Longford GAA Club News

DROMARD: Last weekend was a memorable weekend for our club and the surrounding communities as the activities to celebrate the life of Cian Smith took place. On Friday and Saturday we saw very enjoyable nights of “Come Dine with Me” in the Breffni Arm Hotel and the Piker’s Lodge Gowna. The grand finale of the weekend saw teammates from the different teams that Cian was involved play a fun game in Pairc na Gael. The attendances at each event bore testament to the high esteem that Cian was held across the communities with which he came in contact. In keeping with Cian trademark sense of humour, the theme of fun was very much to the fore in all events over the weekend. A big thanks and well done to the Smith family and the organising committee whose preparations made it the very special weekend it was and one that will be fondly remembered by all. It is pleasing to know that proceeds raised over the course of the weekend will go to the “Make a Wish” foundation. Next weekend see the reserve league get under way. We have Mostrim as visitors to Pairc na Gael this Saturday at 3pm in reserve league 1 and this is followed by a reserve league 3 which is also at home against Grattans at 4.30pm. Best of luck to all here. Hard luck again to Longford seniors on Saturday night last when going narrowly down to Armagh. Well done to Francis and Damien who continue to fly the flag with distinction for us. Hopefully lady luck will shine on them this Sunday in Pearse Park when Galway provide the opposition and that they will finally get rewarded for their commitment. Best of luck to the Longford u-21 panel and management who travel to Parnell Park to take on Dublin in the Leinster championship this Wednesday evening. Sincere sympathies go to the McNally family, Clonback on their recent bereavement.

DROMARD: Last weekend was a memorable weekend for our club and the surrounding communities as the activities to celebrate the life of Cian Smith took place. On Friday and Saturday we saw very enjoyable nights of “Come Dine with Me” in the Breffni Arm Hotel and the Piker’s Lodge Gowna. The grand finale of the weekend saw teammates from the different teams that Cian was involved play a fun game in Pairc na Gael. The attendances at each event bore testament to the high esteem that Cian was held across the communities with which he came in contact. In keeping with Cian trademark sense of humour, the theme of fun was very much to the fore in all events over the weekend. A big thanks and well done to the Smith family and the organising committee whose preparations made it the very special weekend it was and one that will be fondly remembered by all. It is pleasing to know that proceeds raised over the course of the weekend will go to the “Make a Wish” foundation. Next weekend see the reserve league get under way. We have Mostrim as visitors to Pairc na Gael this Saturday at 3pm in reserve league 1 and this is followed by a reserve league 3 which is also at home against Grattans at 4.30pm. Best of luck to all here. Hard luck again to Longford seniors on Saturday night last when going narrowly down to Armagh. Well done to Francis and Damien who continue to fly the flag with distinction for us. Hopefully lady luck will shine on them this Sunday in Pearse Park when Galway provide the opposition and that they will finally get rewarded for their commitment. Best of luck to the Longford u-21 panel and management who travel to Parnell Park to take on Dublin in the Leinster championship this Wednesday evening. Sincere sympathies go to the McNally family, Clonback on their recent bereavement.

SEAN CONNOLLY’S: It’s back to business for 2013 on the playing fields with training for all underage and senior players. Great to hear the bounce of footballs again in Maguire Park. Last Sunday senior friendly commenced with a very good turnout of players at 12.30pm. As in other years there are a few players who don’t rush into getting involved too early, so hopefully over the next week they will get going. The first competitive game of the season at minor level took place at Maguire Park on Thursday evening last where the local side took on Dromard. This was a most entertaining game with the home side winning on the score of 5-14 to 1-7. A great start to the year ahead. Again this team was short two players to compete in 11-a-side competition. So now boys over to you! Training for the group of under 16s and 18s will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. Well done to Pauric, Trevor and Sean for their work with this group of talented players. A good sign for the future. Under 21 competitions may start on St. Patrick’s weekend. We are amalgamated with Colmcille /Ballymore, I believe. Ballinamuck Hall was the place to be on Friday night last with the finals of senior Scor taking place. Again our club Sean Connolly’s were well represented with their three acts of solo singing, question time and novelty act. Catherine Hosey sang beautifully and was declared the winner. Niall Rawle, James Vesey and John Kane were unlucky in question time. In the novelty act our group of Seamus Cahill, Fintan Fox, Carmel Reynolds, Deirdre Duggan, Eugene Murtagh and Derek Reynolds were victorious. Congrats to their director Martina Reynolds. Next up is the Leinster Scor semi-final this Saturday evening, starting at 5pm in the Downs Centre, outside Mullingar, and best of luck to our representatives.

