Longford GAA Club News

BALLYMAHON: Congratulations to dual grandad Jimmy Lennon on the births of his two grandchildren and to parents Mark Lennon and Carmel, and John and Emer. Congratulations also to Pauric and Linda Connolly on the birth of baby boy Oscar. 
Best wishes and speedy recovery to senior panelists Charlie Byrne, James Kenny and Pedro Byrne who are all temporarily sidelined through injury. See you back soon guys. All members and players are asked to refer to the list of upcoming fixtures as circulated by Fergal and are now available on our website. Reference to the fixture list can be very useful when trying to ensure maximum availability of players for important fixtures. Our thanks to Gerard Hagan, PRO CLG Longford, who organised an IT training workshop in Áras Ui Bhriain on Thursday 28th February. The seminar was wide ranging and informative on all aspects of GAA electronic communication and will be very useful in website enhancement. Ballymahon was represented by club officers David McCormack and Níamh Moran. Senior Challenge Match: A very lively and keenly contested match took place at Leo Casey Park on Sunday morning last. Ballymahon hosted Maryland in what proved to be hugely competitive encounter despite the ‘friendly’ tag. The home club involved the maximum number of panelists and just shaded a most entertaining contest. One of the more encouraging aspects of the game was the input and commitment of many younger and less experienced players. The club lotto draw took place on Monday March 4. Results in next week’s notes.

BALLYMAHON: Congratulations to dual grandad Jimmy Lennon on the births of his two grandchildren and to parents Mark Lennon and Carmel, and John and Emer. Congratulations also to Pauric and Linda Connolly on the birth of baby boy Oscar. 
Best wishes and speedy recovery to senior panelists Charlie Byrne, James Kenny and Pedro Byrne who are all temporarily sidelined through injury. See you back soon guys. All members and players are asked to refer to the list of upcoming fixtures as circulated by Fergal and are now available on our website. Reference to the fixture list can be very useful when trying to ensure maximum availability of players for important fixtures. Our thanks to Gerard Hagan, PRO CLG Longford, who organised an IT training workshop in Áras Ui Bhriain on Thursday 28th February. The seminar was wide ranging and informative on all aspects of GAA electronic communication and will be very useful in website enhancement. Ballymahon was represented by club officers David McCormack and Níamh Moran. Senior Challenge Match: A very lively and keenly contested match took place at Leo Casey Park on Sunday morning last. Ballymahon hosted Maryland in what proved to be hugely competitive encounter despite the ‘friendly’ tag. The home club involved the maximum number of panelists and just shaded a most entertaining contest. One of the more encouraging aspects of the game was the input and commitment of many younger and less experienced players. The club lotto draw took place on Monday March 4. Results in next week’s notes.

CLONGUISH: Clonguish GAA Club is holding a Football Coaching Information meeting on Thursday 7 March at 7:45pm in the complex and Ralph room. We are encouraging those who might be interested in getting involved, with some aspect of coaching within the club, from current mentors, parents, senior players to those who have been involved in the past. Please contact Paul Barden, Colm Egan, Tony Devlin, Kieran Carey or Liam Belton for any further information. Looking forward to seeing you on the night. The club Lotto Draw took place in McGowan’s this week and there were no winners of the Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 11, 19, 26. Weekly winners were as follows: 100 euro Colm Maguire, Dowra; 25 euro Pat King, Market Bar; 25 euro Mick McGovern. Next week’s draw takes place in Castle Inn. Jackpot for next week is 3700 euro. Monthly Meeting takes place next Saturday evening at 8pm in the Ralph Room. Well done to the Clonguish Senior Hurling team that defeated Mullahoran on Saturday last and has qualified for the knockout stages of the Division 4 Tain League. Training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 8pm for all footballers.

