Club Notes for Friday 26th June 2015

posted 22 Jun 2015, 09:57 by Eamonn Kiernan

Annual Lotto Subscription: The following Panels are now up and running, and in addition to their own subscription,  they are selling the following additional number of annual subscriptions, Seniors Panel +3, Ladies +1, Juniors +1, Minors just their own subscription. Please support these teams and at the same time avail of 52 chances of winning.   As you probably know the lotto is the primary source of income for the club, it maintains all of the facilities and up to 14 teams. All of these excellent amenities are in-turn available to the community, young and old, male and female. All of the money received is spent directly on the facilities and teams. At a cost of less than €2 per week, you can support all of this for your community; while at the same time have 52 weekly opportunities to win the annual lotto, which currently stands at approx. €7000.  Over the past 4 years the lotto has paid out an exact average of €12,700 each year, to winners, all within a small 4 square mile area, you could be next!  If you would prefer to pay by cash or cheque contact any of these players or any officer. Or if you would prefer to pay via Credit / Debit Card or PayPal, go to the club website: www.dromard.longford.gaa.ie .   Separately, after the end of June the Club Newsletter will only be emailed to purchasers of our Annual Lotto.  Or if you need any more information on the Lotto contact Michael Reilly, Annual Lotto Committee Chairperson on 086 2202275 /michael@versatilepackaging.ie or Club Treasurer, Frank Smith on 086 8295200 / FencingMatters@eircom.net

Lotto Draw:  There was no jackpot winner this week. The numbers drawn were:  6, 24, 27, 30. The winners of the €20 draw prize were Pat and Mary Jones, Brendan O'Reilly, Lorraine Kane and Patricia Crowe. The sellers prize was won by Gary Maguire. Next week's jackpot stands at €6,900.

Sympathy: The club would like to express its sympathy to the Hourican family Fostra and the extended Gormley family, Pulladoey, on the death of James (Jim) Gormley in Missouri and formerly, Mount Pocono, PA. To the extended family of James P. ( JP) Kelly, late of Cunnareen & Dolman Court, Aughnacliffe. To Bernard Smith, Kenagh, and the extended Smith family, Rathmore, on the death of Margaret (Peggy) Smith (née Brickley). The extended family of the late Mary Farley (née Duffy), wife of the late Eugene Farley, Aughamore Upper. To his wife Eilish and the extended Cassells family on the death of the late Paschal Cassells, Bohey, Drumlish.

Marital Bliss: Congratulations to senior player Kevin Donohoe, Aughamore Lower, and his bride Louise Ellis from Arva, on their marriage last Saturday, the 20th June 2015, in St. Mary’s church Arva, followed by a reception in The Lough Rynn Hotel. By all accounts it was a day and indeed a weekend to remember. Welcome home to former senior player Damien Donohoe, Kevin’s brother, all the way from Australia, enjoy your stay.

Longford Seniors: Congratulations to Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire, Ross McNerney and the Longford senior footballers who picked up their second win of the championship with a victory over Carlow in Pearse Park last Saturday evening. Ross McNerney made a welcome appearance as a second-half substitute following the injury picked up in the Dublin game. A speedy recovery to Francis McGee in his on-going recuperation from an arm injury sustained against Offaly.  Longford have drawn Claire in Ennis in the next round.

U14’s in Final: Good luck to our gallant U14 team in the U14 League Final which going to press will have been on Tuesday the 23rd in Pairc Na nGeal. This is a great achievement for this young talented and committed team. They are very deserving of all support that they can get.

Fixtures and Events: Tue 23rd: U14 Final V Mostrim, PNaGeal, 7pm. Thu 25th:  U16 Ladies v Mullinaghta, away, 7pm. U12 v Aughavas, PNaGeal, 7pm. Sun 28th: Div 3 v Granard, away, 2pm

Under 8 Blitz:  Wednesday 24th, June, Under U8  Blit, 7pm. In Dromard: St. Francis, Southern Gaels, Ballymore Shamrocks, Northern Gaels.  Wednesday the 1st of July there will be an U10 Blitz in Killoe at 7pm.

Under 12:  On Thursday the 25th we play our final group game at home to Aughavas at 7:30pm before the knockout rounds take place. The date for our knockout fixture will be either Tuesday the 30th or Thursday the 1st depending on the position we finish within our group. Longford Leitrim U12 League Division 2. Thursday 25th June 2015 . Under 12 Longford/Leitrim League Division 2 Group 2 Round 5. At 7:30pm. Páirc na nGael: St. Francis V Aughavas.

Division 3:  This competition is now back up and running. It is an ideal time now that exams and college are over, to start our junior campaign for the summer ahead. The next game is this Sunday, v Granard in Higginstown at 2pm ( check text for any changes.). Training will start this Thursday night at 8:30pm for juniors, future plans will be discussed at that session.

Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp: Bookings for this summer’s camp are up 20% on this time last year so we would encourage people to book in advance to avoid disappointment and if you book before July 1st you are guaranteed to receive your gear. The website is live www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie . The kits this year 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 Blue & Yellow colours. Consider Dromard camp dates as you start planning your summer holidays: July 6th – 10th in PNaGeal. Damien Sheridan 087 912 6556

Community Employment Scheme (formally FAS): We are now taking names (Male/Female) for places on the CE scheme in Dromard and Colmcille that are coming on stream later this year. You may qualify for participation on the CE scheme if you are over 25 year’s old and receiving a qualifying payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 1 year. You may also qualify if you have completed a TUS placement. Community Employment Schemes provides long-term unemployed with training and work experience through part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities. For further information or to have your name included please contact Teresa McNerney Chairperson Dromard Development Association Ltd 0861026252 or dromarddevelopment@gmail.com

Club Texting: We have been receiving a high volume of requests to send text messages for various non-club related activities and also from people within the club who haven’t planned ahead. While it’s nice to be accommodating, it comes with its costs and annoyance to recipients.  Notwithstanding the various free services that are in use, the costs for individual messages are either €40 or €20 depending on length. This adds up to between €3000 & €5000 per year to cover 14 odd teams and various committees and supporters.  Separately, it’s an annoyance to supporters to receive frequent texts, especially for non-club related messages that they have not signed up too. To that end, for club related messages please let the PRO or Secretary know at least 3 days before an event so that your message can be included with other messages. Plan ahead and try to get your notices in the Club Notes. If they still need to be texted they can be included in a weekly text, don’t make your poor planning a burden. Separately, if you are from an organisation outside the club, your text will need to be approved on a case by case basis, and then you will need to pay by credit card before delivery.

Sponsorship Coordination: In order to plan properly and to avoid various predicaments from arising, any teams/committees within the Minor, Senior, Junior, and Ladies club, please ensure that the senior club Treasurer and Chairman are aware before asking individuals or business for sponsorship. On that note, if there is anyone out there would be interested in sponsoring any amount towards any team or event we would be delighted to hear from you.

5k Walk: Longford GAA in Conjunction with its Health and Well Being Committee will host a 5k walk on July 4th in Aid of the Samaritans. Commencing Pearse Park @ 8am via Bypass and Mall Route finishing in Pearse Park. Light breakfast served afterwards. Social event / at your own pace.  Registration €10, all proceeds to The Samaritans who are working Nationally with the GAA. The aim  is to promote Health & Wellness. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please support.

RTÉ Ireland's Fittest Family 2015, Applications open. Anyone interested in more information on this can contact the club secretary or visit the website: http://rte.ie/irelandsfittestfamily

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