Kenneth Kelly receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kenneth Kelly receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Kenneth Kelly, son of Tommy and Kathleen Kelly, Carraroe was honoured in Boston on 22nd October for his wonderful work and achievements since he moved to the Boston and moreover the Somerville city area of Boston. Kenneth is married to Kim and they have two children Michael (5) and Samantha (1). Kenneth, pictured will be remembered here as a quiet hard working young man a very affable young man who always got the job done. He completed his Primary schooling in Fermoyle National School before moving on to Rockwell College to secondary school. He then went on to university in St. Peter’s College New Jersey, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Kenneth then moved on to Verizon one of the biggest broadband and telecommunications companies in the world where he works his consultancy for the region and works from his New Hampshire office base. He is, also, the owner of Vitalsite Services Incorporate, a company that leases and zones properties for wireless communication equipment. This year the city of Somerville Chamber of Commerce decided they would acknowledge the magnificent work he has put in for their city since his arrival and they honoured him with the John W. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement award. Normally awards of this stature are presented to one much later in life but such was Kenneth’s successful involvement over the past number of years that it was felt that now was the most opportune and appropriate time for his award. Kenneth is seen by the Chamber of Commerce as “a local serial entrepreneur, a great factor in the metropolitan Boston’s dining and nightlife scene and generous community-orientated business owner” Kenneth is owner of: The Independent and Brass in Union Square, Foundry on Elm, and Davis Square Theatre in Davis Square and the forthcoming River Bar in Assembly Row. He has not been just an entrepreneur but he also immersed himself in the Chamber of Commerce, the Union Square business group, former vice President and now committee member of the Union Square Main Streets, a committee that is charged with the creation of vibrant neighbourhood by enhancing the business district and surrounds with community partnership. All in all Kenneth has not been idle for one moment and we would like to send him our heartiest congratulations on an achievement and award much deserved. We would like to wish him many more years of serial entrepreneurship and all the success in the world.


We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late John Ryder, Ballinahinch, who died and was buried in Cashel cemetery on Saturday last. John will be missed by everyone that knew him in both parishes of Rathcline and Cashel.

Tourism Co-Op

The committee has decided that it will not be involved in the Christmas lights project in Lanesboro for 2014. The cost of erecting, insuring and ongoing electricity charges of the lights are very high and the committee is not in a financial position to proceed with the Christmas lights this year.

Céilí Mór

On Sunday 7th December there will be a Céilí Mór in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Lanesboro. Céilí dancing is a wonderful way to spend an evening and there is no doubt that on Sunday 7th December there will be a fabulous evening in Lanesboro from 4 to 7pm. It is time to pass on the word and invite all your friends and make this céilí one that will be fondly remembered for a time to come.

Dinner Dance

The annual Pioneer Total Abstinence Dinner Dance will take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday night next 14th November. This night is usually a mighty night and if it is at all possible do your best to be there. Music on the night will be provided by Chuck and June. Tickets are on sale from Breda Moran, Tom Nohilly or Anne Carroll.

€454 for 50/50 winner

The weekly 50/50 draw took place in Clarke’s Bar on Monday night last. The winner of the draw received €454. Sean Whitney from Cloontagh was the lucky winner. The draw will take place the Yacht Bar on Monday 17th November. Add your €2 into the draw and perhaps you will be the winner of a substantial amount. Tickets are on sale in all local shops and from members of the senior, minor and ladies club.


The annual Mass for deceased members of the staff of ESB Lanesboro will take place in the Sports and Social clubhouse on this Wednesday, 12th November at 8pm.

Girls Champions

Well done to the girls of Fermoyle National School who on Saturday last became county champions when they defeated St. Emer’s in an enthralling final. The final scoreline was Fermoyle 2-2 St. Emer’s 1-1. The girls that did the school and parish proud were Sarah Curran, Holly Wyse, Caoilinn Flood, Jane Dowd, Roisin Brennan, Aoife Nolan, Anna Maguire, Eabha Healy, Aoife English, Abby Ward, Aoibhe Gethins, Ciara Gavigan, Abbie Mitchell, Lauren Moran and Aisling Farrell. A word of congratulations to Aoife Nolan who was selected as ‘player of the match’.

Tickets are becoming very scarce

Pairings for the Strictly Come Dancing ‘Over the Bridge’ will be announced in the next week. There is a great sense of anticipation among the general public and more so amongst the dancers as to who will be paired together for the dance night in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone on Saturday 29th November. Tickets are becoming premium such is the recent demand and it is now likely that there will be a waiting list drawn up. Don’t delay and get your ticket now and avoid disappointment. Alan Fayne, Martina Healy, Lee Cullen, Ursula Kilcoyne John Coffey, Brendan O’Sullivan, Rachael Collins, Fidelma Brennan, Jodi Horohoe, James Quigley, Claire Egan, Kenneth Madden, Gerry Nerney, Michelle Killian, Aaron Madden, Caoilfhionn Thompson, Daithi Mulvihill, Patrice Nolan, Colette Wyse, Darragh Hussey, Rita Mc Cormack, Geraldine Hanley, Padraig Murray, Steve Ormsby, Susan Linnane, Caroline O’Reilly, Ollie Trimble, Helen O’Donnell, Michelle Carroll and Brendan Ward.

Tickets are priced €20 each and are on sale in O’Brien’s or from the committees of both clubs. You can book your tickets by phoning O’Brien’s 043-3321107 or emailing your request to If you wish to avail of the bus that will be travelling on the night you are asked to just text your name, the number of seats required to 089-2420497. This is a text only service. The buses will leave from St. Faithleach’s clubhouse and from outside St. Mary’s church, Lanesboro.

