Saturday 25 May 2019

Club Call

Balbriggan & District AC had a number of medal-winning athletes from the recent Frank Duffy 10-mile road race, held in Swords and pictured (l to r) are Anne O'Brien (1st Over-40 & 1st Over-35 team), Dolores Kelly (1st Over-55 & 1st Over-35 team), Jean Timmins (2nd Over-60), Noeleen O'Hagan (1st Over 60) and Niamh Herbert (1st Over-35 team)
Balbriggan & District AC had a number of medal-winning athletes from the recent Frank Duffy 10-mile road race, held in Swords and pictured (l to r) are Anne O'Brien (1st Over-40 & 1st Over-35 team), Dolores Kelly (1st Over-55 & 1st Over-35 team), Jean Timmins (2nd Over-60), Noeleen O'Hagan (1st Over 60) and Niamh Herbert (1st Over-35 team)

Athletics - Lusk : Congratulations to Colm De Bhal who smashed his 10k PB at the Park West Dublin Night Run on Wednesday evening with a great time of 41:38. Well done also to Matt Wade who was in Santry Stadium for the Irish Runner paced miles. Matt completed his mile in 8:15.

Well done to Geraldine McCartney, Catriona Skelly and Michelle McGee who all completed the Marie Keating 10k in the Phoenix Park on Sunday. All three made it to the finish line in just under 65 minutes.

In all, 22 of our club athletes took part in parkruns over the weekend. Really well done to two of our younger members who had super runs, resulting in PBs at Donabate. Daniel O'Brien was second overall, while Cerys O'Mahony was second female. Congratulations also to Finn Corcoran who was first finisher at Rush on Sunday.

Just a reminder to all those that take part in parkruns, please try to volunteer on a regular basis as parkruns can only operate if people volunteer. Results:

Donabate - Daniel O'Brien 18:33 2nd position & PB, Stephen Brennan 22:22. Olivier Ansaldi 24:02, Cerys O'Mahony 24:39 2nd female & PB, Sean Greensit 24:51 pacer, Liam Halpin 25:38, David Butler 25:57, Stephen Magee 26:22, Noreen Ansaldi 28:37, Geraldine Halpin 31:57.

Ardgillan - Colm De Bhal 21:51, John Tindley 22:02.

Rush junior - Finn Corcoran 8:30 1st position, Nevan Corcoran 9:09, Alexa Holland 11:01, Michael O'Reilly 11:29, Tadhg Lee 12:06 PB, Meabh Lee 12:47, Enda O'Reilly 13:01, Tom Kenny 13:42, Caleb Nolan 15:30, Odhran O'Reilly 17:46.

Volunteers: Sean Greensit, Daniel O'Brien & Matt Wade.

A reminder for ALL club members to wear a high-viz vest coming to, during and leaving training. Parents, please ensure your children are wearing them. Also, don't forget a drink of water! We will have lights in the parish field tonight (Tuesday).

Please note, you only need register with the club once during the year. Most members register in January which will cover you for the full calendar year. Those who join during the year will be registered until December 31st. A few members have registered twice. A refund will be issued in those cases.

We are organising a DCM Bus, leaving from Rathmore Road, Lusk, that morning and returning later in the afternoon (times TBC). Please message the club with your name if you would like to book a seat. The price is approximately €11 - non-members welcome - and limited spaces are available.

We were delighted to hear that Miranda Tcheutchua will represent Lusk AC, her club in Canada (Les Kilomaitres de la Salle) and Ireland at the World Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October.

For Miranda it has been a massive year in her progression after getting onto the Irish team for the first time earlier this year in the European Youth Games.

Everyone in both her represented clubs in Ireland and Canada wish her every success and enjoyment at the games which take place from October 6th to 18th in Buenos Aires.

The Dublin Juvenile Cross Country League 2 takes place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday next, with distances ranging from 500m for U-9s up to 4,000m for U-19s/20s. Best of luck to all those taking part. 


Fingal Ravens

There was a fantastic win in the championship for our U-15 girls against Fingallians. Best of luck in the semi-finals.

Well done to the U-16 girls on a great win in the championship against O'Tooles.

Hard luck to our U-16 boys who put in a brilliant performance away to Castleknock in the championship but were beaten by two points.

The junior men's team had a good win away in the league against Wanderers.

