Monday 31st January 2005
On Sunday last 30th January we started our season off with a kick around in
the park at 3 p.m. It was very encouraging to see up to twenty people togged
out and enjoying the get together. Everyone that was there were very
enthusiastic about the year ahead and if we can build on the enthusiasm we are
promised to have a very rewarding and enjoyable season. Our thanks to all who
showed up on Sunday, new faces and old ones. A light training session is
planned for tonight Wednesday 2nd feb at 8 p.m. This will be followed by a
committee meeting in the clubhouse, everybody involved should be in
Our A.G.M. is on Saturday night next in the New Parish Centre, Church Street,
Castlepollard (beside church) at 8.45pm Sharp. We are asking everybody
to make the effort to attend this very important meeting, especially parents
of our underage teams. We are encouraging everyone to come and say
whatever they feel, about the workings of the club for the past year and we
would like to hear the views of people attending on how to make a good even
better. On the night very important positions are up for renewal and if anyone
would like to get involved now is the time. Think about what the club
has done and could do and you feel you can be of any help or have ideas this
will be the place to air them. Don't forget, next Saturday night
at 8.45pm sharp in the new Parish Centre, Castlepollard, look forward
to seeing you there.
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On Saturday night last, 5th February, we held our AGM in the new Parish
Community Centre, Church Street, Castlepollard. The meeting was very
well attend in this fine venue. Outgoing Chairman John Smith opened the
meeting by welcoming all and stated that seeing so many younger people there
on the night was very positive. He also said that 2004 had not gone well
for the Junior team, but stated that since training had commenced, that things
were looking brighter. John also thanked fellow committee members, team
mentors and those who looked after the grounds during the year. The Secretary,
Marius Reilly gave a brief report of the years activities and gave great
praise to the juvenile section of the club. Ann Dermody, Club Treasurer gave a
very detailed financial report of the club for 2004, in which she noted the
success of the Karting event and Club dance. Our underage Secretary, Dermot
McKenna gave a detailed account of the underage activities and thanked
especially the hard working mentors of the U.10 team, Gerry (Paudie) Farrelly,
Frank Gilsenan and Liam Leahy. He also thanked Helen and Claire Coyle
for their tremendous work during the year. Following all reports the election
of officers took place and are as follows: Chairman - John Smith, Secretary -
Gerry Farrelly, Treasurer - Ann Dermody, Assistant treasurer and registrar -
Niall McKenna, Underage Secretary - Dermot McKenna,
Board Delegates - Larry Masterson, Michael McCormack and Andy McEoin, St.
Michaels Committee Members - Andy McEoin, John Smith and Dermot McKenna.
Working Committee Members - Damien Clogher, Jimmy Ward, Des Carter, Catherine
Cooney, Margaret Fagan, Sean Dermody, Paddy Masterson, Claire Coyle, Marius
Reilly and Tossy Brady. The team mentors for the coming session are as
follows: U.10 Gerry Farrelly and Frank Gilsenan, U.12 Damien Clogher, Larry
Masterson and John Smith. Trainer and selectors will be announced at a later
The membership fees for 2005 are : Family E30, Adults E20, Student and O.A.P.
E10. Des Carter has been assigned to collect memberships from all players,
while Doreen Farrelly was assigned to collect membership from families
and juveniles. Please note that anyone failing to pay membership will not be
insured on the field of play.
A vote of sympathy was expressed to all the bereaved in the locality. The
Chairman brought the meeting to a close by thanking Fr. Moore for the use of
the centre and by wishing everyone and the Westmeath team a very successful
year in 2005.
All notes to be with P.R.O. no later than 10.00pm on Sunday please.
Word has it that yet again there was a huge demand for W.D. 40 in the Glenidan
area!!!! I see Marius was at Spec Savers........... Dermot is giving
lessons on how to change flat wheels........... Local residents (business
people) in Fore are Saddling up for the coming flat season, what more can I
say......... Enda Kiernan has ambitions of becoming the Fair hair boy of
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On Tuesday night 8th February we held our club lotto in The Pollard Arms,
Hotel. The numbers drawn were 3,4,10,19, there was no jackpot winner. €
30 winners were Ryan Farrelly, Matthew Gilsenan, J.P. Cullen, Ita Halpin and
Mick Dermody. Our next lotto will be held on Tuesday night 22nd February in
The Abbey House, Fore, and the new jackpot now stands at € 6,600. our
continued support would be greatly appreciated, and remember if your not in
you cannot win.
Training has began in earnest on Tuesday night last, with Joey Williams taking
over at the helm. Joey is and has been a very dedicated and loyal servant to
Ballycomoyle for a long time now and he is wished the best of luck for the
year ahead. Training is on every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8.00pm sharp.
Junior Team manager and selectors shall be announced at a later meeting.
We held our first committee meeting of 2005 in Murray's Bar, Castlepollard on
Monday night last. It was a very informative and constructive meeting and our
new Secretary, Gerry Farrelly has to be complimented for his hard work since
taking over this very responsible position. Well done Gerry, and the
best of luck for the busy year ahead. A reminder that memberships are
now due, please don't delay - pay today.
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On Friday night last 25th February we held our A.G.M. in Murray's Lounge,
Castlepollard. The meeting was very constructive and whilst leaving a mixed
year behind us last year, everyone in attendance are looking forward to
a very exciting and hopefully rewarding year in 2005. Chairman Seamus
McDermott opened the meeting with a report of the previous years activities ,
and also signalled his intentions not to go forward as chairman for another
term. Seamus was thanked for all his hard work during his term in the chair
and the election of officers were as follows: Chairperson- Maureen Fay,
Secretary- Claire Coyle, Treasurer- Ann Dermody, P.R.O.'s- Sinead Kilmurray,
Liz Hannon and Sabrina Dermody. Mentors for U.12 and U.14- Helen Coyle, Claire
Coyle. Mentors for U.16- Sean Dermody, Ann Dermody and Christy Farrelly.
Mentors for Junior team- Marius Reilly and Seamus McDermott. We wish all our
teams and mentors the very best of luck for the year ahead and we are
appealing to more people to become involved during the coming year. We have a
number of fund raising events planned and it will take a lot of effort to make
them a success, so please do what you can to help. Training for the Junior
ladies is due to commence on 20th March and details regarding the juveniles
will be announced at a later date. Finally we would like to congratulate
Maureen Fay on taking over as chairperson and we wish her the best of luck for
the year ahead.
We held our club lotto in "The Abbey House", Fore on Tuesday night
22nd February, it was well supported and the numbers drawn were as follows- 1,
8, 11, 18. There was no jackpot winner and the E30 were Mick Owens, Joe
Corrigan, Matthew Gilsenan, Martin Egan and Joey Williams. The new jackpot
will be E 6,800 and again your support would be greatly appreciated.
Training for the junior team is going ahead at full speed and Joey Williams
has to be complimented on the professional manner in which he is conducting
training. Well done Joey and keep up the good work. A reminder that training
is on every Tuesday and Thursday night at 8 pm sharp, and also that membership
is now due and must be paid due to insurance policy. We were due to play our
first challenge game of the year on Tuesday night last, under lights in
Oldcastle, full report next week. Rumour has it that "Mickey the
Runner" is coming down to training to add to the competition, we look
forward to that. Our first competitive game of the year is
provisionally fixed for Sunday 13th March, time and venue has yet to be
announced, so keep the date free.
Our monthly committee meeting will be held in "The Lough Lene Inn",
Collinstown on Monday night next 7th March at 9.30pm sharp. This is a full
meeting and everyone is asked to attend, there are a number of very important
issues to be discussed, so please make the effort.
The "Gooser" got an aerodynamic haircut to help keep up with the
pace at training.......Good to see John "The Terminator" Mc Manus
back at training.......
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On Tuesday night 1st March we held our club lotto in "Connies Bar",
Castlepollard. This again was a well supported draw but there was no jackpot
winner. The numbers drawn were 8,13,20 and 23, the E30 winners were Paul
Meehan, Bernard Smith, Karen Coyle, Eamon Brady and Emer O' Neill. The next
draw will be in Doynes, Glendian on Tuesday 15th March and the jackpot now
stands at E 7,000 , so remember if you're not in you cannot win. Your support,
as always, is greatly appreciated.
We had our first challenge game of the year on Tuesday night 1st, under lights
in Oldcastle against a strong home side. It was very encouraging on the night
to see that we could have fielded almost two teams, a big thank you to
everybody for making the effort to attend. The game itself was a very close
affair, with some excellent individual performances on each side. It
took our lads quite some time to adjust to the lights and our opening score
only came 20 minutes into the first half, we went in at halftime trailing by 1
point 0.05 to 0.04. The second half saw us making a lot of switches and at the
end of the game we lost by only 2 points. Team: D.Cheevers, M.Gavigan, T.
Brady, D. Clogher, M. Walsh, E. Kiernan, S.Carroll, R.Fagan, B.Ryan,
G.Farrelly, B.Smyth, J. Williams, D.Fagan, N.McKenna, B.Halpin, M.Halpin,
I.Coyle, E. Boylan, P.Smyth, D.Peppard, P.Molloy, J.Ward, J.Corrigan, N.
Salmon. The contribution that Neill Salmon, Jamie Ward and John Corrigan made
when introduced was very impressive and sends out a clear message that the
future of the club is in safe hands. It was good to see Stephen Bardon and
Tomas Owens there on the night as well.
On Thursday night of last week our new management team was elected, there was
a record number of nominations for selectors, and after an evenly contested
vote Pat McGinn, Seamus Leahy and Seamus Fay were deemed elected. Joey
Williams was elected as trainer/manager, and he and his selector's are
wished the best of luck for the year ahead. The team captain shall be
announced at a later date. Training continues on every Tuesday and Thursday
evening at 8 pm sharp, and for those few who not have paid membership yet,
please do so urgently.
Ronaie Fagan has learned that it is easier to catch a ball with his hands than
with his face after playing under lights???............. Marius is said to be
on holiday getting rest for the new season ahead..............We are having a
social night in "The Lough Lene Inn", Collinstown on Easter
Saturday night, tickets are E 5 , please keep the date free.............
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On Easter Saturday night 26th March, we are having a social night in the
"Lough Iene Inn", Collinstown and it promises to be a fantastic
night out. Music will be provided by the very reliable Greg McCabe and your
support would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are just E5 and are easily
available through junior players or any committee members. There will be
a raffle on the night with many wonderful "spot" prizes, so see you
While things may be quite on the field of play at the moment, off the field,
there is lots of action taking place. On Monday night 7th March we held a very
well attended full committee meeting and this was very constructive.
Plans for the year ahead were thrashed out and various sub-committees were
designated different tasks. The grounds committee are meeting next
Saturday at 2.00pm to line out and spray the pitch. All help gratefully
accepted. Our thanks to Andy McEoin who got new nets and new flags organised.
The infamous "Rule 42" was debated and a decision was reached.
Our thanks must go to Kathryn Cooney for hosting the meeting and we would like
to wish Kathryn the best of luck in taking over the "Lough Lene
Our Junior team are meant to have a challenge match on St. Patrick's Day
morning, at 11.00am, in Ballycomoyle. Please check with club secretary Gerry
at 086 - 0797726 for further details. The game is a return match against
Oldcastle and it is hoped that we might reverse the result. Well done to
the St. Michael's U.14 lads who defeated Tubberclair in the first round of the
Feile on Saturday last. Hard luck to the U.16's who went down to a
strong St. Loman's side.
Congrats to Damien Fagan for winning Ringtown Lotto........ Rumour has
it that Damien Clogher can throw away the "L" plates.....!!!
Good to see the "DJ Rocker" back at training.......
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On Saturday night next we are having a social night in the Lough Lene Inn,
Collinstown. This promises to be a wonderful night and your support
would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are easily available from any of
the junior players or any committee member and cost just E5. The purpose
of this social night is to raise much needed funds to help the running of all
sections of the Club.
On Saturday evening next in Ballycomoyle at 5.00pm, we kick off our league
campaign with a game against Milltown. All players are requested to be
in the park no later than 4.30pm. This is a very important match and
judging by the commitment given by the players in training, we are hopeful of a
good result. For those few who have not yet paid their membership fee,
must do so prior to Saturdays' game.
Training for juveniles starts on Friday April 1st at 7.00pm in the pitch.
Helen and Claire Coyle will be looking after all girls, while Damien Clogher
will train the U.12s and the U.10s will be trained by Gerry Farrelly.
