Slaney Sharks keeping busy
THE Slaney Sharks swimmers have been very busy recently, competing in two galas: the ESB annual gala at the Sportsco pool in Ringsend, Dublin, and the Kilkenny winter gala at the Watershed pool in Kilkenny.
Jack D. Nolan-Whitney competed in two events at the ESB gala and showed he was in top form by winning both. He won the boys aged 11-12 50m freestyle in a personal best time of 30.59, 4.00 seconds faster than his previous best, and he won the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:24.60.
Matilda Dunne-Cronin won a silver medal in the girls aged 13-14 50m freestyle at the ESB gala when she finished the race in a time of 31.10 seconds. She also swam a personal best time of 1:20.14 in the 100m individual medley, taking 2.41 seconds off her previous time.
Also representing the Slaney Sharks at the ESB gala were Cian Clarke and Chloe M. Walsh, who swam a personal best time of 1:39.63 in the girls aged 11-12 100m individual medley, an improvement of 3.76 seconds on her previous time.
Luke Harrington, Sophie Gillot, Rioghna Hourihane, Róisín B. Kennedy and Danny E. Kehoe made up the Slaney Sharks team at the Kilkenny winter gala. All five members swam personal best times but Luke was the club's top performer, winning a silver medal in the boys aged 12-13 100m breaststroke when he took 5.09 seconds off his time to finish in a personal best of 1:40.69. Luke also swam a personal best of 1:22.49 in the 100m freestyle, taking 3.76 seconds off his previous best.
Sophie Gillot scored a hat-trick in Kilkenny when she swam three new personal best times. She swam 41.14 in the girls aged 10-11 50m freestyle, taking 1.65 seconds off her time, and 49.70 in the 50m backstroke, 1.20 seconds faster than her previous best. However, it was in the 100m freestyle that Sophie showed what she is really capable of when she took an astounding 23.81 seconds off her previous time to finish in a personal best of 1:35.66.
Rioghna Hourihane swam two personal best times at the Kilkenny gala: 42.50 seconds in the girls aged 10-11 50m freestyle, taking 2.15 seconds off her personal record, and the 100m freestyle in 1:33.62, 0.82 seconds faster than her previous time.
Róisín B. Kennedy took 2.01 seconds off her time for the girls aged 10-11 50m freestyle to swim the event in a personal best of 41.59, and Danny E. Kehoe swam a personal best time of 1:21.72 in the boys aged 12-13 100m freestyle, taking 1.18 seconds off his previous record.
The members and staff of Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Doyle family following the death of our fellow member and good friend, Tom Doyle.
The ladies' fun day kicked off the Christmas festivities at Bunclody G.C. We began with a nine-hole scramble after which we partook of mulled wine and a delicious supper followed by a comedy play staged by some of our more talented ladies. A great evening's entertainment was had by all.
The Captains' dinner was the next event on the social calendar; this took place on December 7 and was very well attended. The catering staff provided a beautiful meal which was followed by a great night of musical entertainment. Captains Peter and Alice thanked everybody for their support during the year.
The ladies' A.G.M. was held on December 12. The new committee is as follows: lady Captain, Fiona Bodels; lady President, Bríd St. Ledger; lady Vice-Captain, Marita Byrne; Treasurer, Fran Crean; Handicap Secretary, Margaret Byrne; Secretary and Competitions Secretary, to be announced; ex-Officio, Alice Druhan; Committee members: Liz Byrne, Joanne Kenny, Siobhán Moore, Ethel Deacon.
The men's A.G.M. was held on December 18 and the new committee is as follows: Captain, Pat Hanrick; President, Barty Byrne; Vice-Captain, Pat St. Ledger; Hon. Secretary, Ciarán Redmond; Treasurer, Pat St. Ledger; Competitions Secretary, Tony Foran; Handicap Secretary, Nick Byrne; ex-Officio, Peter Crean; Committee: James Conway, Mick Cowman, Mick O'Neill, Robin Beer, Declan Byrne.
A special thank you to our outgoing Captains, Peter Crean and Alice Druhan, for all their hard work throughout the past year. Best of luck to incoming Captains Pat Hanrick and Fiona Bodels for 2014.
Congratulations to the ladies' matchplay and golfer of the year winner Margaret Moore and to the gold medal winner, Terri Byrne. Congratulations also to the men's golfer of the year, Rory McCarthy, the gold medal winner, Paul Gorby, the matchplay winner, Mick Fitzgerald, and the fourball matchplay winners, Jim Byrne and Declan Byrne.
The final of the winter league was played on Sunday, December 15, and was won by team 17 (Lisa O'Leary, Seán O'Brien, Joe Kavanagh, John Masterson and Colm Haughney). In second place was team 9 (Bernie Foley, Des Roche, Dan Byrne, Noel Ryan and Willie Fitzpatrick). In third place was team 13 (Etta Cowman, Willie Doyle, Liam O'Leary, Vincent Murphy and Martin Bennett). The best in qualifying was team 16 (Liz Byrne, Tony Gleeson, Brian Kavanagh and Ray Moore).
Twelve-hole competitions continue for both men and ladies over the winter months with an 18-hole open every Wednesday.
Upcoming events: Tuesday, December 31, open four-person team event; Wednesday, January 1, and Thursday, January 2, open fourball; Friday, January 3, and Saturday, January 4, open singles.
The final turkey competition was won by Liam Swan (24) with a super score of 26 points, pipping Matt Mernagh (12) who had a great score of 24 points which would have won the competition any other week.
The Senior gents' section had their Christmas nine-hole competition and party with the ever-reliable Jack Sheridan proving that age is no barrier, shooting the tremendous winning score of 23 points.
