News/Match Reports

U21B FC Round 2, Hazelwood, Sun Oct 21 2018
Castleconnor 1-12 v Calry 3-12
Hard to believe for those in attendance that we lost this game and more so that we lost by 6. After 24 mins we lead 1-6 v 0-2 and had just missed 2 good goal chances when Calry pounced for 2 goals in the space of 30 seconds. Having gone in front through Ronan Wilson from play after a huge run and followed this up with points from Seán Carrabine, Micheál Cahill, Luke Munnelly and a fortuitous goal from Luke we looked comfortable but once the goals went in it all changed. At half time we trailed 1-6 v 2-4. 
Ronan like the first half got the scoring going in the second half however this time the answer was a goal from the home side followed by 2 more points to extend the lead to 6 with 16 to play. We rallied at this time and points from Sean, one from a free after Odhrán Quinn was pulled down and Luke Munnelly saw us reduce the gap to 2 points with 5 to play but we ran out of gas and Calry scored 4 unanswered points to finish the stronger and win.
We play Owenmore Gaels away next Sunday at 12:30pm when we need to win to maintain our interest in the competition.
Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Stephen Durkan, James Boland, Cian Barrins, Benny Foody, Paul Flynn, Micheál Cahill, Ronan Wilson, Seán Carrabine, James Tully, Odhrán Quinn, Luke Munnelly. Subs: Colm Naughton, Enda Kilcullen, Brian Mahoney

Lotto Saturday October 20 2018
The results of last night's lotto draw were
📢LOTTO RESULTS📢

Numbers drawn 07...10...27...35

NO JACKPOT WINNER

NEW JACKPOT 💰€17,300 💰

💰🎉🎊LUCKY DIP WINNERS💰🎉🎊

1. Pauline Sweeney
2. Brian Curley 
3. Caroline Wall 

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U21B Championship Round 1, Corballa, Oct 6 2018
Castleconnor 2-17 v Drumcliffe 2-9
Despite the poor weather for the previous week, the grounds were in immaculate condition as the team played their first game of the championship. We were in control for most of the game but worringly we let the visitors back into the game on a number of ocassions. In the end our ability to score points from play was what got us over the line. 
In the first 10 minutes we could have had the game out of sight as we had 4 good goal chances but failed to hit the target with 3 however a goal from Odhrán Quinn and points from Seán Carrabine,  James Tully and Luke Munnelly had us leading 1-4 v 0-1 after 15 minutes. Drumcliffe went up a level and had the lead down to one but points from Sean, Luke and Paul Flynn meant we lead 1-7 v 1-4 at half time. 
Despite Drumcliffe getting the first point of the second half this was followed by a goal from Dáire Barrins to extend our lead. Further points from Seán, Micheál Cahill and Odhran put us 6 up with 11 minutes to play. Drumcliffe brought it back to 3 after a screamer of a goal but we finished with power in the end and further points from Luke, Seán and Micheál saw us over the line.  
We are due to play Owenmore Gaels next Saturday but as they are playing in the junior final at the same time that is unlikely. Well done to managament Brian Howley and Rory Healy and the panel which was fully used on the day.
Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Stephen Durkan, Ronan Wilson, Cian Barrins, Benny Foody, Paul Flynn, Micheál Cahill, Dáire Barrins, Seán Carrabine, James Tully, Odhrán Quinn, Luke Munnelly. Subs: Colm Naughton, Enda Kilcullen


Lotto, October 6 2018
LOTTO RESULTS for €17000

Numbers drawn 18 21 29 37

NO JACKPOT WINNER

NEW JACKPOT 💰€17,100 💰

💰🎉🎊3 × €50 winners💰🎉🎊

Dr W.B.H Brunker(yearly) Philip McAloon(y)
Alan Naughton

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📅Next Draw Next Sat Oct 13th📅

G4MO Jersey Presentation Community Centre Sept 27 2018
Thanks to Mark and Justina Reape of Clonarra Quantity Surveyors who sponsored a set of jerseys for our Gaelic 4 Mothers and others squad.
Pictured: Mark and Justina Reape of Clonarra Quantity Surveyors presenting Castleconnor Gaelic Mothers and Others with a set of jerseys.  Pictured left to right Martina Cleary, Yvonne Healy, Mark Reape, Justina Reape and Marie Mcdonnell

U14 A Hurling Championship Final, Scarden, Sept 30 2018
Castleconnor 3-4 v Tourlestrane 0-4
The team and management made history in Scarden as we won our first A hurling championship in the clubs history. Having gone down earlier in the year in the A u12 final after a replay and extra time and also having lost to Tourlestrane in the Feilé the lads were determined to make this final count.
Whilst the margin was decent the game was always tight and as many county teams found this year a 9 point lead is very small in hurling. Great credit to the squad, Pat Flynn and David Durkan for their immense efforts all year which included in competing in All Ireland Feilé this year.
Team: Seamus Foody Conor McAloon, Lee Gilmartin, William Foody, Paul Ruane, Daragh Flynn, Daragh Bourke, Sean Donegan, Cian Flynn, Eoghan Durkan, Stephen Rogan, Daragh Stenson, Michael Sheridan, Cathal Feeney, Oisín Quinn. Subs; Jack Byron, Neil Rafter, Thomas Sheridan


U18C Shield Final, Scarden Sept 28 2018
Castleconnor 1-8 v Calry 3-14
The season for our young minor team finished in Scarden with a good team performance but with only 3 lads 17 years old and no 18 years old the physical difference showed. Our lads kept going till the final whistle but it was not to be. We were slow out of the blocks unusually for this team and were 1-5  v 0-0 down after 12 minutes. We got ourselves back into the game with a point from Ronan Wilson and James Rafter after the keeper for Calry made a great save from Owen Gillard. These scores was followed by another goal and a few points. Colm Naughton scored an excellent team goal coming all the way from a short kick out and this was followed by another point from play to leave the half time score 2-9 v 1-3
We got off to a great start in the second half with the first 4 points of the half from Oisín Flynn and Ronan. A breakaway goal from Calry but a halt to our comeback and 2 excellent saves from Liam Donegan kept us in the game. Fergal Boland and James Tully kept driving forward and we were very unlucky when a through ball from Matthew Blakeney almost put Patrick Cooney through. Gordon McHale, Daniel Ruane and Dáire Barrins stopped a number of attacks and Andrew Blakeney catching high ball in the midfield with Patrick Cooney coming up the wing meant we never stopped. Rian Winters going back to full back showed he has the ability to play the position. A number of points in the last few minutes saw us go down 1-8 v 3-14. 
Thanks to the players and management for their efforts throughout the year, and all are already looking forward to 2019 as all will be underage again.
Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Fergal Boland, Daniel Ruane, Rian Winters, Colm Naugton, Patrick Cooney, Andrew Blakeney, Rona Wilson, James Tully, Oisín Flynn, Dáire Barrins, Matthew Blakeney, Owen Gillard, James Rafter. Sub Cathal Feeney


IFC SF Sept 23 2018, Tourlestrane
Castleconnor 0-12 v Curry 3-11
The championship dream for 2018 is over. In an enjoyable game of football where a very large crowd from the parish were there to support the lads, the extra experience and years of senior stood to Curry as they pulled away and withstood our comeback on two ocacssions. We were 1-2 to no score down after 5 minutes but we held them scoreless till the last kick of the half after we had drawn level with points from Seán Carrabine, Stevie Curley Kevin Langan and Kevin McDonnell. At this time Rory Healy and John McDonnell were moping up a lot of ball in the half back line. At the break the score was 1-3 v 0-5
Curry got off again to a good start with a score which we equalised twice through points from Kevin Mc and Stevie. in the 45th minute Colin Gordon was beaten in a 2 on 1 after previously making a double save for Curry to push their lead out to 7 after following with quick points. We showed great spirit and fight at this stage and scored 4 points in a 5 minute spell winning 5 kickouts in a row with Eoin Kent joining Sean and Stevie on the scoring charts. There was a long stoppage after a strong challenge saw former Sligo team mates Patrick Naughton and Sean Davey hit the deck but warriors that they are were up and able to continue. In the 9th minute of injury time, the final minute, Curry intercepted our attack and finished with a goal that did not do justice to the scoreline. 
Thanks to the whole squad, management team and anyone that helped in any way throughout the year. Despite going out all can look back and have some reward with out 4th division 2 league title. The squad put in a great effort and deserve enormous praise every one of them for what they managed this year. It is only a few short months after 2 rounds of the league we were down at the bottom of the division but turned it around and won the league with 6 straight wins in a row. 
Team: Team: Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Eoin Kent, Rory Healy, Jason Earlis, Kevin McDonnell, Sean Carrabine, Alan Cawley, Kevin Langan, Cian Barrins, Brian Howley, John McDonnell, Stevie Curley: Subs: Patrick Naughton, Paul Sweeney, Paul Flynn. Subs not used Micheál Cahill, Ciarán Kilcullen, Stephen Durkan, Luke Munnelly, Alan Naughton, James Boland, Niall Judge, Liam Naughton, Odhrán Quinn, Kenneth Healy, Brian Mahoney, Benny Foody 


Lotto

JACKPOT €16800

Numbers drawn 18...26...31...39

NO JACKPOT WINNER

NEW JACKPOT 💰€16,900 💰

💰🎉🎊3 x €50 WINNERS💰🎉🎊

1. Frank Curley(yearly) 
2. Aiden & Carol White(y)
3. Niall Crean

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Sponsorship for training 

With the senior lads season, training on Tuesday night saw lads come from around the country for training. After training they were provided with warm food by PMac Catering and drinks from Aurivo and Maichael Carr meats. Thanks to all for their support of the team and thanks to the lads making the effort to come home to prepare for this big game for the club.



New Sponsorship

Thanks to Patrick Cleary and Top Oil Ballina for their sponsorship of our lotto weekly envelopes. You will see them in all outlets in the coming weeks and of course in TOP OIL Ballina



Lotto Results for Saturday September 15

This weekends lotto jackpot was for €16700. The numbers drawn were 11 21 28 30


There was no winner


3 v €50 winners were - Ray family(yearly), Seamus Harrison(y) and Davy O'Connor/Patrick Ruane


The new jackpot is €16800


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Junior B championship quarter final, Sept 15, Carraroe

Castleconnor 2-6 v St.Johns 4-13

The team played excellently in the first half of this game but the strength of their panel proved too strong for the lads on Saturday. As always with the team this was a different team than that which defeated Enniscrone in the previous round. Having 18 players on the evening we went with 15 a side also however we were slow to start and were 1-3 down after 8 minutes. We played the last 20 minutes on the front foot and a converted penalty from Eamon Cawley and ahigh ball sent in by Barnes Kelly and finished to the net by Stevie Kilgallon. Points from Eamon, Patrick McGuinness and a lovely dinky one from Ronan Martin after a deft Kieran Cawley pass saw us lead at half time 2-4 v 1-6. 

Whatever happened at half time but there was a complete change in reffing style after the break which saw a number of our players yellow carded when in possession of the ball! Patrick and Mattie Cullen were our scorers in the second half. Our 2 stalwarts in the full back line Niall Judge and Liam Naughton were outstanding again putting themselves into contention for the intermediate semi-final next weekend

Thanks to all the players for their efforts throughout the year and that is a lot of players. Thanks to management for managing to get teams out at all times. 

Team: Trevor Feeney, Niall Judge, Liam Naughton, James Boland, Tomas Cawley, Patrick McGuinness, Frank Barrett, Paul Kilcullen, Kieran Cawley(0-1), Brian Mahoney, Eamon Cawley(1-2), Barnes Kelly, Mattie Cullen(0-1), Stevie Kilgallon(1-0)Ronan Martin(0-1). Subs; Mark Carr, Kenneth Healy, Dáire Barrins


U14 A Football championship semifinal Sept 14 2018 Corballa

Castleconnor 1-13 v Shamrock Gaels 6-3

Goals win games and never was this more evident then on Friday evening when Shamrock Gaels got the goals at the most critical times especially in the second half when they were creaking. Our lads gave an excellent performance in the second half after turning over 3-1 v 0-3 down. That first half saw us play with plenty of endeavour but our finishing and final pass were off.

Gaels got an early goal to extend their lead after half time but then our lads stepped up taking points from play and frees with Stephen Rogan and Michael Sheridan popping up with 2 each and Colm Ruthledge and Cathal Feeney driving one just over the crossbar. A well taken goal followed by 2 more points put us 2 points up. In the following play a cross field ball saw Stephen Rogan beat full back and keeper to the ball but his fist of the ball came back off the crossbar. This turned out to be the turning point as Gaels scored 2 goals in quick succession the second one we had a number of chances to clear. The lads worked hard till the end but could not breach the Gaels defence which at this stage was all their players. 


Thanks to the players and management for their efforts through the year, only being beat in the A league final and going down to Marys and Gaels in the A championship. It was an excellent year for the complete panel and they showed great strides to place themselves in the top2/3 teams at u14 in the county. 


U16B championship playoff Sept 10 2018, Coola

Castleconnor 0-8 v Shamrock Gaels 2-22

The u16 season came to an end in Coola on Monday evening when we put in a poor first half display which meant even though we improved significantly in the second half we had left too much to do

Thanks to the players and management for their efforts throughout the year, a group who won the B league shield earlier in the year.


IFC QF Sept 9 2018, Tourlestrane

Castleconnor 0-13 v Buninnadden 0-6

After a tight and tense first half which saw both teams squander a number of good chances for goals and points we took a firm grip on the game in the second half and for the second game running restricted the opposition to 1 point from play.

Seán Carrabine had us up and running in the first minute with a long range outside of the left. Buninnadden responded with 2 points before Kevin McDonnell was pulled down and Sean pointed the free. Stevie Curley equalised again in the 16th minute with a chip over from near the end line. At this point both keepers made good saves where either side could have goaled. A free by Stevie and a point from play from Kevin Mc saw us lead at the break 0-5 v 0-4. 

We got off to a great start in the second half with some great fielding from Eoin Kent and Sean who picked up a bloody nose and had to go off for repairs for 10 minutes. However by the 40 minute we had extended our lead out to 0-9 v 0-4 with 2 long range frees from Stevie, a 45 by Sean and a point from play by Kevin Langan. The defence were very much on top at this point with John McDonnell, the Earlis brothers, Ronan Keane and Brendan Howley all on top. Paul Flynn and Brian Howley came on after good shifts from Micheál Cahill and Paul Sweeney and Alan Cawley scored 2 points from play with Sean scoring a free after Stevie was pulled down. Rory Healy stormed up field in the last minute and after playing a 1-2 with Cian Barrins put the ball over with aplomb.

Before the game the draw for the semi finals took place and we now face last years senior team Curry in the county semi final. Well done to the whole panel and coaching setup.

Team: Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Paul Sweeney, Rory Healy, Jason Earlis, Kevin McDonnell, Sean Carrabine, Alan Cawley, Kevin Langan, Cian Barrins, Micheál Cahill, John McDonnell, Stevie Curley: Subs: Eoin Kent, Brian Howley, Paul Flynn



Stokane Run Sept 9 2018
Congrats to the organisers and supporters of the Stokane Run, a lot of whom were present directly afterwards at the intermediate championship game. A very well organised event with a great spread afterwards. Our G4MO and Mens active group both took part, some of them were willing to get their picture taken :)


Eoghan Rua U12 A Champions Sept 9 2018, Tubbercurry
Congrats to the players, management and families of the Eoghan Rua girls team who won the A Championship after winning the A league earlier in the summer. It was a great day for all when defeating Eastern Harps 15 v 3 in Tubbercurry. A good crowd made the dash down the road after to make the intermediate game on a busy Sunday for all involved in sport in the parish.


Lotto

Jackpot at the weekend was €16600 and the numbers drawn were 8 9 15 18


There was no jackpot winner


3 x €50 winners were Tomás Gilmartin (yearly), Michéal & Marie Cahill(y) and Carol Leonard


The new jackpot is €16700 and it will take place next Saturday night


Thanks to all for playing


Junior B Football Championship Sept 8 2018, Corballa

Castleconnor 4-7 v Enniscrone 1-7

The mens junior team progressed to the knockout stages of the junior championship with a well deserved win over our near neighbours. Despite the weather all day it cleared up for the game. Our ability to take our scores when the chances presented themselves was the difference. 

In a low scoring first half a Brian Mahoney point got us off the mark before Barnes Kelly with a goal. Eoin Flynn scored 1-1 in a 2 minute spell to see us lead at half time 2-2 v 0-2. Eamon Cawley and Paul Kilcullen were in control at midfield with Niall Judge and Liam Naughton having stormers again in the defence. 

A scoring burst early in the second half with a goal from Stevie Kilgannonand points from Frank Barrett and Eamon saw us stretch out to a 10 point lead. Enniscrone did close the gap to 4 points later in the half but a late goal from Ronan Martin and point from Stork Feeney saw us over the line

The team now play St.Johns next in the quarter final



U14 A Championship Corballa Sept 3 2018

Castleconnor 5-11 v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 4-2

No more than the All Ireland Final the day before we were under pressure for the first 20 minutes but when Stephen Rogan scored 1-2 just before the break to leave us 1-7 v 2-2 in front we drove on in the second half and throughout the field worked very hard to win well in the end though William Foody in the goals made a number of good saves to ease us over the line. The league section of the championship is now over and we sit joint top with St.Marys. We await further details of the knockout rounds. Well done to all the panel and coaches for a great effort so far this year



U10 West Sligo Blitz, Quigabar Sept 1 2018

Champions

Congrats to the players, management and the parents of our latest winners. The West Sligo u10 blitz took place in Quigabar on Saturday and Castleconnor had a great day with the squad producing some great performances to win the title for 2018.


Lotto result for Sept 1 2018

📢LOTTO RESULTS FOR JACKPOT OF €16500📢

Numbers drawn 13...16...22...38

NO JACKPOT WINNER   -   NEW JACKPOT 💰€16,600 💰

💰🎉🎊3 x €50 winners💰🎉🎊  Stephen Finnegan(yearly), Miriam McCormack(y), Joe Harte 


📅Next Draw Next Sat Sept 8th📅

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U14 Hurling championship Aug 31 2018

Castleconnor 9-9 v Western Gaels 3-4

The battle for superiority in West Sligo and for top of the table in the championship was up for grabs on Friday evening. The second half was played in a constant downpour and was fairly dark by game end. 

A tight and tense first 10 minutes saw the score 0-3 v 0-1 to ourselves but once Stephen Rogan hit the top corner of the net we took control and went 2-5 v 0-2. Our ability to score on the run was proving crucial and a soccer lob by Cathal Feeney before the break saw us lead 3-6 v 1-3 .

The second half saw our ability to score from play pull away for a deserved vistory and sees us top the group at this point.




U12 A Hurling Final Replay, Aug 28 2018 Scarden (again!)

Castleconnor 4 v Coolera/Strandhill 5

After Two Thrilling Games Of Hurling, 6 halves of hurling, the bare minimum separated the sides in the end

Credit Must Go To Both Teams & Management For Their Efforts Over Both Games.

Congrats To Coolera On Winning The Final



U16 B Championship 28 Aug 2018 Tubbercurry    

Castleconnor 0-8 v Eastern Harps 1-13

The game was played in Tubber as a compromise with the ref not showing 2 weeks previous. We put in a good effort with Daniel Ruane having an excellent game but we fell in the end to Harps


IFC Rd2 Connolly Park, Colloney, Aug 26 2018

Castleconnor 1-13 v St.Pats 2-5

Castleconnor were never headed in this game at Connolly Park on Sunday but let Pats back into the game with the concession of 2 goals in the second half. Pats showed plenty of effort early on and dominated possession but eh inability to score from play and frees meant they did not get a foothold in the game. Castleconnor scored on their first 4 attacks with points from play from Stevie Curley, Kevin Langan, Sean Carrabine and Alan Cawley. Castleconnor lead 0-5 v 0-3 after 25 minutes with Pierce Kearins scoring 2 frees fro Pats but a purple patch before the break with scores from Stevie Curley(2), Micheál Cahill, Kevin Langan and a monster from under the stand by Kevin McDonnell meant the red and white lead 0-10 v 0-3 at the break. 
The start of the second half saw Cahill score with a reply from Kearins from a free. An intercepted pass by Cian Barrins in the 39th minute saw him drive at the Pats defence and finish to the roof of the net seemingly putting the game to bed. Both teams traded points from frees by Curley and Kerins but in the 46th minute Donal Brady won a breaking ball at midfield and following a strong solo run side footed to the corner of the net. This was followed a few minutes later with Kearins palming a ball to the net after Colin Gordon had saved a pile driver from Conal Kearins. Alan Cawley eased Castleconnor over the line with a point from play. St.Pats will rue their ability to score points from play and frees whilst Castleconnor will wonder what happened in the last 15 minutes to let Pats back into the game. Castleconnor now meet Buninnadden in the quarter finals whils Pats face Geevagh in the relegation playoffs.

Castleconnor: Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Paul Sweeney, Rory Healy, Jason Earlis, Kevin McDonnell, John McDonnell, Alan Cawley, Micheál Cahill, Sean Carrabine, Kevin Langan, Cian Barrins, Stevie Curley. Subs Used: Eoin Kent, Alan Naughton, Brian Howley
St.Pats: Jamie Lacken, Oisin Keavany, Jonathan Higgins, David Giblin, Enda Connolly, Thomas McMunn, Dean Mahon, James Kearins, James Clarke, Donal Brady, Brendan Martin, Conal Kearins, Ciaran Giblin, Pierce Kearins, Jack Egan Subs used, Jimmy, Kilgallen, Declan Clarke, Cian Lacken, 

Underage hurling  August 2018

It has been a great 2 weeks for our underage hurlers who have been getting recognition at both county and national level. Eoghan Durkan representing Corballa NS, club and county playing in the Cuman na mBunscoileanna mini games at half time at the All Ireland hurling Final in Croke Park. 


