Club notes

ABBEYLARA: Lotto results of 27/11/2012; winning numbers:-08-09-14-16. The 20 euro winners:-Marie Keogh, Rathbracken; Wesley Farrell, Castletown; Glan Bar Xmas Party; Pat and Carmel Sheridan, Kilcogy; Shane and Niall Moran, Streete; Christine Lynch, Kilbride. Next draw on 04/12/2012 in Crawford’s Lounge. Jackpot 9,200 euro.

ABBEYLARA: Lotto results of 27/11/2012; winning numbers:-08-09-14-16. The 20 euro winners:-Marie Keogh, Rathbracken; Wesley Farrell, Castletown; Glan Bar Xmas Party; Pat and Carmel Sheridan, Kilcogy; Shane and Niall Moran, Streete; Christine Lynch, Kilbride. Next draw on 04/12/2012 in Crawford’s Lounge. Jackpot 9,200 euro.

The sympathy of the Club is offered to the Reilly family, Rinroe and the McGirr family, Kilfintan on their recent sad bereavements. Our Senior team failed in its attempt to qualify for the semi-final of the Leader Cup when they were defeated by Dromard at Lynch Park on Sunday last on a 0-5 to 0-4 scoreline. Line-out and scorers as follows:-D. O’Connor, C.P. Smyth, A .O’Connor, Barry Smyth, E. Gallagher, F. Battrim,M. McHugh,M. O’Connor(0-1), D.Smith, Brian Smyth, R.Smyth (0-2), Cor. Smyth, S. Mahon,J. McEntire,S. Murphy. Subs. J. Kelly for J.McEntire,A.McBrien for S. Mahon, J. McEntire for J. Kelly. Horses and jockeys on sale for Annual Race Night which will be held on St. Stephen’s Night in Crawford’s Lounge; contact Pat McHugh or Patsy Lynch or any Committee member. Your support will be very much appreciated. Many thanks to those who organised and operated the car wash on Saturday last at Ballyboy and to all those who supported the project.

BALLYMAHON: Numbers drawn in weekly lotto were 11-13-14-32 and there was no jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot will be 5,400 euro and the draw will take place in Nally’s corner house on Sunday next. The following won the 4 x 30 euro prizes: Avril Egan, Parkside; Josephine Cooney, Mostrim Rd; Jimmy Lennon, Rathmore; Eoin Adamson c/o The Mart. We welcome home Mick and Liz Farrell from their holiday on stateside with their son Keith and his family. We hope they had a good time and great to see them back again. The club AGM has been fixed for Friday December 28th at 6pm in the clubhouse. Nomination and motion forms are now to hand and if you have not received yours please contact Mike, Fergal or Albert and above all else don’t leave it till after the AGM to make your complaint. Special Christmas Lotto Draw: We are giving out an additional 2,500 euro in prizes at our final lotto draw of 2012 on Friday December 21st at a social in Cooney’s at 11pm. We are asking all members, players and supporters to help sell additional tickets. This is our only source of income and there are only a limited number selling. The question that should be asked who are we selling for and for what purpose. It is easy to find excuses and reasons not to sell but? We wish Valerie Sheehy well in her retirement from Bank of Ireland after a lifetime of service. Well done Valerie you will be missed by staff and customers and our wish for you that you will have a long and happy retirement blessed with good health. The club wish to express sincere sympathy to the McHugh, Natton and Marlowe families on the recent death of Geraldine.

