Thursday 22 March 2018

Clonard's champions


Well done to our Juvenile boys who made it three wins out of three when they saw off Naomh Eanna by 4-10 to 4-7 on Tuesday evening last. Everyone gave a great performance.

Team: Mehai Pollil, Stephen Evans, Leon Chun On Ho, Aaron Carley, Mark Doyle, Petr Opolski (0-1), Adam Baziz (1-1), Cillian Deane (1-3), Craig Kelly (1-0), Daniel Byrne (0-3), Jason Brennan, Tommy Smillie (0-1), Andrew Cullen (1-1).

Fun, games and coaching catering for all under-age groups takes place every Wednesday from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. on Coolcotts pitch under the guidance of Martin Lynch (Leinster G.A.A. Tutor) and qualified coaches from our club. So come along to Coolcotts, mams, dads, girls and boys, whether you're a member or non-member...all are welcome! A summer of fun....let the games begin! For further details contact Mary (087-9967925).

The heat is on in Clonard G.A.A. as the Clonard men and women Strictly Club Dancers are busy putting the final touches to their dance routines under the guidance of dance instructors Siobhán Busher and Eddie Milbourne-McCarthy for their upcoming event in Whites Hotel on Bank Holiday Saturday next, May 31, at 8 p.m. sharp.

This promises to be a great night of entertainment with a variety of well-choreographed dances from salsa jive to rock and roll from Clonard members and partners: Fr. James Cullen, Lisa Kavanagh, Jack Matthews, Aoife O'Connor, Mark O'Connor, Ciara Thomas, Andy Moore, Danielle Chin, Colm McManus, Mary Roche, Shane Murphy, Hazel Brennan, Jacinta Carley and Martin Conway.

There will be entertainment at the interval from Sheila Grace, and Next Level Dance School. After the Clonard Strictly winner 2014 is announced there will be an opportunity for all to show off their dancing skills as there will be dancing until late for everyone.

Clonard Ladies/G.A.A. would like to invite the Clonard community, friends, family, supporters and members to come along and join us. Tickets are selling fast but can still be got in Whites Hotel, Marlowe Cleaners, Clonard Parish Office or pre-book them from Suzanne (086-6063488) or Mary (087-9967925).

The club would like send a vote of sympathy to John O'Reilly and his family on death of his mother, Maureen, on May 15. May she rest in peace.


Our Senior footballers had a comprehensive victory over Horeswood in the league by 4-19 to 0-9. Shels were in command all the way to the final whistle with goals from Stephen Banville, Derek Walsh, Aidan Cash and Liam Donnelly.

Team: Shane Birney; Cathal Gaule, Barry O'Connor, Andre O'Brien; James Cash, Aidan Murphy (capt.), Graham Staples; Glen Malone, Aidan Cash; Liam Donnelly, Alan Griffith, Neal Rossiter; Tony Smith, Stephen Banville, Derek Walsh. Subs. - Craig McCabe, Páraic O'Leary, Emmet O'Leary, Glen Murphy, Graham Lawler-Ryan.

A late goal in the closing minutes of the Junior 'B' football championship match against Crossabeg-Ballymurn resulted in a two-point winning margin for Crossabeg. Shels were 0-8 to 1-2 down at half-time, with the goal from Robert Kirwan and points from Aodhán Foley and Colin Redmond.

Two quick goals on the resumption from Tony Smith and Daniel Murphy had the Shels in command. Terry Gainfort fired over a fine point from 40 yards to give Shels a 3-3 to 0-8 lead.

Crossabeg gradually got back into the game, scoring a goal and a point with six minutes to go. As the clock was ticking down, Crossabeg got a late goal to win on a scoreline of 2-9 to 3-4.

Team: Patrick Murphy; Brian Kehoe, Colm Tynan, John Redmond; Enda Cloake, Terry Gainfort, Joseph Redmond; Stephen Rossiter, Colin Redmond; John Nolan, Tony Smith, David Kehoe; Robert Kirwan, Paul McCleane, Aodhán Foley. Subs. - Daniel Murphy, Ciarán Murphy, Michael Redmond.

In the Junior football league, there was a win for Crossabeg-Ballymurn over Shelmaliers by 3-16 to 3-6. All reports are in full on

The Under-10 footballers met St. Martin's, and with both sides having 28 players there were three games on the go. Well done to all on a fine display of attacking, scoring and defending. The boys are away to Gorey in football on Friday next, May 30.

Well done to Shels players Adam Hearne, Mark Power and Ross Banville who were on the St. Peter's College team which won the Wexford Schools Juvenile 'A' hurling final.

