Lanesboro/Ballyleague

Tourism/Tidy Towns: The committee would like to thank those who turned up for the clean-up on Saturday last. 
Now is the time of year when your community needs you as so many are working hard in preparation for the tidy towns competition adjudication. Judging this year will take place between 1st and 30th June. The weekly clean up continues every Monday meeting at St. Mary’s Parish hall at 6.45 and the clean-up will begin at 7pm and continue to 8pm. All sections of the community are invited to mobilise themselves toward the clean ups on Monday evenings. The committee is seeking the full support from the local community in an effort to improve on last year’s marks. Shop owners, businesses and householders are asked to plant window boxes and hanging baskets and to have them in place by the end of the month. The new website is up and running – www.loughree.ie where you just click on Lanesboro Tidy Towns. The €15,000 in the tourism lotto remains to be won.

Tourism/Tidy Towns: The committee would like to thank those who turned up for the clean-up on Saturday last. 
Now is the time of year when your community needs you as so many are working hard in preparation for the tidy towns competition adjudication. Judging this year will take place between 1st and 30th June. The weekly clean up continues every Monday meeting at St. Mary’s Parish hall at 6.45 and the clean-up will begin at 7pm and continue to 8pm. All sections of the community are invited to mobilise themselves toward the clean ups on Monday evenings. The committee is seeking the full support from the local community in an effort to improve on last year’s marks. Shop owners, businesses and householders are asked to plant window boxes and hanging baskets and to have them in place by the end of the month. The new website is up and running – www.loughree.ie where you just click on Lanesboro Tidy Towns. The €15,000 in the tourism lotto remains to be won.

Parish Night at the Dogs: Rathcline Ladies and the Shannon Gaels Minor club has come up with, what promises to be, a wonderful night out for the parish at the dogs. Last year the Rathcline ladies, on their own, held a wonderful night out at Longford Greyhound track and this year with the linking up of the Shannon Gaels Minor Club it promises to be a very special night. The night in question is Friday night 28th June. Both clubs are making tremendous strides in making sure that the night will be a wonderful family and parish night out. Buying tickets in itself will be marvellous but we encourage everyone to come along, fill Longford Greyhound track to the rafters and make this the most memorable and special night out for the parish and our friends. Tickets are now on sale from at €10 each in O’Brien’s or from members of either club. This is a special night of celebrating the family importance to these clubs that has given so much fun and sport to so many young people in the parish for so many years. Both clubs aim to continue, develop and prosper and this can only be done with your continued support for both clubs and on the night at the dogs.

Bridge Club: The results of the competition held on Wednesday 15th May are: 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Mae Casey and Philomena Walsh, 3rd Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Gillen and Mary Mc Gushin and Bernadette Clancy. The AGM and the summer competition will take place on Wednesday 29th may and the dinner will take place on Thursday 30th May. The name for both should be with the secretary on or before Wednesday 22nd May.

Birth: Many congratulations to Donal and Elizabeth Casey, Ballyclare Court, on the recent birth of a baby boy

Historic Occasion and More to Come!!: Thursday last 16th May in Navan proved to be a historic day for the Fermoyle National School. They returned following their qualification the previous week for the Leinster final of the FAI National School 5-a-side soccer championship. The school competed in the ‘ A section Boys ‘ and advanced to the Leinster finals, firstly from Longford and then from the regional finals in North Leinster. To reach the provincial final really is tremendous achievements considering that more than 10,000 players from schools all over Leinster took part in this year’s five -a - side competition. In the first game on Thursday Fermoyle N.S first defeated the South Leinster Champions Blackwater from county Wexford, on a scoreline of 3 goals to 2. The next match against the Dublin champions, Zion, who coincidentally defeated Fermoyle N.S last year to claim the provincial title proved to be a classic match with the Longford champions displaying great courage and skill to claim the Provincial crown on a scoreline of 3 goals to 1. The final game against the Mid Leinster champions, St. Leonard’s from Kilkenny provided Fermoyle the opportunity to utilise the full squad and all the players proved their worth in drawing the game 4 goals each. Kian Gilmore, captain of the team was delighted to raise the trophy for the first time ever. The eight boys representing the school are Kian Gilmore (6) goals, Cronan Flood (3) goals Oran Kenny (1) goal, Ronan English, Bryn Peters, Sean Maguire Eanna Mc Grath and Liam Ross. On Saturday May 25th the National final will be held at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. This is a wonderful achievement and wonderful source of pride that a team from our parish can run out on the Aviva stadium in an All-Ireland final. We wish all of the team management and players every success and look forward to them doing their victory parade through the town on Saturday evening.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Norah Killian and the extended family, Fermoyle, on the death of Fr. Michael Killian, formerly parish priest in Kiltubrid, Co. Leitrim last weekend. Fr Michael was brother of Carmel Stanley, nee Killian and the recently deceased Danny.

Pike Angling Club: On Sunday May 26th the club will hold the Michael Casey Perpetual Trophy Pike Boat competition on Lough Ree. Fishing will be from.11am to 4pm. Entry fee will be taken from 10.30am at Lanesboro harbour. Entry fee is €25 per boat with a maximum of 2 rods per person and 4 rods per boat. The prizes will be limited to1 prize per boat. The presentation will take place following fishing and weigh in at the Yacht bar. This is a member’s only competition only and membership may be taken out on the day. The cost of a wonderful day fishing is adults €10 juniors and OAP`S €5. The club will also be holding a draw for our non-fishing members for a 32” TV /DVD and other cash prizes. Membership cards for non-fishing members are still available and can be purchased at the Yacht bar or contact Eithne at 0861584686

Club Rathcline Lotto Draw: The numbers of the Rathcline GAA lottery draw on Saturday night last for a jackpot of €800 are 3, 6, 10, 30, 37, and 45. The jackpot total €800 was not won. The four €25 winners this week are: Tommy Kelly, Cloonadra, Ballyleague, Paula Kenny, Fermoyle, Jim Mulvihill, Newtowncashel and John L Farrell, Rathcline. Next week’s jackpot will stand at €900.

