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Its world class from Damien and Rikki!

Shane Reynolds 

World titles don’t arrive in Roscommon all that often but recently in front of a packed house at the purpose-built City West Handball Complex local handballers Damien Martin and Rikki O’Gara from St. Coman’s Handball Club won gold in the Men’s A Doubles World Championship.

  Damien and Rikki, who have been part of the St. Coman’s club from an early age, landed the title when they overcame Karl Browne and Jerome Willoughby in a nail-biting tie-breaker (11-5) for a 21-12, 8-21, 11-15 win. 

  The momentous achievement represents the pinnacle of both players’ careers and put them

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Gormley leaves lethal Mark Aidans stunned by Bunninadden comeback

AIB Connacht Club IFC semi-final

Bunninadden (Sligo) 3-11 St. Aidan’s (Roscommon) 3-10

Seamus Duke 

An incredible final-quarter final revival saw the Sligo champions Bunninadden come from 12 points down to snatch a sensational victory in injury-time in this thrilling intermediate football semi-final played in Kiltoom last Sunday.

  In all the years of going to and covering games, I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like this. With 45 minutes played St Aidans were leading by 2-10 to 0-4 and were coasting to victory and set for a place in the Connacht final. Their opponents were down and


McStay concerned over injury list

Seamus Duke 

St Brigids manager Kevin McStay spoke to the Roscommon People this week.

  “I have been happy with our preparations since our semi-final win but our injury situation is a worry. Frankie Dolan looks like he will be ok but he has not trained since the semi-final and that’s a worry. Shane Curran is also a doubt and we are worried about the extent of his leg injury. 

  “Darren Dolan is very doubtful and Garvan Dolan is also a doubt. On the plus side Cathal McHugh is making good progress and may be ready to play a


Moving on with happy memories!

Two weeks ago the World Handball Championships concluded with a number of spectacular finals at juvenile and adult grades. There were several fantastic highlights from these major championships, not least the extraordinary standard of juvenile boys and girls handball.  

  Roscommon is no exception to this and the county was reasonably represented across all juvenile grades in both 40x20 and 1-wall codes. 

  It would be fair to say, however, that initiatives being promoted by the County Board, including training of coaches, juvenile blitzs and school demonstrations will need to be capitalised upon by the further facilitation of the


Huge task for us Hughes

Gerry Hughes is the Salthill/Knocknacarra manager. 

  “We were delighted to win the county final but we played a league game since and we were beaten in that so that brought us back down to earth. We also have a couple of niggly injuries and Gary Cox and Ruaidhri McTiernan are receiving treatment this week and hopefully they will be able to line out. 

  “We didn’t pass any heed on the Connacht Championship at all until the last week or two. We were very focussed on winning the county title because we hadn’t won it for a few years.



AIB Connacht Club JFC semi-final

Oran (Roscommon) 1-12 Cloonacool (Sligo) 0-05

Seamus Duke 

Roscommon champions Oran produced an excellent display to sweep past Sligo opponents Cloonacool and into the Connacht club junior football final at Kiltoom last Sunday. Short man of the match Thomas Fetherston from the county final win because of a virus, the Oran men coped very well and they had victory in their grasp a long time before the final whistle.

  In fact Oran outscored their opponents by 1-6 to 0-1 in the second half, which was a measure of their dominance. Oran were very impressive


Brigids bid for three-in-a-row

AIB Connacht Club SFC Semi-Final: 

Salthill/Knocknacarra (Galway) v St Brigids (Roscommon) on Sunday at Pearse Stadium at 2.30 pm

Seamus Duke 

This is a very eagerly awaited Connacht semi-final as St Brigids’ quest for a third provincial title in a row continues at the home of the Galway champions on Sunday. An interesting twist to the clash will be that former St Faithleachs and Roscommon captain Gary Cox will be lining out for the Galway men against Brigids on Sunday. Gary was on the St Faithleachs side which lost to Brigids in the county finals in 2006 and 2007.



Rossies set to choose their man

Seamus Duke 

It would appear that the search for a new manager for the Roscommon senior football team will come to an end later tonight (Thursday) when a name will come before County Board delegates for ratification following a two-month search to replace Des Newton.

  Speaking to The Roscommon People on Wednesday, Roscommon GAA Chairperson Mick Fahey said that he was hoping to meet with the candidate in question on Wednesday night. He added that he was hopeful that a number of loose ends could be tied up which would allow the individual’s name to go before the clubs at


Orans run brought to abrupt end by Ballinasloe

AIB Connacht Club JFC Final

Ballinasloe (Galway) 4-11 Oran (Roscomon) 0-07

Seamus Duke

Oran’s great run in the junior football championship this year came to an end in no uncertain terms when they were well beaten by an impressive Ballinasloe outfit in this final played in Kiltoom on Saturday.

  Oran conceded two goals in the first seven minutes of play and it was a setback that they could not recover from. They battled away gamely and were in contention at half-time. However they needed to score at least one goal to get back into the game and it never


The Final Whistle what they said

McStay looks forward to a ‘novel final’ 

Kevin McStay (St Brigids manager)

“Yeah I’m happy. The first ten minutes of the second half was key. We upped it a good bit and I think everyone saw that. It was a real November performance. Everyone dogged in and worked hard. Some of the lads got tired but we brought in other lads and we kept the intensity levels high. 

  “I was never too concerned when Sean Armstrong got those three points in that second half. He is a good player and is going to get scores but it is how

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