GAA notes

KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: Our fantastic run in the Leinster Club Championship came to an end at rain-swept Portlaoise on Sunday last but not without a fight which we never gave up until the very final whistle.

KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: Our fantastic run in the Leinster Club Championship came to an end at rain-swept Portlaoise on Sunday last but not without a fight which we never gave up until the very final whistle.

Killoe came so close to upsetting the odds in a game that has been hailed as one of the best in the Provincial Club series in recent years. Emmet Og were under pressure from the start by a fast moving Portlaoise outfit but the Young Emmets gradually found their footing to make the game considerably more even with the Laois champions leading by just one point at half-time. Killoe started the second half in determined fashion and took a one point lead early on. In a very evenly contested second half the outcome could have gone either way. In the end the more experienced Portlaoise got the few extra scores to see them over the line and we wish them well in the Leinster final. The Killoe players can be proud of their achievements in this competition. They brought the Club to new heights and standards and it is hoped that this will continue in the future. The management team of Tommy McCormack, Terry McCormack and John Bracken can also take a bow for their fantastic work this year so far. Also thanks to all the backroom people involved in this journey. Last but not least we thank the large number of supporters who travelled to Portlaoise on Sunday last, not alone from Killoe but from many other parishes as well. The Killoe support was unbelievable, outnumbering the home crowd by at least 4 to 1. Many thanks to all who travelled. Our long season continues on Wednesday night when we take on Colmcille in the Leader Cup quarter-final in Emmet Park at 8.30pm. Should we win this match we then travel to Allen Park on Sunday to play Clonguish in the semi-final of the Leader Cup. Check fixtures for details. Congratulations to our schoolgirls on winning the Schools League Final at Pearse Park on Saturday last when defeating Stonepark. Well done to all the players and management involved. Lotto Results: November 24th. Numbers drawn: 2, 4, 14, 25. There was no Jackpot winner. 20 euro winners: Una Manning, Clonellan, Drumlish; Noel Lennon, New York; Patsy Fox, Esker; Eugene Murphy, Corneddan; Frank Kiernan Sen. Carriglass. Seller’s Prize: Brendan Bracken Sen. Aughaboy. Next week’s Jackpot 2100 euro. Next week’s draw will be held in The Olde Forge. Ollie Killian’s team will be on duty. Bulk Lotto subscriptions available. Yearly – 100 euro. 6-monthly -50 euro. Quarterly – 25 euro. 

CLONGUISH: Lotto results for Saturday November 24th will appear here next week. Scór na nÓg: Saturday night last marked the second semi-final for this years Scór na nÓg competition. Clonguish were represented in solo-singing by Andrea Glennon and in the question time by Ciaran Madden, Veronica Breslin and Dearbhaile Madden. Andrea gave a great rendition of ‘A Song for Ireland’ which undoubtedly impressed the adjudicators as she now will go forward to represent the club in the Co. Final which takes place in Lanesboro this Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the question time team who have been preparing diligently over the last month produced a super display as they too qualified for this Sunday’s Co. final, starting at 3pm. Any support from the club would be greatly appreciated. Go n-éirí an bóthar leo. Hard luck to Killoe who were beaten by Portlaoise in the Leinster Club semi-final on Sunday last. This now paves the way for the Leader Cup to recommence. We are due to play the winners of Killoe and Colmcille next Sunday at Allen Park, keep an eye on the fixtures for throw-in time. The AGM takes place on Sunday 16th December next, and a reminder that a special Christmas Monster Bingo will be held on Sunday 9th December in the PJ Murphy Hall. 2,500 euro in prizes will be up for grabs, as well as a raffle and loads of extra spot prizes will be given out on the day. Meanwhile, plans for a White Collar Boxing night on Saturday 26th January are well underway. More details will emerge in the coming weeks.

GRANARD ST. MARY’S: We played Cashel in the final of the Michael Moran Memorial Cup last Saturday evening under the lights at Emmet Park, Killoe. In a game that was very tight all through there was never more that a few points between the sides until near the end when Cashel got a goal that put them 5 points up. We never gave up though and a late goal from Glen Kelly from a quick free left Cashel just the 2 points in front and that’s the way it ended with the final score St. Mary’s 1-8 Cashel 1-10. The team started as follows: Eoghan Mallon, Vinny Nally, Thomas Gallagher, Jody Connolly, Brian Sheridan, Alan Neilon, Bernard Clyne, Charlie Martin, Michael Murray, Liam Sullivan, David Blessington, Edmund Kelly (0-1), Stephen Lynch, Timmy Jackson, James Hynes (0-5). Subs used were David Hynes (0-1), Liam O’Rourke, Glen Kelly (1-0), Fergus Kelly and Paul Smyth (0-1). This was a game we could have won but it wasn’t to be and this game brought an end to a successful year for our club. Last January our aim was to try to get back into Senior ranks and Gerry Cadden was persuaded to take on this job. Peter Sheridan and Michael Gettings came on board as selectors and together they got our team playing well again to capture both the ’A’ and ’B’ Intermediate Championships. Our performances and these two championships wins were a huge lift to our club, supporters and Granard parish. Thanks to the management and players for their efforts during 2012 which leave us in a position over the winter that we can look forward to the start of next season. It’s a few years since we were able to do this and we have our A.G.M. on the 8th December at 6pm in the clubhouse to help plan our return to Senior ranks. This meeting has been moved from the 1st December and we hope to have all our members (new members also very welcome) present to help us prepare for 2013.

