Club Notes

CREGGS At a committee meeting held in Roarke’s on Thursday night last, outgoing team manager, Tommie Gately, was overwhelmingly re-appointed to the Junior team for the coming year. A five man selection committee, comprising of the manager Tommie Gately, trainer Tom Óg O’Brien, captain Tom Fleming were put in place plus Robert Keane and Grabiel Dowd and all is now set for the new season. A challenge game on Saturday evening against Glenamaddy set the ball rolling and everyone is looking forward to the O’Gara Cup which starts next weekend. Unfortunately, due to working on Saturday I couldn’t get to the match against Glen, but hear it was a most enjoyable and competitive game. Ja Hughes was outstanding at midfield and was ably assisted by Gerry Keegan and Michael O’Roarke. So it’s onwards and upwards and let’s hope new trainer Tom Óg O’Brien gets the support he deserves from the players during 2008.  ORAN Oran started the Tansey Cup on Saturday last against St. Joseph’s in Rockfield and suffered a five point defeat on a scorelilne of 2-8 to 1-9. Training on Tuesday and Friday nights at 8p.m. in Rockfield. The club extends its sympathy to the Beirne family on the death of Kathleen. May she rest in peace.  EIRE OG Our minor team put in a spirited second half performance to draw with Roscommon Gaels in Division One of the league at the pitch on Sunday. The lads were seven points down at half time but came out fighting after the interval to gain a share of the spoils. It finished Eire Og 1-13, Roscommon Gaels 2-10. Next up for the minor team is an away clash with Clann na nGael in two weeks.      The ladies team recently held its AGM at the clubhouse. The following members were elected: Chairperson Paddy Johnston; Secretary Rebecca Madden; Treasurer Hilda McNulty; PRO Rachael Madden; Club Register Margaret McCann. The club held a very successful underage presentation night last Friday in Gorthaganny Hall, Fergal O’Donnell was the special guest. Well done to all involved and a big thanks to those who helped make things run so smoothly on the night. The club extends its congratulations to senior player Keith Johnston on his recent engagement to Kathleen McMahon.  ST JOSEPHS Tansey Cup: In our first game in the league away to Oran, we ran out winners by two points. Final Score 2-8 to 1-9. This is an encouraging start for new team manager Peter Gillooly and selector John Feeley. One further selector will join the management team this coming week. Table Quiz: A very enjoyable and successful night was had in Paddy Finns on Friday last. All proceeds are being used to purchase a defibrillator for the local community. Thanks to everyone who supported us on the night, to those who made donations and to those who sponsored spot prizes. Your support is much appreciated. With the huge response it is now hoped to purchase two defibrillators.  Executive Meeting: An important executive meeting will be held on Friday 7th March at 9pm sharp. All members of the executive please attend. Sympathy: The club extends deepest sympathy to Sally-Anne Hickey, Killeenboy on the death of her father Tom Brennan R.I.P.  ST FAITHLEACHS  Lotto: Next draw on 4th March, Jackpot 5,100.  O’Rourke Cup: We play St Barrys in Tarmonbarry at the weekend, see fixtures for details. Tansey Cup: We played Fuerty on Saturday last in Ballyleague. Final Score, St. Faithleachs 0-4 Fuerty 0-3.  25 Card Drive: Every Tuesday 9pm sharp in the Clubhouse. 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 Seamus & Doreen Oates and family on the death of Seamus’ father P. J. Oates. To Tony & Maura Hunt and family on the death of Tony’s mother Anna Marie Hunt. Minor Club Family Night & Presentation took place in the Clubhouse on Friday last and everybody had a great night. Chairman Jimmy Mangan thanked Jim & Phil Browne for sponsorship of the trophies; the management and all involved with all Minor teams; the Senior Executive and all in the parish for their tremendous support.  