How I got Involved with Roscommon Civil Defence

How I got Involved with Roscommon Civil Defence

 Roscommon Civil Defence-How I came to join

I am a member of the Roscommon Civil Defence. I joined in 2012. I was interested in joining for years but never had the time due to my playing career and 8 years in Dublin and 4 years in England. My brother Paul was a member years ago but sure to circumstances had to leave Roscommon Civil Defence.
While in England I did a course In sports injuries and I worked as Team Sports Therapist for Frampton Cotterell RFC 2nd team. While I was studying the course it was like an internship with the club and I was shadowing the first team physio Adam Page for 1 game every month. And with the 2nds for the other games each month. 1st and 2nd team games were at the same time every Saturday when I was with the 2nd team and the 1st team physio Adam Page was with the 1st team we would call each other or meet up on a Sunday and we discuss the injuries we treated. I learn from him and he and he says yes you did that right well done. And if the player had that injury this is how you would treat the injury. I enjoyed the course.
The theory exams were done online and I got a distinction the practicals was the best part as that took place in the reck, yes that’s right, Bath rugby’s home stadium. It was a day long. It was a great day. In fact, i was the only person from outside the club that did the practicals there. The rest were coaches and players. In the end, there were practical exams and a written exam on the practical course I did. And I got. A pass with a distinction I let the club and it was official, myself and Adam were the medical team for the 1st team 2nd team and 3rd team. I was with the club for 3 seasons and loved every minute of it. It wasn’t just a rugby club, it was a family, we looked out for each other a community. When I left to come back to Ireland they gave me a club jersey signed by everyone. It was during those 3 years with the club that I found what I really wanted to do in. Life….be a Sports Therapist.
When I came back to Ireland I did more courses and started working with clubs at underage and adult level. Hurling, Football, Soccer, Rugby. Doing Sports Therapy for charity sports events such things like the Annual Cuisle Fun Run and Child Aid Cycle. Years before this I did a First Aid For Sport. I did it as I love sport but never thought I would seriously use it. Neither did I think it would lead me down the road where I could earn money by doing something I love.
 Roscommon Civil Defence cert

Roscommon Civil Defence-what I Love About it

One day I was doing Sports Therapy for a club I was working for and the Civil Defence were at it. After the game, I spoke to them and they told me a lot. I knew a bit from when my brother was in it but I wasn’t aware of the opportunities available and what a person can achieve and learn so I asked about joining Roscommon Civil Defence and they gave me an email address for Ray Dunne. I emailed him and a few days later he replied and asked me to meet him in his office to sort out paperwork like Garda vetting and registration forms etc. Then he said about the uniform etc and when classes would be starting up so I attended the first night met the people learned about the different departments or sections they have I became hooked, to coin a phrase from a del boy from only fools and horses….that is a bit of me. The first course I did was CPR and coronary First Responder (using a defibrillator) then Occupational First Aid, Manual Handling did those courses both the theory and practical and did the refresher courses to keep up to date with my training. It complimented my work as a Sports Therapist. Roscommon Civil Defence provides the medical back up at sports events like matches at Dr Hyde Park music events, training exercises, searches, doing courses, wearing a lovely uniform with the Ireland flag and marching in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. But what I love the most about being a member of Roscommon Civil Defence and what the meaning of the organisation is helping the public, making a difference to peoples life. Also, Roscommon Civil Defence and the civil defence all around Ireland is not just a voluntary organisation consisting of amazing people, it is a family that comes together to help the public to stay safe at events.
I love doing duties at games, marching in the Ballintubber at Patrick’s Day Parades, we were part of medical back up and security back up in Knock for the visit of the pope in 2018. A low point was when we helped in the search for 3 men from county Down who were in the Athlone area for a weekend fishing trip and were reported missing I was involved in one of the search days and unfortunately, the 3 men were found dead. It was a tough time for everyone involved in the search and our hearts prayers and thoughts went to the family and friends of the deceased men. Members of Roscommon Civil Defence helped out in the flooding in Athleague. I have to say I am very proud to be a volunteer with such a fantastic organisation and also to work with such amazing people. Being a member has enhanced my life and benefitted me as a person in so many ways. This week I and my colleagues passed out the theory and practical tests for First Aid Responder which include CPR and Coronary First Responder (using a Defibrillator). The training we get in Roscommon Civil Defence and civil Defence nationwide is amazing. Next up is Emergency First Responder next year. I am looking forward to the future with Roscommon Civil Defence.
 Roscommon Civil Defence-ceremony
AR SPORTS THERAPY NEWSLETTER 14 December 2019

