Division 1 Game: Two goals in the 3rd and 13th minutes respectively catapulted St. Mary’s to victory over Drumreilly in their Div. 1 encounter perfect conditions in Ck on Shannon on Sunday last. Sorely missed by the losers was their midfielder Declan Maxwell, injured on the previous Sunday. Drumreilly were first to score, courtesy of Ronan McCartin in the 1st minute, and James Holahan was unlucky not to have got the ball into the St. Mary’s net a minute later. Owning a fair share of the possession they were in wasteful mood and had to wait until a minute before half time to record their next score, a point from Seán Fee. In the meantime they had frittered away ten chances in front of the St. Mary’s posts. Although less culpable, the home side also proved errant, hitting six wides. Their first score, a Clement Cunniffe goal came in the 3rd minute, this to be followed by a Nicholas McWeeney point seven minutes later and their second killer goal in the 13th minute. Hapless Drumreilly, battling to get on terms, should have gained parity by half time, but all they had to show for honest endeavour were six wides on the trot, and the lone point from midfielder Seán Fee. Drumreilly got going with better results on the resumption. Conor Gaffney cleverly tapped down to Nigel Maguire, who sent over the bar in the 4th minute, Cormac sent high between the posts a minute later, and the young Gaffney celebrating his debut in senior ranks was the provider as James Holahan reduced the deficit to two points. St. Mary’s responded with two quick scores. In what was arguably the most cohesive and finish of the hour Damon Maguire, James Holahan and Nigel Maguire combined for the last mentioned to arrow accurately between the Saint Mary’s uprights. The purple patch continued for the visitors with defender John McKeon getting in on the scoring act, before Alan Doherty and Robert Lowe picked off two points for the winners. The wisdom of the quick free was evident as John McKeon punted forward to Ronan McCartin whose offload put James Holahan through for a point, and another courtesy of Nigel Maguire had narrowed the deficit to two points. Excitement ran high as James Holahan was seen at his best in thrice breaching the winners’ rearguard to bag three great scores and the lead with only a minute of ordinary time left. In a desperate raid St. Mary’s bore down on the Drumreilly posts in search of an equalizing score and forced a “45”. When Robert Lowe’s Free dropped short into the vicinity of the square a team-mate’s fist helped the ball to the back of the net, and another Saint Mary’s point left them with a 3-5 to 0-12 lead at the final whistle. The Drumreilly team was Mick McGirl, Fergal Mitchell, Kevin Holahan, Anthony Holahan, Graeme Taylor, John McKeon (0-1), David O’Connell, Nigel Maguire (0-3), Seán Fee (0-1), Ronan McCartin (0-1), Damon Maguire, Brian Fee, Conor Gaffney, James Holahan (0-5), and Cormac Maguire.
Recent Death: The death has taken place at the O Carolan Nursing Home, Mohill of Mr. John Blessing, Corrala. His funeral took place on Tuesday last following Mass of the Resurrection in St. Mary’s Church, Drumlea to the adjoining cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his sisters Margaret Keery, U.S.A. and Brigid, Brin, U.S.A. cousins, brothers –in law and other relatives. I leaba na naomh go raibh a anam uasal.
Red Cross Branch A.G.M.: The Annual General Meeting of Drumreilly Branch and Leitrim Area of the Irish Red Cross will be held on Wednesday 27th Feb at 7.30pm in Drumreilly Community Centre. All members new and old please attend.
Bingo Winners: The following were among the winners at last Friday night’s Bingo session in Drumreilly Community Centre: Jimmy Bohan, Gortnagullion, Claire Creamer, Ballinamore, Nan Connolly, Ardunsaghan, Kathlen Prior, Ballinamore, Jimmy Mulligan, Mount Ida, Seán McGirl, Aughoo East, Molly Prior, Lisacarn, Tommy Cassidy, Drumgowna, Lily O Neill, Killahurk, Berni Smith, Drumury, Ella Maguire, Aughalough, D. Darcy, Aughawillan, Anna Rose Mitchell, Augharan, Mary Gaffney, Corrala, Alice Shields, Ballinamore, Eileen McGovern, Ardra, Eileen Wrynn, Tarmon, Betty Taylor, Clonboyher, Lily Cooke, Gortermone, Rose Conefrey, Corrawallen, Pauline Smith, Drumury, Chrissie Gaffney, Mullaghboy, Majella Lynch, Killegorman, Megan Lavin, Corrawallen, Caoimhe Gaffney, Mullaghboy. Mary O Rourke, Corlough, Leanne Galligan, Killeshandra, Geraldine Prior, Ballinamore, Gretta O’Neill, Carrigallen, Maureen Bracken, Keelrin, Shirley Gooheen, Drumraine. Bingo will continue on next Friday March 1st at 8.30p.m. All our supporters are thanked for their continued loyalty.
Recent Death: The death has taken place of Mrs. Teresa Kearns nee Denneny, London and formerly Kinkeen. Sympathy is extended to her husband Thomas P. their children and the members of the Kearns and Denneny families. Solas na bhFlaitheas go raibh uirthí.
Active Age: The members of the Drumreilly Active Age Group wish to thank the Ballinamore, Fenagh, Aughnasheelin, Annaduff/Drumsna, Drumeela/Carrigallen, Mohill, Cloone/Aughavas, Killeshandra and Templeport Group members, and a number of non –group supporters for the support in adding to the success and enjoyment of the Drumreilly Social on Tuesday of last week in Drumreilly Community Centre. There will not be a meeting on this Wednesday February 27th as a numbers of our members will be taking part in a Bowling session in Ck on Shannon. The next weekly meeting will be on Wednesday March 6th.
Recalling February 1993: The following members of the Anne Prior S.D. were among the medal winners at a C. R.N. Feis: Catherine, Fee, Amanda Looby, Mary McKeon, Marian Mulligan, Rachel Kennedy, Linda, Jennifer and Caroline O Reilly and Karl McCartin. Goalkeeper Martin McCartin, defender Aidan Holahan and midfielder Pat Connolly played a big part in Leitrim’s Hastings Cup defeat of Sligo. Drumreilly team of Gene Connolly Christopher Mimna, Denis Smith, Seán Mitchell, Thomas Connolly (4pts.), Pádraig Lunney (pt.), Connell McGovern (pt.), Oliver Maguire (2gls.), Noel McGirl (1-2). Sub: Ciaran Holahan scored a 3-8 to 1-1 win over Bornacoola. The deaths took place of Crickeen-born Mr. George Woods, England and Miss Elizabeth Holahan, Mohill and formerly Sallyfield.