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Community Games Success

Well done to our Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from the Community Games in Mosney at the end of August. John Egan of Carnmore captured his fourth gold medal in the boy’s U16 freestyle event. Last year John won the international record by three hundredth of a second. He also won the Irish Freestyle the same day and was awarded the bdest Irish boy swimmer!

Local girls Ciara Newell, Angela O’Connor, Rachel Farrell and Eimear Joyce captured the girls under 13 relay team freestyle event. Angela O’Connor also won silver in the individual Under 12 freestyle.

The under 10 Claregalway-Lackagh footballers captured bronze medals when they came through the provincial series from 78 teams – a great achievement.

See Full Story below.

Head Lice

Infestation with head lice is common and affects schoolchildren usually at ages 5 to 11 years. Girls are more likely to be affected than boys. Transmission is by head to head contact, as the lice cannot fly or jump but can crawl quickly. Sharing of personal items such as brushes, combs or hats can possibly spread the head louse. Shaven heads and hair gels act as a physical deterrent. Itching is the most common symptom, the louse feeds by sucking blood and injecting saliva, thus causing an itch. The head louse is a pale reddish-brown insect; most infestations consist of less than 10 lice. A fine-toothed comb should be used to aid detection of live lice. Special attention should be paid to the area near the ears and nape of the neck where most of the eggs are laid.

It is appropriate to start treatment as soon as possible after the diagnosis has been made. There are two basic treatment options for which there is some scientific evidence of efficacy: (1) topical insecticides, e.g. Malathion, permethrin and phenothrin, and (2) wet combing. Herbal products containing tea tree oil, battery powered combs and other shampoos are also used to help treat and prevent infestation.

Wet combing used in addition to insecticides provides the best attack on an infestation. The rationale behind wet combing is that lice do not move to another host within 7 days of hatching and do not reproduce within 10 days of hatching. Therefore, if all young lice are combed out within a few days the infestation can be eradicated. It is done with wet hair and added lubricant (e.g. hair conditioner.) and continued until no lice are found. Combing is repeated every three days and should be continued for two weeks after initial infestation is detected.

John Duffy MPSI. Claregalway Pharmacy

Special News

Congratulations to happy couple Mary (nee Connell) and Thomas Moran of Coonbiggeen and Cloon on the celebration of their 40th “ruby” wedding anniversary in July, from family and friends on both sides of the water.

Congratulations to Sinead and Michael John Murphy, Gortatleva on the birth of their baby daughter Ailbhe on the 30th June – a little sister for Clodagh and Emma.

Congratulations to Kathleen and Bob Dunleavy, Summerfield/Cahergowan on their 40th wedding anniversary on the 12th August. Also belated birthday wishes to Kathleen on the same day!

Wedding congratulations and best wishes to Peter Flanagan, Lakeview and Aoife Murray, Mullingar who wed on the 27th August.

Congratulations to Claregalway Amenity Group on winning a Heritage Award at the County Heritage Awards Ceremony held in Claregalway Hotel on Thursday 9th September.

Letter to County Council

9 Lakeview

11 August 2004

Environment Section
Galway County Council
Prospect Hill

Dear Sir/Madam,

I live in the centre of Claregalway village (Lakeview Estate). On 2 August 2004 (August Bank Holiday) I walked from where I live to the 40 mile speed limit side at both ends of the village on the N17. This is what I saw on the footpaths and hard shoulders.

Walking from the village to the speed limit on the Tuam side:

Temporary signs:

  1. A large blue sign nailed to a pole: Car Wash €5
  2. The Abbey Restaurant – Under new management leaning against wall.
  3. In front of Nicos there are 3 site signs nailed to a pole.
  4. A pole that has no apparent function has rotting site notices nailed to it.
  5. Game Preserved Claregalway and District Gun Club on a pole.
  6. Large sign propped against wall: escape leisure club – membership
  7. On next pole: Land preserved Claregalway Gun and Leisure Club.
  8. On the bridge there is one rusty sign that can’t be read.
  9. Two signs stating that Landowners own their own fishing rights.
  10. Sign saying Claregalway and District Fishing Club – members only.

Turning at speed limit sign and coming back on the other side of the road (western side of N17) there are the following signs:

  1. West-on-Track
  2. 24 Hour ATM at Centra (a piece of this is broken off)
  3. Three auctioneers signs point towards Cloonbigeen.

