Tuesday 23 January 2018

GAA clubcall

GAA President Liam O'Neill with Tristan Rogers, Josh Rogers, Oisin Finnan and Karl Murray during his recent visit to the St Patrick's Donabate club.
GAA President Liam O'Neill with Tristan Rogers, Josh Rogers, Oisin Finnan and Karl Murray during his recent visit to the St Patrick's Donabate club.

Ballyboughal - well done to the second team who beat Erins Isle away on Sunday in a Division 9 league match.


Hard luck to the U14 girls team who lost by three points to Man O War in a championship match last Friday. Well done to the U12 girls team who had a great win against St Marks on Sunday.

The U8s, U9s, U10s and U11s all have matches on Saturday morning - details to follow by text when fixtures are finalised.

The U13 St Peters team play at home (in Ballyboughal) this Saturday at 3.30pm and the U16 St Peters team play an away match, also this Saturday at 3.30pm. The U10 girls team play a blitz in Man O War at 5pm this Saturday.

Congrats and well done to all our members who received their Junior Cert results last Wednesday.

Strictly Croke Park is being held on Saturday 5th October. Tickets are now available for sale and sponsorship is now also being sought. Check out Ballyboughal GFC on Facebook for more information.

Best of luck to Dublin in the All-Ireland Football Final next Sunday.


What a week for our club!

On Wednesday evening our Senior ladies footballers came from six points down in the second half to win the Ladies A Championship Football Final. Then on Saturday afternoon they advanced to the semi-finals of the Leinster Championship with a win over the Louth champions. This will be played on 5th October (further details to follow).

The Coaching Newsletter 2nd edition will be available this week on the club website,

Tickets is the word on every supporter's lip at the moment. An open draw for the qualifying members will take place on Thursday evening in the club at 10pm and any further ticket updates will be available on the club twitter or

The club would like to wish Paul Flynn and his teammates the best of luck on Sunday in Croke Park. For those members not lucky enough to get a ticket, the club will have a giant screen showing the game in the club hall on Sunday afternoon.

Our Academy started on Saturday morning and it was great to see so many old and new faces. New members aged four to seven are very welcome every Saturday morning from 10 - 11.30am.

Our U10 girls will play an exhibition game in Croke Park on the day of the Ladies Football All-Ireland Final on 29th September.

Our Junior Footballers have advanced to the Junior D Championship Final - further details to follow.

The annual colours night takes place this Saturday in the club from 8pm. Members and friends can wear their county or club jersey. Further details on the week's activities will follow.

The Junior ladies are running a guess the score fundraiser for the Dublin v Mayo game, with a €100 prize for the winner. See any of the Junior girls or behind the bar for details.

Our Irish conversation group is back in full flight. It's a free and fun way to practise your cúpla focail in the clubhouse each Wednesday at 9pm. For more details contact Liam at 086-3814422.

Captains' Day for the club golf society will take place on Friday afternoon and there is currently a timesheet available in the bar for any interested members.

Fingal Ravens

Regarding All-Ireland Final tickets, we have been advised that our allocation of tickets from the County Board is as follows. Stand: 30; Terrace: 20. A public draw will take place on Friday evening at 7.30pm in our clubhouse to allocate these. Members are welcome to attend this draw.

Best of luck to Darren Daly and the Dublin team in the All-Ireland this Sunday.

Hard luck to our Division 5 team who were defeated by Innisfails at the weekend. Well done to the Under-13 girls who were involved in a draw with Kilmacud Crokes.

The Duck Race will take place on Sunday 29th September at 2pm at Kinsella's Bridge, Lispopple. Ducks are €5 each and are available from Ann Fox at 086-1771027. We will also have a raffle on the day for a real duck.

There will be a Committee meeting this Tuesday in Kettles at 8.30pm.

Man O War

The men's first team had a good league win over O'Dwyer's on Saturday evening, while the ladies had a league win over Castleknock on Wednesday.

Well done to the girls on taking the league cup title the previous week in Parnell Park, and thanks to all those who came out and supported us on the night.

There were also good championship wins in the past week for the U14s (over Ballyboughal) and U15 girls (over Clontarf).

Well done to the U9s who played Tyrellstown at the weekend. They were led by captain Sean White and man of the match was Conor Moore, while there was some great play by all.

