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Armagh GAA club notes, April 21

Cúchulainn CLG, An Mullach Bán

  Mullaghbawn 0-12 Shane O’Neill’s 3-13

The second game of the league turned up another local derby, this time versus Shane O’Neill’s. The hosts took a three points to two lead early on before Mullaghbawn received a black card in the tenth minute. A goal from the home side put them four points up with ten minutes to run in the first half.

Three impressive points from play in the closing stages of the first period gave Mullaghbawn encouragement for the second half; 1.04-0.05. The deficit was cut to one point within ten seconds of the restart, but unfortunately that was to be the closest Mullaghbawn would get to the Camlough side.

Shanes registered another goal and three points moving into the final quarter and to their credit Mullaghbawn kept within touching distance with a combination of five frees and scores from play; 2.07-0.11. The final quarter was one-way traffic and Shanes tagged on a third goal, running out convincing winners in the end.

Final score 3.13-0.12 in favour of the home side. Next up is Culloville in the first home fixture of the year on Sunday @2pm. The Reserves are fixed to take on Madden at home on Wednesday night.

 

CHARLIE GRANT CUP

We have reached the semi-final stage of the 2015 Charlie Grant Cup. Next Sunday @6.30pm Mullaghbawn will play Killeavy & Crossmaglen take will take on Carrickcruppen. There were wins for Crossmaglen over Silverbridge and Carrickcruppen defeated Dromintee Last Sunday. At the weekend Killeavy were victors over Cullyhanna. All proceeds are in aid of Southern Area Hospice, so please lend as much support as you can.

SENIOR CAMOGIE

Senior Camogs drew in their first league game away to Castleblayney last weekend. The next game is on April 22nd at home to Clontibret.

SENIOR LADIES

Senior Ladies will take on Forkhill in their next league encounter this coming Saturday in Mullaghbawn @6.45pm.

MINOR FOOTBALL

Our boys got off to a great start, leading by two points after ten minutes and playing some great attacking football, but Cross eventually settled into the game, scoring three points in quick succession. Injury to one of our mid-fielders midway through the first half was a big loss, but the lads never lay down and kicked two more points to take the lead. Both teams then exchanged scores before Mullaghbawn pointed just before half time to give them a one point on a score line of 0-6 to 0-5.

It was Cross who started the brighter in the second half, but to their credit, the lads never stopped battling and showed tremendous character to force themselves back into the game. After a period of dominance, a penalty was coolly dispatched and this gave our boys the belief that they could get something from the game. Cross, however, managed to regain control around the middle of the field.

Another goal, with five minutes remaining left just a kick of the ball between the sides. It was our opponents who finished the stronger, however, tagging on two more points to run out winners on a score line of 1-15 to 2-7. His management and team mates would like to offer Eoghan their full support and wish him a full and speedy recovery.

UNDER-16 FOOTBALL

The U16s battled hard over in Cullyhanna during the week, but unfortunately came out on the wrong side of the scoreline in a tight game. Nevertheless, a lot of positives can be taken for the weeks and months ahead.

UNDERAGE FIXTURES

U18s are away to Silverbridge tonight, Monday. U16s are away to Carrickcruppen on Thursday. U14s are away to Killeavy on Tuesday. Please confirm exact times and if games are still going ahead with players or management before attending, as often these are subject to change.

NFL DIVISION III FINAL

Good Luck to Eugene, Peter & Kieran and the entire Armagh set-up ahead of the upcoming NFL Final. The Armagh game commences @7:15pm next Saturday & is the second game of a double-header. Seating is on a first come first served basis & tickets can be purchased through the usual outlets and www.gaa.tickets.ie.

CROKE PARK LEGENDS TOUR

There is a unique opportunity that we want to let people from the locality know about. Former Mullaghbawn & Armagh goalkeeper and All-Ireland winner Benny Tierney will lead a unique, behind-the-scenes Croke Park Legends Stadium Tour, just hours before the Division III & IV Allianz League Finals featuring Armagh.

Benny will recall his playing days at inter-county level with the Orchard County and in particular the All-Ireland success over Kerry in 2002. Booking is essential as places are limited and you can purchase tickets through www.crokepark.ie/gaa-museum. Adult – €15.00, Child – €8.50, Student / Senior – €10.00, Family – €40.00.

ARMAGH ACL UPDATES

Check out @armagh_gaa on twitter to keep up to date with score updates & results in the ACL. As soon as official scores come in, you will be able to find up to date Tables, Results and Fixtures by visiting www.armaghgaa.net/fixtures-results-tables/. Please also note that Linwoods Armagh TV will be visiting 2-3 games per week to record highlights which will be released on the County Website each Monday evening.

GOLDMARK AWARDS

Goldmark is a dynamic programme aimed at promoting and recognising sports volunteering for 14-24 year-olds. For more details contact the club secretary on secretary.mullaghbawncuchulainns.armagh@gaa.ie.

CLUB LOTTO

The club lotto is moving towards the £4K mark! Make sure you are in with a chance of winning by purchasing a ticket from any of the regular sellers! It’s the simplest way to support your local GAA club.

