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RGAA AGM 2019
Our 2019 Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday January 27th at 3pm in the Clubhouse
The AGM is an open meeting for all those with an interest in the future of Rockland GAA. If you feel you have something to contribute don't sit on the sidelines and complain about it. Attend the AGM and get involved, put your ideas forward - get your point across. Have your say in the future of the Green & White. Listen to what is going on inside your club. Learn what it takes to run the club effectively. Meet the decision makers - even become a decision maker. This is not a closed forum.
Remember everyone is a volunteer, everyone has a part to play. Find out what it takes to become an active volunteer. Find out what the club is doing for you, your children and your community.
Maybe you are a former player or coach and want to get involved again. Maybe you are a student and are looking for areas to improve your CV. Perhaps your family has a long standing association with the club but you are disconnected and want to get involved. Don't listen to those telling you "it takes up so much of your time" - remember why you first became involved with the club - the GAA is one big family who are there for each other.
In no other world will you have the bond that is developed through your club so don't let the critics put you off and don't allow them the forum to present inaccuracies about the teams or the club. Opinions are always welcome throughout the year and there is no better forum for it than the AGM.
So if you are a player, coach, manager, parent, supporter, sponsor, volunteer or simply would like to know more, then this year's AGM is for you and we want you all there.
What a school. This week was the final week of the GAA 5 Star Program in Lincoln Elementary. We finished off with a mini Quick Handball Tournament, 3v2 Keep Away, 5v5 Keep Away and a Go Games Mini Blitz. Throughout our time with the Lions we have covered every area of the GAA 5 Star initiative. This wouldn't have been possible without the support, enthusiasm and hard work of Principal Mrs Kathleenann Cool and PE Teacher Mrs Diana Gillule, as well as all the teachers and support staff within the school. The VIP Children who came into every lesson with smiles on their faces and ears open ready to listen, learn and have FUN playing Gaelic Games were an absolute pleasure to work with. This is not the end of our relationship with Lincoln, it's only the beginning. Thank you to everyone for fully embracing the program and to Croke Park for giving Rockland GAA & Lincoln Ave this fantastic opportunity to always be remembered as the first GAA 5 Star Center outside Ireland. Congratulations to all the Lincoln Lions.
We are proud to present the first Annual Rockland GAA Games Development Conference on Sunday February 10th from 12-4pm.
We have 2 Key Notes, 2 Parallel Workshops and a Panel Q&A Discussion.
All speakers will be finalized over the next few weeks. However we can confirm that the contributors below will attend the RGAA Games Development Conference:-
Pat Murray (Former 3 Time All American & Current NFL Kicker and Rockland GAA Member)
Kathleen Power-Cronin (New York Irish Business Communicator & Business Owner)
Dr David Kilpatrick (Professor at Mercy College, NY Cosmos Historian & Coach Educator)
Ciara O'Malley (Specialised Sport & Pediatric Physical Therapist)
Click on the information below to be part of the conversation and to take an active role as coaches, parents, teachers and volunteers to network, share and learn so that you can continue to have a positive influence on the players in your care. This a day not to be missed.
Tonight we had our Coach Review Forum which gave our Coaches the chance to review everything regarding their own coaching, how they and their team worked together, as well as areas of strength and suggested improvements for 2019 and beyond. Huge thanks to all our coaches for a positive and constructive discussion and feedback. Our foundations are very strong and that is down to all our dedicated coaches and volunteers who give so much to Rockland GAA
On Tuesday last November 27th, our GDO Owen Mooney had a few visitors during his GAA 5 Star Center lessons with Lincoln Elementary. Principal, Mrs Kathleenann Cool and Head of PE, Mrs Diana Gillule welcomed Mrs Diana Musich, Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations & Community Services and Dr. Robert Roelle, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, as well as Pearl River District Superintendent, Mr Marco Pochintesta to observe some of the activities the children are involved in as part of being a 5 Star Center and they were all impressed with how well the GAA 5 Star initiative complements the work of the classroom teachers through its use of cross curriculum themes. Thank you to Marco, Diana and Robert for coming to see us and as always thank you to Mrs Cool and Mrs Gillule for all your support
This Sunday December 2nd the Rockland RinGAA's Dodgeball Team takes part in the Unity in the Community Dodgeball Tournament. Come along to the Jewish Community Center for a great day of FUN, Craic and Entertainment for all the family. Huge thanks to Paul Adler and Mary Adler for your generosity in sponsoring the club $1000 for the event.
The New York Minor Board 2019 College Team will be playing in the Higher Education Gaelic Football Championships in Ireland in February 2019. The Division 3 competition is called Corn nc Mac Leinn and was won last year by Liverpool University.
