Back in January 4th, one of our former residents, June O’Neill, formerly of the Green, died in New York. On Monday, 25th August her Funeral Mass will take place in St. Mary’s church at 11am. Following her Funeral Mass interment will take place in Clonbonny cemetery.
The Harvest Festival will take place, this year, in Newtowncashel on Sunday, 31st August. Leading up to the event there will be a Harvest Festival Table Quiz in the Peer Inn, Lisnacusha on Friday night next 8th August at 9.30pm. The proceeds of the table quiz will go to St. Christopher’s Longford a charity that should be close to the hearts of everyone in the county. Please come along on Friday night take part in the quiz whilst have lots of fun in the company of many friends. On Friday night 22nd August in Gav’s Bar, Kenagh, the official Press night will take place at 9.30pm. The committee welcomes everyone to come along and be part of the launch of this year’s festival.
Finally, you are reminded to come along to support the Harvest Festival and Working Field Day in Newtowncashel on Sunday 31st August. The festivities will kick off at 12noon and it will continue until 6pm – 6 hours of great entertainment.
The Ray Flynn Mile
The Co. Longford Tourism Committee is hosting the inaugural Ray Flynn Mile in Longford Town on Saturday, 23rd August, in honour of the Longford native, who holds the Irish record for the 1500 meters and the mile, as well as a world record as part of an all-Irish 4x1 mile relay team. This race will be run on the Ballinalee Road, beginning at the roundabout and finishing at St Mel’s Cathedral Car Park. Registration begins at 1.00pm with the race itself starting at 2pm. The meeting point will be the Enterprise Centre on the Ballinalee Road. The event will help form part of a running festival weekend in Longford that includes the 13th Annual Longford Marathon, scheduled for Sunday the 24th of August. The Ray Flynn event will include an elite race, an over 40s race, and juvenile races. People who just want to support the tourism committee are most welcome and are invited to walk the mile with friends or family. Registration is €10 for adults and €4 for juveniles, and advance registration is available through Eventbrite, www.eventbrite.ie People who are registered to run in the marathon on the following day can run the mile event at a subsidised fee of €5. This is a very special opportunity for everyone within our parish to celebrate a very special man from Longford but also one of our own that has achieved so much on the world athletic scene. Ray, a special one, is one of the finest people that you are ever likely to meet and your attendance will be an acknowledgement not only of a national legend but a true legend from our own county – a man we are really proud of.
World War 1 Exhibition
World War 1 Exhibition will take place in the Library from Monday, 11th August for two weeks. The exhibition covers all aspects of the Great War, with particular focus on the contribution of the locals of Lanesboro. All are welcome to come along.
The 4th annual Ros 5k Series starts on Wednesday, 20th August. The first race is in Roscommon, followed by Boyle 27th August, Taughmaconnell 3rd September with the final race in Lanesboro on 3rd September. Entry fee is €10 per race on the night or €25 euro for the four races. Entries can be made online www.roscommon5kseries.com and all enquiries should be directed via email to email@example.com. You can also check the Facebook page Roscommon 5K Series.
Lough Ree Athletic Club wishes to thank all those who contributed to the recent church gate collections in Lanesboro and Ballyleague. With the Lanesboro run taking place on Wednesday, 3rd September and being hosted by our own Lough Ree Athletic Club there is lots of time for all local joggers and runners to prepare for the run. It would be great if the run was the biggest yet in our own area. The race will start at Clonbonny at 7pm.
Last weekend the football championship returned on both sides of the bridge for both Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s to mixed fortune. Rathcline travelled to Killoe to take on Ballymore and returned home with a comprehensive looking scoreline. The scoreline flattered to deceive and there will be much improvement necessary to progress to the final stages of the Intermediate championship. Rathcline will play Carrickedmond in a vital game in Ballymahon on Sunday next at 2pm. St. Faithleach’s following their great victory over Strokestown entertained Western Gaels and unfortunately they came out on the wrong side of a 1-16 to 0-11 point defeat. While they are in a strong position to progress to the quarter finals the need to get back on the winning trail is very important. Faithleach’s have that opportunity on Sunday evening next when they will take on St. Aidans in the final game of their group at 5pm in Kiltoom. We wish both teams every success and encourage supporters from both team to get out and support their teams in these crucial games.
Rathcline Lotto not won
The Rathcline GAA lotto took place on Saturday night last the six numbers drawn were 11, 12, 19, 21, 43 and 45. There was nobody with four of the numbers and the jackpot of €1400 was not won. The four winners of the €25 were; Karena Mulvihill, Newtowncashel, Gerry Cox, Doughill, Brid Keegan, Ballymahon and Dominic McGrath, Derrygeel. The next draw will take place on Saturday night next for a jackpot of €1,500.
The Royal Canal Heritage Walk
As part of National Heritage Week, Longford Tourism is hosting a heritage walk along the route of The Royal Canal from Richmond Harbour in Clondra. Led by Fr Tom Murray this interesting and informative walk will take in some of the beautiful scenery of the newly opened Royal Canal Cycleway. Refreshments will be served afterwards in The Richmond Inn, Clondra. The walk starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening 26th August.
