Down GAA is committed to the promotion and development of the Irish Language and once again hundreds of Gaels from Down Clubs will attend Gaeltacht Summer Schools this summer. In 2017 Down GAA is awarding 56 individuals from 27 clubs Scholarships to help towards the cost of attending a Gaeltacht Summer School.
The successful individuals were:
Aoife Killen, Sophie Phillips, James Clarke, Jonny O Hanlon, Pól Og MacCormic, Rory Óg Mag Fhionnbhairr, Dualtach Mag Fhionnbhairr, Aisling Ní Mhóráin, Helena Gallagher, Marie Claire McVeigh, Catherine Mc Veigh, Aoife Doyle, Emmet Rogers, Ciara Mc Cullough, Kayleigh McPolin, Aoife Trainor, Éabha Ní Dhomhnaill, Denis Lynch, Lara McCarthy, Conall Sheehan, Amy Giles, Caoimhe Loughran, Ryan Haughey, Cailum Davis, Siofra McAteer, Odhrán McCormack, Caoimhe Quinn, Eva Daly, Maria Fionda, Megan O Boyle, Johnny McGivern, Darcy Burns, Lorcan Garland, Cian Lyons, Niamh Gordan, Ciara Cunningham, Eva McEvoy, Grace McShane, Adam Crimmons, Emily Fitzpatrick, Kirsty Magee, Ellie Carr, Eimear Magee, Ciara Doran, Niamh Scullion, Aislinn Cooper, Katherine Fearon, Kerrie O Hare, Tiernan Saul, Eve Coghlan, Sarah Gorman, Ciara Byrne, Laureen Mooney, Ciomhan Mc Cann, Helen Vaughan and Jarlaith Cairns.
The 27 Clubs were :
An Riocht, Atticall, Annaclone, St John Bosco, Aghaderg/Ballyvarley, Ballyholland, Bryansford, Breadgh, Carryduff, Clonduff,Burren, Cumann Pheadair Naofa, Drumaness, Castlewellan, Drumgath,Dundrum, Glenn, Saul, Liatriom, Kilcoo, Mayobridge, Portaferry, Rostrevor, Shamrocks, Saval, St Michaels and Tullylish.
Tuesday 23 May
6pm Irish Dancing; P5/P6 Football in Longstone, cars leave Dunavil 6.15pm; 6.30pm P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice; 7.15pm Boot Camp; 7.30pm P5/P6 and U12 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U16 Camogie Shamrocks v An Riocht; Spanish Lessons.
Wednesday 24 May
11am Men’s Shed; 2.45pm Coaching at Grange PS; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.30pm U14 Football practice; 7.30pm Junior Camogie An Riocht v Aghaderg; 7.30pm Senior/Minor Camogie practice; 7.30pm Senior/Reserve football; 8.30pm short meeting to progress the ‘Walking Club’ immediately after the Junior Camogie match, anyone interested should attend; 8.30pm KYC summer programme - May to September - meeting.
Thursday 25 May
6.30pm P5/P6 Football practice; 6.45pm U12 Football practice; 7.30pm P3/P4 Football v Longstone at Dunavil; 6.30pm Kids Activities for aged 4 to 7 with Jennifer; 7pm Girls Activities aged 8 to 11 with Aedin; 7pm Boot Camp; 6.45pm U14 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U16 Camogie practice; 8pm Camogie monthly meeting; 8pm Basketball
Friday 26 May
11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Cinema; 7.30pm Senior Football Castlewellan v An Riocht; 7.30pm Senior/Junior Camogie practice.
Saturday 27 May
10am P5/P6 Football Blitz; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 Football; 12pm U12 Camogie Aghaderg v An Riocht; P1/P2, P3/P4 & P5/P6 Camogie Blitzes in Darragh Cross
Sunday 28 May
10.30am Breakfast @ Dunavil; 11am U12 Football An Riocht v Warrenpoint; 2pm Reserve Football Burren v An Riocht; 8pm Bingo
Monday 29 May
11am Men’s Shed; 7.30pm Senior Camogie An Riocht v Ballyholland; 9pm Lotto
Tuesday 30 May
6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice; Spanish Lessons; 7.15pm Boot Camp; 7.30pm P5/P6 and U12 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U18 Camogie An Riocht v Ballyholland; U14 Camogie Longstone v An Riocht.