Well done to the Rolestown NS boys senior team who had a good win away to Huntstown.

Our Annual Cycle Race was a great success. Thanks to all those who took part and to John McCarthy for organising it. Also thanks to Mark Ryan and Sharon Coyle on cooking the lovely burgers at the BBQ.

Please note that our lotto format has now changed. The choice of numbers will be from 1-38 and new envelopes are available from Kettles Hotel and Daybreak Garage, Rolestown. Numbers drawn the week before last for a jackpot of €17,000 were 8, 11, 29, 39 and the €20 prizes went to Frances Price, Noel Dwyer and Thomas Newman. Thanks to all those who support our lotto.

The club agm will be held on Thursday November 15th.

We would ask all drivers to keep the roadway to our pitches at the club grounds clear of cars and not to block access to the gate to our pitches. This is important in order for emergency vehicles to safely gain access if needed. 


Starting tonight (Tuesday), O'Dwyer's GAA will be offering something very special to the community of Balbriggan as part of the Healthy Club Project. 

Between 7 and 8pm for four weeks, the whole family (ages four to adult) can come down and get some exercise. The children will be catered for at the club with fundamental games/skill sessions. There will be three options for the adults aimed at all age groups and fitness levels.

We will have a walking group, a running group and a fitness class to choose from. The running and walking groups will leave the premises and the fitness class will take place at the club. Weight/blood pressure and measurements will be offered as an option.

We will end our four weeks with a walk in Carlingford on Sunday October 28th and the only cost for this initiative will be the bus to Carlingford, so what are you waiting for!

Many thanks to Seána and Aoife from Bewell-Dowell who came to the club on Saturday last and gave a workshop to mentors in relation to Mental Resilience. It was a very worthwhile afternoon and everyone took something important away from it.

Our Centenary Year Ceili is on this Friday, with music by Tara Ceili Band and dancing from 9pm.

Our Centenary Gala Ball takes place on Saturday November 10th in the Bracken Court Hotel. Tickets will be on sale in the coming days. Please see our website/social media for further details.

Fiddle classes are on Monday afternoons. Contact Niamh on 087-1265650. Adult set dancing is on Mondays from 8.15pm. Contact Freda on 086-3249476.

Bingo continues on Wednesdays from 8.45pm and numbers drawn in last week's lotto were 3, 14, 16. The jackpot for the draw last night (Monday) stood at €1,035. 

St Finian's Swords

Hard luck to the AHL team on being narrowly beaten by Naomh Mearnóg in Portmarnock. Despite a spirited second-half comeback which featured a hat-trick of goals from James Shelly, the team exited the Junior A Championship at the quarter-final stage.

Well done to the adult camogie team who had a great win away to Faughs/Celtic recently in the Junior 3 Championship.

Well done to the Under-7, 2011 boys and girls who played their first blitz in the Valley with fantastic support, with 127 players taking part from local rivals Fingallians and Binn Eadair!

A big thanks as always to Anne O'Connor who coordinated the recent Annual Clothing Collection in raising much-needed funds for the club.

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last for a €5,000 jackpot were 14, 16, 20, 25. The lucky dip winners of €40 were Alan Cox Emerson, Maura May and Kevin Dardis.

There is a new Ladies Fitness class taking place in the clubhouse activity room on Thursdays from 9.45 to 10.45am. For further details, please contact Pilar at 085-1159073.

The clubhouse coffee shop is open 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 

St Maur's

In the Junior 2 All-County Football Championship quarter-final it finished Thomas Davis 2-14 St Maur's 0-13.

The G4MO made the trip out to Bettystown to take on the ladies of St Colmcille's. It was a lovely evening for a game, with some great performances on the pitch - all reflected in the score of 3-14 to 1-3.

The scheduled Camogie Junior 1 Championship was conceded by Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh and St Sylvester's C also conceded the U-14 Football League Division 9 game.

In the Ladies U-16 Division 4 football it finished St Maur's 4-4 Trinity Gaels 3-7.

Numbers drawn in Sunday's lotto were 2, 6, 9, 28, the lucky dip €50 winners were Katie & Paul, Ian Byrne, Mary Harding, Dell Byrne, Joan Brady and Tony Colgan. Next weekend's jackpot will be €7,500. 

