Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Club Notes


Well done to Kilbride on their victory and on their continuing success on Sunday in the Connacht Championship and we hope that they bring home the Connacht title. 

Our intermediate team still has unfinished business as it has the Tansey Cup campaign to complete and they have their next Phase 2 game in this competition versus Elphin in the Abbey Park on this Saturday at 2pm. This will be the first game in a very attractive double header as our U-21 team will play St Croan’s at 2.30pm in the County Championship at 3.30pm.     

The Think Energy U-21’s suffered a very disappointing 5-point defeat at the hands of Eire Og on Saturday last in Loughglynn. We hope for a better outcome on this weekend. Sunday next 9th November is a big day for our U-16’s as they will play Michael Glaveys in the County League Final in Elphin at 12 noon. All supporters are encouraged to go along and support the lads.

The Feelystone junior team still await the fixing of their next engagement in the Division 4 league. The Club extends its good wishes for a speedy recovery to Cian Smith who recently underwent an appendix operation and is missing the U-21 campaign as a consequence. 

Scór na nOg commences this Friday night 7th November in Ballinameen Hall. This is an inter-club event with competitions in Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Storytelling, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing for persons who are under 17. Anyone interested in representing Boyle in any of those events should contact 086 2413529. 

  The Club extends its sympathy to Kay Carty, Forest View and the Dwyer family, Treanamarlow, Ballinameen on the death of Mrs Mary Kate Dwyer. 


On Sunday next our Gilmartins Cash & Carry sponsored senior team play Galway champions Corofin in the A.I.B. Connacht club championship in Hyde Park. Starting time will probably be 2.30 pm and it is expected the game will be televised live on T.G. 4. All involved with the club are extremely thankful to everyone in the parish for their support during the year and particularly for the championship campaign. The whole parish got behind the team like never before and the amount of club flags flying gave great support and encouragement to everyone involved; Sunday next is another step along the way and management and players are ready to give another all-out effort to get to the Connacht final – the best of luck lads.

The club still have a limited amount of club merchandise for sale, jersies, hoodies, coats, etc; those items will again be on sale in the O’Rourke centre on this Friday night at 7.00 pm. Note the change to Friday night, the fact that bingo is on will not interfere with the shop but if you are calling to buy merchandise and not going to bingo it would be helpful if cars were parked outside the gate.

Our U-21 team had a very disappointing trip to Johnstown on Sunday last where they went down to a much hungrier Clan na Gael on a 9 points to 4 scoreline. With two games left in this section a lot of hard work needs to be done if the team are to have any realistic chance of progressing in the competition.


Samhain Festival Ferbane 2008 7 A-side Tournament, Monday 27th Octo Samhain Festival Ferbane 7-A-Side Final Clann na nGael 2-10 Samhain Festival Ferbane 7-A-Side Tournament Final: Clann na nGael 2-10 Erin Rovers (Pullough) 0-11.

Clann beat Doon, St Rynaghs and a draw with Shannonbridge in their last pool game was enough to guarantee Clann a place in the final where they faced Erin Rovers. The quality of football in the final was excellent considering tired limbs after nearly 5 hours on the go. Clann got a 2 goals near the end of the first half to give them a 5 point lead at half-time which they never looked like losing in the second half. Captain Brian Goode received this inaugural Cup on behalf of the team while Ronan O’Reilly received an award as Player of the Tournament.

O’Gara Cup Final Replay: Clann na nGael 0-16 St Croans 1-5. Less than 53 hours later Clann were receiving their second cup in a week as they captured the O’Gara Cup in Ballyforan. See report in this week’s People. 

U-21 Championship: Clann na nGael 0-9 Castlerea 0-4. Clann got their U-21 Championship off to a good start with hard earned victory over Castlerea. They now play Padraig Pearses in Johnstown next Sunday at 12pm.

