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Sean launches young farmer training programme

Macra na Feirme National President and Roscommon native Seán Finan launched the Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet this week in the Irish Farm Centre alongside Minister of State at the Departments of Education and Skills and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, T.D. Representing Skillnets at the launch was Tracey Donnery.

The Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet will provide continuing informal training to young farmers.

Under the banner of a ‘Farm Cert’, the further training programme for young farmers will deliver the training and skills that young farmers decide they need themselves at a time that suits them.

The farmers pick the modules and Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet will deliver the required training. All training is focused upon delivering an outcome for the farmer.

Golf News

Boyle Golf Club

Open Week at Boyle Golf Club takes place throughout this week. Thursday is Men’s 18-hole, with a 9-hole for the ladies.

Friday is a 9-hole for ladies and gents. Saturday is a Fourball better ball with an added prize for best family team and the week finishes on Sunday with an 18-hole for ladies and gents.

Other upcoming events at the club are the Traders Weekend on Saturday/Sunday July 18th/19th, Boyle Arts Festival Open on Saturday July 25th, Men’s Captains Weekend on Thursday July 30th-Monday August 3rd, Roscommon Herald Fore club Alliance Weekend on Saturday/Sunday August 15th/16th and ‘Last Man Standing’ on Saturday August 22nd.

The Club are holding a series of six coaching sessions for beginners/new members commencing on Wednesday July 15th from 6.30-7.30 pm.

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Open Day continues every Tuesday. We look forward to welcoming you. With over 40 teams playing, it was a busy weekend.

The event included two competitions and the winning combination of Maureen Egan, Ann Campbell, Siobhan Talbot and Phil McWeeney took both the Ladies First Prize and the Yellow Ball Competition.

Ann Campbell, clearly on winning form, also won Nearest the Pin, while the longest drive was won by Dolores Mulvey.

Last weekend Renee Dolan returned a fantastic net of 68 to claim first prize. There are more great competitions ahead this month finishing with Captain’s Prize to Ladies on July 26th. This week we have the inaugural Di Vino’s Restaurant Stroke, followed by Cox’s Pharmacy Stroke next week.

Castlerea Golf Club

Results of Men’s Competition sponsored by Padraic Newman Menswear – 1st Michael Doyle with 43 points; 2nd Ronan Cahill with 41 points; Cat. 1 Paul Glynn with 39 points; Cat. 2 Patrick O’Connor Junior with 38 points; Cat. 3 Tony O’Keeffe with 41 points. Next Sunday’s competition is sponsored by Hester’s Golden Eagle and the Ladies competition on Tuesday 14th July is the Eileen McKeon Memorial.

Well done to the Cecil Ewing team who had a great win over Portumna by a margin of 3.5 to 1.5. Congratulations to Leona Maguire on finishing second in the Ladies European Masters. She is the number one amateur in the world. As Honorary life member of Castlerea Golf Club we compliment her on this achievement and wish her all the best for the future. Good luck to our Junior Cup team who play next weekend in the qualifiers in Athlone.

Roscommon Golf Club

Roscommon Golf Club has just hosted a very successful Open Week with large entries in every competition.

Well done to our Ladies’ Junior Foursomes Team who beat Ballinasloe in Mountbellew on Saturday and we wish them well in the next round.

Congratulations to our Miele Fourball Team who defeated Tuam in the quarter-final on Sunday and are through to the semi-final. Our Fred Daly team did us proud in the semi-final of the Fred Daly Plate in Athlone Golf Club when they gave a close run to Ballinrobe.

This is a great achievement when all of our youngsters will still be eligible for this U-18 boys competition for the next four years! The team consisted of Thomas Higgins, Alan Connaughton, Cian O’Connor, Kevin Connaughton, Joe Finnegan and the reserve was Fionn Hoare and Michael Costello was their convenor.

Roscommon Golf Club is delighted to welcome the cream of Ireland’s young golfers for the prestigious Connacht U-18 Boys Open Championship which takes place during the week.

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Hopkins stars

Liberty Insurance Junior Championship Round 1

Limerick 2-9 Roscommon 3-6

Roscommon Junior camogie team came away from Croagh, Limerick with a draw in the first round of the championship after a keenly-contested game.

A goal by Kelley Hopkins before half-time left Roscommon in the driving seat, 1-4 to 0-2 ahead. Limerick started the second half in determined fashion and began to reduce Roscommon's lead. A last-minute free secured a draw for the home team.

Roscommon’s next game is away to Dublin on Sunday. Time and venue to be confirmed.