There was a great win for our U10s against Dubh Ghall last Saturday week, led by captain Sam Clancy. Man of the match was Adam Melia and Skill of the match went to Aaron Gough. Best teamwork was won by Cormac Horan.

The U12s had a good win over Skerries Harps last Saturday week; well done lads.

CuChulainn U15s had a good championship win over St Kevin's/Killians; well done lads. And there were wins for the CuChulainn U16s and Minors over Parnells and Castleknock respectively.

The Ladies have two league games left and the men one for the season.

Well done to Siobhan O'Connor who this week was named Tesco Homegrown Player of the Month for August.

Huge thanks to all club members who helped out with the Killalane Races collections.

Monthly members draw result: 1st Philomena O'Hara, 2nd Fionnuala Sheridan.


Team of the week this week are the U-16 ladies who had a superb one-point victory over St. Sylvester's on Sunday afternoon in the championship.

The Junior footballers had a good win over St Bridget's in the league on Sunday afternoon while the U-9 hurlers defeated Scoil ui chonail, the U-10 hurlers shared the spoils with Parnells and the U-11 hurlers had five points to spare over Wild Geese on Saturday morning.

The U-14 girls traveled to Tallaght on Friday evening to play St Anne's in the championship. Losing by nine points with only 10 minutes remaining they battled back to earn a draw, typifying their superb attitude, while the U-8 hurlers travelled to Rush for a blitz on Saturday morning, with all the kids really enjoying their morning and medals.

Thank you to all who supported our monster outdoor bingo. It was not the greatest of days but well supported. There will also be a pre All-Ireland bake sale and coffee morning this Saturday and we would encourage all members to attend. More info from Mary Kenny at 083-0053937.

The Skills Camp continues each Saturday morning from 11-12.30 on our main pitch and it's a great way for parents to introduce their children to Gaelic games in a safe and fun environment.

Best of luck to the Dublin senior footballers in the All-Ireland Final - and don't forget, the bar will be open for the game and all are welcome.

Training continues for all teams and all details are available on the website. Any enquiries regarding juvenile training can be directed to Barry Mullane (GPO) on 086-1069752.

If you are interested in having functions in the clubhouse please contact Mick on 086-2020052. If you have anything you would like Included in the club notes please contact Craig on 087-9561212 and keep up to date with the latest club news and fixtures on

Round Towers Lusk

Our Annual Cycle will take place next Saturday, with registration starting at 1.30pm. Full details can be found on our website including route details.

The Juvenile agm takes place on Wednesday 2nd October at 9pm in the hall. All nominations/motions should be sent to David Power ( before this Wednesday.

The club's agm will take place on Thursday 10th October at 8.15pm sharp. Motions and nominations should be sent to Pat Codd ( before September 26th.

Round Towers runs a Nursery every Saturday morning from 10.45am-noon. We cater for boys and girls aged between three and seven in both Gaelic Football and Hurling/Camogie, with a small cost of €2. Please contact Shane Treanor for further details on 086-1608672 or

There was no winner of last week's lotto jackpot, with the numbers drawn being 11, 17, 19 and 20. €80 went to Linda & Trish while €40 went to T Morrison, J O'Neill and Cat & Ciaran. This week's jackpot is €7,450.

Bingo continues each Monday evening at 8.30pm, with a book costing €10, and there will be live entertainment from Jakki in the bar this Saturday night.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Our deepest sympathies go to the parents, brothers, extended family and friends of juvenile player Gerard Gaffney on his passing last week.

St Colmcilles

On Sunday the adult team took on Croi Ro Naofa in the final of the championship in Parnell Park. This was a historic day for the club as we had not been in this position since 1968.

The club ran buses to the venue and the support was excellent as about 250 supporters travelled to the game.

The lads played their hearts out, but unfortunately it was not meant to be and the match ended with a scoreline of 3-4 to 0-7. However, that is not the end for us as we are still in the driving seat to win the league and are also in the final of the Duffy Cup. The team would like to thank all those that made the trip to Parnell Park and hopefully they will see them all on the sideline at the next match.

Adult training this week takes place on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm - new players always welcome.

At the time of going to print the adult team had no scheduled fixtures this week. However check the club website and the Facebook page for updates, as there are a few back matches in the league that have to be scheduled.

Juvenile training continues every Saturday at noon. If you have yet to register your child, feel free to drop down to us any Saturday - all welcome. Or alternatively you can drop into the clubhouse any day and leave your details, or leave a message on our Facebook page, Colmcilles Juveniles.

