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The Se­niors face Ti­na­hely at home next Satur­day at 3pm, all sup­port is wel­come. Mem­ber­ship is now due, all play­ers ,ju­ve­nile and adult,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 26th.

There will be an im­por­tant Club Meet­ing on Wed­nes­day 23rd March at 8pm in The Club­house. Mem­ber­ship will be ac­cepted on the night.

Well done to the Wick­low Ladies on their vic­tory over Lim­er­ick in Hol­ly­wood on Sun­day and also to the County Foot­ball and Hurl­ing sides as they main­tained their un­beaten runs in the push for pro­mo­tion.

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.

Best wishes to Dar­ragh Burke and Stephen Burke fol­low­ing re­cent surgery. Hard luck to the U14s beaten by Michael Dwyers in the Feile quar­ter fi­nal.

The Mi­nors play St.Pats next week­end while the U16s play St.Pats at home on the 21st. Don't for­get the St.Kevins Cake and Book Sale which takes place on 16th and 17th March in Hol­ly­wood Cen­tre fol­low­ing masses,all bak­ers and buy­ers and read­ers are wel­come.


Well done to Séan Phe­lan, Ja­son Bowes, Pa­trick Deer­ing and David Han­lon who made their se­nior foot­ball de­but against Bless­ing­ton on Sun­day last.The Dunlavin GAA com­mit­tee would like to sin­cerely thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported their re­cent Auc­tion Night, by do­nat­ing an item or buy­ing on the night. It was a great suc­cess due to ev­ery­one's kind­ness.

Dunlavin GAA Lotto re­sults for Mon­day 07th March were as fol­lows. There were two match three win­ners, Paul Walsh and Padraig Hen­ni­gan who each re­ceived €125. Pro­moter's prize win­ner was Martin Caplis. Num­bers were 01,04,23,30. Thanks to all for sup­port­ing this weekly lotto.


Cu­mann na Mara plays its first un­der 14 league match next Sun­day 20th March against Carnew at 3.00pm in Rooster Park, Avoca. This is a great day for the club as it is our first time to field an un­der 14 team. All su­port wel­come. The mi­nor girls played their sec­ond league match last Sun­day against Ti­na­hely. The team played some very good open foot­ball in the first half and de­servedly led by eight points at half time. In the sec­ond half a num­ber of un­forced de­fen­sive er­rors al­lowed a very strong Ti­na­hely team back into the game and they ran out even­tu­ally very com­fort­able win­ners. The man­age­ment are very pleased with the team's progress with vis­i­ble im­prove­ment from game to game. Play­ing well were Emma Mar­shall, Elsabe Sharpe, Emma Harper, Sarah Arm­strong, Aife Ka­vanagh and Shauna Flem­ing. The next mi­nor match is fixed for Sun­day 27th March.

The club is hop­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the St Pa­trick's Day Pa­rade in Ark­low and full de­tails will be given at train­ing in Avoca Manor on Tues­day evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm as usual. All new play­ers wel­come. Fi­nally congratulations to Emma Mar­shall who has been se­lected as cap­tain of the Wick­low Ladies County Un­der 16 team. We wish her ev­ery suc­cess in this role.


The clubs Lotto Draw will be held this Satur­day 19th March in Leos. Jack­pot is worth €2650 and is well worth win­ning with Easter just around the cor­ner. Tick­ets are €2 and are avail­able from play­ers and mem­bers. Please have your tick­ets back by 9pm on Satur­day, sold or un­sold. Thanks to Davy and Mick who were up and at it early on Satur­day morn­ing mark­ing the field for our first game of the league against Ash­ford. Well done to the lads who beat the vis­it­ing team, it was great to see some old and new faces play­ing. The team on the day was Paul Mi­ley, Davy Fitz, Derek Reid, Johnny Cahill, Ben Cullen, Daragh Browne, Lar O'Brien, Steven Cahill, Steven Byrne (0-5), Jack Slat­tery (0-3), De­clan Cahill (1-0), Mick Rick, Glen Cullen (1-0), Davy Mi­ley (0-1) and Shay Geoghegan. The subs used were Andy Far­ring­ton and Mick Mi­ley. Our an­nual Tea Party will be held in Don­nie's Bless­ing­ton Lakes Golf Club in April. More de­tails to fol­low in the com­ing weeks. Train­ing con­tin­ues on Tues­days and Thurs­days at 8pm for both In­ter­me­di­ate and Jun C teams. Mem­ber­ship is due by 17th March for both the Ladies and Lads teams. Please pay this as soon as you can to be el­i­gi­ble to play for your re­spec­tive teams. The Club ex­tends it sym­pa­thies to the be­reaved fam­ily and friends of Mark Doyle.


