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Creggs score big win over Sligo in Connacht League


Sligo RFC 15, Creggs 41: Creggs played some outstanding rugby to run in seven tries in an impressive display of attacking rugby at Strandhill on Sunday. Sligo opened strongly, and almost crossed for a try in their first attack as their forwards took the battle to Creggs. 

  Creggs gradually got to the tempo of the game, and a try by alert centre Barry Egan in the 7th minute settled their nerves, with outhalf Shane Dowd adding the conversion.   

  Dowd brought his outside backs into play at every opportunity, and one such move resulted in a superb try by flanker Matthew Brandon midway through the half. The ball was moved at speed through many pairs of hands and Brandon finished it off in style.

  Shane Dowd converted, before Sligo hit back with a penalty in the 25th minute by Sean Donnelly.

  With Creggs now dominant up front, fullback Scott Oates cut through for a fine try in the 36th minute, and just before halftime, winger Sean Quinn powered his way over to leave Creggs comfortably ahead by 24-3 at the break.

  However, Sligo dominated the next ten minute period during which Creggs appeared to switch off, and it took a try by Sligo’s Donal Brady to jolt them back to the reality that the game was still to be won.

  Creggs responded with a try by Bernard Kilcommons, which Dowd converted, following excellent work by the Creggs forwards. Shane Dowd then produced a moment of individual brilliance to seal the game for Creggs, when he glided effortlessly past several opponents to touch down for a superb solo try in the 55th minute.

  Scott Oates completed the Creggs scoring with his second try of the afternoon, marking his successful return to the Creggs colours, on a day when the backs took full advantage of the perfect conditions to cut the Sligo defence to shreds.

  Sligo battled to the end, and a rolling maul brought play to the Creggs line, with the referee awarding a try under the posts, which Donnelly converted to give the home team some reward for their never-say-die attitude in the face of overwhelming odds.

  Creggs are away to OLBC (Boys Club) next Sunday, and they will be hoping to build on recent impressive displays by recording another victory in Galway.

Creggs squad v Sligo: S Oates, S Crehan, B Egan, T Callaghan (captain), S Quinn, S Dowd, A Callaghan, T Fleming, S O Higgins, B Donoghue, T Oates, M Brandon, R Cassidy, K Brandon, E Conlon, R Horan, B Kilcommons, P Leech, N Walker.


Creggs Rugby Senior Seconds team got a walk-over in the Connacht League last Saturday when Connamara RFC failed to field in Creggs.

  It was a disappointment for the team that had been looking forward to this home game. The combined first and second squads have been growing in numbers and confidence with a super start to the season.

  The seconds play away v Longford RFC in a friendly fixture under the lights at 7 pm on Saturday evening.

  Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 pm. New players always very welcome.

MINI RUGBY- Creggs Mini Boys travelled to Tuam RFC last Saturday morning and enjoyed games against Tuam and Corrib RFC on a lovely morning for rugby. Games were played at Under-8, Under-9, Under-10, Under-11, and -Under-12. We had great numbers for the first away blitz of the year. 

  Creggs Mini Girls welcomed Portuma RFC, Ballinasloe RFC and Buccaneers RFC to Creggs on Saturday morning for a Blitz. Well done to all involved and the quality of rugby was great to see. 

  Next week Creggs Minis travel to Ballinasloe RFC for a Blitz. The Blitz kicks off at 10.30 am. Players please be there at 10.10 am.


Under-13: Creggs 39, Sligo RFC 26.

Creggs Rugby Under-13’s survived a late Sligo comeback for memorable win.

On a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon in Creggs the Under-13’s put in a manful display to defeat a big travelling Sligo team.

  The visitors couldn’t recover from a superb opening first quarter from Creggs. A brace of tries from the excellent Shane Connaughton saw the home team race into a substantial lead. 

  The Creggs half back pair of Mark Dowd and Paddy Downey were controlling the game with ease and further scores followed from Mark Kilcommins and Darren Gately. The second half saw a different story emerge, the strong Sligo pack were in the ascendancy and with Creggs on the back foot Sligo scored three unanswered tries.   However, the local team, galvanised by some superb tackling from Dowd and Gately, got back into their rhythm and upped the pace again in the final quarter.  

