Weekly GAA club notes
Best wishes to our former club members who will be honoured by the Seana Ghael committee in the Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday. Paddy O'Leary, Toddy Murphy and Nicky Rossiter are on the list of 60-plus players of the past who will be feted, and we hope they enjoy the afternoon.
Well done to Ciarán Kirwan who came on for Wexford in their first game in the Peter McNulty Memorial Under-21 football tournament against Laois in Ballinakill on Monday of last week. He also made an appearance in the win against Down in Bohernabreena on Saturday, while Eoin Roche helped Maynooth to a narrow win over Westmeath in the O'Byrne Cup in Moate on Sunday.
The Minors' first outing in the Jim Byrne Cup against Glynn-Barntown was postponed due to weather conditions. It will now be played in Páirc Charman on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Under-8 boys' and girls' training is resuming in St. Joseph's Community Centre on Thursday, January 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. All training is fully supervised by qualified coaches, and new members are always more than welcome.
The Wexford Has Talent auditions attracted a huge crowd to Clayton Whites Hotel on Saturday, and the line-ups for both semi-finals have been announced. Check out www.wexfordhastalent.com for all the latest news, and continued thanks to our main sponsor, People Newspapers, for their great coverage of the event.
The winning lotto numbers on January 11 were 15, 16, 25 and 30. There was no jackpot winner, and next week's jackpot will be €7,800. The winning numbers on January 4, when there was no winner either, were 4, 5, 13 and 26.
ST. MARY'S (ROSSLARE)
St. Mary's (Rosslare) G.A.A. are running the Biggest Loser, a fun weight loss programme. As part of the Biggest Loser there will be three events: a 5k fun run or walk on Sunday, January 31; a 10k fun cycle on Sunday, February 21; and a 5k cross-country on Sunday, March 6.
We will be providing the complex for people to train for these events. To sign up please come along to the registration night in the St. Mary's complex on Friday, January 15, at 7 p.m.
Registration for the Biggest Loser is €10 and you will be given a sponsorship card on the night also. All events are then free to enter.
Anyone who doesn't wish to register but may like to take part in the 5k runs, walks or 10k cycle may do so but must pay €10 per event.
A number of positions remain vacant since the recent A.G.M. If you're interested in any of the following roles, please phone Podge on 087-7769171: Junior football management selectors; Junior hurling management selectors; Under-6 football and hurling mentors.
There will be an E.G.M. regarding the future of ladies' football in Naomh Éanna G.A.A. club on Saturday, January 23, at 7.30 p.m. in the complex. All those who have an interest in ladies' football at any age group are welcome.
The Naomh Eanna dinner dance takes place on Saturday, January 30, in the Ashdown Park Hotel at 7 p.m. With tickets on sale for just €25, this is a night not to be missed. Tickets are available in the complex, from Hairstop or you can also phone Aoife on 089-4544741.
To add an item to the club notes, please phone or text 087-9770497.
The Under-12 hurlers will commence training for the 2016 season in the complex at 6 p.m. on Saturday. All new players are welcome. Bring indoor runners.
Last week's lotto numbers were 1, 15, 22 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners. Lucky dips: Sherlock family and Pauline Cummins. This week's jackpot is €7,800.
Penny bank collections for 2016 have started in Crossabeg and will re-commence in Ballymurn this weekend.
The Annual General Meeting of club will take place on Saturday, January 16, in Hollymount starting at 6 p.m. The club would like to invite all members and supporters to come along to this important meeting.
The club is delighted that our dual star Brian Malone has been handed the captaincy of the Wexford Senior footballers for 2016. It's a great honour for Brian and his family to receive this recognition and role and it highlights his commitment, dedication and leadership qualities which are essential in the position. We wish Brian and his fellow Wexford Senior footballers every success in 2016.
There was no winner of the Shelmalier Development Lotto on Monday, January 4, when the numbers drawn were 4, 10, 13 and 23. There was one lucky match three winner and that was Annette Barron from Ballybeg, Screen, who received €200.
Next week's jackpot stands at €11,800 so get your ticket and support the Hollymount development programme.
With the new year here it's the time of year when people begin to think of exercise and fresh air, and with this in mind the club has started 'Operation Over The Water' to cater for people of the parish who may like to join with others for some walking and exercise.
The programme began on Saturday in Hollymount when over 20 men and women took to the club's walking track for over an hour of delightful walking and chat. The group will continue walking in Hollymount every Saturday at 11 a.m., and they will also walk on Wednesday nights, meeting at the Riverbank Hotel at 7 p.m. sharp.
The Wednesday evening event will return to Hollymount when the evenings get brighter, soyou're your walking shoes on and join the group. Participants are encouraged to bring along a high viz jacket and some water. Further details can be got from Catherine Roche on 087-0533952 or any club member.
The golf at Pirates Cove fun-filled fundraiser is being co-ordinated by Barry Kennedy and Maeve Bolton-Lee as part of their Strictly Club Dancing fundraising ventures. There will be trophies for the best family round, best individual round and the best overall team round, also spot prizes for the first hole-in-one on each of the 18 holes.
A team of four will cost €30 and will include golf clubs, balls and will be accompanied by a referee to keep score and to make sure there is no sneaky stuff! Tickets will be on sale from January 10 or you pay on the day. Please contact Maeve or Barry if you have any queries or wish to pre-book tickets or tee-times (this is a team event with four players per team).
On Thursday, January 21, Buffers Alley will host the annual Tony Doran monster G.A.A. quiz in the clubhouse commencing at 8.15 p.m. sharp. The quiz master will be Tony himself who will test his audience on their G.A.A. knowledge, and he is expected to throw in a few brain-teasers along the way to sort the men from the boys!
