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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

54 SPORT GAA Notes -

54 SPORT GAA Notes - Nótaí CLG TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 KILBEGGAN CILL BHEAGÁIN DIVISION 6A V LOUGH- NAVALLEY Our second team made a winning start to their Division 6A campaign on the Easter Bank Holiday Monday when they overcame Loughnavalley in difficult conditions in Loughnavalley. The returning Simon O'Neill scored our goal in a 1-9 to 1-6 victory. Team: Thomas Finnegan; Martin Ward, Ciaran Egan, Ryan Coughlan; Niall Carey, Colin Draper, Darragh Coffey; Mel Kiernan, Brendan McMahon; Jamie Bolger, Simon O'Neill, Kevin Smith; Luke McNamee, Emmet Dalton, Diarmuid Egan. Subs used: Fergal Fox and Robbie Dalton. UNDERAGE COACHING Well done to the 30 kids and their mentors who braved the bitterly cold weather last Thursday evening for our first U6, U8 and U10 coaching session of the year. Hope to see you all again as well as those who couldn't attend the first session this Thursday at 6pm. CHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOP A Child Protection Workshop will take place this Wednesday, 11 April in Scoil an Chlochair at 7pm for anyone interested in helping with underage coaching. Please let Fergal Fox know if you'll be attending. SYMPATHY The club extends its sympathy to the families of former players Sean Byrne and JJ Sheeran whose deaths occurred last week. Sean, whose brother Christy is wellknown in ladies football circles, played for both Kilbeggan and the Westmeath minors before emigrating to the UK as a young man. JJ, meanwhile, won JHC and JFC medals with the club in 1959 and '65 respectively. May they rest in peace. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS Congratulations to our chairman Ken Scally, ladies football joint-manager Mickey Kelly and player Sean Maher who celebrated milestone birthdays recently. CONGRATULATIONS SARAH GUILFOYLE We are so proud of Sarah Guilfoyle who was a selector with the Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar team that won the All-Ireland PP Schools U16 football 'A' title last Saturday week. Sarah, who plays for our ladies team, was joined on the management team by Mattie Dempsey and Brian Murtagh. FÉILE Well done to our U14s who won two out of their three Féile na nGael matches over the weekend. They overcame both Delvin/St Paul's and Cill Oige (Rosemont/Castledaly) on Saturday before losing to holders Coralstown/Kinnegad in the semi-final on Sunday. All three games were played in Kilbeggan. LOTTO JACKPOT RISES TO €14,000 Last week's lucky numbers were 08, 16, 20 and 27. Paula Guilfoyle and K. Murphy were the match three winners. This week's draw will be held in Paddy Ryan's, Horseleap when the jackpot will be €14,000. Tickets, costing €2, can be purchased in local shops or from any club member. Thank you for your continued support. CONGRATULATIONS PADDY DUNICAN Congratulations to Kilbeggan Racecourse manager Paddy Dunican, whose family is steeped in Kilbeggan GAA, on being shortlisted for the Athlone Business Person of the Year award. The awards ceremory will take place on Saturday week, 21 April in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. ST. MALACHY’S NAOMH MAELEACH- LAINN U14 After a long weekend of games, the under 14 Lilliput Gaels side triumphed in the Féile competition, reaching the semi-final. They defeated Inny Shamrocks in the first game on Saturday morning last leaving the field with a score of 6-9 to nil and then proceeded to overcome Mullingar Shamrocks in Springfield on Saturday afternoon. Final score 2-02 to 1-03. That evening they travelled to Mount Temple where they were victorious against Caulry, on a score line of 4-08 to 0-03. On Sunday evening they played Moate in Moate, where unfortunately Moate came out on top. Hard luck to all the lads involved. Panel; S. Jackson, K. Jackson, O. Gavigan, O. Kiernan, P. Murphy, D. Maloney, D. Franzoni, M. Ripley, S. Doran, S. Corcoran, C. Elliffe, J. Gannon, N. Claffey, C. O’Malley, A. Dalton, S. Macken, A. Cassidy, E. Robinson, J. Mulligan, P. Reynolds. LOTTO There were no winners of this week lotto; numbers were 04, 18, 24 and 27. There was no match three winner. Special draw winner was Marese Bell. The promoter’s prize went to Noel Jackson. Next week’s draw will be held in Brennan’s for a jackpot of €7,900. SUPPORTERS CLUB Congratulations to Gerry Whelan, on winning our Supporters Club draw for the month of March. Thanks to Gerry and all the Supporters Club members for their continued support of our club and we also thank Kilbeggan Race Committee for sponsoring this month’s prize. If anyone requires a club car sticker please contact any committee member. WESTMEATH GAA NEW YORK Last Saturday night in Rory