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Committee Meeting December 2018 update

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by admin No Comments

Executive Committee Update

Wednesday, 5th December 2018

 

Correspondence

A wide range of correspondence was received since the last meeting including an updated Safety Statement to be discussed at a later meeting; a County Board report on Referee Participation; reminders from County Board that players must be registered in the New Year prior to training or playing as otherwise they are not insured; adult men and juvenile boys teams must be affiliated by Friday, 7th December; all clubs with ladies’ teams will be levied an additional €250 to cover Public Liability Insurance; Transfers Out: Michael Ahern to Naomh Olaf, Dublin, Keith Rooney to Dunsany; Thank you letter from Glanmire GAA Cork for permission to use our grounds en route to All Ireland ladies’ intermediate semi-final in Tyrone; Scór Tráth na gCeist, Question Time on 19th January in O Mahonys Clubhouse, Navan, teams of four at Under 17 and Over 17-Adult level; Updates on Data Protection from Croke Park.

 

Votes of Sympathy:

Votes of sympathy with Pat and Mary Kelly and family, Pelletstown, Drumree on the death of their daughter Alison. Pat was formerly Chairman of St. Martins and Mary was involved in establishing ladies’ football in the parish. Sympathy with the family of Sheamus Whelen, Wexford, former Chairman of Leinster Council and the Dunne family on the death of on the death of Moss Guiney, Audrey’s father and grandfather of Harry and Pierce..

AGM Review & Positions on Executive Committee

  • It was agreed that an open forum be held in the New Year at juvenile and other levels to brief mentors and get feedback and ideas from them on issues and solutions at each level.
  • Conor Murphy agreed to act as Insurance Officer for 2019.
  • Club needs to appoint an Oifigeach na Gaeilge and a Children’s officer.

 

Membership

  • Clubforce who run the online membership system are in the process of rectifying the set-up for 2019.
  • It was emphasized that all players must be paid up members while team mentors at all levels must also be paid up members and be Garda Vetted
  • It was agreed that young players registering should be made aware that if they were not resident in the parish they will not be eligible to play with the club. Meath CCCC emphasized this the last time the club sought permission for a player from just outside the parish boundaries to play with Dunshaughlin.
  • All those paying their membership need to fill in a registration form for GDPR purposes.

 

Funding & Finance

The Treasurer circulated a written report on the current financial position, one month after the AGM

  • Income is €11,476 and expenditure is €17,157
  • Lottery payout and admin is €11,000 following the recent Lotto win.
  • Loan rescheduling with the bank has not been finalized yet.
  • Sales of National Club Draw tickets to take place on Saturday. Members are asked to meet at the clubhouse at 1.30 to visit houses in the area.
  • It was agreed to circulate Royal House Draw details with the Club Draw tickets and some information on the club for new and existing residents.
  • The club will benefit by about €3,500 from the sale of the Royal House Draw tickets. The club will get 25% of any future tickets sold as we have now exceeded 100 sales. A ticket of €250 is worth over €60 to be club and members were urged to sell them. The first draw is on 29th December.

 

 

Goalmouth Repairs

  • It was agreed that Hugh McCarthy will carry out goalmouth repairs on the new pitch.

 

Clubhouse: Upstairs

  • Documentation received from ORS consultants re steps to be taken to apply for revised Fire certs and disability access cert for the upstairs.
  • Sub committee to meet with ORS to discuss same.

 

PRO & Communication Committee

  • Work is ongoing on updating the club website and changing over to a single Facebook page.
  • It is hoped to officially launch the new club crest in February.
  • Underage presentation to be discussed at tomorrow’s Juvenile committee meeting.

 

Ladies’ Report:

  • County Convention did not agree to a proposal to expand the senior championship so the adult ladies’ team will play in the intermediate championship for 2019.
  • A manager has to be appointed.

