Club Notes from week ending Oct 6th

November 8, 2018

Senior Notes

Pride of place goes to the Senior team who won the Sean Connolly Cup for the first time since 1958 and a fifth time in total last Sunday week against Longford Slashers. It was a fantastic performance from start to finish and we ran out winners on a score line 0-13 to 0-7. Declan C Reilly picked up Man of the Match for a fantastic performance at midfield but overall it was great achievement by every member of the 27 man panel who dusted themselves down after last year’s final defeat to come back even stronger in 2008.

The huge crowds that had assembled to welcome the victorious Colmcille senior team at Molly Cross – where there was a gigantic bonfire – the community centre and finally at the cross with the Sean Connolly Memorial Cup in tow on Sunday 28th September is a scene that will never fade from their memories. They were overwhelmed by the massive turn-out and show of solidarity. Certainly it was a great lift for the players, their manager, selectors, executive committee and club members to win the county final after 50 years of heartbreak. Fans of the green and red have enjoyed a remarkable Summer and I cannot remember another year when so many supporters got behind the team. Could it be that it was last year’s defeat that spurred them on! Anyhow at the final in Pearse Park the Colmcille supporters in the 5000 strong crowd far outnumbered their opponents. The tremendous vocal encouragement to the players was just a measure of how badly the victory was needed in Colmcille. Congratulations and every good wish to this fabulous group of young players who have warmed the hearts of Colmcille folk not only at home but in distant lands and restored honour and pride to this historic parish. I was down in Mayo on Tuesday week last and it felt good to hear the people talking about our small rural parish team outplaying the Longford town based team. Suddenly we are no longer small. The parish needed this group of players to give us hope once more and allow our dreams to flourish again. These boys did that and more. The conveyor belt is running, the talent is plain to see. Colmcille have the lads with the bottle to fight the big fight on the big stage when they take the field on 9th November against the Carlow or Wicklow title winners in the Leinster club championship. Who can foretell they could be in for greater things come the dawn of 2009. Returning to the lead up to the Co Final the whole landscape was a sea of green and red with even cars sporting the team’s colours. There were good wishes at every cross roads – flags flying at every home. All with genuine expressions of support. Finally on behalf of the club we wish to return our sincere thanks to our loyal supporters who travelled long distances to be there on final day (some from the UK and the USA) and the many others who couldn’t make it in person but sent messages, support and contributions. They can be assured that their confidence in the team will not go unfilled and this united effort will spur the team on to many more honours in the not too distant future. Celebrations continued well into the week with the team bringing the Sean Connolly Cup to St Colmcille’s NS as well as visiting the senior citizens in the Dolmen Room. They also went to schools in the adjoining parishes as well as visiting pubs in Arva, Colmcille, Bunlahy, Ballinalee and many other places including Loch Gowna. Tremendous welcomes and applause was accorded them everywhere. The players, management and executive committee would like to thank Longford Slashers for a good clean sporting game. Many thanks to all who contributed to our Church gate collection at Purth on Saturday 27th and at Colmcille on Sunday 28th September and amounted to 2,347 euro. Peter Reilly, Smear Hill says that if there is sufficient demand he will place an order for replica jerseys on Monday 20th October. Email him at or phone 086-2238435.

For the record the team lined out as follows.

G Tonra; Padraig Murtagh, N Farrell, O McGivney; B Brady, G Murtagh, F Kavanagh; E Farrell, DC Reilly; JP Reilly, DS Reilly, Paul Murtagh; T Doyle, D Farrell, D McKeon. Subs: A Gormley for Paul Murtagh (ht), P McKeon for Doyle (55).

Great credit must also go to the team management of Ciaran Brady, Cathal Lee, Padraig Mulligan and Ali McGauran. The team retured to crowds never witnesed before in Aughnacliffe and the celebrations continued for the following days after.

You can visit our Club Website for links to full match reports and photos. We now look forward to the Leinster Championship Quarter Final where we play the winners of the Carlow and Wicklow champions. This game is scheduled for Nov 9th.

On Sunday last it was back into action and it was Longford Slashers who provided the opposition again in the final league game in Div 1. The match finished all square which was enough to secure a Leader Cup Semi Final against Clonguish on Sunday next. The game finished on a score line of 1-7 to 0-10. We were without the services of Donie McKeon (away) and Noel Farrell (injured) while Slashers were without a few of their own team that lined out the previous week. We now play Clonguish at Allen Park at 2pm on Sunday next.

G Tonra; Padraig Murtagh, P Kennedy, O McGivney; B Brady, G Murtagh, F Kavanagh; E Farrell, DC Reilly; JP Reilly, DS Reilly, Paul Murtagh; T Doyle, D Farrell, P McKeon. Subs Used: A Gormley, B McCabe, D Murtagh, P Brady, N Brady.

Off  the field, the club is getting ready to launch its Monster Draw. We send our congratulations to Declan Farrell and Edel McKeon who announced their engagement recently and we wish them the best of luck for the future

Minor Notes

Oct 6th

Our U12’s lost out to Killoe in the shield final on Saturday last when they played in Pearse Park in extremely wet conditions.  Hard luck to our lads.  Our minor amalgamation Colmcille/Clonbroney beat Granard/Ballymore in the Division 1B league shield quarter final on Sunday last in the park.  They now meet Carrick/Sarsfields in the semi final of this competition and this is scheduled for Sunday next.  Players please check fixtures for confirmation of this game.  Our seniors drew with Longford Slashers in the league on Sunday last and they now meet Clonguish in the Leader Cup semi-final and we wish them the best of luck in this game.  This is scheduled for Sunday next also. 

Sept 28th

Our minor amalgamation Colmcille/Clonbroney lost out to Clonguish on Saturday last in the minor league division 1B play off.  They are now due to play Granard/Ballymore in the Shield.  This game is scheduled for Saturday next 4th October, players please check fixtures for confirmation of this game.  Our seniors had their big game on Sunday last against Longford Slashers and we congratulate them on winning the Senior Championship and well done to all involved.  We wish them the best of luck when they will now be representing their Club and County in the Leinster Senior Club Championships in November.  For the moment it’s back to the League where they play Longford Slashers on Sunday next, and we wish them the best of luck and hopefully they can repat the same performance as they did in the championship final on Sunday last. 

Finally we wish to extend our sympathy to Liam Higgins, Rathmore on the death of his uncle recently.  R.I.P.