Moyvane Notes – 16th September, 2000

Moyvane will enter this game as warm favourites but as past experience has shown they would be fool hardy to take the men from the Cashen for granted.

A keenly contested game is anticipated and the throw in in Bally is at 7pm.

The game should attract a large crowd to the Shannonside village.

While all of us will be hoping that Sonia O Sullivan can bring home the gold from Sydney in a few weeks time the people of Ballylongford had its own gold medal hero during the week when a local boy triumphed at the National Finals of the Community Games in Mosney.

Michael Mc Ellistrim of Lislaughtin brought great honour to the parish winning a gold medal in art.

A member of a very well known local family that has a long history is sport Michael was the toast of the village during the week with everyone wanting to see the much coveted medal.

Coming from a family with a great tradition in Gaelic football Michael has made his mark on the national stage and is a young man we are likely to hear much more about in the years ahead.

The triumph was a great fillip for the local Community Games Committee who have been doing some tremendous work in the area down through the years.

As the winter and the long nights gradually drift in many people may be contemplating doing some worthwhile things for the coming months.

Those residing in the Listowel and surrounding area will be well catered for in this respect with Community Education Courses about to commence shortly at the Listowel Family Centre.

To set the wheels in motion registration for a whole series of courses will take place at the centre between Monday September 11th and Thursday September 14th from 10am to 12 noon.

Courses that will be offered will include Cookery, Crafts, Gardening, Personal Development and Care of the Family.

Full crche facilities will be available during the courses.

During last year all the courses at the Centre were well availed of so anyone out there who would be interested in any of these classed should drop into the centre at the times given above or for more information phone Sr.Helen Dobbyn at (068) 23584

Camera buffs of the district has a treat in store at St. Johnâs Heritage centre in Listowel over the next couple of weeks when the venue will host the E.S.B. Environmental Photography Exhibition from Monday September 11th to Monday September 25th.

The exhibition consists of 49 photographs and is the best works of a national and international competition that carried a prize fund of £12,000.

The competition which is promoted by the Irish Professional Photographers Association is designed to encourage the development of environmental Photography in Ireland and raise public awareness of the beauty of our surroundings.

The exhibition is presently on a national tour that will takes in 16 venues all over the country.

It is worth popping into during its two – week stay in Listowel

Councillor Martin Ferris stole a march on his political rivals with the opening of a new constituency office in Market Street in Listowel.

Even though all other parties also hold clinics in the area Ferris has really produced a trump card with this move as he sets his sights on winning a Dail seat in the next General Election.

His performance in the last election greatly surprised all political analysts and sent a great air of apprehension among the major parties especially Fianna Fail who only just held on to the Denis Foley seat.

The political climate has changed considerably since that election and with all the sleaze and revelations emanating from the various tribunals making many people very cynical of the mainstream political parties.

Meanwhile Martin Ferris has been enjoying a very high profile winning a seat to Kerry County Council and making a very significant contribution to successfully completing the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

While local politicians are playing down the significance of the new office in Listowel even the dogs on the street know that it will give him much more clout in the area and will greatly enhance his prospects of winning a seat for the Sinn Fein Party.

With a large section of the younger population of the area totally disillusioned with politics in general many of them are now rowing in behind the Fenit councillor which must augur well for his prospects of winning a Dail seat next time out.

With Denis Foley most unlikely to run next time the political climate was never better for Ferris making the gains necessary to win a seat.

The town of Listowel is a very strong Sinn Fein stronghold electing councillors to the local U.D.C every time they go to the polls.

Winning a Dail seat has been the ultimate objective of the party for many years and most people who know anything about politics now know that it is a very realistic possibility in the next General Election.

Certainly if I was a betting man which I am not I would be putting a few bob on Martin Ferris to lift a Dail seat in the next General Election.

The Asdee Happy Scrubbers Captains Prize takes place at Listowel Golf Course on this Saturday.Ê Teeing off time is at 11am and there will be a social function on Saturday night at Jesse James Tavern.

All those wishing to compete should have their names in by this Thursday night.

