Easter Kayak Camp: The Easter Kayak water camp is only two weeks away and will commence on Easter Monday 1st April and will continue until Friday 5th April. Each day the camp will commence at 10am and finish at 1pm. 
The cost of the week of Kayaking is only €60 per person and you can become skilled in kayaking Canadian canoeing and you will have the opportunity to try out the new sup board. The camp will take place at Hanley’s Marina harbour. For further details ring Junior on 087-6675275.

Easter Kayak Camp: The Easter Kayak water camp is only two weeks away and will commence on Easter Monday 1st April and will continue until Friday 5th April. Each day the camp will commence at 10am and finish at 1pm. 
The cost of the week of Kayaking is only €60 per person and you can become skilled in kayaking Canadian canoeing and you will have the opportunity to try out the new sup board. The camp will take place at Hanley’s Marina harbour. For further details ring Junior on 087-6675275.

Gathering: The Gathering committee will hold their regular meeting on this coming Thursday night 14th March in Adie’s meeting room at 8.30pm. The schedule of events is almost complete and it is important that all interested parties come to the meeting. The committee now has a new Facebook and they invite you all to make contact Lanesboro Gathering 2013. The committee have now an office in place in St. Mary’s Hall. Christine Mc Donagh will be there on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the front room. We are trying to tie down all the past residents and pupils in all schools. We are actively seeking students of Lanesboro Convent both day pupils and boarders for each year. Students of the old school at the church are also in demand. We also seek photographs of all past students of all schools in the parish. If you have information on any of the above requests can you please call into Christine from 10.30am?

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Mary Jo Killian and her family on the death of her sister in law, Maura Killian, in England recently.

St. John’s Church: The St. Patricks Day service will take place in St. Coman’s church Roscommon at 11.30am. for the group of parishes

Badminton Club: Well done to the Lanesboro Grade 5 Mixed Team who overcame Ballymore in the final to win the Midland League on Thursday last in Kenagh. The team members were Maura and Ann Duffy, Frank Casey, Keith Healy, Edel Mc Dermott and Karl Crawford and Subs Carol Manning and Mark Bermingham. Congratulations to the team and we look forward to seeing them taking part in the Leinster Competition and thanks to all who came to support on the night

Defibrillator Training: Training courses for both new people interested in training in the use of the defibrillator is soon to begin There is a great need for new people to be trained in the use of the defibrillator and also those that need to be up skilled. To be skilled in the use the defibrillator when there is a need for it can mean the difference of life and death for someone. It is very vital for all associations, not just sporting ones, to have a minimum of two people competent in the use of the defibrillator. A new training course for beginners and a recertification course will take place in Lanesboro very soon. If you need to be recertified or want to do the course can you please leave your name into O’Brien’s immediately. Call in or phone Martina at 043-3321107.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: All is now set for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ballyleague and Lanesboro There is great excitement amongst all the different groups and individuals preparing for the parade on Sunday. The parade will take the usual route commencing at 2.30pm from St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse and will make its way through Ballyleague and Lanesboro and will finish at Lanesboro Community College. There will be prizes in the category of; Best dressed window, Best club float, Best junior float, most original float, Best business float and Overall float. Make a date to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Lanesboro to enjoy all the excitement and celebration. As part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations the parade committee will partake in a traditional Mass with music, song and dance in St. Mary’s church, Lanesboro on Saturday night next at 7.30pm. The Gathering committee also supports the parade and encourages everyone that can, from the parish to come back and join in what should be another great day in Lanesboro and Ballyleague.

Death: The death took place on Sunday 3rd March at St. Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford in the care of the nurse and staff of Danny Killian, Fermoyle. Danny in his 92nd year came from one of the oldest and most respected families in our parish. Danny was predeceased by his daughter Anne. He was a thorough gentleman who had a tremendous interest in all the events of the parish. Anything relating to the history of the Fermoyle area and parish Danny was a wonderful narrator. He was a keen farmer who farmed his land with a great and keen interest. He had a great eye for cattle and his stock was always of the highest quality and his land was always kept in impeccable condition. He was a tremendous neighbour and friend and his passing will leave a great void in the hearts and minds of everyone that had the pleasure to know him. He was a devout husband and father and wonderful family man. His remains reposed at St. Joseph’s chapel, Longford on Tuesday prior to his removal to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. On Wednesday his was laid to rest in Cashel cemetery following his Funeral Mass. To his wife Nora, daughters Maeve and Nora, brother Fr. Michael, sister Carmel, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Fermoyle NS Enrolment: Enrolment for the academic year 2013/2014 will take place in the school on Wednesday 20th March and Thursday 21st March between 2.00p.m. and 3.00p.m. Application forms and alternative arrangements are available on request. Tel. 043-3321959

Grandparents Mass: Lanesboro Primary School will host a Grandparents Mass for the grandparents of all the pupils of the school in St. Mary’s church on this Friday 15th March at 10.30am.

Ballyleague National School: Parents of new entrants who wish to enrol their children for September 2013 are invited to visit the school on Thursday March 21st from 2p.m. to 3p.m. If this date/time is unsuitable please contact the school at 043-3321906 to arrange an alternative appointment. Please bring along a copy of your child’s birth certificate. We look forward to meeting you on the day.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge: The results of the competition held on Monday March 4th which was a Howell Movement: 1st Mae Casey and Bernadette Gillen, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Fiona Gillen and 3rd Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon. Gross: Mike Flynn and Kathleen O’Reilly. The results of the Sliabh Ban Trophy will not be announced until the Summer Party. The next major competition is The Bridie Deffew Memorial on Monday March 25th.

