St Josephs Glenavy GAC

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Tuesday 26th April
Antrim Ladies Football U16 League
Glenavy 7.06
 v 2.10 Gort na Mona
Throw in 6.30pm @ Chapel Hill

Minor Football Laverty Cup
v 0,08 Sean Stinson’s
Throw in 7.30pm @ Chapel Hill 

Wednesday 27th April 
All County Senior Football League Division 2
Gort na Mona 0.12
v 2.06 Glenavy 
Throw in 7.15pm @ Falls Park

Thursday 28thApril
Antrim Ladies Football u14 League

vs Rossa
Throw in 6.30pm @ Chapel Hill 

SW Antrim U16 Football League
Glenavy 3.13
 v 2.08 Rasharkin
Throw in 7.30pm @ Chapel Hill


Glenavy GAC Community Festival


 Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May



Remember the dates folks - this years Festival is taking place at


 the end of the month over the Bank Holiday Weekend:



Friday 29th April - Bingo in St Clare's Hall at 8pm followed by a


Texas Hold 'Em poker night afterwards.



Saturday 30th April - Mark Ruddy Memorial 7s Tournament,
Registration 12pm in St Clare's Hall. That evening, beginning at



8.30pm, Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy brings his show


 "I've Been Hypnotised - Get Me Out of Here!" to St Clare's Hall



with club members and other members of the local community


being hypnotised and taking part in the show.


 Sunday 1st May - The Big Breakfast will once again take place


 in St Clare's Hall from 10am to 1.30pm. 


On Sunday night we will be hosting "Orange or Black - You


Decide!" in St Clare's Hall starting at 8pm sharp. There will be a


series of challenges involving club members with the


audience participating be deciding who they think will win until only two


people remain with one person winning the grand prize of £250!


 Following the show, live band "The Cove" will be playing and


keeping us entertained from 10pm until late.



Child Protection training is a compulsory requirement and we have been informed by the Ulster Council that this is an area that will be very closely monitored in all clubs this year. 


Coaching: I have forwarded this email to all Lead Coaches and Committee Members - could I ask that you pass this information on to all members of your coaching team and stress the importance of attending on Wednesday 2nd. If your team usually train on a Wednesday evening, I would ask you to rearrange for this one week to allow everyone the opportunity to attend this important course. 


Unfortunately, even if you have completed Child Protection training and Access NI checks through your own work this does not cover you within the GAA and you will need to complete the GAA specific training. Anyone who has completed the GAA Child Protection course within the last 3 years does not need to complete it again this year - however you are very welcome to attend to update your training. 


Finally, can I ask that you confirm your attendance at the Child Protection course with our Children's Officer - Colette Ward on 07850 957802 - a text will be fine. 


Thanks for all your continued help with everything and I am sure you will appreciate how important it is that we get as many people involved with our teams through this training as possible. 







Volunteers Wanted

The club are currently looking people with an interest in helping St Joseph's becoming a stronger club in 2016. If you or anyone you know are interested in helping the club in anyway by volunteering your time, then please do get in touch.


We currently have 283 underage players at our club and the numbers are growing. 2015 was a successful year for our teams and to ensure this good work continues, it is important that we have enthusiastic people on board. Coaching experience and qualifications are not a requirement as these can be completed through the club.



As many of you already know we run several large fundraisers every year and these take quite a lot of organisation. If you would like to help at any of these or think you may have ideas to improve our fundraising events then we would be delighted to hear from you.



2015 saw St Joseph's Glenavy spend in excess of £100, 000 on its grounds. We plan to further add to our facilities in 2016 and beyond. While we have an excellent Development Committee with a structured plan, we would like anyone living in the community who feel they could assist to come forward to help on this committee.

This list is not definitive and we are an open club, keen to attract new members

 who want to help develop  St. Joseph's  Glenavy GAC in any way .

Annual Festival 2016

Dear Club Member,
Our Club has made a commitment to fundraising, to help raise funds to develop our facilities for all our club members.

As you are all aware we have recently completed a massive enhancement of our  full sized playing pitch and new walking track. This will be of great benefit to all our playing and non playing members now and in the years to come. Our long term aims include the enhancement of the club rooms, changing rooms and to provide additional training and playing facilities.  This is a huge ambition for a small rural club but it is one which I have no doubt we can all help turn into a reality if we put our minds to it.
Over the weekend, Friday 29th April 2016 to Sunday 1st May 2016 we are hosting our Annual Glenavy GAC Community Festival. We need everyone to commit fully to making this a success.  This is a plea to ask if you can contribute some of your time over the course of the weekend.

This years festival will open on the Friday evening with a Family Bingo Night from 8pm- 10pm, following which we there will be a Poker Night.

On Saturday 30th we will be hosting the well renowned hypnotist - Micheal Mc Coy for 'I've been hynotised, get me out of here' event which will see many of our own club members and those from the local community getting hypnotised followed by a disco and including a light supper.

