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Minor’s Bow Out

Offaly Minor footballers were beaten by Dublin in the semi-final of the Leinster Minor football championship on a 6-13 to 0-6 score line. On the day things did not work out as planned but the team and management team of Paschal Kellaghan, John Murray, David Connolly and John Kenny and the rest of the backroom team put in a huge effort and they are to be thanked for that. On the team and panel from the minor club are were Ruairi McNamee who captained the side but unfortunately Ruairi received a injury after ten minutes, Ruairi is wished a speedy recovery. Also on the panel from the club was Jack Murphy.

Under 12 League Rhode v Birr in Rhode on Wednesday at 6,45pm referee Pat Gallagher

Under 14 Championship Rhode v St Vincent’s in Rhode on Thursday at 7.30pm

Rhode Under 16 footballers were beaten by Clara in Clara in the second round on the championship on Monday evening last on a 5-10 to 2-7 score line.

Offaly Under 16 footballers continued on their winning ways when they recorded a 1-11 to 0-11 win over Kildare in Newbridge on Wednesday of last week.

Offaly Senior hurlers were beaten by Tipperary in the second round of the qualifiers in Portlaoise on Saturday evening on a 5-25 to 1-20 score line. The defeat means that all Offaly teams are now out of the hurling and football championships.

There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto for the week ending 7th of July for a Jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 8 15 21 29. The club like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to Doyle’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €50 each. The lotto next week is in Killeen’s.

T. Donegan, c/o Martin Mulligan

Kevin Coffey, Ballyfore c/o James Murphy

Joe Swords, Edenderry c/o Liam Swiane

Noah and Tadgh Swaine, c/o Pat Swiane

The Rhode GAA Lotto is the main source of income the club has and now you can play online though our website. The good news is when you play the lotto online you are entitled to free draws, for example pay for seven draws receive the eighth one free, pay for fourteen draws receive two free and so on. In other words, the more you play the more free draws you are entitled to!!

Sympathy is extended to the Cox family of Rathcobican on the death of John who passed away on Monday morning last. John was one of the most highly respected member of the community. A tremendous husband and father and he was employed for many years at Rhode power station with the ESB. In his youth John was an excellent footballer and he played for Ballinabrackey in Meath and he was an excellent athlete and he won several championships both at County and Leinster level at cross country. John came to live in Rathcobican Rhode when he married Mary Bridget R.I.P. From day one he was involved in the community with the Rhode Community Games and the GAA Club in particular. He had a huge part in the training of all athletes for the community games and their great success in winning County and All-Ireland medals is a testimony to John. He was also involved in the Rhode GAA Club where he was also involved in the management of the physical training of several teams including the senior team in the early 90’s. At John’s removal and funeral day there were guards of honour on the Thursday evening by Rhode Community Games and on Friday the day of John’s funeral. We as a community and indeed all the people who knew John have lost a great friend and at all Rhode GAA Club sends their deepest sympathy to the Cox family. John was laid to rest in Rhode cemetery. Sympathy is also extended to the Kelly family of Croghan on the death of Cissy whose remains were interred in Croghan cemetery on Wednesday.

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