Nursery (Under-6)

Training Times and Contacts for 2024

The nursery (under-6 Boys and Girls) will train on SUNDAY mornings, from 10:00am to 11:00am on the Astroturf in the club.

Contact for the nursery is Colman at 087 379 1647.

The nursery caters for Girls and Boys born in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The Garrycastle Ethos

The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment – learning through fun. Our approach is to build confidence through encouragement while making the games as enjoyable as possible, following approved GAA coaching methods.

Our ethos is “having FUN, making new FRIENDS and learning new SKILLS in a SAFE environment for players and coaches.

The Garrycastle Nursery Pathway

Our nursery section is for boys and girls aged 4 to 6 years old and we concentrate on four major skills each year.

Under 5: Catch, ground kick, throw and bounce.

Under 6: Catch, punt kick, handpass and solo. In May/June (weather permitting) some of the under 6 training sessions will be on grass.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Not sure when training is on? How is the nursery structured? Who should I contact about the nursery? What should my child wear to training? The answers to all of these, and many more, questions can be found on our Nursery FAQ

Nursery kick-off, Feb. 25th

Nursery Calendar 2024

Previous Years

Nursery - Sept. 24th, 2023

The season is almost at a close, but still time for lots of fun down in Garrycastle Nursery this morning!

Garrycastle GAA Club Nursery Information


Training for this age group is normally on Sunday mornings, from 11:00am to 12noon.


During March up to September: Astroturf Pitch at Garrycastle GAA Club grounds 

During October, November, January and February: AIT Multi-Purpose Indoor Hall (to be confirmed)


The purpose of the nursery is to introduce girls and boys to Gaelic games in a safe and fun environment. 


Contacts for the nursery is Catríona Fagan on 087 698 2651. She will be assisted by a large team of mentors and parents. Mentors are Garda vetted and have completed a fitness to practise course. All parents are encouraged to get involved in helping out in the nursery; no experience is necessary, and a series of training courses will be provided.

Age Groups:

The nursery caters for children age 4-6 years old, born in 2018 or later.

Joining the Nursery:

If you want your child to participate in the nursery, simply come along any Sunday morning at 10.50 am and join in the fun. All children are welcome. If after a period of time, you decide you want your child to continue in the Nursery, then we would ask you to take out club membership, details of which are available on the website on the Registration page.

No specialist equipment needed, just comfortable clothing, a gum shield and a bottle of water. Parents/Guardians must stay for the entire session. 


In Garrycastle GAA nursery girls and boys take part in the following activities:

Further Information:

For more information please contact Catríona at 087 698 2651. 


Garrycastle Junior Nursery players with Westmeath's 2019 silverware, the O'Byrne Cup and the Allianz NFL Div3 Trophy (Sunday June 9th)

Garrycastle and Westmeath player, James Dolan, brought the silverware won so far this year by the Westmeath team, the O'Byrne Cup and the Allianz NFL Div. 3 trophy, to Garrycastle on Sunday morning to show them to the Junior Nursery players.

Huge thanks to James for taking time time to bring the trophies to the club!

A happy bunch of the clubs youngest players with the Westmeath Silverware!

Sam Dolan proudly holds the NFL                   Division 3 trophy!  

Something to dream of for these young players of the future!

Nursery fun in AIT ! (Sunday March 24)

The Garrycastle Under-6 / nursery group of boys and girls got a special treat on Sunday morning, with a special training session in the AIT International Arena!

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Welcome back to all those that were involved in 2018, and a huge welcome also to all of those who are just beginning in 2019!


Nursery fun, Sunday November 25th, at the Indoor running track in AIT.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade, Athlone!

The Under-6 group marched proudly in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Athlone this year. 

For details and photos, please see the St. Patrick's Day page!

New Kit Sponsorship from Grovelands Childcare, Athlone!

The Under-6 group will have an all new kit this year, sponsored by Grovelands Childcare, Athlone!