Cowpat squares are available from the club or committee members, have you seen the video yet? They can now be purchased on line from our facebook page through Klubfunder. All sellers are asked to check in so we can see how sales are going. There will be a short meeting on Wednesday 31st May after the Junior Camogie match.
The P5/P6 and U12 Footballers are away wet bouldering on Saturday 10th June, make sure your consent form is returned.
The P3/P4 Footballers are off to Belfast on Saturday 17th June to take part in the McAuley Metals Blitz on the Sarsfields 4G grass pitch from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. The blitz involves eight teams and each player will be presented with a medal and snack.
Keep Saturday 10th June free for an Irish Language day at Dunavil.
There will be another Club Clean-up Day on Saturday 17th June.
Also on Saturday 17th June there will be a Coffee Morning in aid of Habitat for Humanity.
Anyone with suggestions for the Summer Scheme should let a Youth Support Worker know asap.
The Jim Mulholland Cup, Shield & Plate 11-a-side P5/P6 Football Tournament took place at Dunavil on Saturday. 45 teams from 9 counties played 132 games before Bellaghy retained the Cup, St Brigids Belfast (with An Riocht’s Colm McGurk in charge) beat Buncrana in the Shield and Keady beat An Riocht in the Pate Final. Thanks to all the teams for their co-operation at the tournament; also thanks to the An Riocht volunteers who manned the car parks, kept the road clear, staffed the kitchen, took over 200 photographs, who refereed on the nine pitches and who gathered scores and co-ordinated the games, not forgetting everyone who helped with the tidy-up.
At The Jim Mulholland Tournament on Saturday, An Riocht had two teams in action and enjoyed matches with Shane O’Neills (Armagh), Clann Eireann (Armagh), St Johns (Belfast), Bryansford, Carrickcruppen (Armagh), Bellaghy Wolfe Tones (Derry), Fintona Pearses (Tyrone), Buncrana (Donegal), Skyrne (Meath) and Keady Dwyers (Armagh) reaching the Plate Final.
The Senior Camogie An Riocht v Castlewellan finished a draw 0-9 to 2-3 at Dunavil. An Riocht had ample chances to win comfortably but were misfiring in attack and each time we got in front the visitors replied with a goal leaving us needing the last two scores to share the spoils. Team J Sloan, Clara Killen, L Rodgers, N Cunningham, N Kelly, N Fearon, M Trainor, O McAlinden, A Fearon 0-3 (2f), M Higgins 0-1, C Fearon 0-1, T Rooney 0-1, A McDowell 0-2, Carrie Killen 0-1, T Donnan. Subs: S Bowater, P Matthews.
The U18 Football match An Riocht v Clann Na Banna produced another goal glut with Bann edging it 9-3 to 4-16, that’s 54 goals served up in 4 matches! An Riocht dominated the first half and should have been much more than 2-10 to 0-2 ahead at half time. Three black cards in the third quarter and no reserves to replace them eventually cost us the match with Bann outscoring us 5-0 to 1-1 in the final ten minutes. Team: P Kearney 1-0 (pen), T Murnion, JJ Eakins, P Curran, R Campbell 1-3 (2f), Cormac Clarke 0-1, Conor Clarke 0-3, C Flanagan 1-3, J Cunningham, C Campbell 0-2, D Nugent 0-1, P McComiskey, J Rodgers 1-3.
The U14 Camogs lost to Clonduff on Tuesday night by 10-7 to 1-3.
The Junior Camogs beat Kilclief after a great game by two points, 3-4 to 2-5.
