Saturday, 28 March 2015

GAA Club Notes


Boyle Minor Club held a well attended awards night on Friday evening last in St. Joseph’s Hall at which medals were presented by Nigel Dineen to the successful Boyle U-11 Keenan Cup and U-16 Ahern Cup teams. He also presented Player of the Year awards to the following winners: U-10-Conor Deery, U-11-Jack Cox, U-12-Evan McGrath, U-14-Tadhg McKenna, U-16-Mark Goldrick and Minor-Jonathan McDermott. The following were also presented with Most Improved Player awards: U-10-Liam Casey, U-11-Cian McKeon, U-12-Patrick Goldrick, U-14-Jason McDermott, U-16-Tadhg Lowe and Minor-Kyle Suffin. Thanks to Nigel Dineen for his attendance and for his inspirational words to the players.

Abbey Park provided the setting for Fergal O’Donnell’s Roscommon’s first competitive win on Sunday when we hosted the FBD League game versus Sligo IT. It was fitting that Fergal and Stevie should start successfully in Boyle and that Boyle players David Casey and Sean Purcell should acquit themselves so well on their home ground. (See report elsewhere).

The special EGM of the Club will be held in the Royal Hotel on this Friday night at 8pm to consider proposals to construct new dressing rooms and ancillary facilities. The Club has a short time frame in which to avail of the Sports Capital grant which it has been allocated. It is important that all club members attend as important decisions regarding fundraising, etc. have to be made. 

The Annual General Meeting of the club will be held on Sunday 18th January in the Royal Hotel. All motions should be submitted to the Secretary Kathleen Hanmore by Sunday next 11th January. 

The club wishes to make a special effort to participate to the fullest extent possible in this year’s Adult Scór competitions. There will be competition in set dancing, figure dancing, novelty act, solo singing, ballad group, recitation and quiz. Those who are interested in participating or in assisting with organising are asked to contact the P.R.O. at 086 2413529.

The club extends its sympathy to the Purcell family, Drum, Boyle on the death of Bill Purcell, Behy, Knockvicar, father of former Boyle Chairperson, Martin and grandfather of current Boyle and Roscommon player, Sean. 


Well done to Roscommon U-21 team on their great win over Cavan in the Hastings Cup game on Saturday last in Templeport. Neil Collins had a very impressive debut at this level. Their next game is against Leitrim in Kiltoom on Saturday next at 2.00pm. Not to be outdone Roscommon senior team had an equally impressive win over Sligo I.T in Boyle on Sunday last; Padraic Duignan had his first outing with Roscommon seniors and was impressive when introduced as a substitute. Geoffrey Claffey was also on the panel while Gerard Heneghan missed the game because of flu; Enda Kenny lined out at full forward for Sligo I.T.


The Club Social will be held on Friday 9th January @ 8.30 in the Athlone Springs Hotel. Music by Bernard, Patrice and Eva Coyle. 

Best wishes to the Clann na nGael Instrumental Musical Group in the Scor na nOg County Final on Sunday January 11th, in Elphin at 2 o’clock. The participants in the musical group are:  Melissa Maloney, Cian Cunniffe and Evin Cunniffe.


The Annual General meeting of Creggs GAA Club took place in Kilbegnet Hall on Saturday 3rd January 09.The meeting was very well attended and began with the reading of the minutes of last year’s AGM and their adoption. The outgoing Chairman, Seamus Keane, in his address thanked all who gave their services to the club during the year. The year had been a very successful one for us as we won the MId South B League Final and the A team reached the County Semi-final. It was historic for the club in that we were able to field two teams this year and reach such heights. Thanks must go the management team and to the players who gave great commitment.  

Sean Brandon, Secretary followed with his report, which was very comprehensive and outlined the club’s activities for 2008 and in turn Mary Devaney, Treasurer, presented the Financial Statement.

The Election of Officers for the coming year then took place. Those elected were – President: Fr. Hugo McClure, P.P. Vice Presidents: Tom Hanley, Noel Hanley. Chairman: Seamus Keane, Vice Chairmen: Sean Connaughton, Johnny Whyte. Secretary: Sean Brandon. Asst. Sec: Gerry Keegan. Treasurer: Mary Devaney. Asst Treas: Darren Gavin. P.R.O.s Seamus Ward, Frank Brandon and Pauline Gavin. Insurance Officer: Michael O’Roarke. Asst. I.O. Tom Fleming. Grounds Committee: John Mulligan, Kieran Dowd, Gabriel Dowd, Killian Whyte. Team Manager: Kieran Dowd. Team Trainer: Tom óg O’Brien. Delegates to County Board: Seamus Keane and Tommy Gately. Delegates to Mid-South Board: Marty Hegarty plus Secretary or Chairman. Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Officers: Frank Brandon and Peter Keegan. General Committee: Kathleen McKeague, James McKeague, Michael Curley, Eamon Kelly Jun., John Gavin, Gabriel Dowd, Killian Whyte,  Johnny Whyte, Justin Conlon, Peter Keegan, Marrty Hegarty, Tommy Gately, John Mulligan.

