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Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels AGM 2019

Posted on: November 12th, 2019 by admin

We invite all to attend the AGM of Dunshaughlin GAA & Royal Gaels LGFA in St. Seachnall’s National School on Friday 22nd November 2019. The meeting will begin at 7.30 p.m.

We hope you will be able to attend on the night to get an update on club activities during the year and contribute to the club’s deliberations.

Members and non members are very welcome to attend and contribute but please note that only Full Members, that is adults whose membership fees were paid on or before 31st March 2019 (in accordance with Rule 6.2) shall be eligible to vote, should there be any need for votes to be taken at the Annual General Meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd November.

For Further Information contact Jim Gilligan, Secretary/Runaí, Domhnach Seachnaill clg on 086 8291816


Division 2 Minor Final V Dunboyne

Posted on: November 4th, 2019 by admin

Dunshaughlin Minor boys win Division 2 Championship.

Final Score: Dunshaughlin 1-9     St. Peters Dunboyne 1-8

This game was originally fixed as part of a double header with the Division 4 final in Pairc Tailtean but was changed to Skryne after heavy rain on Friday, due to concerns about the state the Pairc Tailtean pitch would be in after the senior final on Sunday. In any case it appears the decision was premature as the weather was beautiful the whole weekend and the Bank Holiday Monday was a beautiful day for football. Because of a clash of colours both teams had to change to alternative strips, Dunshaughlin lined out in the red and white of our hurling parish team, Drumree while Dunboyne lined out in green. Skryne was the venue chosen to host the final and based on form Dunshaughlin would have been hot favourites going into the game against Dunboyne.

However Dunboyne almost pulled off what would have been one of the biggest shocks of the Minor Championship in 2019 as they led for the majority of the game. Dunboyne led by 1-6 to 0-3 at half time and Dunshaughlin were relieved to hear the half time whistle to give them a chance to come to terms with the challenge they faced and focus on getting back into the game.

Dunshaughlin took the lead in the opening minute with a Robert Walker point which was equalized in the 4th minute with a pointed free from Dunboyne. In the 6th minute Dunshaughlin midfielder Conor Gray spotted his midfield partner had snuck his way in behind the Dunboyne defence and kicked a 60 meter precise pass leaving Ciaran McCarrick one on one with Dunboyne keeper Jamie Ryan but McCarrick’s shot was saved brilliantly by Ryan.

That save gave inspiration to Dunboyne and for the rest of the half they stood up to all Dunshaughlin had to throw at them while also helping themselves to a further five points culminating in a Ciaran Lonergan goal with 2 minutes remaining in the 1st half. Dunshauglin only managed two further points in the last 29 minutes of that half (John McDonagh & Ruairi Kinsella) and were not helping their own cause by uncharacteristically kicking wide’s from both play and frees.

There were a few choice words spoken by Paul Murphy during the halftime talk in the Dunshaughlin dressing room and Paul Nestor’s inspiring words will never be forgotten by all present, it gave the boys a very clear indication of the effort required to have any hope of collecting the silverware. In fairness to the boys, they responded magnificently and came out a totally different team in the 2nd half and fought for every ball like their life depended on it. Dunshaughlin started to eat into the Dunboyne lead with Murphy scoring points in the 3rd and fourth minutes but Dunboyne were dogged and were hanging in and scored an early second half point themselves and were making Dunshaughlin work really hard for every score. But as the game wore on Conor Gray and Ciaran McCarrick were beginning to stamp more of authority at midfield and the comeback was really on when McDonagh and Murphy both scored points reducing the deficit to three points with ten minutes remaining. Then the relentless pressure on the Dunboyne goal paid off with a magnificent Ruairi Kinsella goal. Immediately after the kickout Dunshaughlin spurned a chance to take the lead with another shot going wide. However cool heads prevailed on the Dunshaughlin team and heading into injury time Dunshaughlin led by two points scored by Murphy & Kinsella. The seven minutes of injury time were nail biting stuff and Dunboyne reduced it to one in the 3rd minute of injury time with a pointed free. Great work in the Dunshaughlin defence especially from James Traynor, Jared Rushe & Donagh McCarrick held Dunboyne at bay. Also Colm Keane switching to half forward made life more difficult for Dunboyne setting up their attacks.

There was great celebration among the large crowd of Dunshaughlin supporters when Keith Sheerin blew the final whistle. It was a great comeback from been six points down at half time, this bunch of lads showed their true character when their backs were to the wall and showed what a special group of boys we are blessed with. They are a credit to their club, their families, their mentors and themselves.

