Rhode club notes

February 17, 2020

Registration Night 

As some may already be aware we are hosting a Registration Night on the 28th of February in Rhode hall from 7pm till 9pm. This year's registration is slightly different as we are taking membership from everyone young and old, who wish to either renew membership or become new members of the club for 2020.


Your Membership will entitle you to the following:

Insurance, Use of the walking track


Players Membership will entitle a player to the following:

Injury Fund, Use of the walking track

All trainers are qualified as trainers and are all Garda Vetted

 Use of the gym Costs of all games covered (referee fees)


Access to a physio for U17 and adult teams

Use of our grounds. 


Many of our members would not be aware of the costs of Insurance and Affiliations which is over €1000 per team. We have 13 teams in the clubs. At the moment, membership charges are still very low in comparison to our neighbouring clubs which are roughly around € 100 euro per child player and up to € 150 for an adult player. This year we have changed our membership fee slightly. We are asking that maybe you would consider taking part in one of the options at the end of this letter.  As a club going forward we need to bring our facilities up to date.  We need new dressing rooms to accommodate all our teams and our Ladies teams. This is in our 4 year plan for the club. In year 1, We have already put by € 28,850 to go towards our new Dressing Rooms. Please be aware we need every ones support in bringing our club up to date with other clubs around us. This is a large project and will be a benefit to Rhode GAA and, also the Community. Our success on the field is not reflected in our grounds. We need to work together to achieve our goals. Also, our Underage teams are going well and they deserve the opportunity to have great facilities to progress in their development. This cannot be achieved without the support of our Community.


Our rates for 2020 are as follows:

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP € 80 (2 adults and children in fulltime education)



STUDENT MEMBERSHIP € 30 (student id maybe required)

Juvenile € 30



This year we are continuing with our Rhode GAA Supporters Draw. Entering this draw will provide you with the chance to win 1st prize €1000 & 5 chances to win €250 in each draw and there are 5 draws taking place throughout the year. That’s a total of 30 chances to win over the year. Draws will be held as follows

• 18th April

• 20th June

• 22nd August

• 24th October 

• 19th December

For an opportunity to win one of these great prizes we are offering you 2 options 


OPTION 1  Costing: €250

1 Entry into the 5 draws 

1 membership Family, Player or Single to Rhode GAA 

Full use of the Walking Track

Club supporter car sticker 


OPTION 2  Costing: €200

1 entry to all 5 draws.

Club Supporter Car Sticker


All entries must be paid in full by 27th March 2020

Either option can be paid by instalments but must be paid in full by March 27th 2020.


Please come along and support your club 




For further details please contact:


John Kilmurray  0872956015


Ger Noonan 0879976880


Joe Kilmurray 0867713833


Dec Gorman 0863834232


Tracey Murphy 0872264435


Regina Swaine


Eoghan Hickey 0879481249


James Murphy 0878208057


JJ Donoghue 0863171439






Offaly U20s

Hard luck to Offaly U20 Footballers especially our own Aaron Kellaghan and Gavin young who are on the team/panel who were narrowly defeated by Kildare in the Leinster championship on a score line of 1-07 to 0-09.


Offaly Senior footballers

Well Done to Offaly Senior footballers on defeating Louth in the 3rd round of the national league on a score-line of 2-13 to 2-10. Offaly will now play Leitrim Away. On The Offaly Team/Panel from Rhode  Anton Sullivan , Niall Darby, Ruairi McNamee, Conor McNamee & Eoghan Rigney. 




St. Patrick's Day Parade  

 Plans are well underway for our 4th Annual St. Patrick's Parade .  Watch our social media pages and our notes in the coming week for the announcement of Our Grand Marshals leading this years Parade.  We  will have prizes for best float & Best Dressed which this year will kindly be sponsored by Glass Hammer Studios.  Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday  26th of February at 8pm in Rhode GAA Hall.We are looking for businesses , clubs and organisations to submit a float for the parades as we would love to make this year's event even more colourful and creative than last years ,


Club Membership:

2020 Membership  can be paid to the following membership officers listed, John Kilmurray Mary Hannon Patricia McManus,  Ger Noonan, Eoghan Hickey Regina Swaine, Oliver Murphy, Jody Kilmurray, James Murphy , John Glennon ,Tracey Murphy , Robert Kellaghan Orla Kilmuuray and  up to the 31st of March. 

The Membership Rates are as Follows:

Player ( including Insurance)- €80

Family (2 adults and all Children)-  €80

Single Adult- €40

Student /student player -€30

Juvenile -€30

O.A.P,s - €5




Cycle 4 Dreams 

On the 21st April 2020, former All Ireland winner, Offaly and Rhode footballer Stephen Darby and former Offaly and current Rhode footballer Paraic Sullivan, take on a five day continuous cycle in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation and Rhode GAA club.

With proceeds from the event being split 50/50, this event will bring joy and happiness to those who need it most and also help provide vital funds to ensure the growth and progression of our wonderful club.

The continuous cycle will start on Fahy hill and will mean one of the two men will be on the bike at all times for the 5 days. They will take off in 6 hour sessions on a selected route and tag the other back in once the 6 hours is up. They will work throughout the night and on their final 6 hours they will arrive back in the village together.

In the coming days a gofundme page will be set up for people to donate and there will also be a website going live to spread awareness of the event and to showcase where those vital funds will be going.

Thanks to all for supporting.



There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto Draw that took place on the 10th of February for a Jackpot of €10,000.  The numbers drawn were 2 3 9 17.  The club would like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to Doyle for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation.  The following matched three numbers and received €35 each.


Geraldine Byrne

Pat McManus

Noel Groome

Shonagh Byrne

Francis and Colm Spollen

May Kenny

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