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Sunday, 27 July 2008

Newsletter - Sunday 27th July

Drum Mass Intentions
Saturday 26th 8pm: Patrick Higgins, Curryroe
Sunday 27th 10am: Tommy Naughton and his parents Josie & Kathleen, Thomastown
Tuesday 29th 7pm: Mary Ellen Duffy, Clonark
Thursday 31st 11am-1pm: First Friday calls
Friday 1st 10am: First Friday Mass
Saturday 2nd 8pm: Tom Henry, Drumlosh
Sunday 3rd 10am: Michael Glynn, Crannaghmore

Clonown Mass Intentions
Sunday 27th 11am: John, Kate & Michael Gavin, Cappamore
Friday 1st August: Margaret (Maggie) Hynes & husband John
Sunday 3rd 11am: Patrick (Bud) Dunning, Ballinaculla

Cloonakilla Cemetry Mass
Will be celebrated in Cloonakilla graveyard monastic site on Sunday 3rd August at 3pm. All are welcome.

Passionfruit Theatre presents Nizlopi
Acoustic folk two-piece from the UK (vocals, guitar & double-bass) on Friday 1st August at 8.30pm. Tickets €20 available from Music World or call 086-3338457 or email

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Clann na nGael Notes

Lotto Results
Numbers drawn 3, 7, 11, 19. No Jackpot Winner. 19 Match 3 winners receiving €20 -  Alan Dunne c/o Liam Dunne, Margaret O'Brien c/o Maura Pym, Lucy Feury c/o Maura Pym, Padraic Harney c/o Kitty Naughton, Jim McManus c/o Eileen Whelan, Mark O'Neill c/o Athlone Springs, Sonny Gallagher c/o Bernie Reilly, Susie Kelly c/o Dermot Kelly, Sonny Gallagher c/o Ray Fallon Snr, Margurite Larkin c/o Sharon Nicholson, Sharon Nicholson c/o Sharon Nicholson, Tony Egan c/o Breda Dolan, Tomas Naughton c/o Vincent Harney, John McManus c/o Vincent Harney, Michael Temple c/o Vincent Harney, Aidan & Bernie O'Brien c/o Aidan O'Brien, Chris Keelaghan c/o James Curley, Brad Murphy c/o Steve Collins, Michael Smith c/o Monahans.
Next weeks Jackpot will be €8,0000 and the venue is Athlone Springs

Congratulations to the U-12 Division 1 team who won the league last week with a big win over Castlerea. The Minors also had a big win over Castlerea on Sunday in Johnstown. The Seniors play St Brigids next Sunday in the O'Gara Cup and the following week-end, Saturday 2nd August they will play Western Gaels in the championship in Frenchpark. The Senior Ladies had a mixed week in the Championship, defeating Michael Glaveys on Wednesday but were comprehensively beaten by Padraig Pearses on Sunday. They now play Roscommon Gaels in their next match in two weeks.

U-12 Division 1 League
Clann na nGael 7-16 Castlerea 1-7

U-12 Division 3 League
Clann na nGael 4-8 Tulsk 5-5

Minor League
Clann na nGael 2-22 Castlerea 1-08

ACC U-10 League
Clann na nGael 1-04 Caltra 3-07

Ladies Senior Championship
Clann na nGael 2-09 Michael Glaveys 0-05
Clann na nGael 0-4 Padraig Pearses 4-08.

Wednesday 23rd July
U-14 Championship - Clann na nGael v Roscommon Gaels in Roscommon.

Sunday 27th July
John Corcoran Menswear O'Gara Cup - Clann na nGael (1) v St Brigids (2) in Johnstown at 2.30pm.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Newsletter - Sunday 20th July

Drum Mass Intentions
Saturday 19th 8pm: Michael McManus, Clonark
Sunday 20th 10am: Michael John McManus and deceased family members, Drumpark
Thursday 24th 7pm: Kieran & Gretta Naughton, Crannagh
Friday 25th 10am: John & Tom Shine, Crannaghmore
Saturday 26th 8pm: Patrick Higgins, Curryroe
Sunday 27th 10am: Tommy Naughton and his parents Josie & Kathleen, Thomastown

