Longford GAA Club Notes

CLONGUISH: Last weekend saw both our Reserve League 1 and Reserve League 3 teams returned to action for the first time in 2013. Our Reserve League 1 team played Colmcille in Allen Park on Friday evening and lost narrowly on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-7. 
The team on the evening was M. McGuinness, P. Barden Jnr, S. Connolly, D. Keenan, C. Corcoran, P. Reilly, C. Maguire, C. Shiels, A. Watters, S. Norton, S. McLoughlin, P. Corcoran, S. OBrien, S. Brennan, C. Clarke. Subs used: C.Reynolds for C. Maguire, Our reserve league 3 team played Shroid in Shroid on Saturday evening and had a good victory on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-4. A full round of games will take place in both leagues over St. Patricks weekend with times and venues as follows: Saturday evening at 5.30 Reserve League 1 v Abbeylara in Abbeylara. Bank Holiday Monday at 2.30pm Reserve League 3 v Carrickedmond in Allen Park. Training takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm this week. Our senior hurlers had a great victory in the Leinster League on Saturday last and defeated Southern Gales of Athlone on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-2. Our senior ladies played there first league match in Allen Park on Sunday morning and were unlucky to be defeated by Mostrim Ladies. Our Lotto draw this week took place in the Castle Inn on Saturday evening, the numbers drawn were 6, 13, 20, 23. The jackpot was not won. The weekly winners were as follows: 100 euro Michella Caroler, Killashee, 25 euro Pat Berry, Stonepark, 25 euro Marie Roche c/o Fox’s. Next weeks draw will take place in Caseys and the jackpot is 3750 euro. Our new lotto initiative started this week with 8 teams and 8 designated captains who will coordinate sales on a weekly basis. We are now in week 2 of the cycle and we ask any members on this team to make an effort to sell their full quota of tickets. This will turn out to be a great success if everyone makes that small effort once every 8 weeks. Our monthly meeting took place on Saturday last in the Ralph Room and once again was well attended. Congratulations to Yvonne Barden on been recently appointed as Chairperson of the Ladies Club. On Saturday night the 23rd March it is planned to have a night out in Casey’s to view a recording of the very successful White Collar Boxing night held recently. There shall be light refreshments served on the night and there will be no charge on the door. DVDs of the fight night will be on sale on the evening. It is planned to present the Clubperson and player of the year awards on the night. A foundation level coaching course will take place in the Ralph room and sports hall on Saturday 23rdMarch from 10am-5.00pm for any members of the club interested in briefing themselves in the basics of coaching and underage player development. It will be suitable for Minors and adults that may or may not be currently involved with teams at present. If you are interested in attending please contact Liam Belton on 0876838796. Longford GAA’s annual raceday will take place in Punchestown on Wednesday 24th April and any club members interested in attending should contact Derek Nolan on 086-3857063. The club wishes to extend it sympathies to the Rafter family, Newtownforbes village on the recent death of Tim’s brother in Laois. Ar dheis De go raibh an anam.

