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Armagh GAA club notes, December 4

Armagh Harps

HARPS YOUTH- The Club is currently reviewing its underage structures for 2015. Opportunities to manage, coach, mentor or assist with logistics from U6 to Minor level are available. Anyone interested in assisting with underage teams next season, in any capacity, is asked to call or text Colm O’Hare (07717731839) or Aidan Breen (07720838684).

UNDERAGE LADIES- Our under 12’s, 14’s and 16’s will be honoured by the Club for their achievements at a Presentation Night in the Social Club this Thursday night, 4 December. Come along and show your appreciation for these young ladies!

CIRCUIT TRAINING- The Club has arranged Circuit Training in St Patrick’s Grammar School on Wednesday nights from 7-8pm. Come along and improve your fitness at these sessions. Open to all members, only £2 per night.

UNDER 12 GIRLS- Girls aged 9-12 are invited to training sessions in St Patrick’s Grammar School on Wednesday nights from 6-7pm.

UNDER12 BOYS- P7 and first year boys are invited to training sessions in St Patrick’s Grammar School for the next two Wednesday nights (3 and 10 December) from 7- 8pm.

ABBEY LOTTO – Sunday’s lucky numbers drawn were 1, 3, 4, and 18. Two lucky punters matched three numbers- so close!

Next week’s jackpot is £1,600. Wouldn’t that be nice to win in advance of Xmas! Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!! Buy your Lotto ticket now…only £1 per ticket!!

ARMAGH HARPS XMAS DRAW- Get your tickets for the Club’s super Xmas draw!! This year’s draw takes on a new format- there will be not one, but three draws and three very lucky winners!!!

Xmas Night – £500
Boxing Night- £500
New Years Eve Night- £1,000

Each ticket purchased enters you into all three draws! What an opportunity! For your chance to win purchase a ticket from the Social Club or any Committee Member (members are listed below). Tickets only £10- remember this gives you entry to all three draws!!!!
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.
SOCIAL CLUB- Exciting new groups will entertain over the winter months. Make the Harps Social Club your regular weekend haunt!!!!!

6 December- Gift of the Gab
13 December- John Green

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.

XMAS AT ARMAGH HARPS -The Social Club is the place to be this Xmas- a host of entertainment is planned including-

Sunday 21 December- Celebrate Xmas early with this super family afternoon. The “big man” has promised to take time out of his hectic schedule to see all the kids!!!
Xmas Night- DJ Bull will rock the Club
Boxing Night- Ashvery Gents will have you on your feet
Monday 29 December- fundraising night for Romania
Tuesday 30 December- 5 Card Poker!!! Super cash prizes.
New Years Eve- welcome in 2015 with the superb Purple Heart
New Years Night- Tickles (enough said!)

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 CLASSES- Grainne Keenan’s Zumba continues each Wednesday night in the Social Club from 7.30-8.30 pm, only £3.

STARS OF THE FUTURE DRAMA GROUP- Continues in the Social Club, on Saturday from 12.30pm for boys and girls age 4 years to 10 years. A second session for 11-14 year olds is available from 1.30-2.30pm! Cost £4 per session. Contact Nicole Knipe 07742849759.

IRISH LANGUAGE- Líofa is an innovative and exciting project that could enable you to become fluent in the Irish language by 2015. Why not log onto the website and register.

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 (, 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 COMPLEX- For information or access please contact groundsman Brian Toner.

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, Xmas present!!!

YOUTUBE CHANNEL- Visit Armagh Harps on YouTube

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

NEWS- Please feel free to forward news, features, events, match reports, photos etc to for consideration for inclusion in the various social media platforms.

Silverbridge Harps GAC Notes


The club lotto remains the biggest in the area with a jackpot of £17,900.  Continued thanks to our lotto committee and all our current sellers and patrons.  The lotto is absolutely essential to our club. It enables us to promote Gaelic games and culture as well as community activities for everyone to enjoy.  Your support is much appreciated. 


The duties of club PRO will now be carried out by both myself and Bronagh Murphy and from next week Bronagh will be covering our Club notes. She can be contacted by email on and on 077 99627922.  Many thanks for your support over the past four years and best wishes to Bronagh in her new role – Rosie Burns.

If you have something to go into the notes, the deadline is 6.00pm on Saturday.  Comments, compliments, criticisms or suggestions are all valued.


Please note that our end of season underage presentation for Gaelic Go Start U8 and U10 will take place in early January 2015. 

St. Brigid’s Youth Club

Tuesday night for girls, Wednesday for boys and Friday for both boys and girls. 7pm – 9pm each night. 


Our AGM and annual Mass for deceased members and associates took place on Tues 25th November in the clubrooms.  We would like to thank Fr King for officiating, all those who took part in the liturgy (readers, Eucharistic minister, those involved in the candle ceremony),  Margaret Finnegan for helping to prepare the altar, Arthur Murphy for preparing the Clubrooms,  the hospitality members for the refreshments afterwards and anyone else who helped out in any way.  We had a really large turnout for this very special ceremony in our club calendar. Our Club President Pat Traynor was also in attendance.

The elected Committee for 2015 is as follows:  CHAIRMAN: John Murphy, VICE CHAIRMAN: Noel Reel, SECRETARY: Jarlath Burns, ASST SECRETARY: Colm Traynor, TREASURER: Nicholas Traynor, ASST TREASURERS: Tony McKenna & Thomas McKeown,  PRO: Bronagh Murphy & Rosie Burns, CO BOARD DELEGATE: Michael Mallie, MEMBERSHIP OFFICER: Mary McCann, CULTURAL OFFICER: John Muckian, COACHING OFFICER; Barry Campbell, INS OFFICER: Anthony Mallie, REGISTRAR: Mary Keating, YOUTH OFFICERS: Cathal McKeown, Peter Reel, Liam Rock, Sean Garvey, Megan Burns, Joe Rock, Siobhan Gernon.

