Operation Transformation – Dromahair Ladies and Mens GAA Clubs for the third year running are hosting Operation Transformation Dromahair 2019 commencing on Tuesday 15th January.

Once again this is a great opportunity after the Christmas festivities to get back into shape and to become more motivated in improving health and fitness levels and also its a great way of meeting new people. Over the past few years, we have had huge weight loss and seen fitness levels of participants improve significantly.

This programme will run for 7 weeks and is suitable from the complete beginner through to a more athletic person wanting to improve their fitness levels. Classes will be conducted under the supervision of Sue, David and Declan. This year’s Tuesday class will be a mixed class with BEGINNERS and ADVANCED programmes to suit your levels of fitness.

OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 2019 ‘7 Week Programme’ commences week beginning Tuesday 15th January.
TUESDAYS Ladies and Mens Fitness Class (with beginners and advanced levels).
VENUE St Clares Comprehensive School Gym Manorhamilton
TIME 7.00 to 8.00 pm
WEIGH IN This is optional and will take place from 6.30pm before class.
SATURDAY MORNINGS BOOTCAMP
This will take place in the Park commencing Sat 19th Jan from 9.30 am to 10.30 am.

REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION on Sunday 13th for 7 week programme from 11.30 in Dromahair Park before National Walk.
COST for 7 week programme is €70.

Thank you to all who helped out at Sunday’s walk as stewards and with registration.

Club Meeting – We will have our first club meeting of the year next Friday January 18th at 9pm in club pavilion. There are a number of important items for discussion so we ask all members to attend.

Well Done – Congratulations to our underage coach Michael Leyden who enjoyed success last week with Abbey VS Donegal as they were crowned county champions in a competitive game against Loreto Milford.

National Club Draw – Tickets are still on sale by club members with great prizes on offer. We appreciate your support as this is one of the club’s main fundraisers for the year.

Gaeilge – Naomh Pádraig Cumann Lúthchleas Gael was awarded a bronze medal at a ceremony in Croke Park Saturday 15th Nollaig. This initiative promoted by CLG and sponsored by Glór na nGael was in memory of the legend that was Seosamh Mac Donncha, Iar-Uachtarán CLG, educator and Galway hurler for whom his native language was very close to his heart. “Diaidh ar ndiaidh a thógtar na caisleáin” as the old proverb goes and as the only club in Leitrim to receive an award, Naomh Pádraig CLG can be very proud of itself! 
 
Member’s Club – October results – €300 Kenny Casey, €200 K. McMahon, €150 Camillus McMorrow, €100 Michael O’Hara.  November results – €300 Bríd ní Dhonnchú, €200 Adrian McPadden, €150 David Downes, €100 Noel and Ann Marie Torsney
 
National Club Draw – Tickets are currently on sale via our club members. We would appreciate all support as this is one of the club’s main fundraisers. 
 
Merry Christmas – Everyone at Dromahair GAA would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy Christmas and would like to thank all our sponsors, members, players and supporters for all you did for us throughout the year. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir! 
AGM – Our AGM was held in The Depot on Sunday 2nd December and was well attended. Presentations were made for Player of the Year and Most Improved Player with the recipients being:
U13 MIP  James Sweeney
U13 POTY Seán Giblin
U15 MIP James Clinton
U15 POTY Conor Morrison
U17 MIP Ruairi Power
U17 POTY Shea Kelly
Junior POTY Seán Kelly
Senior POTY Ruairi Kelly.
Well done to all players and coaches involved.
Our committee for 2019 was also elected on the day:
Chairperson  Dermot O’Donohoe
Vice Chairperson  Ann McGee
Secretary  Seamus Vesey
Coiste na nÓg Secretary  Pauline Fitzpatrick
Treasurers  Joe Giblin & Maggie McLoughlin
PRO  Adrian Kelly
Registrar  Fergus Torsney
Coaching Officer  Kenny Casey
Children’s Officer Angela McLaughlin
Club Member’s Draw Co-Ordinator  Kevin Torsney
Games Co-Ordinator  Darragh McMorrow
Club Development Officer  Gavin Sweeney
Cultural Officer Bríd ní Dhonnchú
Scór Officer  Caroline Speers
IT Officer Darragh McMorrow
Health and Wellbeing Officer  Tracey Kelly
Player’s Representative  Declan Fowley
Additional Members  Fergus Meehan, David McGee, Declan Fowley, Declan Conlon, Adrian McMorrow, Eoghan Sweeney, Sean O’Hara.
We would like to thank any outgoing officers for all their hard work over the past year and are delighted to welcome some new faces to the committee and look forward to working with them in the future.
Club Gear – There is a wide range of club gear available to purchase on the O’Neills website and would make a great Christmas gift for any Dromahair supporter.
AGM – Our AGM takes place this Sunday 2nd December at 3.30pm in The Depot. Player of the Year presentations will be made at the beginning of the meeting and we hope to have a big attendance. If anyone would like to get involved with the club at any level please get in contact. We are always looking for new ideas and people to help out.
Culture – Comhghairdeas to Club Naomh Pádraig on achieving a Bronze medal award for encouraging the use of Gaeilge in the Club. This is an initiative supported by Glór na nGael agus Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. The medal will be awarded at a special ceremony i bPáirc an Chrócaigh on 15th Nollaig. Buíochas le gach duine a chabhraigh. The club would like to thank our Culture Officer Bríd ní Dhonncú for her efforts and this recognition is well deserved.
Club Gear – Our gear is available to purchase on oneills.com with a wide range available and would be the perfect Christmas gift for any Dromahair supporter.

