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posted 7 Feb 2018, 04:07 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 7 Feb 2018, 04:09 ]

St. John's GAC notes - W/C 5/2/18


Last Sunday we held our juvenile presentation night to reward all our juveniles players for an excellent year of football in 2017. Thanks to our special guest speakers John Clarke and Martine McGarry

Cara King most improved u14s girls

Conor McMullan Gus McIlroy Cup outstanding juvenile 2017

Calaon Burns Minor most improved

Rory McMullan minor player of the year

Teirnan Noade sportsman of the year.

Conor McMullan Gus McIlroy throphy.

Andrew Gilmore u16 player of the year

Caolon Burns u16s sportsman of the year.

#Cara King u14s most improved#Emma MaCann sportsperson of the year u14s

Kiera MaCann player of the year u14s.

Ryan Morgan u14s player of the year.

Conor McMullan u12s player of the year.

Shane Doran u14s most improved player of the year.

Peter Walsh u14s sports man of the year.

Conrad Rice u13s sportsman of the year.

Finn Megoran u 12s sportsman of the year.

Callum O Neill u12s most improved player of the year.

Rory McCreanor u10s player of the year.

Aaron Kelly u12s managers player of the year. Callum Cluskey


Membership is now due 

Senior Citizen(over 65s) - Free


Under 10s - £5

Under 16s - £15

Under 18s - £25


Non-Playing - £50

Playing - £100

Student - £50

FAMILY(Parents & Children U-16) - £100

Membership cards will be issued:

Members to have free use of Club Facilities

Members admitted half price to home matches(Not including games run by Co Board)

Members admitted to all club functions at half price(Not to include events run by others using Club premises)

Members to receive 10% discount at Club Shop


Only 2 more weeks to enter the Down CountyDraw 

Why purchase a County Draw Ticket??

- Covers £50 of your club membership

- Each ticket sold by the club over and above 24 will see a return of £96 per ticket sale thereafter. 

Support you club and your county at the same time. 

The Down Clubs draw tickets for 2018 are now available to purchase.

They can be bought for £120 in one lump sum which enters the ticket holder into an early bird draw for £200.

Contact any committee member if interested.


Over 35s indoor football continues in the club Wednesdays at 8.30pm, all welcome. For more details contact Eugene O'Boyle on 07764962676


Walking Group: Newry Canal – Portadown to Scarva

Our walking group went to Armagh on Saturday morning (3rd February) for a walk along the towpath of the Newry Canal from the banks of the Bann in Portadown to Scarva, a distance of just over nine miles. The path was well maintained and wonderfully level so it made for good walking conditions. It helped as well that the weather that was forecast didn’t arrived.

It was a wonderfully peaceful and quiet place to walk, but for the birdsong. The quiet was disrupted briefly by the hammering of hot metal at the forge at Moneypenny’s Lock. The horses that towed the barges along the canal to and from Newry would have needed shod – and this smithy is still in operation.

We continued past several more locks, aqueducts, flooded fields with swans and a kingfisher sighting until we reached the village of Scarva where we stopped for lunch. Another dozen miles would have taken us to Newry for tea but that will have to wait for another day as we boarded the Highwayman bus and went back to base. 

Our next outing will on Saturday 17th February when we are going to the Belfast Hills. The walk over and around Divis and Black Mountains affords fantastic panoramic views over Belfast and beyond. If the weather looks like it will steal those views we will revert to Plan B which is a walk along the Lagan Towpath, probably from Lisburn to Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park on Malone Road. The towpath walk is very level and the walk on the Belfast Hills is surprisingly flat as well as most of the climbing is done to get to the car park and the start. That will be a 9.00am start at the club, £10 for bus.

The week after that, on Saturday 24th February we will be on the trail of Giants, with a walk along the rugged North Antrim Coast from Dunseverick Castle to the Giants Causeway. This spectacular walk is fairly flat although there is a steep downhill towards the end to the Causeway stones (this can be skipped) and a climb back up to the Causeway Hotel for lunch at the very end. After lunch we will board the bus for the short trip to Bushmills for Distillery Tour. That will be an 8.00am start and we should be back at the club around 7.00pm. The cost is £10 for bus and £8 for distillery tour.

Although these trips are being run by the walking group they are open to everyone, including those who wish to skip the walking parts and just have a nosey around

Booking essential – contact Kevin McGlynn on 078 3596 0804 or before Tuesday 13th February so that I can get numbers for the bus (and distillery tour).

Coming Soon – watch out for our Spring / Summer Walks Schedule.


Lotto numbers were 2, 19, 24, 26. 1 £10 winner - Orla Morgan. Jackpot is £2,600. Do the club lotto online by visiting