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25th Anniversary Celebrations

A great night was had by all who attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the clubhouse in Na Gaeil on Saturday night last.

People started gathering shortly after 9pm and in no time at all the place was packed to the rafters. Many past players, mentors, club members and officers attended and old friendships were renewed, with all of them taking a trip down memory way and recounting stories from the past.

Current chairperson Tim Lynch welcomed everybody on the night and paid tribute to all the people involved in the club since its formation back in 1979, saying that their hard work and dedication has made Na Gaeil the great club that it is the day.

He also paid tribute to all the bar managers and staff past and present for helping to run a very successful clubhouse for the last 25 years and for the lovely atmosphere they have helped to create in it.

The first chairperson of the club, Denis Reen spoke passionately about the formation of the club in ‘79 and praised the people who had the vision to see that a new club was needed for the youth of the greater Oakpark area and had the courage to bring their vision to fruition. Special guest on the night was MEP Seán Kelly as was fitting as Seán opened the clubhouse 25 years ago this month.

He cut the cake and officially got the celebrations under way. Seán complimented everybody associated with the club down through the years saying that it is very difficult to form a new club and make it a success.

He said that he is very impressed with the progress of the club since its inception and looks forward to seeing Na Gaeil go all the way in the Junior Championship in the near future and hopefully play in Croke Park like many other Kerry clubs have done.

He praised the club for treating men and women equally and congratulated the ladies on their All Ireland win of a few years ago. It was indeed a great night of celebration, a lovely atmosphere prevailed and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Thanks to everybody who helped on the night. The bar staff, the people who prepared the food and to our musician who played lovely tunes all night.

Na Gaeil Annual Cycle

Na Gaeil Annual Fundraising Cycle takes place on Saturday August 27th .Starting time is 9.30am from the clubhouse in Killeen. There is an 80km route via Castleisland, Abbeyfeale and Listowel and a 40km route via Castleisland. Registration fee is €20 for adults and €10 for under 18’s. All are welcome to take part in what should be a great day’s fun and exercise.

Leaving Cert

We wish all students who receive their Leaving Cert results this week the very best of luck. We hope that all goes well for you.

U 10 We’ve had a few busy weeks recently playing challenge games. Last Wednesday 10th we hosted Fr. Casey’s from Abbeyfeale. This Wednesday 17th we play Kilcummin at home. On Thursday 25th we’re due to host Cordal. Watch out for a text from JJ with all the details. Please ensure you bring water and your mouth guard.

U 8 Training continues next Thursday August 18th at 6.30pm & Sunday August 21st 11am.
Don’t forget your ball, gum shields & water.
See you all there.

U 6 Plenty obstacles were overcome at training this week as the boys and girls fought hard to win the team drills provided. During the small group time the coaches concentrated on throwing the ball up between two players. Great progress is being made by all!

Na Gaeil Ladies : Na Gaeil Ladies v John Mitchels in the Mary Jo Curran Cup.

We played John Mitchels at home on Monday night. We started brightly with a point from Kate Anne followed by 2 points each from Jadyn and Sibeal. Mitchels tried coming back at us but Susan, Eimear and Aimee stood up to their challenge and kept their scoring low.

Laura had safe hands in goals and was setting up our attacks with her quick kick outs. Erika and Jadyn scored a goal apiece before half time to give us a commanding lead.

Mitchels regrouped and came at us hard at the start of the 2nd half scoring an early 1.02. Ria and Clodagh came into the backs with Sarah, Martina and Sheila to tighten up. After which we didnt concede any more scores. Nora won the ball, drove forward and put it over the bar. Mags was getting involved and found Erika who scored a point. Jadyn scored a point from a free that Katie won. Blaithnaid found Meagan with a great pass to score a goal.

Caoimhe found Sibeal and Meagan with good passes for each of them to score a point apiece. Despite losing Kate Anne through injury towards the end of the game, we managed to come out well on top. This young and inexperienced team have performed very well this year despite missing a lot of our senior players and deserved this victory through the hard work and good team play.

Team; Laura Fitzgerald , Susan Fernane, Sheila O Riordan, Erika O Sullivan, Katie O Shea, Martina O Connor, Mags Maunsell, Nora O Connell, Meagan Sheehy, Jadyn Lucey, Ria Walsh, Aimee Kerins, Caoimhe Hannafin, Eimear Nolan, Blaithnaid O Connor, Kate Anne O Connor, Sarah Quigley, Sibeal Casey, Clodagh O Connor.

Sandra Keane U13 Invitational Blitz is being held in John Mitchels on Saturday the 20th August at 10.00 am. Best of luck to our U13 Ladies Team that will be competing in this competition.

FUNDRAISING:Na Gaeil Ladies are fundraising with a used clothes and shoes collection. All unwanted items such as new, unused, torn and unwanted clothes, bedding and towels, curtains, shoes, bags and belts are being collected by the Ladies club as part of their fundraising campaign. Any items for donation can be brought along to training or dropped into the club bar any evening. All contributions greatly appreciated

U 14 Ladies Following a few weeks break from competitions and families on holidays we are back in action again. The North Kerry League is kicking off next week and we start with an away match to John Mitchels. For the under 13 girls, we will have a team entered in the Sandra Keane Memorial Tournament which takes place in John Mitchels on Sat. 20th Aug. Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer holidays and look forward a good second half of the season.

Cash For Clubs

Na Gaeil is now registered in the ‘Topaz Cash for Clubs’ initiative. Any club Members who are also Topaz card holders are able to allocate tokens to the Club and help raise funds
Na Gaeil Cycling Club Na Gaeil Cycling Club are now up and running with their full summer schedule: Monday and Wednesday nights at 6.15pm and Saturday mornings at 10am.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. We train on Monday and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm. This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. 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. We are out in the field on Wednesday nights and Saturday evenings. Boots or Runners are all that are required. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.


The draw for the jackpot of €4,700 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 7, 17, 18, 21. There was no winner. €50 winners were Kathleen Dillane, Curravough South and The O’Connor Family, Ballinorig. €25 winners were David & Bríd Rath, Ballyard, Martin Costello, C/O Na Gaeil, James O’Donoghue, Daybreak and Jerry Turner, Cloondara. Next week’s lotto is worth €4,800. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.


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. The bingo is run on a total voluntary basis and 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 the club house 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. Everyone from novice to senior will enjoy a relaxing game of 45.

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