Friday 16 November 2018

Manorhamilton: GAA team bids to bridge thirty year gap

It is almost thirty years ago since Glencar/Manor won its one and only Leitrim Intermediate Championship title on Sunday, September 9, 1973. When the Glencar/Manor boys trot out on the hallowed ground of Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on Sunday next they will hope to bridge a thirty-year gap with a victory over Gortletteragh in this years Leitrim Intermediate Decider. St. Mary

It is almost thirty years ago since Glencar/Manor won its one and only Leitrim Intermediate Championship title on Sunday, September 9, 1973. When the Glencar/Manor boys trot out on the hallowed ground of Pairc Sean MacDiarmada on Sunday next they will hope to bridge a thirty-year gap with a victory over Gortletteragh in this year’s Leitrim Intermediate Decider. St. Mary’s were Glencar/Manor’s opponents in the 1973 Leitrim Intermediate Final, which the north Leitrim men won by 1 – 9 to 1 – 6 in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada. Prior to reaching that final Glencar/Manor defeated Annaduff by five points (1 – 15 to 2 – 7) in the first round of the championship that was played at the Carrick-on-Shannon Leitrim GAA headquarters in May. The scorers for Glencar/Manor in that game were Kevin Rooney 0 – 5, Liam Fletcher 1 – 2, Tommy O’Connor 0 – 2, Vincent Rooney 0 – 2, John Rooney 0 – 1 and Tom McHugh 0 – 1. The most impressive players for Glencar/Manor in this game were Leo McDonald, the Rooney brothers, Kevin, Vincent and John, along with Dan Meehan and County Player, Tom McHugh. The 1993 Leitrim intermediate championship semi-final was played in Drumshanbo on July 22 when Glencar/Manor faced Aughavas with the north Leitrim side winning by ten points (2 – 12 to 1 – 5). Kevin McDonald shot 1 – 1 for Glencar/Manor that day as did Brendan Rooney while Liam Fletcher and Tommy O’Connor scored 0 – 3, with P. J. Cullen adding 0 – 2, Tom McHugh 0 – 1 and Sean Farrell 0 – 1. The star of the show in the Leitrim Intermediate semi-final of thirty years ago was Glencar/Manor’s Thady McTernan at midfield where he gave a wonderful display of high fielding. Playing at midfield for Aughavas that day was Terence Shortt who has been a wonderful servant of the GAA in his own parish and indeed in Leitrim for many years prior to and indeed since then. Among the other Glencar/Manor players who shone in the ’73 semi-final were Liam Fletcher, P. J. Cullen, Kevin McDonald, Tommy O’Connor, Tom McHugh and Brendan Rooney. The Intermediate final in 1973 was played in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada and it was preceded by the replay of the Leitrim Senior final between Sean O’Heslin’s and Allen Gaels, which the Ballinamore side won. The Glencar/Manor players who delivered the vital scores that gave their side a three points victory margin over St. Mary’s at the end of the ’73 Intermediate final were Tommy O’Connor 1 – 3, Kevin McDonald 0 – 2, Joe Clancy 0 – 2 Mickey Friel 0 – 1 and Kevin Rooney 0 – 1. Pat O’Callaghan had an outstanding game in goals for Glencar/Manor in that game while Leo McDonald, John Rooney and Dan Meehan were very effective in defence with Tom McHugh and Thady McTernan dominating at midfield and the forwards who impressed were Mickey Friel, Kevin Rooney, Tommy O’Connor, Kevin McDonald and Joe Clancy.

