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Moate Matters

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2010 5:15pm

Moate All Whites Minor Board Quiz

The Moate All Whites minor board quiz will take place in the Auld Shebeen on Friday next March 5, starting at 9pm.

Pat Malone has guaranteed a nice easy and social evening! If the number of reminders I have received to include this note is anything to go by there should be a great crowd in the Shebeen on Friday night.

The work of the minor board in preparing players for the future is highly organised and well run in Moate All Whites. Parents appreciate the level of effort from coaches and mentors and Friday night presents an ideal opportunity to show your appreciation in a practical manner.

St Patrick's Folk Choir

St Patrick's Folk Choir is seeking new members. Students and adults are all welcome. Male singers and musicians especially appreciated. Rehearsal will take place on Tuesday night St Patrick's Church at 7pm.

Temple Spa Cookery Lessons

The recession has brought renewed interest in honing our cookery skills, to cook nutritious and tasty meals at home, for special occasions and for everyday.

Temple's Pascal Onink is not only a brilliant head chef, but also a gifted tutor. Pascal is running a series of Saturday cooking workshops over the coming months. Participants will see the recipes demonstrated and also get an opportunity to participate in their creation! The workshops run from 10.00am to 4.00pm and include lunch in the Garden Room restaurant, recipe notes and samples to take home (if they haven't all been eaten in the course of the day).

Topics include bread making, healthy food made simple and tapas delights. Contact 057 9335118 for further details.

Moate Tidy Towns

Moate Tidy Towns would like to thank all those who participated in this year's Spring Wildlife survey. If the participants could drop their forms back to Moate Library this week it would be most appreciated.  If anyone managed to take photographs while completing the survey they can email them to  The results will be available shortly. Last week the Moate Tidy Towns hung 11 bird nesting boxes at various locations around the town.  A big thank you is extended to Eddie Buckley who gave his time freely to make the boxes and to all who helped with hanging them. 

Moate Library

Thursday is World Book Day and Moate Library is having a draw for all users of the library on the day.   A €20 voucher will be awarded to one lucky adult reader and a €10 voucher will be awarded to a junior member.  

Library Ireland Week runs from March 8 to March 13 with this year's theme being @your library.  The brave people at Moate Library are asking all those under 14 years to design a bookmark based on the library in Moate!!! 

It can show favourite areas of the library, the cross looking librarian, or just why they love reading so much.  All entries should be dropped in to Moate Library by Friday March 19th. Blank bookmarks are now available in the library so get scribbling.

Auction of Stallion Nominations

The Midlands Connemara Pony Group's Table Quiz and Auction of Stallion Nominations at the Auld Shebeen on Friday, March 12th at 9pm looks set to be a great night as Nominations to many of the top stallions in the country go under the hammer.

The message is clear, if you are looking for a bargain come and bring your friends. For further information contact Ruth Rogers PRO Midlands Connemara Pony Breeders Group at 087-2540164.

Moate Bridge Club 

The results from last week, 1st net, Vincent Cronolly and Ann Killian; 1st gross, Michael O'Halloran and Seamus Buckley; 2nd net, Joe Creggy and Larry Flanagan; 2nd gross, Sheila Flanagan and Eileen White.

St Oliver Plunkett Boys National School

The staff and parents at St Oliver Plunkett Boys National School would like to thank all those who helped the school to achieve their very demanding target for old mobile phones and thus acquire an interactive whiteboard for use at the school.

Carmelite Notes


Each Friday during Lent we will have the Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm. Each Day during Lent there will be Rosary after the 10am Mass and before the 7.15pm Mass. Masses on weekdays during Lent are at 8am, 10am and 7.15pm, Monday to Friday inclusive. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Thursday after the 10am Mass until 7pm.

First Friday

Tubber first Friday, Holy Communion Calls to the Homes on Thursday and Friday Morning March 4th and March 5th.

Tubber NS Parents Council

Tubber National School Parents Council are hosting an Information Evening in an attempt to create awareness towards children under the Autistic Spectrum with Guest Speaker Tommy Minnock on Thursday, March 4th at 8pm in Tubber National School. All interested parties are very welcome to attend.

Recently Deceased

Kathleen Gannon, Ballinahown; Bernie Naughton, Ave Maria Park; Bridget Conlon, Mount Temple; Tommy Bannon, Dublin Road; Gerry Campbell, Shurock; Dr Lelia Jennings-Donnelly, Liverpool (Sister of Vera Hughes). We extend our sincere sympathy to their families and loved ones. May they rest in peace.