This side of the bridge matches the other with

  1. Two signs for Keep-out Landowners own their own fishing rights and
  2. Claregalway and District Fishing Club – members only.
  3. Avoid the traffic jam – Galway Bay fm.

Poles in the area opposite the Summerfield Bar are festooned with signs –

  1. 19,20,21,22 Taste Buds café/restaurant
  2. Galway County Show Clarenbridge 19 + 20 June.
  3. Taste Buds again
  4. A home-made sign Car Wash €5 is held against a pole with half a cement block.
  5. Another home-made sign, iron and cement blocks, is about 5 x 5 ft. This is for “Torque Racing” Car accessories including “Alloy’s”.
  6. 27. Taste Buds again.
  7. Puddles Day Care Centre
  8. Ballinrobe Races (church car park)
  9. Ice-Rink @ Galway Racecourse (These signs continue all the way in to Galway city)

Returning from the speed limit sign on the city side of the village:

  1. Galway County Show in Clarenbridge sign has had half of it burnt off.
  2. Three signs on one pole: Ice-Rink@Galway Racecourse faces town, Royal Villa Restaurant” faces field and Taste Buds (torn) faces village.
  3. 36/37 Next pole has an Ice-Rink@Galway Racecourse sign on one side and a half-burnt Taste Buds on the other.
  4. At junction 3 ft. x 6ft: Dance Dance Dance Galway Bay Hotel…..till 2 am.
  5. Taste Buds
  6. Puddles Day Care Centre
  7. Free standing sign on footpath for Bewleys coffey, etc.
  8. Off-licence Open till 11pm. stuck to fixed sign with cello-tape; likely to blow off.
  9. Sign blown down and left at church entrance: Point to Point Races, Athenry (wildly out-of-date).

So, there is a total of 43 temporary signs in this small village. Every pole has plastic tabs from old removed notices; one pole has 7 tabs.

The general appearance of the paths and hard shoulders is very dirty.

The paths have been cleaned in some areas, mostly by adjacent residents, but 6-12 inches of sand margins and grit will allow regrowth of weeds. Where the County Council has sprayed weeds they are now rotting or dead; this allows all the rubbish deposited to be seen more easily.

The hard shoulder areas are almost all absolutely filthy including outside a large building site where the top of the old stone wall and inside the stone wall are being used as bins.

Rubbish seen through the village includes milk and drink cartons (from take-away restaurants in Galway city), drink cans, cigarette butts and empty packages, plastic forks, pizza boxes, crisp bags, hub caps, cement bags, plastic bags, a blanket, paint tins, box from Toner cartridge, plastic sandwich boxes, a jacket, gardening gloves, miscellaneous bits of cars including a number plate (S3 MEM Beechlawn Motors), an exhaust pipe, a yellow car bumper.

Two litter bins at the Nine Arches bridge are overflowing.

There is a bus stop: there are large pot holes on the hard shoulder where the bus pulls in. Passengers must stand on grass cut by resident or on overgrown grass. The hard surface at the stop would accommodate one passenger.

In the past six months, I have driven to Sligo, Dundalk, Dublin, Wexford and Cork and have not seen a dirtier village or town on any of those journeys. At both ends of village an official sign welcomes people to Claregalway in three languages. The dirt is hardly welcoming! A league table for the dirtiest place in Ireland would surely put Claregalway very near the top of the list.

People living in Claregalway are much the same as everywhere else. They like to keep their houses and gardens well and would like the general area to be pleasant and attractive. There is a very high community spirit. However, there’s not much that local people can do about the state of the village. Thousands of vehicles pass through each day. Volunteers are not likely to risk life and limb and breathe exhaust fumes to clean up the village. This is a job that needs serious attention by the County Council.

The litter and dirty appearance of the road sides was very much in evidence before, during and after Galway Race week in the full view of thousands of visitors using the N17 as the main route to Galway from the north of Ireland.

I came to live in Claregalway in 1972 when it was a very attractive rural village. The appearance of the area has gone downhill steadily since, despite efforts by the Amenity Group and some local residents.

It is surely time for the Council to sort out this mess. All temporary signs should be removed and prohibited. The paths and hard shoulders should be cleaned up and left in a state that is not likely to allow for regrowth of weeds and accumulation of rubbish. This situation should not have to wait for special grants or “discretionary” funding by individual councillors. It should be basic maintenance by the County Council.

