G.A.A.LOTTO NEWS There was no winner of the Charlestown Sarsfields G.A.A. Lotto jackpot of 7000 Euro in the weekly draw held in Johnny Finn`s bar on Sunday night November 24th. The four numbers drawn were as follows 2,12,17,30
Next weeks jackpot will be 7 100 and the draw will be held in Gerry Murray `s. Tickets on sale at many outlets in the Charlestown area price 1 euro and the club would like to thank everybody who supported their weekly draw, their support is very much appreciated.
ANNUAL LOTTO TICKETS The Charlestown Sarsfields G.A.A. Lotto goes from strength to strength and people who hold annual tickets for the weekly draw are reminded that the first draw for the new year which runs from December 1st 2002 to the 30th of November 2003 is up and running. There has been a good response to date to the annual ticket and people who would like to come on board for the year can still do so at cost of 45 euro for the year. The annual ticket holders had a great run in last years draw and if you would like to subscribe you can contact the following club officers who have tickets for sale; Stephen Healy @ 094-54331, Margaret Lundy @094-55221, and Sean Higgins @094-54520. Your support would be appreciated .
Congratulations are extended to Andy Callaghan, son of Mr and Mrs Owen Callaghan, Rooskey, Charlestown who celebrated his coming of age with a party for family and friends in Benson`s of Rooskey. Andy is a prominent member of the Charlestown Sarsfields G.A.A. club and there was a good turn out of his teammates who invaded Benson`s for the night and helped him pu the key through the door. Well done Andy, we`re all very happy for you.
ARTS AND HERITAGE NEWS Charlestown Arts and Heritage are compiling a computerized album of historic places and buildings of interest in the Charlestown and Bellaghy districts. We are particularly interested in photographs relating to the Railway Station and the house fronts of the towns. If anyone can help us with this project, we would be happy to scan photographs into the computer and return them immediately. Charlestown Arts and Heritage is based in the Enterprise Centre, Knock Road, Charlestown Tel: 094-55156.
GRADUATION Congratulations are extended to Shane McLoughlin, son of Mr and Mrs Tom McLoughlin, Madogue, Charlestown who received his diploma in Business Studies at a conferring ceremony held in Sligo IT recently.
CLOONAGH REUNION Cloonagh National School Reunion is scheduled to take place during the August Bank Holiday Weekend 2003. To mark the ocassion a commemorative magazine will be published. Anybody interested in contributing an article or photographs for the magazine should contact the following : John Henry@ 094-54917, Winnie Haran @ 094-54534.
A meeting of the Charlestown branch of GROW takes place every Thursday night in the Pastoral Centre, Charlestown at 8pm. Any organization or local charity who wish to avail of the Pastoral Centre facility for meetings or social gatherings are asked to contact Fr. Michael Maloney @ 094-55902 or 087-9002994 for further information or to confirm booking.
SARSFIELDS ANNUAL DANCE The Charlestown Sarsfields G.A.A. Club are holfing their annual buffet dance in the C.B.D. Sports Complex on Monday December 30th. Tickets will be on sale shortly and they are priced at 15 euro and it is hoped people will turn out in large numbers as the club brings the curtain down on the 2002 season.
MASS AND PRESENTATION A Retirement Mass and presentation for Mrs Helena McDonagh, Pine Grove, Charlestown, Vice-Principal of St. Attracta`s N.S. Charlestown will be held in St. Attracta`s N.S. on Thursday December 5th at 8pm (and not December 12th as reported in last weeks issue). All parents and past pupils are invited to attend. For further information contact Delia Doherty @ 094-54380 or Geraldine Finn @ 094-55985.
DEFLECTOR SYSTEM Letters have been sent and circulated in the Charlestown area for the deflector system in Tubbercurry operating as Duharra Ltd. This deflector system offers the four English channels namely BBC I and 2 , UTV and CHANNEL 4 and people who are receiving these channels in the Charlestown area have received letters informing that the annual subscription for these channels is 50 euro and this can made payable to Peter Phillips, Barrack Street, Charlestown who is acting as an agent for Duharra Ltd in the Charlestown area. Those who are receiving the channels are asked to pay up as soon as possible as if money is not forthcoming the system will be closed down.
IRISH DANCING NEWS Congratulations to the Charlestown pupils of the Coleman school of dancing for their recent success at the Connaught dancing championships held in Ballinsloe, Co. Galway recently.the medal winners came in different age categories and at under-8 level, the following were the winners : Shaunagh Smith,and Laura Lundy, at under-10 level the following were the winners : Alan Walsh, Shauna Brennan,Sarah Corley,Sarah-Jayne Reilly, Ciara Moran, Ailish Gallagher, Laura Neary, Lisa Walsh, Natasha Reynolds, at under-12 level, the following were the winners : Teresa Owens, Karen Maher, Sarah Sloyan, Lisa Sloyan, Liane Kelly, Sinead Fadden, Lisa Lundy. At under-15 and senior level, the following were the winners : Maria Sloyan, Nicola Meehan, Lisa Quinn and Stephanie Quinn. Well done to all the medal winners and a special word of praise to their teachers for their hours of dedication and commitment which paid off handsomely on the evidence of the results.
The A.G.M. of the Charlestown Sarsfields G.A.A. Club will take place in the Pastoral Centre, Charlestown on Friday night December 13th at 8.30pm.
CARRACASTLE COMMUNITY COUNCIL RACE NIGHT
The Carracastle Community Council are staging a race night in Kd`s bar, Charlestown on Friday night December 6th at 9.30pm The race nights it is hoped will raise some much needed funds for some major renovations to the community centre and your support will be welcome for what should be a great night of fun and entertainment.
