Thursday 14 November 2019

Cooley News

CASA thanks - CASA, The Caring & Sharing Association would like to express their deepest thanks to all who supported their recent appeal for stock for their charity shops.

A collection took place on Saturday morning last, 12th October, outside Cooley Parochial Hall. From early morning, the ripple of kindness spread as people came in their droves to support CASA. Hanlon Transport very kindly stepped up to the mark once more, making their truck and trailer available for the CASA Collection. The sun shone brightly in a bright blue sky as young and old placed their belongings on the trailer. For the volunteers who had come to help, it was a humbling experience to witness so much generosity.

The doors of the trailer were finally closed at lunch time, another load of caring and sharing prepared to make it's way to Dublin. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Hanlon Transport's lorry, accompanied by twelve volunteers delivered the load to Capel Street in Dublin's inner city. While the city slept, the men off-loaded the valuable cargo bag by bag.

For ten years now, this wonderful act of human kindness has been repeated on the Cooley Peninsula. For CASA, the terrific support which they receive has had a huge positive impact on their charity. They place immense value in the goodness in the hearts of so many. The donations of clothing, footwear, etc will now go on sale in CASA charity shops nationwide.

The ringing of the tills is perfect timing as plans are made for CASA Christmas parties all over Ireland. Many groups with a wide range of disabilities will come together to socialise and enjoy festive treats as they eagerly await Santa Claus's visit to their party, laden with Christmas gifts. The delight on so many faces, and the joy in so many hearts will be immeasurable.

Plans are also underway for the next CASA pilgrimage to Lourdes which departs in June 2020. On board that plane will be many with disabilities, accompanied by their carers. Some brave people with life-limiting conditions will also be a part of the trip.

Winning start for Rampart

Rampart Celtic kicked off their North Louth Winter League campaign with a win against a resilient Faughart Rovers side.

There was no sign of a Leinster Cup hangover as Ramparts Celtic rebounded from disappointment in Rosslare with a convincing 4-1 win! Fantastic numbers turned out for our first League game of the season with plenty of options all over the pitch. The starting eleven on the day was; Aaron Conway, Caolan Carroll, Ger Redmond, Shane McElroy, Aaron Farnon, Kaylem Conway, Eoin McGuinness, Paul Prior, Pawel Kloda, Paul Gray, Chris Leddy. Subs: Paul O'Hagan, Ryan Duffy, David Mooney, Kieran Fee, Conor Neacy, Aaron Byrne.

It was a wet and miserable Sunday morning in the shadows of the Cooley mountains. The pitch was in surprisingly good condition despite the poor weather on Saturday night/Sunday morning and a quick change of kit due to a colour clash was needed for the home team.

Rampart Celtic applied the pressure from the first whistle and enjoyed the majority of possession for first 30 minutes but failed to capitalise with an early goal despite numerous opportunities to take the lead. The Faughart Keeper Mark Keenan pulled off a few surprising saves to keep the game at 0-0. A long diagonal ball over the top caught the Rampart Celtic defence unawares and Aidan McCoy slotted home nicely from 20 yards, placing the ball low and left past the oncoming Aaron Conway. Referee Nicholas McKeever sounded the half time whistle shortly after. One nil to Faughart Rovers.

After a bit of hairdryer treatment from the management team at half time, the Rampart Celtic side bounded into the second half with confidence and belief. Subs Ryan Duffy, Kieran Fee and Aaron Byrne were introduced early on to provide a fresh tactic to unlock the resilient Faughart defence. A goal mouth scramble caused the ball to pop out at the right hand side of the Faughart Rovers penalty box and Aaron Farnon was quickest to react and powered the ball low and hard through the Faughart defence and into the net for a well-deserved goal for Rampart Celtic.

From here on it was attack after attack from Ramparts led by marauding midfielder, Pawel Kloda.

An excellent cross from a free kick was placed on the head of Ryan Duffy who guided the ball home, 2-1 to Ramparts Celtic. Pawel was rewarded for his determination shortly afterwords with an excellent top corner finish from outside of the Faughart box, 3-1. Rampart Celtic closed out the game with a few quick interchanges between Duffy, Bryne and Kloda on the left wing which ended with an unorthodox finish from Byrne to end the game 4-1 to Rampart Celtic.

