Underage Training Comes To An EndClann’s morning training sessions came to an end for the season on Sunday in Johnstown with a medal and a bag of treats presented to all the U.6, U.8 & U.10 boys and girls by Senior players Kelly Killian and Ultan Harney.
A mass of proud parents, grandparents and guardians were on hand to witness their stars receiving their rewards for the efforts throughout the season. This is the opportune moment for the club to express our deep and very sincere appreciation to the coaches, mentors and helpers who gave up their Sunday mornings (and many other days) since the beginning of March to provide safe and fun sessions for these young players together with refreshments in the clubhouse. It simply could not work without them. We are so fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers in our club. The club shop volunteers need a special mention and the fruits of their efforts were plain to see as the kids were bedecked in the club colours. The weather was not our friend on Sunday, but this did not deter the kids and their excitement was a contributing factor to the mayhem (albeit organised).
The morning concluded with a drone taking photos of the kids on the pitch. These aerial photos will be held back in a secret vault until they are unveiled when the Clann Calendar is launched in the near future. The Clann Calendar is a fundraising effort from the Ladies committee and the calendars will be available for €8 each. It is always an excellent production and very good value. Please support.
Many thanks to Fidelma Lennon and her helpers for making the final get together such a memorable event for the 200 or so kids. To the parents and guardians, your ongoing efforts are crucial and we would ask you to encourage the kids to keep practicing over the winter break, in readiness for the new season next March.
Under 10 BlitzOur U.9's and U.10's finished their season in fine style on Sunday when we co-hosted, which our neighbours and good friends from Padraig Pearses, Dublin's Castleknock. The Dubs arrived into Johnstown with 2 bus loads of 61 (yes, that number is correct!) ten year olds and an army of well organised mentors and supportive parents.
What followed was an exhibition of all that is good about our games. Dublin superstar Ciaran Kilkenny would have been justifiably proud of his young clubmates who played with huge skill and tenacity but the Roscommon boys were every bit a match for their often older and physically stronger opponents.
After the games ended, we adjourned to the clubhouse for a feast of food, provided by both Clann and Pearses parents and in particular Joe and Linda Connolly of Corner House Bistro to whom we are very grateful.
Míle buíochas to all involved in making a memorable end of season event for our boys. Clann abú!!
Clann Girls attend All-Ireland Ladies FinalsOn Sunday 24th September, a large contingent of Clann na nGael U-14, U-16 and Minor Girls attended the All Ireland Ladies Finals in Croke Park. The Ladies Board would like to sincerely thank the Clann na nGael Club Executive and Padraig Naughton for facilitating and securing the use of the ‘Club Rossie’ bus for the occasion. A hugely enjoyable day was had by all and the Club was duly well-represented in Croke Park by all who travelled!
Health & Wellbeing UpdateOver the last number of months Clann na nGael, in conjunction with the local community, have not just been training hard on the football field but have been training individuals in Basic Lifesaving skills (BLS) and how to use a defibrillator (AED) in case of an emergency. To date the club has provided free training and certified over forty individuals to be competent in this new life saving skill.
Within the western suburbs, rural hinterlands of Athlone and Clanns catchment area the demographics of available AED machines was completed which highlighted a prominent black spot and after extensive fundraising and the generosity of both club and community members an AED machine has been purchased by Clann na nGeal and donated to Ardkeenan National School in Drum.
Principal Margaret Mc Carthy on behalf of all the staff, Board of Management, Fundraising Committee and Parents offered her sincere gratitude and accepted responsibility and upkeep of this vital tool. This machine is now available to all members of the community if needed. It is located prominently outside the school. A further AED machine is also available in Johnstown Clubhouse.
There is also an AED at Drum church, again down to the generosity of the local parish priest and the graveyard committee a box will soon be purchased to house this machine and will soon be in place. Drum Community Centre is also in the process of providing an AED machine for the community.
It is with great pride at times like this to be affiliated with such a noble club like Clann na nGeal, the proud tradition Clann has of such fine selfless individuals dedicated both on and off the pitch to the community and a greater cause. Further training will be available free of charge in the club house in the upcoming months, please contact the Health and wellbeing officer, Sharon McManus-Cooley (087-2317635) for further information.
Connacht GAA Bursary AwardsConnacht GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2017/2018 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Connacht GAA, in support of the National Student Bursary Scheme, will award bursaries of €750 to students attending Higher Education colleges.
The scheme, which is now in its eleventh year, will be open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course and who are active participants in their Higher Education club. Students who hold other GAA-related or a college scholarship/bursary will not be eligible to apply. Connacht GAA welcomes applications from those students in our province, (Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon & Sligo), regardless whether their attendance is at a college inside or outside of Connacht”. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.
Each bursary granted will be for €750 and payment will be made annually in two instalments of €375. Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are currently available to download from connachtgaa.ie.
The closing date for application will be October 6th, 2017.
#GAAyouth Forum 2017 - 28th October 2017Are you a GAA player aged 12 – 21 years old? Would you like to improve your performance as a player? Would you like to learn how to balance the demands of study and sport? Would you like to get inside the minds of some of the top Inter-County players in the country? If so, apply to attend the FREE #GAAyouth Forum supported by Sky Sports! The #GAAyouth Forum is designed by young players, for young players. The Forum will be a fun and informative with a mix of interactive exhibitions, workshops, high profile speakers and a Q&A session.
How to Apply:
600 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in three age groups: 12 – 15 (Junior Cert Cycle); 16 – 18 (Leaving Cert Cycle) and 19 – 21. The online application process is NOW OPEN at gaa.ie.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6th October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 20th October.
The draw took place in Connaughtons on Sunday 1st October with a jackpot of €7,800.
The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 21, 28.
No winner, match 3 wins €25 each:Winners (Sellers):
Paul Hannon (Co-Op),
Jimmy Lennon (Kieran Gavin),
Patricia Naughton (Vincent Harney),
Noel Higgins (Brian Fallon),
Mary Hegarty (James Curley),
Geraldine Lennon (Ann Shine),
Michelle Keegan (Micheal Keegan),
Sean Cleary (Bernie Reilly)
Next week's jackpot will be €8,000 and the draw will be in Monahans.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.
Online LottoDid you know? Over €25,000 was won in the Clann lotto in 2016. We're aware that there's lots of club members living in Dublin and abroad who would like to enter but do not have the access to do so. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that the Clann lotto can now be entered online.
Click Here to take part and help support the club. Entry closes every Sunday at 6pm, entries after 6pm will be carried over to the following week.
Club ShopThe Clann Shop is now online with a wide range of O'Neills gear to purchase. The shop can be accessed via the ClannGAA.ie menu or directly by visiting tiny.cc/ClannShop
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