Ballyboughal - Congratulations to the St Peters minor team who beat Castleknock by two points in the Minor Football Championship quarter-final last Sunday.
The Children's Christmas Party is being held on Sunday 16th December in the school hall, starting at 2pm, with Santa arriving afterwards.
Applications are invited for the positions of senior team football manager and selectors. The closing date for applications is next Monday, December 3rd. Applications should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. A big thank-you to the big crowd who attended Thursday night's agm. The following committee was elected: John McGee - Chairman; Aidan Scully - Vice-chairman; Cáit NiCheallaigh - Secretary; Feargal O'Hanrahan - Treasurer; David McKittrick - Assistant Secretary; Declan Kelly - Assistant Treasurer; Eoin Cullen - Players Rep; Paul Gormley - PRO. In this week's Cumann na mBunscol finals in Croke Park, St Cronan's Brackenstown play Holy Spirit Ballyroan this Tuesday at 10.30am, and at 11.45am it's Swords Educate Together v Scoil Chiaráin CBS Donnycarney. Fingallians will be competing in this year's Scór na nÓg competition final this Tuesday evening in the Craobh Chiaráin club (beside Parnell Park). All support is most welcome and a great evening's entertainment is guaranteed from 7.30. Our Friday Night Social Football is going from strength to strength and again we are looking to grow our numbers. At 8pm each week we would like to invite new members in the 35-year + bracket. A mid-week email will go out to all members and friends from the club shop with an order form for Christmas. It will also be available on www.fingallians.com. There will be a Poker Night as usual next Friday (last Friday of the month) in the club bar. New players are most welcome and entry (Texas Hold'em) will be €10. Our Bric a Brac sale on Saturday and Cake Sale for the U-11 were great successes and all down to those helpers and bakers. Thank you. Thank you to Amy, Ciaran, Paul, Harry and Peter for bringing their All Stars down to the club on Friday night. Footballers please note: Mouthguards (gumshields) must be worn in all football matches and training sessions from 1st January 2013 for all grades, up to and including minor. It will be mandatory for Under-21s and adults to wear a mouthguard from 1st January 2014. The Athletic Club awards night will be held in the main hall on Wednesday 5th December. Fingallians extends deepest sympathy to the Sharkey family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilís.
Hard luck to our Under-21 team who were beaten by Oliver Plunketts in the championship on Saturday. Hard luck also to the Under-13 girls who were beaten by a great Scoil Ui Chonaill team in the league final to finish runners-up. Well done on reaching the final. Our club agm will be held this Thursday at 8pm in Rolestown Hall. All members are encouraged to attend and any non-members are also welcome. Our senior team and our ladies team have been invited into the Paidi O Se tournament in Ventry, Co Kerry, on Friday 22nd February to Sunday 24th February, and aany members looking to go need to pay a €25 non-refundable deposit by December 4th. Please contact Peter Kettle on 087-9957429. All details will be given at the agm on Thursday. Thanks to everyone who played in our Poker Classic last Friday night. Our children's Christmas party will be held in Kettles Hotel on Sunday 9th December from 3 to 5pm. It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Seamus Kavanagh in Kenya. We send our condolences to his family. We would like to send our condolences to the Higgins family on the death of Joseph. Lotto numbers last week were 11, 29, 33 and 39, €20 went to Andy Kettle, John McCarthy and Banjo snr, and this week's jackpot is worth €4,731.
Well done to our Under-21 footballers who defeated Clan na Gael to qualify for the next round of the championship. This was a fantastic performance by a group of players who have put in a lot of hard work over the last few weeks. We wish a speedy recovery to Eric Stears who suffered an injury during the game. Congratulations also to our Under-13 ladies football team who won their league. This is the third consecutive year that these girls have won the league. Congratulations to Portmarnock Community School on winning the Dublin Under-16 Hurling title. Virtually all of the team are club players and they richly deserved the title. We send our best wishes to Fiona and John Connor on the birth of their daughter Aoife. All mentors are asked to contact the organising committee of the Christmas Card project to update them on sales and progress in general. There is a survey on the home page of our website, www.naomhmearnog.ie. All members are asked to take a few minutes and fill it in. The very popular Sunday evening Fun Quiz resumed at the weekend and will take place again at 6pm next Sunday - first prize a turkey voucher. All are welcome. The White Collar Boxing tournament takes place on 8th December. Please support the lads. Further dates for your diary - the Annual Mass will be on 15th December, there will be Married v Singles Hurling and Football games on St Stephen's Day (hurling at noon, football immediately afterwards), the agm takes place on 10th January and the Chairman's Dinner will be on 2nd February.
