Sunday 9 December 2018

Club call

Athletics, Lusk: Congratulations to the 10 club members who took part in the 'Battle of Clontarf' Leinster 10-Mile Championship in St Anne's Park on Easter Monday. Although running in very wet, cold and muddy conditions, it didn't seem to bother the men and women in white and blue. Dwain Moore was first home of the Lusk men with an impressive 64:30, shaving a few more seconds off his PB.

For the Ladies it was Dara Ann Harford taking the plaudits again as she collected a medal for 3rd place in the Over-35s. In the team competition the Ladies finished a very creditable sixth as Dara, Fiona Reinhardt and Kathy McNamara all scored points for the team. Well done to all those who competed for the club. 

Leinster 10 mile Championship results: Dwain Moore 1:04:30, Eamon Caffrey 1:08:57, Sean Greensit 1:09:19, Dara Ann Harford 1:14:50, Fiona Reinhardt 1:19:12, Colm McNally 1:20:37, Daniel Cronin 1:22:14, Kathy McNamara 1:22:14, Sarah Waldron 1:32:32, Eamonn Gahan 1:33:08.

Well done to Stephen Murtagh who completed the Ballinroad 5k road race in Waterford on Friday evening in a super time of 19:18. Stephen placed 25th overall out of a field of 235 and was first in the Male 45 age group.  Two of our newer members are really pushing the boundaries this year and bringing a whole new dimension to the club. Olivier Ansaldi attempted the Maurice Mullins Ultra on Saturday for his first Ultra Marathon, but this wasn't an average Ultra. A distance of 51km, including 1,940 metres of climb and rated as a 10 in terms of difficulty on the Irish Mountain Running Association website, Olivier completed the gruelling course in 8hr 15min. Stephen Brennan is a veteran of Ultra and Mountain running. On this occasion he decided to run the Half which entails 'only' 25.5km and 971 metres of climb.

Stephen was delighted with his time of 2hr 52min and it was good enough to reward him with second place in the Male 60 age group. Well done guys on your amazing achievements. Last weekend Parkrun Ireland celebrated its one millionth parkrun and 28 club members completed a parkrun on Saturday at six venues in Dublin, Cork, Longford and Birmingham (UK). Colm Wall secured the fastest time and a well-earned PB with a blistering 19:38 at Malahide. Des McNally dipped under 23 minutes for the first time at Father Collins with 22:59.

Cerys O'Mahony tried her hand at the 5k version for the first time after completing 63 junior parkruns. She appears to have chosen a fairly competitive one as the first six finishers at Cannon Hill were all under 16 minutes. It was also great to see Lusk AC out in big numbers again at Donabate as 18 recorded results, including Josephine Lara who reached the milestone 50 runs. Lorraine Doyle leads the April parkrun challenge, having improved her PB by 2min 37sec. On a beautiful spring Sunday morning 17 juvenile members took part in the Rush junior parkrun. Congratulations to Padraig Ryan who was first overall. In doing so Padraig knocked 27 seconds of his PB which took him to the top of the leaderboard in our April Junior parkrun challenge. He was closely followed by Finn Corcoran in second, while Cerys O'Mahony was the first girl finisher. There was also a PB for Tia Kodia.

