Castlewellan GAC Notes


Well there goes 2013!

Was it a year to remember or a year to forget? For many clubs a year can be measured by the number of trophies you won. When you win a clatter of things then invariably that defines your year as success. There is never a bad year. Yes you may win finals – for us the Camogs success in winning the championship, the Ladies Footballers double, the Premiere Reserve Championship Final success and the multiple trophies won at the Feis. You learn in those wins that you can win and you are capable of it writes Martin McClean.

dn_screenIn defeat which the senior footballers, our minors, Under-16 boys and girls Footballers and the Under-14 Hurlers experienced that bitter pill. It goes without saying you should learn more in defeat. Whilst trophies are the icing on the cake success can be measured in many different ways. We had the our Activ8 programme at the beginning of the year which brought people in the community together for organised activities and to be part of something as well as becoming new members to our club.

The Juvenile Sponsored Walk in aid of Club funds and the Sports day were fantastic events. all the children and parents who were there got fantastic conditions for the walk up around the Forest Park and the lake. The sports day had children’s’ races, penalty kick/penalty pucks, tug of war and sack races. Two successful days that was reminiscent of bygone days in the old meadow and the strong family theme.

The success of Castlewellan GAC Does Strictly and the work those individuals did to make it a success. They will all say it has left a void to fill in the long winter evenings now that there is no Cha Cha Cha or Argentinean Tango! The hilarious and side splitting Mrs B’s Boys served a reminder of the talented actors & comedians we have in our midst. Again their contributions since the summer right through to just before Christmas has been unquestionable and if you talk to them certainly enjoyable.

And it the end what was it all for? We play huge role within our community. The above is just a small taste of it all and what goes on. In 2014 we will continue the theme of volunteerism and providing within and without our community. Everyone should feel free to come along and contribute in what way they can. We all have something to give. Finally last but by no means least we remember those members and friends who have gone to their eternal rest this year and their contribution which served our community so well. We hope the families will take comfort in the memory of their loved ones and the good things they done.

* The annual Christmas Cracker run by Newcastle AC which completed its 30th year proved a most successful venture once again. Thank you to all the club volunteers who helped out on the day around the Club. You contribution is much appreciated.

* The numbers for 22 December were lotto were 03, 06, 10 & 25. There were no jackpot and no £20 winners this week. Next week’s Jackpot is £5400 for 29 December 2013.