Dolan's restaurant, Yonkers, New York the much-anticipated Westmeath GAA Dinner Dance and awards night took place. As always there was a big presence from our locality and the added attraction of having two former St. Malachy’s players being honoured on the night certainly made the night for them. Willie Lowry was given the Lifetime Achievement Award and Frank Dalton received the Clubman of The Year award, congrats to the two boys and also to all Westmeath Gaels in New York for keeping the maroon and white to the fore in the USA. PITCH DEVELOPMENT Our grounds are undergoing a major facelift with the installation of the floodlit walkway and that is only the beginning as further plans are afoot. Everyone from both the GAA community and the wider community are invited to the meeting room on Thursday, 12 April at 8.30pm where plans for the development of a proposed new gym, dressing rooms, stand, meeting rooms and path from village to the park will be revealed. All these ambitious plans will be of huge benefit to all in our community and if everyone rows in behind the upcoming fundraisers we will have facilities to be proud of. Log onto our Facebook page Pairc Mhic Eochagain Pitch Development for up to The Ballinagore Rounders team pictured following their first championship victory of the season. Back row from left to right; Enda Claffey, Martin Furey, David Langan, Shane Heraty, Declan Claffey. Front row from left to right; Aisling Heraty, Dympna Claffey, Tally Flynn, Collette Langan, Michelle O’Sullivan. date photos of walkway and upcoming news. THE DOWNS NA DÚNTA LOTTO There was no winner of the €4,600 lotto jackpot on 02 April. Numbers drawn were 16, 17, 21 and 28. There were two €100 winners – Kay Moore and Lily Daly. BINGO Bingo continues every Friday at 8.30pm. Come along and bring a friend for an enjoyable night’s entertainment. 125 COMMITTEE The Downs GAA club are celebrating 125 years since its formation in 1893. We are currently looking for volunteers to join our 125 committee. The main objectives of this committee will be to source ideas and implement celebratory plans throughout the year. Anyone who is interest in joining the committee or may have some interesting ideas is asked to contact any current committee member or contact Sean Carroll 087 5607659. DIVISION 5 Our Division 5 team kicked off their competitive league campaign on Easter Monday. We travelled to Rosemount to take on the home side in awful playing conditions. Both sides made the best of the poor conditions with some excellent scores and moves, despite difficult handling. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the result losing out 2-12 to 3-05. There were some positives to take from the game with some players making their adult debut. It was also good to see Sean Loughlin back on the pitch after a lengthy injury. UNDERAGE FOOTBALL Underage training continues this Friday at the usual slot from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The club shop will also be open for the duration of training. FIRST AID We are looking for volunteers as First Aid Officers during our underage training on Friday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Our aim is to get a number of suitably qualified people to work on a rota doing approximately one evening a month. If you are interested in helping in this way please contact Dave 086-0564182. MINOR LEAGUE Our minor lads continue their excellent start to the league with their fourth win in as many games. The Downs ran out winners 6-20 to 3-08 over Caulry, last Saturday evening in The Downs. U12 The U12 lads are in action this Wednesday, 11 April in The Downs vs Athlone, at 7pm. SCÓR We would like to wish both our figure and set dancers in the All- Ireland final this Saturday in Sligo. Also thanks to all who supported our table quiz last weekend, a special thanks to those who sponsored prizes. ST. PAUL’S GAA CLG NAOMH PÓL CLUB LOTTO Please support our club lotto as this supports the day to day costs of running the club. Club lotto envelopes can be got from any of the local shops and pubs, at bingo on Monday nights or from any of the committee members. The Lotto draw takes place every Monday night during bingo in the local Community Centre. The cost is just €2 a ticket. Currently the jackpot stands at €2,720. There was no winner of last week’s jackpot, where the winning numbers were 01, 07, 16 and 18. Winners of €20 on the night were Marie Mulvany, Sean Burke and Annie Martin. Well done to all. DUNNES STORES MULLINGAR BAG PACK St. Paul’s GFC are having a fund raising bag pack in Dunnes Stores, Mullingar on the weekend of May 18 and 19. Over the next few weeks we will be looking for volunteers to help out packing bags for a couple of hours on either the Friday or the Saturday. We