DROMARD: On Sunday last our seniors travelled to Oliver Lynch Park to take on Abbeylara in the Leader Cup quarter-final. Pitch conditions were very good but the game was played in a constant drizzle While scores were at a premium both sides showed plenty of spirit contributing to an entertaining hour’s football. A pointed free from James Martin following a foul on Peter Reynolds opened the scoring. A brace of points from play from the boot of Robbie Smyth edged the home side into the lead. Another converted James Martin free after Ronan Mc Entire was fouled levelled matters at 2 pts apiece. This was the way the scoreline remained until half-time. Neither team were able to pull away in a hard fought second half. An opportunist point from play from Francis McGee moved us into the lead but this was quickly cancelled out by a point response from Abbeylara. A point from play from team captain James Martin put us in front and again Abbeylara landed an equaliser. As full-time drew near up popped Gary Maguire to calmly knock over what proved to be the winning point from play. While Abbeylara pushed hard for an equaliser our defence were able to withstand this pressure and hold out for the win. Team and scorers: Damien Sheridan, Paul McGee, Padraig McNerney, David Pettit, John Sheridan, Diarmuid Masterson, Peter Reynolds, Bernard Sheridan, James Mimnagh, Emmet Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Cian Mimnagh, James Martin (0-3) 2 frees, Noel Reynolds, Francis McGee (0-1). Subs used: Cathal Conefrey, Declan Mimnagh, Gary Maguire (0-1), Peter Masterson. Other subs available on the day were Gavin Mc Nerney, Conor Kiernan and Dermot Reilly. The semi-final will take place this Wednesday December 5th away to Longford Slashers at 8.15pm. Best of luck to John Duffy who runs for election to County Board Executive at the upcoming County Convention on December 14th. Our raffle for the trip to Australia takes place on Saturday 15th December at a function in the Breffni Arms Hotel. Music will be supplied by Nite Fever. We would ask all ticket sellers make a big push on sales for the last two weeks and to return all ticket stubs for sold tickets as soon as possible. Lotto results next week.

FR. MANNING GAELS: Lotto results next week. All roads lead to Emmet Park, Killoe this Friday night when our U-21s take on Killoe in the U-21 A Championship final, throw-in 8.30pm. This will be the last game in 2012 for Fr. Manning Gaels and it would be great to see a large number of supporters in attendance to cheer on the lads. Best of luck to all involved. Sympathies of the club to the McDonagh Family, Gaigue on the death of Frank. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: Our success on the playing fields was reflected by the selection of no less than seven Emmet Og players for inclusion in the senior Team of the Championship 2012 as voted by Longford Leader readers. The Club was further complimented by the nomination of the McCormack brothers, Sean and Padraig for Senior Player of the Year. The players selected for the Team of the Championship are as follows: Daniel Keogh, Shane Dowd, Joe McCormack, Padraig McCormack, Michael Quinn, Daniel Mimnagh and Sean McCormack. Not to be outdone our ladies received major recognition with the three nomination places for Ladies Player of the Year filled by members of the Killoe all-conquering Championship and League winning team. The girls nominated are Elizabeth Brady, Anne Marie Bratten and Sharon Treacy. Congratulations and the best of luck to all to all the players. The players will be presented with their awards in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on this Saturday night December 8th. Music is by Breege and Startrack. Tickets are 40 euro each with the proceeds going to local charity St. Christopher’s and the National Childrens Hospital, Tallaght. To book tickets please contact our Secretary, Karl Nolan 086-3856947 or chief organiser Micheal Carrigy 087-2915072. We continued our winning ways with a convincing win over Colmcille in the Leader Cup quarter-final at Emmet Park on Wednesday evening last. We then played Clonguish in the semi-final at Allen Park on Sunday last and came away with a 1-9 to 0-5 victory to put us in the final against either Longford Slashers or Dromard on Sunday December 16th. Our Under 21 team play Fr. Manning Gaels in the Under 21 ‘A’ Football Championship Final at Emmet Park on this Friday night, throw-in 8.30pm. We have an opportunity to create a little bit of history for our club by winning two-in-a-row Under 21 titles. We wish the team and management the best of luck in their quest and we look forward to all our supporters attending. Lotto Results: December 2nd. Numbers drawn: 4, 17, 18, 22.There was no Jackpot winner. 20 euro winners: Frank Toher, Ennybegs; Mick Glennon; Howard Carrigy, Ballinalee; Seamus Hughes, Farragh. John and Ann Toher, Hill Road, Drumlish. Seller’s Prize: Ollie Killian, Cran Lur, Ennybegs. Next week’s Jackpot 2200 euro. Next week’s draw will be held in Begley’s Pub. Berney Brady’s team will be on duty. Bulk Lotto subscriptions available: Yearly – 100 euro. 6-monthly – 50 euro. Quarterly – 25 euro. A Club meeting will be held tonight Wednesday at 9pm. All members are asked to attend. Tickets are now on sale for our Christmas Club draw which will take place on 22nd December next in MB Coy’s Pub, Longford. Tickets are available from most club members priced at 20 euro each. Great prizes. Please support.

