Lotto - There was no match four winner of the club lotto on Friday, November 29 when the numbers drawn were 1, 13, 23, and 25 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €5,500. What a great Christmas present that would be!
Jackie Napier was the name drawn in the lucky dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the club lotto to others. Further details are available at www.brayemmets.com.
Annual General Meeting - Bray Emmets GAA Club held their 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, November 29 in the club house. The following will serve on the management committee for the 2014 season - Dermot O'Brien - Chairman, Liam McGraynor - Vice Chairman, Anne Healy - Secretary, Paul Cunningham - Treasurer, Dave Barry - Coaching and Development Officer, Liam McGraynor - Adult Games, Conor Spillane - PRO, Phil Moynihan - Registrar, Patrick Wogan - Development/Facilities Officer, Brian Lambe - An tOifigeach Gaeilge agus Cultúr, Will Nolan - Players Representative
Table Quiz - A Family Fun Quiz will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, December 6 in the club house. Children aged 8 to 12 and their parents/grandparents are invited to come along and show off their general knowledge (including some questions on Bray Emmets!). Book early to avoid the rush. Tables cost €10 per table of 4 (minimum of 1 adult) and there will be a raffle, spot prizes and tuck shop on the night. Donations of spot prizes also welcome. Contact Tom Kearney 086-3983399 for further details.
Larry Walsh Tournament/Club Christmas Party - This Saturday, December 7, promises to be a great day out as we host both the Larry Walsh football tournament and the club Christmas party.
Four teams made up from our Senior, Junior and Minor footballers will compete in the Larry Walsh Tournament which kicks off at 3pm at Páirc Emmet Bhré.
As well as the Cup, local bragging rights will be at stake as squads from Little Bray, Ardmore/Charnwood, Southern Cross and The Seafront face off to see who will be crowned kingpins of Bray football.
Due to popular demand, an Over-35's match will also be played where some of the Club's legends will take to the field one more time. This will be a great opportunity for our Juvenile members to watch their Coaches strut their stuff on the pitch so plenty of fun is guaranteed. More details are available from Brian O'Keeffe (086-6013863).
As well as the entertainment on the pitch, the tournament coincides with our end of year Christmas get-together for all Bray Emmets Mentors, Players and non-playing Adult Members at 8pm in the club house. Members from all sections of the club, from the academy section right through to the adult teams are invited to come along and enjoy the festivities.
Academy - Parents are asked to note that the Academy will finish on Saturday, December 14 for the Christmas break.
Activities will resume in the New Year on Saturday, February 1. Also, congratulations to Sophie Connolly, one of our academy leaders, who has been chosen to represent Loreto Secondary School and her hometown of Bray in Strasbourg after she won Bray Rotary Club's Youth Leadership competition.
Under-7 Teams - The Under-7 boys and girls took part in a blitz of both hurling and football in Cuala on Saturday, November 30.
On the day, three Clubs took part; Castleknock, Cuala our hosts and Bray Emmets. We entered two sides (a blue team and a green team) with both squads playing three matches in hurling and three in football.
This was the first time these young players have represented the club in games outside Páirc Emmet Bhré and there were great performances, skill and determination shown by all.
The future is bright so well done to all the players on a marvellous morning of games and also a word of thanks to our supporters. The squad on the day was Emily, Ella, Conor, Rory, Robert, Ruban, Mickel, Jack, Gregory, Donnacha, Eanna, Josh, Charlie, Austin, Finn, Jamie.
Our Senior team were out against Blessington on Saturday in Pearse Park in the Dunne Cup final. Both teams had a mix of youth and experience with Gail Dunne using some of the panels younger players like Rory Marron, Colin Smullen, John Crowe and Sean O'Brien.
Best on the day were Rory Marron, Dean Healy, Paul Earls and Stephen Duffy.
Our U-11 hurlers took part in the Kilcoole indoor tournament over the last 4 Thursday nights, along with the hosts, Glenealy and Barndarrig. They guys gave a great account of themselves over the four weeks, and we would like to thank Colm Gaskin for organising the tournament. TJ Keogh was our player of the tournament, and received a plaque on the final night while all players were presented with medals.
Our panel was; Sean O'Meara, Darren O' Brien, Tom O' Brien, Bill O'Brien, Chris Bouchier, Joseph Neilan, Christy Moorehouse, Ewan O' Dwyer, Liam Connolly, TJ Keogh.