  Creggs ran in some excellent lines and Connaughton and Gately went over to add to their try tally and help see Creggs over the line to win by 39-26.

  Training will continue Friday night at 7 pm. New players welcome.

Under-14: Creggs 24, Sligo RFC 5

Creggs recorded their third victory in their Division 1 Connacht Under-14 League over Sligo RFC on Saturday morning in Creggs.  Played in perfect conditions for rugby both teams played a lovely brand of running rugby and it was Creggs who took an early lead when Aaron Lyons scored a very well taken individual try. Collecting the ball from Cian Glennon on the half way line he used his pace and step to beat a couple of defenders to score under the posts. Mark Purcell converted to give Creggs a 7-0 lead. 

  Sligo started to compete well up front after this and reduced the deficit to 7-5 after 15 minutes with a well-taken score. Creggs increased their lead 2 minutes before half time when Jack Tucker picked the ball from the back of the scrum on the 22, fed Mark Purcell who went in under the posts, and he converted to stretch the lead to 14-5 at half time.

 In the second half Creggs forwards started to gain control and prominent upfront were; Ethan Glennon, Lorcan Maher and Luke Divilly. Creggs increased their lead to 17-5 through a penalty from Mark Purcell after 10 minutes when Sligo were caught offside at a ruck after good work by the Creggs forwards. 

  Creggs landed their last score with the last play of the game through a try from Rory Callaghan who pounced on a loose ball from a Sligo lineout near their own line to score in the corner, which Mark Purcell converted to leave the final score 24-5. 

  Next week Creggs U-14s will travel to Ballina RFC at 1 pm on Saturday for their next Connacht League game. Training will continue Friday night at 7 pm. New players welcome.

U-15: Creggs U-15’s will play Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht League next Sunday in Athlone. Training continues Friday at 7 pm in Creggs. New players very welcome.

U-16: Creggs U-16’s will train Thursday night at 7 pm. There is no match next weekend for the Under-16’s. New players very welcome.

U-17: Creggs U-17’s will train on Thursday night at 7 pm and will travel to play Buccaneers RFC next Sunday in the Connacht League. New players very welcome.

U-18: Creggs U-18’s play Buccaneers RFC in the Connacht League next Wednesday night at 7.30 pm. New players very welcome.

  There is a Creggs RFC Committee Meeting on tonight (Nov. 5th.) at 9 pm sharp in the Clubhouse. The Secretary requests all committee members to attend.


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Golf News - 6th November

Athlone Golf Club

Ladies Club Xmas Hamper Comp Results: 1st: Anne Marie Hynes (30) 30 points Bk9, 2nd: Eleanor Larkin (25) 30 points Bk9, Gross: Anna O’Brien (11) 18 gross points, 3rd: Breda Ryan (24) 30 points, 4th: Maeve Holmes (14) 29 points Bk9, 5th: Clare Dowling (26) 29 points Bk9, 6th: Evelyn Wright (18) 29 points Bk9.

Christmas Hamper 9-hole Comp. 1st: Emer Quinn. Christmas Hamper Stay in Golf. 1st: Tanya Frawley, 2nd: Evelyn Neylon. 400 Club Draw Results 1st Nov: €500 Carol McGetrick, €400 Rena Harney, €300 Tom Joe Guru, €100 M & M O’Faolain, €100 Tom Browne.

AWGS comp Thurs 29th Oct. Winner: E. Moloney 30 points, Class 1: T Campion 28 points, Class 2: T Carmody 25 points, Class 3: M. Rock 23 points, Veteran: B. Nott 21 points. Wed Open 27th Oct 2015. 1st Nett: Ger O’ Kennedy (4) 38 points Bk9, 2nd Nett: Liam Casey (4) 38 points Bk9 (Roscommon GCCSS 37 points).

Plumbers Invitational Results Mon 26th Oct. 1st: Aidan Flanagan & Liam Browne 40 points, 2nd: PJ Martin & Des Rushe 37 points, 3rd: Kevin Daly & Ciaran O’Connor 34 points, 4th: Joe Higgins & Michael Healy 32 points Bk9, 5th: Martin Mulligan & Patrick Kenny 32 points, 6th: Pat Ryan & Paul Burke 30 points, 7th: Padraig Dunne & George Gunning 29 points Bk9, 8th: Colm Cummins & Enda Gormley 29 points, 9th: Barney Kenny & Anthony O’Connor 24 points, 10th: Jimmy Kilkenny & Paddy Kenny 20 points. Match Play Winner: Aidan Flanagan, Runner Up: Aidan McGrath. Plumber of Year: PJ Martin.

