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All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Final

Posted on: September 15th, 2018 by admin

What a great honour for the club to have Niamh O’ Sullivan & Niamh Gallogly play in the All Ireland final for Meath this weekend. We would ask as many as possible go along to support the girls in Croke Park and to attend the big homecoming for the Meath team in Dunshaughlin at 7pm Sunday evening after the game.

Come on the Royal’s

What brought me to the Referees circle?

Posted on: September 6th, 2018 by admin

andrew smith goalkepper

We in Dunshaughlin GAA are very fortunate this year to have a new official referee with Coisté na Mhí in the club.
Andrew Smith (Dunshaughlin Senior Goalkeeper) is one of the new referees this year and in this very intersting insight tells us why he took it up, how its going, his goals and lots more.

I suppose there are several reasons why I started really.
Growing up I would have seen dad (Jim Smith) referee at a high level in Meath and at Inter County level. All be it I was very young when he was in his prime and it’s hard to remember a lot of his bigger days, but I do remember going to a few games with him, wedged into the back of the car with Dinny McCarty (R.I.P.), Michael Walsh, and Ollie O’ Neill, with John O’ Sullivan in the front. It was always good fun and great crack even if I was only doing ball boy at most of the games. I always remember looking on during games and thinking “God, maybe one day I’d like to do that”. Towards the end of his refereeing career I do remember doing umpire for him on a handful of occasions. Without a doubt it thought me a lot more about the rules aspect of the game which in turn helped develop me as a player and now as a referee.
The playing rules may have changed over the last decade since dad retired from refereeing but having him there now is a massive positive for me. He is umpiring with me now and I can always ask him for advice. That is brilliant to have. He will tell me instances where I done well and on the flip side he will tell me where I went wrong or where I need to improve. It’s a massive learning curve and a challenge but it is one I am looking forward to.
Playing the game since I was seven I was lucky enough to have a few great days with my former club, Ratoath and in recent times now with Dunshaughlin. I also managed to get on a few underage Meath teams which was brilliant, but I knew as adult football loomed that I wasn’t going to be good enough to play at Senior level for Meath. So, what is the next best thing to playing at the highest level?… In my opinion, its officiating at the highest level and starting out this year that’s going to be the long-term GOAL!
When I joined Dunshaughlin in 2016 as far as I know there was no referee in the club. This was going to be a problem as there was a rule brought in, in 2016/17 that a club would lose all home advantage in League games if they did not have an official referee with Coisté na Mhí. Being a part of the Adult team in Dunshaughlin I didn’t want to let this happen, I didn’t want to be playing every game away from home, just look at what the club has developed over the last number of years, the best of facilities. I wasn’t going to give up home advantage that easily, so I put my name forward at the end of last year to become a referee at the start of 2018. That rule was probably the final push I needed to take on refereeing.
I thought about it over the winter of 2017 and come January of this year I headed to Dunganny for a three-night course provided to all new referees in the county by the County Board. The three nights were brilliant. Driving down on the first night I “thought” I knew the rules of Gaelic Football. Little did I know that that wasn’t the case. Far from it! David Gough, who needs no introduction to the game, gave the course, he spoke excellently and by the time the first night of the course was over I was already hooked.
So that was it. Course over. Rule book in hand. Cards in my back pocket. You are now a referee! Daunting you might think but I couldn’t wait to get started.
My first game came on a wet night in late February under lights in Skryne. An under-15 challenge game between Skryne and Coolie Kickhams (Louth). I remember making a complete mess of the throw-in but since then I haven’t looked back. To date I have refereed numerous underage games with a few finals included in that. Adult matches soon came thick and fast with my first Adult Championship game coming on the 15th of April, a Junior D game between St. Colmcilles and Curragha in Dunshaughlin. This weekend coming, September 9th will be my biggest outing, the meeting of Moylagh and Dunboyne in the Junior A Quarter Final in Trim. To some people that may not seem that big at all but to me, at this point, it’s big. It is a game that I am certainly looking forward to and one that I can hopefully build on.
