Lackagh Branch of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association hold their monthly meeting on the first Friday of each month at 8 p.m. in the new chapel. New members are always welcome.
North-East Galway Pioneer Region
Later on this year the
North-East Galway Pioneer Region will be celebrating twenty five years of
activity with a function in the Castlegate Hotel Athenry on Friday October 17th. On this night a Souvenir Calendar
for 2004 will be launched. If you have any photographs which you
would like to see printed on the calendar you are asked to contact
Billy Glynn before July 10th. We are also seeking
financial help to reduce publication costs. Can you assist us in
News: The June meeting of Galway North-East Region of the Pioneer Association was held in the Parish Hall, Williamstown on Thursday last. There was a very large attendance, consisting of representatives from the various Centres around the region as well as local members of the Association. During the meeting a gold pin was presented to Mary Roche of Polredmond, marking her 50 years as a Pioneer, by president of the Region, Richard Broderick, who mentioned that Mary’s husband, Tom, was presented with a similar award a few months ago.
Belclare P.T.A.A. Tour
The annual Pioneer tour
took place on Sunday June 22nd. The venue this year was Blarney, Co. Cork
with the bus leaving Belclare church car park at 7.30 a.m. The first stop
was at the Heritage Centre in Adare for morning tea/coffee at 9.30 a.m. Then
it was straight to Blarney for lunch at 12.30 p.m. followed by a trip to
Blarney Castle and Woollen Mills, etc. On the way home there was a stop at
the Auburn Lodge Hotel in Ennis for evening tea at 7.15 p.m. approx. with
the bus due back in Belclare around 10 p.m. It was hoped that those
travelling would have an enjoyable day in true Pioneer sprit and
a safe journey.
to the U-15 boys football team who defeated Belclare and Mountbellew
and now go forward to the County final at the end of August. Stephen Treacy, Colin Forde, Dermot Forde, Darren Fahy,
David Raftery, Kevin Treacy, Gerard Raftery. Thanks to manager, Ollie Forde.
In the recent essay competition organised by the Pioneer Association for post-primary schools in the Roscommon-Athlone PTAA region three members of the Glinsk branch achieved a unique double.
Claire Ward was presented with the top regional award at a function in Gleeson’s Restaurant recently. Second place in the same essay competition went to a second Glinsk member, Tara Mc Keague.
Both girls are students at Glenamaddy Community School and are past pupils of Glinsk NS.
Meanwhile in the competition for primary schools Christina Mannion, sixth class pupil at Glinsk NS won second prize for the Roscommon-Athlone
Lackagh Pioneer Total Abstinence Association’s seventy fifth anniversary booklet is now available in local shops. The booklet costs just €3 and makes an ideal souvenir to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the Association in the parish. Photographs taken at the seventy fifth anniversary celebrations of the Lackagh Branch of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association are now available from Patsy Conway, Corofin, Telephone: 093-41447.
North-East Galway Region P.T.A.A.
Regional meeting took place in Williamstown Parish Hall on Thursday June 12th commencing at 9 p.m. This was the last meeting before the AGM so it was hoped that all centres would be represented.
Congratulations to Shane Kitson, Ballyjamesduff and Marian Murphy, Kilmaine who were married recently. Shane is well known to all in the North East Galway Region having visited many of the schools in the area during his term as Chairman of the National Youth Committee PTAA. Shane and Marian will reside in Claremorris so we welcome him to the west and to Connacht.
Finals of the PTAA sports competitions have taken place. The following
are the results:
Basketball 9-12 Boys, Belclare represented by Ronan Steede, Evan Bodkin, Michael Canney, Ciaran Canney, Conor Keady, Sean Kearns & Shane Higgins; 9-12 Girls, Belclare represented by Clodagh Clancy, Aoife Bodkin, Linda Higins, Michelle Martyn, Jacqueline Ryan, Michelle Furey & Lorraine Ryder; 12-15 Boys, Killererin represented by Stephen Treacy, Kevin Treacy, Dermot Forde, Colin Forde, David Raftery, Andrew Moore & David Hansberry; 12-15 Girls, Belclare represented by Stacey Martyn, Mary Teresa Carroll, Sinead Higgins, Una Canney, Niamh Mulhall, Denise Treacy & Fiona McHugh;
Badminton 9-12 Boys, Mountbellew - William Hannon & Colm Neary; 9-12 Girls, Ballinlough - Roisin Fitzmaurice & Nessa Doherty; 9-12 Mixed, Kilkerrin - Michael Coleman & Lisa Kilheaney; 12-15 Boys, Mountbellew - David Neary & Sean Sweeney; 12-15 Girls, Kilkerrin - Niamh Divilly & Amanda Kilheaney; 12-15 Mixed, Kilkerrin - Stephen Ward & Catriona Kilkelly; Over 15 Girls, Belclare - Ina Curran & Ann Kelly; Over 15 Mixed, Belclare - Tom Keane & Ina Curran;
Gaelic Football Boys 9-12, Mountbellew - Garry Sweeney, Anthony Donnellan, Colm Neary, Enda Horan, William Hannon, Padraic Carty & Robert Kelly; Girls 9-12, Mountbellew - Fiona Brehony, Karen Somers, Tina O’Keefe, Una Bergin, Joanne Collevy & Kathy McDonagh; Boys 12-15, Killererin - Colin Forde, Dermot Forde, Gerard Raftery, David Raftery, Stephen Treacy, Kevin Treacy & Darren Fahy; Girls 12-15, Mountbellew - Michelle Donnellan, Amy Monaghan, Ciara Finnegan, Sinead Sweeney, Elaine Donnellan, Orla Conneely, Katie Collevy; Girls Over 15, Mountbellew - Elaine O’Sullivan, Theola Moore, Catherine Donnellan, Emma Gilmore, Marian Reynolds, Niamh Brehony & Ailish Brehony;
Soccer Boys 12-15, Mountbellew -
David Geraghty, Anthony McCormack, Thomas Wall, Peter Donnellan, Stephen
Daly & Matthew Lenihan; 12-15 Girls, Mountbellew - Amy
Monaghan, Michelle Donnellan, Aisling Fallon, Sinead Sweeney, Elaine
Donnellan, Nicola Hearty & Aoife Fallon; Over 15 Girls,
Mountbellew - Emma Gilmore, Elaine O’Sullivan, Theola Moore, Marian
Reynolds, Niamh Brehony, Ailish Brehony & Catherine Donnellan.
