Sunday 20 October 2019

Clonard getting better and better

We played our final match in phase one of the Under-12 hurling championship recently. It was a long trek to get to Kilrush, up mountains and valleys reminding us about the famous trek in China's history.


It was 30 degrees, and there wasn't a puff of air as the pitch is surrounded with trees: absolutely gorgeous. No matter, our lads did their best, with Cam getting better and better, Josh ordering his troops, Fergal and Joao diligent in the half-back line, while the full-back line were a credit to the blue and white machine with Justin, Ciarán and Adam who is progressing like uncle Dean. Our best supporter was Dara Kehoe.

On Thursday last we brought our boys training to Culleton's Gap, Curracloe. They spent half an hour training on the sand and another hour in the water. Cam nearly drank half of the sea, he couldn't drink his Coca Cola.

On Saturday week we played our first match in phase two of the football champioship with Rosslare. This game had a party atmosphere, as Rosslare had a festival. Robert Kemp ate all the strawberries and the cream, as he thought that it was his birthday party. Haley and Chelsea were ordering everyone and they got more telephone numbers again. The boys enjoyed this game too, with Joao, Justin, Cam, Josh and Eoin to the fore. Our thanks to Larry Morrissey for the good words, they were appreciated.

On Wednesday evening last our Under-10s played in the first round of the Kent Cup and came away with a very good win over St. Mary's (Maudlintown). Everyone put in some hard work and came away with the win, so everyone was very happy after the match. Well done boys.

Team: Shane Curran, Barry Browne, Emer O'Connor, Dylan O'Brien, Conor Dobbs, Ryan Curran, Mark Tormey, Tosh O'Brien, Jessie Dempsey, Kian Roche, Rory Dobbs, David Kelly, Mark Sinnott, Kyle Scallan, Jamie Nolan, Darragh Nolan.

Our Under-16s played Clongeen in the football Championship in Clongeen in the first game after the exam break and came away with a win by 3-2 to 1-4. Well done guys.

Our Minors met Blackwater in Blackwater on Wednesday last in the football championship and played out a brilliant draw. Everyone worked their socks off to make it a draw: Clonard 2-1 (Tommy Walsh with a personal talliy of 1-7), Blackwater 3-8. Keep up the good work guys.

On Wednesday last our Minors played Kilrush in Coolcotts and lost by a point with the last kick of the game (4-8 to 4-7). It was a pity that either team lost as a draw would have been a fair result. It was a very entertaining game.

Our Intermediate footballers play the Geraldine O'Hanrahans tonight in the fourth round of the championship in Taghmon at 8 p.m. Please come along and give your support.

Clonard G.A.A. club will again this year run a Cúl Camp, and this is your last chance to get your name. It runs from Monday, July 29, to Friday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. each day. This is an ideal opportunity for our members and non-members to participate in a fun-filled week, to learn and develop their skills in hurling and football and make new friends along the way.

This camp is open to boys and girls aged six to 13 years. Each participant will receive a specially-designed G.A.A. jersey, socks, shorts and a gear bag. The cost of the camp is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second child, with the third and fourth child €40.

Clonard G.A.A. club will provide a subsidy towards the cost of this camp for all members, so the cost to each registered member will be €25. New members are welcome to join at any time, and please contact Mary Kavanagh (087-9967925) if you need any more information.

The club would like to wish Sheila Ormonde a speedy recovery after her operation last week. We hope to see her out and about soon.


Our Minors have had a very competitive three weeks. On Wednesday, July 3, they travelled to Craanford to play Bann Gaels in hurling. The team put in an excellent performance and won out on a 3-17 to 1-5 scoreline. The St. Martin's team has maximum points from four games played to date, with three more games to play.

The team then travelled to Fethard on July 11 to play Minor football. They scored a significant 2-13 but the scoreline was not sufficient as Fethard won out with a scoreline of 5-5.

Our most recent game was at home against Sarsfields. The football game was played on July 17 and produced an excellent and very competitive game from both sides. Both sides had excellent scores and missed opportunities. The result was a draw at 1-13 each.

After five games played, with two more to play, St. Martin's is one of three teams on five points, while Starlights and Sarsfields lead the table on eight points and six points respectively.

There was a huge turn-out at last week's Cúl Camp in the club with over 150 children taking part in glorious sunshine. A great time was had by all.

All teams are very active at the moment and if they want notes included in the paper please contact me at

To keep up to date with all that is happening in the club check out Facebook, Twitter or the club web page.

As most people are aware a new walking track has been put in place around the pitches which is proving very popular on these wonderful summer evenings. We would encourage everyone to become a pavilion member of the club to avail of this and all our other facilities. Membership is only €20 per year. Please contact our Chairman, Mick Morrissey, or any committee member to join.


