Saturday 23 March 2019

Club Call

Chris Keeling of Balbriggan & District AC during the Irish Runner 10 Mile race at Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photo: Eoin Smith/Sportsfile
Chris Keeling of Balbriggan & District AC during the Irish Runner 10 Mile race at Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photo: Eoin Smith/Sportsfile

Athletics, Lusk - Well done to Claudio Rivelli who claimed 43rd place overall at the Irish Runner 10-mile race in Phoenix Park on Saturday morning with a great time of 1:02:42.

With Dublin Marathon training now under way, the Dublin Race Series kicks off next weekend with the South Dublin 10k. Best of luck to all Lusk AC members taking part at this new race venue in Clondalkin on Sunday morning.

Our club members travelled in equal numbers to the Donabate and Malahide parkruns on Saturday, with eight running at each. There were PBs for Colm De Bhal, Matt Lawlor, Colin Browne and Ian Byrne, while Sheila Bourke kept up her impressive streak with a third consecutive first finish. Jamie Cruise travelled to Johnstown, Co Wexford, and was rewarded with his best parkrun time. ​

Congratulations to John McDonald who reached a milestone of 75 parkruns. ​ There was a PB on Sunday for Tom Lynch who came home second at the Rush Junior Parkrun. Well done to all those who participated or volunteered.

Results: Malahide - Colm De Bhal 19:25 PB, Matt Lawlor 21:13 PB, Colm McNally 21:57, Colin Browne 23:11 PB, Elizabeth Kavanagh 26:40, Ursula McDonald 26:48, John McDonald 26:48, Matt Wade 28:22.

Donabate - Sean Greensit 20:36, John Tindley 21:05, Sheila Bourke 21:43, Conor Doyle 21:48, Liam Halpin 24:57, Jennifer Swan 25:36, Ian Byrne 28:11 PB, Geraldine Halpin 31:14.

Johnstown - Jamie Cruise 20:29.

Rush junior - Tom Lynch 8:05 PB, Seimi McElarney 9:10, Niall Lenehan 10:45, Michael O'Reilly 11:02, Alexa Holland 11:09, Enda O'Reilly 15:05, Odhran O'Reilly 22:06.

Volunteers: Matt Wade, Sean Greensit, Sheila Bourke, Rodrigo Lara, Olivier Ansaldi, Des McNally & Jennifer Swan.

It was a great weekend for the juveniles of Lusk AC at the National Championships in Tullamore. For some it was the first time competing at National level and with the high level of competition on show, our young athletes did themselves and their families proud.

On Saturday Finn Corcoran took part in the U-15 Boys 80m hurdles and jumped well in his heat on his first time in Tullamore.

Grace Codd has qualified for Nationals consistently over the last few years and she qualified for the final in the U-17 Girls 100m hurdles on times, coming sixth overall in the first of her events this year.

Juliette Kodia was delighted with her PB and sixth place in the U-14 Girls hammer throw, and there was a another PB for Kevin Halpin in the U-18 long jump. 

On Sunday Roisin Webster was another first timer at the Nationals, competing really well in the U-13 Girls javelin, narrowly missing the final. 

Grace Kodia joined her sister in achieving a PB in the hammer throw, this time in the U-15 Girls event.

Thomas Lara ran well in his heat in the U-17 Boys 400m, his first time qualifying for this distance.

The day was rounded off with a brilliant bronze medal for Grace Codd and a fourth place for Eabha McNally in the U-17 Girls pole vault.

If Irish ladies athletics is in a golden era, then so too is the ladies juvenile pole vault in Ireland. There may never have been a time when so many girls have been competing in this discipline and records are being challenged at almost every competition.

It is into this cauldron of competition that Lusk athletes Éabha McNally and Grace Codd entered at National level. Representing their club and building on the previous performances of Maeve Flynn and Sarah Derham, Grace and Éabha have battled against each other and the best in Ireland. In heavy rain they performed excellently in Tullamore on Sunday in the National Track and Field Championships to finish in third and fourth position. 

With the season almost over, these pair of warriors have made great progress this year and will build on this in the coming months.

With the Boys pole vault, discus and other events still to come on Day 3 next Sunday, all in all our juveniles can be very proud of their performances across such a broad range of disciplines - especially in view of the fact the club has had very limited space for training over the past year.

