Roscommon golf team win title in New York

The Roscommon golf team won the 1st Annual FBD All-Ireland Golf Challenge New York Four Ball Championship at the Links at Union Vale. The Roscommon team walked away with the Championship as they beat 25 other four-balls. Roscommon now have the honour of representing New York in Ireland on the weekend of September 14, 2008 in Faithlegg, County Waterford.   Kieran Keaveney (Boyle, Roscommon) was captain and his team comprised of Owen Cummins (Fethard, Tipperary), Gerry Reilly (Raharney, Westmeath) and Kieran Lally (Ballintubber, Mayo).   Kieran has a handicap of 12 and is still actively involved in the New York GAA scene and while he is now at the veteran stage he was still good enough to win a New York county all-star last year. Owen Cummins plays off 5 is another veteran of Gaelic games having won numerous hurling championships with Tipperary in New York in the last decade while earning a reputation as one of the best ever to play in Gaelic Park in the Bronx. Cummins won a Fitzgibbon Cup with WIT before emigrating to New York. Gerry Reilly and Kieran Lally are both accomplished golfers.   The tournament was organised by Eugene Brophy who happened to be part of the defending 2007 championship team. The Waterford team from New York won the 2007 FBD All-Ireland Golf Challenge which sees over 120 GAA Clubs challenging each other for provincial success and, ultimately, an all expenses paid place in the final at the exclusive Faithlegg Golf Club, Co. Waterford in September. The competition has recently been extended to take in the US and has generated huge interest in GAA circles in New York and Chicago.