Log in
Paul Healy

Paul Healy

SiarScéal Festival returns to Roscommon



SiarScéal Festival 2019 will take place at Roscommon County Library in Roscommon town on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th.

  Highlights include the presentation of the annual Hanna Greally International Literary Awards and Beneath Western Skies, a poetry and photographic exhibition by Anni Wilton Jones, who will also host all SiarScéal festivities this year. The guest poet and adjudicator for this year’s Hanna Greally Awards is Faye Boland.

  Friday, October 11th will feature the launch of Beneath Western Skies exhibition at 11 am. The exhibition will go on tour to libraries across Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo in November.

  The presentation of the junior section of the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will take place on Friday, October 11th also. The presentation will be officiated by Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice and there will be readings from winning entries.

  The presentation of the adult section of the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards will take place on Saturday, October 12th from 10 am to 12.30 pm. This will also be officiated by Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice and there will be readings from winning entries.

  The Ger Hanily Memorial Cup will also be awarded locally to the writer/school with the best sense of place or identity.

  The featured production is the Galway Medley poetry/choral recital from the Write-On Group in Galway. There will also be an Open Mic from 1.30 pm to 4.50 pm and all are welcome.

  The prizes on offer for the 2019 Hanna Greally International Literary Awards include an Overall Prize of €500 with two Highly Commended Prizes of €100 each. Trophies will be awarded to other highly commended entries in a categories of national, local and international.


An Ri Dubh Road Racing events




This year, An Ri Dubh Road Racing Supporters Club from Kilkenny will present a fundraiser in The Big Apple Pub on Saturday, September 21st in association with Ballyforan Fair & Festival. There will be a draw and auction on the night with prizes on offer and camping available.

  Sunday, September 22nd will see the club hosting a ‘Display and Parade Lap’ of Irish Road Racing Warriors including current Irish Superbike champion Derek Sheils. This is an event not to be missed!


Family Fun on Sunday!



Sunday (22nd) promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family to enjoy at Ballyforan Fair & Festival.

  The day will begin with the Athlone SPCA Car Boot Sale which starts at 10 am and runs until 3 pm. There will also be a cake sale at 11.15 am before the annual Baking Competition takes place from 12.30 to 1 pm.

  Other highlights include: St. Aidan’s GAA Fun Day activities from 1 pm to 4 pm; Dog Show at 2 pm; Bonny Baby at 2 pm; a Magic Show at 3 pm and Arts & Crafts at 3.45 pm.

  There will also be a Road Racers demonstration, Clay Pigeon Shoot, live music and an auction on The Green and a Pet Farm. McFadden’s Amusements will also be in attendance right throughout the weekend!




Intermediate teams set for last eight!






Mulryan Construction IFC Round-Up


Group A


Tulsk still unbeaten

Tulsk Lord Edwards 3-16  

Creggs 1-9

Tulsk maintained their unbeaten run with a strong second-half showing against Creggs at Dr. Hyde Park last Saturday. It was an enjoyable encounter in the opening half. Noel Gately was superb for Creggs and he scored a sensational goal just before half-time. But Tusk replied with Ryan Galvin’s goal and at the break led by three 1-9 to 1-6.

  Tulsk were the stronger team overall and second half goals from Jack Conlon and Thomas O’Rourke saw them win comfortably.

Scorers - Thomas O’Rourke (1-3), P Scott (0-6), J Conlon (1-2), R Galvin (1-1), D Carlton (0-2), G Galvin and D Connolly (0-1) each. Creggs: N Gately (1-6), R Dowd, S Dowd and E Conneran (0-1) each.


Walsh winner!

Kilbride 2-9  

Kilglass Gaels 2-8

Henry Walsh was the Kilbride hero as he scored a goal and a point late on to put Kilbride into the quarter-finals. Kilbride had a first-half goal from Dan O’Neill but Kevin Feeney converted a penalty and Kilbride led 1-5 to 1-3 at the break.

  Feeney scored another Kilglass goal mid-way through the second period, but Walsh struck late to send his side through by the minimum margin.

Scorers - Kilbride: H Walsh (1-4), D O’Neill (1-0), D Clabby (0-2), P O’Grady, T O’Grady and M Feeney (0-1) each. Kilglass: K Feeney (2-1), C McHugh (0-3), T Cox, G Tully, B Conroy and S McCormack  (0-1) each.


Group B

Éire Óg dominant

Éire Óg 2-17  

St. Barry’s 1-6

Éire Óg gave notice to their rivals in Loughglynn with a dominant performance against St. Barry’s. The hosts scored some excellent points in the opening half and despite conceding a penalty to Barry’s (converted by Padraig Halpin), they led by 0-9 to 1-2 to half-time.

  Jason Doory and Thomas Greene scored fine second-half goals to see Éire Óg run out impressive 14-point winners.

Scorers - Éire Óg: L Creaton (0-7), T Greene and J Doory (1-1) each, M O’Brien (0-3), C Lavin (0-2), F Nolan, E Crawley and Ciaran Lavin (0-1) each. St. Barry’s: P Halpin (1-2), C McManus (0-3), C Casserly (0-1).


Castlerea through!

Castlerea St. Kevin’s 0-13  

Shannon Gaels 2-4

Castlerea are safely through to the quarter-finals but they were made fight all the way by Shannon Gaels at Croghan. Shane Beirne scored a goal in the first half and it meant that the home side were a point up at the break 1-4 to 0-6.

  Matthew McDermott’s goal mid-way through the second period put the Gaels ahead again but excellent point scoring from Ronan Raftery and Darren McDermott saw Castlerea through.

Scorers - Castlerea: D McDermott (0-6), R Raftery (0-5), N Bligh and J Keane (0-1) each. Shannon Gaels: M McDermott (1-1) M Burke (0-3) S Beirne (1-0).


Group C

Fallon’s late leveller

Kilmore 2-13  

St. Dominic’s 2-13

St. Dominic’s came late to grab a draw after an entertaining match in Kilmore. Dominic’s scored first-half goals from Sean Kenny and Conor Fallon and the visitors led by 2-4 to 0-9 at the break. But when Kilmore scored two goals within a minute from a Derek Connellan penalty and Oisin Boland, they led by four going into the final five minutes but Conor Fallon pointed a free in injury-time to give the visitors a deserved draw.

Scorers – St. Dominic’s: C Fallon (1-7), D Keenan (0-3), S Kenny (1-0), N Carney, N Connaughton and D Donnelly (0-1) each. Kilmore: D Connellan (1-4), O Boland (1-1), J Gannon and B Connellan  (0-3) each, G Connellan and K Caslin (0-1) each.


Oran easy winners

Oran 1-17  

St. Aidan’s 0-5

This was a comprehensive win for impressive Oran who dominated throughout. Darragh Walsh was the goal-scorer in the second half after they had led by 0-11 to 0-2 at half-time.

Scorers - Oran: D Walsh (1-5), C Casey and C Lawless (0-3) each, T Fetherston and M Dwyer (0-2) each, J Casey, and K Whyte (0-1) each. St. Aidan’s: T Kelly (0-2), K Waldron, C Mears and P Kenny (0-1) each.


The Outcome

The seeded teams in the IFC are: Tulsk, Castlerea, St. Dominic’s and Creggs. The unseeded teams are: Oran, Éire Óg, Kilbride and either Kilmore or Shannon Gaels who meet on Sunday next. The quarter-final draw will take place on Sunday next. Teams that have already met cannot meet again.

  Relegation: St. Barry’s play St. Aidan’s on Sunday with the losers playing Kilglass to see who will be relegated to the junior ranks for 2020.


  • Published in Sport
  • 0