Club notes for week commencing 2nd April 2012

November 7, 2018

Underage Coaching
No underage coaching Good Friday.
Underage coaching including the nursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 to 7.30. (4 to 12 years old)
New Nursery
Our qualified schools coach Ms. Bernie Corroon will lead our new initiative to give 4 to 6 year old girls and boys, an age appropriate introduction to sport and gaelic football. This will not be just concentrating on GAA skills but also fundamental 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 sessions fun and with plenty of variety. Contact Bernie @ 087 9282432. Nursery is sponsored by Easons, Pearse St, Mullingar.
Team Contacts for 2012
Team contacts for 2012: Under 8’s: Jimmy Hughes 086 3457564; Under 10’s: Stephen Cleary 087 6405723; Under 12’s: Marc Cunningham 087 8362297; Under 14’s: Jimmy Murtagh 087 6943273, Under 16’s: Johnny Murray 086 3739408; Minors: Eunan McCormack 087 8384055; Seniors: Tommy Kelly 087 2949714
Lotto Results 02/04/2012
Jackpot 1: €14,000
Numbers drawn: 1, 2, 8, 21
Result: no winner
2 x €100 winners: Carmel Lynch, Avril Van Der Loo (online player)
Jackpot 2: €1400
Numbers drawn: 11, 16, 18, 28
Result: 1 winner: Martin Browne
Next week’s draw in the clubhouse with jackpots of €14,000 & €1000.
If you are not currently subscribing to our lotto, the weekly club lotto is available to play online at our website.
You can also register online to receive our free weekly email which includes lotto results and club notes.
Please spread the word to Na Dunta Gaels around the country and the world, encourage them to play lotto online.
An annual lotto ticket for €100 can be bought  with 2 weeks free on line or from Matt Carley or Anthony Rowan.
Updated Club Text Message Service
We are continuing with our text message service via TEAMER 51001 which we use to notify members regarding various club activities. If you wish to avail of this service, please text your name and number to 087 8362297. These messages are free to receive and a reply is not required. We currently have over 300 subscribers but would like to extend it further to ensure all our supporters are kept up to date. If you no longer wish to recieve these messages then please text STOP with your name and number to 087 8362297. We want to avoid unnecessary duplication where several copies of the one message are going to the same household.
Weekly newsletter email
You can register to receive our free weekly newsletter email at our lotto website – just search for The Downs. The newsletter is sent every Monday night and includes that night’s lotto results and club notes.
Facebook you can now keep up to date with the club’s activities on our new FACEBOOK page:  and TWITTER @TheDownsGAA.
Bingo  continues every Friday at 8.30, come along and bring a friend for an enjoyable nights entertainment.
Music in the bar on Sunday night
First Aid
We are planning to provide a First-Aid person  to cover our underage coaching sessions on Friday evenings. This will be arranged on a rota basis so we are looking for 6 volunteers to do 1 hour each on a Friday @ 630pm every 6 weeks or so. Training will be provided if required. Please contact Trudie @ 0879890121 to get involved or if you would like to avail of the next first aid training course. Defibrillator training will also be arranged shortly – anybody interested should contact Trudie or any club official.
A reminder that a Defibrillator is located at the clubhouse at the external wall of the entrance porch.
First Aid Course
If you are interested in doing a sports first aid course on 17th  and  24th  April  7 to 10pm contact Trudie Rowan 0879890121
Membership and Registration
Membership is now due Adults €20, Family €30, Juvenile €15, OAP €5 Adult Player €40, Student Adult Player €20   
Please note all players must pay membership before playing; please ensure you have your membership paid before first game.
Under Age Registration
Thanks to everyone who  have registered with us on already for 2012 including new members of our nursery sponsored by Easons Mullingar. Registration remains open and can be completed during the next few underage coaching sessions.
Online registration is available on our Local Lotto web site.
Under 14 Boys Feile
On Saturday last we played Millmore Gaels in the semi final of the 2012 Feile at the Downs. This was a game that was never going to be easy and even though we were missing a couple of players from the panel we put in a good performance. We started the first half slowly and put a few points on the board but Millmore Gaels played some fine football against the wind and stayed in touch. We lost our way in midfield for a short patch but when we gained composure again we put another magnificent goal on the board and this steadied the ship. We went into the break 5 points ahead and when we came out  for the second half we added another brace of points onto our score to extend our lead. The second half was a low scoring affair for both teams and in the end we held on to win by 5 points and reach the final of the 2012 Feile. We now look forward to the final yet to be fixed. Our panel for Saturday was Paul Lynam, Evan O’Riordan, Darragh Flynn, Adam Loughlin, Dillon Carroll, Sean Loughlin, Conor Gavin, Philip Martin, John Kenny, Darragh Tone, Jack O’Brien, Peter Smyth, Ricky Cleary, Jordan Smyth, Joseph Moran, Mark McCann, Ciaran Nolan, Evan Eivers, Joseph Robson, Keith Carroll, Darragh Monaghan, Jonathan Raleigh, Alex Henry, Enda O’Rourke.
The Club Shop will be open during our weekly underage coaching sessions.
New for this year will be club umbrellas and O’Neills tracksuit bottoms in all sizes.
For more information contact Carmel at 087 9496347.
Committee Meeting
Committee meeting on Thursday 5th  at 8.30pm.
The Boot Room
Anybody with football boots that are surplus to requirements can leave them in our new BOOT ROOM located at the pitch end of the old dressing rooms. This has came about following several requests from parents who have boots in very good condition but no longer fit the owners. Kids particularly can grow out of boots quite quickly and this new initiative will allow other kids pick up boots for a nominal fee. All funds received will go to towards underage football. Boots that remain at the end of the season will be donated to charity.
We extend our sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of Rose Hamill  Old Dublin Rd  Mullingar
The Downs Ladies Football
Thanks to everyone who has registered for the coming year . You  can register with any coach, at any training session or in The Shop.
Underage Coaching
Underage coaching session including the nursery continues on Friday evenings 6.30 – 7.30
For training times for all teams contact 0874199344.
The Ladies Football are collecting bags of clothes as a fundraiser, so you can now de- clutter and help the club raise funds. Bags of clothes can be left with any team coach or committee member or in The Shop.
Easter Raffle
The club are having their annual Easter Raffle  of 3  full sized  chocolate  footballs, please support our unique raffle. The draw will take place Thursday night in the clubhouse.
On Saturday we qualified for the Feile semi-final with wins over Ballycomoyle and Mullingar Shamrocks, well done to  the panel who all played their part in a successful day. Panel: Grace Raleigh, Roisin  McDonagh, Amy Dagg, Anna Murtagh, Chloe Gavigan, Roisin Rose, Serena Wynne, Niamh Nolan, Emma Murtagh,  Niamh Rowan, Naoise O’Donoghue, Megan Keenaghan, Aoife Kearney, Orla Gavin, Karen Lynam, Saoirse McCourt, Ciara Rattighan, Emily O’Rourke, Nattily Ward, Aoife Carley, Lauren Flaherty, Niamh Moore, Amber Gilgan, Shauna Conneely.