Membership for the juveniles will be collected on that evening by Doreen
Farrelly and are follows, Family E30, Senior player E20, Student and O.A.P
E10 and juvenile E5. Parents are asked to please provide the dates of
birth on that evening also.
A special word of thanks must go this week to the grounds committee, who on
Saturday last lined out the pitch and put down the new flags. Those
people involved were, Ciaran Dermody, Michael McCormack, Paul Dermody, Ray
Farrelly and Colm Dermody. A good job well done. Thanks to Christy Brady for
doing a fine job on the hedges.
Rumour has it that "Paddies" might be taking over form Marius in the
goals.... I see Noel Smith splashed out on new boots, togs and socks, great to
see him back.... I hear there were some very funny hair dos on people in high
places on Paddy's Day.....
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On Saturday night last, Easter Saturday, we held an absolutely fantastic
social night in "The Lough Lene Inn", Collinstown. The night
was extremely well supported and it must be said that the future of the club
looks very bright. A special word of thanks must go to Kathryn Cooney and all
the staff of the "Lough Lene Inn" for hosting the night and ensuring
that nobody got dehydrated on the night !!!!!!!. We would like to thank
Kathryn again for supplying the fabulous hamper for the draw and indeed all
the people who sponsored prizes on the night. Finally we would like to thank
Greg McCabe for entertaining the crowd with a great performance on the night
and especially relating the story to us about why he was forced into early
retirement from the football scene. At this point all that is left to say is
that we wish Kathryn and all in the "Lough Lene Inn" continued
success in the future, and hopefully we will be bringing some silverware up
there next September !!!!.
Doyne's Bar, Glendian was the venue for our last lotto draw. The numbers drawn
on the night were 4, 9, 12, and 19. There was no jackpot winner and the E 30
winners were as follows Dymphna Leahy, Ita Halpin, Mary Clogher, Conor Mooney
and Paddy Smyth. The new jackpot now stands at E 7,200 and as always your
support is greatly appreciated.
On Saturday evening last we kicked of our league campaign against a
strong Milltown side, and after a tough fast paced game we emerged with a win,
and two league points. The game itself was of championship standard and
the whole management team were very happy with the overall performance of
everybody involved. There was a number of noteworthy performances such as
Billy Ryan, Barry Smyth, Roanie Fagan, Joey Williams and Damien Fagan, but one
person in particular had an excellent game and that was Alan Smith at half
back. The trainer/ manager was quick to point out after the game that we
have a lot more work to do and that it is imperative that everybody keeps up
the training as there is serious competition for places this year. Team that
defeated Milltown: M. Reilly, M. Gavigan, E. Kiernan, R. Farrelly, R. Fagan,
T. Brady, A. Smith, B. Ryan, J. Williams, P.Molloy, B. Smyth, G.Farrelly,
D.Fagan, D.Cheevers, D.Clogher. Subs:N. Mc Keanna for R. Farrelly(inj),
D.Cunningham for D. Cheevers, B. Halpin for G. Farrelly, N. Salmon for P.Molloy,
I. Coyle, P. Smyth, M. Mc Nicholas, S.Carroll, C. Dermody, D. Mc Nicholas,
P.Cooney, N. Smith. We would like to wish our new captain's the best of
luck for the coming year, the captain of the junior team is Enda Kiernan and
the vice captain and captain of the junior "B" team is Ronaie Fagan.
Final score in the game was 1-14 to 8 points.
Training for our juvenile section resumes on Friday evening next at 7 pm. All
age groups shall be catered for and we are appealing to parents especially of
the younger children to become involved with the training and help out in
whatever way possible. Membership shall be collected on the evening by Doreen
Farrelly and rates are as follows, family E 30 juvenile E 5. Please pay
on the evening and we are also looking for the D.O.B. of all children. We
would like to welcome Tommy Bardon onto the management team for the U.14
The Easter Draw in aid of the Westmeath Ladies Football takes place in the
Town and Country on Friday night next 1st April at 10 pm. All card's should be
returned as soon possible and your support is greatly appreciated.
Monday 4th April 2005
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On Tuesday night last 29/3 we held our club lotto in the "Town and
Country", Castlepollard. The numbers drawn were 4,10,18 and 25. There was
no jackpot winner and the E 30 winners were Patsy Shields, Gerry "Paudie"
Farrelly, Joe Reilly, Brendan Devine and Martin Gallagher. The new jackpot now
stands at E 7,400 , and the next draw will be in "Farrelly's
Bar" on Tuesday night next 12/4/05 and as always your support is greatly
Our junior team are scheduled to play Loughnavalley in Loughnavalley on Sunday
evening next at 6.30pm, all players are requested to be at the venue no
later than 5.45pm. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening
at 8.00pm sharp. We had an evaluation training session of Saturday
evening last and the results showed that we have a lot of training to do over
the next few weeks, to prepare for the championship.
Our U.14 girls have their first match on this evening Thursday 7th April in
Ballycomoyle at 6.30pm against Loughnavalley. All players are asked to
be in the park at 6.00pm sharp. Our U.12 girls kick off their season on
Tuesday evening next 12th April in Ballycomoyle at 6.30pm, again all players
are asked to be in the park no later than 6.00pm. It would be nice to
see more support at the underage games, so please make an effort.
Last Friday evening we held our first underage training session and it was
very well attended. There shall be no training on this Friday evening
8th April, due to a number of our mentors participating in a Foundation
Coaching Course. The Course takes place in Clonmellon Hall on Friday
evening at 7.30pm and continues on Saturday morning. We are inviting as many
people as possible to join us in the course and more details can be obtained
from Gerry Farrelly at 044- 66785 or 086- 0797726. Our thanks to
everyone who helped out on Friday evening last, both on and off the field.
Birthday wishes to Ger Halpin, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday last.....rumour
has it what he and Sharon were seen dining in the "Indian" in
Mullingar..... We welcome Fergal Moran back to training and word has it that
Keith McDermott will soon be making a comeback..... Club Chairman is said to
be relaxing in the sun.....
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On Sunday evening last April 10th, our Junior team travelled to Loughnavalley
to take on the home side in a league match. After a very tough evenly
contested game, we emerged victorious by a margin of 4 points. Our management
team were delighted with the overall team performance and is urging everybody
to continue training each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8.00pm sharp.
The commitment to training is paying dividends. So keep us the good work
lads. Final score on the evening, Ballycomoyle 2 - 6, Loughnavalley 1 -
5. Ballycomoyle team: M. Reilly, M. Gavigan, N. McKenna, S. Carroll, A. Smith,
E. Kieran(capt.), R. Fagan, B. Ryan, J. Williams, P. Molloy,T. Brady,
D.Clogher D. Fagan, B. Smith, D. Cheevers. Subs: N. Salmon for D. Clogher, G.
Farrelly for D. Fagan, I. Coyle, D. Peppard, P. Smith, F. Moran. It was
wonderful to see so much support on the evening in Loughnavalley and we thank
you for making the effort to come. On Sunday evening next 17th April, we
take on Maryland again in Div.6 on home ground and the Ballycomoyle game is
timed for 6.30pm. All players are asked to be in the park no later than
6.00pm. Your support again would be greatly appreciated.
Our combined team of Ballycomoyle and C/F/C/W played their first game
in the U.14 league, when we met Delvin in Ballycomoyle on Monday 4th
April. Despite the poor weather, the pitch was in good condition and it
was Delvin who started the brighter, playing more direct football, going into
a three point lead before Phelim Burke scored a goal from a direct free bring
it back to level terms. However, Delvin continued to reign for the
remainder of the first half and went in at the break leading by 3 points(1 - 4
to 1 - 1). During half a number of changes were made bringing on
Michael Connors, Sean Downey and David Higgins and switching Shane Fagan from
goal keeper to the forwards and replacing him with Aaron Leahy. These changes
paid immediate dividends and our overall play improved greatly. A goal
from Michael Connors brought us level for the second time. With much
more position in the second half, we were awarded a number of frees with
Phelim Burke and Kenny Lord finding the target and giving us a 4 point
lead with 15 minutes to go. Delvin were awarded a penalty which was well
saved by Aaron Leahy. An excellent display by this young Ballycomoyle
player. When the final whistle sounded we had stretched our lead to 8
points. Final score, St. Michaels 2 - 11, Delvin 1 - 6. St. Michaels team:
Shane Fagan, Cian Farrelly, Aidan Daniels, Stephen Leahy, Stephen Sullivan,
Stephen Boylan, Mark Coyne, Phlem Burke, Niall McAlarney, Aaron Leahy, Robert
Cooney, Kenny Lord, Glen Flynn, Stephen Boylan(Capt.) Michael Comiskey,
Michael Connors, William O'Reilly, Sean Downey, Daniel Devine, Padraig
Cheevers, David Higgins.
We are back training on friday evening next 15th April at 7.00pm sharp.
Anybody who has not yet paid membership, Doreen Farrelly will be collecting
these before and after training on the evening. Juvenile E5 and Families E30.
All new members are very welcome and we also encourage parents to be
present in the pitch during training sessions.
On Friday night 1st April, the ladies held and Easter Draw in aid of
Westmeath Ladies Football which was held in the Town and Country,
The results are:
Easter Hamper: Rory Matthews, St. Lomans.
Round of Golf for 4: Paul Martin, St. Lomans.
Meat Voucher: Feerys Workshop, Tyrrellspass.
Kilbeggan Whiskey: Mary Walsh, Coralstown.
2 Bottles of Wine: Andrew Byrne, St. Lomans.
Meal Voucher: Cathal Tone, Moate.
Petrol Voucher: Damien McCormack, Clann Gaels.
Kilbeggan Whiskey: Helen Coyle, Ballycomoyle.
Set of Glasses: Lilly Brick, Rochfortbridge.
Bottle of Tia Maria: Kieran Broder, Moate.
Bottle of Martini: Feerys Workshop, Tyrrellspass.
Bottle of Baileys: Philip Mitchell.
Chocolates: Ricki Crone.
Perfume: Greg McCabe.
Sweets: Margaret Reynolds.
Bottle of Wine: Elizabeth Hannon.
to Gerry and Teresa Nea for making everyone welcome on the night, also we
would like to thank everyone who supported the draw. Congratulations must go
to the Westmeath Ladies Junior team on beating Carlow in Division 4 of
the Suzuki National League in Shandonagh on Sunday last. The best of luck
to them in the Final against Wicklow on 24th April.
A gallant performance was given by our U 12 girls in their first outing
of the season at Multyfarnham last Tuesday evening. On a cold and wet evening
that would not entice anyone to play football, ever player played with great
heart and determination with a number of outstanding performances.
Unfortunately, the end result did not go our way, Clann Gaels who were
stronger throughout the pitch. With nine new players on this team and
only six players over 10, we look forward to some promising seasons ahead.
Team: Niamh Lynch, Emma Goodwin, Nicky Fox, Aoife Gallagher, Alice Murphy,
Jane coyle(2 - 1), Catrina Reilly, Anne Marie Boylan, Ruth Daniels, Orla
Lynch, Sinead Connell, Niamh Clogher, Emma O'Sullivan, Grace McKenna(0 - 1),
Mamie O'Reilly, Shannon Farrelly, Kelly Coyle, Saoirse Farrelly, Sarah Fagan,
Ciara Walsh, Alanna Clogher and Bibi O'Reilly.
game is against Shandonagh in Ballycomoyle on Tuesday 19th. All players are
requested to be at the pitch by 6.00pm. Parent support would be greatly
appreciated. The U.14 ladies were due to play Loughnavalley but due to weather
conditions this game was called off. The U.16 team are due to be playing
St.Pauls in Clonmellon on Thursday night. Sean and Anne Dermody and Christy
Farrelly are looking after the U.16s.
Just a quick note to thank everyone who contributed to the notes this week and
hopefully this will continue. If anyone would like anything to be included in
our club notes please contact Ray at 044-62987 before 10 pm on
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On Tuesday night last 12th April, we held our club lotto in "Farrelly's
Bar", Castlepollard. There was no jackpot winner and the numbers drawn
were 11,13,15 and 22. The E 30 winners were Wicklow (Martin O' Neill), Finbar
Sheridan, Brandon Fagan, Goretti Goldrick and Eugene Gallagher. The next draw
will be on Tuesday night next 26th April, in Meehan's of Coole, and the new
jackpot will be E 7,600. Again, as always your support would be greatly
A.C.L.F. Div. 6
Due to the terrible weather conditions on Sunday last our league match against
Maryland had to be cancelled. This game will be re-scheduled in the near
future. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8 pm sharp, I
have been informed that training is going to step up a gear in the coming week
as the first round of the championship is fast approaching. It is wonderful to
see John Ward back in action after his serious operation last year, we wish
him the best of luck for the years ahead. A special word of thanks this
week must go to Michael Mc Cormack for carrying out repairs on the park last
Saturday, well done Michael.