Huge thanks are due to the coaches, especially to Aidan McKenna for the huge amount of time and dedication he puts into training and supporting the young athletes. Congratulations to all. 



What a great week it was in Ballyboughal GFC for all the 180-plus children who attended the Cul Camp.

Well done and thanks to Sally and her team of coaches and helpers. Thanks to the senior ladies and men's Dublin players who joined us during the week. Well done to our men's first team who beat Naomh Mearnog on Saturday 1-15 to 1-12. They play Clontarf this Wednesday in St Anne's Park at 7.15pm.

The men's second team had a draw away in St Peregrines and they play again tonight (Tuesday) at home to St Oliver Plunketts/ER at 7.15pm.

The ladies team lost their first match in the championship against Ballyboden, 1-16 to 6-7. Their championship match this Wednesday is off and instead they play Clann Mhuire in a friendly in Ballyboughal at 7.30.

Well done to all those who completed the 'Healthy Club 21 Day Walking Challenge'. We hope to run it again in September.

Last week's club lotto numbers were 4, 25, 36, the €20 winners were B Monks, Niall Jnr, Dave Sexton and F Butler. The jackpot for the draw last night (Monday) stood at €1,300. Thank you for your support.  

Fingal Ravens

Well done to our U-16 boys team who are Division 2 champions after going through the league unbeaten - a super achievement by both the players and the team management.

The recent Cul Camp was a great success. More than 120 children had a brilliant time. Thanks to all the coaches and to Dublin players Cormac Costello and our own Darren Daly for calling out and to our groundstaff for having our pitches in great condition. Also a massive thanks to our GPO and camp co-ordinator Paul Wilde.

Well done to the Dublin Masters - and especially to the Fingal Ravens lads - on a good win against London in Ruislip.

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last for a jackpot of €17,000 were 4, 17, 32 & 37 and the €20 prizes went to Ronan Norton, Snowball Kinsella and Pat Norton. Many thanks to all those who support our lotto. Envelopes are available in Kettles Hotel and Rolestown Daybreak Shop. 

St Finian's Swords

Huge congratulations to the seven players from St Finian's who were members of the Thomas Ashe Minor team who - with 11 wins from 11 matches - were crowned Division 3 Minor champions during the week.

The Under-16 Boys Football League concluded last week. Having gone through the entire campaign losing only once, with results elsewhere going their way, there is an unprecedented three-way tie for the league title. St Finian's, Na Fianna and Man O War have all finished with identical records - eight wins and one loss - and there will be play-offs in mid August to decide the league winners, with details to be confirmed.

Well done to Annabel Timothy from the Under-14 camogie team who was on the victorious Dublin team who beat Kilkenny B in the shield final in Waterford on Sunday.

It was mixed fortunes for the AFL teams. The AFL4 team beat St Oliver Plunketts on Thursday to stay in contention for a play-off place, but the AFL8 team were beaten by Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday.

The AFL4 team are playing St Vincents at home tomorrow (Wednesday), while the AFL8 team are away to Stars of Erin at 7.15 tonight (Tuesday). The AHL4 team are away to Ballyboden St Endas on Thursday at 7.30pm at the Sancta Maria all-weather pitch instead of Sunday as originally scheduled.

The adult LGFA team are at home to Trinity Gaels on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Junior E Championship Group A.

All support is welcome and appreciated for the AFL, AHL and adult LGFA teams.

Big thanks to all of the coaches and helpers who contributed to the success of the Advanced Club Camp last week.

Please check the club Facebook page and club website - - over the coming days for ticketing arrangements and prices for the Dublin Senior Football Super 8 fixtures. Only fully paid-up adult members and juvenile members playing on adult teams are eligible to purchase tickets through the club.

Online payments for the two August club camps (sponsored by Sky Handling Partner) - from Tuesday August 14th to Friday 17th and Tuesday August 21st to Friday 24th - are available on the club website.

The St Finian's GAA Club Golf Classic will be held on Friday August 31st in Forrest Little Golf Club. The cost is €240 per team of four or €60 per player. For further information, or to book a tee time, please contact the following: Alan McGrath 087-6529429, Shay Collins 086-3556833, Shay Leatham 087-2172215 or Fergus O'Neill 087-9676725.

There are aerobics & fitness classes taking place in the clubhouse activity on Monday and Wednesday evenings. For further details, please contact Bernie at 085-1359766.

