Dromahair go top as Manor held

Pictured at the launch of Audi Athlone Two Provinces Triathlon were, from left, Brendan O'Sullivan (Club Executive), John Flanagan & Robbie Flanagan (Audi Athlone), Niall O'Donohue (Race Director), Rois�n Satchwell (Race Committee), Michael Moore Jnr (General Manager Audi Athlone), Jason Satchwell (Audi Athlone), Andreea Gallagher (Race Committee), Laura Clyne (Club Executive) and Sean Mimnagh (Club Executive). Pic: www.hursonphotography.com
St. Patrick’s Dromahair moved into sole ownership of the top spot in the Gallogly Catering Division One after their neighbours Glencar/Manorhamilton were held to a surprising draw by Aughawillan.

St. Patrick’s Dromahair moved into sole ownership of the top spot in the Gallogly Catering Division One after their neighbours Glencar/Manorhamilton were held to a surprising draw by Aughawillan.

Leitrim Masters Soccer League

The fifth round of games took place in the FAI/Leitrim Sports Partnership Leitrim Master League.

Results: Friday April 12: Sheemore Rovers P-P Gaels United (refixed for later date); Drumshanbo Babes 4-5 Abbey Rovers (Stephen McWeeney, Patrick McManus 3) (Adrian Cullen 2, Paul Prior, Ollie Plunkett); Drumkeerin Gaels 0-1 N L Galaxy All Stars (Mark Brooks); Leitrim Villa 1-1 Wrong Direction (Mick Blake) (Allen Cox)

Fixtures: Week 6 Friday April 19: 7.00 Abbey Rovers v Sheemore Rovers; 7.30 NL Galaxy All Stars v Gaels United; 8.00 Wrong Direction v Drumshanbo Babes; 8.30 Leitrim Villa v Drumkeerin Gaels

Kilglass Gaels Road Race

Kilglass Gaels GAA club will host a 10km run & 5km walk on Sunday, May 12, at 2 pm. This is the club’s first time to run such an event and they are ensuring that it will be organised to the highest standards for all taking part.

The run and walk will start from the Kilglass Gaels GAA club rooms situated just two miles outside Rooskey Village. Runners and walkers alike can be guaranteed to avail of excellent parking, changing and showering facilities.

The route will be an officially AAI approved route which means it will be the correct distance.

Registration will take place on the day from 12.30 with refreshments after the race. Entry fee for the race is as follows €10 for adults and €5 for under 18s. Prizes in both male and female categories in both adult and minor will be presented to the winners after the race.

Kilglass Gaels GAA club invite all those interested in running or just interested in a bit of craic or exercise to join us for what will be a very enjoyable race and walk.

For more information check the Kilglass Gaels GAA club Facebook page, or contact Niall Kilcrann on 087 7640679 or pro.kilglassgaels.roscommon@gaa.ie.

Boyle Charity Duathlon

With winter training well and truly behind you it’s time to see if all that hard graft has paid off.

The fourth annual Boyle Charity Duathlon in association with Roscommon Sports Partnership is fast approaching and the perfect event to blow-off any cobwebs and get your race season under way. It’s also the ideal event for people new to multi-sport activities and would like to check-out what all the fuss is about.
The race is sprint distance (5k run - 20k cycle - 2.5k run) in Lough Key Forest Park on May 5, at 12pm. Entry fee is €25 (no race licence required). The event is chip-timed and each athlete will receive a gillet running/cycling top.

As with previous years, we have a family fun-day to keep the fan club entertained whilst you chase a pb. Lough Key Forest Park Management have once again provided free parking and the use of toilet and shower facilities. To register for the event please log onto www.runireland.com.

The charity you will be supporting is The Family Life Centre, “who support and enrich family life in its diverse forms today in an atmosphere of welcome, peace and enrichment”. For more information please log onto www.familylifecentre.ie   www.facebook/flcboyle

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our event in the past and look forward to seeing you again on May 5.

Special Olympics Ireland’s Annual Collection Day

Special Olympics Ireland’s annual Collection Day, sponsored by Eircom, will take place throughout Ireland on Friday, April 26. Volunteers will be needed throughout County Leitrim to look after the collection points in Ballinamore, Mohill, Carrick-on-Shannon and Manorhamilton.

The Collection Day is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.  The money raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise its promise of offering people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in sport in their area.

