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Claregalway Community Development Association

Josette Farrell opened the meeting by welcoming everybody. She thanked Fr. Noel Mullin and local representatives Minister Frank Fahy, Noel Grealish TD and Councillor Jarlath McDonagh for their support. She outlined the background to the meeting. She reviewed the achievements of the Amenity Group but stressed that because Claregalway had grown there were problems and issues of growth that needed to be addressed by a broader based association with a wider scope. She stated that the Amenity Group with a number of others had formed a steering group to organise the inaugural public meeting. She then introduced Pierce Butler as the facilitating Chairperson and outlined the agenda for the meeting.

The steering group believed that it would help to ask those present to complete a questionnaire regarding their areas of interest and concern and that it would be very useful to the incoming committee. A number of issues were raised at the meeting – the most prominent ones were regarding safety around Claregalway school and a bypass.

A motion to set up the Claregalway Community Development Association was proposed and received a unanimous approval from all those present. It was declared passed and the following committee was elected:
Paul Gill (Chairperson), Tony Clarke, Brian Place, Vincent Lyons, Ger Gaffney, Jerry O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Connell, Jimmy Roche, Brendan Noonan, Chris Carroll, Michelle Egan, Josette Farrell, Celia Lennon.

Grieving Compántas Lir Stage their Annual Autumn Theatre

Sadness will be tinged with humour this month when Compantas Lir stage the 2005 Autumn Theatre production which once again will see more than 600 people entertained over three nights at the Carnmore Community centre.

This year’s productions Farmhouse Follies produced by Brid Conneely and Husbands Supplied produced by Paddy Greaney will have the audience rolling in the aisles on Wednesday October 19, 20 and 21.

However, this year the group are mourning the loss of popular member Mary Duggan who passed away just last month. Mary was at the centre of the group’s activities for the past two decades and a special tribute will be paid to her each night of the autumn theatre run.

Tickets at €12.50 each are available from group members and from Adrian at 087 6529843. Patrons should note that tickets will not be available at the door as every year the theatre sessions are sold out well in advance.

For €12.50 every audience member will get to see two cracking comedies and have a glass of wine, tea or coffee and light refreshments, which is great value for a great night’s entertainment. Each night’s performance will start at 8.30pm and the doors will be open at 7.30pm.

The Autumn Theatre is the main fundraiser for Compantas Lir as it sets out on the roads of the country in a bid to qualify for the finals of the All-Ireland Drama competitions. The effort will be increased this year as a tribute to Mary Duggan and because the finals are staged in Claregalway next April.

By the way, Stage by Stage, the history of Compantas Lir will be launched in the coming month in the parish. Retailing at €20, the book tells the story of how the group was formed and how it has developed into one of the most popular amateur drama groups in the country. Coming as it does months before the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals are staged in Claregalway, it will prove an ideal gift for past and present members and is an invaluable addition to the cultural history of the parishes of Claregalway and Carnmore.

The book was produced by an editorial committee and edited by Declan Varley and was published with the financial assistance of Galway County Council.

Diary of a New School

October 6th 2005 marks the 75th Anniversary of the day on which pupils moved into the ‘new’ school in Claregalway.

The following is a diary showing the stages of planning, etc. from 1925 onwards.

