Welcome to the Official Rockland GAA website. We cater for Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies Football & Camogie from Under 6 to Adult players
MÁIRTÍN O'CONNOR BAND LIVE @ RGAA
Just over a week to go until we host the Máirtín O'Connor Band with guests Cathal Hayden & Seamie Dowd on their only appearance in New York on October 23rd from 6.30pm for a feast of Irish Music and Dance.
To whet your appetite from 6.30pm the Inishfree School of Irish Dance will be performing, followed by the talented singers and musicians from the Pearl River School of Irish Music at 7pm. Our good friends John Reynolds, Mickey Coleman and Fergal Hayes will be warming up the crowd at 7.30pm, before Máirtín O'Connor Band with Cathal Hayden & Seamie Dowd go live at 8pm
Doors Open @ 6.30pm Cost:- Adult - $25 / Children - FREE
We cannot wait for Tuesday October 23rd for what promises to be a fantastic night of Irish Music, Dance, Culture and Entertainment.
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 had a great day on Saturday at the South Orangetown Day Festival in Tappan. This was out first visit to the event and we are so grateful to be involved. Thank you so much to the South Orangetown Organising Committee, especially Antoinette Flynn and Marisa Marrone for all your help. Looking forward to next year
TEAM AISLING GUEST BAR TENDER WITH MUSIC BY FERGAL HAYES
What a night we had last night. Thank you to everyone who came out for the Team Aisling Guest Bartender Fundraiser for the upcoming Yonkers Marathon on Sunday Oct 21st. Thank you to our Bartenders Frank Rowley, Sharon Regan Masciovecchio, Niall McKenna,Owen Mooney, Shauna Conroy, Sinead Keane, Micky Quigg and Anne Marie Duffy who did a wonderful job making sure nobody was thirsty and to Fergal Hayes for keeping us all entertained. Most of all thank you to Mary McAleer and Ann Gibson Nally for organising everything and Ray Lennon for taking pictures
All the best to our Senior Scór competitors this Sunday as they take part in the Sinsear Scór 2018 at the Irish American Center in Mineola. Fantastic day of entertainment and a great way to spend a Sunday
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
Great Craic last night on the field with our ladies. After a short dynamic warm up they played conditioned games for the rest of the evening with the main focus on handling and movement. Well done to everyone and great to see a few new faces. Remember EVERYONE is welcome. Whether you've played Ladies Football before or not you'll have a great time. This is a great initiative to get women together in a FUN, Friendly and Safe environment where they can learn new skills, meet new friends and improve their health and fitness. Below are the times and days we go each week:-
TEAM AISLING GUEST BAR TENDER WITH MUSIC BY FERGAL HAYES
Come along to the Clubhouse this Friday October 12th for a Guest Bartender night with music by Fergal Hayes. We're very proud to be involved with Team Aisling for the upcoming Yonkers Half Marathon. All monies raised benefit programs and services provided by the Aisling Community Center
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
We're very proud to be involved with Team Aisling for the upcoming Yonkers Half Marathon. Come along to the Clubhouse on Friday October 12th from 8pm for a Guest Bartender night. All monies raised benefit programs and services provided by the Aisling Community Center
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
Only 4 days to go before our Pavilion Dance this Saturday September 29th. We hope you're all as excited as we are. Price per ticket is $25 with hors d’oeuvre being served.
GUEST OF HONOR
Our Guest of Honor on the night is Susan Keaney. Susan is a truly deserving recipient of this award for everything she does for Rockland GAA. What Susan has done for the development of Camogie in Rockland and New York as a whole is incomprehensible. Her enthusiasm, work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile for her players is testament to her love for the club. We thank Susan and her family for everything they do for Rockland GAA.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
We will also be honoring Paula Browne who will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Paula has played a key role in supporting Rockland GAA in her role with the Irish Consulate. We thank Paula and her family for everything they do for Rockland GAA and for promoting all things Irish in the Community.
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
The Players of the Year in Gaelic Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie will also be honored. This is where we honor the Adult players within our program who have excelled in the skills of their GAA code:-
Intermediate Men's Footballer of the Year - Patrick Guerin Jr
Junior Men's Footballer of the Year - Martin Linnane
Senior Ladies Footballer of the Year - Kyra Reilly
Junior Ladies Footballer of the Year - Maryanne Coleman
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
Friday night lights at RGAA with Girls Football and Camogie from U8 to U12. Great skills and team work on show from everyone. Huge thanks to all the parents, supporters and especially all the coaches. Thank you to Shannon Gaels, St Brigids, WestPut Setanta, and Rangers for coming up
G4MO is back from tomoorow September 20th and every Thursday 7-8pm in the Multi Purpose room. Bring a Friend, Water & Exercise Mat if you have one and remember it's FREE. As well as Thursday's, from Tuesday October 3rd we'll be on the pitch learning new skills. Everyone is Welcome
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
Congratulations to our U14 Girls Footballers who won the U14 Final Vs a very strong St Brigids team.