The U12 Camogs lost narrowly in Liatroim and then at home to Portaferry. They were away to Liatroim in their first game of the league on Tuesday, Liatroim opened the score with a point followed quickly by a goal. An Riocht's back line were up against strong forwards and worked really hard with Lauren Marsh sweeping in for every ball and some great play from sisters Alicia and Summer Clare, Lauren Cunningham and Niamh Maginn. With Kelcie Curran and Caitlin Harper working together to get the ball up to the forwards, An Riocht took their first score with a lovely hand pass into the net from Anna Quinn at full forward. Cerys Finnegan went on to score another goal and had great support on the forward line from Annalise White and Alexx Mulligan. Annie Mc Aleenan came under pressure again in goals with Leitrim scoring their third goal despite the strong efforts of the An Riocht's backs. An Riocht fought hard throughout and after scoring their third goal and final goal just lost out to Liatroim by one point. Niamh Hardy in her first game of Camogie gave a great effort. Team: Annie Mc Aleenan, Niamh Maginn, Lauren Cunningham, Lauren Marsh, Alicia Clare, Summer Clare, Caitlin Harper, Kelcie Curran, Cerys Finnegan, Annalise White, Anna Quinn, Alex Mulligan and Niamh Hardy. Then on Sunday An Riocht U12 played Portaferry. Portaferry were the stronger team on the day and defeated An Riocht who came under serious pressure in the back line. We saw a fantastic display of camogie from Lauren Marsh in full back and some great saves from Alicia Clare who went into nets in the second half. An Riocht worked hard in mid field trying their best to get the ball up to the forward line but the Portaferry team were winning most of the balls making it very difficult. All the girls got to play on the day and gave great effort to the last whistle. Team: Cerys Finnegan, Alicia Clare, Bobbi Jo Campbell, Kelcie Curran, Alexx Mulligan, Caitlin Harper, Shannon Marie Morgan, Anna Quinn, Lauren Cunningham, Lauren Marsh, Ella Small, Zoe Gannon, Summer Clare, Mya Cousins, Niamh Hardy and Mya Campbell.
The U16 Football Saval v An Riocht was off again and won’t now be played until after the exam break.
The U18 Camogs beat Mayobridge on Friday
The U12 Footballers brought Bosco’s unbeaten record to an end after an exciting contest in Newry on a 3-11 to 1-12 score line.
The Reserve Footballers lost to Liatroim 2-9 to 1-15. An Riocht had a strong wind on their backs in the first half and a 2-8 to 0-4 interval lead did not look enough. Aidan O’Hanlon’s opening point of the second half proved to be our only score and by the fiftieth minute Liatroim with wind advantage kicked nine points and had cut the deficit to two before a fifty-third minute goal put them in front. Conor McVeigh took another Liatroim chance off the line and at the finish we almost managed a draw but Ryan Clarke’s shot was blocked on the line. In the first half, direct play brought scores but we were too extravagant on the ball going the scenic route to the Liatroim goals rather than the direct route and eventually that cost us in the end. Conor McVeigh, Joe McCartan and Aidan O’Hanlon had strong first halves while Brian Sloan was prominent in midfield throughout. Team: T Sloan, R Clarke, C McVeigh, J McCartan, L Rodgers, S Corr, A O’Hanlon 0-1, B Sloan, C Cole 0-3, P McComiskey, R Spiers, J Reilly, A White 0-2, D Morgan 2-3, A McVeigh. Subs: D Matthews, S Cunningham, R Doran.
An Riocht Irish and Culural Officer Dianna attended the Joe McDonagh Information Night in Newry.
There is an opportunity for the ‘Cardiac Screening Programme for Club’s to attend Dunavil if we meet minimum require of 30 registrations to visit any club. In Italy, Cardiac Screening is mandatory for people involved in sport and they have reduced the incidents of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome by 89% over the past 20 years. This programme is suitable for anyone age 12+. If interested contact An Riocht Health & Wellbeing Officer Barney McCartan on 07871511369 before Monday 5th June.
Men’s Health Week from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th June will be marked at Dunavil by various activities including at Kingdom Men’s Shed.
