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THANKS to all who con­trib­uted to the church gate col­lec­tion last week­end at Bal­ly­mote and Doo, 287 euro was raised.

THIS Satur­day, 8th De­cem­ber, the club are run­ning a flag day at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the town. Later that evening, the monthly club draw will be held in Gorm­leys. Your sup­port is ap­pre­ci­ated for both these events. THE 25 card play­ing con­tin­ues ev­ery Sun­day evening at 6.30pm in Dod­dys. NURS­ERY train­ing con­tin­ues this Wed­nes­day at 6pm in Co­laiste Muire Gym.


THE Sligo G.A.A. An­nual County Con­ven­tion will take place in the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel and Spa on Wed­nes­day night 12th De­cem­ber next with reg­is­tra­tion from 7.30 pm.

THE An­nual char­ity match will be held again on St. Stephens day this year in the Com­mu­nity Park at 2pm. The East will again face the West in the an­nual con­fronta­tion that al­ways proves to be a most en­ter­tain­ing event. Cap­tains Hughie Mar­ren and Ron­nie Leonard are busy putting their squads to­gether at the present time and af­ter the warm weather train­ing week­end in Scot­land last month ev­ery­one should be rar­ing to go on St. Stephens day. In the mean­time a wor­thy char­ity will be se­lected by the lads in which to give their sup­port on the day. The clubs An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will be held in the Com­mu­nity Park meet­ing rooms on Satur­day 29th De­cem­ber next at 5pm. The hold­ing of an an­nual so­cial was dis­cussed at the clubs monthly meet­ing in Oc­to­ber with noth­ing set in stone. Any­one wish­ing to get in­volved in the run­ning of the club for 2019 is asked to con­tact chair­man Bill Carty, vice-chair Brian McIntyre, sec­re­tary Fer­gus Leonard or trea­surer Breege Calvey in the com­ing weeks. Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion is up and run­ning at present and any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part should con­tact Bill Carty as soon as pos­si­ble.


The club’s AGM took last last Sun­day evening in the Old School, Rath­cor­mac. We wish to ex­press our sin­cere grat­i­tude to out­go­ing Trea­surer Mary Car­way, who stood down from the post af­ter three years, who’s ex­cel­lent ste­ward­ship of the club’s fi­nances was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. A big thank-you also to out­go­ing sec­re­tary Seán Reynolds and In­sur­ance Of­fi­cer Geral­dine Gib­bons who are step­ping down from their re­spec­tive roles. The elected of­fi­cers for 2019 are as fol­lows:

Chair­man: Shane Camp­bell

Vice Chairs (2): Pau­ric O’Grady and AN Other (to be ap­pointed in Jan­uary) Sec­re­tary: Fer­gal McGrath As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary: Sean Reynolds Trea­surer: To be ap­pointed in Jan­uary Regis­trar; Jimmy O’Brien

Ladies reg­is­tra­tion & county board: Jac­inta Mon­aghan

PRO: Austin O’Cal­laghan Coach­ing Of­fi­cer: De­clan Car­roll In­sur­ance Of­fi­cer: Seán Reynolds Co Board Del­e­gate: Pau­ric O’Grady School Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer: Mary Power Child Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer: Paul Tolan Pitch Com­mit­tee: Phil Gal­lagher, Pat Davey, Pau­ric O’Grady, Damien Ker­ri­gan & Jimmy O’Brien.

Well done to Eileen Leonard who rep­re­sented the club with the dis­tinc­tion at last Fri­day night’s Sligo LGFA ‘Strictly Come Danc­ing’ event, along with part­ner Michael Duffy.

Se­nior club foot­baller Jamie Gillen and Brian McLaugh­lin are pro­vid­ing a Christ­mas Tree ser­vice dur­ing De­cem­ber. They are sell­ing trees at the promenade car park op­po­site Harry’s Bar in Rosses Point. The ser­vice in­cludes a stand for your tree, de­liv­ery to your house AND col­lec­tion af­ter Christ­mas - all for just €60. See their Face­book page - jb Christ­mas trees - for more info.