Numbers drawn in last Friday's club lotto were 12, 16, 21, 22. The lucky dip winners of €40 were Bridget McGill, Jennifer Masterson, S Davis and Aaron & James Caul and this week's jackpot is €4,100.

The club bingo takes place every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,150. Please note that the club shop is open Saturdays only from 11am to 1pm during July and August. Check out the latest price list on the club website at

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

Please submit news items and fixtures/results to be included in the club notes to by 6pm on Sundays.  

St Maur's

Well done to our senior footballers who continued their great recent run by beating Thomas Davis 1-15 to 1-10. Congratulations lads.

The senior hurlers continued their success in the AHL4 with a 2-20 to 1-8 win over St Vincent's last Wednesday night. Well done to the management and players.

The Minor hurlers also completed back-to-back July wins on Sunday with a 5-15 to 0-5 success over Crumlin.

Well done to Tara Brady, Rebecca Fitzpatrick, Zara Thorne and Kerri Austin who all represented Dublin in the U-14 Dublin Camogie Blitz in Naomh Mearnóg recently. It was a very enjoyable day, with 28 teams from 13 counties participating. There were great performances from the girls, with lots of success.

St Maur's GAA would like to say a big thank-you to Joey Walsh and Liam Butterly for supporting the Create the Future project - two friends with two businesses side by side.

St Maur's Annual Mass for deceased members and families will be held on Wednesday August 8th at 8pm in the club pavilion.

Numbers drawn in Sunday's lotto were 11, 23, 25, 30 and the lucky dip €50 prizes went to Tina Hughes, The Clan, Rosemarie Redmond, Natalie Joyce, Harry & Eilish and Canice Reade. Next weekend's jackpot will be €4,750. 

Skerries Harps

Well done to the Blue Bar-sponsored AHL5 hurlers on an impressive win over Faughs on Tuesday last. 

The Juvenile section again had strong representation across the various Dublin Development Squads over the weekend - with representatives on U-14 and 15 camogie squads and U-16 boys football. Well done to all our young players (see Facebook for details).

Fixtures: Wed - AFL2 v St Marys, Home 7.15pm; AFL4 v St Monica's, Home 7.15pm; Senior ladies v Garda/Westmanstown Gaels, Away 7.30pm, Thu - AFL9 v Clann Mhuire, Home 7.30pm; Sun - Minor Football Div 1 v Ballinteer, Away 11am.

See for details of all upcoming games.

Juvenile Games weekly meetings are now on a summer break. Adult Games meetings continues each Thursday in the clubhouse. 

Zingo result: 7-1-4-3-2-6-5. There were no winners of the jackpot or dividend and next Sunday's prizes are €2,400 and €500 respectively. The draw will take place in the clubhouse and you can play online at and follow the links - or envelopes cost only €2 or three for €5.

On Friday August 4th the Annual Golf Classic takes place at Skerries Golf Club. Limited tee times are available and it's €200 for a team of four (includes meal). The presentations are on that night in the clubhouse. Contact Jackie on 087-2121418 to register your team or sponsor a tee. 

Skerries Harps are holding an adult football fundraiser - the Greyhound Buster Draw - with tickets at €10 from team mentors or by contacting James on 087-9558315. The prize-money is €750 and the draw takes place this Wednesday. Join us in the clubhouse for the live race from 9pm after our adult matches.

The Multi Sport Camp is on this week and is followed by Cul Camp 1 (July 23rd-27th), the Nursery Camp (Aug 7th-10th) and Cul Camp 2 (Aug 13th- 17th). Very limited spaces are available in the Nursery camp, but both Cul Camps are now fully booked and no further registrations can be accepted. For more information contact Louise on 085-1465673.

The club shop will be open this Wednesday from 7.30 - 8.30pm, with all new club leisurewear now in stock! There is also a sale rail, with all items at €5 or €10!

The clubhouse is available for functions/parties. Contact Pat on 087-2505479 for details, or email 



Result from Sunday's Senior Scratch Cup: 1st Marc Nolan (-1) 144, 2nd Robert Cannon (-3) 147, Nett prize Jake Vickers (3) 150; First 18 Lee McMillan (-1) 73 ob2, Second 18 Kevin Canavan (2) 77.

