Wednesday 24 April 2019

Cooley News

Juvenile presentation night - Cooley Kickhams held their juvenile presentation night on Saturday night past in the Cooley Complex. Having witnessed the most successful season at underage football with both boys and girls for many a year, the night was a tremendous success.

Guests of honour on the night were the Armagh and Crossmaglen legend, Oisin McConville and Kilkerly and Louth legend, Shane Lennon, to present the boys awards, while local Cooley/Louth ladies current stars, Niamh Rice and Lauren Boyle, were there to present the girls prizes. Local man Mark Hannify was MC for the night and did a superb job ensuring that the night ran smoothly while keeping the crack going at the same time.

The girls under 14s were presented with their championship and league runners-up medals as well as their Feile runners-up medals. This team was managed by Ciaran Traynor, Martin Rice and Roisin Hannify. Ciaran Traynor spoke how the highlight for him was the Feile competition which took place at the end of June and how it was an experience which will live in the hearts of all involved for some time .

The girls under 16s won the championship shield. This team was managed by Kevin McDaid and Lisa Maguire. Kevin spoke about how that team had come so close to winning something for some time and eventually did this year and urged all players to stick at it .

The boys got their presentation off with the under 16 boys team who were worthy of pride of place on the night by winning an under 16 Championship A competition, a feat which has not been achieved since 2004 in the club. They not only won the championship but went a step further by winning the league also, which was a massive achievement from this very talented and determined group of players . This team contained 4 Chuculainn Gaels players and the chairperson of Cuchulainn Gaels, Roddy McQuaid, spoke about how delighted he is to have the 2 clubs working together and amalgamating and hopes this will continue for the future.

The under 16s double winning team was managed by Eoghan O'Neill, Ciaran Hanlon, Kevin McDaid and Gabrielle Hanlon. Ciaran Hanlon spoke on behalf of the management and stressed how incredible this group of players are and how they went a full year without one single defeat which is an incredible achievement in itself and their manners and behaviour was a credit to themselves, their parents and their clubs .

The boys under 15s achieved great success by winning the Leinster cup competition by beating Moorfield, Co. Kildare, away. This team was managed by Eoghon O'Neill and Ciaran Hanlon. Eoghon spoke how this particular team came so close in all 3 finals the previous year and it eventually all came together for them on that particular day in Moorfield, where they played some superb football and took the Leinster cup home to the Cooley Peninsula.

The boys under 14 Cooley/Cuchulainn Gaels amalgamated team won their league, while they also, against all odds got to the championship A final and were beaten by 2 points by Hunterstown/Mattock Rangers in a thrilling final. They also were the only Louth boys team to make it to the semi final stages of the Feile competition where they were beaten by a very strong Warwickshire County team. This team was managed by Gabrielle Hanlon, Kevin McDaid and Gavin White. Kevin spoke how the they were the first amalgamated Cooley/Cuchulainn Gaels team and the highlight for him was their cheering of the Owenmoore Gaels team in their final and the whole Feile experience.

Last but not least the boys under 13 team got presented with their Leinster Bowl competition medals. This team was managed by Brendan Sheridan, Pearse McCarragher and Gerry Craven. Brendan spoke about how great a bunch of boys they were and how the experience of last year will hopefully stand to them in this year's under 14 competitions.

Cooley juvenile chairperson Ann Marie O'Neill spoke on how a massive success last year had been and hopes it continues this coming year . Fr Tommy gave a blessing to all the teams for the coming year and urged them all to look out for each other and prepare well for their sport as they have plenty of sporting experience in both football and athletes. Sean Marks, Cooley Kickhams Chairperson, spoke and thanked everyone for coming and urged continued success. Martin Rice, the Cooley ladies Chairperson, finished off proceedings for the night and thanked all the coaches and mentors for the great work they do and also thanked our juvenile Chairperson Ann Marie O'Neill for the tremendous work she does and thanked the kitchen staff Amanda and Company and also Mark Hannify the MC for their effort on the night.

Jackpot reaches €4,600

The Cooley Kickhams Lotto draw took place on Monday night last, April 1.

There was a jackpot of €4,400 on offer but the numbers were not matched and the jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were, 5, 6, 9 and 17. There were four 'match three' winners; Caoile and Jodi Traynor c/o Jamie Farrell; Evelyn Rice c/o Phelim Rice; The Rice Girls c/o Phelim Rice; Mena Fegan c/o Nicholas Rafferty. They each receive €25.00. The jackpot for this week's draw is €4,600.

Cooley Kickhams are launching a campaign to encourage our friends, members and supporters, both from within Ireland and around the world, to sign up to play our weekly lotto draw online. Raising finance is vital to the continued success of the club and the weekly Lotto Draw is at the heart of our regular fundraising activities. Online sales are very important and welcome as they greatly reduce the workload of our club lotto sellers.

Lotto players can sign up for multiple draws or select automatic renewal when their ticket expires - ensuring they never miss the chance to win while guaranteeing more revenue for the club! Playing club lotto online is simple - just register once to play, choose your numbers and the number of draws and pay securely via debit/credit card. You can sign up to play online using the link below.