Thanks to hosts Faughart Rovers for a great game of football. Thanks again to the entire squad for a fantastic start to season. It's (hopefully) going to be a very long season and the strength in depth along with squad rotation and regular matches will be the key to our success this year.

This weeks Man of the Match was Pawel Kloda for his excellent link play, and a lovely finish for the goal and determination to win the ball back when not in possession.

Faughart open account

Faughart Rovers played Glen United in the North Louth Winter League on Sunday last.

The first half was one of very few chances with Glen having more possession but failing to break down a well organised Rovers team. The breakthrough came on the half hour mark when some nice play by Glen ended with a cool finish in the bottom corner of the Faughart net. It wasn't long before Faughart got themselves back in the game when Thomas McCoy found himself with space inside the Glen box and showed his composure by slotting home the opener. This seemed to galvanise the team who then dominated the remaining 15mims of the first half. Faughart were unlucky not to take the lead when a beautifully worked bit of team play consisting of twenty plus passes culminated with a shot that was narrowly wide.

After the break Glenn piled on the pressure but failed to get another goal. Injuries to Keith O'Donohoe and Owen O'Hare saw a reshuffle in the Faughart team. With the score at 1-1 it looked like the points would be shared until a moment of magic from Robbie O'Hanlon scoring directly from a corner after spotting the keeper off his Line. The Faughart boys will sleep well tonight after leaving everything on the pitch and opening their account for the season with a well earned 3 points.

Other scores in the North Louth Winter League on Sunday last were; Carlingford 4 Greenfield 3; Bridgeside 1 Ravensdale 1.

Thanks to Monksland NS

Nuala McDonnell would like to thank Mrs Walsh, the teachers and staff of Monksland National School who raised €120 in support of her recent coffee morning in aid of the North Louth Hospice.

Under 16 champions

Cooley U16 girls recently travelled to Hunterstown to play Kilkerley in the U16A Championship Final. A glorious day and perfect conditions set the scene for an enthralling encounter. This group of girls were chasing their first underage championship win and needed no encouragement to give nothing but their all.

From the throw up it was end to end with balls hard won in all positions. Cooley missed two early frees but then composed themselves and settled into the game. Katie O'Rourke found herself in space and shot on target only for the ball to hit the bar. Kelly Carolan then scored a point from play to open the scoring. Kilkerley responded with a point of their own. From a free Katelyn Murphy scored a goal and Cooley began to build in confidence. Kristana Keenan cleared a ball from the back, passed to Alice Ferguson who scored with ease. Katelyn Murphy added another point from a free. Kilkerley were piling on the pressure although not converting their chances. It took a superb save from Shauna Ward Rice to keep out a near certain goal. However within a few minutes Kilkerley broke through and scored 1-1. From the kick out Kelly Carolan caught the ball and ran at the Kilkerley defence and rattled the back of the net with a great goal to leave the sides 2-3 to 1-2 at half time.

Kilkerley came out in the second half more determined and opened the half with a goal. Two points from frees for Cooley were eliminated by scores from Kilkerley and mid way through the half the teams were level at 2-5 each. It was end to end stuff, great energy and skill on display, Trinity Larkin was clearing ball from the back and feeding the mid field keeping up the pressure. Lucy White broke through to score a point to see Cooley go one ahead. Kelly Carolan made another run through; hit the net...unfortunately the whistle had gone for run ball but was unheard above the excitement of the crowd. Within minutes at the opposite end Kilkerley were awarded a penalty but failed to convert. From the kick out Aideen Rice was awarded a free, passed to Alice Ferguson who weaved her way through and hit the back of the net to secure victory. Final Score Cooley 3-6 Kilkerley 2-5.

A well deserved win for the girls, all of whom gave it their all on the day. This was a tough battle, end to end, with fitness, skill, fielding and teamwork to the fore from everyone on the pitch, a just reward for all the hard work from the complete panel of girls all of whom contributed throughout the season. Well done to all.

