Club Notes

ROSCOMMON GAELS The club officials players and members were shocked and saddened at news of the death of our former chairman and long time official PJ Oates who passed away at the weekend. PJ was one of the most prominent officials of our club over many decades and he was will be fondly remembered by every Roscommon Gaels person young and old. To PJ’s family and any friends we extend our deepest sympathy. (See tribute elsewhere) The club annual social takes place on Saturday 1 st March at Hyde Centre at 9pm sharp. There will be a hot buffet and music on the night. Tickets at €25 from club officers. Minor Football: Roscommon Gaels Minors played Clann na nGael last Sunday. The Gaels conceded 4-3 in the first half. This Gaels team proved that they have great battling qualities as they chalked up 2-6 in the second half. Eoin and Daniel Hoare managed 2-2 between them along with two points from Conor Flahive and a point each from Gerard O’Gara and Ronan Gleeson to put the Gaels in a good position early in the second half. With some confident play and some dominant midfield play the Gaels held on to enough possession to secure a one point lead towards the end of the second half. Mistakes earlier in the game came back to haunt them as they went on to concede a fifth goal when leading by a point in this closest of encounters.  David Kelly, manager will be encouraged by the free flowing scoring by his forwards in the second half. A slow start may be cause for concern but the manner in which the Gaels chased this game in the second half will give cause for optimism. Final score Clann na nGael 5-5 (20) Roscommon Gaels 2-11(17) Membership now due. Family €80, Single €60, Student/OAP €40. Please pay by next weekend. Registration for all U-14s, U-16s, Minors girls and boys will be held on Saturday 8 th March at Hyde Centre at 7pm. Special guest speaker Fergal O’Donnell. Registration for younger boys and girls within two weeks. Remember every one who wants to play must be registered. The O’Rourke Cup SFL will start on 8 th /9 th March, Gaels Vs Kilbride at Hyde Park. Training for all senior and junior players at Hyde Park on Wednesday at 7.30pm and Friday at 8.30pm.  Ladies Football: U-14 ladies football at Hyde Park every Saturday at 11.45am. U-12 training within the next three weeks.  Senior, minor and U-16 ladies football training at Hyde Park, contact Sarah Sharkey. Hurling: U-14: Training on Thursday at 4:30pm in Tech pitch. Championship starts 7th March Vs Four Roads. U-12: indoor blitz against Tulsk went well. Training Thursday 5-6pm in Convent Gym. All players to attend. U-10 & U-8 Indoor continues on Friday – 4-5pm for U8s, 5-6pm for U10s. Boys and Girls. New players welcome. Parents are encouraged to stay and help! New helmets available at training. Camogie: All players are urged to attend all training as the Co. U14 camogie championship begins on 8 th March and the U-16 championship on 29 th March. Hurleys and helmets are available for sale from club coaches at cost price.   ST DOMINICS The first outing of the Golf Society takes place on Saturday 1 st March in Roscommon. Tee times 10.30 – 11.30 am. Contact Eddie or Kevin.  The County Board Punchestown Races Fundraiser takes place on Thursday 24 th April. Each Club is expected to have at least 1 table (10 people). If interested in travelling contact Larry Shine. Registration Night takes place on Friday 29 th February in Culleen Hall from 9 – 10pm. All Registration must be paid prior to Club activity. Family Membership remains at €100 and this covers Adult, Students and Junior Members. Outdoor Senior football training continues on Wednesday and Friday Nights at 8pm. Our Minor Team received a walkover from St Ronans on Sunday Morning last as they were unable to field. Training takes place on Thursday at 7.30pm and we play Ballinameen on Sunday next in Ballinameen. U-16 County trials for Ladies football at CBS pitch on Saturday 1 st March at 1pm.  U-14 club training continues on Tuesdays 7.30pm. Junior club training continues on Friday. St. Dominics Junior hurlers played Four Roads in last year’s Junior semi-final in Knockcroghery Sports Field. Four Roads won the game by 0-9 to 0-6.  ORAN The first round of the Tansey Cup takes place this weekend.  The junior A side played Kilmovee in a challenge game last weekend and won by two points. There were good performances all over the field. It was also Mark Lawless’s first outing as a selector and we wish him success. Anyone willing to act as linesman or umpire at our home games please contact club officials The club wishes Sean Mc Dermott the best of luck in the county Darts final at the weekend in Hannon’s Hotel. MICHAEL GLAVEYS U-14 training starts on Tuesday March 4th at 7pm in Ballinlough. Bus leaves Cloonfad at 6.30pm.  