Friday 18 October 2019

Club Call

Colm Ó Donnchadha and Lisa Ni Donnchadhna excelled in the colours of Lusk AC at the Leinster Masters and National Masters respectively
Colm Ó Donnchadha and Lisa Ni Donnchadhna excelled in the colours of Lusk AC at the Leinster Masters and National Masters respectively

Athletics: Lusk - Well done to the club members who took in the Bohermeen Half-Marathon in Co Meath on Sunday morning. Conditions were challenging, but that didn't stop John Holland recording a brilliant time of 1:24.

Results: John Holland 1:24:19, Eamonn Phelan 1:39:15, Olivier Ansaldi 1:48:46, Colin Browne 2:21:38. Well done to all club members who participated in or volunteered at last weekend's parkruns. Congratulations to everyone who achieved a PB. Richard Foy and Una Gaines at Ardgillan, Martin McDevitt at Donabate and Tom Kenny at the Rush junior all improved their times for those courses. 

This coming Saturday at 9.30am our Fit4Life group will be making their graduation 5k run at Donabate parkrun. Please come out to support them by running with them. Why not sign up to volunteer? Did you know that pacing counts as a volunteer role?

Results: Marley - Greg Robins 23:41. Ardgillan - Richard Foy 22:40 PB, Una Gaines 24:45 PB, Nicole Hodson 25:23, Colm McNally 25:31, Stephen Magee 26:59. Oldbridge - Des McNally 24:58. Donabate - Mark Geraghty 22:15, Patrick Phillips 23:19, Jennifer Swan 24:39, Cerys O'Mahony 25:53, Liam Halpin 26:49, Martin McDevitt 27:17 PB, Olivier Ansaldi 29:53, Geraldine Halpin 31:39, Fiona Cahill 34:25, Matt Lawlor 40:04. River Valley - Jamie Cruise 21:27. Rush junior - Seimi McElarney 9:14, Cerys O'Mahony 9:24, Oliver Bush 10:07, Tom Kenny 12:50 PB, Dillon Wylie 13:24, Caleb Nolan 15:35, Aoife Clune 20:11, Eli Bush 21:48. Volunteers: Yannick Chevalier, Patrick Phillips, Olivier Ansaldi, Ann Robinson, Daniel O'Brien & Matthew Bush.

We'd like to congratulate our athletes who competed at the Leinster Masters Indoors recently. Very well done to Colm Ó Donnchadha who won silver in the Shot and Weight for Distance. Eamon McBride won bronze in the Shot and Weight for Distance. Colm McNally won silver in the Long Jump and bronze in the 60m. There was a super performance also from Orla Smith. 

We're now looking forward to the long, hot summer season of the Combined Events, Dublin Graded meetings, Leinster Masters and National Masters! Huge congratulations to Lisa Ni Donnchadha who claimed bronze in the National Masters in Athlone in the Shot Putt and Colm O Donnchadha who took bronze in the 56lb Weight Throw for Distance. That was a super result.

Congratulations to Ann Robinson on receiving her second-place medal for her age category at the recent Lusk 4-Mile race. Ann was also the first Lusk AC lady home.

Our annual 40-day morning run around Lusk at 6am has started - all welcome. This is open to members and non-members. Meet at Lusk NS. Lusk AC will take part in the Lusk St Patrick's Day Parade at 1.30pm. Please meet at 1.15pm on the ring road. We will have our next fund-raising event of bag-packing in SuperValu, Lusk, on Friday March 29th and Saturday 30th. Please come along and help for an hour or two if possible. 



Easter Camp: This year's Easter Camp has been confirmed for Tuesday April 23th to 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.

Portable goals on the all-weather: There are new weights on the portable goals on the all-weather. Please keep them with the goals and also when moving the goals do not slide them - they tear the pitch when they are moved like that. Lift them and wheel them - this is a two-person job!

Ladies colleges football: Well done to all the Fingallians ladies in the Colleges Championship Finals over the last few days. Involved were Shannon Murtagh (DIT), Emma Colgan (DCU), Emer Ni Eafa (DCU), Sinead Finnegan (DCU) and Fiona Hudson (selector), with DCU all winners in their respective competitions.

Adult hurling: Well done to the hurlers (Division 4) on a great home win against Na Fianna.

