Quirky Quiz

Quirky Quiz

Lanesboro Gathering Festival G2 is holding a fundraising event on Friday, 24th October. This is the Friday of October Bank Holiday and Lanesboro is the place to be on that night for a very unique and quirky quiz. It will challenge your worldly knowledge on all aspects of life and you will be royally entertained throughout the night. How many coffee granules are there in a 500g jar??? Where does the left turn at Tullyvrane crossroads take you???

We are asking all sections of the local communities to get behind this fund raiser both as a means of raising much needed finance and also as a social night out with a difference. You are invited to get all your friends, work friends and club colleagues out for what promises to be a unique and fabulous night. This will be a night not to be missed by you or any of your friends near or far.

Defibrillator Course/Refresher

A new defibrillator course will take place in the very near future. There will also be a refresher course. You never know the time or the hour that your training in the use of a defibrillator will be required and your ability to save a life. Leave your name and phone number into O’Brien’s and you will be notified of the date of the course. It is also important that those who need to do their refresher course also give in their names.

Rathcline GAA Lotto

On Saturday night last, 4th October the following numbers were drawn for the Rathcline GAA lotto 12, 14, 32, 35, 39 and 41. There was no winner of the €2,200 jackpot and the jackpot for next Saturday night, 11th October will now rise to €2,300. The four winners of the €25 prizes were Gareth Johnston, Rathcline, Cian & Cóilín O’Brien, Clonfower, Eugene Hester, Knock and Rosaleen Egan, Derraughan Mór.


The results of Lanesboro Bridge competition held on Wednesday last, 1st October are; N/S 1st Loretto Cooney and Freda Kenny, 2nd Frank and Frances Brennan and 3rd Mary Casey and Gemma Douglas. E/W 1st Kathleen Kelly and Mike Flynn, 2nd Brid Mc Dermott and Maureen Hynes and 3rd Mae Casey and Noreen Dunne.

Lough Ree Golfing Society

A hardy group of non fair-weather golfers had a very pleasant day at the lovely Dunmurray Springs Golf course on Friday last the 3rd October. It was the only outing of 2014 that had some rain but despite the weather there was some good golf and the usual good companionship. First with a magnificent 18 on back nine in the rain and a total of 30 points was Peter Day, 2nd was Fiona Gillen and 3rd was Liam Rosemond and the minor prizes were won by Mike Brennan, Frank Conmy and Mick Healy. Well done to all. The Golfer of the year for 2014 is John James O’Shea with 30 points from the 5 outings. 2nd was Peter Day on 28 points with 3rd place being taken by Colm Dardis and 4th going to Alan Farrell. The Society is now looking forward to 2015 for another enjoyable year’s golfing on some new courses. Keep it straight!


We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Teresa and Seadna and Ryan and family, Main St on the death last Thursday of Teresa’s, sister Dympna Fallon, Dunmore, Co. Galway and Limerick City.


Many congratulations to the proud parents, Shauna and Michael, Church View, on the recent birth of Kayla Rebecca Neilon.

50/50 Draw Launch

The new 50/50 Rathcline GAA draw will commence on Monday, 13th October with the first draw taking place in Adie’s Swan tavern. The 50/50 draw is set up to provide Rathcline GAA with a revenue source to fund the day to day operations of the club as well as meeting the financial commitments on their club debt. The 50/50 works very simply- you put €2 into your envelope with your name and address on front of envelope and on Monday night of each week the draw is made with the winning envelope drawn taking half of the draw takings for that week. An example of that is where there are 250 envelopes returned, a total of €500, the winning envelope is drawn and the name on the envelope will receive €250. The more that buys the envelopes the greater the prize will be. Envelopes can be bought in all local outlets and your support will be greatly appreciated.

Register of Electorate

The draft register for 2015.16 is now being prepared. If you live in Co. Longford and wish to vote in upcoming elections you are asked to check to ascertain if you are registered correctly to vote. If you are or have a family member who will be 18 years or over by the 15th February then it is very important to check to see if they are on the voting register. You can check the voting register on or by phoning 043-3343311.

Registration forms are available online on the following link Registration Forms or from your local post office, library, garda station and local county council offices and must be returned by 15th February.

Badminton Club

Lanesboro/Ballyleague Badminton Club would like to welcome back members and invite new members for the upcoming season. The junior registration takes place on the 11th October in St. Marys Hall Lanesboro from 5-7pm. 8 to 12yrs old from 5-6pm and 12 to 18yrs old from 6-7pm. The Adult Open Night is on the 14th and 16th of October from 9-11pm. Junior membership starts from €40 for one child and adults at €75, with family rates also available.

Saturday Night Fever

On Saturday evening last, a remarkable game in the Roscommon senior championship took place in Kiltoom. The county semi-final between St. Faithleach’s and Padraig Pearses created many talking points but the most important factor of the game was that at the final whistle St. Faithleach’s were back in the county final. The county final will take place on Sunday, 19th October and the entire area will be rising in their support of St. Faithleach’s as they take on the might of St. Brigids. To say that Saturday evening was a tense encounter would be an understatement. Faithleach’s with a great blend of youth and experience will have benefited greatly from the sheer intensity and closeness of the game throughout. Semi finals are never meant to be pretty; it is about getting to the county final and no failing at the second last hurdle and that is what the brave warriors of St. Faithleach’s did on Saturday evening. It is now onwards and upwards to the county final and we are confident that despite going in as outsiders to the final St. Faithleach’s will do themselves and their parish proud and emerge victorious on the 19th October.


