the draw which has some fantastic prizes. All money and ticket stubs can be returned to any committee member and should you need more tickets they can also be got through the same avenue. We hope everyone will support this project and hopefully win some of the fantastic prizes.
The club wish to express sympathy to the following families on their recent bereavements. The White and Templeton families Ballygawley on the death of Mark Templeton White. Thomas Kelly Ballygawley and the Kelly family Greaghnafarna on the death of Hubert Kelly. The Family of Kathleen Kelly Greaghnafarna on their recent loss.
Lotto Numbers for this week were 5 10 25 30. There was no jackpot winner. There was 2 match 3 receiving €50 each Robert Taaffe snr Ballintogher and Emer Clerkin Bloomfield .Next weeks draw will take place in Morans Bar Ballintogher. Jackpot now stands at €4700. The club wish to thank everyone for their continued support with the weekly lotto.
ST Pats A.G.M St Pats will hold their Annual General Meeting on Friday December 8th @ 9.30pm in the Community Centre. All members are asked to attend. All welcome.
Joker Jackpot St Pats joker Jackpot now stands @ €4400 as there was no winner in latest draw. Next draw takes place in Rafter Bar on November 25th @ 10pm. The club thank you for your continued support. Tickets available from all usual outlets. Christmas could come early for you if you win the €4400 Jackpot. Winners in latest draw were Audrie Kee, Claudia Finnerty, & Shaunagh Brady.
Masters Final Hard luck to Sligo Masters who were defeated by Mayo in last weekend final.
BALLYMOTE are busy making preparations for the upcoming Connacht Junior Final next Sunday 19th November at 2.00pm in MacHale Pk Castlebar against Lahardane. It is the first time in our clubs history to reach a Connacht final and the town is festooned with red n’ white bunting and flags, which can be bought in Lavins Menswear shop.
The team is reporting full fitness with no injuries concerns. Ciarian Anderson is back to full fitness after missing the semi-final with ankle injury. This promises to be a great occasion for our club and we hope to see a huge support from Ballymote.
Buses will be provided for supporters.
Last Saturday, Corran Pk hosted and All-Ireland Masters final Sligo v Mayo. There was a carnival atmosphere and a large crowd to match this huge occasion. Unfortunately Sligo came up short on this occasion losing by 4 points. Thanks to Pat McGrath for organizing such a great occasion for Ballymote.
25 card playing returns this Friday night 17th November at 9.30pm in Doddys Pub and will continue every Friday night till Christmas.
Handball: The local club staged the 29th Annual Michael Hannon cup recently at the local court.
Players from all clubs in the county took part as well as well as invited players from Ballaghadereen, Bofield and Claremorris.
Players from all grades of handball competed in a doubles competition paired up evenly to form a competitve tournament.
The cup was won by Patrick Murphy (Claremorris) and Vincent Harte (Collooney) defeating Shane Bruen(Collooney) and Tom Foody
(Castleconnor) in a very entertaining final two games to nil. The plate final was won by Stanley Harte Junior and Michael McMorrow Collooney defeating Tony Fox Collooney) and Francis McCann (Ballymote).
Michael Finn club Chairman presented the cup and trophies to the winners and runners up and trophies to runners up and winners of plate.
The club would like to congratulate the local Gaelic Football Team on winning the county junior title recently and their victory in the Connacht Club Semi Final. The best of luck to them next Sunday when they play Mayo Champions Lahardane at MacHale Park Castlebar.
Underage coaching in Collooney this Saturday at 11am ,all welcome.
The 40 x 20 Sligo interclub Championship Final took place in Collooney last Friday , with the Collooney team of Martin Brannigan , Michael Bruen , Gerry Coleman and Stanley Harte jnr overcoming a tough and skillful challenge from the Castleconnor team of Mark Murphy , Liam Naughton and Michael Murphy , and Tom Tuffy. In a close battle it came down to the last game , with Martin Brannigan holding his nerve to secure a win for Collooney.We now go on to compete in the Connaught championship.
Well done to the Drumcliffe club who hosted an enjoyable and well run blitz last Saturday, it was a great start to the underage 20 x 40 season. Bingo next Thursday at 9 pm the jackpot is €5,350 in 42 numbers , please come early. Follow us on facebook @ Collooney Handball Club.
