Lanesboro/Ballyleague

LOUGH REE GOLFING SOCIETY: On Saturday last the 27th April, the society had its first outing for 2013 to Strokestown Golf Course. The course was in excellent condition and this, coupled with the glorious sunshine, enabled all to experience a very enjoyable day’s golf. There was a great turnout and it was lovely to see some young Lanesborough and Newtown Cashel locals joining the society; hope you all had a good experience lads and that you will be back. Thanks to the ladies and gents at Strokestown Golf Club for the nice refreshments before and after the golf. Now for the results (we were all winners!): Nearest the pin on par three was Mick Brennan; the first nine was won by Alan Farrell on 17 points (best last six holes); the back nine was won by Sean Brennan on 19 points. The fourth prize went to Marie Simpson on 32 points just pipping Aidan Cassidy on countback. Third went to Brendan Whitty also on 32 but best back nine of 18 points. The second place was won by Peter Day with 35 points and a good 36 points won the first prize for Colm Dardis who is also our golfer of the year for 2012. Colm recently beat the society captain Liam Rosemond in a playoff to clinch this coveted trophy. Well done to all. The fixtures for 2013 are as follows: Strokestown: Saturday, 27th April at 11 am; Portumna: Friday, 31st May at 11.30 am; Moate: Saturday, 29th June at 11 am; Longford: Saturday 3rd August at 11 am; Athlone: Friday, 6th September at 11 am. The results of the above 5 outings will determine the Golfer of the Year for 2013 so get practising and it might be you. See you all on the then and we look forward to a great year’s golf with some fun and laughter as well.

LOUGH REE GOLFING SOCIETY: On Saturday last the 27th April, the society had its first outing for 2013 to Strokestown Golf Course. The course was in excellent condition and this, coupled with the glorious sunshine, enabled all to experience a very enjoyable day’s golf. There was a great turnout and it was lovely to see some young Lanesborough and Newtown Cashel locals joining the society; hope you all had a good experience lads and that you will be back. Thanks to the ladies and gents at Strokestown Golf Club for the nice refreshments before and after the golf. Now for the results (we were all winners!): Nearest the pin on par three was Mick Brennan; the first nine was won by Alan Farrell on 17 points (best last six holes); the back nine was won by Sean Brennan on 19 points. The fourth prize went to Marie Simpson on 32 points just pipping Aidan Cassidy on countback. Third went to Brendan Whitty also on 32 but best back nine of 18 points. The second place was won by Peter Day with 35 points and a good 36 points won the first prize for Colm Dardis who is also our golfer of the year for 2012. Colm recently beat the society captain Liam Rosemond in a playoff to clinch this coveted trophy. Well done to all. The fixtures for 2013 are as follows: Strokestown: Saturday, 27th April at 11 am; Portumna: Friday, 31st May at 11.30 am; Moate: Saturday, 29th June at 11 am; Longford: Saturday 3rd August at 11 am; Athlone: Friday, 6th September at 11 am. The results of the above 5 outings will determine the Golfer of the Year for 2013 so get practising and it might be you. See you all on the then and we look forward to a great year’s golf with some fun and laughter as well.

LANESBORO SOCIAL SERVICES WHIST: Calling all whist players to come along to St. Mary’s hall on this coming Friday night in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro for an 8.30pm start - the Lanesboro Social Service committee will host their monthly Whist Drive. As you are fully aware the committee does marvellous work year in year out in supporting those in need within our parish. Your support helps the committee to continue their great work and your support on Friday will be very much appreciated.

COMMUNITY GAMES: The Lanesboro Community Games Athletics competition will take place on Tuesday 7th May at the track. There will be track events for children U-8 to u-16 and field events for children U-12 to U-16. This year two children in each track event will be put forward to represent Lanesboro at the county community games finals in Ballymahon, therefore we will need more children to represent Lanesboro in Ballymahon than any previous years. The Lanesboro event will be run off in conjunction with the Athletics club, so we thank them in advance for facilitating and helping us. This year Lanesboro will have 15 children representing the county at the first national final weekend in May. Lots of preparations are now on-going. The timetable for the national finals is now on the Community Games website.

WEDDING: The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro on Saturday 13th April of Brona Connaughton, daughter of Lorcan and Ann Connaughton, formerly Carrowstrawley, and Paul Tarmey, son of Jimmy and Elizabeth Tarmey, Cloontuskert. Chief Bridesmaid was Karen Connaughton, sister of the bride and bridesmaid was Shirley Connaughton sister of the bride. Bestman was James Tarmey brother of the groom and groomsman was Anthony Tarmey brother of the Groom. The pageboy was Andrew Tarmey son of the bride and groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly. The wedding reception was held in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded happiness.

KILGEFIN COMMUNITY GAMES: The Kilgefin Community Games sports day will take place at the St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds on this Friday evening 3rd May at 5pm. There will be events for boys and girls from ages between 6 and 15 years of age. It is essential that all parents bring along their children for what is usually a wonderful day for parents as well as their young people.

SYMPATHY: We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Ollie and Elizabeth Fleming and family, Rathcline on the death at Innis Ree Lodge Ballyleague of Ollie’s brother Brian Fleming on Thursday last.

