Santa’s Workshop 

Hi everyone. Santa’s Workshop will take place in the Hall on Saturday 16th Dec, 2017. Its a great opportunity for some Christmas fun and it’s close to home.

See the poster for details of all the fun things we have lined up. 

Underage Wrapped Up For 2017 

Yes folks, it’s been a great year of football for the youngsters of the parish and we’ve had an extensive program of coaching and learning.

Last night brought to an end this year’s fun for the Christmas break, but I’m sure all the kids can’t wait to get back at it in the new year. 

Below are the p4&5 children at Meadowbank, and below that the P2&3s at the Gaelic Centre. 

Thanks to the coaches and young helpers at this time, and remember folks they are all volunteers.

Keep an eye out on social media for the coaching program starting in the new year, and Merry Christmas to you all. ☃🎄

Bazaar Postponed

Folks please note due to the inclement weather conditions the Bazaar has had to be POSTPONED.


Please spread the word around.

Annual Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar will be held in the Gaelic Centre on Saturday night 9th December @ 8:00pm. Collectors will be calling at homes within the parish during the coming week

End of Year Presentation Dinner

The club held its annual dinner in the clubrooms last Saturday night.  Our special guests were County Chairman Brian Smith along with Karl McKaigue and Brendan Rodgers from the all conquering Slaughtneil club who are back to back County and Ulster champions in football,  hurling and camogie.  While Brian paid tribute to the club’s underage success this year Karl and Brendan gave an insight into what it is like to compete in Gaelic games at the highest level.  Club chairman Pat Kidd after making everyone welcome conducted the presentation of awards which went to the following:

Ladies senior player of the year  –  Noleen McGuckin

Reserve Men player of the year  –  Ryan McGuckin

Senior Men player of the year  –  Dermot Breen

Club team of the year  –  Callan Gaels Minors

Winners of the Anthony McSwiggan Inter-Parish Memioral Tournament  –  Tirgan ( Captained by Cormac McGuckin while Player of the Tournament went to Enda McGuckin)

A special award is always given to a person or persons who made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of the club throughout the year.  On this occasion the Patrick Higgins Memorial Cup went to a very hard working group who were responsible for the maintenance of the interior of the Gaelic Centre which they did with continued commitment and diligence.

The presentation of trophies was shared between Brian,  Karl,  Brendan and Patricia McSwiggan.

We are deeply grateful to Pat Kidd and Pamela O’Kane who organised the event,  P J and Brona Connery who served drinks and to many others who prepared the hall and worked on the night.  We offer our thanks to everyone who attended and made our senior presentation a wonderful occasion.  Our gratitude goes to Apparro Restaurant of Draperstown who prepared the food to the highest standard and to Terence McIlvar (Apollo) who provided the music.

Underage Presentation 2017

On Sunday past the club held its annual Youth Presentation in the Gaelic Centre.

Special guests for the evening were twin brothers Lorcan and Oisin McWilliams who played with the Derry Minor team which went to the All Ireland final this year.

All age brackets from U6 to U16 (Boys and Girls) and management were acknowledged for their contribution throughout the year.

Congratulations to U14 Boys who were presented with their medals as winners of the County Feile;  U13 Boys winners of the Kevin Corry Memorial Shield (Pomeroy);  U12 Girls winners of the Desertmartin U12 Girls Tournament;  U10s winners of the Castledawson U10 Tournament and U8s winners of the LCC Lissan U8 Tournament.

The Callan Gaels Minor team were honoured as club team of the year the previous evening at the club annual dinner.  They completed the season unbeaten and were crowned B2 County champions in league and championship.  Well done to our Youth Officer Pamela O’Kane who organised the occasion and to Club Chairman Pat Kidd who conducted the presentations.  Thanks to everyone who attended in such good numbers to show your appreciation to all our underage players and management.


The club AGM will take place in the Gaelic Centre on Monday 15th January @ 7:30pm.

Club Coaching Development Course Complete

Thanks to Lizzie from Ulster GAA for delivering the Club Coaching Development Course. Over the past 5 weeks we’ve been working hard on developing our coaching strategy. The course has been very worthwhile, and the club are excited to do anything we can to improve in all areas. 

Would you like to be involved? Let us know. 

Below are just some if the those involved in developing our coaching strategy.

Dinner Dance Guests Announced 

This year’s dinner dance will be upon us soon and this year’s special guests seem like they deserve a rest.

This year we will be joined by Slaughtneil and Derry defensive duo Karl McKaigue and Brendan Rogers hot off the back of completing the double double of Ulster titles on Sunday.

Hopefully they will have time to relax and mingle with the good folk of Desertmartin, and share in their stories of victory.