Thursday 14 December 2017

Weekly GAA club notes

First meeting of the year for Clonard Hurling and Football Club on Thursday evening in Clonard Community Centre. Back l/r; Ger Cashman, (Vice President) Aiden Gilbert, (Committee) Robbie Kemp, Barry Browne, Margret O Connor, Derek Deane, Colm Browne, Sean Gregg, Padraig Dwyer, Eoin Reardon,(Secretary/Coiste na nOg) John Reilly,(Committee) Tomas Dwyer,(Ass. P.R.O) Robert Tierney, (Committee) Martin Gordon. Front L/r: (Vice Chairperson) Michael Lyng, (Treasurer) Eleanor Browne, (Chairperson) Michael Power, (Secretary) Angela McCormack, (Chairperson/Coiste na nOg) Mary Kavanagh, (County Board Rep) Dave Ormonde, (P.R.O) Brendan Benson.
First meeting of the year for Clonard Hurling and Football Club on Thursday evening in Clonard Community Centre. Back l/r; Ger Cashman, (Vice President) Aiden Gilbert, (Committee) Robbie Kemp, Barry Browne, Margret O Connor, Derek Deane, Colm Browne, Sean Gregg, Padraig Dwyer, Eoin Reardon,(Secretary/Coiste na nOg) John Reilly,(Committee) Tomas Dwyer,(Ass. P.R.O) Robert Tierney, (Committee) Martin Gordon. Front L/r: (Vice Chairperson) Michael Lyng, (Treasurer) Eleanor Browne, (Chairperson) Michael Power, (Secretary) Angela McCormack, (Chairperson/Coiste na nOg) Mary Kavanagh, (County Board Rep) Dave Ormonde, (P.R.O) Brendan Benson.


Well done to the Minors who got the competitive year off to a good start with a 6-4 to 0-3 win over Glynn-Barntown in the first round of the Jim Byrne Cup in Páirc Charman on Sunday. Next up is a home clash with the Taghmon-Camross and Adamstown combination, Munn Abbain Gaels, in the quarter-final on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Well done also to Eoin Roche who scored 1-1 from full-forward for the Wexford Under-21 footballers in their 1-14 to 0-8 win over Tipperary in Piltown on Saturday. They will now face Kildare in the Peter McNulty tournament semi-final in Hawkfield, Newbridge, on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Congratulations to Aisling Halligan and her Loreto colleagues who beat Moate Community School from Westmeath by 3-13 to 1-5 in the Leinster schools Junior 'B' final in Athy yesterday (Monday). Aisling played at centre-back on the winning team.

Many thanks to all those who assisted at the first semi-final of Wexford Has Talent. It was a great night's entertainment, and there will be more of the same in Clayton Whites Hotel next Saturday at 8 p.m. before the grand final at the same venue seven nights later.

The winning lotto numbers on January 18 were 4, 7, 9 and 26. There was no jackpot winner, and next week's top prize is €8,200.


The registration night for Coiste na nOg will take place on Friday, January 29, in the clubhouse bar from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. for all age groupsfrom Under-8 to Under-18. All new members are welcome.

Any parent wishing to register their child (six years and over) for the first time, please bring a copy of their birth certificate.

Important: due to insurance regulations, all players have to pay this fee before they play. Family membership is €80, with students/child €30.


Our first committee meeting took place on Thursday, January 14. Membership for the year was set at €40 for adult football and €40 for adult hurling. For Minors it is €20 at each code.

The committee wishes to thank all who supported our annual draw.

We also thank the ticket sellers for braving the elements to raise much-needed funds

The Junior footballers are training on Fridays at 7 p.m. in North End's astro pitch. Contact Seán Gregg (087-9122603).

The under-age coaching continues for boys and girls in St. Peter's for Under-6s and Under-8s from 6 to 7 p.m., and Under-10s and Under-12s from 7 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to come along and join in for a fee of €2. Contact Mary Kavanagh (087-9967925).

A new man with a wealth of hurling experience has been appointed to re-launch hurling at adult and Minor level, namely Roy Coleman from the St. Martin's club.

Roy will assess the situation and announce his plan for the future of a second hurling club in Wexford town. The Volunteers have withdrawn from hurling so a town of almost 20,000 people should surely have a second hurling club.

Michael Power, the new Chairman, feels it's his duty to make a serious effort to establish Clonard as a second hurling club.

He asks for support from all quarters to achieve this and wishes Faythe Harriers the best of luck going forward.

