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FIX­TURES: Some of the club’s teams are in­volved in im­por­tant fix­tures dur­ing the week. On Satur­day at 1.30 p.m in Ark­low the ju­nior hurlers face New­cas­tle in the re­play of the Cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nal. The first game would in­ti­mate an ex­cit­ing en­counter in the off­ing. In Aughrim we thrilled to a ‘bat­tle royal’ in which our lads showed re­mark­able brav­ery and determination. We gasped as goalie Scott Smullen, his backs and the grace of God con­trived to some­how keep our net in­tact. We mar­velled at the stick work and re­ac­tions of Paulie Sut­ton and at the cool­ness and ball-winning abil­i­ties of young Cor­mac Greene. How we thrilled at the sight of ‘Ch­ester’ Kelly in dis­dain­ful dis­re­gard as he soloed his way through a for­est of New­cas­tle hurls and we held our breaths as Billy Cud­dihy burst past de­fend­ers in his charges to­wards goal. Such plea­sures and thrills await in Ark­low on Satur­day. Why not take the op­por­tu­nity to savour them. Bí ann gan teip.

Our U-16 hurlers travel to Wick­low to play Bray Em­mets in the semi-fi­nal of the A Cham­pi­onship at 3.15 p.m. on Sun­day. Hurl­ing is at the mo­ment very much a mi­nor­ity sport in this area. That cou­pled with the fact that cul­ti­vat­ing team and club loy­alty among 14-16 year old boys is, in gen­eral, not an easy task and ren­ders the field­ing of a hurl­ing team in this age group some­what of an achieve­ment. Hence the men­tors of this squad are to be con­grat­u­lated on hav­ing kept the lads to­gether through of­ten in­dif­fer­ent re­sults. They are de­serv­ing of our sup­port. Your pres­ence at Dun­bur Park on Sun­day would surely be a wel­come source of en­cour­age­ment to all in­volved.

Our ladies have their fi­nal out­ing of the year in Laragh on Sun­day at 2.00 p.m. They play Balt­in­glass in the In­ter­me­di­ate league fi­nal. We did top the ta­ble but the for­mat of the com­pe­ti­tion de­mands a play-off be­tween the top 2 teams. Many would ques­tion the de­sir­abil­ity of such a play-off par­tic­u­larly as it oc­curs so late in the sea­son when time has at­ten­u­ated en­thu­si­asm. Still and all you are as­sured of a feast of foot­ball be­tween the two best teams in the county at this grade.

COMHBHRÓN: The Club ex­tends its sin­cer­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily of Paddy Nolan, to his son Paddy, Martin and Philip and his daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth (Liz), to his grand­chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily. The es­teem in which Paddy was held was at­tested to in the over­flow con­gre­ga­tion which at­tended the fu­neral mass in Kilquade. Éire Óg was very well rep­re­sented at the ob­se­quies. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh Paddy.

CON­GRATS: Comhgáird­eachas to Leighton Glynn of Glenealy on his won­der­ful per­for­mance in the Com­pro­mise Rules game against Aus­tralia in Perth on Fri­day. It mer­ited him the ‘Man of the Match’ ac­co­lade. Pun­dits spoke of his nat­u­ral tal­ent for the game: the speed of his de­ci­sion mak­ing, his pres­ence of mind, a price­less po­si­tional sense, his in­tel­li­gent move­ment of the ball and his abil­ity to take scores. He did Co. Wick­low proud. This new found fame should be of great as­sis­tance to him in his pro­mo­tional work for the GAA within the county. Also a tal­ented hurler his ab­sence would have been sorely felt by Glenealy in the drawn county fi­nal on Sun­day. Fergus O’Brien sent him a con­grat­u­la­tory text on be­half of the club.

To Stephen ‘Ch­ester’ Kelly who played for Ire­land in the re­cent shinty/hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional in Kilkenny. He is to be com­mended on hav­ing cut short his post match cel­e­bra­tions - did Bren­dan Cud­dihy’s urg­ings have a part in this? - to en­sure his readi­ness for the Ju­nior Hurl­ing semi-fi­nal against New­cas­tle next day.

To Peggy Mitchell, wife of Pres­i­dent Des, who re­cently cel­e­brated her 80th birth­day. That the flame still burns was at­tested to in the two ap­pro­pri­ately ro­man­tic re­frains with which Des re­galed the party go­ers.

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