If you are interested in joining the pool team, there are still a couple of places available. Apply in the clubhouse bar. The new season will start at the end of September.

The winning number in the Juveniles' bonus ball draw was 23 - a nice €60 for one lucky person. There is a sheet behind the bar in the clubhouse, and for €2 you predict the bonus ball in Saturday's main lotto draw, with a guaranteed winner of €60.

Last weeks Lotto numbers were (Draw 1) 4, 18, 27, 28 and (Draw 2) 9, 15, 29, 30. There were two €100 winners in each draw and that will remain the case until one of the two €10,000 jackpots is won. Envelopes are available in the clubhouse, the Estuary Pub, the Harp Bar and the Pound Pub.

You can now view our lotto results, football fixtures and league tables on our website

As part of 'The Gathering 2013' the club is planning to hold a Dinner Dance in the clubhouse on Saturday 9th November. We would hope as many of our former and current members will be able to attend. Further details will be available on our Facebook page and on our website

St Finian's Swords

Our minor hurlers, under the banner of Swords Gaels, had a great start to their championship campaign with a win over Erin's Isle in Finglas. The outstanding player of the game was Ciaran O'Carroll who bagged 10 points in what was a fine team performance.

Our Under 10 hurlers also had a great win on Saturday over Na Dubh Ghall, as did our Under 16 hurlers over Wild Geese.

Congratulations to Hannah Dunne from our under 13 camogie team who was selected from the camogie school of excellence to be part of the guard of honour to welcome the camogie teams onto the pitch at Croke Park at Sunday's finals.

Final preparations are taking place for the Fashion Show next Saturday. Tickets are €20 each for what is a very important fundraiser for the club, so why not come along to the pre-All-Ireland celebrations? You can get a ticket for the show in the office every evening this week from 7pm to 9pm.

Paid-up members who wish to apply for a ticket for the All-Ireland Football Final must contact the office on 01-8132656 or email before 9pm this Tuesday.

Raffle tickets (€5) for two All-Ireland tickets are available from team mentors or committee members before tomorrow (Wednesday). Your raffle ticket will also get you into the draw for two tickets for the Hurling Final replay.

Our football mini-leagues are on each evening this week in River Valley. Come up and see the next generation of 'parish heroes'!

Last week's club lotto jackpot was €2,300 and the numbers drawn were 2, 8, 9, 21. The €50 winners were Siobhán O'Hagan and Linda Farrell and this week's jackpot will be €2,400. Tickets can be bought online at

St Maur's

The club's annual Mini-Leagues run from this Tuesday until Friday from 6pm each evening and they are open to all children aged five to 11. Whether a club member or not we'd like to see you there to join in the fun.

Everyone is assigned to a county team with a chance to battle it out for honours in All-Ireland week and there will be medals and T-shirts for all participants.

Our under 10s competed in a Hurling tournament in Inniscara, Co Cork where they made it to the final of the shield. A great day was had by all the players which they will remember for many years to come. A special thanks goes to the Leach family and the team mentors who organised the trip down.

The under 11s played hurling at home against Parnells and despite their best efforts Maur's lost out to a very strong side. Man of the Match was awarded to Cameron Coffey for his great efforts in goals.

Maur's under 12 hurlers played Naomh Olaf at home on Saturday where they had a good runout.

There will be Bingo next Sunday as usual and the club lotto will be held as usual on Sunday night as well.

There was no lucky winner of last week's lotto jackpot of €5,500. Winning numbers were 7, 8, 21, 23 and the three €50 lucky dip winners were Dorothy Coffey, Ken Reilly, Tom Lynch, Davy Bentley and Ann Peppard.

Contact the club for booking functions etc at or ring the office at 8438233 and contact Jennifer or Peter who will deal with any enquiries you may have.

St Patrick's Donabate

It's been all go in the club recently, with our Senior men's team being promoted to the AFL1 and our Ladies team making the Championship Final!

And last Saturday week we were visited by GAA President Liam O'Neill and John Costello, CEO of Dublin County Board.

Our visitors met with John Costello, St Pat's chair, and a number of the Executive Committee and were given a tour of the grounds and shown our plans for the future.

Both men met with the mentors and children in the Juvenile Football and Hurling Academies (which take place every Saturday morning at 10.30 and noon respectively). They also met with our first-team footballers and their manager Adrian Henchy.

