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.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 18 June 2013

Collegeland Travelled to Newtownhamilton to play St Michaels in the Junior league Div3A Fixture on Friday 14th June.

Newtownhamilton playing with a strong wind took the lead with a goal in the opening minutes of the match. Stephen Clancy opened Collegeland’s account after eight minutes with a point. Newtown then added a goal and a point  before  Karol McGeary had Collegeland’s second point after twenty minutes.  Newtown then took control and added seven points and a late goal in the closing minutes of the half leading 3-9 to 0-2 at the interval.

The home side scored the opening point of the second half. Collegeland then had a brighter spell with the wind adding points by Paul Cullen, Patrick Campbell, and Brian Mc Geary.

Newtownhamilton then had another point. Brian Mc Geary had a point for Collegeland midway through the half.  Both sides had a point each in the final quarter Collegeland’s score from Stephen Clancy to leave the final score St Michaels Newtownhamilton 3-12 Collegeland 0-7.

On a night that was wet and windy Collegeland will hope that the storm has passed and we will be able to put in a much better performance against Belleeks on Sunday in Collegeland.


Next Div 3A fixture is at home on Sunday to Belleeks at 2pm.  Your support is needed so please  come along on Sunday.  No Reserve match this week.



Camogie training on Wed as usual.


NAOMH EOIN fixtures.

Thurs 20th June U16 league Div 2A  O’Doirnin Blues v Naomh Eoin venue tbc at 7-15        Then on Tues  25th June  there is the U14 league  Div 3B   Naomh Eoin v Forkhill in Collegeland at 7-15pm.


Works Days.

The Club facilities are undergoing some improvements with additional accommodation being added  in the coming weeks but preparation work is needed in advance particularly  around the Clubrooms.

Field drainage and fencing are also being improved but it takes people to do these wee jobs.  If everybody did a little then we could do a lot.  Works Days are normally on a Saturday but work will be underway some evenings also as and when people are available.  Give Frank a ring or just drop in for an hour on Saturday.


Collegeland GAC Notes – 11 June 2013

Collegeland lose at Tullysaran

Collegeland travelled the few miles to Tullysaran on Friday 7th June to play the home side in a Junior League Div 3A game. The weather was warm and sunny.

Tullysaran started in a whirlwind fashion scoring two goals in the first three minutes,  the opening goal from a penalty. Collegeland then settled down and posted two points by Ryan McParland and Brian Mc Geary. Tullysaran came back and added two points. Collegeland despite having the majority of possession in the remainder of the half could only muster a Tom Murphy point.   HT Collegeland 0-3 Tullysaran 2-2..

Tullysaran stretched their lead in the second half  with four points. Tom Murphy and Brian McGeary had points for Collegeland. Tullysaran came back with two points and added a third goal five minutes from time.  Collegeland replied with a point by Tom Murphy and a consolation goal from Brian Mc Geary on the stroke of full time Collegeland 1-6 Tullysaran 3-8.

Collegeland win at Belleeks

Collegeland travelled to south Armagh on Sunday to play Belleeks in a Junior League Div 3A Fixture. The weather conditions were like the Mediterranean very hot and sunny with the water carriers very busy on the day. Belleeks playing with a strong breeze opening the scoring with two points. Eamonn Mc Geary turned over a Belleek attack passed the ball to Stephen Clancy who in turn found Karol Mc Geary who gave a pass to Patrick Campbell who shot low to the net. Belleeks drew level after nine minutes. Collegeland then led with points by Ryan Mc Parland and  a Brian Mc Geary goal. A Belleeks points cut the deficit to one with ten minutes left in the half . Scores were hard to come by but Collegeland four man move resulted in a Brian Mc Geary goal for Collegeland to lead at the break 2-2 to 0-4.

Collegeland stretched their lead with a Karol McGeary point after two minutes. Belleeks replied with two points. A Gareth Mc Ardle point six minutes later should have driven Collegeland on but back came Belleeks with two points. Tom Murphy got Collegelands final score in the 26th minute of the second half and again the home side replied with a couple of points but could well have drawn the match on the final whistle.  Both teams must be commended for their efforts in the searing heat as the two sides just had sixteen players each on duty. Indeed Collegeland  were down to fifteen when  Gary McCann sustained a collar bone injury and had to be taken to Daisy Hill  hospital.  Collegeland GAC would like to wish  Gary well in his recovery at home and look forward to his return to the Collegeland jersey in a few weeks.