Lanesboro Community Games U-13 Project Competition winners will display their project entitled ‘The Role of the Internet’ in the library from Monday 6th October for two weeks. The winners of the competition are Áine Kennelly and Patrick Smyth. Many hours were spent preparing this project and well done to all involved on winning 4th place medal in the recent National Finals of Community Games in Athlone. All are welcome to come and see their wonderful work.

Harvest Service

The annual Harvest Service of Thanksgiving will take place in St. John’s church Lanesborough on Sunday, 12th October at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come and give thanks for the wonderful year we have had - all the good things we received during the year full and plenty due to wonderful weather conditions. Do go along and join with prayer and praise.

Have you some spare time?

Athlone Midlands Samaritans are seeking additional volunteers to maintain their befriending service. There is no experience necessary as training will be provided. If you are interested you are invited to call or text 085 2845010. The Samaritans provide a 24hour emotional support on Freephone 116123

Strictly Come Dancing

Tickets became available last week for the Strictly Come Dancing across the Bridge that will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone on Saturday, 29th November. Even at this early stage ticket sales are excellent with a lot of people booking or buying their tickets. This promises to be a fabulous night with a host of locals taking to the stage in search of the inaugural Strictly Come dancing over the Bridge title. This night is a joint venture between St. Faithleach’s and Rathcline GAA clubs who are putting a huge effort into making the night a wonderful success. You can play your part too by coming along and supporting the dancers on the night. 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 It would be a shame to miss out on your tickets for this night so make your purchase or booking immediately.

Monument Replaced

Earlier this year vandalism left a memorial recognising a ferry boat tragedy on the River Shannon in 1701 completely destroyed and the local community left with a bill of €4,000 to replace it. ESB Lough Ree Power was delighted to be able to give a generous donation to The Shannonside Heritage Group to allow them to reinstate the memorial. Pictured below are Denis Devereaux, Shannonside Heritage, Tom Moran, Manager, Peat Stations and Pauline Casey, Lough Ree Power at the memorial site overlooking the lake. It is a fabulous gesture by Lough Ree Power to make such a donation and the entire community are deeply indebted to Tom Moran and Pauline Casey for their great response to the request by Denis and the Shannonside Heritage committee. Since it has been replaced many people during the excellent weather of August and September have availed of the excellent replacement and enjoyed the beautiful view from its idyllic location.

A new Tennis Club

A new tennis club has been set up in the Lanesborough-Ballyleague area.

The first meeting of the new Lough Ree Bay tennis club group took place at the tennis courts in Ballyleague marina on Saturday and thirty eight men, women and children from all over Roscommon, Longford and the local community were represented in a discussion with Tennis Ireland Level 2 coach Richard Turner from Kells. Four other people had registered an interest but were unable to attend last weekend and will be involved in the club later.

Richard spoke to the group about the importance of selecting a proper size tennis racquet for adults and especially children. He advised parents to ensure all players under 10 has smaller size racquets and appropriate size tennis balls for coaching. He also talked about the age group that children can start to participate in coaching (5-6 years old) and then gave the Under 6’s boys and girls present a short lesson on controlling the tennis ball. Later the group present held a discussion with the coach and arrangements for the future of the coaching at the club were agreed. 1. Coaching for boys and girls under 6 years of age will take place at the tennis court in Ballyleague marina from 6 to 7pm next Saturday October 11th. Children should be on the tennis court at 5-55pm and ready to play. The charge for coaching for the moment will be €3 per child for a one hour group coaching session with Richard. Parents encouraged to stay on while coaching underway. At least 2 parents (one male & one female) required by the coach at all times. 2. Coaching for boys and girls under 10 years of age will take place at the same court from 7 to 8pm for the short term future. Players to be ready to play at 6-45pm. the charge is €3.Parents encouraged to stay on while coaching underway. At least 2 parents (one male & one female) required by the coach at all times.

3. Coaching for adults will take place on the tennis court in Ballyleague marina on Sunday mornings at 9.30am for 60 minutes. All adults please be on the court at 9.25am and ready to play. As Richard is travelling down especially from Kells for this session on Sundays the charge (for the moment) will be €5 per adult per lesson of 1 hour duration in the group session.

4. A membership fee for club members will be drawn up shortly after we get an insurance quotation from tennis Ireland/AIG and confirm what costs are associated with a 2nd net in Ballyleague. 5. It is proposed to move coaching indoors during the Winter months as required. A member of the club is co-ordinating the availability of local hall. The possibility of putting up lights and lining the 2nd court at the marina court will be examined. 6. The availability of first aid was emphasised. A first aid kit is to be acquired or sponsored and a member is looking after that. One other member is an experienced and qualified first aider. Toilets are available on the bridge side of the river bank. (Pedestrian access from the marina will be restored in 3 weeks time). 7. A provisional limit of just 12 members taking part in each session of group coaching for all ages has been set by the coach. We will have flexibility where possible but those who registered an interest by e mail and were in attendance last Saturday and filled u the questionnaire will be given priority. New players seeking membership should apply by e mail to:

8. A meeting to establish a club and a committee will be held in 2 weeks time when a representative of Tennis Ireland or a local tennis club will hopefully be available. In the meantime the club has set up a steering committee of: Mark Kerrigan, Ciaran Mullooly, Helen Johnston who will investigate insurance and all other matters. For more Information e mail:

Italian Conversational Classes

Are you interested in learning conversational Italian? These classes are aimed at adults wishing to develop their conversational skills and are particularly suited to people travelling abroad or even for parents wishing to help their children with their homework. The class will be one hour per week for six weeks. Each six week course costs €30. Pre-booking is advisable as numbers for each class are limited. To do this or to obtain further details please contact Lanesboro Library on 043 3321291.