Fixtures: December 31 and January 1, open four-person team competition; January 2 and 3, open two-person team competition.
All are now available to book online at www.enniscorthygc.ie or by contacting the Pro Shop at 05392-37600.
Handicap Secretary Jim Mackey has concluded the annual review of handicaps which happens at this time each year. Amendments are posted in the locker room and members are advised to check for changes in advance of entering competitions over the holiday period.
A reminder that we have our New Year's Eve party on December 31 with live music with 'Southbound', finger food and disco. Admission is only €10 and a priority taxi service has been arranged.
The club A.G.M. has been scheduled for Sunday, January 12, at 6 p.m., with the men's committee A.G.M. beforehand at 5.30 p.m.
We would like to wrap up the year by wishing all our members and visitors every blessing for 2014.
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The last few weeks have been busy for Slaney Olympic Athletic Club.
The Christmas cracker handicap 5k road race was revived after a couple of years on December 15 and 61 runners togged out, including members of Enniscorthy Fire Station, on a wet, cold Sunday morning at the Dublin road circuit.
Of course first to cross the line was not the winner, and Andy, Joe, Jason and Donie had the task of working out people's times based on the handicap system.
It was back to The Bailey for refreshments and the prize-giving, and the announcment of the winners. Wally McKenna took the first prize in the men's category, and Sabina Sweeney won the women's.
Thanks again to Andy Kehoe for organising the vast array of prizes, as almost everyone who took part won something! Full results and times are on our Facebook page.
On the same Sunday, Slaney's Catherine Murphy represented the club and county on the Wexford women's Novice team in Waterford in the All-Irelands.
On St. Stephen's Day we had the John Corrigan Memorial run/walk from Oylegate to Enniscorthy, with a lot of runners getting in their long run by running out to Oylegate also. It was a lovely bright, frosty morning, which helped to attract a large crowd. €1,066 was collected for Slaney Search and Rescue.
Marie Chapman completed her final marathon of 2013 on Saturday last in The Clontarf and East of Ireland Marathon in 4.05.35. Well done Marie!
The annual Slaney Olympic 10K takes place on Sunday, February 9. This will be the ninth year of this very popular event, which has been growing in numbers and going from strength to strength year on year.
All prizes have been increased this year due to our very generous sponsors: Audi Enniscorthy, Old Dublin Road, and Creane & Creane Insurances, Enniscorthy.
Entries can be made online on www.slaneyolympic.com, while paper entries will also be accepted. Contact Jane Porter on 087-6799490.
The entry is €15 up to February 6, with more details over the coming weeks.
Upcoming events: January 5, county Masters cross-country, Taghmon; January 12, Ferrycarrig five-mile.
The club's only weekend league fixture between Gorey Rangers and Bunclody Youths was called off due to the poor weather conditions.
The children's academy will open again on Monday, January 6, from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m., and the five-a-side indoor winter league will kick off again on the same night with the first three matches at 8 p.m.
All of the indoor league fixtures and the league table can be seen on the club website.
Tickets are still on sale for the South East Draw, and well done again to Anne Roche who won first prize of a car or €10,000 in the first draw.
The next draw will take place in the Moss House on Friday, January 24.
Well done to everyone who took part in the charity soccer match on St. Stephen's Day. The 1998 Under-16s (Manchester Warriors) played against the 1998 Under-14s (Manchester Titans) in a great game of soccer to raise money for the Irish Kidney Association. A great day was had by all.
You can follow the club on Facebook or on www.bunclodyafc.com.
Happy new year to everyone involved in the club and to all of our supporters.
PITCH AND PUTT
St. Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club, Enniscorthy, rounded off another very successful year with a pleasant function at the club's premises at Parnell Avenue recently.
Apart from the social side of the event, the main reason for the occasion was the presentation of prizes won in recent weekly competitions and for the singles strokeplay held in November/December.
Rewarded for their efforts were Derek Ryan, Dean and Richard Grannell, Aidan O'Brien, Kieron Morrissey, Billy Hudson, Aidan Whelan, Mervyn Cooney and Gavin Kenny.
The club also entered a team in a new national competition in 2013 with a combined Intermediate/Junior line-out, and after a long campaign they reached the last four only to bow out at the semi-final stage mainly due the availability of a key player.
In appreciation of his efforts as captain of that team, the rest of the players made a presentation of engraved crystal to Aidan Whelan who was more than a little surprised by the gesture but nonetheless expressed his thanks and gratitude when he recovered his composure.
In 2014 the club will host the prestigious Leinster matchplay championship for all grades and this is another tribute to the Parnell Avenue course which is generally accepted as being one of the best in the country.
FERNS ST. AIDAN'S G.A.A.
A big, big thank you to all our friends, family and neighbours who supported our Strictly Club Dancing events over the Christmas period and to the dancers who arranged some amazing events.
Make sure to follow our Facebook page which is updated weekly.
Upcoming events: Friday, January 3, teenage disco (last blast before school re-opens), 9 p.m. to 12 midnight, fully supervised, with top D.J. Paddy Davitt - a Pat Murphy and Catherine Stafford fundraiser.
Saturday, January 11, headshave and waxing event (remember, no pain, no gain!), and Saturday, January 18, talent competition, with both to be held in The Courtyard. In aid of John Tonks/Sarah Redmond and James Tonks/Danielle Earle.
Tickets are still available for the luxurious spa day, in Beauty by Sarah, organised by Sarah Redmond.
A reminder that the cross-county hurling is provisionally booked in for Sunday, January 26, organised by Michael Maguire and Trish Nolan.