RGU Notes For 1 June 2014

It was with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Charlie Sweeney (RIP).

Charlie will be fondly remembered by everyone at RGU with memories of the early 90’s when RGU were the dominant force in Down Senior Football. An Armagh man, Charlie took over the RGU in 1993, after the club had won two SFC’s and a league title. In 1993 he guided them again to SFC glory as well as runners up in Ulster.

Two more runners up in Down SFC followed in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. After some time away Charlie returned in 2000/2001 for another period at the helm. We are indebted to Charlie for the professionalism and dedication he brought to the club. Allied to that he was a genuinely decent manand though Charlie’s death brings great sadness, it was a pleasure to have known him and worked with him. To Charlie’s wife Martha and family we send our deepest sympathy, as well as to his brother Gerry who was a former player with RGU along with being a mentor to many players who came through the Red High. A Mhuire Banríon na nGael, Guigh ar a anam Uasal.

By popular demand The Wolfe Tones are returning to the RGU Marquee on Sat 30 August. Ticket details will be released in the next few weeks writes John Murphy.

[caption id="attachment_50017" align="alignright" width="390"]The RGU U-10 girls team at St Gall's. The RGU U-10 girls team at St Gall’s.[/caption]

The new club website page is now up and running,

see www.rgudownpatrick.ie

for more details. All fixtures, results and events online, also up to date details on our Facebook page.

Almost 200 Under-8 youngsters descended onto PTR on Saturday to take part in the first of our juvenile tournaments this year. A great display of football was on show and at the final whistle Bryansford were crowned champs in the Cup, St Brigid’s took home the Shield and Kilcoo picked up the Plate.

Our own lads played well, narrowly losing out in both their semi final matches to the ultimate winners. Many thanks to the club members who looked after the carparking, the shop and kitchen, and those who stayed on after to help tidy up. Also thanks to our Senior players who reffed the games today. Next up is the U10 Tournament in 3 weeks time.

RGU has good representation on the East Down U-14 Development Squad this year with Ronan Murphy, Liam McCarron, Morgan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Wynn making the final cut. Ronan and Tim Prenter have also made the final Down U14 Hurling squad. Well done to them all, they bring great credit to themselves and their club.

Now that all our Juvenile teams are back in action we would ask that parents help out as much as possible with transport to matches. Use of the buses is very expensive and is a drain on resources, money which could be put to better use providing school’s coaching, equipment etc for our juvenile teams. Any help will be much appreciated, just contact the team mentors.

Friday 13 June 2014 sees Garth Brooks impersonator Johnny Brooks live at RGU Downpatrick. Tickets on sale now… £5, Call Edel on 07759 418 419 or any Committee Member. Prize Draw for 2 tickets to see Garth Brooks in Croke Park on Friday 25th July will take place at Johnny Brooks show. These tickets are only £1 and are on sale now – available from all members!

This year’s RGU CulCamp is on 7-11 July. GAA Nursery Camps (£25 per child): The Nursery Camps run from 10am to 12.30pm daily and are for children who were in P1 or P2 in primary school from September 2013 to June 2014. This is not optional! Children of this age will ONLY be accepted into the Nursery Camp and MUST go home at the allocated time of 12.30pm.

Children attending the Nursery Camps can’t be registered online! They must pay cash directly to the Club and not on the day of Cul Camp. Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps (£35 for 1st child / £30 for each additional child): The Cul Camp is for children who were in classes P3 and above from September 2013 to June 2014. The maximum age limit for the camp is 13. The Cul Camp runs from 10am to 2.30pm daily. More information on how to book coming soon.