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2019 Golf Society Calendar

Posted on: February 11th, 2019 by admin
Date Venue Time
April 13th Co. Meath G.C. 09:50
May 3rd Black Bush (Golf Classic) 13:30 (shotgun)
May 18th Seapoint 09:50
June 22nd Headfort (Old) 09:50
August 10th St. Margaret’s 11:20
August 31st Farnham Estate (Captain’s Prize) 10:50
October 19th Moyvalley 11:05
For more information Contact: Jim Smith (0879114574) or Ronan Gogan (0868749234)

Dunshaughlin GAA Golf Society announce their dates and venues for 2019.


For more information Contact: Jim Smith (0879114574) or Ronan Gogan (0868749234)

Lally McCormack, RIP

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by admin

Lally McCormack, RIP

So sad to announce the death of long time club stalwart Lally McCormack who gave years of service to the club and the community. His passing is a huge loss to his family and friends, especially as it follows so soon after the death of his beloved wife Mary.

The funeral arrangements for Lally Mc Cormack.
Reposing at his home (Parsonstown, Batterstown) from 3pm on Thursday. Funeral Mass on Friday at 2pm in the Church of the Assumption, Batterstown followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. House private on Friday. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Meath Palliative Care or St. Francis’ Hospice.

Lally was the life and soul of any gathering he joined; you were guaranteed a raft of stories, interspersed with laughter once he arrived. He was junior manager and selector, steward and PRO, committee man and fundraiser, and the go-to-man when something needed doing. He gloried in the role of junior selector, especially the third team. From the late 1990s through the first decade of the new century he took charge of numerous Junior C championship teams as well as the third league team with patience, perseverance and persistence.

He greatest ally in the pre mobile days was the landline in the old clubhouse where he spent hours talking to players, and longer to mothers, in an effort to get a team on the field. He had a list as long as the street, adding half a dozen youngsters annually to compensate for the older lads who were hanging up the boots. But none hung them up without a fight, for when Lally asked for a turn few had the heart to refuse.
He acted as umpire to Jim Smith for many years, travelling the county and country to games, from the junior league to county finals, and always there was banter, wit and fun.

As a steward you could be sure the traffic wouldn’t flow smoothly, for Lally was sure to engage in conversation and chat with every arrival. He acted as PRO for the club in the glory days of the late 1990s and early 2000s where his affable, efficient manner was appreciated by the press and supporters alike and he was involved in the establishment of the Club Lotto, an initiative that continues to this day. Ironic then, that this Monday the McCormack family picked the four
numbers to win the Lotto jackpot.
He had a life beyond the GAA in the Drama Group, the Choral Society, and especially the Panto Group, where for a quarter of a century he found an ideal forum for his wit, humour and fun, as he acted as Chairman and stage manager.

In recent years he helped out with the Club’s Social Initiative where older members of the club travel to places of interest; last November he joined the group on a trip to Derry.
His son David was a regular on Dunshaughlin teams for many years and has coached at under age in recent times while David’s wife Lyndsey served the club as Juvenile Secretary.

To David and Lyndsey his daughters Aislinn, Grace and Sabina and their partners Brian, James and Stephen and his grandchildren and friends, the club sends its sincere sympathy.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam usual.
Funeral arrangements will follow later.

Club membership for 2019

Posted on: January 22nd, 2019 by admin

Club Membership
Club membership for 2019 is now due. You can pay online on this page by clicking the Club Membership on the right below the Lotto Results.
Players please note that you must be a paid up member to play and have cover under the Players’ Injury Scheme.
You can pay in full or in three instalments in January, February and March.
Membership Fees for 2019
Adult Membership €175
Student Membership €130
Juvenile Membership €120
Juveniles 2 or more €220
Couple Membership €100
Family 2 plus 1 €200
Family 2 plus 2 €260
Family 2 plus more than 2 €300
Non Playing Adult €75
Senior Citizen €50
Under 8 to Under 10 €80
Nursery Group €50
Note: Golf Society / G4M / Over 35s to be treated separately to core membership
Golf Society Membership €30
Adult Player Membership & Golf Membership €200
Non Playing Adult & Golf Membership €100

Committee Meeting December 2018 update

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by admin

Executive Committee Update

Wednesday, 5th December 2018



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.



  • 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

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

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

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.