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Obituary to Francie Brolly

There was profound and widespread shock in Dungiven this morning (6th February) to hear of the sad and sudden death of Francie Brolly. This sense of deep loss was particularly felt within the local GAA community where Francie had played a prominent role for most of his life, as a player with St Canice’s, as an administrator and as a promoter of all aspects of Irish culture.

Francie played on the first Dungiven team to win a County Minor Title in 1956 and played senior football with the club for the next twenty years. He played centre half-forward in two losing Senior County Finals (V Bellaghy in 1960 and V Newbridge in 1966) and was on the panel of the 1976 beaten finalists (V Ballerin).

At the end of a very lengthy playing career Francie involved himself with the everyday running affairs of the club. It was an inevitable progression as his father Joe had served as Club Secretary for much of the 1960’s. In 2000, Francie was elected St Canice’s Club Chairman, a position he held with distinction for the next three years.

His unquestionable passion was for the Irish language, and he ran classes in the club for many years, tutoring the young and not so young. All who were taught by him recognised his infectious enthusiasm and grá for An Teanga Gaeilge. Francie’s contribution to the development and promotion of the Irish Language is perhaps his greatest legacy and is unparalleled locally and throughout the county.  

He also excelled as a musician and, with his wife Anne, entertained regularly in the club lounge. He was also a regular attender at sessiuns held monthly. From time to time he turned his hand to composing and famously penned ‘The H-Block Song’ in the late 1970’s.

As a music teacher in St Patrick’s High School, Dungiven he nurtured in his pupils a great love for all aspects of Irish music. Without exception, his former pupils speak fondly and highly of him.

Francie served as an elected public representative both on Limavady Council and in the N I Assembly. He represented East Derry as a Sinn Fein MLA from 2003 to 2010.

Francie Brolly was, in every sense, a gentleman and true Gael. He was an active member of St Canice’s GAC until his untimely death and the club is deeply indebted to him. We extend our sincere condolences to his dear wife Anne, his sons Joe, Proinnsias, and Conal, his daughters Áine and Nollaig and to the entire Brolly family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal

-Aidan Hegarty

2020 Membership Now Due

2020 St Canice’s GAC Membership is now due, it can be completed online now @ – Alternatively Membership Envelopes are available in An Cumann

All players must be members, but we’d encourage anyone else who isn’t a member yet to consider joining. Working together, a larger and more active membership will build a better Club for us all.

Come and Play

Over the next few week we are running an activity programme for our Primary 3 – Primary 7 boys.

The programme is to allow the boys to turn up and play games and matches for the full hour that they are there. The matches will be small sided games to allow maximum participation and maximum touches of the ball for the boys.

The activities will take place indoor at the Dungiven Sports Pavillion and will cost £1 per session. Each primary class will have three sessions over the next few weeks. See below for the times and dates for each class

Primary 3&4

Wednesday 20th NovSports Hall6pm – 7pm
Wednesday 27th NovSports Hall6pm – 7pm
Wednesday 4th DecSports Hall6pm -7pm

Primary 5

Wednesday 20th NovSports Hall7pm – 8pm
Wednesday 27th NovSports Hall7pm – 8pm
Wednesday 4th DecSports Hall7pm – 8pm

Primary 6&7

Tuesday 26th NovSports Hall6.15pm – 7.15pm
Tuesday 3rd DecSports Hall6.15pm – 7.15pm
Tuesday 10th DecSports Hall6.15pm – 7.15pm

We would like to leave an open invite to parents who would maybe like to help out or offer assistance to these sessions to ask Emmett who would be delighted to get you all on board and involved in the sessions.

If the boys could remember to bring a drink for the sessions and if parents could be there to collect the children at the end of the sessions as we expect a high volume of people around the center at these times, just to ensure there is no one running outside alone.

Look forward to seeing you

Thank you

Members – 2019 AGM Notice

The Annual General Meeting of St Canice’s GAC Dungiven will be held this year at our club house on Sunday 1st December 2019 at 3.00pm.

Nomination/motion forms are available to download below or alternatively copies can be collected from Club Bar. Nomination forms must be signed and returned to Club Secretary Sean Owens.

The closing date for nominations and motions is Wednesday 20th November 7.00pm

Nomination forms must be signed and returned to Club Secretary Sean Owens, Hard copy returns can be returned to the Club Bar or left in the letterbox on meeting room doors in a sealed envelope. Digital copies are available from the club website – these can be returned to

St Canice’s GAC Christmas Shop 2019

St Canice’s GAC Christmas Shop is now available online, all orders must be placed by Midnight on Sunday 6th October 2019 to guarantee delivery before Christmas.

Orders can be placed via our KlubFunder shop @

On order completion can you check your email for invoice to ensure order has correctly processed and invoiced items are as you intended to order. The club accepts no responsibility for incorrect orders.

There will an offline order session in An Cumann (Club Bar) on Wednesday 2nd October from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, for those who are unable to order online.

Request for Return of Borrowed Chairs

We carried out a stock check of equipment recently and discovered that we have over 50 chairs missing that have been loaned out but have never been returned. They may have been borrowed for the purpose of funerals/private parties and/or small local events and quite often if they are not returned within a few days it is easy to completely forget as the weeks and months pass. Can we ask people who may have borrowed chairs from the club over the recent months/years for any reason to please return them at your earliest convenience?

Many thanks
St Canice’s GAC Executive

Membership for 2019 is now due

Membership is now due for 2019. This is for all players (from U6-Adult level) AND also all non-playing members. We encourage all parents, families, coaches and supporters to also become members. The Club Is for You and for the future of  Our children and Our community. Please Come and be part of it!

This can be done easily online on this link

Or alternatively Membership can be paid directly to our new Registrar for 2019 – Patsy Grieve. Patsy will be in the Club tonight from 9pm.

2019 Membership Fees are as follows;

Playing Adult – £60 / Playing Student – £40

Youth Players (Up to and including Minor) – £5
Multiple Youth Players (Up to and including Minor) – £10

Non Playing Adult – £25 / Non Playing Couple – £40
Student / OAP – £15