It was great to see nine members volunteering at parkruns. Parkrun is operated entirely by volunteers, so please try to help out on a regular basis if you or your children are regularly runners. Results: Rush junior - Padraig Ryan 8:16 PB & 1st finisher, Finn Corcoran 8:24 2nd place, Cerys O'Mahony 9:25 1st girl, Conor Hogan 9:57, Harvey Smith 10:18, Eimear McBride 10:34, Grace Kodia 10:36, Sean Hogan 10:55, Tia Kodia 11:12 PB, Juliette Kodia 12:22, Cian Lynch 12:25, Melissa Corcoran 12:40, Jack Palmer 12:48, Emmet McBride 13:23, Caleb Nolan 14:57, Cliodhna McDermott 16:11, Aoife Clune 20:52. Malahide - Colm Wall 19:38 PB, John Tindley 20:14, Matt Lawlor 23:57, Ursula McDonald 27:42, John McDonald 27:42. Longford - Mark Geraghty 22:02. Lees Road - Francis McCullagh 22:33, Una O'Leary 29:03. Cannon Hill, Birmingham - Cerys O'Mahony 28:07. Father Collins - Des McNally 22:59 PB. Donabate - Sean Greensit 20:09, Richard Foy 21:32, Colm McNally 21:54, Liam Halpin 24:40, Hazel Keegan 24:55, Nicole Hodson 26:33, Jennifer Swan 26:34, Eilish Lynch 27:18, Veronica Brogan 27:34, Geraldine Halpin 29:52, Kylie Anne Hill Daly 30:31, Aidan McEvoy 31:32, Josephine Lara 33:14 (50th parkrun), Jacqui Palmer 33:17, Declan Ralph 33:25, Lorraine Doyle 33:26 PB, Camilla Kelly 35:59, Elizabeth Kavanagh 35:59. Volunteers: Rodrigo Lara, Max Lara, Conor Doyle, Eamonn Gahan, Sean Greensit, Helen McDermott, Eilish Lynch, Daniel O'Brien & Olivier Ansaldi. Lusk Juvenile ladies did a fantastic job representing the club at the National indoor finals in Athlone. Kate McKenna was first up in the U-15 pole vault where she jumped courageously and recorded several excellent heights. Caolfhoinn NiMhadagain and Grace Codd then stepped up to compete in their Pole vault events, where both recorded PBs. Caolfhoinn finished outside the medals, but Grace managed to take home a National bronze. Kirsty Seaton chooses to jump long, rather than vault, and amid a large field she jumped excellently. That brings our indoor season to a close, and what a great season it was. Well done to all.



The men's championship group stages kicks off this weekend, with our first team facing St Finian's of Swords at 6pm on Saturday in Ridgewood Park and the seconds playing Kilmacud Crokes at 3pm on Sunday at home.  Our Ladies team play St Pat's of Donabate on Wednesday at 7pm at home in the league. Best of luck to our U-14 girls who play this Saturday in the Feile. Ballyboughal GFC's Kellogg's Cul Camp will take place from July 9th to 13th. Book your kids' place on the Kellogg's Cul camp website. Last week's club lotto numbers were 5, 23, 25, the €20 winners were M McGinley, Julianne & P Fagan, D Callan, G O'Brien and the jackpot for the draw last night (Monday) stood at €1,610. 


Football Championship weekend: Saturday 14th April - Seniors v Round Towers Clondalkin at 6pm in Cloghran; Sunday 15th April: Junior 1 v St Brigids at 11am in Russell Park and Junior 5 v Lucan in Adamstown at 3pm.  Féile 2018: The girls will compete this Saturday in Division 2. Naomh Olaf in Sandyford will host the pool games. Results, pictures and game times will be posted this week on the club twitter and FB pages. A big thank-you to their sponsor for supporting the girls. Dublin senior ladies: The Dubs beat Kerry in the NFL to book a place in the semi-finals. Muireann NíScanaill played at number 6 and, new to the panel, Shannon Murtagh came on in the second half in defence.