The Player of The Year award went to Padraig McKeague for his excellent performances on the field and commitment throughout the year. The Club Person of The Year is Mary Devaney for her outstanding services to the club in many aspects but particularly in relation to the excellent preparation of team jerseys for each match. Votes of Sympathy were extended to all parishioners and members who suffered a bereavement in 2008.

Thanks to the ever-efficient Ladies Committee who provided the refreshments following the meeting. All members are encouraged to have membership fees paid to Micheal O’Roarke, please, by 1st March 09.  

Also we will have the presentation of medals to the victorious Junior team in Kilbegnet Hall at 8.00pm on Saturday 10th Jan. Refreshments will be provided and the Team of 1983 (Junior championship winners) will be present for a re-union. Preceding these events is Mass in Kilbegnet Church at 7pm. This will be for the late Mark Fitzmaurice of Leahive and Portmarnock, Dublin. Mark was a stalwart and great leader for Creggs GAA throughout his playing career.


We would like to wish all involved with the Éire Óg club at home and abroad and all in Roscommon GAA a very happy and peaceful new year.

Any information for inclusion in the weekly club notes can be forwarded to the PRO at or 9649067 before 8 pm on Sunday evenings.

We would like to extend sympathy to the Fitzpatrick family, Tully on the death of Mary’s brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Monica Harte, Cork. We also extend sympathy to the family and friends of the late Tom Duffy, Tully and Manchester.


The club wishes to thank Peter Joe Fitzmaurice and his helpers on making the 25 card drive a success in Brackens and thank everyone who purchased tickets. Our annual St Stephen’s Day game was a great success and thanks to all who participated. Special thanks to Pat McCabe in the Kilmore Inn for his financial contribution to the club on St Stephen’s Day. 

Our celebration function in honour of the 1983 County championship winning team took place in the club rooms and was a great success. Thanks to everyone who made the night possible. Special thanks to Colin Hanly and all at the Silver Eel pub for their sponsorship on the night.

A very well attented AGM of the minor club took place on the 27th of December. The following officers were elected –  Chairman: Brian Carroll, Secretary: Chris Gannon and Treasurer: Gary Vesey. The club thanks outgoing treasurer Padraig Doyle for his service to the minor club. The following managers were elected U-18 Brian Carroll, U-16 Mick Feeley, U-14 Andy Connellan, U-12 and U-10 to be confirmed, U-8 Pat Gannon. The A.G.M. of the senior club will take place in the clubrooms on this Saturday at 4pm. Everyone welcome. The club wishes everyone the very best for 2009. The club congratulates Roscommon on their impressive win on Sunday and hopefully it’s the start of a good year. Also well done to Colm and Paul Garvey and the Roscommon U-21 team’s victory over Cavan on Saturday.


At our recent AGM the following officers were elected for 2009. Patrons: Fr. Feeney and Fr. Cummins. President: Luke Hurley. Vice-presidents: Frank Neenan, John Doherty. Sean Healy, Eddie Birmingham. Chairman: Gerry Coffey. Vice-Chairman: Martin Regan. Secretary: Valeria Murray. Assistant Secretary: TBA. Treasurer: Patricia Browne. Assistant Treasurer: Aidan Ruane. Registrars: Gerry Markham/Joe Garvey. Director of Coaching: Michael Brehony. ASAP Officer: Joe Garvey. Child Protection Officer: Brendan Cregg. Insurance Officer: Ciaran Grogan. PRO: Francie Keane. Parks Co-Ordinator: TBC. Intermediate team management: Johnny Coggins, Joe Garvey, Ciaran Grogan. Junior team management: TBC. 

Tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Sean Brennan and treasurer Eileen Brennan for their contribution to the club over the years. Best wishes are extended to incoming chairman, Gerry Coffey and treasurer Patricia Browne for the coming year. The club will not be affiliating an U-21 team in 2009. The annual function will take place in the Ard Rí Hotel, Tuam on Saturday January 24th at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale prices at €25.

The club extends its sympathy to the Fitzmaurice and Murphy families, Churchquarter, Ballinlough on the death of Jim Fitzmaurice. 

The club wishes all its members a Happy New Year.