He won't be going too far down memory lane as all questions will relate to G.A.A. facts since 2000. Tables of four will cost £40. There's an open invitation to everyone to come along for a night filled with curiosity, fun and laughter. This quiz is eagerly awaited by all sports enthusiasts in the county and further afield so spread the word around.
On Saturday next, January 16, Strictly Club Dancers John Farrell and Katie Doyle will host their race night fundraiser in the clubhouse in Monamolin. Admission is free but you will get an opportunity to spend a few euros on the tote! Please support these young players who have volunteered to dance and fundraise.
Strictly Club Dancing in Buffers Alley is now taking shape with all the dancing couples ready to take to the stage in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, on Saturday, January 30. Tickets go on sale this week and it is advisable to book early as demand may exceed available seating. The dancing ticket co-ordinators are Therese Doran and Áine O'Meara.
Nine couples who are being put through their routines by Lisa Keogh and Linda Kehoe will perform a number of dances including Jive, Rock n' Roll, Cha Cha, Dirty Dancing, Modern Mix and Charleston to name but a few. The competition is expected to be competitive, friendly and fun.
Adjudication will be by a panel of judges with the audience also getting an opportunity to cast votes for the dancing couple of their choice. The Buffers Alley dancing team is Shane Grannell and Lynsey Sweeney; Jimmy O'Leary and Eilis Teal; Tony Doran and Johanna Murphy; John Furlong and Katie Hammel; Seán Murphy and Rebecca O'Brien; Martin Burke and Mary B. Kelly; Barry Kennedy and Maeve Bolton-Lee; Bob Butler and Maria Heffernan; John Farrell and Katie Doyle.
The club is delighted to welcome back Tom Dempsey as M.C., and he will no doubt entertain the dancers and audience - who knows, he might give us a song or two!
Well done to the following who won prizes in the December club monthly draw: €400, Tony, Mary and Marie Doran, Monagrena (seller, Tony Doran); €100, St. Enda's G.A.A. club, Gorey (seller, Seamus O'Leary); €50 to the following: Joe Doyle, Newtown (seller, Matty Foley); Willie Doran, Monagrena (seller, Willie Doran); Mikey and Cáit Murphy, Court (seller, Joe Hughes).
Thanks to everyone for their continued support. The first draw for 2016 will take place at the end of January with promoters calling around in the coming weeks. The draw costs €10 per month or €120 for the full year.
If you haven't been in the draw in previous years, please contact any of the club officers or the co-ordinators, Joe Hughes and Mary Foley.
Sunday lunch was a huge success with the clubhouse packed to capacity from noon until 3 p.m. The catering volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone who came was served up with a scrumptious main course, desert and tea/coffee.
This fundraiser was organised for dancers Barry Kennedy, Maeve Bolton-Lee, Martin Burke and Mary Byrne. All the guests had a great time chatting with their friends and neighbours and are looking forward to another similar event in the future.
The annual Coiste na nÓg raffle took place in the clubhouse over the festive period. The committee would like to extend their appreciation to everyone who sold or bought tickets and a special mention to all those who sponsored prizes.
This is the main fundraiser for the under-age boys' section of the club and all support is much appreciated. Hamper: David Curtis, c/o Dorothy Mangan-Patel; miscellaneous winners: Gráinne Murphy, Michael Johnston, Emily Reilly, Ann Codd, Daragh Prendergast, Darragh Butler, Libby Murphy.
There was a good turn-out at the club quiz in Harney's of Ballyedmond on Saturday. Quiz master Paul Doyle tested the knowledge of the participants at the 17 tables, and coming up with answers certainly brought them back in time!
Anthony Kelly and Therese Doran were kept busy calculating the scores. The overall winners were announced as the clock struck 12! - Gavin O'Donovan, Alan Doyle, Jamie Doyle and Martin Burke.
The quiz had started a little later than planned to facilitate club training. Appreciation to Ned and Anna Harney for the use of the premises and to Claire Dempsey for all her help. Thanks to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and to all who participated in this fundraiser.
Raffle prize-winners were Seán Murphy, Paul Doyle, Seamus O'Leary, John Buttle, Sineád Kelly, Kathleen Butler, Anthony Kelly, Jamie Doyle and Mick Butler.
Happy new year to everyone. Despite any rumours you may have heard, Clonard football and hurling club is alive and kicking.
Football training is starting this Friday, January 15, at 7 p.m. at North End's astro pitch. We are looking forward to giving the championship a good shot this year and the panel has been boosted with the return of a number of players which will help numbers at training and match time.
Tim McGrath is taking the training session so see you on Friday. Well done to Pierce O'Connor who played his part in Wexford footballers' win on Sunday.
Clonard held their Annual General Meeting in the Community Centre on Saturday. There was a large attendance and the following officers and committee were elected: President, Joe Brennan; Vice-Presidents, Larry Brennan and Aidan Gilbert; Chairman, Michael Power; Vice-Chairman, Michael Lyng; Coiste na nOg Chairperson, Mary Kavanagh; Secretaries, Angela McCormack and Lisa Kavanagh; Treasurer, Eleanor Browne; Assistant Treasurer, Seán Dwyer; Secretary Coiste na nOg, John O'Reilly (football), Robert Tierney (hurling); Registrar, Lisa Kavanagh; Irish Officer, Joe Ryan; Co. Board reps., Dave Ormonde and Joe Sheehan; P.R.O's, Brendan Benson and Robert Tierney; Committee: Seán Gregg, Dean Murray, Paul Mooney, Martin Gordon, Suzanne Brennan, Ger Cashman, Barry Redmond, Ann Fenlon, Margaret O'Connor, Thomas Dwyer, Pádraig Dwyer, Derek Deane, Eoin Reardon, Robbie Kemp, Barry Browne, Dylan Carty, Colm Browne.