Na Piarsaigh Óga Hall of Fame recipient 2016 - Gerard Barton
When Gerard Barton first registered as a member of Pearse Óg GFC in the late 1960’s, early 1970’s little did he know that his active involvement would stretch 5 decades and counting.
Along with his two brothers, Paul and Tony, Gerard first donned the Green and Gold in and around 1970 and there began a lifelong commitment to our club. He moved through the ranks from u-14 &16, minor, juvenile and then into Senior football. Gerard himself says he was lucky to play on teams that were laced with players of great skill, commitment and passion. Gerry Cullen, Seamie Campbell, Malachy & Noel Mc Sorley, Joe & Gerard Gordon and Eamonn Donaldson to name but a few. He was also privileged to play alongside Marty Oliver, whom he says was one of the best footballers he ever saw play for the Ógs. (until he left and played for the Harps)
Senior success is the quest for any footballer and success came Gerard’s way in 1973 when he was a member of the first championship winning side that beat Whitecross. Managed by Gerry Mc Gleenon and Jimmy Mc Keown, that Ógs team included players many of whom are revered as Pearse Óg greats today. Joe Harney, Mickey D, The Mc Quade brothers, Kevin and Cathal & Donat Toner. A broken leg in a match in Middletown put him out of action for a period of time and following a spell in Canada he returned to playing Senior football in 1977/78.
He remained as a playing member until his retirement in the 1980’s. However hanging up his boots didn’t mark the end of his involvement with Pearse Óg Gfc, in some ways it only marked the beginning.
With the playing days behind him, Gerard immersed himself in the social aspect of the club and along with Eugene Campbell and the others on the social committee they organised dances, Take your Pick, bands and of course Friday Night Bingo. Friday night Bingo in the Old club was like an institution for the hundreds that attended each week. The social club in those days was the place to be and many big names entertained our members on many great nights- Paddy Kielty, Johnny Mc Evoy, Paddy Reilly and the Sands family. Such was his commitment with the Social club that he held the role of Secretary and Chairman of the social committee in the time when the club had two committees in place. Great links during those days were also forged with Waterford clubs, driven by the hard working Henry Donnelly and their trips to Armagh meant a packed social club, keeping barmen Tommy Powell and Tommy Darragh busy! The partnership of Gerard and Eugene Campbell continues to this day as both are still involved in the running of social events within the club.
The devastation at the loss of the old club to fire led to the optimism and excitement that the building of the new club brought. The official opening in 1999 saw the President of Ulster Council Danny Murphy and the President of the GAA Jack Boothman (now both deceased)welcomed to our club to by all our committee, members and Gerard as his role as Club Chairman . He was elected as Chairman of Pearse Óg in 1991 and remained there until 2002.
This was a special and memorable time for our club on the footballing front. During those years we celebrated Houli’s Allstar award in 1993, we witnessed our historic 5 in a row winning minor side that included modern day greats of Andy Mallon and Rónán Clarke, we won 4 Juvenile championships and of course we had the great honour of having Pearse Óg representation of players and management as part of the magnificent Armagh All-Ireland winning side of 2002. What a night that was when Sam was welcomed to Pearse Óg GFC. During his time as Chairman, Gerard also introduced the Lotto, which remains to be our weekly source of income to the club, taking the lead from a club in Roslea thanks to help from the late, great Joe D as his wife Mary hailed from there.
His work within Pearse Óg would take a different direction after his spell as Chairman, namely in what some viewed as a bold move, bringing Ladies Gaelic Football to Pearse Óg, making our club a more inclusive one. With the help of a few others like Pauline Brady, Bronagh Donnelly and Joanne Gordon, 2009 saw the very first girls team field at -16 level. Numbers continued to grow year after year and in the in 2011/12 season we fielded our first senior ladies side. This year we are entering competitions at u-12, u-14, u-16 and senior level. Players, mentors and helpers come and go but the only permanent feature in Ladies football within Pearse Óg since its inception has been Gerard Barton. That involvement takes tremendous commitment and Gerard has never failed. Many girls have said that without him, there would be no ladies football, he goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the girls enjoy the game and have what they need.
