With Christmas out of the way, we now look forward to what will hopefully be a successful new year for the club.
The new season is fast approaching and we are looking for players, ex-players, parents and club members to become active in the Juvenile set-up. We are also looking for people to help with all teams in both Juvenile and Senior - training for these positions will be provided.
Anyone who is interested can contact William Byrne on 0863341245 or email@example.com.
Avondale G.A.A. club extends its sympathy to the family of the late Mick Baker who gave sterling service to the club over the years. May he rest in peace.
The A.G.M. was held on Friday last, with the following officers elected for the 2013 season: President, Paddy Byrne; Vice-Presidents, Seán Byrne, Dan Kenny, Dinny Murphy, Fr. McCormack and Mick Keogh; Chairman, Pat Carthy; Vice-Chairman, Lorcan Byrne; Secretary, Michael Stapleton; Assistant Secretary, Pádraig Healy; Treasurers, Larry Byrne and Ollie Murphy; P.R.O., Shane Whelan; Registrar, Rory McElhinney; County Board delegates, Pat Carthy and Kevin Byrne; Juvenile committee: Ollie Murphy, Tom Byrne, John Harmon, P.J. Byrne; Executive committee: all elected officers plus Michael O'Keeffe, Seán Keenan, John O'Keeffe; Finance committee (as per 2012); Field committee (as per 2012 plus Lorcan Byrne); Intermediate manager, Micheal Stapleton.
Club membership is up for renewal again. Players cost €30, all non-players and juveniles €10.
There was no lotto jackpot winner for the draw held Sunday, December 30. The numbers drawn were 3, 17, 20, 22.
Wicklow Minors had their first match against St. Kevins C.C. Senior School team in Blesso on Sunday and won 5-15 to 6-8. We were represented by David Boothman, Ian Richardson, Conor Devlin and Thomas Donohoe, while Mikey O’Connor and Patrick O’Connor were with St. Kevin's C.C.
Wicklow also had their first outing of 2013 in Greystones last Sunday when they played DCU in the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup. Wicklow led at half-time 1-7 to 0-4 but in the second-half DCU came out stronger but Wicklow held out for a draw. They play Carlow this Wednesday next in Bray at 7.30 p.m.
The Under-21s played UCD last week, and they played Carlow last night in Palatine at 8 p.m.
Birthday wishes to Sinéad Nolan and Gary O’Riordan.
A few reminders for 2013: If anyone would like anything, birthdays etc., added to the weekly notes, please contact Chris O’Connor (086-2239403) by 4 p.m. each Sunday. We also have a database where we send some weekly info, to members. If you would like to be added just text your e-mail address to Chris O’Connor.
Anyone looking after teams must be Garda vetted so we will be updating our list when all team managements are ratified towards the end of January. We also hope to have a Code Of Ethics course for new people in the club as everyone looking after teams or working around young people should have this completed.
Mouthguards are now compulsory from Academy to Minor in 2013 and adult in January, 2014. We will be in touch with all parents about where you can get them prior to starting back training.
The lotto draw is Tuesday, January 15, in Murphy's so don't forget your tickets. The jackpot is a fantastic €9,600 - oh yes, a very nice start to 2013 if you match four numbers, but if your tickets are not in you can't win!
Congrats to two of our players who got engaged in the last few weeks - Paddy Brophy to Sara Mc Donnell and David ‘Stoney’ Nolan to Joanne O’Sullivan.
The club sends best wishes to Florrie O’Brien for a speedy recovery. The club sends deepest sympathy to the family of Maisie Gaffney (Westpark) and to the Balfe family on the passing of ‘Miley’, Main Street.
Blessington G.A.A. Juvenile registration evening for Under-10 to Minor teams will take place on February 5 from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the clubhouse. Registration will be €20 for the first child and €10 per child thereafter. Subs will be €50 per child for the year.
Parents and players can pay the registration fee and pay 50% or all of the subs on the night, with the final 50% of subs collected on April 2.
The wearing of gumshields for juveniles (except hurling) is mandatory from January 1. Your child will not be allowed to train or play without one. Please see www. blessingtongaa.ie for more information.
Please contact Noreen (Juvenile Secretary) on 087-2858375 if you have any queries.
On behalf of all the local clubs we would like to wish you all a happy new year.
With no field activity at the moment the biggest thing going on is the G.A.A. club lotto. It now stands at €20,000.
We had the usual sporting events over the Christmas period. On Christmas Day the handballers played one wall and the old traditional full alley 60 x 30 in spring-like conditions.
On St. Stephen's Day a Donard camogie selection played a Stratford selection in Flynn's field with quite a few brave lads showing their hurling skills with the ladies.
On the Sunday after Christmas the O'Neill Cup was played in Kiltegan where the locals beat the O'Neill selection.
On Friday next in Donard Hall the A.G.M. of the football club will be held and it includes the selection of officers of the Juvenile section of the club.
After an A.G.M. and an E.G.M. the club has elected a number of new officers, with the main posts of Chairman and Secretary being filled by Nick Nolan and John Malone respectively.