Last Saturday in Abbottstown Dublin 15 we had 7 representatives at the national hurling blitz playing with Sligo, Sean Donega, William Foody, Lee Gilmartin, Stephen Rogan, Eoghan Durkan, Seamus Foody and Daragh Flynn.



U14 A football championship Corballa, Aug 24 2018

Castleconnor w/o Owenmore Gaels

Gaels were unable to field a team for the game


Minor C championship Carraroe, Aug 22 2018

Castleconnor 0-7 v St.Johns 1-10

The lads first game in over a month saw us travel to Carraroe. This was a game up for grabs all the way through with neither team able to get well out of sight of the other. Ronan Wilson with 2 and Dáire Barrins were the point scorers in the first half where we finished the half 0-3 v 1-6 down. Fergal Boland was having a stormer at full back and with Owen Gillard and James Rafter getting on a lot of ball in the forward line we were unlucky to not get back in for a goal with the keeper making an excellent save from Matthew Blakeney. Colm Naughton, Wilson, Winters and Tully scored in the second half. The team have a break again for a few weeks with a bye in the last round.

Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Gordon McHale, Colm Naughton, Patrick Cooney, Andrew Blakeney, Ronan Wilson, Matthew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins, James Tully, James Rafter, Owen Gillard, Rian Winters


U14 Hurling Championship, Oxfield Aug 22 2018

Castleconnor 3-9 v Drumcliffe 0-7

The long trip was worth it when our lads put in a great performance overcoming one of the competitions favourites. We now sit on top of the table with our next game versus Western Gaels



Junior B football championship, Oxfield Aug 18 2018

Castleconnor 0-1 v Drumcliffe 2-12

A team of varied ages travelled in hope rather than expectation to meet Drumcliffe. With ages varying from 17 to 47 in the team we actually put in a good first half but failed to raise a flag when halftime arrived we trailed 0-8 v 0-0. Two early goals at the start of the half put us in a bad way but the lads responded and it took an excellent save to keep Kevin Barrins from scoring an opening goal. Patrick McGuinness scored from long range after James Tully had hit the post earlier. No one was complaining when the final whistle was blown as the game was played in a constant downpour. Both Niall Judge and Liam Naughton had excellent games.

Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Liam Naughton, Stephen Durkan, Tom Cawley, Patrick McGuinness, Barnes Kelly, Luke Munnelly, James Tully, Brian Mahoney, Shane Feeney, Kevin Barrins, Dáire Barrins, Bart Barrins


U14 A football championship Aug 17 2018

Castleconnor 3-8 v Shamrock Gaels 1-6

Shamrock Gaels were visitors to St Brendans park for the 2nd round of the U14 A Championship on Friday 17th. It would be a tough challenge for the home team who were missing a number of players who featured in the away win to Coolera due to holidays. The first half was a tough one for our lads with Shamrock Gaels going 6 points ahead. However, an exceptionally strong 2nd half display saw us come out with a brilliant 3-8 to 1-6 victory. The foundation for the victory was set by the excellent full back line of Darragh Stenson, Cian Flynn and Barry Kilcullen who nullified the shamrocks dangerous inside forward line with Padraic Gavin holding the 40 brilliantly. Jack Byron and Seamus Foody came into the team and put in great performances. The main scores on the day were goals from Seamus Foody, Michael Sheridan and Dara Flynn (1-1), Mathew Langan and Colm Rutledge got 0-3 each.

The victory leaves the team joint top with St Marys with 2 wins out of 2.

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All Ireland Hurling - Eoghan Durkan gets the call up Aug 2018

Following in the footsteps of Michael Sheridan (last year) and Niall Judge (football around 2002), Eoghan Durkan has been selected to play in the Cumann na mBunscoil match at Croke Park on Sunday during the Galway v Limerick game. 

It is a great honour for the club, Eoghans family and himself to be selected and we all wish him and the family the best on Sunday.




U12 A Hurling Final Aug 14 2018, Scarden
Castleconnor 9 v Coolera/Strandhill 9


In a final befitting an A final ourselves and Coolera not alone played out a hard fought draw but managed to remain deadlocked even after extra time. The final scoreline was 9 v 9. It was a great performance from our young team who fought till the very end and showed great wristy skills throughout the game. Well done to all who now face into their 11th game of the campaign in the replay - no details yet



U16 Football Aug13 2018
Castleconnor v Eastern Harps

Game did not take place as the referee did not show - 4th time this year it has happened to club

Lotto Aug 11 2018

Lotto jackpot was €16200, draw took place in Mahoneys on Saturday night


Numbers drawn were 1 4 32 35 - no winner


3 x €50 winners were - Irene Ruthledge (yearly), Michael Langan(Castletown, yearly) and Mattie Cawley


New jackpot is €16300 and draw takes place in Muddys on Saturday night


Thanks for playing


U14 hurling August 10 2018

Castleconnor 0-10 v Naomh Eoin 0-1

The team got back to winning ways with a good win against the Sligo town side to get their championship run back on track


Congrats Aug 11 2018

Stephen Rogan and Colm Ruthledge were part of the Sligo u14 football team that took part in the Connacht blitz on Saturday.




Dublin Horse Shoe Aug 11 2018

It was a big weekend in Dublin for the Castleconnor contingent at the horse show with Richard Howley and Senan Reape both getting to the top of the winners rostrum , the Pruissance and the 128 National titles. Well done to all

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U12 Hurling Round 9 Aug 7 2018
Castleconnor 9 v Drumcliffe/Rosses Point 7
The team of girls and boys made the long journey to Oxfield on Tuesday evening worthwhile and in defeating the home team ensured they will play in the A final. This is a great achievement for the panel and management and is a great reward for all the effort put in. With the largest number of teams to ever compete in the competition(10) it is some achievement. When we have details of when and where the final is we will tell you right away. Congrats all


IFC Rd1 August 4 2018 Tourlestrane
Castleconnor 0-11 v Enniscrone 1-10
A bad display and a bad result. We played flat throughout with Brendan Howley, Paul Sweeney and Kevin Langan the 2 lads to come away with most credit. The lads have 3 weeks to work on it and get it right for the next fixture which will be against St.Pats on August 26th. 
Enniscrone were 2 nil up after ten minutes at which point we had already lost Patrick Naughton to injury in the 3rd minute. In the 11th Alan Cawley scored from play. A minute later a mistake from a sideline ball left Enniscrone with a goal chance which they took.We responded with a free from Sean Carrabine. Kevin Langan scored 2 from play with one from Sean also. Our final point of the half was a free from Sean after Kevin McDonnell was taken out when running for the return pass when in on goal, however no black card issued. The half time score was 1-6 v 0-6
Enniscrone extended that lead right after the break but from the 39th minute they were depending on the counter attack as we laid siege on the goal. However our scoring boots were most definitely not on from play or from frees. Kevin Langan scored 2 from play, Sean from play and a free and Eoin Kent from play after the referee ordered the retaking of a free already scored. The Enniscrone defence defended stoutly with 3 goal line clearances and we helped by missing 4 scorable frees in the last number of minutes but it was not our day. 
Team: Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Paul Sweeney, Rory Healy, Jason Earlis, John McDonnell, Kevin McDonnell, Patrick Naughton, Brian Howley, Sean Carrabine, Stevie Curley, Kevin Langan, Alan Cawley. Subs, Micheál Cahill, Paul Flynn, Ciarán Kilcullen, Eoin Kent, Cian Barrins

Lotto result Aug 3 2018

Lotto jackpot = €16100 - Numbers drawn 02...23...37..38


NO JACKPOT WINNER

NEW JACKPOT 💰€16,200 💰

💰🎉🎊3 x €50 winners💰🎉🎊

Marietta Kilcullen (yearly)  Marie Quinlan(y) Colette Devaney


Next Draw Next Sat Aug 11th in Mahoneys

U14 A football championship Aug 3 2018
Castleconnor 5-16 v Coolera 5-8
The U14s were back in action last Friday 3rd August, this time in Round 1 of the A championship away to Coolera/Strandhill. The teams had previously drawn in the league encounter in a very tight game. We made a good start getting the first few points but Coolera struck for a goal and two points of their own to lead by 3 after 10 minutes. However the team played some great stuff in the 2nd quarter and added 3 excellent goals, 2 from Stephen Rogan and one from  Michael Sheridan and went in 5 points up at half time.

Coolera/Strandhill made a strong start to the 2nd half cutting the lead back to 2 points but eventually our lads got back on top and again playing some exciting attacking football. A further 2 goals by Stephen Rogan - one brilliantly set up by Colm Rutledge and the other equally a beautiful assist from Sean Donegan - put daylight between the teams. Coolera fought back with some late scores but we held out to win by 9 points. Star performers were Stephen Rogan with 4 goals, excellent counter attacking at pace by Colm Rutledge, excellent link play by Padraic Gavin and some nice finishing by Michael Sheridan. Midfield of Sean Donegan and Cathal Feeney and Danny Donegan's ball winning at Full forward was always an option on the attack.

Final Score 5-16 to 5-7

Next up a home game against Shamrock Gaels on August 17th


U12 Hurling league July 31 2018
Castleconnor 0-19 v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 0-0
A comprehensive victory for the girls and boys last night at a home game. A few must have been watching the games at the weekend with a few top corner goals scored. 
The team remain in 2nd in the league with one more game to go. 

U16 B Championship July 30 2018
Castleconnor 2-12 v St.Johns 6-8 
St.Johns were visitors on Monday. A tough game was expected with Johns coming down from the A league and it was made harder with a few injuries leaving lads unavailable. 
Despite going 1-1 down early we fought back and points from Cathal Feeney, Matthew Blakeney Thomas Langan and Oisín Flynn brought us back into it but a bad 5 minute spell near the break resulting in 3-1 made things stark leaving the halftime score as 1-6 v 4-3
We kept fighting hard in the second half but the closest we got was 4 points. Oisín scored a number of frees to finish top scorer but the loss probably means we will get it very hard to make the championship final
Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Patrick Cooney, Daniel Ruane, Rian Winters, Sean Donegan, Matthew Blakeny, Oisín Flynn, Cian Flynn, Thomas Langan, Cathal Feeney, Stephen Rogan, Owen Gillard, Darragh Flynn


G4MO July 28 2018  Mens active Group July 30 2018
Quigabar
The girls took part in a large blitz in Quigabar as part of the Enniscrone festival. Over 120 ladies took part. We won the snaziest jersey award :) 
Get well soon to Kelly Kilgannon who was injured on the day
The mens active group had a number of boyos taking part in the races in Enniscrone on Monday evening. Former player Patrick Clarke was the overall winner. Congrats to all that took part




U14 Hurling Championship July 27 2018
Castleconnor 5-6 v Tourlestrane 3-14
We travelled to Tourlestrane on Friday evening. However the result did not go in our favour in a high scoring affair which was disappointing. However this is the first round and the lads can be expected to turn it around in the next 3 games. The squad were in Dublin on Saturday for the Galway v Clare All Ireland semi final where they had a great day at a fabulous match


U12 G2Shield Final - Football July 26 2018
Castleconnor 11 v Shamrock Gaels 12
It was heartbreak last night for our young team in Scarden when going down by the minimum in the Shield final. This was a game that was tight throughout with the teams tied on a number of ocassions. Nevertheless the team did very well to reach this stage with a large win over Easkey in the semifinal the highlight. Missing a number of players due to holidays also however all who took the field played excellently.
Team: Diarmuid Feeney, Conor Stenson, TJ Foody, Rory Kennedy, Ben Cawley, Iarla Quinn, Fionn Gordon, James Kenny, Frey O Neill, Kevin Rutledge, Niall Holmes, Dara Harrison, Fiachna Egan Kieran Donegan, Oisin Gavin, Oisín Mullarkey, Shane Kenny, Marc Kenny, Paddy Reape


Minor Championship July 25 2018
Castleconnor 0-8 v Calry 2-16
Played in Hazelwood we were in this game until the last 10 minutes when Calry pulled out too far. In the first 15 minutes we trailed 0-4 v 0-2 with Oisín Flynn putting over an excellent free from out near the sideline and Ronan Wilson scoring from play. Calry hit a purple patch and scored 1-4 without response as we struggled to hold the ball with our hand and foot passing not up to scratch. We got ourselves back in it with 3 well worked points before the break. Half time score 0-5 v 1-9
The second half was a case of missed chances with their keeper making 2 good saves and ourselves squandering 3 very good goal chances from which we got not even a point. Midway through the half a missplaced handpass in attack for us ended in the net for Calry and our race was run. 
Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Gordon McHale, Colm Naughton, James Tully, Andrew Blakeney, Ronan Wilson, Matthew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Patrick Cooney, Dáire Barrins Rian Winters, Owen Gillard

U12 Championship Group 2 Semi Final July 24 2018
Castleconnor 21 v Easkey 5
With the holidays on both teams were short of players but we adapted best of all and playing with a slight breeze in the first quarter we lead 6 v 0 at the first break with Frey O'Neill, Fionn Gordon, Dara Harrison and Ben Cawley the scorers and James Kenny controlling the midfield, Easkey rarely threatened in the quarter. In the second quarter we were in control but were not finding the target as well as previously and turned over at halftime 10-1 up
Despite playing against the elements our good teamwork and always passing to the man in a best position meant we did not look like losing with Diarmuid Feeney not having a lot to do as Conor Stenson, Iarla Quinn, TJ Foody and Rory Kennedy were snuffing out any glimpse of goal Easkey got. We finished well with scores from Niall Holmes and Kevin Ruthledge after a pass from Fiachra Egan. The team have reached the final where they will face Shamrock Gaels in the final.
Team: Diarmuid Feeney, Conor Stenson, TJ Foody, Rory Kennedy, Ben Cawley, Iarla Quinn, Fionn Gordon, James Kenny, Frey O Neill, Kevin Rutledge, Niall Holmes, Dara Harrison, Fiachna Egan

U16 B Championship July 23 2018
Castleconnor 2-12 v Shamrock Gaels 5-18
The long trip to Coola was in vain last night when we went down to Gaels. In the league earlier we came back from 9 points late on to win but there was no such heroics this time. 
At the half time break we trailed by 4 points but probably if we had taken our chances would have been leading. The effort of the first half took its toll in the second half where we ended up losing by 15. 
The team are back in action again next Monday when we have St.Johns as visitors to Corballa.

Division 2 League Final July 22 2018, Tourlestrane
Castleconnor 2-15 v Calry 0-15

Division 2 League Final July 22 208

Castleconnor 2-15 v Calry 0-15


Castleconnor have made it back to divison 1 football for the first time after the 2010 season. Having lost the final 3 years ago 6 days after losing the championship final the nucleus of the team wanted to make sure to get into the winning the habit in finals. As with the final round league game in Corballa the previous week we got off to a strong start and after 8 minutes we were 4-2 up with points from Stevie Curley, Sean Carrabine, Alan Cawley and an outside of the right peach from KEvin McDonnell. A point free from Curley and 2 quick ones from play by Kevin Langan with either foot put us up 0-8 v 0-3 after 18 minutes.

Two goals from strong direct running from the middle of the field in a minute saw John McDonnell score a screamer to the top corner and Kevin Langan poking to the net after a Sean Carrabine run saw him survive a tackle that lead to a black card. We finished the half in total control with Kevin McDonnell and Alan Cawley both getting their second points of the half leavin us in a commanding position of 2-10 v 0-4 with us facing the strong summer breeze in the second half. 

We scored from the throw in from Carrabine and then did not score for the next 5 minutes when Calry made hay scoring 6 points without response. At this time Patrick Naughton and Rory Healy strong running from defence supported by Paul Sweeney and Jason Earlis on the wings lead to us scoring through Carrabine again. When Calry reduced the lead to 6, Alan Cawley drove over the bar with 8 to go. It was up and down the field game at this point with points being swapped and final points from Kevin Langan and Sean Carrabine from a free only the second for the day saw us maintain the 6 point lead and come out as winners. 

This was some performance and turn around by the team and management who were near the bottom of the table but 6 straight wins brought us to the final and the boys carried it on today. John Niland on behalf of the county board presented Rory Healy with the trophy to loud cheers in the hot cauldron of Tourlestrane.  Rory thanked Calry for a super game in the final, officials and Tourlestrane park committee as well as our own lads and management. 

Congrats to the whole panel who played throughout the league and the management team.

Team: Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Paul Sweeney, Rory Healy(c), Jason Earlis, John McDonnell(1-0), Kevin McDonnell(0-2), Alan Cawley(0-3), Brian Howley, Seán Carrabine(0-5), Stevie Curley (0-2), Patrick Naughton, Kevin Langan(1-3). Subs, Cian Barrins, Micheál Cahill, Paul Flynn, Eoin Kent. Kenneth Healy, Luke Munnelly, Stephen Durkan, Ciarán Kilcullen, Niall Judge, Liam Naughton, Odhrán Quinn, Alan Naughton, Brian Mahoney, James Boland. 



Sligo U14 hurling July 21 2018
Congrats to the lads from the club who were part of the Sligo U14 hurling squad who won the Connacht Shield in Bekan on Saturday. The lads involved were captain William Foody and Lee Gilmartin, Darragh Flynn, Cian Flynn Seán Donegan, Seamus Foody, Eoghan Durkan and Stephen Rogan



Lotto Jul 21 2018

The lotto draw took place in Muddys on Saturday night for €15900


The numbers drawn were 2 16 29 40 - there was no winner


3 x €50 winners were Marietta Kilcullen(yearly), Western Gaels hurling club(y) and Pat O'Malley


New jackpot is a whopping €16000 and draw will take place in Mahoneys on Saturday night


Thanks for playing


U14 A Football League Final July 20 2018 - Scarden
Castleconnor 2-5 v St.Marys 9-8
The lads performed heroically on Friday night against a stronger opposition in Scarden. We got off to a great start scoring a goal in the first minute from Stephen Rogan and followed soon after by a Danny Donegan point. However Marys went onto have a very strong spell scoring 3-3 in a 10 minute spell. By halftime we were trailing 2-3 v 5-3 and were unfortunate not to have another 2 goals on the scoreboard. 
The second half we struggled to get the ball into the scoring area but the heart of the panel can never be questioned in the way they kept going right to the end with Stephen Rogan getting 2 points near the end. Cathal Feeney had to go off early in the second half after taking a bad belt to the head. 
As only the 4th team to make this final from the club they can be justifiably be proud of this achievement and can look forward to the championship now with confidence. 
Hard luck to the whole squad, there was a great crowd of supporters there too and thanks to all of you also
Panel William Foody,. Darragh Stenson, Cian Flynn, Barry Kilcullen, Lee Gilmartin, Oisín Quinn, Eoghan Durkan, Sean Donegan, Cathal Feeney, Matthew Langan, Stephen Rogan, Neil Rafter, Colm Rutledge, Micheal Sheridan, Darragh Flynn, Seamus Foody, David Holmes, Conor Browne, Stephen Gawley, Danny Donegan, Paul Ruane, Jack Byron, Padraig Gavin, Fionn Gordon, Conor McAloon


Minor Championship July 19 2018
Castleconnor 1-9 v St.Marys 2-15
The team put in a very good effort however when we received a very very harsh black card 10 minutes into the second half we were in a very bad situation as we had the bare 13 to play so played the last 20 minutes with one less player. 
In the first half we got off to a good start and lead through points by Ronan Wilson and Oisín Flynn. A mixup in defence lead to Marys first goal but we responded well to restore our lead with another point from Ronan. Shortly after we scored a goal from Ronan after a good move from all the way in defence. The last 5 minutes proved costly though when Marys tagged on a few points before the short whistle after scoring a goal leaving them in front 1-4 v 2-7. 
We got off to a great start in the second half with points from Ronan, Oisín and Rian Winters. Soon after we were unlucky with a goal chance. At this point we had reduced the deficit to 3 but then received the black. However the lads worked very hard and ended with points from Patrick Cooney and Oisín. The team travel to Calry for their next game next Saurday week. 
Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, James Tully, Colm Naughton, Patrick Cooney, Ronan Wilson, Andrew Blakeney, Matthew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Dáire Barrins James Rafter


U12 Hurling July 17 2018
Castleconnor 9 v Western Gaels 9
This game in Quigabar on Tuesday evening was a great advertisement for hurling in West Sligo with both teams showing a great set of skills and stickwork. Nothing could separate the teams and the result was indeed a fair one.


U16 B Championship July 16 2018
Castleconnor 2-12 v Tourlestrane 4-10
In a harsh lesson for the youngsters we lead for 57 minutes of this game but eventually went down by 4. We got off to a great start and were 1-4 v 0-1 up after 15 minutes. By half time we still held a 5 point lead when we lead 2-9 v 2-4 after giving away a bad goal with some loose passing. 
The lead was narrowed to 2 points and another time to 1 point on a number of occasions in the half but managed to extend it out with quick responses. With 5 minutes to go we lead by 3 but 2 goals in a couple of minutes were the winning of the game and despite reducing the lead we ran out of time. 
There was a lot of good performances throughout the field and the lads can look forward to the next rounds of the championship with confidence.
Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Patrick Cooney, Daniel Ruane, Rian Winters, Sean Donegan, Oisín Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Cian Flynn, Thomas Langan, Matthew Blakeney, Stephen Rogan, James Rafter, Owen Gillard, Danny Donegan

Div 4 league July 16 2018
Castleconnor 2-6 v St.Farnans 3-13
This was a hard game to explain as we had plenty of ball but failed to convert it into anything meaningful. A lot of missed chances. Stevie Kilgallon ended up with 2-2 from play but could have had a hat trick. Farnans were more clinical but from half time it was clear there would be only one winner. Unfortunately the loss has cost us a place in the Division 4 league final.