April 16th, 1925 – P. Ó Brolacháin, Principal Officer in the Office of National Education, informs schools’ inspector, Micheál Ó Cinsealaigh, that the manager of the (old) schools in Claregalway wishes to vest the premises in trustees and requests him to furnish a report on the state of the buildings, improvements required, etc.
January 25th, 1926 – An tUasal Ó Cinsealaigh reports that “… the condition of the building does not warrant vesting…..the roof is not of sound condition…rain coming in through two places….no gutter pipes….floor in need of repairs….floor accommodation not adequate….”
February 28th, 1926 – Letter from Canon Moran to P. Ó Brolacháin.
March 3rd, 1926 – A letter is sent from the Office of National Education(O.N.E.)to the Office of Public Works(O.P.W.), with a copy of the inspector’s report enclosed, enquiring if the need for a new school building should be regarded as a matter of pressing urgency.
May 22nd, 1926 – O. P. W. replies to O.N.E. saying that the building and roof is sound but in need of repairs which it estimates would cost £562. An extension to the site would be required but , if the manager was unable to get an extension, they would recommend sanction of a grant of £2,650 for the erection of a new building.
June 17th, 1926 – The inspector is requested to check the possibility of the manager securing an extension to the site.
August 26th, 1926 – Letter from Canon Moran to P. Ó Brolacháin
September 4th, 1926 – Inspector replies that the manager no longer wishes to have the schools (boys and girls) vested and, further, is not prepared to undertake renewal of present buildings or erect a new school on the present site. He is unable to obtain an extension to the present site but a new site is available. The inspector recommends that application forms for erecting a new school should be sent to the manager.
September 16th, 1926 – The O.N.E. writes to Canon Moran stating that it considers the erection of an entirely new building to be the proper course to adopt. Application forms for building grant are enclosed.
October 15th. 1926 – Canon Moran replies saying that he is in possession of the site and enquires about the amount of land needed for the building and the amount of the local contribution. He is unable to say how many pupils will be catered for, owing to the fact that the compulsory attendance act will be enforced in future and that the average daily attendance will increase.
February 17th, 1927 – Canon Moran returns completed application form for grant towards building a new school.
May 27th, 1927 – O.N.E. asks inspector to make a recommendation as to the accommodation that should be provided in the new schools.
June 2nd, 1927 – Inspector advises accommodation for 140 pupils.
June 29th, 1927 – A Provisional Order is signed for the erection of a new school in Claregalway. The O.P.W. is asked to inspect the site and the solicitor is asked to investigate the title.
July 1st, 1927 – Inspector reports that the manager could not be expected to raise one third of the cost of new building and recommends a contribution of £200.
August 31st, 1927 – Canon Moran returns application form for grant in necessitous locality and provides details of population and rateable valuation in local town-lands as per 1911 Census.
September 13th, 1927 – O.P.W. supplies plan of new school with an estimated construction cost of £2,800 plus £230 variable works.
October 6th, 1927 – O.N.E. writes to Canon Moran requesting evidence of title and asks if the site map correctly represents the plot.
October 7th, 1927 – Letter from Canon Moran to O.N.E., “… I hope you’ll hurry up proceedings, they’ve been proceeding at an awful rate of progress like a snails’ procession…” A cheque for £26 is enclosed.
December 20th, 1927 – O.N.E. informs O.P.W. that it has accepted a local contribution of £150. It asks that steps be taken to invite tenders and requests architect to call to Canon Moran to discuss details re offer of 250 tons of stone.
March 16th, 1928 – Canon Moran is informed that a grant of £2,880 (on an estimated total expenditure of £3,030) has been approved for the new school. The school will cater for 150 children and the lease will be for 999 years. He is requested to provide a form of licence giving the O.P.W. permission to enter the site.
May 1928 to June 1929 – A series of letters (almost twenty) are exchanged between the O.N.E., the O.P.W. and Maxwell Solicitors (Eden Quay, Dublin) re lease, site, adjoining lands, and map.
June 12th, 1929 – The secretary of the Government Contracts Committee informs the C.E.O. of the Primary Education Branch that his committee has awarded the contract for the erection of a new school at Claregalway to Mr. Joseph Canny, Polremon, Williamstown at a cost of £1,959.11.10.
June 18th, 1929 – All is not well with the lease and map as the Land Registry is losing patience and informs Maxwell Solicitors that “…unless this case is proceeded with within a month it will be treated as withdrawn…”
August 27th, 1929 – Maxwell Solrs. finally forward lease and licence to O.N.E.
March 31st, 1930 – O.P.W. informs O.N.E. that “… the school has been satisfactorily built, furnished and enclosed in the manner required by the approved plans, specifications and site map…further communications re expenditure to be addressed..”
May – August 1930 – Canon Moran informs O.N.E. that he cannot open the school until a second turf shed on the girls’ side and fittings for teaching cookery are provided.
September 1st, 1930 – Inspector reports that “…. the new school has not yet been occupied…when I visited I could not gain entrance as I could not obtain keys…the manager was gone to Dublin with an application for a second turf shed…”
October 10th, 1930 – Inspector’s report states that the pupils moved into the new school on October 6th.
December 12th, 1930 – O.P.W. informs O.N.E. that a tender has been accepted for a second fuel store but the manager’s request for provision of cookery equipment has been deferred.
February 8th, 1932 – O.N.E. informs O.P.W. that the total expenditure on the schools is £1,997.6.2 with a grant of £1,847.6.2 having been provided.
February 19th, 1933 – Canon Moran complains to O.N.E. re closets in new school and the difficulties in cleaning same
May 12th, 1934 – Canon Moran complains about the state of the playgrounds. “Saor obair, drochobair”
January 22nd, 1936 – O.P.W. orders provision of deep sump at an estimated cost of £10 to alleviate flooding in playground.

