ST BRIGIDS HANDBALL: A good crowd turned out for our club Agm at which Phil Dormer's term as chairperson was completed, the club would like to thank Phil for all her work, advice, and help during the years and wish her well in her new position as Designated Officer it is great to see her continue to help out the club as she has done for over 20 years.
The following were elected
Chairman Joe Brennan. Secretary Patsy Dowling. Treasurer Tony Carr. PRO Peter Whelan. Juvenile Officer Mike Murphy. Development Officer Andrew Dowling. Designated Officer Phil Dormer. Committee Tom Lennon, Tomás Lennon, Richie Mulhall, Sean Kelly, Ivan Neale, Wesley Neale, Frank Nolan, Larry Brennan.
Martin Mealy Cup: The Semi final and finals took place over the past few weeks. A large crowd turned out to witness two great finals on Sunday 30th December, in the Division 2 final Richie Mulhall/Bernard Graham had a great win over Tom Lennon/Michael Mulhall in what was an epic battle winning 11-21, 21-19, 21-20. While the Division 1 Final saw Joe Brennan/Andrew Dowling defeat Peter Whelan/Larry Brennan 21-14, 21-11 in a tough battle with the winners just a little more composed throughout.
Semi Final Results Andrew/Joe defeated Tomás Lennon/David Mulhall 21-10, 21-16. While Peter/Larry defeated Brendan Hosey/Ronan Egan Clogh 21-9, 1021, 21-15.
Top Score at Newtown Whist on Saturday last was won by Hannah Moore. 1st Lady: Kay Chase. 2nd lady Ena Wallace. 1st Gent: Christy Maher. 2nd Gent: Leslie Hunter. 1st Half: Eamon Wheatley. 2nd half: Rita Brennan. 1st quarter: Pat Kennedy. 2nd quarter: Owen Salmon. Raffle winners were Willie Murphy, Mary Gowing, Annette Lawlor, Gerry Kealy, and Bob Murphy.
Set Dancing Classes continue in Behans of Tolerton on Thursdays commencing at 8.30 pm.
The following were the winners in the recent fundraiser: Joe Brennan, Saoirse Finnegan, Jake Hyland, Luke Dowdall, Minnie Brennan, emma Brennan, Jim Sheridan, John Fitzpatrick, Darren Kelly, Joan Brophy.
Stars Night: The Seven Oaks was packed out with over 240 attending the Leinster star awards last Saturday. The new President of the athletics association Ciaran O'Cathain was delighted to be present and said some nice words in relation to those being honoured. He also welcomed all present to travel to the new indoor arena in Athlone I.T. opening at the end of the month.
Conor Daly stepped up to the mark once again to take the boys award for Laois while Saragh Buggy was delighted to accept the girls award for the first time, while it was an equally proud Brian Kelly that stepped forward to take the senior award.
Stephen Arrives: The Laois Credit Unions county cross country championships were held on the lands of Seamus and Ena Graham (by kind Permission) on Sunday last drew many favourable comments from the large attendance. Fortunate to have such a good lead in time weather wise again we had favourable conditions on the day which helped boost the atmosphere with the athletes putting in some mighty performances.
Our juvenile athletes featured strongly in the relays winning the girls U.10, boys U.10, girls U.12 and boys U.14 and 16., while the boys U.12 were 2nd and the girls U.14 and 16 3rd. These medallists included:- Michael Nash, Ger Kelly, Niall Egan, Conor Mulhall, Fionn Maher, Kevin Wilson, Aaron Barry, Oisin Ryan, Cian Kelly, Alex Crossley, Daena Kealy, Laura Graham, Aiden Barry, Lauryn Kealy, Orla Davis, Tom Buggy, Eanna Ryan, Jonathon Crossley, Amy Brennan, Audrey Byrne, Sarah Graham, T. J. Burke, Darragh Kealy, Shane Buggy, Ciara McDonald, Ruby Millet and Orla Kelly.
The junior men covered 4K and it came down to the last 800 metres when James Delaney put his foot on the pedal to move away from James Moore (making a welcome return after injury) to take the title and with Joseph Barry having a fine run for 3rd the team was wrapped up when Dylan Byrne finished a game 4th.
The ladies race also over 4K was a little disappointing from a club perspective with a few of our established stars missing. Never the less those that run gave it everything and wore the singlet with pride. None more so than Breda Mulcahy who had a mighty battle just to come up short of a podium placing to finish in 4th place the same as last year. Maire Griffith in her first Laois senior was a fine 8th and with Mairead Moore 14th and Ailish Brennan 15th 3rd team was secured. Linda Faye 18th, Catriona McDonald 21st, Laura Buggy 22nd and Ann Nicholl/Waugh 24th completed our representation.
In the men's event over the tough 10K Dan Mulhare moved into the lead early on and took a record 8th title and led Portlaoise to a convincing victory. The battle for the minor placing's was red hot with a number involved. Just after the halfway point Stephen Lawlor emerged from the pack and despite a couple of challenges held his position to come home and take the silver medal and lead the club to silver medals. Brian Kelly found the going tough when finishing 7th, with Colm Burke despite the lack of mileage nailing down 9th from James Griffin 10th, the returning Dermot Ayres 19th and the Timahoe man Colm McEvoy completing our scoring 6 in 23rd place. Others to wear the singlet included:- James (Bilbo) Nolan 24th, Peter Baldwin 26th, Liam Delaney 29th, Anthony McDonald 31st and Matthew Warren 32nd.
It was great to see so many former champions present and thanks to all that made it a great day. Special thanks to the officials that prepared the course and to those that looked after club teams. Also to the ladies for the refreshments and the Graham families for use of the land.
Leinster Senior: Ballyroan Sunday 20th January is the venue for the Leinster senior and junior men and women cross country along with juvenile relays. The action gets under way at 12 o'clock and all are welcome.
Secondary Schools: The Laois secondary schools cross country will take place in O'Dempsey's GAA ground on Wednesday next the 16th January.
Table Quiz: The Annual club table quiz will take place in Behan's on Thursday the 24th January. Your support for this event would be much appreciated. Drop in and bring a few friends along.