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Piarsaigh An Ghallbhaile Notes: Week Beginning 2nd Of May

By Francis O'Neill Thu 5th May

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Club Lotto

We’ve changed it up a wee bit to offer even more winners if our Jackpot isn’t drawn.  Now there is a chance of 5 Lucky Winners of winning £20 each.  This week’s numbers (Wednesday 4th May) were: 4, 8, 16, 3.  Our 5 Lucky Dip winners winning £20 each were – Martin Ferguson, Emma Murphy, Denver Wallace, Aidan McMahon & Donna McNulty.  Next week’s jackpot is £3650 – if you’re not in you can’t win!  Next Draw takes place on Tuesday 10th May @ 9pm.  If you need a lotto seller to call to your home, contact any committee member or alternatively tickets can be purchased in Tally’s Mace or Donnelly’s Post Office.  Lotto is an essential source of income for the club & your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Club an Phiarsaigh
The Key focus of Club an Phiarsaigh is to provide the finance for the continued development of our fantastic facilities, teams (young and old, male & female) for current and future generations.  Club an Phiarsaigh is central to the future of Gaelic Games in the Galbally area.   Join us and be part of the future.  Should you wish upgrade or subscribe to our Club an Phiarsaigh Scheme this can be done by downloading the form from our website

Tyrone V Derry
The box is in Tallys shop for anyone looking tickets for the Tyrone vs Derry championship game in Celtic Park.  The box will be lifted on Monday 9th May at 8pm sharp.  All requests must be accompanied with a contact phone number and specify type of ticket required.  All requests must be for club members.  Please note that we will only be receiving a small number of seated tickets owing to the small stand in Celtic park so the majority of tickets will be terraced

Senior & Reserve Men
On Sunday 1st May our senior men travelled to Dromore in the Reserve & Senior ACL League.  After a strong start, Dromore’s experience shone through and they came out winners in both matches.
Final Scor : – Reserve:- Dromore 3-11 Galbally 2-06
Final Score: – Senior:- Dromore 2-14 Galbally 1-05

Their next fixture is home to Strabane on Saturday 7th May in the ACL Reserve & Senior League 4.30pm & 6pm respectively.

Senior  Ladies
Points win games and that was true as Galbally registered no goals in a game of two halfs.  Leading at the break 0-7 till 0-4 with Eimear Tally having six of the points and a fine individual run through the heart of badoney’s defence the remaining score came from Alicia McGuigan out of her sweeper role!  As the second half started with a strong wind picking up, Pearse’s ladies found it tough to shackle free from Badoney’s grip, and with a rare error in the back line badoney’s forwards pounced back with two quick goals, though down for remainder of game it was the constant pressure and determination that was the driving force to get something from this game, with Eimear Tally pulling the strings she completed her day with a further three points to leave her with nine for the night.  Two valuable scores from Whonita Hagan helped to level the game, with clock ticking and momentum fairly in our corner it was with Amy Carberry that practically the last kick was to be the decisive one with a bursting run down on badoney’s goal after breaking through the tackle Amy shot on site and succeeded. A great team effort from all and a second win out of two.

Final score: Galbally Pearses 0-13 Badoney 2-6

Next up is the Ladies Division 3 Junior League (Round 3) on Saturday 7th May at home to Pomeroy Plunketts.

Minor Boys
Well done to our Minor Boys who are through to the Grade 1 Semi-Finals of the Championship against Carrickmore on Tuesday 10th May @ 7pm – venue to be confirmed.  A great performance on Wednesday 27th April saw a great team performance against our neighbours Killeeshil.

Minor Ladies
Galbally’s journey to Trillick was unfortunately an unsuccessful one as they were beaten by the home side in the first round of the Grade 3 Championship.  Galbally started off well, Claire McKeown netting a goal as well as 4 points in the first half. In a truly end to end half of football, Trillick kept the scoreboard ticking over with points while a Megan Wylie goal kept Galbally in contention and Oonagh McKeown kept her sheet clean with some crucial saves.
Half time Galbally 2-7 Trillick 0-11
It was unfortunately a game of two halves as Trillick got straight to work with their full forward netting straight after the break. The Reds never really looked back from there despite notable hard work from the Galbally defence, especially newcomers Maire McElhone and Mia Loughran.  3 further goals and a handful of points killed off the game for Trillick despite the hard working efforts from Maeve McGlinchey and Catherine Walker up front, Claire McKeown with the only score of the half for the Pearses (0-1). A late injury to Galbally’s Katie McKenna who had worked tirelessly throughout the match was the nail on the coffin as Trillick ran out winners on a final score line of 4-17 to 2-8.

