Congratulations to Pat Teehan who became the first Offaly person since John Dowling in 1981, to be elected as an officer of Leinster Council.
The Coolderry man who was narrowly defeated for the post three years ago, defeated five other candidates and was elected on the 5th count reaching the quota of 43 votes.
Full details of the ballot were as follows:
Pat Lynagh (Westmeath) 21
Pat Teehan (Offaly) 19
John Lacey (Kilkenny) 15
Kieran Leavy (Laois) 14
Brendan Cummins (Meath) 10
Pat Cahill (Longford) 6 (eliminated)
Pat Teehan + 4 = 23
Pat Lynagh + 0 = 21
John Lacey + 0 = 15
Ciaran Leavy + 1 = 15
Brendan Cummins + 1 = 11 (eliminated)
Pat Teehan + 5 = 28
Pat Lynagh + 3 = 24
Ciaran Leavey + 2 = 17
John Lacey + 1 = 16 (eliminated)
Ciaran Leavy + 13 = 30
Pat Teehan + 1 = 29
Pat Lynagh + 1 = 25 (eliminated)
1 vote non transferable
Pat Teehan + 14 = 43 elected
Ciaran Leavy + 10 = 40
1 vote non transferable
Offaly football team to play London in the opening round of the Allianz National Football league is:
1. Alan Mulhall, Walsh Island
2. Daithi Brady, Ballyfore
3. Paul McConway, Tullamore
4. Joseph O’Connor, St. Rynagh’s
5. Cian Donohue, St. Brigid’s
6. Johnny Maloney, Tullamore
7. Declan Hogan, Tullamore
8. Graham Guilfoyle, Clara
9. Ruarai Allen, Gracefield
10. Eoin Carroll, Cappincur
11. Padraig Sullivan, Rhode
12. Nigel Bracken, Tullamore
13. Bernard Allen, Tubber
14. Nigel Dunne, Shamrocks
15. William Mulhall, Walsh Island
The Leinster Final of Scór na nÓg took place last Saturday 10th January in St. Brigid's GAA Club Dublin. Offaly were represented by the following:
Figure Dancing - Birr,
Solo Singing - Avril Spain Ferbane
Instrumental Music - Na Fianna
Ballad Group - Shamrocks
Set Dancing - Kilcormac Killoughey
Congratulations to Na Fianna who won their event and qualify for the All-Ireland Final on 14th February in City West, Dublin.
As the All-Ireland Final is an All-ticket event those wishing to attend should contact Michelle Hogan Scór Secretary on 087 4163056 on or before 26th January for tickets.
Our Annual Bridge House/Offaly GAA awards presentation night is on Saturday 17th January 2015 in the Bridge House, Tullamore.
Tickets are now on sale for this event and may be purchased by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets cost €30.00 each.
As tickets are limited early booking would be advised.
Looking forward to seeing you on the night.
Seir Kieran Óg 0-7
Kilcormac/Killoughey won the FCA Cup for the third time in four years and 15th in all, when they had two points to spare over Seir Kieran Óg in this re-fixed Minor A Hurling Final played in Banagher this afternoon. The double K’s could even afford the luxury of 15 wides, compared to just five for The Seir Kieran/Drumcullen combination. The pitch in Banagher was in good condition for the time of year and the rain held off for the duration of the game.
While scoring was low, this was a well contested encounter with both sides giving it everything and the result in doubt right up to the final whistle.
The first half was very evenly contested with just one point being scored from play, by Shaun Lowry for K/K, and it was K/K who went in leading 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. On the resumption Seir Kieran Óg upped the tempo and with the help of two John Murray points from play and two pointed frees by Sean Kinsella were 0-7 to 0-5 in front with twelve minutes left. However, the game’s all important score came in the 22nd minute when substitute Karl Guinan goaled for K/K to give them a one point lead and three minutes later Captain Cillian Kiely added a point from play. Seir Kieran Óg tried desperately for a late goal to claim victory, but the K/K defence stood firm and held out for a merited victory.
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Cillian Kiely 0-5 (0-4f), Karl Guinan 1-0, Shaun Lowry 0-1
Seir Kieran Óg: Sean Kinsella 0-5 (all frees), John Murray 0-2
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Conor Quinn, Kevin Ryan, Oisin Mahon, Cathal Gath, Cormac Dunne, Michael Ryan, Anthony Kilmartin, Shaun Lowry, Brian Dunne, Dylan Young, James Kilmartin, Dylan Reams, Dylan Leonard, Cillian Kiely (Capt), Ronan Molloy Subs used: Karl Guinan, Stephen Leonard, Peadar Coughlan
Seir Kieran Óg: Kevin Fleury, Padraig Bergin, Patrick Mulrooney, Barry O’Meara, Barry Kealey, Michael Gilligan, Shane Kinahan, Padraig Guinan, Sean Kinsella, John Murray, Barry Kinsella, Lee Spain, Cathal Dooley, Dylan Kennedy, Ciaran Guinan Sub used: Joe McCarthy
Ref: Paddy Kirwan
Best of luck to Offaly's Scór na nÓg competitors in the Leinster semi finals in Parnells GAA, Coolock, Dublin, on Sunday 14th December at 2pm.