Secretary’s report for 2018 AGM

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018 by admin No Comments

Read the Annual Dunshaughlin GAA/Royal Gaels LGFA Report 2018 which was prepared by secretary Jim Gilligan for the AGM and reviews activities on and off the pitch in 2018. Open by clicking the PDF below.

AGM Rept 2018, FV

Royal Gaels Division 1 Champions

Posted on: November 23rd, 2018 by admin No Comments

Congratulation to our Minor girls on winning the Division 1 title. A fantastic achievement for a great bunch of girls and management.

Dunshaughlin GAA/Royal Gaels LGFA Annual General Meeting

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 by admin No Comments

The Dunshaughlin GAA/Royal Gaels LGFA Annual General Meeting will be held in the Pastoral Centre (rear of St. Seachnalls church) on Friday 23rd November at 7.30 p.m.
All welcome to attend and have your say on our Club.

Dunshaughlin win Minor Div. 2 Championship

Posted on: November 1st, 2018 by admin

LMFM Minor Football Division 2 Final

My life in Australia

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by admin

Dunshaughlin & Drumree player Fearghal Delaney emigrated to Australia in early 2017, we asked Fearghal to describe his life and times in Australia especially in relation to playing Hurling & Football.

My life in Australia.
It was around September of 2016 when I decided that I was going to head off to Australia, the January of the following year. This decision was not made lightly.

I felt I wanted a change from what I was doing at home in terms of work and the GAA. I had a few good friends over here and they had been telling me how the lifestyle was and that so that was a factor. I had spent 10 years playing adult football and hurling for two different clubs (Dunshaughlin and Drumree) and had sacrificed a lot, but don’t get me wrong I enjoyed every bit of it.

I felt it was a big commitment every year and some of those years unfortunately there was no reward. When I landed in Sydney in January of 2017 I wasn’t sure what to expect but thankfully I did know a few people over here. I also knew that once I joined a GAA team that it wouldn’t take me long to get know people and find my feet. The GAA is great for that when your away from home as everyone will look after everyone. I ended up joining Young Ireland’s in football and Central Coast in hurling so once again I’m playing for two different clubs. Both teams have a good few Meath lads so it was a no brainer as to who I was going to join. I remember the day I landed I walked into the Cock and Bull bar in Bondi junction which was the main Irish bar around and I was just up ordering a drink and next thing I hear from behind me “Ah Delaney what’s the crack” it was Conor O’Brien and Harry Rooney from Skryne who themselves had only been over a month before me.

They were also on the Young Irelands football team and even though we were bitter rivals at home, (I would have marked Conor a few times over the years) now we would be playing on the same team.

The season over here runs from January to September, with pre-season tournaments from January to April, league April to July and championship July and August.

One of the pre-season tournaments is the Melbourne 7s in February which is a great competition as you have teams coming from all over Australia and I have met the likes of Conor Devereux whom I played a lot with in Dunshaughlin and who is now living in Brisbane.

All the games in Sydney are played in the one venue on a Sunday so you will have a big contingent of Irish people out there for the majority of the day and it’s only a matter of time really before you start to get to know people from all the other teams.

I have to admit that I think I stood out straight away as the word on the street was, there was a girl playing men’s football, for it only to be me sporting long hair and a hairband.

When the games are finished, each team will go back to a bar that might sponsor their team and have a few drinks and more often than not people from every team would end up in the same bar by the end of the night.

I had an idea in my own head of what the standard and GAA culture would be like as I did two summers in New York playing.

I was still shocked with the standard though as it is high and very competitive but in the same sense very chilled and relaxed.

The commitment levels between here and home are completely different where at home you may be on a drink ban for large periods of time, training two nights a week and a morning at the weekend (if you don’t have a match) compared to here where there is no real drink ban but when you do get down to the business end of league and championship, you take it upon yourself to take it easy the week leading up to the match.

At home, the so called pre-planned holiday periods when no championship matches are scheduled but then are more than likely changed after a few months into the season, leading to people having to cancel plans ahead of rescheduled matches. Here the training will be twice a week with a match on the weekend and thankfully there is a schedule set out at the start of the year which outlines all the fixtures and you can easily plan around it.

