Club Notes & News
  • The Executive Committee and members of An Ríocht are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Desmond ‘Dutch’ Gibson, father of Dessie, former player and Club Consultant.We would like to express our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the extended family circle. May he rest in peace.


  • Home Bingo Week 18 £200 Winner Margaret Spiers. Week 19 Home Bingo (purple) is on sale now from Morgan’s Newsagents, McVeigh’s Costcutter, Rafferty’s Garage and Dunaman Food Store and a number of individuals. If you could sell as few as 5 Home Bingo each week, it would be a tremendous help. Thank you for your support.


  • Anyone with an unused camogie/hurling helmet, the club would gratefully accept it to pass onto a child, so please give us a call if you can help.


  • Many thanks to Martin Clarke for coming down to coach our U11.5 boys last week at training. They loved the session with some great tips and advice on how to improve their game. The former An Ríocht and Down All Ireland Minor star proved he still has all the skills when he accepted a challenge from the boys with a shot from the sideline. Straight over the bar! Martin finished with a question and answer session, and the boys had some great questions about his playing days with An Riocht and his experiences in Australia. Thank you for your time, Martin!


  • Thank you to our U15 Footballers who have raised the astonishing amount of £1,050 in aid of The Well! Thank you all for the help; special mention to parents, players and the community for donations. Thanks to Curtis Flanagan and Patrick Rooney for behind the scenes organising the gear and fundraising for the players. We are all very grateful for everyone’s efforts.


  • Good Luck to our club referee Gavin Finnegan this weekend in the Ulster Final! Gavin began his career back in 2014 when he started refereeing Ladies Gaelic Football in Down. Then two years later, he was accepted onto the Ulster Provisional Panel in 2016 and National Panel in 2020. Since then, Gavin has taken charge of U14, U16 and Minor Ulster Finals and last year’s Ulster Senior Semi-Final. Gavin this year also took control of the National League Division 3 Final between Roscommon and Wexford. In the previous five years, he has also taken charge of the Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Ladies Down Club Championship Finals. 2022 has been a fantastic year in Gavin’s refereeing career, and this Sunday Ulster Ladies Senior Championship Final between Donegal v Armagh will be the highlight and a most incredible honour to date. Good Luck, Gavin and your team of umpires Barney Mc Cartan, Pascal Morgan, Christopher Morgan & Eddie Cuthbert (Mayobridge).


  • Good Luck to our club players Lauren Clarke, Aofie McDowell & Daniel Higgins this weekend in the first round of the All Ireland Camogie Championship with Down’s first game at home in Division 1 against Kilkenny Saturday 21st May.


  • At the Alice Poland Memorial Senior Camogie Seven-A-Side in Ballyholland, An Ríocht went out at the semi-final stage to eventual winners, Clonduff. Well done to all our players and coaches, and thanks to Ballyholland for organising the event.


  • The U18 Camogs won in Ballela after a good sporting game while the U14 Camogs lost to Ballycran 1-10 to 6-4, we scored more times than the visitors, but they got the goals. In Ballela, the team was Cerys Finnegan 0:7, Lucia Higgins 2:5, Sarah Higgins 0:2 , Bobbi Jo Campbell 3:0, Lauren Marsh 0:3, Aoife Rooney 2:2, Anna Quinn 1:0, Zoe Gannon 5:0, Ciara Sloan 0-2. Thank you so much to Ballela for entering into the spirit of the sport and playing 9-a-side.


  • Congratulations to our Club Referee Christopher Morgan last weekend on refereeing the Ulster LGFA U16 Championship Final on Saturday in Augher with Donegal defeating Monaghan.


  • Well done to our underage camogie players of the week, U6’6 – Cara Doyle, Anna Young, Ellie Doyle and Caoilfhionn Flanagan, U8’s – Lilly Ann Annett and Caela Rooney Davies, U10’s – Sara McVeigh, Lilli McBurney and Erin O’Connor and U14’s Annalise White and Alex Donnelly.


  • The young camogs and hurlers from Gaelscoil na mBeann braved the rain last Monday week to begin their after school sessions with An Ríocht coaches. Well done while, at St Colmans, a bumper 50 plus girls turned out for their first camogie session. At Grange Primary School, a group of 20 talented girls have been working hard developing their skills at After School Camogie with Miss Fearon. Well done, girls. Thanks to the schools for their cooperation and the coaches for their time.


  •  Thank you to all our club members and community who purchased a An Ríocht Down Draw ticket this year! Our club couldn’t survive without the continued generosity of everyone. Together we sold 338 tickets which raised £30,528 for our club plus a £750 O’Neil’s Voucher! A special thank you to James & Mary McGrath for the continued support for this vital fundraiser for our club and especially to Anne McArdle and her team for getting people signed up and is pictured with the first of many hopeful winners from the first monthly draw and collecting his £1,000 winnings Senior Football Eoin Sloan! Thank you for supporting your club and county!


  • Thank you and well done to everyone who attended the ASCERT Substance Misuse Awareness workshop at Dunavil on Thursday past and the SafeTALK Suicide awareness training on Saturday Morning. An Riocht uses the power of sport to build Community Cohesion, address Mental Health issues, and tackle inequality, living the Club Maith / Club Mark ethos.


  • Last Seven Day Results; Monday Minor Football Carryduff 1-7 to An Ríocht 1-9, Tuesday U13 Football An Ríocht 2-7 to Drumgath 7-9, U14 Camogie Liatroim 7-9 v An Ríocht 1-3 & Minor Camogie Mayobridge 2-5 v An Ríocht 2-5, Thursday Teconnaught 4-5 to An Ríocht 0-6, Friday Senior Football 1-12 to Liatroim 0-10, Saturday Reserve Football An Ríocht 1-13 to Drumgath 3-11.


  • Next Seven Day Fixtures: Wednesday U15 Football (H) v St John’s 7:30pm & Senior Camogie (H) v Bredagh, Friday Senior Football (A) v Bredagh 7:30pm, Saturday Reserve Football (A) v Attical 5pm, U11.5 Football both teams (A) v Warrenpoint 11am, Minor Football An Ríocht (A) v Mayobridge 7:30pm, Tuesday U13 Football An Ríocht (H) v Longstone 7:30pm, U14 Camogie (H) v Clonduff 7:30pm, Minor Camogie (H) v Bredagh 7:30pm.



By chrismorgan Mon 16th May