Lanesboro/Ballyleague

Thank You: The organisers of the annual Multiple Sclerosis Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro on Christmas morning would like to say a huge thank you to everybody that took part either as a walker or a runner. The morning was bright dry and mild and it made the journey from Cashel to Lanesboro all the more pleasant. A record number, over 160, turned out on the morning making the occasion most memorable for the record number of participants.

Thank You: The organisers of the annual Multiple Sclerosis Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro on Christmas morning would like to say a huge thank you to everybody that took part either as a walker or a runner. The morning was bright dry and mild and it made the journey from Cashel to Lanesboro all the more pleasant. A record number, over 160, turned out on the morning making the occasion most memorable for the record number of participants.

Many home for Christmas and New Year: This year more than any in the recent past a good number of people returned back to the area for the Christmas period and New Year. We would like to say how great it was to meet so many and we hope that your stay was great. Lots of memories of days gone by were recalled and we wish you all a wonderful 2013 and hope to see more and more visiting in the coming year.

Sympathy: A death at Christmas time is always poignant and during the Christmas period we lost one of our former residents. Dolores Mc Garvey, formerly Gallagher from the Green, passed away in Donegal on Christmas Day. Dolores was sister to Manus, Barnacor, John, The Green and Larry, Newtowncashel and we extend our sincere sympathy to all her family and friends. Dolores was laid to rest on Thursday 27th December in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal.

Social Services Whist Drive: An enjoyable evening out is assured at the Lanesboro Social Services monthly Whist Drive on this coming Friday night 4th January at 8.30. Your support continues to be crucial to the tremendous work that the local social services committee continues to do in support of people in need within our community. The committee would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year.

Rathcline GAA Christmas Draw: The Rathcline GAA club is holding its annual Christmas Draw. For the club this is the most important draw of the year. The proceeds of the draw will go towards the paying of the clubs insurance and affiliation that is due at the first meeting of Longford GAA county board. The figure is huge for a small club and it makes this draw vital for the clubs finances. Tickets are priced at €20 each and the prize fund is; 1st - €3,000, 2nd - €1000, 3rd - €750, 4th - €500, 5th €250, 6th - €200, 7th - €200, 8th - €200, 9th - €200 and 10th - €200. The club looks forward to your generous support. Tickets are available from club executive and members or from O’Brien’s Corner Shop. The draw will take place in Adie Farrell’s on Saturday 19th January.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Paddy Baxter, Rathcline, on the death on Wednesday last 26th December of his brother Michael Baxter, Ballinamore, Longford.

Card Game: The organisers of the card game, held in Clarkes Bar, in the memory of the late Anthony Healy would like to sincerely thank everyone that supported either by buying tickets or playing on the night. It was a tremendous success and the beneficiary on the night was the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. The card game was won by Michael F O’Grady and in second place was Vincent Healy. The lucky winner of the quad was Ronan Cullen, Rathcline Road.

Sympathy: We would like to record the death of one of our former residents Mrs Marie Gallagher who died on Christmas Day. Marie and her late husband, Joe, lived in Knock until they moved to Roscommon a number of years back. Marie passed away on Christmas morning and we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to her sons Joe, Clonbonny, Liam, Roscommon, and Eamon, Claregalway, her sister Breege Carroll, Gardenstown and her brother Joe Kilmartin. Her remains were laid to rest in St. Coman’s cemetery, Roscommon on Friday last 28th December.

Wedding Fair: Fresh from her Garnier advertisement on TV Geraldine Grealy is back to her own business and is playing a major part in the preparation of the wedding fair extravaganza that will take place in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 13th January. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Engagement: We would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Stephen Rooney, son of Joe and Mary Rooney, Rathcline and Valerie Brogan, daughter of Mary Brogan, Lough Ree Park who announced their engagement over the Christmas period.

Pike Angling Club: On Friday 21st December the club held a draw in the Yacht Bar, Lanesboro for all the non-fishing members. The winner of the hamper was Tracy Reilly. The other winners were Sean Monaghan, Mary Rhatigan, Francis Clyne, Hughie Smyth, Elizabeth Clyne, Jonathan Hussey, Joe Mc Grath, Richie Coffey, Peter Donlon, Ava Donlon, Theresa Reilly, Joan Devereaux, Alan Farrell, Barry Conroy and Ronan Muldoon. The club would like to thank everyone who supported them over the year we hope you all had a good Christmas and wish you all a prosperous New Year and look forward to seeing you again in 2013.

Death: The death took place on Sunday 23rd December in Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford of Mrs Catherine Costello, Carraroe. Katie as she was most commonly known was predeceased by her husband James and son Martin. Katie was a quiet spoken lady and pleasant lady. Her genial manner endeared her to everyone that had the pleasure to know her. She was a lady that was a wonderful neighbour and friend. A lady that had a heart of gold who was always available to help anyone in their time of need. Her passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that had the pleasure to know her. Her remains reposed at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home on Monday 24th before removal to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro. Following her Requiem Mass her remains were laid to rest in Rathcline cemetery. To her son Michael, daughters Colette and Loretto, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Community Games: Lanesboro Community Games Art competition for all age groups u-8 to u-16 and handwriting for u-10 will be held in the Co-op Hall on Friday 4th January at 6pm. Please bring colouring materials, paper only will be provided. €1 charge for registered children, €4 (inclusive of registration) for children who have not yet registered.

Ronan Mc Cormack Charity 
Cycle: The inaugural charity cycle challenge in the memory of the late Ronan Mc Cormack will take place on Saturday 2nd March. The proceeds of the cycle and events surrounding the event will go to the Jack and Jill Foundation. The cycle route has two options – one beginning in Roscommon going to Mountbellew and back to Roscommon and the second is starting in Galway city to Mountbellew and back to Galway city. Both journeys are 85km in distance. Registration is €25 and there are also sponsorship cards available. If you- require Roscommon cycle information pack and registration you should text Jacqueline 086-1721181; email jacqueline83@gmail.com and the Galway pack and registration is available by texting Shane at 087-6535763 or emailing shanehynes@eircom.net. On Saturday 2nd March there will be a Charity Night in Fox’s bar Roscommon which will include a darts competition. Entries for the darts competition will close on Friday 22nd February. The proceeds of this night will go towards the jack and Jill Foundation and Special Olympics Roscommon. You can receive further details by contacting Jacqueline at the above phone number.

Lough Ree AC: The vicinity of the banks of the Shannon and the Parish Hall was the place to be on Christmas morning. It was there you would have encountered the ‘Christmas spirit’. There certainly was a great atmosphere around the place. The reason was that it was the finish of the Newtowncashel to Lanesboro run/walk that seems to be getting bigger and better every year. For this we must thank the dedicated group who organise this annual event to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis. The success of the run can also be determined by the continuous and supporting sponsorship of Peter Hanley, Hanley Motors. Great credit must go to everyone involved. The Sub-Aqua club and the Lough Ree AC also contribute to the occasion but to a lesser degree.