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Piarsaigh An Ghallbhaile Notes: Week Beginning 27th Of March

By Francis O'Neill Wed 29th Mar


Club Membership
Membership for 2017 closes this Friday night – membership must be paid in the club shop between 7.30pm & 8.30pm.  Only paid up members for 2017 are eligible and insured to use club facilities and train/play for Galbally Pearses.   It is important that anyone who intends to play football for our club is registered – if you are not registered you will not be able to play, apply for Gaeltacht Grant or participate in the Scor.  Thank you for your continued support & we welcome you to be a part of our GAA community & club.  

2017 Membership:
Adults: – £30// Husband & Wife: – £50 // Student/Over 65 years: – £10 // Youth (Under 18): – £5 – Please note that if you are a Club na Piarsaigh member this covers membership for husband & wife, but not children.

Club na Piarsaigh
Subscriptions are now due for the 2017 year for anyone paying annually.  If you wish to join our scheme this covers your membership for the year.  If you require further information please contact any committee member or email for an information pack or download from our website: –

***Please note that the closing date for Club na Phiarsaigh & Standard Membership is Mid March as all members must be registered by 31st March***

Club Shop
Our Club Shop will be opened on Friday 31st March from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  Membership for 2017 can be paid during this time.

Senior Men
Our Senior men have been drawn against Coalisland in the first round of the Senior Championship.  Focus is now on preparations for the Senior League at the beginning of April.

Minor Boys
Training continues this Wednesday night at 7.15pm to 8.30pm sharp.  Our minors match against Moortown was has been rescheduled to Sunday evening at 6pm in Pearse Park.

Minor Girls
Training continues this week on Thursday from 7pm to 7.45pm.  Our minor girls unbeaten run continues with a great win over a strong Omagh side in Pearse park on Monday night.  Great overall team performance with fantastic saves in the second half from Oonagh McKeown to keep control.  Final Score:- Galbally 2-12 Omagh 3-8.  Scorers:- Claire McKeown (1-02), Niamh Rafferty (0-04), Catherine Walker (0-3) Emer Condon (1-00), Shannon McKeown (0-01), Megan Wylie (0-01), Oonagh McKeown (0-01).  The girls have a well earned 2 week break.

Our Minor Girls are competing in Grade 3 this year.  Upcoming Fixtures are as follows:
Round 6 – 03-04-2017 (Mon) 18:30 Coalisland Fianna V Galbally Pearses
Round 7 – 11-04-2017 (Tue) @ 18:30 Badoney (Gortin) V Galbally Pearses
Round 8 – 17-04-2017 (Mon) @ 18:45 Dromore St Dympna’s V Galbally Pearses
Round 9 – 25-04-2017 (Tue) @ 18:45 Galbally Pearses V Ardboe O’Donovan Rossa

U14 Boys
Training continues on Thursday night at 6.30pm to 7.30pm sharp.  Our U14 boys will compete in Grade 2A this year.  Next up in the U14 Boys league is away to Clonoe on Friday 31st March at 6.30pm.

Upcoming Fixtures are as follows:
Round 5 – 31-03-2017 (Fri) Clonoe O’Rahilly’s V Galbally Pearses
Round 6 – 08-04-2017 (Sat) Galbally Pearses V Cookstown FrRocks
Round 7 – 11-04-2017 (Tue) Moy Tír na nÓg V Galbally Pearses
Round 8 – 22-04-2017 (Sat) Coalisland Fianna V Galbally Pearses
Round 9 – 29-04-2017 (Sat) Galbally Pearses V Edendork St Malachy’s
Round 10 – 05-05-2017 (Fri) Kildress Wolfe Tones V Galbally Pearses
Round 11 – 13-05-2017 (Sat) BYE V Galbally Pearses
Round 12 – 20-05-2017 (Sat) Galbally Pearses V Clonoe O’Rahilly’s
Round 13 – 27-05-2017 (Sat) Fr Rocks V Galbally Pearses
Round 14 – 31-05-2017 (Wed) Galbally Pearses V Moy Tír na nÓg

U14 Girls
Training continues this Wednesday night from 7pm to 8pm.  Our U14 girls have their Feile this Saturday – venue to be confirmed.  Next up is Round 4 on Thursday 6th April @ 6.30pm away to Coalisland.

U10 Boys
Our U10 Boys (Primary 5 & 6) begins this Thursday evening from 7pm – 8pm.  New & Old faces welcome.

