03 Jul 2022


Win 2 Tickets for Dublin v Mayo

Win 2 Tickets for Dublin v Mayo

At the moment the demand for tickets to the much awaited all-Ireland Final is phenomenal. Everybody wants to be there for what promises to be a most exciting final and also the possibility of Mayo, who have been knocking on the door for so long, winning the final this year. Rathcline GAA is offering you the chance of winning 2 Premium tickets for just €2 per line. Just imagine winning these 2 tickets and getting your 2 All Ireland tickets for just €1 each. Tickets are on sale throughout the town and from club members or in O’Brien’s. The draw will take place on this Thursday night in Adie’s at 11pm. Buy your ticket, support the club and perhaps it will be you that will be taking your premium seat in Croke Park enjoying the excitement of All Ireland Final day on Sunday next.

Seeking your support

The Meath Chronicle, in partnership with Boyne Hill House, are giving a lucky couple the chance to win a dream wedding. Local man Craig O’Reilly, The Green and his girlfriend Stephanie Smyth are contestants in this event and are seeking your support in helping them win their dream wedding and the first prize of the dream wedding give away of €20,000. You can vote for them by texting COUPLE followed by Craig and Stephanie number which is 20 to 57199. The lines will close at midday on Friday 11th October and the announcement will be made that night in a function in the Boyne Hill House. Go on give them a vote and help make their day a very special one.

Second Bite of the Cherry

The Rathcline Ladies team will resume hostilities with Edgeworthstown ladies in the replay of the County Longford Ladies Final replay in Pearse Park on Saturday next 21st September at 3pm. The drawn game was a titanic struggle between two very evenly matched ladies teams and the replay promises to be no different. The ladies have prepared diligently in preparation for this day and it is hope that a big crowd will turn out to support and cheer the ladies to victory. Much credit must got the work of the ladies themselves and also the dedication of their team manager and coach Enda Mc Gann and selector James Hanley.


We would like to congratulate Gareth Johnston on the appointment at the County Board meeting last Wednesday as County Minor Manager for the year 2014. Gareth brings to the jobs a wealth of footballing knowledge from his footballing days with Rathcline and also as manager of Rathcline seniors and as a selector with this year’s minor team. Gareth has brought on board with him local man Cian O’Brien, Emmet Kenny- Kenagh, Colin Dalton- Sean Connolly’s and Tony Devlin- Clonguish. We wish them well in the coming year and hopefully they will bring much success to the county.

Lough Ree schedule

Now that the excitement of the Ros 5k Series is over and the schools have reopened the Lough Ree Athletic club has commenced its Autumn/Winter schedule. With the schools competition (cross-country) coming up fast, the club had its first long run-out at Clonbonny on Tuesday last. The full results are posted in O’Brien’s window where they will be post after each race.

For the first outing there was quite a good turnout with over 30 taking part and everybody was timed. Kevin Tansey was first home in 8min 55sec. Could he be a better runner than his mother Ronie! Kevin was followed in by Cian Walton and Cronan Flood with a tied time of 9min 10sec. Then came the first of the girls in the form of Róisín Brennan and Hazel Johnston both with a tied time of 10min 13sec. We all know Róisín’s capabilities but Hazel’s was an eye opener as was the run of the diminutive Cian Walton’s in the boys.

Longford Primary Schools cross-country run will take place next Saturday 21st September at Moyne College at 5pm.

Parents are reminded that the Tuesday runs will continue at 5pm at Clonbonny and the club is looking forward to a huge number turning out each and every Tuesday.

Minor Final Date Changed

At the time of writing, last week, the minor League final was scheduled to take place on Sunday at 4pm but with Colmcille’s senior team playing in the senior semi-final it was agreed to change the final date until Friday next 20 September at 8pm in Allen Park, Newtownforbes. We hope a big number will attend and cheer the lads on to victory. It would be a tremendous achievement if the lads can add the league title to the championship title they have already won.


We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Tom, Joe and John Rooney and their families, Rathcline and the extended Rooney family on the death last week of Peggy Rooney, Manchester, England. Peg is the last of the older generation of the Rooney to die and with her goes the end of a generation of the Rooney family.


Names are again being taken for new people interested in training in the use of the defibrillator and also for those that need to do the refresher course. There can never be enough trained in the use of the defibrillator and if you have not yet been trained in its use you should leave your name to Martina O’Brien. Both the refresher and training courses are to commence in the near future.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Ollie and Tommy Curran, and their families, Rathcline, Paddy Curran and family Killinure and the extended Curran family on the death last week of their sister Mrs Ann Fenelon, Farnagh Hill, Longford.


The death took place on Tuesday 10th September at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin of Mrs Carmel McGuinness, Portarlington, Co. Offaly. Carmel moved with her husband Mick and family when he came to work in the Power Station a number of years ago- they lived on the Rathcline Road. Carmel and Mick became popular members and played a meaningful part in our community during their time here. She will always be remembered for her warmth and affability and her passing will leave the hearts of everyone that knew her an empty place. Following Mick’s retirement from ESB they moved back to their native Portarlington although they never lost contact with Lanesboro. Her remains were removed to St. Michael’s Church, Portarlington on Friday last for her Funeral Mass and her remains here them laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery. We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, Mick, daughter Anne, Curragh Rua, sons Michael and Declan, relatives and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Foundation Level Course

It is proposed to hold a Foundation level coaching course for people interested in coaching GAA teams at all levels. This course is suited to any parent, or young person interested in helping out with teams in the coming year or indeed years. It can be the stepping stone for people to get themselves involved in coaching and who knows where it will end. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Joe O’Brien immediately.