With the Formula 1 season in full flight, we have decided to hold our very own
Grand Prix. It takes place in "The Pollard Karting Centre" on Friday
night 29th April, and at the moment there are almost 20 drivers taking part.
The night will run on the same format as last year and if it is only half as
good as last year it will still be a wonderful night, with lots of thrills and
spills and of course the same "friendly" banter as last year.
Defending champion Noel Smith, is hot favourite to re-claim the title but with
young guns such as Neil Salmon, Gary Farrelly and Cian Farrelly in hot
pursuit, the pressure will be on. There are still a limited number of places
available and if you feel that you can handle the challenge, contact Ray, more
details next week.
Congratulations to Doreen and Tommy Mc Cormack, Fore, who celebrated their
50th Wedding Anniversary in fine style last weekend. We wish them
the very best of luck for the future.
U-12 GIRLS- A Well Deserved Victory
The U-12 girls recorded their first victory of the season at the expense of
The Downs. It was a hard fought game with only two points separating the teams
with ten minutes to go. Once again each player played to their potential and
dug deep for the final 20 minutes. With some great displays of football they
put the game beyond the reach of The Downs. Ballycomoyle Team: Niamh Lynch,
Saoirse Farrelly, Nicky Fox, Emma Goodwin, Aoife Gallagher, Ruth Daniels, Ann
Marie Boylan, Jane Coyle, Alice Murphy, Niamh Clogher, Mairead McLarney,
Sinead Connell, Kelly Coyle, Mamie O'Reilly, Emma Sullivan, Orla Lynch,
Shannon Farrelly, Grace Mc Kenna, Sarah Fagan, Ciara Walsh, Alanna Clogher.
Our next U-12 game is on Tuesday 3rd May in Ballycomoyle against Mullingar
Shamrocks at 6.30 pm. In the meantime our U-14 girls have a game this Thursday
evening in Athlone at 6.30 pm, our U-16 girls are at home to Athlone next
Thursday evening 28th April, at 6.30pm.
The club would like to express its deepest sympathy to the Smith Family,
Archerstown, on their recent tragic loss.
Rumour has it that "Bootsie" is to get in contact with U T V ,to
re-schedule "Footballers Wives", so as it will not clash with
our training......!!! "Drugsie" has admitted to being one of "Gabreille's"
biggest fans......!!?? "Figgy" got a new pair of "Turbo
Boots"....... Our "Captain Fantastic" was still recovering from
Liverpool's win, 24 hours later........!!!!. Great to see so many people
giving up their time for the different course's at present, Childcare Course,
First Aid Course and the Foundation Level Coaching Course. Well done to all
concerned and keep up the good work.
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On Friday night 28th April all roads lead to the "Pollard Karting
Centre", where a great nights entertainment is in store. Up to twenty
people will be going head to head in a fun filled experience to see who will get
the coveted title of "Speed King of Ballycomoyle" for 2005.
Reigning champion, Noel Smith will be defending his crown and he faces tough
opposition. One man that everyone will be trying to catch is our trainer
and manager, Joey Williams, a man that is very hard to catch on the field, but
this is our chance. Competitors are advised to be at the venue no later
than 7pm and for further information contact, Ray. Spectators are very welcome on
the night and why not come along for a laugh!!!!
Training for the Junior squad takes place every Tuesday and Thurday evening at
8pm sharp and with the championship just around the corner, it is very
important that everybody keeps up their attendance. Our underage
training is now in full swing every Friday evening at 7pm and there are hugh
turnouts at present. It is hoped that mentors will be able to forward
information to me regarding games etc, not later than 10pm on Sunday nights.
The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the Family, Relations and
Friends of the late Vinny McCormack, Jefferystown. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam
"Goosey" Cheevers made a big splash at training last week ..... word
has it that even people 20 meters away got soaked.... Rumour has it that Noel
Smith prefers to shower with slurry than water!!! ....aroma must have been
good in the "Napper" on Saturday night....Great to see Kevin Gavigan
and Keith McDermot back training.... Birthday wishes this week to Bill
Corrigan, Mooretown....Rumour has it that Enda Kiernan lost his jersey on
Thurday night last!!!....John Smyth looks very refreshed after his recent
Monday 2nd May
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All roads lead to Shandonagh on Saturday evening next, where we are scheduled
to take on St. Fintans/Multyfarnham in the first round of the eagerly awaited
Junior Championship. This game is at 5.30 pm and everyone involved is
requested to be at the venue no later than 4.45 pm. The game itself promises
to be a tough encounter, with St. Fintans/Multy scoring a convincing win over
us last year in the same competition last year, however, we are hopeful that
the commitment to training this year will be enough to see us through this
encounter. Your support as always would be greatly appreciated. A special word
of thanks this week must go to our very generous sponsors "McEnroe
McKenna and Co.", who supplied the complete panel with a full kit, thanks
again. The club secretary, Gerry Farrelly, tells me that he will be
distributing registration forms to all club members in the coming week. These
forms should be completed as soon as possible and returned to Gerry. For
anybody who wishes to purchase club jackets or shirts, please contact Gerry at
044-66785 or 086-0797726. Details of our fantastic night in the "Pollard
Karting Centre" shall be in the notes next week.
Monday 9th May
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On Saturday evening last 7th May, we kicked off our championship campaign with a
tough encounter against St.Fintans/Multy. The final score duly reflected
how evenly contested the game was, and it read Ballycomoyle 1.08, St.
Fintans/Multy 1.08. On the night we were well served by Niall McKenna,
Seamus Carroll and Allan Smith in defence, while up front Devin Gavigan and our
scorer in chief Barry Smyth were excellent. This result proves that we
have much work left to do both on the field and off if we are serious about
advancing to the latter stages of this year’s championship. Team on the
night: M. Reilly, M. Gavigan, N. McKenna, S. Carroll, A. Smith, E. Kiernan (capt),
R. Fagan, B. Ryan, J. Williams, D. Clogher, B. Smyth, P. Molloy, D. Cunningham,
T. Brady, K. Gavigan. Subs: G. Farrelly for D. Clogher, B. Halpin for M.
Gavigan, P. Smith for K. Gavigan, D. O'Rourke, J. McManus, D. Peppard, I. Coyle,
D. Fagan. A reminder to everybody that training continues every Tuesday and
Thursday evening at 8.00pm sharp. A final word of thanks must go to
our great number of supporters who travelled to Shandonagh, it is great to
see such an interest being taken in the club again.
We would like to thank our sponsors "McEnroe McKenna and Co Ltd., for
their very generous sponsorship. They supplied the entire panel with bags,
shorts, socks and shirts. Again thank you very much. If anyone would like
to purchase a club jacket or shirt, please give Gerry a ring at 044 - 66785.
All items must be paid for in advance.
We had our first game of the year when we played our neighbours C/W/C/F in
Ballycomoyle recently. Some lovely football was played by both sides and
at half time only a couple of points separated the two teams. We were a
little stronger in the middle of the field and as we gained more possession in
this area our forwards got the extra scores that gave us the win. With
just the bare fifteen players in the day, this was a really good team
effort with nobody giving up until the final whistle was blown. In the
backs Daniel Connell, Jane Coyle and Darren Lynch played very well, while our
midfield pairing of Tommy Gallagher and Tommy Doyle ran themselves into the
ground. In the forwards John Egan and Brian Smyth also played very well
but, from a Ballycomoyle point of view our man of the match was Alice Murphy who
had an outstanding game. Team: AnnMarie Boylan, Colm Dermody, Aaron Leahy,
Jane Coyle, Alice Murphy, Daniel Connell, Ciaran Sullivan, Darren Lynch, Tommy
Doyle, Tommy Gallagher, Brian Smyth, John Egan, John Coyle, Peter McKenna and
U.12 v Delvin.
We played host to Delvin in Ballycomoyle on Tuesday last in our second game for
our U.12s. This was a fast entertaining game, with some great scores been
taken by both sides and at half time we were only a couple of points behind. In
the second half, Delvin slowly gained the upper hand and ran out worthy winners.
This was a good display against a very strong Delvin team and the effort of all
our players is to be applauded. Most satisfying of all was the excellent
turn out we had on the day. All eligible players who had been
contacted turned up and also a large number of parents attended the match. Great
to see Brendan Doyle, John Morris, Kevin Sheilds, Emmet Kane and Conor McLaverty
back for the first time this year. Team: Darren Lynch, Colm Dermody,
Aaron Leahy, Jane Coyle, Alice Murphy, Daniel Connell, Ciaran Sullivan, Tommy
Doyle, Tommy Gallagher, Brian Smyth, John Egan, John Coyle, John
Morris, Brendan Doyle, Kevin Sheilds, Peter McKenna, AnnMarie Boylan,
Emmett Kane, Conor McLaverty, Matthew Gilsenan, Andrew Leahy and Sinead
Michaels U.14s v Killucan.
Our U.14s had there second outing of the year, when they played Killucan in
Ballycomoyle on Bank holiday Monday. This was a perfect day for football
and like our first game against Delvin this was a close affair. We had the
better of the early exchanges with Kenny Lord, Glen Flynn, Cian Farrelly and
Stephen Leahy doing very well, but Killucan rallied and at half time they lead
by one point. We struggled in the early part ot the second half and
trailed by 8 points with just ten minutes remaining. However, we finished
the stronger team and at full time we had cut the deficit to just four points.
We played some excellent football in this game against a physically stronger
Killucan team and if we keep putting in the effort, we can only improve.
Team as follows: Shane Fagan, Cian Farrelly, Aidan Daniels, Stephen Leahy,
Stephen Sullivan, Stephen Boylan, Mark Coyne, Niall McAlarney, Aaron Leahy,
Kenny Lord, Robert Cooney, Glen Flynn, James Boylan (capt) Michael Comiskey,
Sean Downey, David Higgins and Colm McCormack.
Congrats to John Corrigan who finished 8th overall in the regional final of the
"Red Bull" Karting competition in Mondello Park recently. Better
luck next time John. Congrats to Olivia Kenny who celebrated her 21st
Our under 12 girls were playing Rochfortbridge in Ballycomoyle on Tuesday
evening last. Results next week. While our under 14s are due to play Kibeggan in
Ballycomoyle on Thursday 26th May at 7.00pm and our under 16s are down to play
Tyrellspass in Tyrellspass on Thursday 16th May at 6.45pm. Enquires to
Helen or Claire.
The club would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family, relatives and
friends of the late Annie Kenny, Baltrasna. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.
On Friday night 29th April, we held a grand prix in the "Pollard Karting
Centre", Castlepollard. This was an absolutely fantastic night and
the main reason was that it was a "savage bit of craic". The
night started with 5 practice laps followed by 4 computerised timed heats, which
consists of 4 laps. The action was fast and furious, with everybody trying
to gain precious seconds per lap. At the end of the heats, grid positions
were determined for the quarter finals and semi-finals. On the night there was
some very good driving techniques on display, i.e. Slim Cullen tried to take a
short cut to the ramp but found his way blocked by a stubborn tyre wall.
Another driver who felt the magnetic effect of the tyre wall was Noel Gibbons
and Neil Salmon showed everyone how not to ascend the ramp. Dessie
Carter was complaining of over-steer. One way or another four drivers were
placed head to head in the final shoot out, Noel Smith, Ciaran Smyth, Gary
Farrelly and Seamus Fay the contenders. Ciaran Smyth was on the edge up to
the second last lap, until he cut a corner too tight and spun his kart.
This left Noel Smith a clean run to the line, with Seamus Fay who had reeled in
Gary Farrelly. hot on his heels. Noel held on to take the chequered flag
and retain his title, with Seamus Fay second and Gary Farrelly in third.
Overall it was a very enjoyable night and we would like to thank Johnny and his
staff for making our night so memorable. It is hoped that we may have a
re-run of this event before the end of the year. There is quite a bit of
interest from the ladies about having a "Ladies Only", grand prix.
