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Club News Letter - 24 April

posted 24 Apr 2017, 16:22 by ballymacnab armagh

BALLYMACNAB ROUND TOWERS GFC Newsletter – 24/04/2017



All at the Club and throughout the Community were saddened to learn of the passing of our esteemed President, Pat McGeown, on Sunday 16 April. Pat was extremely well known within the community and further afield, mainly due to his skilled workmanship as a digger driver. Pat was a loyal supporter of the Round Towers down through the years and became actively involved in the Club when he joined the Committee along with his great friend Brendan Gribben in the late 1980s. He was a diligent worker within the Committee through fundraising, particularly the weekly lotto and the bingo. Pat also took his skilled workmanship as a digger driver to Pairc na Gael and carried out a lot of work around the ground at various times down through the years. However, it was cheering on the Boys in Maroon that gave him most pleasure. In later years Pat became involved in the ‘Field Committee’ and was involved in the cutting of the grass and upkeep of the two pitches. It was just reward that at the 2013 AGM Pat was elected President of the Club.  An acknowledgement of how much he was held in esteem and respected within the Club. This was further expressed at the large turnout at his funeral of current and past players and Committee members. The Committee, players and Members offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Phyllis, sons Paddy, Paul, Damien and Ryan, daughters Caroline and Joanne, brothers and sisters and entire family circle. A Mhuire na nGael guí ar a shon. Go raibh suaimhneas sioraí ar a anam dílis


The Seniors League gets underway on Sunday with an away tie against Madden on Sunday @2pm. Best of luck to the players & management for the season ahead


The Reserves League also gets under this week also when we travel to Silverbridge on Wednesday, throw in @7pm


The Under 18s had a share of the spoils against when they played out a draw with Loughgilly Gaels last Thursday. Unfortunately their game tonight against Derrynoose didn’t take place as no referee was available. Next game – Monday 1 May at Home to Carrickcruppen @ 7pm


The Under 16 League gets back into action when we travel to Granemore on Thursday. Throw in @7pm.


The Under 14 League also gets back into action with an away tie against St.Enda’s in Tullysaran on Tuesday @645pm.

Best of luck to Aaron Hughes and Paul Crilly who will represent their school, St.Patrick’s Grammar in the Corn Colmcille Final on Wednesday @6pm in the Athletic Grounds

UNDER 12.5

The Under 12.5s had a game against Middletown last week. Training on Wednesday 630pm. Game on Saturday at Home v Grange @4pm

Well done to Ruairí Dougan and Daniel O'Toole who had a fantastic day representing the Club at the Armagh GAA Under 12 Club day at Croke Park on Saturday.


Game on Wednesday at Home v Tullysaran @7pm. All players to meet at field @630pm. Training on Sunday @10am.


Potential game on Saturday at Home v Lisbrack @11am. Confirmation to be sent


Training on Sunday @10am


Tues 25 April

U14 League



Brian Boru


Wed 26 April

Under 10





Wed 26 April

Res League





Thurs 27 April

U16 League



Brian Boru


Sat 29 April

Under 8





Sat 29 April

Under 12





Sun 30 April

Senior League





Mon 1 May

U18 League

Brian Boru





Season Tickets for the forthcoming Senior League campaign are available at £20. Tickets offer Admission to the remaining 7 HOME Senior league games for 2017. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket should contact Nelius Boyle or John McKee on Online


W/c 17/04/17 Lucky numbers were 1-5-9-22. No winner. 5 Match 3: Munchie Gorman, Brian Heckett, Gillian Kennedy, Adrian Conlon, Peadar McGerrigan. 

W/c 24/04/17 Lucky numbers were 2-22-25-26. No winner. 2 Match 3: Dessie Crilly, Michael O’Hare. Sellers to collect winnings from John McKee Sellers to collect winnings from John McKee. Next Draw – Monday 24/04/17, JACKPOT £6,100 (Rota: NBoyle & MMcGuigan). Tickets can be purchased online

We thank all who currently sell and purchase lotto tickets every week. Your continued support is greatly appreciated and contributes substantially to financing ‘the Club’.

