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BRAY EM­METS

Reg­is­tra­tion - Reg­is­tra­tion for 2013 is now due and all play­ers, coaches, men­tors and com­mit­tee mem­bers must pay their mem­ber­ship to en­sure they are in­sured whilst car­ry­ing out their roles within the club.

Please note that the clos­ing date for reg­is­tra­tion of all play­ing mem­bers is Satur­day, March 2 but any play­ers who are plan­ning to train or play a match be­fore this date must be reg­is­tered, oth­er­wise they will not cov­ered by the GAA In­jury Scheme.

For those mem­bers who do not wish to use the on­line sys­tem, a Club Reg­is­tra­tion Day will take place in the club­house on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 23 from 11am to 4pm.

For any new par­ents who reg­is­tered be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber pay­ment is now due. A com­plete list of sub­scrip­tion rates and full de­tails on how to reg­is­ter are avail­able on the club's web­site: www.brayem­mets.com

Wicklow v Dublin City Univer­sity - On Sun­day, Jan­uary 27, Bray Em­mets again hosted the Se­nior Wicklow hurlers in their Bord Na Mona Ke­hoe Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against Dublin City Univer­sity.

The 20-point win was made all the sweeter by the fact that Bray Em­mets had five play­ers on the panel: John Hen­der­son, Eoin Ma­son, Mikey Lee, Harry Stephen­son and the afore­men­tioned Christy Moore­house, who helped him­self to 1-5 in­clud­ing the score of the game, a stun­ning point af­ter a cheeky flick of the slio­tar en­abled him to get away from the DCU de­fend­ers.

Casey O'Brien's charges have looked im­pres­sive on the last two Sun­days in Old Conna and given that DCU can call on play­ers from hurl­ing strongholds like Kilkenny, Dublin and Tip­per­ary, it is safe to say that Wicklow hurl­ing sup­port­ers can look for­ward to the sea­son ahead with en­thu­si­asm.

Next up though, is the semi-fi­nal against Meath, sched­uled to take place in Na­van next week­end.

The Wicklow Se­nior foot­ballers also played a chal­lenge match against Dublin In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Old Conna on Wed­nes­day night, 23rd Jan­uary.

This was a use­ful run out for Harry Murphy's squad as they con­tin­ued their prepa­ra­tions for life in Di­vi­sion 3 of the Na­tional Foot­ball League against a team fea­tur­ing intercounty stars such as Kerry's Dar­ran O'Sul­li­van and Mayo's Ai­dan O'Shea.

Again, thanks to all the club vol­un­teers who as­sisted with both fix­tures. It is a priv­i­lege to stage any in­ter-county match and we are de­lighted that we were asked to host three over the last num­ber of weeks.

Lotto - The club lotto re­sumes af­ter the Christ­mas break with the next draw tak­ing place on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 1. If you want to em­u­late Vin­cent Duffy who picked up a cool €5,300 a few weeks ago and be in with a chance of win­ning the cur­rent jack­pot of €1100, be sure to reg­is­ter at www.brayem­mets.com.

Don't for­get, there is also a Lucky Dip prize of €25 ev­ery week.

GAA Foun­da­tion Coach­ing Course - The Club Coach­ing Of­fi­cer, Dave Barry, was very pleased with the large turnout for the foot­ball and hurl­ing Foun­da­tion Coach­ing Course held in Old Conna on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26.

In to­tal, 24 peo­ple at­tended the first ses­sion, with the most pos­i­tive as­pect be­ing the fact that the ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pants were adult play­ing mem­bers.

Our thanks to Le­in­ster GAA Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Gar­rett Doyle, for de­liv­er­ing an ex­cel­lent course and well done to all in­volved for tak­ing the time to par­take.

It's great to know there's such an in­ter­est in our games in the Club.The next ses­sion is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

Sym­pa­thies - All in Bray Em­mets were shocked to hear of the un­timely pass­ing of Mick Mer­ri­gan, who died un­ex­pect­edly on Sun­day morn­ing.