Thanks to all our members and friends for your continued support, and good luck in our lotto draws!

Great Start

It was a great start to the league campaign for the Cooley under 12 girls last week in Cooley. The girls had a convincing win over Kilkerley 5-4 to 1-2. They led at half time by 1-2 to 0-0.

Great scores from Myah Ward, Ciara Boyle, Aislinn White, Siabh Morgan and Emma McCarragher. Sadhbh Richardson took off a wonderful first half save. Tara White, Aislinn White, Annie Dunne and Ellen Callan covered the field. All the girls played their part and showed some great skill.

The Cooley panel and scorers were; Sadhbh Richardson, Jessica White, Chloe Boyle, Katie McDonald, Ellen Callan, Annie Dunne, Tara White, Aislinn White 0-1, Ciara Boyle 3-1, Sadhbh Morgan 0-1, Niamh Arnold, Emma McCarragher 1-0, Myah Ward 1-1, Teagan McDonald, Finah McDonald, Abigail Sheridan, Aine O'Reilly, Ruby Steeples, Isobel McGrath, Hannah McGrath, Zoe McGrath, Rosie Smartt, Alannah Loughran, Aoibheann Rafferty, Katie Long, Annie Malone, Eman Kharief. This week Cooley play St. Brides in Knockbridge at 6.30.

Minor victory

Cooley Kickhams had a good result against Kilkerly Emmets/Naomh Malachi in the minor league division 1 match won this division 1 game winning by 4-11 to 2-11. At half time it was 1-5 to 1-4 for the peninsula side. Cooley Kickhams team and scorers were; Cian Rogan, Josh McShane, Conor McAviney, M.J. Hanlon, Jordan Forbes, Ronan McBride, Diarmuid O'Neill, Gerard White, Joe Mee 0-3, Pierce Hulme, Paddy Johnston 0-2, Cian Connor 1-2, Aodhan O'Hanlon 2-01, Darragh Callan, Calum O'Hanlon 1-2, Enda O'Neill 0-1, Cormac Malone, Aaron Rafferty, Paul Brennan, Eunan McMullin, Peter Shields, Niall Brady, Ryan Gregory.

The U-12s won a high scoring thriller against St Marys Ardee in the under 12 division 1 league. They won by 10-10 to 8-8 having led at half time by 7-5 to 0-5. Cooley Kickhams panel and scorers were; Dan Ferguson 0-1, Adam Brady, John Boyle, Joesph Hanlon 1-0, S. Connolly, Emmet Duffy 2-2, Tiarnan Hanniffy 1-0, Dualta O'Neill 2-2, James McEnhill, Jack Long 0-2, Connall Shields 4-1, Danny Woods, Roan Donnelly, Oran McInerney, Robert Bolton 0-1, Stephen McGuinness 0-1, Thomas Oliver, Cillian Duffy.

Pitch Opening and Convoy

Plans are well in place for the Convoy to Cooley Music Festival 2019 with top Country artists from around the Country taking part which include artists such as Mike Denver, Nathan Carter, Robert Mizzell, Johnny Brady, Cliona O'Hagan, Marty Moane, Henry Mac, Hugo Duncan and Friends and many more. The festival takes place on the weekend of 13th and 14th July .

The Convoy will take place from Junction 18 Ballymascanlon on Saturday 13th to Fr McEvoy Park and is open for Trucks, Vintage cars and Tractors .More details will follow in the next few weeks .

Plans are also well in advance for the official opening of our new pitch at Fr McEvoy Park for the August bank Holiday weekend. Again more details will follow.

Classical treat

At a time when outside the noise and chatter is all about Brexit, May's deal and no deal, hard borders, red lines and deadlines, in the tranquil setting of Carlingford Heritage Centre we are offering a special classical treat for music lovers.

Regular RTE and National Concert performers, husband and wife team, soprano Mairead Buicke and pianist, Anthony Byrne, have put together a programme of Irish, classical, opera and popular music specially designed to sooth the spirit and take us to an enchanted space on Sunday afternoon, April 14. Mairead and Tony combine the easy lilt of Percy French and Hamilton Harty with the operetta harmonies of Franz Lehar, the musical emotion of Puccini with the warm romances of Ivor Novello.

Their one-hour programme also includes compositions by Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Dvorak and a number of exciting modern piano pieces from contemporary creators, Zez Confrey and Ernesto Lecuona.

The Heritage Centre has been working with Music Generation Louth to use the upcoming Sundays in Spring series to provide a platform for young local musicians to play for ten minutes before the main act for each of our Sunday concerts over the next month and half. For many of them, it will be the first live opportunity to perform in a concert setting. This coming weekend it will be the Ní Mhaoláin Sisters, Sophie, Katie and Elizabeth (String Trio)-All learning with Music Gen in Drogheda.

