Thursday 19 July 2018

Club call

Cara McNally of Lusk AC pictured with her medal after the National Cross-Country Championships at Abbotstown
Cara McNally of Lusk AC pictured with her medal after the National Cross-Country Championships at Abbotstown

Athletics: Lusk: On Sunday in Abbotstown, following weeks of anticipation since the Dublin Championships, Cara McNally was in action in the U-14 3,000m National girls race.

There was a huge field from all over the country, with 150 runners. The start of the race was crucial and Cara got a good start, with a very fast pace. She stayed in a good position during the first 1500m lap where conditions were very soft underfoot and boggy in parts.

The second lap helped the stronger runners move away from the pack and with 600m to go the two leaders came over the hill, and not too far behind came another bunch of 10 runners, with Cara right in there among them. The finish was very close, with two groups making a break, with just a second between sixth, seventh and eighth place. Cara finished in a really impressive eighth position and as always was smiling at the line after a brilliant sprint finish.

The support was great and a real family affair, with the McNallys spread all across the course to cheer Cara on. It was great encouragement for Cara and their delight at the end was wonderful to see. Lusk AC are over the moon for Cara as she works really hard and has made huge progress in the cross-country over the last four years. Congratulations Cara!!!  All at Lusk AC are very proud of your achievement.

The third and final Dublin Cross-Country League event takes place on Sunday next in Tymon Park at 11am, with races from U-9 to U-18. The warm-up begins at 10.15. This is the last cross-country event open to all juveniles and the last race before the Nationals for three of our athletes who have qualified to run in the Uneven-Age Championships in Waterford on December 17th.

Keep an eye on facebook for maps and course details. Best of luck to all juveniles running on Sunday.

Unfortunately, some of our regular coaches have to step away from coaching our juveniles due to family circumstances and other reasons. This is totally understandable and we want to thank them for their valued contribution to the club. In January we will urgently need new coaches for Tuesday night training. For those coming forward we will then have time to work with you before leaving you with a group. We are grateful to parents who come forward and help us every week, but now it's people willing to become qualified coaches that we need.

Little Athletics is a constant changing environment as parents often move with their children. We are encouraging parents in this area to become more involved in training to prevent a shortage of supervision.

Well done to all club members who participated or volunteered at last weekend's parkruns. A special mention for Daniel O'Brien and Thomas Lara who both completed their last junior parkrun at Rush as by next weekend they will have turned 15. They were joined by a huge contingent from the club and Lusk AC dominated by taking the first three positions for both male and female categories.

Next Sunday will see the start of another junior parkrun at Holywell, Swords. Results: Donabate: Liam Halpin 24:34, Des McNally 27:15, Eamonn Gahan 28:20, Geraldine Halpin 30:35. Ballina: Fiona Brogan 26:58. Malahide: Colin Browne 48:50. Rush junior: Daniel O'Brien 7:42 1st, Max Lara 2nd, Finn Corcoran 8:23 3rd & PB, Thomas Lara 8:51, Nevan Corcoran 9:08, Roisin Webster 10:02 1st girl, Eimear McBride 10:21 PB, Cerys O'Mahony 10:30, Grace Kodia 10:57 PB, Riona McCloskey 11:39, Juliette Kodia 12:02, Tia Kodia 12:49, Melissa Corcoran 13:16, Tom Kenny 13:35 PB, Nessa Donoghue 13:48, Caoimhe Webster 13:58, Caleb Nolan 14:13, Meabh Donoghue 14:30 PB, Emmet McBride 14:31. Volunteers: Sean Greensit, Helen McDermott, Rodrigo Lara, Daniel O'Brien & Thomas Lara.

Emma Dennis became our first ever adult athlete to take part in a Dublin Indoor event in the 200m, finishing third as well as second in the Shot Put on the night at Abbotstown. Santry Stadium is available for training on Saturdays on most weeks from 11am to 2pm and is free for club members.

We have already received many enquiries from people interested in Fit4Life. We will be starting a new group in January. New membership is now frozen until January to allow set-up for our new annual membership for 2018. New members are always welcome but will not be insured with the club until membership for 2018 is paid.

The Dublin Masters Cross-Country Championships take place in St Anne's Park, Raheny, on January 3rd. We are looking for a Ladies 3k and Gents 6k team to enter for Lusk AC. Please contact Eamon Caffrey if interested. Well done to all club members who completed the Run in the Dark 10k last Wednesday and the Clontarf Half-Marathon on Saturday. 



