Thursday, 2 April 2015

GAA Club Preview – Your Club this Weekend



The U16s are due to meet Padraig Pearses in Boyle on 20th March in their next outing while the seniors will next be in action against Western Gaels in Frenchpark on 27th March. The club extends best wishes to recent Scór na nOg participant Karen Carty who will be representing Abbey Community College in the ‘Our School’s Got Talent’ Connacht Finals in Castlebar on 16th March. Next weekend’s football action sees the minors travel to Kiltoom to take on St. Brigids in the Division 1 League while the Cooney Motors/Cooney Centra junior team travel to Kilglass to take on the home team in the Tansey Cup. See fixtures for full details. The club encourages all GAA and quiz enthusiasts to support a special table quiz in the Moylurg Inn on Friday night next in aid of Brisbane GAA whose playing facilities were destroyed by the recent floods. This is in response to an appeal by Killaraght native Ciaran O’Connor who is actively involved with the club. Finally, the club extend good wishes for a speedy recovery to former club great Richard Fitzpatrick who was recently involved in a traffic accident. 


The executive committee of Castlerea St Kevin’s are compiling a comprehensive history of the GAA in the parish of Kilkeevan since its foundation in 1888. The editor of the history is Tarmon native Colm Hannelly. To help defray the cost of publishing the history we invite anyone who has links with Castlerea St Kevin’s to become a patron, and if you wish to do so contact any of the following: Eamon Campion, Danny Burke, Johnny Mahony, Brian Stenson or club secretary Marie McDermott. We hope to launch the history on Easter Sunday night in the O’Rourke Centre and all patrons will be invited and will receive a copy of the book. Castlerea St Kevin’s Dinner Dance takes place in the Stagger Inn on Saturday 19th March at 8 pm. The intermediate ladies county champions will be presented with their medals on the night and music will be supplied by Tequila Sunrise. Tickets are €25 each and can be purchased by contacting 086-1721465, 087-9001072, 086-0617670, 087-9074816 or any club member. The junior team play Elphin in the Tansey Cup next weekend in Castlerea. We extend our sympathy to the McNiff family, Arm on the death of Eugene.


Drum Community Centre invites you to join them for their annual ‘cupán tae’ event to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge on Sunday, 13 March from 10.30 am to 1 pm. There will also be a display of artwork by the children of Naíonra Réalta Geala, the only Irish language pre-school in County Roscommon, which operates out of the community centre. Seachtain na Gaeilge runs nationwide until St. Patrick’s Day and aims to promote the use of the Irish language in everyday life. National and local events are being organised across the country, and Drum Community Centre in Athlone is set to play its part in promoting our native tongue by hosting a coffee morning this Sunday, 13 March. Regardless of how much or little Irish you have, you are invited to come along and speak a cúpla focal, have a bit of fun and enjoy a cupán tae.


Training continues for all players during the week. Kilbride are scheduled to play Western Gaels in Frenchpark in the second round of the Tansey Cup this coming weekend. Players will be contacted the week. Kilbride GAA Club is holding registration nights on the 23rd March in the Clubhouse from 7.30 to 9 pm to collect club membership. The latest date for registration of membership is the 31st March. 


Tickets for the Club Draw are still on sale from members of the executive. The first draw will take place on the 26th of March. All tickets must be returned by the 15th March. Anyone who purchased a €100 ticket will continue to receive free text messages from the club. The affiliation payment is now due to the register Gerry Connellan. A paid-up list of members will be on display in the clubrooms from the 14th of March. The Roscommon GAA race day at Punchestown takes place on Saturday the 7th May 2011. Each club has to take a table consisting of ten places. Each place costs €100 this will include admission to the races, a meal and a betting voucher. The club hope to have a bus running to Punchestown on the day. Anyone interested in attending the races has the option of paying €20 per week for five weeks to pay for the day at the races. There will be a table quiz held on Good Friday night and more details will be made available soon. 


Ladies Notes: The Under 16 Ladies footballers will play away to Eire Og next Sunday at 3.30. Football training for the Girls U12 team starts on Monday next, March 14th, from 7 pm to 7.45 pm. Players born in 1999 and 2000 are welcome to attend. If parents are willing to help out in anyway please contact managers John Hibbitt on 086-2678350 or Declan Finn on 086-806242. 


Roscommon Gaels are holding a Fun Table Quiz in Regan’s pub on this Friday, 11th March, commencing at 9 pm. Table of four €20. Please support. All welcome.

Don’t forget the Roscommon Gaels Social which will take place in The Dr. Hyde Centre on Saturday 19th March. Music by Gerry Cassidy. There will be a hot meal, commencing at 9.30 pm. Tickets are €25. Presentation of county medals will be made at the function to our terrific minor team. 

The U16 girls team played well in the championship against Western Gaels but went down on a scoreline of 7-12 to 5-5. They play again this weekend.

The U14 camogie team played Four Roads in the first round of the championship. An all-round superb team performance ensured a winning start for this dedicated group. Also well done to the County U16 team on their win over Cavan on Saturday last. Best of luck on their trip to Down next week.

