Offaly GAA Digest (December 18)

THis week’s Offaly GAA Digest with weekly notes from the clubs of Offaly

THis week’s Offaly GAA Digest with weekly notes from the clubs of Offaly

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Clara GAA Club

Underage Mouthguards: The GAA have announced details of the forthcoming national roll-out of the compulsory wearing of mouthguards in all underage grades up to and including minor for Gaelic football matches and practice sessions from January 1 2013.

In addition, from January 1 2014, this rule will apply to all players at all age grades. The move to make the wearing of mouthguards obligatory reiterates the Association’s long-term commitment to player welfare.

Significantly, if a player refuses to comply he can be sent-off and players will not be covered under the GAA Player Injury Scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard. The GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee acknowledge that the use of a properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries and was centrally involved in ensuring the introduction of compulsory mouthguards in Gaelic Football.

The GAA have launched the official OPRO GAA/GPA ‘stock’ and ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards, a joint commercial venture on the part of the GAA and GPA. The mouthguards will range in price from €8 to €33 and will be available for purchasing through local retailers: Baggots Centra.

Any parent with any further concerns or questions is asked to contact their team mentor.

Under 8 Hurling: The U8 hurling panel have finished the year with 4 weeks of astro turf hurling at Clara Sports and Leisure Centre. The boys have been put through their paces by Jimmy Hughes, Wayne Bracken and Colm Scanlon. The astro turf hurling is a very fast game and improves the boys ground hurling and hand-eye co-ordination. After Christmas, next years U8’s will start indoor hurling training in the GAA Social Centre (The Star) in preparation for the Tom Naughton U8 Indoor Hurling League,which will start in late January.

Along with the seniors, the Clara U-8 hurlers will play an exhibition hurling game on St. Stephens day. Also the boys school U13 hurling team will play a Clara selection. The school jerseys were sponsored by Donal and have been worn with pride by the boys over the years so come along and support this annual event.

Xmas Gifts: A Cultec hurl would be a great gift for Christmas. Check out www.cultec.ie or call Gerry at 087 784 1411 to order. Right now there is an U8 special offer 24” hurl €14.99 and 26” hurl is €19.99.

Weekly Club Lotto: There was no winner of the weekly club Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 12-18-19-24. There were 6 match 3 winners. They were Joe McGrath, Pascal Slammon, Mary Cunningham, Brian Moran, Ann McGuigan and John Gavigan. Next weeks lotto takes place in Dolans and the Jackpot is €2600. Thanks to all who support our lotto and thanks to all our ticket sellers.

Monster Bingo: Clara GAA would like to thank everyone who attended the Monster Bingo on Sunday December 16th and to all for their continued support which is greatly appreciated.

Ladies Football: Well done and a big congratulations to the Ard Scoil Chairain Ladies who won the Leinster Final last week.. We are very proud of you all, it was a great achievement for the school and to our club. Well done again girls you did our town and your families very proud.

Schools Football: Congratulations to the boys of Ard Scoil Chairain who made it a real week to celebrate when they won the North Leinster Juvenile 13 aside Final. Full time score Ard Scoil Chairain 4-11 Mullingar CS 2-05. First silverware for the school this year. Well done lads and to all involved. Keep up the hard work and dedication as its showing in your performances.

Congratulations to Ard Scoil Chairains Junior footballers who had a great win last Monday in what was a very physical game.Full time score ASC 4-14 Granard VS 2-07. They now progress to the Leinster final. Its great for the school to be back contesting Leinster honours. Well done to all concerned. The Ard Scoil team was: Wesley Johnson, Kieran Hartnett, Alan Gavin(Capt), Ryan Kelly, Josh Kearney, Carl Stewart(0-1), Colm Doyle, Martin Fleming(0-3), Stephen Buckley(1-1), George Robbins, Luke Dignam(1-6, 0-5frees), Josh McCloskey, Mark Newman(0-2,frees), Seamus O’Brien(2-1) and Jamie Monaghan. Subs: Callum Egan for J Monaghan, Connor Egan for M Newman and Ciaran Doyle for G Robbins

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Drumcullen GAA Club

AGM: The rescheduled AGM took place on Monday night but had to be adjourned as there were no nominees or volunteers for the position of Secretary. The meeting will reconvene on Monday, January 7 when it is hoped to have a name to put to the floor to fill the position.

