Senior hurling team brace for Warwichshire clash

Published 26/02/2013 | 05:40

Saoirse Finan, Eire Finan and Berenie and Alana Finan and Cathal Finan with the Sam Maguire Cup at Coolaney/Mullinabreena GAA club
Saoirse Finan, Eire Finan and Berenie and Alana Finan and Cathal Finan with the Sam Maguire Cup at Coolaney/Mullinabreena GAA club

The county senior hurling team are busy with their preparations for their first league match away to Warwickshire on Saturday, March 9th.

Managed by Declan Loughnane and his selectors Martin Walsh and Ronan Waters the team are looking forward to their first league outing.

The Coolera-Strandhill and Western Gaels senior teams are taking part in the 2013 Tain League involving teams from other counties in Connacht

Club registration night in Strandhill Lodge & Suites on Monday March 4th from 6.30pm. Club gear available. Fees 50,70,90 Euro per child up to 3. Family Euro 125.00 All players have to be paid up before they can train or play with the club.

Coolera/Strandhill

Our senior hurling team beat Ballinamore last weekend in the Tain league. They play Castlebar next weekend

Indoor hurling for all primary school children in the area is being held at the Ursuline Convent Hall from 6.00 to 7.00pm on friday evenings.

Underage football coaching also held in the Ursuline Convent Hall from 7.00 to 8.00pm on friday evenings for 5,6,7, and 8 year old boys and girls.

There was no winner of our weekly lotto. No's were 4,6,23,31 Our next draw takes place in the clubhouse on Monday next at 10.00pm Jackpot €4,800

St. Michael's

The Annual Dinner Dance takes place on the 9th March in Castledargen Hotel. Presentation of the Minor C Championship Medal's will take place on the night.

There will be a gala fundraising concert in Sooey Church on Friday 15th March, starting at 7:30PM. Some confirmed acts for the night include Michael Rooney & June McCormack (Draíocht), Sooey Childrens' Choir, local singers, dancers and musicians. Tickets cost €10, with children free.(The concert will raise funds for Jolly Tots Community Playgroup, to cover deficit from recent building extension)

The Lotto results for this are 2. 10. 18. 29. there was no jackpot winner or 4 match 3 so the drawn winners of €25 each, Sean Gilmartin Killery, Pauline Donegan Ballintogher, Adam & Lucas Ballintyne Correagh, Ailish Blake Killery . the jackpot next week is €7,300 and draw will take place in Kellys Ballygawley.

Coolaney/M'breena

The Club lotto is now due for renewal and tickets are available from the usual sellers or any club officer.This is the main fundraiser for the year and covers the clubs day to day expenses including Insurance, Affiliation fees and Pitch maintenance.The first draw will take place in early March. Training for the Minor panel on Sundays from 8pm -9pm in St. Nathy's Hall. All players must wear mouthguards both at training and during games. The first round of the warm up league for our Senior team, are expected to be played next weekend, please see fixture list for more details. Training for U.12 panel has commenced on Monday evenings at 7pm sharp, in Nace O Dowd park.

Geevagh

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the GAA president was unable to visit Geevagh N.S. last week. The visit has been rescheduled and Mr O'Neill has confirmed that he will be in Geevagh on March 19th.

Hard luck to senior footballers Pat Hughes and Keith McGrath, both of whom captained their colleges at the higher education finals weekend in Athlone. Keith led Cavan IT to the semi-final of the Corn na Mic Leín competition, while Pat took St Patrick's Drumcondra to the trench Cup final.

Its "Best Bibs and Tucker" for our Annual Dinner Dance which takes place this Saturday evening, March 2nd, in Kironan Castle.

"Take me Out", Geevagh style was a great success from both a financial and social perspective.

Training continues for all senior footballers. With the new season upon us now, an extra effort is called for.

Ceist na Seachtaine: In what year did Geevagh contest county finals at junior league, Junior Championship and U-21 championship levels? Last weeks answer: Corran Park, Ballymote.

Eastern Harps

Thanks to Dermot Higgins for organising the Sam Maguire visit last week.

Congratulations to Lisa Casey and Katie Higgins who were part of the Sligo IT ladies team who won their colleges competition recently and also to Kevin Gallagher who was part of the management team.

Bingo continues as usual at 8:30pm in Gurteen Hall.

