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BOYLE  The U-14’s had a comprehensive 8-7 to 2-9 win over Roscommon Gaels in the league on Wednesday evening of last week in Abbey Park.  The eagerly-awaited football blitz for U-8 to U-10 age group is being jointly run by Boyle and Shannon Gaels and is started yesterday evening (Wednesday) and it will alternate between Boyle and Croghan with the opening evening in Boyle.    The McGovern Directional Drilling team play St Joseph’s at Kilteevan this weekend, while the Feelystone Division 4 team will play Kilglass Gaels in Kilglass (see fixtures for details of both games).  The Club wishes to acknowledge the generous response to the weekend collection for underage football.  Congratulations are extended to Alan Cooney and Martina Cryan on their marriage last weekend.  CASTLEREA ST KEVIN’S The fund-raising venture ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ was a great success on Saturday night last in the Stagger Inn and at the end of the night we did have a ‘Thousandaire’ with local man Sean Naughton being, we understand, only the second person in Ireland ever to achieve this. Well done to Sean on this great achievement which added greatly to the ‘buzz’ on the night.  Our Gilmartin’s Cash & Carry sponsored senior team played St. Aidan’s in the O’Rourke Cup on Saturday last and lost out by one point on a 1-11 to 0-13 scoreline.  We are scheduled to play Kilbride away on Sunday next in the Tansey Cup and we are also scheduled to play St. Ronan’s in the junior league in Ballyfarnon. It is difficult to see how both games can go ahead on Sunday but players will be informed during the week of arrangements. Our Clasby Beale Associates sponsored intermediate team had a hard earned two point win over near neighbours St. Croans in Ballintubber on Monday afternoon last. Final score Castlerea St. Kevin’s 3-4 St. Croans 2-5. CLANN NA GAEL Mid South Division 4 League: Clann na nGael 0-12 St Brigid’s 0-10. Ladies U-14 Championship Semi-Final: Clann na nGael 2-8 St Brigid’s 1-3 Clann qualified for the county final after a hard fought win over neighbours St Brigid’s played under a hot midday sun on the bank holiday Monday.  Congratulations to the Clann girls and mentors involved in the Roscommon U-14 squad who won the Connacht B championship on Saturday evening in Claremorris against Mayo. Minor League: Clann na nGael 0-12 Padraig Pearses 0-12. Clann minors earned a good draw with Pearses in Woodmount on Monday. Pearses got off to a good start and soon lead by 5 points to 1 mainly through the excellent free taking of Aaron Feehily who landed 6 frees in total. Darragh Lennon was equally adept at free taking and pulled two back for Clann along with a Conor Warde point from play to leave the scores at 0-6 to 0-4 in favour of Pearses. Clann started the second half with the breeze on their backs and 2 points from Darragh Lennon restored parity. From that to the end it was tit for tat with Darragh Lennon showing the way when moved into full forward and scoring 4 further points from play. Another point from Donal Beirne put Clann into the lead near the end but Pearses equalised. Cathal Shine who was instrumental in Clann’s comeback, when moved to midfield, had to leave the game after a late tackle left him injured. Clann rested some of their U-16 players who are involved in the final next Sunday against the same opposition. Incidentally both clubs play each other at 4 different grades this week. Fixtures: Friday May 9th, Division 4 League, Clann na nGael v Padraig Pearses in Woodmount at 7.15pm. Saturday May 10th, O’Gara Cup Clann na nGael (1) v Shannon Gaels in Croghan at 7.15pm. Sunday May 11th, U-16 Championship Final, Clann na nGael v Padraig Pearses. Sunday May 11th, Ladies U-14 Championship Final, Clann na nGael v St. Mary’s. KILGLASS GAELS Pride of the parish and club must go to Louise Cox, Rebecca Coyle & Katie King and the Roscommon U14 girls team on beating Mayo in the Connacht final in Claremorris on Saturday last. They now join the rest of the girls that have won Connacht medals at county level and they now go on to the All Ireland quarter final on May 24th/25th. On the club scene it was relatively quiet with two games played. Our Patrick Harte sponsored U-14 boys had a good win against Shannon Gaels in Kilglass. Our Barry Feeney Fencing minor boys had a very comprehensive win over St Michael’s in Kilglass on Sunday morning, they now have one outstanding game against Tulsk before they take a break for the leaving cert.  The Rooskey Transport boy’s U-16 team are now in the county semi final against  St Croan’s and this game is fixed for Friday 23rd at 7.30 and Tulsk is a likely venue. The Padraig Murphy sponsored U-10 blitz got underway last week.  Finally, well done to the ladies club who were hostesses for the Roscommon Race Day in Punchestown. Their hospitality and hard work was noticed and complimented by everyone throughout the county. KILMORE Our parish suffered a tragic bereavement on Friday last with the sad death of Margaret McLoughlin nee Collins. Less than 24 hours earlier she had witnessed her son Ryan making an appearance for our U-14 team. The club extends its deepest sympathy to Margaret’s family and friends on this sad loss. All training and games at the weekend involving our teams were called off as a mark of respect to the late Margaret McLoughlin.  