Outgoing Chairman Jarlath Burns spoke at length about all aspects of club life, from the significant progress made over the past year by so many of our teams to the tireless work of so many willing volunteers involved in fundraising and the promotion of Gaelic games & culture, and various other activities of interest to the whole community. He thanked outgoing Committee members Aidan Murphy, Kate Reel, Michael McGeeney and Youth delegates Paul McKeever, Aaron Duffy and Paddy Reel for their hard work and significant contributions throughout the year.

The support of our main sponsors COOLE FUELS and Donnelly’s Wholesale has been invaluable along with many other businesses, team sponsors and individuals contributing significantly throughout the year.  We have been able to provide a wide range of services to the whole community because of the help and assistance of so many men and women of all generations. As a club we are keen to look forward and take on new challenges. We always welcome fresh ideas as well as additional help. We invite parents indeed anyone who has a particular area of expertise or interest eg coaching, fundraising, ICT, maintenance, hospitality etc to contact anyone in the Committee.

Some people help our regularly, others occasionally – it all counts and is appreciated.

Special congratulations were offered to our first ever ALL STAR Mairead Tennyson who has achieved ultimate success in ladies football and is a massive source of inspiration and pride for family, club and community.  Comhghairdeas leat, a Mhaireáid!

Silverbridge Variety Show  

The weekend’s sell-out shows were a tremendous success and showcased at its best the fantastic array of talent associated with the club.   From the very young, to the not-so-young, the dozens of performers served up over three hours of magical family entertainment in the double bill production with Saturday evening and Sunday matinee shows.  A huge thank you is extended to all the performers, sponsors, producers, mentors, behind-the-scenes workers and everyone who came out to support.   With so many to acknowledge and thank, a full round up of the event will be published next week.  A DVD of the show will be also available in the coming weeks, further details of which will be published in the Notes, on Facebook and Twitter.

Scór na nÓg

Our dancers, instrumentalists and quiz team competed on Saturday in the County Final held in Killeavy where the quiz team of Jamie Murphy, Niamh Reel and Liam Rock were crowned county champions.  As the quiz contest concludes at county level, the team will take part in a newly-established county table quiz, to be held in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh this Friday 7th December at 8.00pm.  Commiserations to our dancers and musicians who came up just short in Saturday’s final, taking second place in their respective categories, we thank you for your efforts.  Best wishes to our neighbours Cullyhanna and Mullaghbawn in the Ulster semi final in Banbridge on 12th December

Dates to note

Santa arrives in the Club on Sunday 14th December.

Christmas Disco on Friday 19th December.

Christmas Party Night for the whole community Saturday 20th Dec  – make sure you wear your Christmas jumper!

Silverbridge Bowls Club

Now meets on Wednesdays from 8-10pm and on Thursdays from 9pm.  All new members very welcome.


Every Monday and Thursday 8-9pm for male and female with all levels of fitness catered for. 

Entertainment & Upcoming Events:

The Wee Bar is open every Saturday night.  Clubrooms open every Thursday night at 8.30pm for usual social entertainment, come along – it could be your lucky night!

Finally, with the Lotto jackpot standing at a massive £17,900 make sure you’re in with a chance to win.  Tickets only £1.00. Any additional help or support is always welcome as it is a vital source of income to ensure the successful running of the Club and maintain the various services we provide to our player members and the wider Silverbridge community.  Could you sell a few tickets at your workplace or in your locality?

Weekly Teaser

Last week’s question: Who did our U16 team beat this season in the Shield Final?  ANSWER: St Mochua’s Derrynoose

This week’s question: In 1959 we won the Junior County Championship and in 1984, the Minor County Championship. Name the father and son who each played in their respective County finals?

St Patrick’s GFC Cullyhanna


Congratulations to our magnificent Scór Na nÓg novelty act who won another county title with a magnificent performance in Killeavy last Saturday night. Our young dramatists (Mary Donnelly, Diarmuid Brecknell, Oran Murray, Colum Donnelly and Dermot Savage) continue to excel and we wish them every success as they go on to compete in Ulster. Hopefully another All Ireland final might be on the cards.

Unfortunately despite superb efforts from our Quiz team (James Carragher, Aine Murray and Diarmuid Brecknell), Recitation act (Oran Murray) and Ballad Group (Orla McDonnell, Erin O Reilly, Dearbhla McMahon and Karen Quinn), their great run ended at the county final stage. However all participants can be very proud of their achievements as they displayed their talents to great effect.

On a final note, huge congratulations are due to the mentors who have dedicated so much time to helping this talented bunch of youngsters fulfil their potential so sincere thanks to Margaret Donnelly, Bernie Donnelly, Karen Murray, Patricia McCrink and Mary Ziegeslow.


Our sincere condolences to Ciara O’Hare on the recent sad death of her grandfather Benny O’Hare, Ballymacnab. May he Rest in Peace.


The 2014 AGM takes place at 7pm next Sunday 7th December. This is an important event in the club calendar and we hope that as many of our members as possible will make an effort to attend.

McCormack Cup

A huge congratulations to Shea Hoey, Phelim McArdle, Shane Conlon and Francie O’Rourke who were all part of the St Paul’s Bessbrook side which captured the McCormack Cup on Friday night with Shane Conlon scoring a goal and Shea Hoey top scoring with 1-7.

