Sunday 19 January 2020

Around the districts: Castleconnor, Curry-Moylough, Easkey Dromore West, Enniscrone

Castleconnor: Castleconnor GAA - We had a great night in Muddy Burns for our club awards.

This year's awards as follows. Senior player of the year - Eoin Kent Young player of the year - Ronan Wilson Junior player of the year - Colm Naughton Club person of the year - Colin Gordon Hall of fame - Jimmy Cullen. Thanks to everyone who attended, organised and helped out on the night.

Castleconnor Charity Match: Thanks to everyone who supported our Charity Match today. It was a great success, our Charity Match held on December 27, in memory of clubmate Jack O'Hora. Approx €8,000 was raised for St Nicholas and St Dympna's Special Schools in Ballina. In November 2018, Jack O'Hora died tragically and this afternoon Castleconnor GAA Club hosted a special match in his honour in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Jack was proud to wear the colours of both Castleconnor GAA and Ballina RFC and members of both clubs togged out for a match filled with thrills, spills and excitement. Castleconnor is a key feeder area for our Mini and Youths sections and when the O'Hora family invited Ballina RFC to take part in today's match a number of Jack's old teammates jumped at the chance to honour their friend and teammate. More than 40 players of all ages and abilities were involved and the turnout was a true testament to the community spirit, which abounds in Castleconnor.

Castleconnor GAA is delighted to announce that Declan O'Dea has been ratified as our Senior Team Manager for 2020. Declan has formerly managed Killala and Ardnaree to county and Provincial titles, bringing Ardnaree to an all-Ireland Club Final in 2016. Declan brings a huge amount of knowledge and passion to the table and we are really looking forward to have him working with our lads. Best of luck to the Declan and the team in 2020.

Castleconnor Lotto

There was no winner of the €23,500 jackpot, numbers drawn were 6, 15, 17 and 36. No jackpot winner. €50 winners were, David Cadden, Josephine Gillespie and Anne Glacken, next week's jackpot is €23,600, you know what you need to do.


Card games

Card games recommenced after the Christmas break on Wednesday night last, and will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 8.30 p.m. Winners Wednesday night last were; C Gallagher on seven games, P Henry 6games, J Browne, 5games. Raffle winners, M Devaney, Reidy, J Hyland, J Bourke.

Belt Torc AGM

The annual general meeting of Belt Torc Community Development Co. Ltd takes place on Thursday, January 16@8.30 p.m. in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre. A review of programme of activities 2019 and a new board of directors will be elected. New members are invited to attend.

Recent deaths

Sincere sympathy is extended to Tommy Gallagher, Cashel, on the death of his sister Bridgie Meehan, New York. Also sympathy to Ambrose Fleming, son Michael, daughters Anne-Marie and Linda, sisters and brothers on the recent death of Mary Fleming née Duffy, Cully.RIP.

The death occurred of Joe Gordon Carrowreagh Cooper in his 94th year, sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Evelyn his sons Denis and Dermot, daughter Maria, daughters-in-law Margaret and Elizabeth, son-in-law, Niall. Sisters-in-law Eleanor and Mary (USA) and brother-in-law Brendan, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives neighbours and friends. RIP.

The death occurred of Paddy McIntyre, Ballyara, Tubbercurry, sympathy to his first cousins, Seán McIntyre, Rathmagurry, Catherine Maye Moylough, Carmel McDonagh Ballincurry, Peter McIntyre, Rathmagurry, Gerry McIntyre, Rathmagurry. RIP.

Annual Mass

The first annual Mass of deceased staff and pupils of Benada Abbey and Marist Convent Second Level Schools will be celebrated on Saturday, January 18, at 8.30 p.m. in Tourlestrane Church. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards in Benada Hall which will allow you to intermingle with old classmates and former pupils. More info form Daniel Jones 087 6300271 or Patrick Normanly 087 2189121.

SVP collection thanks

The committee of St Vincent de Paul wish to thank those who contributed to the recent collection in Curry/Moylough.

