Ladies vs Ballerin 25/06/2018

The Senior ladies played Ballerin in the first round of the championship at Longfield last Monday evening.  Although Balllerin stared as hot favourites they were just ahead by two points with five minutes to go and had to call upon all their resources in the last few minutes to guarantee their passage to the next round.  Desertmartin gave a whole hearted performance and each girl gave their very best on the night.

The sides were level at two points-a- piece after ten minutes with Thomasina Cassidy scoring for the Saffrons.  Play was then halted for quite some time as a Ballerin player picked an injury to her shoulder and had to leave the field.  The Sarsfields girls added two further points before Desertmartin had a goaling opportunity that resulted in a fisted point from Patricia McFlynn.  The following ten minutes saw Ballerin at their very best as they cut through the home defence scoring 1-4 approaching halftime.  Desertmartin stemmed the onslaught when T Cassidy pointed from a free leaving Ballerin ahead 1-7 to 0-4 at the break.  Desertmartin suffered a blow seconds after the throw-in to the second period when Aideen Fullen who was playing really well at midfield damaged an ankle when she landed heavily and couldn’t continue.  But Desertmartin brought the game to the visitors and won a penalty on the thirty-sixth minute when T Cassidy was fouled as she bore down on goal.  Thomasina struck the penalty firmly but the Ballerin keeper saved and the danger was cleared.  Desertmartin at this stage were very measured in their play with Edel McGuckin pulling off good saves in goals,  Noleen McGuckin very assured at full-back,  Paula McElwee intercepting repeatly at wing back and Louise O’Connell now playing at centre-half they looked very solid in defence.  This along with Suzanne McGuckin working hard at mid-field and Shannon McCrystal making surging runs through the middle they forced Ballerin on to the backfoot.  Although the Sarsfields scored two further points the highlight of the game arrived in the 55th and 56th minutes when Desertmartin’s Cara Donnelly making her senior debut scored two marvellous goals to leave only two points between the teams.  Sensing danger Ballerin went up a gear with Nos. 10,  11 and 14 who were a threat all evening rose to the challenge.  As time was running out,  St Martin’s with tiredness creeping in couldn’t contain a determined Sarfields late rush as they powered forward scoring 1-4 to maintain their quest for championship honours.  Although beaten 2-13 to 2-4 the Desertmartin girls played their part in a thoroughly enjoyable game.

Desertmartin:    Edel McGuckin;  Niambh Fullen,  Noleen McGuckin,  Emma Donnelly;  Paula McElwee,  Suzanne McGuckin,  Erin McKernan;  Aideen Fullen,  Shannon McCrystal;  Cara Donnelly (2-0),  Louise O’Connell,  Ciara Scullion;  Sinead McGuckin,  Patricia McFlynn (0-1),  Thomasina Cassidy (0-3).

Subs used:  Roisin McElhennon,  Megan Grant,  Eileen McIvor and Megan Murray.

Shop Order

The deadline for the next club shop order is Monday night, the 26th of March.

Anyone wishing to order up any items please contact Ciaran Higgins asap on 07968837094

Available items can be seen here.

Slieve Gallion Challenge 2018 Results

The results from both today’s 10K and 5K races are here. Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you all had a great day.

10K results can be seen here:


5K results can be seen here:


Category Winners:

Male Open: Eoin Hughes – Acorns Ac
Female Open: Siobhan Brown – Tafelta AC
Male 50+: Eugene McAuley – Acorns AC
Female 50+: Bridie Young Acorns Ac
5K Male: Jariath Hughes
5K Female: Paula McErlaine

Congratulations and thanks again to all our runners.

Thnaks also to all out helpers on the day as well as all the local companies for their continued support of this event.

Thanks to the Mid Ulster Council for their funding support.



A few reminders for upcoming events over the next couple of weeks.

– Tuesday 20th 7pm Ulster Coucil Officer coming to the club to talk about bullying and prevention.

-Thursday 22nd 8pm in Main Hall – County Board running mindfit mental health talk in the hall, for 14-18 year olds.

-Thursday 22nd 8pm in Portacabin – Pre-registration night for Slieve Gallion Challenge.

-Sunday 25th 10am – Slieve Gallion Challenge 10k & 5k.