D'cliffe/Rosses Pt.

Club Monthly meeting, will be held Monday 4th March at 7.30 in Rathcormac Old School.

Underage Coaching for children under the age of 12 resumes on the weekend of 23rd/24th February 2013. This is an ideal opportunity for Children to develop their skills improve their physical fitness and enhance friendships. It is also a great opportunity for parents to meet others from the local community. As always new children are welcome. Session details are shown below along with contact details of the co-ordinating coaches. (Note U 8 Girls are welcome to join with U 8 boys coaching sessions).Nursery (Boys and Girls born 2007 and 2008), Oxfield Saturday 9.45 to 10.30 AM (Rowan O Callaghan, Jimmy O Brien), Boys U 8's (Born 2005 and 2006), Oxfield Saturdays 10.30 to 11.30 AM (Rowan O Callaghan, and Declan Carroll). Girls (7 to 10 years Details to be confirmed and circulated in due course (Clive Slevin and Geraldine Gibbons). Boys U 10's (born 2003 and 2004) Oxfield Saturday 10.30 to 11.30 AM (Jimmy O Brien) Boys U 12 (born 2001 and 2002) Oxfield Monday 7PM to 8 PM (Des Henry, Jimmy Smith). Girls U12's Oxfield Sunday 6PM to 7 PM (Sean Cunningham), Hurling (7 to 12 years) Aidan O Reilly

Summerhill College play St Jarlath's College in Connacht Colleges A semi-final in Ballyhaunis GAA pitch at 12.30 on Tuesday 26th February, We wish Sean Finnegan and Jamie Gillen and the team every success.

Race night held in Collins on Saturday was a great success. We thank all our sponsors, race card sellers, Austin O Callaghan MC on the night, Padraig Peyton and Jimmy Collins.

St. Molaise Gaels

Coaching for underage players starts this Saturday March 2nd. All Girls up to U14 train from 10.00am to 11.00am. Boys U6 and U8 will train from 11.00am to 12.00pm. Coaching for U10 and U12 Boys will be on Sunday mornings starting this Sunday from 10.00am to 11.00am. Registration for all children can be done on the mornings of coaching for the next number of weeks.

The Club are selling advertising space at our Grounds at Monsignor Hynes Park Grange. Any business interested can contact Gay at 087-2932656 or Aidan at 087-2412834.

St. John's

A great night was had by all at the play 'For Club and County' in the Mercy College on Sat night last. Thanks to the committee of John Greene, Colm Nevin, Fergal Kelly, Margaret Heffernan and Sharon Smith for organising a very successful night. Club members are asked to forward all outstanding ticket money to Gerry Quinn by Friday next. Membership is now due.This entitles members (1) to play for the club and to be insured while they are so doing. (2) Entry into draw for All Ireland Final tickets. (3) Right to vote at the club AGM. (4) Use of club facilities. We would urge all players, supporters, and committee members to pay up their membership as soon as possible as we shortly have County Board fees due for registration and insurance. Senior Div 1 and Div 2 training continues as usual this week and we expect the warm up competitions to start shortly. Contact Div 1 manager Fergal Kelly and Div 2 manager Sean Brown for further details.

Easkey

U.8 and u10 training has started back every Saturday morning at 10.30am. Up to 40 boys and girls attended the first session, a great start to the year.

Membership will also be taken next Saturday morning. All new players welcome.

U16 and Minor training continues on Fridays, and Senior training takes place Tuesday and Thursday

Well done to the girls of Owenbeg N.S., who qualified for the County Finalsat the GAAmigos Regional skills competition held in Easkey recently.

Indoor hurling training continues Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings at The Old Factory, Easkey.

The rescheduled Hurling Presentation will now take place on Sat 2nd March, in Easkey Community Centre.

Congratulations to Paddy O'Connor and Stephen Mulligan, (members of Easkey/St.Farnans Hurling Club), whose Quiz team finished 2nd in the All-Ireland Scor Competition held in Derry at the weekend.

Shamrock Gaels

Thanks to everyone who supported the Bord Na nÓg cake sale last weekend – those who provided cakes for sale and all who attended on the night.

Senior players' membership is now due - €80 (€50 for students or unemployed) - membership of monthly draw automatically covers membership.

The lotto draw takes place next Saturday 2nd March in Foleys Bar, Gleann.