Ladies U-16 Division 1 Final: Clann na nGael 7-6 Strokestown 2-8: Clann U-16 girls captured the third county title for the ladies this year with a superb victory over a gallant Strokestown in Kiltoom on Sunday. Clann got off to a good start with a pointed free from Blana Gately and when the same girl lobbed a high ball to the roof of the net it gave Clann the confidence to take the game to Strokestown. Another point from Blana and a goal from Niamh O’Brien put Clann in the driving seat. But Stroketown came back with their half-forward line putting tremendous pressure on the Clann defence and in the process scored three points in a row before Michelle Harney-Nolan fisted the ball to the back of the net. The second half was seconds on when Kayleigh Dunning won a great ball and was fouled and Blana Gately put the resultant free over the bar. Michelle Harney-Nolan then completed her hat-trick of goals before a point from play from Blana Gately. Half-way through the second half Strokestown got their goal but their joy was shortlived as Gillian Egan and Blana Gately struck for two more goals to make the game safe for Clann. Gillian Egan rounded off the scoring for Clann with a long range point from play and as the clock wound down the last few minutes, there was great defending around the Clann goalmouth as Strokestown tried in vain for goals. This was a good as team performance as one would see with some equally good subs introduced in the second half, but the halfback, midfield and the half-forward lines get special mention to the amount of running required to keep this Strokestown team at bay.



The U-21 men’s team bounced back from their opening day defeat to Strokestown to record a battling win over Boyle in the Division Two championship at Loughglynn on Saturday. In what was a tight and tense affair throughout, the home side went in at the break 1-5 to 1-2 in front. Boyle did narrow the gap to two mid-way through the second half, but four unanswered points from the Éire Óg men in the closing stages saw them eke out a deserved 1-11 to 1-6 win. Next up for the lads is an away clash with St. Croan’s in what is their last group game. That’s due to be played this coming weekend – check fixtures for details.

The U-16 boys side’s hopes of Division Two league glory ended in disappointment at Ballyleague on Sunday. They lost out to St. Aidan’s, 1-11 to 1-4, in their long over-due semi-final encounter. The club would like to thank all the players and the management team of Ray Doory and Keith Johnson for their efforts throughout the year.

Forms for subscribing to the one-year club lotto are available from club members at the moment. Those who signed up last year should have been sent a renewal form by now, while we are also appealing for new subscribers to come on board. 

The club wishes all the best and bon voyage to David Grennan, Lisacul, who departs for Australia in the coming days.

Sympathy is extended to the Raftery family, Loughglynn on their recent bereavement.


The news was announced, last week, of the passing of Gerry Curley, a stalwart member of the 1950`s team. The club would like to extend our sympathies to the Curley family.  

The U-21’s began their championship campaign with a hard-earned victory away to Padraig Pearses. The first half was a tight affair with both defences to the fore. The half time score was Elphin 0-2 Pearses 0-1. Elphin made a great start to the second half with a goal from Eanna Tiernan which came from a great piece of fielding by David Kelleher. The game opened up after this point and Pearses fought bravely but Elphin held strong to win by 1-7 to 0-8. 

There is no U-21 game this weekend; it is likely there will be one next weekend. The juniors are due to play their final Tansey Cup match this Saturday at 2pm in Boyle. With a semi final place still available for Elphin it is important that there is a full turnout of players for this decisive game. 


Kilglass had a quiet enough week on the pitch this week. But another underage title was snapped up by our future stars. Our U-8 team won the Shane Kelly memorial shield in a blitz in Strokestown. This the first year of the event and our young guns brought back their first piece of silverware of what will be a long footballing career. Well done to Anthony Mahady and Vinnie Murphy for their hard work and commitment they put in all year. Also to Declan Kavanagh and the Strokestown GAA club for inviting us to take part. 

Then it was to Ballyleague where Kilglass and Eire Og were battling to advance in the minor girls championship. Kilglass got off to a good start and had a comfortable lead at half-time. In the second half Kilglass kept plugging away getting some nice scores and securing a badly needed two points to advance on in the competition. We now play Michael Glaveys on Sunday 16th in Ballinlough. Our junior Connacht semi final was called off due to the Galway final ending in a draw. For fixtures please look at the fixture list this week. The Rooskey Transport U 16 team are due to play Oran in the league semi final this Saturday. Check fixtures for details. 

Congratulations to Declan Kavanagh and Rachel Tighe on their recent engagement.

Niall Kilcrann and the Kilglass/Scramogue Mentally Handicapped Association would like to thank everyone who sponsored or contributed to him running the Dublin marathon. 


The first 3 draws for July, August and September in the club draw took place on Saturday night last and the following were the winners, July €300 Peter & Kay Fitzgerald, €100 Gary Vesey, €50 each to Padraig Tiernan and John Walsh. August €300 winner was Padraig Flynn, €100 John Anthony Burke and €50 each to John Clifford and Harry Reynolds. September €300 winner was JJ & Annette McWeeney, €100 Daragh Fitzsimons and €50 each to Pat King and Ronnie Caslin. The next big date for the diary is Saturday the 29th of November when the night at the dogs will take place in Mullingar. The minor board sponsored walk also takes place on the 29th of November and everyone is asked to be as generous as possible to the young members of the club. 