Hard luck to the Co. Minor footballers who were beaten by Laois. Shels man Glen Malone was captain and Tony Smith got on the board for the team. Well done to you both.

The Under-12 hurlers play St. James' in Hollymount at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27.

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot . Numbers were 5, 13, 23 and 26. The four match three winners were Tom McLaughlin, James Hanley , Mary O'Leary and Eugene Ryan. The next jackpot is €15,000.


Two young men, Brian O'Connor (Minor football) and Cathal Dunbar (Minor hurling) played for Wexford in the Leinster championship recently. Brian played at wing-back in the first round win against Louth and retained his place for the quarter-final loss to Laois. Cathal was selected at midfield and has performed well in their run to the semi-final in which Wexford play Dublin in the coming weeks. Well done to the lads, all in the club are proud of your achievements.

Best of luck to Larry Doyle who has been appointed manager of the Wexford Intermediate hurling team.

Thanks to the Gorey Fire Service for supporting us in our recent car wash, and also to those who helped with the bag pack in Tescos, especially the organisers, Zara Millar and Niamh Hoctor.

Our Intermediate footballers played out a hard-fought draw with Marshalstown in the first round of the championship and put up a good show against one of the favourites for the title, Cloughbawn, before going down by eight points, while in hurling we have made a great start to the championship with wins over Cushinstown and Oulart-The Ballagh.

The Cushinstown match was a real thriller. Down by six points early in the second-half, some good switches made by the management team helped to turn the game as Cathal Dunbar and Cormac Moore came in for goals and we won by four points.

This was followed a week later by a 4-10 to 1-10 victory over Oulart, where the back line held up well against the wind in the first-half and the forwards got scores for victory in the wind-assisted second-half. Well done to all involved and keep up the hard work for the crucial games ahead.

All our under-age teams are taking part in their various competitions and doing well. Murt Fleming's Under-16 footballers have recorded three straight wins followed by Paddy Doyle's Under-14s with two straight wins.

Our Under-18 hurlers joined with Ballinastragh Gaels have so far won all their games and are in a good position to qualify for the play-offs. The Under-8s and Under-10s began their tournament games on Friday and Saturday.

The Under-12 hurlers will begin their campaign on Tuesday next, May 27, at 7.30 p.m. against Buffers Alley, while John O'Loughlin's Under-12 girls' football team put up a hard fight against Naomh Eanna, but were defeated by a goal. If you want to know more on when the games are taking place, you can now log on to our website (, our Facebook page, or the fixture section in the paper for all the details.


Just over two weeks remain until the Duffry Rovers G.A.A. club Strictly Come Dancing grand finale in the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday, June 15, and tickets are on sale and going fast. With the huge effort and hard work our Ballindaggin, Kiltealy and Caim dancing groups have put into their fundraising events including training and preparing their dance routines twice a week since last January, we call on all Duffry Rovers followers to come and support them on Sunday, June 15.

You can purchace your tickets now from Jordan's Pub, Mohurry Mills, Rackard's of Caim, Frayne's Mace petrol station and any of our dancers. There will be some great door prizes on the night which include a stay in Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club in Waterford.

This weekend's events include this Sunday, June 1, Wexford's fittest four in Coolree where teams of four will compete in various fitness challenges to become the fittest team of four in Wexford. Also this Sunday we will have the results of the big weigh-in in The Holy Grail.

Club fixtures for this week include tonight (Tuesday), round one of Under-12 hurling at home to Marshalstown at 7.30 p.m. This Thursday night, May 29, Under-14 football away to Davidstown, and Friday it's round two for our Under-10 footballers who take on Rathgarogue-Cushinstown in Ballinaboola at 7 p.m.

This Saturday at 11 a.m. our Under-8s make their football season debut against Cloughbawn in Coolree. Also this Saturday our Intermediate hurlers are away to the Shamrocks in the league at 2 p.m.


Round five of the All-County Hurling League takes place this weekend. The first team play Shelmaliers in Hollymount on Friday next at 7.45 p.m. The following day, May 31, the second team is away to Crossabeg-Ballymurn at 4.30 p.m. To finish off the weekend, the third team has a home fixture versus Glynn-Barntown on Sunday at 2 p.m.

A full range of Buffers Alley gear is now in stock and may be purchased from Lorraine Murphy (087-6897711). Lorraine may be contacted by phone and is also at the pitch most Saturdays at 11 a.m.