Clonown Mass Intentions
Sunday 20th 11am: Willie & Nellie Shine, Curnaboll
Sunday 27th 11am: John, Kate & Michael Gavin, Cappamore

Know Your Neighbour Weekend
Many thanks to all those who turned up to our tea & coffee morning in Drum Community Centre on Sunday last. Some pictures are available on

Drum Apostolic Workers
Annual Church Gate Collection will be held next weekend 26th & 27th July at St. Brigid's Church Drum. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Passionfruit Theatre presents:
Sunday 20th July at 8.30pm: Marcia Howard, Damian Howard & The Ploughboys - a Celtic/folk rock band from Australia. Tickets €15 available on the door.
Saturday 26th July at 8.30pm: Julie Felix - a Californian singer who has sung with Leonard Cohen. Tickets €20 available from Music World or call 086-3338457.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Know Your Neighbour Weekend photos

All photos by Ann Hennessy

Monday, 14 July 2008

Clann na nGael Notes

Lotto Results
Numbers drawn 3, 7, 8, 9. No Jackpot Winner. 7 Match 3 winners receiving €30 - David & Bernie McEnroe c/o Bernie Reilly, Eileen Finneran c/o Bernie Reilly, Eugene Boland c/o Steve Collins, Mark Cummins c/o Thomas Seery, Maura Pym c/o Maura Pym, Brian Mulvihill c/o Steve Collins, James Greene c/o Brian Fallon. Next weeks Jackpot will be €7,800 and the venue is Monahans.

Clann Na nGael Skills Clinic
A very successful Athlone Springs Hotel sponsored Skills Clinic came to an end last Friday in Johnstown. Over a hundred enthusiastic footballers aged between 10-16 took part in the clinic and were trained in all skills of Gaelic Football from the fundamentals of the game of catch and kick to the more advanced evasive and tactical skills. The purpose of the clinic was to encourage everybody to enjoy sport and improve his or her skill level. The coaches each day introduced a new skill to each player and this was demonstrated by inter county stars like Shane Curran, Darren Lennon, Conor Mortimer, Kieran Fitzgerald, Donie Shine, Cathal Cregg, Michael Finneran and David Flynn. Each player also passed on their advice on how to improve their skills and what to do in match scenarios and there was particular interest in the different styles of free-taking. Former Westmeath hurling manager and current St Faithleach's manager Seamus Qualter along with former Clann legends Eamon Snr McManus, Eamon Jnr McManus and Joey Connaughton were on hand to give advice and coach during the many blitzes held throughout the week. Each participant in the camp also got Clann Na nGael gear including jerseys which were worn all week. On Friday the parents were treated with a demonstration of skills learned, which was followed by presentations and refreshments. The skills clinic followed on from a very successful summer camp the previous week, mainly due to the hard work of Declan and Alona Rock, Padraig Naughton, Caroline Geraghty and Gary Quinn who co-ordinated the week. The club would like to thank all that helped out behind the scenes with the gear and the facilities, the coaches, the schools, the sponsors, those who prepared all the food Friday, the parents and most of all the boys and girls who made it a worthwhile and enjoyable week.

Last Sunday the girls from the Monksland area who participated in the above programme were brought to Croke Park to take part in a National Blitz. Over 350 girls and 38 teams from Derry, Dundalk, Drogheda, Monaghan, Dublin and Limerick also took part in what was a very professional run event. All the girls got a brief history and tour of stadium and dressing rooms, coaching sessions and fun games with the Ladies All-Stars, a packed lunch and various souvenirs of the day including a medal, bag, skills ball, posters etc. The pitch was cordoned off into 6 areas with 5 pitches for the mini-games and a sixth area for coaching, penalties etc., and the whole event ran very smoothly. Despite the hectic schedule which including every team playing three 14 minute games and heavy demand on water and drinks due to the brilliant sunshine, every girl truly enjoyed the experience with many family and friends sitting in the stands looking on. The girls also got numerous autographs of players and photos with the Brendan Martin Cup.
All-Stars present included Valerie Mulcahy, Breige Corkery and Angela Walsh from Cork, Caoimhe Marley and the O' Donnell twins from Armagh, Grainne Nulty from Meath, Claire O'Hara from Mayo, Niamh Kindlon from Monaghan and many current Dublin players also helped out. The whole concept and opening of Croke Park to these girls was brilliant and for about 5 hours they were treated like players on All-Ireland Final Day. Mary Beades and the Ladies Association, Roscommon Sports Partnership and the various coaches deserve great credit for the hard work and also the girls and their parents.