AR SPORTS THERAPY NEWSLETTER 14 December 2019

AR SPORTS THERAPY NEWSLETTER 14 December 2019

BY Aidan Raftery

CLUB UPDATE

  • Liverpool, spurs, Man City make it through to the knock out stages of the Champions League. Liverpool had a 2v0 win over a very good Red Bull Salsburg side and in doing so kept their first clean sheet in a number of matches. In the premiere league, all teams have a busy schedule over the Christmas.
  • Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2024 according to liverpoolf.com https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/377870-liverpool-fc-statement-jurgen-klopp-extends-contract-to-2024?fbclid=IwAR0WuOdCsaHIMXUgNLSvo1C-a5rO6Vidbfaze3-q5TG5RRGV1iVDP543TBY
  • Former Sligo Rovers player Jack O’Connor has signed for League of Ireland Division 1 side Galway united which was announced on Leagued of Ireland Media
  • In GAA at club level, the teams have been decided for the All Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. In Munster, Cork champions Nemo Rangers who have a great tradition in the Munster and All Ireland club Championship have won the Munster Club Championship with Former Roscommon Gaels player James McDermott who now has a Cork Senior Football County medal and has now added a Munster Club Football Championship Medal to his collection this season.  Everyone in Roscommon would like to say well done to James and best of luck in the All Ireland series.  Can he add an All Ireland Club Medal to the collection? Let’s wait and see.  In their way will be Connacht Kingpins Corofin of Galway who beat Roscommon Side Padraig Pearses in the Connacht Final.  In Ulster, Down Champions Kilcoo came through the Ulster final to Claim the Ulster title beating Donegal Champions Naomh Chonnaill and in Leinster, Dublin side Ballyboden St. Endas deafeated Eire Og to win the Leinster title
  • Well done to Athlone Community College Senior Girls Soccer team on their recent Semi Final win over Lucan Community College: ACC Semi-Final Soccer Win. Congratulations to our senior girls on their semi-final win recently against Lucan Community College. The girls fought back after going 1-0 down early in the game with Robyn Heatherington finding an equalizer after 25 minutes, leaving it 1-1 at the break. They continued to put pressure on the Lucan defence in the second half and after an incredible long range shot from Aimee O’Connor found the top corner to put the girls 2-1 up there was no stopping the girls. Hope Glynn, Grace Hannon and two more goals courtesy of Robyn Heatherington followed leaving the final score at 6-1. Our girls will now progress to the Leinster final aiming to retain the Senior Cup title after the Christmas break. As always, our school and their coach Ms. Edel Menton are very proud of our talented senior team, many of which are also part of our senior Gaelic team who will also contest the Leinster semi-final after the break.
  • Athlone Community Colleges U14 boys senior Rugby team defeated St Jarleths of Tuam recently. ACC U14 Rugby Squad Qualify to Semi-Final of Connacht Cup. Athlone Community College have qualified for the semi final of the u14 cup after defeating St Jarlath’s Tuam in Acc on Wednesday last. ACC had three games played to date defeating Colaiste Ciaran, Scoil Cuimisteach Ciaran Carraroe which now sets the squad up for a home semi final in the new year. Topping the group gives the top team home advantage in the semi-final which is a huge bonus.  ACC are lucky to have a large squad to pick from with thirty-seven players togging on average for all games this year with every player getting game time on the pitch.  The conditions for the game v Tuam were good and the pitch was perfect for playing rugby. ACC’s first u14 rugby game in the new ACC rugby pitch in the school grounds so getting the win was important to the squad. It is fantastic to see rugby and all sports being played on the school grounds. Having our own pitch gives all students a platform to play the sport they enjoy and love playing on home soil.  ACC started the game very well and got a number of quick tries in the first ten minutes laying down a marker to the opposition. St Jarlath’s kept the ball for long stages of the first half but the shape and structure ACC created and developed throughout the game provided opportunities in which ACC took.  The game was played in a very sporting manner. The experience of getting to the u14 final last year has stood to this group of players and they hope to get back to the sportsground again in the new year to try and take home the title. A semi-final awaits in January.  Well done to all involved keep the training efforts up.  Your coaches Mr Joe Keane & Mr Kieron Sloyan are proud of the efforts and interest you all show.  Athlone Community College 41 v 0 St Jarlath’s Tuam.