I mentioned at the start that I have a long-term goal to officiate at the highest level in the game. I know that’s a very long way off now, but it is still a dream of mine. I hope to progress up through the ranks in Meath and hopefully one day referee a Senior Final in Navan and maybe progress on to the Leinster Panel to be considered for Inter County games. Wouldn’t it be amazing to say I refereed in Croke Park?! Just like Dad did. Now though, we’ll take it step by step and see where it takes me.
Since I have started I have been very lucky to find a few excellent and reliable umpires in Neil O Dwyer, Gavin Malone, Pat Herlihy, Enda Smith and Dad of course who give up their time to help me. Having good umpires is vital to the success of any referee and I hope these lads stick with me and we can have many memorable days together just like Dad had with his clan.
Meath, like many counties I’m sure, are struggling for referee numbers but it seems like nobody wants to commit to taking up the whistle. After all Meath has a great history when it comes to producing top referees. I do have to commend our Refereeing coordinator and his committee at the number of new referees that have been appointed this year, it was great to see so many faces attending the refereeing course back in January, but Meath still needs more young referees. I hope that next January we see the same numbers again. At the moment though, there is not a lot to entice a young man or woman into the game. When I ask people why they would not take up refereeing the first word that comes out of ones’ mouth is “abuse”. Sadly, it is true. There is no doubt that the abuse side of the game, towards referees, is something that is a major issue in the GAA. Unfortunately, the majority for the abuse that is directed at referees, comes from those people who have no clue of the current rules of the game and have probably never seen what the inside of a rule book looks like. For me I find it very amusing and have, on the odd occasion, hand a good chuckle to myself after hearing a roar from the diehard fan the opposite side of the wire.
Aside from that side of the game there are so many positives to take from refereeing. Fitness being one. It is a great way to keep fit and it is something that has really helped me especially while I am still playing. You would be surprised the distance you cover in a game.
I’m not saying that every person who starts up refereeing has to become the next Conor Lane or James Owens. Far from it. You can referee as many underage games as you want and not do an adult game ever or vice versa. I’m sure both our underage games coordinators would only be delighted to have an extra few names on their list of referees. Refereeing underage games especially, you can see and help the development of our juvenile teams in the county by teaching them right from wrong. Getting the rules right, combined with the skills of the modern game, at a young age is crucial to the development of every player. Even since the start of this year, there are a few teams that I have refereed on more than one occasion and I can already see the difference in the few months. What’s even better again is that the juvenile games now are pure football. Score as much as possible. Brilliant to see!
I may be only 26 but I know I am not going to be playing football forever. Refereeing is there now as something to fill the void once I stop playing. Hopefully that’s not going to be for another while yet as I am still enjoying playing the game and training away with the lads. Who knows, maybe with the young players we have coming through in Dunshaughlin the glory days of the early ’00 may not be too far away again.
I’d love to see more people take up refereeing I really would. Not only is it badly needed, it is unbelievable how much you can learn about the game in doing so. You see the game from a whole other perspective. You literally are right in the centre of it. I would even encourage people; be it parents, selectors, coaches, players, if you are that person who goes to several games a week because you love the game, go and pick up a rule book and just have a read of it. You might just learn a thing or two just like I did back in January. It is the only book I read now.
I know refereeing is not for everyone and that’s understandable, it is not an easy job in any sense of the word. Don’t get me wrong there are pressure moments where the correct call or decision must be made and for me that’s where the “buzz” comes from. Getting that split-second decision correct. Referees of course are only human though and just like players make mistakes on the field, referees can too.
One thing is for sure though, the game cannot survive without them.

