DROMARD: Our Leader Cup quarter-final is this Sunday against Abbeylara in Abbeylara at 1.30pm. Best of luck to all here. Hard luck to Killoe who bowed out of the Leinster club championship when they were narrowly defeated by Portlaoise on Sunday last after a great display. Well done to Abbeylara who captured the Under 21 B championship on Sunday last. Well done to Cíarán Macken who guided Castlerahan to a league final in Cavan recently only to be narrowly beaten by Mullahoran in the final on Sunday. The club extends their condolences to the McCabe and Faughnan families, Corglass on their recent bereavement. Sincere sympathies also go to the Kenny family, Corglass who also suffered bereavement in the past week. Lotto results for Monday night 19th November. The numbers drawn were 3, 9, 10 and 12. There was no jackpot winner. The winners of the draw were Bea McGirl, Donal Gray family, Ronan McStay, Lorraine Kane. The seller’s prize was won by Marian Maguire. We would like to remind our supporters about our upcoming raffle on 15th December, the main prize for which is two return flight tickets to Australia plus 1,000 euro spending money. (The cash alternative of the prize is 3,000 euro). Tickets for the draw, costing 5 euro each or a book of 6 tickets for 20 euro are available in local shops, from club members and also available on line (see our club webpage www.dromard.longford.gaa.ie ). The Gathering 2013 - the committee organising the school reunion (encompassing the three schools of Moyne, Legga and Edenmore as well as the existing Dromard Primary school) are asking past pupils and teachers to forward old photos for inclusion in the reunion booklet. Photos will be scanned and the originals returned to the owners immediately. Short articles recalling memories of your time in these schools are also requested. To facilitate this, an e-mail account firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up for the purpose or a written copy can be forwarded to any of the committee. The committee would appreciate an early response as they need to have material available for the printers well in advance of the publication.
BORNACOOLA: Our annual table quiz was held on Friday night in the Copper Still, Dromod. Thanks to all who came along and supported the final fundraiser of the year. A special word of thanks to Liam Rabbitte our ever reliable question master and to Noel, Martina and Shane for their work. Thanks also to Derek in the Copper Still, to Bobby Shanley for the amplification, to our ticket sellers and to those who gave spot prizes. It was a tight contest all the way and in the end went to a three way tie breaker with the Howard family team taking first place represented by Philip, Kelly, Trevor Howard, Fintan Clandilion and Paddy O’Donovan. The junior section was won by Shannon Boyle, Tara Donnelly, Liam Jones, Brian Duffy and Karl Mallon. Spot prizes were won on the night by Sharon McGowan (ham sponsored by Kevin Mallon), Kelly Howard (Box of roses sponsored by Aiden and Martina Hackett), Sean McKeon (Box of biscuits sponsored by Seamus Mallon) and Josephine McGushin who took the final two prizes of the night (a box of biscuits sponsored by Evelyn Reynolds and a bottle of wine sponsored by the Copper Still). We faced Gortletteragh in the Division 2 League final on Sunday last in Pairc Sean. After leading for much of what was a very entertaining and close game, Bornacoola faded in the last ten minutes as a lack of training since our championship exit began to show. Bornacoola led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break and remarkably the seven points came from seven different players. With just 8 minutes remaining, Bornacoola still held that slender advantage (0-10 to 0-9), but faded a little in the closing minutes, failing to score again as Gortletteragh added four unanswered points. Hard luck to manager Gerry Clarke and his team and we extend our congratulations to Gortletteragh on their double-winning season. Promotion for both our first and second teams was the league goal at the start of the year and while both teams were narrowly beaten in their respective league finals, it is nonetheless a good return for 2012. The team on Sunday was: Bobby Shanley, David Mulligan, Brian Reilly, Jason Conroy, Niall O’Connor, Morgan Shanley, John McGuinness, Gary McCloskey (0-1), David O’Connor (0-3), Mark McCloskey (0-1), Michael Duignan (0-1), Philip Howard (0-1). Declan Shanley (0-1). Damien Moran (0-1) and Brian Conroy (0-1). Subs used were Sean McKeon, Trevor Howard, Paul Hackett and Kevin Shanley. Our deepest sympathies to the Barry family (Longford) and Hanley family (Cloonturk) on the death of Elizabeth Barry (nee Hanley) last week. Mother of former Longford star and current Gortletteragh manager Dessie, a minute’s silence was observed in her honour at the league final on Sunday.
KILGLASS GAELS: Well done to our Minor Boys and management who comprehensively won the Minor Special League last weekend. Hard luck to our Minor Ladies who were just pipped after a great display. Last Person Standing 3: 29 remain in competition after week 4. Club Merchandise: If anyone is interested in purchasing club Hoodies, tops or any other club merchandise, please contact Tríona McGuire at 087 1755900 or 086 1527299 immediately as orders must be placed next week for delivery before Christmas. Also Club Hats are now available. Scór na nÓg County Final takes place in Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone on Sunday 9th Dec at 1pm. Tickets are available from box office or online at www.deancrowetheatre.com. Early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. Kilglass will have representation on the day by both our figure & set dancers, solo singer & recitation. We wish our competitors and their mentors the very best of luck. Kilglass Gaels and St Barry’s GAA clubs would like to thank everyone who supported or helped out in anyway with the recent “White Collar Boxing Fundraiser”. To the boxers, judges, officials and trainers - without you there would have been no reason to be there. To our helpers, stewards and workers on the night and in the days leading up to the event, your efforts are more than greatly appreciated. Also a big thank you to our supporters and sponsors who yet again are always there when called upon. We hope you enjoyed the night and it was a night to remember for one and all. Handball in the Sportshall on every Thursday at 7pm for juveniles and 8pm for adults. Contact Eddie Conboy for further details at 086 0528884.