Foundation Course in Kilbride on Saturday March 1st. All underage and ladies coaches are requested to attend. Names can be given to Francie Keane on 086-8379990. The Intermediate team will play St Ronans and Castlerea in the championship. We play St Ronans in Balinlough and Castlerea in Castlerea. CASTLEREA ST KEVINS Training for all adult players continues on Saturday at 7 pm and on Tuesday at 8 pm sharp; the intermediate team play on Saturday in O’Rourke Park against Ballinameen at 4.15pm and the senior team play Strokestown the following weekend; Castlerea St Kevin’s have been grouped with county champions St Brigids and Strokestown for the senior championship.  Trip to the Belfry: Tickets are on sale, 1st prize an All in trip to the Belfry Golf Club including a round of golf on the Ryder Cup Course; tickets €5 each or three for €10; remember the draw takes place on Saturday night 1 st March in Silke’s Bar. Sympathy: We extend sincere sympathy to club player Derek Duggan on the recent death of his brother-in-law. CLANN NA NGAEL Clann na nGael 5-5 Roscommon Gaels 2-11: The Minors had a good win over Roscommon Gaels on Sunday last in Hyde Park. Clann dominated the 1 st half and early goals left them with a commanding 9-point lead at half-time, 4-3 to 0-6. However the Gaels kept plugging away in the second half and it took a late goal to secure the points for the Clann lads. Next Sunday Clann play St Brigids in Johnstown. Reminder: All tickets and money for the Night at the Dogs to be returned by Friday night February 29th at the latest. EIRE OG Fergal O’Donnell will be guest at the club’s underage Presentation Night, on Friday February 29 th , in Gorthaganny Hall at 8.30pm. All welcome. Registration of under-age players will take place on the night. Members of last year’s successful U-14 boys team are asked to return any outstanding club jerseys at the presentation night. The U-14 management is asking the players to wear the club Polo Shirts they received at last year’s Feile for Friday night.      A players meeting for the Ladies team takes place Friday, February 29 th , at 9pm in the clubhouse. All interested are asked to attend.  FUERTY The Club’s ‘A Memorable Year 2006’ DVDs are still available featuring our successful Junior ‘A’ championship campaign and the official opening of Mulhern Park. DVDs are €€20. Please contact Gerry Wynne (086-8076790) or any club officer. KILGLASS GAELS Well done to all who participated in the parish league. The presentations of medals and U-11 tournament medals will take place in the Kon Tiki on Sunday from 6 – 9 pm. Music by David Nugent. The presentation of county winning medals will be made to the U-12 boys & U-14s girls from last year. Special guests on the night will be Fergal O’Donnell & Leitrim ladies all star Sarah McLoughlin.  The minor boys lost to Western Gaels in Kilglass. They now play St Faithleachs on Sunday at 12 noon in Ballyleague.  The club would like to sympathise with Christy Dowd & the Dowd family on the recent death of Christy’s mother Ita Hughes.  Our dinner dance takes place on 7th March in the Shannon Key West Hotel. Music by The Formula. Tickets available from club officials.  KILMORE The annual dinner dance took place on Saturday night last in the Shannon Key West hotel in Roosky. Congratulations to Gerry Connellan who was awarded with the club personality of the year award, Donal Carroll who was awarded player of the year and Brian Carroll who was awarded Minor club personality of the year award. The club thanks everyone who attended the dinner dance and all who gave spot prizes on the night. The club also thanks Niall Flynn of the Shannon Key West hotel for his kind donation on the night. The minor team were defeated by Ballinameen on Saturday by 6 points in the league.  PADRAIG PEARSES Pearses 2-15 Athleague/Tremane 2-3: Pearses Junior Hurlers qualified for next week’s Junior Final with a fine victory over Athleague/Tremane in Athleague last Sunday. Pearses forward line was particularly strong with Tomás Seale (0-8), JP Dolan (2-0) and a man of the match performance from Tom Donoghue (0-4) who rolled back the years with a legendary performance at corner forward. The final is next Saturday at 4pm in Athleague against Four Roads. Please support. Pearses 2-5 Castlerea 1-8: A depleted minor side put up a fine performance against Castlerea last Sunday in Pairc an Phiarsaigh. Pearses looked to be heading for victory but it was not to be however as a last minute penalty gave Castlerea a share of the spoils. Pearses next outing is away to Strokestown on Sunday at 1pm. Padraig Pearses Ladies Football Board would like to invite you to a presentation night in the clubhouse on Saturday night next, March 1st, beginning at 8 pm. Galway footballer Michael Meehan will present medals to the club U-12’s, Minor and Senior football teams who all reached finals in the past year. We also invite every player who represented the club at U-14 and U-16 level as a mark of gratitude for their effort and commitment. We look forward to seeing you on the night.   