-Thursday 1st March – Free Health Check at the Hall.

Dog Mess

Folks, we are glad that the facilities at St Martin’s GAC are used by the Community for physical activity and are more than happy with this. However recently there has been alot of dog fouling around both the main pitch and the training pitch down below.

We’d like to take the opportunity to remind everyone to carry a scoop or bag with them and please use the bins provided.

The facilities are for everyone, and remember….. together we can do so much.

Farm Families Health Checks

We would like to thank everyone for the great response to the Community Services Survey so far.

One of the stand out potential services the community selected were health checks. Taking this on board we have organised for the Farm Families Health Checks team to visit on the 1st of March.

The service is run by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in conjunction with the Public Health Agency.

There are slots available for consultation on physical screening, including blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol; and lifestyle checks including diet and exercise advice.

The service is not exclusively for farmers but is targeted towards this group. Check out the leaflet below.

Farm Families Leaflet.pdf

To register you interest or if you have any queries call Paddy Kidd on 07792127940 or email the club email address,

Executive committee 2018

The following were elected at the AGM held on Monday 15th January to serve on the committee for 2018.

Chairman  –  Pat Kidd

Vice Chairman  –  Patrick Kidd

Secretary  –  Ann Matterson

Assistant Secretary  –  Gerard McGuigan

Treasurer  –  Brona Connery

Assistant Treasurer  –  Shane Martin

PRO  –  Colm Breen

Culture/Language Officers  –  Shay Shiels and Sinead McGuckin

Membership Officer  –  Peter Donnelly

Youth/Coaching Officer  –  Pamela O’Kane

Committee member  –  Michael McGovern

The election of officers was conducted by Harry McCann

2018 Executive Committee Appointed

St Martin’s GAC, Desertmartin Annual General Meeting was held on 15th Jan 2018 in the Gaelic Centre. After brief discussion on the Treasurer and Secretaries reports, the new Committee was duly elected, and it looks very much like the outgoing committee, with some small changes.

The Committee

Pat Kidd remians Chairman for another term, and was elected unopposed, as was Paddy Kidd in the Vice Chairman role.

Gerry McGuigan stepped down as Secretary after 5 years, and the post was taken up by Anne Matterson, with Gerry as Assisstant Secretary.

Brona Connery remains as Treasurer, with the Assistant role taken up by Shane Martin, a new face to the club committee, and very welcome addition.

Colm Breen outgoing PRO remains for another year unopposed.

The Cultural and Language Officer Shay Sheils, was keen that he could share the job, suggesting the help of Sinead McGuckin, and this was accepted. She is more than welcome, and will bring some youth and enthusiasm to the job.

Pamela O’Kane remains on as Youth Officer as per the outgoing Executive Committees recommendations.

Community Services Hub Project

After the elections, other business discussed included the plans underway for deveopment on a Community Services Hub. The project will require building works to extend the current premises and alot of planning and work on the part of the Executive Committee as well as the Community Services Project team, which are working away in the background to secure grant funding under the Rural Services Scheme, being administered by the Mid Ulster Council. This vision can only be realised with the support of the community for the community. In the coming months, there will be oppourtunties to test the uptake of new services as small trails of some of the suggested services will be attempted with the current space available. We would also appreciate if we  could get as many of the local community as possible to fill out our Community Services Survey to help the Project Team to prioritise and focus their energy.

GAA Helathy Clubs Project

Another aim of the club, which ties in nicely with the Community Services Hub, is to attain Healthy Club status. This is a GAA Project which aims to harness and solidify the GAA’s presnce in the grass roots communities, and provides resources and support aimed at key areas such as Mental Fitness, Healthy Eating, Gambling Drug and Alcohol Awareness and non-GAA Physical Activities.

The Friends Of Desertmartin

Chairman Pat Kidd acknowledged that there is alot of work to be done, and that if everyone takes part just a little we can get there together. He highlighted once again the Friends Of Desertmartin scheme, which is an ongoing fundraising initiative, which enables dedicated memebers to give a little bit more towards the financial planning of the Committee. The scheme was roled out during 2017, and currently we have 37 patrons signed up to the mantra….”Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much”.