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Healthy Clubs Steps Challenge

posted 1 Jun 2020, 02:27 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 1 Jun 2020, 02:27 ]

Steps Challenge with Healthy Clubs / Irish Life

Win €2,500 O'Neill Voucher for St John's Drumnaquoile

We need team of at least 15, must have fitbit or similar to record activity levels through June.


To get your club mates, family or community involved follow these simple steps:


  1. Download the MyLife app from the App store or Google Play store
    • Apple App Store
    • Google Playstore            
  1. Register your details
  2. Tap on the social tab on the MyLife app
  3. Select challenges
  4. Select the challenge for your province
  5. Tap on join & select your club


Further details can be found in the FAQ in the Downloads link above in the GAA Healthy Clubs folder.




Easy Fundraising - Support Your Club!

posted 23 May 2020, 02:39 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 23 May 2020, 02:40 ]

During these unprecedented times when we are all missing the enjoyment and thrill from the pitches we have had to be innovative in trying to keep our club finances in order. 

For anyone who does online shopping this is a very easy way to raise funds. It doesn't cost you any extra but if you download the app then shop via it the retailers, and all the big ones are on this, will donate a small percentage to the club. 

Now you can shop guilt free as you're doing a good thing for your club!

It may take up to 48 hours for the link to be working so bear with us please



List of retailers:



Naomh Eoin News - Available to Download

posted 23 May 2020, 02:31 by St Johns GAC

A special edition of Naomh Eoin News is now available to download.

To download:

- Click on the Downloads link above
- Download the NEN 23 May 2020 file in the Naomh Eoin News folder



St Johns Notes

posted 31 Mar 2020, 02:38 by St Johns GAC

St Johns Notes

W/c 30th March 2020

As part of the Executive Committee’s ongoing efforts to plan for the possible needs of our surrounding communities in these dire times, we have drawn together a list of club people in each town land who are willing to support anyone that requires food or prescriptions collected, who are  unable to do so themselves. 


The following list of contacts is by town land.


Cormac McMullan 07871 373381 Wood Road.

Mary Boyle 07855 378372 Clanvaraghan.

Vince Arkins 07860 831419 Clonvaraghan 

Una Savage 07873 235633. Cushla Savage 07935 112676 Joe Savage 07534 307269 Aodhan Morgan 07549 285029 Curly Morgan 07821 381510 Slieveanisky & Ballywillwill. 

Grainne Feenan 07549 020025.Ballylough Road/ Murphy’s Close.

Sarah Cunningham 07787 872526 Ballylough Road/ Murphy’s Close. 

Jimmy Laverty 07763 357210  Dunturk & Drumnaquoile. 

Alan Henderson 07738 166588 Dunmore/Edendariff

Maureen Ward 07793 066146 Drumnaquoile & Claragh Road.

Micky & Karen Flynn 07764 755348.  Drumaroad. 

Kevin Rogan 07855 841867. Guiness.


Walking GroupNot Pigeon Rock

 

Our walking group didn’t venture into the Mournes again on Saturday (28th March) when we didn’t go to Pigeon Rock on what was to be the last dander of our Winterschedule.

 

We didn’t park one car overlooking Spelga Dam and we didn’t drive further along the Moyad Road to our starting point. It was a bright sunny day as we didn’t leave our starting point, and it looked like the blue skies would remain for the duration of our non-walk. We didn’t ford the infant Whitewater and didn’t turn left past the rock faces as we didn’t watch the climbers who weren’t on the buttresses there.

 

We didn’t travel south towards the viewpoint at Slievemageogh, before not cutting back and not going uphill past the old quarry huts. We didn’t stop for a water break before we didn’t push on uphill towards the summits of Pigeon Rock. 


Pigeon has two summits, both reaching 534m. We didn’t see the first one surrounded by ponds and we didn’t press on until we came to the second with the wall. We didn’t follow the wall downhill to the waiting car. Some of us didn’t wait there while the drivers didn’t recover the other cars from the start point. We didn’t then repair to a local hostelry for undeserved refreshments.

 

We didn’t do this while we maintained social distance and stayed at home to save lives. For every walk that Covid denies us we will do two.

 

Our next outing, the first of the Spring / Summer schedule won’t be on the evening of Wednesday 8thApril when we won’t be going to the Moorish Tower.

 

 

Upcoming Walks

 

The mountains aren’t going anywhere … 

 

Walks may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

 

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 

kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.com



Walking Group: Not Pigeon Rock

posted 30 Mar 2020, 05:29 by St Johns GAC

Walking Group: Not Pigeon Rock

 

Our walking group didn’t venture into the Mournes again on Saturday (28th March) when we didn’t go to Pigeon Rock on what was to be the last dander of our Winter schedule.



 

We didn’t park one car overlooking Spelga Dam and we didn’t drive further along the Moyad Road to our starting point. It was a bright sunny day as we didn’t leave our starting point, and it looked like the blue skies would remain for the duration of our non-walk. We didn’t ford the infant Whitewater and didn’t turn left past the rock faces as we didn’t watch the climbers who weren’t on the buttresses there.