Any of you who watched the Leinster Club final on television between Oulart the Ballagh and Mount Leinster Rangers may have recognised a familiar face with a white coat on him.
Eddie Leonard was one of John Keenan's umpires on the day - well done to John, Eddie and the rest of the team on a job well done. A reminder that the Ladies AGM takes place tonight Wednesday (8pm) with the overall club AGM down for 8pm on December 11.
Thanks to those club members who provided a guard of honour on Tuesday last for Carmel Lawlor, from the Grand hotel, to her former home at Friars Field, and our sympathy once again to all her family on their loss.
Well done to our U-13 side who won the Dick Allen Cup for the first time ever after defeating very strong Baltinglass side 12-10. Well done to players and the management dream team of Packie Gorman, John Blake, and Paddy O'Rourke.
Hard luck to out Minors who narrowly lost out to Michael Dwyers in the Minor semi-final last week. It was a close game but Dwyers prevailed in the end. Well done to everyone over the year
Our Christmas hampers are on display in shops round town, please support this fundraiser and keep supporting lotto
Eire Og Greystones
AGM - Clubs don't run themselves, they need a proactive management structure which is being regularly reinvigorated by the infusion of new blood. The coiste of Éire Óg Greystones is such a body and is welcoming of fresh feasible ideas and new members. If you feel you have something to offer (the degree of commitment is purely a matter for yourself) with respect to the promotion of the G.A.A. at a social or a playing level in Greystones, there would be a céad míle fáilte romhat at our AGM next Tuesday December 10th in the clubhouse at 8 pm.
Every year at the AGM there is a sense of disappointment with the lack of interest among playing members in the running of the club. One lives in hope!
Hurling - Tuesday night's game under lights in Na Clocha Liatha, saw Éire Óg's U-18s took on their Glenealy counterparts in the B Hurling county final.
Certainly this Minor game lacked nothing in excitement: the teams were level six times, the last of which was just five dramatic minutes before referee Eddie Leonard would blow the whistle for termination of play. Éire Óg held sway for the first two minutes of this period and in that time tagged on two points, one from a free from the trusty camán of James 'Poochie' Cranley and the other from left-half forward Danny Nolan, thus leaving the seasiders two points to the good. While a week can be a long time in politics, three minutes in a tensely fought game of hurling as this one was, can be an age and in a time frame measured in heartbeats it was in this instance for the local supporters a spell of rapid ageing.
At the end of a nip and tuck first half Éire Óg had its nose in front, 0-7 (J Cranley 0-5) to 0-5, a score reflective of the parsimony of both defences.
With Glenealy showing a renewed vigour after the break, the third quarter proved a worrying time for local supporters.
The visitors had the Greystones goals under threat for much of this 15 minutes and were 0-8 to 0-7 ahead entering the final quarter and but for a truly inspiring save by Shaun Hughes on 40 minutes of a powerful net-bound shot, Glenealy would have taken a lead which, considering the trend of play at the time, would in all likelihood have been a match-winning one. The goal that, as it turned out, ensured an Éire Óg victory came approx 10 minutes before the final whistle.
A ball driven by Anto Byrne from the half-back line found Glen Reilly in the right-hand corner and Glen dispatched it with admirable coolness to the back of the net.
The Hollywood GAA AGM took place on November 24 in the GAA Centre. Thank you to the large crowd who attended and to the officers and mentors who worked so hard during 2013.
The club would especially like to thank our club trainer, Brian Whelan for his hard work in 2013.
Congratulations to all the elected officers for 2014 - Presidents - Fr. Prenderville and Richard Burke; V Presidents - Barney Keogh and David Doyle; Chairman - Kevin Traynor; Secretary - Tom Kelly. Treasurer - Seamus Tutty; Registrars - James Mooney and Keith Burke. PRO - Eoin Burke; Players representative - James Mooney Club coaching coordinator - Richard Burke Irish language officer - Johnny Glennon Child welfare officers - Kevin Traynor and Richard Burke ASAP officers - Seamus Tutty, Matt Byrne, Peter Halpin. Fixtures Secretary - Lucy Mooney
Junior B - Our Junior team wrapped up the playing side of 2013 with another good win on Sunday last beating Kilbride in the Hennessy Cup (West Winter League).
The 2013 end of season social and presentation night will take place in the GAA Centre on Friday, December 6. Tickets are on sale from club members, please contact Kevin Traynor if you wish to help out on the night.