Marathon man

James McDonagh Ballincurry, was delighted to have presented the money he raised from doing the NYC Marathon, to Sligo and Galway Intensive care units recently. Total raised amounted to €6,686.38.

Good luck Rita

Good luck to Rita Brett, Ballincurry in her new role as County Assistant secretary of the LGFA.

Baby boy

Congratulations to Laura and Stephen Marren, Montiagh on the birth of their baby boy.

Easkey Dromore West

Community Council AGM

The AGM for the Dromore West Community Council CLG was held on Tuesday, December 3. Many thanks to all who attended this meeting. An election of officers was held and the officers for 2020 are chairperson - Emlyn Lang, Asst. Chair. - Ciaran Culkin, secretary - Geraldine McCloat, Asst. Secretary - Tracy Roche, treasurer - Seán Kilgannon, and Asst. Treasurer - Niall Culkin.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7, at 8.30 p.m. in Dromore West Community Centre. All are welcome to attend this meeting.

The death has taken place of Willie Maloney, Killeenduff, Easkey His funeral Mass was celebrated in St James Church, Easkey followed by burial in Roslea Cemetry. Sympathy is extended to his wife Breege, daughters Catherine and Rosemary, his son Liam and to all of Willie's extended family.

Willie was a great stalwart of Easkey GAA having held nearly every position possible in the club over the last 70 years, including president, chairperson, secretary, and treasurer and was also a long serving County Board delegate. He attended his first Sligo convention in 1955 and didn't miss a convention for over 60 years. Willie was not only an encyclopaedia of knowledge on Easkey GAA but on Sligo GAA in general.

Willie was also a part of the management team that won the senior championship in 1966 and Willie was inducted into Easkey GAAs Hall Of Fame in 2013. He rarely missed any game whether football or hurling, and was always there to support the Sea Blues and help out in any way. As a mark of respect, the club formed a guard of honour after his funeral Mass. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

St Farnan's dinner dance

The St Farnan's GAA Club annual dinner dance will take place on Saturday, January 18, at the Radisson Hotel, Sligo, with Donegal footballer, Ryan McHugh, appearing as special guest on the night. Tickets are €35 each and are available from either club members. The ladies junior team members will be presented with their Co. Championship and league winners medals.

Scrap metal collection

Easkey/St Farnan's hurling club is having a fundraising scrap metal collection - any unwanted old cars, machinery, car batteries, household utensils etc. can be left at the skip at the Old Factory and are continuously collecting old clothes, shoes, bags, belts etc. Any items can be left at the Factory.

Christmas Raffle

Many thanks to all those who bought tickets and supported the Dromore West Community Centre Christmas Raffle. €5,425 was raised and all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the community centre. Many thanks to all our sponsors - Liam Flynn Farm Supplies, Martin Carroll, Francis Kilgannon, The Diamond Coast, Windmill Players, Beautilicious, Tempany Catering and Kitchen Shop, Little Scissors, Pudding Row, The Radisson Sligo, Dromore West Tidy Towns and Tireragh CCE. Christmas Cracker Bingo was held in Dromore West on Sunday, December 15, and a great afternoon was had. Hot Chocolate and Mince Pies for everyone, along with a visit from Santa. Thanks to all who came out and joined in for the day.

Windmill Players

Windmill Players, Dromore West will present their production of 'WANTED - One Body.' in the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo on Friday, January 31. Tickets can be booked online at or by ringing the box office 071 9161518.

'20/20 Vision'

Skreen-Dromard drama society presents their production of '20/20 Vision' by Martin Donohoe. A great night's entertainment not to be missed in Skreen-Dromard Community Centre on January 10, 11th, 12th and in the Hawk's Well Theatre Sligo on February 15.

Boxfit classes

Boxfit - starting Thur. 9th Jan @ 7.30-8.30 - €30 for 6 weeks - Registration Fri. 3rd at 7.30 in Dromore West Community Centre.

