GAA Club notes

BALLYMAHON: Leo Casey Park staged the first round O’Byrne Cup match Longford v Meath on Sunday last where a large crowd turned up and Meath won on a 1-9 to 1-7 scoreline. The two teams were very experimental as happens at this time of year. Our own clubman Kevin Diffley featured at centre-half-back and acquitted himself well. Many thanks to all who acted as stewards and did a very good job.

BALLYMAHON: Leo Casey Park staged the first round O’Byrne Cup match Longford v Meath on Sunday last where a large crowd turned up and Meath won on a 1-9 to 1-7 scoreline. The two teams were very experimental as happens at this time of year. Our own clubman Kevin Diffley featured at centre-half-back and acquitted himself well. Many thanks to all who acted as stewards and did a very good job.

Many thanks to the players who sold lotto tickets. Many thanks to the Mart who allowed us use of their parking facilities which was greatly needed and much appreciated. Our weekly lotto draw will resume next Sunday night in Murrays Lounge, the first in 2013. Apologies that it did not take place on Sunday last. Membership fee 20 euro ordinary and 10 euro students now due and is available on or before 31-3-2013. Very important that players take this out as it is your responsibility and not the club’s onus. There will be no guarantee you will be covered in the event of an accident so why take the chance for only a few euro. As for ordinary membership we invite all to be part of it. Many thanks to those who carried out the repairs and improvements of late and with the near completion of the St Christopher’s Day Care facilities the park and surrounds were looking very well on Sunday last. A few of the younger players have not shown up as yet at training and so I appeal to them to come along soon as bigger numbers make training more enjoyable for all.

GRANARD ST. MARY’S: We are holding our Dinner Dance in Gowna on Saturday 2nd February at which we will present the medals to our Intermediate ‘A’ and ‘B’ Championship winning teams from last year. These two wins were a huge boost to our club and this will be a great night of celebration. Tickets (priced at 30 euro) are on sale from Enda O’Hara, Oliver Kiernan or any Executive member. We expect them to go fairly quick so get your order in fast. There was no outright winner of last weeks Glotto and the winning numbers drawn were 6, 10, 13 and 15. The 30 euro winners were Tracey Kiernan, Coolarty; Aisling Macken, Ballyjamesduff and Declan Masterson, Denniston Park. Next weeks jackpot will be 4200 euro. Thanks to everyone who support this important fundraiser for our club.

KILLASHEE ST. BRIGID’S: The Club would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members, supporters, friends and their families a very Happy New Year. Owing to the festive season, the results of our Lotto draw which took place in The Richmond Inn, Clondra on Sunday 30th December are late being published. However, there was no winner of our jackpot. The numbers drawn were: 4, 47, 21 and 25. The 40 euro winner: Emmet Skelly. 20 euro winners: Dave and Emma Binns; David Ludlum and Violet Neary. Our next draw takes place in Magan’s Bar on 13th January for a jackpot of 4,040 euro. Team A is on duty: Damian Edgeworth, Alec McCloughry, Gerard Evans and Derek Steele. The Club wishes to thank all those who supported our Lotto through the year. Thanks also to all the sellers and teams who organised the draw every week and to the premises for facilitating our Lotto teams throughout the year. Yearly Lotto subscriptions are available for 45 euro and if there is anyone is interested in taking up this offer please get in touch with Damian Edgeworth on 086 8362969. Our follow-up Club Development meeting will take place on Friday evening next (11th January) in the Clubhouse at 8pm. Whilst a relatively long time has passed since our last gathering, we hope to see a good turnout for this important meeting. Congratulations to Willie and Emma Skelly on the birth of baby Holly over the Christmas period.

