Tuesday, 31 March 2015

GAA Club Preview – Your Club this weekend



The U12 B team is due to play St Barrys on Saturday evening next at 6.15 pm in Tarmonbarry. The U16s are in preparation for their next outing. The Minors drew with St Brigids in Ballyleague on Sunday in the Division 1 Minor Championship semi-final. It is expected that the replay will be on Saturday – see fixtures for details of venue and time. The Feelystone junior team will meet Kilmore in the North Junior B Final – see fixtures – and it is likely to be on Saturday and on the same programme as the minor semi-final replay. The McGovern Directional Drilling senior panel and management had a very enjoyable end of season dinner in The Moving Stairs on Friday night last. A feature of the night was the eagerly-awaited announcement and presentation of awards to panel members who distinguished themselves in various categories during the year. It is felt that this will become an annual event that will even surpass the Oscars in Hollywood! All team managers are reminded that as the weather conditions are deteriorating the Abbey Park playing pitch cannot be used for training. All training must take place in either of the Park training pitches and the direction of the pitch co-ordinator must be followed in such matters. The U14 girls will meet St Ciarans on Sunday next at 7 pm.


The senior team were defeated by Elphin in the county semi-final last Sunday in Hyde Park. See match report elsewhere. The junior team were defeated by a strong Clan na nGael team in the county quarter-final on Saturday in Oran. Thanks to the players, management and all associated with both teams for their commitment and dedication during the year. Also thanks to physio Gerry O’Keeffe and Dr. Michael Henry and Dr. Greg Kelly for their assistance during the year. Everyone at the club wishes Padraig Duignan a speedy recovery from the injury he sustained in the semi-final on Sunday last. The ladies senior team play Eire Og in the Intermediate County Final on Saturday, 18th September at 3.30 pm in Hyde Park, please come out and support the team. Camogie coaching for girls takes place in O’Rourke Park on Thursday evenings at 6 pm.

Thanks to everyone who supported our golf classic last weekend, sponsors, all who entered teams, Castlerea Golf club and the organising committee. 

Next bingo is in O’Rourke Centre on Friday, 17th September at 9 pm. The jackpot this week will be €2,950 on 47 calls or less. Quick lotto is at €550.  


The draw will take place on Thursday evening for the All-Ireland tickets and an over-night stay in Moran’s Red Cow Inn. Members are asked to sell as many tickets as possible and anyone who wants a ticket for the draw can contact any player or committee member.


The intermediate team avoided relegation on Saturday evening last with a good win over Shannon Gaels in Boyle. The intermediate ladies team play Castlerea St. Kevin’s in the County Final on Saturday next, September 18th in Dr. Hyde Park at 3.30 pm. We encourage as many people as possible to travel to Roscommon to support the ladies. We wish the team and their manager Ray Doorey the very best of luck for the final.  The ladies wish to thank Ann and Tommy Mannion, Ballaghaderreen for their generous donation towards the team. Thank you also to Jim Barrett who kindly sponsored new sports bags for the panel. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

The ladies team are currently selling Roscommon Ladies GAA Lotto tickets.  Tickets cost €60 (yearly). Contact any of the ladies club officials if you wish to purchase a ticket. The Club Lotto rota for this week reads as follows –  Gorthaganny: Ray Flanagan and Loughglynn: Kevin Conry.


This week was another busy and important week for the club. The minor boys started their championship campaign with a win over neighbours St Barrys.  They now play the winners of Kilmore and St Faithleachs in the semi-final on Tuesday, 21st September. The senior ladies claimed their spot in the co. final when they defeated Oran in the semi-final. That final will be played this Saturday at 5 pm in Hyde Park and we wish all involved the best of luck. The U16 boys had their date with destiny last Friday evening when they played St Croans in the county final, Croans winning by the narrowest of margins. We want to thank the team and management of Tommy Byrne, James McGlynn, Thomas Tully and Sean McHugh for their hard work all year. Thanks also to Patrick Harte for his sponsorship of tops for the lads for the final. Start sending in your tokens and be in with the chance of winning a holiday worth €5,000 from all promotional Kelloggs Field of Dreams boxes. You can vote three times a day now by texting Kelloggs Connacht to 53799. When you get your reply please forward your pin to any club official. You can vote online by entering your email address on the Kelloggs Field of Dreams website and follow the instructions. Time is ticking – so get texting!