Numbers: 9, 14, 25, 27

No Jackpot Winner

Match 3 Winner: Paula Loughran (Camlough)

Sellers Prize: Conor Murtagh & Gerard Larkin

Next week’s Jackpot: £3800 on Apr 19th

PARCEL OF ROGUES

Next Saturday, April 25th, the club will play host to the great traditional Irish music group; Parcel of Rogues. This group are receiving rave reviews and we look forward to a great night and hope that you can join in the fun. Doors open @9pm so spread the word! Join the facebook event for all up.

Shane O’Neills GFC

Senior Men

Mullaghbawn were the visitors to Camlough on Sunday afternoon for our senior men’s second league game of the year and the Shanes recorded their second victory of the campaign, winning by ten points, 3 – 13 to 0 – 12. The Shanes took an early two point lead courtesy of scores from Sean McLoughlin and David McCabe with Mullaghbawn replying with a pointed free.

The sides then swapped points with Micheál Brady on target for the home side before Paul O’Rourke latched on to a clever through ball to score his side’s first goal of the game. The Shanes led by four at this stage and free from O’Rourke increased their advantage to five but Mullaghbawn got the last three points of the half to trail by just two at the break.

A Mullaghbawn point right from the re-start left just minimum between the sides but a further two points from the impressive O’Rourke edged the Shanes further ahead. Second-half substitute Mark McCabe then found the net for the Shanes second goal and give them a six point advantage but Mullaghbawn kept themselves well in the game, scoring the next two points.

A point apiece, with Sean McLoughlin on target for the Shanes, kept four between the sides before Paul O’Rourke increased his side’s advantage to five with a well taken point but two points in a row for Mullaghbawn left only a goal between them. Marc Feehan steadied the ship for the Shanes with a fisted point and this was quickly followed up by points from Mark McCabe and team captain Micheál Brady, with Mullaghbawn replying with what proved to be their final point of the contest.

The Shanes finished the game the much stronger side and they sealed the win with a great goal from Greg McCabe and two final points from the deadly O’Rourke. The club would like to thank Kieran Malone (Malone Monumental) for his generous sponsorship of the game and Mickey Mackin (Mackin Formwork) who sponsored a set of match day training tops for the senior footballers.

Senior Ladies

Well done to our senior ladies who took part in the annual Clann Eireann 7’s tournament on Saturday. The Shanes lost their opening game to the recent All-Ireland 7’s winners Emyvale but they recorded a comfortable win over St Paul’s Lurgan in the second game which saw them qualify for the quarter-final of the Cup competition.

Clann Eireann A were their opponents and after a very exciting contest the Shanes lost out by three points, going down by a goal which was scored in the final seconds of the game. This tournament attracted a high quality field of teams from various counties and great credit must go to all the Shanes girls for their performances on the day.

The Shanes squad was: Lousie Kenny (Capt), Yasmin Mackin, Marieanne Marron, Emma Kenny, Ellen Hannaway, Caroline McMenamin, Meghan McGuire, Aimee Mackin, Shanice O’Hare, Siofra Doyle and Alice Tavey. The senior ladies return to action on Thursday evening with an away game against Clann Eireann and all players are asked to meet at the club at 5.30pm.

Minor Boys

Our minor boys had their first league game of the year last Monday night away to O’Doirnin Blues. The Shanes had the wind at their backs in the opening half and they made the most of it as they went in at the break nine points to the good, 2- 7 to 0 – 4.

However the second-half was a totally different affair as O’Doirnin Blues bossed the game and went on to the claim the win by two points, 2 – 11 to 2 – 9. The Shanes lack of fitness was evident towards the end of the game and all players are requested to be at training on Monday evening at the field at 7.00pm.

Minor Girls

Training for our minor girls continues this Tuesday evening at 7.00pm at St Paul’s field.

U16 Boys

Our U16 boys recorded their first league win last Thursday night with a hard fought home win over Tir na nOg, 3 – 8 to 3 – 4. The game itself was a closely fought affair and at half-time there was just the minimum between the sides, 2 – 2 to 1- 4 in favour of Tir na Og.

The Shanes hit the front early in the second period and kept themselves in front until the final whistle to claim the all important win by four but had the lads had their shooting boots on it would have been an even greater winning margin. Training continues on Tuesday before their next game on Thursday evening against Crossmaglen.

U16 Girls

Our U16 girls are in league action on Monday night at home to Clan na Gael. The game throws in at 7.00pm sharp and all girls are requested to be at the club no later than 6.15pm.

U14 Girls

Unfortunately our U14 girls suffered defeat away to Clan Na Gael last Monday evening. The Shanes girls struggled to get going the first-half but they found their feet in the second-half and competed much better with their opponents. Despite losing there were plenty of positives from the game including the 4 – 01 scored by player of the match Sinead McDonnell and the great performance of Aoife Brady in the Shanes goals. Training continues at 6.30pm on Wednesday evening.

U12½ Boys

The league for this age group begins at the end of the month and it is vitally important that all players at this age group attend the training sessions at club which take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 6.00pm.

U12 Girls

Our U12s began their season in great fashion last Sunday evening with a great win over Grange. By all accounts the girls played some brilliant football and fully deserved their win. Training continues at 6.30pm on Wednesday evening and all U12 girls are asked to be in attendance.

