Na Gaeil GAA Club News

Posted by

Jamie Lowham fires a goal for Na Gaeil against Kerins O’Rahillys. Photo by Dermot Crean

Seniors:  Na Gaeil played their first game ever in Division 1 of the Co. League last Sunday, in Strand Road.

While the result did not go our way, losing 1 – 12 to 1 – 06, we can be well pleased with the performance of all who played. It certainly bodes well for the future.

Weather conditions certainly did not help, as it was cold, breezy and sleety. Dara Devine was first to score for Na Gaeil with a free in the fifth minute.

Mikey Griffin got an excellent long-range point from play while Dara Devine brought our tally to four at the whistle. Barry John Keane one and Jack Savage four brought Kerins O’Rahillys total to five Half time Na Gaeil 0 – 04 Kerins O’Rahillys 0 – 05.

The second half was difficult as we played against a very strong wind against which we found it difficult to score. Diarmuid Herlihy got the first point to level matters. Mikey Griffin pointed from play after ten minutes and Jamie Loham got a goal after twenty.

Savage, Keane, Ferguson and Gavin with 1 – 01 in the closing minute scored for the home team.  Eamon O’Neill in goal had a good game and managed his kick outs well in spite of having the likes of Tommy Walsh and Gavin O’Brien looking to disrupt matters.

Our backs, led by Kieran Dineen and Andrew Barry, did well against some fine forwards many of whom had lots of experience of playing for Kerry at the top level. Our center field, Dan O’Connor and Diarmuid O’Connor came out on top over the hour.

Our forwards did well in difficult conditions and were unlucky that the Rahilly’s goalkeeper had a very good game. Eamon O’Neill, Ryan O’Neill, Kieran Dineen, Damien Bourke, Eoin Doody, Andrew Barry, Kieran Donovan, Dan O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Connor, Eoin O’Neill, Mikey Griffin, Eoin Walsh, Diarmuid Herlihy, Jamie Loham, Dara Devine, Ian McCarthy, Eoghan Sheehy, Tadhg Lynch.

Bacon and Cabbage: The club is supplying dinner, Bacon, Cabbage and a Pint, 1 00pm till 4 00pm, on St. Patrick’s Day. Good food and good company all for €9.

Date for Diary:  Na Gaeil annual Golf Classic will take place in Mahony’s Point, Killarney on Friday 31stst May, bank holiday weekend.

Under 14: Na Gaeil played John Mitchells at Killeen on Sunday in the third round of the Town League Division 2. The team was captained by Sean Barrett. The weather conditions were very challenging in rain/sleet and very cold temperatures. In spite of the boys’ best efforts we were defeated by our town rivals. The boys played with great heart and we will improve as the season progresses. The team was Paul Burke, Seamus O’ Neill, Dara Cunningham, Batty Coffey, Ruairi Ó hAiniféin, Shane Kelly, Sean Barrett, Rory Reen, Jack Costello, Sean Morris, Cian Sheehan, Dylan McEneaney, Liam Cooper, Conor Lucey and Tomás Walsh. We do not have a game this weekend, so we will train on Sunday morning at 11am. If any boy is interested in playing with Na Gaeil U14’s please contact 087 2903063 for information.

Juvenile Training:    Juvenile training has continues in the Complex, Tralee every Sunday morning from 10am to 12pm. The age groups catered for are: U6 Boys & Girls; U8, 10 & 12 Boys. For further information, contact Denis Sugrue on 087 280 8719 or Colm O Súilleabháin on 087 908 0465. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Ladies: Na Gaeil v Kilcummin, Ladies U14 Div. 3 County League. We played away on Sunday evening against Kilcummin in very cold and wintry conditions for our 1st game of the year. Siena won the toss and elected to play with the wind for the 1st half. Kilcummin got the better start scoring 1.02 before Siena got us our 1st point of the game. Caoilinn with a well taken goal after some fine work from Roisin. Siena got in on the act and scored a goal after a fine mazy run. Aisling found Eve with a great kick pass and Eve scored a goal on her debut for the U14s. Aoife and Elsie Peig were still working hard in the backs to try and keep Kilcummin at bay but Kilcummin sneaked in a goal as half time approached. But from the resulting long kickout from Elizabeth, which found Cara, She then made a drive run up the field and scored our 4th goal of the half. As the 2nd half started, the wind really picked up, where we struggled to get the ball out of defence resulting in Kilcummin scoring a quick 2.03. But we settled and with Priya and Grace having a superb game on the half back line, we started to take control of defence. We got another point back through Caoilinn and Roisin. At the other end, the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty. Elizabeth stood strong and made a great save. As we were putting the pressure on Kilcummin and with the clock ticking away, we found ourselves 4 points down. We had tired legs on the field but great credit to the girls, they never gave up, with the last kick of the game, we hit the post and the referee blew the whistle. Well done to all the girls for playing in atrocious conditions