 

 COUNTY VIEW

 –      Former Claire hurling legend Brian Lohan is looking forward to taking over the reigns as Clare Hurling manager according to the Clair Champion

https://clarechampion.ie/lohan-looking-forward-to-getting-managerial-tenure-underway/?fbclid=IwAR3Z235tjQnz0aSsx2896UcpVq7hYfrO7TZsbD4l_EtX67RXVJFAckiXuNs

– Finally, the new Dublin Senior Football Manager has finally been announced after a lot of speculation regarding who it would be.  Names like Jason Sherlock and Gene Bohan to Declan Darcy as well as other names have been bandied about but finally Dessie Farrell has been announced as the New manager of the Dublin Senior Football Manager. I feel it is a good appointment.  Dessie has several years of experience as a player winning an All-Ireland with Dublin in 1995 as well as Managerial experience having managed the Dublin underage teams.  Dublin are not in the O’Byrne cup so, unless they have a few friendlies, which I think will be the case, their first game under Dessie Farrells tenure will be a tough one, when they take on Munster Champions Kerry in the 1st round of the National Football league Division 1.

– Roscommon Senior football kick off the season with the FBD League which provides Roscommon Senior Football Manager Anthony Cunningham with the chance to try out players before choosing his final panel for The National Football League and the Championship.  Roscommon operate from Division 2 of the League this season.  Roscommon had a mixed Season last season. In the Division 1 of the National Football League we got relegated but in most of those games played well but were unlucky our position in the league did not reflect how good this team were and some were worried about how Roscommon would do in the Championship and others, like myself, said give them a chance they have a good panel of players and a good manager and we could go places in the championship. We won our first game in the Connacht Championship which meant a meeting with Mayo in Castlebar in the Connacht Semi Final everyone had Roscommon written off but the Rossies dug deep and came up with a 1 point win against Mayo who were poor on the day and Roscommon sent Mayo into the qualifiers. This meant a Connacht final V Galway who are a good side with very good players. Roscommon, as we know won the Connacht Title to qualify for the super 8s. Unfortunately, like last year, despite some very good performances, we could not make it out of the group but considering the quality of opposition, regardless of which of the 2 groups we were in, it was going to be a tough task to qualify.  However, they now have 2020 to look forward to and I am sure, as a Rossie fan, and all Rossie fans, we are looking forward to seeing if there are any new players added to the panel.

– in the Senior Club hurling Championship, in Ulster, Slaughtneil emerged as ulster Champions a quality club side who are on the up as they have been doing well in previous club championships.  In Leinster, Kilkenny side Ballyhale Shamrocks overcame St Mullins of Carlow to emerge as Leinster Club Champions.  In Munster, Tipperary side Borris Illeagh defeated Waterford Kingpins Ballygunner which proved to be a great game of hurling in Connacht, Galway Champions St Thomas’ qualify automatically for the All Ireland Club Championship.  In the Connacht Intermediate championship, Mayo Champions, Tooreen overcame Galway Champions Kinvara to claim the title.  It promises to be a very good All Ireland Hurling Club Championship after Christmas.