We ap­peal to all our club mem­bers to sup­port the Ox­field Christ­mas Draw - tick­ets for which are cur­rently on sale. The draw will help raise sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing for the next phase of de­vel­op­ment at Ox­field, which will be of huge ben­e­fit to DRP GAA Club.

In­door Nurs­ery hurl­ing coach­ing for young play­ers con­tin­ues on Sun­days in Ox­field hall at 5pm. Call Ai­dan for more info on 0879785311.


MANY thanks to Shane O’Hara who rep­re­sented the club in Sligo LGFAs ‘Strictly come Danc­ing’ event last Fri­day and to all who sup­ported the cake sale which was held re­cently in Gur­teen Hall. Well done to Sarah Snee who was run­ner up in the Solo Singing sec­tion of Score Na Nog last week. It has been a baby boom in the club area dur­ing the past few weeks. Congratulations to Aoife and Enda Gal­lagher on the birth of their baby boy, Edel and David McNulty on the birth of their baby girl Ria, Clau­dia and Paul McGovern on birth of their baby boy Mor­gan and to Kath­leen Re­gan and Ro­nan Mul­li­gan on the birth of their baby girl Ava Mae. We will be hav­ing the medal pre­sen­ta­tion for our un­der­age boys and girls on Sun­day the 9th of De­cem­ber at 5.30pm in Gur­teen Hall. The medals will be pre­sented by Sligo Se­nior player Niall Mur­phy. We would be grate­fully if par­ents could bring along sand­wiches, buns, etc. on the evening. If any of the play­ers can­not at­tend please let Ro­nan Hig­gin know. The club would like to ex­tend sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of Martin O’Grady, Gur­teen who passed away last week. Bingo con­tin­ues ev­ery Fri­day night at 8.30pm in Gur­teen Hall. Jack­pot is €2,100 in 46 calls or less. The in house lotto is €300.


OUR un­der­age coach­ing con­tin­ues next Fri­day evening in our in­door Astro Turf, with U-8s from 6-7pm, U-10s from 7-8pm and U-12s from 8-9pm. All wel­come – keep prac­tic­ing those skills!

WITH Christ­mas on the way, check out the club’s on­line shop with O’Neills for some high qual­ity club gear. There’s a great se­lec­tion and any item would make for a great present. To visit the site, visit the O’Neills web­site and search for En­nis­crone/Kilglass un­der the GAA club sec­tion.

THERE are a lim­ited num­ber of lapel pins show­cas­ing the club crest – and im­por­tantly the cor­rect spell­ing of En­nis­crone as Gaeilge agus as Béarla – avail­able at present. They are a qual­ity item that would make a great present, and also show your sup­port for the up­com­ing plebiscite on the town name. They are avail­able from any com­mit­tee mem­ber for €10. THERE was no win­ner of last week­end’s blotto draw. The draw con­tin­ues ev­ery Satur­day night. This week’s jack­pot will be €3400.



A huge thank you to all club mem­bers who turned out for our AGM last week­end. There are still a num­ber of avail­able po­si­tions within the club for the com­ing year, and if you would like to be a part of this grow­ing club please con­tact Trevor on 0871710909.

SAVE the date! Our an­nual ta­ble quiz takes place Fri­day 21st De­cem­ber in Con­nolly’ Bars. The com­pe­ti­tion is set to be as com­pet­i­tive as ever. A great night is promised. All sup­port is ap­pre­ci­ated in what is a great fundraiser for the club and a nice way to see out the year. WE have a win­ner…. Congratulations to Barry Gil­hoo­ley who sneaks it in the end with a strong fin­ish!! Barry will col­lect €250 as part of his win­nings. Well done to Ai­dan McGoldrick who came 2nd and Fran­cis Tighe who came 3rd. They get €100 and €50 re­spec­tively. Thanks to ev­ery­one who en­tered our Sports Pre­dic­tion Quiz. Visit our face­book page to see a full list of re­sults.

