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Lotto - The num­bers drawn on Fri­day, 21 De­cem­ber in the lotto were 3, 17, 10 and 2 and we’re de­lighted to an­nounce that the jack­pot of €5300 was won by Vin­cent Duffy.

Just in time for Christ­mas, Vin­cent is the first win­ner of the Bray Em­mets Club lotto jack­pot so con­grat­u­la­tions to him. The jack­pot now re­verts to €1000 next week and once again, we urge all our mem­bers to reg­is­ter for the Lotto at www.brayem­mets.com. Christ­mas mes­sage - The man­age­ment com­mit­tee wishes all our mem­bers, play­ers, coaches and vol­un­teers a peace­ful Christ­mas and pros­per­ous New Year.

Thanks to you, the club has made great strides on and off the pitch in 2012 and your ef­forts are greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Once again, we have am­bi­tious plans for next year and we hope we can de­pend on your sup­port in 2013.

There are lots of ac­tiv­i­ties and events planned over the coming twelve months and we would ask all mem­bers to get in­volved, even at a small level, to en­sure our club con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength.BE FIT - Bray Em­mets Fun In Train­ing - Bray Em­mets is be­gin­ning its own ver­sion of Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion called BE FIT (Bray Em­mets Fun In Train­ing) be­gin­ning very early in Jan­uary.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the course will be held on Satur­day, 5 Jan­uary at the club­house be­tween mid­day and 1pm.

The course is for 10 weeks, will be held ev­ery Tues­day, Fri­day and Sun­day and ends on St Pa­trick’s Day with a 5K run through the town as part of the pa­rade.

It will cost €60 for club mem­bers which works out at €2 per ses­sion over the 10 weeks. Non­mem­bers will be charged €80. The group will con­sist of women and men with lev­els of fit­ness rang­ing from none to triath­letes.

We will in­clude an op­tional weekly weigh in and run a com­pe­ti­tion for the big­gest loser in weight terms. This is dif­fer­ent than any other fit­ness class (es), as it will put an em­pha­sis on fun and fit­ness go­ing hand in hand.

If you want to be part of it – or want to ask a non­mem­ber along to take part, con­tact any of the fol­low­ing be­low for fur­ther de­tails.

PJ Cun­ning­ham (086-8217631); Rose­mary O’Grady (087-9946787); Paul Cun­ning­ham (0868243700); Frances Stephen­son (087-2499362); Brenda Maloney (086-1991119); Ron Mooney (ron­niemooney68@hot­mail.com)

Re­view of the Year 2012 - The club en­joyed a suc­cess­ful year with a host of sil­ver­ware be­ing brought back to Bray.

In May, our Se­nior hurlers won the Di­vi­sion 3 Le­in­ster League ti­tle by de­feat­ing fel­low Wicklow side Carnew Em­mets in Dr. Cullen Park, Car­low.

How­ever, the same op­po­nents sent us crash­ing out of the county cham­pi­onship at the semi-fi­nal stage but hopefully a county fi­nal ap­pear­ance isn’t too far away for this group of play­ers.

The Ju­nior hurlers claimed the county cham­pi­onship tro­phy in Novem­ber by just edg­ing out near neigh­bours Eire Og Greystones in a keenly con­tested fi­nal with the usual blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vid­ing the back­bone of the team!

A hat-trick of hurl­ing ti­tles was se­cured when our Mi­nor hurlers bounced back from a con­tro­ver­sial drawn county fi­nal to emerge victorious against old ri­vals Gle­nealy in the re­play.Un­der the guid­ance of former Kerry player, Stephen Stack, the Se­nior foot­ballers made huge progress af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing 2011 and can count them­selves un­lucky not to have reached the county fi­nal, los­ing to Balt­in­glass af­ter a re­play in the semi-fi­nal.

Sim­i­larly, our Mi­nor Foot­ballers lost out at the same stage but the play­ers can look back with pride on their achieve­ments this year.

How­ever, there was no hard luck story for our Ju­nior foot­ballers, who re­cov­ered from a poor league cam­paign, to end the sea­son as county cham­pi­ons af­ter a fault­less per­for­mance in the fi­nal against Bless­ing­ton played in Aughrim in Oc­to­ber.