Come and join us, escape from Brexit, embrace the music on this coming Sunday April 14 at 4pm! Tickets are €12 (concession €10) and can be purchased on line at or by e-mail at or by phone +353 (42) 9373454 or +353 (42) 9373888.

Parish Lotto

The Carlingford/Omeath Parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, April 2, for a jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 11 and 12 but these numbers did not produce a winner of the top prize. There were no 'match three' winners and the six consolation prizes of €25. went to M. McKearney, J. O'Sullivan, F. O'Hanlon and G. Walker, Omeath; M. Duffy and R. Harold, Carlingford. This week's draw has a jackpot of €15,000. The new reserve jackpot is €4,800.

Gaels Lotto

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday last, April 3. The numbers drawn were 11, 15, 17 and 25. There were no winners of the top prize of €20,000. There were two 'match three' winners, A. McGuigan and N. Holland. This week's draw is on Wednesday April 10 for a jackpot of €20,000. The new reserve jackpot is €17,700. The draw takes place in The Granvue Hotel at 7pm.

Thank You

The Cuchulainn Gaels Club would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Councillor Antóin Watters for his kind community allocation funding to help towards the reseeding of their new field!

Councillor Watters commented 'Last night I made my last Community allocation for this year to Cuchulainn Gaels for €2,115. This money will be used to help cover the costs of reseeding their new field. I would like to wish them luck for the forthcoming season.

I have tried to support Community groups over the last two and a half years and I hope to continues to do this if elected in May'.

Appeal for help

Cuchulainn Gaels are putting a call out to all parents of last year's and this year's registered u10s and underage downward that any help and support of parents to assist in the coaching of our underage teams for the year ahead would be greatly appreciated. No previous experience required, just a willingness to actively support the young children of our community to enjoy and develop team skills within their local club. Please inform any of the coaches on Wednesday evenings of your interest.

GAA Scholarships

An Coiste Chontae are sponsoring a limited number of scholarships, with the value of €700 for each full-scholarship and €350 for each half-scholarship. Scholarships for Gaelteacht for under 14/16 and over 16 years (but must still be in second level education) are now available.

Application forms must be received by Saturday April 27th and Assessment of candidates will be on Saturday, 11th May in Darver commencing 9:30am. Cheques presentations are on Wednesday 15th May at 7.30 pm in Darver. Candidates must be active paid-up members of a Louth GAA club and permission of parent/guardian is necessary.

Family Fun Run/Walk

The Long Woman's 5K Fun Run / Walk is back for its 2nd year with a slight change of route! The aim of this run is to raise enough money to be able to purchase much needed sports equipment and aid teaching staff in the delivery of the PE curriculum for Scoil Naomh Lorcan, Omeath.

The 5K run/walk will be open to participants of all abilities and will take place in what is arguably the most scenic stretch of the Cooley peninsula, from Tullagh Bridge to The Long Woman's Grave and back again, where both runners and walkers can breathe in, fill their lungs and embrace the natural beauty and capture the outstanding views across Carlingford Lough to Warrenpoint and beyond. Refreshments will be served afterwords at Tullagh Bridge. The date is Wednesday June 9 from 7pm to 9pm. Don't miss out on this great event! Tickets from

St Pat's Jackpot rises to €11,000

There were no winners of the St. Patrick's lotto jackpot of €10,800 when the draw took place in the complex at Lordship on Thursday night last, April 4.

The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 14 and 27. There were 2 'match 3' winners, Kevin O'Connor, Annaloughan, and Kathleen Abbot c/o McCrystals.

Next week's jackpot is €11,000 and tickets can be purchased from local shops committee members and on-line.

Pat's minors

Well done to St. Patrick's Minor boys Minor Boys who got their league campaign off to a winning start with a 7 point victory over Newtown Blues in Drogheda. The score was; St. Patrick's 3-9, Newtown Blues 0-11.

The team and scorers were; Martin McEneaney, Peter Sheelan, Ciaran Murphy, Kean Long, Aaron Mills 0-1, Philip Sharkey, Gavin Meally 0-1, Joseph Connor 0-3, Padraig Duffy 0-3, James Savage 1-0, Jake McArdle, Andrew Moore, Luke Higgins 1-0, Ben Condon 1-0, Darren Connor. Subs Oisin Smyth, Ben McGuinness 0-1, Cian Sharkey, Ruairi O'Hagan and Brendan McCann.

Cake Sale and Coffee Morning

Why not join us for chat and a coffee or perhaps a treat from our wonderful cake stall at the St. Patrick's Coffee Morning and Cake Sale which takes place at Lordship on Sunday April 14. Starting at 10am, it continues until 2pm.

All donations for the cake sale will be much appreciated. For further information please contact any of the Ladies (Sharon, Rose, Maria, Louise or Mary). Spread the word, we look forward to seeing you all there.

St. Patrick's Drama Group

St. Patrick's Drama Group, Lordship, present a 3 act comedy play, Widows Paradise, by Sam Cree. It is in the St. Patrick's GFC Complex at Lordship on Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14. The doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are on sale at €10 from the usual outlets.

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