The Asdee Rovers soccer lotto was held at Jesse James Tavern on Sunday night and the Jackpot was not won.Ê The numbers drawn were. 7 ö 13 ö 23 ö 24.

The lucky dip prizewinners were £25 Geraldine Walsh, Lahesrough, Ballybunion, £15 Mike O Sullivan, Craughdarrig, £10 Maureen Stack, Gullane.

This weekâs draw will be held at The Store and the Jackpot is £1,700.

Both Asdee Rovers teams were in action in the Kerry League on Sunday but it was disappointing performances by both sides losing to Tralee based teams

The A team left the previous weekâs form behind them at Craughdarrig Park on Sunday morning going down 3 ö 1 to Tralee United in a game that provided very little good football or entertainment value.

Playing well below par Asdee were always struggling in key areas and found it hard to create goal scoring opportunities.

In an even enough first half Asdee were well in contention and despite being a goal down at half time they still appeared to be in with a chance of getting something from he game.

Early in the second half the game swung wide open when Donald Bennet found the net after a good build up by Asdee.

From here on in Asdee lost the midfield battle aand as soon as the visitors took the lead again there was only going to be one outcome in this game.

Most of the team ran out of steam in the latter stages of the game and Tralee United ended up comfortable and deserving winners in the end.

After all the promise of the previous week there was too much inadequacies in the Asdee team on Sunday and the most disappointing aspect of their game was the very easy way they gave away possession by very inaccurate passing.

The team was Patrick O Brien John Long, Mike Purtill, Karl Kissane, Hugh O Donoghue, Tom Long, Donald Bennet, Donal O Carroll, Tom Hayes

Kieran Mc Elligott, Matt O Hanlon.

Subs Joe Foley, Mike English and Ned Moloney.

Later in the day the B team had their first outing of the season and had a difficult assignment in Tralee against Connolly Park.

However they matched their illustrious opponents well for most of the game and as it entered the concluding stages they it seemed as it they would share the spoils.

However a hotly disputed penalty altered the course of the game and the home side availed of their piece of good fortune to secure victory.

The encouraging news is that the team played very satisfactorily which augurs well for the rest of the season.

Particularly impressive in this game were Brian Coughlan and Sean O Keeffe.

While both local teams suffered defeats at the weekend it was good to see good strong panels of players on duty and it is also very encouraging to see a very big turnout for the Friday night training at Craughdarrig Park.

The team was Tom Kennedy,Martin Mc Elligott, Sean Stack, Sean O Keeffe, Brian Coughlan, Barry Healy, Jack Scanlon, John Gorman, Charles Dalton, Liam Collins and Anthony Mulvihill.

Subs Paul O Hanlon, Stephen Horgan, Mike Hanrahan and Mike Vallely.

An important meeting of the Asdee Rovers soccer club will be held at the community centre on this Friday night at 9pm.

With some important issues to be discussed all members should be present.

The Asdee Bord na nOg held a very successful forecast the Score competition for the All Ireland series of games and the winners were £50 Pat Quigley, Flower Grove, Dunlaoirghe, Co. Dublin £20 John Rea, Ahanagran, Ballylongford.

Cards are now in circulation for the All Ireland final at £1 per line.

Hopefully all club members will sell a few cards each as proceeds are in air of local underage teams.

It was good to hear former All Ireland medal winner John Kennedy give his expert views on the All Ireland semi ö final on Radio Kerry at the weekend.

John was among the large local contingent who travelled to the semi final in Croke Park on Saturday.

Well done to John Pius Walsh of Asdee East who has taken up refereeing at underage level.

He recently officiated at the Ballydonoghue v Finuge under 12 division 1 final played in Listowel and done a splendid job in his first final.

It was also nice to see him using a full team of match officials.

The recent County League game against Churchill was not played and will now be staged at a later date.

The remaining County League games are home to Kilgarvan and Scartaglin and away to Duagh and Tousist.

The draw will take place for the N.K. under 12 championship at a meeting of North Kerry Bord na nOg, which will be held at The Listowel Arms Hotel on this Thursday night.

The local junior team booked their place in the North Kerry Shield final on Wednesday evening with a good win over Knockanure.

They will now meet Gale Rangers or Listowel C in the final.