More details to follow.
Monday May 16th
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On Tuesday evening last 10th May, we were defeated by a much stronger and more
experienced Mullingar Shamrocks team in the first round of the Junior B
Championship, which was held in Ballycomoyle. A lack of accuracy in our
forward line proved to be decisive in the end and the final score was
Mullingar Shamrocks 1.09 - Ballycomoyle 1.04. On the night we were well
served by Maurice Gavigan, Tossy Brady, Barry Smyth and Gary Farrelly.
We would like to thank all the players who made themselves available for this
match and a special word of thanks must go to the Hugh number of supporters
who came to see this match. Team on the night: M. Reilly, M. Halpin, M.
Gavigan, C. Dermody, G.Farrelly, R. Ryan, R. Fagan (capt.), B. Halpin, F.
Moran, T. Brady, N. Smyth, N. Smith, D. Cunningham, P.Smyth, D. Fagan,
D.Cheevers, I. Coyle, Subs: B.Ryan for F. Moran, E. Kiernan for M. Halpin, B.
Smyth for N. Smith, N. McKenna for M. Reilly (inj.), M. Walsh for I.Coyle, K.
McDermot, D. Peppard, S. Smith, A. Smith, S. Carroll, D. Carter, D. O'Rourke,
R. Halpin, N. Salmon, J. McManus, Jamie Ward, J. Corrigan, P. Molloy. A
reminder that training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8.00pm
sharp and people are asked to be on the field at 8.00pm. Our next outing
in the Junior B Championship is on Tuesday 24th May in Drumraney V Maryland at
7.30pm. Our next outing in the Junior A Championship is on Saturday
28th May in Cusack Park with St. Paul’s the opposition on this occasion.
On Tuesday night last 10th May, we held our club lotto in Comiskeys,
Castlepollard. There was no jackpot winner and the numbers drawn were:
7,14,20, and 28. The E30 winners were, Dymphna Leahy, Brandon Fagan,
Alex McCormack, Millie Walsh and Julie-Anne Comiskey. Next draw will be
in "The Seven Wonders Bar", Fore on 24th May. The new jackpot
will be a staggering E8,000. Remember if you are not in you can't win.
On Tuesday 3rd May we played Mullingar Shamrocks in Ballycomoyle. Even
though all girls gave it everything it was not enough to shake off this very
strong Shamrocks side.
Ballycomoyle Team: Niamh Lynch, Kelly Coyle, Ruth Daniels, Alanna Clogher,
Anne Marie Boylan, Nicola fox, Shannon Farrelly, Jane Coyle (0-1), Alice
Murphy, Aoife Gallagher, Sinead Connell, Orla Lynch, Emma Sullivan, Mamie
Reilly, Sarah Fagan. Subs: Saoirse Farrelly, Ciara Walsh.
Tuesday 10th May our opponents were Rochfortbridge. Due to Junior
Championship in Ballycomoyle, this game was played on Castlepollard Hurling
pitch. Thanks to Ollie Boylan for having the grounds in excellent
condition for us.
After 5 minutes Rochfortbridge opened the scoring with a goal. Our girls
battled hard for the rest of the first half and ended the half one point in
arrears. The first 15 minutes of the second half Ballycomoyle fought for
every ball, scoring 2 goals and 3 points before Rochfortbridge made a comeback
in the last 10 minutes scoring 4 points unanswered. Final score
Ballycomoyle 2-5, Rochfortbridge 1-4. Ballycomoyle Team: Nicola Fox,
Emma Goodwin, Ruth Daniels, Alanna Clogher, Aoife Gallagher, AnneMarie Boylan,
Shannon Farrelly, Jane Coyle, Alice Murphy, Niamh Clogher, Sinead Connell,
Ciara Walsh, Emma Sullivan, Mamie Reilly, Kelly Coyle. Subs: Danielle Bardon,
Sarah Fagan and Saoirse Farrelly.
This week we travel to Athlone in U.12s. Next week May 24th we are at
home to Shandonagh at 7.00pm. This game was previously cancelled due to
weather conditions. All girls are requested to be at the pitch for
6.30pm. Training continues as usual on Friday evenings from 7-8pm.
Our Ladies are organising a table quiz and auction in Meehans of Coole on
Friday night 27th May.
We played our 3rd game in the U.12 league and our first away when we travelled
to Multyfarnham to play the home team on Saturday 7th May. We had the
advantage of a very strong wind in the first half and with all our full
forward line of Peter McKenna, Darren Lynch and John Morris getting on the
score sheet we went in at half time with a healthy lead. Another major
reason for our good first half display was the performance of John Coyle in
goals. John saved at least 3 certain goals and was excellent through out
the match. The home team took full advantage of the strong wind tin the
second half and it took all the skill and energy of Brendan Doyle, Colm
Dermody, Daniel Connell and Kevin Sheilds in the backs to keep us ahead.
Two good scores near the end from Tommy Doyle and John Egan sealed the win,
our second in three games. Once again we had a full turn out, our thanks
to Ciaran Sullivan and Killian Daly who both had other engagements but still
made the effort to get to Multyfarnham themselves. Due to an unfortunate
breakdown in communications by Ballycomoyle, we arrived very late in
Multyfarnham and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Street/Multyfarnham
for waiting for us. Team: John Coyle, Brendan Doyle, Aaron Leahy, Colm
Dermody, Killian Daly, Daniel Connell, Kevin Sheilds, Tommy Doyle, Tommy
Gallagher, Brian Smyth, John Egan, Connor McClaverty, John Morris, Darren
Lynch, Peter McKenna, Matthew Gilsenan, Jane Coyle, Alice Murphy and Ciaran
All boys and girls are reminded that training takes place in the pitch in
Ballycomoyle every Friday evening from 7 to 8pm. There are a few faces from
last year that we have not seen yet and with U10 games coming up soon we would
like to see everyone back at training in Ballycomoyle. Also new players
both boys and girls are very welcome as we cover a large area, Collinstown,
Drumcree, Gleniden, Fore, Ballycomoyle and Castlepollard. Any new
families who have moved into the area are welcomed and have children who would
like to play Gaelic Football are asked to contact Chairman John Smyth 044-
61317, Secretary Gerry Farrelly 044-66785 and Underage secretary Dermot
McKenna 044- 61805.
Word has it that Seamus Farrelly and David Nolan are set to make a big
comeback in the near future.... We hear Seamus Fay is making plans for a
nest.... Word has it that he took the wrong exit off the Marlinstown
roundabout on Saturday evening last on his way to Dublin and ended up back in
Ballycomoyle!!!... Rumour has it that Noel Smith was busy on his moblie phone
Monday 23rd May
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All roads lead to Cusack Park on Saturday evening next where we take on old
rivals St. Paul’s in the second round of the Junior Championship. This game
promises to be a very tough encounter with Paul's recording a facile victory
last year, however, we would be hopeful of giving a better account of
ourselves this year. Your support on the night would, as always, be greatly
appreciated. The game is scheduled for 7 pm and all players and everyone
involved are asked to be at the venue, no later than 6.15 pm. We had a very
worthwhile challenge game against a strong St. Lomans side last week, and we
would like to thank St.Lomans for such a good sporting game.
Our ladies are organising a table quiz on friday night next in "Meehans",
Coole, commencing at 9 pm sharp. During the quiz we will be having an auction
between rounds with some fantastic items up for grabs. Quizmaster on the night
will be the very witty Mr. Ned Flynn and the auctioneer will be our own Seamus
Mc Dermot. It promises to be a great nights fun and we look forward to meeting
you all there. Further information can be obtained from Helen at 044-61096.
As part of a fund raising venture our underage committee are organising a
sponsored walk in Mullaghmeen Forest on friday evening 17th June at 6.30 pm.
Every child will receive a card and it will be up to each individual to try
and raise as much needed funds as possible. More details regarding this walk
will appear in the following weeks.
Congrats to Damien Clogher who celebrated his 18th last weekend.........
rumour has it that Shane Smith likes to swim in Lough Lene, late at night
!!!!...........more next week.......
Monday 30th May
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On Saturday evening last 28th May, we were forced to share the spoils with St.
Paul’s in the second round of the Junior football championship.
"Fast and Furious", would probably best describe the action from
start to finish. Barry Smith opened the scoring in the first 2 minutes
with a well taken free. Tossy Brady set up Mark McNicholas for a well
taken point 10 minutes later and immediately afterwards these two connected
again and Mark was unfortunate not to have a goal to his credit. However
our opponents latched on a few scores and we trailed by 4 points at half time.
The introduction of Sean McEoin and David Gorman added pace to our forward
line. A free struck by Barry Smyth 45 meters out eluded the Paul's
defence and ended up in the back of the net. A few minutes later the
same player scored another fine point from play and left the sides even. Tossy
Brady was dragged down a few minutes later for a penalty and unfortunately
David Gorman's strike was saved. Scores exchanged at each end left the final
score Ballycomoyle 1.05 - St. Paul's 0.08. A superb game of football and
our management team were quite happy with the result. There were many
noteworthy performances, but man of the match would have to be a toss up
between Seamus Carroll and Michael McCormack. Team: M. Reilly, M.
Gavigan, N. McKenna, S. Carroll, A. Smith, E. Kiernan, R. Fagan, D. McNicholas,
B. Ryan, B. Smyth (1.03), J. Williams, M. McCormack, M. McNicholas (1pt), T.
Brady, D. Cunningham. Subs: D. Gorman (1pt) for M. McNicholas, S. McEoin
for A. Smith, F. Moran, G. Farrelly, R. Farrelly, N. Salmon, E. Boylan, D.
Peppard, B. Halpin, D. Clogher, P. Smyth, M. Walsh.
On Tuesday night 24th May, we held our club lotto in the "Seven Wonders
Bar, Fore". The numbers drawn were, 15, 17, 26 and 27.
There was no jackpot winner and the E30 winners were, Michael Walsh, Mick
Heslin, Tommy Ring, Claire Coyle and Olivia Kenny. The next draw will be
in the Lough Lene Inn, Collinstown on Tuesday 7th June and the new jackpot
will be E8,200. Your support as always would be greatly appreciated.
We would like to welcome Michael Mc Cormack onto our Junior Team and already
he has made a big impression, we wish him the best of luck for the
future............ We welcome Kieran Ring back to training after a long
Monday 6th June
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On Sunday morning last we made the long journey to Drumraney to take on
Maryland in the second round of the above competition. A poor performance in
the first half left us with a mountain to climb in the second half,
however the introduction of some seasoned players at half time seen us putting
it up to our opponents in the second half. A few soft goals towards the end of
the game gave the home side a comprehensive victory, well done to everyone for
making the effort to attend the game and just a reminder to everybody that we
have a Div. 6 game in Ballycomoyle next Tuesday evening at 8 pm. Team: D.
Cheevers, M. Walsh, M. Gavigan, P. Smyth, D. Clogher, R. Fagan, G. Farrelly,
T. Brady, M . McCormack, D. Cunningham, J. Ward, P. Molloy, N. Salmon, D.
Fagan, K. Gavigan. Subs: N. Smyth, D. Peppard, K. Ring, B. Smyth, S. Carroll,
I. Coyle, and E. Kiernan.
Under 12 Girls
The battles between Shandonagh and Ballycomoyle have always been close
encounters and this one was no exception. At half time we led 0-7 to
0-2. The second half saw a much-improved performance from Shandonagh
bringing them back level with only 3 mins left in the game before Ruth Daniels
scored her 2nd point of the night. Final Score Ballycomoyle 1-10 Shandonagh
2-6. Scores: Jane Coyle (1-1) Sinead Connell (0-3) Aoife Gallagher (0-3) Ruth
Daniels (0-2) Mairead McLarney (0-1).
Niamh Lynch, Emma Goodwin, Ruth Daniels, Saoirse Farrelly, Niamh Clogher, Anne
Marie Boylan, Danielle Bardon, Jane Coyle, Mairead McLarney, Aoife Gallagher,
Sinead Connell, Emma Sullivan, Orla Lynch, Kelly Coyle, Sarah Fagan, Shannon
U12 Girls v
Having beaten Garrycastle in last year’s championship our hopes were high of
another win. However, this was not to be the case this year. Every
player gave their best on the night but were defeated by a much bigger and
Grace McKenna, Emma Goodwin, Nicola Fox, Niamh Lynch, Niamh Clogher, Jane
Coyle, Anne Marie Boylan, Mairead McLarney, Alice Murphy, Aoife Gallagher,
Sinead Connell, Danielle Bardon, Alanna Clogher, Mamie Reilly, Emma Sullivan,
Ruth Daniels, Aoife Flynn, Shannon Farrelly, Kelly Coyle, Ciare Walsh, Sarah
Fagan, Saoirse Farrelly.