The Cooley team and scorers; Shauna Ward Rice, Ciara Donnelly, Hazel Malone, Shannon Walker, Holly Maguire, Laoise McElroy,

Aideen Rice, Kelly Carloan (Player of the match 1-3), Katelyn Murphy (1-1), Kristana Keenan, Saula Juraityte, Katie O'Rourke, Trinity Larkin, Leah Magee, Alice Ferguson, captain, 1-1, Abbie Traynor, Blaithin Malone, Emma McArdle, Meaghan McGlynn, Holly Davidson, Dearbhla Byrne, Katie Mulligan, Emily McGrath, Leah Maguire, Aoife Bradley, Dayna Ferguson, Sarah Walker, Lucy White (0-1), Chloe McCarragher, Rebecca Hanlon.

Cooley in league final

In the semi-final of the ladies senior league, Cooley Kickhams beat St. Mochtas by 2-15 to 1-11. The match was played at Louth village on Sunday morning last and Cooley led at half time by 0-7 to 0-5. Cooley star, Lauren Boyle, helped herself to 2-7 of the Cooley total.

The Cooley Kickhams team and scorers were; Coirin Rice, Deborah Malone, Lisa McCarragher, Shauna Murphy, Laura Traynor, Claire Donnelly, Laura Grills, Aoife McDaid, Katelyn Quinn, Lauren Boyle 2-7, Ciara Quinn, Niamh Rice 0-3, Renee McGlynn, Eibhlin Rice 0-3, Megan Ferguson 0-2. Subs; Kelly Carolan, Laoise McElroy, Leah Magee, Orlagh McGuigan, Leanne Touhy, Rita O'Brien, Sinead Rice.

League defeat

Cooley Kickhams/ Cuchulainn Gaels lost this under15 division 1 league game by 3-7 to 1-5 against the O'Connells/ Stabannon/ John Mitchells combination side. At half time it was 3-6 to 1-2 in favour of the mid louth side.

The Cooley Kickhams/ Cuchulainn Gaels team and scorers; Luke Sheridan, Sean Brennan, Sean McCarragher, Sean Quinn, Brian Boyle, Conal Donnelly, Euan McArdle, Daire McDaid 0-1, Eddie Kirwan, Thomas McCarragher 0-2, Gerard Hanlon, Shane Rogan 1-0, Stephen Mullin, Jamie Molloy, James Sharkey 0-2. Subs; Ronan McMullin, Petie Hanlon, Phillip McGovern, Jack Craven, Cian McGuinness, David McQuaid, Eamon Donnelly.

Final defeat

Cooley Kickhams/Cuchulainn Gaels lost out to Newtown Blues by 2-7 to 1-5 in this division 1A semi final.. At Half time it was 2-2 to 0-2 in favour of the Newfoundwell boys.

The Cooley Kickhams/ Cuchulainn Gaels team and scorers; Jack McArdle, Gerry Rafferty, Sean Thornton, Dylan Clarke, Phillip McCormack, Finn O'Reilly 0-1, Jason Brady 1-1, Emmet Duffy, Joesph Hanlon, Niall Morgan 0-1, Tiarnan Hanniffy, Adam Sharkey, Darren O'Shaughnessy 0-2, Stephen Touhy, Connall Shields, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Shea Connolly, Adam Brady, Shea Donnelly, James Shields, Padraig Richardson, Fionn Murphy, James Keenan, Adam McGrath, Taidgh Murphy O'Neill, Larry Brennan.

Kickhams lotto

The Cooley Kickhams Lotto draw took place on Monday night last, October 14. There was a jackpot of €2,400 on offer but the numbers drawn were not matched and no jackpot winner emerged. The drawn numbers were 13, 21, 22 and 29. There was one 'match three' winner, Aoghan McGuinness c/o online. The jackpot for this week's draw is €2,600.

Fancy Dress Disco

A Kids Halloween Fancy Dress Disco takes place in the Cooley Kickhams Complex on Sunday next, October 27.

It starts at 2pm and continues until 4pm. Admission is €5 and all proceeds go to the North Louth Hospice and Homecare.

There is also an adult Fancy Dress Night in the Complex on the Sunday evening with cash prizes for the best costumes. The doors open at 8.30pm. Admission is €10 and again all proceeds go towards the North Louth Hospice and Homecare.

