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Well done to the county Se­nior foot­ballers on their win over Dublin in Par­nell Park on Sun­day last.

While it was an ex­per­i­men­tal Dublin line up, any win over our neigh­bours is to be savoured.

The club are well rep­re­sented on the panel at the moment and we wish all the guys well in prepa­ra­tion for the step up to Di­vi­sion 3. It's great to see that all the per­se­ver­ance and hard work has paid off for Padge and that he has been able to get back to the level he was at prior to in­jury.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to former club player Chris Ka­vanagh and Arel Banks who got en­gaged while they were both home from Aus­tralia over Xmas, hopefully it won't be too long be­fore we see Chris once again wear­ing the blue and white.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to Laura Leonard who cel­e­brated her 18th birth­day re­cently.

A play­ers meet­ing for the Se­nior hurl­ing panel will take place in the club house at 8.30pm on Fri­day 18th, all new play­ers or any­body who is in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved are wel­come, con­tact Pat Sta­ple­ton on 086-8068170. A re­minder that the re­fur­bished club­house bar is avail­able for par­ties/func­tions etc. please call Sean O'Brien Jnr on 085-1328653.

VAL­LEY­MOUNT

Our In­ter­me­di­ate team were beaten by Kil­coole in New­cas­tle on Sun­day morn­ing in the Di­vi­sion 2 rel­e­ga­tion play-off and will now have to face Ash­ford to de­ter­mine which team re­gains Di­vi­sion 2 sta­tus for 2013. Venue and time to be con­firmed.

There was no win­ner of the club lotto this week. The num­bers drawn were 1, 7, 10, and 14.

The four €25 win­ners were Philip Ryan, Jimmy Flynn, Maura Byrne and Ea­mon Byrne Jnr. The next draw will take place on Jan­uary 26 with the jack­pot now stand­ing at €4000.

The club would like to send our deep­est con­do­lences to the Baker fam­ily, Rath­drum and Balfe fam­ily Bless­ing­ton on the death of Mi­ley and to the Balfe fam­ily Kil­bride on the death of Cather­ine. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Shane Car­roll cel­e­brated his 21st birth­day at the week­end. Also, con­grat­u­la­tions Pat and Ciara Reid on the birth of baby Dearbhla.

Well done to Wicklow who beat Dublin in the O'Byrne Cup on Sun­day.

Our an­nual AGM took place on Jan­uary 5 with the fol­low­ing of­fi­cers be­ing elected for 2013.

Chair­man: An­thony Geoghegan; Vice chair­man: Philip Ryan; Sec­re­tary: Sharon Nolan; Ass. Sec­re­tary: Ais­linn Nu­gent; Fix­tures Sec­re­tary: Liam Ka­vanagh; Trea­surer: Bren­dan Hughes; Ass. Trea­surer: Jimmy Byrne; PRO: Brian Flynn; Reg­is­trar: Shay Geoghegan; Youth Of­fi­cers: De­clan Cahill and Ais­linn Nu­gent; Al­co­hol and sub­stance abuse Of­fi­cer: John Cahill.

ANNACURRA

Pre sea­son train­ing takes place for all adult foot­ballers at 8pm on Tues­day and Fri­day nights in the field with Gym work at 7pm on Satur­day night.

New play­ers are wel­come with any ex­pe­ri­ence level for the adult teams, if in­ter­ested please come down to the pitch when train­ing is on. Mem­ber­ship is still 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 are €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.

GAA lotto re­sults for Jan­uary 7: Num­bers: 5, 6, 12, and 22. No jack­pot win­ner. Match three win­ners: Ge­orgina Finn, Avoca; Pat Lacey, c/o Johnny Thompson, Teresa Mo­ron, Ti­na­hely. Jack­pot stands at €4,000. Next draw takes place on Mon­day night Jan­uary 14 in the.

DONARD-THE GLEN

The win­ning num­bers of 7, 12, 23 and 28 were lucky for one per­son last Mon­day night Jan­uary 7 when Tom Kinsella, Graiguecullen, Co. Car­low came up with the win­ning com­bi­na­tion. He bagged the €20,000 jack­pot and well done to him. There were six who matched three num­bers each re­ceiv­ing €35. We are back to €4,000 for the new jack­pot.

