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St Johns Notes

posted 18 Feb 2019, 01:32 by St Johns GAC

St Johns Notes



- GAA innovation Coaching Clinic with Stephen Poacher will be coming to the club on Saturday 9th March and he will be joined by Conor Laverty and Benny Coulter.

To book your place contact Cormac Mc Mullan 07779790919 or stephenpoacher@hotmail.com.



- The fixtures for the 2019 season are out and full details can be seen on our club Facebook page.



- Our walking group had a wonderful walk from Leitrim Lodge to Pierce’s Castle on Saturday (16th February). We encountered a herd of Shetland ponies at the start of the walk but they couldn’t be persuaded to carry our rucksacks. So we climbed on up the path and then wandered off over the hillside to the summit of Altataggart. The views to Hilltown and Rathfriland to the west and to Hen Mountain and Slieve Croob with the Belfast Hills on the horizon to the north were magnificent.


We re-joined the path and made our way to Pierce’s Castle, forever on the lookout for any sign of Pierce’s buried loot. However, the cloud dropped down and there was no sign of the promised views or the secreted guineas. Those that came to Pierce’s Castle last time will remember that the views were obscured then as well – this time the mist wasn’t quite so dense, so maybe there is hope for the next visit! 


- Our next outing, on SUNDAY 24th February, will be to Dundrum to explore some of the backroads and bye-ways thereabouts. We will be leaving St John’s at 1.45pm and starting our walk from the car park at Dundrum Castle at 2.00pm.

 Sun 24th Feb : Dundrum backroads

 Sat 16th Mar: Loughshannagh

The Spring/Summer itinerary will be out soon – including midweeks walks when the hour changes.


Saturday walks - meet at the club and be ready to leave at 9.00am.

Walk may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 

kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.com


- No Jackpot Winner.

3 X £10 Winners. Felix Blaney, Philomena Laverty, Roisin Mc Evoy.

3,5,14,25 This week's jackpot is £5,300.

Please Check your Klubfunder online entry in case it has expired.



GAA innovation Coaching Clinic

posted 18 Feb 2019, 01:28 by St Johns GAC

GAA innovation Coaching Clinic with Stephen Poacher will be coming to the club on Saturday 9th March and he will be joined by Conor Laverty and Benny Coulter.

To book your place contact Cormac Mc Mullan 07779790919 or stephenpoacher@hotmail.com



Walking Group: Pierce’s Castle

posted 18 Feb 2019, 01:27 by St Johns GAC

Walking Group: Pierce’s Castle

 

Our walking group had a superb walk from Leitrim Lodge to Pierce’s Castle on Saturday (16th February). We encountered a herd of Shetland ponies at the start of the walk but they weren’t persuaded to carry our rucksacks. So we climbed on up the path and then wandered off over the hillside to the summit of Altataggart. The views to Hilltown and Rathfriland to the west and to Hen Mountain and Slieve Croob with the Belfast Hills on the horizon to the north were magnificent.



 

We rejoined the path and made our way to Pierce’s Castle, forever on the lookout for any sign of Pierce’s buried loot. However, the cloud dropped down and there was no sign of the promised views or the secreted guineas. Those that came to Pierce’s Castle last time will remember that the views were obscured then as well – this time the mist wasn’t quite so dense, so maybe there is hope for the next visit!



 

Our next outing, on SUNDAY 24th February, will be to Dundrum to explore some of the backroads and bye-ways thereabouts. We will be leaving St John’s at 1.45pm and starting our walk from the car park at Dundrum Castle at 2.00pm.

 

 

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 or kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.com if you are interested in coming along. 

 

Sun 24th Feb                         Dundrum backroads

 

Sat 16th Mar                          Loughshannagh

 

The Spring/Summer itinerary will be out soon – including midweeks walks when the hour changes.

 

Saturday walks - meet at the club and be ready to leave at 9.00am.

