Coolera/Strandhill GAA Club Notes

Talk on Men’s Health

“To return to football at the age of 47, and to start that new journey with the old familiar agony of a session on the hills of Lough Key Forest Park takes a certain mindset. The sort of mindset that sees a man through the much bigger undertaking of overcoming two bouts of cancer with a smile on his face and more to contribute”. So wrote Colin Regan in the Leitrim Observer on Oct 25th 2017 referring to Martin McHugh of Aughnasheelin. Martin is the former Leitrim goalkeeper, a member of the last Leitrim team to win the Connacht Championship in 1994. In 2009 Martin, after noticing a lump in his groin was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He underwent surgery, and after a three year recovery process, he resumed his football career. He was later to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. Despite this, Martin won his first Leitrim Intermediate Championship with his native club last October at the age of 47. He has since retired, and now gives talks on the topic of Men’s Health. Our welfare officer Geraldine McGuinn has arranged for Martin to address our members, and any other interested parties, on Friday Feb, 23rd in Strand Celtic Clubhouse at 7.30. A very informative and enjoyable evening is in store, with tea/coffee afterwards.



The lotto numbers drawn on Monday Feb. 19th were 10, 17, 24 and 29. There was no winner, nor were there any Match Three winners. The jackpot now stands at €5500. The draw takes place each Monday in the clubhouse at 9.00.



This is a reminder that Coolera-Strandhill GAA Club member registration is now open online for the 2018 season. Access is through the club website on and by clicking on the green link. Team managers will not be responsible for accepting membership fees this year. Members who have been paying by direct debit may continue to do so if they wish, or they can opt for on-line registration. If you want to register and cannot remember your password, please click the “Reset Password” button and follow the steps. We ask that you register as soon as possible so as to reduce the significant burden of managing this process on the club registrar and committee. Here’s looking forward to a successful 2018 for us all…!


Indoor Nursery Programme

Please note that the start date for the Under 5-8 Indoor programme is now FRIDAY MARCH 2nd in the Ursuline

College gym from 6.00-7.00. Contact Myra McDaniel for further details.


Annual Club Social

Our annual Club Social takes place on Saturday March 24th in Coolera House. Food will be served at 9.00pm sharp and will be followed by the presentation of medals to our Senior Men and Junior Ladies and the announcement of the Club Person of the Year. This was a very enjoyable night last year and we hope that a large crowd will attend to honour the achievements of our adult teams. Tickets will be on sale this week. Any enquiries to Frank O’ Sullivan, pr check our website and Facebook page for updates.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Following the success of our first venture into the St. Patrick’s Day parade last year, the Bord na nÓg committee has decided to participate again this year. We hope to have a large number of children taking part, representing all ages and codes.