Banks DIH has increased its sponsorship to the annual Children’s Mashramani Float Parade.This announcement was made on Tuesday at the launch of the Children’s Mashramani Float Parade hosted at the Education Ministry.With the sponsorship falling under its Malta Supreme and Rainforest Waters brands, Banks representatives noted that the items were ideal for the upcoming activity. The sponsorship is said to be in excess of $2 million, which is double the amount that the company donated last year. Banks DIH’s contribution will be used to provide snacks, drinks, and any other items the children may need at the Float Parade.Allied Arts Unit Administrator Lorraine Barker-King, Banks DIH Public Relations Officer (PRO) Troy Peters, Banks DIH Non-Alcoholic Brand Manager Clayton McKenzie and Education Ministry’s PRO, Mondale SmithThe nation’s children will have a busy week as they prepare to participate in a number of activities. There will be the dance and masquerade on February 15, Calypso and Dramatic Poetry on February 16, which will all lead up to the Float Parade on February 17. Aside from those activities, it was announced that the Physical Display competitions will not end at Mash. The Education Ministry is planning to have a national competition for all of the first-place winners of the Physical Display category in May. The competition will coincide with the country’s Independence celebrations.The much-anticipated Float Parade, which is being organised by the Unit of Allied Arts within the Education Ministry, will see participation from over 2000 students in six categories: nursery, primary, secondary, other children’s organisations, regional and individual. Last year, the Education Ministry would have received 54 entries and it was hoping that that number would increase this year. In an effort to bring uniformity to the parade, each category was assigned a sub theme which falls under the broad theme “Let’s cooperate and celebrate Republic 48”. The nursery level will focus on “Celebration of our People”; the primary level – “Celebration of our Flora and Fauna”; the secondary level – “Celebration of our Industries”; the regional – “Their Regions” and the individual category will be able to select any sub theme of their choice.Head of the Allied Arts Unit, Lorraine Barker-King urged the public to come out and witness the event and noted that the Children’s Float Parade would rival the grand float parade that is slated for February 23.The parade will kick off at 10:00h on Saturday.
Buncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 1st June 2014Senior FootballWell done to the Seniors who won a hard-fought game against Burt in the Scarvey on Saturday. The game was played in perfect conditions on an excellent pitch. Buncrana led at half-time and took their advantage into the second-half, holding against a determined and dogged Burt to win by a single point. Final score was Bun Cranncha 0-10 0-9 Burt. The Reserves were very unlucky in their game against the same opposition in the Scarvey earlier in the evening, going down on a score of 1-7 to 1-11.Senior TrainingSeniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome! Senior Ladies had no game this week. Training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.SadnessWe lost one of life’s true gentlemen at the weekend with the sad passing of Andy McLaughlin following a long illness, one that he fought with the same bravery and determination that he displayed in the boxing ring. Andy showed the same battling spirit on the football pitch too – when Andy tackled you, you stayed tackled! Despite his warrior spirit Andy was a gentle, modest soul with a ready smile who always put his community and friends first. He and his family have a long association with our Club and will be remembered by us always. He’ll be sorely missed – Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.Underage ReportsU12 boys are away to Convoy in the league on Monday night. They are also getting ready for the U12 42 team All-Irelands in Newry on June 7th. We’re sure there’ll be full attendance at training if players want to get picked for this prestigious event. U14 HurlingA great result on Thursday night as the team beat St Eunan’s to earn the title of League Champions 2014. Congrats from all at the Club to the team and management on this excellent result. Final score Buncrana 4-14 St Eunan’s 0-6U14 Championship resultBuncrana needed to win on Wednesday against Carndonagh to go into the Div 1 Semi Finals. Another very entertaining and fair game was played against a very good Carndonagh team, who have a couple of exceptional talents in Connor O’Donnell, Kieran Farren and their Goalkeeper Daniel McCallion. However, the Buncrana boys stuck to their game plan with good fast attacking football and this resulted in some good scores from the full forward line. Indeed, the Carn keeper saved a number of goal- bound efforts to keep the half time lead down to 5 points. The second half again was even and the boys held out, despite conceding a late penalty, to win by 6 points. Best for Buncrana were Oisin McDaid, John Paul McKenna and Aaron Craig. Next up in the Semi Final is Muff with the date still to be confirmed. Final score Carndonagh 5-9 vs Buncrana 7-9 U12 FootballTravelled to Convoy last night to take on St Marys who got a miraculous draw with a goal 4 minutes into injury time. Again, Buncrana got off to a good start and dominated right from the off. After racing into a 3 point lead, St Mary’s got lucky with a long range point effort that looped into the net and brought them back into the game. Buncrana kept pushing forward and were rewarded with another 2 well worked scores. Pushing on a bit too much however at the end of the half they got caught with a long ball over the top and St Mary’s got a well worked goal on this occasion. To the disbelief of all spectators, St Mary’s went in at half time leading on a score line of 2:02 to 0:06.Buncrana tightened up the defence for the second half and did not concede any more of the easy goals that St Mary’s were gifted in