Athletics: Lusk. It was the second year of the Lusk 4-Mile Road Race and after the drama of last year's 'Beast from the East', this year at least the snow waited until just after the race had finished! The race was a sell-out, with more than 800 entries including large numbers from many clubs in Dublin and surrounding counties. But the weather wasn't kind as heavy rain and blustery conditions prevailed, along with almost freezing temperatures.
Even so, there were 680 runners, joggers and walkers who completed the two-lap course, cheered on by supporters and volunteers who also braved the inclement weather. The race was won by Irish Olympian and popular Raheny Shamrock clubman Mick Clohisey in a new course record of 19:16, followed home by Ian Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers in 19:32 and Padraig Moran of Mullingar Harriers in 19:52. Winner of the ladies races was the very popular Catherina McKiernan in 22:49, followed home by Ailish Murtagh of Raheny Shamrocks in 24:28 and Harriette Robinson of Dundrum South Dublin in 24:32.
Congratulations to all. Huge thanks to the race sponsors and race committee and volunteers. The race takes months of planning and wouldn't be the success that it was without the efforts of so many people on the day and in the months leading up to it. It was great to see so many club members in action and it was a successful day as Lusk AC took the men's team prize and Daniel O'Brien was first U-20. Congratulations to all.
Results: Darren Ryan 22:37, Johnny Holland 23:05, Conor Doyle 23:12, Daniel O'Brien 23:17 1st Junior, Claudio Rivelli 23:35, Dwain Moore 24:35, Clive Cleary 25:42, Jamie Cruise 26:22, John Tindley 27:57, William Walsh 28:16, Garret Nolan 28:34, Kevin Powderly 28:27, Stephen Brennan 29:32, Ann Robinson 29:35, Trevor Russell 29:53, Michael Webster 29:57, Greg Robins 29:59, Emma Dennis 30:08, Conor Clune 30:00 pacer, Rodrigo Lara 30:17, Sinead Sharkey 30:36, Conor Corr 30:47, Jennifer Swan 31:23, Tony Brennan 31:24, Desmond McNally 31:55, Gerard Kearney 32:10, Richard Lanigan 32:22, Rebecca Harford 32:44, Hazel Keegan 32:50, John McDonald 32:51, Colin Browne 33:16, Liam Halpin 33:25, Abby Chung 33:34, David Butler 34:10, Gavin Fogg 34:42, Louise Brazil 35:01, Robert Pender 35:07, Colm De Bhal 35:00 pacer, Martin McDevitt 35:10, Sarah Waldron 35:37, Mary McNally 35:51, Catriona Skelly 35:58, Michelle McGee 36:01, Claire Ryan Hogan 36:25, Ian Cortina 37:09, Paul Wylie 38:06, Kylie Daly 38:07, Cathy McBride 38:10, Veronica Brogan 38:32, Linda McNally 38:36, Jacqui Palmer 38:38, Denise Scott 38:38, Joseph Daly 38:44, Owen Corcoran 38:47, Nicola Brophy 39:13, Marie Hally 39:43, Paula Collins 40:31, Ciaran Brophy 40:32, Elba Vargas-Russell 40:38, Eilish Lynch 40:39, Susan McDevitt 41:24, Olivia Byrne 41:32, Emma Jameson 43:47, Lorraine Doyle 44:45, Louise Mahon 44:56, Matt Wade 52:39, Sheila Bourke 66:50 - tail-walker. Congratulations to the club members who competed at the Leinster 2019 Junior, Senior & Master Indoor Championships in the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown on Saturday.
There were medals for Colm McNally in the Long Jump and 60m, Colm Donoghue (silver in the shot & weight for distance) and bronze for Eamon McBride in the shot and weight for distance. There was also a great performance from Orla Smith.
