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.
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.
Lanesboro Loses Garda Jimmy Mangan: Saturday next 1st June will bring to an end the career of local Garda Jimmy Mangan as he retires from the Garda Siochana. Jimmy came to Lanesboro Garda station on 12th August 1993 and almost 20 years later he leaves us on this Saturday. To say that Jimmy left a worthwhile and last impression on our area would be an understatement. From the outset he became an integral and very influential part of the communities both side of the bridge. Jimmy married in his time living in our community to his Garda colleague Mary and raised two sons Joseph and Colm and all are active members of the community. We wish Jimmy the very best of good luck for his retirement and that his retirement may be long, healthy and full of happiness. There will be a function to mark his retirement in St Faithleach’s clubhouse on this Friday night 31st May from 9.30pm.
Gerry goes back into Bar Business: We wish Gerry Kiernan, Clonfower, the very best of luck as he take over the reins once again of his bar, Kiernan’s, in Ballymahon. Gerry had leased the bar out for the past few years and now steps back into the limelight of publican when on Friday night next he once again stands behind the bar. We wish him much luck and success on his return.
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.
Ballyboro U12s Claim Title: Ballyboro 3 Stonepark 2 AET. Ballyboro were crowned Under 12 league champions on Friday night after coming out of an epic battle following extra time. The game was a credit to both sides, end to end and played in the right way and spirit. The first half was played at a terrific pace and it was amazing that there were no goals to show from either side. The Ballyboro back four of Nathan Mc Govern, Owen Diffley, Yakub Kajun and Ronan Banahan along with goalkeeper Dylan Donlon were outstanding. Boro wee creating chances and Michael Dunne, Liam Ross and Bryn Peters all came close without scoring. The second half started in the same vein as the first with both sides giving their all in an end to end battle. Stonepark struck first blood when a shot came back off the post before it was swept to the net on the rebound. Ballyboro piled on the pressure and only four minutes elapsed when a brilliant through ball from James Browne reached Cian O’Brien where he coolly lobbed the goalkeeper from all of 25yards. Stonepark reacted to the Ballyboro goal and it was not long before from a free kick a Stonepark player rose highest to head home the lead goal. Ballyboro kept the pressure on and Adam Hegarty and Bryn Peters brought great saves from the Stonepark goalkeeper. The clock was tipping on and the omens were smiling on Stonepark but with four minutes to play Ballyboro grabbed a well-deserved equaliser. Ballyboro broke down the left wing where Bryn Peters put in a pin point cross meet the head of Liam Ormsby who rattled the net with a great header. In extra time Ballyboro again piled on the pressure and as time was nearly up in the first period Ballyboro scored a goal worth winning and match and this goal was special. James Browne played a lovely through ball to Cian O’Brien who took on two defenders drawing the cover before sliding a pass to Liam Ormsby. Liam, with a bit to do, took on and beat the last defender before curling a beauty into the top corner of the net.
The second half seen Stonepark making effort to get the equaliser but Ballyboro youngsters defended stoutly to win a titanic struggle. Every credit must go to both sides for a terrific game. The Ballyboro panel was: D. Donlon, N. Mc Govern, Y. Kajun, O. Diffley, R. Banahan, C. O’Brien, J. Browne, B. Peters, L. Ormsby, L. Ross, M. Dunne, A. Hegarty, I. Thompson, P.J. Connaughton, K. Gallagher and L. Cullen. Well done to all players and a special mention to the team management of Steve Ormsby and Steve Peters.
Death: The death took place at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dunlin on Friday last 24th May of Mrs Marie Sheeran, Ballyleague. She was predeceased some seven years back by her late husband Davy. Together they came to live in Ballyleague well over 40 years ago where they also owned the Lifebelt Bar. She was one of the founding members of Lanesboro Bridge Club who celebrate 40 years and right up to her recent illness continued to playing a leading role in the club. Marie was a talented lady with her hands where she did excellent work in crafts and embroidery. She was also a keen golfer. Her passing will leave a great void in the hearts and memories of those that came to know her. The attendance at both the reposing of her remains in her residence in Ballyleague and again at her Funeral Mass in bore testimony to the esteem in which she was held. Her remains were removed from her residence on Sunday last for her Funeral Mass and she was then laid to rest alongside Davy in Cullyfad cemetery. To her family Niamh and Niall, brother, Eugene, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.