U10s & U8s

Training for both these age groups continues every Tuesday and Friday evenings at the club at 6.00pm and all players are requested to attend.

U6s

Training for our U6s continues this Wednesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre at 6.00pm and all boys and girls at this age group are welcome to attend.

Monthly Executive Meeting

The monthly executive committee meeting scheduled for last Monday night was postponed and will now will take place in the club on Monday night, 20th April at 9.00pm and all committee members are asked to attend.

Merchandise Orders

The club will be taking orders for merchandise on the following dates in the club-house: Monday 20th April from 9.00pm, Friday 24th April from 7.00pm, Monday 27th April from 9.00pm and finally Friday 1st May from 7.00pm. All orders must be paid for at the time of ordering and no orders will be submitted without payment. Orders will only be taken on the designated nights at the club, none will be taken by phone or text.

Country & Western Night

The popular Country and Western night is back in the club on Saturday May 2nd…from 8.00 til late. The night includes a country karaoke contest and a Marksman/woman shooting competition……the married couples section of which should be interesting !!! Barbecue and many spot prizes including best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. DJ and dancing all night. All proceeds to benefit the club so we hope to see members, players, supporters, friends and family come along for a good night’s craic.

Well Done

Well done the U14 hurlers of Craobh Rua who won the Feile shield at the week-end.

Lotto

Last week’s winning lotto numbers were 17, 20, 24 & 31. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x match three winners. The jackpot now stands at £2650.

Kieran Malone (Malone Monumental), who sponsored our senior game on Sunday, presents the match ball to senior team captain Micheál Brady. Also pictured is Shane O'Neill's vice-chair, Mickey Mackin.

Kieran Malone (Malone Monumental), who sponsored our senior game on Sunday, presents the match ball to senior team captain Micheál Brady. Also pictured is Shane O’Neill’s vice-chair, Mickey Mackin.

 

St Michael’s GFC

Under 14’s

Our under 14’s played St Bridget’s tonight in Newtown and a great performance from our players Sean McVerry and Conor Davidson excellent in both defending and setting up attacks. Rockas had a commanding game in the middle and up front we were prolific with captain Aidan Davidson leading the line along with the younger lads.

Emmett O’Malley had his shooting boots on and when called upon Dara Swift tapped over some fine points. Oran Quinn and Lorcan O’Malley came on and both had some great touches, not forgetting the Ballymacnab lads who gelled well with our boys. It was a great team effort all round and the boys are looking to put back-to-back wins together next time out.

Senior Team

St.Michaels 0-7 Ballyhegan Davitts 0-16

On Sunday, St Michaels travelled to ballyhegan in search of a 2nd win on the trot. Newtown started poorly and were four points down within ten minutes. Ballyhegan played a strong running game that caused us problems but K Murray kept us in touch with a converted 45 on ten minutes. In the next ten minutes Newtown lost B Davidson and K Carragher to injury and conceded another 4 points to leave them with a lot to do going into the break.

Things got worse when S Rock was harshly black-carded, though K Murray got another 2 frees to make it 8-3 at half-time. Newtown started the second half well, with a great point by K Murray from play and a B Caherty point closing the deficit to only a kick of the ball. However that was as close as it got with the Newtown forward division struggling for scores for the rest of the game. Ballyhegan hit a purple patch and when Kevin O Brien scored newtowns sixth point midway through the second half, the game was already insurmountable.

Terry Gallogly also suffered a bad injury to round off a forgettable game for Newtown. The final score was 16 points to 7 in favour of the homesters. To lose three regular starters so early in the game was a blow to Newtown that they never recovered from, but the replacement players will have gained some experience and hopefully this will stand to them later in the year.

Lotto:

The lotto numbers last Monday night were 10, 19, 20, 26. There was no jackpot winner, match 3 winners were Andrea Carragher and Conor Caherty. Next weeks jackpot is £5700 and the draw takes place in Irwins.

Underage: Any underage Managers who would like match reports, team notices or other information published in these notes, please contact me on 00353867713037

Club Twitter Account: Follow us on Twitter for Club Updates, notifications and the occasional match update @baileur

 

St Patrick’s GFC

Armagh Senior League: St Patrick’s 4-15 Forkhill 0-6

A Eugene Casey goal within 30 seconds of the throw in turned out to be a portent of things to come at St Patrick’s Park last Sunday as Cullyhanna eased to a comprehensive victory over top flight newcomers Forkhill. Leading by 12 points midway through the first half, thanks in part to a Gareth Mackin goal, St Patrick’s were dominant throughout with two second half Robbie Tasker goals ensuring an added gloss to the margin of victory.

Scorers: Robbie Tasker 2-4, Gareth Mackin 1-1, Kieran Hoey 0-3, Eugene Casey 1-0, Gary McCooey 0-2, Tony Donnelly 0-2, Sean Connell 0-1, Aidan Nugent 0-1, Mal Mackin 0-1

St Patrick’s II v Clann Eireann II

Congratulations to our Seconds team who ascended to the top of Junior League B with a comprehensive 3-16 to 1-7 win in Lurgan on Sunday afternoon.