A number of issues were discussed on the night. Treasurer Peter Lyons told the large gathering that the club was in a stronger financial position at the end of 2012 than it had been at the start but he cautioned that there would need to be a continued control kept on the expenditure for the year ahead if the club was to get back in the black.

The continued link up with Seir Kieran at underage level was discussed and it was agreed that it was beneficial to the club to continue it to provide ‘A’ standard hurling for the club’s younger players

Lotto: The Lotto jackpot has now reached €10,300 after it wasn’t won again last weekend. Numbers drawn were 4, 13, 14 and 21. There were nine match 3 winners who received €20 each. They were Noel Murray, Ray Quegan, Ann Walsh, Deirdre Gath, Patrick O’Leary, Andrew Ferguson, Martin Hanamy, Aidan Spain, Anne Troy. Promoters Prize went to Catherine Nugent. Thanks to all who continue to support the lotto on a weekly basis and to all the ticket sellers and lotto teams who give of their time each week.

Seasons Greetings: Drumcullen GAA Club would like to wish a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our players, members and everyone in the community.

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Edenderry GAA Club

Christmas Wishes: Club Chairman, Colm Cummins and the committee of Edenderry GAA would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year. We thank all our sponsors, players, members and supporters for their hard work and dedication during 2012 and we look forward to seeing you all in 2013

Christmas Newsletter: The Christmas edition of our newsletter will hit the streets this week. Packed full of photos, news and a look back on 2012, its one not to be missed. Copies will be available at various locations around the town over Christmas.

Easter Rising 2013: Edenderry GAA and Derry Rovers Football Club will lock horns to form their own “Easter Rising” in a white collar fight night on Easter Saturday night March 30th 2013. This all-ticket affair promises to be a massive event as the two clubs battle for bragging rights. The night, being run in association with Eden Events, will take place in Edenderry GAA Grounds. Full details will be available in the New Year.

1992 U16 Double winning team Reunion: This Christmas will see the 20 year reunion of the 1992 Double winning under 16 football & hurling teams.  The lads are getting together for a kick-a-bout and puc-a-bout on Friday 28th December at 2.30pm in the GAA before retiring to Byrne’s for refreshments.

Lotto: Our Lotto Jackpot is now capped at €13,000 and still hasn’t been won. Numbers drawn on Sunday 16th Dec were 15, 18, 22, 26 Bonus 14. Two players Matched 3 Numbers and won €150 each. They were: Tanya O’Reilly, Fahy Lodge, Rhode, Jane O’Gorman, Jordanstown, Enfield. Play online at www.edenderrygaa.com for your chance to win this massive Jackpot. The Lotto will continue over Christmas with draws held at Bingo on Sun 23rd & Sun 30th Dec.

Bingo: Our Bingo Jackpot has survived again and will be €4,400 next Sunday evening in 45 calls or under. Bingo commences at 8pm every Sunday night in the Clubhouse. We now have a total prize fund on offer of €20,000 every Sunday night. Bingo will continue over Christmas on both Sun 23rd & Sun 30th Dec.

Midnite Blue: Our friends in Midnite Blue will hold their annual charity gig in Byrnes on Sat 29th Dec. Midnite Blue have been very good friends of Edenderry GAA in 2012 helping us out with various fundraisers so why not come along on the 29th and help them raise vital funds for Crumlin Childrens Hospital.