Moate Celtic's unbeaten run continues!

On Sunday Moate Celtic played host to Derry Rovers B in the 3rd round of the Combined Counties Shield.

Moate started poorly and gave Derry Rovers far too much time and space to get into the game, the away team took advantage of this and did most of the pressing in the first half.

The Moate defence held up well for the first half an hour and managed to keep Derry Rovers at bay but the first goal deservedly fell to the away team on 35 minutes with a well worked move on the right and a great cross to the back post for the striker to slot home.

Just before half time Moate managed to win a free kick on the edge of the Derry Rover's box and a Terry Mulready strike was going wide only to be deflected into the net for an OG to put the scores level at 1-1. The first half came to a close with the Home team very lucky to be on level terms.

The 2nd half saw a much more determined Moate take the game to Derry Rovers, Paul (Cheddar) McKenna and Trevor Dowling began to exert some control in the middle of the park and the introduction of David Adamson on the left side of midfield gave Moate some much needed attacking emphasis. Keith Ennis also played some of his best football this season in the 2nd half enjoying the added responsibility of being "captain for the day"!

With Moate now enjoying the lions share of possession chances were being created and on the hour mark Terry Mulready notched the first of his brace. Ten minutes later a great strike from Trevor (Sauce) Dowling came back off the crossbar only for the ever alert Jimmy Dolan to be the quickest to react and slot home for a 3-1 lead for Moate.

Moate continued to push for another goal and some good passing between Cheddar McKenna, Mark Ennis and David Adamson resulted in a great cross to Terry Mulready who hit his shot on the turn into the corner of the net for the best score of the match.

Credit to Derry Rovers who didn't give up and continued playing to the final whistle but Moate had done enough to come through winning on a score line of 4-1.

Moate: Mark Rickard, Mark Mahon, Paul McCallum, Anthony Malone, Mark Ennis, Simon Yorke, Cheddar McKenna, Trevor Dowling, Keith Ennis, Jimmy Dolan, Terry Mulready

Subs: David Adamson for Simon Yorke, Mark Dolan for Anthony Malone.

The Golden Goal winner this week was Mark Dolan. Next week's Golden Goal game is Chelsea v Stoke.

Match Attax is coming back!

Despite rumours to the contrary I can confirm that the Match Attax Fair is coming back to Moate. Young children across the land have pestered their parents and family looking for pocket money to try and buy their favourite player. The Match Attax fair, back for a third year, is the answer to all the parental problems.

Over the last two years the organising group, led by Mick Jones, have managed to raise over €3,000 for local charities. The beneficiaries have been Loffa (Laois Offaly Families for Autism), ISIDA (Irish Sudden Infant Death Association), St Vincent de Paul and South Westmeath Hospice which have all benefited from your generosity. This has been achieved with considerable help from local and surrounding areas who have supported the various fundraising schemes, including raffles for signed jerseys' and the race night held last year.

The events have been held in the Community Centre in Moate for the last two years and while the venue itself is ideal, the insurance costs are prohibitive, costing €500 for four hours cover last year. Moate Game club covered the insurance costs in year one and some local shops also made donations to the cause. Last year the insurance cost had to be taken from the final figure handed to the charities which was unfortunate. This year the organisers are already in possession of thousands of cards awaiting the children's request, including all the players, managers, I-cards and the much valued Man of the Match cards.

The venue and date at this time is undecided, suggestions or offer of sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. The South Westmeath Hospice and the local St Vincent de Paul Society will be the benificiares of any funds raised this year. If your child needs particular cards you can contact where help may be available. And just when you thought it was safe Match Attax Extra is due in the shops from March 16th, so get your orders in early!

Good Luck Robbie

Robbie Malynn, the efficient and helpful secretary of the Westmeath Pool Association, is in action in the all Ireland pool final in the Castle Arch Hotel in historic Trim on Saturday next. To reach the final is a fantastic achievement and if Robbie can complete the job on Saturday it will be a wonderful boost for the game in Westmeath where standards have risen so high that an elite competition now runs in tandem with the open tournaments in the county.

Moate Partnership Group Dinner Dance

The Moate Partnership Group is hosting a dinner dance at The Grand Hotel on Saturday next, March 6th, starting with a Punch Reception at 7.30pm. The meal will be served at 8pm. Tickets are priced at €40 and the evening will include prizes galore! The music will be supplied by the fantastic Mercury and the special guest on the evening is Pat Mc Donagh, one of the leading businessmen in this country.

Your support would be appreciated. Contact any of the committee members for tickets.