They will have big shoes to fill taking over from Kevin Gaffney and Paul Brady, whose huge work over the last number of years was recognised by a small presentation to both. I am sure both Nick and John will be in contact with many people in the coming weeks to enlist help for various jobs.
If you wish to book the Centre you can contact Nick Nolan on 086-8516254.
Our club is entering a very special year as we celebrate 60 years of The Arklow Rock Parnell's. With many celebrations and surprises planned for our big year, we want to start by wishing all our members, their families and supporters a very happy new year.
The camogie club’s A.G.M. before Christmas resulted in the following committee members for the coming year:
Chairperson, Robert McCoy; Vice-Chair, Monica Jameson; Secretary, Barbara O'Reilly; Treasurer, Caroline Taylor; Registrar, Dearbhla O'Connor; P.R.O., Theresa McCoy; Child Welfare Officer, Maeve McBride; Club Development Officer, Marion Galvin; Committee: Joe Gilbert, Jessica Lee.
Our first meeting of the new committee will be held on Tuesday, January 15, in our clubhouse. Details of our registration days will be released soon so don't miss out on being a part of the Arklow Rocks family in our 60th year.
The monthly committee meeting of Ashford G.A.A. club will be held in Chesters on Thursday, January 10, at 9 p.m.
Aughrim G.A.A. club will review the past twelve months when the A.G.M. takes place in the Aughrim Community Sports Complex on Friday next at 8 p.m.
It proved to be a difficult year but by year end we had survived in Division 2, lost out to the eventual champions in a replay of our county Intermediate football semi-final and were also beaten in the closing stages of the Junior 'C' football championship, again following a replay.
We are about to lose another of our young players to emigration (temporary, we hope) when Eoin O'Loughlin heads off 'down under' on January 11. Best wishes to him.
All players and members are requested to be in attendance on Friday night.
Juvenile training continues on Thursday night with Hugh Kenny in Kirikee Hall at 6.30 until 7.30 p.m. Our Juvenile A.G.M. is also on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. All parents and anybody interested in helping out for the year are asked to attend.
We need all your help as we intend to get a lot of work done with your children in the coming year.
We would like to congratulate the lads and ladies who took part in our Thorny rose competition. A special congrats to ‘Tbag’ Carter on winning the crown.
Thanks to everybody who sponsored, bought tickets, donated for the raffle, and who came on the night. Thanks to Lynhams Hotel for their hospitality and thanks to Dennis Carter, Brian Walsh and Siobhán Parsons. Thanks to the judges for a great job.
Finally, a special thanks to Ann Devitt who put in a lot of work - without her we would not have been able to make it the success it was.
Congratulations to Paddy Byrne on winning Intermediate player of the year - well done, you deserve it.
Well done lads on being promoted to the Division 1 league for next year. We look forward to playing in the Senior ranks.
Our A.G.M. will be coming up shortly, so watch this space. We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Christy Hughes. He was a great Ballinacor supporter and wrote many a Ballinacor song.
Ballinacor will hold their A.G.M. on Sunday next in Ballinaclash Hall at 3 p.m. sharp.
Juvenile training will start shortly in Kirakee Hall.
We had a great response to our own version of Operation Transformation called BE FIT (Bray Emmets Fun In Training), with 50 people registering for the programme over the weekend. The course kicks off with an information event before a bootcamp on Friday night. Good luck to all the participants and we look forward to seeing how you all progress.
Fancy yourself as the man in the middle? As a new season approaches, Wicklow G.A.A. are in the process of recruiting new referees. Full training will be provided in early February and anyone interested should contact the club Secretary, Anne Healy (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Monday, January 21.
The club notes are also circulated every week by e-mail. To be included on this mailing list, please send your details to email@example.com and we will be happy to include you in future correspondence.
All in Bray Emmets extend their deepest sympathy to Dr. Brendan Cuddihy and his family on the recent death of his mother, Ailish. May she rest in peace.
Be there every step of the way! Get your 2013 G.A.A. 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 all your 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. For more information and to purchase your ticket visit www.gaa.ie/seasonticket.
The G.A.A. recently announced details of the forthcoming national roll-out of the compulsory wearing of mouthguards in all underage grades up to and including Minor for Gaelic football matches and practice sessions from January 1, 2013. In addition, from January 1, 2014, this rule will apply to all players at all age grades. The move to make the wearing of mouthguards obligatory and reiterates the Association's long-term commitment to player welfare.
Research figures indicate that Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related. In many sports such as rugby and hockey, the wearing of gumshields is the norm with nearly all clubs adhering strictly to a 'no gumshield - no game' rule. Significantly, if a player refuses to comply he can be sent-off and players will not be covered under the G.A.A. Player Injury Scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard. Information on the use of mouthguards for clubs, parents and players can be found at http://gaa.ie/medical-and-playerwelfare/mouthguards/.
The G.A.A. are also pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached to distribute G.A.A./G.P.A. mouthguards. The product range includes both boil and bite mouthguards and custom-fitted mouthguards. The boil and bite mouthguards are now available to purchase. They come in four categories of protection: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. They are available for purchasing through the following local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle, Elverys and O'Neills.
Please note that the club shop in Old Conna also stocks approved mouthguards.