Wednesday 22 May 2019

Club call

Richard Foy of Lusk AC looks relaxed as he piles on the miles during the Connemara Half-Marathon on Sunday
Richard Foy of Lusk AC looks relaxed as he piles on the miles during the Connemara Half-Marathon on Sunday

Athletics - Lusk: Well done to Johnny Holland and Richard Foy who were in the West of Ireland on Sunday for the Connemarathon series. Johnny completed the marathon in a super time of 3:17, while Richard ran the half in 1:41.

There were more than 3,200 finishers at Sunday's Great Ireland Run, which includes the National 10k. Six Lusk athletes took part at the Phoenix Park in blustery conditions. Well done to all. Results: Clive Cleary 41:21, Patrick Phillips 48:40, Ian Cortina 58:15, Nicola Brophy 59:59, Ciaran Brophy 64:38, Liv Byrne 67:48.

Well done to Stephen Brennan who completed the Wicklow Glacier Lakes mountain race on Sunday. Slightly over marathon distance but with the added bonus of 1,783 metres of climb, Stephen was delighted with his time of seven hours 13 minutes. Well done to all the club members who participated in or volunteered at last weekend's parkruns.

Congratulations to Ann Robinson and Greg Robins who chose Tinley Manor, South Africa, to complete their milestone 50th parkruns. The course is based at the exotically named Numz Adventure Island. It was also a big day for Jamie Cruise who was first finisher at Darndale in a great time of 20:24.

Results: Ardgillan - Stephen Magee 27:17, Miriam Finan 38:51, Emma Jameson 38:52. Naas - Jennifer Swan 24:47. Donabate - Colm De Bhal 22:23, Mark Geraghty 23:03, Des McNally 23:55 PB, Olivier Ansaldi 24:16, Colin Browne 24:18, Sheila Bourke 24:18, Dara Ann Harford 24:20, Una Gaines 24:23, Nicole Hodson 24:27, Emma Tully 24:27, Colm McNally 24:31, Gavin Fogg 24:43 PB, Annette Foy 24:45, Liam Halpin 26:11, David Butler 26:34, Geraldine Halpin 30:54, Alexa Holland 33:02, Fiona Cahill 33:17, Claire Purcell 36:25, Deirdre Purcell 36:47 PB. Tinley Manor - Ann Robinson 26:00 1st female, Greg Robins 26:12. Darndale - Jamie Cruise 20:24 1st place. Tyrrelstown - Rodrigo Lara 24:44. Rush junior - Oliver Bush 10:08, Tom Kenny 13:02, Reuben Nolan 14:27 PB, Dillon Wylie 14:37, Isabelle McDevitt 14:38, Eli Bush 17:49. Volunteers: Patrick Phillips, Sheila Bourke, Catriona Halpin, Daniel O'Brien.

Congratulations and well done to all the athletes, coaches and parents who were involved in the Dublin Athletic Board League One at Santry Stadium. Each and every one did the club proud.

Little Athletics and the juvenile groups are now on an Easter holiday break. Only children preparing for competition will train tonight (Tuesday) and on Thursday 25th - only competition children. Adults will continue to train on a casual basis amongst themselves. Everyone is due back on Tuesday 30th.

Have a fantastic Easter break and good luck to all our athletes competing over this time. The North Leinster Track & Field is on May 1st and 3rd.  Students need to choose their two events - and please ensure that your college has made arrangements for you to compete on the day of your competition. 



Senior Football Championship: Our senior footballers kicked off their Senior B Championship group games on Sunday with a game against Cuala in O'Toole Park, but unfortunately they came up short on a scoreline of 0-9 to 2-16. The second team won their opening championship game against St Brigids 2-5 to 0-6 and the thirds lost to Clann Mhuire 3-10 to 1-6. Academy: The Academy is taking a short break as it is the Easter weekend and it will be back again on April 27th.

Hurling: The management of the adult hurling teams would like to thank all those who supported their Quiz Night in the bar on Friday last. Senior Championship game: A great evening was had in Lawless Park on Friday night, with the club hosting St Vincent's and St Brigids in their Senior Championship game. Well done to all those who helped out on the night and showed the club and its facilities at their best. There will be further championship games played in the club in the coming weeks. 

Bar opening times for Easter: As Friday next is Good Friday the bar and clubhouse will be closed all day. The opening times for the weekend are Saturday 6pm to 12.30am, Sunday 3pm to 12.30am and Monday 6pm to 11pm.

Bar vacancy: There is a full-time position going in the club. This is primarily a full-time bar/facilities role. There will be an advertisement in this week's Fingal Independent. There are also some part-time positions available. Anyone interested can forward ther CV to

Easter Camp: This year's Easter Camp has been confirmed for Tuesday to Friday of next week from 9am until 1pm. Please note, this is a slight change to previous years. Application forms will be available from the bar. Summer and Kellogg's Cup Camp dates will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

Hurling Feile:  Well done to the U-14 boys and their mentors who took part in the Feile on Saturday in the club. They narrowly missed out on a semi-final place. Many thanks to all those who helped with the day and for all the support for the team.