All roads lead to Knockcroghery on Saturday as our Junior A team play Clan na nGael in the semi-final of the championship at 5.30 pm. Please support the team on the day. The Junior B team were defeated by Kilmore in the championship semi-final. Final score: Michael Glavey’s 0-9 Kilmore 1-9.

Our minor team lost to Roscommon Gaels in the championship at the weekend. This was the first time in many years that we competed at Division 1. The club would like to thank the team and management for their efforts during the year. The under 12 boys play St. Ciaran’s in Ballinlough on Monday, 20th of September at 6.30 pm.

Ladies: Congratulations to Under 16 girls on winning the county division 3 championship against Oran. Goals from Sheila Brady, Stacey Hayden and Jasman Casey secured the win on the day. Final score: Michael Glavey’s 3-10 Oran 3-3. The Intermediate team made there exit from the championship when the were defeated by Eire Og by just two points. The club would like to wish both Mairead Keane (Glaveys) and Paula Lavin (Eire Og) a speedy recovery from injury. The management of both our under 16 and intermediate teams put in a great effort all year. Well done to all concerned.

Good luck to Fergal Beirne from Tulsk who is the new manager of the Hillside Tavern Bar in Granlahan. The club would like to wish Fergal and Jean every success in their new venture.


This coming week is an important one for the club with pride of place going to the senior hurlers who take on Tremane in the Championship semi-final at Athleague on Saturday evening. The senior footballers have a straight fight for survival against Kilbride in Senior Championship next Friday evening at 8 pm. Our under 10’s had a good outing in the go-games which was hosted by St. Aidan’s on Saturday morning last. Well done to all the lads involved and thanks to St. Aidans for organising the morning and providing refreshments. We are playing Ballinasloe in the finals of the Clann na nGael tournament on this Thursday at 7 pm. 


Our minor footballers defeated Michael Glaveys on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-6 in the County Minor Football semi-final played at Oran last Sunday. On Saturday next two of our minor team, Mark Nally and Cian Connolly play the All-Ireland Minor Doubles handball final at Thurles and we wish them the best of luck. A General meeting of the club will be held on Tuesday next the 21st September at 9.15 pm in the Hyde Centre.

We offer sincere sympathy to the Clancy family, The Holly Tree on the death of Moira’s brother, Liam.


What a fantastic weekend for our club. At the start of each year every club dreams of reaching the county final and over the next three weeks St Brigids will contest at least three county finals with our Senior Ladies, Senior Men and Intermediate men all contesting county finals and we still have our minors with a semi-final replay to come. So please come on and play your part and get those flags out and be proud of our players’ efforts. Flags and car flags available from clubhouse. Contact Kieran on 087-9093149 or Michael on 086-2483362.

Best of luck to the ladies as they start a massive three weeks for our club so please come out and support them in the county final fixed for Hyde Park on Saturday 18th at 5.30 pm. The girls have gone through the championship undefeated and hope to regain the title from last year’s winners, Kilglass.

U-14 girls have a busy week with a game away to Western Gaels on Wednesday 15th (yesterday) and home to Pearses on Sunday 19th at 7 pm.


Following a tense finale the St. Croans u16 team captured the division three championship title on Friday evening after a one-point win over Kilglass Gaels in Strokestown – the final score was 1-10 to 1-9. Well done to all involved. 

The u12 team comprehensively defeated St. Aidans in Ballyforan on Monday evening week last. Please check fixtures for details of the senior team’s upcoming O’Gara Cup semi-final and the minor championship quarter-final. 

The club extends its deepest sympathies to Helen Finan and family on the recent death of Helen’s mother, Teresa. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


All paid-up members of St Dominics GAA Club were included for a free draw for 2 All-Ireland tickets and the winners were – 2 tickets to All-Ireland Hurling – Andrew & Loretta Connaughton; 2 tickets to All-Ireland Football – Padraig & Bernie Treacy; 2 tickets to All-Ireland Camogie – Gerry & Breda Keenan; 2 tickets to All-Ireland Ladies Football – Shelia & Eddie Fallon. 

IFC: Dominics are out of this year’s Championship having been beaten narrowly by Strokestown in the semi-final played in Tulsk on Sunday evening last on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-11. 

O’Gara Cup: Dominics, who are already sure of a semi-final spot, will not know their opposition until after the last round of games are played. Following last Sunday’s Championship exit, promotion will now be vital.

St Dominic’s Scór AGM will be held on this Thursday, 16 September, at 8.30 pm in the meeting room at St Dominic’s pitch. The officers are in place for forthcoming year and we would encourage as many of you as possible to attend to help us in preparation for the Scór year ahead. Registration for Scór 2010/11 will take place on the evening of Sunday, 19th September.

