Roscommon GAA is delighted to learn that Roscommon County Council has granted planning permission to develop the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence at Racecourse Road, Roscommon.
Chairperson, Brian Carroll, has conveyed his gratitude to all those involved in reaching this monumental milestone: “I wish to thank Roscommon County Council for their guidance and information and the elected representatives of the Roscommon Municipal District for their support for the project.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved within Roscommon GAA for their work and commitment in bringing the project to this stage. This is a mighty day for our county and is the start of an exciting chapter for Roscommon GAA.”
The Allianz Football and Hurling League Fixtures for 2024 have been announced.
Allianz Football League Division 1.
Tyrone v Roscommon – Sunday 28th January 2024 at 3:45pm – ONeills Healy Park, Omagh.
Roscommon v Galway – Sunday 4th February 2024 at 2pm – Dr. Hyde Park.
Dublin v Roscommon – Saturday 17th February 2024 at 5pm – Croke Park.
Roscommon v Monaghan – Sunday 25th February 2024 at 1:45pm – Dr. Hyde Park.
Mayo v Roscommon – Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 7:30pm – Hastings Insurance, MacHale Park, Castlebar.
Roscommon v Kerry – Sunday 17th March 2024 at 1:45pm – Dr. Hyde Park
Derry v Roscommon – Sunday 24th March at 1:45 p.m. – Celtic Park, Derry
Allianz Hurling League Division 2B.
Roscommon v London – Sunday 4th February 2024 at 12:30pm – Athleague.
Tyrone v Roscommon – Sunday 11th February 2024 at 2pm – O’Neills Healy Park, Omagh.
Wicklow v Roscommon – Sunday 25th February 2024 at 2pm – Echelon Park, Aughrim.
Roscommon v Donegal – Sunday 10th March 2024 at 2pm – Dr. Hyde Park.
Derry v Roscommon – Sunday 17th March 2024 at 1pm – Owenbeg.
AIB Connacht Senior Football Championship Final
ST. BRIGID’S 1-13
Kevin Egan at Dr. Hyde Park.
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A lockdown defensive display from Brian Stack and 1-07 from Ben O’Carroll at the other end of the pitch were the key ingredients for St. Brigid’s this afternoon as they recorded their fifth ever AIB Connacht senior club football title, and their first since 2012.
On that occasion, the Kiltoom and Cam club went on to win their one and only All-Ireland and they’ll be considered as strong contenders to do the same again this time around, based on the quality of this display.
The 1-6 to 1-2 interval lead for the Roscommon champions only served to flatter Corofin, who registered their goal through Liam Silke with the last play of the half to give themselves a lifeline.
A seven-point lead would have only been a fair reflection of St. Brigid’s dominance, which stemmed from their outstanding man on man defending in front of goal. Aside from Brian Stack taking control of his battle with Sice, Pearse Frost was outstanding up against Jack McCabe, who was man of the match in the semi-final between Corofin and Castlebar, while Robbie Dolan was also very effective on both sides of the ball, winning several turnovers.
The home supporters started to believe that a good day was in store when Ben O’Carroll fired in a penalty in the 12th minute, capitalising on a foul on Alan Daly by Bernard Power. Corofin replied with a thunderous shot from Conor Cunningham that crashed off the cross bar, following up with a couple of points to cut the five point lead to three, 1-2 to 0-2. However St. Brigid’s took over again in the second quarter, with O’Carroll adding most of their scores.
Silke’s goal gave Corofin cause for hope and they were rejuvenated after half-time, with Patrick Egan and Conor Cunningham playing well while Kieran Molloy gave them a jolt of energy off the bench. The Galway side were back within a point when after eight minutes of the second half a long spell of possession down the left ended with Michael Farragher setting up Dylan McHugh on the run, and the Corofin wing back duly added the final touch with a clever and accurate flick of the ball in the air.