KILLASHEE ST. BRIGID’S: Our next Lotto draw will take place in The Camlin Bar, Clondra on Sunday 2nd December for a jackpot of 3860 euro. Team on duty is; Michael Skelly, Sean Sheridan Amanda Stewart and Virginia Fetherstone. We continue to collect scrap metal and 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. The Club will be holding its AGM this Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse Killashee. Our White Collar Boxing event is fast approaching and it will take place in The Longford Arms Hotel on the 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.

ARDAGH ST. PATRICK’S: Lotto results for Sunday 25th November. Numbers drawn: 11, 12, 16, 24. Jackpot 4300 euro. No winners: 25 euro winners were: Brian Henry, Drumroe; Patrick Bannon, Cross; Terry Drake, Abbeylara; Dan Wilmont, John Byrne, Kenagh. Jackpot for Sunday 2nd December 4350 euro. Team D on Lotto Duty on Sunday 2nd December: Nicholas Farrell, Packie and Maureen Cahill, Ciaran Kelly Team/Player. Edgeworthstown Rota: Ciaran Kelly and Team/Player. Our Annual General Meeting takes in the Pete Keenan Clubroom this Friday night 30th November starting at 8.30pm. Deepest sympathy to the Burns family, Granard on the death of Bobby. May he rest in peace.

CARRICKEDMOND: Lotto Results for 20/11/12 are as follows Jackpot 6,620 euro. Numbers Drawn 04-06-08-16 No winner. 50 euro winners: Helen Gouldsberry c/o Hanly’s and Trina O’Brien, Colehill. Next week’s Jackpot is 6,700 euro. The Longford GAA All-Stars takes place on Saturday 8th of December in the Rustic Inn and for further information contact Michéal Carrigy. Carrickedmond annual GAA Dinner Dance will take place in the Rustic Inn on the 12th of January, tickets available shortly. Reminder that our annual Charity Match will take place on St. Stephen’s Day in aid of St. Christopher’s. Fitness classes will take place in the New Year in the Complex, more details to follow later. Hard luck to Emmet Óg who were defeated by Portlaoise in the AIB Leinster Club semi-final on Sunday last.

CASHEL: There was no winner of this week’s lotto Jackpot, numbers drawn 6, 15, 18, 26. The 30 euro winner was Maureen Fagan, Derrydarragh and 20 euro each to Shane Clarke, Curroole, Anthony Melia and Pauric Killian. Jackpot next week is 10,000 euro. Draw takes place in Fallon’s and team on duty Bernie Casey, Andrew Donlon and Jack Bannon. Well done to the Intermediate ream on winning the Michael Moran Memorial Cup on Saturday last when they defeated St Mary’s Granard by 1-10 to 1-8. This was indeed a very welcome win for the team and management, and we compliment them on their fine display. It is a fitting reward for all their great efforts during the year. Team and scorers: Gerard Neilon, Ronan Muldoon, Michael Donlon, Ronan Farrell, Peter Foy, Padraig Farrell, Luke Casey, Gerard Dennigan, James Rowan, Conan Casey, Gary Kenny (0-7, 6 frees), Aidan Rowan, Kieran Mulvihill (1-0), Kevin Coffey (0-2), Thomas Delaney (0-1). The Senior Club hold their A.G.M. on Saturday 15th December, completed Nomination Papers should be returned to Club Secretary Bernie Farrell before 6pm on Friday next 30th November. In relation to the “Slimaton Fundraiser”, Ruth O’Malley from the Motivation Clinic in Athlone will be at the Clubhouse on this Thursday between 8pm and 9pm for the second last weigh-in, participants will be notified by text of the exact time before then. Sponsorship cards, sold and unsold should be returned on that night. A very important meeting of the local Minor G.A.A. Club takes place on Wednesday 5th December at 9pm. in the Clubhouse. Anyone with any interest in the future development of underage Gaelic Football in the parish is urged to come along to this meeting. Anyone with ideas or suggestions on how to move the Club forward is welcome to attend. We would, especially, welcome parents of National School children who have shown an interest in Gaelic games to come along and get involved. 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 people. We appeal to everyone to come along to this meeting on Wednesday 5th December at 9pm. Sincere sympathy to the the Marlowe family, Derryhaun and the McHugh family on the death of Geraldine Marlowe, may she rest in peace.

