Monday, July 5, 2010

Well done to all involved in a very enjoyable U8 football blitz involving teams from Strokestown, St Brigids and Boyle which was held in the Abbey Park on Saturday last. There will be an UI0 blitz in the Park on this Tuesday evening. The Abbey Park will be a hive of activity all of this week as it is the venue for the GAA CĂșl camp. All users of the Park are reminded that it is a litter free zone and all litter must be collected at end of each day and deposited in the appropriate bins. (I’m nearly sure banana skins are not for recycling!).
The U 12s’ suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Strokestown.
Boyle's U14s’ suffered a narrow 2 point defeat to St Dominick’s in the Division 1 Championship on Thursday in Knockcroghery (St. Dom’s 3.9 B. 4.4). They have already qualified for the semi-final and that game may be taking place this Thursday evening-see fixtures.
The U16s’ are due to play Castlerea on Sunday next in the Abbey Park in the Division 1 Championship. (There are a lot of changes to the U 16 fixtures list due to the Ted Webb Cup and Fr. Manning Cup. Boyle, as in the minor team, is well represented in this U 16 team with four reps. Names to come.
There is a Special Minor League Division 1A game versus Michael Glavey’s fixed for Ballinlough on this Wednesday at 7pm.
The Feelystone junior team will commence their championship on Saturday 17th with Eire Og as their opposition.
The McGovern Directional Drilling team will not commence their Intermediate Championship campaign until early August.
A meeting of the Club will be held in the Clubrooms on this Tuesday night at 9pm to further advance the sale of the County Board Draw tickets.Anyone who hasn't been approached and who wishes to avail of a ticket may do so from any of the Club officers.
Congratulations are extended to Dessie McLoughlin who has successfully achieved his aim to climb Mount Blanc as a fundraiser for the Alzheimers Foundation. The best of luck to another Boyle mountain climber Niall Greenan who is heading off to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of a charity called ‘Water Aid’. Niall is based at Bristol University and has got involved with the organisation there. It provides water pumps for locations in Africa and these can make an enormous difference to the lives of people. Fair play to Niall, Des and the many other people from the area involved in such ventures. When I was contributing to the Roscommon People newspaper I referred to them as the ‘modern missionaries’. I remember Karol Mannion also climbed Kilimanjaro a couple of years ago similarly. To learn more about Niall’s venture you cab log onto:http/ It is amazing how these former angelic faces of youth reach for the stars. Isn’t it grand!

Congratulations also to the Boyle Musical Society on the major successes in the recent AIMS Awards and especially to former Boyle footballer Adrian King. No doubt that the training that both Dessie and Adrian received in the Club has stood to them!
The Sligo win over Galway-and we are delighted in Boyle- will give plenty of material for banter around the town for the next two weeks. They won a dogged and hard fought encounter on Sat. last so it will be interesting in Castlebar.
Best wishes to Aaron Finn and Kevin Tiernan who have taken over the running of the Moylurg.I imagine they are wishing the World Cup could go on an on.

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