WITH Christ­mas on the way check out our club shop on the O’Neills web­site for some great per­son­alised gift ideas. Av­er­age 7-10 work­ing day de­liv­ery on per­son­alised items, this may in­crease with de­mand. A fine range of items avail­able.


THE Lotto draw took place in Con­nolly’s Bar on Mon­day 26th Novem­ber. The num­bers drawn were 1, 2, 3 & 25.

THERE was no win­ner of the €10,000 Jack­pot. Con­grats to our ‘Match 3’ Win­ners Brid­get Gal­lagher & John Kenny who each win €50. THE next draw for our €10,000 Jack­pot will take place on Mon­day 10th De­cem­ber in The Owenmore Inn.


THE Gaels suf­fered an ag­o­nis­ing de­feat to St Marys in the U21 A Cham­pi­onship fi­nal last Satur­day by the nar­row­est of mar­gins. The Gaels dom­i­nated the first half and went in four points up at half time, how­ever a strong sec­ond half from St Marys saw them take the lead mid way through the half and thanks to hero­ics from Daniel Lyons the Gaels kept in touch. The teams were level go­ing into in­jury time with Marys con­vert­ing a free to win in the dy­ing sec­onds on a score line of 1-15 to 1-14. The team was: Daniel Lyons, Ben Tuohy, Evan Lyons, Alan Kelly, Enda O’Con­nell, Patrick Ben­son, Sean Car­roll, James Car­roll (0-3), Dil­lon McDer­mott, Daire Kearns (1-1), Shane Deignan (0-1), Mark Kearns (0-2), Sea­mus Hail­stones (0-1), Dy­lan Wil­lis (0-1), Dar­ragh Hail­stones (0-5), Subs: Karl McKenna for S Hail­stones, Luke Flynn for D McDer­mott, Ul­tan McKenna, Steven Wil­lis, Bren­dan Hail­stones, Michael Barry, Niall Whe­lan, Ryan Fitz­patrick. Thanks to the play­ers and man­age­ment of Donal Tuohy, Brian Boyd and Liam O’Con­nell for their ef­forts this year. This is the last game in what has been a long year for many play­ers con­test­ing fi­nals at Mi­nor, In­ter­me­di­ate and U21 and with all but one of the panel un­der­age next year, hope­fully we will be con­test­ing for hon­ours at this level in 2019.

THE AGM of the Se­nior Club takes place this Fri­day 7th De­cem­ber at 8.30PM in the Club­house.

THERE ware no win­ners in the lotto draw last week­end with the num­bers drawn were 6, 10, 22 and 25. The house draw was won by Cora McDer­mott. The next draw is in McDer­motts, Castle­bald­win on Satur­day 15th De­cem­ber with the jack­pot at €5,200.

THE Club wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy with the fam­ily and rel­a­tives of Kitty Far­ren, Em­lagh, River­stown who died at the week­end and we also wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy with Amanda Cas­sidy on the re­cent death of her sis­ter Dawn Hy­land in Mullingar.


THE club AGM will take place on Sun­day at 2pm in Dro­more West Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. It is im­por­tant that all mem­bers at­tend. CONGRATULATIONS to Easkey se­nior hurl­ing team on win­ning the Der­mot Mol­loy league fi­nal on Sun­day last by de­feat­ing Cool­era /Strand­hill on a score of 1-14 to 2-9. St. Farnan’s play­ers on the panel were James Weir, Fin­nian Caw­ley, Gavin Con­nolly, Kevin Mc Gee and Sean Hal­li­nan, Cor­mac Hal­li­nan, Stephen Mul­li­gan and Ea­monn Kil­gan­non.

BEST wishes to Cahán Hal­li­nan who is part of the Ir­ish box­ing team that will travel to Por­tu­gal on De­cem­ber 13. Cahán will com­pete in the un­der 18 com­pe­ti­tion at 69kg weight level. He is a mem­ber of the Ardna­ree box­ing club. WELL done to Ea­monn Healy, Aus­tralia who won €215 in our 50/50 draw. Next draw on Sun­day 16. Thanks for your sup­port.

