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Lotto jack­pot stands at €8,000. No win­ner last week. Num­bers were 8-11-19-23. Match three win­ners were Miriam Man­ley, M&M Ti­no­ran, DavidFaulkner Ard­glass, Michael Walsh Dunlavin, Ais­lingByrne, Char­lie Shortt, E.A Mor­daunt, Breda Cof­fey, Gabrial Kane. Tick­ets €2 in lo­cal shops or on balt­in­glass­ web­site. Divi­sion 1 League match was off. The Mi­nors were out in the League to St. Ni­cholas and lost out on a score of 2-15 to 2-5. All ju­ve­niles are now back train­ing. Time ta­bles are up around the town in shops and in lo­cal schools. There is a full com­mit­tee meet­ing Wed­nes­day night at 8.30pm, please all make the ef­fort to at­tend. The club shop is open Satur­day morn­ings from 10.30am til 12 mid­day. All team men­tors make sure all play­ers have their gear. Mem­ber­ship is now due. Ju­ve­niles will have a reg­is­tra­tion day com­ing up soon. All other teams can pay their men­tors.


Congratulations to Frank Clune and his col­lege team St. Pats Drum­con­dra on win­ning the Trench Cup dur­ing the week. Our mi­nors where out for the first time this year on Sun­day morn­ing against Michael Dwyers, our lads fell to a heavy de­feat. We hope to have more num­bers and a stronger team for the next day out. Congratulations to the county mi­nors who had a con­vinc­ing win over Kil­lkenny last Fri­day night, we are rep­re­sented by Stephen Mur­phy on the team. Train­ing for the se­nior and ju­nior teams con­tin­ues on Tues­day and Fri­day nights at 8 o'clock, ev­ery­one wel­come.


The U14's fin­ished joint top of their group in the first round of the Feile with a good win over Carnew and a draw with AGB. Scores were St. Ni­cholas 3-7 Carnew 1-6 and St. Ni­cholas 2-1 AGB 0-7. This was a great team ef­fort with ev­ery player bat­tling to se­cure qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The mi­nors con­tin­ued their good start to the league with a win over Balt­in­glass. Fi­nal score was St. Ni­cholas 2-15 Balt­in­glass 2-5.

The clothes col­lec­tion fundraiser takes place this week on March 10th from 7pm to 8pm and March 12th from 10am to 11.30am in the club­house in Dunlavin. For fur­ther de­tails please con­tact Linda Darker, Ger Reid or Louise Allen.

Tick­ets are cur­rently on sale for the 300 club draw with the first draw tak­ing place on the 26th of March. Your sup­port would be much ap­pre­ci­ated!


Coolkenno's first com­pet­i­tive Mi­nor game since 2004 ended in vic­tory on Sun­day. They faced a daunt­ing trip to Bless­ing­ton to take on an amal­ga­ma­tion of Bless­ing­ton and Kil­bride. Coolkenno made a slug­gish start and found them­selves five points adrift at half time. How­ever, they showed great strength of char­ac­ter and came back to win by four points on a fi­nal score of 2-12 to 3-5. It was a great all round team per­for­mance with play­ers putting their bod­ies on the line for the cause. The team lined out as fol­lows: Enda Doyle, Daniel Doyle, Adam O'Neill, Charles Burgess, Wil­lie Byrne, David Cole, Joe Sun­der­land (1-4), David Tomp­kins (1-3), Keith Far­rell (0-3), Sean Nolan (02), Pa­trick Byrne. It's a big week for Cor­mac Byrne, John Burke and Wil­lie Byrne who are part of the Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew side who take on Gallen CC, Fer­bane in the fi­nal of the Le­in­ster A Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship. The game took place on Tues­day in Port­laoise. Se­nior player Donal Doyle was in­volved with Wa­ter­ford IT in the Trench Cup Fi­nal at the week­end. They had a good win on the Fri­day over Tralee IT but un­for­tu­nately St Pat's Drum­con­dra proved too strong for them in the fi­nal. Still, reach­ing an All-Ire­land at this level is a great achieve­ment. Well done Donal! The first round of the in­ter­me­di­ate league which was due to be played on Satur­day against Avon­dale was post­poned. A golf clas­sic was held on the 18th July at Col­lat­tin Golf Club be­tween The Dy­ing Cow Golf So­ci­ety and Seaver's Bar Golf So­ci­ety, Ti­na­hely. Both groups would like to thank all play­ers, Cool­lat­tin Golf Club and ev­ery­one who do­nated money for this event. Fol­low­ing on the suc­cess of this event, we are de­lighted to an­nounce that we have do­nated €2,000 to Carnew Com­mu­nity Care, €2,000 to South East Cancer Care, €1,000 to Clon­more Lo­cal Cancer Med­i­cal Trust, and €500 to the lo­cal Ser­vices Kare Cen­tre in Ti­na­hely. Thanks again to ev­ery­one in­volved! Tick­ets for the 30th An­niver­sary Din­ner Dance which takes place on Satur­day 26th of March re­main on sale from com­mit­tee mem­bers at €25 each. Train­ing con­tin­ues for un­der 8's, 10's and 12's in Bal­ly­con­nell Hall ev­ery Fri­day at 7pm.


