Thursday 19 September 2019

Around the districts: Castleconnor, Enniscrone

The Loftus family, Castleconnor, present the proceeds of a tea morning to the Irish MotorNeuron Disease Association
The Loftus family, Castleconnor, present the proceeds of a tea morning to the Irish MotorNeuron Disease Association

Castleconnor: Lotto - Results for August 3. There was no winner of the €21,300 jackpot, numbers drawn were 8, 13, 19 and 25, €50 winners, Gerard Langan, Geraghty Family, and Helen Murray, next week's jackpot is €21,400.

Castleconnor GAA

match report from the seniors draw with St Farnan's in the second round of the intermediate championship is below. They have an 'off' weekend next weekend and will be back in action the following weekend, another west division Derby against Easkey. Castleconnor 1-9 St Farnan's 0-12

Castleconnor returned to Quigabar for the second week in a row where this week to face their neighbours St Farnan's in this all west Derby game. There was a feeling of what might have been for both teams as the game finished a draw - Castleconnor failing to take advantage of a strong second half wind and St Farnan's unable to capitalise on having an extra man for 30 odd minutes following the dismissal of Castleconnor's Kevin Langan.

It was Castleconnor, who made a brighter start playing into that strong wind in the first half, a super run from the Paul Flynn, who laid off for Kevin Langan to fire over in the 1stminute. Another driving run from Eoin Kent resulted in a free that Eamonn Cawley converted and shortly after Kent curled over to put three between them. The driving runs from Carrabine, John McDonnell, Flynn and Kent were causing Farnans a lot of problems but they responded well in the seventh minute with a fine score from the very lively Ronan Molloy. An intercepted handpass was converted expertly by Andrew McMunn and Farnans were back in business.

A strong run from John McDonnell resulted in another free which Eamonn Cawley converted to push the men in red two up. As the game entered the second quarter Farnans had a period of dominance Oisin Connolly finished a good move, a fine score from Martin Mulligan following a lightning counter attack on 15 minutes, Molloy with another on 17 minutes and two frees from the influential Finnian Cawley on 18 and 22 minutes pushed Farnans ahead for the first time. Kevin Langan curled over with a beauty off his left but Finnian Cawley got a spectacular score following a fast counter and at the short whistle Farnans went in eight points to five ahead, but facing that wind in the second half.

The first score of the second half was a long range free from 50 meters from Kevin Langan but that was his last action as he picked up a second yellow shortly after. Farnans knew that this numerical advantage could counter the wind advantage and proceeded with a pep in their step. Good pressure forced an over-carry in front of the Castleconnor posts and Finnian Cawley tapped over. Farnans owned the ball for the next five minutes but didn't put it on the score board and they were made pay the price for that when a superb cross field ball from Castleconnor Michael Cahill found Paul Flynn at full Speed, one on one with Keith Lang in the Farnans goal, he made no mistake to level things at 1-6 to 0-9 with 18 minutes to play. Both teams went flying into tackles from there on and scores became increasingly difficult to come by. A super Shane O'Brein point into the teeth of the wind pushed Farnans ahead but Kevin McDonnell responded with a huge score off the outside of the right boot to level it again.

As the game entered the last 10 minutes the wind was joined by heavy rain as players scrambled to get their gloves slipping and sliding on the firm ground and spilling ball in the tackle. Eventually Castleconnor's Eamonn Cawley scored a 45 meter free to edge them in front with seven minutes to play but Andrew McMunn cancelled that one out with a brilliant finish from a tight angle. Mark Devanney put Farnans ahead with three minutes to go but a minute later Castleconnor sub Matt Geraghty expertly converted an equaliser. It was scrappy last five minutes as nerves and desperate tackling meant that although both teams thought they could nickthe win, it didn't happen and with two minutes of injury time played referee Anthony McGowan blew it up and both points would have to be satisfied with a point each.

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

Scorers Eamonn Cawley 0-3 (3F), Kevin Langan 0-3 (1f), Paul Flynn 1-0, Eoin Kent 0-1, Kevin McDonnell 0-1, Matt Geraghty 0-1

St Farnan's Keith Lang, Kevin McGee, John Quinn, David Hallinan, Finnian Cawley, Shane O'Brien, Gavin Cawley, Mark Devaney, Andrew McMunn, Martin Mulligan, James Weir, Ciaran O'Connor, Shane Feeney, Ronan Molloy. Subs Kieran Devaney, Matthew Lang, Ryan McCombe, Oisin Connolly, Greg Feeney, Eoin Coggins, Jason McGuinness, Darragh Gillen, Cahan Hallinan, Donall Hanley, Shane Neary.

Scorers Finnian Cawley 0-4 (3F), Ronan Molloy 0-2, Andrew McMunn 0-2, Shane O'Brien 0-1, Martin Mulligan 0-1, Oisin Connolly 0-1, Mark Devanney 0-1

MINOR FOOTBALL - Castleconnor 4-9 Drumcliffe-Rosses Point 0-10. On Thursday, August 1, our minors had table toppers Drumcliffe as visitors to Corballa in a must win game for our boys.