Christmas Dinner

The annual Christmas Dinner for the senior and less abled members of our locality will take place at 1pm on Sunday 7th December. This is always a great occasion and offers a chance for the community to come together in the festive spirit so we encourage all those who would like to attend to please come along.


The popular Bingo series will continue next Sunday 7th December from 3pm. Join us for a great afternoon’s craic and the chance to win some Christmas shopping money!

Club shop

The club shop will be open on Friday night from 7pm to 9pm for anybody wishing to pay off on the Christmas club. Unfortunately no more orders can be taken but socks, shorts & jerseys are in stock available to purchase.

Cúchulainn CLG, An Mullach Bán


Mullaghbawn arrived in Killeavy with on Saturday evening for the Armagh Scór na nÓg County Final, with the possibility of taking four titles back home. A huge congratulations to Moya Strain (Solo Singing) and our Instrumental Group of Niamh & Fionn Downey, Thomas & Míceal Muckian and Tomas O’Ceallaigh who put in outstanding performances on the night to secure victory.

County titles are not easy come by and you should all be extremely proud. Very well done to our Céili Dancers (Amy Murchan, Jennifer McAteer, Orla & Aislinn Reel, Aoibheann McCann, Maria Magee, Anna & Sarah Byrne) and Laura Hughes (recitation) who despite not winning represented their families and club with great pride in a county final! The ball rolls on for The Instrumentalists and Moya with the Ulster semi-final in Banbridge Parish Hall @8pm on Friday, December 12th. If either are lucky enough to progress further, the Ulster final is on January 17th in Three Mile House, Monaghan. Ádh mór!


It was a very busy weekend around the club with the underage presentations taking place. Due to the large number of teams and players across all four codes, it was decided to spread the event over two nights. Proceedings began with all club sponsors being thanked for their continued contribution towards the development of our club. Camogie awards were first on the agenda. Rachel Mc Neill was awarded the title of Most Improved U8 and Caitlin Byrne won Player of the Year. At U10 grade, Emma Grant was declared Most Improved Player, with Aofie Byrne & Emma Rice jointly receiving Player of the Year.

It was a great evening for the entire U12 panel as they received their league winner’s medals. Siobhan McKinley & captain, Catherine McDonnell were declared joint Player of the Year, while Lisa Quinn received the Most Improved Player award. This year we welcomed the introduction of a hurling school of excellence to cater for 4-10 year olds with the goal of moving these teams forward each year until we have a team competing at every level. Currently there is an U6, U8 & U10 team which is a total of 40–50 children playing hurling every Friday evening. All of the young hurlers were recognised on the night. Football was next up.  Mullaghbawn Moya 2014 Armagh

The numbers attending training across all teams was excellent all year and we sincerely hope this continues into 2015. Our youngest teams, the U6’s, U8’s & U10’s were highly commended for their effort and dedication all year and all received appreciatory awards. The U12 Most Improved winner was Eamon O’Sullivan, while Fionn Downey & Adam Mc Donnell were both named Player of the Year. Pierce McGlade was awarded U14 Most Improved Player, with Player of the Year going to Nathan Murphy & James Bennett. Ladies Football within the club has had an injection of energy of the past twelve months and we hope that it continues to grow over the coming years.

Caroline O’Hare and Leona Quinn ran a very successful Gaelic 4 Girls initiative for girls aged 8-14 and all of the young players received recognition for their efforts. The U16 team were a great bunch of girls and represented the club with pride. Ellen Daly & Emma Quinn were jointly awarded Player of the Year. Thanks must go to everyone who helped out in any capacity to make presentation weekend a resounding success, including the highly respected members of our club who presented the awards. A huge thank you must also go out to all parents and supporters who made the effort to attend the awards. Thanks also to all of the coaches and indeed everyone who helps out on matchday, without whom we would struggle to function. Finally congratulations to all of our young players and award winners on the night.

Let’s hope 2015 can be a great year on the underage playing fields with more success to celebrate next November. We hope to have all photos from both nights uploaded within the next few days.


After recognising the efforts of the young, up and coming stars of our club on Friday and Saturday, the heroes from the past took centre stage on Sunday. There was a wonderful atmosphere around the club grounds, as the players from the 1950’s and 1960’s were invited to attend a reception. It was great to have so many of the 1964 team in attendance. This was the very first team from Mullaghbawn to win a Senior Armagh Championship. Some pictures from the event will soon be available to view on our twitter & facebook sites and in next week’s notes.


At the recent Armagh Ladies GAA Dinner Dance, Caroline O’Hare received the Division II Club Player of the Year award. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement Caroline! Also well done to Mairead Tennyson who picked up Senior County Player of the Year!


Great news! The Club Calendar is now available for purchase, in the clubrooms or Spar Shop. It is priced at £5 each or three for £12. This is an ideal present for Christmas and you can support your local club at the same time. A huge thanks to Noelle from Shanroe Photography who collated the photographs, Print Line Direct for the printing and all of the sponsors. Aidan Strain Electrical, PT Fitness & Leisure, Boyle & Co. Accountants, Shanroe Photography,  Garvey’s Bar & Restaurant, McVeigh Bathroom & Tiles, Julia’s Chinese & Takeaway, Todays Local, Printline Direct, Mullaghbawn Pharmacy, Newry Furniture Centre, Spar Supermarket, Off Licence & Post Office, Mullaghbawn, Seraphic Holistic Therapies, Tara Walsh Solicitors Ltd, McConvilles Family Funeral Services, McKinley Motors, Spar Patrick St. Newry, Railway Bar, St. Mary’s Primary School and Martin McQuillans Wholesale Fruit & Veg.


