Offaly GAA Club Notes (April 9)

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Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly GAA Club Notes (April 9)

Offaly GAA Club Notes (April 9)


Lotto Results 

Numbers drawn were: 05 - 24 - 26 - 28.

We had no Jackpot winner. We had 2 match 3's who will receive €75 each.

Eileen Moran, The Green and  David Sheridan, Raheen.

Next week's Jackpot is €3,050 and the draw will be held during Bingo on Sunday 15th April.

Senior Football Championship

Clara senior footballers made the short trip into Bord na Mona O' Connor Park on Saturday evening 7th April to face Gracefield in the first round of the championship. The game was held up for 15 minutes as the referee and his officials had to inspect the pitch to deem it playable after a thunderous shower of rain. Despite the surface water the game went ahead. Clara were slow out of the blocks as Gracefield took an early 0-04 point to 0-01 lead.

Just before the quarter hour mark Clara went into a 1-03 to 0-05 point lead thanks to a Graham Guilfoyle goal. Just on the stroke of half time Pa Smith hit the back of the net with Clara's second goal. We went in at the break leading on a scoreline of Clara 2-08 to Gracefield's 0-09 points. The Clara team got into top gear early in the second half and dominated the middle third outscoring Gracefield by 2-09 to 0-02 points in the second half.

David Fleming came on and rattled the net with goal number 3 and Graham got his second midway through the second half. Clara played well and moved the ball quickly into a hungry forward line. Gracefield were missing some key players but Clara were fully deserving winners on a scoreline of Clara 4-17 to Gracefield's 0-11.

The team and scorers were: Joey Deehan; Seamus O'Brien; Carl Stewart; Conor Egan; Cathal O'Meara (0-01); John Ledwith; David Falsey; Thomas Deehan (0-01); Ross Brady (0-01); Pa Smith (1-02); Graham Guilfoyle (2-04); Bobby Mitchell; Barry Cushen (0-02); Scott Brady (0-01); John Reynolds (0-04); Subs: Matthew Mitchell for Bobby Mitchell; David Fleming (1-00) for Matthew Mitchell; Paul Deehan (0-01) for Scott Brady; Richie Slammon for David Falsey.

Massive congratulations to our 3 senior championship debutants Seamus O'Brien, Conor Egan and Cathal O'Meara.

Under 13 Football League

Clara U13s lined out 6th April against Ballinamere/Durrow. The match ended as a draw 3-9 apiece. Darragh McKeon as team captain, drove on the entire team to deliver a high quality performance. The team lined out as: Christian McKeon, Evan Cronin, Ciaran McKeon, Hugh Hillard, Myles Handy, Conor Taylor, Alex Handy, Ben Kennedy, Conor Doyle, Eoin Cornally, Darragh McKeon, Greg Byrne, Ryan Carroll, Louis Kavanagh, James Kelly, Kevin Gavin, Caomhain Dunne, Liam Flynn, James Cullen.

Clara GAA Club supporting organ donation

Our senior footballers wore the new adult club jerseys in the first round of the senior football championship against Gracefield on Saturday evening 7th April. The "Opt for life" logo is emblazoned on the back of our Jersey.

The campaign to reform the Irish organ donation system has been spearheaded by the former Derry All-Ireland football winner Joe Brolly, who is also a barrister and has been campaigning to change the laws with the ‘Opt For Life’ campaign in a hope to increase organ donation levels in Ireland and bring them in line with other European countries.

On the eve of the launch of our Jersey on Social Media – Brolly tweeted “Brilliant! Well done to all."

Under 8 Leinster ‘Go Games’

The annual Leinster ‘Go Games’ for Under 8 players took place at GAA HQ on the 3rd of April and once again proved to be a resounding success.

Clara played Ballyfin in an entertaining game and all the kids had a fantastic day and experience that they will long remember.

Many thanks to Mace, Clara for providing refreshments for the kids. Thanks to all the parents who went for the day and a special thanks to Justin Burke and Gary Fitzpatrick the team mentors for their time and patience.

Supported this year by Littlewoods Ireland, the ‘Go Games’ featured over 3,000 players and nearly 130 GAA Clubs from all 12 counties in the province.

The excitement wasn’t just confined to the players – parents, grandparents, siblings and team mentors all joined in the fun.


