Collegeland GAC Notes – 5 March 2012

Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC

The big push on membership continues for the next few weeks.   Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC appeals for more Club members to register before the fast approaching deadline for 2012.

If you missed our well attended  Membership Day then please contact any Committee member as it is important.  We want to have  our 2012 membership finalised in the next few weeks  but definitely  by the  GAA HQ deadline for registration of  31 March.

A reminder that the  Club provides training and games  for young people from under 8 right through to under 21 through the Naomh Eoin joint structure and  the Collegeland has recently started a camogie club with almost 30 young girls already registered. Youth membership is £5 and adult membership starts at £30.

We would hope to see more families of our young Naomh Eoin players from the area as our Collegeland Club members.  Sometimes people are wary of joining a Club in case they are expected to do something extra but at the same time wanting the Club to provide their children with training and football.

Win £100

More adult Silver £30 members are welcome but we also need another few more Gold members at £10 per month or £120 per year. We already have sixty Gold members but ideally we would want to increase this to 75 Gold members.  You could win our Monthly Draw prize of £100, at present that gives Gold members a twelve in sixty chance i.e.  a one in five chance of winning, not bad odds.  The £100 Draws for Jan, Feb and March are  due to be held soon so if you pay your £120 cash or cheque within the next week then you can be included in these three draws also. Don’t miss out.

Gold Members will also be in the  first preference category for county championship tickets. That  local county derby Armagh v Tyrone is fast approaching so you might want to improve your chances of getting tickets.

A small number of last year’s members have not yet renewed their membership so this is your chance to make your payment arrangements.  You can  contact Frank Donnelly, Chair;  Tommy Mitchell, Secretary;  Brian McGeary, Registrar;  Kieran Hayes, Treasurer; or Stephen Clancy, Assistant Treasurer or your usual Club contact.

You can download the membership and bank Standing Order forms off our website


The first challenge game of the new season was against Brocagh looking out over Lough Neagh.  This was a great workout and gave manager  Tommy Corr and assistant manager Leo McGeary a good opportunity to see our players in real competitive action.   But we travelled with the bare minimum of fifteen  players as we still have  a number of injuries and unavailable players.



Paula McNicholl’s Box n Tone classes continue on Thursday mornings.

The Sport NI sponsored Active Ladies continues on Monday night, only a few weeks left so don’t miss this free opportunity. Bus leaves Clubrooms at 7pm

Irish Dancing Classes continues on Tuesday nights.


We were delighted to see that thirty young girls attended the recent Collegeland camogie training. Training continues on  Wed  29 February  at 6.00pm at the Clubrooms.  Coaches  Margaret Corr and Alicia Coney are grateful for the help from other young  ladies who have agreed to help out.   Our Camogie training is open for all primary school ages P1 to P7 and those in first year  at secondary level.    All equipment is supplied.

CCCDA Computer Classes

Two computer classes are well underway  on Mondays  and Fridays. A  new introductory Beginners Course in Computers will be starting soon.   Gain confidence in computer skills in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.  The “GET IT”  is a six week course for 2 hours one night a week costing £30.  You can learn a range of  practical skills and then with your new  found  confidence  progress to a  16  week  level  1 Learn  IT class for  free.   Topics to be Covered;- Using emails; use the internet; upload and save photos; use Microsoft Word basics; Facebook; Skype your Friends; Use pens and Storage.  Contact:- Brendan McGeary on 077 4009 9852   or Doreen Lappin, Community Development Officer,  Southern Regional College, Armagh.  Tel: 028 37512833   Mobile: 07736 336 152;   Email, or


Watch out for the Club Newsletter  due out this weekend.    More advertisers are needed so we would appeal for any businesses looking for a small £10 per month advert to contact  Frank Donnelly, Chairman  or any Committee member.

Irish Stew and Culture Night

An Irish Stew and Culture  Night  in celebration of St Patricks Day will be held in Collegeland Clubrooms on Friday 16 March. Music, song and dance.  Guest appearance by some of  Jigs and Reels performers from the excellent   show in the Ryandale.   Tickets £5, contact John Mitchell, Sean Maguire, Paula Donnelly, Mary McGeary, or Maureen Donnelly.