Thursday, February 16, 2017

Update 16th February

The Deserted Home
As you travel through the countryside you often come across the remains of houses, former homes, and places which were once so alive. I am reminded of those and of personal experience in that respect every time I listen to Donie O’Connor sing his lovely song ‘The House in the Hollow’ dedicated to his sister Barbara. I heard Donie sing it again recently in a concert in the Dock in Carrick.  It is like a number of his songs one of love and tenderness involving in this case the legacy of a long deserted ruin of an old house. Through the fallen stones of that house has grown roses now wild but which at one time were lovingly cultivated, most likely by the mother of the house. The scene represented the strength of Love as it was in this instance ‘stronger’ or perhaps more resilient even than ‘stone’. 

The scene of the deserted house now falling down is a very familiar one. And if, when someone sees that ruined house, and thought for a while, perhaps they would bring to mind the fact that the same house was once a place where people lived, laughed and cried. Perhaps some of them they might reflect on personal experience.    

During the Christmas of 2015 an American visitor related to us-a recent discovery- came to see where her grandmother had originated. It was down in Ballyrush. The remains of the actual house which her grandmother had left on her long journey over one hundred years ago was still outlined but was smothered with forest. Its outline could be seen from the poor road that exists there now. The lady stood, peered into the shadows and in doing so perhaps placed her grandmother as a young girl in that setting one hundred years ago. It was an affecting moment. We had rescued some stones from it as a gift some days earlier and presented those links to our cousin as she gazed on the ancestral home. So I trust that they now rest on some appropriate New Jersey ground.

Like many senior people I know of the famous poem by Oliver Goldsmith titled ‘The Deserted Village’ and am slightly aware of an actual deserted village on Achill Island. Through various decades there were many remains of former family homes in the Irish landscape. Some of them are overshadowed by modern houses, some have been relegated to use as a farm outhouse and many have been ‘cleared’ . Still there are many relics of former houses/homes from the past though the countryside.

I am struggling somewhat to get to the true and deep nostalgia that can be evoked by these former places which fostered, love, labour, loss and finality for the lives of many.    

The House in the Hollow
(for Barbara) 

There’s a house in the hollow
And it’s all tumbled down
And the chimney has fallen
And the timbers are gone
And the gable has crumbled
Where the ivy has grown
And the roses grow up through the stone 

And the roses tell stories
If you stand for awhile
Of a time that knew tenderness
And of lives that knew toil
And a house that knew kindness
And fields that knew joy
And they planted some roses 
To tell passers by

That love is stronger than stone
Love lives longer than flesh and bone
Its song is gentle 
But once that seed is sewn
Love grows stronger than stone

(Donie performs in Ceolaras Coleman in Gurteen on Saturday February 25th next. There may be some tickets left. I just don’t know.) 

What do people think that the Ireland of 2040 should look like?

‘Ireland 2040-National Planning Framework’.

When I read the current papers certain slightly different pieces catch my attention. The above timeline will hardly involve me but the theory of laying out a basic framework plan for the future is very valid.  
On February 2nd the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Housing Minister Simon Coveney launched the National Planning Framework at Maynooth.
What will Ireland look like in 2040? The government wants your thoughts

What’s this approach?
Basically, it is the government’s long-term plan for what Ireland should be like in about twenty years’ time and how we can provide for that in the interm.
It will ask questions like: Where will we live? Where will we work? And how will we get around?
Between now and 2040, the government wants to pull together all their action plans to ensure that it has national and regional strategies in place as Ireland’s population grows and as challenges such as Brexit land on our doorstep

Indeed it would be very interesting to see what a cross-section of opinion on that subject would be. With all that is going on news wise at the moment I doubt if this worthy exercise will get the attention it deserves. It’s a pity, because as I’ve said above if the idea was promoted in schools, colleges and universities of all hues, plus with the general public, it could unearth a kaleidoscope of interesting and useful ideas.  A schools/colleges national essay competition would be a start. Or maybe a minute start might be some submissions to us here at realboyle! What do you think?   

So, if interested, check out ‘Ireland 2040-National Planning Framework’ on line for information.   