CLONGUISH: Last weekend saw both our Reserve League 1 and Reserve League 3 teams returned to action for the first time in 2013. Our Reserve League 1 team played Colmcille in Allen Park on Friday evening and lost narrowly on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-7. 
The team on the evening was M. McGuinness, P. Barden Jnr, S. Connolly, D. Keenan, C. Corcoran, P. Reilly, C. Maguire, C. Shiels, A. Watters, S. Norton, S. McLoughlin, P. Corcoran, S. OBrien, S. Brennan, C. Clarke. Subs used: C.Reynolds for C. Maguire, Our reserve league 3 team played Shroid in Shroid on Saturday evening and had a good victory on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-4. A full round of games will take place in both leagues over St. Patricks weekend with times and venues as follows: Saturday evening at 5.30 Reserve League 1 v Abbeylara in Abbeylara. Bank Holiday Monday at 2.30pm Reserve League 3 v Carrickedmond in Allen Park. Training takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm this week. Our senior hurlers had a great victory in the Leinster League on Saturday last and defeated Southern Gales of Athlone on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-2. Our senior ladies played there first league match in Allen Park on Sunday morning and were unlucky to be defeated by Mostrim Ladies. Our Lotto draw this week took place in the Castle Inn on Saturday evening, the numbers drawn were 6, 13, 20, 23. The jackpot was not won. The weekly winners were as follows: 100 euro Michella Caroler, Killashee, 25 euro Pat Berry, Stonepark, 25 euro Marie Roche c/o Fox’s. Next weeks draw will take place in Caseys and the jackpot is 3750 euro. Our new lotto initiative started this week with 8 teams and 8 designated captains who will coordinate sales on a weekly basis. We are now in week 2 of the cycle and we ask any members on this team to make an effort to sell their full quota of tickets. This will turn out to be a great success if everyone makes that small effort once every 8 weeks. Our monthly meeting took place on Saturday last in the Ralph Room and once again was well attended. Congratulations to Yvonne Barden on been recently appointed as Chairperson of the Ladies Club. On Saturday night the 23rd March it is planned to have a night out in Casey’s to view a recording of the very successful White Collar Boxing night held recently. There shall be light refreshments served on the night and there will be no charge on the door. DVDs of the fight night will be on sale on the evening. It is planned to present the Clubperson and player of the year awards on the night. A foundation level coaching course will take place in the Ralph room and sports hall on Saturday 23rdMarch from 10am-5.00pm for any members of the club interested in briefing themselves in the basics of coaching and underage player development. It will be suitable for Minors and adults that may or may not be currently involved with teams at present. If you are interested in attending please contact Liam Belton on 0876838796. Longford GAA’s annual raceday will take place in Punchestown on Wednesday 24th April and any club members interested in attending should contact Derek Nolan on 086-3857063. The club wishes to extend it sympathies to the Rafter family, Newtownforbes village on the recent death of Tim’s brother in Laois. Ar dheis De go raibh an anam.

COLMCILLE: Minor Club Easter Draw is underway. Tickets go on sale this week for our annual Easter Hamper Draw. Tickets are 2 euro each and can be purchased from any of the underage players or members of the minor executive. All support is greatly appreciated. Training has commenced for minor, under 16 and under 14 teams and will begin very shortly for all other underage teams. We are always looking for new coaches to help out and anyone who would like to be involved can contact 0876626479. Well done to RL1 team who beat Clonguish by one point on Friday last in tough conditions. Team and scorers: M Kiernan, K Reilly, D Reilly, G Mulligan, Mark Mulligan, E McGahern, J Magee, D McNerney, N Brady, D Mulligan (0-1), A Gormley (0-1), N Farrelly, M Kilbride (0-4), B McCabe, S McKeon (0-1). Subs; A McKeon for E McGahern, P Reilly (0-1) for B McCabe, B Kennedy for J McGee. There are 2 games in RL 1 next weekend, please check fixtures for details. The club offer condolences to the Hawkins family, Cleenrath following the death of Kathleen in the past week. May she rest in peace. Lotto results 6/3: No jackpot winner. Lucky Dip 20 euro winners: Colm and Agnes McCormack, Molly; Niall Brady, Annagh, Brian O’Reilly, Aughakine, Nathan and Shane McGlynn. Next week’s jackpot 6,650 euro. Thanks to all who support our lotto. Congratulations to the Longford U-21’s on a great victory over Dublin. Longford will now play Wexford in the Leinster U-21 semi-final. Best of luck to Podgie, Barry and Conor.