Trouble Sleeping

Insomnia – trouble with sleeping- is a very common problem. 1 in 7 adults suffer regularly. Some practical tips for better sleep and understanding insomnia follow.

Insomnia can mean one or more of the following;

  • Trouble getting off to sleep
  • Waking frequently throughout the night
  • Early morning waking
  • A general sense of not having had enough sleep
  • Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping

During the day, people with insomnia may feel tired and less able to cope with routine activities. They may be more prone to accidents or to becoming ill. There are many possible causes of insomnia. Some are lifestyle induced or short term for example after an upsetting experience. But insomnia may become long term. One the most common causes of insomnia is depression.

Lifestyle causes of insomnia include: too much caffeine, especially in the evening, excess alcohol, nicotine, stimulating activities late in the evening, irregular sleeping and waking times, too much light, heat or noise in the bedroom, shift work, jet lag.

Medical causes of insomnia include: physical problems, such as pain, heartburn and sleep apnoea (airway blockage while sleeping), psychological problems such as depression and anxiety, prescribed medicines such as steroid treatments and over-the-counter medicines containing caffeine or pseudoephedrine.

Many people find that changes to their daytime and bedtime routines can improve sleep without the need for sleeping tablets, although for many people they are necessary. Changes that often help include being physically active, 30 minutes most days can prove beneficial, limit catnaps during the day, avoid caffeine late in the day, before bedtime avoid large meals, vigorous exercise, work or competitive games, don’t use alcohol to aid sleep it can make insomnia worse. Make the bedroom as comfortable as possible. Some people find relaxation tapes and exercises useful.

If you are still having trouble after making these lifestyle changes ask your local GP for advice.

John Duffy MPSI. Claregalway Pharmacy. Open late Monday to Friday until 8 pm. Phone 091-799754.

Editorial

Hello and welcome to October’s issue of Nuacht Chláir. Here in Claregalway we are still gridlocked – traffic is dictating our every move and tempers are frayed. One solution would be to car pool. I see all the cars with just one person in it and often wonder “why not car pool”? It would be sociable as well as economical. Do we really need to drive the car into more traffic? Another service of use would be public transport if we had a regular service. Councillors, please listen! If we had footpaths, we could walk our children to school in safety. If we had cycle lanes, we could cycle. If the railway tracks were opened up (West on Track) we could sit back in comfort and enjoy a stress free ride. Instead all we have is a constant stream of traffic and stress. Everybody is talking about it but nobody is doing anything. Why? What does it take? Our children are the ones who will suffer – they can’t use the roads because of the traffic and danger. They are forced into sedentary lifestyles. Something needs to be done – sooner rather than later.

Until next time,
Josette.

Galway North Educate Together N.S.

Galway North Educate Together N.S. opened on September 5th 2005 with an enrolment of 29 pupils. It was the culmination of 2yrs work by a core group of parents who feel strongly that education should be multi-cultural and multi-denominational. There were many hurdles along the way but September 5th was a day of great excitement, relief and there were the usual sad faces-I mean the mums and dads as they parted with their Junior Infants.

We have two classes. Hilary teaches Junior and Senior Infants in one room and Terri has 1st -6th class in the other room. Joseph comes three days a week to give English Language Support.

Monday September 5th was very exciting with politicians, photographers and journalists all visiting the school.

Our parents came to enjoy the atmosphere and to talk to the politicians and journalists. Volunteer parents provided refreshments.

We got a wonderful write up in the Tuam Herald. We also featured in the Connaught Tribune, the Advertiser and the Galway Independent.

Since then we have been very busy.

We visited the Abbey and did some great rubbings.

Parents and children came together on Tuesday 20th Serptember to plant bulbs and a tree which was generously sponsored by Horkan’s. A hard day’s work but very rewarding.

We do chalk drawings in our yard everyday and the rain washes the palette for more every few days.

We have had very generous donations of a computer, printer, DVD player, balls, skipping ropes, vacuum cleaner, microwave, kettle, fridge and much more. These have been so welcome.

We have had parent volunteers from day one helping with unpacking, cleaning and assisting in the classroom.

Kreations Hair Salon generously gave us their premises and four stylists worked with Zac and Laura on Sunday 2nd of October for our fund raising Cutathon. €700 was raised on the day. Well done everyone.

Life in Galway North Educate Together is proceeding happily. We still have Jim McCarthy on hand helping with finishing touches like our mailbox. He is always a welcome face and always brings a smile and a joke.