That would have tested the resolve of many teams, but St. Brigid’s only got better from then on, and they added five of the next six points to establish a commanding lead once more. Brian Stack rounded off a stellar defensive display with a point of his own and another powerful run that set up a Ciarán Sugrue score, while O’Carroll and Ruaidhrí Fallon added further points from play to conclude a memorable afternoon for the South Roscommon side, who now advance to an All-Ireland semi-final clash with the Munster champions.
Scorers for St. Brigid’s: Ben O’Carroll 1-7 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), Bobby Nugent 0-3f, Brian Stack 0-1, Rúaidhrí Fallon 0-1, Ciarán Sugrue 0-1.
Scorers for Corofin: Liam Silke 1-0, Dylan McHugh 1-0, Jack McCabe 0-2, Gary Sice 0-2 (0-1f), Darragh Silke 0-1 45.
St Brigid’s: Cormac Sheehy; Robbie Dolan, Brian Stack, Pearse Frost; Ronan Stack, Alan Daly, Ruaidhrí Fallon; Eddie Nolan, Shane Cunnane; Bobby Nugent, Paul McGrath, Conor Hand; Ben O’Carroll, Brian Derwin, Ciarán Sugrue.
Subs: John Cunningham for Hand (51), Conor Gleeson for Derwin (57), Seán Trundle for McGrath (60+1)
Corofin: Bernard Power; Ross Mahon, Conor Cunningham, Liam Silke; Brian Cogger, Dylan McHugh, Gavin Burke; Patrick Egan, Ciarán Brady; Dylan Wall, Darragh Silke, Michael Farragher; Jack McCabe, Gary Sice, Micheál Lundy.
Subs: Kieran Molloy for Wall (half-time), Conor Newell for D Silke (43), Daithí Burke for Farragher (48), Glen McHugh for Burke (53), Tony Gill for Egan (58)
Referee: Barry Judge (Sligo)
Below is a brief running order for tomorrow night’s ‘An Evening With Jim Gavin at the Hodson Bay Hotel.
Dress code – Smart casual.
6.30PM Drinks reception.
On arrival, please give the company name to event personnel and you will be shown to their table.
7.15PM All guests seated.
7.30PM Event begins.
- Brian Carroll, Roscommon GAA Chairperson.
- Dara Maloney interviews Enda Smith.
8.20PM Dara Maloney interviews our special guest, Jim Gavin.
8.50PM Main course
9.50PM Auction – includes, Golf at the K Club, All Ireland Final packages, Trip for 2 to Australia and a VIP matchday experience with the Roscommon senior football team.
10.20PM Desert & Raffle.
10.45PM Dara Maloney interviews Roscommon senior football manager, Davy Burke and a number of Roscommon senior football players.
11.05PM End of show and late bar.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.
Roscommon will have strong representation at this Saturday’s GAA All Ireland Scór Sinsir Final in the INEC, Killarney. Having contested strongly in all 8 disciplines at Connacht level and winning the Cormac McGill Cup for the county with best participation and victories, the Rossies will look to complete a wonderful Scór campaign with national silverware.
Our first competitors making the long trip south, are from Kilglass Gaels. The team of Eddie Conboy, Cian Diffley, Seán Hall and Cormac Tighe, will contest the initial Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird (Table Quiz), which sees three qualifiers from each province battle it out to win one of three spots on the stage final later in the evening. The Kilglass men have enjoyed a terrific season to date, overcoming top class opposition within Roscommon and Connacht. This is a maiden voyage for the Rooskey club in Senior Scór, despite their outstanding under-age national success in Scór na nÓg (All Ireland champions 2004, 2005,2006, 2008). It is fantastic to see Kilglass reap the rewards of their consistent Scór entry and bare the fruits of such notable underage prowess.
The Elphin club are no strangers to national Scór finals and there is little doubt that this proud tradition will continue on Saturday next, in the Kingdom. First up for club and county will be Sarah Keane, in the Amhránaíocht Aonair. A beautiful singer, from a highly musical family, Sarah has been competing in Scór since she was young in figure, set, music and singing competitions. Her flawless rendition of ‘Bríd ÓgNí Mháille’, made her a very popular Connacht champion, an accolade never won by the Elphin club before.