 

Walk may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

 

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 

kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.com

 

St Johns Notes

posted 11 Feb 2019, 02:02 by St Johns GAC

St Johns Notes



-One of St John's finest coaches Gerard Magorrian has been shortlisted as a finalist in the NMD Sports Awards 2019 in the Life time Services to Sport category. There will be a gala dinner in the Canal Court Thursday 7th March. The Chairman and Committee wish Gerard all the best of luck as he is richly deserving of the nomination.



-There will be a foundation coaching course on the 30th March held in our club rooms. Contact Mickey Flynn 07764 755348.



- Under 12's training started on Tuesday 12th February and will continue every Tuesday 6-7pm. Qualifying age is DOB from 1st Jan 2007 and after.



-St John's are delighted to announce that another of Steven Poacher's now famous GAA Innovative Coaching Clinics will be coming to the club on Saturday 9th March.

With Pre Season now in full swing across all clubs and levels and with the 2019 season only around the corner what better time to sharpen up on your coaching skills and pick up some new skills than on the 9th March.

Mr Poacher will be joined by 2 of Ulsters Brightest up and coming coaches in Conor Laverty and Benny Coulter, both men have a wealth of Inter County experience and share 15 Senior County Championship medals between them.

This promises to be a morning full of learning and enjoyment and going by the turnout at Steven's most recent event back in November there is sure to be a high demand for this Clinic. 

Give your team and club the edge this season and join us on the 9th. 

St John's is conveniently located only 30 minutes from Newry and 40 Minutes from Belfast.

To book a place in this Coaching Clinic contact Cormac Mcmullan on 07871373381 or Steven Poacher on 07779790919 or stevenpoacher@hotmail.com



- This is the last week to get your Down County Draw ticket. Tickets must be paid in full in cheque or cash. There has been an incredible response this year with St.John's ticket holders being the recipients of some top cash prizes last year.



- St. John's hosted a very successful night of 'Stars in Their Eyes'. Well Done to everyone involved in the production and helping out on the night. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and came from near and far to support the acts.




-The Baby & Toddler group opened last Tuesday and there was an unbelievable turn out. Almost  80 Carers & Tots turned up and we hope to see all those faces and more in the coming weeks. The group runs every Tuesday 9.30- 11.30am but as next week is mid term there will be a break.  Thank you to everyone who donated toys. Special thanks to Gary & Alan in First 4 Floors in Newcastle for the donation of a new rug and Paddy O Connor & Bridie O Connor for the delicious baked goods.


- No Jackpot Winner. 2 x £10 - Mary Kennedy & Ursula Kennedy. 10,14,19,21. This week's jackpot is £5,250.



Walking Group: Pigeon Rock.

posted 5 Feb 2019, 07:40 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 5 Feb 2019, 07:42 ]

Walking Group: Pigeon Rock.



Our walking group were undeterred by the prospect of snow and ice and freezing temperatures as they left the club on Saturday morning (2nd February). Just as well as that is what they found as they walked from Sandbank Road and up and over Pigeon Rock Mountain. And it was brilliant. We had fantastic blue skies all the way. We started out on a good track taking us up past Hen and Cock mountains, both dusted with snow. Anywhere there had been water or puddles along the path was now ice.



After a time we left the path and crossed over some bog to the shoulder of Pigeon. On another day this would have been a very soggy passage but today we were able to cross over more easily as the ground was frosted hard. And then up to the snow line and up again onto the summit of Pigeon, looking down onto Spelga Dam and around to a panorama of snowy peaks. Just superb.   Our next outing, on Saturday 16th February, will be back to the Mournes for a visit to Pierce’s Castle leaving St John’s at 9.00am. Refreshments afterwards at Meelmore Lodge. There is a change of date for the outing after that – we will be dandering around the backroads around Dundrum on Sunday 24th February).

 Sat 16th Feb                          Pierce’s Castle
 Sun 24th Feb                         Dundrum backroads
 Sat 16th Mar                           Loughshannagh

 Spring/Summer itinerary coming soon

 Saturday walks - meet at the club and be ready to leave at 9.00am.

