Roscommon Community Games round-up Talent Competition A great night’s entertainment was enjoyed by all who were at Kilbride Community Centre on Friday 14 th March. Not a ball kicked, hit, or thrown, not a race won or lost and not an athletics entry in sight but the competition was just as strong in yet another event in the Community Games calendar. This night was dedicated to the singing, dancing and stage entertainment from the children of this county and it proved to all who attended that the talent in community games is as widespread and diverse as our county itself. Comedy Sketch This competition was for U14s who had to perform a 5 minute comedy and was won by Ardcarne who competed with a team of 6. They were Niall Bambrick, Shane Gillespe, Mark Gillespe, Luke Bruen, Enda Farrell and Michael McGonnigle. Culture Corner This was a competition for U15s and was won by Oran with a group of 6 children who performed a 10 minute sketch about ‘life during the famine’. The winning group were Maria Collins, Paul Brandon, Laura O’Hara, Sharon Feeley, Diedre Collins and Anna Fox. The team have a wealth of talent and will go forward to Mosney to compete in the All-Ireland finals later in the year. Ardcarne were runners-up in this section and they too put on a great show making it a very difficult job for the judges. Group Dancing Knockcroghery/St Johns were winners in the group dancing, with a superb display of traditional Irish dancing, doing a 4 Hand Reel. The winning group were Ciara Mullally, Rachel Connaughton, Megan Kenny and Tara Kenny. Tarmonbarry were runners-up with Boyle and FBD coming joint 3 rd . Group Music Eoghan McManus and Coimhe McManus were gold medallist in this section with their performance of 2 Traditional Irish Music pieces. They represent Tarmonbarry and will go forward to the All-Ireland finals in Mosney. Group Singing Singing a traditional Irish song, in the Irish language were the group from Tulsk who came out winners in this competition. They were Niamh and Allison Feeney, Tara and Aine Donoghue and Catherine Stroker. Solo Modern Dance The outright winner in this section was Rachel Hastings from FBD. Solo Singing Winning this section was Karen Carty from Boyle with runner-up Roisin McCafferry from Elphin. Congratulations to both girls for an excellent performance. Solo Music Sarah-Jane Woods from Loughglynn played 2 traditional pieces on concertina to take first place in this section. Eoghan McManus from Tarmonbarry came 2 nd with Jamie Mee taking 3 rd place. Recitation First prize went to Caoimhe McManus from Tarmanbarry, who gave a superb rendition about ‘hard times’ through the famine years. With not a dry eye in the house the hankies were out by the time Caoimhe had finished. Runner-up was Rachel Corcoran from Knockcroghery and 3 rd place went to Sean Farrell from Ardcarne. All winners throughout each section of the Talent Competition will go forward to the All-Ireland finals in Mosney. Good luck to each and every one taking part. Cross Country The Cross Country took place on Sunday, 9 th March at the Racecourse, Roscommon. Results U13s Girls 1 st Ciara Green Moore 2 nd Linda Carty FBD Roads 3 rd Casey Kelly Taughmaconnell 4 th Niamh Farrell Taughmaconnell 5 th Aine Daly FBD Roads Boys 1 st Tommy Devine Douglas Hyde 2 nd Luke Kelly Strokestown 3 rd Connor Kelly Strokestown 4 th Keelen Beirne Strokestown Basketball The basketball draw has been finalised with Girls & Boys U13s starting on Monday 24 th March at Strokestown Community Centre. Unfortunately this is short notice but no other dates were available to enable all the matches within the draw to take place. Forthcoming events Project competition will take place on 26 th March in Knockcroghery. U14 Quiz will be on Thursday 27 th March at Athleague. Art competition will be held in the Hyde Centre, Roscommon on 29 th March. Knockcroghery/Rahara/St. Johns Recently the parish finals of the Community Games Art competitions were held in Knockcroghery community centre. There were a total of seven competitions and total of thirty-one competitors. The following are the results. Boys U 8: 1 st Michael Lough, 2 nd Patrick Tiernan. Girls U8: 1 st Blaithin Ryan, 2 nd Aoife Gavin, 3 rd Emma Whitney and Niamh Petrie. Boys U10: 1 st Sean Horan, 2 nd Conor Walsh, 3 rd Conor Kelly. Girls u 10: 1 st Ciara Mc Carthy, 2 nd Ciara Corcoran, 3 rd Liosa Kilcline and Rou12isin Murphy. Boys U12: 1 st Ian Murphy, 2 nd Kaelan Quinn, 3 rd Ronan Kilcline. Girls U12: 1 st Tansy Ryan, 2 nd Ann-Marie Murray and Azura Whitney, 3 rd Laura Corcoran. Boys U14: 1 st Ross Mugan, 2 nd Colum Mullally. On Saturday 8 March 2008, the parish finals of the Model-making competitions were held, also in Knockcroghery Community Centre. The results are as follows: Girls U10: 1 st Rachel Dolan, 2 nd Adele Corcoran, 3 rd Liosa Kilcline and Niamh Corcoran. Girls U12: 1 st Ann-Marie Murray, 2 nd Aoife Mugan. Boys U12: 1 st Ronan Kilcline. Girls U14: 1 st Elizabeth Downie. Boys U14: 1 st Ross Mugan. The committee would like to thank the Knockcroghery community centre committee for the use of the facilities. Best of luck to all those who will represent the parish at the county finals on 29 March 2008 in the Hyde Centre, Roscommon. On Wednesday 26 March 2008, the parish will host the county finals of the project competition in Knockcroghery Community Centre at 7.00 p.m. AFK Community Games At the Roscommon community games indoor soccer finals in Strokestown on the first weekend of March our under 13 girls did us proud capturing AFK’s first county title. On Saturday they beat the girls from Castlerea 3-0 in the Q-finals with goals from Amy Whyte (2) and Sinead Doolan (1). Our semi-finals opponents were Strokestown who had defeated us in the final last year. This time our girls got the better of a very good local team to win 4-0. Sinead Doolan, Lydia Clayton and Amy Whyte (2) were the goalscorers. The girls from Ballymoe/Ballintubber were our opposition in the final. This game was very close with neither team scoring in the first half. Emma O’Roarke playing a blinder in defence and Ellen Brennan had a great game in goal for AFK. Amy Whyte eventually broke the deadlock with a goal for AFK. Shortly after Lydia Clayton brought the ball upfield and set up Sinead Doolan who scored a great second goal for us. Ballmoe/Ballintubber put up a great fight but were unable to score on the day and we held out to claim a great victory. Meghann Devaney, Ally Crean and Rebecca Brennan made up our panel of eight and played their part in all our games. This team was trained by Annmarie Fitzmaurice and John Whyte. Both our boys teams were unlucky to lose in the early rounds. Thanks to Seamus Mullen and Sean McGahan who trained our under 13 squad and to Michael Brennan and Noel Penny who looked after the under 15 squad. We would also like to thank all those people who made this event a great success.