Rhode club notes

November 16, 2020

Christmas Food Appeal 


Following on from last years over overwhelming support by the people of the Parish it has been decided  we will hold it again this year .  It will take place on Saturday December 5th  in the grounds of Rhode hall in line with Covid-19 restrictions from 11am to 1pm  to help facilitate Ken Smollen and his group of great workers who support those in need in our community. 


Items needed for each food pack are as follows 


2 boxes of breakfast cereal, tea, sugar, 3 tins of beans, 2 tins of spaghetti hoops, 2 tins of dessert rice, 3 packets of soup, 2 packets of pasta, jar of pasta sauce, packet of boil-in-the-bag-rice, 3 packets of biscuits and a packet of cream crackers and other items when available including tinned fish/peas/carrots, jam, chocolate and other treats for children.


Please support 




Bloody Sunday Remembrance Statement From The  President  of The GAA. 



GAA President, John Horan, has called on the Association’s membership to light a candle this Saturday, November 21, in memory of the 14 people who were killed on Bloody Sunday in Croke Park in 1920 by British Forces.

“What we would like is that the GAA membership throughout the country in memory of these people that were actually shot that day would light a candle in their own individual homes next Saturday evening as a memory in their family of those who were lost on that particular day,” said Horan today on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland programme.

“I think that would get us all together as a GAA family to put our minds to what actually happened 100 years ago on the 21st of November."

A 100-year anniversary remembrance ceremony for the victims of Bloody Sunday will take place in Croke Park on Saturday and will be broadcast live on the RTE news and RTE Radio 1 at 6.05pm.

“On that occasion we'll be laying wreaths in Croke Park at the site where Michael Hogan was shot and we'll also be lighting 14 torches on Hill 16 to remember the 14 individuals (who were killed) because we're trying to portray an image of 14 people, not a statistic, but 14 individuals across a range of schoolboys, a girl who was due to get married, fathers, brothers," said Horan.

"Everyone of us, I'm quite sure, who have gone to sporting occasions can relate to this in a great way in the context of they went to a game but those 14 individuals never came home.

“We have been conscious that we would celebrate this occasion in a proper manner. What we've been doing is we engaged with the families early on throughout the process and we had relatives of those victims in Croke Park earlier in the year.

“And we also engaged in a project of marking the resting place of the individuals concerned by putting headstones on seven of the graves with the families in Glasnevin Cemetery over the last number of years.

“So it's about making the individual stories of these 14 people very much the centre of what we're trying to do.

“It's been driven by Michael Foley who did a huge amount of research for our history committee and our own Cian Murphy who was very central to the actual project of the graves



200 Club Draw 


We are continuing with our Rhode GAA Supporters Draw to Aid our Planned Development for our Grounds . 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. The Draws will be held on the following dates while adhering to the strict HSE/Government and GAA Guidelines:


The  final  draw will take place on the following Date:


• 19th December


Many Thanks to all who sold or purchased tickets for our Supporter's Draw.



Rhode GAA Walking Track 


Our walking track  remains open for our members to exercise safely (once within 5km of your home) 

Members are asked to obey signage and maintain Covid-19 social distancing measures.





We Are Here To Help !!


.  No Shame in needing help when you are in need of it. 


Members of Rhode GAA committee and club members/supporters are available to help out in collecting groceries or prescriptions from the chemist and shops for the eldery and vulnerable of the parish:


Tracey Murphy 0872264435


Patricia McManus 0876439380


Michael Fleming 0860830673


Stephen Darby. 0868452132


Siobhan Scally  0871416115


Paul McNamee 0852101826


Debbie Gowran 0851391386


Rory Swaine 0871131113


Club Person of Contact Eoghan Hickey 0879481249


Feel free also to message this page or any other issues or messages that need to be passed on you can contact me PRO Robert Kellaghan 0876452964


Offaly Covid-19  Community Response Forum

 FREEPHONE number is 1800 81 81 81 or email [email protected] 


Lines open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week 

#CommunityCall #Offaly





The Rhode GAA Lotto Jackpot is €3,000 and it took place on the 9th of November while adhering to strict guidelines   

The numbers drawn out were 14 18 24 27 

There were no match three winners.  The following won € 50 in our lucky dip draw. 

Ciara Glennon

Declan Cox

Davy Quinn

Declan Nolan


The lotto can be played online before 12 Noon on the date of Draw see the Rhode GAA Website / Facebook / Twitter Or Contact your usual ticket seller for details Draw Will take place every Monday Night and will be live on Facebook around 8:30pm   





Massive Congratulations to Grainne & Willie McNamee on the birth of their son Pierce . 



Stay Safe 


We hope all in our community are keeping safe and well. We urge you all to play your part in this war against the invisible virus. Please observe social distancing advice and follow guidance from government, HSE and reliable sources. There is much scaremongering and false information doing the rounds also, so be careful and use good judgement.  

Look after yourself, your family and your neighbors. Especially those who are at greater risk. If you or someone you know, needs some help with getting groceries or medication, speak to members of our club and we will do our best help out


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