The Committee and Members of Cúchulainn CLG, An Mullach Bán deeply regret the death of former club supporter Henry Gollogly, father of father of club supporters Seamus and Colm, and grandfather of playing members Ciaran, Conor and Sean. We extend our deepest sympathy to them and their family circle at this time.


There will be a full committee meeting held tonight (Monday) December 1st @8.30pm‏ in the clubrooms.


The main pitch (next to clubrooms) is now closed until the commencement of leagues in 2015. This is to facilitate ongoing maintenance works and to allow the pitch to recover. The training pitch is still fully operational.


Club gear orders may be paid off by seeing either Rosie or Bernie or you can call with Bernie in the clubrooms on Sunday nights after 9.30pm.


Club Mullaghbawn is a fantastic way to contribute to the development of our club. Your contribution of £10 or £20 per month will help to raise much needed funds.


Cards continue on Wednesday @ 8.30pm in the upstairs lounge. Bingo starts downstairs @ 9.00pm, also on Wednesday. Everyone is welcome. 

St Michael’s, Newtownhamilton GAC



The club held their AGM on Sunday 30th November in Rural Community Hall at 2pm. The outgoing chairman, secretary, treasurer, underage chairman and senior team manager provided comprehensive reports outlining the club’s progress and achievements throughout 2014. The new officers for 2014 are the following: Chairperson: Carmel McGarvey, Vice-Chairperson: Plunkett Quinn, Secretary: Louise Lenagh, Assistant Secretary: Sheena Brophy, Treasurer: Michael Rock, Assistant Treasurer: Colette Haughey, Registrar: Colm Rock, Youth Officer: Kevin Woods, PRO: Aiden Carragher, Designated Children’s Officer: Damian Rock, Coaching Officer: Denis Hollywood, Irish Officer: Bara Murray, Committee: Kenny Carragher, Eoin Carragher, Helen Gibney, Paul Quinn.

Members Draw

The November member’s draw was held at the committee meeting after the AGM meeting and the winners were, £100 Geraldine Lenagh, £100 Veronica Mackin, £50 Michael Rock, £50 Carmel McGarvey and £50 Plunkett Quinn.


Club Merchandise

If anyone is interested in purchasing club merchandise (shorts, socks, kit bags, jackets, fleeces etc) please contact Carmel McGarvey (02830 878535).


Crossmaglen Rangers GFC

Appearing in our eighteenth Ulster Championship in nineteen years you would think one would have become used to it after all these years but the nerves in the stomach and the sense of anticipation never diminish. As supporters of Crossmaglen Rangers we have been privileged to support one of the greatest club teams ever. The joy that they bring to the community can never be quantified. It was with the same sense of anticipation we made the long trip to Omagh to play St. Edna’s.


Games against Tyrone side are never easy and this one proved to be no different. Before the throw in a minute silence was observed in the memory of the late Tommie Coleman. From the throw in and playing with the advantage of a strong it was Rangers who made the better start and after ten minutes were three points to the good. All this good work was undone when a mistake in defence allowed our opponents in for a goal to leave the sides level. We did not let this mistake unsettle us as over the next fifteen minutes we scored five points to the oppositions one . We then finished the half strongly with a well taken goal to leave the half time score Rangers 1 – 8 St. Edna’s 1 – 1.


On the resumption it was Rangers who were firs on the scoreboard with a point from play but unfortunately that was as good as it got for us as over the next ten minutes we squandered three or four good scoring opportunities by dropping the ball short into the keepers arms thus enabling him to set up counter attacks which resulted in scores. The Omagh boys were beginning to settle and find their rhythm and four points in a row had them back in the game. To make matters worse our opponents had introduced a confrontational edge to the game and when weak referring did not penalise this our boys allowed themselves to be drawn and in the space of five minutes we lost two players.


The fat was really in the fire and a well worked goal left the sides level with a couple of minutes left to play. Despite our best efforts we conceded two points in the closing period to go down to defeat. Final score Ranger 1 – 9 St. Edna’s 2 – 8. While defeat is disappointing we have to show our appreciation to the boy who put in such hard work to get us to this stage. On reflection this was a disappointing performance while we had a good first half we should have gone in with greater lead as we failed to capitalise on a number of scoring opportunities. The second half proved to be a disaster as all we had to show for our efforts was a solitary point.


Somehow we seeme to drift away from our tried and trusted style with our build up becoming more laboured and complicate and the ball not going direct into our forwards. The most galling thing about our performance was that we had not learned from our previous game with this opposition. We lost our focus and discipline and allowed ourselves to be drawn in to confrontation rather than walk away and as a result lost two players. Hopefully lessons will be learned and we will come back stronger next year.


Executive Committee

The monthly meeting of the above committee will take place in the Rangers Hall on Tuesday 4th November@ 9.00pm. sharp. All members are requested to attend.



It is with deep regret we learned of the death of Brea Higgins aunt of our minor manager Kieran Donnelly and sister of former player Patsy Kieran’s and member Tony. To her son to Kieran her brothers Patsy, Tony, Martin sisters Bernadette Muriel we extend our deepest sympathy. May she rest in peace.

Walking Track

The new walking track at the club is now for members to use. However it must be stressed that dogs are not permitted on any part of the club premises at any time including council pitches and walking track. Those using the walking track are asked to ensure that they close all gates behind them to keep all stray dogs out. If these arrangements are not adhered to we will have no option but to lock all gates and restrict the use of the track to specify times where users can be supervised. We cannot permit the continued dog fouling to continue any longer.