Pearse Og Programme
Our ever popular Pearse Og Programme will continue this Thursday night from 7pm to 8pm.   This is for current Primary 1, Primary 2 and Primary 3 children.  Primary 3 girls will be indoor and Primary 3 Boys will be outdoor.  Please wear suitable footwear.  Can all hoodies / jackets be clearly marked with your child’s name? 

Club Lotto
No Jackpot Winner.  This week’s numbers (Tuesday 28th March) were: 3, 4, 8 & 2.  Our 5 lucky dip winners winning £20 each were:  Seamus McVeigh, Tommy McGee, Aidan Rafferty, Seamus Corrigan & Wish Nugent.  Next week’s jackpot returns to £2600.  Next Draw takes place on Tuesday 4th April at 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.

Good Luck
This Saturday Galbally will be well represented on Croke Park’s Pitch with 6 of our lads playing with St Ciaran’s in the Paddy Drummond Cup Final.  Good Luck to Cormaic Donnelly, Marc Lennon, Conor Quinn, Caoimhin Quinn, Cathal Kelly & Peadar McCaughey.  Next up will be our club man & committee member Sean Hurson who will be refereeing the Hogan Cup Final afterwards.  It’s great to see so many Pearses being represented at this level.  A great honour to yourselves and your families.  Safe journey to anyone travelling to Dublin to support these lads.

Trip To Croke Park
The Tir Eoghain GAA Health and Wellbeing Committee are organising a trip to Croke Park for Older GAA people from our County on Saturday 29th April 2017.  This is part of the GAA Social Initiative.  The mission of the GAA Social Initiative is to make clubs more age-friendly, by increasing the participation of older members of society  through events specifically designed to enrich their lives and respect the important contribution they have made and can continue to make to community life.  They wish to invite 3 people from each Club to enjoy a fantastic day out in Croke Park on 29th April.  They will enjoy a full guided tour of the Stadium, a short film on the history of Croke Park and some of the great matches played there.  This will be followed by lunch and then some time to visit the Croke Park Museum before making the journey home.  Transport will be provided from the County’s headquarters at Garvaghey with the time of leaving to be confirmed.  We are asking anyone who wishes for their name or a family member to be put forward to be nominated.   It could be a longstanding club player, the person who looked after jerseys, the groundsman, a committee member, a first aid volunteer, a fundraiser or any other committed member of your Club over the years.  This is an opportunity for your Club to recognise the contribution of a valued individual in the Club.  Please note the following: Each nominee must be over 60 years of age and names must be forwarded in writing to Club Secretary Gareth Rafferty before Sunday 26th March.  If more than 3 names are put forward / nominated, names will be picked out of a hat – current committee’s decision is final.  Please don’t miss the opportunity to recognise the people who have contributed so much to our club in previous years.  None of us would be here today, doing what we are doing  if it wasn’t for them.

Galbally Friends Fund
Galbally Friends Funds has recently been set up as a charity that will serve the Galbally area to provide support to those living with a palliative diagnosis or with complex health needs.  A Spinathon Fundraiser has been organised on 15th April – please contact Paddy on 077 1088 3125 if you are interested in participating.

The families of Deon and Celine Robinson have organised a 3 mile walk commencing from Galbally Community Centre on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 11.30am.  Deon, a former coach with Galbally Pearses, suffered a massive Stroke 6 months ago and now suffers from Asphasia (he has no speech and his understanding limited) and weakness down his right side.  Refreshments will be served in The Mc Caughey Suite afterwards.  Voluntary donations gratefully accepted.

Health & Well-Being
Please see below a list of names, numbers and web addresses of organisations that offer services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing.  You never have to be alone – there is always someone out there to speak to.
Minding Your Head has information on how to protect your mental and emotional wellbeing and the issues that can affect it, eg anxiety or depression.
About Helplines. Helplines Network NI is a membership led organisation consisting of over 25 different helplines operating across Northern Ireland.
The Niamh Louise Foundation – Suicide Support Group 028 8775 3327
Niamh Louise Youth Street Collection Dungannon.  Thank you to all those who volunteered & who donated to our street collection in Dungannon Square on Saturday.
Lifeline 0808 808 8000
Facing the Future has been developed by Samaritans and Cruse Bereavement Care to support people affected by suicide.  116 123
We as an organisation and as individuals will give supportive care to people suffering emotional pain and hurt.  028 7126 69999
AWARE Defeat Depression  0845 120 2961

Internet Safety
Issues have been raised recently in relation to Internet Usage in our community.  We would encourage as many parents to be aware of for your child’s Internet usage and Online Reputation. 

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Thoughts & Prayers
Our thoughts and prayers are with any families in the area who are dealing with bereavement or illness in their family at this time.


By Francis O'Neill Wed 29th Mar

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