Div 2 League Final Round July 15 2018
Castleconnor 1-11 v Calry 1-7
As it turned out this became a dress rehersal for the Division 2 league final. Our lads with 2 games to go knew if they beat the top 2 teams in the league with 2 games to play they would reach the league final for the first time since 2015. They delivered and finished top of the league as well. 
We started in great fashion with points from Seán Carrabine and Kevin Langan with Calry responding with a point. An attempted point from Jason Earlis dropped short and the goalie expected Kevin Langan to get a touch but him slipping on the greasy pitch meant it bounced to the net. At half time we lead 1-6 v 1-1 with Calry getting a goal through a penalty and Ronan Keane getting a point. Both Kevins, McDonnell and Langan saw goalbound shots rocket off the goal post in the last few minutes with the keeper beaten. 
We had played with the strong breeze in the first half but that didnt bother us scoring right after the throw in and moving out to lead by 1-11 v 1-1 with 8 minutes played in the half. However that proved to be our final score and for the next 25 minutes (including injury time) we failed to score. Our caused was helped though in the 52nd minutes when the Calry no.6 was given a straight red card. This will be an area where the group will look for improvement next week when we meet the same opposition in the final which looks like it will be in Tourlestrane on Sunday.
Team: Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Paul Sweeney, Rory Healy, Jason Earlis, John McDonnell, Kevin MDonnell, Alan Cawley, Brian Howley, Sean Carrabine, Kevin Langan, Patrick Naughton, Micháel Cahill.Subs, Cian Barrins, Stevie Curley, Stephen Durkan, Luke Munnelly, Paul Flynn

Final Division 2 table


Frank Kelly Mily Run 5k July 15 2018
The rain which started the night before after how many weeks subsided for the runners/walkers/supporters on Sunday morning. From 10am the excitement was building as organisers and competitiors started to arrive. With the league game taking place at 1 it meant the senior players and management were unable to partake however 126 hardy souls took to the road. 
In the end we got our 6 different overall winner in 6 years when the Fiddane man Kevin Maye took the honours.  In the ladies Eimear O'Connor from Templeboy was the winner. 
Thanks to all who took part, the stewards, those who brought refreshments and made food. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters.. It was another great day and a fitting day to remember one of our greats Frank Kelly. David Kelly presented the awards on behalf of the family. 

Thanks to Christina Flynn who took all the pictures (allowing me to go watch the game - very much aprpeciated)
Finally thanks to Pat, Tomás Darren and Ann for all the work behind the scenes


 



Lotto July 14 2018

This weeks jackpot draw was held in Mahonys on Saturday night. Jackpot was €15800

Numbers drawn were 4 8 25 38

There was no winner

3 x €50 winners - Bernie Murphy(yearly), Sarah Barrett(y) and Bernie Barrins

New jackpot €15900, as always thank for playing


Sligo U15 July 14 2018
Congrats to Thomas Langan and Patrick Cooney who were part of the Sligo u15 team who took part in the Connacht Inter Country Dermot Earley tournament at the weekend



Congrats

A different sport but one of our members had a great weekend when he represented Ireland. Congrats to Senan Reape who was a member of the Irish pony Showjumping team who took part in an International tournament in Cavan at the weekend. He had a great weekend winning the Grand Prix on Sunday. Maybe in the future himself and Richard Howley will form half the Irish showjumping team !


Div 4 League July 12 2018
Castleconnor 7-13 v Calry 0-7
Not a lot can be said about this game. We won very easliy despite being the away team with Alan Naughton causing havoc around the square. It was though a good run out for those lads fighting for a place on the division 2 team



U16 Div2 League Shield Final July 10 2018
Castleconnor 6-10 v St.Farnans/St.Pats 4-14
What an exciting game! We had this game won twice but let the amalgamation team come back within 2 points at the end in particular. However throughout the field the lads put in a great performance with the defence in particular putting in some great blocks and interceptions throughout. 
We got off to a great start after going down by a point with goals from Eli O'Neill and Matthew Blakeney and a point from Stephen Rogan at the halfway point of the half. Farnans/Pats then threw over a string of points but we ended the half strong again with Eli pouncing on a keeper mistake and Oisin Flynn driving to the net to leave the score at 4-4 v 0-9.
Rian Winters drove forward from the throw in for a point followed by Matthew Blakeney with one. At this time the defence came under severe pressure and a number of good saves by Liam Donegan and some strong defending by Patrick Cooney, Gordon McHale Sean Donegan and Cian Flynn kept the gap out to 5. We hit a purple patch then with an excellent goal from Eli and points from Eli and Oisin put us into a commanding lead with minutes to go but Farnans/Pats came back again scoring 3-2 in the final minutes and we were very thankful when Daniel Ruane intercepted a pass inside and drove out from defence as he did a number of times in the half before a last kicked goal for the opposition. 
Well done to all the panel and management on a hard earned victory
Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Cian Flynn, Patrick Cooney, Sean Donegan, Rian Winters, Daniel Ruane, Oisin Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Daragh Flynn, Matthew Blakeney, Thomas Langan, Stephen Rogan, Danny Donegan, James Rafter, Niall Wilson



U12 Football July 10 2018
Castleconnor 9 v Shamrock Gaels 11
The team went down fighting last night as we entertained Gaels at Corballa yesterday evening. Unliker the previous game this game was close throughout and could have gone either way.


Minor Championship fixtures
19 July7 00 PMRound 1Castleconnor G.A.A ClubVSt Mary'sSt.Brendan's GAA Park

28 July7 00 PMRound 2Calry/St Joseph'sVCastleconnor G.A.A ClubHazelwood Main Pitch

09 August7 00 PMRound 3Castleconnor G.A.A ClubVGeevagh/St. MichaelsSt.Brendan's GAA Park

23 August7 00 PMRound 4St John'sVCastleconnor G.A.A ClubStenson Park

Div 2 League Round 8 July 7 2018
Castleconnor 3-10 v Geevagh 1-12
An excellent team performance sustained throughout the entire game ensured we won with a bit in hand on Saturday evening. Strong defensive performance and forwards taking the right option along with a strong work ethic were the main points to take from the game. The win has put us into 2nd in the league. If we win next Sunday we will return to the league final for the first time in 3 years. 
We got off to a great start and midway through the half we lead 2-1 v 0-4 thanks to early goals from . Geevagh came back strongly but it was noticeable their scores were mostly from frees. By half time we lead by 3, 2-4 v 0-7 with Kevin Langan and Brian Howley scoring the goals. 
Geevagh blew us away in the first 5 minutes of the second half scoring 1-2 without reply to go in front. However Kevin Langan scored one of the best goals I have ever seen up there, when catching the ball over the Geevagh full back with his back to the ball and hitting it into the side netting by the time he landed. The Geevagh full back had no idea what happened. Geevagh responded well with 3 points to lead by 2 with 15 to play. We took a grip of the game and outscored Geevagh 6 v 0 in the last 12 minutes. 
The team are at home to Calry next Sunday in the last round of the league. Win and we are in the league final. Well done all

Lotto Draw July 7 2018

The draw took place on Saturday night for €15700


Numbers drawn were 18 28 29 38 - There was no winner


3 x €50 winners were Willie Boland(yearly) Pat Boyle(y) and Jennifer Kinhart


New jackpot is €15800


Thanks for playing


U6 blitz July 6 2018
The u6s had their first blitz of the year when we had Bonniconlon as visitors



July 3 2018
U12 hurling
Castleconnor 15 v Tourlestrane 3
U16 football playoff
Castleconnor 4-19 v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 2-8

Good wins for both teams yesterday evening. In the football the playoff to see who finished 4th in the league and thus qualified for the league shield final came about as we finished with same points as Tubber and drew in league proper. 
Last night all 6 forwards scored and the defence was as tight as a nut to qualify for the league final which is against the amalgamation of St.Farnans/St.Pats next Wednesday evening. 
The U12 team were at home and were in control throughout the game and the result never looked in doubt. The team are well positioned at this stage of the league with 2 games to go.


Lotto draw July 1 2018

Jackpot - €15600

Numbers drawn were 3 15 34 37 - No winner

3 x €50 winners - Martin/Mary Earlis (yearly), Sophie/Matthew Cleary(y) and Gerard Kavanagh

New jackpot is €15700
Thanks for playing

U14 A league football July 1 2018
Castleconnor 6-10 v Drumcliffe 3-8
Sunday evening the team and a big band of supporters headed to north Sligo to play their final group game against Drumcliff/Rosses Point and thankfully temperatures were down to a more manageable level. We made a sluggish start and found ourselves 9 points behind early in the first half but the team rallied well and ended up going in at half time 2-5 to 2-4 up. 
We really upped the performance in the 2nd half playing up the hill and against the wind and ran out impressive winners on a scoreline of 6-10 to 3-8. Big performances from Sean Donegan, Cian Flynn in midfield and  all the defence laid the foundations for our forwards to make hay.

Following the two wins the team will now play St Marys in the Div 1 A final at a date to be confirmed. So far it has been a really good year for this team playing A football they only lost 1 game (to table toppers St Marys) and have a 100% winning record at home to boot.


U12 Football League July 1 2018
Castleconnor 12 v Easkey 13
This game was played on Sunday evening after the show. We got off to a slow start and trailed by 9 at half time which proved too big of a mountain to climb for the young lads, however they kept going to the final whistle and almost made up the difference just falling short by one score

Div 2 league June 30 2018
Castleconnor 1-10 v St.Michaels 0-10
Played in Ballintogher on Saturday evening we made hard work of the result after playing some good football in the first half and leading by 1-7 v 0-4 at the break.
In the second hald we seemed to doze off and let Michaels back into the game but held on for the victory. 

The scene is set where if we win our last 2 games we will reach the league final.


U14 A football league June 28 2018
Castleconnor 9-9 v Tubbercurry\Cloonacool 6-5
On Thursday at home to Tubbercurry/Cloonacool where temperatures were at 24 degrees during the match. Referee Michael Connolly allowed water breaks in the middle of each half. 
Castleconnor played their best football of the year in this defending bravely and counter attacking with fast accurate ball into the forwards. Some great forward play say Danny Donegan, Darragh Flynn and Stephen Rogan bag first half goals to leave us 6 up at the break. 
Tubbercurry started brightly in the 2nd half and scored some good goals and showed why they too were flying high in the league but a fine goal from the excellent Colm Rutledge eased the home teams worries and we ran out 9-9 to 6-5 winners. Special mention to Stephen Rogan who hit a magnificent 6-5 (6-4 from play).



Benson Cup Final Round June 24 2018
Castleconnor 2-14 v Enniscrone 2-16
Played in absolutely glorious sunshine, this was a game that held no interest for ourselves as we were already out of the competition whilst Enniscrone required a 12 point winning margin to progress. It looked early on that this may be possible but once Cian Barrins came into the defence we tightened up significantly and came back into the game after the first water break. Referee Pat Normanly decided before the game to have a 2 minute water break after 15 minutes of each half which was the correct decision. Enniscrone rushed into a 1-4 v 0-1 lead with Stevie Curley getting our score. At halftime we had a few more scores on the board from Stevie and Paul Flynn(2) to leave the half time score 2-5 v 0-4. 

We continued to struggle after the break but we got off to a good start after the water break with goals from Stevie Curley and a number of points to trail to bring it back to a 1 point game. Enniscrone pulled the lead out to 4 but we finished with 2 final points to finish with a 2 point loss. 
We will meet Enniscrone again for the third time this year in the championship on the August bank holiday weekend.

Team: Kenneth Healy, Stephen Durkan, Ronan Keane, Niall Judge, Paul Sweeney, Rory Healy, Micheal Cahill, Kevin Langan, Brian Howley, Alan Cawley, Paul Flynn, Luke Munnelly, Brian Mahoney, Stevie Curley, Frank Barrett. Subs: Cian Barrins

Lotto June 23

Lotto jackpot €15500, in Muddys, Saturday night

Numbers drawn were 1 21 23 24


No winner


3 x €50 winners - Kevin Naughton (yearly) Brendan Leonard (y) and Tracey Lindsay


New jackpot €15600 - Draw to take place this week on SUNDAY after the show

Thanks for playing


U14 Hurling League Shield FINAL june 21 2018

Castleconnor 8-7 v Western Gaels 2-7

This final was played at Corballa following a coin toss for venue. It was great to see 2 teams from West Sligo in the final and they served up a great hours entertainment with plenty of skill and great scores on display. Castleconnor began to take control in the third quarter and extended their narrow halftime lead with a number of goals. 

Congrats to the team and management who have been very busy the last few weeks.





County matters June 21 2018

A busy weekend for players and supporters this weekend. Whilst Sligo hurlers are playing in Croke Park on Saturday (good luck to them) Ronan Wilson will be playing for Sligo Minors against Mayoin Castlebar at 12:30. This game was originally fixed for Ballina which made sense considering the Mayo team have I think up to 7 starters who go to school in Ballina but was changed in the last few days. Good luck Ronan

On Saturday evening Mayo will be in action in Thurles at 5 whilst Kevin and Sean will be getting ready for Armagh at 6 in Markievicz. A tough assignment and I expect the result to be in doubt till the final whistle. Good luck to all involved. Tickets for the Sligo game are available in Moloneys Supervalue and Centra in Enniscrone. Kevin Mc was busy last week raising Stokane NS green flag.




Dates for the diary - Good luck to all involved in the Show
June23 - Show jumping competition in Ard Chuain Equestrian centre
July 1(Sun) - The show takes place around the Community centre and GAA grounds
July 15 - The Annual Frank Kelly Milk Run 5k
Aug 19 - Des Flynn Tractor Run
Sept 9 - Stokane 6k Fun Run

U10 Hurling Jun 20 2018
The team were in blitz action on Wednesday evening in Tourlestrane and had 3 games to play coming away with 2 wins and and a draw. Well done



G4MO June 18 2018
The ladies travelled to the Connacht centre of Excellence on Saturday for the 2nd round of fixtures. As expected the girls performed excellently and are looking forward to the next round of blitzes

Handball Feilé June 18
Congrats to all






U12 Football June 19 2018
Castleconnor 0-17 v Coolaney/Mullinabreena 0-6
The trip to Achonry was worthwhile for the youngsters as we took control of the game from early on and had the fixture won well before the end. Well done to all involved

Benson Cup June 17 2018
Castleconnor 2-16 v St.Pats 4-8
We travelled to Skreen on Sunday. It was played as a 13 - a side following a request from Pats. In a very disjointed game with goals from Stephen Durkan and Stevie Curley we lead by 3 going into injury time. We still lead by 3 a good number of minutes into injury time and eventually Pats broke through for a goal which was followed by the final whistle. 

Lotto June 16 2018

Draw took place on Saturday night for €15400


Numbers drawn were 2 9 34 36


No winner


3 x €50 winners - Hilary Kelly(yearly), Bart Barrins/Pakie Kilcullen(y) and Tracey Lindsay


New jackpot is €15500


Div 4 League Rd3 June 12 2018
Castleconnor 1-19 v Easkey 2-6
A very well deserved victory for the team of mixed ages. We let Easkey control the first 15 mins and at this time they were 2-3 v 0-2 up with our concession of 2 very soft goals helping their cause. We managed in the first half to strike the cross bar 3 times and shot at their keeper twice. At half time we lead 0-10 v 2-3 up with Colin Gordon and Barnes Kelly adding a number of points.
We continued to control the second half with Barnes Kelly scoring for fun (0-5 in total) and Odhrán Quinn putting the Easkey backs to the sword. Patrick Naughton playing his second game in 2 days had a stormer in midfield

Team:Trevor Feeney, Brendan Howley, Tom Cawley, Stephen Durkan, Eoin Flynn, Rory Healy, Frank Barrett, Patrick Naughton, John McDonnell, Paul Flynn, Odhrán Quinn, Paul Sweeney, Barnes Kelly, Colin Gordon, Ronan Keane 

U12 Hurling June 12 2018
Castleconnor 0-20 v St.Molaise Gaels 0-3
The squad made the long journey worthwhile to Grange with a comprehensive victory over Gaels. The team were always in control against a team who are in their first year of competition



Club Lotto Result

Lotto Jackpot = €15300


Numbers drawn were 12 16 22 32 - No winner


3 x €50 winners - Aggie Flynn(yearly), Hugh Hanley(y), Tommy Stenson 


New jackpot is €15400


Thanks to all for playing


Div 2 League June 9 2018
Castleconnor 2-16 v St.John 1-14
Playing the current Intermediate Champions was not going to be an easy task but considering we let them off to a 1-3 v 0-0 start after 8 minutes made it monumentally harder. We got back into the game when Stevie Curley starting his first game in nearly 2 years got points from play and frees. Brian Howley added one off the post and once we started to get a foothold in midfield and pushed up on their defenders it began to yield results. Late in the half Seán Carrabine was taken down when driving though on goal and the resulting point left us at halftime trailing by 3 at 1-8 v 0-8
We started the second half in great fashion with points and then a goal after a good move with Seán driving low across the keeper. 2 quick points directly after from Curley and Kevin Langan put us 3 up but Johns fought back with 2 points to leave the minimum between the sides. Another good move all the way from defence saw Stevie curl a low shot around defender and goalie to push us 4 points up . Again Johns responded with 2 points but points from Eoin Kent and Paul Flynn secured the game. 
This was a very entertaining game with the result in the balance right up to the last 2 or 3 minutes. Patrick Naughton rolled back the years with an excellent performance and Ronan Keane kept county player Charlie Harrison at bay. It was great to see Stevie Curley coming back into the form we have all missed. 
The team are in action next weekend in the Benson cup away to Pats
Team: Kenneth Healy, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Cian Barrins, Rory Healy, Eoin Kent, John McDonnell, Sean Carrabine, Alan Cawley, Brian Howley, Paul Sweeney, Odhrán Quinn, Patrick Naughton, Stevie Curley. Subs: Kevin Langan, Jason Earlis, Paul Flynn, Stephen Durkan Liam Naughton



Hurling Feilé
What a weekend for all involved. Thanks to the players management and the parents for all their efforts. We hosted Naomh Adhmanahan/St.Eunans who we played on Saturday morning losing 0-3 v 2-4. They had a busy weekend as they reached the cup final on Sunday but lost there.
On Friday evening the group arrived in Oxfield with our flag flying high along with Benbulben Gaels, East Cavan Gaels and St.Eunans.
We played two games and won both. We defeated East Cavan 3-5 v 2-6 and afterwards defeated Benbulben Gaels for the first time in years with 4-3 v 3-0 victory. With the results on Friday we knew that ourselves and the team we were hosting were already through to the Cup quarter finals at Bekan on Saturday. However we played each other at home on Saturday morning. The pitch and all the facilities were looking brillant - well done to all who got it sorted especially the pitch committee. 
We travelled to Bekan and took on St.Malachys, Castledawson Co.Derry. This was a tight affair and we were most unlucky to go down 0-3 v 0-2. Our visitors won their game and were in great form on Saturday evening when they came back to Castleconnor. 

Thanks to everyone who did anything in any way over the weekend and in the preparations the last few weeks. It was great for players, officials and club to be involved in an All-Ireland Hurling competition for the first time ever. 


Girls win A league title

Congrats to all in Eoghan Rua who defeated Eastern Harps in the u12 A league final on Saturday evening. A good contingent of girls from the parish were involved and it is great to see them continuing on with football. 



ALL IRELAND HURLING FEILE IS COMING TO CASTLECONNOR!! June2018

The All-Ireland hurling U14 Féile Na nGael takes place across Connacht from June 8-10th, 2018. 
Castleconnor are one of the 60+ host clubs across the province. Castleconnor U14s will play two group matches on Friday in Oxfield against East Cavan Gaels & Benbulben Gaels and as hosts one on Saturday in Corballa. 
We will welcome St.Eunan's, Letterkenny GAA to Corballa on Saturday for a group match in Division 8 of the competition. 
Our Group Matches in Division 8 (Group B):

FRIDAY JUNE 8TH (OXFIELD)
East Cavan Gaels Vs Castleconnor 5.45pm
Benbulben Gaels v Castleconnor, 7:15pm

SATURDAY JUNE 9TH (CORBALLA)
Castleconnor v St Eunans, Letterkenny, 10:45am.

We wish all the best to the team and their mentors Pat & David and hope the weekend is a massive success. We would also like to thank the families who are hosting a team for the weekend. As always we know you will give a big Castleconnor welcome to all those travelling to our club.



County matters
Well for those of us who travelled to Salthill on Sunday it was tough. For Kevin and Sean despite playing well it was tougher. Unfortunately such is sporting life, so for the Sligo supporters in the club it is take a breather and get back on the horse again in a few days. For Mayo supporters it is down the N17 to the Gaelic grounds at the weekend where it should be a handy result setting up a possible Sligo v Mayo game in Markievicz (draw to take place Monday!)
For Dara Stenson though he had a great afternoon on Sunday and got a few scores as well as the Sligo minis showed Galway how it was done at halftime on Sunday. Well done Dara (no.9)



Lotto - June 2 2018

Our Yearly lotto ticket Only draw took place on Saturday night for €300 which was won by Hugh Lynn, Quignaleagan

Lotto jackpot - €15200


Numbers drawn - 2 3 21 29 - No winner


3 x €50 winners - Gráinne/Ronan Carberry(yearly), Marietta Kilcullen(y) and Mary Scott


New jackpot - €15300

Thanks for playing


Club Meeting

The June club meeting will take place next Wednesday evening at 9pm in the centre


World Cup Competition

As was the case before the Castleconnor GAA club are running a world cup prediction competition with a difference. It is a 2-part competition where every game and scoreline means points in the group stages and where the knockout stages is totally on progressing to the next round.

It is only a tenner to enter. Half the total entry fee(up to€500 maximum) will be given in prizes. Prize totals to be determined when all entries are in. 

Just a bit of fun but with Ireland not in it it means if you enter you have some interest in all games!