The Wygram Gaels, made up of Volunteers and Clonard, fielded a team for the past two years but was put into a higher grade.

This meant they were meeting much stronger teams and so they were beaten by big scores to demoralise the players even more.

Now we are in Junior 'B' which is where to start from. It would be great if our association with the Volunteers continues to the benefit of hurling.

Martin Gordon has been appointed team Secretary.

Anyone interested in playing hurling with Clonard, contact Martin on 085-8781300, both adult and Minor.

The membership has been set at €40 for adults and €20 for Minors. We expect to have a sponsor in place by February 1.


Following on from last Friday's Annual General Meeting, the following officers were deemed elected: President, Tadhg Garvey; Vice-Presidents, Mick Byrne, Mick Murray, Pat Kinsella; Chairman, Gabriel Maxwell; Vice-Chairman, Paddy Flood; Secretaries, Mary Condren and Brian Carty; Treasurer, Brian Higgins; P.R.O., Julie Holmes; Bord na nOg Chairman, Seamus Kavanagh; Bord na nOg Secretary, Julie Holmes; County Board reps., Jack Kavanagh and Gabriel Maxwell; District rep., Mick Halpin; Children's Officer, Anita O'Leary; Designated liaison person, Anita O'Leary; Officer for the Irish language and culture, Seán O Dubhlaing; Coaching Officer, Noel Morris.

Our club dinner dance will take place in The Arklow Bay Hotel on Friday, February 12. Tickets will be on sale shortly for what promises to be a great night's entertainment.

The Under-21 footballers received a walkover in Saturday's scheduled District semi-final versus Ballinastragh Gaels. The District final will be fixed for next weekend - fixture update to follow.

It's back...the 2016 Under-14 and Under-16 Pella Games Ltd. League kicked off on Sunday. We are looking forward to another entertaining 'friendly' sporting tournament this year where the teams give it their all and the guest managers gain a few grey hairs! The ladies' footballers have entered a team this year which is sure to put the lads under pressure!

We are extremely fortunate to be able to include our indoor arena as one of our facilities. Our astro turf pitch is one of the largest indoor facilities of its type in the country. It is 200 ft. long and 120 ft. wide, and the pitch extends to the full size of the building. The roof, at 30 ft. high, has extra height to allow for hurling.

The arena is available for external bookings, so beat the rain and come to play in our indoor arena. For availability or external bookings contact Tommy (087-6158808) or Gabriel (087-2057036).

If you would like to submit an entry for the Gaeltacht scholarship, please read the detail below and submit names to under-age Secretary, Julie Holmes (087-6695508), before Saturday, January 30.

Irish scholarship - Coláíste Cholumba, An Cheathrú Rua, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe. Summer courses are designed to give and improve students' fluency and develop their understanding of Irish in a fun and educational environment.

The courses are fully accredited by the Department of Education and the Department of the Gaeltacht. Currently there are 14 places available to Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman (residential course) from June 28 to July 19. Applicants must be paid -up members of their club.

Age bracket: 14-18 years. Total cost: €710 per player (split into three equal parts - €236 for the player and €237 for both the club and Coiste na nÓg). For further details please log on to

There was no jackpot winner in the December lotto. Lucky dip €50 winners: Jim French, Tara Vale, Ballymoney; Ciarán Kelly, Macoyle, Inch; Charlie O'Shaughnessy, Borleigh; Philip and Nicola Doyle, Tara Hill; Paul and Angela Kennedy, Newtown Lower, Coolgreany.

The next lotto jackpot is €3,200. Thanks for your ongoing support.

In order to keep the club notes e-mail service up and active, coaches/mentors must send in match fixtures and results to by 7 p.m. on a Sunday. This will be shared with the website, social media and also sent to the local papers.


Our lotto jackpot wasn't won last week. The winning numbers were 7, 18, 23 and 24, with five match three winners: John Kavanagh, Camross; Majella Colfer, Trinity; Frank and Anna Stafford, Poulmarle; Geraldine Sinnott, Bannow Moor, and Paddy Sinnott, Bannow Moor.

The next lotto draw will be on Tuesday, January 26, in Grantstown when the jackpot will be €11,300.

Our Minor football team had a good start to the season, winning their first game in the Byrne Cup against St. Mary's (Maudlintown) by 3-5 to 0-4.

Our Co. semi-final in Under-21 football now looks likely to be played on the weekend of January 30 against the Gorey District winners, weather permitting.


