Senior Championship Final 2018A massive weekend lies ahead for our Men's Senior players. On Sunday, we take to the Hyde to challenge St. Brigid's for the Fahey Cup, the first time in 21 years that these teams have played in a Senior Championship Final. We call on all our supporters, young and old, to join us in Dr. Hyde Park to cheer on our lads. We ask our supporters to decorate the roads in Drum and Clonown with flags and bunting to show your support for Clann.
Let's wish the lads luck and hope they can bring the Fahey Cup back to Johnstown on Sunday evening!
Clann's Got TalentClann’s Got Talent takes place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel on Saturday 17th November 2018.
Through 2018/2019 our Club are actively fundraising in an effort to provide new facilities and improvements for our Members and Players. Some of these projects are already underway and others in the planning phase for 2019. This is a concerted effort that requires support from Community, Clubs and Members in Clann na nGael and beyond.
Visit clanngaa.ie/talent for more information!
Clann na nGael U14 Boys clinch Shield final replay!St Brigids 3-11 Clann na nGael 7-7
Only a week after their drawn Shield final, and each team having claimed a victory over the other during the season, this was going to be anyone’s game, too close to call. And so, on Monday night last the scene was set for a decider for the U14 Shield replay in Kiltoom.
Having conceded a goal inside the first minute the last time round, Clann knew only too well the importance of a good start to the game. They must surely have been delighted then, when Tomas O’Neill netted a soccer-style goal almost immediately after throw in, followed by points from Jack Gavin and Paidi O’Leochain, which had Clann 1-2 to the good inside 3 minutes of play. Despite the excellent start for Clann however, Brigids brought the play to the other end of the field, and soon accumulated 3 points. A penalty awarded to Brigids, which their star player Bobby Nugent promptly drilled into the bottom corner, saw his side turn the tables and claim the lead midway through the half.
Brigids had the initiative now, and pressed on Clann’s defence, but the swirling wind seemed to hamper their efforts, as they saw several attempts go wide. Clann came back into the game when Charlie Kelly scored Clann’s second goal, and at that point the game really opened up into a thrilling contest. Brigids would rack up a few points, only to have them nullified by a second Tomas O’Neill goal. Exchanges of points at either end kept the sides within a point of each other, and by half time, Brigids were ahead by that margin – 2-7 to Clanns 3-3
Clann really had to dig deep in the second half, facing a spirited team on their home turf, and now minus their talisman Captain Olly Hynes due to injury. When Brigids claimed another point, the task only got harder, but up stepped Charlie Kelly to net his second goal and bring Clann back into the reckoning. Soon after that, sharp-shooter-substitute Liam Ward added yet another goal to Clann’s tally, and minutes later, he repeated the feat, to fist in a rebound and put Clann in front. Points followed, and now the visitors had a 10 point lead.
The game was playing out at a frenetic pace, and heavy rain only added to the challenge. Full credit to both teams though, with neither giving up., A nervy time for Clann towards the end of the game, when Brigids staged a comeback, scoring 1-2 in the final few minutes. It wouldn’t be enough though, and when the final whistle blew in Kiltoom, Clann had finally claimed the U-14 Shield. After an eventful season of highs and lows, this was a nice reward at the end of it for the lads. Captain Olly Hynes received the shield on behalf of his team, and thanked the loyal throng of supporters for following them throughout the season.
The Clann management team would like to echo these sentiments, and thank the boys’ families and friends for their support. Thanks to the County board for a well organised and entertaining series of games. Thanks also to all who assisted the team, be it umpiring, providing lifts, or any one of the many ways these lads were helped throughout their campaign. Finally, we wish to pay tribute to this team of young lads, who have grown in stature and maturity over the course of the year. They have been a pleasure to work with, and are a credit to their parents, their club, and their community. Well done lads!
Full Clann Panel – D Campion, E Henry, E Connaughton, R Colgan, E Galvin, O Hynes (Capt), E Quinn, O O’Flaherty (0-1), J Shine, M Daly (Inj), J Gavin (1-2), C Kelly (2-1), P O’Leochain (0-2), J Macken, (0-1), T O’Neill (2-0), D Quinn, C Westman, D O’Brien, L Ward (2-0), D Bolger, C McManus, K Moroney, R Moran, E Hunter, D O’Neill, C Moran, M Lennon, M Fallon, S Kelly, K Fallon, C Roache, D Brady, C Moran, T Costello
G4M&O's BlitzOur Mother's & Other's ran a very successful blitz on Saturday 6th October. Clann welcomed Fenagh in Co Leitrim, St Faitleachs in Co Roscommon and Keenagh in Co Longford to Johnstown on a glorious October's day to play 3 games each followed by refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards. A most enjoyable day was had by all and hopefully this will be the start of a many a G4M&O Blitz in Clann for years to come. Huge thanks must go to our referees and our sponsors who kindly helped out or contributed to the day.
Senior LadiesCommiserations to our Sheraton Athlone Hotel sponsored Senior Ladies wholost to Kilbride in the Championship Final. The Ladies fought back bravely in the second half but in the end Kilbride were the deserving victors. Final score: Kilbride 3-04 Clann 1-05. Special thank you to Adrian Gannon and Gannon Cleaning Services who sponsored new gear bags for the Senior Ladies in advance of the Final.
Minor Championship Semi-FinalWell done to our Minors on beating Oran/St. Croans at the weekend. They now face St. Brigids in the Semi-Final on Wednesday at 8.30pm in Kiltoom. Please show your support. Best of luck lads!
Car DrawClann na nGael are delighted to have teamed up with Naughton Car Sales and Grehnam travel to offer you some fantastic prizes.
1st Prize: 162 VW GOLF TDI BLUEMOTION.
2nd Prize: €1,000 cash.
3rd Prize: €250 Grenham Travel Voucher.
Clann na nGael's fundraising initiatives are to meet the ever increasing day to day running costs of the club and to further develop our facilities to cater for the increase in underage members in recent years.
Tickets for this car and other prizes can be bought online in just a few clicks at clanngaa.ie/draw.
The draw will take place on the 2nd of Feb at the Shamrock lodge Hotel.
We appreciate all your support. These €40 tickets are great value when you consider the value of the prizes - and would make great gifts for family and friends over Christmas period or special occasions.
The draw took place in the Mill on Sunday 7th October with a jackpot of €7,800.
The numbers drawn were 5, 11, 12, 22.
No Winner, match 3 win €30:
Carol Murray c/o Eileen Whelan,
Tommy Cormican c/o Kitty Naughton,
Tossy c/o Connaughtons,
B Dolan c/o Niamh Keenan,
Joe Nicholson c/o Joe Nicholson,
Martin Dolan c/o James Curley,
Johnny Foster c/o James Curley.
Next weekend's jackpot will be €8,000 and the draw will take place in Connaughtons.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week. Enter online at ClannGAA.ie/Lotto
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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