 

 COACHES VIEW

  • As mentioned above Dessie Farrel has been announced as the new Dublin Senior Football Manager it was announced on Dublin GAA Banter Page. UPDATE: Declan Darcy & Dessie Farrell are apparently the two front Runners to replace Jim Gavin as senior manager. And a decision may not be made this Evening as thought. We’ll keep you posted on developments. #uptheDubs
  • Arsenal Interim boss, Former Player, Freddie Ljundberg and his arsenal team are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League, but only after getting out of jail after another poor performance. He won’t be allowed to buy players as he is only a caretaker manager, but Sir Alex Ferguson could take over the job at Arsenal but even he would find it tough going with the powers that be in the club not releasing funds, they are going nowhere fast. They need to get rid of the back four and get a new defence. There are no leaders in the squad, no one you could say would be captain to lead the team.  Emeri was given some money but instead of investing in the defence which was the main weakness in the team as myself and Martin Dunne have mentioned on numberous Sportsview Shows, he went and bought attacking players. The only decent player that is worth his place on the team at the moment is Aubamayang he is scoring but there is a lot of responsibility and carrying the rest of the players on the team. Regarding the goals that Arsenal conceded, Leno cannot be blamed as the defence has left him very exposed.
  • Liverpool have extended Jurgen Klopps contract until 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/dec/13/jurgen-klopp-signs-liverpool-contract-extension-2024-new-deal according to the Guardian
  • In Rugby Union, Scott Wisemantel has been appointed Australia Attacking coach after leaving his role with the England Rugby Team according to the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/dec/12/scott-wisemantel-australia-england-attack-coach
  • According to the Guardian Newspaper, Mourinho has banned the players from watching videos of their defeat to Bayern Munich. https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2019/dec/11/i-forbid-any-image-of-it-mourinho-bans-spurs-watching-bayern-defeat-video. Mourinho had a good start when he came to spurs but in recent games he has had mixed fortunes.

 

ABOUT PLAYERS

– Now that the 2020 GAA Season is upon us, with Jim Gavin Having stepped down, GAA fans are wondering about Dublin Goalkeeping legend Stephen Cluxton.  Will he stay on as one of the most experienced players in the Dublin team.  If he does step down, I feel speaking as a goalkeeper myself, that the goalkeeper spot is in safe hands with Even Comerford waiting in the wings to take over the job as goalkeeper.  He is young but he has made a few appearances in the Dublin jersey and he has done very well. Plus take into consideration that he has learned from the master in Stephen Cluxton.  I am a huge fan of Stephen Cluxton and I would love to see him stay on but he owes the Dublin Senior Footballers nothing having put in many years with the Dubs and turning in some amazing performances. But the decision is his and he has to make the decision that is best for him.

–  Ole Gunner Solskjear has brought on an amazing new young player in Mason greenwood who announced himself on the soccer word stage after and amazing debut according to Extra.ie https://extra.ie/2019/12/13/sport/soccernews/solskjaer-compares-greenwood-to-united-legend-after-inspirational-europa-league-win?fbclid=IwAR1ISeUgwykw9nK4FqqYT2jule2vvGiBofxWAOf8MNxq4h0006ljYD7Sf6k

– Liverpools James Milner has signed a contract extension. He joined Liverpool in 2015 and it is a big boost to have him on board according to liverpoolfc.com.  https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/378010-james-milner-signs-liverpool-fc-contract-extension?fbclid=IwAR0s0WEYTiVGjf-PITTVygT9ieH2FECBq9DHplfbWKZYE5b-Hv3Aub1y5_I

– In League of Ireland Football, Former Bohemians player has returned to the club.  He is a welcome addition to the squad after the retirement of the team captain at the end of last season. https://bohemianfc.com/?p=15084

 

 EVENT SCENE

  • 14 Jan 2019 Stephen Nolan Memorial Boxing Tournament hosted by Frenchpark Boxing Club

https://www.facebook.com/events/694761367699863/

 

INJURY LIST

 

 SPORTS THERAPY BENCH

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SUBSCRIBER TIME

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ORGANISATION NEWS

 

  • CPA & GPA

Joint CPA and GPA Statement

 

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and the Club Players Association (CPA) have had a series of discussions and agreed a number of areas of common ground to help inform GAA players in forthcoming consultation on fixtures. In the first instance, we urge all players to read in detail the full report from the GAA’s Fixtures Review Taskforce.  Key principles agreed by the GPA and CPA are based upon the fundamental understanding that inter-county players are also club players and that this connection is the basis of the GAA. These are: the club is the primary basic unit of the GAA from which everything springs.  Therefore, this must be recognised in the status which club games are given the inter-county game is the GAA’s biggest promotional and developmental tool.  It is also the GAA’s primary revenue generator.  This must be fully recognised in restructuring our national games calendar.

