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Children from Belfast clubs Ardoyne Kickham’s, St Enda’s and Patrick Pearse’s, who attend Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin, are pictured launching the Save our Smiles campaign with Ulster GAA president Oliver Galligan and Irish News marketing manager John Brolly. This is part of the parents in sport week running from October 7-12. Ulster GAA, the Irish News and NSPCC are promoting positive parental engagement within clubs to help children reach their full potential and ensure they are enjoying their participation in their chosen sport. Clubs can also win a set of jerseys from O’Neills for their underage team by sending in a photograph that shows children smiling and enjoying their sporting experience. Visit irishnews.com/saveoursmiles for further information

CUMANN PHEADAIR NAOUFA, WARRENPOINT: After a very long wait, the senior footballers put on a masterclass performance to book their spot in the Morgan Fuels Down Senior Football Championship final. In preparation of this, we are holding a ‘Blues Championship Breakfast’ in the Whistledown Hotel on Saturday from 8.30-11am - £10 for adults, £5 for kids. Come along, meet the team, buy your flags and support this journey.

ST ERGNAT’S, MONEYGLASS: On Friday, October 11 members are invited to take on the Chaser, a spin off of popular TV show ‘The Chase’ where six members of the audience are picked at random to face local chasers, with the chance to win up to £1,500. Taking place in O’Neill Arms Hotel, admission by ticket only. This is a family-friendly event, £20 for single ticket, £50 to admit four4. Call 07766 650006 for further details.

BALLYMARTIN: The third annual U10 tournament under the lights takes place on Saturday. Invites are currently being sent, running times etc are all being arranged. If you want to help referee, umpire, set up, steward or help in any way at all, please don’t hesitate to contact the club any member of the youth committee or youth officer Noel Kerr. Many hands make light work.

Meanwhile, Irish lessons/craic/cuppan tae will take place on Thursdays, starting tonight at a cost of £10 for five weeks. There will be singing in Irish for children and adults from 7-8pm, then from 8-9pm an Irish language class for adults.

Everyone welcome, get names in quick as there are limited spaces. For further details, contact cultural officer Sinead on 07793 085281.

TYRONE GAA: The health and wellbeing committee is organising a day trip to Croke Park stadium for senior gaels on Saturday, October 26.

The annual outing is available to those aged 55 and over, male and female, and is aimed at providing those participating with an opportunity to escape the routine of everyday life, socialise and enjoy each others’ company on a relaxed day trip.

The trip is part of the long-standing GAA initiative to make clubs more age-friendly by increasing the participation of older members of society, through organised events, and to date over 200 of our older gaels have enjoyed our annual trip to Croke Park.

Clubs are being invited to send three people aged over 55, at a cost of £20 per person. They will enjoy a full guided tour of the stadium, a short film on the history of Croke Park and some of the great matches played there. This will be followed by lunch and time to enjoy the Croke Park museum before making the journey home.

Transport will be provided from four designated pick-up/drop off points - Strabane- Melmount Chapel, departing 8.15am; Omagh- Crevenagh Road park and share, departing 8.50am; Garvaghey - Tyrone centre, departing 9.15am; Dungannon - Donnelly Motors, Moy Road, departing 9.45am.

Please ensure the names of your nominees are confirmed with a contact number ASAP, along with their choice of chicken or salmon for lunch with a cheque payable to Tyrone GAA or a card payment by telephone to 028 85567723. Places are limited and not booked until payment is placed. Please book by Wednesday, October 16.

Any queries, please contact Tyrone social initiative officer Tracy Monaghan on tracy1monaghan@gmail.com or 07739 398885.

ST JOHN’S, DRUMNAQUOILE: Owing to unforeseen scheduling circumstances, ‘St Mungo’s II: The Umpire Strikes Back’ will not be coming to a red and yellow galaxy near you on Saturday, October 12. We hope to bring the production to the clubhouse when scheduling permits. Tickets-holders should return to point of sale for a full refund. Klubfunder ticket holders should contact club secretary Maureen on 07793 066146.

Antrim GAA helped to raise £13,000 for Bowel Cancer UK’s vital services and lifesaving research in the north at Walk Together in Belfast on Saturday, September 7. Seven clubs, many of whom have been affected by bowel cancer, were recruited to join the five mile walk, which started at the Lock-Keepers Inn, following the Lagan towpath along the riverside and old canal. The club with the most registrations was awarded to Sarsfield’s, who had over 80 members sign up and won a set of jerseys, kindly sponsored by O’Neill’s sportswear. Antrim GAA PRO Sean Kelly said: ‘I’m delighted that Antrim GAA clubs really got behind this fundraising event and supported all the men and women and their families who have been affected by bowel cancer. We’ll make sure this event is firmly in the calendar for next year.’ Niamh McDaid, senior services officer for Bowel Cancer in the north, added: ‘A huge thank you to Sean and everyone at Antrim GAA for their support for our Walk Together event. It was our biggest event in the country with 335 walkers and it was due to their amazing effort.’ The seven GAA clubs that joined Walk Together in Belfast were Ruairi Og, Cushendall, Sarsfield’s, Belfast, Naomh Éanna, Glengormley, Naomh Eoin, Belfast, Con Magee’s, Glenravel, St Mary's, Ahoghill and Rossa, Belfast

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