Mick was a na­tive of Castle­town, Co. Wex­ford but his work as a Garda brought him to Bray where we wore the club colours with dis­tinc­tion and played on the victorious 1973 In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball cham­pi­onship win­ning team.

The club ex­tends deep­est sym­pa­thies to his wife An­gela, sons Pa­trick and Peter, and daugh­ters Kath­leen and Orla, as well as his ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

Help Re­quired - Call­ing all bud­ding cam­era men or women! A fit­ness coach­ing pro­gramme for the U-15 and U-16 boys has be­gun on Fri­day nights from 7pm to 8pm.

This is a 12-week pro­gramme with the em­pha­sis on proper fun­da­men­tal move­ment, strength and con­di­tion­ing, fit­ness and in­jury preven­tion.

The course is be­ing of­fered un­der the guid­ance of Ni­amh Buffini, a taek­wondo ex­pert and un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent of Sport Sci­ence and Health at the Na­tional Ath­letes Devel­op­ment Academy, who is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing her in­tern­ship.

All coaches and team men­tors are wel­come to come along on Fri­day nights and watch the train­ing.

We are look­ing for some­one who could record a num­ber of the ses­sions in or­der to put some edited videos on the club web­site as a re­source for all coaches.

If you can help, please send a mail to Dave Barry at dcbarry55@gmail.com.

Academy - The Club's youngest play­ers re­turn to ac­tion next week­end as the Academy re­sumes in Old Conna. The fun starts at 10.00 a.m. on Satur­day, 2nd Fe­bru­ary and will fin­ish at its nor­mal time of 12.00 mid­day.

Face­book Com­pe­ti­tion - Keep an eye on our Face­book page over the coming days as we will shortly be an­nounc­ing de­tails of a com­pe­ti­tion to win a Club hoodie. You can fol­low us at www.face­book.com/BrayEm­mets.

TI­NA­HELY

Train­ing is tak­ing place in the gym of the club­house ev­ery Fri­day night from 7.30pm for all Mi­nor, Ju­nior and Se­nior play­ers. The Di­vi­sion 1 league is due to start in March.

Last week at a county board meet­ing the Se­nior cham­pi­onship struc­ture was changed. In­stead of group games this year it will be two games to try qual­ify for the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Mem­ber­ship and in­surance is now due, please see Pat Lani­gan.

KIL­BRIDE

Last Sun­day the lotto jack­pot was not won. The num­bers drawn were 8, 17, 24 and 30. The five €20 win­ners were James Cahill, Carmel Craul, Mary O'Connor, Sean Blake and John Clarke.

Next week the jack­pot rises to €11,900 and the draw will be on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 3 at 10pm in Mooney's. Tick­ets avail­able from any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

ST PA­TRICK'S

The club's Din­ner Dance will take place on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 23 in the Grand Ho­tel, where our cham­pi­onship win­ning Se­nior foot­ballers and In­ter­me­di­ate ladies teams will re­ceive their medals.

Please keep the date in the di­ary with fur­ther de­tails to fol­low in what should be a great night for all.

The club are al­ways look­ing for new peo­ple to get in­volved and if you have any spare time to get in­volved ei­ther in a coach­ing/ad­min or any other role please get in touch with club sec­re­tary Brian Glee­son (086-8281124), or any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Caseys' hurlers con­tin­ued on win­ning ways on the astro-turf in Bray, when they proved too strong for DCU, and are through to play Meath in the Ke­hoe Cup semi-fi­nal.

Best of luck to the County Se­nior foot­ballers against Fer­managh on Sun­day as they kick off their Di­vi­sion 3 cam­paign.

Please go along and lend them your sup­port in Aughrim. The club lotto can now be sup­ported by monthly stand­ing or­der at €8 per month, which not only puts you in the weekly draw but also helps with our ev­ery­day run­ning costs at Dun­bur, please con­tact Alan O'Brien on 087-6214903 or trea­surer.stpatricks.wicklow@gaa.ie, to sign up.

