Lanesboro/Ballyleague

Triathlon Day: All preparations are now in place for what should be a feast of sport in Lanesboro Ballyleague on Saturday next 16th July when the local triathlon club hosts its inaugural Triathlon. It is a testimony to the standard of the club members that less than one year since the inception of the club they are hosting the ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon’. The triathlon will commence at 10am with the swimmers taking to the water for a 750m swim, followed by 20 Km on the bike as far as Scramogue cross and back and then to complete the event with a 5 Km run into the quarry and out onto the Rathcline Road, up towards Rathcline crossroads and back down through Main Street to the finishing line in the car park. Registration will take place in the co-op hall on Friday evening 15th July between 7 pm and 9 pm and on Saturday July 16th between 8.30 am and 9.30 am. It is hoped that there will be a huge crowd of locals out to spectate and support the contestants. There are many vantage points and the day should be a marvellous one for the entire community.

Triathlon Day: All preparations are now in place for what should be a feast of sport in Lanesboro Ballyleague on Saturday next 16th July when the local triathlon club hosts its inaugural Triathlon. It is a testimony to the standard of the club members that less than one year since the inception of the club they are hosting the ‘Two Provinces Sprint Triathlon’. The triathlon will commence at 10am with the swimmers taking to the water for a 750m swim, followed by 20 Km on the bike as far as Scramogue cross and back and then to complete the event with a 5 Km run into the quarry and out onto the Rathcline Road, up towards Rathcline crossroads and back down through Main Street to the finishing line in the car park. Registration will take place in the co-op hall on Friday evening 15th July between 7 pm and 9 pm and on Saturday July 16th between 8.30 am and 9.30 am. It is hoped that there will be a huge crowd of locals out to spectate and support the contestants. There are many vantage points and the day should be a marvellous one for the entire community.

Death: The entire region was shocked and saddened with the sad news on Friday 1st July of the death following an accident of Niall Reddin, The Green. Niall in the early stages of life, only 36 in February, has a long future ahead of him before this tragic accident took him from us much too soon. He was a man big in stature and his gentle manner endeared him to everyone that had the pleasure to know him. He was a very affable young man and was regularly seem walking the family dog either on the track or down town. Niall will be sadly missed as the huge attendance at his removal from Farrell’s Funeral Home on Tuesday last to St. Mary’s Church and again at his Funeral Mass and interment in Clonbonny cemetery on Wednesday bore testimony to. To his father Vincent, mother Ellen, brother Darragh, girlfriend Treasa, relatives and many friends we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Cemetery Sunday: The final Cemetery Mass will take place in Clonbonny Cemetery on Sunday 17th July at 6pm. To-date there has been large attendances at the previous two masses in Rathcline and Lanesboro cemeteries.

Launch and Reading: Lasraí Writers Group invites you to an evening of readings from their newly published anthology “Kindlings” which will be launched by Jack Harte in Lanesboro Library on this Thursday 14th July at 8pm. As part of the Lough Ree Environmental Summer School and Arts Festival.

Death: The death took place on Thursday 7th July of Mary Claire Casey, Lisnacusha following a short illness. Mary Claire in her 89th year had in recent times had been living with her family in Limerick. She had been predeceased some years back by her husband James. She was a hard working lady and she had a warm and friendly disposition. Her passing will leave a void in the hearts and minds of those that knew her. Her remains were removed from Limerick to St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Saturday last. Following her Funeral Mass her remains were laid to rest in Clonbonny cemetery. To her son Joseph, daughter Cecelia, granddaughter Caroline, brothers Tommy, Rathcline Road, and Paddy Joe, sister Colette, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Lough Ree AC: The All-Ireland Athletic Championships for the older age groups (under 12 to 19) took place on Saturday and Sunday last in Tullamore. Dean O’Reilly and Rebecca Stauvse had qualified from the Connaught Finals in the Under 12 Ball throw. Dean had taken a silver medal at the Longford Community Games Finals in the same event but was not to figure in the medals on Saturday. Rebecca fared better and got to the final where she had an extra 3 throws. This young Latvian lass did impress. She had her best effort with her final throw, knew the distance, knew what the winning throw was and that she was the best of the Connaught girl. In short, she was well clued in to what was going on. Sunday saw three club members in Tullamore, Orla Duffy and Larissa Noone in the Under 13 Shot and Enda Berga for the Under 16 javelin. Orla still managed still managed to stay ahead of Larissa but neither figured in the final stages. Worse was to befall Enda in the Javelin. The clubs Connaught Champion was to learn that her even was on Saturday! She was bitterly disappointed and the club offers its apology for the error.

Tractor Run and Family Day: Shannon Gaels Minor Club has just announced a Tractor Run and Family Day on Sunday 14th August. Some of the activities on the day together with the Tractor Run will include a Dog Show, Face Painting, Sheaf Throwing, live music and many more surprises. Bookings for the Tractor Run can be made by calling into Martina O’Brien in the Corner Shop or by phoning 0433321107. Payment must be made at the time of booking.

Bridge: The results of the Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club summer competition held on Monday night last are; N/S 1st Des & Eileen Watts, 2nd Maureen Kearns & Joan Donnellan, 3rd Una Clarke & Noreen Dunne and 4th Maureen Mulryan & Loretta Cooney. E/W 1st Ken Jones & Mary Mc Dermott, 2nd Eugene Donlon & Carol Hamill, 3rd Mary Fallon & Kathleen Hanley and 4th Maureen Hynes & Goretti Kenny.

Lough Ree Golfing Society: There is a slight change of plan for our next outing owing to an oversight: Our next outing, which is on Friday, July 15, is now taking place at Mountemple Golf Course. The tee time is a half an hour earlier: we are booked in from 10.30 so try to be at Mountemple around 10 to ensure a smooth run. Our Mullingar outing has been postponed to Friday, 12 August and the tee is booked from 11 am. Looking forward to seeing you all at Mountemple on Friday July 15 around 10 am and we look forward to a nice day’s golf at this lovely midland course. Food is available in clubhouse afterwards. As usual text 0879730611 if you intend to play.

Friday Market: Come and visit the indoor market in St. Mary’s parochial Hall, Lanesboro, every Friday, from 11am to 2pm. Patrons will be able to choose from a wide range of stalls selling local home baking, Forever Aloe Vera products, gold, silver and costume jewellery, goats milk beauty products, handmade handbags by Moira, household goods, bric a brac, DVD’s & books, plants and garden furniture. Fresh fish will be available from this Friday. Available at the back of the hall is car parking and playground. Tea, Coffee and light snacks will also be available. Contact 087 3965568 for queries.

Congratulations: To Diarmuid & Adrienne Thompson on the birth of their Baby Son, Joseph.

Community Games: Connaught Community Games Football Finals (Boys & Girls) will be held in St. Faithleachs GAA Club Grounds on Saturday next 16th July.