Yours faithfully,
Madeleine Flanagan
cc: Counillors: Mary Hoade, Jarlath McDonagh, Jim Cuddy, Fidelma Healy Eames.

Click here to view the County Council’s reply letter

Interior Design – Hints & Tips

Hanging pictures
Once you have chosen your picture its time to hang it. Sometimes it’s easier to buy one than to hang it. The practical side can be as important as the artistic one, for the picture’s sake and to achieve the look you want. You want a picture to add to your room as well as the enjoyment you will get from viewing it, but you don’t want it to fall on other items in the room or worst still on someone. You van hang a picture on your own but the jog is much easier with a helper.

Fixings for walls and pictures
Before you begin you need to choose the right fixing for the job. For most purposes, a standard picture hook, driven into the wall, will do the job, but you can get several size brass hooks for different picture weights – single pins for lightweight pictures or double pins for heavier ones. For heavier pictures or plastered walls, you can drill a hole, using rawl-plugs and screws. Also if a picture is heavy or is hanging in a spot where it’s likely to be brushed against e.g. in a busy hallway, it’s safer to hang the picture with two hooks, making it more stable. If you are hanging very heavy pictures such as oil paintings in old gilt frames or big mirrors, you could use two ropes of picture chain hung on two screws above the picture, so that the weight is spread evenly. This method may not be suitable for some contemporary homes, so you can use brass wall plates, which are attached to the picture and allows the picture to be screwed flat onto the wall.

Picture rails are especially suitable for hanging large, heavy pictures in rooms with high ceilings. Old-fashioned wooden moulding picture rails are part of the architectural detailing of these houses. The pictures are hung from the rail with special moulding hooks. Pictures can be quickly and easily repositioned or their height adjusted by changing the length of the picture wire, cord or chain. Today picture rails are used more as a decorative feature, than for hanging pictures.

Hooked plastic disks with strong pins are also available and are easy to hammer into hard walls – they are available in several sizes for different picture weights. Some people don’t like these as they can leave a mark on the wall, if they are removed for some reason, so it’s important to get their position right first time. You also have decorative picture hooks with small motifs, which are designed to be visible when positioned above the picture. The motifs can come in the shape of moons, suns etc. used for example in a child’s room will add to the overall décor. Pictures are hung with cord or wire strong enough to match the picture’s weight. These are attached to the back of the picture frame, one-third of the way down with d-shaped rings. Picture chain is used for larger paintings and is more suited for a traditional décor. Ribbon is an attractive way of hanging a picture or a group of pictures. It can also be purely decorative, tied into a bow and attached to the top of the frame to give the impression that the picture is hanging from the ribbon. Ribbon can be a great way of linking a series of mismatched pictures or making a simple print look more interesting. You could use this effect to create a romantic style bedroom.

Positioning the picture
Hang pictures away from direct sunlight or strong artificial light and away from the heat from radiators, fireplaces, and hot water pipes etc. fit a shelf above the radiator to defect the heat. Position pictures hung above seating higher than pushed-back chairs or the back of your head. Before you hang your pictures, stand back and look at the room. Stand the pictures in different positions and combinations around the room – get a friend to help. Consider how they look together and in relation to other items in the room such as furniture and fabric colour, also how they fit into the wall space available. The colour of the wall will effect how your pictures will look and the mood of the room. Dark colours suit the more traditional oils, while paler walls are better for watercolours and modern types. If you have boldly pattern wallpaper, you need something with strong images in strong frames.

Take care when positioning pictures opposite windows because the reflection may make it difficult to see the image clearly. Non-reflective glass can help a bit. Don’t hang pictures too high above eye-level and try to relate your display to furniture or other features in the room. For example arrange a small group of prints on a narrow wall between two windows or hang a big picture above a stairwell.

Grouping pictures
Hanging pictures in a group can be as creative as the images themselves. Individual prints, paintings and photographs, which might look lost on a large wall, can benefit from being grouped together. The group can be made up of a random collection of images you like or limited to a single theme, such as landscapes, portraits, flowers etc. The theme of the group could be colour such as black and white or soft pastels or a set of prints by the same artist. Frames can also help to unite a group; these can range from plain, neutral strips of wood or metal to more decorative and stylised types. Mounts too can be pale or boldly colourful, adding to overall effect.