Irish oral exams: Aoife, Amy, Muireann and Sarah have agreed to hold mock oral exams for Junior and Leaving Cert students at the club on Tuesdays at 8pm for the next few weeks. We will cover all parts of the syllabus, so bring your Sraith Pictúir agus filíocht. This is a great, free-of-charge community service that should be availed of by all. Further info from Liam at 086-3814422. Lá Fhéile Pádraig/St Patrick's Day: We're really looking forward to this year's parade.

We will have some of our All-Ireland winners, our Drive for 5 fleet, our Division 1 players and even Bran, our four foot plus Irish wolfhound who will be decked out in his Fins gear. We're also very excited to reveal the top-class banners that were made by the Academy kids. 

We want everyone associated with the club to be with us on the day. Anyone parading (including adults) need to be dressed appropriately for the weather, in club colours, to be worn outside their coats.

We will meet at Coláiste Choilm (Christian Brothers School) at 10.30am on Sunday. leaving at 11am sharp. We want to be as large and as loud as possible. Bring whistles, flags, banners - anything that will announce Fingallians as the largest club in north County Dublin.

Lá mór na nGael: After the parade everyone is invited back to the clubhouse where there will be a DJ, Irish dancers, singing and shenanigans of all sorts. Club finals will be broadcast from Croke Park and there will be organised kids' activities on the all-weather. All are free of charge and available for all, so invite the neighbours, the granny, the uncle's canary, everyone.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Dé Céadaoin 13ú Márta ag 9 sa chlub beidh cúpla ceoltóirí ag teacht go dtí ár nGrúpa Comhrá le cabhrú linn Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 a chéiliúradh. Má tá uirlis nó Gaeilge agat tar isteach. Arís, saor in aisce agus oscailte do chách.

On Wednesday night 13th March at 9, some musicians will be joining our Irish conversation group to help us celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019. If you have an instrument or some Irish, please join us. Again, free of charge and open to all.

Ball wall resurfacing: The work on the ball wall resurfacing was due to begin yesterday (Monday) 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.

Dublin U-14 ladies football: Well done to Sarah Power and Kathlyn Treacy and the Dublin U-14 ladies on winning their first-round game in the Leinster Championship against Meath.

Camogie Foundation Course: There will be a Camogie Foundation Course held in the club this coming Saturday. Anybody interested, please contact Jacquie Brett.

Kieran Duff (Dully): A special viewing of Kieran Duff's Laochra Gael Episode had to be moved to this Friday at 8pm. We hope this will 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.

Fingallians extends their deepest sympathy to the Rodgers family on the death of Joe. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilís.

Numbers drawn in last Tuesday's lotto were 3, 5, 13, 22, 23 and two people shared the €2,362 jackpot - Dolly McGee and Sandra Murphy. This week's jackpot stands at €2,376. 


As O'Dwyer's GAA drive to raise funds for our new facilities - the club has 600+ members, 58 teams and 100+ coaches across football, hurling, ladies football, camogie and - soon - rounders, we invite you to our 'Let's Make It Happen' night this Friday at 8.30 in the Bracken Court. All are welcome to attend. On the night you will learn more about our development plans and how you can be part of the club's future, and there will be refreshments and music. For more information please see 

St Finian's Swords

It was adult hurling last weekend, with two matches on Sunday. In the AHL5 St Finian's travelled to Ballycullen to play Ballyboden St Endas and in cold, wild and blustery conditions they played out a draw in a very even contest. An Eoin O'Connor goal made by Lee Kavanagh gave Finian's an early initiative, but a Ballyboden goal from a 21-yard free before gave them a two-point half-time lead. This might have been greater were it not for strong defensive play from the backs, led by team captain David Hattie. The second half was nip and tuck and could have gone either way and the match finished up 1-12 each.

Conditions for the second adult match against Na Fianna in Rivervalley were even worse and the concession of early goals against the breeze ultimately proved costly. A strong second-half comeback led by midfielders Paddy Hattie and Dave Kelleher saw Finian's very nearly claw back the deficit in what was a well-contested and enjoyable match for those who chose to leave the warm sofa to come and play - and indeed for the supporters that came out to support the team. The final score was 4-9 to 3-9 in favour of Na Fianna.

Tomas Waters and Joel Hanna made a big contribution on their hurling debuts for the club.

The U-15 camogie side had another great win at the weekend over Naomh Jude, with great performances by all the girls. The U-12 boys Maroon team narrowly lost against Naomh Barróg in the hurling qualifying leagues after a fabulous game. Thomas Ashe U-13s were in action and had a fine win against Scoil Ui Chonaill. Well done lads.

