Club Notes

CLANN NA NGAEL The Married Vs Singles Football Match in Johnstown on St Stephen’s Day proved to be a great success. The return of some legends and maybe not the quality of football provided lots of interest in the match, which was won officially by the Married team. The function in the Clubhouse was well supported and over €3,000 was raised for Cystic Fibrosis. The Club would like to thank all those who took part and helped out in this achievement. On Tuesday 18th December Derek Nolan from the Roscommon Ambulance Service provided defibrillator training for the first 6 club officials. This was a very practical and informative session and the club hopes to roll out training to many more members in the New Year. The club is very grateful to Tony Whyte for his support with the new defibrillator. The Club Social will be held in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel on Saturday 5th January 2008 at 8pm. Music will be provided by The New Avengers. Tickets (Priced €30) are available from members of the Executive, Harney’s Shop, Lennon’s Fruit & Veg, Monksland Service Station and Naugthon’s Thomastown or contact Sharon 087-2776224.  CASTLEREA ST KEVIN’S  Castlerea St Kevin’s GAA Club took place on Sunday, 30 th  December in O’Rourke Centre, there was a reasonably good attendance. Chairman Johnnie Flynn thanked all for their help and work over the past year and urged everyone to get behind the club with the developments which are planned for the year ahead; he paid particular tribute to secretary Martin Perrill and Treasurer Michael Guthrie for the enormous amount of work they do; he also thanked Marie McDermott and her ladies committee who are ever present when catering is required; he thanked all team managers for their efforts and also the players in all grades who put in so much time and effort. In his report secretary Martin Perrill thanked all his fellow officers for their help during the year and he also urged that all members would put in a huge effort to help get the development plans up and running; treasurer Michael Guthrie presented a very detailed balance sheet and while the year did show a modest profit he stressed that much more needed to be done with fundraising to help build up a ‘War Chest’ which will enable the club to proceed confidently with its development programme. Officers elected for the coming year were: Patron: Billy Webb Presidents: Eamon Campion, Liam Carlos, Danny Burke and Johnnie Mahoney, Chairman Johnnie Flynn, Vice Chairman John Murphy Jnr., Secretary Martin Perrill. Asst Secretary Marie McDermott, Treasurer Michael Guthrie, Asst Treasurer David Farrell, Registrar: Dermot Lyons Jnr., Insurance Officer Johnnie Mahoney, Player representative Jason O’Reilly, Delegates to Co. Board: Tom Morris and John Murphy Jnr., Delegate to North Board Paddy Killilea. Pitch Manager Seamus Coyne, Committee: Noel Curran, Tom Goodwin, Liam Callaghan, Kieran Madigan. Membership for the coming year: Full Member €60 Juvenile, OAP/Students €30, Social membership €20 Associate membership €40, allows use of ball alley etc which will be in use by 1 st February. Family Membership €120. The chairman told the meeting that Mickie Freyne would be senior team manager for the year ahead and that all other team managers and selectors would be ratified at the first club meeting. Have you visited our web sit at The site is up to date with local notes and lotto results and should prove popular. BOYLE There will be a meeting of all Senior and Junior players with the new managers John Bruen and Vincent Flanagan on Friday January 4th at 7.30 sharp in the Resource Centre. All players are asked to attend.  The Minor Club presentation night will take place on Friday 11th January. Lotto: Next draw in Wynne’s Bar on Saturday January 5th. Jackpot will be €10,000. We wish you all a Happy and peaceful New Year. KILGLASS GAELS Minor club AGM: The following were elected: Chairman Michael McHugh, Vice Chairperson Maura McCormack, Secretary Niall Kilcrann, Vice Secretary Martina McHugh, Coaching officer Gerard Nugent, School Liaison Officer Patrick McGuire & Jackie Cox. Senior Club AGM: will be held on Saturday 5th January in the clubrooms at 4pm.  The Club has launched a calendar, with all the teams that won Co Championships in 2007, in memory of Brian King. They are on sale from any Club official at €5 and all proceeds go to the Kilglass/Scramogue Mentally handicapped association. The ‘You’re a Star’ competition is now being held in the Shannon Key West Hotel on Friday 4th January and not in the Kon Tiki as previously advertised. A great night’s craic is guaranteed and we would encourage all local businesses to get someone to represent them on the night. Guest judges include sports editor with the Roscommon Herald Ian Cooney, Minor Ladies Board chairman Martin McDermott, Rose of Longford Grainne Fox and Newstalk presenter Sinead Hussey. Admission is optional and all votes will be €1. Queries to Niall Kilcrann on 087-7640679. ROSCOMMON GAELS The reconvened AGM will take place on Saturday 4th January in the Hyde Centre at 7.30pm sharp. It is vital that all members attend this most important meeting of the club as several crucial  decisions affecting the future of the club need to be taken including the election of a new chairman. Club Development Draw: Results of our annual club development draw held on Sunday 23rd December: 1st Prize €200 Christy Allen Cloonbrackna Ave; 2nd €500 Doreen Conlon Hawthorn Drive; 3rd Mike Feely c/o Liam McNeill, 4th €300 Ethel Keenan, Quarry Springs; 5th €200 David Kilduff, Lecarrow; 6th €100 Luke Fannon c/o Gerry Browne; 7th €100 Duignan & Gunning, Carrick, 8th €100 Pat Rogerson; 9th €100 David Naughton, 111 Abbeyville; 10th €100 Frank Lannon, Racecourse Road. A big thank you to all the  ticket sellers and people who bought tickets.  