You can enter by going to our club website link http://www.castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/home/prediction-competition-2018 
and downloading the entry form or fill out the attached and send back to me (can you save the file in your name please). Payments can be made through paypal or to myself or committee members
The Excel sheet fills out all the way through whereas the pdf requires your biro/pencil 

Thanks and Good luck (and if you know someone who would be interested in entering send it on to them- thanks)


U10 Community Games Football Team 30 May 2018
The team made the journey into the Ox mountains where they played Coolaney and came out of it as winners. They now play Monday evening at home in the quarter final v Coolera at 7:15 - come out and support


U16 League 31 May 2018
Castleconnor 3-10 v Enniscrone/Kilglass/Eaaskey 3-17
In a busy week for the squad they were in action in Quigabar on Thursday evening against another amalgamation who were top of the league. 
We were slow to get going which let the home sides get into their stride and at one stage we were trailing 1-4 v 1-0 with Eli O'Neill scoring our goal after a good passing movement. Again we let the lead drift out but an excellent team goal all the way from keeper Liam, through the hands of Patrick, Gordon, Oisin, Darragh, Matthew and Thomas with Eli again putting in the finishing touch. At half time we were behind 2-9 v 2-2 
The second half our backs continued to improve as they were beginning to show before the break and this meant that a lot of counterattacking football took place with both sides going for it. We had reduced the lead to 3 with 5 to go after scores from Matthew, Oisín, Eli and a super goal from Thomas. However almost directly after our goal, a driving run by Ennis/Eas saw a goal driven into the top corner. 
It was encouraging for all that once the defence got a handle on the attack we created a good 4 goal chances but only took 1-1 from them in the second period. The team now await the final round of fixtures that take place directly after the junior cert but we have a bye in it. 

Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Patrick Cooney, Daniel Ruane, Rian Winters, Cian Flynn, Oisín Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Matthew Blakeney, Cathal Feeney, Thomas Langan, Darragh Flynn, Stephen Rogan, James Rafter, Sean Donegan, William Foody, Niall Wilson, Danny Donegan

U16 League 28 May 2018
Castleconnor 9-5 v Owenmore Gaels 6-6
A high scoring affair which we came out on top of after the longer than normal journey to Collooney with the road works. The team are in action tomorrow evening again in the refixture of the game with the amalgamation Easkey/Enniscrone. At this point we do not know if we will be in the cup or shield competition but having 3 strong amalgamations in the division should have the coiste na nóg asking questions why were the amalgamations allowed in the first place. It has been fairly obvious that some of these amalgamations should not have been permitted with enough subs for a full team.  




Cumann na mBunscoileanna Finals, Markievicz Park, 26 May 2018
A great day for the parish is the most common statement heard in the area in the last few days. The 2 schools Stokane and Corballa had reached their respective county finals and were hoping for success. With great support from all the children and their parents, it was obvious all were up to the task.

Stokane were up first when they took on Kilmactranny in the 2-teacher 5-a-side girls final. It was obvious from early on that our girls were too strong and it was with ease they won the game. Rachel Coggins accepted the trophy on behalf of all the school and supporters. 
Corballa were in action 90 minutes later when they took on Holy Family NS , Tubbercurry. Again like the girls they took control of the game right away and it was great to know before the end that the 2 titles were heading back to Castleconnor. 
In fact the Corballa lads are DUAL county champions in Hurling and Football

Congrats to all the players, coaches, students, teachers and parents



Benson Cup 26 May 2018
Castleconnor 1-9 v St.Farnans 2-11
As expected we were down a number of players Saturday as were our visitors but maybe it was the heat of the day which meant this game never really got going. 
Farnans were into the lead early and were up by 6 at halftime. In the second half with 2 of our 3 management team playing with got the lead back to a point but Farnans finished strongly to deservedly win.

U13 Táin Blitz for NW Connacht 26 May 2018
Some of the lads were very busy on Saturday. We were up against Four Roads (Roscommon), Castlebar Mitchells and Tooreen (Mayo) and Carrick Hurling(Leitrim). We put up a great display in the games and the lads showed they have the ability to take part at this level. 
Thanks to the lads and coaches for their efforts on the day



U16 League 25 May 2018
Castleconnor 1-7 v Calry 4-22
A bad evening for the team. With a good number of the team unavailable and having to start with one short of the required number, the lads were always under pressure. However in the first half we got our selves back into it when trailing 3-3 v 0-0 we went on a scoring spree and at half time were behind 3-4 v 1-4.
Making up the numbers we started the second half with renewed vigour but the greater strength withe visitors was very evident and the game was over as a contest early in the half.
The team travel to Colloney on Monday evening for a match with Owenmore Gaels



U14 Football A league 24 May 2018
Castleconnor 6-7 v Shamrock Gaels 5-8
The U14s won their 4th game of the year with a tight two point win over visitors Shamrock Gaels. We got off to a great start with a super goal by Seamus Foody. Shamrock Gaels began to dominate and quickly added a couple of goals themselves. Seamus hit a 2nd goal to keep us in touch but with the match approaching half time Gaels hit a another goal and followed up with a 4th after a harsh penalty was awarded leaving the half time score 2-4 to 4-5 in favour of the Gaels. 
We started the 2nd half well but couldn't get a score and it was Shamrock Gaels who extended their lead with another point. It wasn't until the last quarter when we cranked up the pressure and got some rewards. Stephen Rogan hit a hat-trick of goals and also smashed one off the bar to bring us back into contention and only one point adrift. Gaels broke for a counter attacking score which was soon cancelled out by a fine free from Stephen Rogan. With time almost up and Gaels holding a slender one point lead, Rogan hit his 4th goal, burning the defence with pace and placing calmly past the keeper. leaving us in front with the final score 6-7 to 5-8 in favour of Castleconnor.

The U14 team now lie 2nd in the table on 8 points, just 2 behind pace setters St Mary. They are also winning tight games which is great character building for the future

Team & subs: William Foody, Neil Rafter, Cian Flynn, Barry Kilcullen, Eoghan Durkan, Oisin Quinn, Padraic Gavin, Cathal Feeney, Sean Donegan, Mathew Langan, Stephen Rogan, Conor Stenson , Seamus Foody, Darragh Flynn, Michael Sheridan, Lee Gilmartin, Conor McAloon, Stephen Gawley, David Holmes, Conor Brown, Jack Byron
Well done lads

U12 Hurling League May 22 2018
Castleconnor 6 v Coolera/Strandhill 9
The team were in hard luck in this one. I only made the final 3 quarters and had guessed we had won as from start of 2nd to end of game we won 6-5 but unfortunately the damage was done in the first q where we turned around 4 v 0 down. We had drawn level in the 3rd q, however 4 scores in as many minutes restored the visitors lead which they held onto in the final q.

Some very good performances with the majority of our scores coming from open play with all the team getting plenty of game time. 

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others May 19 2018
Markievicz Park Blitz
Our G4MO team were in action in their first blitz on Saturday in Markievicz Park where they played Enniscrone\Kilglass, Shamrock Gaels, CT Gaels,and Ballymote
They played 4 games and came out with 3 wins but remember the whole concept is about taking part and enjoyment. They continue to train on Tuesday evenings.
Well done all


Div 4 league Rd 2 20 May 2018
Castleconnor 3-14 v Owenmore Gaels 4-12
The lads were on the road Sunday and despite putting up a great score we came out on the wrong side by a point.

Lotto
The lotto draw took place in Mahoneys on Saturday night. 

Lotto jackpot €15000 - Numbers drawn were 27 31 34 36 - there was no winner

3 x €50 winners were Ciaran Barrett(yearly) , Kate/Sopie Barrins(y) and Jonathan Ruane

The new jackpot is €15100. Thanks for playing. 

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Lotto Renewal
It is that time of year when your yearly lotto ticket is coming up for renewal with 2 draws still to run on it. 

The cost of the yearly ticket is €75 which entitles you to entry to 52 draws for the year giving you 14 frees draws. Your ticket seller will be on to you in the coming weeks and we hope you see fit to renew. 

All renewed and new ticket will be entered into the draw for June 2nd - the first draw of the 2018/19 yearly tickets

If you wish to renew online - go to the club webpage http:\\castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie\ and click on Lotto Renewals and Membership 2018 or just follow this link


Div 2 league May 19 2018
Castleconnor 0-11 v Enniscrone/Kilglass 0-11
Played in Quigabar with a gale force wind going towards the Sligo side of the pitch this was a game of 2 halfs. Our lads will be disappointed considering they were 0-7 v 0-0 up and around this time missed a few easy chances. At the halftime break we lead 0-9 v 0-3 which looked tight considering the conditions. 
In the second hald Enniscrone got the first few scores and 15 minutes in we were 10-6 up. We went very defensive and found it hard to move the ball up the field. An Odhrán Quinn point with 10 to go left us 11 v 9 up but in the 60th minute the home team equalised. In the 2 minutes of injury time we were in control of possession but did not get a shot off in anger. 
The two teams will meet again later in the summer when we meet in the Intermediate championship.
Team: Kenneth Healy, Brendan Howley, Keith Earlis, Ronan Keane, Jason Earlis, Rory Healy, Cian Barrins, Ciarán Kilcullen, John McDonnell, Luke Munnelly, Brian Howley, Alan Cawley, Odhrán Quinn, Patrick Naughton, Paul Flynn. Subs: Stephen Durkan, Stephen Curley, Liam Naughton

Minor B Shield sf May 18 2018
Castleconnor 2-7 v Geevagh/St.Michaels 4-17
We travelled through the big diversion in West Sligo on Friday evening through, Enniscrone and Easkey to get to Ballintogher to take on the amalgamation of Geevagh/St.Michaels. Early on it was tight but our inability to take scores and a goal miss let the home team build up a good lead to lead 2-11 v 0-3 at half time with James Tully, Oisín Flynn and Ronan Wilson our scorers.
A quick goal right after the break put the game out of reach for us but in fairness to our lads they played all the way to the final whistle and with goals from Ronan and James and points from Rian Winters and Matthew Blakeney we kept the scoreboard ticking over. The defence worked very hard with Fergal, Daniel and Colm very impressive.

Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Colm Naughton, James Tully, Patrick Cooney, Ronan Wilson, Andrew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Owen Gillard, Matthew Blakeney

U14 Hurling league May 17 2018
Castleconnor 5-4 v Western Gaels 0-3
This west Sligo derby took place in Quigabar on thursday evening and it was great to see 31 hurlers from the area between the 2 teams. As was expected our lads with more hurling in them proved the better but it was evident in the next few years when playing under the Western Gaels banner at senior they will be a strong setup in Sligo in the future. 
Well done to both teams.

Our lads are preparing for the upcoming hurling Feilé. We have been grouped with St.Eunans from Letterkenny, East Cavan and Benbulben Gaels. We have one home game when we play the team we are hosting St.Eunans on the Saturday morning. The panel are getting excited now as they prepare to create history as the first hurling club from the parish to take part.

U12 football league 15 May 2018
Castleconnor 11 v Easkey 5
The team got back on track after their last loss to Enniscrone with a well deserved win away in Easkey. The team lead from start to finish and well deserved the win.

Div2 league and U16 league
V Geevagh and v Enniscrone\Easkey

NO REFEREE TURNED UP FOR EITHER GAME

Div 4 League Round 1 May 13 2018
Castleconnor 6-12 v St.Molaise Gaels 3-12
We somehow managed to win this game where in the first 20 minutes it looked like anything but. Starting with 47 year old Trevor Feeney in goal gave the side plenty of experience and with the not as old Eamon Cawley around the middle and old boy Colin Gordon inside at full forward their lowness to panic rubbed off on the young lads and we ended the first half leading by 3 when 6 down at one stage when Feeney made a great save. Gordon and Luke the goalscorers. Half time 2-4 v 1-4
6-16 was scored between the teams in the second half. Our defence held on when we had a number of bad wides up the other end but eventually when it was down to a point we broke upfield and took our chances with goals from Luke, Kent, Crouch and Stevie Curley. Good to start this league with a win...
The team are away to Owenmore Gaels next Sunday
Team: Trevor Feeney, Liam Naughton, Tom Cawley, Eoin Flynn, Eoin Kent, Doogie Kilcullen, Eamon Cawley, Crouch Howley, Kenneth Healy, Luke Munnelly, Brian Mahoney, Colin Gordon, Stevie Curley, Alan Cawley, Mark Carr, Dáire Barrins

U14 A Football League May10 2018
Castleconnor 2-4 v St.Marys 9-17
A disappointing result for the team on Thursday evening which was the second trip for some of the lads following the hurling the other night. We were 3-3 to no score down early on and it did not improve much after. The team are still in second place in the league and will be fighting for a home semi final in the league.

U12 Hurling League May 8 2018
Castleconnor 6 v Naomh Eoin 2
The team and management made the trip to Kent park on Tuesday evening where they came out on top. Despite the low scoring there was some very good hurling on show. The team still top the league


County Matters May 6 2018

It was great to be one of the many that made the trip to London at the weekend to see 3 Castleconnor men, county captain Kevin McDonnell, Sean and David Carrabine playing in the Connacht SFC on Sunday. Over 70 club members young and old were in attendance and a large number of them also made the Sligo masters easy win (with Colin and Eamon playing)over London the evening before where the Castleconnor exiles Sean and his son David Igoe were the main men in charge of London. The weather was great as was the craic and the results bar for David Carrabine worked for everyone. It was great to meet up with so many locals in a foreign land and to meet our friends and neighbours who now live in the UK. Just a few pics here but there will be more up on website and facebook later in the week. I can tell you the coverage our lads received and the positivity towards them and the club was superb, the twitter machine is gone mental with it all

No doubt there will be 70+ parishoners in McHale Park on Sunday for the Mayo v Galway game with the winner facing Sligo in the next round. Good luck to Mayo.

Good luck to Ronan Wilson who had a great game with the club minors last Friday night as he prepares for the first round clash with Galway in Markievicz on Friday evening at 7pm

Kevin with David coming in to tackle after receiving a pass from Sean in first pic









Ballina Rugby win Conacht U13 title and Connacht Junior club of year and player of year
Congrats to our near neighbours Ballina RFC who had another great weekend last weekend when firstly they won the u13 title pictured below with a few of our lads involved -(ye will have to pick them out, I don't know them all sorry :( )
On Saturday night the senior team won Junior club of the year whilst club captain Fergal Tully who we would all know well won Connacht junior player of the year award

Congrats to all


Stokane win 2nd in Sligo GAA NS jersey day award 4 May 2018
Friday was a busy day for the 2 schools in the parish with Stokane winning second place in the Sligo GAA Jersey Day competition, announced on Twitter. 
If you want to see their rap go to our twitter or facebook feed but here is a screenshot of them in all their glory - with a few of them getting ready for next Sundays Mayo v Galway game : )



Sligo National School Hurling Finals 4 May 2018
Corballa NS are county hurling champions
Corballa made history on Friday afternoon when winning their first county National schools championship in Scarden. Last year the team reached the final but this time around they won by 9 v 5 over Rathcormac NS. 

U12 Hurling League 4 May 2018
Castleconnor 12 v Easkey 0
Played in Corballa on Friday evening, it was a bit late starting with the referee a no show. However when a referee was agreed we were superior in all areas of the field and all the team got plenty of game time in a facile win. 

Minor football B shield QF 3 May 2018
Castleconnor 9-11 v St.Johns 0-3
The lads had their first win of the year on Thursday in a game that was over just after half time. The visitors scored the first 2 points of the game but after 10 minutes we got on the scoresheet and it was a tight affair till the last few minutes of the half when goals from Ronan Wilson and Owen Gillard so us stretch our lead to 2-5 v 0-2 at the break.
Just after half time Johns lost 2 players to straight red cards and a third to a black card and all fight went out of them. Fair dues to our lads for sticking to their task and saw scores coming from Fergal Boland, Oisín Flynn, Dáire Barrins, Matthew and Andrew Blakeney, James Tully, Rian Winters, James Rafter meant we had our easiest win in years. 
The team now progress to play Geevagh/St.Michaels in the Shield semi final away
Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Patrick Cooney, Colm Naughton, James Tully Ronan Wilson, Andrew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Owen Gillard, Matthew Blakeney James Rafter

U14 Hurling League 3 May 2018
Castleconnor 3-7 v Benbulben Gaels 4-10
In a very busy evening on Thursday at Corballa the hurlers took on Benbulben Gaels in near perfect conditions. This was a very good showing from our lads and when Dara Stenson scored a goal from a rebound we were within a point of the visitors. However their number 7 who was unmarkable on the evening scored a goal and an excellent point to ease their worries. 


U12 Football League 1 May 2018
Castleconnor 8 v Enniscrone 20
The physically stronger Enniscrone took over in the last 2 quarters to record an easy victory in the end. For the first 2 quarters the game was up and down the field with the lead changing regularly and the minimum between the sides at the end of the 2nd quarter. 
However in the third Enniscrone took a hod around the middle of the field and from there did not let the ball pass and by the end of the 3rd the game was over. In the last quarter we got more involved and could have scored more but 2 scores in this time was as good as it got for us. 

U16 B Football League 30 Apr 2018
Castleconnor 6-10 v Shamrock Gaels 5-9
This was an exciting game in Corballa with both teams giving their all for the hour. We started badly and were lucky to only trail 0-5 to no score after 10 minutes. A break from defence saw Matthew Blakeney score a goal and from the kickout a point. We went into the lead briefly with another goal from Thomas Langan and should have extended it with a number of chances not availed of. At the half time break we trailed 2-3 v 2-5.
Gaels got a goal straight from the throw in but a very productive spell saw us come back and equalise with goals from James Rafter and Oisín Flynn. Gordon McHale, Patrick Cooney and Daniel Ruane were very strong at this time in defence and it paid off when Stephen Rogan popped over a few points and Oisín and Thomas scored goals. Next was Patrick Cooney to score a goal turning defence into attack. We went into a 7 point lead and missed a number of easy chances but our ability to absorb pressure and break out of defence at speed proved the winner move with Eli O'Neill and Rian Winters carrying a load of ball out of defence. A penalty with the last kick of the game. The team are in action in 2 weeks when they take on the amalgamation of Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass
Team: Liam Donegan,  Rian Winters, Gordon McHale, Daniel Ruane, Patrick Cooney, Matthew Blakeney, Eli O'Neill, Oisín Flynn, Dara Flynn Cathal Feeney, Thomas Langan, Niall Wilson, Eoin Duffy, James Rafter, Sean Donegan, Cian Flynn



U14 A Football league 26 Apr 2018
Castleconnor 5-9 v Owenmore Gaels 4-10
This was an excellent victory for the team to retain their position at the top of the division. The result was the more significant considering 11 of the panel were involved earlier in the day winning the Connacht D final with Enniscrone convent. 
The game was a ding dong affair but the hard work the lads put in for the last few weeks paid off with a good win.


U12 Hurling League Apr 24 2018
Castleconnor 5-3 v Calry 0-0
A good victory for our lads in their first league game of the season. We were physically the stronger and our better wrist work and team work lead to a handy victory.

Lotto Apr 21 2018

Lotto draw took place in Mahoneys on Saturday night. 

The jackpot was €14600, numbers drawn were 4 7 19 32

No winner

3 x €50 winners - Fiona Barrins(yearly), Des and Mary Morrison(y) and Richie and Maura McShane

New jackpot €14700, thanks for playing 


Division 2 league Apr 21 2018

Castleconnor 4-8 v Bunninadden 0-12

This was an excellent win away from home on Saturday evening. We welcomed back Kevin Mc for this game and he scored our first goal in the game where we turned around at half time trailing 1-3 v 0-10 

Sean came on for the second half and had an influence but it was Luke Munnelly who was the main scorer with 2-3 to his name. We finished the game strongly and Sean Carrabine scored a goal with the last kick of the game . There is a break for a number of weeks now as the Sligo team prepare for the game in London on May 6th



U14 Hurling Apr 19 2018

Castleconnor 7-4 v Naomh Eoin 5-4

This was a great result for the team having made the long journey to Kent Park in Sligo to take on the team that beat us in the u12 A final last year. It was close throughout but unlike in our first game where we faded away in the second half we continued to push on till the end to record a sweet victory and get out campaign back on track


U12 Football Apr 17 2018

Castleconnor 21 v St.Farnans 1

The whole panel put on a great performance particularly in the 1st and final quarter. The middle 2 quarters we found it hard to put many scores on the board but our defence refused to give an inch. The style of play of the team was very enjoyable to watch with the team always looking for the free man to pass too. 

Well done all


U16 football

Castleconnor 6-8 v St.Farnans/St.Pats 4-4 Apr16 2018

Played in atrocious conditions in Templeboy with gale force wind and rain throughout it was a credit to all concerned that the game took place. We got off to a quick start with 2-1 scored against the breeze but as the half wore on the home team cam back into it with a number of scores and at half time we lead 4-6 v 3-3. 


Scores were in short supply in the first part of the second half but a few goals from Thomas Langan and points from Oisín Flynn near the end of the half had us winning 6-8 v 4-4

Team: Liam Donegan, Cian Flynn, Rian Winters, Gordon McHale, Daniel Ruane, Patrick Cooney, Matthew Blakeney, Eli O'Neill, Oisín Flynn, Dara Flynn Cathal Feeney, Thomas Langan, Niall Wilson, Eoin Duffy, James Rafter, Sean Donegan




U14 Football A league Apr15 2018
Castleconnor 2-17 v St.Molaise Gaels 4-10

Molaise Gaels won the toss and played with an exceptionally strong wind in the 1st half. Using the wind well and playing long balls at every opportunity they raced into an early lead. Our lads played some good football too but scores were hard to come by, however Seamus Foody found the net to keep us in touch. Half time score had Molaise leading by 12 points,  3-8 to 1-2. 

Molaise Gaels got off to a great start in the 2nd half hitting another goal early but we came roaring back and chipped away at the lead. Great scores from distance from Cathal Feeney, Cian Flynn and Stephen Rogan got us closer. With 10 minutes to go Stephen Rogan struck for an spectacular individual goal closing the gap to 3 with time running out. At this stage Molaise Gaels had everyone back and struggled to get out of their own half due to excellent work rate especially from Mathew langan, Padraic Gavin, Lee Gilmartin and Eoghan Durkan. A huge long rang point by Cathal Feeney and frees from Stephen Rogan levelled it up. The final play resulted in the excellent Oisin Quinn winning a breaking ball and driving forward to win a 30m free which was expertly converted by Stephen Rogan with the last kick of the game.

The U14s have now won their first two games and are joint top of the Div 1 table with St Marys.