Congratulations to all who received awards on the night. Many thanks to those who sponsored spot prizes;  thanks to all who supported the raffle, to the DJ’s on the night, Rosin Collier & Kevina Cleary and to those who prepared food & refreshments also. Training: U-16 & Minor on Saturday at 4.30pm. U-14 on Thursday evening at 5.30pm. U-8, U-10 & U-12 on Sunday at 12 O’clock. Junior Ladies on Saturday at 6.30pm.  Match against St. Dominics on 9th March in Faithleachs. ST AIDANS All club members mourned the death of John Fallon who passed away on Friday last week. John was a founding member of St. Aidan’s Club and he maintained great interest in club affairs. In fact he was a Vice-President of the club at the time of his death. On the playing field he was recognised as a clever, free-scoring forward and an exemplary sportsman. Players and club-members formed Guards of Honour at the removal of his remains and on his final journey to Dysart cemetery. We wish to extend our sincerest sympathy to his wife and family. May he rest in peace. The Seniors have their first O’Rourke Cup game on Saturday 8th against Kilmore in Kilmore. ST RONANS U-12 training at 11am in Ballyfarnon on Saturday morning. U-14 training in Keadue Sportsfield at 7pm. U-16 training in Ballyfarnon on Monday evening at 7pm. Senior, Junior and U-21 training on Tuesday and Thursday in Ballyfarnon at 8pm.  Post Primary disco in Keadue Hall on Friday March 7th, 9.30 – 12 pm.  Any unpaid membership please pay immediately to all team managers. Minors were defeated in their last league game against St Barry’s in Tarmonbarry. Score was 1-12 to 8 points.  STROKESTOWN The senior team is due to start their league campaign this weekend versus Castlerea.  Training for junior and senior continues tonight, Thursday, in the centre at 8pm. All players are asked to please attend. KILGLASS GAELS  The minor boys had a good 5 point win over St Faithleachs in Ballyleague last Sunday a good first half performance saw us through to the end. The U-16 league starts the 24th March away to St Ronans. The senior ladies get their league campaign off to a start this weekend.  Due to the bad weather the coaching was called off last Saturday but will go ahead this Saturday at 3pm. Thanks to Fergal O Donnell & Sarah McLoughlin of Leitrim ladies team for attending our presentation night last Sunday in the Kon Tiki. Roscommon Race Day tickets available, contact Charlie Reynolds or Leo Cox.  The club would like to wish Sean Mullaney from the Kilbride club the best of luck in his retirement as he hangs up his boots & whistle after a long service to both club and county as referee.  The club lotto still stands at €20,000, tickets on sale.  Dinner Dance on Friday night in the Shannon Key West, music by The Formula and guest of honour is Dermot Earley. Meal being served at 9pm sharp. CASTLEREA ST KEVINS Trip to the Belfry: The winner of the trip to the Belfry was Ann McGeough, Trim, Co. Meath, formerly Ann Freyne, Derreen, Castlerea; the ticket was sold by Barry Egan; 2nd prize, 4 tickets to a soccer international in Croke Park went to Shiela Caulfield and Siobhan Earley, sold by Emer Earley and 3rd prize, annual membership for 2 in Lucky Numbers Draw went to Shane Reynolds, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim, sold by Martin Perrill. The draw on Saturday night last was a great success and has proved to be a valuable money spinner for the club; great credit is due to the organizing committee. Thanks to John Mannion who acted as MC and to the Silke Family for hosting the draw. Tansey Cup: Well done to our Intermediate team on their great win over Ballinameen in their first game on Saturday evening last; perhaps lady luck smiled on us but great credit must go to all the players for the tremendous effort, particularly in the final 20 minutes; Strokestown come to O’Rourke Park for the O’Rourke Cup game on Sunday next at 2.30pm. CLANN NA GAEL An Important Club Development Meeting takes place in the Clubhouse in Johnstown next Friday 7th March at 9.30pm. It is vital that all members attend and new members are welcome on the night. Clann 2-11 St Brigids 0-5: The Minors had a convincing win over St Brigids on Sunday last in Johnstown.  