Roscommon GAA

  • Roscommon will play Down in Dr Hyde Park on Sunday next at 2pm. The game is being preceded by the Division 3 Ladies NFL Match between Roscommon and Meath which throws in at 12 noon.

    As there is a large crowd expected at the games patrons are asked to be considerate to others when parking their cars. A number of households have complained that their driveways were blocked by cars parking in front of gates during the Meath match.

    In addition, the Gardaí have stated that they ticketed a large number of cars which were parked on footpaths and others which were causing obstructions in housing estates.

    Roscommon town boasts year round free parking and there are sufficient public car parks around the town for all patrons to park safely.

    Patrons are urged to park legally and ensure that they do not obstruct any gate ways or park in a way that could prevent an emergency vehicle such as an ambulance or fire engine from gaining access to an incident.

  • Roscommon GAA has confirmed that preferred candidate Aidan O'Rourke has withdrawn from the process of selecting a new senior football manager.

    The former Armagh All-Ireland winner's name was due to be put to club delegates at a meeting of the Roscommon county board on Monday night, after he emerged as the favoured candidate of the selection committee. 

    The appointment was then delayed as Mr O'Rouke requested a 24-hour deferral to finalise his backroom team.

    His backroom team was to include strength and conditioning coach Mike McGurn, two Roscommon coach/ selectors and head coach Karl Lacey.

    The delay arose because of doubts over the unavailability of Karl Lacey.

    Later yesterday, Aidan O'Rouke contacted the county board to say he was withdrawing from the process. 

    Roscommon GAA have issued a statement, saying they're disappointed at the turn of events, but are fully committed to completing the selection process.

    However, the statement says the Roscommon GAA Management Committee is concerned at attempts that have been made to influence the outcome of the process over recent days, which have undermined the integrity of the process and potentially affected their ability to attract a new manager.

    The statement adds that some of the public commentary on social media has been extremely unhelpful.

  • Allianz Hurling League
    Division 2B Final 
    Mayo 1-15 
    Down 0-14

    Allianz Football League
    Division 1 
    Tyrone 2-14
    Mayo 0-08

    Galway 0-113
    Dublin 0-13

    Division 2
    Roscommon 0-15
    Cavan 0-13

  • Reports today are linking Anthony Cunningham with two vacant inter-county managerial positions.

    The former Galway hurling manager has emerged as a possible successor to Kevin McStay, who stood down as Roscommon football manager in September-  that's according to The Irish Sun.

    The Rossies have had no joy in finding a replacement for Kevin McStay since his resignation, with Armagh’s Aidan O’Rourke pulling out of the race recently, and now Cunningham, who was a selector with Dublin's hurlers this year, looks to be a front runner after having managed St Brigid’s two county titles and a Connacht crown in 2006.

    Meanwhile, a report in the Irish News indicates that Antrim have “sounded out” Anthony Cunningham and ex-Dublin boss Anthony Daly to take over the county’s senior hurlers for 2019.

     

     

  • At a meeting of Roscommon GAA held yesterday evening Anthony Cunningham was ratified as manager of the Roscommon Senior Football team.

    Anthony Cunningham is no stranger to Roscommon GAA having previously managed the Roscommon senior hurling team and the St Brigid’s Football team for three years winning two Connacht titles.

    Anthony managed Garrycastle in Westmeath to an All-Ireland Club Football Final and he also managed the Galway Senior Hurling team from 2011 until 2016 reaching two All-Ireland Finals.  

    The process to select a manager commenced on September 10th when the committee was ratified by Roscommon Co Board and given the mandate to recruit a new Senior Team Manager. The committee consisted of Chairman Seamus Sweeney. Secretary Brian Carroll and Treasurer of the county board David O’Connor and they were joined by Niall Carty former Roscommon Senior team captain and Ciarán Heneghan a former Roscommon senior footballer. Tonight, they proposed the name of Anthony Cunningham to the clubs of Roscommon which was agreed by the clubs.

  • Anthony Rainbow has been linked with the vacant Roscommon senior football manager's position, with officials believed to be looking outside the county to find a successor to Kevin McStay.

