We are hosting a Traditional Music Session in the Clubhouse Bar with John Nolan tomorrow night NOVEMBER 17th @ 7PM. This is an open session so all Musicians, Singers and Dancers are welcome to come and take part. Again this promises to be a great nights entertainment. So why not come over, enjoy the music, craic, laughs and a few drinks with friends
We had a very informative Coaching & Games Development Forum last night. This exercise was the first in the consultation process for our 5 Year Games Development Plan. All the information from tonight's SWOT Analysis and discussions will be collated and feedback drawn from it. The areas discussed were; RGAA Governance, RGAA Best Practice, RGAA Underage Program, RGAA Coach & Referee Education and RGAA In The Community. Our next session will be in two weeks time on Wednesday November 29th at 7.30pm where we will prioritize each area and if needed insert additional ideas. Fantastic ideas from our individuals and groups and it was a very worthwhile exercise with all four codes represented, which was great to see
We go again this evening 7-8pm for our G4MO Ladies Health & Fitness sessions in the bottom room of the clubhouse. Everyone Welcome & it's still FREE! Bring a friend, water and an exercise mat if you have one! Club Address is - 160 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962
Final reminder ragarding our Games Development Forum tomorrow evening Wednesday November 15th at 7.30pm.
This Forum is open to EVERYONE. Coaches, Parents, Volunteers and Supporters.
It's important that ALL codes and ALL ages groups are represented. This is YOUR opportunity to put across your ideas and to share your outlook into the future development of the club so that we are all part of the planning process and not just a few people.
Below are the areas for you to think about in advance:-
1) RGAA GOVERNANCE
2) RGAA BEST PRACTICE
3) RGAA COACHING & GAMES DEVELOPMENT
ii) Player Development & Education
iii) Coach Development & Education
iv) Coaching Structure & Resources
vi) Volunteers (Initiatives & Education)
4) RGAA IN THE COMMUNITY
The more people we have attending, the more we will get out of the process.
What a great couple of days for our U12 Boys. On Saturday our U12 B team defeated St Brendan's in their New York Minor Board Fall Season Final on a scoreline of 3-4 to 1-6. After a very indifferent first half where the boys where 7 points down, they came back and had a fantastic second half to turn the game in their favor and bring the cup back to Rockland GAA. Thank you to St Brendan's for a very tough and sporting game. Well done to Mick Killeen and the lads for a great performance.
On Sunday our U12 Boys had a great day at the Dan McSweeney Gaelic Football and Hurling Tournament in Monroe, hosted brilliantly by the St Brendan's Club. All our lads had a great day with our U12 B team again coming back with a trophy. Well done to all our players and thank you to the parents for supporting us so much. Huge thanks to our coaches Paul Levins, Mick Killeen and John Hannagan for expertly looking after the lads this weekend
Hard luck to the New York GAA All American Senior Hurlers who were defeated in a challenge game against Philadelphia GAA on Saturday last 5-3 to 1-11. Huge thanks to everyone who came to play and massive thanks and well done to Philadelphia for hosting. Rockland GAA were very well represented by James McDonoagh, Neil Francis, Kyle Neeck, Brandon Hickey, Niall O’Connor, Austin Skywark, Mike Coleman, Micky Quigg and coach Mikey Dalton
We had a great turn out with over 30 U10s yesterday for our final U10 Internal Blitz of 2017. There were 4 teams representing the 4 provinces of Ulster (Niall McKenna), Munster (Barry Annette), Leinster (John Donohue) and Connacht (Harry Monaghan).
We started of with everyone playing each other and the top two teams making up the final. Munster beat everybody to reach the final but we had to go to points difference to decide who would meet them. Ulster made the final have just outscored Leinster by 3 points to book their place in the final. Munster were hot favorites to win the final having had a comprehensive win over Ulster in the first round but it was the Ulster boys who made the best start kicking a score of 1-5 before Munster registered their first score on the board. Munster got 2 more points before half time and the score going into the break with Ulster leading 1-6 to 0-3points. Munster started the second half better scoring a goal early on as the Ulster lads seemed to take the foot off the gas but weathering the Munster onslaught they finally got their rhythm back running out convincing winners on a score of 1-14 to 2-5 on a day where scoring over the bar counted for 3 points to encourage kevin cling for scores.
In general it seemed that everyone really enjoyed the day and these blitz’s and internal leagues seem to be the way to go as you can see the improvement in the boys even in the few games today they were a lot better together in their final game as they were when they started. Huge thanks to the players and parents for coming and also massive thanks to the coaches for the wonderful work they do with our players. We're looking forward to the final NYMB blitz on the year this Sunday.