Wed 11th April: U17 Hurling League Clara v CRC Gaels in CRC Gaels @18:45

Fri 13th April: U17 Hurling League Clara v Edenderry in Edenderry @ 18:45

Sat 14th April: Molloy Environmental Systems Senior B Hurling Championship: Clara v Birr in Rath @ 17:00

Wed 18th April: Tullamore Court Senior A Football Championship: Clara v Rhode in BNM O’Connor Park @ 19:00


Offaly Senior Football Championship 

Rhode Senior Footballers got the first round of the championship off to winning ways on Sunday afternoon last with a 3-15 to 0-17 point win over Cappincur in Bracknagh. 

Cappincur never gave Rhode a break throughout the game. Rhode showed great composure and within a matter of minutes took back control  of the game with a goal. Cappincur kept kicking points but with a further goal from Rhode and some lovely points scored the final score read Rhode 3-15 to 0-17.

Team: Ken Garry, Shane Sullivan, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden, Gareth McNamee, Brian Darby, Niall Darby, Alan McNamee, Conor McNamee, Anton Sullivan, Paraic Sullivan, Ciaran Heavey, Paul McPadden, Darren Garry, Niall McNamee Subs used Stephen Hannon for Alan McNamee, Jake Kavanagh for Gareth McNamee, Dylan Kavangh for Ciaran Heavey.  

Rhode now face Clara in the second round in Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park on Wednesday April 18 at 7pm

On a weekend where it was hard to get pitches in good order due to the weather conditions of previous weeks it would be unfair not to mention the great order Bracknagh GAA Pitch was in for Sunday's Game. 

Rhode GAA Development Fund Fundraiser

Pick Provincial And All Ireland Inter-County Winners In Hurling And Football 2018.

Pick All Eight Correct Winners And Win or Share €1,000 if more than one winner

Tickets Available from Committee Members and currently in Killeen's Bar and Lounge, Doyle's Bar and Otoole's Bar. 

U17 League 

Rhode U17s had a great win over Shamrocks on Friday evening last in Fr. Dowling Park with the scoreline reading 2-13 to 1-10. Rhode were impressive from start to finish.

U13 Leinster League 

On Easter Monday Rhode U13s bet Summerhill of Meath in the Leinster League Quarter Final on a score-line of 4-09 to 3-08. Rhode now play Skyrne in the semi final Monday (April 9) 

Rhode Panel: Liam Walsh, Mark O'Meara, Ryan Kellaghan, Sean Daly, Cameron Egan, Matt Heavey, Noah Swaine, Ben Kennedy, Ryan Murphy, Ross Kellaghan, Ethan Hannon, Cian Cocoman, Gavin Murphy, Aaron Byrne, Billy Quinn, Tiernan Foy, Jamie Glennon, Nathan Glennon. 

Offaly U13 League 

On Friday evening last Rhode U13s  got the Offaly league off to a winning start over neighbours Edenderry defeating them on a score-line of 3-11 to 1-09 . 

Rhode Panel:  Liam Walsh, Cian Cocoman, Sean Daly, Cameron Egan, Matt Heavey, Barry Dunne, Ryan Murphy, Ross Kellaghan, Gavin Murphy, Charlie Cullen, Noah Swaine, Ben Kennedy, Billy Quinn, Joshua Kellaghan, Ryan Kellaghan, Richie Glennon, Ryan Quinn,Tiernan Foy. 

U15 League 

On Easter Monday Rhode U15s had an impressive win over Shamrock's in Mucklagh defeating them on a score-line of 6-09 to 2-04. 

Team: Sean Owens , Conor Dunne, Dylan Kilmurray, Jake Molloy, Sean Choudury, Shane Murphy, Shane Duffy, Cian Murphy, Gary Kiernan, Eoin Smith, Joe McBride, Cian Conroy, Jack Murphy, Ross Kellaghan Derek Lowry. 

Intermediate Championship Game 

On Saturday evening last we held Clonbullogue v Daingean  in the Intermediate Championship. A big thank you to all who stewarded the game or helped in any way whether it was parking cars, doing the gate, scoreboard or supplying the refreshments. 

Junior A Football Championship Fixture

Rhode Junior A footballers will take on Birr in Fr.Dowling Park Rhode on Saturday April 21 at 6pm.


There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto Draw that took place on the 3rd of April for a Jackpot of €15,000.  The numbers drawn were 10 11 19 24. 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:

Paul Dunne (Woodville)
Rhys Glennon

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

Get well wishes are extended to all of the people of the parish who are ill or hospitalised at the moment, especially John Beezy Glennon, Liam Swaine and Christoir Flynn.


Deepest sympathy to the McNamee and Mooney families Clonmore on the passing of Margaret Maggie McNamee. Margaret's Funeral Mass took place in Castlejordan on Tuesday followed by burial to the adjoining cemetery. 