Well done to our U10 Girls who were in Paddys Field yesterday for the first Gaelic4Girls Blitz of the Fall Season. Great to see so many girls enjoying themselves. Thank you to Rangers, Shannon Gaels and St Brigid’s for some great games
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
What a CYC we had this year. Huge thanks to all our wonderful players, coaches, mentors, parents, supporters and friends for making it such a memorable tournament for everyone associated with Rockland GAA.
For more pictures from a memorable 5 Days in Canton please click on the link below.
Our Senior Ladies played their Championship Semi Final tonight in Gaelic Park. The Girls acquitted themselves with distinction against a very strong and experienced Na Fianna side. We wish Na Fianna all the best in the Final. Our young team have done the club proud in their first year back in Senior Football. The future of Ladies Football is bright at Rockland GAA with so many young players gaining valuable experience playing Senior & Junior Football. The dedication and commitment of our coaches has been immense and we can't thank them enough
Huge congratulations again to Sean McGrath, who was the winner of our 1st Prize of a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. Sean also generously donated $2000 back to the club. We wish Sean lots of safe driving in his new car and thank him for his gesture. Pictured are Paul Levins, Sean McGrath, John McGrath, Kieran McGrath and Mick Healy
Great numbers in WestPut Setanta yesterday evening for a coaching session with Fermanagh GAA & Teemore Legend and 2 Time All Star Barry Owens along with 2004 Fermanagh Manager Charlie Mulgrew. Brillant evening for our U8 Boys along with players from Rangers, Celtics, St Pats & Sperrin Ogs were they took part on lots of mixed games & fun before CYC next week. Huge thanks to WestPut for hosting and all the clubs for coming
Final Day of our first RGAA Development Camp. The weather did affect us but thankfully we managed to get outside before the Thunderstorm struck. The players went through Health & Nutrition, Kicking/Shooting and Video Analysis Workshops. Owen videoed the players on the Coaches Eye App and they got to analyze their own performance. The players were also paired up with each player taking it in turns to perform the exercises/skills and observing their partner giving them feedback on what they thought they were doing well. The players also received their 1/4 zips. Thank you to Alissa Dempsey and the Artwill Group for the quick delivery. We will be emailing all the resources from Camp to the parents for our participants to use at home. Again huge thanks to our guest coaches, tutors and speakers Pat Murray, Mickey Coleman, Joe McMahon, Ryan Daly, Micky Quigg and Brian Pearson for his help too. Massive thanks to our parents for supporting the camp. Finally thank you so much to our young players for fully embracing the Camp. Looking forward to next years Camp already.
Despite the waterlogged pitches we had an enjoyable day 2 of our Player Development Camp. The players undertook a Communion and Psychological Focus workshop with Owen before going onto a practical Hurling/Camogie workshop with NYHDO Micky Quigg. Owen then took a Football Skills Workshop with the focus on Both Sides with the players analyzing their own performance as well as the performance of their peers. The day finished with an inspiring talk on Resilience Training from our own NFL Star Kicker Pat Murray. Pat spoke about his High School and College years, becoming a 3 Time All American, his GAA background with RGAA, his support network, his preparation when he was younger and now as well as making it to the NFL before suffering two career threatening injuries and how he recovered and got back to the NFL
Great first day of learning at our Development Camp. We had the pleasure of having New York Club Tyrone's Joe McMahon & Ryan Daly with us, as well as another fellow Tyrone man Mickey Coleman. As all good coaches do Ryan adapted his Tactical pitch session and facilitated a first class Skills session on the Pavilion, due to the rain. Joe took an enjoyable Flexibility session that showed the group the importance of prehab work. Finally Mickey took the group through a great Team Building session that focused on thinking in a different way. Huge thanks to the lads for coming up and for showing the players some great tools that they can take into their own preparation
Some of our players joined our GDO and Susan Keaney in showing off their skills at the Rockland Boulders during their Irish Heritage Night. The kids did 20mins of Gaelic/Ladies Football and 20mins of Hurling/Camogie. Thank you to everyone at Rockland Boulders for this great opportunity to showcase Rockland GAA, especially Karen McCombs and Julie Treanor for looking after us so well
Great day for our young players, coaches, Parents and supporters at the Liberty Bell Championships yesterday in Philadelphia. Our U10 Hurlers, U10 Girls Football, U12 Boys Football won their finals yesterday. We had 10 teams from U8-U14 yesterday and well done to all who competed against some of the best from the East Coast. Huge thanks to the Liberty Bell organizing committee for running such a fantastic event
Over the last few days we have had Parents Information Evenings from U8-U18 in preparation for this years CYC in Boston. These evenings are used as a guide for our RGAA Respect Initiative and RGAA Codes of Conduct, Behavior, Hotel Information, Game Preparation, Having Fun during the event and the CYC Charter Rules. We cannot wait to this years CYC
It was great hosting the Notre Dame Ladies team during our hugely successful Festival Weekend. Well done to both teams on an excellent game played in very hot conditions. Huge thanks to everyone from Notre Dame for coming up. Welcome anytime
That's it for another year. What a fantastic week for the 200 Boys and Girls. Thank you so much to all the children, parents, coaches, nurses and volunteers who made the week such a success. See you again next year.
