Wednesday 24 October 2018

Club call

Stephen Murtagh celebrating his 50th parkrun at Donabate parkrun with his Lusk AC clubmates.
Stephen Murtagh celebrating his 50th parkrun at Donabate parkrun with his Lusk AC clubmates.

Athletics, Lusk: a reminder that early-bird entry to our Lusk 4-Mile Road Race is still available until Sunday February 11th. The link to enter can be accessed through both our website and Facebook page. The race is at 3pm on Sunday March 4th and will be a huge event for the club. Please encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up. There will also be children's races from 2pm and sign-up for those is on the day.

Assistance in a range of volunteering roles from club members will be required to make the event a success, so please help out where you can. Race entries are also available on line for the following races and club members are encouraged to enter: Feb 18th - Ras na hEireann cross-country; Feb 24th - Leinster Indoor Championships (Entry closes Feb 14th); Mar 25th - Dunboyne 4 mile; Apr 2nd - Leinster 10 mile, Raheny (many Lusk AC have already entered, so join us). Well done to Emma Jameson who took part in the BHAA 2-mile cross-country race in Phoenix Park on Saturday in a time of 25:10. That was the third of five races that Emma will be completing as part of the Lord Mayor's 5 alive challenge. Next in the series is the St Patrick's Festival 5k on March 18th.

Dylan Cody Foy was in action for the second time in seven days at the AAI games on Sunday. Dylan got off to a blistering start and registered a time of 7:41 in the 60m heats. Congratulations to new member Hazel Keegan who ran a great race in the Trim 10-mile race on Sunday. Hazel secured a PB with a time of 1:25:18. Best of luck to our Ultra Marathoners who will be taking part in the 50k National Championships at 10am on Saturday. They've been pounding the pavements of north County Dublin and beyond over the last few months to get the miles in to be ready for this challenge. The race takes place in the beautiful Donadea Forest in Co Kildare and consists of 10 laps of a 5k loop. Well done to all club members who participated in or volunteered at last weekend's parkruns. A large contingent made the short journey to Newbridge House to support Stephen Murtagh who reached the milestone 50 parkruns. There were also big Lusk AC numbers at the Rush junior.

Results: Donabate - Stephen Murtagh 19:37 (50 parkruns), Colm Wall 21:34, Olivier Ansaldi 22:17 PB, Dara Ann Harford 22:23 PB, Liam Halpin 24:46, Eamonn Gahan 26:04, Geraldine Halpin 29:29. Lees Road - Des McNally 24:49. Ardgillan - Mark Geraghty 30:04, Stephen Magee 30:43. Rush junior - Finn Corcoran 8:36 2nd place, Nevan Corcoran 9:13, Cerys O'Mahony 9:16 PB, Sean Ferguson 10:01, Grace Kodia 10:24 PB, Juliette Kodia 12:06, Fintan Campbell 12:08, Tia Kodia 12:31, Melissa Corcoran 12:52, Caleb Nolan 13:55, Ethan Campbell 16:23. Volunteers: Sean Greensit, Helen McDermott & Olivier Ansaldi. The juveniles were out in force in Abbotstown at the weekend. Grace Kodia was the standout performance, coming third in the Shot Putt. The U-12 girls relay team missed out on a semi-final by a second. It was also a fabulous effort by the U-10 boys and girls who for the most part were competing for the first time and did the club very proud. The U-14 boys, U-14 girls and U-16 girls teams also ran their hearts out in some very fast 200m relay heats. Well done all. 



The Ballyboughal GFC Gala Night will take place this Saturday in the CityNorth Hotel after what was a fantastic year on the pitch for both our mens and ladies teams.  We will also honor the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Junior Championship winners and this should be a great night. Tickets, €40, are available from Michelle Wogan on 086-2258850. Join us for the third week of 'Ireland Lights Up' in partnership with Operation Transformation, meeting from 7.30 to 8.30pm at Ballyboughal GFC. Enjoy a walk around the track in a safe and well-lit environment. This is a community event and all are welcome. Club membership is now due. It can be paid to any committee member or online. Follow the link on our club website. Our walking group meets after 9am on Thursday - all welcome. Last week's club lotto numbers were 1, 8, 34, the €20 winners were O Callan, Patricia Walsh and Hugi Fitz and the jackpot for the draw last night (Monday) stood at €1,210. Thank you for your support. 