Team: William Foody, Conor Stenson, Cian Flynn, Barry Kilcullen, Eoghan Durkan, Oisin Quinn, Lee Gilmartin, Cathal Feeney, Stephen Rogan, Mathew Langan, Padraic Gavin, Jack Byron, Seamus Foody, Darragh Flynn, Paul Ruane, Conor McAloon, Stephen Gawley, Neil Rafter, David Holmes, Neil Rafter.

Division 2 League Apr 14 2018
Castleconnor 2-11 v St.Farnans 1-6
This home game against West division rivals Farnans took place on Saturday evening. Both teams were missing county players but the lads who were able to play played excellently especially in the first 42 minutes when we went into a 2-10 v 1-4 lead. 
We got off to a great start when there was a mixup in the Farnans defence and under pressure from Odhran Quinn a goal was scored. Throughout the half our tackling was excellent and the ball into the forward line who were always showing was very good. At the break we turned over at 1-6 v 1-3 lead with Farnans goal coming from the penalty spot. 
The first 10 minutes of the second hald was where the game was won with a string of points from Luke Munnelly, Eoin Kent, Odhran Quinn and Seán Carrabine who came on at the break. When Sean was taken down for a penalty he dispatched it into the the top right. We went into our shell then and the ball was not making it into the forwards as before but the defence were playing like players possessed with Niall Judge in particular huge at this time. 
The team travel to Bunninadden on Saturday evening for the next round. 
Team: Kenneth Healy, Brendan Howley, Keith Earlis, Ronan Keane, Niall Judge, Rory Healy, Eoin Kent, Ciarán Kilcullen, John McDonnell, Luke Munnelly, Jason Earlis, Alan Cawley, Odhrán Quinn, Brian Howley, Micheál Cahill. Subs: Seán Carrabine, Liam Naughton, Brian Mahoney 

Minor B League Apr 13 2018
Castleconnor 1-1 v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 2-14
Down a number of key players but with the complete panel eligible for this grade next year the team are on a huge learning curve. Unusually there was no breeze at all for this game, which was postponed by the referee the previous week due to underfoot conditions. Tubber got off to a great start and their keeper also scored a number of long range frees for them. In the second half we continued to work hard and got our just reward with a goal from Cathal Feeney and a point from Rian Winters after excellent build up play starting right back with the keeper Liam. 
Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Patrick Cooney, Colm Naughton, James Tully, Andrew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Dáire Barrins, Matthew Blakeney, Owen Gillard, Eoin Duffy, Cathal Feeney

PRO Notes April 11
Bag packing
Thanks to all the members who volunteered for our bag packing in Dunnes Stores, Ballina last Thursday. €1037 was raised by you on the day. Thanks to all who contributed.
Division 2 league
On Saturday evening Easkey were the visitors to Corballa for the second round of the league. A very tight first half where the visitors were leading by a point thanks to their keeper making 2 great saves. This was to prove very important with Easkey scoring a goal just after the halftime break to open a gap. Despite both teams only scoring 2 points between them the next 20mins Easkey scored a few late goals to pull away and win 4-7 v 0-7. Scorers for us on the day were Paul Flynn, Sean Carrabine, Mícheál Cahill and Odhrán Quinn. Our next game is another west Sligo derby against St.Farnans.

U14hurling
The team had their first game of the year versus Tourlestrane. We got off to a good start and lead at the break by 4 points but in the second half Tourlestrane took their chances and won the game 3-4 v 2-3. The team are taking part in the All Ireland Feilé and have been drawn with a Donegal, Cavan and Benbulben Gaels teams.

Mens active group
Congratulations to group of men who took part in the Mayo 8k Mud Run held in Moygownagh last weekend. The group are now hoping to target the Frank Kelly run in July and the Stokane 6k run also. If you are interested in joining the group contact a club officer or Ollie Sexton.


Frank Kelly Run
Our annual Frank Kelly 5k run has been confirmed for Sunday July 15th. Put the date in the calendar for what is sure to be an enjoyable day.

Yearly Lotto and lotto result

The lotto was not won Saturday night for a jackpot of €14400. The numbers drawn were 1 16 19 28.

The 3 x €50 winners were, Jonathan Ruane(yearly), Marie McDonnell(y) and Hilary Coggins

Our yearly lotto tickets will be going out for sale in the next week. Sellers will be out and about and contacting everyone about renewing their tickets for the next year. The jackpot is currently €14500 so if you are not in you are going to miss out on a fair sum.

Congrats
Congrats to Carmel Naughton on her win with the Ballina Credit Union. Alan Cawley was also looking well this week after winning a number of awards for his company at an Environmental awards in Dublin during the week. 
And well done finally to Fionn Gordon and Oisín Mullarkey who ran as part of the Moy Valley AC team in the national finals at the weekend and took home bronze in the u13 100m final. 


Our u12 team who played Curry this week in the league

PRO Notes April 5th

Last weeks results

Minor Castleconnor 0-4 v Coolaney/Mullinabreena 4-18

U14 fball  Castleconnor 8-11 v Ballymote/Buninnadden 5-10

Inter div 2: Castleconnor 2-10 v St.Pats 2-10

U16 Castleconnor 2-19 v Coolaney/Mullinabreena 2-1

U12 fball Castleconnor 0-10 v Curry 0-12


Lotto

The draw for the jackpot of €14300 took place on Saturday night but there was no winner. The numbers drawn were 11 17 22 34

3 x €50 winners were Frank/Helen Mullen (yearly), Seamus Harrison(y) and Stacey Duffy

The draw for €14400 takes place on Saturday. Thanks for playing


Mens Active Group

Good luck to the hardy souls from the group who will be taking part in the Mayo Mud Run on Saturday in Moygownagh. It breaks my heart that I can't now make it but then again that will mean faster times for the group cos they knew they were going to have to lift me over the obstacles after using me as a windbreaker down on Bartra beach 😊


PRO Notes March 28

U16

This group have been very busy this last week with 2 games


Castleconnor 4-6 v Coolera Strandhill 8-16

With a number of lads out with injury and others in a Connacht rugby semifinal we had the exact numbers required. Despite this we turned over at half time trailing 1-4 v 3-7. We narrowed the gap with a goal and point after the break but the strong visitors midfield moved up a gear and had the game won with time to spare.


Castleconnor 5-7 v Tubbercurry\Cloonacool 4-10

This was a very exciting game in Cloonacool on Wednesday evening. We got some great scores and at half time we lead 3-4 v 2-4. After the break we the game was level but we hit a purple patch with goals from Stephen Rogan and a wonder goal from Thomas Langan to stretch the lead to 7. But as is the way with underage the home team came back into it and went into the lead with 5 minutes to go. With a minute to go we won a free about 35m out towards the sdeline and Oisín Flynn pinged it over the bar to get a deserved draw. Team- Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Daniel Ruane, Rian Winters, Patrick Cooney, Cian Flynn, Matthew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Cathal Feeney, Thomas Langan, Dara Flynn, Stephen Rogan, Danny Donegan


Intermediate - Benson Cup


Castleconnor 0-10 v Easkey 3-11

Played in Easkey where the grass could have done with a bit of a cut we looked very good in the first few minutes with Doogie Kilcullen scoring from long range but one or two mistakes in defence coming out with the ball let Easkey in for 2 goals to have them leading 0-5 v 2-5 at the break. The second half both teams should ahve scored goals but Easkey got one and ensured they would win. It was good to see some lads in their first or second year contributing to the game with Odhran Quinn(2pts) and Brian Mahoney (1pt) and Niall Judge in the backline working hard throughout.

Next Saturday evening we travel to Dromard to take on St.Pats in the first round of the league proper.


County matters

Well a good day for all supportes within the parish. For Sligo, with Offaly winning Sligo had to come back from 4 points down with 15 to go with Kevin Mc getting back in the game with a goal and Seán coming on at half time and scoring the winning point in injury time. 

Mayo despite a lot of steps ensured their division 1 status in Ballybofey on Sunday

In London, Barry Judge was on duty (no umpires get the trip - come on GAA get this sorted) where David Carrabine started at wing back for London. An injury meant he came off at the break and it went downhill for London after that losing an eight point lead....is the Seán-David match up on May 6 still on - a lot of us will be there to see!

Kevin and Seán were in good form after the game when they met up with the Sextons


Minor

The team who are very tight for numbers are in action Thursday evening at home. 


U14 

After 2 challenge matches the team play their first league game this Friday


U12

The team played Easkey in a challenge yesterday evening and start their league next Tuesday against Curry


Hurling

Sunday morning training has restarted for all last Sunday and the u14 Feilé lads are back a few weeks as they prepare for the local and National Feilé finals which takes place in June


Lotto

There was no winner of the jackpot of €14200 on Saturday night. The numbers drawn were 3 8 30 31.


The 3 x €50 winners were Eoin Kent (yearly) Tom Cawley(y) and Micheál Weir


New jackpot is €14300. The current website issues with Smartlotto for the lotto will be sorted by our providers next week we have been assured.


Handball

Congrats to all who took part in the Connacht underage finals this week representing Castleconnor and Sligo. Well done to Darragh Bourke who won the u13 singles title beating his Galway opponent in the final


Good luck

Good luck to all involved with the Tom Tuffy play Drastic Action who go travelling tonite to the Ballina Arts Centre. 


Condolences

The club sends its sympathies to the friends and families of Louise Leonard Gibson formerly of Emlymoran



PRO NOTES March 21

Charity match presentation

Presentations details : Darren Ruane, Orla Feeney and Eamon Cawley on behalf of Castleconnor GAA present the proceeds of €5205 from our Christmas charity match to Barbara Reilly, Margaret Conlon, Tomas Gilmartin, Carmel Duffy


Bag packing

The club are holding a bag packing day in Dunnes Stores, Ballina on Thursday March 29th. We are looking for volunteers so if you have an hour or two please contact Yvonne 087 9902511 or Geraldine 0872457073. Thansk to all who attended our tablequiz last Friday night.


Underage

A busy week ahead for the u16 and minor lads where we have a large overlap of players. On Saturday our u16s play Coolera at home and then travel away to the amalgamation of Tubbercurry\Cloonacool  for a 6pm throw in on Tuesday. On Thursday the minors have a home game v Coolaney/Mullinabreena in the minor league. Our u14s had a challenge game with Ardnaree last week and are preparing for the A league. Our u14 hurlers are preparing for the Feilé hurling competition in which we will be taking part in June when Connacht GAA host the hurling Feilé.

Our u14 team who played in Ardnaree on Sunday


Adult football

The intermediate team travel away to Easkey for the first round of the Benson cup on Saturday 24th. On Saturday March 31st the team again travel to Skreen to take on St.Pats in the first round of the Division 2 league. 





PRO NOTES Mar 5
Monthly meeting
The club monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday evening in the centre at 8:30pm

Minor
Our young minor team have received their fixtures last night and are in a tough group with the likes of St.Marys and Tubbercurry. Their first game is at home to St.Marys on Sunday March 18th at 11am
18 March11 00 AMRound 2Castleconnor G.A.A ClubVSt Mary'sSt.Brendan's GAA Park
29 March6 00 PMRound 3Cúil Áine / Mullach na Bréine / Coolaney / MullinabreenaVCastleconnor G.A.A ClubNace O'Dowd Park

06 April6 30 PMRound 4Castleconnor G.A.A ClubVTubbercurry/CloonacoolSt.Brendan's GAA Park
13 April6 30 PMRound 5Drumcliffe/Rosses Point GAA clubVCastleconnor G.A.A ClubOxfield Park



Membership
Thanks to all who have come out and paid their membership and almost 50% of you have taken the online route. 
Another registration night will take place but you can also pay online link is here http://www.castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/home/castleconnor-gaa-membership-2015

Lotto
Results from the last 2 lotto draws are as follows
Feb 24, jackpot was €13800 and the numbers drawn were 17 29 35 39  and there was no winner. The 3 x €50 winners were John McDonnell(yearly), Anthony Hallinan(y) and Geraldine Taylor
Mar 3, jackpot was €13900 and the numbers drawn were 5 26 33 38 and there was no winner. The 3 x €50 winners were Gerry Curley (y), Sarah Barrett(y), Mary Scott
The new jackpot is €14000 , that would be nice. It is hoped the online side of the lotto will be back in action this week by our supplier Smartlotto
Thanks for your continued support

County matters
No sport last weekend at all. A full round of games most likely this weekend. 

Congrats
Congrats to Thomas Langan who was playing full back for Sligo-Leitrim youths u15 team who won the All Ireland title last weekend defeating Cork Schoolboys in the final.



Parish Matters
2 things we were sent in this week to let you know about - good luck to all involved in the play and though it is something we on the sporting field don't say it must be said for the does treading the boards -break a leg!


The weather meant the cyberbullying talk was cancelled last week but will now take place on March 22nd




Condolences
The club sends our sympathies to the family and friends of Joe McManus, father of Christina Flynn, Muingwar

PRO NOTES Feb 23

U10

Our u10s put on a great show at the Sligo v Fermanagh game last weekend with them playing 2 games in front of the stand (good idea coaches moving the goals over for that). We were dominant in both games where it was very obvious a good few of them will be playing there for their county in years to come. Well done all (though one coach was trying to get close to the action 😊)




Membership

Thanks to all who have come out and paid their membership and almost 50% of you have taken the online route. 

There is another night on Wednesday evening at the centre. The online link is here http://www.castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/home/castleconnor-gaa-membership-2015


Lotto

There was no winner of the €13700 jackpot on Saturday night with the numbers drawn 6 11 14 and 25 proving unlucky. The 3 x €50 winners were Orrie Ruane (yearly), Molly Lucy McGuinness(y) and Dervila Lynott

Thanks for your continued support


Charity match presentation

The club will be making the presentation of money raised at the Christmas charity match to West Sligo meals on wheels in the next few weeks. Joe Queenan presented his cheque this week



County matters

Kevin and Sean hope to be in action this weekend in Mullingar v Westmeath. No doubt a good crowd of us will also head to see Mayo v Dublin on Saturday evening. Ronan Wilson has been playing with the county minor team the last few weeks also. Sinead Naughton and Aime Cawley will be in action with the ladies with Sinead very busy with IT Sligo first team also. Kevin Mc lost the Sigerson cup final last Saturday where he had to mark Con O'Callaghan but despite losing his performace was rewarded with a Sigerson All Star award.



Parish Matters

2 things we were sent in this week to let you know about - good luck to all involved in both events and fair dues Tom on your first play (that is definitely the first time that line was ever written by this pro in 25 years!)






Condolences

The club sends our sympathies to the family and friends of Joseph Judge Castlehill, father of Geraldine Durkan, and Frank Walsh, brother of Ann Morrison.



PRO NOTES Feb 8

Club meeting

The monthly club meeting takes place next Tuesday night at 8:30pm in the centre. The draft fixture plans for the year arrived yesterday so will be plenty to discuss


County Matters

Very busy two weeks for all. 

Seán Carrabine scored 2 points for Sligo in their victory over Wexford on Sunday. His brother David came on early in Londons victory over Wicklow. Barry Judge and his fine band of men were in Carrick-on-Shannon to look after the Leitrim v Laois game on Sunday with Barry on tv next weekend as he does linesman at the Dublin v Donegal game in Croke Park on Saturday. 

The ladies have been busy too with both Sinead Naughton and Aimee Cawley Fox playing for Sligo in the Ladies national league away to Clare (where Sinead scored a goal) and at home to Tyrone


Membership

It is time now to pay membership. There will be a membership night next Wednesday at the centre from 7pm and possibly on Friday also from 6:30pm. A mail will be sent out to confirm early next week the times  . Rates for 2018 remain the same as 2017

Senior Player €90, Non playing couple €100, Senior member €60, Juvenile€50 (€20 for for each juvenile member after first 2 children), U6 €20 and Hall of Fame Free
Online  http://www.castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/home/castleconnor-gaa-membership-2015
News, Fixtures & Results of Castleconnor GAA Club based in Corballa Co. Sligo. The most westerly Club in Sligo
Child Protection Course
There will be a Child protection course in the community centre on Friday February 16th. It is now a requirement to do this course before coaching any underage players from 18 years down. If you have not done this yet please make yourself available and contact David Durkan  0872949574

Well done

Congrats to Finnán Gavin who received a Mayo Athletic award at the weekend for winning bronze at the Nationals in the 300m 

Also congrats to Fionn Gordon and Oisín Mullarkey who both were on the winners podium at the Mayo indoor Athletic championships last weekend.

Lotto

The results of the last 2 draws are as follows


Feb 3 Jackpot €13500, no's drawn were 5 32 33 40

No winner

3 x €50 winners - Aoibhe Barrins(yearly), Gerard & Mary Rafter(yearly), Con O'Meara

New jackpot €13600


Jan 27 Jackpot €13400, no's drawn were 1 7 35 40

No winner

3 x €50 winners - Gerry O'Connor (y), Cleary girls (y), Regina Naughton


Thanks for your continued support


Handball

Lasweekend of handball was on display at the Gerard Jones Memorial Handball Tournament yesterday and today. There 
were some very exciting games played with everyone on the edge of their seat wondering who would covet the cup. Congrats
to plate winners Michéal Jones, Castleconnor & Jimmy Sheridan from Ballinrobe who overcame a strong pairing of Oisin Quinn, 
Castleconnor and Eddie Conboy, Kilglass Roscommon to win the Plate Final.
Congrats and well done to Cup Winners Michael Ginley and Tom Foody and injury substitution Colm Naughton on winning the title. 
Hard luck to runners up Martin Cooney and Larry Jones who put in a mighty fight but it was Michael, Toms and Colms day. Thank you
to Gerry Curley from Office Pro for the sponsorship, its very much appreciated. Also Thank You to everyone who travelled from all 
parts to support and watch the games. Without the supporters and players we wouldn't have a Tournament. So big Thanks for all 
the support👏.



Mens Active group /Gaelic4Mothers n Others

Both of these groups are getting the non playing members up to a high level of fitness. Thanks to Yvonne and Ollie for keeping the shows on the road. The men were playing soccer last Sunday morning and on Tuesday night the ladies were in the centre


Just wondering aloud

It is that dreaded time of the year again, The Late Late Valentines show. At this time we can not confirm or deny will Brian "Baby Stork" Feeney be attending this year and will he also be bringing the big brother Stork along for the insanity. Suppose someone will have to watch to find out!


Condolences

The club wish to express their sympathies to the family and friends of Jimmy Boland, Emlymoran who died last week. 


PRO NOTES Jan 22

Lip Sync

Following a club meeting last Wednesday it was decided to defer the Lip Sync fundraiser till the Autumn. It was felt that time for groups to fundraise and practise was too short and for a better entertainment event it would be best to defer. Of course when it is back on we will let you know right away.



Membership 2018

New Year - new membership - however the rates for 2018 remain the same as 2017

Senior Player €90, Non playing couple €100, Senior member €60, Juvenile€50 (€20 for for each juvenile member after first 2 children), U6 €20 and Hall of Fame Free
Online  http://www.castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/home/castleconnor-gaa-membership-2015
News, Fixtures & Results of Castleconnor GAA Club based in Corballa Co. Sligo. The most westerly Club in Sligo
All members(adult and child) paid up by February 12th will be assigned free of charge a GAA National club draw ticket (€10 ea)

County Matters

The crazy weather over the weekend meant the Sligo v Mayo game moved from Markievicz, to Quigabar and then eventually to Ballina. Kevin Mc is still out injured but Seán Carrabine came into the game in the first half where he and Colm Boyle got close and personal a few times but overall Seán can be very happy with his game. A large contingent from the parish was in attendance which was great to see. 

Next weekend Sligo are away in Armagh and Mayo are also up north in Clones v Monaghan (if it stops raining!!!)

The proposed fixtures for the local club leagues in Sligo should be sent to clubs by Monday so hopefully next week we will have an idea when teams are out playing competitively


Lotto

There was no winner of the lotto on Saturday night in Mahoneys for €13300. The numbers drawn were 7 11 33 34. 

3 x €50 winners were - Alan Cawley(yearly), Kathleen Devaney(yearly) and Loretta Carden


New jackpot is €13400 and will take place in Muddys on Saturday night.


Thanks for your continued support


Gaeltacht Grant reminder





Handball

Good luck to Karly Cooney and Darragh Bourke who take part in the Gael Linn All Ireland finals this weekend. Also good luck to all taking part and running the Gerard Jones tournament Saturday and Sunday. If you have some spare time why not go up and support.




Other things

Congrats to Yvonne Healy who celebrates a significant birthday at the weekend. We have not been told the significant age 4 reas0ns unknown 😜


And we can't let these 2 lads away with this, who knew we had two models in the club but luckily for all of us they disguised it by saying they were from Enniscrone! 😉 (isn't that right Fergal and James)








PRO NOTES Jan 15
The u14 lads were in the athletic track in Belleek at the weekend

County matters

Seán Carrabine has been starting for Sligo in the last 2 FBD games and done well. Could we see Seán being marked by his brother David when Sligo lead by our own Kevin McDonnell play London in the Connacht championship in May

Barry Judge and his team were in Clonbur on Sunday looking after Galway v Leitrim. It was wet!!

And for Mayo there was increased interest in their last 2 games - more than normal as Peter Naughton, son of Declan, Carns was starting and scored a goal on Friday night v Galway


 



Men Health and Wellbeing group
An increased number of men took to the beach at Bartra on Sunday morning on a lovely morning for a run/jog/walk/crawl.
Next Sunday morning they are heading to Belleek for 10am. If interested just turn up or get in contact with Ollie Sexton or a committee member
 

Handball

Well done to Karly Cooney and Darragh Bourke who qualified for the All Ireland finals in a few weeks. All in the handball are preparing for the annual Gerard Jones tournament.