Camogie: With most pitches in the county unplayable, our camogie section used our all-weather facilities in the Sunday sun. First up, our U-8s competed in a blitz with Na Fianna and Naomh Barrog. In the afternoon our U-13s & U-15s had great wins against Raheny and St Peregrines. Fingallians Coaching Seminar: This Friday it's Skills Acquisition with Dr Edward Coughlan. To register and for tickets, book online. Safeguarding update: To date we have over 280 members of club who have applied/been approved for Garda vetting. Of those, more than 250 have completed the Safeguarding courses. The club would like to thank all members for getting on board and ensuring they are up to date with these requirements. It is important to note that any member coaching/mentoring underage teams must be Garda-vetted and have completed the safeguarding course. Further info is available from

BEO! Irish Language Celebration: The club will participate in the BEO! festival being held in Dublin next Saturday 14th April. This family event is a highlight of Bliain na Gaeilge and will involve a parade from Parnell Square to Merrion Square, with free concerts featuring Delorentos, Kila and others along with an address from President Michael D. Higgins. The Fins contingent will meet behind our banner in Parnell Square at 12.00 noon. Wear club colours. Race Day: On Saturday 7th July it's Bellewstown Races, our most important fundraiser in 2018. Further information on tables and sponsorship is available from Adult Irish conversation group: This takes place each Wednesday at 9. Grúpa comhrá na daoine fásta ar siúl gach Céadaoin ag a 9. Na hUimhreacha Buaiteach Lotó: 2, 7, 8, 19 & 29. We had five winners, each collecting €2,172. The jackpot this Tuesday will be €2,172.

Fingal Ravens

Membership is now overdue. It is very important that everyone, both adult or juvenile players pay their membership now. Anyone who is not registered is not covered by the Injury Benifit Fund and so will not be allowed to train or play. This is official club policy. It is very easy to register on so if you are not registered please do so now.  Adult fixtures:  Senior 2 Championship - Saturday, Fingal Ravens v St Pat's (P), Newcastle 6pm. Junior 2 - Sunday, St Margarets v Fingal Ravens, St.Margarets 11am. These are very important matches for our club, so come along and support the teams. The grass pitches and training areas have been off limits due to being waterlogged. Any queries regarding pitches, please contact pitch co- ordinator John McCarthy at 087-6599348. The LGFA are looking for Go Game referees. If you are over 16 and would like to do the referee course, please contact Tanya on 085-7502482.  Thanks to all who organised and took part in the Easter Camp. This week Eoin Kettle and Darren Daly brought our U-8s to Croke Park to take part in the GAA Go Games. It was a wonderful occasion for all involved. 

Round Towers Lusk

There was no winner of last Thursday's lotto. Numbers drawn were 9, 10, 11, 21 and this week's jackpot is €12,250. Tickets are on top of the lotto box in the bar. Unfortunately, due to a waterlogged pitch all home matches were cancelled, but well done to our adult hurlers on their away win over Clontarf on Sunday in the championship - 3-16 to 3-5. Our summer camps begin on 23rd July. Please see our website and Facebook for further details. Our Annual Golf Classic takes place on Friday 8th June in Beaverstown Golf Club. Please contact John Bohan for the timesheet on 086-8533635.   Round Towers Lusk would like to extend their sympathies to our club secretary Naoise MacFheorais and his family on the passing of their mother Mrs Eileen Bermingham. Our thoughts are with them. May she Rest In Peace. 

St Finian's Swords

Last week's rainfall resulted in all home and most away fixtures being called off.  The River Valley and Ridgewood pitches remain unplayable for matches and training until this coming Friday at the earliest. The pitches and fixtures co-ordinator will endeavour to accommodate teams in Coláiste Choilm where appropriate. Well done to the Thomas Ashe minor football team who had a great win in their Division 3 clash with Naomh Barróg in St Margarets, making it three from three games in an excellent start to the season. St Finian's Under-14 hurling team will be hosting the 2018 Hurling Féile on Saturday April 21st for their group in River Valley. Both pitches will be used from 10am until 6pm that day. There's plenty of Football Championship action next weekend. The AFL4 team are at home to Ballyboughal in the IFC Group 1 at 6pm on Saturday, while the AFL8 team are away to St Peregrines in the Junior 3 Football All-County Championship on Sunday at 3pm. The adult camogie team are away to Whitehall Colmcille in the Senior 7 League North tonight (Tuesday) at 6.45pm. All support is welcome and appreciated for the adult football and camogie teams.