All of the winners above have qualified for the Connacht Finals in their respective competitions. Congratulations. Venues and dates for Connacht finals have yet to be finalised.
was actively involved in the regional sports competitions over
the week-end. On Friday night our ladies’ badminton team of Ina Curran and Ann Kelly
defeated Kilkerrin and Ballinlough to win the regional final in Ballinlough Sports Centre. Ina Curran and Tom Keane
put on a good performance in the mixed competition defeating a young
Mountbellew team. We were also involved in the soccer and football competitions
in the Tuam Stars pitch on Saturday. The
soccer team finished on level terms with Mountbellew at the end of ordinary
time but were defeated on extra time. We came up against a very good team
from Killererin in Gaelic football who went on to win the final. The
panel of players for soccer and football consisted of Derek Ryder, Damien O’Grady, Nicky Brady, Ronan Steede,
Walter Keady and Evan Bodkin. Our men’s
badminton team of Timmy Monaghan and Tom Keane will take part in the regional final
in Mountbellew Community Centre.
Cortoon & Lavally
meeting on Friday June 13th after Mass in Cortoon church.
Kilkerrin & Clonberne
Congratulations to the following players who have qualified for the Connacht badminton finals following their success in the Regional Competitions last weekend:- 9-12 category (mixed) Michael Coleman and Lisa Kilheaney; 12-15 category (girls) Niamh Divilly and Amanda Kilheaney; 12-15 category (mixed) Catriona Kelly and Stephen Ward. Unfortunately for Sean Collins and Damien McMahon, Colm Dillon and Eoghan Divilly and Marjorie Clifford and Laoise Kelly, their luck did not hold out as they just failed in close contests.
Corrandulla Pioneer Centre
A meeting will take place this Wednesday June 11th in Corrandulla Church to make arrangements for a Special Mass and presentation of pins on Friday 18th July. Anyone wishing to receive a Silver (25 years) or Gold (50 years) or who wishes to join PTTA should submit names and pay for the pins at the meeting. Contact Margaret Hanley, Francis Goaley or Michael Erwin.
||Hugh P. McElroy
||Fr. Tom McConville
Some of the scenes, particularly of young women ‘out of their heads' with drink in accident and emergency wards, and of young men fighting viciously and taking park in unprovoked assaults on the streets of our cities and towns, were particularly shocking.
I think this programme should be shown in every school ion the country, with the permission of parents and Boards of managements, of course, or even better, with their participation.
It would not solve the drinking problem, but it would lead to open discussion, and to some people at least deciding that they never want to end up lying unconscious or dead in their own vomit.
I write this as someone who enjoys a few pints, and who remarked jokingly in a recent article about ‘drinking for Ireland' on a trip abroad.
I also draw attention fairly regularly to the fact that Jesus Christ did not leave his friends to drink water at the wedding at Cana, or to St. Paul's remark that ‘a little wine is good for the stomach'. In other words I write as someone who is not ‘agin the drink'.
I hope I am not fooling myself when I class myself among the social drinkers throughout the country who can take a few drinks without allowing this to affect their lives or their work, or without knowing when we have enough.
This is very different from getting ‘blotto' or ‘langers', having blackouts, or not being able to function the following day.
I admire the courage and the restraint of members of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, and know that the drink culture in this country would be much worse without them.
I also admire those who abstain for Lent or Advent, or for the Holy Souls in November, and all who show regularly that alcohol is something that they can take or leave. It is abuse of alcohol rather than the drink itself that is the problem.
My personal interest would be in moderate, enjoyable and relaxed drinking, but even this can give the wrong impression to young people who look on and say: " If adults can drink, why can't we?" Some at least of the danger at the present time comes from not knowing the alcohol strength of what is available in socalled alchopops.
One point I have not heard raised is whether some of these drinks actually contain a higher level of alcohol that is stated on the label.
I think there should be immediate spotchecks throughout the country, with companies who exceed the ‘proof' stated on the can or bottle being heavily fined and forced to withdraw their products.
I think self control is the only control that really works in any area of life, including the use of alcohol.
It requires a long slow educational process as well as good parental examples of moderation rather than any kneejerk zero tolerance type reaction.
"Connaught Telegraph" - Dec 13th 2002