Wednesday 22 May 2019

Club Call

Some of the Lusk AC contingent who competed in last weekend’s Drogheda 10K
Some of the Lusk AC contingent who competed in last weekend’s Drogheda 10K

Athletics: Lusk - Huge congratulations to club members who took part in the Belfast City Marathon. Conditions were perfect for the 5,000+ athletes.

Thank you to the supporters who travelled up to cheer them on. Results will follow next week. 

Well done to everyone who took part in the Drogheda 10k on Sunday. There were some great times including a personal best or two.

Results: Claudio Rivelli 37:37, Colm Wall 48:11, Annette Foy 48:11, Colin Browne 48:14, Gavin Fogg 52:52, Lesley McCormack 54:58, Eamonn Gahan 58:58, Martin McDevitt 61:03, Susan McDevitt 68:18.

Well done to Patrick Phillips who completed just under 19km in Munich at the Wings for life run. That was a massive 3k further than Patrick ran at last year's event before being caught by the catcher car.

Well done to all club members who participated in or volunteered at Saturday's parkruns. Results: Malahide - Stephen Murtagh 20:24, Claire Ryan-Hogan 28:02, Samantha Murtagh 32:42. Ardgillan - Stephen Magee 27:39. Kilkenny - Catriona Skelly 28:30, Michelle McGee 28:31. Donabate - Rodrigo Lara 23:45 Pacer, Grainne Curtin 25:07, Liam Halpin 25:41, Martin McDevitt 29:20, Claire Purcell 39:08, Deirdre Purcell 39:42. River Valley - John Tindley 21:27, Colm De Bhal 24:49 Pacer.

Congratulations to club members who took part in the National 5k Championship in the Phoenix Park. The conditions were sunny, with a cold wind to help cool athletes down. A great start to this race series. Results: Johnny Holland - 17:32; Jamie Cruise - 20:19; Nicole Hodson- 22:54; Abby Chung - 25:42; Louise Brazil - 26:08; Sarah Waldron - 27:36; Paul Wylie - 29:24.

Well done to Colm McNally and Una Gaines who both ran speedy times at the BHAA Bristol-Myers Squibb 5k in D15. Competition was strong, with 74 of the 279 runners achieving a sub-20 time. BHAA races are open to members and non-members. Results: Colm McNally 21:08, Una Gaines 21:45.

The club is delighted to welcome its newest members into the fold: Neal Hogan, Ronan Hartnett, Sinead Sharkey, Eddie Hamilton and Garrett Loy. 



Darkness into Light: The Club Health and Well being section would urge all teams to take part in the Darkness into Light Walk on Saturday in Malahide Castle as a small tribute to Sam Clarkin, to help awareness and to also show our members to share their problems with people who care.

Paul Flynn: Paul announced during the week that he is retiring from Inter County Football with the Dubs. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul so much for his leadership on and off the field with Dublin, for all the enjoyable and heart-stopping moments in the Sky Blue.

He has become a huge role model for both boys and girls in the club (and some older ones too) and is always available to promote our games. And Paul has also shown that with some hard work any player can rise through the ranks to the top of their game.

Senior Ladies Champ: The Senior ladies open their Division 1 Championship run on Wednesday night with a game against Kilmacud Crokes. They played them at home last Wednesday night in Lawless Park and notched up a last-minute one-point win.

Academy Video: Keep an eye out for the new promotional Video made by Senior Player Danny Campion on the Academy/Nursery with voice over by none other than the great Micheal O'Muircheartaigh who is able to inform us that Fingallians is older than the GAA!

Hurling Championship: The First Hurling Team notched up a great second round win in the Junior A Championship against a strong Cuala team in Shankill on Sunday morning. While the Second Team lost out to Realt Dearg.

Dublin U14 Ladies Football/Camogie: Best of luck to Sarah Power and Katlyn Treacy who play for the Dublin U14 Ladies Football in their Leinster Blitz in Portlaoise on Saturday next. Also Sarah lines out for the Dublin U14 Camogie Team with Aoife Kenny on the following day in the same venue for the Leinster Camogie Blitz.