The ju­ve­nile sec­tion of the club also en­joyed a num­ber of high­lights through­out the year.

The U-16 girls won their camo­gie fi­nal and foot­ball Shield fi­nal while their coun­ter­parts in hurl­ing also claimed cham­pi­onship hon­ours.

The U-12 hurl­ing squad se­cured a county ti­tle and Di­vi­sion 3 hon­ours in Dublin, the U-12 girls won their foot­ball Shield fi­nal and the U-14 camo­gie team per­formed su­perbly to reach the Di­vi­sion 4 Feile fi­nal.

While not all of our un­der­age teams may have won a tro­phy this year, our play­ers have shown plenty of prom­ise and we look for­ward to their achieve­ments in 2013.Away from the ac­tion on the pitch, the club once again hosted a very suc­cess­ful Kick Fada com­pe­ti­tion in Septem­ber and the event is now be­com­ing an im­por­tant date on the na­tional GAA cal­en­dar.

We also ran a num­ber of in­no­va­tive pro­grammes like the ‘Mum and Me’ camo­gie train­ing ses­sions for our mem­bers and such ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue to be run in the New Year.

Our ren­o­vated club­house was also of­fi­cially re­opened this year and we now boast fa­cil­i­ties that would be the envy of any club in Ire­land. 2012 has been a fan­tas­tic year for ev­ery­one in­volved with Bray Em­mets and let’s hope 2013 is as good!Mail­ing list - The club notes are also cir­cu­lated ev­ery week by e-mail. To be in­cluded on this mail­ing list, please send your de­tails to brayem­met­spro@gmail.com and we will be happy to in­clude you in fu­ture cor­re­spon­dence. Páidí Ó Sé R.I.P. - GAA fans around the coun­try were sad­dened by the re­cent pass­ing of Kerry le­gend Páidí Ó Sé.

Our Se­nior foot­ball man­ager for 2012, Stephen Stack, ar­ranged for Páidí to come to Bray to speak to the team ear­lier in the year and it was hardly sur­pris­ing when the Ven­try great de­liv­ered an in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing talk, one of many he had made through­out his ca­reer.

He left quite an im­pres­sion on the play­ers who ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to talk to one of the icons of mod­ern foot­ball. Bray Em­mets GAA club ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thy to the Ó Sé fam­ily. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.

GAA sea­son ticket - Get your 2013 GAA sea­son ticket now. At a base price of €85 for adults and €10 for ju­ve­niles, the great value sea­son ticket of­fers pur­chasers con­ve­nience, ex­clu­sive ex­tras such as ‘bring a friend’ op­tions and it re­wards loy­alty by pro­vid­ing sup­port­ers with the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase an All-Ire­land fi­nal ticket.

The sea­son ticket in­cludes your en­tire county’s Al­lianz league round matches plus all league semi-fi­nals, play-offs and fi­nals. In ad­di­tion, free en­try into your county’s open­ing cham­pi­onship fix­ture and into the AIB club fi­nals on March 17 is in­cluded. The GAA sea­son ticket makes an ideal Christ­mas gift! For more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase your ticket visit www.gaa.ie/sea­sonticket.

KIL­BRIDE

Last Sun­day the lotto jack­pot was not won. The num­bers drawn were 6, 13, 18 and 28.

The five €20 win­ners were Si­mone Cullen, Keith Clarke, Larry O’Connor, De­clan Byrne and Aoife Mc­Gowan. Next Draw will take place on Jan­uary 13. Kil­bride/Lacken ju­ve­nile club are hold­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tion-train­ing day on a Satur­day in Fe­bru­ary next year – aimed at any Gaelic coaches or peo­ple in­volved in the lo­cal Kil­bride/Lacken com­mu­nity deal­ing with youth par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The train­ing will last ap­prox­i­mately half a day, held in Kil­bride and will also in­clude ba­sic first aid train­ing.

If you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, con­tact Diar­muid on 086-3113443 or email diar­muid@ca­reer­guid­ance.ie – the cost of the train­ing will be free.

We wish all play­ers, mem­bers and sup­port­ers a joy­ful Christ­mas and a pros­per­ous New Year.

