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Local woman to abseil Croker in aid of Breast Cancer Services




A Roscommon Town woman will abseil from the roof of Croke Park (about 50 metres) onto the famous pitch on Saturday, October 12th in order to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Services at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

  Twenty-six-year-old primary school teacher Syrea Duke from Antogher Road, decided that she would help out with the fundraising efforts of her aunt Dr. Deirdre Duke, who is a breast cancer consultant radiologist at the hospital. They are raising funds to build a dedicated clinic at the hospital and they are hoping to raise €1 million. A number of fundraising events have been planned including the abseil.

  “It will be a challenge to do it and I don’t really know what to expect but I wanted to do something to help with the fundraising and hopefully it will make a small contribution. The details are on the website and it is very easy to donate. I will be nervous but excited to do it,” Syrea said this week.

  Syrea has undertaken to raise funds prior to her abseil and she has a dedicated page on the ‘Just Giving’ website where further details and ways to donate can be found. 

  “Just Google ‘Just Giving’ and put in the name Syrea Duke and the page will come up with all the details. Anything we get, however small will be much appreciated,” she said.

  In the past decade, the number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer annually at Beaumont Hospital has grown from 89 to 400. Approximately 9,000 patients are seen in the breast clinics annually putting huge pressure on hospital capacity. The need for a dedicated clinic is urgent, both to alleviate the patient volumes in the main hospital and to allow the hospital shape and define a uniquely, patient-focused service for people with breast issues.

  There are several ways you can support the Breast Clinic Appeal: You can make a donation; You can take part in one of the fundraising events or you can organise your own. Whatever you can do to help the organisers reach the €1 million target will be greatly appreciated. For full details on the fundraising campaign go to  beaumontfundraising.ie.

Wins for Fuerty, Glavey’s, Pearses and Gaels


Hodson Bay Hotel SFC Round-Up

Group A

A winning debut!

Fuerty 1-13  

St. Croan’s 0-8

Fuerty’s first game in the senior ranks was a winning one at Mulhern Park as the home side were far too good for a disappointing St. Croan’s team. Niall Kilroy was once again the Fuerty talisman scoring 1-8 of his side’s total. Kilroy scored a fine goal towards the end of the first quarter and by half-time Fuerty led by 1-8 to 0-3.

  In the second half Croan’s were improved but Fuerty had already done the hard work and they coasted to victory. Richard Thompson was accurate from frees for Croan’s but they could only manage two points from play.

Scorers - Fuerty: N Kilroy (1-8), D Heavey, P Neilan, C Murray, G Ennis and B McGahon  (0-1) each. St. Croan’s: R Thompson (0-6), D Malone (0-2).

Group B

Glavey’s deserving winners

Michael Glavey’s 3-5   

St. Faithleach’s 1-10

A converted penalty in the 5th minute of injury-time from Dylan Carbery narrowed the margin to just a point but it masked the fact that Glavey’s were the deserving winners of this contest at Mulhern Park.

  Glavey’s were impressive as they held on to the ball well and scored three fine goals which were decisive. Andy Glennon and Cian Ruane got those first-half goals and at half-time Glavey’s led by 2-1 to 0-4 against an out of sorts Faithleach’s.

  When Dylan Ruane grabbed Glavey’s third goal in the third quarter they were in the driving seat. Despite some good finishing from Diarmuid Murtagh and Carbery, Faithleach’s struggled to get scores and now they face a ‘must-win’ game against Roscommon Gaels this weekend.

Scorers - A Glennon (1-1), S Comer (0-4), D Ruane and C Ruane (1-0) each. St. Faithleach’s: D Murtagh (0-5), D Carbery (1-0), D Hussey (0-2), B Murtagh, G Carbery, D Rooney (0-1) each.

Group C

Pearses strike late!

Pádraig Pearses 2-10  

Boyle 0-11

Two late goals saw title favourites Pearses edge past Boyle at The Abbey Park. For Boyle it was two valuable points thrown away as Paul Carey’s free and Hubert Darcy’s shot deep into injury-time were the decisive scores for Pat Flanagan’s men. The opening half was well contested and at half-time Boyle were three points to the good.

  Carey and Emmet Kelly were playing well for Pearses but Boyle kept their noses in front with Donie Smith and Cian McKeon on song with frees and with Enda Smith and Kieran Cox doing well, it looked like the home team would prevail until those two late dramatic goals decided the issue.

Scorers - Pearses: P Carey (1-4), H Darcy (1-2), E Kelly (0-2), S Ryan and S Fahy (0-1) each. Boyle: D Smith (0-5), C McKeon (0-3), E Smith, D East, and M Hanmore (0-1) each.

Gaels punish Clann

Western Gaels 1-14  

Clann na nGael 0-13

Western Gaels were the deserved winners against the champions in Johnstown. Short a number of players such as Ultan Harney, Fergal Lennon and Jack Connaughton, Clann struggled to contain the lively Gaels attack in which Cathal and Finbarr Cregg and Tommy Gill were very impressive.

  Finbarr Cregg got the Gaels goal in the opening half and despite playing against the elements they were only a point behind at the break 0-9 to 1-5.

  In the second half Gerard Nolan’s side were impressive as they kicked a string of fine points to run out the comfortable winners.

Scorers - Western Gaels: N Higgins (0-5), C Cregg (0-3), F Cregg (1-0), K Higgins and T Gill (0-2) each, D Moran and J McDonnell (0-1) each. Clann: C Lennon and D Shine (0-3) each, E Kenny, and C Callinan (0-2) each, C O’Brien, D McManus, and S Pettit (0-1) each.



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Scores galore in first weekend of IFC




Mulryan Construction IFC Round-Up


Group A

Gavin goal seals Creggs’ win

Creggs 1-14

Kilbride 2-5

Creggs took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the IFC with a strong second-half display handing them a six-point win over Kilbride in a wild and windy Creggs last Saturday evening.

