16 Aug 2022


U-14 blitz

U-14 blitz

On Saturday last the Northern Gaels under 14 squad took part in the Annual Gowna Blitz and they proceeded to serve up some marvellous football as undaunted, they faced the might of neighbours Mullahoran and they emerged victorious before facing Crosserlough and again they gave an exhibition of how football should be played to come out winners. They then faced Kingscourt in the semi-final and their team work proved too hot for the Kingscourt boys as Northern Gaels powered their way to victory. They faced a strong Gowna team in the final and both teams served up a very entertaining game before a large crowd of supporters. However the physically stronger Gowna team emerged victorious by five points to claim the cup. Great credit is due to the squad and their mentors Paddy, Seamie and Dan and we wish them good luck in the Shield Final against Wolfe Tones. Mullinalaghta were represented by Eoghan Byrne, Cian McElligot, Tom Meehan, Thomas Mooney and Jack Darcy. We would like to thank the Gowna Under Age Club for inviting Northern Gaels into what was a very well organised and enjoyable Blitz.


On Saturday evening last a large contingent of supporters from the parish made the journey to Pearse Park to cheer on the boys in Maroon and White in the quarter final of the Peter Hanley Senior Championship. With Abbeylara the opposition as expected it was a close and tense encounter. With just minutes to go St. Columbas were five points to the good. Perhaps due to the lack of concentration from some of our players Abbeylara fought back to earn a well taken goal and two points. Thus the game finished all square. At time of writing the replay is scheduled for this Saturday evening. Please check fixtures for confirmation of this. We wish the lads good luck.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on Thursday 29th August . Winning numbers: 9, 14, 29, 30. The jackpot of €3,350 remained intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. Seamus Collumb, Larkfield. Vera Leonard, Cloone. Donal McElligott, Toome. Francis Mulligan, Cloonagh and Frankie Sullivan, Larkfield. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: Michael Cunningham. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Christy Reilly. Kilcogy: Myles Matthews & Ruairi McElligott. 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 August 31st was 22 with no winner.

Bottle Caps

Mullinalaghta ladies footballers are collecting Lucozade bottle caps as advertised on television. This will enable the girls to get some free gear for the club. We urge all players, families, relations and friends to support this venture. Caps can be given in at all training sessions, matches, Cloonagh PO, and to any player or committee member. However October is the deadline to participate in this project. It is important to start collecting immediately.

Sports Club

On Friday 6th September Children’s Sports Club will recommence in the local community centre. It will run each Friday evening from 6.00p.m – 7.15p.m and will cater for boys and girls in the age group from 6 – 14 years. Cost per child is €2 each night with a great variety of games for all concerned. These will include basketball, dodgeball, soccer, olympic handball, obstacle courses, volleyball, fun games and board games.

Granard Branch Library

We have received the following message from Rosemary at the the library. Children who have been doing the Reading Buzz for the summer are requested to return their Bee cards to Granard Branch Library. Well done and thank you to all who took part and you each will be getting your certificates. All cards will be entered into a competition in Longford Library. Good luck to all.

Naomh Columba C.L.G.

Anyone interested in buying the new ‘’St. Columbas Top’’ are 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.

Thank You

The Longford branch of the Kidney Association wish to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection at St. Columba’s Church. Your support and generosity was very much appreciated.

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