Shannon Gaels in All Ireland Final: Saturday evening last in Finglas was a momentous night in the history of the Shannon Gaels Minor Club. The Scór na nÓg sketch team won the Leinster final with a masterly performance by all involved and they now not only represent our parish but they will now represent Longford and Leinster in the All-Ireland final that will take place in Derry on Saturday 23rd February. 
The sketch team that represented the club and done us so proud are: Lauren Guinan, Dearbhail Flood, Laura and Anna Peters, Shane Kenny, Andrew Ward, Niall Keane and Jack O’Loughlin. The marvellous thing about this victory is that it shows that the minor club extends its activities from the playing field to the stage and offers every youngster in the parish, whether they are footballers or not, the opportunity to be involved with the club. The Scór competition is a marvellous outlet for young people especially at a time when young people claim boredom is a great problem. The club also welcomes the involvement of anybody to help out in it be it in Scór, with teams or just by generally being around the club and giving a hand where needed.

Wednesday Gathering Meeting: There was a great meeting in preparation of the upcoming Gathering 2013 in Adie’s meeting room and many ideas were put forward for recommendation. A follow up meeting will take place this Wednesday 16th January again in Adie’s meeting room at 8pm. If you can please come along and throw in your ideas and thoughts for what promises to be a major hooley and celebration of Rathcline and Lanesboro. The Gathering in our parish is about the residents of the parish past and present. We hope that a wonderful response will be forthcoming from anyone that ever has a connection to Rathcline and Lanesboro will make the effort to join us on August bank Holiday weekend from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th August.

Shauna is Young Scientist: The Young Scientist competition took place during last week. Shauna O’Neill, daughter of James and Margaret O’Neill, Cloontuskert took high accolades last year where she won third prize in the Technology Intermediate Individual category and this year Shauna moved into the major winners category when she was awarded ‘Individual runner-up’. Her project ‘The effect of static magnetic fields on molecular and macroscopic properties of water’ gained huge recognition and it was marvelous for her that her hard work was rewarded with this major award. Shauna is a fifth year student of Scoil Muire gan Smal, Roscommon and it is a credit to her school that they can have a student competing at the very highest level over a sustained period of time. Shauna takes home a trophy and a cheque for €1,200 and also was awarded the Intel prize. The Intel award is given to the best project in the chemical, physical and mathematical sciences category, and goes forward to the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May and Shauna won a trip for herself and her teacher to Arizona for the Fair. The ISEF gathers more than 1,600 of the world’s most promising young scientists together and the will compete for $3m (€2.2m) in awards. We congratulate Shauna on her wonderful achievement and wish her every success in Arizona.

Fair Day AGM: The AGM of the Fair Day committee will take place this Thursday night 17th January in the Yacht Bar at 9.30pm. The Fair Day is one of the best day spent in Lanesboro and it brings back to life an occasion that was widely known and respected as one of the finest horse fairs in the midlands. The committee is hard working and vibrant and it would be especially pleasing to see a large number from the community that enjoys the fair day turning up at the meeting to support this very active committee.

Parking at Mass Time: Over the past number of weeks there are more and more attending weekend masses at St. Mary’s Church. We would like to ask those attending mass to be conscious of parking. There are times that emergency vehicles have to travel through the area of the Green and parking on the Green should be on only one side of the road only to allow ease of access through to the inner houses. There should never be parking on the grass. On the old school road/church road especially close to the junction there should also be only singular side parking. Drivers are also asked to be conscious not to block driveways in the vicinity of the church.

Young Scientist: Pupils from 5th & 6th classes along with their teachers exhibited their project ‘What Forces Influences Flight?’ at the RDS BT Young Scientist Exhibition on Saturday last. This project was the culmination of a lot of effort put in by both pupils and their teacher, Ms Nevin, who worked together in after school sessions since November to put the project together. The pupils researched the topic and carried out many experiments using simple materials to innovatively demonstrate what impacts flight using paper planes, kites, balloons and strings! Along with the School principal, Claire Murphy and the other teachers in the school, and ancillary staff, many parents helped out on the evening sessions to assist Ms Nevin and her class. At the exhibition, the pupils had an extremely busy day explaining their project to the constant stream of onlookers who were interested in the subject. The project was reviewed by the judges, who gave very positive feedback to the pupils. The judges highly commended the knowledge of the children, the experiments they had run and the models they demonstrated at the exhibition. As well as presenting such positive feedback, the judges also presented a trophy to the pupils and their teacher. The pupils and teachers would like to thank all those who gave of their time in supporting them during the project whether it was helping in the after school sessions or those who drove and supervised the pupils on Saturday at the RDS.

