Club Notes

CASTLEREA ST. KEVINS Our Gilmartin’s Cash & Carry sponsored senior team had a good win over St. Brigid’s in the O’Rourke Cup game played on Sunday afternoon last. Final score Castlerea St Kevins 2-17 St. Brigid’s 3-9. Both teams were short a number of regulars but none the less this was an excellent game of football played in a very sporting manner. Castlerea St. Kevin’s have now beaten both their championship group opponents but all team members and management will realise that come July those two March victories in the O’Rourke Cup will count for nothing, a lot of hard work lies ahead and lets hope that all players will respond positively. Our Clasby Beale Associates sponsored intermediate team play Padraig Pearses in the Tansey Cup on Saturday evening next in O’Rourke Park at 5.30pm. All players are requested to be at the dressing rooms no later than 4.30pm. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm sharp and ALL adult players are expected to attend. Work on re-sodding O’Rourke Park will get underway shortly, possibly later this week, and this will have a knock on effect on training for all teams. All team managers will be informed once work is about to start and alternative training arrangements must be put in place. We extend best wishes for a speedy recovery to club member Sean Flynn who is recovering form surgery. We extend sincere sympathy to the O’Connor Family, Tarmon, on the death of Mary T. O’Connor, wife of former Tarmon great, the late Bill O’Connor, we also extend sympathy to Eddie & Seamus Egan on the death of their uncle, the late William ‘Chap’ Timothy, Loughglynn. Our junior team were beaten by Tulsk in the junior League on Sunday afternoon last in O’Rourke Park; final score Castlerea St Kevins 3-2, Tulsk 2-9. CLANN NA NGAEL Night at the Dogs: The Club had a very successful night greyhound racing in Mullingar last Saturday night. There were plenty of winners and losers on the night. Congratulations to Seamus Hunt from Knockcrockery who won the €1,000 as winner of Race 6 in the Clann Draw. Great credit goes to the Race Committee for the running of this popular social event. O’Gara Cup: Clann na nGael 3-09 Eire Og 2-08. Clann’s 2nd team had a tremendous win over Eire Og last Saturday in Cushla Park. This was the first adult match played here. Feile Girls: Clann na nGael 4-14 Four Roads 1-02. The U-14 girls had a good win over Four Roads on Friday evening in Johnstown. An early goal from Gemma Nicholson settled Clann and they led at half-time on a scoreline 2-6 to 1-2. In the second half, 2 goals from Karen Nicholson finished the game as a contest. They are now through to the Feile semi-final against Ballinameen in Ballinameen next Sunday at 12pm. Ladies Senior League: Clann na nGael 3-11 Padraig Pearses 0-4. Clann Ladies defeated Pearses in a match played in near perfect conditions in Woodmount on Easter Monday. Senior Scor: Congrats to the Senior Scor Question Time team of Tommy Harney, Sean Murray and Tom Nolan who won the Roscommon Final on Good Friday night in Knockcroghery. 10 teams took the stage in the Question Time and Clann defeated Elphin in a play-off to advance to the Connacht Final next weekend in Manorhamilton. Congratulations to the Roscommon Scor Committee which was successful in attracting 36 entries and many new clubs to the event and a very large crowd.  Sunday Morning Training: U-8’s and U-10’s boys and girls training starts on Sunday 30th at 11.15am in Johnstown. Congratulations: Congratulations to Tony Flannery, Gerry Shine and St Joseph’s Boys U-11’s who reached the last 8 of the FAI Cup with a 5-0 victory over Corofin. All of the team play with Clann and are wished the best in the quarter final. All-Ireland Semi-Final Best wishes are also extended to St. Aloysius College who are due to play their All-Ireland semi-final against Munster champions Kenmare next Saturday 29th March. Fixtures: Sunday 30th March U-16 League – Clann na nGael v Padraig Pearses in Woodmount at 12pm. Division 4 League – Feurty V Clann na nGael (3) in Fuerty at 12.30pm. U-14 Girls Feile Semi-Final – Ballinameen V Clann na nGael in Ballinameen at 12pm. Senior Ladies League – Clann na nGael V Roscommon Gaels  in Johnstown at 2pm. EIRE OG On Saturday morning the club heard the sad news of the death, peacefully, of club President William ‘Chap’ Timothy. ‘Chap’ was President of Eire Og from the club’s inception. As a mark of respect the under-16’s league game fixed for Loughglynn on Easter Monday was