Congratulations to Orla O'Neill who was picked to play in the Mini-Sevens which will be held in Croke Park on All-Ireland Semi-Final day on August 31st. Also the following were winners in the Feile Draw, Ailish O'Brien c/o Leanne and Anna, Arron Wall c/o Gillian Wall, David Fallon c/o Hazel Menton, Betty McLoughlin c/o Deirdre Ward and Paula Ryan c/o Kirsty Warby.

Congratulations to the Junior B team who qualified for the Mid-South semi-final following a good win over Feurty on Saturday. The U-12 Division 1 can win the league if the win against Castlerea this Monday and the Division 2 team who had a another great victory over Roscommon Gaels last week.

Midsouth Junior B Championship
Clann na nGael (3) 2-13 Feurty 1-11
O'Gara Cup
Clann na nGael(2) 0-06 Tulsk 0-6
Minor Summer League
Clann na nGael 1-06 Roscommon Gaels 3-10
U14 Championship
Clann na nGael 0-09 Castlerea 6-07
U-12 Division 3 League
Clann na nGael 4-08 Roscommon Gaels 1-09

Monday 14th July
U-12 Division 1 League, Clann na nGael v Castlerea in Castlerea at 8pm
Monday 14th July
U-12 Division 3 League, Clann na nGael v Tulsk in Johnstown at 8pm
Thursday 17th July
Minor League, Clann na nGael v Castlerea in Johnstown at 7.30pm
Sunday 20th July
ACC U-10 League, Clann na nGael v Caltra in Johnstown
Wednesday 23rd July
U-14 Championship Clann na nGael v Roscommon Gaels in Roscommon.
Wednesday 16th July
Ladies Senior Championship, Clann na nGael v Michael Glavey in Johnstown at 8pm
Sunday 20th July
Clann na nGael v Padraig Pearses in Johnstown at 5pm.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Newsletter - Sunday 13th July

Drum Mass Intentions
Saturday 12th 8pm: Martin Nolan, and his grandparents, Doohan
Sunday 13th 10am: Gloria Walsh, Crannaghbeg
Tuesday 15th 7pm: Special Intention
Wednesday 16th 7pm: Mary, John & Pat Hynes, Johnstown
Friday 18th 7pm: Paddy Murray, Curraghaleen
Saturday 19th 8pm: Michael McManus, Clonark
Sunday 20th 10am: Michael John McManus and deceased family members, Drumpark

Clonown Mass Intentions
Sunday 13th 11am: Willie Greene, Cappamore
Sunday 20th 11am: Willie & Nellie Shine, Curnaboll

Know Your Neighbour Weekend
Tea & coffee morning in Drum Community Centre on Sunday 13th July from 10.30am - 1pm. All are welcome!

Drum Heritage Group Outing
on Sunday 20th July to Kildare, visiting St. Brigid's Monastic Site and also the Japanese Gardens and National Stud. Limited places available. Bus leaving Summerhill at 8am sharp. Contact any member of the Heritage group. Also, a Meeting will take place on Thursday 17th July at 8.30pm in the Visitor Centre.

