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Friday 19 December 2014

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Published 30/01/2013 | 14:12

TINAHELY

Training is taking place in the gym of the clubhouse every Friday night from 7.30pm for all Minor, Junior and Senior players. The Division 1 league is due to start in March.

Last week at a county board meeting the Senior championship structure was changed. Instead of group games this year it will be two games to try qualify for the quarter-finals.

Membership and insurance is now due, please see Pat Lanigan.

KILBRIDE

Last Sunday the lotto jackpot was not won. The numbers drawn were 8, 17, 24 and 30. The five €20 winners were James Cahill, Carmel Craul, Mary O'Connor, Sean Blake and John Clarke.

Next week the jackpot rises to €11,900 and the draw will be on Sunday February 3 at 10pm in Mooney's. Tickets available from any committee member.

ST PATRICK'S

The club's Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday February 23 in the Grand Hotel, where our championship winning Senior footballers and Intermediate ladies teams will receive their medals.

Please keep the date in the diary with further details to follow in what should be a great night for all.

The club are always looking for new people to get involved and if you have any spare time to get involved either in a coaching/admin or any other role please get in touch with club secretary Brian Gleeson (086-8281124), or any committee member.

Caseys' hurlers continued on winning ways on the astro-turf in Bray, when they proved too strong for DCU, and are through to play Meath in the Kehoe Cup semi-final.

Best of luck to the County Senior footballers against Fermanagh on Sunday as they kick off their Division 3 campaign.

Please go along and lend them your support in Aughrim. The club lotto can now be supported by monthly standing order at €8 per month, which not only puts you in the weekly draw but also helps with our everyday running costs at Dunbur, please contact Alan O'Brien on 087-6214903 or treasurer.stpatricks.wicklow@gaa.ie, to sign up.

RATHNEW

Lotto draw for January 21 - numbers drawn were 1, 18, 24, and 27. There was no jackpot winner. There was one match three winner - S. McDermott c/o Joe Boy O'Connor. The jackpot is now €2,700. Next draw takes place on January 28 in Doyles.

There will be a committtee meeting Thursday January 31.

Gym membership still available for €200 per year or €60 per three months. Contact Anto on 085-7252430.

It's vitally important we sell these as this is a good source of funds for the club. There will be three monthly draws, with 60 prizes in total up for grabs. Contact any committee member to purchase one.

Last of the calendars still available, again they make a great present for our exiles!

All adult players are asked to attend a players meeting on Thursday 31st January at 8pm in the clubhouse.

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes at the moment with delegates attending County Board meetings, securing funding and sponsorship for the 2013 season, securing a solid foundation within the club which in turn should benefit our players and teams and hopefully lead to success.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank all our lotto ticket sellers, past and new.

Their continued hard work brings a much appreciated source of funds. With that in mind we would like to welcome our lotto sellers to a social night in Doyle's on Saturday February 2nd at 9pm just as a token of our gratitude.

Congratulations to John and Niamh Franey and also Kevin and Siobhan Gill on their recent new arrivals. Get well message to Ned Byrne, Merrymeeting. Happy birthday wishes go out to Shane Redmond 18th, Eddie Byrne 50th, Harry Kileen 60th and last but not least Jim Buxie Duffy who celebrated his 80th.

To get in contact if you want a mention, contact Vincent 086-8430446.

ANNACURRA

The club wish to extend our congratulations to Liam O'Loughlin who won a hall of fame award during the recent county GAA awards. Liam who is from Aughrim has previously played for Annacurra prior to the establishment of the Aughrim football club. Well done Liam. Pre season training continues for all adult footballers at 8pm Tuesday and Friday nights in the field with gym work at 7pm on Saturday night.

New players are welcome with any experience level for the adult teams, if interested please come down to the pitch when training is on. Membership is still due from all. Players membership is €100, students is €45 and non players is €20.

There is club merchandise available for sale, iPhone covers and mugs in club colours with the crest on them. 20% of revenue goes to the club. Please see annacurragaaclub.com/merchandise for details.

Please contact the club PRO Sean McGrath on 086 3508941 if you don't wish to order via the website.