A Valentine's Table Quiz for adults takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday February 15th from 8.30pm. A table of six costs €20.  A Family Table Quiz is on Friday February 23rd at 7pm - €10 for a table of five. Please support these events that are taking place as part of our centenary celebrations. Membership is now due and must be paid by March 31st as per GAA rules. There are a number of price plans and instalment options available on our website Please note: If you are coaching/helping on any team, you must pay full non-playing membership.

Under-14 boys football and hurling training continues, and if you're interested in joining the adult ladies footballers, who have progressed through four divisions over the last few years and want to achieve more, contact Michael Blount on 089-2023226. Adult men's football training has resumed and new players are always welcome. Training takes place on the all-weather pitch on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.45pm. Bingo continues in the clubhouse every Wednesday at 8.45pm.  Fiddle classes are on Mondays at 3.15pm. Contact Niamh on 087-1265650. Adult set dancing classes are on Mondays at 8.15pm. Contact Freda on 086-3249476.   Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last were 9, 18, 21. Play online at 

St Finian's Swords

There was an 'Incorporating Athletic Development into training sessions' workshop in the clubhouse last Friday evening which was aimed at CCC1 and CCC2 boys and girls coaches. Well done to GPO Paul Lyons who as always conducted the course in a very professional manner, making it a valuable and enjoyable experience for the coaches taking part.  Membership subscriptions for 2018 are now due. Payments can be made online under Club Membership on the homepage of the club website Some minor changes have been made to membership categories and rates for 2018.

The club has introduced a family membership which would be the most cost-effective for most families. Membership can be paid over three months online. As a substantial element of the club's outlay comes at the start of the year, all memberships should be paid as soon as possible. All Ladies football members - or parents of Ladies football members - are requested to return their completed LGFA membership forms to the club office in an envelope - marked Fiona Cronin, Ladies Section - as soon as possible. Fhionns Afterschool & Breakfast club operates in the clubhouse activity room Monday to Friday. For further details on this, please contact Sheila Thomas at 087-4122465.

Numbers drawn in last Friday's lotto were 4, 11, 14, 24. The lucky dip winners of €40 were Margaret Hand, Mags & Rose, Ann Harrington and Warren Hanley and this week's jackpot is €2,000. The club bingo takes place every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €900. The club shop is open from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays and from 7 to 9.30 on Wednesday evenings. The coffee shop is open this and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. All are welcome for a cuppa and a chat. Please submit news items, fixtures/results to be included in the club notes to by 6pm on Sundays. If you would like to be kept up to date with all the very latest news from St Finian's Swords GAA Club, please send your email address to

Skerries Harps

Congrats to Lyndsey Davey, Sinead O'Mahoney and the Dublin senior ladies on their league win against Westmeath on Sunday, and to Aisling Spillane and the Dublin senior camogie team on their victory over Meath. Well done to our senior camogie team who defeated O'Moores Laois in the first match of the Leinster Senior League on Sunday. Congrats to Lily Heaney on her selection to the Dublin Ladies U-16 Development Squad 2018. Skerries Harps Annual Membership fees are now due and are available for renewal online at Forms are also available in the clubhouse.

All players (Adult and Juvenile) must have paid membership and injury fund fees paid up to date before the commencement of the 2018 season.   Adult Games Weekly Meetings continue this Thursday in the clubhouse at 9.30pm and all those involved in adult games are asked to attend. Juvenile Games meetings also continue on Thursday at 9pm. A representative mentor from each age group is required to attend. Zingo result 3-6-4-5-2-7-1. The jackpot now stands at a fantastic €8,000 and the next draw will be on Sunday in the clubhouse at 6.30pm. You can play online at and follow the links.

Envelopes cost only €2 - or three for €5. There will be a free raffle for spot prizes on the night for all those present at the Zingo draw. The Academy continues on Saturdays from 10 to 11am and Term 1 runs until Saturday March 24th.  The Gormanston indoor hurling/camogie tournament continues next Sunday and is suitable for the Academy to U-12 age groups. Contact your team mentor for details of registration.

