Play your part in refurbishing the Roscommon GAA county grounds by becoming a Dr. Hyde Park Patron.

As you know, Roscommon GAA successfully applied for planning permission to refurbish Dr. Hyde Park. The work is being completed in stages with the most prominent element so far being the installation of new seats, a state-of-the-art wheelchair section and new dugouts. The next phases of work will be to upgrade the Dressing Rooms, and Toilet Blocks, and install Turnstiles.

While we have some funding in place, we will need your support to complete the project. Under (Irish) Revenue Commissioner rules, an approved sports body can claim Tax Relief on donations made to a project approved by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Dr. Hyde Park refurbishment is one of the approved projects. 

What are the details of the scheme?

We are asking with an affinity to Roscommon GAA to donate €300 towards the project. We had several discussions about the possibility of donating different amounts, but it was felt that providing only one option was best, considering the scale of what we are trying to achieve.

Under the approved donation scheme, when a PAYE-only taxpayer donates, it is considered to be net of tax. So, if someone pays tax at 40%, the €300 would equate to 60% of the donation (similarly, if someone pays tax at 20%, the €300 is considered as 80% of the donation). In both cases, Roscommon GAA County Board can claim a refund of tax on the donation directly from the Revenue Commissioners.

What will donors receive in return for their donation?

All benefactors will be honoured by having their names inscribed on a prominently displayed patrons’ board at Dr. Hyde Park.
An important point to note is that one of the rules of the tax rebate scheme that revenue offers is
that no prize incentive can be offered. If, for example, we were to run a raffle in conjunction with
this donation fundraiser, we would lose up to 67% of the value of each donation.
It is also important for everyone to understand that this scheme is separate from the day-to-day running costs of the County Board.

How can I donate? 

Full details are available in our Patron Scheme brochure. In summary, donations can be made On-Line, via Standing Order (once off or periodically), until June 2024, any time via Bank TransferCardCheque, or Cash. We’ll also need you to complete and return the following forms:

If you’re paying in person, forms will also be available from the Roscommon GAA Offices, Astor Building, St Ciaran’s Road, Roscommon town – it’s open from 12 pm – 2 pm, Monday to Friday

I’m retired/not a taxpayer but would like to contribute – is that possible?

Yes, your support would be much appreciated. Donate online, in person at the Roscommon GAA Offices, Astor Building, St Ciaran’s Road, Roscommon town – it’s open from 12 pm – 2 pm, Monday to Friday or via the other methods mentioned above – Full details are available in our Patron Scheme brochure

What if I am a company or self-assessed?

The position of self-assessed taxpayers and companies are different. In their situation, they claim relief on their tax return. Tax relief is given at their marginal rate of tax. The self-assessed individual or company should claim the donation as an expense when calculating their total income or profit.

If you have any further queries about becoming a Dr. Hyde Park Patron please email administrator.roscommon@gaa.ie

EirGrid All-Ireland U20 Football Championship Semi-Final

Tyrone 3-18 Roscommon 3-8

By Kevin Egan at Kingspan Breffni

Yet again, the Eirgrid U-20 championship delivered a contest of the highest quality this evening at Kingspan Breffni, where Tyrone secured their place in next weekend’s All-Ireland final at Roscommon’s expense thanks to a sumptuous attacking display.

The final margin of 10 points would suggest a one-sided contest, but this wasn’t. Roscommon threw all that they had at the Ulster champions, and when they fired two goals in quick succession at the start of the second half, the crowd was rocking at it looked like the upset might be on.

Instead, Tyrone roared back into the game after steadying the ship with two long range dead ball scores from Conor McAneney, and once Eoin McElholm crowned his stylish all-round attacking display with a fantastic breakaway goal, the Red Hand man were in control again.

Cormac Devlin fired a couple of points with substitutes Noah Grimes and Conor Owens also adding their names to the lengthy list of scorers, bringing that number up to 11.

The only black mark from their perspective was a stoppage time skirmish that saw substitute Ruairí McHugh, as well as Senan Lambe and Ryan Dowling from Roscommon, pick up a straight red card, ruling him out of next weekend’s All-Ireland final against Kerry.

The story of both halves was a story of Roscommon starting brightly, but Tyrone responding in the manner of champions. Shane McGinley, who had been the star name in the Connacht champions’ attack throughout the year, kicked off the contest with a wonderful goal in reply to Shea O’Hare’s opening point.

