Lanesboro notes

Lanesboro notes

Lanesboro notes

Combined Colleges Team

Congratulations to Fiachra Beirne on making the Combined Colleges panel that will face the Australian International Rules team in a warm up game in preparation for the Ireland Australia series beginning in Cavan’s Breffni Park on this Friday at 7pm. Fiachra is son of Pat and Anne Beirne, Mahoraveen. He made his presence felt in the trail game against an Australian amateur side- from where the final panel was selected – he scored 10 points in that game.

The competition for places was extremely intense and to make the panel comprising of inter county players of the calibre Longford’s Michael Quinn, Meath’s Bryan Menton and Louth’s Brian Donnelly. Fiachra will be representing his college Marino College on the panel and they will face the full Australian team in Parnell Park, Dublin on this Wednesday.

We congratulate Fiachra on his achievement of making the panel and look forward to him making his ‘mark’ on Wednesday.


The death took place of Mrs Bridget Smith, Carnadough, Newtowncashel, recently. She was mother of Pat Smith Mount Davis and sister-in-law of Mrs Mary Farrell, Main Street to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.

Rise the Dust

A new ‘all set’ CD by the extremely popular Céilí group Rise the Dust has just been launched. The cd entitled ‘all se’t is for all set dancers and it most definitely is a must for anyone that has even the tiniest interest in Irish music. The members of the group are Johnny Duffy, Mahoraveen, an excellent exponent of the banjo, who has a deep interest and love in Irish music and was a member of the terrific group Rig the Jig. Brendan Doyle, renowned for his button accordion playing, is also steeped in Irish music and like Johnny was one of the members and leading performer in Rig the Jig. The two lads are joined by the excellent Liz Ryan whose playing of the piano is legendary. Liz was a member of the very popular Glenside Céilí band before linking up with the lads to form Rise the Dust. For the cd they have a guest musician in the form of John Duffy an accomplished drummer who performs with local group Actin de Maggot.

This cd is going to sell hugely and you should not miss out on music that will raise your heart and have your toes tapping right throughout. The cd is on sale in O’Brien’s.


Lough Ree Sub Aqua club is inviting everyone to come along to the Mall on Thursday night next for try-a-dive. You can go along for 7.45pm and try scuba diving. It is a wonderful sport that can take you worldwide and being a member of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua club means you have a lot of fun and sport with local people and you will also be a wonderful help to people in need of the services of the club country wide. All equipment will be supplied on Thursday night and the try-a-dive is free.

Things Happening in Lanesboro

Over the past few months and the weather being as good as it has been for many year we have all enjoyed what has been the best summer in years. Like housekeeping when the sun shine brightly on a house it show up all that needs to be done in terms of painting and cleaning.

The town of Lanesboro is no different and while work was done recently on the Main Street replacing a footpath that was wearing away the biggest topic of conversation was the Shannon along the fishing area on the hot stretch and all the way down to the duck pond. The low levels of water showed this area to be a very dirty and in need of urgent cleaning and indeed repair. I have been reliably informed all parties with an interest in the waterways of Ireland will sit down together to discuss and hopefully draw up a plan to improve the water stretch. On a visit down along the Shannon banks last week it was great to see the workers in the water clearing some of the weed that is making the area so unsightly and practically impossible to fish.

For many years now the water line from the pump house at the back of the power station up to the reservoir in Carraroe has caused a multitude of problems, it was always breaking down due to the age of the water line. During discussions with Adie Farrell it was wonderful to hear that Longford County Council have just received permission to prepare contracts for pipe laying all the way from the pump house to the reservoir. With the completion of this very needy work there is no doubt but Eugene Kelly’s work on the Rathcline Road will be a lot less.

Adie also informed me that on this coming Wednesday Longford Westmeath VEC will sign contracts for the new two room extension at Lanesboro Community College. This is great news for the school and also in the hope for the creation of local employment.

With the new Fire Station about to begin in the near future these should be busy time in and around Lanesboro. It will be made all the more special if there are jobs created for local people on these projects.

Night at the Dogs

On this coming Saturday night there will a Night at the Dogs in Clarkes Bar in aid of the Marathons4Muireann fundraising. The first race is at 10pm and there will be a raffle also on the night. Dogs sponsorship in both naming and sponsoring of races can be made beforehand and also on the night. €2 bets on the night. Your full support will be greatly appreciated. With Declan undertaking the 4 marathons on October Bank Holiday weekend it is very important that every give their full support for the next couple of weeks.

Triathlon Club

The AGM of Lanesboro Triathlon Club has been set for Friday, November 8 at 8pm. The meeting will take place in the club rooms in the co-op hall, Lanesboro. Can all club members please check their e-mail for agenda and nomination forms.