At the Annual Dinner Dance held in Gullanes last Friday night the Player of the Year awards for 2007 were: Footballer of the Year: Enda Barrett. Hurler of the Year: David Loughnane, Camogie Player of the Year: Carmel Killeen and Ladies Footballer of the Year: Mary Dolan. ST AIDANS The juniors have their first league game of the season on Saturday 1st March against St. Croans at 4.15pm in Ballintubber. Bingo in the Hook & Tackle every Saturday night at 9pm. Please Support. ST BRIGIDS Registration night for all underage teams, boys and girls, is on Friday 29 th February at 8pm in the clubhouse. New members welcome. Training: Boys: U-8 6.30 – 7.30pm on Wednesdays; U-10 7 – 8pm on Thursdays; U-12 8 – 9pm on Wednesdays; U-14 7.30 – 8.30pm on Mondays; U-16 7 – 8pm on Tuesdays and 8 – 9pm on Thursdays; Minor 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; Girls: U-10 Starting on Tuesday 4 th March at 7pm; U-12 Starting on Monday 3 rd March at 7pm; U-16 5.30pm on Sunday evenings. Foundation Level course to be held on Saturday 8 th March and a code of ethics course to be held on Thursday 20 th March. For more details contact Kieran at 087 9093149. Scór Sinsear: The County Final of Scór Sinsear takes place on Friday 21 st March. Anyone interested in competing is asked to contact Diane Dennehy as soon as possible. ST FAITHLEACHS  Tansey Cup: We play against Fuerty on Saturday next in Ballyleague at 4.15pm. Membership: Annual Club Membership now due for 2008 payable to Tom Irwin before March 1st.  Social Night: Look out for the Club Social Night on Friday 14th March, details to follow. Also area Schools Quiz, details to follow.  Sympathy: The Club extends deepest sympathy to John & Mary Rice & family on the death of John’s mother, Mary Kate (Mia) Rice, Grange, Fourmilehouse; to Pauline & Mick Enright & family on the death of Pauline’s sister Mary Murphy in Chicago, USA. Training: U-16 & Minor Training on Saturday at 4.30pm; U-14 Training on Thursday evening at 5.30pm; U-8, U-10 & U-12s Training on Sunday next at 12 o’clock. Junior Ladies: Saturday next at 6.30pm.  Minor Club Family Night & Presentation takes place in the Clubhouse on Friday next, 29th February. Please support. ST JOSPEHS  St. Joseph’s GAA club are holding a table quiz in Paddy Finn’s pub, Kilteevan on Friday 29th February at 9pm. Tables of 4 €€40 or €€10. All money raised will go towards the purchase of a defibrillator for Kilteevan community. Spot prizes and raffle on the night. Your support would be greatly appreciated.  Our first league game is away to Oran, and is scheduled for this weekend.  ST MICHAELS The Jackie Moran memorial tournament and presentation evening for U-12 2007 league winners and our U-14 championship runners up will take place on Saturday March 1 st at 4 p.m. in the Sports Complex. All members of both panels are asked to attend for the tournament at 4p.m. All players are asked to wear club tops for official photograph. Food and entertainment will be provided and all are welcome. For further information contact Eddie at 086-8495620 or Clive at 086-8901447. Our minors played out a draw with St Faithleachs in the league on Sunday at Ardcarne Park. Final score 3-3 to 1-9. The O’Gara Cup Division 2 league for our intermediate team commences with an away fixture Vs St Croans on 8 th /9 th March. The intermediate team has been drawn with St Barrys and St Croans in the group stages of the championship. The club annual Dinner Dance will take place on Sunday March 16 th in the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon. A presentation will be made to U-16 league winning panel. Tickets are available from any club officer.  ST RONANS Training: U-10 & U-12 training continues on Saturday morning in Ballyfarnon at 11am. U-16 training in Ballyfarnon on Monday evening at 7pm. U-14 training in Keadue Hall on Friday night at 7pm. Minor training continues on Wednesday and Friday night at 8pm. Senior, junior and U-21 continues on Tuesday & Thursday night at 8pm.  The next minor board meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th March at 8pm in Keadue hall.  