 Myra Merrick, Regional Director Special Olympics Connaught said “This is our biggest annual fundraising event so it is hugely important to us.   If you have a few hours to spare on Friday, April 26 next please help us by joining one of our collection teams at a location near you.  You don’t even need to be a registered volunteer so please let your family and friends know too.  Every donation we receive on April 26th will help us to continue to change the lives of people with an intellectual disability throughout Connaught.  With your help, we can all give our athletes a winning chance.”

If you can’t volunteer on April 26, you can support Special Olympics on the day by donating to one of our on street collectors or by texting the word SPECIAL to 50300 to donate €2. 100% of your €2 donation will go to Special Olympics Ireland.

For further information about Special Olympics Ireland’s Collection Day and to volunteer please visit www.specialolympics.ie/collectionday or contact Michael Carty at Special Olympics Connaught on 071 911 8330 or michael.carty@specialolympics.ie.

Try The Connemara Adventure Challenge 

The Connemara Adventure Challenge on May 11, is a personal physical challenge like no other, push yourself to your limits and experience a journey that will stay with you for a lifetime. With a race route of 31 km, this exciting route will see you run, cycle and kayak turn through some of the most spectacular and hidden scenery Connemara has to offer.

You will run part of the Western Way, cycle on Coillte Forest tracks and paddle on the beautiful Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only fjord.

Not as arduous as the iconic Gaelforce West Challenge later in the year, this course is half its length, with just one hill to climb, and a very level cycling route. This is also a fun event for people who want to try their hand at adventure racing for the first time.

“The Gaelforce team do recommend that you get some in some training on a bog as well!” says Ciara Young from Gaelforce “we have plenty of bogs around Connemara and especially on our courses and it takes a little bit of getting used to.”

Going from strength to strength, Gaelforce Events – an Irish company - offers a well organised and professional experience for all participants, with a huge focus being placed on the successful running of the event from a logistical point of view. Offering adventure, fun and the chance to meet like minded people, the Gaelforce routes go through some of the most beautiful landscapes that this country  has to offer.    And of course the epic and legendary Gaelforce After Parties at Killary are definitely worth the 31km Challenge. 

For further details and registration for The Gaelforce Connemara Challenge 2013 on May 11, log on towww.gaelforceevents.com/connemara.

Roscommon GAA to host fundraiser for Hospice

Roscommon GAA will host a fundraiser in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation on Saturday June 15, in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.

The event will be a “singing competition with a difference” and will see performers from GAA Clubs throughout Roscommon battle it out to impress the celebrity judging panel and the audience. Votes from the Audience, votes from the Judges and donations made to Mayo Roscommon Hospice in their name of a singer will also count towards determining the winner. In addition to helping a worthy cause the winner will receive a cash prize for their Club and a weekend away for themselves.

Speaking at the announcement, Michael Fahey, Chairperson of Roscommon GAA County Board, said: “In early 2012 John and Lily Murphy took the decision to sponsor the Roscommon Senior Football team in order to give something back to the local community and to generate awareness of the Hospice movement. Everyone involved with Roscommon GAA is proud to be associated with the Hospice movement; a group of voluntary organisations which have helped so many families throughout the country and we decided to follow the lead of the Murphys by organising this event, which will help raise funds for our local foundation - Mayo Roscommon Hospice and hopefully increase awareness of the good work carried out by the organisation”.

The event will also feature live music and the 2013 Roscommon GAA Members Draw will take place on the night. Full details of the contest and ticket information will be announced shortly and if entries are oversubscribed two semi-finals will also be held, with these “penciled in” for late May.

Cynthia Clampett CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation said “We were delighted when Roscommon GAA approached us with the offer to help raise funds for our Palliative Care Service. The contest sounds like a really novel and fun event.

In the current economic climate fundraising is more difficult and each year we have to organise so many different events and projects to raise the funds necessary for the service so it’s a great boost to have the support of Roscommon GAA.

The Palliative Care Service in Roscommon and Mayo is heavily dependent on voluntary funding and the Foundation have to raise €1.3 million each year through donations and fundraising efforts to fund approx. 50% of the service costs, in association with the HSE.

The number of patients, both adults and children, who need to avail of Palliative Care Services increases every year. 2012 was another very busy year for the Mayo & Roscommon Palliative Home Care Teams. The Teams cared for 716 patients and families (474 in Mayo and 242 in Roscommon). As the HSE continues to cut back on services the Teams have to call on our Foundation more and more to meet the needs of terminally ill patients in the two counties. The majority of patients cared for by the Teams are cancer patients but as the service has developed and expanded they also care for patients with non malignant conditions such as, end stage Motor Neurone, Muscular Dystrophy, MS, Heart Failure, Dementia & Alzheimer’s.”

