Scealta na Seachtaine  27 Nollaig 2004

New Year Draw

The club’s big New Year draw takes place this year on Monday 3 Jan in Smyths Siopa Tae at 11.00pm as well as the regular weekly club lotto. This is usually a big night with a first prize of €3,000, a second of €1,000 and many other prizes. Tickets at €20 are still available from any player or club member, so be sure to get yours at. Sellers are asked to make every effort to get rid of all tickets as soon as possible. With big pitch developments proceeding in 2005 your help would be greatly appreciated.

Scór na nÓg Finals

The county Scór na nÓg finals take place this Sunday in the Community Centre. O’Heslins are well represented in Rince Foirne, Nuachleas, Amhranaíocht, Ceol and Rince Seit. Action starts at 3.00 and all stewards are asked to be there in time.


Míle buíochas to the Leitrim Observer for all their publicity during 2004.

Best of Luck

Our best wishes to the new Cathaoirleach of Coiste Liatroma, Gerry McGovern and Rúnaí, Declan Bohan. Also to the new team manager, Dessie Dolan. Congratulations to Sean Maxwell on being elected President of the Co Board. To the retiring  officers, Michael McGowan as Cathaoirleach and Stephen Flynn as Rúnaí, mile buíochas for all the work they have put into the GAA in Leitrim.


Congratulations to Paul Kieran and Sara Glancy who got engaged before Christmas.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 20 Nollaig 2004 

Medals Presented

It was a big occasion for the under 16 boys and the Ladies footballers as they all received their medals before a great crowd in the Community Centre on Saturday.The centre was beautifully decorated for the occasion and the whole event was superbly organized. Comhghairdeas do ghach duine.

Leitrim team manager Dessie Dolan, accompanied by his son Dessie, star of the successful Westmeath team, and a 2004 All Star, presented the medals to the wonderful group of young lads who brought the under 16 championship to Cannaboe for the first time in 24 years. The players who got their medals were: Shane Reynolds (capt), Paul Darcy, Joseph Murphy, Wayne McKeon, Jim McTague, John Christie, Darren Reynolds, Shane Murphy, David Leyden, Séamus Donnelly, Éamon Walsh, Philip Farrelly, Michael Costello, Kevin Prior, Enda Quinn, Philip Murphy, Stevie Rymer Thompson, Darren McGrory, Neil Hughes, Shane McWeeney, Ross Dooner.

The medals were presented to the Junior Ladies 9-a-side team by Geraldine Giles, Uachtarán of Cumann Peil na mBan and by Marie O’Connell, Galway All Ireland medal winner. The panel of players who got medals was as follows: Siobhán Earley (Capt), Kirby Gilgunn, Orla McWeeney, Carmel McCartin, Sheena McTague, Áine Martin, Geraldine McIntyre, Claire Fanning, Catherine Smith, Maeve Murphy, Carl O’Connor, Áine McWeeney, Gráinne Murphy, Emma Reynolds, Aisling Duignan, Breege McCormack, Aisling Flaherty, Rowena O’Rourke, Michelle Fanning, Mary McNulty, Caroline McGrory, Rosemary McTague, Joanna Beirne, Erin Gilheany, Kate McTague, Shauna Gray, Laura Brennan, Linda Harte, Paula Kelleher, Katie Duignan, Lauren McGrory, Aoife Smith. Congratulations to the football team mentors, Padraig McKeon, Sean Reynolds and John Prior and to the ladies mentors, Padraig McKeon, Sean Reynolds and Geraldine McIntyre on a wonderful double achievement. The night was presented by Tommy Moran who did his usual wonderful job on it

Christmas lotto

The Christmas lotto was a great night in Priors, which also coincided with the re-opening of Gay and Anne’s rejuvenated premises. The winners were as follows. House prize of €100 sponsored by Gay and Anne, Séamus MacMurchadha. Hampers: Mary McGovern, Drumderg, John Harte, Patsy Creamer, Brendan Sammon. Voucher winners: Maggie Mullen (Colm O’Reillys), Anita Harte (Siopa Bronntanas), Philomena Harte (Cara Pharmacy), Philip McGoldrick, Glangevlin, Tom Burns, Hugh Prior, Deradda. Winners of €100, Sean Kavanagh, Margaret Walpole, Sharon Maxwell, Tony Gallagher, Caroline Creamer, Rory Sweeney, Brendan Connolly, Frank Canning, Mary Ralph. Winner of sub for the year: Nan McGoohan, Aghoo

New Year Draw

Get your tickets now for the big New Year draw to take place in Smyths Siopa Tae on Monday 3 Jan. Big prizes to be won.

Co Scór Finals

The Co Scór finals will be in Ballinamore Community Centre on Sunday 2 January, starting at 3.00.

Nollaig Shona

Go mbeidh Nollaig Shona ag ár léitheoirí go léir agus go mbeidh bliain mhaith agaibh i 2005


Scealta na Seachtaine – 13 Nollaig 2004


Medals Presentations

The big night for the under 16 footballers and the ladies will be on Saturday night when the medals presentations will take place at the Community Centre. Dessie Dolan, the Leitrim Team manager, accompanied by his son Dessie, current All Star footballer, will present the medals to the boys. The ladies medals will be presented by the Uachtarán of Cumann Peil na mBan, Geraldine Giles. Also in attendance will be Marie O’Connell, who played at corner back on the Galway ladies team that won the senior All Ireland title in October.

Helpers are asked to be in the Community Centre at 3.00 to help prepare for the event and players, parents and supporters are asked to be there at 6.15.

Scór na nÓg

There was a strong Ballinamore representation at the Scór na nÓg preliminary rounds in Ballinamore last Friday night. We had representation in all events except ballad group and had double entries in figure dance, set dance and solo singing.

Sean O’Heslins were represented in Rince Foirne by Sara Sweeney, Maria O’Reilly, Shauna Cullen, Sinéad Earley, Edel Farrelly, Michelle Reynolds, Erin Gilheany and Clíona McHugh. This group got through to the finals. In solo singing, Aisling Maxwell sang “The Bantry Girls Lament” and qualified for the finals. Evan Moran King recited “Seainín” in the Aithriseoireacht. The question time team was made up of Shane Murphy, Michael Costello and Darren Reynolds. They were unlucky to be just two marks short of the qualifying mark for the finals. In novelty act the actors were: Ross Dooner, Michelle Fanning and Rowena O’Rourke. They are also through to the finals. The Seán O’Heslins set dance team was: Catherine Smith, Erin Gilheany, Lisa Duignan, Kate McTague, Sinéad Earley, Edel Farrelly, Clíona McHugh, Joanne Keenaghan. They are also through to the final night. Finally we were represented in Ceol Uirlise by David McLoughlin, Róisín McTague, Bríd McCormack and Niamh Griffin and these are also in the final.


Ballinamore Hurling club had entries in figure and set dance as well as solo singing. The figure dancers were: Niamh Griffin, Orla McWeeney, Kate McTague, Lisa Duignan, Aisling Maxwell, Catherine Smith, Philipa O’Reilly and Joanne Keenaghan.

Aisling Duignan sang “Tá Cailín Álainn” in solo singing and the set dancers were: Niamh Griffin, Orla McWeeney, Michelle Reynolds, Sara Sweeney, Shauna Cullen, Phillipa O’Reilly, Aisling Maxwell and Maria O’Reilly. The set dance qualified for the finals.

Co Scór Finals

The Co Scór finals will be in Ballinamore Community Centre on Sunday 2 January, starting at 3.00.

Christmas Draw.

Ticket sellers are urged to sell as many tickets as possible before Christmas. There will be a meeting on Wed 22 in Priors at 9.00 and sellers are asked to bring in whatever tickets they have sold at that stage. This will help with the administrative end of things and not leave it all for after the Christmas.

Paddy Dolan – Hall of Fame

Great to see Paddy Dolan, one of the all time greats of Ballinamore football, being honoured with the Hall of Fame award by the Co Board. Paddy is one of the three players from the club that figured on the Leitrim Team of the Millennium and he ranks as one the legendary figures on the Ballinamore football scene. Comhghairdeas Paddy.


Pota Óir is now at €4,900. The special Christmas Lotto will be held on this Friday night in Priors. There will be 10 Christmas hampers, 9 cash prizes of €100 and a house prize of €100. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Séamus MacMurchadha, Kevin Punch and Judy, Anita Harte, PJ McLoughlin, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Benny Connolly, Drumreilly. House prize of  €25 sponsored by Gerry McWeeney, Poor Scholar, was won by Hugh McTague Jnr. Numbers drawn were: 05723416


Scealta na Seachtaine – 5 Nollaig 2004



About 60 people attended the AGM on Sunday and the big news of the day was the election of a new Cathaoirleach, Conor Harte. Andy Duffy, who had been in the chair for the past three years stepped down and Conor Harte was unanimously elected to the post. Other officers elected were: Uachtarán: Hugh McTague Snr. Leas-Uachtaráin: John Harte, Paddy Smith, Pat Joe Dolan, An tAthair Ó Dubhthaigh, Pat Mallon, George Price, Joe Gormley, Andy Duffy, Paddy Dolan. Leas-Cathaoirleach: Raymond McHugh, Rúnaí: Paddy O’Connor, Cisteoir, Anne Shanley, Registrar, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Coiste: Paddy Prior, Brian Breen, Alan Banks, Gary Smyth, Sean Ó Suilleabháin, Anton Arandelovic, Ronan O’Rourke. One member from ladies footballers to be co-opted as well as players’ representative.

Óráid an Chathaoirligh

Outgoing Cathaoirleach, Andy Duffy outlined the highlights of the year. The purchase of ground for the second pitch was a milestone in the club’s progress. He thanked Francis and Ann McTague for their co-operation with the club in making the land available. He said planning permission for the entire development was also obtained. He praised the Park Committee for their work and also the Finance Committee under Tommy Moran. He complimented the under 16s and their mentors on winning the under 16 championship for the first time since 1980 as well as the ladies winning team and the team which won the INTO mini sevens. He also paid tribute to Ollie Honeyman for his efforts with the senior footballers for the past three years. The efforts of all of the fundraising people, Mona Creamer and her teams with the Lotto, Joe Gormley with the Golf Classic and many others.

Cúrsaí Airgid – 2004 agus 1961

Anne Shanley gave a detailed account of the club’s finances. Income for the year was €159,704 with expenditure at €194,277. Park development took up a considerable portion of this. Club President,

Hugh McTague who was Treasurer in 1961, brought in a balance sheet from the 1961 AGM which showed Income at ₤162 and expenditure at ₤139. The biggest item of expenditure was ₤50 for cars to bring players from Dublin and the big income came from a Bazaar which yielded ₤113. Those were the days.

Retiring Cathaoirleach and Team Manager

Tributes were paid to two men synonymous with the Sean O’Heslins club who retire from their positions this year. Andy Duffy has been Club Rúnaí for 13 years and Club Cathaoirleach for the past three years. Andy is one of an elite band of just five people who have served as Chairman and Secretary of the club at different times. The other four are: Sean O’Heslin, Brendan Kieran, Christy Gallogly and Brendan Burns. Andy has a passionate interest in football, and not just Mayo football. He has devoted endless time to many facets of club activity and will no doubt in the future. Bhí a chroí ann i gcónaí.

Likewise Ollie Honeyman has played a central part in the club at senior level since 1979. Ollie came onto the senior scene at club level with Senior championship success in 1979 and was a central player at club and county level for two decades. Ollie also put an immense amount of work into the senior team for the past three years, with success last year in the B championship.

New Cathaoirleach

Conor Harte takes over as Cathaoirleach at a time of great change for the club. A huge development in facilities is in progress which will take a few years to complete. There is great enthusiasm in the club for this project at the moment and a great number of willing hands are helping out. On the playing fields things were often better but then we were often spoiled with success. Good days will come again. Conor Harte occupies a unique position within the club as his father, John, was Cathaoirleach in 1994-1995. This is the first time a father and son has occupied this position in the club. I suppose the fact that John was Chairman just ten years ago would indicate that he was a late starter.

Meeting re Medals Presentation

A meeting will be held this Thursday at 9.00 in the Commercial Hotel to make arrangements for the presentation of the under 16 championship and Ladies 9-a-side medals. Parents, Club Bord na nÓg officers and players are asked to attend this meeting. The actual presentations will take place on Saturday 18 Dec at 6.30 in the Community Centre. Dessie Dolan from Westmeath will make the presentations to the boys and the ladies medals will be presented by the Uachtarán of Cumann Peil na mBan. One of the Galway ladies team that won the senior All Ireland will also be in attendance.


Congratulations to Kevin McIntyre and Liz King who got married last weekend.


Membership fees are now due and should be paid to Registrar, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Every club player and mentor must have paid a membership fee as otherwise they are not insured.

