GAA Club News

Emmet Og: Our annual dinner dance took place last Saturday night at the Longford arms hotel. This was a very well attended event with close on 400 people present. The club would like to extend a big thank you to all who attended and supported this event.
The event commenced at 8pm and thank you to all in attendance for being seated on time to allow this to happen. An excellent meal was provided by the Longford Arms Hotel followed by music by Pascal, Liz and Dave. The club wish to thank the hotel staff and management for their hospitality as well as the band for making this event such a success. A great night’s craic was had by all in attendance with dancing continuing until the small hours of the morning. Several awards were presented on the night including medals to our Victorious Under 21, Senior Championship and Leader cup winning teams. These medals were presented by County Chairman Brendan Gilmore and County manager Glenn Ryan, both of whom paid glowing tributes to our club and Parish. Medals were also presented to Our victorious ladies teams by Longford ladies Chairman Dolores Kiernan. As well as these medals several other awards were presented on the night. A very deserving winner of the hall of fame award was Mr John Reilly. John Reilly’s name is synonymous with Killoe football since his playing days in the 1960s, particularly at all under age levels. Every young lad in the Parish was at some stage transported to or from games in every corner of the county by John in the back of what ever mode of transport he was then driving, on occasion the bulk of the team arriving with John. John continues to be involved with our Junior team as well as the under 21 team. The club owes a great debt of gratitude to John for all his involvement over the years with everyone in agreement that John was a most deserving winner of this award. The club wishes good health and fortune to John in the future and hope that he will continue to be involved with the mentoring and management of teams for years to come. The clubman of the year award was presented to our senior team manager Tommy McCormack. Again this was well deserved following Tommy taking our young senior team to the verge of a Leinster final and finishing the season with the Championship and Leader Cup trophies in the bag. Indeed but for a bit of luck on that wet miserable Sunday in Portlaoise, Tommy and his team could have been competing in the Leinster final. Our Senior player of the year award went to Padraig McCormack, This was well deserved also as Padraig made the full back slot his own as the Championship progressed. Our Junior player of the year award went to Thomas Quinn and ladies player of the year going to Sharon Tracey. In addition, awards were presented to three members of our outgoing executive, Frank Kiernan, Gerry Rowley and Karl Nolan to mark their contribution to the club over the past number of years and thank them for their hard work. Upon stepping down as Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, these three men certainly left the club in a very healthy position. No doubt all 3 will continue to be involved in various roles in the future. Finally a big thank you to our ticket sellers who did a great job in managing the distribution of the tickets in a short period of time. Also a big thank you to our MC on the night Mr John Dowd who ensured that the event progressed promptly. Anyone with outstanding ticket money is asked to have same paid to Danny Keogh by this Friday. Photographer Mr John Regan was in attendance on the night and all pictures taken are available to order directly from John Regan. Training commenced for our Junior panel on Monday night in Cullyfad with the next session on Friday night at 8.30p.m. All interested in playing this year are asked to attend. Our Lotto draw was held on Monday night in the forge. Results will be included in next week’s notes. Next week’s draw will take place on Sunday night in Begley’s.

