Monday 16 September 2019

Around the districts: Castleconnor, Enniscrone

Celebrity chef Rachel Allen pictured on a visit to O’Brien’s, Wine Street Car Park last week. Aisling Watters, Patricia Blee, Alison Gorevan, Mark Scanlon, Rachel Allen, Jo Conway, Mary Murphy, Jimmy Blee and Grainne Mannion. Pic: Donal Hackett
Celebrity chef Rachel Allen pictured on a visit to O’Brien’s, Wine Street Car Park last week. Aisling Watters, Patricia Blee, Alison Gorevan, Mark Scanlon, Rachel Allen, Jo Conway, Mary Murphy, Jimmy Blee and Grainne Mannion. Pic: Donal Hackett

Castleconnor: Lotto - There was no winner of the Castleconnor €21,200 jackpot, Numbers drawn were 24, 30, 34 and 39, €50 winners were Gerard Langan, Alex Bourke Ginty, and Carmel Crean. Next week's jackpot is €21,300

THE DES FLYNN TRACTOR RUN: Sunday, August 18, Castleconnor Community Centre. Registration 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. All Vehicles Welcome.

Registration €20. In aid of Irish Heart Foundation (Heart and Stroke support for West of Ireland) and Castleconnor Defibrillator Fund. Monster Auction, Spot Prizes, Best dressed Tractor, refreshments. GAA on Big Screen. Contact (097 2450116.

Castleconnor GAA

Match report from the seniors draw with Ballymote below. Next up for the seniors is another game in Quigabar, this time against St Farnan's on Sunday the fourth at 1 p.m. Castleconnor 0-16 Ballymote 1-13

For much of the second half of this game played in Quigabar it looked like Ballymote were going to win comfortably as they made little of the fact they played with 14 men for more than half of the game. Yet when it mattered most the men from Castleconnor found that little bit extra in the closing minutes of the game to gain an unlikely point. A sub plot of this exciting game was the scoring performances of two veterans Eamonn Cawley for Castleconnor and Peter Lyons for Ballymote, both would finish top scorers for their teams.

Played in almost perfect conditions, except for a stiff breeze blowing towards Enniscrone, both teams started nervously with lots of mistakes. Ballymote hit the front in the first minute with a neat point from Adam Cunnane. Castleconnor missed an easy free before Ballymote doubled the lead when Lyons finished after a fine run by Cunnane. The westerners settled their nerves when Eamonn Cawley put over a free on eight minutes after Kevin McDonnell was fouled 40 meters out. On 12 minutes they were level when Ronan Wilson finished off a nice move and from the resulting kickout he was fed again with the same result. It was tit for tat after that, Lyons winning and converting a free on 15 minutes, and then scoring one from play a minute later before Cawley tied it up again with another free. Cawley knocked over a beauty under pressure on 20 minutes to move Castleconnor ahead again but another fantastic run by the pacey Cunnane resulted in a point from Mark Irwin.

On 23 minutes Ballymote were dealt a blow when referee TJ Keaveney gave a second yellow card to Robbie Flannery and so from then till the end of the game they would play with a man less than Castleconnor. Kevin Langan fired over the best point of the first half from distance on 26 minutes but Ballymote responded with a fine free into the wind from Lyons. There was time for some more drama as Ballymote were awarded a penalty on 30 minutes, Malachy Healy fired low and hard to the left but Castleconnor's goalkeeper Kenneth Healy made a superb save and the team trooped off level at six points each.

A quick point by Castleconnor's Luke Munnelly following Trojan work by Kevin McDonnell started the second half but an equally fine point from Ballymote's Michael Doddy tied things up again. Cawley edged the westerners ahead from a free. However, a big score came on 37 minutes when a long ball in to the Ballymote Full Forward line was won by Irwin, he played a perfect handpass to Lyons, who had only one thing on his mind as he rocketed an unstoppable shot on the turn to the top corner. Castleconnor were rattled and 14 man Ballymote sniffed blood and they had discovered a winning formula, long early ball into Irwin and Lyons, who were causing Castleconnor all sorts of problems. Lyons put the lead out to three points in the 40th minute and Dunnane added another a minute later and suddenly Ballymote were 1-9 to 0-8 ahead and looking increasingly comfortable.