After what was a fantastic run, we lost in the Club Leinster Intermediate Club Championship Final against Kilanerin of Wexford last Saturday in Innovate Wexford Park.  Buses and cars were filled to capacity to support our lads and it was worth the two-hour trip. Kilanerin got of to a fast start before we settled into the match. At half-time it was five points each. With 10 minutes to play both sides were still level and the match was their for the taking, but unfortunately the Wexford side got the late scores to take the title. Thanks to all the players and management for bringing us on the journey. It will never be forgotten. We now look forward to playing one last match this Sunday at home to Naomh Barrog in the League promotion play-off final. The match has an 11am start. The winner will be promoted to senior Division 2. Let's get out again and show our great support for the lads and hope they get over the line. There will be a walking group meeting at 9am on Thursday for a few laps of the pitch and a post-walk cuppa. All are welcome to join us. Last week's club lotto numbers were 2, 19, 25, the €20 winners were Jim Russell, M Pyne and Caitriona Hoey and this week's jackpot stands at €4,590. Thanks for your support.  


If you haven't already ordered your tickets for the Fingal Ravens Fairyhouse Raceday, give us a shout. It's a fantastic day out and a great fundraiser for the club.  If you can't make it on the day we will gladly accept donations or raffle prizes. Your club needs your support. Contact Alan Manning at 087-651219 or Joe Kettle at 086-8164861. The Santa Party takes place on Sunday next in Kettles Hotel. Our Minors also play in their league semi-final on Sunday at 11am against St Mary's. Come along and support these young lads. Numbers drawn in last week's lotto were 2, 12, 27, 29 and €250 went to Darragh Kavanagh who matched three numbers. Thanks to all those who support our lotto.  


The Christmas Dinner Party takes place in O'Dwyer's GAA clubhouse on Friday December 8th at 8pm, with music by Morning Dew. Tickets are €18 - everyone welcome. Contact Freda on 086-3249476. The National Club Draw 2018 has now been launched by Croke Park.This is a great opportunity for clubs to raise funds and there is no costs associated with the draw for clubs. One hundred percent of all proceeds will retained by O'Dwyer's and each club has an opportunity to raise a maximum of €20,000. Tickets are €10 each and are printed in books of five tickets. The GAA National Club Draw will take place on Friday March 11th 2018. If you are interested in selling tickets, please contact Aidan Smith t 086-3551866. Please support the draw.  Óg-Dwyers (Skills Camp) continues in Flemington Community Centre on Saturday between 11am and 12.30pm. Children aged four to seven years are welcome to come down to play Gaelic football and hurling in a fun and safe environment.   Bingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday at 8.45pm. Adult Set Dancing takes place on Mondays at 8.15pm. Contact Freda at 086-3249476. Fiddle classes are on Mondays at 3.15pm. Contact Niamh on 087-1265650.  There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week. Numbers drawn were 9, 18, 23 and this week's jackpot stood at €819. Play online at  


Well done to the Under-7 2010 boys who played their first hurling match as a new team away to St Sylvester's on Saturday. The team structures are in excellent shape as they move towards Go Games. Thanks for all the hard work from Andy Lynam and his dedicated team of coaches Greg Davis, Niall Partridge, Ger Edwards, Rob Smyth and Ken McDermott.

The Under -7 girls and Under-11 boys were also in action in Arctic conditions on Saturday morning. Hats off to them for their resilience and determination to play for their teams on such a cold morning. Barry Shelly and Nuala Halpin were nominated by the Executive Committee to serve as Juvenile chair and LGFA/Camogie chair respectively. Ann O'Connor was also nominated to serve on the Executive Committee for 2018.

Congratulations to Emmet Daly from the AFL8 team who won his first cap for the Ireland Special Olympics team. The club is very proud of Emmet on this achievement. The Club Appreciation Night is taking place on Saturday December 9th in Peacocks at 8.30pm, with music by Abbeyfolk. The event is being run in conjunction with the Adult Teams Appreciation Night on what is always a great social occasion for the club to kick off the Christmas season.

