Lanesboro/Ballyleague March 18

PITCH RE-OPENS - The first game in almost 18 months was played in Clonbonny on Sunday last. The new pitch and clubhouse looked excellent.

PITCH RE-OPENS - The first game in almost 18 months was played in Clonbonny on Sunday last. The new pitch and clubhouse looked excellent.

It was indeed a proud day for everyone involved with Rathcline GAA seeing such a fine pitch and clubhouse available for all ages within Rathcline GAA. The club executive can be rightly proud of the wonderful facility provided and it is hoped that every adult player and parent will encourage their young player to make full use of the wonderful facility. The reward for the club will come in terms of on field success and every player must be surely inspired to achieve and strive for excellence. The facilities are in place and the whole community along with the Rathcline diaspora must be very proud of their clubhouse club grounds and the members of the executive who worked so diligently from start to finish doing such a wonderful job in the name of their club and community. It is time for congratulations to all those concerned.

It was fitting that the first game in the new pitch was between Rathcline and our old adversaries Cashel in the Reserve League Division 2. It was a wonderful start for the club aided and abetted by the Rathcline team that ran out convincing winners before a large crowd.

The club were due to open their Leader Cup campaign on Sunday next but because of the county U21 playing their Leinster semi-final the following Wednesday the opening game in the league will be a home game in Clonbonny on Sunday 27th March against Mostrim.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Paddy and Anne Fayne and family, Cullentra on the death of Veronica Fayne, Delvin, Co. Westmeath, wife of Joe Fayne and sister in law also to John, Brendan, Albert Fayne and their sister Teresa Gillooly.


Local man Colm Kennelly son of Chris and late Paddy Kennelly, Rathcline Road, who works and lives in Japan, was one of the lucky people to escape the strongest earthquake ever to hit Japan. The magnitude of the tremor hit 8.9 created a tsunami and much fear too many countries throughout the region and as far away as the east coast of USA. This earthquake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks culminating in other tremors, thirty of them have measured more than magnitude 6, and Japan’s meteorological agency has warned that there is a 70% possibility of a tremor of magnitude 7 or higher in the next three days, and a 50% risk in subsequent days. Japan, since 2004, has had at least one major earthquake each year and Colm has experienced almost the all. This one he commented was “the worst by far” and he had great fear of his house coming down. We wish him a safe passage through these turbulent times and look forward to seeing him back in town in the future.



On Saturday 5 March we had our annual scramble at Strokestown Golf Club. All 27 golfers teed off at 11 am at various tees and all finished at approximately 3.45 pm in time for our AGM.

The annual AGM was held in the clubhouse after the prize giving. This was the 18th AGM and judging by the large attendance the society is going from strength to strength. The following outings are proposed for 2011: April, Mountbellew, May, Roscommon, July, Mullingar and possibly New Forrest in September. Dates and time to be announced later.

The new committee for 2011 were elected at the AGM: Captain: Sean Brennan, Secretary: Frank Conmy, Treasurer: Joe McGrath, Committee Members: Brendan Whitty (ex officio) and Charlie Brennan. See you all on the fairways during what is expected to be another successful year for Lough Ree Golfing Society.


The annual Shannon Gaels Minor, Club Search, for a Star once again proved to be a remarkable success. Search for a Star take on a life of its own each year and keenness to take part in the show can be seen by the numbers volunteering and taking to the stage. The DVD launch took place on Friday night last in the Yacht Bar where a great night of entertainment and craic took place. On Sunday evening last in the clubhouse the Shannon Gaels Minor Club hosted a launch of the DVD for all the youngsters that participated in search for a Star. Both launches were a great success and it was an acknowledgement and gratitude to all those that helped out in making Search for a Star such an outstanding success again this year.

The DVD is now on sale in O’Brien’s at a price of €15. If you were not lucky enough to get to the show make sure you get a DVD and see the marvellous talented people of the parish. It is guaranteed to give you a couple hours of great entertainment.


The official opening of the new woodlands walkway took place on Monday last. The opening was performed by Lanesboro Tourism’s Bridgie O’Brien. The opening was well represented by dignitaries; Pat Brady Coillte, longford County Manager Tim Caffrey, CEO Longford Community Resources Adrian Greene, Longford County Council Director of Community & Enterprise Frankie Sheridan, Sue Moles of Dúchas, Longford Environmental officer Gary Brady, Mary Fleming, Adie Farrell, Cllr Mark Casey and many more interested parties.

The opening was also done in conjunction with National Tree Week, 6th to 12th March, which this year is aptly themed for our occasion “Celebrating the year of the Forest – Celebrating Forests for People”.

All of this would not have been possible without the wonderful contributions of Coillte under the leadership of Pat Brady, Albert and Mairéad Gill and Lanesboro Tourism and the local FÁS group under the excellent leadership of John L Farrell to whom we should be all greatly indebted for this magnificent amenity.


