Birth: Congratulations to Gavin and Susan Greally, Cashelbeg, on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Birth: Congratulations to Gavin and Susan Greally, Cashelbeg, on the recent birth of a baby boy.

Farming and Lending: Local man Sean Farrell featured prominently in the Farmers Journal last week in an interview about the process of lending and assessing loan applications from farmers. 
Sean, head of agriculture with the Bank of Ireland Business Banking outlines the process and banking criteria as they assess loans. It is a highly informative interview and essential reading for all farmers.

What is happening in our community?: The past week has been thoroughly marvellous for the Hand and Smyth families and the parishes of Rathcline Kilgefin and Cashel. As a community we have had a massive boost and it has been particularly great to see and hear so much positivity being bestowed on our communities by their tremendous wins and all the media coverage. Alas, below are two stories that happened just previous to our great celebrations and it is a case that we should be extra vigilant each and every day and especially night as we travel through our communities. No matter how insignificant you may feel it may be it is still always better to let our local Gardaí investigate. Lanesboro Gardaí 043-33 21102.

New House break in: The recession and banking crisis has practically brought all building throughout the country to a halt. It is rarely you travel the roads nowadays that you see a new house under construction. To see one now is a thing of marvel. Paul and Allison Clancy recently began constructing their new home on the Longford Road, two miles out from Lanesboro. Indeed the house is eye-catching because of its location and it is wonderful to see a new house being built in the parish by a young couple. However between the hours of 9.30 pm and 7.30am of Sunday night 14th April and Monday 15th April their new house was broken into and a large number of items were stolen from the house and the garage. With the gates being padlocked the perpetrators cut the locks and proceeded to steal a roller door, power tool saw, control panels for a solar system control, solar panel cylinder, cement mixer and stand and many other smaller items. This is a terrible imposition on this young couple and if was travelling the road during those hours and saw anything at all can they inform the Gardaí at Lanesboro Garda Station. Has it come to a stage in our country that we cannot now build a house without having to employ security guards? Let’s just think about it – are we going to allow ourselves to become prisoners to these thugs? We must be vigilant in every way possible and report anything no matter how small to our local Gardaí. Perhaps the local Superintendent Shields in Longford and his superior Chief Superintendent Rhatigan in Roscommon should consider recommending, to the Commissioner, a larger force in Lanesboro to server the locality on both sides of the bridge and enable the local station to stay open longer. The area of Rathcline/Lanesboro, Ballyleague/Kilgefin Cashel, and Killashee deserve to have the Garda force “Working with (our) Communities to Protect and Serve” and not investigating after the criminals have gone.

Break in at Casserley’s: Like all business throughout the country all our local businesses are feeling the pinch and cannot afford to be suffering the loss of any single item. On the morning of Saturday 6th April between the hours of 3.30 am and 5.45am the fuel bunker at the shop was broken into and all the fuel stolen from it – upwards of 100 bags. This burglary went on over that period of time and someone must surely have seen something happening at the front of the shop and down towards the bungalow on the Community College side of the shop. If you have any information that would be of help to the Casserley family you are asked to give it to our local Gardaí.

Pre Marriage Courses: Are you planning to get married in 2013? If so there as courses being arranged by ACCORD on Monday 13th and Thursday 16th May and again on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June. For bookings and further information you are advised to contact ACCORD at 043-33 47222 or book online at

Coffee Morning on Friday: Costello’s Nursing Home in Ballyleague is holding a Coffee Morning in their Nursing Home on Friday 26th April from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The coffee morning is in support of Alzheimer Association. You are all invited to go along on the day and support an excellent cause.

Lough Ree Golfing Society: Lough Ree Golfing Society’s first outing of the new golfing season will take place in Strokestown Golf Club on Saturday next 27th April. The first tee is from 11.00am. All intending players are asked to assemble at 10.30.

Wedding: The marriage took place at St. Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday last 19th April of Michelle Connerton, daughter of Liam and Pat Connerton, Aughamore and Edward Kelly son of Eugene and Mary Kelly, Rathcline Road. Matron of Honour was Denise Murray sister of the bride and bridesmaid was Therese Kelly sister of the groom. The Bestman was Jason Fallon friend of the groom and groomsman was Thomas Delaney, cousin of the groom. Pageboys were Jack and Billy Murray nephews of the bride. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Declan Shannon, Coosan, Athlone assisted by Fr. Michael Reilly, Lanesboro. The wedding reception took place in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Have you signed up yet?: The course for defibrillator training will commence at the end of April of first week in May. There is a great need for new people to be trained in the use of the defibrillator and also those that need to be up skilled. To be skilled in the use the defibrillator when there is a need for it can mean the difference of life and death for someone. It is very vital for all associations, not just sporting ones, to have a minimum of two people competent in the use of the defibrillator. A new training course for beginners and a recertification course will take place in Lanesboro very soon. If you need to be recertified or want to do the course can you please leave your name into O’Brien’s immediately. Call in or phone Martina at 043-3321107.

WHI Talk: Local man Jimmy Casey will give a talk continuing the series of talks for the Wetlands Heritage Ireland community group. The talk will be based on the book “Lough Ree and its Islands”, published by Three Counties Press in 2006. We will hear about the islands and foreshore of Lough Ree with all the history and stories of its people who lived in this beautiful environment from earliest times up to the present day. It promises to be a wonderful evening and you are invited to go along and enjoy a great evening on Thursday 25th April at 8pm in Cooney Hotel, Ballymahon.

Thank You: The ‘come dine with us’ fundraiser in the Peer Inn on Saturday 13th April in aid of MS proved to be a massive success. A wonderful night was had by all and the organising committee would like to say a special thank you to all their sponsors and helpers and those that gave so generously. A total of €1300 was raised for Longford Multiple Sclerosis.

Night at the Dogs: 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 €10 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.

Coffee Morning: A tea/coffee morning in aid of Alzheimer’s will be held in the home of John and Maureen Gibbons, Kilrooskey, on Saturday next 27th April from 11am to 3pm. Everyone is invited and welcome to go along.

Badminton: Congratulations to our Grade 5 Ladies who overcame Moyvore in closely fought games to win the Midlands Ladies League Final in Mullingar on Wednesday April 17th last. On the team were Edel Mc Dermott, Gráinne Gallagher, Regina Scally, Carol Manning and Ann Duffy. Many of our club members are off to Dublin to represent us in Leinster, results to follow next week. Well done to all involved.