St Pat's Donabate

Numbers drawn in Friday's lotto were 7, 10, 11 & 25. There were two match-three winners of €50 each - Eileen Farrell and Emma Murphy - and the five €20 envelope winners were Pamela Kelly, K Kavanagh, Lynda Sutton, Brian Davis and Niall Davis. The jackpot has now reached €11,300. 

The inaugural Trent Latham Memorial U-11 Festival of Football took place on Saturday and our three Pats sides played superbly against teams from Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth and Sligo. Congrats to all those who took part and special thanks to all those who helped organise this fantastic day in memory of Pat's own Trent Latham.

Elsewhere on the pitches, our adult teams didn't get the rub of the green, going down by one point to Naomh Barrog in the IFC and by four points to Na Fianna in the JFC.

Our minor girls put away 2-22 in a great display, but it still wasn't enough to beat a strong Na Fianna squad. We wish them well in the championship Semi as our girls turn their attention now to the shield semi.

Our U-8 boys took on St Finian's and had great wins. Their coaches were delighted with the teams' cohesion and assertiveness. Well done all!

To end the weekend on a high note, the annual Charity Mixed Match was played on Sunday. Huge thanks to organiser Elaine Walsh, ref Fintan, mentors Eileen, Mick and Peter and all the committee who organised the BBQ, cakes, kids entertainment and teas/coffees. Thanks too to the players who made the game such a great spectacle. The day has already raised over €2,200 for the Dublin Simon Community. 

Skerries Harps

Well done to the McMeels-sponsored Junior footballers on their win over St Mark's on Sunday in the championship. The Minor hurlers also had a championship win over Crumlin. Well done to our Blue Bar-sponsored Junior hurlers on their win over Whitehall Colmcille to make it through to the Junior B Championship semi-final.

The Minor footballers recorded a win over Thomas Davis in the second group game of the Minor A Championship. Hard luck to our Senior Ladies who were defeated by Cuala in the Intermediate Championship semi-final.

Fixtures: Wed - Senior Ladies v Clann Mhuire, Home 7.30pm. Sun - Junior hurlers v Realt Dearg Away in Drimnagh, Junior Championship semi-final. All support would be appreciated. See for details of all upcoming games.

Juvenile and Adult Games weekly meetings take place each Thursday in the clubhouse. 

Zingo result: 4-7-2-5-1-3-6. We had no winners of the jackpot or dividend, which now stand at €1,800 and €500 respectively. How do you win? You buy a ticket! You can also play online at and follow the links. Entries cost only €2 each or three for €5.

Many thanks to all those who took part in Paul Boyd's Captain's Day in Skerries GC. A great day's golf was had by all - and congrats to Gareth Goss (winner of the Captain's Prize) and to the incoming SHAGS captain Joe Coleman!

The Academy continues every Saturday from 10 to 11.30am. We are calling out for volunteers to help with teas/coffees during the Academy. If you can spare an hour or so once a month, contact Joanne at 086-4058523.

The club shop is open weekly during the Academy - and for additional opening times keep an eye on our social media page. The shop is now stocking a full range of Masita clubwear - hoodies, half-zips, skinny bottoms, club t-shirts and replica jerseys as well as shorts/socks/gumshield etc. Pop in and have a look! We will be taking Christmas orders from  Saturday October 13th - last date for Christmas orders November 17th. All Christmas orders must be paid for in advance.

On the October bank holiday Sunday there will be a club social night with live music - more details to follow. The club agm takes place on Thursday November 22nd at 8pm. 

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 7, 16, 26, 39 and the €20 prizes went to Anne Browne, Dave Rennie and Kevin Mc Phellimy.

Hard luck to our hurlers and camogie players on their defeats the weekend before last.

Any ladies looking to play camogie are very welcome. Contact the club phone at 087-6828296. 



Sunday's men's hamper competition: 1st Willie Rooney (15) 40pts, 2nd Julian McMenamin (12) 39pts, Gross prize David Brabazon (2) 35pts; Div 1 Fergus Byrne (7) 39pts, Div 2 John Archbold (16) 38pts, Div 3 Fran Dawson (17) 38pts. CSS 72.

Sunday's ladies stableford: 1st Imelda O'Shea (12) 39pts, 2nd Evelyn Tolan (10) 37pts. CSS 73.