Last week's lotto numbers were 4, 19, 25 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and no match three winners. Lucky dips: Eileen Coughlan and Ella O'Connor. This week's jackpot is €8,000.

Our Minor footballers beat Wygram Gaels in the Jim Byrne Cup on Sunday.

The A.G.M. took place on Friday, January 8. Chairman, John Cummins, reflected on a successful year for the club, congratulating our Under-21 hurlers and footballers on their great achievement of winning both Premier county titles.

John thanked all those who work so hard for the club and those who helped with fundraising during the year. He also thanked the players, mentors and club officers as well as our generous sponsors for their support.

Officers elected for 2016 were: Chairman, John Cummins; Secretary, T.B.C.; Treasurer, Jerry Bernard; P.R.O., Bill Eviston; Coaching Officer, Michael Doyle; County Board rep., James Grannell; Youth Officer, Pádraig Foley. Team managers appointed for 2016 were Mark Peters (hurling) and Mick Devereux (football).

Penny bank collections for 2016 have recommenced in both Crossabeg and Ballymurn. Collections in Ballymurn take place in Ballymurn Hall after Mass on Saturday night and Sunday morning.


The golf at Pirates Cove fun-filled fundraiser on Saturday, January 23, 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 are on sale 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).

Buffers Alley will host the annual Tony Doran monster G.A.A .quiz in the clubhouse on Thursday, January 21, commencing at 8.15 p.m. sharp. Tony, who has been busy setting the questions, will be the quiz master and he is expected to throw in a few brain-teasers along the way.

He won't be going too far down memory lane as the majority of the questions will relate to G.A.A. facts since 2000 but, who knows, there may be a few earlier ones thrown in for good measure. Tables of four will cost £40 but don't worry if you haven't got a full table as this will be sorted on the night.

This annual G.A.A. quiz has questions to suit all tastes and is eagerly looked forward to by G.A.A. followers in the county and further afield, so spread the word around. Refreshments will be served and spectators are very welcome!

Buffers Alley members are back on the dancing scene again with their big showdown in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey, on Saturday, January 30. Tickets went on sale at the weekend and it advisable to book as soon as possible to ensure you get a seat for this much-awaited event.

Tickets are available from Therese Doran/Áine O'Meara (co-ordinators) or from the dancers. The 18 dancers have been busy practicing their steps under the watchful eye of Lisa Kehoe and Linda Kehoe since November and deserve a large audience to cheer them on.

Congratulations to Joe Doran and Michael Kinsella who were honoured at the Seana Ghael awards last Sunday, and to Ned Hammel who received a special award for distinguished years of service to the G.A.A.

Any parent interested in their child putting their name forward for an Irish scholarship is asked to contact Brigid Furlong (Rúnaí, Coiste na nÓg, Buffers Alley) before January 20. Only two names per club may be submitted so it may be necessary to hold a club draw.

The course is residential from June 28 to July 19. Please note the cost will be split into three equal parts: club, player and Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman. All applicants must be paid-up members of their club (14-18 years).

The first club development draw for 2016 will take place at the end of January with promoters calling around at the moment. 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 or Mary Foley.


The A.G.M. of the club will be held on January 30 at 5.30 p.m. in the Shamrocks G.A.A. clubhouse.


A table quiz will be held on Friday, February 5, in the clubhouse at 8.30 p.m., with teams of four at €20. The quiz masters are Dermot Rafter and Martin Fenlon. Please come along for what promises to be a fun-filled evening.

The first round of the Jim Byrne Cup went ahead on Sunday versus Sarsfields in Páirc Charman. Our boys worked hard but were defeated despite some solid free-taking from Dan O'Regan.

Applications are invited for the following positions: selector/manager, Senior hurling and football teams. Please forward your application to Iain Wickham before 5 p.m. on Friday, January 22.

The winning lotto numbers drawn on Wednesday, January 13, were 5, 11, 27 and 29. There was no jackpot winner and six match threes: William Waters, John Maher, Daire Barron, David Ferriter, Edel McDonagh and Kevin Crean.

The next draw is in Marty's, Killurin, on Wednesday, January 27, and the jackpot remains at €10,000. The reserve jackpot is €5,800.

A lovely evening was had by all who attended the annual senior citizens' party in the clubhouse on Sunday evening. Well done to the fantastic committee and all the dedicated helpers who pulled out all the stops to ensure the event delivers delicious food and great entertainment in the relaxing surroundings of the G.A.A. clubhouse.

Wexford People

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