A good crowd turned up for the GAA AGM in Donard Hall on Fri­day last and there were quite a few changes in per­sonal.

Der­mot Doyle takes over as Chair­man with Jim Cor­ri­gan as his as­sis­tant. Sea­mus Daly is still sec­re­tary with Amanda But­ler his as­sis­tant. Brian Len­non is trea­surer as­sisted by his fa­ther Ea­mon. P. Toomey is still P.R.O. David Case is still fix­tures. Larry Daly is grounds man but all clubs us­ing the field will have to sup­ply an as­sis­tant to Larry. Jerome Kelly and He­len Ea­ger will still run the Ju­ve­nile sec­tion of the club with Peter Lawless, Bren­dan Daly Jim Met­calfe, He­len Byrne and Edel Geoghegan. Lastly Ge­orge Fin­lay will be player's rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Colm Toomey is reg­is­trar.

The county 40 X 20 hand­ball leagues are be­ing held at the moment and in Coolboy on Tues­day night. Gerry McGrath beat young lo­cal star Wayne Kinsella 2-1.

The Ju­nior league starts this week when Donard play­ers will rep­re­sent the west and the win­ner here will go to the county fi­nal.

BALT­IN­GLASS

The lotto jack­pot stands at €10,700. There were no win­ners. Num­bers last week were 23, 24, 29 and 30. Buy your tick­ets lo­cal in all shops or so ease to buy on­line.

Se­niors are back train­ing. Our ju­ve­nile chair­man is putting in place coaches for the up­com­ing year, while the ladies are look­ing for coaches. Any­one in­ter­ested please drop into Damian in Pat­ter­son's or ring Theresa on 087-8505718.

Lads' county U-15 tri­als are on Satur­day 19 AT 11am in Laragh. Any­one born on 1998 is wel­come to at­tend.

Le­in­ster GAA Coach­ing Con­fer­ence is on in March in IT Car­low.

The con­fer­ence will cater for club coaches from U-6 to U-12s. More de­tails later.

The Club send their sym­pa­thy to Jo Coogan on the death of her brother Wil­lie O'Toole, Bal­ly­more and Terry Lawler and girls Ciara AND Emma on the death of Ni­amh. R.I.P.

Well done to Wicklow with their win over the Dubs.

BLESS­ING­TON

Lo­cal stu­dent Der­mot O'Neill who played foot­ball with our club is one of nine stu­dents from Naas CBS trav­el­ling to Maz­abuka, Zam­bia in March to as­sist with projects there and live among those less for­tu­nate than them­selves for two weeks.

They will bring much needed funds to help them in their work.

There will be a fun quiz in Hen­nessy's Lounge on Fri­day Jan­uary 18 in aid of Zam­bia Im­mer­sion Project. Quiz starts at 9pm. Team of 4 - €40.

Hard luck to Wicklow who were beaten by Car­low in Bray on Wed­nes­day last. Barry Murphy and Paul McLough­lin played the full game, Mick McLough­lin came off in­jured in the sec­ond half, while Kevin Han­lon played the first half and Eoin Keogh played the sec­ond half.

On Sun­day the last match took place against Dublin in Par­nell Park and Wicklow won 1-11 to 010, An­thony McLough­lin and Paul McLough­lin played the full game with An­thony get­ting two points. Also on the panel were Eoin Keogh, Kevin Han­lon and the in­jured Barry Murphy and Michael McLough­lin.

The U-21's are play­ing in The Hast­ings Cup. They beat Car­low 2-12 to 0-06 on Tues­day last. We had Eoin Devlin and Stephen Bo­han.

On Satur­day they played Long­ford in Ke­nagh and were beaten badly, Eoin and Stephen were not in at­ten­dance due to ex­ams. They play Roscom­mon next Satur­day, Jan­uary 19 at 1pm in John­stown (Clan na nGael).

The Pitch Rota will be used again in 2013. Team Man­agers can text Chris O'Connor 086 2239403 with their pre­ferred days and times and when they plan go­ing back train­ing and we will do our best to ac­com­mo­date each team.

Our Club 7s will com­mence on Sun­day Jan­uary 20 at 6.30pm on The Astro. Come up and en­joy the craic and have a cup of hot soup. Each player to pay €2 a week.