The Kingdom/An Riocht annual volunteer recognition event will take place in June.
The Adrian McAlinden Cup & Shield P3/P4 Football 11-a-side will take place at An Riocht on Saturday 3rd June; O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt (Derry) Cup holders, Skyrne (Meath) Shield holders. The first games throw in at 10.30am, the knock out stages begin at 1.15pm with the Finals at 3pm. This tournament is sanctioned by Croke Park. The emphasis will be on playing against new teams, making new friends and enjoying the occasion. Tea, coffee, burgers and chips will be on sale all day.
Group A: Kilcoo, Redmond O’Hanlons Armagh, St Johns Belfast, Kilmacud Crokes ‘A’ Dublin
Group B: Aughlisnafin, Carrickcruppen Armagh, Kilmacud Crokes Dublin, St Johns Belfast ‘A’
Group C: An Riocht, Silverbridge Armagh, Sarsfields Belfast, Naomh Colmcille ‘A’ Meath
Group D: Bellaghy Derry, St Brigids Belfast, Silverbridge ‘A’ Armagh, Kilmacud Crokes ‘B’ Dublin
Group E: O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt Derry, St Peters Lurgan, Celbridge Kildare, An Other
Group F: Naomh Colmcille Meath, Pearse Og Armagh, An Other, Bellaghy ‘A’ Derry
Group G: Keady Dwyers Armagh, Greenlough Derry, Skryne Meath, Pearse Og ‘A’ Armagh
Group H: Trillick Tyrone, Culloville Blues Armagh, Celbridge ‘A’ Kildare, Pearse Og ‘B’ Armagh
Tuesday 9 May
2.45pm Coaching at Grange PS; 6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice; Boot Camp; 7.30pm P5/P6 and U12 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U18 Football Glenn v An Riocht; Spanish Lessons.
Wednesday 10 May
11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.30pm U14 Football practice; 7.30pm Junior Camogie Atticall v An Riocht; 7.30pm U12 Camogie An Riocht v Shamrocks; 7.30pm Senior/Minor Camogie practice; 7.30pm Senior/Reserve Football practice.
Thursday 11 May
Mens Shed trip to Atticall Golden Club; 6.30pm P5/P6 Football practice; 6.45pm U12 Football practice; 6.45pm U14 Camogie practice; 7pm Girls Activities aged 8 to 11 with Aedin; 7pm Boot Camp; 7.30pm U16 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U16 Football Saval v An Riocht.
Friday 12 May
11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Cinema; 7.30pm Senior Football Bryansford v An Riocht; 7.30pm Senior/Junior Camogie practice
Saturday 13 May
10am P3/P4 Football Blitz; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm U12 Camogie Liatroim v An Riocht; 3pm Birthday Party.
Sunday 14 May
10.30am Breakfast @ Dunavil; 11am U12 Football An Riocht v Burren; 2pm Reserve Football Clonduff v An Riocht; 8pm Bingo
Monday 15 May
11am Men’s Shed; 2pm Coaching at Gaelscoil na mBeann; 7.30pm Senior Camogie An Riocht v Castlewellan; 9pm Lotto
Tuesday 16 May
2.45pm Coaching at Grange PS; 6pm Irish Dancing; 7.15pm Boot Camp; Spanish Lessons; 7.30pm U18 Football An Riocht v Clann Na Banna; 7.30pm U18 Camogie Mayobridge v An Riocht; 7.30pm U14 Camogie An Riocht v Clonduff
The U14 Footballers lost in Warrenpoint 4-16 to 3-6.
The Senior Camogie An Riocht v Portaferry was postponed by the County Board, the second Senior Camogie fixture to go this way out of the four scheduled to date; not the best promotion of the game.
The U14 Camogs lost in Kilcoo.
The U18 Footballers had no game as Bosco failed to field, so for the second week in a row we had no match, Mitchels didn’t field last Tuesday.
The U18 Camogs beat Liatroim in their first league match of the season after two walk-overs in their first two fixtures.