Display the group of pictures around an imaginary line on the wall, e.g. a horizontal line with pictures arranged above and below or have vertical lines that create column like arrangements. Keep the same amount of space between each picture frame and avoid big gaps. Before you hang a group of pictures, lay them out on the floor and move them around until you get a balance. If they vary greatly in size, use the bigger ones as a starting point. Some people are more interested in the pictures themselves, than the decorative effect they will create, particularly if they are collecting works of art. The display will reflect the natural growth of the collection and can grow into a large display over time. In this case keep the large images high and the more detailed one lower, so that they can be seen. Try this on the stairway. You can re-arrange, add, remove or replace pictures from a group, as the mood or budget changes.

General care of pictures
To clean glass, spray window cleaner onto a soft, clean cloth to stop seepage under the frame. Clean plain frames with a clean, soft cloth or wipe with a slightly damp one. For elaborate gilt frames, dust with a soft dry paintbrush. If a picture on paper becomes damp, place it between several sheets of thick blotting paper and cover with a flat board. Replace the blotting paper with fresh ones until the moisture is absorbed. Protect a painting from a damp wall by sticking a piece of cork on the corners at the back of the frame, this will let air circulate and prevent condensation.

Once you have your pictures or photographs hung, you can sit back and enjoy them for a long time to come. They are one of the items that give the finishing touches to a home.

Mary D. Kelly
Decorating Options
(091) 798224

Carnmore N.S. Newsletter

The following is a brief review of the schools’ highlights for 2003/2004

School Extension:
Undoubtedly, one of the most important developments was the announcement last December of the school extension. CB Construction have commenced work and we are all looking forward to a school with first class facilities.

The Board of Management and the Parents’ Association have now taken on the added responsibility of fund raising, as there is an expected short fall of €100,000.

We will be hosting “Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire” in November. This fundraiser has the potential of raising a substantial amount of money but only with the support of wider community.

New Board of Management:
Last November, a new Board of Management was appointed to serve for the next 4 years. Hilda Murray and John Keane were elected as the Parent Representatives. Mary Thornton and Brod McCarthy were appointed as our Community Representatives, and Carmel Kenny and Fr. Noel Mullin represent the Patron (Bishop) while Ann Moran remains as the staff representative and Board Secretary. Carmel Kenny is the new Chairperson.

Staff Changes:
Noreen Hynes our vice principal is retiring after completing 40 years of teaching and 20 years of outstanding service to Carnmore. It is an occasion of celebration, pride, nostalgia and sadness for all of us, teaching colleagues, parents, present and past pupils.

Noreen started her career in a small rural 2-teacher school in Co. Roscommon. From there, she took up an appointment in Crumlin N.S. Ballyglunin. Here she was to spend the next 17 years where she served with distinction and endeared herself to parents and pupils alike. It was in April 1984 that she was appointed to Carnmore, the new school has opened the previous December. A few weeks later, we became a 4-teacher school with the appointed of Moira Cullinan. In 1991 Noreen was appointed Vice- Principal to succeed Una Walshe who had retired. The staff would like to thank Noreen for her 20 years of exemplary service. Her professionalism, dedication and conscientiousness were, at all times, of the highest standard. She has always acted in the best interest of the children and the school. As she now leaves, the staff has increased to 7 main stream teachers teacher, a shared Learning Support teacher, a shared Resource teacher and 3 Special Needs Assistants while our pupil numbers exceed 160.

We welcome the following 3 new appointments to our staff Aine Lyons, Aine Ni Fhogartaigh and Eimear Monaghan.

Our thanks to Peter Newell, of Newell Roofing for sponsoring a new set of jerseys for the hurlers and footballers and to Gary Fox for organising it. Thanks to Noel Grealish for his help in securing funding for the school extension. Lastly thanks to John Reilly, for all his work with the footballers and hurlers and Marie Fahy, and Veronica McKeown for their help with the camogie team.

School sport:
Hurling Schools’ Championship

In the hurling campaign we reached the semi finals and unfortunately were beaten by Tynagh-Killeen who won out the championship beating Loughrea Boys Schools

Camogie Schools’ Championship
We won the Trish Hannify Memorial Cup and the Indoor camogie competition and went to the final of the mini sevens but were beaten by Coolarne.

In the schools’s championship we got to the final but were defeated by Portumna.

We had some consolation when our captain Niamh Fox, won Player of the Match Award.

The Football Schools’ Championship
After a nail biting second half against Roscahill in the county final we won for he first time ever, and became COUNTY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS. We will never forget the trill and excitement of that great occasion.