Thanks to Noelle McGarr who made the soup for the Wicklow Mi­nor game last week and to Olive Devlin, Karen Han­lon and Ann Richard­son who served to both teams.

The county Mi­nors trained in Bless­ing­ton on Fri­day last. Thanks to Geral­dine Booth­man who made some tea for the par­ents while they waited on such a cold night.

Mouth guards are now com­pul­sory from academy to Mi­nor in 2013 and adult in Jan­uary 2014. You can pur­chase shop ones from €7 to €12 or fit­ted ones €50/€55.

The fit­ted ones will be done af­ter surgery hours and in groups of 10 so if any­one in­ter­ested text Jes­sica 086 8602822, Noreen 087 2858375 or Chris 086 2239403.

We are go­ing on­line with our lotto so more in­for­ma­tion will fol­low so keep an eye on our web­site bless­ing­ton­gaa.ie or on our Face­book page.

Birth­day wishes this week to Ge­off El­liott, Ni­amh Car­roll and Kate Hen­nessy.

The club sends speedy re­cov­ery to Shauna Richard­son just home from hospi­tal. The club sends deep­est sym­pa­thy to the Balfe fam­ily in Manor Kil­bride on the death of Karen.

BRAY EM­METS

Wicklow v Car­low - Bray Em­mets hosted the Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Group B match be­tween Wicklow and Car­low on Wed­nes­day, 9th Jan­uary.

On a bit­terly cold night, a large crowd at­tended a keenly con­tested game which ended in a three point win for Car­low.

Harry Murphy would have been pleased to have given some of his fringe play­ers a use­ful run out but over­all he would have been a lit­tle frus­trated by the per­for­mance.

How­ever, any dis­ap­point­ment will have been short lived as a stronger Wicklow side se­cured a su­perb win over Dublin in Par­nell Park on Sun­day.

Thank you to all the vol­un­teers who helped with the stew­ard­ing and kept the tea flow­ing in the kitchen and shop. It was a great night for the club and we hope to host more county fix­tures in the near fu­ture.

Reg­is­tra­tion - No­tice will be com­mu­ni­cated to all mem­bers shortly re­gard­ing club reg­is­tra­tion 2013. As usual, it will be manda­tory this sea­son that all play­ers (adult and ju­ve­nile) who wish to play for Bray Em­mets GAA Club will need to be reg­is­tered with the club.

The on-line reg­is­tra­tion process is rea­son­ably straight for­ward to use and can be found on the club web­site www.brayem­mets.com.

Any mem­ber who doesn't want to reg­is­ter on line can come along to the club reg­is­tra­tion day on a date to be an­nounced in March.

GAA Foun­da­tion Coach­ing Course - The club has ar­ranged to host a foun­da­tion coach­ing course for adult play­ing mem­bers be­gin­ning on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26.

The Foun­da­tion Award is the in­tro­duc­tory award for coaches of Gaelic Games.

The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will en­able par­tic­i­pants to as­sist a coach in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop hurl­ing or foot­ball.

The course is seven and a half hours in du­ra­tion and cov­ers four key mod­ules, as well as in­tro­duc­tory and con­clu­sion mod­ules. Th­ese four mod­ules are: (1) In­tro­duc­tion to Games (2) Skill Devel­op­ment (3) Move­ment Skills (4) Coach­ing Chil­dren, Youths and Adults.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion for our adult play­ers is highly rec­om­mended. Fur­ther de­tails for those in­ter­ested are avail­able from Ian Smith (086-8515722)

Garden County Awards - The Garden County GAA Awards take place at 7.30pm next Satur­day, Jan­uary 19 in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. A good night is guar­an­teed for all those that at­tend es­pe­cially as Bray Em­mets will have two re­cip­i­ents of awards.

Luke Maloney cap­tained the victorious Mi­nor hurlers as they won the county cham­pi­onship in a re­played fi­nal against Gle­nealy and was an ob­vi­ous choice for Mi­nor hurler of the year.

