Breaking Ball – January 5th


Earley funding approved!

Local Minister Denis Naughten TD has confirmed the allocation by the Government of €111,500 to support the development of the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence by Roscommon County GAA Board

  This facility to be developed at Runnabracken, outside Roscommon Town, will honour Dermot Earley, the outstanding Gaelic footballer of his generation and Lieutenant General of the Irish Defence Forces.

It will provide Gaelic games training and development facilities for 9,750 players from 32 clubs and will also be a resource for the wider Roscommon community, offering walking/running paths and facilities for community events.

  Minister Naughten said: “When completed this facility will benefit young people throughout County Roscommon for generations to come and is a fitting tribute to the late Dermot Earley”.

Indoor hurling at Dominic’s

St. John’s Community Centre, Lecarrow was a hive of activity for a number of weeks prior to Christmas. A large number of U-6 and U-8 boys attended weekly for their indoor hurling games.

  The finals of the indoor hurling leagues took place on December 9th with large crowds in attendance.

  Naos Connaughton, current Roscommon senior hurler, presented the players with their medals.

  Helen Dowling, secretary of St. Dominic’s Underage Hurling Committee, also presented a specially commissioned painting to Joe Connaughton to acknowledge Joe’s 25 years service to the promotion of hurling in the club.

Cian’s goal tops!

There was more good news for Roscommon footballers at the weekend when Cian Connolly’s goal in the first half of the Connacht Final against Galway was chosen by the viewers of TG4 as their Goal of the Year for 2017.

  Not alone that but Conor Devaney’s goal against Donegal in the league at Dr Hyde Park was voted at number two and Fintan Cregg’s goal against Mayo in the drawn All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park was voted in fourth place.