Lanesboro/Ballyleague

Ballyleague Tidy Towns: Residents and members of the business community in Ballyleague continued their work in preparation for the adjudication of the national tidy towns competition this week by installing a new slate and stone foundation at the public seating area adjacent to the old Anchor Hotel. Twenty local residents took part in the initiative which brings the work in this area to a conclusion with flowers, paint and newly restored seating in place. The area now looks very well and is a credit to everybody who has been working there in a voluntary capacity. Elsewhere in the village work is continuing on a new flower bed on the road to the Waterways Ireland marina. A new attractive sign has been put in place at the gates leading to the Shannon banks next to the bridge asking members of the public not to litter the area and work continues on the painting of a number of walls and buildings on private property throughout the village. In the marina area work has commenced to remove bushes and briers from around the trees adjacent to the recycling banks and the committee would like to appear to residents and visitors in the area to refrain from leaving old clothes, cardboard boxes or rubbish on the ground beside or behind the bottle banks. Work will continue on a number of fronts in the coming weeks. It is planned to paint the black railings in the marina at a later date and the committee invite all volunteers to join them at 7pm on Wednesdays and 10am on Saturdays to help share the workload. The Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee would like to appeal to the public for support at its annual church gate collection in July. If you would like to help us continue the good work in cleaning up the area please contact Chairman Denis Dunne at 0433321150 or e mail: keepballyleaguetidy@gmail.com

Ballyleague Tidy Towns: Residents and members of the business community in Ballyleague continued their work in preparation for the adjudication of the national tidy towns competition this week by installing a new slate and stone foundation at the public seating area adjacent to the old Anchor Hotel. Twenty local residents took part in the initiative which brings the work in this area to a conclusion with flowers, paint and newly restored seating in place. The area now looks very well and is a credit to everybody who has been working there in a voluntary capacity. Elsewhere in the village work is continuing on a new flower bed on the road to the Waterways Ireland marina. A new attractive sign has been put in place at the gates leading to the Shannon banks next to the bridge asking members of the public not to litter the area and work continues on the painting of a number of walls and buildings on private property throughout the village. In the marina area work has commenced to remove bushes and briers from around the trees adjacent to the recycling banks and the committee would like to appear to residents and visitors in the area to refrain from leaving old clothes, cardboard boxes or rubbish on the ground beside or behind the bottle banks. Work will continue on a number of fronts in the coming weeks. It is planned to paint the black railings in the marina at a later date and the committee invite all volunteers to join them at 7pm on Wednesdays and 10am on Saturdays to help share the workload. The Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee would like to appeal to the public for support at its annual church gate collection in July. If you would like to help us continue the good work in cleaning up the area please contact Chairman Denis Dunne at 0433321150 or e mail: keepballyleaguetidy@gmail.com

Engagement: We send our congratulations to Laura Mulryan, daughter of Pat and Marcella Mulryan, Church View and Alan Mannion son of Paddy and Margaret Mannion, Stonepark, Roscommon who announced their engagement recently.

Eugene Maguire: Much has already been written and captured on RTÉ of the heroic deeds of one of our young men of the parish. Eugene Maguire, son of Ollie and Breda Maguire, Rathcline, was along with friends by the Shannon on one of the few nice days we had seen this year. He noticed that a swimmer was in trouble and this remarkable young man, without concern for his own safety, dived into the Shannon and proceeded to rescue the man in distress. It was a remarkable act of bravery by Eugene and he is rightfully deserving of the accolades being paid to him by all sections of the community. There must be something about that area of the parish as a number of years ago local man Odie Lawlor – a neighbour of Eugene’s – performed the same act of bravery in Dublin and who received his award in 1997.

Birth: Many congratulations to Lewis and Martina Hanley, Lehery, on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Rathcline Cemetery: There will be a gate collection for the general maintenance and grass cutting at the Mass in the cemetery on Sunday next 3rd July. Your generous support will be appreciated.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Tom O’Farrell, Longford Road and the extended Fallon family, on the death of his sister Mrs Rose Eithna Regan, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon.

President elect: Next Monday evening the Shannon Gaels Minor club will welcome President elect of the GAA, Liam O’Neill, to our parish. The club is deeply honoured that Liam has accepted our invitation and we look forward to a very special evening. The evening will commence at 8pm with a cup of tea and the main event will kick off at 8.30pm. This is a huge event for the club and you are asked to make it a very special one by your attendance and input.