Training moves to this Thursday night at 6.30 for this week only.


At its recent Committee meeting Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC recorded its expression of sympathy to our Club Member Brendan McCormack  on the death of his wife Veronica and tendered condolences to the entire family circle including playing member Fintan and former players Plunkett and Shane. Mary Queen of the Gael Pray for her.


Works Days.

The Club facilities are undergoing some improvements with additional accommodation being added  in the coming weeks but preparation work is needed in advance particularly  around the Clubrooms.

Field drainage and fencing are also being improved but it takes people to do these wee jobs.  If everybody did a little then we could do a lot.  Works Days are normally on a Saturday but work will be underway some evenings also as and when people are available.  Give Frank a ring or just drop in for an hour on Saturday.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 28 May 2013

Collegeland had Lissummon as visitors to the Fr Mc Knight Park on Friday 24th of May for this Junior League Div 3A Fixture. The weather was dry and conditions were good for football. Lissummon opened the scoring with a point in the opening minute of the game and added three points in the following ten minutes. Collegeland then had their fair share of possession but could only muster a Brian McGeary pointed free for their efforts. A Collegeland attack which broke down in the forward line saw Lissummon quickly move the ball downfield which saw their forward send to the net.  Half time Collegeland 0-1, Lissummon  1-4.

Lissummon were first to score in the second half, Collegeland then had a Brian Mc Geary point. The visitors then scored another goal after thirteen minutes. Ryan Mc Parland had a point for Collegeland which was poor reward for the chances the home side had including a goal chance cleared of the line. Lissummon tagged on three more points before Brian Mc Geary had the final score of the match, a point in the closing minutes. Collegeland 0-4 Lissummon 2-8

Collegeland went in to this game with five players missing from their previous game due to injury and exams.

Collegeland GAC would like to wish Gary McCann and  Cathal McCracken a speedy recovery as both sustained an injury during the game, Cathal’s was a serious knee injury which will see him out of action for a while.



Next Junior League Div 3A match is on Friday night at 8pm  against St Patricks IIs in Cullyhanna.

Wed night at 8 pm sees the Reserves away to Ballyhegan.



Training continues on Wed at 6-30 and Thurs  at 6 pm.


Naomh Eoin

Well done to the Naomh Eoin U14 team who defeated Tir Na N’Og Seconds.

U16s defeated Clan Na Gael in the Championship and are now through to the semi-finals.

Lost Property

A Gum shield was lost at the Club Grounds during the last week anyone finding it please contact Frank Donnelly thank you.    Two small pups went missing from neighbouring property at the weekend, unfortunately one was subsequently found dead but the other is still missing, again  any information to Frank Donnelly, Chairman.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 21 May 2013

Division 3A League.

Collegeland had Crossmaglen IIs as visitors on Friday 17th of May in a Junior League Div 3A fixture. Conditions were good as it was a dry evening with a slight breeze blowing towards the Bunkhill end of the ground.
Collegeland  opened the scoring with a Brian McGeary point followed by a Tom Murphy goal, and then a point by Jack Mc Geary leaving the home side 1-2 up after 3 minutes. Crossmaglen drew level with a goal and two points after fifthteen minutes. Another goal and two points gave Cross a five point lead. A Jack Mc Geary point for the home side cut the deficit to four at the break, Collegeland 1-3 Crossmaglen 2-4.
A Brian Mc Geary point after ten minutes of the second half left a goal in the game. Midway through the half Crossmaglen scored 2-2 in a five minute spell to forge well in front. Collegeland then added two points by Brian Mc Geary. The visitors then had two points of their own. A Tom Murphy point and a point for Cross ended the scoring. FT Collegeland 1-7 Crossmaglen IIs 4-9.

Reserves Wed.

Next up are the B-team with a Wed 22nd May Reserve League fixture Collegeland  v Madden in Collegeland 7.30
Friday 24th May sees the next Junior League Div 3A  Collegeland v Lissummon in Collegeland 7.45pm.