MOYDOW HARPERS: Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 8, 12, 17 and 22. There was no jackpot winner. Match 3 winners were the Hewitt family, Sarah Dowler, Ann Halligan, James Ryan and Anna Sheridan. Next week’s jackpot is up to 7,725 euro. Training this week takes place on Wednesday and Friday evening at 8pm. Membership is now due at 20 euro, 10 euro for students. First match of the season takes place next Saturday versus Carrickedmond at 4.30pm in Carrickedmond.

BORNACOOLA: The 2013 Dinner Dance will take place in Cox’s Steakhouse in Dromod this Saturday night, March 9th at which presentations will be made to the various players of the year and to our Ladies team who captured the Intermediate Championship in 2012. There will be dancing on the night to the ever entertaining Tom Moran. Tickets priced at just 30 euro each are selling fast with only a few still remaining. You can secure your seats for the Dinner dance from Kelly Howard (0879727946), Michelle Howard (085 2856485), Leonie Duffy (086 3721128), Noel Mc Closkey (087 6454317) and Linda Farrell (086 8473534). The Senior team played Annaduff in the Shield on Saturday last and we recorded our first win of the season on a 0-11 to 1-1 scoreline. Team and scorers were: Gerry Gearty, Barry Reid, Brian Reilly, David Mulligan, Trevor Howard, Jason Conroy, Shane Conroy, Michael Duignan, Morgan Shanley, Ollie Vaughan (0-1), Mark McCloskey (0-3), Anthony Mulligan, Brian Conroy (0-1), Damian Moran (0-3) and Kevin Shanley (0-1). Subs used Jonathan Duffy (0-1), Aidan Reilly, Conor Hackett and Feargal McGill. Our best wishes to Anthony Mulligan for a speedy recovery following an injury sustained accidentally in last Saturday’s game. A hugely popular player, Anthony has been extremely unlucky with injury over the past couple of years and hopefully his latest setback will not keep him out of the game for too long. The U-14’s begin their 2013 campaign this Saturday when they host Glenfarne/Kilty in the league at 11.30am. Best of luck to all involved. Congratulations to our quiz team of Aidan and Paul Dockery and Brian Duffy who captured the Leitrim title in the GAA’s Seachtain na Gaeilge quiz on Saturday last. Brian – at just 15 years of age - became the youngest winner of a Seachtain na Gaeilge county title. The boys are in action this Wednesday night in the Connacht final in Ballyhaunis. Go n-eirí go geal libh. Drama: Well done to all involved with the staging of The Chastitute and The Spinsters over the weekend in the Community Centre. Among our club members involved in various guises were Declan Bohan, Orla Reynolds, Jonathan Duffy, Padraig, Sharon and Laura Jones, Brian Mallon and Seamus Gannon. Ann McGuinness was the producer. Huge crowds turned out on all three nights and the Players are donating the proceeds of one of the nights to the GAA Club. Míle buíochas daoibh go léir. Membership for 2013is now due and is available from Niall O’Connor, (Registrar), Martina Hackett (Treasurer) or Shane Reynolds (Secretary) at 40 euro for adult players, 20 euro general membership, 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.

TANG: Thanks to Kenagh players and management for a good and sporting challenge during the past week and we would like to wish them well in their competitions this year. Membership fees are now due for all players and members. All club facilities including walkway track are only available to club and social members. Unregistered players at all grades are not insured and therefore cannot take part in club activities. Please contact Colm Conlon or any member of the executive as soon as possible as the deadline is approaching. Membership forms can be downloaded from tang.westmeath.gaa.ie site for new members. From January 1st this year all under age players must wear a mouth guard for training and games including schools, info on these is available from Stephen Heneghan. Lotto Results for Monday 26th February. Jackpot 8,850 euro. No Jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were 4, 9, 21, 22. The 4 x 25 euro winners: Mrs Mannion, Frank Walsh, Treasa Connell and Dermot Bannon. Next draw in Murray’s, Ballymahon on Monday March 4th