Three new players
joined the squad this week and we welcome them on board. New players are
A very important open meeting will take place in the Parish Centre,
Castlepollard on Monday night 13th June at 9.30pm sharp. A
representative from Gaelic Telecom shall be in attendance on
the night and will inform all present about the benefits that are available to
both the club and the individual by joining Gaelic Telecom. The most
striking benefit to everyone is that immediately you join you will enjoy
cheaper calls, cheaper line rental and 15% of whatever you pay in a year,
shall be given back to whatever club you nominate, ie. Ballycomoyle. People
are already asking, what is the catch, but there seems to be no catch. The
best way to find out all the details, is to come to the meeting on
the night, and have all your questions ready for the Gaelic Telecom Rep, we
look forward to meeting you all there. This is an open meeting and you do not
have to be a club member to come, or to join up, so why not just come and
hear what is on offer. For more information about the meeting, contact Gerry
As announced last week our underage section of the club are holding a
sponsored walk in Mullaghmeen Forest on Friday evening 24th June at 7pm.
This walk is open to everyone and we are hopeful that all sections of the club
will participate. At the moment we are planning two routes, one for families
and another for people that feel that they would be able for a more difficult
trek. Sponsorship cards are out and are available from Dermot
Mc Keanna, Gerry Farrelly, Helen Coyle, Claire Coyle, Doreen Farrelly,
Andy McEoin and John Smyth.
Rumour has it that "Figgy" will be spending more time in Mullingar
from now on !!!!!.............Word has it that "Peppe" was in a big
hurry home from Cusack Park last week ............There was a big demand for
washing powder in Corbally after last Thursday nights training........
13th June 2005
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On Tuesday night of last week we played Bunbrosna in the second round of the
Junior "B" Championship. After a bright start we failed to produce
the goods with scores very hard to come by. Our defence played quite well, but
were unable to cope with the relentless pressure from a strong "Bun"
attack. Final score, Ballycomoyle 1.06 - Bunbrosna 1.14. Our free taking was
very disappointing on the night and if we had capitalized on our chances, the
result could have been a lot different, Team: D. Cheevers, M. Gavigan, N.
McKenna, B. Halpin, G. Farrelly, E. Kiernan, M. Walsh, M. McCormack, R. Fagan,
P. Molloy, T. Brady, A. Smith, D. Fagan, R. Farrelly, D. Clogher, Subs: B.
Ryan fir E. Kiernan, K. Weldon for A. Smith, P. Smyth for D. Fagan, J. Ward
for D. Clogher, I. Coyle for M. McCormack (inj), E. Boylan, D. Peppard, M.
Halpin, J. McManus. It is very important that everybody comes to training
sessions. People of late, have been making up excuses and this is no
longer acceptable. The championship is still wide open at present and it
is going to take a huge effort from everybody to ensure that we advance to the
knockout stages. Training continues each Tuesday and Thursday evening at 8.00pm
sharp, all players must attend.
We held a very well supported lotto draw in the "Lough Lene
Inn", Collinstown on Tuesday night last 7th June. There was no
jackpot winner on the night and the numbers drawn were 5,8,9 and 24.
The E30 winners were John Lynch, Margaret Clarke, John Farrelly, Veronica
Smith and Paddy Smyth. The next draw will be on Tuesday night next 21st
June in "Connies", Castlepollard and the jackpot now stands at
E8,400. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.
Word has it that Mark McNicholas is heading for the Olympics..... he can
do an 8K run without breaking a sweat!!!!.....Keith Weldon and Gary Farrelly
know how to gain time on an 8K .....(short cut)....
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On Tuesday evening of last week we travelled down to Rosemount to take them on
in the above championship. We fielded a mix of youth and experience on the
night and were defeated by 1.14 to 4 points. Despite the scoreboard, this was
a very competitive game of football and credit must go to all players for not
giving up until the final whistle. On the evening, Morris Gavigan and Garry
Farrelly were very good in defence while Barry Smyth and Tossy Brady tried
hard up front. Team on the night, D. Cheevers, R. Farrelly, E. Kiernan, M.
Gavigan, G. Farrelly, R. Fagan, A. Smith, M. McCormack, T. Brady, B. Smyth, P.
Molloy, F. Moore, D. Fagan, P. Smyth, K. Gavigan. Subs, D. Peppard, S.
Carroll, D. Cunnigham, S. Bardon, I. Coyle. Just a reminder to everyone that
we are playing St. Fintans in Multy on Sunday morning at 12 noon. This
promises to be a very close encounter and is essential that we have a full
turnout of players on the day.
The entire community is still reeling in the shock of the sudden and tragic
death of Francie Fagan. He was a great community person and will be sadly
missed by his very wide circle of friends. The club would like to express
their deepest sympathy to his family, relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go
raibh a anam dílis.
On tuesday night last 21st June, we held our very well supported club lotto in
Connies Castlepollard. The numbers drawn were, 6, 8, 10, 23. There was no
jackpot winner. E30 winners were, Jimmy Ward, Mick Comiskey, Regina and Barry
Smyth, Catherine Cooney and Marion Browne. The next draw will be in Doynes and
new jackpot is E8600.Your support as always will be greatly appreciated.
The next Committee meeting will be in Murray's on Monday 4th July at 9:30 pm
sharp, all committee members should be present.
Word has it that John Smyth has taken a keen interest in the internal wiring
of lamp-posts...........congrats to all the boys and girls who competed in the
community games last weekend.............
Mon 4th July
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Pride of place has to go this week to everybody who participated in our
sponsored walk on Friday evening last 24th June in Mullaghmeen Forestry.
Over 100 people turned up on the evening boys, girls, parents, aunts, uncles,
grandparents and we would sincerely like to thank everybody for helping
to make the evening a huge success. Thanks to Joe for leading the
longer walk. On the evening we had 3 runners, Michael Walsh, Paddy
Smith and John McManus who took on the 8K challenges and completed it in 36
minutes and 30 seconds. Well done lads. On the walks, we had 2
routes, one being somewhat easier for the younger club members and a long
distance walk of 5.5K. When the walks were completed
refreshments were served and we must thank the sponsors, Marius from "Mars
Home Entertainment Store", Kathryn from "Lough Lene Inn",
Johnny from "Pollard Karting", Ann and Eamon from "Bradys",
Ita from "Seven Wonders Bar" and Patricia from "Londis",
Castlepollard. Prize winners on the evening were: The Egan Family, Mooretown,
Brian "Beano" Smith, Hilltown, Niall and Mark McCormack,
Collinstown, Aoífe McDermott, Fore, Richard Clogher, Cresley, Cillian
Daly, Glenidan, Cian Farrelly, Ballymanus and Tommy Gallagher, Mooretown.
Finally we would like to thank everyone who helped out on the night, John
Smyth, Gerry Farrelly, Ray Farrelly, Joe Masterson, Maureen Fay, Ann Dermody,
Doreen Farrelly and Helen Coyle. We would like to say a special word of thanks
to Martin Smith for allowing us to use the forestry and hopefully we will be
back next year, and last but not least to everyone who sponsored a walker,
thank you for your support. Just a quick reminder to those who have not yet
returned cards, it would be greatly appreciated if you could return your
card as soon as possible to John Smyth, Anne Dermody, Ray Farrelly or Gerry
On Saturday evening last July 2nd, we recorded a comprehensive victory over
St. Fintans in the quarter final of the junior cup. The scoreline probably
does not accurately reflect on what was a very competitive game. It took us a
while to settle down to scoring with some very easy scoring opportunities
missed in the first five minutes, however it took the "workhorse" of
the team, Joey Williams to open the scoring with a fine point from play. On
the night our defence played very well and team captain Enda Kiernan had his
best game in a while, up front Kevin Gavigan and Paul Molloy caught the
eye and Sean McEoin demonstrated his class when introduced as did Derek Mc
Nicholas. Overall it was a good team performance, despite the very poor
turnout at training by "A" team members, and if we address this
problem we should make it to the knockout stages of the championship. Team; M.
Reilly, M. Gavigan, N. McKenna, S. Carroll, R. Fagan, E. Kiernan, M.
McCormack, B. Ryan, D. Cunningham, K. Gavigan, J. Williams, M. McNicholas
B. Smyth, T. Brady, P. Molloy. Subs; D. Fagan, I. Coyle, D. Peppard, P. Smyth,
R. Farrelly, B. Halpin, K. Weldon, D. Cheevers, S. McEoin, M. Walsh, D.
McNicholas, D. Carty
U 10 LEAGUE
Our U10 team kicked of in the U 10 North Westmeath League on Friday evening
last in Delvin. After a very exciting and high scoring game we went down to a
stronger home side by a score of Delvin 08.05 Ballycomoyle 05.04. We were
short a number of key players and credit must go to everyone for making the
trip and taking part in the game in difficult conditions. Panel: J. Coyle, A. Leahy,
C. Fagan, P. McKenna, A. Murphy, N. McCormack, K. Shiel, S. Cunningham,
S. Farrelly, S. Fitzsimons, A. Leahy, M. Gilsenan, W. Williams, A. Gallagher,
J. Williams, C. Walsh, C. McCrossan, C. Lynch, A. Jackson, D. Jackson, J.
Gilsenan, K. O'Brien, O. Shiel, R. Farrelly, R. Clogher, D. Reilly, M. McCormack,
O. Fagan. We were due to play Street on Wednesday evening, 6th July
at 7.00pm in Ballycomoyle, a full report next week.
Word has it that sun-stroke is contagious up in Collinstown as Seamus
Carroll did not get the sun block lotion of Joey in
time..!!!!!!!.......talking of sun the Duke brothers must have set a new
record.???..... they came back from Spain paler than they went
out.........good to see that the most senior member of the junior squad
recorded fastest lap in training last week..... well done Mar......Rumour has
it that Riverdance is looking for Damien Fagan following his victory dance
after scoring his goal in Multy last Saturday........Club chairman was in
practice for next years Irish Masters last weekend
11 July 2005
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On Friday evening last 8th July, we played near neighbours Delvin in the third
round of this Championship. The venue was the very well prepared GAA grounds
in Castlepollard, and in front of a sizeable crowd, we were forced to share
the spoils. Sharing the spoils is becoming quite familiar to us this year as
this happens to be the third championship game in succession that have
drawn. The game itself from our point of view was of a low standard with very
slippery conditions not helping the cause. We went in at half time with a
three point lead and it looked as if we could stretch it after the break,
however this was not to be the case, and Delvin really put a game to us in the
second half and went in front with only ten minutes remaining. Well taken
frees from Billy Ryan and two absolute gems of scores from Michael McCormack
saw us lucky to draw level at the final whistle. There will need to be a vast
improvement in our play if we are to progress any further in this competition.
We are due to play Ballinagore in Springfield next Sunday, July 17th at
2.30pm. Everyone involved is asked to be at the venue no later than 1.50pm as
this is a crucial game, we are underdogs going into this game and your support
on the day would be greatly appreciated. Team that drew with Delvin: M.
Reilly, M. Gavigan, N. McKenna, S. Carroll, M. McCormack, E. Kiernan (capt),
R. Fagan, B Ryan, J. Williams, P. Molloy, B. Smyth, K. Gavigan, D. Fagan, S.
McEoin, D. McNicholas. Subs: T. Brady for D. Fagan, G. Farrelly for K.
Our U 10 team recorded their first victory in The North Westmeath U10 League
on Wednesday evening of last week with a win over Streete. This was a very
exciting and sporting game and full credit must go to each side. Final score
on the evening Ballycomoyle 3.08- Streete 3.02. Our next game in this league
is scheduled for this evening Thursday 14th in Ballycomoyle at 6.45 pm, versus
Multy and everyone involved is asked to be in the park no later than 6.30pm.
More info next week
We held a very well attended and constructive committee meeting in Murrays
Lounge on last Monday night. On the night there was quite a number of
important issues thrashed out, one of which being Gaelic Telecom. All club
members shall be getting a letter in the coming week explaining the proposals
and benefits on offer and it is hopeful that it will meet with your approval.
