Definition of Quirky!

Definition of Quirky!

On Friday, 31st October there will be a fantastic new and novel quirky quiz taking place in Lanesboro. This will be a quiz like nothing gone before or every likely to be again. It will challenge your worldly knowledge on all aspects of life and you will be royally entertained throughout the night. It is said that all premises throughout the town are ordering in brain food to satisfy the great hunger for knowledge that will be needed on Friday night the 31st October. You are invited to get all your friends, work friends and club colleagues out for what promises to be a unique and fabulous night. This will be a night not to be missed by you or any of your friends near or far.

New draw launch

Rathcline club is inviting you to their club grounds on Friday next at 7pm in Clonbonny. They will launch their new 50/50 club draw that will commence next week. The idea of the draw is that the amount collected will be shared 50/50 between the winning envelop and the club e.g. club sells €500 worth of envelopes, the winning envelope drawn gets €250 and the club receives €250. The more that take part in the draw the greater the prize share for the winning envelope. This draw will take place every week and there will be one very lucky winner. This is a fantastic opportunity for just €2 to win a nice sum of money and be part of a new and unique way of fundraising by the Rathcline club. The club is seeking full support from everyone for the draw, from all sections of the club, past players, members and the general people of the area are asked to be very supportive. Envelopes will be on sale from next weekend and it is hoped that there will be a massive response and good luck to each envelope buyer.

Defibrillator Course/Refresher

A new defibrillator course will take place in the very near future. There will also be a refresher course. You never know the time or the hour that your training in the use of a defibrillator will be required and your ability to save a life. Leave your name and phone number into O’Brien’s and you will be notified of the date of the course. It is also important that those who need to do their refresher course also give in their names.

Rathcline GAA Lotto

Saturday night last 27th September the numbers drawn for the Rathcline GAA lotto were 10, 16,17,18,23 and 25. There was nobody with the four numbers required and the jackpot of €2,100 remains not won. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Peter Donlon, Lisrevagh; Martin Skelly, Newtowncashel; Peter Creamer, Longford town and Kathleen Donlon/Fiona Gillen. Next week the jackpot will rise to €2,200.

Asian Clam Updates

The scientific research has been going on all last week and is now almost complete under the leadership of Inland Fisheries Ireland. The results will be dissected thoroughly and following discussions detailed work will commence immediately to help curb the growth and numbers and try to eradicate clams from the Shannon waters. They will never be eradicated but with this work they can be controlled by environmental monitoring. In the words of IFI CEO Dr Ciarán Byrne “This hot water stretch has changed forever”. With proper pre and after disinfection by all fishermen and the remedial work necessary to limit the number of clams fishing will again thrive on the hot water stretch.

ESB has agreed to finance the disinfectant stations as a part of their overall involvement in the working agencies working to create an excellent fishing environment once again. All agencies are putting a lot of time and effort in this work and while most of the time we do not visually see anything happening rest assured there is great work going on with great urgency.

Missing from the Tuesday Runs

Every Tuesday evening the Lough Ree Athletic Club holds a run in Clonbonny starting at the cemetery car park. The results of each run is posted in our shop window with correspondent times showing where each youngster improved their time on a weekly basis. While this is a great involvement for all the young boys and girls, getting out for some regular exercise and getting to know others from all other areas that make up the Athletic Club. It also helps towards preparation for the upcoming Primary Schools cross country championships in both Longford and Roscommon and the Connaught Primary School championship. It also would be a great help for the second level cross country championship that will also be coming up in the very near future. Looking at the list in the window I notice a mark absence from a lot of the local townies who I see on a daily basis. Perhaps parents or teachers are not aware of these Tuesday runs but I am sure that a fair few of the missing names would be right up there with the best of the times –even beat the times. We should all encourage the youth of our area to get out and be active with all sporting clubs and the Tuesday runs would be a great help for getting fit for whatever sport they are involved in. Having spoken to the Athletic Club I have been told that the County Primary Schools cross country will take place this week. On this Thursday 2nd October the Roscommon county cross country will take place in Summerhill, Athlone. On Saturday next, 4th October the Longford Primary Schools will take place at Moyne Community College with the Connaught Finals in Sligo on Saturday 18th October. I hope next weekend I am receiving results of all schools in the area having taken part and getting great results in both Longford and Roscommon cross country championships and looking forward to the Connaught finals.


