Monday 11 December 2017


RATHDRUM Gymnastics Club coaches, Les Culliton and Siobhan Geoghegan, brought eight girls off to an International trampoline competition in Portugal last week.

The Scalabis Cup in Santarem was host to over forty clubs from around the world and the standard was very high.

The eight girls, Ellen Patterson, Izzi Kelly, Alexandra Purtell Jordan, Ali Patterson, Tara Collins, Caoimhe Ward, Lauren Kelly and Beckii Connor had already beaten their personal bests to qualify to go and they all performed excellent routines at the competition. Beckii had to pull out due to an injury.

In the qualifying rounds Ellen finished in the middle third on trampoline and 14th on Double Mini Trampoline which was an incredible debut at an international competition.

Tara and Caoimhe also both finished in the top 20. All the crew, including team leader Aoife and chaperones Roisin and Clea had a great time and it was very exciting from both a competitors and spectators viewpoint.

Summer camps have started this week, all the gymnastics camp are now full but there are a few spaces left in the trampoline camps on the 14th and 21st and in the Little people camp on the 14th. The details and online forms are up on the Website. The camps run Monday to Friday 10 am - 1 pm ages 6+.

The Little People camp runs from 10.15 am - 12 pm and is for 3-5 year olds. All the camps run side by side in the Avondale GAA complex on the Avoca road in Rathdrum. camps are great fun and cater for all levels from total beginner to the most advanced.

Anyone interested in these camps can book online at , the forms and details are in the summer camp section of the Website. Contact details: email to or text or call 086 3212213.


The club's annual summer soccer/fun camp started on Monday and will run for two weeks. Week one will end this Friday, July 11, the second week is from Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. The camp will take place on the club grounds in the Whitegates and will run from 10am to 3pm daily. The camp is open to children from four-years-old to 13-years-old.

Each participant will receive a ball, jersey and medal. Everyone should bring a packed lunch, drink, rain jacket, football boots and shin guards. The club hope to run a 'girls section' at the camp. The cost of the camp is €65, discounts are available to families with two, three or more children.

Any participants in the first week that want to take part in the second can do so at a reduced rate. For all enquiries regarding the camp contact Johnny Dunne 087-7802098, Willie O'Brien 086-1696911 or any other committee member.

The club will be running trials for our under-17 team (born 1998) for the coming 2014/15 season, the trials will take place on Wednesday (tonight) July 9 in the Rocky Road from 7 pm till 8.30 pm. New players welcomed to attend. All players whether existing or new players that are unable to attend the trials and would like to play next season should make contact with the team management or any committee member to inform them of their interest.

Wicklow Rovers are holding a mini World Cup for boys and girls aged from 7 to 13 on Saturday and Sunday July 12 and 13.

On the Sunday we will also being hosting an open fun day for the public. The details for the mini World Cup are as follows: Saturday 12th from 10am until 2pm and Sunday 13th from 1pm until 4pm. The age groups involved range from under 7 (born 2006/2007) to under 13 (born 2001). The cost per player is €10. Contact details for the public are John Frazer 087 0564394 and Brendan Porter 086 2173174. The plan for the fun day is to have bouncy castle, fun events, penalty shoot out etc.

Wicklow Rovers AFC promote soccer for schoolboys/girls, youths and seniors in the community, our club is growing all the time and any assistance with the help of running the club would be very much appreciated.

At present we have a very hard working committee but we are always on the look out for people interested in helping out, the club are always on the look out for people who are interested in getting involved in soccer, whether its coaching and managing or on the executive committee or a sub committee, maybe you would just like to help as an assistant manager, help with fundraising or help just around the grounds or in anyway at all, don't hesitate, get involved, anyone interested in helping out the club in anyway can contact any committee member.

Everyone at Wicklow Rovers AFC would like to extend their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Carmel O'Donovan who sadly passed away recently, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time, may she rest in peace.

Anyone with information for the club notes or the club website can contact me at 0879108706 or e-mail me at

For all news regarding the club, check out the club website at or the club Facebook page.


Last weekend was the Elite Road Race Championships hosted by Lakeside Wheelers near Mullingar.

Ed O'Brien took part in the Elite men's time trial championships on the Thursday evening. There was an illustrious field consisting of most of the countries professional cyclists. Ed acquitted himself well finishing in 16th place in an excellent time.

Sundrives Summer League started on Wednesday night with wins and placings from Sean Lee, Jane Martin and Deirbhle Ivory in the C category, Sam Gilmore, Tony Martin, Edward Kearns and Robert Murphy in the B's and Harry Brooks and Jason Howick in the A category.

Both Tony and Jane bagged wins for themselves in the Kilo dash.

Thursday's club race was the race with the infamous finish on Glenmalure. Conor Davenport did well getting the win and finishing with time to spare over his next placed rivals. Paddy O'Sullivan finished second with Barry Timmins third, Jane Martin fourth and Mary Dawson fifth.

Sundays racing took place in Bunclody with several members of the club participating in this series of events for all categories.

Sarah Pratt did well in the women's race finishing in eight place overall. John Spain finished well in the bunch.

The underage league starts soon. There are five races in the series, for different age groups, with time trials and handicapped races, all are welcome!! This is a great introduction to various aspects of racing and is great fun.

The league has road, grass, circuit, mountain bike and track racing, with a prize presentation afterwards, with medals for all participants.

The clubs that take part are Bray Wheelers, Sorrento Cycling Club, Wicklow Triathlon Club, Orwell Wheelers, plus others.