RATH­NEW

Lotto draw for Jan­uary 21 - num­bers drawn were 1, 18, 24, and 27. There was no jack­pot win­ner. There was one match three win­ner - S. McDermott c/o Joe Boy O'Connor. The jack­pot is now €2,700. Next draw takes place on Jan­uary 28 in Doyles.

There will be a com­mitt­tee meet­ing Thurs­day Jan­uary 31.

Gym mem­ber­ship still avail­able for €200 per year or €60 per three months. Con­tact Anto on 085-7252430.

It's vi­tally im­por­tant we sell th­ese as this is a good source of funds for the club. There will be three monthly draws, with 60 prizes in to­tal up for grabs. Con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber to pur­chase one.

Last of the cal­en­dars still avail­able, again they make a great present for our ex­iles!

All adult play­ers are asked to at­tend a play­ers meet­ing on Thurs­day 31st Jan­uary at 8pm in the club­house.

There is a lot of work go­ing on be­hind the scenes at the moment with del­e­gates at­tend­ing County Board meet­ings, se­cur­ing fund­ing and spon­sor­ship for the 2013 sea­son, se­cur­ing a solid foun­da­tion within the club which in turn should ben­e­fit our play­ers and teams and hopefully lead to success.

The club would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all our lotto ticket sellers, past and new.

Their con­tin­ued hard work brings a much ap­pre­ci­ated source of funds. With that in mind we would like to wel­come our lotto sellers to a so­cial night in Doyle's on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 2nd at 9pm just as a to­ken of our grat­i­tude.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to John and Ni­amh Franey and also Kevin and Siobhan Gill on their re­cent new ar­rivals. Get well mes­sage to Ned Byrne, Mer­rymeet­ing. Happy birth­day wishes go out to Shane Red­mond 18th, Ed­die Byrne 50th, Harry Kileen 60th and last but not least Jim Buxie Duffy who cel­e­brated his 80th.

To get in con­tact if you want a men­tion, con­tact Vin­cent 086-8430446.

ANNACURRA

The club wish to ex­tend our con­grat­u­la­tions to Liam O'Lough­lin who won a hall of fame award dur­ing the re­cent county GAA awards. Liam who is from Aughrim has pre­vi­ously played for Annacurra prior to the es­tab­lish­ment of the Aughrim foot­ball club. Well done Liam.

Pre sea­son train­ing con­tin­ues for all adult foot­ballers at 8pm 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, stu­dents is €45 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.

Lotto - Re­sults for Jan­uary 21: num­bers: 5, 13, 18, and 22. There was no jack­pot win­ner. Match three win­ner: De­clan Byrne, Cool­bawn Lwr. Jack­pot stands at €4300.

Next draw takes place on Mon­day night Jan­uary 28 in Lawless's.

COOLBOY

Af­ter our re­cent EGM which was well at­tended (and many thanks to all those who came out on the night) the fol­low­ing com­mit­tee was elected: Martin Hen­nessy, Chair­man, Michael O'Ke­effe, Sec­re­tary, PJ Mul­hall, Asst Sec., Wendy Thibault, Trea­surer, Joseph Dempsey, Asst Treas.

We would like to thank all of the above for tak­ing on th­ese roles as it gets harder ev­ery year to get peo­ple to stand up for th­ese jobs and we are truly grate­ful.

We hope to get our fundrais­ing kick started next Fri­day night at 8pm in the hall when we will be dis­tribut­ing a new 'Pre­dic­tor' Sheet for 2013.

We ask that the en­tire Fi­nance Com­mit­tee at­tend and any­one who would like to come along and pick up their own sheet is wel­come to do so.

This turned out to be an ex­cel­lent fundraiser last year along with be­ing great crack as the year went on - just watch­ing the re­sults go­ing up each week with the leader board con­stantly chang­ing was a real in­cen­tive for peo­ple to get in­volved.

We would urge ev­ery­one to make sure to get your sheets filled in and re­turned on time as the amount of peo­ple who wanted to get in­volved af­ter the dead­line date was huge and we were un­able to ac­co­mo­date them.