Ladies - Our sin­cere thanks to Joanne McAn­drew, Jackie Don­lon, Mary Scott, Leah Kelly and Cas­san­dra McCloat all of whom rep­re­sented our club at the Sligo Ladies Co. Bd. “Strictly come Danc­ing” fundraiser which was held in the Clay­ton Ho­tel on Fri­day last. The five per­formed to­gether as a group and put on a great per­for­mance, as in­deed did all of the par­tic­i­pants, which con­trib­uted to a great nights en­ter­tain­ment. And with the pro­ceeds from the event be­ing di­vided equally be­tween the par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs and the Co. Bd. it means that the club cof­fers stand to ben­e­fit in the process. Well done to all in­volved in or­gan­is­ing the event. They left no stone un­turned in putting on a great pro­duc­tion and it is a pity that their con­sid­er­able ef­forts weren’t bet­ter re­warded with a big­ger turnout.

Our club also fea­tured in the in­ter­val en­ter­tain­ment with un­der­age player Joanne Rowlette fea­tur­ing among the acts.

Our club AGM is tak­ing place on Thurs­day the 6th De­cem­ber in the Still Bar at 8pm. More vol­un­teers are needed to help in the day to day run­ning of the club so please email our sec­re­tary Joanne if you wish to nom­i­nate any­one for any po­si­tion.

Good luck to Tourlestrane in the All-Ire­land Ju­nior Ladies Fi­nal which will be held in Bal­li­nasloe on Sun­day next.


The St Johns AGM took place last Sun­day in The Sligo Park Ho­tel with a large crowd in at­ten­dance. Re­ports of the ac­tiv­i­ties were pre­sented by the Chair­man, Sec­re­tary, Trea­surer, Team Man­agers, Pitch Com­mit­tee, Lotto Com­mit­tee, Bord Na nOg, Ladies Foot­ball Com­mit­tee and The So­cial Com­mit­tee. Fol­low­ing the re­ports the fol­low­ing of­fi­cers were elected for the com­ing year ; Pa­trons- Fr Jim Mur­ray, Fr Do­minick Gil­looly, Fr Steven Walsh and Fr Pat Lom­bard; Pres­i­dents- Paddy Galvin and Gene Flynn; Chair­man- Sea­mus Casey; Vice Chair­man- Fer­gal Kelly ; Sec­re­tary- Sarah Mc Na­mara; Asst. Sec Ni­amh Walsh; Trea­surer- Sean Reilly; Asst Geral­dine Gor­don; Co Board Rep Charlie Jor­dan; Ir­ish Of­fi­cer- Olivia Flan­nery; In­sur­ance Of­fi­cer- Colm Nevin; PRO- Tommy Mc Manus; Asst James Con­neely; Coach­ing Of­fi­cer- Gerry Quinn; Sub­stance Abuse Of­fi­cerGer­ard Egan; Health and Wel­fare Of­fi­cer- Shauna Li­neen; Chil­dren’s Of­fi­cers- Ciaran Feeney (Boys), Olivia Flan­nery(Girls); Regis­trar-Fer­gal Henry; De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer- Niall Gor­don; Pitch Com­mit­tee Chair­man- Niall Gor­don; So­cial Com­mit­tee Chair­man- John Greene; IT Com­mit­tee Chair­man- James Con­neely

Bord Na nOg Chair­man- Fer­gal Kelly; Vice Chair­man- Ciaran Feeney; Sec –Liam Cashell; Girls Sec­tion- Chair­per­son- Liam Kelly; Vice – Olivia Flan­nery; Sec- Vic­to­ria Mc Guin­ness; Trea­surer- Angela Kelly;

In con­clud­ing the meet­ing the Chair­man Sea­mus Casey pro­posed a vote of sym­pa­thy to all club mem­bers who had suf­fered be­reave­ments dur­ing the year and thanked all for at­tend­ing.