Our Camogie program had their end of year party last Friday evening in the Pavilion with lots of prizes, pizza, FUN games and activities. The turnout showed that our little camogie family is not only grown up in age but it has multiplied in numbers too! Special thanks to Susan Keaney who continues to drive this program to success. Huge thanks also to Cecelia Lynch, Orla Fitzsimons, Colleen Pierson, Linda O'Sullivan and Catherine Levins for helping this year. The camogie program continues to grow and it is just going to get stronger and it's great to see so many parents getting their girls involved in Camogie. All help is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to the 2018 season with all the support from everyone
What a day. We had 6 teams take part in the Sean Tallon U8 Tournament today (2 Hurling & 4 Gaelic Football). Well done to our U8 A Hurling and U8 C Gaelic Football teams who brought home the B Division Hurling and C Division Cups. Fantastic day for all our players who gave everything in wet conditions. Massive thanks to all our coaches from today (Jimmy O'Flynn, Harry Monaghan, Mark Comerford, Niall McKenna, David Fitzgerald, John Murphy and Owen Mooney). Thank you to all the parents, coaches and players from Le Cheile, Trinity Milton, St Brendan's, Shannon Gaels, NY Ranger, NY Celtics, St Barnabas and Setanta. This wonderful day wouldn't have happened without the organization New York GAA Games Development Staff Simon Gillespie, Micky Quigg and New York Minor Board Chairman Dennis Twomey. Finally huge thanks to FDNY, FDNY Emerald Society and FDNY Bagpipe Band who were fantastic. Great way to end an excellent U8 Season.
Go raibh mile maith agat to Robin Foley and all the staff from Foley Signs for our pop sign and banner. More masterpiece's to go with all the others Robin & Foley Signs have done at the club. Special mention also to Ray and Jeannine Lennon for the fantastic pictures.
Well done to our Ladies last night. Tough work out but nothing that's worth doing is easy. Great to see some new faces and a very special visitor who's over for a few days. We go again next week 7-8pm for our G4MO Ladies Health & Fitness sessions in the bottom room of the clubhouse. Everyone Welcome & it's still FREE. Bring a friend, water and an exercise mat if you have one
Many thanks to New York GAA Hurling Development Officer Micky Quigg for facilitating an excellent workshop with our U8 Hurlers and Coaches. Tonight's focus was on conditioned games as well as skill activities for the jab lift. Thanks to Jimmy O'Flynn, Harry Monaghan and John Nolan and well done to the players who continue to improve every week
We go again tonight 7-8pm for our G4MO Ladies Health & Fitness sessions in the bottom room of the clubhouse. Everyone Welcome & it's still FREE! Bring a friend, water and an exercise mat if you have one
Our Games Development Officer, Owen Mooney, had his first taster day yestersay in Lincoln Avenue Elementary School. The focus for the day was on catching, movement, decision making and hand/fist passing skills involved in Gaelic & Ladies Football, as well as Health and Well Being. The four lessons with 1st, 3rd and 4th Grades also had cross curriculum areas such as Physical Activity, Team Work, Creativity, Literacy, Numeracy, Social Skills, Communication and Questioning. Huge thanks to Karen Mulvihill for liaising with Principal Mrs Cool and a massive thanks also to all the teachers and support staff and to David Fitzgerald, Bernie Fitzgerald, Tina Murphy and Teresa King O'Reilly
Visit https://facebook.com/RocklandGAA for more pictures from our visit
Our U8 Boys teams had a great day at their blitz in Queens. Pictured is the U8 B team who won their Division and brought another trophy back to RGAA. Our U8 A team were defeated narrowly in the final by an excellent St Barnabas team. The lads on both teams showed great skill, team work and never gave up. Super attitude from our players. Well done to the boys and to thanks to Harry Monaghan, Niall McKenna, Mark Comerford and Jimmy O'Flynn for all the work they do with these lads. Very proud coaches. Huge thanks to Shannon Gaels for a great day
What a group of men these lads are! All the hard work has paid off. After scoring 1-1 within the first few minutes of the first half, Cork NY then got the next 8 scores in a row without reply. Being 7 points down at one stage to put in an incredible second half performance to win by 6 points on a score of 3-12 to 0-15 shows the sheer stubbornness of this group of players in that they never ever give up. Fantastic way to cap off a brilliant weekend for the club. Huge thanks to the management team of Pat Guerin, Ciaran Lee, Noel O'Connell and Mike O'Sullivan for their work this year. Many thanks to Cork NY for a great sporting game.