The nominations for Senior Player of the Year, Junior Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year are available on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
The club hold their annual Table Quiz in Tuttys on December 27, with the annual Tom Nugent Memorial Golf Classic on the 30th. Please come along and enjoy.
Donard-The Glen Football
No games of any kind last week, so the football club moved indoors on Saturday night when they held a race night in the village. A good crowd turned up and all the horses were sold before the night.
There were nine ordinary races plus an auction race that featured the return of two locally owned stars, Ardglen and Mr Aussie. The latter was the victor on the night.
No winner of the lotto last week. Ben Case matched three numbers on his own to win €200. Kevin Butler, Tommy Manley, Ger Walsh, John Hunt (Jnr) and John Dawson won €40 Vouchers. The club are holding their AGM on Friday night next December 6 in the Hall at 7.30pm.All members are requested to attend plus anyone interested in joining the club.
Well done to our Seniors who beat St Pat's in the Dunne Cup final 2-7 to 0-10 after a great battle.
IOur young upcoming Minor players put in good performance in the semi and final with their never give up attitude. They were David Boothman, Conor Devlin, Mikey O'Connor, Jordan Nolan, and Jack Gilligan. Thanks to the West Wicklow for the food provided after the final. Thanks also to all our supporters who travelled both days. It was 11 years since we won the Dunne Cup and 2008 when we last won the league, so it was a great end to the year for our Seniors who put in a huge effort during 2013. Well done to all the management and players.
Our AGM has been postponed from Thursday, December 5 to Thursday December 9 in the Avon Ri at 8pm. Congratulations this week to Anthony McLoughlin, who after last week receiving the Blessington GAA Senior Player of the Year Award, this week was awarded the Blessington Sports Person of the year at the Blessington Community Awards. Congratulations Anto, well deserved!
Our lotto jackpot for €3,600 was not won again this week, the numbers drawn were 16, 17, 18, and 24. There were two match three winners - Noreen Keegan Kavanagh and Karen Richardson who each received €150, next draw will be on December 10 in Hennessy's for a jackpot of €3,800.
The ladies are looking for new manager/trainers for the following teams: U-12 and U-16 girls and Senior ladies, if you think this could be a job for you, please contact Jess Carroll on 086 8602822.
They are also looking for anyone interested in joining the ladies committee. Congratulations to Sinead and Jamie on the birth of their son Conor, a brother for Dylan and Jessica.
Birthdays this week: Declan Fennessy, Lisa Carroll, Bryan Carroll, David Brennan, Rachel Hanlon, Damien Breen, Lauren Bird, Gerry Phibbs, and Alan Ellis.
Arklow Rock Parnells
It was a busy week for the Rocks, with the juvenile and Seniors choosing their respective committees.
The juvenile report emphasised the positives and reported on the good progress of the juveniles over the 2013 year. The Rocks were represented in most of the grades in a county final and even won a few of them.
In addition, we had great representation at the schools competition. The camogie club showed improvement by getting into the county final as well, so there are good things afoot.
The juvenile committee was largely unchanged, with Billy Mellon being re-elected as Chairman, Joe Gilbert as Vice-Chair, Gary Byrne as Secretary, Maeve McBride as Child Welfare Officer and Gary Byrne also being elected to the post of Juvenile PRO. The main committee for the club went through some changes to meet the new challenges facing the club.
Vinnie Byrne was retained as Chairman while Bryan O'Leary stepped down as Vice-Chair. Billy Mellon, chairman of the Juvenile committee was elected as the new Vice Chair, increasing the communication and co-operation between the juveniles and the main club.
Secretary Derek O'Leary stayed on as club secretary, whereas Kevin O'Reilly stepped down as treasurer. Shane Curran was elected as the new treasurer and with his background in finance, that should be a good fit.
The PRO spot was swapped between Dereks as Derek Heffernan stepped down and Derek Black stepped in. The new position of ASAP officer was filled by Sean Pearse and Philip Byrne remained Registrar. Other members of the committee elected included Cian Doyle, Charlie Monoghan, Robbie McCoy, Monica Jameson, Barbara O'Reilly, Joe Gilbert, Conor Doyle, John Foxton, TJ Byrne, Joe Connors, Tony Kinsella and Paddy Mellon.
The AGM considered a number of motions, including adopting a club coaching co-ordinator for the further development of coaching in the club.
Also, the club committed to formulate a five-year plan in order to see the club into the 21st century.
Best of luck to the incoming committee members and a heart-felt thanks to all those who served in the previous year. The work and commitment has not gone unnoticed and it is often a thankless task that bears real results.