Post primary disco on Friday 7th March in Keadue hall. Reminder to all parents and players membership is to be paid to team managers before the end of February. STROKESTOWN  Last Saturday 23rd the senior team played Annaduff in a challenge game in Annaduff. Playing in very testing conditions both teams offered up an entertaining hour of football. In the end Strokestown emerged with the win on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-3. A full match report is available on the club website, . Training continues for junior & seniors on Thursday evening at 8pm in the Centre and Saturday at 6pm in the field. Could all players available please make an effort to attend. TULSK The 300 Club Draw was launched on Saturday night in Simpson’s pub. We hope that all our existing members will continue to support this event and renew their membership before the end of the month. Following this any un-renewed tickets will go on general sale up to the 14th March.    The intermediate draw was held last week. Tulsk is in the same group as Boyle and Kilbride. This is a great draw for Tulsk giving us an opportunity to play against 2 teams recently down from senior. It is a long time since Tulsk got an opportunity to play Kilbride at championship level, so this will be a match to be relished.  A sum of money was found at Lisalway after the parish league final, please contact Barry Miley for details.  A meeting of the finance committee will take place on Friday 29 February at 9pm, 300 club monies to be paid in full.  The club wishes all the best and a safe return to Paul, Richie and Shane on their travels.   St Marys Juniors and U-14’s have training on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.   HURLING FOUR ROADS Last Saturday our junior hurlers played last year’s semi final against St Dominics in Knockroghery. It was a very tough and hard fought game. We held out with a good 2 nd half performance from our defence to win by 3 points. The final is on Saturday in Athleague at 4 pm against Padraig Pearses. This pairing has all the ingredients of a real battle so please support.  Last weekend our underage played Athleague /Tremane in the Suck Valley League. Results were: U-12 Four Roads 2-0 Ath/Tremane 1-0; U-14 Four Roads 2-0 Ath/Tremane 2-4; U-16    Four Roads 1-4 Ath/Treame 1-1; U-18 not played. Well done. This weekend we play Abbeyknockmoy away. CAMOGIE ATHLEAGUE  Training for the Senior Team will take place on Friday evening at 8 pm sharp in Tremane pitch. The Senior team plays Four Roads away on Sunday next in the Spring League. Training for the U-14 team will take place tonight, Thursday, at 6 pm sharp in Tremane pitch.  The Seniors were presented with their County Senior Championship medals on Friday night last at the joint Dinner Dance with the Hurling Club. The presentations were made by the joint County Junior Team Managers Ger Moran and Francis Larkin.  The Club would like to congratulate Senior players Niamh Connolly and Fiona Connell who were chosen as the Joint Senior players for 2007. The presentations were made by the County Chairperson, Geraldine Beattie Greene on Friday night last.  Geraldine also presented the U-16 player of the year award to Rachael Fallon and the U-18 player of the year award to Elaine Neilan. The Club would also like to congratulate club stalwart Mary Finneran on her selection as the Camogie Personality for 2007 by the Roscommon Sports Partnership Ltd. Mary will be presented with her award at a presentation dinner on Friday, 28 th March, 2008 in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.   Get Well wishes are sent to U-16 player, Ciara Kelly who is currently in hospital after an operation. Hopefully Ciara will be back on the playing fields again shortly. The Annual Sponsored Walk will take place on Easter Monday, 24 th March at 12 noon from the Community Centre in Athleague.  Indoor Camogie continues on Friday at 7 p.m. sharp in the Community Centre, Athleague.  All U-12 players are requested to attend. There will be 2 more sessions before the break-up for Easter and the end of the season. LADIES FOUR ROADS U-14 training takes place at the pitch at 7 pm on Friday. Junior ladies training on Saturday at the pitch at 6 pm. Our first match is on March 9th. Could anyone who has not registered to date please contact the committee to do so. Players not registered are not insured to train or play. Tickets in respect of the Four Roads Ladies Development Draw, for the benefit of both the Football and Camogie clubs are available for the draw on March 24th from all committee members and members of the club. Tickets €10 each or a book of 6 is €50. Your support would be appreciated. STROKESTOWN  A fantastic night was had by all at the Presentation Social held on Saturday last in the Percy French Hotel. We would once again like to thank all our sponsors for 2007 and congratulate the players who received presentations. U-12 & U-14 training continues in the Community Centre at 5pm every Saturday. All players are asked to bring €2. Junior training on Sunday at 10.30 am. Winter League starts March 8th/9th. New players are very welcome to attend.