Emmet Og: Our annual dinner dance took place last Saturday night at the Longford arms hotel. This was a very well attended event with close on 400 people present. The club would like to extend a big thank you to all who attended and supported this event.
The event commenced at 8pm and thank you to all in attendance for being seated on time to allow this to happen. An excellent meal was provided by the Longford Arms Hotel followed by music by Pascal, Liz and Dave. The club wish to thank the hotel staff and management for their hospitality as well as the band for making this event such a success. A great night’s craic was had by all in attendance with dancing continuing until the small hours of the morning. Several awards were presented on the night including medals to our Victorious Under 21, Senior Championship and Leader cup winning teams. These medals were presented by County Chairman Brendan Gilmore and County manager Glenn Ryan, both of whom paid glowing tributes to our club and Parish. Medals were also presented to Our victorious ladies teams by Longford ladies Chairman Dolores Kiernan. As well as these medals several other awards were presented on the night. A very deserving winner of the hall of fame award was Mr John Reilly. John Reilly’s name is synonymous with Killoe football since his playing days in the 1960s, particularly at all under age levels. Every young lad in the Parish was at some stage transported to or from games in every corner of the county by John in the back of what ever mode of transport he was then driving, on occasion the bulk of the team arriving with John. John continues to be involved with our Junior team as well as the under 21 team. The club owes a great debt of gratitude to John for all his involvement over the years with everyone in agreement that John was a most deserving winner of this award. The club wishes good health and fortune to John in the future and hope that he will continue to be involved with the mentoring and management of teams for years to come. The clubman of the year award was presented to our senior team manager Tommy McCormack. Again this was well deserved following Tommy taking our young senior team to the verge of a Leinster final and finishing the season with the Championship and Leader Cup trophies in the bag. Indeed but for a bit of luck on that wet miserable Sunday in Portlaoise, Tommy and his team could have been competing in the Leinster final. Our Senior player of the year award went to Padraig McCormack, This was well deserved also as Padraig made the full back slot his own as the Championship progressed. Our Junior player of the year award went to Thomas Quinn and ladies player of the year going to Sharon Tracey. In addition, awards were presented to three members of our outgoing executive, Frank Kiernan, Gerry Rowley and Karl Nolan to mark their contribution to the club over the past number of years and thank them for their hard work. Upon stepping down as Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, these three men certainly left the club in a very healthy position. No doubt all 3 will continue to be involved in various roles in the future. Finally a big thank you to our ticket sellers who did a great job in managing the distribution of the tickets in a short period of time. Also a big thank you to our MC on the night Mr John Dowd who ensured that the event progressed promptly. Anyone with outstanding ticket money is asked to have same paid to Danny Keogh by this Friday. Photographer Mr John Regan was in attendance on the night and all pictures taken are available to order directly from John Regan. Training commenced for our Junior panel on Monday night in Cullyfad with the next session on Friday night at 8.30p.m. All interested in playing this year are asked to attend. Our Lotto draw was held on Monday night in the forge. Results will be included in next week’s notes. Next week’s draw will take place on Sunday night in Begley’s.

Clonguish: The club would like to thank greatly the McGrath’s, Protrans Irl-UK-European Transport for their continued sponsorship of the Club for 2013 and their backing will ensure progress can be made both on and off the field for the year ahead. On Saturday next the 26th Jan at 8.30pm our White Collar Boxing night takes place in the PJ Murphy Sports Complex. Nolan Motors, Newtownforbes are the main sponsors for the event on the night and we would like to thank them for there generosity. A full list of sponsors will be published on the night and all monies are greatly appreciated by the committee and club. Preparations are coming together for the night and all boxers are showing great dedication to the strict training regime that’s in place. A total of nine bouts will take place on the night with a half time interval after fight five. A full bar will be in operation on the night till late and music will follow afterwards. Well known county councillor and GAA Sports commentator Mr. John Duffy has kindly agreed to do MC on the night. The line up of fights and pairings have been made and are as follows: Fight 1. Michael Melly v Paddy Corcoran, Fight 2. Niamh Kiernan v Emma Dardis, Fight 3. Kyle Cronogue v Colin Reynolds, Fight 4. Declan Farrell v John Cullen, Fight 5. Stephen Watters v David Faughnan, Fight 6. Una Flynn v Yvonne Barden, Fight 7. Peter Brady v Paddy Dowd, Fight 8. Derek Duggan v John O’Brien, Fight 9. Brian Farrell v Padraig Cooney. Tickets are on sale at the moment and if you wish to purchase any before the night Catherine Faughnan can be contact on 087-9956496. Tickets will also be on sale on the night price €10.00 with U18’s entry €5.00. All players are also asked to contact the above and help with selling of tickets for the week ahead. A great night is expected and all are welcome on the night. The club Lotto Draw took place in McGowan’s Pub this week and there were no winners of the Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 8, 19, 20, 23.. Weekly winners were as follows €100 Bernie Molloy, Drumkeeran, €25 Patrick Byrne, Drumkeeran, €25 Jack Maher c/o Alex Jones. Next weeks draw takes place in. Jackpot for next week is €3400.

St. Mary’s Granard: The Minor section of our club are holding their A.G.M. next Friday the 25th January at 7.30PM in the Clubhouse, all are very welcome to attend. Patricia Gettings is organising Senior Scor this year and is inviting everyone that would like to get involved to contact her at. There was no outright winner of the Glotto last week which was held in Lisryan. The numbers drawn were 5, 26, 27 and 28. The €30 winners were Eileen Baxter, Ballymachugh, Pauline Murphy, Lisryan and Valerie Flynn, Aughamore. The jackpot next week is €4300. Club membership is still open and can be paid to Grace Kearney or Peter Sheridan. Membership costs €50 (including insurance) for players, €30 for students (also includes insurance) and €20 for ordinary members. Well done to Darren Gallagher, Vinny Nally, Charlie Martin and the Co U21 team on their great win over Cavan in the Hastings Cup Final last week.