The Nursery & Academy, sponsored by Sky Handling Partner, will resume at the usual times - 10am and 11.30am respectively - this Saturday after the Easter break. Thanks to the coaches and helpers who assisted in the smooth running of the Easter Camp, led by GPO Paul Lyons, with more than 200 taking part. There are Yoga classes taking place in the clubhouse activity room every Thursday evening. For further details, please contact Jacquie at 087-7868363. Numbers drawn in last Friday's lotto were 6, 10, 12, 28. The lucky dip winners of €40 were Emer Harmon, Tom Maguire, Ger Clarke (c/o J O'Reilly) and Aaron Caul. This week's jackpot is €2,700. The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €500. The coffee shop will reopen this coming Saturday after Easter. All are welcome for a cuppa and a chat.

St Maur's

The club agm will be on Friday April 27th at 8.30pm in the clubhouse. Motions for consideration must be lodged with the club secretary by this Friday. The club would like to acknowledge the financial contributions of members, supporters and sponsors received to date. We will erect a patrons board in the club later this year, but for now see our web page for a full list of contributors. St Maur's Bernard Lyster received a cheque for €500 on behalf of the club for our winning entry in this year's St Patrick's Day parade. Thanks to the community council and Progressive Credit Union. Well done to all the kids, parents and coaches who made Easter Camp 2018 our biggest and best ever. Details of our Cúl camp and Summer club camps will be posted in the near future. Roll on the summer!

Well done to Laura Carthy and Jess Kelly with the Dublin minor footballers on Sunday where they had a win, and to Greg McGonigle and Conor Carey on the management team. In the Junior A Hurling Championship Group 1 it finished St Maur's 2-26 Lucan Sarsfields 0-9 in Rush, while in the Minor Football League Division Three North County the scoreline was Fingallians 0-10 St Maur's 2-9 at Lawless Park. After weeks of weather-related game cancellations, St Maurs G4MO finally got the season off to a winning start. We hosted St Colmcilles of Swords and despite a good start by the opposition St Maur's fought back to win 2-12 to 3-1. Well done ladies. U-13 Division 1 camogie came to Rush and Maur's beat Isles 5-5 to 3-6, while the U-8 girls got their camogie season up and running in Skerries on Sunday. A big thank-you to U-13 mentor Noel Whelan who this week presented a cheque for €3,850 from Intel Ireland to club chairman Derek Farren. Intel match Noel's voluntary work with the club with annual donations and the money will go to the club development project - an incredibly generous scheme. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir! Numbers drawn in Sunday's lotto were 8, 13, 16, 18 and there was one winner of the €15,500 jackpot, Rosemarie Redmond. Next weekend's jackpot is €2,500.

Skerries Harps

Well done to the Moriartys SuperValu-sponsored Division 1 Minor footballers on their league win against Lucan Sarsfields and the U-14 hurlers on their win against St Sylvester's.   Fixtures: Tues - Senior 1 camogie v Good Counsel, home 7.45pm. Wed - Senior Ladies v Castleknock, away 7pm; Junior ladies v Castleknock, home 7pm. Thurs - Seniors v St Vincents in the Championship, 6.45pm at Parnell Park. Best of luck to our U-14 Ladies footballers who compete in Feile next weekend! Adult & Juvenile Games weekly meetings continue this Thursday in the clubhouse. Zingo result: 3-2-5-7-1-6-4. Congrats to jackpot winner Ronnie Fay. Next Sunday's draw in the clubhouse at 7pm will be for a jackpot of €1,000. You can also play on line at and follow the links. Envelopes cost only €2, or three for €5. The Skerries Harps 2018 golfing schedule is now available to view on our Contact Paul on 085-1740474 for details. Proceeds from the opening night of Skerries Theatre Group production of the Cripple of Inishmaan - on Wednesday April 18th - will go to the Club. Tickets, €10, are available from Joanne at 086-4058523 and Fergal at 086-8984657. On Friday 27th April there will be a Music Night in the clubhouse. Come and join us for a great night, with a variety of music from a hugely talented group of musicians. It starts at 8.30pm and the cover charge is €5 at the door. Harps Juvenile Academy Term 3 continues each Saturday from 10-11.30am. The club extends its condolences to the family of Kevin Kelly RIP.


