GAA visit: Monnday evening 4th July is a red lettered evening in the annals of Shannon Gaels Minor Football Club. GAA President elect, Liam O’Neill, has graciously accepted the invitation of the minor club to visit our club. Liam, when he accepted the invitation, asked to meet all parents of the club. Rather than the traditional stand and speak to the attendance he intimated that he would prefer to carry out a ‘club exercise’ which necessitates the full input of all parents. This ‘club exercise’ will prove to be hugely beneficial to the club and it is totally dependent on all parents and parents of prospective club members attending and participating. It also provides a greater connection with the future GAA President and the clubs parents. This is a wonderful honour and privilege for us especially as Liam wants to work with the minor club and its parents. The Shannon Gaels Minor club continues to do unprecedented work for all its youngsters under their care, be it on the field of play, those involved with Scór na nÓg or those with Search for a Star. To have the next President of the GAA coming to meet and work with us (from the grassroots to the very top) is something we should dearly cherish and we should make every effort to ensure he fondly remembers his visit to Shannon Gaels Minor Club. This is a very vital occasion for the club and a full turnout of parents of children from the cradle to under 18, is expected. Over the next two weeks you will be invited to attend and it is hugely important that your response will be positive. The club would appreciate everybody attending to confirm as soon as possible so as they can make their arrangements to cater for the number. If you need further information contact chairman Jimmy Flood or PRO/coordinator Joe O’Brien.
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 level1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Sundays: The dates have now been set for Mass to be celebrated at the three cemeteries in the parish of Rathcline in July. Mass on Sunday 3rd July Rathcline Cemetery at 6pm. Lanesboro Cemetery on 10th July at 6pm and Clonbonny Cemetery on Sunday 17th July also at 6pm.
Summer Camp: A Kidz Camp for children between the ages of 4 and 13 years is being run in Lanesboro National School from Thursday 30 June to Wed 6 July. A variety of fun activities will be on offer ranging from Art to Science, Drama, Music and Games. To book a place, please contact Liz on 0863447771 or Cora on 0868042332.
Death: The local area was greatly saddened with the news of the death of Angela Nolan, Shannon Heights, Ballyleague, on Sunday 12th June at her residence. Angela along with her husband John moved to Ballyleague some 15 years ago. She was fiercely proud native of Dublin. During her time in the area Angela became a very popular lady and that was clear to be seen with the deep sense of grief that was evident at the news of her death. Angela had been sick for some time and she fought her illness with a wonderful determination and dignity. Those who came to know her are all the poorer at her loss. Her remains were removed from her residence to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague on Monday and following her funeral mass her remains were laid to rest in her native Dublin. To her husband John, sons Patrick and Jason, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.
Sean Kilroy: On Friday last 17th June news filtered through on the death of one of our most loved adopted sons, Sean Kilroy. Sean moved from his native Offaly to Lanesboro in the 70’s to work in Lanesboro’s ESB power station. It was great to have an All-Ireland medal winner moving into your town and more importantly it was marvellous that he was going to play with our club. Sean was an all-round sportsman who also excelled at soccer where he played with Longford Town and also an adept golfer. Much more than that he was a man with a great personality, a wonderful warm smile that greeted both friend and stranger alike and a heart laden with gold. He met and married local woman Margaret Mc Nally (nee Moran). Following his retirement from ESB and Margaret’s sale of the Lough Ree Arms they moved to Mullingar where they lived until his untimely death. The Rathcline club was heavily represented at his removal from Gilsenan’s Funeral Home on Sunday where they carried his coffin draped in the club colours and the number 12 jersey he wore with such distinction from the Funeral Home to the Cathedral of Christ the King. His Funeral Mass took place on Monday and his remains were then interred in his native Mucklagh, Tullamore. We offer our sincere sympathy to Margaret, daughter Olivia, brother, sisters, relatives and many friends.
Death: The entire community were saddened to learn of the death at her residence on Tuesday last 14th June on the Green of Mrs Margaret Monaghan. Lily as she was more commonly known was predeceased a number of years ago by her husband Jamsie. Lily had been in failing health but her death came suddenly and peacefully in the company of her son Sean. Lily was a staunchly proud native of County Monaghan. She was a woman that was warm and welcoming and a great neighbour and friend. She never left anyone in need unaided and her generosity of spirit will long remain in the memory. She was a lady that always inspired positivity. Lily was once of the oldest lady residents of the town and her passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that had the pleasure to know her. The attendance at the removal of her remains from her residence to St. Mary’s Church on Thursday and again at her Funeral mass and burial in Clonbonny was both large and representative. To her son Sean, relatives and many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
Visit: John King will visit St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Thursday 30th June. John is an energy healer who works with angelic energy to aid in physical, emotional and spiritual healing. John also reads angel cards, oracle cards and Zen tarot. To book appointments contact John 085-1232957.
Camp: 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. For enquiries and bookings contact Mairéad Quinn 086-3046426 086-3046426 or Maureen Farrell 086-3702719 086-3702719
Ballyboro: Congratulations to our Ballyboro FC Players, Kevin Sorohan & Shane Phillips on the Longford Squad, who were Runners-Up in the Kennedy Cup Trophy Final after a great week of football at the Kennedy Cup 2011 Tournament in University of Limerick.
Lough Ree AC: Again Sligo was the venue for the Connaught Athletic Championships on Saturday last. This time it was for the older age groups. The club had only 5 athletes in action but netted four medals for their troubles. The odd man out, in every sense of the word, was Owen Murray. Apart from being the only male in the group, he was, unfortunately, the only one not to get into the medals. Owen was competition in the U13 Shot, where he finished in a very creditable 5th place, having thrown a personal best in the process. In the U14 Shot, Anna Peters was unlucky to have some ‘heavy hitters’ in her age group. We are sure she was delighted to come away with a bronze medal. The Girls U13 Shot saw club mates Orla Duffy and Larissa Noone in action. Both girls are of similar standard. Orla was in contention for a medal after her first throw, while Larissa was not. However, Larissa got her act together and got into the bronze medal with her last throw, finishing only 2 centimetres behind Orla, who had taken the silver medal. It was quite an achievement for the girls to take two out of the three medals on offer. Pride of place must go to Enda Berger. The Latvian lass waited patiently at the throwing area from 1pm. At some stage the commenced the U16 javelin event, leaving it unfinished but with Enda in the lead after three throws. The officials were waiting for some girls that were in the 200m heats and finals. It was 4.30 pm when the competition finished and Enda was Connaught Champion. She mentioned she was proud of herself and so well she might be. She needed plenty of patience and natural ability to succeed on the day.