Re­minder to all in Bless­ing­ton that the Paddy Magee Me­mo­rial Match be­tween Bless­ing­ton and Bal­ly­more takes place on St Pa­trick's Day at 11.30am in the Bless­ing­ton Pitches. Please come along to show your sup­port. It will be a great start to the day.

On Satur­day the 12th March the U14 Feile A team played Ti­na­hely in Kil­te­gan in the quar­ter­fi­nal. Af­ter a heavy down­pour the game started a lit­tle late. In the first half, Bless­ing­ton went ahead 29 to 0-0 but credit to Ti­na­hely they man­aged to make a come back but a lit­tle too late as the fi­nal score was 2-13 to 1-1. Bless­ing­ton now face Michael Dwyers on Satur­day 19th March in the semi fi­nal. The fi­nal of the feile is due to be held on Satur­day 24th March. Fin­gers crossed that Blesso can make it a dou­ble. Un­for­tu­nately, our sec­ond team can­not con­tinue their jour­ney as all the other teams have pulled out of the competition. Our un­der 16s kept up their win­ning ways on 12th March in the Le­in­ster League with a great away win over a very good Dun­shaugh­lin team. The lads played with great heart and spirit. It was real cham­pi­onship pace all the way. We got some great scores at cru­cial times. Full-time score Bless­ing­ton 2-9, Dun­shaugh­lin 2-8. Next game is the Le­in­ster league semi fi­nals at home at 4 pm against Killeshin from Laois. The U-16 team start the league on Mon­day 14th March with an away game in Balt­in­glass at 7.30pm and round 2 an­other away game ver­sus New­town on Mon­day 21st March. Our mi­nor win­ter league game ver­sus Ti­na­hely in Carnew was can­celled on Sun­day 13th March as we could only field 11 play­ers. We now play round 3 of the win­ter league on Sun­day 29th March ver­sus Kil­coole. Hurl­ing for U11s con­tinue in the astro ev­ery Mon­day for the month of March 7pm-8pm.


Foot­ball: Tosach maith leath na h-oibre were words that used to ap­pear on the pack­ag­ing of some paint prod­ucts in that dim and dis­tant past when pigs drank wine and tur­keys smoked to­bacco. With their use the man­u­fac­turer was im­ply­ing that in choos­ing his su­pe­rior ma­te­rial you were gain­ing such an ad­van­tage that you were al­ready half-way to the de­sired end. In our case we are op­ti­misti­cally ap­ply­ing it to our Ju­nior As vic­tory over Coolkenno in the open­ing round of Divi­sion 3 of the county league and hop­ing that this vic­tory is a por­tent to a good run in the competition. The man­ner of the vic­tory, even if we in­clude the reser­va­tion that the Éire Óg's prepa­ra­tion was fur­ther ad­vanced than that of the op­po­si­tion and that they lasted the pace bet­ter, would in­di­cate that this ex­pec­ta­tion might not be al­to­gether vain. The con­sen­sus was that we had wit­nessed a good game of foot­ball which de­lighted in its skills, its sports­man­ship and its con­test­ing. The Éire Óg team is a young team with many of the play­ers hav­ing grad­u­ated in the last few years from mi­nor ranks and their youth­ful en­ergy was yeast to a game which ef­fer­vesced with youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance. There were many pos­i­tives in the Éire Óg play - well-taken points, many at the end of pitch-length move­ments ex­e­cuted at speed, four well-taken goals, a high kick to hand-pass ra­tio, very lit­tle cross-field move­ment and, con­sid­er­ing the pace of the game, rel­a­tively few passes were mis­di­rected. In gen­eral, also, play­ers dis­patched the ball with alacrity and avoided “tak­ing it into con­tact” which is the au­thor of much that can spoil a game of Gaelic foot­ball.