WE had a great evening last Thursday celebrating the recent successes of our juvenile hurling teams with our gracious guest Galway’s victorious All Ireland winning senior hurling manager Michéal Donoghue presenting the medals to our young hurlers. Michéal brought the full collection of Galway hurling 2017 trophies including Liam McCarthy Cup, Bob O’Keeffe (Leinster SHC), Allianz Hurling League, and All Ireland Minor in a unique event for Sligo. Many thanks to sponsors Cold Chon for funding and Liam Henry for organising this well-attended event last Thursday in the Sligo Park Hotel, and to Michéal and his brother John for taking time out of work and their busy schedule around the Galway clubs to bring Liam to Sligo. Our 2017 U12 A championship winners were pride of place this year, and medals for other recent final winners including our U-14 and U-16 teams were also presented by Michéal with the help of club chairman, Pat Maguire, and secretary Bill O’Kelly-lynch, who was compere for the evening. MANY thanks also to all our club members and officials who helped make this an eveing to remember. THANKS also to guests Coiste Iomana Committee chairman and County Board secretary, Gearoid O’Connor, County Hurling coach Benny Kenny, and County PRO Gavin Cawley for attending this special occasion.
ST FARNAN’S LADIES
A total of nine teams participated in the recent Table Quiz which was hosted by the club in the Still Bar, Dromore West. Quiz master for the night was Sean Kilgannon while Patrick Boyle looked after sound and amplification in addition to setting a round of audio questions which proved very popular. The members of the winning team, Fergal, Maeve and Amy Broderick and Lorna Harte Gilroy were presented with a set of trophies for their troubles. Thanks to all who supported the event or helped out in any way and to Kirsty and staff in the Still Bar for their hospitality.
Bon voyage to Jacqui Mulligan who has taken leave of absence from her teaching post to head off on her travels. She has been a loyal servant to club and county teams for many years and a break from football and the incredible levels of commitment it entails nowadays is, as in the case of so many others, well earned and probably long overdue. It is difficult to imagine her without football for a whole year so who knows she could end up marking Cora Staunton in the AWFL next Spring. Remember you read it here first !!!
With club teams now in hibernation for the winter all activity will consist of the off field variety. The Annual Underage Presentation Function will take place on Wednesday, December 27th at 6.00pm.
Best wishes to Noelle Gormley in the upcoming Ladies All-Stars Awards Ceremony. The Sligo and St. Nathy’s player has received a nomination for the position of goalkeeper for the second successive year.
THERE will be a charity auction held in the Millers Inn Bunnanadden on Sunday next the 19th November, to raise funds for the upkeep of our community park. Any items will be greatly accepted. Please come along to support this event which should be entertainment.
OUR U21 footballers’ run in the championship came to end last Saturday at Oxfield when they went down to Shamrock Gaels In the county ‘B’ championship semi-final on a final scoreline of 2-16 to 1-6. We were without the injured Cian Lally (broken foot). Just two points separated the teams at half-time (0-6 to 0-4) but Shamrock Gaels took control in the second half and ran out convincing winners. David Brady scored a fine consolation goal near the end. We wish the Gaels every success in the final against East-
ern Harps. Saturday’s team was: Ronan McCormack, Aaron McCormack, Luke McDermot, Hugh Kisby, Cian Doyle, David Brady, Stephen Regan, Jude Mc,Garry, Seán Power, Tom Armstrong, Colin Feeney, Joseph Keyes, Jack Moran.Subs used: Mark Devaney, Ronan Devaney, Jack McDermot, Ruairi Mclaughlin, Daniel Mcmorrow, Seán Flanagan. Manager: Fergal O’Flaherty.
Scór na bPaistí RATHCORMAC National School hosted a very successful inaugural Scór na bPaistí competition for Sligo GAA last Sunday afternoon with hundreds of primary school children from schools across the county taking part. 128 boys and girls from Rathcormac NS entered competitions ranging from solo singing to drama and set dancing. Local prizewinners included: Ballad Group - Fiachra McCarthy, Aoibheann O’Reilly & Diarmuíd Dunleavy; Drama - Rían O’Callaghan, Michael Carroll, Matthew Percy, Diarmuíd Dunleavy, Andrew Connell, Lee Conlon, Karl Byrne, Darragh McDaniel, Joe Campbell; Set Dancing - Lauren Kelly, Diarmuíd Dunleavy, Andrew Connell, Daniel Oates, Orla Moylan, Emma Carroll, Gemma O’Callaghan & Rían O’Callaghan. We are grateful to our car park attendants Shane Campbell and Jimmy O’Brien who had a busy afternoon co-ordinating the Scór traffic. Particular thanks also goes to our local co-ordinator Mary Power who did trojan work in helping to organise the event.