Our annual Festival Weekend takes place this coming Saturday July 14th & Sunday July 15th. We have a packed schedule of Gaelic Games, Live Music, FUN and Craic on what promises to be a fantastic weekend for all the Community. This event is open to the whole Community and beyond. You do not need to be a member of Rockland GAA as Everyone is Welcome.
GAELIC GAMES Robert McKiernan Memorial Cup, Dennis McHugh U8 Tournament, Gaelic4Mothers & Others, NYLGFA & NY Senior Board Games and Underage Gaelic, Ladies Gaelic, Hurling & Camogie Games
MUSIC Fergal Hayes & John McDonagh, Jameson’s Revenge, Kickin’ Nash, Ireland the Band, The Coleman Brothers, Pride of Moyvane, John Walsh & Noreside
Our annual RGAA Festival Weekend takes place this coming Saturday July 14th & Sunday July 15th. We have a packed schedule of Live Music, FUN and Craic on what promises to be a fantastic weekend for all the Community. This event is open to the whole Community and beyond. You do not need to be a member of Rockland GAA as Everyone is Welcome
Great craic tonight with our G4MO crew getting ready for Saturday's Festival. We're back out on Thursday 7-8pm. Remember this is open to ANY LADY over 21. You do not need to be a member to get involved. Just come along, meet new friends and have some FUN. Contact Owen for further info - firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was the final day and the Brian Green (Pictured Below - NY Celtics), Sharon Gallagher Bailie (St Barnabas/St Brigids), Patrick Keaney (St Barnabas and Joan Woods (NY Rangers) went through their practical assessments for the final part of the Award 1 Child Coaching Course. All four coaches had thought carefully about what they were going to do and they performed excellently. The remaining RGAA participants are not done quite yet. Lee Martin, Cian Conroy, Kyle Shalvey, Mary Kate Henry, Tara Lyons, Shannon Horan and Conor Horan will be undertaking their practicals at our Summer Camp next week, with Ray Lennon, John Iannazzo, Colleen Pierson and Eamon Lee being assessed coaching their teams during the week of July 16th. Well done to all our participants and thank you all for making it such an enjoyable course
We just had our final Summer Camp training workshop of three before Camp starts on Monday. The 195 boys and girls are in very good hands next week and we cannot wait. Special thanks to Diane French-Lynch for coming and speaking about Allergies and their signs and symptoms, as well as ways to reduce the risks. We are very fortunate to have 40 young coaches, volunteers and helpers this year, along with our fantastic parent helpers
Here's our packed June edition of the RGAA Games Development Newsletter. We had 7,865 views for our May edition. Very close to beating the April Newsletter, which is still the biggest number of views we have had at 8,003.
The NY U14 Hurling did NY proud this evening playing a blitz in Tullaroan. The display and standard of hurling from the boys impressed Kilkenny Legends Tommy Walsh and JJ Delaney who were guest selectors on the sideline. The lads played against St. Lachtains, Fenians and Tullaroan. They made it to the cup final where they drew with Tullaroan. The two teams were very evenly matched and they battled hard and pulled on everything that didn’t come up. Great hospitality received from the Kilkenny County Board and the Tullaroan Club the last 2 days. Well done to all the coaches and players, especially Ciara, Caolan, Killian, Declan and Caimhin.
Huge congratulations to our very own Tadhg O'Riordan who was named Rockland County Player of the Year for his exploits in Lacrosse with Tappan Zee HS. He also received a 1st Team All Star after scoring 66 goals and 21 assists last year
We are hosting a Gaelic4Mothers & Others Blitz on Saturday July 14th 4-6pm as part of the club's Festival Weekend. Our first practice on the field is tomorrow evening 7.15-8.15. Feel free to spread the word. Everyone is Welcome. No football playing experience is necessary. All is needed is a smile; so come along and give it a go.