I have been asked to remind people that we are doing a "bag pack" on
the weekend of August 18th, 19th and 20th and a rota of available people shall
be compiled over the next weeks. Your help yet again would be greatly
appreciated, for more info regarding this please contact Dermot McKenna or
18th July 2005
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On Sunday last in St. Lomans G.A.A. grounds we suffered our first defeat in
this years championship. This was the fourth round of the championship and we
were beaten quite convincingly by a stronger, fitter and sharper side. The
highlight of the game for us would have to be the battle between Michael Mc
Cormack and Michael Ennis, it was delightful to watch these two great players
in action, and who knows maybe a call from the county may not be far away for
this young player. Team: M. Reilly, N. McKenna, M. McCormack, S. Carroll, M.
Gavigan, R. Fagan, E. Kiernan (capt.), D. Cunningham, B. Ryan, J. Williams, S.
McEoin, K. Gavigan, M. McNicholas, T. Brady, P. Molloy. Subs: B. Halpin for N.
Mc Kenna, D. Fagan for T. Brady, D. Cheevers for P. Molloy, G. Farrelly for M.
Gavigan, R. Farrelly for D. Cunningham, D. Peppard. On Saturday evening next
23rd July we play Loughnavalley in Springfield at 6.15pm, this is the final
round of this years championship and this is a must win game. The pressure is
on and if we get total commitment from all our players we can salvage
something from this game. "Selectors" and players are asked to be at
the venue no later than 5.45pm. Support on the evening would be greatly
Our U.10 team continued in their winning ways on Thursday evening last in the
North Westmeath U.10 League, with a good win over Multy. Well done to all
involved and our next game will be against C/F/C/W, the date and time for this
game has yet to be decided and Gerry will be in contact with everybody
Some things never change....."HAIRY" still managed to get booked
despite retiring some years ago..........Noel S is reported to be on the
lookout for a different career..?..Directing traffic in Oldcastle in the wee
hours, maybe a post in the Gardai looks a possibility..........Brendan Duke is
taking diving lessons..??...remember to check the depth this time......
8th August 2005
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On Saturday evening last 6th August, our junior team secured their place in
the quarter final of this years Championship by virtue of a good win over a
determined Delvin side. Despite the final scoreline this was a very evenly
contested game and great credit must go to both sets of players for serving up
some great action. We are now looking forward to the quarter final and also
the semi final of the junior cup, it is very important that everyone continues
with training each Tuesday and Thursday night at 8pm sharp. Team that defeated
Delvin: M.Reilly, M.Gavigan, E.Kiernan (capt), S.Carroll, G.Farrelly, R.Fagan,
J.Williams, B.Ryan, M.Mc Niochlas, B.Smyth, S.Mc Eoin, M.Mc Cormack, K.Gavigan,
T.Brady, D.Cunningham. Subs: N.Salmon, D.Fagan, P.Molloy, R.Farrelly, P.Smyth,
C.Dermody, K.Weldon, B.Halpin, M.Walsh, N.McKeanna.
We wish one of our star players, Barry Smyth a speedy recovery following a nasty
injury in Saturday
evening's game. Barry was very influential in our win over Delvin and we hope
that he will be back in action in the near future. A special word of thanks
must go to David O Rourke for helping out on Saturday evening.
For the second year in succession our brilliant U.10's won the "B"
Final in the North Westmeath U.10 league with an easy win over Multy. Credit
must go to the organisers of this league as quite often the under 10
section are forgotten. Again well done to everyone concerned.
On the weekend of the 18th-20th August we are having a bag pack in Mullingar
and we urgently need volunteers yo help us out. At this stage everyone should
have received a letter with all the information on it and we would like if
this letter could be returned as soon as possible.
On Tuesday night 2nd August we held our club lotto in "The Abbey
House", Fore. The numbers drawn were 10,12,13 and 24, there was no winner
and the E30 winners were John Halton, Geraldine Fitzimons, Joe Fagan, Collette
Eivers and Mattie Reilly. The next draw will be on Tuesday night next 16th
August in "Farrelly's Bar", Castlepollard and the jackpot will be a
staggering E 9,200. Remember if you're not in you cannot win, your support as
always is greatly appreciated.
BEST OF LUCK
We would like to wish the best of luck to all involved in Westmeath Hurling
for the final of the Christy Ring Cup, which takes place on Sunday next. There
are a number of players from both Castlepollard and Lough Lene Gales on the
team and the very best of luck to them.
It seems that the terrible twins are inseparable ...... they both applied for
planning permission at the same time in Ballymanus and Stonetown
respectfully.................rumour has it that Damien Peppard is following in
the shoes of the other Damien and will be spending more time in Mullingar
!!!!!!!................word has it that Neill Salmon has the answer to people
losing football boots...????... get your name and number printed onto them
!!!!!!!!!............see Joey blew his top .....mind this one !!!
15th August 2005
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Our interest in this competition came to abrupt end on Saturday evening last
in Ballycomoyle at the hands of Loughnavalley. This was quite a tough
encounter and we were found wanting both in fitness and in physical strength.
The dismissal of one of our key players early on in the game, due to an
uncharacteristic provoked retaliation, meant that we were always chasing our
opponents. This coupled with some decisions that we thought should have
went our way, were the main reasons for our loss. However we have to
concentrate on the quarter final of the championship. Team: M. Reilly,
M. Gavigan, E. Kiernan (capt), S. Carroll, G. Farrelly, R. Fagan, J. Williams,
B. Ryan, M. NcNicholas, K. Weldon, M. McCormack, P. Molly, D. Cunningham, T.
Brady, D. Chevers, Subs used: N. McKenna, D. Fagan.
We are doing a bag pack in Dunnes Stores this weekend and your help would
be greatly appreciated. A rota has now been drawn up and it is very
important that people stick to their allotted times. If there are still
people who would like to help out, please call Gerry Farrelly immediately on
A special word of thanks this week has to go to Jimmy Fagan and Michael
McCormack for keeping the grounds in such good shape. Thanks also to
Seamus McDermott who carried out repairs on the showers recently and gave his
CHRISTY RING CUP
We must heartily congratulate the entire Westmeath Hurling Board, The Panel
and Backroom staff, for such a wonderful performance in Croke Park on Sunday
last. Well done to Darren McCormack on being awarded "Man of the
Match", following another superb performance. It was great to see
the Westmeath hurlers been finally acknowledged and hopefully we can look
forward to a run in the Championship proper next year. Well done lads.
Word has it that Ballycomoyle got good exposure on Sunday last....!!!!
Good to see Jimmy Rynne back training after an extended holiday in
Australia.... Birthday wishes are extended to Kit Masterson this week,
who celebrates his 96th on Monday 15th.
29th August 2005
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Pride of place
this week must go to all the people who gave up their time voluntarily on last
weekend Thursday 18- Saturday 20th August. There was a tremendous response
from our underage parents and a total of 65 people helped out over the weekend
with some of the people doing more than one shift. Great credit is due to the
organising committee of Ann Dermody, Claire Coyle, Helen Coyle, Gerry Farrelly
and Dermot Mc Kenna who ensured that everything ran according to plan all
weekend. The Club would sincerely like to thank the following people Kathryn
Cooney, Debbie Clogher, May Gilsenan, Rosin McDermott, Ena Murphy, Aoife
McDermott, Eimear McDermott, Bronagh Mc Dermott, Aaron Leahy, Tess Tierney,
Angela Lynch, Gerry Farrelly, Claire Coyle, Ann Dermody, Dermot Mc Kenna,
Helen Coyle, Liz Sullivan, Moya Connell, Doreen Farrelly, Margaret Fagan,
Sharon Kenny, Jane O'Reilly. Rachel McLoughlin, Kerry Shantell, Mary Plunkett,
Elaine Leahy, John Smyth, Angela Daniels, Neil Salmon, Emma Salmon, Angela
Sullivan, John Corrigan, Stephen Bardon, Andy Mc Eoin, Fidelma Gallagher,
Catherine Daly, Maria Leahy, Michael Fagan, Christy Farrelly, Patricia
Farrelly, Aisling Farrelly, Tracey Kelly, Bernie Mc Cormack, Derek Waters,
Anne Lynch, Dympna Leahy, Julie McCrossan, Michael Shields, Jeannette
McCormack, Marius Reilly, Seamus Fay, Elizabeth Hannon, Seamus Coyle, Frank
Morris, Sabrina Dermody, Aisling Dermody, Sammy Jo Reilly, Ciara Beegan,
Eileen Mc Larney, James Connell, Daniel Connell, Joanne Williams, Jimmy Ward,
Odie Corrigan, Paula Hillard and last but not least our youngest helper on the
day Lorna Hillard. A special word of thanks must also go to the
management and staff of Dunnes Stores, Mullingar who were most helpful all
UNDER 12 GIRLS
Our under 12 girls finished of their league games on Tuesday evening last when
they played Coralstown Kinnegad. In the first half we played against a very
strong wind and we failed to score against a much physically stronger team.
However with the aid of the elements in the second half our performance was
much improved and with ten minutes to go we had narrowed the gap to just two
points, but in the end we ran out of time. In spite of this defeat this has
been our best year to date at under 12 and great credit is due to all these
players for their commitment during the year. We are now in the semi final of
the "C" Championship where we shall be playing the Downs on
September 6th at a venue yet to be decided. Team: Ruth Daniels, Mamie Reilly,
Eamma Goodwin, Orla Lynch, Tara Kennedy, Niocla Fox, Aoife Flynn, Mairead
McLarney, Alice Murphy, Aoife Gallagher, Sinead Connell, Emma Sullivan, Kelly
Coyle, Shauna Boyce, Ciara Walsh, Shannon Farrelly, Saoirse Farrelly. Training
continues every Friday evening at 7-8 pm and as there are only a few weeks
left it is important that all players make the effort to get to training.
UNDER 12 BOYS
The under 12 boys have also been busy in recent weeks and have now completed 4
out of 5 of their second round games. We won our first game against C/F/C/W in
Ballycomoyle and then we travelled to Castledaly where we narrowly lost to the
home side. St. Pauls proved too strong in the third game but we got back to
winning ways at home to Garrycastle in one of the most exciting games seen in
Ballycomoyle in recent times. Last week we played our fourth game of round two
at home against Rochfortbridge, this was a very evenly contested game
throughout but we finished really strong to secure another impressive victory.
On Tuesday night 16th August we held a well supported club lotto draw in
"Farrelly's Bar", Castlepollard. There was no jackpot winner on the
night and the numbers drawn were 8.16,17 and 27. The E 30 winners were Marius
Reilly, Phylis Bohan, Martin O'Neill, Olive Kennedy and Keith Boyce. The most
recent draw was on Tuesday night last and results will appear next week. As
always your support is greatly appreciated.
All roads lead to The Downs on Saturday evening next where Ballycomoyle Junior
team take on St. Loman's in the quarter final of the junior Championship. This
is a very important fixture and support on the evening would be greatly
appreciated. The game kicks of at 6.45 pm. Unfortunately we are injury
stricken at the moment and it is going to take a massive effort from everybody
else involved to help us reach the semi-final of this competition. We wish the
lads the best of luck.
Word has it that Alan Hannon and Damien Hill are keeping up foregin
relations.......???.....they are reported to be taking lessons in
Russian........Rumour has it that Ita H has taken a keen interest in the
Farmers Journal.......... I hear that club chairman was in fine tune in
Letterkenny last weekend...........
12th September 2005
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On Sunday last 11th September, our interest in the junior championship came to
an abrupt end at the hands of a determined Ballinagore side. This game was the
semi-final of the championship and while we are very disappointed with the
result, we are actually quite pleased with the way in which we performed
during the year. There has been a great "buzz" about the club all
year and we would sincerely like to thank two people in particular, namely
Joey Williams and Gerry Farrelly, the commitment that these two men have put
in during the year has been outstanding. We would be hopeful that both people would
continue on for next year, but that is a decision that they will be making in
due course. Back to the match last Sunday, the first half was very evenly
contested and we were only three points in arrears at the break. The second
half started lively but a number of errors on our behalf let our opponents
notch up some more points. On the day we were well served by Billy Ryan, Tossy
Brady and Kevin Gavigan. We would like to thank the huge number of people who
came to support us on the day and we are already looking forward to possibly
going one or even two steps further next year. One final word of thanks must
go to Kathryn and the staff of "The Lough Lene Inn" for supplying
tea and sandwiches on Saturday evening la
We are due to play Delvin in Ballycomoyle in our first game in Div 7 on Sunday
morning next at 12 noon sharp. This is a game that gives a lot of younger
players a chance to show their skills and it is important that everyone
arrives on time. Joey has requested everyone to be at the pitch no later than
Gerry is still taking orders for club wear, shirt’s and jackets, anyone
interested please ring 044-66785. A yearly club lotto can now be obtained at a
charge of E 50 for 25 draws, this will ensure that you will never miss a draw
for the whole year. For more information contact Niall Mc Keanna. We are still
hopeful of bringing our underage players for a trip to Croke Park in the near
future, more details soon. Our club secretary was on Midlands 103 as part
their "unsung hero" competition and we wish him luck in the draw on
Friday morning next between 8 and 9 am.
