Colmcilles Ladies Retain Championship Trophy For 3-In-A-Row!!!

Three In A Row for The Colmcilles Ladies!!!!

Colmcilles laid down their marker with a first minute goal in sunny St Albans from Fiona Kennedy. Claddaghs tried to counter however Laura Fitzpatrick came in with an excellent block. Some very quick feet from Niamh Gallagher ensured the ball travelled back up the pitch for another score from our Fiona. With the sweltering temperature on the pitch, the referee called a much needed water break whilst those on the side-line grabbed a chance to fill back up their glasses with ice and Magners. As play resumed, Maz for Colmcilles seems entirely elusive from her marker as she completely controlled the middle third of the pitch. Unfortunately Maz took a break from the pitch and Ann Griffin came on to replace her. Some excellent scoring from Colmcilles including one which knocked off the post and over the bar for Niamh Gallagher. In the final seconds of the first half Claddaghs began their scoring with a lovely point.

Claddaghs approached with a new lease of life and sent a warning signal to the hosts with a great goal. As soon as the ball was kicked back out, it was intercepted by Claddaghs and went straight over the bar. As if that wasn’t enough to instil fear into Colmcilles, Claddaghs scored another goal. Undeterred from their mission to keep that championship trophy in St Albans, Colmcilles marched back down the pitch, only to have a goal disallowed due to a square ball. Colmcilles were awarded a free thirty yards out. Ann griffin stepped up and sailed the ball high in towards the goal. It dipped beautifully and hit the back of the net. Jackie, Claddagh’s keeper, was kept incredibly busy and pulled off some excellent saves for the visitors. Maz returned to the pitch and resumed her excellent dominance of the middle of the pitch. Claddagh gained their third goal of the match shortly before another well-earned water break. Claddagh Gaels started off again like they did the second half with a blistering goal and point in quick succession. Claddagh showed incredible spirit by getting back within three points of the hosts. Colmcilles remained valorous in their 3-in-a-row objective and responded with a goal before Fiona finished the game off with a lovely hand pass over the bar.

The final score was 4-16 to 4-8 in favour of the hosts. Claddagh had five different scorers on the pitch with Colmcilles having six. A sunny sensational spectacle of football which illustrates the ever-increasing quality here in Glo-Herts.

Colcmilles Captain Claire Maher receives the cup from Claddagh Manager Bill Barrett

Claddagh Gaels: 1. Jackie Sheridan 2. Erin Sheridan 3. Edel Brady 4. Rachel Nicholis 5. Alex Brennan 6. Shauna McSweeney 7. Louise Gibbons 8. Clair Corcoran (1-1) 9. Yvonne Lennon 10. Shauna Maloney (1-1) 11. Fiona Friel (1-0) 12. Jacqueline McGoldrick (1-3) 13. Sarah Calpin 14. Souxsie Eiles 15. Natalie Flynn (0-2) 16. Madeline Mitchell 17. Mary Mulcranny 18. Karen Fahy 19. Caoimhe Barett 20. Aisling McAree 21. Maria Sexton

St Colmcilles: 1. Kate Rougheen 2. Verity Townsend 3. Laura Fitzpatrick 4. Rebbeca Oliver 5. Bebhinn Kennedy 6. Eilis Moran 7. Hannah McCorkindale 8. Niamh Gallagher 9. Claire Maher 10. Sophie Veal (0-6) 11. Erika Fealy (1-3) 12. Grace Beaker 13. Maz Home Botel (0-2) 14. Fiona Kennedy (2-3) 15. Cat Regan (0-2) 16. Ann Griffin (1-0) 17. Niamh Mangan 18. Jude McAteer 19. Helen Taggart

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Merry Christmas 2017

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!!

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp – Day 3

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

 

Day 3 of the St. Colmcilles Cúl Camp was great fun once again with everyone enjoying the day as the camp drew to a close for 2017. Well done to all the kids who took part in the camp and made it the great success that it was.

The club have to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to all coaches from both the men’s and the ladies’ senior teams who helped out over the 3 days. John O’Dowd, Daithi Breen, Odhrán Gallagher, Thomas Patrick Kieran Maloney, Bob Canty, Kevin Devlin and especially Naomh Ní Mhongáin were fantastic in running the Cúl Camp, ensuring that all the kids had a great time and got the most from the 3 days. Also a big ‘thank you’ to Rory Norris and Naomh for organising the camp and making sure it was a brilliant success.

There are still a few more weeks left in the underage season with Wednesday trainings at the club, a few blitz competitions and finishing with the St. Colmcilles Blitz and the Underage Presentation Evening on the 30th September at the St Albans Irish Club – Official. More information to come on this evening soon.

 

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

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St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp – Day 2

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

 

Day 2 of the St. Colmcilles Cúl Camp was exposed to the elements but, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits and all the kids (and the helpers) had loads of fun once again.

Coaches from both the men’s and the ladies’ senior teams were there again teaching the kids and helping them to have a great time. A quote from one coach: “Safe to say, the future of the club is in good hands with these lot”.

The final day of the Cúl Camp is today from 10am to 3pm. It’s not too late to come down and join in.

 

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

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St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp – Day 1

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

 

The St. Colmcilles Cúl Camp is underway. Day 1 of the Cúl Camp was a fantastic success and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves, learning new skills, having fun and making new friends.

The weather was fantastic yesterday so lets hope that it continues to be today. There were plenty of coaches from both the men’s and the ladies’ senior teams down helping out and they helped all the kids to enjoy playing football and ensured that they had a great time.

It’s not too late to come down and join in. The Cúl Camp continues today from 10am to 3pm before it concludes tomorrow afternoon.

 

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

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St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

St. Colmcilles G.A.C. – 2017 Cúl Camp

The dates have been set for this year’s St. Colmcilles Cúl Camps. This is a great opportunity for young kids to experience Gaelic Games, whether they are regular players or are taking part for the first time. It is a great chance to meet new people while taking part in three days of action packed activities with qualified coaches and learning or improving new skills.

 

Please contact Niamh or James on the contact details above.

 

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The Sinners are in the 2017 Glo-Herts Championship Final

The Glo-Herts LGFA Championship Final takes place this Saturday at mid-day in Watford.

The St Colmcilles Ladies Gaelic Football Team take on Claddagh Gaels Lgfc in what promises to be a thrilling game of football. The teams have met twice already this year in tight, highly competitive matches so this should be another great display of ladies football.

Venue: Radlett Road, Watford, WD24 4GR
Time: Saturday 22nd July @ 12pm

Come down and support the Sinners as they look to retain the Kathleen Barrett Championship Cup.

Colmcilles Abú!!

Hertfordshire GAA Schools Tournament

The annual year 4/5 primary schools tournament took place on Friday 26th May in Cotlandswick, St Albans.

There were 20 teams, 55 games across 5 pitches with 360 children participating, the majority of which were playing Gaelic Football for the very first time.

The teamwork, sportsmanship and all round play was excellent. Well done everyone and thanks to schools, teachers, parents and of course the participants, who were excellent on the day, for supporting the event.

Special mention to the club coaching officers who put in a huge effort to make the day possible.

A couple of videos with coverage of the day has been created and can be seen below.

 

Credit to MQ Video for putting these together for the county. Thanks Mark!