League fixtures announced!
Roscommon’s National Football and Hurling League fixtures were announced earlier this week.
The footballers will compete in NFL Division 2 next year: Laois (H) at 2 pm on January 26th; Fermanagh (A) at 2 pm on February 2nd; Clare (H) at 2 pm on February 9th; Kildare (A) at 2.30 pm on February 23rd; Westmeath (H) at 2 pm on March 1st; Armagh (A) at 6.30 pm on March 14th; Cavan (A) at 2 pm on March 22nd.
The hurlers will take part in NFL Division 2B: Warwickshire (H) at 1 pm on January 25th; Down (A) at 12.30 pm on February 2nd; London (H) at 1 pm on February 16th; Kildare (A) at 12.30 pm on February 23rd and Derry (H) at 2 pm on March 1st.
The Roscommon senior footballers will start 2020 with a goalkeeping dilemma as Darren O’Malley and Colm Lavin have both gone abroad and James Fetherstone is unavailable. It means that Aaron Brady of Elphin will be the number one contender while Mark Miley, an All-Ireland minor winner in 2006, could also be included in Anthony Cunningham’s plans.
There is speculation that neither Ciaráin Murtagh nor his brother Diarmuid will be returning to training with the Roscommon senior footballers ahead of the new season. Both brothers were out of action in recent years, with Ciaráin opting out in 2019 in order to travel to the USA during the summer. Diarmuid, meanwhile, was out with a serious eye injury and only returned to action during the summer.
Tulsk’s manager search
Tulsk Lord Edwards will be on the lookout for a new manager as they prepare to play in the Hodson Bay Hotels Senior Football Championship in 2020 as Gerry Lohan, Seamie O’Neill and the selectors have stepped down from Intermediate champions after three years at the helm.
Fixtures Motion passed
It was proposed at Tuesday’s monthly County Board meeting by Kilmore delegate Tommie Kenoy that the recommendations of the GAA Fixtures Review Task Force are issued to all County Boards by the Director General for consideration by the clubs in advance of being brought before Central Council for decision.
The purpose of the motion, Mr. Kenoy said is to force the GAA to issue the recommendation to all clubs for consideration so that they can mandate their Central Council delegates. It was unanimously passed.
Finneran stays on
Michael Finneran will be in charge of the Roscommon Ladies senior football team again in 2020. It will be the St. Dominic’s man’s fourth year in the job and the appointment will be widely welcomed.
Roscommon Ladies open their Lidl National Football League Division Three campaign with a home game against Sligo on January 26th before hosting Laois on February 2nd. They then travel to Fermanagh on February 9th, and Down on February 23rd before hosting Kildare on March 1st. They will finish with two away fixtures, against Wicklow on March 22nd and Longford on March 29th.
Camogie presentation night
Roscommon Camogie will host an evening of celebration this Sunday (December 1st) as the successful U-16 team will be presented with their All-Ireland medals at a function in the Hodson Bay Hotel.
This is the first Roscommon U-16 team to win an All-Ireland title and the team have already been recognised by Roscommon County Council, where they are invited to attend the civic reception in December.
The U-14 county development squad will also receive their All-Ireland runners-up medals on the night.
Galway All Star Niamh Kilkenny will be the guest of honour. Niamh was named as Player of the Match in this year’s final as Galway won the All-Ireland title. She also won the Camogie Player of the Year for 2019.