Membership fees are now due and should be paid before any training session or game is played. 


The next senior league game is in three weeks’ time. Bingo as usual every Saturday night in the Hook and Tackle, Ballyforan at 8.30 pm. Please support. Club gear….jackets, t-shirts, hoodies are available for purchase. Contact Mark on 086-3238005 for more details.


After our fantastic semi-final win over Nemo Rangers and as we look forward to the biggest day in our club’s history, the only disappointing aspect of the famous victory in Limerick was the booing of the opposition’s free-taking. At St Brigid’s GAA Club we pride ourselves in the ethos of all that is great about our national game. So, as we head to Croker for what will be a fantastic occasion, please show respect to our fellow gaels from Crossmaglen, and refrain from the unsporting behaviour of booing the opposition players, and channel all our energies into cheering our lads all the way to the final whistle. Thank you.

As part of our fundraising Training Fund for the All-Ireland campaign we are holding a Table Quiz on Friday 11th at 9.30 pm in the Clubhouse. Team of 4 costs €40; please support. This is your opportunity to show the team and management that we are right behind them. So please make the effort to come along and enjoy a great night, while supporting the lads.

Shannonside will record their Monday night sports show on the 14th March live from the St Brigid’s Clubhouse from 8 pm until 9 pm. All welcome. Please be at clubhouse by 7.30 pm.

Our club shop will be open on Saturday 12th from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, Monday 14th from 7 pm to 8 pm and on Wednesday 16th from 7 pm until 9 pm, so no excuses – get your club colours and let’s paint Croke Park green and red on Paddy’s Day. Kiltoom is the venue on Sunday, 13th March for the mouth-watering clash of Roscommon and Fermanagh in the National League. This is a massive game as we push for promotion, so please come and support the team.


A level 1 coaching course will take place this Friday the 11th at 7 pm in the Roscommon County Board offices and on Saturday 12th and 19th of March in Kilbride. Next weekend the minor team are due to play Éire Óg in Loughglynn on Sunday. Best wishes to Michael Holland and his U21 colleagues as they face Mayo in the Connacht Championship next weekend. 


Beginners football training: Training for all the above groups starts back on Sunday, 20th March at 12.30 pm. U-14 football training continues on this Thursday evening in Lecarrow Community Centre at 7.15 pm.

Best of luck to St. Brigids in the All-Ireland Club Final on St. Patrick’s Day. Registration for underage members will take place on this Sunday, 13th March at 5 pm in the Meeting Room. Please contact Padraig Dervin to register. St. Dominics Dinner Dance is taking place this Friday, 11th March in the Hodson Bay Hotel. Tickets still available and can be purchased in advance. This is a very enjoyable night and tickets are priced at a very reasonable €35. Camogie: Senior training continues every Friday night at 7.30 pm (dual players, 8 pm). Our next game is at home on Saturday at 11 am v St. Oliver Plunketts of Mullingar. All players required in dressing room at 10.30 am. Congratulations to Micheala Craven, Aisling Byrne, Ciana Kelly, Celine Fee, Niamh Egan and Aoife Grimes on their selection and performances for Roscommon U16s against Cavan in the All-Ireland Championship last Saturday in Tremane. Micheala captains the team this year, a great honour for her and the club. 


Senior Club Social & Presentation Night on Saturday, 12th March in the clubhouse. Presentation to our Junior B Championship winners, Player of the Year, Ladies Player of the Year & Club Person of the Year. Music on the night by Fran Deffew. Food served. Adm. €10. Membership: 2011 Club membership now overdue. Please contact Padraig Murray, Registrar for Senior/Junior players, Sheila Collier, Registrar for Junior Ladies & all Minor & Underage girls, Sean Cox, Registrar for all Minor & Underage boys. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – St. Faithleachs GAA Float (Fancy Dress optional) with Kids’ Disco in the clubhouse after the Parade. Watch Ireland v England rugby match on Saturday, 19th March in the clubhouse followed by Deal-or-No Deal. ‘Night at the Dogs’ on 15th April followed by music in the clubhouse with Colm Mulligan. Tickets €10.The club extends deepest sympathy to the Mallon family, Ballyleague, on the death of Polly Mallon. 


St. Joseph’s are out in the Tansey Cup League this weekend v Shannon Gaels. Please check fixtures for details. Players will be notified of details during the week. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Please make every effort to attend. The club wishes executive club member Seán Mooney a very happy birthday on reaching a special milestone. Many happy returns, Seán!


The Junior team are due to play Tulsk in the Div. 4 league in Tulsk next weekend. Check fixtures for details. Training for Minors and U16s continues on Thursday, 10th March at 8.30. Minor team is due to play Oran in Cootehall next weekend. Check fixtures for details.

