Lough Ree Golfing Society

Lough Ree Golfing Society

The 4th outing of the year was on Saturday the 17th August to Co Longford Golf Club. A good turnout of players enjoyed the excellent conditions at this lovely local golf course: the weather was fantastic, the golf goodish and the company was superb as always. The visitors’ prize was won by Pat Mc Connell with a fine score of 41 stableford points. Nearest the pin on the par 3, 8th hole was won by John James O’Shea; the front nine was won by Alan Farrell with a very good score of 20 points; the back nine on 16 points was Timmy Glynn; 3rd prize went to Jarlath Reynolds (better back nine) 32 points; 2nd prize with a good 36 points went to Jackie McDonnell and the first prize with a great 37 points was won by Peter Gillen. Well done all and thanks to all who made the day such an enjoyable one. With one outing to go for 2013 (Athlone Friday the 6th September at 11 am) the Golfer of the Year rankings are as follows: Liam Rosemond 18, Brendan Whitty 17 , Colm Dardis 17 and Peter Day 16 points. There are a few more close behind those and the Athlone results will produce the winner of this very prestigious prize.


Irish dancing classes are resuming after the summer break in Ballyleague Hall on Monday 2nd September at 6pm - 7pm under tuition of Carole O’ Reilly TCRG. All new pupils are welcome. If you have any enquiries please phone 087 1191130.


We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Danny and Isobel O’Brien and family, Buncrana, Co. Donegal and formerly of Rathcline Road on the death of their daughter, Miriam following a long illness.

Musical success

Congratulations to Liadan Greally, Newbridge, who is to receive a high achiever’s award for her outstanding performance in her grade 8 flute exam. Liadan attends lessons with Mary Jo Fitzpatrick, Lehery. She will receive her award at the Hawkswell theatre in Sligo during November and she has been invited to perform in the concert preceding the awards ceremony. Congratulations must also go to Seadhna Ryan and Dylan Hanley who passed their piano exams with distinction and Duileach Ryan who passed with honours.

Bridge Club

The Lanesboro Bridge Club will reopen for the new season in St. Mary’s Hall, Lanesboro on Wednesday week 4th September at 8pm. The club would like to welcome new bridge players to the games on Wednesday nights and also welcome back all the Bridge players from last season.

Recent Baptisms

Luke Patrick O’Neill, son of Lisa and Seamus O’Neill, Kilteevan and formerly Knock and Senan Thomas McHale, son of Patrick and Sinéad (nee Feeney, Gurteengar), Salisbury England were recently baptised in St. Mary’s Church, Lanesboro.

Muireann O’Flaherty is daughter of Declan and Gina O’Flaherty and granddaughter of Mary and the late P.J. O’Flaherty. Muireann who has a rare condition called Ponto cerebellar hypoplasia - a severe physical disorder that occurs in a minute number of children in Ireland. Declan has undertaken to do the equivalent of 4 marathons on October Bank Holiday weekend culminating with the Dublin City Marathon on Monday 28th October. What we all take for granted Muireann cannot do absolutely any of these she suffers from; she can’t walk, she can’t talk, she can’t feed herself and she requires constant monitoring. She is frequently unwell. She takes a daily cocktail of medication including anti-seizure tablets. On October Bank Holiday, Declan will undertake to run from Athlone to Dublin which is the equivalent of 3 marathons and on the following day he will run the Dublin City Marathon raising money for three charities that has given so much support to Muireann - Temple Street Children’s Hospital, the Jack and Jill Foundation and the Brothers of Charity Services. We urge everyone that reads this note to be encouraged to support Declan in the mammoth task that faces him. It takes some man to undertake such a feat and this is no doubt Declan is some man. Please be a generous as you possible can be. You can leave your envelope in to O’Brien’s or you can email As part of the fundraising there will be a Family Fun Run, Walk or Crawl taking place on Saturday next at 1pm from Drum. Drum is on the old Athlone to Ballinasloe road and registration will take place at Drum Parish Hall from 11am. You have a choice of distances 11K or 6K and all for only €10. It is for a magnificent cause and your support will be greatly appreciated.