Youth Disco: There is a Back to School Disco on Friday 4th January in the Hyde Centre from 9.45 – 12.30am. Please note change of finishing time. Strictly no alcohol. The club would like to express it’s support for our main sponsors the O’Gara family after the fire which destroyed the Royal Hotel last week. We wish them all the best for the future. The Roscommon Gaels GAA club would like to wish all a happy and prosperous 2008 and thank you for all your support in 2007. ST CROANS  Next weekend the lotto will be promoted by Miko Kenny, Martin Keane and Dominic McDonnell in Ballintubber and Tommy Timothy in Ballymoe. The club would like to extend their sympathies to the family of Padraig and Marie Grogan, Clonneykearney on the death of Marie’s mother, Catherine Burns. May she rest in peace.  ST FAITHLEACHS  25 Card Drive: Congrats to the winner of the Christmas Hamper, sponsored by Keane’s Spar and all who won spot prizes at our last Card game. Many thanks to the sponsors. Next Card Game on Tuesday 8th January. All welcome.  Membership: Annual Club Membership now due for 2008 payable to Tom Irwin.  Disco: Kids Disco to be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 4th January from 7 – 9pm. All welcome. ST MICHAELS  It was a particularly successful year for our underage teams this year with county titles at U-12 and U-16 level together with promising displays from our U-10’s at various tournaments. Thanks to all who helped the club in any way during the year including everyone who supported our fundraising activities including the lotto, golf-classic, Christmas draw and race night , those involved in training and coaching all our teams, those involved in planning development work at the pitch, those who helped out in preparing for various games at the pitch including the Feile weekend. Extra help and involvement in all areas of club activity is vital and new faces are particularly welcome at our AGM which will be held in the Complex on Sunday January 6 th at 2.30 p.m. TULSK On St Stephens’s day Tulsk played Western Gaels for the Stephen Nolan Memorial cup. It was a great day out with 30 players, in the first half both teams went with a reserve outfit and the heavy ground suited Tulsk, and after a fine goal by Joe Crane and points by Eoghan Conlon, David Cryan and Fergus Moffitt, Tulsk was 3points up at half time. The teams got a reshuffle at half time and an early goal by Kevin Higgins and a long-range point by Cathal Cregg put Western Gaels back on top. A couple fine saves by Tulsk full back Kevin Mannion kept them at bay. Daragh Hussey and Joe Casey Grady displayed a fine double act up front for Tulsk, and there was a few nervous moments for Gaels keeper Padraig Cummins. But by the end of the game Gaels had edged ahead by 4 leaving the final Score 1-8 to 1-12 in Western Gaels favour. The game was played in front of a huge crowd and over €4000 was raised for Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Many thanks to Noel Sheerin and John Quinn, for doing a video and to Steve Fahy for photography. Also thanks to Western gales and to the Nolan family the game and for the soup and food after the game.   The club would like to send it’s condolence to the Kelly family Drinane after the tragic death of Shane who had many close friends within the club, may he rest in peace.   Tulsk GAA Club would like to wish all our players members and supporters a happy, Safe and peaceful New Year. ORAN The Oran AGM was held recently, preceded by Mass celebrated by Fr. Glennon for deceased members of the club. The following officers were elected – President B. Browne, Vice Presidents S. Heneghan, Br. Brendan, Fr. Glennon; Chairman S. McDermott, Vice Chairman Joe Grady, Secretary Brian Early (C), Treasurer M. Fitzpatrick; Manager Junior A Ray Shanagher. Selectors Junior A Mattie Whyte, Marty Kenny; Manager Junior B to be filled. Manager U-21 John Garvey Snr. Insurance Officer Joe Grady. Registrar/PRO Pat Regan. Delegates to Co. Board Mick Fitzpatrick, Brian Earley. Delegates to Mid South Board Pat Regan, Pat Maguire. Lotto Committee Delegates S. Lennon, M. Fitzpatrick, B. Earley, M. Finan, S. Cooney, J. Grady. Social Committee B. Earley, M. Fitzpatrick, S. Lennon, M. Featherstone, B. McDermott. Parks Committee Delegates Ollie Regan, Seamus McDermott, Charlie Mee, Seamus Cooney, Ann Earley. Irish Language Officer Kathleen Glynn. Senior Scor B. McDermott, Donnie Gunning. Drugs/Alcohol Awareness Officer Pat Regan.  Chairman Seamus McDermott thanked everybody for their attendance. He thanked the Junior A Management, Junior B Management and U-21 Management and acknowledged that while no silverware had come to the club in 2007 he felt that there was a foundation laid for something special in the future.   