Wednesday 19 June 2019

Club call

The large Lusk Fit-4-Life crew at Sunday’s Dublin Marathon
The large Lusk Fit-4-Life crew at Sunday’s Dublin Marathon

Athletics - Lusk AC: Sunday was another amazing day in the history of Lusk AC as 35 members lined up among the 20,000 entrants at the Dublin City Marathon. On a cold but beautiful sunny morning there was fantastic running by all including the club's first sub 3 hour marathon by Mo McDermott and Dwain Moore getting closer to the same holy grail.

Running a marathon isn't just about the 26.2miles on the day, It's a journey that begins many months earlier with seemingly endless long training runs completed in all four seasons, sometimes during the same run.

There are early nights, early mornings, aches and pains, foam rolling, apprehension and excitement. It all culminates with a day of celebration as the training, hardwork and sacrifices pay off. Lusk AC supporters could be seen and heard all over the course cheering on their friends and club mates. 

This added to the great atmosphere and was no doubt appreciated by all. Congratulations to everyone who participated on another proud day for the club. Results: Maurice McDermott 2:54:35, Dwain Moore 3:08:25, Johnny Holland 3:11:37, Conor Doyle 3:19:34, Stephen Murtagh 3:30:43, Garret Nolan 3:31:53, , Matt Bush 3:32:22, , Colm De Bhal 3:34:51, , Richard Foy 3:38:48, Stephen Brennan 3:50:10, Noel O'Reilly 3:52:00, William Walsh 3:52:53, Kathy McNamara 3:52:54, Fiona Reinhardt 3:52:55, Eamon Caffrey 3:52:56, Jamie Cruise 3:53:42, Colin Browne 3:56:35, Annette Foy 3:57:28, Una Gaines 3:58:15, Emma Tully 3:58:15, Hazel Keegan 4:02:29, Nicole Hodson 4:06:17, Rodrigo Lara 4:06:28, Olivier Ansaldi 4:09:10, Daniel Cronin 4:09:39, Stephen Burke 4:15:49, John McDonald 4:18:04, Ursula McDonald 4:23:27, Joann Kelly 4:23:28, Elizabeth Kavanagh 4:23:28, Gregory Robins 4:24:38, Eamonn Gahan 4:37:51, Robert Pender 5:01:37, Denise Scott-Hughes 5:04:26,  It was a fantastic morning at Donabate parkrun with 44 of the 174 participants being from Lusk AC.

Special congratulations to our amazing Fit4Life group and their fabulous coaches on the completion of their graduation run. Thanks to all who volunteered and supported on what was a wonderful turnout. The volunteers were: Matt Wade, Sean Greensit, Rodrigo Lara, Thomas Lara, Colm De Bhal, Richard Foy, Denise Scott-Hughes, Olivier Ansaldi, Conor Doyle, Orla Smith and Daniel O'Brien. Thank you to our dedicated coaches Sheila, Camilla, Elizabeth, Declan, Colm & Veronica. Best of luck to all who are taking part in the Uneven age Cross Country on Sunday 4th November. Please note that there will be no club training on Tuesday 30th October.

GAA Fingallians

Senior Footballers: Our footballers will return to Division 1, next season after defeating Na Fianna in the final league game on Saturday afternoon. Well done to Wayne, Mark & Leon and their backroom team, who have now secured back to back promotions. Child Safeguarding Officer (CSO): The club are looking to our CSO's. These positions will also come with training if required. Please email Tony Gordon on Bar Person Required: The club is looking for a bar person to work predominately weekends & holiday cover. An applicant must be over 18 and be Garda vetted. All application in writing to  Academy Diary: The last training day before Christmas will be Saturday 1st December and the annual party will be on the 8th December. The Joe Duffy Group academy will return in the new year on Saturday 12th January.   Diary Date: The mentor Christmas night in the club will be on Saturday 22nd December.  Winter Bar Hours from 5th November: Mon - Wed 6pm to 11pm, Thursday 6 - 11.30pm, Friday 6 - 12am, Saturday 2 - 12.30am and Sunday 1pm - 11pm.  Siopa an chlub: The last Xmas shop orders will be 24th November. The shop will close for the holidays on the 8th December. AGM: This year we will host the AGM on Thursday 29th November @ 8.30pm.  Na hUimhreacha Buaiteach Lotó: 4, 11, 24, 28 & 33. Five winners - Margaret Carvin, Esther Andrews, Linda Clarke, Mick Kelly & Patsy Finnegan. Jackpot on Tuesday will be €2,268. Fingallians extends deepest sympathy to the McKittrick Family on the death of Séan (John) McKittrick. Brother of Seamie, he represented the club at Senior level in the 70's. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilís.

