RALLYING CALL!

It was another very busy weekend in local sport – and looking ahead to this weekend one of the biggest sporting events ever to come to this part of the country – The World Rally Championship – is set to dominate the sporting agenda.    Last Sunday, St. Brigids, the Roscommon SFC champions, turned in one of their best performances in some time when they overcame Galway champions Killererin in a high-quality Connacht semi-final at Tuam Stadium.    Led by returning star David ‘Jimmy Nail’ O’Connor, the Roscommon champions scored 4-10 in a scintillating performance. Full coverage, reaction and pictures inside.  However it was not all good news for Roscommon sides as Athleague bowed out of the Connacht Club Senior Hurling Championship at the semi-final stage when they were beaten by two points by Ballina Stephenites in a replay in Athleague.      Injuries and suspensions cost the Athleague men dearly after they had been in action seven out of the last eight weeks.   Athleague play Galway side Sylane in the Connacht Junior Hurling Club Final in Athleague on Saturday (at 2 pm) but they will be short many players again, for various reasons.   Three Roscommon camogie sides experienced mixed luck in the Connacht Club Championships last weekend (details inside) while Roscommon junior football champions St. Barrys went out of the Connacht Club Championship.    This weekend up to 200,000 people are expected to visit the north-west of the country for the World Rally Championship which will be staged in the region on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.    The rally can be seen in the Boyle/ Arigna/Drumshanbo area on Friday and Saturday before it moves to the Cavan/Fermanagh/Tyrone area on Saturday and Sunday. Previews inside this week.   On the gaelic games front it’s a quiet weekend with just the Minor Football Championship Division Three final second replay between Kilmore and Kilglass on the cards. The O’Rourke Cup final due to have been played last night (Wednesday) between St. Brigids and Kilmore has been put back a few weeks.   In soccer the Roscommon & District League team take on Mayo in the Oscar Traynor Cup in Castlebar at the weekend and hopes are high that Roscommon can get a good result.   There are previews and news of all the above and much more in another packed sports section in this week’s Roscommon People.