At cor­ner back Brian Gub­bins was the epit­omé of re­li­a­bil­ity while out­side him in the half-back line Luke “Chop­per” Bradley caught some great ball and curbed many a threat. Em­met Bol­lard shaped well at full-for­ward and Johnny “the Bul­let” Groome was in­volved in much of the for­ward play and was a con­stant men­ace to the Coolkenno goal. James Kelly was prom­i­nent at cen­tre-field and was equally ef­fec­tive when moved to full­back. Gino Fus­cia­rdi was tire­less in his ef­forts and daz­zled with his speed. He bagged him­self a goal and some fine points.

The In­ter­me­di­ates had a very use­ful workout against Kil­leniska of Laois on Mon­day night in a game played at pace and re­plete with the skills of high field­ing and long ac­cu­rate kick­ing which made for a very en­joy­able spec­ta­cle.

Ju­ve­niles: Our u-10 hurlers had their 1st out­ing for 2011 when they played against Carnew at the in­ter­val of the Divi­sion 3 Na­tional Hurl­ing League game v Derry in Aughrim. The game ended in a draw. The chil­dren took great joy from play­ing on the big pitch be­fore the large crowd and they ex­tend a sin­cere go raibh maith agat to Colm Gaskin for mak­ing the ar­range­ments.

U-16 is a very im­por­tant age-level in ju­ve­nile foot­ball. It is the age at which many young lads de­velop other in­ter­ests and their ap­petite for the game is blunted. It is vi­tal, how­ever, for con­ti­nu­ity in any club that this ap­petite not be lost so one was de­lighted to see 20 of our u-16s in ac­tion against Kil­coole on Wed­nes­day night. There were some very nice young foot­ballers on view. The team is sched­uled to play a se­ries of pre-sea­son friendlies over the next few Mon­day nights and would be pleased to wel­come new play­ers on board.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dhíbh go léir amárach (Happy St. Pa­trick's Day to you all) even though one won­ders what we mod­ern Ir­ish are cel­e­brat­ing on St. Pa­trick's Day. It is cer­tainly not the man him­self or what he stood for or the cul­ture in which his her­itage bloomed. Is not our 21st cen­tury lib­er­ated and glob­alised so­ci­ety ac­tively try­ing to di­vest it­self of these in­her­ited trap­pings with spurn and with mock­ery? A friend of mine in­quired of his sec­ondary school stu­dents what they knew of St. Pa­trick and his le­gends and dis­cov­ered that their knowl­edge of the saint and his do­ings hov­ered at or near zero. Should not then the trans­parency and the hon­esty which we have been promised in the coun­try's new dawn­ing de­mand that an­other name more ap­pro­pri­ate to the newly-found ma­tu­rity of our multi-cul­tural nation be found for the 17th March? Is there not also the dan­ger that the sham­rock with its Chris­tian con­no­ta­tions car­ries the po­ten­tial to of­fend against po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness?

Comhbhrón: We buried Tom Lof­tus on Wed­nes­day. Tom, a Roscommon man, at one time con­tested for the po­si­tion of Uachtarán of the GAA. Seek­ing only to serve and search­ing no rec­om­pense save that of see­ing our games live on he epit­o­mised what is best in the ethos of our or­gan­i­sa­tion. He acted as Rú­naí to 3 dif­fer­ent Cathaoirligh of the now de­funct (a most ret­ro­grade step) North-East Ju­ve­nile Board - the late Ned Cough­lan, the late Matt Kelly and our own Patsy Vick­ers (20 years). Guímid le­aba dó i measc na naomh agus ar dheis dé go raibh a anam uasal.


A mas­sively un­der strength se­nior team put up a heroic per­for­mance be­fore go­ing un­der to a last minute goal by St Pat's in Wick­low town on Sun­day morn­ing.

Bray trav­elled with only 16 play­ers in their squad as a rash of in­juries and ill­ness to a num­ber of reg­u­lars al­lied to county duty and un­avail­abil­ity due to work and study com­mit­ments meant the team were down to the bare bones.

But credit to the play­ers on duty in the per­for­mance they de­liv­ered. They showed a great en­ergy and will­ing­ness to work which was re­fresh­ing with the like of Mo Doyle (two points from the cor­ner back), Rory Bres­lin, Eoghan Wogan and John Hen­der­son play­ing out of their skins in un­fa­mil­iar roles. The re­turn from long term in­jury of Ro­nan Cun­ning­ham had a mas­sive bear­ing on the early pro­ceed­ings as his aerial power gave Bray a de­cided ad­van­tage in the mid­field area where both Brian O'Ke­effe and Dave Far­rell were in su­perb form. Cun­ning­ham got in­jured shortly be­fore half time and that cur­tailed the team's dom­i­nance there­after.