With six minutes gone there were six scores on the board, and Tyrone had drawn level after Ronan Cassidy and then a brace from Ruairí McCullagh cancelled out McGinley’s goal.

From the first throw in, Tyrone looked to push up and defend high up the pitch, and they got a lot of joy out of this approach. Midfielders Ronan Fox and Conor O’Neill were strong in the air, allowing Paul Devlin’s side to really push up on kickouts, and this also brought wing backs Shea O’Hare and Ódhrán Brolly into the game.

A scything run from Joey Clark set up O’Neill for Tyrone’s first goal, and while Roscommon did undo some of that damage with the next two points, including a fine score on the run from Rob Heneghan, Tyrone hit another purple patch before half time, crowned by an excellent team goal that O’Hare slammed to the net.

Seven down at half-time, Roscommon found another huge start to the second half and after the first two points were shared, quickfire goals from Conor Ryan and Bobby Nugent brought them right back into it.

However, a couple of very scorable chances to surf the wave and get in front proved costly, and once Tyrone hit another rich vein of form, they never looked back.

Goalkeeper Conor McAneney got Tyrone out of their mini-funk with a couple of excellent long range kicks, and almost in the blink of an eye, they were out of sight.

A clinical fast break saw Conor O’Neill carry the ball out of defence and once the ball was worked into Eoin McElholm, the Loughmacrory attacker executed a slick turn and a perfect low finish to leave Roscommon in a deep hole once again – and this time, the Ulster county were in no mood to allow them to escape.

Scorers for Tyrone: Eoin McElholm 1-2, Conor O’Neill 1-1, Shea O’Hare 1-1, Ruairí McCullagh 0-3, Ronan Cassidy 0-3 (1f), Conor McAneney 0-2 (1f, 1 45), Cormac Devlin 0-2, Odhrán Brolly 0-1, Ronan Fox 0-1, Noah Grimes 0-1, Conor Owens 0-1f.

Scorers for Roscommon: Shane McGinley 1-5 (3fs), Bobby Nugent 1-1, Conor Ryan 1-0, Dan Hagney 0-1, Rob Heneghan 0-1.

Tyrone: Conor McAneney; Conor Devlin, Ben Hughes, Joey Clarke; Shea O’Hare, Michael Rafferty, Ódhrán Brolly; Ronan Fox, Conor O’Neill; Cormac Devlin, Callum Daly, Gavin Potter; Ronan Cassidy, Ruairí McCullagh, Eoin McElholm.

Subs: Fiachra Nelis for Brolly (half-time), Ruairí McHugh for Devlin (41), Paddy McCann for Fox (52), Noah Grimes for Cassidy (56), Conor Owens for McCullagh (58).

Roscommon: Seán Allen; Eoghan Carthy, James Connolly, Dan Casey; Senan Lambe, Eden Kerins, James McGreal; Conor Harley, Conor Ryan; Rob Heneghan, Rory Hester, Dan Hagney; Shane McGinley, Niall O’Donnell, Bobby Nugent.

Subs: Ryan Dowling for Heneghan (30), Cillian Campbell for Carthy (half-time), Ethan O’Reilly for Hester (half-time), Ryan Conlon for Hagney (45), Oisín O’Flaherty for McGreal (54).

Referee: Jonathan Hayes (Limerick).

Roscommon have excellent representation at next Saturday’s 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. 

Elphin are contesting 2 events next weekend. Early on Saturday they will vie for their place in the stage heat of the  Tráth na gCeisteanna which is initially ran off as a table quiz amongst 12 qualifiers, 3 from each province. With a proven pedigree in this event, Ephin will hope to emulate the club’s very first All Ireland Scór title, for Tráth na gCeisteanna in 1972. 

Elphin – Tráth na gCeisteanna

The club will round off the day as they step it out in a competition they are synonymous with, the Rince Seit. Having won this prestigious title on two previous occasions, 1998 and 2001, Elphin will hope their prowess and tradition can get them over the line on Saturday. 

Elphin – Rince Seit

St. Ronan’s have continued an excellent return to Scóractivities in recent years by winning their third Connacht ScórSinsir title in four years. As their Ceol Uirlise Group take to the stage at this weekend, they will hope that perhaps this year they can bring national honours back to an area of the county steeped in musical tradition. 