Members are reminded that if you require a room for a meeting you should check with Shane @ 0872755227 or Marguerite @ 08660479693 re availability.


Cairde Raonaithe Na Croise

Our club provides facilities for twenty four teams. In order to meet increased demand and provide facilities which our young people and members deserve the club are embarking on the second phase of our development programme. In order to do so the club must raise a large amount of money. Members can help out by joining Raonaithe Na Croise and agreeing to donate £20 per month for three years. By pledging your support you will be helping your club meet the challenge of the future.



The Lotto provides much needed funds for the day to day running of the club and we would ask our members for their support. Tickets cost £1 and can be purchased from any member of the committee or in the local shops. If you feel you could sell some tickets no matter how few please contact Peadar Mc Coy or any member of the committee. For example if you could sell 10 tickets a week it would raise £500 pound a year which would go a long way in covering the travel costs of one of our underage sides


Social Entertainment

Social entertainment continues in the Rangers Hall on Monday nights commencing at 9. O0pm.the club organises this event for the benefit of the people of the area, so why not come along and enjoy a good night’s entertainment.



Shane O’Neill’s GAC


The club’s AGM took place on Sunday afternoon in the club-house. Outgoing chairman John McLoughlin, secretary Peter McKeown and treasurer Louis Doyle all gave reports of the last twelve months, with John and Peter in particular paying great praise to all the club teams and those who contributed in any way to the club during 2014, including all our sponsors. They both encouraged more members and people to get involved in work and development around the club, whilst Louis gave a very detailed and comprehensive report on the current financial state of the club.


The following committee was the elected:

Chairperson: John McLoughlin

Vice Chairperson: Mick Mackin

Secretary: Peter McKeown

Treasurer: Louis Doyle

PRO: Brendy Osborne

Youth Officer: Seamus O’Hare

Registrars: Kevin McGeeney, Damian Brady, Mick Mackin

County Board Delegate: Gerry Barry

Minor Board Delegate: Kevin McGeeney

Lotto Committee: Joe Brady, Bridie Doran, Ann Loughran, Josie McGivern

Cairde Officer: Brendy Osborne

Development Officer: David Muckian

School Liaison Officer: Michelle Osborne

Grounds Maintenance: Gareth McLoughlin, Kieran Malone, Kevin Barry, Sean Murphy

Gatepersons: Sean Murphy, Kevin Barry, Barney Osborne, Oliver Doran, Mick Mackin (Snr)

Committee Members: Lesley Gaughran, Peter O’Brien, Terence Feehan, Gareth McLoughlin, Connaire Mackin, Simon Nicks


Following the election of the new committee there was some lively debate on a number of issues as we head into 2015.


Minor Girls

Our minor girls return to action next Sunday 7th December at 2.00pm with a home game in the semi-final of the Ulster championship against Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne. Everyone is asked to come along to support the girls as they aim for a place in the Ulster final and a chance to retain their Ulster title.


Gaelic for Girls

Saturday morning saw another great session of the Gaelic for Girls programme with a total of forty-five girls from ages 8 – 12 taking part in what was a great morning’s fun. There are still places available for those wishing to join. The next session takes place next Saturday, 6th December from 11.00am to 12.30pm. The cost is £10.00 which includes a medal, t-shirt and certificate) and you can register by contacting Paul McArdle on 30889216 or (086) 8372082, or come along on Saturday morning. The programme continues for another seven weeks.


U14 & U12½ Boys Presentation

Unfortunately the presentation night for our U14 and U12½ boys which was due to take place in the club last Friday night was postponed but has been rescheduled to take place this Friday night at 8.00pm in the club. All boys who played at these age group during 2014 are asked to attend. 


Training for our U10 footballers continues every Friday evening in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Training for our U8 footballers continues every Friday evening in Cloughreagh Community Centre from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Training for our U6s continues every Wednesday evening in Bessbrook Community Centre from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. All boys and girls at this age group are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Well Done

Well done to the St Pauls team who won the MacCormack Cup last week and in particular to the Shanes lads on the panel, Mark McCabe and Eamon McCabe.


Best Wishes

Best wishes to our club and Cairde member Gearoid O’Reilly who is currently spending short spell in hospital.


Fundraising Poker Night

A Poker Night in aid of the senior men’s injured players fund will take place on Saturday 6th December at 8.00pm in the club bar – make sure to put the date in the calendar. More details regarding the entry fee, prizes, etc will be available soon.


Last weeks winning lotto numbers were 8, 9, 13 & 14. There were no jackpot winners and 1 x lucky dip winner. The jackpot now stands at £1650.

Wolfe Tone & St. Enda’s, Derrymacash

Cruinniú Bliantúil/AGM

The club’s annual general meeting will take place at the club on Tuesday 9 December at 7.30pm. Ten days before the meeting, the following will be available on the club premises: Agenda, Secretary’s report, Financial statement, List of nominations and List of motions for discussion. Tá sé tábhachatach go mbíonn an oiread ball agus is féidir ag an chruinniú seo. All members are asked to attend the AGM.


Presentation Evening
Comhghairdeas to our prizewinners at this evening’s presentation:
Niall McCann Memorial Trophy for Minor Player of the Year – Callan Duffin
Paddy McStay Memorial Trophy for Reserve Player of the Year – Chris Coleman
Jim McVeigh Memorial Trophy for Senior Player of the Year – Ruairi Mc Caughley
Frank McConville Memorial Trophy for Team of the Year – Under 8 footballers
Vincent Carville Memorial Trophy for Clubperson of the Year – Seán Ó Maoilsté
Go raibh míle maith agat to the Gaelic 4 Mothers girls who made the food, to Connor Armstrong for the fantastic music and to the bar staff.