Roscommon V Donegal 
Roscommon slipped up in this ‘four pointer’ against Donegal at Roscommon on Sunday. Obviously young Stack hadn’t the advantage of seeing my Boyle old dressing room sign espousing the fact that ‘fisted points count’ as spoken by Mickey Linden Down star of the time and a practitioner of the fisted point. One place that ‘fisted ball’ should be restricted is in outfield play. Could it not be tuned down to 2 or 3 fist/hand passes as a limit?  It is just tedious to watch.
One can applaud the efforts of both teams but Roscommon at the moment is not much more than a patchwork quilt of a team. Of course a manager has to work with the players he has and cannot improve them by much. Players too are as good as they are and can only improve by so much. It isn’t their fault also that they are not as good as Tony McManus or Harry Keegan. This is the hand we have at the moment and it has been so for much of the 50 years and more that I have followed Roscommon teams. Perhaps the many painful moments have heightened the much lesser number of happy ones!  As supporters our expectations have to be realistic. Often they are not. 

Boyle v Eire Og
Boyle begin their O’Gara Cup league campaign on Sunday next in Boyle at 2 o’clock. Boyle are basically playing Intermediate league and Senior Championship this year. They will of course target promotion to Senior League so we will see what how the story begins on Sunday so we wish all involved a good season and I hope the players can get a good degree of enjoyment from it. Today there is so much emphasis on training and winning that playing Gaelic football has become a drudgery for many. 
It is good to see that Aidan Lavin, Bernard Shannon and Paul Beirne have returned to managing the Junior team. They will make a huge effort in having teams turn out for their schedule of games. The second team is a very important component of club adult teams collective and resources. In saying that well done to Shane Spellman who stepped into the breach last year. 
I hope that one of fine emerging players of recent times Evan McGrath can return to the ranks soon and that his injury is at an advanced stage of recovery.  

No mention of President Trump this week……and we cannot have that, so there it is.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Update 11th February

Prime Time and those Lists;
Apparently the HSE was way ahead of the U.S. in terms of ‘Alternative Facts’ with its three lists, a kind of Premier League, Championship and whatever is after that arrangement. Apparently 1 in 8 of the population is ‘waiting’ for procedures of one kind or another and wait they will. As nobody could have any optimism that there will be significant progress in those figures in say the next 5 to 10 years. After a fairly aggressive start poor Simon Harris is beginning to wilt. I actually accompanied a ‘senior’ relation to University College Hospital Galway last week. If you go in through the main entrance of UCGH you quickly become enveloped in a vortex of humanity. It is like one of those shopping ‘mauls’ (sic) or a London railway station at rush hour. Surprisingly  my friend got seen as per appointment quickly. His doctor said he would try and get a procedure he was scheduled for last August ‘bumped up’ in terms of time. In a small annex office a nurse wrestled with a pile of files and if they fell there would be a humpty dumpty scenario.

The Sgt. McCabe Debacle
Last night on Prime Time there was a report by the impressive Katie Hannon on the Garda McCabe debacle. It was harrowing stuff and the role of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, was just incredible in it all. The endorsement of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny of some of the main personalities in all this, may very well come back to haunt him soon enough.
So this 2017 is just over six weeks old and we have had crises in homelessness, the hospitals, and now with the Department of Justice. It must be somewhat demoralising for the vast majority of the Garda who just want to do their best to provide the service that they is expected of them with all this swirling around at top levels.
Once I suggested that we were only a small country and should be able to sort out issues. But perhaps it is because we are a small country with cabals who support each other without regard for the common good that give rise to a continuous stream of controversies.   