The AGM of the Senior Club was held recently in the Clubhouse. It started with Mass for all deceased members. Chairman Seamus McDermott then looked back on the year which sadly seen the death of two great clubmen & club Presidents, Bernie Browne & Frank Lyons. Treasurer Mick Fitzpatrick & Secretary Brian Earley delivered their details reports.  It was noted that while there was no silverware won this year, it was a great achievement for the Jnr A team & U21 team to reach County Finals and also the super achievements of the U14 & U16 teams is something very positive for the future. We would like to thank the outgoing Jnr A management team of Ray Shanagher, Marty Kenny, Mattie Whyte & Mark Lawless for all their hard work, & dedication over the past two years. Also, a big thanks to Pat Regan & Brian Earley for the excellent job they did as PRO & Secretary for the past few years where they put in huge work and time. Membership is now due and can be paid to Mick Fitzpatrick. All members both present & new, are urged to subscribe as soon as possible. The following Officers were elected for the year – President: Seamus Heneghan; Vice Presidents: Fr Glennon, Fr Mullaney, Br Brendan & Mickey Deane; Chairman: Seamus McDermott; Vice Chairman: Joe Grady; Treasurer: Mick Fitzpatrick; Registrar: Mick Fitzpatrick; PRO: Deirdre Garvey; Junior A Manager: Ollie Regan; U21 Manager: John Garvey; Insurance Officer: Joe Grady; Delegates to Co Board: Brian Earley & Mick Fitzpatrick; Delegates to Mid-South Board: Pat Regan & Pat Maguire; Lotto Committee Delegates: Mick Fitzpatrick, Marian Featherstone, Mikey Monaghan, Mary Maguire, Joe Grady, Martin Finan & Seamus Cooney; Social Committee: Marian Featherstone, Mary Maguire, Brendan McDermott, Seamus Lennon & Mick Fitzpatrick; Parks Committee: Ollie Regan, Seamus McDermott, Charlie Mee, Seamus Cooney & Ann Earley; Irish Language Officer: Kathleen Conneely; Alcohol/Drug Awareness Officer: Pat Regan; Scór: Brendan McDermott, Donnie Gunning.  The positions of Secretary & Jnr B Manager to be filled at a later date.

The club would like to wish its members & families a healthy happy prosperous 2009.


Michael John Kelly R.I.P.: It is with great regret that the club learned of the death of a great Pearses man, Michael John Kelly. No game was ever complete without Michael John’s presence and we will miss his valued opinion and great commitment to our club. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Go n-éirigh an bóthar leat. 

The presentation of the County medals to the 2008 U16 champions will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday night January 3rd, all are welcome.


Our dinner dance will be held in the Hyde Centre on Saturday 31st January 2009. Music will be proved by The Inspectors and tickets are €25. Medals will be presented to our victorious County Minor Championship winning team. A good night is assured and all club members are urged to support this social event. 

Members of Roscommon Gaels club recently took up a church gate collection on behalf of The Irish Epilepsy Association. The collection raised €1485 and this amount has been forwarded to the association. Sincere thanks to all collectors.

There will be a general club meeting at 9.30pm on Monday 12th January 2009 in the Hyde Centre. All club members are requested to attend. 

Membership for 2009 is now due and should be paid to any club officer. The rates are: Family membership €80 Single Membership €60 Student Membership €50 Person under 18 €40. 

The winners of our €20 Development Draw which took place in the Hyde Centre during the Bingo on 21st of December were as follows €2000 – Nicholas Timothy, Galway Road €500 – Seán Clogher, Boyle Road €500 - Dominic Flynn Carrowkeel €300 - Gary Smith, Derrane €200 - Mary Fallon c/o Jim Menton €100 - Maureen Mulvey c/o Dervla Hoare €100 - John Keenan Ardsallagh €100 - David Kelly Antogher Road €100 - Tommy Mulry Quarry View €100 - Pat Hoare Castlebar Congratulations to the winners.  We thank sincerely all ticket sellers and all who supported us in the draw. The money raised will help towards our pitch development in Lisnamult.

The club sympathises with the Lynch family on the death of Eamon Lynch and the McTiernan family on the death of Bernie. Sympathy also to the Kiernan family on the death of Mona; to the Keegan family on the death of James and to the Gavin family on their recent bereavement.


Our AGM takes place this coming Saturday 10th at 5pm sharp in the Clubhouse. There are a lot of important issues to be discussed so a big attendance is expected on the night.

We would like to wish our competitors in the County final the very best of luck. Our instrumental group – Edel Treacy, Tina Carty, John Healy, Anna Daly and Thomas Treacy. Quiz Team – Nigel Kelly, Eoin Fallon and Garry Kelly and our recitation representative Tina Carty. The County final takes place in Elphin Community and Sports Centre on Sunday 11th. Please support. 