MOSTRIM: Our Club AGM is set for the 18th January in the Mostrim Arms at 7.30pm. All members are asked to attend and new members are welcome to join in. This is a big event in the Club’s calendar so we hope there will be a big turnout. On Friday night last (4th January) we held our first ever Poker Tournament. It was a great success with almost eighty players taking part. A big thank you to Patrick Quinn for his help with the organising and to Tony Garvey who put in a lot of work promoting the event and all those who sold tickets, to the Parkhouse for hosting the event and above all to those who bought tickets and came out and supported us in such numbers. Congratulations to David Reynolds who was the outright winner taking home 1000 euro prize money and a trophy. Thanks also to those who came out to support our Charity event on New Year’s Day – a special mention to Mick McCormack for organising (and re-organising) the whole event. There was no jackpot winner in the last Lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 13, 15, 22, 30. Twenty-five euro winners were Packie Kenny, Ardagh; Mary Donohoe Lisnageeragh; Colette Sheridan and Pat O’Connor, Kilsallagh. John McGerr’s team on duty this weekend J. Coyle, M. Burke, Anna Coyle.

MULLINALAGHTA ST. COLUMBA’S: December 19th lotto results were as follows: numbers drawn; 4, 5, 10, 23.No outright winner. 20 euro consolation prizes to Megan O’Reilly, Hideaway; Margaret Hand, Aughanorran; Mary A. Reilly, Toome; Ashling & Laura Cunningham, Cloughernal and Luke O’ Reilly, Mullahoran. On duty for sales this coming weekend are Hideaway, Martin Matthews; Keoghs/Anglers Rest, Seamie Collumb; Kilcogy, Paddy Brady and Frankie Mulligan. Please ensure that all tickets are handed in to Post Office no later than Monday evening at 5.30pm. Membership for 2013 is now due and can be paid to Pauline McNerney. Adults cost 40 euro and students 20 euro. Remember that unless players have their membership paid up, they are not insured. Also, paid up members are entitled to enter draw for All-Ireland football and hurling tickets.

ARDAGH ST. PATRICK’S: Our monthly club meeting takes place this Friday night in the Pete Keenan Clubroom at 8.30 pm. St. Patrick’s Og Annual General Meeting takes place in the Pete Keenan Clubroom on Friday 18th January. Lotto results for Sunday 30th December 2012. Numbers drawn: 7, 11, 15, 25. Jackpot 4550 euro. No winners: 25 euro winners were: Luke Gillen Lynamore; Bernie Kiernan, Ballinree; Lizzie Keegan, Bohermore; James Clyne c/o Billy Keenan; Anne Grehan c/o Conefrey’s Bar, Edgeworthstown. Lotto results for Sunday 6th January. Numbers drawn: 4, 26, 27, 29. Jackpot 4600 euro. No winners: 25 euro winners were: Marie O’ Rourke, Lynamore; Enda Gillen Cross; Caroline Ganley, Kenagh; Noel Reynolds c/o Billy Keenan; Cathriona Hayden, Loughill. Jackpot for Sunday 13th January 4650 euro. Team F on Lotto Duty on Sunday 13th January: Nicholas Farrell, Packie and Maureen Cahill, Ciaran Kelly, Team/Player. Edgeworthstown Rota: Ciaran Kelly and Team/Player.

BALLYMORE: We held two of our monthly draws over the Christmas season and the following were the winners. November draw: Cathal and Deirdre Monaghan, Willsbrook won the first prize of one thousand euro while John Gorman Killeen, Assumpta and Peter Goulding C/o Monaghan’s and Marlyn and Paul McGivney, Leitrim won one hundred euro each. December draw: Mollie and Emma Boyle, Killeen won one thousand euro while Vinny and Helen Walker, Kilcource; Darragh Burke, Abbeylara and Donal McElvaney won one hundred euro each. Next draw at the end of January. The sympathy of the club is extended to the Sammon, Higgins and Judge families on the death of Mary Judge, also to the Flood and Higgins families on the death of James Higgins and also to the Columb and Gregory families on the death of Rose. May they rest in peace. On behalf of all in Ballymore I extend good wishes to all for a very happy and peaceful 2013. We also extend continued good wishes to club president Jimmy Reilly for a speedy recovery to good health.

