National Football League: Commiserations to the Longford senior footballers on their defeat to Kildare on Sunday. A speedy recovery to Dromard’s Diarmuid Masterson who was picked up an injury during the first half, shortly after scoring a tremendous point on the run. Well done also to Paul McGee who made his first start of this year’s league campaign and did a fine man-marking job on Kildare’s Niall Kelly. Best of luck to Diarmuid, Francis and Paul in the next game away to Sligo on Sunday next.
First Senior Reserve 1 Game 6th March: Dromard’s first senior competitive outing of the 2016 season is on Sunday next the 6th of March at 12 noon away to Mostrim.
Scór : Congratulations and well done to James Grimes on reaching the Leinster Senior Scór Final for his excellent Recitation. James won the County Final a few weeks ago and followed up with a fine win in the Leinster Semi-Final in Allenwood. James will take part in the Leinster Senior Scór Final on Sunday 6th of March in Ballymore, Co. Westmeath at 2pm. Best of luck to James in the Final and all support welcome.
Code of Ethics Workshop 9/3: Longford GAA is running Safeguarding 1 – Code of Ethics Basic Awareness/Child Protection workshop on Wednesday March 9th from 7pm – 10pm in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Lorraine on 043 3345 219 ASAP. The workshop costs €10 which can be paid in advance. This workshop is for the benefit of everyone involved in children’s sport (children, parents/guardians, sports leaders, etc).
Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle: For the cycling enthusiasts amount you, the Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle is coming up in 7 weeks on 9th April. A group of Terry’s friends and cycling companions will be meeting each Sunday morning at 9.30am to prepare for the cycle in April. For more details please see the relevant Facebook page or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote for Brave Giant in Song Contest before March 2nd: To vote for local band Brave Giant in the Le Crunch Apple Of My Eye song contest, please visit the following website:http://www.joe.ie/music/poll-you-decide-who-makes-it-to-the-final-of-the-le-crunch-apple-of-my-eye-song-contest/531581
Lotto results: The numbers drawn for 22nd February 2016 were: 17, 18, 27, 30. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Mike Kane, Annette Sheridan, Angela Madden and Sean O'Reilly. The sellers’ prize was won by Gerry Mimnagh. Next week’s jackpot stands at €10,500. To be in with a chance to win this great prize, please get your tickets at Moyne Stores, Gortamone Stores, Corrigans Gala Store or the Clubhouse. Thanks again to all who play our lotto either weekly or subscribe on an annual basis, it is very much appreciated.
St Francis Dromard Minor Club
Medal Presentation: Dromard St. Francis U14 Championship and League winners, U13 Regional League winners were presented their medals on Sunday night last in the Dromard GAA Clubhouse. Special guest on the night was Martin McElhinney, Donegal all Ireland winner 2012. More details and pictures in the Newsletter next week.
Minor U18 League Sunday 6th: St Francis v Ballymahon Forgney/Southern Gaels in Leo Casey Park, Time TBC. See text for more details.
Dromard Ladies Notes
Underage Training: Training started last Saturday and will continue every Saturday
from 10am to 11am. This is for all age groups from our 8yr olds up to our 16yr olds on the astroturf. Its great to see some of our 16yr olds also training with the Senior Panel. Well done to you all as it will benefit you for the coming season. It was great to see 5 new faces at Saturday’s underage training. We gave a warm Dromard welcome to Elena O'Reilly, Gillian Reilly, Mariah Reilly, Grace Tierney and Ellie Reynolds. We hope you enjoyed the session girls and look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday. Don't forget to ask your school friends to come down to the pitch as well, the more the merrier!!!
County Matters: Well done to Mairead Reynolds and her team mates on their one point victory over Wicklow at the Clonguish Grounds on Sunday. This was Wicklow's first defeat in the league this year and so was a big confidence boost to the Longford girls. They now travel down to Carlow this week for round 4. Good Luck girls and keep that winning streak going!
Thanks to Grattans for thinking to ask Mairead as joint County Captain to attend their social night on Sunday last and present the medals to last season's U/16 Championship winning side. She told us she felt really honoured to be asked and hopefully she will inspire these Grattan's girls to step up to become Longford Senior players in the not too distant future.Fixtures: The Senior Panel get their season under way this Sunday 6th March when we entertain Ballymahon/Forgney in the first round of the Gold Cup. Throw in is at 12:30pm at Pairc Na nGael and we welcome all support from the parish and surrounding areas as we look to get the season off to a winning start (although Ballymahon/Forgney may have something to say about that of course). Either way both sides are looking forward to the first competitive game of the season