Fingal Ravens

Well done to both the girls and the boys senior teams from Rolestown National School who played in the Cumann na mBunscol Finals in Croke Park last week. They were two great games of football and the players did us proud. Well done to the girls on a great victory. A massive thank-you to all those who turned up for the Safeguarding Children course with Aileen from Parnell Park last week in Kettles Hotel. 

For those who have not yet done the course, a gentle reminder that it is mandatory. All coaches for 2019 season must have the course completed by the end of 2018. To book a place on a course please contact Ger O'Connor, our club's Children's Officer, on 085-7180828. The club agm will be held on Thursday November 15th at 8pm in Kettles Hotel.

Our annual Race Day will be held in Fairyhouse on Saturday December 1st. Get your friends/family together for a great day out and help us develop our facilities to a standard we can all be proud of. For more info please contact Alan Manning at 087-0651219 or Joe Kettle at 086-8164861. Our Children's Christmas Party will be on Sunday December 9th from 4-6pm in Kettles Hotel. We would like to offer our condolences to Ann Kinsella (Lispopple) and her family on the sudden passing of her brother Pat Merrigan. May he Rest in Peace.

St Finian's

Hard luck to the Adult Camogie team who were beaten in the Championship final on Sunday but they battled bravely, the club is very proud of the team's achievements this season, League winners & Championship finalists. A big thanks to the huge numbers from the club who travelled to Abbotstown to support the team! Please note that the Club Shop will not be open this Wednesday evening, Oíche Shamhna. A few club reminders: St. Finians GAA club present "I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here" as their main fundraiser for 2018 on Friday, November 9th in City North Hotel. Doors open at 7.15pm, and the main event starts at 8pm, followed by DJ and late bar. Tickets are priced at Adult : €20, Under 16 : €5, Family (2 Adults + children) €50 and are available to purchase online on the club website

We would be very grateful for your support both in advance and on the night. Buses will be arranged from the clubhouse to Hotel and return and there will be discounted rooms available from the hotel for the night. The Club AGM will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 8:30pm in the Clubhouse. The club is holding a Foundation Level coaching course on Wednesday 14th & 21st November from 7pm to 9pm. Please note that the course is spread over the two dates.

The Club is also holding a Dual Award 1 GAA Coaching award course and will be ran over two dates, Saturday 24th November & Saturday 1st December 10am-4pm. Anybody wishing to attend the Award 1 must have completed the Foundation Award. Contact Paul Lyons 087 176 1302 to book a place. Early booking is advisable as places are limited. Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot on the 28th October 2018 was €5500 and the numbers drawn were 1, 15, 25, 26. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €40 were Martin Harmon, Andrea & John, Joanna Nosa, Rosaleen, David, Sofia. Next week's jackpot is €5600. There are Aerobics & Fitness classes taking place in the Clubhouse Activity Room on Monday, Wednesday evenings. For further details, please contact Bernie at 085 135 9766. Please submit news items, fixtures/results to be included in the club notes to by 6pm on Sunday evenings.

St Maur's

Saturday 3rd November Junior Leinster Hurling Championship Quater Final St. Maur's v Erin's Own (Carlow) Venue: Round Towers Lusk Throw In: 1:30pm Sunday 4th November Division 2 Cup Final (Ladies)  Parnell's v St. Maur's Venue: Rush Throw In: 2:30pm Our camogie teams landed two more trophies this weekend: U16 div 3 shield Maurs 0-12 Whitehall 3-2 and U13 div 1 shield Maurs 2-4 Barrog 0-1 All our camogie teams in competition have won silverware this season. Less than half the tickets sold for our opening night at the Millbank fundraiser which is pretty disappointing given the facilities we are trying to build for the club.  It is Halloween we know but surely some of our 1100 members would like to see a great show at our local theatre. Tickets can be reserved through the office 01-8438233 or from any committee member A big THANK YOU to the McGuinness Family from Sunglow Nurseries for their recent donation towards our 'Create The Future' Development.  Sunglow Nurseries produce the tastiest strawberries and raspberries in Ireland, so be sure to buy Sunglow and support our local businesses Christmas Draw tickets are going out this week to members. Like and share our Christmas Draw page and promote the draw please. Well done to our neighbours Round Towers Lusk who won the Intermediate Club Football Championship on Saturday against Naomh Barróg CLG     As part of our Cleaner Club policy we are now asking all club members NOT to bring single use plastic bottles to the club from now on.  We have one community, one country and one world. Let's do our part to look after it. We now have a limited number of reusable water bottles in stock in the shop for €2 each. Thank you all in advance for your cooperation!!   Lotto results 11,16,17,20. There was no winner. LUCKY DIP €50 each: T & M Cashell, Christy Smyth, Niall Dockrel, John Kettle, Kathleen Wiley, John Mitchell. Jackpot: € 8,500.