CARRICKEDMOND: Lotto Results for 01/01/13 are as follows Jackpot 7,100 euro. Numbers Drawn 01-03-07-13. No Winner. 50 euro Winners: Katie Quaine, Tashinny and Bernadette Egan, Mornine. Next week’s Jackpot is 7,180 euro. Carrickedmond annual GAA Dinner Dance will take place in the Rustic Inn this Saturday night 12th of January, music by The Dance on Band. Tickets costing 25 euro available and dinner served at 9pm sharp. We held our AGM on Saturday night last the 5th of January the following are the officers elected for 2013: Chairman: Damian Moran, Vice Chairman: Padraig McGrath, Secretary: Mairead McDonnell, Assistant Secretary: Lorraine McDonnell, Treasurers: Paul Maguire and Edwina Kelly, PRO: Paul McDonnell, Insurance Officer: Antoinette Kelly, Children’s Officer: Helen Dempsey, Development Officer: Joe McCormack, Players Representative: Barry O’Farrell, County Board Delegates: Antoinette Kelly, Mairead McDonnell, Mick Cahill and Eugene Quaine, Committee Members: Eugene McCormack, Johnny Keegan, PJ Keegan, Mary Burns, Paul Lenehan, Sean O’Neill, Pat O’Shea, Seamus Maguire, Pat Cahill, Francis Kelly and Dermot McCormack. The St. Christopher’s Fund will remain open until the Dinner Dance this Saturday night and if anyone would like to make a donation please contact Mairead McDonnell. Well done to the County U-21 team and management who defeated Roscommon in the Hastings Cup on Saturday last. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me in my time as PRO and your information and assistance has been greatly appreciated. I would like to wish all the executive, players, management and supporters all the very best in 2013.

LEGAN SARSFIELDS: We are proud to report that one of our players Conor Quaine represented his county last Sunday when they played Meath in the O’Byrne Cup at Ballymahon. When Conor was introduced midway through the second half Longford showed a marked improvement as he acquitted himself very well and should have a bright future at inter county level. Regrettably Longford lost by the narrow margin of 2 points. The Club AGM takes place on Friday 18th January in the Club House at 8pm. Nomination papers are in circulation at present, please return them in good time as we must always remain in stake of change. The Club extends sincere sympathy to Joe Murphy and family on the recent death of his brother Charlie. May he rest in Peace. Results of Lotto draw held on Sunday December 30th in Casey’s Carrickboy. Numbers drawn were 5, 6, 7 and 24. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners were Ann Tonks and Paul Kenny.

RATHCLINE: The Club EGM was held on Saturday night 5th January in the Club House with a large crowd in attendance. The 2013 Executive was formed with the majority of last year’s executive reinstated in block. Albert Cooney moves to position of treasurer with James Casey taking the joint PRO position with Cathal Chapman. Our chairman Liam Connerton thanked all those who accepted positions for the coming year and gave best wishes to those who were resigning from executive. 2013 will hopefully prove to be a very successful year on the field with the appointment of Gerry Lynn from Mostrim as our new Senior team manager. We wish Gerry and his selectors (still to be appointed) the very best of good luck for the coming year. Now that our new Executive is in place, membership is now open to everyone for the 2013 season. As agreed at the EGM, membership prices are as follows: 20 euro for non-playing members and 50 euro for players. Peter Skelly will be accepting payment for all non-playing members and Ryan Fallon will be doing likewise with our Club players. Closing date for receipt of membership money is 31st March. Our annual Christmas/New Year draw takes place on Saturday 19th January in Adies Bar at 11pm. Tickets are in circulation around the parish and beyond and are priced at 20 euro. There are ten fantastic cash prizes as follows: 1st Prize: 3,000 euro; 2nd Prize: 1,000 euro; 3rd Prize: 750 euro; 4th Prize: 500 euro; 5th Prize: 250 euro; 6th Prize to 10th Prize: 200 euro. The club relies heavily on the success of this fundraiser to pay for team affiliation and insurance requirements for the season ahead. Your support would be much appreciated. Ticket sellers can return stubs and money to our new treasurer Albert Cooney or indeed any member of the Executive between now and Saturday 19th January. Club Rathcline - Reminder to all Bi-Yearly participants of our Rathcline Lotto that 50 euro is now due for the second half of the fundraiser term. The half term lotto draw takes place on Saturday 26th January and payment should be made to any Executive member before this date. The Jackpot of 700 euro was not won last weekend with numbers drawn as follows: 12, 14, 23, 31, 32, 44. Congratulations to our four 25 euro winners this week as follows: Donal Brady – Aughafad, Longford; Pat Joe Cox – Mount Dillion, Curraghroe; Betty & Joe Murphy – Gortgallon, Lanesboro; Kevin Chapman – Lisnacusha, Lanesboro. Next week’s Jackpot will 800 euro. Congratulations to both Shane Donoghue and Liam Connerton who featured for Longford in the victorious U-21 Hastings Cup match against Roscommon in Cashel on Saturday last. The team will play Wicklow in the next round of the competition on Saturday next 12th January. Best of luck to all our Club players (Shane, Eoin & Jack) who are a part of the Longford VEC Schools team who take on Dublin in the Leinster semi-final in Cashel on Saturday 12th January next at 1pm. Finally and most importantly, the senior club would like to wish Shannon Gaels Scor na nOg Novelty Act the very best of luck in the Leinster Final at Erin’s Isle GAA club in Finglas next Saturday 12th January at 3pm. Once again Shannon Gaels has excelled at Scor na nOg and hopefully the team can progress to the All-Ireland Final in this competition.