We wish Katie a speedy recovery from her injury.

Galbally Team: Oonagh McKeown, Mia Loughran, Katie McKenna, Natasha Hackett, Cara McNulty, Maire McElhone, Ellen Quinn, Ciara Kelly, Sarah Quinn, Celine Knipe, Claire McKeown(1-5), Megan Wylie (1-0), Meave McGlinchey(0-1), Catherine Walker (0-2), Shannon McKeown.  Subs Used: Cara Quinn for Katie McKenna, Hannah Donnelly for Catherine Walker, Ciara O’Neill for Claire McKeown

U16 (Boys)
We are looking to appoint a management team for our U16 Boys.  If you are interested in managing this age group- please contact Kevin Kelly (Youth Officer).

Under 14 (Boys)
Our u14 boys are headed to Fintona on Saturday 30th April to the Fintona tournament.  The boys were unlucky to be beaten in the Semi Finals by the Golden Boot.  A great team performance from our U14 boys on Monday 2nd May saw the boys fight of Coalisland for a top 2 finish and home advantage in the quarter finals.  Galbally started with a fast start to the first half with a strong wind to Galbally’s advantage. Peter Cush gave Galbally a strong lead with 3 goals while Darragh Kelly put over four points. Galbally’s defence kept extremely tight throughout first half with Odhran Gillespie making a few vital saves. Coalisland just scored a goal and point in the first half and just shortly after this their number 14 received a straight red card.
Half Time Score:- Galbally 4-07 Coalisland 1-01
Galbally knew they had a lot to do in the second half against the wind. They started the second half great with a early goal. Coalisland brought themselves back in the game in the second half scoring 4-4. Credit to Galbally as they kept their discipline and won the game by two points with a great team performance.  Team & Scorers:- Odhran Gillespie, Conal Quinn, Jack McElroy, Eoghan Carberry, Owen Dickson, Joel Rafferty, Conor McKeown, Senan Morgan (0-02), John Hetherington, Rory Hetherington (1-00), Barry Carberry, Darragh Kelly (0-04), James Donnelly, Darragh McCool (1-01), Peter Cush (3-0)
Final Score:- Galbally 5-7 Coalisland 5-5
This young group of lads have finished second in the league just missing out top by score difference.  The boys have a very busy schedule coming up with the semi-final / final on Monday 9th.

U14 Boys Grade 2 Féile Na nÓg semi-finals
Monday 9th May at Garvaghy @6.45pm.
The semi-final pairings are as follows:
6.45pm           Galbally V Greencastle
7.25pm           Clonoe V Clann Na nGael
8.15pm           Final

Under 14 (Girls)
Our U14 Girls are playing Cookstown Fr Rocks in Pearse Park on Thursday night at 7pm.   All Girls are to be in the changing rooms for 6pm sharp.   All support is welcome.

U10 Boys
Our U10s (P5 & P6) boys attended a blitz in Donaghmore on Saturday 30th April.  Well done to everyone on a great performance for the first outing of the year!

U10 Girls
Well done to all the girls who braved the hail stones, wind & rail at Pearse Park on Saturday morning for our U10 Blitz!  Thank you to Clonoe, Moortown, Aodh Ruadh, Edendork & Fr Rocks for attending, and to all the parents for supplying the refreshments and making sure everyone was warmed up.

U8 / U10 / U12 Training
This week’s U8 / U10 / U12 training will take place on Thursday night at 7pm – 8pm (7pm – 7.45pm sharp for all U6’s).  Any U6’s attending MUST have a parent accompanying them to training.  Due to the very high numbers of children attending our Youth Training and to make it enjoyable for all the children we are asking for parents to offer their services during training to stand/ help out at a station & to help with toilet runs etc…

No experience necessary! if you could send a pm to this page to allow our coaches if you are able to help for 1 hour a week!