Tickets for Draw

Tickets are now in circulation for the club’s big Christmas draw which will take place on Monday 3 Jan. Every penny is now urgently need for club development so we ask all those with tickets to get selling them without delay.


Pota Óir is now at €4,800. Monday’s draw is in the Poor Scholar. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Brendan Burns, Christine Murray, Killaneen, Amy Hanley, Willowfield, Sean Cooke, Cloone, John Galligan, Noel Sweeney. Winner of Bottle of Bailey’s sponsored by Liam McGirl: Philip Farrelly. Numbers drawn: 70635241.


Scealta na Seachtaine -29 Samhain 2004



The club AGM will be held on Sunday next, 5 Dec, in the Community Centre, starting at 3pm. This is the most important meeting of the year and every club member, player and supporter should be present. Major developments are about to happen and a full report on all aspects of club activity will be given. Don’t miss this meeting if you can at all.


Nomination forms have also been circulated to all club members. It is important that these be returned to Paddy O’Connor before Friday 3 Dec.

Christmas Draw

Tickets are now out for the club’s annual Christmas draw. The tickets are €20 each and can be had from any club member. The draw will take place on Monday 3 January. First prize is €3,000.

Medals Presentation

Medals will be presented to the under 16 footballers who won the championship and the ladies team who won the 9-a-side league at a function in the Community Centre on Saturday 18 Dec at 6.30pm. Dessie Dolan, new Leitrim team manager, and his son Dessie Dolan, star of the Westmeath team who won the Leinster championship will present the under 16 medals. The national President of the ladies GAA, Geraldine Giles will present the ladies medals and it will also be attended by a member of the Galway team who won the All Ireland Ladies title, along with the Brendan Martin Cup.

Scór na mBunscoileanna

Great to see the Girls NS entering Scór na mBunscoileanna for the first time and congratulations to Ciara O’Dowd who won the recitation in Gortletteragh last Friday night.



Pota Óir is now at €4,700. Monday’s draw is in McGirls. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Tom Burns, Brid Cosgrove, Ballymagovern, Margaret Walpole c/o Noel Sweeney, Gerry McGovern, Garadice, Ryan Creamer, Kiltyhugh, Fergus Flynn, Waterways Bar. Numbers drawn were: 40627513.


Scealta na Seachtaine  – 22 Samhain 2004


The club AGM will be held on Sunday 5 Dec in the Community Centre. The Secretary’s Annual Report is now being circulated to all paid up club members. The report contains a very detailed account of all the year’s activity, both on and off the field.


Nomination forms have also been circulated to all club members. It is important that these be returned to Paddy O’Connor before Friday 3 Dec.

Ollie Honeyman – Retiring as Team Manager

Ollie Honeyman is stepping down as Senior Team manager after over three years in charge. During that time Ollie has spent a huge amount of time in preparing and training the senior team along with his selectors Patrick McKiernan and Sean Creamer. After the glorious era that spanned from the early 1960s to the early 1990s the task as manager wasn’t an easy one. Expectations were high having been built on years of success. However the end of the road had been reached for many of the great players by the end of the 1990s and Ollie set out to build a new young team. The high point reached was victory in the Senior B Championship in 2003. There were also many narrow defeats along the way. Ollie was totally committed to the job in hand as indeed he was as a player since his first senior championship success in 1979. On behalf of the club we would like to thank Ollie for the countless hours spent in pursuit of building a new Sean O’Heslin’s senior team and we wish his successor, whoever that may be, the very best in the coming year.

Executive Meeting

Meeting of the club executive on tomorrow Thursday at 8.30 in the Community Centre.


Scór na mBunscoileanna takes place this Friday in Gortletteragh starting at 7.00. It is good to see that Ballinamore Girls NS will be taking part. Scór na nÓg will take place on 10 and 11 Dec. Venues have yet to be decided.


Mass for deceased club members will be said in Ballinamore Church on this Friday at 8.00pm


Sympathy to the McGirl Family, Aghoo and the Moran Family, Aughavas on their recent bereavements


Congratulations to club player, Sean McAllister on his recent wedding.


Pota Óir is now at the very substantial figure of €4,600. Monday’s draw will be in McAllisters. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Ann Shanley, Caroline Martin, Lahard, John O’Hara, Kilrush, David and Brian Leyden, Ballyduff, Liam McWeeney, Longstone, Grainne O’Hara, Carrick. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Dick and Margaret Lawrence: Mona Creamer. Numbers drawn: 31245076


Scealta na Seachtaine – 15 Samhain 2004

No winner of this weeks lotto jackpot, draw held in Jackies. House draw winners, Christopher McNiffe & George Price. 5 winners of 40euro, Mark McGrory Lahard, Marian Maguire Ballyconnell, Eileen McTague Church st. Maureen McGovern Ballyconnell and Pat Conefrey Corawallen. Next weeks draw is in Lawrences, Jackpot 4,500.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 8 Samhain 2004

Josie Martin

The club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to the Martin Family, Stradermot, on the sudden loss of Josie Martin. Josie was a long time servant of the GAA, at both club and county level. He was Secretary of Sean O Heslins GAA Club from 1947 to 1949 and served at county level during the 40’s and 50’s He was also a tireless community worker and was involved in numerous organisations around the town, anything that was good for Ballinamore, Josie was involved in it. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

B Hurling Final

The B Hurling final is due to take place this weekend against Manorhamilton. Time and venue will be decided during the week and all players will be notified.

Sean O Heslins Annual Draw

The tickets for our annual Christmas draw have been distributed to all sellers. The draw takes place on Monday 3rd January 2005 in Smyths Siopa Ol.

Ladies Football

Our junior ladies played their final match of the year against Glencar Manorhamilton in the Shield semi-final last Saturday evening. They were unlucky not to win after putting up a great performance. The mentors would like to thank all the girls who participated in all grades, U-12, U-14, U-16, Minor & Junior levels. We hope to see them all continuing their good work in the new year. Special thanks to, Aughnasheelin GAA for the use of their pitch, to Michael Flynn, Sean McWeeney, Damien Gilheaney and Nora Earley for their help throughout the year. Thanks also to Margaret McWeeney, Josie Gilgunn and Aisling Flaherty for their invaluable assistance. Looking forward to 2005.


No winner of this weeks lotto jackpot, draw held in Shortts Heritage Bar. Winners on the night, house draw 40 Euro Colette Flanagan, 40 Euro sponsored by Shortts, Mary Harte, Five winners of 40 Euro, Elaine Prior, Tully, Alexandra Dalton, Mullahoran, Tommy Dolan, High st., Fergal Flynn, c/o Waterway Bar and Tara Prior Drumgowna.   Next weeks draw in Jackies, Jackpot 4,400.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 1 Samhain 2004

One Point  Defeat to Drumkeerin

Our final league game of 2004 was against Drumkeerin in Drumkeerin on Saturday last. It was a much better performance than we saw on the two previous outings, with only a point separating the teams at the finish. At half-time we led by 0-4 to 0-3 and probably should have been more ahead. Paul Prior got three of these points, one from a free, and Rory O’Rourke got the other one. Drumkeerin dominated the second half, with the ball seldom passing midfield. Despite points from Brian Cafferty, Paul Prior and a free from Paul Kieran, Drumkeerin were three points ahead with five minutes remaining. Then a great move ended in a David Duignan goal to level the match. However, Drumkeerin came back for a last minute winner and won by 0-11 to 1-7. Team: Kevin O’Connor, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Patrick McLoughlin, Shane Ferguson, Anthony McTague, Ciaran Murray, Liam Ferguson, Thomas McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke (0-1), David Duignan (1-0), Ronan Sharpley, Sean Murray, James McWeeney, Paul Kieran (0-1), Paul Prior (0-4). Subs: Brian Cafferty (0-1) and Joe Honeyman.

Hurling B Replay

The replay of the Senior Hurling B Final against Manorhamilton will probably be on this coming weekend.

Minor Hurling

It is hoped to play St Mary’s soon in the Minor hurling Championship. It might have been played last weekend only for the pitch situation. Looking back two years ago we were unlucky to lose the Under 16 final to Mohill. Hopefully, with all the same players available, we should give it a good run. The team two years ago was: Liam Ferguson, Alan McCaffrey, Denis Dolan, Joe McGirl, Fergal McManus, Fionnán Gilheaney, Tony Meehan, Kevin O’Connor, David McGovern, Paul Gilheaney, Cathal Egan, Shane Murphy, Damien Gilheaney, Hugh Gough, David Earley. Subs Darren McGrory, Barry McGovern.

Scór na nÓg

Preparations are underway for Scór na nÓg and Cyril Smith would like to hear from anyone who wants to sing, recite, answer questions or take part in anything in Scór.

Club Meeting

There will be a general club meeting this Friday, 5 November at 9pm in the Community Centre. Matters such as motions for County Convention, new League & Championship structure and Park Development will be on the agenda.

GAA in Singapore

Last week we wrote about the GAA in Spain and Ballinamore connections. This week we have GAA news from even farther afield, and a Ballinamore connection. In October the 9th Asian Gaelic Football sevens  were held in Hong Kong with teams from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Shenzhen (Taiwan), Dubai, Seoul (Korea),  and Beijing, Shanghai, (China) taking part. Brendan Wisley Jnr from Kiltymooden is now working in Singapore and was involved with and played with the Singapore Lions team in the games. They beat Japan C and Taiwan and lost to Hong Kong A. They still qualified for the quarter final and beat Hong Kong Aussie Rules but lost the semi-final to Hong Kong B. A total of 36 teams from six Asian countries took part, between men’s and women’s teams. Nach iontach go deo é, an pheil ghaelach in áiteanna mar sin.

It is wonderful to see former club members involved in promoting Gaelic games in places so far afield as Spain and Singapore. Interesting to see too that one of the sponsors of the Singapore team listed on the programme for the games was Wisley Ecclesiastical Supplies. Our thanks to Brendan Wisley snr for providing a copy of the programme. Back in the early 1940s, when the Ballinamore club was suspended, there used to be a parish league in Ballinamore with teams from Ardrum, Clenaghoo, The Town and The Railway. Now we read that there was an All China Gaelic Football Championship in 2004, for both men and women, with teams from Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. In fact it took the Beijing team 14 hours by train to reach Shanghai. And people used to think the Narrow Gauge from Ballinamore to Drumshanbo was slow !


Lately the Cannaboe Syndicate won a sizeable prize in the Clane, Co Kildare GAA club park development draw. Sean Deane was the connection in Kildare and John Harte in Ballinamore. Another winner we noticed was “The Draw Committee” at Longford Greyhound Track. Owned by John and Clare Ryan he came away with a substantial prize and we wish him even bigger things in the future.


No winner of this weeks lotto draw held in Galligans. Winners on the night were, House Draw, Ollie Gallagher,  Sponsored Bottle, Seamus Mac Gabhann. 5 winners of 40 euro, Benny Connolly Drumreilly, James Donohoe c/o Christopher McNiffe, John P Doran Mayo, Paula Mc Weeney Longstone & Tara Prior Drumgowna

Next weeks draw in Heritage Bar, Jackpot 4,300.


Scealta na Seachtaine 25 Deireadh Fomhair 2004


Espana – News from Spain – Carl Sharpley – Player of the Tournament

The following message came from Conor Smith on e-mail from Spain this week:

Hello, Just to inform you we had our annual gaelic football tournament this
weekend. We had teams from Dublin,Galway,Kildare,Meath and Spain. That includes both men and women teams, nearly 200 players and officials.
The celebrity guests were Ogie Moran, Bomber Liston, Nicolas English and
Niall Quinn. The games were played over two days with the eventual winners coming from Galway. The player of the tournament was picked by the celebrities and that player was Carl Sharpley from Stradermot, son of Sean and Monica Sharpley. Which was an excellent achievement considering the teams on display.
We hope to see Sean O Heslin’s in the tournament soon.

Seniors Lose to Manorhamilton

Aughnasheelin’s new pitch is a delight to visit, great dry surface despite the rain, good spectator accommodation and everything we hope our own will be next year. However, for the second Sunday in two weeks it was the graveyard of our hopes as we overwhelmed by Glencar/Manorhamilton, in much the same fashion as Aughnasheelin did two weeks earlier. True, we were missing a few key players, but when you consider that Glencar/Manor were every lucky to beat us by a few points only a few weeks ago in the B championship, then things are not going well at the moment. At half-time, Glencar/Manor led by 1-7 to 0-2, with points coming from Joe Honeyman and a great “45” from Seán Murray. The second half was scarcely better as our only score was a point from Anthony McTague and Glencar/Manor got five more to finish 1-12 to 0-3 winners. Team: Kevin O’Connor, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Rory O’Rourke, Shane Ferguson, Paul McLoughlin, John McWeeney, Anthony McTague (0-1), Anton Arandelovic, Ronan Sharpley, Liam Ferguson, Joe Honeyman (0-1), Brian Cafferty, Sean Murray (0-1), Ciaran Murray, James McWeeney. Sub; Finnian Sharpley. Níl ach cluiche amháin fágtha anois, i gcoinne Droim Caorthainn.