Team: Elizabeth Burke, Elsie Peig Rogers, Priya O Donovan, Aoife Barrett, Grace Savage, Aisling Casey, Cara Gannon, Caoilinn O Brien, Siena Lucey, Roisin O Mahony, Eve Broderick.

Oiche Chultúra: To celebrate St. Patricks Weekend, Oiche Chulturtha Na Gaeil takes place next Friday night the 15th March in the clubhouse. This promises to be a highly entertaining evening of Irish music, storytelling, drama, dancing and singing, featuring children, teenagers and adults. Admission is free so come along at 7.30pm to secure a good seat and enjoy this feast of club talent!

Gaeltacht Scholarships:    Any Na Gaeil Coiste na nÓg members wishing to apply for a gaeltacht scholarship should contact the secretary Eamon Browne at

Free Digital Skills Course:    Our Club are looking for members who are interested in participating in a Free Digital Skills Course. Topics covered include: surfing the net, email, social media, shopping and banking online. If interested drop into the club house and sign up. Course duration is 10 hours and will be run over a couple of evenings in the clubhouse. Dates and times will be scheduled depending on demand. This is a great opportunity for anybody wishing to brush up on his or her computer skills and it is free. So please come along and sign up as soon as possible and we will get the course up and running.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club:    Na Gaeil Cycling Club winter schedule: Saturday mornings at 10am from the clubhouse. ALL ARE WELCOME, High Vis essential.

Fir Na Gaeil:     Light Football Training for Men who have retired from playing football and for those that have not played and would like to try it out. Very little skill is required. This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. . Training is on Monday and Friday nights in Na Gaeil. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info

Mná Na Gaeil:     We are a Gaelic for Mothers and Others team who come together and do a bit of exercise, football training and socialising. Anyone who would like to join are most welcome, No skills are required, just a good attitude and a sense for fun. Training is on Wednesdays and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto:   The draw for the jackpot of €1,900 took place on Thursday evening last 5/03/19. Numbers drawn were 3, 8, 16, 23. There was no winner. €50 winners were Ricky & Angela Fitzgerald, Árd na Lí. Elaine Heaslip, Derrylea. John Herlihy, Riverside. Dan Nolan, Kilflyn. Mary Maunsell, Laurel Court. Gerard Hogan, The Square. Next week’s jackpot is €2,000. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.

Bingo:   Bingo is on every Monday night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guaranteed every week with a mini jackpot that increases fortnightly when not won.  A door prize and a half-time raffle with lovely prizes will also take place every week. A bus service is available at 087 2817577.  You can ring this number for pick up and drop off.  100% of the funds raised go back directly into the club. Our club members run the bingo on a voluntary basis.  A huge thank you to all the parents who offer their time to run this vital fundraiser for the club.  If anyone wants to donate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raffle, please leave it at clubhouse and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Cards:   A card game is held every Wednesday night in the clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment and relaxation. Starting time is 9.30pm and everyone from novice to senior will enjoy a relaxing game of 45.

Clothes Collection:    There is now a Clothes Collection Bin situated in Na Gaeil car park. If anyone has bags of old clothes to dispose of please drop them in the bin. If the bin is full, they can be dropped into the clubhouse. It would be much appreciated.

Comments are closed.