COLMCILLE: Well done to all who organised and participated in the events in honour of the late Cian Smith over the weekend. This was a remarkable community event in aid of a great cause and it was very professionally organised and well supported. Our first competitive match takes place this Friday evening away to Clonguish in the Reserve League 1 at 8pm. Best of luck to Barry McKeon, Conor Hawkins, and Podgie Murtagh with the Longford U-21’s who take on Dublin this Wednesday evening. Lotto Results 25/2. Numbers drawn 4, 27, 28, 29. No jackpot winner. Lucky Dip 20 euro winners: Josh Hall, Aughnacliffe; Theresa Sheridan, Aughaga, Moyne; Dara McGahern, Gaigue; Dolmen Club Members. Next weeks jackpot 6,600 euro. Thanks to all who support the Lotto. Club membership is overdue for 2013, Membership is 30 euro for adults and 5 euro for Minors. Members are automatically entered into a draw for free All-Ireland Final tickets. Membership can be paid to treasurers Ann Clarke or Irene Hall or any member of the executive. The Colmcille CFC 100 Club 100 euro tickets are currently available which will entitle the bearer to enter a draw for 500 euro and also free club membership, which automatically enters you into the draw for All-Ireland tickets later on in the year. Anyone interested can contact Colm Ginty, Brendan Reilly, Dermot Murphy or Joe Hughes. Any items for inclusion in clubnotes can be sent to pro.colmcille.longford@gaa.ie 


FR. MANNING GAELS: Lotto results next week. The past few weeks have seen a hive of activity around the clubhouse as our gym was fitted with new equipment. This state of the art facility is a great asset to our club and available to all paid up club members. Huge thanks to Thomas Gill, Paddy McKenna and JP Murphy for all their work and dedication. Thanks also to Mark Cunningham and Tommy Quinn and everyone who helped over the past few weeks getting the gym set up. Club membership is due by end of March. Only paid up club members can vote at the AGM and are included in the All-Ireland ticket draw.

GRANARD ST. MARY’S: St. Mary’s were well represented in Scor this year and all our competitors put on a great show last Friday night in Ballinamuck. Congratulations to our Set Dancers who progress to the Leinster semi-final in The Downs GAA Centre Co Westmeath next Saturday 9th March. We entered in the following competitions - Figure and Set Dancing – Breda Harkin, Caroline Clarke, Emma Regan, Joe Regan, Maria Farrell, Rosemary Connolly, Ciara Harkin, Brian Harkin, Aishling Clarke, Cathy Mallon and Aishling Tully. Solo singing –Bilal Moran, Recitation - Kevin Sullivan, the Ballad Group – Jody Sheridan, Ann Murphy, Bilal Moran, Rosemary Connolly and Joe Regan and the Quiz team comprised of Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Enda Murphy and James Cassidy. We had one win and a few near seconds and we would like to thank everyone who took part for all the hard work and practice they put in, they are a credit to our club. Well done to Patricia Gettings, Angelo Regan and Marie Connolly who organised our Scor team and to our supporters on the night who gave great encouragement to the contestants. The membership closing date is next week and the players (and anyone wishing to become a member) who have not paid up yet are asked to contact Grace Kearney and Peter Sheridan (or drop into Kearney’s garage) with payment before the 9th March. Your membership fee (30 euro for players who are still in college or school and 50 euro for the rest of the players) also includes players insurance and is very important that all our players are fully paid up. Non-players membership costs 20 euro. There was no outright winner of last week’s Glotto draw held in The Harpers. The 30 euro winners were Robert Pakenham, Phil Reilly, Bruskey and Aoghan Clarke, Granard. Next week’s jackpot will be 4550 euro. Thanks to everyone who continue to support the Glotto and the A and G Bingo held every Wednesday in the hall in aid of the St. Mary’s and Abbeylara football clubs. Friday the 15th March is a big day for St. Mary’s when we will launch our book on the history of the GAA in Granard from 1888 to the present day in our clubhouse. The book entitled ‘The Granard GAA Story - 125 Years’, marks the end of nearly 4 years hard work for the committee. The book will be in hardback and contains 570 pages of photos, match reports and information about the GAA in Granard over the last 125 years. It will cost 25 euro to buy and will be available for sale on the night and in different premises around the area from Saturday on. Events on the night will start at 7pm but the book will go on sale at 6.30pm in the clubhouse. Invitations have been posted and delivered to many former players, club officials and supporters of St. Mary’s but you do not need an invitation, everyone is more than welcome to attend. There seems to be a lot of interest in this launch and we hope to have a night everyone will enjoy and remember. On the night, we will have a number of short readings from the book, recitation of a couple of poems and a few speeches. Some of our Scor participants will also be entertaining guests during the evening. We are looking for volunteers to help out with a number of jobs prior to and on the night. The clubhouse will have to be prepared for the evening, tidied up, decorated, chairs, etc. John and Patsy Martin have already started on this job but more help will be required in the few days leading up to the 15th. There will be light refreshments provided on the night and a few people have already put their names forward to help with this. More help will be needed with things like actually selling the books, car parking etc. Anyone willing to help on the night is asked to contact Andrew Gettings, Seamus Finnan, Noel Kelly or any member of the club executive.

KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: The Longford Finals of the Scor Competition took place in Ballinamuck last Friday night. The Killoe club was represented in 5 competitions, namely, Figure Dancing, Set Dancing, Instrumental Music, Question Time and Solo Singing. Pride of place goes to our Figure Dancing team of Laura Quinn, Ita Glennon, Therese Brady, Lorraine Casey, Aoife Kiernan, Sinead McCormack and Patricia McCormack who were successful on the night and now go on to the Leinster semi-final in the Downs, Mullingar on this coming Saturday night. All support will be greatly appreciated by the ladies involved. Hard luck to our other competitors who took part and were unlucky to lose out on the night. A big thank you also to Marie McCormack who organised all the Killoe participants and put the clubs contribution together. Best of luck to Marie and the girls in the semi-final. Hard luck to both Longford ladies and mens teams on narrow defeats to strong opposition last weekend in Down and Armagh receptively. The club extends its best wishes to the Longford U 21 team and management who open their Leinster championship account this coming Wednesday evening with a difficult away game to Dublin in Parnell Park. This team is backboned by a number of Killoe players with Padraig McCormack captaining the side. Our senior club fixtures for 2013 commence this coming Saturday with our Reserve 1 team away to Fr. Manning Gaels on Saturday at 4.30pm. Training continues for all players. Anyone interested in playing this year is asked to attend. The club is running its inaugural 10 and 5 Kilometre fun runs on Sunday March 24th. The runs a re due to commence at 12 midday at Emmet Park and will utilise two local routes. This run has been mapped and officially authorised by Athletics Ireland. The event is open to runners of all standards so why not come along and walk, jog or run the route. An entry fee of 10 euro is payable for adults and 5 euro for children. It is hoped to make this an annual event. Registration will take place on the morning from 10am to 11.30am at Emmet Park. Refreshments will be served in the club house afterwards with medals on offer for the winners. It is hoped to draw a large crowd to this event so please encourage any runners or keep fit enthusiasts you know in the greater midlands area to take part. All funds raised are going directly to the club. The Lotto draw took place on Sunday night last in the Olde Forge for a jackpot of 3,300 euro. The numbers drawn on the night were 5, 7, 11 and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot. The following won 20 euro. Colm Fox c/o KSSL; Dave Garrigan, Kilnashee; Jackie Smith, Granard; Helen Oates, Clondra and Eve Drake, Abbeylara. The sellers prize went to Ollie Killian. Next weeks draw takes place in Begley’s with Bernie Bradys team on duty. All supporters of the club are encouraged to take part in the lotto as this is our main source of funding. Bulk subscriptions are available from any committee member, yearly 100 euro, 6 months 50 euro and 3 months 25 euro.