St Brigid’s, Killashee: Southern Gaels AGM will be held in Cashel Clubhouse on Tuesday 29th @ 8.30 pm, all members and coaches are asked to attend and any new members or anyone who wants to get involved are asked to come along. Our next Lotto draw takes Place in the Camlin Bar, Clondra on 27th January. The jackpot is €4,100. Team B is on Duty Amanda Stewart, Virginia Fetherstone, Michael Skelly & Sean Sheridan. The club wishes to thank all those who support our Lotto. Yearly Lotto Subscriptions are available for €45 – anyone interested in taking up this offer can contact Damien Edgeworth on 086 8362969. Membership for the year is now due. Subscriptions remain unchanged again this year. Non Playing Members €20, Playing Members €40 & Family membership €50. Please Contact Pat Farrell 087 769 3931 or James Edgeworth 086 321 3883.

Bornacoola: Club Draw Tickets for the 2013 Club Draws are now on Sale from Club members - €20 buys you entry into all 12 monthly draws. The first Club Draw of 2013 takes place in the Copper Still on this Saturday night with Music by Feargal Mc Gill. All ticket sellers are asked to return their sold and unsold tickets to the club this week – you can do so by giving them to Kevin Mallon, Shane Reynolds, Martina Hackett or they can be handed in to the Copper Still. Scór - Best wishes to our Question time team of Robert Beirne, Brian Duffy and Sean Muldowney who head to Castlebar on Saturday next for the Connacht Finals of Scór na nOg. After the heartbreak of coming second in 2012, the boys will be hopeful of going one better and qualifying for the All Ireland final in February in Derry. The Chairman already has the spare rooms made up in Dungiven! Scór Sinsear will also be starting soon – anyone interested in participating in any of the disciplines should contact our Oifigeach Cultúra Martina Hackett at 087 7963512. GOAL Mile - A note to hand from Noel Mahon to extend his thanks to the Club for hosting the GOAL Mile on New Year’s Day and to our members who took part and helped raise badly needed funds for the third world charity. This year the total raised was €5,860. The final figure is again a tremendous tribute to Noel and his team and all at the club are very proud to count Noel among our members as the work he does in this area is outstanding. Maith thú a Nollaig. Membership - Membership for 2013is now due and is available from Niall O Connor, (Registrar), Martina Hackett (Treasurer) or Shane Reynolds (Secretary) at €40 for adult players, €20 general membership, €10 Underage playing membership (to a maximum of €20 per family). For insurance purposes all those intending to play for the club in 2013 must be fully paid up members. No players will be allowed to play for the club until their membership has been paid. Mouthguards - A reminder to all our underage mentors, players and parents of underage players that it is now mandatory for all juvenile players (minors and below) to wear a mouthguard in all games and practice sessions. Advice on Mouthguards, the different types available and where they can be purchased can be located at http://www.gaa.ie/medical-and-player-welfare/mouthguards/

Carrickedmond: Lotto results for 15/1/2013. Jackpot 7260 euro. Numbers drawn 6,9,20,29. No winner. 50 euro winner Katie Quaine Tashinny and McGuire family Clonscott. Next week’s jackpot 7340 euro. We are now taking lotto subscription for 6 months or full year 100 euro. Please contact any executive member to pay. Club membership is now due. Players 20 euro. Non playing member 10 euro. Please pay Barry O’Farrell or Edwina Kelly. Congratulations to Longford U21 management and players on their win over Cavan in the Hastings Cup Final on Saturday. The sympathy of the club is extended to Brigie McDonnell and the Kenny family Ardagh on the death of Bernie. May he rest in peace.

Grattan Gaels: The Grattan Gaels AGM was held on Thursday last with a good attendance. The chairman James Gorham opened proceedings followed by the officer’s reports completed by PJ Farrell & Una McManus. A review of the previous year’s activities took place including underage, pitch development, team performances etc. The Chairman thanked all our sponsors, team management, and all those who fundraised and supported the club in the past year. Special note was made on how in 2012 the pitches, sports facilities and parking facilities of the club received major enhancement, and strong praise and credit is due to all club members and the general community who helped construct the facilities that all the community can be very proud off. The club is happy to report that formal opening of the club facilities will occur soon, which will be a great event for celebration for all involved. Officers elected were as follows: Chairperson: - Mick Hand, Vice chairperson - Kevin Campbell, Secretary - PJ Farrell, Assistant Secretary - Mary Conlon, Treasurer - Una McManus, Assistant Treasurer - James Gorham, PRO - Eddie McHugh, Designated officer - John Clarke, County Board delegates - Mick Hand, PJ Farrell, Kevin Campbell. Senior board delegate - Niall Nerney, Gaeilge and Cultural Officer - Pat Tiernan. The club would also greatly wish to thank James Gorham, the out-going Chairperson, for his immense contributions and enthusiasm over the last 3 years, and the Gaels Club would also like to praise Pat Clarke who acted as PRO for the club in the last 5 years, giving great support to the club all round. The club would also like to announce, that in 2013, all newcomers will be very welcome. Membership was fixed at 20 Euro for Gaels Players and members, and under 6’s will have free membership. The membership fee will covers costs for the year, including Insurance, Pitch access, Training fees, Referee fees, and general maintenance costs associated with the club. Fees can be paid to the Treasurers, and also a formal series of registrations events will be hosted in the near future. Lotto results: Numbers drawn were 9,17,19 & 28. No winner this week, next week’s jackpot is €2850, €20 winners were Philomena Murphy, Una Mc Manus and Elaine Clarke.