Furthermore, both organisations are in agreement that, following the recent publication of the Fixtures Calendar Review Taskforce report, and prior to the next phase in that process which includes a series of regional seminars in which all key stakeholders will be provided with the opportunity to provide further views and feedback, there are a number of key points centred around time and governance that we mutually support and wish to highlight.  These are: The Club Window in April/May should be lengthened to a 6-week period to allow the fairest opportunity for the window to be successfully utilised.  The demands placed upon inter-county players in both club and inter-county windows will need to be governed to ensure the games/training load is not detrimental to the players’ welfare.  The Club Window post the All-Ireland football final needs to be a minimum of 9 weeks before provincial club championships begin. Club Windows will only work fairly for all, if inter county competitions start their championships on the same dates.  There needs to be stronger adherence to provisions regarding the availability of inter-county players to clubs as referenced within GPA Squad Charters. Bar club teams involved in provincial championships; November should be used exclusively as an off season for inter-county players.  There needs to be strong governance and guidelines introduced to ensure club fixtures schedules are appropriately set out and adhered to throughout the year.  Paul Flynn, CEO of the GPA commented; “One of our core pillars is to protect the welfare of our members.  It is therefore vital that fixtures are properly governed to ensure the fundamental link between club and inter-county players is fully recognised and strengthened within the fixtures calendar.”   “This year we put a motion before GAA Congress to provide for a GPA representative to sit on the Central Competitions Control Committee to input on fixtures involving inter-county hurling and football competitions only, in a bid to improve the situation for our members.”  “We will work towards this with the CPA, while prioritising the welfare of our members, keeping in focus the amount of games they are expected to play and amount of training they are expected to undertake.”  Michéal Briody, Chairman of the CPA, said; “The one common ground that the CPA have always shared with the GPA is the recognition that the current fixtures calendar doesn’t work fairly for any set of players.”  “The CPA have advocated for a radical structural change to the fixtures calendar since our formation in 2017. It is important now that the options for change put forward from the Task Force are disseminated to clubs immediately so that the debate can begin nationwide on what level of change is acceptable.”  “We will work to ensure this communication does happen effectively and it is critical that all clubs become aware of the options that are being presented and then vote for change that will alleviate the current unsatisfactory schedule.”  For Further Information

Greg Devlin / [info@gaaclubplayers.com]info@gaaclubplayers.com / 086 2086934

 

  • FAI NEWSLETTER

https://mailchi.mp/fai.ie/welcome-to-the-first-fai-grassroots-newsletter?e=720bef33cd

 

  • SPORT IRELAND

https://www.sportireland.ie/

 

  • GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

https://www.gaelicplayers.com/

 

  • CLUB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

https://gaaclubplayers.com/

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AR SPORTS THERAPY NEWSLETTER 14 December 2019

Sports Roundup Week of 4 December

SOCCER NEWS  – CLUB UPDATE

Arsenal

In this week’s clubview this week, Arsenal got life under Freddie Ljundberg off to a bad start at the weekend with a draw to Norwich and no improvement midweek with a loss to Brighton & Hove Albion. I have never seen arsenal so poor. Not like Arsenal. The last 2 seasons haven’t been great for arsenal. They need a new back 4 instead of buying wingers and midfielders. They are also lacking leadership on the sideline and on the field. The question is will the board release the fund required to correct that problem. There is no use buying wingers midfielders and strikers if the defence are conceeding goals. People can’t blame Leno for all the goals either.
 

Liverpool

Liverpool continue their unbeaten run with a win at the weekend and a 5v1 win in Anfield v Merseyside rivals Everton on Wednesday night they are unbeaten in the league since last season. 1 defeat in the champions League. In some games they may not be performing in top gear but they are still getting wins. This weekend they are away to Bournemouth and that is followed by their last group game in the champions League, a game they need to win to go toop and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions league as group winners.
 