Round Towers Lusk
The club will hold its agm on Thursday 6th December at 8pm. Please see the website www.roundtowerslusk.ie for further details. A big thank-you to all who came out to support the Under-7, Under8 and Under-9 table quiz last Friday night in the bar. It was a very enjoyable and successful evening, all thanks to the hard work of our superb quizmaster John Donovan. Congratulations go to John's Babes who were the winning team on the night, and thanks must also go to all who donated spot prizes for our raffle and to those who purchased tickets for same. All funds raised will be split between the three teams. The presentation evening for the U13s-U16s has been postponed until December 15th. Further details will follow. The club will be running a Gaelic Football and Hurling Foundation Course on 7th and 8th December in the club. Friday evening's session will be from 7.30 - 10pm, while Saturday is 10am - 4.30pm. It is important that anyone mentoring a team should attend this course. For further details or to book a place please contact Shane Treanor (GPO). Round Towers run a nursery every Saturday from 10.4511.45am, catering for boys and girls aged between three and seven in both Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie, with a small cost of €2. Our last Nursery gathering for the year will be next Saturday and it will resume again on January 19th. For further information please contact Shane Treanor (GPO) on 086-1608672 or email email@example.com. Anne-Marie Codd is looking after the club shop and can be contacted on 086-3657200. If you require any club gear for yourself or as Christmas presents for the kids, please get in touch with her over the coming weeks to place your order. There was no winner of last weeks lotto jackpot, with the numbers being 3, 11, 26 and 28. €80 went to E Murray and €40 to Trina, P Clare and Bert & Celine. This week's jackpot will be €1,600. Bingo will be held as usual next Monday evening at 8.30pm, with the book costing €8. A new team for Round Towers, the U-21s, took on Good Counsel on Saturday in Galtymore Road. The lads were unfortunately beaten 4-11 to 0-8, but as a first time out for this team we anticipate that they will grow in strength and confidence as they continue to play together. Keep going lads. There was disappointment for the Cuchulainn Minors on Sunday as they were beaten by four points after extra time in their quarter-final game against Naomh Iosolde. Congratulations to CuChulainn U-15s who beat Erins Isle 4-10 to 36 in the play-off for second place in their league recently. There were great performances all round to finish a great year on a high and we led from start to finish, with Cormac Howley scoring 2-6. Well done to all the lads and coaches. A big fund-raising drive will take place in the club next year and will see Strictly Come Dancing come to Round Towers Lusk. Full details will follow at a later stage, but keep 13th April free in your diaries for a great night out.
St Finian's Swords
Congratulations to Robbie Callanan who was elected to the post of club chairman for 2013 at our agm during the week. Other significant appointments include Mark Degnan taking over as treasurer and Stephen Carslake being confirmed as manager of our senior football team. Our Christmas Grand Prize Draw, first prize €1,000, takes place on December 13th. Tickets are available from any committee member or team mentor. The Christmas Fair is being held on December 15th and we are looking for people to take a stall. Santa will be visiting the fair and we will also be launching the club calendar. The Holy Family SNS senior girls were playing in their Cumann Na mBunscol final in Croke Park yesterday (Monday). As part of our 30th year anniversary next year we are hosting a 'Mock Wedding'. The wedding will take place on 16th February 2013 and promises to be an absolutely fun-packed day with plenty of surprises. Tickets for the wedding are €50 and will include a four-course meal, entertainment from a gospel choir, a live band and DJ late into the night. There will also be lots of great prizes to be won on the night. Numbers drawn in last week's club lotto were 13, 18, 20, 24. The €50 winners were Willie & John and Carrie Whelan and this week's jackpot will be €7,900.
The U-14 St Maurs/O'Dwyer's camogie team won a very important match in Lucan on a freezing cold Saturday morning - 6-4 to 1-1. This sees the girls joint leaders in their group and heading to a threeway play-off to decide the league title next weekend. All their hard work and persistence is paying off - well done girls. Scorers on the day were Nicola Thorne, Niamh Kirby, Megan O'Mahony, Ona Keegan, Ann Casey and Eimear Conway. Congratulations to the Maurs Minor footballers who have qualified for the championship semi. St Maurs Annual Christmas Draw tickets are currently on sale, with 201 prizes on offer - first prize being an Avensis car or €20,000 cash. The draw takes place on 15th December. Bookings for the new, refurbished bar are starting to build up already for 2013, so get in early if you have a function or occasion in mind for next year as even April and May are looking congested at this stage. St. Maurs club bar will be open on Sundays from 1.30pm for the foreseeable future. There was no winner of last week's lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 1, 16, 28, 29, the €50 lucky dip winners were Canice Gerry, Joan Coughlan, Caroline Keelan, Martina Kelly and Michele Wade and next Sunday's jackpot will be €10,250. Contact the club for booking functions etc at www.maurs.ie or ring the office at 8438233 and contact Susane or Peter who will deal with any enquiries you may have.
