Offaly GAA club notes (May 7-13)

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Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Offaly GAA club notes (May 7-13)

Offaly GAA club notes

St. Manchan's Ladies Football

Our u12 girls travel to play Tullamore Ladies on Tuesday evening, May 8.

Well done to the Junior Ladies who despite a loss played some great football in their League game against Naomh Ciaran last Saturday. Congratulations to Ava Cornally who made her Junior debut for St. Manchan's! 

The U8s and two U10 teams took part in the blitz last Saturday in Ferbane. Thanks to Enda, Majella, Helena, Elaine, Grace and all the coaches.

Fun Run

Our 6th annual St. Manchan's Fun Run & Walk took place on Monday last in Tubber with 350 people taking to the roads around Tubber. Congratulations to all our winners: 10k Men: Richard Faulkner (1st), Darragh Rigney (2nd), Derek Middleton (3rd). 10k Women: Sinead Rigney (1st), Mag Grennan (2nd), Julie Maguire (3rd). 5k Men: Philip King (1st), Jimmy Gillivan (2nd), Olsen North (3rd). 5k Women: Caoimhe Cassidy (1st), Noelle Egan (2nd), Lorraine O'Dowd (3rd). U12 boys 5k: Scott Griffin (1st), Luke Tooher (2nd), Adam Fox (3rd). U12 girls 5k: Eva Donlan (1st), Orla Ross (2nd), Caoimhe Lynam (3rd). First male with a buggy was Trevor Philips, 1st female with a buggy was Rachel McCann. Huge thanks to Tubber GAA for the use of their facilities and all the stewards, committee members, volunteers and parents who helped in so many ways to make our 6th annual fun run a huge success.

Clara GAA Club

Lotto Results Sunday, May 6

Numbers drawn were: 6 - 12 - 25 - 30
We had 1 jackpot winner of €3,500. We had no match 3's.

Jackpot winner: Donal Fitzgerald. Congratulations Donal from all at Clara GAA club.

Next week's Jackpot is €2,000 and the draw will be held during Bingo on Sunday, May 13.


Tues May 8: Division 3 Hurling League Round 5: Clara v Ballinamere in Clara @ 7:30 pm

Fri May11: U13 Hurling League Black Round 3: Clara V Shamrocks in Rahan @ 7:30 pm

Sunday May 13: Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 1: Clara V Seir Keiran in Kilcormac @ 11:30 am

Division 3 Hurling League

Clara adult hurlers welcomed Kilcormac/Killoughey over to Pairc Phroinsias on Tuesday evening (May 1) in what was their first competitive game of the year. Played on a wet and dull evening but the game itself was far from that. This was a very entertaining match from start to finish against an experienced Kilcormac-Killoughey side. Clara went in at the break leading on a scoreline of Clara 0-9 to Kilcormac-Killoughey 0-5.

Kilcormac-Killoughey made a few changes at half time and came out firing on all cylinders and brought it back to a single point. Two well taking goals by Cathal O'Meara gave Clara a bit of breathing space as Kilcormac-Killoughey threw everything at a well organised Clara defence. Clara ran out deserving winners on a scoreline of Clara 2-15 to Kilcormac-Killoughey's 0-17. This was a very good run out for the team despite having to wait until May 1st for a competitive game.

The Clara team and scorers were:

1. Marius Stones; 
2. Dermot Doolan;
3. John Ledwith;
4. James Fleming;
5. Martin Fleming;
6. Ciaran Doyle;
7. Alan Gavin;
8. Conor Egan 0-02
9. Barry Cushen 0-01
10. Leon Egan 
11. Willy Fleming 
12. Cathal O'Meara 2-06 (0-01 65, 0-01 free)
13. Brendan Buckley 0-02
14. Sean Nolan 
15. Josh Fleming 0-04 (0-03 frees)

Daryl O'Brien for Sean Nolan

Leinster Minor Football Championship

Clara GAA would like to wish the very best of luck to the Offaly Minor Football team, especially the Clara footballers, Edward Cullen, Ciaran Ennis and Cormac Delaney and also Kevin Meehan on the management team as they face Wicklow in the opening round of the Championship on Monday, May 7. 

