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In Memory of Dean Morris  

It was with great sadness and heartbreak that we learned of the tragic death of our great friend and teammate Dean on Thursday last.  No words can ever describe the feeling of loss that is running through our club and community. We especially think of Dean’s heartbroken family during this time as they grieve the loss of their son and brother. Dean accomplished many great things in his life and he was no less successful on the playing field. Dean began his Rhode football career at U10 where he won two All-Ireland medals at Community Games level. He has Offaly Championship medals at every grade of underage from U12 right up to U21 and among all of his adult league and championship titles there are no less than five Offaly Senior Football Championship medals to be found. 
We express our deepest sympathy to Dean’s family. His father Brendan is a fanatical supporter of his adopted Rhode and has ran many successful fundraisers for the club over the years. His mother Dympna is a former assistant treasurer and committee member of our club. His siblings Caoimhe, Aaron and Gwen are equally supportive of the club and the Morris family were the first ever sponsors of our club jerseys way back when the family ran a shop in the village. We also express our deepest sympathy to Deans Partner Jenny and her Daughter Amelia.  
We keep in our thoughts all of Deans teammates and friends who have soldiered together from U10 right up until recently. In all the sadness, the bond they have with each other which came from experiences shared both on and off the pitch will be remembered. It is a bond that cannot be broken and those shared memories will live on in our hearts forever.    
Deans Funeral mass took place on Sunday afternoon last in St.Peters Church Rhode followed by burial to the adjoining cemetery.  He was giving a great send off with a full guard of honour from all the club which included all Adult players, under-age footballers, Ladies Club , members and past players all  said their farewells  to Dean . 

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Offaly Senior Footballers  

Massive Congratulations to Offaly Senior footballers as they Top their group following a great win over Tipperary on a score-line of 1-17 to 1-12 to book themselves a home advantage division 3 league semi final v Fermanagh. A win over Fermanagh would see Offaly promoted to division 2 league.  On the Team/Panel from Rhode are Niall Darby ( Captain), Naill McNamee, Anton Sullivan, , Eoghan Rigney  &Ruairi McNamee. 

Well Done also to Offaly hurlers and ladies footballers who won over the weekend and make it one step closer to promotion. 

 Senior Football Championship

Group 1: Rhode, Ferbane, Cappincur, Durrow

Group 2: Tullamore, Edenderry, Shamrocks, Bracknagh

(Top team in each group into semi-finals. Second and third team in each group into quarter-finals)

Junior ‘A’ Football Championship

Group 1: Tullamore, Clara, Ballinagar, Rhode

Group 2: Doon, Kilclonfert, Edenderry, 2020 Junior ‘B’ Football Championship winners

(Top team in each group into semi-finals. Second and third team in each group into quarter-final

Under 20 Football Championship

Preliminary Round: Gracefield v Shamrocks; St Rynagh’s v St Manchan’s

Round One: (1) Gracefield or Shamrocks v St Rynagh’s or St Manchan’s; (2) Wheery v Clara; (3) St Patrick’s v St Vincent’s; (4) St Broughan’s v Tullamore

Quarter-Finals: (1) v (2); (3) v (4); Durrow v St Michael’s; Na Fianna v Kilcormac/ Killoughey 

GAA 4 All Programme

Planning is underway by Rhode GAA/LGFA  to run a GAA 4 all Programme  for all children aged 5-12 in our area and surrounding areas  commencing in July of this year. weekly sessions will be 45-60 minutes long. Children will need to be pre booked and registered with the GAA.  If you or anyone you might know would like to get involved in helping out with the programme give Minor Club Secretary Tracey Murphy a call on 087-2264435 and she will direct you to those leading the programme.

2021 Rhode  GAA Supporters 200 Club Draw 
We are  continuing with our Rhode GAA Supporters Draw to Aid our Planned Development for our Grounds.A massive thank you for your previous support of our club draws and we hope you can continue that wonderful support in 2021.  This is a large project and will be a benefit to Rhode GAA/LGFA Clubs and also the community . Our success on the field is not reflected in our grounds. We need to work together to achieve our goals. Also, our Underage teams are going well and they deserve the opportunity to have great facilities to progress in their development. This cannot be achieved without the support of our Community      

.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. Draws will be held as follows
• 14th August • 18th September • 16th October • 20th November • 18th December
For an opportunity to win one of these great prizes we are offering you 2 options 
OPTION 1  Costing: €2501 Entry into the 5 draws 1 membership Family, Player or Single to Rhode GAA Full use of the Walking TrackClub supporter car sticker 
OPTION 2  Costing: €2001 entry to all 5 draws.Club Supporter Car Sticker

Either option can be paid by over three installments  .
1st Installment €120 – 31st May 2nd Installment €65 – 3oth June 3rd Installment €65 – 31st July   

Contact Any Committee Member for further information on entering/purchasing draw tickets or see online purchase option in membership below .

Club Membership:
All underage/ adult players must be registered prior to attending training sessions for insurance purposes. All players should have received a message from team management by this stage outlining how to register on the www.foireann.ie system. 
The www.foireann.ie system is the same system used last year for the COVID questionnaire return to play and you can log on using the same credentials as last year. If you have any issues please contact your team management.
The foireann system can also be used by non-players to register and pay online as a member of Rhode GAA and LGFA clubs. The deadline for general membership has been extended to the end of May 2021. 
An option to enter the 200 club draw is also available for online payment on www.foireann.ie and there are options for payment by instalments also available.
Rhode GAA Club & Rhode LGFA have come together under the GAA One Club Model. This means that all members , male & female , will be covered by the same membership system. An executive committee  with representatives from both Rhode GAA  & Rhode LGFA will look after the administration/registration/affiliations of all the teams required. Day to day activities like under-age training etc will continue as it always did for various teams. Future fundraising activities ( including    our annual 200 club draws) will go towards funding our teams (Male & Female )  and developing facilities for all our members.
2021 Membership  can be paid to the following membership officers listed, John Kilmurray Aine Egan , Patricia McManus,  Ger Noonan, Eoghan Hickey Regina Swaine, Oliver Murphy, Jody Kilmurray, James Murphy , John Glennon ,Tracey Murphy , Robert Kellaghan Orla Kilmuuray and Mary Hannon  up to the 31st of  May. 
The Membership Rates  are as Follows:  
200 club – €250
Family €120  (2 adults and all children) 
Adult player €80 (including Insurance )
Adult non-player €50
Student non-player / player €30
Youth player €30
O.A.P\’s  €5

Offaly GAA Cul Camps

The annual Rhode GAA Cul Camp will commence in Fr Dowling Park on Monday 19th   to Friday 23rd  of July. 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  

Rhode GAA Walking Track 

Our walking track  remains open for our members to exercise safely . Members are asked to obey signage and maintain Covid-19 social distancing measures.
We Ask that Those using our facilities respect the grounds by either bringing home your rubbish or use the many bins that surround the walking track . 


The Rhode GAA Lotto Jackpot was €6,800 and it took place on the 24th of May while adhering to strict guidelines.  

The numbers drawn out were 3 9 16 21.

There were ten match three winners who won €20 each.

Pat Fitzgerald                    Geraldine Dunphy

John Jones SNR               Bernie Hamill

Rose Lynch                       Caroline Dowling

Joan Goaner                     Gerry Reidy

Jackie Donoghue               Pat Kilmurray

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 seller for details Draw Will take place every Monday Night and will be live on Facebook between 8pm-8:30pm    


If you’re not it, you can’t win – Buy 7 tickets – Get 1 free!

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