  The victors did not have it all their own way and a goal from Henry Walsh on the cusp of half-time handed Kilbride a three-point advantage at the break

  But with the wind at their backs after the restart, Creggs – with Enda O’Rourke to the fore – began to overturn the deficit. A second Kilbride goal from Mark Feeney left the game tied at the three-quarter mark with all to play for. However it was the home side who finished the stronger and a crucial three-pointer from Kieran Gavin sealed a deserved win for Creggs.

O’Rourke the hero for Tulsk

Tulsk Lord Edwards 3-16

Kilglass Gaels 1-11

Two goals from Tulsk’s Thomas O’Rourke propelled them to a deserved eleven-point win over Kilglass Gaels in a free-scoring IFC first round game played at Tulsk last weekend.

  The corner-forward found the net in both halves and these strikes – coupled with a further goal from David Carleton - ensured they made a winning start to their championship campaign.

  Kilglass Gaels did battle hard throughout the contest and a goal from Shane McCormack saw them stay in touch during a high-scoring first period – with Tulsk leading by 2-10 to 1-8. But they could only add three points after the break, and O’Rourke’s second goal sealed the win for the home side.

Group B

Éire Óg draw first blood

Éire Óg 1-17

Shannon Gaels 2-7

A clinical second-half performance from Éire Óg saw them run out comfortable seven-point winners over Shannon Gaels in Abbey Park, Boyle last Saturday evening.

  The Gaels gave as good as they got during the first period and goals from Dessie Beirne and Matthew McDermott saw them ahead at the break.

  However with the impressive Mark O’Brien in inspired form up front for Éire Óg, they overturned their deficit with a string of fine points, and a goal from Cathal Groarke ensured a deserved win for the Loughglynn-based outfit.

McDermott points the way

Castlerea St. Kevin’s 1-14

St. Barry’s 0-11

A commanding display from Castlerea St. Kevins saw them steal a march on their rivals in Group B of the IFC as they accounted for St. Barry’s in Rockfield last weekend.

  The foundations for their win were laid in the opening period when they established a 1-8 to 0-5 lead with former county star Darren McDermott the star of the show, accounting for 1-6 of his side’s tally overall.

  Although St. Barry’s battled hard after the resumption, Castlerea controlled proceedings and never looked like relinquishing their advantage, with David Casey’s side going on to seal an impressive six-point win.

Group C

All square in Knockcroghery

St. Dominic’s 1-15

St. Aidan’s 2-12

St. Dominic’s will be kicking themselves after they surrendered a four-point lead late on in a pulsating Group C IFC game played against St. Aidan’s in Knockcroghery on Saturday evening last.

  Although the home side led the contest throughout, a Shane Byrne fisted goal deep into injury time handed the visitors a share of the spoils, leaving the St. Dominic’s outfit frustrated at the death.

  Goals from Darren Donnelly for The Dom’s and Niall Corbett for St. Aidan’s meant that the visitors had it all to do at the interval, trailing 1-9 to 1-4 at the break.

  The teams continued to trade points during an entertaining second half, meaning the home side led by three during the final embers of the game. That was until Byrne’s late intervention rescued the day for his side.

Comfortable win for Oran

Oran 2-8

Kilmore 0-7

A stirring first-half display from home side Oran handed them a comfortable seven-point win over a lowly Kilmore outfit in Rockfield last Saturday evening.

  Oran raced into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead at the interval with Ciaran Casey finding the net. Following a poor opening half display, Kilmore left themselves with a mountain to climb at the break, but with Derek Connellan rallying his troops, the visitors played their way back into the tie to trail by only four points shortly after half-time.

  However their joy was short lived as a further goal from Ray Farrell put the game beyond any considerable doubt and the teams traded points for the remainder of the contest, with Oran running out deserved victors.



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143-acre Castlesampson farm for public auction on August 30th




Connaughton Auctioneers are handling the sale of a 143.40-acre farm located at Corraree and Ballygatta, Castlesampson, just 9km from Athlone/M6 motorway and 15km from Ballinasloe town.

  Located in a renowned farming district, the property has an extensive range of modern farm buildings including five-bay single slatted with lay back, three bay double bay slatted, covered yard with crush, two-bay double slatted, three-bay double flat shed and three-bay single flat shed with an overall area of approximately 10,274 sq. ft.

  The lands are being offered for sale in four lots, Lot 1 is approximately 77.77 acres with the farm buildings mentioned above, Lot 2 is approximately 52.43 acres, Lot 3 is approximately 13.20 acres and Lot 4 is the entire property of approximately 143.30 acres with farm buildings.

  With a public road passing through the farm, there is extensive road frontage to an area of approximately 2,500 metres, thereby holding huge potential for building sites in the future. The property comes with mains connections to electricity and water and includes overall approximately 55.07 acres of entitlements included in the sale.

  Auctioneer Ivan Connaughton states: “This is a fine farm to come on the open market. The large investment in the ultra-modern farm buildings by the current owners together with an extensive holding of top-quality agricultural lands has attracted interest from both near and far.

  “The potential for transformation into dairy or usage as a large feed lot has attracted additional interest. Its location in a renowned farming district and conveniently situated close to the Galway/Dublin M6 motorway is a major advantage. The farm entitlements that total approximately €21,000 per annum are included in the sale and has received a positive response from interested parties to date. I encourage any interested party to contact our office on 090-6663700 for further information and viewing”.

  The public auction is being held in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe on Friday, August 30th at 4 pm. All are welcome to attend. All legal enquiries can be made to solicitor for the carriage of sale, Hayden and Co. Solicitors, Athlone on 090-6470622.