Offaly GAA Club Notes (March 26)
GRACEFIELD GAA CLUB
There was no winner of this week's draw held on Tuesday, March 20. Numbers drawn were: 7, 11, 16, 22. Winners of €50 each were: Ann O’Connor, Raymond McEvoy, Owenie Connor, Ronan Walsh, Carmel Kiely. Promoters prize: Sharon Slattery
Next weeks Lotto will be €6,000.
U17 Football: Started, Mon and Fri nights from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
U13 & U15 Football: Started, Tues and Thur nights from 7.00pm to 8.00pm
U13 & U14 Feile Hurling: Starting Wednesday, March 21, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
U11 Football: Tues and Thurs nights from 7pm to 8pm. Starting Tuesday, March 27
U9 Football: Mon 6.45pm to 7.45pm and Thurs nights from 7pm to 8pm. Starting Monday, March 26
Nursery\U7 Football: Mon nights from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. Starting Monday, March 26
Nursery\U7\U9\U11 Hurling: Wed nights from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, starting Wednesday, March 28.
Please come along to our first fundraising event of the year. We are holding a Table Quiz in The Hawthorn Bar on March 30 at 9pm. All proceeds go towards the running of the club for both adults and juveniles. Table of 4 is €40 and there will be plenty of spot prizes on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
CLARA GAA CLUB
Numbers drawn were: 4 - 10 - 15 - 17. There was no Jackpot winner. We had one match 3 who will receive €150 - O'Connor Family, Silverdale. Next week's Jackpot is €2,750 and the draw will be held during Bingo on Sunday, April 1.
U20 Football Championship Quarter Final
Clara played Kilcormac/Killoughey on Friday, March 23 in the U20 Football Championship. Aided by a Josh Fleming goal, Clara had a lead of 1-03 to 0-03 at half time before going on to win on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-06.
The Clara team and scorers were: Aaron Touhey; Ciaran Ennis; Ciaran Doyle; Conor Egan (0-01); Cathal O’Meara (0-01); Seamus O’Brien; Josh McCloskey; David Falsey; Chris Egan; Brandon Tobella; Adam Owens (0-03); James Moran; Josh Fleming (1-04, 0-02frees); David Fleming; Daryl O’Brien
Subs: Conor Dolan for Seamus O’Brien; Seamus O’Brien for J McCloskey; Josh McCloskey for David Fleming
Division 1 Football League
Clara played Rhode on Saturday evening, March 24 in the Division 1 Football League.
The Clara team was: Joey Deehan; Conor Egan; Carl Stewart; Richie Slammon; Aaron Ngo; Matt Mitchell; John Ledwith; Ross Brady; Thomas Deehan; Pa Smith; Graham Guilfoyle; Bobby Mitchell; Barry Cushen; Scott Brady; John Reynolds.
The full time score was: Clara 0-08 Rhode 1-13
RIP – Kevin Kelly
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we hear of the sad passing of Kevin Kelly. Kevin represented Clara GAA club at underage grades in both hurling and football. Kevin made his way to London at a young age but never forgot his roots in his beloved home town of Clara.
Kevin's love of Gaelic Games and Gaelic football in particular continued across the Irish sea with Round Towers GAA club. He was always willing to help the club in any capacity. Kevin was a warm and generous person and made anyone who visited London more than welcome.
Kevin was a proud Clara and Offaly man and always took a keen interest in how the club was doing both on and off the field.
On behalf of Clara GAA club we want to pass on our deepest sympathies to the family and many friends of a true Gael and a real gentleman.
Rest in Peace Kevin.
Ar dheis de raibh anam.
Saturday, March 31, U17 Hurling League: Clara v Edenderry at 12 noon in Edenderry
Sunday, April 1, Molloy Environmental Systems Intermediate Hurling Championship: Clara v Seir Kieran at 5:00 p.m. in Moystown
Tuesday, April 3, Under 17 Football League: Clara v St Vincents at 7:30 in Clara
Membership is still being taken by any member of our committee and the 2018 rates are as follows:
Life Member €250, Adult playing member €60, 3rd Level €40, Ordinary Member €30, Senior Citizen €10, U17/U6 €30, Registration Life Member €2 and Associate/Walking Member €20.