Cemetery Sunday dates announced: The dates have just been announced for the blessing of graves and mass in the three cemeteries in the parish of Rathcline. The first date is in Rathcline cemetery on Sunday 7th July, followed by Lanesboro on Sunday 14th July and finishing in Clonbonny on Sunday 21st July. People with family members interred in any of the graveyards are encouraged to tend to their family graves leading up to the dates.
Tourism /Tidy Towns: The weekly clean-up will continue on Monday 3rd June – Bank Holiday Monday from 7to 8pm. It is hoped that the numbers attending will continue to grow. Young people are particularly welcome. Residents are encouraged to take an interest in their area and ensure that it is litter and wee free. The lotto jackpot remains at €15,000 with weekly prizes of (1) €50 and (3) €20. Last week there was no winner of the jackpot and the €50 winner was €50 Tom Mullen c/o XLNTEE, and the three €25 winner were Philip Wright c/o Friday Market, Declan McVeigh, and Jimmy Tarmey.
Community Games Finals: Lanesboro had 14 children taking part in the National Finals of the Community Games and both in success and in participation they epitomised the ethos of Community Games. It is a long time since Lanesboro had medallists at Community Games national finals – but this weekend we had two. Dúileach Ryan swam the performances of his life to win his heat and his semi-final to go on and attain a gold medal in his u-10 Back-crawl Swimming event. His brother Séadhna Ryan performed beyond all expectation to also win his heat and semi-final and to win a 4th place Medal in the U-12 Freestyle Event. Also representing Longford in the swimming finals was Orla Ryan in the U-12 backstroke and the very brave young relay team made up of Orla Ryan, Rosin Brennan, Jane Dowd, Aoibhe Gettings and Caoilinn Flood, who were undaunted by the large crowd and swam excellently, enjoying the experience. In the Project competition, Lanesboro had two teams representing the county, Conor Sorohan, Ultan O’Sullivan and Harvey Myhill were the U-11 team and Áine Kennelly and Chloe O’Brien were the U13 team, both performed well in their events. In the contemporary Irish Dancing Aisling Farrell and Aoife Nolan performed so well in their event but missed out on a medal on this occasion. Richard Prior was also planning to take part of the U-12 County Cross Country Mixed Distance Relay, but was un-able to attend. Longford did exceptionally well across the board at the national finals and like Lanesboro in both participation and success punched well above their weight in national finals. Well done to all the children who performed so well for their parish and county.
Lough Ree Golfing Society: The next outing of the Society is to Portumna Golf Course on Friday 31 May. The tee is booked from 11.30 am. If you are to play on Friday please text 0879730611 as usual and arrive before 11 if possible. See you all there
United We Stand: A gala concert in aid of Suicide Awareness across Ireland in association with Pieta House will be held in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Wednesday 19th June. Many top country music acts will take part including Declan Nerney, John McNicholl, Dominick Kirwan, Crystal Swing, Simon Casey and comedian Conal Gallen. Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House will attend the night. Tickets cost €25 and are on sale at the hotel phone 0906 44 2000.
Longford Community Games 40th Anniversary: Longford Community Games will be holding a 40th Anniversary Gala Awards/Hall of Fame night in The Stag’s Head Ballinalee on June 7th. Each area has been asked to take a table and sell 15 tickets at €20 each. The night will include entertainment and a meal as well as the presentation of a “Hall of Fame” award to one recipient from each Area. Fabian Walsh will be presented with this award for the Lanesboro Parish for his long-standing commitment and help to both the Community games in Lanesboro, County and indeed at National level. If anyone would like to purchase or sponsor a ticket and join in the celebrations, they are available from any of the community games committee – Marie English, Pauline Casey, Teresa Ryan, Mary Sorohan, Bernie Casey and Sheila Nolan. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Pike Angling Club: The club held a boat fishing competition the Michael Casey Perpetual trophy on Lough Ree on Sunday last. The weather conditions were very good which led to some excellent fishing throughout the day. The first prize of €200 and the Michael Casey Perpetual trophy was won by Martin Cusworth with a fish weighing 20lb 12oz. Second prize of €150 was won by Eithne Clyne with a fish weighing 18lb 8oz. In third place with a fish weighing 14lb 4oz was Darah Costello for which he received €75. The club also held a draw for non-fishing members and the lucky winner of a 32” TV/DVD combi was Matthew Heneghan. There were three other draws for €25 and the winners were; Dermot Glennon, James Flynn and Martin Banahan. The club would like to pay a special thank you to Joe and Martha Farrell for the use of their premises for the prize giving and the draw.