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Ferbane GAA Club

AGM: A healthy attendance of nearly sixty club members made their way to the Heritage Centre for the Ferbane GAA AGM last Friday night. As is customary, there was a robust exchange of views, while the reports of Chairman Liam Flaherty and Secretary Martina Flynn focussed on several key aspects:

(1) The election of Padraig Boland as County Board Chairman. There was a rousing reception for Padraig who became the first county board chairman from the club in the history of Offaly GAA. Padraig addressed the meeting and spoke of his appreciation for the good wishes and support he received from all across the county, and how he felt there were some positive signs being shown in recent weeks, despite GAA affairs being at a low ebb in the county at the moment. He also spoke of how he was keen to rebuild and strengthen the connection between the county board and the stakeholders in Offaly GAA, namely the clubs, the players and the people. Liam and Martina both congratulated Padraig on his success and thanked him for his constant support and advice. 

(2) Congratulations to successful groups. The All Ireland winning ballad group team that triumphed in this year’s Scór na nÓg in Castlebar were congratulated, as was the club’s Senior Scór Question Time team that won Leinster this year and travelled to Killarney, only to narrowly lose out to Leitrim in the All Ireland decider. The various Ferbane/Belmont minor cclub underage sides that were so successful this year were praised, as was the Gallen Community School team that retained their Leinster Vocational Schools Title. Congratulations were also offered to Tony McTague, who will be inducted into the Offaly Hall of Fame at the GAA Awards in January, and to Kilcormac-Killoughey GAA after their Leinster club hurling success. 

(3) Thanking those who played a part. Both Martina and Liam paid tribute to the various people that played their part in keeping Ferbane GAA running during the year. Trainers and mentors, Referees, committee members and volunteers in all the other local clubs, those who helped out with fundraising, Féile, the Lotto, pitch maintenance, the Gym, the minor club and all the other volunteers who gave of their time, their energy and indeed played their part in fundraising were all thanked warmly for the work they put in.

(4) Building Development: Ferbane GAA Club has been awarded €90,000 from the Sports Capital Programme, which was a huge boost to the club. Huge thanks are due to Kevin Gavin and Brian Keenaghan for the work they did in preparing the application, to Martina Flynn for her assistance in her capacity as secretary, and to Ger Keenaghan for his professional work that was completed at no charge to the club. Local political representatives Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy and Barry Cowen were also thanked for their support in the application process.

(5) Finance: The club ran at a small loss for the year and Treasurer Kathleen Foley presented a full report detailing the income and expenditure for the year. A significant fall in club lotto receipts was noted and both Kathleen and Liam spoke of the need to put in a renewed effort with selling lotto tickets and generating income through this primary source of funding. The club has lost several invaluable volunteers in recent years and more people are needed to help in this area. Anyone who feels they could play their part, or indeed who would like a subscription, is asked to contact any committee member.

This was followed by the election of club officers, and the following committee was appointed:

Chairman & County Board Delegate: Liam Flaherty. Vice Chair: Kevin Gavin. Secretary: Martina Flynn. Assistant Secretary: Lisa Doyle. Treasurer: Kathleen Foley. Assistant Treasurer: Pat Browne. PRO: Kevin Egan. Safety Officer: George Digan. Irish Officer: Aidan Keenaghan. Players’ Representative: John Mollen. Committee Members: Niall Fitzgerald, Kieran Coughlan, Claire Brady, Brian Flynn, Martin Dolan, Brian Keenaghan, Fergal Spollen, Kenneth Maher and Gerry Grehan.

After the election of officers, issues such as team management, the numbeer of junior teams to be fielded, club coaching structure and the issue of burnout in young players was discussed, while Vice Chairman Kevin Gavin also spoke of a club initiative around “The Gathering”. The August Bank Holiday in 2013 was mentioned as a possible focal point when emigrants with ties to the local area could perhaps return to a general celebration in the area. Further details will be released regarding this in the New Year.

Finally, membership for the year was kept at existing rates; €20 for a single member, €50 for membership with gym, and €25 for a family. All members are asked to get their membership paid as soon as possible, so as to help the club in planning for the coming year with regard to team entries etc.

