Lanesboro/Ballyleague March 4



The 2011 Lanesboro Horse Fair is taking place this Saturday, March 5. See feature in this week’s Longford Leader for details.


The results of the 25 card game held in the Peer Inn on Sunday night last were: 1st Mickey & Tom, joint second Tom & Sonny and Pauric & Mike. The table prizes went to Packie & Gerard and Pauric & Mike.The game continues every Sunday night in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha at 9pm.


The news was greeted with great shock and sadness when it arrived on Saturday 19th February of the sudden death at his residence of Tom Harrison, Ballyleague. Tom along with his wife Katharine ran a very successful grocery and filling station in Ballyleague for many years until their retirement two years ago. Tom was a native of Kilteevan who move to Ballyleague many years ago where they developed a thriving business. Tom was a very popular and supportive man of all things local. He was a very active member of Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club for over 20 years where he held various positions within the club. Tom was really enjoying his retirement until his sudden death and in days prior he was actively doing a major clean-up in preparation on new leasees of his business. Tom’s presence in Ballyleague and indeed the area will be sadly missed.His remains were removed from his family residence on Tuesday last to the Church of the Holy Rosary for his funeral Mass and cremation took place at Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin. To his wife Katharine, daughters Patricia, Caroline, Jackie and Caroline son David, mother Christine, sisters Mary, Philomena and Helen, brother Gerry, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place in Ballyleague/Lanesboro on Thursday 17th March commencing at 2.30pm. This parade has made St. Patrick’s Day in the Ballyleague/Lanesboro area a very special one with huge numbers turning out to view all the parade. It is also very well received with local businesses and organisation that make a great effort in preparing their floats. This year Longford Pipe Band will be joined by Castlerea Brass Band thus further enhancing our day of celebration.Entry forms are available in the Lough Ree Development Co-Op and all intending participants are asked to return completed form as soon as possible.The launch of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday night next 4th March in Adie Farrell’s bar. The committee would like to invite everyone from the general area to come along and enjoy the night. For further information call 33 27070.


It is with great sadness we learned of the death in Inis Ree Lodge, Ballyleague on Wednesday last 23rd February of Polly Mallon, Ballyleague. Polly was predeceased recently by her husband Tony had been in failing health for a time. She was a vivacious lady with a tremendous attitude to life. She was a great neighbour and friend and her passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that knew her. Her remains reposed at her residence until the removal of her remains to the Church of the Holy Rosary Ballyleague on Friday. Following her Funeral Mass her remains were interred in Kiltoom Cemetery. To her sons Declan, David and Diarmuid, daughter Deirdre, sisters relatives and many friends we extend our since sympathy.


Many congratulations to Eamon Farrell and Mary Duffy, Tullyvrane, on the birth last week of a baby girl.


The monthly Whist Drive in aid of Lanesboro Social Services will take place on Friday night next 4th March at 8.30pm. As usual a great night of fun and card playing is assured. Refreshments will be served and your support will go towards helping a committee that does tremendous work in our community.


Results Feb 14th - N/S Gross 1st Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly, 2nd Maureen Hynes & Renee Walshe 3rd Joan Browne & Patricia McGann and 4 Mark & Peggy Crehan.

N/S Nett – 1st Nancy Dolan & Eileen Kelly, 2nd Fiona Gillen & Phil Chalmers, 3rd Maureen Hynes& Renee Walshe and 4th Joan Browne & Patricia McGann

E/W Gross – 1st Mike Flynn & Kathleen O Reilly, 2nd Noreen Dunne & Philomena Walshe, 3rd Mary Conmy & Mary Jameson and 4thPeg Clarke & Mary B Casey

E/W Nett – 1st Mike Flynn & Kathleen O Reilly, 2nd Noreen Dunne & Philomena Walshe, 3rd Mary B.Casey & Peg Clarke and 4th Mary Conmy & Mary Jameson. Results of the Burke Trophy qualifier for Co. Longford –Wed. 16th February 2011 :-

1st. Joan Donnellan, Margaret Gillen, John Murphy & Rev. Pat Murphy, 2nd Ray Masterson, Frank Kenny, Finbar & Geraldine Murphy, 3rd Kathleen Mimnagh, Pat Farrell, Peter & Martha Duignan, 4th Mary Shannon, Eileen Ward, Michael & Carmel O’Brien, 5th Maureen Kearns, Maura Mulvey, Mary Mc Greal & Ann Fay.


The Community Games committee are organising a Table Quiz in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Friday next 4th March from 7pm to 8pm. The function of the quiz is to get two teams together for the mixed U14 table quiz that will take place in the park House Hotel on Monday 7th March. The very best of luck to the U13 team indoor soccer team who play Enfield on this Thursday in Kenagh Hall at 7pm. Good luck to the U16 chess team who take on Summerhill, Co. Meath in Mullingar on Friday night 11th March at 7.30pm.If you are interested in managing an U13 Boys or Girls Futsal team please contact, Pauline Casey, Teresa Ryan or John Rooney.


At the recent AGM of Lanesboro Pike Angling club the following officers were elected for the coming year- Chairman – Pat Reilly, vice chairman – Louis Rhatigan, secretary – Eithne Clyne, assistant secretary – Noel Rhatigan, PRO’s Gerry Mitten & Aidan Farrell, joint treasurers Joe Farrell and Brian Tabiner.


There is a scramble this Saturday, the 5th March, at Strokestown Golf Club: Tee off 10.30am.Please be there as early as possible for the draw. The usual soup and sandwiches will be served afterwards by our good friends in Strokestown Golf Club. The AGM to elect the new committee for 2011 will be held in the clubhouse immediately after prize giving. Text 0879730611 if you are coming. Looking forward to a big turnout and a pleasant year’s golf thereafter.


The Ladies Gaelic Football Association in conjunction with Longford Sports Partnership are running Gaelic4Girls in the Lanesborough/Ballyleague area (St Faithleachs GAA pitch) every Saturday from 4.00-5.00pm for 8 weeks beginning on the 5th March. The Programme involves girls between 9-13yrs. The cost is only €8. All interested parties, please contact: Lisa Cafferky - 087 7677454, Madeline Murray - 086 1500123 or Sheila Collier - 086 3179218.

Aimed at increasing participation in Ladies Gaelic Football, the programme has been rolled out nationally in various areas. The programme targets girls between 9-13years in the hope that they will continue to play with their local clubs in the area. The programme is focused on fun and participation, allowing girls to get an introduction to Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun environment.

The Programme is been organised by Lisa Cafferky (Ladies Gaelic Football Urban Programme Officer, 087 7677454) and co-ordinated by Madeline Murray (086 1500123) and Sheila Collier (086 3179218).


U13 Boys - Ballyboro V Newtown AFC. Final Score 3-1.Our U13 team had a well-deserved win at home to Newtown AFC on Saturday last. Conor Walton proved solid for Boro on the day & had a great game. Man-of-the-Match was Kevin Sorohan. Goal scorers for Boro were Kevin Sorohan, Jonathan Hussey & Shane Phillips.