Come Dine with Cullyhanna

A huge thank you is due to those who supported and organised what was a magnificent night in the club last Saturday for the “Come Dine with Me” spectacular. It was great to see our supporters coming together for a very enjoyable event which created a great atmosphere in the club. It cannot be emphasised enough that we are hugely grateful to those who contribute to such events as without them, we simply could not keep our club running.

Farmers’ Meeting

There will be a meeting for all farmers in the area on Thursday 30th April at 7:30 pm in the Club regarding animal health.

Minor league

Cullyhanna minors staged a bit of a smash and grab raid on Monday night when a last minute goal from Shea Hoey saw them snatch the points from neighbours Silverbidge in their opening match of the season. It was the first time St. Pat’s had their noses in front in the whole match and was reward for a battling performance that saw them hang in despite being behind from the opening minutes of the game. Both sides produced some good passages of play and numerous fine scores throughout. Ahead 2-7 to 1-8 at the break the visitors could never really shake off the Cullyhanna challenge despite being on the front foot for much of the game. It was a promising start to the campaign which shows that this youngish squad has the spirit to do well this year.

Team: Dermot McArdle, Conor McCombe, Eugene McNulty, Dermot Savage, Colum Donnelly, Michael Nolan, Emmet Kelly (0-1), Shea Hoey (2-5), Gary Mackin (0-5), James Toner, Paudie Conlon, Stephen Keenan (0-3), Dylan Rooney (0-1), Niall Conlon, Benny Carlisle, Hugh McMahon, Diarmuid Brecknell, Padraig McParland

Committee

There will be a committee meeting tonight (Monday) at 9pm.

Coach Education

There is a Foundation Level course being held in the club next Friday evening and Saturday (24th/25th).  Anyone interested in attending should contact Conor McAneney on 07985 110960.

Under 14s

U14s continue with league match at home this Tuesday 21st April against Brian Boru’s at 6.45pm. Players to meet at 6pm.  Unfortunately the under 14s exited the Charlie Grant cup at the weekend following defeat to a bigger Killeavy side. At the moment the team is working hard to compete with generally bigger teams and Saturday was no exception. Killeavy controlled the opening half with Cullyhanna slow to get any sort of momentum going. The second half though showed much improvement and hopefully this is the sort of form that will be carried into the match on Tuesday evening.

Club shop

Our club shop will be open on Monday and Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm.

Sarsfields GFC

Most Important Notices

Armagh League 1st Division Ballymacnab Round Towers vs Sarsfields GFC

Sunday 19th April 2014

Final score Ballymacnab 3-13 Sarsfields 1-8

The second league fixture was set last Sunday for Sarsfields’ second successive away game meeting Mid-Armagh side Ballymacnab. Indeed it was, within a few days exactly a year ago these sides met on another bright Sunday afternoon, with both teams seeking their first win of the year.

The ‘Nab began strong, with Brendan Toner, Brian McCone, Jack Grugan and Gavin McParland breaking an early five point lead in the opening ten minutes; much to relive Grugan and McParland’s early point scoring twelve months ago.

However with four successive wides kicked from the home team, Sarsfields gained possession and with Thomas McAlinden displaying long range accuracy and brothers Michael and Colin Stevenson scoring a point each helped by Aaron McGaughey, the Hoops men soon halted any opening lead.

Paul McGaughey helped Paul McGeown score an early goal for Sarsfields and with Thomas McAlinden and the Nab’s Brian McCone exchanging a point each, both teams walked into the changing rooms at half time a draw with score 0-6 to 1-3.

Colin Stevenson soon found a point within the first minute of the second half but it was the Round Towers who put on a strong second half performance. The Nab’s Brian McCone found two points and a goal from play before Thomas McAlinden and Declan Breen claimed two points back for the visiting side.

Ballymacnab continued to dominate the second half with James Gray scoring a point and goal to further the home side’s lead. Sarsfields’ greatest chance to fight back came deep in the second half with only goalkeeper Conor McGivern standing in the way of allowing Paul McGeown another goal scoring opportunity.

Another goal for the Nab men with only one returning point from Michael Stevenson ensured the home side finished ahead with their first win of 2015, final score Ballymacnab 3-13 Sarsfields 1-8. Sarsfields’ next game is home to Pearse Ógs this Sunday 26th 2pm; a very important meeting as both sides will meet each other in the first round of the Championship in three weeks’ time (Friday 8th May – Athletic Grounds).

Ballymacnab team: C McGivern, C Loughran, D McParland, S Lynch, M Beagan, R Gribben, F Nugent, D McGeown, R Grugan, B Toner, B McCone, J Gray, J Grugan, J Gribben, G McParland.

Sarsfields team: D McAvoy, B Kerr, E Murray, D O’Hanlon, K O’Hagan, D Breen, N Kerr, B Lavery, E McGeown, M Stevenson, P McGaughey, A McGaughey, T McAlinden, P McGeown, C Stevenson. Subs used: J Reynolds.

Sarsfields’ next match is away to Ballymacnab this Saturday 18th April at 6pm.