So please, please get them filled out and back as quickly as pos­si­ble. We will also be dis­tribut­ing our County Board Draw tick­ets (€50 each) for three draws over a three month pe­riod.

Th­ese tick­ets will be avail­able from var­i­ous mem­bers of the com­mit­tee whose names and con­tact num­bers will be in­cluded in next week's club notes so that ev­ery­one will know where they can get a ticket should they be in­ter­ested in do­ing so.

Again, this turned out to be ex­tremely lu­cra­tive for the club last year given the re­bate we get back from the County Board and we are hop­ing to re­peat the same success this year.

We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late Coolboy Hand­ball Club on win­ning County Club of the Year.

The award was pre­sented to the club last Satur­day night at the County Board awards night and it is a prize that is truly de­served as the amount of work that has gone into mak­ing the hand­ball club one of the best, not only in the county, but na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally has been truly stag­ger­ing.

From the very young to the more Se­nior mem­bers, ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged and sup­ported in a most re­mark­able way. Well done and well de­served to all con­cerned.

BLESS­ING­TON JU­VE­NILE

Bless­ing­ton GAA Ju­ve­nile reg­is­tra­tion evening for U-10 to Mi­nor teams will take place on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary from 7pm to 8.30pm 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 reg­is­tra­tion fee and pay 50% or all of the subs on the night with the fi­nal 50% of subs col­lected on April 2.

The Academy, which in­cludes U-8s will have their own reg­is­tra­tion ar­range­ments.

U16/Mi­nor train­ing will re-com­mence on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 4. Mi­nor Win­ter League will start on ei­ther Fe­bru­ary 10 or 17.

The U-16 team will be par­tic­i­pat­ing again in the Le­in­ster League which will be played over five Satur­days in March.

U-12/U-14 train­ing will re-com­mence on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 11. Gaeltacht Schol­ar­ship Grant ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able now for first and sec­ond year stu­dents (boys and girls) and who are reg­is­tered and paid up mem­bers of a County Wicklow GAA club.

BLESS­ING­TON

Best of luck to Wicklow in their open­ing NFL game against Fer­managh in Aughrim, please come and sup­port the team es­pe­cially our club lads Paul, Michael and An­thony McLough­lin.

The Wicklow U-21s drew with Wex­ford in the Car­low Tour­na­ment, they now play Kil­dare in the fi­nal on Tues­day night at 8pm in Tin­ry­land, best of luck to all es­pe­cially our two lads Eoin and Stephen.

The county Mi­nors played Tip­per­ary on Sun­day last where they lost 1-13 to 0-6. Lads that took part in the game were Thomas Dono­hoe, Ian Richard­son, Conor Devlin, Mikey O'Connor and Jack Gil­li­gan. They play Car­low in the Le­in­ster League next Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 2, no venue yet, keep an eye on Face­book for de­tails.

A den­tist will be in the pitch on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 5 at 7pm to talk about gum shields and mea­sure your child for €35, th­ese must be worn from Academy to Mi­nor, you can also pur­chase shop ones from €7 to €20.

The club sends best wishes to Byrana Reid who is just out of hospi­tal. We also send con­grat­u­la­tions to Seanna and Tony Pen­der on the birth of their daugh­ter Siofra.

Birth­day wishes this week Cian McCarthy, Lee Dowl­ing Ho­ran, Eoghan Hen­nessy, Ovi Veres, Ais­ling Bren­nan, Peter Man­ning, Christo­pher and Sarah Murphy.

VAL­LEY­MOUNT

There was no win­ner of the club lotto this week. Num­bers drawn were 1, 6, 15, and 20. €25 win­ners were Philip Ryan, Paddy Fitz­patrick, Kieran Murphy, and Dun­can Lyons.

The next draw will take place on Fe­bru­ary 9 with the jack­pot ris­ing to €4150.

Ladies cir­cuit train­ing con­tin­ues in club­house on Satur­days at 5.30pm. Mem­ber­ship is now due and can be paid to Bren­dan Hughes.

