Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC Club Notes – 17 Feb 2015

Gaelic Start.

The fun continues at the Collegeland O’Rahillys new Gaelic Start programme for the St Peters Collegeland pupils on Saturday mornings. Only a couple of weeks left so make the most of it – 10.00 am for Gaelic Start for P1 to P3 and then from 11.00 am we have the Gaelic Skills for P4 to P7.

Gaelic Start is a programme designed by the Ulster GAA Council with the aim to develop early movement skills vital for all future sports including football, hurling and camogie. After a brief warm up, the children do a series of stations in small groups focussing on AGILITY, BALANCE, CO-ORDINATION, RUNNING and JUMPING.

This has been a very successful venture allowing us to identify potential coaches for camogie and football. We have already gained new Club members, children and their parents, and most importantly those essential new coaches.

Our Child Protection Training, a three hour session by an GAA Ulster Council coach, Kathleen Woods, was well oversubscribed, took place in St Peters Collegeland School premises (kindly granted) with a fantastic attendance of twenty-seven coaches being trained across camogie and underage and senior football.

Our underage football fixtures and training is delivered through the very successful Naomh Eoin arrangements with Collegeland, Annaghmore and Clonmore. The Naomh Eoin AGM was held recently and coaches will be advising parents of the arrangements for training venues and days/times shortly.


Membership. Collegeland O’Rahillys has already had a couple of membership events but you can still join or renew membership ( Youth £10) on Saturday morning at St Peters School or on Sunday after Mass from 12.15 to 1.00pm. If your child is a member then we would like at least one family member to join as a Adult membership (£30) .

All adult members will need to pay £30 membership as we are preparing to relaunch and rebrand what was our Gold Membership at £10 per month or £120 per year. We hope to say more about this at our Presentation Night on 27 Feb.

Collegeland Big 100 Cycle.  This major fund-raiser is being planned for Sunday 30 August 100 miles around Lough Neagh starting and finishing from Collegeland.  An energetic Sub Committee headed by Colm McGeary is organising this event. There will be a Big 100 Registration Evening on Sunday 8 March and a special Draw Prize for all those registering that day. Business Sponsorship names and logos are needed for the Cycle jersey and a team of people under Shane McGeary and Frank Donnelly are looking for your support.

Dinner Dance.  The Clubs Dinner Dance and Presentation Night will be held in Armagh City Hotel on Friday 27 February when we pay tribute to the winning teams of 1988 Junior Championship, and who then went on to win the 1990 Intermediate Championship. We will also be  presenting the medals to our  Junior League Champions 2014. Tickets (£20) available this Sunday at the Clubrooms after Mass or contact Frank Donnelly 07751803050 or John McGeary 0791716302 or any Committee member.

Sympathies   Collegeland O’Rahillys sends its  sympathies to the family of Al Mackle (RIP), former Principal at Aughanlig School in  Collegeland. The book “Once More Returning” tells us that in the mid Fifties  “Master Mackle started a school boys team  and there were some great battles between Collegeland and Maghery School.”
Master Mackle’s initiative with the school boys team  continued with the successful Collegeland  Minor team  winning the Armagh Minor  Championship in 1956.    Mary Queen of the Gael, Pray for him