postponed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAinm dílis. The intermediate team suffered a four-point defeat away to a far hungrier Clann na nGael ‘B’ side on Saturday. It finished 2-8 to 3-9 in favour of the home side. A big thanks to Clann for providing tea and sandwiches after the game. Thanks also to the supporters who travelled down to Athlone for the game, especially a certain Kathleen McCann (I think I have the surname right this time!). Kathleen and our intermediate team captain, Keith Johnston, recently got engaged and apologies from these quarters for ‘inadvertently’ getting Miss McCann’s surname wrong. Training for the intermediates for the coming week continues in the Community Centre on Wednesday at 8pm and Friday at 9pm.      A registration night for all under-age girls will take place on Monday March 31st  at 8pm in the Loughglynn Community Centre. Registration for the year is €25 per child. Please note that only players who are paid up members will be allowed train/play this year. KILMORE The National Automation sponsored minor team played out 1-9 to 1-9 draw in the league last Wednesday night. The minor team are due to play St. Dominics next Wednesday evening in Knockcroghery at 5.30pm. A meeting of the executive takes place next Thursday night at the clubrooms at 9.30pm. The senior team drew with Western Gaels on Sunday, 2-5 to 11 points.  Best of luck to Colm and Paul Garvey and the Roscommon U-21 team who play Sligo at the weekend in the Connacht Semi Final. ROSCOMMON GAELS The Ger Michael Grogan Tournament was called off at the weekend due to the inclement weather and the unavailability of pitches. It will be held at a later date. The senior hurling team, who were short several regulars, lost to Athleague in the Sean Keane Cup on Good Friday by 2-9 to 0-11. Training continues for the senior hurlers at the usual times. The junior footballers play St. Brigid’s in the league in the VEC field on Saturday evening at 5.30pm. All junior players please attend at Hyde Park at 4.30pm sharp. Roscommon play Westmeath at Dr Hyde Park this Sunday. Help needed for programme selling, shops etc. Please attend at 1pm on Sunday.  The club would like to wish Roscommon U-21 team manager Michael Ryan and his team the best of luck in the Connacht semi-final this weekend. All Roscommon Gaels senior players are being asked to attend a very important players meeting in The Hyde Centre on Friday night at 8.30pm sharp. All players are urged to attend promptly please. Senior training continues at 7pm on Wednesdays and 8.30pm on Fridays at The Hyde Centre. Minor football training also in Hyde Park on Wednesdays at 7pm sharp. This week’s numbers in the Hyde Park/Roscommon Gaels lotto were:  2, 8, 18 and 24. No jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot is €2,450 Euro. There will be a youth disco in The Hyde Centre on Friday night 28th March 9.45pm to 12.30pm. Strictly non-alcohol. A registration night for beginners U-8’s, U-10’s, and U-12’s boys and girls will be held on Friday 18th April. More details closer to the night. Remember membership is now overdue for all teams, players and members. Ladies Football: The U-14 team lost out narrowly to St Brigid’s in the Feile competition last weekend. U-14 training details contact Noel Feely. U-10 and U-12 training starts on Saturday 19th April in Hyde Park at 11.45am. U-16 minor and senior training on Thursday nights in Hyde Park at 8.30pm. The senior team are away to Clann na Gael at the weekend in the senior league. Roscommon Gaels boys U-10 football starting Friday 28th March in CBS Field. Training on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-7pm in CBS field. Saturday 12th April – Blitz in Carrick-on-Shannon 11am-3pm. Meet at Hyde at 9.45am. Parents transport needed. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinks – no crisps, fizzy drinks or sweets. ST. BARRY’S Congrats to Christy Monaghan, Kilashee St. Longford who won the first prize of a car in the Barry’s draw. Safe driving Christy from all in St. Barry’s. St. Barry’s GAA club would like to thank all members of the public who purchased tickets or shares in tickets, also club members for getting out and selling tickets, and finally our finance committee who took the brave step to set up and run with this draw. The money is already been put to good use in upgrading and extending our clubhouse. We congratulate our ballad group who scooped the County title on Friday night last in the Senior Scor held in Culleen Hall outside Knockcroghery. Their performance on the night was outstanding and indeed there was much talk among the audience about the possible potential of this group. The group members are Mairtin O’Muiri, Deirdre Leavy, Karen Casserly, Teresa McGlynn and Emer Hoey. We wish the group all the best in the weeks ahead. Trraining for U-10’s and U-12’s has resumed on Fridays at 7pm at St. Barry’s pitch. Please note time change from last season. We extend sympathy this week to the Mullanny family, Cullaghamore, Slatta on the sudden death of Bernie Mullanny and the family of Donal Kerins, Strokestown. May they both rest in peace. Senior Scor: Senior Scor takes place on April 21st. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Nuala at 087-7850003 or Ann at 086-0720810. ST. CROAN’S The U14 team travelled to Croghan top play the home side in the preliminary round of the County Féile competition. In wintry conditions, after a slow start, the Croans side performed well and had a comprehensive victory over Shannon Gaels.  Over the Easter weekend the Intermediate, Junior and U-16 teams were all in action and details will follow next week.  Next weekend the lotto will be promoted by Padraig Grogan and Padraig Regan in Ballintubber and Tommy Timothy in Ballymoe.  Congratulations to the Junior ladies team, who started the league in fine fashion, winning well over a good St. Dominic’s team on St. Patricks Day. Training for the U-14 girls resumes on Tuesday evenings at 6pm, all welcome. Anybody interested in joining the Under 14’s team please come along to one of the training sessions. (note: players must be under 14 on the first of January 2009). Games are due to start shortly. Registration night on Friday 28th March at 8p.m. at Enfield pitch. Under 10’s €18, Minors €30, Seniors €40 or contact club registrar Bernie Coen on 0876266889 for more information. ST. FAITHLEACHS Lotto: Numbers drawn – 7, 8, 14, 19. No Jackpot Winner. Next draw on 1st April in the Club House, Jackpot €5,300.  O’Rourke Cup: We played against Kilbride on Friday last in Kilbride. A game played on a very cold and windy night, we were down by a point at half time but came back to draw with Kilbride. Final Score – St. Faithleachs 1-9 Kilbride 1-9.  Next game against Elphin in Ballyleague on 5/6 April. Tansey Cup: See Fixtures for details of next game. Registration Night: Our registration night takes place on Friday 4th April in the Club House at 8 o’clock.  Senior Training: Training on Tuesday night at 8.00pm.  25 Card Drive: Every Tuesday 9pm sharp in the Club House.  St. Patricks Day Parade: Many thanks to all who represented the Club in the St. Patricks Day Parade held in Lanesboro. Membership: Annual Club Membership now due for 2008 payable to Tom Irwin.  Junior Ladies: We played against Shannon Gaels on Monday last. Final Score: St. Faithleachs 4-7 Shannon Gaels 1-7.  Next game on Monday 24th March against Strokestown. U16 & Minor Training: This Saturday at 4.00pm.  U14 Training: This Thursday evening at 5.30pm.  U8, U10 & U12’s Training: On Sunday next at 12 o’clock. ST. JOSEPH’S There are still a number of tickets available for the St. Joseph’s Club draw. Tickets are €20 each and are available from all club members.  Tansey Cup: There is a possibility that we will have a league match this coming weekend. Players will be notified during the week with details.  The position of team management has been finalised. Michael McHale has teamed up with Peter Gillooly and John Feeley as a selector. We wish them all the best of luck.  Our website has been updated with photographs of the Table Quiz held in Paddy Finns on 29th February last. They can be viewed on STROKESTOWN The club was very saddened at the death of its President and one of its most loyal supporters, Donal Kerins, last week. Donal loved the GAA and travelled the length and breadth of the country supporting the game. The club wishes to express its deepest sympathy to his wife Teresa, and his daughters Helen, Rosita, Ann and Sheila and to all his extended family members. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dhílis. As a mark of respect to Donal all club activities were cancelled at the weekend. The O’Rourke cup game against St. Barry’s originally to be played on Good Friday has been refixed for this Friday night in Tarmon.  The junior team are due to play Kilglass Gaels in the Tansey Cup in Strokestown this weekend. See fixtures for more details.  TULSK The club would like to thank Tom and Pam of Crofton Entertainment for giving up their time on Easter weekend, to help raise money for the much needed Defibrillators.  