Dromard club notes

February 18, 2019

Sympathy: Dromard GAA extends its sympathy to the Donohoe family on the sad passing of Nancy Donohoe, Rathfarnham, Dublin and late of Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon. The Club sends its condolences to Nancy’s husband Dinny, formerly of Legga, daughter Denise and son Ronan. Despite living in Dublin, Dinny and his family have been loyal supporters of Dromard and Longford GAA over many years and have made a tremendous contribution to the club, both on and off the pitch. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Monthly Members Draw: Congratulations to the following winners of our Special Members Draw for February. The draw took place at our recent table quiz in the Breffni Arms. The €500 prize went to Theresa McNerney, Legga while our three €100 winners were Packie Sheridan, Legga; Mark Mimnagh, Moyne/Celbridge; Martin McCabe, Arva. Thank you to all our members for your continued support.

All Ireland Club Semi Final: Commiserations to Mullinalaghta St Columbas on their defeat to a very slick Dr Crokes team in the All Ireland Semi Final on Saturday. Well done on putting in a very good performance against high calibre opposition in what was an entertaining contest. Congratulations to everyone involved in the Club on your magnificent achievements over the last 12 months.

National Football League: After a great start to the league, the Longford senior footballers face a tough test against Down in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next (24 February) at 2pm. Best of luck to the players and management team.

Public Meeting: A public meeting will be held in Dromard Clubhouse on Thursday February 28th at 8pm. The meeting is being held to organise a local fundraiser for our friend Lorraine Cox. Lorraine grew up in Dromard and many of her friends still live here. Last year at the age of 38 she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease for which there is no treatment and no cure. It is a progressive disease, which means many of those diagnosed with MND receive a prognosis of between 2 and 5 years. Lorraine is a young mother with 3 small children aged between 5yrs and 12yrs. She is facing all our worst nightmares. A group of Lorraine’s friends with the help of Dromard GAA have come together to arrange a fundraiser and we are asking for anyone interested in helping to come to the public meeting. The fundraiser is a 24 hour walkathon at Dromard GAA Club Grounds on April 12th. We are looking for 24 team leaders to each take one hour of the walk and bring as many people as they can with them on their team. The target is that each team will raise €1,000 in sponsorship so €24,000 in 24 hours. This can be done by having 10 per team each raising €100 sponsorship or 20 on a team each raising €50. The purpose of this fundraiser unfortunately is not to find treatment for Lorraine but to help in the small way we can by raising money for Lorraine and her children to make memories over the coming months and Please God Years.

This fundraiser won’t require weeks of training, just a commitment to 1 hour of the 24 hours and asking friends family or work colleagues to sponsor you for your walk. We are also looking for help in providing refreshments during the walkathon and stewards too. If you think you can help in any way we would love to see you on February 28th.  We know we can rely on the wonderful community spirit of Dromard and the surrounding areas and thank you in advance for supporting our friend Lorraine though a very difficult time. If you would like to contact the group about the fundraiser you contact Bernie on 086 6097881.


Dromard Ladies Club Notes

County Matters: Whilst the County Senior Panel were without a league game at the weekend, the County Minors started their Championship at the Timahoe Grounds way down in Laois. The old adage that goals win matches was certainly true here, as Longford racked up 2-4 in the first 10 mins to Laois' no score. However the hosts came roaring back to lead by 2 pts at half time. The second half saw Longford straight out of the blocks again to finally wrap up the win on a scoreline of 3-13 to 7-5

Well done to management and the whole panel, especialy our own Karen McLoughlin and Shauna Hagan. What must have been pleasing to management was the fact that 7 different scorers all contributed to the result. They must now wait until the Bank Holiday Monday when they entertain Westmeath at home. Meanwhile the Senior Panel resume their battle for league points this Sat 23rd away to Offaly.

Training Nights: With U/12 and U/16 Championship fast approaching at the beginning of April, training for all girls born between 2005 and 2009 has now started every Mon night on the Astro from 6pm to 7pm.Girls born between 2001 and 2004 will continue to benefit by training with the Senior Panel on Tues nights on the top pitch from 7pm to 8pm. This joining of forces has proved to be a huge success, both for our younger girls who are making rapid progress, and for our actual Senior Panel who must now be looking over their shoulders at the talent emerging. Keep up the good work Ladies. We have not forgotten our girls born between 2010 and 2012 and your training is scheduled to resume in April.

Gold Cup: Our first competitive Club game of the new season gets underway this Sun at 12.15 in Dromard, when the Senior Panel entertain Grattans in their first Gold Cup fixture. This competition is played minus the County players, so a good chance to see some of the younger talent emerging. They have been putting in some serious work, so please come down to the grounds and support them. Dromard Abu.

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