Skerries Harps

Well done to the AFL2 senior ladies footballers, sponsored by Ollies, on their recent win St Maur's and to the Minor A footballers on their win against St Vincent's in the championship.  The Moriarty SuperValu-sponsored U-15 hurlers defeated OP/ER in the shield semi to make the final on Sun November 11th. Well done to the KMR Catering-sponsored U-13 girls footballers on achieving runners-up in Division 3. Hard luck to our U-15 ladies footballers on their defeat in the Shield Final and to the Minor Ladies who were also defeated in the Division 2 Shield Final. Congrats to Stephen Smith on a great performance with Dublin against The Underdogs and on his well-deserved Player of the Match award! Juvenile and Adult Games weekly meetings take place each Thursday in the clubhouse. Zingo result for the week before last: 7-2-1-4-3-6-5. 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.

The Academy will resume this coming Saturday at 10am after the Halloween break. The club shop opens 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/gumshields etc. Pop in and have a look! The last date for Christmas orders is November 17th and all Christmas orders must be paid for in advance. Diary dates: Thurs Nov 22nd - club agm at 8.30pm; Sat Dec 1st - Juvenile Presentation Evening (more details to follow). Many thanks to Audrey and Laura from Skerries Allcare Pharmácy who presented our Academy Coaches Louise and Johnny with a fully stocked first aid bag, training bibs and equipment for use during our weekly Juvenile Academy. The clubhouse is available for functions/parties. Contact Pat on 087-2505479 for details, or email


Lotto results for Saturday 27th October: 9, 14,17 and 23, there was no winner of the €600 jackpot. The 4 lucky dip winners for €25 were Bernie & Suzie c/o Coachmans , B.McGuirk c/o Noel, Kim Beatty c/o Kealys and Marie Brenton c/o Kealys. Next week's jackpot is €700, thank you for your continued support. Just a little reminder that our Little Stars training continues each Saturday with our fully qualified trainer at our new venue, Gaelscoil Cholmcille, Coolock Lane from 10.45 -11.45, for Boys & Girls  aged between 4 and up. No annual fee, pay as you go for only €2,  for more information contact our Juvenile Officer Anne-Marie McAllister on 0863523690 or Mark Hughes on 0894084553. We are currently on the lookout for any new players interested in playing junior football, if interested you can contact Bernie Reardon on 087-6640801 or George McAllister on 086-8371818.  We are delighted to announce that we have secured the Hill Farm site in Turnapin from Fingal County Council and the plan is to develop this into our club house and training facilities, we will keep you updated as things progress.

Finally we are hosting a Race Night on Friday 2nd November in Kealys of Cloghran. This fundraiser always proves to be a great nights entertainment and not one to be missed. Golf balbriggan SUNDAY'S Men's Hamper: 1st Tony Healy (3) 40pts, 2nd Kevin Donnelly (15) 38 pts; Gross Iker Zabaleta (1) 34; Div 1 Matthew Brown (10) 37pts; Div 2 Patrick McPartlan (15) 37 pts; Div 3 Cathal Hickey (17) 37pts. SUNDAY'S ladiesd Hamper: 1st  Jacqueline Clarke 36pts. Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles Stableford: 1st Joe Morris (6) 39pts, 2nd Declan Kelly (25) 38pts, Gross prize David Brabazon (2) 34pts; Div 1 Freddie Healy (8) 38pts, Div 2 Michael Marsh (14) 36pts, Div 3 Damien White (18) 37pts. CSS 72. Last Tuesday's ladies hamper no 3 stableford: 1st Amanda Williams (13) 39pts, 2nd Beatrice Magee (31) 39pts, 3rd Marion Behan (23) 38pts; Div 1 Orla Rooney (20) 38pts, Div 2 Yvonne Nolan (25) 37pts, Div 3 Margaret Ryan (30) 35pts. CSS 73. Last week's Men's Senior Open Stableford: Age 50-64 winner Joe Morris (6) 37pts, 2nd Ger O'Donoghue (11) 35pts; Age 65+ winner Sean Wilson (17) 39pts, 2nd John Gallagher (11) 38pts. CSS 70.

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