Wednesday 23 October 2019

Club Call

Emma Dennis, Des McNally and Colm McNally of Lusk AC at the Glen Emmets 5k on Sunday
Emma Dennis, Des McNally and Colm McNally of Lusk AC at the Glen Emmets 5k on Sunday

Athletics: Lusk - Well done to the three Lusk athletes who took part in Sunday's Glen Emmets 5k in Tullyallen, Co Louth. Congratulations to Emma Dennis who was third lady across the finish line. Their times were as follows: Colm McNally 22:04, Emma Dennis 22:55, Des McNally 25:57.

Two club members were representing their Universities in Athlone IT at the University Outdoor Track & Field Championships which took place on Friday and Saturday.

Shane McNally (ITB) picked up a bronze medal in the pole vault, while Brian Flynn (DCU) came fifth overall in the combined events, helping DCU to the Combined Events team trophy. Congratulations to both.

Well done to all club members who participated in or volunteered at last weekend's parkruns. There were Lusk AC runners at four parkruns across north County Dublin, with the fastest time coming from Francis McCullagh who ran 19:41 - earning second place at Donabate. John Tindley was fourth at River Valley and Eoin McGuirk's 8:02 at Rush on Sunday gave him a deserved first place. It was also great to see Jamie Cruise reaching the milestone of 50 runs. Results:

Malahide - Miriam Finan 39:10, Eilish Lynch 39:25.

Ardgillan - Richard Foy 22:46, Mark Geraghty 24:31.

Donabate - Francis McCullagh 19:41 2nd place, Stephen Brennan 22:36, Thomas Lara 22:51 pacer, Rodrigo Lara 23:11, Liam Halpin 26:38, Sheila Bourke 30:01 pacer, Olivier Ansaldi 30:01, Geraldine Halpin 30:57, Fiona Cahill 33:53, Helen McKean 52:33 tail-walker.

River Valley - John Tindley 21:21, Jamie Cruise 24:50 pacer.

Rush junior - Eoin McGuirk 8:02 PB & 1st, Seimi McElarney 9:12, Oliver Bush 10:06, Alexa Holland 10:32, Oscar Nolan 10:53, Aleks Kosowski 11:10 PB, Peter Ryan 11:12 PB, Dillon Wylie 14:00, Eli Bush 14:59, Sarah Fogg 15:09.

Volunteers: Jamie Cruise, Sheila Bourke, Sean Greensit, Thomas Lara, Rodrigo Lara, Helen McKean, Johnny Holland, Daniel O'Brien, Caitriona Halpin, Conor Doyle, Matthew Bush.

The Dublin Athletic Board graded meetings are starting on May 1st at Morton Stadium and run throughout the summer. We would encourage our athletes (over 16s) to try them out. Further details can be found at

The Leinster Outdoor competition fixtures have also been published. All Juveniles, U-17s, U-18s, U-19s and all adults can take part in Leinster events and full details are available in their booklets on

Days one and two of the Dublin Juvenile Track & Field Leagues 2019 take place in Santry Stadium this coming Saturday and on Saturday April 27th.

The other two dates are Saturday May 4th and May 18th, both in Tallaght.

Event details will be posted when available. Points are awarded for the first seven places in each event and are accumulated over the four leagues. The entry fee is €3 per athlete - collected by your coach - and we encourage all our juveniles to take part. They have trained hard over the last few months and now it's time to shine! Good luck to you all!

The National 10k takes place at Phoenix Park next Sunday, so best of luck to all. Remember, as club runners you start in the club section of the race - or separately if taking part in the ladies race.

Entries for the Leinster 10-mile race, taking place at St Anne's Park on Easter Monday, are still available online. 



Last Tuesday's lotto numbers for a jackpot of €2,594 were 4, 8, 13, 15, 18 and the seven winners were Richard McDonnell, Tony Cleary, Rosemarie Redmond, D Cullen, Christine Copeland, Pauline Carpenter and Rose Vaughan. This week's jackpot stands at €2,212. 

Fingal Ravens

Our three-day Easter Camp for five to 12-year-olds takes place from Tuesday April 23rd to Thursday 25th. It's great value at only €30 per child. Please register beforehand by messaging Desy on 087-9957429 or emailing

Fingal Ravens recently launched their fundraiser The OsKaRS and we need everyone to get involved. It promises to be a great event which will be enjoyed by anyone who takes part. Anyone wishing to take part or needing further details should contact Colin Kettle on 087-8164861 or Ian Donnelly on 086-0657522.

Well done to Lauren and Isla from our U-14s girls who represented the club playing with the U-13 Dublin squad in Wexford the weekend before last.