Knockcroghery Fair Tournament takes place on Sunday, 19th September.
Under 8 competition (Ultan Feeley Cup) due to start at 10.30 am.
Under 10 competition (Fr Denis Killian Cup) due to start at 11.15 am.
Beginners game will take place at 11.45 am. 

Our Under 8’s are taking part in the Co. Blitz in the Hyde on this Saturday 18th from 10am to 12 am. All players to meet in the Hyde at 9.45. 


The 747 sponsored Intermediate team qualified for the county final with a hard-fought two-point win over St. Dominics side in Tulsk last Sunday. The team now play St. Brigid’s in the final. The club would like to wish St. Dominic’s goalkeeper Mark Miley, who was unfortunately unable to tog out for his club, a speedy recovery after he picked up a serious injury recently. Training for the U21 team begins this week. All eligible players are asked to please make an effort to attend. The club would urge all members and people of the parish to support neighbours Kilglass Gaels in the Kelloggs Field of Dreams competition. Please see Kilglass notes on details how to vote.


Unfortunately St. Joseph’s are out of this year’s Junior Championship after losing out to Ballinameen last Wednesday week. Final score: 1-11 to 0-10. Although it was a very spirited performance by St. Joseph’s, it wasn’t enough to see them through to the semi-final. The club wishes to thank our team management of Liam Walsh (manager), Larry Brennan and Padraic Brennan for all the hard work, time and effort dedicated to St. Joseph’s, and also to all club officials for all they do. Thanks to all players who have given their best all year. Thanks to our loyal supporters and friends of St. Joseph’s who continue to support and encourage the team. We’ll be back next year! Congratulations to our player Niall Gillooly on his recent promotion. Well deserved Niall!


Well done to the Tulsk U-10s who won the Gavin Lee Cup in Elphin on Saturday last. Tulsk beat a very good Elphin team in the final on a scoreline of 4-5 to 3-5. Tulsk also reached the semi-final in the Shield competition, losing out to Kilmore. Best wishes to Martin Conway (Minors) who is home from hospital and feeling fit again….also to Ryan Galvin and David Carlton who are injured. The Minor team has qualified for the Division 2 Championship semi-final. We await the winners of the Croans and Western Gaels match. All match support is welcome. Players will be notified of training times for the coming week. There may be a challenge game this weekend.


Our minor lads play against Kilmore at home this Friday at 6.30 pm. 

Paddy Bolger Memorial Tournament is scheduled to take place this Saturday, 18th September.   

Upcoming events: Live music in the clubhouse on Saturday, 18th September with Niall McCann, Ireland’s top busker from Galway. No admission fee on the night. Saturday, 30th October, Halloween with a difference at the clubhouse. Details to follow. Friday, 26th November we are bringing a wonderful Dublin Gospel Choir to the parish, details to follow. Sympathy: The club extends deepest sympathy to the Geraghty family, Ballyleague on the death of Stephen Geraghty. 



U.10: Training continues on Saturday morning at 11.30 am at Tisrara Community Pitch. U.14: Well done to the girls on their draw against Oran on Friday evening last. This now means that they have qualified for quarter-final stages. Details of quarter-finals to be communicated.

Training continues on Monday evening at 7 pm at Tisrara Community Pitch.

A reminder that the Fun Day for the Under 12’s teams and their families from this year and last year takes place on Saturday the 18th of September from 2 pm to 4 pm at Tisrara Community Pitch. A notice has been sent out to all players. A reminder that the club currently have tickets on sale at €2 per line. Tickets can be bought from any committee member. Thanks for your support.



Our U12 team were unfortunate to be beaten in the Co. semi-final when they lost to Padraig Pearses on a scoreline of 2-1 to 1-5 in Hyde Park. The club would like to thank the mentors, players and parents for their commitment and hard work during the year. Well done to our senior hurlers who qualified for the final of the losers group, when they had a good win over St Dominics.


Best of luck to Tremane senior hurling panel and management in the senior hurling championship semi-final against Padraig Pearses, this Saturday 18th, in Athleague at 5.30 pm. All supporters and club members are asked to come and support the team. Coaching will continue on Sundays in Tremane GAA pitch at 1 pm until October 17th. The under 12’s will play the B final next Saturday v Oran. Best of luck to all involved. Well done to the U16’s who defeated Four Roads in the opening round of the Under 16 Championship.