The results of the bridge competition held on Wednesday night last 24th September are; N/S 1st Gemma Douglas and Kathleen Kelly, 2nd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey and 3rd Renee Walsh and Mary Mc Gushin. E/W 1st Noreen Dunne and Mae Casey, 2nd Margaret Gillen and Mary Jameson and 3rd Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke.


Lanesboro Community Games Under 13 Project Competition winners will display their project entitled ‘The Role of the Internet’ in the library from Monday 6th October for two weeks. The winners of the competition are Áine Kennelly and Patrick Smyth. Many hours were spent preparing this project and well done to all involved on winning 4th place medal in the recent National Finals of Community Games in Athlone. All are welcome to come and see their wonderful work.

Harvest Service

The annual Harvest Service of Thanksgiving will take place in St. John’s Church, Lanesborough on Sunday, 12th October at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come and give thanks for the wonderful year we have had - all the good things we received during the year full and plenty due to wonderful weather conditions. Do go along and join with prayer and praise.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The final ‘Golfer of the Year’ competition of 2014 is to be held in Dunmurray Springs Golf Club, Dunmurray Hill, Kildare Town this Friday 3rd October. The tee is booked from 11 to 12 noon. This is a very lovely course with magnificent views of 7 counties from the 8th tee! The society has also secured a very good deal for 18 holes of golf with tea and scones beforehand and main meal afterwards. If you are coming text 0879730611 as usual. From Longford take M4 from Mullingar and exit onto R148 at junction 12 for Kinnegad/Galway. At 2nd roundabout (about 2 mins) take 3rd exit onto R401 to Rathangan: about 2 minutes outside Rathangan on R401 turn right on R401 and Dunmurray is about 5 minutes on left. The Lough Ree Golfing Society is looking forward to another great day out!

Strictly Come Dancing over the Bridge

The coming together of Rathcline and St. Faithleach’s for Strictly Come Dancing is creating a great interest and excitement. The Radisson Blu Hotel is the venue for what should be a very special night for the clubs and the dancers. The dancers are deep into their training schedule and this is one night in the calendar that should not be missed. Tickets, priced at €20 each, are available in O’Brien’s and from any member of the Rathcline club executive or from members of the St. Faithleach’s committee.

Whist Drive

The Lanesboro Social Services Whist Drive returns on this coming Friday night, 3rd October for the opening of their new season of Whist Drives. Lanesboro Social Services is a wonderful committee within our parish for the tremendous unseen work they do on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. The whist drive is a major contributor in them being able to carry out their great work. Every card player is urged to go along and bring your card playing friends for a fun evening in the hall. The game will start at 8.30pm and it would be great to see a huge number turn out for the opening night.

Italian Conversational Classes

Are you interested in learning conversational Italian? These classes are aimed at adults wishing to develop their conversational skills and are particularly suited to people travelling abroad or even for parents wishing to help their children with their homework. The class will be one hour per week for six weeks. Each six week course costs €30. Pre-booking is advisable as numbers for each class are limited. To do this or to obtain further details please contact Lanesboro Library on 043 3321291.


September 2014 will always be remembered for being a wonderful month weather-wise – a month of sunshine - following on from a great summer. For two homes, despite all the sunshine there was a great share of darkness.

On Friday, 19th September at Mullingar General Hospital the death was announced of Maureen Maloney, Cloontuskert. Maureen, a proud Kildare lady was a woman tall in stature and big in heart. She was a personable lady who had a great turn of phrase and having spent some time in her company a few weeks back I learned to appreciate her wit. She came to Cloontuskert along with her husband Dick when he came to work on Bord na Mona. Anyone that knew Maureen will be greatly saddened by her sudden departure. Her passing will leave a void in our hearts and minds. She was a great mother and home keeper and her passing is deeply felt by her husband Dick, sons Richard and James, daughters Margaret and Dolores, relatives and many friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy. Her remains reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Tuesday last until her removal to The Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballyleague. Following her Funeral Mass her remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery.