U-21 Football Championship: Pearses 0-8 Elphin 1-7. 

A youthful Pearses U-21 Football team put up a good display over a strong Elphin side in the first game of group B of the championship last Sunday in Pairc an Phiarsaigh. In a poor first half littered with errors Pearses opened the scoring with a fine Keelan Daly point but 2 Elphin scores left the minimum between them at half-time Pearses 0-1 Elphin 0-2. Elphin started the second half with the all-decisive goal and despite good points from Aaron Fahily (0-3,1f), Niall Carty, Emmet Kelly, Sean Ryan and Alan Duffy Pearses just failed to secure a share of the spoils. Best for Pearses were Alan Naughton, Cathal Dolphin, Keelan Daly and Conor Fitzgibbon. The next match is against Clan na Gael next Sunday in Johnstown at 12pm.

A great day was had on Sunday as Pearses welcomed Dromcullen U-14 hurlers from Offaly to the club. This was a thank you for the wonderful hospitality showed by Dromcullen during this year’s Féile. Thanks to all involved.  

There will be a Céilí in the Clubhouse on Saturday 15th November all are welcome.

U-21 Football Championship: Pearses v Clan na Gael, Sunday 9th November, Johnstown 12pm.


The U-21 team defeated St Aidan’s by a point in the championship on Friday night last in Ballyforan. The final group game is against St Brigid’s next week. See fixture list next week for details. Training continues as usual this week.

A meeting of the minor club will take place on Thursday night (6th November) at 9pm sharp.

There is a big double bill of Connacht club football fixtures in Hyde Park on Sunday next. Help will be needed for shops, half-time draw, etc. See fixture list for details. Please attend at Hyde Park half an hour before the first game.

The Roscommon Gaels Ladies ladies football AGM was held last Saturday night. Officers for the coming year as follows – Chairman: Hugh Waters, Vice chairperson: Annie Timothy, Secretary: Michelle McNeela, Asst Sec: Natasha Comiskey. Team managers to be announced later.

Date for your diary – Roscommon AGM: Sunday December 14th.


Our U-21’s narrowly lost out to Roscommon Gaels in the Championship Friday evening last on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-8. This was a spirited performance from the lads with everyone trying very hard throughout. They now have one remaining game against Western Gaels and hopefully the lads can finish the championship on a high. 

Our U-16’s had a great win in the league semi-final against Eire Og. The final score read 1-11 to 1-04 but the game was a much tighter affair. All fifteen lads put in a great performance throughout. 


Under 21 Championship (Round 2): St. Brigid’s 1-12  Western Gaels 0-7

St. Brigid’s Team: James Martin, P. Blain, D. Nestor, Paul Fuery, V. Clabby, P. Domnican, N. Grehan, C. Broughall, R. Gilligan (0-1), D. Sheehy, E. Sheehy (0-6), D. Dolan, Padraig Kelly (0-1), Cathal McHugh (1-2), Conor McHugh (0-2), C. McDonnell, Gary Reynolds, Adrian McHugh.

Minor Ladies Championship: St. Brigid’s beat Kilbride in Round 2 of the Championship on a scoreline of St. Brigid’s 5-09, Kilbride 2-07.



After a disappointing start to the week, with the intermediate team being defeated by Clann na nGael in the O’Gara cup final replay on Wednesday, the club’s fortunes improved as the Junior team captured the Junior B Championship on Sunday. The intermediate team travelled to Ballyforan on Wednesday week last to play Clann na nGael, under lights, in the rescheduled O’Gara cup replay. (See report elsewhere).

The Junior team had great success in the Junior B Championship final against St. Faithleachs on Sunday last in Kilbride. A very tight game ensued and the game went down to the wire. The never-say-die attitude of the Junior panel was called upon and this helped the side to a one-point victory. 

Well done to all the players and management on their  success. Also, thanks to The Grove Lounge in Ballymoe for providing refreshments after the game.  

The U-21 team are scheduled to play their next game in the championship next weekend. Please check fixtures for the time, date and venue. 


The A.G.M. of the Minor Football Club will take place on Monday 10th November at 8.30pm in the Meeting Room. The A.G.M. of the Ladies Football will be held on Wednesday 12th November at 8.30 pm in the meeting room St. Dominic’s. All welcome.