DROMARD: On Saturday last the club season started when we had Mostrim as visitors in the opening round of the Reserve league 1. Weather was dry and cold with pitch conditions good after the recent wet spell. Dromard settled into the game well and opened up a 2 point to nil lead compliments of points from play from Emmet Masterson and Noel Reynolds. The visitors drew level by virtue of points from a free and play. We then enjoyed a good spell of possession that yielded 3 points without reply, the first coming from a Gary Maguire free and the other 2 were a pointed free and effort from play from Ross McNerney. Our opponents landed a further 2 points to narrow the gap and leave the half-time score Dromard 0-5 Mostrim 0-4. Try as they might Dromard were unable to add to this total in the second half while the lively opposition added 2-3 in the second period to finish ahead on the full -time scoreline of Dromard 0-5 Mostrim 2-7. Team and scorers: Gavin McNerney, Enda Kiernan, Padraig McNerney, James Conefrey, Kieran McStay, John Sheridan, Niall McManus, Noel Reynolds, James Mimnagh, Emmet Masterson (0-1), Peter Reynolds (0-1), Enda Macken, Ross McNerney (0-2) 1 free, Donal Sheridan, Gary Maguire (0-1) 1 free. Subs used; Sean McNerney and Martin McGee. Next game in this competition is on Saturday away to Colmcille at 5.30pm. Our reserve league 3 team opened their campaign with a home fixture with Grattans on Saturday last. We fielded a youthful team who performed very well on the day. With assistance of the breeze it was the Stonepark men who had the upper hand in the early stages and by half-time had built up a 3-6 to 0-2 lead. On the turnover Dromard started to play to their abilities and came right back into the game with 4 second half goals. While we trailed at the finish on the scoreline of Dromard 4-4 Grattans 4-9, this was a very good display by all. Team and scorers: Niall Berry, Conor Kiernan, Ronan Smith, Niall McManus (0-1), Eugene McNaboe, Robert Cooke, Martin McGee (1-1), Peter Mimnagh (0-2), Liam Doherty (2-0), Sean McNerney (1-0). This squad has a bye in the next round so won’t have a game next weekend. Congratulations to Ross McNerney on his recent All-Ireland fresher win DCU. Congratulations to Longford under 21 panel and management on a terrific win against Dublin last week. Hard luck to Longford seniors who were narrowly defeated by Galway on Sunday last. Better luck on their next league outing this Saturday which takes them to Celtic Park, Derry. Sincere condolences to the Masterson family, Cornakelly and the O’Haire family, Dromard on their recent bereavements. Lotto results for Monday night 4th March. The numbers drawn were 7, 14, 23 and 30. There was no jackpot winner. The winners of the draw were Thomas Casey, Noel Tierney, Nancy Turley (twice!!). The seller’s prize was won by John Joe Donohoe.

FR. MANNING GAELS: Lotto Results: Numbers Drawn: 07, 13, 19, 27. No Jackpot Winner. Five 30 euro winners: Cathy Whitney, Cloontubrid, Drumlish; Dessie Brady, Cartron, Drumlish; Lorraine Kelly, Cornakelly, Moyne; JJ Masterson, Kiltyclough, Ballinalee; Laura Connell, Moor, Ardagh, Co Longford. Sellers Prizes: Seamus Noonan and The Tavern. Next Draw in:The Tavern 18th March. Jackpot: 2,800 euro. Our Juniors were the first to get back to football last weekend when they took on Killoe in Reserve League 1 at Monaduff on Saturday evening. Final Score Fr Manning Gaels 2-4 Emmet Óg 0-12 The next game in this league is on Monday next (March 18th) when we take on Mostrim in Devine Park at 2:30pm. Sympathies of the club to the Whitney family, Esker North following the death of Lena. Ar dheis Dé a ainm.

LONGFORD SLASHERS: The League kicked-off last weekend with our reserve side unfortunate to lose at home to Abbeylara by a solitary point on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-8 and they will be hoping to get back on track when they face Killoe at Fay Park this Friday night, March 15th, at 8.30pm. It’s the final week for people to enter our annual draw. Our returns to be in by this Sunday and Tom Mulligan and his team are working hard on this. This is a very important fundraiser for the club and its vital we see a big effort in the last few days to ensure its success. This year’s annual dinner dance takes place on Easter Sunday 31st March.