It is with great sense of loss as we extend our deepest sympathy to Berney and Margaret Carberry and family, Lough Ree Park, Padraig and Mary Brewster, Clonbonny and the extended Carberry family on the tragic death last week of Anthony Carberry, formerly Cloontuskert. Our hearts goes out to Berney and Mary and their families at what is a very trying time for all of the family.
Lough Ree Golfing Society
The next outing of the society is our captain, Mike Brennan’s day to Royal Tara Golf Course, Navan. The date set is this Wednesday, 13th August and the tee is booked from 11.30am to 12.30. We look forward to a wonderful day at this lovely mature woodland course. For your diaries please note the following dates: Athlone, Wed, 10th September, 12 to 1 pm. Dunmurray Springs, Kildare, Friday, 3rd October; tee times will be announced later. Finally our AGM and Christmas fun outing will hopefully be held in Strokestown in November. Happy golfing to all and keep it straight and long!
Annual Family Day
Costello’s Nursing will again host their annual Family Fun Day at their care centre, Ballyleague, on Saturday, 16th August from 2pm to 6pm. On the day there will be a visiting pet farm with live music and much more events. All families and friends of relatives in the Home are invited to attend.
Barry Raftery Memorial Conference
Professor Barry Raftery died in August 2010 leaving an amazing legacy following a distinguished career. Nothing sums his life up better than an appreciation written by Gabriel Cooney in a quarterly review of world archaeology, Antiquity. The future of the Mid-Shannon Peatlands, Amenity, Archaeology and Bio Diversity is the topic of the conference and it should draw a huge interest due to its range and tremendous and immediate interest to our area. The conference will take place at Corlea Interpretive Centre on Friday 29th August. Admission is only €10 which includes tea/ coffee am and pm and also lunch. Registration will take place at 10am. At 10.20am Dr. John Feehan will open the conference with a lecture on ‘The Past of Mid summer Peatlands. 11.10am Dr. Ronan O’Flaherty will speak on the Guardians of Midhir – Cranes in our past and future. At 11.40 local archaeolist Brian O’Hara will spak on Experimental and Community Archaeology. The morning session will close with a talk from Eoin Donnelly, a forester and woodright who is in the process of building a replicia Viking house. The afternoon session will commence Longford County Senior Planning officer Donal Mac an Bheatha on the Future of the Mid Shannon Peatlands. Wetlands Heritage chairman Kieran Mc Entee and Tom Egan, Land project Manager from Bord na Mona will speak on the Shared Vision of the two groups. The conference will finish with a Walk in the Bog with David Fallon, Ecologist with Bord na Mona who will talk and present Biodiversity on the Walk. Barry Raftery’s input into the development at Corlea was remarkable and it is only fitting that his name should be honoured at this memorial conference. The excellent Wetlands Heritage committee have worked so hard in the development of this programme and it is one that should not be missed. The calibre of the contributors goes without saying and there is a lasting education to be garnished from the conference.
Charity Concert - The Last Rose of Summer
Local pianist, Peter Regan returns to St. John’s Church, Battery Road Longford on Friday, August 22nd at 8:00 p.m. to give another electrifying concert, “The Last Rose of Summer”. All proceeds will go to Co. Longford Hospice and St. John’s Church. Joining him will be violinist, Phoebe White and mezzo-soprano, Heather Fogarty. Tickets are €15, students €10 and are available from Denniston’s Music Shop, Longford or text 086 256 0408. Come along for an evening of magical entertainment in aid of a worthy cause.
Strictly Come Dancing
The Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s clubs have come together to host what will be a very special and unique evening out when they will host ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ next November. Both clubs are actively seeking dancers for the event and you are asked to be positive in your response if you are approached. Strictly Come Dancing has been a big hit everywhere it has been held and I am sure that it will be no different when both clubs come to stage it in November. The merging of the clubs for this event is a huge bonus as it allows the talented from both sides of the bridge to come together and produced a night never to be missed or forgotten. Don’t worry about your dancing skills as the entire event will be co-ordinated and choreographed by the Midlands Drama School over an eight week period. Don’t wait to be asked to come on board as one of the dancers just give your name to Lorraine 0876827966 or Helen 0860809377 and these ladies will take you through what will be required. Come along and be part of a wonderful night as well as get trained to dance over an eight week period.
Limited number of seats left
The annual day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Sunday, 24th August leaving Lanesboro at 7am. At present there are just a very limited number of seats remaining. The bus will travel via Scramogue, Rooskey and Carrick on Shannon. As the bus booked is from Farrelly’s and will leave Kenagh at 6.40am and will also pick up at Derryhaun at 6.50am. Anyone wishing to make a booking should do so immediately by contacting Mary at 043 33 21969.
100km cycle challenge
The annual Tarmonbarry 100km (10am) 50km (11am) and 20km (12 noon) cycle takes place this Sunday, 17th August. Registration at St. Barry’s hall from 8.30am. The 100km and 50km routes start and finish in Tarmonbarry and take cyclists through Lanesboro. A hot meal will be provided to all after the event. Enquiries to 086 8815493.