Garrycastle club notes

February 11, 2019

Under-13 Leinster Cross-County League


Round 2 of the Leinster League organised under-13 cross-county league saw Garrycastle welcoming the St. Peters GAA Club from Dunboyne in Co. Meath to Garrycastle on Saturday afternoon. Even with the distraction of a Rugby international being played on the same afternoon, 19 players togged out to play the match. Both Garrycastle and St. Peters had won their first round matches, so this was always likely to be a tight encounter, and so it proved.

The first half of this match was real end-to-end football, played at a frenetic pace. Both teams were making light of the poor conditions, and took some excellent scores from play. Midway through the first half, the Garrycastle backline was breached and St. Peters scored a well worked goal. To their credit, the Garrycastle lads regrouped and responded in excellent fashion, by scoring the next two points.  Indeed, they may have had a goal of their own, but the crossbar came to the aid of the St. Peters goalkeeper and the danger was cleared.  At half-time, the visitors led by a single point on a scoreline of St. Peters 1-02, Garrycastle 0-04.

Garrycastle considerably upped their work rate as the second half started, and carried the game to the visitors, pushing high up the field, and playing some fast ball into the forward line, who took maximum advantage scoring two goals and two points in quick succession, to leave them in the driving seat. As expected, the visitors came back strongly, and hit a purple patch of their own, knocking over some fine points. However, the Garrycastle lads would not relinquish their lead so easily, and tackled hard for every ball, and ended the match the stronger to take a well deserved win. The final score saw Garrycastle the victors on a scoreline of Garrycastle 3-08, St. Peters Dunboyne 1-05.

Every player on the pitch gave 100% effort, and in the end it was some smart play from the Garrycastle lads, aided by their fitness as legs tired on the heavy pitch, that gave them the win.

Under 20

Round 2 of the under 20 league is scheduled for Sunday next in Garrycastle at 11.30am versus Caulry.



The purpose of the nursery is to introduce girls and boys to Gaelic games in a safe and fun environment.   The nursery is located at the Garrycastle GAA Club grounds (months March, April, May, June and September) and Athlone Institute of Technology Multi-Purpose Indoor Hall (months October, November, January and February). The action takes place every Sunday morning from 11.00 to 12.00. The Nursery runs from January to June and from September to November.  The nursery is managed by Alan Kelly. He is assisted by a large team of mentors and parents. Mentors are Garda vetted and have completed a fitness to practise course.  All parents are encouraged to get involved in helping out in the nursery, no experience is necessary, but a series of training courses will be provided.  The nursery caters for children age 4-7.  If you want your child to participate in the nursery, simply come along any Sunday morning at 10.50 am and join in the fun. All children are welcome. If after a period of time, you decide you want your child to continue in the Nursery, then we would ask you to take out club membership:details will be provided by a nursery mentor.  No specialist equipment needed just comfortable clothing and a bottle of water.   Parents/Guardians must stay for the entire session.  In Garrycastle GAA nursery girls and boys take part in the following activities:

Agility, balance and coordination.

Running, jumping and throwing.

Kicking the ball (left and right)

Bouncing (left and right)

Hand-passing (left and right)

Fun small sided matches

For more information please text David O’Shaughnessy 086-3814776; or Alan Kelly 087-4102490


Congratulations to Kellie and Dessie Dolan on the recent birth of their daughter, Elle Lauren.



The club extends deepest sympathy to the Kearney family, Cartrontroy,  on their their recent bereavement.


Tearz in your Eyes

Tearz in your Eyes 2 will be held in the Radisson Hotel on Saturday April 13th.



The Lotto numbers for Monday February 4th 2019 were 11, 22, 27, 29.  There was no Jackpot winner.  There was one Match3 winner, who receives €100 - Brendan Carter Jnr. The Jackpot next week (11th February 2019) is €7,250.  Play Garrycastle GAA Club Lotto online, with a safe and secure online payment. 

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