THE annual AGM took place on Sunday afternoon and, with seven outgoing members of the committee, this was an important meeting for the club.
The departure of Michael Heffernan from the Chairperson position was met with unanimous acknowledgment that he had brought the club on leaps and bounds throughout his tenure and he steps down with the upmost respect and gratitude from everyone at the club. Michael will be replaced by Tony Jackson as the new chairman of Steelstown and we wish him all the very best, confident that he will continue to do the sterling work he has contributed to the club for so long now.
Sean Heraghty also vacated his Vice Chairperson role after tireless efforts to support Michael during his time in charge and we have no doubt that Sean will still be the same invaluable club man that he offers as a service every single day. Paddy McGurk comes into the role with the best wishes of the committee and the club.
Ann Lindsay will move from Secretary to Assistant Secretary and, anyone who has had any dealings with the club in any way over the last couple of years, they will have had dealings with Ann and her meticulously flawless efforts both in the office and on the ground, supporting absolutely every function of the club. Brendan Doherty steps up from assistant in a role reversal with Ann with the thanks and confidence of the committee.
After a superb year managing the club accounts, Louise Logue stepped down from the Treasurer position which she looked after so well. Louise dedicated a lot of hard work to keeping the finances of the club documented and under control during a very healthy year for Brian Óg’s and she leaves the post with everyone’s thanks.
Louise’s daughter Orlaith comes in along with Gerard Roarty to the Youth Officer positions after the absolutely fantastic precedent set by Mark Rabbett and Brid Moore and, if Orlaith and Gerard are half as committed and enthusiastic as Mark and Brid were, they’ll not go far wrong.
Dominic Concannon also steps down from the Coaching Officer role from which he set a remarkable template for all underage groups at Steelstown to follow. Dominic’s work with all teams at Brian Og’s, his involvement in the Feile, and in helping to educate new and existing coaches at the club has been second to none and he goes with huge admiration to be followed by Martin Dunne who will no doubt continue the excellent work left for him.
A new position was also proposed by outgoing Chairman, Michael Heffernan, that the role of Merchandise Officer be added to the committee and, after unrivalled efforts and roaring success in this area already, Grainne Concannon was voted in with unanimous approval.
See below the new committee for Steelstown Brian Óg’s. Contact details will be updated as soon as possible.
Chairperson: Tony Jackson
Vice Chairperson: Paddy McGurk
Secretary: Brendan Doherty
Assistant Secretary: Ann Lindsay
Treasurer: Brendan Maguire
Assistant Treasurer: Brian O’Connor
Registrar: Don O’Donnell
PRO: Conán Doherty
Facilities Development Officer: Vincent McMonagle
Clubhouse and Grounds Co-Ordinator: Hugh Boyle
Officer for Irish Language and Culture: Máire McKeever
Coaching Officer: Martin Dunne
Youth Officer (Male): Gerard Roarty
Youth Officer (Female): Orlaith Logue
Delegate to Ladies Board: James McGurk
Fundraising Officer: Louise Davis
Merchandise Officer: Grainne Concannon
Today, Steelstown remembers the life of one of its finest ever players and one of its best young men.
Brian Óg McKeever passed away five years ago but, in such a short life time, the legendary number five set an inspiring legacy for his club and the whole community to follow. To abide by his spirit is the best thing Steelstown could’ve ever done.
Today, let’s celebrate the life of Brian Óg and all the good times and memories and inspiration that he left behind and continues to leave.
There will be an anniversary mass held on Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church in Galliagh at 11am for a young man who was, is still, and will always be a huge part of our club.
Brian Ógs abú.
The committee and members of Steelstown Brian Og’s would like to express their sincere condolences to Kieran McBrien on the sad passing of his wife Dolores McBrien who sadly passed away on Tuesday October 29th.
Remains reposing at her late home 75a Blackfort Rd Omagh BT78 1PT.
Funeral arrangements to follow.
Ar Dhéis Dé go Raibh a hAnam Uasal
Both Dolores and Kieran were club members and Kieran was Steelstown’s first Senior captain and played in midfield. He was also the clubs leading sponsor in the early years.
Full obituary notice
Mc Brien(nee Gilroy)(Omagh) Dolores, died peacefully in Tyrone County Hospital on 29th October 2013 surrounded by her loving family.Wife of Kieran, mother of Rosie,sister of Marian, Rosaleen, Sean, Noel, Deirdre, Brendan, Raymond, and Domenica, daughter of the late Terence and Mary Gilroy of trasna island Lisnaskea.Her remains will leave her late residence 75A Blackfort Rd, Omagh, BT78 1PT at 6pm today Wednesday 30th October for arrival at 7pm in the Sacred Heart church Omagh with requiem mass tomorrow 31st October 12noon ,burial after in Drumragh cemetery
The committee and members of Steelstown Brian Og’s would like to express their sincere condolences to Veronica Jackson on the sad passing of her Brother Pat who died Wednesday October 23rd.
Remains reposing at his late home 9 Lismacarrol Road, Drumahoe.
