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Over the last thirty five years a diverse range of activities has developed within the club. They range from Golf Society, Snooker and other sports to Arts and Culture. The society is proud of these associations and encourages their continued development through sponsorship and use of the society facilities.



The handball team was formed in 1980. Among the founding members were Thomas O’Malley, Gerry Flanaghan, Tommy Lagan and Robert McLaughlin. From the beginning with only one team, the early league success led to the formation of a second team in the late 1980’s. In the ensuing years both handball teams enjoyed success. The teams are still going strong and are always on the lookout for new talent.



Golf Society

The golf society was formed in 1989 with six members, including club stalwarts Tommy Morris and Micky Gallagher. Over the next few years the society grew and expanded its membership to 32. Now, approaching its twentieth anniversary in 2009, membership is twenty eight making it one of the largest of all societies still in existence. The golf society is proud to play for all its trophies and medals, however one cup remains the most sought after prize; The Jimmy Steele Cup. Originating in Crumlin Road Prison in 1972, The Jimmy Steele Cup had a chequered history including being lost several times and damaged in a house fire. It was found in 2000 and presented to the golf society by Gerry Fitzpatrick.



The snooker team was formed in the mid 1990’s and has enjoyed great success in the competitive leagues. Following visits to the snooker room by visiting teams, we have been informed that our facilities and condition of the tables rank within the top three in the league. The snooker committee deserve a lot of thanks for the continuing development of the snooker competitions and the visits of celebrity players such as John Higgins, Joe Swail and others. Each year we host the Rodgers Cup, a black tie affair and it is always a well attended event. Local competitions are also played among society members, namely The Liam Boyle Cup, the Joseph Cunningham Cup and the Martin Hayes Shield.


Ranganna Gaeilge

Thosaigh na Ranganna Gaeilge thart fa tríocha bliain ó shin i gcúpla seangharáiste in Ascaill Coiribe. Ba é Dónal Mistéil an chéad mhúinteoir a bhí againn i lár na seachtóidí. Nuair a cheannaigh an Cumann Teach Mhaigh Ard, bhí neart spáis ann agus dá bhrí sin bhí siad ábalta ceithre rang éagsúla a chur ar fáil, an bun rang, an dara rang, an treas rang agus an ard rang. Thosaigh Labhras Mag Oire agus Máirtín O Muilleoir ag teagasc thart fa fiche bliain ó shin. In a dhiadh sin thosaigh muintirí eile ag teagasc Bríd Ní Chianáin, Páidraigín Ní Chruagáin, Conor MacNeasa, Diarmuid MacNeasa, Brendan MacNeasa agus Ciaran O’Muirchú. Ta na ranganna ag gabhail ar aghaidh go dtí an la inníu agus bionn scaifte ann gach seachtaíne.

Wednesday Night Bingo

The Bingo nights started in 1985 and have been running without a break ever since, except when Christmas and New Years Day fall on a Wednesday. It is now regarded as an institution and for many of its largely female patrons it is their only night out in the week. It is great to see the enjoyment and listen to their craic as they catch up on all the gossip. In its time there have been several number callers. They include Micky McVicker, Tommy Shortt, Paddy Crawford and Aiden Higgins. At one point in the mid 1990’s some golfers decided to try their luck at winning the snowball game. When most of the 48 numbers had been called, one shouted ‘Check’. The shrieks of horror from the women, average age late 70’s, filled the room. The sight of six burley golfers beating a hasty retreat from the assembled women was a joy to behold.

Thursday Night Quiz

The first quiz was held on 5th May 1988 and was initially intended to run for six weeks. That was 19 years ago and it is still going strong. The first quizmaster was Gerry Mc Glinchey and his mastery of setting questions covering a range of subjects set the scene for the other quiz masters that followed. Next was Fra Conway (with him we became experts on Greek Mythology) and the current occupant of the chair is Seamus Mc Gowan. A regular crowd has built up over the years and today new teams still turn up on a regular basis. It is great to see so many young people making up the teams. The team names are unique and really set the quiz alight some weeks. Some topical names such as ‘Free Brian Keenan and take his sisters’, as well as GBH by DDH (ask Jim Ốg Mallon about that one) are worthy of a prize in themselves.



The facilities that have been developed within the clubhouse over the last twenty years, particularly the Tom Williams Room, provide the flexibility to stage a diverse array of activities including plays, exhibitions and debate and discussion forums.


Over the last seven years in particular many plays have been staged. These include the well known ‘The final words of Thomas Russell’ by Philip Orr and William Irvine,’ The Official Version’ by Laurence McKeown and ‘The troubles according to me Da’ by Martin Lynch. The Tom Williams Room is an excellent venue and the arrangements are all in the capable hands of Kevin Carson.

In May each year the Annual Bobby Sands Lecture is held. It has always been a huge success and it is encouraging year on year to witness the number of young people attending and actively taking part in the question and answer session.

As part of the Feile an Phobail, the society plays host to a range of exhibitions, for example the National H-Block exhibition and Belfast Exposed to name but a few.