FORGNEY ST. MUNIS: There was a very good turn out at our A.G.M. held in Forgney School on Sunday week last. Chairman Pat O’Toole in his address said that 2012 had been one of the most difficult years the club had faced with the twin scourges of emigration and long term injuries taking their toll on playing numbers that threatened the very existence of the club particularly around championship time last year. Pat paid a special tribute to former Club President Larry McLoughlin who passed away in the early part of the year. Larry had been a founder member of the club and had served in many committee roles down through the years. Johnny Maye was elected as the new club President in succession to Larry. Secretary Seamus Finlass presented a very comprehensive report to the meeting, with Treasurer Eamon Reilly presenting a detailed set of accounts. Both Seamus and Eamon commented on the very good turn out for the AGM and hoped that it was a good omen for the year ahead and the Treasurer also stated that a much better effort would have go into our fund raising efforts if we are to meet our financial obligations in the years ahead. Before the meeting concluded the Chairman conveyed the clubs sympathy to those in the club and parish who had suffered bereavements during the course of the year, thanked the Longford Leader for their coverage of club affairs and wished everyone a happy and sporting 2013.Club Officers 2013: President Johnny Maye. Vice-President Fr. Joe Brilly. Chairman Pat O’Toole. Vice-Chairman Patrick Lloyd. Secretary Seamus Finlass. Treasurer Eamon Reilly. Children’s Officer Matthew Kearney. P.R.O. Pat O’Toole. County Board Delegates Joe Keegan, Eamon Higgins. Delegates to County Convention. Joe Keegan, Eamon Higgins, Seamus Finlass.

YOUNG GRATTANS: The following are the winning numbers for the last four draws. Dec 16th, 9-14-21-28. There was no Jackpot winner. The following were winners of 20 euro each, Liam Hand, B Murtagh and Brenda Maguire. Dec 23rd winning numbers were 6-10-12-20. There was no Jackpot winner and the following each receive 20 euro each. Jacinta Fallon, Andy Byrne, Eimear/Alan Feeney. The winning numbers for the draw on the 30th of Dec were 3-5-18-19, and there was no Jackpot winner. Ciaran Woods, Rosaleen Sharkey and Thomas Butler each received 20 euro. The latest Lotto draw was held on Sunday Jan 6th and the winning numbers were 3-14-17-30. There was no Jackpot winner, so Linda Victory, Gerard Victory ad Shane Carter each receive 20 euro. The next Lotto draw will take place on Sunday 13th January in Grattans clubhouse with a Jackpot of 2750 euro. We encourage all players and members to continue to sell your tickets and have them in on time. At long last all the works are now completed in Dunbeggan Park with the work finished on the new car park which is now open and looks well so well done to all involved over the past few years. Minds will be turning to a return to training in the coming weeks so its time to begin to get ready for a new season of football and let’s hope it’s a successful one. Hard luck to the County team on their first outing of the season against Meath in the O’Byrne Cup on Sunday last. We wish all involved with Young Grattans a happy and successful 2013.