Best of luck to all the Rocks in the future.
Our Jackpot was won, well done to Tom O'Neill c/o Golf Club who scooped €9,800. Numbers last week were 3, 10, 14, and 29. Match three winners were Jason Bowes, Joe Plant, E. Fleming, Bernie Sinnott and Alex Mc Loughlin.
Hard luck to our Allen Cup team who lost out to Tinahely in what was a great team performances.
Get well wishes to Alan Barrett to got injured in the warm-up before the game and didn't play.
Our AGM was well attend, the club would like to thank most sincerely the out-going chairman Con Murphy for all his hard work and dedication over the last nine year.
The new chairman, Seamus Kelly, received a great reception on election, he also thanked Con for all the work he achieved with the club and wished him well in the future but assured him he wasn't going to far.
Committee elected were Patrons - Fr. T. Dooley PP, Fr T. Dillion PP, Liam Quinn, BillyTimmins, TD. President - Sean O'Toole, Vice-Presidents - Seamus Kelly, Johnny Kenny, Jim O'Keeffe, Jim Whelan, Tom Whelan, Chairman - Seamus Kelly. Vice-Chairman - Ciaran Fleming, Secretary - John Timmins, Fixtures - Ciaran Fleming, Treasurer - Anne Whelan, Assis-Treasurer - Con Murphy, PRO - Breeda Kealy, Registrar - Eamonn O'Keeffe, School Liaison Officer - Sean O'Brien, Scor Officer - Paudie Swinbourne, ASAP Officer - Ciaran Fleming, Player's Rep - John Gillespie, Coaching and Games Officer - Kevin O'Brien, Cultural and Language Officer - Paudie Swinbourne, Child Welfare Officer - Grainne Fleming, Committee - Ciaran Fleming, Martin Coleman, Breeda Kealy, Paul Garrigan, Jo Coogan, Eamonn O'Keeffe, Ken Browne, Jack Doran, Kieran Burke, Tommy Murphy, Tom Fox, Mick Kehoe, John Fleming, Breda Coffey, John Coogan, Kevin O'Brien, Sean O'Brien (Jnr), Paudge Doody, Luci Grimes, Theresa Dowling, Mary Hanlon, Derek Patterson, Derek Byrne, John Gillespie, Deirdre Coffey, Ray Danne, Pasty Barrett, John Bookle, Joan Sheerin, Hughie Fleming, Michael O'Neill, Fergus Kenny, and Graham Doyle.
The ladies are holding a general meeting for parents, Senior players or anyone who wants to get involved with the ladies section of the club for 2014 on December 11 at 7.30pm in the club house.
The club would like to congratulate Graham and Paula Doyle on the birth of their little boy. The club would like to send sympathy to Dan Keogh on the death of his mother. RIP.
Stratford Grangecon lotto results for Monday, November 25, the winning numbers were 1, 13, 18, and 29. There was no jackpot winner. Next week's jackpot €8,500. Three match three winners (share €250) €65 each.
Ina and Ann Marie O'Keeffe, seller: Hugh O'Keefe, Sylvia Nei, Seller: Evelyn Ryan; Brian Keogh, Seller: M Mangan; Hazel Whelan, Seller: K. Bollard. Sellers prize: Burke's Newsagents, Margaret Dunne.
Stratford-Grangecon are delighted to announce Social Scene Club for young people from ages 10-15 years starting this Friday at 8pm- 10pm,with a wide variety of activities such as pool, table tennis, wii/playstation games, beauty corner and movies. We hope to cater for all the young people's needs but we need your help, so if there are other activities that you would like to have on, please let us know. The club will be fully supervised, but of course more volunteers will be welcomed. Admission is only €2 per week, we are looking forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to all of our members who completed their foundation hurling and football courses over the last three weeks in the club house delivered by Paul Garrigan. Well done to you all and we look forward to working with you in 2014.
Cash for clothes collection takes place on December 17. All unwanted clean clothes, bed linen, curtains, shoes, belts, soft toys, bags, etc can be taken. This is an ideal time to clear out the wardrobes and presses. Please tell family and friends.
Remember collection date is December 17. Ring Colette or Annette if you want clothes collected or to get drop off times to club house. This is a fundraiser for our juveniles and you all have been extremely supportive down through the years. Thanking you.
Remember club gear /leisure wear makes an ideal gift for Christmas - great selection, great value. Orders being taken now for Christmas delivery. Contact Annette on 087 0644241.