Sympathy: Dromard GAA Club offers its sympathy to a number of families in the locality who were bereaved recently: to the family of Brendan Masterson, Drumhaldry, whose funeral took place last week in Moyne; to Kathleen Brady, Firmullagh, on the death of her mother Mary Lyons, Drumlark, Cavan; and to Gertie McNerney and the McNerney family, Edenmore, on the death in December of Gertie’s brother and sister in law Michael Lyons and his wife Kathleen, Craughwell, Co. Galway. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
Monthly Members Draw: The draw for January took place at our reconvened AGM on Sunday. Congratulations to this month’s four winners. The €500 prize went to Alison Sheridan Courtney with €100 each going to Anne and Jack Browne, Paul O’Brien and George Conboy. Thank you to all our members for your continued support.
AGM: Our AGM reconvened on Sunday evening (13 January). Outgoing Chairman Michael O’Reilly was re-elected to his position for 2019 along with the other members of the executive. The meeting also discussed the Club’s plans for the development of a walking path around the club grounds, subject to the receipt of further funding.
Clash of the Townlands Quiz: Our annual Clash of the Townlands Table Quiz is scheduled for Friday the 8th of February. This is always a very enjoyable night so please make sure your townland is represented! More details next week.
O’Byrne Cup: Hard luck to the Longford senior footballers on their defeat to Westmeath on Saturday. A speedy recovery to both Ronan McEntire and Joseph Hagan who missed the game through injury. Best of luck to the players and the management team with their preparations for the upcoming National League. Longford’s first game is away to Louth on Sunday 27th January followed a week later by a home game against Offaly.
Newly Weds: Congratulations to Anne and Barry Taaffe on their recent wedding. Every best wish for the future.
Aaron Hagan Memorial Hunt: The 10th annual Aaron Hagan Memorial Hunt, 7k walk/run/cycle and auction will take place on Sunday 27th January 2019 starting from the Dromard GAA grounds. Hunt registration and assembly will begin at 12.30pm with the hunt starting at 1.30. Registration for the 7k walk/run/cycle is from 12.30 with participants departing at 1.45. An auction and raffle will take place at approximately 4pm. Please feel free to donate, buy a raffle ticket or bid at the auction! Proceeds from the event will go to Meals on Wheels and Tubberpatrick Cemetery upkeep.
Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust: With the assistance of the County Longford Association of New York, the McGee family are hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who so kindly assisted during the tragic loss of their son Danny on Thanksgiving day in 2018. The fundraiser will take place on Saturday February 9th at John Sullivan’s Pub and Restaurant 2010 W 35th Street, New York from 5pm until 11pm. For more information or to donate directly to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, please visit www.kevinbellrepatriation trust.com.
Dromard Ladies Club Notes
Fuel Draw: This will take place this coming Sunday 20th January at 12.30pm in the Clubhouse. It would be helpful if all monies and counterfoils could be left into Moyne Stores, Corrigans or Bernie's house by Saturday night in order not to delay Sunday's draw. If this is not possible don't forget to bring them with you in good time Sunday. We want to thank all our players for making a huge effort with the sales this year, and also all our local shops which helped with our sales. If you have not bought tickets yet, some are still available if you are quick and don't want to miss out on one of our six valuable prizes.
Senior Club Members Draw Winners: Congratulations to Beibhinn and Eabhin Courtney's Mammy Alison, and Nicole and Lauren Conboy's Daddy George for winning two of the prizes in this month’s Club Draw. Surely a good time to ask for a rise in the pocket money girls!
Birthdays: Two ladies this week. Our U/12 captain Naoise Hourican will be 13 on Saturday. She set a great example to her team last season, also togging out with the U/14s and even the U/16s who were always short numbers. Well done and enjoy your day. Also to our secretary and senior player Imelda Reynolds, who not only excelled in her committee duties, but found time to organise underage training as well as togging out for the County when called upon. We will never tire of hearing about her hat-trick of goals when it mattered. Enjoy your day as well Imelda.