Our under 12 girls defeated The Downs in the "C" semi-final on
Saturday last, well done girls. Our under 12 boys are still training and they
also have their place booked in a final.
Congratulations to Ronaie Fagan and Sinead Hannon who got engaged recently, we
wish them well for the future. Congrats also to Pat Nea who turned half a
century last weekend.
Word has it that Tossy has recruited some female assistance when wrapping
bales.......... Rumour has it that Neil Salmon was seen applying for a
proviosnal licence........watch out everyone we know what he is like in a kart
in Pollard Karting........I see Joe Fay did not get to trim any hedges on
Sunday last in the Mk 2 escort in the rally, gremlins under the
bonnet......... Damien Peppard is walking with head to one side ...... must be
the weight of the ear-ring..........word has it that Pat Kenny is taking part
in the novelty act in senior scor this year........
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On Tuesday night last 13 th September we held a very well supported club lotto
in "Comiskey's", Castlepollard. There was no jackpot winner and the
numbers drawn were 3,7,10 and 19. The E 30 winners were as follows Carol Mc
Hale, Ciaran o' Neill, Seamus Coyle, Aisling Kennedy and Rebecca Murray. The
next draw takes place in " The Seven Wonders Bar", Fore on Tuesday
night next 27 th September and the new jackpot is E 9,800. Once again we
appreciate your continued support and just a quick reminder that yearly lotto
tickets can be obtained from Niall McKenna @ 087-2424757.
A.C.L.F. Div. 7
We played Delvin in Ballycomoyle on Sunday last in our first game of this
league. Unfortunately we let the game slip away from us in the final quarter
and paid the price. This was a very sporting and enjoyable game to watch and
full credit must go to both sets of players. It is hoped that we will get more
games in this league as it gives some of the lads a chance to prove
themselves to the selectors and ultimately set the ball in motion for next
year. On the day Paddy Smyth, Damien Fagan, Ian Coyle, Brendan Halpin and Alan
Smith performed well and should be making a regular start on the first team in
the near future.
Well done to Club Secretary, Gerry Farrelly who was one of the contestants in
the Midlands 103 " Unsung Hero" competition which was aired last
week. Unfortunately Gerry's name was not pulled out of the hat, but we all
know that he truly deserved the title. Better luck next time. Last orders are
now been taken for club wear, jackets and shirts, give Gerry a ring at 044-66785.
The club was well represented at the recent launch of the "Club
Manual" last week, and we are delighted to report that this manual will
be an invaluable source of information in the years ahead. Posters have now
been delivered to all schools in the locality regarding Junior Scor. We are
asking parents to encourage their children to take part in Scor, for more
information regarding events etc., ring Scor Club Officer, Doreen Farrelly
Congratulations are extended to Ronaie Fagan and Sinead Hannon who got engaged
recently. Congratulations are also extended to Daragh and Orla Gallagher on
the birth of a baby boy.
Word has it that Tossy has recruited some female assistance when wrapping
bales.......... Rumour has it that Neil Salmon was seen applying for a
provisional licence........watch out everyone we know what he is like in
a kart in Pollard Karting........I see Joe Fay did not get to trim any hedges
on Sunday last in the Mk 2 escort in the rally, gremlins under the
bonnet......... Damien Peppard is walking with head to one side ...... must be
the weight of the ear-ring..........word has it that Pat Kenny is taking part
in the novelty act in senior scor this year........word has it that one of the
terrible twins almost scored a goal in Portlaoise on Monday last........same
twin found out that car plugs are not compatible to bike
10th October 2005
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Our most recent
lotto was held in the "Seven Wonders Bar", Fore on Tuesday night
27th September. The numbers drawn were 20,22,27 and 28. There was no jackpot
winner and the E 30 winners were Tina Dowd, Seamus Denning, Jenna Murphy,
Peggy Newman and Mary Clogher. The latest draw was on Tuesday night last
in the "Lough Lene Inn" and results will appear next week, we thank
you for your continued support and we would like to remind you that yearly
lotto tickets are available from Niall McKenna.
As part of the future development of GAA clubs in Westmeath we are holding a
pre-agm meeting in Fore N.S. on Wednesday night 19 th October at 8.30 pm
sharp. This is a very important meeting and we are inviting everyone to attend
especially parents of our underage players, members of the adult junior teams
both ladies and men’s, also we would like to invite all our members and
non-members. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of this meeting, this
is the type of meeting that can shape the club for the coming years. On the
night Mr. Billy Flanaghan from the Westmeath GAA Development Committee will be
be present and he along with another delegate will be advising us on a number
of key issues. Please keep the date free and make the effort to attend, we
have provisionally marked the last week in November as the date for our
A.G.M., more details of this will appear closer to the time.
Sunday night 30th October again is our annual club dance in "The Pollard
Arms Hotel", tickets are now on sale through usual outlets or from any
committee member. There was a disappointing response to Junior Scor and we
would advise anyone who is interested to contact Doreen Farrelly at 044-62987.
The club would like to wish both hurling clubs, Castlepollard and Lough Lene
Gaels, the very best of luck in the county final on Sunday next. Plans are at
an advanced stage for a trip for the underage section of the club to Croke
Park, more details in the near future.
17th October 2005
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On Tuesday night of last week we held our club lotto in "The Lough Lene
Inn", Collinstown. The numbers drawn were 8,11,16 and 19. There was no
jackpot winner and the E 30 winners were Aidan Kane, Adrian Duffy, Thersa and
John, Julie Anne Comiskey and Declan Gallagher. Our next draw will take place
in "Connies", Castlepollard on Tuesday night next 25th October, and
it will consist of two draws. The first draw shall be for our massive E 10,000
and the second draw shall be for E 1,000, so remember if you're not in you
cannot win, and with two draws everyone has double the chance. We look forward
to your continued support which is greatly appreciated.
On Wednesday night 19th October we are holding a very important pre- A.G.M.
meeting in Fore N.S. at 8.30 pm sharp. This meeting will be addressed by Mr.
Billy Flanaghan of the Westmeath Development Committee who will outline new
approaches to the running of clubs for the challenging times ahead. We
are looking for as many people to attend as possible from all sectors of the
club, underage, ladies, seniors, passed players and all other members. A lot
of work has gone into organising this meeting and a good turnout
Our junior scór has finally kicked off with Ballycomoyle A and Ballycomoyle B
teams representing the club in the first rounds of scór. We are
delighted to say that the club are hosting one of these rounds in Collinstown
Hall on Saturday night 12th November at 8.00pm sharp. Details of
competitors and competitions will appear closer to the night. We will be
in contact with club members to help on the night with stewarding etc.
Hard luck to our under 12 girls who were defeated by a stronger and more
physical Shandonagh team. Our club dance takes place on Sunday night 30th
October in the Pollard Arms Hotel. Gaelic Telecom have been in contact with
quite a number of members at present and we are delighted to say that there
has been a good up-take with them. If there are more people interested, please
contact Gerry Farrelly at 044 - 66785.
24th October 2005
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Pride of place
this week must go to Mr. Billy Flanaghan and Mr. Sean Heavin from the
Westmeath Development Committee. On wednesday night last 19th October these
two men presided over our very important pre-A.G.M., meeting in the recently
re-furbished Fore N.S. This meeting was very well attended by all sectors of
the club and it was very informative and a very worthwhile exercise for
everyone who attended. Following on from this meeting we have now decided to
hold our A.G.M. on Sunday 20th November at 3.00pm sharp in the Parish
Community Centre, Castlepollard (beside church). Nomination forms and
notices have been sent out this week and Gerry has requested that the
nomination forms be returned to him by Thursday 3rd November. We are
hopeful of a good attendance at this years A.G.M. and we are looking forward
to a challenging year ahead in 2006.
While things may have got quiet on the field of play, there is still quite a
lot happening elsewhere in the club. Our Junior Scór teams have now
been selected and are competing in the first round of the competition in
Collinstown Hall on Saturday night 12th November at 8.00pm sharp. Our
club are hosting this round and stewarts and helpers are been arranged but
more help is needed on the night. Please contact Doreen Farrelly if you
are free to help on the night. We are urging everyone to make the effort
to attend and enjoy the music, song and dance of these young performers. Best
Word has it that Dermot McK is delighted to have AnnaMarie back home from
Medjugoree, as the cooked breakfast is back on the menu again...Player/Manager
Joey was seen checking out armchairs in a furniture store in Mullingar on
Sunday last...thinking of the long winter nights and putting the feet
up!!!!....Noel S is reported to be taking private dance lessons in
Loughnavalley.... Belated birthday wishes to Christy Flynn 30 +
VAT....Congrats to Figgy who hit the target at last....Rumour has it Ger
Halpin is staying away from water slides in future.
7th November 2005
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All roads lead to Collinstown on Saturday night next 12th November, where
in the Hall at 8 pm sharp we will be hosting one of the first rounds of Junior
Scór. The Club on the night shall be represented in seven categories by the
following people: Recitation- Karen Coyle and Saoirse Farrelly. Solo Singing-
Samantha Smith and Jane Coyle. Question Time (1) John Corrigan, Jamie Ward and
Steven Bardon (2) Sinead Lynch,Cian Farrelly and Sinead Mc Nicholas.
Instrumental Group- Hillary Gaffney, Alma Gunning and Cian Farrelly. We would
like to wish all of these young people the best of luck on Saturday night and
we would like lots of support on the night. Stewards and helpers are asked to
arrive early as we expect quite a large crowd on the night. For more
information please contact Doreen @ 62987.
Great credit must go to Seamus Coyle this week for getting our web site up and
running, as Seamus himself pointed out, this site is only in its infancy and
needs lots of help and information from anyone who may feel that they have
something to offer. The site can be accessed at www.ballycomoyle.com
and we look forward to hearing your reaction to the site.
Ballycomoyle Football Club would sincerely like to express its deepest
sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of the late Adrian Murray.
Adrian was very highly respected within our club, and will be sadly missed by
all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Just a quick reminder to everyone that we are holding our A.G.M in the Parish
Centre, Castlepollard on Sunday 20th November at 3 p.m. sharp. This promises
to be a very intriguing meeting and everyone is invited to attend, rumour has
it that quite a few nominations have been received for all sections- attend
the meeting to find out.
Monday 14th November 2005
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On Saturday night last we successfully hosted the final first round of Scór
no nÓg 2005, in Collinstown Hall. This was our first time ever to host
Scór and we are delighted to say, that with a capacity crowd, everything
ran very smoothly on the night. Ballycomoyle had two teams entered on
the night and we were represented by the following:- Solo Singers, Jane Coyle
and Samantha Smyth. Recitation, Karen Coyle and Saoirse Farrelly. Quiz
Teams, John Corrigan, Jamie Ward and Stephen Bardon, Cían Farrelly, Sinéad
McNicholas and Sinéad Lynch. Instrumental Group, Hilary Gaffney, Alma Gunning
and Cían Farrelly. After a high standard of competition, we have one act
going through to represent Ballycomoyle in the semi-final. Jane Coyle
got the nod from the adjudicator in the solo singing and she will take part
this Sunday evening, 20th November at 5.00pm in the Downs. We would like to
wish her all the best of luck for Sunday and also to say a very big thank you
to all the young people who took part on Saturday night last for the club.
You did yourselves and your club proud. Another person who did a great
job was Fear an tí, Dermot McKenna. He made sure that everything ran
swiftly and smoothly all night. Well done Dermot on an excellent job.