Fixtures: This weekend Kiltoom hosts a double bill of matches. On Saturday at 2pm Roscommon play Leitrim in the U-21 Hastings Cup Competition and on Sunday a very attractive FBD tie with Roscommon fresh from a great win last weekend taking on NUIG who beat Mayo last weekend. Throw-in at 2 pm. Card game continues Tuesday at 9 pm in Curraghboy. Last week’s winners 1st  Colm Mee and Willie Gacquin Joint 2nd Tony Ward and Kathleen McDonnell, Agnes Mannion and Charlie Donnelly.

St. Brigid’s ladies committee would to thank all those who contributed to the Roscommon County Board church gate collections held in the parish recently.

2009 Ladies Committee. The following officers have been elected for the coming year – Chairperson: Brendan McConigly; Secretary: Aine Martin; Assistant Secretary: Brenda Kelly; PRO: Laura Harrison; Registrar: Mae Cunningham;  Insurance Officer: Mary Rushe; Committee Member: Claire Grehan. 


The AGM of St. Croans G.A.A. club will take place on the 16th of January in the Father Flanagan Centre in Ballymoe. Players, parents and supporters are encouraged to attend the meeting. 

Many thanks to all those who attended and supported the fundraising event in Garvey’s on St. Stephen’s night. 


This year’s annual parish dinner dance takes place in the Hodson Bay Hotel on Saturday 17th January. Special guest on the night is Micheál O’Muircheartaigh. Music is by Heatwave. Tickets are €40 each and are now on sale. 

Malachy Gately will continue on as Manager for 2009 following a Meeting of the Football Club held recently. He stated that Frank Golden and John Touhy will be his selectors. The positions of Junior and U-21 Managers were not filled and anyone wishing to put their names forward should contact Declan Kilcline or John Caulfield.

The presentation of medals to underage players of St. Dominic’s Camogie Club & Ladies Football Club will take place in Culleen Hall on Friday night next, 9th January at 8 pm. All parents and children are invited along. Special guest on the night.

The History Committee are currently finalising the Club History Publication and would like to get the names of any club player or official (St Dominics/St Johns/Ballymurray/Rahara/St Patricks who represented the county at any level in either football or hurling. Please give names to Eileen, J.J., Liam or Donald or any committee member as soon as possible.

St Dominic’s are well represented on this year’s county panels with Michael Finneran on the senior panel, Mark Miley and Seamus McKeown on the U-21 panel and Naos Connaughton, Seamus Connaughton and Brian Mullally on the Minor panel. Best of luck to all the lads. 


Annual General Meeting: Senior AGM took place in the Club House on Monday 29th December. Many thanks to Fr. Larney Shine who celebrated Mass for deceased members of the club, which preceded the meeting. Outgoing Chairman, John Bill Hanly welcomed everyone to the meeting. President Mickey Kelly thanked everyone involved in the club throughout the year. Secretary Damien Rooney gave a detailed report of the club activities for the year. Outgoing Treasurer Gerry Donlon gave account of income/expenditure and Development finances. Derek Thompson, Social Committee, thanked all for their work over the year. John Bill Hanly expressed thanks to the following – senior Management and Junior Management. He congratulated the Junior Team on winning the Mid-South Final, U-21 Management – Bob McCormack. He congratulated all county players, Junior & Senior from the club. He thanked Derek Thompson & Tom Ryan for their involvement with the U-21 County Teams, all the teams for their hard work, efforts and commitment during the year, referees from the club. Also Paul & Breege in the Clubhouse, all who helped out in the upkeep of the pitches and grounds, all who helped out in any way throughout the year, all our generous sponsors. All who attended functions and bought/sold tickets throughout the year. Sean Cox for the running of the Card Game every week, all the Lotto Sellers, the Minor Club were thanked and the U-12 Girls and their Management congratulated on winning the County Final. John Bill wished the Club every success in 2009, he was not seeking re-election. The Club would like to thank John Bill for all his hard work as Chairman over a number of years and to Gerry Donlon for his work as Treasurer. The following offiers were elected: President - Mickey Kelly & Fr. Larney Shine. Chairman - Frank Curley. Assistant Chairman - Derek Thompson. Secretary - Damien Rooney. Assistant Secretary - Darragh Hussey. Treasurer - Michael Cleary. Assistant Treasurer - Sean Cox. PRO - Mary Kenny. Registrar - Padriag Murray. Players Rep - Enda Kenny. Insurance Officer - Sean Cox. Executive Members: J. B. Hanly, P. Murray, F. Curley, P. Kenny, J. Mangan, J. Kenny, R. McCormack, E. Brennan, J. Brennan, D. Hussey, D. Rooney, M. Cleary, S. Cox, P. Glennon, G. Donlon. Social Committee: G. Donlon, M. Kenny, P. Kenny, R. McCormack, S. Cox, D. Thompson, J. B. Hanly, M. Cleary, B. Cotter, F. Curley. 