Congratulations – Well done to our senior player James Clancy who recently received the prestigious All Ireland Scholarship/JP McManus Award in University Limerick and we wish him every success in his future endeavours.

AGM – This year’s AGM takes place on Sunday 2nd December at 3.30pm in The Depot. All members please attend. If anyone is interested in getting involved with the club let a club official know.
Scór – Scór na nOg Leitrim County Final takes place on Sunday 2nd December in The Mayflower, Drumshanbo. 2018 is Bliain na Gaeilge and 2019 marks the 50th year of Scor making the current year’s competition quite significant. All participation welcome.
LH Heating U20 Championship – We were well beaten by St Mary’s on Sunday morning in Carrick in the U20 Championship Quarter Final. This brings to a close games for the different grades for the year.
DARC Community Park – We are delighted that works have begun on the all weather astro turf pitch which is due for completion in February. This will be a great asset to the community. Please note also that the main pitch is closed until spring while maintenance work is carried out. We thank all in advance for their co-operation on this matter.
AGM – Our AGM will take place on Sunday 2nd December at 3.30pm in The Depot. We ask that all members please attend.
National Club Draw – Tickets are now on sale through club members. There are some fantastic prizes on offer and we hope we will continue to get the community’s support for the draw and hopefully match if not better our sales from last year.
Club Member’s Draw – September results – €300 Adrian Fowley, €200 Gerry Kelly, €150 John Gibsey, €100 David Downes. Congratulations to all winners. If anyone would like to join the draw please contact Kevin Torsney or a member of the club executive.
AGM – The date for our AGM has been provisionally set for Sunday December 2nd at 3.30pm. We ask that all members make a big effort to attend.
Gaeilge – The final rang Gaeilge takes place this Thursday 8th November in Ballinagar Hall from 7.30 to 8.30pm.  Fáilte roimh chách! Eolas 086 0580034.
Club Gear – Don’t forget that our club gear is available on oneills.com with a wide range of coats and hoodies available to keep you warm in the winter months or you may find the perfect Christmas gift for the Dromahair supporter in your life.

U11 Blitz – Thank you to Melvin Gaels for hosting us on Saturday for our final blitz of the year. Congratulations to Oisin Conlon who was awarded the most improved u11 player and Padraig Toner who was awarded the most committed u11 player. Thanks to GDO Stephen McGurrin for his few words of feedback and for doing the presentation. A special thanks to all the parents and players who attended games and training during 2018.

 

U7/U9 – Our year comes to a close on Tuesday 23rd October with the final training session. Huge thanks to all players and parents for attending training and blitzes throughout the year and good luck to the boys who are moving up to the U11 grade next year.

 

Culture –  Relaxed rang Gaeilge, Déardaoin 7:30 to 8:30 Ballinagar Community Centre. Fáilte roimh chách! Eolas 086 0580034.

We would also like to remind that the closing date for Gaeltacht Grants 2019 is Friday 26th October for any boys and girls that might be interested. The application form can be found on http://www.stpatricksdromahair.leitrim.gaa.ie or on http://www.leitrimgaa.ie.