Card game

A card game takes place in Easkey in the school beside the church on Sundays at 8.30. Proceeds for the upgrade works of the Cemetry. Results from last week are Table Prize: Brendan Battle and Martin Kilgannon, Raffle: Martin Cowley, J. P. McGuire and Séamus Feeney. Games Winners: First: Brendan Battle and Martin Kilgannon, second: TJ Cawley and Tommy Lavelle, Third: Seán Cawley and Frank Flannelly, P. J Sloyan and Martin Cowley.

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Our Deepest sympathies go to the family of Vincent McGowan, Ballyogan, and Culleens, who died peacefully at his residence. Vincent (Vinnie), predeceased by his son Vincent. Beloved husband of Eta and loving father of Padraic, Tommy, Marty, Anna and Damien. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, sisters Bridie and Sadie, son-in-law Daniel, daughters-in-law Patricia, Mary, Joy and Elaine, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

He reposed at McGowan's Funeral Home, Ballina on Sunday evening from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. Funeral arrived at the Church of the Holy Family, Kilglass on Monday morning for Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. with burial afterwards in St Patrick's Cemetery, Kilglass. May he rest in peace.

Wedding bells

Congratulations to Claire Byrne daughter of Jimmy and Maureen Byrne of Main Street, Enniscrone on her Marriage to Darren Ruane of Castleconnor on Monday, December 30, The Wedding Ceremony took place in the Church of Our Lady Assumed Into Heaven Enniscrone and the reception was held in the Diamond Coast Hotel Enniscrone and a great day was enjoyed by all. We wish the young couple a long and happy life together.

New Year swim/splash

Such an amazing turnout, record numbers of participants and on-lookers. Such great fun and atmosphere. All in aid of Brendan's Lyme Aid. Thank you everyone for supporting our great event. Thank you to Civil Defence, Grainne Uaile, Ocean Sands (for delicious soup), Noel Coleman and stewards from Enniscrone Events committee. Happy New Year.

Kilglass Enniscrone United FC

Thanks to all who turned out for the quiz in Sheridan's bar which raised €570. Thanks to Billy Varley as quizmaster on the night and Michael and Breda for refreshments.

A total of €1,670 was raised between the two quizzes for 'Eddie and Gerry 'chosen charities, Oncology in Sligo general and little people of Ireland. I'm sure both men would be chuffed and thanks again to all who supported.

Enniscrone Kilglass GAA

We'd a fantastic day for our annual Married vs Singles charity match. Thanks to everyone who donated in aid of Brendan's Lyme Aid, a brilliant cause. Unsurprisingly, the Married team took the spoils again - they are the Dublin of charity football matches!

The club extends its sympathy to the McGowan family, Ballyogan, on the passing of Vincent (Vinnie) McGowan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Beach Run for Brendan

On St Stephen's Day a crowd of more than 200 brave participants arrived on Enniscrone Beach to take part in the Beach run/Walk in aid of Brendan Devaney treatment for Lyme disease. The event took place bright and early 10 a.m. on St Stephen's Day. Many thanks to the organising committee Joe Queenan MCC Sinéad Durkan, Mandy Killoran, David Tuffy and Jennifer Scott among others, and also the supporters who turned up for the run/walk.

Cyclocross Championship

Why not make a weekend of it in Enniscrone on January 11 and 12. Bring the family, surfboards, wetsuits, togs, buckets, spades, golf clubs, walking boots and mud tyres!


There was no winner of the €9,400 jackpot when the blotto draw took place in the Wild Atlantic Inn Kinard last Saturday, numbers drawn were 7, 8 and 23, €25 winners were Aaron, Kirsty and Charlie Heneghan, Sherleyann Douglas, John Carden and Liam McKeon.

Next draw is €9,600 and will take place on Saturday, January 4, in Sheridan's Pub Kilglass. The football clubs wish to thank everyone for their continued support to the blotto and wish all the best for 2020.

Sligo Champion