Friday 20 September 2019

GAA club notes

Participants in the Clonard G.A.A. club summer camp sponsored by Haven Pharmacy, Clonard (Pádraig Murphy) and The Faythe Pharmacy (Brian Hogan).
Participants in the Clonard G.A.A. club summer camp sponsored by Haven Pharmacy, Clonard (Pádraig Murphy) and The Faythe Pharmacy (Brian Hogan).

SARSFIELDS What a fantastic Sunday it was for the club! Naturally there was a lot of apprehension beforehand, but by 9 p.m.

There was nothing but happy faces after two fantastic wins were recorded.

First up were the Under-14 girls of Slaney Gaels who defeated Shamrocks in Páirc Charman to qualify for the county final.

The next destination was Bellefield where the Seniors secured an absolutely crucial 2-7 to 0-12 win over Adamstown in a dramatic finish, with two of the team’s great stalwarts - Mikey Hanrahan and David Mooney - securing a goal and a point respectively in added time.

While we cannot qualify for the knockout stages, this victory has preserved our status for another season and that means so much given that a large number of teenagers were blooded on the team this year.

We have contested every Senior championship in Wexford since 1980, and the only club with a better record of unbroken involvement is Castletown who have done the same since 1961.

Those wins crowned a great weekend, after starting on a high when the Juniors beat Gusserane by 1-7 to 0-8 at home on Friday in the championship. The Under-10 boys also played very well that evening against Taghmon-Camross at home.

Hard luck to the Slaney Gaels Under-16 players who lost Thursday’s county quarter-final away to Blackwater, while on the same night the Under-14 boys were unfortunate to go down to main rivals Naomh Eanna by 2-5 to 2-4 at home. Best wishes to Eoin Kavanagh for a speedy recovery from his injury.

Best of luck to the Under-12 boys’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads who are away to Naomh Eanna tonight (Tuesday). Both squads had fine wins over Duffry Rovers last Tuesday in Páirc Charman.

Our annual golf classic is taking place on Saturday, August 13, in Wexford Golf Club. The cost is €10 for members of the golf club and €20 for non-members. To make a booking, please ring the golf club on 05391-42238. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a great course at a very reasonable price.

We are also looking for individuals to sponsor a tee-box for €20. If you know of anyone who owns a business or who would be willing to sponsor same, please contact either Billy Dodd on 087-1408937 or Davy Farrell on 086-8244871.

A reminder of our Coiste na nOg training nights in Páirc Charman: Baby Butters (boys and girls aged four to six), Wednesdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-7 and Under-8 boys and girls, Wednesdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-9 and Under-10 boys, Tuesdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-9 and Under-10 girls, Thursdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.; Under-11 and Under-12 boys, Thursdays, 6.45 to 8 p.m.; Under-11 and Under-12 girls, Thursdays, 6.30 to 7.30 p.m.

The winning numbers in the lotto draw on August 8 were 13, 15, 22 and 31. There was no jackpot winner, and next week’s jackpot will be €7,400.

Well done to Hannah Murphy on winning last week’s Split The Pot and collecting €50. Envelopes for the next draw are now available in the club shop.

We extend sympathy to former player Liam O’Connell on the recent passing of his mother, Mary, whose path would have crossed with many members in her working life as a very friendly teacher in Kennedy Park. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy is also extended to Philly Cullen and family on the death of Philly’s uncle. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


There is a Minor football game against Ferns in Ballyroebuck this Wednesday, August 10, at 7.30 p.m.


Our adult footballers played St. Martin’s on Thursday and lost to a much stronger team . Our adult hurlers play in the championship this Friday, August 12, against Crossabeg-Ballymurn at 7.30 p.m. in Coolcotts.

Clonard G.A.A. club would like to say a huge thank you to Pádraig Murphy (Haven Pharmacy, Clonard) and Brian Hogan (The Faythe Pharmacy) for their kind sponsorship of our recent summer camp. Now that the dust has settled on four days of adrenaline-filled fun activity, Clonard G.A.A. would like to thank everyone for their involvement in our most successful summer camp yet which saw over one hundred boys and girls enjoy coaching, fun and new friendships along the way.