The club would like to thank the following people who helped in different ways
on the night, Claire Coyle, Ena Murphy, Maureen Fay, AnnMarie McKenna, Odie
Corrigan, Margaret Farrelly, Martina Murphy, Helen Coyle, Doreen Farrelly
Seamus McDermott, Michael McCormack, Jimmy Ward, Gerry Farrelly, Ray Farrelly,
Sean Dermody, John Smith, Johnny Corrigan, Andy McEoin, Marius Reilly, Seamus
Coyle, Frank Gilsnean and Cían Farrelly. A special thanks to Paddy
McCabe (St. Mary's/Rochfortbridge), Síobhan Masterson who coached the
instrumental group and Catherine Daly who played for Jane Coyle. A very
special word of thanks must go to Club Scór Secretary, Doreen Farrelly who
did a lot of behind the scene work over the past few weeks. The club received
many compliments for the way in which we ran our night and we would hope to do
the same next year.
The Parish Centre in Castlepollard, is the venue for our very important A.G.M,
at the revised time of 2.00pm sharp. We are appealing to everyone to
please come early as the meeting will start at 2.00pm sharp, as a large number
of people will be going to the Scór semi-final in the Downs for 5.00pm.
It is hoped that our A.G.M. will be well attended this year as we have had one
of your best years in recent times. So remember 2pm sharp, Parish Centre,
Castlepollard, please be there.
On Tuesday night last 8th November, we held a well supported Lotto draw in
Doynes, Glenidan. The numbers for the E10,000 jackpot were 13, 22, 25
and 26, there was no winner. The numbers for the second draw E1,200 were
14, 20, 21 and 22 again there was no winner. The E30 winners were as
follows: Ita Halpin, Mick Kiernan, Elaine Leahy, Tom Flynn and Mark Leahy.
The next draw will be in the "Town and Country", on Tuesday 22nd
November and again there will be two draws of E10,000 and E1,400.
Remember it is two for the price of one. Our yearly Lotto tickets are up
and running and are available from any of the committee members.
Dermot reliably informs me that the eagerly awaited trip to Croke Park will
take place on Thursday 8th December for all our underage members.
Information letter regarding this trip will be in the post in the near future.
Further information please contact Dermot.
Noel Smith made his broadcasting debut on Monday of last week when unknowingly
he was "wound up" on the breakfast show on Midlands Radio 3.
Noel was a great sport in letting it be aired the following morning and well
done Noel. Very funny and by the way to whoever set him up!!!!! Well
This is probably the last of the snippets for this year, so here goes...Word
has it that Seamus Fay was looking for "bunny ears" last week???...Rumour
has it that Helen Coyle is in training for the "Tour de France", had
to resort to pedal power last week, hope she didn't get too wet....A certain
Senior citizen in Mooretown is reported to be building a smoking room at front
of house!!!....Club Secretary Gerry is reported to be in training for the swim
in aid of Camogie club on Christmas Day...wear the thermals Gerry!!!....Donnie
G is said to be getting taller...one of the terrible twins brought his partner
to work recently to demonstrate how flat out it gets some days....the other
twin is following the strict diet given to him by Robert McC....I hear Paul F
is taking up a new job???....widening gateways....
Monday 21st November 2005
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Pride of place
this week must go to Jane Coyle who represented Ballycomoyle in the semi-final
of Scór na nÓg on Sunday evening last in the Downs. Despite putting in
a wonderful performance she unfortunately did not get the nod from the
adjudicators. We would like to thank Jane for doing herself and the club
proud on the night and we look forward to next years competitions.
Hopefully we will have several teams competing next year and the years ahead.
On Sunday last
20th November, we held a very well attended A.G.M. in the Parish Centre,
Castlepollard. This undoubtedly was one of the best A.G.M.'s that we
have held in recent times, and the professional manner in which the meeting
was ran, bore testament to the effort put in by everyone who attended the pre-A.G.M.
meeting some weeks ago. Our very well informed Chairman, John Smyth ensured
that the meeting ran swiftly and smoothly throughout the evening and our Club
Secretary and Treasurer gave their very detailed and concise reports. A
presentation was made to the Junior team trainer/manager, Joey Williams and he
was thanked for his commitment and dedication to the club throughout the year.
The meeting then heard from our sub-committees and our P.R.O. and this was
followed by the election of officers which are as follows:
Chairman - John
Smyth, Vice-chairman- Seamus McDermott, Secretary-Doreen Farrelly,
Ass-Secretary - Marius Reilly, Treasurer- Ann Dermody, P.R.O.- Ray Farrelly,
Club Registrar - Niall McKenna, Club Development Officer - Andy McEoin,
Players rep - Tossy Brady, Club Youth Officer - Helen Coyle, School/Club Co-ordinator
- Helen Coyle, Underage Secretary - Dermot McKenna, Culture and Language
Officer - Doreen Farrelly, Delegates to Co. Board - Gerry Farrelly, Ray
Farrelly and Seamus McDermott.
continued after the election of officers to thank everyone for helping to make
the last year so successful and looked forward to another great year ahead in
2006. The meeting then closed with a vote of sympathy for all those who
were bereaved during the year.
We would like
to congratulate Anne and Sean Dermody who recently celebrated the 19th
anniversary of their 21st birthdays, with a party for family and friends in
Connies, Castlepollard on Saturday night last. A great night was had by
all and rumour has it that following on from the party, Riverdance are eager
to sign both Sean and Anne up to their troupe!!!! well done to you both.
launched web site, www.ballycomoyle.com
deserves a special mention this week. Great credit is due to Seamus
Coyle for doing such a fantastic job on getting it up and running and keeping
it updated. It is also a very easy site to navigate through, definitely
well worth a visit by everybody.
Our trip to
Croke Park takes place on Thursday 8th December and at this stage everybody
should have their notification, with timetable etc. For further
information please contact, Dermot on 61805.
Word has it
that Pat and Mary Kenny have a sheep in their hallway!!!...one of John's
maybe....Joey has devised a new way of keeping fit....2 hours of chasing
after cattle on a Sunday morning is not for everyone, Joey....Jimmy Six Foot
had the right idea...drive the jeep!!!
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On Tuesday night 22 November we held a very well supported club lotto in
Doynes, Glendian. The numbers drawn for the E 10,000 were 1,3,17 and 27. There
was no jackpot winner and the numbers drawn for the E 1,400 were 5,12,21,26,
again there was no jackpot winner. E 30 winners were as follows Donnie Ginnell,
Johnny Coleman, Noel Robinson, Nan Hughes and Lesley Whyte. The next draw will
be in Farrelly’s Bar, Castlepollard on Tuesday night next 6th December and
as always your support is greatly appreciated. Remember it is two draws for
the price of one and if you're not in you can't win. Jackpot (1) E10,000:
Jackpot (2) E1,600.
Next Monday night will see the first meeting of the newly elected committee
and time and venue will be decided during the week. Everyone concerned will be
notified and we would like to wish the new committee the best of luck for the
Monday 12th December
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UNDERAGE TRIP TO CROKER
Pride of place this week must go to everyone who was involved in our underage
trip to Croke Park on Thursday last 8th December. This was a mammoth
undertaking and thanks mainly to Dermot Mc Kenna and his expert organising,
everything went according to plan. 73 underage boys and girls set off on two
buses at 8am from Castlepollard and did not return until 7pm, and as the
saying goes "the rest is history". They arrived in Croke Park at
10am, where they were taken on an unforgettable tour of the best stadium in
the country. The amount of information that they were given was brilliant and
they were able to try out different items and see first hand what happens on
match day. Following on from the tour everyone was treated to lunch at K F C,
which was much appreciated, and afterwards the children were given the choice
of three films to see at the cinema in Liffey Valley. Overall everything about
the day was just awesome and undoubtedly will forever be etched in the minds
of all the children who were present on the day. We would like to say a huge
thank you to all the parents who helped out on the day Seamus Coyle, Angela
Lynch, Majella Walsh, Anna-Marie Mc Kenna, Dermot Mc Kenna, Claire Coyle,
Frank Gilsenan, Marius Reilly, Derek Watters, Doreen Farrelly, Gerry Farrelly
and Mick Comiskey. We would also like to congratulate the children who were so
well behaved throughout the course of the day. Finally, again we would like to
say well done to Dermot and all who helped to make this trip happen, and
the best of luck to all our underage teams in 2006.
On Tuesday night last 6th December we held a very well supported club lotto
draw in Farrelly’s Bar, Castlepollard. The numbers drawn for the first
jackpot of E 10,000 were10,12,17 and 24, there was no winner. The numbers
drawn for the second jackpot of E 1,600 were 1,19,20 and 28, again there was
no winner. The E 30 winners were as follows Martin Doyne, Ann O' Neill, Gerry
Doyle(c/o Floods), Roisin Mc Dermott and Patrick H Cooney. Our next draw will
be in "The Seven Wonders", Fore, on Tuesday night next 20 th
December, this is also the night that our annual Christmas Draw takes place
with lots of fabulous prizes to be won. Remember if you're not in you can't
win, and that it's, two 4 one(ie.two chances for the price of one), as always
your support is greatly appreciated. We would just like to say a
big thank you to everybody who supported our Lotto throughout 2005 and we look
forward to your continued support in 2006.
Seamus Coyle is currently building our web site, (and doing so in fine style),
and he is urging anyone with information regarding the club to please contact
him or any committee member as soon as they can. He is also looking for any
old photographs, newspaper cuttings etc., Seamus reassures us that any item
that is given to him will be returned in a few days. The site is being
visited on a regular basis as can seen by the "hit counter", and
contains a lot of information at the present. The address is www.ballycomoyle.com
and is well worth a visit.
We are delighted to say that there has been a good response to people signing
onto Gaelic Telecom and moreover people using Ballycomoyle as their nominated
club, which means that 15% of the cost of their calls goes directly back to
Ballycomoyle. As well as benefiting from cheaper calls and line rental, calls
between Gaelic Telecom customers are FREE within the 32 counties. A letter was
sent out to people in the locality last week, which was misleading in the
sense that it gave people the impression that Ballycomoyle GAA and
Castlepollard GAA were linked together in Gaelic telecom, which is incorrect.
For anyone looking for more information regarding this please contact either
John Smyth or Doreen Farrelly.
Our delegates should note that the football convention takes place in Cusack
Park tonight (Wednesday 14th) at 8pm sharp, and also that the county
convention takes place on next Saturday 17th December, at 6.30 pm sharp in The
Downs GAA Centre.
Rumour has it that J. Farlo is getting into breeding goats....???.....he has
the buck and now just needs a few nannies.!!!!!!!.....word has it that K. Ring
was giving great value in timber up in Athboy a few weeks ago..??....giving it
away I heard........latest news from the terrible twins is that one of them
has taken a crash course in how to modify a Nissan Primera..... make sure that
its 05........the other twin is said to be tying the knot shortly....a
certain senior citizen up Martinstown direction had alarm bells ringing in the
early hours of the morning last week.....must be the buns in the
oven!!!!!!!!!......word has it that R. Grall was up early the same night to
direct traffic!!!!!!..word has it that Gerry F is deep in training for
his swim on Christmas Day .......final snippets for 2005 next
week..... get info to me no later than 8 pm Sunday night next.....
Monday 19th December
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congratulate the County Board Officials for running another very good and
concise convention in The Downs on Saturday night last. It was most
informative and even sometimes amusing. We would like to thank Paddy Collins
for his encouraging words given to us in his report. "Ballycomoyle, a
club that created a good impression in it's initial years, had for the past
couple of years been on a downward slide and there was understandable concern
about their ability to reverse this worrying trend. But to their credit,
they set about addressing this problem and did so in an impressive fashion.
They also managed to take the last qualifying spot in their section after a
play off win over Delvin." The players now know what lies ahead for
next season and we are hopeful of taking back the crown next year.
CROKE PARK TRIP
precious memories are still in the minds of those fortunate enough to have
travelled to Croke Park recently, we must again thank all the parents who
helped out on the day and especially thank Margaret Fagan who for some unknown
reason was left off the list last week. Deepest apologies Margaret.
Word has it
that J. Rhynne is on a fruit and veg. diet.....???.. he seems to have a liking
for Ki-Wi fruit...!!!!!!......rumour has it that Paul G had a close
shave........any more and there would be no hair left.........I see Damien H
got a comfortable job...???.....delivering beds...!!.
Football Club would like to wish everyone a very joyful, peaceful and safe
Christmas and also a very happy New Year and we are looking forward to a
challenging year ahead. Until next year goodbye for now.
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