Sunday, December 22, 2013

Coach Training Courses in Meath and Dublin in the Spring

Course                                  Date                              Venue
Athletic Leader Course 
11th January 2014       Cara Hall, All Saint’s Drive, Raheny, Co. Dublin.    From 9am to 5pm

Assistant Coaches   
25thJanuary 2014    Claremont Stadium, Navan, Co. Meath  From 9am to 5pm
Assistant Coaches  
8thFebruary 2014      Donore Harriers, Chapelizod, Dublin 20  From 9am to 5pm
Assistant Coaches               22ndFebruary 2014     Lourdes Stadium, Drogheda, Co. Louth   From 9am to 5pm
Level 1  
28thFeb/1st March        Donore Harriers, Chapelizod, Dublin 20 and on  7th &8th March  
Fridays 6 to 9pm / Saturdays 9am to 5pm
Level 1 
14th &15th March  Claremont Stadium, Navan, Co. Meath and on 21st &22nd March  
 Fridays 6 to 9pm / Saturdays 9am to 5pm

The courses will be available for online registration and payment shortly on the AAI website under the Coaching/Development Section.
Regards and thanks,
Bart Rogers
Regional Development Officer
Athletics Ireland

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Heart screening

Ratoath Athletic Club and Ratoath GAA Club are currently promoting heart screening to their club members and family members

It's all too often that we hear of instances of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in the national news, and our club is offering its facilities to HeartAid who are coming onsite to run this screening program. We in conjunction with Ratoath Athletic club are promoting this screening to all our club and family members.
(Please note – The cost is payable by members – we unfortunately are not in a position to fund any part of this screening)
Heartaid encourages all families and friends, husbands/wives/children 12yrs+ to avail of the screening.

 Why undergo a Cardiac Screening?
  • Up to 100 young people die each year in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS)
  • 1 in 300 people may have a cardiac abnormality
  • The national register recently reported that the incidents of SADS are higher in Ireland than many other European countries.
  • In Italy cardiac screening is mandatory for anyone aged 12 to 35 years involved in competitive sport for the past 25 years. They have reduced the incidents of SADS by 89%.
  • The European Society of Cardiology & the International Olympic Committee recommends cardiac screening.
  • Heartaid’s service is based on the recommendations of the above named organisations.
  • This year, Meath GAA captain Shane Mc Anarney underwent Heart Surgery after routine screening revealed a blocked artery, thus saving his life. See the story here.  

Heartaid provide an on-site Doctor-led Cardiac Screening service to schools, clubs & companies nationwide. The service is ultimately aimed at reducing the incidents of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) in Ireland and promoting a healthy lifestyle. They provide our service on-site at a time and place that is convenient. 
Heartaid work exclusively to provide regular cardiac screening to all LAYA Healthcare members nationwide. We also screen all senior inter-county GAA teams across Ireland. We screen for the FAI, Connacht and Leinster Rugby, as well as a numerous companies and local sports clubs up and down the country. Our Medical Director is Dr Alan Byrne who was previously Medical Director of the FAI
In accordance with international best practice each Cardiac Screening includes:

• A Personal & Family History Questionnaire
• A Medical Examination with a Doctor
• Lifestyle Assessment
• Blood Pressure measurement
• Obesity Screening 
• 12 Lead Electrocardiogram (ECG)
• Consultant Cardiologist review and report
• Individual detailed report on overall screening and explanatory note and recommendations
• Referral if necessary

Heartaid’s service is based on the recommendations of the GAA’s Medical Scientific and Advisory Committee  and The European Society of Cardiology. In Italy screening is compulsory for anyone competing in sport. They have reduced SADS by 89% over the past 15 years and this is the model we are following.

The Screening, Cost and Health Insurance cover
  • Each screening takes 25 minutes
  • The fee has been set at €70 per person reduced from €75. If we get more than 75 people to participate the fee will be reduced to €65.
  • Laya healthcare members are free, however, you must still book an appointment.
  •  *People with LAYA health insurance are able to avail of screening for FREE. 
  •  People with other health insurance may be able to claim a % back at the end of the year.  Please contact your provider.
  • We only screen players/athletes aged 12+ years.
  • The screening leaflet is attached to this article. Click HERE.
Booking an appointment 
An online booking system has already been set up for Friday 10th January. The clinic code to book an appointment is: ratoath10 (afternoon/evening 2.45am-8.45pm – 40 screenings). Once this is full anyone booking will be promoted to go to make a booking for Saturday Jan 11th (ratoath11 for Saturday Jan 11th, all-day 9.30am-4.45pm – 45 screenings)
Bookings can be made online at . People can use Credit or Debit cards to book an appointment.
Anyone with LAYA is FREE but must make a booking too.