will need about 30 people to give an hour or two and the more volunteers we get, the easier it will be on everyone so please help us if you can. CLUB MEMBERSHIP Club membership is now overdue. If you are not registered you cannot play or train for Insurance reasons. JUVENILE DETAILS Our indoor nursery continues this coming Friday evening in the Clonmellon Community Centre from 7pm to 7.45pm. This is our last night of the indoor nursery before we move outdoors. Thanks to all the children who attended the Nursery over the last few weeks. We hope they all enjoyed it as much as we did. TRAINING Training for our U-8s, 10s and 12s have now resumed and will be held at our club grounds every Monday night from 7pm to 8pm. Details of our U-14 and U-16 training will be sent out each week via text by the coaches. As with all our teams, new players are more than welcome to come along. HARD LUCK Hard luck to the St. Paul’s-Delvin U-14 footballers who were narrowly beaten in their two Féile qualifier games in Kilbeggan last Saturday. In the opening game our lads lost out by three points in a keenly contested game against Kilbeggan/St. Joseph's who are operating in a division higher than us. Again in the second game we played some excellent football but eventually lost out by four points against Cill Óige (Rosemount-Castledaly) who are also operating from a higher division in the league. So it was two good performances against two good teams in the end which will give the lads good experience for 2018 going forward. WELL DONE Well done again to the 18 players who made the trip over and to Ray and the rest of the coaching team. Team: Senan O’Driscoll, Sean Hoctor, James Murtagh, Tommy Collins, Darragh Reilly, Diarmuid Reilly, Rory Carolan, Oisin Kelly, Seb McPherson, Tiernan Purcell, Jamie Kelly, Karl McCormack, Dean Quinn, Tommy Flynn, Kyle Flynn, Cathal Cully, Cormac Tormey, Sean Mulvaney. U14S Our U-14s next game is this coming Thursday, 12 April against Tyrellspass in Tyrellspass at 6.30pm. Best of luck to the players and coaching team. ST. PAULS GFC CLON- MELLON EASTER CAMP Thanks to all who attended our Easter Camp where both the kids attending and the coaches had a great time. Unfortunately we had to cancel the last two days of the camp due to the weather. GAELIC FOR MOTHERS AND OTHERS Training for the Gaelic for Mothers and Others group continues Wednesday night at 7.30pm in Clonmellon. CLONMELLON PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP Best of luck to those behind the soon-to-be up and running Clonmellon Parent and Toddler group. It plans to start on Thursday morning, 19 April from 10am to 11.30am in the Clonmellon Community Centre so please support. Please see their facebook page "Parent Baby & Toddler Morning Clonmellon" for more details. WELL DONE Well done to the Brownstown Hurlers on their one point win over Castletown Geoghegan in last Sundays league encounter. NOTES If you have any questions or concerns to do with any footballing matter or if you want any included in the notes you can contact us through our facebook page, email us at secretary.stpauls.westmeath@gaa.ie or call/text us on 086 0530539. ST. LOMAN’S NAOMH LOMÁIN ACL DIVISION 1 St. Loman’s Mullingar 3-13 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-8 St. Loman’s continued their fine start in division 1 after a comprehensive victory over local rivals Mullingar Shamrocks in Lakepoint Park on recently. As with most local derbies the opening exchanges were quite cagey with defences mainly on top. Both sides traded scores until three unanswered points from the blues gave them a slender advantage going into half time after Ken Casey, Shane Dempsey and David Windsor all registering first half points. The Saints led by 0-6 to 0-3 going into the interval. The second half brought the majority of the scoring. St. Loman’s started the half like a house on fire with Ken Casey adding a point and a well taken goal to his tally within 60 seconds of the restart. Garett Hickey marked his early introduction with a lovely score followed by a double from Shane Dempsey and another point from defender David Whelan. Shamrocks opened their second half account with points from Paddy Fagan and an impressive score from Ross Corroon. Both teams were reduced to 14 men midway through the second half after an off the ball incident was spotted by referee Mick Gordon. The game was put beyond all doubt after a superb one on one save from goalkeeper Jason Daly resulted in the hosts going down the other end and raising the green flag through Shane Dempsey who gave an exhibition of scoring on the night. St. Loman’s were formidable in defence as well with Neil and Jason O’Toole dominant throughout. Kevin Regan’s composed play at centre half back gave the blues an excellent