By now, most of you are probably aware or have heard gossip that last year’s team management involving Jim Clifford & Cormac McFadden will not be seeking re-election. Well, I can truthfully and officially announce that the two men have decided not to allow their names go forward for the 2014 campaign. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the club to sincerely thank Jim & Cormac for their incredible efforts and hard work over the last couple of years. They both showed and gave huge commitment and I imagine plenty of sacrifices were also made as they spent countless hours on the training field preparing our senior team which ultimately paid off in 2012 when they brought success to the club. We wish both men the very best and good luck for future endeavours. Moving on, as we approach the start of yet another exciting league campaign I hope to be in a position next week to officially announce details of our new senior team manager once all the terms and conditions and the small print has been agreed! Stay tuned and watch this space for more details.
I am glad to report that everything is starting to take shape with work progressing well on the development of our new gym / strength conditioning room. The construction stage is almost complete with the structural steelwork and external envelope finished which is obviously a good sign and over the next couple of weeks we will be ready for stage two which involves the installation and fitting out of the new gym equipment and is on target to be up and running for the start of the new season.
GAA National Club Draw
The club will be participating in the GAA National Club Draw which features some sensational prizes. Please log onto https://www.gaa.ie/clubzone/national-club-draw/ to view a list of prizes. The tickets cost €10 each and are printed in books of 10 and will be available from all committee members and senior players. There are some fabulous prizes and you can support the club by buying and selling tickets. Those who buy tickets will be entered into a draw, with prizes provided by GAA Central Council. Each club will retain the proceeds of the tickets sold by their club.
Annual Yearbook 2013
This is just a friendly reminder to let you know that our Annual Yearbook entitled ‘Our Journey’ is on sale and I am pleased to announce that you can buy the book at your local Service Station, Gerry & Andrea Coyle’s, which is always a friendly place to stop for fuel, snacks or just some local chat! They have kindly agreed to showcase and stock the book in their store and if anyone is interested in buying a copy just pop in to Coyle’s Service Station or alternatively you can get in touch with myself Michael Carroll 086-1041165.
Club membership is now due once again and can be paid to our club Registrar Pat Brannigan. The annual subscription for adults is €20 with all juveniles under the age of 18 costing €5 and any student that can provide a valid student card the membership fee is €5. It is important that ALL players pay their membership as soon as possible otherwise you will not be covered under the GAA insurance scheme. Please note that club membership will close on Monday 31st March.
Committee Positions Vacant
At our annual general meeting the positions of Assistant Treasurer, Cultural Officer and ASAP Officer were not filled. We are now looking to co-opt members to fill these important roles. At a recent committee meeting Ann Carroll agreed and accepted to fill the role of Assistant Treasurer (no pressure applied) and was co-opted on to the management committee. We are currently actively looking for members to take on the role of ASAP or Cultural Officer. If any club member is interested in taking up any of these roles or perhaps sitting on the management committee please get in touch. It’s you club, pleased get involved.
If anybody is interested in representing the club in any of the following events please contact myself Michael Carroll 086-1041165 or any committee member (Figure Dancing, Recitation, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question time and Set Dancing)
Rules & Regulations
The new rules of Gaelic Football, including the introduction of a the “Black Card for certain newly defined Cynical Behaviour Fouls, which will be introduced on 1st January 2014. Follow the link below to see details of the updated Disciplinary System. http://www.gaa.ie/about-the-gaa/rules-and-regulations/
Attention ALL players (senior, reserve, minor and underage) it is now compulsory for all players to wear a mouthguards in all Gaelic football matches and practice sessions from 1st January 2014. If a player refuses to comply he can be sent-off and players will not be covered under the GAA Player Injury Scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Information on the use of mouthguards for clubs, parents and players can be found at; http://gaa.ie/medical-and-player-welfare/mouthguards/.
Top 4 Lotto Results
The numbers drawn on Monday 20th January were 9, 19, 23 and 28. There was no jackpot winner of €6,500.00. The following won €15 each :- Ollie & Mary-Alice McMahon, Swans Cross, Kathleen McCormick, Swans Cross, Seamus McGuigan, Newbliss, Stephie & Darragh Dempsey, Rockcorry, Aghabog GFC, Mickey & Sheila Friary, Rockcorry, Loraine Murtagh & Paul Sherry, Smithboro, Shirley Smyth, Newbliss. Next week the jackpot will be €6,600.00 and the draw will take place in Paddy Lynch’s, Lisnalong. Thank you for supporting our Top 4 lotto draw.
Annual Top 4 Lotto Ticket
Don’t forget, you can support the club’s Top 4 lotto by entering for 12 months, 6 month or a 3 month period. To play simply select your four numbers between 1 and 28 complete the form and you need never miss a draw again! Tickets cost €90 for the 12 month option. Your continued support is always much appreciated and we wish you good luck in future draws.
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