Training continues as normal on Wed at 6.30 and  Thurs at 6pm.

This Thurs 23rd May sees the U16 Championship  CLAN NA GAEL v NAOMH EOIN IN DAVITT PARK Lurgan at 7.15

Please note that there is a Works Day at the pitch on this Saturday  starting from 11.00am.   A lot of work has been done already with machinery but now it requires people power for a few hours to make the surrounding area safer. Its you Club so please help.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 14 May 2013

Good Luck Simon and Armagh Minors.

Collegeland GAC would like to wish the Armagh Minor and Senior Managements and Players including our own Simon McGeary, member of the Minor Management, good luck on Sunday in the Ulster Championships against Cavan in Breffni Park.
The next Collegeland football Junior A League  fixture sees Crossmaglen IIs  coming to Collegeland on Friday night for a 7.30 start.

Golf Returns. Any outstanding Golf Outing money should be paid by this weekend as Committee Meeting planned for Tues night.
Collegeland Camogie continues on Tues 12th at 6.30 and on  Wed  13th  U14s at 6pm.

Naomh Eoin  u-14 fixture  U14 Div 3  League  Tir Na n’Og Seconds v Naomh Eoin in Portadown at 7.15 on Tues  21st May.

The session planned for this Sunday in the Clubrooms has been postponed to later in the summer. All his many musical friends wish Liam Morrison well with his  continuing recovery.   A message for Liam from all in Collegeland and from music sessions across Ireland  ”Get Well Soon as it’s time you sang another song in Collegeland”.


Collegeland GAC Notes – 5 May 2013

Collegeland had Forkhill as visitors to the Fr McKnight Park on Friday 3rd May for a Junior League Div 3A Fixture.  The Match took placed on  a wet and greasy pitch due to the showery rain which preceded the game.

Forkhill opened the scoring with  a Goal and a point.  Collegeland replied with three points by Paul Cullen, Tom Murphy, and Brian Mc Geary.  Another two points by the visitors increased their lead.  A  Jack McGeary score saw Collegeland trail by a goal after eighteen minutes of play. Forkhill were awarded a penalty five minutes later and found the net. The home side added a point by Tom Murphy to leave the half time score Collegeland 0-5 Forkhill 2-3.

Collegeland needed to start the second half well but it was not to be as two early  points by  Forkhill set the tone for the second half. A third  Forkhill goal after seven minutes killed this game as a contest.  The visitors added a further three points to their tally before Collegeland registered a point by Paul Cullen. Then both sides had  a point  each the home sides final score from Mickey Cullen.  Full time Collegeland 0-7 Forkhill 3-9.

Forkhill were the better team on the day and the timing of those goals clearly made a difference.  Collegeland will be asking themselves what went wrong on the night. The players must put this disappointment behind them and concentrate on their next game which is away to Belleek on Friday night at 7.30 pm.



We need to have  a good turnout off all those looking to play B football  or the Reserves as it is known. Next Reserves fixture is on Wed night away to the Grange at 7.30pm


Naomh Eoin

Thur 9th May U16  Maghery v Naomh Eoin in Maghery 7.15pm



Collegeland held a very Successful Camogie blitz on Saturday in Collegeland. The teams taking part were Clan Na Gael Lurgan, Granemore, Middletown and Collegeland.   We would like to thank the visiting clubs for their attendance.

A word of thanks to our Camogie committee for the organising on the day.

Thanks to Alicia Clancy,  Merissa McGeary, Paula Donnelly, Stephen Clancy,  Kathleen Bullock and to her niece Shannon who was  a Referee and our Camogie stalwart  Mary Coleman who also acted as Referee on the day.



The Players organised  Collegeland Golf Outing to Brackaville was a great success. A real mix of  adults, families and  children. Some good golfers but some really need a little practice before they  go professional.  The general response  was we must do this again.  Thanks to all the businesses and individuals for their sponsorship for their contributions and to all who attended or gave donations.  Well done to the three main organisers  Aaron O’Hare, Matthew Murphy and Mickey Hughes.  We intend doing the presentations of prizes on the night on 19 May in the Clubrooms.

Welcome Home  Session for Liam Morrison. 