What a great group of ladies. Our first Gaelic4Mothers & Others team took part in their first blitz in Gaelic Park last Sunday October 15th. We had so much fun playing as a team and against the other players. This will certainly be the first of many blitzes we will be taking part in over the next year. Well done to NY Rangers, Na Fianna, St Brigids and Mayo for a brilliant day of fun, craic and laughter. Huge thanks to Maeve Redmond, Nollaig Cleary, Anne Marie Kelly, the referees and New York LGFA for a fantastic day of Ladies Gaelic Football for our mothers and others.
The team are as follows:-
Back Row Left - Right - Tina Murphy, Maureen McIntyre, Denise Cullen, Tara Brant, Allie Conry, Bridget Quinn, Breege Shalvey, Mags Comerford, Karen Proctor Dooley, Christine Hipgrave, Owen Mooney (RGAA GDO)
Front Row Left - Right - Mary McAleer, Susan Keaney, Maureen McLaughlin, Eileen Reilly, Eileen Dalton, Kate Coffey
A fantastic evening of Camogie from Rockland GAA and St Brigid's. All players from both clubs showed great skill, decision making and team work. Our U8s narrowly lost out to St Brigid's. Our U10s had a great win and so did our U12 girls. Our U14 girls had a brilliant win and with our U16s winning their final meant that the final wins ended 4-1 in favor of Rockland. Massive thanks to Ger Lavery and Micky Quigg for refereeing, our coaches Susan Keaney, Cecelia Lynch, Orla Fitzsimons, Linda O'Sullivan, Ger Lavery and the St Brigid's coaches who give so much time to supporting both clubs, the parents for coming up and watching the games; but most thanks to the girls themselves who are making great improvements every time they pick up a hurl. The club wish Lauren Gowran from St Brigid's a speedy recovery from her injury tonight. You Rockland GAA would like to thank Gerry Coffey from Coffey Electrical Inc. who sponsored a set of jerseys for our young Camogs. Pictured is our U12 girls. to see more pictures go to our facebook account https://www.facebook.com/RocklandGAA/
We had another very successful Internal Blitz on Sunday for our U8 players. This was the first time also that the games had mixed teams. All four teams Kerry (White), Tyrone (Green), Dublin (Yellow) and Mayo (Orange) put on fantastic displays of skill and team work to the great number of parents in attendance. Finalists in the U8 Internal Blitz pitched Kerry against Tyrone with Kerry winning a very close game. All the players had a very enjoyable day with a pizza party after the blitz.
Huge thanks to the managers and coaches of each team, Mark Comerford for facilitating, the parents for your continued support and Jack Healy for being our Young Whistler. Most of all huge thanks and well done to all the players.
Kerry - Harry Monaghan
Tyrone - Niall McKenna
Dublin - Ray Lennon
Mayo - Jimmy O'Flynn
Well done to our very own Pat Murray who has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This will be Pat's second stint with the Bucs having went 20 for 24 on field goals with the Bucs in 2014 with a long of 55 yards and he also went 31 for 31 on extra points. Everyone associated with RGAA wish Pat all the best
Huge congratulations to our Senior Scór competitors yesterday as Rockland GAA were named 2017 Club of the Year in the Sinsear Scór 2017 in Mineola, Long Island, New York! We took home 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver in 4 different categories. Well done to everyone! Fantastic achievement!
1st Place - Ballad Group
Seamus Keane, Patrick Keane, Mickey Coleman & Pamela Geraghty
1st Place - Instrumental Music Group
Erin Loughran, Pamela Geraghty, Maeve Flanagan & Kieran Flanagan
1st Place - Solo Singing
2nd Place - Set Dancing
Bernie O'Connor, Dennis O'Sullivan, Fiona O'Flynn, Martin O'Flynn, Diane Hayes, Brendan O'Flynn, Shauna O'Flynn & Jimmy O'Flynn
We had a fab time at the 11th Annual Pearl River Day! Wonderful event organized by the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce. Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by, said hello, asked questions, bought tickets and gave us their contact details to sign up. Wonderful to see so many men, women and children of all ages wearing their Rockland GAA gear! Massive thanks to David Fitzgerald, Bernie Fitzgerald, Dennis Madigan, Kate Coffey, Maureen McIntyre and Fiona McIntyre for all your help today.
Great night of Camogie for our young players and coaches. Tonight was the first of three practical Camogie Coaching Workshops with New York Hurling Development Officer Mickey Quigg as part of our Coach Development Pathway. Huge thanks to Mickey, our coaches Susan Keaney, Cecelia Lynch, Linda O'Sullivan, Orla Fitzsimons and of course our young Camogs
It was an absolute pleasure hosting the Swinford Killasser LGFA U17 Girls on Sunday in Rockland. A fantastic game of football and a great evening of music and craic. Go raibh maith míle agat and we wish you a safe trip back to the Emerald Isle.