RHODE GAA CLUB
Division 1 League
Rhode Senior Footballers made it three wins from three in the Division 1 league when they defeated Clara on a score-line of 1-13 to 0-08 at home on Saturday last. Team: Ken Garry, Jake Kavanagh, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden, Garrett McNamee, Shane Sullivan, Brian Darby, Ciaran Heavey, Dylan Kavanagh, Stephen Hannon, Pauric Sullivan, Darren Garry, Paul McPadden, Niall McNamee, Stephen O'Connell. Subs used Alan McNamee for Stephen O'Connell, Shane Lowry for Dylan Kavanagh, Dan O'Brien for Stephen Hannon, Dean Morris for Ken Garry.
Division 4 League
Rhode Junior Footballers received a Walk Over from Clonmore Harps yesterday morning in Fr.Dowling Park. The game was due to start at 11am and the referee was present.
Offaly Senior Footballers
Well done to the Offaly senior footballers who has a great win over neighbours Westmeath in Mullingar on Sunday on a score-line of 1-20 to 1-14. It was a vital win for Offaly as it keeps them up in division three. On The Offaly team from Rhode are Offaly Captain Anton Sullivan, Niall Darby and Conor McNamee.
Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Senior Football Championship Fixtures
Rhode Senior Footballers take on Cappincur in the first round of the Offaly Senior Football Championship on Sunday, April 8 at 12 midday in Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park Tullamore.
On Wednesday, April 18, Rhode seniors will play Clara in the second round of the Senior Championship at 7pm in Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park, Tullamore.
Junior A Football Championship Fixture
Rhode Junior A Footballers will take on Birr in Fr. Dowling Park in Rhode on Saturday April 21 at 6pm.
Monday, April 2
U15 League Rd 1 - Rhode v Shamrock's 5pm Venue: Mucklagh
Tuesday, April 3r
U17 League - Rhode V Shamrock's 7:30pm Venue: Fr.Dowling Park, Rhode
Friday, April 6
U13 League Rd1 - Rhode V Edenderry 6:30pm Venue: Edenderry GAA grounds
Offaly GAA Easter Camp
Offaly GAA coaching and games are hosting a two-day Easter camp for primary school boys and girls from ages 6-10 in Rhode GAA field, Fr. Dowling Park, on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6 from 10am to 2pm. It's a chance for the kids to further their footballing skills with the top Offaly coaches over their holiday term. Full cost for the two days in €20 and the children are required to bring a packed lunch, drink, towel and change of gear. For Further information contact Offaly Development officer Liam O'Relly or Rhode Minor Club secretary Tracey Murphy.
Membership is now due and can be paid to the following membership officers listed, Patricia McManus, Orla Kilmurray, Ger Noonan, Ger Hynes, Pat FitzGerald, Joe Malone, Oliver Murphy, Jody Kilmurray, James Murphy, John Glennon, Tracey Murphy, Robert Kellaghan and Mary Hannon up to March 31, 2018.
The Membership Rates are as follows:
Player (including Insurance) - €75
Family (2 adults and all Children) - €75
Single Adult - €30
Student /student player - €20
Juvenile - €20
O.A.Ps - €5
There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto Draw that took place on the 20th of March for a Jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 10 11 15 30. The club would like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to O’Toole’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €100 each.
The Rhode GAA lotto is the main source of income the club has and now you can play online through our website. The good news is when you play the lotto online you are entitled to free draws, for example, pay for seven draws, receive the eighth one free, pay for fourteen draws receive two free and so on. In other words, the more you play the more free draws you are entitled to.
Get well wishes are extended to all of the people of the parish who are ill or hospitalised at the moment.
BALLYCUMBER GAA CLUB
Miles of Memories
A look back at the last 19 years of Ballycumber GAA Club’s Annual Sun Holidays.
Ballycumber GAA Club Social Activities Committee is celebrating it’s 20th Annual Holiday this year. The group, with Chairman Ollie Daly, first met in September 1998 and decided on the ambitious task of bringing members of Ballycumber GAA Club on a foreign holiday.
The founding members of the group were Ollie Daly, Aggie Quinn, Ann Larkin, Hannah Rigney, Kathryn Quinn, Mae Grennan, Maureen Ayres, Ursula Guinan and Jacinta Halligan.
After some research, the date and venue were decided on. An always hopeful Chairman decided to wait until after the All Ireland Football Final.
On the 3rd October 1999, a touring party of 125 Ballycumber natives and their friends set off for Gran Canaria, with many of the travellers wearing bright yellow t Shirts in effort to replicate the Club colours. For many it was a holiday of firsts, a first time on a plane, the first time to leave the Emerald Isle and the first time to taste Sangria.