G4MO is open to anyone over the age of 21 and you don't have to be a mum.
It's a non competitive, social initiative offering women the chance to exercise, learn some new skills, meet new friends and have fun doing it.
Below are the dates we will be on the pitch in Rockland:-
- TUESDAY JULY 3rd - 7.15-8.15pm
- MONDAY JULY 9th - 6.30-7.30pm
- THURSDAY JULY 12th - 7-8pm
Don't worry if you do not have cleats. Just come prepared to enjoy yourself. The ladies who took part in the Blitz last year in Gaelic Park will tell you how much they enjoyed it.
For more information contact Owen - email@example.com
Registration is now closed for this years RGAA Summer Camp. Last year we had 175 boys and girls from 5-12 years. This year we will have a MASSIVE 194 children from 5-10 years. Go raibh mile maith agat to everyone who has booked their child/children onto Camp. We cannot wait until next Monday July 9th at 9am.
Registration for our 3 Day RGAA Development Camp - July 25-27th - 12-3pm ($50) for 11-18 year olds will open this week.
What a journey the New York Feile Boys and Girls Footballers have had. Their work rate, attitude, effort, team work and camaraderie shown through in everything they did. Everyone is extremely proud of them in how they performed and how they conducted themselves. The Girls had a heart breaking defeat in the Division 2 Final by Kilcullen 4-3 to 0-6 and Boys lost in their Division One Semi by the narrowest of margins to the eventual Division One Champions O'Donovan Rossa on a scoreline of 2-2 to 2-1. Go raibh míle maith agat to the players, coaches, parents and supporters for your commitment, effort and togetherness
We had a fantastic night of Fun and Craic at the Guest Bartender Fundraiser for our U8 and U10 teams on Friday in the Clubhouse. Thank you to our U8 & U10 Coaches & Parents for your commitment and continued support to RGAA and huge thanks to Ann Gibson Nally for facilitating a great night
What a excellent group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches we have for the Award 1 Child Coaching Course. The coaches completed the first few theory modules yesterday evening and today. Coaches from St Barnabas, Rangers, Celtics & St Brigids received their practical tasks today and now have a week to prepare for next week, while the Rockland GAA coaches will receive their practical tasks next week as they will be assessed coaching their teams and at the RGAA Summer Camp. This is the second Award 1 Child Course we have facilitated in 6 months. All coaches will be supported by Owen who will provide any further advice and guidance on their upcoming sessions. Huge thanks to our own coaches for taking part. So good to see a good blend of team coaches as well as having 9 of our young RGAA Summer Camp Coaches taking part. Fantastic to see coaches from from Rangers GFC, St Brigid's, Celtics and St Barnabas come up to the club and be tutored by our GDO. Well done everyone
We are all so proud of all our young Gaelic & Ladies Footballers, Hurlers and Camogs. Seeing each one of them and their teams put in so much effort and commitment into every practice session and game was great to see. We brought home the U10A and U12A Girls Football, as well as the U10A (pictured above) and U12B Hurling Trophies. We lost narrowly in the U12A, U12C and U16 Boys Football finals as well as the U14 Hurling Final. Our U8 Boys and Girls had a great year which will be of huge benefit to them at CYC and when they move up to U10. We would like to congratulate all the teams on their attitude, effort and conduct and we're really looking forward to CYC when we will have our biggest numbers yet representing us in Boston from August 1-5. Finally a massive thank you to all our coaches for putting in the time to help our players improve and enjoy playing with their peers and thank you to the parents, families, friends and supporters for everything you do to help our coaches and teams
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
We are very proud to host the Irish Music Festival this Sunday June 10th from 12.30pm for the Bergen Irish Pipe Band. This festival is to help them compete in the World Championships in Scotland later this summer. Join us for what promises to be a fantastic day
The John H Secor American Legion Post 329 Pearl River NY proudly presents a St. Baldrick's Foundation Event: Shave for the Brave in memory of Nicole Draper. All are welcome on Saturday June 9th at 5pm! Visit the website and read the flyer for more information: www.stbaldricks.org/events/AmericanLegionPost329
What a day of Hurling & Camogie we had today. Fantastic days for our players, parents, coaches and supporters. Huge thank you to all the clubs for coming to showcase their skills across both codes. Special thanks to New York GAA HDO Micky Quigg for facilitating the games and the Camogie tournament. Thank you to Ray Lennon again for the fantastic pictures
Click the link to view more than 300 pictures from today