Photo shows Mark Redmond (underage chairman, Garrycastle GAA Club), being presented with the new kit by Regina Bushell and Deirdre Bushell of Grovelands Childcare, Athlone


Under-6 End-of-year party, Bowling Alley, October 19th

The Under-6 group held their annual end-of-year party in the Bowling Alley on Monday evening.

Under-6 Football Blitz, Garrycastle, September 12th

We held our first home under-6 blitz in Garrycastle on Saturday morning, with teams from Athlone and the Moate All-Whites in attendance. Despite missing a number of key players, the Garrycastle boys and girls gave a great account of themselves.

They played two great games, with plenty of determination and skill on view from the youngest players in the club. Particularly prominent for Garrycastle were Jack Tucker, Erin McHugh, Tadhg Mulvihill, Jack Kilmurray, Ella Sweeney, Rory O'Connor, Doireann Keena and James Earley.

After the  games all the players were treated to crisps and drinks in recognition of their efforts.

Many thank to the mentors and players from Athlone and Moate for coming in and to the Garrycastle players and their parents for the great support from the sidelines.


Challenge match v. Athlone, August 31st

Our under 6's played their first ever match last Sunday morning in a friendly against local rivals Athlone. A large crowd were treated to an exciting match with both teamsshowing great skill and sportsmanship. 

Athlone had the better start with a couple of early scores. However the Garrycastle boys and girls settled into the game and defended well for the remainder of the half. The second half was a closer affair and a goal from Senan Nugent got the crowd to their feet. The final score of the game went to Garrycastle with a fine point from a free by Jack Dowling. Thanks to Athlone for a good sporting game, which no doubt be the first of many times these youngsters will meet.

Match Report : Colin Clyne


Challenge match v. Tubberclair, October 9th

On the evening we had: Conor McCormack, Luke Quilty, Senan Nugent, Darragh Clyne, Rian Gaynor, Conor Deeney, Matthew Hardiman, Van McCay, Oisin O'Donoghue, Simon Skoczen, Louie Shine, Darragh Glennon, Hannah Heneghan, Siun Lyons, Amelie Henson, Dylan Maloney, Keelan Ward, Alex Conner, Trudi Quilty.

The very youngest team in the club took to the field in a hugely entertaining challenge match under lights against near neighbours Tubberclair on Wednesday evening in Garrycastle. 

Played on a cold, dry evening, perfect for football, our youngest players ranging in age from 4 to 6 years old gave their all in front of an appreciative crowd of parents and brother and sisters.

For practically all of these players, it was a first experience of playing for the club outside of training matches each week. In later years when they are playing competitive football at whatever age level, we hope that they may occasionally think back to these types of evening, when it was all for the fun of the game itself.


End of year party, 2012

The under-6 age group had their well deserved end-of-year party on Wednesday evening in Krazy Kids, in Blyry. A fantastic turnout saw more than 50 of the clubs youngest members have a ball on the astro pitch, slides, climbing areas, etc. After a healthy (!) feed of chips, chicken nuggets and sausages, washed down with "purple" (as one of the kids called it), everyone of the players was presented with a medal to mark their year by Club and county senior players Doron Harte and Des Dolan.

Our thanks to Doron and Des in taking time out from their busy training schedule leading up to the senior final on Sunday, (c'mon the Castle!).

Huge thanks also to all of the group mentors and parents for helping out during the year, to the transition year students from the Marist College, (Micheal and Donal), who helped out as part of their Gaisce award, and to Cornamaddy NS for the use of the school pitch.

We look forward to do it all over again next year!

A slideshow of pictures from the party is included below (thanks to Des & Deirdre McEnery for all of the photos) ...

Football Nursery Beginnings - 2009

Football Nursery Beginnings - 2009

A decision was made in 2009 to institute a dedicated programme for the youngest members of the club, boys and girls under 6 years of age. 

The co-ordinator of the football Nursery was William Leahy, with help from a number of senior players, and juvenile players from the boys and girls teams. The start-up of the football nursery was overseen by Westmeath Games development officer, Eddie Bouabsse.