Bus Full: Pam is happy to announce that the bus to the Ladies Mini marathon on June Bank Holiday weekend and she would like to thank all that responded so promptly.

Siamsa: An Irish language summer course (SIAMSA) will take place on from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and will cater for students from third to sixth class. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú phone 087-2642665.

Who will be the Briar of Killashee?: St. Brigid’s GAA club Killashee is hosting the ‘The Briar of Killashee’ – a talent show with a difference. It promises to be a fantastic night in Mc P’s Clondra on Saturday night next 25th May commencing at 9.30pm. All the entertainment will cost you only €10 each. The night is a mock ‘Rose of Tralee with well know local faces as you will never have seen them before. It promises to be one of the most hilarious nights to be held in the county for many a long year.

Ballyboro Girls Double Up: On Monday, 13th May, in damp and windy conditions, Ballyboro U13 Girls claimed a double victory by winning the LDSL League. This result came a week after claiming the Cup Final title in a pulsating and nail biting match against Olympic Rovers which went all the way to penalties. The final game of the league was against Sporting Olympic. The Ballyboro girls knew that a win in this game would put them at the top of the table. After two excellent goals from Jillian Banahan and Ciara Healy, the half time score was 2-0. However, after a penalty awarded to Sporting Olympic was coolly put away, they put in a gigantic effort to score an equaliser. The Ballyboro girls were not about to let their chances of a double victory slip away and Áine Halpin and Aoife Mc Loughlin held Sporting Olympic off while Captain Sarah Scally continued to send some great balls to forward Jennifer Brennan who took every opportunity to score. After some outstanding saves by Ballyboro goalie Marie Kelly, the final whistle blew on a 2-1 scoreline much to the delight of the Ballyboro team and management. The nine girls who include Orla Costello and Ellen Irwin, who is currently injured, lined up to receive their medals from John Maloney. A great end to what was a great year. We congratulate team management of Majella Kelly, Bernadette Scally and John Tynan who did such a wonderful job in looking after the girls all year.

Local Classical Pianist: Peter Regan, son of Frank and Annette Regan, Rockwood, has really been making the headlines with his meteoric rise in the world of classic piano. Peter will hold a fundraising classical music concert in St. John’s Church, Battery Rd., Longford, on Friday next May 24th at 8-00p.m. John O’ Conor, world renowned pianist will also perform and talented violinist, Phoebe White will complete the line-up. Peter will study piano intensively in Aspen, Colorado, for nine weeks this summer, with some of the most prominent teachers in the world. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For tickets: phone 086-2560408. This is an evening of pure unadulterated classical music and a spectacular night is assured.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Chris and Caroline Cullen and family, Rathcline Road on the death last week of Chris’s sister Mrs Annie Whelan, Barenamuinga, Shellelagh, Co. Wicklow.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club: The Lough Ree 2000 AGM was held on Monday 13th, 2013. Our new President, Mrs Patricia McGann, was inaugurated. The club wishes Patricia a very enjoyable year. The club had another successful year, and look forward to next year with Patricia at the helm. The Summer Bridge starts June 10th at 7.45 pm. The President’s dinner was held Saturday night last in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. 40 members attended and there was a very enjoyable evening. The club would like to thank the Abbey for a fantastic meal. It was good to see old friends back for the event, and, of course, absent friends were missed greatly. The following are the results of all the major competitions 12/13. Mary Tucker Memorial (No Blame): Winners: Freda Kenny and Loretta Cooney, 2nd: Tom Feeney and Geraldine Cafferty, 3rd: Bernadette Gillen and Mike Flynn

Lough Ree Arms Trophy: Winners: Una Clarke and Nora Kelly, 2nd; Joan Donlon and Eugene Donlon, 3rd: Phil Chalmers and Mai Casey. Gross; Mark and Peggy Crehan. E.J.Browne Trophy: Winners: Carol Hamill and Eugene Donlon, 2nd: Mary Fallon and Tom Feeney, 3rd: Patricia McGann and Joan Browne. Gross: Loretta Cooney and Renee Walshe. Sliabh Ban Trophy: Winners: Margaret Gillen and Mai Casey, 2nd: Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon, 3rd: Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes. Gross: Joan Donlon and Eugene Donlon. Bridie Deffew Memorial: Winners: Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes, 2nd: Bernadette Gillen and Patsy Canavan, 3rd: Carol Hamill and Eugene Donlon. Gross: Margaret Gillen and Mae Casey. President’s Prize: Winners: Mairéad Gill and Maura Hanley, (Joan Donnellan) 2nd: Mai Casey and Margaret Gillen, 3rd: Fiona Gillen and Phil Chalmers. Gross: Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes. The club send good wishes to their members, who are recovering from surgery at the moment and couldn’t attend. Get well soon, Des and Renee. Hope Maura’s husband P. is on the mend too. Summer Bridge starts on June 10th, at 7.45pm. Please remind all your friends to go along.

Free Pre-School Year: Head Start pre-school for 2½ to 5 year olds is now taking enrolments for September 2013 and on an on-going basis for the free pre-school year and non ECCE children. For more information you are asked to contact Denise at 043 33 21321 after 1pm.