KILLASHEE ST. BRIGID’S: Well done to the Southern Gaels minor team who beat Western Gaels 6-11 to 0-10 in Newtowncashel on Sunday last. Senior Training continues on Wednesday night at 7:45pm and we hope to continue to see a good turnout. Yearly Lotto subscriptions are available for 45 euro, if anyone is interested in taking up this offer please get in touch with Damian Edgeworth on 086 8362969. Membership for the year is due with subscriptions remaining unchanged again this year: Non-playing members: 20 euro; Playing members: 40 euro & Family Membership: 50 euro. Please contact Pat Farrell or James Edgeworth. You can now keep up to date and follow our club online on Twitter. You can find us at @KillasheeGAA You can also follow our County GAA news at @OfficialLDGAA On Wednesday, April 24th next sees the 11th anniversary of the Annual Longford GAA Race Day in Punchestown and this proves to be a very enjoyable day every year. It’s a huge event in the Longford GAA calendar and indeed the envy of many other counties. As this is the main fundraising source for the Longford County Board, we would ask all those supporters of Longford GAA to come out and show their support. Please contact Damian Edgeworth for further details.

ARDAGH ST. PATRICK’S: Our Annual Presentation Night took place in Rugby Club Longford last Saturday night last. This was a very enjoyable night with a great crowd in attendance. The Award recipients were as follows: Senior Player of the Year: Paddy Ganley. Minor Player of the Year: Kevin Leavy. Club persons of the Year: Declan Kenny and Paddy Farrell, Carnan. Hall of Fame: Larry Gillen. Larry presented the Division 2 winning team with their medals on the night. Special word of thanks to the Management and staff of the Rugby Club for providing excellent food and service, to The Big Kahuna Party Band for the music, to all who sold tickets and helped out on the night, to everyone who bought tickets. Thanks also to all who donated spot prizes. 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 3rd March. Numbers drawn: 9, 15, 18, 27. Jackpot 5000 euro. No winners: 25 euro winners were: Emer Powell, Coolcaw; Laura Farrell, Finneragh; Imelda Reynolds, Dromard; Mark O’ Brien, Croshea; Mags Trautt, Lynamore. Jackpot for Sunday 10th March 5050 euro. Team B on Lotto Duty on Sunday 10th March: Declan Kenny. Packie Kenny, P Mel Gillen, Imelda Keenan. Edgeworthstown Rota: Declan Kenny and Enda Gillen. Our monthly executive meeting takes place this Friday night 8th March in the Pete Keenan Clubroom at 8.30pm.

BALLYMORE: Training continues on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and all players are encouraged to continue to make a big effort to attend. Well done and sincere thanks to all who represented the club in Senior Scor in Ballinamuck last weekend.

CARRICKEDMOND: Our fundraising project for this year ‘who wants to be a thousandaire’ takes place in the Rustic Inn on Saturday 20th April. Tickets will be on sale closer to the date and we ask all to support. We have not done a major fundraiser in recent years and we would appreciate your support. All money raised will go towards development and upkeep of complex and grounds. Best of luck to Eugene and the Longford U-21 panel in their match against Dublin this Wednesday evening and also to the seniors against Galway on Sunday next. Longford GAA have launched their annual raceday and tickets are now on sale. Reserve league match on Saturday evening at 4.30pm against Moydow at home. Good luck to Justin McGuire who has qualified for the All-Ireland schools talent competition which takes place next Saturday night. Lotto results 3, 13, 24, 28. No jackpot winner. 50 euro winners Bridget Mannion c/o Quinns, Margaret McCormack, Kilcurrry. Jackpot 7820 euro.

CASHEL: Results of last week’s Lotto draw. There was no Jackpot winner, numbers drawn 6, 16, 24, 30. The 30 euro winner was James Mulvihill and 20 euro each to Joe O’Brien, Lanesboro; Gerry Skelly and Hilary O’Sullivan, Lanesboro. There was no winner of this week’s Jackpot of 2,500 euro, numbers drawn 8, 14, 19, 22. The 30 euro winner was Jack Farrell and 20 euro each to John Kenny, Pauline Mulvihill and Megan, Sophie and Molly c/o Jim Geraghty. Jackpot next week is 2,500 euro and draw takes place in Fallon’s. Team on duty is Mick Casey, John Kenny and Dermot Nolan. Your continued support for the Lotto is much appreciated. Presentation function takes place on 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. A reminder to everyone that Club membership is now due; 50 euro per couple, 30 euro per individual and 15 euro each to students and the unemployed. Money should be given to Club Registrar Sean Casey as soon as possible. Check fixtures for commencement of Club competition at the week-end. Sincere sympathy to the Greene family, Athlone Rd., Longford and relatives on the death of Seamus Greene who was a former Cashel and Longford footballer, may he rest in peace. Any notice for inclusion in weekly notes, please contact me on 0879311506.