Sarsfields team: D McAvoy, D O’Hanlon, D Breen, B Kerr, A McGaughey, B Lavery (captain), M Reynolds, K O’Hagan, E McGeown, M Stevenson, P McGaughey, N Kerr, P McGeown, C Stevenson. Subs used: J Reynolds, E Murray.

Forkhill team: S McDonnell, A Coleman, B Murchan, E King, J Shannon, C Adams, L Evans, P Canning, P Burns, M McKeown, J Hall, D King, B Shannon, C Smith, C Toner.

 

Darragh O'Hanlon fights past Dominic McParland

Darragh O’Hanlon fights past Dominic McParland

Under 12 notes

  1. Played 2 Games against Clan na Gael in Davitt Park Lurgan – Well done to All 24 players who played in both matches
  2. Saturday 18 April played against Armagh Harps in Abbey Park Armagh

This week’s football results

Monday 13 April – Minor boys – Sarsfields 0-14 Clan na Gael 2-8

Tuesday 14 April – Under 14 boys – Sarsfields 6-7 Ballyhegan 4-15

Wednesday 15 April – B Team – Sarsfields 1-9 Maghery 2-9

Saturday 18 April – Senior Men – Sarsfields 1-7 Ballymacnab 3-13

Saturday 18 April – Senior Ladies – Beaten in Final of Clann Eireann 7-a-side tournament shield by St Fechins Co Louth

This week’s lotto

Numbers 2, 4, 5, 14 – 5 winners matching 3 numbers – Donal McGeown, Fionntain Murray, Joe McAlinden, Shane Skelton, Stephanie Breen – Next week’s jackpot £700

This week’s training times

  1. Wednesday – 6pm to 7pm – Primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 boys and girls
  2. Thursday 6pm to 7pm – Under 12 boys and girls

This week’s fixtures

  1. Sunday 19 April – Under 16 boys versus Ballyhegan – Throw in 6pm at Sarsfields
  2. Monday 20 April – Under 16 ladies versus Clonmore – Throw in 7pm at Sarsfields
  3. Monday 20 April – Minor boys versus Tir na nÓg – Throw in 6.45 pm in Portadown
  4. Tuesday 21 April – Under 14 boys versus Clann Eireann – Throw in 6.45 pm in Clann Eireann
  5. Wednesday 22 April – B team versus St Peters – Throw in 7pm in Sarsfields
  6. Thursday 23 April – Under 16 boys versus Clann Eireann – Throw in 7pm in Sarsfields
  7. Sunday 26 April – Senior Men versus Pearse Óg – Throw in 2pm in Sarsfields

 

SARSFIELDS COMMUNITY HALL EVENTS

MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP

Every Thursday

9.30AM to 11.30AM

DIAMOND RIO JUNIOR CLASS

Every Saturday

10 AM – 12.00PM Cost £2.00

TIN WHISTLE LESSONS

Every Monday

For beginners and advanced

7.30 – 8.30PM Cost £3.00

SENIOR CITIZENS GROUP

Every Wednesday 11AM to 2.00PM

DIAMOND RIO DANCE CLASS

Every Tuesday 8.00 to 9.00PM Cost £3.00

 

Armagh Harps GFC

DIVISION 3 FINAL- A few places remain on the Harps bus to the National League Division 3 Final this Saturday. If interested please contact Colm O’Hare urgently (07717731839) – places allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

ABBEY LOTTO –This week’s lucky numbers are 7, 11, 14 and 27 One matched three numbers and wins £50. Next’s week jackpot is £1,200.

Lotto tickets can be purchased from all Committee Members, regular Lotto sellers, the Social Club and are available at underage training sessions.

Please note that the Lotto is now being drawn on a Monday night. Details of winning numbers will continue to be published via the Club notes, the parish bulletin and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

MEMBERSHIP- The season has now commenced. All those intending to represent the Club in 2015 (at all levels) must be registered as a member of the Association. Membership is now overdue- please ensure you and your family are registered!

Membership options are-

Full/Football- £25

10 Year Full/Football- £200

Student- £15

Youth (under 18) – £10

Family (2 adults and all under 18’s in the family) – £50

Honorary/Senior (OAP) – no fee

Additionally the Club offers a Social Club only membership at only £15.

Note that members that can also avail of the Cairde Na Claírsigh Scheme detailed below.

Registration forms available from Registrar Miriam Clarke and all coaches and Committee members.

 

SOCIAL CLUB- Exciting new groups will continue to entertain over the coming months. Make the Harps Social Club your regular weekend haunt!!!!!

Indeed, come along and enjoy the craic in the Social Club at any time. Why not just pop in for a relaxing drink any night, listen to the jukebox, watch the footie, play pool or snooker? BT Openzone available in the Club.

Need a venue for a party? The Club, which proudly displays the 5* rating for hygiene from Armagh Council Environmental Health, is now available for private parties and functions-free!!

Book your birthday or special occasion party now!! Contact Brian in the Social Club on 02837523281 regarding bookings.

 

FANCY A PINT AND A PUNT? There’s no better place to be than the Social Club. Each Saturday the “£10 Special”, two pints and a £5 bet during football and racing!