Athlone Springs Club Discounts: The Zen Fitness and Leisure Centre in the Athlone Springs Hotels are giving a number of discounts to Clann na nGael. For more details phone the Hotel at 090 6445850 or email   Ladies Fundamentals Coaching Course: Coaches from the Ladies Club took part in this excellently ran course held in Kiltoom on Saturday last. Underage Registration Day: Registration for both boys and girls underage teams takes place in Johnstown next Sunday 9th Match from 11 – 12 o’clock. Also congratulations to Cathal Duignan and Athlone Community College who defeated St Mary’s Edenderry on Saturday in the Leinster Colleges’ Senior A S/F. They now play Gormanstown College in the final. Recent Bereavements: The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Naughton family, Clonellan on the recent death of Johnnie and the Macken family, Creggane on the death of Margaret. Johnnie played in goal for the club in the 50’s and over the years was great supporter of the club. Likewise Margaret would have travelled the length and breadth of the county and country supporting Clann. May they rest in Peace. Fixtures: O’Gara Cup Saturday 8th March Clann (2) Vs Shannon Gaels in Johnstown at 4.30pm. Sunday 9th March Clann (1) Vs Eire Og in Loughglynn at 2.30pm. Ladies also play Eire Og in Loughglynn next weekend in the Senior Ladies League. KILMORE The Senior team begin their campaign for 2008 in Kilmore on Saturday when we host St Aidans. The club wishes the best of luck to Anthony Carroll and his management team and players for the year ahead. Please support.  The club wishes Joe McEvoy a speedy recovery from his recent illness.  ST CROANS The minor team played Kilbride in the 4th round of the Minor league on Sunday last. The team started well and had a good lead at half time. However, Kilbride challenged St. Croans in the second half and brought the game back to a single goal. The final five minutes proved tense but St. Croans had done enough and were victors on a score of 2-8 to 2-5.  The junior league game against St. Aidans was postponed at the eleventh hour on Saturday last while the intermediate team kick off their O’Gara cup campaign next weekend against St. Michaels. Lotto: Next weekend the lotto will be promoted by Dermot Quinn and Ray Smyth in Ballintubber and Padraic Conama, Eamonn Ceannt and William Tiernan in Ballymoe. PADRAIG PEARSES Pearses 2-5 Four Roads 2-10: Pearses Junior Hurlers lost out to Four Roads in the 2007 Junior Hurling Final played in dreadful conditions in Pairc an Phiarsaigh last Saturday. Pearses 1-5 Kilbride 1-3: Pearses got off to a good start in the Tansey Cup with a hard fought win Boyle also played in Pairc an Phiarsaigh last Saturday. Pearses 1-8 Strokestown 1-9: Our minors suffered a narrow one-point defeat in the league at the hands of Strokestown on Sunday. The next scheduled minor fixture is against St. Ciaran’s in Fuerty on 16th March.  Best of luck to the Pearses lads and all involved with Athlone Community College who are playing the Leinster Colleges ‘A’ final at the weekend. The presentation of medals to the 2007 U-16 League champions by John Whyte and Eamonn Mahon will take place next Friday in the clubhouse at 9 pm. All are welcome. Fixtures: O’Rourke Cup: Pearses Vs Elphin, Pairc an Phiarsaigh Sunday 3.00pm. ROSCOMMON GAELS  The club held their annual social in the Hyde Centre on Saturday night 1st March and it was one of the most successful that we have had in recent years. The big crowd enjoyed an excellent night’s entertainment and the top class catering was carried out by Mary Gleeson and her staff. Music on the night was supplied by Robbie Dwyer. Special guests were Michael Maguire chairman of Roscommon County Board, Christy Mc Dermott secretary of Roscommon Hurling Board and Martin McDermott chairman of Roscommon Ladies Football Board. Frank Durkin was MC. Congrats to all who received awards on the night . There were also special awards on the night to the members of the successful Roscommon senior and U-21 hurling team of 2007. Thanks to everyone who made the function such a success. The church gate collection taken up by the club on behalf of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association recently realised €1,610. Thanks to all concerned. Ladies Football: Training for U-14s on