The men’s AGM will take place on Friday, 6th November at 8 pm and the ladies AGM will take place on Wednesday, 11th November at 8 pm. The club AGM will take place Friday, 20th November at 8 pm.

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Ladies Winter Alliance: This Saturday is the first fixture in our Winter Alliance. Captains Frances and Mary look forward to welcoming you with fresh Tea/Coffee and Scones from 10.30 am.

If the weather looks uncertain visitors should ring Clubhouse on 071 9667015 before leaving home. Tee-times from 11 am. Captains Day Out: Whatever your golf, stunning autumn colours are a given at the Slieve Russell.

Saturday, November 21st in your diary -Teetime 9.30-11 am. €50 covers Green Fee and meal. We need to confirm numbers shortly so please let Eamonn/Chris know a.s.a.p.

Halloween shambles: Birdies on the 17th Hole clinched the Halloween Shambles for Kieran Oates, Seamus Sweeney & Leo Kavanagh who finished with 93 points, three ahead of Kevin Ward, Benny Boyle & Gordon Kavanagh. Third place went to Michael Masterson, Anna Smith & Geraldine Prendiville on 87 Points.

Congratulations to Maureen Egan, Marian Fahy & Sharon Morgan of Ballinamore Golf Club who won the ladies prize.

Beginner Ladies Hamper: Beginner ladies 3-hole Hamper Competition is now running.Pay once off entry fee of €5 and play holes 1, 2 & 3 as often as you like between now and Dec 12th.

Footgolf: As footgolf combines the best of golf and football, it’s a game that absolutely anyone can play. Whether you are organising a fundraiser, celebrating your birthday, kids birthday or just want a bit of fun with your friends, we think it’s the best!! Only Trainers or AstroTurf shoes (no hard spikes please). Booking essential-071 9667015. You’ll love it!!

Castlerea Golf Club

Michael Doyle Competition, 25th October. 1st: Tony Mitchell 40 points, 2nd: Padraig Casey 39 points, Cat 1: Kieran Rosney, 34 points, Cat 2: Paul Connaughton 38 points, Cat 3: Tony O’Reilly 36 points.

The results of this week’s Men’s Competition the Staunton Cup: 1st: Matty Connelly 42 points, 2nd: Anto McCormack 41 points, Cat. 1: Tony Mitchell 41 points, Cat. 2: John Caulfield 39 points and Cat. 3: Eugene Flanagan 41 points.

This week a programme of work will commence on the second green so the hole will be out of play for the short term. During the winter months the competitions will be played over 14 holes, the 3rd to the 9th both times.

Boyle Golf Club

Results of last Sunday’s par three competition to follow. The weekly 9-hole was won by Charlie O’Donnell with 21 points.

The Alzheimer’s Classic held over the October weekend was won by Colm Loftus, Shane Loftus, Tommy Ahern and Joe Hussey (110 points), in second place were Jim Mooney, Michael Simon, Frank Flanagan and Michael Reid (107 points), Liam Whyte, Willie Tiernan, Jonathan Egan and Vincent Egan (105 points) finished in third place.

Best Ladies Team: Liz Dwyer, Peggy Feely, Moira Egan and Tish Perry (96 points). Nearest the Pin: T Booth (Ballymote). Longest Drive: Liam Mullaney (Boyle).

Thanks to Paula Cull and Drumderrig Nursing Home for their generous sponsorship of a perpetual cup and prizes. Raffle winners were Margaret O’Mahoney (Leinster v Connaught Tickets), John Frain, Regina McLoughlin, Ann Rush, Ruth Hogg, Ailbhe Hanmore, Sean O’Dowd, Mary O’Hara, Brendan Gaffney, Marina Hughes, Lewis Shaw.

On behalf of the players, Liz Dwyer thanked the organisers and congratulated the club on a great weekend. Total funds raised to date are €4,095. Competitions this week are the weekly 9-hole Monday – Saturday and the Turkey Voucher next Sunday. Both competitions are re-entry.

