Tuesday 12 December 2017

Club call

COMMUNITY GAMES AGM - The AGM of Wexford Community Games was held in the Ferrycarrig hotel on Monday, September 10 with approximately 11 Areas in attendance.

President Margaret McDermott welcomed all the delegates and the guests, Morrough McDonagh and Aine O`Sullivan from National Community Games.

She congratulated all the children from the Areas who excelled at county, provincial and national level and also thanked all who hosted events during the year. She appealed to the Areas to support the county meetings as advice and support is vital to the officer board to help them carry out the busy calender of events.

County Chairman Brendan Byrne commended Bridget Crean and Barbara Kehoe and thanked them for looking after the track suits during the year, handing them out for the three weekends in Athlone, and getting them all back on time.

He also thanked all the officers, parents and volunteers who help run the vast amount of competitions during the year. Jane Power who is only a few months into her new position as County Secretary stated that there were 25 Areas affiliated to national for 2012.

She thanked all the secretaries for their co-operation in getting the paperwork to her mostly on time. However, she expressed a wish to see a better effort made by Areas to stick to deadlines in the coming year.

In the absence of the Treasurer Delores Moran, her report and detailed statement of accounts was handed out. We are delighted to report that Delores is now well on the mend and will hopefully be back home for good in the coming weeks. She wished to thank Wexford County Council and its members, Funges of Gorey, all who placed advertisements in the Festival of Sport and Cultural programme and she also welcomed some new sponsors as well. Without the help of these companies it would be hard to keep going.

The PRO in her report thanked all the team managers and officers who helped out with reports during the year. Getting round to all activities, she said, is difficult and co-ordinators and managers are always willing to help out when help is needed.

She thanked the Echo and People newspapers, editors and staff for their continued support and loyalty to Wexford Community Games during the year and for the generous coverage afforded to their activities. She thanked Michael Carthy (Echo) and Alan Aherne (People) for their friendship and continued support. She also thanked the many photographers who attend at the various functions throughout the year and South East Radio for giving of time on their sports programme.

Games Director Jason Moran thanked all the co-ordinators, referees, judges and stewards and volunteers who helped out with the running of the games.

He said that entries were down in most events and that it would be nice to see Areas take up some new events in which they have never entered before. Panel sheets still seem to cause problems. Last year it was decided to send them to the relevent co-ordinator for the outdoor team events.

It would be good, he said, to get Areas' views on whether we should stick to this decision or not. He thanked all who hosted events and congratulated the Rathgarogue/Cushinstown committee on a job well done in hosting the choir/singing and music events for the first time.

Murrough McDonagh gave a presentation of the HSE Community Game healthy events awards for 2013 and a comprehensive list of ideas to improve events and the entry forms were handed out to all delegates. The improvements in training and events must be carried out between January and August 2013 and the closing date for receipt of entries is September 30, 2013. More details on this scheme in the coming weeks. If you are one of those Areas not present on the night, you can go to and check out all the details.

Good to see that all but one position was filled and that delegates were willing to work on some of the sub commitees. Thanks to Jack Doyle from Craanford (outgoing Vice-Chairperson) who has stepped down, for all his advice and good work over the past year. Jack will continue to be a member of the appeals committee. The following officers were elected for the coming year:

President: Margaret McDermott, Bannow/Ballymitty; Vice-President: Kathleen Howlett, Newbawn/Raheen; Chairperson: Brendan Byrne, Bree/Davidstown; Vice-Chair: Position not filled, hopefully at the next county meeting; County Secretary: Jane Power, Bree/Davidstown; Treasurer: Delores Moran, Glynn/Barntown; Assistant Treasuer: Imelda Dempsey, Taghmon; PRO: Anne Cowman, Castlebridge/Crossabeg; Games Director: Jason Moran, Glynn/Barntown; Devlopment Officer: Martin Murphy, Clonroche/Poulpeasty; Youth Officer: David Doyle-Murphy, Clonroche/Poulpeasty; NEAC delegate: Delores Moran, Glynn/Barntown; NEAC sub delegate: Jason Moran, Glynn/Barntown; Leinster delegates: Anne Cowman, Castlebridge/ and Mary Murphy, Clongeen; National AGM delegates:Mary Murphy, Clongeen; Anne Cowman, Castlebridge/Crossabeg and Delores Moran, Glynn/Barntown.

President Margaret McDermott is to sent as a guest by Wexford.

Development committee: Jason Moran; Brendan Byrne, Anne Cowman; Sylvia Gaffney (Rathgarogue/Cushinstown) and Laurena Kent (Taghmon); Appeals committee: Peter Shannon (Kilmore) Mary Murphy (Bree/Davidstown) Jimmy O`Neill (Clonard) Mary Murphy (Clongeen) Jack Doyle (Craanford) as well as the new Vice-Chairperson.

There were a number of motions and recommendations down for discussion. The Piercestown/Murrintown Area are proposing that the under-15 boys and girls rounders competitions be re-instated at all levels and likewise for the girls hockey competition.

The Bree/Davidstown Area are calling for spikes to be worn at all age levels. They are also calling for the introduction of hurdles for ages 10-16 years. All of these motions to be sent forward for the national agm.