 

RMC POKER- The Social Club is hosting this weekly poker night each Friday night. First hand dealt at 9pm!

 

COFFEE MORNING- Enjoy the goodies on offer in the Social Club this Sunday morning, 26 April from 10.30-1pm courtesy of the girls Féile team. Support this great team as they prepare for the All Ireland finals in June.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL DISCO- Kids can dance the evening away on Friday 5 May.

CELEBRATING FIRST COMMUNION on 10 MAY?- The Social Club will provide for all your needs. Hot food buffet with selection of desserts followed by kids disco. Only £5 per adult and £2.50 per child!!!!!!Limited spaces available- booking essential!!! A few places remain!! Half payment deposit required by 3 May. Contact Manager Brian in the Social Club to book- 02837523281.

FÉILE POKER- A special Poker Classic will be held in the Social Club on Sunday 31 May, commencing 6pm in aid of the girls Féile team.

PART TIME OR CASUAL WORK- Are you interested in part time or casual bar work? If so contact Brian on 028375232821. Experience desirable but not essential.

LOYALTY CARD SCHEME -The “Loyalty Card Scheme” is being extensively used by members who are reaping the benefits through the reduced costs in the Social Club. Loyalty Cards are available to all members and can be collected from the Social Club. Collect your card now!!

 

ZUMBA- Each Wedneday night in the Social Club- 7.30-8.30pm.

2015 SEASON– The new season has now throw-in in earnest. Ádh mór ort to all Bainisteoirs, mentors and players for the season.

 

SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2015

The Seniors continued their excellent start to the season with a convincing win at home to Dromintee on Sunday. Harps started slowly and went 1-01 down before registering their first score. Both teams then traded scores to the half where Dromintee went in three in front. A blistering start to the second half saw Harps score 1-02 without reply and they were never to concede this advantage. Full time score Harps 2-17 Dromintee 2-13. Captain Nippy Swift produced another MOM performance scoring a massive 1-12.

 

Fixtures-

Round: 3   Sun 26 April

Armagh Harps V Carrickcruppen   2pm (Ref: P McDaid)

 

Round: 4   Fri 1 May

Armagh Harps V St Patrick’s

 

Championship Round 1- Saturday 9 May, Clann Eireann Park 7pm – Harps V Wolfe Tones

 

Round: 5   Sun 17 May

Crossmaglen V Armagh Harps

 

Round: 6 Sun 24 May

Armagh Harps V Granemore

 

Round: 7   Sun 31 May

Armagh Harps V St Paul’s

 

Round: 8   Sun 7 June

Armagh Harps V Pearse Óg

 

Re fixtures: Fri 12 June

 

Round: 9 Sun 21 June

Ballymacnab V Armagh Harps

 

Round: 10  Sun 28 June

Forkhill V Armagh Harps

 

Round: 11   Sun 5 July

Tir na nÓg V Armagh Harps

 

Round: 12   Sun 26 July

Maghery V Armagh Harps

 

Round: 13 Fri 31 July

Armagh Harps V Annaghmore

 

Round: 14   Sun 9 Aug

Sarsfields V Armagh Harps

 

Round: 15 Sat 5 Sept

Killeavy V Armagh Harps

 

Ádh mór agus gach dea-ghuí to management and players for 2015!!!

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW- The full draw for the Senior Championship produced some tasty fixtures- see below.

Na Claírsigh will play Wolfe Tones in the first round in Clann Eireann Park on Saturday 9 May, throw-in 7pm.

SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

 

ROUND: 1     VENUE DATE TIME
Annaghmore v Tir na nOg   Maghery Fri 8 May 7.15
Sarsfields v Pearse Og   Athletic Grounds Fri 8 May 8.00
Carrickcruppin v Killeavy   Crossmaglen Sat 9 May 5.30
Dromintee v Ballymacnab   Crossmaglen Sat 9 May 7.00
Armagh Harps v Wolfe Tone   Clann Eireann Sat 9 May 7.00
Maghery v Forkhill   Keady Sun 10 May 3.30
St Patricks v St Pauls   Pearse Og Pk Sun 10 May 3.30
Granemore v Crossmaglen   Athletic Grounds Sun 10 May 7.00
     
QUALIFIER – ROUND: 1   VENUE 14 15 16 21 22 23 Aug TIME
ROUND: 2   VENUE 14 15 16 21 22 23 Aug TIME
QUALIFIER – ROUND: 2   VENUE 28 29 30 Aug TIME
QUARTER – FINALS   VENUE 11 12 13 18 19 Sept TIME
SEMI – FINALS   VENUE 25 26 27 Sept TIME
FINAL SUN 11 OCT   VENUE REPLAY SAT 17 OCT TIME

 

SENIOR RESERVE LEAGUE- Harps will compete in the Mid/South Section with ten other opponents.

Harps opened their League season with a disappointing two point defeat at home to Killeavy last Wednesday. Harps had the lion’s share of possession but were unable to turn this into scores. A Killeavy break away goal mid way through the second half sealed their fate.