Iomáint Sinsear B

The senior hurling B final between Glencar/Manor and ourselves on Sunday evening in the Bee Park ended in a draw. Conditions were awful bad for hurling and by the end the pitch was hardly playable. This was quite a well-contested game and we were lucky to get a draw in the end. At half time it was 0-5 all and we had points from Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (three) and Adrian Gallogly and Adrian Smith, We struggled in the second half, especially after Manorhamilton got their goal but still we never gave up trying. Points from Trevor Martin, who had an exceptionally good game, Adrian Gallogly and Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin kept us in the game but with five minutes to go we were a goal down. Then a long shot from Thomas McLoughlin was deflected into the net for the equalizer and there were no further scores to the end.  Final score 1-10 each. Thus we just survived agus beidh lá againn.

Those that have phones please use them!

One of the disappointing features of the game was that we had just twelve players including two who hadn’t played before this year. We were glad to have them on Sunday and fortunately there is a standing agreement in hurling in Leitrim that if you havn’t fifteen, the opposition fields at whatever numbers you have. However, what is hugely annoying, and we know that this happens to football mentors as well, is that players are told about the game, usually by text messages, and they do not bother  to reply if they are not going to the game. Some players did indicate that they would not be there due to injury or for other reasons. However, no less than seven players, all who had been out at earlier hurling games, did not turn up on Sunday or did not send any message. In these days of mobile phones there is no excuse for this. The team that did turn out on Sunday, despite the counter attractions was: Tommy McCormack. Hugh Gough, Gavin Brennan, Kevin O’Connor, Ciarán Maxwell, Thomas McLoughlin (1-0), Aidan Harte, Trevor Martin (0-1), Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (0-6), Adrian Gallogly (0-2), Adrian Smith (0-1), Seán McCartin.


Pota Óir is now at €4,200. Next Monday’s draw is in Galligan’s. Winners of €40 last week were: Seán Mac Conduibh, Marie Fleming, Corlough, Fiona Kielty c/o Sandra McKeon, Noel Connolly, Drumreilly, Barry Moran, Melican, Vanessa Hayden, Main St. Numbers drawn were: 65213704.

Club Meeting

There will be a general club meeting on 5 November in the Community Centre.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 18 Deireadh Fomhair 2004

Hurlers Overwhelmed

Our senior hurlers put up a good fight for the first half but two quick goals after half time ended the game entirely. Overall St Mary’s were in a different class and we were hoping for the game to end long before the finish. The loss of a number of players from the Manorhamilton game did not help but it wouldn’t have bridged the big gap between the teams. Good luck to St Mary’s in the Connacht Championship against Oran of Roscommon next Saturday. They certainly are the strongest club team ever to come out of Leitrim. Team and scorers: Liam Ferguson, David McGovern, Ciaran Maxwell, Mark Egan, Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan, Derek Moran, Peter Dolan, Thomas McLoughlin, Tony Meehan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin (0-3), Daniel Hughes, Adrian Gallogly, Adrian Smith, Trevor Martin. Sub: Rory O’Rourke.

Hurling B

We will play Manorhamilton in the B final this weekend, day and time to be fixed.

Minor Hurling

There will be a Minor Hurling Championship this year and we will play St Mary’s in the first round, possibly the week-end after next.  Two years ago we beat St Mary’s in under 16 but lost the final narrowly to Mohill. We may have some training at the weekend and players will be informed.

INTO Mini Sevens Victory

Congratulations to the Ballinamore Schools team who won the Mini Sevens played in Páirc Seán between the two games on Sunday. They beat Leitrim NS by 1-1 to 0-2. The point came in the first half from Stephen McTague and the crucial goal came after half time from Mark McGrory. The Leitrim lads put on great pressure and only some great saves from Eoin McHugh kept them out. It was great to see Ballinamore lads on the pitch on Co Final day and, le cúnamh Dé, we will see these lads in the future on the big occasion at Senior or other levels. Congratulations to their trainers, Noel McKeon and Séamus McTague. The panel was: Eoin McHugh, Evan Gallagher, Conor McTague, Shane Moran, Stephen McTague, Mark McGrory, John Fanning, Jack Cullen, Brian Beirne, Enda McNiffe.

Comhghairdeas do Eanach Dubh

Annaduff’s victory in the senior championship was certainly one of the most extraordinary success stories of recent times. To win a senior championship it is often said you first need a run of underage success. Well Annaduff’s success at underage level has been virtually nil. On Sunday they played with commitment and confidence that you would think was built on years of success. It certainly was inspirational and should rub off on us as we beat them twice last year, in the championship proper and in the B final. Congratulations also to Glencar/Manorhamilton who won the B final and this win should also be a reminder to us that we only lost to them this year in the last five minutes. Commiserations to Gortletteragh who ended up like we did against Melvin Gaels in 1998, favourites going in but losers coming out.

Ladies Football

Junior Shield against Manorhamilton in Manorhamilton on 31 Oct. Training on Saturday in St Felim’s at 4.00.

Gaeilge ins na Siopaí

All pubs in the town have now been given small signs of different sorts either bilingual or as Gaeilge amháin. We would like to thank all the publicans who have put up these signs. It all adds up to the image of Ballinamore as a town where a lot of Gaeilge is to be seen and heard. Indeed if any shop or other premises is intending to put up signage of any type, either on shopfronts or internally, we would ask them to consider including a bit of Gaeilge. Má tá aon cabhair ag teastáil, we would be glad to help.

Christmas/ New Year Draw

It may seem a long way away but tickets will soon be out for the club’s annual New Year draw. This draw is always a good fundraiser for the club. With such big developments in progress on the Park an even bigger effort is asked for this year. Tickets, costing €20 each will be out in early November and the draw will take place in Smyth’s Siopa Ól on Sunday 2 January.


The club AGM will be held this year on Sunday 5 December


Pota Óir is now at €4,100. Next Monday’s draw is in the Commercial. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Paddy McGourty, David Dolan, Margaret McKeon, Sean McCartin, Aughavas, Bernadette Dowd, Fenagh, Michelle Moran, Willowfield Rd. Winner of bottle of whiskey, sponsored by Damien and Patricia Flynn: Walter Sharpley. Numbers drawn: 34510276


Scealta na Seachtaine – 11 Deireadh Fomhair 2004

Hurling Final

O’Heslins and St Mary’s play the Senior hurling final on this Saturday at 4.00. The game is fixed for Páirc Seán but this will depend on weather conditions. The venue may change before the weekend.

Droch Dheireadh Seachtaine

It was a bad weekend on the mothballing front for Sean O’Heslins. Two teams in major semi-finals and the Seniors battling to keep up in the Div 1A table. It promised good but yielded nothing. Of the three, the most disappointing was the defeat of Oughteragh Gaels in the Under 21 Semi-final. While the seniors and intermediates could have no complaints, the under 21s were decidedly unlucky not to get a draw at least. Last year we finished with a flourish, this year we just finished.

Under 21s Beaten

In the 2002 Under 21 final Oughteragh Gaels were in cruel luck to lose to Drumlea in the replayed final about this time last year. Last Saturday in Carrigallen was something similar. A great start and Gaels were up by 0-5 to 0-0 and hit at least five wides that could have been scores. However, a Drumlea goal and a couple of points brought them level. It was close all through the second half but we just finished that tantalizing point behind. Team: Denis Dolan, Shane Ferguson, Patrick McLoughlin, Liam Ferguson, David Duignan, Barry McWeeney, Richard McManus, Anton Arandelovic, Ronan Sharpley, Cathal Egan, Sean Murray, Wayne Gilgunn, Conor Flynn, Gavin McWeeney, Finnian Sharpley. Sub James McWeeney.

Seniors Lose Badly to Aughnasheelin.

If there were any sort of back-door out of the new Aughnasheelin pitch, Ballinamore folk would have slid out quietly at half time on last Sunday. At half-time it was Aughnasheelin 3-5, Sean O’Heslin’s 0-0. After 16 minutes of the second half we still hadn’t scored. The extraordinary part of it was that with a bit of luck, we could have possibly leveled it in the last fourteen minutes, such was our superiority in that period. A couple of goal chances missed and a few points as well. However, we wouldn’t have deserved it given the total dominance of Aughnasheelin for the first half especially. It was strange really. A few weeks ago, with a makeshift team, we beat Aughnasheelin in the championship, if only by the narrowest of margin. The first half on Sunday was a disaster. Aughnasheelin hit a glorious patch and we were destroyed. In the second half Aughnasheelin only scored a point. Sean Murray was in scoring form for O’Heslins and got all of our 1-4, and with a bit of luck could have got as much more. It ended 3-6 to 1-4. Footnote: In the 1959 Senior Championship Final, Sean O’Heslins failed to score at all. They were beaten by Melvin Gaels by 1-6 to 0-0.

Team on Sunday: Tommy McCormack, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Rory O’Rourke, Shane Ferguson, Liam Ferguson, John McWeeney, Patrick McLoughlin, Thomas McLoughlin, Ronan Sharpley, David Duignan, Joe Honeyman, Anthony McTague, Finnian Sharpley, Paul Prior, Sean Murray (1-4).

Intermediates Beaten in Semi-Final

Within two minutes James McWeeney had the ball in the net to give us a great start against St Mary’s on Sunday. Peter Dolan followed with another good point and things were looking good. At half time it was still good enough as we had a 1-2 to 0-4 lead. However it must be said that St Mary’s had shot a litany of wides. St Mary’s got a lucky goal after the break followed by a penalty. However, Denis Dolan made two great saves from the penalty and rebound. In the second half we battled bravely. Good scores from Adrian Smith, Adrian Gallogly, James McWeeney (free), Peter Dolan and the score of the match from Anton Arandelovic kept us in the game until the final five minutes. At that stage it was level. However St Mary’s finished the better and got the final four points to win by 1-11 to 1-7. In the end lack of fitness was the critical factor but we certainly did not give in without a fight. Team: Denis Dolan, Joe McTague, Gavin Brennan, Ciaran Maxwell, Kevin O’Connor, Francis Dolan, Alan Prior, Ray Logan, Anton Arandelovic, James McWeeney, Peter Dolan, Peter Reynolds, Adrian Gallogly, Adrian Smith, Adrian Murphy. Subs: Gordon Hughes and Jason Kellett.

INTO Mini Sevens

Ballinamore will be represented on Co Final day by the Ballinamore Schools team in the Final of the Mini Sevens. They play Leitrim NS at the interval between the two senior finals. The team overcame a number of other schools including Carrick and Kinlough to reach the final. The panel is as follows: Eoin McHugh, Stephen McTague, Conor McTague, Evan Gallagher, Mark McGrory, Jack Cullen, John Fanning, Enda McNiffe, Shane Moran, Brian Beirne.

Senior Training

Training for Seniors at 6.30 in Felim’s on Saturday.

Person of the Year

Comhghairdeas to Willie Donnellan on his selection as Leitrim Guardian man-of-the year. Willie never misses a match or indeed any other event where he is asked to cover and his pictorial record of Leitrim is a most valuable archive. Nobody deserves the award better.

Best Wishes

Good to see Peter Honeyman on the road again after a spell in hospital. Good wishes also to Paddy Dolan who was hospitalized as well.


Ár gcomhbhrón do Chathaoirleach an Choiste Contae, Michael MacGabhann ar bhás a dhearthair le déanaí.

Premium Tickets for Rules Match

Lines are on sale for two premium tickets for Sundays Australia v Ireland match in Croke Park. €2 a line.

Girls Football

The under 16s were beaten in a playoff against Ballinaglera on Sunday by a two point margin. Training will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Felim’s at 6.30 as the Juniors are still in the junior Shield.


No winner of the Pota Óir which is now at €4,000. Monday’s draw is in the Waterway’s Bar. Winners of €40 last week were: John McWeeney, Caroline O’Reilly, Drumlea, Damien O’Rourke, Marymount, Michael Sharkey, Fenagh, Tess Gallagher, Church St, Felix Gallogly, Aughavas. Winner of Bottle of Bacardi sponsored by Ciaran Smith: Andy Duffy. Numbers drawn 53124607



Scealta na Seachtaine –  4 Deireadh Fomhair 2004


Fixtures – Busy weekend ahead

The under 21 semi-final against Garadice Gaels will be on Saturday in Carrigallen, probably at 5.00. The seniors will meet Aughnasheelin on Sunday morning at 12.00 in Aughnasheelin and the Intermediate semi-final against St Mary’s will be on Sunday at 3.30 at a venue to be arranged. Please check Kavanagh’s window for any changes of fixtures.