Cynthia said: “We are now in the final stage of negotiation with the HSE to develop Hospice Units in both Mayo and Roscommon. Plans are drawn for a 14 bed Unit in Castlebar and an 8-bed Unit in Roscommon. Our Foundation has to fund 100% of the capital cost of both Units which is in the region of €7.5million for Mayo and €4.5 for Roscommon. It’s a huge undertaking for a small origination but we are confident that with the support of the people we can do it. We are hopeful that we will be in a position to make an announcement to go to planning in the coming months”.

Carrick Tennis Club

Coaching on Saturday mornings 10-11am 12-16 year-olds, 11-12 noon 5-11 year-olds, 12-1pm Adults of all abilities. Call Olwyn 086-351 4123.

We are now welcoming new members for 2013/14 of all abilities to join the Tennis Club. Excellent value rates start at €20 Juniors/OAP, €30 singles / €60 Family. Tel Marion 086-8211019  for more details.

Carrick Rowing Club

The 2013 racing season was off to a poor start when a hugely anticipated weekend at the National Rowing Centre in Cork was called-off as poor weather resulted in unrowable conditions. The weekend’s action was due to include the National School and University Championships on Saturday with the highly regarded Skibbereen Regatta on Sunday. The School’s Championships on Saturday would have included representation from Leitrim schools for the first time with a large contingent of Carrick RC members swapping their club colours to represent Carrick Community School and Drumshanbo Vocational School. The club would like to thank both schools and their principals for their support in this new departure and we hope that the races will be rescheduled later this summer.

After the disappointments of last weekend, the racing season will continue as we travel to Islandbridge in Dublin for Trinity College Regatta. Unlike the six lane course in Cork, Islandbridge will see only two crews race side by side over 1,800 metres in each round of the championship. Again, we see a large club entry with Tom McCabe and Conor Jordan racing in the Junior 15 single and double scull, Dara Hartigan in the Junior 16 scull, Laureen Gannon, Alice Kelly, Ella Brogan, Jordyn Mulvey and Eimear Fitzgerald rowing individually in Junior 15 and 16 sculls and as a crew in the Junior 16 quad and Caroline Kelly, Cheralyn Mulvey, Niamh Murray and Kate McCabe again rowing individually in the Junior 18 sculls and as a crew in the Junior 18 quad. Senior rowing in Carrick will also be represented with the men’s novice quad of Enda Molloy, Mark Lavin, Stephen Carty, William Clinton and Ryan Goldrick entered in their first side by side race, Oisin Griffin in the men’s novice scull and Liam Cox and Padraig Leyden racing in the men’s intermediate scull. Best of luck to all crews.

John Oxx launches the 2013 racing season at Sligo.

Sligo Races launched their 2013 racing season with at an evening event in The Sligo Park Hotel recently. With a total of eight meetings from May to October, a mixture of National Hunt, Flat and mixed cards with several featured races, the season ahead promises to be one filled with top quality racing at one of the most scenic courses in Ireland. Agnes Kennedy welcomed the attendees and announced details of the eight racing fixtures for 2013 featuring a Family Day in July, Ladies’ Day in July and Student Day in October, amongst other day and evening meetings.

The full list of fixtures is as follows: Sunday, 5 May Day Meeting; Wednesday, 22 May Evening Meeting; Tuesday, 18 June Evening Meeting; Sunday, 14 July Family Day; Wednesday, 7 August Evening Meeting; Thursday, 8 August Ladies’ Day; Tuesday, 20 August Evening Meeting; Wednesday, 2 October Student Day.

She also thanked the following 2013 Race Sponsors at Sligo Racecourse for their continued support: Guinness, Kilcawley Construction, Sligo Park Hotel, Kennedy’s Bar, The Corner House Bar, Ballymote, Martin Reilly BMW & Hyundai Dealer, Carraroe, Foley’s Off Licence & Bar, Castle St, Sligo, Martinstown Stud x 2, European Breeders Fund x 4, RSS Storage Sligo, All Sports Betting Office Tubbercurry & S P Graham Bookmakers

Other sponsors were also thanked for their involvement in the 2013 racing season at Sligo: Littlewoods Ireland (sponsors of Ladies Day 2013), Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen, Coggins & Co Chartered Accountants, Stephen St Sligo, The Sligo Weekender, The Waterglades Garden Centre and At the Races.