The St John’s Lotto Jack­pot was not won in the draw that took place in The Club­house, Cuil­beg on Sat Nov 24th when the num­bers drawn were 9, 12, 20 and 29. The win­ners of the E25 con­so­la­tion prizes were Anne Quinn, Moloway Place; Mary Kilcoyne, C/O Clif­ford Elec­tri­cal; Ali­son Fo­ley, C/O The Cro­zon Inn and Se­nan Dempsey, Kil­lala, Co Mayo. The next draw for a mas­sive Jack­pot prize of E12,650 will take place next Sat Dec 8th in Can­nings House and Gar­den, Cor­nageeha. Tick­ets at E2 each or 3 for E5 can be pur­chased at Molly Full­tons,

Car­raroe; Gerry Mc Mor­row’s shop, Cairns Rd; Clif­ford Elec­tri­cal, Car­raroe; The Blue La­goon, River­side; Can­ning’s House and Gar­den, Cor­nageeha and The Cro­zon Inn, Cal­tragh or from club mem­bers. So to be in with a chance of win­ning that big prize to liven up the Christ­mas be sure to get your ticket early as if you are not in you can­not win !

The St John’s club ex­tend sym­pa­thy to Martin Keaney and fam­ily on the re­cent death of his brother in Leitrim and to Stephen Carty and fam­ily on the death of his fa­ther.

Congratulations to se­nior foot­baller Thomas Kelly who passed out from Tem­ple­more Garda Train­ing Col­lege on Fri­day – yet another St Johns man join­ing the Boys in Blue


LOOK­ING for ideas for Christ­mas, why not give St Michael’s sports­wear which are avail­able to pur­chased on­line check out our new prod­ucts for 2018 are avail­able on­line to buy now through O Neills. Check them out! HTTPS://WWW.ONEILLS.COM/SHOP-BYTEAM/GAA/IRE­LAND/ST-MICHAELS-GAASLIGO.HTML?

ANY­ONE in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with the un­der­age struc­ture in Si Michael’s for 2019. Please con­tact coach­ing of­fi­cer Brian Taaffe. THE AGM taken place on Tues­day 4th De­cem­ber in the new con­fer­ence cen­ter in the units at 8.30 sharp. All play­ers are asked to at­tend and par­ents of all un­der­age play­ers. LOTTO num­bers for this week are There was no Jack­pot win­ner or match 3. Drawn win­ners who re­ceive €25 each are Sharøn McCor­mack Kil­ross. Sea­mus McKenny Laval­ley. Bren­dan McCar­rick Bal­ly­gaw­ley. Michael O’Con­nor Killery. Next weeks draw In­nish­free Bar Ballintogher. Jack­pot now stands at €10,000. The club wish to thank ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port. THE club wish to ex­press sym­pa­thy to the Mul­vaney Fam­ily Cran­more Sligo on the death of Ea­monn Mul­vaney.


The AGM of the Club will take place this Tues­day next Dec 4th at 8.00pm in the Club­house. We hope to see a good turnout of Play­ers, Coaches and Mem­bers on the night.

Our Club Lotto Draw takes place on Tues­day next Dec 11th at 8.30pm. The Jack­pot now stands at €3,100. If there is no jack­pot win­ner then we will draw 3 €100 Vouch­ers to mark our fi­nal draw be­fore Christ­mas. Thank You to ev­ery­one for their sup­port for this im­por­tant fundraiser dur­ing 2018 and thank you to Su­pervalu and Londis Grange for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

The Quiz fi­nals of Bord na nOg re sched­uled for Sun­day next Dec 9th in Ballintogher at 4.00pm.


JOKER Jack­pot St Pat’s Joker Jack­pot now stands @ €3100 as their was no win­ner in the lat­est draw. Next draw takes place in the Beach Bar on Satur­day De­cem­ber 15th @ 10.15pm. The Club thank your for your con­tin­ued sup­port. Tick­ets avail­able from all usual out­lets. A new yearly Joker Jack­pot ticket is now avail­able which en­sure you are en­tered into ev­ery draw for the next year at a re­duced cost of €45. Con­tact Nigel on 086-8234898 or Claire on 086-1763298 for fur­ther de­tails. Win­ners in last week­ends draw were Au­drie Kee, Martin Giblin, & Justin Kelly.

ST Patrick’s G.A.A Club Shop. St Pats club shop in as­so­ci­a­tion with O Neills. For all club replica jer­seys, socks, short avail­able in all sizes. Sweat­shirts, polo shirts, and much more also avail­able. New line now avail­able. For fur­ther de­tails check CON­GRATS Con­grats to Micheál Kearins who was hon­oured by Sligo County Board on Fri­day last in the Sligo GAA Cen­tre Of Ex­cel­lence Scar­den. A plaque was un­veiled to hon­our his achieve­ment of be­ing Ire­land’s top scorer in 1968 with a tally of 2 goals and 125 points in the sea­son. All at they club wish Micheál well on his hon­our.

BLOOD Do­na­tion Day St Pat’s will host the the Ir­ish Blood Trans­fu­sion Clinic on Tues­day De­cem­ber 4th in the Skreen/Dro­mard Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. The clinic run from 5pm till 8.30pm. We need over 130 peo­ple to donate on the day. So the club ask for your sup­port.

ST Pat’s A.G.M St Pat’s will hold their A.G.M on Sun­day De­cem­ber 9th @ 3pm in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. All mem­bers are asked to at­tend and new mem­bers are more than wel­come. THANKS A big thank you to Ted Maloney who rep­re­sented St Pat’s in the SLGFA Strictly Come Danc­ing on Fri­day last in the Clay­ton Ho­tel. Well done Ted


WE are one week away from tak­ing part in an All Ire­land Fi­nal in Tourlestrane and to say we are ex­cited is an un­der­state­ment ! We are thrilled, but most of all we are proud . Proud of our 30 strong team of girls and their 3 man­agers that have given our lit­tle par­ish and club the be­lief that dreams re­ally can come true . This Tourlestrane ladies team have reached the ul­ti­mate club day out by sheer deter­mi­na­tion and hard work and they de­serve to be there. The girls are trav­el­ling to Bal­li­nasloe next Sun­day fol­lowed and hailed as heroes re­gard­less of the out­come by a band of the very best sup­port­ers they could wish for . They play Glan­mire Ladies of Cork and as they said any team that make it to this level will be tough but our girls in­tend to rise to the chal­lenge. Mean­while Christ­mas is put on hold for now in Tourlestrane club and in place of trees tin­sel and lights ev­ery house is still adorned in a sea of green and gold ! We send a heart­felt thanks to all the lo­cal busi­nesses who have come on board and spon­sored the team in their quest for vic­tory . As Fr Glynn who prayed and spoke of them at mass to­day said our girls will wear the Tourlestrane crest with pride and we shall cheer them on, our hearts burst­ing with equal pride, from those that have gone be­fore us cheer­ing on from the Heav­ens to those that will be fu­ture club play­ers Maith sibh cailíní you have treated us to the best ! THE Fi­nal Whis­tle Ocean Fm Sport pro­gramme is be­ing broad­cast next Thurs­day night live from Flynn’s Aclare when Austin O Cal­laghan is trav­el­ling out to take part in the build up to the match and all are in­vited to come along and join in the fun. Come along any time from 7pm . SYM­PA­THY is ex­tended to the Kil­dunne fam­ily of Cor­ray on the pass­ing of their mother Mary Kil­dunne.

ALSO to the Waters fam­ily Cloon­barry on the sud­den pass­ing of Tommy Snr. And to the Simp­son fam­ily of Cor­ray on the pass­ing of their mother Iris. Ar dheis Dé go raibh siad.

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