REGRETTED DEATH: The area was saddened at the news of the untimely death at Roscommon County Hospital on Sunday 17th July of John Keane, Cloontuskert. John a native of Doohoma, Belmullet, Co. Mayo had been sick a short time and his death came as a shock to family and friends alike. John came to work with Bord na Mona where he worked diligently until his retirement. If nature ever sent a gentleman to an area then we were honoured to have nature’s gentleman in our midst. John was a man whose religion played a big part in his life and along with his wife Evelyn were most regular communicants. His gentle nature and easy going manner endeared him to everybody that had the pleasure to make his acquaintance. His passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of the many people that came to know John. His remains reposed in his residence until being moved on Wednesday to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague where his Funeral Mass took place. Following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery. To his wife Evelyn, sons, Sean, Michael and Brendan, daughters Mary and Evelyn, brother, sisters, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.
TRACTOR RUN: Shannon Gaels Minor Club has just announced a Tractor Run and Family Day on Sunday 14th August. Some of the activities on the day together with the Tractor Run will include a Dog Show, Face Painting, Sheaf Throwing, live music and many more surprises. Bookings for the Tractor Run can be made by calling into Martina O’Brien in the Corner Shop or by phoning 0433321107. Payment of €30 must be made at the time of booking.
PILGRIMAGE: A one-day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday 21st August leaving from Ballyleague Hall at 7am. The island contribution is €30 and the bus fare has yet to be determined. For those wishing to avail of the bus and pilgrimage they can make enquiries to Mary, phone 043-3321969.
LOUGH REE AC: The athletic season (Track & Field) as far as Juveniles are concerned is drawing to an end. What is left is combined events and Community Games Finals towards the end of August.For the first time in the long history of the club there will be entrants in the combined in the combined events where competitors take part in the long jump, high jump, hurdles, shot and 200m. It will be very interesting to see how they fare out as two lads have been doing training for the event. The results are based on a complicated points system for the five events. This is a learning curve for all here! Reflecting on the Community Games County Finals in Longford and Roscommon, Lanesboro fared well with a fine collection of medals with Liam Ross the star of the day. On the other side of the bridge the result did not come as good for the Kilgefin contingent who won one silver and seven bronze in the younger age groups. There are many quality athletes in the Kilgefin but their star was not to shine on the day of the events.
Sympathy: We would like to extend our sympathy to Pakie and Anne Feeney and family, Rathcline and Peter and Maura Mc Loughlin, Ballyleague and the extended Feeney family on the death of their uncle Tommy Keane, Edgeworthstown, recently.
Local book: Last Thursday evening a huge number turned out for the launch of an anthology of Poems and Prose by local writers from the Lasraí Writers’ Group based in Lanesboro. It makes wonderful reading and it is, most definitely, a wonderful read. The contributors to this book are Rosarii Beirne, Sean Cahill, Jimmy Casey, Kieran Furey, John Killian, Paddy Laurence, Mary Mc Gushin, Rose Moran, Margaret Nohilly, Josephine O’Neill and Colin Carberry. The book is priced at a very reasonable €10 and is on sale in O’Brien’s Corner Shop.
MARKET: Come and visit the indoor market in St. Mary’s parochial 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, handmade handbags by Moira, household goods, bric a brac, DVD’s & books, plants and garden furniture. Fresh fish will be available from this Friday. Available at the back of the hall is car parking and playground. Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be available. Contact 087 3965568 for inquiries.
SHANNON GAELS: Shannon Gaels Minor were unfortunate on Tuesday evening last in the Championship preliminary round against Southern Gaels on a final scoreline of 1-9 to 9 points. With what seemed like a legitimate goal been disallowed in the 1st half as a square ball we had to settle for 2ndbest again. Hopefully we can make a little more progress in the A Championship.Our 16 team are out in 1st round of the Championship against Granard in Higginstown on Thursday 21st July at 7.30pm. Our U13 squad played their last game in the league on Friday evening last. Unfortunately we had to field a much weakened team due to holidays and in so doing we missed out on a final spot in the League. This seems to be the story of the summer at all age groups. Our U12 team had a great win over Clonbroney on Thursday evening last in Clonbonny to make it an unbeaten run in this year’s U12 League so far. We are in Drumlish on this Thursday at 8pm for U12 Blitz. Our U8s are in Clonguish on Wednesday 20th July in an All County Blitz. Training as usual on Thursday in Clonbonny at 7.00pm for U6 to U10.
Rathcline GAA: After a long break since the first Senior Championship match against Dromard, this Friday night July 22nd sees our long awaited encounter against Ballymahon. The match will throw in at 8.15pm in Páirc Chiarán, Cashel. It would be great to see a large crowd supporting Rathcline. Your support is vital for the team. Best of luck lads. Congratulations to the ladies team on their comprehensive victory over Longford Slashers in the first round of the championship. The club would like to extend our best wishes to Gareth Johnston as he moves his pharmacy to the new premises of the old bank. Congratulations to Cian O’Brien and Michelle Whelan who were married on Saturday July 16th. We wish you a long and happy future together.The club would like to extend our sympathy to Brendan Keane on the death last week of his father John. RIP.
St. Faithleach’s GAA: O’Rourke Cup: Game against St. Brigids this coming Friday 22nd July. See fixtures for details. U14 Championship Final: Our U14 Boys were defeated by Oran in the Division 2 Championship County Final on Saturday last. Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Farrell, J. Irwin, C. Mangan, E. Farrell, M. Cox(Cpt), L. Parker, D. Nerney(0-1), D. Kelly, S. Walsh(0-2), S. Phillips(0-2), C. Kennelly(0-1), D. Foley, C. Gannon, J. Hussey. Subs: K. Nerney, R. Guinan, E. Tynan, M. Gill, C. Gannon. Minor Special League Final: Our Minor Men meet St. Aidan’s in the Division 3 Minor Special League Final on Tuesday next, 19th July at 7.30pm in Lisnamult. We wish all Players on the Panel along with their Manager/Mentors, Damien Rooney & Paddy Neilon the very Best of Luck. Panel: Callum Farrell, Shane Sweeney, Jonathan Sweeney, Damien Gibbons, John Walsh, Ronan McDermott, Colin Gannon, Damien Rooney(Cpt), Keith Healy, Kevin Farrell, Diarmuid Murtagh, Niall McCaffrey, Niall Mc Weeney, Cathal Gunn, Keelan Kelly, Aaron Kelly, Jerome Kelly, David Healy. Please come along and support. U16 Division 2 Championship: Our U16 Lads play against Oran this coming Thursday 21st July in Ballyleague. Cards: Every Tuesday in the Club House, 9.00pm. All welcome. Last week’s Winners – John O/Pakie. Runners-Up, Peggy/Michael. Last game, Terry/Frank. Ticket Winners: Padraig, Michael, Jim, Mickey, John O. American Tea Party: postponed until later date. Congratulations: To Alan & Michelle Brehon on the birth of their Baby Daughter Anya, a sister for Ava.