Cumann Pheadair Naofa exit the Morgan Fuels Down Senior Football Championship

Cumann Pheadair Naofa Senior Footballers were defeated in the Morgan Fuels Down Senior Football Championship by Loughinisland on Monday 28th August and hence bow out of this year’s championship. The game, played on a showery evening in Kilcoo, started with nip-and-tuck early exchanges with the match finely-balanced at two points each eight minutes into the game. Loughinisland then edged into the lead before Niall McGovern and Donagh McAleenan responded for the Seasiders’ to leave Warrenpoint with a slender lead.

Loughinisland reeled off two consecutive points of their own, however, it was Cumann Pheadair Naofa who finished the half stronger with an unanswered 1-02 which saw Ryan Boyle punch a rebounded effort to the net. The half-time score read; Cumann Pheadair Naofa 1-06; Loughinisland 0-05.

Niall McGovern sent a curling effort over the bar to stretch the Blues’ advantage to five with the first score of the second period. Loughinisland then seized control of the game with five unanswered points from play to square the match. Ruairi Cowan struck a much-needed point for the Warrenpoint side to re-establish a narrow lead, which was swiftly cancelled out by a Loughinisland equaliser, setting up a nervy last five minutes of the game. A nerveless Donagh McAleenan free in the last minute of ordinary time left the Blues’ with a narrow advantage.

The match-winning score came in injury time when a brisk Loughinisland counter-attack resulted in a goal to give them a two-point lead with just a minute remaining. Donagh McAleenan slotted over another free before the referee called a halt to proceedings. The full time score was; Cumann Pheadair Naofa 1-10; Loughinisland 1-11.

Paudie returns To Warrenpoint

Tuesday night marked the return of Paudie O’Neill to Cumann Pheadaír Naofa. Paudie, who is the Chairman of the National Hurling Development Committee last visited the club during the summer Hurling week of 2016 to take a coaching session with all the underage players of the club.

This time Paudie returned to take another session, but also to coach the managers & mentors of these teams as well as enlighten the parents of the children.

The evening started off around 5:45pm with Paudie taking a session with the U6 Hurlers & Camogs assisted by their mentors before moving onto the U8 & U10 Hurlers & Camogs.

After an informative fun filled hour, Paudie turned his attention to the U12 & U14 hurlers. Another big turnout ensured that the quality & intensity of the drills was very effective as the coaches were able to focus on the key points of Paudie’s Coaching.

Paudie then turned his attention to the Minor & Senior teams where the speed and variety of intensive drills ensured that they were given an extremely effective training session and something to work on over the closed season.

U12 Football Victory in Derrynoose Tournament

Cumann Pheadair Naofa Under 12’s took the trip across the County border to County Armagh to Derrynoose  for the annual Tommy Hughes Tournament.

Our Under 12’s played some fantastic football today and were very strong opposition to the opposing teams.

In their group stages they played Middletown, Keady and Maghery.

Due to some great individual and team performances our lads cames out top in the group and played Keady again in the semi final and were victorious. The young lads played Armagh Harps in the final.

The two sides showed really good determination and passion but our boys were just that bit stronger and came out with the win and took the cup home and made history in being the first team in down to win it.

Underage Football Tournaments Presentation Night

On Saturday 9th September, in the Clubrooms on Mary Street, the Football Committee will host an evening to present the trophies of the U8, 10 and 12 Club Tournaments to the families of those who the tournaments were named after.

Over the last 5 years the Emmett McGivern Tournament, The Peadair Rice Tournament and the Ciaran Gallagher tournament have been solid fixtures in the Cumann Pheadair Naofa calendar and this will be a great way to mark the special contribution of those who the tournaments were named after but also their families and legacy.

This will be a special occasion to allow the club to come together to remember those who the tournaments were named after and catch up with old friends and family.

Proceedings will start at 8:00pm in the Clubrooms and all are welcome to attend and join in the evening. Food will be served and Music will be on in the club.

Warrenpoint Social Initiative Trip to Ulster American Folk Park

Seamus Murphy has announced the much anticipated social initiative trip, this time visiting The Ulster American Folk Park on Tuesday 12 September. The bus will depart Warrenpoint by McAnultys bus, Church Street at 9am and guests on arrival will enjoy a short break in the Visitor Centre with its shop and café.

The bus is limited to 48 seats so early booking is advisable. Please see our Facebook page for booking details

Dancers Perform in Newry ‘Dancing on the Green.’

The cultural section took to the streets of Newry on Sunday to promote Iúr Cinn Fleadh which begins this week. They brought song and dance to the people in Rooneys Meadow, Mourneview Park and Church Street. Congratulations to all on a great event.

Ulster Gaa Coaching Day to be hosted by Cumann Pheadair Naofa

Cumann Pheadair Naofa has been asked to host, on behalf of Ulster Council and Down GAA, a special coaching clinic in St Marks High School, Warrenpoint on the 23rd September 2017.

This fantastic event will take place from 10am – 3:00pm on 23rd September, a Saturday, and will feature a mix of theory and practical coaching delivered across the day by Ulster GAA coaches who will be using the Down Development squad to illustrate Training drills.

The club are very lucky to have been selected to host this event. To book your place I would like to ask you to contact Conor O’Toole Down Gaa Development Officer on developmentmanager.down@gaa.ie.