2018 Cúl Camps

The 2018 Cúl Camps will return to Clara once again from Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13. Registration is now open and further details can be found at  



The numbers drawn on Monday April 30 were 9,11,25,27. There was no jackpot winner and no match 3 winner.
Next week’s jackpot is €2,800.

Junior C Championship

The Junior C team lost to Cappincur on a scoreline of 8-09 to 1-12 on Saturday evening in Daingean. The lads have a quick turnaround as they face Clodiagh Gaels next Sunday morning at 12pm in Killeigh. Hopefully the lads can bounceback with a 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.

Senior Footballers

Best of luck to the Offaly senior footballers as they prepare to face Wicklow this weekend in the Leisnter Senior Football Championship 


U13 Division 2 Leinster League Final

Rhode U13 footballers travelled to O'Connor Park on Monday evening last where they took on Tullamore in a ding dong battle and thankfully Rhode finished the game off as Leinster League Champions with the final score reading Rhode 7-12 Tullamore 6-06. It was a truly magnificent evening from start to finish. Both teams marched around O'Connor Park behind the piper like giants and then both teams stood proudly for the national anthem. In every way it was like their All Ireland final and it was a game fit for that occasion as both teams gave an excellent display of football. As the final whistle went the cheers of the great Rhode support could be heard as we congratulated the wonderful boys and their management team on a wonderful win. 

A massive thank you has to go to the management team of Stephen Darby, Seamus Cocoman, Michael Kennedy, Pauric Murphy, Craig Byrne. 

U13 Panel: Ryan Kellaghan, Liam Walsh, Mark O'Meara, Cameron Egan, Ethan Hannon, Matt Heavey, Barry Dunne, Sean Daly, Noah Swaine, Evan Farrelly, Ben Kennedy, Ross Kellaghan, Ryan Murphy, Charlie Cullen, Cian Cocoman, Gavin Murphy, Aaron Byrne, Jamie Glennon, Nathan Glennon, Billy Quinn, Tiernan Foy, Ryan Quinn, Richie Glennon, Cillian Dempsey.   

Offaly Junior B Championship

Rhode Junior B footballers travelled to Ferbane on Saturday last for what was a close encounter throughout. Rhode were winning for majority of the game but unfortunately couldn't hold on and the final score read Ferbane 2-07 Rhode 0-11. 

Team: Phil O'Connell. Damien Jones, John Murphy, Fergal McNamee, Keith Murphy, Carl Green, Jack Kilmurray, Brendan Curley, Lorcan Reilly, Pat Murphy, James Murphy, Kieron Hope, Dan O'Reilly, Jack Downing ,Kevin Dunne. Subs used: Liam Grennan, Gordan Kerrigan, John Burke. 

Rhode Junior Bs now take on Kinnitty this Friday May 11th in Fr.Dowling Park Rhode at 7pm. 

U17 Football League 

Rhode U17s took on Gracefield on Monday night last in Rhode defeating them on a scoreline of 4-14 to 2-04. Teams played 13 aside.

Team: Tadgh Galvin , Jordan Kilmurray, Reese Cleere, Luke Spollen, Aaron McBride, Dylan Foy, Aaron McDermott, Gavin Young, Harry Jones, Joe McBride, Liam Curley, Shane Dunne, Evan Rigney, Subs, Cillian Murphy, Patrick Scully, Liam Hagney, Jack Kerrigan, Christian Taylor, Cian Murphy, Shane Murphy, Dylan Kilmurray. 

Offaly Senior Footballers 

Very best of luck to Offaly senior footballers who take on Wicklow in the Leinster Senior Football championship this Sunday May 13 in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Throwo-in is at 4pm. 

On The Offaly team/panel from Rhode are Offaly captain Anton Sullivan, Niall Darby, Conor McNamee and Ruairi McNamee.  

