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Published 09/01/2013 | 10:05

CARNEW EMMETS

The Juvenile A.G.M. will take place this Friday at 7.30 p.m. in Coláiste Bhríde. All are very welcome to attend and a big crowd would be hugely appreciated.

The Senior club had a very good attendance for the Carnew Emmets G.A.A. club's A.G.M. recently in Coláiste Bhríde. The outgoing Chairman, Tim Balfe, thanked everyone involved with the club over the past year and anyone who helped in any way with teams or events. It was very much appreciated.

The following were elected: President, Jack Kilbride; Vice-President, Edmund Hyland; Chairman, James Doran; Vice-Chairman, Tim Balfe; Secretary, Damien Osborne; Treasurer, Will Collins; Assistant Treasurer, Brian Doran; P.R.O., Brendan Lawrence; Scór Officer, Emma Culkin; Fixtures Secretary, 'Snowy' Collins; Committee: Jimmy Barnes, Don Hyland, Eddie Brennan, Edmund Hyland, John O'Hara, John Joe Myers, Tim Balfe, Dermot Doran, Will Collins, Syl McEvoy. Best of luck to all for 2013. It's time to start getting prepared for the Bash for Cash which takes place on February 2. The finest warriors from Carnew will do battle in the boxing ring against the best that Craanford can throw at us.

Last year we disposed of the KilrushAskamore men with little or no trouble so here's hoping we can do the same again in 2013. Tickets for this super night are on sale in Victor's.

DONARD-GLEN CAMOGIE

The winners of our Christmas raffle were Brian Rigney, Brian McDonald, Margaret Lynott, Eleanor c/o Teresa Ashe, Damien Crowley, Paddy Murphy, Bridy O'Neill, Norah Whelan, Mary Whelan and the Whyte family. We would like to thank all who sold tickets and supported the raffle, and a special thanks to Toomey's Pub for hosting the raffle and to Bridy O'Neill for organising it. The club would like to wish all our members health and happiness in 2013.

DUNLAVIN

January 19 will be a special night for the Dunlavin club when the Garden County Awards are given out. For the second year in a row Dunlavin will be proud to say that the player being awarded the Minor Player of the Year comes from our club. Barry Miley will receive the award as a result of his performances with St. Nicholas.

Dunlavin sports star Helen Kearney will receive the committee award for an outstanding achievement in sport. Past winners of this prestigious award include Katie Taylor and Shane Byrne. We hope as many people as possible will make it to the awards night in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Tickets cost €35 and can be ordered by contacting Thomas on 0874114622

The lotto is now a whopping €12,800! So please buy a ticket for €2 and support the future running of our club.

Club gear is still on sale and available to anyone looking for the ideal gifts or even to treat themselves - caps, watches, polo shirts, jackets and hoodies.

Also keep up to date with all of the news with Dunlavin Gaa Facebook page, just log on and 'like' and join in the craic, news and banter with our friends and family from home and abroad.

Our last lotto draw was held on December 24 and the winning numbers were 8, 15, 18 and 21. There was no winner of the jackpot but we had five match three winners getting €50 each - they were Gretta Conroy, David Gibbons, Thomas Kirwan, Linda Darker and Claire O'Toole.

EIRE OG GREYSTONES

Bliain nua faoi shéan is faoi mhaise to all supporters. The club A.G.M., which was held on Thursday, December 7, was reasonably well-attended. Whilst it was pleasant to see an increased number of young faces among those present, their number was still a little disappointing; it would have been an ideal opportunity for our other players to gain an insight into an appreciation of the background work that goes into keeping the Éire Óg show on the road. Officers elected were: Cathaoirleach, Carmel Deeney; Rúnaí, Daniel English; Cisteoir, Sharon Hughes; Oifigeach na nÓg, Paula Cuddihy.

As has been mentioned on many occasions, there is at this time of year a huge drain - affiliations, player and public liability insurance etc. - on the club's precarious finances. For the moment, Cisteoir Sharon Hughes' plunge over the financial precipice has been postponed though a substantial input from the Christmas draw, which was held in the convivial environs of the Carraig Inn on Thursday, December 20. The noisy banter descended into an anticipatory hush as all eyes turned to the rotating drum for the discovery of each of the winners.

The first prize, which was sponsored by SuperValu, was won by Belinda Cunningham. The O'Kelly Jewellery prize went to the bould Willie O'Hagan and those of the Steak House Greystones were won by Theresa Bradshaw and Peggy Pegman. That sponsored by Willy Doyle from Kilcoole was shared by wellknown referee Ciarán 'Mossy' Gaskin and his brother, county coach Colm.