Congratulations to all our past and present pupils who participated in the community games and took home bronze in the u10 football and u13 camogie and silver in the u13 hurling.

Is Mise le meas, Philip Kyne. An Maistir, Scoil Cearn Mor Naistunta


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Coffee morning – Rockwood – In Aid of Cancer Care West

The organizers of the Galway Bay 10 coffee morning in aid of Cancer Care West would like to thank all the neighbours and friends for being so generous in support of this worthy cause.

The amount raised was €650. The Galway Bay 10 mile Run/Walk took place on Saturday 4th September 2004.

Claregalway Agricultural Show

It was the fourteenth annual show. The weather forecast was far from “promising” – gales, thundery showers, rain – every show committee’s nightmare. After preparing for months in advance, getting organisation to near perfection, the weather on the day is totally in the hands of the Lord and although the Child of Prague statue “guarantees” a fine day if put outdoors the night before a wedding or big event, it didn’t deliver on this occasion. Now having said that one would be forgiven for thinking that Claregalway Show was non-existent on Sunday 22nd of August, but it was quite the contrary. Exhibitors turned up in their droves – travelling from as far afield as Cork with their ponies and horses! Local spectators were few in number in comparison to other years and it would appear that only the fearless donned the rain gear and arrived at the show. The Show Queen, Ms. Samantha Murphy from Cregboy, suitably attired for the weather, looked radiant in her sash and tiara and presented the trophies with great panache. Her spirits were in no way dampened by the weather and she thoroughly enjoyed performing her many duties throughout the day.

Local Dáil Deputy, Noel Grealish, was welcomed to the show by the secretary Madge Fahy, as were Councillor Jim Cuddy and his wife Margaret together with Irish Shows Association Board Members P.J. Foy and Michael Hughes. The organisers of the show appreciated very much that they took time out to attend despite the inclement weather.

Apart from a smaller crowd of spectators this year’s Claregalway Agricultural Show was just as competitive as any other year. Horse and pony classes were up on the previous year with great competition in the three rings. Supreme Champion Pony of the Show was owned by Mary Prendergast from Corrandulla and the Junior Champion Pony trophy was presented to Kathleen Cunney from Foxford. The Best Turned out Draught Horse, confined to Claregalway Parish, was owned by Christy Grealish from Carnmore. The cattle section was also up on previous years giving some credence to the belief that farmers like “a soft day” weatherwise. The show committee was delighted to see the extra cattle at the show as one of the show’s primary aims is to promote agriculture and it hopes this trend will continue in the future. There was a good turnout in the sheep entry too and local Councillor Jim Cuddy was very impressed with the quality of sheep being exhibited. The dog section was smaller than other years but the competition was just as good. The agility class, which was run in a separate ring this year, provided great entertainment especially for the younger dog handlers who wiled the time away practising for the event.

In the indoor section, where the weather didn’t seem to have any affect at all, exhibits were much the same as previous years. The vegetable and flower sections looked superb – the quality and array of colour was second to none. The home baking attracted a huge entry with the overall prize, the Phyllis Tierney Memorial Cup, being won by Bernadette Long from Claregalway, and was presented to her by Sheena Tierney. There was a great variety and quality of crafts on display and the overall prize in the craft section was won by Margaret McCormack from Strokestown. Michael Grogan from Loughrea was presented with the Perpetual Cup in the Farm Produce section as the overall prize. Mona Goode from Ballinasloe won the overall prize in the flower section and the Rose of the Show prize was won by Eamonn McCormack from Strokestown.

Although the spectators were small in number they were big in enthusiasm for the many competitions taking place in the Indoor arena. The ladies looked wonderful in their fabulous outfits and hats. Winner of the Best Dressed Lady was Ethna Staunton from Claremorris who wore a black and white outfit with matching hat – she looked stunning. Josephine Sweeney from Tuam won the Glamorous Granny competition and she wore a pale pink suit with accessories to match.

Judges were very pleased with overall standard of exhibits at the show and were impressed with the hospitality they received from Bernie Noone and Celia Fleming in the catering section. Chairman, Val Noone, was not disappointed with the turnout of exhibits. He would have loved to have had more spectators but the weather prevented that. He expressed his gratitude to all who turned up to exhibit, to the show’s many sponsors, to the committee and all the helpers who made it all possible. Those who did come had a most enjoyable day and as the saying goes with all organised events – regardless of set backs – the show goes on!