DUNLAVIN

Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one who won prizes in our re­cent Christ­mas club draw, a full list of the win­ners are as fol­lows: Solid Fuel Stove: Mark Walsh; Mon­ster Ham­per: Martin Con­way; €200 Fuel Voucher: He­len Fo­ley; Bot­tle of Brandy: Amy Con­roy; Bot­tle of Whiskey: Linda Darker; Bot­tle of Vodka: Carmel Caplis; Bot­tle of Wine: Paddy Gu­ing.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the draw.Our last lotto draw was held on De­cem­ber 24 and the win­ning num­bers were 8, 15, 18, and 21.

There was no win­ner of the jack­pot but we had five match three win­ners get­ting €50 each - they were Gretta Con­roy, David Gib­bons, Thomas Kir­wan, Linda Darker and Claire O'Toole.

The lotto is now a whop­ping €12,800. So please buy a ticket for €2.00 and sup­port the fu­ture run­ning of our club.

Club gear is still on sale and avail­able to any­one look­ing for the ideal gifts or even to treat them­selves.

There are caps, watches, polo shirts, jack­ets and hood­ies.Also keep up to date with all of the news with Dunlavin GAA Face­book page, just log on and ‘Like’ and join in the craic, news and ban­ter with our friends and fam­ily from home and abroad.

BAL­LY­MANUS

Happy New Year to one and all. Thanks for all your sup­port in 2012 and here's hop­ing that 2013 proves lucky for us as we again search for that cov­eted cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

The club’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will serve to get things on the way for 2013 and it takes place this Fri­day night (Jan­uary 4) at 7.30pm in the hall.

All play­ers, mem­bers, and sup­port­ers are asked to at­tend. There was no lotto jack­pot win- ner for the draw held Sun­day De­cem­ber 23.

The num­bers drawn were 6, 16, 18, and 19 with Paul Murphy and John O'Ke­effe the only match three win­ners.

Well done to ev­ery­one who sup­ported the Hal­loween party in late Oc­to­ber, where a whop­ping €1450 was raised for Crum­lin hospi­tal.

Thanks in par­tic­u­lar to those that helped out, and to all the lo­cal busi­nesses that spon­sored raf­fle prizes. Fi­nally, con­grat­u­la­tions to Padraig and Martina on their re­cent en­gage­ment.

RATH­NEW

Lotto: num­bers drawn - 7, 18, 25, and 26. No jack­pot win­ner. One match 3 win­ner - Jemo c/o Andy Jame­son €200. Jack­pot now stands at €2,400.

Next draw is on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 2 in Doyle’s.

There was a com­mit­tee meet­ing on De­cem­ber 20. Top of agenda was elec­tion of Se­nior man­ager.

De­clan Byrne was duly elected as Se­nior man­ager for the 2013 sea­son.

His se­lec­tors are Brefni Doyle and Alan Clarke. Best of luck lads.

The club would like to thank all those who ap­plied for the po­si­tion.

Vivienne O'Neill was elected onto the com­mit­tee.

The cal­en­dars are still avail­able and are ideal for post­ing to our ex­iles!

Good to see some new faces join­ing the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee.

The club ex­tends its sym­pa­thy to the Col­lard fam­ily on their re­cent loss of Lily.

And also to all the fam­i­lies of the vil­lage and be­yond who have lost loved ones in 2012.

Get well mes­sage to Mags Gre­gory who we would like to thank for all her help and con­tri­bu­tions.

Any­one in­ter­ested in the po­si­tion of In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball man­ager for the 2013 sea­son please sub­mit your no­tice of in­ter­est to club sec­re­tary Lau­rance El­lis.

Rath­new GAA Club would like to wish ev­ery­one a Happy and Pros­per­ous New Year.

NEW­CAS­TLE

The Ed­die Far­rell Me­mo­rial Cup took place in New­cas­tle on De­cem­ber 29 in Healy Far­rell Park.

The New­cas­tle Home­boys took on the New­cas­tle Ex­iles and what a match.

The game started with mixed for­tunes for the Home­boys. They were first on the score­board with a good goal from Col­man Kelly but then they lost cap­tain Rob­bie O’Gara to in­jury. Luck­ily there was an ea­ger young sub on the line who came on and gave Redser a tor­rid time!