A 25 Progressive Card Drive in aid of the formation of an Under 12 girls football team, will be held on Wednesday night, 16th of March 2011, in Clancy’s Bar, Cleen. Cash and spot prizes. Please support this event. Well done and thanks to our quiz team of Barry McGonigle, Conor McLoughlin and Aidan Regan who took part in the Scor County Final on Saturday night. Our instrumental music group of Sinead O’Malley and John Meehan won on the night and will go forward to represent Roscommon in the Connacht Final in Elphin next Saturday night. Congratulations and thanks to them. Please come along and support them next week. Good luck to all Roscommon competitors next week. The club wish the Roscommon U21 team the best of luck against Mayo on Saturday next.


The next game in the league is away to St. Barry’s, at the end of March. Best wishes to the Roscommon U21 team who play Mayo in the Connacht U21 Championship in Castlebar at 2.30 pm on Saturday next.


It’s another busy weekend for the club on the playing fields. The minor lads are away to Fuerty on Sunday, while the Junior A side play St. Josephs, also an away game. Please check fixtures in paper or on club website for days and times.  

This Saturday night (12th March) the minor and ladies board are holding their presentation night in the Bush Hotel at 8.30. Loads of entertainment on the night, so come along and support our triumphant teams from last year. 

Finally, a fantastic bit of news reached the club last week. Club stalwart Paddy Mulvey has been confirmed as one of the recipients of the 2011 GAA President’s awards, in light of his outstanding voluntary contribution to the GAA over a prolonged period of time. A special banquet will take place on March 16th in Croke Park, and will be broadcast live on TG4. The following day, Paddy and the other award-winners will be introduced to the crowd at the Club Finals. Congratulations Paddy on a fitting award for your tireless work for the club over many, many years. 


The presentation of medals to last year’s victorious Intermediate team and ladies Junior team will take place in the Percy French Hotel on Saturday night, March 19th. More details next week.  


Our minor team play St. Barry’s on Sunday next, 13th, in Tulsk.  Please see fixtures for time. Minor and U16 training on Tuesdays at 7 pm in Tulsk and U14 training continues on Thursday evening in Tulsk at 6 pm. Camogie training on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm in Tulsk.


The Div. 3 Junior team play Kilbride in Frenchpark next Sunday at 2.30 pm in the 2nd round of the Tansey Cup League. The minor team play St. Aidans in round 2 of the league next Sunday in Ballyforan. Check fixtures for details. The U16 ladies team had a good win over Roscommon Gaels in the second round of the championship. They play St. Brigids next Sunday in Kiltoom. Check fixtures for details. Gay Sheerin is the special guest at this year’s Dinner Dance in Carrick-on-Shannon on March 18th. Presentations to ladies and gents teams on the night. Music by the The Tree Tops. Please book your tickets this week as we need to confirm numbers with the hotel.



The club’s U14 team had their first outing, defending their title, on Saturday last against St. Dominic’s and they emerged victorious. They have their next outing this Friday evening at a home venue against Oran. Parents of the players will be notified by text of the time and venue for this game against Oran. Indoor Camogie continues for under 8/under 10 players each Friday night in Creggs N.S. at 7.30 pm.



Four Roads Hurling Club is organising a bus to Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day for the AIB All-Ireland Club Finals. Medals will be presented to the 2010 U14 and minor players on the day by the President of the GAA. Cost of travel (excl. ticket into Croke Park) is €5 for all registered underage players, €10 for adult members and €20 for non-members. Children U12 must be accompanied by a parent. If interested in travelling contact Mike on 086-1743921, Club Phone (087-1494929) or any club member before 9 March.  We would like to wish St. Brigids the best of luck in the All-Ireland Club Football Final. 



U-14 & U-16 training continues on Tuesday nights at 7 pm in Tisrara Community Sports Park. The U-16 team are down to play Oran at the weekend. U-12 training will continue on Friday evening in Tisrara Community Sports Park at 7 pm. All girls are asked to attend as games will be commencing in the next month. Girls wishing to register with the club can contact any of the committee members.


Our U16 ladies had a good win over Ballinameen on Sunday. The next match is at home against Four Roads on Sunday next, 13th March, at 3.30 pm sharp. Please support. Training continues on Monday & Thursday evenings at 6 pm. 


Our U-16’s were in action at the weekend in Division 1 against St Brigids and recorded an impressive victory against a strong team. Our next fixture is against Clann na nGael while our U-14’s start their campaign this weekend. Season is now in full swing with the Junior team due to play St Croans on 19/20th March and club players are also currently involved in U-16 and U-14 county panels. All roads lead to Hamrocks of Athleague on this Friday, March 11th for our fundraising ‘Bachelor Competition’. A fun, light-hearted evening is guaranteed and hopefully there are a few surprises in store! Final auditions to conclude this week...anything possible come Friday! Tickets currently on sale, please support. 


St Marys U-16 girls had a tremendous game against Elphin on Sunday in Tulsk.  A speedy recovery is wished to Andrea Flanagan from all the team. Training continues as organised with management. The minors had a challenge game against a stronger Castlerea team on Sunday, in preparation for their forthcoming games. Training will take place for this group on Thursday at 8 pm.