 

Well Done – Congratulations to Fenagh/St Caillins on winning the Intermediate Championship and our commiserations to Annaduff.

Dunnes Bar Division 2 – Unfortunately we were defeated in our promotion play-off against Allen Gaels on Saturday going down by 2-06 to 3-14. Allen Gaels were the better team on the day and we wish them luck in Division 1 next year.
August Member’s Club Draw – €300 Ann Conlon, €200 Dermot O’Donohoe, €150 Frances Farrell, €100 Adrian Fowley. Congratulations to all winners. If anyone would like to join the draw please contact Kevin Torsney or a member of the club executive for details.
Westlink Coaches U15 Championship – The boys were defeated in their final group game vs St Mary’s in Carrick last Saturday morning in wet conditions.
U9 Blitz – Our U9s performed very well in the Festival of Football in the Centre of Excellence, Annaduff last Saturday morning. The coaches are very proud of how well they have progressed throughout the year. Thank you to all at Leitrim GAA for organising the event.
 
Culture –  Relaxed rang Gaeilge, Déardaoin 7:30 to 8:30 Ballinagar Community Centre. Fáilte roimh chách! Eolas 086 0580034.
Underage – U7 and U9 training continues in St Clare’s gym Manorhamilton on Tuesdays from 6.45 to 7.45pm and will finish for the year on Tuesday 23rd October.
Congratulations – Well done to Aughawillan on being crowned Senior champions. Worthy winners and hope ye enjoyed the celebrations. Thank you to Ronan Byrne and Greg Lyons who represented the club in the parade on Sunday.

Jim Meehan RIP – Last week our club lost a true ambassador and great friend after a brave fight against illness.  Jim Meehan was the heartbeat of the club, there isn’t a role he didn’t fill in all his years as a member. As  a player he won the Junior Championship in 1976 keeping goal for his beloved St Patrick’s Dromahair. Coincidentally his son Kieran was goalkeeper when Dromahair won their first Intermediate Championship in 2014 which was a proud day for Jim. When his playing days were over Jim spent time serving as a referee as well as coaching many grades at the club along with several management roles and there isn’t a sideline in the county that he didn’t prowl up and down at some stage.

However where Jim truly flourished was in the administration side of the club. In his time he filled the roles of Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman where his drive and determination kept the club afloat and led to the improvement of facilities in The Park. His fundraising skills were renowned and it was rare that you might have a conversation with Jim without it costing you a few quid! One of his visions for the community is due to commence work in the coming month as an astro pitch is installed at DARC Community Park and it is a great shame that he will never get to see his hard work on the project come to fruition. All future generations who use the facility owe Jim a debt of gratitude. His fundraising pedigree was evident to the very end when on St Patrick’s day this year Jim was in attendance in Croke Park to accept the €1000 cheque on behalf of the club, alongside his sons Fergus and Kevin, his grandson Thomas and his good friend Kevin Torsney, for selling the most tickets in the National Club Draw in Connacht. An outstanding achievement for a small club and town such as ours and one that made him immensely proud.

As a result of his fundraising achievements, it was no surprise when Jim made county and was elected Treasurer of Leitrim GAA in 2002 and he played a key role in the development of the stand in Pairc Sean which is the envy of many a county. He played a pivotal role in the Leitrim Supporter’s Club Draw which continues to be a huge source of revenue for the county board and in the acquisition of the grounds for the Centre of Excellence. Jim along with his role as Treasurer for Leitrim GAA combined his work as Treasurer for Connacht GAA between 2004-06. He later was Leitrim’s Central Council Delegate from 2008-12 and served on the Connacht Council from 2013-17 and at the time of his death was serving Assistant Treasurer for Leitrim GAA. As you can tell Jim didn’t shy away from work and anyone who knew him knows that he didn’t do it for plaudits or a pat on the back, he genuinely wanted to improve his community, county and province.

The turnout at Jim’s funeral from all over the country is evidence of how well known and respected he was, not only as a GAA man but also from his many years driving around the region for Irish Pride and as a farming man spending many hours tending to his pedigree cattle at his sheds in Ardvarney.