HURLING-WOLFE TONES: Our senior team have had a busy few weeks on the playing field. In the Connacht Tain League they played two games and with varying results. They lost to James Stephens of Ballina but on Saturday last they had a great win over Sylane of Tuam on a scoreline of 1-21 to 2-8 and this gets them right back into contention for a semi-final place with one game remaining. That game is at home to Cuil Irla of Sligo on April 6th next. We had our first game in the Westmeath League on Sunday last away to Turin and we came away with a hard earned draw, 0-12 apiece. Well done to the boys schools team under the guidance of Mick McCormack who won their indoor competition after beating Abbeylara in the final. Hard luck to the girls who were narrowly beaten in their semi-final. Congratulations to Michael Purcell on winning the player of the match award. Congratulations to Mary and Sean Browne on the birth of their daughter. Best of luck to the County senior team who begin their league campaign away to Leitrim this Sunday. A reminder that the annual membership and insurance is now due and should be paid to the club registrar, Rory O’Donohoe.

MINOR-KILLOE: Minor League game v Northern Gaels is on Saturday March 9th at 4pm in Clonee. Best of luck to Longford U-21 panel and all Killoe representatives who take on Dublin in the Leinster Championship this Wednesday night March 6th in Parnell Park. Our Juveniles travelled to Ashbourne on Saturday last and were defeated 1-12 to 1-2 by Donoughmore/Ashbourne in the Leinster U-16 League. Training continues for all ages during the week and anyone still to pay registration contact Colm Hughes. Minor Club meeting on Thursday March 7th at 9.3pm in Clonee. Best of luck to the Schoolboys who begin the Championship campaign this week.

MINOR-LONGFORD SLASHERS: A gutsy performance from all sixteen players saw our Minor team beat Granard/Ballymore by a single point on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-8 in Higginstown on Sunday last. Special mention goes to Tommy Maguire and Shane Kelly who were both outstanding on the day. Training continues in the gym on Wednesday night at 7pm sharp. Our U-16 team started their season with a home match against Ramor United in the Leinster league. The visitors started well, scoring an early goal and took a four point lead into half-time 1-6 to 0-5. In the second half Slashers raised their game considerably and four second half goals saw us winning on a scoreline of 4-10 to 1-11. Best for Slashers was Ronan Sheahan who was outstanding throughout the game at full-back. Training continues for this team on Friday evening at 6pm. Our U-14 team are busy preparing for the Féile competition which is due to commence soon. Training for this team takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm. Training sessions for our U-10 and U-12 teams are due to commence on Thursday 14th of March, more details next week. Training for U-6 and U-8 levels will take commence on Thursday (tomorrow) 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. 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: Last weekend was dedicated to the activities and events to celebrate the life of Cian Smith. Cian was an extraordinary boy who was gifted with skills and abilities in sport and music to name but a few. The past weekend was an opportunity for all to come out and acknowledge Cian’s positive contribution to their lives. The “Come Dine with Me” nights in Breffni Arms and Pikers Lodge were very enjoyable and memorable. On Sunday it was the turn of Cian’s teammates from the various teams he was involved with to take part in a fun game in Pairc na Gael. The game was full of fun and frolics, marked by having leading figures of public office present and high profile team managers who had controversial tendencies to say the least. A total of 50 boys coming from the St. Francis, Dromard and St. Colmcilles minor clubs were involved In the game and a big thanks goes to one and all who weren’t going to miss this event in memory of their friend. This was typified by a player who had to rush back from Dublin from where he played a soccer game earlier in the day. Presentations to players, auctions of sporting memorabilia concluded events on the field and with that the throngs retired to the clubhouse for refreshments. Children took the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Sam Maguire and Liam Mc Carty trophies. A presentation was made to the Smith family from the minor club of a photographic piece commissioned by Bernard Smyth of Imaging Ireland commemorating the Celebrate Cian weekend and his various sporting prowess. Great credit goes to the Smith family and the organising committee who certainly left no stone unturned in their organisation of events. Along with the attention to detail they also promoted the sense of fun which was a central part of Cian’s personality. On Thursday last our minors kicked off their league campaign when they travelled to Maguire Park to take on Clonbroney. The home side opened the scoring with a goal only seconds into the game. While we landed a couple of points it was the home side who pushed on and extended their lead. A Conal Murphy goal before half -time reduced this lead but we still trailed at half-time. The second half saw our players continue to compete but it was the lively home side who continued to hold sway. While we were behind a the final whistle there were encouraging signs for the future. Players involved on the day were Joseph Reynolds, Cillian Hourican, Barry Connell, Liam Doherty, Niall Mc Manus (0-1), Conal Murphy (1-1), Dylan Masterson, Peadar Kiernan, Bryan Mc Cormack (0-5) 2 frees, Brian Kiernan, Oisin Hourican, Gary Kilkenny, Jason Quigley, Mark Donohoe and Patrick Mimnagh. Next weekend our u-14s play feile blitz against Granard/Ballymore and Western Gaels in Granard with a start time of 12 noon. Games will be of 30 minute duration.

