ÉIRE ÓG GREYSTONES
A bit of news to raise the spirits in these times when the talk from cosseted commentators (salaries up to 0.8 million have the mind boggling in disbelief) is of financial doom and gloom. The jackpot in the Éire Óg Lotto is at €9,000 (there is also a weekly match-3 prize of €200). Not a bad return on €2. Why not have a flutter and treat yourself to a frisson of anticipatory excitement with the added bonus of the knowledge that you are helping a good cause.
The Intermediates are back training every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30 p.m. (hope they are thinking of those water rates!) and are looking forward to the new year with a degree of optimism. Their recent practice game against St. John’s, Ballinteer, afforded some of our Minors and recent graduates from this grade an opportunity to display their wares. They carped the diem (grasped the opportunity with both hands) and posted a warning to the established players as to the security of the latter’s tenure. There were impressive performances from James Kelly, Seán Horan, Michael Walsh, Eoin McHugh and, in particular, from Conor Daly. Of the older players Alan Costello played a constructive role at full-back and Kenny Naughton showed that there was no diminution in the exciting zing he brings to the game. William Kavanagh, a new face on the block and a forceful player, showed himself a perfect foil for his stylish mid-field partner, James Leonard. Conor Monaghan celebrated his return with a well taken goal.
Éire Óg was represented on the Wicklow team which drew with Antrim in Belfast last Sunday by Darren Hayden and dual player Stephen ‘Chester’ Kelly. Stephen was forced to retire through injury: we hope that its nature was minor. Darren and Craig Smullen have been training with the Wicklow u21s who take on Longford in Longford on Sunday in the first round of the championship. Go n-eirí leo!
In keeping with the wishes of the Coiste Chondae, the club made three new appointments to its executive: John Keane as Director of Coaching with particular emphasis on underage , Schools’ Liaison Officer - Carmel Deeney and Child Protection Officer - Fionnuala Nolan.
Talks with the County Council on that ‘limbo resident’ piece of land near the clubhouse are now at an advanced stage and seem to be heading towards an outcome acceptable to both parties.
With the proviso ‘ weather permitting’ the girls returned to training this Monday 2nd February at 8 p.m. and the hurlers return on the 5th at 6.30 p.m. New members always welcome.
At the moment Billy Cuddihy, Stephen and James Kelly, Peter Keane and Paul Sutton are in training with the county hurling panel.
Valentine’s night, and with it the Éire Óg Dinner Dance in the Rugby Club, is fast approaching. Tickets, one hears, are very much in demand and are available from committee members.
The club extends its sincerest sympathies to the Carnew GAA Club and to his family on the tragic death of talented hurler and footballer Niall Fleming. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal óg.