    With McStay standing down in early September, Roscommon are the only senior football side yet to confirm a manager for next season, but former Carlow manager Rainbow is understood to be on their radar.

    With his Ballyboden-St Enda's side exiting the Dublin senior football championship at the semi-final stage last weekend, the Kildare legend is available to take up the position, according to the Irish Independent.

    Several other outside candidates are believed to have been contacted about the job, including former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford and Dublin ladies football manager Mick Bohan - both ruled themselves out at an early stage, but Anthony Rainbow has emerged as a front runner, with an appointment expected in the coming weeks.

  • Roscommon defender David Murray has been cleared to play against Donegal in the Super 8s tomorrow.

    Murray was facing a one match suspension after picking up his third black card of the season against Tyrone last weekend.

    The card has been overturned following an appeal.

  • Super 8's 
    Donegal 0-20 
    Roscommon 0-13

    Dublin 1-14 
    Tyrone 0-14

  • Elverys MacHale Park Castlebar will play host to a double header tomorrow evening.

    At 6.30pm the Connacht Junior Football Quarter Final will see Mayo clash with Roscommon.

    That will be followed by the U17 Football clash involving Mayo & Leitrim at 8pm.

    Galway meet Roscommon in the U17 Championship on Friday night at 7pm in Tuam Stadium.

  • Mulryan Construction IFC Knockout Stages
    Sat, 03 Nov,

    Sat, 03 Nov, Venue: Strokestown, Fuerty 2-10 Oran (Football) 1-6

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    The division 1 & 2 Allianz National Football League finals will be played in Croke Park on Easter Sunday.

    Roscommon and Cavan meet at 2 o’clock in the Division 2 final – that’s followed at 4pm by the meeting of Galway and Dublin in the Division 1 final.

  • Connacht Minor Football Championship
    Galway 4-17 
    Leitrim 1-11 

    Roscommon 5-18 
    Sligo 1-13

  • Connacht Minor Football Final 
    Galway 2-13 
    Roscommon 2-09 

  • Connacht Senior Football Final
    Galway 0-16 
    Roscommon 2-06

  • The Galway team to face Roscommon is

    1. Rory Lavelle
    2. Declan Kyne
    3. Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh
    4. David Wynne
    5. Cathal Sweeney
    6. Gareth Bradshaw
    7. Sean Kelly
    8. Paul Conroy
    9. Thomas Flynn
    10. Eamon Brannigan
    11. Shane Walsh
    12. Johnny Heaney
    13. Ian Burke
    14. Damien Comer
    15. Barry McHugh
  • Kevin McStay is to accept a 12-week ban arising from his actions in Saturday's Super-8 meeting of Roscommon and Donegal.

    The Rossies manager was seen to lay hands on referee Ciaran Branagan, and also launched a ball at linesman Niall Cullen in protest at failing to win a free.

    The ban will see McStay miss Roscommon's final Super-8 meeting with Dublin at Croke Park.

    A spokesman for Roscommon GAA says Kevin McStay is accepting the punishment, regrets what happened and has apologised to the referee and linesman.

     

     

     

  • Kevin McStay is facing a 12 week sideline ban after an incident with a linesman in Roscommon's Super 8s defeat to Donegal at Hyde Park on Saturday.

    The Rossies boss could be hit with a charge of minor physical interference with a match official.

    He made contact with linesman and later threw a ball in his direction.

  • Roscommon manager Kevin McStay has named an unchanged side for Sunday's Connacht football final with Galway.

    McStay has seen no reason to alter the starting fifteen that helped the Rossies to a comfortable semi final win over Leitrim last time out.

    12 of the 15 started last year's provincial final win over Galway.

