Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes

TUS Scheme

Coolera – Strandhill GAA Club, Ransboro, is still looking to appoint a person for general maintenance duties under the TUS Scheme.  For information regarding eligibility requirements, please contact Gerard Mullaney, Tus Programme Supervisor, Sligo Leader at or alternatively, by mobile at 086/8221995.



Congratulations go to Seán Kelly of Kilmacowen who won the €14.000 jackpot last week when his numbers 3, 9, 14, 17 were drawn, The weekly lotto draw takes place at 9pm every Monday night in Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club House, Ransboro Park. Tickets can be bought at Keane’s Supermarket, Strandhill; Margaret’s Café, Finisklin and Bree’s Bar, Strandhill. For further details, contact Joe Gildea or Rose Cawley or check the club website



Final Reminder regarding Registration

Only those registered by the 31st March deadline are eligible to vote at Annual General Meetings. Registration can be completed on-line through Alternatively application forms can still be obtained from any committee member or registrar Shane Kennedy. All players, coaches, mentors and managers must be registered members of the club. Please complete your membership as quickly as possible, but no later than March 31st.


Benson Cup

Our seniors made the short trip to Connolly Park on Saturday last for Round Two of the Benson Cup against Owenmore Gaels. In perfect conditions both teams served up a feast of football, with some excellent flowing moves and point scoring. After a low scoring first half which saw the teams level at 1-05 the game opened up in the second half and eventually saw Coolera-Strandhill take the spoils 3-14 to 1-13.

Owenmore Gaels were first to settle and notched up a three point lead before Mark McCallion goaled for Coolera-Strandhill. Owenmore Gaels replied immediately with a goal of their own. Points from Barry O’ Mahony (0-2), Damien Fallon, Diarmuid Mulcahy and the very impressive David Kilrehill brought the first half to a close, with the teams level. The second half was an entertaining affair, with high quality scores on both sides. Mark McCallion, Barry O’ Mahony and Seán Murphy in particular caused the home defence endless problems aided by Diarmuid Mulcahy, Karl O’ Neill,and Frankie Flynn (on for the injured Ciaran Moloney). In defence there were solid performances, led by David McGee, Gary Cawley, Ronan Redmond and David Kilrehill, while Oisin Conway made crucial saves in goals. The Benson Cup takes a break now until May 13th. Next up for the seniors is a home league fixture against St. Michael’s on Good Friday (April 14th) Team. Oisin Conway, David Kilrehill (0-01), David McGee, James Hampson (Karl O’ Reilly 0-01), Seán Callaghan (Mark Comerford), Gary Cawley, Ronan Redmond, Aaron O’ Boyle, Ciaran Moloney (Frankie O’ Flynn 0-01), Mark McCallion (2-01), Barry O’ Mahony (0-05)(James Kilrehill), Diarmuid Mulcahy (0-02), Karl O’ Neill (1-00), Damien Fallon (0-01), Seán Murphy (0-02).

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Under 16

Our u16 boys began their league campaign with an away game against St Molaise Gaels last Friday evening. This was an entertaining encounter which ended in a victory for a strong Gaels side on a score line of 4.11 to 2.05. Despite the result there were many positives from the game and we look forward to better outcomes in the future starting with our next game at home to Eastern Harps on Monday 3 Apr at 7 pm. Team was as follows; Fiachra Staunton, Lee Wilson (0.1), Rory Mc Veigh,  Jack Murphy, Jack Cawley, Jack Molloy, Tristan Gilligan, Oran Mc Donagh(0.2f), Orin Mitchell, Ciaran Flynn, Josh Gilligan(1.0), Keelan Harte(1.02), Donagh Flynn, subs used Cian Connell, Stephen Lynch, Aidan Davey.


Under 14

Coolera/Strandhill U-14s got their league campaign off to a promising but ultimately unsuccessful start losing to Calry/St. Josephs on a score line of 5-10 to 4-06 in sunny Ransboro on Sunday morning.

The visitors got off to a strong start putting over 1-04 without reply in the first 10 minutes before Coolera settled and responded with 1-01. Calry led by 5 points at half time and extended their lead with some good long range points early in the second half. Coolera got more possession mid way through the half and converted a goal and 3 points to draw closer with 10 minutes to go, but further points and a well taken goal towards the end clinched victory for the visitors. Best for the home team was Ciaran Langan and Ross Doherty who worked tirelessly in midfield and Cormac Murphy who scored some well taken goals. The boys’ next outing is away to Tourlestrane on April 7th. Team; Cathal Morahan, Owen McKirdy, Jamie Kilfeather, Ryan Young, Jamie Walsh, Rory Kinnane, Ross Doherty, Ciaran Langan, Conor Keane, Donnacha Beirne, Andrew Lynch, Mark McDaniel, Cormac Murphy, Subs used; Naoise Brennan, Cormac Henehan, Cormac Correria, Jacob Krajlyski, Jarlath Herbert, Aaron Lindsay, Luke McTernan.


Ladies Spring League

Our junior ladies team made its debut in the ranks of adult football with an away league fixture against Shamrock Gaels. Fielding a very young inexperienced team, the girls acquitted themselves well, played with great spirit, but ultimately came up short of victory against a team that won the junior league last year. Quick to settle into the game, their efforts were rewarded with a point from Mary Stenson. Shamrock Gaels responded well scoring three points before gaoling from the penalty spot. Two Attracta Halloran points before half time left our girls trailing 1-07 to 0-03 at the interval. The second half began with Coolera-Strandhill exerting pressure on the home side, and another Mary Stenson point narrowed the margin. She quickly added her third before Attracta Halloran scrambled the ball across the line for a well deserved goal. At this point a comeback appeared on the cards, but to their credit the hosts regained control with some well taken points. The game was marred by a nasty injury to Gaels forward Rachel Boyd who suffered a suspected broken collar bone in an accidental collision. There were impressive performances from Kaela Kerrigan, Jessica Halloran and Nadine Deering in defence, ably assisted by Caoimhe O’ Sullivan, and Cara Gilligan, while Sarah Lindsay was steady in goals. The midfield pair of Laura Joyce and Mary Stenson (0-03) worked tirelessly and in attack Eilis Callaghan was outstanding from start to finish. Attracta Halloran (1-02), Eimear McCallion, Ciara Healy and Ciara McCormack were also impressive. Gráinne Redmond and the returning Claire Stenson were both introduced at half time to great effect. The girls play Owenmore Gaels next Sunday at 10.00 in Ransboro.

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Dermot Molloy League

Our senior hurlers begin their Dermot Molloy League campaign on Sunday April 2nd against Calry-St. Joseph’s at 2.00pm in Ransboro Pk.


Easter Sunday Cake Sale

Coolera-Strandhill Ladies are having their annual cake sale and on Easter Sunday. Cakes will be sold after the dawn mass at Knocknarea, the 11.00 mass in Ransboro and the 12.30 mass in Strandhill. Cakes can be left in to Ransboro school on the Saturday evening from 7.30 and on Sunday from 10.00. Further details soon.


Warriors Quiz.

The Warriors Festival in association with Coolera-Strandhill is holding an Audio-Visual Quiz in the Strand Bar on Friday April 21st at 8.30pm. Tables of four cost €20.00. Why not coe along and enjoy a quiz with a difference, with a fun night guaranteed.