Most Momentous Day: Saturday next 23rd February will be most momentous day in the history of the Shannon Gaels Minor club and the parish of Rathcline when the youngsters of the minor club will take to the stage in the ALL-Ireland Scór na nÓg final in The Venue, Ebrington in Derry city in the sketch event.

Most Momentous Day: Saturday next 23rd February will be most momentous day in the history of the Shannon Gaels Minor club and the parish of Rathcline when the youngsters of the minor club will take to the stage in the ALL-Ireland Scór na nÓg final in The Venue, Ebrington in Derry city in the sketch event.

As part of the final preparation the group hosted local in St. Mary’s Parish Hall on Sunday evening and the sketch was lauded loudly. The club would like to thank John Greene, Leinster Council PRO, Pauline Flood, Co Scór committee chairperson, Micheál Ó Suilleabhain, Irish and Culture officer and Rathcline senior club chairman for their kind words on Sunday evening last. The sketch team is Andrew Ward, son of Pat and Mary Ward, Rathcline Road, Jack O’Loughlin, son of Michael and Sheena O’Loughlin, Rathcline Road, Laura and Anna Paters daughters of Steve and Marie Peters, Clonfower, Dearbhail Flood, daughter of Jimmy and Bridget Flood, Lehery, Niall Keane, son of Brendan and Susan Keane, Barnacor, Lauren Guinan, daughter of Adrian Guinan and Madaleine Murray, The Green and Shane Kenny, son of Sean and Maura Kenny, Fermoyle. The success of the sketch is due to the tireless work of Maura Tobin, Rathcline to who we are deeply indebted. In the build-up to the All-Ireland the club has received many offers and they would like to express their great thanks for the kindness and offers of kindness from so many people, it is deeply appreciated. We wish the hope the bonfires will be burning brightly on Saturday night as we welcome home All-Ireland champions to our parish.

Ballyboro Scouts: The local scout troop hosted a hike of Lough Keel scout county calendar of events up Sliabh Bawn Mountain. Approximately 380people took part in the hike enjoying the local scenery and BBQ at the end of the treks at John’s of Doughill. There were troops from Boyle, Carrick on Shannon, Mohill, Ballinamore, Ardagh, Longford, Ballymahon and the local troop Ballyboro 12th Roscommon. The local scouts would like to thank everyone that helped out on the day, with food and stewarding. A special word of thanks to the triathlon club for their help with stewarding and also to John Leckey for the use of his premises, yard and field for parking.

Blood Donor Clinic: The Blood Donor clinic visits Roscommon on this Wednesday 20th February in the Abbey Hotel from 4.30 to 8pm. As this is always a busy clinic donors are advised to go along early as the clinic closes at 8 and the last donor should be no later that 7.30pm. The Hunt is on for Wildlife in Ballyleague

Local Schools seek your help on biodiversity and awareness: The Ballyleague Village Renewal and Tidy Towns committee has teamed with up with pupils from Lanesborough Community College and Ballyleague National School to embark upon a series of measures aimed at creating greater awareness of the flora and the fauna in and around the Shannonside village. On foot of the report of the adjudicator in last year’s Tidy Towns competition the local volunteers met with staff and pupils in each of the schools in the Ballyleague community over the last three months to try and respond to advice given on how the schools can play a greater part in the appreciation of the wildlife and the local environment in the annual tidy towns effort. “We are working specifically with the teachers and the young people in both schools to try and help improve everybody’s knowledge of biodiversity and carry out a new survey of the wildlife, flora and fauna along the banks of the river Shannon and throughout the village” the Chairman of the Ballyleague Villager Renewal & Tidy Towns committee Gerry Thompson said. The local committee would like to thank Principal Annette Regan from Ballyleague National School and Vice Principal Michael Lyons form Lanesborough Community College for the time and effort they are putting into this eco project with their students. Special thanks has also been paid to Cathryn Hannon from the Parks & Wildlife services who is also giving a helping hand to the two schools and over the coming weeks the general public in the local area will begin to see the students out and about in the course of their work. To support the two projects the Village Renewal committee has appealed to local people in the community to assist the students in any way possible. A special request is going out for photography or any other audio or visual material surrounding the wildlife, flora and fauna in the Ballyleague-Ballyclare area. The Community College students would like to study as much material as possible that is relevant to the specific wildlife, flora and fauna in the area and all pictures or material can be forwarded to this special e-mail address: Have you seen or photographed any particular species of bird or animal in this area? Are you aware of any written studies of the flora and fauna of Ballyleague that may be available locally? Can you assist the Community College to carry out their survey and new audit? If the answer to any of these questions is YES the Tidy Towns committee would like to invite you to make contact through:

Skittles at Foigha: James O’Flaherty continues to do marvellous work with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and he has come up with a novel idea to raise funds. On Sunday next 24th February he has come up the idea of outdoor skittles. We all know Leavy’s Pub, Foigha, on the roadside on your way to Ballymahon and from 4pm to 7pm the games of skittles will take place. The groupings for the skittles are Under 12 boys and girls, Under 14 boys and girls, Under 16 boys and girls, 3*4 logs in a throw. There will also be a ladies and gents competition 4*4 logs in a throw. There will be other events and games taking place for old and young and the presentations will take place at 7pm. The very popular Seamus Farrell will provide the music on the evening. A wonderful evening’s entertainment is assured for all. Go along and have some fun while supporting James and his very worthwhile cause.

