St Colmcille’s Summer Summer-y

For our underage players, the summer coming to an end means getting back to school. For some of our senior players, it means actually having to set an alarm for the mornings. Can we all take a minute to feel sorry for John, David, Claire, Dec & Tadgh…

The summer has been jam packed for our club. Whilst I may not be able to mention everything that has happened, I’ll certainly do my best:

 

Golf Day

The golf day proved fruitful as one of the clubs biggest fundraising opportunities, along with being a cracking day out, some excellent BBQ food and some funny totalling of scores. Hats off to Alan Finn who ‘never played golf before’ but came out the victor on the day.

The ABC’s

Well. Where do we start?! Overall the club put in a phenomenal display, be it via the girls teams and the boys teams. A huge testament to the endless hours of work put in by both the players, parents and trainers

 

Club Day

Where do I start?! A massive deal for the club, this is the clubs’ 80th year and this was deemed worthy of a big soiree. From the early morning planning, which at times was reminiscent of a Benny Hill movie, to the frantic delegation of duties to our fantastic volunteers. The day was a huge success from a few different points of view. Firstly, it was a great way to celebrate this fantastic little club, tucked away in Cotslandswick, St Albans. Secondly, it raised awareness that we’re there! There was press coverage, passers-by that decided to see what the coverage was, and it was a great way of getting our senior teams and our underage teams together. Thirdly, it was a great fundraiser that not only ensures the club can function for the forthcoming year, but also that reinvestment can occur, to help propel St Colmcille’s to the fore as one of the UK’s top GAA clubs.

We had bouncy castles, beer, underage games, old man games, more BBQ, music, dancing, you name it!

Joe Deacy Memorial Weekend

Onto a more sombre event. In august, a huge contingent of friends and family flew over to Ireland to celebrate the life of one of our past members, Joe Deacy. As I’m in no doubt you are aware, Joe tragically died in Mayo last year, and the person responsible for his death has never been found. Joe was a huge part of the senior outfit, having ascended from the underage side, and what better way to celebrate his life than by hopping on a plane, flying over to Mayo and playing a memorial match. St Colmcille’s were heavily represented, fielding a full team with a huge compliment of substitutes. It was excellent to see the real team spirit shine through in an event that will have been a tough experience for many, and many in St Colmcille’s.

Cul Camp

Right, now we’re talking. The Cul Camp has been running now for a few years however the one just gone saw huge numbers attend. Over 40 kids on average turned up to get stuck in to some Hurling and Football over three days. A great turnout, which shows the growing enthusiasm for Gaelic games in St Albans

Women Winning League and Championship

The women carried on their winning spree from last year by winning the championship earlier on in the summer followed by being announced as winners of the league only last week.

All-Ireland Feile Success

St Colmcille’s were represented by 7 players who travelled over to Ireland to the annual Feile Peile na nOg competition. This is another example of how much Gaelic games are growing in this county. The team won their division and brought home a trophy, along with individual medals as proof of their success.

Dublin Winning 4 in a Row

I’ll just leave that there for now…!

 

Any Other News???

We’ve had weddings, an engagement, and the men are just about to embark on their attempt to retain the Championship…

Stay tuned!

St Colmcilles 2017 Youth Presentation Event

St. Colmcilles will be hosting an End of Year Presentation Event for our Youth teams.

2017 has been a fantastic year for all our youth teams and we want to get everyone together to celebrate and recognise these achievements and the hard work that all of our young players, as well as their parents and coaches, have put in all season.

There will be a Gaelic Football Blitz for the Under 8s & Under 10s starting at 2.30pm.

This will be followed by the presentation of awards for all Youth teams including medals and certificates. There will also be food and drink and some music in the Irish Club.

We hope that you can come and make it a great day to celebrate.

More information here.

2017 St Albans City & District Sports Awards Ceremony

It was an amazing night for St Colmcilles GAC at the 2017 Active St Albans City & District Sports Awards Ceremony last night.

In 2016, the club won the Community Project of the Year Award for the Gaelic 4 Girls initiative which started our Under 14s Girls team and this time we had received 4 nominations for this year’s awards.

Neil Gallagher was nominated for Male Coach of the Year for his work with the Under 12s team and the Under 14s and 16s girls’ teams.

Both the men’s and ladies’ senior teams were each nominated for the Sports Team of the Year Award and St. Colmcilles, as a whole, was nominated for the Community Club of the Year Award.

The club won the Community Club of the Year Award and received Recognition Awards for the other nominations.

This is a fantastic achievement and something that we all, as players, coaches, members, parents and supporters, should be very proud of. Thank you to everyone who makes our club great. Well done all!!

Colmcilles Abú!!