A Walk In The Mournes – Sat 21 June

Our Walk in the Mournes to Slieve Binnian on Sat 21 June in memory of Mickey Mitchell (RIP) is attracting a lot of interest from players, members and friends of Collegeland. The full walk is about 7 miles taking around 3.5 to 4 hours but you can do a part of it and still enjoy the views and scenery. A number of families are going. Entry fee is at £10 and the bus will cost £5. Another £5 for the BBQ back at the Club afterwards. The bus will be leaving the Clubrooms at 9.30am sharp and should be back in Collegeland around 5pm. As the bus is nearly full a good number of people are traveling in cars also.
Bring strong shoes or walking boots, – not new as that might give you blisters, good fitting socks, waterproof clothing, a hat, sun cream, a few plasters, bottles of water and some snacks and please take all rubbish home.
Walkers will be back at the Clubrooms for the BBQ around 5pm, in time to watch World Cup and any featured GAA Qualifier games and some music. If you are not going on the Walk then come along to the early evening BBQ at the Clubrooms, only £5. Monies raised will go towards the new scoreboard. The significance of this event is that almost a year ago Mickey Mitchell climbed Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo on Reek Sunday in July. Over recent years he had been the scoreboard operator as well as doing match reports and serving as County Board Rep. Over many years he had held every Committee post and and had served the Club and Collegeland community in the lean as well as as the better years. A plaque to mark Michael (Mickeys) Mitchell’s contribution to Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC will be placed in the Clubrooms.

Art Classes

Our resident artist Rauri Grew plans to run Art classes for children and adults, all ages and abilities.  If you are interested please contact Rauri on 07749 103 601.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 30 July 2013

Collegeland travelled to Lissummon on Friday 26th July to play the home side in a Junior League Div 3A game. The sunny summer weather meant conditions were ideal for football. Lissummon opened the scoring with two points in the 2nd and 3rd minutes with Stephen Clancy scoring a point for Collegeland after six minutes. Lissummon had their third point in the eighth minute which was followed by a Brian McGeary score for Collegeland. The home side made it four after ten minutes. Back came Ryan McParland with a point. Lissummon then had two quick points followed by a goal after 20 minutes. They pushed on and added 3 points to lead 1-9 to 0-3 at half time.

On the restart Collegeland dominated the first twenty minutes but for all their effort they scored 3 pointed frees by Tom Murphy 2 and Brian McGeary to a Lissummon point. The home side then had a goal and point to Collegeland’s 3 points by Mickey Cullen, Paul Cullen and another Mickey Cullen point to leave the final score Lissummon 2-11 Collegeland 0-9.

Sunday saw Collegeland travelling again in a refixed away match at Crossmaglen when the goals made the difference. With twenty-five minutes played in the first half Collegeland led 0-4 to 0-1 with points from Ryan McParland (2), Paul Cullen and Brian McGeary. Cross then had a goal and a point to lead at HT 1-2 to 0-4. The second half started with a point from Paul Cullen but Cross replied with a second goal and a point. A great point from sub Chris McCann but then another two points and a goal from Cross left the score at 3-7 to 0-6 with ten minutes remaining. Collegeland pushed hard and had a number of frees leading to points from Brian McGeary and Paul Cullen. When Collegeland went for goal Cross broke away for their eight point. After Collegeland’s Mickey Cullen was brought down yet again, Paul Cullen stroked the free kick over the bar leaving final score 3-8 to 0-8.

Collegeland will take the positives from these two competitive games and with a larger panel now available managers can build on this for our Junior Championship game at Abbey park on Saturday night against Corrinshego.



The U14S Played two games over the holiday’s defeated by Derrynoose on the 23rd July and Beating Belleeks on Thursday 25th July.

The U16s also Played two games defeating Wolfe Tones on Sunday 21st July and lost to Madden on Thursday 23rd of July.


U14 league Clann Eireann v Naomh Eoin in Clann Eireann Park at 7 30

CAMOGIE U8 and U10 attended a Go Games tournament on Saturday 27th July in Derrytresk, both teams represented the club well and are showing improvement game on game. Thanks to Derrytresk for the invitation to a very well organised and enjoyable tournament. Training continues on Wednesday night at 6.30pm for all age groups up to U14.


Summer Art Club in Collegeland

Something new for the Summer – An Art Class in Collegeland!
Aideen’s Summer Art Club with a variety of arts and crafts offered to young people in Collegeland GAC Clubrooms from Monday 5th August –Friday 9th August from 10.00am –2.30pm. One child £25, two siblings £40, family £50. All materials are included. Numbers are limited, so to get more information or book a place on this fun course phone or text Aideen at 07749101979.  Aideen  is a qualified and experienced Art and Design teacher.