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AVON­DALE

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 sec­re­tarybng.avon­dale.wicklow@gaa.ie.

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.

BAL­LY­MANUS

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.

BLESS­ING­TON

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.

DONARD-GLEN

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.

AN TOCHAR

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.

ARK­LOW ROCKS

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.

ASH­FORD

The monthly com­mit­tee meet­ing of Ash­ford G.A.A. club will be held in Ch­esters on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10, at 9 p.m.

AUGHRIM

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.

BAL­LI­NA­COR

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.

BRAY EM­METS

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 (healy_anne@hot­mail.com) 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 brayem­met­spro@gmail.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.

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