Clann's Got TalentEarlier this week, the talent show battle began in earnest in Clann na nGael when the first half of the talent show teams turned up for rehearsals in the Shamrock Lodge. Between now and the talent show itself on Saturday November 17th, each team will be working and rehearsing hard, guided by our choreographer, in a bid to show Clann really does have talent!
There are 14 teams in all, from the locality and surrounding areas and the show is a fund-raising venture to facilitate the development of the club.
Momentum has increased significantly since Clann recently showed their talent on the pitch and lifted the Fahey cup for the 21st time. Expectation is growing about what act each team will come up with. But the element of surprise will be there, so stay tuned in over the next few weeks for updates and sneak previews...
Clann Minor Ladies make it seven in a row!The Mike Kenny Car Sales and Tom Nolan Accountants sponsored Clann na nGael Minor Girls made it an incredible seven County Division 1 titles in a row on Friday night last when they defeated a gallant St Dominics team on a score-line of 4-12 to 1-08 in Kiltoom. A thoroughly historic and remarkable achievement by a very special bunch of girls.
Played in perfect conditions under the lights in Kiltoom it was Dominic's who were out of the blocks like a shot when they goaled on their first attack through Savannah Cassidy but Clann slowly settled the nerves with points from Roise Lennon and Megan Kelly before full forward Kara Earle goaled in the fifth minute to settle any early nerves. This set the tone for a pulsating first half as scores ebbed and flowed from both sides with nothing more than a couple of points between them all through the half. Eventually it was Clann who edged the half slightly at the break leading by two points on a score line of 2-05 to 1-06 with their second goal coming from Earle.
Clann began the second half in a much more determined mood and slowly began to pull away with points from Kayleigh Shine (3), and Lennon (2), and then a decisive third goal again through Earle put them in a commanding position. Dominic's to their credit never gave up and the score line was a little harsh as their efforts deserved more. But it was Clann who finished the strongest with another three pointer from Danielle Greasley to run out winners on a scoreline of 4-12 to 1-08 and write their names in the history books.
Team and scorers: Eadoin Lennon, Anna Golden, Caoimhe Galvin, Mia Macken, Kelley Colgan, Aine Connaughton, Emma Kildea. Ide Crehan, Megan Kelly (0-1), Danielle Greasley(1-0), Roise lennon (1-7), Ellie Hewitt, Ailbhie McManus, Kara Earle (2-0) and Aoife O'Brien (0-1). Subs all used. Kayleigh Shine (0-3), Rachel Naughton, Megan Colahan, Casey O'Neill, Kathlin Connell and Kirstin Greasley
Junior A Championship FinalHard luck to our Seery's Bar Sponsored Men's second team who were defeated in the Junior A Championship Final in Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday last. Played in ideal conditions, the first half was evenly contested, with Kilglass Gaels going in at half time a point up. The second half saw Clann play with a strong wind and found themselves two points up mid way through the second half. The lads cannot be faulted in anyway as they gave it all they had, but in the end, Kilglass finished stronger and scored five unanswered points, with a final score of Clann 0-09 0-12 Kilglass Gaels. The lads still have a League Final to look forward to, details yet to be confirmed.
U.14 Boys Final ReplayClann na nGael 1-07 5-04 St Dominics
With this the fifth time the sides have met during the season, drawing twice, tonight was going to be the decider, and Clann were determined to come out on top. Their initial sally certainly made a statement, with an plethora of shots over the Dominics defence. Although some of the attempts were wasteful, going wide, the buildup and effort from Clann was impressive, and eventually thanks to Jack Macken and Cormac Westman, they had claimed 0-3 by midway through the half, Dominics yet to score. That would soon change however, when Dominics broke through Clann’s defence to claim their first point. Then, a 5 minute fire-storm saw them hit the Clann net 3 times, after which time Dominics had a 7 point lead, leaving Clann looking somewhat shellshocked.