There was no lotto jack­pot win­ner for the draw held Mon­day 28th Fe­bru­ary. The num­bers drawn were 1,11,19,21, with the only match three num­bers be­ing Ann Whe­lan and Pat Dowl­ing. The game against Strat­ford did not go ahead last week­end, but the game against Donard in the Gap has been resched­uled for this week­end. Rory is still col­lect­ing mem­ber­ship. Play­ers (non­stu­dents) cost €30, play­ers (stu­dents) €20, non­play­ers €10, and ju­ve­niles €3.


The Se­nior side were away to AGB on Satur­day and came home with the points fol­low­ing a hard earned win, on a score­line of 2-07 to 1-08. The last few 2010 Wick­low GAA Year­books are on sale from Richard Burke for €10 each, with pho­tos of var­i­ous adult and ju­ve­nile teams from the year gone by.

Mem­ber­ship is now due, all play­ers must be reg­is­tered to play with the Club prior to train­ing or play­ing matches. Peo­ple can reg­is­ter on­line via our web­site through Paypal at www.hol­ly­, dead­line for all mem­ber­ships is March 24th.

We are col­lect­ing pho­tos and pa­per clip­pings and such­like from any era to be dis­played in our Club­house. All are wel­come to sub­mit what­ever they can in an at­tempt to show Hol­ly­wood and St. Kevins through the ages. Matches/So­cial Events/Work days/Match re­ports are all very much wel­come. Please drop any­thing you have for con­sid­er­a­tion to Ian Burke, they will be re­turned to you once copied.

Hard luck to the mi­nors who were beaten by Ti­na­hely on Sun­day by 3-10 to 0-07.

Best wishes to loyal fol­lower Mar­garet Clarke who had been un­well lately.

St. Kevins are col­lect­ing mo­bile phones as well as hold­ing The Cake and Book Sale on March 16th and 17th in Hol­ly­wood Cen­tre af­ter masses.

The Club wish to ex­tend their sym­pa­thies to the Gor­man fam­ily, Broadleas and to the Cramp­ton fam­ily,Slievev­cor­ragh on their re­cent be­reave­ments.


Our lotto draw was held on Satur­day, 5th March. There was no win­ner of the jack­pot of €2500. The num­bers were 10, 19, 20 and 24. The four €25 win­ners were Maia O'Brien, Gary Geoghegan, Matt Reid and Jimmy 'Buck­ets' Byrne. Thanks for all your sup­port and congratulations. The next draw will be held in Leo's on Satur­day, 19th March with a jack­pot of €2650. Tick­ets avail­able from play­ers and com­mit­tee mem­bers. The first game of the sea­son will be held in Val­ley­mount on Satur­day, 12th March at 3pm. The lads will be out against Ash­ford in the Divi­sion 2 league. Best of luck and all sup­port would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. Train­ing con­tin­ues for both In­ter­me­di­ate and Ju­nior C teams on Tues­day and Thurs­day nights in the field at 8 pm. There has been a great turn out so far so keep up the good work lads. It’s great to see some old faces back. All mem­ber­ship is due, both lads and ladies, and this must be paid be­fore 17th March to be el­i­gi­ble to play for the club. The club would like to con­vey its deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fol­low­ing fam­i­lies; The Gor­man Fam­ily, Bal­ly­more, The Lawlor Fam­ily, Bishop Hill and The Cramp­ton Fam­ily, Hol­ly­wood on their re­cent be­reave­ments. Get well soon to Mag 'Granny' Clarke, Granamore and Alice Stones, Val­ley­mount. We would like to wish a be­lated happy birth­day to Sam Cullen, who cel­e­brated over the week­end. Also happy 'Sweet Six­teenth' birth­day to Caro­line Cahill this Fri­day 11th March. The VYC will hold a Pan­cake Night on Fri­day 11th March, so come along for some tasty treats!