KILLASHEE ST. BRIGID’S: Our Lotto draw took place in The Camlin Bar, Clondra on Sunday night and there was no jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were: 2, 23, 24 and 29. The 40 euro winner: Michael Farrell. 20 euro winners Jackie Evans, Kevin Egan and Caroline Stewart. The next draw takes place in The Chestnut Tree on 16th December for a jackpot of 3920 euro. Team C is on duty: Og Campbell, Liam Farrell, Owen Johnston and Tony Dooner. Our Club Development meeting will be held in the coming weeks, details to follow in next weeks notes. We continue to collect scrap metal, we hope to have a load away in the coming weeks. We need your scrap metal to finish off the load, so if you have any unwanted items, contact any committee member or either Ronan Skelly 087-9519303 or Damien Edgeworth 086-8362969. Our White Collar Boxing event is fast approaching and it will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel on this Saturday 8th of December, with each Club in the County being represented. Boxers have been in training for the last 6 weeks and are in peak condition! Tickets for the event are 10 euro and are available from committee members. A big congratulations to Morris and Mary Gouldsbury on the birth of their twin girls. The Club would like to sympathise with Carmel Steele on the death of her aunt Rose Slevin recently, may she rest in peace. We would also like to sympathise with the McGrath family on the death of Paddy recently who lived in Dublin for the last number of years He was a former St. Brigid’s and Longford County player, May he rest in peace. We held our AGM on Saturday night last in the Clubhouse and the meeting was very well attended. The following is the committee for the coming year: President: Tommy Killian; Vice-President: Margaret Duffy, Denis Skelly, Peter Loftus, Elizabeth Edgeworth, Willie Donlon, Mel Fallon, Liam Gouldsbury. Chairman; Owen Johnston; Vice-Chairman: Og Campbell; Secretary: Amanda Stewart; Assistant Secretary: Aileen Mollohan; Treasurer: Damien Edgeworth; Assistant Treasurers: Des McPartland, Liam Farrell; Irish Officer: Justin Gouldsbury; Childrens Officer: Gary Cosgrove; ASAP Officer: Helen Cosgrove. County Board Delegates: Tony Dooner, Og Campbell, Damien Edgeworth; Registrars: Pat Farrell, James Edgeworth; Development Officers: James Edgeworth, Derek Steele and Tony McKiernan. The Club offers its sympathies to the Farrell Family, Knappogue on the death of Bridie Connaughton, Lanesborough and Joe Gallagher, Roscommon who both died recently. May they rest in peace. The death has also occurred of Gerry Fallon, Kilmore, who passed away on Sunday night after a lengthy illness. Gerry wore the St. Brigid’s jersey with heart and pride and even after he hung up his boots he remained a loyal supporter of the sash. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Mary, sons Aidan, James and Mark and also his brothers, Mel and Pauric, sisters Lilly and Mary-Jo. May he rest in peace.

CASHEL: There was no Jackpot winner in this week’s Club Lotto, numbers drawn 4, 10, 12, 23. The 30 euro winner was Paul Kelly and 20 euro each to Barney Casey, Derrydarragh; Philomena McGlynn, Portanure and Sharon and John c/o Tom Skelly, Curroole. Jackpot next week is 10,000 euro and draw takes place in Fallon’s. Team on duty is Rosaleen Egan, Michael Donlon and Maggie Melia. Your continued support for the Lotto is much appreciated. The “FINAL” weigh- in of the “Slimaton Fundraiser” takes place in the Clubhouse on this Thursday 6th December at 8pm and Ruth O’Malley from the Motivation Clinic in Athlone will attend. All sponsorship cards sold and unsold should be returned on that night. An Executive meeting will follow at 9pm and all members are asked to make a special effort to attend. A very important meeting of the Minor Club takes place in the Clubhouse on this Wednesday 5th December at 9pm. We appeal to everyone with ideas or suggestions on how to move the Club forward to attend. The success of our Senior Club is dependant on a steady supply of good footballers, and this can only be achieved if everyone plays their part and lends a hand in the coaching of our young players. We congratulate Aidan Rowan on his nomination for Intermediate player of the Championship, the two other nominees are from the St. Mary’s Granard Club. We ask everyone to vote for Aidan by texting comp41 followed by Aidan Rowan to 57199 before Friday 7th December at 12 noon. The Senior A.G.M. takes place in the Clubhouse on Saturday 15th December at 5pm and a full attendance is requested. Congrats to Michael Casey, Drumnee and Breda Carley on their recent engagement.