Leicester & Man City

The 2 teams closest to Liverpool in the League. Man city are without Aguero due to injury but due to the quality of the squad with or without him it doesn’t make a difference a chunk in their armour as they drew with Newcastle a few weeks ago. Leicester are performing well Madison and carry doing very well. Not missing Maguire since his transfer to Man utd. Schmeichel is a class goalkeeper for Leicester.
 
 
 

Everton

They find them in the bottom 3 after their 5v1 loss to Liverpool in mid week. And now having sacked manager Silva where do they go to from here. Silva’s sacking isn’t a surprise as it was not a case of if he will be sacked but when he will be sacked. He was in the job 18 months and they have to buy him out of his contract to get rigld of him. Moral at Everton, like at Arsenal is very low and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Can they stave off relegation? Where to now?
 
 

Sheffield Utd

A tough team to beat and in the top 8. I like Sheffield they are sticky opponents for any team in the league. Under rated at the start of the season but they have earned respect. A team with 4 Irish international in the squad a formidable opponent and if you switch off for a second you will be punished.
 

Man Utd

Very inconsistent  form-wise some good players in the squad one of the most expensive defences in the league. Harry Maguire is not worth the £70 million Utd shelled out for him.
 
They are the teams I felt worth mentioning in the premiere league this week
 

GAELIC NEWS

COUNTY VIEW

The O’Byrne Cup is back this week and it will be minus Dublin this season. So the new manager that comes in, his first assignment is a tough one as the first game in Division 1 of the National foorltball league v Kerry on 25th January 2010. Next question is will Stephen Cluxton stay between the posts for another season for Dublin. All this questions answered in the coming months
 
Gaelic Football and Hurling Club championship
The Club championships take a break until the new year. In Gaelic Football around the provinces, Galway champions Corofin are Connacht Senior Football Club Champions  beating Padraig Pearses from Roscommon
 
.In Leinster this weekend Dublin Champions Ballyboden St Endas take on Carlow champions Eire Óg in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship Final.
In Munster, Cork Champions Nemo Rangers won the Munster Club title with former local lad who played for Roscommon Gaels James McDermott in midfield.
And finally in Ulster, Kilcoo of down overcame Naomh Comhnaill of Donegal to win the Ulster Crown.
In hurling St Thomas’ of Galway are in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship. In Leinster Ballyhale Shamrocks are the Leinster Champions after overcoming At Mullins of Carlow.
In Munster, Tipperary champions Borris Illeigh claimed the Musnter Club Title by beating Munster kingpins Ballygunner in the final
in the Connacht Intermediate Club Championship, Mayo Champions Toreen won the Connacht Intermediate Hurling Title by defeating Galway champions Kinvara. And finally in Ulster, Slaughtneill of Derry claimed the the Ulster title.
 

NEW BLOG FEATURES STARTING NEXT WEEK

 
COACHES VIEW 
What coaches have been saying during that week
 
ABOUT THE PLAYER 
Players who stood out and why
 
EVENT SCENE
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Supporting Men’s Health in Ireland

Supporting Men’s Health in Ireland

Supporting Men’s Health in Ireland through Movember

Movember is an online platform supporting mens health.

The reason I am supporting “Movember” is because I have had friends who had testicular cancer – some survived as it was diagnosed on time and others were’nt  as lucky.

In Ireland, testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men.

 Regarding cancer in general, I have had family members and friends who passed away from cancer including my mom. It is an area I feel awareness needs to be raised about cancer, in general, and Movember raises awareness of  testicular cancer.

We need to be aware of the things to  watch out for so if they appear we can go to our GP or local hospital for tests as early as possible so it can be diagnosed quicker.

Early treatment gives the treatment a better chance of working.

Let’s all work together to raise awareness – I recorded a short video that you can watch by clicking the image below.

Supporting Mens Health in Ireland

I am also getting behind mental health as I played Gaelic football and hurling and as a sports therapist, through working with teams and players and athletes individually and with clubs,I see first hand the demands that are placed on players nowadays.