We had a fantastic time last night chatting to two legends of the GAA, Brian Mullins and Martin Furlong. They were a joy to chat to and they were very candid in their answers which the large crowd enjoyed and there was great camaraderie between the two of them. Huge thanks to Brian and Martin for taking part and to Paul Rowley for organising. Special mention to our MC's for the evening Paul Devaney and Owen Mooney and also thank you to Joe Wrafter for his contribution. Finally huge thanks to Chris Clarke for the fantastic pictures. The night was rounded off in great style as always by The Mike O'Sullivan band
Tonight from 7.30pm don't miss what promises to be a great evening of GAA Chat, Music & Craic with Dublin GAA Legend Brian Mullins and Offaly Kingpin Martin Furlong, two of the most distinguished and decorated players ever to have played Gaelic Football. So please join us for a wonderful night of entertainment with music to follow by the Mike O'Sullivan band
Well done to all our U8 Boys and Girls teams yesterday with 4 of our teams winning their respective divisions. Well done to all our players and thank you to all the parents for travelling to support the teams and credit to Mark Comerford, Jimmy O'Flynn, John Murphy and Ray Lennon. Huge thanks to WestPut Setanta for running an excellent event and also thank you to Jeannine Lennon for capturing all the action
Click on the link for over 100 pictures from a wondefully run tournament by WestPut Setanta
Well done to our U10 Boys on an excellent win over a very determined and skillful Rangers team on a scoreline of 3-6 to 3-1. Both teams gave it everything they had on a very hot evening. Huge thanks to Rangers for coming up to play this rescheduled game and thanks to Micky Quigg for refereeing
The spoils were shared with Rockland winning at U8 and U10 and Le Cheile winning at U12 and U14. Well done to all players and thanks to Le Cheile for hosting us and for everyone who came to support the players in the rain. Some great pictures taken by Ray Lennon today from the U8 and U10 Hurling matches Vs Le Cheile in Paddys Field. As you will see when you click on the link conditions were less than ideal.
After last years hugely successful Rockland GAA Summer Camp were we had 175 boys and girls enjoying Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies Football, Camogie and Music, we are very excited for our 2018 RGAA Summer Camp.
This years camp will take place July 9th-13th.
Camp will run from 9am-2pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-1pm on the Friday. There will be an on duty Nurse during Camp.
The camp is for 5-10 year old boys and girls.
Cost is $155 for the first child and $125 for each additional child. Administration Fees Included.
All children registered will receive an RGAA Summer Camp Tee Shirt and Half Zip Top from Masita Sportwear.
ALL BOOKINGS WILL BE ONLINE
The Themes for each day at camp are as follows:-
MONDAY (CATCHING & KICKING / STRIKING)
TUESDAY (MOVEMENT & PASSING)
WEDNESDAY (TACKLING & EVASION)
THURSDAY (ATTACKING & DEFENDING)
FRIDAY (BLITZ DAY - GAMES)
Each group will have a minimum of 2 coaches with them at all times. Groups will be rotated every hour.
Children are required to bring a small packed lunch each day.
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Live Music tonight from Mike & Noreen Sherry. As always there's music every Friday Night @ The Clubhouse. You do not need to be a member to enjoy our events because Everyone is Welcome as well as all Musicians, Singers & Dancers
It was a pleasure to be in William O. Schaefer Elementary School today as part of their After Schools Program. The girls did a variety of individual, paired and group games that incorporated all the skills of Ladies Football. Huge thanks to Alexis Starke for facilitating
We had the pleasure of hosting the Leitrim GAA squad and management yesterday. Classy gesture with the squad presenting a signed jersey to Joe McGirl, Paul Rowley and Paddy Gormley after their training session. We wish them all the best for the rest of the year
Always great coming to Lincoln Avenue Elementary. Great children and always a warm welcome from the staff. We've already finished our Handball and Rounders unit with the Lincoln Lions and we've just started our Ladies Football & Gaelic Football unit
What a historic day that will live long in the memory of everyone who got the came to see, meet and listen to Uachtaran na hEireann Mr. Michael D.Higgins. Go raibh mile maith agat to Consulate General Mr. Ciaran Madden and everyone at the Irish Consulate for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you to Chris Clarke, Margaret Purcell-Roddy and Niall O'Gara for the use of your pictures and thank you to everyone from the club and outside the club who helped make it such a memorable day. Lastly thank you to everyone who came to share this day with us
Rockland GAA and the Consul General of Ireland, Mr Ciaran Madden, request the pleasure of your company at Rockland GAA Grounds to celebrate the visit of President of Ireland, Mr Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins on Saturday April 28th from 11am.
We look forward to seeing you all for a full day of GAA Activities and Music.
