Salthill Knocknacarra GAA
February 21 2018
SKGAA Newsletter 21/02/18
The season has kicked off with the Junior Ladies playing the first competitive game of the year last Sunday and recording a good win. The Árus is a hive of activity every night these days with all teams back training. We would like to thank all coaches for being so accomodating with the regular closure of pitches and the moving around. Lots of information in this week's newsletter so please take the time to read through.
Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety Evenings
The club is hosting two talks next week on internet safety. Both talks are absolutely free and take place in the Galway Bay Hotel from 7.30pm on Monday for teenagers and Tuesday for parents and guardians. We have researched these talks for some time and are satisfied that the group providing these ones are very professional and have all the up to date information explained in easy language. Please spread the word and particularly encourage the teenagers to attend.
A quick note on registration. Thank you all for being so accomodating with regards our switch to online registration, but a gentle remider that all members must be registered to be covered by insurance should they get injured. This is especially important at this time of year with most teams going back training and playing matches again.
To register just click the link at the bottom of this page or visit
If you are experiencimg any difficulty, you can ring the offices of myclubfinances and ask to speak to Mary on 091506048.
Congratulations to our executive committee members Noel Tyrrell and Barry Kelly. Noel's wife Elinor gave birth to a baby girl Emily last week and Barry's wife Ruth gave birth to a baby boy Roman. Congrats to all!
Congrats also to Sean O'Dowd and his wife Jackie who tied the knot last week.
Míle buíochas to John Donohue, Conor Quinlan, Joe Toner, Dolores Thomspson, Dolores Gavin, Orla Flannery, Brian Connelly, Conor Byrne, Conor McGauran, Sinead McGinn, Tony O' Reilly and Martin Taylor who looked after the car park and the Árus facilities on Sunday with so much going on. Volunteerism at it's finest.
Míle buíochas to the very generous individual who made an anonymous donation to the club last week. We are very appreciative of your support if you are reading here.
Our offcial SKGAA Club Clothes Bank has finally arrived and is located just inside the gates in the Árus so if you have any unwanted clothes be sure and deposit them here and you'll be helping the club at the same time. Míle buíochas to hurling and camogie coach Clem Garvey for organising this great initiative. It is due to be emptied today after filling up already so thanks to all who have deposited clothes there. Perfect timing for the Spring Clean.
Anyone interested in playing 25 (cards). Cards will continue again this Thursday in the kitchen in the Árus from 8.30pm. All welcome.
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Congratulations to Match 3 winner, Dorothy King.
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Special Offer: Get the SKGAA Club Annual and the new SKGAA bobble hat (worth 15euro) together for a special price of 20euro from James in the office. The annual contains 60 pages of photos and articles from all the club teams this year and is a wonderful memento of one of the club's most succesful ever years. The hats are now back in stock after selling out before Christmas. Get yours now while you can.
On the Field
We had 3 players on the Galway Senior team who were beaten by Roscommon in the FBD League Final on final. Hard luck to Evan Wynne, Robert Finnerty and Sean Armstrong. Up next is Kerry away in Killarney in the league this Sunday.
There was a heart breaking one point loss also for the NUIG footballers in the Sigerson Cup Final on Saturday. Commiserations to the skgaa contingent: Manager Maurice Sheridan and players John Maher, William Finnerty and Marcus MacDonnchadha.
The U20 championship will kick off this weekend with the skgaa lads due to play Oranmore Marree in Cappagh this Sunday TBC.
The minor footballers resumed training last Sunday with a huge crowd of 27 in attendence. Training for those not playing other sports in the sand tonight at 9pm with U20s.
The first Junior A Hurling training session of 2018 takes place this evening with U21s in the sand and wallball at 8.30pm
U6/U8 Boys indoor hurling training continuing at the following times: Junior infants Saturday 2-3;
Senior infants Friday 5-6; 1st class and other boys born 2010: Friday 6-7;
U10 hurling training continues as usual 7pm in the Aras Friday night.
U11/12. training continues Fridays at the Aras, 8-9pm until Mar 23rd. Moving outdoors after Easter.
U13/U14 . Training Monday at 7pm in the Arus wallball and Sand area.
On Thursday at 7pm to 7:30pm and Friday at 7pm to 7:30pm I will be in the Arus to COLLECT the Féile sheets. It is very important that we all return them in time.
U16/U15 training continues Mondays 8pm wall ball and fitness, and Saturdays 9am Cappagh (if playable). We are organising an u16 tournament in Connacht Centre of Excellence Bekan on March 3rd with teams frim Galway and Mayo. Championship starts Mon 19 March with home game v Portumna.
Salthill Knocknacarra Juvenile Hurling will hold a table Quiz in Tom Sheridans, Knocknacarra on March the 8th at 8:30pm. Lot of fun , prizes and food on the evening.
Bring your friends, or support the event by donating a spot prize. Contact Nial Murphy 086 8399996 with any queries.