All motions and proposals for the upcoming AGM can be sent to

Out and about: Well done to all the club members who braved the cold waters and participated in the Killary Great Fjord swim on Saturday last. Best of luck to all those competing in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday, October 28.

National Awards

Lanesboro triathlon club members mother and son Marie and Naoise Sudway, Rathcline Road and Dublin, have just received notifications of their tremendous achievements over the triathlon season. Marie has been crowned National Series champion in her age group and she has also captured the national Sprint championship. It has been a really fantastic year swimming, biking and running for Marie as she came 39th in the World 70.3 championship in Las Vegas and 27th in the World Sprint championship in London.

Making it a family occasion was the news that her son Naoise came second in the 16-17 year age group in the National Series and also in the National championships.

Shannon Gaels

Our U16 team were very unlucky on Sunday last when they lost the U16 Shield final in Dunbeggan - 0-12 to 0-13 v Colmcille..

On Sunday last minor championship medals were presented by former Mayo star and RTÉ pundit Kevin McStay. We would like to thank Kevin for his time and also for the wonderful words spoken to the assembled audience. We sincerely hope that the players will take on board Kevin’s sentiments as there is no doubt they will be faced with the many scenarios he highlighted as they proceed through life.

We would also like to say a special thanks to everyone that helped out during the presentation in many ways.

Defibrillator Training

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.

Parents and Prospective Coaches

Shannon Gaels GAA club intends to run a Foundation Coaching course in the near future. For all parents and prospective coaches this course is essential and it will help every child to be coached in the correct and proper manner. To enrol please contact Joe O’Brien 086-2460840 or or you call to shop and leave your name.

Athlone Samaritans

Athlone Midland Samaritans urgently needs volunteers. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. If you would like to volunteer please call 0852845010 immediately.

October Book Festival at Lanesboro Library

On Wednesday, October 16 at 1.30pm there will be a ‘workshop’ with Author Alan Early including a reading from his Arthur Quinn trilogy, a couple of Viking-based and story-telling games and a questions and answering session. This workshop is suitable for 5th and 6th class children.

Friday next October 18 at 2.15pm there will be a Seamus Heaney Poetry workshop for Second Level students with Frank Galligan

Friday week October 25 at 12 noon Halloween Show with Chris Thompson 7 a cast of ghostly characters! Come along dressed in your Halloween costume and listen to the famous Chris Thompson telling tales about witches, ghouls and goblins.

Finally Tuesday, October 29 at 2pm there will be a Halloween Arts and Crafts.

Create you very own Halloween masterpiece, all materials provided. Please book in advance as numbers are limited. Will suit children aged between 9 and 12.


The baptism took place recently at St. Mary’s Church, of Kyle Fallon, daughter of Blain and Sarah, Lisrevagh. We congratulate the happy couple.

Table Quiz in Lifebelt Bar

On Friday night next October 18, Ballyleague Tidy Towns committee will host a Table Quiz in the Lifebelt bar at 9pm. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy what should be a fantastic night of fun.

Lough Ree AC

Moyne College was the venue for the Connaught Primary Schools cross-country championship for the first time. The Connaught senior men and women races were also included. With up to 500 youngsters taking part, this was a major undertaking. Congratulations to all concerned for a job well done. With the fine weather, it was an enjoyable day’s sport.

Take a bow Alannah Flood to finish 13th from a start of 120 athletes is some achievement particularly as this was her first competitive cross-country race. Alannah missed the county finals but got into the event as a ‘guest runner’. Fermoyle NS qualified a team for 3rd/4th class800m, but were not placed. Eabha Healy was first home followed by Caoilinn Flood and Ella Hogan but had to back a long way for the fourth finisher.

Staying with the 5th/6th class and Fermoyle school, they had won the county, they were a useful bunch but nobody must have told them that it was a race as Lucy Ann Myhill, Aoife Nolan, Áine Kennelly, and Aisling Farrell finished together in that order from a mass start of 122 girls. How did they manage it? Róisin Brennan and Hazel Johnston finished separately completing the team.

Not much to say about the boys which are a poor reflection! No school team from this area qualified except some individuals Cian Walton (3rd/4th class), whom the club rates highly, finished somewhere in the middle of the field of 136 runner. It is unusual to say of one so young that the 800m seems too short for him. Another young lad on the up is Óisín Kenny who finished a few places behind Cian.

Our weekly road run at Clonbonny continues on Tuesday evenings at 6pm as long as daylight allows.

Last week Cian Walton brought in the best time of the 35 runners, most of whom were older than him. For the 3rd week in a row, Byron Deignan improved his time. The results can be seen in O’Brien’s window.

St Faithleach’s GAA

Hard luck to our U16 panel and their manager, Bob McCormack who were defeated by Strokestown in the championship county final.

Fiachra Beirne is part of the Combined Colleges panel that will face the Australian International Rules team in a warm up game at Parnell Park this evening Wednesday.