Finally, Liam O'Neill took time to speak with some of our U-11 boys and U-12 girls squads to listen to their opinions on football, the Dublin team and the talk of merging the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Associations into one.

We would like to thank Liam O'Neill and John Costello for their visit and especially for the time they spent talking to and posing for pictures with our Juveniles who were so delighted to be included in the proceedings!

St Sylvester's

Our Intermediate football team, fresh from their Loving Cup triumph, lost to Naomh Barrog in the league and their quest to win the league title came to an end. It has been a fantastic year so far and there is every prospect that they will do well in the play-offs.

The Junior A football team lost out to St Vincent's in their crucial end of league decider on a score of 1-9 to 0-14. Vincent's got the last three scores after we took the lead late in the game following a great point by Gareth McGrath. We will now enter the play-offs confident of success.

The minor hurlers won their opening championship match away to Ballinteer. This is a great start to their campaign. Ballinteer presented a severe opening test.

The under 15 hurlers reached the final of the shield by defeating O'Tooles 2-19 t 2-10 after extra time in a thrilling encounter. Our under 12s travelled to Athenry, ancestral home of the legendary Pat Hoyne, and they enjoyed great hurling and great hospitality.

Congratulations to the camogie players of Galway and the Kerry hurlers on their great All-Ireland victories over the weekend.

The Lotto jackpot this week is a nice €4,100. Play and win online at

Reaching a senior hurling championship semi-final is a massive achievement for the club. This is our first year to play at this level and despite losing some of our most experienced players to emigration the management have developed the young talent in the club to compete at the highest level.

Managers Eamon Clancy and the long-serving Leonard O'Carroll and Pat Keogh deserve great credit for their commitment and dedication. An away victory over Naomh Olaf was a monumental achievement they can justly be proud of.

This year's Golf Classic last Thursday week absolutely lived it to its name and our sincere thanks go to the hard-working organisers, sponsors and players for making it such a great event and a very successful fundraiser for the club.

Our sincere condolences go to Enda O'Brien and his family on the death of his mother.

Skerries Harps

Best of luck to Bryan and the Dubs in Sunday's All-Ireland Football Final. Tickets will be raffled on Thursday night at 10pm. All who applied for tickets should be there to collect their ticket on the night. Those who fail to get an elusive ticket for Croker can join Pat and all in a special marquee at the clubhouse - open all day.

A great atmosphere is guaranteed!! and the clubhouse will be open on Saturday night for a Pre-Final preview of chat, ceol agus craic - all very welcome. We hope to see you all sometime over the weekend.

There were great wins for the Minor hurlers in the championship against Rialto Gaels, the U12 girls footballers in the league and the U8 hurlers in a blitz.

The senior camogie team had a successful All-Ireland Sevens, winning two matches. Well done also to the U13 footballers who travelled to Killarney and got to the final of the Colm Cooper Tournament last weekend. Thanks to the mentors and parents for making the trip possible and most enjoyable.

Fixtures: Sunday - Senior camogie v Ballinteer, home 10am TBC; Minor Football Championship v Erin's Isle away 10.30am TBC. For all other results, fixtures and up to date news see the website at

The Solo Run Fundraiser organised by the juvenile section around Skerries was a great success. Thanks to everyone for the big effort made.

Juvenile and Adult weekly meetings continue on Thursday nights - Juveniles 9pm, Adults 10pm. We're looking forward to seeing you all again, and all are welcome to help out in any way. Contact Pat at 087-6181179 for more info.

The Juvenile Academy continues on Saturday - contact Stephen at 085-1559546 for more details.

The Golf Society's Captain's (Paddy Ellis) Prize will take place at Skerries GC on Friday 27th September. The timesheet is now open and all are welcome to play. There will be a meal and presentation of Paddy's Prize in the Harps clubhouse from 8pm. The all-in cost is €40 and non-players are very welcome on the night. Contact Paul at 085-1740474 for bookings.

Zingo result: 5-6-7-2-3-4-1. There was no winner of the jackpot which now stands at €1,600, and the next draw will be on Thursday night in the clubhouse at 10.30pm. Envelopes are available from Gary Holland or play online at Dont forget - the Zingo helps support the daily running of the Harps. Every envelope sold can make a difference!