FORGNEY ST. MUNIS: Hard luck to Ballymahon/Forgney Under 21’s who were defeated by Abbeylara in the “B” Championship Final in Keenan Park, Ardagh on Sunday last. With a lot of this panel eligible again next season we hope they can go one step better. The club extends its sympathy to the Mahon family, Kildordan on the recent death of Brigit, and to the St. Mary’s club and the Burns family, Granard and Kildare on the sad passing of former Longford great Bobby. May they rest in peace. A reminder that this year’s County Convention takes place in Aras Ui Bhriain, Pearse Park on Friday December 14th, starting at 7pm, and best of luck to Eamon Reilly who is standing for re-election.

MINOR-BALLYMAHON/FORGNEY GAELS: Hard luck to our under 21 team last Sunday in the U-21 ‘B’ final against Abbeylara. Hard luck lads. The panel on the day consisted of the following: James McCormack, Niall Noonan, Jamie Noonan, James Mulleady, Shane Mulleady, John Reed, Charlie Byrne, Pedro Byrne, Niall Dowler, Niall Sheehy, Lee Masters, Paul Kelly, Daniel Steele,Thomas Mulvihill, Jordan Mulvihill, Simon Daly, Colin Ledwith, Shane Rowan, Matthew Daly, Sean McMullen, Robert Flynn and Paul Keegan. A big thanks to the management this year which consisted of Willie Forbes, Jude McLynn and Mark Mulvihill. Well done lads, ye did great work for the club. Our AGM will be held within the coming weeks. A text will be sent out to all club members and parents to when the meeting will be held. Remember this is your club, so come down to listen to issues and have your say in the club and community. Our deepest sympathies to the Rock family, Shrule and the McDonald, family of Lanesboro. Also to the Fayne family of Lanesboro. RIP.

MINOR-CARRICK SARSFIELDS: Presentation Night will be held in St Sinneachs Hall, Carrickedmond on Saturday 8th December, starting at 6pm. This presentation night is for Nursery, under 8, Under 10, under 12, Under 14, juveniles and Minors. All players and their parents are welcome to attend. The President of the GAA Liam O’Neill, will attend. Special guests will also be in attendance. Please arrive on time as proceedings will start on time. Congratulations to Colehill girls football team on winning Cumann na mBunscoil Division 2 League Final last week. The majority of these girls started out with the Carrick Sarsfields Club. Also on the same day the Ladies Minor team from Carrickedmond won the Minor B Championship. This is great achievement for the parish. Well done to both teams and their mentors. AGM will be held on Thursday 13th December at 9pm in Clubhouse in Legan. All coaches, parents and players are invited to attend.

MINOR-KILLOE: Congrats to Schoolgirls on winning the Division 1 League final v Stonepark in Pearse Park on Saturday last. Well done to all involved especially Colm Harte and Gerry Rowley. Commiserations to the seniors who were narrowly beaten by Portlaoise in Leinster Club semi-final on Sunday last. U-21 Final is on Sunday December 9th v Fr. Manning Gaels in Ballinalee and best of luck to all concerned. Minor Club AGM will be on Sunday December 9th in Clonee and all members are asked to attend. Congratulations to our figure dancers and instrumental group who are through to the county final of Scór na nÓg. Both sets of competitors performed brilliantly in their semi-final on Friday night last in Legan. Congratulations also to the figure dancers representing the ladies club and hard luck to Olivia Whelan who was so unlucky in the solo singing. Thank you also to Marian Kiernan and Mary Walshe for their continued help and hard work We hope everyone will get behind our finalists next Sunday in Lanesboro at 3pm