The Nursery & Academy Christmas Party will take place in the Community Centre Hall on Saturday December 9th at 10.30am for both groups, where Santa will visit the boys and girls. The Nursery and Academy will then resume on Saturday January 13th after the Christmas break. A reminder that the club is holding a CPSA (Child Protection in Sport Awareness course on Tuesday December 12th in the clubhouse. It is essential for all coaches working with children to complete this course. Please contact Paul Lyons at 087-1761302 to book a place. St Finian's GAA Club extends sincere sympathies to the family of Una Black RIP. Una is Mel Lennon's mother and grandmother of three of our club players - Dave, Luke and Phil Lennon - and mother-in-law of John Lennon who has managed teams for the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

Fhionns Afterschool & Breakfast club operates in the clubhouse activity room daily, Monday to Friday. For further details please contact Sheila Thomas at 087-4122465. Numbers drawn in last week's lotto were 2, 9, 21, 23. The lucky dip winners of €40 were Rosaleen & David, Frances Browne, Caroline Tighe and Ger Clarke and this Friday's jackpot is €4,000. The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €500. Please submit news items, fixtures/results to be included in the club notes to by 6pm on Sundays. The coffee shop is open this and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. All are welcome for a cuppa and a chat. If you would like to be kept up to date with the latest news from St Finian's GAA Club, please send your email address to 


Congrats to Mark Butterly and Chris Carthy on their Dubs Stars nominations! Well done to our victorious minor hurlers who beat Fingallians by two points to win their shield title.  Hard work done in the first half kept Fins within four points while playing into a strong breeze. In the second half Maur's applied the pressure and fought back to take the lead with less than 10 minutes to go. The lads held out to win well. Congratulations to all the panel and the mentors Jack, Danny and Paul - a nice way to end the season at St Maur's. There were fantastic performances from the U-7 girls teams against two Skerries sides, in Skerries. They won all their football matches in Skerries on a bitterly cold morning - well-deserved medals. Their future is bright in St Maur's! New to St Maur's on Sunday mornings is a yoga/pilates class. This starts next Sunday and runs for three weeks, and if successful will continue in the New Year. Places are very limited, so to book a place text 086-2643413. Classes are from 10 to 11.15am and the cost will be €20 for the three weeks. They are open to all ages/genders/fitness levels. No Christmas draw tickets yet? Let us know by contacting the office at 01-8438233 or emailing Or contact your team mentor or message us on Facebook and we will drop them to you. If you are away from Rush and want to support this, we have on online sales at… - or go to and follow the link. There are €70,000 to be won in total, with some 221 prizes. Numbers drawn in Sunday evening's lotto were 7, 12, 20, 29, the lucky dip €50 winners were L Doyle, M Groome, Ann Murphy, Kathryn Smith, Stephen & Sarah and Amelia Gilligan (online). Next weekend's jackpot will be €11,000. 


Numbers drawn in last Friday's lotto were 10, 18, 20 & 23 and there was one match-three winner - John Hand - while the five €20 prizes went to Mick Duignan, Adrienne Flood, Catherine McNally, Paddy Guinan and The NaNa Gang. This week's jackpot will be €7,000. Thank you for your support. Well done to our Under-7 boys team who took part in a North County Dublin Blitz in the freezing cold in Skerries. They played fantastically and were delighted to receive their medals from Lyndsey Davey. Our Under-12 girls team played their last game of the year against Fingal Ravens last week. They had a super game, putting away a handsome score of 10-9 which bodes well for the league season ahead. The National Club Draw Tickets are being organised by Veronica Duggan, to whom we're very grateful. You can get tickets directly from Veronica or by emailing Our annual general meeting takes place next Monday at 8pm in Donabate Golf Club and we hope to see all our members there. Our Christmas Party for members, mentors and supporters of the club will be on Saturday December 9th at 8pm in Beaverstown GC.


Congratulations to our U-21 footballers on their win in the championship semi-final over Clontarf. They now face Round Towers Lusk on Saturday at 2.30pm in the final. All support is appreciated. Best of luck lads!  See for all the weekends results and for all upcoming fixture details.

Best of luck to our GPO Louise Byrne in the All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Final with her club Corduff (Monaghan) against Aghada (Cork) on Saturday. Zingo result: 4-7-6-2-5-1-3. The jackpot stands at a fantastic €7,000 for the draw next Sunday at 8.30pm in the clubhouse following the Juvenile Awards evening. You can play on line at and follow the links. Envelopes are only €2 - or three for €5. There is a free raffle for spot prizes on the night for all those present at the Zingo draw.

