Dromard GAA Club

Dromard GAA Club Notes

23 February 2015

Sympathy: The club wish to extend sincere sympathy to Jimmy Reilly and family, Firmullagh on the death of Jimmy’s sister Anne Daly in Kinconly Co. Galway during the week. Condolences also to Peggy Brady and family, Ballyduffy on the death of Peggy’s sister Belinda in the United States recently. Condolences also to the family of the late John Maguire,Navan and formerly from Clonback, brother of the late Frank Maguire R.I.P, who died during the week.

Second Squad: Training for all players, 18 and upwards. Any players who are not currently on the senior panel but plan to play Reserve League 1 or Division 3 are strongly encourage to attend senior training, which in itself is at a comfortable pace at this time of year. Next session is Wednesday night at 8pm on the 3G.  If you do not wish to patriciate in that, there is soccer on in the 3G, please call Martin McGee 086 0880923 for details.

Newsletter: We are looking for anyone interested in becoming involved with a small group of people to produce a Newsletter. While a number of people are required, this may especially be an opportunity for third level students or second level students who are studying, wish to gain experience for their CV’s, are in transition year, or have an interest in Publishing, Media, Community Development,or WebDesign, etc. Please drop an email to secretary.dromard.longford@gaa.ie or call 087 3364408.

Team Managers, Coaches, Selectors, Umpires, Fundraising, Development, First Aid, and Refereeing: If you have an interest in volunteering for any of these positions at either adult or underage level the club would be very interested in hearing from you. Please call Anthony 086 8097547 or Dermot 086 6041980.

Talk on the effects of concussion: This is being organised and take place in the next few weeks. Anyone with any contribution please contact the Club Secretary on 0866041980.

Ladies Keep Fit, Weight Loss  and Toning Classes:  Are available in the clubhouse on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, catering for every age group, no matter what you pace is. Your health is you wealth, make that decision, call Abi on 086 6632968 for details.

Gaeltacht Scholarships: The 2015 GAA Gaeltacht Scholarship forms are now available for anyone interested in attending the Gaeltacht this year. All applicants must be 13 years or older on 1st January 2015. If interested please contact 0864017301 for the form and any further information

Longford Coaching Foundation Courses: The second night of the course will run in St. Mel’s College Sports Hall on the 25th of February from 7pm to 10pm each night.

U21 Leinster Championship: Good luck to the Longford Under 21 Team and our rep Ross McNerney who play Wicklow in the Leinster U21 Championship in Newtowncashel tonight, Wednesday the 25th, at 7:30pm

Senior Club February Monthly Meeting: Will be this Thursday night at 8:15pm in the clubhouse. If as many as possible could turn out including players as a number of items to be discussed which effects the senior panels.

Schools Coaching which is been run by Longford Coaching & Games; This will run weekly for 8 weeks up until the Easter holidays. This Thursday the 26th will see the 1st year boys from Moyne CS attend the Longford Coachings’s Post Primary Pella in Edgeworthstown Community Campus

GAA Annual Congress in Ballyconnell on Saturday: Great to see that the big event is just down the road. Out of interest a sample of the motions are: To allow for the black card in hurling, to play extra-time in drawn championship matches, to deal with concussion, to reduce the number of consecutive hand passes, to reduce the number of steps by the player in possession, to further amend the closed season rules, to requite county panels to be named by the Thursday before game, to raise the minimum age to 17 to play county senior, to remove the Quarter Final games from All Ireland  minor football championships, to give Central Council power to authorise county grounds for non-GAA games, and to allow each province to organise their provincial competitions.

County Seniors: Best wishes to the Longford County Seniors including our own contingent in the tricky assignment that is London in Ruislip this Saturday the 28th at 2pm.

Ballymore GFC’s ‘De Kube’:  Why not support Emmet Masterson representing Dromard GAA in his fundraising efforts for the club and at the same time support Ballymore in their biggest ever fundraiser, in aid of redeveloping their facilities at Ballybrien. It is being held this  Saturday, Feb the 28th in the Longford Arms Hotel, check Longford Leader for start time. Moyne C.S will also be participating.  Emmet, you’re already a winner!

Code of Ethics Course is in Longford Slashers this Monday the 2nd of March from 7pm to 10pm. Places limited, need to book in advance, contact Damien Sheridan 0879126556.  Course is €10.

Reserve League 1. The first round is on Saturday week the 7th of March in Monaduff v Fr. Manning Gaels at 7:30pm. This will be our first game of 2015, anyone who has not yet started training it’s time to hit the park!