It was some twenty years after their maiden voyage victory that Glencar/Manor contested the next Leitrim Intermediate Final in 1993 but the north Leitrim side went under to Aughavas in this game ten years ago. On their way to the ’93 final Glencar/Manor had a first round 2 – 9 to 2 – 3 victory over Mohill, a quarterfinal win by 0 – 12 to 0 – 4 over Dromahair and a semi-final success against Kiltubrid with a winning margin of eight points (2 – 11 to 0 – 9). The Glencar/Manor panel for the 1993 Intermediate championship campaign included Sean Boylan, Shane Devaney, Hugh McGurrin, Raphael McKeon, Paul Brady, Kieran Fox, Dermot McMorrow, Padraig Rooney, Kevin Darcy, Aidan Rooney, Pat O’Callaghan (Junior), Tom Gilmartin, Padraig Kelly, Gerry Boylan, Eamon Devaney, Paul Haslette, John Anthony Feehily, Roger Connolly, Oliver McBride, Ciaran Sheridan, Thady McTernan, Pat McDonald, Liam Burke and Patrick McEneaney. The ’93 Team Manager was Manix O’Brien while his selectors were Eugene Gilgunn, Paddy McEneaney and Padraig Kelly. Among the players that were in action for Glencar/Manor in the Leitrim Intermediate championship of ten years ago and who will be playing in Sunday’s final are Hugh McGurrin, Tom Gilmartin, and Gerry Boylan while Hugh McGurrin played his first senior championship game for Glencar/Manor, a quarter of a century ago in 1978.

The recent Carrigeengeare National School Reunion on August 3 was an outstanding success and it also contributed greatly to a magnificent Glenfarne Gala Weekend Festival, which was very well supported. Ann O’Hagan, a member of the Carrigeengeare School Reunion Committee, was obviously delighted with reunion event’s success and she expresses thanks to all who played such positive roles in the event. “I would like on behalf of the organising committee to thank most sincerely anyone and everyone that was involved in any way with the Carrigeengeare School Reunion Our booklet with lots of stories and pictures for all to enjoy is available in Eager’s Newsagent’s, Mullins Gala Store and Ann’s Launderette”. National School reunions have proved to be a great success in Leitrim over the last few years for many reasons. They provide an important occasion for local communities, where its school was the main focus of everyday life, to rekindle its spirit through the reunion of all the community members at home with those who have moved often to live and work quite far from their original roots. The production of a reunion booklet establishes an important record of local history, which could be lost forever were it not recorded now.

Kiltyclogher will stage its eleventh annual Michael Shanley Traditional Music Weekend events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday next. Over the years the north Leitrim village’s festival has featured many of the big names in the traditional music scene in Ireland including Na Casidigh, Stockton’s Wing, the Lennon Family, Sean Keane. Eleanor Shanley and Dervish to name but a few. The highlight of this year’s event will be the return of Kilty’s own Maurice Lennon who is a member of north Leitrim most famous musical family, the Lennon’s who are synonymous at national and international level with excellence in Irish Traditional Music. Maurice was a co-founder of the famous group Stockton’s Wing and he has had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with such renowned artists as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Junior during Stockton’s Wing hay day from the late ‘70’s to the ‘90’s. The popular Festival Fancy Dress Parade with Marching Bands will add a touch of splendid colour and fun as the beautiful planned Kiltyclogher village sees the march past get underway at 3pm. The Fancy Dress Parade will be followed by what is sure to be an enthralling performance by the Seamus Sweeney School of Music. The well-liked local based, Emerald Revellers who will be just back from their Italian tour will be on stage at 5pm. The weekend Festival events will be rounded off by a Fior Ceili in the Community Centre starting at 10pm on Sunday night August 17 with the Art McNally Ceili Band on stage for some great dancing. During the course of the three-day Shanley festival there will be further entertainment for young people with a Children’s Art Workshop for Primary School Pupils on Friday, August 15 from 3pm to 5pm. There also will be a National School’s Football tournament on Sunday, August 17. Tickets for Friday night’s Brian Boru concert can be booked in advance by calling any of the following numbers – 072-54200, 072-54021, 072-54023 or 072-54919. You can also have further details on any of the Michael Shanley Traditional Music Festival events by calling any of these numbers.

