An Riocht Football

Underage Football Tournaments

An Riocht have announced details of their Underage Gaelic Football Tournaments for 2016:

The Paul Farrell Cup & Shield U14 Football 7-a-side will take place at An Riocht (Down) on Saturday 7th May; KILCOO Cup holders, LONGSTONE Shield holders.

The Brian O'Hare Cup & Shield U12 Football 9-a-side will take place at An Riocht (Down) on Saturday 21st May; BURREN Cup holders, SHANE O’NEILLS Shield holders.

The Jim Mulholland Cup & Shield U10 Football 11-a-side will take place at An Riocht (Down) on Saturday 4th June; O’DONOVAN ROSSA MAGHERAFELT Cup holders, SHANE O’NEILLS Shield holders.

The Adrian McAlinden Cup & Shield U8 Football 11-a-side will take place at An Riocht (Down) on Saturday 18th June; BELLAGHY WOLFHOUNDS Cup holders, CULLOVILLE BLUES Shield holders.

Each day the first games throw in at 10.30am, the knock out stages begin at 1.30pm with the Shield Final at 3pm and the Cup Final at 3.15pm. There will be up to 8 pitches in use; further information or to enter any of the tournaments contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These tournaments are sanctioned by Croke Park. The emphasis each day will be on playing against new teams, making new friends and enjoying the occasion. Teas and hot food etc will be available from our newly refurbished kitchen.

Last year 51 Clubs from 11 different Counties took part and already just hours after preliminary notification went out there are entries in from seven different counties.


Thank you for a very warm welcome and fantastic hospitality!  Great setup you have down there, overall a very well run tournament and it was an honour to be a part of it! We would love to return next year!
O’Donovan Rossa Magherafelt

Thank you for the invite to a brilliantly run tournament on the day, much appreciated. Cookstown Fr Rocks

I want to thank you for your hospitality. It was a very well organised competition. Your club members did a great job and were very welcoming. Our boys thoroughly enjoyed their day and went home with a smile on their face. We hope to be back next year.

St Peter's Lurgan

We want to thank you for the invitation to compete in the tournament. We would also like to congratulate and compliment you on a well-run event. All our players and coaches really enjoyed the day. Hope we get the opportunity to attend next year.

Ramor Utd

Thanks for the tournament on Saturday past. The kids had a ball. Fair play to An Riocht – the organisation and facilities are first class. Just how you manage 32 teams as efficiently as that is a tribute to you all. Thanks again. Hopefully be back again next year.

Teconnaught GFC

I’d like to thank you for Saturday’s matches, the kids had a great time. As usual a really well run tournament.

Michael Davitts Belfast

Great day. Well organised. Looking forward to next one.
Moy Tir Na nOg

Football News December 2015


  • ·        Congrats to Conor Doyle Club Down All Star
  • ·        Congrats to Gavin Finnegan & John O’Rourke South Down Juvenile Referee award winners
  • ·        Congrats to Michael O’Rourke elected South Down secretary
  • ·        Congrats to Diarmuid Cahill elected County Board assistant-Treasurer
  • ·        To play Adult Football in 2016 a player must be at least second year minor
  • ·        A player on an inter County Minor panel shall not play in adult club league or challenge games until his inter County activity for the year is concluded
  • ·        To manage an adult team in 2016 you must have a Level One qualification
  • ·        To manage underage in 2017 you must have Level One qualification

·                 Upcoming courses @ Dunavil:

·                 Foundation Award on Saturday 9th January, any coaches without Foundation need to complete this course and must register with the Club or with Coaching Officer Seamus Curran asap, still a few places remaining. If you are not sure you probably haven’t done it.

·                 Coaching for U14 & U16 coaches on 18th & 25th Jan & 1st February

·                 Level One Child Award on 5th, 6th, 7th February.

·                 Because of the Foundation course on 9th January, the P1 to P4 coaching will start back a week late, on 16th January.


·        The next Football meetingis at 7.15pm on Tuesday 12th January; if interested in coaching or helping in any way with football in the Club please attend.




This outdoor Coaches CPD workshop will take place in Burren on Tuesday 10th February at 7.30pm.This workshop will explore practical, on-field methods of creating effective systems of attacking play in Gaelic Football teams.This workshop is open to all Football coaches and is free of charge.