Minor hurling: There was a super display by the Minor hurlers in Balheary on Sunday, beating close rivals Naomh Mearnog. That's two weeks in a row now beating Naomh Mearnog as they took the honours the week previously in football.

Dublin U-16 camogie: Well done to our own Niamh Crowley who helped the Dublin U-16 camogie team to beat Wexford in the U-16A Championship. They now go on to face Kilkenny in the Leinster final.

U-8 football and hurling teams: Well done to the Fingallians U-8 hurling and football teams who played in Croke Park on Sunday as part of the Leinster Go Games U-8 event. Well done to all involved.

Hurling tickets: Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the LSHC Dublin v Kilkenny game in Nowlan Park on Saturday May 11th can order through the bar. Stand €20, Terrace €15, Juvenilles €5. The list will close at 10pm on Sunday May 5th.

Club GPO: We have secured the services of a new GPO. Sligo man Brian Jordan will start as club GPO in the coming weeks - details tbc. Numbers drawn in last Tuesday's lotto were 17, 22, 34, 35 and there was no winner of the jackpot, which stands at a whopping €3,940 for tonight's draw. 


We had a very historic weekend here in O'Dwyer's hosting the U-14 Feile na nGael, expertly organised as always by Denise and the coaching and games committee. 

Our hurlers put on a fine display of skill and stamina which saw them progress into the final, which was a first for O'Dwyer's. The final took place on Sunday morning in Tallaght and the support this team were given was testament to our club family. It wasn't to be on the day for the lads, but we could not be more proud of the players, coaches, parents and supporters. There are big things ahead for this group of players! 

Congratulations to Fingal Gaels on their Feile na nGael Division 7 title. Thank you also to Parnells, Ballyboden St Endas, Ballinteer St Johns and St Vincents who travelled to Bremore Park on Saturday. The Senior ladies play Skerries Harps on Wednesday in Bremore Park at 7pm - all support welcome.

As part of our participation in the Healthy Club Project and in conjunction with our Executive Committee, smoking is prohibited on our campus at any time when juveniles are present. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

A Juvenile Disco with DJ Paul takes place this Friday (Good Friday) in the clubhouse from 7 to 8.30pm for children aged five to 12 years. Admission is €5 and all children must be dropped and collected by  parent/guardian.

There will be an Easter Social Night, with live music from Jackie Roy and Joe Costello, on Easter Sunday from 8pm - all welcome. Fiddle classes are on Monday afternoons. Contact Niamh on 087-1265650. Adult set dancing takes place 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 1, 21, 24 and the jackpot for the draw last night (Monday) stood at €1,100.  

St Maur's

St Maur's G4MO took on Ballymun Kickhams on Monday night of last week in the lashing rain and were victorious - 2-5 to 0-3.  

There was a good night's work from our two U-14 girls football teams who, with limited numbers, both played away on Friday night and secured wins against Castleknock in Division 2 and Fingallians in Division 6. There was super football by both teams and both are chasing silverware. 

 Development update: Work is really moving along now on our all-weather pitch, with 450mm of stone currently being laid for drainage. All are on target for a summer opening.

Finance wise, however, the club is not out of the woods yet. We still need more support to ensure the project is finished, with floodlighting and proper landscaping. If you haven't come on board yet to donate, please get in touch now and join the 250 people who've given to date. To make it even easier, we have set up an online donation page, but contacting a club committee member is still the easiest way to help.

See for the details. This project is the future of the club. It guarantees winter training at home, no matches called off or moved away, a home for school teams and the best club facilities in north Dublin.

The U-14 boys would like to thank everyone who helped out at the fRos-Lusca Fèile Na Gael. Even though the results didn't all go our way it was a great day and the boys seemed to really bond and enjoy the occasion. This team are only together now for three months and only had three competitive games under their belt, and to have a Fèile to begin with was very challenging. However they did really well and did their clubs, parents, mentors and parishes proud. 

The atmosphere in the club was fantastic and a credit to all who supported the event. Special thanks to Tom Larkin, our team physio for the day, our venue coordinator Maurice and all the other volunteers. There was lots of food left over, and with the help of Eoin Boyle and his Garda colleagues it went into the homeless at the GPO. 

Academy hurls are ready to go. Each registered Academy child can now practise small ball at home. Most games are won when no one is watching! We will also distribute the complementary hurl, training top and wristband for registered academy players. Hard luck to our hurlers who were defeated on what was an historic first appearance in the Intermediate Championship away to Clontarf.

In an exciting match Maur's were made rue a series of missed scoring opportunities and despite their best efforts after half-time were unable to close the gap, losing by six points. In the Junior D Hurling Championship Group 2 the same weekend our game finished St Patrick's (D) 2-11 St Maur's 0-17.

Our Under 14 girls hosted the same team from Barrógs in camogie and football, played very well and came out on top in both codes.