Frank Kearney

Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games

Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games took home a total of sixty two medals between Gold, Silver and Bronze from the Community Games National finals in Mosney. Pride of place went to John Egan who captured his fourth Gold medal at the National finals. John Egan from Carnmore captured another swimming Gold medal in the Boys Under 16 Freestyle event, which was his fourth successive year at taking a gold medal at the National Community Games finals. John is son of Liam and Frances Egan and is a second year student at St Joseph’s “The Bish” in Galway. Last February John Egan won the International Schools finals at outhampton where he broke the Irish record and missed out on breaking the International record by three hundredth of a second. He also won the Irish Freestyle and was awarded the Best Irish Boy Swimmer.

The swimming Gold was not just left to John Egan as four young girls captured the Girls Under 13 relay team freestyle event. Eimear Joyce, Angela O’Connor, Rachel Farrell and Ciara Newell. Angela O’Connor from Kiniska also captured a silver medal in the Individual Under 12 freestyle event.

The young Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games Under 10 footballers were in action on the first weekend and captured bronze medals after they successfully came through the provincial series from seventy eight teams did their area. The team, families and supporters travelled to “Mosney” on Friday and after the opening ceremonies on Friday, took on the might of “Douglas” who were representing Cork and Munster, runners up from last year and had nine of that panel, who were managed by former Cork footballer and well know Sunday Game panellist Tony Davis. Claregalway/Lackagh began strongly and led at half time by 1-2 to 0-3. However against the strong breeze the stronger Cork team emerged two point victors at the end of an enthralling encounter and the Cork side went on to take Gold. Claregalway/Lackagh then had a playoff game against Ulster Champions Cavan and on Sunday morning captured the Bronze medal when they displayed their true spirit defeating Cavan by 2 -8 to 0-2.

Ben Craven was outstanding in goal while the all Cregmore full back line of Damien Culkin, Harry Connolly, and Jamie Holland were “powerful” in every game with a half back line swift on their feet of Mark Coyle, Richie Hession and Vincent Doyle who were ably supported by other panel members Cian Ryder and Ronan Nash.

At midfield the steady cool foot of Shane Murphy was scorer in chief along with the very determined Darren Hennessy. The forward division worked well as a unit and had the remarkable ability to interchange their positions from a group nine. The tigerish Sean Linnane, the strength of Mark Shaughnessy and speed of Shane McHugh work to great effect with the inside line of the speedy Gary Connell and Rory Gunning and goal poacher Brian Keane, who

interchanged with Andrew Dolan, Kevin Brennan and Cathal Evans. It was a great season for the footballers and tremendous credit must go to manager, Michael Coyle and mentors Liam Ryder and Peadar Dolan, who along with Brendan Keane and Joe Henessey put in endless time and effort. The Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games Football Panel who took bronze last week were: Rory Gunning, Damien Culkin, Harry Connolly, Jamie Holland, Sean Linnane, Richard Hession, Vincent Doyle, Shane Murphy, Darren Hennessy, Mark Coyle, Ben Creavan, Shane McHugh, Brian Keane, Ronan Nash, Gary O’Connell, Andrew Dolan, Kevin rennan, Cian Ryder, Mark Shaughnessy and Cathal Evans.

Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games took home more Silver and Bronze from the second weekend of the National Community Games National finals in Mosney. Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games hurlers were bidding for a three in a row of Gold medals, but had to settle for Silver after they lost the final narrowly against Wexford. When aided by the breeze a disallowed goal early in the game from Ronan Badger was to prove critical and with the near gale force elements behind them the Claregalway/Lackagh lead of 1-8 to 0-2 did not seem enough. The young Galway lads led by just three points to two at the end of the opening quarter but with Badger who was tightly marked eventually finding room the Claregalway/Lackagh side eventually edged their way to a good half time lead. When Wexford who had two outstanding players that are names that could be watched in future years in Liam Og McGovern and Niall O’Keeffe, had combined to score 1-3 for Wexford in the opening five minutes of the second half it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Claregalway/Lackagh. However they battled well and despite a great double save from Claregalway/Lackagh custodian Barry McDonagh Wexford eventually broke through for the goal that put them in front. It was a harrowing defeat but in the end the better team won and Claregalway/Lackagh eventually had to settle for Silver medals. It was a marvelous achievement for the hurlers of the area to come through in their third year and reach the final once again.

The Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games Hurling Panel were: Barry McDonagh, Aidan O’Reilly, Justin Brennan, Mark Murphy, Paul Cullinane, Daithi Burke, Gary Grealish, Matthew Keating, Kevin Hussey, Phillip Doyle, Matthew Moran, Aaron Fox, Alan Traynor, Ronan Badger, Emmet Feeney, Sean Collins, Daniel Fox, Glen McArdle, Michael Cummins and Stephen Harris.

Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games Camogie team had to settle for Bronze after losing out in a very controversial semi final. Playing against Douglas of Cork, the game was refereed by a Cork native who made some appalling decisions against the Galway side. Three of the Claregalway/Lackagh Camogie team had to be taken to hospital after the game where players were hit on several occasions off the ball with play not even held up for injuries. At one stage the Claregalway/Lackagh goalkeeper was hit off the ball and contrary to rule the play was not stopped to allow attention to the player and a ball went into an empty net while the ‘keeper was being attended to and the score allowed by the referee. One of the Claregalway/Lackagh Camogie team had to go back to Drogheda hospital again on Sunday morning and attended University Hospital Galway on Monday morning with a fractured hand. Team officials had to restrain very angry parents and supporters after the game and an appeal by Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games Camogie Officials aided by Galway Community Games Officials came to nothing. However Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games easily won the Bronze medals when inflicting a thirty six point defeat of Castleblaney of Monaghan.

The Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games Camogie panel were: Adelle Grealish, Aideen Naughton, Aisling Keane, Clodagh Rafferty, Sara Fox, Michelle Murphy, Mairead Linnane, Yvonne Coen, Niamh Fox, Aisling O’Brien, Ailbhe Manning, Rachael Creavan, Emily Moran, Shauna Thornton, Eimear Joyce and Lisa Kirwan.

On Monday evening a cavalcade of all competitors and medal winners from Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games did a tour of the area amid bonfires and all the backroom people and their parents along with the competitors are to be warmly congratulated on their achievements. Afterwards they assembled at Claregalway Leisure Centre where Geoff Diskin, Chairman of Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games paid tribute to the many people who had helped bring so much success at the National Community Games finals. Congratulations were expressed to the young participants, coaches, parents, sponsors and all who helped bring such success to the area. Tributes and special thanks were also expressed to the Galway Community Games committee under Tony Lee and all who helped bring success to the area. Team managers and local politicians Noel Grealish T.D. Cllr Jarlath McDonagh and Cllr Jim Cuddy also spoke. Sixty two medals came to Claregalway/Lackagh Community Games this year which was its greatest success. Other participants were Evan McGuire who participated in the Art section while Caoimhe Connaughton participated in the Gymnastics competitions. Sean Diskin, Michael Evans, Donal Conroy, Alexis Giwa, Georgina Healy, Amy Rohan, Andrea Flannery, Shauna Fleming and Leone McGuire all took part in Athletics and performed with excellence without taking home any medals. Frank Kearney.

Carnmore Camogie Club

Chairman – Ger Crowe – 087-6390010
Treasurer – Mary Thornton – 087-2242318
Secretary – Pakie Fox – 087-2517486

Team Managers and Trainers
U10 –
Maura Murphy -087-9381093 and Dorothy Kenny
U12 – Mary Thornton -087-2242318. Joe Coen and Phelim Manning.
U14 – Anthony Molloy -091-798930. Declan Walsh and Roddy Grealish
U16 – Anthony Molloy -091-798930 and Sean Davoren.
Junior Team – Anthony Molloy and Sean Davoren.

Community Games
A big thank you to Declan Walsh, our team trainer, the U14 girls that did us so proud in Mosney to come away with the bronze, and also a big thank you to the parents and supporters that encouraged the girls at the games.

Our Juniors are doing very well with a one point win this week against no less a team than Pearses. This game was played down in Pearses Grounds in the east of the County.

Three brilliant goals from Alva McHugh, Lorraine Crowe and a match winner from Laura Tyrell gave our supporters and team managers much to cheer about.

With five minutes to go we were 4 points down. Lorraine Crowe got a point, to leave one goal in it, then Laura Tyrell beat two defenders and the goalkeeper for a brilliant goal to leave the match as we entered injury time. Laura struck again with a point to win the game.

This game was not all about the forwards as the backs and midfield plus a brilliant half-forward line really turned this game around in the second half.

Two games remaining with Mullagh and Turloughmore will be played over the next two weeks.

U14 Team
Our U14’s have not yet started their games, these to follow shortly.

I will be reporting on these games as they progress.

