posted on June 01, 2015 09:19
Nótaí NCC 01/06/15

In the Ulster League the Cilles seniors play Lios Béal Átha (Lisbellaw) at home this Tuesday night 9th June (Lá Fhéile Colm Cille -
the feast of St Colum Cille). Throw-in is 7.30pm with Gerard Devlin (Armagh) refereeing. NCC are currently at the bottom of the table
with 1 draw and 4 losses. Form has been Jackyll & Hyde - good showings when least expected and poor showings when hoping for a winning streak. Lisbellaw are the Fermanagh Senior Hurling team in all but name and will be fresh from a Lory Meagher Cup appearance in Croke Park on Sun the 7th. With most of their Ulster club Intermediate championship winning team of 2012 still on board, the Cilles will be up against it in our home field of Clochóg, especially given our last competitive game was back on the on 28th April. Ach Tá Dia Láidir (Hope springs eternal).

The minors have been hurling in the Antrim league recently. We began with a good win against Gort na Móna, a loss to Lámh Dhearg and a strange collapse against Glenariffe. All games have been away and the very small squad have been under pressure as our dual players have been focusing mostly on imminent minor club football championship clashes. The lads deserve a lot of credit for fulfilling all fixtures when at times it would have beeen much easier to forfeit. Next game is  a Lough Neagh affair against a strong Ciceam an Chreagáin (Creggan Kickhams) team on Fri 12th June at 7.30pm away. If you are free, travel the relatively short distance across the loughshore to Toome and give the lads your support.

The U14s have been hurling away quietly and took part in a one day blitz and the Féile Thír Eoghain in May. They managed to win all their games at the blitz and reached the final of the féile following wins over An Ómaigh and An Charraig Mhór. Dún Geanainn proved much too strong in the decider and will be contenders to lift the All-Ireland title at their Grade. Coaching for the lads continues each Wed at 7pm and on Sundays at 1.30pm at the club grounds in Clochóg. Newcomers are always welcome.

The U10s have took part in three blitzes this season so far and have shown great promise.
Coaching continues each Monday night from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the field. Bring boots for outdoor, trainers for indoor and water.
Cost to cover Hall is £2 per child and £1 each per brother or sister. Newcomers always welcome.

U8s and U6s
Our youngest hurlers have been learning the fundamentals of the great game at our weekly coaching sessions
each Tues from 6.30 to 7.30pm at Páirc Chlochóg. Its great to see these young ones coming
to the field with their little camáns including the sons and daughters of the All-Ireland team of 2009.
Gives us all hope for the future. Newcomers always welcome.

Tour the Lough
The clubs big Lough Neagh Cycle Tour takes place this Sunday 7th June 2015. Upwards on 80 cyclists will leave Clochóg at 7.15am for the 100 mile round the lough ride. There are also 50 mile and 25 mile routes. All cyclists must sign-in between 6.30am and 7am. Last year was a great success and this year is shaping up just as well.

Coalisland Racing legend Séamus Devlin will open the race and it is a great honour for the club to have Séamus with us.  He raced in Irelands "Tour de France"-  An Rás Tailteann -  in the mid-1950s.  The Rás was an 8-day relentless, no compromise, endurance event of over 1000 miles. Participants became known as ‘ the savage road men’.In the 1958 Rás, Seamus and 3 other local men, Joe McIvor, Paddy Campbell and Tommy Drumm represented Tyrone amongst these ‘savage road men’. On the 4th stage, from Clonakilty to Tralee, Seamus broke away from the pack on the climb over Moll’s Gap and led the whole way into Tralee, winning the toughest stage of the Rás. This stage was 115 miles and Seamus’s average speed was 24 mph. He finished 3rd in the overall race and but for a broken chain, could well have won it.

He will be on hand to send all our riders on their way on Sunday morning and Fr John may even pop down to deliver an impromptu blessing. There are four stops along the route and the club would like to thank our fellow GAA clubs for their generousity - Pearse Óg, Armagh; Clann Éireann, Armagh; Creggan Kickhams, Antrim; and Ballinderry Shamrocks, Derry.

Aifreann Cholm Cille
The annual Irish Language Mass to celebrate the feast of St Colum Cille takes place this Mon 8th June at 7.30pm in St Colum Cilles, Kingsisland. Celebrants are an tAth Frainc Mac Brádaigh SJ and an tAth Fr Beinidict Ó Fiaich. There will be light supper afterwards in the NCC Pavilion in Clochóg. All are welcome. Fáilte is Fiche romhaibh uilig

Campa Cholum Cille - NCC's own Summer Coaching Camp
The club are running a youth coaching camp this summer called Campa Cholum Cille for local hurlers, camógs, handballers and rounders.
It takes place from Mon 6th July to Thurs 9th July at the club grounds Páirc Chlochóg, down the Washingbay rd halfway between Annaghmore Crossroads and  Aughamullan School. It is for boys and girls ages 6 to 14 and camp time is 10am to 2pm daily.
All children will receive club socks, shorts and kitbag. There will be a lá Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) with a special guest attending and
there will be a day trip away. Application forms along with payment should be completed and returned on or before Saturday June 20th. There will  also be a registration day on Saturday June 20th in the clubrooms between 10am and 4pm. Any registrations after this date will incur a £5 fee per application. Cost for the camp is £40 per first child and £30 per brother or sister thereafter. Contact Camp registrar Damian on 078 89 43 26 90 or

Big Hurling Sunday
Keep Sunday 21st June 2015 free in your diary for Big Hurling Sunday down at the club pavilion. There will be a music/singing session by club and local talent before the big hurling games Kilkenny v Wexford/Westmeath and Tipp v Limerick followed by a High Tea afterwards and poc-about on the field. All are welcome, especially families, and patrons are asked to bring a plate of sandwiches/refreshments to add to the High Tea. Fáilte is Fiche romhaibh uilig!

Cairde Cholum Cille
The Colum Cille friendship scheme continues year round and is a key source of club income to keep 'the oil in the engine' so to speak.
If you are interested in joining the scheme Contact Damian on 07889432690.

Hurley Repairs
If you need your stick repaired contact Paul (07747301263).

Get well soon
The club sends its best wishes to senior James McCann, Clochóg and as he makes a full recovery from his recent knee operation. Le cuidiú Dé, beidh tú ar do bhonnaí arís gan mhoill.

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