There were ecstatic scenes in sporting circles in County Roscommon this week, as local athletes returned both the Nicky Rackard and Fr. Manning Cups to the county. On Saturday, a gritty Roscommon display saw the county’s hurlers overcome Armagh in Croke Park and there were scenes of great jubilation as Athleague’s Mervyn Connaughton climbed the hallowed steps in the Hogan Stand to receive the silverware from GAA President Nicky Brennan. (See pages 7, 62, 63) On Wednesday evening, the amazing week continued as the county’s Under 16 footballers clinched the Fr. Manning Cup title in a close contest at Longford Slashers on Wednesday evening. After extra time Roscommon captain Patrick Brogan was presented with the silverware to the delight of the large Roscommon contingent present. (See page 50).