He thanked the Minor Club for great work at all grades and stated that the U-10 tournament is probably one of the best run events in the country. He wished the new chaiman and secretary the best of luck and thanked Ollie Regan for his trojan work as chairman over the last number of years. He also thanked the Parks Committee and for their work on the ‘Who Wants to be a Thousandaire’ fundraiser which raised €107,000 for the Pitch Committee. This was held in the Royal Hotel, at no expense to the Club, and Seamus sympathised with the O’Gara Family on the fire in the Royal Hotel. He thanked the Lotto Committee who are providing about 75% of the club finances and Brendan McDermott and Patrick Fannon for representing the club as our referees over the past year. He called for volunteers to help out with the ladies football teams and asked for help in coaching teams from U-12 upwards. Seamus expressed sympathy to the McHugh and Kelly families on the deaths of Padraig and Kieran. Both were part of the Oran minor team. Votes of sympathy were also passed to the Croghan, Keane, Callaghan and Burns families on their bereavements. President Bernie Browne thanked everybody for his re-appointment as President and wished all teams the very best of luck in the coming year.  Parks Committee Chairman Charlie Mee thanked everybody for their support with ‘Who wants to be a Thousandaire’ and stated that in 2007 additional ground was bought from Roscommon Mark Committee and that he hopes for funding from the National Lottery in 2008. He also stated that the Parks received a grant of €200,000 from the Connacht Council.  Lotto Chairman Joe Grady urged all players to try and sell 15 tickets for each draw. Marty Kenny spoke of the Junior A year, stating that we got to a Mid South Final but were beaten by Creggs. He stated that the loss of a few key players had a bearing on this and hoped that they would return in 2008. He thanked Ray Shanagher and Mattie Whyte for their great work. Chairman Cooney of the ladies football club stated that we now field teams in every grade from U-12 upwards. She also welcomed everyone to their AGM next Saturday in the Clubhouse at 6 p.m.  Treasurer Mick Fitzpatrick gave a detailed analysis of all income and expenditure during the year and recommended a finance committee be set up to organise a fundraiser for the coming year. Membership is now due for the coming year and may be paid to Pat Regan – Family €60, Players €40, Non Players €30, Students €20, Members of the Ladies Club €5.    We would like to wish all our players, mentors, supporters and sponsors a very Happy New Year and we look forward to your continued support in 2008.  Hurling  Four Roads  On Sunday last the 30 th of January a charity hurling match took place in Four Roads between the current senior camogie team and the past hurlers. It was one of the best day’s entertainment of the year without a doubt, and with a great crowd turning out even on a cold December day and it was for a good cause.          It all went well with a lot of fun along the way. It was a game of three 20 minute periods and  the old-timers got off to a good start and never lost the lead, despite the efforts of the referee (Damien Lohan) and nearly everyone else on the line! Hard luck girls, better luck next year, as this looks to become an annual event. Special thanks must be given to Simon Coyle for sponsoring the cup and to Maureen Kenny for all the hot food on the day.        The lads team was Michael Finneran, Kieran Coyle, Seamus Dowd, Roger Hynes, John Cunniffe, Frank Mulry, Joe McCarthy, Mark Crosby, Coman Coyle, Gerry Mulry, Noel Lawlor, Mike Donnelly, Andy Lawlor, Tom Fallon, Simon Coyle, John Hynes, James Donnelly and PJ Moran         Well done to Noel Lawlor on getting man of the match and to Tom Fallon for becoming the first man to captain this team, also well done to all involved on what only can be described as a very successful day with nearly two thousand euro being raised to go towards the purchase and training of the defibrillators. Let’s hope next year is half as good and that the girls might give us a better game! CAMOGIE ATHLEAGUE U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 teams were presented with their medals at the Annual Presentation on Friday 21 st December, 2007 in the Angling Centre, Athleague. Mervyn Connaughton, Captain of the Roscommon Senior Hurling Team, carried out the presentation. The Nicky Rackard Cup was on display at the presentation. The following players were presented with their Player of the Year Awards: U-12 Amy Gacquin; U-14 Niamh O’Roarke; U-16 Rachel Fallon and U-18 Elaine Neilan.  Refreshments were provided afterwards for the parents and children. The Club would like to extend sympathy to the Kilroy Family from Clooneyourish on the death of Matt, R.I.P. in Cork during the week. LADIES STROKESTOWN Greenhouse Fashion night: A Strokestown Ladies GAA fundraiser is taking place on Friday, January 4th, in the Percy French Hotel from 5 – 10pm. Greenhouse Fashion Range will be for sale on the night, Sizes 8-22, and also a selection of bags, belts, boots and jewellery. Spot Prizes on the night. All are welcome to attend.