The death took place at Mullingar General Hospital on Sunday 8th September of David Gibbons, Aughamuck, Kilrooskey. David had been predeceased a number of years back of his wife Brigid. David was a farmer who worked his land diligently and he also spent time working for the forestry. He was a thorough gentle man with a great nature, elegance and personality. He left a telling mark with everyone that had the pleasure to meet and know him. His passing will leave a great void in the area where he will be sadly missed.

His remains reposed at the residence of his son John until his removal to St. Mary’s Church, Ballagh on Monday. His Funeral Mass was followed by the laying of his remains to rest alongside his wife Brigid in Kilgefin Cemetery.

To his sons, Luke, Pat, David and John, daughter Margaret, relatives and many friends we extend our deepest sympathy.

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish Dancing classes will resume in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro, on this Wednesday 18th September at 4pm. Beginners are very welcome.

Coffee Morning

Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union is taking part in Ireland’s biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice on Thursday next 19th September. Please support this very worthy cause. This year all funds raised will go to Roscommon/Mayo Hospice and as it is hoped to make this an annual event, next year will be the turn of Longford Hospice Homecare. Coffee and tea, with treats, will be served all day and any donation you can make will be appreciated. Lanesboro and Ballyleague Credit Union is looking forward to seeing you a wonderful representation of our community attending for such a worthwhile cause.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Phil Chalmers, Barnacor on the death last week of her sister Mrs Kathleen Casserley, nee Fallon, Ballinahinch, Newtowncashel. We also extend our sympathies to the extended Fallon, Shea and Casserley families on the death of Mrs Casserley.

Lough Ree AC

Moyne Community School is again the venue for the Longford Primary Schools Cross Country which takes place on Saturday 21st September at 5 p.m. Races for 3rd/4th class Boys and Girls 800m, and 5th/6th Boys and Girls 1000m in addition to a Men’s 6k and a women’s 4k. The club is starting the road runs in Clonbonny on Tuesday evening 10th September, start time is 6 o’clock. All athletes from third class upwards are welcome. Anybody wishing to travel to Moyne to the Cross Country please advise a club official and we will provide transport for you.

Irish Dancing Classes

Irish dancing classes with the Stanley Carroll School resume in the Co - Op hall every Thursday from 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Newcomers welcome. For any more info contact Lisa on 087-9804402.

St. John’s

There will not be any Church Service in St. John’s Church Lanesborough on Sunday 22nd September as parishioners have all been invited to the ordination of Mrs Linda Frost in Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin on that day at 3pm.

Harvest Festival Service

The annual Harvest Festival Service will be held in St Coman’s Church Roscommon on Sunday 29th at 3pm. The Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in St John’s Church, Lanesborough on Sunday 13th October at 3pm. Everyone welcome. It’s that time of the year again when we thank God for the wonderful Summer and Harvest we all have enjoyed this year.

Bridge Club

The results of the weekly Bridge game organised by Lanesboro Bridge Club on Wednesday last 11th September, 2013 are; N/S 1st Barbara Ferguson and Maureen Kearns, 2nd Una Clarke and Eileen Kelly and 3rd Elisa Grey and Cyril Hussey. E/W 1st Kathleen Hanly and Mary Fallon, 2nd Frances and Frank Brennan and 3rd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny.


The death occurred on Thursday last 12th September at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar of Angela Kenny, Rathcline Road. Angela was renowned as a woman of great nature and kindness. She was a warm and affable lady with a great sense of community and generous to a fault. In years past Angela had a major health issue which she fought and overcame with tremendous spirit. Her passing will leave a great void with everyone that knew her. Her remains reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Saturday last from where her remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Following her Funeral Mass her remains were removed to Clonbonny cemetery for burial.

To her husband John, son Darren, daughters Deirdre and Aishling, sisters Helen, Bernadette and Anne, brother Michael, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Rainbows Ireland

Rainbows Ireland runs a support group for children aged 5 plus right through teenage years who have been bereaved through death, separation or other painful loss. The programme will begin in the Family Centre, (behind the Cathedral), Longford on Thursday 3rd October from 6pm to 7pm and it will continue for 12 weeks. Booking is essential for those interested and bookings must be made before Thursday 26th September. You can make your booking by phoning 043-33 46827.


Rathcline Neighbourhood Watch will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection at all Masses this coming weekend 21st and 22nd September. Your usual most generous support will be greatly appreciated.

Set Dancing

The new season of the extremely popular set dancing classes recommenced in the Lifebelt Bar, Ballyleague last week. Set dancing is presently all the craze where people meet old and new friends and have a great night dancing every Tuesday night. Everyone is welcome to join. For further information you should contact Mairead Casey 086-8546433.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Donal Kelly and his family, England and formerly of Lisinaria on the recent death of this wife Mary.

Sewing and Alterations

In the next few weeks there will be two new workshops taking place in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro. The first workshop on Monday 30th September will be an introduction to sewing machine and it will take place between 9.30am to 2.30pm. This one day workshop will teach the basics of sewing the easy way and it will have a focus on cutting fabric and making useful items. The second workshop on Monday 7th October is entitled ‘Basic Alterations Workshop’. This workshop will teach you to use your machine for basic alterations and how to be creative in up-cycling your wardrobe. The cost per workshop is €25.

If you require further information or want to enrol you should phone 087-6346451.

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