As we entered the last quarter the men from the west looked to their leaders and they replied. The returning David Carrabine, who played with London this year, winning a free which Cawley converted, Captain John McDonnell with a strong run and finish on 47 minutes. Lyons and Kevin Langan traded frees. Castleconnor had a half chance for a goal, Kevin McDonnells powerful shot beaten away by Ballymote goalkeeper Daniel Feely but Paul Flynn pointed the rebound and there was only one in it with 10 minutes to play. But Ballymote had no intention of allowing the comeback to go any further and in the next five minutes they looked to have won the game with some super points, Irwin fisting over on 52 minutes when put through, Lyons adding another free on 53 and a wonderful point from play on 54 and it was back to a four point game with only four minutes to play.

Castleconnor responded by leaving Kevin McDonnell on the edge of the Ballymote small square and tried to find him with long, high dangerous ball. On 26 minutes the former county captain won a free which Cawley converted, two minutes later the same dose was repeated. With the bit between his teeth McDonnell went on a run from the half way line taking on, it seemed, the whole Ballymote defence before laying off to Ronan Wilson, who finished well. Entering injury time there was only a single point in it. McDonnell thought he had levelled it with a fantastic catch and shot of the left which looked to have split the posts but it was waved wide. In the dying seconds a final Castleconnor attack resulted in Kevin Langan being fouled, up stepped Eamonn Cawley 40 meters out, 15 meters in from the end line and into the wind but he found a way to score with a simply superb strike.

So it finished honours even in this exciting Intermediate Championship game and both teams can take a lot of positives and look at just as many opportunities to improve.

Castleconnor Kenneth Flynn, James Boland, Keith Earlis, Liam Naughton, David Carrabine, Jason Earlis, John McDonnell, Ronan Keane, Brian Howley, Eoin Kent, Paul Flynn, Kevin Langan, Kevin McDonnell, Ronan Wilson, Eamonn Cawley, Luke Munnelly. Subs Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Michael Cahill, Fergal Boland, Alan Cawley, James Tully, Odhran Quinn, Niall Judge, Stephen Kilgannon, Matt Geraghty, Daire Barrins, Colm Naughton, Alan Naughton, Benny Foody.

Scorers Eamonn Cawley 0-8 (7F), Ronan Wilson 0-3, Kevin Langan 0-2 (1f), Paul Flynn 0-1, Luke Munnelly 0-1, John McDonnell 0-1

Ballymote Daniel Feely, Shane Langton, Kenny Meehan, Colm McCann, Oisin Conlon, Michael Doddy, Colin Byrne, Michael Rafferty, Malachy Healy, Dylan Martin, Peter Lyons, Adam Cunnane, Marty Underwood, Mark Irwin, Robbie Flannery. Subs Joe Trautmann, Daniel Clarke, Stephen Ross, Connor McGettrick, Kieran Tighe, Derek Tighe, Dermot McTiernan, Paul Mullin, James O'Brein, Niall Colsh, Liam Og Gormley, Conor Scanlon, Gabriel Rafferty, Jason Dwyer, Jack Hever, Seán Stagg, Aidan Caffrey.

Scorers Peter Lyons 1-8 (4F), Adam Cunnane 0-2, Mark Irwin 0-2, Michael Doddy 0-1

Our under-16 team their second championship game last Monday the 29th against Coolaney-Mullinabreena, the match finished Castleconnor 6-14 Coolaney-Mullinabreena 2-06

The game was delayed due to the late arrival of the referee and throw in was finally at 8.15 p.m. for a 7 p.m. scheduled start.

The lads dominated from start to finish and it was an ideal opportunity to get extended game time for all the panel.

Team: W Foody, C Flynn, L Gilmartin, O'Quinn, P Cooney, E Durkan, T Langan, C Feeney, D Flynn, S Rogan, J Rafter, J Byron, D Donegan, Subs all used: D Holmes, P Ruane, S Foody, M Langan, F Gordon. Next fixture home to Enniscrone on Monday, August 19.

Our under-12s played against Tourlestrane on Tuesday the 30th and came out narrow victors on a score line of three scores to two scores.

This evening, Wednesday the 31st, our under-10s travelled to Scarden for a blitz where they played against St Mary's and Eastern Harps, two of the stronger set ups at this age group in Sligo. Our kids, minus quite a few, were very competitive in both games and all enjoyed the trip.