Kayaking: Making full use of the natural facilities in Lanesboro this July is the Lanesboro Kayaking Summer School which runs from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July. There will be two sessions daily; one for young people aged between 11 and 16 from 10am to 12.30pm and in the evening from 7pm to 9pm for adults. Booking is essential to guarantee your place and the cost is €60 for the 11to 16 year old and €70 for the adults. The course, on completion, will qualify the participants at level 1 and level 2 and they will be entitled to Irish Canoe Union certification. All those interested in applying must be able to swim. Refresher courses are available for those that have previously earned level 1 and level 2. Course fees must be fully paid up prior to commencement and if you require further information you are asked to contact Junior 087-6675275 or email juniorkayak@gmail.com

Triathlon: The local Trilanesboro Triathlon club will stage their inaugural triathlon in Lanesboro Ballyleague on Saturday 16th July. The ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon’ promises to be a wonderful day for competitors and spectators alike. The preparation for the staging of their inaugural event has been detailed and nothing is being left to chance so much so that each discipline is measured to the exact distance – 750 meter swim, 20 Kilometer bike, 5 Kilometer run. Judging by the response so far and with another month to go it is expected that there will be a huge entry. Trilanesboro is only less than one year in existence and already it has attracted huge interest and the club is competitive almost every weekend. If you would like to find out more about the club log onto their website www.trilanesboro.com

Cemetery Sunday: Sunday next will see the commencement of Cemetery Remembrance in the parish of Rathcline. Mass on Sunday 3rd July will take place Rathcline Cemetery at 6pm.and will continue in Lanesboro Cemetery on 10th July at 6pm and Clonbonny Cemetery on Sunday 17th July also at 6pm. Hopefully all the work is now completed in the tidying of family graves and large numbers will attend and celebrate together the memory of all your loved ones.

Indoor Market: An indoor market has opened in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro, every Friday, from 11am to 2pm. Patrons will be able to choose from a wide range of stalls selling local home baking, Forever Aloe Vera products, gold, silver and costume jewellery, goats milk beauty products, household goods, bric a brac, DVD’s, plants and garden furniture. Car parking and playground to the rear of the hall. Tea, Coffee and light snacks are also available. Contact 087 3965568 for queries.

Art, Dance Music and Sport: An Art, Dance, Music and Sports Camp will take place in St. Mary’s Parish Hall Lanesboro from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July daily from 10to 2pm. Children can be dropped off from 9.30am at the camp. The dance part of the campo will consist of a mixture of all types of dance e.g. hip-hop, line, ballroom, celli set, Irish tap, flamenco, Scottish and kinder dance (for younger children). The music part will consist of Tin whistle and recorder. The fees for the camp for the week are: €50 for one child, €90 for two children and €20 for each child of the family after that. For enquiries and bookings contact Mairéad Quinn 086-3046426 086-3046426 or Maureen Farrell 086-3702719 086-3702719

Bus to Oxygen: A bus will leave Lanesboro for Oxygen festival at Punchestown race track on Thursday 7th July and again on Friday 8th July. You are advised to book immediately to secure your seat on the bus. Contact Packie 086-3963292.

Thank You: The Co-op would like to thank everybody who helped during the recent community clean up, your help is very much appreciated and it made a great difference with many projects completed during the evening’s work. It is planned to have another clean up during the coming weeks. In recent weeks, much work has been done around the town, with painting, planter boxes and the recent addition of hanging baskets on all ESB poles from the bridge to the church. Last weekend, the newly planted row boat was placed at the corner. The Co-op would like to thank Dessie Watts for kindly donating the boat, Pat Connolly for his expert repair work and Vinnie McGowan, Mark Casey, Joe McGrath, John L Farrell and the FAS workers, Brendan Keane and Seadna Ryan for painting and planting the boat. The co-op hopes that you are seeing the town tidy up and looking much better and it hopes that with each week, additional work can be done. You can help by coming to the clean-up nights, painting a front wall/gate, sweeping a foot path, putting up a hanging basket or window box, cleaning up a vacant house or site and together the town will continue to improve over the coming months. The co-op encourages everybody to help out, business owners and residents to keep the improvements going.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Katie Costello and family, Lisreevagh, on the death of Bridgie Killian, Newtowncashel last week.

