w/b 17 OCT 2017

The U13 Football An Riocht v Clonduff was postponed due to a generator failure but the match in Warrenpoint went ahead which we lost 5-14 to 2-6.


In the Basketball NI Premier League match at Dunavil between the Knights and BC Wolves Cookstown, the visitors emerged victorious.


In the SFL Div One An Riocht lost to Mayobridge 2-15 to 2-11 at Dunavil on Saturday. Ahead seven points to six at the break, An Riocht were caught napping on the restart and let in 2-5 to 0-1 in a traumatic third quarter before rallying and finishing strongly.

Team: S Doran, R Clarke, C Doyle, C Mulligan, L Rodgers, P Allen 0-1, J Cunningham, J Colgan, J O’Rourke 0-1, D Morgan, R McAlinden 1-4, B Rodgers, N McArdle 1-2, S Clarke 0-2, P Gartland 0-1. Subs: M Clarke


An Riocht took part in the U12 Camogie Blitz in Clonduff.


Some 30-young people have just concluded a six weeks ‘Relax Kids’ programme and on Thursday past received their certificates. ‘Relax Kids’ is a children’s relaxation programme aimed at helping children to feel confident and calm. It uses a 7-step method to teach children relaxation through movement, games, stretching and breathing exercises, peer light touch, positive affirmations and creative visualisation.


The close-season is an ideal time for catching up with coaching and other qualifications. It is recommended that Senior & Reserve Coaches have a Level 2 Adult Award; Minor & U16 & U14 Coaches have a Level 1 Youth Award; and U12 Coaches to infants have a Level 1 Children Award. All coach education at each level begins with a Foundation course and after one year, the coach can then specialise in whichever age group he or she favours and progress up the ladder through Level 1 to Level 2 and onto Level 3 where available. There are other one-off coach opportunities such as Fundamentals etc which serve to enhance the core qualification of Foundation, Level 1 & Level 2. All these courses can be arranged through the Club so if interested contact Club Coaching Officers Seamus Curran (football) or Veronica McGreevy (camogie) or call into the office. Don’t let these opportunities pass without taking full advantage of them; we do not have enough coaches and need to recruit if (y)our footballers and camogs are to fulfil their undoubted potential.


There will be a Fireworks display at Dunavil on Halloween night, 31st October, at 8.30pm.


Santa will travel to Dunavil in his reindeer led sleigh to turn on our Christmas lights at 7.30pm on Friday 24th November.


Diary dates: Sunday 5 November 6pm Juvenile (u12 down) Football Presentations; Monday 6 November An Riocht Pre-AGM meeting 7.30pm; Friday 17 November An Riocht Annual Deceased Members Mass 7.30pm; Saturday 18 November An Riocht Annual Awards in Canal Court Hotel; Thursday 30 November An Riocht Annual General Meeting 7.30pm.

Well Done

U16 Camogie Championship Semi-final Result Saturday morning Ballycran 3-5 An Riocht 3-12 Well Done!


Not to be outdone, the U16 footballers have just won the South Down 'A' Championship Final beating Tullylish by 2 points.

w/b 2 OCT 2017

The Schools Football at Dunavil was postponed


An Riocht had two teams in the P3/P4 Football Tournament in Shamrocks enjoying games with Rostrevor, Clonduff, Kilcoo, Aghaderg, Burren and Mayobridge. Thanks to the team mentors and parents who attended.


In the U16 Camogie Championship Quarter-final An Riocht beat Kilclief 8-8 to 1-5 and now play the winners of Ballycran v Shamrocks in the Semi-final.


An Riocht did not attend the P1/P6 Camogie Blitzes


At the U13 Football in Mayobridge, An Riocht went down by 7-16 to 3-13, great scoring from our lads, practice continues 6.30pm on Wednesday.


In the Senior Football An Riocht v Downpatrick, An Riocht won 1-6 to 0-7 completing a most successful September with three wins from three to move to virtual safety on the First Division League Table. Despite perfect underfoot and overhead conditions, scores were at a premium with both teams forcing their final effort. Wing back Conor Clarke advanced to open the scoring for An Riocht with Sean Bell replying for the visitors who went ahead in the fourteenth minute from a Conor McGrady free. Five minutes later Martin Clarke pointed from play from distance and signalled a better spell for the home side with Ronan McAlinden driving home a low shot to the Hoops net and tagging on a free before in added time Michael Magee from a placed ball left it 0-3 to 1-3.

An Riocht were wasteful at the start of the second half and against the run of play Conor McGrady was gifted a point following a poor home clearance. Conor Clarke popped up on the right to reply but midway through the half Conor McGrady and Ruairi Quinn pointed back to back to leave the minimum between the teams as Hoops enjoyed their best period but like their hosts their final shot left a lot to be desired and it stayed a one-point match. Then Ronan McAlinden and Conor McGrady exchanged frees with the result remaining in the balance until Ronan McAlinden landed a most difficult free in added time to give An Riocht breathing space and they held on for five additional minutes to claim the win.