Under 21s Win

Oughteragh Gaels had a good win over St Francis in Aughnasheelin on Sunday morning. Points came from Gavin McWeeney, Conor Flynn, Sean Murray and Ronan Sharpley and at half time Gaels led by 0-4 to 0-3 but they should have been further ahead. St Francis had a period of dominance early in the second half and they scored three points to lead by 0-6 to 0-4. The Gaels took over from then on and should have the game wrapped up only for missing some good chances. However, Sean Murray and Anton Arandelovic got points and then Gavin McWeeney pointed a succession of frees to get victory by 0-10 to 0-6. It was a keenly fought game watched by a good crowd. Team and scorers: Denis Dolan, Shane Ferguson, Patrick McLoughlin, Liam Ferguson, David Duignan, Barry McWeeney, Richard McManus, Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Ronan Sharpley (0-1), James McWeeney, Sean Murray (0-2), Wayne Gilgunn, Conor Flynn (0-1), Gavin McWeeney (0-5), Finnian Sharpley. Sub used: Cathal Egan.

Club Meeting

Important club meeting this Friday at 9.00 in the Community Center. All members are asked to attend.


The Senior hurling final against St Mary’s will be on Saturday week. Because of the time scale to the Connacht club championship, we are directly into a final and the B competition will be played later.

Lotto Earlier

Please remember Lotto will take place at 11.30 from next Monday.


Tá an Pota Óir anois ag €3,900. Next Monday’s draw is in Smyth’s Siopa Ól. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Anne Shanley, Vincent Gallagher, Monica McFarland, Caroline Duffy, Mullingar, Anne Downes, Brigid’s Street, Eileen McManus. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Frank Flynn: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin. Numbers drawn:70612453.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 27 Mean Fomhair 2004


Historic Win For Under 16s

Sean O’Heslins took the Under 16 (15-a-side) Championship with a dramatic win over St Mary’s in Páirc Seán on Saturday last. It is hard to believe that this was O’Heslins first under 16 A Championship since 1980. Is fada an lá ach tháinig sé ar deireadh. A more dramatic game you would seldom see. It was an amazing victory because for much of the game St Mary’s looked the stronger team but O’Heslins played with the fire and spirit of O’Heslins teams of times past. They got a great start when Shane Reynolds got a great goal after a couple of minutes. Points followed from John Christie, Jim McTague and Shane Murphy, giving us 1-3 before St Mary’s got their first point. The Carrick lads didn’t know what hit them. Jim McTague got another point followed by two from Carrick. It was now 1-4 to 0-3, as Carrick hit wide after wide. With minutes to go to half-time Darren McGrory got a point and then Stephen Rymes Thompson got another great goal. Thus, at half time, we were up by eight points, 2-5 to 0-3. The question was would it be enough, particularly as full back Michael Costello had to go off with a knee injury just before half-time.


St Mary’s got the first three points of the second half to reduce it to two. Darren McGrory got a magnificent point from a solo effort. St Mary’s virtually owned the ball for most of the second half. The Ballinamore half backs were being overwhelmed by the physically stronger St Mary’s forwards. However St Mary’s continued to hit wide after wide. Eventually, their midfielder, Ray Mulvey, kicked three unbelievable points from long range frees and then our world seemed to cave in when St Mary’s got a lucky break for a goal. The sides were level and with the pressure we were under it seemed highly unlikely we could hold out. At this stage the fight was on and our lads put on the pressure again. It fell to Darren McGrory to score the point of the match to put us ahead again with five minutes left. Nails were bitten to the skin in those last minutes. Both teams squandered a couple of chances but the final whistle brought great relief and a historic eight Under 16 Championship to Cannaboe. After 24 years, there can be none sweeter. 

Shane Reynolds Gets Cup

After a victory that the lads will never forget and indeed a turning point in the fortunes of our underage teams, Sean O’Heslin’s man, Walter Sharpley, who is also Bord na nÓg Treasurer, presented the trophy to Captain, Shane Reynolds. For these lads who have known defeat to St Mary’s over the years this was great news. In 2002, when these lads were under 12s they lost the championship final to St Mary’s by 2-10 to 0-10. Two years ago in 2002, when they were under 14s, they lost the final to St Mary’s by 4-9 to 0-6. Many times they might have said “ Tiochfaidh ár lá”. Anois tá an lá tagtha. The team mentors Sean Reynolds, Padraig McKeon and John Prior deserve the height of praise for bringing this team along despite many heartbreaking defeats in the past. Thanks too to Frank and Ita Flynn for sponsorship.

The Team

Philip Farrelly made some good saves in goal and was a busy man with kick-outs alone as St Mary’s had about fifteen wides to our three or four. Paul Darcy, Michael Costello and Joseph Murphy were very solid all through, but Joseph Murphy’s display was outstanding. The half back line of Kevin Prior, Wayne McKeon and Enda Quinn had a busy day as they were playing three big forward, bigger than any of them. They never gave up. Jim McTague and Philip Murphy played their hearts out at midfield and Jim McTague did likewise when moved to full back in the second half. John Christie, Shane Reynolds and Stephen Rymes Thompson played wonderful in the first half especially and got some great scores. Darren Reynolds, Darren McGrory and Shane Murphy made wonderful use of the limited ball that came their way. Shane Murphy did trojan work all through and if there was a “Man of the Match” award it would have to go to Darren McGrory. He got the only two scores we got in the second half and both were works of individual genius. One could not forget the only sub used, Neil Hughes, who came on for Michael Costello and played wonderfully. The other subs were: Éamon Walsh, Shane McWeeney, Séamus Donnelly, Ross Dooner, David Leyden. 

1980 – The last Under 16 success

The last time Ballinamore won the premier under 16 competition in the county was in 1980. At that time the competition was divided into Towns and Rural, and Ballinamore won the Towns competition. They beat Mohill in Aughavas in the final in June 1980 by 3-2 to 1-1. The competition at that time was 13-a-side and that was O’Heslins seventh time to win the title, the previous wins were in 1960,1961, 1963, 1975,1976 and 1977. Who would believe it would take 24 years to win another one. One remarkable coincidence was that one of the corner backs last Saturday was Joseph Murphy and twenty-four years ago Joseph’s father, also Joseph, was at corner back on the winning team. The club’s record keeper, Hugh McTague, has come up with the team in 1980 which was as follows: Brian Mahon, Francis Milton, Joseph Murphy, Damien Dolan, Ray Dolan, Paul Kelleher, Patrick Martin (1-0), Francis Maguire (Capt) (1-0), Brian Breen (1-1), Gerry Curran, Liam Conlon  (0-1), Paul Kieran, Paschal Flynn.  Eight of that team of thirteen subsequently won senior championship medals with Sean O’Heslins but more remarkably, three of them were on the Leitrim panel that won the Connacht Senior Championship in 1994. Paul Kieran would have been the youngest on that team at thirteen years of age.

Cruinniu – Important Club Meeting

A general club meeting open to all club members will be held in the Community Centre on Friday 8 October at 9.00.

All Ireland Masters

Good to see two club men, Damien Crossan and Liam Conlon involved in the All Ireland masters. Go n-éirí leo san ath-imirt.


Pota Óir is now at €3,800. Monday’s draw is in Reynolds. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Geraldine Farrelly, Maryville, Daniel O’Reilly, Kilcogy, Sean McCartin, Lahard, Francis Dolan, Diarmuid Martin, Tom McKiernan, Killeshandra, Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Gay Prior: Frances O’Reilly, Lahard. Numbers drawn: 73526401. The Lotto draw will be held at 11.30 sharp from Monday week 11 Oct.


Intermediates are asked to attend training tonight Wednesday. At 8.00 in Felim’s.

Under 16 Girls

The girls will now be trying to repeat the success of the boys and they play Ballinaglera in Aughnasheelin on this Wednesday at 6.30


Scealta na Seachtaine – 20 Mean Fomhair 2004


Seniors Defeated in B Quarter Final

Our seniors made their exit from the B Championship when they lost to Glencar/Manorhamilton in Ballinaglera on Saturday. For most of this game we seemed capable of winning it, apart from the first ten minutes when we fell three points behind. However, by half time it was 0-5 each and looking good. Paul Prior had pointed two frees and good points from Paul McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty and David Duignan. Both teams had a number of chances but scores were very hard to come by. With twenty minutes gone in the second half both teams had added just one point and the game still level. Then disaster in the goalmouth, a mixture of hesitancy and opportunism, but a goal that shouldn’t have happened. Manorhamilton added a couple of points and we just got one more from a Paul Prior free. It ended 1-9 to 0-7 but it was closer than that on the field. So ends our championship run but we have three more league games to play. Team: Aidan Harte, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Rory O’Rourke, Shane Ferguson, David Duignan (0-1), John McWeeney, Patrick McLoughlin, Ronan Sharpley, Thomas McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty (0-1), Paul McLoughlin (0-1), Liam Ferguson, Paul Prior (0-4), Ciaran Murray, Sean Murray. Subs: Paul Kieran, Finnian Sharpley, Joe Honeyman, Anthony McTague.

Hurlers Beat Manorhamilton

The first game in the senior hurling championship was played last Sunday in Aughawillan. At half time we looked home-and-dried with a ten-point lead, 2-6 to

0-2. Aidan Harte had got a goal in the first minute, Ruairí O Suilleabháin pointed two frees and got two from play and Ronan Sharpley and Adrian Smith had one each. Before half time Aidan Harte had another goal. However hurling is a game where a big lead can evaporate very quickly. Within five minutes of the restart Manorhamilton had the ball in the net three times, and there was just a point in it. However a goal from Ronan Sharpley and points from Trevor Martin, Adrian Smith and Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin saved the day. It finished 3-9 to 3-4. Team was: Tommy McCormack, David McGovern, Ciaran Maxwell, Mark Egan, Kevin O’Connor, Gavin Brennan, Thomas McLoughlin, Peter Dolan, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin

(0-5), Aidan Harte (2-0), Ronan Sharpley (1-1), Adrian Gallogly, Adrian Smith (0-2), Trevor Martin (0-1). Subs: Derek Moran, Paul McLoughlin, Finnian Sharpley.

It looks as if this victory will put us into the A Final against St Mary’s. With the way senior football is progressing, and the limited time to the Connacht Club championship, the B hurling will be finished after the A County final.


Sympathy to the Murray Family, Killaneen, on the sudden death of Michael Murray. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

Web Site

The club web site continues to be looked at regularly. Don’t forget the address,

Under 16 Football Final

The under 16 final against St Mary’s is on this Saturday in Cloone at 5.00


Pota Óir is now at €3,700. Next Monday’s draw is in Prior’s. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Philip Farrelly, Ross Gannon, Bernadette Beirne, Eugene Carthy, Imelda Mahon. Winner of €25 voucher sponsored by Gerry McWeeney, Poor Scholar: Sean McNiffe. Numbers drawn: 45627103


Scealta na Seachtaine – 13 Mean Fomhair 2004


Senior B quarter final is in Ballinaglera on Saturday at 5.30 against Glencar/Manorhamilton. Senior B Hurling against Manorhamilton is on Sunday at venue to be arranged.

Seniors Win First Round of “B”

It turned out to be the best weekend of the year so far for our adult football teams as both the seniors and intermediates progressed in the championship. The seniors were up against it against Aughnasheelin on Sunday morning, with half a dozen players out through holidays or injury. In the first half they were in serious trouble and trailed by 0-7 to 0-0 after 25 minutes with Gavin McWeeney on great scoring form for Aughnasheelin. Sean Murray then put over two frees and Paul McLoughlin came to the rescue with a goal to leave only two points in it at half time. In the second half we did better, and Aughnasheelin’s scoring rate slackened. Sean Murray scored three points and Ronan Sharpley one. Then, with the sides level, Paul McLoughlin saved our bacon with a great pointed free from 60 yards. It finished 1-7 to 0-9 and we thus progressed to the quarter finals of the B competition. Team: Michael Dolan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Rory O’Rourke, Shane Ferguson, Anthony McTague, John McWeeney, Patrick McLoughlin, Thomas McLoughlin, Ronan Sharpley (0-1), Brian Cafferty, Paul Prior, Paul McLoughlin (1-1), Tommy McCormack, Ciaran Murray, Sean Murray (0-5). Sub, Freddie Walsh.