Club activist John Wynne took home the RiteStart hamper while David Noble was the lucky winner of the prize sponsored by the Acorn Playschool. The Jo Leonard-sponsored prize went to Lisa Shannon and that of The Happy Pear was won by Margaret O'Brien. John and May Smullen were the lucky winners of the basket of goodies presented by Roudy Design, and Conor Monahan was the name drawn for the Avalon Garden Services prize. Josh Grant had the pleasure of being presented with €200 while Helen Smullen was the winner of the club-sponsored seventh prize.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh to all of you who generously supported the Christmas draw. The Éire Óg club and committee also extend their sincere thanks to those involved in organising and in selling tickets and as always are hugely grateful for the invaluable support of club sponsors.

COMHBHRÓN: The new year brought the sad news of the passing of Ailish Cuddihy, mother of club stalwart Brendan Cuddihy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. The club extends its sincerest sympathies to Brendan, to his wife Laura, and to his children Billy and Paul. Éire Óg was represented at the funeral by Cathaoirleach Carmel Deeney and her family.

COMHGHAIRDEACHAS: to captain of the Senior team, James Leonard, and to Orla Woods, and to Kelly Ryder - a member of the ladies team - and Conor Greene who announced their engagements over the Christmas period. We also extend belated congratulations to Paul 'Dotsy' Doherty and Orla Kelly and to Conor Monahan and Emma Nuttall who were affianced a little earlier in the year.

Well done to the Wicklow team, which drew with DCU in the first round of the O'Byrne Cup played in Greystones on Sunday. DCU has a strong panel of inter-county players and constitute a formidable opposition.

GLENEALY

The following committee members were elected at a well-attended AGM of Glenealy Hurling Club: Chairman, Niall MacLaochlainn; Secretary, Peter King; Treasurer, Ian O'Neill; Vice-Chairman, Niall Nolan; P.R.O., Tommy Glynn, Mary Weir, Meg Geraghty, Glen O'Gorman.

Glenealy Hurling Club are holding their celebration/presentation dinner dance in the Grand Hotel, Wicklow, on Saturday, February 16. There is a free bus leaving King's at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6.30 sharp.Tickets are a very reasonable €40 and as there is a limited supply it is advisable to get your order in ASAP.

It was with sadness that we heard of the recent passing of Paddy Prendergast, Ballydowling. The club extends its deepest sympathy to Paddy's sons Patrick and Thomas, his daughters Colette, Margaret and Eileen, and his many grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family. May he rest in peace.

KILBRIDE

The A.G.M. of Kilbride G.F.C. will take place in the clubhouse on Friday, January 18, starting at 8 p.m. to review progress in 2012 and set out the club's plans for 2013.

All members are asked to attend and new members are most welcome.

The club would like to thank everyone who supported our Christmas fundraiser which was an outstanding success. Many thanks to all our sponsers who provided the prizes.

Many thanks to all who supported our fun walk/run on St. Stephen's Day in Ardattin.

The next lotto draw will take place this Sunday, January 13. Kilbride/Lacken Juvenile club are holding a defibrillation training day on a Saturday in February next year - aimed at any Gaelic coaches or people involved In the local Kilbride/Lacken community dealing with youth participation. The training will last approximately half a day, held in Kilbride and will also include basic first aid training.

If you are interested in attending, contact Diarmuid on 086-3113443 or e-mail diarmuid@careerguidance.ie - the cost of the training will be free.

KILTEGAN

Indoor hurling and football will resume after the Christmas break in the hall in Hacketstown on January 15 - Under-8s at 6.30 to 7.15 p.m., Under-10s to Under-12s from 7.15 to 8.15 p.m. All are welcome.

The Juvenile presentation of medals for both hurling and football will take place on January 20 at 5 p.m. in Kiltegan Hall. A Juvenile coach meeting will be held on January 18 to plan the year ahead at 8.30 p.m. in the clubhouse in Kiltegan. Our next Juvenile committee meeting will take place on the same night, January 18, after the coaches meeting.

Our club wish to extend their deepest sympathy to the O'Byrne, Lennon family formerly of Graigue, Kiltegan, on the death of Sally O'Byrne/Matheson who was interred in Tynaclash cemetery on Sunday - to her husband Rod, son Andrew, daughters Mary, Ethna, Maeve and Bernadette, sister Maureen and all relatives and friends, our sympathy.

