GAA -- Fingallians
The annual Christmas night for parents and mentors is being held this Saturday (22nd) from 8.30pm. There will be music and finger food and a special drinks promotion as a thank-you for all the hard work in 2012. The successful White Collar Boxing night in Wrights can now be revisited with the showing of all the fights on Sunday 23rd in the club.
Copies of the DVD can also be ordered on the night. The club are holding a raffle for a much-needed new defibrillator and there are three magnificent Christmas hampers to be won. Tickets are available in the bar and the draw will take place in the bar at 6pm this Sunday (23rd). Our Scór na nÓg team competed at the Leinster semi-finals last Saturday and our dancers certainly held their own but narrowly missed out against counties Offaly, Laois, Louth and Longford. Our solo singer Ana Williams (12) was highly commended in this Under-17s competition. Our quiz team missed out on qualifying for the final by one answer.
The second last football game of the year is taking place this Saturday (22nd) at 7.30pm on the all-weather pitch. The Mentors and Parents team will take on the club's most experienced team - the Social Footballers. Everyone is welcome to attend or take part (the teams meet at 7.15pm). The final football game of the year will be the Married v Singles clash on St Stephen's Day at noon. Congratulations to Mark Howard, a former member of Fingallians Athletic Club, who was married in New Zealand last week.
Mark joined Fins aged 13 and was Ireland's number one sprinter around the time of the Sydney Olympics when Mark was a member of the Irish 4 x 100m relay team. He was the first male athlete to win a medal at a major sprint championships and won bronze in the European U23 Track & Field in 2000. This is a record that can never be taken away from Fingallians or equalled. The club would like to pay tribute to the great Páidí Ó Sé, from Ventry, a true friend and regular visitor to the club who will always be remembered. Fingallians extends deepest sympathy to the Ó Sé family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.
Please support our Christmas raffle; it will take place in Kettles Hotel (bar) this Saturday (22nd) with great prizes - including turkey, ham, hampers, a signed Dublin jersey, wine and many more. If you can donate a prize please contact Nick Halligan on 087-2214992 and if you would like to buy a ticket please contact any committee member, team manager or mentor. Tickets cost €2 each or three for €5. Membership is now due, membership forms are available on our website www.fingalravens.com or at the clubhouse, and as agreed at the agm all members must have their membership paid in full by March 31st. If any member would like to pay by instalments they must have their last instalment paid by that date. We would like to send our sympathies to the Garrigan and Griffin family on the death of Gemma's father Ned. We would also like to send our sympathies to the Molloy and McCaffery family on the death of Una's mother Merci.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of GAA legend Páidí Ó'Sé. Many of our members met Páidí over the years on the many club trips to Dingle and very recently Páidí had invited our senior and ladies teams to play in his tournament in Kerry in 2013. We would like to extend our condolences to his family. Lotto numbers for the week before last were 1, 8, 35 & 40. The €20 prizes went to Irene Kavanagh, Hazel Wade and Mary McCarthy and the jackpot, which wasn't won, rose to €4,896. We would like to wish all our members, players, managers, mentors, committee members, sponsors, supporters and their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
St Finian's Swords
The Executive Committee extends deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Gary Emmett who passed away so suddenly on Thursday week last. Gary was a mentor, along with Martin Halpin, to one of our juvenile football and hurling teams from 2004 up until last year. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cathy, Robert and Megan. His funeral mass took place on Monday morning in the Church of the Holy Child, Whitehall. May he Rest in Peace. We also extend sympathies to Con Murphy and all his family on the loss of Con's brother. The Christmas Fair was well supported, with many visitors coming along to see Santa and also to bring toys for the SVP 2FM Toy Appeal. The Club Calendar was also launched at the fair and is available by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The clubhouse will remain closed until January 7th. Don't forget to put our 'Mock Wedding' in your new 2013 diary. The wedding will take place on February 16th 2013 and promises to be an absolutely funpacked day with plenty of surprises. Tickets for the wedding are €50 and will include a fourcourse 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. The lotto jackpot for the week before last was €8,100 and the numbers drawn were 5, 10, 16, 21. The €50 winners were Ann & Brian Bone and Harry O'Brien and the jackpot - which wasn't won - rose to €8,200.