Andrew Mac Gabhann

Posted on: August 9th, 2018 by admin

race night nov 3rd

Due to Meath Ladies All-Ireland this weekend, the Race Night will now take place on NOVEMBER 3rd…. Come on The Royals

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.RACE NIGHT 2018

Leinster Champions

Posted on: July 23rd, 2018 by admin

Meath are Leinster Minor Champions.
Congratulations to all the Meath lads and especially all involved from our own club. Captained by Mathew Costello (who also was on the Leinster Champions Under 17 team last year) and Luke Mitchell who was Meath’s top scorer and was awarded the Electric Ireland Man of the Match.
We also had two Dunshaughlin Mentors Paul Nestor and Paul Murphy.
A great day for Meath football and proud day for Dunshaughlin GAA. Best of luck from all in Dunshaughlin GAA in the All-Ireland Quarter Final next Saturday against Derry in Armagh at 3pm.

Leinster Minor Football Final

Posted on: July 19th, 2018 by admin

Dunshaughlin GAA wish Mathew Costello (captain) and Luke Mitchell and all the Meath team the very best as they take on Kildare in the Leinster Minor Final on Saturday in Tullamore at 2pm.
We also have two selectors involved Paul Nestor and Paul Murphy.
Come on the Royals!!

Under 19 Final

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by admin

Our under 19’s meet Simonstown in the Group B final Wednesday evening in Dunganny at 7pm
Best of luck to all the lads and can as many as possible get down to Dunganny to support the team.
The teams met earlier in the league with Simonstown winning an exciting and high scoring match by 2 pts on a scoreline of 5-10 to 1-20. The final should provide the supporters with another good game of football as both teams play attacking football. Dunshaughlin’s strength of panel will be fully examined with holidays and county minor players accounting for seven of the panel not available to line out. As with all the games that have gone before it, it will be the strength of character and strong attitude of this group of players that will give them a fighting chance of bringing the title home to Dunshaughlin. All support welcome.

Dunshaughlin Kellogg’s Cul Camp

Posted on: July 10th, 2018 by admin

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps
Dunshaughlin July 23rd to July 27th

Register online at gaa.ie/Kelloggsculcamps.

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games

Activities are player-centred with a Games Based approach with a strong emphasis being placed on personal development and well-being. Activities are also organised in an age-appropriate manner with a view to:

Optimise learning

Enhance friendships

Improve physical & psychological Well-being

Promote school and club links


The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day.
The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and provide the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games.
During the camp week, a “blitz” is organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.
Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are organised throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm, in all 32 Counties and overseas. (see Camp venues for dates).

Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years.

What To Bring:

Packed Lunch + Drink
Hurley and Helmet for Hurling and Camogie
Mouthguard for Football
Suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots
Rain jacket and changes of gear on wet days
Sun cream and baseball hat

In the ROI €60 for 1st. child; €50 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children.

In NI £45 for 1st child; £40 for 2nd child ; £35 for 3rd and subsequent children.

For children attending a second camp, without gear, the cost is €35 in ROI and £30 in NI.

National Feile comes to Dunshaughlin

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by admin

The U14 National Feile is coming to Meath and clubs across the county will be busy hosting games this coming weekend. Our boys team are hosting Strokestown from Roscommon and our girls team are hosting Derrynoose from Armagh. Other teams from around the country will be playing in Dunshaughlin as well. The games will begin on Friday evening June 29th and all day on the Saturday 30th. A very special thanks to everyone in the club involved in organising the event, the parents, families and friends and the local businesses who have supported us. We would like extend a welcome everyone to come down and celebrate the occasion with us and we want to wish our teams, the players and mentors the very best of luck. Untitled-1


Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by admin

The Feile countdown is on and excitement is building with the signs, flags and bunting around the village as we prepare for the visiting Clubs from around the country including our hosted Clubs St Mochua, Derrynoose from Armagh and Strokestown from Roscommon. There is also great excitement among our own Feile boys & girls teams who have both been kitted out in their new team kits. See below for the fixtures involving our own teams.
Dunshaughlin Boys Féile Fixtures
Friday 29th June in Ashbourne
Pitch 2 5.00pm Dunshaughlin (An Mhí) V J.K.Brackens (Tipperary)
Pitch 1 6:30pm Donaghmore/Ashbourne B V Dunshaughlin (AnMhí)
Saturday 30th June in Dunshaughlin
Pitch 1 10:00am Dunshaughlin (An Mhí) V Strokestown (Roscommon)
Dunshaughlin host Strokestown (Roscommon)

Royal Gaels (Dunshaughlin) Féile Fixtures
Friday 29th June in Dunshaughlin
Pitch 1 5.45pm Royal Gaels (An Mhí) V Doora Barefield (Clare)
Pitch 1 7:15pm Royal Gaels (An Mhí) V St. Peter’s Dunboyne (An Mhí)
Saturday 30th June in Dunshaughlin
Pitch 1 10:45am Royal Gaels (An Mhí) V St. Mochua, Derrynoose (Armagh)
Royal Gaels host St. Mochua, Derrynoose (Armagh)

Under 15’s win 7 a side

Posted on: June 24th, 2018 by admin

Dunshaughlin u15’s won the Meath u15 seven a side competition on Saturday afternoon. They took top spot in the group stages winning all their games and won the final defeating their great rivals St. Colmcilles. Dunshaughlin beat Navan O’ Mahony’s, Blackhall Gaels & St. Ultans/Cortown in the group stages, the Dunshaughlin lads then went on to beat Gael Colmcille in the quarter final, St. Mary’s in the semi and the beat the lads from the east coast 11 points to 5 in the final.