Co Longford VEC visits Library: The Adult Educational Guidance Service (Co Longford VEC) will visit Lanesboro Library on Tuesday March12th from 2-4pm. If you are interested in getting back to learning and want to know what’s available locally, come and chat with Mary or Liz, both qualified guidance counsellors, who will be happy to go through your options with you. This is a free service and all are welcome!

Co Longford VEC visits Library: The Adult Educational Guidance Service (Co Longford VEC) will visit Lanesboro Library on Tuesday March12th from 2-4pm. If you are interested in getting back to learning and want to know what’s available locally, come and chat with Mary or Liz, both qualified guidance counsellors, who will be happy to go through your options with you. This is a free service and all are welcome!

Gathering on Thursday night: The next and most important meeting so far for the Lanesboro Rathcline Gathering 2013 will take place on Thursday 28th February in Adie Farrell’s meeting room at 8.30pm. If you feel you have an input of ideas to this meeting your presence will be very welcome as we are beginning to get the full list of events together for what will be the very best weekend in Lanesboro and Rathcline for many a long year. Book August Bank Holiday weekend Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th for the ‘parish hooley’ of a lifetime.

Table Quiz: Lanesboro Pike Angling club will be holding a table quiz in the Yacht bar in Lanesboro on Friday week 8th March. The quiz starts at 9.30 sharp. Each table will consist of 4 people with an entry fee of €40 per table. There will also be a raffle on the night. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Defibrillator Course: We all understand the tremendous need for defibrillators and people trained in the use of them within our community. It is very vital for all clubs to have a minimum of two people competent in the use of the defibrillator. It is proposed to have a new and recertification course in Lanesboro in the very near future. If you need to be recertified or want to do the course can you please leave your name into O’Brien’s as soon as possible.

Senior Scór: Following on from the success of the Scór na nÓg the Rathcline senior club commence their campaign on this coming Friday night in Ballinamuck. The club will be represented in Solo Singing by Tracy Tobin, Ballad Group by Sean Mc Grath, Catherine Mullooly, Megan Dalyand Tara Leigh Lulham and the Question Time team of Margaret Mullooly, Jimmy Flood and Cathal Chapman. We wish them all the very best of luck. The competition will commence at 8pm and if anyone want a great night of entertainment there will be no better place than Ballinamuck on Friday night.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: It is all systems go for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the committee is inviting everyone to take part in this year’s parade and to make it the biggest and best yet. Entry fee is a mere €20 and the closing date for entry is Wednesday 6th March. All entries to be made to Freda Connaughton, Longford Road. The parade will take place at 2.30pm from St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse and will make its way through Ballyleague and Lanesboro and will finish at Lanesboro Community College. There will be prizes in the category of; Best dressed window, Best club float, Best junior float, most original float, Best business float and Overall float.

Fair Day on Saturday: The traditional horse Fair Day of Lanesboro and Dog Show will take place on this Saturday 2nd March. Since its revival a number of years ago the fair day have proven to be a very special day in the calendar of events in the town. The fair always gives the feeling of the beginning of spring and the lengthening of the days as we look forward to a long hot summer. The fair will begin at 10am in the field behind St. Mary’s Church. The Dog show will take place in the field adjacent to the Yacht bar and will commence at 12.30pm. There will be kiddie’s attractions, home bakery stall, farrier, trade stands and much more to entertain everyone. Mark the date in your diary and come along for a great day at the Lanesboro Horse Fair. All enquiries to the secretary 087-9140903. The fair this year is being recognised as one of the days of the Gathering 2013 and the Gathering committee would like to encourage back to town as many people as possible for our annual traditional fair.

Have you accommodation: The Gathering group is seeking people with property, houses or apartments to rent in the general area over August Bank Holiday weekend. Presently there is a growing list of enquiries from local people abroad intending to come back home for the weekend. We are currently drawing up a database of all property available and if you have property please contact Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop 3321107or with property location and description.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Peter and Brid O’Reilly and their families, Clonbonny on the death of their aunt Mrs Maura Griffin, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo recently.

Thank You: Again, your generosity knew no bounds when you contributed €647 to the recent church gate collection for the Lourdes Sick Pilgrims Fund. The organising committee is extremely grateful and express their deepest thanks to all.

Social Services Whist: The monthly whist drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services will take place on this coming Friday night 1st March in St. Mary’s parish Hall at 8.30pm. It is hoped that a great number of local card players will turn out to support and help support the marvellous and continued work this hard working committee continues to do on an on-going basis. Pleased come along and by your support you are continuing to help those within our parish in need of assistance.

Primary School Enrolment: Enrolment for September 2013 at Lanesboro Primary School will take place on Friday 8th March commencing at 1pm. Parents and their children are invited and welcome to call along to the school. For further information you are invited to contact school Principal Claire Murphy at the school or phone 043-3321545.

Wedding: The marriage took place on Saturday 16th February at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro, of Kevin Chapman son of Mary and the late P.J. Chapman, Lisnacusha and Louise Kearney, Fortwilliam. Bestman was Cathal Chapman, brother of the groom and groomsmen were Michael Hanley friend of the groom and Alex Mc Dermott neighbour and friend of the groom. Chief bridesmaid was Maeve Kearney, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Sarah Kearney and Ruth Kearney both sisters of the bride. Flower girl was Riona Chapman, niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly, P.P. Lanesboro and Fr Tom Murray, Bord of Management, St. Joseph’s School, Longford. The wedding reception was held in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

Gaelscoil Longfoirt: Gaelscoil Longfoirt will hold its open day and enrolment for all classes will take place on Saturday 2nd March from 1pm to 3pm. The Gaelscoil would be delighted to personally meet with you and to take you around the scoil to see for yourself the quality of provision that is on offer. The Gaelscoil is also accepting pre-enrolments for September 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Pride in our Young People: Saturday evening last in Derry City the culmination of all the hard work done by the Shannon Gaels novelty act group came to conclusion. The team performed magnificently in the presentation of their novelty act. It is extremely rare in an All-Ireland that all players perform to their ultimate. Our members of the cast did, it was without doubt their most polished and correct presentation of the full season of Scór na nÓg. Unfortunately for them they ran into a team representing Tipperary and Munster that were, according to the judges, just slightly ahead of them. We must congratulate the group and their mentor Maura Tobin for giving the club and parish a wonderful year and also for making history by being the first team from the club to be in an All-Ireland. We have every reason to be proud of them – their behaviour right through all competitions has been impeccable and they are an immense credit to their families, their club, their county and their province. The novelty act team loses four of the group next year – Shane, Lauren, Laura and Andrew - due to being over age. If there are any young people looking to join the group or any of the other disciplines of Scór in the coming year please contact the club executive. If you have ability to coach Céilí Dancing or Set Dancing the club would love to hear from you. The club is also seeking young people to take part in the following Solo Singing, Instrumental music, Storytelling/Recitation, Ballad group and Question Time.

Thank You: The committee and members of the Co Longford Branch of Multiple Sclerosis would like to thank most sincerely the organisers of the Christmas Day Run/Walk from Cashel to Lanesboro, raised over €7,000 for the branch. A special word of thanks to all the participants, those who fundraised for the event and everybody who helped in any way on the day to contribute to the smooth running of this annual event. Your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated; these funds will go a long way in helping the members of our society for the coming year.

Lough Ree AC: The new International Indoor facility at Athlone I.T. brings a new buzz to athletics in our area. On Saturday last the Connaught Region had their first squad coaching session there. The club had Larissa Noone, Stephen O’Dowd, James Scally and Eoin Murray involved and we feel certain that all four slept well that night. There were others invited but they had travelled to Derry with the Shannon Gaels group, competing in the All-Ireland Scor finals. The Connaught Indoor championships will be staged at the same venue on Sunday next. The youngsters should find it an amazing experience. The club will have problems with entries as they have to be in by the time this article goes to press. In the past the club were severely out of pocket when many athletes did not travel and there is no refund. The club’s older members were devastated to hear of the death of Brid Dunne, a former athlete with the club. The club offers its sincere sympathies to the Dunne family on their bereavement and of course also to Paul Enright. Paul was a former member of the club and if information is correct he was the first from the club to win an All-Ireland medal when under 12. Indoor training takes place as usual on Tuesday evening at 7pm in Ballyleague Hall.

Shaping up with Bonnie: Classes continue in St. Mary’s Parish Hall every Thursday night; Kettle bells at 7pm for 30 minutes and Pilates from 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend as the exercises are not age specific. You can join in at any time. If you want to register or find further information you should contact Bonnie at 087-2238237.

Bridge Club: The results of the competition held on Wednesday night last are; 1st Tom Feeney and Una Clarke, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny, 3rd Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott and 4th Elish Gray and Gemma Douglas.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs Angela Crinigan her husband Tom and family, Barnacor on the death of Angela’s brother Ned Pender, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, recently.

Ballyleague Bingo: Each and every Thursday night Ballyleague bingo takes place in Ballyleague Hall at 8.30pm. This coming Thursday night the snowball stands at €2,500.

Punchestown 2013: Longford GAA are hosting the 11th Annual Race Day at Punchestown on ‘Gold Cup Day’ Wednesday 24th April. Rathcline GAA has always held the best Club representation at the event and this year we are looking to repeat this feat especially with club man Brendan Gilmore holding the chairman’s position in the County Board. The subsidised ticket price of €100 includes the following: Location at the final fence, four course meal, hot afternoon refreshments, admission to the races, race card, celebrity tipsters, bar facilities & bookies in the Pavilion; all of which represents fantastic value for money. Book your seat early as part of the Rathcline GAA contingent. €20 Deposits can be given to: Liam Connerton (086) 8776405, Albert Cooney (086) 8118580 & Chris Cullen (087) 2500120.