The GAA Club Lotto was not won last week and we had no match 3 win­ners. This week the jack­pot is €19,900, tick­ets can be pur­chased at Jus­tine's, Terry Ka­vanagh's or in the Post Of­fice.

Our Se­nior and Ju­nior A teams kick off their league cam­paign this week­end with two lo­cal away fix­tures.

The Se­niors are away to Kil­coole on Satur­day af­ter­noon at 3 p.m. this should be an en­ter­tain­ing game af­ter a tough tight en­counter against the same op­po­si­tion last year.

The Ju­nior As are away to our neigh­bours in Kil­mac at 11:30 on Sun­day morn­ing. Both teams would love to have as much sup­port as pos­si­ble to help get their cam­paigns off to a pos­i­tive start.

Our Mi­nor team played away against Avon­dale last Sun­day morn­ing and af­ter a bad start which saw them fall 2-1 to 0-0 be­hind within 15 min­utes. They then came to life with Calvin Swords and Michael McHugh tak­ing con­trol around mid­field and Eoin Marah get­ting to grips at the back. In the for­wards Ger Byrne per­formed very well once the sup­ply of ball in­creased and he was well as­sisted by Graham Sut­ton and Paul Flynn who had come off the bench.

They went on to win the game on a score­line of 2-8 to 3-2, con­ced­ing only 1-1 fro the re­main­ing 45 min­utes.

The mi­nors now have a tough game against Rath­new next which is sched­uled for this Sun­day morn­ing in Round­wood but this fix­ture may be sub­ject to change.


The club's an­nual din­ner dance will take place this Fri­day 11th March in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel at 7.30pm. It's the club's big­gest so­cial event of the year and it's sure to be a great night! Tick­ets are only €30. If you need a ticket con­tact Gil­lian on 087-9274827.

The AGB ladies' se­nior team were in full ac­tion away from home in their first Cup match of the sea­son against the ladies of Ti­na­hely.

Well done to the Ark­low women as they main­tained a lead from start to fin­ish. At the end of the first half AGB were lead­ing 3-3 to 0-3, with goals from Jessie McEl­heron, Áine O'Reilly and Stephaine Martin and ad­di­tional points from Jessie, Áine and Jessica Hur­ley.

Through­out the sec­ond half the girls man­aged to sus­tain a slen­der lead over Ti­na­hely with con­stant work from play­ers all round. AGB clocked up five more points on the score­board, all com­ing from Me­gan O'Brien, Orla Byrne, Naomi Roach, Áine and Jessica. The fi­nal re­sult was 3-8 to 2-9.

Also, congratulations to Clíon­adh Byrne, Lau­ren Hay­den, Naomi Roach, Melissa Keane, Sinead Arthur and Me­gan O’Brien who made their de­but on the se­nior panel.


In as­so­ci­a­tion with our parish com­mu­nity we re­cently had a club mass along with Ark­low Rock Par­nells to help cel­e­brate our parish 150 year cel­e­bra­tions and to wish all play­ers, men­tors and all in­volved in our club com­mu­nity a suc­cess­ful sea­son both on and off the field. It was a great plea­sure for our club to join with our parish on this very spe­cial oc­ca­sion which saw club colours fly­ing high, the sea of blue and green and green and white through­out the church was heart­en­ing to wit­ness. Both clubs as­sisted in the mass by do­ing read­ings and prayers of the faith­ful. The mass cul­mi­nated with a beau­ti­ful re­flec­tion read elo­quently by our ladies chair­per­son Geral­dine Galvin then it was back to Arus Lor­cain for light re­fresh­ments.

As a sign of the in­creased mem­bers in our club we have ap­pointed Anne Arthur as our ad­min co­or­di­na­tor so if there is any­thing you need to know, re­gard­ing the club that is, Anne can be con­tacted on AGBju­ve­

Congratulations to our un­der 13/14 boys who topped their group in the first round of the County Feile on Satur­day last. The games took place in An­nacur­ragh and Ark­low played Carnew and St Ni­cholas.

The boys played Carnew in the open­ing game of the af­ter­noon and recorded a 3-6 to 1-1 vic­tory in the half hour match. St. Ni­cholas then also beat Carnew by a three-point mar­gin to set up a group de­cider against Ark­low.

An ex­cel­lent game of foot­ball was then played out be­tween the two sides, which fin­ished in a draw with AGB 0-7, and St Nicks 2-1, with the St. Ni­cholas keeper their man of the man with four bril­liant saves to deny Ark­low the win.