Feile Skillstar: Best of luck to Vanessa Clarke who representing the Fingallians U14 Ladies in the Dublin section of the Feile Skill Star competition in St Brigids Club on the Bank Holiday Monday morning.

Dublin U13 Camogie: Congratulations to Meadbh Delaney and Eve Pennie from our U13 Camogie Team who have been selected to join the Dublin U14 Academy Team.

Feile: We had two teams competing in the Boys Football Feile over the weekend. The Division 3 lads had home advantage playing games against St Brigids, Round Towers Clondalkin and Naomh Barrog. They were unlucky not to make the Semi Final.  The second team competed in Division 10 playing in Tymon Park against Ranelagh Gaels, St Judes B and Lucan Sarsfields C. They too just missed out on a Semi Final Spot. Well done to all players, mentors and players involved - especially all who turned out to make the games played in Balheary a great spectacle.

Senior Ladies Football Sponsorship: Many thanks to all who helped make the launch of Swords Express as sponsor of the Ladies Senior Football team. It was a great turnout on Saturday evening in the club. Keep an eye out for the special Fingallians Swords Express buses, with Fiona Hudson and Aoife O'Reilly on the back of them. Check out the Post on our Facebook page for pictures from the launch.

Dublin Under-16 Camogie: Hard luck to Niamh Crowley and the Dublin Under-16A Camogie team who were beaten in the Leinster Final in Ferns, Wexford.

Dublin Minor Hurling: Well done to Eoin O'Connor and Aaron Lacey who lined out for the Dublin Minor Hurling Team on Saturday last in their second round game with Offaly in Parnell Park, coming away with a great win.

Numbers drawn in last Tuesday's club lotto were 13, 15, 25, 26, 32 and there was one winner of the €2,246 jackpot - Patricia Ellison. This week's jackpot stands at €2,228.

Fingallians extends their deepest sympathy to the Jones family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilís.

St Finian's Swords

Our adult ladies LGFA team had a hard-fought win against Ballymun Kickhams in the league recently on a scoreline of 2-6 to 2-3.

Our adult camogie team had a fantastic game against St Vincent's. It was really tight, with some fantastic skills on show, but fresh legs from the opposition unfortunately gave them a one-point win. Nothing more could have been asked of our girls - they gave everything.

Our Minor girls had a narrow defeat to Beann Eadair but played a really good game with limited numbers.

St Finian's are so proud of Emma Howe and Teagan Comber who both competed for the U-16A Dublin squad in the championship final against Meath. Meath defeated Dublin by 3-9 to 2-5 to claim the title for 2019 and will now go on to represent Leinster in the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Our U-16 camogie girls put in a great performance against Faughs, with a final score Naomh Mearnog/Finian's 6-15 Faughs 0-0. Well done Ellie Kane, Ciara Laird, Grace Murray and Teaghan Comber.

Congratulations to Aimee Timothy and Aoife Appleyard who have been included in the Dublin U-13 Development Squad. Both mentors and teammates are very proud of the girls. We are sure they will represent St Finian's GAA very well.

Our U-15 camogie team had a great win at home against Ballyboden St Endas on a scoreline of 7-6 to 1-1.

Thomas Ashe U-13s put in an excellent team performance, defeating Cuala GAA B by 5-14 to 5-2 and ensuring they went unbeaten in their grading division and finished first. There was fantastic support from both parishes, with St Finian's and St Margarets cheering the lads to victory.

Our U-13 girls lost by a goal in football against Westmanstown Gaels, but the camogie girls in that age group had a comprehensive victory over St Brigids Castleknock and Blanchardstown. Well done to U-12s Doireann, Ava, Freya, Aoibheann and Grainne who played very well.

The U-12 boys maroon team finished off their hurling grading qualifiers with a great win against a very skilful Skerries Harps team - 5-5 to 2-6.

Our U-12 LGFA side played Beann Eadair in Howth in very windy and challenging conditions and the players performed brilliantly and just came out on the wrong side of a 4-4 to 3-5 scoreline.

There was a super team performance from all the U-11 girls against a strong Skerries Harps side.

The U-10 boys had a blitz with Erin go Bragh and O'Tooles at our Ridgewood pitches. They were great games of hurling, our lads worked hard, hurled really well and came out on top in their games.