MINOR-KILLOE: Minor Club presentation night was held on Friday night in Nationa School with a large crowd in attendance. Guests who spoke on the evening included Martin Skelly, Brendan Gilmore, Eugene Quaine, Tommy McLoughlin, Glenn Ryan and our own Tommy McCormack and Frank Kiernan. Mickey Quinn, Joe McCormack, Sean McCormack and Padraic McCormack presented the medals to winning U-12,U-13,U-14,U-16 and Minor panels. Special presentations were made to successful U-14 management team of Kevin Prunty, Damien Bennett, Paul McCarthy, Damien Bratten and Colm Hughes and also to Minor management team of Jimmy McCormack, Turlough Farrelly, Jason Tully and Sean Maguire. The Michael Kiernan perpetual award was awarded to Daniel Craig and Clubperson of the Year awarded to Turlough Farrelly. Well done to all concerned and to the coaches of all the panels and good luck in 2013. Club membership for this year is now due and can be paid to Registrar Colm Hughes. 20 euro per adult and 10 euro per child. Important new rule that from January 1st 2013, all players playing in all grades up to and including Minor will be required to wear a mouth guard in all football games and at practice sessions. Official OPRO GAA/GPA ‘stock’ and ‘boil and bite’ mouth guards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers, including: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle Sports and Elverys.

LADIES-CARRICKEDMOND: Happy new year to all from the Ladies GAA. 2013 starts off with our presentation night at the Carrickedmond GAA Dinner Dance which is on this Saturday 12th January in the Rustic Inn. Tickets can be got from Sinead Moran and Rose Mulvey. Dinner is served at 9pm sharp. This is always a very enjoyable night so we look forward to seeing all on the night. Our Christmas draw will take place on the night. 1st Prize Flat Screen TV. 2nd Prize Hamper sponsored by O’Hanlon Pharmacy, Ballymahon. 3rd Prize 50 euro voucher Johnston Pharmacy Leader House, Longford. 4th Prize 30 euro voucher sponsored by Jenny Whyte. We are holding our AGM on Friday, 18th January in GAA Complex at 8pm. We would encourage all our members and players to attend thus ensuring our club will continue to grow and prosper. We are holding a 50 euro draw for all who are in attendance on the night.

LONGFORD LADIES GAA NEWS: May I wish everyone a very happy and holy 2013 especially all our clubs, our players and our supporters. Our Intermediate county team are getting back to training for their upcoming League campaign but the unavailability of pitches is causing some problems. It is hoped, in co-operation with the GAA, to get one base with lights for them shortly. The weather is having an adverse effect on pitches also so we do understand there is little anyone can do at present. Our U-14 and U-16 county trials are on on Saturday next in Shroid. The U-14 trial commences at 9.30am and the U-16 trial at 11.45am. All club secretaries have been notified but girls please feel free to come to these trials as competition commences in February. Training for the Longford Ladies Minor panel will commence on Sunday the 13th of January, details of venue and time will follow by text. Well done to the Senior Ladies who held a successful Race Night in MBCoy in December and also thank you to everyone who supported our bag pack in Dunnes Stores over the festive period. Clubs are at present holding their AGM’s so we are asking the clubs to decide what competitions they are taking part in in order for the Fixtures Committee to compile the 2013 Fixture List. There is a entrance fee on each of these competitions. Each club will be having an U-12 Blitz and possibly an U-8 & U-10 blitz so if there is any date or event in your area that your club would like to host the blitz it would also be very helpful to know. The new Ladies County Board PRO, Pamela Coy, will accept all information in from clubs for publication and the clubs are asked to contribute. The Fixture Committee Secretary will also advise on the fixtures and results will be published. In order for all to work in harmony please ensure your required information is available to Pamela on Sunday night prior to publication.