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Currin Notes

April 17th, 2012

15th April 2012

Currin GFC Notes

Lotto Results:

Week ending, Sunday 15th April 2012. Winning numbers, 8-15-20-22. No Jackpot Winner.  €15 Prizewinners, John Duffy, 83 O Neill Park, Clones. Paddy Glancey, Ballinagh. Brian Conlon, Newbliss. Patricia Mc Philips, Scotshouse. Bernie & Sylvia, c/o Bernie Mc Caul. Bronagh Carey, Scotshouse. Frank Burke, Scotshouse. Rose Fay, Lisboduff. Hugo Clerkin, Scotshouse. Philip Duffy, Corconnolly. Next Weeks Jackpot, €6,600.00


Senior Football

All eyes were on Currin during the last week as we began our senior football campaign. Ballybay were our first opponents on Wednesday last in Scotshouse, and then on Sunday we travelled to take on Castleblayney Faughs. While the results did not go our way, the standard of play and skill displayed certainly gained a huge amount of respect and admiration from our opponents. During both games Currin led at different stages and it was only a combination of a lack of experience and strenght in depth that denied us our first points of the campaign. Everyone knows that it will not be easy at senior level especially with the resources available but the resolution and team spirit showed in these first two games has been extremely heartening. While players and management may feel disappointed that we did not get anything from these games the positives certainly outweighed the negatives. The pace, physicality and intensity of senior football is something that has to be experienced to realise the difference and also it will be obvious that unenforced errors will be punished at this level.

Against Ballybay Currin began brightly and within one minute of the start of the game, Niall Mc Entee had the honour of scoring Currins first point in senior football.  Excellent defensive work meant that Ballybay chances were slim and Ciaran Mc Caffrey, Stephen Smith and Kieran Kearns all hit first half points to leave Currin with a deserved half time lead of one point.Ballybay started the second half in determined fashion and they had soon established a two point lead but points from Niall Mc Entee and Conor Mc Caffrey brought Currin back on level terms with fifteen minutes to go. A great save from the excellent Fergal Connolly resulted in a superb point from a ‘45’ by Thomas Kerr and then Shane Mc Guinness, put daylight between the teams with an excellent goal. Currin to their credit never gave up but could not close the gap. Great credit must go to Cian North who played with a serious injury which only came to light in the course of this, his first game. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Currin team:- Fergal Connolly, Stephen Beatty, Enda Mc Caffrey, Sean Brady, Conor Mc Caffrey(0-1), Dick Clerkin, Ben Clerkin, Ciaran Mc Caffrey(0-1), Francis O Callaghan, Dara Brady, Niall McEntee(0-2), Michael Quigley, Cian North, Kieran Kearns(0-1), Stephen Smith(0-2). Subs: Shane O Connor for Cian North, Tommy Maguire for Stephen Beatty.

On Sunday we took on the mighty Faughs in Toome, (see match report). After a tentative start a Kieran Kearns goal steadied the ship and we played some excellent football to lead after fifteen minutes. Some poor finishing along with a rather fortuitous Mc Elroy goal gave ‘Blayney a flattering halftime lead on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-3. In the second half after a Ciaran Mc Caffrey point, Stephen Smith who is playing extremely well, won and converted a penalty to close the gap to a minimum. Currin finished this game strong and although beaten they certainly gave the big travelling support something to cheer about. Currin team and scorers:- Fergal Connolly, Tommy Maguire, Enda Mc Caffrey, Sean Brady, Conor Mc Caffrey, Ben Clerkin, Michael Quigley, Ciaran Mc Caffrey(0-2), Dick Clerkin, Shane O Connor, Francis O Callaghan(0-1), Dara Brady, Niall McEntee, Kieran Kearns(1-1), Stephen Smith(0-3). Subs, Paddy Mc Dermott for Shane O Connor. Stephen Beatty for Niall Mc Entee.



Currin will welcome Magheracloone to Scotshouse on Sunday next at 2 o clock. This is a fixture that not many will have witnessed before and promises to be a fascinating game.

On Wednesday next 25th April we travel to Monaghan to play the Harps at 7.30pm


Juvenile and Youth Affairs.

Our U 14 team begin their campaign on Saturday at 12.00 in Scotshouse against Rockcorry. Your support is welcome.



Best wishes to Niall and Sarah on the birth of Joshua. Another Rafferty to torment defences, no doubt.


SCOTSHOUSE:Old time and Ballroom dancing in the Scotshouse Community Centre on Mondays has finished for the Summer.  Sincere thanks to Jim and Patricia Brennan who have led the group.  Also many thanks to all those who have supported during the season.

Bingo: Every Tuesday in the Scotshouse Community Centre at 9.00pm.

Music: Every Thursday with Pat McCabe in the Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Cake sale on Sunday last for the Community Centre: €624 was collected, well done to all who helped and supported this.

Scotshouse Annual Clean Up:  Organised by the Tidy Towns Group.  This Saturday  21st April, the annual Spring clean of the village and the surrounding area will commence, meeting at Connoly’d at 11.00am. Equipment will be supplied. Many hands make light work, so please come along, children accompanied will be welcome. Light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Congratulations to John Markey who celebrates a special birthday this week.  Mary organised a big surprise for him on Sunday last by inviting many of their friends and neighbours to a party on Sunday afternoon. The Lisnagrieve and Brantry and Killyfarque Pipe Band entertained the party on the patio and later Ian Hall sang a number of songs indoors.  A wonderful day was had by all.

Scotshouse ICA  Cake sale:  After Mass on Sunday 29th April in the usual place.  Hopefully the regular supporters will provide the usual high quality of Cakes to sell.

Titanic Talk:  On Saturday 28th at 8.00pm we look forward to welcome Dr Alcia St Leger from Cork to speak to us on Titanic.  Dr St Leger is responsible for the new Titanic Exhibition in the Ulster Transport Museum. She is an excellent speaker and deeply knowledgeable on the Titanic.  The talk will take place in  St Andrews Church, Scotshouse, where there is a memorial plaque to Ernest Waldron King, a former rector’s son, who was one of the many Titanic victims.  All welcome.

Titanic Centenary Lecture:  Lecture takes place in Clones Branch Library on Monday 23rd April at 6.30pm

Tidy Towns Recipe Book:  If you have not yet contributed a recipe for this book you could still have your entry included.  Please leave in Connolly’s shop or email to Lorraine Burns at

Church Cleanup:  Volunteers (women and men) are needed to help clean the church – inside and the grounds – to prepare for Confirmation.  Cleanup take place on Saturday 28th April.  Time to be confirmed.

Please remember in your prayers Peter Bennett, Manchester who died recently, he was the Brother in law of Teresa Moore.  May he rest in peace.

The service of light for children making Confirmation this year will be held in Scotshouse on Tuesday 24th April at 7.30pm

Belfast Marathon:  A Children’s Hospice has just been built in Enniskillen.  This provides respite and residential care for terminally ill children.  It will eventually cover Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.  Brenda Boylan is part of a team who are running the Belfast Marathon to raise funds for the upkeep of the Hospice.  Sponsorship Cards are available in both Connolly’s Pub and the shop if you wish to make a donation.

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