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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.

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