Over here you have a team made up of players from every part of Ireland which I find great but you do get a massive influx of players coming and going so it can be difficult for teams really to gel together compared to at home where you have grown up playing with your teammates. You do still have a core group of players that have been around for a few years and you need that for a club to survive and operate as there is a lot of work involved in the teams over here.

Once the season is finished here there is another competition where if picked, you go to represent your state, in my case it’s New South Wales, and you go and play against the other states over here. I have been selected these past two seasons to represent NSW at this competition. The 2017 competition was on in Perth and we played Western Australia and Victoria 3 times each over 4 days and sure didn’t I only end up marking another Meath man Sean Mallon from Curragha for the whole thing who is living in Perth which just shows how small of a world it is.

It was a great competition down there as I met a good few other people that I knew from around Meath, living in Perth that were either involved in the games or out watching themselves. That year was significant also as we got to meet Michael D Higgins who flew over for the competition which was a great privilege. We ended up winning the competition which made the trip even more satisfying and I got an All- Star at the games which was a great personal achievement.

I still keep an eye on games going on around the County to see how Dunshaughlin and Drumree are doing and I would be telling a lie if I said I didn’t miss it or wasn’t homesick from time to time.

My mam Mairead, who is the current secretary of Meath GAA and has been heavily involved with the GAA over the years, has kept me up to date with everything going on around the place, which is great so I don’t miss a thing. I have been here for a while now and only been home once for a very short visit of a week for my brother’s wedding.

I probably will go home for a visit next year sometime and although that sounds like a long time away, you need to save a fair bit to go home as it’s not cheap going home and you are going to spend when you get there and a lot of the people over here wouldn’t have an income for that time they are at home.

I have been lucky enough in my time over here to have won many medals and achievements which include back to back league winners in both the football and hurling, hurling championship winner, Two Australasian football championships and an Australasian football All-Star.

At 29 now I would like to still say here, I will head back and play for Dunshaughlin and Drumree again but for the time being I will continue playing for my new adopted clubs of Young Ireland’s and Central Coast.

The photos show:
Fearghal and Sean Mallon at the Australasian state games 2017,
The Australasian State Champions 2017,
Fearghal and David Reilly (Drumree) Hurling NSW League winners 2018,
Fearghal and his mother Mairead after Dunshaughlin won Div 1 league 2015,
Bobby O’Brien (Ratoath) and Fearghal Australasian state winners 2018,
Fearghal in action for Young Ireland’s league final 2017 &
The Dunshaughlin panel 2016.

Race Night November 3rd

Posted on: October 22nd, 2018 by admin

Dunshaughlin GAA & Royal Gaels  Race Night

Come join us for a fun night of entertainment in the Arch bar.

Cost to become an –
Owner €10/ Trainer €10/ Jockey €10
All three for just €25

For more info contact Mairead on 087-6479514 or any Committee member.

 

Supervalu 10 years with Dunshaughlin GAA

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by admin

Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels GAA Celebrating 10 year Partnership with SuperValu Dunshaughlin.
We were delighted to welcome Mr Paul Healy of Healy’s Supervalu to our GAA grounds at the weekend to mark the 10th year of Supervalu as our Main Sponsor and partner. Paul has not only been our Main Sponsor during that time, he has supported our fundraising bag-packs, participated in the Golf Classic every year and recently presented footballs and equipment to our Juvenile teams. Supervalu also provides employment to many of our players and Club members. Here’s to another 10 years Paul – We will knock the Cork out of you yet!

