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 https://www.leitrimgaa.ie.
Well Done – Congratulations to Fenagh/St Caillins on winning the Intermediate Championship and our commiserations to Annaduff.
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 https://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
Connacht Gold Senior Championship – We face Aughnasheelin in the Relegation Semi Final on Saturday 22nd in Drumshanbo at 4pm. It will take a big effort to maintain senior status for next year so please come out and support the lads.
Westlink Coaches U15 Championship – We are away to St Brigid’s on Friday 21st at 6.30pm. The boys will be looking to get a win on the board after defeats to Glencar/Manor and Mohill last week.
Culture – If you are interested in Irish culture and language please come to information session @ 7:30 in The Depot, Back Line Dromahair next Friday September 21 (Culture night)! A series of 5 evenings will be run over the next few weeks, depending on interest. Contact 086 0580034 for further details.
Blitz – Thank you to St Joseph’s who hosted our U11 boys for a blitz in Carrigallen last Saturday morning. It was a very competitive game with some great point taking and superb team play. Our U9 boys travel to Drumshanbo to play Allen Gaels next Saturday 22nd September at 2pm. Please remember to wear gumshields.
Well Done – Big congratulations to all who received their Junior Cert results last week particularly to our own players.
Barna Recycling U13 Championship – Unfortunately our boys were heavily defeated in the Shield Final vs Glencar/Manor on Friday. It is encouraging to see big numbers turning out to play and we are sure better days won’t be far away for this group.
Connacht Gold Senior Championship – Our final group fixture takes place on Saturday at 5pm in Drumshanbo where we will face Aughawillan. Please support if you can.
Westlink Coaches U15 Championship – We start the tournament with a home game against Allen Gaels on Tuesday 4th and face an away trip to Glencar/Manor on Monday 10th September at 6.30pm. We wish the lads luck for a successful campaign.
Guess The Score – The winner of the €100 prize was Stephen Gilgunn who correctly predicted the score in the All Ireland Football Final. Thank you to all who bought lines and supported this fundraiser.
Blitz – Thank you to Shamrock Gaels for hosting us for a U9 blitz last Saturday morning and as always we thank parents for travelling with their boys.
Good luck – We would like to send well wishes to all the boys and girls who are starting school this past week in the local schools. We hope you enjoy it and don’t get too much homework!
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