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Clubcall: October / November 2018: what's happening around the GAA clubs this week

20 October 2018; Dublin and Raheny footballer Brian Fenton, centre, with 'Hero Award' winners during the GAA National Healthy Club Conference at Croke Park Stadium, in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Compiled by Padraig Kelly

THE closing ceremony at the Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park last weekend saw a special group of people honoured for their exceptional efforts in promoting the GAA’s Healthy Club Project.

The Healthy Club Project started in 2014 with just 16 clubs, four from each province, involved. It currently engages 150 clubs, multiples in each county.

The project aims to broaden the traditional boundaries of a GAA club, turning clubs into hubs for health in the communities. It involves a partnership with Healthy Ireland, the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the HSE, and is proudly supported by Irish Life.

Clubs focus on a range of health topics, including healthy eating; mental fitness and emotion wellbeing; physical activity for non-playing members; gambling drug, and alcohol awareness (including becoming smoke-free clubs); engaging older community members; and the provision of games for persons with special needs and those from minority groups, amongst other things.

Participating clubs were asked to nominate their Healthy Club Heroes: someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving the health and wellbeing needs of their clubs’ members and the communities they serve.

Dublin All Ireland winner, All Star, and Player of the Year nominee, Brian Fenton, was on-hand to present the recipients with their awards in Croke Pak on Saturday.

Ulster winners were Terence McCreesh (Culloville, Armagh), Tom Miller (Castleblayney, Monaghan), Christina Weldon (Latton, Monaghan), Kelly Marie McRory (Errigal Ciaran, Tyrone) and Semaus Kearney (Swatragh, Derry)

ST BRONAGH’S, ROSTREVOR: The club’s U21 side begin their championship campaign this Friday as they travel to Burren for an 8pm throw-in. Last week the side took part in the Dalsey Mooney Cup in Clonduff. The Reds lost to the hosts narrowly in the final.

ST MALACHY’S, BELFAST: The club invites anyone interested in helping to coach Go Games hurling – members or not – to contact The club’s annual presentation night is on Saturday, November 3 at 7.30pm at the Clayton Hotel Belfast. Please contact any committee member for tickets.

DRUMQUIN, WOLFE TONES: The golden jubilee celebrations will culminate in a gala dinner at the Hillgrove Hotel on Saturday, November 10. Some limited spaces are still available, please contact Paul on 07872004830 or email to secure your place.

SARSFIELDS, BALLERIN: Proceeds from the weekly bingo this Sunday will be donated to mental health charities. The club recently hosted a talk on mental health awareness which was attended by over 70 people.

ST JOHN’S, BELFAST: The club are hosting a number of activities over Hallowe’en.

On Saturday, there will be an adult fancy dress event from 8.30pm.

Entry is £5 and you can pay at the door. There will be a children’s fancy dress disco on Sunday from 5pm to 6.30pm, entry £2.


DONATION: Tír na nÓg’s U12 teams will take to the pitch in new kits thanks to a donation of £1,000 from the Asda Foundation. Asda Antrim Community Champion Barbara Logan is pictured with the U12 girls team and the boys’ U12 hurlers, who are in their new kits 


CLANN NA BANNA: The club are inviting applications for the position of senior team manager. Applicants should forward a cover letter and CV outlining their experience and suitability to Gavin Campbell at

DERRYLAUGHAN, KEVIN BARRY’S: As part of the club’s continued health and wellbeing activities, an ‘Eat Well Good Food Toolkit’ training session is planned for November 13 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

It will provide food nutrition information for healthy lifestyles for all members and it will be held in the clubrooms. Health checks (limited number, first come first served) are planned for Saturday, November 10 at 10am.

Anyone interested please contact Una Cushnahan on 07540598259.

ST MOCHAIS, DARRAGH CROSS: The club are holding a Hallowe’en camp next Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2pm each day. Those who missed our registration day on Sunday can still attend.

Please contact Gemma Lenaghan (07517379732) to sign up, or you can register on the first morning.

The cost is £20 per child and it is open to kids from P1 age up to 13 years old.

The Dinner Dance and annual presentation night will be held on Saturday, November 10 in the club hall. Tickets are now on sale, £20 each. Please contact Daniel Murray (07518 011626) to book your spot.

EDERNEY, ST JOSEPH’S: The club’s annual ‘Halloween Spooktacular Walk’ will be held this Sunday at 6.30pm. It will leave from the MUGA beside Ederney school and admission is £2.

ST JOHN’S: The AGM will be held on Monday, November 26 at 7.30pm.

DOWN SCOR NA NOG: The arrangements have been confirmed for events this weekend.

The first event will take place on Friday at the Burren Community Centre at 7.30pm. Clubs competing are Ballyholland, St John, Bosco, Annaclone (F), Burren, Clonduff (H), Drumgath, Mayobridge (F), Saval (F), Cumann Pheadair Naofa (F), Clonduff (C), Rostrevor.

On Saturday, the AOH Hall in Glasdrumman will host the next event at 3pm. Clubs competing are Glasdrumman, Longstone (C), Mayobridge (L), Saval (L), Tullylish, Atticall, Ballymartin, Clonduff (H), Longstone (F), Cumann Pheadair Naofa (H), Clonduff (L), Annaclone (L).

On Sunday the final event will be hosted by St Patrick’s PS in Hilltown. Clubs competing are Clonduff (HB), Cumann Pheadair Naofa (L), Mayobridge (HB), An Riocht, Clann Na Banna, Glenn, Saval (HB), St Michael’s, Mayobridge (C), Aghaderg, Clonduff.


CHARITY: Pictured are Orla and Conor Boyle from O'Donovan Rossa GAC, Belfast who presented a cheque to the Chest, Heart & Stroke Association following the recent Ronan Boyle Memorial Over 35s Football Tournament. The club would like to thank all who took part on the day


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