Sympathy: Dromard GAA would like to extend its sympathy to the family of the late James Kiernan, Crott, who passed away suddenly at the weekend. The Club sends its condolences also to the family of Johnny Kiernan, Enaghan, Aughnacliffe, whose funeral took place recently.
Senior League Division 1, Dromard 1-6 Abbeylara 0-16: Dromard took on Abbeylara on Saturday evening last in round 2 of the senior league in Oliver Lynch Park. Despite putting in a battling performance, especially in the second half, an understrength Dromard were unable to overcome a well-drilled Abbeylara team who took their chances well. Dromard faced an uphill task when trailing by 7 points at the break, 9 points to 2, but the team showed good work rate in the second period and scored a deserved goal with ten minutes to play, following a well-worked move started by the quick-thinking Francis McGee. With another league fixture this Wednesday (details below), more improvement will be needed to earn valuable league points. Dromard lined out against Abbeylara as follows: Gavin McNerney, David Pettit, Diarmuid Masterson, Paul McGee, Kevin Donohoe, Peter Masterson, Michael Reilly, Bernard Sheridan, James Mimnagh, Bryan McCormack, Cian Mimnagh, Emmet Masterson, James Martin, Francis McGee, Peter Mimnagh. Subs: Declan Mimnagh, Niall McManus, Sean McNerney.
Senior League Division 3: Our Division 3 team played Granard in Higginstown on Sunday last in Round 2 and suffered a narrow defeat despite an improved performance from the Killoe game. Playing against a strong wind, Dromard trailed by a single point, 3 points to 2, after a low scoring first half. An early Granard goal extended the home team’s lead before a goal for Dromard by Conor Duffy narrowed the margin. A few late scores saw Granard claim the points but with a full panel hopefully available for upcoming games, Dromard can aim to get the campaign back on track. Team: Oisin Hourican, Ronan Smith, James Conefrey, Thomas Conefrey, Keith Masterson, Conor Duffy, Niall McManus, Martin McGee, John McNaboe, Jimmy Kiernan, Peter Mimnagh, Patrick Mimnagh, Peadar Kiernan.
Senior League Division 1: Dromard take on St Columbas at home in Páirc na nGael on Wednesday (13 April) at 7.15pm. All support would be greatly appreciated.
Reserve League 1: Our reserve league panel are in action this coming weekend when they face Killoe in in Páirc na nGael on Saturday (16th April) at 5.30pm. All eligible players are asked to attend.
Strictly Come Dancing Fundraisers: Dromard GAA’s major fundraiser of 2016 “Strictly Come Dancing” takes place on Friday 29th April in the Slieve Russell Hotel (start time: 8pm). Tickets are on sale widely from any member of the club executive and all local shops. In order to raise sponsorship, a number of our dancers are holding fundraisers over the next fortnight. We ask that everyone in the parish make a special effort to attend as many of these events as possible and support our volunteer dancers as they aim to raise much needed funds for the Club. The following events have been organised:
Table Quiz: A table quiz in aid of the David Pettit “Dromard Strictly Come Dancing” fund will take place in The Goalpost, Arva, on Friday 15th April at 9.00pm sharp.
Race Night: Also on Friday night (15th April) in Arva, two of our couples Micheal Reilly/Sonia Maguire and John Duffy/Maud Farrell are holding a joint fundraising race night in Murtaghs Bar with the first race off at 9.30pm. Please come out and support the couples as well as having a great night’s craic. Spot prizes and surprises assured.
Table Quiz: A table quiz in aid of the Pete Faughnan “Dromard Strictly Come Dancing” fund will take place in Aughavas Community Centre on Friday 22nd April at 8.30pm sharp. There will be kids’ tables available and lots of spot prizes to be won on the night. Your support would be much appreciated.
Donate €10 to Rosario Rabbitt's Online Strictly Campaign: Rosario Rabbitt has set up an online fundraising campaign where she has set herself the very challenging target of raising €2,000. Rosario is hoping that people will go to the website gofundme.com/42y569sk and use their credit or debit card to donate the reasonable sum of €10 to help her reach that target, please support her in this endeavour.
Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle: Congratulations to the McCormack family and all involved in organising last Saturday’s Terry McCormack Memorial Cycle – in aid of Fighting Blindness. The cycle was a great success with a large number of cyclists turning out.
Croke Park 1916 Commemoration: The GAA is planning a special event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Following the Division One and Two Allianz Football League Finals at Croke Park on Sunday April 24, the GAA will present a show that will commemorate the Rising, the Proclamation, the story of Gaelic Games and the GAA’s role since 1916. The show will incorporate large-scale innovative theatre, dance, song, poetry and pageantry. Tickets for the league finals and this special commemoration are available on the GAA website. Group passes can also be purchased.
Lotto results: The lotto results for 04/04/2016. There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Nan Masterson, Charlie Murtagh, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Conal Conneely. The sellers’ prize was won by Kevin Hourican. Next week's jackpot now stands at €11,100. To be in with a chance to win this great prize, please get your tickets at Moyne Stores, Gortamone Stores, Corrigans Gala Store or the Clubhouse. Thanks again to all who play our lotto either weekly or subscribe on an annual basis, it is very much appreciated.
Dromard Ladies Notes
Results: Senior Panel have so far played 2 Gold Cup games, the first being conceded by Ballymahon /Forgney and the second losing to St.Helens. The third round match v Killashee was unfortunately postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. In Div2 we have also played twice, beating Carrickedmond 2-14 to 3-5,and losing narrowly to Slashers 6-6 to 7-5.Our U/16 Panel have 3 matches played so far. The first had to be conceded to Mostrim through lack of numbers (we forgive you this time Ladies as it was Easter and some of you took the chance to be away). However Mostrim agreed a 10 a side challenge which ended in an entertaining draw, for which we thank them. The Easter break must have done some good as they bounced back with an easy win over St.Helens. A not so easy victory over Ballymore which in fairness could have gone either way at one stage but our girls saw it through for a 8-11 to 6-7 win. Our U/12 Panel have also started their Championship with 2 matches played, St.Helen's conceded to us and we then beat Killoe 0-0 to 4-8. So a positive start by all panels. Keep up the good work girls.
Training and Fixtures: Training continues as normal for all underage panels on Saturday mornings at 10:30am on the astroturf, although as soon as the weather allows we hope to get you working on grass. The Senior Panel vary training according to availability and Sean or Elaine will keep you all informed. It's good to see a good few of our U/16's training with the Senior Panel as well as coming Saturdays. Well done girls it will surely stand to you for the season.
Thurs 14 April U/16 Away to Killoe, Mairead will be in touch regarding time to be in Killoe. This is the last round for us as next week we have a bye,so a big effort girls to finish on a high.Sun 17 April Senior Panel away to Killashee in Gold cup. Sean willbe in touch about times to meet. Mon 18 April U/12 Home to St. Brigids...Laura will be in touch.
Strictly Dromard: As you are by now aware this takes place Fri 29th April in the Slieve Russell Hotel. Your Chairperson Bernie and Children's Officer Peggy are taking part with their respective partners Rosario and James, and some parents in our Ladies Club, namely Dads Paul Hourican, John Duffy and Kerry Waters and Mammys Lorna Hourican and Mary O'Reilly Farrell. There is a lot of effort going into this fundraiser so please sponsor and vote for any of us and come along on the night with your banners etc to cheer us all on. Tickets are available from any of us priced €20 and also sponsorship cards. It will be a great night, so don't miss out.Birthdays: Only one to mention this week so Happy Birthday Aisling Farrell.