Lotto - Results for January 21: numbers: 5, 13, 18, and 22. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winner: Declan Byrne, Coolbawn Lwr. Jackpot stands at €4300.

Next draw takes place on Monday night January 28 in Lawless's.

COOLBOY

After our recent EGM which was well attended (and many thanks to all those who came out on the night) the following committee was elected: Martin Hennessy, Chairman, Michael O'Keeffe, Secretary, PJ Mulhall, Asst Sec., Wendy Thibault, Treasurer, Joseph Dempsey, Asst Treas.

We would like to thank all of the above for taking on these roles as it gets harder every year to get people to stand up for these jobs and we are truly grateful.

We hope to get our fundraising kick started next Friday night at 8pm in the hall when we will be distributing a new 'Predictor' Sheet for 2013.

We ask that the entire Finance Committee attend and anyone who would like to come along and pick up their own sheet is welcome to do so.

This turned out to be an excellent fundraiser last year along with being great crack as the year went on - just watching the results going up each week with the leader board constantly changing was a real incentive for people to get involved.

We would urge everyone to make sure to get your sheets filled in and returned on time as the amount of people who wanted to get involved after the deadline date was huge and we were unable to accomodate them.

So please, please get them filled out and back as quickly as possible. We will also be distributing our County Board Draw tickets (€50 each) for three draws over a three month period.

These tickets will be available from various members of the committee whose names and contact numbers will be included in next week's club notes so that everyone will know where they can get a ticket should they be interested in doing so.

Again, this turned out to be extremely lucrative for the club last year given the rebate we get back from the County Board and we are hoping to repeat the same success this year.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Coolboy Handball Club on winning County Club of the Year.

The award was presented to the club last Saturday night at the County Board awards night and it is a prize that is truly deserved as the amount of work that has gone into making the handball club one of the best, not only in the county, but nationally and internationally has been truly staggering.

From the very young to the more Senior members, everyone is encouraged and supported in a most remarkable way. Well done and well deserved to all concerned.

BLESSINGTON JUVENILE

Blessington GAA Juvenile registration evening for U-10 to Minor teams will take place on Tuesday February from 7pm to 8.30pm at the clubhouse.

Registration will be €20 for the first child and €10 per child thereafter. Subs will be €50 per child for the year.

Parents and players can pay registration fee and pay 50% or all of the subs on the night with the final 50% of subs collected on April 2.

The Academy, which includes U-8s will have their own registration arrangements.

U16/Minor training will re-commence on Monday February 4. Minor Winter League will start on either February 10 or 17.

The U-16 team will be participating again in the Leinster League which will be played over five Saturdays in March.

U-12/U-14 training will re-commence on Monday February 11. Gaeltacht Scholarship Grant application forms are available now for first and second year students (boys and girls) and who are registered and paid up members of a County Wicklow GAA club.

BLESSINGTON

Best of luck to Wicklow in their opening NFL game against Fermanagh in Aughrim, please come and support the team especially our club lads Paul, Michael and Anthony McLoughlin.

The Wicklow U-21s drew with Wexford in the Carlow Tournament, they now play Kildare in the final on Tuesday night at 8pm in Tinryland, best of luck to all especially our two lads Eoin and Stephen.

The county Minors played Tipperary on Sunday last where they lost 1-13 to 0-6. Lads that took part in the game were Thomas Donohoe, Ian Richardson, Conor Devlin, Mikey O'Connor and Jack Gilligan. They play Carlow in the Leinster League next Saturday February 2, no venue yet, keep an eye on Facebook for details.

A dentist will be in the pitch on Tuesday February 5 at 7pm to talk about gum shields and measure your child for €35, these must be worn from Academy to Minor, you can also purchase shop ones from €7 to €20.

The club sends best wishes to Byrana Reid who is just out of hospital. We also send congratulations to Seanna and Tony Pender on the birth of their daughter Siofra.

Birthday wishes this week Cian McCarthy, Lee Dowling Horan, Eoghan Hennessy, Ovi Veres, Aisling Brennan, Peter Manning, Christopher and Sarah Murphy.

VALLEYMOUNT

There was no winner of the club lotto this week. Numbers drawn were 1, 6, 15, and 20. €25 winners were Philip Ryan, Paddy Fitzpatrick, Kieran Murphy, and Duncan Lyons.