U12 Team
Our U12’s are playing Craughwell as I write. Best of luck to them and their team managers.

This team recently got a walkover against Portumna.

U10 Team
Our U10 team played Castlegar this week. This was an important game for both teams with end to end camogie in both halves, chances were missed on both sides, but in the end Carnmore came out deserving winners, on a scoreline of Carnmore 2-0, Castlegar 1-1.

Best of luck to this team and its managers over the remaining games.

Connaught Blitz
Best of luck from the Club to Jennifer Davoren who plays for the Galway team in the Connaught Blitz on Saturday 4th September.

U16 Team
This team has 2 games played, in this year’s championship, the first against Mountbellew which Carnmore won with ease.

Our second game was played at home against Pearses. This game was played under dreadful weather conditions.

We won this game by 3-1 for Carnmore, to 1-0 for Pearses.

Two goals from Lorraine Crowe in the first half followed by a point, left the half-time score 2-1 to no score. Pearses started stronger in the second half with a goal, but this was cancelled out when Mary Kelly and Laura Tyrell combined to score a goal.

The defense was under immense pressure but the full back line led by our Captain Niamh Thornton stood up to the test, as did our half back line and mid-field.

Best of luck to this team and their management for the remaining games.

More information will follow in next month’s Nuacht Chláir.

P.S. Best of luck to Declan Walsh on his career change. Declan has decided to commence studies in Mary Immaculate Training College in L.imeerick, commencing in September. We are sure Declan will make an excellent primary school teacheer and we all wish him the very best of luck in the future.

Ger Crowe, P.R.O., for Carnmore Camogie Club (087-6390010)

Loughgeorge Golf Society

Saturday 28th of August was the date and a re-vamped Athlone Golf club was the venue for the Loughgeorge golf society captains (Mick Tarpy) prize for 2004. A beautiful day was enjoyed by all who took part, with a quick downpour to cool them off early in the afternoon, didn’t deter the scoring with JJ O’Kane emerging the victor with 40 points.

Great credit is due to Mick and Patricia and family for the fabulous table of prizes on offer, all of which were hotly contested and appreciated by all who took part.

Also in the winners enclosure were,
2nd Martin O’Neill
3rd David Collins
Gross James Giles
4th Padraic Forde
5th Tony Hanley
6th Declan Shaughnessy
Ladies Kay Duggan
7th Brendan Cunnims
8th Michael Casserley
9th John O’Neill
10th P J Murphy
11th Johnathan Duggan
12th Gerry Loughnane
13th Michael Killilea

Many thanks are also due to our main sponsor on the day Walter King for his generous support which is deeply appreciated and without whom it would not be possible to run these events. Many thanks Walter.

Carnmore Hurling Club

It has been another very busy year for Carnmore Hurling Club. The senior team under management of Pat McCartin and selectors Jimmy Noone and Martin Leonard have had a good run in the league. They have recorded wins over Craughwell, Kilconeiron, Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry, Ballindereen and Turloughmore and a draw with Loughrea but lost to Athenry and Liam Mellows and still have to play Portumna. In the championship they had an impressive start with a good win over Ardrahan but went down badly to Gort and Portumna before bouncing back with a comprehensive victory over Abbeyknockmoy. Thrir next championship game will be a play off for a quarter final place against Athenry.

The Junior A team under management of Tommy Walsh and trainor Murty Killilea won their first three championship games against Kilconeiron, Abbeyknockmoy and Mullagh but lost to Meelick-Eyrecourt and if they beat Leitrim-Kilnadeema they will qualify for the quarter finals.

The under 21 team managed by Tomas Grealish with Paddy Conneely and Patrick Killilea as selectors lost to Kiltormer. This competition is a knockout this year but some of these players are involved with other teams they will still have some hurling to do.

The minors won against Salthill and drew against Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry , but lost to Cappatagle and Kilbacenty and still have to play Ballinasloe.

The junior C team who are managed by Brendan Dunleavey lost their opening game to Annaghdown.

Carnmore Hurling club wish to thank Ignatius Foy of Ignatius Foy construction Ltd. and the Blackrock House Hotel, Doughiska as main sponsors of the Carnmore golf am am which was held in Athenry golf club. We also thank all who sponsored and took part in the event. We also thank the committee and all who helped to make it another success.

We send our best wishes to Barry Hanley who is a member of the Galway minor team. Barry scored 1-06 against Antrim.