Conor Flan­nery will pick up the Ju­nior C Foot­baller of the Year award af­ter guid­ing his team to an em­phatic vic­tory with some vi­tal scores against Bless­ing­ton in the county fi­nal last Oc­to­ber. Con­grat­u­la­tions to both Luke and Conor. The club is ex­tremely proud of your achieve­ments.

Foot­ball Blitz - The St. Cro­nans Gaelic Foot­ball Blitz for boys in fifth and sixth class be­gins this week on Tues­days in the school field and on the astro pitch on Fri­day nights at 6.30pm. Great foot­ball is guar­an­teed from the young stars of the fu­ture!

Ref­er­ees wanted - Fancy your­self as the man in the mid­dle? As a new sea­son ap­proaches, Wicklow GAA 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.

Sym­pa­thies - The club ex­tends its deep­est sym­pa­thies to club stal­wart Pamela McDermott on the sud­den death of her fa­ther Patsy over Christ­mas.

Pam is cap­tain of the Se­nior ladies foot­ballers and does fan­tas­tic work as PRO for Cu­mann na mBun­scol in Wicklow.

Sin­cere sym­pa­thies also go to Sinéad Ní Chrean-Loin­sigh on the death of her Mum Jane.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilis. Sinead teaches in Scoil Chualann and does Tro­jan work in pro­mot­ing our na­tional games.

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.

KIL­COOLE

In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball - Our In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ballers had a good win over Val­ley­mount last Sun­day.

This win en­sures we keep our Di­vi­sion 2 sta­tus for 2013. It was a great all round team per­for­mance and a de­served win.

At times we played lovely con­trolled foot­ball and scored some great scores both from play and dead balls.

Our scor­ers were Matt Gil­bert 0-8, Ea­monn Hughes 1-01, Ro­nan Keddy 0-3, Jim Keddy 0-1, Dar­ragh Keddy 0-1 and Stephen Cough­lan 0-1.

Well done lads and best wishes for the coming sea­son. Thanks to New­cas­tle GAA for the use of their pitch and fa­cil­i­ties.

AGM - All nominations and mo­tions should be given to Colm Hat­ton as our re-con­vened AGM takes place this Fri­day Jan­uary 18 in the club­house at 8.30pm.

Mi­nor Foot­ball - Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing out in any way with the re-es­tab­lish­ing of a Mi­nor foot­ball team for this year should con­tact Liam (Jacko) Ga­han 086 667 4322 or Gerry Curry or Noeleen Evans.

Kil­coole GAA club sym­pa­thise with the O'Meara fam­ily with the re­cent death of Ros­aleen.

Ros­aleen was a great com­mu­nity ac­tivist and great ser­vant to our club over the years and will be sadly missed in the vil­lage. Ros­aleen O'Meara R.I.P.

EIRE OG GREYSTONES

Lotto - Buíochas le Dia the lotto is again up and run­ning. One apol­o­gises if one sounds like a bro­ken record when harp­ing on about how im­por­tant the re­turn on the lotto is to the fi­nan­cial health of the club. But shure isn't one only telling the hon­est truth.

How­ever in do­ing so it is hoped that, in líne with what has been de­scribed in an un­com­pli­men­tary fash­ion as the Je­suit phi­los­o­phy of ed­u­ca­tion “throw mud of­ten enough and it will stick”, this con­stant rep­e­ti­tion will bring home to you how vi­tal your con­tin­ued sup­port for the draw is in keep­ing the mul­ti­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of the club in run­ning or­der.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion of the lotto had been, for many years, in the hands - and safe hands they were - of Nel­lie Vick­ers (R.I.P.). Her death be­fore Christ­mas threw its lo­gis­tics out of kil­ter and one wor­ried for its fu­ture.

Nel­lie was a re­li­able and very ca­pa­ble co-or­di­na­tor and the club recog­nises with grat­i­tude the work she and her fam­ily did in en­sur­ing its con­ti­nu­ity and prof­itabil­ity for over 20 years. Go raibh míle maith agaibh agus bean­nacht Dé le h-anam Nel­lie.

Thank­fully, neigh­bour Veron­ica O'Reilly, a former Lord Mayor of Greystones and a long time sup­porter of the club, has ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to take on its man­age­ment. Maith thú Veron­ica!