Ark­low trav­elled with a 28 strong panel and all play­ers played an im­por­tant part on the day. Best for Ark­low were Cal Kelly, John Paul Hur­ley, John O'Hal­laron, Jimmy Far­rell and Adam Forde who scored 5 of the 7 points in the sec­ond game. Un­der 13 player Cor­mac O'Shea de­serves a spe­cial men­tion for two com­posed and fine foot­balling dis­plays over both games.

Ark­low topped the group on points dif­fer­ence in their win over Carnew and will play their quar­ter fi­nal next Satur­day with time, venue and op­po­si­tion to be con­firmed.

Don't for­get our an­nual St. Pa­tricks Day Fun run not only is it a great day out for all the fam­ily we will also be rais­ing funds for our build­ing pro­ject at Bal­ly­money and for Ark­low Spring­board Fam­ily Sup­port group who have helped many fam­i­lies in the area over the years and their ser­vices are re­quired now more than ever. So grab your spon­sor­ship card, your run­ners or walk­ers, your green white and orange and come join the fun there'll be re­fresh­ments along the way and plenty of en­cour­age­ment too.


There was no win­ner of the lotto last week the num­bers were 8,11,18,22. we had 3 match 3 win­ner each re­ceiv­ing €70.00 - El­iz­a­beth Fo­ley, Chris and Chloe Bol­ger, Karl and Jamie Fur­long Next week's jack­pot stands at €9,400.

Our an­nual din­ner dance in as­so­ci­a­tion with our Camogie Club, who were cel­e­brat­ing their Cham­pi­onship and League dou­ble was a great suc­cess on Satur­day night in In­is­fail, Balt­in­glass. Peter Keogh, Pres­i­dent and for­mer County Board Chair­man, Andy O'Brien and his wife Anna rep­re­sented the County Board. Andy O'Brien pre­sented the Dessie Mur­phy cup and Se­nior Hurl­ing medals to play­ers present and our Club Chair­man Pat Keogh made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Andy O'Brien for his achieve­ments as County Chair­man over the past four years. Sec­re­tary Colm Doyle pre­sented a bou­quet of flow­ers to Andy's wife Anna. Wed­ding presents were pre­sented to James and Mary Doyle and to Sean Pol­lard and his wife. Hall of Fame award was an­nounced and pre­sented by Peter Keogh to Matt Finn who had a very dis­tin­guished ca­reer with both Balt­in­glass, Kil­te­gan and the County. Matt won ju­nior, in­ter­me­di­ate and se­nior cham­pi­onship medals with Kil­te­gan and also man­ager and trained teams in the club at all lev­els. Matt played for many years with Wick­low from un­der 21 to Se­nior and is still a great Club man. A bou­quet of flow­ers was also pre­sented to Matt's wife Pauline by sec­re­tary Colm Doyle who was also a very able Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies on the night. Dave Mur­ray, County Camogie Chair­man pre­sented the League and Cham­pi­onship medals to the Camogie play­ers and pre­sen­ta­tions were made to the train­ers and se­lec­tors in­volved with the teams. Our thanks to Damien Byrne and his com­mit­tee who or­gan­ised the din­ner dance. No se­nior league matches for our club over the week­end due to some reg­is­tra­tion and in­surance prob­lems. We hope to be back on track next week. Well done again to our County hurlers who beat Lon­don in Lon­don on Sun­day and now move to top of the ta­ble. We wish them and our County Foot­ball team fur­ther suc­cess on Sun­day in Aughrim when we play Derry and Long­ford.


The 46th Bless­ing­ton GAA Din­ner Dance took place last Satur­day in Tul­far­ris Ho­tel and was a great suc­cess. Many congratulations to the Young play­ers of the Year - Kate Hennessy and Dean Siney and to the Se­nior play­ers - Maura Reid and Barry O'Dono­van.

Congratulations also to Ciaran Mur­phy who won the “Club Per­son of the Year”. The award was well de­served as Ciaran is do­ing such a great job of build­ing up hurl­ing in our club. His U8 in­door hurl­ing con­tin­ues in St Kevins Com­mu­nity Cen­tre ev­ery Thurs­day for the month of March. Our academy and U10s com­menced train­ing last Satur­day. If any child is in­ter­ested in play­ing please come along at 10 am ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing. Club reg­is­tra­tion will take place this Satur­day at the pitch from 10am - 11am. The cost of €20 per year also cov­ers in­surance. If any par­ent wishes to be­come a non-play­ing mem­ber, the cost is €25 per year. The clubs Cul Camp will be held from 11th - 15th July and reg­is­tra­tion forms will be avail­able at the pitch. The cost is €55 per child with dis­counts for ad­di­tional chil­dren. Bless­ing­ton have al­ways had high num­bers of chil­dren at­tend­ing from around the area and book­ing early is ad­vised. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Chris O'Con­nor on 086 2239403.

