Run Walk or Jog

Run Walk or Jog

Lanesboro G2 (Gathering) committee are hosting a 10K Road race and 6K Fun Run and Walk in Lanesboro on Sunday 29th June. Come along and join us in a fund raising Run, Walk or jog. Your support will be greatly appreciated. It is hoped that the entire community will come out and support this year’s G2 Gathering by joining in on Sunday.The route is similar to last year where the runners will start out at Lanesboro car park and up the Rathcline Road; at Harold’s Cross the 6K runners/walkers will turn left across, Bullockstown while the 10K runners will continue straight on to the top of Carraroe where they will turn left down through Lisrevagh and at the junction turn left again and come back through Killinure. Both runs will re-unite at the Bullockstown/ Tullyvrane junction, continue on to the Ballymahon Road and turn left and continue on through the town back to the finishing line in the car park. The race will commence at 12 noon and registration will take place from 10.30am in the parish hall. Entry fee is €10.

No Social evening

The regular monthly social evening in Clarke’s Bar will not take place this month. The social evening was due to take place on Sunday next but it will not take place due to it clashing with the Midsummer’s Day with the Stars at Roscommon Racecourse on Sunday next. The next social evening will take place on Sunday, 27th July in Clarke’s Bar from 5pm to 7pm.

Tax Relief

One way of helping to alleviate some of the outstanding church debt is by filling out the tax relief forms that are available in the church porch. This tax relief scheme is one of the most beneficial ways to help reduce the debt on the parish. The forms must be filled out and returned on or before Sunday next 29th June.

Golf Outing

The next outing of the Lough Ree Golfing Society is to lovely Portumna Golf Course. The tee is booked from 11.15 to 11.53am on Thursday next, 26th June. As it is an open time sheet we need to give the club a list of names beforehand so please text 0879730611 if you wish to attend. Time sheet will be arranged as names come in: ie first in first out! The society is looking to a large attendance at this great venue. Try to be at course around 10.30 as usual.


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Lanesborough Library on Monday, 7th July from 2pm-4pm. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 9338773.

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday will take place at the three cemeteries in the parish commencing on Sunday, 6th July in Rathcline followed by Lanesboro on 13th and Clonbonny on 20th July. It is up to everyone with family plots in each cemetery to tend to their family plot and ensure that everything is in pristine condition for this blessing of our family graves. It is up to everyone with family plots in each cemetery to tend to their family plot and ensure that everything is in pristine condition for this blessing of our family graves.

Rathcline Lotto

The numbers drawn in the weekly Rathcline GAA lottery on Saturday night were; 1, 9, 16, 17, 34 and 45 for a jackpot of €700. The jackpot for next week will rise to €800. The four winners of €25 were Mark Casey, Lehery; Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Lehery; Patricia Skelly, Dublin and M&N Nolan Motors, Newtownforbes.

New Courses

This coming September, Lanesboro Community College will embark on two new year long full time courses. These will be PLC courses in Outdoor Recreation and a PLC course in Music both FETAC level 5. The Outdoor Pursuit course will include outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership and safety, adventure activities, hillwalking proficiency, team working, work experience and communication. As you can see it is a wide and varied course and it is a course full of potential. Following the successful completion of this course there is the opportunity to go on to a 3rd level degree course at GMIT Castlebar and Shackleton College, Dublin. The second course is a PLC course in Music. This course includes modules in music performance, musicianship, music theory and practice, music industry studies, graphic design, communications and work experience. This course covers all aspects of music and following a successful completion of the course there is the great opportunity to progress to a wide variety of colleges to complete your music degree: A.I.T., W.I.T., Tralee and Dundalk I.T. and Limerick I.T. There are career opportunities in music performance, production and promotion.

The courses will commence in September and early booking is advisable as places will be limited. For bookings or additional information you are invited to contact Breda 043-3321139 for both courses or in case of The Outdoor Recreation course you can also contact Deirdre 086-1952663

Novel scratch card

Now that the World Cup is in full swing, the Rathcline club scratch tickets coinciding with the World Cup final are selling very well. The tickets cost just €2 and the winner can win a prize of €500. Just buy your scratch card for €2, scratch off the relevant segment and see what time you have been allocated for the scoring of the first goal in the final. You will be hoping that the goal is scored at your time to claim the €500 prize. It is great fun and only costs €2. Your support is greatly encouraged.


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the Hopkins family, Newtowncashel on the sudden death of Peter Hopkins, Saints Island, Newtowncashel. Peter’s mother is Carmel Donlon, Tullyvrane and his aunts living locally are Martha Farrell, Yacht Bar and Ita Farrell, Tullyvrane. We extend our sympathy to the extended Donlon family. Peter’s father, Sean, worked for many years until his retirement in the power station.

Youth Service Summer Camp

The County Longford Youth Service Summer camp 2014 will take place in Lanesboro from Monday 14th to Friday, 18th July daily from 2pm to 5pm. The camp will comprise of fun, games and sport and will cost €15 for the weeks activities. The summer camp is for young people between 10 and 18 years. To gain more information or to book your place at the camp you are invited to ring 043-3340907.