Clothes Collection

If you have old clothes you want to pass on or dispose of now is your opportunity as the clothes collection will be closing this week. Contact Mike Greene for the arranging of drop off or collection.

Community College Open Day

Lanesboro Community College will hold its open day on Thursday week 20th November. Pupils from the local and surrounding national schools are all invited to attend and witness the wonderful work being carried out by students and teachers alike in the school. That evening both, parents and students are invited to come in, speak to individual teachers, and get an up close view of all that is happening. With 95% of the Leaving Cert students being offered a third level course this year, it can be said with absolute confidence that your child will not get a better preparation for life anywhere else. Added value includes the intimacy of a smaller school where your child will feel an integral part of a larger family and where each student is valued as an individual in his or her own right. Teachers take a personal interest in each and every student and this leads to a high level of maturity and self - confidence in all our graduates. So come along on the evening and see for yourself! The Principal’s address will take place at 7pm.


The marriage took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond on Friday, 31st October of Brian Farrell, son of John L and Geraldine Farrell, Rathcline and Sinead Moran, daughter of John and Chris (nee Dennigan, Mahora) Moran, Lisnacreevagh, Carrickedmond. Bestman was Seán Farrell, brother of the groom and groomsman was Niall Nolan, cousin of the groom. Matron of Honour was Niamh Rowan, sister of the bride and bridesmaids were Emer Powell, friend of the bride and Eva Moran, niece of the bride. Pageboy was Ronan Farrell, nephew of the groom and Flower girl was Laoise Farrell, niece of the groom. The marriage ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Michael Reilly assisted by Fr. Charlie Healy. The wedding reception took place in the Mullingar Park Hotel. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.

Arthritis Ireland

Do you need a solution to painful feet? - Arthritis Ireland, Longford Branch, invite you an informative evening with podiatrist Patrick Durkan and free consultation with Step Forward Ireland. This evening will take place on Tuesday 18th November from 7pm at the Family Centre, St. Michael’s Road behind St. Mel’s Cathedral.

Philomena is named Nurse of the Year

The Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year Award took place at the City West Hotel on Thursday last 4th November. It proved to be a wonderful night for both the local nominee and Innis Ree Nursing Home. Philomena Walsh, Rathcline Road, was declared Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year a wonderful achievement for Philomena for the many years of dedication that she has put into her profession. We congratulate Philomena on her wonderful and well deserved award.

Bridge Results

The results for the Lanesboro Bridge club bridge competition held on Wednesday night last 5th November are; N/S 1st Phil Chalmers and Cyril Hussey, 2nd Mary Jameson and Renee Walsh and 3rd Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny. E/W 1st Brid Mc Dermott and Una Lawlor, 2nd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne and 3rd Philomena Walsh and Maureen Hynes.

Hot Water Stretch Reopens

Following many weeks of closure the hot water stretch has reopened for fishing. There are strict guidelines to be adhered to in regard to the fishing and it is vitally important that the rules are strictly obeyed. One of the most important features of the guidelines is that the use of keepnets is strictly prohibited. The disinfection stations are now in situ and each and every person using the clam infected area is obliged to sterilise their fishing equipment both before and after fishing. All the criteria set down must be obeyed to ensure that the fishing areas stay open. Breaches of the rules and regulations could mean that the entire area will be shut down to fishing.

The area will be policed and patrolled by members of the Inland Fisheries Ireland, Lanesboro Tourism Co-Op and Lanesboro Pike Fishing club.

Badminton success

Well done to the all who took part in the Midland Graded Open in Mullingar from the 13th to the 24th of October. Finals night was on 24th October with many brilliant results for the club. Division 1 men’s and mixed and Division 2 men’s wins for Karl Crawford. Division 1 Ladies and Mixed wins and Division 3 mixed runner up for Ann Duffy. Division 5 men’s win for Frank Casey and Owen Casey. A fantastic achievement for all involved. Also, Congratulations to Ann Duffy who competed in the All Ireland Individual Championships in Baldoyle on 1st November and went on to win the Grade F Ladies singles and Ann was also runner up in the Ladies doubles.

Social Dancing

Social Dancing has recommenced in Ballyleague hall. It takes place every Friday night at 8.30pm. The classes cater for all levels of dancers from beginners to advanced dancers and they would like to invite you to come along every Friday for a great social evening.

Lough Ree AC

Westport House was the venue this weekend for the uneven age group cross country. The course couldn’t have been better; a true but tough cross country course with lots of hills and hollows awaited our athletes and great credit to all our finishers. Even though some of our athletes were disappointed the last day they still showed great character in turning out again particularly Orla. They are all now looking forward to the Roscommon Country Cross Country Championships next Saturday where the course will not be as severe. Again we did not have a complete team in any age group something we need to address because it is not fair asking athletes to travel long distances to compete without a team. However the athletes who turned out did us proud. While all athletes showed improvement, Cian Walton is finally coming to terms with cross country, he was in the 70s in the Roscommon schools, in the 50’s in Loughrea and up to 33rd position this weekend, he was well supported by Kieran O’Dowd, both are getting to know what cross country is about. Shauna Mimnagh and Orla Cox were our representatives in the girls under 11, and both surprised us with their efforts. In the under 13 age group, Alannah Flood finished in 17th position as against 10th last Sunday but then again she and her team mate Caoilinn Flood, who ran her best race ever were both giving away a year as they are under 12 athletes. Well done to all, that is the end of the provincial cross country for this year and best of luck to Alannah in the All Ireland under 12s.