Walkway Lighting Becomes Operational

It is great to announce that the walkway lights are up and operational from 2nd August 2019. The lights will come on at dusk and automatically go out at 11pm.

We are really excited about the potential to provide a local safe walking/running environment for the community in the darker months.

If anyone has any ideas for starting and walking or running group in partnership with the club give us a shout, not necessarily a club member. We are actively looking to develop the facilities and the variety of activities available for the whole community.

We would like to thank Mid Ulster District Council for funding under the Village Area Plan, and Brookfield Renewable for their financial backing under their Social Initiative scheme. This is a great step forward that can improve the opportunity for the community to get active all year round.

Pat Kidd, Chairman St Martin’s GAC

LET THERE BE LIGHT

The club really wants to push forward with developing the facilities and making them as useful as possible for as much of the community as possible.

We hope to see plenty of people out walking and running in the coming months.

U14 Girls A Championship Shield Final

Desertmartin 7 – 9 : 1 – 3 Steelstown

The U14 Girls rounded off a marvellous season by winning the A Championship Shield today at Owenbeg with a resounding victory over Steelstown. Played in glorious sunshine the St Martin’s girls were worthy winners as they overpowered the city girls from start to finish.

In the vast open spaces of Owenbeg Desertmartin were in firm control in all areas of the pitch. With Kate McCann and Cara Donnelly having a monopoly of possession between the two 45s it was a case of feed the forwards and they’ll do the rest. This they did with Maria McGovern and Ashlinn McElhennon accounting for all their first half scores to lead at halftime 7 – 3 to 0 – 2. The game as a contest was over by half time. In the second period the Desertmartin management used all their subs but the pattern of the game continued with St Martin’s in the driving seat. The Saffrons added a further 0 – 6 to their halftime score while Steelstown replied with 1 – 1.

Despite being outclassed Steelstown remained competitive with their No. 9 being their standout player. She got her just rewards with a well-taken goal in the later stages of the game. Although it was the forwards who caught the eye Desertmartin were secure in defence with really good performances from Tori Donnelly, Leigh McGovern and Ava Bradley. As captain Cara Donnnelly received the trophy it concluded a wonderful season which saw Desertmartin’s U14 Girls compete on the national stage with a sterling journey in the U14 Feile which ended in an All Ireland semi-final placing last weekend.

The club are very grateful to the girls and the management team of Paul Scullion, Paul Donnelly and James Frain for giving the GAA community of our parish a marvellous season of football.

Desertmartin: E Barker; C O’Kane; T Donnelly; H Scullion; L McGovern; A Bradley; C Donnelly; K McCann; A Henry; A McElhennon; K Devlin; M McGovern and L Murray

Smoke Free Club

St Martin’s GAC, Desertmartin inspired to go smoke-free.

With the backing of the Club Executive the Healthy Club team in St Martin’s GAC we have secured smoke free signage through a partnership between the GAA and the Public Health Agency.

The club launched the initiative on the 26th April by adopting the GAA’s Tobacco free policy and unveiling the smoke free signs which are erected across the club grounds.

People in attendance were delighted to see the club set a positive example in the community and increase the awareness about the dangers of smoking for the younger members.

Paddy Kidd the main coordinator from The Healthy Club team said “I attend many matches where people think it is ok to just light up and send smoke blowing into you face. I think we as a club need to do something to prevent this from happening as not only are adults affected as there are also children and young people in the stands. We are hoping that this will discourage people from smoking especially our younger members.”

“We feel this is a great initiative as it helps to protect our members and visitors from the dangers of passive smoking. It also sends a clear message to everyone especially our younger members that the club wish to promote healthy initiatives and therefore discourage anything that contradicts that ethos”

Through the GAA’s Healthy Club project approximately 50% of participating clubs have gone completely smoke free. Check out

Check out http://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/community-and-health/ for more information on the GAA’s smoke free initiative and the Healthy Club Project.

Anyone who is interested in getting some support around quitting can visit http://www.want2stop.info/.

Sponsor a Player Round 5

This is where you can sponsor a player with direct debit payment online. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add player name on the form where it says “Write a note (optional)” With this option you can choose your donation amount.

There are other fund raisers going on at the minute too and you can keep and eye out for them too at http://www.desertmartingac.com/feile-2019-fundraisers/.

Ciarri O’Kane

Catherine Law

Ava Bradley

Aoife Frain

Annie McCann

Alexandra Valloso

Sponsor a Player Round 4

This is where you can sponsor a player with direct debit payment online. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add player name on the form where it says “Write a note (optional)”

There are other fund raisers going on at the minute too and you can keep and eye out for them too at http://www.desertmartingac.com/feile-2019-fundraisers/.

Maria McGovern

Kerry Devlin

Hannah Scullion

Hannah Frain

Emma Barker

Emily Higgins

Sponsor a Player Round 3



This is where you can sponsor a player with direct debit payment online. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add player name on the form where it says “Write a note (optional)”

There are other fund raisers going on at the minute too and you can keep and eye out for them too at http://www.desertmartingac.com/feile-2019-fundraisers/.

Niamh Stone

Tori Donnelly

Fionnuala Murtagh

Danica Shaw-McIvor

Orla Martin



Sponsor a Player Round 2

This is where you can sponsor a player with direct debit payment online. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add player name on the form where it says Write a note (optional)

There are other fund raisers going on at the minute too and you can keep and eye out for them too at http://www.desertmartingac.com/feile-2019-fundraisers/.

Kate McCann

Lauren Murray

Aoife Kelly

Aislinn McElhennon

Anna Henry

Sponsor a Player Round 1

This is where you can sponsor a player. The more sponsors the better to help with all the stuff needed to make this trip a success. Just click on one of the buttons and fill out the online form.

If you want to use PayPal instead click below. Remember to add name where it says Write a note .

Clodagh O’Kane

Cara Donnelly

Erin O’Connor

Erin O’Kane

Chloe Scullion