Can you play a part by selling at least 5 tickets every week? Sellers gain entry to a Monthly sellers draw, 1 entry for every 20 tickets sold during the month Committee to get involved. All sold tickets must be left in O’Tooles Bar before 9pm (draw takes place on the last Monday of each month).Please contact any member of the on the night (normally each Monday night) of each weekly draw


The next draw is due to take place on Monday 1 May. All sellers are asked to make their returns by then.


The Club are hosting a fundraising "Couch to 5k" 9 week programme commencing Tuesday 25 April. The sessions will run on Tuesday and Thursdays, 630-7pm and due to demand Sunday mornings, 10-1030am, within the Club Grounds. (Please park cars in the Church car park on Tuesday & Thursdays so to avoid congestion at Club car park) £1 per run. This is a fantastic initiative which gives people of all ages, both male and female, to get out, get some exercise, enjoy the spring air while supporting the club! Run/walk/jog, whatever suits your ability. The training will build up to a big 5k event will take place on Saturday 24 June. £10 enter to this 5k run. Updates via the Club Facebook page.


Note for Diary – The Club are running a Barn Dance and BBQ in the Hall on Saturday 24 June. Admission £10 at the door, Music by Limelite.


Congratulations to Senior player Pauric Gribben and the former Miss Leanne Monaghan who got married last Monday.

We also send our best wishes to Senior player Mickey O’Hare and his wife Lucie on the recent birth of their daughter Daisy.


Under 6, 8 and 10 - Training this Saturday morning 11 -12.15pm, please remember water and £1s. New players welcome. Under 8 and 10 matches this Thursday v St Brigids on the back pitch at half 6.

Under 12 - Attended a blitz in Granemore on Saturday past playing against Killeavey and Granemore. St Brenda's fielded 2 teams and played very well in all their games. Next blitz this Saturday 29th April venue TBC.

Under 14 - The girls had a great start in their league campaign, overcoming Derrynoose by 5 points on a scoreline of 4:6 to 3:4. Match this Friday evening in St Brigids at 7 o'clock. Training Wednesday 7.15-8.30pm and Saturday morning 12 o'clock -1pm. 

Under 16 - Home game v St Brigids this Tuesday 25th April at 7.15pm. Training on Wednesday 7.15-8.30pm and Saturday morning 10.30-11.30am in Bubbas and at the pitch 12 o'clock - 1pm.

Senior -  St Brenda's seniors lost out to Middletown in a closely contested game, which saw Middletown win by a point in round 3 of the Premier league. Next up is an away tie to Madden on Wednesday 26th April.

Registration - Registration is now OVERDUE, over 18s £50 and all under 18s is £25. Registration fee is made up of player insurance, fee to Croke Park, fee to Ulster Council and fee to Armagh County Board and the club covers the deficit.

Sympathy - St Brenda's CC deeply regret the death of Pat McGeown and extend our sincere sympathy to Pat's wife Phyllis, his children Caroline, Patrick, Paul, Joanne, Damien, Ryan and his entire family circle. Pat, who was also President of the Round Towers was one of Ballymacnab's true gentlemen and one of Round Tower's stalwart Gaels. Pat's tireless work over many years, around Páirc na nGael in particular, gave many players a ground to be proud to play on. His commitment and dedication to Ballymacnab was undeniable. Pat's unassuming nature and endearing sense of humour will be sorely missed but his contribution to Ballymacnab will never be forgotten. Go ndéanaí Dia trócaire ar a anam uasal.



Crochet Class in Ballymacnab Hall every Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.30pm. New members welcome.


Céilí dancing every Thursday in Ballymacnab Hall 8.30pm – 10pm. New beginners welcome.



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