Chairman, Martin Foley, reported that the new development at Sligo was on schedule and the development phase would be complete for the first meeting of the year on Sunday, 5 May. He added that the new facilities would meet the needs and expectations of the modern day racegoer and will be of great benefit to Sligo town itself giving both locals and tourists an opportunity to enjoy a day’s racing at Sligo in the new modern and unique setting.

He thanked the team of Directors for their commitment throughout the year and also thanked members of the Sligo Race Supporters Club for their continued support. To conclude, he thanked John Oxx and Brendan O’Ruairc for attending the launch evening.

John entertained the large attendance giving them an account of his training achievements and successes with the Aga Khan and in Group One races, amongst others throughout the years.

The Race Supporters’ Club Early Bird Draw took place and congratulations to Martin McGowan, the winner of the €1,000 first prize. The Race Supporters’ Annual Draw with a Hyundai i10 as first prize will take place at the race meeting on Tuesday, 18 June, 2013.

For those who have not yet joined, membership of the 2013 Sligo Race Supporters’ Club is still available. 2013 Admission is Adults €15, OAP’s & Students €10 and all children are free. Special group rates and packages are also available on request.

For further information on how to join Sligo Race Supporters Club, fixture dates, corporate entertainment and details of special group discounts, contact Agnes Kennedy Co Sligo Races at 071-9183342, email: info@countysligoraces.com or www.countysligoraces.com. You can also follow Sligo Races on Facebook www.facebook.com/sligoraces or Twitter @sligoraces.

Connacht Rugby is delighted to launch their 2013/14 season ticket campaign.

It’s been a busy few weeks with the arrival of Pat Lam and recent signings confirmed. With anticipation already building for next season, we are delighted to announce the great value season ticket offer which is available to current holders from tomorrow.

With nearly 4,000 season ticket holders in 2012/13, last year’s offer was hailed as one of the best value packages available in the country and prices have only been slightly increased for next season to coincide with the clubs drive to maintain developments at Connacht Rugby.

Current holders can take advantage of a loyalty discount for renewing their season ticket in the early and exclusive renewal period. From tomorrow, 11th April, current Terrace Season Ticket holders, for example, can secure their ticket for next season for just €200.

Speaking on the ticket launch, Alex Saul, Head of Commercial said “Our season ticket holders are the lifeblood of this club and we’ve seen that family grow significantly over the last two years. We’ve worked hard to create a really attractive package whilst balancing the club’s needs to continue our growth and development. We hope that fans will be happy and see the incredible value that’s on offer here.”

The Family Season Ticket has been tailored to focus on added value to the family with an emphasis on children and their involvement with the club.

On Family tickets, Alex added: “We have increased prices so that they fall in line with all our other offerings but the family ticket now comes with the option of including up to three children and other additional benefits”.

“With over 1,200 Family tickets purchased last year, we wanted to make sure that we continued to create exceptional value with the offering. These benefits include the chance for kids to become the official match day mascot and access for all kids to designated master classes with senior Connacht players throughout the year”.

As well as a host of exclusive benefits, the season ticket grants access to all of Connacht’s home RaboDirect PRO12 matches (including inter-provincial derby’s against Leinster, Munster and Ulster), three European Cup pool games and all of Connacht’s home British & Irish Cup games.

Another attractive option for Season Ticket holders is the ability to upgrade to a ‘Pavilion Member’. Membership entitles you to access the popular Pavilion Hospitality Suite at the Sportsground both pre and post-match at up to nine RaboDirect matches during the season. Finally, in a change from previous years, season ticket holders will now receive their cards well in advance of the season kick off. Cards will be sent out or available for collection from June 1st onwards.

Due to the popularity of the Season Tickets a pre-registration phase has been introduced whereby supporters who did not previously hold a season ticket can make sure they don’t miss out next season.

This year, Connacht Rugby supporters will see a switch in ticket provider to tickets.ie - an Irish owned company. Tickets.ie operate all ticketing for the GAA currently and will allow Connacht Rugby and our fans more flexible access throughout the province.

Connacht Rugby’s renewal window opens tomorrow at 9am. For details and a full list of all the benefits and prices go to www.connachtrugby.ie/tickets.

Longford GAA Race Day

RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, Chartered Accountants, are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the Longford GAA Race Day taken place at the Punchestown National Hunt Festival on April 24, for the second year running. The firm commenced their sponsorship of the event last year in support of Longford GAA and its great contribution to the community.