Our U-9 boys played hurling against St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh and showed an improvement in their hurling skills. The training is paying off. Well done boys.

Our U-9 girls were in action against Raheny - well done girls.

The U-8 girls were away to St Brigids Castleknock & Blanchardstown and produced excellent performances in every game, with super points and strong tackles from all.

Our U-8 boys were great in very blustery conditions against Na Fianna.

The Nursery/Academy resumed last Saturday at 10am and 11.30am respectively after the Easter break and we're looking forward to seeing you all. All new members are very welcome from four years of age upwards. 

A reminder that all Membership Registrations are to be made as soon as possible. Membership can be paid online through our website or in the clubhouse office on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings.  

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the weekend before were 1, 2, 10 and 26 and our lucky dip winners of €30 each were Chris Farrell, Tony Dervan, D Monahan and Shay & Denis. Pick your numbers online through our website - or there are envelopes available at the clubhouse and in the post office. Good luck everyone!

The coffee shop re-opened again last Saturday from 10am to 1pm after the Easter break. Everyone is welcome - come 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 

St Maur's

The 91st agm of St Maur's GAA will be held in the club on Friday May 24th at 8.30pm. All club members are requested to attend and any motions for consideration should be forwarded to the secretary by this Friday.

In their latest championship matches the senior footballers went down to Cuala by a point and the second team overcame Ballinteer St Johns 1-11 to 0-13 thanks to a last-minute goal in Marlay Park. The third team also had a fine championship win over St James Gaels.

Congratulations to Ella O'Connell and Lucy Caulfield who have made the Dublin Camogie Under-13 Development Squad for 2019. 

Well done to all the Maur's girls who participated in the School of Excellence sessions. We're very proud of you all.

Well done to Rush man Aaron Lacey on playing with the Dublin minor hurlers the weekend before last.

Hannah Matthews, World Cup silver medallist with the Irish hockey team, took time out of her busy schedule to meet with St Maur's juvenile girls recently. She spoke about balancing playing with studying, how she overcame disappointment when not picked at trials when younger, and the importance of water, diet and sleep. Obviously, she spent time talking about the World Cup, including how to overcome nerves and then about the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. Hannah was super with the kids and stayed around to talk with them and take pictures. Big thanks to Kevin Curley for organising the event.

A huge thank-you to all those who supported St Maur's fund-raising event 'Be a Dancer for Cancer'. A special mention to zumba instructor Karolina who runs classes in NC Fitness, DJ Aidan Harford and St Maur's G4MO for organising the event.

Numbers drawn in the club lotto the weekend before last were 1, 11, 26, 28 and the lucky dip €50 winners were Yen & Saoir, Declan Murray, Terry Kirk, Christy Smith, Eileen & Lauran and Johnny McNamara. 

Skerries Harps

Our senior footballers secured a one-point win over Clontarf in the Senior Championship recently and the Junior camogie team also recorded a win at home, making it three from three in the league so far.

The Minor camogie team started their league campaign with a strong win over Whitehall Colmcille. 

Both the Intermediate and Junior teams recorded championship wins over Ballyboden, having travelled out to away fixtures.

The Minor hurlers continued their unbeaten league run, defeating Castleknock at home.

Congrats to Hannah Lockhart who was successful in gaining a place on the Dublin Under-14 Camogie Academy. Well done also to Ben Jones, Joe May, Luke Whelan and Eoin Wilde who lined out with the Dublin U-16 footballers against Cork. Well done to James Casey and the Dublin Minor footballers on their recent win over Meath.

Skerries Harps Golf Society's first outing of 2019 will take place in Balbriggan GC on Friday May 10th, with the time sheet from 12.40 to 2.40pm. The golf will be followed by a meal and prize presentation in the Harps clubhouse from 8pm. To reserve your tee time you can contact Paul Murray on 085-1740474.

On Saturday May 18th there's live music in the Club with BrandeD, with no cover charge. All are welcome. Then on Saturday June 1st it's the Elvis Extravaganza in the clubhouse. Tickets, priced €20, are available now from the clubhouse bar.

