Offaly GAA club notes (April 30-May 6)

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Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly GAA club notes (April 30-May 6)

Offaly GAA club notes (April 30-May 6)

St. Manchan's Ladies Football

Our u14 girls travel to play Tullamore on Wednesday evening in the u14 league.

Our Junior ladies play Naomh Ciaran next Saturday 5th May at 7pm in Tubber in the Division 3 League. 

Our u12 girls travel to play Tullamore Ladies on Tuesday 8th April.

The u8 & u10 girls travel to Ferbane at 11am on Saturday 5th May to take part in the blitz hosted by Naomh Ciaran. 

Congratulations to the St. Manchan's Gaels u14 boys who have also qualified to represent Offaly at Feile, the boys will travel to Slane at the end of June. Well done to all! 

Fun Run

The annual St. Manchan's Fun Run / Walk will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May at 3pm at Tubber GAA clubhouse. Registration starts at 12 noon, Over 18s are €10.00, Over 12s are €5.00, Under 12s go Free & a Family is €20.00. All ages and fitness levels are most welcome. Join us for refreshments after in Tubber GAA clubhouse.

Clara GAA Club

Lotto Results Sunday, April 29

Numbers drawn were: 5 - 8 - 15 - 29
There was no Jackpot winner. We had 2 match 3's who will receive €75 each.

- Margaret Cushen.
- Davyn and Calvin Fox

Next week's Jackpot is €3,500 and the draw will be held during Bingo on Sunday, May 6.


Division 4 Football League: Clara 1-07 Rhode 6-13

Division 1 Football League: Clara 1-14 Gracefield 0-08


Mon April 30:  U15 Football League Green Round 3: Clara v Edenderry in Edenderry Main Grounds @ 7:00 pm

Tues May 1:  Division 3 Hurling League Round 1:   Clara v Kilcormac-Killoughey in Clara @ 7:30 pm

Fri May 4: Under 13 Football League White Round 3: Clara V St. Manchan's Gaels in Clara @ 7:00 pm 

Sun May 6: Division 3 Hurling League Round 5: Clara v Ballinamere in Clara @11:30 am



The numbers drawn on Monday April 23rd were 5, 15, 20, 27. There was no jackpot winner and Paddy Mooney was the sole match 3 winner. Next week’s jackpot is €2,600.

Junior C Championship

Daingean play the first round of the Junior C Championship against Cappincur next Saturday (5th) evening at 7pm in  Daingean. Please come and support the lads as they aim to secure a first round win. (Please see the fixtures section to confirm fixture and time)

Save the Date

Daingean will be hosting "I'm a Celeb....Get me out of here" as their Primary Fundrasing event for 2018 on the
28th of July in the Tullamore Court Hotel.  More details to follow closer to the time.


Division 4 League

Rhode Junior Footballers had a convincing win over Clara on Saturday evening last in Clara beating them on a scoreline of 6-13 to 1-07. 

Team: Dean Morris, Ricky Cully, James Coffey, Luke Doyle, Mark Rigney, Gareth McNamee, Carl Hannon, Aidan Brereton, Mossy Muldoon, Keith Kerrigan, Robert Leavy, Anthony Kilmurray, Stephen O'Connell, Donal Hickey, Shane Lowry, Subs Karl Green for Mossy Muldoon, Keith Murphy for Carl Hannon, Jack Downing for Donal Hickey, Kieron Hope for Stephen O'Connell, Damien Jones for James Coffey, Fergal McNamee for Ricky Cully.

Junior B Football Championship

Rhode Junior B Footballers take on Ferbane in Ferbane this Saturday May 5th at 7pm. 

Offaly Feile  2018

Group stage

On Saturday Rhode U14s  travelled to Gracefield where they topped their feile group by beating Na Fianna 2-5 to 0-04 in game 1 and in game 2 Rhode beat Gracefield 9-13 to  0-01. 

