Some Thoughts

Sunday Game Analyst & Simonstown (Meath) Manager Colm O'Rourke


Seven days after guiding Simonstown Gaels to a first ever Meath SFC success, Colm O'Rourke has highlighted what the win meant to him and his club. With his son Shane playing at midfield, the Navan team claimed the Keegan Cup courtesy of a 1-14 to 0-8 victory over Donaghmore/Ashbourne (James Colgan’s team).
Reflecting on their triumph O'Rourke says: “It is something every club should experience at least once in a lifetime whether at junior, intermediate or senior level. When you are involved closely with a club there are any number of disappointments, near misses, final defeats, internal disputes and then, one day comes along when everything just goes right. The effect on community spirit is amazing and the scenes afterwards and even since are hard for me to comprehend – and I thought I had seen most things in football. You can talk about county football all you want, but the club game is personal. A county winning an All-Ireland or even a provincial title inspires young people to try and emulate their heroes. It is the broad stroke of the pen. At club the hero plays on the same pitch, talks to everyone and probably helps out coaching some of the younger players. Eventually they may play together at senior level; some of our players who won medals last Sunday were playing senior before some of the younger ones were born. Where else would you get families and generations interwoven in a rich fabric of giving and sharing?”

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Tuesday 25 April

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm P1/P2 and P3/P4 Camogie practice; Boot Camp; 7.30pm P5/P6 and U12 Camogie practice; U18 Football Mitchels v An Riocht is OFF; 7pm U16 Camogie An Riocht v Clonduff; FIFA Tournament; Spanish Lessons.

Wednesday 26 April

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 6.30pm U14 Football practice; 7.15pm Junior Camogie Kilcoo v An Riocht; 7pm Kingdom Youth Club Relationships & Development programme for young people aged 13+; 7.30pm Senior/Minor Camogie practice; 7.30pm Senior/Reserve Football practice; Ladies of Mourne monthly event.

Thursday 27 April

6.30pm P5/P6 Football practice; 6.45pm U12 Football practice; 6.45pm U14 Camogie practice; 7pm Girls Activities with Aedin; Boot Camp; 7.30pm U16 Camogie practice; 7.30pm U16 Football An Riocht v Rostrevor; Camogie committee monthly meeting.

Friday 28 April

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Cinema; 7.30pm Senior Football An Riocht v Clonduff; 7.30pm Senior/Junior Camogie practice

Saturday 29 April

10.30am Paul Farrell Cup U14 Football Sevens; 11am P1/P2 Football practice; 12pm P3/P4 Football practice.

Sunday 30 April

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 11am U12 Football Clonduff v An Riocht; 2pm Reserve Football Warrenpoint v An Riocht; 3pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 1st May

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Tuesday 2 May

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