Sunday's Junior Scratch Cup: 1st Philip Smith (5) 154, 2nd Jamie Foley (4) 155, Nett prize Eoghan Cassin (6) 145; First 18 Wayne Lambe (4) 74, Second 18 Donard McClean (5) 77 ob9.

Saturday's men's stableford: 1st Peter Callaghan (14) 44pts, 2nd Tony Kenny (15) 42pts, Gross prize Jonathan Fitzpatrick (4) 36pts; Div 1 Richard McGovern (7) 38pts, Div 2 Anthony Gladwin (12) 39pts, Div 3 Oliver Mueller (25) 40pts. CSS 71.

Saturday's ladies stableford: 1st Maire Garland (34) 41pts, 2nd Mary Rowley (27) 40pts, 3rd Carol O'Byrne (35) 37pts. CSS 75.

Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles Stableford: 1st Dean McGarry (5) 41pts, 2nd Matthew Murray (8) 41pts, Gross prize Barry Wilde (4) 35pts; Div 1 Pat Casey (11) 39pts, Div 2 Gerry Quinn (15) 39pts, Div 3 Cathal Hickey (17) 36pts. CSS 72.

Last Tuesday's Sile Fitzgerald Trophy ladies competition: 1st Una Donnelly & Marie White (25.6) 65.4; 2nd Mary Ryan & Rosemary McGuinness (28.6) 67.4; 3rd Bernie Hunt & Phyllis Goodson (22.2) 70.8.

Last week's Men's Senior Open 18-hole stableford: Age 50-64 winner Bobby Roche (14) 41pts, 2nd Jack Slane (9) 37pts; Age 65+ winner Joe Ryan (14) 37pts, 2nd Bernard Collins (10) 36pts. CSS 71.

July 8th men's stableford: 1st John Curran (16) 42ps, 2nd Karl Whelan (18) 39pts, Gross prize Frank Melia (5) 34pts; Div 1 Darren Russell (8) 39pts, Div 2 Peter Callaghan (15) 39pts, Div 3 Tom Coughlan (19) 38pts. CSS 72. 


Results from Saturday's Lady Captain's Prize to Men (Carmel Tuck): Overall winner John O'Riordan (19) 41pts ocb; Class 1 winner Gerard Campion (8) 39pts, 2nd Thomas Kerr (11) 38pts ocb; Class 2 winner Cathal Horan (15) 39pts, 2nd Liam Bridgette (13) 37pts ocb; Class 3 winner Darren Bryan (19) 41pts, 2nd Darren Holohan (18) 37pts; Class 4 winner Colm O'Brien (20) 39pts, 2nd John J Taylor (26) 37pts. CSS 72.

Winners of Sunday's Two-Man Team Event, sponsored by Brian Davis and Ken Mulholland, were John O'Riordan (18) and Declan Doyle (22) with a score of 50 points. The presentation date for this competition will be Sunday August 12th at 6.30pm. 

Hollywood Lakes

Sunday's men's competition: 1st Declan McDonnell (10) 41pts ob9, 2nd David Kirwan (SC) (20) 41pts; Class 1 winner Daniel Kirwan (11) 37pts ob9, 2nd Ciaran O'Neill (12) 37pts; Class 2 winner Paul Power (16) 40pts, 2nd Jonathan Butler (13) 39pts; Class 3 winner David Berry (SC) (22) 39pts, 2nd Sean Fox (SC) (21) 38pts ob9. Front nine Richie Timmins 22pts, Back nine Des Hickey 22pts.

Last Wednesday's overall winner in the Open Singles Stableford nine-hole qualifying competition: Edward Sheridan (19/9) 21pts. CSS 36pts. 


Winners from last Wednesday's ladies 18-hole stableford: Cat A Deirdre Campbell (15) 38pts, Cat B Colette Nugent (29) 36pts. 



The Sunday game winner was Eddie Madden with a net 49, ahead of Mary O'Sullivan (net 50), while Tommy McCann (net 49) won the previous competition from Joan Homan (net 50).

The club league concludes this Wednesday at 7pm, while the annual Walker Cup par-3 golf threeball scramble takes place on Wednesday July 25th in the Balheary par-3 Golf Club, The tee time is 7pm and visitors are welcome. Contact Ronnie on 085-1743748.

July Lotto bonus balls are available.

The regular weekly games are on Sundays at 11am and Wednesdays at 7pm and new members 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.

Fingal Independent