     

      1. Colm Lavin (Éire Óg)


    2. David Murray (Padraig Pearses) 3.Peter Domican (St Brigid’s) 4. Niall McInerney (St Brigid’s)


    5. John McManus (Roscommon Gaels) 6. Fintan Cregg (Elphin) 7. Brian Stack (St Brigid’s)


      8. Cathal Compton (Strokestown) 9. Tadgh O’Rourke (Tulsk)


    10. Ciarán Murtagh (St Faithleach’s)  11. Enda Smith (Boyle) 12 Conor Devaney (Kilbride)


    13. Donie Smith (Boyle) 14. Diarmuid Murtagh - St. Faithleach’s 15. Niall Kilroy - Fuerty

  • Statement from Roscommon County Board re Kevin McStay: 

    It is with a heavy heart that Roscommon GAA announce that Kevin McStay has stepped down as Roscommon Senior Football manager.

    Co Chairman Seamus Sweeney said “I’d like to thank Kevin for his dedication and commitment to Roscommon GAA over the last three years as manager of our senior team. Kevin’s professionalism and knowledge were there for everyone to see.  He has left Roscommon Football in a good place”.

    “I want to thank his selectors Ger Dowd and Liam McHale, and his backroom team who all did their very best to ensure Roscommon were as competitive as possible.  We’ve had some memorable days from winning the Connacht title to regaining our place in Division One”

    “On a personal level I’d like to wish Kevin and his wife Verona and daughters every good wish for the future.”

    Statement from Kevin McStay: 

    Earlier this afternoon I spoke with the Chairman of Roscommon GAA and informed him of my decision not to continue in my role as manager of Roscommon senior footballers.

    Our annual review of the 2018 season was completed recently. Having considered the many factors involved in managing a county football squad, and unable to resolve enough of those factors to my satisfaction, I have decided that a change in management should take place immediately. I feel I have brought the team as far as I can at this stage and a new voice and direction is now required. The handover to the next management group will be orderly and without fuss.

    As is the natural way of things, some players will retire, others will opt out due to work and college commitments while yet more will want to travel. As I have remarked previously, life often gets in the way of football and we must recognise this.

    I want to salute two players who have retired this year; both Seanie McDermott and Ian Kilbride gave their county outstanding service.

    Over the past 12 months this group of Roscommon players has won, or qualified, for all the competitions they can be reasonably expected to:

    • Connacht Championship Winners (July 2017)
    • All Ireland Quarter Finalists (July 2017)
    • Connacht League (March 2018)
    • Division 2 Champions & Promotion to 2019 NFL Div 1 (April 2018)
    • All Ireland Quarter Finalists (July 2018)

    Winning the 2017 Connacht Final will always remain the happiest day of my sporting life. The joy, satisfaction and fun it provided to us all - players, parents, management, officials and supporters, is something I will cherish forever. The mayhem and madness of those few days will always be a warm memory.

    I want to sincerely thank all of the players I’ve dealt with these last three years. I wish them well; they have given so much in their efforts to represent Roscommon, both on and off the field.

    I want to note the massive contribution of Liam McHale (Team Coach), over the past 2 years especially. Without his knowledge, enthusiasm, energy, charisma and great sense of fun we would never have won the championships and leagues we did. A life-long friend, on and off the pitch, I want to sincerely thank him for his dedication and loyalty.

    Ger Dowd (Selector and sometimes Manager!) worked tirelessly for this group. A hugely experienced coach, Ger always found time in a very busy life to get things done and I deeply respected his work, opinions, advice and friendship.

    I want to particularly thank my loyal comrade and friend Sean Finnegan who ensured everything on the ‘Admin & Logs’ side went perfectly and yet still somehow found time to provide the fun, the laughs and sort out our downtime. The players and management never ceased to be amazed at the royal treatment he laid on for us wherever we went over the three seasons.

    David Joyce, our S&C Coach, was a key component of all our successes. In his first major appointment at this level, alongside his professional competence, he was a valued member of management and an extremely positive influence on the group. Damien Martin (S&C) was his able and loyal lieutenant. Tom Coleman & Jeeny Maltese (Nutrition) arrived this year and made a huge contribution.

    Thanks to the Goalkeeping Coaches I worked with - Leo Tierney and his predecessor, Declan O’Keeffe. Both men worked extremely hard for the cause.

