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Castleconnor: Handball Club - On behalf of everyone involved in Castleconnor handball club, we would like to congratulate every player who participated yesterday in the annual Gerard Jones memorial handball tournament.

Everyone who participated and attended as spectators will all agree that some of the finest games of handball were played yesterday.

It was a day where the young guns showed us all how a game of handball should be played and what a performance from all of the new young lads who played their hearts out and shed blood sweat and tears to try and covet the prestigious cup.

We also had exhilarating games between old rivals who battled it out to the bitter end and left everything in the alley so between all players they gave the enthusiastic spectators something to get excited and stirred up about.

In the end the winners of the coveted cup were two young players Cormac Finn and Eoin Fox, who showed everyone that the future of handball in the area is very much alive and kicking. Hard luck to club members Martin and Patrick Cooney, who were beaten in the final.

By no means was the day over as the plate final gave us handball supporters something to salivate over as the pairing of Jason Earlis and Seán Leonard fought a tough battle against Michael Browne and Darragh Sweeney to take the plate title for 2020. What a spectacle of a tight encounter that left everyone sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation and guessing who would win.

Well done to all players who came from Castleconnor, Bofield, Collooney, Drumcliff, Ballinrobe and not forgetting killala (just for you Joe).

We also would like to thank Bofield handball club for the use of their alley and facilities. A big thank you to all the kitchen helpers and to all who baked, cooked, served, and cleaned. Thank you to all the spectators who made the day and had the craic.

We want to say a big thank you to Gerry Curley from Office Pro, who sponsors us every year and gives his time. It's very much appreciated.

We look forward to next year's tournament already and no doubt we will have more young guns ready to show off their handball skills.

Community Games

Thanks so much to all of the families that came out to support and take part in our Family Fun Quiz; thanks to all our sponsors for the wonderful prizes We raised a total of €950. This will benefit all our Community Games competitors for 2020.

GAA notes

UNDERAGE COACHES - As the club season is getting near; the club is interested in hearing from anyone who is interested in getting involved in coaching at the club.

There are positions available at all age levels. The club can provide coaching courses, assistance and support to anyone who is new to coaching. For anyone interested please contact Eamon Cawley at 087 6872867.

REFEREES - fancy being the man or woman in the middle? The club is looking for volunteers to become referees and new blood is required in the county to this end.

The club will support and fund any person interested through the courses required. If interested please let us know.

'A Match for Jack'

Following on from our recent charity match, the presentation of the money raised will be made to representatives from both St Nicholas and St Dympna Special Schools on Friday, February 7, at 9 p.m. in Muddy Burns.

All are very welcome on what should be an enjoyable night. Again, a sincere thanks to all who attended, donated or helped out in any way and aided in making the day such a success.

Foroige Club

Castleconnor Foróige Club Neon Disco on Friday, March 13, at Castleconnor Community Centre. Glow sticks and glow paint will be provided. To avoid disappointment book your numbers as soon as possible.

Castleconnor Lotto

There was no winner of the €23,800 jackpot, numbers drawn were 25, 27, 33 and 35, no jackpot winner. €50 winners were Joe Durcan Jnr, Shane Cawley, and Paraic Hankey, next week's jackpot is €23,900, and will take place on Saturday, February 1, you need to be in it to win it.

Easkey-Dromore West

Killeenduff NS enrolment

Killeenduff National School enrolment/open week for September 2020 will take place February10 to 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the school. Please feel free to pop in and see our facilities and meet the staff if your child is starting school next September.

Easkey GAA

Easkey GAA will hold an awards night and presentation of medals to the under-21 footballers and Easkey/St Farnan's hurlers on the Saturday, February 8, at 9 p.m. in the Castle Inn, Easkey.

Western Gaels

Western Gaels hurling club will hold a presentation for players on Saturday, February 8, at 6 p.m. at the astroturf Pitch in Quigabar.

Rathlee NS open evening

An open evening will take place at Rathlee National School on Wednesday, February 12, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

The children will have an opportunity to play and to see their classroom. You will have the opportunity to meet their teacher, chat to other parents, see our facilities and have a cup of tea.

If you are unable to attend please phone the school (at 096 49243) or email ( and we will arrange a convenient time for you to call.