The U-8s put in another great hurling performance against St Sylvester's in Malahide Castle, with a great comeback in the last match. Well done lads.

In the football, Thomas Ashe U-15s had a great league win over Whitehall Colmcille.

Our St Patrick's Day event planning is well under way. Make sure to watch our website and social media for updates. After the huge success of last year's event, make sure to get involved and make this year's as big, if not bigger!

The Instagram Competition draw took place recently and the winner of dinner for two in the Crowne Plaza Hotel is Louise Whelan. Well done Louise. Congratulations. Make sure you follow St. Finians GAA on Instagram for loads of info and more competitions!

Last Tuesday in the clubhouse we held a LGFA club2gether workshop which was run by LGFA officials. Club officials from clubs across Leinster and Ulster attended. Club2Gether is an exciting LGFA club development initiative aimed at strengthening club structures. This initiative focuses on developing areas such as volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, sponsorship and fundraising, games development, as well as planning for the future to ensure sustainable structures are in place going forward.

Our club are very proud of our adult camogie team who have had three players named on the Dublin intermediate panel - Jules McDonald, Ciara Buchanan and Claire McManamon. They played against Antrim recently at Parnells and went down by just two points in a tight match. Huge congratulations to Emma Howe and Teagan Cromber who made the U-16 LGFA Dublin panels. So proud of our girls!

Well done to the Ladies football team who played a mid-week challenge match against Whitehall Colmcille in foggy conditions and won by two points.

Our Minors played a challenge game against Na Fianna and in tough weather conditions there was great effort displayed by our boys even though it wasn't their day.

Huge congratulations to our U-15 camogie team who had a great win in the league away to St Pat's Palmerstown in horrible weather conditions. Well done girls!

Our U-13 girls football team played their first ever league game against Skerries and won by two points. Well done girls, we are so proud of you all!

One of the U-12 boys teams played Whitehall Colmcille in a challenge and had a great win in tough conditions. Keep up the hard work boys. The other U-12 team went on a road trip to Roscommon and played a match against Roscommon Gaels. The boys all put on a superb performance and had a great win. They then travelled to Dr Hyde Park to watch the Dubs succeed over Roscommon in what was a very tight match. Afterwards, what a thrill for the boys as they met Dean Rock, Michael Darragh McCauley, Paul Mannion and Paul Flynn! St Finian's would like to extend our thanks to Roscommon Gaels for their hospitality. 

Both Under-11 boys teams performed brilliantly in strong wind out in Peregrines and they were rewarded with well-deserved Krispy Kremes!! Our three U-9 boys football teams played Whitehall Colmcille and all fared very well in their matches, with some outstanding performances. Our U-8 boys had a great match against St Sylvester's at home.

The Nursery/Academy is on every Saturday morning - Nursery at 10am and Academy 11.30. We're looking forward to seeing you all. All new members are very welcome from four years of age upwards. 

There will be a Feile Fund-raising Fun Quiz on Friday March 22nd at 8.30pm in Peacocks Lounge & Bar. It's €40 per table of four, with a raffle on the night. This quiz is a fund-raising event for all four 2019 Feile teams, boys and girls football and hurling and camogie, and all are welcome.

Numbers drawn in last weekend's lotto were 2, 12, 17 and 26 and our lucky dip winners of €30 each were Mark Degnan, Deirdre Behan, Tony Dervaig and Tom Dervan. The previous week's €30 winners were Amanda Kiernan, Christine Geoghan, Eamonn Murphy jnr and Robert Szczygielski.  You can get Lotto envelopes in the clubhouse, Peacocks Lounge & Bar and Rivervalley Post Office, and of course you can play lotto online on the St Finian's website. The draws take place in the coffee shop every Saturday at 1pm and the jackpot stands at €7,400.  

The coffee shop is open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm - everyone welcome. Come and enjoy the cakes, cuppa and a chat!

Please submit news items, fixtures/results to be included in the club notes to

Skerries Harps

Hard luck to our AFL1 and AFL4 teams on their recent league defeats at home in very difficult conditions.

Well done to the Minor hurlers on their win in Division 3 over Commercials.

The Moriarty SuperValu-sponsored Under-16 Division 2 hurlers and Under-15 Division 3 hurlers marked the start of their respective league campaigns with drawn matches and the Under-13 Division 6 hurlers had a strong win over Castleknock in difficult conditions.