Numbers drawn in last Saturday's lotto were 12, 14, 19 and 24, the four lucky-dip winners for €25 were Emer Reilly (c/o Noel), Claire Mc Collugh, S& A&S (c/o Marie) and Ellen Mc Collugh (c/o Claire). This week's jackpot is €1,600. Thank you for your continued support. Just a little reminder that our Little Stars training continues each Saturday with our fully qualified trainer in Santry Community Resource Centre from noon to 1pm. This is for boys and girls aged four and up and there is no annual fee - pay as you go for only €2. New members are always welcome and for more information contact our Juvenile Officer Anne-Marie McAllister on 086-3523690. Training continues on Thursdays for our adult team at 8pm sharp on our Collinstown Lane pitch. Subs are now due. We are currently on the lookout for any lads interested in playing junior football in the Adult Football League 9. If interested you can contact Bernie Reardon on 087-6640801 or George McAllister on 086-8371818. There is a championship match next Sunday against Erin Go Bragh in Collinstown Lane at 3pm - please support the team. Starlights would like to offer condolences to our player Peter Carr and his family on the recent passing of Peter's father Brendan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.



Sunday's men's yellow stableford: 1st David Rooney (13) 41pts, 2nd Paul Kelly (20) 40pts, Gross prize Gerald D Gallen (5) 33pts; Div 1 Pat Casey (11) 39pts, Div 2 Michael Geary (14) 39pts, Div 3 Austin Mallon (19) 39pts. Sunday's ladies 18-hole stableford: 1st Veronica Hamilton (27) 40pts, 2nd Esther McConnell (22) 33pts. Last Saturday's men's white stableford: 1st Wayne Lambe (7) 43pts, 2nd Pat Casey (11) 41pts, Gross prize Frank Melia (5) 33pts; Div 1 Keith McNally (9) 39pts, Div 2 Peter Callaghan (16) 39pts, Div 3 Pat Hogan (20) 38pts. Saturday's ladies stableford: 1st Geraldine McNally (24) 37pts, 2nd Ann Brennan (26) 31pts. The Easter Monday Ladies Open Singles winner was 25-handicapper Jeud Ennis with 35 points. Last Tuesday's Australian Spoons Scotch Foursomes winners: Overall - G McNally/M Moore (23) 71; Gross prize C Malone/N Keeling (24) 98.


Sunday's gents singles stableford, sponsored by Jim Flood, was won by 13-handicapper Gary Mulhall with a score of 42 points. The presentation date for this competition will be in May but is to be confirmed. Winners and sponsors will be notified by email shortly. Winners from last Saturday's St Patrick's Cup: Overall - John Taylor (25) 69 ob9; Class 1 Andrew Keenan (10) 72, Class 2 John McGillicuddy (14) 71, Class 3 Kevin Brown (16) 72, Class 4 Paul Duggan (21) 69. The Captain and Men's committee would like to thank our sponsors Dermot Cullen, Padraig Looney and John Galvin. 

Pitch & putt


The Sunday game winner was Rory Homan with a net 47, ahead of Mary O'Sullivan (net 49). Congratulations to James Carroll from the Gladstone club who had a hole-in-one on the 9th. The Wednesday scramble returns this Wednesday, with the tee at 4pm. The 2018 Lotto bonus ball has returned and is available at the clubhouse on Sunday mornings. Or call on 085-1743748. The regular weekly games are on Sundays at 11am and Wednesdays at 4pm 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 or Wednesday before the game.

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