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Ashelene Groogan, a football coach at St Colm’s Ballinascreen has been named the Translink Ulster GAA Coach of the Year. The initiative, which is designed to recognise those club coaches who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the teaching and development of Gaelic games, saw over 5000 votes cast in an online poll to select the winner. As part of her prize package, Ashelene will receive free coach transport for her team for 12 months, courtesy of Translink. Representing Derry, she was one of nine county finalists from across Ulster who made it through to the public vote. Presenting Ashelene with her prize at half time during the Ulster Club SFC final in Armagh on Sunday, Translink’s Sean Falls said: “On behalf of Translink I’d like to offer congratulations to each of our finalists, and to Ashelene in particular, for what they have achieved. In its first year, the public response to this award has been exceptional and we’d like to thank everyone who got involved by nominating, supporting and voting for their club coaches as part of the process”. Also pictured in Ulster GAA president Michael Hasson

ST GALL’S, BELFAST: The club is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday from 1pm in the clubrooms. Entertainment for the whole family. All welcome.

ARMAGH MINOR BOARD: The AGM will take place at the Athletic Grounds tonight, starting at 7pm. Two delegates from all clubs are encouraged to attend.

ST PETER’S, WARRENPOINT: The annual big breakfast takes place on Saturday in the Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint. Tickets are available from any senior committee member at £10 per adult and £5 per child, or contact Aisling McGivern ( or Feargal McCormack. Elsewhere, the football committee is running a quiz night to support the running costs of the football section at the clubrooms on Friday, December 8 at 8pm. All parents, coaches past and present are welcome to attend.

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY: The hurling and camogie teams are playing a Scotland Universities’ select team in shinty matches at the Dub playing fields on Saturday. They follow the same format as the Ireland v Scotland game last month. The camogie starts at 12.30pm, and the hurling is at 2pm. The teams met at the Dub last year, with Scotland coming out on top.

ST JOHN’S, DRUMNAQUOILE: The club has announced its senior management team for next year. Benny Corrigan will continue as manager with Marty Clarke as coach and Connor Burns as selector, and Declan Mussen assisting occasionally.

PEARSE OG, ARMAGH: The AGM will take place in the social club on Monday, December 4. All members to attend. Jiving classes due to take place on Monday evening will now take place on Tuesday, December 5 at 8pm in the social club.

Thelma Thompson from PIPS Newry & Mourne receives a cheque for £1,580 from the Saval Gaelic4Mothers and Others football team. Funds were raised at a recent ABBA charity night in support of the leading suicide prevention charity in the area

FR ROCK’S, COOKSTOWN: The club requires a senior team manager. Interested parties are asked to contact Colin Quinn via email on The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Friday, December 7.

ST MARY’S, DEVENISH: The club celebrates its centenary year in the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday. A crowd of over 500 is expected to attend the function which caps an action-packed year for the club, who were managed to this year's Fermanagh SFL title by Ballyshannon native Malachy Cullen. Devenish also reached the county championship final before losing to reigning champions Derrygonnelly Harps.

MICHAEL DWYER’S, KEADY: The annual Mass for deceased members takes place on Saturday at 7pm, while the AGM is at 6pm on Sunday.

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