Offaly Hurlers 

Very best of luck to Offaly hurlers who play Galway in the first round of the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship this Saturday May 12 at 7pm in O'Connor Park Tullamore. 


Massive congratulations to our U17 Footballers Aaron Kellaghan and Barry Coffey on making it onto the Offaly U17 squad which is essentially the minor county team. Also extra congrats to Aaron Kellaghan who captained St. Joesphs Rochfortbridge to Glory last week as they won Senior Leinster A Hurling final. 

Oakland's Community College

Congrats to Oakland's U14 Team on winning the North Leinster D final last week beating Mercy SS of Kilbeggan 2-11 to 2-09.

Rhode had 9 players involved: Dylan Kilmurray, Shane Murphy, Gary Kiernan (Oaklands Captain) Evan Farrelly, Michael Culloty, Shane Duffy, Jack Murphy, Ryan Quinn, Jake Molloy. 

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 O'Toole'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.


Thursday May 10th

Division 4 League 

Rhode V Durrow 8pm

Venue: Fr.Dowling Park Rhode 

Monday May 14th 

U15 League 

Rhode V Shamrock's 7:30pm


Tuesday May 15

Division 1 League 

Rhode V Ferbane 8pm

Venue: Fr.Dowling Park Rhode 

Friday May 18

U13 League 

Rhode V St.Broughan's 7:30

Venue: Fr.Dowling Park Rhode 


There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto Draw that took place on the 30th of April for a Jackpot of €15,000.  The numbers drawn were 7 19 26 30.  The club would like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to Doyle’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €200.

Noel 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 our own John Beezy Glennon who is recuperating at home following a small operation on Friday last. Best wishes are also sent to Marie Murphy and Phil Kellaghan. 


Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Junior B Football Championship

Ballycumber 2-13   Tullamore 1-10.

Ballycumber got their championship campaign off to a good start with a six point victory over Tullamore. The game was played in glorious sunshine in Ballycumber on Saturday evening and the football on display was of a very good standard.

Tullamore got the perfect start to the game with a goal and they were looking dangerous on attack. The Ballycumber midfield pairing of Fergal Daly and Mel Guinan began to win more ball and brought the forwards into the game. Points from Conrad Casey, Andrew Grennan and Peter Dunne and a goal from Paul Kelly brought the sides level. Mel Guinan went on a long run through the heart of the Tullamore defence before unleashing a rocket of a shot to the corner of the net. He quickly added a point and Conrad Casey finished the first half scoring to leave the home side leading by 2-5 to 1-4.

The second half was evenly contested with both sides having goal scoring chances blocked by defenders. Ballycumber added eight points to their half time tally with points from David Ayres, Fergal Daly, Peter Dunne, Mel Guinan, Andrew Grennan and Conrad Casey.

Round 2 of the championship will see Ballycumber travel to Mucklagh to take on Shamrocks on Friday evening next at 7pm. All support is much appreciated.

Team: Kyle Cornally, Paul Egan, Aaron Daly , Donal Lynam, Shaun Creevy, Michael Egan, David Ayres [Captain], Fergal Daly, Mel Guinan, Andrew Grennan, Peter Dunne, Kevin Kelly, Paddy Cosgrove, Paul Kelly, Conrad Casey, Conor Connelly, Corey Tyrell, Cian Daly, Diarmuid Daly, Alan Kelly.


Dinner Dance in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore on Friday 19th October to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Senior Football Championship win.

Bord na Scoil

Congratulations to Boher Girls and Boher Boys football teams who have qualified for the Bord na Scoil Finals which will be held in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

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.


The numbers drawn this week were 2,4,14,27. 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 €4,000.

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


Best wishes to Offaly Hurlers who play against Galway in O’Connor Park on Saturday evening and to Offaly footballers who take on Wicklow in Portlaoise on Sunday.