No game this week as Culloville have withdrawn from the League. Rd 3 Wed 29 April Harps v Mullaghbawn

Championship Wednesday 3 June- Granemore away Rd 4 Wed 6 May Carrickcruppin v Harps Rd 5 Wed 13 May Silverbridge v Harps
Rd 6 Wed 20 May Harps v Ballymacnab Rd 7 Wed 27 May Harps v Grange Rd 8 Wed 10 June Derrynoose v Harps

Rd 9 Wed 17 June Harps v Granemore Rd 10 Wed 1 July Harps bye Rd 11 Wed 29 July Madden v Harps
League Final Wed 5 August Winner South v Winner North

SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP- Harps will open with a quarter final fixture away to Granemore on Wednesday 3 June. The winners will meet Carrickcruppen in the semi at a neutral venue on Wednesday 24 June! The final is scheduled for Tuesday 21 or Wednesday 22 July.

Ádh mór to players and management, Peter Quigley and Neill McArdle!!!

UNDER 21 CHAMPIONSHIP- Harps will compete in the Senior U21 Championship and have been drawn in Group A. Fixtures are away to Killeavy, Sunday 18 October ( 2pm), home to Grange on Sunday 25 October (2pm) and finally away to Cross at 2pm on Sunday 8 November.

The winners of the Group play the winners of Group B in the final on Sunday 22 November.

Ádh mór to players and management!!!

MINOR BOYS – Training continues on Friday’s at 6pm on the JD Pitch. Harps will compete against eight other clubs in Division 1 of the Minor League.

Disappointing result last night at home to St Pat’s.

Fixtures as follows-

Rd 3- 27 April- Mullaghbawn V Harps

Rd 4- 4 May- Harps V Dromintee

Rd 5- 11 May- Killeavy V Harps

Rd 6-8 June- Harps V Cross

Rd 7- 15 June- Silverbridge V Harps

Rd 8- 22 June- BYE

Rd 9- 29 June- Harps V Clann Eireann

The boys will meet Clann Eireann in the Championship at Quarter Final stage.

Membership is now overdue!

BOYS UNDER 16’s – Training on Thursday on the JD pitch from 7.30-8.30pm. Harps will compete against nine other clubs in Division 1 of the League. The boys suffered a defeat last week but it was a promising performance.

Fixtures as follows-

Rd 3- 23 April- Ogs V Harps

Rd 4- 30 April- Harps V Killeavy

Rd 5- 7 May– Dromintee V Harps

Rd 6- 11 June- Harps V Shane O’Neills

Rd 7- 18 June- Cross V Harps

Rd 8- 2 July- Harps V Silverbridge

Rd 9- 9 July – Clann Eireann V Harps

Harps will meet our city rivals in the first round of the Championship.

Membership is now overdue!

 

BOYS UNDER 14’s- Training twice a week- Tuesday’s from 6-7pm and Thursday’s from 6.30- 7.30pm (on the JD. Remember gum shield, water bottle and £1.

 

Harps will meet the winners of Sliverbridge/Crossmaglen in the semi-final of the Championship.

 

The boys opened their season with a very comprehensive defeat of city rivals Ogs last week winning by a 17 point margin. Great start!

 

Fixtures-

 

Rd 2- 21 April- Tir na nÓG V Harps

 

Rd 3- 28 April- Clann Eireann V Harps

 

Rd 4-5 May- Harps V Clan na Gael

 

Rd 5- 19 May- Harps V St Peters

 

Membership is now overdue!

 

BOYS UNDER12 &1/2’s- The boys continue mid-week training on the JD pitch from 6.15 – 7.15pm this and every Wednesday. (Remember gum shield, water bottle and £1.)

 

The boys opened their season with a challenge aganist Sarsfields in glorious conditions at Abbey Park last Saturday. This was a very convincing performance for the boys in their first outing beating Sarsfields 6-12 to 3-06. Great start- let’s bring this performance to the League.

 

The boys will compete in Division 1 Mid of the League against Granemore, Grange, Keady, Pearse Og and Madden. This is played on a home and away basis and fixtures will be confirmed shortly.

 

Note this is an under 121/2 League!!! Players eligible to play in this competition must be over the age of 9 and up to Year 8 (first year). This competition will be played with a maximum of 13 a side.

 

Membership is now overdue!

 

BOYS UNDER 10’s- Sessions in Abbey Park each Wednesday fat 7pm and from 10.30- 11.30am each Sunday. Remember gum shield, water bottle and £1. Membership is overdue!

 

BOYS & GIRLS UNDER 8’s- Sessions in Abbey Park from10.30-11.30am, each Sunday. Remember gum shield, water bottle and £1. Membership is overdue!

 

NURSERY (UNDER 6’s) –Sessions in Abbey Park from 10.30-11.30 am, each Sunday.

 

BOOTCAMP- No excuse parents!!!! On Sunday morning, 3 May Armagh Harps will arrange a bootcamp in Abbey Park. Train while your kids train!!! All proceeds to the Féile team.

 

SENIOR LADIES- Training continues Monday nights at 7pm and Saturday nights at 6.30pm on the JD pitch.

 

The girls received a bye in the first round of the Senior Championship where they now play local rivals the Grange at the semi final stage. The next League game is Saturday 2 May away to Clann Eireann.