TREASURE TRAIL WINNER
Jim Boland, Barrack Street, Charlestown was the popular winner of the 100 Euro in the weekly treasure trail game held in John G`s on Sunday night November 24th. This is a very popular game on the Sunday night`s and represents a good way to wind down the weekend or start off the new week on a sound financial footing. Be in to win.
If you want to to win a turkey for the Christmas then Regan`s is the place to be on Wednesday nights in the lead up to the festive season with the game commencing at 9pm.
BASKETBALL NEWS Congratulations to the under-15 boys under the stewardship of Joe Lowther who had a comprehensive victory over Calry Sligo in the Mayo under-15 league last week. This team is unbeaten to date in all competitive games and is a team rich in potential which has brought much excitement to the C.B.D. Sports Complex these cold Winter nights. With Phillip Craig dominating the rebounds, Shane Moran in rich scoring form allied to a fine team performance, the omens look good for the remainder of the season and on the evidence of this performance they will take some stopping as the season unfolds. The team and panel which did duty against Calry Sligo was as follows : Phillip Craig, Liam Morris, Joseph McBrien, Thomas Parsons, Shane Moran, Pearse Hanley, Patrick Walsh, Damian Ward, Declan McLoughlin,and John Marren.
The under-13 boys failed to emulate their under-15 counterparts as they went under to a Calry Sligo selection. This is a team very much on a learning curve and their inexperience is something they are coming to terms with as they secure more competitive games. They have however bags of enthusiasm and commitment and this is very much to the fore in all their displays to date. The team and panel which did duty against calry was as follows : Shane Finn, Kiefer Craig, Noel McLoughlin, Kevin Morrisroe, Conor Finn, Eamon McNicholas, Paul Sheeran, Darragh Redmond, Paul Ward, Alan O`Doherty.
The death took place in Delaware, U.S.A of Mr. John Ruane formerly of Barnalyra, Charlestown. He was brother of the late Domnick Ruane Snr, Barnalyra, Charlestown. We extend sympathy to the bereaved.
RENOVATION COMMITTEE SAY THANK YOU The Bushfield Church Renovation Fund Committee expresses deepest gratitude to the organizers of the 25 Card Drive in Barnacogue School, and to the Cloonlyon Parents Association who organized the 25-Card Drive at the Airport Lounge in October. Their support is very much appreciated.
ST. ATTRACTA`S N.S. ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FARE
St. Attracta`s N.S. annual Christmas fare takes place in the school on Sunday December 8th from 3 – 6pm. There will be numerous attractions on the day, the highlight of which is the appearance of Santa Claus direct from the North pole. There will also be several other attractions on the day including a raffle, disco to suit all the tastes with plenty of Westlife and the likes, a fancy dress competition which is sure to generate much interest and enthusiasm among the youngsters, a lucky dip and several other fun and games activities where the emphasis is on fun and laughter. This is traditionally a great family day organized by the St. Attracta`s Parents Associations and all funds raised on the day will be spent on behalf of all the pupils attending St. Attracta`s National School. Your support for what should be a great day given the line-up and list of activities would be very much appreciated so pencil the date into your diary and get to to St. Attracta`s N.S. on Sunday December 8th and ask the man in red in person for your very own gift.
MAYO-ROSCOMMON HOSPICE CHRISTMAS CARDS Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Christmas Cards are now on sale.The cards feature four unique scenes from Ballinrobe and Cong. Local artist Rose Sammon, very generously had four of her paintings reproduced as Christmas cards for the Foundation. The production costs of the cards were covered by sponsorship. The cards retail at 4 Euro per pack. Your support for this project would be gratefully appreciated. For further information contact your local support group or the Hospice office Knock @094-88666.
Bon voyage and congratulations to local couple Tom and Ann Meehan, Brackloonagh, Charlestown, Co. Mayo who jetted off to Paris last weekend. This special trip was sponsored by Thalgo Ireland Ltd Le Beaute Marine Dublin and awarded to Ann on receiving the title M`Lady Erin 2002 in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin in June for her fundraising efforts with Mayo/Roscommon Hospice successful fundraising shop in Swinford, Co. Mayo, Action Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Day and other charity events over many years. She has recently taken part in the popular Irish soap Fair City so perhaps she might be able to tell us about Leo and Carol`s fate. Well done Ann hope you and Tom enjoy the break.
RAILWAY CLEAN-UP One of the focal points of the town, the old railway station where many a tear was shed is in line for a major clean-up in conjunction with a parish FAS Scheme which is up and running in the area. This has long been an eye sore in the local area with the station closed for business for over 30 years and the people of the community are delighted that something is being done to tidy up the area and take the derelict downtrodden look off the area which has been pretty much falling to rack and ruin over the last decade or so. It will be an emotional time for many of the older members of the community as they saw off many a friend and witnessed many harrowing scenes as many of our finest offspring began their journey to London and New York at the old station.
CROQUET NEWS Preparations are underway for this years dinner dance which will be very much a shirt and tie affair. Chief organizer Frank Clark is happy with the venue (Berkley Court) and has managed to secure to special concession price for the rental of suits on the feted team members on the night. The entertainment has also been secured with an as yet unnamed band stepping out of retirement to entertain the masses and with the demand for tickets at an all time high, punters are asked to contact Frank via the club web site or else run the risk of missing out on the gig of the decade.
SOCCER LOTTO NEWS
There was no winner of the Charlestown Athletic Soccer Lotto Jackpot of 13 525Euro in the weekly draw held in Benson`s Rooskey on Sunday night November 24th. The four numbers drawn were as follows 8,10,14,26 Next Weeks jackpot will 13 625 Euro and the draw will be held in the Lantern. Tickets on sale at several outlets in the area, price 1 euro. Be in to win.