Anyone who would like to put their name forward as an Umpire and/or Linesperson for Senior matches this season, please get in touch with a member of the committee ASAP. In addition to this if anyone is willing to help out with the scoreboard operation at any club team matches please get in contact also.
ACPRL Rostrevor 2-11 Burren 0-7
Annual Club Mass for living and deceased members will be celebrated in the Clubrooms on Wednesday 25th March at 8pm. This will be followed by 'Sights and Scenes of Rostrevor' presented by Louis McNally. All welcome.
The club forum/message board is back up and running after a few years sabbatical. It can be accessed from the link at the top of the page. Feel free to discuss club related matters but refrain from any direct personal abuse please. All posts are monitored.
Pettit Park pitch will be available from this week for official fixtures only. It still remains closed to training until further notice.
Down On A Roll!
There were familiar faces spotted in the crowd as well as on the field at Mullingar on Sunday! Well done again to Caolan and Down. Thanks to Louis McNally for the pics.
Get Well Soon Ann!
Best wishes to Ann Clerkin who took a sudden illness on Monday night past. All at the club wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on your feet soon!
Members' Meeting 09/03/2015
St Bronagh's GAC held an open members' meeting on Monday night to put forward the proposed disposal of a portion of the Mary Street premises - the 'old building' left of the main club lounge, including Minor Hall and Handball Ally etc.
Detailed background was given to the meeting about an approach and subsequent negotiations with representatives from the Doctors' Surgery over the past few weeks. Further information was furnished in that an agreement had been reached, endorsed by Club Trustees, and backed by the Club Management Committee last week. Thus, the proposed sale was brought to the Members for discussion and approval tonight.
It was highlighted that as one of the main associations within the village, St Bronagh's GAC has a social responsibility to the people of Rostrevor and so those representing the club in negotiations felt that the sale of a portion of our underused Clubrooms to the Surgery would be of great benefit to the wider community.
There followed a short discussion and questions from the floor. The sale went unopposed, with the full backing of all present.
Molly McSwiggan RIP
St Bronagh's GAC were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Molly McSwiggan on Wednesday morning. Molly is the wife of long time club servant Billy McSwiggan, and indeed was a great club servant herself until her illness. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Billy and the whole family. Funeral mass will take place on Saturday. RIP
SCÓR SEASON ENDS AT DOWN FINAL
Commiserations to Anne-Marie Mulholland in Solo Singing and our Ballad Group who were narrowly beaten in the Down Scór Final in Castlewellan on Sunday night. Click here for more.
Rostrevor supporters in the snow in Virginia, USA. Thanks to Monica Murphy Patterson who sent it to us and to Val for supplying the Reds' hats!!!
U16 Management for 2015 is Neil Caufield, Martin Cole, Conor Fegan and Aidan Clarke. Good luck to al l for the season ahead!
If ever there was a day that demonstrated exactly why our club desperately need new facilities to accommodate our teams, then Sunday past was that day;
- Our Under 12 team had to cancel their training in Kilbroney Park due to a lack of changing facilities on a cold and wet morning. Added to the fact that the reason they were training in Kilbroney was due to our own pitch being closed as it is unfit for purpose at the moment further highlights our lack of basic training/playing facilities. We try to encourage as many young people and families to get involved with St Bronaghs and become members, but if we can't provide the facilities to accommodate our teams when needed, what's the point?
- In all we had three teams training in Kilbroney Park, as well as the U12s who didn't get to train. Our Seniors, Minors and Senior Ladies all had sessions on Sunday morning, leaving the ground in very poor condition but once again where else are they to go? We cannot provide adequate facilities for them to train on which is very frustrating for players and management alike.
- Our Seconds team were due to play the first game of their league campaign at home to Bredagh on Sunday. Due to the unavailability of our pitch this game had to be switched to Milltown, Warrenpoint - of course we are very appreciative of Warrenpoint accommodating in the first instance, but this sort of thing should not have to happen. We should be able to provide a pitch for all of our teams when competitive football comes around. As it turned out this match was postponed but that is irrelevant to the main point.
- In addition to all of this we have teams within and outside the club looking for challenge games at this time of the year. We cannot give a timeframe on the availability of Pettit Park which is very unsatisfactory for management preparing teams for the season ahead.
These points are just snippets from the weekend showing how and why we desperately need bigger, better facilities for our 15 club teams. Our proposed new development is for the good of these players and their families so incidents like the above are never an issue.