Ádh mór to our quiz team of Matthew Hosty, Matthew Hagan, Callan Duffin and Odhrán Magee who will represent the club in the Armagh Scór na nÓg table quiz, which takes place on Sunday 7 December in the Athletic Grounds.

If anyone would like to represent the club in Scór Sinsear for over 17 years old in Céilí dancing, solo singing, recitation, instrumental, ballad group, novelty act, set dancing or quiz, please contact our Culture Officer Seán Ó Maoilsté.

Maith thú to Bláthnaid McCaughley who sang Amhrán na bhFiann before the Ulster Club Football final between Slaughtneil and Omagh on Sunday at the Athletic Grounds. Well done Bláthnaid.


Camogie4Mothers continues this Thursday between 7-8pm at Centrepoint Sports in Lurgan. New participants are very welcome and no experience is necessary. Equipment will be provided and a good night’s craic is guaranteed.


An Ghaeilge/Irish language
Beidh ciorcal comhrá nua ann do dhaltaí GCSE ag an chlub. The club will be running an Irish language conversation group for GCSE students starting on Monday 1 December at 7pm. The aim of the group is to help GCSE students with their spoken Irish and will focus on the subjects covered in the syllabus. Cuirfear fáilte roimh dhaltaí ón chlub agus ó chlubanna eile chomh maith. Students from other clubs are also welcome to attend.

Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 5, 6 and 22. There was no jackpot winner and match three winners were Patsy Crossey and Odhrán Nelson. Sellers prize went to Panny and this week’s jackpot stands at £5,700.

GAA Club Draw
The GAA National Club Draw is back with more prizes than last year and therefore more chances to win. Prizes include trips abroad, weekends at All-Ireland football and hurling finals and semi-finals, shopping trips, vouchers and many more. Tickets are available from any committee member or from the bar and a number of club members will be selling tickets in a number of areas in Derrymacash. A ticket costs just £10 and every ticket sold will directly benefit Wolfe Tones and St Enda’s.


Deceased Members’ Mass
Go raibh míle maith agat to our underage camogs and footballers who read, said prayers of the faithful and brought up the gifts at last week’s mass in honour of our deceased members. Thank you very much to the choir for the beautiful singing and to Father Mooney for saying the mass.



Sarsfields GFC


Most Important Notices

This week’s club activities are as follows:

  1. Wednesday 03 December – Coaching for primary 1, 2 and 3 boys and girls in the Hall from 6pm to 7pm. Cost £1 per night
  2. Sunday 07 December – Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner
  3. Sunday 07 December – Scór Na nÓg Table Quiz in the Athletic Grounds
  4. Sunday 07 December – Armagh GAA County Convention in Madden
  5. Sunday 07 December – Aghagallon Santa Run – 1pm. Organised by Sarsfields under 10 team manager Barry Shanks in aid of Southern Area Hospices

Coaching for primary 1,2 and 3 boys and girls will take place this Wednesday night 26 November in the Hall from 6pm to 7pm. Cost £1 per night. All children to bring £1 and a drink

The club’s new training facility will be opening soon. Anyone who would like to hire the facility can e-mail Francis Reynolds at to book a time. Bookings strictly by e-mail only. Times will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Latest News

Well done to Fionnuala Lennon who represented the club in the Armagh final of Junior Scór Na nÓg narrowly missing out in a place in the Ulster semi-final in Solo Singing.

Congratulations to ex Sarsfields senior player John O’Hagan on reaching the All-Ireland Junior Club Semi-Final with his club Liverpool John Mitchel’s following their victory over the Aran Islands.

Well done to the Sarsfields members of The St Michael’s MacRory Cup school team who narrowly missed out on a place in the quarter finals – Tyler Crawford, Michel McKenna, Caoimhín Robinson, Sean, James & Kevin McAlinden

General Notes

Coaching for primary 1,2 and 3 boys and girls continues this Wednesday night 03 December in the Hall from 6pm to 7pm. Cost £1 per night. All children to bring £1 and a drink.


Club Sarsfields is seeking new members to assist with meeting the costs of ongoing development works at the club. Members make a monthly contribution to the scheme with all contributions going towards ongoing club development. The target is to reach 100 members by the end of the year to allow development works to be completed. Please speak to any committee member or team manager who will provide further details


Can all parents please note that construction work is currently ongoing at the field and no children are to be left unsupervised on club premises.

The club website is currently being upgraded. To access Sarsfields Club Notes please log onto The Official Armagh GAA website – Forums-Armagh Club Notes were all details of events happening at the club can be found.


National Draw tickets are now on sale from any committee members costing £10. Sarsfields will receive all the funds from the ticket sales which will go directly to all football teams within the club. Please support this fund-raiser to ensure that the club can continue to sustain the running costs of all ladies and boys team within the club. Tickets will be available to purchase at the presentation night this Friday. Any tickets purchased will also be entered in an additional draw for Sarsfields members only for a prize of £100.


Membership for 2015 is now due. £20 for adults and £5 for under 18’s


This week’s lotto numbers 6, 7, 13, 20 – 1 winner – Two Shots – Next week’s jackpot £550

 **(Photo) Well done to Fionnuala Lennon who represented the club in the Armagh final of Junior Scor na nOg narrowly missing out in a place in the Ulster semi-final in Solo Singing**

Sarsfields - fionuala lennon



Pearse Og, Armagh



Sunday 30th November, 2014

Numbers drawn – 14, 16, 17, 22.