 

We didn’t travel south towards the viewpoint at Slievemageogh, before not cutting back and not going uphill past the old quarry huts. We didn’t stop for a water break before we didn’t push on uphill towards the summits of Pigeon Rock. Pigeon has two summits, both reaching 534m. We didn’t see the first one surrounded by ponds and we didn’t press on until we came to the second with the wall. We didn’t follow the wall downhill to the waiting car. Some of us didn’t wait there while the drivers didn’t recover the other cars from the start point. We didn’t then repair to a local hostelry for undeserved refreshments.

 

We didn’t do this while we maintained social distance and stayed at home to save lives. For every walk that Covid denies us we will do two.



 

Our next outing, the first of the Spring / Summer schedule won’t be on the evening of Wednesday 8th April when we won’t be going to the Moorish Tower.

 

 

Upcoming Walks

 

The mountains aren’t going anywhere …

 

Walks may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

 

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 

kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.com


Naomh Eoin News Bulletin

posted 29 Mar 2020, 02:44 by St Johns GAC

Checkout the Downloads link above for a special edition of the club newsletter, Naomh Eoin News.

The latest edition can be found in the Naomh Eoin News folder and download the NEN 28 Mar 2020 file.


Diocese Directive

posted 23 Mar 2020, 12:38 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 12:49 ]

Click on the Downloads link above and download the latest directives issued by the Diocese - Download the DC Directives 21 March 2020 document from the Parish Information folder.




St Johns Notes

posted 23 Mar 2020, 03:05 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 12:52 ]

St Johns Notes


W/c 23rd March 2020


During the #COVID19 crisis, We at St.John’s GAC would like to offer our support to anyone who is elderly/frail & needs groceries, messages medications etc collected or assistance in any way to make this period as comfortable and stress free as possible. 

Just contact any committee member or Vince Arkins on 07860 831419 & we’ll sort it as best we can.

Please Share and check on your neighbours and friends during this worrying time. We can all get through this together.



This weeks lotto numbers 1 , 3 , 12 , 13 

No jackpot winner - 1 x £10 winner

Congratulations Erin Gordon 

Next jackpot £1,900


 At St.John's our Lotto Committee are invaluable to us.

Due to the risks associated and the seriousness of this Covid 19 virus, the weekly Lotto will be suspended until further notice.

Thank you for all your continued support.

Take care of yourselves and your families during this very difficult time.


Walking Group: The Seefins & Hares Castle

posted 16 Mar 2020, 07:58 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 08:09 ]

Walking Group: The Seefins & Hares Castle

 

Our walking group ventured into the Mournes again on Wednesday (11th March). For the second time of asking the destination was the Annalong Valley – the previous outing opted for a Plan B option so as to minimize exposure to Storm Jorge blasting in from the south. Jorge was long gone but it turned out to be another windy day. At least the wind was at our backs (mostly) as we climbed steeply from Dunnywater Bridge to Round Seefin and then, following the wall, onto Round Seefin.



 

When we crossed the stile into the full force of the wind we decided that Rocky Mountain would be best left for another day. The mountain did at least work well as a wind block as we passed along its eastern slope and make our way to Hares Castle. Here were found both the best views of the day, as we looked up along the valley to the Brandy Pad, Comedagh and Donard, and a sheltered nook for lunch. 


We then followed a tributary of the Annalong River as it cascaded down the hillside to join the main Annalong River. We then went back through Annalong forest to the start, pausing to admire the handiwork of the engineers who cut the Binnian tunnel so that rainfall from the Annalong Valley could be diverted under Slieve Binnain mountain to supplement the new Silent Valley. 




We enjoyed a wonderful weather window for our day in the hills. It was raining before we left but we cast shadows as we made our way out onto the hillsides, and the rain didn’t return until we had made the cover of the forest.

 

Our Low & Slow Walking Festival was postponed from the weekend of 14th & 15th March amid concerns regarding Covid-19. Hopefully we will get out for those walks before the year is out.

 

Our next outings, on Wednesday 25th and Sunday 28th March, will be back to the Mournes – with Slieve Muck (874m) and Pigeon Rock (534m) respectively being our targets.

 

Our Spring / Summer schedule, containing Wednesday evening strolls for when the evenings stretch out, will be out soon.

 

The St John’s Walking Group is registered with “Get Ireland Walking”, an initiative of Health Service Executive and Healthy Ireland. Their current advice is that “smaller groups are fine to continue walking once they have met the HSE social interaction guidelines and take all necessary precautions regarding coronavirus.”  https://www.getirelandwalking.ie/news/

 

 

Upcoming Walks

 

Wed 25th Mar                                   Slieve Muck

 

Sat 28th Mar                                      Pigeon Rock

 

Coming soon …                             Spring / Summer schedule

 

 

 

Walks may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

 

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 

kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.com

Mothers & Others Get Active …

posted 16 Mar 2020, 07:55 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 16 Mar 2020, 08:07 ]

Mothers & Others Get Active …

 

A second group of “Mothers and Others” got Active on Saturday 7th March by going pony trekking through Castlewellan Forest Park. All enjoyed the experience although a few did report to “walking like John Wayne” on Monday. Archery & Kayaking to come. 



Thanks to Mount Pleasant Trekking Centre, Sport NI, Newry Mourne & Down District Council, and, of course, the horses. 





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