The first try-out to make this team will take place on Saturday November 24th in Gaelic Park starting at 2pm sharp to 4pm. We would strongly encourage all College students interested in Gaelic games to try out this year. All players are expected to arrive early and sign in and provide details regarding what college they’re attending. Players must wear GAA gear and bring gloves, mouthguards, cleats and water. No non GAA gear should be worn to tryouts.
The tournament will be on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of February 2019. The flight dates have yet to be confirmed but will likely be Wednesday 13th February to Sunday the 17th February 2019.
The venue for the tournament will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks but most likely will be in Cork. As soon as it is confirmed we will let all players know.
The dates for subsequent try-outs will be announced at the November 24th try-out. The team will be managed by Tom Bennett with Eamon Delvin and Kevin Moriarty as selectors. Johnny McGeeney will be the team trainer and Colin Mathers will be Tour Manager.
If you cannot make the initial tryout please let us know.
All College Students with an interest in Gaelic games are encourage and welcome to try out for this 2019 New York College Team.
Our GDO, Owen Mooney, had a great day showcasing the GAA 5 Star Center Program for 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades at Lincoln Avenue Elementary Parents Day for American Education Week. The school, staff and children have made great progress and have enjoyed their opportunity of being a 5 Star Center. Huge thanks to Principal Kathleenann Cool and Physical Education Teacher Diana Gillule for fully embracing the program.
NYMB U12 FALL SEASON FINAL & U10 JOHN BRADY TOURNAMENT
Another busy weekend for our Boys teams in the NYMB Fall Season. Congratulations to our U12 Boys who won a hard fought Final over a very committed Celtics side, in a very sporting contest capping a hugely enjoyable season. Our U10 Boys Hurlers won the A Competition of the John Brady Tournament in Gaelic Park yesterday and our U10 Boys Footballers had a really enjoyable day showing great improvement, heart and sportsmanship. Our U14 Boys played their hearts out in an outstanding game of football on Saturday evening Vs Celtics. All the best to Celtics in the Final. This wraps up the Fall Season for most of our teams. Our U10 B and U12 B teams will have their play offs this weekend.
Brilliant day yesterday at the Gaelic4Mothers & Others Blitz. The players were put into 3 even ability teams where they played each other twice for the mini Blitz on the Upper Field. After that we played a 10v10 game on the Lower Field. So much FUN and each player got to play every minute of every game. More pics to follow from Ray Lennon and Maureen McIntyre during the week. Huge thanks to all the wonderful Ladies Celine Kelly, Béatrice McDonald-Peal, Kathy Galvin, Maureen O'Donnell, Maureen Pellegrino, Veronica Bzura, Ciara O'Malley, Kerry Ann, Maureen McIntyre, Teresa O'Reilly, Kate Coffey, Christine Hipgrave, Eileen Dalton, Mags Comerford, Tina Murphy, Maureen McLaughlin, Catherine Tracey, Shannon Horan, Macie Stratton, Bridget Wentworth Quinn, Jeannine Lennon, Lilly Lennon and Mary McAleer for coming and taking part. Also thank you to Nollaig Cleary, Maeve Redmond & Ann Marie Kelly for coming up and supporting the Blitz
Well done to our U16 Boys who had an epic final Vs Rangers New York GAA in Gaelic Park earlier today. Both teams played some top quality football with RGAA winning on a scoreline of 5-9 (23) to 2-13 (19). Credit to both clubs and both sets of players for a hugely enjoyable game and thank you to all the parents and supporters for coming out to watch the lads. Finally massive thank you to our U16 Coaches Mick Healy and Kevin Moriarty for your leadership and commitment with these young players. Well done everyone
Well done to the Seven RGAA teams who competed today; Four in Gaelic Football, Two in Hurling and One in Girls Football. Huge thanks to the NYMB, AOH and the Tallon Family. This tournament is always an enjoyable day and it's a lovely way to remember Sean. Huge congratulations to all teams, coaches and players who took part. Sincere thanks to all our parents and supporters and our coaches, especially Mark Comerford, Ray Lennon, Brian Mahoney, Jimmy O'Flynn, John Murphy, Bernard Crowe, Bernard Ferry, Manus O'Sullivan, John Nolan and Peadar Reynolds for all your work with U8 players.
What a night we had on Saturday September 29th for our second annual RGAA Pavilion Dance. Congratulations to Susan Keaney, Paula Browne, all the Players of the Year and huge thanks to Chris Clarke for taking the pics on the night. Also huge thanks to the Mike O'Sullivan Band, Kitchen staff, servers, Ann Gibson and her bar staff and everyone for helping out in the organizing of this wonderful event. Looking forward to next year already.