The students in 3rd – 6th wrote about their Educate Together Experience. Their accounts are very interesting. Here are just a few quotes.

“I like Educate Together Schools. Educate Together means we accept any religion or no religion. It also means we all learn even the teachers”

“I love the fact that I do not need a uniform. I love the games and P.E. we have. I like being in a class with different age groups.

“I like Educate Together. The kids are very, very cool. I like it because it doesn’t start until 9.20am.

We will start swimming after October break.

Today we had our first module in Archaeology in preparation for our visit to the Castle next week.

Our school bus should be up and running very soon. The route is being mapped.

Our parents are invited to an Information Night this Thursday. We look forward to seeing everyone at the school.

September was a lovely month and thanks are due to the residents of Claregalway who have welcomed us warmly.

Terri (Principal)

My Computer

Broadband
Keep your eyes and ears open this month as there may finally be some good news on the campaign to get fast internet connection and broadband to the village and its surrounding area. Full and updated details available from the Claregalway Broadband Group can be found online at www.claregalway.net or by dropping me an email directly.

Preparing for the worst and Never have to worry if it does happen
One can become complacent and almost lazy if a computer does work as it’s supposed to. I mean, it started today therefore it will again tomorrow. After all in between it’s switched off or no-one is using it. What can go wrong? Well lots actually. Thankfully real serious problems are rare and computers parts are more reliable. However, how prepared are you if things do go wrong? If it’s a part that breaks then you can replace it. If Windows stops working correctly then you can reload it. If applications stop working then re-install them. But what if you lose your data? Get infected by a computer virus? Delete something in error? There is the inconvenience, the cost of repair – both in terms of time and money, and in some cases the lost work and business. So what can do? …read on.

I will quickly deal with preparing for the worst. Like everything prevention is better than cure. So you lose some files. Big deal? Depending on how you use your computer, that could be at minimum some word documents, maybe a few budget spreadsheets, those digital pictures and of course emails. But what if you rely on your computer for work matters, you could lose business and customer records.

The solution is simple – make regular backups. Take a few minutes to learn how that CD-writer software works and just back up your data. Better still use a DVD writer and you can backup a lot more data. Maybe you might have a USB key. Maybe you have a second hard drive in your computer – copy the data on to it. Better still a “RAID” card and let the computer do it automatically. Perhaps you can copy onto a networked PC/Server.

Most new computers will at the very least have a CD/DVD writer so that is probably the best option. Most of the software to use them also include a backup facility. Investigate it. Next Figure out what data to store. Usually “My Documents” at the very least, but some programs store in other places so it may vary. Investigate some more. Then decide on how often to back up. That depends on how important the data is and how much it changes daily.

If you opt to back up onto CD, DVD or USB key then you’ll have to remember to do backups yourself. If you are lucky enough to have a second hard drive and a recent version of windows (2000/XP) then you could set it automatically.

Believe me, it really is worth the effort to plan for disaster recovery. Imagine, your computer breaks, just take out that DVD and go to another computer and presto you are BACK UP and running. Compare this to waiting hours, days or weeks for your PC to be repaired and even then you may have lost your data…..

Drop me an email for more information on this subject. I’ll be glad to advise and help you in any way I can. Having other PC hardware or software problems ? Just want to know more about using one? For fast and friendly help and advice please email me or call me at 087 9333181. Joe O’Connell (info@mycomputer.ie)

Special News

Congratulations to Samantha Murphy, Cregboy, Claregalway, who recently graduated as a certified Payroll Technician.

Congratulations to Sinead and Enda Flaherty, Mullachuttra, on the birth of their baby boy Ryan, born on the 4th July – a brother for Connor and Megan.

Congratulations to Brid and Mike Hannon, Gortatleva, on the birth of their son Michael, a brother for Chloe and Emma.

Congratulations to Marie and Jimmy Duggan, Montiagh on the birth of their baby son Kevin James on the 27th August, a brother for Ashling and Aoife.

Congratulations to Dympna and Paul Concannon, Cahergowan on the birth of their baby girl Laoise, a sister for Rioan, born on the 30th September.

Congrats also to Helen and Niall Concannan, River Oaks, on the birth of their baby girl Ruth, born on the 30th September.

Best wishes to Alaoise Halpin, Gortatleva, who celebrates her 21st birthday this month. Enjoy the party Alaoise!

Engaged congratulations to the Dempsey sisters of Cregboy who both got engaged recently – Surney got engaged to Patrick Duggan, Maherafelt, Co. Derry and Ethna got engaged to Ian Bolger, Clonmel. Best wishes to you all.

