Tuesday 24 October 2017

Baltinglass notes

Lotto jackpot is €8,800. No winner. The Intermediates began their League campaign with a win over Ballincor on a score of 2-4 to 1-6.

The Dinner Dance was a great social event which saw ladies and lads pick up their medals and trophies on the night.

Chairman Seamus Kelly opened the night by welcoming everyone. He introduced MC for the night KFMs Clem Ryan. Many thanks to Clem who did such a professional job. Guest speakers on the night were Fr. Dillion P.P., Peter Keogh, Martin Coleman, Wicklow Chairman, Dominic Leech, Wicklow ladies Chairman, Damian Patterson, ladies Chairman.

Thanks to the Dinner Dance committee for all their work in organising the event. Thanks to Germaine's and staff for the lovely meal and music by Da Ya Va on the night.

Presentations on the night went to Junior A team who won the double and manager Deirdre Brennan and Paddy Dowling. Senior ladies who won Senior B in 2011 and Division 1 league in 2013 and manager Paul Garrigan and Jim Cushe.

The All-Ireland 7s girls were honoured by the club as well.

The Chairman made special presentations to Con Murphy who served for nine years and to wife Leanora.

Martin Coleman was presented with a gift and wife Patty on his election as County Chairman, as was Breeda Kealy on her achievement as L.G.F.A. Leinster Club person of the Year, while the Junior A lads received their championship medals and Swan Cup medals and manager Tommy Murphy, John Rye, and Paul Fleming were also honoured.

The Seniors received their Division 1 league winners for 2013 and Dunne Cup 2012.

Player of the Year awards went to Junior B: Johnny Hennessey; Junior A: Brian Lord; and Senior player: Jason Kennedy.

The ladies are hosting an exciting new programme called Gaelic for Girls which will start next Thursday, March 13 in the local primary school for eight weeks from 7pm till 8pm.

It's open to girls age 8-12 years who are not registered with a ladies club.

It introduces girls to football in a fun environment and all participants will get a G4G jersey and certificate on completion.

The programme cost is €8 and for more details contact Graham Doyle at 086 8557510.

The club sends sympathy to Ciaran Fleming and family on the death of his mother. R.I.P.


Lotto results for Monday, March 3 - The winning numbers were 5, 7, 14, and 15. There was no jackpot winner. There was one match three winner of €250 and that was Mary McDonagh (Seller: Alice Lennon), sellers prize went to Peter Doyle and Dylan Ovington.

Next week's jackpot will be €12,250.

Well done to the Intermediate lads and management team who got the Division 2 football league off to a great start with a win. The final score was Stratford-Grangecon 2-8, Knockananna 1-03.

Thanks to all juveniles who registered with us yesterday. There was a great turnout and everyone took time to read and ask questions about the Code of Best Practice/Behaviour that is being introduced into the club from 2014 onwards.

For anyone who has not registered and paid membership please contact Annette on 087 0644241 as the club needs to get all registered and signed up to the Code of Best Practice/Behaviour within the next two weeks.

The winner of the draw for registering on the day was Sean Page. Well done Sean. Thanks to all who helped out in any way. Training resumes on March 22 at 11am for academy, under-8s, under-10s and under-12 .

Hard luck to Micheal Dwyers' under-13 team who lost the Ray Daniel final in a very competitive game in Tinahely on Saturday afternoon. Well done to Coolkenno on winning the game.

Sympathy to the Curran family on the death of their uncle.


This week in the GAA we had no games to report on as the match against Coolkenno was called off. Our Senior and Junior teams trained last Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoon with attendance being very good. Our next league match is Saturday, March 22 away to Coolkenno.

Hard luck to Wicklow on Sunday who lost to Leitrim in the league. The lads need to win their remaining games to have any hope of promotion. Next Sunday they are away to Carlow.

Finally our lotto is doing well and if you are out and about over St. Patrick's weekend why not buy a ticket for €2.


Our Senior hurling team had another good win in the Leinster Hurling League whey they accounted for Lucan Sarsfield in Lucan on Saturday evening on a score line of 4-7 to 3-6.

