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St Johns Notes

posted 24 Feb 2020, 02:14 by St Johns GAC   [ updated 24 Feb 2020, 02:14 ]

St Johns Notes

Our “Mothers & Others” Got Active last week with a walk to Loughshannagh on Tuesday (18th Feb) and horse riding around Castlewellan Forest Park on Saturday (22nd Feb)


They are walking again on Saturday coming (29th Feb) with a trip to explore the Annalong Valley. If there is sufficient interest they will be another ride out from Mount Pleasant Trekking Centre on Sat 7th March. If you want to be involved text “Horse 7” to 078 3596 0804 or before Wednesday 4th.

They will also be taking to the waters of Castlewellan Lake, on kayaks, in March, (probable dates 21st, 22nd, 28th or 29th).  If you want to be involved text “Kayak” to 078 3596 0804. Again if you fancy having a go at Archery text “Arrow” to 078 3596 0804 (probable date 21st March).

Our “Mothers & Others Get Active” programme is supported by Sport NI and NMDDC

Monday night saw the last session of our indoor circuits. Big thank you to McNally fitness for a very successful 5 months of fitness training. We will hopefully be picking this up again later in the year and yoga will be starting on Wednesday 4th March

Our U16’s ladies take on St John’s Bosco this Sunday (1st March) @ 12.30 in their first game of the season. All support welcome.  

Underage training commences as follows:- P2/P3/P4 @ 6.30pm on a Monday 

U17 @ 7.30pm on a Monday 

P5/P6/P7 @ 6.30pm on a Tuesday 

U13 @ 7.30pm on a Tuesday 

U15 @ 7.30pm on a Wednesday

We will also be hosting the inaugural “Low & Slow Walking Festival” over the weekend of 14th and 15th March. This will cover a series of lowland walks, all within a dozen mile radius of St John’s. Tickets are £7 per day (on the door) or £6 (advance) or £10 for weekend – available at Kevin McGlynn (078 3596 0804 or is the lead on this. Our festival is supported by NMDDC and Community Foundation. 

Thanks to everyone who took part in our series of Thursday evening walks as part of “Ireland Lights Up” but it has come to an end for 2020. It was a great way to pass some of the long winter evenings – sociable and active – rather than sitting at home with the telly. Our numbers were down this year compared to 2019 but over 100,000 people across the country were out on Thursday evenings walking with us.   

Our walking group picked up a few more adventurers on Tuesday 18th February when they set out for Loughshannagh as it was half-term week. Storm Dennis had passed but it was still a windy day and the walkers were well advised to wrap up well. The strong wind blew all sorts of weather past us – dry & drizzle, wintry squalls & snow flurries. 

There were even a couple of bouts of sunshine, most notably as we crossed the Miners Hole River and again when we picnicked at Loughshannagh itself. It was a day of watery vistas – we had fine views over Ben Crom and Silent Valley Reservoirs on the way out and over Carlingford Lough on the return leg. Our next outing, on 29th February, will be back to the Mournes when we will explore the Annalong Valley.



The committee would like to thank Frank Duggan Painting for his recent work at the clubhouse. Brilliant job freshening up the premises for the year ahead.

Congratulations to our team who came 2nd in the Scor in Teconnaught on Thursday night



The Committee of St John's GAC wish to pass on their heartfelt condolences to our former Chairmen, PF and Brendan McCann and our senior playing members Ciaran and Grainne on the sad passing of Frances.

May she rest in peace.

Our Lady of Lourdes pray for her

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