Thursday 17 October 2019

Around the districts: Collooney, Coolaney-Rockfield, Riverstown, Gurteen

Sligo/Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry with his father Ray and the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Eireann and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad at the 100 year commemoration event in the Round Room of the Mansion House
Sligo/Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry with his father Ray and the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Eireann and Cathaoirleach of the Seanad at the 100 year commemoration event in the Round Room of the Mansion House

Collooney: St Paul's National School - Enrolment for new entrants for St Paul's National School will take place in the school on open day February 26 from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., any other time please call the school 071 9130491.


Collooney Village Redevelopment Ltd lotto results for January 31: numbers drawn were 6, 11, 29 and 31; €25 each to Larry Davey, Kevin Fallon, Joanne O'Neill and John Walsh. Next draw for jackpot €10,000 in Flynns Shop on February 13 at 7 p.m.

Castledargan Ladies Golf

The annual table quiz hosted by Castledargan Ladies Golf Club will be held on Friday, February 22, at 8.30 p.m. in Castledargan Hotel. This year the table quiz fundraiser is in association with 'Friends of Aengus, Bring Him Home' to help Aengus Lyons return and live at home. €40 per table of four. Everyone welcome. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. Always an enjoyable night. Keep the date free. Your support is much appreciated.

Owenmore Gaels GAA news

CONNOLLY PARK HOSTS SLIGO V DOWN - The club were delighted to have the honour of hosting Sligo's opening National League game against Down last Sunday. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be Sligo's day as Down scored a goal in the last few minutes of the game to take home the bragging rights on a score line of 1-10 to 1-12. Thanks to both sets of supporters who were very cooperative on the day. It was with great pride that the club could host a game of such significance and we would like to thank all who volunteered on the day in every capacity as it was a real community effort.

The club is currently reaching out to local businesses to advertise at Connolly Park in the form of a pitch side sign.

With our new stand and excellent location we are getting more major games each year with large attendances guaranteed. Contact Niall at 087 7609420 or mail for further details.

POKER NIGHT - There is a Poker night Sunday, February 10, in the Owenmore Inn at 4 p.m. €20 Entry, €20 Topup and €20 Buy Back. Last Buy Back is at 6 p.m. Free transport to and from event. To arrange transport or any queries call Trevor at 087 1710909. Half of prize pool to Owenmore Gaels GAA.

NURSERY PROGRAMME - Owenmore Gaels are hosting a Nursery Programme in the Teeling Centre Collooney. It continues this Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is an introduction to Gaelic Football for kids in the community in a fun filled environment. It will run for six weeks and it's €2 per child. This is aimed for children aged between 4-6, born in 2013-2014. Parents are invited to participate in activities. Any queries please contact Paddy Watters at 085 8512889.

DINNER DANCE 2019 - A major date for the diary as the club hold a dinner dance in the Clayton Hotel on Saturday, March 2. Stay tuned for further details over the coming weeks.

COACHING WORKSHOP - There is a foundation course taking place at the end of the month in Summerhill College. This is essential for anybody who is or wants to get involved in coaching. It is an extremely informative and worthwhile course, giving great knowledge and ideas for working with kids development. Contact Liam Óg directly or our coaching officer Paddy Watters 086 58512889 to reserve a place.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Membership is now open for 2019. We ask all members and players to register at earliest convenience. No player or coach is covered to play under the GAA injury benefit fund unless registered. Visit our website for information on how to register online.

LOTTO - The lotto draw took place in Connollys on Monday, January 21. The numbers drawn were 6, 14, 16 and 27. There was no winner of the €10,000 jackpot. Congratulations to our lucky-dip winners Ann Murphy, Sharon Carty, John Walsh and Joan Mullen (Online Lucky Dip) who each get €30. The next draw for our €10,000 jackpot will take place on Monday, February 4, in Cullen's Bar. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets throughout the year and continues to support the club.

CONDOLENCES - The club is deeply saddend to have learned of the passing of Robert Lawson of Roselawn, Castleknock, Dublin 15 and formerly of Carrickbanagher, Co. Sligo. Robert played with the club at all levels and was a member of the victorious under-12 team in 1972 (Please see photo below) He played in two Intermediate Finals in 1979 + 1980 and represented Sligo at senior level playing against Roscommon in the 1982 Connacht Championship. In the mid 80's Robert moved to Dublin but always followed the club's progress.

The club wish to extend sympathies to his wife Ada, his sons Theophilus and Paul, his mother Muriel and the extended Lawson family.


Coolaney United

Restricted Members Draw - New Launch. Coolaney United are looking for 50 individuals, groups or syndicates to donate €25 per month for 12 months. 60% of funds will be used to purchase Euromillions and lotto Tickets. 40% of funds will go towards the Community Park Development. At the end of the 12 months, all lottery winnings are divided among the members. For more details, contact Jerry O'Grady at 086 8867379. Starts on March 1 so please contact Jerry by February 25 if interested.

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

80s Disco in Coolaney

Café Fia present Back to the 80s Disco with DJ Cliff in the Happy Landing on Saturday, February 16, at 9 p.m. Tickets €10 and can be bought from Andrew Pyne, Caroline Pyne, Cheryll McCaull, Joe Fogerty, June Boyle and Caitriona McGoldrick. Limited number of tickets on the door on the night. Fancy Dress Optional.