So proud of to be associated with this group, especially all RGAA Gaels, who took part in the Yonkers Half Marathon. Over 300 Team Aisling members all supporting each other while running in aid of the Aisling Irish Community Center. Special mention to our own Mary Quinn McAleer as our team captain, Sharon Regan Masciovecchio and Catherine Flood and huge thanks to Yonkers PD and all the stewards. Finally thank you to our own Phil Traynor and Sean James for being two of the sponsors
We are proud to host this year's G4MO Blitz on Sunday November 11th from 12-3pm. All NYLGFA Clubs are invited. This is a FUN, Non-Competitive, Social Blitz. G4M&O is all inclusive. All women over the age of 21 and who currently do not play any form of competitive club football and would like to play are invited.
If a club doesn't have a team for the 7-a-side Blitz it doesn't matter. As long as they have a least one player they can play. We can play mixed teams and/or club team games.
For further information please contact Owen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting this Sunday Oct 21st from 6.30pm we have the pleasure of having 5 Time All Ireland Winning Instructor Eamonn Cunnis teaching Jiving Classes at RGAA. Cost is $15 per class. Come along for a great workout
It's been a busy couple of weekends for our teams and we wouldn't want it any other way.
Yesterday Courtney Traynor, Mary Kate Henry and Niamh Bowden were part of the NY Ladies Development Squad who defeated Boston in Canton and Brandon Hickey was part of the NY Hurling Development Squad who also defeated Boston. Well done also to the NY Football Development Squad who made it a hat trick of wins.
Our U8 Boys and U8 Girls had a great day yesterday at the Shannon Gaels U8 Tournament. Huge thanks to Shannon Gaels for all your hard work in facilitating this very well run Tournament.
Well done to the NY Camogie team in the Mary Cosgrove Tournament on Sunday Oct 7th. Well done to Susan Keaney, Aisling Ni Dhalaigh and Ger Lavery
Also on Oct 7th NY Hurling Development Officer held another brilliant morning of Hurling for NY Clubs thanks to The Randamach Blitzes. Thank you to Micky Quigg and to all the clubs for coming to take part. We're very proud to be involved abc to host these Blitzes.
Well done to our Senior Scór competitors who came 1st Place in the Instrumental Music and Solo Singing categories and 2nd Place in the Ballad Group yesterday during the Sinsear Scór 2018 at the Irish American Center in Mineola.
Instrumental Music - 1st Place:-
Erin Loughran Maeve Flanagan
John Paul Reynolds
We are running a GAA Foundation Coach Education Course next month
DATE - Saturday November 17th
TIME - 9am to 2pm
VENUE - RGAA Multi Purpose Room COST - FREE
This course is open to anyone ages 16 Years & Over / Parents / Volunteers / Beginner Coaches and everyone in between. The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches/parents and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to further enhance the players skills at practice and/or at home.
The course covers four key modules, as well as introductory and conclusion modules. These four modules are:
- Introduction to Games
- Skill Development
- Movement Skills
- Coaching Children, Youths and Adults
This course is very worthwhile and we would encourage anyone to take part. It's a great way to get to know different components of coaching that can help you as a coach and player and also as a parent as it enables you to gain a different perspective on the basic levels of coaching, so that you can help your child when they practice at home.
We are so pleased and honored to be involved in this year's Unity In The Community initiative. This is a conglomerate of 10 Non Profit Organisations within Rockland with the purpose on making sure there's an inclusive place for everyone and assisting each other in working together and supporting each organization in their community outreach. Today's Luncheon was a meet and greet, with some ice breaker activities and a short meeting on the plans for December 2nd. Huge thanks to David Kineshel - CEO JCC for reaching out to us so we can be involved in this fantastic initiative. Thanks also to Brent Osbourne - Director of Child & Teen Engagement JCC for his ice breaker activities which made everyone feel at ease and also to Joe Allen 2nd Co-Chair for his input today.
Along with ourself the other nine organizations involved include the Jewish Community Center, United Women of Rockland, Islamic Center, Holocaust Museum, Jawonio, Montefiore Nyack Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Active International and People to People
All our teams are really enjoying their Internal Games. Our U10 Boys, U12 Boys and U12 Girls Footballers began their Friday Night Lights Blitzes last week. So good to see so many players having FUN while developing their skills during games. Huge credit and thanks to our coaches for their fantastic attitude to these games. It makes such a positive impression on all the players
We had a fab time at the 12th 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, picked up information and gave us their contact details for sign up. Wonderful to see so many men, women and children of all ages wearing their Rockland GAA gear also. Massive thanks to David Fitzgerald, Bernie Fitzgerald and Darcy Moore for all your help today.