Offaly will be represented as follows: Figure Dancing: Birr; Solo Singing: Avril Spain, Ferbane; Recitation: Niall Mahon, Kilcormac/Killoughey; Ballad Group: Shamrocks; Leiriu: Shamrocks; Instrumental Music: Killeigh; Set Dancing: Kilcormac/Killoughey.
Shamrocks also won the Table Quiz and progress directly to the All Ireland final.
Chairperson Padraig Boland paid tribute to Andy Gallagher, who did not seek election, at the Offaly GAA Annual Convention held in O'Connor Pk, Tullamore on Tuesday December 9th. Padraig outlined how Andy had given a lieftime of service to Offaly GAA as a player, club official, Manager and selector of County Hurling teams and for over 30 years as an administrator. He also paid tribute to Mary Dooley who's term as Cultural Officer also came to an end. Raheen were announced as club of the year and their Chairperson John Hackett was presented with the Fr McWey Cup by Padraig Boland.
The following Officers were elected for 2015 - (O) = outgoing
Chairperson: Padraig Boland (Ferbane) (O)
Vice Chairperson: Joe Higgins (Tubber) (O)
Secretary: Tommy Byrne (Gracefield) (O)
Asst. Secretary: Mary Dunne (Ballyfore) (O)
Treasurer: Jimmy Hogan (Birr) (O)
Asst. Treasurer: Martin Boland (Ballyfore)
Central Council Delegate: Pat Teehan (Coolderry) (O)
Leinster Council Delegate: Joe O'Brien (Drumcullen) (O), Fergal McKeon (Tullamore) (O)
Coaching Officer: Pat Cleary (Ballinamere) (O)
PRO: Eamonn Cusack (Durrow) (O)
Cultural Officer: Damien Martin (St Rynagh's)
Development Officer: James Murphy (Rhode)
Childrens Officer: Dolores Slevin (KIlcormac/Killoughey)
AIB Leinster Club Football Semi-final
Rhode (Offaly) 1-15 Moorefield (Kildare) 2-04
Rhode qualified for theie first Leinster final since 2010 when they comfortably defeated Kildare Champions Moorefield in front of 2,985 spectators in O’Connor Park, Tullamore this afternoon
A goal from Anton Sullivan after nine minutes set the home side on their way as they completely overwhelmed Moorefield in the first half, eventually building up a 1-09 to 1-01 interval lead.
A penalty from Ronan Sweeney helped Moorefield to cut that gap to three points early in the second half, but Rhode dominated the final quarter and picked off five scores in succession with sharp counter-attacking play.
Despite the fact that one or both of these clubs have competed in nine of the last 11 Leinster senior club football championships, this was only the second meeting between these sides, coming eight years after two penalty goals from Ronan Sweeney helped Moorefield to a 3-06 to 0-08 win over Rhode in the 2006 decider.
Sweeney was on target from the spot again this afternoon and when his goal was followed up by a point from Niall Hurley-Lynch moments later, it looked as if we were poised to witness a thrilling finish as Rhode’s lead had been cut to just three points, 1-10 to 2-04.
However a couple of key wides cost Moorefield dearly and that was to be as close as they got to the victors before Rhode finally rediscovered their attacking rhythm in the final quarter, kick-started by a wonderful solo score from Niall McNamee.
Moorefield were left with little option but to push forward and chase goals in the closing stages and that played into Rhode’s hands as the Offaly side were simply outstanding on the break, moving out of defence at pace and picking off four scores to add real gloss to the scoreboard.
A similar late flourish gave Rhode a nine-point winning margin over Navan O’Mahonys in the previous tie but, while the Meath champions were very unlucky to lose so heavily, Moorefield could have no complaints here after losing out in almost every facet of general play.
Their greater power was expected to tell at midfield in particular but cousins Alan and Conor McNamee did well for Rhode here, while their half lines on either side of the jumpers were ravenous in the hunt for breaking ball.
The loss of captain and centre forward Paraic Sullivan to a straightforward black card seemed like a tough blow for Rhode after 15 minutes but the Offaly club never missed a beat in his absence as substitute Stephen Hannon matched Sullivan’s workrate and carried plenty of ball effectively at the heart of the Moorefield defence.