Saturday 8th March at Hyde Park at 11.45am. U-16 minor and senior training on Thursday nights at Hyde park at 8.15pm. Senior league game Vs Padraig Pearses on Sunday March 9th at 2pm at Hyde Park. Membership now due. Please pay immediately to any club officer. Youth Disco: There will be a youth disco at the Hyde Centre on Friday 14th March from 9.30 – 12.30 am. Strictly non alcohol. The club is holding a major registration night on Saturday night for U-14, U-16 and minor girls and boys in the Hyde Centre at 7pm sharp. Special guest speaker Fergal O Donnell. Parents welcome and new members especially welcome. Remember every player must be registered regardless of their age. The club minor team played out a very entertaining draw with Eire Og in the league in Loughglynn last Sunday afternoon. Final score: Roscommon Gaels 2-10 Eire Og 1-13. Gaels team:  The club senior team plays Kilbride in the first round of the O’Rourke Cup this weekend.  ST CIARANS Our Minors visited St. Kevins, Castlerea O’Roarke Park on Sunday last and ran-out convincing winners. Good luck to the ‘County’ lads at the week-end. AGM: We held our 2008 AGM on Friday evening last. We thank sincerely Mary Devaney, our Joint treasurer for many years, for her diligent service and her support for under-age football and GAA in general. Bernie Cuddy takes over her ‘mantle’ on our behalf. Team managements and coaches were appointed for all grades, a heavy emphasis now being placed on under-age coaching, from the County Coaching Officers.  ST DOMINICS The County Board Punchestown fundraiser takes place on Thursday 24th April. If interested in travelling please contact Larry Shine. Senior Manager: The trawl for a Senior Football Manager ended on Thursday last when Malachy Gately agreed to take on the Job. Malachy has been involved with the team for the past couple of years and was appointed, unopposed at the Meeting. We play the first round of the O’Gara Cup away to Michael Glaveys on Sunday next at 12 pm. We wish Malachy and his selectors Declan Kilcline and Larry Watson every success. A Meeting of the Senior football Committee will take place on Thursday at 9pm in the Meeting Room. The posts of Junior and U-21 Manager will be filled on the night.  The Monthly Meeting will take place on Monday 10th March at 9pm in the Meeting Room. An Executive Meeting will take place on Tuesday 11th March at 9pm in the Meeting Room. Items for the agenda to Larry by Sunday 9th March Our Minors travelled to Ballinameen to play the home team and unfortunetly lost out in the end to a strong home team.  U-14 ladies football training continues on Tuesdays from 6.30 – 7.30pm. Please note change of time for month of March. ST MICHAELS Our minors lost to Tulsk by 2-10 to 0-6 in the league game played in Tulsk on Sunday last. Despite being short a couple of key players, the team put in a reasonably good performance and were closer to the opposition than the final scoreline suggested. The team may have another league game this weekend. See fixtures for details. The O’Gara Cup Division 2 league for our intermediate team commences with an away fixture Vs St Croans next weekend 8th/9th March. See fixtures for date and time of game.  The dinner dance will take place on Sunday March 16th in the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon. A presentation will be made on the night to U-16 league winning panel. Tickets are available from any club officer.  The club extends sincere sympathy to the relatives of the late Maureen O’Boyle, Rehins, Ballina (nee Higgins), formerly of Cootehall.  MINOR STROKESTOWN  Our minor team had two matches over the last two weekends against St. Ciaran’s and Padraig Pearse’s with one loss and one win. The St Ciaran’s game was lost 0-7 to 0-4 and the other result was a win against Pearse’s by 1-9 to 1-8.   Minor: The minor AGM took place last weekend and the following were elected: Chairman PJ Kelly, Secretary/PRO  Pat Compton, Treasurer Padraig Molloy.  Team Managers: U- 8 Seamus Cusack, U-10 Damien Owens, U-12 Declan Kavanagh, U-14 John McHugh, U-16 Conor Silke and Minor Padraig Molloy.  