Congratulations to Paul Cahill, Lydican, Claregalway and Carmel Spellman, School Road, Carnmore, who got married on the 8th October. Best wishes to you both for now and the future.

R.I.P.
Mary R. Duggan, Abbey View, Summerfield, September 29th 2005
John Paul Kearney, Knockdoe, October 4th 2005

“Who Wants to be a Thousandaire”

Well known TV personality, Cyril Farrell, last Monday 3rd October, announced details of the exciting show “Who Wants to be a Thousandaire” with the support of local representatives, Minister Frank Fahy TD, Noel Grealish TD and Cllr Jarlath McDonagh.

This increasingly popular show which is take place on the 3rd November is to help raise funds towards much needed accommodation and facilities for Scoil Bhride, Lackagh. This need has come about largely due to the huge increase in population in Lackagh over the past few years and subsequently the massive increase in pupils.

“Want to be a Thousandaire” has attracted large audiences all over Ireland over the past two years and is fast becoming the most popular source of fund-raising for schools and clubs. The show which is based on the ever popular “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” makes for a very entertaining night out with audience members given a chance to play if their name is drawn on the evening. All contestants have an equal opportunity to win €1,000.

Advertising is a large source of fundraising for this event and the organizers would like to say a special thank you to the businesses who have supported them to date. The evening provides an excellent platform for local businesses as all advertisements will be posted on 8′ x 6′ screens on either side of the stage. The advertisement will then be shown 8 – 10 times throughout the evening to an audience of between 400 and 500 people.

Flynns of Lackagh provided the main sponsorship for the event and the committee sincerely thank them for their ongoing support to the school. A special thanks should also go to Paul Gill of the Claregalway Hotel for sponsoring the Launch evening and the room for the event.

Tickets are now on sale for this great night out which is to help a very worthy cause. For further enquiries, you can contact, Gillian Buckley on 087 2236982, Michael O Boyle, 087 413 4899 or any member of the committee. The organizing committee look forward to a large turnout for the show which promises to be a very entertaining evening.

Further enquiries: Asumpta Gallagher, 50 Woodlands, Lackagh, Co Galway, 091 737 793/087 405 1600

Cregmore’s €20m luxury golf club due to open next June

Golfing enthusiasts should be teeing-off at Cregmore’s €20 million luxury golf course by next June. The Cregmore Park and Golf Club according to its designers, will rival the facilities on offer at the famous K Club and Druid’s Glen.

Work has been on-going on the course over the last six months and when complete will include a 60-bed four star hotel and provide up to 90 jobs.

The owners of the new course, local business bouple Murty and Catherine McGrath, have been inundated with inquiries about membership of the club and will be sending out applications in the near future.

Work began on developing the course earlier in the Summer and already the sand-based tees and greens have been constructed and these will be seeded over the next couple of weeks.

It is also planned that top soil will then be put on the fairways and it is expected that most of these will also be seeded to take advantage of the estimated six weeks growing period still remaining the year.

Additional features will include a one and a half acre water feature to be built as part of the overall course design. Also 3,000 new trees will be planted throughout the course as part of the landscaping plan. The land is naturally well drained, making it ideal for all year round playing conditions.

Further information about the new course can be had by phoning 091-799799 or on the website www.cregmorepark.com

Update from your local Councillor, Jim Cuddy

Water charges
Under the Galway County Non-Domestic Water Metering Project it is the intention of the council to have all non-domestic water users metered so that they can be charged for water by the end of 2006. At a meeting of the council held on September 26th. I made a proposal which was fully backed by all the councillors that the Minister for the Environment be asked to amend the legislation so as to exempt , schools, sports clubs and community centres from water charges. It was further proposed that the content of the motion be circulated to all other county councils so that they could pass similar motions. I believe it would be very harsh if these three sectors were forced to pay for water as they all provide non profit facilities. We will have to wait for a reply from the Minister.

Loughgeorge Junction
On September 23rd. the Council responded to my latest representations in relation to the danger of this junction. The reply was as follows;

‘I wish to inform you that Galway Co. Co have analysed the Loughgeorge area of Claregalway in association with the Safety Section of the National Roads Authority. It is proposed by the National Roads Authority to provide a High Cost Accident Scheme at this location in 2006. The design details are not yet available for this proposal.’ I know that you will all welcome this development.