ARDAGH ST. PATRICK’S: Fixtures: RSM Farrell Grant Sparks Reserve League Round 1 – Saturday 16th March. At Keenan Park: St. Patrick’s v Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s at 5.30pm. Reserve League Round 2 – Bank Holiday Monday 18th March. At Moydow: Moydow Harpers v St. Patrick’s at 2.30pm. Membership: Due to membership closing date being before 31st March this year we would appreciate if all members could pay this amount to our Registrar’s Billy and Imelda Keenan as soon as possible. Fee for the coming year is 10 euro. Lotto results for Sunday 10th March. Numbers drawn: 6, 7, 29, 30. Jackpot 5050 euro. No winner: 25 euro winners were: Paula Gibney; Annie Farrell Cartronwar; Pat Farrell Carnan; Dylan Coady, Ardagh; Kay Shortt Bohermore. Jackpot for Sunday 17th March 5100 euro. Team C: on Lotto Duty on Sunday 17th March: Mary Kennedy, John Kennedy, Sean Cahill, Andrew Lynch or Martin Keane. Edgeworthstown Rota: Sean Cahill and Andrew Lynch/Martin Keane. Congratulation to our Senior Scor Ballad Group which consists of Reena Lynch, Finula O’Reilly, Ailish Comerford, Roger Timlin and Brendan Hanley who won the County Final title for the third year in a row in Ballinamuck Hall recently. They have now qualified for the Leinster Final in Ballymore Co. Westmeath on Easter Sunday 31 st March. Staying with scor, on Sunday night next 17th March tune into TG4 for the Scor Encore at 8pm to see Samantha McHale perform. This if the first time scor has been recorded by TG4. St. Brigid’s Gaels Ladies Football Club is hosting a 5K fun run/walk on Easter Saturday 30th March at 12 noon commencing at Keenan Park. Registration will take place from 10.30am to 11.30am. Entry fee of 10 euro per person or 15 euro per family. Refreshment served afterwards.

CARRICKEDMOND: Lotto results 9, 12, 24, 28. no jackpot winner. 50 euro winners Mary Burns and Micheal Kelly, Abbeyshrule. Fundraising project for this year is ‘who wants to be a thousandaire’ Show takes place in Rustic Inn on Saturday April 20th.Tickets will soon be on sale and we ask for your support. Money raised will go towards maintenance of complex and pitch. Launch night is Thursday March 21st.Thanks to John Kelly and Kevin Farrell for work carried out on pitch. Longford GAA raceday takes place on Wednesday 24th April and tickets are now on sale. Congrats to Eugene and the Longford U-21 squad on their great win over Dublin in the Leinster Championship last week. The club extends it sympathies to Niall O’ Farrell and family on the death of his grandfather. May he rest in peace.

CASHEL: There was no winner of this week’s Lotto Jackpot, numbers drawn 2, 8, 17, 26. The 30 euro winner was Jacinta Connor and 20 euro each to Emmet Donlon, Emily Fallon and Tom Sweeney, Leixlip. Jackpot next week is 2,600 euro and draw takes place in Fallon’s. Team on duty Ger Farrell, Peter Murtagh and Justin Murtagh. Your continued support for the Lotto is much appreciated. On the playing field the Reserve League 2 Team lost to Ballymahon on Sunday last in Pairc Ciaran and the Reserve 3 Team recorded a convincing win over Legan on Saturday last also played at Pairc Ciaran. Check Fixtures for games next weekend. A reminder to all that Club membership is due; 50 euro per couple, 30 euro per individual and 15 euro each for students and the unemployed and should be given to Registrar Sean Casey as soon as possible. Presentation Function takes place on Sunday next, St. Patrick’s night in the Peer Inn, when the Intermediate team will be presented with their medals for winning the Michael Moran Memorial Cup Tournament final. The Club are also making a presentation to Garda Noel Egan following the closure of the Garda Station in Cashel. This is a token of appreciation to Noel for his involvement with the Club in various ways during the years he was stationed in the parish. Admission on the night is 5, euro and a raffle will be held and refreshments will be served. Your support is requested and much appreciated. Sincere sympathy to Peter O’Boyle,and the O’Boyle family, Kenagh on their recent bereavement. Any notice for inclusion in weekly notes, please contact me on 0879311506.