The Dublin U-16 ladies management team would like to thank all clubs, mentors, parents and players who were involved in the trials over the past number of weeks. More than 180 players have taken part and the overall ability and skill levels of all the players was a credit to their clubs and coaches. Well done to our Maurs girls who took part - Naomi Clare, Nina Byrne, Eimear Conway, Sinead Moran and Niamh Carthy. Unfortunately, due to the volume of numbers the panel has had to be cut drastically. Well done to Naomi Clare who will stay on the panel to represent Maurs - best of luck! St. Maurs' U-10 football and camogie were rewarded for a great effort all year when they were presented with training tops at their final coaching session of 2012. Thanks to all the parents for their support and to managers Maeve Hughes, Maura Hoey, Paula Morley, Dana Cullen, Collette Kelly, Fiona Daly, Paula Mackey, and coaches Laudie Austin and Leo Bissett. Congratulations to the pupils and sporting staff of Rush National school who have had tremendous success with their three teams entered in this season's Cumann na Bunscoil series of football games. A special presentation night was held in the club during the week where the three teams were recognised for their achievements. St Maurs Annual Christmas Draw, which is the club's main fundraiser for the year, was held last Saturday night and despite the current gloomy economic climate it again was very successful. Sincerest thanks goes to the efforts of the draw committee, our draw promoters, the army of volunteers from our membership who have annually worked on the draw, and our office staff. The results are posted on the club website as well as the Facebook A/C and printed lists are being distributed. Of the 201 prizes, the lucky first four were as follows: 1st Toyota Avensis or €20,000 - Anita Dennehy; 2nd €10,000 - Nicola & Aisling Gaffney; 3rd €5,000 - Tina Gaffney; 4th Trip to Las Vegas or €2,000 - Jack Lynch. The firstplace winner was still in shock at the time of going to print! There was a write-up on one of our U12 players in last weekend's Sunday Independent by Dermot Crowe (Sports section Page 16). It was a fantastic achievement for Aaron Meighan to play in Croke Park. Well done to him and all involved. Maurs' Club Shop is open this Saturday (22nd) from 11am to noon. Don't forget to get your Christmas pressies. Santa visits St Maurs this Saturday also when we host a Christmas Party for all juvenile players and their families in the upstairs lounge from 4pm. On the 31st a New Year's Eve party will be held in the upstairs lounge with music, food and plenty of craic. Tickets are €15 each. Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last were 11, 18, 19, 21. The 10 €50 lucky dip winners were Ger Wheelan, Martin Mc Cormack, Mary Gilligan, Ann Mc Clune, Darragh Bentley, Andy Harford, Tracey Dockrell, Aishling & Carmel, Alison Hall and Sean Richardson. The next draw will take place on Sunday December 30th with a jackpot of €11,000. The management of St Maurs would like to wish all our members, mentors, staff, helpers and their families a happy and peaceful Christmas. 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.
In the Minor Football A Championship we defeated St Vincent's 1-8 to 1-4. We started slowly, possibly because of the delay, and didn't really have much fluency in the first half, although Davis Sexton scored a superb long-range point. We dominated the second half and picked up a lot more loose ball in midfield. Jack Hazley gave a fine display of high fielding and his brother Mark scored an excellent point from play to get the scoreboard moving. The goal came from a determined drive by Conor Ryan, our defence was very solid and a late free converted by Dylan Connolly gave us a well-deserved fourpoint win. The club extends our deepest sympathy to the family and many friends of the late Paddy Galvin, recently deceased. Paddy's sons Keith and David have represented the club and Dublin with great distinction.
A very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year to all our members, sponsors, supporters and friends. Hope to see you all in the new season. The Club Shop is open this Saturday (22nd) from noon to 2pm for Christmas gifts, with club T-shirts now available at €15 - half-price - and gift tokens also available. Contact Cait for more details at 087-2730434. Membership for 2013 is now due. Fees are unchanged from last year. This Sunday (23rd) local songwriter Martin Byrne and friends will play in the clubhouse from 6pm. Please support them. Entry is €5 and you can contact Pat Dwyer for info at 087-2505479. On St Stephen's Day - Wednesday December 26th - the Annual Married v Singles Charity Football match for the Mickey Scott Cup takes place at 11am, followed by a Married v Singles Hurling/ Camogie match. A collection will be made for the local St Vincent De Paul Society. Next Friday (28th) the Christmas Charity Golf Society outing will take place at Skerries GC. The tee is available from 9am to noon, with the meal and presentation in the clubhouse at 7pm.n Contact Paul for tee times at 0851740474. Proceeds from the event will go to the local St.Vincent De Paul Society this year. The Zingo result for December 6th was 7-2-1-6-5-3-4. There was no winner of the jackpot, which rose to €2,600 - a nice prize for Christmas! You can play on line at skerriesharps.ie and follow the links - or buy envelopes at €2 from Gary Holland our friendly promoter.
Numbers drawn in last week's Golden Goose lotto were 7, 9, 17, 21. The €20 prizes went to L Donnelly, Heather, Conor and Tony. The jackpot, which wasn't won, rose to €1,480. The post of Junior football manager/coach is vacant. If you're interested please call Sean McNulty at 086-2589908. The agm will take place on January 6th at 11am in Oldtown Hall. Congrats to Wild Geese adult hurler of the year Tom Smyth and most improved player Paul Kealy. The Wild Geese adult male footballer of the year was awarded to Derek Ryan and most improved player to Aidan Skahill. Congrats also to Michelle Ennis, who got ladies player of the year and Elaine Fay the most improved player of the year. Anyone lookings for copies of the book 'there is an F in hurling' its in the Village store or any decent book shop nationwide at €14.99. The Club would like to wish you and yours a merry Christmas and a peaceful new year.