Intermediates in Semi-Final

The Intermediates had a good win over Glencar/Manorhamilton on Saturday in Ballinaglera. The two teams met in the first round a few weeks ago when Manorhamilton won by nine points. The repeat match turned out different altogether and straight from the throw-in we were dominant. Indeed the first half performance was exceptional and by half time we led by 0-9 to 0-1. Peter Dolan scored four excellent points from play, James McWeeney got three, two of them from frees and Anton Arandelovic and Ray Logan got the other two. The game seemed over at half time but the Glencar/Manor lads didn’t give up. They got a great goal, which set them alight, and they dominated the exchanges. James McWeeney got three second half points, Kevin O’Connor got one great one and Peter Reynolds got our last one to put us five up. However Manorhamilton got a last minute penalty, which they scored, to leave it 0-14 to 2-6. But for two great saves from Denis Dolan we could have let it slip. However, the Manor goalie also brought off a great save from Peter Dolan in the first minute of the second half, which might have finished it at that time. Team: Denis Dolan, Gavin Brennan, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ciaran Maxwell, Alan Prior, Francis Dolan, Kevin O’Connor (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Ray Logan (0-1), James McWeeney (0-6), Peter Reynolds (0-1), Peter Dolan (0-4), Adrian Gallogly, Adrian Smith, Adrian Murphy.

Under 16 Footballers in Final

The under 16s got a walk-over from Melvin Gaels which puts them in the final against St Mary’s on this Friday in Páirc Seán at 6.30. This is the A final and a big occasion for our under 16s. Your support at the final would be greatly appreciated.

Ladies Football

The Juniors beat Gortletteragh on Sunday and the play Bornacoola on 3 Oct. The girls under 16s lost to Manorhamilton last Tuesday. They play Aughawillan on this Thursday at 7.00 in Aughawillan.


Pota Óir is now at €3,600. Monday’s draw is in the Scoláire Bocht. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Diarmuid Martin, Gregory Hargadon, Fenagh, Anna Maxwell Drumreilly, Christy Creamer, Kiltyhugh, Aisling Fee, Aughnasheelin, Aidan McKeon, Mohill. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Liam McGirl: Christopher McNiffe. Numbers drawn: 34056172

Premium Tickets

Club members who wish to have their names in for a draw for the club’s two Premium All Ireland Football tickets, please give your name to Paddy O’Connor immediately. The person pulled from the hat will just pay the face value of the tickets.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 6 Mean Fomhair 2004


Intermediate Championship on Saturday against Glencar/Manorhamilton in Ballinaglera at 6.30. Senior B Championship against Aughnasheelin in Aughawillan on Sunday at 6.00.

Intermediates Beat Carrigallen

After seven championship games, between senior and intermediate, we finally got a win and a good one it was too against Carrigallen on Sunday morning. We got a great start, the very opposite to the drawn game. A week earlier Ballinamore were five points down before they knew where they were. On Sunday Anton Arandelovic got a quick point and Peter Dolan got another. Then Peter Dolan soloed fifty yards, rounded a couple of players, to score as good a goal as you would see anywhere. Within a couple of minutes, James McWeeney finished a move with another great goal. Adrian Smith added a point. We were now leading by 2-3 to 0-0. It was hard to believe these were the same two teams that met a week earlier. Carrigallen didn’t give up. They got two good points and a gift of a goal and at half time it was 2-3 to 1-2. Peter Dolan got two quick points from play to settle things after the break. Carrigallen pulled it back a bit but good scores from James McWeeney, Adrian Smith twice and Anton Arandelovic put us in the quarter final on a score of 2-9 to 1-6.

The wining of this game centered on the outstanding midfield performances of Anton Arandelovic and Ray Logan. The half back line of Alan Prior, Francis Dolan and Kevin O’Connor was excellent as was the half forward line of James McWeeney, Peter Reynolds and Peter Dolan. The full back line was also sound, and what about Adrian’s Wall. There was a time when Adrian’s Wall was a defence fortification, but in Aughawillan last Sunday it was in attack, as the full forward line was made up of three Adrians, Adrian Gallogly, Adrian Smith and Adrian Murphy. Team and Scorers: Denis Dolan, Jason Kellett, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ciaran Maxwell, Alan Prior, Francis Dolan, Kevin O’Connor, Anton Arandelovic (0-2), Ray Logan, James McWeeney (1-1), Peter Reynolds, Peter Dolan (1-3), Adrian Gallogly, Adrian Smith (0-3), Adrian Murphy, Subs: Shane Creamer, Sean McCartin

Seniors Draw with Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher

Our seniors drew with Glenfarne/Kilty on Saturday. There was nothing at stake in this game as both teams were out of the championship. There was never much in it, but we kicked a lot of wides in the final quarter and probably should have clinched it. Final score, Seán O’Heslins 0-8, Glenfarne 1-5 Team was: Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Shane Ferguson, Rory O’Rourke, Patrick McLoughlin, Liam Ferguson, John McWeeney, David Duignan, Paul Kieran, Thomas McLoughlin, Brian Cafferty, Joe Honeyman, Anthony McTague, Seán Murray, Paul McLoughlin, Paul Prior.

Premium Tickets

Club members who wish to have their names in for a draw for the club’s two Premium All Ireland Football tickets, please give your name to Paddy O’Connor immediately. The person pulled from the hat will just pay the face value of the tickets.


Wedding were the order of the day recently. Aidan Galligan married Helen Thomas last week and Seán McGloin, one of the “bachelors” who reached an All Ireland Final in Scór Novelty Act a few years ago married Susan Martin. Comhghairdeas leo uile.

Under 16 Football

Under 16s play Melvin Gaels on Friday in Aughawillan at 7.00. Training for under 16s tonight Wednesday at 7.00 in Felim’s.


Training this Thursday for juniors and under 16s in Felim’s at 7.00


Pota Óir is now at €3,500. Monday’s draw is in McGirls. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Noel Sweeney, Cloe Casey, Keadue, Frank Smith, Aughawillan, Gregory Hargadon, Fenagh, Debbie Keaney, Aghacashel, Laura Creamer, Kiltyhugh. Winner of bottle of whiskey sponsored by Seán McAllister was Philip Farrelly. Uimhreacha tógtha amach: 43567120


Scealta na Seachtaine – 30 Lunasa 2004


Seniors play Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher on Saturday at 6.30 in Ballinaglera. Intermediate replay against Carrigallen is on Sunday at 5.00 in Cloone

Intermediates Draw with Carrigallen

On a couple of occasions this intermediate team looked dead and buried but they refused to yield and in the end got a deserved draw against Carrigallen in Aughawillan on Sunday morning. This certainly was a game that turned from side to side. In the first half Carrigallen were greatly on top and led by 0-6 to 0-1 well into the half. It could have been a bigger margin but for a few good saves from Aiden Harte. Adrian Gallogly and James McWeeney added two points to the total before the interval leaving only three in it at half-time. Carrigallen started the second half well and led by six points again before James McWeeney scored a wonderful goal to bring it down to three. Within a minute disaster struck. Carrigallen got a freak goal when a high ball deceived Aiden Harte in the goals and a further Carrigallen point left us seven behind. It looked lost. However, that was when the Ballinamore lads started to play, led by Ray Logan and Francis Dolan in particular, but in fact everyone rowed in. Ray Logan, Adrian Gallogly, James McWeeney and Adrian Smith all scored points. Then a few chances of points were squandered before we were awarded a penalty. Ray Logan was the man to take it and he made no mistake. We could have snatched it in the final minutes but a draw was a fair result. Final score, O’Heslins 2-7 Carrigallen 1-10. Team and scorers: Aidan Harte, Ciaran Maxwell, Gavin Brennan, Joe McTague, Kevin O’Connor, Francis Dolan, Alan Prior, Ray Logan (1-1), Anton Arandelovic, James McWeeney (1-2), Peter Dolan (0-1), David Earley, Adrian Gallogly (0-2), Adrian Smith (0-1), Gordon Hughes. Sub, Peter Reynolds

Ladies Under 12s Doing Well

The under 12 girls are playing great stuff in the 7-a-side league. They beat Ballinaglera, lost narrowly to Fenagh and on Monday last they beat Allen Gaels in a very exciting game by 2-13 to 4-5. They now play Cloone next Saturday. Their panel is Niamh Donnelly, Lauren McGrory, Gillian Leyden, Katie Duignan, Ciara O’Dowd, Ciara McTague, Megan O’Connor, Dawn Flynn, Laura O’Dowd, Róisín McTague, Aoibheann Curran, Phillipa O’Reilly

Ladies Football, Junior and Under 16.

The Junior girls lost to Cloone last Saturday. They play Dromahair on this Friday, probably in St Felim’s at 7.15. Good luck to the under 16 girls who will play Manorhamilton in Manorhamilton on Tuesday next. Training for both of those tonight Wednesday in St Felim’s at 8.00.

Comhghairdeas and Best Wishes

Congratulations to Diarmuid Keegan and Pamela Grant who got married last week. Also Gerard Farry and Martina Canning who did likewise last week. Best wishes for a speedy return to football for Ronan O’Rourke who had a knee operation lately.

Under 16 football

The under 16 boys had a good win over Drumreilly on Monday last. Their next game is against Melvin Gaels at home on 10 Sept. Training for the under 16 boys is on Saturday in St Felim’s at 6.00

Premium tickets for All Ireland hurling and Football Finals

The two Premium tickets, which the club holds, will be made available for the All Ireland Finals in the same as last year, as follows. Any paid up club member who wishes to have his or her name entered into a draw for the two tickets for either of the finals, please let Paddy O’Connor know immediately. There is no entry charge, only to be a paid up member. Tdraw for the hurling tickets will be made on the Wed before the final. The person pulled out of the hat will just pay the cost of normal stand tickets for the final.


Bhí an Lotto, as Gaeilge, i Lawrences ar an Luan seo caite. There was no winner of the Pota Óir. Next Monday’s draw is in McAllister’s with a jackpot of €3,400. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Francis Duignan, Elaine Prior, Danny Smith, Church St, Séamus McGovern, Drumderg, Mona Creamer, Caroline Martin, Lahard. Winner of the bottle of whiskey, sponsored by Dick and Margaret Lawrence; Andy Duffy. Numbers drawn were: 54603172


Scealta na Seachtaine 23 lunasa 2004

Seniors Lose

Our senior “A” championship endeavours for 2004 ended in Cloone on Saturday evening. There were two views one could have after this game. The first is that Carrigallen are stronger than any of the other teams in the group and are streets ahead of St Mary’s or Allen Gaels, both of whom were lucky enough to beat us. Carrigallen certainly looked to be in a different league altogether and the game was effectively over at half time when they led by 2-5 to 0-4. The other view is that we gave the most miserable display since Ballinaglera beat us last summer in Carrick. For whatever reason we lost badly and Carrigallen were worth every point of their 3-12 to 0-7 victory. Now it is on to the “B” championship and lets hope we can repeat last year’s success. After an awful performance when losing to Ballinaglera last year it seemed the end of the road, but three games later and we were celebrating victory in the “B” championship. Hopefully the same can happen in 2004. Team and scorers last Saturday. Michael Dolan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Shane Ferguson, Patrick McLoughlin, Liam Ferguson, Rory O’Rourke, John McWeeney, Paul Kieran, Tomas McLoughlin, David Duignan, Ronan Sharpley, Brian Cafferty, Paul Prior (0-4), Paul McLoughlin (0-1), Seán Murray. Subs: Colm Brennan, Ciaran Murray (0-1), Finnian Sharpley (0-1).

Games Off

We conceded our first round game in the junior championship because of lack of numbers. The intermediate game was postponed due to the pitch in Annaduff being unplayable.

Under 16 Football

The under 16s won their first round game against Carrigallen on Monday. The minors and under 14s are now both out of the championship.

Premium Tickets

There will be draws for premium tickets for this Saturday’s Fermanagh v Mayo replay and also for Sunday’s Kerry v Derry. Draw will take place on Thursday night.


Next Monday’s draw is in Lawrence’s. Pota Óir is €3,300. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Frank Kelly, Ballycumber, Bernadette Mitchell, Drumreilly, Tess Gallagher, Stradermot, Zoe Prior, Park Rd, Shane Harte, John Galligan. Bottle of Whiskey: John Harte. Numbers drawn: 02364517.