Team: Stephen Doran, Conor Clarke 0-2, Paul Allen, John O’Rourke, Liam Rodgers, Martin Clarke 0-1, Conor Doyle, Kory Colgan, James Colgan, James Cunningham, Ronan McAlinden 1-3 (3f), Brian Rodgers, Paddy Gartland, Noel McArdle, Declan Doyle. Subs: Ryan Clarke, Michael Clarke, Dane Matthews, Joe McCartan.


An Riocht took part in the P5/P6 Floodlit Football Tournament in Ballymartin.


U11 Football An Riocht 1-9 Drumgath 6-6

On a breezy Sunday morning An Riocht Gaels lined out against a tough Drumgath side who in their last match against Shamrocks scored 7-12. The game started with Drumgath winning the toss and playing with a strong wind at their backs scoring 3 goals in the first 5 minutes of the game as we struggled to get out of our own half.  The visitors scored another 1-2 without reply before Shea Rafferty popped up with a point just before half time but from the resulting kick out Drumgath got the last score of the half leaving it 5-03 to 0-01. Within 2 minutes of the restart Luke Quinn struck a goal followed up by a free from Conor McConville and with 5 minutes gone Shaun Clarke made a telling run from half forward rounding two players and knocking the ball over the bar. Things were starting to look up when Daegan Cordell blasted home a goal and two more fine scores followed from Conor Mc Conville and Shaun Clarke before with time running out Luke Quinn added the final two points

Team Shaun Clarke, Paul O’Rourke, Luke Quinn (beag), Ethan Finnegan, Luke Rafferty, Luke Quinn (mór), Deagan Cordell, Rory McRann, Conor Kelly, Grazvydas Gricus, Shea Rafferty, Liam Cousins, Conor McConville, Oran McAleenan.


In the U11 Football An Riocht Ogs lost 4-7 to Longstone 6-6


Good Luck to the U16 footballers in the Divisional ‘A’ final on Saturday.


Participants are required for Scor Na nOg music, song, dance, recitation, quiz; if interested in taking part please contact the club asap.Scór na nÓg is open to children who would have been eligible to play sport at U16 level in 2017 - there is no lower age limit. 


Camogie Presentations for P1 to U12 will take place on Wednesday 18th October


Order sheets for O’Neill’s gear now available from the club to be delivered in time for Christmas.


An Riocht Annual Awards will take place in the Canal Court Hotel on Saturday 18th November, tickets can be purchased on-line @
https://www.klubfunder.com/…/An_Riocht_Dinner_Dance_Celebrating our year…


Basketball NI have released pre-Christmas fixtures for the Men’s Premier League. The big news is that the Knights will now play their home games on a Friday evening with the first home game on Friday 13th October home to BC Wolves from Cookstown.


The full schedule is Tuesday 3rd October away v Belfast Star at St Malachys College; Friday 13th October home v BC Wolves; Thursday 19th October away v Andersontown Tigers at La Salle; Friday 27th October away v Armagh Bison at the Epicentre YC; Friday 3rd November home v Ulster Elks; Friday 10th November home v Queens; Sunday 26th November away v North Star at the Foyle Arena; Friday 1st December home v Tyrone Towers; Thursday 21st December away v Belfast Phoenix at Methodist College.

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U16 'A' Football Final An Riocht v Tullylish on Saturday 7 October NOW at 12pm in SAVAL


Monday 6 November An Riocht PreAGM meeting 7.30pm 


Friday 10 November Down Camogie Awards Night


Friday 17 November An Riocht Annual Deceased Members Mass   7.30pm


Saturday 18 November An Riocht Annual Awards in Canal Court Hotel


Friday 24 November South Down GAA Annual Awards Night


Thursday 30 November An Riocht Annual General Meeting 7.30pm


w/b 25 Sept 2017

The P5/P6 Football v Warrenpoint at Dunavil was rained off.


In the U16 ‘A’ Football semi-final An Riocht v Longstone played under the Dunavil lights, our team went through on the back of a strong second half performance which turned a three-point interval advantage into a fifteen-point winning margin. Longstone goaled at the start and led early on 1-3 to 0-3 but our defence soon got on top and limited the visitors scoring opportunities while a second quarter goal gave us a lead never surrendered. Ahead 1-7 to 1-4 at the break, a Christopher Flanagan goal five minutes into the restart signalled a much better scoring return with Eoin Sloan and Aidan Gribben adding further goals amid a host of points for a convincing 4-13 to 1-7 final score.