Fr Manning Gaels: Our social dinner and dance will take place this Saturday night, January 26th in Dillion’s Ballinamuck. Food will be served at 9pm sharp followed by live music. Players of the year and club personality awards will be presented on the night. Tickets priced at €10 are on sale from any executive member. Congratulations to the county U21s and their mentors on winning the Hastings cup on Sunday last, well done to all involved, especially all the lads from our own club.

Mostrim: Our AGM was held on Friday 18th in the Mostrim Arms. There were three new officers elected and Martin Gilchrist (joint treasurer) will step down when a replacement is found. Officers for 2013 are: Joint Presidents Michael Smith John McGerr (Snr.). Vice Presidents: Jimmy Mc Govern, Bartly McGovern, Jackie Devine, Tom McLoughlin. Chairman: Tony Garvey. Vice-chairman: Sean Hannon. Secretary: Michael Burke. Asst Secretary: Anna Coyle. Joint treasurers: Martin Gilchrist, Tom Victory. PRO and Records Officer: John McGerr (Jnr.). Irish officer Pauline Flood. Registrar: Padraig Donohoe. Development Officer: Bernard Connell. ASAP officer: John Coyle. Insurance Officer: Tommy Gallagher (Snr.). Coaching officers: Gerry Lynn, Brian Noonan, Ciaran Gallagher. Children’s officer: Eithne Coyle. County board delegates: Sean Hannon, Tom Mc Loughlin, Tommy Gallagher, Tony Garvey and Tom Victory. We didn’t have the greatest year on the football field but did retain Division1 status and Senior Championship status for 2013. Gerry Lynn, Joe McEnroe and Mickey O’Hara were thanked for their work during the year and new manager Enda Macken was welcomed in for 2013. His selectors to be chosen later. Mick McCormack is to manage the Reserve League/Senior B squads and John Coyle and John Cullen to manage the Under 21 team. There was great development work done during the year, the new stand was completed, kerbing and concreted area added, a small carpark near the new pitch and meeting room and gym area added to the up stairs part of the dressing rooms. All those who volunteered for this work were thanked for their efforts. Mrs Donohoe was congratulated on her ‘Hall of Fame’ award. Pauline Flood was thanked for her work with Scór – Scór na nÓg had a good year in 2012, reaching county finals and Leinster finals. Scór Sinsir (Senior Scór) begins soon so anyone who wishes to be involved please contact Pauline. The Club also thanked Barry Kane, Phillip and Ann Quinn for their continued sponsorship, Eamon and Anne Murray for hosting the AGM and the ‘Friends of Mostrim’ group who help out with finances. This group has reached the end of it’s three year cycle and is set to begin a new one so if you’d like to get involved please contact Tony Garvey, Michael Burke or Tom Victory. John Cullen is to take part in a white collar boxing event in the Sports Hall in Newtownforbes on the 26th January. This is a fundraiser for Clonguish GAA and we’d urge as many as can go down and support John on the night – it’s sure to be a lot of craic! There was no jackpot winner of the last Lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 2, 15, 17, 27. Twenty-five Euro winners were Cathal Whitney Croshea, Marian Farrell Moydow, J. McDermott Ardagh, Sean Logan Church Street. Seamus Farrell’s team on duty this weekend Sean Hannon, E. Doherty, P. Donohoe.

