Gerard and Vinny hold all the aces
Winners of the game held on December 13th were 1st Gerard Walsh and Vinnie O’Boyle; 2nd, John G Barrett and Liam O’Malley, Patrick Gilroy and Francis Gilroy; 3rd, Darren Barrett and Barry O’Malley, Mary Granahan and Sandra Murphy, John Naughton and Tom O’Malley, Jimmy Granaghan, John Walsh. The raffle winners were Edward Gillespie, Pady Gilroy and Mary Lynn.
Concerned for the futrue development of Crossmolina and its hinterland, after the closure of the Bellacorrick Generating Station in April 2005, and the quality of life the area offers, the Chairman of Crossmolina Community Council, Dr. Mick Loftus and committee members Padraic Mullen, Padraic Langan and Michael Mulhern (snr) attended an information evening in Ferbane, Co. Offaly on November 30th.
Hosted by Mr. James Keane, Manager of the West Offaly Business and Technology Park he outlined to them what was put in place when the Ferbane Power Station closed.
The evening was useful in many repects and at the recent meeting of Crossmolina Community Council members were delighted to learn of the sizeable funds which will be put in place by Government agencies to encourage enterprise development in areas affected by the closure of Bellacorick. Much future discussions will take place on this topic at a later date. Dr. Loftus expressed thanks to Mr. Sean Lowry, Co. Offaly, whom many of you will remember, for having arranged and attending the Ferbane information evening and also to Mr. Eugene Rochford, Crossmolina, for his positive help beforehand.
Other items discussed at the Community Council meeting was the additional Christmas lights jointly purcheased this year by the Traders Association and the Community Council which will enhance our town for the Christmas Season with hopes to extend them further each year from now on. Thanks to Enda, John, and Darragh.
Congratulations were warmly extended to our two local All Star winners James Nallen and Ciaran McDonald whom we are all justifiably proud of here in Crossmolina.
The beginning of the Rural Social Scheme on November 29th in the parish was welcomed and the date for the first Christmas Dinner for Community Council confirmed. Other routine matters were also dealt with and the meeting concluded with Christmas Greetings being extended to all in the parish, at home or in hospital by the Chairman Dr. Loftus.
Crossmolina hosts senior citizens' party on Sunday
The much looked forward to annual Christmas Mass and party for the Senior Citizens will be held on Sunday, December 5th. Mass is celebrated first in St. Tiernan's Church at 2pm with party following in the Dolphin Hotel. A lovely day out to meet up with your friends and have a good time. All Senior Citizens in the parish are invited. If transport is a problem contact Social Services, Chapel Street or any member of the committee as soon as possible.
Crossmolina senior team gained some revenge for their defeat in last year's league final after three epic battles in Ballina, when they snatched this year's title, with a late spurt which yielded a goal from Kieran McDonald and points from Gabriel Walsh and Padraic Syron to send the home fans home with something to talk about during the long winter break.
Crossmolina farmers to reap benefits of new rural scheme
Rural Social Scheme Co-Ordinator Ms Orlagh Dennedy, Moy Valley Resources, will attend the Dolphin Hotel on Wednesday evening, November 17, at 8.15 pm. The scheme is of benefit to farmers/ spouses. Due to begin in parish towards the end of the on the month.
Retirement party for Garda Benson in Crossmolina
A retirement function for Garda Michael Benson will take place on Saturday night in Hiney's Upper Deck at 9pm with a buffet and music by Revival Showband. Tickets which cost E20 are available at local businesses or the Garda Station.
The following are the results of the Crossmolina weekly Bridge game in Hiney's: 1st, Mary Garrett, Ballina; 2nd, Carmel Dunlea, Gortskegga; 3rd (tie), Anna Tolan, Ballina Road, and Maureen Barrett, Lahardane. The game is on each Thursday night in Hineys at 8 o'clock. New members welcome.
Crossmolina turns green and red for All-Ireland final
As the countdown to Sunday's All-Ireland final gets under way, preparations are well in hand in Crossmolina to mark this auspicious occasion with flags and bunting streaming from all buildings in the town and precincts. The large panes of glass on the right hand side in the Public Library, on Main Street have been transformed with painted images of our three local players, Kieran McDonnald, James Nallen and Peader Gardiner in humorous and victorious poses. Manager John Maughan is seen as flying away with the Sam Maguire Cup! Images of Kerry players in downbeat mood after the final whistle can also be seen! This is the work of Regina Geraghty who works for Mayo Co. Library and is a final year student in Graphic Design at DIT College, Mountjoy Square, Dublin. Much favourable comment has been voiced locally on her interesting and unusual display. On the equally large left-hand side window, colourful drawings by children, students of Renee Cronin, Ballina Street, is displayed also drawing very favourable comment for their great effort. Well worth a look. An interesting selection of books on football and the GAA can also be viewed through the library window having been carefully selected by Librarian Maureen Gallagher. These can be borrowed as usual.
Come win, lose or draw, the great feeling of camaraderie in the parish leading up to the big day itself is to be cherished, and what celebratory days may lie ahead for the Boys/Girls from the County Mayo can only be envisaged.
Young Pioneers win gold and silver medals in Magherafelt
Crossmolina and Kilmurry PTAA had a number of gold and silver winners at the All Ireland Pioneer Sports finals, which were held in St. Pius X High School. Magherafelt on Saturday last. The gold medal winners were Crossmolina Boys 12-15 basketball team; Steven Duffy, James O'Brien, Joseph Keane, Liam O'Mara, John McGarrigle, Daniel Garrett, Damien McGarrigle.
The Crossmolina senior girls basketball team were Bridget Keane, Rachel Timoney, Sarah Syron, Orla Donoghue, Maeve Tierney, Joanne Donnelly and Ailish Mangan. Kilmurry Senior girls soccer team, Eileen Lynn, Donna McDonnell, Thelma Carolan, Lisa McNamara, Joanne Donnelly, Christine Lynn, Stephanie McDonnell. The Silver medal winner were Crossmolina O15 boys soccer, Ian Rowland, Sean Kelly, Noel Tierney, Ronan Rochford, Bryan Munnelly, David Rowland, Paul Duffy. Kilmurry U12 basketball team were Sinead Kearns, Grainne Donnelly, Denise Gordon, Aoife O'Malley, Sarah Caden, and Katherine Maughan.