Topaz Cash For Clubs: The club is considering entering the Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative whereby they are giving away €200,000 to clubs with each club having a chance to win up to €10,000. It runs until 5pm on the 10th May. More details later, but in the meantime, please make an effort to collect a stamp every time you spend €40 or more on petrol at Topaz filling stations.

Lotto:  Lotto results will be held over until next week.

Dromard club notes

17 February 2015

Lotto:  Results for Monday the 9th of Feburary 2015. The numbers drawn were 14, 23, 29, 30. There was no jackpot winner. The winners of the draw were: Bridie Kiernan, Lorna Reynolds, Michael Masterson – Ballyduffy, Edel Eeilly, and Carmel Cox. The seller’s prize was won by Paul Hourican.

Team Managers, Coaches, Selectors, Umpires, Fundraising, Development, First Aid, and Refereeing: If you have an interest in volunteering for any of these positions at either adult or underage level the club would be very interested in hearing from you. Please call Anthony 086 8097547 or Dermot 086 6041980.

Underage Coaching & Development: There will be an underage coaching meeting this Wednesday night the 18th in the clubhouse at 8pm. All parents and underage coaches to attend. Important to put an underage structure in place.

Second Squad: There will be a meeting at 9pm this Wednesday night the 18th in the Clubhouse. anyone who would like to help out in any way with the second squad or any players who would, like to attend are welcome to do so.

Talk on the effects of concussion: This is being organised and take place in the next few weeks. Anyone with any contribution please contact the Club Secretary on 0866041980.

Longford Coaching Foundation Courses: There will be two courses this year. The next course will run over two nights in St. Mel’s College Sports Hall on the 18th and the 25th of February from 7pm to 10pm each night. This will be the last Foundation Award run this year and places MUST be booked in advance by contacting Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556.  Cost €15 per person which covers both the Foundation and the Code of Ethics Courses, or €5 if you bring a cert confirming that you have previously completed the Code of Ethics Course.

Code of Ethics Course is in Longford Slashers on Monday 2nd of March from 7pm to 10pm. Places limited, need to book in advance, contact Damien Sheridan 0879126556.  Course is €10.

Schools Coaching which is been run by Longford Coaching & Games; has commenced their program of Fundamentals with Junior and Senior infant kids from all schools. This program aims to provide all kids with the opportunity to participate in fun filled activities and games which will promote physical activity and improve all kids fundamental movement skills (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Passing, Kicking).  It will run weekly for 8 weeks up until the Easter holidays. Thursday the 26th will see the 1st year boys from Moyne CS attend the Longford Coachings’s Post Primary Pella in Edgeworthstown Community Campus

County Development Squads: County coaches will meet with U15 & U16 football squads during their midterm break. Details on http://www.longfordgaa.ie . U15 and U16 football squads for 2016 have been selected and panels posted on the above website under Coaching.  There are also details of the Co. U13 Skills School and dates for our U14 trials. Going forward all Development Squad messages will be posted on the website under  Coaching/Development Squad.

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp Dates: July 6th – 10th: Dromard. Longford coaches have ordered the kits  which will see a half zip warm up top and modern jersey replace the traditional jersey, shorts and socks as well as including the trusty school bag in county colours.

Longford GAA 20/20 Vision Development Plan:  Longford coaching officers will be in touch with our Club Facilitators / Team Mentors to go through Club Questionnaires shortly.

Paul Barden Retirement: Best wishes to Paul a true gentleman and a long and faithful servant on the Longford Senior team; no doubt we will be seeing him with his native club Clonguish in the Longford Senior Championship later on this year.

Well done St Josephs: well done to the Arva/Killeshandra U21 Amalgamation, St Josephs, on their fine win in the Ulster U21 Club Championship Semi Final on Sunday last when the Beat St Eunans 3-5 to 0-5. There was a lot of the present Arva Senior team on the side which augers well for Arva in the years to coming. A fine goal from Conal Sheridan and a man of the match performance by Johnny McCabe helped them to reach the Ulster Final which will be held on Sunday the 22nd when the play Watty Grahams the Derry Champions.  Indeed it was a great weekend for Arvagh GAA who had thir Dinner Dance the previous night at which they had the Junior Championship and the Division 2 League Cups.

Ballymore GFC’s ‘De Kube’:  Ballymore’s biggest ever fundraiser, in aid of redeveloping their facilities at Ballybrien, is being held on Sat Feb 28th in the Longford Arms Hotel for anyone wishing to join and support them in what should be a great nights entertainment.  Details: 087-7655186

Dromard GAA Club Notes

09 February 2015

Div 3/Reserve League 1:  Some light indoor training is starting these days along with the senior panel, players are encouraged to attend and get their season started.

