Lanesboro/Ballyleague

Gathering meeting: Thursday evening at 8.30pm the next meeting of the Gathering 2013 group will take place in Adie Farrell’s meeting room. What we are organising is a ‘parish hooley’ for all the community and for all the ex-parishioners who we will invite to come home to join us on August bank Holiday 2nd to the 5th August.
 An announcement will be made as to the musical line-up for the weekend and one of the biggest acts is presently being lined up for the weekend. Come along to the meeting and be part of what should be a fantastic weekend for everyone.

Gathering meeting: Thursday evening at 8.30pm the next meeting of the Gathering 2013 group will take place in Adie Farrell’s meeting room. What we are organising is a ‘parish hooley’ for all the community and for all the ex-parishioners who we will invite to come home to join us on August bank Holiday 2nd to the 5th August.
 An announcement will be made as to the musical line-up for the weekend and one of the biggest acts is presently being lined up for the weekend. Come along to the meeting and be part of what should be a fantastic weekend for everyone.

Registration Night: The Shannon Gaels minor club will hold their registration night in the clubhouse in Clonbonny on Friday week 8th February. It is important that every young person wishing to play football with Shannon Gaels during the coming year be registered on the night. Registration fees are €25 for single players and €35 for family membership – two or more children.

Social Services: The usual monthly Social Services Whist takes place on this Friday night 1st February at 8.30pm. Your support is always appreciated and as you know your contributions goes to very worthwhile work done by this outstanding committee.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The committee is once again up and running in preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that will take place in Lanesboro on Sunday 17th March through Ballyleague and Lanesboro. Now is the time to be getting plans together for the formation of your floats and get set for the building stage. It is hoped that with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday that there will be even greater numbers to watch the parade – hopefully the biggest and best yet.

Draw Results: The results of the Rathcline GAA Christmas draw that took place in Adie’s on Saturday night last are: 1st Prize: €3,000 - Seamus Finn C/O Lough Ree Power, 2nd Prize: €1,000 - Niall Nerney, Stonepark, 3rd Prize: €750 - Carolyn Cooney, Lehery, Lanesboro, 4th Prize: €500 - Tom Mulvihill, Cullentra, Lanesboro, 5th Prize: €250 - Willie Carlos, Kilrooskey, 6th Prize: €200 - Jack Bannon, Newtowncashel, 7th Prize: €200 - Ruth Boland, Old Circular Road, 8th Prize: €200 - Mick Brennan, Lisnacusha, 9th Prize: €200 - Martina Connaughton, Lecarrow, 10th Prize: €200 - John O Connor & John Toher C/O C-A-M.

Badminton Club: Well done to the Lanesboro Juvenile Team who reached the final in the Community Games and after a close contest were narrowly beaten by Killoe. The team members were Stephen Dowd, Cillian Flood, Seán Maguire, Aaron Farrell, Caoimhín Flood and Ronán English.

Fair Day: The traditional horse Fair Day of Lanesboro and Dog Show has been set for Saturday 2nd March. Since its revival a number of years ago the fair day has proven to be a very successful day in the calendar of events in the town. The fair will begin at 10am in the field behind St. Mary’s Church and 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.

Gathering seeks 
accommodation: The committee is seeking people with property to rent in the general area over August Bank Holiday weekend. As we expect a big influx of people from the parish back for the weekend the group is drawing up a database of all property available and if you have property please contact Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop with property location and description.

Bridge Club: Pairs competition will take place over the next two weeks commencing on this Wednesday night 30th January at 8pm. The results of the two previous competitions are: Wednesday 16th January N/S 1st Phil Chalmers & Cyril Hussey, 2nd Elish Gray & Brid Mc Dermott and 3rd Kathleen Reilly & Bernadette Gillen. E/W 1st Noreen Dunne & Mae Casey, 2nd Una Lawlor & Brid mc Dermott and 3rd Tom Feeney & Una Clarke. Wednesday 23rd January: 1st Philomena Walsh & Katharine Harrison, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan, 3rd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne and 4th Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray

Active Age Reopens: The Ballyleague/Lanesboro Active Age group will reopen, following the Christmas break, on Tuesday 5th February at 2pm in Lanesboro parish hall. The group would like to warmly invite anybody interested in joining them on Tuesday afternoons.

Table Quiz: The Shannon Gael minor club will hold a table quiz in the Peer Inn on Saturday night 9th February. The quizmaster will ask the first question at 9.30pm. A table of 4 will cost €40 and your support for the club will be hugely appreciated.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Michael and Mary Lyons and family, Longford Road, on the death of Michael’s mother, Mary Lyons, Croghan, Co. Roscommon who died on Monday 21st January.