Rhode built up a 1-06 to 0-01 lead after 20 minutes and looked imperious during those opening exchanges, with Anton Sullivan central to all their best attacking play.
A scrappy goal for Adam Tyrrell, set up by an excellent turnover from Ciarán Kelly in the right corner, gave Moorefield a lifeline but they failed to seize their opportunity, instead coughing up three more points before half-time and failing to add another score of their own.
They did have a glorious opportunity shortly before half-time when Hurley-Lynch beat Alan McNamee and found himself one on one with Ken Garry in the Rhode goal, but the corner-forward delayed a fraction too long in picking his spot and while he did well to slip his effort underneath the Rhode keeper, he gave Ciarán Heavey enough time to get back on the line and make a last-ditch block.
The introduction of Daryl Flynn helped Moorefield to take control of the third quarter and a contentious penalty award in favour of Ronan Sweeney should have energised their push even further, but a couple of key wides cost them dearly and once Rhode came again in the fourth quarter, the Kildare champions had little or no resistance left, particularly once Ronan Sweeney was dismissed for a second yellow card late on.
Rhode: Ken Garry; Jake Kavanagh, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden; Ciaran Heavey, Brian Darby, Eoin Byrne; Alan McNamee, Conor McNamee; Niall Darby (0-03, frees), Pauric Sullivan, Glen O’Connell; Paul McPadden (0-01), Anton Sullivan (1-02), Niall McNamee (0-07, 0-03 frees).
Subs: Stephen Hannon (0-01) for P Sullivan (15 – B/C), Ruairi McNamee (0-01) for P McPadden (52), Shane Sullivan for N Darby (54).
Moorefield: Tom Corley; Ger Naughton, Liam Healy, Liam Callaghan; Kevin Murnaghan, James Murray, Ryan Houlihan; Ross Glavin, Cian O’Connor; Eddie Heavey, Ronan Sweeney (1-00, pen), Adam Tyrrell (1-01); Eanna O’Connor (0-01, free), Ciaran Kelly (0-01), Niall Hurley-Lynch (0-01).
Subs: Daryl Flynn for Glavin (HT), Frank Hanniffy for C O’Connor (51), Lee Murphy for Healy (53), Keith Duane for Murray (55).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
Kilcormac/Killoughey (Offaly) 1-13
A Dan Currams goal with the last puck of the goal sealed a five-point victory for Kilcormac/Killoughey over Raharney in a fiercely-contested provincial semi-final at Cusack Park yesterday.
It all means that Kilcormac/Killoughey are back in the Leinster final for the second time in three seasons where they will meet the winners of Ballyhale Shamrocks or Kilmacud Crokes.
After the throw-in was delayed by 10 minutes due to crowd congestion outside Cusack Park, Ciaran Slevin got the Offaly champions up and running with two points. John Shaw halved the deficit with Raharney's opening score in the seventh minute before Ciaran Doyle palmed home a goal moments later after the ball had pounced up to him on the edge of the square to give Johnny Greville’s charges the lead for the first time.
Points from Cillian Kiely and Slevin (two) had the double Ks back in front before Joey Boyle equalised. A brilliant Peter Geraghty sideline and another Slevin effort pushed the 2013 All-Ireland finalists two clear, only for points from the Doyle twins, Ciaran and Killian (free), to send the sides in level at half-time, 1-4 to 0-7.
Ciaran Doyle and Brian Leonard traded points on the restart before a Killian Doyle brace gave Raharney a 1-7 to 0-8 lead with 13 minutes remaining. With K/K on the rack, Brian Connaughton then missed the first of his two goal opportunities. Slevin left the minimum in it from a free before hitting the post from another placed ball.
A sublime Ciaran Doyle point restored Raharney’s two-point advantage with seven minutes to go, but they weren’t to score again as Slevin – with his fourth from play – and Kiely restored parity.
With extra-time looming, two Ciaran Slevin pointed frees gave K/K back the initiative. A Daniel Currams goal deep in injury gave his side a five point victory which flattered the Offaly champions
Conor Slevin; Con Mahon, G Healion, A McConville; K Grogan, P Healion, B
Leonard (0-1); D Kilmartin, K Leonard; Ciaran Slevin (0-9, 0-5 frees), Conor
Mahon, C Kiely (0-2); J Gorman, D Currams (1-0), P Geraghty (0-1, sideline).
A Doyle; T Doyle, C Jordan, D Giles; G Greville, P Greville, A Sheils; N
Flanagan, C Boyle; J Boyle (0-1), K Doyle (0-3, 0-1 free), R Greville; C Doyle
(1-3, 0-1 free), B Smyth, J Shaw (0-1).
Referee: David Hughes (Carlow)