New Ross

General Election

The next General Election will be held sometime in 2007 and already there are three very strong candidates. John Dwyer, Sinn Fein, Sean Connick, Fianna Fail and Colm O’ Gorman of Progressive Democrats have been nominated to stand for their parties. By Election time there may be other candidates from the district also standing. Each of the three candidates nominated will command huge support and would make excellent TDs but it will hardly be possible for all three to be elected. But if the candidates standing cooperate with each other then at least one of them will win a seat in Dail Eireann. Otherwise all three will suffer.

John Dwyer has made a rapid rise in the Political World. He is the present Chairman of New Ross Urban Council and is also a member of the Wexford County Council. In the last general Election he got a huge vote and went very close to winning the fifth seat. In addition he also received a very high vote for his party in the last European Election when standing in the Leinster region. Now the question is can he build on his support?

Sean Connick has also made a rapid rise in the Political World and is presently Vice-Chairman of the Urban Council and a member of Wexford County Council. With sitting TD Tony Dempsey TD not standing for his party in 2007 and also former TD and Junior Minister Hugh Byrne, Fethard not going forward this time, Sean Connock’s chances have been greatly increased and he is highly thought of in his won party.

Colm O’ Gorman, Adamstown who came to prominence in the Ferns Diocesan Controversy is a man of outstanding ability also and his late father Sean O’Gorman stood for Fianna Fail in two general elections.

There are enough votes in new Ross District to elect two TDs if the people from the District voted fro their own candidate and cooperated with ach other. In the past, however, too many people from the District gave their votes to candidates form other areas and this was even evident last time out also.

Hugh Byrne did a lot for the District when he was a minister and TD and people have now come to realise how much he did when there was no TD in the District for the past four years. Of course all the sitting TDs did work for New Ross District causes but as can be expected they had to do most for their own regions.

So interesting times are ahead in the political world.

All Ireland Hurling Semi Final

The meeting of Cork and Waterford in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final at Croke Park on Sunday next is arousing huge interest amongst the hurling enthusiasts and there will be many from the District in Croke Park on Sunday to witness what should be an epic encounter.

Coast to Coast

Many people from the area are travelling with the Coast to Coast team who are travelling by Horse Drawn Carts all week to Tralee, Co. Kerry collecting for the Cancer Research and Hospice Home Care, two very worthy causes, en route. They travelled through New Ross town on Sunday morning last and were in Waterford City and Dungarvan on the two following days.

Minor Hurling

Under the stewardship of Liam Roche and Tony Kinsella Geraldine O’Hanrahans minor hurlers are turning in good performances in the county championship games and are improving all the time.

Dublin City Marathon

The Friends of the New Houghton Hospital New Ross are appealing for charitable athletes to compete in the Dublin City Marathon on its behalf next October. The Adidas Dublin City Marathon will be held on Bank Holiday Monday October 30th. Thos interested are asked to contact the New Houghton Hospital on 051-421266.

Barrow Wheelers

The Barrow Wheelers Cycling Club, New Ross have organised a 200 mile charity cycle to Cork and back. They will set out on Saturday August 26th and return on the following day.

Ladies Football Championship Win

When Geraldine Ladies trotted out on to the field at Kennedy Park, New Ross for their championship senior football clash with St. Fintans on Wednesday night last they knew that they had to win in order to stay in contention for a semi final place. It was a game of little frills or stylish play for neither could afford to make a single mistake. For officials and supporters it was nail biting stuff all the way. But at the end of the hour, the Geraldines ladies were ahead 3-5 to 0-10 and they fully deserved to triumph.

It was close right through the first half but Geraldines thanks to a third minute goal from Orla Deegan led by 1-3 to 0-3 at half time with the points coming from Orla Deegan, Natasha Martin and Carmel Morrissey.

St. Fintans enjoyed their periods of supremacy in the second half and just when it looked as if were going to win, the Geraldines really pulled out all the stops and cracking goals from Deirdre Nugent and Stephanie O’ Halloran in the 54th and 58th minutes swept them to victory.

However the Fintans made one last burst and were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds but Mary Rose Kelly’s cracking shot came back off the crossbar and was cleared.

All the winners rose to the challenge but star goalie Nicola Scully, Sinead McCarthy, Helena Nugent and Melissa Hanley (defence), Natasha Martin and Lindsay Dunne (mid field), a brilliant Orla Deegan, Edel Rowesome and Stephanie O’Halloran were outstanding. Understandably mentors Brendan Kelly, Witty Long and Johnny Wall were overjoyed with the victory and the commitment of all.

Their next championship outing is on August 13th against Kilgore in Kilgore.

Geraldine O’ Hanrahans: Nicola Scully (gl), Lucy Nolan, Sinead McCarthy, Bernadette Nugent, Helena Nugent, Melissa Hanley, Donna Dunne, Lindsay Dunne, Natasha Martin (0-1), Stephanie O’ Halloran (1-0), Edel Rowesome, Carmel Morrissey, Carol Breen, Orla Deegan (1-2), Christina St Ledger. Subs: Lisa Dower (0-1), Mary O’ Hanlon, Deirdre Nugent (0-1) and Marcella Cullen all came on while other subs included Nicola Gannon, Telia Butler and A. Storey.

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