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Kilclonfert GAA Club

Trainer Position: Anyone interested in the position of Trainer/Coach for Kilclonfert GAA for 2013 please contact Brendan Spillane on 0861612429

Walking Track: The walking track is open every day to all members and lights are on timer, Monday to Friday, 7pm to 9pm. Can all members please make sure they are off the the track at 9pm. The Main gate is locked can all members please use side gate

Progressive 25: Progressive 25 is held in Kilclonfert Community Centre every Tuesday night at 9pm

Kilclonfert GAA Mass: Kilclonfert GAA is holding a Christmas Mass for all members past and present members on the 30th of December in Kilclonfert Church at 9:00am. There will be refreshments for all in Kilclonfert Community after for everyone to get together. Everyone welcome!

Happy Christmas: Kilclonfert GAA would like to wish all its members a Happy Christmas & a very prosperous New year

Anyone who wishes to add to the Kilclonfert notes please contact Andrea Scally on 0863796444, andreascally@live.com or on the Kilclonfert GAA Facebook page

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Shamrocks GAA Club

Club Communications: The club are requesting any person who has not already done so and who would like to get match updates or information for the coming year via the club phone to forward there name and number to 086 1985416.

Exams: The club would like to wish all students the best of luck in the semester exams for which they are currently sitting.

Merry Christmas: The club would like to extend a Happy Christmas to everyone in the community and a special welcome home to all who have travelled back to be with family in the area. We wish you all a Happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas.

Thanks: The club would like to thank all its players, members and supporters for their hard work and dedication in 2012 and looking forward to a successful 2013.

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St Brigid’s GAA Club

Lotto: Lotto result for week ending 9th, Dec, Jackpot, €12,800, No’s drawn,4-8-12-25. No winner, 7 match 3’s, Frank Scally, Sean Egan, Paddy Moran, Sandra McGrath, Frank Moran, James Sheeran, and Cliodhna Molloy. Promoters Prize, Killeen’s Shop.

Christmas Lotto will be held on Sunday 23rd. Along with the weekly draw, as it is so near to Christmas day we ask all with Tickets to do their best to have All Tickets returned no later than 12md on Sunday. Thank You

Birthday: Best wishes are sent to all who celebrate their birthdays around this time, Especially, Margaret Kellaghan, Aaron Henry, Amanda Grehan, Rachel Mullarney, Michelle Kelly, Caroline Lynch, Patrick Moore, Shay Egan, Niall Lynch, Derek Malone, Glynn McCluskey, Stephen Moore

Best Wishes: Are sent to Sean Casey and his girlfriend Seri who are both recovering after a recent car accident. Wishing everybody who is unwell or sick at this time a speedy recovery. And let’s all look out for each other these cold wet winter days.

Medal Presentation: St Brigid’s National School are holding the Presentation of the Cumann na mBunscol winners medals Thursday 20th Dec (tomorrow) @ 2pm in the Assembly Hall in the School, all welcome. Presentation by a “special “guest.

Congratulations: To Patrick & John Harney on their success on saddling the winner in Dundalk last week, It was a great achievement as Patrick & John only have their Trainers Licence since June last, the Horse is named Johann Bach. The Boys are wished the best of luck & many more winners in the future.

Card Game: Croghan Development are holding a progressive 25 card drive -fund raiser on Friday 28th at 9pm in Croghan Community Centre. Your support will be appreciated.

Merry Christmas: Happy Christmas to all in our community and welcome home to those travelling home over the next week or so. We hope you all have a Happy, Holy, Peaceful, Blessed & enjoyable time with family and friends over the holiday season. And above all keep safe. From all in St Brigid’s G A A Club.

St Brigid’s Annual fundraiser: St Brigid’s Annual St Stephens fund raising night will be held in Killeen’s, Featuring ‘The Full Monty’ and fun ?????. Games with DJ Dicey Reilly. A great night’s entertainment & fun guaranteed.

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