defensive base to build from. Shamrocks added another point which could have easily been a goal but for a terrific trio of saves from Jason Daly, rounding off his super performance between the sticks. However, the night belonged to man of the match Shane Dempsey who rattled the net following a powerful run from midfielder Paul Sharry. Dempsey finished with a total of 2-6 on the night. The saints rounded off their scoring with Kelvin Reilly adding his name to the scoresheet with a well taken point. Shamrocks added a late consolation goal but that wasn’t enough as the blues ran out deserving winners. Team; Jason Daly, Neil O’Toole, Jason O’Toole, Gerry Grehan, Sean Flanagan, Kevin Regan, David Whelan (0-1), Paul Sharry, Kelvin Reilly (0-1), Fola Ayorinde, Conradh Reilly, David Windsor (0- 1), Ken Casey(1-3), Dan Sheridan, Shane Dempsey(2-6). Subs used; Garett Hickey (0-1), Stephen Ryan, Eoghan O’Keefe, Chris Gilbert, TJ Cox. Match Report by Andrew McKenna. MINOR LEAGUE St. Loman’s Mullingar 2-10 Coralstown Kinnegad 1-8 St. Loman’s recorded an important win in the league when they hosted Coralstown Kinnegad in Lakepoint Park on Tuesday evening last. A bright start from the blues left them in a commanding position with two first half goals from Conan O’Hara giving them the advantage. Conan added points to his name along with TJ Cox as first half points were exchanged. Some wonderful tackling from Enda Gaffney and a brave save from Dan Fitzsimons denied Kinnegad a goal. Kinnegad raced out of the traps in the second half and a quick 1-2 levelled the game. St. Loman’s responded well and commanding second half displays most notably from Enda Gaffney and TJ Cox seen them regain their advantage. Daire Smyth got his name on the score sheet as St Loman’s held on for a five-point win. Team; Dan Fitzsimons, Kyle Smith, Niall Derham, Rory Sheahan, Tristan Graham, Oisin Hogan, Oisin Tyrrell, Enda Gaffney, Andrew Daly, Sam McCartan, TJ Cox, Richardo Lingi, Daire Smyth, Joey Fox, Conan O’Hara. Subs; Jack Geoghegan, Rory Matthews. U14 FEILE Conditions were tough on Saturday morning as St. Loman’s took to the field in their first match of the 2018 Féile round robin against hosts Shandonagh. The lads put in a great performance to beat Shandonagh to set up a winner takes all game against Tyrrellspass. A goal late in the first half proved crucial as out the boys lost 1-4 to 0-3 to see Tyrrellspass progress to the quarter final. LOTTO There was no jackpot winner from the lotto draw on 29 March. The numbers drawn were 06, 12, 13 and 18. Winners of €50 each were Richie Cleary, Declan Cox, Padraig Mooney and Gary Devine. There was also no jackpot winner from lotto draw on 05 April. The numbers drawn were 02, 12, 18 and 27. Winners of €50 each were Eamon Clinton, Peter Kelly, Kiera Cronin and Paul Devine. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,900. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Coláiste Mhuire who were crowned U16 All-Ireland Football Champions recently. They defeated St Brendan’s of Killarney 1-12 to 0-13 in the final. Well done especially to our own players in the squad; Rory Sheahan, Andrew Daly, Fionn O’Hara, Daire Smyth, Jack Geoghegan, Danny McCartan, Enda Gaffney and Jamie Leavy. FIXTURES Monday, 09 April, U16 League v Shandonagh in Shandonagh at 6.30pm. Wednesday, 11 April, U12 League v Coralstown Kinnegad in Lakepoint Park at 6.30pm. Thursday, 12 April, U14 League v Killucan in Killucan at 6.30pm.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 SPORT 55 The President of Westmeath Hurling and Football Club New York, Tom Nugent was presented with a medal of recognition by Waterford Hurling Manager, Derek McGrath. Waterford Hurling Manager, Derek McGrath, presents the Hurler of the Year award to Patrick Layde. Westmeath New York Football Chairman, John Moore, presents the Footballer of the Year Award to Jason Kelly. Westmeath New York Hurling Chairman, Brian Melia, presents the Club Person of the Year award to Frank Dalton. Westmeath ‘Great’ Willie Lowry Honoured in New York BY SÉAMUS KIERNAN The highlight of last Saturday’s Westmeath Hurling and Football Club New York Dinner Dance celebration was the award for Lifetime Achievement, which this year went to one of the Lake County’s most distinguished dual players, Willie Lowry. He was honoured at the annual event, which was held in Rory Dolan’s Restaurant and Bar in McLean Avenue, Yonkers, New York, last Saturday night. Guest of honour for the night was Tommy Warburton, while Special Guests were the Westmeath Hurling Shield Winners. Westmeath Players of the Year in New York for 2017 were Pa Layde in hurling and Jason Kelly in football, while Clubman of the Year was Frank Dalton. However the main event of the night was the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to