Leading by only three points at half time, 1-6 to 1-3, and after playing with the wind we put in a strong second half performance and went on to win by a four point margin.

The scores came from Keith Furlong 1-4, Mark Pierce 2-1 Michael Barry 1-0, Anthony Furlong, and Adrian Keogh 0-01 each. We play Arklow Rock Parnells in the last game in the group on March 22 in Arklow.

The funeral of the late Dinny Kenny of Kiltegan and England took place in Tinnaclash Cemetery on Friday after Mass in Tynock Church. Our sympathy to the Kenny family Kiltegan and his only surviving brother Pat from Tallaght, Dublin.

Our club wish to send get well wishes to Pat Kenny who was unable to attend the funeral due to illness. Pat was a former member of the present club and player with our club, in the 70s and followed the activities of the club every week in the Wicklow People.

Committee meeting of the club on Wednesday night at 8pm in the club house.

Anyone wishing to book the GAA field for training or matches in both juvenile and camogie or any field activities, please contact John Timmins on 087 928 0748.

Well done to the Rathdangan Drama Group especially our secretary John Cullen on their performance of the Real McCoy over the past few weeks in Rathdangan Hall.

Our Senior football team play Baltinglass in the first game of the Senior football league in Baltinglass on Friday at 8pm.

Lotto results - Numbers: 06, 10, 16, and 23. The jackpot was won and there were two winners who take home €6,500 each. Congratulations to Fintan Doyle and John (Scal) Byrne.

There were also match three winners and they were Catherine O'Toole, Pat Simpson, and Emma Jackson. Next week's jackpot will be €3,000. Next week draw takes place on Monday in the Talk of the Town.

Kiltegan Juvenile - Football training every Sunday morning for under-6, under-8, under-10, and under-12 from 11am to 12.15pm in Kiltegan GAA pitch.

Indoor hurling still on every Tuesday night in Hacketstown hall, €2 per child. Under-8 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and under-10 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. We will be moving outdoors in April.

Anyone that needs a new juvenile hurl for the coming year can get them off Ned Doyle. Sizes 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31 inches with grips in stock for €15 each.


Lotto results - numbers drawn were 17, 24, 25, and 28. There was one match three for €200 and that was won by Viv and Philly c/o Vivienne O'Neill. The jackpot is now €2,400.

Intermediates - A good start to the 2014 season with a fine win over Kilcoole in Division 3 by 2-09 to 1-08. Scorers: J. Byrne 0.5, J. Graham 1.03, Turkey 1.0, D. Franey 1pt. Good games from A. Clarke, J. Graham, J. Manley and J. Byrne.

Hard luck to Wicklow, enough said.

Minor training has commenced check the Facebook page for times.

Ladies team back in full swing so again check Facebook for times.

County draw tickets at €50 for sale now.

Wicklow hurling champions, Glenealy, have challenged Wicklow football champions, Rathnew, to a dance off to see who will be crowned 'Champions of the Dance Floor'.

This spectacular will take place in the Grand Hotel Sunday May 4. So keep that one for the diary. Gym membership available now, contact Anto Doyle on 085 7252430.

Club 2014 calenders now available at €5 from usual outlets.

Congratulations to Eilish Jameson who celebrated her 65th with friends and family in The Leitrim Lounge and also to Denise Lambert who celebrated her 50th with friends and family in Ernie's.

To get in contact: Vincent at 0868430446 and Facebook at Rathnew GAA Club.


Last Saturday we held our annual presentation night for all of our juvenile age groups. All teams from under-8 to Minor were recognised for their achievements and hard work over the past year.

Our under-14 side in particular had an outstanding season, which was duly recognised on the night. Four of our young Senior footballers, Conor Hatton, Kevin Doyle, Patrick O'Rourke and Shane Hogan presented medals to our future Senior footballers on the night. Well done to all involved.


Date for the diary this coming long weekend, Sunday, March 16 will see

the second running of the wheelbarrow race. Promises to be a great day for all the family with a variety of different races planned - Bar man's race, footballer race, parent and child race, strictly come dancing race to mention but a few.

As it stands the forecasters are predicting the weather to be cooperating so come along to cheer on the racers, first race scheduled to begin at 2pm on the Fairgreen.