Foot­ball - Éire Óg re­ceived many com­pli­ments for its fa­cil­i­ties (there can­not be many grantees of Na­tional Lot­tery Funds who en­riched them with such added value out of their own re­sources) from spec­ta­tors at the re­cent Bord na Móna O'Byrne Cup game be­tween Wicklow and DCU.

How­ever some of them ex­pressed a lit­tle frus­tra­tion at the ab­sence of a score­board, a lux­ury for which we in the club have de­voutly wished for some time.

Re­gret­tably this is a de­fi­ciency un­likely to be made good in the medium term. Two fac­tors mil­i­tate against one be­ing in­stalled in the near fu­ture. Firstly its cost and se­condly the fact that the present rel­a­tive seclu­sion of the pitch would sadly make it very vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing van­dalised.

Éire Óg's James Kelly re­ceived spe­cial men­tion for his per­for­mance in the game. His brother Stephen (Ch­ester) was un­avail­able as he is rest­ing to rein­vig­o­rate his sys­tem af­ter the rigours of his role as dual player at both club and county lev­els in 2012. Our other Se­nior county player, Dar­ren Hay­den, is ply­ing his trade with Car­low I.T. in this com­pe­ti­tion.

John Deeney, Daniel Wood and Daniel Keane were mem­bers of the U-21 Wicklow squad which lost to Louth in a re­cent chal­lenge game.

At the moment, be­tween hurl­ing and foot­ball, nine of the club's play­ers are in­volved with var­i­ous county pan­els and the man­ager of our se­nior foot­ball team, Philip Smullen, is wor­ried and jus­ti­fi­ably so.

If, as has been the case in re­cent years, county play­ers are not al­lowed tog out with their clubs he will be down at least eight of his panel mem­bers for the league and the team's chances of re­tain­ing Di­vi­sion 1 sta­tus will be se­verely com­pro­mised.

Bon Voy­age - While mourn­ing his loss to hurl­ing within the club we all wish Daniel “Doc” O'Connor, a grad­u­ate in Ho­tel Man­age­ment, gach dea-ghuí for the du­ra­tion of his 12 month stay in New York.

His hurl­ing col­leagues were on hand on Fri­day night to give him a rous­ing send-off.

CARNEW EM­METS

The ex­cite­ment is build­ing as the date for the 2013 Bash for Cash fundraiser nears for the Carnew Em­mets and Craan­ford GAA clubs.

Some of the finest male hu­man spec­i­mens ever to walk the streets of the town of Carnew will step into the box­ing ring in the Am­ber Springs Ho­tel in Gorey on Fe­bru­ary 2 to take on the might­i­est men of Craan­ford.

Tick­ets for this mon­u­men­tal event are on sale in Vic­tor's and in Do­ran's Book­mak­ers and also from the new chair­man James Do­ran or any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Be warned the tick­ets are sell­ing fast and there are strict reg­u­la­tions as to how many peo­ple can be ad­mit­ted on the night so buy your tick­ets fast.

You will re­call that a short film was re­leased ahead of last year's event when Carnew Em­mets took on Kil­rush-Askamore. Well the cre­ators of that won­der­ful lit­tle cin­e­matic gem have came to­gether again and are cur­rently work­ing on an­other mas­ter­piece.

Film­ing took place in the town last week­end and some mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans may have got quite a shock when a group of robed ath­letes ran charg­ing through traf­fic to break a trio of evil crim­i­nals from their jail trans­port.

Suf­fice to say that no hurlers or foot­ballers were harmed in the mak­ing of this film.

How­ever what may have shocked lo­cals more dur­ing film­ing was the sight of the much re­spected and revered Brian 'Rusty' Do­ran ar­riv­ing on set dressed as the de­li­cious Brigid with her nest of black curls, her ill-fit­ting bra­zier and her skin-tight ski-pants. What a sight to be­hold as the lovely Brigid pranced around the set clutch­ing her bunch of grapes. But se­ri­ously, well done Brian, it’s a look that works we think!!

Mau­rice Molloy takes over as chair­man of the ju­ve­nile com­mit­tee and Ed­die Bren­nan is sec­re­tary. A large crowd at­tended the AGM and a lively meet­ing was en­joyed by all. Train­ing is now in process for all teams.

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