Despite his busy schedule Jim was first and foremost a family man and will be sorely missed by his wife Chrissie and three sons Fergus, Kevin and Kieran, daughters in law Patricia, Nicola and Sarah and his grandchildren Amy, Thomas, Aisling, Amelia and Michael who brought him such great joy. He is also survived by sisters Kathleen, Della, Gay, Ena, Noeleen, and Gerardine. Out of all his achievements in life they will be the greatest legacy he leaves behind.

Jim, we were so lucky to have you. You will be missed. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Presentation of €1,000 to St Patrick’s Dromahair for top Connacht Club sales in National Club Draw 2018

The late Jim Meehan 

Dunnes Bar Division 2 – We play Allen Gaels this Saturday at 4pm in Drumkeerin in a promotion play off. It would be great to see a big support there to cheer the team on as we try to finish the year on a positive note.

Culture – Gaeilge classes will continue in Ballinagar hall (seomra beag) on Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30. Bígí linn! Eolas 086 0580034

Sympathies – The club wishes to offer their condolences to our underage coach Seamus Speers and his family on the passing of his sister Noelle last week. May she rest in peace.

Club Meeting – Monthly club meeting this Friday 12th October in The Pavilion at 9pm. Full attendance please if possible.

Gaeltacht Grant – Leitrim GAA in conjunction with Leitrim Co Co are offering Gaeltacht grants for 2019 for boys and girls from Co Leitrim. The application form can be found on our website http://www.stpatricksdromahair.leitrim.gaa.ie or on http://www.leitrimgaa.ie. Closing date for applications is Friday 26th October.

U9 Go Games Blitz – We hope to have two teams competing in the U9 Go Games Festival of Football taking place from 10am Saturday 13th October. This is the first event of its kind in the county with all clubs involved and 8 games taking place simultaneously. It is a great opportunity to see how much the boys have progressed over the course of the season. Thank you to all parents for travelling to blitzes throughout the year.

Connacht Gold Senior Championship – The lads had a good 2-10 to 0-06 win over Bornacoola in the Relegation Final in Drumshanbo on Sunday to maintain our senior status for another year. Thank you to all who came to support.

Dunnes Bar Division 2 – We play Allen Gaels in a promotion play off in Drumkeerin at 4pm on Saturday 6th October. It would be great to get a big support to help the lads finish the year on a high after a difficult championship campaign.

Westlink Coaches U15 Championship – Our boys had a fantastic win over Leitrim Gaels in The Park on Saturday last. They will be hoping to carry on their winning momentum when they face St Mary’s in Carrick on Saturday 6th at 5pm in their final group game.

U11 Blitz – Thanks to all the parents who travelled again on Friday evening to play St. Mary’s in Carrick. Another great performance. Keep it up lads, every week they are getting better and showing their ability against the best teams in the county.

Underage Academy – U7 and U9 training will take place on Tuesdays from 6.45 to 7.45pm on the astro pitch at Manorhamilton National School for the month of October. Please make sure the boys wear suitable footwear and gum shields. We will be collecting €2 per child to cover the hire of the pitch.

Culture – Gaeilge classes will take place in Ballinagar hall (seomra beag) for next 4 Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30. Bígí linn! Eolas 086 0580034

Connacht Gold Senior Championship – Our senior team went down by 2-04 to 0-13 against Aughnasheelin in Drumshanbo on Saturday evening. This now means that we face Bornacoola on Sunday 30th in Drumshanbo at 12pm. Please come out to support the lads.

Westlink Coaches U15 Championship –The boys recorded their first win of the championship with a hard fought victory over St Brigid’s on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-05 on Friday last. Next up is a home game against Leitrim Gaels in The Park on Saturday 29th at 12pm.

Culture – Interested in the Irish language and Irish culture? Tá Club Naomh Pádraig ag eagrú a series of classes over next 5 Thursdays (Déardaoin). Meet this Déardaoin 27th at the Pavilion in the park from 7:30 – 8:30. This venue may change when evenings get colder, nuair a éiríonn sé fuar! Fáilte roimh chách – all ages and abilities welcome. Eolas: 086 0580034

Good Luck – We wish all our players well with their respective schools as the Post Primary School competitions begin next week.

Club Gear – With the winter fast approaching don’t forget there is a range of club hoodies, coats and jackets for sale on O’Neills. The link can be found via our website stpatricksdromahair.leitrim.gaa.ie