Golf Classic

The Cooley Kickhams Golf Classic is on 28th October, Bank Holiday Monday, commencing at 11.30 am with a shotgun start.

This year marks the 33rd year of the event. Our Golf Classic is of great benefit to the club with funds raised helping with the upkeep of the club at all levels. We are aware of the constant demands on you for sponsorship, but look forward to your continued support. Full notice of your sponsorship will be given on the appropriate tee.

It is €50 for Tee Sponsorship and €150 to enter a team of 4. The event organisers are Sean Marks 0876781921 or Brian Rafferty 0851684655.

Gaels lotto

The Cuchulainn Gaels lotto draw took place on Wednesday night last, October 16. The numbers drawn were 3, 8, 15 and 16 but no one matched those numbers to claim the jackpot. There was one 'match three' winner, Mairead Mulligan, who wins the €100 prize. This week's draw takes place on Wednesday October 23 in Cornamucklagh House at 7pm. It has a jackpot of €20,000 and the new reserve jackpot is €1,500. Tickets are on sale in the following shops/businesses: Cafe Rosa, Cornamucklagh House, Granvue, Howe's, Mace Omeath, Omeath Post Office, Omeath Fuels (TOP) and Sister Chips Chippy, Main St., Omeath. They are €2 per line or €5 for 3 lines. You can also play online. Thank you for your continued support from Cuchulainn Gaels Lotto Committee.

Parish lotto

The Carlingford/Omeath parish lotto draw took place on Tuesday night last, October 15.

The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 9 and 17 but there was no jackpot winner. There were seven 'match three' winners who each receive €25. They were; Carlingford: D. McKevitt, M. Fegan, I. Harold, M. Lennon, G. McCrum; Omeath: J. Morgan, R. Hoey.

The jackpot for this week's draw is €15,000. The new reserve jackpot is €9,050.

Halloween Art Camp

The Omeath Kids Halloween Art Camp takes place in the Dolmen Centre, Omeath, over three days starting on Tuesday 29th October to Thursday 31st October. The starting time is10am continuing until 12 noon. For further information please contact the Dolmen Centre on 042 9375422 or PM us on Facebook. Numbers are limited. The weekly 'Free Tea and Talk' drop in, is on Thursday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon. All are welcome.

Og Sport awards

St. Patrick's GFC had their annual Og Sports presentation recently where over two hundred and fifteen children received their awards. It was a very successful year for all age groups. The club would like to thank the children and their parents for attending all the different training sessions, blitzes and tournaments. Also a huge thanks to Colm Holmes as our Ôg Sport coordinator who does momentous work for the club and the children. Thank you to all coaches, mentors and to everyone who helped throughout the year, without you it simply wouldn't be possible. Also special thanks to our Og Sports sponsor, O'Connor Roofing, who was again very generous throughout the year. So for now everyone enjoy the break and see you all back in 2020!

St Pat's lotto

The St. Patrick's lotto draw took place at the Complex at Lordship on Thursday night last, October 17. The jackpot on offer was €7,000 but no one matched all the numbers to claim that prize. The numbers were 9, 10, 13 and 28. There was one 'match three' winner, Thomas McCann, Glenmore. This week's draw is on Thursday October 24 for a jackpot of €7,200.

Hospice Contribution

Well done to the St. Patrick's ladies who organised the recent Hospice Coffee morning. The total contribution on the day was €1,390, a great return for a very worthy cause. A huge thanks to all who supported this event for the North Louth Hospice.

Stand dedicated to Eamonn

St Patricks GFC would like to extend an invitation to all to the turning on of their new flood lights and score board and the dedication of the stand in Pairc Eamoin in memory of Eamonn Carroll (Finch).

Proceedings get underway on this Friday, October 25, with a turning on and dedication ceremony commencing at 7.30pm and a match between St Patrick's and the Dreadnots, a repeat of the 2014 Championship Final, will get underway at 8pm.

There will be refreshments afterwords and all are welcome.

Gift and Craft Fair

The annual Christmas Gift and Craft Fair, organised by the St. Patrick's GFC Club, takes place in mid-November at the St. Patrick's Centre. Sunday November 17 is the date and the starting time is 10 pm. The contact number is 087-6659312 or

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