The Academy next Saturday will see a special visitor make his way to the clubhouse. Santa will visit all our Academy players and the academy will finish at the earlier time of 11am. This is the last academy session of 2017. Term two will commence in January. Keep an eye on the club website and facebook for details nearer the time. The club shop will be open and gift vouchers are now available for Christmas! A reminder to all that the club car park is closed during the academy for health and safety reasons - drop-off only. 

Upcoming Diary Dates: Sun Dec 3rd - Juvenile Presentation Evening in the Community Centre at 6.30pm. All juvenile players from U-8 to U-16 are invited to attend. Thurs Dec 7th - Club agm 2017 at 8pm. Sat Dec 16th - Christmas Draw & Music Night - all welcome to attend! A Retro Raffle will take place, with a house raffle for those who attend, so it's a night not to be missed! NYE 2017 - Skerries Harps presents Bob McQuaid (swing/jazz) plus food. Tickets are €15 and it's a night not to be missed. Contact Joanne or Fergal to book your spot - limited to 80! Tickets for the Club Christmas Draw, taking place on December 16th, are now available from the clubhouse bar, Joanne Kenny, Fergal Lynch and all fund-raising committee members. Tickets are only €5 or six for €25, with cash prizes, hampers, vouchers and much more.

Skerries Harps Annual Christmas Tree collection: Tags are now on sale for €5 and when you buy your Christmas tree look out for our team of Feile Fundraisers. Congrats and well done to our Juvenile club member Muireann McDonnell on representing Ireland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was a fantastic performance Muireann - you should be very proud! Are you looking for somewhere to hold a party? The clubhouse is available for functions. Contact Pat at 087-2505479 or Joanne at 086-4058523. 


The Little Stars Gaelic nursery for kids runs from noon to 1pm every Saturday in Santry Resource Centre and caters for children of four years and upwards. Contact Daithi for more information on 086-6017509.  Numbers drawn in Saturday's lotto were 4, 12, 13, 18 and the lucky dip winners were Lisa Donohue (c/o Miriam), Alan Hanratty, Chris Duffy (c/o Marie) and Stephen Reardon (c/o Collette). Next weekend's jackpot will be €6,100. Many thanks for your continued support. 


Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last were 3, 14, 17, 37 and the €20 prizes went to James Mulvaney, Davin Browne and Sean McNulty. Hard luck to our adult hurlers on their defeat last Sunday week, and congratulations to Round Towers Lusk. 



Winners from Sunday's Men's Turkey League 8 nine-hole white stableford: Front ine - Div 1 Freddie Healy (9) 22pts, Div 2 Peter Sullivan (12) 24pts, Div 3 John McKenna snr (24) 24pts; Back nine - Div 1 Mark Meade (6) 20pts, Div 2 Gavin McEvoy (12) 21pts, Div 3 Sean McCormack (19) 19pts. Winners from Saturday's Men's Turkey League 7 nine-hole yellow stableford: Front nine - Div 1 Padraig Masterson (4) 20pts, Div 2 Padraig Faughnan (16) 20pts, Div 3 Damien White (17) 20pts; Back nine - Div 1 Jimmy Tolan (9) 20-1, Div 2 Paddy Murphy (16) 21pts, Div 3 Pat Hogan (20) 20pts. Last week's Men's Senior Open 18-hole stableford: Age 50-64 winner Ray McCabe (12) 25pts; Age 65+ winner Joe Ryan (13) 30pts, 2nd Mick McNulty (25) 25pts. 


Winners from Saturday's Gents 14-hole singles stableford: Class 1 Daragh Kelly (6) 24pts, Class 2 Eoin McLaverty (13) 25pts, Class 3 Albert Baker (19) 29pts, Class 4 John Morrissey (21) 28pts ocb. 


Joanne Scully amassed 31 points to win the 12-hole ladies stableford played the weekend before last. November 15th 12-hole stableford winners: Cat A Tina O'Shaughnessy 23pts, Cat B Miriam McGuinness 19pts. 



Sunday's turkey winners were Alan Carroll and Bridget Murray with a net 47. Nearest the pin - on the 8th - was Ronnie Delaney. Christmas turkey pairs competitions continue on Sundays at 11am and visitors are welcome. Just call the secretary for details on this, or if you're just interested in playing pitch & putt. He can be contacted at 085-1743748. Browse our web pages at Commiserations but very well done to our village footballers Ballyboughal Rangers who fought a great sporting battle in the Leinster Intermediate Gaelic Football Final at Wexford Park over the weekend.

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