Outdoor recreation and Office Administration are two courses that Lanesboro Community College will run this coming year. These courses are Fetac level 5 and they will commence in September. The college is now accepting bookings for both courses and you can make your booking by phoning the college 043 33 21139 or online by emailing You can also make contact by any of the above means to receive information leaflet and information.

5k Road Race

The third annual Rós 5k Road race returns to Lanesboro on Wednesday week 4th September. The race will be the usual route from Rathcline GAA pitch out the ‘line road’ where it will join the main road and you turn back to Cullen’s Filling station and back to the finishing line in Clonbonny. You can run, jog or walk the distance and be part of a growing number of people doing these run, jog and walks. Registration will take place at Rathcline GAA clubhouse. This is part of the Rós 5k series which has 4 run, walks and jogs throughout the area over four Wednesdays. The first run is this Wednesday 21st August in Roscommon Town, followed by Boyle Town 28th August, Lanesboro 4th September and finishing on Wednesday 11th in Taughmaconnell. All races will begin at 7pm.

Good luck

On Friday night next 30th August, Gerry and Sinead Kiernan will officially reopen their bar in Ballymahon. Having the bar leased for the past few years they decided to take on the bar once again and no doubt they will have it the vibrant bar of old. We wish Gerry and Sinead the very best of luck and prosperity as they return to the business. The reopening will have music by Twilight Vision along with other musical talent from near and far. Finger food will also be available and Kiernan’s is the place to be on Friday night.

Ladies in final

Well done to the Rathcline Ladies football team who had a well-deserved win over Edgeworthstown in Clonbonny on Sunday last. This victory ensures them of their place in the county final which will take place in the coming weeks where they will renew rivalry with the same opposition. Well done to all on a great victory.

Below, Rathcline Ladies Chairperson Madaleine Murray at a time of desperation goes to her knees to pray for inspiration for her team. Evidently her prayers were answered when the ladies had a 2-14 to 1-11 victory.

Swimming Club

Longford Swimming club caters for children aged 6 to 18. On entry to the club children swim as part of the first swim group – the Seals – who have sessions 5-6PM Saturday and 10-11am Sunday. Fees are €150 per term (approx. 20 weeks/40 lessons). The swimming club was awarded Swim Ireland Club of the Year 2013 and the head coach Ronan McNevin was awarded Swim Ireland Club Coach of the year. The next trial will be held at 5pm Saturday week 7th September Longford Leisure Centre – Be there to join a great club. See further details on

School reopens

Lanesboro Community College will reopen for 1st year students on this Wednesday 28th August and for all students on Thursday 29th August.


The Ballymahon Convent of Mercy will hold a class reunion for the class of 1988 on Saturday 14th September. The reunion will commence with Mass at 6pm. As many of our readers will have gone to Ballymahon Convent we hope that all the 1988 from the area will make it to what should be a great evening.

Business Course

Formerly Longford VEC and now the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board is offering an Advanced Certificate in Business FETAC Level 6 (part time). This course is provided free under Back to Education Initiative (BTEI). As of yet no venue has been selected but it is expected to be in the VEC offices, as has been the norm for the past two years. The course will commence on Wednesday 12th September and will take place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 2pm. This course is particularly suited to unemployed people who have already worked in a supervisory capacity. Places on this course will be offered following an interview. For more information you are asked to contact Adult Educational Guidance service 043 33 48177.

Getting Married

Spaces are available for the Accord pre-marriage courses on 7th/10th October and 15th/16th November. You can make bookings online at or phone 043 33 47222.


The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 1st September and it will be led for the last time as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise by Bishop Colm O’Reilly. The bus will leave Lanesboro at 10.30am.

Community Childcare

The community childcare service will reopen on this Wednesday 28th August. Preschool service for children starting national school in 2014 will take place from 10am until 12 noon. Afterschool will be open from 2pm until 6pm. Places still available, telephone 0433330957. Playgroup for younger children will begin at the end of September.. We will inform you of date shortly.

Warmer Home

Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county. Longford Warmer Homes also carries out work for the elderly as part of the Care and Repair Scheme. You are invited to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd. Website or Facebook page to check to see if you are entitled to this free service. If you have not access to the web you can ring 043 33 93255.