Team Managers, Coaches, and Selectors; if you have an interest in volunteering for any of these positions at either adult or underage level the club would be very interested in hearing from you. Please call Anthony 086 8097547 or Dermot 086 6041980. Or similarly if you would like to help the club in any other positions First Aid, Umpiring, Finance Committee, Club Development, etc.

Senior AGM  – 31st of Jan 2015: We had a well attended AGM on Saturday 31st of Jan. Chairman Anthony Maguire gave an excellent address outlining the clubs progress in 2014 and outlined our plans and hopes for 2015. Secretary Dermot Reilly outlined the clubs main activities both on and off the pitch throughout the year and it was highlighted by both the Chairman and Secretary the great achievement of our Senior team winning the Div. 1 league for the first time since 2006 and bringing home some silverware to the club for first time since 2007.  The Club extends our thanks to the Management ,Players and backroom team who brought these honors to Dromard this year and we wish them all the best for 2015 and pledge that the Club will be 100% behind them again. Another highlight of the year was the lotto drive which provided much needed financial support for the club and again we would like to thank all who got behind the initiative and gave it the push it needed. Treasurer Frank Smith then gave his financial report outlining all income and expenditure for the club. It was highlighted that the club is unfortunately spending  more than it is currently taking in and it will be important in 2015 that efforts are made to correct this. It was proposed that a finance committee needs to be put in place as soon as possible. The function of this committee will be to follow up on the good work done in 2014 in setting up the Lotto yearly subscriptions with a view to growing the no. of sales even further and to also work on other fund raising initiatives to help put the club back on a sound financial footing. We would like to appeal to anyone who is willing to give some time to this committee to contact Kevin Hourican in the coming weeks. The Election of Officers saw many of the previous committee being reinstated. The following appointments were made. Chairman: Anthony Maguire , Secretary: Dermot Reilly, Treasurer: Frank Smith, Vice Chairman: Michael O’Reilly, Assistant Secretary: James Mimnagh, Assistant Treasurer : John Joe Donohoe, Children Officer: Susan Murphy , Cultural Officer: John Duffy, Coaching officers: John MacNaboe, Mary Reilly, Paul Hourican,Peter Darcy. County Board Delegates: Gerry Mimnagh, Joe Murphy & Anthony Maguire. Player Rep: TBC as this will be the captain of the Senior Team for 2015. We would like to thank all outgoing officers for there continued dedication to the club. The following positions were left unfilled : PRO, Registrar & Fixtures Secretary. The Club is hopeful these positions can be filled in the coming weeks and the club would love to see some new blood stepping into the fold. If anyone is willing to give a little bit of their time towards the betterment of your Club then we would appeal to all members to consider putting their names forward for these positions by contacting any of the officers already elected. Pat Jones and Peter Crossan were both elected to the honorary position of club Presidents and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincerest thanks to both these great men for their continued years of service to Dromard GAA. The Club would also like to congratulate and thank our County Players who represented Dromard so well in 2014 and we wish the very best of luck to them again in 2015 especially any new additions to the county panel. The club would also like to thank all managers, players and backroom teams across all our Adult and Minor teams in 2014 and again we would appeal to all members to consider giving some time to support the various teams. The club as a whole need more people to get involved in 2015 to safeguard our Clubs future.

Longford Coaching Foundation Courses: There will be two courses this year. The first will be this Saturday 14th in Edgeworthstown Community Campus from 10am to 4pm. The second course will run over two nights in St. Mel’s College Sports Hall on the 18th and the 25th of February from 7pm to 10pm each night. Cost €15 per person which covers both the Foundation and the Code of Ethics Courses, or €5 if you bring a cert confirming that you have previously completed the Code of Ethics Course.

Code of Ethics Course is in Longford Slashers on Monday 2nd of March from 7pm to 10pm. Places limited, contact Damien Sheridan 0879126556.  Course is €10.

School Club Link training night: Sean Mc Nerney took part in this, it was a very beneficial night with a lot of enthusiastic coaches and we hope that Sean can now get active within St. Patricks NS and encourage these kids to attend the Club on a regular basis.  Longford Coaching and Games will now continue to work with these coaches as they go about the roll out of their coaching sessions within their local schools between now and the summer.