St. Ronan’s – Ceol Uirlise

Like St. Ronans, Padraig Pearses have made huge efforts to reinvigorate Scór within their club. On Saturday, Tom Costello will represent club and county in the Recitation/Storytelling event. Tom proved a very popular winner at  Connacht level with his original piece. Let’s hope he can take a first title back to a club with a proud Scórtradition. 

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.

Pádraig Pearses – Recitation/Storytelling

Na Rosaithe Abú! 

EirGrid Connacht U20 Football Final

ROSCOMMON 3-13 GALWAY 0-17

Kevin Egan at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park

The Allianz League final between Derry and Dublin has been hailed as the game of the year so far, but this evening’s Eirgrid Connacht U-20 final will certainly be spoken about in the same vein among anyone who tuned into TG4 to watch it. Even more so in Roscommon, who now advance to meet Tyrone next Saturday evening in Kingspan Breffni Park after second half goals from Niall O’Donnell, Shane McGinley and Ryan Dowling saw them through a classic encounter in Castlebar.

At half-time, the contest was still in the balance with Galway holding a narrow two-point lead, but the wind was set to favour the Tribesmen in the second half, and since they had responded brilliantly to the concession of the first four points of the game to build up that 0-8 to 0-6 advantage, it felt like momentum might also be enough to push Derek Savage’s side over the line.

However this year’s Connacht U-20 championship has been a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and it was never going to be as simple as that. Roscommon ended the first half with man of the match Shane McGinley turning his man and pushing a goal chance just wide of Eamon McGrath’s far post. When he got turned and facing for goal from the left corner in the first minute of the second half, this time he floated the ball across to the far post, where Niall O’Donnell was waiting to slam the ball into the net.

So began a thrilling 30 minutes of play, in which both sides produced some outstanding scores, but Roscommon’s ability to find the net proved to be the difference. The points that Galway struck from players like Matthew Thompson, Fionn MacDonnacha and in particular Jack Mullen were right out of the top drawer, but Roscommon’s bench impact was crucial, with Ethan O’Reilly and Ryan Dowling making match-winning impacts.

The injection of energy from O’Reilly was palpable on the field and as the game teetered on the edge with Galway drawing level but never hitting the front, he helped set up some vital scores for Shane McGinley and Rob Heneghan.

Ryan Dowling, just like Galway’s Ross Coen before him, turned his first possession into a magnificent solo point, and he also finished off the match-clinching third goal in the first minute of injury time, a score that turned a three-point lead into six, forcing Galway to chase Hail Mary high balls into the Roscommon box for the last four minutes of added time.

In between, Shane McGinley crowned his man of the match display with a neat finish giving Roscommon just enough breathing room to hold on.

McGinley was also on the scoresheet when Roscommon exploded out of the blocks in the opening minutes, firing over four points with their first five possessions, while denying Galway a shot on goal with each of their first five. Rory Hester and Senan Lambe also hoisted excellent kicks over the bar, but when Galway struck back, they did so with speed and precision.

Jack Mullen, fresh from his heroics in the semi-final against Sligo on the same field duly split the uprights with two tricky attempts from out on the right hand side, while Colm Costello also struck twice to level up the game.

Roscommon hit the next two points but again Galway struck four in a row before the interval, and it seemed like the foundations were laid for Galway’s first provincial title since 2020.

Little did we realise, things were just getting warmed up.

Scorers for Roscommon: Shane McGinley 1-6 (0-3f, 0-1m), Ryan Dowling 1-2, Niall O’Donnell 1-1, Rory Hester 0-1, Senan Lambe 0-1, Bobby Nugent 0-1m, Rob Heneghan 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Jack Mullen 0-4, Matthew Thompson 0-4 (0-2f), Fionn Mac Donnacha 0-3 (0-1m), Colm Costello 0-3 (0-1f), Mark Mannion 0-1, Shay McGlinchey 0-1, Ross Coen 0-1.

ROSCOMMON: Seán Allen; Eden Kerins, James Connolly, Eoghan Carthy; Senan Lambe, Dan Casey, James McGreal; Conor Harley, Conor Ryan; Rory Hester, Dan Hagney, Rob Heneghan; Shane McGinley, Niall O’Donnell, Bobby Nugent.

Subs: Ethan O’Reilly for McGreal (half-time), Ryan Dowling for Hagney (46), Oisín O’Flaherty for Harley (51), Shane Walsh for O’Donnell (57), Rory Carthy for Hester (60).