Last week we completed our first Referee Course in the club. The course was facilitated by our GDO Owen and NYGAA Hurling Development Officer Micky Quigg. The new Referees will get plenty of opportunities now over the next few months to showcase their new roles as we look forward to another busy upcoming Spring Season. It was great to have Ciaran Lee sit in on the course and contribute also his vast experience. Ciaran and Owen will now mentor the referees, with Micky helping the Hurling and Camogie referees. Well done everyone. (Missing from photo; Kyra Reilly)
Great picture of three of our young players, Conor James, Cian McCormack and Emmett Moore showing their colors at the Great Wall of China on their Missionary Trip to China with Don Bosco Prep. The lads flew out on their trip of a lifetime from Newark to Hong Kong on March 27th where they spent 6 days there. They then headed towards the mainland where they stayed in Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing. Throughout the trip the lads have did a lot of touring, as well as spending a lot of time with some youth ministry organizations, meeting locals and learning their stories. The lads had a wonderful experience.
The NYGAA Camogie Development Squad had their first training session last night in preparation for their first game Vs Philadelphia on Sunday May 6th before the Connacht Championship game between New York and Leitrim. Well done to Micky Quigg, Susan Keaney and Ger Lavery for getting this excellent initiative started. Camogie in New York as a whole is getting stronger by the day. Great to see Rockland well represented with Susan and Aine Keaney, Claire Mahoney, Ava McGuigan, Maeve O'Connell, Maggie Glynn, Shannon Horan and Oona Boylan all involved
he club are running a New Whistler Course for beginners on this Friday April 6th @ 7pm. This course is open to anyone male & female from 15 years old and upwards. It's a great opportunity for anyone to get involved in another part of the game that can be taken for granted. We are encouraging all coaches, parents, players and volunteers to get involved in this course.
It'd be great to see a range of ages taking part in the course so please think about getting involved.
Please see the link below for this month's ROCKLAND GAA GAMES DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2018.
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We had our first ever Easter Egg Hunt at Rockland GAA. Fantastic event facilitated by Ann Nally. It was great to see so many children having so much fun at the Arts & Crafts and with the Easter Bunny. So good to see all the families enjoying the sunshine at our Clubhouse & Pavilion. Huge thanks to Ann and Teresa for looking after the bar so well. Massive thanks to Karen Proctor Dooley, Mary McAleer and Mags Comerford for looking after the Registration table and of course thank you to everyone else who helped out.
Last night we had our first combined coaches safety meeting with South Orangetown Little League. This was a great way for both organizations to come together, network and share ideas so we can best help our players. As part of our Games Development Plan we're improving our Governance and Best Practice for our players, coaches, members and volunteers. Huge thanks to Joan Marie Skywark for facilitating an interesting safety presentation and for supplying all coaches who attended a First Aid Kit for their teams. Huge thanks to Diane Lynch who contributed in relation to food allergies and Anaphylaxis. Finally thanks to Ann Nally for hosting a meet and greet networking evening for our coaches. Looking forward to a close relationship from here on in
Our U10 and U12 Girls teams had a great day yesterday at their first Blitz of 2018. They played some great football throughout a busy days of games against Westput Setanta, Shannon Gaels, St Brigid's and Rangers. Huge thanks to Setanta for being such wonderful hosts and well done to all the players from all teams. Thanks to our excellent coaches of Niall McKenna, Catherine Tracey, Catherine Levins and Brendan Collins, who is pictured with some of his U12 players.
Absolutely fantastic day at the Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaching Course. The coaches completed the remaining modules today and undertook their practical assessments. Huge thanks to our own coaches for taking part and it was great to have coaches from Rangers GFC, Shannon Gaels, St Brigid's, Sperrin Ogs, Tyrone GFC NY and St Barnabas up to the club and be tutored by our GDO Owen Mooney over the last few weeks. Well done everyone
Please join us next Saturday March 31st from 12-3pm for our first Easter Egg Hunt at our new Clubhouse & Pavilion. Great day for all the family. For more info contact Ann - firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday last, March 19th our GDO Owen Mooney took a Tackling & Defensive themed coaching session with the NYGAA U21 Development Squad in Gaelic Park. It was also great to meet and listen to 5 time All Ireland Winner and All Star Jimmy Deenihan from Kerry who spoke and coached both the U16 and U21 Development Squads. Huge thanks to NYGDO Simon Gillespie for the invite to coach a great bunch of young men. Looking forward to the next session
To coincide with Brain Injury Awareness Month we had a very enjoyable, informative and creative Concussion Awareness Workshop tonight. Go raibh míle maith agat to everyone for attending. It's so important to recognize the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion. If In Doubt Sit Them Out. For more information visit www.learning.gaa.ie/concussion