Division 1 Semi Final

On Sunday morning Rhode then travelled to Bord Na Mona Faithful Fields where they took on Ferbane/Belmont in the A semi final, unfortunately it wasn't to be for our young footballers as Ferbane won out on a scoreline 5-06 to 1-02. 

Our U14 footballers put in great performance over the weekend and while they will be disappointed they can hold their heads high. Over all it was a very positive for our underage club as it not every day you get to an A semi final and finish up in the top four teams of the Division 1 Offaly Feile. 

Ferbane/Belmont went on to win the Division 1 Feile beating Clara in the final and we wish them well in the National Feile. A big thank you to the mentor's who looked after the team at the weekend Cathal Smith, Michael Kennedy,  Dickie Conroy and Jimmy Hannon. Also to the parents who gave great support to the team over the weekend as always it couldn't be done without you. 

Rhode U14 Offaly Feile Panel 2018

Noah Swaine, Cillian Dempsey, Ben Kennedy, Charlie Cullen, Ger Cullen, Ryan Murphy, Shane Duffy, Dylan Kilmurray (Captain), Cian Conroy, Eoin Smith, Ross Kellaghan, Barry Dunne, Evan Farrelly, Cameron Egan, Jake Molloy, Cian Cocoman, Liam Walsh, Nathan Glennon, Jamie Glennon, Ethan Hannon, Michael Culloty, Tiernan Foy, Aaron Byrne, 

It was truly spectacular to be in the Faithful Fields to see hundreds of kids out on the playing fields and on the other end see Offaly Senior Men, Ladies Football and Camogie teams all in the one place with the best of facilities. Yesterday would really do your heart good, well done Offaly GAA. 

U15 League

Rhode U15 footballers had a great win over St.Vincent's on Thursday evening last in Fr.Dowling Park defeating them on a scoreline of 6-08 to 1-06. 

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. 

Offaly GAA Cul Camps

The annual Rhode GAA Cul Camp will commence in Fr Dowling Park on Monday 16th July to Friday 20th July. The camp will start each day at 10am and ends at 2.30pm. It is a wonderful experience for the 6 to 12 year old boys and girls to play games, meet new friends and to practice the skills of our native games. The camp in Rhode is recognised as a top class camp. For further information please contact Tracy Murphy, Minor Club secretary or Offaly GAA Cul Camp organiser/ coach Liam O'Reilly on 087407212. Get in Early to avoid disappointment.

CLG-Bord Na nOg Rod 5k Family Fun Run/Walk

Following on from last year's 5k family fun run/walk CLG-Bord Na nog have decided to hold it again this year in which we will be donating half of the monies raised to the Rhode & Croghan Lourdes Fund.

We hope that many more will come out on the day to help support this worthy cause

It will take place on Saturday June 2nd with registration taking place at 9.30 am with walk/run taking off at 10am

Tea/coffee refreshments afterwards.

U9 Go Games blitz 

A wonderful morning was had in Fr. Dowling Park on Saturday last as the U9s started their season off with a go games blitz. A great number of parents/spectators were on hand to see Rhode, Edenderry, St. Vincents and St. Broughan's show off their fine footballing talent. A massive thank you to the visiting clubs, coaches and parents for participating in wonderful morning here in Rhode as over 80 kids took part. A big thank you to Gareth McNamee and Jack Kilmurray for refereeing the games and to Karen Curley for helping with the refreshments 

Rhode Warriors & U7s 

Rhode Warriors & U7s had a wonderful evening on Friday in Daingean where they gave an excellent display of football against St.Vincents. Over 40 kids took part and thanks must go to the parents and coaches especially St.Vincents for the great welcome. It contin on ues Saturday morning at 10am.

Upcoming Fixtures 

Wednesday, May 2

U17 League

Rhode V St.Manchan Gaels  7pm

Venue: Pullagh

Thursday, May 10

Division 4 League 

Rhode V Durrow 8pm

Venue: Fr.Dowling Park Rhode 

Tuesday, May 15

Division 1 League 

Rhode V Ferbane 8pm

Venue: Fr. Dowling Park, Rhode 


There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto Draw that took place on April 23 for a jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 14 23 28 29. 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 €50 each.