GALWAY: Eamon McGrath; Darragh Costello, Brian Noone, Shane Canavan; Mark Mannion, Jack Lonergan, Jack Folan; Shay McGlinchey, Conor Heneghan; Ciarán Mulhern, Matthew Thompson, Cian Murphy; Jack Mullen, Fionn Mac Donnacha, Colm Costello.

Subs: Pádraic Godwin for Noone (28-29, temp), Daithi Kilcommons for Heneghan (half-time), Ross Coen for Folan (41), Ronan Colleran for C Costello (temp, 46-47), Luc O’Connor for Mannion (49), Ronan Colleran for Murphy (54), Niall Mannion for D Costello (60).

REFEREE: Liam Devenney (Mayo).

Davy Burke has named his team to face Mayo in the Connacht SFC Semi-Final at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday.

Advance ticket sales only at bit.ly/3PZaJuv or selected Centra & SuperValu stores.

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Our senior footballers take on Mayo in the Connacht SFC Semi-final on Sunday at 4pm at Dr. Hyde Park. 

Gates will open at 2pm. 

Supporters with tickets for the Covered Stand & Uncovered Stand must enter the ground via the County Home Road entrance.

Supporters with tickets for the terrace must enter the ground via the Athlone Road entrance.

There will be no exceptions.


This match is All Ticket. 

Covered Stand €30.00 (No concessions)

Uncovered Stand €25.00

Uncovered StandOAP/Student €20.00

Uncovered Stand – Juvenile €5.00

Terrace €20

TerraceOAP/Student €15

TerraceJuvenile €5.00

 ❌ Tickets will not be on sale at the venue.

Please have your tickets ready for scanning as you approach the turnstiles.


Tickets are available to purchase online via the link below.

https://bit.ly/3PZaJuv

Tickets are also available to purchase from the following SuperValu and Centra stores. 

Tarmonbarry;

Centra N39 N5D2

Strokestown;

SuperValu F42XC56

Carrick on Shannon;

Glancy’s SuperValu N41C9W4

Roscommon;

Fleming’s SuperValu F42 XT22

Monksland

Smith’s SuperValu N37 N4N8

Castlerea;

Cahill’s SuperValu F45 D9N3

Ballaghadereen;

Duffy’s SuperValu F45 NC84

Boyle;

Kelly’s SuperValu F52 HF95

Matchday programmes will be on sale inside the ground.

The match will be broadcast live on RTE 2 television.

❗️Beware of scammers who offer streaming via comments attached to Roscommon GAA posts

There will be live commentary on Shannonside FM. 

Kilmurry Hall hosted a wonderful display of local GAA talent on Good Friday, 29th March, as clubs from all over the county contested the Roscommon Scór Sinsir Final. 

The first category for decision was the ever-popular Tráth na gCeisteanna. At the initial table quiz round teams from St. Michaels, Kilmore, St. Dominic’s, Elphin, Tulsk, Creggs, Kilglass Gaels, Clann na Gael and Pádraig Pearses, took part. Tulsk, Elphin and Clann progressed to the stage final round and after a battle, a formidable Elphin regained the title they last won in 2022. 

Tráth na nGeisteanna – Elphin

The Amhránaíocht Aonair was a hotly contested affair with singers battling it out to be crowned county champion.  Peadar McCaffrey (Elphin), Fionnán Seale (Padraig Pearses), Philippa Barry (Clann na nGael), Geraldine Sheeran (Pádraig Pearses) Karl Foley (Kilmore), Eimear Browne (Shannon Gaels) all gave strong performances, but it was Niamh Reynolds who won the title for St. Michael’s with her beautiful rendition of ‘Sweet Lislea’. 

Amhránaíocht Aonair – Niamh Reynolds, St. Michael’s

The Recitation/Storytelling saw Tom Costello entertain the crowd with his delivery of ‘The Wake’, taking a richly deserved first senior title in many years at this level for Pádraig Pearses. In doing so, he beat off excellent opposition from Vincent Pierse and Patrick Mullooly (St. Dominic’s) and Sarah Seery from Clann na nGael. 

Recitation/Storytelling – Tom Costello, Pádraig Pearses.

