Tour of Offaly A Great Success

November 8, 2018

Rhode Minor Club held its main fundraiser Tour of Offaly 2013on Sunday. This is the main fundraiser for the year for all underage age teams from Under 8 to Minor, but despite the bad weather conditions it was a great success with over 150cyclists taking part in all four routes. The four routes started at Fr. Dowling Park with the earliest heading out at 9.30am on Sunday morning which was the longest of the routes 130km the other routes took off at 10.15am, 12.15pm and 12.30pm approximately. The cycle finished at 3.30 the participants went home and got into fresh clothes and headed to Killeen’s where food and live music was enjoyed. The Minor Club would like to express thanks to Colm and Cathriona Killeen and their stuff for all their work and for the use of their premises. Also thanks to our main sponsors on the day
Brian Killeen Rhode Post Office
Colm Killeen Bar and Lounge
Ciaran Dunphy Centra Rhode
Tom Coffey Tullamore Motors
Fergal Dunne Super Value Balinasloe

A special thanks must go to all our stewards on the day they were up in Fr. Dowling Park from 8am on Sunday morning and did everything they could to let the day run as smoothly as it did.

Rhode Minor’s who only lost out on qualifying for the quarter final by the virtue of Tullamore beating Gracefield on Friday night. Rhode, Gracefield and Tullamore all finished on the same number of points with Rhode losing out on score differences. The eight teams that did not qualify for the A quarter final now play in B championship and on Sunday morning Rhode beat St. Rynagh’s in Rhode on a 3-12 to 4-2 score line.

Hard luck to the Rhode Senior Ladies footballers who were narrowly beaten by St. Rynagh’s in the County Final on a 3-11 to 3-10 score line after an epic encounter played in ideal conditions at a well presented Clara grounds. Rhode trailed by four points at the interval 1-6 to 0-5. The second half was very contested with scores galore which provide huge entertainment. Both teams are to be applauded for providing such a great game of football. So hard luck to the girls and management team of John Jones, Jason Byrne and Martin Kerrigan.

Well done and best of luck to Rhode’s Paschal Kellaghan who has been appointed manager of the Offaly Minor’s for the coming year. Paschal has managed the Offaly Under 21 side in 2012 getting them to the Leinster semi-final when they were narrowly beaten by Louth. He also has management experiences at club level with Ballinabrackey and Monasterevin winning Leinster titles with both.
There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto for the week ending 16th of September for a Jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 3 4 7 29. The club like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to Doyle’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €40
Jade Quirke
Lucky Byrne
Paul and Mick Dunne
Nuala Kavanagh
Chris Casey
The Rhode GAA Lotto is the main source of income the club has and now you can play online though our website. The good news is when you play the lotto online you are entitled to free draws, for example pay for seven draws receive the eighth one free, pay for fourteen draws receive two free and so on. In other words, the more you play the more free draws you are entitled to!!