Grad­u­ally the Ex­iles took com­mand with a se­ries of well taken points and some silken skills from Shane Doyle and with Mick Neary mind­ing the net.

The de­cid­ing score came from the foot of Ben Doyle who took a ball into his chest and found the net with a low hard strike. There were three penal­ties saved and the game fin­ished Home­boys 1-4, Ex­iles 1-7.

The pre­sen­ta­tions for play­ers of the year took place later that evening in the Cas­tle Inn.

Play­ers choice for player of the year went to Shane McGee, while the man­ager's choice went to Chris­tian ‘Kicky’ Mul­li­gan. “This award was well de­served and long over­due,” de­clared Kicky mod­estly.

Be­lated con­grat­u­la­tions to Gretta Wheat­ley who re­cently won the New­cas­tle GAA jack­pot of €9,000.

Fi­nally we wish all friends and sup­port­ers of New­cas­tle GAA club a very happy new year!

STRAT­FORD-GRANGECON

Strat­ford-Grangecon lotto re­sults for Thurs­day De­cem­ber 27.

This week's jack­pot: €10,250, the win­ning num­bers were 03, 16, 29, and 30.

No jack­pot win­ner. Two match 3 win­ners (share €250) - Jim Robert­son, (seller: Pat Bol­lard); Maria Dono­hoe, (seller: Orla Kelly).

Next draw - Mon­day Jan­uary 7 in Moore's of Grangecon at 9.30pm. Seller's prizes - Mar­garet Cronin, Tony Ov­ing­ton. May we take this op­por­tu­nity to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. And the club would like to thank ev­ery­one for all your sup­port in 2012.

ST PA­TRICK’S

On Satur­day 29th we held our “Eve of the Gath­er­ing” cel­e­bra­tions where mem­bers of the 1987 cham­pi­onship win­ning teams (U-16 foot­ball, U-21 foot­ball, and In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball) joined up to rem­i­nisce about former glo­ries 25 years on.

It was great to see peo­ple such as Rory Tal­lon, Cor­mac Con­nolly, Padraig Con­nolly and Ed­die King who all trav­elled back to Wicklow to make the night, and while some of the play­ers may no longer be able to get around a pitch as quickly, some of the singing voices haven't de­te­ri­o­rated! Con­grat­u­la­tions to the St. Pa­trick’s play­ers who re­ceived their na­tional league medals at a func­tion in the Ark­low Bay re­cently, and best of luck to all our play­ers who are part of the county squads in 2013.

The club would like to ex­press its sym­pa­thy to the Fur­long fam­ily on the loss of their mother Nuala who passed away over Christ­mas. Fi­nally we would like to wish all our mem­bers and friends a very happy 2013.

NEW­TOWN

New­town GAA wishes all our play­ers, friends and sup­port­ers a happy New Year and hope that all your dreams for 2013 are ful­filled.

Also happy New Year to our spon­sors through­out the year par­tic­u­larly those who have spon­sored hoard­ings at our pitch and Paul McShane who has spon­sored our Se­nior team for 2012 and will con­tinue his spon­sor­ship in 2013.

Con­grat­u­la­tions are sent to Paul O'Rior­dan and Lisa Fa­hey on the re­cent ar­rival of their daugh­ter, Mae.

Also best wishes to our Vice-pres­i­dent John El­lis on cel­e­brat­ing his 80th birth­day re­cently - Look­ing good John.

At our re­cent AGM the fol­low­ing of­fi­cers were elected. Pres­i­dent: Fr Smith, Chair­man: Sean Tier­nan, Vice Chair­man: Ally Tay­lor, Sec­re­tary: Do­minic Leech, Trea­surer: James Kelly, Asst Trea­surer: Jim Sul­li­van, PRO: Lisa Fa­hey, Chil­dren's Of­fi­cer: Paul O'Rior­dan, Reg­is­trar: Brian Doyle/James Kelly.

We wish our in­com­ing com­mit­tee all the best for the coming year.