The dream had become a reality and the trip was an outstanding success.
The tourists returned to the Village with the finest leather coats, handbags and sun kissed skin. All had caught the bug—the travel bug.
All were eager and excited to go on another adventure, the Millenium holiday was to Costa Del Sol, with an even bigger number of travellers. The Ballycumber tourists were becoming cultured with Sun, Sea and yes Sangria and were even getting to grips with the Spanish currency, Pesetas or potatoes as it became known.
A tradition was established and in 2001 the tourists set off for the volcanic island of Teneriffe. This trip was followed by a visit to the Algarve in Southern Portugal.
At this stage the euro had become the European currency and this made transactions much easier.
In 2003 the destination was Lanzarote and 2004 it was Gumbet in Turkey. The trip to Gumbet was so successful that it was decided to return to Turkey and to the seaside resort of Marmaris on the southwest coast of the country. The beautiful Greek Island of Crete was the next visited in 2006. It was back to the Canary Islands in 2007 to enjoy the delights of Fuertventura. For the tenth anniversary trip in 2008 it was back to Turkey and the beach town resort on the western Aegean coast--Kusadasi.
The next destination was Santa Ponsa in Majorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands and in 2010 the group enjoyed many fascinating cultural delights in the Mediteranean island of Cyprus.
The 2011 trip was a return to the popular island of Lanzarote and this was followed by trips to Nerja in Southern Spain and to Malta. The largest fresh water lake in Northern Italy - Lake Garda was the destination in 2014. The Eastern European country of Croatia with it’s long coastline on the Adriatic was the location for the 2015 trip. Sicily at the south of Italy in the Mediteranean was the location of the 2016 trip and in 2017 the largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands –Rhodes, was the most recent location for the intrepid travellers from Ballycumber.
Over the years we have travelled many miles and have many fond memories of sandy beaches, historical sites and lively resorts. We catered for family holidays, romantic breaks and fun filled holidays in the sun. The holiday is said to be responsible for local romances, a honeymoon and an engagement.
What will the 2018 holiday bring? Why not join us to make it the most memorable trip yet?
Contact Jacinta Halligan and Ann Larkin.
We offer our sincere sympathy to Jim Kelly, Bellair and the extended Kelly family on the death of Kevin. Through his work with The Offaly mens Association in London and as Manager of the Clubhouse at Ruislip GAA Grounds, Kevin was the first point of contact for many young Irish people when they arrived in London and he organised accommodation and employment for them. A proud Offaly man he will be sorely missed.
We thank Caulry for a very good challenge match on Sunday morning.
Under 20 Football Championship
St Manchan Gaels 1—7 St Patricks 1—10.
St Manchan bow out of the 2018 Offaly Under 20 Football Championship after losing by three points to a strong St. Patricks side in Doon on Friday night.
Under 17 League
St Manchan Gaels had a narrow one point victory over Shamrocks in the Offaly Under 17 League on Thursday evening in Pullough.
Best wishes to Brosna Gaels who start their Offaly Senior B Hurling Championship campaign with a game against Shamrocks in Bord Na Mona O’Connor Park on Sunday next, Easter Sunday, at 1.30pm. All support appreciated.
Ballycumber will face near neighbours Tubber in the first round of the Offaly Senior B Football Championship in Clara on Sunday, April 8 at 5.30pm.
Please support our fund raising Table Quiz in The Gav Inn on Good Friday at 10pm.
A great nights entertainment is quaranteed.
Ballycumber GAA History Group are looking for information on the following names of soldiers who fought in World War 1 and whose names were recorded on a Ballycumber Roll of Honour which was displayed in Ballycumber Railway Station.
B.Anderson [Irish Guards], A.Boland [Irish Guards[, H Currams [Irish Guards] J Currams [Irish Guards], J Connaughton [Transport Corps], C Reilly [Royal Field Artillery], C.Fox [Connaught Rangers], B.Grennan [Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers].
Congratulations to Conor Robbins, Springpark who was goalkeeper for Warwickshire when they won the Division 3A Allianz Hurling League Final with a three point win over Louth in Trim on Saturday.
The numbers drawn this week were 2,9, 16, 18. No jackpot winner. One match three winner. Next week’s draw will be held in Gussies on Monday night at 10pm for a jackpot of €2,800.
Play lotto on line at www.locallotto.ie until 8pm on Monday or buy tickets from local shops, pubs and from usual lotto sellers.
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