Requests for road works and footpaths
At the most recent meeting of the Area Committee with Council Officials I raised once again the junction at the Church and repeated my request for a filter lane at this junction for traffic wishing to turn left towards Galway. The question of footpaths from Claregalway National School to the junction of the Gortacleva road was also raised as was a request for a footpath along the wall in front of Church View and Sli an Bradan. The Director of Services for Roads Mr. John Morgan is now going to have the matter looked at by the National Roads Authority. This is necessary due to the fact that both the N 17 and N18 are National Primary Roads which are the responsibility of the National Roads Authority.

As usual I can be contacted anytime at 087 6360242
Jim

Claregalway Clinch Third County Under 14 Title

Claregalway 4-7 Barna 1-10

A late goal from super sub Aaron Fox sealed a hard earned victory for the Claregalway Under 14 footballers who defeated a gallant Barna team in the Under 14 county football final played in Pearse Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Having defeated Galway Feile champions Corofin in the semi final Claregalway progressed as strong favourites to this years final. Despite living up to that billing with a six point victory Claregalway were pushed all the way by a brave and fully committed Barna team. Both sides gave an incredible display as a pulsating game underlined the strength of underage football in the county. Surging at Claregalway, Barna took control of the game in the early stages. Denied two goal chances by Claregalway custodian, Stephen Nally, they raced three points clear as Francis McRudden and Evan McSweeney terrorised the shell shocked Claregalway defence. Man of the match Daniel Cunningham blazed through the defence to finally open Claregalway’s account after five minutes.

Quickly falling three points into arrears again Claregalway eventually settled into the game with two more points from Daniel Cunningham and an equaliser from Robert Dooley making it four points each. Disaster struck for Barna shortly before the break when corner forward Peter Divilly masterfully slipped the ball inside the cover to Robert Dooley who coolly finished the ball to the net. Shortly afterwards Claregalway’s lead stretched to six. Reacting quickest to Donal McGreal’s effort hitting the post Peter Divilly was pulled to the ground for a penalty. Showing great leadership team captain Greg Cunningham hammered the spot kick low to the left corner. Later galloping up the field to score a point from a quick free Greg Cunningham had scored 1-1 from centre back to give Claregalway a six point lead at the break.

Re-emerging in the second half with a greater focus Claregalway handled the physical presence of Barry Kennedy and Aengus O Suilleabhain much better in defence while Conor Costello and Matthew Moran knuckled down to their task at midfield. Dominating proceedings a number of bad wides meant only Daniel Cunningham had added a point to their tally after six minutes. In Barna’s first attack of the second half they grabbed a spirit lifting point. Soon adding two more they had shortened the deficit to four points when Claregalway engineered a third goal. Racing clear of his own defence Daniel Cunningham found Peter Divilly on the left wing with a long kick pass. Yet again the livewire corner forward was economical with possession as he set Robert Dooley up for his second goal. To Barna’s credit they never yielded. Stubbornly responding with a point before Gerard Hanley cut through the Claregalway rear guard before unleashing a low drive to the net Barna trailed 3-6 to 1-9 with ten minutes left to play.

When inspirational Claregalway defender Kevin Hussy was sent to the line for a second yellow card two minutes later it seemed Barna were poised for a late rally. Trading points as time ebbed away both sides realised the game was in the balance. However it wasn’t to be for gallant Barna as Claregalway survived a number of fortunate goal mouth scrambles before super sub Aaron Fox found himself on the end of a move, involving another substitute Eoin Commins, and he didn’t hesitate in finding the net to put the game out of Barna’s reach. This was Claregalway’s first County Juvenile title since 1993. Great credit must go to all the people who looked after this Team from Gerry Moran who started them at Gaelic Football as U-8’s to Jarlath Brennan whoreached last years final and then this years mentors Damian Stephens, Liam Hussey, Ray Dooley, Jimmy Moran and Jimmy Gavin.

Team: Stephen Nally, Keith McDermot, Ronan Badger, Hubert Newell, Michael Evans, Greg Cunningham, Kevin Hussey, Conor Costelloe, Mathew Moran, Donal McGreal, Michael Noonan, Jason Byrne, Daniel Cunningham, Robert Dooley, Peter Divilly, Donal Conroy, Aron Fox, Diarmaid Gavin, Conor Higgins, Michael Igeo, Daniel Maher, Kevin Kilcoyne, Thomas O’Keefe, Joe Keighrey, Eoin Clarke, Eoghan Commins, Brendan Joyce, Justin Brennan, Mathew Keating, Philip Doyle.

Jimmy Gavin PRO