 Walk may change at short notice depending on weather etc.
 Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 

St Johns Notes

posted 5 Feb 2019, 07:36 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 5 Feb 2019, 07:43 ]

St Johns Notes



-The New St.John's Baby and Toddler opened yesterday and it was great to see all the new faces. This group will be on every Tuesday 9.30-11.30am except during school holidays and mid-term breaks. Everyone is welcome. If you have been thinking about coming along to a group like this then please come along as a warm welcome awaits.



-The club is awash with the dulcet tones of our 'Contestants' ready to show you that they have 'Stars in Their Eyes' this Saturday night, February 9th. Doors open at 7pm and although tickets are selling fast you may still be able to purchase them at the door. This is definitely one night in the club events calendar you won’t want to miss. Tickets are £10 or half price, £5, if you have a fully paid up club membership.



-This is the last week to renew your Down County Draw ticket on Direct Debit and there are only two weeks left to buy your ticket in full with cheque or cash. Stephen Magorrian will be at the club tomorrow night 7.30-8pm to renew tickets and club membership. Anyone purchasing a Down County Draw ticket will get £50 towards their club membership and all the other club benefits.



-Operation Transformation continued last week despite the freezing cold temperatures with thirty people committing to thirty minutes or more of walking. If you would like to get some easy, no ability needed exercise then come along tomorrow night, walking starts at 8pm and there are hot refreshments afterwards.



 Walking group: Pigeon Rock.

Our walking group were undeterred by the prospect of snow and ice and freezing temperatures as they left the club on Saturday morning (2nd February). Just as well as that is what they found as they walked from Sandbank Road and up and over Pigeon Rock Mountain. And it was brilliant. We had fantastic blue skies all the way. We started out on a good track taking us up past Hen and Cock mountains, both dusted with snow. Anywhere there had been water or puddles along the path was now ice.




After a time we left the path and crossed over some bog to the shoulder of Pigeon. On another day this would have been a very soggy passage but today we were able to cross over more easily as the ground was frosted hard. And then up to the snow line and up again onto the summit of Pigeon, looking down onto Spelga Dam and around to a panorama of snowy peaks. Just superb.   Our next outing, on Saturday 16th February, will be back to the Mournes for a visit to Pierce’s Castle leaving St John’s at 9.00am. Refreshments afterwards at Meelmore Lodge. There is a change of date for the outing after that – we will be dandering around the backroads around Dundrum on Sunday 24th February).

 Sat 16th Feb                          Pierce’s Castle
 Sun 24th Feb                         Dundrum backroads
 Sat 16th Mar                           Loughshannagh

 Spring/Summer itinerary coming soon

 Saturday walks - meet at the club and be ready to leave at 9.00am.

 Walk may change at short notice depending on weather etc.
 Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 for further details. 



 -No jackpot winner in this week's club lotto. 2,6,16,22. £10 winners were, Paddy Brown, James Marmion, Paul Savage, E. Toner, Mark Grant, Oliver Cunningham, Maureen Ward. Next draw is February 7th. Jackpot is £5,200



St Johns Notes

posted 28 Jan 2019, 03:52 by St Johns GAC

St Johns Notes






- Are you interested in coaching U8 or U10 but have no experience? St. John's would like to invite parents or anyone with an interest to come forward and help out in these teams. Please contact Mickey Flynn on 07764 755348.

 Experience is not necessary as training and guidance will be provided.



 

 

-St. John's will host a child protection course on the 8th February at 7pm. No charge for club members or anyone involved with underage teams. This is an excellent course and anyone wishing to attend should contact Mickey Flynn.



 

 

- As part of the Chairman's vision for the future of St. John's we would like to bring as many activities and events to the club to utilise a really special place right in the heart of our Parish. Already as a result of completed surveys we have started a 6 week walking programme and at the start of February St. John's will be opening its doors for A Baby and Toddler group.



 

BUT.... we could be doing more. As with every activity there is generally a cost and in order for us to keep the costs to a minimum by having full classes/ activities we would like you to tell us what you would like to see/ do at St. John's.