Sarah will be joined by her teammates: Eric Murray, Vinnie Gleeson, Peadar McCaffrey, Evan Gunn, Emily Keane, Michael and Annemarie Gunn, as the club contest their second event of the night in the Novelty Act section. Elphin’shilarious sketch, has gotten better with each performance and given audiences wonderful entertainment over the past few weeks. The actors from Orchard Park will be making a sixth national final appearance in the Novelty Act and hoping to add to the three All Ireland Senior Scór titles they already have (Tráth na gCeist 1972, Rince Seit 1998 & 2001).
Coiste Scór agus Cultúir, CLG Ros Comáin, extend their best wishes to all of the county’s representatives as they fly the flag for us in Killarney. To have such strong Roscommon presence at the finals is a wonderful achievement in itself. Na Rosaithe Abú!
St. Dominic’s Eileen Fallon to be awarded Scór Long Service Award
Coiste Scór Ros Comáin would like to congratulate one of our former stalwart members, Eileen Fallon from St. Dominic’s, on her selection as the Connacht recipient of the GAA Scór Long Service Award. Eileen served as a club delegate and committee member of Roscommon Scór for four decades. She over saw the consistent and strong participation of her beloved St. Dominic’s in all Scór activities in the county, a noted tradition and culture that was the envy of many. As a result of Eileen’s passion, love and work, St. Dominic’s have accumulated eight All Ireland Scór titles, appeared in forty five national finals and amassed a huge number of Roscommon wins. All this rich participation has undoubtedly set St. Dominic’s apart as a club synonymous with the GAA’s wonderful Scór movement and earned them a reputation as one the best Scór clubs in Ireland. Eileen’s selection for the Long Service Award is just recognition of her dedicated work over the years and the proud legacy of Scór participation that continues in the Knockcroghery area to this day.
Eileen will receive her award from GAA President, Larry McCarthy, on stage in Killarney this Saturday. We wish Eileen and her family a wonderful weekend in the Gleneagle. Comhghairdeas Eileen, is seirbhíseach dílis dúthrachtach thúagus táimid an-bhródúil asat.
Tickets are available to purchase via the link below.
St. Brigid’s Hall in Tubbercurry played host to the Connacht GAA Scór Sinsir Final 2023 on Saturday last. The cream of GAA talent from across the province gathered in the Sligo town to contest Connacht GAA’s cultural showpiece and earn the right to represent club and county in the All Ireland Scór Sinsir Final.
The first event for decision was the Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird. After challenging rounds of questions, Bornacoola(Leitrim), Castlebar Mitchells (Mayo) and Kilglass Gaels (Roscommon) qualified from the preliminary table quiz at the expense of Caltra (Galway) and St. Molaise Gaels (Sligo). In the stage final, it was the Leitrim representatives who came out on top, with Mayo and Roscommon placing second and third respectively.
The Rince Foirne competition saw teams from Aghamore(Mayo), Mohill (Leitrim) and St. Dominic’s (Roscommon), turn in graceful performances of their dances. However, it was the Leitrim standard bearers who took top honours and secured their place in the national final.
The Amhránaíocht Aonair event was hotly contested. John Butler (St. Mary’s, Leitrim), Christina Ralph (Castlebar, Mayo), Sarah Snee (Eastern Harps, Sligo), Orla Hession(Abbeyknockmoy) delivered great renditions of their songs. But it was Sarah Keane of St. Dominic’s, Roscommon, who won the hearts of the adjudicators with her performance.
In the Recitation/Storytelling, Aidan Dockery (Bornacoola, Leitrim), Patrick Mullooly (St. Dominics, Roscommon), Saoirse White (Sligo) challenged strongly before giving way to Mayo champion, Kevin Henry (Ballyhaunis). His delivery proved very popular with the large crowd, securing Mayo’s only win of the night.
In the Ballad Group competition, Abbeyknockmoy gave a spellbinding performance on route to winning the coveted provincial crown. In doing so they overcame the gallant efforts of Bornacoola (Leitrim) Padraig Pearses (Roscommon) and Ballyhaunis (Mayo).