FORGNEY ST. MUNIS: We had our first game of the season on Sunday morning last when we travelled over to Ballinalee to play Sean Connolly’s junior team in a challenge game This proved a very useful workout and we thank the Connolly’s club for facilitating us with the game. Training on Friday night at 8.15pm and a full turn out is requested. Congratulations to the Longford Under 21 team and management on their great win over Dublin in Parnell Park last Wednesday night week.

LEGAN SARSFIELDS: We played the first game of the season with an understrength team against a strong Cashel side in Newtowncashel on Saturday last. A young and experienced team played well and need not be over disappointed at losing to a strong opposition and no doubt will improve going forward. Best of luck to Liam Butler who keeps our flag flying in Scor with his recitation “The Joys of Motoring” having progressed to the Leinster Final which will take place in Ballymore, Co Westmeath on Easter Sunday, March 31st. We know he will do us proud once again. Hard luck to the Novelty Act who did not achieve county honours this year but had a really amusing sketch as was demonstrated by the cast Liam Butler, John Murray and Patsy Brady at our dinner dance on Friday night last. The club wishes continued success to the final performance of “Sive” next Saturday night and also we encourage our readers and members to avail of yet another great entertainment at our parish ceili on St Patrick’s night in the Aurora Hall from 10pm to 1pm. Results of last week’s Lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 5, 6, 8 and 25. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners were Dylan Boylan and Gerry Burke. This week’s draw took place in Connaughton’s Rathowen for a jackpot of 6300 euro.

MINOR-BALLYMAHON/FORGNEY GAELS: On Sunday last during the half-time break in the National League game between Longford and Galway there was an excellent display of skill from our young budding footballers. In front of everyone in the park eleven of our youngest and finest played their hearts out against Clonguish. The team was made up of children from third, fourth and even one from first class. We congratulate the pupils on their participation on the day. They did us all very proud. Playing in goals, Maria Gallagher, defence, Dylan Cox, Cherise Clyne, Natalia Bialoszewska, and Stephen Bawle. Midfield were James Walsh and Shane Bawle. Forwards were Patrick Connaughton, Jack Walshe, Aisling Duncan and Sean Connaughton.

MINOR-LONGFORD SLASHERS: Our U-16s recorded their second win in a row in the Leinster League against St. Loman’s of Mullingar. Playing against a strong wind in the first half St. Loman’s led by three points 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time. With the aid of the breeze in the second half, we eventually got on top with Ben Ryan scoring an all important goal. We finished very well to run out winners on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8. Training continues for this group at 6pm on Friday evening. Our U-14 team are busy preparing for the forthcoming Féile competition. Training for this team takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm. Training for our U-10 and U-12 teams are due to commence this Thursday, the 14th of March. Under 10 training will take place at 6pm, and training for our under 12’s at 7pm. Training for U-6 and U-8 levels takes place on Thursday evenings in St. Mel’s College at 5-6pm (U-6) and 6-7pm (U-8). For more information please contact Carmel on 0879310203. New players are welcome at all age grades, come along to training on the night or contact a club member known to you for more information. Your son or daughter should have received a Longford Slashers flyer in school of late, and contact details of the coaches are on this. The club is now on facebook, add longfordslashers minorclub for match updates, training times etc. If you have any queries on these notes or if you have material to be included in the notes, please email slasherskevin@gmail.com