Speaking about the partnership, Martin Skelly, Leinster GAA Council Chairman commented “Longford GAA and Longford Race Day Committee are delighted to partner with RSM Farrell Grant Sparks again this year. Their support is particularly special to us as they are an International firm with a local presence, who support local employment. This Race Day is so important to the people of Longford and the surrounding Counties so we appreciate their continued support”

The Longford GAA Race day in Punchestown has taken place for over a decade and has become one the largest corporate race days in Ireland. Running again on 24 April this year, it continues as a highlight in the social calendars of many people. The day itself to date has received resounding support, drawing in around 1,000 attendees annually and raising a significant amount for Longford GAA.

Speaking about the agreed support, Michael Keenan, a Partner in the Longford office of RSM Farrell Grant Sparks stated “We are delighted to continue our association with the annual Longford GAA Race Day. We greatly admire the commitment and dedication of so many dedicated volunteers which makes the GAA such a success.  This commitment is in evidence in Longford GAA throughout the year at all levels of the organisation and we are delighted to play a small role in supporting this work”.

Audi Athlone Lanesboro Triathlon launched

The Audi Athlone Two Provinces Triathlon will take place on July 13, in Lanesboro, Co. Longford. To launch the event, members from Lanesboro Triathlon Club presented Michael Moore, General Manager at Audi Athlone with a framed t-shirt and swim cap from the 2012 race. Audi Athlone, have come on board once again, as the main sponsor for this exciting sprint triathlon.

A sprint triathlon consists of a 750m open water swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run. This year’s race has been selected by Triathlon Ireland for their National Series calendar. This means that the best triathletes from the whole island of Ireland will descend on the villages of Ballyleague and Lanesboro to compete for the overall prize in the event.

Lanesboro triathlon club are busy preparing for the race. Race director, Niall O Donohue, expects well over 500 competitors to enter this year’s race - “The feedback from last year’s race was fantastic. We take pride in hosting a race where water and road safety are a priority…..we want every competitor, whatever their fitness level, to come home safely and enjoy their experience”

Also taking place on the same day is the Audi Athlone Kidathon. The 2013 race promises to be even more exciting than last year kids triathlon. The kid’s race will be capped at 75 entrants to ensure maximum safety for all junior swimmers in the open water.

To find out more about the Audi Athlone Two Provinces Triathlon and the Audi Athlone Kidathon, visit the event website at www.audiathlonetwoprovinces.com

2013 Roscommon GAA Members Draw launched

Roscommon GAA launched its annual Members Draw at the Cadbury Connacht Under 21 Football Championship Final in Dr Hyde Park on Saturday.

This year the draw has a top prize of €35,000 and 19 further prizes ranging from €5,000 cash to Hotel Breaks. All prizes will be drawn on Saturday June 15th at an event in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon

Speaking at the launch Chairperson of Roscommon GAA. Michael Fahey, appealed to Clubs and supporters to get behind the draw: “Your support for our draw is a very tangible way of helping our teams compete at provincial and at national level. The progress that is being made at underage level over the past few years is there for all to see and resulted in three All-Ireland Final appearances last year. This development is beginning to bear fruit at Senior Football level in particular, which was evident during the current Allianz Football League. The team was missing a large number of experienced players due to Injury, Exam commitments and St. Brigids victorious All-Ireland run. Their places were filled by members of the 2012 and 2013 Under 21 panels who acquitted themselves very well and showed that supporters have a lot to look forward when the full panel is available for selection ahead of the Championship”

Mr. Fahey concluded by saying that “Any financial support we receive from our supporters will be invested wisely in the future of our players”.

In addition to supporting the county finances the draw is also an important source of funding for Clubs and this was another point highlighted at the launch - since this type of draw commenced in 2006 Clubs have received over €500,000 in commission from ticket sales.

This year clubs who reach their sales targets will be entered into a draw for some excellent prizes, which include €500 vouchers donated by local businesses - Class Grass, Castlecoote; Seamus Hunt Sports Therapy; Roscommon Leisure Zone; Connolly’s Red Mills; J.F. Hanley Groundcare; Roscommon Signs; Abbey Hotel Health and Fitness; Treacy Decór / Colortrend Paints.

Tickets costing, €100, are available from your local Club, from the Roscommon GAA Offices or on-line at www.gaaroscommon.ie . For more information on the draw call 09066 27176 or email draw@gaaroscommon.ie.