The club So­cial and Awards Night will take place in Tul­far­ris House Ho­tel on Satur­day March 9. The evening will kick off at 8pm with award pre­sen­ta­tion fol­lowed by buf­fet and mu­sic by Upload.

Tick­ets are €25 euro and can be or­dered from Mick Nolan (087 2964476) or Marie Ka­vanagh (087 9697461).

Best of luck to Wicklow against Fer­managh at home next Sun­day

HOL­LY­WOOD

The club is or­gan­is­ing the an­nual Race Night on Fe­bru­ary 23 in Poula­phuca House. Horses are on sale from all adult team mem­bers in the next few weeks at a cost of €10.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the club are ac­tively look­ing for new mem­bers and for our ex­ist­ing mem­bers to re­new for 2013. The club had ex­cel­lent mem­ber­ship for 2012 and we thank each of them for their sup­port. Please con­tact any mem­ber of the com­mit­tee to pay mem­ber­ship.

SHIL­LE­LAGH

The next lotto draw is next Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 4 and the jack­pot is €5,000.

Tick­ets are avail­able from com­mit­tee mem­bers, play­ers and all lo­cal busi­nesses.

An­nual mem­ber­ship is now due for play­ers and mem­bers. Please con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber to reg­is­ter for this.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Noel and Linda Murphy on the re­cent birth of their baby girl.

AN TOCHAR

There will be a Ta­ble Quiz held in Aras an Tóchar on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 22 in aid of the An Tóchar U-12 team, it will start at 9 pm and all are wel­come.

Train­ing for the U-12's will start back this Fri­day night Fe­bru­ary 1 in­doors be­tween 7pm and 8pm.

There are a num­ber of GAA coach­ing cour­ses coming up in the next cou­ple of months. If there are any club mem­bers who are get­ting in­volved with any team and wish to do some of th­ese coach­ing cour­ses please con­tact John Byrne or Philip McGil­ly­cuddy.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Round­wood Va­ri­ety Group who put on a bril­liant ver­sion of 'Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood' and es­pe­cially to all the An Tóchar rep­re­sen­ta­tives on stage.

AGB

Reg­is­tra­tion Day Fe­bru­ary 10 - What our club de­liv­ers for your chil­dren.

Con­sis­tent high level of coach­ing - Three coaches de­liv­er­ing a seven-month coach­ing pro­gramme which en­sures a min­i­mum of six weeks coach­ing for ev­ery child among the 2200 chil­dren in 11 schools in the club's catch­ment area

We pro­vide a full time coach­ing devel­op­ment of­fi­cer to en­sure all of our coaches are trained to the high­est stan­dard pos­si­ble.

We have over 80 ded­i­cated coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors to fa­cil­i­tate your child's devel­op­ment.

All coaches have com­pleted and ad­here to na­tional code of ethics in Ir­ish sport.

50% of club coaches have com­pleted GAA Level 1 coach­ing course.

Games - Ev­ery mem­ber from age five to 10 re­ceives a min­i­mum of one train­ing ses­sion per week over 40 weeks. Ev­ery mem­ber will also take part in games and blitzes on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Th­ese are based on a purely devel­op­ment/non­com­pet­i­tive ba­sis. From age 11 up­wards all mem­bers will re­ceive coach­ing twice weekly. Th­ese age groups will take part in or­gan­ised leagues and cups in as­so­ci­a­tion with Wicklow County Board from April to Oc­to­ber.

All ref­er­ees' fees are paid by the club from your subs.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms can be down­loaded from www.ark­low­gaa.com, if you re­quire more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact An­thony Nolan on 0879152070 or email: agb.gdo@gmail.com.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Danny Cur­ran from our neigh­bour­ing Ark­low Rock Parnells on be­ing se­lected as Ju­nior hurler of the year.

Mass for both Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money and Ark­low Rocks on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 16.

Coach Ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses for Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March can now be booked, please check www.ark­low­gaa.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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