Scealta na Seachtaine 16 Lunasa 2004


Seniors Lose to St Mary’s

Our Seniors suffered their second loss of the championship on Saturday evening. On the positive side it wasn’t bad to be within three points of the Co Senior Champions and the team that ran Caltra to a point in the Connacht Championship. On the otherhand this defeat means that we are highly likely to be confined to the B Championship this year again if we hope to win senior silverware. A bad first half performance was the cause of or downfall. At half-time St Mary’s led by 0-8 to 0-2, and our two points had come from two frees by Paul Prior. The second half was “ i bhfad níos fearr”. We outscored St Mary’s by 1-6 to 0-6 in the second half although, it must be admitted, Carrick’s inaccuracy in the second half was a great help. However, we never gave up and apart from one Paul Prior free, all of our second half scores were from play. Sean Murray did great work to set up the goal for Paul McLoughlin. Paul Kieran hit the crossbar with a rasper which, in the end, could have given us a draw. The game ended 0-14 to 1-8 in Carrick’s favour. Two games and two defeats, both by just three points, and in both games the crossbar denied us goals, by Ciaran Murray against Allen Gaels and by Paul Kieran last Saturday. Team and scorers:  Michael Dolan, Anthony McTague, Rory O’Rourke, Patrick McLoughlin, David Duignan (0-1), Shane Ferguson, Liam Ferguson, Paul Kieran, Ronan Sharpley (0-1), Thomas McLoughlin, Joe Honeyman, Brian Cafferty, Paul Prior (0-5), Paul McLoughlin (1-0), Finnian Sharpley. Subs: John McWeeney, Sean Murray (0-1)

Intermediates Lose

It was a bad week for our championship hopes as our intermediates lost heavily to Glencar/Manorhamilton on Sunday. It was looking quite good up to half-time. In fact there was only a point in it on the thirty minutes, but extra time lasted over six minutes during which time Manorhamilton scored four points. We struggled badly in the second half and it finished 0-18 to 0-9. Our best displays came from Gavin Brennan, Ray Logan and young James McWeeney who pointed five frees and got one from play, Team and scorers: Colm Brennan, Darragh Keenaghan, Gavin Brennan, Francis Dolan, Kevin O’Connor, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Joe McTague, Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Ray Logan, Alan Prior, Peter Dolan (0-1), James McWeeney (0-6), Tommy McCormack, Adrian Smith, Gordon Hughes (0-1). Subs: Aidan Harte, David Earley, Adrian Gallogly. A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of the late Michael Clancy, who died tragically in Spain.  The Sean O’Heslins club extends its sympathy to the Clancy family. Go ndéana Dia trócaire air.

Successful Golf Classic

The Golf classic at Ballinamore Golf Club turned out to be a wonderful event in every respect. Almost forty teams took part. The club are indebted to Joe Gormley the main organizer of the event. Thanks also to Brian Breen, Paddy O’Connor and Laura Sweeney of Event Management as well as all others who helped. There was a great response from people in the town who sponsored teams and tees and indeed many offered help without having to be asked. Thanks also to the many sponsors from farther afield who sponsored teams and tees as well. Our particular thanks to Ballinamore Golf Club for the use of their facilities. The day ended with a great night in the clubhouse with Tomás Ó Moráin as fear-a-tí

Main Sponsor

For the second year, Frank D’Arcy, a native of High St Ballinamore was the main sponsor. Frank runs a business called Financial Advisory Services in Grand Canal St in Dublin which specializes in financial planning for both business and individuals. It offers independent and best advice for mortgage finance, car loans, life cover, pension and investment products with very special deals for customers from Cannaboe and surrounding areas. You can ring Frank at (01) 6674102 or (086) 8215121 or on e-mail at It is great to see former players like Joe Gormley and Frank D’Arcy putting such an effort into helping the club with the big project currently in progress.


Seniors play Carrigallen in Cloone on Saturday at 7.30. Will it be third time lucky? Juniors play Glenfarne in Ballinaglera on Sunday at 12.30. It is vital that all players contacted indicate whether they will be available for this game. Let’s get a junior team out for the first time in a few years.

Under 16

First championship game is in Carrigallen against Carrigallen on Monday next 23 August.

Under 14 Football

Under 14s lost to Melvin Gaels last week. On this Friday they play Carrick in Carrick at 7.00. Leaving Courthouse at 6.00 sharp

Under 10s

The under 10s played in the Liam Gormley Memorial Cup hosted by the Aughawillan club on Sunday. In their first game they lost narrowly to Carrigallen. They beat Killygarry in their next game, the B semi-final. In the B final they lost to Aughawillan. Our panel was: Jack Bagge, Michael Darcy, Anthony Maguire, Conor Moran, Dean McGovern, Jack Cullen, Brian Banks, Nathan Gallagher, Kevin Banks, Evan Moran, Michael O’Dell, Cian McCaffrey, Luke Murphy, Cian Reynolds, Donal Feely, Fergal Curran, Peter Reynolds, Niall McGovern, Colm O’Reilly, Conor O’Brien. Thanks to the Aughawillan club for organizing this competition and for inviting us to participate.

Premium Tickets

Lines are out for two premium tickets for next Sunday’s semi-final, Fermanagh v Mayo and also the Tommy Murphy Cup final.

Ladies Football

The minors were beaten in the first round by Kiltubrid last week. Training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday is now at 8.00.

Draw For Cáirde Cannaboe

Those who contribute to the €10 a month were included in a draw last week, which is held annually. The winner of the €1,000 was Noel Sweeney. Winners of €100 were: John McWeeney, Brendan Brennan, Joe Dolan, Diarmuid McCaffrey, Joseph Murphy. The club would be delighted to hear from others who would subscribe 10 euro a month by standing order.

Best Wishes

Best wishes to Paddy Dolan, star of the fifties, sixties and seventies, who was hospitalized briefly. Paddy is a regular visitor to Cannaboe and to our matches. Beidh tú ar ais i gceann tamaill. Good wishes too to Cormac MacGiolla also. Bhí Cormac san ospidéal freisin.

Gaelic Football in Spain

Conor Smith is home from the Costa del Sol at present. Conor is involved with a team in the Marbella area called Costa Gaels. This team beat Barcelona to win the Championship of Spain a while ago. Another of their players is Karl Sharpley. Conor tells us that four teams from Ireland travel out to the Costa del Sol each year to take part in a tournament. Nach iontach go deo go bhfuil an peil gaelach le feiscint sa Spain.


Comhghairdeas to Alan Ryan and Trish who got married lately in San Francisco. Alan has a unique record in Scór in that he won two All Ireland Scór na nÓg titles in Question Time, three years apart.

Gaeilge Signs

As part of the club’s promotion of An Ghaeilge, the club is presenting a set of bilingual signs to each pub in the town for use in their premises. The signs are being presented each Monday night at the Lotto. We are pleased to see that the signs are being erected in each pub. Míle buíochas do na tabhairneoirí (publicans).


No winner of the Pota Óir last Monday. Winners of €40; Tom Burns, Francie Flanagan, Louise Ferry, Oran McIvor, Derry, Ryan Creamer, Kiltymooden, Colm Brennan. House Prizes: Noel Sweeney and Tom Burns. Numbers drawn were: 15760352. Next Monday’s draw is in Jackie’s


Scealta na Seachtaine – 9 Lunasa 2004


Senior Championship on Saturday

Our Senior Championship game is against St Mary’s in Cloone on Saturday next, at 7.30.

Intermediate Championship

Our intermediates meet Glencar/Manorhamilton on Sunday next at 12.30 in Ballinaglera in the first round.

Golf Classic

The club’s Golf Classic is in Ballinamore Golf Club on this Friday, 13 August. The team sheet is practically full but check to see if there is a place left, if you have not already entered. Tee or green sponsorship would still be welcome. There will be a special prize of €1,000 for anyone who has a hole-in-one at the 11th hole, a par three. Entry for this prize costs €5. There will also be a photographic exhibition relating to Sean O’Heslins. The overall event has as its main sponsor, Frank Darcy, a native of High St. Frank trades as Financial Advisory Services and provides a range of mortgage, investment and life-cover packages.

Night at the Golf Club

There will be a night of entertainment at the Golf Club starting at 9.30. Fear-a-Tí will be Tommy Moran. Among the events on the night will be an auction for green fees for Waterville and Doonbeg Golf Clubs, two particularly outstanding clubs. Tickets will also be on sale for a raffle for two All Ireland Football tickets.

Minor Championship

Oughteragh Gaels beat Garadice Gaels last week but lost by a point to St Mary’s on Monday last. They Play St Francis next Tuesday.

Under 12 and Under 14

Under 12s lost to Dromahair last week. The under 14s were beaten by Drumreilly. They play Melvin Gaels this Friday in Kinlough. Leaving Courthouse at 5.30. Tonight Wednesday they play Drumreilly in the semi-final of the Gary Flynn Memorial Tournament, 13 a-side. Game in St Felim’s at 7.00.

Premium Tickets

Draw for tickets for this weekends big game are now on sale. Lines at €2 each.


No jackpot winner last Monday. Next Monday’s draw is in Shortt’s. Pota Óir is €3,100. Winners of €40 last Monday were Mary Harte, Amy Hanley, Daire Maxwell, Aughawillan, Laura Cronin, Donal Duignan, John Gilheany, Kiltymooden. Bottle of Whiskey: Brendan Burns.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 2 Lunasa 2004

Jackpot Won

The €20,000 jackpot was won on Monday last by Kevin O’Connor, Killaneen. After a few years of waiting, the night finally arrived in the Commercial Hotel on Monday. As Hugh McTague checked the tickets it emerged that Kevin O’Connor had the numbers 14635720 in the correct order. For once, Mona Creamer had a different story to tell from the regular “there is no jackpot winner”. Congratulations to Kevin who did his Leaving Cert this year. The winner of the house prize of €40 was Philip Farrelly and Sean Kavanagh won the bottle of whiskey. Next Monday’s draw is in Galligan’s and the Pota Óir is at €3,000.

Seniors Play at Aughnasheelin Pitch Opening

Our seniors played Aughnasheelin at the re-opening of the O’Reilly and Wrynn Memorial Park on Monday last. The pitch is a splendid development and a credit to the club. Our thanks to the Aughnasheelin club for inviting us to play at the opening. We won the game and so became first winners of the Seanie Tubman Trophy, which has been presented in memory of the late Seanie Tubman by the Tubman Family. The shield was presented after the game to our captain, Rory O’Rourke, by Breda Tubman. Our team was: Michael Dolan, Patrick McLoughlin, Rory O’Rourke, Kevin O’Connor, Liam Ferguson, Shane Ferguson, David Duignan, Paul Kieran, Ronan Sharpley, Brian Cafferty, Joe Honeyman, Finnian Sharpley, Paul Prior, Paul McLoughlin, James McWeeney. Subs used: Ciaran Murray, Thomas McLoughlin, Anton Arandelovic, Joe McTague.

Senior Championship

Our next senior Championship game is against St Mary’s in Cloone on Saturday week at 7.30. Our intermediates meet Glencar/Manorhamilton on Sunday week at 12.30 in Ballinaglera in the first round.

Premium Tickets

There are a few big occasions coming up over the next few weekends and the club will be running draws for two premium tickets for each day. The premium seats give a splendid view of the Croke Park pitch and add to the sense of occasion. This Saturday will see Armagh and Fermanagh and also Mayo and Tyrone in action. The following week will surely be a sellout with Dublin versus Kerry and Westmeath versus Derry. Buy you line or lines without delay from many shops in town.

Golf Classic

The club’s golf classic is now only a week away. It takes place on 13 August and if you intend entering a team or can help with sponsorship please contact any of the club officers without delay. The main sponsor is Ballinamore man frank Darcy who trades as Financial Advisory Services in Dublin. Frank also sponsored last year’s classic in Ballinamore.

Ladies Football

The juniors lost to St Josephs on Sunday. The minors will have their first outing on Tuesday 10 August against Kiltubrid in Kiltubrid. Training continues for all ladies at the usual times.

Under 14s win

The under 14s won their first game in the championship on Monday. They beat Glencar/Manorhamilton in a close game by 0-12 to 1-8. A speedy recovery to David Leyden who sustained a serious injury in the game. The team was: Philip Farrelly, Eoin McHugh, Enda Quinn, Claire fanning, Matthew Murphy, Shane McWeeney, Shane Moran, David Leyden, Jim McTague, Catherine Smith, John Christie, Keith McKiernan, Erin Gilheany, Stephen Beirne, Séamus Donnelly. Subs: Mark McGrory, Brian Beirne, John fanning, Stephen McTague. Next game is against Drumreilly in Aughawillan on Friday at 7.00. Meet at courthouse at 6.15.

Minor Football

Oughteragh Gaels meet Garadice Gaels on this Thursday in Aughawillan at 7.30

Under 16 Football

First game in the Championship will be on 23 August. Opposition not known yet.


The club’s web site continues to be visited regularly. We hope to include more recent photos and this week the club’s under 12s, who are making steady progress in the championship can be seen in the underage pages.