All is set for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through Ballyleague and Lanesboro on this Thursday. Trojan work has been done by the organising committee and I urge everyone in the community and even those from outside of our twin communities to come along and enjoy what always had been a wonderful parade. The Lanesboro Ballyleague Parade has gained huge acclaim from everybody that attended the parade and this is in no small way due to the wonderful efforts put in those that entered floats.


On Wednesday March 15th the pupils and teachers of Lanesborough Primary School will have their first WOW day- Walk on Wednesday (weather permitting). This is part of of the schools project to receive their fifth Green Flag.

The school has received the other flags for their work on Waste and Litter Management,

Water and Energy Conservation. The school has 4 designated pick up points around the town and will be meeting at 9am on that morning. They will then walk together to school. The aim is to try to encourage people to leave the car at home and walk, cycle, carpool or take the bus in order to reduce our carbon footprint. If the WOW day is a success the school will plan other WOW days in the future. The school is encouraging parents to join with them on this venture.


Last year one of the highlights of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the barbequed pig by local butcher Terry Mc Loughlin. This year Terry will once again barbeque a pig and the proceeds will be donated to Lanesboro Social Services.


The area was saddened to learn of the death at Mullingar Regional Hospital on Tuesday last 8th March of Pat Dowd Thureen. Pat original from Knock before moving to Thureen recently fell into ill health. He was a quiet spoken man with a real genuine nature. His words were always word of encouragement and warmness. Pat was a plasterer by trade and needless to say anything he did he did it meticulously. Pat was a man who never seen anyone in need and was a wonderful neighbour. His passing will leave a great void in the heats and minds of everybody that had the pleasure to know him. His remains reposed at his residence until removal on Wednesday to St. Mary’s church Lanesboro and following his Requiem Mass on Thursday his remains were interred in Clonbonny Cemetery.

To his wife Bernadette, sons Peter, Stephen, Padraig and David, daughter Siobhan, sister Pauline, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.


A new venture ‘Chris’s Walking and Holiday Club’ was recently formed and is attracting walkers from Lanesboro, Ballyleague, Ballymahon, Strokestown and Roscommon. The first outing was a 10k canal walk along the recently opened canal from Killashee to Clondra. It is hoped that a healthy mix of male and female walkers will be interested in joining this healthy lifestyle. It’s a great way to lose weight, get fit and make new friends. The walks will be planned over distances between 8k and 16k and will vary from Canal Walks to Forest walks and various sections of the Suck Valley Way. As the club grows it is hoped to get a medium sized group together and organise a walking weekend away or a foreign walking holiday. As the walks are finalised all walkers will be notified of the upcoming weekend walks. To make contact with organiser Christine Mc Donogh you can do so by phoning 087-9368306 or emailing


The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to David Dowd and his family on the passing of his father, Pat, last week. May he rest in peace.


The results of the Lanesboro Bridge Club competition held on Wednesday 9th March are N/S 1st Maura Hanley & Mairéad Gill, 2nd Marie Sheeran & Mary Mc Gushin, 3rd Frank & Francis Brennan. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott & Una Lawlor, 2nd Mona O’Flaherty & Bernadette Gillen, 3rd Peg Clarke & Patsy Canavan.


Lanesboro Community Games will hold a church Gate collection on Saturday and Sunday next 19th & 20th March at all Masses. Your usual generous support will be welcomed.


The 25 drive held in the Peer Inn on Sunday night last threw up the following winners: 1st Mickie & Tom, joint 2nd Packie & Tom and Joe & Tom. The table prizes were won by Johno & Brendan and Edmund & Joe. The game continues every Sunday night at 9pm


Congratulations to the Ballyboro Scout troop who came first in the ‘County Challenge’ held on Saturday last in Lough Key Forest Park. This competition requires scouts to compete in areas such as first aid, pioneering, water activities and backwood cooking. A word of congratulations the Ballyboro cubs that were placed in second place in their section of this competition. On St. Patrick’s Day, the scout’s ventures are holding a cake sale after the St. Patrick’s Day parade in St. Mary’s hall. You are invited to go along and enjoy a cup of tea and the freshly baked goods.


A new course of Pilates shaping up with Bonnie will commence in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Thursday 31st March at 7pm. Pilates is suitable for all ages. Everyone is welcome and all you need to bring is a mat. For further details contact Bonnie 087-2238237.


The Lanesboro Quiz team took part in the County Quiz completion in Edgeworthstown on Monday 7th March. In a large field of 18-20 teams, the Lanesboro team came 8th.

Lanesboro’s under 16 Chess team, having qualified from Longford, faced Summerhill Co. Meath in Mullingar on Friday 11th. The Summerhill team who have been playing together for almost 5 years won the tie. However the Lanesboro team made up of Mark Lyons, Lara O’Sullivan, Stephen Tobin, Ethan Kelly, Daniel Mullooly and Brian Lyons, played very well and showed very good promise for future years. In addition to many of the matches being very close, Mark Lyons succeeded in checkmating his opponent. The Winners of the Lanesboro Art Competition took part in the county finals in Keenagh hall on Saturday. On Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, the Community Games group will be having a Church Gate Collection. As this is the main source of funding, your support is very much appreciated.