Megan Kilmurray

Richard Conroy

John Glennon

Marie Byrne

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.



Congratulations to St Manchan Gaels under 14 Footballers who have qualified as one of Offaly’s representatives at the John West Feile Peile na nOg National Finals by winning the Feile C Final. The National Finals will be held in Counties Down, Louth and Meath at the end of June.

The team played Tullamore and Clara on Saturday in Clara and then faced St Broughans in the semi final in the Faithful Fields on Sunday. They emerged victorious and played against Gracefield in the final. Once again they came out on the winning side and will spend a weekend in late June in Slane, Co. Meath. Well done to all the players, mentors and parents.

Panel: Oisin Carroll,Conor Treacy, Jamie Rigney, Enda McLoughlin, Dylan Daly, Cathal Guinan, Sean og Foley, Brian Carey, Donal Shirley, James Buckley, Conor Fox, Adam Fox, Padraigh McLoughlin, Harry Champ, Luke Kelly, Jack Daly, Ronan Colgan, Fergal Bracken, Adam Daly, John Maloney, James McEvoy, Callum Kelly, Dean Bracken, Ultan Carroll.

Coaches: Ken Daly, Aidan King, Enda Carroll and Dessie Kelly.

Tullamore Court Hotel Division 2 Football League

Ballycumber 1-16 Raheen 0-8

Ballycumber dominated the first half of this game played in Geashill on Thursday evening and had registered 1 –12 to 0—3 for the home side. Joe Lowry scored five points, Sean Hackett and Cormac Quinn added two more. Adrian Kelly contributed the goal and points from Luke Gavin Mangan, Chris McDonald and Colin Daly completed the total. A more determined home team restricted Ballycumber to four points from Sean Hackett [2], Tom Corcoran and Cormac Quinn in the second half and added five points to their own tally. This win leaves Ballycumber on top of the League with three wins from three matches played.

Team: Leo Guinan, Jack Quinn, Karl Daly, Emmet Kelly, John Egan, Chris McDonald, Ethan Keena, Tom Corcoran, Luke Gavin Mangan, Clive Keena, Sean Hackett, Joe Lowry, Adrian Kelly, Colin Daly, Cormac Quinn, Conrad Casey, Michael Egan, David Ayres, Shaun Creevy.

Tullamore Court Hotel Division 5 Football League

Ballycumber 2-13  Erin Rovers 3-10.

The teams were level at 0-1 each and at 0-2 each with Michael Egan and Paddy Cosgrove getting the opening scores for Ballycumber. Erin Rovers took the lead with a goal and a point. Andrew Grennan and Emmet Kelly responded with points for the visitors. The home side added another point to which Andrew Grennan replied with a great point while under pressure. A pointed free for Erin Rovers was cancelled by a point by Emmet Kelly. Paul Kelly found himself in space from a good pass by Michael Egan and he drove an unstoppable shot to the corner of the net to give Ballycumber the lead. Erin Rovers were quickly back level with the last point of the first half.

The second half had just started when the home side went ahead with a well taken goal. Paul Kelly replied with a point. A free from Peter Dunne evaded the goalkeeper and defenders and ended up in the back of the net. Emmet Kelly pointed a close in free to give Ballycumber a two point lead. A pointed free from Peter Dunne cancelled a similar score at the other end. A converted penalty gave Erin Rovers the lead once again and they added two more points before Kevin Kelly, Peter Dunne and Colin Daly drew the teams level again. Conor Connelly got his first score with time almost up to regain the lead for Ballycumber but, a fair result was achieved when Erin Rovers got the last score of an exciting and enjoyable game of football.