The Fureys and Davey Arthur will play a con­cert in the Parkview Ho­tel on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 2 at ap­prox 8pm with pro­ceeds to the New­town ladies foot­ball team. Tick­ets priced at €20 are avail­able in Nolan's Stores, Parkview Ho­tel, and Do­minic Leech.

WICKLOW LADIES FOOT­BALL

Wicklow Ladies Foot­ball wish all of our play­ers, friends and sup­port­ers a Happy New Year. We also thank all our spon­sors par­tic­u­larly Shay Fitz­mau­rice in Wicklow Times who spon­sored our In­ter­me­di­ate county team this year.

We hope that all of your hopes and dreams for 2013 come to fruition and that re­cent suc­cesses are built upon.

Good luck friends in 2013!

ANNACURRA

The club would like to ex­tend our con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Elsie Healy on her re­cent sad loss. May she rest in peace.

We are ex­cited to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of a new man­ager for the Se­nior foot­ball team, Richie Lynch, for­mally of Meath.

Richie has man­aged Ferns in Wex­ford lately and we would like to wish him the best of luck in the forth­com­ing year.

Mem­ber­ship is now due from all. Play­ers mem­ber­ship is €100 and in­cludes a ticket for the county board draw. Stu­dents are €45 with a half ticket for the county draw and non play­ers is €20.

There is club mer­chan­dise avail­able for sale, iPhone cov­ers and mugs in club colours with the crest on them. 20% of rev­enue goes to the club. Please see an­nacur­ra­gaa­club.com/mer­chan­dise for de­tails.

Please con­tact the club PRO Sean McGrath on 086 3508941 if you don't wish to or­der via the web­site.

The club would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend the best of wishes for the forth­com­ing year to all, we hope it will be a great year.

GAA lotto re­sults for De­cem­ber 17: Num­bers: 5, 11, 22, and 23. No Jack­pot win­ner. Match 3 win­ners: Jimmy Cullen, Annacurra; He­len Fitzger­ald, Pre­ban; Maire Carty, Pre­ban; Johnny Walsh, Ti­na­hely.

Re­sults for De­cem­ber 23: Num­bers: 9, 13, 17, and 18. No Jack­pot win­ner. Match 3 win­ners: Nuala Molloy, Aughrim and Kevin Sta­ple­ton Snr, Annacurra. Jack­pot stands at €3,850. Next draw takes place on Mon­day night the Jan­uary 7 in the Sal­tee.

BLESS­ING­TON

Well done to all you played and sup­ported the An­nual Char­ity over 35's match on St Stephen’s Day where the soc­cer beat the GAA. Well,there is al­ways next year lads. In the sec­ond game, the Ray Daniels, it was nil all at full time with the GAA beat­ing the soc­cer on penal­ties. Well done to our lads Barry Murphy, An­thony and Michael McLough­lin on the county team who re­ceived their Di­vi­sion 4 league win­ners medals at a func­tion in the Ark­low Bay on Fri­day De­cem­ber 28. Birth­day wishes to Paddy Magee. The O’Byrne Cup match v DCU will be in Greystones on Sun­day Jan­uary 6 at 2pm so please sup­port our club lads.

On Jan­uary 6 in Bless­ing­ton at 11am the Wicklow Mi­nors take on St Kevins CC Dunlavin. Please sup­port the club lads as this is the first game for the Wicklow Mi­nors.

Bless­ing­ton G.A.A. club are seek­ing suit­able man­agers at Se­nior, Ju­nior, Mi­nor and U-16 lev­els and also at Ladies Se­nior.

Ap­pli­ca­tions please be­fore Jan­uary 7 to Pat Molloy, An Demesne, Bless­ing­ton, Co. Wicklow or at blessoteam­mgt@gmail.com.

Our Club Sev­ens will start in early Jan­uary so if in­ter­ested in play­ing con­tact Barry O’Dono­van.

The West Win­ter League will com­mence on Jan­uary 13. Our first lotto of 2013 is on Jan­uary 15 in Murphy's with the Jack­pot at €9600.

We wish all our mem­bers, play­ers, sup­port­ers, spon­sors and com­mit­tees a very happy, healthy, safe and suc­cess­ful 2013.

We thank you all for your fan­tas­tic sup­port on and off the field dur­ing 2012.

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