The Ballad Group event proved a rousing and well contested competition. Groups from St. Dominc’s, Kilmore and Pádraig Pearses gave rousing renditions of their songs, but it was a talented young group from St. Michael’s, who won the hearts of the judges, regaining the title they won in 2022. 

Ballad Group – St. Michael’s

In the Novelty Act discipline, Elphin and Padraig Pearses, gave fantastic entertainment with two hilarious sketches. In a close contest, Elphin took county honours with their hilarious performance.

Novelty Act – Elphin

Undoubtedly the competition of the night, the Ceol Uirlise was a fantastic showcase for traditional music in Roscommon. Six groups from Padraig Pearses, Clann na Gael, Kilmore, Shannon Gaels, Elphin and St. Ronan’s, battled it out for their place in the Connacht final. The title went to an exceptionally polished St. Ronan’s team who last advanced to All Ireland level in 2022.  

Ceol Uirlise – St. Ronan’s

Sole entrants in the Rince Seit, Elphin rose the energy levels with a spirited display to finish off one of the best county finals in Roscommon Scór in many years. 

Rince Seit – Elphin

Thank you to our fantastic M.C. Cian Diffley Runaí Coiste Scór Ros Comáin, to David Nugent (sound) and the fantastic Kilmurry Hall for the welcome to their beautiful facility. Winners were presented with their cups by Cathaoirleach GLG Ros Comáin, Brian Carroll. 

Our County Champions now go forward to represent Roscommon in the Connacht Scór Sinsir Final which will be held in the Tooreen Community Centre, on Sunday 14th April. The Tráth na gCeisteanna will begin at 12pm and stage events start at 1pm. This is a ticket only event and these can be purchased through the link on the Connacht GAA website and the Scór Roscomáin and Connacht Scór Facebook pages. Well done and thank you to all of our clubs for their wonderful efforts to promote Scór and the best of luck to those who progress to provincial level.

Ros Comáin abú. 

Are you someone who has an interest in the GAA and Gaelic Games in Roscommon? 

Have you any ideas for Gaelic Games in our county going forward?

Would you like to have your say in Roscommon Gaelic Games for the next five years?

Roscommon GAA has commenced a period of consultation in the county to find out people’s views and suggestions for the development of a strategic plan for Gaelic Games in Roscommon for the next five years 2025 – 2030. 

Your thoughts are very important and “TheRossie road forward” plan needs to have as much input as possible from all our people to make our plan relevant and to meet our county’s needs. 

From Sunday March 17th 2024 for four weeks, our General Public Gaelic Games Survey aims to capture as much feedback as possible about all aspects of Gaelic Games in Roscommon from anyone who would like to share it with us.  

Access the survey by scanning the QR code or visit: gaaroscommon.ie/survey

If the survey is completed in full, with data to the end, you will be entered into a free draw for a chance to win a ‘Roscommon GAA Supporter’s Pack’.

Roscommon GAA is delighted to announce J. Keane & Sons Volkswagen, Roscommon town, as our new Travel Partner. Founded in 1974 the family-run business has been a trusted partner of generations of motorists from Roscommon and beyond and developed a great reputation for quality cars and after-sales service. 

Speaking at the announcement Roscommon GAA Commercial Manager Aidan Brady said, “As part of the partnership, Roscommon Senior Football Team Manager Davy Burke and Captain Brian Stack will join 2023 All-Star Enda Smith in serving as Volkswagen Brand Ambassadors – keep an eye out for their branded Volkswagen Golfs throughout the country over the months ahead.” 

Speaking on behalf of John Keane and Sons Volkswagen Roscommon, Marketing Manager, Colleen Kelly said “We feel this is a perfect partnership for us. As a local company we want to be associated with Roscommon GAA and other local sporting organisations, so we look forward to working with Roscommon GAA.”

Brian Carroll, Roscommon GAA Chairperson said “We are absolutely delighted to announce this partnership with John Keane and Sons Volkswagen Roscommon, who are a company renowned for their quality service and professionalism, and we are very grateful for their sponsorship. A very special thanks to John Keane and everyone at John Keane and Sons Volkswagen Roscommon for their great support and we look forward to working together over the coming years”.

Please check out their website www.vwjk.ie for a full list of quality used and new vehicles in stock.

Photo credit: Michelle Hughes Walsh

The draws for the Senior, Intermediate & Junior A Football Championships were made earlier tonight at the Hodson Bay Hotel.

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