Pike Angling: The AGM of Lanesboro Pike Angling club was held on Wednesday 23rd January. The following is the committee elected to office for the coming year: Chairman: Patrick Reilly; Vice chairman: Louis Rhatigan, Secretary: Eithne Clyne, Assistant: secretary Noel Rhatigan, Joint P.R.O.: Gerry Mitten and Aidan Farrell; Joint Treasurers: Joe Farrell and Brian Tabiner. O.N.S.D. Peter Smyth. New membership is now available from committee members or from the Yacht Bar. The club would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Community Games: Last weekend was Indoor Soccer weekend for Community Games. Lanesboro had 3 teams competing, two boys’ u10 teams and one boys U13 team. The U-13 team took on Longford South in the first match and took a lead of 4-1. However, having no subs is always very risky in indoor soccer and when Bryn Peters got injured; it could have been their undoing. Bryn swapped with goalie Eanna McGrath, and with their team mates Ronan English, Jakub Kajun, and John McCormack, hung on to gain victory and a place in the semi-final. The team were reinforced with Cronan Flood and Richard Prior for the semi-final, but Clonbroney the eventual competition winners were too strong for the team. Thank you to Vinnie English for managing the team. The first U-10 team made up of Cillian Cox, Niall Chalke, Callum Gordon, Conor Lyons and Jamie Hagan played great and quickly got on top of the complex indoor-soccer rules, but lost out to a strong Killoe team. The second team made up of Shane Killian, Duileach Ryan (Goalie), Cormac Casey, Aaron Kenny and Jamie Farrell won their first match 1-0 Vs Ballymahon/Forgney, with Jamie scoring the goal for Lanesboro. In their Semi-final match they took on Carrickedmond. Though it was another tight game, a strong performance at the back and super forwards helped Lanesboro to come through with a score of 3-0, with goals from Jamie and Cormac. In the final they came across a very strong Longford-South team and went behind by 3 goals in the first half. However the spirit of the Lanesboro team didn’t give-up and though they lost the match, they succeeded in pulling back to a final score of 3-2. This was a great performance and all the children were happy with the day out. Thank you to Mark Casey who managed both U-10 teams. Notes will issue through the schools to children for the local talent audition which will take place at 5pm on 10 February to get Lanesboro representatives in the county final. We hope we will get entries in some, or all, of the following events: Solo Singing, Solo Dance (Modern Disco), Group Dance (Modern Disco), Group Drama (Comedy Sketch), Group Music, Group Singing, Set Dancing. All these events are U-14 - i.e. born after 31/7/1999 - also Solo Music (U-13), Solo Recitation (U-12) and Group Dance (Irish Contemporary) (U-12). So if you have a talent at any of these disciplines and would like to perform, either individually or part of a group this will be the opportunity to take part.

Honda 50 Raffle: As you may know PJ Maher is embarking on another trip to bring hope to youngsters in Haiti and the funds from this ‘Honda 50’ draw will go towards helping to bring some comfort to these young people in poverty torn areas. Tickets are on sale for the Honda 50 draw and they are priced at only €10. The draw will take place in St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse on Saturday 2nd February. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Tickets are available from Daybreak Ballyleague or from O’Brien’s Shop.

GAA: Club membership is now open to everyone for the 2013 season. Prices are as follows: €20 for non-playing members and €50 for players. Peter Skelly will be accepting payment for all non-playing members and Ryan Fallon will be doing likewise with our Club players. Closing date for receipt of membership money is 31st March. Club Rathcline Lotto Draw - The Jackpot total of €1,000 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 3, 9, 13, 20, 21 and 41. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: (1) Denis Crinigan – Gurteengar, Lanesboro; (2) Joe Durkin – Main St., Longford; (3) Kevin Murray – Derrygeel, Lanesboro; (4) Kevin & Caroline Madden – Rathcline Rd., Lanesboro. Next week’s Jackpot will €1,100. Leinster Champions – Congratulations to the Longford Vocational schools team who were victorious over Kildare in the Leinster final in Páirc Ciarán on Friday night last. Final score in the game: Longford 2-14, Kildare 2-04. Special mention must go to the local lads involved with the team - Shane Kenny, Eoin Sorohan, Jack Rooney, Diarmuid Murtagh and Shane Cosgrave. Table Quiz - Shannon Gaels Minor Club are running a table Quiz on Saturday 9th February at 9:30pm in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha. Please keep this date in your diaries and we hope a big crowd will turn out to support the event.

Scór na nÓg: As preparations ramp up for the All-Ireland Final in Derry on Saturday 23rd February, Shannon Gaels Minor club would like to thank Chris Donoghue from Dromard for coming out to Lanesboro and helping the group in the fine tuning of the Novelty Act. More to follow on next week’s notes.