Clann na nGael

Clann na nGael GAA update March 23rd

Clann na nGael
St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Huge thanks to all Clann na nGael participants who marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Also thanks to the organising committee who made everything happen. There will be treats for the children involved on Sunday 26th March in Johnstown.

Code of Ethics Course

A Code of Ethics course for all underage coaches (from minor down) is taking place on Wednesday 29th March in Johnstown from 7pm to 10pm. It is mandatory for all coaches of underage teams to complete the course. Course is free for participants. Please contact Sean Feeney (086 6094660) or Brian Brogan (086 3410455) to book a spot.

U.16 Div.1 League: Clann na nGael 3-13 Roscommon Gaels 1-05

Clann picked up back to back wins in Division 1 of the u16 league in Johnstown on Sunday with an impressive second half performance against Roscommon Gaels. An even first half finished 1-4 each with Clann picking off points from Cian Fallon McGowan (x2), Fearghus Lennon and Fionnán Henry, backed up with a well taken goal from Alan Mulvey.

An early pointed free from Fionnán Henry was matched by Roscommon early in the second half, but a resolute defensive display by Clann kept Roscommon scoreless for the remainder of the game. A quick fire goal and point from Mark Gannon midway through the half gave the impetus to push on and two points from play from Mark Naughton, backed up by two more frees from the accurate Fionnán Henry, and excellent points from play Alan Mulvey, Dean Reynolds and Michael Kelly kept the scoreboard ticking over. The goal from a penalty rebound by Fionnán Henry increased the gap and blew away the challenge of the gallant Gaels’ boys.

Josh Lennon worked hard all game to support his fellow forwards. In the back line, Declan McManus, Cian Gavin, Jason Ryan, Joseph Kelly, and Daniel Westman were immense throughout and particularly in the second half. Patrick Gavin won his contests with vigour and broke out of defence on numerous occasions, with his lung busting runs. Michael Kelly provided further support for the forwards with his many runs from deep. Fearghus Lennon dominated midfield and suppling excellent passed into the forwards to set up the 2nd half scored. Subs Sean Reynolds, Damien Kelly, Joseph Duignan and Jessie Middleton helped tie down the victory for Clann.

The dominance of Clann in the second period was impressive and Denis Gavin’s charges must have been inspired by his half time address.

There will be big tests for this squad in the weeks and months ahead and there are encouraging signs that these lads will be up for the challenge. Some players are yet to feature through injury and other commitments, but they will have to work hard to get their places with the current form of the squad.

Squad: Declan McManus, Cian Gavin, Jason Ryan, Joseph Kelly, Daniel Westman, Patrick Gavin, Michael Kelly (0-1) Fearghus Lennon (0-1), Mark Naughton (0-2), Josh Lennon, Dean Reynolds (0-1), Alan Mulvey (1-1), Fionnán Henry (1-4, 4f), Cian Fallon) McGowan (0-2, 1f), Mark Gannon (1-1), Sean Reynolds, Joseph Duignan, Damien Kelly, Jessie Middleton, Patrick Moran, Rian Carpenter, John Feeney, Micheál McClean, Jamie Tynom, Shane Flannery.

U.16 Div.4 League: Clann na nGael 3-4 St Croans 7-10

Our U.16 div.4 team came up against a strong St. Croans first team and despite the scoreline, the boys acquitted themselves well, but the opposition’s power and strength down the middle told in the end.
The strong wind and persistent rain hindered the players, but the Clann pitch held up brilliantly and the lads from each team gave as good a display as possible in the conditions.

Clann secured some pride and the hard work was rewarded with three goals in the final quarter.
Plenty of positives to take from this, with some players certainly putting their hands up for consideration for first team places.