With a stiff breeze aid­ing them, Bray led by 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time. Conor Power, who also got in­jured in the first half, got the first score af­ter a run rem­i­nis­cent of his mi­nor glory days and an­other un­der­age star Eoghan Wogan was a rev­e­la­tion in at­tack and scored a goal to prove his worth away from his nor­mal cor­ner-back po­si­tion.

Far­rell scored two great points and Rob Ryan and Cun­ning­ham also raised white flags to give Bray a fight­ing chance on the re­sump­tion.

Pats as ex­pected came on strong with the wind at their back and two great points from Bray sug­gested they might hold out. Pats, mi­nus their county stars, used their bench wisely and kept the points tick­ing over, a goal at the death sep­a­rated the teams in the end.

On a day when the clubs in­volved would have pre­ferred to have put the match post­poned, one can only salute both sets of play­ers for mak­ing it a grip­ping game. The two teams showed great pride in their re­spec­tive jer­seys with a com­mit­ment which was laud­able and ex­em­plary for younger mem­bers watch­ing.

The team would liked to have marked Paddy Moyni­han's 30th birth­day on Satur­day night with a win and wish him well in his en­forced re­tire­ment through in­jury. We hope Paddy con­tin­ues to be part of us as the sea­son un­folds.

Bray Em­mets: P O'Ke­effe; R Bres­lin, P Barry, M Doyle (0-2); C Power (0-1), M Browne, A Mur­phy (0-1); B O'Ke­effe, D Far­rell (0-2); T Den­ver, J Hen­der­son, R Cun­ning­ham (0-1); R McAne­spie, R Ryan (0-1f), E Wogan (1-0). Sub D O'Sullivan for R Cun­ning­ham (inj).

Se­nior Ladies Cup 2011: Bray Em­met's v Bless­ing­ton - Our Se­nior Ladies played their first match of the Se­nior Cup against Bless­ing­ton in Old Con­naught last Fri­day Evening. Our girls started very strong and it was not long be­fore Alisha Doyle found the back of the net. She was to add an­other goal and two point to her tally. Avril Bryne, Aoife O'Dono­van, and Sor­cha Crim­mins had a stormer of a game. Cathy Gould­ing played in goal for the first half and made some ex­cel­lent saves. Five of the Se­nior Ladies team Caro­line Bol­ger, Siob­han Egan, Eileen Hen­ley, Sinead Boland and Karen O'Reilly had bril­liant games. But on the night the Lady of the match has to go to Ash­ling Driver, who put away three goals and it only her sec­ond time play­ing Gaelic. All our girls put in a great team ef­fort, due mainly to the time they have put into their train­ing. Well Done. Fi­nal score Bray 6 - 4pts Bless­ing­ton 4pts

Caro­line Bol­ger, Siob­han Egan ,Eileen Hen­ley, Karen O'Reilly, Sinead Boland (3pts), Cathy Gould­ing (1gl), Avril Byrne, Sor­cha Crim­mins, Aoife O'Dono­van, Alisha Doyle (2gl 2pts), Ash­ling Driver (3gls)

Ju­nior Hurlers: A Ju­nior hurl­ing se­lec­tion played Bally­bo­den Sun­day morn­ing. Weather con­di­tions were ex­cel­lent for a sport­ing and com­pet­i­tive fix­ture against the aris­to­cratic Fir­house Hurl­ing club. Cil­lian Ó Maolmhuaidh de­fended laud­ably while Eoin Ma­son got some top-drawer scores. In the sec­ond half, Dara Maloney's strength and Paddy O'Toole's te­nac­ity made the dif­fer­ence. Sweet scores came from Enda (0-1) and Cil­lian (1-0) Ó Maolmhuaidh, while John Ward dis­trib­uted clev­erly.

Cé go raibh an bua ag Baile Buadáin, bhainea­mar go léir tait­neamh is tairbhe as.

We al­ways wel­come new play­ers and the team de­tails are avail­able on the club web­site www.brayem­

Em­met Bhré - Dara Maloney (1st half), John Ward, Cil­lian Ó Maolmhuaidh (1-0), Billy Brazil, Eoin Ma­son (0-3), Owen Brazil, Willy Nolan, Kil­lian Fo­ley (Cúl báire sa dara leath), Enda Ó Maolmhuaidh (0-1), Paddy O'Toole, Brian Lambe. Bain­is­teoir : Kieran De­laney.