Some of the mentors have been with this bunch since Nursery and were with them also when they were crowned Meath Feile Division 1 champions, Seamus Traynor, Andy Byrne & Derry McCool (Dave McCormack was a coach with the Feile team) and this year got further coaching assistance from Paul Nestor & Kieran O’ Riordan and Paul Murphy as manager.

We wish the older members of this team the best of luck as they now enter the adult football ranks and the younger members of the squad best wishes as they prepare for the 2020 Minor campaign.

Joint Captains Daragh Byrne & Ciaran McCarrick were presented the Liam Tolan cup by Teresa Tolan & Mairead Delaney.

Dunshaughlin : Jack Nestor, Jeff Wall, , Aiden Fraher, Donagh McCarrick, Colm Keane, James Traynor, Jared Rushe, Ciaran McCarrick, Conor Gray, Cillian McCool, John McDonagh (0-2), Robert Walker, ( 0-1), Ruairi Kinsella (1-1), Daragh Byrne, Aaron Murphy (0-5).

Subs: Alex Arkins Flinter for Cillian McCool, Sean Walsh for Jeff Wall, Jack O’ Riordan, Moustafa Saadon, Cian Edwards , Liam O’ Connor, Cian McLoughlin, Shane Kennedy, Charlie O’ Connor, Fursey Blake. Away: Calum Deehan, Jack Brady.

Date of game: Monday October 28th 2019 3pm in Skryne


Race Night 2019

Posted on: October 15th, 2019 by admin

Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels Race Night

Fancy a flutter & a good night out with friends? We are gearing up for the Club Race Night on November 2nd in the Arch Bar. All support welcome and you are guaranteed a great night out. Contact Mairead Delaney or Jim Gilligan to name your horse, become an owner or jockey.

Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels players with Meath 2019

Posted on: August 27th, 2019 by admin

Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels are proud to celebrate the success of our 24 young players representing various Meath teams in 2019. Well done to all 24 boys & girls and thanks to all the coaches in the club and county who helped them along the way.
The Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels Meath Players Pictured:
Back (L-R): Fursey Blake (U16) Conor Gray (U16) Adam McDermott (Junior) Luke Mitchell (U20) Matthew Costello (U20) Pierce Dunne (U14) Donagh McCarrick (U15)
Middle (L-R): Aaron Murphy (U16) John McDonagh (U16) Niamh McEntee (U16) Karla Kealy (U16) Petra Reilly (Minor) Clara MacCanna (U16) Meadhbh Byrne (Minor) Susie O’Rourke (Minor) Fiach Hartigan (U14)
Front (L-R): Malik Ryan (U14) Ruairí Kinsella (U16) Olivia Quinn (U12) Siún Hartigan (U12) Joy Osas (U12) Grace Summerville (U12) Elena Kennedy (U14) Molly O’Connor (U14)

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by admin

U8 to U17 players’ parents:
Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels will host a nutrition information night in St. Patrick’s Hall next Wednesday 21st August @ 7pm.
Guest speaker will be Daniel Davey, nutritionist to Leinster Rugby & Dublin GAA. Daniel will give a 30 minute talk on nutrition followed by a Q&A. Parents/guardians are invited to attend. Please confirm your availability to attend via PM on our facebook page or contacting club coaching officer Stephen Claire or mentors through watsapp group.

B Division 2 Final V Na Fianna

Posted on: July 18th, 2019 by admin

B League, Division 2 Final

Dunshaughlin 4-10 Na Fianna 1-8

A storming second half performance by Dunshaughlin gave them victory over Na Fianna in the B League Division 2 final at Moynalvey. The first half was a tightly contested affair, which ended with Na Fianna in front by 0-6 to 0-5. The Na Fianna defence was on top for the half hour and no Dunshaughlin forward got on the scoreboard, the points coming from half-back Shane Gallogly and both midfielders, Ronan Geraghty with two and Adam Kealy the other.


The second half reversed the trend of the first as the winners hit 1-2 in the first three minutes, Mark Devanney with a point, Cian Gallogly with a goal and brother, Shane with another point. Jack McNally replied with a Na Fianna point but from there to the end Dunshaughlin took charge. Cian Gallogly added another goal before the end and Danny Quinn and Cathal McCormack netted late on to give the scoreboard a lopsided look that didn’t reflect the closeness of the earlier part of the game.