Squad: Patrick Moran, Shane Flannery, Damien Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Jamie Tymon, James Keane Flanagan, John Feeney, Rian Carpenter, Michael Kelly, Micheál McClean, Jessie Middleton, Josh Lennon, Cian Gavin, Fionnan Henry, Alan Mulvey, Jason Mulvey

Junior B League: Roscommon Gaels 3-09 Clann na nGael 0-06

Roscommon Gaels turned the tables on Clann’s third team with a comprehensive opening league win in the end following their defeat to the same opposition in the Junior B County Final last November.
The game was played in dreadful conditions in Lisnamult on a cold and wet St. Patrick’s Day morning. Clann won the toss and opted to play with the wind but despite their best efforts could not put distance between themselves and a very strong Gaels second team. Half time score was Roscommon Gaels 1-02 to Clann’s 5pts.

The second half was always going to be difficult as the conditions deteriorated and Roscommon Gaels adapted better as they begun to pick off scores. Clann threatened the Roscommon Gaels goal on a few occasions but could not find that killer pass. In the end Roscommon Gaels broke up the field and tagged on a further brace of goals to seal a deserved win. Best for the home team were Jack McManus and Ciaran Connaughton in defence while up front Sean Fallon, Darragh Glynn and Ian Naughton carried the can to the opposition.

Team: David Finneran, Jack McManus, Shane Gavin, Eoin Hannon, Gearoid Lennon, Ciaran Connaughton, Eddie McLoughlin, Darragh Glynn, Sean Fallon, Eoin O’Neill, Niall Shine, Niall Connaughton, Patrick O’Brien, Daniel Harney, Ian Naughton
Subs: Sean McManus for Eddie McLoughlin, Andrew Kelly for Daniel Harney, Ray Fallon for Shane Gavin, Anthony Kelly, Ollie O’Neill, John Dunning

U.16 Girls Div.1 Championship

St. Dominic’s 0-09 Clann na nGael 7-15
The Michael Kenny Car Sales sponsored team played their second game of the Championship on a wet and windy St Patrick’s morning in St Dominics.
Despite heavy weather conditions and playing against the wind in the first half, Clann led the game in a score of 4-04 to 0-8 at half time. The girls continued their high scoring and finished the game in a score of 7-15 to 0-09.

Team: Kirsten Greasley, Colleen McManus, Aoife O’Neill, Ellie Hewitt, Katelin Connell, Megan Kelly, Aisling McGoldrick, Kayleigh Shine(2.05), Emma Kildea(0.01), Kelley Colgan(2.03), Kara Earls(1.02), Caoimhe Galvin(1.01), Roise Lennon(1.02), Ailbhe McManus, Danielle Greasley(0.01), Anna Golden, Caireann McGoldrick & Aoife McGoldrick.

Clann na nGael 8-13 St. Brigid’s 0-06
The girls set out on their second game in three days but this proved not to put any halt to their gallop. Our hungry girls led the 3rd game of the championship match in a halftime score of 4-08 to 0-01.

Determined to gain 3 wins in a row the girls fought hard on the back line to keep the ball out of Clann’s net while midfield and forwards were dominant in their play, ensuring they were unbeatable in a final score of 8-13 to 0-06.

Team: Kirsten Greasley, Colleen McManus, Aoife O’Neill, Ellie Hewitt, Katelin Connell, Megan Kelly, Aisling McGoldrick, Kayleigh Shine(0.06), Emma Kildea, Kelley Colgan(0.02), Kara Earls(4.02), Caoimhe Galvin, Roise Lennon(1.01), Ailbhe McManus, Danielle Greasley(2.01), Anna Golden(0.01), Caireann McGoldrick, Aoife McGoldrick & Mia Macken.

Clann na nGael Lotto

The draw took place in Athlone Spring’s on Sunday 19th of March with a jackpot of €2,200.
The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 9, 22. No winner, match 3 wins €100:
Winner (Seller)
Ailish O’Brien (Lesley O’Neill)
Mary Keena McGrath (Mary Keena)

Next week’s jackpot will be €2,400 and the draw will be in The Grove.
Thanks to everyone who supports Clann’s Lotto every week.

Online Lotto

Did you know? Over €25,000 was won in the Clann lotto in 2016. We’re aware that there’s lots of club members living in Dublin and abroad who would like to enter but do not have the access to do so. With this in mind, we are happy to announce that the Clann lotto can now be entered online.
Visit to take part. Entry closes every Sunday at 6pm, entries after 6pm will be carried over.