 On Sunday 1st May  we have our very own 'Orange and Black' which will see the participants  compete  in a great


range of  challenges,  with the  lucky winning member of the audience receiving £250.  There will be a live band following the show.


This promises to be a fabulous weekend’s craic and entertainment, with the functions taking place in St Clare's Community Hall. 

On Saturday afternoon we will see the running of the  annual Mark Ruddy Memorial Sevens tournament which will see teams from the different surrounding townlands competing for the trophy. Each team will be made up of minor and senior male and female players and over 40s. A BBQ will run throughout the sevens tournament. 


Sunday 25th will kick off with a Big Breakfast followed by the official opening our pitch. More details will follow on this in the very near future.


As you can see from that brief synopsis the weekend itself is going to be a busy one. We also require help on Thursday 28th April, to set up the bar and prepare the hall for the event. 
A huge amount of work has went in behind the scenes to plan this event and a thank you all those who have already given so much of their time and effort and continue to do so. We now require the support of the full club membership as this will undoubtedly benefit us all and future generations to come.
To make this a success we will require club members to volunteer as bar staff, stewards, car park attendants, catering assistance, general help, security and much, much more. We require help for both daytime and evening events throughout the weekend. 

We are currently compiling a rota across a range of areas where we need support to make the weekend event a success and would appreciate any support that you can give. If everyone could agree to help with even one event or task it would go a big way in making this a really enjoyable and pleasant  weekend for the everyone.   Please contact me by email or phone (07850 957802)  if you can assist in any way.


Thanking you in anticipation,


Kindest Regards


Collette Ward


2016 Annual Dinner

2016 Annual Presentation Dinner.


St.Joseph’s GAC Glenavy held their Annual Presentation Dinner in the Ballymac Hotel on Saturday 30th. January.


120 guests were present for a very enjoyable evening. Guests were our former county chairman Jim Murray and his wife Rosie club president Fr. McBride, our main sponsor Martin McClinton and his wife Patricia. Also present were Patrick Nugent and Paul Johnston our new senior team management. Special guests were the late Francie Doone’s wife Gearldine and daughters Briege, Chloe and Erin.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the intermediate football championship medals to the senior panel by former County Chairman Jim Murray.


The Doone family presented a perpetual cup to the club to be awarded annually to a member who has gone that extra mile to help in anyway to make an individual or the club to be better. In an emotional speech Briege said the individual who was to be the first recipient had gone several extra miles to help her family come to terms with her Daddy’s untimely death through the many excellent photos he had taken of Francie which were a consolation to all the family. Robert Trowlen the club’s photographer was the first recipient of the cup.


A framed montage of photos of Francie at coaching and playing were presented to Geraldine, Briege, Chloe, Erin and Francie’s Sister Maire.



The following received annual club awards.


Senior Ladies player: Michelle Gregory.

Senior male player: Joint Patrick Gallagher & Oisin Hamill.

Junior male player: Eddie Nelson

Club person of the year: Peter McClenaghan

Big Dander

Big Glenavy Dander: 4th October, 9am to 6pm

 Many of you will be aware of the recent work being done at our grounds at Chapel Hill. We are delighted to announce that our new walking path, part of Phase 1 of our Development Proposals, is complete!  In order to raise awareness of this new community facility and officially open our new walking path we are inviting all members of the community, young and old alike, to come and join us in a bid to walk 500 miles…


¬†This phase of our developments was made possible in part due to funding secured from The Alpha Programme (for more details see below) and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their assistance and support throughout this project. Mel Waddell, representative from The Alpha Programme Steering Group said, upon the commencement of works in July, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs great to see that work has started on site for both the pitch and path improvements and we look forward to returning to see the project completed and being used by the local community.‚ÄĚ


This is a facility for the whole community, so if you can come join us and do even just 3 laps of the path you will have completed 1 mile and there will be only 499 to go!  The more people who participate on the day, the faster we can hit our target! Who knows, maybe we could go even further! We will walk 500 miles, but can we walk 500 more??? (The Proclaimers won’t be there unfortunately…or indeed fortunately!) More details to follow in the next few days.

Thanks for your continued support!

The Alpha Programme

Established in 2008 by Alpha Resource Management Ltd, The Alpha Programme is managed by Groundwork NI and has already provided just under £3million in funding to nearly 90 biodiversity and community based projects within ten miles of the Mullaghglass landfill site outside Lisburn. Information on the Programme can be downloaded from or contact Mel Waddell at Groundwork NI on (028) 9074 9494 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 As of Monday 27th of July our main pitch will be shut for maintenance work to be carried out. As a result and due to the heavy plant that will be involved our facilities will be closed from 8am-6pm each week day as a matter of health and safety. Our training pitch will now be used to cater for training and all games will be played away from home until 2016.

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