Bernadette Cleary has been appointed County Team Manager of the Leitrim Swimming and Art teams that will compete in the first stage of the National Community Games Finals in Mosney this weekend. Bernadette has played key roles in the management of many teams that have represented the Manorhamilton area in different sports disciplines over the years and she has also acted as Leitrim County Team Manager in previous years at the National Community Games Finals. Mrs. Cleary also was one of the main driving forces in Manorhamilton’s very successful hosting The Gambian team for the Special Olympics in June. The Gambians were the first team to arrive in Ireland for the Special Olympics and the Manorhamilton Host Town Committee did a superb job in the execution of many important tasks that had to be attended to during the period of the West African team’s stay in north Leitrim. Meanwhile the Manorhamilton Area competitors who will represent Leitrim at the National Community Games Swimming Finals in Mosney this weekend are Sarah Curneen, Megan Devaney, Kelvin Murphy, Niamh Cleary, Bronagh Rooney, Fiona Boyle, Adrian Croal, Darren Kerrigan and Ciaran Devaney. The Leitrim County Community Games Executive has appointed Glencar’s Brian Kerrigan as a Manorhamilton Area Team Manager for the National Community Games Swimming Finals. The competitors from the Manorhamilton Area that will represent Leitrim at the National Community Games Art Finals in Mosney are Aisling Rooney, Gabriel Storey, Hugh Feely and Mark O’Hara. The young swimmers and artists from the Manorhamilton Area who will compete in Mosney are sure to experience one of the great annual occasions in Irish sport with competitors from all other parts of the country creating a unique atmosphere, as all the activities take place at the Meath venue.

Visiting golfers from Ballymote, Ballinamore and Ballybofey Golf Clubs figured prominently among the top placed players at the end of the Blacklion Golf Club’s Senior Alliance competition on Friday last, which was second last event of the season for the Alliance competitors. Ballymote Golf Club’s T. J. Hunt won with an excellent second nine score of 21 points, which gave him a top total tally of 37 points for a competition victory on the day. However, Glencar’s Tommy O’Connor still retains the first place in the Golfer of the Year competition and with only one outing left on Friday, September 5 he should be presented with the trophy when that day’s play finishes. The results from Friday’s leg of the Senior Alliance competition were – 1st. Nett, T. J. Hunt, Ballymote G.C. 2nd Nett, Michael Solan, Ballinamore G. C., 3rd. Nett Eddy Gallagher, Ballybofey G.C., Best First Nine, Paddy Kerins, Ballymote G. C. and Best Second Nine, Peter Gallagher, Ballymote G.C.

Maria Bagnoli, who is exhibiting paintings in the foyer space in the Glens Centre, through August has previously shown her work at group shows, two with the Cavan Artists Network and at the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen (2002), as well as at the Sligo Open (2001). Three members of the Cavan Visual Artists Network including Maria recently had a group show at the Market House Gallery in Blacklion. After training as a painter, gaining a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from London’s Camberwell School of Art in 1984, Maria taught drawing and had some exhibitions in England. But more recently her work has really taken off since coming to Ireland. She lives with her artist partner, Jim Fee in West Cavan from where she draws much inspiration from the local landscape and particularly the changing skies. In this regard Maria has indicated that she likes “to paint about the things that make up my life here – personal experiences”. Maria is now involved in print making with relief printmaking and monoprints, using oil paints or water based ink and she is looking forward to a touring exhibition with the Cavan Visual Artists, in the not too distant future. Included in Maria paintings is her “View over the Shannon from Dowra 2002”.

All supporters of Glencar/Manor are requested to hang out the Club colours as a gesture of loyal backing for their team who play in the Leitrim Intermediate Final against Gortletteragh on Sunday in Carrick-on-Shannon. The sooner the Glencar/Manor Club colours starting appearing in Manorhamilton, Mullies and Glencar the greater will be the build up of support for the local team as the finalise their preparations for the big day in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. The fact that Glencar/Manor is playing in the County Intermediate Final provides a terrific occasion for the development of local pride in the success that the team achieved in reaching the concluding stage of Leitrim’s second most important football competition.

