Over the last few weeks I have been closely watching the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having in the US and Canada. Both countries have now taken additional, restrictive measures to reduce the spread of the virus and to protect their citizens. Based on the ever-changing situation within the US, the CYC Steering Committee has consulted with Croke Park to discuss the feasibility of proceeding with CYC 2020 in San Francisco. After careful consideration we have made the decision to cancel CYC 2020. This was not an easy decision, but I believe it is in the best interests of our GAA families.
The pandemic is predicted to last into the summer and may continue to disrupt school, employment and travel in the months ahead. While CYC is always the highlight of the summer for many families, it may not be something they can begin to plan for while struggling with the issues related to COVID-19. We will greatly miss seeing the players, parents and officials who participate in CYC each year, but we will set our sights on weathering the pandemic and then planning for CYC 2021 in Chicago.
Congratulations to Noel O'Connell and Dave McIntyre who were two of the Guests of Honor, along with other Past Chairmen, at the NY Minor Board Dinner Dance on February 8th. We would also like to congratulate all of our underage players who were recognized for all the hard work they put in during the 2019 season.
We had the pleasure of hosting Limerick Hurlers at the Clubhouse last night before their matches at NY Hurling Classic at Citi Field. After their training session, they took pictures and signed autographs for all the kids. Good luck tomorrow!
Congratulations to the Rockland u10 B Boys, u12 Girls, u12 Boys, u14 Girls, u14 Boys, and u16 Boys on winning the Fall Season in their respective divisions. Thank you to all the coaches, players, and parents for all the hard work they've put in all season!
Our final Mixed Hurling Blitz of the year happened today with a fantastic display of hurling from everyone from U8-U14. It was in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness so a huge thanks to everyone who donated! Also a thanks must go to everyone for organizing these Blitzes, in particular Laurence and Ann Marie Kennedy!
A big congrats to our u8, u12 and u14 girls who performed superbly today in the annual Pauline Boylan-Coll Tournament. The girls gave their everything and were able to come away with some silverware to set them up nicely for playoffs! A huge thanks to St. Brigid's for organizing the tournament!
Rockland were delighted to host the Annual Mary Cosgrove 7's Hurling and Camogie Tournament today with over 15 teams taken to the pitches over the day. It was great for Rockland to be able to put 2 teams into the competition with 1 of the teams taking home the Junior B title and the other team featuring many players who only started hurling a couple of weeks ago! A big thanks to NY GAA for organizing the event!
JUNIOR LADIES 2019 PETER CONNAUGHTON CUP CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to our Junior Ladies who had an unbelievable victory in the Peter Connaughton Cup Final against St. Brigid's yesterday. The Ladies won 6-13 to 2-9.A big thanks to all players and coaches, Mike Glynn, Stan Hayes, Mike Reilly, and Catherine Tracey, who put in so much effort throughout the year!
Back: S. Ni Bhraonain, M. Coleman, A. Healy, M. O'Rourke-Ryan, J. Fitzgerald, G. Haley, N. Healy, A. Healy, G. Lynch
Middle: A. White, S.Henry, S. Hayes, R. Kelleher, J. Conroy, K. Brady, O. Maxwell, E. Reilly, B. Sorohan, T. McGovern
Front: C. Traynor, M. Glynn, M. McLoughlin, M. Treanor, O. Donnelly, K. Carstensen, C. Lynch, K. Reilly, F. Kirk, S. Belen, T. Healy
Well done to all involved at this year's CYC in Philadelphia. Rockland sent 33 teams, more than any year before and appeared in 15 finals, winning 7. Thanks to all players, parents, and coaches for making this CYC successful. We hope to see everyone again at CYC next year in San Francisco.
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We had our second RGAA Development Camp from July 17th-19th. Over the three days the players took part in a wide variety of workshops that were all aimed at improving their knowledge and understanding of areas of their game and preparation that will give them an extra edge in relation to their own individual development. Huge thanks to our guest coaches, tutors and speakers; Tyrone All Ireland Winner Mickey Coleman, Kerry Senior Footballer Daithi Casey & Coach Educator Paul Kilgannon from Galway. Massive thanks to our parents for supporting the camp. Without your help this camp would not have been such a success. Finally thank you so much to our young players for fully embracing the Camp.
Thanks to Nancy Haggerty from LoHud Sports for covering our Junior Ladies' match against Leitrim Ladies last week with interviews from Mary O'Rourke Ryan, Maryanne Coleman, and Kyra Reilly. Read the article here.
A fantastic evening of learning was had by all the coaches who were in attendance. Great to see so many enthusiastic coaches and let's hope they picked up a few gems! Thanks to Paul for taking time to do the presentation!
Well done to all teams who participated in the u14 International Tournament, Dennis McHugh u8 Tournament, and to the Rockland Junior Bs on winning this year’s Robert McKiernan Memorial Cup against Sligo. Thanks to the McHugh and McKiernan families for presenting the trophies and to everyone who made Field Day such a huge success.
What a week we had for this year’s RGAA Summer Camp, which took place from July 8th-12th. Go raibh maith agat to all the 200 Boys and Girls, as well as parents, coaches, nurses and volunteers who made the week such a success. See you again next year.
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Rockland GAA were delighted to be asked to go to the Rockland Boulders Baseball Stadium and perform an exhibition of Football and Hurling for the crowd last night. The kids and families had a great time and we just want to say a big thanks for everyone who turned up!
Congratulations to the New York Girls Feile team on becoming Division 2 Cup Winners and the New York Boys Feile team on becoming Division 1 Shield winners! Well done to all involved, especially all players and coaches from Rockland!
A great time was had by our 18 teams at the Liberty Bell Tournament in Philadelphia yesterday. Massive thanks to Philadelphia GAA for hosting the tournament, which showed a huge mark of respect for the late Liam Hegarty with a wonderful day of Gaelic Football, Ladies Football, Camogie and Hurling. Well done to all our players, coaches and parents who travelled to support this excellent event
What a fantastic day we had at the first Rockland GAA Games Development Conference, where delegates were treated to Listening & Learning from our five fantastic speakers, through key note presentations and a Q&A panel discussion.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Pat Murray, Riley Chevrier, Dr David Kilpatrick, Ciara O'Malley and the legendary Joe Casarella for the effort they put in for their presentations.
Huge thanks to all the delegates who came along. We hope you all went home with at least one golden nugget of information that will help you going forward.
Finally huge thanks to everyone who helped our GDO, Owen Mooney, leading up to the event and on the day. With the assistance of Ann Nally, Ray Lennon, Carmel Reilly, Hugh Nally, John Hannagan Jr and Micky Quigg the day wouldn't have went as smoothly as it did.
Tonight we had our Coach Review Forum which gave our Coaches the chance to review everything regarding their own coaching, how they and their team worked together, as well as areas of strength and suggested improvements for 2019 and beyond. Huge thanks to all our coaches for a positive and constructive discussion and feedback. Our foundations are very strong and that is down to all our dedicated coaches and volunteers who give so much to Rockland GAA
What a historic day that will live long in the memory of everyone who got the came to see, meet and listen to Uachtaran na hEireann Mr. Michael D.Higgins. Go raibh mile maith agat to Consulate General Mr. Ciaran Madden and everyone at the Irish Consulate for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you to Chris Clarke, Margaret Purcell-Roddy and Niall O'Gara for the use of your pictures and thank you to everyone from the club and outside the club who helped make it such a memorable day. Lastly thank you to everyone who came to share this day with us