Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes

Under 8 Go-Games

On Wednesday 24th May, 36 young footballers turned out for our U8 game with Eastern Harps.

It was a bright sunny evening and all the boys and girls got to play at least two quarters of the game. When they were not on the pitch they were practising their kicking & shooting skills. A great evening of fun was had by all.



The lotto numbers drawn on Monday May 15th were 2, 23, 29 and 30. There was no jackpot winner, nor were there any Match Three winners. The jackpot is now €2000. The 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


Dressing Rooms and Lost Property

A quick reminder to all managers that it is their responsibility to ensure that the dressing rooms (including the away dressing room) and storage shed are left clean and tidy after matches and training sessions.

Any property left on the premises will be retained for a maximum of 28 days. Please contact Tom Brenan at 086/0231196 for enquires regarding lost property.


Double Celebration in Community Games

There was great excitement in Markievicz Pk. last Tuesday evening when both under 10 mixed and under 12 girls teams won the Community Games County Finals. The under 10s were in the final having beaten Rosses Point, St. Mary’s and St. Feichin’s along the way. In the final they faced a very strong Curry side, a team that had scored sic goals in their semi-final. Despite this quality our boys were to dominate the first half, holding their opponents score-less. Scores from Cathal Gilligan, Aidan O’ Loughlin, Oisin Choo and Seán Mooney helped establish a substantial lead. A resurgent Curry staged a serious comeback in the second half and the Coolera boys showed great composure to hold off the challenge, eventually running out winners by 3-06 to 1-06. Captain for the night Cathal Gilligan was presented with the cup afterwards. Team; Rory O’ Connor, Steven O’ Connor, Luke Gilgan, Michael Harte, Finn McDaniel, Eoghan Fenton, Seán Mooney (0-01), Cathal Gilligan (3-01), Oisin Choo (0-02), Michael McDonnell, Aidan O’ Loughlin (0-02), Joe Behan, Briain Cullinan, Charlie Fenton, Michael Craddock, Seán Hannon.

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The under 12 girls emulated their clubmates with a good win over St. Mary’s in their final. In a relatively close first half, it was the scoring power of Orna Murphy that paved the way for victory, accounting for 1-04 of the half-time tally of 2-05. Eva White’s goal and a point from Alana Wilson made up the remainder. The third quarter saw the girls take control and six more goals (three from Alana, two from Clodagh Martyn and another from Orna) killed off the St. Mary’s hopes. Luisa Mooney rounded off the scoring with her first point of the year. It was a win based on a very tight defence with Lisa Kilfeather, Anna McDaniel, and Nessa O’ Sullivan in particular stopping the opposition attacks. Any threat that managed to get through was dealt with by Áine Morahan who was excellent in goals. Afterwards Breda Martyn presented the cup to Ellen Walsh, who, unfortunately could not play due to injury. Team. Áine Morahan, Laoise McKenna, Lisa Kilfeather, Anna McDaniel, Nessa O’ Sullivan, Eva White (1-00), Orna Murphy (2-05), Orlaith Beirne, Alana Wilson (3-01), Susannah Gilligan, Clodagh Martyn (2-00), Áine Harte, Hannah Bohan, Lauren Dalton, Luisa Mooney (0-01), Ellen Walsh.


Under 14 Girls

The under 14 girls had a comprehensive victory over Ballisodare last Tuesday. In a one-sided encounter the girls played some great football, particularly in the second half. There were good performances throughout the team, and it augurs well for the future that the team is improving with each game. Team; Susannah Garcia, Ciara Lindsay,  Mary-Kate KcPartland, Cliodhna Davitt, Grace Molloy, Holly Gilligan, Cliodhna O’ Sullivan, Amy Deering, Beibhinn Harte, Keri Mitchell, Enya Hughes, Emma O’ Loughlin. Score; 13-04 to 2-05.  


Under 12 Boys

Our under 11/12 boys had a tough match with neighbours St. Mary’s last Tuesday. Both teams were to end on the losing side, despite their best efforts. Next up is a home tie with St. John’s on June 13th.


Sligo Primary Schools Hurling All-Stars


Congratulations to Thomas Kinane, Shane O’ Loughlin and Oisin Whelan who represented their schools on the Sligo Primary Schools Hurling All-Stars team that participated in the Connacht Blitz last week in Galway. Hopefully it was the first of many future appearances in the county colours for the boys.


