As a group we used the Ricoh S Theta 360 camera as a different, out of the box thinking way in showing our interests and inspirations in what we like to read when we go to to the library. it was a really interesting activity and a cool shot of being in the library highlighting the book and topic of interest, while at the same time capturing me in the process of looking out for another book along the same lines of the topic i had already chosen which was the Psychology of Physical Activity.
Galbally’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The 12th of march has finally come upon us and has passed in flying colors for everyone involved with the GAA club. All the preparations and planning and sacrifices was all worth it in the end when you could see the results and outcomes of the night, it was fantastically executed, ran efficiently and the support was second to none.
An attendance of nearly 900 people where packed in with excitement in The Aherlow House Hotel to see the show of 16 couples and the interval act in which i myself was involved in and some of the successful U21 football team who won the A County Football Championship at the end of last year. The couples where all brilliant and everyone of them in there own right where winners. The actual winners on the night where Patrick Sweeney from local neighboring club Ballylanders and Aoife who is a local girl who is getting married to one of the main families in the GAA, the Cussens.
As the event was the clubs fundraiser for the year on the money side of things it was very important and the support was massive. Over €25,000 was raised which is all going to the clubs funds. Galbally showed how strong of a club it was with the organisation and the type of workers and bond we have as a club to prepare and run a fundraiser in the way we did. Hopefully next years fundraiser is as successful and its another enjoyable year for all..
Early year success for members of Galbally GAA
In the early stages of 2016, members of Galbally have already their hands cuffed on silverware. Members of our lady footballers who attend John The Baptist C.S Hospital contributed in large numbers yesterday the 7th or march for the senior ladies football team of JTBCS as they ran out winners in the post primary All Ireland senior ladies B football final. Galbally had 5 on the panel and the 5 girls started and had major roles within the team. Most of the girls are no stranger to success with some winning their second or 3rd All Ireland medal. The girls won the Munster earlier in the year and are a credit to the school, their families their selves and to our club and we are all extremely proud of them. They have a big future ahead of them.
Practice in Aherlow
with only 5 days to go till Galbally GAA’s Strictly Come Dancing, the dancers have started practicing and getting to know there surroundings in Aherlow House Hotel. it is ideal for all dancers to come and practice here as it is only a stone throw away from our own area as we are the same parish’s. Aherlow House Hotel has opened there doors with welcoming hands to support there neighboring club and sister parish. In the beautiful surroundings of the majestic Galtee Mountains Aherlow will host one of there biggest events of the year with an estimated attendance of 750 people. The venue is perfect for this event and will really make everything come to life with the scenes around our dancers.
The dancing is being held in the main ballroom in the hotel. This is where practice is commencing at this moment in time. The ballroom will hold the majority of the crowd on the night with televisions in the upstairs bar to accommodate people who cant make it below. There was a good turn out from the interval act dancers Sunday last. There will be a final dress rehearsal this Tuesday for every act in the event and a practice session will be done in the ballroom.
Its coming very near for one of the most important nights of the clubs financial year. The Strictly come dancing event is only two weekends away and preparations in the Aherlow House Hotel have begun.
Practice is going to plan as usual. The main dancers on the night are up practicing three nights a week now and have started rehearsing in the hotel to get used to the surroundings. The interval act are practicing at the weekend and are really coming along. This will be the real show stopping event for the night as it is full of fun and very inventive.
The fundraising side has developed more and more as the days go on. they have nearly 700 tickets sold and sponsorship is gone through the roof thanks to many local business’s etc.
Training is back!!
Training for the 2016 campaign is up and running this Friday the 26th at 7:30pm with our new manager and ex Galbally legend Johnny Cummins. Training will commence after a team meeting at 7pm in the clubhouse just before training starts to lay down the plan for the new year and goals to achieve. The main and only goal we as a team want is to win a county title at the end of the year and rise to the top of senior football once again.
Johnny has set up a Whats App group for all of us to make sure we all get details in time about training and that we can confirm our availability instantly. this is a very effective way of communicating with him and the rest of the team.
I will blog updates on how training will progress for the next few weeks and also keep up to date with the Strictly Come Dancing Fundraiser which is just around the corner.
Fundraising for the new year!
For the New Year the GAA club are trying to raise funds for the coming year to ensure the club is able to run efficiently and care free to cover any expenses needed in the up coming year. The club have organised a Strictly Fun Dancing event which has been very successful in many clubs around us. The event is taking place on the 12th of March booked for the Aherlow House Hotel in the Shadow of the Galtee’s in the Glen of Aherlow. Tickets are on sale for the event at the moment and there has being a real positive feedback from sales.
The Dancing practice is well on the way. There are 16 couples to dance in the event which will feature a range of different entertainment and dances. The committee have also special guest judges for the night including: Munster and Ireland’s former rugby forward Peter ‘The Claw’ Clohessy, 6 time All Ireland winner and former Kerry Midfield star Darragh O’Se, Our very own local hero John Kiely who Managed the 2015 Limerick U21 All Ireland winning team and also our local Ann Staunton, mother of former rugby player Jeremy. Tickets are 20euro.
The fundraiser is to help fund repairs, expenses, trainers and and strength and conditioning. Training is due to start up again on the 26th of February with our New manager Johnny Cummins who has won 2 senior titles with the club and managed them to Intermediate success in 2010.
A New Year, A New Beginning.
By Gearoid McCarthy, k00207731
Its the first of February, the Christmas is over, the nights out are slowly starting to fade away and the harsh reality of pre-season is upon us. Its time to run off the turkey and ham and get down to work for an important year for Galbally GAA to hopefully prospect a new future back up the ranks in Senior Football, where the club has a rich tradition to be.
2015 ended up as a very successful year for the club having earlier in the year winning the Feile Peil u14 Football for the second time in a row, u13, u14, u15 County Championships, Minor South Championship winners and County Finalists and the big one for the club just before Christmas which was a sweet one to win, u21 South Championship winners and also going on to winning the County championship against Mungret on the 20th of December. this was a real boost for the club and gave the whole club and the intermediate team a big boost in prospects for the year. The winning mentality is back in Galbally! It was a specially proud ending of the year for myself as I captained the 21's winning team.
Personally i am looking forward to the year ahead. I will be blogging our pre-season for the next few weeks and update our progression. And hopefully at the end of the year end up with more silverware.