Roscommon: Caroline Connaughton; Carmel Killeen, Niamh Farrell, Catriona Morris; Edel Gately, Siobhan Coyle, Joanne Beattie; Susan Spillane (0-1), Kelley Hopkins (1-4); Rachael Fitzmaurice, Annette McGeeney (0-1), Rebecca Brennan; Claire Curley, Margaret Fannon, Fiona Connell (2-0). Subs: Michaela Fallon, Sheila Carney, Maeve Brennan, Niamh Conway, Caroline Gunning, Aisling Byrne, Caoilfhionn Cox, Noeleen McCormack, Eala Coyle, Niamh Coyle.

Meet and Greet County team

On Friday, 10th July Roscommon County Board will be hosting a Meet and Greet with the Roscommon County Junior team at 8 pm in Athleague. All are welcome to attend and clubs are encouraged to send their underage players. It will be preceded by the U-8 Blitz.

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A truly amazing year for sporting and academic achievement at Kilteevan NS

Truly amazing is the only way to describe the success achieved by Kilteevan National School this year.

It has been a remarkable year for sporting and academic achievement. Just before the summer break Kilteevan NS were crowned the Two-Teacher 7-a-side County Gaelic Football and Soccer champions defeating a very tough Granlahan NS in both finals. The previous week they were declared Division 2 Cumann na mBunscol Hurling champions, defeating Four Roads in a remarkable final in Oran GAA grounds.

The dream of securing a treble of sporting victories was achieved much to the excitement of the school and local community where the celebrations were evident.

First Oran GAA grounds was the venue for the Division Two Hurling Final against Four Roads. Leading from the start and displaying great hurling skills, Kilteevan NS secured a great victory.

They were declared Division 2 Cumann na mBunscol Hurling champions, under the management of Vincent Pierse and Seamus Corcoran. St. Faithleach’s GAA grounds was the venue for the Gaelic Football final with parents, past-pupils and members of the local community in attendance showing their support for the Kilteevan children.

It was a nail-biting final with Granlahan NS leading from the outset and with four minutes to play Kilteevan NS were seven points down. They had a mammoth task. Showing great determination, team spirit and self-belief they fought back to a one-point game. With the clock ticking and time nearly up, one last chance came the way of Liam Egan and he finished it into the back of the net. With time up, the whistle blew and to everyone’s amazement Kilteevan had done it and were crowned champions.

The team were coached by Sean Mooney, Mrs Lynch and Shane Gilleran. With the sporting treble within their grasp Kilteevan NS lined out for their third final in little over a week in the County Soccer grounds Lecarrow.

Playing a well-prepared and very skilful Granlahan NS securing a victory was no easy task. Granlahan NS took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.

However with both teams displaying great skill and determination Kilteevan NS continued the drama and never-say-die spirit of the previous week. Two late, dramatic and well-deserved goals saw the scoreline at the final whistle 2-1 to Kilteevan NS. The dream of a sporting treble became a reality as Kilteevan NS were crowned Two Teacher 7-a-side Soccer Champions.

The soccer team were trained by Anthony Owens and Andy Thubron. Success was not confined to team sports.

On an individual level Liam Egan secured victory in the Cumann na mBunscol Connacht U-13 40x20 Singles Handball Championship.Michael Corcoran won the U-15 Connacht Schools Golf Championship.

Earlier in the year Kilteevan NS proved their sporting talents were not just limited to the field by winning the County Cumann na mBunscol Sports Quiz. Following a tie-breaker round and with five out of five questions correct Kilteevan NS were declared Cumann na mBunscol County Sports Quiz champions. It was their hard work and genuine love and passion for all things sport that secured them the victory.

The Sports Quiz team was Liam Egan, Michael Corcoran, Callum Coughlan and Robert Owens. Also proving their outstanding general knowledge abilities the School Quiz Team secured first place in the U-13 Credit Union Quiz (Roscommon Chapter) and finished in second place in the Library Quiz.

The quiz team members were Sophie Coen, Liam Egan, Niall Brennan, Callum Coughlan and Robert Owens. The school also participated in the Sci-Fest in the CBS where they were awarded Best Display and received the 2nd Overall award in their Science project.

With all the outstanding Sporting Achievements of 2015 it was essential to culminate the year with a presentation night to celebrate what was an unbelievable year of success. This night highlighted the participation and success of all the children in the various sporting events. I

t also gave the children an opportunity to meet three inspirational Roscommon Sports personalities Diarmuid Murtagh, Naos Connaughton and Liam Kilcline who also presented them with their gaelic football and hurling medals. Andy Thubron presented the soccer medals. .