Celebration of a remarkable Milestone

Celebration of a remarkable Milestone

On Monday, 4th May 1914 on Inchenagh Island in Lough Ree, Eileen Connaughton was born. She was from a family of 10 – eight girls and two boys. Eileen grew up on the Island before marrying Michael Devanney in 1948. They lived in Kilteevan before making their move to Rathcline, high on the hill, where she was to spend the rest of her live looking over her beloved Lough Ree where they reared two daughters Maureen and Ann. On Saturday last, a day before her 100th birthday, the family held a glorious celebration of her life, in her home, to recognise and honour the wonderful achievement of reaching 100 years. The day started with Fr Mickey Reilly celebrating mass and in his own inimitable way made the occasion a very beautiful one for Eileen. Following mass the party got into full swing and another very special guest at the party was Eileen’s sister Teresa, who in September next will celebrate the magnificent age of 102. Teresa who is a Dominican nun, travelled from her home base in Santa Sabina House to share this joyful occasion with her sister Eileen. The pair of sisters really brought the house down when together they sang a duet of a much loved family song. We congratulate Eileen on reaching the remarkable milestone of 100 years and hope she has many more years in the loving care of her family.

Community Games Finals

All roads and pathways should lead to Lanesboro track on Monday evening next for the local Community Games Sports Day finals at 6pm (weather permitting). The Community Games is for every young boy and girl in our parish and they no reason every single one of them should not be at the track on Monday. It is a special day in the life of our young people and they should be there to enjoy and treasure the magical moments at the track. There will be a race for the Under 6s followed by competitions in all ages U8 to U16. Competitors must be underage on 31st July 2014. Events are as follows: Running U-8-U-16, Hurdles U-10 and U-14, Ball Throw U-12, Long Jump U-14, Shot Putt U-14, Long Puck U-14. Competitors are asked to bring €2.

Be a Blood Donor

The regular Blood Transfusion Service, blood donor clinic, will attend at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, on this Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th May. The clinic will be open from 5 to 8.30pm. There is always a huge demand for blood and your contribution can be a life saver for some person. Young people are encouraged to go along and begin the wonderful process of giving blood. If you have been a regular donor in the past and have let it lapsed, then, there is no better time than now to get back into donating blood. It is so little out of your time to add so much time to a person in need of your donation.

Regional winner

Congratulations to Fermoyle N.S on being awarded “The Regional winner in the Water School of the Year Award “ sponsored by Irish Water. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesda, May 6th in Croke Park. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan will attend the event along with John Tierney, Managing Director of Irish Water. The school will receive prize money of €750 for the Green Schools Programme and a crystal trophy. They will also receive a Green Flag and a certificate and booklet for next Green- Schools theme (travel). A big “thank you” is extended to Miss Mahon and her Green schools Committee on all their trojan work throughout the year.


The organisers of the Social Gathering would like to say a very big thank you to all who attended, contributed and supported the social gathering in Clarke’s on Sunday, 27th April. It was a wonderful success and a great evening was had by all. The next Social Gathering will be held on the last Sunday evening of May, 25th May, from 5-7pm. It is a definite date for your diary and everyone is welcome and it is hoped to see you and your friends on the evening. Music will once again be by very talented Sharon Turley.

There is only 1Direction

With tickets for the fabulous 1Direction concerts completely sold out and being resold at extraordinary prices, Rathcline has a unique offer for anyone still looking for these scarce tickets. For only €2, yes, only €2 you have the opportunity to win not one but 2 Premium level tickets along with €100 spending money. That is the offer for Saturday night 24th May and the second prize is exactly the same prize offering, only this time, for Sunday 25th May. Even if you did not win the first two prizes you may be able to console yourself with the third prize of €50. Tickets are on sale throughout the town and you should not delay with buying yours as there are only a limited number of tickets on sale. The draw will take place in the Yacht Bar on Saturday week 17th May at 11pm.

Bridge Club

The results of the bridge competition held on Wednesday last 30th May are: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Renee Walsh and Mary Jameson and 3rd Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey. E/W 1st Eileen Kelly and Una Clarke, 2nd Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison and 3rd Una Lawlor and Brid Mc Dermott.

Rathcline lotto

The numbers drawn on Saturday night last 3rd May were 10, 11, 17, 39, 41 and 43 for a jackpot of €1,500. There was one ticket winner of the prize and the lucky winners were Claire and Joe Finnegan, Cullen’s Filling Station. The jackpot for Saturday night next will revert to €100.

Gathering meeting

Last year the Gathering was an outstanding success in Lanesboro and it is hoped that this year it will be even bigger and better than ever. There will be a meeting in Adie’s meeting room on this Wednesday, 7th May at 9pm. It is hoped that there will be a big number of local attending with some wonderful ideas as to how to make this year’s event more distinctive and creative. Come along, join the party and let’s make August Bank Holiday very special in Lanesboro. The town will be alive with the sound of music and much much more – be part of it.

Darkness into Light Walk

You are invited to take part in the Darkness into Light walk in your county on this coming Saturday morning, 10th May at 4.15am. The walk will take place in the Mall Complex, Longford. Pre-registration will take place on Wednesday 7th May 5.30 - 8pm in the Mall or come early and register on the morning of the walk. All are welcome to come and join.

Tidy Town Five Year Plan

The Lanesborough Tidy Towns committee will launch its Tidy Towns Five Year Plan 2014-2018 on Wednesday, 7th May in St Mary’s Hall at 8.30pm. All members of the community are invited to attend and share your ideas of how we should progress over the five years. The objective of the plan is to guide the efforts of the committee as it continues to work towards making our community a nicer place to live in and to visit. Your support of our weekly lotto helps the committee to continue the programme of works.

Ladies Mini Marathon

The ladies Mini Marathon will take place on Monday, 2nd June in Dublin. There is a bus booked to go the mini marathon. At present there are just 13 seats remaining. If you want to avail of a bus ride to and from Dublin you should contact Pam Farrell after 6pm by phoning her at 087-4146987.