The Plunkett Centenary Commemoration

I attended most of the events surrounding the Count Plunkett Election Commemoration last week end. Considerable effort was put into it by the Sinn Fein Organising Committee with Jane Suffin and Cllr. Michael Mulligan to the fore.
Conor Mc Namara gave an interesting talk on Friday night and amplified it on Saturday on the election of the Snows and the context of it in the subsequent struggle for independence. It was interesting to see close family of Plunkett present. Also it was good to see members of the Devine family present. Their grand-uncle T. J. Devine was one of the three people who contested that election. Honor O’ Brolcháin, Great-Granddaughter of Count Plunkett gave a very interesting talk on her illustrious ancestor and concentrated on him where others like Mary Lou McDonald in her ‘keynote’ address, after a few remarks about the Count, drifted into a party political speech, rallying the Sinn Fein support present.
It was great to see progress with the courthouse renovation and it being able to facilitate the events and Frank Geelan spoke of the Courthouse committee’s efforts and requirement for financial assistance. He also referenced the state of the building on its handover to the committee from the County Council something I witnessed at first hand. So it was a worthy commemoration and re-enactment of a historic event in North Roscommon and in the country in 1917.
*On a critical note it was very disappointing that the Centenary was disregarded nationally by state agencies. Perhaps I missed them but also disappointing was the lack of reference to the Centenary in the national media apart from The Irish Times early in the week in An Irishman’s Diary.      
Boyle Celtic’s Fine Win
Boyle Celtic continued their run in the FAI Junior Cup with a convincing win over Terenure VEC at Boyle on Sunday. While the final score was 2 to 0, with the second goal coming in extra time, Boyle should have secured the result long before that. They had an early goal in the 7th minute from Neil Brennan and controlled the game for long spells but a one goal lead is a fragile one and the supporters were pretty anxious until that second goal was finally scored in the dying seconds. VEC created just the one dangerous move in the 40th minute and they were not as strong a side as one would have expected from the Dublin Leagues. They did however threaten more in the second half and had a couple of chances on 5 and 25 minutes with Boyle goalie Kyle Suffin touching over a threatening effort late in the half. Boyle also had chances with a screamer from John Connolly and two chances scorned by Brennan. So when ‘Man of the Match’ Shane Battles was fouled for a penalty and Luka Roddy converted convincingly the players and their supporters celebrated another step in a big journey.
Present was one of the biggest crowds seen at Celtic Park for a long time on a day ideal for football. Both teams behaved impeccably and the Letterkenny referee had an incident-free run.
Another facet of the occasion was the significant preparations which the small hard-working committee had put in place to ensure an ideal environment for the event which it was. For this they deserve great credit. In this group there were Richard Kennedy, Eddie Conroy, Paddy McLoughlin, Aaron O’Connor, Sean Kerins, Paul Connolly, Owen O’Donohoe and the O’Donohoe clan, Geoff Henry, Kieran Spellman and Ml. Gilmartin. Most of those have been with the club for a very long time now. Former Celtic stalwarts were present in numbers such as Hal Cawley, James Candon, Sean Foxe, Johnny Greenan, Chris Hill, Liam Kerins, Christy Grehan, Ml. O’Dowd and Gerry Emmett.
There was, as always, great praise for the sumptuous food on offer courtesy of Sandra McCrann, Paula Kerins, Theresa O’Dalaigh and team. The generosity of the community effort was evident in their provision of the very functional Fishing Club tents which they erected.
Boyle Celtic have a fine facility there and while I don’t know who all the principals were in its provision it included many of those already listed with Sean Daly, Frank Feighan, Tommy Vesey as I remember and I am sure that I am forgetting many. Then there were the ball boys who will remember the game before the big crowd. A great supporter of all things Boyle and former Boyle GAA stalwart was also present in the person of Paddy Daly.
A nice touch was the applauding of the Terenure VEC team as they left the field at the end. I hope their trip, while a losing one, was one they will remember. 
On Sunday next February 12th at 2pm  Boyle Celtic v Manulla in the TP Brennan Connacht Cup First Round which is another big fixture for the team.

Roscommon v Donegal in the ‘new’ Hyde Park pitch.
I was not at last Sunday’s game against Tyrone but by reports Roscommon showed some true grit in the second half. This sets up a really top game to look forward to on Sunday in Roscommon.
People will also be interested in seeing the revamped pitch which was so necessary. One of Roscommon’s fine wins of last spring was in Letterkenny v Donegal. Roscommon seem to have a distance to go before they have a regular team and the deficiencies will be hard to remedy. So Sunday will tell us a good deal more on where the team is at as it were.

Tom Brady’s Super Night
It was the game of a script writer as Tom Brady of The New England Patriots dragged his team back from a major deficit of 28 to 3 points to level in the 4th quarter and in extra time win with a touchdown in the first drive of extra time against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the Superbowl football final in Houston. Brady stacked up the records with this one, winning his fifth Super Bowl in seven appearances along with a number of other records which now see him being regarded as the finest quarter back in the history of the game. This football win added to the Chicago Cubs thrilling baseball win last October saw both games in a bright light.