An Riocht: Curtis Flanagan, Michael Greenan, Ryan Mackey, Cormac Clarke, Shane Quinn, Jack Rodgers, Christopher Flanagan, Caomhan Campbell, Aidan Gribben, Dylan Nugent, Ross Colgan, Eoin Sloan, Lorcan Donnan.

The Final v Tullylish is in Drumgath at 12.30pm on Saturday 7th October; four x £10 ‘Best Wishes’ required for the programme, if anyone is interested let Club Treasurer Michael O’Rourke know asap.


In the Football at Dunavil on Sunday morning Antrim U14 champions Aghagallon won 2-12 to 1-5 despite star performances from Joel Cunningham at six and big Ben Matthews on the square.

An Riocht: Curtis Flanagan, Jack McDonald, Mark McVeigh, Ethan Wright, James Donnelly, Joel Cunningham, Ryan Cunningham, Reece Flanagan, William Harper, Tyler Shepcar, Ryan Quinn, Oran McAleenan, Darragh McAlinden, Ben Matthews, Conor McConville.


In the U13 Football on Saturday An Riocht found Burren that bit too strong losing on a 4-4 to 12-16 score. Jack Chambers, Mark McVeigh and Ryan Quinn played best. Practice continues on Wednesdays at 6.30pm for an hour before Senior training.

An Riocht: Jack Chambers, Tyler Shepcar, Mark McVeigh, James Donnelly, Zack Curran, Rhys Curran, Shane Kelly, Ryan Quinn, Lorcan Donnan, Matthew McCartan, Darragh McAlinden, Conor McConville, Kian Sloan, Jayden White, Ben Matthews, Jack McDonald, Oran McAleenan.


At the U11 Football in St Marks on Sunday morning Warrenpoint beat An Riocht Gaels 4-8 to 1-8. This game was a tale of two halves; from the throw in Luke Quinn won the ball and made a bee line for goal but blasted his shot wide while from the resultant CPN kick out they powered up field and got a point and for the next ten minutes we struggled to get our hands on the ball with CPN going on to lead 2-3 to no score. With five minutes to go we started to see a bit of the ball with a few missed frees just scraping the uprights until Luke Rafferty got our first score on the stoke of half time.

The second half got underway with a few positional changes and we won the throw in again, this time with Daegan Cordell powering forward and slipping the ball to Grazvydas Gricus who slotted the ball over the bar. From the CPN kick out Grazvydas drove a shot goal bound only for it to rebound off the post which Erikas Junokas collected only for his shot to be saved and put out for a 45. Over the next ten minutes it was An Riocht putting pressure on CPN and getting another three points, 0- 2 from Grazvydas and 0-1 from Erikas. With the score line 2-04 to 0-05 and heading into the last ten minutes CPN threw on a few of their big boys who they had taken off at half time  but it did not stop the determination of these young lads with Grazvydas getting another point though CPN got another quick goal to lead 4-04 to 0-06 but back came An Riocht with a one two between Ethan Finnegan and Luke Rafferty who kicked a long ball into the forward line which resulted in Grazvydas kicking the ball over his own head and getting the point for 2-04 to 0-07. In the last few minutes CPN got another two points but the boys weren't finished yet and Michael Shiels forced a turnover deep in his own half and laid the ball off to Ethan who in turn found Conor Kelly and onto Daegan who cut in smartly on the left and hammered the ball low and hard into the net.

An Riocht: Paul O Rourke, Conor Kelly, Daegan Cordell, Luke Rafferty, Michael Shiels, Shaun Clarke, Luke Quinn, Erikas Junokas, Shea Rafferty, Ethan Finnegan, Grazvydas Gricus, Liam Cousins.


In the U11 Football on Sunday morning at Ballymartin, Eire Og won 4-4 to 3-4 over An Riocht Ogs.

An Riocht: Shay Clare, Declan Fearon, Thomas Doran, Dylan Marsh, Zac Shepcar, Caiden McVeigh, Daniel O'Sullivan, Ryan Campbell, Matthew Spears, Padraig Clarke, Cameron Rodgers, Jack Killen, Logan Rooney, Cormac McConville, Anthony Donaghy, Lucas Dicius, James McComiskey.


The Senior Footballers won a hard-fought victory over Downpatrick on Sunday by 3-9 to 1-11.Team:Stephen Doran, Liam Rodgers, Conor Doyle, Paul Allen, James Cunningham 0-1, Martin Clarke, John O’Rourke, Ronan McAlinden 0-1 (f), Kory Colgan,Deaglan Morgan 1-0, Noel McArdle 1-6 (3f), Brian Rodgers, Declan Doyle 1-1, James Colgan, Conor Clarke. Subs:Conor McVeigh, Michael Clarke.