Drum Mass broadcast on Shannonside
The 10am Mass in St. Brigid's Church, Drum will be broadcast live on Sunday 20th July on Shannonside Northern Sound radio.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

July News from

Waterways Ireland TriAthlone takes place this Sat 12th July TriAthlone

Road Closure Notice

Trifest Events
Dublin Gospel Choir, Chamber of Commerce BBQ, Musical Entertainment, Traditional Session, Food Fair, Craft exhibition… Checkout for all the details

Walderstown Road Race Sat 12th & Sun 13th July

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Athlone Town Council notices

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Athlone Business Notices
Athlone Chamber of Commerce News

Open Day At Grovelands Childcare
Grovelands are holding an Open Day at their newest facility Grovelands Monksland at Corran Riada on Sat July 12th from 12 to 4pm. Interested parents and children are invited to come along and view the state of the art childcare facilities, meet Regina Bushell and her staff and let their children explore and experience the fun and child-friendly indoor and outdoor facilities available.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Tom Nolan & Co sponsor jerseys to Clann na nGael U-14 girls

Aine Kelly from Tom Nolan & Co. presents a set of jerseys to Clann na nGael U-14 girls

Clann na nGael Notes

Lotto Results
Numbers drawn 12, 20, 23, 24. No Jackpot Winner. 3 Match 3 winners receiving €70 - A Monahan c/o Monahans; C. Murray c/o Eileen Whelan; A. Hardiman c/o Vincent Harney. Next weeks Jackpot will be €7,600

U-14 Championship
The U-14 team defeated Boyle in the first championship match in the group stages last Thursday in Johnstown. Clann got off to a good start with points from Rian McNamara and James McManus but by the 20th minute they trailed by 4 points before a penalty from Ruadhri McManus put them back in the game and left the half-time score 1-5 to 0-8. Clann got off to a good start in the 2nd half with a goal and two points before Boyle scored 2 goals to go 2 points ahead. Goals from Ultan Harney and James McManus put Clann back in the driving seat and they outscored Boyle five points to one in the last seven minutes to end this rollercoaster of a match. It was a day that everybody played their part, a solid defence and seven different players getting on the scoresheet. They now play Castlerea next Thursday in Castlerea.
Team: Kevin Molloy, Patrick Harney, Steve Flynn, Shane Petit, Martin Costello, Paul Mannion, Oliver O'Neill, Ruadhri McManus, Darragh Petit, Shane Lennon, Ultan Harney, Malcolm Dalton, Eoin Forde, James McManus, Rian McNamara. Subs used Cian Cunniffe, Darragh Golden, Dylan Carberry.

Summer Camp
Luckily the weather stayed dry most of the week, but even bad weather would not have dampened the enthusiasm of the more than fifty kids who took part in the summer camp last week. At the start of the week every child got a Clann jersey along with socks and shorts and those jerseys didn't come off for the whole week, of what was a very successful camp.

Feile Finals in Cavan
Last Friday morning the U-14 girls left Johnstown for the Feile Finals in Cavan. They played their first match Friday afternoon defeating the host club Laragh easily. On early Saturday morning they also light work of another Cavan team Drumlane and then faced Armagh Harps in the group showdown at noon. The Clann girls produced another great performance winning comfortably. Altogether in the three group matches, they only conceded five points. So Saturday evening in Kilnaleck, they faced Cahir from Tipperary and despite lots of early possession the Clann girls were hit with  two goals against the run of play. Clann pushed forward looking for the crucial scores in the second half but a physically stronger Cahir team punished any breakdown in attack and deservingly ran out winners. Cahir were eventually beaten in the final by a Arklow team who were probably the most impressive team in Cavan over the weekend. Clann would like to pay tribute to their excellent hosts Laragh who sang their hearts out in support of Clann in the semi-final and also provided any amount of food and refreshments to players and supporters alike, over the weekend. Also congratulations to Gillian Wall who won her way through to the skills final over the weekend but luck deserted her in the final. All in all it was an excellent weekend, and thanks to the girls, mentors, management, supporters and fundraisers and sponsors who made it all possible.

The U-10 girls performed excellently last week against Four Roads. The next round is against Padraig Pearses in Johnstown on Tuesday evening. Roscommon Intermediate Ladies had a big win over Clare in the championship in Johnstown on Sunday. An interesting spectator was Davy Fitzgerald, the Waterford manager who was in good form after their comfortable win over Antrim the previous day.