Let's show a bit of support for the club by liking and/or sharing this post to spread awareness to those who may not be just as aware, or refuse to acknowledge why we need to develop new facilities for the future of our club.
DCAL Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme Application forms are now available through email@example.com - closing date 13th March
22/02/15 - ANNE-MARIE IS SOUTH DOWN CHAMPION; AS BALLAD GROUP'S QUALIFICATION MAKES FOR A SUCCESSFUL NIGHT
By Kieran McNally
Rostrevor's quality singers delivered another set of fantastic performances to earn deserved places in the Down Scór final for 2015. Anne-Marie Mulholland qualified as Solo Singing champion after a fine rendition of 'An Storin Bán' brought her success ahead of runner-up Colleen Walls from the Clonduff club. Anne-Marie continues to impress in the solo competition and will certainly be in contention again in next Sunday's county final. The Ballad Group of Eimear McGeough, Anne-Marie and Brighde Mulholland were also on song with 'The Star of the County Down' and 'Isle of Hope' earning them a place in the final as South Down runners-up; behind Clonduff's group.
Both acts are back on stage in St. Malachy's High School, Castlewellan on Sunday 1st March at 5pm. Good luck to Anne-Marie and to the Ballad Group in the Down Final!
Calling all punters! The Punters Club gets underway again this week starting Saturday 21st February at £5 per week for 40 weeks. There will be three outings plus various other perks for all punters taking part! If you aren't in you can't win!!!
SOUTH DOWN SCÓR PROGRESS
Congratulations to Anne-Marie Mulholland in Solo Singing, and our Ballad Group following their fine performances and qualification for the South Down Final. Click here for a brief overview of the opening weekend of Scór 2015 for Rostrevor.
A few points of clarification regarding the Friends of Rostrevor Scheme:
- Friends of Rostrevor covers membership for the applicant, spouse and any children who are still in full time education (including university). It also covers the GAA Injury Fund for the named juvenile players.
- Friends of Rostrevor don't have to fill out a normal registration form. The FOR application form will suffice. www.vision2019.com
- The GAA Injury Fund (insurance) is covered under the Friends of Rostrevor scheme for Adult Footballers (Senior, 2nds, 3rds, Ladies).
Membership forms and fees are now due from all Senior Players. With the Seconds league starting in a few weeks players will not be allowed to play if appropriate membership has not been paid. 20TH FEBRUARY IS THE CUT OFF DATE FOR ANYONE WANTING TO PLAY SECONDS FOOTBALL.
Normal Club Membership for 2015 is also due with forms available to download by clicking this link. As always there are various types of Membership, with all of the rates for this year available to view in the link above or in the Membership section. It is imperative that all players AND mentors are paid up members of the club.
ALL CLUB SENIOR PLAYERS MUST HAVE MEMBERSHIP PAID BY 2ND MARCH 2015. ANY OTHER PLAYERS MUST HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP PAID BEFORE THEY PLAY. ALL OTHER MEMBERS MUST BE PAID BY APRIL 20TH TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR COUNTY MATCH TICKETS.
The following Minor Management Team was appointed by the committee on Monday night for the 2015 season - Kieran Mooney, Eamonn Devlin, Sean Gordon, Brian Fitzpatrick & Leo Fearon. Best wishes to all mentors and players for the season ahead.
Once again this year there is a €5 pre-purchase discount (€10/£9.00 pre-purchase price as opposed to €15 on match day) for all Division 1 and Division 2 Football League fixtures and this is something that we are keen to promote as much as possible.
For all of Down's Allianz League Games, Tickets can be purchased in advance from the County Office in Castlewellan, you thus can on Match Days proceed straight to the Turnstiles with no worries of queuing and you can do so by saving money too.
It will offer supporters better value and also take some of the pressure off ticket sales at the various venues on match days.
One key point to note is that this discount is only valid until midnight on the day before each fixture.
Please avail of this opportunity, beat the Queues, get to Castlewellan and buy your ticket for just £9.00.
A job well done!
Pettit Park pitch remains closed until further notice while work is carried out on the playing surface. Thanks to Dermot Baxter, PJ Farrell, Brian Fitzpatrick, Raymond McNally and Petey Farrell for their efforts in getting the pitch up to standard for the 2015 season.