Team: Peter Flynn, Paul Egan, Aaron Daly, Clive Keena, Kenneth Delaney, Colin Daly, David Ayres [Captain] Shaun Creevy, John Corcoran, Andrew Grennan, Michael Egan, Kevin Kelly, Paddy Cosgrove, Paul Kelly, Emmet Kelly, Peter Dunne, Conor Connelly

Junior B Football Championship

Ballycumber start this year’s campaign with a home game against Tullamore on Saturday evening next 5th May at 7pm. All support would be most appreciated.


Brosna Gaels entertain Carrig & Riverstown in Tubber also on Saturday evening at 6pm in The Brosna Press Division 2 Hurling League.


Ballycumber GAA Club were pleased to host The Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Intermediate Football Championship game involving St Brigids and Shannonbridge in which St Brigids won by one point. Thanks go to Jim Seery and Enda Coughlan as the pitch and facilities were in perfect condition and thanks also to the many club members who helped with the smooth running of the game. We wish to compliment the young St. Brigids player who remained in the Dressing Room to sweep the floor after his teammates had left.


The numbers drawn this week were 1, 7, 15, 16. No jackpot winner, two match three winners. Next week’s draw will be held in The Gav Inn on Monday night at 10 o’clock for a jackpot of €3,800.

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

Dance Classes

Learn how to Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Line Dance. Classes held every Monday night in Ballycumber Community Centre. Beginners classes from 8pm to 9pm. Intermediates from 9pm to 10pm and dancing for all from 10pm to 11pm.

Fun Run

St Manchan Ladies Fun Run/Walk will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May at 3pm. Registration starts at 12 noon in Tubber GAA Clubhouse and entry fees are; Adults €10, over 12’s €5, Family €20 and under 12s are free. All ages and fitness levels are most welcome and refreshments will be served in Tubber GAA Clubhouse afterwards.



The numbers drawn in the Lotto draw which took place on Monday, April 23 were 01 04 17 19. There was 1 Jackpot
Winner of €4,600 [Joe Plunkett, Killeigh] who we would like to congratulate and 2 Match 3 Winners (Essie C/O Joe
Plunkett; Mick O’Rourke C/O Ann O’Rourke) (€100 Each). Next week’s draw will take place in Direen’s, Cloneygowan on
Tuesday, May 8.


Raheen Senior Footballers were beaten by Ballycumber in Rd 3 of the Div 2 League last Thursday evening in Geashill on
a scoreline of 1-16 to 0-08. Ballycumber hit the ground running from the off as they opened up a lead of 1-12 to 0-03
by halftime. Raheen steadied the ship in the second half as they managed to outscore their opponents by 0-05 to 0-04
but Ballycumber had enough on the board from the first half to claim the win.

RAHEEN: Sean Cleary, Brian Corcoran, Liam Boland, Adam Kelly, Jack Keogh (0-02), Eoin Corcoran, Brian Crombie, Niall
Dempsey, Mark Gorman (0-03), Reece Seery, Liam Gorman (0-02), Colin Keogh, Jordan Burke, Niall Leavy, Stephen
Pierce (0-01).

SUBS: Paddy Arnold (for Jordan Burke), Richie Reynolds (for Stephen Pierce), Colm Corcoran (for Reece Seery), Aidan
Pierce (for Brian Corcoran), Brian Corcoran (for Mark Gorman).


Raheen Junior Footballers made it 2 wins out of 2 in the League as they got the better of Daingean in Rd 2 last Sunday
morning in Daingean on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-06. In danger of not being able to field a team beforehand due to a
large number of players away, Raheen started with just the bare 15 and it was Daingean who had the early momentum to
build up a lead but a goal from Stephen Pierce in the last few minutes of the half gave Raheen the lead at the break, 2-03
to 1-05. With the lead and playing with the wind in the second half Raheen upped the ante to pull clear scoring 2-07 to
2-01 with the 2 goals scored by Jordan Burke and Colin Keogh.

RAHEEN: James Boland, Jamie Conroy, Ian O’Halloran, Colm Corcoran, Aidan Pierce, Eoin Corcoran, Conor McNally, Colin Keogh, Niall Leavy, Stephen Pierce, Reece Seery, Mark McNally, Craig O’Halloran, Jordan Burke, Aaron McKenna.