Main Photo shows  Royal Gaels Player Lara Reynolds, Paul Healy SuperValu, Jim Gilligan Dunshaughlin GAA secretary, Colum Bracken Dunshaughlin GAA chairman & Dunshaughlin GAA player Niall Murphy.supervalu1supervalu2supervalu 4supervalu5supervalu6supervalu3

Dunshaughlin GAA duo with their GAA Minor Star Awards

Posted on: October 1st, 2018 by admin

A great day for Dunshaughlin GAA and the Costello and Mitchell families in Croke Park Saturday where Mathew Costello and Luke Mitchell were awarded with their GAA Minor Star Awards following their outstanding performances in this year’s All Ireland minor series. John Horan, GAA President, Tyrone great Seán Kavanagh and Electric Ireland CEO, Patrick Doherty madethe presentations. Also present from the club were Paul Murphy, one of the Meath selectors this year, Jim Gilligan, club secretary and Mairead Delaney, Meath GAA secretary. Well done to both players on a stand out achievement and to their families for their huge support and encouragement for the two lads.
The photos include shots Mathew with his parents Paul & Sheila, Luke with his parents Jim & Sandra, selector Paul Murphy (Paul Nestor could not attent due to work commitment but sent his best wishes), the full Minor Star award team and the presentations.
Luke was selected on the team at right corner forward with Mathew chosen at centre forward.
This caps off a fine year with the county minors for the Dunshaughlin GAA duo after they helped lead the Meath team to Leinster Championship success and the All Ireland semi-final.

 

29 September 2018; Matthew Costello of Dunshaughlin, Meath, is presented with his Football Team of the Year Award by Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, alongside Former Tyrone footballer and Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards judge Sean Cavanagh, left, and Uachtarán Chumann Lúthcleas Gael John Horan. The Hurling and Football Team of the Year was selected by an expert panel of GAA legends including Ollie Canning, Sean Cavanagh, Michael Fennelly and Daniel Goulding. Sponsors of the GAA Minor Championships, Electric Ireland today recognised the talent and dedication of 15 Minor football players, and 15 Minor hurling players at the second annual Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards at Croke Park. #GAAThisIsMajor Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Matthew Costello of Dunshaughlin, Meath, is presented with his Football Team of the Year Award by Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, alongside Former Tyrone footballer and Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards judge Sean Cavanagh, left, and Uachtarán Chumann Lúthcleas Gael John Horan.

29 September 2018; Luke Mitchell of Dunshaughlin, Meath, is presented with his Football Team of the Year Award by Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, alongside Former Tyrone footballer and Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards judge Sean Cavanagh, left, and Uachtarán Chumann Lúthcleas Gael John Horan. The Hurling and Football Team of the Year was selected by an expert panel of GAA legends including Ollie Canning, Sean Cavanagh, Michael Fennelly and Daniel Goulding. Sponsors of the GAA Minor Championships, Electric Ireland today recognised the talent and dedication of 15 Minor football players, and 15 Minor hurling players at the second annual Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards at Croke Park. #GAAThisIsMajor Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Luke Mitchell of Dunshaughlin, Meath, is presented with his Football Team of the Year Award by Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, alongside Former Tyrone footballer and Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards judge Sean Cavanagh, left, and Uachtarán Chumann Lúthcleas Gael John Horan.

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Royal House Draw

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by admin

Win a house for €100 or be in 3 draws for €250
Meath GAA are running a draw for three new family homes.
The Meath GAA ‘Royal House Draw’, which is being run in association with Glenveagh Properties, will see three draws take place over the next 15 months with a new three bed semi-detached home valued at €275K to be won in each case.
The draw for the first home – at Cois Glaisin Johnstown Navan – will take place on October 31st. In addition to the new homes, there will also be a range of cash prizes from €10,000 down to €1,000 in each draw.
The tickets cost €100 per draw or you can enter the three draws for an early bird cost of €250.
The tickets can be bought online at http://www.royalhousedraw.com or contact Mairead Delaney 0876479514 or Jim Gilligan 0868291816.

Please select Dunshaughlin GAA as the club if registering online.The club will get commission on the sale of each ticket sold. . Your support would be appreciated.

Support the fundraiser to make Páirc Tailteann one of the top #GAA county grounds in Ireland and you could win a Glenveagh Homes house worth €275,000.