Dromara failed to field for the Junior Camogie match with An Riocht, our third walk over in three days and the second for this team, 50% of their scheduled games conceded without a ball pucked.
The U12 Camogie match with Shamrocks was cancelled by the County Board to accommodate a new set of fixtures caused by late entries from teams that could not be bothered to take part in the pre-season blitzes.
At the Brian O’Hare Cup U12 Football 9-a-side tournament at Dunavil 32 teams from 10 different counties played 78 games on 8 pitches over a five-hour period before Bellaghy beat Magherafelt in the Cup Final and An Riocht beat Bellaghy ‘A’ in the Shield Final. Thanks to all the teams for their co-operation in the run up to the tournament and on the day; also thanks to the An Riocht volunteers who manned the car park, keep the road clear, worked in the kitchen, took almost 200 photographs, who refereed and co-ordinated the games, and who helped with the tidy-up afterwards.
At the Brian O’Hare Cup An Riocht U12 footballers played games with Saint Brigids, Shane O’Neills, Coralstown-Kinnegan, Eire Og, St Peters Lurgan, Killeavy and Bellaghy.
At the Camogie Blitzes on Saturday in Mayobridge, An Riocht’s youngest Camogs enjoyed matches with Mayobridge, Darragh Cross, Kilcoo, Aghaderg, Ballycran and Bredagh resplendent in their Eoghan Sheehan and Subway sponsored tops..
A large group from the club took part in the ‘Darkness into Light’ event at Rostrevor on Saturday morning, well done everyone.
An Riocht La Na gClub events took place on Saturday when a cherry blossom tree was planted at Conal’s Ball Wall and there were all the usual activities like poc fada, penalty kicks, a parade around the grounds, music, a section as Gaeilge and fun and games for the young people attending.
In the Reserve Football An Riocht v Rostrevor, the visitors had five points to spare on a score line of 1-13 to 1-8 at a sun soaked Dunavil. An Riocht missed numerous goal chances and that beat them in the end, Reds being more efficient in front of the posts. Michael Harper and Adam White came close to early goals as Rostrevor went four one clear before points from Michael Harper and Deaglan Morgan made it a one point game. Rostrevor had a good finish to the half with five unanswered points and could have had a goal but for a Michael Clarke block. On the restart An Riocht got the goal they had threatened when Adam White, Conor Cole and Michael Harper combined to free Aidan Sloan who burst through to collect the ball and shoot to the net. Rostrevor replied with their goal almost immediately and hit the next three points to go nine clear. Entering the final ten minutes An Riocht came good again with Adam White shooting three points and substitute Aidan O’Hanlon another but two further clear goal chances were not taken and at the finish Reds had held on for the win.
Team: T Sloan, R Clarke, S Corr, J McCartan, A Sloan, L Rodgers, D Mathews, C Cole 0-2, B Sloan, P McComiskey, D Morgan 0-1 (f), M Clarke, A White 0-3, M Harper 0-1, N McComiskey. Sub: A O’Hanlon 0-1.
The Senior Footballers lost by two on Friday; a few mistakes at the back and failure to take enough scores up front combined to deprive us of the win that our general play deserved.
Efforts are ‘afoot’ by An Riocht Health & Wellbeing Officer Barney McCartan to start a Walking Club at Dunavil; if interested contact Barney 07871511369 or the Office 02841763681 to register your interest before Friday 19th May.
Raffle tickets are on sale at the Club for 4 All Ireland Football and 4 All Ireland Hurling tickets and overnight accommodation, other prizes include dinner, bed and breakfast at Templegate Hotel Clare and at Hotel Westport Mayo. The ticket also guarantees admission to Down GAA ‘Night At The Dogs’ in Dundalk on Saturday 20th May.
Any Club Member or Sponsor requiring a ticket for Down v Armagh on 4th June should give their name in asap and before 15th May for inclusion in a draw as demand is sure to surpass availability of tickets.
Cowpat squares are available from the club or committee members, have you seen the video yet?