Give Blood
In the next 2 weeks you will be able to donate blood in the area. 
This week donations can be made in Ballina Tue-Thur
Next week you will be able to donate in the Diamond Coast on Thursday evening

Sympathies
The club extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Kieran Ruane Dooneen who died in London last week. Kieran played football for the club in the early 70s and was part of a very good team that reached an A county final as well as a strong Ballina Vocational school team that had 5 starting Castleconnor players on their winning senior team. 
The club would also like to extend their sympathies to friends and family of Joe McManus, Enniscrone. Joe was a true gent and GAA person. 

Lotto result for January 13

Jackpot - €13200 - numbers drawn - 4 15 28 40 - no winner


3 x €50 winners - Joe Gavin(y), John Francis Donegan(y), Susan Hill


New jackpot - €13300


Awards night for 2017 - Dec 27 2017

We had a great night at the end of year awards night and celebrations in Muddys on December 27th. The minor team received their county medals after the charity match from Mayo All star David Clarke. Thanks for all who donated on the night and helped out and congrats to all our winners. 
Hall of Fame recipient Tony Carrabine receiving award from club president Jim Curran
Senior player of the year - Brian Howley
Club person of the year - Pat Flynn
Young player of the year - Paul Flynn
Junior player of the year - Stephen Durkan
Minor team receiving their county medals from David Clarke


Charity match for West Sligo Community Meals on Wheels

Thanks to all who took part and especially those who helped out on the day for the match for West Sligo Community Meals on Wheels. On the day over €2000 was raised through contributions. It is hoped to have a final figure in the next few days as there is still money coming in.
Tony Carrabine and Patrick Naughton accept the Peter Naughton Memorial Cup on behalf of Carrabine boilers - winners of 2017 charity match. 
Partick Cleary receives the man of the match from Mayo all Star David Clarke



Lotto

Jan 6

Jackpot - €13100 - numbers drawn - 2 19 25 34 - no winner

3 x €50 winners - Noel O'Dowd(y), Richie/Maureen McShane(y), Tommy Bourke

New jackpot - €13200


Dec 30

Jackpot - €13000 - numbers drawn - 6 22 33 35 - no winner

3 x €50 winners - Hugh Cunningham(y), Tina Gallagher(y), Annette O'Toole

New jackpot - €13100


Dec 23

Jackpot - €12900 - numbers drawn - 9 21 37 39 - no winner

3 x €50 winners - Patrick Igoe(y), Mary Barrins(y), Kyle Cawley

New jackpot - €13000


2018



LIP SYNC ANNOUNCED




Colleges winners
Well done to all the lads who were part of the Enniscrone and Muredachs teams that won GAA titles this week.



Lotto results for the past 3 weeks below. 

December 9th

Jackpot - €12700. Nos drawn were 9 20 38 39

No winner

3 x €50 winners = Michael Eugene Hallinan(yearly), JP Hopkins(yearly), Marion Hennigan(w)


December 2nd
Jackpot = €12600. The nos drawn were 1 14 23 31 and there was no winner
The 3 x €50 winnners were: Pat & Maureen Boland(yearly), Michael Culkin (yearly) and Marie Farrell (w)

Nov 25

Lotto jackpot = €12500 

Nos drawn were 4 28 33 40 - No winner

3 x €50 winners = Mary Barrins, (yearly) Liz Igoe (yearly) and Carol Leonard


Charity match beneficiary announced 

This years charity for our annual charity match has been announced. At the club meeting on Friday night the unanimous choice was Community Meals on Wheels


Over the last number of years the charity match has raised approximately €25000 for local causes. 


The match will take place on Wednesday December 27th. It is hoped that young and plenty of retired footballers (male and female of course) take out the boots and tog out on the day. 


Our yearly awards night and club celebration event will take place the same night in Muddy Burns


More details to follow...... 


GREAT NEWS - The club have been awarded €29000 by the Sports Capital Grant group of the Governement. News came through on Wednesday night. Thanks to Tony McLaughlin TD and Blair Feeney for their assistance and also Dara Calleary TD

The money will be used towards a mower and fencing of the main field as stipulated in the award. 

Thanks to all in the club who were involved in the process.


AGM

The AGM took place on Sunday in the Foróige room of the centre with a good attendance. Reports from chair Gerry , secretary Ronan and treasurer Darren were read out and discussed (they will be available on website in the next 2 weeks). 

A major fundraiser will need to be held this coming year to aid in the completion of the gym and upgrade of facilities however it was agreed to keep membership fees at the same price as 2017 for the membership. Election of officers took place and the following were elected with some new faces added to the committee

Presidents: Jim Curran, Bert Barrins

Chair: Gerry Healy

Vice chair and Coiste na nÓg chair: Eamon Cawley

Secretary: Orla Feeney

Treasurer: Darren Ruane

Asst Treasurer: Pat Sweeney

PRO: Bart Barrins

Registrars: Yvonne Healy, Darren Ruane, Pat Sweeney, Enda Curran

County board reps: Bart Barrins, PJ Barrins

Cultural officer: Ciarán Kilcullen

Senior team management for 2018 was approved at the meeting with Shane McCann as manager and Frank Barrett and Barnes Kelly as selectors with the possibility of a further addition to the team. 


Coiste na nÓg AGM

This meeting will take place on Wednesday December 6th in centre at 8pm. 

The meeting will be divided into sections with the Nursery age groups (U6 / 8 / 10) meeting from 8pm to 8:50pm. The older age groups will take place from 8:50pm. It is hoped parents can make this meeting as roles and goals for next year are put in place


Lotto

Lotto jackpot = €12500 

Nos drawn were 4 28 33 40 - No winner

3 x €50 winners = Mary Barrins, (yearly) Liz Igoe (yearly) and Carol Leonard

New jackpot is €12600

Thanks for playing


Sympathies

The club extends their sympathies to the family and friends of Martin Foody, Stokane. 

Also we extend sympathies to the friends and families of a former player back in the 50s and 60s , Brendan Barrins (Fiddane) who has died in New York overnight.  




AGM

The club agm will take place on Sunday November 26th at 3pm in the centre. All members are encouraged to attend. 


Supervalu 

Thanks to John and Edel Moloney, and all at Moloneys Supervalu, Ballina for nominating the club earlier in the year as one of the clubs to benefit from the Supervalu sponsorship of GAA clubs. Last weekend we were presented with training gear and balls for our Bord na nÓg.


Below Tony Connaughton on behalf of Moloneys Supervalu presents training gear and balls to Coiste na nÓg chair Eamon Cawley, coaches Yvonne and Gerry Healy and underage players




Gaelic4Mothers & Others

There was a great turnout for the inaugural night last Tuesday with 38 ladies in attendance. They meet again this Thursday night and if you were unable to make it last week, don't be shy, all are welcome


Underage hurling

It was a busy weekend for the young hurlers in the club. On Sunday morning we had the last morning of this years weekly coaching sessions. Thanks to all the players, parents and coaches who continue to make this a great success. Regularly there is over 20 boys and girls out there every Sunday hail or sunshine playing hurling.

A number of our u12 hurlers took part in an all county blitz in Scarden



Chef Adrian fundraiser

Thanks to all who supported the fundraiser last Thursday night in the Diamond Coast. It was again a great nights entertainment with Chef Adrian Martin getting the audience very involved in the proceedings. Below is pictures from the evening. 

Thanks to Pascal Gillard and Jinny Bakery and Dozios Cheesemongers from Carracastle for attending on the night. Also to our own members who made up a number of nice treats for all.









Congrats

A big cogratulations to Barry Judge who last week was promoted to the National Referees panel for 2018. Barry is the youngest on the panel which will see him reffing national football league games in the new year. 

Well done to Liam Donegan who was away in midterm in Kerry with the Sligo u15 squad for training sessions with the Star and other Kerry footballers.

Also Ronan Wilson who was part of the Sligo u16 squad who lost the Manning cup semifinal to Offaly 

And finally congrats to Seán Carrabine who has been called into the county senior panel with Kevin Mc for 2018. 


Lotto

October 29th

€12100 Nos drawn 1 13 21 34 - No winner

3 x €50 winners- Robert Morrow, Mickie Joe Ruane and Norman Fox


November 4th

€12200 jackpot. Nos drawn 12 24 35 38 - No winner

3 x €50 winners - John McDonnell, Patrick Naughton and Nicole Harrison


November 11

€12300 jackpot - Nos drawn 16 18 27 31 - No winner

3 x €50 winner - Emily Stenson, David O'Regan and John Rouse



Barry refs County Senior Football Final
Congrats to Barry Judge and his team who reffed this years football final. Well done to Barry and John, Tom, Brian and Bart.


Club Volunteer Awards
Congrats to Geraldine McDonnell and Sean Gordon who were honoured at the county finals today (October 22) by the county board inrecognition of Sligo being European Volunteering capital 2017.





Lotto

The draw for €12000 took place in Muddys on Saturday night

Nos drawn were 3 14 23 31 - No winner

3 x €50 winners - Micheál Jones, Michelle/Matt/Sean Geraghty, Valerie Murray

New amount €12100

Thanks for playing


Congrats and best wishes

A good weekend for the Judge family Rathglas with on Sunday evening Niall winning a New York Intermediate champioship, playing for Longford against SLIGO.

On Monday it was confirmed that Barry is down to referee the Sligo Senior Football final in Markievicz Park on Sunday (Tourlestrane v Eastern Harps). 


U13 A Feilé Semi final
Castleconnor 2-7 v Coolera/Strandhill 5-6
This game was played at home on Sunday morning. Before the game it was obvious we were physically smaller than the visitors and it showed in the first minutes when we went behind early on. Midway through the half we were 2-4 to 0-0 down but we held them scoreless for the remainder of the half and began running around and by them. At half time we had reduced the lead to 2-6 v 1-2.
We started the second half brightly with points from Cathal Feeney and Stephen Rogan . However our chief scorer in the first half Colm Ruthledge went off injured at this time. We still fought on and Darragh Flynn scored 3 frees and when Stephen Rogan scored a goal the lead was down to 4 points. Unfortunately we conceded right from the kickout and then a mishit shot found its way to a goal hanging forward to push them out of sight again. We kept on going to the very end and it was an excellent achievement for the young team to reach this stage of the competition and also to put in such a brave effort. 
Thanks to the team, and management for their efforts.
Micheal Sheridan,  Barry Kilcullen, Lee Gilmartin, Cian Flynn, Sean Donegan, Oisín Quinn, Cathal Feeney, Daragh Flynn, Colm Ruthledge, Stephen Rogan, Eoghan Durkan, Paul Ruane, Matthew Langan William Foody, Fionn Gordon, Seamus Foody, Neil Rafter, David Holmes


Minor B Shield Championship FINAL
Castleconnor 2-8 v Geevagh/St.Michaels 1-5
In Scarden on Friday evening under floodlights the minor brought the end of their year to a successful conclusion. This was not easily won and with 10 U16s in the panel of 17 it was also a very young squad. 
We were against the breeze in the first half but were 3 points to no score up after 15 minutes with points from Odhrán Quinn and Oisín Flynn. Niall Judge was having a great battle with the opposition danger man and was on top for all the game. In the last few minutes after a number of wides the amalgamation team got 3 points but badly missed an easy scorable free. The half time score was 0-3 v 0-3
We started the second half like the first with a scoring burst. Ronán Wilson was pulled down after a great driving run through the centre after catching the kickout. Odhrán drove the penalty to the net. This was followed up by 2 points, one a great effort from Micheál Cahill from long range after a great run out of defence. However despite a number of good chances we failed to improve on the score and in the 48-50th minute of the game Geevagh/St.Michaels scored 1-2 to level the scores up. 
We drove up the field and points from Paul Flynn put us back in front. Their keeper made an excellent save from James Boland. Odhrán caught a miskick free and from 30metres let fly and into the bottom corner of the net. From the resulting kickout Paul caught it and one look up, straight over the bar to seal the victory. 
The shield was presented to Micheál Cahill by Coiste na nÓg secretary Pat Conway. Thanks to the players, management and the team support for all their efforts this year. 
Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Rian Winters, Colm Naughton, James Boland, James Tully, Paul Flynn, Micheál Cahill, Brian Mahoney, Odhrán Quinn, Ronán Wilson, Matthew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Dáire Barrins, Liam Donegan, Owen Gillard Fergal Boland


U13 A Feilé QF
Castleconnor 9-14 v Eastern Harps 3-4
This game took place right after the u16 semifinal and it was the perfect pick me up for the large crowd who remained for both games. Our lads were on fire from the start despite playing against the elements and at the break were 6-5 v 1-3 up with William Foody and Seamus taking the scoring honours after good play from lads out the field. 
The lads relaxed in the second but were convincing winners and now have been rewarded with a home semifinal against Coolera/Strandhill on Sunday. 
Good luck to all involved
Micheal Sheridan, Neil Rafter, Barry Kilcullen, Lee Gilmartin, Cian Flynn, Sean Donegan, Oisín Quinn, Cathal Feeney, Daragh Flynn, Colm Ruthledge, Stephen Rogan, Eoghan Durkan, Matthew Langan William Foody, Seamus Foody

U16 B Championship SF
Castleconnor 2-6 v Calry 2-8
There was heartbreak for the lads and supporters of this team when the only time we went behind was the last kick of the game. We played with the strong breeze in the first half and started briskly getting points from Ronan and Oisín and then Thomas scored a good goal. It took Calry almost 15 minutes to get past midfield which was surprising as they had played 2 games in the last few weeks as our lads were awaiting playoffs for 6 weeks. We turned over at halftime leading 2-3 v 0-3. 
If Calry expected things to go their way in the second half that was not the case with our physically smaller team out muscling the visitors. With 10 minutes to go we still lead by 4 points but a very good goal for Calry saw us respond by getting a good long range point from James Tully to restore a 2 point advantage. With a minute to go Calry reduced the lead to one but from the kickout we moved up the field and after a great move Thomas was denied by a great save from Calry keeper. They broke down the field and were fortunate to win a penalty which was buried to the right corner of the net. 
This ends the teams competitions for the year though a lot of the lads are involved with the minors. They put in a great effort all year and considering the level they were playing 2 years ago in C they have made massive strides and look forward to 2018 with confidence. 
Thanks to the team, parents, supporters and coaches for all their efforts throughout the year. 
Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Fergal Boland, James Tully, Colm Naughton, Patrick Cooney, Ronan Wilson, Andrew Blakeney, Rian Winters, Oisín Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Matthew Blakeney, Thomas Langan, Dáire Barrins, Daniel Ruane, Owen Gillard, Eoin Duffy, Cathal Feeney, James Rafter, Jack Gawley


Coatbridge Davitts

Last weekend we hosted Coatbridge Davitts. First off thanks to the families who hosted kids on Friday and Saturdaynight. It was a busy weekend for all involved with 3 games on Saturday, U12 girls and u12/14 boys games. Thanks to Aoibhe for refffing the 3 games. On Saturday night a table quiz was held with the teams a mix of both clubs players and families. Sunday morning a lot of goodbyes were had as our visitors boarded the bus for Coatbridge (outside of Glasgow, Scotland) for their journey home. 

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way during the weekend. Coatbridge were very impressed and were amazed at the hospitality shown by all.






U18 B1 Championship SF
Castleconnor 8-19 v St.Johns 1-2
This was the third time the two team met this year but this was over as a contest within 5 minutes when we lead 2-6 v 0-0. At halftime we lead by a huge score. In the end we finished with Colm, Oisín, Dáire, Ronan getting a lot of goals between them, Colm getting a hat trick. We have qualified for the final which is against an amalgamation of Geevagh/St.Michaels
Team: Kenneth Healy, Fergal Boland, Niall Judge, James Tully, Micheál Cahill, Rian Winters, Paul Flynn, Odhrán Quinn, Colm Naughton, Ronán Wilson, Oisín Flynn, Brian Mahoney, Dáire Barrins, Matthew Blakeney, Liam Donnegan

U14 B1 Championship Final
Castleconnor 2-13 v St.Johns 6-6
In windswept Scarden on Tuesday night, thankfully the rain stayed away and we got this game underway after it was called off twice due to waterlogged pitches. A good crowd from both teams was in attendance. We had the elements in our favour in the first half and flew into a 6 point lead after 8 minutes. Johns responded with 1-1 but another Thomas Langan point from a free and a quick goal from Johns meant after 15 minutes we were level. A long range free from Patrick Cooney kickstarted us again on the 20th minute and when Colm Ruthledge put us 3 up we were back in control. However a breakaway from Johns ended with them again equalising with 5 mins of the half remaining but we quickly responded with a great goal from Thomas Langan and 2 more points to lead at the break 1-12 v 3-1. However we lived to rue the 4 wides just on half time.
We started the second half great with Stephen Rogan very unlucky to see his goal bound shot come off the bottom of the post and this was followed with a fingertip save from Matthew Langan. The greater physical strength told now though and Johns scored 2-5 without response to go 6 up with 10 to go but we fought back again and reduced the margin with a drop kick point from Thomas and a goal. However Johns came back and secured victory with their final goal. 
Despite losing this was a very good team performance from the team who will be looking to go one better next year with only a few lads moving up from u14
Thanks to the players, management and parents for all their work throughout the year.

U14 B Hurling Championship Final
Castleconnor 0-6 v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 3-1

Despite is being a lot smaller, we were a bit like Mayo on Sunday, the better team lost with the physically stronger south Sligo boys eventually wearing us down in the second half. 

The game was in our favour when 3 points up in the second half when the Tubber keeper made an excellent save and from the rebound and on the counter attack Tubber scored a goal. From the resultant puckout another goal saw what turned out to be a 9 pt turnaround. Our lads fought to the end but ended up losing. 

The positives from the defeat was the stickwork of our lads and the fact each member of the panel is underage again next year and will be fighting to win Feilé and the A titles.


Minor B championship group stage

Castleconnor 1-7 v St.Farnans 0-15

Last Friday we were defeated by St.Farnans. We were missing a number of lads with other commitments but this was a good game with dreadful underfoot conditions. It took our lads a good while to get settled into the game and it took a penalty save from Kenneth Healy to keep the half time score do

wn to 0-8 v 0-2. When we went down by 8 points we had a great revival when bringing it back to 1 point with 10 minutes to go. the Farnans goal had a charmed life with the crossbar and post struck 6 times in total. We had our own missed penalty but Farnans held out.

Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Rian Winters, James Tully, James Boland, Colm Naughton, Micheál Cahill, Odhrán Quinn, Brian Mahoney, Ronán Wilson, Oisín Flynn, Matthew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins 


U12 hurlers

Some of our u12 hurlers had A busy weekend. On Friday evening our u12 skills team finished 3rd in the county finals in Scarden. 
Well done to Dara, Michael, Eoghan and Neil with David below


On Saturday Micheal, Eoghan, Michael  and Thomas played for Sligo U12 hurling team in a challenge v Cullion of Westmeath


Intermediate Football Champ QF    
Castleconnor 0-9 v St.Johns 2-8
Played in windswept and a very wet Buninnadden on Sunday we left the championship for 2017. Having to start without our star man Kevin McDonnell who was watching the game on crutches we played with the elements in the first half. After going 2 points up we then conceded a bad goal on a breakaway up the field. In the wild conditions we found it hard to hit our inside men, it was either too long or too wide. Two excellent points from Crouch Howley had us leading at the break 0-8 v 1-3
The second half saw us concede a goal early on but we dug in particularly John McDonnell and Cian Barrins but we were unable to bridge the gap and when Johns pull 4 points up it was hard to see a way back. 
Thanks to Shane, Frank, PJ and all the squad for their efforts during the year 
Team: Anthony Kilcullen, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Brendan Howley, Alan Cawley, John McDonnell, Cian Barrins, Seán Carrabine, Ciarán Kilcullen, Luke Munnelly, Paul Flynn, Rory Healy, Micheál Cahill, Brian Howley, Kevin Langan.Subs: James Boland, Stephen Durkan, Benny Foody, Barnes KellyOdhrán Quinn, Liam Naughton, Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Brian Mahoney. Eoin Flynn

Junior B Championship QF
Castleconnor 1-5 v Coolera/Strandhill 2-14
With the big intermediate game the following afternoon a few players available to the team were unable to play on saturday evening. However it was good to see we were able to field a 15-a-side team with subs. The visitors got off to a flying start scoring 6 points in the first 11 minutes. At this time we were getting it hard to break past midfield but as the half wore on we pulled ourselves back into the game but our shooting was letting us down with 4 attempts ending up in the keepers hands. At halftime we were trailing 0-1 v 1-9 with the Coolera keeper making a brillant save from Liam Naughton just before the short whistle
Despite Ronan Martin having to leave for work we started the half well but again our ability to put the ball over the bar was an issue making the visitors keeper look like an outfield player. A scoring burst midway through the half with points from Odhrán Quinn(2), Liam Naughton and Patrick Naughton and also a goal from Patrick saw us reduce the lead to 5 but in the last few minutes a breakaway goal saw the end of the revival. As in the first half the visiting goal keeper made a great save from Frank Barrett after being put through by Patrick. 
This ends the teams competitions for 2017. Thanks to Crouch Howley for looking after the team during the year and all the players who made up the squad throughout the year.
Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Conor Gallagher, Ronan Barrett, Ultan McGranahan, Tom Cawley, Frank Barrett, Patrick Naughton, Liam Naughton, Ronan Martin, Vinny Howley, Odhran Quinn, Brian Mahoney. Subs: Darragh Gilmartin, Mark Carr, Stork Feeney

U14 B Champinship SemiFinal Football

Castleconnor 7-5 v Enniscrone 5-5
Played in Enniscrone this was a big ask for our young and physically smaller team. The first half was a very even affair with all players giving their all. Our lads were playing a lot of football out the wings to avoid the stronger Enniscrone lads. At halftime we lead by 1 3-3 v 3-2.
Despite owning possession for the first 5 minutes of the second half we never got a shot off and Enniscrone made us pay scoring a goal on their very first attack followed up by 2 points as well. We were struggling to get an attack in. with 15 minutes to go an Enniscrone player was given a straight red and from the resulting play Thomas Langan drove up the field and finished his own rebound to the net. This was followed by a goal and a point from Stephen Rogan to put us in front with 10 minutes to go. Another rebounded shot for goal was finished to the net by Matthew Langan. With 3 minutes to go we extended our lead further when Stephen Rogan curled a shot around the keeper and then James Rafter put over a point from out on the stand side. Despite giving away a penalty and a point in injury time our young team had reached the championship final where they will meet St.Johns
Team: Michael Sheridan, Dara Flynn, Cian Flynn, Sean Donnegan, Thomas Langan, Lee Gilmartin, Patrick Cooney, Cathal Feeney, Colm Ruthledge, Stephen Rogan, Oisín Quinn, Matthew Langan, Jack Gawley James Rafter, Seamus Foody


IFC Rd3
Castleconnor 1-14 v Shamrock Gaels 2-11

A real championship encounter played from start to finish in a good sporting manner. The conditions were poor but the Tourlestrane pitch was in perfect condition. Playing with the aid of a slight breeze Shamrock Gaels were on top for most of the first half despite Micheál Cahill scoring in the 2nd minute. David Quinn was the player on form scoring 5 first half points in a 20 minute spell where Gaels went into a 7-3 leadwith Frank and Joe Quinn trading points with Kevin McDonnell and Paul Flynn. Castleconnor finished the first half strongly though scoring 4 points in the final 3 minutes with Seán Carrabine(3) and Kevin Langan leaving the score at the break 0-7 a piece.