David Dunne and David Fildes and Paul Walsh were outstanding throughout, especially in the first half with both Davids making numerous forays upfield. Shane Gallogly, Paul Briody and Josh Wall formed a strong half back line with Gallogly and Wall also prominent in attack. Ronan Geraghty and Adam Kealy shared four points between them and got the upper hand on a strong Na Fianna partnership of Brian Queeney and Evan Hendrick. The attack didn’t spark into life until the second half when it recorded 4-5. Trevor Dowd took control of the game from centre-forward, Eric Casserley alternated between attack and defence to great effect and Cian Gallogly ended as top scorer with 2-1.


Andrew Smith; Paul Walsh, David Dunne, David Fildes; Shane Gallogly (0-3), Paul Briody, Josh Wall; Adam Kealy (0-2), Ronan Geraghty (0-2); Eric Casserley, Trevor Dowd (0-1), Andrew Leneghan; Cian Gallogly (2-1), Danny Quinn (1-0), Mark Devanney (0-1). Subs used: Cathal Sheehan; Cillian Hart; Cathal McCormack (1-0); Alastar Doyle; Harry Dunne; Conor Keena.


After the game county secretary Mairéad Delaney presented the trophy to the joint captains, Trevor Dowd and Kenny McTigue.

Photo courtesy of hoganstand.com

Camino Walk

Posted on: July 5th, 2019 by admin

Details of our 5 day walking to Santiago de Compostela in April 2020

under 12 div 1 girls final

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by admin

Congratulations to our U12 girls who are Division 1 Champions

Dunshaughlin Royal Gaels 0-08
St Colmcille’s 0-02

The top 2 teams in Division 1 had their much anticipated Final in Dunganny on a windy Sunday afternoon. St Colmcilles went into the game unbeaten after 8 games, with Royal Gaels only one shy with 7 wins and some unfinished business to tend to. We know each other well at this stage, having met last year in Division 6 and there are friendships between both players and management team on the 2 sides.
There was a huge level of support and the girls were ready for what we knew was going to be a tough battle.
It was a tense and tight first quarter and both sides put up iron defences – it proved difficult to make scoring opportunities. Then mid-fielder SiúnHartigan scored the first point of the game from a free – an important score to put Royal Gaels ahead and settle things down. Siún had a great game and displayed her famous ‘Squat and Snatch’ throughout the game, winning possession whenever an opportunity presented itself. Forward Orlaith Mc Entee put on serious pressure to break through the defence from the beginning to the end of this game. With her trademark two tone boots, a joy to watch, she gave it her all. Half -forward Emily MacCanna worked hard to gain possession and make opportunities. Tara Glennon had a strong and consistent performance throughout the game and even when she got a few hard bangs she just shook herself off and followed the ‘Ignore & Score’ approach. Aisling O’Connor was dogged and gave it her all. With her trademark pink gloves and ‘can-do’ attitude, she stuck to her player like a magnet. JoyOsas had an imposing presence in the middle of our defence – she has great vision and speed and is not afraid to take calculated risks… she is always one step ahead of the opposition. Ellie Dervan played a stormer in the half-back line. Fresh back from injury, she was determined to make her mark and gave 100% to the game and to her team.
We were against the wind in the second quarter and hampered a number of well taken shots. The only score in the second quarter was a point from Cilles taking the scoreline to a draw. Royal Gaels ensured that Cilles didn’t take advantage of the conditions and displayed super hand passing, defence and teamwork to hold the score until Half Time. The Royal Gaels backs were fierce. Ronnique Kato and Niamh Summerville are small but strong. Ronnique seems to have extra hands and when she goes in for a ball, you know she will come out with it. NIamh Summerville can go from standing to fifth gear in a flash and difficult for anyone marking her to know where she will go to next. Lovely to have 3 Summervilles on the team – they brought with them an army of supporters and great to see all the extended families cheering them on. Niamh’s sister Grace was mid-field and also has the turbo-boost feet. A great leader she gives great guidance and direction to her team-mates. Captain & cousin Caitlin Summerville completes the clann. Caitlin was, as always, on fire as goalkeeper. Not only was she perfect in her on-pitch performance, her acceptance speech was pitch perfect too. Áine McTigue was a rock in defence and mopped up anything that came her way. Georgia Muldoon came on as half-forward and got stuck in straight away. Having given up a trip away she showed the team how dedicated and committed she is.

The half-time whistle and the score was Dunshaughlin Royal Gaels 0-1 St. Colmcille’s 0-1.