Westmeath legend Willie Lowry. WILLIE LOWRY’S CAREER Having represented Westmeath in every grade in both hurling and football throughout the 1970's and early 1980s, the Dysart man made his senior football debut for Westmeath in 1974 and senior hurling debut in 1976. He enjoyed a hugely successful club career winning senior championships in both hurling and football. With Castletown he won three senior hurling championships in 1977, 1982 and 1986. In 1981 he was an inspirational figure in the St. Malachy's senior football championship final Willie Lowry, who was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Westmeath GAA in New York, last Saturday night, 7 April. defeat of Athlone. Re-locating to the U.S, Willie continued his playing career first with the Galway Hurling Club and Connemara Gaels football club before joining Westmeath. He went on to win five New York hurling championships with Galway and Westmeath, as well as Junior, Senior B and Senior A football championships with Connemara and Westmeath. He was involved in the revival of the Westmeath Hurling Club in 1986 and Westmeath New York Assistant Treasurer, Jeffrey Farrell, presents the Guest of Honour Award to Castledaly man, Tommy Warburton. Brian Daly presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Willie Lowry. one of his more memorable days was some years later when he was involved with Westmeath when they won both Senior football and Senior hurling championships on the same day. Willie also played in two National League finals - Football in 1989 against Cork and the following year in 1990 against Kilkenny in hurling. One of his proudest moments was in 2000 when he was selected on the TopicWestmeath Football Team of The Millennium,’ thus bringing down the curtain on a fine career. THE JOY OF PLAYING Accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award, Willie thanked everyone and spoke of his enjoyment of playing football and hurling, and the impact it has had on his life. “When I was told I was to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, two things entered my head: that I had achieved something or that I was getting old, and I think the latter applies here because during my playing career, I never considered it a personal achievement.” “For me, it was about all the enjoyment I got out of playing the games, from my early days playing with Castletown Geoghegan and St. Malachy’s and on to Westmeath and finally New York and the Connemara Gaels Club and Galway Hurling Club,” he said. “Joining the Westmeath Hurling and Football Club, we had some wonderful days, and wonderful players. You don’t get to play hurling and football for 30 years, without people having a great influence on your life. I can start with my mentors at underage level, and all through my selectors, managers and team mates, some of whom are here tonight, and all I can say is that it was an honour to play with you and call you my friends.” TRIBUTES Willie paid tribute to the supporters of the GAA, whom he described as the “backbone” of the organisation. “They are the people who go to matches with their families and pay good money and they’re supposed to be entertained and they’re very special to me as well,” he said. Flying into New York for the night’s celebrations was Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath, who failed to escape a joke from Willie, much to the entertainment of both McGrath and all in attendance: “We’d like to wish Waterford the best in the upcoming Championship. I’m sure there are a couple of people here tonight who would not echo that sentiment! That’s what is so good about the GAA.” TRIBUTE TO WIFE ROSEMARIE AND CHILDREN On a personal level, the Galway-native paid tribute to his children Martin and Theresa and his wife Rosemarie. “They (Martin and Theresa) gave me very few sleepless nights when they were growing up, making me realise that there was more important things in life than hurling and football. If truth be known, they are my achievement in life,” he said. “There are probably some of you in this room, who know that on occasions I may not be the easiest person to get along with. Someone here tonight has endured 30 years of my moods. Any of you ladies who are married to a “GAA person” know exactly what I’m talking about: the constant tension before games and the incessant post mortems after games, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Thank you for being a wonderful wife, mother and above all, my greatest supporter.” Concluding his speech, Willie thanked the organising committee at Westmeath Hurling and Football Club New York. “Thanks for having me receive this lovely award tonight. I will treasure it always,” he said.

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