Car Draw: The results of the Lanesboro Ballyleague Christmas draw are as follows: 1st Nissan Micra – Kieran Donlon, Clonfower, 2nd €2,000 Keith Fahy, 3rd €1,000 Kenneth Rollins, 4th €500 Cathy Donlon, 5th €250 Karen Duffy, 6th €250 Rose Mulvihill, 7th €100 Yvonne Chalmers, 8th €100 Sharon Mc Cormack, 9th €100 Elaine Heylin, 10th €100 Jim Donohue and 11th €100 Andrea Banahan & Stephen Mc Guinness.

Thank You: The Parents’ Association of Lanesboro Primary School would like to thank all those who contributed to their recent church gate collection.

Rathcline Ladies: Rathcline Ladies held the AGM last Sunday the 13th January. Unfortunately there was a very poor turnout from parents but how and ever a new committee was elected for the 2013 year. Chairperson: Madaleine Murray, Vice Chair: Geraldine Hanley, Secretary: Mike Greene, Ass. Secretary: Karena Mulvihill, Treasurer: Paddy Nolan, Ass. Treasurer: Patrice Nolan, Children’s Officer: Maire Peters, PRO: Aodhnait Casey and Registrar: Aoife Farrell. A huge congratulations must go to the Scór na nÓg Sketch group on winning the Leinster Finals Competition in Finglas on Saturday last. Best wishes to Lauren Guinan, Dearbhail Flood, Laura and Anna Peters, Shane Kenny, Andrew Ward, Niall Keane and Jack O’Loughlin as they now go onto represent Longford and the Shannon Gaels Minor Club in the All-Ireland Finals in Ebrington Pavilion Derry City on the 23rd February 2013. Congratulations to Maura Tobin on mentoring this fantastic group throughout the whole competition. Sincere sympathy to the Kenny Family Fermoyle on the death of Sr. Rose Kenny last weekend in Dublin.

Triathlon Club: Open Night: The Lanesboro Triathlon Club is holding an OPEN NIGHT on Sat 19th Jan in the Lanesboro Co-Op Hall [Opposite SuperValu] from 7 – 9pm. If you would like to swim, cycle, run or even do all 3 competitively in 2013. Come along and meet members of our club to find out more. The Lanesboro Triathlon Club is a friendly welcoming club catering for those of all fitness levels. Join the club and be part of one of the fastest growing and extremely popular sports that is triathlon. Get in shape, improve your fitness and most importantly have fun. Hope to see you on the night. Lanesboro Triathlon 2013: The ‘Two Provinces’ Triathlon shall take place on Sat July 13th 2013. Registration for the race is now open via the Triathlon Ireland website – We are delighted to announce that this year’s race has been selected by Triathlon Ireland as one of their National Series races. Huge credit is due to the club, and the whole communities of Lanesboro and Ballyleague to secure such a high profile triathlon race for the area. It should prove to be an outstanding success once again and we are all looking forward to it. Training: Training is now back in full swing for the 2013 season. Please check club website and trilanesboro Facebook page for training session details and times.

Club Membership: Membership for 2013 is now open – you can register via the triathlon Ireland website It is very important to have your membership renewed early to ensure you are insured to take part in any club activities. There is further information available on the club website.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Fr. Tadgh Kenny, Fermoyle, Sr. Brendan and the extended Kenny family, Fermoyle on the death in Dublin last week of Sr Rose Kenny.

Rathcline Draw this weekend: The Rathcline GAA club is holding its annual Christmas Draw. For the club this is the most important draw of the year. The proceeds of the draw will go towards the paying of the clubs insurance and affiliation that is due at the first meeting of Longford GAA county board. The figure is huge for a small club and it makes this draw vital for the clubs finances. Tickets are priced at €20 each and the prize fund is; 1st - €3,000, 2nd - €1000, 3rd - €750, 4th - €500, 5th €250, 6th - €200, 7th - €200, 8th - €200, 9th - €200 and 10th - €200. The club looks forward to your generous support. Tickets are available from club executive and members or from O’Brien’s Corner Shop. The draw will take place in Adie Farrell’s on Saturday next 19th January.