The minor club is appealing to all parents to join the 300 club lotto to fund the new grounds for our young players. Details can be had from Padraig Molloy or Pat Compton.  There is a minor club presentation function on Saturday night 15th. March in the Percy French Hotel at 8.30 pm. Teams to be honoured are Minor championship & league champions, U-12 champions & U-14 Feile champions. Everyone is welcome especially parents of players.  ORAN Oran 0-15 Boyle 1-6: Oran recorded their second win in the minor League on Sunday last against Boyle, having beaten Shannon Gaels in the previous round.  U-14s were in Longford on Saturday evening for a challenge game against Longford Slashers. An enjoyable day was had by all.  Training continues on Sundays for all Minors.  HURLING ATHLEAGUE A good night out was enjoyed by all at our Dinner Dance in the Abbey Hotel recently. Guest of honour for the night, Johnny Haughtey, presented the senior panel with their county winner medals and also made a presentation to the team management. Members of the Nicky Rachard and the victorious All Ireland U-21 team, along with team manager David McConn and selector Kieran Connell also received presentations. Other awards presented on the night were – Senior Player of the Year Colm Moran, Young Player of the Year Gary Fallon, Clubman of the Year Mervyn Connaughton, Hall of Fame Liam Connolly. Club Chairman, Anthony Flaherty, made a presentation to Johnny Haughey on behalf of the Club. The Club would like to thank all who sponsored awards and donated spot prizes on the night.  TREMANE Senior hurling training will commence on Thursday 6th March, at 7.30pm sharp. Poker Classic: Our Annual Poker Classic will take place on 7th March in the Bridge House, Athleague @ 9.30pm. Please support Sympathy: Tremane Hurling Club extends their sincere sympathy to the Coyne family, Turville, Tremane on the recent death of Teresa Coyne. FOUR ROADS Last Saturday our junior hurlers started our year off on a high by beating Padraig Pearses. It was last years final, but just the start that we were looking for this year. The conditions were bad, with driving wind and rain but that didn’t stop some great spells of hurling. It was a great team performance with a very strong bench. Padraig Kelly at centre back received the well-deserved man of the match award; others to stand out were Brendan Mannion, David Dolan, Keith Waldron and David Dowd. Well-done lads on a great victory. U-12: Our U-12 hurlers were beating by Abbeyknockmoy last Saturday on a score of 4-3 to 3-1. Hard luck lads. This weekend sees the last round of the Suck Valley League, we are at home to Ahascragh/Fohenagh. CAMOGIE ORAN The Oran Junior Camogie Presentation was held on Saturday night in Horans restaurant. Special guest on the night was the National Director of Camogie Mary O’Connor. A great night was had by all and special thanks to Edel Kenny and Audrey Morris for organising the night.  The U-14 team play Pearses on Saturday 8th March in Pearses, time is yet to be arranged.  Registration night will be held on Friday 7th March at 7:30pm in the clubhouse. The cost of registration is €15 for U-18s, €30 for students and €40 for working members. All players are asked to attend with membership. All new players are welcome and are requested to bring their birth cert to the registration night. LADIES STROKESTOWN  The Junior team start their Winter League campaign against St. Croans away on Sunday at 2 pm. Best of luck to the girls.  U-12 & U-14 training continues in the Community Centre at 5pm every Saturday. All players are asked to bring €2.     FOUR ROADS  Juniors: Our first game is next Sunday (9th) at 2pm in Four Roads Vs Ballinameen. Training will be advised during the week. Our annual fundraiser in conjunction with the Camoige Club will be held on Monday March 24th. 1st prize – €1,000; 2nd – €500, 3rd – €250; 4th – €100; 5th – €100 and 6th – €50. Tickets are €10 each or a book of 6 for €50. Please support. ST CROANS  The St. Croans Ladies AGM will be held on Friday, 7th March in the Old School House, Ballintubber at 9pm.  Best of luck to the Junior Ladies who have their first match of the winter league on Sunday, 9th March against Strokestown in Enfield at 2pm.