LEGAN SARSFIELDS: This Saturday night December 8th the 2012Longford GAA Players of the Year Awards will take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Players nominated for junior player of the year are Shane Cox, Barry Tierney and Conor Quaine. To vote text Comp41 followed by selected player to 57199.Lines close this Friday December 7th at 12 noon. Calls made after that may be charged but will not count. Preparations are at an advanced stage for the annual general meeting of the club in the coming weeks. Congratulations to Noel O’Neill and Tara McDonnell on the birth of their baby girl Tia recently. Birthday wishes to Pateen McDonnell who celebrated his 30th last weekend. Results of Lotto draw held in Slowey’s last week. Numbers drawn were 7,9,13 and 24. No jackpot winner. Match three winners were Seamus Moran and Veronica Donnelly. Club meeting this Wednesday night December 5th at 8.30pm sharp. Among the items to be discussed are dinner dance, pitch and clubhouse development, budget cuts etc. All members please attend.

BORNACOOLA: Our congratulations to our Figure Dance, Novelty Act and Question Time teams who were successful in the County Semi-Finals of Scór na nOg on Sunday last in Ballinamore. They go on to represent the club in the County Scór Finals in Manorhamilton on Sunday, January 5th. Our thanks to the Bornacoola Community Development Association for their very generous recent donation of 5,000 euro to the club in sponsorship. The Community Development Association run the Annual Lough Rynn Harvest Day Festival and have been enthusiastic supporters of the club for many years. Míle buíochas daoibh as ucht do cabhair tríd na mbliana. As ever the Leitrim GOAL mile takes place at our club grounds on New Year’s Day. The walk gets underway at 2pm and will be followed by music afterwards in the Copper Still with the Rodeo Man. As always there will be a raffle and auction on the day and once again the whole event is organised by the indefatigable Noel Mahon and wife Mary. You can contact Noel at 087 2646931 if you are interested in helping out or if you want to obtain sponsorship cards to do the walk. Many thanks to all who supported the recent fundraising event for club player Philip Howard. Philip heads to Africa in January to complete a 4-month 12,000km cycle from Cairo to Capetown in aid of Pieta House. More details can be found on www.onyerbikeinafrica.com or at www.facebook.com/onyerbikeinafrica A meeting of the club executive takes place this Thursday night in the dressing rooms, starting at 8.30pm.

MINOR-KILLOE: Minor Club AGM is next Sunday Dec 9th in National School at 6pm. All members are asked to attend. Good luck to U-21’s who meet Fr. Manning Gaels on Friday at 8.30pm in Clonee in the U-21 ‘A’ Championship Final. Everybody please support. Well done to the Seniors on defeating Clonguish in theLeader Cup semi-final.

MINOR-ST. FRANCIS DROMARD: Well done to Laura and Liam Doherty who represented the club in instrumental music and Christopher Grimes who competed in the recitation at the county junior scor finals held in Lanesboro on Sunday last. While they didn’t qualify they all gave great performances. Thanks to all who helped out in any way with the organising of this year’s SCÓR. Well done to Dylan McCormack, Martin McStay, Oisín Hourican and Joseph Hagan who were part of recent wins for Moyne teams against St. Finian’s, Mullingar, Tullamore College and St. Joseph’s Drogheda in the North Leinster U-14 championship. These wins ensure they qualify for a semi-final place of the competition. Well done to Conal Murphy and Peadar Kiernan who played with Moyne U-16s in the North Leinster championship last week. Well done to our seniors who were successful on Sunday last.