There are often parallels made with the GAA being like a family and the tradition of Pearse Óg is steadfast among the Barton/Donnelly family circle. From the 70’s when himself and his brothers played on teams along with brother in law Mickey D, to more recent times which saw his sons, nephews (The Donnelly brothers) and daughter all wear the Jersey. Wayne played to minor level, Gerald and John to senior level. Christine flies the flag playing for our senior ladies and grandson Ryan now fields for our u-8 team. The playing tradition looks set to continue.
In the past the club was supported by a very well-run Ladies committee that looked after catering etc at social events. His sister the late Margaret Donnelly was among this band of hard working women. They say behind every good man is an even better woman, and Gerard has this with Geraldine. Although, originally from Tyrone, Geraldine immersed herself fully into GAA life with Pearse Óg and continues to do so. The ladies committee has long since folded but Geraldine regularly makes sandwiches/food for the ladies teams and events in the social club.
It’s now 2017 and Gerard is still actively involved in club life. Rarely when you meet him does he talk about anything other than football. It is a big part of his life. He currently manages the senior ladies, sits on the club committee and as previously mentioned continues to help with the organising of social events and club fundraising. Ironically another initiative Gerard pioneered during his reign as Chairman was the Hall of Fame Award. He noticed that other clubs had been presenting the award and thought it would be a nice gesture to introduce it to our club in recognition of the sterling commitment to club life and hard work by an individual. Gerard Barton with his continued dedication to Pearse Óg Gfc and his passion to ensure that our club is the best, is most definitely a very fitting and deserving recipient of this award. Comhghairdeas leat!
Club Presentation Night on Saturday 25th February 9pm. Light supper and LIVE music. All welcome.
Free Kidzumba classes (P1-P7) every Friday 6pm-7pm in social club. All very welcome.
Back by demand our very popular Jiving class continues each Friday 7.30pm in social club. More details on our facebook page.
Annual Donal Powell Quiz Night
Donal Powell Quiz takes place on Saturday 4th February 9pm in social club - £20 per team of 4 or 5. Light refreshments served & trophies on the night - so get your teams ready!
Na Piarsaigh Óga would like to wish all our members, sponsors and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise daoibh.
Pearse Óg social club will be open from 6.30pm Wednesday 13th January, so if your heading to Dr. McKenna Cup match Armagh V Ulster University why not call for a bit of pre or even post game banter.
Every Monday – Line dancing classes, come along and enjoy the craic 7.30pm in social club. Adm.£4.
Every Thursday – Yoga classes for both men and women 7.30pm in social club, please bring your own mat. £4 per class.
See below for our current club officers and committee:-
Uachtarán/President - John O'Kane
Cathaoirleach/Chairman - John Óg O'Kane
Leas Cathaoirleach/Vice-Chairman Jimmy McKee
Rúnaí/Secretary - Micheal Cassidy
Leas Rúnaí/Assistant Secretaries - Eamon Clarke, Paul Sanders.
Cisteoir/Treasurer - Gerard Davidson
Leas Cisteoir/Assistant Treasurer - Micheal Toner
Cláraitheoir/Registrar - BJ McCay
Oifigigh Na nÓg/Youth Officer - Tony Davidson
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poibli /P.R.O. - BJ McCay
Coiste/Committee - Gerald Barton snr, Patrick Duffy, Christine Mallon, Oisín Toner, Chris Rafferty, Adrian Clarke, Louis O'Neill, Felicity O'Hara, Conor Clarke, Gerald Barton jnr.
Pearse Óg Senior Ladies with their new tops sponsored by K.N Network Services Dungannon
Club Sóisialta/Social club
Lotto Draw each Sunday evening 7.30pm
Imeachtaí / Up-coming events
Kids Halloween Disco in social club Friday 30th October 7pm-9pm.
Ladies Pamper Day Sunday 29th November
Charity Bingo Sunday 6th December
Our new exciting and easy to use club website is now LIVE! Visit www.pearseoggfc.com
“If you’re not IN you can’t WIN”
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Na Piarsaigh Óga (HOME) V Dromintee Sunday 25th October Throw-in 2pm
Two saves by Malachy Traynor in the second half and a classic rearguard steal by Michael Carson probably kept a tiring Óg’s team in this game at Na Piarsaigh Óga Park.