Not for long though – showing real determination, and a never-say-die attitude, Clann rallied back, and with points from Liam Ward and Ryan Moran, followed by a cracker of a goal from the former (Ward), and a brace of points from the latter (Moran), Clann were right back in the reckoning. Half time, and for the umpteenth time during their matches, the sides were level again! (1-7 to Dominics 3-1).
Having battled so hard to get back in contention during the first half, the second was a complete disappointment for Clann, when Dominics came out of the traps with 1-1 in the first few minutes. Dominics were the physically stronger side, especially in midfield, and their aerial fielding was superior, turning over many a Clann kickout and clearance. Although not an overly high scoring game, Dominics did rack up a further 9 points in the second half. Tellingly, Clann did not register a single score during the same period. When the final whistle sounded, the result was in no doubt, and Dominics were deserved winners with a final tally of 5-4 to Clann’s 1-7.
Clann na nGael would like to congratulate St Dominics on their victory. Indeed, many of the players know each other from school, Dominics management have Clann connections, and the St Dominics captain is a grandson of the great Tony Whyte Snr, a Clann na nGael legend.
As for the Clann lads, they should not let this game define their season – as a group of lads they have matured and developed over the season, and should be very proud of their progress since January last. As the majority of this team are U14 again next year, this experience will no doubt stand them in good stead. We thank the lads for their attitude and commitment during our campaign, and wish them and their parents continued enjoyment and success in their sporting careers!
Clann Div 4 Panel. S. Kelly, E Galvin, R Colgan (Capt), D Brady, C McManus, K Fallon, C Roache, E Hunter, L Ward (1-1), R Moran (0-3), J Macken (0-2), C Westman (0-1), T Costello, D Bolger, M Lennon, K Moroney, D O’Neill, C Moran, M Fallon, G McManus, C Naughton, C Feeney.
Senior O'Rourke CupWith memories of Dr. Hyde Park still fresh, Clann Seniors made the trip to Ballyleague to face St. Faithleach's in the Final League fixture of the group. Dispite having a number of injuries and absentees, the match held some significant importance as a place in the O'Rourke Cup Semi-Final was up for grabs.
St. Faithleach's started the better and went 4 points up in the opening 10 minutes. Clann slowly made their way back into the match with four points from Ciaran Lennon and one from Cathal Callinan. An injury to Jack Connaughton saw Cormac Harney make his Senior debut for 2018 and the half finished St. Faithleach's 0-08 0-07 Clann.
The second half started similar to the first, with St. Faithleach's starting well and scoring an early goal put the hosts 5 points up. David McManus registered 3 points in a row and then Cathal Callinan scored a penalty to level the game after being taken down in the box.
Some unsavoury scenes followed from a black carded St. Faithleach's player, but this only spurred on the Clann lads who went on to register two very well taken goals from Johnny Dunning and Ultan Harney. Cormac Harney grabbed the final point to secure our place in the O'Rourke Cup Semi-Final. Full time score St. Faithleach's 1-13 3-14 Clann. Well done 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.
Clann Holiday 2018Best of luck to the 42 strong group of Clann sun seekers who have set sail for Lanzarote for the week! We hope they enjoy the sun and come back in one piece.
The draw took place in Connaughtons on Sunday 14th October with a jackpot of €8,000.
The numbers drawn were 5, 12, 17, 21.
No Winner, match 3 win €25:
Patricia Naughton (Vincent Harney), D+L Glynn (The Mill), Jimmy Claffey (Naughtons Garage), Cathy Fahey (Vincent Harney), Tom Mulvey (Kitty Naughton), Molly Culletan (Kitty Naughton), Bannon's Staff (Vincent Bannon), Noel Kehoe (Clubhouse), Larry Growden (Kitty Naughton).
The draw took place in Monaghans on Sunday 21st October with a jackpot of €8,200.
The numbers drawn were 5, 10, 12, 14.
No Winner, match 3 win €70:
Gerry McManus (Mark McGoldrick), Seamus McHugh (Kitty Naughton), Helen Harney (Fran Nicholson)
Next weekend's jackpot will be €8,400 and the draw will take place in The Springs.
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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