When Dubliners Ed and Angie Lee bought the old schoolhouse in Aughawillan they had planned to spend quit time in the lovely peaceful and tranquil area around Aughawillan and Ballinamore.
However having seen the new development of the handball alley at Fenagh Ed was once again bitten by the handball bug that had dominated his sporting youth and after a phone call to a member of the Fenagh club Ed found himself immersed in the game once again, this time in the colours of Fenagh and Leitrim.
Ed was born in the shadow of Croke Park and was encouraged to play handball by his older brothers, his first game at the age of four in 1963 when he stood in as a sub in a schools game. His love for the game grew as he won Dublin and Leinster titles as a youth. In 1976 he won the all Ireland senior singles colleges title beating great players such as Robbie McCarthy senior, father of Robbie Junior present 60x30 senior champion and Eugene Downey who later went on to win many all Irelands with Duxie Walsh.
At the age of 19 and20 Ed was Dublin senior champion at a time when the cream of Irish handballers had moved to work in the city. In 1984 he went on to win the all Ireland junior hardball singles and doubled up with Sligo man Raffie Walsh to take the doubles title.
While Ed went on to play senior handball for some years after, work commitments and a young family meant that he had les time to train and play handball and he went out of the game altogether in the late eighties.
With family reared and a move to Aughawillan in 2006 Ed joined the Fenagh club in 2008 winning the Leitrim senior singles that year defeating Danny Reilly of Gortletteragh.
In 2009 he defeated the emerging Martin Raftery of Drumshanbo and in 2010 lost his Leitrim crown to rising star Donal Wrynn from his own club of Fenagh. In the meantime he found himself representing Leitrim at Silver and Golden masters with limited success as he regained some of his old court-craft and lifted his game to a higher level.
This year he overcame the challenge of Peter Chambers of Sligo in the Connacht semi final then went on to defeat Galway’s William Corcoran to win his first Connacht title at Golden masters level. In the All Ireland semi final played in Tyrone Lee defeated Thomas McGuire of Antrim to book his place in the All Ireland final.
On Sunday next August 19, at 2pm Ed Lee of Leitrim will face Eamon Purcell of Kilkenny in Kells in the golden masters all Ireland final. How the game will go is anyone’s guess but Kilkenny dominates handball and Purcell will be no push over.
However Lees experience and court-craft at a high level in his heyday is still there and his Dublin confidence coupled with Leitrim determination could well see another national title coming to Leitrim.
There was a good turnout for the first round of the Carrick Taxies eight nighter held in Henrys of Coothall last Sunday night. Our winner was the ever consistent Liam Aldridge who beat Tim Duignan in the final, beaten semi-finalists were Cathal Berine & Eugune Mc Dermott (Snr). The pick a double fundraiser was won by R Canning, Thanks to John & staff for the excellent refreshments provided and their sponsorship of the night. Rnd two takes place in the Blue Devon next Sun night check in 8pm play will start at 9pm.
Drumcoura Saloon eight nighter: There was an extremely poupular winner of last weeks 7th round in Leitrim’s Ciaran Fanning, who beat P McDonald (SO) in the semi-finals and J. Nevin (LD) in the final. The eighth and final Rnd takes place this thur check in 9pm hope to see another big turnout it would be nice to see another local joining Eugune & Ciaran in the final to compete for the €1600 prize money (approx).
Leitrim Hurling Board
We are holding a meeting this Friday night August 17, in the Bush Hotel at 8.30. The draw for the Senior Hurling Championship will be made at this meeting.
Leitrim Pool News
The John Williams Memorial will be held in Davitt’s on Friday, August 24. The competition starts at 7pm. 1st prize €300 and memorial trophy, 2nd prize €150, 3rd prize €50. With all proceeds going to St Brigid’s NS, please come out and support this worthy cause. To enter contact Maggie 0860695680.
Carrick Tennis Club
Members evening: Every Tuesday evening 7-9pm, this is a great way to meet up with new and old club members, to organise game dates, join up for membership or simply just to enquire about club activities. Membership 2012/14 is now due please call Marion 0868211019 for further details or pop down to courts on members evening Tuesday 7-9pm.
New club gear: Club polo shirts, v- neck jumpers and club jackets now on sale.
Summer camp: running in august with coach Rebecca. Call 0873123777 for more details.
Coaching will be back in September. New members always welcome. Like us on facebook carricktennisclub or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Family day at Roscommon Races
Family Day at Roscommon Races is always a unique occasion. Coupled with the fact that Roscommon Racecourse just recently hosted one of its greatest ever meetings, next Monday at the Lenabane track should be another wonderful occasion. First race 5.10 p.m..
For family value alone, Monday’s meeting is a big attraction. For the bargain price of €10, one parent and three children can gain admission, with two parents and up to six children available at €20.
Patrons should note this is a special family concession (children under 16) with standard prices applying otherwise: adults €13; OAPS and students €8. With it being a family evening, there are pony rides and other activities for children, which are all free of charge. Monday’s card is made up of four flat and three hurdle races, including a race that was run for the first ever time at Roscommon last year – the Gerry Igoe Land Drainage Flat versus National Hunt Riders Challenge Handicap. This race proved hugely popular last year and offers the best from the two forms of racing. The race sponsor and Roscommon Race Committee will be donating €1,500 in total to the Injured Jockey’s Fund.
Monday is also an IFA Members’ evening with a special concession for those who produce their IFA There will be music in the bar on Monday after the second last race while there is a free bets competition on the race-card. Check out Roscommon Racecourse on Facebook or visit roscommonracecourse.ie. For enquiries, email email@example.com or phone Michael Finneran at 087 2203288.
Calry Parish Fun Run
The Calry Parish Church 3 mile fun run/walk takes place on Saturday, September 8, at 3pm sharp on The Mall, Sligo with children’s races starting at 2pm sharp on a unique course incorporating the Garavogue bridge and a Riverside route. Registration from 12.30 pm in The Catacombs while the entry fee is €10 Seniors/Veterans (over age 19), €5 Juniors (age 15-under 19) & children (under age 15) €2. All proceeds are in aid of the Calry Parish Church Fund & The Irish Wheelchair Association. Tea & Refreshments & Prize Giving after the race in The Catacombs. Any enquiries contact Revd. Patrick Bamber 0719146513, Pauline Henry 0863530195 or Margaret Henry 0863300474.
Congratulations to Laura Reynolds on a magnificent debut in the Olympics last Saturday when she finished 20th in the 20Km walk and commiserations to Colin Griffin on what must have been a heart-breaking disqualification as he looked on course for a place in the top 20. The two did themselves, their clubs, county and country proud with their efforts not only last Saturday but over the last year and both deserved a good break now.
Training for the Community Games Finals continues this week, the Finals are on the week after next so time is short. See you all at the top field.