The underage awards take place in Riverstown Hall Saturday week 9th March at 8.30PM.

The Club will be holding a buffet social on Saturday 23rd March in Glen McDermotts, Castlebaldwin – the presentation of medals to the Championship winning Junior team will take place on the night.

The next Bord na NÓg and Senior monthly meetings will be on Friday week 8th March.

St. Farnan's Ladies

Devastated, gutted, shattered – these are just some of the words which could be used to describe the mood of the members of our quiz team, their mentors and supporters who witnessed their narrow defeat in the All-Ireland Finals of Scór na nÓg, which took place in Derry on Sat. last. Eimear and Paddy O'Connor and Stephen Mulligan, along with their mentors, have worked tirelessly over the Winter in the hope that they could bring a long awaited All-Ireland title back to their club, a feat which remained a possibility right up to and including the very last round of questions in what was a nail biting finish to one of the closest Quiz finals in years. It all looked so different at the end of the individual rounds when Tipperary held a commanding eight point lead over Down and Kildare in joint second place, with ourselves a further four points adrift in fourth place and seemingly out of the running.

However just as they did in the Connacht finals a few weeks earlier our team answered all of their six mark team questions correctly enabling them to draw level with the Munster representatives who in contrast missed two of theirs while at the same time, and unfortunately for us, the Ulster champions also took full marks in the second round enabling them to leapfrog the Premier county to snatch victory at the death. It may also provide some small crumb of comfort to those involved in our Ballad Group this year that Mayo club Aghamore which overcame them by a single point in the provincial decider took home an All-Ireland title in that category on Saturday.

On a somewhat brighter note our own Frances Hanley gave a powerful performance as M.C. on the day. Her fluency in our native language was much in evidence as she effortlessly alternated between English and Irish in announcing each act on the packed programme. It was a performance which she, her family and her club can be justifiably proud of. And as if that wasn't enough of a contribution from St. Farnan's on the day Damien McGuinness, a former Connacht Scór na nÓg winner himself, was among the adjudicators.

We will be holding a Presentation Function in the Ocean Sands Hotel on Sat. March 9th next to honour the successes of our U-16 and Junior teams in 2012.

A three course Buffet type meal will be served followed by a Disco. Tickets for the event at a recession friendly price of €20 are now on sale from club officials and players. Congratulations to former club junior player Paula (Rowlette) Hargadon and her husband Fergus, a long serving goalie with the GAA Club, on the occasion of the birth of their twins, a boy and girl, recently. Congrats also to Darren and Noreen Walsh on the birth of their baby boy.

Sligo Ladies

The County U14 team continue with their trials on Saturday's at 3pm in Forthill.

Tommy Gilroy and Emmet Healy have kindly volunteered to manage the County Minor Team for 2013.

The County Board is still looking for an U16 manager. With games running from mid May to July this is a short season and the County is hoping that someone will assist this group for the duration required. Interested parties are asked to contact a senior member within your club or the County Chairperson Louise Lavin on 0872555963.

The Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership are holding a "Code of Ethics" course on March the 11th from 6.30 to 9.30pm in the Embassy, Sligo. Please contact your club secretary for an application for this Course. (Places fill up quickly so don't delay)

Last year the Sligo County Board launched a new fundraising initiative in association with the Carers Association of Ireland. A ribbon has been specially designed with both logo's for St. Patricks Day. This ribbon will be on-sale all over Sligo in selected outlets and will sold on the streets in the weeks coming up to St. Patricks Day. Each ribbon will cost €2. The proceeds will be split with the Ladiesassociation and with The Carers Association.

The Ladies County Team is playing away next Sunday the 3rd March against Leitrim at 2pm. (Venue to be confirmed).

We received correspondence from St. Mary's Kiltoghert, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim who are running a 7-a-side GAA Tournament on Saturday 6th April. They are inviting 32 ladies and 32 mens teams to enter on a first come basis. The entry fee is €150 per team this includes a meal for the panel of twelve and two mentors.

Enniscrone/Kilglass

The intermediate team will train on Tuesday and Friday evening this week at 8pm with the Benson Cup due to start next weekend. Best wishes to the team and new management of Eamon O'Malley and Declan Hughes as they embark on a new campaign.