In the Novelty Act competition, the challenge of Kilfian(Mayo) and Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) gave way to Elphin of Roscommon. The Roscommon actors entertainedthe audience with their humorous take on the Irish Dancing Feis and in doing they secured their club’s second title of the night.
The Ceol Uirlise, while short on entries, delivered some of the evening’s highest standard in competition. Elphin and Abbeyknockmoy both gave fantastic performances of their tunes. But it was the top class delivery of the Galway group, who impressed the adjudicators.
Abbeyknockmoy finished off a hugely successful night with a win in the Rince Seit, ensuring a hat trick of titles for the East Galway club. Pitted against were St. Dominic’s (Roscommon) and Sean Ó’Heslin’s of Leitrim. The Galway champions delivered a rousing performance of the Longford Set.
A huge well done to all the competitors who represented their clubs and counties on Saturday. A massive word of thank you to the committee of St. Brigid’s Hall for their assistance and help to ensure the event ran smoothly. A word of appreciation also to our wonderful Bean an Tí, Aoife Ní Chonghaile, who kept proceedings efficiently moving and to our Quiz Master, Eamonn Brennan and adjudicators for their diligent services.
The All Ireland Scór Sinsi Final will be held in the INEC Killarney on Saturday 18th November. This is an all ticket event and tickets are available to purchase via the link below.
Roscommon GAA & Club Rossie have just announced a hugely exciting event – An Evening with Jim Gavin – which will take place at the luxurious Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on Friday, November 24th.
The 6-time All-Ireland winning manager will be special guest on the night and will talk culture, innovation and success.
“We are really looking forward to the event. Jim Gavin is one of the biggest names in GAA and one of the most successful managers of all time and it’s fantastic that he’s joining us,” said Brian Carroll, Chairperson, Roscommon GAA.
MC on the night will be RTE Sport senior presenter and commentator Darragh Maloney. Also on stage will be Roscommon Senior Football manager Davy Burke and a number of the players.
The event will also include a drinks reception, premium dining and a brilliant auction & raffle plus a whole lot more.
“We’ve already received a great response to what promises to be a wonderful evening. Numbers are limited so please get in touch if your company or organisation would like to purchase a table for this super event. Huge thanks to the Hodson Bay Hotel who are hosting the night and are event sponsors,” said Aidan Brady, Commercial Director, Club Rossie.
All proceeds are going to Roscommon GAA as they continue to develop their facilities.
For more information contact Aidan Brady on (087) 918 8293.
Niall Kilroy has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
The Fuerty man made his senior inter-county football debut against Longford on the 4th March 2012 and went on to represent Roscommon 91 times, scoring 3-45
During his time with the Roscommon senior team, Niall won –
2 Connacht Senior Football Championships (2017,2019)
3 National Football League Division 2 titles (2018,2020,2022)
2 FBD Connacht League titles (2018,2019)
Niall represented his county with distinction whenever he took to the pitch.
Roscommon GAA Chairperson, Brian Carroll said – “On behalf of everyone in Roscommon GAA I wish to thank Niall for his outstanding commitment and dedication to Roscommon for so many years. Niall always wore the Roscommon jersey with great pride and honesty in each of his 91 appearances for our county team. Niall was a great person to have around our dressing room and was always a great leader. Niall is a true gentleman and was a pleasure to work with, he always showed massive respect for his teammates, management, County Board and our supporters. I wish Niall and his wife Aisling and his family the very best in the future and I’d like to thank him for all the memories.”
Niall said – “Playing for Roscommon has been an immense honour for me. My childhood dream was to play for my county in Croke Park and I was lucky enough to do this in both football and hurling.
A lot of people helped me throughout my playing career. Firstly, I will be forever grateful to my wife Aisling, my parents Jack and Marian, and my extended family for all their unending support. Thanks to my clubs, Tremane, St. Ciaran’s, and Fuerty, who nurtured my skills and talents down the years. A special thanks to all my teammates for the life-long friendships forged both on and off the field. Their loyalty, commitment and dedication helped me to give everything I had, anytime I took to the field.