The evening of 19 May is also the date of our Welcome Home Session for Liam Morrison who has been some time  in Sligo hospital recovering from an injury.

Collegeland GAC Notes – 28 April 2013


The Committee and  Members  of Collegeland O’Rahillys GAC  deeply regret the death of  Bernie Clancy (RIP), Club Vice President. Bernie Clancy and her family have been very active in our Club since its formation through to the present day; her husband Joe ( RIP) was an esteemed founding member; and members of the Clancy family continue their involvement today as Committee members and players so we offer our sympathies to all the family, to  Ann, Mary, Eilish,  Eileen, Deidre, Pauline, and Kevin;  and also to the grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild.    The O’Rahillys were well represented at the funeral and formed a guard of honour along with St Peters School Collegeland pupils .   Many of the older past-pupils in the area will remember “ Mrs Clancy” the kind dinner lady in Collegeland school who knew every child and what vegetables they liked or more often didn’t like and who would often quietly go out of her way to cater for the fussy eaters. As Fr Eugene Sweeney said her apple sponge and custard was  legendary as was her kindness to her neighbours and friends across the community.   Mary Queen of the Gael Pray for her.


Collegeland’s Div 3A league refixture with Derrynoose on Friday 26 th April was played at the Fr McKnight Memorial Park.  The weather for the evening game was dry and  a strong breeze aided the Collegeland men in the fist half.

Collegeland opened the scoring with 3 points from frees by Brian Mc Geary. Derrynoose replied with a point after ten minutes. Collegeland  were dominating the game and added scores by Jack McGeary, Tom Murphy, and Brian Mc Geary. A pointed free from the visitors in the 20th minute was their final score of the half. Tom Murphy and Brian Mc Geary had points for Collegeland to leave the half time score Collegeland 0-8 Derrynoose 0-2.

On the restart Derrynoose had the first score of the before Mickey Cullen had one for the home side. Both sides then had scores, 3 by the visitors and four by Collegeland from Paul Cullen, Tom Murphy, and Paul Cullen, and Brian Mc Geary left Collegeland leading by 7 midway through the  half. Derrynoose then got a grip of the game and a point followed by a goal narrowed the gap to 3 points.  Two points in as many minutes saw Derrynoose just trailing by one point.   A Tom Murphy point in the 23rd minute stretching the lead slightly was enough for a Collegeland win although a late Derrynoose point was not enough to get them a share of the spoils.  FT Collegeland 0-14 Derrynoose 1-10. This was a good win for Collegeland but will be wondering why, with the game won, they let Derrynoose back in to the game. A word of praise to our defence who held firm in the final ten minutes.

This Friday night 3 May in Collegeland sees Forkhill as visitors.   Both teams are off to a great start with 3 wins out of three matches. So it will be a very interesting evening.  The Belleek away game postponed from last Sunday is likely to be played on Fri 10 May.

Saturday 4 May is our Golf outing to the Brackaville Par 3 course so hurry and book your place.  Talk to any player or Committee Member , its only £10 per person with a reduction for couples and families.


Thursday 2nd May U16 Championship Naomh Eoin v O’ Doirnin Blues in Clonmore 7 15.

GO Games:  Saturday  U8 at 10-30am;   U12 at 4.00pm;  U10 TBC

Collegeland GAC Notes – 23 April 2013

Last Sunday both teams were getting ready to play football in our home Junior A League but that was before the heavy downpour just before throw-in leaving the pitch unplayable so the refixture is on this Fri night, 26 April, at 7.15pm for Collegeland v Derrynoose.

The first outing for Collegeland Reserves is in Silverbridge on this Wed night, 24 April, at 7.15pm.

Then on Sunday 28 April the scheduled Junior A League tie is an away match to Belleek at 2pm.

Golf Outing on Sat 4 May

Preparations are well in hand for our first ever Golf Outing on Sat 4 May. This is a player-led initiative so we would appeal to their friends and families and the wider community to give them support. We are starting with a easy day out at Brackaville Par 3 Course and hope to attract those who do not normally get the chance to play much golf. £10 each or a £17 for couple. Family groups are especially welcome at £30 for 2 adults and 2 children. See Facebook and the Club website for details or contact Frank Donnelly on 077 5180 3050.