Further Information
If you have further questions regarding screening you can contact Philip from Heartaid or Online help at or 1890 300 333.
Heartaid: (mob) 00 353 86 467 3320,  (LoCall) 1890 300 333, email: or
Unit 14 Westside Centre, Model Farm Road, Cork.  Or, St Helen’s Wood, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Monday, December 16, 2013

Club AGM tonight Monday 16th Dec 2013 8:15pm Ratoath GAA Club

Dear Members,
We are having our Club AGM on Monday 16th DEC at 8:15pm
in the GAA Clubhouse.
We have a number of Outgoing Committee Positions.
Chairman Tommy Boshell remaining unless someone wants to step forward.
Vice Chair  Tim Keane (Outgoing) --- No Nominee
Secretary Tom Brady (Outgoing) --- Nominee Sineád McGoldrick (Drummond) 
Treasurer Monica Reilly (Outgoing) --- Mary Keily (Nominee)
Vice Treasurer Siobheal Cummins (Outgoing) --- No Nominee
Registrars Claire Witter, Aileen Bruton (Outgoing) --- No Nominee for 2nd Position
Competition Secretary Tony Butler (Outgoing) --- Nominee Peter Doherty
Children's Officers Tom Brady, Aileen Bruton (Outgoing), Eoin O'Beara --- No Nominees
Ordinary Committee Members Kieran Walshe, Phil Bateson, Eoin O'Beara, Tina Power, Peter Doherty - Nominee Tom Brady

As can be seen we have a number of positions to be filled this year. Note that there is a max term of office of 3 years for the main executive positions hence a lot of the changes. This committee has worked very hard over the years and needs people to step forward and take the reins, if you know of someone (including yourself) who you feel would be good in an available position please having asked them, Nominate them  via email, phone or text to Tom on 0876851261.

1) Add to Reg Form Permission to use video technology for use in the teaching of technique. Proposed by Tom Brady.
2) Strict adherence to age group times only exceptions being for volunteers. Proposed by Tom Brady.
3) Setting up of a separate Fundraising Committee - proposed by Keith Heffernan and John Coroner but we'd like 2-3 more people to join them.
4) Setting up a Coaching Committee to oversee the coaching goals and standards within the club. - proposed by Tom Brady and Siobheal Cummins. 
5) AOB - Any additional proposals please email before Friday 13th Dec.

AGM Format
1) Chairmans Report
2) Minutes of 2012 AGM.
3) Secretary's Report.
4) Treasurer's Report
5) Coaching Report
6) Election Of Officers
7) Proposals and AOB.

Looking forward to seeing as many members as possible there on the night.
Thank you,
Tom Brady

Sunday, December 15, 2013

National Juvenile Cross Country Championships - WIT

Adverse weather conditions allied to a very demanding course made it tough for the athletes competing today (15th December) at the uneven age juvenile cross country national championships in Waterford IT.

Alex Hunter ran yet another magnificent race to finish 6th overall in a very competitive u 15 boys race with Meath finishing a close second in the county team.. Our under 11 girls of Aimee Doherty (21st), Aoife Rutherford (52nd), Ella healy (104th) and Lili O Connor (127th) were 10th club team and despite finding the conditions tough, gave it everything and will surely have their day sooner rather than later. Aine o Connor, 47th in the under 15 and Deirdre Healy, 17th in the u 17  did the club proud with strong runs in their respective races while Philip Marron (40th) and Ciaran McCarthy (69th) rounded off the day from a Ratoath perspective with 2 fine performances in the boys u 17 over 5000m.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Death of Tom McGoldrick Father of Coach Sineád Drummond

The death has occurred peacefully surrounded by his family of Thomas (Tom) McGoldrick at the Mater Private Hospital. Tom was the beloved husband of Kathleen and treasured dad of Paula (Whitty), John, Margaret(Tobin), Sinead (Drummond), Niall, Barbara (Guickan) and Joey. He will be sadly missed by his family, sisters, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, all his grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.




Reposing at his home from 5pm on Friday. Removal on Saturday 14th Dec  at 10.30am arriving at the Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath for 11am Funeral Mass.Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Irish Cancer Society.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Ratoath Ac Club Awards-Saturday December 7th

The Ratoath Ac Club awards night will take place this Saturday the 7th December at the Ratoath GAA Club House. The awards night will be split into two groups with the little athletics on from 4pm to 5:30pm (Ages born: 2006, 2007 & 2008). The little Athletics athletes will be presented with their Athletic challenge certificate which was completed over the past few weeks. Lots of fun, music and dancing on the night with James Brady entertainment.

The juvenile athletes night U9-19 will be on from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, again James Brady will provide the entertainment, awards will be presented on the night to the top 10 boys and top 10 girls points scorers for the club in the Meath Inter Club league which was held between April & June of this year, also awards for most improved athlete of the year- girls & boys and the main award- athlete of the year- girls & boys. Replacement trophies will also be presented to last year’s winners.
Juvenile Awards will be presented from 7pm-7:30pm.
Entrance fee on the night: €2
Hope to see ye all there for another good night.