On Thursday our U-14 team defeated Ballinameen 4-12 to 5-7 in an exciting encounter. Their next game is fixed for this Thursday against St Faithleach’s in Ballyleague.  The annual golf classic will take place on Saturday the 17th of May in Carrick-on- Shannon golf course. Anyone interested in taking part are encouraged to contact Jim King 086-6058384 or Pat King 086-2554081 as soon as possible to book a tee off time. Teams of 4 cost €200 per team which includes a meal on the day. The club urges all members of the club to support the golf classic.  The club wishes Tommy Kenoy a speedy recovery after his recent illness.  The club congratulates and wishes the best of luck to our senior team sponsors Kalzen who moved to their new premises in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday last.  ROSCOMMON GAELS The senior team game against Kilmore did not take place at the weekend because of a tragedy in the Kilmore parish. We are due to play Kilbride in the O’Rourke Cup this Saturday evening in Kilbride at 7.30pm. Training continues this week as usual. The minor footballers defeated Strokestown by 6-7 to 1-5 last weekend. U-10 football training on Tuesday evenings from now on at St Comans Park (note change of venue). Beginners and U-8’s on Saturday mornings in Hyde Park at 10.30am. Ladies Football: U-10 and U-12 training every Saturday at Hyde Park at 11.45am. U-16 to senior training on Thursdays at 8pm and Sunday’s at 11am at Dr Hyde Park. The U-16 camogie girls played St Dominic’s on Wednesday last. The Gaels held Dominic’s scoreless for the first quarter after superb defending and hooking. Roscommon Gaels goalie, Amy King, had a great game blocking some strong shots. Unfortunately, the Gaels girls could not stop the Dominic’s skill in the second half. Well done to all girls on a great attendance as usual. The county camogie board are holding a table quiz on Friday night next, 9th in Doorly’s Lounge at 9:30pm. Table for four is €20, raffle on the night. All welcome!! There will be a general meeting of the club this Thursday night 8th May at 9pm sharp at the Hyde. All members are urged to attend. ST AIDAN’S Our Seniors had an excellent win against Castlerea in the O’Rourke Cup last Saturday evening on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-13.  The Minors also had an excellent weekend on the playing fields firstly participating in the Mattie McDonagh Tournament last Friday evening and they ran out eventual winners overcoming Caltra, St Kieran’s, Mountbellew and Ballygar in the final. Well done to all involved and on Sunday defeating St Croan’s in the league on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-6. The U-16 team continued their great run in the championship with an excellent win over Eire Og in the semi final on a scoreline of 1-15 to 3-4 with everyone contributing very well. They now have a Final Date next weekend check fixtures for details. The club would like to wish them all the best in the final and hopes that everyone makes a big effort to support the lads.   ST BRIGID’S Our Senior team had a good win over St Faithleach’s on Saturday evening last in Kiltoom in the O’Rourke Cup. The final result 2-8 to 0-4. Clann na nGael defeated us in the Mid south division 4 league on Friday evening in Johnstown, final score 0-12 points to 0-10.  Senior Ladies League Final: Our Senior Ladies lined out against Kilbride in what was a very close and exciting encounter, at half time St. Brigid’s held a one point lead after playing with the advantage of a strong wind. St. Brigid’s got off to a good start in the second half and it was nip and tuck to the finish with Brigid’s triumphant on a score of 0-16 points to 2-8. Player of the match went to a very deserving winner Chrissie O’Malley. FINAL REMINDER of our Monster Auction this coming Sunday the 11th May at 2pm in the Clubhouse. Those who have yet to donate items please contact Committee members. Everyone is welcome to come along, as there are sure to be many great bargains ST CROAN’S The U-14 team were defeated by St Aidan’s in the league on Thursday evening last. Short in numbers, St. Croans were well beaten by a much stronger St. Aidan’s team. The intermediate, junior and minor teams were also in action over the weekend, with details to follow next week. ST DOMINIC’S Training for all beginners, U-8, U-10 and U-12 footballers continues on this Sunday morning 11th May at 12 noon in the Pitch. Registration forms will be available at the Pitch on Sunday. We play Kilglass on this Saturday in Kilglass at 7.30pm. Our Golf Classic took place on Friday and Saturday last in Roscommon. Again this year it was a huge success with 53 Teams taking part. The Main Sponsors this Year were Molloy’s Pharmacy, 1 base 4 Building and Tony Coyne. Many high scores were recorded but the Overall Winners were Jackie Kilroy’s team of Enda Daly, Joe Naughton, Seamus Connolly and Jackie himself. Well-done lads. The presentation of prizes took place in the Golf Club on Saturday night. Padraig Dervan Captain of Dominic’s Golf Society thanked all who participated over the two days and all those who sponsored in the various