Bridge Club: The winners of the competition held on Wednesday 13th February are: N/S 1st Frank and Frances Brennan, 2nd Patsy Canavan & Kathleen Reilly, and 3rd Renee Walsh and Mary Jameson. E/W 1st Philomena Walsh and Katharine Harrison, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor and Maura Hanly and Mairéad Gill.

Co Longford VEC visits Lanesboro Library: The Adult Educational Guidance Service (Co Longford VEC) will visit Lanesboro Library on Tuesday March12th from 2-4pm. If you are interested in getting back to learning and want to know what’s available locally, come and chat with Mary or Liz, both qualified guidance counsellors, who will be happy to go through your options with you. This is a free service and all are welcome!

Gathering: The next and most important meeting so far for the Lanesboro Rathcline Gathering 2013 will take place on Thursday 28th February in Adie Farrell’s meeting room at 8.30pm. If you feel you have an input of ideas to this meeting your presence will be very welcome as we are beginning to get the full list of events together for what will be the very best weekend in Lanesboro and Rathcline for many a long year. Book August Bank Holiday weekend Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th for the ‘parish hooley’ of a lifetime.

Death: Wednesday 13th February will be a day long remembered for the wrong reasons in our community. It was the day we lost one of our finest ladies after a prolonged and dignified battle with her illness. Brid Dunne Curraghroe fought a gallant fight and only three days after her 48th birthday her brave battle came to a close. Brid was always a lady with a gentle disposition and tremendous charisma. Her kind and tender manner endeared her to everyone that had the pleasure to know her. Brid enjoyed the simple things of life and her warm smile and cheery greeting warmed and brightened even the darkest of hearts The attendance at the reposing of her remains at Mc Hugh’s Funeral Home, Strokestown, the removal of her remains to St. Cecelia’s church, Curraghroe on Friday and again at her Funeral mass and burial to Scramogue cemetery on Saturday bore ample evidence to the esteem in which Brid was held. Brid was predeceased by her late father Pat Joe. She leaves behind her mother Mary, partner, Paul Enright, brothers Declan and Padraig, sisters Deirdre, Dolores, Margaret and Catherine relatives and many many friend to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

Lough Ree 2000 Bridge Club: The results of the Sim Pairs on Monday 4th February are: 1st Tie Mona O’Flaherty and Bernadette Clancy and Eileen Kelly and Nancy Dolan, 2nd Margaret Gillen and Mae Casey and 3rd Una Clarke and Nora Kelly. The results of the competition on Monday 11th Feb. Gross and Nett Results: N/S 1st Loretta Cooney and Mary Fallon, 2nd Joan Donlon and Eugene Donlon and 3rd Hannah Clyne and Maureen Hynes. E/W: 1st Mark/Peggy Crehan, 2nd Mary Jameson and Mary Conmy and 3rd Bridie McGrath and Mary Moran.

Sympathy: We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Cissie Ryder, Ballinahinch, John, Joe, Victor and Eric, daughters Mae (Finlay), Lorraine (Kearney) and Shirley on the death of their mother on Wednesday 13th February. Her remains reposed at Victor and Joyce’s home until the remover of her remains to St. John’s Church Lanesboro on Friday. Following her Funeral Service at St. John’s she was laid to rest alongside her late husband Joe in Cashel cemetery.

Defibrillator Course: We all understand the tremendous need for defibrillators and people trained in the use of them within our community. It is very vital for all clubs to have a minimum of two people competent in the use of the defibrillator. It is proposed to have a new and recertification course in Lanesboro in the very near future. If you need to be recertified or want to do the course can you please leave your name into O’Brien’s as soon as possible.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: It is all systems go for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the committee is inviting everyone to take part in this year’s parade and to make it the biggest and best yet. Entry fee is a mere €20 and the closing date for entry is Wednesday 6th March. All entries to be made to Freda Connaughton, Longford Road. The parade will take place at 2.30pm from St. Faithleach’s GAA clubhouse and will make its way through Ballyleague and Lanesboro and will finish at Lanesboro Community College. There will be prizes in the category of; Best dressed window, Best club float, Best junior float, most original float, Best business float and Overall float.

Fair Day Getting Closer

Horse Fair: The traditional horse Fair Day of Lanesboro and Dog Show will take place on Saturday week 2nd March. Since its revival a number of years ago the fair day have proven to be a very special day in the calendar of events in the town. The fair always seems to give the feeling of the beginning of spring and the lengthening of the days as we look forward to a long hot summer. The fair will begin at 10am in the field behind St. Mary’s Church. The Dog show will take place in the field adjacent to the Yacht bar and will commence at 12.30pm. There will be kiddie’s attractions, home bakery stall, farrier, trade stands and much more to entertain everyone. Mark the date in your diary and come along for a great day at the Lanesboro Horse Fair. All enquiries to the secretary 087-9140903.

Seeking accommodation: The Gathering group is seeking people with property, houses or apartments to rent in the general area over August Bank Holiday weekend. Presently there is a growing list of enquiries from local people abroad from people intending to come back for the weekend. We are currently drawing up a database of all property available and if you have property please contact Joe O’Brien, Corner Shop 3321107or with property location and description.