Underage Interclub League 2014 - Race Schedule

Mon 21st July 2014 - Road Race, 7.15pm in Ashford on Cullenmore Bends (NB: please note new location - middle Roundabout)

Mon 28th July 2014 - Grasstrack Race, 7.15pm in Shanganagh Park

Mon 4th August 2014 - (No race due to Bank Holiday)

Mon 11th August 2014 - Circuit Race, 7.15pm in Corkagh Park

Mon 18th August 2014 - MTB Race, 7.15pm in Ballinastoe

Sun 24th August 2014 - Track Race and Skills Competition, 2pm in Track in Crumlin

Mon 25th August 2014 - Slideshow, Refreshments and Prize Presentation, at 8pm, Bray Wheelers Clubhouse


Seagulls Lotto - There was no jackpot winner on Sunday, July 6 for a jackpot of €5,950. The numbers drawn were, 6, 16, 19, and 29. The five €30 lucky winners were B Mulhall c/o bwsc, P Murphy c/o P Murphy, L Kelly c/o bwsc, J Keating c/o J Keating, A O'Toole c/o Declan Crinion.

The next draw will be on Sunday, July 13 in the Hibernia Inn with a jackpot of €6,025. If anyone wishes to sell lotto tickets, please contact the club at 2828214.

Online Shop - Bray Wanderers merchandise is now available to purchase on line.

The online souvenir shop can be accessed from the Supporters club web site home page

Seagulls line-up glamour friendly with Manchester United XIFans encouraged to come see the next Giggs, Scholes or Beckham Party atmosphere expected as match on before Bray Air Display

Irish football fans will get the opportunity to witness the start of Louis van Gaal's Manchester United revolution when the Red Devils take on Bray Wanderers next month.

The Old Trafford club are sending their reserves to face the Seagulls in a glamour friendly at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday, July 20th - with fans encouraged to come and see the next Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or David Beckham to emerge from the United ranks.

And the day is shaping up to be one of the best of the summer for the town - because the match takes place during the Co Wicklow town's Bray SummerFest and football fans will be able to watch the match and also see the immensely popular Bray Air Display on the same day.

Wanderers chairman Eddie Cox said: "We're thrilled to welcome United to Wicklow and thrilled that they're coming during the Bray SummerFest. There's going to be a real party atmosphere in the town and an enormous amount to see and do for the whole community.

"We've got one of Ireland's top football teams testing themselves against the best youngsters from one of the world's biggest clubs - and we've also got all the fun and excitement of the Bray Air Display and the other SummerFest activities.

"It's the perfect day for families to come and see the progress we're making turning the club into a real community institution - and also to see the town at its best."

On the field it will be very much a glimpse of the future as the United squad will be packed with under-21 stars eager to show new boss Van Gaal what they can offer.

Bray manager Alan Mathews is looking forward to his young squad showing what they can do against highly-rated opposition.

"This match is the perfect opportunity for our players to go out and play against opposition of this calibre. It'll be a fantastic occasion for the fans to come and see a top class club side play in Bray. It is great to have Manchester United come to Bray and I would like to thank and acknowledge all of those who have worked tirelessly in the background to make this happen."

More Friendlies - Bray Wanderers will host two more top English teams.

Mk Dons will take on the Seagulls on Wednesday night, July 16 and to add to Mk Dons and Manchester United, Bray will be playing Premier League new boys, QPR.

QPR will visit the home of the Gulls on Saturday afternoon at 2.15pm. Tickets for these games can be bought at the club offices Monday to Friday 9-4, or online at

Fixture Change and Travel news - The SSE Airtricity League game between Derry City and Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell, originally scheduled for 11th July has been re-scheduled for Sunday the 13th July with a 5pm kick-off. Anyone interested in Traveling on the Supporters club bus please contact the Supporters club on 0879968969 or Simon at 0857756459. Time of departure is 12 noon from Castle Street. Fairs are €20, €15 and €10.

As this match falls on the night of the World Cup final we are looking into where the match can be viewed on the way back from the match if people travelling wish to view it.

Bray Wanderers away match against Dundalk on Friday July 25 might be changed to Sunday, July 27 if Dundalk progress into the next round of the Europa League. Time of kick off is to be announced.


Well done to our Under-11s who took part in the Bray Wanderers Fun World Cup in the Carlisle Grounds and acquitted themselves quite well.

Due to unforeseen circumstances our Presentation Day and AGM had to be both put back a couple of weeks. The new dates are Saturday, July 19 for the Presentation Day (6-7.30pm) and Tuesday, July 22 for the AGM (7.30pm) and both are in the Community Centre. Regards the AGM all motions are to be back with the Hon. Secretary on or before Monday, July 14 in writing or by email to

We hope to announce details of a couple of fundraisers in the coming weeks regards a Golf Classic and the start up of a Last Man Standing competition.

Players celebrating birthdays around this time are as follows, Jack Coghlan and Keelin Dodd from the Under-8s, Ciaran Keogh and Alannah Melia from the Under-13s, Melanie Clarke and Abbie Molloy from the girls Under-16s. Happy birthday to everyone from al at the Juniors.

Finally on a sadder note the club extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Maureen Reddington who sadly passed away recently. May she rest in peace.

For all other queries/matters relating to the club contact Hughie at 087-6987653 or visit our Website and you can also find us on Facebook. .


Our 'Top Dog' competition is entering its final stages in the next week and the winner could come from anywhere in the top 10. By 10.30pm next Sunday we will know who the winner is so good luck to everyone as we come to the end.

The Newtown United awards night takes place on Saturday, July 26 in the Parkview Hotel. Tickets are €15 each and can be obtained from any committee member.

Entry on the night will be by ticket only. Among the awards on the night will the Andy McEvoy Premier League winners and the Youth Development League and Cup winners.

Finally on a sadder note the club extends their sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Maureen Reddington who sadly passed away recently.

May she rest in peace.

Bray People

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