Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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Celebration Night   We extend a big thank you to all who supported Na Gaeil Celebration Night in the Meadowlands Hotel on Saturday night last. It was a huge success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. A big thank you also to the Meadowlands for the wonderful venue, to the staff for the prompt service and for serving up a delicious meal. This all helped to make it such a wonderful occasion.

Tim Lynch Jnr. was MC for the night and did an excellent job. Chairperson Morgan Sheehy listed all the achievements the club had during the past year from under age to senior level in men’s and ladies’ competitions. The senior team had a great year winning the County League outright and reaching the premier Junior Final only to be beaten in a replay by eventual All Ireland winners Glenbeigh/Glencar.

The players were presented with their County League medals by Paudie Dineen who represented the County Board on the night. Na Gaeil u14 and minor teams also won their respective County Leagues with the Na Gaeil Ladies winning Féile. It was indeed a great year for the club. Eddie Sheehy was chosen as Club Person of the Year, an award richly deserved for his hard work and dedication to the club over the years.

He played a big part in Na Gaeil Ladies being named Club of the Year in 2016. Diarmuid O’Connor, Stefan Okunbor and Ryan O’Neill were congratulated on being part of the victorious Kerry Minor team as was Andrew Barry on winning an All Ireland medal with the Kerry junior team and his brother Jack on being part of the Kerry Senior team this year.

Child Protection Awareness Workshop    A Child Protection Awareness Workshop will take place in Na Gaeil Clubhouse on Wednesday March 15th at 7.30pm. The duration of this workshop will be 2.5 to 3 hours. This workshop is mandatory for everyone involved in GAA coaching (mentors, coaches, assistants etc.)

It provides introductory information on codes of conduct and child protection guidelines. Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of the course. These certificates will be valid for 3 years. Club members who have attended 2 years ago are advised to attend this course due to considerable updates in guidelines and course content since the spring of 2015.

Registration    On the Sunday 12th of March Na Gaeil will hold a final registration morning for U6’s, 8’s, 10’s and 12’s in the clubhouse from 11.00am to 12.30pm. All parents are invited to a social morning celebrating Seachtaine na Gaeilge. It will be a morning of music, food and comhrá and promises to be a fantastic occasion for all the family.
Children are invited to bring along the essays and poems they have penned and the posters they have designed to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. They will be displayed in the clubhouse throughout the morning and there will be prizes for the winners. We look forwarding to seeing you all there.

U14    Our U14 team are currently preparing for the upcoming county league. We have been training on the astro turf in the Sports Complex since early February and have had two challenge games. Attendance at training has been excellent despite the bad weather we have had over the past number of weeks. Training will continue again this Thursday in the Sports Complex.

This year the Town Board have decided to start their Under 14 league early to allow teams get some match practice before the County League. Na Gaeil is scheduled to play two games in this league in March. We are home to Kerins O’Rahillys on Sunday March 12th at 4pm. We have a bye in round two and are due to play Austin Stacks in Connolly Park on Sunday March 23rd at 4pm.

Registration is on next Sunday morning (March 12th) in clubhouse.

U8 & U12    Next Sunday 12th March at 11am the club will hold their official registration day at Na Gaeil Clubhouse in Killeen. Music, Refreshments & games for all will be provided. All players must be registered before the end of March. The Club are also a running a poster/ poetry competition promoting the Irish Language as part of “Seachtain Na Gaeilige”

Prizes for winners from each age group will be presented next Sunday at the clubhouse.

U6    The bad weather didn’t dampen the spirits of these youngsters last Sunday. Over 30 budding stars were kept busy running, soloing and bouncing the ball. Great improvements made by all.

 Girls U8 & U10    The girls enjoyed a good training session this Sunday where they concentrated on ball skills and kicking. Training continues next Sunday at 11am indoors at Tralee Sports Complex. Remember to bring water and gum shields. New members always welcome. Don’t forget we will be looking forward for the girls marching with Na Gaeil in the upcoming St Patrick’s Day parade.

Best of Luck to Andrew Barry and the Kerry U21 team that take on Clare in the first round of the Munster Championship in Austin Stack Park, Tralee this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.

Comórtas Seachtain na Gaeilge    Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl i Mí Márta. Ta comórtas ar siúl sa club chun an ocáid a cheiliúradh. Tá sé do pháistí faoi 6, 8, 10 agus 12. Scríobh aiste nó dán gairid nó déan postaer trí Ghaeilge bunaithe ar an téama: Ag Imirt Le Club Na Gaeil. Seol isteach bhur gcuid oibre don gclub roimh an dóú lá déag de Mí Márta. Bígí ag obair agus bain taitneamh as. Beidh duaiseanna ar fáil do na buaiteoirí.
Comórtas Seachtain na Gaeilge    Seachtain na Gaeilge commences on March 1st. To celebrate  the occasion Na Gaeil Club are inviting all under 6’s, 8’s, 10’s and 12’s to write a short essay or poem or design a poster in Irish based on the theme: Playing With Na Gaeil Club. Entries must be in by March 12th and can be dropped in to the clubhouse. So get your thinking caps on and enjoy. There will be prizes for the winners.
Na Gaeil Cycling Club   Na Gaeil Cycling Club is now up and running with its 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. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info. Indoor Core Training on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.00 in the gym and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the I.T.

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 now doing indoor Core work for the winter on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto   The draw for the jackpot of €7,600 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 10, 23. There was no winner.  €50 winners were Bill Quirke, Mounthawk and Ita & Harold Behan, Racecourse Lawn. €25 winners were Paudie O’Keeffe, Lixnaw, Tony Milner, Currovough, Ciaran O’Connell, Oakpark and John J. Reen, Caherslee. Next week’s lotto is worth €7,700. 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. 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 use 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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