Royal Gaels have a habit of ramping up scores in the third quarter and with the wind on our side again, this game was no different. There was lovely passing play and Katelyn Robinson scored her first point of the game to put Royal Gaels ahead. Our top scorer in the League overall, Katelyn has really mastered the hook kick and was like dynamite in this game as always. Katie Smith stole the Cille’s kick-out and sent it back into the forward line and on to Katelyn who scored again. We were really getting into our stride now and after another wide, Katie Smith stole the kick-out again, passing to Tara Glennon and on to Orlaith McEntee. Orlaith took her shot, hit the post and went over for her second point and putting us in front by 3 points. Katie Smith joined this team from the Amber team to cover for injury for the last 3 games of the season. She was a very welcome addition and really made her mark playing with the older girls. The last few minutes of the 3rd quarter were a joy to watch. The girls worked as one and seemed to be winning all the play. Olivia Quinn played a starring role in the half- forwards, passing and creating opportunities for the full forwards. She can read the game and makes herself available – is determined and fast – she is a team player and sets the team up very effectively. Forward Tara Glennon, who has been a consistent score machine throughout the league, scored a lovely point in the last seconds of the third quarter ensuring a lead of 4 points going into the last 10 minutes of this nail-biting FInal.

With the wind against us again, the girls kept up their game and made sure that no mistakes were made. The Cup was in sight but they maintained their composure. Cilles tried hard to score but Caitlin Summerville was unwavering in goals. Some great team passing from Olivia Quinn and Tara Glennon ended with another point for Katelyn Robinson. Then, Orlaith McEntee set up a lovely point from play, passing it into Katelyn Robinson who blasted it over the bar. Cilles responded with a point bringing the scoreline to 0-7 to 0-2 with only minutes remaining. Hard not to get excited at this stage. The Orlaith and Katelyn duo again and now it is 0-8 to 0-2. Cilles never gave up and took 2 shots, one went wide and the second was saved by the glue hands of Caitlin Summerville. Time was up, that was the end – Under 12 Division 1 Champions. What a great win and what a great day. The girls let the game faces fade away and pure exhilaration and excitement took hold. Black and Amber supporters swarmed onto the pitch.

Beaming grins on everyone’s faces, players and supporters alike. Coaches Brian Hartigan and Stephen Robinson were grinning from ear to ear – not just proud coaches but proud Dads too. Cilles were great sports and Ken, Dave & Jackie were very complimentary of our performance. They are a fine team and this was a tough battle.

After the Cup Presentation, the team and supporters did the ‘beep procession’ around the village and then on the The Arch Bar function room for lovely Carletto’s pizzas and Mick O’Brien kindly provided refreshments. Thank you to all the parents, supporters, families, coaches, FLOs and sponsors. An amazing day and a fitting end to a great Spring League. A Division 1 County Medal at the age of 11 – hard to beat. These are memories for life.

Team: Caitlin Summerville (Capt), Katelyn Robinson (0-4) Orlaith McEntee (0-2), Tara Glennon (0-1), Siún Hartigan (0-1), Grace Summerville, Emily MacCanna, Olivia Quinn, Aisling O’Connor, Áine McTigue,Ronnique Kato, Niamh Summerville, Georgia Muldoon, Joy Osas, Ellie Dervan & Katie Smith.

u16 final

Posted on: May 28th, 2019 by admin

Congratulations to our under 16 boys who won their Division 1 final over St. Colmcille’s in Pairc Tailtean. It was a well deserved long overdue victory for the boys in Black and Amber. Read full match report below