Saturday's men's hamper competition: 1st John McConnell (6) 43pts, 2nd Michael Kearns (21) 41pts, Gross prize Padraig Masterson (4) 35pts; Div 3 Jack Slane (10) 39pts,  Div 2 John Flynn (15) 40pts, Div 3 Allen Parker (24) 39pts. CSS 72.

Saturday's ladies stableford: 1st Sandy Forsyth (14) 37pts, 2nd Mary Rowley (25) 37pts. CSS 73.

Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles was won by the event sponsor John Fitzpatrick and he declined to accept his prize, so the prizes have been redistributed from the second-placed golfer downwards. Result: 1st John Fitzpatrick (4) 42pts, 2nd Garry Sheahan (10) 40pts, 3rd Paul Cox (6) 40pts, Gross prize Pat Morrissey (4) 33pts. Div 1 Joseph Berrill (8) 38pts, Div 2 Julian McMenamin (13) 39pts, Div 3 Martin Carey (22) 36pts. CSS 72.

Last Tuesday's ladies stableford: 1st Carol Malone (32) 41pts, 2nd Maura Faughnan (19) 40pts, 3rd Helen Tarrant (22) 38pts; Div 1 Amanda Williams (13) 36pts, Div 2 Ann Brennan (27) 37pts, Div 3 Mariann Martin (30) 36pts. CSS 73.

Last week's Men's Senior Open Stableford: Under-50 winner Ronan Higgins (5) 41pts; Age 50-64 winner Paul Scully (17) 40pts, 2nd Thomas Scully (17) 39pts; Age 65+ winner Thomas White (17) 40pts, 2nd James Barden (13) 39pts. CSS 70. 


Winners from Saturday's Gents Singles Stableford, sponsored by Mark Lawlor: Overall - Enda Dooley (15) 39pts; Class 1 Darren Dempsey (9) 37pts, Class 2 Brendan Dodrill (15) 37pts, Class 3  Brian Gleeson (16) 37pts ocb, Class 4 Oliver Plunkett (31) 35pts ocb. CSS 72.

Sunday's Gents Open Singles Stableford, sponsored by Paul & Stephen Spierin: 1st Mark Michael (24) 41pts, 2nd Gerry Morgan (18) 38pts ob9. CSS 72.

The presentation date for these competitions will be next Sunday at 6.30pm. 

Hollywood Lakes

Sunday's men's stableford: 1st Paul McNally (19) 39pts, 2nd Billy McGregor (7) 38pts; Class 1 Willie Halpin (12) 37pts, Class 2 Gary Connelly (16) 36pts, Class 3 Sean Connelly (25) 33pts. Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles Stableford: 1st Tony Sandford (27) 41pts, 2nd Paul Scully (16) 40pts. CSS 71. Last Tuesday's Men's Senior Open Stableford: 1st Fran Carey (8) 43pts, 2nd Joe Farrell (15) 39pts. CSS 71.


Results from last week's Lady Vice Captain's Day Prize were as follows:

Overall winner Mary Breen (26) 37pts, 2nd Sandra Downes (25) 36pts. Cat A winner Kay Farrell (22) 36pts, 2nd Jackie Flynn (22) 35pts;  Cat B winner Joanne Scully (27) 35pts, 2nd Tina O'Shaughnessy (25) 34pts; Cat C winner Irene Kavanagh (28) 35pts, 2nd Rita Cole (39) 32pts. Nearest the pin Noelle Timmons (12th) & Nora Fitzpatrick (17th). 

Pitch & Putt


The 2018 Club Championship winner is Martin Cullen after he completed the competition with a score of -14. Runner-up Rory Homan had -5. Congratulations to Joan Homan, nearest the pin on the final day. After three weeks' play Martin Cullen held on well to his lead to secure the Jones Cup for the first time. Well done to Trish Cox who won the final-round game, with Rory Homan in second on the back nine.

The Wednesday scramble winners last week were Ronnie Delaney, Marie Delaney and Trish Cox with a gross 45.

The September Lotto bonus ball winners were Gerry Shanahan, Nick Savage (Plus 1) and Seamus Dunphy (Plus 2).

To get more info about the club please check our website, call the secretary on 085-1743748 or come along on Sunday at 11am  before the game.

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