No Jackpot winner. One lucky ticket matched three numbers, Comhghairdeas leat!

Next week – Jackpot £3600


If you are interested in lotto sales contact any committee member.

PEARSE ÓG LOTTO can now be done online. Go to & follow the link.




Social Club open every Sunday 12pm LOTTO DRAW takes place Sunday evenings 7.30pm.

Lorraine Scallon School of Irish Dance every Tuesday 5pm. New members welcome.



Tickets are now on sale for GAA National Club Draw. Great prizes to be won! All proceeds go directly to club. Tickets can be obtained from any committee member.



The club’s annual A.G.M. took place on Sunday 23rd November at 3pm in our Social Club. Officers and committee members elected are as follows: Chairman P. Sanders, Vice-Chairman J. McKee, Secretary M. Cassidy, Assistant Secretary E.Clarke, Treasurer G. Davidson, Assistant Treasurer M.Toner, Registrar BJ McCay, Irish Officer C. Dougan, Joint P.R.O. BJ McCay & M. Kelly, Youth Officer P.Turley, Players’ Rep. G.Barton jnr.

Committee – C. Rafferty, C. McLeod, G. Barton snr, V. Brady, E. O’Hagan, J Óg O’Kane, K. McQuade, D. Toner, H. McArdle, B. Carberry, L. O’Neill, D. Nugent, T. Davidson, C. Mallon, P. Jackson.



Charity Christmas Fun Bingo takes place in Pearse Óg Social Club on Sunday 7th December 3pm-5pm. Adm. £5 per book (Flyover £2) Prizes GALORE including Turkeys, vouchers, paintings, hampers etc. Entertainment in lounge. Proceeds to Children’s Orphanage and Sister Muriel Medugorje Bosnia.



Na Piarsaigh Óga hosts a family Christmas Jumper day on Sunday 21st December 4pm-6pm in Pearse Óg Social Club. Adm £2 per child. *Prize for best jumper* Special guest SANTA will be arriving by Fire Engine and each child will receive a present plus disco and refreshments.




Beidh Aifreann na Gaeilge sa tséipéal i Scoil Phádraig, Ard Mhacha, Dé Sathairn 29ú Samhain ar 5.30 i.n.
Sa téarma seo, léifear Aifreann na Gaeilge gach Satharn suas go dtí 13ú Mí na Nollag.

The weekly Irish language mass continues in the chapel at Saint Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh on Saturday 29th November at 5.30pm.
Mass will be read this term up until Saturday 13th December.



GCSE Irish language conversation group every Thursday 3.45pm in Cathedral Road Recreation Centre organised by Cairde Teo.



Na Piarsaigh Óga Winter Academy will offer boys and girls 10-14 years old the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all FREE of charge.

The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the children’s football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game.

Focusing on developing individual skills and techniques, emphasis will also be given to building teamwork and FUN.

The Academy continues each Wednesday 6pm-7pm Cathedral Road Complex. Be prepared to welcome some surprise special guests!



Na Piarsaigh Óga Winter Academy for 15-19 years old will offer the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all FREE of charge.

The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the young players football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game.

This Academy continues each Thursday 9pm-10pm at Cathedral Road Complex. All welcome.



Na Piarsaigh Óga Super Circuits continue each Monday 6.30pm. Please note from next week on we will be running this programme in Pearse Óg Social Club. This winter programme is fun and challenging incorporating CORE exercises for kids 12–15 years old, supported by experienced coaches and FREE of charge.


Na Piarsaigh Óga Girls U-10 & Up – Come along and get next season started, at Cathedral Road Complex every Thursday 6pm – 7pm. Learn some new skills and have fun! All free of charge! Bring your friends along too- everyone welcome!


U-8/U-10 FUN 5’s

Na Piarsaigh Óga U-8/U-10 FUN 5’s continues each Sunday at Orchard Leisure Centre U-8 (P3-P4) 1pm- 2pm, U-10(P5-P6) 2pm-3pm. Please bring appropriate footwear (indoors). Don’t forget your water and gum shield! All children P3-P4/P5-P6 are welcome. Contact BJ (U-8) 07562009907 or Tony (U-10) 07780954480.


Na Piarsaigh Óga Super 6’s continues each Tuesday 6pm-7pm upstairs in Pearse Óg park. Nursery age-Primary 2. Everyone welcome.



If you are interested in coaching or have coached in the past and would like to get back involved in 2015 please get in touch with Paul Turley Youth officer 07771654559. All support at any age group would be greatly appreciated.



All reports or articles for inclusion in Notaí Na Piarsaigh Óga must be submitted to BJ or Malachi before 9.30pm each Sunday for inclusion in that week’s edition. Contact BJ on 07562009907 email or Malachi 07718037760 email



Madden Raparees GAC

Underage Presentation Night
Madden Community Centre was packed to the rafters on Sunday evening past for the Annual Underage Presentation Night. The Camogie club kicked off the proceedings with recently crowned Armagh Premier Player of the Year Kelly Mallon the special guest there to present the future Camogs of the parish with their awards. It was soon the turn of the football club where we welcomed Armagh County Senior players Mark Shields and our own Ciaran Rafferty as well as our two County Minor players Conor Grimley and Donal Rafferty to present the awards.
The first two players honoured were Shea Vallely and James O’Hara who had represented the club magnificently during the Mid-Armagh Primary Schools Skills tournament throughout the year.