Ireland’s Rugby team disappoint against Scotland.
Perhaps it was over confidence but a series of fairly basic mistakes plus imaginative Scottish play led to Ireland’s defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield last Saturday.  One crazy error was not seeing a maverick Scottish player, on his own for a Scottish line-out, take the ball and sail over unopposed from 7/8 yards. It was clever but you could hardly have expected to ‘get away with it’. He did. I remember a parody on the Dublin Manager, Jim Gavin and not underestimating any opposition along the lines of saying; “I know Leitrim football pretty well and I respect it. I know that 3 players have retired, 3 are injured a little and a few have gone abroad but I know that they have 3 or 4 new players who were part of their U 16 Development Squad a couple of years ago so we will not be taking anything for granted”.
The Scottish loss has knocked the bottom out of Ireland’s season. This coming week-end they play Italy but all that remains are consolation prizes. This in a Lions year also and many of the payers might have been looking in that direction. Also the will he or will he not play regarding Sexton continues?   


A review I noticed somewhere of the current hit film ‘La La Land’; ‘"They are not making films like them any more" !

Paul Young and Cartoon Saloon
It was good to see Paul Young making the headlines with an extension of the work of Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. The company announced  140 new jobs in the city.
The jobs at Lighthouse Studios – a brand new full service 2D animation studio – are coming about as the result of a new partnership between Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon and Canada’s Mercury Filmworks.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Update 3rd February

Boyle Celtic Showdown

Boyle Celtic will have, arguably, their biggest game ever on Sunday next in the FAI Junior Cup last 16 contest in Boyle at 2 pm. Celtic are the last Connacht team standing in the competition. Having a home venue puts them in with a chance of progressing to the last eight. In saying that we know little of the Dublin team, VEC from Terenure,  but being from Dublin, and the winners of a number of trophies lately, they are certain to be a quality team. Still it is a big occasion for the club and we wish them and the team the best. Hopefully there will be a big crowd in attendance for what should be a top game.   

International Holocaust Day Friday January 27th.

Each year we are reminded of the horror of the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jewish people from throughout Europe during the Second World War. Over 6 million Jews were killed in the Concentration Camps that sprang up in German and some occupied countries, including Poland, during the Second World War. The names of these camps (or vast complexes of death) have become bywords for man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen, Treblinka and many more.  One film which represented this cruelty counterpointed by humanity was Schindler’s List with Liam Neeson playing the part of Oskar Schindler and Ralph Fiennes with a scary performance as the cruel Nazi Camp Commandant. We in Ireland remember The Famine when over 1 million people died and over another million emigrated.  In scale it pales in significance to the German destruction of the Jews which was done deliberately and by a supposedly ‘advanced society’. It is incredible to think that a people can be so brain-washed that they would think that this was an acceptable policy. Or is it ? A forgotten and little known equivalent to that of the Nazis were the pogroms of Stalin in the 1930s’ Soviet Union when any number around 20 million, it is suggested, were killed.
Anyway each year I watch the film clips from the Concentration Camps and one in particular stays with me. It is of a child of around four as she tugs up the sleeve of her coat to disclose her brand number for a camera.
They say that people have to know their history in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past. As a reader of history the mistakes of the past are regularly repeated.           

Remembering the ‘Elections of the Snows’
Friday the 3rd of February is the Centenary Anniversary of the Election of the Snows in 1917 which saw the election of George Noble Count Plunkett in North Roscommon. After the election Plunkett declared that he was not going to represent his constituents in Westminster but would go no farther than Dublin laying the basic policy benchmark for the subsequent First Dáil which came together in January 1919. While there is some play on the fact that Count Plunkett was not a Sinn Fein candidate in the North Roscommon Election of February 1917 he did align with the party not long after that with the coalescing of nationalist groupings under the Sinn Fein banner. So I would not get cranky about it being enlisted as a Sinn Fein first  understanding well why Sinn Fein would wish it to be so even if retrospectively. One gets on the bus or opportunity that comes one’s way. 
An aspect of it that might be overlooked is that it was the electorate of North Roscommon who made it happen and we should be conscious of that. It wasn’t the last time that Roscommon voters did that.
(As I referred to last week there is an extended, illustrated essay on the election, in this week’s Roscommon Herald pages 40/41).   

Roscommon v Tyrone.
The real challenge begins next Sunday for Roscommon Senior team in Omagh against Tyrone. Roscommon lost to Galway in the Final of the FBD league on Sunday last in Kiltoom. Galway deserved their win. It was a reasonable game but there were a good few discernible gaps in the Roscommon line–up. Hopefully Featherstone can develop into a full back and that the same can happen for Corcoran and O’Rourke at midfield. It was great to see Donie Smith put in a Roscommon ‘Man of the Match’ performance and score 7 points in all. So on Sunday we will see a ‘full’ Roscommon team and also see how equipped they are to stand up to the challenge of the Division One League. (See team selected for game v Tyrone at bottom).