Senior Football Management 2015
St. Bronagh’s GAC are pleased to announce Stefan White as the new Rostrevor Senior Football Manager. The Co Louth man will bring an array of experience to the post, as well as his experience at club management he was a former Louth player and is well known in Monaghan circles having won and Ulster club title and a number of senior championship titles with Castleblayney, and an Ulster championship with Monaghan. He had two spells with Carrickmacross in Monaghan where he brought about their most successful years on the field, as well as managing in Louth.
Rostrevor's own Aidan Murray will join Stefan White on the Senior Management team for 2015 in a coaching role. Aidan was manager of the club's most recent Minor Championship winning team in 2013 and is also on the Ulster GAA coaching circuit. Best of luck to Aidan as he takes up his first post in Senior Football.
Another addition to the Senior Management sees Kevin McGrath hang up the boots after a great career for the Reds, and move into a role as Selector with the Senior Team. No doubt his experience, passion and leadership will shine through and transfer to this young team. Everyone wishes Kevin the best of luck as he swaps the jersey for the sideline!
Kieran Clarke and Tommy Owens are also confirmed as Seconds Managers for the year after leading the team to the club's first ever Premier Reserve Championship in 2014.
Two men no stranger to the set up will go again with kit men/backroom team members Raymond McNally and Liam Sloan also confirmed for 2015.
Married v Singles 2014
Well done to the Married men who edged out their younger opposition last Sunday in the meadow! Two goals at the death snatched it for them with newly-wed Piaras Kane and older timer Paul 'Sammy' McGrath sealing victory. A few snaps in the link below courtesy of Kieran McNally Snr.
Awards Night 2014
St Bronagh's Social Club was packed on what was a cold and blustery last Friday night. However the harsh weather conditions did not deter the Rostrevor Club members and invited guests from enjoying what turned out to be a very memorable night.
Compare for the evening was the ever professional Gloria Mulholland. Guests of honour were; Rostrevor Seconds Panel and Management Team, winners of the Premier Reserve Championship and Panel Members of the Down Ladies All Ireland Winning Team Clara Mulvenna, Katie Farrell and Emma McPolin. Also recognised on the night were the Thirds Team & Management of Paddy McAvoy and Paul Cole who won the Fr. Davis Shield.
From start to finish the night was very entertaining, with great speeches from award winner, Charman and from the guest speaker Tony Scullion. Tony stole the show at the end of the night with his inspirational talk on his past, present and what he wanted to see for Rostrevor GAA in the not too distant future. Tony spoke with passion and honesty and he was most certainly taken aback by the standing ovation from the St Bronaghs faithful.
Our thanks to Ciaran Sloan, Kathleen McNally and Mark Gibbons for organising a very successful night. To Gloria Mulholland for conducting the evening so smoothly, to our inspirational Guest Speaker Tony Scullion and to all our award winners on the night!
Senior Player of the Year: Shaun Parr
Supporters Player of the Year: Shaun Parr
Seconds Player of the Year: Kevin McGrath
Thirds Player of the Year: Mark McAvoy
Minor Player of the Year: Aidan Magee
Runner Up: Conor Owens & Nicky Murray
Ladies Player of the Year: Brenda Russell
Runner Up: Siobhan Magee
Ladies Most Improved: Tara Franklin
Club Person of the Year: Richie Reynolds
Female Person of the Year: Lily Mackin
Chairmans Award: Gloria Mulholland, Richie Reynolds, Ciaran Sloan
Special Award: Down Ladies All Ireland Winners - Clara Mulvenna, Emma McPolin, Katie Farrell
Hall Of Fame: Canice Farrell
Friends Of Rostrevor GAAtsby Ball
Thanks to all of the local businesses who kindly supported us for the GAAtsby evening - Autloline, Delilites, Gray Design, Daly Park, Fresh Food Centre, Canal Court and especially Mac PR! Thanks to all of the organising committee for making the evening such a success. More photos are available to view on the club Facebook page by clicking this link
UNDERAGE AWARDS NIGHT 2014
Mick McGurn Workshop
All Ireland Champions
Congratulations to Katie Farrell, Clara Mulvenna and Emma McPolin who were part of the Down Ladies squad who defeated Fermanagh in Croke Park on Sunday to become All Ireland Intermediate Champions 2014.
Reds Do The Double!
It turned out to be a super weekend for the super reds as the Seconds lifted the Premier Reserve Championship Trophy on Friday night after a tight battle with Mayobridge - match report here. On Saturday afternoon the U14s overcame the much fancied Atticall to win their Championship.