Coolaney/Mul­linabreena qual­ify for Na­tional Lottery good causes fi­nal

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COOLANEY/MULLINABAREENA have not only fought their way through a tough se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship group.

They have also beaten off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to be an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist and north re­gion win­ner in the first ever Na­tional Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The awards are aimed at hon­our­ing the in­spir­ing work and achieve­ments of thou­sands of projects, clubs and in­di­vid­u­als all over Ire­land. Nearly 30 cent in ev­ery euro spent on Na­tional Lottery games goes back to good causes.

Coolaney/Mul­linabreena GAA now pro­ceeds to the awards fi­nals at a gala din­ner in Dublin on Novem­ber 3rd. A to­tal of 36 groups from all over Ire­land go for­ward to the fi­nal in six cat­e­gories.

These are sport, health and well­be­ing, arts and cul­ture, her­itage, com­mu­nity and youth.

Each na­tional cat­e­gory win­ner will re­ceive €10,000.

While the over­all Good Cause of the Year will get an­other €25,000 on top of this.

Founded in 1889, Coolaney/ Mul­linabreena GAA is one of the old­est in the coun­try.

Na­tional Lottery good causes fund­ing helped the south Sligo club re-build and re­cently ex­tend its sports field at Achonry to al­low for ex­pan­sion.

THE Sligo foot­ballers face a trip to Di­vi­sion Four run­ners-up Car­low on the open­ing day of next year’s Al­lianz League Di­vi­sion Three se­ries af­ter the pro­vi­sional fix­tures were an­nounced last week.

The Yeats­men, who avoided rel­e­ga­tion with a last day win over Derry at Markievicz Park ear­lier this year, travel to Net­watch Cullen Park on Jan­uary 27th and will en­ter­tain Down in the first of their three home games on Fe­bru­ary 3rd.

Next up one week later is a trip to take on West­meath, while the black and white are the road again Fe­bru­ary 24th and to the north east to take on Louth.

Sligo’s sec­ond game at Markeivicz will be against Laois on March 3rd. While their fi­nal away tie is against Long­ford.

Sligo are pen­cilled in to fin­ish their league cam­paign at home to Of­faly on March 24th.

The Sligo hurlers get their Hurl­ing League Di­vi­sion 3B jour­ney un­der­way with the visit of Fer­managh, also on Jan­uary 27th. Next up is a visit to Car­rick-on-Shan­non for a bout with Leitrim on Fe­bru­ary 3rd. Sligo’s sec­ond home game sees them go toe-to-to with Ca­van on Fe­bru­ary 17th. The hurlers con­clude their league sea­son away to Long­ford on March 3rd.

All dates are pro­vi­sional and are yet to be con­firmed by the GAA.

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