Zingo result for the weekend before last: 5-3-4-1-2-7-6. There were no winners of the jackpot or dividend. The draws take place on Sundays at 6.30pm and you can play online at

The annual Primary School Football Leagues were due to commence yesterday (Monday), preceded by the Annual Solo Run. 



Sunday's Men's May Medal strokeplay: 1st Terry Rooney (16) 69, 2nd John O'Shea (11) 72, Gross prize Padraig Masterson (4) 77; Div 1 Pat Kinsella (10) 74, Div 2 Eoin O'Donoghue (12) 73, Div 3 Frank Mongey (30) 72. CSS 75.

Sunday's Ladies May Medal strokeplay: 1st Evelyn Tolan (10) 74, 2nd Lorna Fitzsimons (7) 75. CSS 74.

Saturday's men's singles stableford: 1st Peter Sullivan (12) 42pts, 2nd Jake Vickers (5) 41pts, Gross prize David Brabazon (4) 32pts; Div 1 John Gallagher (11) 38pts, Div 2 Paul Redmond (12) 40pts, Div 3 Aidan Callaghan (18) 38pts. CSS 71.

Saturday's ladies singles stableford: 1st Orla Sullivan (20) 37pts, 2nd Sandy Forsyth (13) 36pts, 3rd Rachel McEvoy (14) 34pts. CSS 74.

Last Thursday's Men's Open Singles Stableford: 1st Alan McDermott (6) 44pts, 2nd Matthew Murray (7) 38pts, Gross prize Chris Farrell (2) 34pts; Div 1 Ken Moss (10) 37pts, Div 2 Martin Cummins (12) 38pts, Div 3 Ivon Keeling (22) 36pts. CSS 72.

Last Tuesday's Lady Vice Captain's Prize stableford, played last Tuesday: 1st Doreen Daly (25) 35pts, 2nd Orla Sullivan (20) 34pts, Gross prize Lorna Fitzsimons (7) 24pts, 3rd Maureen Walsh (32) 33pts; Div 1 Mary O'Neill (20) 33pts, Div 2 Jeud Ennis (26) 33pts, Div 3 Mariann Martin (30) 32pts. CSS 76.

Last week's Men's Senior Open Stableford: Age 50-64 winner Sean Newcomen (14) 40pts, 2nd Liam Adams (9) 40pts; Age 65+ winner Vincent Garland (26) 40pts, 2nd Michael Marsh (15) 36pts 


April 28th gents singles stableford: 1st David Kelly (11) 40pts, 2nd Ian Tiernan (19) 38pts ocb, 3rd John Ryan (12) 38pts. CSS 72. 

Hollywood Lakes

Saturday's ladies 18-hole singles stableford winner was 17-handicapper Karen Toland with 35 points, while the mid-week nine-hole competition was won by 33-handicapper Patricia Giltinane with 15 points.

Last Tuesday's Men's & Ladies Senior Open winner was 19-handicapper John Purcell with 35 points. CSS 73/35pts.

April 28th men's singles stableford: 1st Gerry Jago (18) 39pts, 2nd Gerry Fallon (22) 38pts ob9; Class 1 William Burke (5) 38pts, Class 2 Eugene Kiely (15) 34pts ob9, Class 3 Joseph Walsh (20) 34pts. CSS 72/36pts.

April 27th men's singles stableford: 1st Peter Chambers (6) 33pts ob9, 2nd Dave Grainger (2) 33pts, 3rd William Grimes (22) 32pts ob9. CSS 74/34pts. 

Pitch & Putt


Sunday's winner was Rory Homan with a net 54. The runner-up was Noel Dunne who had a net 55 (of 6).

The previous Sunday victory went to John Fitzpatrick (net 48), with second going to Noel Dunne (net 51).

Last Wednesday's scramble winners were Tommy McCann, Nick Savage and Josie Cahill with a gross 71, and winners the previous Wednesday were Martin Cullen & Bernie O'Driscoll. Congratulations to Nick Savage who had a hole-in-one on the 4th.

On Sunday May 19th we will play the Mulvany Cup - tee 11am.

The April Lotto bonus ball winner was Breda Finnegan, the Plus 1 winner was Bridget Murray and the Plus 2 prize went to Patricia Delaney.

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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