Finally, thanks to the management and medical teams, the County Board, sponsors, Club Rossie, my employers and of course all the loyal supporters for their encouragement throughout. I wish Davy and all the lads the very best for the coming season, and I look forward to supporting the team long into the future.”
We have reached the semi-final stage of this year’s Senior, Intermediate and Junior ‘A’ Senior Football Championships.
The matches are ‘All Ticket’ and tickets must be purchased in advance online via the link below. U16’s do not require a ticket.
Tickets – http://bit.ly/3Bznfry
To avoid delays, please ensure that you have your ticket downloaded and open before arriving at the ground on match days.
Ensure that your screen brightness is up to a maximum. As we expect venues to be extremely busy, please arrive at least 20 minutes before throw in.
Important notice for supporters attending the Hodson Bay Group Senior Championship Semi-finals;
Due to construction works at Dr. Hyde Park, access to the stand will be strictly via the County Home Road entrance and access to the terrace will be via the Athlone Road turnstiles.
Both Senior Semi-finals will be Live Streamed on Ros GAA TV.
Purchase stream – http://www.rosgaatv.ie
You can find teamsheets for all of the matches below.
Roscommon will be well represented at the RDS on November 17th when this year’s PwC All-Stars teams will be announced.
Conor Carroll has been shortlisted for Young Player of the Year for 2023 along with Derry’s Ethan Doherty and Eoin McEvoy.
Brian Stack and Enda Smith have both received well deserved All-Star nominations after an impressive 2023.
Congratulating the winners, Uachtarán CLG Larry McCarthy said: “Our expanded football championship format gave us more high-profile games than ever before, and I am delighted to see this reflected in the strong representation in this year’s PwC All-Stars. It was a fantastic campaign, lit up by outstanding displays. The All-Stars is an iconic scheme that celebrates the best of the talents that we are fortunate to have playing our games. Congratulations to all those nominated and especially to David, Brian and Brendan and to Eoin, Ethan and Conor in the overall player categories – a special additional honour for you and your families and clubs. PwC’s continuing support of this scheme is greatly appreciated.”
PwC Football All-Star Nominations
Rory Beggan (Monaghan)
Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
Shane Ryan (Kerry)
Jason Foley (Kerry)
Tadhg Morley (Kerry)
Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Gavin White (Kerry)
Michael Fitzsimons (Dublin)
Lee Gannon (Dublin)
Brian Howard (Dublin)
Gareth McKinless (Derry)
Conor McCluskey (Derry)
Eoin McEvoy (Derry)
Conor McCarthy (Monaghan)
Karl O’Connell (Monaghan)
Seán Kelly (Galway)
Aidan Forker (Armagh)
Brian Stack (Roscommon)
Padraig Hampsey (Tyrone)
Rory Maguire (Cork)
Brendan McCole (Donegal)
Brian Fenton (Dublin)
James McCarthy (Dublin)
Conor Glass (Derry)
Brendan Rogers (Derry)
Diarmuid O’Connor (Kerry)
Diarmuid O’Connor (Mayo)
Colm Basquel (Dublin)
Cormac Costello (Dublin)
Paul Mannion (Dublin)
Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)
David Clifford (Kerry)
Paudie Clifford (Kerry)
Seán O’Shea (Kerry)
Paul Cassidy (Derry)
Shane McGuigan (Derry)
Oisín Gallen (Donegal)
Conor McManus (Monaghan)
Enda Smith (Roscommon)
Darragh Canavan (Tyrone)
Rónán O’Toole (Westmeath)
Andrew Murnin (Armagh)
Jordan Flynn ((Mayo)
Ben McCormack (Kildare)
Damien Comer (Galway)
The PwC All-Star teams will be presented with their awards at a gala black-tie event which will be staged in Dublin’s RDS and shown live on RTÉ tv on Friday, November 17. The football winners and the overall Players of the Year will be announced live on the night.