The teams traded points at the start of the half but then Castleconnor moved 4 ahead with scores from Kevin Langan(2), Luke Munnelly and Kevin McDonnell. In the 45th minute Gaels were awarded a penalty following a discussion with an umpire which was ably dispatched by Liam O'Connell to the roof of the net. This was followed by 2 points from Joe Quinn to put Gaels in front however Castleconnor responded with a goal from county minor Micheál Cahill for the lead to change again but the Gaels went back in front after a good flowing move direct from the resultant kickout with Johnny Quinn finishing into the Mayo end. An excellent save by Mark Tuohy kept the team in front but 2 long range points from Carrabine and Brian Howley made it all square with 2 minutes to go and this was how it finished. 

Castleconnor: Anthony Kilcullen, Brendan Howley, Keith Earlis, Ronan Keane, Alan Cawley, John McDonnell, Rory Healy, Ciarán Kilcullen, Kevin McDonnell(0-2), Stephen Durkan, Seán Carrabine (0-4, 1f), Paul Flynn(0-1), Micheál Cahill(1-1), Brian Howley(0-1), Kevin Langan(0-4 1f) Subs: Luke Munnelly(0-1), Barnes Kelly

Shamrock Gaels: Mark Tuohy, Colin Harte, Declan Willis, Keith McMorrow, Ciaran O'Connor, Frank Quinn(0-1), Conor Merrick, Paul Higgins, Joe Henry, Liam O'Connell(1-0pen), David Quinn(0-5), Andy Flynn, Johnny Quinn(1-0, Joe Quinn(0-5,3f), Dáire Kearns Subs: Darragh Hailstones


We now play St.Johns in the quarter final next Sunday in Bunninaddenn at 2:30pm


U14 B champ Qf
Castleconnor 7-11 v Geevagh 2-4
The team had a comprehensive victory over the visitors on Friday evening. We were in control from the off and all lads put in a good shift throughout the field. The team are now down to play Enniscrone in the semifinal on Thursday evening in Quigabar at 6:15 for a place in the championship final

U18 B Champ Rd2
Castleconnor 3-11 v St.Marys 2-6
The game was moved to Scarden on Thursday evening. Despite lots of rain the pitch was in great condition. It was a tight affair for the first 15 mins with scores being shared. Points from Micheál Cahill and Paul Flynn were instrumental in this but it was an u16 group who got the important goal in the first half when James Tully cleared to defence to Ronan Wilson who then found Matthew Blakeney who swiveled and curled a perfect pass to Colm Naughton who finished low to the net despite having the goalie and 2 defenders to beat. The half time score was 1-9 v 1-1
Marys came more into it early in the half scoring a number of points to get it down to a 4 point game but a strong run from Paul saw a great save from the Marys keeper, which went direct to Dáire Barrins who finished to the net. Soon after a strong run from Ronan saw a ball across the goal where again Dáire palmed to the net. From there to the end Niall  Judge and Fergal Boland kept a very tight rein on the Marys forwards and we eased to victory. For the u16 lads on the panel this was the 3rd time this year they have defeated St.Marys.
Team: Kenneth Healy, Niall Judge, Fergal Boland, James Tully, James Boland, Rian Winters, Paul Flynn, Micheál Cahill, Colm Naughton, Ronan Wilson, Brian Mahoney, Matthew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins, Andrew Blakeney


U12 Grp 2 County Final
Castleconnor 5 v Calry 13
This final was moved to Scarden on Tuesday evening after Markievicz was declared waterlogged. This was a game where we were always under pressure and at the end of the first quarter we were level.  Our team and management followed the Go Games rules by giving all players at least 2 quarters which is absolutely correct however all the lads were unable to change the result. 
Thanks to all the players, coaches and parents for all their dedication throughout the year. One or two lads were missing on the evening due to holidays also. 


U16 B Champ Rd2
Castleconnor 6-9 v Shamrock Gaels 1-2
In absolute downpour that never stopped all day our pitch aqua ability was put to the test but stood up well. The lads put in their best performance of the year. The teams were level after 10 minutes but after that we took over and at halftime lead 3-6 v 1-2. The second half the subs made a great contribution in the second half and showed that there is plenty of depth to this squad who have now qualified as first seeds for the cup semi final - some achievement for the team considering they were in C grade 2 years ago. 
Team: Dáire Barrins, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Pat Cooney, Colm Naughton, James Tully, Andrew Blakeney, Ronan Wilson, Matthew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Thomas Langan, Eli O'Neill, Gordon McHale, Cathal Feeney, Owen Gillard, Eoin Duffy, James Rafter


JFC B Rd 1
Castleconnor 2-2 v Drumcliffe/Rosses Point 4-16
It was an achievement in itself that 15 lads made it to Oxfield with so many gone to Croke Park and others at the tractor run and others......
Anyways a very experienced team took the field and after 12 minutes we were level with Darren Ruane winning a penalty and Ronan Martin finishing to the net. However the home team came straight down the field to score a goal of their own. Ronan Martin got another goal from long range leaving the halftime score 2-0 v 3-6
The second half was a long affair with points coming from Paul Kilcullen and James Boland. 
The team are in action next Sunday at 1pm at home to Coolaney/Mullinabreena 
Team: Kenneth Healy, Darragh Gilmartin, Frank Barrett, Tom Cawley, Niall Judge, Ultan McGranahan, James Boland, Tap Kilcullen, Stork Feeney, Ronan Martin, P McGuinness Darren Ruane Vinny Howley Liam Naughton Bart Barrins




IFC Rd 2 
Castleconnor 1-16 v St.Michaels 0-10
The team got their championship back on track and may have moved themselves out of the relegation battle. After being level 2 all after 14 minutes we went into the lead from Seán Carrabine,  a lead we did not lose from there till game end. At half time we lead 0-8 v 0-5 with Sean Carrbine scoring 5, Kevin Langan 2 and Alan Cawley a point
The teams continued to trade scores in the second half but substitute Cian Barrins drove up the field and drove to the net the game was as good as over especially as Michaels had a player sent off for a straight red. 
This was a much better and more attacking performance from the first game though the lads probably will thing a few more scores could have been put on the board. The team have next week off. 
Team: Anto Kilcullen Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis Brendan Howley Alan Cawley John McDonnell Rory Heal Ciarán Kilcullen, Kevin McDonnell Luke Munnelly Seán Carrabine Paul Flynn Micheál Cahill Brian Howley Kevin Langan. Subs used, Cian Barrins Stephen Durkan Barnes Kelly Brendan Foody Odhran Quinn



U12 A Hurling Final
Castleconnor 3 v Naomh Eoin 9
Our wait for an A hurling championship goes one with the lads and lassies putting in a great show in a final where there was a lot of skill on show. 
We trailed 1 v 5 at the break and despite never giving up till the end we could not bridge the gap. Well done to the team and their managers for putting in a great effort all year.


U16 B Championship
Castleconnor 4-13 v St.Johns 4-8
This was a very good performance who overcame injuries and lads on holidays to win this first round clash. We were 2-3 v 0-1 down after 15 minutes but from there to the end of the half we took over and a goal from Ronan Wilson and points from Oisín Flynn, Matthew Blakeney and Thomas Langan meant we lead 1-9 v 2-3 at halftime. 
We got off to a good start in the second half with a number of scores but we could not shake off the home team who matched us scored for score. A goal from Oisin after Fergal Boland, Daniel Ruane and James Tully work put us up by 8 with 5 to go but again we were under the cosh and despite conceding one goal we held out for a deserved win. 
Team: Liam Donnegan, Gordon McHale, Fergal Boland, Daniel Ruane, Dáire Barrins, Colm Naughton, James Tully, Andrew Blakeney, Ronan Wilson, Matthew Blakeney, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Cathal Feeney, Thomas Langan, Eoin Duffy, Owen Gilard, James Rafter


IFC Rd1 
Castleconnor 1-8 v Bunninnadden 3-13
The game in the perfect conditions of Tourlestrane started at a rate of knots with 3 points scored in the first 2 minutes, with Michael Gormley scoring straight from the throw in and Castleconnor responding with 2 points from play from Kevin Langan and McDonnell. Vincent Frizzell had the next 2 scores from frees with one in the 14th minute resulting in a very harsh black card for Rory Healy. He also struck the crossbar however Niall O'Donnell scored a goal. Castleconnor nearly responded immediately when Paul Flynn also struck the Bunninnadden crossbar. 
Bunninnadden extended the lead to 5 points with another Frizell point in the 20th minute but Castleconnor finished strongly with 3 points from play from McDonnell, Langan and Paul Flynn to leave the halftime score 1-5 v 0-5
Frizzell started the second half strongly with 2 points in the first 2 minutes of the half and then in the 39th minute Ross McManus scored a goal after a number of quick handpasses direct from a Cafferkey kickout. Castleconnor now 8 points down responded with from Sean Carrabine another 1-2  from Bunninnadden with Rory O'Dowd goaling after points from Gormley and McManus reaffirmed their strong position. Castleconnor continued to hit wide after wide but a score Mícheál Cahill in the 53rd minute was a temporary reprieve as Frizell and subs Oisin McDonnell and David Williams scored points from play just after Paul Flynn got a goal for Castleconnor. 
Bunninnadden will be delighted with the performance as their defensive system frustrated Castleconnor and their shooting was very impressive whilst Castleconor with 16 wides will need to look for a more direct route to goal. 

Castleconnor Anthony Kilcullen, Ronan Keane, Jason Earlis, Keith Earlis, Alan Cawley, Kevin McDonnell(0-2), Rory Healy, Ciarán Kilcullen, Kevin Langan(0-2), Stephen Durkan, Seán Carrabine(0-2), Paul Flynn(1-1), Micheál Cahill(0-1) Brian Howley, Luke Munnelly. Subs: Brendan Foody for Durkan (inj 15m), Cian Barrins for Healy(BC 15min) Brendan Howley for JEarlis(ht), Eoin Flynn for Munnelly (44) Odhrán Quinn for Foody(52)

Bunninnadden: Daniel Cafferkey, Karl Brennan, Peadar McManus, Tom Doohan, Tom Perry, Stephen Anderson, Sean O Donnell, Adrian Frain, Padraig Mitchell, Michael Gormley(0-2), Niall O'Donnell(1-1), Ross McManus(1-1), Rory ODowd(1-0), Vincent Frizell(0-6),Cian Brett(0-1).Subs: Sean Leamy for McManus, Oisin McDonnell(0-1) for Anderson, Colm Doddy for O'Donnell, Kieran Gilligan for Cian Brett, David Williams(0-1) for ODowd

U8/10 Hurling
Our young hurlers traveled to Tourlestrane on Wednesday evening to take part in a blitz along with the local team and Tourlestrane. It was a great evening where our youngsters showed they are progressing very well. Well done all


U14 hurling champ
The team who defeated Naomh Eoin in the first round traveled to Tourlestrane on Thursday evening but were defeated by the physically stronger locals 4-4 v 2-1. The team have a break this week with football championship this week.

BUS TO CROKE PARK
With Michael Sheridan (congrats Michael) playing at halftime in Sundays All Ireland hurling semifinal between Galway and Tipperary there has been a bus organised and ticket for the game on Sunday. All in €30. If interested as there is a few spaces still available contact David Durkan 0872949574. Bus leaving at 7:40am on Sunday  (sure it might wait for the Mayo game on Monday! )

U8/10 football
The teams played Ardnaree on Friday evening and are entered into an All county blitz in Scarden later in August.

U14 football
We have the second round of the championship this Friday when Tubbercurry/Cloonacool are our visitors at 7pm.

U12 Football
No game this week but next week we have won a home semifinal v Geevagh on Aug 8th

Lotto
There was no jackpot winner on Saturday night with the numbers drawn 7 20 25 26
3 x €50 winners were Edward O'Hara, Sean & Ellie Tuffy and Ronan Keane
New jackpot for this weekend is €10900
 
Last weekend Aoibhe Barrins was presented with her cheque for the jackpot she won earlier in the year with treasurer Darren, Geraldine our lotto coordinator, Gerry club chair. Aoibhes ticket was a yearly ticket. 



County scene
Busy weekend for all teams with Mayo and Ros having to go again, some familar faces in the crowd too but not in the Mayo end, explain that to your cousins Seánie
Our young hurlers had 6 representatives on the Sligo u14 hurling team. Well done to Cian, Seán, William, Stephen, Eoghan Michael. Cian captained the side in game 1 v Mayo

Liam Donegan was no.1 for the county u15 team that defeated Donegal on Saturday.
Mícheál Cahill and the Sligo minors will be hoping to reach the All Ireland semi final on Saturday when they take on the Ulster champions Derry in Ballybofey on Saturday at 5. Good luck Mícheál. 
Our Mayo supporters will have to decide on Croke Park or Bonniconlon show on Monday. 

Coaching
There will be a 2 day camp in Scarden for u13 footballers next Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a bus for West Sligo if there is enough numbers and the cost is €20. Contact Philip if interested. 

Congrats
Well done to all the kids who won medals in the county finals with a large contingent heading to Abbottstown to represent their county in the All Ireland finals. 
Well done to coaching officer Philip McAloon who was seen floating down the Moy, strolling on his bike out the Killala road and then our for a small cushy jog in the Quay on Saturday in the local triathlon 😜 Well done Phil


Congrats to Martin Cooney who is on the All Ireland trail again after winning the Connacht handball title on Saturday in Roscommon.

Good luck to all involved in the running/organising of the local show and the tractor run on August 20

Sympathies
The club extend their sympathies to the friends and family of Johnny Lavelle , Killala Rd, especially Frances Tully.  



Hurling

U12 Castleconnor 6 v Benbulben Gaels 3

U14 Castleconnor 6-4 v Naomh Eoin 4-5

Both our u12 hurlers and our u14 hurlers had wins this week. 


The u12 team had a home game v Benbulben Gaels who arrived with a lot of players but our lads came out on top 6 v 3


A few days previous our u14s recorded a great win over Naomh Eoin with a 6-4 v 4-5 victory. The teams have a break for a week or two whilst the football competitions move on.


There will be a bus to the All Ireland hurling semi-final (Galway v Tipperary). Michael Sheridan will be representing us, school and county in the halftime Cumann na mBunscoil game in Croke Park so hopefully we will get a good crowd to support him on this big day


U14 football champ

Castleconnor 4-7 v Owenmore Gaels 4-8

There was heartbreak for our team in this first round championship game in Colloney on Friday evening. In a game where either side could have won it went against us late on. They have Tubbercurry/Cloonacool at home on August 4


U16 Shield Final 

Castleconnor 1-11 v Coolaney/Mullinabreena 6-11

The scoreline does not do the team justice at all as we lead 10 minutes into the second half and were in the game till the last few minutes. We opened badly and trailed 5 v 0 after 11 minutes but worked ourselves into a good position when getting back to within a point 0-5 v 0-6 at half time. 

Three quick points from Ronan Wilson, Eli O'Neill and Fergal Boland put us 2 up when Mull got a goal after a bad break in midfield. A second goal followed very quickly however we reduced the deficit to 2 points with scores from Oisín Flynn and a goal by Oisín after being put through by Thomas Langan but in the end on a very hot evening in Markievicz we lost. The team now prepare for the championship starting August 14th with an away game in Johns and a home game v Shamrock Gaels. 


Team: Liam Donnegan, Gordon McHale, Fergal Boland, James Tully, Colm Naughton, Patrick Cooney, Rian Winters, Ronan Wilson, Owen Gillard, Oisín Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Dáire Barrins, Thomas Ruane, Daniel Ruane, Cathal Feeney


Minor C Cup Final

Castleconnor 1-6 v St.Johns 3-17

With 8 of the lads who lost on Monday night playing and missing two lads with holidays we were under pressure against a team we had defeated twice in the league stages. On the evening where there was a constant downpour we never were in this game despite scoring a penalty early on (which was rewarded after our earlier one had been saved and in the rebound we won another penalty !) Odhrán Quinn got our goal but with things not going well throughout it was a miserable end to our unbeaten run in the league


Team: Kenneth Healy, James Tully, Fergal Boland, Dáire Barrins, James Boland, Mícheál Cahill, Niall Judge, Oisín Flynn, Ronan Wilson, Odhrán Quinn, Brian Mahoney Rian Winters, Colm Naughton, Liam Donnegan, Owen Gillard


Junior Div 4 league

Castleconnor 0-10 v Drumcliffe/Rosses Point 1-11

This was a daunting task as the team traveled to Oxfield to take on the unbeaten hosts. It was an excellent performance as we had the bare 13 and with an early injury we were down to 12 with a few lads making their seasonal re-appearance. 


Division 2 league

Castleconnor 0-6 v St.Michaels 0-10

The senior league came to an end on Sunday with a whimper where we went down to Ballintogher. A league that started with us having big wins ended very weakly and in the process St.Michaels kept their division 2 status. At the half time break we were level 4 points a piece with both teams not going well. A purple patch right after the break saw the visitors go 5 points up and in the last few minutes we scored twice to put the pressure on but it was not to be. 

The team now prepare for the championship where we play Bunninadden on Saturday August 12. 


County matters

With Sligo gone it is the Mayo contingent of the parish who are kept busy traveling to games. Mayo used a lot of luck last Saturday evening whilst providing great entertainment. It should be a good one on Sunday at 4 with themselves and Roscommon. 

The Sligo minors play Derry in the All Ireland minor quarter final but the date and location is not sorted yet. 


Congrats

Former player Mícheál Naughton has been elected to Donegal County council. We wish him all the best. 



FRANK KELLY 5K MILK RUN - Results, pictures and timesheets
We had a great day Sunday with plenty of sun, refreshments, a newly laid road and good times. Thanks to all who took part, helped out in any way and our sponsors. 
Our overall winner was Keelan Kilreehill who the day before was running for Ireland.
Sponsors


Results
Overall winner Keelan Kilrehill
Local winners Kevin Maye and Sharon Barrins (both from Fiddane, Fiddaun :) )
Over 40 winners Frank Reape and Fiona Barrins
Over 50 winners Geraldine Duffy and Ronny Naylor
Over 60 winners Pat Hughes (for Dessie Barrett) and Evelyn Hughes
Ladies winners - 2.Serena Tuffy, 1. Eimear O'Connor 3.Arwen O'Neill
National schools winners: Ben Clavin and Sarah Feeney
Mens winners: 2. Michael Canty 1. Keelan Kilrehill 3. John Byrne

Timesheets






Tuesday July 11th

Retirement
Today marks the day when Seán Gordon goes into paid retirement , but knowing Sean that probably means even more volunteer work. Seán(with his colleagues) though he will not accept this is the reason why our facitlities are looking so well and in unbelieveable condition, a major reason why we  are Connacht club grounds of the year
As someone who played with him and sat on committees with him, even went to save turf with him, we all know he is determined, committed and proud of his work and family
Thanks Seán for everything the last few years since your Telecom years. This is not goodbye just wishing you luck in your next phase and all assistance in the future will be gladly accepted with all that extra time on your hands 😉!!!
1990 league final

James Morrisroe match

Working away
With some of the grand children with the cup he would love to see Sligo (or Mayo) win sometime



PRO NOTES

First off good luck to Micheál Cahill and the Sligo minors Sunday in the Connacht final in Pearse stadium at 12pm.

Congrats to Sinead Naughton and the Sligo ladies (Liam Naughton is a selector so congrats too) who won the Intermediate championship on Sunday


Frank Kelly Fun run is on Sunday July 16th
- hope to see you all there(Good luck to the Ballina festival 10k where Joe Gavin is the main sponsor). Registration from 11am for our run with race at 1pm (remember going in the opposite direction so I reckon better times!)