Congrats to the Dublin senior ladies on their recent win over Westmeath in the league. Well done to Ben Jones and Eoin Wilde who played for the Dublin Under-16s against Mayo.

A reminder that Skerries Harps Annual Membership fees are now due and are available for renewal online at All players (Adult and Juvenile) must have membership and injury fund fees paid up now. Contact club registrar Peter Farmer at with any queries.

This Friday there is a Race Night fundraiser in aid of Feile 2019 and it's always a great night. Contact Alan on 086-8072090 or Susan on 087-2996033 for details on how to become a jockey, own your own horse for the night or become a race sponsor!

On Saturday June 1st the Elvis Spectacular takes place at the Harps. Save the date in your diary as it's a night not to be missed. Tickets, priced €20, are available from Pat in the clubhouse bar.

Coaching Course:- The East Camp, which is suitable for five to 13-year-olds, runs from Tuesday April 23rd to Thursday 25th from 10am to 2pm daily. The cost is €35 and you can contact Louise at 085-1465673 for details.

Zingo result for the weekend before last: 5-6-4-7-3-2-1. There was no winner of the jackpot or dividend in that draw. The Zingo draws are on Sundays at 6.30pm in the clubhouse. How do you win? You buy a ticket! You can also play online at and follow the links. Entries cost only €2 each or €5 for three.

We are seeking more volunteers to help out in the club shop or with refreshments for an hour on a Saturday morning. Contact Joanne at 086-4058523 if you can help. Many hands make light work.

The Skerries Harps Gaelic4Mothers & Others team are back training every Monday from 9 to 10pm at the main pitch. Come along and join in. It's a great way to get out playing football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. Contact Chris for more info on 087-9725519.

The club extends deepest sympathy to the family of Carmel Boylan RIP. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.  



Sunday's men's 18-hole stableford: 1st Gary Maguire (8) 38pts, 2nd Paul Redmond (12) 38pts; Div 1 Gary O'Hanlon (7) 35pts, Div 2 Eoin O'Donoghue (12) 36pts, Div 3 Lloyd Wilson (17) 33pts.

Saturday's Captains' Drive-in scramble competition results were as follows: Men's: 1st Charlie Guildea (11), John McCloskey (17), Frank Ivers (21) & Tommy Shiel (17) 59.4; 2nd Bill Duggan (11), Derek Meaney (21), Jason Jordan (12) & David Sheridan (14) 59.6. Mixed: 1st John McConnell (6), Nicola Campbell (9), Orla Sullivan (20) & Peter Sullivan (11) 61.4; 2nd Paul Redmond (12), Ken Moss (11), Jeud Ennis (26) & Marion Behan (23) 61.8. Ladies winners Frances Shaw (7), Sinead Walsh (19), Brenda Johnston (28) & Melenia Andrews (34) 61.2.

Last Tuesday's ladies 12-hole stableford: 1st Barbara Kenny (14) 29pts, 2nd Frances Shaw (7) 26pts, 3rd Ina Hudson (34) 25pts. Winners from last week's Men's Senior Open 12-hole stableford: Age 50-64 Noel Healy (26) 28pts, Age 65+ Richard McGovern (5) 26pts.


Results from last Saturday's Gents Team Development Fund four-man team event were as follows:  1st John O'Riordan (18), Gerry McCaul (18), David Kelly (12) & Charles Robertson (20) 97pts; 2nd Stephen Conroy (8), Andrew Keenan (11), Mark Smithers (12) & Gary Smithers (16) 92pts; 3rd Doug Robertson (6), Jake McGroddy (9), Derek Kane (17) & Declan Rickard (13) 91pts ocb. 

Hollywood Lakes

Saturday's ladies 12-hole stableford winner was 11-handicapper Ann Hallinan with 19 points. Winner of last Thursday's Open Singles stableford for ladies and gents was 11-handicapper Raymond Elliot with 37 points. 

Pitch & putt


The Sunday game winner was Josie Cahill (net 46), beating Nick Savage (net 51) into second place. That was a great score from Josie in very windy conditions.

Next Sunday the O'Connor Cup competition is on, with the tee at 11am.

The Lotto bonus ball has returned for 2019 and balls are available from the clubhouse.

Deepest sympathies to the Rogers family on the recent loss of their dear dad and husband Joe. May he RIP.

Any persons interested in playing P&P can contact the secretary on 085-1743748 to get an introduction to the club. For more details of membership for 2019 please browse our website pages at

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