The Under-12 teams are away to Ballygarrett and Ballyhogue tonight (Tuesday) at 7.30 p.m. On Thursday, May 29, the Under-14 footballers have a home game versus Bannow-Ballymitty at 7.30 p.m. Good luck to the Rackard League boys who will contest the District semi-final tomorrow (May 28) versus Kilanerin. The time was not finalised at the time of going to press.

Good luck to Ciarán and Bobby Kenny who are both part of the Wexford Senior hurling squad which plays Antrim in Portlaoise. Tickets are on sale in Wexford Park on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily.

The Senior camogie team played a draw with Duffry Rovers last week on a scoreline of 0-14 to 2-8. The Junior 'B' girls have only played one game in the league against Castletown which they won as they had a bye in the second round.

Championship will commence on June 23 away to Oylegate-Glenbrien for the Seniors, and the Junior 'B's will start their campaign on July 6 away to St. Anne's.

The Under-18s were beaten in the Co. semi-final by Rathnure recently. As this competition is knockout, the Under-18 campaign is finished for the year. Most of the girls are eligible to play Senior and Junior 'B' and should be encouraged to do so as they are the future of our club.

The Under-16s have won their first two games in their league/championship, defeating Naomh Éanna in the first round and Glynn-Barntown on a scoreline of 4-8 to 3-2.

Hard luck to the Under-14 girls who were defeated by Craanford in their county semi-final last week. It was a hard-fought game and we were well in contention until they pulled away near the end of the second-half.

Well done to the Under-12 girls who started their league campaign with a win last week, defeating Naomh Éanna by 7-2 to 2-0. They played a second game on Friday at home to Craanford and it finished in a draw (2-5 to 3-2). They were down at half-time by two goals but pulled back for the draw.

Hard luck to the Rackard League girls who were defeated in the District final by Craanford on a scoreline of 4-2 to 3-0. The Under-10s continue to train every Wednesday evening ahead of their mini-league starting on May 27 at home to Ferns St. Aidan's. Please contact Mary Kelly for information on 087-6105393.

The Under-6 and Under-8 girls have been training since March. The Under-8 team took part in a blitz organised by Ballygarrett in April ,playing Kilrush and Ballygarrett and defeating both on a scoreline of 3-0 to 2-0. There will be matches organised for late May and throughout the summer.

Margaret Kinsella is the co-ordinator for both teams and can be contacted on 087-9470716. New players are always welcome. Best wishes to one of their coaches, Ramona Leacy-Harney, who is currently recovering from an injury.

The second Model Co. Draw takes place this Wednesday, May 28, and all promoters are asked to collect the €20 monthly fee for May and return to Áine O'Meara to ensure that they are in the draw. There is still time to enter the draw for May and June, just contact any club member. The May club monthly draw is on Thursday, and again promoters are asked to ensure that all payments from January to now are up to date.

Shedfest is just around the corner again with the line-up just finalised. The Bogs, a six-piece traditional Irish group from Dublin, will get the ball rolling. They will be followed by Deuces Wild. The Cork rockers are one of Ireland's leading cover bands and have what it takes to keep the Shedfest rocking. This will be their only appearance in Wexford in 2014.

D.J. Nigel Quaid will keep the dance floor full until the small hours with all the latest hits. The Shedfest Cube will be a new feature this year. Based on the TV game show, it's a great chance to win cash prizes. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Jimmy Kennedy will have a full menu of barbeque food which will be served until midnight. There will be a late bar with a fleet of buses and taxis to get you safely home.

Membership of Buffers Alley is still being collected. Adult player membership is €120 for the year and the cost for social (non-playing members) is €30 or €50 for a couple. It would be appreciated if as many social members as possible could join especially now as all members may avail of the many modern facilities both inside and outside. Please contact Pat Doran as soon as possible (086-8698207).

The Kellogg's G.A.A. Summer Camp will take place in Buffers Alley from Monday, July 7, to Friday, July 11. The camp is open to primary school boys and girls who will play hurling, football and camogie. The cost is €55 for the first child, €45 for the second child and €40 for third and subsequent children.


The Under-12 hurlers play Bunclody this Tuesday in their championship opener. The Tom Kenny Memorial tournament for Under-12 hurling will take place on June 29. More details later.

Under-6 and Under-8 hurling training is every Tuesday. There will be football Saturday in Ferns, and times will be sent out. The Under-14 footballers are against Ferns away this Thursday at 7.30 p.m.

Under-10 training is on Tuesday from 6 until 7 p.m. with a match on Friday in Camolin at 7 p.m. and a blitz on Saturday in Tinahely at 2 p.m. - all football.

Good luck to all players doing their Junior and Leaving Certificates.

Wexford People

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