A huge well done to the organising committee, the coaches, and to the parents and children who all made this happen. It's great to see the field so full again, the future is bright.

A huge well done to our little blues who played in the Under-8 Glynn-Barntown blitz last Saturday, winning all their three games against Faythe Harriers, Glynn-Barntown and Buffers Alley. A great effort was put in from all players, well done to all involved.

Congratulations to Annemarie Doyle on winning €276 in last week's Split The Pot. The seller was Martin Gordon. A big thank you to all who supported us last week, and thank you to all our sellers.

Next week’s envelopes are on sale now, and your continued support would be greatly appreciated. Last night’s draw took place in Sharkey’s, Coolcotts, and tickets may be purchased here every week. 


Our Intermediate footballers had a good win in the championship over the weekend, beating St. Joseph's by 0-12 to 0-11. This win ensures a quarter-final spot with one game to play.

Next weekend we play St. James’ in the hurling championship on Sunday, August 14, in New Ross at 5.45 p.m.

Hard luck to our Under-21 hurlers who were beaten by the Harriers in the quarter-final of the championship last week by 4-9 to 1-10. Next up will be the Under-21 football in a few weeks’ time.

Our club lotto takes place this Tuesday, August 9, when the jackpot will be €4,100. Please have your tickets in the Centre at 7.30 p.m.


The Under-21 hurlers continue their championship campaign following their impressive 3-12 to 2-9 win over Shelmaliers. They head to Piercestown tonight (Tuesday) for a semi-final clash against St. Martin's. Throw-in is at 7.15 p.m.

The Minor hurlers enjoyed similar success as they secured a semi-final place following their 3-11 to 3-10 defeat of the Shelmaliers in the championship quarter-final on Wednesday.

Well done to the Intermediate ‘A’ footballers who scored a fine win over Réalt na Mara on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-6. They find themselves in second place on the Group A table.

On Sunday, it's the turn of the Senior hurlers as they meet St. Anne's in a fourth round championship clash at Bellefield at 5.45 p.m.

On Friday, the Junior hurlers take on St. Mary's (Rosslare) in Hollymount at 7.15 p.m.  Congratulations to Orla Molloy and Orla Crowe who both lined out for the Wexford Minor camogie team which defeated Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final on a scoreline of 1-17 to 2-10 last Friday.

Well done to the Minor camogie panel which comprehensively beat Blackwater in the championship last week by 5-13 to 0-4.

The Under-12 footballers welcome Sarsfields to Páirc Uí Síocháin tonight (Tuesday) for a 7 p.m. throw-in. Tomorrow (Wednesday), the Minor footballers take to the field in Clonattin as they lock horns with St. Martin's at 7.30 p.m. The Under-14 footballers earned a fine win over the Sarsfields by 2-5 to 2-4 last week.

With the first marble plaque now completed and the second filling up fast, become a patron of the stand today. To have your name included on the next plaque and to make a much-needed contribution of €100, contact Kevin Molloy on 085-7501947 or any other committee member. Remember your name cannot be ‘written in stone’ until your contribution is received.

Hard luck to the Junior ‘B’ footballers who lost to Ferns St. Aidan's in the District championship last night by 1-10 to 2-6.

To add an item to the club notes, please phone 087-9770497.


The Senior footballers returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 1-10 to 0-8 victory over Fethard in New Ross on Saturday. The Shelmaliers started slowly with Fethard playing with the assistance of the wind and controlling the early part of the game, however, a storming run up field by Simon Donohoe resulted in the Shelmaliers’ first score.

The Shelmaliers came more into the game as it progressed but they were guilty of a number of wides. Arnie Murphy scored his team’s second point after being put through by Stephen Banville, and a great run by Glen Malone deep into the Fethard half saw Colin Cleary fire to the roof of the net.

