Gallant victory

Gallant victory

Following on from the seniors marvellous win in the Leader Cup the Under 21 squad took on Clonguish in the 13 a side championship final at Emmet Park on Saturday last in front of a large crowd of supporters. St. Columbas had reached the final by accounting for Kenagh, Dromard and strong Ballymore Colmcille Connollys amalgamation in the semi final. Dan and his fellow management team of Thomas, Ruairi and Shamie knew that their young team faced a stiff challenge in taking on Clonguish as they had an impressive win in their semi final against Abbeylara. But as in previous years they installed a never say die attitude in the team and left nothing to chance to ensure that the boys would do justice to the Maroon and White. It was action packed from the start and Rian Brady settled St Columbas with an early free. But they were rocked by a Clonguish goal following a good move and approaching half time Clonguish were ahead by two points but St.Columbas responded with points from brothers James and David McGivney and Rian Brady to take a slender one point lead at the interval. The second half was an exciting affair with play swinging from end to end and the Mullinalaghta boys were repelling the attacks by Clonguish with outstanding bravery. When Rian Brady rattled the Clonguish net midway through the half our supporters were hopeful that the lads could hold on for victory but Clonguish responded with some scores to leave a tense few final minutes with magnificent defending by our backs. When the final whistle sounded St. Columbas were victorious on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-6 and there was great excitement as joint captains David O Rourke and Myles Matthews were presented with the cup for the fourth time in five years. It was really a marvellous achievement for a small parish with just fifteen players available. David O Rourke was in superb form and pulled off some vital saves and made timely advances from his goal line. James Mooney was having his usual effective game in the full back line line and making interceptions before he sustained a recurrence of his collar bone injury and had to be rushed to hospital. David Kane had his best ever game in a Maroon and White jersey and had a storming last thirty minutes as Clonguish pressed for a goal while our half back line of Michael Cunningham, Luke Meehan and Myles Matthews were heroic in blotting out the danger and launching counter attacks. At midfield Aidan McElligott and David McGivney ensured our attack were provided with regular possession and David was awarded the man of the match award for his majestic performance culminating with a marvellous fifty metre point midway through the second half. Aidan worked tirelessly and he soared into the clouds in typical style to secure possession in the final few minutes which earned a vital free converted by Rian Brady to clinch victory. Brendan Fox worked incessantly in search of the ball and provided the link from defence to attack on numerous occasions while Aaron Earley was a power house with his work rate at centre forward. Michael Murray used his speed to good effect and linked up well with his colleagues while Rian Brady and James McGivney were a constant thorn in the Clonguish defence with Rian taking his goal in his usual style and James fetching, running and giving pin point passes to his colleagues. James Rogers when introduced for the unfortunate James Mooney played a major part with his speed which was a vital factor and Enda Rabbitt making a real contribution in the final enthralling twenty minutes. So the future is bright for St. Columbas and the great work done at under age level is paying off and long may it continue and heartiest congratulations again to Dan and his squad for yet again bringing silverware to the parish. We wish James Mooney a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him in the Maroon and White in the months ahead. On this Saturday our seniors will make the journey to Emmett Park to take on Longford Slashers in All County Division 1 play off of the league to bring a third trophy to the parish in as many weeks. Throw in is at 2.30p.m. Please check fixtures for confirmation of this. Good luck boys.

Honk- A Musical Comedy

The Cnoc Mhuire Transition Year class are currently putting the finishing touches to HONK, a musical comedy that is based on the story of the Ugly Duckling. It is a heart-warming tale that will be enjoyed by both young and old. The musical takes place in the school sports hall on 17th, 18th and 19th December at 7.30p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the school office on 043 6686231 or through the HONKline on 085 8409506. They are available now for the bargain price of €10 each. So why not treat the family this festive season and come along to what promises to be a fantastic night’s entertainment.

St. Vincent de Paul Shop

‘’New 2 U’’ shop at Market St. Granard is open every Friday from 10.00a.m to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00a.m – 5.00p.m. It will also open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Please note change of business hours for winter months.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Angler’s Rest on Thursday 5th November Winning numbers were 2, 11, 19, 23 with the jackpot of €4100 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following.Margaret Hand, Aughanoran. Seamus Hand, Larkfield. Fiona Fitzpatrick, Toome. Breege Mulfaul, Toome and Laura Cunningham, Cloughernal. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: Finbar Meehan. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Rian Brady. Kilcogy: Donal Mc Elligtott & Ben Cusworth. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. Winning number from the draw on Saturday December 7th

Naomh Columba C.L.G.

Anyone interested in buying the new ‘’St. Columbas Top’’ is requested to contact club chairman Finbar Meehan as soon as possible. Samples are on display at Mulligan’s Shop and Cloonagh P.O. Prices are adults €35 and children €30. One would make an ideal Chrittmas present.

Christmas Draw

Tickets for Mulinalaghta Community Centre & St. Columba’s GFC Christmas fund-raising raffle are currently on sale. 1st prize is €200. 2nd : Supervalu Hamper. There are also vouchers for Reflexology, Chiropody, Hair Saloon and Beauty therapy. There are numerous other prizes including Christmas Table Centre and Christmas Pudding. Draw will take place on Friday 20th December. Tickets are on sale in local shops or from any committee member. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Fireside Tales

Jude Flynn has recently published his 11th edition of Fireside Tales. Like previous issues there are many interesting articles included this time round. A firm favourite with all at home and abroad with a liking of tales and stories from years back the highly popular series is recorded by Jude in conversations with the older members of the community. He then edits the pieces and compiles them into the books Copies are on sale in Cloonagh P.O. For an avid reader it would make an excellent Christmas present.

Control Of Dogs

Following recent incidents of sheep attacked overnight in the area dog owners are requested to ensure that their dogs should be kept under control at all times. All are reminded if sheep or lambs are injured or killed compensation for same is the responsibility of the owner of the dog. Bear in mind that the household pet such as the pomeranian can be a vicious beast like the dalmatian, alsation or doberman.


It is with deep regret that we record the death of John Reynolds, Aughanoran.. With Mullinalaghta connections John came to reside in parish approximately twenty five years ago. There he purchased a residence not far from the residence of the birthplace of his mother formerly Mallon, In his 91st year he was in failing health for some time. Of a generous disposition he was very supportive of all fund-raising activities in the parish. He is survived by his step son Vincent Barton and cousins. May he rest in peace.