The death took place on Thursday, 19th June at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe of Jim Corkery, Shannon Heights, Ballyleague. James was a big framed man whose gentle manner and warmth of heart endeared him to everyone that came in contact with him. A number of years back along with his partner Phil, they moved to Ballyleague where they immediately fitted into the local community. He was a quiet spoken man and mild mannered and his passing will leave a void in the hearts and minds of everyone that came to know him. James was a great community man and wonderful neighbour.

His remains reposed at Farrell’s Funeral Home on Friday last and on Saturday his remains were removed to the Church of the Holy Rosary for his Funeral Mass. Following Mass his remains were laid to rest in Cloontuskert cemetery. To his partner Phil, family and friends, we extend our sincere sympathy.


Many congratulations to Thomas Donohoe and Maeve McBride, Rathcline Road on the birth last weekend of a baby girl.

Lough Ree AC

Another busy weekend on the athletic front between All-Irelands for the U9 to U11 age groups in Tullamore and the Co. Longford Community Games finals in Ballymahon. To their great credit, Aoife Kennelly and Aisling O’Dowd had qualified from Connaught for the National Finals and travelled to the Co. Offaly venue on Saturday. No, the eight year olds did not come home with medals but they and their parents came back with lots of experience which will stand to them in the future. Not having the full Community Games results, better give them a miss and hoping they will be feature elsewhere in this paper. Orla Keane, maybe disappointed with her form in Sligo, she is still the best U14 sprinter in Longford. Well done to Niamh Chawke for being the only girl from the county to turn up for the U16 1500m. Disappointed to see only four parishes from the county could field a 4x100m relay team. Are Longford teenagers lazy? Well done to all the youngsters who represented the parish of Rathcline, Win or lose, you did us proud!

Lanesboro Tri Cub Aquathon

Last Wednesday, June 18th, was a busy evening in Lanesboro as members of neighbouring clubs made their way to the 2nd Aquathon Race in the Midland Interclub Series. The Aquathon, which consists of a 750m swim in the Shannon followed by a 5k run up the Rathcline Road had over 100 participants in the race which was a good rehearsal for our sprint triathlon which will take place on July 12th. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, with the sun glistening on the waters of Lough Ree as the swimmers entered the water. The heat added to the challenge of the run with one entrant questioning, “How do you do it here in Lanesboro? Everytime there is a race you manage to organise the good weather too!” Big congrats to all the entrants who completed the race, a special mention to our own club member Marie Sudway who was the first lady home. It was great to see the Lanesboro club colours out in force on the evening. Well done to all. The race would not have taken place without the team of marshals from around Lanesboro and neighbouring areas who came out to show their support for the club. To everyone who donned a high vis jacket, kayaked or supported us in boats, to those clubs, societies and local businesses that have always supported our events, to all our members who put on a fabulous display of food in the hall to show hospitality to our visitors after the race, many many thanks. Details of results can be seen on our race website

If you would like to be part of the action of our triathlon on Saturday, July 12th, without having to take part, why not get involved by marshalling on the day. It’s a great way of having a bird’s eye view of what happens in a triathlon. We’d love all our locals to play a part on the day. To sign up to marshal just email


An Irish language summer course (Siamsa) will take place from Monday, 7th July to Friday, 11th July on Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3pm each day and will cater for students from second class to first year in second level. Further information and application forms are available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú at the Gaelscoil in Farneyhoogan or phone 087-2642665.

Junior Tractor and Go Cart Rally

It’s the big event of the summer for the kids - the first ever Junior Tractor and Go Cart rally in Ballyleague on Saturday next, June 28th at 4pm - in aid of P.J. Maher’s Haiti Orphanage Project. The event is confined to National school and 1st year secondary school pupils only from Roscommon and Longford. The rally course is just 500 meters along the banks of the Shannon in Ballyleague. It is not a race - the winner will be the best turned out vehicle or driver or the best maintained vehicle with lights/flags/bunting/ driver colours and/or fancy dress or any fun extras. The winner wins a 1 day free use of a bouncy castle at their home. All funds raised will go to the Haiti Orphanage project supported by local volunteer P.J. Maher - each participant must have a sponsorship card of just 10 euro per entry (5 lines of 2 euro) and cards are available now from Daybreak, Ballyleague and will be available through the schools this week. On the day there will lots of family fun, pizzas, hot dogs, bouncy castle, for more information please ring Joe Cribbin at Daybreak / Top Oil Filling station, Ballyleague 086 3823780.

Compost Workshop

Ballyleague Tidy Towns and Waterways Ireland have organised a one hour workshop on composting at the new Community Compost centre in Ballyleague Marina on Friday June 27th at 7pm. Our main speaker on the night will be Nuala Madigan, Education Officer from the Irish Peatland Council - who will give a practical demonstration of proper composting skills and techniques. There will be a chance for questions from anybody in the area who wants to set up a new compost centre or use the new community facility, so please come along. Ballyleague Tidy Towns has supported the construction of the new facility as part of our 2013-2015 area action plan - recently submitted to the Tidy Towns Adjudicators and appeal to you to come along and learn more. More information from 0433327691.