See the latest photos on

Congrats to Senior footballer Mark Boylan on becoming the youngest skipper to win sailing's Mermaid National Championships. Well done also to our friends in The Hills Cricket Club who were crowned Leinster Division 1 League champions last Saturday week.

A speedy recovery to Cathy Gilmore who was injured in the All-Ireland Camogie 7s at the weekend.

For all your Insurance requirements click on the Red Corner Money link on our website and help support your club.


Saturday's lotto numbers were 1, 2, 8, 21 and the three €50 winners were Marie Corrigan (c/o Anto Murphy), Brian Kane (c/o Noel) and The 2 of Us (c/o Miriam). This week's jackpot will be €3,400 and there will be a committee meeting upstairs in The Coachmans at 9 o'clock.

Tickets for the All-Ireland Final will be raffled out to paid-up members at the meeting and any paid-up member is welcome to watch the draw.

Wild Geese

Hard luck to the Ladies football team who lost their championship final last Friday night to St Pat's Donabate - 2-8 to 2-6. They did the club proud.

Juvenile hurling training is on this Wednesday from 6.30 to 7.30 and U-14/U-16 and adult hurling training runs from 7 to 8pm.

Numbers drawn in last week's Golden Goose lotto were 6, 20, 29, 38 and the €20 prizes went to Christy Carroll, Thomas Carroll and Dick Donnelly, while the jackpot now stands at €940.



Sunday's singles stableford: 1st Liam Rooney (5) 39pts, 2nd John Pesic (19) 36pts; Div 1 winner Christopher Donnelly (12) 36pts, Div 2 winner Pat McPartlan (13) 36pts, Div 3 winner Christopher Casey (20) 35pts.

Sunday's two-lady team event open (Dominic Rafter): 1st Barbara Kenny & Alison O'Neill (4) 73; 2nd Gillian Whelan & Marjorie Donoghue (3.7) 76.3; 3rd Rosemary McGuinness & Beatrice Magee (5.3) 76.7.

Saturday's ladies stableford was won by 14-handicapper Sandy Forsyth with 37 points.

Last Tuesday's ladies 12-hole stableford: 1st Gemma O'Connor (30) 27pts, 2nd Kitty Guinan (26) 27pts; Div 1 winner Evelyn Tolan (13) 25pts, Div 2 winner Margaret Ryan (28) 25pts, Div 3 winner Frances Newcomen (34) 26pts.


Saturday's ladies singles stableford was won by 19-handicapper Helen Ryan with 38 points.

Last Tuesday's ladies singles stableford, sponsored by H Ryan, C DeLacy, D Wright & MC Noonan: Div 1 winner Yvonne McCabe (17) 36pts; Div 2 winner Carmel Tuck (28) 41pts, 2nd Margaret O'Neill (28) 38pts; Div 3 winner Marian Holohan (32) 37pts, 2nd Pauline Gannon (32) 37pts.

Pitch & putt


In the George McDonnell Memorial Cup first round victory went to Patricia Delaney (nett 45), with Maura Lynch (nett 46) in second place. The second round will be played at Brock Inn P&P next Saturday - tee time 3.30pm.

Sunday's 27-hole scramble winners were Martin Cullen, John Fitzpatrick and Steve Rowe with a gross 71.

Lotto bonus balls are available for September.



The first team had a run out against Lansdowne at Ashbourne on Friday night and the home side won 41-31 in a competitive friendly. Ashbourne continue to experiment with the side and are still waiting on a few to return to the fold.

The 2nd XV lost an away Jenkinson game to Swords, also on Friday night. A try from Ciaran Boylan and three penalties from Keelan Toolan were not enough as they lost 20-14. No fixtures have been arranged yet for next weekend, but the following weekend we are away at Longford for the start of the league. All fixtures are on the website.

Training is ongoing for all teams now, including the youths and minis. Registration is ongoing and it is not too late to join up. U14s and U15s train on Monday and Wednesday's at 7.30pm; Under 17s & 18s on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm.

Full details can be found on our website on

We have joined with Ratoath RFC to field an under 19s this season, so if there is anybody out there who wants to play at this age level, you can contact David O'Brien at 087 0601539.

Training rotates between both locations, so contact Dave if interested in joining. It is open to new members.



Result from last week's Dinghies competition: Smyco Ladies Cup: 1. Mary Whitty - Mermaid, 2. Sorcha Donnelly - Laser Radial, 3. Kalanne O'Leary - Mermaid.

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