Easter Camp 2019 registrations are now open! Download the application form or simply follow the link to our brand new online registration and payment service. Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Numbers drawn in Sunday's lotto for a jackpot of €14,250 were 2, 10, 20, 25 and the lucky dip €50 winners were David Doyle, Kay Doyle, Aoife McGuinness, Pauline Griffin, Ruby Ann and Natalie Moore. The previous week's €50 winners were Orla Smith, Monica Crosbie, M Carolan, Bernie McGee, Mark Ryan and Vincent. The jackpot now stands at €14,500. 

Skerries Harps

Well done to our Moriarty SuperValu-sponsored U-16 footballers on their recent win over Kilmacud Crokes in the Division 1 League, making it six from six this season. Hard Luck to the Senior 1 camogie and Minor Division 1 football teams who were both defeated that weekend.

Congrats to Robyn Buckley, Sarah Smith and Rachel O'Brien who represented the club on the Dublin U-16 camogie team against Kilkenny in the Leinster Championship. Well done also to Hannah McGinnis who was on the Dublin U-14 ladies football team against Meath.

Our Easter Camp is fully booked - no spaces available, and registration has closed for this week's Gourmet Food Parlour-sponsored Easter Hurling & Camogie Tournament.

On Saturday April 27th there will be a G4M&O Glitz & Glam Table Quiz. Contact Jean at 083-8541806 to book your table (only €25 for a table of four).

Saturday May 18th is the date for live music in the club with BrandeD. There's no cover charge and all are welcome. On Saturday June 1st there's an Elvis Extravanganza in the clubhouse. Tickets, priced at €20, are available now from the clubhouse bar (limited availability).

Zingo result for the weekend before last: 5-7-2-6-3-4-1. Eddie McCarthy was the dividend winner. The draws take place on Sundays at 6.30pm and you can play online at

The club extends its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Matt Gaffney RIP, and to our near neighbours Man O War GFC, of which Matt was a much valued member. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.  



Sunday's men's 18-hole stableford: 1st Tony Healy (3) 38pts, 2nd Colm Lawless (13) 33pts, Gross prize Donard McClean (6) 27pts; Div 1 Mark Farrell (6) 31pts, Div 2 Pat O'Brien (13) 33pts, Div 3 William Beare (20) 33pts. CSS 75 R/O.

Saturday's Holmpatrick Fourball Qualifier stableford: 1st F Finnegan/S Doogue (16) 43pts, 2nd T Redmond/P McPartlan (14) 40pts. Saturday's ladies 18-hole stableford was won by nine-handicapper Nicola Campbell with 35 points.

Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles Stableford: 1st David Brabazon (4) 40pts, 2nd Terry Rooney (17) 39pts, Gross prize Darren McCormack (-1) 36pts; Div 1 Mark Justice (3) 38pts, Div 2 Gavin Blake (15) 34pts, Div 3 Tony Hamilton (24) 35pts. CSS 73.

Last Tuesday's ladies 18-hole singles stableford, sponsored by Margaret Ryan: 1st Evelyn Tolan (10) 40pts, 2nd Orla Rooney (20) 37pts, Gross prize Sandy Forsyth (12) 24pts; Div 1 Imelda O'Shea (12) 33pts, Div 2 Maureen Moore (22) 36pts, Div 3 Ina Hudson (34) 33pts. CSS 75. 


Saturday's April Medal was sponsored by Colm O'Brien and the winners were as follows: Overall - Ganyawat Prumthep (4) 68 ob9; Class 1 Douglas Robertson (6) 68, Class 2 Gerard Griffith (13) 73 ob9, Class 3 Cian O'Hagan (19) 73, Class 4 Ronan Timmons (23) 71. Fri CSS 72, Sat CSS 74. 

Hollywood Lakes

Saturday's April Medal ladies strokes competition: 1st Annette Tierney-Monaghan (24) 81 nett, 2nd Karen O'Leary (17) 83 nett. Saturday's men's 18-hole singles stableford: 1st Alan Daly (8) 34pts, 2nd Peter Rattigan (25) 32pts, 3rd Peter Mongey (15) 32pts ob9. CSS 74 (34pts).

Last Thursday's Open Singles Stableford: 1st PJ Flanagan (15) 41pts, 2nd Hilary Chambers (11) 37pts. CSS 73 (35pts) men, CSS 73 (35pts) ladies.

The April 7th ladies 18-hole singles stableford was won by 37-handicapper Gertrude Kenny with 34 points and the previous day's winner was 18-handicapper Caroline Grenham with 29 points.  The April 5th mid-week nine-hole winner was 23-handicapper Georgine Carpenter with 17 points. 

Pitch & putt


The Sunday game winner was Steven Rowe with a net score of 46. The runner-up, Alan Carroll, had a score of 52 net. Last Wednesday's threeball 27-hole winners were Ronnie Delaney and Breda Finnegan with a gross 69, ahead of Tommy McCann, Gerry Shanahan and Marie Delaney with their score of 71.

The Easter Major is on Good Friday, with the tee at 4pm. Lotto bonus balls for April are available from the clubhouse. 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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