Hoops got off to a flyer with overlapping wing back Damien Turley collecting a pass from namesake Peter Turley and firing across Stephen Doran for a goal. Though Ronan McAlinden pulled one back from a free, An Riocht were wasteful with their chances and the home side went on to add three points through Sean Bell and Ryan Slavin from play and a Michael Magee free. Though Noel McArdle and Sean Bell exchanged frees, Hoops were dictating the play until Damien Turley picked up a second yellow card in the twenty-sixth minute and the visitors were quick to take advantage of their numerical superiority with Noel McArdle pulling back two points before the break.

On the restart, further scores from James Cunningham and Noel McArdle narrowed the deficit to the minimum before Jarlath Brannigan raided up the wing for the first of his three second half points. McArdle and Brannigan traded the next two scores before Michael Magee stretched Hoops advantage to a goal. Declan Doyle replied for An Riocht and then soloed in to create the opportunity for Deaglan Morgan to shoot to the net past a stranded James Deeny. The lead was short lived with Conor McGrady levelling from a free and big Kevin Gracey pointing Hoops back in front with ten minutes remaining. An Riocht were not for surrendering however and a superb individual goal from Declan Doyle catapulted them back in front. Kory Colgan then picked up a second yellow and though Noel McArdle added a free, Hoops came strong with points apiece from Sean Bell and Brannigan to leave just one in it approaching sixty minutes. An Riocht were not going to let it slip and another strong solo from Doyle and clever off load to McArdle ended with a third goal flying past Deeny to secure a four point victory.


Thanks to everyone who helped with the Pioneer Presentation tea and the Aghagallon Football visit both on Sunday and with the Junior Hurling Championship match on Saturday.

Participants are required for Scor Na nOg music, song, dance, recitation, quiz; if interested in taking part please contact the club asap.Scór na nÓg is open to children who would have been eligible to play sport at U16 level in 2017 - there is no lower age limit. 

Camogie Presentations for P1 to U12 will take place on Wednesday 18th October


Help with the gate and car parking required for Saturday’s senior match at Dunavil.


Tyler Shepcar will represent An Riocht at the County Finals on Sunday, good luck.


Four Football coaches attended the Ulster Coaching Clinic at St Marks School on Saturday; keep up the good work Colin, Declan, Paddy and Paul.


Congratulations to Gavin Finnegan who has been appointed to referee the Intermediate Football Final on Sunday week and to Joe Baldwin who coached Ballela to the Down Junior Hurling Championship victory on Saturday past.


Order sheets for O’Neill’s gear now available from the club to be delivered in time for Christmas.


An Riocht Annual Awards will take place in the Canal Court Hotel on Saturday 18th November, tickets can be purchased on-line @
https://www.klubfunder.com/…/An_Riocht_Dinner_Dance_Celebrating our year…



Irish language classes for beginners get underway at Dunavil from 7.30pm on Monday 2nd October, don’t let this opportunity pass!

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Upcoming Activities

Wednesday 18th

11am Men’s Shed; 6pm Ladies Circuits; 7pm P1 to U12 Camogie Presentation Night; 7pm Kingdom Walkers from the Leisure Centre; 7pm All Together Now Disability Inclusion programme for aged 12+

Thursday 19th

6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 8.30pm Activities for aged 4 to 8 boys and girls; 7pm to 9pm Girls Club for aged 8 to 12 years; 7pm to 9pm Bridging the Divide Inclusion programme; 7.15pm visit from Mourne Youth Forum LOHAH group; 7.30pm U13 Football An Riocht v Clonduff; 7.30pm Senior Football Kilcoo v An Riocht 7.40pm Basketball Andersonstown Tigers v Knights at La Salle.

Friday 20th

11am Men’s Shed; 7pm Kids Movie Night; 7pm to 9pm Boys Club for aged 9 to 12 years; 6.30pm P6 Football; 7.30pm P7 Football

Saturday 21st 

7.30am Kingdom Walkers at Mourne Park; 11am P1/P2 Football; 12pm P3/P4 football; 3pm Birthday Party

Sunday 22nd

10.30am Breakfast at Dunavil; 11am U11 Football An Riocht Gaels v Ballyholland ‘A’ and An Riocht Ogs v Mayobridge ‘B’; 2.30pm Birthday Party; 8pm Bingo

Monday 23rd  

11am Men’s Shed trip to Tayto Tandragee; 6.30pm Secondary School aged Drop-in; 7pm Girls Club for First Year+; 7pm Dunaman Community meeting; 7pm P6 Football in the hall; 7.30pm Irish Language Beginners Class; 9pm Lotto

Tuesday 24th  


6pm Irish Dancing; 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Kilkeel Library presents Irish sources of local place-names by Gordon McCoy Irish Language Education Officer East Belfast Mission, everyone welcome (booking essential); 7pm Primary School aged Drop-in; 7.15pm Bootcamp.