*I heard a story last Sunday regarding Tyrone v Derry football. At a game, back in the day as they say, the one ball ended up and flowed away in a nearby river. The ‘referee’ asked the acting captains; ‘What’ll youse do now?’ to which the ‘captains’ replied, ‘Ay sure we’ll play on without it!’.

*A different question; Why is that the Roscommon GAA clothing attire has adopted the Dublin colour sky blue?

I wish Cathal Cregg and Neil Collins the best of luck in their retirement, for now anyway, from the Roscommon team. I should also include those who stepped down a while ago such as Geoffrey Claffey and Senan Kilbride. Eaten bread Is soon forgotten.

Visiting Robins
A number of countries have as national symbols birds such as the United States the bald eagle; New Zealand the Kiwi; Australia, the emu; Denmark the swan; Italy the sparrow and so on.
What would it be if one was adopted in this country? Near the top of the list would be the robin. In our house we have a glass door to the back looking out at the Curlew hills and a veranda we’ll call it. Looking into the kitchen for a few seasons now are some robins. I don’t know if they are the same ones which reminds me of a story I will tell at the end. Each morning I give our robins their breakfast. They now see it as their right. They are getting more and more comfortable with human encroachment and I look forward to them ‘eating out of my hand’ someday! This reminds me of Seamus Heaney’s poem St. Kevin and the Blackbird where the venerable saint had to hold his hand out for a long period to feed his blackbird. There is a kind of short therapy in watching them as they watch me and wind up from the railing before swooping down on their crumbs. It is a little task to discriminate against bigger stronger birds who should be able to look after themselves. When young we were told a story of the robin’s red breast, got while keeping the embers of a fire alive in some meaningful situation which I forget now.
A thing that really impresses me about my robins is that before their ‘breakfast’ they are nowhere to be seen but almost immediately on it being presented they are there as if I had rung a refectory bell. How is this?  This brings me to my story. Years ago, and happy years they were, as I walked over the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway on a sunny day I stopped to watch a Galwegian who was trying to poach salmon from the river Corrib below with a line and a ‘gaff’ which was a number of strong hooks. An American visitor joined us. A short talk ensued focussing on salmon and their epic journeys. Eventually the visitor declared his question; ‘How is it that salmon can travel every year, all the way from New Found land, back to their breeding grounds here, with such accuracy?’ Maybe the Galwegian had heard the question before and had the answer on file which he gave as; ‘Until salmon can talk we won’t know that!’     
Brexit with James Candon Jnr.
There is so much about Brexit and its implications ongoing that it may be seen an overload to add to it here. I have encouraged people to submit pieces for consideration of publication  here and I received these lines from James Candon Jnr. at the end of November and I add them here. James had reason to travel in England and in doing so pick up some observations as to why they voted as they did. One of the themes James rightly emphasises is in what the EU has achieved. In a Referendum of fear in the U.K. of June 2016 these were never really clearly  laid out. So here is what James wrote in the last days of November, for which delay I apologise to him;  

“Hi Tony,
Well I made it to Swindon and back in the end despite the attentions of storm Angus. I have to go over to the UK about once a month and occasionally I meet up with some people from home. Most recently Tim McDonagh from Ballinafad and Martin Egan from Mockmoyne way.
The reason for the visit to Swindon was some business with a client in the financial and technology sector and thus we were both particularly interested in the issues surrounding Brexit. Before diving into the economic or business issues around Brexit I thought it would be interesting to get some views from the ordinary person in the area. The taxi man in Swindon said he voted for Brexit because of the immigrants and the NHS. When asked what he disliked about the immigrants he said he had nothing against the Polish because they are hard grafters but he does not like those from Eastern Europe who, as he sees it- are always begging and being involved in organised crime and the like! He did accept that he had been lied to about NHS issues.
At the reception desk to my client's building, the security officer turned out to be a Polish lady but she did not want to be drawn on Brexit. Maybe that was because there were locals close by.
With regard to the issue around immigration or rather around freedom of movement. This is one of the four pillars of the single market. This is something we learned in EU Law 101 way back in the day at UCD. The pillars are interdependent and inseparable. To think otherwise would be delusional. Note the word FREEDOM. The EU has managed to maintain the peace in Europe for almost 70 years. It has outlived communism and brought former authoritarian countries into the fold where they have slowly but surely been developing into modern democracies. This seems to be coming under threat due to the perceived advances of the forces of nationalism and populism embodied by the Brexit vote and some of the current elites in central European countries. It seems as if the infamous Boris Johnson has managed to unite the other 27 nations against the UK even before negotiations on Brexit have even started. His most recent tirade (back in November) was to describe the principle of freedom of movement as "Bollix". Well Bollix Johnson it shall be from now on.