The numbers drawn in the Lotto draw which took place on Monday 30 April 2018 were 01 08 14 27. There was No Jackpot Winner of €2,000 and 1 Match 3 Winner (Thomas Garry C/O John Garry) (€200). Next week’s draw will take
place in Doyle’s, Killeigh on Monday 14 May 2018.


Raheen Junior Footballers open their Junior B Championship campaign against Ballycomman this Friday evening (11 May) at 7pm in Geashill. Best of Luck to Players & Management. All Support would be appreciated.


Raheen GAA Club would like to wish Conor Carroll, James Lalor and the rest of the Offaly Senior Footballers the Best
of Luck in the Leinster Championship 1st Rd against Wicklow this Sunday afternoon in Portlaoise.


Raheen GAA Club would like to Congratulate Conor Carroll and his partner Aileen O’Loughlin on the birth of their baby
son last week.


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 Minor Footballers having won the opening round of the League against Tullamore saw the other side of the coin as they were defeated by St Broughans in Rd 2 last Wednesday evening in Bracknagh on a scoreline of 7-08 to 5-05. Na Fianna, who were without at least 12 players from their Offaly Minor Football & Hurling contingent along with representatives on Tullamore rugby panel and just a bare team, were always going to be up against it but battled bravely as they clawed their way back a few times. St Broughans led at the break by 2-05 to 2-01 with the Na Fianna goals from a Jacob Beatty penalty and a fine individual effort from James Bryan. Within 10 mins of the re-start Na Fianna had gone in front with 3 goals from Barry Crombie, Adam Strong and David Carthy to 1-01 from St Broughans but by the 20 min a 4 goal haul to just a single Na Fianna point put St Broughans well ahead again but in the last 10 mins neither side could add to their goal scoring exploits, Na Fianna with 3 points to St Broughans 2 to enable St Broughans see out the time to claim the win.

NA FIANNA: Martin Kelly, David Carthy (1-00), David Boland, Diarmuid Finneran, Jack Gorry, Adam Strong (1-01),
Eoin McGuinness, Barry Crombie (1-00), Ryan Strong, James Bryan (1-02), Mark Henry, Jacob Beatty (1-02), Donal
Murphy, Cian Brophill.


There was no joy for Na Fianna U15 Footballers who battled bravely but ultimately came out second best against a strong Tullamore side in their League encounter last Friday evening in Geashill on a scoreline of 3-14 to 0-04.

NA FIANNA: Martin Kelly, David Owens, Jack Brickland, Brian Malone, Dylan Cahill, Ben Colton, Scott Bolton, Diarmuid Finneran, Cathal Young, Jack Kelly, Fergal Dolan, Aaron Gorman, Stephen Hackett, Daragh Crilly, Sean Flood.

SUBS: Jack Cleary (for Stephen Hackett), Eoghan Hyland (for Stephen Hackett), Ciaran Murphy (for Sean Flood).


The Na Fianna Football Club Fundraising Draw was held last Saturday night in Direen’s, Cloneygowan where a great night was had by all with the winners as follows:

1st Prize: Hamper: Maggie Dooley.
2nd Prize: €100 Maldron Hotel Voucher: Ber Sweeney
3rd Prize: €50 Colgans Voucher: Ian & Caroline Dunne
4th Prize: €50 Galvins Voucher: Mick Galvin
5th Prize: €50 Voucher Siroccos Restaurant: Tracey McDonald
6th Proze: Bottle of Whiskey: Elrie McAleer
7th Prize: 2 Bottles of White Wine: Maggie Mae Fenlon
8th Prize: Bottke of Proseco: Eamon Dunne

The committee would like to thank all those who bought and sold tickets to make the draw a great success


Na Fianna GAA Football Club would like to wish Conor Carroll, James Lalor and the rest of the Offaly Senior Footballers the Best of Luck in the Leinster Championship 1st Rd against Wicklow this Sunday afternoon in Portlaoise and also Best of Luck to Liam Langton and the rest of the Offaly Senior Hurlers in the Leinster Championship 1 st Rd against All Ireland Champions Galway in Tullamore this Saturday evening.