Adult football: We had our three adult football Teams in action on Sunday, First up were the Division 1 side who had a very narrow one-point loss to St Maur's, Next up were the Division 6 side who beat Wanderers and the day finished out with the third team coming from behind to beat O'Dwyer's. Lotto: Last Tuesday's club lotto numbers were 2, 4, 11, 19, 30 and seven people shared the €2,866 jackpot - Ray Lambe, Ava & Daniel, Kevin Dardis, Lisa Prendergast, Ann McNally, Donna Barry and Michael Clancy. This week's jackpot stands at €2,362. Seachtain na Gaeilge: Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ó 1-17 Márta. Molaimid le gach duine a chuid Gaeilge a úsáid, pé mhéid a bhfuil agat. Seachtain na Gaeilge runs from 1-17 March. We encourage everyone to use their cúpla focal, regardless of how much or little you have. Easter Camp: This year's Easter Camp has been confirmed for Tuesday 23th to Friday 26th from 9am until 1pm. Please note that this is a slight change to previous years. Applications forms will be available shortly from the bar. Summer and Kellogg's Cup Camp dates will be confirmed in the next few weeks. Ball Wall Resurfacing: The Work on the Ball Wall resurfacing will begin on March 11th and this will be the same surface as the all-weather pitch. This means that the Ball Wall will be off limits for about a week while the work is completed. Camogie visit: Many thanks to all who helped out during the visit of St Josephs Camogie from Armagh to the club for a game before heading to Croke Park for the All-Ireland Club Finals. Junior Ladies: Well done to our Junior ladies football team who travelled to The Hague in Holland to take part in an international tournament over the weekend. They got through to the final and lost out to Ballinteer in a very tight game. Camogie Foundation Course: There will be a Camogie Foundation Course held in the club on Saturday March 16th and anybody interested is asked to please contact Jacquie Brett. Social dancing: There is a full list of the upcoming dates for the social dancing on our Facebook page. Kieran Duff (Dully): A special preview of Kieran Duff's Laochra Gael Episode will be shown in the club on Friday March 8th at 8pm. We hope this would be a special night for Kieran and will be putting on a special night to celebrate this. There will be a Q and A after the special advance viewing of the documentary, with some very special guests in the club. Annual Membership: The club have introduced two new methods of payment. One is an App for Smart Phones called Myclubfinance and can be found on Android and Apple App stores. When you open the App look for Fingallians in the club search. Also it's a great way to play the club lotto online as you can play the same numbers for a given amount of weeks. The other method is in the Desktop. Log on to https://clubforce.com and follow the same process as the App. We are trying to get members to pay online more so than the bar as it is a quicker and easier way to pay your membership. All players must be registered and insured before they can play. Car Park: The club have introduced a new one-way system for the car park each weekday evening from 6 until 8pm. We would ask if all drivers enter only through the top gate and turn left and follow the car park arrows, and exit only through the bottom gate. Please can we try to make this new system work as there are a lot of small people running around at that time and we would like for them all to grow into big people. Remember, one accident would be one too much. Thank you all in advance. Fingallians extends their deepest sympathy to the Thompson family on the death of Jack. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilís.
Our Division 3 team had a good win against St Margarets and our seconds beat Lucan Sarsfields by a point. Unfortunately our third team game against Oliver Plunketts was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. Our U-12 boys team played St Peters in their Grading League game. The lads were 11 points down at half-time, put in a massive second-half performance but were unfortunately beaten by two points. Club membership is now overdue. The easiest way is to follow this link - http://fingal ravens.ie/registrations/. We have a three-day Easter Camp from Tuesday April 23rd until Thursday 25th from 10am to 2pm. It's for five to 12-year-olds and great value at only €30 per child. To book a place please email Secretarybng.firstname.lastname@example.org. We were very saddened to hear of the death of Dick Daly, formerly of Brasspot, Rolestown. Dick was a great supporter and sponsor of Fingal Ravens. We send our deepest sympathies to Frances, Richard, Elaine and his grandchildren, particularly Fingal Ravens players Niall and Cian and the extended family. RIP Dick. We also send condolences to Mary Parkinson, her husband Mark and their daughter, Fingal Ravens player Aisling, on the death of Mary's father Michael.
As O'Dwyer's GAA drive to raise funds for our new club facilities for its 600+ members, 58 teams and 100+ coaches across football, hurling, ladies football, camogie and soon to be rounders, we invite you to our 'Let's Make it Happen' night on Friday March 15th at 8.30 in the Bracken Court. To learn more about the club development plans and how you can be part of our club's future, register your interest in attending using the following link - http://odwyersgaa.com/new-facility-information-night/ On the night you will learn more about the club development plans and how you can be part of our club's future. The adult hurlers play Kilmacud Crokes next Sunday in a home fixture at 3pm - all support welcome! February draw result: 1st prize €200 Freda Smith, 2nd prize €100 Peadar & Angela O'Kelly, 3rd prize €50 James Collins, 4th prize €50 Tom O'Neill, 5th prize €50 Sean Garvan. 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. Numbers drawn in last week's lotto were 2, 4, 15 and the jackpot for the draw last night (Monday) stood at €2,635.
