THE DOWNS GAA NOTES
What a joyous occasion we had last Friday evening with the return to play for all our underage superstars. All clad in their Downs gear accompanied by happy, smiling faces. A glimpse of a return to normality was evident and brought joy to the community. Don’t worry if you didn’t make it last week, training continues every Friday for our underage members. There are 3 items to be completed before your child returns to football. The Covid 19 Club Education eLearning Module https://courses.gaa.ie/Covid19ClubEd/ . The Health Questionnaire which must be completed each time your child attends training at https://returntoplay.gaa.ie and Club Membership. Membership for 2021 for both The Downs GAA Club and the LGFA is now just at the click of a button. All you have to do is visit our website www.thedownsgaa.com and click membership. You will then be re-directed to our brand new Clubforce account which has all our membership details and links. Dates/training nights and contact details for all age groups are as follows:
Nursery U5 Fridays @ 6.30 Barry McDonald 0857517808
Academy U7: Fridays @ 6.30 Paddy Kenny 0866001656
U9: Fridays @ 6.30 Ciarán McCormack 0879892948
U11: Fridays @6.30 Ed Quinlan 0878221549
U13: Every second Wednesday @ 7pm to 8.15 and Every Friday @6.30 Martin Murtagh 0874455938
U15: Mondays and Wednesdays @ 7pm to 8.15 Starting Joe Daly 0879576498
U17: Mondays 7 to 8 and Thursdays 7pm – 8pm Trevor Fitzpatrick 0877829191
Nursery: Fridays @ 6.30 Barry McDonald 0857517808
U8: Fridays @ 6.30 Anne-marie Corroon 0874140184
U10: Fridays @6.30 Carley Kelly 0877701318
U12: Tuesday and Friday @6.30 Emma Murphy 0879534253
U14: Thursday@7 pm and another day TBC Mary Goldsberry 0861951549
U16: Tuesdays and Thursdays @7pm Olivia Corcoran 0876817282
Minor: Tuesday and Thursday @ 7.30 Kevin Staunton 0872231856
Members of The Downs GAA Nursery Returning to the Field of Play April 30th 2021
Online Bingo News
We are delighted to announce that we are increasing our weekly prize fund for our popular online bingo. A weekly prize fund of €2,200 will now be on offer, including a 2nd Jackpot game, with a guaranteed minimum pay out of €1,900 each Friday night. For full details check out The Downs GAA Facebook page. So why not join us for ‘Eyes Down’ at 8.30pm each week for what is always a night full of Entertainment, Fun and Prizes. Bingo Books for this coming Friday’s game can be ordered online through our website firstname.lastname@example.org. Printed paper books can be purchased/collected at our clubhouse on Thursday night (7-7.45pm) or Friday night (6.30-7.30pm). If you have any queries or wish to pre-order paper books, please send a text or What’s App message to Ann @ 087-2039800.
The Bank Holiday weekend kicked off with a bang with the return of underage coaching followed by our Bingo Bonanza . We were joined by large numbers of players and great entertainment and fun was had by all. Congratulations to our 22 prize winners on the night, who shared a record €1910 prize fund. We had our first international €600 jackpot winner with Jac D’Arcy (Liverpool) in our Big Game 5 . Jac is a sister of The Downs‘ Laurie D’Arcy, and has been a great supporter of our online bingo. Full house in our Bank Holiday Game 3 was checked by Delores Duncan in 55 numbers, winning Delores a cash prize of €200 . The full list of 22 Bingo Bonanza prize winners is Jackpot (€600): Jac D’Arcy. €200: Delores Duncan. €100: Deirdre Devine, Cepta Plunkett, Dylan Casserly, Mary Ryan, Olivia Corcoran. €50: Oliver Carley, Mary Loughrey Roche, Alice Deihy, Ann Hayes, Brook Cherry, Lolly Monaghan, Delores Duncan, Melissa Mulvaney, Lorna Morris, Dee O’ Reilly. €25: Linda Robinson, Jac D’Arcy. €20: Dee O’Reilly, Aiden McGuire, Teresa Ledwith
Pictured above is Laurie D’arcy accepting the winning prize of The Downs Online Bingo on behalf of her brother Jac D’arcy (Liverpool)
Scrap Saturday Success
Community spirit is alive and well in The Downs GAA based on the terrific response to this club fundraiser Scrap Saturday last Saturday May 1st. Copious amounts of scrap metal was delivered, collected and recycled with minimal fuss. Many thanks to Mick Wallace from Wallace Waste Solutions for his help with collections and disposal. The committee would also like to sincerely thank everyone that supported the event with particular thanks to all the volunteers that very kindly gave up their bank holiday Saturday to support their club. All proceeds will be donated to The Downs GAA club. Well done to all.
Scrap Saturday The Downs GAA some of the volunteers last Saturday April 30th Noel Lynam, Damien Murtagh, Paul Moore and Joe Lynam
Government restrictions this week confirms that adult training is permitted to resume from 10th May in an outdoor capacity in pods of a maximum of 15 people. However, games are not allowed and indoor facilities must remain closed. The next date of note is 7th June (and subject to the Public Health situation at the time) – club games will be permitted at all levels but must be played “behind closed doors”. Great news for all involved.
Club gear is available for sale in an outdoor capacity on Friday 7th April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Some sale items will be available as well as other more recent club gear. You can view our brochure online www.thedownsgaa.com. For further enquiries please contact Carmel on 0879496347.
Teas/coffee are available in the Cuppa hut which is open for your convenience on Friday evenings from 6.30pm – 7.30pm during underage training. Collection of Bingo books and purchase of lotto tickets are also available for sale in the same location.
The Downs GAA Club will be completing all their correspondence to its members using the App Clubforce for the coming year. Please download the App in advance of our return. You can add both The Downs GAA and The Downs LGFC on the same App to receive details regarding training/club events and news.
Ladies Club LGFA
Two Fundamental Coaching Courses have been arranged for The Downs Ladies Club Coaches. As it is an LGFA requirement we encourage all coaches to complete this course. Spaces on the course are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The first course will be Saturday 29th May 2021 and Saturday 5th June 2021 from 7-9pm. If you are interested in attending this course, please contact any member of the Ladies Committee.
The very popular Cúl Camp is returning to the Downs GAA Club from July 12th – 16th. Bookings can be made @kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie.
We will continue to live stream our Lotto draw via our Facebook page for the foreseeable future. Tune in at 9-30 on each Monday night to catch the draw.
Lotto Results 03/05/21 Jackpot €6,500
Numbers Drawn 3, 5, 7, 16
No Jackpot winner.
3 x €50 Lucky Dip Winners: Harry Holding (online), Niall Murray (online), Dylan Casserly
Next week’s jackpot is €6,600
Those who now wish to play our lotto can do so by any one of the following methods;
Play online at our website www.thedownsgaa.com
Play online at ClubForce https://bit.ly/38QZj6W
Contact your regular lotto collector for your area or any Committee member who will enter your numbers on to our “Perma Book” which is retained at the club.
Form a membership bundle with one or two lines of lotto for 52 draws and avail of some exclusive 2021 online club membership discounts.
Send a cheque for €100 to club secretary Tommy Kelly, Coralstown, Mullingar (one year’s subscription).
Or scan here:
Thanks to our supporters for their loyal commitment to our Lotto and to those new players who have signed up online and in hard copy.
Keep up to date with club activities
There are lots of ways to keep up to date with our activities. Our award-winning website can be viewed at www.thedownsgaa.com where you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter by email. Also check us out on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.