 

Please take 2 MINUTES to complete this survey and then we can start bringing you the activities/ events that you would like to do. Right on your doorstep.



 

 

-As previously mentioned, please join us for the Opening Day of our new Baby & Toddler group on Tuesday 5th February at 9.30am. The response to our Toy appeal has been incredible and you are guaranteed plenty of new and exciting, toys, books and games to keep your little ones entertained while you get a cup of tea/coffee and a bite to eat.  We are excited to welcome Parents, Grandparents and carers with a goody bag for all the new wee faces. Everyone is welcome to this event.



 

 

-The voices of our ' Celebs' are hard at work in readiness to  entertain you on Saturday 9th Feb. What a treat for the eyes and ears this will be if the practice videos are anything to go by. Former club PRO and general all round publicity Guru, Cormac Mc Mullan has also rejoined the Club PRO admin team to bring you all the latest progress and drama from the practice rooms in the lead up to what must be the hottest date before Valentine's Day. Watch out for his ' reveal all' videos. Get your tickets now on Klubfunder or from any committee member or player.https://www.klubfunder.com/.../St_Johns_Drumnaquoile/Events

 

 

-Operation Transformation continued this week with a few new faces, notably a man thinking about his forth coming wedding and looking good on the beach. What ever your reason for wanting to move a bit more, please come along this Thursday night and join the walkers all going at their own pace. This really is an exercise for all ages and abilities.



 

 

-There was no jackpot winner in the Club lotto last week. Declan Burns won £10. Numbers were 5,7,8,10. This week's jackpot is £5,150



Baby & Toddler Group

posted 22 Jan 2019, 06:17 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 22 Jan 2019, 06:17 ]

Join us for the Opening Day of our new Baby & Toddler Group on Tuesday 5 February from 9.30am - 11.30am.

Everyone Welcome


Child Protection Course

posted 22 Jan 2019, 06:15 by St Johns GAC

St. John's will host a child protection course on the 8th February at 7pm.

No charge for club members or anyone involved with underage teams. This is an excellent course and anyone wishing to attend should contact Mickey Flynn.


Walking Group: Slievemageogh

posted 21 Jan 2019, 03:39 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 21 Jan 2019, 03:43 ]


Walking Group: Slievemageogh


 

Our walking group opted for Plan C on Saturday past (19th January). The forecast of low clouds dissuaded us from going to Divis Mountain – we would be able to enjoy the views over Belfast. We had some new walkers on board so that persuaded us to go somewhere local and get walking rather than Plan B which would have been to dive to Belfast and take in a bit of the Lagan Towpath.

 

Plan C was confirmed as the right choice when we arrived at the car park for Slievemageogh. The higher peaks were lost in the mist but we could see all the way along the ridge to our target. This generally a fairly gentle walk, initially along an old quarry track and then along a grassy pad to the summit and a rocky tor to take in the views.

 

This time crossing the wee stream, swollen by rain a few days earlier added a frisson to the adventure. Once safely across we proceeded with dry feet but as we ascended the cloud descended to meet us. The promised views were veiled in grey! But by the time we made it back down to our cars the peak was there for all to see. We then got the teapots out at Meelmore Lodge and started to prepare for the next trips.



 


Our next outing, on Saturday 2nd February, will be back to the Mournes with a traverse from Sandbank Road (near Hen mountain) to Moyad Road (beside Pigeon Rock / Spelga Dam) leaving St John’s at 9.00am.

 

Refreshments afterwards at Meelmore Lodge. 

 

Sat 2nd Feb                           

Hen to Pigeon (Sandbank Rd to Moyad Rd)


Sat 16th Feb                         

Pierce’s Castle


Sat 2nd March. 

Dundrum backroads.


Sat 16th March.                          

Loughshannagh


Saturday walks - meet at the club and be ready to leave at 9.00am.

 

Walk may change at short notice depending on weather etc.

 

Contact Kevin McGlynn on 078

3596 0804 for further details. 

kevin.mcglynn62@gmail.co.uk

 

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