This first round game, on a mild still October afternoon, was level on three occasions in the first half. Silverbridge pushing out to 0.03 to 0.01 after 17mins had most of the early play with that one point for Ógs coming from a Carson free on the left wing.
An injury to Adrian Traynor going up for a high ball in the S/bridge square was ignored letting
'The Bridge' break down field where Eoghan Heaney fouled allowing their half forward to point.
This was joined by another point within a minute and S/bridge were 0.04 to 0.01 up.
Two points from Justy Graham, one effort needing the help of the post, dragged Ógs back
into the game and a great individual point on the right side from Paudie Feeney's left foot
sailed over to level the scores.
Tiernan Donnelly was yellow carded for upending S/bridge's corner back but the resulting free moved quickly down field went narrowly wide. Ógs defended another attack which was again forced wide. This kick-out was won by Ógs Michael Carson passing to Feeney and on to full forward Traynor who gains a free for Graham to convert.
Silverbridge replied with a point after fisting wide an open goal chance. Several knocks on Ógs players stalled the play until the Bridge tapped over another free by their no 10 to go back in front. As half time approached a Carson free on the 40' skims passed the posts and Paul Boylan
blows the short whistle. Na Piarsaigh Óga 0.05 (4wides) Silverbridge 0.06 (7 wides)
Second half commenced with a goal chance going very close as a Silverbridge forward connects with an outstretched leg in the box but Ógs survive again. The resulting kick out was
won by 'Bridge and their midfielder punches over a handy point.
Carson gains the ball in midfield and sends a 'high and hopeful' ball into the box where Adrian Traynor wins a penalty it must be said against the run of play. Taking the penalty himself the
goalie initially saves but Traynor gets the rebound and Ógs go in front again 1.05 to 0.07
A period of scrappy play ended with a Silverbridge free on the 14' line after some back chat
by Ógs players and the game is level again.
Carson was fouled as he won the kick out and as before send a long high ball into the box where it broke to Feeney for a quick point over his shoulder.
Two points in reply by Bridge no 10 and another after Ógs midfield were cleaned out by their full forward put them 2up as A.Traynor fouls and gets a 'Yellow'.
Another passage of play ended when the Bridge cut in from the left corner and their shot, goal bound, was brilliantly saved by Malachy for a 45. This was again cleared when he made a reaction save with his legs. Ógs were hanging on at this stage as S/bridge no 8 scores from 20yds. 1.06 to 0.12
Something had to happen and a free about 30yds out taken by Justy Graham kicked a spark back into the Ógs. They won the kick out and a great ball from the outside of Carson's boot swerved over the bar only for a square ball to be punished. Liam Gilsenan was injured and was replaced by Eoin Duffy as several frees brought Ógs down the far wing for Freeman to kick into the box. Silverbridge backs seemed to lose their nerve with this ploy and Conor Nugent rattled the back of the net.
2.07 to 0.12.
As before S.Bridge went on the attack having no intentions of giving in with a few minutes left.
Their no 10 again kicked wide when a score would have been easier and the next attack Michael Carson executed a great steal to prevent an almost certain goal as Silverbrige no 12 broke free in the box. This was punched clear as the trigger was being pulled but the clearance broke down and allowed Silverbridge to point, drawing the game as Carson ended with a Black card and probably man of the match performance. Final score Na Piarsaigh Óga 2.07 Silverbridge 0.13
Scór na nÓg/Scór na bPaistí
A huge thanks to our two brilliant solo singers – Muireann O’Kane & Leah Gribben who represented our club at last weekend’s Scór na nÓg/Scór na bPaistí. Go raibh maith agaibh a chailiní. We hope to build on this for next year and we would love for more of our young members to participate.
U-8 presentation will take place on Sunday 25th October 12.30pm-1.30pm in social club, all players are asked to wear Pearse Óg’s gear for photo’s. Parent’s and family members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be provided. U-8 management.