Un­der-10 Hurl­ing: The Un­der 10 hurlers played in the fi­nals of the Tom Ryan In­door tour­na­ment on Satur­day last. This was an ex­cit­ing cli­max to weeks of en­joy­able in­tense hurl­ing. We be­gan the morn­ing against Michael Dwyers - a very tall and pow­er­ful side. They de­feated us heav­ily and it took time to pick the team back up. How­ever, in the sec­ond match, we fought a very evenly con­tested game against Ark­low Whites - the even­tual win­ners. We had more shots on goal but couldn't rat­tle the back of their net un­for­tu­nately. Fi­nal score 2-0.

Spe­cial thanks to Brenda Maloney for the very gen­er­ous goodie bags and to Paul Bag­u­ley for be­ing the team pho­tog­ra­pher.

Táimid ag traenáil arís ar an Satharn i bPáirc Em­met Bhré ag 10am. A re­minder that Club mem­ber­ship for 2011 is cur­rently due.

We al­ways wel­come new play­ers and the team de­tails are avail­able on the club web­site www.brayem­

Em­met Bhré - Un­der 10. Aaron Graham, Brian Nes­bitt, Conor Hardi­man, Dar­ragh McCor­mack, David Maloney, David Nes­bitt, Jamie Bag­u­ley, Michael Tim­mons, Rory Lambe, Seán McDon­agh.


Tom Ryan In­door tour­na­ment: Last Satur­day, our u10 and u12 hurl­ing teams trav­elled to Ark­low for the fi­nals of the Tom Ryan tour­na­ment. Both teams con­tested the shield fi­nals, with the u10's very un­lucky not to win. How­ever the u12s were re­warded by a great dis­play, tak­ing home the shield. It's great to be tak­ing home sil­ver­ware, and we should be proud of both teams. The club will or­gan­ise a spe­cial event for the play­ers, de­tails to be con­firmed shortly. We'd like to thank all the play­ers and sup­port­ers for your com­mit­ment since Novem­ber in tak­ing part in this tour­na­ment. We can look for­ward now to the up­com­ing sea­son.

U13 County De­vel­op­ment Squad: We would like to con­grat­u­late all our play­ers cur­rently tak­ing part in the u13 county de­vel­op­ment squad. This is a big chal­lenge for these young play­ers, but its one that they are well able for. Kil­coole is proud to have the fol­low­ing play­ers rep­re­sent the club, Jor­dan Mur­ray, Conor Toole, Dy­lan O'Brien, Luke Evans, Ryan Hef­fer­nan, Conor Martin and Aaron McKenna. Keep up the good work!

Mem­ber­ship: Time is run­ning out to reg­is­ter to play for the club. If you are a mem­ber, but have not paid reg­is­tra­tion for this year, con­tact a com­mit­tee mem­ber right away.

St Pa­trick's Day Pa­rade: We will take part in the St. Pa­trick's Day pa­rade in Grey­stones. Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part please con­tact Colm at 0879473164 or Gerry at 0868854198.


The Camogie play­ing sea­son is get­ting un­der­way slowly but surely with our 3rd team tak­ing to the fields next week-end. On Su­day morn­ing the Un­der 11s travel to Naomh Olaf in Sandy­ford for their last Blitz be­fore their mini league starts on March 27. Meet in Naomh Olaf at 11.30. The In­ter­me­di­ates play Avon­dale at home in the League at12 noon. The Un­der 8s have their first out­ing of the year when they take part in a Blitz in Lu­can at 10 am. Meet at Kil­coole Church at 9 am - par­ents to pro­vide trans­port.

The Big Event this week is of course St Pa­tricks Day and the Grey­stones Pa­rade!! Play­ers of all ages as well as par­ents and friends are in­vited to walk with us - please meet in the Grey­stones Park and Ride at11.20 - Wear your Green and Gold - lots of it!! The Pa­rade moves off at mid­day.

In­door Train­ing re­turns to Co­laiste Chraobh Ab­hann on Tues­day. Thanks to Shore­line and their very help­ful staff for their hos­pi­tal­ity dur­ing our time there. Mem­ber­ship fees for 2011 are now due - please sub­mit at Train­ing asap so that all play­ers can be reg­is­tered and in­sured.

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