Also deepest sympathy to the Coyle family, Baltinglass, on the death of Dr. Magdalen (Mags) Coyle.

There was no lotto winner. Winning numbers were 2, 5, 7 and 30. Match three winners: B. Doogue, Timmins 5, K. Moran, Tom Kearney, J. O'Brien and T. Kearney, P.J. Reilly, Therasa Byrne, Tom Nolan, Nicky Keogh, Mary Foley, Damien Dowling and Paula Jammel. The next jackpot is €17,000.

The next draw takes place in Juniors on Monday at 10 p.m.

Last Sunday our club hosted the annual Christmas fundraising football match in aid of Baltinglass Hospital with the O'Neills Boys team playing a Talk of the Town selection, a very close and entertaining game of football, which the Talk of the Town team won narrowly. Thanks to all who supported the match and the raffle.

LACKEN

The Lacken G.A.A. A.G.M. takes place this Friday, January 11, at 8 p.m. in the Band Hall. All members are expected to attend and any new menbers are more than welcome to show up.

The lotto draw is also on this Friday, January 11, in Zellars as usual - please get you tickets back in.

LARAGH

The club will hold its Juvenile A.G.M. this Saturday in Glendalough Hotel at 7 p.m. sharp. All are welcome.

The club extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Mick Baker. May he rest in peace.

RATHNEW

Lotto: no draw last week. This week's draw was on Monday, January 7.

New Years Day 'Kick Off' was a great success. Some of the players had an interesting runaround. It was encouraging to see so many 'past' captains of the Senior team lending support.

Thanks to Anthony Nolan for blowing his whistle. Special thanks to Fr. Kavanagh for his blessings. And thanks to all who attended giving up their New Year's Day time to show their support for the club.

The 'Duck Race' was held in the 'Slang' afterwards. Though it was a chilly day the ducks didn't mind!

First place was James Keogh of Coolkenno with an Alaskan razor bill, €100; second place, Peter Kane with an Icelandic Quack, €75; third place, Tina Nolan with an Irish Mallard, €50. Thanks to Jay O'Toole and Dando for scaring ducks into water. And Damien 'Wader' Power for rescuing them!

Some calenders are still available so get one before they're gone.

Best of luck to Harry Murphy and the Senior football team in the O'Byrne Cup.

Congratulations to Trevor Doyle on his new position as trainer with the Wicklow Senior hurling team.

The club extends sincere sympathy to the Prendergast family of Glenealy on their recent loss of Paddy.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs., Paul Conyard and little Jack currently honeymooning in Florida.

The club would like anyone interested in the position of Intermediate football manager to get in touch with club Secretary Laurence Ellis. Also anyone interested in helping out at Juvenile level. A strong Juvenile set-up breeds the stars of tomorrow!

Again the club extends a happy new year to all our supporters, players, mentors and committee, especially to all our folk who find themselves far from home.

To get in touch, contact club P.R.O. Vincent (086-8430446).

SHILLELAGH

Shillelagh G.A.A. will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday, January 14, at 8 p.m. (sharp) in Kenny's Lounge. We welcome all existing members and also new members.

The tag rugby event held on St. Stephen's Day was enjoyed immensely by all participants. Following on from the Fairgreen, various recordings of historical games were displayed in Parkview, proving a great success.

Finally, the club wishes to extend sympathy to Bill Troy on the recent death of his mother Elizabeth Troy. May she rest in peace.

TINAHELY

We would like to say a massive thanks to all who supported us in any way with our annual Christmas hamper raffle. This is a huge fundraiser for the club and helps us right at the start of the season for new equipment, buses etc. Results of the draw are as follows: first place, Aisling Healy; second place, Patrick Doyle; third place, Tina Christonen.

Once again many thanks to all who contributed in any manner. Also we would like to take this opportunity to wish all a happy and prosperous new year for 2013.

Firstly we start off the new year by wishing all our players, members and supporters a happy new year. Over the Christmas period our club lotto was won locally. The draw takes place every Monday night and tickets can be bought in any of the shops or pubs for €2.

On Friday last a well-attended crowd turned out for the ladies' G.A.A. A.G.M. A new Chairman was elected, Martin Fitzgerald. Best of luck to Martin and the ladies for 2013.

Membership and insurance is now due to be paid by all players and club members. Please see Pat Lanigan with payment.

Finally, we hope there is no retirements to the Senior or Junior teams in 2013. Rumour has it Tony d darc Darcy is busy back in training so teams across the county you have been warned!

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