the first. However, we did lose the impetus in our attack too and with only minutes remaining they still trailed by 2 points. Needing a goal now ourselves, the players were urged to drive forward again and they did not hold back – within a 2 minute spell and the momentum with them they magnificently turned a 2 point deficit into a 3 point lead. In a really competitive game and a great nights work done and dusted, just a matter of waiting now for the final whistle only when it was to be blown it wasn’t for the end of the game but for an ‘off the ball’ 50/50 shoulder charge. The ref had no hesitation in sending the Buncrana player off. However unusual the decision was the management gave the referee the respect asked for by all county clubs and with the game almost up we weren’t overly concerned. However, 5 minutes later after tiger-like defending by the young Buncrana men St Mary’s got the equalizing goal and the referee found the whistle to blow for full time.Needless to say the management was very disappointed with the result of 3:03 to 1:09 but certainly not with the team effort – a hard-fought and totally dominant display by all. See you all at training Friday 7:00pm.U10 FootballThe team traveled to Owenbeg last weekend for their 1st Blitz of the season with games against Glen, Ballinderry and Newbridge. All 24 of the children who traveled participated in the 3 hard fought games in both A & B sections. The strength of the opposition was evident from the start but both Buncrana teams battled to the end of each game. Thanks to all the kids who participated and the parents for the support.U10 training will resume as normal this week.On Sat 7th June, Buncrana will host the next round of the U10 Northern Board Blitz.U8 FootballThe U8’s squad travelled to the Newtowncunningham Blitz on Saturday where Buncrana fielded 3 teams. All 3 teams provided a great display of skills and determination. Some top-drawer football, that even Michael Murphy would have proud of, was played against Robert Emmets, Noamh Colmcille and St Eunans. Thanks to the children, parents and coaches who attended.Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pmFriday ScarveyU8 Football 6.30 – 7.30pm Friday ScarveyU8 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU10 Football 6.30-7.45pm Friday ScarveyU10 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday ScarveyU12 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU14 Football 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Friday ScarveyU14 Hurling 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday ScarveyU12/U14/U16 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyClub LottoDrum roll please! There was no winner of our Lotto Jackpot (drawn numbers 8, 16, 19, 27) which was drawn in O’Flaherty’s Bar on Saturday night so the monthly draw for €500 then took place. The lucky winner was Neil Farren. Congratulations Neil.In a new initiative we are looking for drivers to drive youths around housing estates on Saturday morning from 11-12.30. Anyone available should be at Scarvey for 10.30. Contact Club Chair Sean Clerkin on 0862388071 for more info. Lotto sellers needed, if you have an hour to spare each week contact Club Treasurer on 0860297444 for details.Eamonn McMenamin FundraiserFollowing on from the very successful Coffee Morning and Table Quiz, the McMenamin Family are holding a Garden Tea Party at their home, 18. St. Olivers Ave, Buncrana on Saturday 14th June, 2014 from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm to remember Eamonn on Father’s Day which is on Sunday 15th June.There will be a free raffle on the day for various prizes. Everyone is very welcome to come along on the day. All proceeds to the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital.Annual Golf ClassicThe annual Golf Classic took place on Saturday in glorious sunshine at the North West Golf Club. There was a great turn-out and the event helped raise some welcome funds to enable the Club to keep buses on the road, hot water in the showers and petrol in the lawnmower! Seriously though, it takes a lot of money to keep a GAA club motoring and every cent helps. A massive thanks to PJ McCarron and all who helped organise a great day. Prize-giving presentations were held in the club house later that night (much later!) and these will be announced later. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to making this such a successful event.Irish LanguageTá an Ciorcal Comhrá ar oíche Dé Luain ar ceal go dtí go bhfógrófar a mhalairt. Tá brón orainn faoi seo agus tá súil again go n-atosóidh sé arís go luath. The Irish Language Conversation group on Monday nights is cancelled until further notice. We apologise for this and hope to resume it again very soon.Beyond The Game EventUlster GAA, the Irish FA and IRFU (Ulster Branch) are joining forces in the delivery of a joint good relations event next month which is aimed at supporting local sports clubs and promoting positive community relations.We would like to invite you and any other relevant representatives from your organisation to the event we are hosting, entitled ‘Beyond the Game’, which will showcase the existing work of Clubs and explore issues close to the heart of sports clubs including health, volunteering and engaging with your communities.We are pleased to confirm Mickey Harte (Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager) as keynote speaker and are delighted to welcome Denise Watson as our MC.The event will take place on Wednesday 11th June at Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge. Please contact Club Secretary for further details and expression of interest to attend.Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at [email protected] to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at [email protected] by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa orwww.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS: TRIBUTES PAID TO BUNCRANA STALWART ANDY McLAUGHLIN was last modified: June 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gaa club notes