Also keep an eye out for the posters, signs and banners for our Strictly Come Dancing participants over the coming week. The countdown has truly begun now and if the rumours of extra practice and extra dance lessons are to be believed then it promises to be a great night's entertainment.

For anyone that doesn't know the list of dancers, for €10 you will have the chance to see the likes of Sharon ;The Shaker' Dempsey, 'Rubber Legs' Richard Lambert, 'Baby Face' Brennan, Tara

'Thunder' Nolan, 'Swinging' Sarah Donahue, 'Gorgeous' Gary Murphy, Nobby 'Dances for a Hobby' Neill and Linda 'Super' Quinn among many others shake their thing on the night. There are even rumours of an appearance of a world famous boy band as part of the night's entertainment.

The competition takes place on Friday, April 4 in the Parkview House Shillelagh - This promises to be a fantastic night's entertainment so please ensure that you get your tickets early as there is limited availability for the night.

Tickets are available from any of the participating couples so please check out our Facebook page for the full list of dancers.

Hard luck to the Senior footballers who went down by seven points to Dunlavin in their first league outing of the year last week on the Fairgreen. It's obvious that there are still some cobwebs and plenty of room for improvements for the year ahead.

Next game is fixed versus Coolboy for Saturday, March 22 in Coolboy at 4.30pm.


Congrats to John Malone and Caroline on the birth of baby Ailbhe last week.

Good luck to David and the Seniors this Friday night in a tough away match against Eire Og.

Apologies in advance to all members but the timing can't be helped. Membership is now due and the €50 tickets are also going into circulation with Phil Power, Liz Byrne, Liam Kenna, Frances Gaskin, Anne Scott, Amanda Smith, Kerry Fee, and Nick Nolan responsible for getting them out and about.

Please support both as best you can as all other fundraising for the year will have some entertainment value.

There is a Code of Ethics Course being held this Thursday night (March 13) in Áras an Tóchar from 7-10pm. It is the responsibility of every individual involved with juvenile teams to ensure they completed this course.

Most juvenile teams are back training now and all info can be found on the club website. Here is a rundown of training times.

Under-6 boys and girls Thursdays 6.45pm-7.45pm (indoors for now), under-8 boys and under-10 boys on Mondays 7.15pm-8.15pm; girls under-8 and under-10 on Thursdays 7pm to 8pm commencing Thursday, April 3; girls under-12 on Thursdays 7pm to 8pm commencing Thursday, April 3; boys under-12 on Mondays and Fridays 7pm-8pm commencing Friday, March 14; Girls under-14 on Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm; Boys under-14 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm-8.15pm; Boys Under-16 on Mondays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.


Our ladies team put in another strong performance against Clara on Saturday. Played in better conditions than last week, there were some excellent performances around the pitch.

Una Doyle put in a superb performance in goals making some fantastic saves, including one from a penalty.

Great work rate was demonstrated by the younger players with Katie O'Brien, BeccaTraynor, Emer O'Halloran, Katie Shanley and Ailbhe O'Callaghan showing determination and grit.

Unfortunately the result did not go our way but the performance was good and the girls are looking forward to their next outing versus Rathnew.

The club will shortly be ordering new gear for anyone age five upwards. Items available will be: hoodies, tracksuit bottoms, gear bags and polo shirts.

If interested please contact Michael Murphy at 087 2648509. Well done to the players who put in a good hard hurling session on Saturday. Hurling training will take place again this weekend, along with a football challenge match on Saturday, times and details to be texted out. All memberships are now due. Please remember that gumshields are compulsory for all training sessions and matches.


Our Senior footballers began their Division 2 league campaign against Ballymanus on Sunday morning, and were very unlucky not to come away with the spoils. The final score on the day was Ballymanus 3-5 to 1-9 for Avondale.

Our Senior hurlers started their Leinster league campaign against Eire Og last Monday. Despite having the home advantage, Eire Og came out on top by seven points, with a score of 1-11 to 0-7 points.

We are still looking for some coaches to help out with a couple of our juvenile teams. Anyone interested can contact Shane O'Reilly on 085 8495694.