Things like being dropped or getting injured to name just 2 factors  that can affect a player or athletes mental health, so I want to to my bit by helping to raise awareness of testicular cancer and mental health but for it to be a success we need to all do our bit to raise awareness.

Supporting Mens Health in Ireland – With Movember

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Christmas Greetings from AR Sports Therapy Clinic

Christmas Greetings from AR Sports Therapy Clinic

Christmas Greetings from AR Sports Therapy Clinic

Hello  to all my clients and the clients I work and worked for, players, suppliers, and individual clients.

I wish you all a happy merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

to all my clients and the clients I work and worked for, players suppliers

I would like to give a special thanks to my suppliers:

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Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

Roscommon Gaels GAA Club-60th Anniversary

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary. – On Friday 15th November 2019 Roscommon Gaels GAA Club celebrated its 60th Anniversary at its Celebration Night at the Abbey Hotel.
 
Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary
The club facilitates Gaelic Football from u8s up to and including senior, Hurling from u8s up to and including senior, Camogie say all levels from u8s up to junior.
 
The junior team won the county title this season and as a result, will compete at Senior Level next season, Ladies Gaelic football at all grades from u8s up to and including adult levels.
 
We can’t leave out the very active Scór teams also at all levels and a new initiative the club started this year called Roscommon Gaels All-Stars which is an academy for kids and kids with special needs.
 
Managers and coaches do great work at all levels of all the aforementioned codes and the Roscommon Gaels All-Stars received an award for this initiative.
 
For my involvement in Roscommon Gaels GAA Club, we have to go back to 1990. I made the Abbey National School hurling  panel it started with a class league in the school then I got on the school hurling panel as I said. We had a very talented panel of hurlers. So good, we got to the county final in Athleague on a wet Friday night. We played a very good Fuerty National School. Unfortunately, we weren’t good enough and Fuerty National School won the Roscommon National Schools Hurling County Final.
  
My first season involved in GAA ended in disappointment with a defeat that day. But despite that, I learned a valuable lesson in both sport and life in the sense in sport or life things don’t always go the way you want to. 
 
The next step in my playing career came when I started in Roscommon CBS in Roscommon town. 
 
Every week there were 2 opportunities for sport 1 was PE, the other being Games. PE was once a week and lasted for a period of 1 class every week. During PE we had indoor soccer. In indoor soccer I loved being a goalkeeper the person so inspired me to become a goalkeeper was Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonnar. He was a class goalkeeper who played for Celtic at club level and was a goalkeeping legend I wanted to be like him. For me he really came to the fore as my inspiration when he played for Rep of Ireland in the World Cup Italia 90. Brilliant saves throughout the world cup. Unlucky to concede a goal in the 1v1 draw v England, a clean sheet v Egypt and conceded a goal v Holland in the last group game meant we made it out of the group  next up Romania 0v0 at full time, 0v0 after extra time and so to penalties Packie saved a penalty and David O’Leary scored the penalty to send Ireland to the World Cup Quarter Final s for the first time in our history. Everyone had high hopes. Next up Italy, formidable opponents with 1 world-class player to schillaci. Unfortunately, a disappointing result 1v0 to Italy . 
 
But I was inspired by Packie Bonnar and that is when I knew I wanted to be a goalkeeper. A decision that stood to me throughout my playing career.
 

Then there was Games time. This consisted of 2 class periods and took.  Place at the CBS pitch on the Galway Road and consisted of Gaelic Football. The teacher asked what position I wanted to play I said, Goalkeeper. For the first few weeks was a case where 2 teams

 

 

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary

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were picked for 2 games. I was the goalkeeper on 1 of the teams and I was lucky whatever team I was on we won. A good confidence builder for a rookie goalkeeper. After a few weeks a class league was set up that was on every week for the school year. I loved playing all those games in the class league in the first year.

However, hurling was my 1st choice. I wasn’t involved with the CBS 1st Year Football Team, I wanted to concentrate on the Hurling team with the CBS 1st year Hurlers. I was a goalkeeper for the team. While playing hurling for the College my development as a goalkeeper went from strength to strength. So much so, that my maths teacher Pat Rogers, who was involved with Roscommon Gaels GAA Club asked if I would be interested in playing for the u16 football panel.

