Gortletteragh June 17

Barbecue Evening: On Sunday next, June 19th, Ciara Kelleher is hosting a barbecue evening of Burger and Boxty at her home in Errew to help raise funds for ‘Outreach Moldova’. Ciara is making a return trip to Moldova in July to help out and hopefully bring a little pleasure to the children and young adults at the Hincesti orphanage. If you are passing her way on Sunday evening you are welcome to drop in.

Barbecue Evening: On Sunday next, June 19th, Ciara Kelleher is hosting a barbecue evening of Burger and Boxty at her home in Errew to help raise funds for ‘Outreach Moldova’. Ciara is making a return trip to Moldova in July to help out and hopefully bring a little pleasure to the children and young adults at the Hincesti orphanage. If you are passing her way on Sunday evening you are welcome to drop in.

Active Age: Gortletteragh Autumn Club is hosting a mid summer social on Tuesday 21st June at 9pm. Supper will be served. Admission is €7 and everyone is welcome. Live entertainment will be provided on what promises to be a great night.

Race Night: A race night takes place in the Welcome Inn on Friday night 1st July. You can support by buying a line on cards which are available from any club member or player.

Well Done: Well done to Ciaran Gilmartin, Cattan, who has completed the Focus Ireland challenge, supporting people in need. Hundreds of volunteers from around the country took part over three days last weekend and climbed the highest mountains in each of the four provinces. Renewed thanks to everyone who sponsored Ciaran for this most worthy cause.

Fashion Show: Gala Fashion show on this Friday night, 17th June 2011 in O’Reilly’s Bar, Drumlish. Arrival reception from 8:00pm, show commences at 9:00pm. Prize for best dressed lady. Tickets 10 euro and the proceeds are in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation and in memory of Annie Quinn, Drumlish.

Bog Revisited: On Saturday last John and Sheila Reynolds hosted another traditional day out on Drumgrania bog and again it proved to be a wonderful outing. The day had a spiritual touch to it as the gathering prayed the Angelus trí Gaeilge agus Bearla as the bells of Gortletteragh church chimed. We were blessed with a super day, weather wise, with not a shower ever threatening the gathering. County librarian, Séan Ó’Suilleabháin was on hand to record on video this old tradition not only of turf cutting but the chat, banter, lore and food that goes with it. The sléansmen and women had no easy task battling, with bays and buckets, the water that tried its best to disrupt proceedings. Indeed the barrow men did their bit seeking out high spots on the damp hollow bank to dump their loads. Dinner time was a treat with John and Sheila and their helpers serving up the very best of food from scones, to roasted bacon and potatoes and all that went with it. Added to the menu from last year was oaten bonnach and boxty of every type, some of which we never saw before – one that resembled a Swiss Roll, having boxty stuffed with black pudding. The meals were cooked in the old tradition in cast iron pots and pans on the crook over an open fire. It was like the wedding feast of Cana without the wine. The food was much appreciated as the meitheal licked their lips after the desert and talked of times past. Overall the day was enjoyable and relaxing and everyone made their way home with pleasant memories. The sleáns and breast spades are returned to dry dock as we look forward to another bog pilgrimage next year. Thanks to everyone who gave generous gifts on the day towards the charity, Outreach Moldova. On the Friday the fifth and sixth classes and their teachers from Gortletteragh school had their own adventure on the bog. After being transported up the bog pass by ass and cart and round wagon, the group tried their hand at cutting and wheeling turf and through John, their guide were given a glimpse of the important role the bog played in their grandparent’s lives. It was a most enjoyable experience for the children.

Bon Voyage: We wish a belated bon voyage to two of our talented players, Darren McGrath and Paul Heaney who recently emigrated to Australia. Darren and Paul were dedicated footballers who played for the club from under - age level all the way up - we wish both lads the very best of luck and p.g. it won’t be long till they are back wearing the green and gold jersey again.

Football Fare: Hard luck to Leitrim who went under to Roscommon in Páirc Séan on Sunday last. Despite the defeat, our clubman Cathal McCrann put in a man of the match performance with a string of point blank saves. We must now try to unbolt the back door in order to progress further in this year’s championship. Congrats to Jack Heslin and Francis Flynn who were part of the Leitrim Development team that played Roscommon in the opening game on Sunday and to Eimear Kelly who played with the Leitrim in the Cumann Na mBunscol game also against Roscommon. Well done to all.