer and journalist John Waters. The line-up for this auspicious evening’s entertainment will include harpist Edel Loftus, trad musician Noel Carberry and Irish dancing. Food and wine will be served and sky lanterns will be released (conditions permitting) on the night to mark the occasion. The Lough Ree Environmental Summer Festival will run from 9th Aug—12th Aug. For details on the festival programme, log on to This year the festival will focus on the rich natural heritage and celebrate the great outdoors with Bushcraft camping and Wooly Ward’s pet farm and Royal Canal boat trip with Dick Warner and a herbalist workshop for grown-ups. There will be glass painting classes and a young scientist competition ‘Science helping the Environment’ for young students in collaboration with Abbott Longford. You are all encouraged to avail of all the many events and entertainment available throughout the festival.  Brochure and booking form are available from the Co-Op or any of the local businesses.

Indoor Market: The Lanesboro and Ballyleague Indoor Market takes place in St. Mary’s Parochial Hall, Lanesboro, every Friday from 11am to 1.30pm.

Lanesboro Gun Club: A meeting will be held at 10pm, Friday next 20th July 2012 in Adie Farrell’s meeting room. All members are asked to attend to pay any overdue membership monies owed and to discuss important club matters.

Lanesboro 2000 Bridge Club: Overall: 1st Barbara Ferguson and Maureen Kearns, 2nd Chris McGrath and Kitty Dowd, 3rd Mary Jameson and Maureen Hynes and 4th Katharine Harrison and Maura Hanley. N/S: 1st Barbara Ferguson and Maureen Kearns, 2nd Chris McGrath and Kitty Dowd, and 3rd Noreen Dunne and Nancy Dolan. E/W: 1st Mary Jameson and Maureen Hynes, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Maura Hanley and 3rd Carmel Kelly and Liz Farrell. Bridge competition continues every Monday in the Co-Op Hall, Lanesborough starting at 8.00 sharp.

Congratulations: To Diarmuid Murtagh, along with the Roscommon minor team who won the Connacht Minor Final on Sunday last, defeating Mayo. Well done to Diarmuid who was awarded “Player of the Match”

Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Results of last week’s games - Winners, Kevin/Joe. Runners-up, Tom/Brendan. Last game, Dan/Mike. Ticket Winners - Jack, JohnO, Brendan, PJ.

GAA ‘Cul-Camp’: Preparations are on-going for St. Faithleachs GAA “Cúl Camp” 2012. Monday 13th August to Friday 17th from 10a.m to 2.30pm. (Children must be Age 5 to 13).

‘Night at the Dogs’: Our Minor Club are organising ‘A Night at the Dogs’ on Friday 24th August. Currently looking for Sponsors/Part-Sponsors. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Please contact a member of the organising committee - Gerry O’Donnell, Majella Kelly, James Irwin or John Tynan.

Fundraising Night: in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation will be held in the Club-House on Friday 27th July. Music on the night. Please Support.

Well Done: To Lanesboro Triathlon Club, who hosted the Two Provinces Triathlon on Saturday last. Congrats to all who took part.

Best of luck: The club would like to wish our 3 members Niall O’Donohue, Joe Masterson & Ronie Masterson the very best of luck when they take on the mammoth challenge of Ironman Bolton in the UK next Sunday July 22nd. The race will see them compete in a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finish with a 26.2 mile run. Wishing you all the best from Lanesboro Tri Club.