I said yes and joined the panel. This was my first year involved with Roscommon Gaels GAA Club. It was the start of a playing career where, as a player, I would meet and make friends with great people and success on the field. Little did I know how successful it would be and how soon my 2nd medal would come (the first was the the National Schools hurling Runners up medal) in 1991 we made it to the final beating St Dominic’s in the final in May. My first winners medal.
My next medal wasn’t long coming when I joined the u16 Hurlers we both to the u16 hurling county final where we played St Dominic’s in the U16 Hurling County Final. The Game game ended level so went to a replay. We won the replay by 6 points. 2 winners medals in my 1st season was great. The next season I was on the CBS juvenile and junior hurling panels and at club level was on the u16 football and hurling panels with Roscommon Gaels. We won the u16 football final beating Castlerea St Kevins. I was called up to the club minors as well. In u16 hurling we lost to a Francie Grehan inspired Four Roads team. Francie was a gifted hurler and played well that day winning man of the match. But with the minor footballers, things were going well. We made it to the Minor County Football Final which we won, beating St Dominic’s by a point. We played most of that match with 14 players.
 
The next season I was on the Minor Football Panel, Minor Hurling Panel, Junior Hurling Panel and U21 football panels. Got winners medals with the  Minor Footballers, Junior Hurlers, and U21 Footballers, I went on to win 2 more Minor Football medals, winners and runners up medals with the U21 Footballers,
 
I won a 2nd Junior Hurling winners medal as well as an O’Rourke Cup (League) and Senior Football County Final winner’s medal. And a few trophies. I also played senior and U21 hurling but didn’t win anything. I played for the Roscommon CBS Senior Footballers in 1994.  I went on to play senior Football for Athlone senior Footballers where we reached the Leinster Senior Club Football Quarter Final where we were beaten by Portlaoise,
 
I played Junior Hurling and Football for Kilmacud Crokes and played Junior County Football in England for Gloucestershire where I won a Junior All Britain football medal we went on to play Dublin in the All Ireland Junior Football Semi-Final we lost that day but it was amazing to be involved in an All Ireland Semi-Final v a quality team like Dublin.
In my playing career, I have many achievements but whoever I played for or what I achieved, it all started with my home club Roscommon Gaels

Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary dinner Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary Celebrations

 
And so back to the Roscommon Gaels 60th Anniversary Celebrations Night on the 15th November,
 
It was a great celebration of the Clubs achievements over the 60 years. The work coaches, players, sponsors, investors, parents, schools etc from u8s up to senior over the years must be thanked and acknowledged and as a result of all that made it the club, it is today.
 
The night went well. Seamus Duke was the MC for the night. On the night I was on the Roscommon Gaels Senior Football Panel that won the Roscommon Senior County Football Title in 1994. We were honoured on the night.
 
A massive well don’t to the organising committee on organising what was a great night. The night started with the schedule was between each course would be a history of each sport in the club. Before the starter, there was the history of Hurling in the club and past players. With the starter consumed, it was onto the history of Gaelic Football and again players from the passed were interviewed. Main Course consumed next it was the history of Camogie in the club. Dessert is eaten and it was time for the history of Ladies Football in the club. And last but not least the Scór ection of the club was mentioned.
 
The meal out of the way it was time for the presentation of the Awards. After that, we, the Senior Football Panel who won the County Final in 1994 was introduced to everyone on the night. It was great to meet the lads again after we were introduced we had a group photo with of the senior football team from 1994. It was great to meet everyone in the club under 1 roof in 1 night and chat about memories from out playing days and I have to give a special mention to the Roscommon Gaels Junior Camogie team that won this year’s Junior County title beating Four Roads who now go on to play senior next season. They were presented with their winner’s medals.
 
Well done to them and everyone who received awards and medals on the night.
 
Now it is onto the future of the club.
 
Also well done to former players who give something back to the club by coaching underage teams in all codes in the club and so inspire future generations to fulfil their dreams and meet great people and make life long friends and learn from sport and achieve things and who knows one day represent Roscommon at the county level
 
The Gaels have a website…here
 

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