We are hosting a Concussion Awareness Workshop this evening MARCH 20th @ 7.30pm in the club. The workshop is open to everyone. It's imperative that we have as many parents, players, coaches, volunteers, supporters and members in attendance. This is an extremely important issue and it's something that we all need to be more aware of so that we can recognize the signs and symptoms of a Concussion and take the necessary steps to deal with the situation. Please make every effort to attend this vitally important initiative
What a great group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable coaches we had for the first day of the Award 1 Youth/Adult Coaching Course. The coaches completed 4 modules today. They will receive their practical tasks this week and will have two weeks to plan their sessions for their assessments. All coaches will be supported by Owen who will provide any further advice and guidance on their upcoming sessions. Huge thanks to our own coaches for taking part and it was great to have coaches from Rangers GFC, Shannon Gaels, St Brigid's, Sperrin Ogs and Tyrone GFC NY come up to the club and be tutored by our GDO. Well done everyone
Today we had the privilege of showcasing Rockland GAA at South Orangetown Middle School at the We The People Festival. This event was organized by the South Orangetown PTA and nearly every country around the world was represented. Go raibh míle maith agat to Alyssa Moloney, Marissa Marrone and Kelly Ruby for facilitating our GDO and special thanks to Ellen and Siobhan Woods for having us at the Irish Table. Finally huge thanks to all the children who took part in Owen's demonstration. Looking forward to next years event
We had the pleasure of having New York GAA Hurling Development Officer Micky Quigg with us this evening. This workshop was an introduction to the main Hurling/Camogie skills to encourage parents and volunteers to get involved in coaching with Rockland GAA or simply to be better prepared in the skills of the game. It was great to see some of our experienced coaches helping out and assisting. Huge thanks to Micky and for everyone for coming
Rockland GAA had the privilege of presenting to nearly 150 PE Teachers at the Rockland Physical Education Conference. The Conference was for all Elementary, Middle and High School PE Teachers. Owen facilitated two workshops. The first one was for Elementary Teachers and the subject was on Games for Understanding. The second session for Middle & High School staff was focused on Empowerment & Development of young people. It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and it was great exposure for Rockland GAA as all the schools know what Owen and the club can offer that can be tailored to their needs that will hopefully benefit RGAA in the short, medium and long term. None of this wouldn't been possible if it wasn't for Dennis Madigan who works closely with our GDO in relation to schools. Huge thanks to Todd Santabarbara, Chris Serra and Michael Castaldo for all your help and huge thanks to Felix Festa Middle School and all the Rockland County teachers who took part in the sessions
Our U12 Hurlers had a great morning at their Respect & Play Workshop. With a few new players Coach John Hannagan wanted to bring the lads together in a different setting. The players were introduced to each other in their own unique way. After this Coach John went through the clubs Respect Initiative before braving the elements and finishing with an outdoor coaching session
Join us in supporting a wonderful cause and meet new friends while having FUN and getting fitter and healthier. We're hosting an information evening on WEDNESDAY MARCH 14th @ 7.30pm - Rockland GAA, 160 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg NY 10962
Interested in finding out more about the team for this year's 2018 Yonkers Marathon
Here’s what you can look forward to Wednesday March 14th:-
- Get the details about the Yonkers Marathon
- Hear about what we have in store for Team Aisling
- Meet the Team Mentors – we have experts lined up for training, physio, nutrition & more
- Share the FUN we've got planned
- Q & A Session
- In addition to meeting fellow Team Aisling members
Huge thanks to South Orangetown Ambulance Corps, Joan Skywark, Sandrah Gurash and Course Tutor Brandon Myers for facilitating an excellent Adult, Child and Infant CPR & AED Course for Rockland GAA. A great group of participants for an extremely important course. Our participants were:- Mary Pellegrino, Mags Comerford, Sean Stapleton, Michaela Stapleton, Siobhan McCormack, Ryan McCormack, Neil O'Sullivan, Michael O'Sullivan, Mary Sorohan, Ailish Cunney, Annemarie Duffy, Geraldine Collins, Kathy Linnane, Eileen Rowley, Christine Treanor and Owen Mooney
The club are running a New Referee Course for beginners on Wednesday March 7th @ 7pm. This course is open to anyone from 16 years old upwards. It's a great opportunity for anyone to get involved in another part of the game that can be taken for granted. We are encouraging all coaches, parents, players and volunteers to get involved in this course.
It'd be great to see a range of ages taking part in the course so please think about getting involved.
Why Become a GAA Referee?
- Give Something Back – offers players, at the end of their playing days, the opportunity to continue in the sport
- Personal Development – helps to develop personal skills that are of value in all walks of life
- Social Development - Gain friendships and rapports with players and coaches across New York
- Health & Fitness - Stay involved with the game as an alternative to playing and it’s a great way to keep fit
- Ambition – Opportunity to progress to through the age groups up to and including Senior
- Pocket Money - Earn extra cash (NY Ladies Adult games are now $100 per game)
What qualities are required to become a GAA Referee?
