GAA club notes
The Buffers Alley Singing and Swinging Pubs final is only a few days away, so mark Monday, March 16 (eve of St. Patrick's Day) on your calendar and make your way to the Buffers Alley clubhouse for 9 p.m.
Support the contestants, your local pubs and Buffers Alley for this much-awaited contest. All twelve participants have won their way to the final following heats in Seán Ógs, Kilmuckridge, Tom Lawless', Monamolin, Porter's, Killena and The Crosses, Kilmuckridge. On the night you will be able to vote for the act of your choice or several if you wish.
This night in Buffers Alley promises to be one of the best shows of the year so we are looking for support from everyone associated with the club and further afield. Admission is only €10 (door prize included).
The following are the contestants: Debbie Rothwell, Marie Butler and Helena Murray; Darragh Hammel; Lisa O'Leary and Michael Perigoe; Colm Óg Doran; Pat Redmond; Tomás Kavanagh; Mangled Badgers - Johanna Murphy, Mary Alice Murphy, Domhnall McArdle and Paddy Doyle; Mick Butler; Three Musketeers - 'Turbo' Doran, Simon Besanson and Kieran Doyle; Gráinne Murphy; Laura Warren; Jessica Butler. Good luck to all.
A membership morning for the under-age will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m. Coiste na nÓg will be hoping that as many parents of boys ranging in age from six to 18 years will avail of the opportunity to pay membership before the games and training get into full swing.
The first round of the All-County Hurling Leagues get under way next weekend with the Junior team first out with an away game to Oulart-The Ballagh on Saturday at 4 p.m. The following day, Sunday, the Intermediate 'A' team make the long journey to Mersheen to play St. James'. To complete the hurling action for the weekend, the Seniors are away to the Rapparees in Bellefield on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m.
We are asking all our supporters to put on their hats and scarves and go to support the men as they commence another year of hurling.
Féile Peil 2015 will be hosted by Wexford G.A.A. from June 26-28 when 80 teams will visit the county. Like all other clubs in the county, Buffers Alley will host a club from another county for the weekend and all details will be announced shortly.
The 2015 Model County tickets are now in circulation with the usual attractive prizes on offer. However, this year winners will have an opportunity to take a cash alternative except in respect of prizes one (cars) and also 4-15. There will be three monthly draws (April, May and June).
Tickets cost €20 for April and May and €10 for June. There will also be a fully paid-up members' draw with five lucky people having an opportunity to win €300. It would be really appreciated if you could purchase your ticket from your local club as a high percentage of the sales remains in the club.
The Senior hurlers had a narrow defeat in the second round of the Leinster League versus St. Vincent's of Dublin on Saturday and play their final group game in two weeks' time versus Ballinakill of Laois.
Well done to the Wexford footballers who won on Sunday. They travel to Sligo this Sunday so good luck to Ben, Niall and Adrian.
Our own footballers lost to Ferns in a home game with a full squad. This week will see the start of the hurling league with the second team playing St. James' and the Juniors taking on the Rapps. Both games are away.
The Junior ladies' football team travel to Naomh Eanna this Friday for the start of their league.
The Minor boys play on Sunday morning. Please check our Facebook page and Twitter account for times and venues.
The lotto draw takes place this Tuesday in the complex with a jackpot of €4,700.
Condolences to the Dunphy family on their recent loss.
Our Intermediate football team was beaten in the second round of the league by Clongeen on Saturday, and now the hurling league starts next weekend with a home game versus Davidstown. Training continues on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m., and don't forget your membership is overdue.
Big congratulations to Ian Carty, Stephen O'Gorman, Stephen Stafford and Luke Sinnott who were part of the Good Counsel Collage panel which won the Leinster Collages Senior football final on Saturday versus Edenderry of Offaly. The All-Ireland semi-final will be at the end of March versus the Connacht champions.
The club lotto takes place this Tuesday with the jackpot at €4,700. Have your tickets in the centre between 7.30 and 8 p.m.
The 2015 Tops continues this Friday with Wexford Town and Rosslare-Kilrane groups on at 8 p.m. And on Monday, March 16, Taghmon and Rosslare-Kilrane will take part.
Well done and congratulations to Mark Doyle and Conor Murphy on representing their school, Taghmon N.S., county and Leinster in the Cumann na mBunscol All-Irelands in Kingscourt, Cavan on Saturday. They played Ulster, Munster and Connacht and won all three matches which was a fantastic achievement.
There will be a fundraiser in Jacksie's on Saturday night, March 14. Please come along to support. This is an exciting time for our Under-14s as they prepare for Féile and get ready to host and welcome a visiting team. We will be keeping you all updated on all this forthcoming weekend in June.
Remember, membership is now due urgently for all players.
The Under-8s continue training on Tuesday night, while the Under-12s are training and also taking part in the Rathnure indoor hurling league.
Our Minors won their match against Naomh Eanna last weekend. It was a great win away from home on a scoreline of 0-14 to 2-4, and following on from their win the previous week against Glynn-Barntown.
There is a monster metal campaign unde rway in aid of the Naomh Éanna development fund and Cancer charities. Ger Redmond is looking for your scrap metal to raise money for these two groups. Call Ger on 087-2814304 to find out more.
Continued success to Conor McDonald and Eoin Conroy who are both training with the Wexford Senior hurlers at present. They'll play Laois on Sunday in Portlaoise at 2 p.m.
Hard luck to the Minor footballers who lost to Taghmon on Sunday in the first round of the championship. Congratulations to the Intermediate 'A' footballers who completed two wins from two as they defeated Crossabeg-Ballymurn in the league by 2-11 to 1-9.
The Juniors won their clash against Starlights on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-3. This weekend is the turn of the hurlers. On Saturday the Intermediates travel to Ballygarrett for a 3 p.m. throw-in while the Juniors will meet local rivals Tara Rocks on Sunday in Gorey. Throw-in is at 2 p.m.
Operation Transformation continues on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Well done to Aoife Hughes, Róisín Egan, Aoibheann Doyle, Lorna Cushe, Orla Crowe, Catríona O'Brien (capt.), Róisín Wheatley, Ellen Roche, Orla Molloy and Muireann O'Connor who were part of Gorey Community School's Senior camogie squad which won the All-Ireland 'B' championship title on Thursday by 2-6 to 1-3 at the expense of Mountbellew College from Galway. It was an outstanding success and shows signs of great potential for even more success at club level in years to come.
Club calendars are still on sale from Pettitt's, Gorey Photo Centre, Loch Garman Arms and the Complex. They are priced at €10 each.
Under-12 hurling training continues indoors in the complex every Saturday evening. New players are welcome.
To add an item to the club notes, phone 087-9770497.
Castletown-Liam Mellows are hosting a 50-year commemorative dinner dance to honour the 1964 and 1965 hurling and football county finalists this Saturday, March 14, in the Arklow Bay Hotel.
Ladies' footballers will also be honoured for their achievements in 2015.
Everyone is welcome. Tickets priced at €30 can can be purchased from Julie Holmes (087-6695508), Lisa Spencer (087-6334760), Mary Condren (086-3249065), Liz Gardiner (086-3879321) and Sandra Cleary (086-1541058).