The Piercestown/Murrintown Area are recommending that the Tag Rugby competitions be held possibly in March to try and reverse the decline in the entries; the Taghmon Area are asking for a short question and answer session (one at the beginning and one at the end of the year) at county meetings and for correspondence to be sent in writing or emails to all Area secretaries.

These to be looked at by the incoming county committee. Two recommendations are to be sent to national, one asking the national board to look at the wording of Rule 35, page 20 of the Administration rule book concerning where children of estranged parents should reside and who should furnish the proof.

The other recommendation asks that county stickers be forwarded to all participating Areas prior to national finals.

The county bye-laws are to bereviewed by the county officers and put before the next county meeting for approval.

If you are holding your annual general meeting in the coming months, please let me know and I will give it coverage in the weekly report. Likewise I would be delighted to get a full report from your Area on the outcome of the agm, officers elected, successed during the past year etc. Email to


Glenmore, Tullogher, Rosbercon Community Games (G.T.R) would like to congratulate all its athletes that took part in the Community Games finals in Athlone recently.

G.T.R would also like to thank all those parents and coaches would helped prepare the athletes before the competition.

Included in the photo is G.T.R treasurer Mossy Connell who is running the Dublin City Marathon in aid of G.T.R Community Games. Sponsorship cards are circulating in the area and any donations would be greatly appreciated.


Finals 2012 - Congratulations to all those who won the following 2012 finals - Saturday September 8 - Trips Final Winners: Aidan Mahon, Roz Mordaunt, Paul Farrell. Ladies Singles Winner: Marian Farrell Sunday September 9 - Ladies Pairs Winners: Kathleen Cuffe and Chris Naughton.

Mens Pairs Winners: Michael Cuffe and Sean O'Neill.

Saturday September 15 - 2 Woods Winner: Kevin Kent

Mixed Pairs Winners: Kathleen Cuffe and Michael Cuffe

Sunday September 16 - Mixed Rinks Winners: Harry, Kathleen, Myles, Michael Suleyman.

Mens Singles Winner: Maurice McCarthy

New members (ladies, gents, all ages) are always welcome to come and join.


The club's Academy is now back after the summer break and will continue every Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm at the club's home ground in the Good Counsel College.

The Academy caters for boys and girls aged from 4 to 14-year-olds. Coaching takes place on the Astro Turf or the indoor sports hall depending on the weather.

Training times for 4, 5 and 6-year-olds is 10am. For 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-olds it is 11am and for 11, 12, 13 and 14-yearolds it is on at noon. For more information contact Liam Rossiter on 0879340968 or check out our Facebook page.

The club will be providing stewards for the upcoming National Ploughing Championships that takes place from 25th - 27th September. If anyone is interested in helping the club out for any of the days please get in contact with Liam 087 9340968 or Pat 087 6888092. All

support appreciated.


Congratulations to club member Eoin Power who was in Portugal recently competing in the European Club Championship. Eoin was 4th in the 400m hurdles in a time of 56.89. He was also a member of the relay team that finished 7th and his team finished 5th over-all in the championships. This is a great acheivement for this young athlete and we are sure to see more from Eoin in the future. Well done.

St Joseph's are holding the Ritchie Younge Memorial Race on Sunday September 23 at noon at the Pink Rock. This race is open to all walkers and runners. This is a race where you predict your own finishing time. People will not be allowed watches, phones or ipods. Registration will be open from 11am. Refreshments and prize giving will be in the Parish Pump afterwards. St Joseph's would like to thank the Younge family who are sponsering all prizes for this race. All monies raised from the race will be donated to the churches of the parishs restoration fund. So looking forward to seeing you at the Pink Rock for a very enjoyable day.


The club mixed doubles competition for the juvenile players resumed in Scoil Mhuire last week. Debutant players Eoin Hartigan, Mark Thomas and Conor Heeney were welcomed to the club, as was Brian Mitchell,whose return is most welcome.The juveniles play from 7.30pm until 9pm on Thursdays.

Eoghan O'Brien and Adam Molloy won the Round Robin,with a 100% record. They were closely followed home by Cillian Walsh and Hannah Dempsey, with Shane Whitty and Mark Thomas taking the Bronze medals.

Next week the Tecknik Badminton will start. This gives an objective measurement of the various skills required to play the game.

The opening tournament to be organised by the new county organiser, Chris McMackin will take place in Ramsgrange on October 6th and 7th. Friday is the closing date foe entries. Any Clonard members willing to play on a team of two men and two ladies should advise the secretary promptly.

Adult training is on Tuesdays from 8:00 and on Thursdays from 9pm.


Members of the Wexford Kung Fu and Kickboxing centre will be joined by the Gymstars gymnastics club next Sunday 23rd September for what promises to be an action filled demonstration at the St Joseph's club in Bishopswater Wexford.

Sparring, weaponry, Chinese lion dance and self defence will be just part of the demonstration being put together by the Junior and Senior memebrs of the Kung Fu and Kickboxing club. The memebrs of the Gymstars gymnastics club will be sure to amaze with their exciting demonstration routine.

The event is being organised to raise funds for Wexford's five fighters travelling to the World Kickboxing championships in Canada in just a few weeks time.

Tickets for this exciting event are available from club members or at the door for just €.5. The demo kicks off at 2.30pm sharp. The fundraising committee would like to sincerely thank the Gymstars club for their help in organising this event.

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