Rathcline: Senior training is now back in full swing after the appointment of Gerry Lynn as manager for the coming season. The club is asking all available players to make themselves available for both senior and reserve league football this year. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday nights at 8:30pm in Clonbonny and any wishing to tog out are more than welcome to train. Club membership is now open to everyone for the 2013 season. Prices are as follows: €20 for non-playing members and €50 for players. Peter Skelly will be accepting payment for all non-playing members and Ryan Fallon will be doing likewise with our Club players. Closing date for receipt of membership money is 31st March. The Annual New Year draw was postponed last weekend and rescheduled for this Saturday night coming 26th Jan in Adies Bar at 11pm. We hope that the extra week will allow our very dedicated ticket sellers to make one final push to maximise sales. Tickets are in circulation around the parish and beyond and are priced at €20. There are ten fantastic cash prizes as follows: 1st Prize: €3,000, 2nd Prize: €1,000, 3rd Prize: €750, 4th Prize: €500, 5th Prize: €250, 6th Prize to 10th Prize: €200. The club relies heavily on the success of this fundraiser to pay for team affiliation and insurance requirements for the season ahead. Ticket sellers can return stubs and money to our new treasurer Albert Cooney, assistant treasurers Chris Cullen / Seamus Flynn or indeed any member of the Executive between now and next Saturday evening. A club text message will be circulated through the week informing all patrons of where and when they can submit their sold tickets and funds. Rathcline GAA would like to remind all the local community groups that the facilities in Clonbonny are for GAA related activities only which is covered under Rule 42 of the Association Code. We are asking all community groups to respect this ruling going forward. Club Rathcline - Reminder to all Bi-Yearly participants of our Rathcline Lotto that €50 is now due for the second half of the fundraiser term. The half term lotto draw takes place next Saturday 26th Jan and payment should be made to any Executive member before this date. The Jackpot total of €900 was not won this weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 10, 17, 19, 26, 36, 40. Congratulations to our four €25 winners this week as follows: (1) Nancy & Michael Casserely – Clonfower, Lanesboro; (2) Jimmy Greally – Lisrevagh, Lanesboro; (3) Aidan Ganly – The Green, Lanesboro; (4) James P Quinn – Asakeel, Lanesboro. Next week’s Jackpot will €1000. Congratulations to Longford Under 21 Team who defeated Cavan in the final of the Hastings Cup in Keenan Park on Saturday. Final score: Longford 1-9, Cavan 0-10. Special mention must go to the Rathcline representation on the panel - Shane Donoghue and Liam Connerton who are an integral part of the Under 21 set-up. The team is now preparing for the first round on the Leinster U21 championship which will be played away to the winners of Carlow vs. Dublin on Wednesday 26th March. Leinster Final – Rathcline GAA would like to wish the Longford Vocational schools the very best of luck in the Leinster final when they play Kildare in Páirc Ciarán, Newtowncashel next Saturday 26th at 2pm. There is a very strong local connection with the team with Shane Kenny, Eoin Sorohan, Jack Rooney, Diarmuid Murtagh and Shane Cosgrave. Please come up to Cashel and support our local lads in pursuit of glory. The club extends its deepest sympathies to the Kenny family in Fermoyle on the death of Sr. Chanel Kenny, Donnybrook Convent, Dublin.

St . Columba’s: Last week’s lotto results were as follows; No’s drawn. 12. 13. 24. 30. No outright winner. €20 consolation prizes to ; Connie Reilly, Aughnagarron, Mattie Reilly,Aughnagarron, Seamus Hand, Larkfield, James Denning, Derrycasson and Margaret Mc Givney, Clooneen Please ensure that all lotto envelopes are handed into Post Office no later than 5.30pm Monday evening. On duty for lotto sales next week are as follows; Hideaway, Shane Dermody, Keogh’s and Angler’s Rest, Antony Murphy, Kilcogy, Gery Lynch & Seamus Fitzpaatrick. A round table quiz is planned for this Sat.26th Jan and will take place in the Anglers Rest. Table of 4 will cost €40. All bright sparks welcome to compete. Valuable prizes for winners. Your quizmaster on the night is Dan Magnus Magnissan Mc Elligott. Club Membership can be paid to Pauline Mc asap. €40 for adults and €20.

Mostrim Ladies: AGM will take place in the Mostrim Arms on this Sunday, 27th of January at 5pm. The agenda for the meeting is as follows; Chairpersons Address, Secretary’s report, Treasurer’s Report, Election of Officers, Management teams for 2013, AOB and motions. We encourage all our members, players and parents of all age groups to attend. New members, players and anyone who is interested in helping out the club or with teams in any way for the coming year are also very welcome. The u14 and u16 county teams are continuing their trials on Saturday mornings at 9.30 and 11.45 respectively in Shroid. Thanks to all who contributed to the Longford Ladies County Board church gate collection last weekend.