Ballyboro: Ballyboro F.C. recently held a major meeting to discuss the proposed development of a soccer pitch with dressing rooms in the town. The executive were delighted with the huge turn out and more importantly the hard searching questions that were asked. Chairman Rob Chalmers spelled out both sides of the argument, Mark Casey and Steve Ormsby clarified all aspects of the plan and a vote was taken after much deliberation. By a large majority it was decided that the project will go ahead. Firstly Ballyboro will hold their first major fundraiser in 13 years which will take place in the month of April in the form of White Collar Boxing and judging by some of the bouts already organised it will be a night not to be missed. After that fundraiser all members will be invited to a meeting to give their opinions before the project will be officially launched.

Bridge Club: The results of the competition held on Wednesday last 6th March are: N/S 1st Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 2nd Gemma Douglas and Elish Gray 3rd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor. E/W 1st Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh, 3rd Mike Flynn and Brendan Dowling.

Family Fun Day: The 12th Ballyboro Ventures will be holding a ‘family fun day’ in St. Mary’s hall, Lanesboro following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday next. Face painting, cake sale, fun, games and a free raffle will take place on the day. An enjoyable time is assured for all attending.

Club Rathcline Lotto: The jackpot total of €1,600 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 2, 3, 20, 29, 39, and 43. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: Colm Farrell, Tullyvrane, Mary Kelly, Rathcline Rd, Hughie Smith, Main Street and Johnny Malone, Cloontuskert. Next week’s jackpot will stand at €1,700.

Call for accommodation: The Lanesboro Triathlon club and the Gathering committee are seeking people with property, houses or apartments to rent in the general area. It is very important that the available premises are made known to both groups immediately. The Audi Athlone Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon will take place on Saturday July 13th 2013, and the club is delighted to announce that this race shall be part of the Triathlon Ireland National Series. Being part of the National Series means that there will be a greater number seeking accommodation in the area. August Bank Holiday weekend is the designated weekend for the Lanesboro/Rathcline Gathering and there presently there is a good number of former residents of the parish indicating their attendance over the weekend. We are currently drawing up a database of all property available and if you have property please contact Sean Mimnagh 086-1687630 for the Triathlon club weekend or Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop 3321107or for the Gathering weekend or both with property location.

Sympathy: Our deepest sympathy to the extended Greene and Kenny families, Lanesboro, Killashee and Newtowncashel on the death of their uncle Seamus Greene, Longford, last week.

Shaping Up: Classes in St. Mary’s Parish Hall continue every Thursday night; Kettle bells at 7pm for 30 minutes and Pilates from 7.30pm. If you want to register or find further information you should contact Bonnie at 087-2238237.

Bingo: Each and every Thursday night Ballyleague bingo takes place in Ballyleague Hall at 8.30pm. This coming Thursday night the snowball stands at €2,600.

Punchestown 2013: – Longford GAA are hosting the 11th Annual Race Day at Punchestown on ‘Gold Cup Day’ Wednesday 24th April. Rathcline GAA has always held the best Club representation at the event and this year we are looking to repeat this feat especially with club man Brendan Gilmore holding the chairman’s position in the County Board. The subsidised ticket price of €100 includes the following: Location at the Final Fence, Four Course Meal, Hot Afternoon Refreshments, Admission to the Races, Race Card, Celebrity Tipsters, Bar Facilities & Bookies in Pavilion; all of which represents fantastic value for money. Book your seat early as part of the Rathcline GAA contingent. €20 Deposits can be given to: Liam Connerton (086) 8776405, Albert Cooney (086) 8118580 & Chris Cullen (087) 2500120.

The Great GAA Debate: Marty Morrissey and Gerry Kinneavy join new GAA football rules debate at St Faithleach’s. Club players and team managers urged to come along and learn more about radical changes this Friday night. RTE Gaelic Games Commentator Marty Morrissey and former leading football referee Gerry Kinneavy are the latest to be added to the high profile panel of special guests for next Friday night’s big debate on the proposed new changes to the rules of football at St Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse in Ballyleague, County Roscommon. Marty is a household name in GAA circles and is coming to Ballyleague to chair the debate which will also feature International Rules Manager Paul Earley and the former Kildare footballer and Longford manager Glenn Ryan on a night, aimed at educating all players, club team managers, officials and county board delegates to congress from all over the region on the proposed new radical changes that may be coming down the line on the football pitches of Ireland after Easter. Eugene McGee is coming to this debate at St Faithleachs having led a special committee for several months (alongside Paul Earley) in an exhaustive process to consult with players, officials and even supporters of football before returning with a comprehensive set of proposals for change at Congress this year. Friday night’s debate gets underway at 9.30pm at St Faithleach’s in Ballyleague.

Flower Arranging Demonstration: An Easter/Spring Flower Arranging demonstration by Syra Reid from Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone will take place in St. Faithleachs GAA clubhouse, Friday 22nd March at 8pm.ll the arrangements will be raffled on the night plus other spot prizes. Refreshments also served. Admission €5. All welcome.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Preparations are underway for the Lanesboro/Ballyleague St. Patrick’s Day Parade. St. Faithleachs GAA Club will once again have a Float in the Parade & we welcome all our Members to take part.

Ladybird shop: The ladybird shop has presented Fermoyle National School with €100 as a result of the ‘spring clean’ challenge. This brings total donations made by the Ladybird shop to €1000since its opening a year ago, including €500 sent to Barretstown, the charity helping children with cancer. These donations have been made possible thanks to the generosity of the local community. Look out for the Ladybird in the Lanesborough St. Patrick’s Day Parade.