O'Gara Cup
Clann na nGael(2) 1-6 St Dominics 1-11
Minor Summer League
Clann na nGael 5-8 Padraig Pearses 1-10
U-14 Championship
Clann 4-12 Boyle 2-13

Wednesday 9th July
O'Gara Cup, Clann na nGael(2) v Tulsk in Johnstown at 8.00pm.
Wednesday 9nd July
Summer Minor League, Clann na nGael v Padraig Pearses in Woodmount at 8pm.
Thursday 10rd July
U-14 Championship, Clann na nGael v Castlerea at 7.30pm in Castlerea.
Saturday 12th July
Junior B Championship, Clann na nGael(3) v Feurty in Johnstown at 7.30pm

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Newsletter - Sunday 6th July

Drum Mass Intentions
Saturday 5th 8pm: Joe & Mary Harney, Rockfield
Sunday 6th 10am: Hubert Naghton, Doohan
Sunday 6th 11am: Funeral mass of Dan Dolan
Wednesday 9th 7pm: Brigid & Bernard Tully, Johnstown
Thursday 10th 7pm: Edward Glynn, Monksland
Friday 11th 7pm: Patrick Seery, Clonellan
Saturday 12th 8pm: Martin Nolan, and his grandparents, Doohan
Sunday 13th 10am: Gloria Walsh, Crannaghbeg

Clonown Mass Intentions
Sunday 6th 11am: Johnny & Mary Harney and Johnny & Nell Salmon
Sunday 13th 11am: Willie Greene, Cappamore

Thank You
Lourdes Invalid Fund Committee would like to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection. Thanks also to all the volunteers and helpers. Your support and generosity was greatly appreciated.

Drum Heritage Group
Meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th July at 8.30pm in the Heritage Centre. All members requested to attend.

Know Your Neighbour Weekend
Tea & coffee morning in Drum Community Centre on Sunday 13th July from 10.30am - 1pm. All are welcome!

Many Thanks to Drum Community Care
Who organised the Senior Citizens outing to Knock last Tuesday - it was enjoyed by all and much appreciated.

TriAthlone - Saturday 12th July
Please be aware of road closures and traffic restrictions on Saturday from 12 noon to 11pm. Best of luck to all involved with the TriAthlone. Full details on or

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Drum Community Centre to host ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’

This coming weekend people across the country are being encouraged to make a special effort to get to know their neighbours. The initiative is being promoted by Macra na Feirme and ESB, and encourages people to organise some event in their own locality to get to know their neighbours better. Drum Community Centre is the venue for one such event, where a tea and coffee morning is being held on Sunday 13th July from 10.30am to 1pm.

The Drum area of south Roscommon has experienced much development and growth in recent years due to the expansion of Athlone. Unlike other areas, however, it remains a vibrant rural community. This weekend is an opportunity for the residents – both new and old – of the wider Drum area to join together to get to know each other.

Catherine Buckley, Macra national president, explains “An unfortunate symptom of modern Ireland is that as people become busier and more tied up with their own lives, the concept of community has declined and many people do not know their own neighbours.”

“The purpose of this initiative is to open a window of opportunity - over a specific weekend - whereby people will be inspired to make a small effort to mingle in a neighbourly way with people living in their own neighbourhood.”

The event in Drum is being organised by the Community of Drum website, and committee member Aidan McEvilly says that they are looking forward to meeting lots of local people this Sunday. “This is an ideal opportunity for anybody who might not be too familiar with the area to come in and find out about the community they live in and meet some of the people who live here, and the community centre is the perfect venue for such an event.”

“Whether you’ve lived in the area all your life or have just moved to Drum, you’re invited to join us this Sunday morning for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with your neighbours and take a look around the community centre too.”

Earlier this year Drum Community Centre marked its twentieth anniversary, and launched the Community of Drum website, which went live in January. The site is updated regularly and includes the weekly parish newsletter, and aims to be a hub for the entire community by providing information about various organisations in the area.

Further details of Know Your Neighbour Weekend can be found on the Drum website or the national site

Friday, 4 July 2008

Smiths Supervalu Sponsored Clann na nGael U14 Feile Ladies

Clann na nGael U14 Féile Ladies team pictured outside Smiths SuperValu, Monksland with their new Tracksuits. Also in the picture are team coach Kevin Naughton and Tim Dolan, store manager of Smith's SuperValu, Monksland, Athlone, kind sponsors of the tracksuits.