LONGFORD LADIES GAA NEWS: Goalkeeping course. This great initiative has been undertaken by Charles Canning but it is very disappointing to note only 3 goalkeepers have turned up for the sessions. The goalkeeper is a vital position on any team and with over 50 goalkeepers in the county it is very important that goalkeepers are able to help each others out, show the training schedule required, take expert advise, etc. Your club secretary is getting all the information, please contact the secretary in your club for full details, every aid to your game should be utilised. U14, U16 and Minor County matches: Our U-14’s are at home against Offaly this Saturday at 2pm. There is no venue organised as we go to press but all clubs will be advised in due course. Our U-16s are travelling to Wicklow for their match while our Minors are at home against Meath on Monday March 18th, venue to be confirmed. Please give as much support as you can, our Executive is also asked to help out at the two home games. St. Patrick;s Day Parade: Our Irish Officer, Caroline Doyle, has organised a place for us in the Longford Chamber St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Longford. Requests have been sent out to all the club secretaries from Caroline, asking for club representation on the day, 2 to 3 members with an Executive member along with the members of the county teams to take part. All those taking part will be looked after on the day, please have your club secretary advise Caroline and Victor confirming who is taking part on behalf of your club on firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks. Alternative “Rose” of Longford: Longford Ladies County board are hosting an Alternative “Rose” of Longford. We will be asking for “contestants” to take part, representing their club. If at all possible we would appreciate an escort, the rose with “her” sponsor on the night in MBCoys, full details from Pamela Coy. This will be a dress up night so keep your eyes on all publication and local radio. County Players Quiz night: The Intermediate county players had their quiz night in MB Coys on Friday night last. Thanks to MBCoys, Gerry Hagan and all the quiz “mistresses” for helping out on the night. The money raised is to help with financing the Intermediate county team training and kit expenses. Sincere thanks to the anonymous contributor on the night who left a sizeable donation to the ladies training fund, it is very much appreciated. Results from Round 1 of the Leagues: The first round winners of the League games last weekend were Edgeworthstown, Killoe, Mullinalaghta, Killoe B and Colmcille. Steve Coy big Birthday celebration: Congratulations to Steve Coy, Stephen’s Dad, on a big birthday celebration on March 9th. It was a great hooley but many were unable to attend due to Grainne Fox, former Rose of Longford, being married to Seanie Sheridan on the same day. Congratulations to all concerned.
LADIES-DROMARD: We played Mullinalaghta in Round 1 of the Division 2 league on Sunday last. After a closely contested game in very cold and blustery conditions in Abbeylara we ran out eventual losers 3-9 to 3-5. Team and scorers: Michelle Kilkenny, Bernice Martin, Rebecca Duffy, Donna Masterson, Emma Bleakley, Laura Martin, Aedín Mimnagh (1-0), Michelle Masterson (0-1), Laura Bleakley (0-1), Helen Conefrey (0-1), Doireann Mimnagh (0-1), Rebecca Maguire (1-0) and Imelda Reynolds (1-1). Subs Caitríona Spollen and Chloe Connell. Gold cup games will commence in the following weeks and underage games will start in early April. Registration is now due and can be paid to club registrars Níamh Cooke and Doireann Mimnagh. Senior registration: 50 euro; Underage registration 30 euro (subsidised by club and discounts apply for families - details in registration letter). We will be holding a registration morning in the coming weeks, details by text. We wish Mairead Reynolds a speedy recovery from injury. The club would like to extend deepest sympathy to player Tara O’Haire and her family on the recent death of her uncle. Sincere sympathies go to the Masterson family, Cornakelly on their recent bereavement.
LADIES-GRATTANS: Our first training will be on the 21 March 7-8pm and all registration to be paid up by then so that people are covered by insurance so all under 10,12 & 14’s girls we need a full turn out. Also reminder of our sponsor walk on the 7 April, details will follow soon.