It was our U6 Girls and Parents' turn to go through a Physical Literacy workshop with our GDO, coaches Mary Kate Henry and Shannon Horan this evening. The focus of the session was on Mobility & Creativity while activating every major body part and muscle in the body. After the Warm Up our U6 Girls were taken through Jungle Book Animal Movements, Slip & Slide Leg Race, Baby Shark Core, Rubber Biscuit Sequence and finishing off with a Calm and Cool Breathing. Well done to all our U6 Girls, thanks to all our Parents for getting involved and huge thanks to Mary Kate & Shannon
Another busy evening at RGAA with some special guest coaches. Great to have an old friend former New York HDO and current Fermanagh GAA Coach Emmett Conlon take our U12 Hurlers, along with Cormac Walsh, through a games based workshop with the focus on catching and quick transition play. Our U8 Hurlers were taken through a workshop with New York HDO Micky Quigg with a focus on the pick up and striking on the move through games. Huge thanks to both lads for coming up and well done to all the players who learned a lot.
Our U14 Footballers are into their fourth week of Internal Games with coaches. The lads are enjoying games based approach and the numbers are practice are testament to that. Huge credit to coaches Paul Levins, Paul Moore and Gerry Shalvey
Our U8 Footballers also played some of their Internal Games this evening with coaches Mark Comerford and Ray Lennon. Great to see the players improving their skills and decision making through playing the game
What a night we had on Saturday at our second annual Pavilion Dance. More pics to follow from our own Chris Clarke, who was photographer on the night. Huge congratulations once again to Susan Keaney, Paula Browne, Catherine Tracey and all our Players of the Year
Pictured above is Guest of Honor, Susan Keaney (Front Row, Middle) with her husband John and Family, some of whom came from Killygarry, Co. Cavan, to support Susan in receiving her award
Great day of Hurling at the second Randamach Development Blitz of the Fall Season for U8, U10, U12 and U14. All the players were split up into four teams; Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht. Players play alongside and against players from Shannon Gaels, Le Cheile, St Brendans, Setanta, St Patricks and Rockland with the focus is enjoyment and plenty of games
We're into our second week at Lincoln Avenue Elementary with our GDO Owen Mooney and the children are doing so well. Focus this week was on Passing, Catching & Support Play through Small Sided Games. Looking forward to fully integrating the GAA 5 Star Centre Program with all the classes over the next 10 weeks
Over the last couple of weeks our teams from our four codes have began their Internal Games/Blitzes/Leagues into their Fall Season Practice Program. One evening of practice for ALL our teams and age groups is all games; Warm Up, Pick Teams, Play, Cool Down. The second evening of practice is Game Based Coaching and working to improve all the players both individually and as a team through individual and team coaching.
Our GDO, Owen Mooney, along with coaches Ray Lennon, Mark Comerford, John Nolan and Bernard Crowe, facilitated two workshops with our U8 Boys Footballers and Hurlers. The focus was on Game Based Practice that our coaches can incorporate into their sessions. Great to see our new Hurling Coach Bernard Crowe, start his journey with RGAA. Bernard joins Jimmy O'Flynn, John Nolan and Mark Comerford with our U8 Hurlers
Our U6 Boys and Parents went through a Physical Literacy workshop with our GDO and Conor Horan yesterday evening. The focus of the session was on Mobility & Creativity while activating every major body part and muscle in the body. After the Warm Up our U6 Boys were taken through Jungle Book Animal Movements, Slip & Slide Leg Race, Baby Shark Core, Rubber Biscuit Sequence and finishing off with a Calm and Cool Breathing. Well done to all our U6 Boys and thanks to all our Parents for getting involved
Last week our GDO, Owen Mooney, attended and presented at the ICCE iCoachKidsEU International Coaching Conference in Leeds. Over 200 delegates from across Europe and further afield attended this landmark event. It was a great few days of Learning, Development and Networking with coaches and researchers. On behalf of Rockland GAA huge thanks to Michael McGeehin for chairing Owen's session and thank you to the ICCE, iCoachKidsEU, Leeds Beckett University and mostly to Dr. Sergio Lara-Bercial for everything
We profile another one of our young players in Ciaran Dalton. Ciaran attends Pearl River High School and he is an extremely capable student and sportsman. Ciaran had a great few months recently playing for Rockland GAA at CYC, as well as New York Fèile Football and Hurling Teams in Ireland. He also played a key role with his New York Red Bulls team in reaching the Semi Final of the ICC Futures Tournament in Florida, which was televised live on ESPN. Representative team from all over the United States came up against some of the best youth teams from Europe; Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Celtic and Atlético Madrid to name a few.