MINOR-ST. FRANCIS DROMARD: On Saturday last we held a medal presentation to our victorious under 12 and under 13 league winning teams of the past year. Our guest of honour was All-Ireland winning Donegal player Mark McHugh. This was well attended and very enjoyable function. A big thanks to Mark for making himself available on the evening and for his patience in signing autographs and standing into pictures with the children and families. He was able to pass on very good words of advice to all players in attendance. Thanks to the minor club committee who organised the event and prepared the food. Thanks to our capable MC on the evening John Duffy and to Peter Masterson for setting up the sound system. Thanks to everyone else who helped out in anyway. The schoolgirls team who claimed a league title earlier in the day were special guests. They also were presented with their medals on the day. The semi-final of Junior SCÓR took place on Saturday last in Ardagh. Our representatives on the night were as follows; Solo Singing - Alanna Mulligan, Instrumental Music - Laura and Liam Doherty, Recitation - Christopher Grimes, Question time - Conal Murphy, Oisín Hourican and Éanna Mimnagh. The Instrumental Music and Recitation qualified for the final that takes place in Lanesboro next Sunday, starting at 3pm. Best of luck to all in that. Well done to all who participated and thanks to anyone who helped out in anyway in the preparations.
LADIES-DROMARD: On Saturday last it was destination Pearse Park for our schoolgirls team who took on Granard in their league final. The sub zero temperatures didn’t affect either team who started the game at a brisk pace. Dromard got off to a great start when Cíara Reilly found the Granard net with a great strike. This was quickly followed by a Clodagh Duffy point from play. Granard showed they meant business by scoring a goal and a point to level matters. Not deterred by this, Dromard came storming back and were able to land a further 3-3 which left them ahead 4-4 to 1-2 as the half-time whistle sounded. The second half was a nip and tuck affair with our opponents making a spirited comeback. However we scored two more goals compliments of Jamie Lee Reilly and Allana Mulligan that ensured the lead was held onto until the final whistle. The final score was Dromard 6-8 Granard 4-3. Team and scorers: Bridget Donohoe, Sarah Murphy, Allanah Reilly, Aoife Brady, Clodagh Duffy (0-2), Alanna Mulligan (1-4) 2 frees, Cíara Reilly (3-0), Jamie Lee Reilly (2-2) 1-0 free, Aoife Grimes. Subs used on the day were Kate Masterson, Abi Duffy, Gemma Reilly, Eleanor Rabbitte, Faye Reilly and Dearbhaile Currid. Team captain Aoife Grimes accepted the cup on behalf of her team mates and gave a very good acceptance speech. Alanna Mulligan received the player of game award for her fine performance. Alanna’s work wasn’t done for the day as later that night she represented her club at Junior SCÓR in solo singing. All the players gave excellent performances on the day and in all their earlier games in the competition. The panel were greeted later at the clubhouse where they received their medals from All-Ireland winner Mark McHugh, Donegal. Thanks to the minor club for including this as part of their medal presentations. A big thanks goes to their teachers and team trainers Padraig Dennigan, Aoibhin O’Neill and Harry Rock for the dedication given to the team’s preparations. The ladies club AGM will now take place on Sunday December 16th from 12.30 to 1.30pm. The under 12 girls league winning team will be presented with their medals on the day.
LADIES-LONGFORD SLASHERS: Our season on the football fields has finished for this year and it turned into a very successful for us. We won the U-14 championship and summer league and the Junior B championship. we reached the finals of the U-16 championship and Summer League and the Minor championship final. Our U-12 teams both reached the A championship semi-finals which was a great achievement. Hopefully we can build on these successes in the coming years. The club extends its sympathy to the Branigan family on the untimely passing of Leo. The club also extends its sympathy to the Barry family on their loss of Elizabeth. May they both rest in peace.
LADIES-MOSTRIM: We held a cake sale last weekend after all the masses and yet again the whole community stepped up to the occasion helping to making it a very successful fundraiser. The cake sale would not have been possible without the many generous people who kindly volunteered to bake for our event. We are so grateful to you all for contributing an array of delicious mouth-watering treats. Thanks to Fr. Bannon for the use of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. We wish to thank all the people who came in and supported us at the weekend; we hope you enjoyed your goodies. Just a reminder on St. Stephen’s Day there will be Puc Fada and Long Kick Competitions for a range of age groups for both men and women. The event kicks off at 11.30am and entry fees are 5 euro. All proceeds in aid of St. Christopher’s so please come out and support this worthy cause. For more details please contact Michael McCormack.