SUBS: Noel Gorman (for Craig O’Halloran), Craig O’Halloran (for Reece Seery).


Members are asked to renew their membership as soon as possible but all membership must be paid by the end of February 2018. Subscriptions are Playing Members €30, Students €20 & Non Playing Members €20 & OAPs: €15. Payments can be given to Membership Officers Paddy Bracken or Eddie Kaye. New members are very welcome.



Na Fianna U15 Footballers picked up their first win of the League against Ballinamere / Durrow in Rd 2 last Wednesday evening in Ballinamere on a scoreline of 2-07 to 1-07. Na Fianna had the strong breeze in the first half and took full advantage as they raced into a 2-05 to nil lead after 25 mins with the goals scored by Geordi O’Meara and Diarmuid Finneran before B/D got off the mark with 2 points in the last 5 mins of the half to leave it 2-04 to 0-02 at the break. Then in the first 15 mins of the second half B/D clawed their way right back into it scoring 1-04 to 0-02 to leave just the goal in it. Thereafter for the remainder of the game both sides could manage just 1 more point apiece so Na Fianna held on to claim the win.

NA FIANNA: Martin Kelly, Brian Malone, Jack Brickland, David Owens, Fergal Dolan (0-01), Ben Colton, Dylan Cahill, Diarmuid Finneran (1-01), Adam Joyce (0-01), Alex Cuddy, Geordi O’Meara (1-02), Jack Kelly, Aaron Gorman, Shane Corcoran, Robbie Gallagher (0-02).

SUBS: Ciaran Murphy, Eamon Bolger, Scott Bolton, Jack Cleary, Eoghan Hyland, Stephen Hackett, Sean Flood, Darragh Crilly.


Last Weekend saw Offaly’s representatives in the U14 All Ireland Feile Peil na Nog decided by a blitz format on both Saturday & Sunday. In the group stage on Saturday Na Fianna were in Group White in Gracefield along with Rhode & Gracefield. First up for Na Fianna was Rhode and it was the Rhode lads who settled the quickest as they opened up a 1-05 to 0-01 lead with the second half a draw 0-03 to 1-00 Rhode took the win 2-05 to 0-04. In the second game despite going behind early on Na Fianna were ahead at the break 1-05 to 0-01 and added 3-04 to 0-02 in the second half to run out comfortable winners 4-09 to 0-03. With Rhode running out comfortable winners over Gracefield in the third game it meant Na Fianna finished as runners up in the group which put them through to the Semi Final against St Rynaghs in the Faithful Fields in Kilcormac on Sunday morning. In the Semi Final Na Fianna were without the services of 4 players on other sporting commitments and their loss was influential as Na Fianna were second best to St Rynaghs who won comfortably 6-09 to 1-02 having led at the break 4-05 to 0-01

NA FIANNA: Adam Carthy, Robbie Gallagher, Cein Gorman, Danny Gorman, Kevin Sweeney, John Greene, Christopher O’Reilly, Eamon Bolger, Alex Cuddy, Brian Malone, Scott Bolton, Finn McCormack, Adam Joyce, Dan Daly, Brian Connolly, Jack Cleary, Cian Malone, Aaron Gorman, Ronan Brophill, Ciaran Coonan, Dylan Cahill, Eoghan Hyland, Geordi O’Meara.


Na Fianna Minor (U17) Footballers take on St Broughans in their previously postponed Rd 2 League encounter this Wednesday evening (02 May) @ 7:30pm in Walsh Island. Na Fianna will be looking to try to follow up their first round win over Tullamore with another win here. All Support would be appreciated.


Na Fianna U13 Footballers with 1 win and 1 defeat under their belt complete the group stage of the League against Tullamore this Friday evening (04 May) @ 7:30pm in O’Brien Pk, Tullamore. All Support would be appreciated.