Féile: Congratulations to everyone who played their part in Féile Peil na nÓg, which was a wonderful celebration of gaelic football and a hugely enjoyable experience for everyone in the area. First and foremost, congratulations to the Players and Management of the victorious St Ciaráns team, who became the first ever team from Offaly to win a Division 1 Féile title. They did it the hard way too, beating very good teams from strong footballing counties like Dublin, Cork and Kildare on the way, not to mention of course a local derby against St Rynaghs as well. The final looked as if it would be the toughest test of all, against Claregalway who were looking to become the first ever Girls’ team to win three Féile titles in a row. It was indeed a fiercely contested game, but yet again the Ferbane/Doon/Shannonbridge girls showed great character and skill to prevail.

Hard luck to the Ferbane/Belmont boys team who only lost one game out of three, but sadly our visitors from St Brigids in Dublin were too strong. Congratulations to them too as they went on to win the Division 1 title, and indeed it was notable that their game against Ferbane was the closest anyone came to beating them throughout the competition. They, as well as the girls from Foxrock/Cabinteely, have become great friends of ours here in West Offaly and we hope they enjoyed their time spent in the area. Both visiting squads made a wonderful immpression here in Ferbane and we hope that the friendships forged over the last week will stand the test of time.

A special word of thanks goes to the Ferbane/Belmont minor club and Naomh Ciaran Ladies Club committees for all the hard work and effort they put into the weekend. Their efforts made the weekend very memorable and enjoyable for all involved.

Junior Football: The Junior Football championship resumes for Damien, Brian and the players this weekend as the club faces a tricky test away from home against Edenderry on Sunday afternoon. The game throws in at 1pm in Edenderry, and after the Reds secured a good win last weekend against Ballingar, the stage is set for a really good game between these two old rivals. All supporters available to travel are urged to do so.

Scrap Metal: Collection continues until June 30. Contact Fergal @ 087 2340998 to arrange collection. Items include old vehicles/appliances/brass/metal/copper/piping/steel/iron etc Minor Football: The minor football championship begins in Ferbane on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm as Ferbane/Belmont play Gracefield in the first round. Best of luck to the players as they begin their campaign to retain the title that they won last year.

Senior Football: Ferbane senior footballers play Shamrocks in Ferbane on Thursday evening at 7.30pm. The players have put together some good results in recent weeks so best of luck to them as they look to keep that run going on Thursday.

Last week the senior footballers played the Downs in a challenge match and won on a 2-19 to 2-8 scoreline. The team and scorers were: Ronan Cassidy; Joe Butler, Ciarán Cahill, Stephen Wren (0-1); Aidan Keenaghan (1-1), Paddy Moore (0-1), Shane Nally (0-1); Colm Gavin (0-1), Leon Fox (0-2); Joe Maher (0-3), Declan Killian (0-2), Aaron McDonagh; Eoghan Lowry (0-4), David Lowry (0-1), Brian Grehan (0-1). Subs: Eddie Lowry (0-1), Ronan Daly (0-1), Darren Digan, Gerry Grehan.