Club notes for week commencing 16th April 2012

November 7, 2018

Best wishes to Jenny McNamee as she represents the club in the All-Ireland in solo singing  in Killarney nextweekend. We all hope Jenny can repeat her previous success and bring home thehonours once again.
Thanks to everyone who supported the grandnational sweep fundraiser.


Underage coaching including the nursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 to 7.30. (4 to 12 years old)

New Nursery
Ourqualified schools coach Ms. Bernie Corroon will lead our new initiative to give4 to 6 year old girls and boys, an age appropriate introduction to sport andgaelic football. This will not be just concentrating on GAA skills but alsofundamental skills known as the ABC’ s(Agility, Balance, Coordination).Children will follow a programme to develop their individual motor skills(jumping, throwing, catching) and it is our aim to keep the coaching sessionsfun and with plenty of variety. Contact Bernie @ 087 9282432. Nurseryis sponsored by Easons, Pearse St,Mullingar.

Team Contacts for 2012
Team contactsfor 2012: Under 8’s: Jimmy Hughes 086 3457564; Under 10’s: Stephen Cleary 0876405723; Under 12’s: Marc Cunningham 087 8362297; Under 14’s: Jimmy Murtagh 0876943273, Under 16’s: Johnny Murray 086 3739408; Minors: Eunan McCormack 0878384055; Seniors: Tommy Kelly 087 2949714.
Lotto Results 16/04/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 6, 12, 23, 25
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Eamonn Brady, Christopher Murtagh.
Jackpot 2: €1200
Numbers drawn: 4, 11, 14, 25
Result: no winner
Next week’s draw in The Roadhouse with jackpots of €14,000 & €1400.

If you are not currently subscribing to our lotto, the weekly club lotto is available to play online at our website.
You canalso register online to receive our free weekly email which includes lottoresults and club notes.
Pleasespread the word to Na Dunta Gaels around the country and the world, encouragethem to play lotto online.
An annual lotto ticket for €100 can bebought  with 2 weeks free on line or fromMatt Carley or Anthony Rowan.
UpdatedClub Text Message Service
We are continuing with our text messageservice via TEAMER 51001 which we use to notify members regarding various clubactivities. If you wish to avail of this service, please text your name andnumber to 087 8362297. These messages are free to receive and a reply is notrequired. We currently have over 300 subscribers but would like to extend itfurther to ensure all our supporters are kept up to date. If you no longer wishto recieve these messages then please text STOP with your name and number to087 8362297. We want to avoid unnecessary duplication where several copies ofthe one message are going to the same household.
Weekly newsletter email
You can register to receive our free weeklynewsletter email at our lotto website – just search for TheDowns. The newsletter is sent every Monday night and includes that night’slotto results and club notes.
Facebookyou can now keep up to date with the club’s activities on our new FACEBOOKpage:  and TWITTER @TheDownsGAA.
Bingo continues every Friday at 8.30, come along and bring a friend for anenjoyable nights entertainment.
First Aid
We are planning to provide a First-Aidperson  to cover our underage coachingsessions on Friday evenings. This will be arranged on a rota basis so we arelooking for 6 volunteers to do 1 hour each on a Friday @ 630pm every 6 weeks orso. Training will be provided if required. Please contact Trudie @ 0879890121to get involved or if you would like to avail of the next first aid trainingcourse. Defibrillator training will also be arranged shortly – anybodyinterested should contact Trudie or any club official. A reminder that a Defibrillator is locatedat the clubhouse at the external wall of the entrance porch. First Aid course on 17th  and  24th  April 7 to 10pm
Membershipand Registration
Membershipis now due Adults €20, Family €30, Juvenile €15, OAP €5 Adult Player €40,Student Adult Player €20   
Pleasenote all players must pay membership before playing; please ensure you haveyour membership paid before first game. Registrationremains open and can be completed during the next few underage coachingsessions.
Online registration on our Local Lotto web site.
Senior championship first round againstAthlone is on this Saturday 21st in Cusack Park. We go into the Game with avery changed side from 2011 due to emigration, injury and retirements. Athloneunder new manager Tom Coffey will pose a big challenge. However our young ladshave gelled in very well and won’t be intimidated by the opposition oroccasion. The panel have worked very hard and the commitment to date is veryencouraging. Many new faces will feature either from the start or during thegame and others are well on the way to getting into the team. If they don’tmake it this time around they may later in the season. Normally it would takelonger to blood these young lads but our hand was forced and we are delightedwith everyone’s effort to date. We wish the team and mgmt well and hope all oursupporters get out to cheer them on.
Sellers are on the road again with thedevelopment draw tickets, we thank you for your past generosity and ask foryour continued support for this years draw. Two draws June and October with nineteen prizes in each draw. Tickets can also be purchased online via our website under fundraising.
The ClubShop will be open during our weekly underage coaching sessions.
New forthis year will be club umbrellas and O’Neills tracksuit bottoms in all sizes.
For moreinformation contact Carmelat 087 9496347.
New website
Our revamped website is now up and runningat
Please check it out where you will findlots of information on various aspects of the club as well as opportunities tosupport us by paying registration fees online, playing club lotto orviewing the latest club gear.
Website advertising
We have a limited number of advertisingslots on the main page of the website available for sponsors on an annualbasis.
Please contact Marc at 087 8362297 for anopportunity to advertise your company or business at a very reasonable rate andat the same time support The Downs GAA Club.
TheBoot Room
Anybodywith football boots that are surplus to requirements can leave them in our newBOOT ROOM located at the pitch end of the old dressing rooms. This hascame about following several requests from parents who have boots in very goodcondition but no longer fit the owners. Kidsparticularly can grow out of boots quite quickly and this new initiative willallow other kids pick up boots for a nominal fee. All funds received will go totowards underage football. Boots that remain at the end of the season will bedonated to charity.