The minor, u16 and u14 teams are all training in preparation for 2013. The minor team will be the first of these sides back in competitive action.

We are holding a registration night next Sunday evening, March 3rd, from 6-9pm in the Diamond Coast Hotel. All players and anyone involved in club activities are required to register. Rates are available on our club website.

The Carden family are organising a 10k run again this year in memory of the late Mattie Carden. It will take place on Saturday, March 9th and all proceeds will go towards the Irish Kidney foundation. Registration facilities are available on runireland.com

St. Farnan's

St. Farnan`s Quiz team put in an excellent performance at the All ireland Final of Scór na nÓg in Derry on Saturday last but had to be content with the joint runner up position. Sincere thanks to them and to their mentors Kieran and Mary O'Connor and Martin and Grace Mulligan. The club were well represented at Scór as Damien Mc Guinness adjudicated on the day and Frances Hanley acted as Bean An Tí.

Ballymote

U16 & U18 training commence training this Wednesday the 27th at 6:30 on the pitch. Underage registration night this Friday the 1st March in the pastoral centre from 8 till 9. Attendance of coaches expected on night . All other registration to be payed by the 31st of March.

We are currently working on updating website. Any old photos of teams from the past would be appreciated.

Foundation course in Tubbercurry on Fri march 1st at 7pm and sat at 10am.

Senior warm up competition is due to commence this week-end.

Calry/St. Joseph's

A successful AGM took place on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who attended and to the Sligo Tennis Club for having us.

Lotto Draw held in the Tennis Club on Sat 23rd February – Lotto Jackpot €3600: Numbers drawn 11, 26, 28, 31. No winner. No match 3 winner . Promotors prize David Dykes, Colgagh, Calry. The next draw is on Saturday 16th March in the Club House with a jackpot of €3,750.

St. Pat's

St. Pat's Seniors play hosts to Tourslestrane in the opening round of the Kiernan Cup on Saturday next March 2nd.

The Juniors face the short trip to play St Farnans in the Abbott Cup next weekend.Further details at training. The minors start their league campaign on March 18th with a away game against Easkey.

The registration night on Tuesday February 26th from 5pm-7pm with club medal presentations with special guest on the night will be the Sam Maguire Cup.All the Community are invited to attend.Players must be in Senior Infants to register for Under 8. So come along and welcome Sam.

St Pats would like to thank all who donated to your scrap Saturday collection last weekend.Thanks to all who helped on the day and a big thanks to the Rafter Family for the use of the quarry on the day.

Club Membership is now due.

St. Mary's

The Dinner Dance is the first main function on the Clubs calendar. It is a coming together of the Club and community at all levels and we extend an invitation to parents and the wider community to come along and celebrate with us on Saturday 2nd March in the Glasshouse. Many thanks to John Clifford and his hard working committee for all the hard work in organising this event.

Senior and junior training continues on Wednesday and Friday nights. U16. Thanks to the hardworking team headed by Niall Murray for producing this the latest issue of St Marys GAA Club News.

The club express our sympathies to the Keaveney Family, Treacy Avenue on the sad passing of Rose's father.

Ursuline College won the Connacht senior B Final today in their match against Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown. As there are quite a number of St. Mary's girls on the team and panel, it might be worth including a mention of them in next week's notes. Their All-Ireland semi-final will be played on Saturday March 2nd

All pitch bookings for club matches or training in Kent Park or Kevinsfort must be advised to Pitch Secretary Cathal O Donnell @ 0879573983 or cathal.odonnell@hotmail.com

Tubbercurry

A meeting to organise the clubs hurling teams from U16 to Senior level will take place in the coming dsys, please make every effort to attend.

The Club extends its deepest sympathy to the Faul Family, Tubbercurry following the recent passing of Johnny Faul.

A Foundation Level Football coaching course will take place on Friday 1st March from 7pm to 10pm in the Family Resource Centre Tubbercurry and on Saturday 2nd March from 10am to 2pm in St Attractas Community School Sports Hall. All new coaches are welcome. The cost is €20.00 to book a place on the course contact Liam Og Gormley 086-8254420.

The Kelloggs GAA Cul Camp will take place from July 15th to 19th in Tubbercurry, for more details contact Pat Kilcoyne 087-6384032

The Club lotto/membership is now due for renewal; tickets are available from the usual sellers or any Club Officer.

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