A stellar line-up of GAA personalities will be part of the club’s big fundraising event for 2017 - the Zero2Hero Night in the Radisson Hotel on Thursday, November 30th. The event, which is being organised by our senior men’s footballer squad, will feature lively interviews and discussion with an invited panel, followed by a fundraising auction. Each member of our senior panel is donating items for the auction. Details of these are available on the club’s Facebook page. The event begins at 7pm and admission is €10. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and are available from any club officer. There were three DRP footballers on the 43-strong Sligo county U15 development squad which went on a training weekend Banna Resort in Co Kerry recently. Eoghan Smith, Ian O’Brien & Lee Cummins were the trio. The Sligo squad was given a fantastic talk by Kieran Donaghy, and the lads presented him with a coveted Sligo
WE wish a speedy recovery to our club patron Brian Drury who is currently recovering from illness. We’ve a front row seat reserved for you Brian at the Radisson on the 30th!
SAVE the date: The 2017 AGM of the Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA Club will take place on Sunday, December 3rd at 7pm. Venue will be confirmed in the coming days.
COOLERA - Strandhill GAA Club, Ransboro, wish to appoint a person for general maintenance duties under the TUS Scheme. For information regarding eligibility requirements, please contact Gerard Mullaney, Tus Programme Supervisor, Sligo Leader at email@example.com or alternatively, by mobile at 086/8221995. The numbers for the last draw, on Oct. 31st were 3, 14, 24 and 29. There was no winner. The jackpot is now €4200. Tickets can be bought in Bree’s Bar, Margaret’s Café and Keane’s Centra. Alternatively, contact Joe Gildea or Rose Cawley. Please note that the club AGM will take place on December 4th. Further details later. Scór Na nÓg The County Final of Scór na nÓg takes place on Sunday November 26th. Events include solo singing, recitation and instrumental music. There is plenty of talent in the club, and anyone interested in representing Coolera-Strandhill should contact Seamus on 0719130151/0862114937. Many thanks to Supervalu Ballisadare and to all who helped out at our recent bag packing. The amount raised was €1,035. Indoor underage hurling training will commence on Thurs. Nov. 16th. from 7pm to 8pm in the Regional Sports Complex, Cleveragh, Sligo. This is aimed primarily at U8 and U10 boys from both Strandhill and Ransboro schools. Why not try your hand at this wonderful sport? Hurleys and helmets will be available on a loan basis each night.
OUR Intermediate team having been successful in capturing the Sligo title went down to a very competitive Galway champions, Claregalway in the Connacht semi-final in Markievicz Park. All the players that have played throughout this campaign can be proud of their
efforts. Since the start of the year they have worked hard and they have improved game by game and they can look forward to a return to senior championship football next year. The players have been guided along the way by a highly motivated management team of Dara McGarty, Michael McNamara, Fergal Kelly, Shane Stenson and Gerry Quinn and their backup men Owen McLean and Ray Finan. The amount of work that these guys have put in during the year has been phenomenal and St Johns club owe them a great debt of gratitude. Their attention to detail, the care they showed for the players and the positive attitude they passed on to them were huge factors in the successful year that the team had. Thanks you lads for a great year and we will celebrate your success in the new year with a suitable function on January 27th so keep that date in your social diary. Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday Dec 3rd. The venue and time will be announced later. A novel game in planned for Stenson Park on St Stephen’s day when the St John’s Homeboys will take on the St John’s Emigrants. This should be a great way to shake off the excesses of Christmas and to meet up with old mates. So keep an eye on the St John’s Facebook for updates. A very successful night was held in The Sligo Park Hotel at the official launch of our 30 Year Anniversary Book. The large crowd was entertained with different discussion panels describing the life and times of St Johns over the last 30 years. The book is a fine production, full of interesting articles and interviews with people associated with the club over those years. There are many match reports and pictorial records of football and social events as well as descriptions of the progress the club has made. It is a most colourful production and will make an ideal Christmas present for a loved one at home or abroad. The book can be purchased from club members or in local shops. For further information contact Tommy at 086-0793791. The next draw for a Jackpot prize of E11,400 will take place on Nov 26th in Molly Fultons at 6.00pm. HARD luck to the Sligo Masters team, including our clubmen Fergal Kelly and Terry Farrelly, who came up short in their All Ireland final against Mayo in Ballymote on Sat last. The squad of players have performed well all year and deserve great credit.