Funeral mass will take place on Friday at 11am in St Mary’s Church Ardmore, with burial immediately afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
Ar Dhéis Dé go Raibh a hAnam Uasal
Steelstown Brian Og’s GAA club hosted an U12 girls blitz on Sunday 20th October, 2013, with participation from guest teams representing St Eunan’s Letterkenny, Buncrana and Claudy.
Just as the girls were assembling at the club a torrential downpour caused a few worried frowns but thankfully the sun came out and brightened up the day, which then remained dry through to the end of proceedings. Format of the Blitz was 9-a-side Go Games, two touches, with teams playing in separate groups on two marked-out pitches.
The home squad was divided into two evenly matched teams, Steelstown and Brian Og’s each with 3 subs so that all girls got match time against the guest clubs (Letterkenny split their squad into two teams as well to ensure all their participating girls got game time).
On pitch 1, Steelstown had a lively opener against Buncrana. Caitlin Gallagher opened the days scoring in the first half with a fine goal from the hand after pouncing on a wayward strike attempt from Catherine McGuigan (or maybe she meant it…ed!) and with a brace of points from Maeve Mooney, one each from Catherine McGuigan and Caitlin Gallagher against a point from the guest team.
With goalie Riona and defenders Niamh Doherty, Orlaith McGough and Anna O’Hagan providing a ring of steel in the Steelstown defence, the Buncrana keeper herself made had to make two spectacular saves to keep Maeve Mooney at bay towards the end of the half – keeping them from falling too far behind and giving them some confidence going into the break.
Buncrana building on this then smashed back at the Steelstown girls in the second half with three nice goals, giving the host side something to ponder, but despite coach Eunan shouting do one thing and coach Paul shouting do another, Steelstown eventually crossed the line in the closing stages with a goal from Catherine McGuigan, a brilliant long range goal from Niamh Friel (obviously gets it from her Mother) and an even more special goal from Maeve Mooney whipped in from wide right. Defensive protection from sub Laura Smailles, attacking backup from subs Cara Laverty and Kate Gallagher and further points from Maeve and Niamh Friel (definitely the mother!) gave the Steelstown girls an opening 4:6 to 3:1 victory and the supporters breathed a sigh of relief and hurriedly went to replace their fingernails before the next match (they went to get a cup of coffee – ed).
At the same time as Steelstown was playing Buncrana, over on Pitch 2 St Eunan’s of Letterkenny opened against a very strong Claudy side.
A great goal and a brace of points from the Letterkenny girls was countered by some determined play and scoring from the hungry Claudy side (they really did mean business –warning, warning, action stations, brace positions everybody else) and they finished out on top of this match with an impressive opening win. This was a great football game between the two guest teams – well done!
Next up, the Brian Og’s team took to the field on pitch 2 for their first game, against St Eunan’s of Letterkenny, ably guided by their coaches Sara and her lovely assistant, James (sorry, couldn’t resist – ed). First half was busy for the fresh Og’s with Letterkenny points stirring goals from Aoife Collins (3), Elle O’Kane (2), Dearbhla Mooney and Evie Doherty plus a rash of points from Aoife (3), Dearbhla (3) and Elle to give the Brian Og’s a solid start.
Half-time entertainment was provided by a penalty shoot-out between Aoife Collins and Evie’s dad. However, an unfortunate injury was sustained when Aoife belted the ball a little too hard. For data privacy reasons we can’t say what bit was injured (but there was a round of applause and a chorus of jingle bells from the supporters and Evie’s dad spoke a few octaves higher for the rest of the day – ed)
Dearbhla (2), Evie(2) and Elle added further goals in reply to a very good goal from the Letterkenny side but a tireless shift from Grace Flynn-Page, Cara Willimson, Eilish Matthews and Connie Roarty helped seal an opening win for the home side.
Meanwhile on Pitch 1, Buncrana and Claudy played out another great game of football with the free scoring Claudy side overcoming a hat-trick of goals and points with an impressive tally of their own (there’s trouble ahead!!!!).
A short break for some refreshments was followed by a couple of cracking games. On pitch 1 Letterkenny came up against Buncrana and the Donegal sides served up a goal thriller, with a refreshed but goal-hungry Buncrana side running out winners.
At the same time on Pitch 2 a special treat was being served up by a Steelstown/Brian Og’s team against the Blitz’s high-goal scorers of the day so far, Claudy.