MINOR GIRLS – The girls begin their season in earnest with their first League game on Thursday 7h May at home to Crossmaglen.

Training continues Monday nights at 7pm in Abbey Park, bring gum shields, water bottles & £1. Membership is now overdue!

 

GIRLS UNDER 16 – Great win last week over St Pat’s Cullyhanna- 4-08 to 1-10. Keep it up girls!

 

Training takes place on Sunday mornings at 11.30am in Abbey Park. Bring gum shields, water bottles & £1. Membership is now overdue!

 

The girls are away to Clann Eireann next Monday, 27 April.

 

GIRLS UNDER 14- Training each Monday night on the JD pitch from 6-7pm and Thursday from 5.30pm. The girls open their League account this Thursday, away to Shane O’Neills.

 

GIRLS UNDER 12’s-Training continues Wednesday nights at 6pm on the JD Pitch. Don’t forget gum shields, water bottles & £1. The girls had a great win in their first League match last week away to Clann Eireann- well done girls!!

 

CHILD PROTECTION/HEALTH & SAFETY- In conforming to health and safety and child protection requirements only designated approved Club coaches with appropriate AccessNI certification will be permitted access to the playing/training areas during the forthcoming season. (Under 6’s may be accompanied by parents/guardians)

 

Parents/guardians are welcome to watch matches/training from the designated viewing areas.

CLUB CHAMIONSHIP SEASON TICKET- Armagh County Board are offering Club Championship Season Tickets. The tickets, cost £60, give you access to all Club Championship games ( Junior , Intermediate and Senior, including back door games) in 2015 in both Hurling and Football!! Ticket enquires to the County office on 02837527278 or e-mail administrator.armagh@gaa.ie

GAELTACHT BURSARY SCHEME 2015- The scheme offers the

opportunity for eligible applicants to attend an Irish Language summer course and experience the Irish language in all aspects of life. Applications can be downloaded from the Liofa section of www.dcalni.gov.uk

 

ARMAGH COUNTY BOARD GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME 2015- Beidh Feis CLG Ard Mhacha ar siúl Dé Máirt 28 Aibreán ar 7pm sa Cheannáras in Ard Mhacha le deis a thabhairt do dhaoine óga ó chlubanna sa chontae páirtscoláireacht a bhaint le freastal ar chúrsa Gaeltachta an samhradh seo. The annual Feis CLG Ard Mhacha for Gaeltacht part-scholarships will be held on Tuesday 28 April at 7pm in the Ceannáras at the Athletic Grounds.

 

Young people from clubs across the county will have an opportunity to win a part-scholarship to attend a Gaeltacht course during the summer.

 

IRISH LANGUAGE ACT- Armagh Harps actively encourages promotion and usage of our national language. Exponents of the Irish Language may wish to respond to the current consultation using the following link-

 

http://www.dcalni.gov.uk/index/language-cultural-diversity-r08/irish/irish_language_bill_consultation_2015.htm

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2015

Chair- Paul Gribben

Vice Chair- Paul Quinn

Secretary- Art McGinn

Registrar- Miriam Clarke

Treasurer- Martin Gill

Committee Members-

Frankie McKenna

Aidan Breen

Conor Coulter

Neil McArdle

Barry Moore

John Rath

Paul McKay

Paula Enright

Brenda Gill

John Vernon

Aidan O’Kane

Colm O’Hare

 

The Club is grateful to these volunteers for their commitment and wishes them well in the tasks ahead.

 

CAIRDE NA CLAIRSIGH Is Armagh Harps GFC important to you?

  • Do you believe our young people need help and support?
  • Do you value what Armagh Harps and the GAA provide?
  • Is what we’re about attractive to you?

If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions then Cairde Na Clairsigh is for you.

 

Members of Cairde Na Clairsigh agree to contribute at least £10 per month to help make Armagh Harps better for our young people. In return we’ll play our part to achieve a better Armagh Harps.  We think that’s a very good deal for everyone!

 

To join download the Standing Order mandate from the Club website (www.armaghharps.com), Facebook or Twitter, and return to any Committee Member or to the Social Club (address above).

 

New “Cairde” members are always welcome. Be part of a unique group and wear the special “Cairde” coats. Note that “Cairde” members are full Harps and GAA members.

 

ABBEY PARK USAGE- For information or access please contact Seamus McCafferty.

 

CLOTHING BANK- Please donate all unwanted women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and boots, handbags, belts, curtains, bedding, blankets and towels to the clothing bank in Abbey Park. All donations will help support Club funds.

 

HARPS GIFT VOUCHERS- Gift vouchers are available from the Social Club and are refundable against Harps merchandise and can be used towards spend in the Social Club or towards membership etc. Makes the perfect birthday present!!!

 

YOUTUBE CHANNEL- Visit Armagh Harps on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/armaghharpsgfc

 

If you have any videos featuring any Club activity, new or old, please e-mail them to armaghharps@btconnect.com for uploading to the site.

 

NEWS- Please feel free to forward news, features, events, match reports, photos etc to armaghharps@btconnect.com for consideration for inclusion in the various social

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