The Downs LadiesFootball

Feile Final
The Downs3:3             Killucan 2:4

On Sundayevening  in Kinnegad we started our tenyear anniversary year in the best possible way with our  first Feile final win in the clubs history. Westarted the evening with narrow and nervous win over the hosts Kinnegad, thisperformance didn’t lend to confidence going into the final against Killucan whoover came a strong Moate team by a narrow margin in the other semi-final.
Killucanquickly showed why they had the favourites tag as  they went into an earlylead and dominated the possession limiting The Downs to sporadic attacks whichfailed to yield any scores. The Downs defendedstrongly all through the pitch making Killucan work hard for their scores.Half-time saw Killucan ahead by 1:3 to 0:0 the talk during the interval wouldKillucan continue their dominance, could The Downs get some scores and make agame of it. The Downs took to the field forthe second half with the advantage of the slight breeze. The Downsupped their game and were gaining a equal share of possession which resulted inan early goal bringing The Downs back into the game. The Downs were now on topand converted this into scores to go into a four point lead. Killucan came backby scoring a goal to leave the minimum between the sides both sides tradedpoints and entering into the final minutes  The Downs got the final score of the game toput  two points between the sides whichby resilient defending  they held  until the final whistle. Well done to thegirls who showed great attitude, belief and a work rate in the second half to secure a win which seemed impossible to many at halftime. Thanks to everyone who came along to support theteam and witnessed  Geraldine Giles presentthe Feile shield  to Emma Murtagh andNiamh Rowan. Panel: Grace Raleigh, Roisin McDonagh, Amy Dagg, Anna Murtagh, Chloe Gavigan, Roisin Rose, SerenaWynne, Niamh Nolan, Emma Murtagh,  ,Naoise O’Donoghue, Niamh Rowan, Megan Keenaghan, Aoife Kearney, Orla Gavin,Karen Lynam, , Saoirse McCourt, Ciara Rattighan, Emily O’Rourke, Nattily Ward,Aoife Carley, Lauren Flatherty, Niamh Moore, Amber Gilgan, Shauna Conneely,Brittney McNamee.
Thanks toeveryone who has registered for the coming year . You  can register with any coach, at any trainingsession or in The Shop.

Underage Coaching
Underagecoaching session including the nursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 – 7.30
Fortraining times for all teams contact 0874199344.
TheLadies Football are collecting bags of clothes as a fundraiser, so you can nowde- clutter and help the club raise funds. Bags of clothes can be left with anyteam coach or committee member or in The Shop.