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OLD Cong, Cross, The Neale

First Confession           

Congratulations to Orla O’Malley, Vanessa McDermott, Nicola O’Haire, Gary Egan, Cathal King and Shane McCarthy who received the sacrament of reconciliation in the Sacred Heart Church, Cross on Thursday, March 16.

Success for local schools

Congratulations to the Neale/Cross boys football team who took the Mayo Cumann na mBunscol Mini Sevens title in spectacular form at McHale Park, Castlebar on Wednesday last. This particular team was cruelly denied a county title at U-10 Community Games level.

Meanwhile it was heartbreak for the girl footballers of Cong and Cloughbrack who were defending their title but came up against an excellent team from The Quay Ballina in the final It was a difficult day’s football as a new format this year deemed that the county quarter finals, semi finals and finals were all played within two hours.

The Neale/Cross defeated Ballintubber NS by 1-8 to 1-1 in the quarter final and, despite being behind at half time in the semi final against Geesala, stormed back in the second half to win by 2-4 to 0-5. Stephen Morrin and Dylan Fallon got the all important goals.

Midfield NS, Swinford provided stern opposition in the final and led by 4 points to one at the interval.

With slight wind assistance, The Neale/Cross hit the front in the second half with an Aidan O’Sullivan goal and points from Dylan Fallon, Steven Conroy and Aidan O’Sullivan.

The final score was 1-4 to 0-4 , with Midfield failing to score in the second period. Tony Varley presented the new Mini Sevens plaque to Niall Coen, captain. It was the first time that Cross school had taken home a Mini Sevens title, The Neale school added another to their nine previous titles, seven in girls football and three now in boys.

The winning team was Jamie Walsh, Niall Coen, Conor O Haire, Stephen Morrin, Steven Conroy, Dylan Fallon and Aidan O’Sullivan. Subs James McGrath, Jason McTigue and Kevin Joyce. The team will now play in the Connacht blitz in May.

Country market

A country market has been established for the Ballinrobe area after an outstanding response from the local communities in south Mayo. The first country market will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 11am to 1pm. The venue is the Parish Centre, Ballinrobe. Garden and home-made products will be available.

Talent concert

The Congolians Youth Club held a successful talent concert in The Neale Hall on Sunday last. Thirty five members of the newly formed youth club, involving 5th, 6th and 1st years, provided the entertainment.

Cross cards

A very successful season of card games in Cross Community Centre has come to an end. Last week’s winners were Tommy Geraghty and Pat Daye. The organising committee wishes to thank most sincerely all who supported the games during the winter months and the various sponsors.

Cuili success

Cross National School certainly are on a winning streak at the moment. Their senior team recently won the area cuili title and last week the third and fourth class team followed this up with another impressive victory in their league Eight local schools participated.

The winning boy’s team was Darragh Moran, Rory King, Evan Summerville, Ian McMahon, Lorcan Maye, Michael Varley, Ryan Coleman and Ryan Harte. They defeated Clonbur 3-1, Cloonliffen 2-1 and Cregduff 3-0 in the final.

The Cross girls also put in a strong performance, beating Gortjordan 3-1 in the first game but losing on a golden goal to Cloughbrack. The girls team included Olivia Coen, Avril Varley, Amy Flynn, Ashling Morrin,Imogen Smith, Aoife O Sullivan, Hollie Winfield, Emma Lydon and Emma Holleran.

GAA news

Last week’s numbers 8, 10, 17 and 27 did not result in an overall winner for the jackpot. As a result, this week it is €10,000 and the draw will be held in O’Haire’s Bar, Ballinrobe. Last week’s consolation winners were Darragh Hopkins, Blakehill, Cong (winning both first prizes of  €50); Anne Doyle, c/o Clancy’s, The Neale; Leanne Murphy, c/o Miriam Walsh; Ciara O’Shaughnessy. The Neale; Grath Ashford, Cong and Pascal Hynes, Ower Headford (all winning €15) The in-house winners were Richard O’Halloran, Sean Reilly and Michael Wall, Cong.

The Neale will play their first senior league Division 4 league game v Lahardaune in Cong on the weekend of April 1.

Art finals

The Mayo Community Games art finals will take place in Davitt College, Castlebar on April 14 at 12noon. Competitors who have qualified must bring their own equipment, including paper, which is confined to A3 size. Parents will not be allowed to enter the hall once the competition begins.


Fifty four young adults will be anointed with the sacrament of confirmation in St Mary’s  Church of the Rosary, Cong on Saturday next April 1 at 11am. Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam will be the main celebrant. A prayer service for all parents, sponsor, teachers etc will be held in the church in Cong on this Wednesday night at 8.30pm.