Celebrations will come and celebrations will go but the celebrations of Saturday last at Lanesboro Community College were one of the finest ever held in the area. The hot weather of the previous days had abated a little and it made the day all the more pleasurable for the events that were about to unfold during the day.

During the week leading up to Saturday the tidy towns committees, on both sides of the bridge, were engaging in their tremendous work and both Ballyleague and Lanesboro were looking as beautiful as ever it looked on Saturday last. The town was further enhanced on Saturday morning with the arrival on the Main Street of huge flower and tree boxes which brought even greater beauty to the town.

From early in the day it was obvious that there was going to be a massive attendance as many familiar faces of old started to reappear on the street as they stepped the steps, taken during the their school years, as they made their way in the direction of the school. What a surprise they were in for when they arrived at the school as it never has looked in such tremendous condition. A large tent was also on site to cater for the expected crowd and, by God, did the past pupils honour their alma mater in style by turning out in a massive number. The attendance of such a vast number of past pupils is testimony to the high esteem in which the school in the hearts of all.


Rathcline GAA have been privileged to be asked to host the opening round of this year’s Longford Senior Championship where county champions will open the defence of their title with a game against Cashel in Clonbonny at 8pm on Friday next. The committee are asking everyone that has an hour or two to spare to come to the club grounds any evening to help get the club grounds in pristine condition for this great night. Every skill will be welcome and the club urges you to come along. Apart from the supporters of both sides it is hoped that the local people of the parish and surrounds will also come out and join in what should be a marvellous occasion. This is history in the making for the club as it is the first time the club has been asked to host a championship event. Where possible locals are asked to walk to the pitch or park a distance from the pitch as with parking at a premium it will be essential that the clubs neighbours in Clonbonny and along the ‘line road’ are not inconvenienced in anyway in case any emergency vehicles may have to travel these roads.

We wish the club every success and also wish both clubs a hearty welcome to Lanesboro and hope their teams do themselves justice on the night.


Time and time again I have mention in these missives about the amount of dog excrement on the streets, paths and walkways of our area. Have the dog owners that allow their dogs soil these areas no concern or civic spirit for others using these areas? Do they not know the enormous health issues that are involved if children or indeed adults happen to get it on their bodies? We are into the tourism season; it should be no different in any other season, and the need to have our villages looking inviting to those that come for a day at the river or those that are cruising on the river is vital to the local community. The last thing we need is for our visitors to join in local pursuit of dodge the dog excrement.

Perhaps the owners of the dogs that are soiling the street, do not see these notes and I would urge everybody in our entire area to make it a topic of conversation in the hope that those who do not abide by the law of cleaning up the dog excrement may think again before allowing it to happen on our streets, paths and walkways of the area.

Pooper Scoopers can be purchased locally in supermarkets as a minimal cost and I would urge that they be purchased and the dog excrement be disposed of responsibly.


The dates have now been set for Mass to be celebrated at the three cemeteries in the parish of Rathcline in July. Mass on Sunday 3rd July Rathcline Cemetery at 6pm. Lanesboro Cemetery on 10th July at 6pm and Clonbonny Cemetery on Sunday 17th July also at 6pm.This is ample notice for all those with relatives in each of the cemeteries to have their family grave tended to and have it in good shape.


The bus will leave Derryhaun crossroads at 10am, Ballymahon at 10.15am and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford at 10.30am for the Dublin City Mini Marathon on Monday 6th June. Presently there are only 9 seats left on the bus and if you need one of the vacant seats contact Pam Farrell 087-4146987 or 087 1252814.


Next weekend will see load of action at Roscommon Racetrack when racing takes place on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th next. Sunday is Family Fun Day and this promises to be a wonderful day out for all the family. The racing will be top class and the family atmosphere will ensure a special day for all. The first race is timed for 2.45 so don’t be late.

With the first race on Monday evening at 5.50 the atmosphere will be of cupid in the air where the night is for the ‘Girls’. All men are invited to take out their girlfriend, partners and wife for what should be a great night out for both sexes.

All in all the weekend promises to be wonderful weekend at Roscommon Racetrack and you can always finish off your night with a night out at the Race dances in the Abbey Hotel.


The Rathcline GAA club are holding their fundraising draw on Saturday next 11th June in the Yacht Bar. You are encouraged to support the club draw as they continue their marvellous work at the club grounds at Clonbonny. The tickets are priced at only €10 each. The prize structure is 1st €3000, 2nd €1000, 3rd €750, 4th €500, 5th €250, 6th €200, 7th 00, 8th €200, 9th €200, 10th €200, 11th 2 premium stand tickets for ‘Take That’ concert in Croke Park 18th June, 12th 2 premium stand tickets for ‘Take That’ concert in Croke Park 19th June, 13th 2 premium stand tickets for Leinster Hurling Final in Croke Park 3rd July, 14th 2 premium stand tickets for Leinster Football Final in Croke Park 10th July, 15th 2 premium stand tickets for All Ireland Hurling semi-final in Croke Park 7th August, 16th 2 premium stand tickets for All Ireland Hurling semi-final in Croke Park 14th August, 17th 2 premium stand tickets for All Ireland Football semi-final in Croke Park 21th August, and 18th 2 premium stand tickets for All Ireland Football semi-final in Croke Park 28th August.