MINOR-ST. FRANCIS, DROMARD: On Tuesday week last our u-14s played a challenge against Aughavas in Pairc na Gael. This was a good work out for all involved. The final score was St. Francis 4-12 Aughavas 5-3. Players and scorers: Ollie Duffy, Darragh O’Toole(1-0), Jason Murtagh (0-1), Gareth O’Hara, Martin McStay, Éanna Mimnagh, Joseph Hagan (2-1) 1 free, Luke McEntire, Cíarán Murphy, Dylan McCormack (1-6), Niall Gray (2-0), Ronan Bleakley (1-2), Conor McGauran (0-2), Liam Donohoe, Aaron Darcy, Cian Gray, Fionn Hourican. On Saturday the under 14’s had played in the Féile shield blitz in Granard. Our first game pitted us against Granard/Ballymore. The home side went into a 4 point to nil lead. Our boys drew level with a pointed free from Dylan McCormack and a Ronan Bleakley goal. The remainder of the first half was tight affair with Granard/Ballymore holding a slender half-time lead. The second half saw the home side dominate the exchanges and build up a lead. The full-time score was St. Francis 2-2 Granard/Ballymore 4-11. Team and scorers: Gabriel Gray, Cíarán Murphy, Jason Murtagh, Éanna Mimnagh, Martin McStay, Gareth O’Hara, Joseph Hagan (0-1), Luke McEntire, Karl McNerney, Dylan Mc Cormack (0-1) 1 free, Niall Gray, Ronan Bleakley (2-0), Conor McGauran, Fionn Hourican. Our second game was against Western Gaels and was a hard fought encounter from start to finish. A Joseph Hagan pointed free opened the scoring and this was quickly followed by a Luke McEntire effort from play. Our opponents replied with a goal but a Dylan McCormack goal left the half -time score St. Francis 1-2 Western Gaels 1-0. Joseph Hagan found the net after the restart however we then conceded an unanswered 2-2. A well taken Ronan Bleakley goal in the dying minutes tied up the scores. Final score St. Francis 3-2 Western Gaels 3-2. Team and scorers: Gabriel Gray, Cíarán Murphy, Jason Murtagh, Éanna Mimnagh, Martin McStay, Gareth O’Hara, Joseph Hagan (1-1) 1 free, Luke McEntire (0-1), Karl McNerney, Dylan McCormack (1-0), Niall Gray, Ronan Bleakley (1-0), Conor McGauran, Fionn Hourican. On Thursday last our schools team played Colmcille in the schools championship in Pairc na Gael. The game was played in constant rain and it was Colmcille who had the advantage of the breeze in the opening half. The visitors got off to a flier and dominated the first half exchanges to lead at half-time. While Dromard had a number of attacks in the opening half they were unlucky not to have got more scores. In the second half Dromard worked hard to get back into the game but defeat was our lot at the final whistle. Team and scorers: Ollie Duffy, Liam Donohoe, Darragh O’Toole, Fionn Hourican, Gareth O’Hara, Daniel Conboy, Cíarán Murphy, Jason Murtagh, Ronan Bleakley, Shane Grimes, Cian Cassidy, Cian Gray, David Donohoe, Shane O’Brien, Conor McGauran (1-1). Subs used: Jason Grimes, Joshua Gray, Mikie Gormley, Cathal Reilly.

MINOR-ST. VINCENT’S: Hard Luck to our U-14 team who were defeated in the U-14 Feile Shield on Saturday last in Devine Park, Mostrim. A great display was showed by all but unfortunately we were beaten in both our games by Wolfe Tones Og and Carrick Sarsfields, Well done to all the players and mentors involved and a big thank you to Bernie and Rosemarie for providing refreshments. Training for all U-14s will take place on Monday evenings in Monaduff at 7pm and all players are asked to attend. Training for all U-12s is on a Wednesday evening at 7pm sharp in Monaduff. As per the new rules all players must be wearing mouthguards or they will not be allowed partake in training. St. Vincent’s Annual Monster Bingo will take place on Sunday March 24th in Ballinamuck hall at 3pm. There will be 2500 euro in prize money on the day and an Easter egg will be given out on each page. A raffle will also be held on the day with first prize of 100 euro cash and other numerous prizes. Hard luck to the Longford Minors who were defeated by Galway in the Connacht League on Sunday last. Well done to Longford U-21s who had a great win against Dublin in the Leinster U-21 Championship last week.