Junior League

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A last gasp goal deprived our juniors of a third victory when they played Drumcliffe/Rosses Point in Oxfield last Saturday. In what was a close match from start to finish, some wayward shooting and three point blank saves from the Drumcliffe goalkeeper were to prove costly as our boys lost out by a single point 2-10 to 0-15. Level at half-time (1-05 to 0-08), the teams exchanged points throughout the second half, before Coolera-Starndhill opened up a two point lead, scores coming from Kieran Prior, Martin Savage, David Kilrehill and Seán Callaghan. However, just as time was up the home side broke through the defence to shoot to the roof of the net to clinch the win. Next up is a home tie with St. John’s on the 11th at 12.00. Team; Liam Heneghan, Mark Connell, Diarmuid Loftus, Seán Callaghan Christy Walsh, Ryan McEnroe, David Kilrehill, Ronan Redmond, Eoin Macken, Kieran Prior, Mark Comerford, John Kilrehill, Patrick Gillen, Alan Scanlon, Martin Savage, James Hampson.


U12 Girls

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The under 12 girls brought their league campaign to a close with a victory over Shamrock Gaels in the A Shield Final. In what was a new departure for the LGFA County all under 12 teams got to play in Markievicz Park on Saturday 3rd June, and a total of eight finals were played. Our girls were in the A Shield final, having lost out on a place in the Cup final. They got off to a very good start and led by 4 points to no score at the end of the first quarter. It was a lead that they never relinquished, and a dominant third quarter saw them extend the lead and they eventually won on a score of 15 to 4. Orna Murphy and Eva White dominated from the start. Orna’s endless running through the opposition defence led to her scoring eleven points. Eva’s high catching and ability to gain possession ensured the Shamrock Gaels forwards were deprived of scoring opportunities, while also contributing three points herself. Aoife Gormley’s versatility meant that she could move from midfield to full back when playing into the wind to add height to the defence. She was well supported by Nessa O’ Sullivan whose positional sense meant that very little ball got through. There were many fine individual performances, notably from the aforementioned few, along withMary-Kate McPartland, Lisa Kilfeather, Clodagh Martyn, Úna Griffin, Luna Simeoni, Anna McDaniel and goalkeeper Áine Morahan, but this was a full team display with good passing and support play throughout. Team; Áine Morahan, Luisa Mooney, Lisa Kilfeather, Anna McDaniel, Mary-Kate McPartland, Nessa O’ Sullivan, Eva White (0-03), Aoife Gormley, Orlaith Beirne (0-01), Orna Murphy (0-11), Alana Wilson, Susannah Gilligan, Clodagh Martyn, Úna Griffin, Lauren Healy, Ellen Walsh, Ava Griffin, Áine Harte, Hannah Bohan, Grace Bailey, Lauren Dalton, Rachel Gallagher, Luna Simeoni, Laoise McKenna, Bronagh Cusack.


Senior League

Our senior footballers had a very good win over St. John’s in Stenson Park on Sunday. The teams were level on points in joint second place in the league going into this match, so a good result was crucial to maintain the push for promotion. Playing with the wind in the first half Coolera-Strandhill managed to put 1-03 on the scoreboard before the home side registered their first point; the goal, a fisted effort by Mark McCallion. By half time the lead was extended to eight points (2-06 to 0-04), a second goal coming from Keelan Cawley, in addition to four Barry O’Mahony points and a brace from Karol O’Neill. A goal from the penalty spot from Barry O’Mahony early in the second half sealed the win and further points from Karl O’ Reilly (0-02), Keelan Cawley (0-02), Gary Cawley (0-01) along with two frees from Barry left the score 3-13 to 0-08 at full time. It was a good team display, with strong performances from Gary Cawley, Peter Laffey, Kevin Banks and Keelan Cawley. Karol O’ Neill and Barry O’ Mahony were a constant threat in attack and Kevin Kelly was very safe as the last line of defence. Next up is a Benson Cup match against the same opposition on Saturday evening.



Sincere sympathy is extended to the Kilfeather family on the death of Eddie Kilfeather, and also to Gerry Flynn on the death of his brother Joe. Ar dheis Dé go raibh siad.