The summer bridge competition commences in the Co-Op on Monday 13th June and will continue every Monday ding the summer at 8pm and everyone is welcome.


Rathcline local, Helen Feeney from Rathcline, Lanesboro, daughter of Packie and Ann Feeney, Rathcline, is looking for the support of her home county in a quest to be chosen as the Golden Pages Golden Wedding Planner, giving a commitment to donate an amount of her prize money to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) if she wins the nationwide competition.

Earlier this month, Grainne Howley from Kilkenny and Matthew Donnellan from Dublin were picked as the Golden Pages Golden Couple, where they won a wedding to the value of €30,000. The second part of the contest is for wedding planners, whereby entrants are invited to create a themed day for the couple. Helen needs hundreds of Facebook votes in order to make it to the second and final round, where she will be in the running for a €30,000 bar of gold with her theme “Ferrero Rocher: Luxury and Decadence with a little Nutty Side”.

“Simply put, I decided to enter this competition because I thought it would be a good distraction from the constant economic doom and gloom, not to mention a fun and romantic project to get involved in. I also liked the idea of supporting indigenous Irish suppliers – including those in the Midlands and the West of Ireland– as part of the planning process for my wedding day.

“There is a more serious side to my entry as I’ve committed to donating a sum of money to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland if I win. The reason I have chosen this charity is because one of the daughters of the wedding couple has Spina Bifida and personally speaking, I think it is one of the lesser known Irish charities doing amazing work for its large number of members,” said Helen.

Helen is currently in third place and is looking for your support to boost her votes. People should visit, go to the Planners section and then follow the link to Helen’s wedding plan, where they can click “Like” and “Share” through their own or a friend’s Facebook page.


The Minor Club would like to wish all members well in the Leaving and Junior Cert exams which start on Wednesday.

U12’s hosted a very successful Blitz on Thursday evening last. Thanks to all who helped out.

Our U10’s were away in Abbeylara on Wednesday evening last in an All County Blitz.

Shannon Gaels host U8 Blitz in Clonbonny on Wednesday 8th June, with visiting Clubs Grattan Óg and Carrick/Sarsfield.

U13 League starts on Tuesday next 7th June when we are away to Slashers.

Underage Training as usual on Thursday at 7.00pm in Clonbonny.

Well done to Rathcline Reserve Team who came away from Granard on Saturday evening last with a draw.

Best of Luck to Rathcline Senior team who take on Dromard in their first game of the Championship on Sunday next in Michael Fay Park at 6.00pm.

If any parent/club member is available to help out in the preparation or on the day can they contact club chairman Jimmy Flood.


Lanesboro Tourism Co-op-Tidy Towns Competition -The judging for the annual Tidy Towns Competition commences in the coming weeks .A community clean-up is organised for Friday evening 10 June starting at 6pm with volunteers meeting at the Parish Hall. If you have a free hour on this evening, please come along and bring a paint brush or yard brush or spade/shovel with you. A number of jobs have been identified which can be done on the evening with your help. A copy of last year’s Tidy Towns Report is on display in O Brien’s shop window and can be collected in the Church porch. Your help will make a huge difference to our town.


A Kidz Camp for children between the ages of 4 and 13 years is being run in Lanesboro National School from Thursday 30 June to Wed 6 July. A variety of fun activities will be on offer ranging from Art to Science, Drama, Music and Games. To book a place, please contact Liz on 0863447771 or Cora on 0868042332.


O’Rourke Cup: We had a win at home to Western Gaels on Sunday last. Final Score: St. Faithleachs 3-11 Western Gaels 2-4. Team: D. Thompson, D. McCormack, J. Connor, D. Thompson, B. Scally, A. Murtagh, K. Brennan, A. McCormack, M. Reynolds, B. Reynolds(0-1), E. Kenny, B. Murtagh(0-1), H. Kenny(0-1), A. Dooney(0-1), C. Murtagh(3-7). Subs: J. Tarmey. We play against Kilmore this Wednesday evening in Kilmore at 7.00pm.

Junior: Upcoming game this Friday against St. Aiden’s, see fixtures for details.

U14 Boys: We had a convincing win over Elphin last week. Team: M. O’Donnell, J. Farrell, L. Parker, C. Mangan, E. Farrell, M. Cox(0-2), M. Gill, D. Nerney(1-1), D. Kelly(1-1), S. Walsh(1-8), D. Foley(1-0), J. Irwin, C. Gannon(0-2), C. Connelly, E. Tynan(0-2).

U10 & U8’s: Our under 10 and Under 8 Teams took part in a Blitz on Thursday last against Kilglass & St. Barry’s. Well done to all who took part & all involved.

Minor Club Presentation & Family Night: Took place in the Club House, details to follow.

Fundraising Night Out: St. Faithleachs GAA Club present the ‘Looney Hoppers’ on Saturday 18th June in the Club House. Admission €5. Tickets on sale (€2) for Raffle on the night with Prizes galore, including: Hamper, Hoover, Dinner Set, Toaster, Bottle of Brandy, Bottle of Whiskey and many more. All monies raised go towards the on-going developments at St. Faithleachs GAA Club. Your support would be much appreciated.

County Community Games: Takes place in St. Faithleachs GAA Club Grounds 18th & 19th June.