Scealta na Seachtaine – 26 Iuil 2004

Losing Start For Seniors

Our seniors lost to Allen Gaels in the first round of the championship on Sunday. There were three points in it at the finish but on the run of play it could have gone either way. Our best football was played in the first half and a great goal from Paul Prior put us in the driving seat early on. Misfortune struck us in the final minutes of the half when Ciaran Murray’s great effort crashed off the crossbar and a couple of other wides were hit from scorable positions. With any luck we would have been a few points up but instead were level at 1-3 to 0-6. A fortunate enough goal from Allen Gaels put them three ahead early in the second half, although it must be remembered they also had a goal disallowed and a couple of good saves from Michael Dolan. We did have enough chances in the second half to level it but Allen Gaels always looked to have something in hand. It wasn’t a bad performance though, given that Allen Gaels would be considered one of the main contenders for senior honours. The team on duty was: Michael Dolan, Ruairí ó Suilleabháin, Rory O’Rourke, Patrick McLoughlin, David Duignan, Shane Ferguson, Liam Ferguson, Ronan Sharpley, Paul Kieran, Paul McLoughlin, Joe Honeyman, Brian Cafferty, Paul Prior, Ciarán Murray, Finnian Sharpley. Subs Johnny McWeeney and Thomas McLoughlin

Golf Classic

The club will be running a major golf classic in Ballinamore on Friday 13 August. This is a follow up to the classic organized in the Slieve Russell by Joe Gormley last year. The organizers would be anxious to hear from those wishing to sponsor teams, greens or tees. If you wish to take part or provide sponsorship, please contact Paddy O’Connor, Brian Breen, Joe Gormley or any of the club officers.

Under 12s Win Two and Lose One

The under 12s are having a great run in the championship. They beat Drumreilly and Allen Gaels in their first two games and lost by a single point to St Mary’s in the third. Their first game was against Drumreilly and they won by 1-6 to 0-4. Next up was Allen Gaels and this one they won by 3-6 to 1-9. Stephen McTague was the hero with a last minute goal and the other two goals came from Mark McGrory and Brian Beirne. The team against Allen Gaels was: Nathan Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Conor McTague, David McLoughlin, Jack Cullen, Evan Gallagher, John Fanning, Matthew Murphy, Shane Moran, Katie Duignan, Brian Beirne, Stephen McTague, Colm O’Reilly, Mark McGrory, Andrew Burns. Sub used: Lauren McGrory.

On Monday last in a thriller, St Mary’s beat O’Heslins by 2-4 to 1-6. At half time the Ballinamore lads (and lassies) led by 1-2 to 0-4. In the second half they scored four points but St Mary’s got two goals. On this occasion the team was the same except that Lauren McGrory started at corner back, to accompany Katie Duignan on the starting fifteen. Indeed it was significant to see some great performances from girls on both teams. Scorers in this game were: Andrew Burns (1-0), Stephen McTague (0-2), Shane Moran (0-2), Brian Beirne (0-1), Mark McGrory (0-1).

Premium Tickets

Cards are out for draw for Premium Tickets for Sunday next’s games: Dublin v Roscommon and Tyrone v Laois. Lines are €2 and the draw will be made in Priors on this Thursday.

Under 14 football

Under 14s play Glencar/Manorhamilton in Aughawillan on Monday at 7pm. Players meet at Courthouse at 6.15.


The club extends its sympathy to the Reynolds Family, Church St on the death of Mrs. Bannon, Kilnavart last week.


Thanks to the Corlough club for use of their pitch for game against Skerries Harps on Saturday week last.

All Ireland Junior

It could be a historic day for Leitrim in Thurles on Saturday as they try to lift the All Ireland Junior Championship. The last time Leitrim were in an All Ireland Junior Final was when the Junior Hurlers reached the final in 1970. However, they lost to Meath. Make no mistake about history could be written. Tá súil againn go mbeidh slua mhór ó Liatroim ann. Go n-éirí leo.


Comhghairdeas to Ray Dolan and Linda who got married recently. Ray was one of our greatest underage players and indeed figured on senior championship winning teams in 1982, 1986 and 1988.


Tá an Pota Óir ann fós ag €20,000. Next Monday’s draw is in the Commercial. The winner of €100 winner for nearest to numbers drawn was Tom Burns. Winners of €40 were: Margie McLoughlin (It was Margie’s night as she also won the house prize of a bottle of whiskey), Oliver Flanagan, Karen Walsh, Marie O’Connor, Séamus McGovern, Aughawillan, Christopher McNiffe. Numbers drawn: 62105347.


Scealta na Seachtaine 19 Iuil 2004


Senior Championship

The big day is about to arrive. Our first game in the Championship is in Cloone on this Sunday evening at 7.30 against Allen Gaels. We would ask all our supporters to be there in numbers.

Minor Championship

First game for Oughteragh Gaels is against St Mary’s on this Thursday. Check fixtures for venue and time.

Golf Classic

Following last years successful Golf Classic organized by Joe Gormley, a similar classic will be run at Ballinamore Golf club on Friday 13 August. The club would like to hear from anyone wishing to sponsor a team or a tee. This is a major fundraiser for club development and your support would be appreciated.

Premium Tickets

The club’s premium tickets are available for this weekend’s games in Croke Park. Contact Alan Banks or Paddy O’Connor if you wish to avail of them. There is no raffle on this occasion. Tickets available at cost of stand ticket.

Ladies Football

The ladies lost their first round championship game to Gortletteragh by 2-12 to 1-5. Training continues in St Felim’s on Monday and Friday at 9.00 and in Aughnasheelin on Wed at the same time.

County Under 16 football and Hurling

The county under 16 footballers and hurlers are both doing well at the moment. On the County football team, Wayne McKeon and Shane Murphy have been performing well and Philip Murphy is on the panel. The County hurling team includes Shane Murphy, Darren McGrory, Damien Gilheaney and Fergal Earley. Well done to all of them.

Under 12 Football

The under 12s beat Drumreilly in their first championship game. Next game is on Friday.


Pota Óir is still at €20,000. Winner of €100 for person nearest to the numbers drawn was Greg Hargadon, Fenagh. Winners of €40 were Anne Shanley, David Dolan, High St, Martin Flynn, Kiltyhugh, Margaret Walpole, c/o Noel Sweeney, Micheál Glynn, Derrygonnelly, Gerard Farry, Lahard. Numbers drawn were: 47301625. Ar an luan seo chughainn beidh an lotto sa Waterways Bar.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 12 Iuil 2004

Senior Championship

First round of the senior championship will be the weekend after next. We play Allen Gaels, venue and time to be announced.

Ladies Football

The first round of the championship will be against Gortletteragh in Gortletteragh on Sunday next.

Premium Tickets

Lines are out for draws for the big double bill, Tír Eoghain v Gaillimh and Corcaigh v Fear Manach on Saturday next and for the Leinster final, Westmeath v Laois, on Sunday. These two draws will be on this Thursday 15. Winner of tickets for last Sunday was Patricia Flynn.


No winner of last weeks lotto draw, held in Pat Joe’s.

Numbers drawn 06524317. Special Draw €100, Mel Duignan.  Five winners of €40 were Sandra McKeon, Aoife Smith, Rosaleen Joyce, Paddy McGourty, Sean Cooke, Cloone. House Draw €40 Gene Moran. Sponsored Bottle, Andy Duffy.

Next weeks Draw in Smyth’s Siopa Ól, Jackpot €20,000.


Scealta na Seachtaine  – 5 Iuil 2004


Premium Tickets for Croke Park

You can win two premium tickets for the Ulster Final in Croke Park on Sunday by entering the clubs draw. Buy a line for €2, available in pubs or from club officers. The draw will take place on this Thursday in Priors. Lines will then be out for draws for the big double bill, Tír Eoghain v Gaillimh and Corcaigh v Fear Manach on Saturday week and for the Leinster final, Westmeath v Laois, on Sunday week. These two draws will be on Thursday 15 July. View the games from the best seats possible.

Senior Championship

News is that the first round of the Senior Championship will be on 24 July.

Ladies Football

The first round of the championship will be against Gortletteragh in Gortletteragh on July 18. Training continues in Felim’s on Monday and Friday at 9.00 and in Aughnasheelin on Wednesday at 9.00. Under 16 girls play Manorhamilton in Manorhamilton on Tuesday at 7.00.

Boys under 16

Training on Monday at 7.30 in St Felim’s.


Pota Óir still at €20,000. Winner of the €100 for nearest to the numbers drawn was Aoife Smith. Winners of €40 were: John Galligan, Rita O’Reilly, Derrylin, Francis Duignan, Dympna Kelleher, Garadice, Kevin T Punch and Judy, Aoife Smith. Ar an Luan seo chughainn beidh an Lotto i Reynolds.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 28 Meitheamh 2004

Bás –Tommy McGoldrick

The death of Tommy McGoldrick, at the age of 91, has removed the last link with the greatest decade in the club’s history – the 1930s. Tommy was the last remaining player from a decade when the club won five senior championship titles, in 1930, 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1939.

Tommy McGoldrick started playing football at minor level with Drumreilly. About 1936 he transferred his allegiance to his native parish, Ballinamore. In that year he played a central part in the winning of the Senior Championship. He also won a senior medal in 1939, a title Ballinamore won without playing a final as Tully refused to play. Ballinamore had a particularly strong team around 1936 and during this period they played the great Cornafean team, them unbeatable in Cavan, in a tournament in Swanlinbar. Ballinamore won by a few points.

Tommy also played county football and played for Leitrim at the opening of what was then the new county grounds in Carrick-on-Shannon. He also played hurling for Ballinamore and played in the 1935 county senior final, which Ballinamore lost to Manorhamilton.

Tommy was the last from a great era, the era when the legendary Sean O’Heslin was in charge. On the day of his funeral, members of Sean O’Heslins formed a guard of honour as his remains left the church. Tá deireadh ré tagtha, go ndéana Dia trócaire ort a Thomáis.

Bás- Anna Martin

Fuair Anna Martin bás ar an Domhnach seo caite, tar éis bheith breoite le tamaill. Anna was a central figure in Scór for the club for many years. She took part in Ballad Group and tutored Scór na nÓg groups in Novelty Act and Ballad Group for many years.

In the late 1940s, Ballinamore had a Camogie club and Anna was one of their players. Anna’s family has of course contributed enormously to the GAA at every level. Her husband, Josie, was County Secretary of the GAA in the late 1940s as well as being club Secretary. She was a sister of Tomás O Moráin, long time Secretary of the County Board in the 1980s and 1990s and current Connacht Council President. Her sons Camillus and Diarmuid have been, at different times, club Treasurer.

For years Anna was involved in many other town activities, Tops of the Street, Musicals, Fancy Dress and many other activities. Dia go deo leat a Áine.

Intermediates Win

On Sunday our intermediates beat Gortletteragh for their second win in the league on a score of 2-13 to 2-12. This was their final league game so their future in Intermediate grade rests on other results. Team and scorers on Sunday were: Michael Dolan, Francis Dolan, Gavin Brennan, Freddie Walsh, David Duignan, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Brian Cafferty (0-1), Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Paul Prior (0-7), Anthony McTague (1-1), Alan Prior (0-1), Adrian Smith, Finnian Sharpley (1-2). Subs: Aidan Galligan, Joe McTague, Peter Dolan.


Pota Óir is now stable at €20,000, a tidy sum. Next Monday’s draw is in Priors. The winner of €100 last week was Frank McCabe, Kiltyhugh. Winners of €40 were: Séamus MacMurchadha, Vincent Gallagher, Gerard McGovern, Joe Keenan, Swanlinbar, Martin Cunnane, Claremorris, J.P. McKiernan, Unshinagh. House Prize; Margaret McKeon. Numbers Drawn: 10675243

Ladies Football

Junior Challenge on Wednesday against Templeport in Corlough at 6.30. Leaving Square at 5.45. Game Sunday against Fenagh. Check fixtures for details.

Minors Lose

Leitrim Minors put in a wonderful performance against Roscommon on Sunday and were tantalizingly close at the finish. Liam Ferguson at centre half-back was captain and James McWeeney was in the subs.

Under 14 football

The under 14s lost to St Mary’s and they now play Manorhamilton on Friday. Thanks to Aughawillan and Drumreilly for the use of their pitches.

Under 14 Hurling

The hurlers also lost to St Mary’s last week which puts them out of the championship

County Minor and Under 16 Hurling

It is proposed to enter teams at under 16 and minor county level this year if sufficient interest is shown. A panel will be got together in the next week.


Best wishes to Tomas Ó Moráin who retired from teaching last week. The occasion was marked with function in Drumeela which drew a huge attendance. Tommy had completed 41 years teaching in the same school. Go mbainfidh tú taitneamh as an am saor breise a bhéas agat a Thomáis. Níl aon dabht ná go mbeidh tú gníomhach, mar is gnáth.