The Cúl Camps are here next week Monday to Friday. If you have not registered online you can still take part as places are available. We are very lucky as three of our own are part of the coaching team, Amie Cawley, Aoibhe Barrins and Stephen Durkan. Have a great week everyone and thanks to Philip McAloon who has coordinated it all for the club (forgive the E, not our doing) -- tonight our u6 u8 teams play Bonniconlon whilst our U10s face Ballina Stephenites at the pitch at 7


U12 hurlers went to Kent Park in Sligo to take on Naomh Eoin in the A section of the league. Unfortunately we lost 8 v 5 but we are getting closer to them and have an important game this week v Benbulben Gaels to see who plays in the A final. 
Our U14 hurlers were in Connacht Feilé action where we mixed it with the big guns of Tooreen of Mayo, Ahascragh of Galway and New York of the USA 😊 Well done to all involved 


U16 B Shield Semi-final
Castleconnor 9-4 v St.Marys 4-13
This team are mad to score goals. In the last 2 games they have scored 16 goals but they were needed last night as they only lead by 1 point 15  minutes into the second half but a strong 10 minutes put the game beyond doubt. We started slowly and even though after scoring those goals it was a lack lustre performace from the lads and were losing 3 v 0 after 10 minutes but goals from Matthew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins, Eli'O'Neill had us up at the break 4-1 v 0-6. The visitors started strongly and had 3 points on the board before we got going where their keeper had made 3 very good saves but then our half back line of Patrick Cooney, Colm Naughton and James Tully won 4 kickouts in a row to setup up 3-1 of scores with Thomas Langan now getting a brace of goals. Marys came back again but with Fergal Boland, Daniel Ruane, Gordo McHale and Liam Donegan on form we held off and finished with a goal from Ronan Wilson. 
The team have qualified now for the B shield final on Monday July 17th versus Coolaney/Mullinabreena
Team: Liam Donegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Gordon McHale, Patrick Cooney, Colm Naughton, James Tully, Andrew"Lebron" Blakeney, Ronan Wilson, Owen Gillard, Oisín Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Dáire Barrins, Thomas Langan, Matthew Blakeney.Subs Cathal Feeney, James Rafter, Eoin Duffy



Benson Cup Semi final
Castleconnor 0-10 v St.Johns 6-12
Unfortunately things went wrong for the lads on Sunday after 20 minutes when our very young team went under to the guile of the more experienced home team . Johns got off to a great start with a goal from the throw in but we brought ourselves back into the game and after 20 minutes the scores were level 1-1 v 0-4 and with us getting on top. However a counter attack ended with a penalty to Johns and a very harsh balck card to Kevin Langan. The half time score was 3-5 v 0-6.The first 10 minutes of the second half ended the contest when we were opened up badly. The team have no game next weekend
Team: Anto Kilcullen, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Niall Judge, Benny Foody, Alan Cawley, Doogie Kilcullen, Kevin Langan, Stephen Durkan, Seán Carrabine, Eoin Flynn, Luke Munnelly, Crouch Howley, Paul Flynn. Subs, Liam Naughton, Kenneth Healy, Brian Mahoney



U8/10 Hurling Blitz involving Castleconnor, James Stephens(Ballina), Western Gaels and Tourlestrane




U16 Div 2 League
Castleconnor 7-10 v Coolaney/Mullinabreena 1-19
Despite conceding 20 scores the u16 lads minus a few lads ag an Gaeltacht agus ar laethana saora, managed to win a very entertaining game. Our ability to get goals when needed was the main difference however the point scoring of the opposition was very impressive. We lead at half time 2-5 v 0-9 with the goals from Thomas Langan and Eli O'Neill. We lead throughout the second half however it was down to a point at one stage and 2 twice, but goals from Langan, O'Neill, James Rafter and Cathal Feeney secured victory. We wait and see if we are in the shield or cup semifinals now.
Team: Liam Donegan, Gordon McHale, Fergal Boland, Daniel Ruane, Colm Naughton, Patrick Cooney, Ronan Wilson, Andrew Blakeney, Dáire Barrins, Oisín Flynn, Eli O'Neill, Thomas Langan, Cathal Feeney, James Rafter

Benson Cup
Castleconnor 1-13 v St.Pats 0-15
The team had a very exciting win on Sunday in Skreen against St.Pats. We were losing 1-3 v 0-9 at half time the goal scored by Seán Carrabine after Kevin Langan was taken down with points from Alan Cawley and Crouch Howley. It took us 20mins to get on level terms in the second half and with 4 minutes remaining we trailed by 2 points but points from Seán, Paul Flynn and Luke Munnelly saw us reach the semifinals where we play St.Johns next Sunday away in Carraroe at 1pm
Team: Kenneth Healy, Ronan Keane, Keith Earlis, Niall Judge, Alan Cawley, John McDonnell, Anto Kilcullen, Kevin Langan, Doogie Kilcullen, Benny Foody, Seán Carrabine, Stephen Durkan, Paul Flynn, Crouch Howley Luke Munnelly

Hurling matches U12 and U14 this week
U12 Hurling league 
Castleconnor 3 v 3 Benbulben Gaels
Played on Tuesday evening at home this was a right ding-dong battle with some excellent hurling played by both despite the low scoring. At the end of the quarters it was 0-0 1-1 2-2 and 3-3, with the game in the balance all the way. Dara Stenson, Michael Sheridan and Eoghan Durkan were the scorers with Ailish Quinn both saving goals and then a serious threat when put into the forwards.

U14 League playoff
Castleconnor 0-5 v Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 3-0
A playoff for the league final took place on Wednesday evening at home to the physically stronger away team. Our team who are all eligible next year at this grade put in a great hours work and had Tubber handing on at the end. At halftime we trailed 0-2 v 2-0 with both of the goals coming from long range efforts. There was some great hurling on show in the second half as our more wristy hurlers took the bigger lads on and almost came out with a win where the opposition keeper was excellent in the second half. Team: William Foody, Conor McAloon, Seán Donnegan, Michael Sheridan, Lee Gilmartin, Paul Ruane, Darragh Flynn, Cian Flynn, Eoghan Durkan, Stephen Rogan, Jack Byron, Dara Stenson, Neil Rafter, Seamus Foody, Oisín Quinn


3rd Annual Michael Cawley Sligo 7's Memorial Blitz
On Saturday 1st July 2017 Sligo Ladies football community will once again gather at Castleconnor GAA pitch to remember a stalwart of ladies GAA Michael Cawley and a former club official of Castleconnor GAA club.
The Michael Cawley Sligo 7's in aid of Croí, the west of Ireland Cardiac foundation is a blitz event for ladies gaelic teams across Sligo and Mayo.
The event is a fitting tribute to Michael an early advocate for ladies GAA in Sligo.  The success of an any charity event like this relies thoroughly on the good will and community spirit of those who give of their time and energy,  qualities one equates readily with the memory of Michael.
The Cawley family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Caslteconnor GAA clubSligo ladies GAA and all those who helped out, participated in and supported the blitz to date.
This year Mayo Clubs will cross the border to challenge the undefeated Eoghan Rua's claim to the Michael Cawley Memorial cup. Castleconnor ladies will again enter a team of players who were mentored by the main man Michael. 
So please save the date and join us for a day of sport and good will, kick off is 10am to approx. 3pm.
 If you would like to help in anyway on the day, please do not hesitate to contact Pamela, 0874116597,Yvonne 0879902511, Lorraine 0876184677 or Noreen 0868510625 


 
Moloney's Supervalu Behind The Ball promotion
Thanks to John and Edel Moloney and the staff of Moloneys Supervalu who have made Castleconnor GAA club one of the clubs in the area they are getting behind by nominating Castleconnor for gear for the underage teams (U6-U12) in the form of balls and equipment for the teams.
You can help by collecting coupons/tokens everytime you shop and putting them in the Castleconnor box. 

Frank Kelly 5km Milk Run
This years run takes place on July 16th and for 2017 the route will be run in the opposite direction which will minimise time on the N59 Sligo-Ballina road. This is the 5th year the run takes place in memory of legend Frank Kelly. 
The run will take place at 1pm July 16th with registration from 11am. Entry fees are Adults = €10, Kids = €5 and Family (2 adults and 2xu16s) = €25


PRO News June 19

National Schools

Corballa NS competed in the 5-7 teacher category for the first time this year and after losing the hurling final a few weeks back they made sure not to lose on Sunday in Markievicz Park with a great performance to win the title. 

Well done to the lads, coaches, teachers and supporters. There was a reception(and a bonfire) at the centre afterwards for this special group of players. Well done all



County Matters

Sligo had a good win on Saturday evening in glorious sunshine against Antrim and now face Meath in the next round of the qualifiers in Navan, if they didn't play 7 subs!!!!

Mayo got a handy home draw again against Derry 😊

There is an u16 Sligo v Mayo match taking place in Corballa on Friday evening at 7 so come up and support our local lads Ronan Wilson and James Tully.


Benson cup

The intermediate team played Bunninadden in the Benson Cup on Sunday at 12. This was a tight game throughout with the sides turning over at halftime 1-7 v 2-7 to the Bunnies. With 12 minutes to go we were level 1-15 v 3-9 but in a display where Sean Carrabine scored 4 goals and Kevin Langan got 8 points we won 4-15 v 3-10. The current table in the Benson cup sees us joint top. We are away to Pats next Sunday at 1

U12 Hurling

The lads have a home game against Benbulben Gaels on Tuesday at 7pm


U14 hurling

The team are in the hurling playoff this Wednesday evening when we host Tubbercurry Cloonacool at Corballa. 


U14 football

We play in the cup semifinal away to the best team in the league St.Michaels on Friday evening in Ballintogher. Wishing all the team the best in this.


Division 4

It was a home fixture on Friday evening against Coolaney Mullinabreena. It was an older group of players who found the hot weather hot hot hot but kept going till the end with buckets of water being used to cool down some of them losing 4-8 v 0-9. We are away to Molaise Gaels on Friday evening.


Lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot of €10200 held in Muddys on Saturday night with the numbers pulled 20 33 34 38. The 3 x €50 winners were Eugene Langan, Noel O'Dowd and Maura Noone. New jackpot is €10300 in Mahoneys Saturday night


PRO News June 13

posted 13 Jun 2017, 02:41 by Bart Barrins

Lotto

Latest draw held in Mahoneys on Saturday night for €10100. Numbers drawn were 2 5 13 34. There was no winner. The 3 x €50 winners were Eric Blakeney, Stork Feeney and Dolores Flanagan. Next Saturdays lotto in Muddys will be for €10200. Thanks to all our supporters


U8/U10

Our teams were visitors to Knockmore on Wednesday evening when all had a great time and showed off great team ethics and skillsets. A great evening was had by all


U12 hurling

We were away to league leaders Naomh Eoin last Tuesday evening in Sligo and despite a strong performance we came up short to the competition favourites 9 v 5. Benbulben Gaels are visitors to Corballa this day week


Schools football

Congratulations and best of luck to the Corballa NS boys team and mentors who have reached the Sligo county final for 4/5 teacher schools. The final is next Sunday in Markievicz Park. Bring it home lads


U14 hurling

It was a proud evening for the club last Friday when 5 lads (it would have been 6 except Stephen Rogan was away to Abbottstown in Dublin to represent Sligo in the All Ireland Feilé skills competition) played for Sligo in their Connacht games versus Mayo and Galway. Well done to all involved especiall Cian Flynn, Dáire Flynn, Seán Donnegan, Lee Gilmartin and William Foody. A few pics of the lads and supporters







Junior football

The team had a busy few days last week with games against Owenmore Gaels on Wednesday evening and away to Calry on Saturday evening. In both games we started well however after that we succumbed in both cased losing by 10 points both times. This Friday evening the team have a home game v Coolaney/Mullinabreena at 8pm


Intermediate

The team had a very productive challenge versus Ardnaree last weekend. This weekend with Sligo playing on Saturday there is a Benson cup fixture on Sunday at 1pm in Corballa.


U14 football

We received a walkover from Easkey last week in the league but play them tomorrow in a challenge at home. We await clarification on the league ssemifinals after finishing 3rd in the league. 


County matters

Well not a good day for our Mayo club members on Sunday so for the second year both Sligo and Mayo are on the qualifier track early. In fact we can meet again later in the championship. 

In the preceeding game on Sunday Barry Judge and his band of merry umpires officiated at the Galway v Mayo U17 Connacht semi final in very very windy Sunday. Umpire of the day award was presented to Doogie Kilcullen mainly for wearing a tie during the game. We even got the Sunday game background for it 😊


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2017


4 Apr
Membership
Have to start with membership today as we are now in April and with the start of the month is the start of the insurance year in GAA so if you or your child plays or trains without membership paid, they/you are not insured. Please make every effort to get it sorted asap. 
There is a registration night at the centre tomorrow Wednesday evening 7-8pm. It can also be given to team managers and of course can also be paid online at
http://castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/membership_2016_-_pay_here_2.html


Pella

The pella season has finished for the moment as teams move outdoors. There were great turnouts at all the sessions and below are pics of the u8 and u10 teams that took part.




U12
The U12 team start the season with a match this evening versus Eastern Harps. Throw in is at 6:30pm so hopefully you can make it out to support.

U14
The u14 team are in action on Thursday evening when they have Coolaney/Mullinabreena as visitors to Corballa in the second round of the league. Throw in 6:30pm

U16
The team had a bye this week but are down to play away to Tourlestrane next Monday evening at 7pm. There will be training on Thursday evening.

Minor
We had a challenge against ArdMoy McHales (Ardagh, Moygownagh, Lahardane) in Moygownagh last Thursday evening going down to a scoreline of 3-14 v 3-9. This is a very young team but after a shaky first 10 minutes came right back into the game. 

Senior
The start of the league season is upon us and the team travel to Buninnadden on Sunday afternoon with a throw in of 1pm in the county division 2 league.

County scene
Hard luck to Seán , Jason and the Sligo U21 team who lost out to Galway in the Connacht final on Saturday evening after extra time. It was an excellent game despite the result. 
Kevin Mc had a better result on Sunday when winning against Louth, however David Carrabine and Sinead Naughton lost to Leitrim and Clare respectively. 
Micheál Cahill and the Sligo minors lost their first game on Saturday to neighbours Mayo in the Connacht league. Surprisingly there is not one Mayo player from the surrounding parishes on their panel. Mayo left it late on Sunday but came through in the end versus Donegal.  
Oisín Flynn and Liam Donnegan were part of the Sligo u15 team that defeated Fermanagh on Saturday afternoon.
And referee Barry Judge was running the sideline in Carrick on Sat for Leitrim v Waterford and the sideline official for Galway v Kildare on Sun, even getting onto the Sunday night tv schedule 
😉



Where are they now?!
2 past players (but still have something to offer no doubt 
😊
) were out and about at the weekend with showjumper Richard Howley home for the weekend from the UK and Patrick Cleary on Ocean FM. Richard has had a very successful year winning a number of showjumping grand prixs in Ireland, UK and Germany. 
Patrick was interviewed by Ocean FM at the start of Organ donor week this week. Go to Ocean Fm to hear it back and remember organ donor week- get your card

 


Handball
Rachel Coggins was unfortunate losing an U12  Connacht final on Sunday. Eilish Quinn is currently preparing for her Connacht final later in the month. Good luck Eilish

Congrats
A big congratulations to Paul, Louise and Matthew Kilcullen who welcomed baby Niall into their family last week. Also to Michelle and Matt Geraghty on their son Seán (or is it Seánín like his uncle). 
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29 Mar


Race night
A great night was had by all at the race night which was organised very successfully by the senior team. 10 races, lots of prize and plenty of craic. Thanks to all who took part, sponsored horses and races and those who attended and helped out. 

Lotto
The lotto draw for €1200 took place on Saturday in Mahoneys. Numbers drawn were 4 7 28 30 and there was no winner. There was one match 3 winner Stokane Parents Association on a yearly ticket. Congrats. Next draw will take place in Muddy Burns on April 15th (Easter Saturday)

Membership
Please get your membership dues in asap. Membership covers players and officials insurance so with games now taking place it should be completed. Online membership available at
http://castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/membership_2016_-_pay_here_2.html



U10
Our u10 teams provided the halftime entertainment at the Sligo v Offaly NFL game on Sunday in Markievicz Park. Our opposition was Drumcliffe/Rosses Point. Well done to all the boys and girls involved who put on a great show of skills.







U12
The u12 team are training as they prepare for their first game which is next week at home to Eastern Harps. Good luck to all involved.

U14
The team travelled to Ballintogher to take on St.Michaels for their first game of 2017. Missing a few regulars and their first outing of the year told and they went down to a strong home team 6-11 v 1-3

Intermediate
Saturday evening in Corballa the lads had their first outing of 2017 in the Benson cup versus St.Farnans. The ground committee had the pitch in immaculate condition and a good crowd came for the game in the sunny conditions. Starting with 6 lads making their senior debut and a seventh coming on it was a baptism of fire for the youngsters. However they showed they will be here for the long road as after a tentative start they brought themselves back into the game after a bad opening 20 mins. We went down 3-13 v 0-9. No game this weekend. Thanks to Chrissie Flynn for the pics of the game








U16
The team continue to train but have a bye in this weeks league

Minor
As there are no u17s in the club the older minors are training with the senior lads whilst joining with the older u16 lads for one session a week. A challenge on Thursday night in Moygownagh under lights at 8 versus Ardagh

Schools scene
Well done to all the lads in Jesus and Mary who won their Connacht rugby final v Foxford last week. Also to the lads in St.Muredachs who did the same at their level of senior rugby. 

County Scene

Well first all congrats to the Sligo U21 squad including our own Jason Earlis and Seán Carrabine who reached the Connacht final. Seán was all over the papers and social media on Thursday. The Connacht final takes place on Saturday evening in Markievicz park at 6pm with Micheál Cahill and the Sligo minors taking the field against Mayo beforehand in the Connacht minor league. Good luck all.
A bad weekend for our other county ballers with Kevin McDonnell and David Carrabine losing with Sligo and London but Mayos Sligo man Tom Parsons scored the decisive score in the Mayo win over Tyrone





Job search initiative
Sligo co board and Leader have a job seeking course created. Details below

 
A new collaboration between the Sligo LEADER and Sligo GAA County Board, has been launched in the Centre of Excellence Scarden.
The initiative comprises of regular week long job hunting boot camp programmes, combined with GAA coaching skills training. It is available to members of families who are involved with the GAA or interested in getting involved. During the course of the week participants will receive interview skills coaching, CV Clinic, job hunting and networking workshops. Additionally Sligo GAA will facilitate coaching workshops where the participants will obtain coaching badges. This week long camp is an excellent opportunity for GAA enthusiasts throughout the county to avail of the fantastic facilities at Sligo’s Centre of Excellence and the camp is free of charge.
We would like to invite current players, ex players or any persons with an interest or involvement with GAA to apply to take part in the camp. The first week will run from April 3rd to 7th, and anybody interested is asked to apply now as places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
To apply please email your name, address, club and phone number to; pkilcoyne@sligoleader.com or atighe@sligoleader.com
Alternatively, call Pat on 0871646683.



22Mar
Lotto
Our lotto draw took place last week for €1000 but there was no winner. The numbers drawn were 4 13 16 27. There were 2 match 3's for Patrick Cooney and Seamie Lavin. Next draw takes place this Saturday night at the race night for €1200

 
Race night
REMINDER - the senior players are holding a race night this Saturday for the club and are asking for your support 
 



 
Membership
Thanks to all who have paid their dues for 2017.  Payments can also be made to team managements at training\coaching or of course online at http://castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/membership_2016_-_pay_here_2.html
Pitchside Hoardings
The majority of the pitchside hoardings are due for renewal, so if you wish to purchase or renew please contact the committee (if they do not get you first )about this 3 year deal. Committee members will be making contact with current holders and prospective new signs.Please support our sponsors

U14
The u14 team make their first start to the year when they travel to Ballintogher on Sunday morning to take on St.Michaels. Good luck to the team and management for the coming year. Below is fixtures for the ballers and hurlers at this age for league


Intermediate
The mens senior team take on St.Farnans this Saturday afternoon at home in the Benson Cup. The game throws in at 5pm.

U16

The lads continue to train but their next game is now not till April 10th after Easkey pulled out of the league at the weekend.
 

Minor

Training for this group takes place Thursday evening and it is hoped to have a challenge for them next wekend.


Hurling
The U14 hurling squad are back in training as they prepare to take part in the U14 Féile competition. They are trying to qualify for the All Ireland Feile na nÓg during the summer


County scene

Not a good weekend for the local teams or players with Kevin Mc and the Sligo lads going down by 3 in Longford, David Carrabine and London losing to Wexford and Mayo losing to Cavan though a certain Cavan clubman wanted me to say how it was a great feeling going into work yesterday morning!
However Sinead Naughton was on a winning team when the Sligo ladies defeated Kildare in the midlands in the national league on Saturday.
 
 



Condolences
It was a great shock when the word reached us on Saturday evening of the untimely death of Peter Naughton. The club send their condolences to Mary, Patrick, Lorraine and Kieran, grandchildren and all the Naughton and Gordon families. Peter, I think it would be fair to say wouldn't have been known for his footballing skills but he put us all to shame in December 2015 when he won the Player of the match award at our annual charity match (Kicking for Kidneys) that year. Slán agus beannacht Dé Peter 



13 Mar
Race night
The senior players are holding a race night Saturday week for the club and are asking for your support



 
Membership
Thanks to all who have paid their dues for 2017.  Payments can also be made to team managements at training\coaching or of course online at http://castleconnor.sligo.gaa.ie/membership_2016_-_pay_here_2.html
Pitchside Hoardings
The majority of the pitchside hoardings are due for renewal, so if you wish to purchase or renew please contact the committee (if they do not get you first )about this 3 year deal. Committee members will be making contact with current holders and prospective new signs. Some of our current signs are scattered throughout the mail. Please support our sponsors









U16

Well the lads produced one hell of a performace on Sunday which anyone that was there was extremely proud of. Firstly thanks to all parents who offered lifts to the team. It was great to be over-subscribed. As with our challenge game last week we were slow to get going and trailed 1-9 v 0-4 at the break. The second half every single one of them played as if their lives depended on it and the great thing was the calmness they went about the job. Having leveled with 5 minutes to go following goals from Ronan Wilson and Eli O'Neill and a rake of points from Oisín Flynn, they did not panic when they went behind again by a point and Eli was on hand to guide the last chance to the net from a long range free by Oisín. 
To be honest on the sideline it was so exciting in the second half I did not know the score in the end or who scored for us!. Team, Liam Donnegan, Daniel Ruane, Fergal Boland, Gordon McHale, Patrick Cooney, Eli O'Neill, Colm Naughton, Ronan Wilson, Andrew Blakeney, James Tully, Oisín Flynn, Rian Winters, Dáire Barrins, Matthew Blakeney, Owen Gillard. Subs Cathal Feeney, Eoin Duffy, James Rafter
Training on Thursday evening at 7.
These lads have never topped a group so I was sent this screenshot by a number of them last night 
😊