U-21 training continues every Wednesday and Friday night 7.30pm at Pearse Óg park. Anyone interested are welcome to come along.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Academy
Developing football skills and techniques for boys and girls aged 10-14 years
The Na Piarsaigh Óga Academy will offer boys and girls aged 10-14 years the opportunity to enjoy Gaelic football in a safe, fun and welcoming environment all free of charge. The Academy aims to provide high class tuition from a pool of qualified and experienced coaching staff, developing the children’s football skills whilst enhancing their passion for our national game. Focusing on developing individual skills and techniques, emphasis will also be given to building teamwork and FUN.
Commencing Tuesday 3rd November 2015 for six weeks
6pm-7pm Cathedral Road complex
Please contact Pearse Óg website for more details
The Club is promoting the National Club Draw 2016 as our major fund raising generator for 2015, with all the ticket sales going directly to our Club, the many great prizes are provided by Croke Park Headquarters.
Prizes such as A new Opel Corsa, trip with the 2016 All stars for 2 (inc. flights, accommodation &banquet tickets and All Ireland football tickets, travel voucher for £1500, right down to the 14th prize of All- Ireland Football Final Package for 2 in 2016.
Draw takes place Friday11th March. All entrants must be 18 or over.
Tickets are priced at £10 and can be bought from all committee members, senior teams and managements.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Fundraiser for Craigavon Area Hostpital I.C.U
Attended by over a hundred members along with family and friends of Ronan Clarke in recognition of the life saving work carried out by the devoted staff in the unit. In attendance was Head Nurse of the Unit Cherith Douglas who was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Ronan after Cherith gave the members an incite into the workload she manages each day. She was delighted to meet Ronan again stating the nurses rarely meet their patients after they leave their care. All proceeds handed over will go to patient care and comforts.
Special guests on the night included Kieran McGeeney, Paul McGrane, John Toal, Kieran Hughes and Paul Duffy all Armagh team mates of Ronan's. Kieran McGeeney gave an impromptu speech on the close bond still strong within the Armagh Co team members and his delight at seeing Ronan back to full fitness.
SUPER 7’s PLUS
ALL 15-18 year olds welcome to take part in Pearse Óg Super 7’s Plus.
This year the programme includes a fun and challenging circuit training session, followed by recreational 7-a-side Gaelic football. The programme will take place @ Cathedral Road Recreation Centre on Thursdays @ 8pm [3, 10 and 17th December 2015]
For further information, please contact Pearse Óg website or Facebook page
EVERYONE WELCOME REGARDLESS OF FOOTBALLING ABILITY AND THERE IS NO COVER CHARGE. PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR
U-6 winter training has now finished for the year, Thanks to all involved. We will be starting again end of January/start of February. Keep an eye on club’s website and facebook pages for more details.
U-8 Mid-Winter training will take place on Sunday 13th December in Orchard Leisure Centre Main Hall 1pm-2pm. These sessions are for current P3/P4 and are FREE of charge. Please contact BJ 07562009907 to confirm your child’s attendance.
Na Piarsaigh Óga Under 10 Winter Training Programme for all boys and girls who are eligible to play under 10 football next year 2016 (P5 and P6 classes this school year). The Winter Training Program will focus on developing football skills, fitness and having fun. All new and existing players welcome. Continues each Sunday 10-30AM TO 11-30AM @ SHERRY’S FIELD CATHEDRAL ROAD COMPLEX.
See below for details of our current club officers and committee:
|Cathaoirleach/Chairman:||J. Óg O'Kane|
|Leas Cathaoirleach/Vice Chairperson:||J. McKee|
|Leas Rúnaí/Asst. Secretaries:||E. Clarke, P. Sanders|
|Leas Cisteoir/Asst. Treasurer:||M.Toner|
|Oifigeach Na Gaeilge/Irish Officer:||C. Dougan|
|Oifigeach Caidreamh Poibli /P.R.O.:||
|Oifigigh Na nÓg/Youth Officer||Tony Davidson|
|Ionadaí na himreoirí/ Senior Players Rep:||T.B.C.|
C. Rafferty, G. Barton snr, L. O’Neill, G. Barton jnr, T. Davidson, C. Mallon, P. Duffy, A. Clarke, F. O'Hara, C. Clarke, O. Toner