This game was a tight, fingernail biting, one of those get the supporters bouncing up and down and all excited and noisy etc. etc. affair. In the first half the Steelstown girls replied to a hat-trick of goals and very strong start from Claudy with a goal from Aoife Collins and a tally of four points from Catherine McGuigan. A score of 1-4 to 3-0 at half time left the Steelstown girls a couple of points adrift. In the second half, with the Steelstown girls anchored by those three Amigos again (Niamh Doherty, Niamh Gilmore and Niamh Friel), the two teams traded end-to-end football and cancelled each other out in goals and points, with goals from Aoife Collins and Maeve Mooney and points from Catherine McGuigan and Aoife Collins snuffed out by similar scoring from the Claudy girls. The Steelstown girls came close to stealing a close encounter when what looked to be a brilliant long range goal from Catherine McGuigan from midfield was disallowed and a separate follow-up strike from Maeve Mooney was adjudged not to have crossed the line – close call, but the disciplined Claudy side kept their nerves and held out, so the game finished a 3-6 to 5-2 win for the guest team. Special thanks to the girls for this game which was a cracking game to watch – the effort put into it by the girls on both teams was something very special and very appreciated.
Two final games remained for the now tiring U12 girls. On Pitch 2, the Brian Og’s team finished off their Blitz day against Buncrana and it was Niamh Gilmore who opened the scoring with a goal and point for the Og’s before Aoife Collins quickly got busy and demonstrated that she meant business with an accomplished hat-trick of goals.
The Buncrana side was not going to lie down and replied with a couple of nice goals and a tally of 5 points themselves, but a goal and point from Elle O’Kane eased the strain for the Brian Og’s team somewhat. The second half belonged to Buncrana with three good goals and a couple of points scored, but a further goal and three points from Aoife plus a point from Hannah Lang kept the Og’s girls noses out in front……another nice game of football from both teams.
On Pitch 1, the Steelstown team finished off their Blitz day against Letterkenny. Riona Harkin began proceedings with a brace of well taken points. A point from Letterkenny spurred the home side on to a hat-trick of points from Catherine McGuigan and a fine goal from Caitlin Gallagher and Maeve Mooney signalled she was not yet finished with a good goal before the half came to a close. Second half and the Steelstown girls ramped through the gears with goal-fest from Niamh Friel (2), Nicole Campbell (2), Cara Laverty (2), Maeve Mooney, Catherine McGuigan and Caitlin Gallagher and points from Cara Laverty and Catherine McGuigan.
All the girls from all teams, host and guest served up a special day of football – teamwork, great ball skills and competitive but friendly games enjoyed by all coaches, parents and supporters alike. Each and every girl who participated received a gold medal and deserved it as they are all winners.
Congratulations to Claudy for their clean sweep of victories on the day – well done. Thanks to all guest coaches and their teams for taking time out to participate in what was a successful Blitz. During and after the Blitz folks piled into the clubhouse where Mary, Susan, Carol, and Tracey ran a tight ship and worked hard in the kitchen, baking and serving hot drinks and food through the day to the hungry hoards – fantastic!
Special thanks to all parents and friends (Ex-coaches) and other Steelstown girls club team players who helped out with the games – preparing pitch, referring, scorekeeping and the parents for providing such lovely food.
Steelstown Brian Og’s squad:
Riona Harkin; Niamh Doherty; Orlaith McGough; Anna O’Hagan; Catherine McGuigan; Niamh Friel; Maeve Mooney; Nicole Campbell; Caitlin Gallagher; Cara Laverty; Lara Smailles; Kate Gallagher; Hannah Lang; Connie Roarty; Niamh Rankin; Evie Doherty; Niamh Gilmore; Aoife Collins; Dearbhla Mooney; Elle O’Kane; Cara Williamson; Grace Flynn-Page; Eilish Matthews
Check out all our photos from the day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.660077134032723.1073741848.181938471846594&type=1
The committee and members of Steelstown Brian Og’s would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Brian Cooper and his family on the sudden death of his dear wife Catherine.
Brian is a founding member of our club and has been involved in all aspects of out club right up to the present day, Brian Jnr and Gerard are also playing members.
COOPER (née Murnaghan) (Derry and formerly of Derry Road, Strabane). October 16, 2013 suddenly at her home, (4 Belmont Park, Culmore Road, Derry) Catherine. R.I.P. Beloved wife of Brian, much loved mother of Catriona, Gerard, Nuala Doherty and Brian, mother-in-law of Matthew Doherty, dearly loved grandmother of Matthew, sister of Colm and daughter-in-law of Sheila Cooper. Funeral leaving her home Sunday afternoon at 1.25p.m.for Requiem Mass in St Patrick´s Church, Pennyburn at 2.00p.m. Interment afterwards in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Derry Road, Strabane. Deeply regretted by her sorrowing husband, son, daughters, son-in-law, grandchild and family circle. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Foyle Hospice c/o Quigley Funeral Directors, 1A Newtown Place, Strabane. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on her soul.
Ar Dhéis Dé go Raibh a hAnam Uasal.
Brian Óg McKeever’s fifth anniversary mass will take place on Sunday 10th of November. The service will be held in St. Joseph’s Galliagh and will begin at 11am.
Under13 A league semi-final between Steelstown Brian Óg’s and Dungiven takes place in Owenbeg on Tuesday 8th October at 8.00pm
Team reached the semi-final after recovering from a defeat to Lavey, they went on to record wins against Glen and Coleraine and drew with Ballinascreen. Please come out and support this young team as they bid to get to the ‘A’ final.