The annual Senior Golf Open for the Hugh Clancy Memorial Cup will be held at Blacklion Golf Club on Wednesday, August 20. This one of the biggest open tournaments held in Blacklion and golfers who wish to play in it are advised to book their place on the time sheet as soon as possible. The telephone number to book a place on the time sheet is 072-53024. The entry fee, which includes a two’s competition and a meal, is 16 euro. A great day’s golf is guaranteed for all seniors with many category prizes on offer.

Since earlier this year this year the Manorhamilton and District Credit Union opening times have given all its customers more options to avail of its services while new members who wish to join can now do so on any of its three opening days. The full opening hours for Manorhamilton and District Credit Union each week are Wednesday, 11am to 1pm, Thursday, 10am to 1pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Friday 11am to 1pm and 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The Manorhamilton and District Credit Union covers a large area of north Leitrim extending into most of Manorhamilton’s surrounding parishes where there had not been a local credit union service established prior to the rebirth of this marvellous community financial institution in the northern part of the counties’ main town a few years ago.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of John Clancy, Carncash, Sligo whose funeral took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Tullaghan on Thursday, August 7 with burial afterwards in Cloonlougher Cemetery, Manorhamilton.

Congratulations to Alan Gilligan, McDermott Terrace and Imelda Ferguson, Belcoo who were married in St. Clare’s Church, Manorhamilton on Saturday, July 26. The groom is the son of Seamus and Shelia Gilligan, McDermott Terrace while the bride is the daughter of Gerry and Miriam Ferguson, Belcco, Co Fermanagh. The wedding reception, which was attended by members of the bride and groom’s families, as well as their friends, was held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. The happy couple spent their honeymoon in Spain. Their families, as well as a large circle of friends wish them many years of happiness as they set out on married life together. Alan Gilligan is an accomplished sportsman who plays soccer with Manor Rangers in the Sligo/Leitrim Super League and he was also a member of the St. Osnat’s Gaelic Football team that reached this year’s Leitrim Junior C County Final.

A group psychotherapy programme will start in the autumn under the auspices of the North Western Health Board’s Regional Counselling Service for women who experienced childhood trauma. In addition to providing support this group provides opportunities to discover and learn about relating to others. For more information please contact Geraldine Curtin, Psychotherapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist Tel 086-7902141.

Applications are now being now being taken for the 2003-2004 course leading to the Diploma for those involved in Community Development. This Diploma, offered by the centre for Co-operative studies (National University of Ireland, Cork) has been running successfully for the last eight years and has attracted participants from across the country, with representatives from voluntary management boards, management personnel, and community and enterprise workers. A significant feature of the programme is the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and experiences. The Diploma is offered through distance learning. Students attend a series of Distance Education lectures and combine this with text-based materials for home based-study. Further information and application forms are available from Bridget Carroll, Centre for Co-operative Studies, UCC, Cork Tel 021- 4902070 or email:

The County Leitrim Partnership is inviting applications from persons who could act as “handyman” for Manorhamilton’s Club Cluainin Active Age Group. Applications forms and full job descriptions are available from 072-55237. Applicants must be over 35 and in receipt of benefit for over 5 years under the rules of the scheme. For further information please contact Betty Duignan.

Parents are requested to note that the Manor Swimming Club classes will commence again in September for Swim grades 3, 4 and 5 and in November for Swim grades 1, 2 and 6. Any child who did not attend at the last session and who now wishes to return should contact any Committee member immediately – otherwise that child’s name will be deleted from the particular class list. The Manorhamilton Swimming Club committee includes Secretary – Phil Flynn 072-56115, Chairperson – Michael Murphy 072-55884, Assistant Secretary – Siobhan Hurd 072-56327, Treasurer – Patricia Keaney 072-55261 and Michael O’Hara 086-8201498. Any parents wishing to enrol children for swimming may do so by contacting the Secretary or by attending the next AGM that will be held in January.