Shannon Gaels Minor Club: Congratulations to our Scór na nÓg team who performed so majestically at the Leinster Scór na nÓg final at the Erins Isle club last Saturday. Emerging as Leinster champions was a wonderful result for the team who have worked so hard. They now travel on Saturday 23rd to Derry for the All-Ireland final. This is a culmination a 3 years’ work and the dedication of the team has been outstanding. Throughout, the team was under the excellent guidance of Maura Tobin whose time and hard work was well rewarded on Saturday. The club would like to say a very big thank you to Maura. The club would also like to say a very big thank you to Ger Kirwan and his daughter, Rhoslyn, for travelling across the city to support his old club. It was great for the club to meet Gerard and Rhoslyn. Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Fr. Tadgh and Sr Brendan Kenny, Fermoyle on the death of their sister Sr Rose Kenny last weekend. Sr Rose was also aunt to our club chairman Sean Kenny and we would like to extend our sympathy to Sean and the entire Kenny family on their loss. Into Leinster final – Congratulations to our club players Jack Rooney, Owen Sorohan and Shane Kenny and also the Community College players Diarmuid Murtagh and Shane Cosgrove who all played huge parts in the tremendous win over Dublin in the Leinster Senior Vocational School semi-final in Cashel on Saturday. They now will play the Leinster final in Cashel on Saturday week at 2pm against either Kildare or Meath. Saturday 12th January will live long in the memory of Shane Kenny as he was part of the victorious Longford team that beat Dublin and had to then rush to Finglas for the Scór final where he picked up his Leinster medal – we hope he picks up his second one on Saturday week.

Table Quiz: In preparation for a quarter of a million euro re-development of the river Shannon west bank and quay wall the Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee will hold a community table quiz fundraiser on Friday night next January 18th at 9pm in St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse. “We would like to invite every home and every business in the Roscommon-Longford area to come along and support us on the night” the Chairman of the committee Gerry Thompson said this week, “we know that dozens of people use the river bank for walking, cycling and other leisure activities every day of the week and we really need these people to come out now and show their support for the re-development that further enhance the area they are using. The plans of the proposed work will also be on display and it is important that everybody has an input so please come along.” The Tidy Towns committee is entirely voluntary and only this week took down the Christmas trees and Christmas lights in the Ballyleague community after a year when they also managed to get an increase of thirty points in the national tidy towns competition - winning a best endeavour award in county Roscommon. Teams of four cost €40 (€10 per person) on Friday night and if you would like to take part or sponsor the committee please contact Chairman Gerry Thompson at 085 1740819 or e mail:

Pride of Parish: Congratulations to the Shannon Gaels Scór na nÓg Novelty act team who qualified for the All-Ireland Final at Saturday’s Leinster Final at Erin’s Isle GAA club in Finglas. The team has built on the success of last year’s Leinster final to go one step further in search of All Ireland Glory. This achievement marks a fantastic milestone in the history of Shannon Gaels. Team members include: Dearbhail Flood, Shane Kenny, Lauren Guinan, Niall Keane, Laura & Anna Peters, Andrew Ward and Jack O’ Loughlin. They have done our club, parish and county proud. Great credit must also go the background team and parents for all the work in preparing the act for the highest stage in the land. A very special recognition must go to Maura Tobin who has coached the team to success. The team has six weeks to prepare for the All-Ireland Final which will be held in Derry City on Saturday 23rd February. Once again, congratulations to all concerned.

Gun Club: Lanesboro Gun club will hold its AGM at 9pm on Friday week Friday 25th Jan 2013 in Adie Farrell’s Meeting Room. As the AGM had to be deferred from last October it is very important that all members attend to discuss important club matters.

Bridge Club: President Frances Brennan welcomed everyone back following the Christmas break and extended best wished for 2013. The results of the completion held on Wednesday 9th January are: N/S 1st Marie Sheeran and Mary Mc Gushin, 2nd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny and 3rd Frank and Frances Brennan. E/W 1st Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne, 2nd Katharine Harrison and Philomena Walsh and 3rd Mike Flynn and Brendan Dowling.

Actively Involved: Glancing through the ‘fit magazine’ in the Irish Independent on Thursday last I happened upon an article about a new clubhouse development taking place at Raheny Shamrocks Athletic club. The Raheny club has a great reputation of producing national winners and many international and Olympian athletes. Chairperson of the club is Anne Buckley who is none other than Anne May Murray from Derrygeel and sister of Kevin Murray. We wish her well with the development of the clubhouse and her athletic club in the year ahead.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club: The results of the competition held on Monday 7th January are N/S Gross: 1st Eugene Donlon and Carol Hamill, 2nd Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes and 3rd Patricia McGann and Joan Browne. N/S Nett: 1st Eugene Donlon and Carol Hamill, 2nd Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes and 3rd Mike Flynn and Kathleen O’Reilly. E/W Gross: Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen, 2nd Mary Fallon and Kathleen Hanley and 3rd Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Clancy. E/W Nett: 1st K. Hanley and M. Fallon, 2nd Mae Casey and Margaret Gillen and 3rd Brendan Dowling and Goretti Kenny.

Rathcline GAA: See sports pages.


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