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.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 24 June 2013

Collegeland had Belleeks as visitors to Fr McKnight Park in Collegeland on Sunday 23rd June in this Junior league Div 3A game. The weather was dry but with a strong wind. Collegeland decided to play with wind on their backs in the opening half.

It was the Belleeks men who hit the ground running with 3 points after eight minutes.

However after the shaky start by the end of the first quarter Collegeland had drawn level with points by a Mickey Cullen free,  Ryan Mc Parland, and  Paul Cullen.

Tom Murphy then  sent Collegeland in front with a point.  But Belleeks levelled themselves after 25 minutes. Collegeland finished the first half scoring with 2 points the second from Tom Murphy.  Half time Collegeland 0-6 Belleeks 0-4.

On the restart  Tom Murphy  pointed first for the home side. Belleeks replied wit a point of their own. Two Collegeland points by Barry Colhoun, and  Paul Cullen saw the home side lead by four  entering the final quarter. The visitors then cut the deficit to 3.  Another Paul Cullen free stretched the lead again. Belleeks then went for broke and added a point with five minutes left.  Belleeks then pushed hard and  squared the game with three minutes left with a goal leaving it  1-7 each. With time nearly up Collegeland then needed a score to win the game. A long ball in by Paul Cullen into the square was deflected to the net by Ruari  McGeary to leave Collegeland winners on a score of 1-10 to 1-7.

This was an important win for Collegeland considering that we have only one more match at home and four away. We have played 11 won 6 lost 5  and now on a Total of 12 points.

Away to Forkhill

To facilitate the Armagh v Wicklow match in Armagh on Sunday Club matches are all brought forward from to Fri night meaning we now have to meet  table toppers  Forkhill away on Friday night.

Naomh Eoin

Thurs 27th June U16 championship Div 2 Semi-final  Naomh Eoin v St Brigids in Pearse Og Park Armagh at 7.15pm.

Tues 1st July U14 Div3 League  KILLEAVY SECS V NAOMH EOIN in  KILLEAVY at 7.15pm


Under 12 girls travelled to Derrytresk last week for a friendly. Although defeated on this occasion it was a very encouraging display from the Collegeland girls who really  are showing good potential for the future.  The Under 8 girls attended Aghagallon on Saturday past for a blitz and they  also represented Collegeland very well.   Training continues on Wednesday night at 6.30pm.  

 Summer Art Club

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.

Extra Space at Clubrooms

The Club facilities are undergoing some improvements with additional accommodation being added later  this week so if you see people working at the weekend then please lend a hand for an hour or two.