The entire area was shocked and saddened to learn of the death on Wednesday last 24th September at her home at Tuam, Kilrooskey of Lucy O’Connor following a tragic accident. Lucy was a woman of great vibrancy who worked in the Sacred Heart Hospital Roscommon where she was a valued member of staff. A native of Dungarvan Co. Waterford, Lucy she blended into the local community very quickly and was always available to help anyone no matter what their needs were. She was a lady of great vibrancy and had a great outlook on life. She had a great popularity that clearly spanned all age groups. The esteem in which Lucy and her family were held was clearly seen by the huge and widely representative turnout at her home on Saturday for her wake and again on Sunday at her Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church in what was one of the biggest funerals ever seen in Ballagh. Following Mass her remains were laid to rest in Kilgefin cemetery.

To her husband Patsy, daughter Una, sons, Stephen, Peter, Kevin, David and Patrick, sisters including Maura Quinn, Ballyleague, brothers, relatives and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club

The results of the first competition of the new season held on Monday 15th September are; N/S: Gross and Nett: 1st Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 2nd Kathleen Kelly and Tom Feeney and 3rd Fiona Gillen and Phil Chalmers. E/W: Gross and Nett: 1st Patricia McGann and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Maureen Hynes and Mary Jameson, 3rd (Gross) Bernie Gillen and Patsy Canavan and (Nett) Noreen Dunne and Philomena Walsh. The results of the completion held on Monday 22nd September are N/S: Gross: 1st Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 2nd Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness, 3rd Fiona Gillen and Phil Chalmers and 4th J.J. Donlon and Joan Donnellan. Nett: 1st Fiona Gillen and Phil Chalmers, 2nd Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 3rd Joan Donlon and Fergal Mc Guinness and 4th J.J. Donlon and Joan Donnellan. E/W: Gross/ Nett: 1st Eileen Watts and Des Watts, 2nd Brendan Dowling and Goretti Kenny, 3rd Maureen Hynes and M. Jameson and 4th B. Gillen and P. Canavan. Nett: 1/2/3/ Same as Gross and 4th Kathleen Hanley and Mary Fallon.

Social Evening

Following the summer break the Sunday Social evening returns on this Sunday in Clarke’s Bar. As usual there will be great fun and musical entertainment from 5 to 7pm.

Have you some spare time?

Athlone Midlands Samaritans are seeking additional volunteers to maintain their befriending service. There is no experience necessary as training will be provided. If you are interested you are invited to call or text 085 2845010. The Samaritans provide a 24hour emotional support on Freephone 116123.

Join Shannonside Camera Club

Have you a camera? No, it does not have to be a top of the range camera. Everyone with an interest in camera work and how to properly use your camera are invited to come along and join Shannonside Camera Club. Shannonside Camera Club is now recruiting new members. The Club focuses on an exchange of ideas and information among members as well as guest speakers and photographic outings. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the ESB Sports & Social clubhouse. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night next 7th October 2014 where an introductory photography class will be held at 7:30pm followed by our scheduled meeting at 8pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to go along and take the first class at 7.30 and become part of an excellent and vibrant club.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing classes will resume in Sorohan’s Bar, Ballyleague on Tuesday nights at 8pm. All are welcome to come along and be part of wonderful nights of set dancing. Beginners and experienced dances welcomed. For details please phone 086-8546433.

Anyone for Tennis

A meeting has been organised to see if there is enough interest or support for to set up a new tennis club in this area. Tennis coach Richard Turner (Level 2 Tennis Ireland/Kells) has over 20 years experience coaching both adults and juniors at all levels, qualifying at level 2 in 2000. He is also a qualified Cardio Tennis Instructor as well as a Special Needs Sports Instructor and he is coming to Ballyleague/Lanesborough to meet children and parents and any other adults interested in getting some professional tennis coaching. Richard will meet anyone interested in joining on Saturday October 4th at 6.30pm at Ballyleague tennis court and, depending on the turnout that evening, will arrange a weekly coaching session in the area. If enough people are interested a new tennis club may be formed. To declare an interest please send your name and telephone number with the name of the child/adult for coaching to loughreebaytennisclub@gmail.comm and make sure to turn up at the tennis court beside the marina in Ballyleague on Saturday next October 4th at 6.30pm to meet the coach.