Championship Begins At The Weekend

St.Joseph’s Rochfortbridge  Leinster A College’s Champions 
Massive Congratulations to St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge on defeating Naas CBS on a score-line of 2-13 to 0-15 to be crowned  Leinster A Colleges champions for the first time in their history. St.Josephs were led by the clubs own Aaron Kellaghan who lifted the Br,Bosco Cup as their team captain, Also on the panel for St,Josephs was the clubs Cian Murphy and St, Brigids man Evan Rigney. Well Done lads hope you enjoyed the Celebrations. 

Offaly GAA Adult Club Championship Fixtures This Weekend

Offaly Senior Football Championship Group 2 

Rhode, Clara , Tullamore Cappincur 
Round 1 Saturday 25-7-20 
Rhode V Clara  7pm BNM O’connor Park 

Offaly Junior A Football Group 2 
Rhode, Tullamore, Clara, Edenderry

Round 1  Sunday 26-7-20
Rhode V Tullamore 1pm  Fr.Dowling park Rhode

Offaly Junior C Football Group 1
Rhode, Doon, Clodiagh Gaels, Ballycommon, Edenderry 
Round 1 26-7-20
Rhode V Clodiagh Gaels 7pm Killeigh 
Under-Age Fixtures

U13 A Football Championship 
Round 1 – Sunday 26-7-20 
Rhode V Na Fianna  10:30am Geashill

Statement From Offaly GAA Chairman, Michael Duignan

“As we return to competitive action this weekend with the commencement of our U13 championship we are issuing our 2020 Covid-19 Regulations.

I just wanted to wish everyone good luck in the weeks ahead and just remind clubs of a couple of very important matters ahead of our meeting with all club Chairpersons next Tuesday evening.

1. Attendance at all matches is currently restricted to 200 in total including players, management, match officials, medical, media, supporters etc. We will be issuing further ticketing information in the coming days but, for now, at underage matches I would suggest that entry is restricted to players and their parents only. Please also be vigilant at adult challenge matches to ensure that the number is adhered to and again I would suggest asking non-playing club members to stay at home for now.

2. All persons at the matches must be encouraged to social distance if they are not from the same household.

3. Please ensure entrance and exits to venues have hand sanitiser clearly visible and in use.

4. All players must complete their Health Questionnaire before EVERY activity and again hands sanitised before and after activity.

5. Dressing rooms must remain closed.

6. Please ensure that your Covid-19 officer is given the full support of the club to ensure all guidelines are met.

I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all our volunteers for all their exceptional efforts to date as we return to competitive activity. Please keep it up and ensure that you are all fully compliant in the weeks ahead.

Best wishes to all our teams, it really is fantastic to see our club championships commencing.”

(Michael Duignan, Chairman, Offaly GAA)

200 Club Draw 

We are continuing with our Rhode GAA Supporters Draw to Aid our Planned Development for our Grounds . Entering this draw will provide you with the chance to win 1st prize €1000 & 5 chances to win €250 in each draw and there are 5 draws taking place throughout the year. That’s a total of 30 chances to win over the year. The Draws will be held on the following dates while adhering to the strict HSE/Government and GAA Guidelines:

The First Draw took place on July 6th while further 4 draws will take place on the following Dates:
• 3rd August• 22nd August• 24th October • 19th December
Many Thanks to all who sold or purchased tickets for our Supporter’s Draw.  

Offaly GAA Cul Camps

The annual Rhode GAA Cul Camp will commence in Fr Dowling Park on Monday 24th  of August  to Friday 28th of August . The camp will start each day at 10am and ends at 2.00pm. It is a wonderful experience to   meet new friends and to practice the skills of our native games. The camp in Rhode is recognised as a top class camp. Due to covid-19 there will be NO walk ups accepted. Please Book Online  Or see our social media pages for link

https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=findcamps&utm_campaign=culcamps2020&utm_content=findcamp_herocard&county=Offaly

Rhode Warriors
Rhode warriors resumed activities this morning. Lots of fun had by all the boys and girls.
A massive thank you to Enda Murphy of Sensori FM for kindly sponsoring new equipment for the Warriors.

We Are Here To Help !!

Already today some of our Volunteers were called upon to help people in our Community.  
No Shame in needing help when you are in need of it. 
Members of Rhode GAA committee and club members/supporters are available to help out in collecting groceries or prescriptions from the chemist and shops for the eldery and vulnerable of the parish:
Tracey Murphy 0872264435
Patricia McManus 0876439380
Michael Fleming 0860830673
Stephen Darby. 0868452132
Siobhan Scally  0871416115
Paul McNamee 0852101826
Debbie Gowran 0851391386
Rory Swaine 0871131113
Club Person of Contact Eoghan Hickey 0879481249
Feel free also to message this page or any other issues or messages that need to be passed on you can contact me PRO Robert Kellaghan 0876452964
Offaly Covid-19  Community Response Forum FREEPHONE number is 1800 81 81 81 or email covidsupport@offalycoco.ie.  Lines open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week #CommunityCall #Offaly

Lotto

The Rhode GAA Lotto Jackpot is €12,800 and it took place on the 14th of July.   The Draw took place while adhering to  Strict Guidelines  

The numbers drawn out were 5 13 23 30

There were four match three winners who won €50 each. 

Greg Kerrigan

Bones Whelan

Debbie Gowran

Ger Noonan (Online Winner)

The lotto can be played online before 12 Noon on the date of Draw see the Rhode GAA Website / Facebook / Twitter Or Contact your usual ticket sell for details Draw Will take place every Monday Night and will be live on Facebook around 8:30pm.  

Stay Safe 

While the country continues to  exit the lock down we hope all in our community are keeping safe and well. We urge you all to play your part in this war against the invisible virus. Please observe social distancing advice and follow guidance from government, HSE and reliable sources.Look after yourself, your family and your neighbors. Especially those who are at greater risk. 

Rhode GAA expresses our Deepest Sympathy to the Kellaghan Family on the Passing of our dear Friend, Patron & Trustee Joe Kellaghan.

Peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Husband of the late Claire. Deeply regretted by his sister Mary, sons Ken and Alan, daughters-in-law Trish and Karen, grandchildren Claire, Rachael, Bobby and Jessie, best friends Geraldine and her daughter Shonagh, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Rhode  has undoubtedly lost one of its most respected citizens  in Joe Kellaghan. Joe played a very active part in his community as a peace Commissioner, involvement in Politics, Boxing, the Gun Club, served in the FCA but his love of farming and the GAA always shone  through. Having played for Rhode at under-age level Joe decided to dedicate his time as an administrator of the club serving in several roles such as Secretary , Chairperson , longtime  county board delegate, Trustee and finally Patron of the club alongside Fr.Greg Corcoran PP. Joe’s, by the book attitude, served Rhode well during battles at County board meetings which saw him become a much respected administrator serving on a number committee’s within Offaly GAA. He had such pride in his two son’s Alan & Ken who  went on to become Rhode & Offaly GAA Stalwart’s on the playing fields serving with distinction guiding both club and county to success. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Legend can be a word that is often overused to describe a person but in Joe’s case it is certainly a fitting description.     Joe’s funeral mass was held on Wednesday afternoon last in St.Peters Church Rhode followed by burial adjoining cemetery. Due to covid-19 only family and close friends (50) were present in the chapel. 
A Guard of Honour  took place  while adhering to the guidance.  
May  The Green & Gold Be Forever Wrapped Round You Rest In Peace Joe

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