Open evening

Dromore West Central National School are Daisy Lane Pre-School/After School are holding an open evening this Thursday February 6, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the school. Telephone 096 47224. Website: Daisy Lane telephone 083 3446267.

Eugene Curley r.i.p.

The death has taken place of Eugene Curley, Carrowpadden, Rathlee. His funeral Mass was celebrated in St James Church, Easkey followed by burial in Roslea Cemetry. Sympathy is extended to his wife Rosaleen, daughters Mary, Michelle and Sinéad, son Gene, sisters Berna and Emily, inlaws, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Community employment

West Sligo Ltd community employment scheme has vacancies available as office administrator and environmental workers. For further information contact 096 49818. Department of Social Welfare criteria applies.

Well done Claire

Well done to sixth year student Claire Dunne from Coláiste Iascaigh, who represented Colaiste Iascaigh on the Connacht team at the Schools Interprovincial Ladies' Gaelic football tournament in Kinnegad. After beating Leinster and Ulster, they lost to a strong Munster side in the Cup final. Claire was captain of the Connacht team.

Safe Talk

A Safe Talk training course will be held in Dromore West Community Centre on February 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Booking is essential, contact Gregory at 087 3329392.

This training is suitable for anyone over 18 who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert.

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 as follows.

Table Prize: Gerry Furey and Donal McGovern, Raffle: Francie Lyons, Deirdre Coggins and Peter Paul Battle. Game Winners: First: Francie Lyons Robert Burns, Second; Frank Howley and Tommy Gilroy, Third; Frank and Martin Kilgannon.

Digital Media course

A QQ1 Level 3 Digital Media course will start in February in the West Sligo Family resource centre on Wednesday mornings 9.15 to 12.15. Call Mary at 087 7876905.


There was no winner of the jackpot in the Easkey lotto draw on January24. Numbers drawn were 26, 29, 30 and 33.

€25 winners; Tony Lynagh, Alan and Brian, Christine Kirby, Hughie O'Brien, Rathlee School. Promoter's prize: Micháel Weir. Next jackpot €9,300 and the draw will take place at the bingo in the community centre at 8.30 on Friday night. 50/50 winner; Joe Kilcawley.

Windmill Players

Windmill Players, Dromore West will present their production of 'WANTED - One Body.' in Ballintogher Hall on February Friday7 and Sunday nine at 8 p.m. Tickets now available 087 9964143 at €10.

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Sympathy is extended to Seán Finnerty Enniscrone, and sister Mary Feeney, Easkey on the death of their brother Monsignor Joseph Finnerty Castleconnor, and San Diego, California. Sympathy also to his family nephews, nieces and friends. Burial took place in San Diego. May he rest in peace.

Sympathy is extended to Helen Boland (Enniscrone) and Anne Chester (Scurmore) on the death of their brother Tommy Melvin Sligo Road, Ballina. Sympathy also to nephews, nieces in laws, family member's neighbours and friends. Removal took place from McGowan's Funeral Home to St Muredach's Cathedral Ballina on Sunday and burial took place Monday after 11 a.m. Mass to Leigue Cemetery Ballina. May he rest in peace.


Swim for a mile at Waterpoint Swim for a mile is a 12-week swimming programme that enables adults and children (from 12 years and up) who can swim a little, to swim a mile.

The 12-week programme is written by swim Ireland coaches, at the end of the 12 weeks participants have the chance to complete a timed mile (or half mile) in an official swim for a mile challenge event.

The event will take place in Waterpoint on April 28, you must register at is a charge of €30 for this event.

The 12-week training will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. you must register for the training at Waterpoint before February 4 the cost of the 12-week training is €120 which works out at €5 per session (€100 for members) Register for the training by phone 096 36999 or call into reception.

Kilglass Enniscrone United FC

Very proud of our recent addition to facilities at M McGowan Park...This would not have been achieved without a group of people which have made Micheál McGowan Park into one of the best grounds in Sligo Leitrim and indeed west of Ireland.

This development is in memory of members Eddie O'Dowd a founding member of the club and Gerry Gilroy, who oversaw the successful amalgamation of Enniscrone Utd and Kilglass FC.

The club and committee felt that the two men should be remembered for the huge contributions they made to where the club is today. They both were proud of what has been achieved to date.