U9/10 training continues Thursday 6pm in Arus. New and returnee players welcome , this of course applies to all groups.
U12s train Thursday 5pm in Arus.
U14s played first game of 2018 , a challenge against Oranmore Maree last Saturday in Loughgeorge. SK girls came out on top in a very high scoring game. Next is a challenge against Sarsfields this Saturday morning. U14 championship begins early March .
U16s resumed training last Thursday and continue every Thursday at Arus 7.45.
Juniors will play a challenge against Carnmore this Sunday.
U8 resumed training last Monday indoor and will continue Monday’s 7-8
U9/10/11 teams continue training in aras with great numbers back and
U11 train on Mondays until mid march with u9/10 back in Tuesday's on the wall ball which is proving a big hit with big no’s
U13/14 continue to train indoor on Tuesdays
In Marys as they gear up for start of league U15/16 continue to train on Sundays on kingfisher
No games as pitches still closed but our u14s are travelling to Kerry next week as part of Galway Kerry league fixture and our 13/14 will host Ballyboden St Enda’s on Paddy’s weekend when the Dubs play in Pearse Stadium
Juv football predict a quiz was launched with a great response so far more tickets are available from Norman
Congrats to our chairman Noel Tyrell and his wife on arrival of their baby daughter Emily.
The Juvenile Football committee are also looking for help for the year ahead as with over 12 teams and 400 children there is a lot of work involved in running the Football Section.
As the old motto goes its better to have a lot of people do a little rather than a few people do everything so with a new year and fresh enthusiasm if any parents are willing to help out in any way be it as a one off or attend a meeting once a month for 7/8 months please contact Juvenile Football chairman Noel Tyrell on 0879506140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior - The ladies team enjoyed a hard fought win over Micheal Breathnachs in Inverin on Sunday. Tough pitch conditions didn't hinder the brilliant display of football by Skgaa in what was an exciting match right to the end. Skgaa came out on top 3-10 to 4-5 and clinched a deserved win in the first round of their league campaign. Some great performances by all including those that have made the jump from u16 to Junior level.
u16 - Training outdoors resumed Sat 17th Feb at The Sands at Prairie. Good turnout with 16 girls in attendance. On the Sunday Eight u16 girls joined forces with The Seniors Ladies and assisted in securing 1st Win of season with 3-10(19) to 4-5(17) hard earned win over Micheal Breatnachs in Inverin on Sunday. Well done U16 girls and Senior ladies. Indoor training continued Monday 19th with numbers swelled to 45 girls. Fantastic. Session well marshalled and delivered by Con Belle and coaches. Fixtures are out. First match due 11th March v Moycullen.
u10 - u10's girls (born in 2008 or 2009) start back next Wednesday 28th February 7-8pm in Arus.
Each section now has a club coaching officer and we are working together to ensure that all coaches have opportunities to learn, develop and share their knowledge and experience, across the four codes.
Well done to participants who recently completed Foundation Level hurling/camogie (3) and Foundation Level football courses (12) and to 9 club members who attended a special 6 hour workshop delivered by SAQ Ireland on Pre-Season Fitness and Strength & Conditioning Coaching. We have begun to gather feedback from all who attend coaching events, using SurveyMonkey questionnaires - thanks to those who have done so recently, and will use this feedback to plan future coaching events.
We are planning plan to have regular events for coaches over the next few months in our club, which will combine a talk with an opportunity to socialise. We aim to have these on/close to the last Friday of the month. We will launch this coaching initiative with a special event, our first Club Coaching Forum, taking place over 2 days on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March. Full details will follow shortly but on Friday 23rd there will be a talk/event which will be open to the whole club with a high profile speaker, and on Saturday 24th there will be separate hurling/camogie and football coaching workshops (approx 90 minutes each). So put this date in your diary: don't miss what promises to be a most interesting event!
Meanwhile, if you are on Twitter, check out @GAAmeCoaching - excellent coaching tips, activities and plans.
Easter Hurling/Camogie Academy
The Easter Hurling/Camogie Academy takes place this year from Tuesday 3 April to Friday 6 April. The Academy welcomes all boys and girls born 2004 to 2009. Full details will be available next week, parents can then reserve a place through their age group coaches. Last Easter's Academy was an outstanding success, so make sure you don't miss out this year!
Multi Activity GAA Junior Easter Camp for our younger members running from Tuesday 3 April to Friday 6 April. The camp is open to all National school children aged 5-8 years.
Running from 9.30am – 1.30pm in the Árus and cost for the week is €50. If you would like to reserve a place, please email your child’s name & age to email@example.com.
Children can expect a week of fun and games while improving their GAA skills.
Birthdays in the Árus
Don't forget the Árus is the number 1 venue for children's birthday parties. Contact James in the office on 09152733 to book yours today.
Keep up to date with news on www.skgaa.ie and https://www.facebook.com/SalthillKnocknacarraGaaClub/ .
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Is mise le meas,
Diarmaid Ó hAodha