MINOR-ST. PATRICK’S OG, ARDAGH: Eleven current and future coaches completed the foundation course on Monday last and best of luck to them all in the year ahead. Hard luck to the U-16 and U-18 teams who both lost over the weekend. The U-14 feile plate first phase takes place in Keenan Park on Saturday next at 12 noon. Membership is now due. 10 euro per child or 15 euro per family. Training for U-18 and U-16 players on Thursday night commencing at 7.30 pm, and on Sunday at 12 noon.

MINOR-ST. VINCENT’S: St. Vincent’s will be holding their annual Monster Bingo on March 24th at 3pm in Ballinamuck Hall. There will a total Prize winning of 2500 euro on the day and an Easter Egg will be given out on each page. A raffle will also be held on the day with 100 euro cash for first prize and lots of numerous other prizes. We hope to see you all there. Hard Luck to our Minor team who were defeated on Sunday last by St. Dominics/Moydow Harpers Og on a scoreline of 5-7 to 1-8. Good Luck to our U-14 team who will be competing in the Football Feile Shield on Saturday next 9th of March in Edgeworthstown. This is ran on a blitz basis on the day and their first game starts at 10am against Wolfe Tones Og. Good luck to Longford U-21s in their opening round of the Leinster Championship this Wednesday evening in Parnell Park against Dublin.

LADIES-CARRICKEDMOND: We would like to welcome everyone back to our Senior training over last weekend. It was great to see all the old faces and welcome to the new ladies Alibhe and Caithriona. We would also like to welcome on board our new trainer Michael Doherty and wish him well. We hope these numbers will continue every week. Training will be on Friday evening at 7pm in GAA complex. There will be a meeting for all parents of underage girls in the GAA complex on Thursday night 7th March at 9pm. Looking forward to a great year of football.

LADIES-DROMARD: Our senior ladies team start their league next weekend with a fixture against Mullinalaghta. Venue and date will be confirmed. Hard luck to Longford senior ladies who suffered a narrow defeat to Down. Well done to Mairead Reynolds who was the Dromard representative on the day. Congratulations to Cait Murphy, Amy McLoughlin and Andrea Farrell who were recently selected on the county u14 panel. Ladies Goalkeeping course commences this Saturday the 9th of March at 12 noon in Slashers. Open to all girls within the county and will run one Saturday each month until September. this is a great opportunity for Ladies to learn new skills or up skill in goalkeeping. For further enquiries please contact charlescanning07@eircom.net

LADIES-GRATTANS: You all will be glad to hear our first training session will be on the 21st of March from 7-8pm for under 10,12 & 14’s girls, looking forward to seeing you all there. Just another reminder about our sponsored walk on 7th of April and there will be more info in the next couple of weeks. There is also a Ladies Goalkeeping course commencing this Saturday 9th March at 12 noon in Slashers, open to all girls with in the County. This will run one Saturday each month until September. Even if you don’t play goals or would like to try this is a super opportunity to learn new skills or even up skill in goalkeeping. For further enquiries please contactcharlescanning07@eircom.net

LADIES-KILLOE: Spot the ball results 15/02/13. 25 euro Chrissie Flood and 100 euro Chrissie Flood. 22/02/13. 25 euro Mary Thompson and 100 euro Nellie Gormley. 01/03/13. 25 euro Frances Courtney and 100 euro Megan Lee. Ladies Goalkeeping course commences this Saturday the 9th of March at 12 noon in Slashers. Open to all girls within the county and will run one Saturday each month until September. This is a great opportunity for Ladies to learn new skills or up skill in goalkeeping. For further enquiries please contactcharlescanning07@eircom.net or on 086-8038929. The first round of the leagues kicks-off this weekend with our juniors playing Ballymahon/ Forgney on Saturday and our seniors playing Ballymore on Sunday. Time and venues for both these games are to be confirmed. Best of luck girls for the coming season. Hard luck to the Longford ladies who were narrowly defeated by Down on Sunday last. Also hard luck to the county U-16s and U-14s who were both defeated by Kilkenny on Saturday last.