Research shows the many benefits of playing multiple sports and Ciaran certainly fits into that category as he currently plays Gaelic Football and Hurling for us, as well as playing Soccer for New York Red Bull's and Basketball. In his own words "I think it is definitely important to play more than one sport when you are a kid because it helps you keep more active, meet more people, and prevents injures from doing the same thing over and over."
Being so young and involved in so many sports, there's always the chance that school work can become neglected. Not with Ciaran though as he goes onto say "It is sometimes challenging to manage your time with school, family, friends, and sport because I am at soccer practice almost every night of the week but school always has to come first so I try to do my homework and study as soon as I get home so I do well in school. On the weekends is usually when I get to be with my friends or do things with my family."
He is also always willing to learn and improve. As soon as he got back from the ICC Tournament in Florida he was desperate to take part in our 3 Day Player Development Camp, where our young players players had the pleasure of learning from Joe McMahon, Pat Murray, Mickey Coleman, Micky Quigg and Ryan Daly.
Ciaran also gives back to the club in getting involved in our RGAA Summer Camp as a Volunteer and Young Coach for the second year in a row.
We are so fortunate to have so many of our young people giving their time to make sure our Summer Camp and other events become a success.
Ciaran would like to thank all his coaches, team mates, friends and especially his family for all the support they give him
Great couple of weeks for the Hannagan Family back in Ireland. Congratulations to John Jr who finished 3rd in the Accordion at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. Both John and Liam also played in a Hurling Blitz at Fermanagh GAA's Training Facility in Lissan with the Knocks Grattans Hurling Club, which was organized by Fermanagh GAA HDO and former New York GAA HDO Emmett Conlon. Huge thanks to Fermanagh, Knocks Grattans and Emmett for inviting the lads up and looking after them so well
Our very own jet setting Ladies Footballer Kelly Ann Henry has been making waves across the water in Ireland. This is no surprise to everyone who knows Kelly Ann. She is currently getting ready for an All Ireland Intermediate Semi Final against Tyrone. Our loss has been Curry GAA Sligo's gain. Kelly, who studies Physio Therapy at UCD, was due to be back in New York this summer. However an invitation from Sligo Ladies Football manager Paddy Henry to join the panel was too good an opportunity to turn down. After speaking with her family she decided to stay in Ireland. Her debut was against Roscommon in the Connacht Final and she has since played against Longford and Wicklow respectively.
Kelly Ann is a great role model. She was one of our lead coaches in our RGAA Summer Camp in 2017 and it's great to see her younger sisters, Mary Kate and Sinead, following on her footsteps at this years Camp and it was great to see her when she visited Camp this year during a short break home. Kelly Ann was an integral member of our Junior Ladies Team when they clinched the Junior Title in 2017. Although we'd love to have her back we're extremely proud of her representing Sligo LGFA. Everyone in Rockland GAA, New York and beyond would like to wish Kelly Ann and the entire Sligo LGFA panel all the best this Saturday in their All Ireland Intermediate Semi Final against Tyrone. The game throws in at 4pm in Ballyshannon and will be shown live on the Ladies Gaelic Football Facebook Page. Thank you to the Sligo Weekender Newspaper for the piece in the picture and massive thanks to Kelly Ann's extended family, friends, Curry GFC, Sligo LGFA and UCD for looking after our girl
We are very excited and privileged to be used as a pilot centre for the GAA Future Leaders Program. Our GDO, Owen Mooney, was in Croke Park on Monday and Tuesday with all the other tutors from every province in Ireland. The Future Leaders Program is the second largest within the GAA, after CÃºl Camps. It is a joint initiaitive from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), in partnership with the Gaisce Presidents Award. It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils within a sporting context. Huge thanks to Eoghan Hanley, Jimmy D'Arcy, Colm Hanley and Seamus Woods for giving Rockland GAA this opportunity
We are extremely excited to be used as a pilot hub for the GAA Abroad in relation to the 5 Star Centre and Future Leaders programs. Over the last few days, our Games Development Officer, Owen Mooney, met with Pat Culhane, Ann Gibney, Eoghan Hanley, Jimmy D'Arcy and Seamus Woods in relation to two new School Initiatives being rolled out by the GAA in Ireland. Full steam ahead for the 2018/2019 academic year