Golf Society: This Year’s Dominics Golf Society Captains (Padraig Dervin) Weekend away took place last Weekend in Eniscrone. The winners over the weekend were  1st – Declan Dolan  2nd – Pat Finneran  3rd – Mal Lyons  4th – Michael Crevan. Other prizewinners were Marina Dolan, Seamus Corcoran, Seamus Byrne, Padraig Dolan, Donie Naughton, Jimmy Nugent with Peter McGarry taking the visitors prize. Last year’s longest drive winner Seamus Hunt was unable to defend his title this year and the committee decided that he hold on to the prestigious trophy until next year. The presentation of prizes took place on Saturday night in the adjacent Ocean Sands Hotel which was the base for the weekend. In attendance on the night were Dominic’s Club Classic Sponsors James Geraghty of Molloys Pharmacy, Joe McCarthy of One base for Building, and Tony and Mary Coyne. Outgoing Captain Padraig Dervin thanked everyone for their support and help throughout the year, the Society Committee who organised the various Outings and to all those who supported the Irish Heart Foundation Classic in which he himself is very much involved. He also thanked his wife Maura and family for their great support throughout the year. Padraig then announced that the incoming Captain for 2009 would be Michael O’Connor. Michael is a stalwart of the Club and is held in great esteem by Officials, Players and all in the Golfing circles.

Training for all U-21 Players takes place on this Saturday from 12 to 1pm. Home based Players to attend Senior Training on Wed nights also.

Our senior footballers play Strokestown in the relegation play-off replay in Athleague on this Friday night 7th November in at 8.30pm.

Our U-16s had a great victory over Castlerea in the League Semi-Final in Kiltoom on Sunday last on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-4. Dominic’s laid the foundation for the victory with a very gutsy performance in the first half as Castlerea dominated for most part but could just not get the scores on a tight-marking Dominic’s defence. We now play St Aidans in the Final on Sunday next at 12 noon in Kiltoom. 

The Club offer its sympathy to the Noone family, Srah and to the Flanagan family, Ballinasloe on their recent sad bereavements.


Junior B Championship Final: We played against St. Croans in the County Junior B Championship Final on Sunday last in Kilbride. After a very tight game we were defeated in the dying minute by 1 point. (See report elsewhere). Many thanks to all players on the panel for their efforts and commitment during the year, thanks to the Managers/Mentors, Jason Brehon, John Bill Hanly & Tom Irwin. 

Sympathy: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Sean Parker & the Kenny family on the death of his nephew, Michael Kenny, Tully, Fourmilehouse.

Fundraising Race Night: The Club are holding a Fundraising Race Night on Saturday 22nd November. Horses can now be purchased from Club Members for 20euro or in the Club House.

U-21 Bus Eireann Championship: See fixtures for game next weekend.

Christmas Flower Demonstration: Look out for upcoming Christmas Flower Demonstration which will take place in the Club House on 28th November.


At the recent 300 club draw the following members were winners: Kenneth Bailey took 1st Prize of €1500 Electrical Voucher for Neilans Roscommon, 2nd Prize of €500 went to Darraigh Hussey currently playing football for the Sydney Swans, 3rd Prize of €250 goes to Patricia Conway, Corbally, while Aine Carroll, Frank Hussey, Rita McHugh, Maureen Flannagan, Paul Beirne & Helen Hession all receive €100. The Club would like to thank everyone that came out and supported the race night and to all those that bought horses, sponsored races, bought jerseys etc. There was a great atmosphere on the night and it was great to see so many out and joining in the fun. The Club would like especially like to thank MC on the night John Quinn and to his ‘motley crew’ of Enda Beirne, Noel Sheerin and Gerry Callaghan. Many thanks also to Steve for doing the programmes and posters and also to himself and the finance committee for organising and running the event. 


U-21 were comprehensively defeated by St. Michael’s in the Championship last weekend.

U-16 team play Boyle in the division 1 league final on Sunday (see fixtures for time and venue).

Well done to former player Paul Coggin (Jnr) who managed Tir Chonail Gaels London to win the London senior championship. And also to Paddy Regan formerly from Cloonfad who is manager of St. Michael’s Galway and have qualified to meet Kilbride in the Connacht Intermediate final.

The minor ladies play Eire Óg this weekend in Loughglynn. (Check with management as this game may be on Saturday.)