That weekend there was a good win at home for our Division 3 adult team against St Pat's Donabate, while the Division 11N team drew with St Vincents away. The U-12 boys won their last grading league game away to Skerries Harps, thanks to a phenomenal team effort by all the lads. It was a great win - well done.

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last for a jackpot of €17,000 were 8, 11, 27, 38 and the €20 prizes went to Ciara Kavanagh, Paul McCarthy and Keith Jones.

All our club gear is now available online at 

Naomh Mearnog

The club hosted seven teams for the annual Dublin Camogie Feile under-14 competition the Saturday before last and teams gathered in Naomh Mearnog's grounds for the day-long tournament.

The Mearnog girls were resplendent in brand new gear provided and sponsored by Dublin Bus' DoDublin. A special thanks to Miriam Brady of Dublin Bus for organising the sponsorship. 

Excitement on the day reached fever pitch. It started with a parade of all teams, lead by local piper Mick Foy, and then the games commenced - with Mearnog pitched against St Kevin's, Raheny and Thomas Davis.

The local girls did the community proud by progressing from their group and edging a thrilling afternoon semi-final against Faughs. They played the Feile final on the Sunday morning in O'Toole Park and thrilled their large support with a magnificent display, going down by a single point after a late goal from their Raheny opponents. The passion and skill was an absolute joy to behold!

The girls held their heads high in clapping Raheny off the pitch and collecting their runners-up medals and our own Sophie Cotter earned the plaudits as Player of the Match. 

Thanks to all for the support and for the tireless work in readying our grounds for the day's festival. In the words of one of our girls, it felt like Christmas had come again!  

St Finian's Swords

Nearly all our teams competed the weekend before last and we also had two representatives on the Dublin U-16 team, with Emma Howe and Teagan Comber (as captain) playing against Meath. These girls are fantastic role models for all the younger players coming up behind them. Well done girls, your club is behind you 100% cheering you on.

Our AFL4 team played away to St Finian's Newcastle and were unfortunate to lose 0-12 to 2-3.

Our Minor camogie girls had a tough game in the Valley against a very strong Na Fianna, but they fought very hard, with some great individual skills on show.

Well done to our U-15 and U-13 girls who played in a Division 3 Feile at St Anne's GAA Club. The girls should be very proud of the effort they displayed and it was super to see two teams come together as one to give the girls a day out. Great credit to all the mentors and everyone who helped make it happen.

Our U-12 camogie team played against Commercials Hurling Cumann Iomanaiochta and Beann Eadair CLG at the Blitz in Ridgewood and the girls put in super performances in both games.

The U-12 boys had two great wins in their final football grading games, the White team by six points against Whitehall Colmcille and the Maroon side by 10-12 to 2-7 against Thomas Davis. 

Our U-11s were at home to Cuala and we've seen a big improvement in the last few games and a great team effort all round.

Our U-10 girls played a super match up in Ridgewood against Clontarf. Niamh Cooney and Emily Ryan took home a trophy each and Anna Satall got the teddy for a brilliant performance. Well done girls.

Our U-10 boys played Erin's Isle, the U-9 boys white team put in a great effort against Raheny and our U-8 boys were very strong in their match against Na Fianna. Well done boys!

Our Easter Camp is always a huge success and is filling up fast. Places are limited, so please get your booking done as soon as possible, using the link from our website.

On Easter Saturday St Finian's are running an Easter Egg Hunt/Challenge. Details of how to get tickets will follow soon. Watch the website and social media for details. 

The Dublin Meat Company have made a generous donation to support the St Finian's U-12 boys teams in the form of two new sets of jerseys. 

To complement this donation, they have also kindly agreed to run a campaign in the Swords shop for the month of April. Every euro spent by St Finian's GAA members and supporters will generate a percentage return to the team. There is a designated box in the shop for all supporters to put their receipts into. Funds raised will go towards new jerseys for the teams and other items. 

Many thanks to Brian O'Leary and Dublin Meat Company team for their support. Please ensure you spread the word and support this campaign and support local businesses. 

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

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the week before last for a jackpot of €7,700 were 2, 4, 10 and 24 and our lucky dip winners of €30 each were Kyle Nishmura, Noel Lynch, Simon McCafferty and Fintan Lalor.

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

For a full list of activities on in the clubhouse activity room, please check out our website for details.

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

Skerries Harps

Feile competitions for 2019 started the weekend before last and our U-14 Division 3 Camogie team competed strongly, defeating Fingallians in the semi-final and unfortunately lost out to St Judes in the decider. Congrats to the girls and mentors on a great weekend of camogie.

Our AFL1 team defeated Thomas Davis by a one-point margin at home, while the AFL9 side travelled to Round Towers Clondalkin and took home a win and the Minor hurlers defeated Craobh Chiarain in the Division 3 league.