Thirty Clonard Gaelic4Girls and 24 supporters travelled to Croke Park on Monday to participate in the 2013 National Gaelic4Girls Blitz Day. Clonard were one of the few clubs who fielded two teams and the girls got to play five exciting mini-games each.

The day was a huge success and this is thanks to all the girls and mentors for ensuring the ethos of the Gaelic4Girls programme of fun and participation was evident throughout. The Clonard girls represented their club and county extremely well as they displayed their new-found skills on the hallowed ground.

These girls have been training hard over the past twelve weeks for this special event. G4G was one of the biggest days in the L.G.F.A. calendar and it was fantastic to see 65 teams participate from all over Ireland which meant over 1,000 young girls got the opportunity to play in Croke Park.

This was a very exciting day for the Clonard girls, and well done to players, mentors and parents for making the day so successful. A big thank you to Paula Prunty, L.G.F.A. Development Officer, for inviting Clonard. On the extremely well-organised day, the girls were well looked after as they received a packed lunch, a beautiful medal and a goodie bag each. They finished up the day with a well-deserved meal in Jack White's on the way home.

On Wednesday evening last our Senior women played Ballyhogue at home in the championship quarter-final. After losing out on a win the previous week against St. Martin's, Clonard, Taghmon and the Martin's were all on the same points and a draw was made after the game which meant Clonard were top of the table and secured the home game. This game had to be won for the team to make it through to tonight's semi-final.

The women went out determined to bag the points and played a very tough game. Ballyhogue had the lead up to half-time by two points but the Clonard women dominated the second-half and convincingly secured the well-deserved win by 4-10 to 3-5. The semi-final will take place tonight at home at 8 p.m. Again plenty of support would be greatly appreciated from all our members, family friends and supporters.

The Under-12 girls travelled out to the Shels on Tuesday last and despite the hot weather we had a large panel of 19 girls. The town girls took control from the start and were the stronger side as up to the fourth quarter the score was Clonard 7-4, Shels nil. The mentors made some changes in the interest of fair play and the final score was Clonard 7-4, Shels 3-0. Well done girls, and we now await to see who we play in the quarter-finals.

The Under-14 girls will play Bunclody in their quarter-final at home on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. To prepare for this game the girls will play the Vols at home on Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. in a challenge game as they also need to prepare for their quarter-final.

The Under-10 girls played St. Anne's at home on Thursday last. All our new G4G's are getting great games and their development is evident as they are starting to gel as a team. St. Anne's secured the win however.

This league is based on fun and participation and most importantly enjoyment as each girl from both teams went home smiling after playing what was for some their first game of football. The next Under-10 game is away to St. Fintan's on a date and time to be confirmed. Best of luck to all our teams with their upcoming games.


Bingo is this Wednesday evening as the Phil Murphy weekend starts this Thursday.

The Junior ladies' footballers play their semi-final match in Grantstown on Wednesday. Their oppontants are Clonee and we wish them the very best. They got a walkover from Starlights on Sunday in the quarter-finals.

Please check Facebook for more fixtures this week.

Hard luck to Benji and his Wexford team-mates who bowed out of the championship on Saturday last when Laois won by two points.

Well done and a big thank you to the Coiste na nOg field day committee for all their work on Sunday last. More details next week.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Cúl Camp last week.

The Junior men played St. James' in football on Friday and the match was abandoned due to a bad injury for Ronan McDonald from the James' team. An ambulance was called, the second one this week! The match may be played again.


The annual Glynn-Barntown golf classic takes place in Rosslare this Friday. Teams can still be entered by calling Noel Moran on 087-2715850. Entry is €200 per team.

Our Juvenile footballers will qualify in first place from their championship group despite losing their unbeaten record versus St. Martin's on Monday last. Unfortunately, our Minors lost out narrowly to Adamstown/Taghmon in a close game of end-to-end football and are now left to concentrate on qualifying in hurling only.

Our Junior team was unlucky to lose by a point against Tara Rocks having led for much of the game. Paul Laffan and Calum O'Shea netted superb goals but we were undone by a last-minute penalty.

Our Under-14s provided our sole football win of the week with a comprehensive display against the Shels.

In camogie the Under-10 Green team had a win over Oylegate in sweltering heat on Saturday, earning themselves a welcome water fight! Our Under-12s played two games last week with the Blue team losing out to Bunclody while the Green team went down to St. James' (Ramsgrange). Hard luck girls!

The Under-14s tackled Craanford again in the championship replay. However, it was not to be and they have exited the championship at a very early stage. The club will be organising games for this age group .Well done to Clodagh and Róisín who were flying the club colours with the Under-14 county teams at their blitz on Sunday where the 'B' team lost out narrowly in the final to the Waterford 'A' team.

Wexford Senior camogie seems back on track following their defeat over Clare. Good luck to club girls Susie and Siobhán in the upcoming quarter-final.

Our lotto is now €7,000 with the next draw on July 31 in the Sycamore House.

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