Schools Coaching which is been run by Longford Coaching & Games; has commenced their program of Fundamentals with Junior and Senior infant kids from all schools. This program aims to provide all kids with the opportunity to participate in fun filled activities and games which will promote physical activity and improve all kids fundamental movement skills (Agility, Balance, Coordination, Running, Jumping, Throwing, Catching, Passing, Kicking).  It will run weekly for 8 weeks up until the Easter holidays. Thursday week the 26th will see the 1st year boys from Moyne CS attend the Longford Coachings’s Post Primary Pella in Edgeworthstown Community Campus

County Development Squads: County coaches will meet with U15 & U16 football squads during their midterm break. Details on  www.longfordgaa.ie . U15 and U16 football squads for 2016 have been selected and panels posted on the above website under Coaching.  There are also details of the Co. U13 Skills School and dates for our U14 trials. Going forward all Development Squad messages will be posted on the website under  Coaching/Development Squad.

Longford GAA 20/20 Vision Development Plan:  Longford coaching officers will be in touch with our Club Facilitators / Team Mentors to go through Club Questionnaires shortly.

County Team: Congratulations to our county team and well done to our own four county players Diarmuid, Francis Paul and Ross who contributed to Longford’s much need win over Antrim in Pearse Park on Sunday last. We wish them the best luck in the next round against London in Ruislip on 28th February

 

 

 

Christmas Ball 

Dromard GAA will be holding their 1st Annual Christmas Ball in the Breffni Arms

on Saturday 27th December 2014.

On the night there will be a Luxurious 5 course meal ,a special presentation will also be made to the 2 surviving members of the victorious 1946 championship team Charlie Murtagh & Tommie Reilly. Afterwards there will be dancing to Keith McDonald and the Showband show.

This promises to be a great social occasion so make sure and get your ticket as there will be a limited supply.

Hope to see you all on the night.

 

Damien Sheridan thinks the targets can be achieved

Damien Sheridan.

Damien Sheridan.

 

 

 

 

 

Longford GAA Games Development Administrator Damien Sheridan knows the development plan, 20/20 Vision for Longford, is an ambitious one but he thinks the targets can be achieved.

“We have a document and we have goals and targets for 2015-2016,” Sheridan told the Leader. “There are five areas and what we want to achieve with those. Some of them are tangible. We want to run an U-13 league in February, 15-aside with just one division. We have seven clubs capable of fielding a team on their own. What we are looking for is that the remaining teams link together and be able to make a new unit – not an amalgamation but a unit.”

One area the group are focussing on is the club scene which they believe needs to be developed. They hope to get things started in early 2015. Sheridan said: “By the second or third week in January clubs will be hearing a lot more about us. We will be rolling out different things. The first four months will be about club development and getting fixtures in place for the year, upskilling coaches; we will be active in that.

As the year progresses we will see a link development phase – lads that are coming out of county minor and U-21 will be monitored, tracked and given programmes to adhere to. It’s trying to keep the quality up as they go back into club football. The next time they go to pull on a Longford jersey they will be in a better position to do themselves justice and become a better player.”

There is also a focus on county development squads in the plan. Nothing is unrealistic and Sheridan believes everything will benefit the players. “There’s nothing really tangible coming out of the development squads; we want better systems, better treatment of players, a better monitored approach and just trying to do things better. We want to get more people involved in the coaching side.”

Sheridan hopes that all the goals in the plan will be achieved but he knows it might not work out like that. The club scene is where the Dromard man wants to see a change.

“The whole thing has to be looked at as a package. But if we could only do one thing it’s that the clubs get a better system, deal with the players they have and get a higher level of coaching.”

Improving the number and standard of coaches is something that Sheridan wants to see happening. He feels that would bring on players and ultimately lead to success.

“If you increase the standard of coaching that would bring on our players. A prime example of that is Cnoc Mhuire, Granard where you have about seven teachers who have a real interest in sport and at least five of them are interested in Gaelic Football and that school has gone from strength to strength. St. Mel’s are starting to come back now due to a really strong GAA principal (Declan Rowley). If you have people who are interested and are prepared to work hard, you will have success.”

For the plan to work Sheridan hopes that every club will get behind it. It is for the betterment of Longford football; from club right through to county.

“We are going to need the backing of all the clubs and everyone within those clubs. Everything that we do is to try and better Longford GAA clubs, players, root and branch and ultimately help our county players. Every county team that we put out, we want to achieve more that we have already achieved. We want to raise standards.”

 

LONGFORD LADIES  JUNIOR CHAMPIONS 2014

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