The same player added two further points shortly afterwards, giving the Shelmaliers the lead which they never surrendered for the rest of the game. After an early second-half comeback by Fethard, the Shelmaliers took control of the game as the half progressed. Second-half points from James Gordon, Barry O’Connor, Derek Walsh and Graham Staples saw the Shelmalier comfortably through and qualification for the quarter-final of the competition.

Gorey led by county hurling star Conor McDonald were too strong for the Shelmaliers side in the second round of the Under-21 hurling championship in Gorey on Tuesday. A good second-half recovery by the black and amber side resulted in a final scoreline of 3-12 to 2-9.

Despite great efforts by the Shelmalier backs, Gorey took the early initiative, leading by 1-3 before Conor Hearne fired over his side’s first point in the eleventh minute. The Shelmalier forwards had a number of scoring opportunities cleared before Liam Rockett got his side’s second point in the 18th minute, and Simon Donohoe added another point shortly afterwards.

The Shelmaliers performed much better on the re-start with points from Shane Neville, Conor Hearne and Jody Donohoe and a great Liam Rockett goal. A Kyle Roche goal in the 25th minute of the second-half ensured an exciting closing few minutes, however, Gorey held out to win on a final scoreline of 3-12 to 2-9.

Many of the same players returned to Gorey the following night (Wednesday) when the Shelmalier Minor hurlers took in the Gorey in the championship, and after an exciting contest the home team won by the narrowest of margins (3-11 to 3-10).

This was a game that the Shelmaliers dominated in the first-half and they led by 3-7 to 2-6 at half-time with Niall Hearne and Conor Hearne getting the goals for the visitors. Gorey came into the game on the resumption, however, great defending by goalie Adam Howlin and backs Aaron O’Neill and Mark Power kept the Gorey forwards at bay for long periods.

Conor Hearne got his second goal and a total of 1-8 in total, however, the black and amber side couldn’t prevent a narrow defeat.

The Shelmalier Junior footballers took on a very strong Monageer team in the fourth round of the championship in Oylegate on Sunday. Craig McCabe scored his side’s first point in the tenth minute, and Kevin O’Leary doubled his team’s score after 14 minutes.

A great run by Liam Rockett into the Monageer defence saw Kevin O’Leary connecting on the ball into the net. Substitute Conor Hearne scored shortly after coming on after the resumption and Craig McCabe rounded off his team’s scoring with a point with five minutes to go to leave a final scoreline of Monageer 1-14, Shelmaliers 1-4.

Despite the scoreline this was a fine team performance with many scoring chances going narrowly wide. Eoghan Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Leary, Eoin O’Leary and goalie Aodhán Foley performed very well in the Shelmaliers defence with Chris Gordon, Conor Byrne, Liam Rockett and Niall Murphy leading the forward line for the black and amber side.

The Senior and Junior hurling championships continue this weekend with the Senior hurlers playing Glynn-Barntown in Wexford Park on Saturday at 3.30 p.m. and the Junior hurlers taking on Davidstown in Bree on Sunday at 2 p.m. Your support for both teams would be greatly appreciated.

There was no jackpot winner of the Shelmalier development lotto on Monday, August 1, when the numbers drawn were 10, 20, 24 and 31 and the jackpot stood at €17,600. There were two match three winners and they were Pádraig Coone and Angela Leader, with both receiving €100.

The Shelmalier G.A.A. club would once again encourage the people of the parish to support this development draw for the maintenance and development of Hollymount, thereby ensuring the provision of enjoyment and development of our games for all under-age and adult players and supporters in Hollymount.


Last week’s lotto numbers were 3, 17, 20 and 24. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winner: Bridget Byrne. The jackpot is €10,000.

Our Junior ‘B’ footballers beat St. Mary’s (Maudlintown) on Friday in the championship by 4-8 to 0-9. They play away to St. Joseph’s on Tuesday at 7.30 p.m.

Well done to our Intermediate ‘A’ footballers who beat the Volunteers on Sunday in the championship by 3-5 to 0-7.

Our Junior ‘B’ hurlers play Clonard away on Friday at 7.30 p.m., while our Intermediate hurlers play Blackwater on Saturday at 3.30 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Park, both in the championship.


