Sympathy: The club would like to express its sympathy to the McCabe, Faughnan and McNaboe families on the sad passing of Frank McNaboe, London and Rosduff.
National Football League: Longford’s national football league division 3 campaign resumes this Sunday with a home game Kildare in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park at 2pm. Best of luck to Diarmuid, Francis and Paul and the rest of the county panel in this important game.
Monthly Senior Club Meeting 29th: The monthly meeting due to be held on Monday 22nd has been postponed until next Monday 29th at at 9pm in the Clubhouse.
Senior Championship Draw: The draws for the 2016 Longford Senior were made last week. In the first round, Dromard has been drawn in Group 2 along with Abbeylara, Mullinalaghta and Colmcille.
Junior / Division 3 Training Starting: Training for Junior and Division 3 Panels is now starting. Training will be on Tuesday and Friday night at 8pm and Sunday at 10am. Please check texts for time changes and for any other training. It’s very important to get started as we are due to play our first game in Division 3 on 20th of March.
First Senior Reserve 1 Game 5th March: Players interested in playing Senior Reserve League 1, take note, the first game is just 2 weeks away, on Saturday the 5th of March, so it’s important to get out and get something done before then, there will be a note on joint training for all adult teams next week and by text.
Fixtures & Events: Tue 23/2: Irish Blood Transfusion Service in St Brigid’s Community Centre Lough Gowna 4.30pm to 8.00pm. Weekly Newsletter 5pm. Irish Dancing class with Cladagh Dancing School 6:15pm. Fitness Class Kettle-bells 7:30pm. Senior & Minor Ladies & Mammy’s Training Astro Turf 9pm to 10pm. Wed 24/2: Irish Blood Transfusion Service, St Brigid’s Community Centre, Lough Gowna 4.30pm to 8.00pm. Pilates and Yoga 7pm and 8pm. Thur: 25/2: Spinning 7:30pm. U16's v Western Gaels, in Monaduff, 8pm, check text 4 confirmation.Sat 27/3: Girls training starts today from U8 up to U16, at 10am to 11am. U16: St Francis/St. Vincent’s v An Tulach Mhor Og, 2:30pm, Venue TBC, check text 4 confirmation. Senior & Minor Ladies & Mammy’s training Astro Turf 6pm to 7pm. Sunday 28/2: Walk, run, or cycle for all levels 9:30am. LD v Kildare, Pearse Pk, 2pm. Mon 29/2: Minor Club Underage Player Registration 7pm. Spin Classes, 7:30pm. Weekly Lotto Draw 8:45pm. Monthly Senior Club Meeting 9pm.
Senior Scor: Congratulations to James Grimes who represented Dromard in the Longford GAA Senior Scor, which took place in Ardagh on Friday night 12th of February, with an excellent recitation and an a fantastic performances ensured James won the county title. James then went on to represent Dromard and Longford in the Lenister Senior Scor Semi-Final , in Allenwood, results not at hand when going to press.
Vote for Brave Giant in Song Contest before March 2nd: To vote for local band Brave Giant in the Le Crunch Apple Of My Eye song contest, please visit the following website:http://www.joe.ie/music/poll-you-decide-who-makes-it-to-the-final-of-the-le-crunch-apple-of-my-eye-song-contest/531581
Lotto results: The numbers drawn for 15th February 2016 were: 3, 12, 14, 24 . There was no jackpot winner. The €20 draw winners were: Ann Brady, G McDonnell, Lorna Hourican and John Donnelly. The sellers’ prize was won by Dermot Reilly. Next week’s jackpot stands at €10,400. 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.
St Francis Dromard Minor Club Notes
Club Meeting: The minor club held a very informative, productive meeting on Thursday 18th. There will be First Aid training held for all club members in the coming weeks so please follow club notes/texts for more information. Thanks to all those who attended on the night.
Registration: Following our successful registration session on Sunday 14th it was decided to hold another registration evening. This will happen next Monday evening the 29th February at 7pm in the clubhouse. Parents whose children have not registered are once again asked to attend on the night as all players MUST be registered before playing. The following pricing structure will apply: €15 per child, €40 for a family.
Comhgairdeas: Well done to our u16 amalgamation of St. Francis/St. Vincents (Na Naomh) who had a fantastic one point victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in their debut game in the Leinster league. They defeated the town team in their own back yard following a great comeback in very poor conditions. A great start to the year for the minor club.
U16: There are possible two U16 games this week, but check text for final confirmations: This Thursday, the 25th, U16's v Western Gaels in Monaduff at 8pm. And this Saturday the 27th, St Francis/St. Vincent’s v An Tulach Mhor Og, 2:30pm, Venue TBC. Make sure to check text for final confirmations of these fixtures.
Coaches: Anyone interested in underage coaching please contact Gavin on 087 9311430, John 086 3025279, or Paul 0872482055. Coach training will be provided.
Dromard Ladies Notes
Underage Training: At long last girls we will be back on the training pitch fo the coming season. From this Saturday all underage girls from the 8yr olds to the 16 yr olds are invited back to the Astroturf from 10:00am to 11:00am for an hour of fun and football with some of our senior panel training you. Spread the word at school and make sure everybody from last year returns,and also try to bring a few new faces along as well. You know we are a friendly bunch so try and encourage your friends to come and join us. For any parents of girls who will be turning 8 this year who would like to see how we run and what we are about, just tip along to the Astroturf at 10am this Saturday where you are sure of a warm welcome and your daughters are sure of an hours fun and games. We look forward to seeing everybody returning, and if you all bring the same enthusiasm as last year we are guaranteed another good season surely.
Senior/Minor Training: This is continuing apace with decent numbers at all sessions. It is especially good to see some of our Mammys at these sessions and we hope you are getting a lot of enjoyment from it. From what we have seen some of you are still good enough to make the Panel !!!
Apology: In last week's notes I wrote that Dromard had no representation on the County U/14 Panel. Big mistake,as of course we have Karen McLoughlin and Shauna Hagan on that Panel. Hard Luck girls at the weekend against Offaly where I am told the wind won out on the day, making it almost impossible to get up the field. Still take heart from a good first half where you were six points up before finally succumbing to a good Offaly side.
Birthdays: Only one to my knowledge this week and that is Emer Brady from our U/10 Panel who turns 9 first week in March.Happy Birthday Emer and don't forget to ask all your friends who might not yet have played football to come on Saturday and give it a try.
Congratulations: Well done to our Joint Senior Club Captain Mairead Reynolds on being made Longford County Captain. This is a great honour for herself and Dromard and is great reward for all the hours she puts in both on and off the field not only with her own panels but also with all the underage children at training and matches. Always one to shy away from the limelight we just want to say how much all our young ones look up to you and this honour could not befall a nicer person. Well done Mairead from all in Dromard.