Our senior football team suffered an agonising one-point defeat to Na Fianna in the league final. Two single-score losses shouldn't detract from a very good year of excellent performances and results. Congratulations to Na Fianna who lost in last year's final. In the Minor Fooball Championship Mark Hazley scored the vital late point to earn a draw against St Vincents, while Colm Byrne contributed the second-half goal to bring us back into contention. The result leaves us at the top of a very competitive group. The Minor hurlers play St Oliver Plunkett's next Sunday morning at 11am in the quarter-final of the championship. The under 21 hurlers play away to Parnells in Chanel next Saturday at 2.15 in the quarter-final of their championship. At juvenile level the Under-14B team won their league with a convincing victory in their final match. John Maughan lived up to his name, steering his team to produce a big performance when it mattered most. Well done to everyone involved. The clubhouse has been very tastefully renovated. Come in and visit! The lotto jackpot this week is a nice even €2,000. Play and win on www.stsylvesters.ie.
The club's agm will be held this Thursday night in the clubhouse at 8.30pm. All members should try to attend for the review of 2012 and help plan for 2013. Hard luck to the U-21 footballers who lost to Clontarf in the quarterfinal of the A Championship. Next Sunday the Minor hurlers play Raheny in the championship at St Annes Park at 11am. All support is welcome. See the website skerriesharps.ie for updated news, fixtures and results. Have you any club news? Contact Fergal at 086-8984657. The Juvenile Academy finished for the year last Saturday and resumes on Saturday January 19th. The club shop will be open on December 15th and 22nd from noon to 2pm and club t-shirts will be on sale for €15. Contact Cait at 087-2730434 for more details. Gift tokens are also available - a great idea for Christmas. Whist continues on Tuesdays at 8.30pm in the clubhouse and new members are always welcome. There are free lessons for beginners. The new club tie (€15) is available from Fergal at 086-8984657. The Members Appreciation Night takes place this Friday in the clubhouse and is open to all members and parents in the club. Don't miss this night and morning, one of the highlights of the year. Contact Paul Boyd at 087-2298276 for more details. The first mulled wine of the season will be served! The Annual Juvenile Boys and Girls Presentation Night takes place next Sunday in the Community Centre at 4.30pm. Anyone available to help from 2.30pm is very welcome. Contact Chris at 087-9725519. Zingo result: 6-3-2-1-7-4-5. There was no winner of the jackpot, which now stands at €2,300, while the dividend was shared by Jim Browne, Fergal Lynch and Eamon Reilly, winning €50 each. Congrats! This Thursday the draw will take place in the clubhouse at 10.15pm. Thanks to Richard and staff of the Bus Bar for hosting last week's draw. Call in and buy an envelope fron Gary, our friendly promoter. Entries are still only €2, play by standing order or join online at www.skerriesharps.ie. This is a great way to support your club. Contact Andy at 087-2857539 or Fergal for details.
We welcome our new commitee as ratified at our agm last Thursday. Numbers drawn in the latest club lotto were (Draw 1 worth €10,000) 6, 10, 11, 23 and (Draw 2 worth €3,250) 3, 4, 7, 18. The three €50 winners were Audrey O' Brien and Grace O'Sullivan (both c/o Swiss Cottage) and Frankie (c/o Miriam). This week's jackpots are €10,000 and €3,400 and there will be a commitee meeting on Thursday upstairs in the Coachmans at 9pm.
Numbers drawn in last week's Golden Goose lotto were 2, 14, 20, 29 and the €20 prize-winners were C Hynes, M O'Brien and Conor/Heather/Tony Newman. This week's jackpot stands at €1,290. Juvenile hurling training takes place indoors on Wednesday evenings, and the adults train indoors on Tuesdays from 9 to 10pm. There will be a Christmas Party for the juveniles at the pitch on December 15th at 2.30pm, with the adults' party the previous night at 9pm in Oldtown House. The post of Junior football manager/coach is vacant. Anyone interested in the position is asked to call Sean McNulty at 086-2589908.