BRIDGE CLUB: President of Lanesboro Bridge Club, Frances Brennan, held her competition over two weeks 10th and 17th April where 28 members competed. Her prize- a beautiful lamp – was won by Mae Casey with a score of 302. Runner –Up was Mairéad Gill with 292. In third place was Brid Mc Dermott with 286. The first session winner was Phil Chalmers while the second session winner was Una Clarke with 136. The results of the competition held on 24th April were N/S 1st Cyril Hussey and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan and 3rd was Elish Gray and Gemma Douglas. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Mae Casey and Mairéad Gill and 3rd Loretto Cooney and Bernadette Clancy,

MAJOR AND WELL DESERVED AWARD: Last Saturday at the Athletics Ireland AGM in City West, Dublin local man Fabian Walsh was presented with an award in recognition of his contribution to the sport of athletics. The award was presented by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) the international governing body for the sport of athletics to celebrate its 100th Anniversary. Ten of these medals were sent to Ireland and two people from each of five regions, namely Connaught, Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Dublin were nominated to receive them. Fabian, nominated by the Connaught region was presented with his award by Mr Ciaran O’ Catháin, President of Athletics Ireland, in respect of the his tireless work down through the years promoting athletics at every opportunity and at every level from Primary School right up to Senior Level. The officers and athletes of Lough Ree Athletic Club would like to applaud him on receiving this international recognition and look forward to seeing him back on the track as usual on Tuesday! Those of us that know Fabian, know his passion and love of athletics as long as we can remember, join with the Lough Ree Athletic club in celebrating this hugely deserved award. Many people at home and far spread areas of the country and the world will join in the celebration of Fabian’s award and have many happy memories of their times with Fabian in the Lough Ree AC.

SYMPATHY: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the extended family, relatives and many friends of the late Paddy Belton, Kenagh. Paddy, during his time as county councillor and Lord Mayor of County Longford had been a great friend to our parish and it is with great sadness we record his death.

BADMINTON CLUB: Firstly, congratulations to Ann Duffy and Mark Bermingham who won Grade 4 and Grade 6 Leinster Singles titles respectively in Baldoyle in Dublin on Sunday 21st of April. Also well done to our Grade 5 mixed team who overcame Simonstown from Meath on Friday the 19th to compete against Moyvore in the Leinster Semi Final in Baldoyle on Sunday last the 28th, unfortunately Moyvore overcame Lanesboro and went on to claim the Leinster title in the final. On the team were Maura and Ann Duffy, Frank Casey, Keith Healy, Edel Mc Dermott and Karl Crawford. Well done to all involved during the year and all those who went to cheer on all the teams. This has been a great season for the club and long may it continue.

TOURISM: The weekly clean up commenced on Monday 29th April and will continue every Monday evening from 7 to 8pm. The committee looks forward to full community support so that the approach roads, that already have had some work done, will be further enhanced and look their best when judging comes along. Your help will be greatly appreciated. You are asked to bring along some gardening tools with you when you come along on Mondays.

LOTTO: The local lotto remains at e15,000 and tickets are available at all local shops and pubs. Envelopes with four numbers costs e2.

NIGHT AT THE DOGS: The 12th Roscommon Ballyboro Scouts troop is holding a ‘night at the dogs’ on Friday 3rd May. This will take place at Longford Greyhound Track from 8pm. Tickets cost e10 and are available from all scout leader, O’Brien’s Corner Shop and Daybreak filling station. Admission for children to the night is free. When you buy a ticket you are in with a chance of winning a hotel weekend break. All are welcome to go along and support. A good night is guaranteed

LADIES MINI MARATHON: It is the time of year again for the Ladies Mini Marathon in Dublin. If you intend taking part in the race and would like a seat on the bus travelling to Dublin you are invited to contact Pam any time after 6pm at 087-4146987.

SYMPATHY: We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Martina and Lewis Hanley and family, Lehery on the death of Martina’s father Michael Halligan, Castlebar on Thursday 18th April.

TITANIC EXHIBITION: The Carrickedmond PTTA trip to the Titanic exhibition on Belfast will take place on Sunday 30th June. Bus and admission to the exhibition will cost; adults e30, U16- e23 and U5 - e12.50. Money can be paid to Chris (Dennigan) Moran, phone 087-6974775, Evelyn Keenan phone 086-3567909 or Fr. Peter Tiernan phone 044-9357442 before Sunday next 28th April.

LOUGH REE ATHLETIC CLUB: Last week when referring to our youngsters visit to the new indoor facility at A.I.T. Athlone, we gave credit to Viki Kajan and Róisín Brennan for their success in the 600m and Turbo Javelin respectively. Now that the full results are available the club finds that they did much better than the club thought. The talented Róisín also won the long jump U11 and was third in the 600m. Louise Costello was second in the very competitive 60m U11 sprint. Alannah Flood had an unusual double 2nd in the 600m and the long jump U11 while Victoria Gedrych was second in the Turbo Javelin U10 with Sonla Benlotaite was third in the Long Jump. The club had only U10 boys in action and not too many at that- yet they performed remarkably well. Aaron Kenny won the long jump with Reece Kenny taking the third spot. Jamie Hagan had a remarkable double third in the 60m sprint and third in the 500m, a long race for that age group. Well done to all competitors they did the club well. Training takes place as usual on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and more often if it is felt necessary.