MULLINS NEWCOMER IS GALWAY BOUND FOLLOWING IMPRESSIVE DEBUT -Tony Mullin’s horses are running well of late, and last Thursday at the Killarney Racing Festival, he produced a smart newcomer in Union Dues. Running in the concluding bumper last Thursday, Tony’s nephew Willie’s son Patrick took the mount of Union Dues as he started 3/1 favourite. A strong performance unfolded on his debut as Union Dues cruised to a 4 and a half-length victory, and he is now on course to run at the Galway festival next week. Other stable companions bound for Ballybrit are Clarach who is currently trading good each-way value around 14/1 for the Galway hurdle, Split Ear, Battling Boru, and Naked Cowboy who will surely go for one of the handicaps. Also, another one to consider is Turtle Mist who ran a cracker placed second at 25/1 in a ladies bumper in Roscommon recently. Tony’s son Danny has been riding well lately and he can be expected to be busy over the coming week. Galway has been a very happy hunting ground to Danny in few years as rider. He rode a treble on the Friday evening of the 2008 festival, before teaming up with his Dad in 2009 to win the major handicap courtesy of Rock n Roll Kid. Last year Danny riding for his Mum Mags piloted Down in Neworleans to land the Guinness Novice Steeplechase. Expect Mags also to be represented in Galway, and has a good record at producing bumper winners over the years. Cairdin, Marlay Park and Stormy Oscar should be expected to feature throughout the course of the week.
PARISH MISSION - A Parish Mission will be held during the first week in November 2012 and it will be the first of it’s kind in the parish since 1995. The Mission will run from Saturday 3rd November till the following Saturday 10th November. More details to follow in the coming months.
YOUNG IRELANDS GAA CLUB - The club are holding a Family Fun Day on Sunday September 2nd in the GAA pitch. More details in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, the 20th annual golf classic goes ahead this coming weekend on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July. Teams of 4 cost €140 with a tee box of €40. For tee times you can contact Paddy Treacy on 056 7726119. On the playing field, the Junior hurlers have secured at least a quarter-final place in the Northern Junior A Championship following a 0-13 to 1-7 victory over St. Lachtains of Freshford. They conclude their group stage tonight up in Urlingford against the Emeralds, while table toppers Graigue-Ballycallan who condemn Young Irelands to their only defeat of the campaign courtesy of a one point victory – 1-11 to 1-10 – will have guaranteed themselves as group winners and a place in the semi-final should they have beaten Conahy Shamrocks in Jenkinstown last night(Tuesday).
HOLIDAYS - I (Michael O’Leary) will be taking holidays over the next few months on the following dates. 27th July – 5th August, the last two weeks in August from 21st August till September 4th and also September 17th – 21st. This means that there will be no parish notes in the newspaper on the following dates. Wednesday 1st August, Wednesday 8th August, Wednesday 29th August and Wednesday September 5th.