ways. Canon Lavin, Chairman of the St Dominic’s Club thanked the Dominic’s Golf Society for all the work they put in to this fundraiser for the Club and stressed how important it was to have money for a Club to function throughout the Year and thanked Eddie Miley who overseen all the arrangements. Eddie Miley thanked all the Sponsors and said the Sponsors chart will be displayed at our Pitch for the Year. All Speakers paid tribute to the Roscommon Golf Club and to the excellent food that was served over the two days. A Meeting of the Golf Society will takes place this Wednesday night in the Meeting Room to collect any outstanding Money. Our Minor footballers played Ballinameen in the County Semi-Final on Sunday last in Ballyleague. This was a low scoring but exciting game, which eventually ended in a Draw on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-7 pts.  Our U-14 Footballers are down to play Roscommon Gaels in Knockcroghery on this Thursday at 7pm.  The Golf Society would like to wish every success to Damian and Mary Fallon on the opening of their new Coffee Shop ‘Loves and Fishes’ in Pearse Street, Athlone. Please note that if you are not already registered contact your Secretary or any of your trainers.  The Club offer its Sympathy to the Peter Keogh and his Family on their recent sad bereavements. ST. FAITHLEACHS O’Rourke Cup: We lost to St Brigid’s on Saturday last. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 0-4 St Brigid’s 2-9. Next game against Western Gaels, weekend 24th/25th May.  Tansey Cup: We play against St Aidan’s next weekend. See fixtures for details.  Junior Ladies: Training on Friday evening at 8 o’clock. Next match on 11th May, see fixtures for details.  Blind Date: Look out for our upcoming fundraising event, Blind Date to be held in the Club House on Friday 30th May. Minors: Our Minor Team was defeated by Elphin on Sunday last. See fixtures for game next weekend. U-14 Boys: We had a good win over Roscommon Gaels B Team on Thursday last in Ballyleague.  Limited items of Club Merchandise for sale. Contact Micheal Cleary for details (087) 2238293.  Any outstanding player registration forms please forward to your manager/mentor as soon as possible.  U-12 Training: Thursday evening at 6.30pm. U-8 and U-10 Training: Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.  Congratulations: To all the children in the parish who made their Confirmation & First Holy Communion recently. ST MICHAEL’S The Intermediate sponsored Green Belt Team drew with Tulsk in the O’Gara Cup on Saturday last the 3rd, at Cootehall, with the teams finishing on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-0-9. The Club would like to thank Green Belt on their continued sponsorship of the intermediate team.  Hard luck to the Minors who were beaten by Kilglass. The U-14s took on St Ronan’s last Thursday evening having a great win underage training continues on Saturday morning for U-8s, U-10s and U-12s from 11am to 12pm TULSK The Intermediate team Drew with St. Michaels on Saturday. Flanagan, Carlton and Raftery were good for Tulsk with Paddy McCormack scoring a cracking point after he was introduced, to draw the sides level. Next weekend we play Michael Glaveys, see fixtures for details. Our minors had a good win on Sunday over Western gales.  Score 1-9 to 1-6, Tulsk was well served by S Murray, K Devanney, N Collins, T Conway, C O’Rourke and D Jones. HURLING FOUR ROADS The club would like to congratulate Ballygar hurling club on the officially opening of the Mattie Mc Donagh centre. We would also like to thank them on the invitation for our U-10 and U-12 hurlers in the sporting extravaganza, which took place over the weekend with this opening. It was a well-organised event with all kids enjoying the run and the chance to wear the Four Roads jersey, many of them for the first time. Hard luck to our U-14 hurlers last Saturday, which were beaten in the semi final by a stronger Pearses side. The hurling club would like to congratulate the Four Roads ladies junior football team on winning the division 2 junior football title last Saturday by beating Oran. Well-done girls! Just a note to our U-16 hurlers, we are still waiting on a fixture for the Suck Valley final. As soon as we hear anything we will be in touch. Looks like next week after the U-16 football final this Sunday. Best of luck lads. LADIES FOUR ROADS  On Sunday last our Junior team travelled to Fuerty to play Oran in the Winter League Division 2 Final. It was a glorious day, with a strong warm sun shinning. We got off to a great start and lead from the start, and did not relinquish this lead at any point throughout the game. At half time we lead by 2-6 to 0-6. In the second half Oran applied a lot of pressure but our girls held their nerve and continued to take their scores, with all of our forwards scoring on the day. All of the girls put in game winning performances, scrambling balls of lines, blocking, carrying the ball, fielding and picking out players with accuracy. The final score was 3-11 to 2-09. We would like to thank the management team of John Hynes, Timmy Clogher, Pamela Kelly and Anne-Marie Hynes. We would like to thank all those supporters who came and supported the team on the day; we look forward to seeing you later on in the year.  