Age Group Changes

Please take note of the following rule changes regarding ages for U8 / U10 & U12 Boys.

All Boys up to and including P4’s can now play for U8’s
All Boys up to and including P6’s can now play for U10’s
All Boys up in Primary 7 & Year 8 can now play for U12’s

Please take note of the following rule changes regarding ages for U8 and U10’s:

All girls up to and including P4’s can now play for U8’s
All girls up to and including P6’s can now play for U10’s

For U12 girls football, rules will remain as they previously were with date of birth eg Girls born in 2004 and later are eligible.  Any year 8’s born in 2003 will not be eligible to play u12 girls football

Gum Shields
From January 1 2014, this rule will apply to all players at all age grades. The move to make the wearing of mouthguards obligatory reiterates the Association’s long-term commitment to player welfare.  If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he / she will initially be cautioned by the Referee and if the player continues to refuse, the Referee can send him / her off.  The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. ‘Stock’ and ‘boil and bite’ options are not generally recommended by dentists, however, they will suffice for compliance with the new rules if the product 0carries a CE (European Conformity) mark. There is no doubt that custom-fitted mouthguards offer the best fit; however, teeth and mouths develop up until the age of 12 therefore young players can grow out of mouthguards over a period of time. Should a player feel that a mouthguard is not fitted properly, we would strongly recommend that advice is sought from a dental practitioner on an appropriate solution.  It has been noted that children wearing orthodontic braces and wishing to play Gaelic football will be particularly concerned about the rule change; however, the GAA recommends that these players seek advice from a range of dental practitioners on the most appropriate solution for them.

Summer Camps

Tyrone GAA Camp

Date: –              Monday 1st August – Thursday 4th April

Venue: –           Pearse Park, Galbally

Times:-           10am- 1.00pm

Ages:-              5-14


Kelloggs Cul Camp

Date:-              Monday 15th- Friday 19th August

Venue:-           Pearse Park, Galbally

Time:-             10.00am to 2.30pm

Ages:-              6-13


Campa Cormaic

Date:-              Various

Venue:-           Various

Time:-             tbc

Ages:-              tbc


Michaela Foundation

Date:-              Various – Monday – Friday

Venue:-           Various

Time:-             9.15am – 3.45pm

Ages:-              11-13


Last Man Standing
We are down to 59 competitors in our Last Man Standing Competition.   An updated list is available on Facebook and Twitter to see if you’re still in.

Gaeltacht Grant Application
Anyone who is intending to attend the Gaeltacht this summer and wishes to avail of the Gaeltacht Grant, forms are available to download from our website   To be eligible for this you must be a member of Galbally Pearses.  Applications are now being taken for Gaeltacht scholarships sponsored by Ulster Ladies Council. 

There will be 4 x €250 scholarships available and the application form can be downloaded from their website:…/Gaeltacht_Scholarships_…

Club Shop
During the month of April the club shop will open on Friday nights throughout May from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

Special Mention
Thank you to everyone who attended our event on Tuesday night on the anniversary of the death of Padraig Pearse.  It was great to see so many out to hear about the life of our Club’s namesake.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to putting it all together and those who took part; the readers, singers, musicians & caterers. A special word of thanks goes to our guest speaker Feargal MacIonnrachtaigh.

Adh mór to Jack McElroy, Joel Rafferty, Conor McKeown & Senan Morgan who are playing with St. Josephs Grammar, Donaghmore against Our Lady’s Castleblaney in the Nolan Cup Final tomorrow (Thursday).

Venue:- Madden, Co Armagh Time: – 12noon

Congratulations to Oisin McGee & the St Patricks Academy Squad on winning the Brock Cup from everyone at Piarsaigh An Ghallbhaile.

Well done to all our club members who took part in the marathon and relay in the Belfast City Marathon on Monday.

Club Notes
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Thoughts & Prayers
The club would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of Mary Lynch (Sligo).  May she Rest in Peace.    Our thoughts and prayers are with any families in the area who are dealing with illness in their family at this time.

The dates and times of matches & training are subject to change- please keep up to date on our Facebook & Twitter pages.


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