Sympathy is extended to Bridie on the death of her sister-in-law Emer Mulderrig of Pier Road Enniscrone sympathy, also to nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, Sisters of Jesus and Mary, neighbors and friends. Removal took place from McGowan's funeral home, Ballina on Friday the 19th to the Church of Our Lady Assumed Into Heaven, Enniscrone. Burial took place Saturday after 11 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection to St Patrick's Cemetery, Kilglass. May she rest in peace.

Water safety week cancelled

Enniscrone water safety week was cancelled for 2019, At short notice, Jean (Waterpoint manager) hopes to keep it running on a voluntary basis if instructors can be secured. So your assistance is now needed to get it home, what's needed.

Experienced instructors available from August 11 (instructors will be paid as last year), sponsorship in the form of refreshments for instructors and accommodation if required.

Please get in touch if you can help-Email contact

Please do not contact Waterpoint directly. Groups will be smaller on previous years so it will work on a first come first served basis, enrollment dates etc will follow if we can secure instructors.


There was no winner of the €5,200 jackpot when the blotto draw took place in the McNulty's bar last weekend. Numbers drawn were 13, 15, and 25. €25 winners were Shane Harte, John Barrett, Kevin Hastings and Michael Sheridan; jackpot for the next draw is €5,400 and will take place on Saturday, August 3, in Sheridan's Pub Kilglass.

Upcoming fundraiser

Fundraiser for the Enniscrone Community Playground include: The Bros of Tralee Friday, August 16, The Diamond Coast Hotel 8 p.m., doors open 7.30 p.m. A parody of the much loved Rose of Tralee, the event sees local male contestants compete for the coveted title dressed in wigs, heels and ill-fitting dresses.€20 Full details:

Open day at Kilglass House

Saturday, August 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - A celebration of the built and natural heritage of Kilglass House, Woodland and Walled Garden. Events include talk on history of Kilglass House, biodiversity workshops, and the launch of 'The Critters of Kilglass' - an original audio book written and produced by Tireragh Community Support Ltd. Event run by Tireragh Community Support Ltd and Reconnect with Nature.

See Facebook for more details or call 083 4461322.

Ballina Arts Centre

Guard Their Eyes, Shield Their Vision by Kieran Crowley. Running till August 31 following on from a previous body of work detailing fictional relationships with organic objects, this exhibition also examines how we as adults, educators and guardians present the world to each other. How we inform continues to grow both easier and more difficult at the same time. While we seek to protect our young from peril through education of it, the task of doing so responsibly, and the legitimacy or attraction of information and misinformation though various media sources provides its own set of challenges. Free Admission,

Enniscrone/Kilglass GAA

AA strong finish helped our intermediate team get their championship campaign off to a winning start with a hard-earned 0-13 to 0-11 win over St John's in Cloonacool on Sunday last. 0-6 to 0-4 down at half-time having played into the breeze in the first half, the lads eventually edged ahead coming down the home straight. Attention now switches to the round two meeting with Geevagh next Saturday evening (August 3) in Tourlestrane at 7 p.m. Please support.

Our Junior B footballers begin their championship campaign on Sunday, August 4, away to St Farnan's at 6 p.m.

The Enniscrone-Kilglass/Easkey minor team suffered a disappointing 3-7 to 0-11 loss to St Molaise Gaels last Thursday in the championship. They play Curry on Wednesday evening in an important game at 7 p.m. in Quigabar.

Well done to our under-16s on their 5-7 to 2-13 win over St Pat's last week. They travel to Hazelwood to play Calry/St Joseph's on Monday evening (July 29) at 7 p.m.

Our under-14s host St John's on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Our under-12s had a 0-23 to 0-5 win over St Michael's last Tuesday to qualify for the league semi-finals. Details TBC.

Our under-six GAA nursery program continues every Monday from 6.45 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the indoor astroturf in Quigabar. This is for boys and girls born in 2013 and 2014. Kids are asked to wear appropriate gear and bring bottle of water.

Mothers and Others blitz well done to the Enniscrone-Kilglass Mothers and others group on hosting a very successful blitz at Quigabar last Saturday, as part of the Black Pig Festival.

Cúl Camp - Thanks to all the coaches, parents and children for another fantastic week at the annual Kellogg's Cúl Camp in Quigabar last week. Top of Form.

Sligo Champion