Scealta na Seachtaine – 21 Meitheamh 2004 -An La is faide sa bhliain


Ladies Take First Ever Title

Last Saturday was a historic day for the club as the first ever ladies football title came to Ballinamore. Ladies football is thirty years on the go but until last year the Ballinamore area did not have a club of its own. Now, just twelve months later, the first title comes to town. The competition is the Junior League 9-a-side and the final against Manorhamilton was played on Saturday last in Páirc Naomh Muire. The O’Heslins girls played their best football to date and were too strong for the Manor girls. In the first half Ballinamore got off to a good start when Mary McNulty found the back of the net. This was followed by another goal from Carmel McCartin and a point from a free from Mary McNulty to leave the half time score 2-1 to 0-1. Manorhamilton started the second half stronger and got a goal and a point but this seemed to drive on the Ballinamore girls and they got three more goals from Carmel McCartin, Mary McNulty and Caroline McGrory and points from Carmel and Mary. The game finished 5-3 to 2-3.


This was a great win and the girls never stopped working throughout, covering every blade of grass in their search for victory. Aisling Flaherty had a good game in goals and could not be faulted for the two that beat her. In front of her were Siobhán Early, Kirby Gilgunn and Rowena O’Rourke, all of whom were outstanding. At midfield Orla McWeeney and Michelle Fanning linked up well with the backs and forwards. Up front, Carmel McCartin, Mary McNulty, Sheena McTague and Caroline McGrory, who came on for Sheena, were all outstanding. It was great to witness the celebrations after the game and the support that was there for the girls. Siobhan Early, the captain, received the plaque and it was then on to Aughnasheelin and Ballinamore to celebrate. The club and everyone else in Aughnasheelin and Ballinamore is proud of the girls and it was a wonderful combined effort. Team and Scorers: Aisling Flaherty, Kirby Gilgunn, Siobhán Early (Capt.), Rowena O’Rourke, Orla McWeeney, Michelle Fanning, Carmel McCartin (2-1), Mary McNulty (2-2), Sheena McTague. Subs: Caroline McGrory (1-0), Linda Harte, Geraldine McIntyre, Joanne Beirne, Claire Fanning, Erin Gilheany, Catherine Smith, Kate McTague, Maeve Murphy, Shauna Grey, Carl O’Connor, Gráinne Mulvey, Paula Kelleher, Emma Reynolds, Katie Duignan, Aisling Duignan, Lauren McGrory. Training on Wednesday from 8.30 to 9.30 in Aughnasheelin. Next game away to St Josephs on Sunday.

The under 14s lost their first two games. Training on Friday in St Felim’s at 7.00

Tickets For The Game

Tickets for Saturday’s replay in Roscommon will be available tonight Wednesday from club officials in Priors from 9.30 – 10.30. Thereafter they will be available until Friday night only. Any unsold tickets will then be returned, so get you tickets before then.  What a performance on Sunday last. Congratulations to Declan Rowley and the whole team. Bhí sé go híontach.

Dathanna Amach

Is it modesty or what that prevents us from flying the Leitrim colours. A few shops had flags out for last Sunday but let’s do better this week. We will be in the championship for at least two games more, so don’t be shy. Amach leis na bratacha.

Minor Captain

The first game next Saturday in Hyde Park is the Minor game and the Leitrim captain is a Sean O’Heslin’s man, Liam Ferguson. Go n-éirí leat Liam and we urge all our supporters to go in time for the Minor match.

Under 14 Football

The under 14s beat Allen Gaels last week and now await their game against St Mary’s.

Intermediate Game

Intermediate game against Gortletteragh this Sunday. Check for time in fixtures

Premium Tickets

Anyone wishing to avail of the club’s premium tickets for next Sunday’s game in Croke Park between Westmeath and Wexford contact Paddy O’Connor or Alan Banks by end of week.


No winner of the Pota Óir but for the first time we had a winner of the new €100 euro prize. This will be drawn every week while the jackpot remains unwon. The first winner was Boyle O’Reilly, Curran, Ballyconnell. Others winners on Monday were: Brid Sullivan, Angela Mitchell, Mohill, Sharon Sweeney, J.J. Curry and Bernie, Corlough, Edel Palmer, Mohill, Veronica Smith, Lahard, House Prize (Bottle of whiskey) George Price. Numbers drawn, 01742653. Next Mondays draw is in the Poor Scholar


Sympathy is extended to the McTague Family, Bóthar na Páirce, on the death of Anne’s mother, Mrs. Mollie Gaffney, Killucan, Co Westmeath. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthí

Oíche na Rásaí – Buíochas

Míle buíochas to everyone who supported Race Night in Priors. The event was a wonderful success. Thanks to all who bought horses, those who sponsored races, those who gave prizes, and especially the huge crowd who attended and spent a vast amount on betting on the races. Thanks also to Tommy Moran who gave his usual splendid performance as Fear-a-Tí, as well as being chief organizer of the event. Thanks to Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin and Anne Shanley who did all the preparatory work and Gay Prior for use of the premises.

Under 14 Hurling

The under 14s played Mohill last Tuesday and lost by seven points. They now play St Mary’s this Tuesday



Scealta na Seachtaine – 14 Meitheamh 2004

Oíche Rásaí

This Saturday night is Race Night in Priors. A full night of races is lined up and with a great number of horses sold there will surely be a big crowd present. Races will commence at 10.30 so please be there early. Anyone with tickets not returned, please give them to Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin by tonight, Wednesday, at the very latest, as programme must go to printing tonight.

An Toghchán – The election

Comhghairdeas to Club member and player, Gordon Hughes, who got elected to Comhairle Chontae Liatroma at the weekend. Gordon is also an active member of the Club’s Park Finance Committee and is always available for advice and assistance. Another former club player, Gerard Reynolds, got elected in the Carrick District.

Wexford Hurling

Wexford’s dramatic victory on Sunday reminds us to mention that there was a C McGovern playing at corner forward on the St Peter’s Wexford team in the Leinster Colleges Championship this year. One of their big successes was a big win over Kilkenny CBS in the Championship. One wondered was his father from Cavan, perhaps? Well no, in fact his father is Liam McGovern from Aghoo who played with Sean O’Heslins in the 1970s and early 1980s. The young McGovern plays with the St Anne’s club in Wexford.

Linesman in Clones

Good to see Aughawillan’s Francis Flynn doing the line sideline in Clones on Sunday at the Cavan- Armagh match. Francis is also an efficient referee.

No Games

Our games fell by the wayside in both Junior and Intermediate at the weekend due to the unavailability of a lot of players. This, somebody told us, had something to do with a group called the Red Hot Frozen Carrots. The Ladies got a walk-over from Gortletteragh.

Ladies Football

The Ladies are now in the Junior League 9-a-side final and this will take place on Saturday in Páirc Naomh Muire, Carrick, at 7.00 against Manorhamilton. Training on this Wednesday in Aughnasheelin at 8.30. Under 14s play Aughawillan in Aughawillan on Tuesday at 7.00


Tickets for Sunday’s big game can be got on this Thursday at 9.30 in Gay Priors. Afterwards they will be available in Priors and in Smyth’s Siopa Ól.

Under 14 Football

Team lost to Dromahair last Friday by 7-7 to 4-6. However they were short a few players. They play Allen Gaels this Friday.


Many of those who played in our annual Ballinamore Golf Classic will remember Jim Finnerty, who came every year with Jim Harte from Dublin. Jim died suddenly last week. Every year since our classic began he sponsored a team as Compustore and played as well. Jim was a native of Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.


Pota Óir has now reached its maximum at €20,000. Monday’s draw is in McGirls. Winners of €40 last Monday were: Margaret McKeon, Brenda Began, Scotstown, Éamon McGovern, Knockmore, Corlough, Séamus Ó hAogáin, Ann Shanley, Philip Rooney. Winner of House Prize (Bottle of Baileys), A Michael Davies. Numbers drawn, 16530742.

Lotto – Pota Óir Situation

As our Jackpot has now reached its maximum permissible, at €20,000, the new situation will be as follows. The jackpot will remain at €20,000 until it is won. Instead of adding €100 each week to the jackpot, there will now be a €100 prize for the person nearest to the jackpot. In otherwords, if someone has the first seven numbers correct, or failing that, the first five numbers correct, they will get €100. If two or more persons have the same number correct, then there will be a draw for the €100. This will undoubtedly add further interest to the weekly draw. Tosnóidh sé mar seo an seachtain seo chughainn



Luan 7 Meitheamh 2004 – Scealta na Seachtaine

Race Night – Oíche na Rásaí

Race night in Priors is on Saturday week. Sellers of horses are asked to have them in by this coming Saturday

Intermediates Lose to Bornacoola

Bornacoola beat us on Sunday morning by 0-17 to 1-7. We were short a few key players for this game, but put up a reasonably good display nonetheless. Seo an fhoireann a bhí againn: Denis Dolan, Darragh Keenaghan, Ruairí Ó Suilleabháin, Francis Dolan, David Duignan, Cormac Ó Suilleabháin, Joe McTague, Ronan Sharpley, Anton Arandelovic, Alan Prior (1-0), Finnian Sharpley (0-3), Anthony McTague, Tommy McCormack (0-1), Adrian Smith (0-1), Aidan Galligan (0-1). Subs: Freddie Walsh, Adrian Gallogly (0-1), Diarmuid Keegan, Peter Reynolds.

Juniors Beaten By Dromahair

The juniors lost by 2-10 to 0-9 to Dromahair on Sunday. They were in the game right up to the end when Dromahair got a late goal to clinch it. Team and Scorers: Denis Dolan, Francis Dolan, Freddie Walsh, Joe McTague, Shane Creamer, Diarmuid Keegan, Darragh Keenaghan, Adrian Smith, Anton Arandelovic (0-1), Alan Prior, Gordon Hughes, Ronan O’Rourke (0-2), Daryl McFarlane, Adrian Gallogly (0-4), Tommy McCormack (0-1). Subs Adrian Murphy, Trevor Martin (0-1), Sean McCartin

Under 14 hurling – Féile na nGael

The Féile na nGael competition was run on a blitz basis last Tuesday with St Mary’s, Mohill and Ballinamore taking part. We beat Mohill in the first game and so did St Mary’s. That left it a straight Final with St Mary’s. We lost the game by a few points but put in a great performance. The boys will be looking forward to the Championship. The team was: Joe Early, James Gallagher, Sean McWeeney, Barry Flynn, Paul Earley, Morgan Quinn, Paddy McManus, John Christie, Kevin McGovern, Brendan Mulvey, Keith Boyle, Shane McWeeney, Colm McGirl, Séamus Donnelly, Kevin Quinn. Subs: James Boyle, Dean Craven, Ryan Creamer, Dermot Maxwell, Mark McGrory

Under 14 Football – Bua ar Ghaeil na Meilge

The Under 14s beat Melvin Gaels in their first round League match on Monday last. They won by 3-11 to 3-4. The team was: Séamus Boyle, Eoin McHugh, Shane Moran, Conor McTague, Matthew Murphy, Shane McWeeney, Enda Quinn, Jim McTague, John Christie, Philip Farrelly, Séamus Donnelly, Brian Beirne, Mark McGrory, Stephen Beirne, Keith McKiernan. Subs used: Stephen McTague, Evan Gallagher. Next game is against Dromahair in Dromahair on Friday. Leaving from Ballinamore at 5.45.

Peil na mBan – Win over Ballinaglera

On Sunday evening Sean O’Heslins played Ballinaglera in the third round of the 9-a-side league. While the sun shone elsewhere it rained for the whole of the game. O’Heslins were the better team in the first half but failed to take their scores and had some bad wides. Ballinaglera led by 1-1 to 0-3 at half time. In the second half O’Heslins got an early goal from Carmel McCartin and this seemed to lift the girls who went on to win by 2-6 to 2-2. Team and scorers: Aisling Flaherty, Kirby Gilgunn, Siobhán Early, Caroline McGrory, Rowena O’Rourke, Michelle Fanning (0-1), Carmel McCartin (2-1), Orla McWeeney, Mary McNulty (0-4). Subs: Sheena McTague, Rosemary McTague, Linda Harte, Kate McTague, Claire Fanning, Erin Gilheany, Gráinne Mulvey, Áine McWeeney. Training on Wednesday from 8.30 to 9.30 in Aughnasheelin. Next game at home to Gortletteragh on Sunday. The club would like to wish all the girls good luck in their exams.


The Pota Óir is now reaching the maximum. It is now at 19,900 euros. Monday’s draw is in McAllister’s. Winners of 40 euro last Monday were: Peter Honeyman, Tom Lynch c/o M Prior Aghacashel, Tara Prior, Drumgowna, Margaret McCartin, Newtowngore, Theresa Prior, Aghacashel, Martin McGovern, Cavan. House Prize (Bottle of Whiskey) Paddy O’Connor. Numbers drawn were 35216470

The Legendary Packie McGarty

Good to see Packie McGarty being included in the GAA President’s awards announced by Sean O Ceallaigh last week. The memory of Packie’s great deeds on the football fields in the 1950s and 1960s lives on. Nobody deserves it better.