MINOR-SHANNON GAELS: This week is a very special one for our minor club. We have the distinct honour of hosting the county finals of Scór na nÓg for the first time and we are rightly proud of the honour. The Finals on Sunday will commence at 3pm and the competition should be excellent throughout. The club travelled to Ardagh on Saturday evening last for the semi-final of Scór na nÓg and throughout the evening all our entrants performed heroically in each of their events. In the end two of our groups – ballad group and sketch group had won their way through to next Sunday’s final. The others representing the club were Recitation- Jack O’Loughlin, Solo singing – Rachael Ginty accompanied by Chloe Kenny on guitar. Question-time team of Stephen O’Dowd, Aaron Farrell, Amy Webb and Laura O’Sullivan. The club would like to thank everyone that travelled to Ardagh to support our Scór talent. On Sunday the ballad group of Aishling Casey, Killian Flood, Ronan English, Orla Keane and Ronan English and the sketch group of Lauren Guinan, Laura Peters, Shane Kenny, Anna Peters, Niall Keane, Andrew Ward, Dearbhail Flood and Jack O’Loughlin will represent us in the final. We encourage everyone in the parish that wants to spend an evening being regally entertained to come along to St. Mary’s Parish Hall and to support our young people representing our club and parish so well. The club wishes the county Longford Vocational schools team the very best of luck on Saturday next as they take on Offaly VS in Pearse Park at 1pm. The club is represented by Owen Sorohan, Jack Rooney and Shane Kenny. The Under 18 team management team for the coming year is Kevin Hanley, Kevin Chapman and James Hanley. The U-16 team will be managed by Padraig Kenny, Padraig O’Dowd, Cathal Chapman and Mick Shortall. The U-14 team management is Michael Hanley, Sean Kenny and Ciaran Kenny. The U-12 management consists of Seadna Ryan and Pauric Farrell. As of yet we are seeking people to take on with our U-10 panel. The management of the U-6 and U8 teams is in the process of being finalised and will be announced shortly. If you as parents are interested in being part of and having your children being part of a wonderful and proactive club you should contact any member of the club executive.

LADIES-BALLYMAHON/FORGNEY: Our Fun Run took place on October 27th and it was a great success. We would like to thank everyone who participated and to everyone who helped out on the day. We would like to thank our sponsors Value Centre, Mullingar, Gerry Ellis & Sons Fruit and Veg. Our end of year trophy presentation night was held in Cooney’s Hotel on Friday 6th November. There was a fantastic turn out of players and family support on the night and a great night was had by all. Again thank you to everyone who helped on the night. Players of the Year: U-10: Donna Hannifin. U-12 Sarah Horan. U-14 Andrea Higgins. U-16 Shannon Reid. Minor: Michelle O’Meara. Senior: Naomi Marlowe. Most Improved Players: U-12 Megan Noonan. U-14 Chloe Duffy. U-16 Jamie Poole. Senior Megan Sheerin. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped all year with training, fund raising, lifts to matches underage blitz. We had a very successful year and we hope more people will get involved next year. A special thanks to our new sponsors of jerseys Midland Trophies and Cooney’s Hotel. Also to Pat Smyth of Supervalu for allowing us to bag pack at his premises and to everyone who gave spot prizes to our Quiz nights. Our next fundraiser for end of year is a Table Quiz in Cooney’s Hotel on Thursday 29th November, starting at 9pm. The club is always in search of new players to join our club so if you are interested please contact us on our facebook page. The club would like to wish Molly O’Sullivan and her family good luck as they travel to Australia in the New Year. To all our club players, mentors and volunteers we wish you all a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Our AGM will be held in January and we hope to see everyone back at training in early February.

LADIES-CARRICKEDMOND: Our annual Christmas draw takes place on January, 12th at the Carrickedmond Dinner Dance. 1st Prize Flat Screen TV, Hamper sponsored by O’Hanlon Pharmacy, 50 euro voucher sponsored by Johnston Pharmacy, Leader House, Longford, set of glasses and numerous other prizes. Tickets are presently being distributed to all players. The annual Carrickedmond dinner dance takes place on January 12th in the Rustic Inn. This is always a very enjoyable and sociable occasion. All players please leave that night free and we would encourage all parents to attend for our presentation of medals. Look forward to seeing you all there.

LADIES-KILLOE: Spot the ball results for 16/11/12 were: 25 euro winner Kathleen Dempsey and 100 euro winner Mick McKeon. Results for 23/11/12 were: 25 euro winner Anne Gilna and 100 euro winner was Michael Casey, Newtown. The U-14 are being presented with their summer league medals next Monday evening at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. All Players are asked to attend. Junior Scor was held last weekend and the ladies club entered two of the competitions which were Figure Dancing and Solo Singing. Congrats to the figure dancing group who made it through to the county final which is taking place on Sunday in Lanesboro but hard luck to Olivia Whelan who missed out on a spot in the solo singing. The ladies club would like to thanks all the girls who entered the junior scor this year and best of luck in the final, also best of luck to the Killoe minors who also have figure dancing and a instrumental music group in the final. Condolences to the Morgan family and the Carrigy family, Ballinalee on their recent bereavements. Hard Luck to the Killoe men as they bowed out of the Leinster Club Championship on Sunday last . It was great to see such a great crowd of supporters from the parish and county down to support this great young team. Best of luck to the U-21 men who are in their final on Sunday week. Pride of place this week goes to the Killoe school girls team who made history on Saturday last as they won their 1st ever title for the school by beating Stonepark in the division 1 league final. Congrats girls, it was a great performance and great credit is due to Gerry Rowley, Peter Rooney and Master Harte who have put in tremendous work with the squad for the last two years to bring them to such a high standard . Hopefully the girls will carry it on to the club and we will see each and everyone of them playing with the club next year.