We were privileged to have quite a number of our players invited to participate at the half time games held in the Athletic Grounds and further afield this past year. Each of the players were presented with a plaque to honour their achievements. The players honoured were Oisin Tohill, Jack Murphy, Eoin Grimley, John Hughes, Aoife Quinn, Louise Mallon, Shane Grimley, Shannon Maguire, Shea Vallely, Oisin O’Hara, Courtney Fisher, James O’Hara and Hannah Gray. Congratulations to our entire Under 12 team who played at half time in Clones during the Armagh v Monaghan Senior Game.The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers in the primary school for all their help coaching and developing our players and taking them to all the various blitzes throughout the year.

Individually it was time to reward the children for their dedication and committment for the entire year. Stephen McGarvey and Johnnie Smith kicked it off with our youngest team the U-6’s with upwards of twenty children on stage to receive their medals a lot of praise must be given to both Stephen and Johnnie for their tireless work down at the field each and every Friday night. Next up was Danny Donnelly and the U-8’s it was the case of much the same for this group of players with almost thirty players honoured.

The U-8’s participated in a series of Go-Game blitzes during the year culminating in the Moy Tournament the lads were unfortunate to come up against a strong Clann Eireann team on the day who were the eventual winners of the tournament. The highlight of the year for this team will be victories over Pearse Ogs and local rivals Keady. Thanks are also extended to the management team of Jim Moore, Gary Comiskey, Tim Hughes, David Loughran and a special word of thanks to Paula Grimley without whom participation for our high number of girls at this level wouldn’t have been possible.

Aidan Hughes and the U-10’s were next up, this group of players performed heroically all year and were unfortunate that they had to wait to the final tournament of the year to get their hands on silverware winning the inaugural Eire Og Tournament. Although this was an eleven a side tournament all of the panel was rewarded for their efforts throughout the year as it was a real team effort with the trainings renowned for their fierce competition, each and every player brought the best out in one an other and this was evident in their performances as anyone who witnessed this team in action would testify. Aidan paid tribute to the help of his extended management team of Paula Rafferty, Cillian and Enda Mallon and Caolan Vallely for all their help throughout the year again with a special word of thanks to Paula Rafferty for coming on board in her first year coaching and assisting with the girls at this level.

Finally it was the turn of Jason Tohill and the U-12’s. The U-12’s participated in a Go-Games league as well as an all county league towards the latter stages of the year. This team performed exceptionally well over the course of the year and were in the running for league honour right until the end of the season. Unfortunately the lads slipped up in an extremely tight game against fierce rivals Granemore and their fate was taken from their own hands. The favours they so desperately required from other teams did not come to pass in the end and the lads had to settle for second place. The team was presented with medals as a reward for the effort put in during the year. There were also prestigious awards presented to two members of the squad in form of the Most Improved Player Of The Year and the Player Of The Year.

It is often said that being a goalkeeper is a thankless job, a hero one minute and a villain the next. One thing is for sure this Madden team had a lot to thank their goalkeeper for throughout the year as without him the lads would not have been in the position the found themselves in come the end of the season. Indeed at the start of the year the management team had trouble even finding a goalkeeper. It is testament to the character of young Shane Grimley that he stood up to the task and stepped in between the posts and followed in the footsteps of his great uncle Kevin ‘Rocky’ Grimley where he performed heroically when there. Thankfully for the lads Shane wasn’t just as vocal as his uncle when it came to words of encouragement to his teammates. Shane has gone from strength to strength over the year and hopefully will continue to improve as the years go on where he will no doubt aim to join many of his older cousins in the senior ranks.

The management had a particularly tough task when it came to choosing the Player Of The Year at this level, something I’m sure nobody in the club would envy with the wealth of talent at their disposal this was never going to be an easy job. I’m sure there were many sleepless nights in the Tohill and Smith households before the white smoke bellowed. When the result was announced the entire club was in agreement with the decision to award Tiarnan Woods the U-12 Player Of The Year for 2014. Tiarnan put in a series of performances throughout the year, a slow starter, but when the game was in the melting point Tiarnan was the lad in which the whole team turned to for some inspiration, be that fielding a ball in the middle of the park or going on a marauding run down the field and kicking a point.


Tiarnan commanded the middle of the field with an authority very rarely witnessed at this level, not unlike how his father Johnny did for many years in the red and black. Tiarnan was also chosen to represent Madden in Croke Park at the All County U-12 Skills day a further reminder of the talent that this young lad possesses. Jason extended thanks to the fellow members of his management team Stephen, Francis and Teresa Smith and Benedict McCusker for their help throughout the year as well as the New Jersey sponsor Smith Fire and Safety.


The evening was drew to a close with our guest Mark Shields offering some kind words of wisdom towards our budding young stars of the future about working hard and listening to their coaches in order to fulfil their potential. It was a great night and I have no doubt the children, coaches and parents are already eagerly awaiting 2015.

Monthly Draw
The winner of the top prize in this months draw was Moira Rafferty, with Brendan Smith of the Blue Hill and Stephen Morgan taking home £100 a piece. The money will no doubt come in handy in the run in to Christmas. Congratulations to all.

County Armagh AGM
Madden are extremely honoured to be welcoming dignitaries from fellow clubs in the county to the community centre this coming Sunday for the Annual Meeting. Rarely is this removed from hotels and function rooms another reminder of the excellent facilities we have at our disposal.

Committee Meeting
The monthly meeting will take place this Thursday night in the Community Centre at 9pm Sharp!

Weekly Lotto
This week’s winning numbers were 8 9, 10 and 11. There was no winner of the jackpot, there was however one winner of £10 in Hannah Kiernan. Next weeks jackpot is £1,500.00.


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