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Féile na nÓg to take place at end of the month


The John West Féile na nÓg is a Club festival for Gaelic football and Ladies Gaelic football at Under 14 level, involving teams from across the Association. it  will be held in Cavan, Fermanagh, and Monaghan on the weekend of 23rd – 25th June 2017.

The tournament aims to offer

Under 14 players to participate in an annual Festival of Hurling/Camogie, Handball and Gaelic Football/Ladies Gaelic football

Clubs to experience playing against teams from other Counties/Provinces

Clubs to foster links with other Clubs in other Counties/Provinces

Counties to celebrate Gaelic games by acting as hosts

A core aim of Féile tournaments is to promote a philosophy whereby every player has the opportunity to participate and play in their respective Féile tournament at a level commensurate to their age, skills and strengths.

John West Féile na nÓg competitions are composed of host and visiting teams. Host teams are drawn from the host region (Counties). Visiting teams participating at the National Finals of Féile na nÓg will be nominated by their County Bord na nÓg to represent their respective Counties. Both host clubs and visiting Counties are graded into their respective divisions. Normally the identity of the visiting teams is determined by the results of internal Féile na nGael competitions, however, due to the level of interest from host clubs, each visiting County is usually asked to nominate 2 – 3 representatives. All overseas units are also asked to nominate representatives to take part at Féile na nÓg.

In the 2017 John West Féile na nÓg boys football tournament, there are 80 host teams. These 80 host teams, will host visiting teams from across the 29 non-hosting Counties, plus Britain and North America. In total, 12 overseas teams will travel to take part this year. In the girls football event, there are 46 host teams, with 46 visitors travelling from across Ireland, Britain and North America.

Gerry Brady is the Cavan County Board chairman and he’s been in conversation with Northern Sounds Mickey Brennan as Cavan GAA launched their participation in the event locally. He spoke about the logistics involved and  the fun and excitement that is involved in hosting clubs like New York. He spoke about how every club in Cavan will be hosting with many events being organised.  Cavan last hosted in 2008 and he explained they were also the first county to host it and that they are really looking forward to it and he says it will be a great boost to the local economy


  1. Competition Schedule

The final competition schedule is to be confirmed, however usually the schedule is as follows:

 Friday 23 June  Each team plays their first two group games  Saturday 24 June  Each team plays their final group game Each team plays their Cup or Shield quarter final  Sunday 25 June  Cup and Shield semi finals Cup and Shield finals

Saturday Sport interview: Ballinasloes Heather Payne taking soccer world by storm


 Back in March Last year Ballinasloes Heather Payne was chosen as the FAI Under 16 Women’s International Player of the Year and her career has continued to rise as she was selected in the Republic of Ireland senior squad along with Mohills Dearbhaile Beirne. Manager Colin Bell begins his preparations for the 2019 World Cup qualification campaign which will start against Northern Ireland in September.

Peamount United forward Heather Payne, who starred for the WU17s side in the recent European Championships, has received her first call-up as well as UCD Waves forward Dearbhaile Beirne.

Heather joined John Lynch in studio yesterday and she began by telling him about how she started playing Soccer at the age of 5 with Ballinasloe in the Athlone league before she joined Salthill Devon at 14 years of age. She now represents Peamount United in the Womens national league which consists of 7 teams where they are currently top of the table. She has to travel to Dublin three or four times a week for matches and training.

The ardscoil Mhuire Ballinasloe student who has just completed fifth year spoke to John about her delight at receiving a letter to represent Ireland at under 15 level after trials and her player of the year award. Many options like a career in England or a soccer scholarship in America are now on the horizon.

She told John that you don’t have to be from Dublin for soccer talent to be noticed.

You can hear their conversation here:


Senan Kilbride talks football,yoga and travel


Senan Kilbride retired from inter-county duty with Roscommon last December and he’s been reflecting on how he has got on since while in conversation with Shannonside FM.

The Saint Brigids player had been a regular on his county side since making his championship debut against Galway in 2008. His last appearance for the county was the Connacht final replay defeat to Galway last July. Kilbride missed Roscommon’s 2010 provincial win due to injury but has won four Connacht club titles and an All-Ireland club title back in 2013 when they defeated Ballymun Kickhams in the final in Croke Park .

Senan Kilbride spoke with John Lynch on Saturday Sport live from Kiltoom. They spoke about the upcoming Leitrim match in the 2017 Connacht Senior football championship and he says he’s looking forward to seeing the Roscommon side perform in it.

Senan spoke about how he is really enjoying club football and enjoying new ways of training- like yoga. He also updated John on his future travel plans in America.

You can hear their conversation here


Cavan GAA lead tributes to Dominic Earley


Cavan GAA have led tributes to Dominic Earley,a member of their backroom team, after he died in a road crash in Fermanagh yesterday morning. The single-vehicle crash occurred on the Glengesh Road near Tempo at 10am.

Cavan GAA released the following statement

: “It is with great shock and deep sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Dominic Earley following a road traffic accident in Fermanagh earlier today.

“Dominic was a member and player with the Tattyreagh Club in County Tyrone.

“He joined our team management just a short few months ago but in that time he created a lasting impression on those who had the pleasure of meeting him.

“Cavan GAA would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Dominic’s family, his girlfriend Maria, relatives, and friends and to the Tattyreagh GAA club and Tyrone County Board.”

Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam.

Lough Ree RNLI responded to medical emergency yesterday


Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat crew responded to a medical emergency on an island in Lough Ree yesterday afternoon.

The alarm was raised shortly after 1 pm on behalf on an island resident suspected to have suffered a stroke.

The Eric Rowse was launched, and reached the island within minutes.

Upon reaching the island, the lifeboat crew assessed the casualty’s condition as not immediately life-threatening, but the casualty was airlifted to hospital for further assessment and treatment.

More than €50,000 granted to tackle litter and graffiti


Environment Minister Denis Naughten has announced grants of more than €50,000 for the region to tackle litter, graffiti and dog fouling.

The largest tranche of funding goes to County Roscommon where the local authority will receive €19,000 this year.

Longford and Leitrim authorities have each been allocated €16,000 under the Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Scheme.

Nationally €884,000 is being made available to local authorities to run public awareness and education campaigns on the issues at community level.

Minister Naughten said he was proud that Roscommon is improving year-on-year and this had been proven by the county reaching second place in the recent Irish Business Against Litter national survey rankings.


Ceremony to honour a Roscommon soldier will take place this afternoon


A ceremony to honour a Roscommon soldier who was buried for 95 years in an unmarked grave will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon this afternoon.

US soldier Michael J Moffatt, from Cootehall, was killed in action in the First World War in France in 1918.

At first, he was buried in the Somme, but his remains were repatriated to Kiltoghert graveyard in Carrick in 1922.

For 95 years, his remains laid there in an unmarked grave.

However, a US military-type headstone has been put in place, courtesy of the American Veterans’ Association.

Michael P Noone, an adjutant with the American Legion, explains how today ceremony at the graveyard will unfold.


Lidl store planned for Carrick-on-Shannon would cost more than €2 million

An artist's impression of the new Lidl store that's planned for Carrick-on-Shannon

The new Lidl store planned for Carrick-on-Shannon would cost more than €2 million.

Lidl intends leaving its current store at Cortober and developing a new two-storey one at Attyrory and Attifinlay on the Leitrim side of the town.

An application for the new supermarket has been lodged with Leitrim County Council, which would measure nearly 2,900 square metres.

According to Construction Information Services Ireland, the estimated cost of the development is €2.1 million.

The council is due to make a decision on the planning application by July 13th, with submissions open to the public until June 22nd.

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