- Good knowledge of the playing rules
- Be physically and mentally fit
- Have the ability to remain calm
- Have the moral courage to take decisions which are correct
We are running an Award 1 Adult GAA Coaching Dual Course on Sunday March 4th and 25th. This is open to every adult within Rockland GAA, New York GAA, New York Ladies GAA and New York Minor Board clubs.
The details are follows:- - DATES - Sunday MARCH 4th & Sunday MARCH 25th - TIMES - 9am-2pm both days - VENUE - RGAA Multi Purpose Room
Please contact our Games Development Officer, Owen Mooney, if you need more information - email@example.com
The New York Colleges team headed off to Ireland creating histroy to compete in the Corn na MacLéinn All Ireland Higher Education Championships this weekend for the very first time. All the best to the management and players, especially our own James Linnane, Ronan Curry, Mike Diskin & Joseph Michalak. They faced UU Maguee in their Corn na MacLéinn Colleges Semi Final. The lads lads lost narrowly 2-8 to 10 points. That fought hard and done themselves and everyone proud. On another day they would have came away with the win. They now play Royal College of Surgeons in tomorrow's Shield Final. All the best to Magee Vs Liverpool Hope in tomorrow's final.
We had a great evening with our final Parents Evening for U14/U16/U18 going over the plans for 2018, as well as the Codes of Conduct, Player Development, Coach & Parents working together and our Respect Initiative. Huge thanks to all our parents for coming. For further information on anything to do with Rockland GAA contact Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org
An absolute privilege hosting Wexford GAA's Lee Chin, Tom Dempsey, Adrian Fenlon & Davy Fitzgerald this evening. The lads spoke about their experiences as players, supporters, coaches, periodisation. So much great advice to our young players, coaches & parent. The boys were presented with RGAA mementos to mark their visit. Huge thanks to everyone who came to see the Wexford lads. All the best the rest of the year.
Thank you to everyone in the Rockland GAA Family who attended yesterday's Annual General Meeting. Wonderful to see so many new faces at today's AGM. More details to follow on our new Games Development Plan 2018-2023 to follow, which was launched today and will provide the platform for us to continue to improve and grow as a club.
Here are the players who took part in the Hurling Roll Lift Challenge today from New York GAA HDO Micky Quigg. The players had to complete as many roll lifts as they could in one minute. Huge thanks to Harry Monaghan, Jimmy O'Flynn, Mark Comerford, Johnny Hannagan and of course the players for taking part.
Another great day today for our U8 Boys, U10 Boys and our U6 Boys & Girls in Pearl River Middle School. Thank you so much to all our coaches, parents and of course the children who are enjoying every minute and learning and improving so much. Well done to everyone. See you all next week. For further info contact Owen at email@example.com. - U8 Boys - 11.30-12.30pm - U6 Boys & Girls - 12.30-1.30pm - U10 Boys - 1.30-2.30pm
We had a great evening with our U8 Parents going over the plans for 2018, as well as the Codes of Conduct, Player Development, Coach & Parents working together and our Respect Initiative. Huge thanks to all our parents for coming. Our U10 Parents Evening is next Wednesday January 31st @ 7.30pm. For further information on anything to do with Rockland GAA contact Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click the link below and sit back and enjoy Rockland GAA's very own NFL Star Pat Murray of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his interview by Garry Sommerville and Brian Brudny from the Paddy Pigskin Weekly Podcast. Huge thanks to Pat, Gary and Brian and everyone for coming out to watch.
Our Games Development Officer, Owen Mooney was in attendance at the GAA Games Development Conference, which took place last weekend in GAA HQ, Croke Park, Dublin. The two days were packed with outstanding presentations from internationally renowned coaches and researchers. It was hugely beneficial weekend for Owen personally but also Rockland GAA as a club as we feel it is so important to keep trying to improve. There was plenty of learning to take back to Rockland GAA and having the pleasure of listening to John McGrath, Dr. Michael Whelan, Prof Anthony McDonnell, Pat Daly, Philip Kerr, Stuart Lancaster and Paul McGinley was fantastic. The weekend was also a massive opportunity to network and great to catch up again with top class people. We're hoping that we'll have a small Rockland GAA delegation at next year's Conference.
Go raibh míle maith agat to Des, Declan, Stevie and all the staff at Masita Sportwear Ireland for the quality personalised work clothing for our Games Development Officer, Owen Mooney. Pictured with Owen at the GAA Games Development Conference in Croke Park is Masita Sales Representative Pauric Ruddy.