THE DOWNS GAA NOTES
This week will see the eagerly awaited return to training for all our adult teams. We look forward to seeing everyone back in action on May 10th. However, games are still 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.
Adult Fixtures Update
Fixtures update for U19 and Junior 2 Football competitions for The Downs GAA Club are as follows. Note: These competitions will run parallel to the adult Championships.
U19: The Downs will play in Division 2 of the U19 Championship in a group with Mullingar Shamrocks, Tyrellspass and Lilliput Gaels in a round robin format. First placed team in each group qualifies for the semi-final and 2nd/3rd place qualify for a quarter final.
Junior 2 Football sees The Downs in a group with Delvin, Multyfarnham, Killucan/Coralstown Kinnegad, Shandonagh and Mullingar Shamrocks. First placed team in each group qualifies for a semi-final with 2nd/3rd place teams qualifying for a quarter final.
Adult mini league will commence in June prior to the championship. There will be no promotion/relegation in 2021. The Downs have teams in Divisions 1, 3, 4 and 7
Division 1: The Downs will face; St. Lomans, Castledaly, Coralstown –Kinnegad and Tang.
Division 3: The Downs will face; Killucan, St. Lomans, Kilbeggan Shamrocks and Milltownpass.
Division 4: The Downs will face; Shandonagh, St. Lomans, Caulry and Moate
Division 7: The Downs will face; Caulry, Athlone and Tyrellspass
U 15 Final 2020
The U15 Division 2 Shield Final for 2020 is now due to take place on Monday June 14th. The Downs opposition in this final will be Western Gaels. A home game for Western Gaels on this occasion. Further details will be circulated when confirmed.
Kevin Molloy Park is the place to be on Friday nights at 6.30 pm. Our underage training continues every Friday night with other training slots listed below. Don’t worry if you haven’t already made it back yet. We will be here every Friday for the foreseeable future. Three items needed: The Covid 19 Club Education eLearning Modulehttps://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 U9s Returning to Play May 7th 2021 Members of The Downs LGFA GAA U10s Returning to Play May 7th 2021
Online Bingo News
Our new online bingo weekly format, with a prize fund of €2,200 on offer, including a 2nd Jackpot game, and a guaranteed minimum pay out of €1,900 proved very popular on Friday night with large numbers of regular and new players joining us. An hour’s entertainment and fun were had by all, with 20 cash prizes won. Katie Crowley was the €600 jackpot winner in our Big Game 5. Katie was playing our online bingo for the 1st time - what a way to start! Full house in our new Double & Check Game 3 was checked in 57 numbers, by two players Bridie Scally and Shane Carroll. The cash prize of €200 was shared between Bridie and Shane with both receiving €100.The full list of 20 Bingo prize winners, who shared a prize fund of €1900, is Jackpot (€600): Katie Crowley. €100: Bridie Scally, Shane Carroll, Therese Lydon, Tyler Flynn, Niamh Muldoon. Boris Murray, Ursula Dowd €50: Martina Kennedy, Maddie Nolan, Eoghan Daly, Sheila Martin, Cillian McGrath, Linda Robinson, Marie Muldoon, Rynagh McNally, Michael Moloney, Tanya Dooner, Fergal Cooney, John Fox.So why not join us for ‘Eyes Down’ at 8.30pm each week for a night that is always a full of Entertainment, Fun and Prizes. Bingo Books for this coming Friday’s game can be ordered online through our club website: https://thedownsgaa.clubforce.com/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 club shop has been a focal point in the Club since our return to play two weeks ago. Club gear is available for sale in an outdoor capacity on Friday 15th 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. The wonderful volunteers on duty will also help with the Collection of Bingo books and purchase of lotto tickets at the same location. Community spirit is alive and well in this location of the grounds and you can catch up with all the local events over a cup of tea/coffee while the kids are training.
Pictured above is Katie Crowley accepting the Jackpot winning prize for The Downs Online Bingo for Friday May 7th
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.
A referee’s foundation course is being run at county level. Anyone interested in becoming a referee please send in their names to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 10/05/21 Jackpot €6,600
Numbers Drawn 2, 4, 14, 21
No Jackpot winner.
3 x €50 Lucky Dip Winners: Peter Shanley, Caronlines Staff, Paddy Kenny (online)
Next week’s jackpot is €6,700
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
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