The reason for this trip was that during the summer of 2014, the New York Fèile Girls team were hosted in Swinford, County Mayo. On Sunday we returned the favor when the Swinford Girls U17 team visitied us here in Rockland. The Rockland U17 Girls team played Swinford in a challenge game, which was followed by a social at our new Clubhouse and Pavilion. Huge thanks to all who came out to support both teams and help to continue the great relationships that exist between local clubs in Ireland and our teams here in New York. Every year both our boys and girls Fèile teams together with some U17 teams travel to Ireland and receive warm welcomes and great hospitality from clubs in various counties in Ireland when they invite our players into their homes for a few nights.
Our Junior Hurlers were defeated 5-13 to 2-12 against an excellent Hoboken side in the Junior Semi Final on Sunday in Gaelic Park. These lads did themselves and RGAA proud this year! Great progress has been made on and off the pitch with these lads and it bodes well for next year and beyond when they'll come back stronger.
Huge thank you to all the players and of course to Mikey Dalton, Chris Dalton, Tom Butterworth for all their hard work throughout the year
Well done to Patrick McGovern, Vince Tyer, Simon Gillespie, Siobhan Lyons and the New York Ladies GAA U17 team on a great week of football in Ireland. They had a fantastic Blitz on Tuesday at the GAA National Games Development Centre in Abbottstown, where they reached the semi final stage. The team won all their group games again Meath (3-5 to 0-2), Limerick (3-2 to 1-4) and Cork (4-5 to 0-5). They faced Donegal in the semi final in what was a pulsating game. There was nothing between the side with the score being 2 points apiece at Half Time. Donegal though just had that bit of extra fortune to win by the narrowest of margins 0-4 to 0-3.
Well done to everyone on a wonderful week.
Below is a list of the mentors and Rockland GAA players who were involved in the trip:-
Pat McGovern (Manager), Vince Tyer (Assistant Manager), Simon Gillespie (Coach), Siobhan Lyons (Tour Coordinator), Gerry Brady (Video) Niamh Healy, Kerry Tyer, Mairead Durkin, Mary Rose OFlynn, Kyra Reilly, Caoimhe Donnelly, Theresa McGovern, Claire Mahoney, Sinead Henry, Mary Kate Henry, Megan Shalvey, Tara Lyons and Kelly Brady
Congratulations to Pat McGovern and our newly crowned NY LGFA Junior Ladies Champions who defeated Manhattan Gaels in a wonderful game of Football. Both sides were deadlocked at 1-5 a piece at Half Time. Manhattan Gaels started the second half the better team scoring three unanswered points before the referee blew his whistle for a water break. This break was a blessing for our girls as it allowed them to settle down and refocus. After the water break our girls upped their intenstiy and desire to win a pulsating final on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-10. Thank you to Manhattan Gaels for one of the toughest games we've had all year
What a fantastic CYC for Rockland GAA! Phenomenal 4 Days for all our young 287 young players, 42 coaches, 26 teams and families! We contested 17 Finals across Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies Football and Camogie; Winning 10 and finishing Runners Up in 7. Huge credit and thanks to Simon Gillespie, the CYC Steering Committee, Buffalo Fenians and to all the other teams, players and families for making it a very memorable tournament! See you all again next year in Boston!
What a week for our 175 boys and girls at our first RGAA Summer Camp! Phenomenal group of children, coaches, musicians, singers, helpers and parents! Go raibh mÃƒƒle maith agat to everyone for making it a huge success! 3 coaches missing from the final picture (Ciara Fitzpatrick, Niamh Bowden & Cian McCormack) and a few children missing today too but we got pictures of all children during the week. Visit the Gallery section of our website and our Facebook page for more pictures from a hugely successful RGAA Summer Camp
What a weekend! Go raibh míle maith agat to everyone who came to celebrate the historic Grand Opening Weekend of our new Clubhouse & Pavilion. Massive thanks all the people who helped and volunteered their time to make it such a successful weekend. There is too many people to mention and we're afraid of forgetting someone. Last weekend will live long in the memory and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful facility to continue to promote our games and allow future generations to enjoy being part of Rockland GAA. Pictured is GAA President Mr Aogán Ó Fearghaíl and Rockland GAA President Mr Martin McKenna
Beautiful morning and a beautiful Mass celebrated by Father Martin O'Reilly. After the Mass Father O'Reilly then blessed our new Clubhouse and a Pavilion. Also great to see some of our past Presidents and having our first Club President Mr John Cawley with our current President Mr Martin McKenna