STROKESTOWN Congratulations to our U-14s who after a close first half (1-2 to 1-1) went on to beat Padraig Pearses 2-13 to 1-2 with an excellent second half performance. Scorers Ashling McAulliffe (2-4), Bronagh McHugh (0-3), Judy McDermott (0-4), Triona Kelly (0-1) and Colleen Cosgrove (0-1). The U-14’s are now through to the championship semi final next weekend (fixtures to be set). Training in Kiltrustan this Thursday at 7:30. The Junior team defeated St Croan’s 2-16 to 0-4 on Saturday evening in the Winter League. They are now top of the league going into the semi finals after winning all their matches. Our highest turnout of players yet at 25. The league semi finals are due to take place next weekend. Training continues on Friday in Kiltrustan.  The club are having their annual Church Gate Collection this weekend. Your support is greatly appreciated.  All fixtures, training times and results are displayed in the Ladies section of the www.strokestowngaa.com website. CAMOGIE ATHLEAGUE  The U-14 team bounced back from the disappointment of being beaten in extra-time in the play-off to take part in the U-14A final against Padraig Pearses by scoring a fine win over St. Dominic’s on Saturday last in the U-14B final on the scoreline of -3 pts to 0-l.   The final was played in Four Roads and the team had an early start. Athleague lost the toss and played against a stiff breeze. However, right from the start they attacked the St Dominic’s goal but without any success until the 17th minute of the half when Amy Whyte found the back of the net.    Their first score of the 2nd half came from right-half forward Laura Fleming who raced through and sent the ball over the bar. From the puck-out Athleague added a further score a goal from Lydia Clayton. This was followed by a point from full-forward Amanda Fleming followed by a point from a 45′ from Ciara Brennan. The final score of the game was an excellent goal from full-forward Amanda Fleming after a fine pass from Ciara Brennan.  The defence of goalkeeper Kate Coyle and defenders Honor Ennis, Laura Beirne, Emma O’Roarke, Amy Gacquin, Ciara Brennan and Niamh Brandon defended very well right through.  The centerfield duo of captain Roisin Doolan and Lydia Clayton kept driving forward all through the game. The forwards of Laura Fleming, Sinead Doolan, Shauna Fitzmaurice, Amy Whyte, Amanda Fleming, Meadbh Coyle and substitute Aoife Brandon put immense pressure on the St. Dominic’s defence right from the start.   After the game the Shield was presented to the Athleague captain Roisin Doolin by the Leas Cathaoirleach of the Co. Board, Marie O’Brien.  Marie also presented the Player of the Match Award to Athleague centre-half back – Ciara Brennan who had a magnificent game both in a defensive and attacking mode throughout. The Club would like to extend congratulations to the following members of the U-14 team as follows: Shannon Reed on her confirmation on Saturday last; The Holy Spirit was shining on the team in her absence. Laura Fleming and Amy Whyte who were members of the County U-14 football team who won the Connacht U-14 B final on Saturday evening after the Camogie game. All Senior players and members of the County Junior Team are requested to attend the County Board’s fund-raising Table Quiz, which takes place on this Friday night in Doorly’s of Goff Street.  The Club would like to wish the best of luck to all the 3rd level players who are currently in the process of doing their examinations. FOUR ROADS U-14: Last week was a good one for the club when the U-14 team captured the championship title for the third year in a row. The victory also means that the team will represent Roscommon in Feile na nGael, which is being held this year in Laois/Offaly in June. The girls had a tough week of competition as they first had to see off Athleague on Tuesday evening in a playoff for a place in the final. This was a very tight game with Athleague leading until a few minutes from the end when Laura Fitzmaurice touched in an inviting ball across the square to level the match. In extra time Four Roads upped their game and an excellent Linda Carty ground strike from 30 m out proved the difference. On Saturday, Padraig Pearses were the opponents and although Four Roads had overcome the same opposition earlier in the championship, it was by a narrow margin and the squad were taking nothing for granted. Four-Roads applied all the pressure in the second half and despite good defensive work from Pearses, eventually got the goal that seemed to remove the tension from their play and after that three further goals ensured victory. The goals came from Linda Carty, Sarah Kelly (2), and Laura Fitzmaurice. It was a great team effort especially in the second half with good displays all over the field. After the match the cup was presented to captain Laurna Dowd. Good luck to all our third level students who are sitting exams over the coming weeks and we hope Pat has a well-deserved break in Medjegore after all his work with the U-14 squad.  Please support the camogie county board table quiz fundraiser, which is being held in Doorly’s, Roscommon next Friday night. It’s just €20 per table of 4 and should be good fun.  More club notes on page 54