The club extends its deepest sympathy to the Mannion, O’Malley and Mullarkey families on their recent bereavements.


The Donamon Tarmacadam sponsored Oran U-21 team had a well deserved victory over St. Michaels on Bank Holiday Monday. Oran led by 0-6 to 1-2 at the break and went on to win by 0-11 to 1-4. 

Oran play again next Saturday in Round 2. Our minors are in action next Sunday in the county minor league.

The club would like to extend its sympathy to the Donnellan family on the death of Jim and also the Freeman family on the death of John. May they rest in peace.


Our ladies Minor team had a very successful week with two wins in the championship. They beat Kilglass Gaels and Michael Glavey’s. They play Strokestown next, check fixtures. 

In the men’s U-21 it was a different story as they lost to Roscommon Gaels and St. Bridgets.

Race cards will soon be available for our race night in ‘Into The West’ on Saturday November 29th. 



Congratulations to Dara Jones who played with Four Roads in the recent U16 Hurling County Final. 



Congratulations to our U-16 hurlers on getting to the Connacht hurling final. They beat Tooreen from Mayo last Saturday in the semi final. It finished on a score of Four Roads 1-12 to Toureen 1-4. It was a good game of hurling on a fine morning with good defence play from Brian Donnelly, Leo Conroy, Conor Coyle, Eamon Mulry and Martin McLoughlin. In the middle of the park Darragh Jones and our captain Noel Hannon stood strong. Up front Darren Fallon, Jamie Lawlor, Robbie Kelly and Cathal Dolan all had fine performances. Best of luck to these lads in the Connacht final which should be played in the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Also congratulations to our senior hurlers on getting to the Connacht hurling final on the 16th, by beating a strong Ballyhaunis.

Also just a quick note to let people know that our dinner dance has been fixed for Friday the 21st November. This should be a big night for the parish, as we have 6 sets off medals to give out. Also on the night, the senior hurling team of 1958 are been honoured. 


Once again we held our annual golf classic this year and we would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support. Special thanks to our main sponsors of the classic, Naughton’s Kitchens, Athleague, and all of our sponsors. This event is our main fundraiser each year and once again it has been a success, thanks to your generous sponsorship and support.



Minor ladies: On Saturday last the Minor girls played St. Brigids in Kiltoom in the group stages of the minor championship and lost 5-10 to 2-9. 

Kilbride Ladies Club would like to wish Kilbride Intermediate men all the best in their Connacht Intermediate Championship Final against St. Michaels of Galway next weekend having beaten the Mayo champions last Sunday. We are behind you all the way and look forward to the game with great excitement!


County U-16 Ladies Division 1 Final Played in Kiltoom on Sunday 2nd November – Strokestown 2-08 Clan na Gael 7-06.  This match was played at a very fast pace from word go in ideal conditions and watched by a large crowd. Clan na Gael started out of the blocks the quickest and after a few early exchanges of points between the Clan forwards and Katie McLoughlin and Laura Brudell, clan found the back of the net with a well worked goal. The second half started at the same pace and Laura Brudell scored another two points with the Clan players matching her. Strokestown were starting to dominate now and their hopes came true when Katie McLoughlin buried the ball into the net to reduce the deficit further. Strokestown battled very hard and bravely for the remainder of the game but Clan proved too strong in the end. We would like to sincerely thank the managers, Dick Togher, Paul Fahey and Eileen Beirne for an exceptional year in which the girls progressed to reach the final. Thanks to all the players for their efforts and the parents and supporters.

The minors have had a great start to their Championship campaign with a draw against local rivals Kilglass and a big defeat over Michael Glaveys. The girls are out again this weekend. Best of luck!



There was no luck for the Senior team on Sunday morning last when they were comprehensively beaten by Kiltormer in the Connacht Junior A final which was played in Kiltormer.

Indoor Camogie re-commences for the coming season on this Friday evening at 6.30 p.m. sharp in the Community Centre, Athleague. All players Under the age of 12 are invited to come along on the evening. The fee for the night is €2 and the club would be delighted if some parents came along to supervise on a rota basis over the winter months.

Representatives from the Club will be attending the Camogie All-Stars banquet in the City West Hotel on Saturday night next and to cheer on Senior Star Annette McGeeney who is selected as one of the camogie nominees.  The club wishes her the best of luck along with the Connacht Under-Age star, Caitriona Regan from Oran Club.