MINOR-ST. PATRICK’S OG: Well done to the ballad group of Sarah Hanley, Aine McLoughlin, Jordie O Rourke-Grant, Samantha McHale and Mary Anne Lynch, also Samantha McHale in Solo singing who captured the county Scor titles on Sunday last. Special appreciation to their coach Riona Lynch on doing a terrific job with these talented singers. Also there is a Christmas raffle to be held on 21st December in clubhouse at 8pm. First prize is a Christmas hamper, second prize is a turkey, third prize a Christmas ham, and fourth prize a 20 euro Eason’s voucher. Cards consist of ten names and there are selling at 2 euro a line. If anyone is interested in obtaining a card, or buying a line, contact Nicholas Farrell at 0863427097.

MINOR-ST. VINCENT’S: The AGM for St. Vincent’s minor club takes place in the Clubhouse in Monaduff on Saturday 8th December at 8.30pm. Best of luck to our U-21 team who are scheduled to play Killoe in the championship final on this Friday night, 7th December. Check fixtures for details.

MINOR-WOLFE TONES: Scor na nOg final was held in Lanesboro on Sunday last. Congratulations to Mostrim’s three acts who qualified with recitation/Story telling, Sean Nos dancing and the instrumental music group. Wolfe Tones also won Club of the Year for the second year in succession. These acts will now go on the represent Longford in the Leinster semi-final in Clonaslee, Co. Laois on December 15th. On Friday night last we had a very enjoyable evening in the Green with the parents and players of the U-13 and U-14 panels. John McGerr (Jnr) was there to capture the moment on camera when each player received their league medal from Killoe and Longford footballer Michael Quinn.

LADIES-DROMARD: The ladies club AGM will now take place on Sunday December 16th from 12.30 to 1.30pm. The U-12 girls league winning team will be presented with their medals on the day.

LONGFORD LADIES GAA NEWS: Alison Smyth, RIP, first anniversary Mass takes place in Newtowncashel Church on December 8th at 8pm. Longford Ladies County Board held their AGM in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Wednesday November 28th last with a large crowd in attendance. There was a presentation first from the Carers Association in how raising money for them can help our club and county board and the new executive will discuss their ideas in due course and advise. In the Chairperson’s and Secretary’s speeches everyone was thanked for their co-operation during 2012. The Ladies clubs who put in such an amount of hard work, their players and executives were thanked because that is whom the Executive is working for. Equally to the outgoing Executive. Particular praise was given to Chairman of Longford GAA, Pat Cahill and Co. Secretary Peter O’ Reilly who were so helpful during 2012, allowing Longford Ladies use of Glennon Brothers Pearse Park for matches and meetings, to all the GAA clubs that allowed us access during the year for our training, matches and various programmes. Special mention was given to Andy Egan and Shroid GFC for their great help during 2012. The referees were praised for doing a fine job, even though everyone gives out - without the referee there would be no games, while it is an unthankful job and every one of them are appreciated, eventually. The new Executive is made up as follows: Chairperson - Dolores Kiernan; Vice Chair - Breda Heaney; Secretary - Victor Connell; Asst Sec. - Melissa Whelan; Treasurer - Ann Jones; PRO - Pamela Coy; Asst PRO Charles Canning; Registrar - Anna Coyle; Culture & Language - Caroline Doyle; Leinster Delegates - Tom Reilly and Barbara Jones, Central Delegates - Marie Matthews and Sean Whelan. The new Executive takes up their responsibilities immediately. There are 5 members from Killoe, 4 from Colmcille, 1 each from Ballymore, Carrickedmond, Edgeworthstown and Mullinalaghta on the 2013 Board. The Development Officer and Childrens Officer roles still to be filled. The development squad have a presentation organised for December 10th, more about that next week. There is also a bag pack organised in Dunnes Stores just before Christmas so we ask everyone for a hand out at that. We have finished our schedule of matches, ahead of the programme which is fantastic given the large number of matches played in all our various competitons and ages groups during 2012. As Christmas comes closer into view it is now a time of rest for our players. As I finish my stint as PRO may I wish each and everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.