KENAGH: Lotto Results 03-03 -2013. Numbers Drawn 14, 19, 21, 25. No Winner. No match three. Four 20 euro winners Nancy McCormack, Terry Flynn, Eugene Lee and Michelle McCormack. Reserve league starts this Friday evening, Kenagh are at home at 8:30pm. Please support. U-6 and U-8 indoor training continues every Wednesday evening 6:30-7:30pm in the community centre. U-10, U-12 and U-14 training training continues every Wednesday evening on pitch 6:30-7:30pm. Well done to our minors who defeated St Vincent’s, Drumlish in the first round of the league on a scoreline 5-7 to 1-8. Congratulations to Thomas McGann who won the Gold Medal in the U-16 60m in the Connaught Championship at the weekend A great achievement to have a Gold Provincial medal. Thomas also came third in the U-16 200m. Congrats also to Keelin McGann who was part of the U-12 relay team who won the bronze medal. Both lads are members of Longford Athletic Club and now go forward to the National Finals to represent the province. The Club’s Annual Dinner Dance takes place this Saturday night at 9pm Sharp in Gav’s Bar. Tickets are still available, contact Tess Colm or Enda for more details. The club would like to express sympathy to Morag Rowan on the death of her father Norman. RIP.

Legan Sarsfields: Our Annual Dinner Dance takes place this Friday night March 8th in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule. Tickets are still on sale from any club member. Music will be supplied by Dave and the Blue Hats. Supper will be served at 9pm. We played a challenge match on Sunday last against Multyfarnham at their ground. This was a very competitive and worthwhile match, with our lads winning by two points. Training continues as usual on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Results of Lotto draw held in Casey’s on Monday 25th February. Numbers drawn were 2, 14, 16 and 26. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners were Mick Doherty and Pete Donnelly. This week’s jackpot was 6,250 euro, results will be published next week. The club wishes the Drama group the best of luck with their production of “SIVE” this weekend.

SHROID SLASHERS: Our first game of the new season is on Saturday, the 9th of March, against Clonguish, in Shroid, at 4.30pm, in the Reserve League 3. The minor team got off to a winning start, in their first league game, beating St Patricks Ardagh by five points, in a closely contested game. Training continues on Tuesday and Friday nights, at 8pm. Club membership is now due, and should be paid to Davie Ward, or Diarmuid Waldron in the coming weeks.

YOUNG GRATTANS: Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 18, 24, 29, 30 and there was no winning ticket. Each of the following receive 20 euro each: Kieran Ruske, Jim Devine and Tadgh Nerney. The next draw takes place on Sunday in the club house with a jackpot of 3,100 euro. Training continues this week and all players are asked to attend. We had a challenge game last weekend against Milltown of Westmeath and we came away with a victory by 5 points. A challenge game takes place this Saturday against Dromard in Dromard. All players are reminded that club membership is now due and Kevin Victory is collecting monies. Membership for players stands at 30 euro. We are still looking for any old club photos to be included in a publication to be produced to mark the official opening of Dunbeggan Park, if you have any such photos you can give them to any committee member or to the Editor Kevin Victory. A Card Game will take place in the clubhouse on Wednesday March 26th in aid of the club and the game is being organised by the Maguire family. More details later. Stonepark Tug o war are holding a Table Quiz this Friday in Gav’s Bar, Kenagh and your support would be welcome.