Our Under-14 camogie team put in a gritty performance last Sunday to book a Premier Co. final spot when they defeated Kilrush by two points in extra-time. Well done players, mentors and supporters who certainly got their money's worth!

Congratulations to Emma Kiely, Róisín Cooney, Clodagh Jackman and the Wexford Minor camogie team on their Leinster semi-final victory over Kilkenny on Friday in Thomastown by 1-17 to 2-10. They have now booked a Leinster final meeting with Offaly at the end of the month.

Good luck to our Junior camogie team which plays Marshalstown on Tuesday, and to our Under-16 camogie team which plays St. Ibar’s away on Thursday.

Congratulations to Under-14 camogie manager Georgina, her husband Chris, and new big sister Grace on the birth of our newest camogie player - little baby Charlotte - on Friday.

A cloud has been cast over the Glynn/Killurin area with the sad news of the passing of our dear friend Deirdre Barron following an illness borne with great dignity and grace. Wife of clubman Toss, Deirdre was a proud and loving mother to Tomás, Colm, Katie and Amy and a great friend to many including Glynn-Barntown G.A.A., camogie and ladies’ football clubs, remaining a camogie club committee member until the time of her passing.

She was always first on hand to help out at club events and up until recently was a constant presence on various sidelines. Like her husband and four children, she had even been known to tog out in the green and blue jersey on many occasions over the years!

Deirdre was a lady of compassion and patience with only kind words for others, attributes which made her invaluable in her job as an S.N.A. in Glynn N.S. where she was dearly loved. She was a quiet, easy-going character who always looked on the bright side of life.

Her contribution to parish life was immeasurable but she was first and foremost a loving wife and mother and a much-loved and valued friend. We extend our deepest sympathies to Toss, Tomás, Colm, Katie and Amy and the Barron and Curtis families.

Deirdre's passing leaves a huge void but as the saying goes, ‘our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we have touched’. We are all the richer for having known her. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

Hard luck to our Under-10 hurlers who went all the way to the cup final on Saturday in the eleven-a-side Martin Codd Memorial Tournament in Rathnure before losing out to Tullogher-Rosbercon by just two points.

Well done to Rathnure on a well-organised, enjoyable day, congratulations to cup winners Tullogher-Rosbercon, and great credit to the eleven boys and their mentors, Barry and Pascal, who represented Glynn-Barntown G.A.A. club so well.

The Under-12 Green and Blue teams performed well on Tuesday in Killurin, with both coming out on top against both Naomh Eanna teams in football. Next up is St. Martin’s in football and then they're off to represent club and county in North Antrim's Festival of Hurling.

Our Under-14 hurlers faced a strong Bunclody outfit on Saturday morning but had to settle for second place on this occasion despite a much better second-half performance.

Hard luck to our Minor hurlers who were beaten by Fethard on Monday evening away.

Good luck to the Under-16 hurlers who play Faythe Harriers on Monday in Páirc Charman.

Our Senior footballers had a vital one-point victory over Starlights in Wexford Park on Sunday in the championship. With the help of a strong breeze our men were six points up at the interval, yet, despite two second-half goals from Nigel Usher and Craig Doyle, our opposition - assisted by the wind - chipped away at the score and there was widespread relief as the final whistle sounded and Glynn-Barntown took the win.

Our Under-21 hurlers began their championship campaign on Tuesday when they played Oulart-The Ballagh in Killurin. Despite leading their visitors by six points in the second-half, our lads let them back into the game and the sides were level at full-time.

Ten minutes a side in extra-time still couldn't separate the teams and they finished up on 2-12 apiece, with a replay fixed for Tuesday, August 9, in Oulart.

Well done to our Under-10 ladies’ football team which finished its league campaign undefeated with a win over Blackwater on Friday.

Hard luck to our Under-12 Blue ladies’ football team which was narrowly defeated on Sunday by Davidstown by a late goal.