Youth Foundation Football Coaching Award - Fri 21st Sat 22nd Nov

Youth Foundation Football Coaching Award Friday 21stNovember (3 hour Child Protection) & Saturday 22ndNovember (6 hour coaching) @ Dunavil (must complete both to become qualified); everyone interested should contact Club Coaching Officer Seamus Curran asap as places are limited. 


This is essential for anyone without a Foundation Award and those who completed it a long time ago could use it as a refresher.

Senior Football v Aghaderg

The Senior Football v Aghaderg did not take place as the visitors were unable to field a team on any of the three dates suggested.

The next Football Committee meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 February.

The next Football Committee meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 February.


Team management appointments to date in line with Club policy re application forms returned are



Noel Fitzpatrick, Barney McAleenan;



Declan Campbell, Brendan McVeigh, John Clarke;


Edmond Kali, Sean Clarke, Eric Campbell, Brendan Allen, Deaglan O’Reilly, Vince McAlinden;



Peter Morgan, Declan Campbell;


Peter Morgan, Turlough Eastwood;



Leo Sloan, Paul Quinn;



Seamus Curran.


In line with Club Policy on a minimum of three people with each team other appointments will be finalised this week. If anyone is interested in getting involved, application forms are available from Turlough or the Office.


To book a training slot contact the Office ASAP.


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Upcoming Activities

Sunday 22nd January

10am Senior Gaelic; 10.30am Breakfast @ Dunavil; 11am U12 Gaelic and 12pm U14 Gaelic, both outdoor weather permitting; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo @ Dunavil

Monday 23rd January

11am Men’s Shed; 6.45pm Indoor Gaelic for P5 & P6; 7pm to 9pm An Riocht Registration Night, Child (U18) £10; Adult £25; Senior Citizen £10; Family £60 (2 adults & unlimited children); 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 24th January

6pm Irish Dancing; 7pm FIFA Tournament; 7pm GAA Club Officers training in Bessbrook; 7pm U14 Camogie Wall Ball session; 7.15pm Irish language beginners class; 7.15pm Indoor Gaelic for U16 (born 2001 & 2002); 8pm U16 Camogie Wall Ball session; 8.15pm Senior Camogie circuits in the hall; 9pm Basketball.

Wednesday 25th January

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits with Claire; 6.30pm KYC Healthy Lifestyles programme; 7pm Indoor Camogie for P3 & P4; 7pm; 7.30pm Ladies of Mourne; 8pm Indoor Camogie for U12 (born 2005 & 2006); 8pm KYC Positive Relationships Programme.

Thursday 26th January

6pm Irish Dancing; Camogie Coaching @ Grange PS; 7pm U18 Camogie Wall Ball session; 7.30pm Planning & Physical Development new sub-committee first meeting, anyone interested please come along; 8pm Senior Camogie Wall Ball session; 8pm Minor Gaelic outdoor

Friday 27th January

11am Men’s Shed; 6.30pm Indoor Camogie for P1 & P2; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7.30pm Indoor Camogie for P5 & P6; 8.30pm Senior Gaelic in the hall.

Saturday 28th January

11am Indoor Gaelic for P1 & P2; 12pm Indoor Gaelic for P3 & P4.

Sunday 29th January

10am Senior Gaelic; 10.30am Breakfast @ Dunavil; 11am U12 & U16 Gaelic and 12pm U14 Gaelic; 2pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo @ Dunavil; Basketball North Star Derry v Knights

Monday 30th January

1am Men’s Shed; Camogie Coaching @ St Colmans PS; 6.45pm Indoor Gaelic for P5 & P6; 7.30pm Camogie committee monthly meeting; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 31st January


6pm Irish Dancing; 7pm FIFA Tournament; 7pm Coaching the Football Coaches with Stephen Poacher; 7pm U14 Camogie Wall Ball session; 7pm SAND meeting; 7.15pm Irish language class; 7.15pm Club Coaching Officer workshop in Newcastle; 7.15pm Indoor Gaelic for U16 (born 2001 & 2002); 8pm U16 Camogie Wall Ball session; 8.15pm Senior Camogie in the hall.