It was busy week­end for the club with matches for our Feile teams, U16 and Mi­nor. Un­der-14 Feile matches took place on Satur­day, 5th March in Laragh. This year we have been very lucky to be able to field two teams A and B. The A team played Bray Em­mets with a score­line of 4-9 to 0-2 in favour of Bless­ing­ton.The sec­ond match was against En­niskerry (orig­i­nally meant to be Carnew Em­mets) with a score­line of 11-6 to 0-0 in favour of Bless­ing­ton.The B team had a walk over and they are now through to the next round. The B team trav­elled to Laragh and they played a friendly against Bray A's. Bless­ing­ton B lost that match but it was a great team per­for­mance by both our teams.

The U16s played the first match of the Le­in­ster League at home also on the 5th March against Co West­meath side Bal­li­nacargy. Score­line 5-18 to 4 points. Their next game is away to Dun­shaugh­lin this Satur­day 12th.

Bless­ing­ton mi­nors played their first league match on Sun­day 6th March. Bless­ing­ton was fixed to play against New­town in the Mi­nor win­ter league but they have pulled out. A match against Coolkenno was hastily or­gan­ised and they agreed to travel to Bless­ing­ton. Coolkenno had only 11 play­ers so we had to play 11 a side. This seemed to suit Coolkenno bet­ter than our­selves with Coolkenno go­ing on to win on a score­line of 2-12 to 3-5. Scor­ers for Bless­ing­ton were Mark Car­roll 1-1, David Booth­man 1-2, Ian Richard­son 1-1 and Kyle Ger­agthy 0-1. 3rd round is away to Kil­coole on 20th March.


A very suc­cess­ful ju­ve­nile pre­sen­ta­tion took place on Satur­day last in the club­house. It was great to see such a turn out of en­thu­si­as­tic boys and girls and their par­ents. Guests of hon­our were Co. Chair­man Mick Ha­gan, Co Sec­re­tary Mick Mur­phy, while the pre­sen­ta­tions were car­ried out by Co. Foot­ballers Paudge Mc Wal­ter, Eimear Mi­ley, Caoillfhionn Deeney, and County Hurl­ing se­lec­tor Brian Glee­son. Our chair­man John Smith called on all par­ents and sup­port­ers who can help out in any way with our ju­ve­nile teams to come for­ward and get in touch with our Mi­nor Board Of­fi­cer Barry Traynor (086-2693357). Many thanks to Barry and his team for putting ev­ery­thing in place for Satur­day. Thanks to all those who at­tended the reg­is­tra­tion nights in the Club­house last week, and paid up for 2011. Stephen Mc­Nulty (Reg­is­trar) and all team man­agers are tak­ing mem­ber­ships for those of you who have yet to pay. The rates are Adult €60, Ju­ve­nile/Ap­pren­tice/Stu­dent €40, U-10 €25, and Fam­ily €100. A dis­count of 20% ap­plies for any­body on So­cial Wel­fare. Train­ing for the In­ter­me­di­ate Hurl­ing team started on Sun­day last and will take place on Tues­days/Thurs­days and Sun­day morn­ings. Please con­tact Pat Sta­ple­ton (Man­ager) on 0868068170 for de­tails. This is with the full sup­port of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and not as in­cor­rectly re­ported in a Wick­low Peo­ple ar­ti­cle last week. The club would like to thank the County Board for their sup­port to date, and we look for­ward to get­ting back on the play­ing fields.

The County De­vel­op­ment Draw tick­ets are now avail­able and we are do­ing a “Spe­cial Of­fer”, nor­mal price €60 and our of­fer is “2 for €100”, please con­tact Sec­re­tary Brian Glee­son 086 8281124, John Smith 086 8130477 or any com­mit­tee mem­ber to get your tick­ets.

This draw not only funds our county teams but the club also gets a share of the money, so es­sen­tially “ev­ery­one's a win­ner”! The club would like to send get well wishes to Pa­trick Cullen who missed the pre­sen­ta­tions as he was in hos­pi­tal. We look for­ward to see­ing him back at train­ing in Dun­bur soon.

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