Thanks to the men who turned up on Sunday morning to reinstate the ball stop post and net which had come down in an earlier storm.
A couple of vacancies have arisen on the Cleaning Crews, if you want to help let us know.
The Youth Club staff are interested in running a weekly program for ages four to seven years for both boys and girls providing there is enough interest. This will consist of play doh making, arts and crafts, games and baking to name a few. Anyone interested in this can you please let us know a day/time that suits, can be afternoon or evenings! If there is enough interest, we can agree on a day/time that suits everyone, we are aiming to start this within the next few weeks if there is enough interest.
The Kingdom Men’s Shed are going to Derry on Thursday 29th June, staying overnight at the City Hotel and visiting Derry Men’s Shed and the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy before calling into the Old Bushmills Distillery on the way home. There are a couple of places available for fledgling Shedders so if it’s something that might interest you call out to the Shed any Monday, Wednesday or Friday for more information.
Well done to Orlaith Preece, our newest graduate from the Kingdom Camogie Academy, Orlaith is pictured in her ‘Subway’ jersey. Academy Coaching continues on Tuesdays from 6.30pm and all are welcome.
There will be another Club Clean-up Day on Saturday 17th June.
More help is urgently required on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm to assist Club coaches with P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice. Parents have a very important role to play, we would encourage parents to participate while their children are playing our games, this will encourage them to keep coming back. Also, players over 14 years old, this includes adult players, can help with these age groups under the supervision of Club coaches. There are seven Camogs regularly helping with teams, there should be more!
Congratulations to Cerys Clarke, Lauren Clarke and Aoife McDowell with the Down Minor Camogs who beat Armagh on Sunday in the Ulster Championship.
The Jim Mulholland Cup, Shield & Plate 11-a-side P5/P6 Football Tournament takes place at An Riocht on Saturday 20th May. Nine groups of five teams will play a round robin before splitting into Cup, Shield and Plate competition; everyone gets four group games and at least one knock-out game. The first games throw in at 10.30am, there will be 9 pitches in use; it is important to get off to a prompt start for the tournament to run to schedule.
Group A: Teconnaught (Down), Silverbridge Harps (Armagh), Magherafelt O’Donovan Rossa (Derry), Cookstown Fr Rocks ‘B’ (Tyrone), Naomh Colmcille (Meath)
Group B: Shane O’Neills (Armagh), An Riocht ‘A’ (Down), Clann Eireann Lurgan (Armagh), St Johns (Antrim), Celbridge (Kildare)
Group C: St Peters Lurgan (Armagh), Aughlisnafin (Down), Patrick Sarsfields (Antrim), Naomh Colmcille ‘B’ (Meath), Carrickcruppen (Armagh)
Group D: Redmond O’Hanlons (Armagh), Cumann Peadar Naofa ‘A’ (Down), Kickhams Creggan (Antrim), Naomh Colmcille ‘A’ (Meath), Armagh Harps (Armagh)
Group E: Keady Dwyers (Armagh), Magherafelt O’Donovan Rossa ‘A’ (Derry), Con Magees Glenravel (Antrim), Ratoath (Meath), Newry Bosco (Down)
Group F: Keady Dwyers ‘A’ (Armagh), Cookstown Fr Rocks (Tyrone), St Brigids (Antrim), Mullahoran (Cavan), Silverbridge ‘A’ (Armagh)
Group G: Culloville Blues (Armagh), Saul (Down), Cookstown Fr Rocks ‘A’ (Tyrone), Michael Davits (Antrim), Celbridge ‘A’ (Kildare)
Group H: Crossmaglen Rangers ‘A’ (Armagh), Buncrana (Donegal), An Riocht (Down), Bellaghy Wolftones (Derry), Skyrne (Meath)
Group K: Cumann Peadar Naofa (Down), Trillick (Tyrone), St Johns ‘A’ (Antrim), Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), Donaghmoyne (Monaghan).
An Riocht April Down Draw Winners £50 each James Colgan and Seamus Donnan