The schedule of matches has been posted to the club website and Facebook. For details regarding the Academy/Gormanston Tournament contact our GPO Louise on 085-1465673. The Cheltenham Preview Night will be on Friday March 2nd at 8pm in the clubhouse. The panel of experts includes MC David Coughlan (Daily Star), David Jennings (Racing Post), Gary O'Brien (At the Races), Ado McGuinness (trainer) and Gavin Cromwell (trainer). This year we will partner with charity CAS (Cycle Against Suicide) for this popular event. All are welcome! The Annual Fashion Show will take place on Friday March 9th. Contact Denise on 087-2843590 for tickets. There's limited availability and this is always a popular night. Skerries Harps' 2018 golfing schedule is now available to view on our website and the next outing will be on Friday May 11th in Balbriggan GC. Contact Paul on 085-1740474 for details. All are welcome to join us in the 'Get Ireland Walking' Campaign. The group meet every Monday and Thursday at 7pm in the clubhouse. All ages are welcome!

Win a VIP GAA Experience for a team in the Under-8 to Under-16 age group with AIB. Pick up an entry form in the clubhouse or in the local AIB branch for your chance to win tickets and hospitality for your team (25 players and five mentors) to one of the Dublin home games at Croke Park in the Allianz League. Completed entries can be returned to Ciara in AIB Skerries. If you would like to get more involved in our club and volunteer your time across any of the areas - from helping with a team, in our club shop or on a Saturday morning doing coffees during the Academy - contact Joanne on 086-4058523. All help is greatly appreciated as our club continues to grow. The club shop is open on Saturdays from 10 to 11am during the Academy. Many items are now on sale, including club hoodies, training tops, rain jackets, shorts etc. Come down and bag a bargain before it's all gone! The clubhouse is available for functions/parties. Contact Pat on 087-2505479 for details, or email  

Wild Geese

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last were 12, 16, 17, 18 and €20 went to T Newman, P Mc Carthy and Conor, Heather and Tony Newman. Club membership is now due. 



Winners from Sunday's Men's Spring League nine-hole stableford: Front nine - Div 1 Stephen Tracey (5) 21pts, Div 2 Freddie Tiernan (16) 21pts, Div 3 Austin Mallon (19) 22pts; Back nine - Div 1 Pat Kinsella (11) 18pts, Div 2 Andrew McLean (16) 22pts, Div 3 Derek Meaney (24) 20pts. Sunday's ladies competition: 1st Esther McConnell (22) 20pts, 2nd Jacqueline Clarke (25) 17pts, 3rd Rachel McEvoy (13) 16pts ocb. Winners from Saturday's Men's Spring League white nine-hole stableford competition: Front nine - Div 1 Padraig Masterson (4) 22pts, Div 2 John Campbell (13) 19pts, Div 3 John McKenna snr (24) 20pts; Back nine - Div 1 Padraig Masterson (4) 22pts, Div 2 Sean O'Connor (15) 20pts, Div 3 Pat Keogh (26) 20pts. Saturday's ladies competition: 1st Barbara Kenny (15) 21pts, 2nd Brenda Johnston (28) 18pts ocb, 3rd Maureen Moore (22) 18pts ocb. Last Tuesday's ladies nine-hole stableford: 1st Evelyn Tolan (10) 19pts, 2nd Jacqueline Clarke (25) 18pts, 3rd Amanda Williams (13) 18pts. 


Winners from Saturday's gents 12-hole singles stableford were as follows: Class 1 Douglas Robertson (7-2) 28pts, Class 2 Joseph Dempsey (12) 25pts ocb, Class 3 Jonathan Furlong (17) 26pts ocb, Class 4 Norman Bernard (20) 26pts. 

Pitch & putt


The Sunday game winner was Jason Doyle with a net 47, with the runner-up Noel Dunne (net 49). Congratulations to Jason on this, his first singles win. Weekly games are on Sundays at 11am and new members are very welcome to come along and play. To get more info about the club please check our website - - call the secretary on 085-1743748 or come along on Sunday morning before the game. 

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