    The Medical Team under Dr. Martin Daly (Aisling Creighton, Sarah Newton, Ciaran Hunt, Seamus Hunt, Pat Regan and Squad Sports Psychologist Jim Lowther) provided a first class service at all times; the Kit Team (Anthony & Daire McCormack) and our Stats Man (Mick Byrne) always excelled and our Camera Man, Ollie Lennon, always got the tapes to us on time.

    A special thanks to our loyal and fun Taxi Man, Shay Wade, who never let us down; and Liam McNeill who looked after catering, often at short notice and with considerable distance involved but he always obliged. Thanks also to Vinny Egan for the Ice Baths. There are many others who made contributions: all at St. Brigid’s GAA club, the staff in Dr. Hyde Park, the staff in County Board offices, Adrian Greally & Staff at The Abbey Hotel, and so on. It takes a lot of positive people to run an inter-county team – no doubt I’ve accidently left some people out.

    I want to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Ballymore (Sean Mulryan) and Ranger Pipelines (Tom Hunt) – without their help we could never have achieved what we did.

    I want to put on record the inputs of Fergal O’Donnell, in particular, during year one; without his efforts the squads of 2017 and 2018 would not have enjoyed the benefits of the many excellent people and structures he put in place. The 2016 selectors, David Casey and Stephen Bohan never tired trying to do their best for Roscommon GAA. And a sincere thanks also to the 2016 back room team personnel who worked so diligently.

    My family, Verona and our three girls, have never once wavered in their support of me, or the Roscommon team, and of course prepared the ground at home to allow me a clear run at managing this fine squad.

    I want to thank the former Roscommon players and managers who encouraged, advised gently and supported strongly whatever I was trying to do for the squad.

    Throughout my time in charge I have, thankfully, enjoyed the support and friendship of the officers charged with running the affairs of both Roscommon GAA and Connacht GAA: Seamus Sweeney (Chairman, Roscommon GAA), Brian Carroll (Secretary, Roscommon GAA), David O’Connor (Treasurer, Roscommon GAA), his predecessor Seamus Maher and Hugh Lynn (PRO, Roscommon).

    Valerie Murray (Fixtures Secretary, Roscommon GAA) was always friendly and courteous. John Prenty (Sec, Connacht GAA) has always been professional and friendly in his personal dealings with me and I thank him for his support over the years. And a massive thanks to all at Club Rossie for their efforts.

    I want to confirm that our Chairman, on the day the season ended, gave me his and his executive’s full backing and asked that I stay on to see out the final two years of my term. I deeply appreciated that prompt and positive support.

    I want to thank the vast majority of media for their fair and accurate reporting on the efforts of our players and my management team.

    So, after much consideration I have decided not to take up the Chairman’s invitation. I’ve done three years, every one of them challenging and sometimes exhausting. In reviewing my time in charge I have to acknowledge the inordinate amount of time I spent dealing with financial and facility issues, personnel issues, media issues and the various contentious and controversial events that kept arising over those seasons.

    Success is what we all crave but we must understand our reality too. While Roscommon is a proud football county, it is a small county with a limited playing pool and deficits in resources and facilities. The budget required to finance success at the highest level demands year-round attention. Facilities, Catering, Kit & Equipment, Professional expertise and, especially, Travel costs are major financial drainers and they are placing a massive burden on voluntary officers that is often overwhelming.

    These are the significant challenges the smaller GAA counties face. If the GAA is committed to ensuring all counties are, at a minimum, competitive, then they must be supported financially in a way that reflects the demands and the need for fairness, equity and solidarity.

    I am privileged to say the Roscommon GAA family entrusted their team to me for three years. We had our share of special days, mostly grand days and of course, some very tough days. But overall, on reflection, these have been three of the greatest years of my life. Leaving the safety of the pundits chair for the passion and glory of the dressing room and football field is a decision I’ll never regret. However, today marks my retirement from senior inter county football management.

    I look forward to a less stressful period now, concentrating more on work and family life and to supporting Roscommon and Mayo teams in 2019 and beyond.

     

  • Leitrim booked their place in to the Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final following a hard earned one point win after extra-time over New York.

    It finished 0-19 to 1-15 in the Bronx.

    Leitrim will now take on Roscommon in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday May 26th.