2009 Membership is now due. Registration night will be arranged. Membership payable to Padraig Murray.

Matches took place on Saturday 27th December with Ladies Match at 2.00pm followed by Mens Match at 3.15pm. This was a great sucess and it was great to see so many taking part and enjoying the day. Many thanks to all the players, to Paul & Breege for the lovely food, to all who supported the raffle, to the Rodeo Man for music. Many thanks to all for your support in 2008.

A great crowd rang in the New Year in the Club House. Thanks to the band on the night, ‘Acting the Maggot’, to Paul & Breege & staff for the food. We wish you all a very Happy New Year.


St. Joseph’s GAA Club Annual General Meeting takes place on Saturday 10th January 2009 at 7 pm sharp in Kilteevan Community Centre. Please note time of meeting. All members are requested to attend. New parishioners are especially welcome to attend the AGM.

Henry Brennan Memorial Cup: A most enjoyable and successful St. Stephen’s Day tournament took place on the 26th December at Kilteevan pitch. The Henry Brennan Memorial Cup was presented to the winning captain Sean Gilleran by Larry Brennan, on behalf of the Brennan family. Vouchers sponsored by Down the Hatch were presented to the winning team. Final score 2-7 to 0-9. 


St Ronan’s minor board are holding their A.G.M. on Friday night the 9th of January in Keadue Hall at 8 pm. It is important that parents of all underage players from the parish attend this meeting to discuss the past year and make plans for the year ahead.


The AGM is taking place this coming Saturday, the 10th of January, in the Percy French Hotel at 6 pm. All members are asked to please attend. Anyone else interested in getting involved with the club are also encouraged to attend. Anyone wishing to send in nominations for official positions are asked to forward them to the club secretary, Joanne McGinley, by Thursday the 8th of January.

Congratulations to the U21’s and their mentors, John, Damien and Colm, on winning the Division 2 championship just before the Christmas.


The Stephen Nolan Memorial game was played on St. Stephen’s Day in Tulsk. We thank everyone who supported. They say a very enjoyable game.  The juniors were level at half-time and the seniors took to the field for the second half where Western Gaels won by a narrow margin to retain the cup.  All donations received at the gate are going to Down Syndrome Ireland.  Happy New Year to you all.



Minor Board meeting on Friday 9 January at 8.30 pm in club rooms. Could all under-age team managers attend. Parents please note, registration of all under-age players will take place in the coming weeks. Registration forms will be distributed to the schools shortly. 



It was great shock and sadness we learned of the untimely death of the late Packie Naughton on Christmas morning. A great supporter of the local game and of Athleague Hurling Club in which he held the position of Club Vice President in recent years. The high esteem, which he held with the community, was clearly evident by the numbers, which attended his Funeral and all those who formed the Guard of Honour, organised by the club on both days. To his sister Mary and The Naughton Family we offer our deepest sympathies. Ár Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. 

We held our Annual Club draw on Saturday night last and congratulation to the lucky winners and thanks to all who supported the draw and donated spot prizes on the night. Also congratulations to Alan Moore and Pat Glennon who won the young player of the year and senior player of the year awards respectively.

Don’t forget our AGM, which will be held on Saturday January 24th in Waldron’s, Athleague at 8pm.


Our Annual Christmas club social was held on St. Stephen’s night in Tierney’s Bar. The event was a successful one with a large attendance. The club would like to thank all who supported the event and especially all who helped out on the night. The club would also like to thank Tierney’s for holding the event.

  The club would like to wish good health and happiness to last season’s Intermediate captain, Barry Nolan, who wed on Saturday the 27th Dec to Geraldine.

  Also, Membership Fees for the following year are as follows: €50 Players. €20 Non-Players. €15 Students. €5 Under 16 Years. All members both present and new are urged to subscribe as soon as possible by contacting Neal Geraghty or Hugh Mannion.


On Sunday next Oran meet Athleague/Tremane in the minor hurling county final in Athleague at 1.30pm. This will be Oran’s first appearance in the minor final since winning it in 2004. Oran will go into the game as underdogs but have a great chance of regaining the title after surprising Padraic Pearses in the semi final. Supporters are urged to come to Athleague to support this team.