Later in the day I was delivered to the Hilton Bankside and into the welcoming care of my cousin James Clarke who is the general manager there and never fails with the cead mile failte. This was not before I got talking with a man from Sheffield on the train back from Swindon. He works as a telecoms engineer and did not vote in the referendum himself but claims that he understands why people did vote to leave the EU: Basically it was two fingers to the establishment. However he did go on to say "without being racist or nationalist or populist, what is the point of having countries if you cannot control who comes in and what goes on in them, if you can't maintain your own values!?".

The view from Brussel in say the pub or at the side of the rugby training pitch varies from "one less problem for Europe if they go" to "I can't believe that the British people are that selfish and misguided"
The EU has given freedom and hope to millions and millions of people. It cannot be right to allow that hope and freedom to be dashed by certain leaders and wannabe leaders who play on the fear of people of migrant "others". It is high time that the EU be given the credit that it is due. It may not be a perfect union but where would we be without it? How could we hope to have any chance of coping with problems which cross national boundaries such as climate change and terrorism if like-minded peoples do not coalesce and face these problems united shoulder to shoulder?
One question that the man from Sheffield put to me though was "Do you see any other country leaving". I think we need to see that Ireland is in a very precarious position and if Britain does go we may have a referendum of our own which could be as divisive as the Treaty of 1921. I do hope I am wrong.
Is mise le meas
James Candon
High and Low
One cannot mention Brexit without some reference to the U. S. state of being. During the election one of the mantras of Hillary (Who?) was, ‘When they go low we go high’. This, I think was credited to Michelle Obama. Anyway Mexicans could adapt Hillary’s spake with; When they go high (wall) we’ll go low (underneath)’

I had a rare enough visit to a local tavern and in a satiric environment where a number of people contributed I was asked the question;

‘What is the first sign of madness?’ I could have offered a few ideas but they would have been well off the mark when I was eventually given the answer required as;

“Suds coming up the driveway” !!

Musical Back to the 80s’

I have my piece for posting above but as a finale on coming in from the Abbey Community College musical I have to commend all for the effort with it. It was colourful, crowded with players, enthusiastic and energetic. It is an experience that the participants will long remember and it is an education in itself. These sentiments were endorsed by the Principal David Harding who showed his own pleasure and enthusiasm for the production. Interestingly he touched on an old sentiment promoted by Father Dodd in his time at St. Mary’s College in having the College at the centre of the Boyle and catchment area community. In nominating my standout performances I was taken by Kevin Horan as the Nerd Feargal McFerrin 111 with his supporting ‘Outcasts’. There were two but three listed on the programme. So two from Megan McKenna, Georgina O’Connor and Rose Chilton. It continues on Friday and Saturday nights.   

Roscommon Team to play Tyrone.

1. Colm Lavin (Éire Óg)

2. David Murray (Padraig Pearse's)
3. Thomas Featherston (Oran)
4. Niall McInerney (St Brigid’s)

5. Ronan Stack (St Brigid’s)
6. Seán Mullooly (Strokestown)
7. Conor Devaney (Kilbride)

8. Kevin Higgins (Western Gaels)
9. Tadhg O’Rourke (Tulsk)

10. Niall Daly (Padraig Pearse’s)
11. Seán McDermott (Western Gaels)
12. Enda Smith (Boyle)

13. Donie Smith (Boyle)
14. Ultan Harney (Clann na nGael
15. Ciaráin Murtagh (C) (St Faithleachs)

16 Darren O’Malley (Michael Galley’s)
17 Paddy Brogan (Strokestown)
18 Ciaran Cafferkey (Western Gaels)
19 Cian Connolly (Roscommon Gaels)
20 Tom Corcoran (Strokestown)
21 Fintan Cregg (Elphin)
22 Shane Killoran (Elphin)
23 Niall Kilroy (Fuerty)
24 John McManus (Roscommon Gaels)
25 Brian Murtagh (St Faithleach's)
26 Gary Patterson (Michael Glavey’s)