It's with that in mind we have decided to name the stand 'Eddie and Gerry stand' with 132 stadium seating and wheelchair accessibility. We are sure it is something that both men would approve of and would be proud to be associated with. We are hopeful that past and present players, those associated to the club both near and far and have a interest in Micheál McGowan Park will support the development.

We are offering seats in the stand to be sponsored and named for €100. Or you can message the post or page or you can contact our club secretary pat Mckeown at 086 1907259.

Killala Round Tower Players

Killala Round Tower Players are staging their side-splitting two-act comedy, 'Drinking Habits' by Tom Smith on Friday the seventh, Saturday and Sunday, February 8, and nine, in Killala Community Centre at eight o'clock. A great night's entertainment guaranteed. Bring your friends.

St Joseph's NS Culleens Sligo

St Joseph's NS Culleens will be having an Enrolment Evening on Wednesday, February 12, for those who wish to enrol their children for September 2020. Parents and pupils can visit the school between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Enrolment forms are available on the day or by contacting the office at 096 36467.

Community playground

We would like to thank Niamh Ryan, Charlene Flanagan and Laura Jacob for organising the Buy My Dress Fundraiser last October which raised €1,000 for the playground.

These are very busy ladies who run Ella and Jo Cosmetics, Bella Beauty Ballina and Charlene Flanagan Makeup so we really appreciate them for taking time out of their hectic schedules to help us.

Thank you to everyone who donated dresses or bought dresses at the event. Thank you again ladies for your hard work.

Social Bridge Club

Enniscrone Social Bridge Club has resumed play at the Diamond Coast Hotel each Wednesday commencing at seven. There were twenty eight players at bridge in the beautiful Diamond Coast hotel this week. A most enjoyable game had by all. The winners N/S Mary Walsh and Dympna Hannon and E/W Agnes Moran and Francis Walkin... well done. Next week the first leg of the Freeman Trophy will be held so I am sure there will be a big turn out as its a very special night in the bridge diary.

Enniscrone playground

Congratulations to Mattie Coleman of Lacknasleva, Enniscrone, who raised €4,011 in the Dublin City Marathon Fundraiser for the Enniscrone Community Playground.

Local play

Windmill Players presents the hilarious murder mystery WANTED - One Body in Ballintogher Hall on Friday the seventh and Sunday, February 9, at 8 p.m. Admission €10 Tickets now available 087 9964143.

West Sligo Family Resource Centre

SAFETALK - This is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their communities. There is no charge for this training. Forthcoming Training Dates 2020 Thursday, February 20, Dromore West Community Centre 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., advance booking essential, workshops are run dependent on sufficient numbers, for more information please contact Belinda Taylor at 071 9135061 or West-Sligo FRC at 096 37444 or Gregory at 087 3329392.

Also some more new courses available in the FRC from next week: QQI Level 3 in Digital Media Budgeting and Handling Money.

Enniscrone Kilglass GAA

Our annual club dinner dance will take place on Saturday, February 15in the Diamond Coast Hotel. We'll have more details in the coming weeks. Our club AGM will be place on Friday, January 31, at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse. All members are asked to attend.

Western Gaels Hurling Club

Club Membership for 2020 is now due. We will hold an open registration evening in the astroturf Pitch, Quigabar on Tuesday, February 11, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. €20 - Underage €30 - Non-playing adult €50 - Family membership €50 - senior adult. All new members are welcome to attend: Times and dates for training sessions will issue shortly.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (13 TO 16 YEARS OLD) Following on from the original S & C divisional program, a new series of classes on Mondays in Enniscrone GAA from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. It is still not too late to get your child involved. There was a brilliant response to it before Christmas and it would be great to keep it going. Fee is €15 per participant and that covers six weeks.

We would also encourage any coaches involved in these ages to come along and observe or help out at a couple of the sessions. The course is recommended for youths from 13 to 16 years old.


There was no winner of the €10,200 jackpot when the blotto draw took place in Gilroy's Bar last Saturday, numbers drawn were 15, 16 and 37 €25 winners were Mary O'Dowd. Joan Quinn. Tom McNulty. Mary O'Brien. Next draw is €10,400 and will take place on Saturday, February 1, in the Pilot Bar.

The football clubs wish to thank everyone for their continued support to the blotto and wish all the best for 2020.

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