Sunday's AFL1 result was Fingallians 2-8 Maur's 2-9. Our Minor camogie team played neighbours Skerries Harps in horrendous conditions earlier but enjoyed the game thoroughly. It finished Skerries Harps 0-1 Naomh Maur 1-3. There was more success for the Under-16 camogie girls also as their game finished Naomh Maur 6-10 St Anne's 1-8. Well done girls. Also, there wasa another great win for the Under-14 camogie team after a very physical battle - Naomh Maur 8-5 Erins Isle 3-1. What an incredible morning of action, with our 9s, 10s and 11s boys all dominating in big-ball action. Our academy hurled away in the hall, while our Under-7s were at the ball wall swinging in the rain! There were magnificent skills on show and the conveyor belt is well oiled! Dear parents and members. Please note all players must now be registered - otherwise you cannot continue playing or training. The club will be strictly enforcing this for all teams and panels. Register online at www.maurs.ie and follow the link, or call to the office between 9am and 3pm Monday to Friday. If anyone has any difficulty with their registration fee, please get in touch with club officers in confidence. Sunday's lotto numbers were 1, 5, 13, 24, the €50 lucky dip winners were Kay Rogan, Just the three of us, B Kiernan, Carmel Drumm, Eddie Wong and Betty Keane and next weekend's jackpot will be €13,000.
Winners from Sunday's men's front nine competition were as follows: Div 1 Gary Maguire (8) 20pts, Div 2 Mark Kendellen (14) 22pts, Div 3 Derek Whelan (17) 20pts. Winners from Saturday's men's nine-hole stableford: Front nine - Div 1 Gary Maguire (8) 22pts, Div 2 David Rooney (13) 19pts, Div 3 Niall Murphy (18) 22pts; Back nine - Div 1 Martin McInerney (11) 18pts, Div 2 Stephen Coffey (14) 19pts, Div 3 Tom Murphy (24) 22pts. Saturday's ladies nine-hole stableford result: 1st Anne McEvoy (12) 20pts, 2nd Ann Griffin (30) 20pts. Last Tuesday's Ladies Spring League Final stableford competition: 1st Frances Newcomen (28) 20pts, 2nd Anne McEvoy (12) 19pts; Div 1 Evelyn Tolan (10) 17pts, Div 2 Gemma O'Connor (27) 17pts, Div 3 Mary Halligan (35) 17pts. Last week's Men's Senior Open 12-hole stableford: Age 50-64 winner John Curran (15) 21pts, 2nd Laurence McNally (21) 19pts. Age 65+ winner John Woodhead (20) 19pts ob6, 2nd Francis Finnegan (18) 19pts.
Sunday's gents invitation 14-hole singles stableford: 1st Doug Robertson (6-2) 31pts, 2nd James Carberry (8) 28pts ob9. Result from last Saturday's men's 14-hole singles stableford competition: Class 1 winner Tom Murphy (10-2) 30pts, 2nd Stephen Conroy (8) 28pts ocb; Class 2 winner David Kelly (12-2) 31pts ocb, 2nd John Ryan (12-2) 31pts; Class 3 winner Dermot Morris (17) 32pts ocb, 2nd Gerry McCaul (18) 32pts; Class 4 winner Ken Nolan (23) 32pts ocb, 2nd Norman Bernard (22) 32pts.
Sunday's men's 12-hole singles stableford: 1st Dermot Timmins (18) 30pts, 2nd Pat McEvoy (19) 28pts ob6, 3rd David Devere (12) 28pts. Sunday's ladies 12-hole singles stableford winner was 11-handicapper Ann Hallinan with 17 points, while the same player won Saturday's 12-hole singles stableford with 23 points. Saturday's men's 12-hole singles stableford: 1st Bobby Geoghegan (17) 32pts, 2nd Keith Short (27) 29pts ob9, 3rd William Grimes (22) 29pts. Last Thursday's Ladies & Gents Open Singles stableford: 1st Terry Murphy (7) Headfort 42pts ob9, 2nd David Fitzgerald (9) 42pts, 3rd Gerry Seaver (3) 41pts. The ladies mid-week nine-hole competition was won by 36-handicapper Madeleine Loughrey Grant with 14 points. Winner of last Tuesday's Seniors Open Singles 12-hole gents and ladies competition was 13-handicapper Ambrose McCann with 25 points.
Winners in last Wednesday's ladies 14-hole competition were as follows: Cat A Brenda Craig 26pts, Cat B Eileen McAdoo 28pts.