The Kilbride GAA lotto was not won; the numbers drawn were 4, 12, 28 and 31. Our €20 winners were Pat Patton, Marie Hughes, Noel Kinsella, Connor Donoghue and The Company.

Unfortunately both our men's and lady's team had to cancel their respective matches last weekend due to our pitch being unplayable; we hope to be able to play home matches very soon.


Annual Race Night - The Annual Race Night is scheduled for Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Friday, March 14 at 9pm in Poulaphuca House.

Horses are still on sale from all players, please support and come along on the night to cheer home your selection. Novelty camel racing will also be held on the night and the club will be launching the Wicklow County Development Draw for 2014.

Membership - The club had excellent membership for 2013 and we thank each of them for their support. Membership rates for 2014 including family membership offers can be viewed and paid online at Membership can also be paid to the executive committee.

Adult Football - An excellent start to Division 3 for our Junior team, who won away to Enniskerry on Saturday evening. Well done to all involved in the 1-9 to 1-4 win.

Insurance Offer - Liberty Insurance will donate €50 to the club when a new motor or home policy is taken out with Liberty and the 'Policy Number' is entered on

This is a great fundraising opportunity for the club and we ask members of the community to input their policy number and details on the website if they get Liberty Insurance.


This year's membership fees are now due. They are as follows: Adults €50, Juveniles €20, Family €75 and if you have 3 or more juvenile members in one family the fee is only €50. These fees include a €10 levy for the development fund which will be used in improving facilities at the club.

The next executive meeting will take place on Thursday the 6th of March.

Advertisement is now available for the scoreboard. The fee is €100 and you receive a free county draw ticket. Please contact any member of the management committee for more details.

Training for the week ahead for the Intermediate Team is Tuesday 7.30pm on the pitch and circuit training in the gym on Friday night, leaving Ashford at 7.30pm.

Well done to the Intermediate team who won their first league game this season against Laragh by 5 points.

Gum shields must now be worn by all players so please ensure that everyone has one for both training and matches as you cannot play without it.

Please check out our social media sites for up to date information and news about the club and events:


Twitter: @AshfordGAA1884 (

Latest club news and information will be available through these mediums.

The county draw tickets are now on sale. We need to ensure that we make every effort to sell the tickets so if anyone would like to purchase one then please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Executive committee.


A very much understrength B team travelled to Westmeath last Saturday to play Ringtown in the Leinster League and were defeated 4-16 to 2-7.

Manager Deckie Doyle had to tog out to make up a team and he is hoping for a much better response for the next game.

The Senior game against Delvin on Saturday was postponed and should have gone ahead last night.

There was no jackpot winner in the club lotto last week. The numbers drawn were 2, 4, 6, and 20. This week's jackpot is €5,300.

Best wishes to Glenealy music legend Anthony (Tanner) Byrne who celebrated his 80th Birthday in the Woodpecker, Ashford on March 1.


Lotto - No winner of the lotto jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 1, 05, 09, and 19. There was eight match threes - Josie Duffy, Declan O'Keeffe, Chrissie Carty, Suzanna Kinsella, Adrian Boland, Michael Kelly, Bill Byrne, and Damien Daly. Sellers prize winner was Patricia O'Keeffe.

Next week's jackpot stands at €15,400. Tickets on sale in the Wagons, Jacob's, Byrne's shop, the Corner House, Boland's and Sean Murphy's Butchers.

Membership - Membership is now due and can be paid to any of the committee member. Players are €25, families and non playing adults are €10, students €10.

County Board tickets - County board tickets are on sale now from the club and are priced at €50 each total prize fund is €67,000.

First draw will take place in April. First prize: €10,000; 2nd: €5,000; 3rd: €2,500; 4th: €1,500; 5th: $1,000; and 6th to 20th €150. Times and dates for second and third draw for the same prize money is yet to be confirmed.

Also the club have been given 500 €10 tickets from Croke Park.

This is a special draw for all clubs in Ireland, all the proceeds from these

Tickets stays in the club; first prize is a trip to Australia for 2 with the Irish Compromise Rules team.

The lads lost the first match of the season against Statford last Saturday. Stratford 2-09, Knockananna 1-02.

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