It was a weekend of mixed fortunes on the field for Tulsk, with the Intermediate team being beaten by St. Croans in a tight fought game, while on Sunday the Junior side had an easy win over Castlerea. In the Intermediate game, Tulsk had most of the possession but were struggling for scores in the first half. The home side started better in the second half with Alan Lavin and Joey Crean hooked up to lay on a ball to Jack Conlon who scored a fantastic goal to finish a great move. Tulsk defence were strong throughout especially Kevin Mannion and David Keane while Conlon (man of the match) delivered all but one, scores up front. Albeit it was not enough, with Croan’s shading it in the finish.   In the junior game Tulsk had a goal fest on Sunday with Pat McCormack, Donal Coyne and Sean Hynes all finding the net and Eoghan Conlon unlucky when his goal shot hit the upright. Tulsk ran out easy winners in the finish with Brian Dobey, Niall Collins and Coyne all playing well.  Congratulations to our senior Scor team who once again won the County title. The team is Frank and Mary Hussey, Peter Veasy, Padraig and Martin Connelly and Alice Mannion. They now represent Roscommon in the Connnacht final next Saturday in Manorhammilliton. Best of luck also to Alan Lavin and the County U21 side. He is their fitness trainer, and they take on Sligo in the Connacht Semi final this coming weekend. This year’s U21s team are a fine team with six county seniors and most of the minor team that won the All Ireland within its ranks. So hopefully Alan and the lads will have a good run this year.         HURLING ORAN On Saturday evening next Oran meet Four Roads in the U-21 Hurling semi final at 5.30pm.  Oran had a good win over Roscommon Gaels in the quarter final but will be up against a very strong Four Roads outfit. LADIES STROKESTOWN The Junior Team got their Winter League Campaign off to a winning start against St. Faithleachs on Monday last. Final score 1-2 to 8 points. Congratulations to all the girls for a fine team performance. Our second Winter League match takes place this Sunday at 2pm against St. Dominics. Training this Saturday at 6pm in Kiltrustan, all players to attend. CAMOGIE ATHLEAGUE  The Annual Sponsored Walk took place on Easter Monday from the Community Centre, Athleague.  The Club would like to thank the players and their parents who took part in the walk.  The prize for collecting the most sponsorship was won by Rachel Neilan from Correal and the prize for the walkers was won by Amy Whyte. The Club opened their U-14 championship on Tuesday evening last against Padraig Pearses but unfortunately were beaten by the mininium of margins – 1 point.  The team had to travel to Woodmount as none of the local pitches were playable.  The team had success though on Good Friday when the took on new club, Roscommon Gaels in Tremane.  The team have to fulfil their cancelled game with Four Roads during the coming week.  The U-16 championship commences this weekend with the Club taking on Four Roads at home.  Venue and time of game will be given to the players on this evening (Tuesday) at training.  The Club are the current U-16 champions. The Senior team take on Oran on this Sunday at home in the Spring League.  The Club hope to get back on the winning trail after their defeat to Four Roads in the opening round.  Players will be notified of the time and venue for the game at training during the week. The Sports Partnership Dinner Dance to honour the Sports Personality winners for 2007 takes place on this Friday night in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. Club member, Mary Finneran will be receiving the Camogie Award and the Club would like to congratulate David McConn on winning the Hurling Award and the Fuerty G.A.A. Club on winning the Club of the Year Award. The Club would also like to congratulate Pat Barrett from the Four Roads Camogie Club who has been selected as the Hall of Fame Winner for 2007. Two Club members namely Caoilfhionn Ni Chuinn and Marion Conway are on the Congress Committee which takes place this weekend in the Hodson Bay Hotel. The Congress gets underway on Friday evening and continues on Saturday. The Congress Banquet will take place on Saturday night at 8pm.  . Ten players from the Senior team are on the County Junior Panel which has reached the League Final which takes place on Sunday, 13th April, 2008. The venue for the game is not yet known. The Club wishes them the best of luck.