The men’s AGM takes place on Sunday, November 15th at 5 pm in the clubhouse. Parent Club AGM takes place on Sunday, November 22nd. Notices have been sent via email or post. If you have not received a notice please contact Brendan Gaffney, Honorary Secretary.

Roscommon Golf Club

The winner of the Sunday competition was Niall Murphy with a great score of 45 points. In second place was Liam Leahy with 44 points (back 9) and Enda Daly won the gross prize with 36 points.

The winner of the ladies’ 9-hole weekly competition was Mary O’Connor with 23 points. Gertie Spillane was in second place with 19 points. Ollie Dempsey won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday.

Richard Browne was in second place and John Neilan was in third place. Gertie Spillane won the ladies’ competition and Mary O’Gara was in second place. Mary Cunningham came third with Mary O’Connor in fourth.

The men’s Winter League started from Sunday and the entry sheet is on the notice board. Teams of two with an entry fee of €10 per person. Winter rules apply and competitors play 16 holes from the green markers.

Teams have until December 3rd to get in their five best cards so there is still plenty of time to enter. Check the details on the notice board.

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Children’s book to be launched in Roscommon Library

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris will be launched at 6 pm on Thursday, November 5, at Roscommon County Library on Abbey Street, Roscommon Town.

  Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. One fateful day, a message from on high, delivered in the form of a ‘bolt from the blue’, gives him his calling in life. He sets out on a mission to go where creatures are in need, to protect the Earth and ensure its conservation and re-birth.

  A children’s fable, told in verse and beautifully illustrated by Karolina Smorczewska, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is as wonderfully whimsical as the title suggests, yet underlined by a serious ecological message. It is a story that skilfully combines themes of folklore, mythology, globe-trotting action and adventure. 

  It will be appreciated and enjoyed by children of all ages (and even a few adults) but is particularly recommended for reading ages of seven-12 years. A glossary of difficult words is included, along with maps and charts that allow the reader to follow Ferdinand’s progress.

  A retired primary school teacher and native of Roscommon, currently living in Elphin, Rose Morris has previously gained recognition for her literary output at local festivals, competitions and events. Her short story, The Wall, was a popular choice as overall winner at the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards. Her prize, sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher, was to see her book published in print and e-book editions.

  The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox marks her first publishing outing but will bring to wider public attention, the work of a talented author with an exciting and diverse range.

  Signed copies of The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox will be on sale at the launch today at Roscommon County Library. The book will be on general sale thereafter – RRP €9.99.

  It is currently available to pre-order from The Manuscript Publisher with an e-book edition coming soon.


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Information Night on mental health, recovery and wellbeing

Advancing Recovery Programme initiative

An Information Night which will be held in Gleeson’s of Roscommon next Wednesday addresses the issue of understanding mental health, recovery and wellbeing through education, collaboration and conversation.

  Are you someone who has (a) lived experience of mental health challenges, including personally, as a family member, friend or carer (b), professional experience of working in the area of mental health or (c) an interest in mental health issues?

  If so, you are invited to attend the Information Night taking place in Roscommon town next Wednesday, as part of the Roscommon/East Galway Advancing Recovery Programme.

  The Advancing Recovery In Ireland Project commenced in the region in 2013 and has made great progress to date. In essence it is about challenging and ultimately changing how mental health services in Ireland are delivered.

  The key methodology is ensuring that people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their families and professionals work in collaboration to bring about the changes. This is a significant shift in relation to how services have operated historically.

  This project is based on respect, understanding, and the desire to promote equality and dignity for all, regardless of you personal journey to date. Most of all it is about promoting wellness through recovery.

  The team involved on the project are thrilled to invite the wider community in Roscommon, to come and meet us as we host our first information evening about one of these exciting projects on Wednesday, 12th of November, in Gleeson’s Townhouse at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome.

  The organisers are appealing to the public to tell them what they would like from The Roscommon East Galway (REGARI) Recovery College. If you cannot attend but wish to know more, please contact Ailish Connaughton, College Principal on 086-1304869 or Paula Kerr, Project Co-Lead on 087-9225999. Alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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