Offaly GAA club notes (May 14-20)

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Ballycumber GAA Club

Feile Peile na nOg

Ballycumber GAA Club are delighted to report that St. Manchan Gaels under 14 footballers have qualified for The John West Feile Peile na nOg, which will be held in Counties Louth, Meath and Down at the end of June.

An information event for parents, players and mentors will be held in Ballycumber GAA  Clubroom on Thursday 17th May at 8pm.

A fundraiser will be announced shortly and any support or sponsorship will be greatly appreciated.

Bord na Scoil

Best of luck to Boher N.S.Boys football team who will play against Tubber N.S. in the County Final in O’Connor Park, Tullamore at 1pm on Thursday next 17th May.

Boher N.S. Girls football team will play against Pullough N.S. in their County Final at 2.30pm also on Thursday.

All support for the Girls and Boys would be very much appreciated.

Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Junior B Football Championship

Ballycumber 2-10  Shamrocks 2-9

Ballycumber got their second victory of this year’s championship with a hard won but deserved win in Rahan over a strong Shamrocks side on Friday evening. The home side got the first point of the game with a point from a free. Conrad Casey replied for the visitors. Peter Dunne and Conrad again added points before Kevin Kelly was in the right place to deflect the ball out the goalkeepers reach and into the net. Andrew Grennan scored a trade mark point to which Shamrocks with a point from a free left the half time score at 1-4 to 0-2.

Shamrocks quickly added a goal and a point after the resumption and the sides traded points, with Peter and Conrad getting points from frees. Shamrocks got a second goal to give them three point lead. Ballycumber were given a lifeline when Peter Dunne expertly converted a penalty to draw the sides level again. Conrad Casey scored three points and Peter Dunne added one more to two pointed frees and a point from play by Shamrocks to give Ballycumber the victory by the slenderest margin.

Ballycumber will now face Kinnitty in Ballycumber in Round 3 on Friday 25th May, followed by a trip to Ferbane on 23rd June in Round 4 and the final game in the group will be on 7th July when Rhode are visitors to Ballycumber.

Team: Peter Flynn, Paul Egan, Aaron Daly, Donal Lynam. Shaun Creevy, Michael Egan, David Ayres[Captain] Fergal Daly, Mel Guinan, Andrew Grennan, Peter Dunne, Conrad Casey, Kevin Kelly, Paul Kelly, Brian Halligan, Corey Tyrell, Conor Connelly.


Ballycumber GAA History Group is continuing to research the 81 men and women with connections to this area who fought in World War 1. The group are very thankful to all those who have made information available to them. There are still a number of soldiers that very little is known about. If anyone has any information, photos or literature please contact any of the group, Gerry Kelly, Eamonn Larkin, Connie Hanniffy, Tom Minnock, Sile Morgan, Paschal Sweeney, Angela Kelly, Sean Corcoran and Larry Fleming.

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.

Save the Date

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

Weekly Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn this week were 13,14,26,31. No jackpot winner, no match three winner. 150 euro added to jackpot. Next week’s draw will be held in Stewarts on Monday night at 10 o’clock for a jackpot of 4350 euros.

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



The numbers drawn in the Lotto draw which took place on Tuesday 08 May 2018 were 01 07 18 30. There was no Jackpot Winner of €2,200 and NO Match 3 Winner (Match 3 Prize Doubled to €400 on Monday 14 May). Next week’s draw will take place in High Chap, Geashill on Monday 21 May 2018.


Raheen Junior Footballers slipped to their first defeat of the year against Ballycomman in Rd 1 of the Junior B Championship last Friday eve in Geashill on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11 in a game which they surrendered a 9 point lead mid way through the second half after trailing by 1 at the break. The first half was a cagey affair with Ballycommon just shading it at the break 0-04 to 0-03. Raheen were totally switched on at the start of the second half as they scored 1-07 without reply within 15 mins of the re-start with the goal finished by Jordan Burke. For the next 15 mins the roles were reversed as Ballycomman then took over scoring 2-06 with just a single point reply from Raheen with their first goal coming from a penalty.

RAHEEN: Keith Kirwan, Colm Corcoran, Ian O’Halloran, Ciaran Coughlan, Stephen Coughlan, Shane Corcoran, Aidan
Pierce, Sean Cleary, Colin Keogh (0-04), Aaron McKenna, Reece Seery, Craig O’Halloran, Jordan Burke (1-02), Noel

SUBS: Mark McNally (for Noel Gorman, Jamie Conroy (for Aaron McKenna), Noel Gorman (for Shane Corcoran)


Raheen Senior Footballers continue the Div 2 League against Tubber on Thursday (24 May) @ 8pm in Geashill. All
Support would be appreciated.


Raheen Junior Footballers continue the Junior B Championship against Gracefield in Gracefield on Friday (25 May) @
8pm. All Support would be appreciated.


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 U13 Footballers begin their Championship campaign this weekend. Firstly on Friday evening (18 May) the no 1 team take on St Rynaghs in Cloghan at 7:30pm, then on Saturday evening (19 May) the no 2 team play St
Broughans in Clonbullogue at 7:30pm. Best of Luck to Players & Management. All Support would be appreciated.


Junior B Football Championship 

Rhode Junior B footballers enjoyed a worthy 0-10 to 0-5 win over Kinnity on Sunday afternoon in Rhode to take their first set of points in the championship. 

Division 4 League 

It was goals galore in Fr. Dowling Park on Thursday night last as Rhode bet Durrow on a score-line of 7-14 to 1-14. 

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

Following on from last years 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.

Offaly Senior Footballers 

Hard luck to Offaly senior footballers who were defeated by Wicklow after extra time in the Leinster Championship in Portlaoise. The final score read Offaly 1-15 Wicklow 1-20. It wasn't to be for Offaly who seemed to be in control for most of the the game but Wicklow clawed there way back to beat Offaly in which is an historic win for them. 

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

Offaly GAA Cul Camps

The annual Rhode GAA Cul Camp will commence in Fr Dowling Park on Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20. 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 girle s 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 or Offaly GAA Cul Camp organiser/ coach Liam O'Reilly on 087407212. Get in Early to avoid disappointment

U15  Team Bonding Hiking Trip 

Our Under 15 footballers travelled to Glendalough on a hiking trip on Saturday last. It was a most enjoyable day. Much thanks must go to the management team of Kyle Kavanagh, Roy Malone and Cathal Smith for giving up their time by spending it with their players. 


Friday May 18

U13 League 

Rhode V St.Broughan's 7:30

Venue: Fr.Dowling Park Rhode


Massive congratulations to Aoife & Kieron Hope on the birth of their baby boy Pauric on Monday last also congratulations to Graham & Belinda Murphy on the birth of their baby baby T.J. 

First Communion

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls of Ballybryan School who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday last. 


There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto Draw that took place on the 8th of May for a Jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 4 6 15 29. The club would like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to Killeen’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €70 each.

Declan Curley

Kathleen Kilmurray

Margaret Burke

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.



The numbers drawn on Wednesday 9th May were 13,17,23 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and no match 3 winner. Next week’s jackpot is €3,000 and the match 3 winner will take home €600.

Junior C Championship

The Junior C team defeated Clodiagh Gaels on a scoreline of 4-04 to 2-09 last weekend. The lads were down by 9pts at one stage in proceedings, and mounted an impressive comeback to end up winning by a point. Well done to all involved.


Lotto Results Sunday, May 13 

Numbers drawn were: 6 - 7 - 18 - 22. There was no Jackpot winner. We had 1 match 3 who will receive €150 - Phil Bracken Next week's Jackpot is €2,150 and the draw will be held during Bingo on Sunday 20th May.

Intermediate Hurling Championship

Clara's intermediate hurlers travelled over to Kilcormac on Sunday (13th May) to play Seir Kieran in the first round of the intermediate championship and their second round. The Kilcormac pitch was in fantastic order and with no breeze and the sun shining, the big crowd in attendance were expecting a good game. They were not disappointed, this was a very physical and competitive game from the throw in. Cathal O'Meara opened the scoring on the 3rd minute followed by a very good over the shoulder point by full forward Joey Deehan in the 5th. For the next 10 to 15 minutes Seir Kieran put massive pressure on the Clara back line as they were on the front foot and winning all the breaks around the middle. A great piece of individual skill by Josh Fleming led to the opening goal of the game in the 17th minute. A Barry Cushen point and a couple of Josh Fleming frees left Clara going in at the break 1-07 to 0-07 points ahead. Seir Kieran came out in the second half with the bit between their teeth and seem to be more organised after bringing on a few substitutions. A Josh Fleming free and Cathal O'Meara point left us 5 in front. Two Seir Kieran points in a row midway through the half followed by a goal, left the game all square.

Going level seemed to give Clara a badly needed kick in the back side, they found another gear and started winning the dirty ball around the middle third of the field. A long Marius Stones puck out after a few fine saves, was pulled out of the sky by corner forward Cathal O'Meara who turned his man and headed straight for the Seir Kieran goals. He rattled the net and followed up with another point in the next phase of play, giving Clara some temporary breathing space. Clara exchanged points with Seir Kieran with scores coming from Barry Cushen, Conor Egan, Sean Nolan, Cathal O'Meara and with two crackers by Willy Fleming. This left Clara coming away with all the points and deserving winners on a scoreline of Clara 2-17 to Seir Kieran 1-17. This was a highly entertaining game where it took Clara a while to get up to championship pace. The lads never gave up, never panicked and never stopped trying in a very honest and workmanlike performance.

Final result: Clara 2-17 Seir Kieran 1-17

The Clara team and scorers were:
1. Marius Stones 
2. Martin Fleming 
3. John Ledwith (Captain)
4. Seamus O'Brien 
5. Dermot Doolan 
6. Ciaran Doyle 
7. Alan Gavin 
8. Conor Egan 0-01
9. Barry Cushen 0-02
10. Josh Fleming 1-06 (0-05 frees)
11. Willy Fleming 0-02
12. Stephen O'Brien 
13. Cathal O'Meara 1-04
14. Joey Deehan 0-01
15. Brendan Buckley

Steven Buckley for Stephen O'Brien 
Sean Nolan 0-01 for Brendan Buckley (inj)
David Needham for Steven Buckley

Best wishes to Brendan Buckley who took a lot of punishment during the game.

Clara / Brosna Gaels U14 Féile Hurling Fundraiser

For the first time in 30 years Clara GAA club along with Brosna Gaels are going to compete in the National John West Féile na nGeal hurling festival. There will be 256 hurling and camogie sides in action over the weekend with 128 host sides (72 hurling and 56 camogie sides) in action with the same amount of teams visiting the province of Connacht. 

The league games commence on Friday evening, 8th June with round three games quarter finals on Saturday 9th June, followed by the semi finals and finals on Sunday 10th June.

To help fund the U14 hurlers' participation in the competition, a table quiz will be held in The Mill House on Friday 1st June at 9:30pm. Tables of four are €20. There are also scorecards for the upcoming inter-county hurling championship game between Offaly and Wexford on Saturday 26th May in Bord na Mona O'Connor Park.

All support will be greatly appreciated.


Well done to club members Aodhan Moran and Patrick Phelan who represented Offaly U16 hurlers against Wexford, and also to Dion Conroy and Adam Kelly who represented Offaly U16 footballers against Roscommon last weekend.

Clara GAA club would also like to congratulate all the boys and girls who celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday the 12th May.

2018 Cúl Camps

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


Monday 14th May:  U15 Football League Green Round 3: Clara v Edenderry in Edenderry Main Pitch @ 7:30 pm

Wednesday 16th May: Division 3 Hurling League Round 6: Clara Vs Seir Keiran in Clareen @7:30 pm    

Friday 18th May: U13 F Championship Gold Round 1:  Clara v Ballinamere/Durrow in Durrow @ 7:30 pm

Saturday 19th May: U17 Football League Gold Round 3: Edenderry v Clara in Edenderry Main Grounds @ 12:00

St. Manchan's Ladies Football


Well done to St. Manchans player Therese Robbins on a fantastic season with the Offaly Minor Ladies, despite last Sunday not going their way we are extremely proud of Therese! 


The u14 girls play Tullamore on Wednesday evening in Ballycumber at 7:30pm. Well done to our St Manchan's Ladies u14 players who represented Offaly at the All-Ireland Blitz in Portlaoise on Saturday: Halle Ann Egan, Saoirse McGuinness, Sarah Browne, Kaytlin Flynn, Emma Keenaghan and Abbie Cornally. The girls will also travel to play in the Leinster u14 Blitz in July.

Feile Draw

Our Feile Draw will take place on Friday 25th May in 'The Cat & Bagpipes'. with music by 'No Bodder'. Tickets €5 are available form parents, players and committee members. Please support. 


Our u12 girls travel to play Shamrocks Ladies on Tuesday 15th May. 

Cumann na mBunscoil

Good luck to all the St Manchan's girls playing in Cumman na mBunscoil Finals for Tubber, Boher and Pullough this week.

Blitz (U8/U10)

The u8 & u10 girls will take part in a blitz hosted by Tullamore on 16th June. Training continues for all from u6 to u16 on Saturday mornings from 10am until 11am alternating between Ballycumber and Tubber pitches. For more info contact 085 2206028. New players are always most welcome! 

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