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Westmeath Topic - 15 February 2018


TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT 43 ST MARY’S GAA CLUB PRESENTATION OF MEDALS AND DINNER DANCE Dermot Judge, Cathal Moran, Joshua Byrne and Sam Plant are pictured enjoying the St Mary’s GAA dinner dance on Saturday night last. Mary, Lorraine and Aoife Bradley were at the St Mary’s GAA dinner dance in the Bloomfield House Hotel. Ashling Dowd, Jenny Judge, Sarah Delaney and Loraine Nannery at the St Mary’s GAA dinner dance in the Bloomfield House Hotel. Tom Judge, Eugene Coyle, Billy Foley (Chairman, Westmeath County Board) and Tommy Colgan at the St Mary’s GAA celebrations in the Bloomfield House Hotel. Very tight at the top in the February Chase competition New Forest Golf Notes FEBRUARY CHASE The best gross score over the January & February Chase Series is +1. Tony Sheerin, Ray McLoughlin, David Bollard & Paul Bray are tied at the top with 2 weeks to go. The leader of the Chase for this month is Eric Cahill with a score of 33 points WINTER LEAGUE The Winter League final takes place on the 24th of February. Every player counts their best 4 stableford scores over the winter months to make it into the top 10 of their respective divisions. The leaders go Ian and Anna May Bradley pose for the camera at the St Mary’s GAA dinner dance in the Bloomfield House Hotel. through to play in a scramble on the day of the final. Division 1: David Masterson, Don Gibney and Michael Ennis. Division 2: Martin Halferty, Ray McLoughlin and Noel Davey. Division 3; Michael Kane, Leo McLoughlin and Brendan Daly. Division 4: Joe Carroll, Niall Clarke and Gerry Noonan. GOLF CLASSIC & OPEN WEEK Our annual Club Classic will take place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Prizes will be announced soon. Book online from today. New Forest Golf Club have added an Open Week to the fixture list for 2018. From the 16th April to the 22nd of April. There will be competitions for both members and visitors to play in, at reduced rates to win prizes. Book your tee time online from today. FEBRUARY FOUR BALL There is a Winter Open Four ball continuing until the 1st of March. The format is 2 scores to count for 18 holes playing off 9/10 of the handicap. It is €80 per team to to enter. LADIES GOLF AT NEW FOREST New Forest Golf Club has been chosen by Confederations of Golf in Ireland to be a part of the Get into Golf Programme that has been very successful over the past few years in so many golf clubs in Ireland. The programme is completed over an 8 week period where there will be a mixture of coaching, play on the course and social events with the lady members here at the club. This is the perfect opportunity take up the game. MEMBERSHIP 2018 New Forest Golf Club has been ranked No. 53 in a poll of the top 100 golf courses in Ireland. The review was carried out by Irish Golfer magazine.We invite you become a member and experience the course for yourself. Full male membership is €752 including Insurance & GUI Levy. Full lady membership is €357 including Insurance & ILGU Levy.

44 SPORT TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 INTO THE WEST d to believe it’s mid February and this Thursday the trout fishing starts on the western lakes. Here in the midlands, we will be let loose on 1st of March, but it is nice to wet a line early in the year. It was savage cold last week, on the midland lakes and on Lough Ennell, I fished for perch in just over three degrees celcius of water. The weekend was no better and the Inny system and Lough Iron were in mint condition, but very high. Lough Bane have announced their AGM date, and we also have got news of some new angling guides for the midland lakes. We are told some 5,000 guides have been published on Sheelin and distributed across Europe. Derravaragh is lined up for next week, we are told. It is time to keep your engine running now, and I was in with Sean Coyne last week to pick up a few bits and bobs for the Honda. Keep this in mind for opening day which is coming soon. INTO THE WEST The opening day down the west is the 15th of February, two weeks before our midland lakes open for trout. Quite a few local anglers head west and really enjoy a few hours, weather permitting, on the likes of Corrib, Conn and Loug Mask. Over the years, we really had some memorable days down west and I just might pick a file pic and include it this week. SAVAGE COLD It is tough going on the waterways in the last few weeks and the water temperature and levels are really having an effect on our fishing. It is a strange one as the lakes and rivers are in flood, and still the Royal Canal is dropping daily. I ventured out on Ennell last week, and perch fished in 3 degrees of water, with some amazing success. The fish are gone deep, as is the norm for this time of year, but are in great condition. It’s only a matter of weeks before the perch start hitting duck fly down deep, and then the fun will start. SAVAGE COLD It must be an age thing, but last weekend the waterways were savage cold to say the least. The Inny system and right down to Lough Iron was a magical trip last weekend, as water levels were quite high, and you can motor your way down. I hooked up with local pike expert Barry Darby and we struggled in such cold conditions, landing just one small pike. I was surprised with the number of anglers out and about on the Inny system, and also met a few lads from Monaghan and Kildare. These lads were flyfishing for pike, and we did What a character! Dessie Mullen from Delvin pictured on Lough Lene some years back. a bit of net working, and we will hear from these lads’ angling adventures in the coming months. LOUGH BANE On Friday, February 16, Lough Bane Anglers will hold their Annual General Meeting. Once again the venue is Moylagh Community Centre and it is an 8pm start. John Smith, Chairman of Lough Bane, gave a report on the angling for 2017, and long time standing secretary John Cook once again really pushed out the boat and covered the entire season in his report. John is standing down this year as secretary, and it will be a hard act to follow for whoever takes his place. ANGLING GUIDES We are told some 5,000 angling guides have been published and distributed across Europe on trout fishing on Sheelin. These are the brainchild of IFI, and Derravaragh is next up for an angler’s guide. I will be opening the door on my picture gallery from Derravaragh, and hopefully we will see some visiting anglers dropping into Mullingar. It will be tough going as long as we have the permit issue, and really we should have a level playing field with other regions across Ireland. The permit here in the greater Mullingar region is a shambles, and our local politicans and tourism It was a lovely day out last Sunday for angling!! Yes, we anglers are nuts! board really need to pull up their socks on this issue. THAT’S IT Next week we will have information on the Angling Show in Swords, plus hopefully a few early trout pictures from the west. Also we will have dates for the Lough Ree Angling Hub Pike Classic for 2018. This 2-day event is really catching on, and hosted by Camlin Anglers. ‘ Tight lines’ till next week. CONTACT Mick Flanagan Mobile: 087-2797270 E mail Keep your motor running...Sean Coyne has all these in stock and much more, including filters plus oils. Looking forward to the 2018 season...Brian Conlon of ‘Wild Total Outdoors’ here in Mullingar. My late Uncle Pat Keenaghan pictured on Lough Corrib some years back with international trout angler Denis Goulding.

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