Work Scheme: The work scheme where members of the Shannon Gaels Minor Club – boys and girls – are available for all odd jobs and work on bogs, footing and bringing home turf, mowing lawns. To date the scheme is already working excellently and if anybody out there wants some work done they can contact Jimmy Flood, Seadna Ryan, Brendan Keane, Sean Kenny or Joe O’Brien.

Community Games: On Sunday last, the top young athletes of the county descended on Ballymahon for the Community Games Track and Field County Finals. The first and most important success for Lanesboro was our huge representation, with a team of 41 children taking part. Each and every child performed out of their skin and were competitive in every event, making the large Lanesboro following very proud. Overall Lanesboro won six Gold medals, two Silver medals and five Bronze medals taking home a total of 25 medals with relay’s counted. Indeed this under represents how well the Lanesboro Athletes performed because many others only marginally missed out on medals by finishing in 4th place. Many thanks to Lanesboro Athletic club’s Fabian Walsh, Steve and Marie Peters and Margaret Mullooly and also the athletes parents for having the children so well turned out. The hard work of the Community Games committee, especially Pauline Casey ensured smooth co-ordinating of Lanesboro’s entry. John Rooney and Sharon Brady, with all the games organising committee gave their weekend to ensure the games were efficiently run, while Mary Sorohan ensured all the athletes made it to the start line. The children looked very smart in their new gear sponsored by the ESB Lough Ree Power. The Gold medal winners were: Anna Peters U-14 Long Jump, Tanya Farrell U-14 Long Puck, Enda Berga U-16 Javelin, Liam Ross U-10 100M, Aisling Casey U13 Walking race and the Girls U-14 Relay team – Haley Rooney, Tanya Farrell, Sarah Farrell, Anna Peters and Niamh Chalke. Silver Medals were won by Dean O’Reilly U-12 Ball Throw and Conor English U-14 80M Hurdles. Bronze Medals were won by Sarah Farrell U-14 Shot Putt, Sean Casey U-16 100M, Orla Keane in the U-12 100M, The U-15 Mixed Relay team – Mark Lyons, Dearbhail Flood, Laura Peters and Eoin Sorohan and the U-10 Mixed Relay team – Liam Ross, Aoife Nolan, Ashling Farrell and Richard Prior with subs Aoife English and Seadna Ryan. Congratulations again to all the athletes and best of luck to the gold medal winners who will be representing Longford in the all-Ireland finals in Athlone in August.

Kilgefin Community Games: Thanks to all 32 athletes who represented Kilgefin at the County Athletics finals and well done to those who won medals. These were Bronze; Darragh Kelly, Jennifer Brennan and Conor Gannon. Silver: Niamh Parker and Ronan Banahan. Thanks to Claire, Sarah and Catherine Brennan and Eimear Collier who helped the track officials and thanks to all the parents who helped keep Kilgefin Community Games active. A special thanks to St. Faithleachs who once again put up a fantastic venue for our sports.

Bingo Winner: Congratulations to Joe Rooney Rathcline who won €10,500 in the Shannonside Bingo announced today, Monday.

Lough Ree 2000 Summer Bridge: The club would like to welcome our summer visitors from Ballymahon, Strokestown and Roscommon. Winners: N/S Gross: 1st Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 2nd Maureen Kearns & Joan Donnellan, 3rd Hannah Clyne & Maureen Hynes and 4th Ann Delaney & M. Delaney. Nett: 1st Loretta Cooney & Maureen Mulryan, 2nd Maureen Kearns & Joan Donnellan, 3rd Hannah Clyne & Maureen Hynes and 4th Mary McDermott & Eileen Mulry. E/W Gross 1st Margaret O’Dowd & Elsie Maxwell, 2nd Noreen Dunne & Katharine Harrison, 3rd Mai Casey & Mary Jameson, and 4th Kathleen Hanley & Mary Fallon. Nett: 1st Margaret O’Dowd & Elsie Maxwell, 2nd Mai Casey & Mary Jameson, 3rd Kathleen Hanley & Mary Fallon and 4th Noreen Dunne & Katharine Harrison. Bridge continues every Monday night, starting at 8.00 pm in Lough Ree Development Co-Op. All grades are welcome.