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Westmeath Topic - 9 November 2017

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TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 GAA Notes - Nótaí CLG SPORT 57 us that the early days of meetings were more like “A Night with Brendan Grace”. It was lovely to hear the book committee reflect on the many nights when they sat in Clonkill putting this fabulous piece together. Mr Aoghan O’Fearghail President of the GAA gave a lovely speech and compliment Clonkill on its fantastic facilities and spoke about the importance of the GAA in the community. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the book committee for their dedication and for the production of this fabulous book. We would also like to thank those people from the women’s committee, The hurling and camogie club and the badminton club who turned up to help out, whether it was to clean, do a little bit of carpentry or make tea, you all had an important role to play in this historic night. The book is on sale for €25 and can be purchased from any committee member. SPEEDY RECOVERY We would like to wish Michael Scally a speedy recovery and hope to see you back out and about again very soon. CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE Get fit for Christmas with seven weeks of classes starting on Monday, 6 November in Clonkill Clubhouse. Circuits on Monday and Tuesday from 6.30am. Spinning on Wednesday from 9.30am. For all enquiries please contact Muireann 085-7075962. NOTES If you have any messages of congratulations or votes of sympathy which you wish to have included in the club notes please contact any committee member and we will include them if at all possible. CROOKEDWOOD HURL- ING CHNOC AN BHODAIGH AGM Our AGM has been provisionally fixed for Friday, 24 November at 7pm. We are always on the lookout for new members and members to join the committee, as they say new people bring new ideas. LEINSTER CHAMPI- ONSHIP Well done to Multy on their win in the Leinster semi-final down in Wexford. We wish them the best of luck in the final which will be played in Mullingar and urge all to get in and support them in their quest for the Leinster championship. COMPILED BY Castletown-Geoghegan made the short trip over to Bord na Móna, O’Connor Park, Tullamore to take on Offaly champions Kilcormac Killoughey in the Leinster Senior Club Hurling quarter-final on Sunday, 5th of November, 2017 but bowed out after a well contested game. In truth, the black and ambers were up against it shorn three of their top NEW ARRIVAL Congratulations to Laura and Enda Murray who welcomed Cormac (Adrian) into their family during the week, maybe a tough corner back for the future. CONDOLENCES Crookedwood GAA would like to offer their condolences to Christy Bardon and the Connolly family, Ballinla, Killucan, on the passing of Dominick Connolly. LOTTO We are asking all members to support our fortnightly lotto draw. The lotto draw is the financial lifeline of our club and we appreciate all support. Tickets can be bought in The Wood or from any committee member, alternatively annual tickets can be purchased for €100. CONTACT I can be contacted at pro.crookedwood.westmeath@gaa.ie or 087-7867663 if anyone would like to have an item included in the notes, on the club website www.crookedwood.gaa.ie or on Facebook. CULION HURLING IOMANAAÍOCHT AN CHOILÍN AGM Our AGM will be held on Saturday, 11 November in our clubhouse at 8pm. We would be delighted to see everyone at it. SOCIAL/WALKWAY MEMBERSHIP This membership is for people intended on using our walkway around the pitch. If you wish to use it please contact 087- 9978187. ASTRO PITCHES There are still some prime slots available, please contact 086- 4526000. CLUB NOTES Anyone with notes/news they wish to have included please email cullionhurling@hotmail.com or contact 085-1503551. SOCIAL MEDIA Don't forget follow us on Facebook and Twitter @cullionhurling. WESTMEATH GAA NOTES Aidan Walsh players versus a full strength Kilcormac Killoughey side but for long periods you wouldn’t have known it. With Niall O Brien on fire, the Westmeath champions were full value for a four point lead after 22 minutes with the goal coming from a penalty expertly dispatched by O’Brien who finished the game with 1-8. Two goals Eamon Óg Clarke of Castletown Geoghegan holds onto possession as Ciaran Slevin of Kilcormac/Killoughley comes in to challenge during last Sunday’s Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship game in Tullamore. RINGTOWN HURLING BAILE AN RINNE THE LATE MRS LINDA MAXWELL The death occurred in Rathfarnham, Dublin, of Linda Maxwell (née Farrelly) formerly of Whitehall. Linda and her husband Paul Maxwell provided wonderful support to Ringtown over a number of years. Both the Farrelly and Maxwell families have been associated with Ringtown from its very beginnings. Sadly, Linda passed away on Friday, 27 October, after a long illness bravely borne. To her husband Paul, daughter Sarah, son Patrick, sister Corina, and all other relatives and friends we express our deepest sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh si. LOTTO We held a lotto draw on Saturday, 28 October. The jackpot was €4,300, and the winning numbers were 2, 5, 26, 8. There was no overall winner. In the €25 ticket draw the four winners were Pat Kane, Collinstown; Jack Moran, Whitehall; Eamonn Connolly, Kiltoom; and Damien Moran, Templanstown. The promoters were Farrelly’s, Adrian Moran, Eamonn Connolly, and Damien Moran. Our next draw will take place in Ringtown on Saturday, 11 November, where the new jackpot will be €4,400. We will also hold our first Hundred Club draw on the night. CELEBRATION On Saturday, 25 November, Ringtown are honouring the 1987 Senior Championship winning team, and the 1997 Intermediate Championship winning team. This promises to be a great night of reunion, celebration and entertainment. Music and refreshments will be provided on the night. We appeal to all our supporters to attend. HUNDRED CLUB DRAW Our first Hundred Club Draw of 2017 will take place on Saturday, 11 November in Ringtown. All support will be welcome. We appeal to both sellers and buyers of tickets to have monies returned as soon as possible. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Our Underage AGM will take place on Friday, 17 November in Ringtown at 8:30pm. We appeal to all parents, mentors, players and supporters to attend. Our senior AGM will be held on Saturday, 2 December in Ringtown at 8.30pm. All support will be greatly welcomed. CROOKEDWOOD CAMO- GIE CAMÓGAÍOCHT CHNOC AN BHODAIGH AGM We held our AGM on Friday, 27 October in Crookedwood Clubhouse. There was a small crowd in attendance and we would like to thank everyone who made themselves available for the meeting and for all those who sent their apologies to various club members. Chairperson Deirdre Callaghan started off thanking all the trainers for their hard work and commitment throughout the year. She mentioned we were in a great position at the start of 2017 due to the strictly fundraiser and having won the Greene Farm foods competition. She stressed the importance that all club members who are helping out on the field and in the dressing room must be Garda vetted. Deirdre also congratulated Muireann Scally and Julie McLoughlin on their fantastic success in the Camogie All-Ireland final. We moved on then to the treasurer’s report which Philomena McCarthy presented and all income and expenditure from last year were discussed. The next part was the election of officers and is as follows: Secretary Edel Heffernan, Vice Secretary Megan O’Neill, Treasurer Rod Sweeney, Vice Treasurer Deirdre Gannon, Registrar Deirdre Gannon, County Board Delegate Albert Boyhan. Chairperson and PRO were not filled at the AGM. If anyone is interested in taking up these positions please contact any member of the committee or private message our Facebook page. The club would like to thank all outgoing committee members for her hard work, time and effort given to the club over the last number of years The meeting concluded with votes of sympathy and a minutes silence was held for all those who were lost throughout the year. Ar dheis De go raibh said. Crookedwood Camogie Club would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the running of the club throughout 2017 and also through sponsorship and donations and we look forward to your support again this year. MULTYFARNHAM GAA Congratulations to Multy footballers on their recent success in the Junior Football Championship from all at Crookedwood Camogie Club. AIB LEINSTER CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP Hard luck to Raharney Camogie Club on their narrow loss to Kilmessan in the Leinster final recently. It was a great achievement to reach the final and all in Westmeath is very proud of you. LOUGH LENE GAELS CAMOGIE CAMÓGAÍOCHT GAEL LOCH LÉIN THE 32ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club will be holding its 32nd Annual General Meeting in the not too distant future. All details of this forthcoming 32nd AGM, will be stated in Lough Lene Gaels Camogie Club articles published in the future in local newspapers, when all details, as aforementioned, are fully 100% confirmed and ratified. All club members, senior grade players and parents of juvenile/underage players, are requested to please attend this forthcoming 32nd AGM. WESTMEATH CAMOGIE 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING/CONVENTION Please note that the Westmeath Camogie Board, Annual General Meeting/Convention of 2017, will take place at the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, on Tuesday night, 28 November, starting at 7.30pm. All camogie clubs are please requested to be represented at this forthcoming 2017 AGM/Convention. The closing day/date for the return of nomination and motion forms was on Tuesday of this week, 7 November. MULLINGAR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Westmeath’s 2017 Premier Junior All-Ireland panels of players will officially switch on Mullingar’s Christmas Lights for 2017 at the Market Square on Friday, November 24th at 5pm. LEINSTER CLUB JUNIOR CAMOGIE CHAMPI- ONSHIP Raharney’s ambitions of becoming the first Westmeath club to win a Leinster Club Junior Camogie Championship title, were dashed on Sunday, October 29th, losing out to Kilmessan (Meath) by a one point margin in the 2017 final, played at the Hawkfield, Kildare Centre of Excellence, located near Newbridge. Kilmessan’s match winning point came at the end of four minutes of stoppage time at the the conclusion of a superbly contested fixture of camogie. Result: Raharney - 1-09 (12) - Kilmessan 2-07 (13). Raharney were worthy representatives of Westmeath in this competition and are very worthy of all praise and accolades for their progress in qualifying for the final of this competition. 2018 NATIONAL FEILE NA NGAEL CAMOGIE COMPETITION Westmeath has been asked to assist with the hosting of clubs for the 2018 National Feile na nGael Camogie Competition. Those Westmeath camogie clubs that may be in a position not only to host a visiting club for the 2018 National Feile na nGael Camogie Competition, but actually play in that competition, are requested to contact John Weir or Laura Heffernan by no later than Tuesday of this week, November 7th. MINOR CAMOGIE CHAM- PIONSHIP FINAL On Sunday, October 22nd at the St. Loman’s CFC grounds/Lakepoint Park, Mullingar. Raharney played Clonkill in the 2017 Minor Camogie Championship Final. The half-time match scoreline was: Raharney 0-07 - Clonkill 0- 01. Raharney won this fixture by a margin of eight points, on a final scoreline of: Raharney 0-12 - Clonkill 0-04. Raharney have won this competition in 2006, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. CIVIC RECEPTION - NOVEMBER 24TH Following the switching on of Mullingar’s Christmas Lights on Friday, November 24th, the Westmeath panel of players that won the 2017 All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship competition, will be honoured with a civic reception by Westmeath County Council. This civic reception will take place at Westmeath County Council Headquarters, Mount Street, Mullingar, commencing at 6pm. Castletown-Geoghegan out at first hurdle from Peter Healion and Dan Currams though left the Offaly side ahead by 2-6 to 1-8 at the break. Facing into a stiff breeze, Castletown worked hard throughout but found little space in the Kilcormac defence, which held tight throughout. In the end, Kilcormac won by 2-15 to 1-12 but I for one felt that this was a missed opportunity for the Westmeath champions. The Offaly standard bearers deserved their win but will need vast improvement to go much further. They are solid but uninspiring. Castletown had the sweeter hurlers but lacking the trio of Aonghus Clarke, Cormac Deegan and Mick Heeney were facing an uphill battle to get the necessary scores to win this encounter. FR DALTON’S BOW OUT IN SEMI-FINAL Having gained a great win over Offaly champions Ballinamere in the quarter finals, Fr. Dalton’s went into Saturdays semi final against Kilkenny champions John Lockes in fine form. Sadly, the game at Lakepoint Park was not one to remember for Fr. Daltons as their opponents proved far too strong from pillar to post as the Kilkenny champions eased to a provincial final on a final score of 2-17 to 0-7. But certainly it has been a fine year for the Ballymore based team and they will eagerly look forward to entering senior hurling for the first time in 2018. GOOD WINS FOR ST. MARY’S AND MULTY- FARNHAM Westmeath Intermediate football champions St. Mary’s Rochfortbridge and Junior champions Multyfarnham hit the road on Saturday, 4th of November and both came away with fine wins in their respective matches. St. Mary’s made the short journey to Durrow on the road to Tullamore to take on the Offaly champions in the Leinster Intermediate quarter-final and by the finish they had carved out a useful six point win on a score of 1-13 to 1- 7. This win propels St. Marys into the Leinster Semi-final where they play Wexford champions Killanerin, next Saturday in Gorey. Multyfarnham on their second long trip overcame Crossabeg/Ballymurn in Enniscorthy by 1-7 to 0-9 in a fantastic battle, thanks to two late points that swung it for the Westmeath champions and they now are in the Leinster final where they will face Offaly champions Erin Rovers in Mullingar, in two weeks time. NOMINATIONS FOR COUNTY CONVENTION Nominations and Motions for County Convention must be with the County Secretary on or before Friday, 10th of November. This year’s convention will be on Sunday, 10th December 2017 in Tyrrellspass GAA centre at 1- 30pm.

58 TOPIC • 9 November, 2017 SPORT At the presentation of a framed picture of Simon Carr to Mullingar Tennis Club by Tennis Ireland Mullingar last Monday evening were from left; Deputy Peter Burke, Nickie Coffey, Leinster Tennis President, Mullingar professional tennis player Simon Carr, Richard Flynn, President of Mullingar Tennis Club; Richard Fahey, CEO, Tennis Ireland and Deputy Robert Troy. Tennis Ireland make presentation to Mullingar Tennis Club to honour Simon Carr’s achievements At the presentation of a framed picture of Simon Carr to Mullingar Tennis Club by Tennis Ireland Mullingar last Monday evening were from left; Mullingar professional tennis player Simon Carr, Richard Flynn President of Mullingar Tennis Club, Richard Fahey CEO Tennis Ireland and Nickie Coffey, Leinster Tennis President. Mullingar’s Conor O’Brien made his de - but for the Leinster rugby team against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun, Glasgow, last Saturday evening in the PRO14. Leinster coach Leo Cullen decided to throw the former Mullingar player in at the deep end as Leinster fielded a rather weakened team for last weekend’s fixture. The result didn’t go O’Brien’s way though as Leinster conceded four first half tries losing out to the Scottish side 31-21 in the end. But there is no doubt that O’Brien will learn from this great experience going forward. O’Brien, a product of Mullingar RFC is also a former hurler and footballer in the county, while his father Garreth won an under 21 All-Ireland medal with Offaly in 1988. O’Brien, who is 21, won the AIL title with Clontarf in 2016 and had been heavily involved in the Leinster camp before BY PAUL O’DONOVAN There was a great fun and party atmosphere in Mullingar Tennis Club last Monday evening, but that wasn’t really surprising as there were a number of celebrations taking place. Monday Night Tennis is usually a hive of activity in the Mullingar Club, then you add in the fact that Mullingar’s very own tennis professional Simon Carr was present and a number of invited guests were attending to make a presentation to the club. On top of all that Simon was being honoured as the top Irish Junior tennis Mullingar’s Conor O’Brien makes Leinster debut Conor O’Brien of Mullingar takes the field for his Leinster debut against Glasgow Warriors last Saturday evening. Saturday’s game. O’Brien was also a prominent member of the Irish Under 20 World Cup team. O’Brien’s Leinster side remain second in the table, despite this being their second defeat of the campaign. Members of Mullingar Tennis Club of all ages were delighted to meet up with Mullingar professional tennis player, Simon Carr, when he paid a visit to the club, last Monday evening. player, as well as the added bonus that Simon was celebrating his 18th birthday. So, it definitely was a fun occasion! Richard Flynn, President of Mullingar Tennis Club opened proceedings by welcoming everyone to the club and talking about what a great sport tennis is and the great club that they are so fortunate to have in Mullingar. FAMILY SUPPORT Mr Flynn then welcomed Richard Fahey, CEO Tennis Ireland and Nickie Coffey, Leinster Tennis President to the club. Mr Fahey recalled the first day he saw Simon playing tennis and practising in Dublin. “Simon had just qualified for the Australian Junior Open and was getting ready to travel over and the one thing that impressed me was the work Davy Nevin (14) from Raithín, Mullingar finished runner-up in a boxing event in Lithuania on Friday, 27 October, after some great performances. The talented Mullingar boxer, who trains at the Elite Boxing Club, Mullingar, under coach Tony Conroy, was delighted with how the event went considering he was up against a three-time Lithuanian champion in the final. Davy has been boxing for four years with the Mullingar club and can be well pleased with his progress, and with how he performed in the multinations boxing tournament. Earlier this year, Davy was successful in the Leinster Boy 4 championship in Athy and after his heroics in Lithuania, he will now focus on the forthcoming Michael Andrews Tournament. (Right) Mullingar boxer Davy Nevin was runner-up in a multinations tournament in Lithuania, at the end ethic he had. Then I got to meet Simon’s dad, Tommy, and his mum Mary, and you see there is a much bigger picture, there is a great strong family behind Simon, and they do as much as they can to try and support him and help him achieve his dreams. Really, you can trace Simon’s success back even further, to Garry (Cahill, also from Mullingar) his coach, and the other coaches and the staff at Tennis Ireland. So when you look at all the people that have helped Simon progress, it all comes back down to the club and the people within Mullingar Tennis Club. This year alone, Simon has achieved a great deal, playing in the four grand slams and reaching the last four of the Irish Senior Open. He has achieved a huge amount. So, I thought it would be only right and fitting to take the limelight off Simon and give it back to the club. So, to do that I would like to make a presentation to Mullingar Tennis Club of a framed photo of Simon in action during the Irish Open and it marks some of Simon’s great achievements to date. Simon is a great role model for young kids, both boys and girls. Getting to the Grand Slams and then reaching the last 16 of the US Open is really super. So in making this presentation I would like to congratulate Simon and also congratulate all of the people that have been involved in his success and touched his career to date particularly from the beginning here at Mullingar Tennis Club,” concluded Richard. (Next week Topic will have an exclusive interview with tennis professional Simon Carr). Mullingar boxer impresses in Lithuania