Full time : Dunshaughlin 2-19 (25) St. Colmcille’s 2-7 (13)
Half time : Dunshaughlin 2-10 (16) St. Colmcille’s 2-5 (11)
When the referee Patrick Clarke blew the final whistle in PaircTailtean, Dunshaughlin players and supporters went into wild celebration as this group of boys in the Black and Amber colors had just won their first ever Division 1 title. After losing four Division 1 finals to St. Colmcilles since been under 12 it was finally to be Dunshaughlin’s day in the sun against their great rivals from the coast. It was an exciting contest played in a very sporting manner by both teams which was helped by a referee who let the game flow as much as possible.
Dunshaughlin led this under 16 final from start to finish with center half back Jared Rushe opening the scoring with a well taken point in the first minute.
Dunshaughlin’s dominance in the opening ten minutes was reflected on the scoreboard which showed them leading 2-6 to no score. The five other points kept coming at the rate of one a minute (Colm Keane, Ruairi Kinsella & Arron Murphy one each and two converted frees from John McDonagh). The two goals coming in the 8th and 10th minute, the first a low shot on goal from Kinsella was going just wide when the quick thinking Murphy got his boot to the ball to send it to the net, the second from Kinsella from the penalty spot, whose scoring rate from penalties for Dunshaughlin has always been excellent. The penalty as a result of Joseph (Joey) Dunne been brought down bearing down on goal.
During that first ten minute period the hunger, determination, dominance throughout the field and the fantastic passages of football played by the boys in the Black and Amber gave a very clear message they meant business and were not going to be beaten.
The second 10 minutes the seasiders had their purple patch and scored 1-3 but Dunshaughlin remained calm and got back into their stride and although St. Colmcille’s tagged on another 1-2 before half time Dunshaughlin had four scores themselves in the lead up to half time (2 each from Murphy & McDonagh, 1f).
Dunshaughlin went in at half time leading by five points (2-10 to 2-5) and in reality, could have been further ahead as full forward Joey Dunne was twice unmarked in front of an open goal and had Dunshaughlin players spotted him they could have been going in with a bigger lead.
As expected, St. Colmcilles came out all guns blazing in the 2nd half and reduced the deficit to four within a minute of the restart. But the Dunshaughlin lads responded really well with everyone putting their shoulders behind the wheel smothering every St. Colmcilles attack and restricting them to one single point for the remaining 32 minutes played in the 2nd half. Dunshaughlin were winning the majority of kickouts that included some great high fielding from Conor Gray. Apart from Gray and our on fire forwards there were also many other great performances throughout the field from John McDonagh, Donagh McCarrick, Calum Deehan, Jared Rushe, Fursey Blake, Charlie O’ Connor and Alex Arkins to name a few. In reality every player in the Black and Amber played out of their skins. In that 2nd half Dunshaughlin controlled the game, slowly increasing their lead and at the same time knocking the wind out of any St. Colmcille’s threats. Goalkeeper Jack Nestor was keeping out anything that came his way and finding Dunshaughlin players with kickouts.
Dunshaughlin outscored the boys from the coast by seven points (9 to 2) in the second half with Murphy scoring five points including the last four unanswered points at the end of the game, McDonagh and Kinsella both scoring one a piece from play and one a piece from frees. Cian Edwards handled coped really well in the corner back position and Jack O’ Riordan worked hard to twart Cilles counter attacks.
After the game Minor Board Secretary Brian Kelly presented the U16 Division 1 FL Cup to Dunshaughlin captain Fursey Blake who along with his teammates, families and supporters celebrated a night they will remember for a lifetime.
Dunshaughlin Manager/Selector Kieran O’ Riordan, Coach/Selector Paul Nestor and Selector Ultan Blake congratulate all the boys on their wonderful achievement who put in a tremendous effort in training and also like to thank all the other coaches/mentors within the club who also assist with training and Stephen Claire who also helped out on the night.
Dunshaughlin: Jack Nestor, Cian Edwards, Donagh McCarrick, Alex arkins, Charlie O’Connor, Fursey Blake, Jared Rushe 0-1, Conor Gray, Calum Deehan, Ruairi Kinsella 1-3, Colm Keane 0-1, John McDonagh 0-6, Aaron Murphy 1-8, Joseph Dunne, Jack O’ Riordan. Subs: Robert Carolan for Jack O’ Riordan, Eoin Gorman for Cian Edwards, Oliver McEnroe for Colm Keane, Moustafa Saadon, Thomas Boyle, Alberto Montero Moreno, Nevin Power, Kyle O’ Connor.
St Colmcilles: Danny Ehichoya, Sean Horan, Caolan Nulty, James French, Adrian Kavanagh, Godfrey Ehichoya, Conor Power 1-0, Liam Stafford, Sean O’Donoghue, Adam Daly 1-1, Luke Hanan 0-5, Eoghan McCloughan 0-1, Cillian Quigley, Fiachra McNabb, Oisin Murphy. Subs: Ben Maguire, Josh McLoughlin, Evan Moran, Emmet Higgins, Oisin Murphy

Final Under 16 Division 1

Posted on: May 21st, 2019 by admin

Tomorrow evening (Wednesday) our under 16 boys have their Division 1 final in Pairc Tailtean against their great rivals St. Colmcille’s. Throw in is at 7:15pm. We wish the boys the best of luck and hope they bring the silverware back to Dunshaughlin. The full panel in alphabetical order is: