Veteran Carrick athlete Joe Lowe claimed his first race road victory in the inaugural Carrigallen 10K road race on Saturday, June 30, while former Leitrim Ladies football star Eileen Donohue showed her prowess in a different sporting discipline by winning the Ladies race.
Joe worked his way through the field and finishing strongly to take the victory in 40.11, some 25 seconds ahead of Darren Reilly with Scott Harden a further 13 seconds behind. Eileen Donohoe of Cloone claimed the ladies title and 6th overall in a time of 43.20, beating her sister Noreen Colreavy with Olivia ni Shuillebhain in third.
The event was to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy through MDI - Muscular Dystrophy Ireland and the weather slowly cleared to allow a well attended event which is planned to grow in the future. Results: 1st Joe Lowe 40:11, 2nd Darren Reilly 40:36, 3rd Scott Harden 40:49, 4th Adrian Burns 42:27, 5th Declan McGovern 43:00, 6th Eileen Donohoe 43:20 (1st lady), 7th Enda Lyons 44:00, 8th Noreen Colreavy 44:12 (2nd lady), 9th Padraig Burke 44:20, 10th P. Hartinan 45:12, 11th Olivia ni shuillebhain 45:20 (3rd lady). Full results on www.runireland.com
Lough Arrow 8 Mile
The second annual “Lough Arrow 8 Mile” race will take place on Saturday, July 28, starting from Ballinafad village. Proceeds to Aware and Aughanagh Parish Development Fund. Entrants can run or walk a varied eight mile route along a picturesque hillside laneway combining short steep hills with long level stretches on smooth roads, ideal for those wishing to incorporate a little hill training into their run. Walkers start at 4 pm, runners at 5 pm. Parking will be in the Field Study Centre car park, Ballinafad, and overflow parking at Ballinafad Church. Toilets and showers (bring your own towel) will be available, and refreshments provided, in the Field Study Centre. Cost of entry €20 to pre-register, which includes a race pack, souvenir t-shirt, and entry into a special prize draw. Entrants can pre-register either on-line through runireland.com or by dropping into Ballinafad Hall from 10.30-12.00 on Sunday, July 8, or by calling 087 8210566 or 087 9145541 asap. €15 to register on the day (not including a race pack/t-shirt) from 3pm in the Field Study Centre, Ballinafad.
This is an AAI approved and measured course, with chip-timing for all runners as well as prizes for first three males and females and first three male and female veterans.
Connacht U-13 Club hurling feile
Over 300 U-13 hurlers from all over the province descended on the ideally prepared Padraig Pearses GAA grounds last Saturday for the Connacht Club U-13 Feile which was promoted by Connacht GAA Council Coaching & Games development with Carrick and Manorhamilton flying the Leitrim flag. Connacht GAA hurling director Damien Coleman expressed his delight at the standard of fare on offer complimenting all teams, mentors and supporters for making the journey to the Padraig Pearses venue that saw the four pitches in action. Congratulations were passed by all competing teams to Padraig Pearses, the host club who as the event was taking place in their grounds were winning a Feile na nGael division 4 title in Croke Park.
Coleman stated “it is the first time for many that they would be representing their clubs on an inter county footing and to have 16 teams together gives the players great hunger to keep improving their skills by pitting themselves against other counties and hurling styles”. He went on to thank the parents, games officers, mentors and clubs for putting together such a great spectacle of hurling. The Connacht GAA hurling director also congratulated Padraig Pearses and Easkey (Sligo) for winning divison 4 and 6 feile nan Gael titles. He also congratulated Clarinbridge and Davitts for reaching the division 1 hurling and camogie finals respectively.
Carrick Tennis Club
Tournament: Last Saturday it poured down but didnt stop kids coming from Collooney, Grange, and Boyle Tennis Club. Lots of fun was had by all. The winners were Eitvydas Grazys from Carrick Tennis Club in the under 16s and Emma Cassidy from Grange Tennis Club won under 12s with Sarah Keane from Carrick Tennis club was runner up.
Parks Tennis Camp: running from August 6 to 10,10am each day for 6-9yrs and 11am each day for 10-15yrs. Cost is €10 for the week.
Coaching: on Saturdays in July from 12-1 for kids and 1-2 for adults €5 each pay as go. Call Olwyn 0863514123.
Membership: for 2012 /2013 is now due. Juniors/OAPS €20, Seniors €30, Family €60.
Members evening: Tuesday evenings at 7pm. This is excellent way for anyone who is thinking about joining the club to meet up with new and old members /organise play dates etc.
Contacth: email firstname.lastname@example.org any queries to the club directly.
Leitrim Darts news
There was a great entry of 21 players from four counties at the Drumcoura Saloon Bar eight night tournament night last Thursday night. There was some fine darts played before we reached the semi finals with C. Mulvey Leitrim getting the better of P. Boyle Sligo & A. O’Neill Cavan beating G McGovern Leitrim. O’Neill used all his experience to beat Leitrim’s No1 Colm Mulvey in the final to become our second Qualifier. With numbers increasing Conor tells me there will be four boards in action next week. Check in 9pm. This is an open event, but Leitrim players reaching the quarter finals or better will be awarded the usual ranking points. Once again Tommy & staff provided ample refreshments to all. Thanks to all who turned up so far and hope to see ye all there again next Thursday.
Seán O’Heslin’s cycle to Páirc Seán
Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s are on their bikes again this Saturday. Three weeks ago 33 of them cycled to Castlebar for the Connacht Semi-final. On Saturday they will complete this year’s sponsored cycle with the shorter trip to Carrick on Shannon. In the past two years they cycled to Roscommon and Sligo for Connacht Championship games so after Saturday, Galway is the remaining Connacht venue they have to tackle. They will be having a bucket collection outside the grounds on Saturday and they would be pleased to get any contributions to help clear the debt on Páirc Sheáin Uí Eislin.