Sympathy is also extended to the Palmer/Collins families on the passing of Mary Palmer, Mountlucas, Daingean. Mary's Funeral service took place on Good Friday in St. Mary's Mother of God Church Daingean followed by burial in Daingean Cemetery.


Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Senior B Football Championship

Ballycumber 1-10   Tubber 0-12.

A dour first half finished all square at three points each. Two pointed frees by Cormac Quinn and a long range point by Colin Daly made up the Ballycumber total. Tubber replied with three points from play and were unlucky not to have added at least one goal to their total. Leo Guinan prevented a goal bound shot from entering the net with a good save.

Ballycumber started the second half brightly and Cormac Quinn pointed two more frees in the first five minutes. Clive Keena replaced the injured Ritchie Dunne at half time and he added pace and determination to the half back line.

Tubber scored the next four points with two frees and two from play to regain the lead. Joe Lowry pointed a free for Ballycumber to stall the Tubber momentum briefly. An outstanding display of accuracy by Seanie Farrell added three more points to the Tubber total and they looked destined for victory leading 0-10 to 0-6.

Joe Lowry scored another point from a free to which Tubber replied with a point from play.

The introduction of Karl Daly and the Corcoran twins – Tom and John swung the play in favour of Ballycumber. Sean Hackett scored a great point while under severe pressure. Joe Lowry pointed a free and John Corcoran scored a badly needed point to narrow the gap to one point. A high ball into the Tubber goalmouth fell kindly for Nigel Grennan and he drilled the ball into the roof of the net with his right foot to give Ballycumber the lead. Tubber quickly moved the ball down the pitch and were awarded a free which was kicked over the bar to leave the final score at 1-10 to 0-12.

Team: Leo Guinan, Jack Quinn, Luke Gavin Mangan, Emmet Kelly, John Egan, Ritchie Dunne, Ethan Keena, Chris McDonald, Nigel Grennan, Gary Larkin, Sean Hackett, Adrian Kelly, Joe Lowry, Cormac Quinn, Colin Daly, Clive Keena, Karl Daly, Tom Corcoran, John Corcoran.

Ballycumber will face Shamrocks in Tubber on Thursday week 19th April at 7pm.

Compliments to St Rynaghs [Football] who did a great job of hosting the two games on Sunday in Cloghan.

Leinster Under 13 Football League Final

Castlemitchel [Kildare] 3-6. Ballycumber-Tubber 1-8.

Ballycumber-Tubber players played their hearts out in an attempt to win the Leinster title but it was not to be as their Kildare opponents proved just a bit too strong in this game played in Tubber on Sunday at 1pm

Players: Simon Bradley, Adam Fox, Jamie Rigney, Enda McLoughlin, Cathal Guinan, Harry Champ, Dylan Daly, Donal Shirley, Padraigh McLoughlin, Conor Fox, Hugh Murphy, Jack Daly, Jimmy Bracken, Greg Daly, Cillian Kelly, Colm Egan, Conor Daly, Hugh Flynn, Daithi Shirley.

Holiday in the Sun

The island of Crete is the destination for the 20th Anniversary Holiday in the Sun.

Further details from Jacinta Halligan 0863186849 and Ann Larkin 0863803463.


Best wishes to Brosna Gaels who play against Drumcullen in Kilcormac on Saturday 14th April at 6.30pm in the Molloy Environmental Systems Offaly Senior B Hurling Championship.

On Sunday evening in Tubber at 6pm Brosna Gaels will take on Kilcormac Killoughey in the Molloy Environmental Systems Offaly Junior Hurling Championship.

Dance Classes

Dance Classes continue in Ballycumber Community Centre on Monday nights. Starting at 8pm for beginners continuing at 9pm for intermediates and concluding with Dancing for All from 10pm to 11pm. Dance Instructor is Christopher Beirne.

Match in pitch

Ballycumber pitch will be the venue for the Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Intermediate Football Championship Round 2 game between Shannonbridge and St Brigids on Wednesday week next 18th April at 7pm. Stewards will be needed from 6pm.


Ballycumber GAA History Group are still looking for information on some of the 80 people with connections to Ballycumber who fought in World War 1. If you have any information, please come to The Barracks on Tuesday evening next 17th April from 8pm.

Lotto Results

The numbers drawn this week were 9, 14, 24, 32. No jackpot winner. One match three winner. Next week’s draw will be held in Flynn’s of Grogan on Monday night at 10pm for a jackpot of €3,200.

Play lotto online at until 8pm on Monday or buy tickets from local shops, pubs and from usual lotto sellers.