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

Community Services Survey

Community Services Survey

Following on from our application for funding under the Rural Services Scheme in 2017, we unfortunately came up just short in the awarding process.  This however is not the end of the road for our Community Services project. Through our consultation in February last year, and through our feasibility study, we have found that there are service needs for the local community, and the government’s own figures show the area is deprived in terms of proximity to services.
We identified that there is an aging population with 50% of residents over 40 years of age, and accept that the Club has in the past been mainly focused on physical activities enjoyed by our youth. The aims of the Community Services Project is to further identify the social and psychological needs of you the community, what services we can put in place, and what facilities we need to develop in order to provide those services. This can range from book clubs, to farming safety education, to providing a local place for our elderly to socialise and combat isolation.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill in our online survey. If you know someone who does not have access to the internet you could help them fill out the survey also. 

We will make paper versions of the survey available at the club for those who prefer to fill out paper responses. 

AGM 2018

This years AGM will be held on Monday 15th January at the Galeic Centre. Start time of 7:30pm.

Tea and biscuits will be provided, why not come along and listen in or put your ideas accross.

Any burning questions about how the club works, and what goes into it?

Come along and find out.

Any officer positions on the committee come along with free training and courses offered by Derry and Ulster GAA, and work within the voluntary sector is often very desirable. We are very much an open book and help is well appreciated wherever it comes form.

This year we set out upon a new chapter in development at the club, in a bid to make it a warm and welcome place for everyone. In a drive to open our doors to the community as a whole, and tackle issues around physical and mental wellness, we aim to put in place services to combat the issues that a rural community faces in modern times.

‘Alone we can do so little,

Together we can do so much’