Dia Daoibh a chairde. Aráis arís.
This year is just flying bye and I want to keep everyone up to date with club events.
A busy year, as usual with so many events happening in the club.
Our senior football and hurling teams are working hard.
Senior footballers are having a great run in the league.
Our reserves, under the amazing trio, Gerry, Joe and Gerry , are going great guns.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh gach duine for an obair díogreasach.
The hurlers are trying hard to adjust to Div 1 and are training hard for the championship. A few close defeats due to bad luck, but we will get there. Early start for next couple of week lads. Go for it!!
Good luck to Carl and Ollie and football and hurling teams for the championship
Thank you also to Carl and Ollie and their respective mentors for their assistance to our hard working registrar in her registration drive. I know you have been very supportive of her efforts to sort out the registration. Remember – registration is for the benefit of all players and members of the club .
Tremendous work going on at all levels.
We had a great May Day football tournament.
A hosted our first under 10 girls’ football tournament, comhghairdheas Fionnuala for the effort.
Our under 10 hurling tournament was rained off but will be re fixed.
The committee appreciate the effort by all the volunteers who set up the pitches, lined the pitches, made the food, served the food, refereed, managed the teams etc etc. An amazing team effort and I thank you on behalf of all the committee. Sometimes spectators do not realise the hours and effort that the mentors, volunteers, committee put in to these events.
We hosted Sacred Heart club from Waterford for the National Féile.
Thank you to our host families, all the volunteers who painted, cleaned, cut the grass, lined the pitches, did the barbecue, donated food, sweets etc. Sacred Heart club really enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful weekend. Hard luck, St Gall’s, but it was good to participate and make new friends. Maith oraibh, Joe, Karl and Tommy.
Our Development group are still working hard with planning and exploratory work re the proposed building. We need people to help with fundraising, grant applications etc. Philip O’Neill is our project manager so contact him if you would like to become involved in the venture. There is continuous work needed in this area.
We had a very successful showing of the play, “Tom” by local playwright, Roseleen Walsh, and the profit from our play went towards some of our county fees. We had a great turn out on two nights.
Upcoming cultural events are:
One Day Trip to Lough Derg, Sunday 17th August. Cost is £45 and includes bus, entrance to Lough Derg, coffee on arrival, lunch and dinner on return journey. Give names to Harry, Monica or Sally. We have 15 already booked.
This is the play about the 1994 ceasefire and will be performed in clubrooms on 31st August. Tickets are £5. Club members will be in the cast again. Contact Harry or Monica, Johney for tickets.
We want to begin a drama group in club so if you are interested, let Monica, Johnnie or Harry Murphy know.
Evening Tour of Crumlin Road Jail on 2nd September.
£13 per person. Minibus will bring you from club. Tea and sandwiches will be provided during tour and then return to club. 25 places only and some are already gone. Contact Harry, Monica or Sally to put name down.
Harry also has some other talks and events planned for the Autumn. Watch this space.
Well, I hear the trip to Clare was a great success, well done Sinead for all the organisation. We won again as well!!
Our club is continuously changing. We are always improving the environment, the training, the whole atmosphere. If you have a suggestion for improvements, share it with the committee and become involved. Don’t sit on the sidelines and talk about it.
Talking of sidelines
New Fences, new enclosed spectators area, new subs’ benches, shop. The work is still ongoing.
Remember it is only mentors and subs on the sideline. Please stay behind the fence and encourage all others to do so.
Ciaran Bradley has been working on a scheme for sideline signage. We already have a number of firms willing to advertise on the sideline. You will see signs shortly. If anyone in club wants to advertise on sideline, talk to Ciaran.
I would like to praise Piaras and Christopher for their assistance to the lady who was being mugged at the top of our lane. You are both a credit to the club.
Finally, it is with sadness that I mention the death of Charlie Kearns, our long term playing member who died a short time ago. Charlie was an amazing character. His cup has a place in our trophy cabinet. Charlie did the lotto with Jackie Webb every Sunday for a long time. No song and dance about it as he knew how invaluable that is to the club. He will be missed.
Ní fheicfear a leithéid arís
Naomh Gall Abú