National Club Draw 2020

This year’s National Club Draw boasts a lot of high value prizes and the tickets are only £10.

The proceeds all go towards the club to help with running costs and maintenance and is one of our best fund raisers each year.

If you haven’t got tickets yet there are some left over and you can contact Paddy Kidd on 07792127940.

Deadline is this Thursday 13th Feb.


It’s that time of year again, and the club is buzzing with our new extension and refurbishment nearing completion. Of course this all comes at a cost and your membership subscription goes towards the cost of running our club including GAA affiliation fees, player insurance, upkeep of the clubhouse and pitches, playing kit, training equipment, transport, coaching, physio costs, etc.

We hope that the new Community Services Hub will provide the backdrop for wider social engagement beyond our sporting activities for parents, ex-players, and those who want to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Our newly awarded Healthy Club status should set out our intentions to be an organisation that everyone can be proud of.

If you currently subscribe to one of our Friends of Desertmartin schemes your membership will carry over. We must stress however that we need you to fill out and sign a registration form each year so that we can keep our records up to date.

This is the preferred method of payment and you can sign up for direct debit online right here with just your account number and sort code.

Stay tuned for dates for registration nights which will be coming up shortly.

Youth Presentation Special Guests

This year’s youth presentation will take place in the newly refurbished clubrooms on 29th Nov from 6:30pm.

This year’s guests are great role models for our youth. At just 20 years old Conor McCloskey and Cormac Murphy have McCrory Cup, Ulster County Minor and County Senior Championship medals a piece.

McCrory Cup

This will be the first event in the newly refurbished hall and we are looking forward to seeing you all there.

Upcoming Events Nov/Dec 2019

With the football all wrapped up for the year, things have been a little quiet with the hall out of use and the ongoing renovations and new build underway. There are some events going on before the end of the year though and hall will be back in operation in December.

Check here on Facebook for more details and to reserve your place at the Annual Dinner

We hope as many people as possible are able to make it to these events. We really want to build a sense of community as we step into the future with a vision of a healthier, happier Desertmartin.


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 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

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

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

Maria McGovern

Kerry Devlin

Hannah Scullion

Hannah Frain

Emma Barker

Emily Higgins

Ladies v Magherafelt Match Report

The Senior Ladies played host to league leaders Magherafelt yesterday evening, 20th May 2019. It was always going to be a challenge to topple the league pace-setters but the Desertmartin girls made them sit up and take notice, particularly in the second half. As expected the Rossas started at blistering speed building up a comfortable lead half way through the first period. But with Aideen Fullen beginning to win useful possession at mid-field, Carmel Shaw advancing constantly from half back and Louise O’Connell providing support the Saffrons began to work their way into the game. Following a couple of wides St Martin’s opened their account with a well taken goal from full-forward Patricia McFlynn. Magherafelt realising the Desertmartin threat replied with 1 – 2 approaching half-time. Desertmartin finished the half strongly pushing Magherafelt onto the back-foot and were unlucky not to score from two good shooting opportunities. The second period saw a very different game and a rejuvenated St Martin’s team. Suzanne McFlynn who was playing well in the first half gave a dazzling performance at half-back in the second. The introduction of Noleen McGuckin into the defence along with the assured play of Paula McElwee gave Desertmartin greater security. But the jewel in Desertmartin’s rousing second performance was Ciara Scullion who repeatedly picked up possession around her own 45m line and set the home side attacking time and time again. During the first twenty minutes of the second half Desertmartin outscored the visitors 3 – 2 to 1 – 5 with goals coming from P McFlynn, Erin McKernan and Emer Kelly along with two well taken points from C Scullion and S McGuckin. But the huge effort put in by the St Martin’s girls left them visibly tired entering the remaining few minutes of play. Sensing their opportunity the Rossas cashed with three late goals to re-establish their comfortable lead. But Desertmartin should take heart from their performance and build on it for the remainder of the league. Final score Desertmartin 4 – 2 – 6 – 13 Magherafelt.

Desertmartin: Noleen McGuckin; Sinead McGuckin; Suzanne McGuckin (0 -1); Edel McGuckin; Carmel Shaw; Paula McElwee; Louise O’Connell; Aideen Fullen; Ciara Scullion (0 -1); Erin McKernan (1 – 0); Niamh Mullan; Patricia McFlynn (2 – 0); Shannon Campbell; Emer Kelly (1 – 0); Catherine Walls and Orla Kelly

Slieve Gallion Challenge 19th May 2019

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Ready to Run? 

With a challenging 10k route, and and an easier 5k walk or run, everyone can take part in the Slieve Gallion Challenge. The route is fully on road and though it is challenging it is not advanced. At the Club we are committed to health promotion, and this event, now in it’s 4th year continues to generate momentum.

In beutiful surroundings on the slopes of Slieve Gallion Mountain at the edge of the Sperrins, you can take in the views as you push for your best 10k yet. Chip timing included so you can get your officially recorded times, and we are registered with Athletics NI. You must be over 15 to enter the 10k.

10k run entry £15

5k run entry £10

5k Walk £5

Refreshments will be served afterwards and there are shower and changing facilities available also.

So what are you waiting for……..register now.



With funding from Comhairle Ceantair Lár Uladh