An Riocht club notes

November 27, 2017

An Riocht / Kingdom


Tuesday 28 November

6pm Irish Dancing; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class (note a day later); 7.30pm Meeting in Newry; 8.15pm Basketball

Wednesday 29 November

11am Men's Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 7pm Kingdom Walkers; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+, tonight Christmas hand-prints, robins, santas, trees, etc; 7.30pm Ladies of Mourne; 8pm Cards - 45 @ Dunavil; 7pm Senior Football Strength & Conditioning.

Thursday 30 November

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7.30pm An Riocht Annual General Meeting, all players aged 15+, parents of younger players, members and supporters are invited to attend. The Club AGM is the most important meeting of the year and the way this meeting is attended and conducted will play a major part in the running of the Club for the coming year.

Friday 1 December

11am Men's Shed; 5.30pm P5 Gaelic; 8pm Basketball NI Premier League Knights v Tyrone Towers

Saturday 2 December

8am Kingdom Walkers; 11am P1/P2 Gaelic; 12pm P3/P4 Gaelic; 3pm Birthday Party

Sunday 3 December

10am Breakfast at Dunavil; 8pm Bingo

Monday 4 December

11am Men's Shed; 6.15pm P6 Gaelic; 7pm Girls Club First Year plus, 'Come Dine with Me' starter, main course, dessert, two teams participating; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class 7.30pm U12 (born 06/07) Gaelic; 8.30pm Senior Football Strength & Conditioning; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 5 December

6pm Irish Dancing; 7.15pm Bootcamp; 7.30pm Camogie committee meeting; 8.15pm Basketball


Vacancy @ Kingdom Youth Club for Leader-in-Charge (15 hours), application forms from Dunavil on request, to be returned on or before 6pm Thursday 7th December.


Given their on-field success, there was a disappointingly small attendance at the Camogie Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, but that could not dampen the huge enthusiasm of the faithful who have made plans to take camogie onwards and upwards in 2018. An Riocht Club Chairperson Tara Campbell took the Chair for the Election of Officers and the committee elected for 2018 is Chairperson Paula Fearon, Vice-Chair Carrie Killen, Secretary Clara Killen, Treasurer / Registrar / Insurance Shaunece Harper, Coaching Officer Veronica McGreevy, Schools Liaison Officer Sheila McAlinden, Player Representatives Colleen Fearon and Ellie Hughes; an amazing 62% of this committee are still playing!

There are two major events remaining in the Camogie Calendar in the run-up to Christmas; on Monday 11th December the second of five 'Engage-HER' workshops take place and on Tuesday 19th December there is 'Christmas, Coffee & Camogie', a celebratory event mixing the present with the past to bring the curtain down on a very successful Camogie year.

Engage-HER is focused on engaging more girls and young women in sport by making us think about how we currently work with them and identifying actions to help us to develop this work. To make the most of this opportunity we need a good cross section to attend and engage, that's - volunteers, players, coaches, administrators, supporters, parents - everyone who wants to see the good work Kingdom Camogie has accomplished continue into 2018 and beyond. If you missed the first session last month, we would still welcome and value your contribution, see you there.

Hour long Camogie fitness sessions tailor made for players to improve exercise techniques, develop strength & conditioning, reduce the possibility of injuries and increase the level of intensity so that Camogs perform better in match situations take place each Monday and Wednesday at 8pm and Saturday at 10am.

Application Forms for Camogie Coaches / Managers are available from the Club Office and in accordance with Club policy these need to be completed and returned before anyone is appointed to coach / manage a team for 2018.


At the Cumann Na mBunscol Primary Schools Boys Indoor Football held on Thursday at Dunavil, St Dallans and Grange progressed to the Down Finals, hard luck to St Colmans who just missed out in added time.


Santa and his favourite Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came to Dunavil on Friday night to turn on our Christmas lights and there were refreshments freely available with donations to Heartbeat NI. Thanks to everyone who helped.


On Saturday morning the P1 to P4 footballers donated their £1 training fee to Heartbeat NI to add to the money collected on Friday, well done.

Young people from KYC participated in the Santa Walk through Kilkeel on Saturday afternoon raising funds for Heartbeat NI.


On Friday evening Santa left a post box at Dunavil for sending him letters and its available to everyone to drop in a note (or two) in the month leading up to Christmas.


In the Basketball NI Premier League, the Knights had the Ulster Elks as visitors to Dunavil and won 91 points to 75 points. This Friday the Knights will be hoping for three straight home wins when the Tyrone Towers visit Dunavil, the last Premier League action at Dunavil before Christmas.


At the Divisional GAA Awards, Ronan McAlinden was awarded South Down Juvenile Referee of the Year by the clubs of South Down, well done.


The Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Programme seeks to stimulate, encourage and support youth entrepreneurship amongst those aged 16 to 30.  The programme has 4 key phases - prestart, start, growth, reboot. They are keen to identify any young person who has a business idea and wants to develop it further. For each business plan developed through the programme the young person is in with a chance to travel to Lapland to attend the RYE Cool Awards which is a week-long series of masterclasses targeted specifically at youth entrepreneurship.

On Christmas Day we provide a free Christmas Dinner at 1pm at the youth club to anyone wishing to avail of the service. If it's something you may be interested in or if you know someone who may be, please contact the youth club, we may be able to provide transport; our number is 028 417 63681.


The Men's Shed had a visit from ASDA Community Champion Stephanie Rogers during the week to receive their prize arising from the 'green token' collection held in the Kilkeel store, thanks and well done.


The Men's Shed will host adult safeguarding awareness community sector training at Dunavil on Wednesday 24th January, more details later.


An Riocht Chairperson Tara Campbell presented Dianna Uí Chlár with an award to mark a most successful first year as An Riocht Irish and Culture Officer with the Joe McDonagh Foundation Summer Scheme, Liofa Intensive day course, and Glor Na Gael language classes all taking place at Dunavil.


Could any cups or trophies won by any An Riocht teams and not at Dunavil be returned asap and before Saturday 2nd December, so they can be engraved.

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