Rambling House

Rambling House takes place in the Killoran Community Centre on March 8 at 9 p.m.

Community Games

Model Making: Please bring your completed piece along to the community centre between 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, It will be judged along with the Art Competition. Thank you.

Art Competition will take place on Sunday, February 24, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Community Centre. Your art must be based on any Community Games event. Paper will be supplied but please bring your own pencils/colours/paints etc. Visual Aids will not be permitted i.e. photos, transfers, mobile phones and devices etc. You can also register on the day for the event. Best of luck and enjoy.

Gymnastics: Well done to our fantastic Gymnasts Adam Mahon, Amber Stenson, Shona McCorry and Georga Reynolds, who are all through to County Finals on February 18.

GAA club news

Ireland Lights Up: In conjunction with the local Operation Transformation Group, Nace O'Dowd Park will be lit up on Thursday evenings (until February 21) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to facilitate a safe environment for walking. Everyone taking part must register. All welcome, spread the word.

Blue Kidz Training: Training starts back on Saturday mornings at the Teeling Centre Collooney. All kids must be registered online. €10 per child. U6s: 9 a.m. to 9.35 a.m. under-eights: 9.35 a.m. to 10.15 a.m., under-10s: 10.15.11 a.m. New parents and children are very welcome to come along and get involved in their local GAA Club.

Defibrillator: The new Defibrillator is now installed at Nace O'Dowd Park. Several club players, members and coaches have already completed a CPR training course. Another course will take place in February. Contact Lorraine Feely immediately at 087 6779836 to book your place for this very important training.

Club lotto: The 2019 Coolaney-Mullinabreena Club Supporter's lotto was launched at last week's monthly meeting. The new rebranded offering remains our main club fundraiser for the year. We appeal to all club members, supporters, senior players, coaches, sponsors and families to renew their subscriptions. We also make a fresh appeal to recruit many new subscribers this year and welcome the support of anyone with club connections who may wish to contribute. All support is greatly appreciated. All proceeds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park Development.

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664 before Friday. Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


Community Games

Riverstown Community Games Art competition will take place on Friday, February 15, at 6 p.m. in Ardkeernan NS Model-making will take place in Sooey Hall on Saturday, February 16, at 2 p.m. Swimming will take place in Sligo Sports Complex on Saturday, March 16, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Swimmers should be pool-side at 6.45 p.m. For further information on any Community Games event call 086 8258525.

Church Gate

The annual Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann church gate collection will be taken up on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, February 17. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

Taunagh National School

Enrolment for Taunagh National School is located in the heart of Riverstown, County Sligo and is currently enrolling for September 2019. The school promotes a caring and supportive environment where children are encouraged to think independently, respect one another and value diversity. For further information or to arrange a time to visit the school, please feel free to call 071 9165605 or email Enrolment forms are available in the school and on website


North West Hospice wishes to acknowledge receipt of a donation from Tiererril Historical Society received per Marian and Paddy Keaney.

Table quiz

The annual table quiz hosted by Castledargan Ladies Golf Club will be held on Friday, February 22, at 8.30 p.m. in Castledargan Hotel. This year the table quiz fundraiser is in association with 'Friends of Aengus, Bring Him Home' to help Aengus Lyons return and live at home. €40 per table of four. Everyone welcome. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. Always an enjoyable night. Keep the date free.

Arrow Harps table quiz

Arrow Harps table quiz will take place Saturday, February 23, at 9 p.m. in Seán McDermott's Bar, Riverstown. Any support would be appreciated.

News Items

To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris at 086 8258525.


Recent death

The death has occurred peacefully on January 18 at St Anne's Hospice, Cheadle, Manchester of James (Jim) Turner, a grand nephew of the legendary fiddle player Michael Coleman. The Irish Music Centre in Gurteen is dedicated to the great Michael Coleman of Killavill and Jim had visited the centre some years ago.

Jim was born in Hulme, Manchester to Tom and Molly Turner (née Coleman) and as a school boy he had learned to play the accordion and later played the pipes with the Wythenshawe Pipe Band. He had a great interest in Michael Coleman's music and passed away listening to Michael Coleman's music on a personal listening device on his pillow.

After Requiem Mass in St Peter's Church, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Greater Manchester on Friday last, February 1, he was laid to rest in Mill Lane Cemetery, Cheadle. Sympathy is extended to all his family and friends: to his cousins Michael Joe and Pat McGovern, Mount Irwin: Beatie McManamey, Harristown, Kathleen O'Gara Sligo, Angela Leamy, Bunninadden, Patricia Keane, Knockgrania, Killavil, Seán Davey, Swinford and Thomas Davey, England. May he rest in peace.


Bingo takes place every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot is €2,300 in 46 calls and the lotto game is €300 Proceeds goes to the upkeep of the hall and the local Eastern Harps GAA Club.

Yoga classes

Yoga classes are held in Gurteen Hall on Monday nights from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. - six weeks for €50 or €10 per night - bring a mat and blanket - Teresa at 086 0532432.

Recent baptism

Welcomed in the Sacrament of baptism in Gurteen Church on Saturday was Shane Gerard Hannan, born on November 17 to Fionnghuala Devereaux, London and David Hannan of Kilfree, who are living in London.

Recent birth

Congratulations and good wishes to Karen (Durkin) and Colm Logue, Kilfree, on the birth on January 12 of new baby Cathal, a brother to Darragh.

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