Local Notes June 30th

All Ireland Feile Champions
Congratulations to the Fenagh St Caillins under 14 team on winning the Division 7 All Ireland Feile Peil Na nOg Competition. This year Fenagh St Caillins played host to 27 boys and 5 adults from Mullingar Shamrocks from Westmeath for the weekend. It all kicked off on Friday afternoon with Fenagh St Caillins traveling to Tourlestrane where they played Grange from Armagh. After a very close encounter Fenagh St Caillins pulled away in the last few minutes to record a 1-12 to 2-3 victory. Next game was also on Friday evening with Fenagh playing  Tourlestrane. Again Fenagh St Caillins emerged with a 2-7 to 2-2 win.  On a glorious Saturday morning Fenagh and Mullingar played the final group match in Pairc Sean O’Laodain with Mullingar running out winners on a 1-9 to 1-4 scoreline. As Fenagh finished second in the group behind Mullingar they qualified to play in the Quarter Final of the cup competition. All headed for Tourlestrane for the quarter final against Newport Gaels from Tipperary. In a very close match which could have gone either way, the great fighting spirit shown by the team throughout this competition helped them earn a 3 point win on a score line of 1-7 to 0-7.  Early night for both teams as Sunday beckoned. Again a glorious morning on Sunday and as both teams headed for Ballinlough to play their respective semi finals. Fenagh St Caillins opponents were Belnaleck Art McMurroughs from Fermanagh. Again it was a close game with Fenagh St Caillins running out winners on a score line of 3-6 to 1-7. Here we were again in our second Feile final in 2 years. The winners of the other semi final were Mullingar Shamrocks who had an easy win over their semi final opponents. All headed for Ballyhaunis Centre of Excellence for the finals. Having played Mullingar Shamrocks the day before and having been narrowly beaten. It was going to be another very close match. Following a frantic first fifteen minutes in which scores were at a premium the half time score was 1-3 to 0-3 with a great goal been scored by Mark Keegan. The second half was heart stopping stuff with absolutely nothing between the teams, however a cracking long range goal from Oisin McLoughlin and great teamwork all around the pitch secured an incredible victory for a Fenagh St Caillins team on a score line of 2-3 to 1-3, who  gave it everything in the final. The scenes at the end of the game were incredible as Fenagh St Caillins were All Ireland Feile Champions having defeated teams from Ulster, Munster, Connaught and Leinster. The Cup was presented to Captain Robert Maguire by Liam O’Neill President of the GAA amid great scenes of celebration.

Congrats to the panel who were as follows and who brought so much joy to the parish:-Rian McWeeney, Tom McKeon, Tom Gilheany, Owen McLoughlin, Eoin McLoughlin, Mark Keegan, Conor O’Rourke, Oisin McLoughlin, Conor Dwyer, Fergal McLoughlin, Aaron Smith, Conal McGovern, Luke Kilkenny, Robert Maguire (c), James Lennon, Daniel Reynolds, Caolan McDermott, Josh McNabola, Cormac Scollan and James Wrynn. This panel of players provided some great memories over the weekend with some tremendous football played, highlighting all the skills, from high fielding, great point taking, penalty saves, great forward play, great defensive work with the skill of blocking the ball been a highlight. Congrats to the 3 wise men Gerry Kilkenny, Tommy Smith and Killian McLoughlin who had the team so well prepared for this competition and who deserve great credit for this great achievement in guiding the team to this victory.

Once again like in previous years at the Feile Competitions the Fenagh St Caillins players acquitted themselves so well both on and off the field. The Mullingar Shamrocks management and players were a pleasure to host for the weekend and hopefully there will be some long term friendships created from this weekend. What a weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fenagh Visitor Centre
Fenagh Visitor Centre is open all year round – (Heritage Centre, Indoor Children’s Play Area, Dolmen Café, Hall rental/meeting space). Opening hours this week: Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm and Sat/Sun 12-5.30pm. Free internet access (Wi-Fi), local newspapers and tourist information available to all visitors. Follow us on Facebook ‘fenaghvisitorcentre’. Also visit our website at www.fenagh.com which features lots of information on historical Fenagh, upcoming classes and events, Monk’s Den playtime and birthday rates, and other facilities on offer. For further information contact Teresa on (071) 9645590.

 Credit Union Volunteers

 Summer Parent & Baby/Toddler Group
The official Parent & Toddler Group has finished for the Summer and will resume in September.  The Centre is offering a Summer Saver Deal for all parents/carers/babies/toddlers on Thurs and Friday mornings 10-12pm in July and August – Kids 2 euro, Adults 3 euro. Refreshments served.

Fundraiser for Down Syndrome Ireland
Ice-cream Party in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland – Sunday July 13th at Fenagh Visitor Centre 12-4pm – all welcome for ice-cream, face painting, music, games and indoor playtime.

Kids Summer Camp (4- 10 yrs)
Kids Camp Tues, Wed & Thurs July 22, 23 & 24th 1-5pm – 10 euro daily.  Call 9645590 to register – places limited.

Fenagh Community Playgroup
Fenagh Community Playgroup is now enrolling for September 2014.  We cater for children aged from 2 years 9 months up to 5 years.  We also provide places under the ECCE programme.  If your child is going to school in September 2015 and born between 2nd February 2010 to 30th June 2011, they are entitled to avail of the FREE pre-school year.  The Playgroup also has a few spaces currently available, if you wish to enrol your child you can call into the Playgroup at Fenagh Community Centre or phone the Playgroup Leader Ceara on 086 3593244.

The monthly whist drive in Ballinamore Community centre takes place on Thursday 3rd July at 9pm and all proceeds are going to the North West Hospice, we are calling on all card players to please come along and support this worthy cause. There will be a great selection of wonderful prizes and tea and refreshments at half time. So why not come along, bring a friend and enjoy a good night while supporting the North West Hospice. All Welcome,

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