LADIES-ST. HELEN’S: Football for mothers training is starting the first Thursday in April. Hard luck to the junior team who had a narrow loss on Sunday to Colmcille in terrible conditions. It was a great turnout and a good effort by all players. St. Helen’s development programme is running on Tuesdays at 7pm in the community centre, all girls aged 9-15 welcome.
BORNACOOLA: We’d like to extend our thanks to Ann Mc Guinness and all those involved with the Bornacoola players for their sponsorship donation of 1100 euro to the Club during the week. It is hugely appreciated. The Club held its Dinner Dance in Cox’s Steakhouse in Dromod on Saturday night last. Special guest on the night was Marty Morrissey who presented our 2012 Intermediate Ladies team with their championship medals. Our 2012 All-Ireland Winning Tráth na gCeist Scór Question Time team of Aidan Dockery, Seoirse Reynolds and Liam Rabbitte were also honoured on the night. Other awards went to Gary McCloskey (Senior Player of the Year), Damian Moran (Intermediate), John Bohan (Junior) and Charlotte Faughnan (Ladies). Seamus Mallon was named Clubperson of the Year. Music on the night was by Tom Moran. Our thanks to Cox’s for a wonderful meal and to all of the local businesses who sponsored prizes for the raffle. Our congratulations to the organising committee of Kelly Howard, Michelle Howard, Leonie Duffy, Noel McCloskey and Linda Farrell on their organisation of an excellent night. The Senior team host Carrigallen this Saturday evening at 5pm in Dromod in their second Shield game. Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher failed to show on Saturday morning last for our opening game in the U-14 league. This Saturday the boys are down to face Gortletteragh in Cornageeha at 11.30am. Congratulations to our quiz team of Aidan and Paul Dockery and Brian Duffy who came third in the Connacht Seachtain na Gaeilge quiz final last week. Final call on membership for 2013 – it is available from Niall O’Connor, (Registrar), Martina Hackett (Treasurer) or Shane Reynolds (Secretary) at 40 euro for adult players, 20 euro general membership, and 10 euro underage playing membership (to a maximum of 20 euro 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. The 2013 Leitrim Supporters Club annual draw takes place on Saturday, March 23rd. Tickets priced at 40 euro are currently on sale from Shay Reynolds and other club members. All of the money raised in the Supporters Club annually goes towards the preparation of Leitrim teams at all ages for the leagues and championships. To help keep Leitrim football moving forward buy a supporters club ticket in 2013.
KILGLASS GAELS: It was a busy weekend yet again on the football fields with four games down for decision. Our intermediate men’s team made the short journey to Tarmon to take on St Dominic’s in the league. And in the end both teams shared the points as the game ended in a draw. Our senior ladies continued their good run in the league when they defeated Castlerea. And both our u-16 boys AND girls team lost their respective matches as well at the weekend. The club would like to wish St Brigid’s the best of luck in the All- Ireland club final this weekend. The biggest prize in club football is up for grabs in Croke Park and we have no doubt that they can beat Ballymun Kickhams. Handball for National School Children at 7pm and Secondary School children at 8pm. Thursdays in Sportshall. Contact Eddie Conboy for further details at 086 0528884. Club Membership 2013 is now open. Adults: 30 euro-;3rd Level Students: 20 euro-; Underage: 10 euro-; Family (2 adults & up to 3 U18’s) : 75 euro; Family (2 Adults & up to 4 U18’s) 80 euro. Due to insurance regulations, everyone taking part in any GAA Activity, including training must be registered members PRIOR to taking part. Membership can be paid to Leo Cox Treasurer or Eddie Conboy, Registrar. For details contact Eddie at 086 0528884. Foundation or Awards One Football Coaching Courses: Anyone interested in doing any of these courses should contact Eddie Conboy as soon as possible.
MINOR-ST. PATRICK’S OG, ARDAGH: Training for u-18s and u-16s on Thursday night commencing at 7.30 pm. U-16 game in Leinster U-16 football league against Brū na Boinne at 4pm in Keenan Park on Saturday March 16th. Minor executive meeting on Thursday next March 14th at 8 45pm in the clubhouse.