The next draw will take place on February 9 with the jackpot rising to €4150.

Ladies circuit training continues in clubhouse on Saturdays at 5.30pm. Membership is now due and can be paid to Brendan Hughes.

The club Social and Awards Night will take place in Tulfarris House Hotel on Saturday March 9. The evening will kick off at 8pm with award presentation followed by buffet and music by Upload.

Tickets are €25 euro and can be ordered from Mick Nolan (087 2964476) or Marie Kavanagh (087 9697461).

Best of luck to Wicklow against Fermanagh at home next Sunday

HOLLYWOOD

The club is organising the annual Race Night on February 23 in Poulaphuca House. Horses are on sale from all adult team members in the next few weeks at a cost of €10.

Additionally, the club are actively looking for new members and for our existing members to renew for 2013. The club had excellent membership for 2012 and we thank each of them for their support. Please contact any member of the committee to pay membership.

SHILLELAGH

The next lotto draw is next Monday February 4 and the jackpot is €5,000.

Tickets are available from committee members, players and all local businesses.

Annual membership is now due for players and members. Please contact any committee member to register for this.

Congratulations to Noel and Linda Murphy on the recent birth of their baby girl.

AN TOCHAR

There will be a Table Quiz held in Aras an Tóchar on Friday February 22 in aid of the An Tóchar U-12 team, it will start at 9 pm and all are welcome.

Training for the U-12's will start back this Friday night February 1 indoors between 7pm and 8pm.

There are a number of GAA coaching courses coming up in the next couple of months. If there are any club members who are getting involved with any team and wish to do some of these coaching courses please contact John Byrne or Philip McGillycuddy.

Congratulations to the Roundwood Variety Group who put on a brilliant version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and especially to all the An Tóchar representatives on stage.

AGB

Registration Day February 10 - What our club delivers for your children.

Consistent high level of coaching - Three coaches delivering a seven-month coaching programme which ensures a minimum of six weeks coaching for every child among the 2200 children in 11 schools in the club's catchment area

We provide a full time coaching development officer to ensure all of our coaches are trained to the highest standard possible.

We have over 80 dedicated coaches and administrators to facilitate your child's development.

All coaches have completed and adhere to national code of ethics in Irish sport.

50% of club coaches have completed GAA Level 1 coaching course.

Games - Every member from age five to 10 receives a minimum of one training session per week over 40 weeks. Every member will also take part in games and blitzes on a regular basis.

These are based on a purely development/noncompetitive basis.

From age 11 upwards all members will receive coaching twice weekly. These age groups will take part in organised leagues and cups in association with Wicklow County Board from April to October.

All referees' fees are paid by the club from your subs.

Registration forms can be downloaded from www.arklowgaa.com, if you require more information please contact Anthony Nolan on 0879152070 or email: agb.gdo@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Danny Curran from our neighbouring Arklow Rock Parnells on being selected as Junior hurler of the year.

Mass for both Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney and Arklow Rocks on Saturday February 16.

Coach Education courses for January, February and March can now be booked, please check www.arklowgaa.com for more information.

GLENEALY CAMOGIE

Glenealy Camogie club's AGM was held on Tuesday, January 22 2013 and the following officers were elected - Chairperson: Billy Cullen; ViceChairperson: Nigel Manley; Secretary: Ann Hogan; Vice-Secretary: Sue O'Brien; Treasurer: Mary Weir; PRO: Anna Manley.

If you are interested in joining our club which caters for all ages from U-8's to U-16's and Senior grade, please contact Ann Hogan, secretary at 087 6768071.

Please note that a players meeting for our Senior team will take place on Sunday, February 3 at 11am in the clubhouse to introduce the new management team followed by a short training session.

All players to attend and any new players (over 15) wishing to join the club are also invited to attend.

DONARD-THE GLEN CAMOGIE

Many thanks to all who helped organise and run our annual registration day in Donard Hall on Saturday last.

It was great to see so many young girls come out and register to play with us for the coming year, and with the large numbers attending the year ahead looks promising!

A final word of thanks to David Moran who attended and measured all players for the correct sized hurl.

Details of training and match fixtures to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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