In the first half we got off to a very sluggish start and trailed 0-5 to 0-3 with 20 minutes gone and were lucky to only be two down when good work by Thomas Langan and Eoin Duffy saw them turn over the ball and Oisín Flynn drove to the net. Ronan Wilson added two more points to leave the half time score 1-6 to 0-6 in our favour.

Drumcliffe scored straight from the throw in however our lads responded with Fergal Boland and Daniel Ruane taking charge in defense. A purple patch from the eighth to 13th minute saw us score 2-3 with the goals from Langan and Flynn.

We managed to hold out, unlike the previous week, with Liam Donegan making an excellent save and finding the targets with his kickouts. Langan scored another goal after good work from Stephen Rogan and Colm Naughton.

Next week we travel to Tourlestrane on Thursday, August 8, under-14 - Our under-14 team had their second championship game last Friday, August 2, against St Pat's, the match finished St Pat's 2-5 v Castleconnor 5-16. We had a slow start but once we got going we were in complete control for the remainder of the game. Great team performance both going forward and defensively. The only down side was a nasty injury to our captain Eoghan Durkin, who will be out for the next 4-6 weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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 St John's on Friday, August 9.

FRANK KELLY 5K MILK RUN - A date has been set for the annual Frank Kelly Milk Run. As most of you will know this is a 5k run/walk/jog which begins and finishes at the Castleconnor Community Centre. We are hoping to get more people than ever out at it this year and will soon begin advertising on Facebook etc. The important date to remember is Sunday, September 15, and the run will begin at 1 p.m.

CROKE PARK TRIP - It is going to be an exciting weekend for the under-eight, under-10 and under-12 kids as they travel to Croke Park on Saturday to attend the all-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Dublin. It promises to be a fabulous occasion with a sell out on the cards and 82k people crammed into the stadium. We are sure the occasion will inspire our kids to play our games which, of course, is what we are all about in Castleconnor GAA.

THE DES FLYNN TRACTOR RUN - Takes place on Sunday, August 18, at 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 087 2450116.

Massive Congratulations to the organisers and committee involved in the annual Bonniconlon Agricultural Show. There was a huge number of entries on the 70th Anniversary of the show, and the weather played ball for most of it.

John and all the committee would like to thank everyone who attended, volunteers, sponsors and all who supported in any way.



There was no winner of the €5,400, jackpot when the blotto draw took place in Sheridan's pub Kilglass last weekend. Numbers drawn were 6, 20, and 38. €25 winners were, Aisling Fleming, Mattie Cawley, John Wims, Erin, Saoirse and Darragh Hallinan, jackpot for the next draw is €5,600 and will take place on Saturday, August 10, in Hopkin's Bar.

Enniscrone-Kilglass GAA

Our Intermediate team picked up their second successive win the championship last Saturday evening when they overcame the challenge of Geevagh of a score line of 1-10 to 0-6. Trailing 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time, an improved second half which included a goal from Bryan Jacob saw our lads end as seven-point winners. They now turn their attention to round three and a meeting with St Patrick's on Saturday evening next (August 10) at 7.15 p.m. in Castleconnor.

Our Junior B footballers lost out to St Farnan's in the first round of the championship last Sunday evening, 1-8 to 1-6. They play Castleconnor in round two in a must-win encounter next Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in Quigabar.

The Enniscrone-Kilglass/Easkey minor team picked up their first championship win with a 2-9 to 1-9 defeat of Curry at Quigabar last Wednesday. They play Shamrock Gaels in Coola next Thursday at 7 p.m.

A depleted under-16 side went down to Calry/St Joseph's, 6-14 to 2-8, last Monday evening. They play Coolaney-Mullinabreena at home on Monday, August 12, at 7 p.m.

Our under-14s had an excellent win over St John's last Friday, 4-11 to 4-9. They play St Patrick's away on Thursday evening (August 9) at 7 p.m.

Our under-12s are scheduled to take on Eastern Harps in the Division Two semi-final on Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. in Quigabar.

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.

Happy birthday

Congratulations to Pat Maughan of Main Street, Enniscrone, who celebrated a special birthday last week, Pat is husband of Maureen, and has been the organist in Enniscrone Church for many years.

Baby girl

Congratulations also to Tina Clarke of Carrowhubbock, Enniscrone and to her partner Damien Hannon of Kilglass, on the birth of their new baby girl, who they called Annie Mary. We want to send our congratulations to all the Clarke Hastings and Hannon family and especially to the baby's great grandmother Annie Gillespie of Dromore West.


The death occurred on Thursday last at his Residence of Seán Whittle of Carrowhubbock North, Enniscrone. We wish to extend our sincere sympathies to his wife Kitty, daughters, Sheila, Anne, Catherine, Maura and Veronica, and also offer our sympathies to the sons-in-law, Eugene Nelson, and Paddy Martin, grandchildren other relatives, neighbours and friends, Removal took place from his residence on Friday, August 2, to the Church of the Holy Family Kilglass for Mass at midday, burial took place afterwards in St Patrick's cemetery Kilglass.

May he rest in Peace.

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