Emma Parker and Megan Carroll represented the club on the Dublin Minor camogie panel and Jack Smith lined out with the Westmeath senior footballers.

The Gaelic for Mothers & Others team took part in their first blitz of the 2019 season recently and they are always welcoming new members. Contact Chris on 087-9725519 for more info.

The Easter Camp takes place from April 23rd to 25th from 10am to 2pm each day and it's suitable for ages five to 13 years. Only a few places were still available at the time of going to press, at €35, and you can contact Louise 085-1465673 for details. 

The Gourmet Food Parlour-sponsored Easter Hurling & Camogie Tournament will take place from Monday to Wednesday of next week and registration forms have been distributed via the primary schools.  

On Saturday June 1st there's an Elvis Extravanganza in the clubhouse. Tickets, priced €20, are available now from the clubhouse bar (limited availability).

Zingo result for last Sunday week: 4-3-7-2-1-5-6. There were no jackpot or dividend winners. The draws take place every Sunday at 6.30pm in the clubhouse - see you there! Play online at

The Academy resumed for Term 3 last Saturday and continues each week at 10am.  



Sunday's men's singles 18-hole stableford: 1st Colm Lawless (15) 43pts, 2nd Con O'Connor (13) 41pts, Gross prize Padraig Masterson (4) 33pts; Div 1 Pat Casey (9) 40pts, Div 2 Dave Verdon (16) 38pts, Div 3 Martin Casey (21) 38pts. CSS 74.

Sunday's ladies 18-hole singles stableford: 1st Lorna Fitzsimons (7) 36pts, 2nd Fiona Flanigan (18) 35pts, 3rd Anne McEvoy (12) 35pts. CSS 74.

Saturday's men's 18-hole singles stableford: 1st Kilian Martin (19) 42pts, 2nd Kyle Healy (6) 39pts, Gross prize David Brabazon (4) 32pts; Div 1 Adrian Browne (10) 39pts, Div 2 Paul Redmond (12) 38pts, Div 3 Vincent Garland (27) 39pts. CSS 72.

Saturday's ladies 18-hole singles stableford: 1st Sandy Forsyth (13) 38pts, 2nd Helen Tarrant (21) 37pts. CSS 74.

Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles stableford result: 1st Kilian Martin (19) 33pts, 2nd Anthony Cunningham (7) 33pts. CSS 75 R/O.

Last Tuesday's Australian Spoons qualifiers: Nett - I Hudson & E Hagan (35) 73; Gross - F Shaw & A Williams (10) 87.

Last week's Men's Senior Open 12-hole stableford: Age 50-64 winner Martin Casey (21) 30pts, 2nd Noel Healy (26) 28pts; Age 65+ winner Matt Ryan (16) 28pts, 2nd Martin McCoy (21) 26pts.

March 31st ladies 18-hole stableford result: 1st Jeud Ennis (26) 35pts, 2nd Amanda Williams (13) 32pts. 


Saturday's gents singles stableford, sponsored by Derek Kane and Derek Keogh: Overall winner Barry Gorham (20) 41pts; Class 1 winner Damien Hanratty (5) 38pts, 2nd Tommy Byrne (11) 36pts; Class 2 winner Basil Cooney (12) 37pts, 2nd Frank Moore (12) 35pts; Class 3 winner Paul Smithers (16) 35pts ob9, 2nd John Lahiff (17) 35pts; Class 4 winner Charles Robertson (20) 37pts ob9, 2nd  Cian O'Hagan (20) 37pts ob9. Fri CSS 72, Sat CSS 73.

Sunday's gents singles stableford, sponsored by John Flood: 1st Owen Coyne (9) 40pts ocb, 2nd Colm O'Brien (19) 40pts, 3rd Dermot Bradfield (6) 39pts, 4th Gary Mulhall (12) 38pts. CSS 72. 

Hollywood Lakes

Last Tuesday's Ladies & Gents Senior Open singles stableford: 1st Thomas Kirwan (10) 33pts ob9, 2nd Jack Stacey (11) 33pts. CSS 74 (34) reductions only.

The March 31st ladies 18-hole singles stableford winner was 24-handicapper Annette Tierney-Monaghan with 33 points. 


Winners from the ladies competition held on the last weekend in March and last Wednesday: Cat A Deirdre Campbell (13) 33pts, Cat B Alva Doyle (27) 29pts.

Pitch & putt


Winner of Sunday's competition was Nick Savage with a net 51 (ob9), with second place going to Jason Doyle. This Wednesday's threeball scramble is at 4pm.

The Lotto bonus ball has returned for April and can be purchased at the club.

Membership renewals are now due and any new 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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