Well done also to our Under-14 Green ladies’ football team which had a comfortable win over Clonard on Sunday and now qualify for a Division 2 league semi-final.

A fun blitz day will be held on Sunday, August 28, in Glynn-Barntown G.A.A. grounds and will involve teams from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. involving under-age teams from Coiste na nÓg, camogie and ladies’ football club. There will be more information next week.


Our Under-21 team travelled to Taghmon to take on the home team in the quarter-final of the Premier championship last Tuesday and emerged victorious on a scoreline of 4-9 to 1-10. We travelled with a very young squad, with seven Minors being involved on the field during the course of the game.

We played with the aid of the strong breeze but trailed to two early points before Eoin Roche got our first score from play. We followed this with two well-finished goals from our two corner-forwards, John Gannon and Seán Banville, to eventually lead by 2-5 to 0-7 at half-time, our points coming from Eoin Roche (three) and Jack Murphy (two).

We got a brilliant tonic in the first minute of the second-half when full-forward Conor Halligan struck to the back of the net, with this score proving vital at that stage. When John Gannon raised his second green flag with ten minutes remaining, the game was well and truly won at that stage.

Our scorers were John Gannon 2-1, Jack Murphy 0-4, Eoin Roche 0-3, Conor Halligan and Seán Banville 1-0 each, and Daniel Lynch 0-1. We have now qualified for the Premier semi-final and await the winners of the Oulart v. Glynn-Barntown game, which ended in a draw the first time around.

Our Junior team return to championship action when we take on Tara Rocks in St. Patrick’s Park on Friday at 7.15 p.m. We have two wins out of our three games to date and need another victory to secure qualification for the play-off stages.

Our Senior team will play their fourth championship game when we take on Buffers Alley on Saturday in Bellefield at 7.15 p.m. We have lost our three games to date and a victory in this game is vital if we are to avoid being involved in the relegation dogfight.

Our Junior ‘B’ team entertain Blackwater next Sunday in Páirc Charman with a 6 p.m. throw-in. They received a walkover from Kilmore earlier in the week and now have two wins and two defeats from their four games to date, with two games still remaining.

Our Minor team was in championship action on Wednesday when they travelled to Piercestown to take on St. Martin's. Both teams had already qualified for the play-off stages but the game still proved to be extremely competitive.

We played with the aid of the strong wind in the first-half and, aided by a Jack O’Leary goal, we led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break. Scores were still close with 15 minutes remaining but a sending-off for one of our midfielders turned the game, with the St. Martin’s lads eventually emerging victorious on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-8.

Our Juvenile team was in championship action last night (Monday) against Glynn-Barntown in Páirc Charman. There will be a full report in next week’s notes.

Our Minors travel to Fethard to take on Mogue-O’Rahilly’s in the Premier quarter-final on Tuesday, August 16, at 7.15 p.m.

On the same night, our Under-14s travel to Gorey to take on Naomh Eanna in their concluding championship group game at 7.30 p.m.

Our Juveniles play their last championship group game on Thursday, August 18, when we host St. Martin’s in Páirc Charman with a 7.30 p.m. throw-in.

Our ninth annual Pikeman Challenge concluded over the weekend. The Challenge had included a walk over the Three Rock Trail on Thursday night, a tortuous walk over the Blackstairs Way on Saturday, and a nice leisurely stroll from Culleton’s Gap to the Raven Point and back last Sunday.

After the completion of the walk on Sunday, we all adjourned to the Wexford Harbour Boat Club on Sunday night for a well-earned barbeque and a few drinks. Many thanks to all those who participated in the walk and continue to make it such a success for the club, and many thanks to all those who helped out in any other way including food, transport, medical needs, music etc.

It is planned to do the tenth and final Pikeman Challenge in 2017, so all of those who have been saying for years that they must do it, well next year is your final chance, so you need to get preparing for it now!

For all updated news, under-age games, fixtures, results, lotto, photos etc. with the club, check out our website at or follow us on Twitter (@faytheharriers) or on our Facebook account for regular updates of club activity.

Online Editors