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Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Rocks for get­ting through to the quar­ter-fi­nals in the Le­in­ster League against Mount­mel­lick of Laois. All play­ers to be at the pitch for noon. Coach leav­ing at 12.30pm. Mem­ber­ship is also due now, so all player need to be paid up. Fi­nally, un­der-16s train­ing on Satur­day morn­ings at 11am at the pitch. Thanks to all the sup­port­ers who sup­ported us against Kil­te­gan!


Lotto jack­pot is €9,400, no win­ner, num­bers were 4, 8, 10, and 19. Match three win­ners were Kevin Mo­ran, Clone­gal, Breda Kear­ney, Rath­dan­gan, Louise Jack­man, Philip Deer­ing, Sile Con­nelly, Pat Far­rell, Pat Flem­ing, Louise Byrne, Liz and Peter and Wayne Burke.

Di­vi­sion 1were away to Rath­new and lost on a score of 1-12 to 1-6.

Mi­nors were out to Bless­ing­ton and were de­feated. Wick­low un­der-16 girls lost to a strong Meath team while the un­der-14s. No ref­eree turned up.

On a win­ning note, con­grat­u­la­tions to Scoil Naomh Iosaf who won Cu­mann na mBun­scoil Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle last week in Bal­li­nakill.

The panel of play­ers were Alan Bar­rett, Jordan Bro­phy, Aaron Cor­co­ran, Arun Daly-Danne, Sean Doody (capt), Christo­pher Grimes, Char­lie Harte, Max Harte, Ja­son Kenny, Tom Keogh, Jack Kir­wan, KB Matomni, Adam O'Brien, Ja­son Steed, Dar­ren Walsh, Shane Whelan and their teach­ers, Mr. Quinn and Mr Han­nafin and a spe­cial word of thanks to the two coaches who have been in the school coach­ing these young lads, Sean O'Brien and Brendan Kelly.

Well done also to our un­der-10 lads who played in the com­mu­nity games on Satur­day last and won the fi­nal by beat­ing Lake­side and Donard-Dunlavin and go on now to the Lenis­ter com­pe­ti­tion.

Full com­mit­tee meet­ing Thurs­day, April 3 at 8.30pm in the club­house, please all at­tend.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Brian (Red-Jack) and Cather­ine Flem­ing on the birth of their lit­tle girl. Well done to the Wick­low lads on their win over Water­ford.


Le­in­ster League - A large crowd braved the el­e­ments in Bun­clody last Mon­day night to see a keenly con­tested lo­cal derby be­tween our­selves and Askamore/Kil­rush.

The weather didn't suit a good spec­ta­cle but what it lacked in qual­ity it made up for in ex­cite­ment. It was point for point all through un­til the last minute when Kil­rush struck for a goal.

There was one fi­nal twist as Carnew had a free which was blocked out, then it was re­turned back in where the 'Fox in the Box', Timmy Collins, ri­fled to the net to earn a well de­served draw.

Stand out per­for­mances by Padraig Do­ran and Andrew Hughes in a bat­tling over­all dis­play. The draw means we go through to the semi-fi­nal on score dif­fer­ence to take on Bray on April 9.

Foot­ball - The Se­nior foot­ballers hosted bray on Satur­day evening last. We were a goal down at half time and pressed for­ward in the sec­ond half and left our­selves open at the back. Bray fin­ished out the game win­ning by eight points.

Hurl­ing blitz - There is a hurl­ing blitz tak­ing place in the field this Fri­day be­tween 6.30pm and 8pm for un­der-8s and un­der-10s. Both pitches will be used for this.

If any­one wants to use the pitches for matches or train­ing, could they please con­tact Michael Collins on 087 9127368 to check avail­abil­ity.


This year's poker night will be held this Satur­day in the Bel Air Ho­tel. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 7.30pm and the poker kicks off at 8pm sharp. Buy in is €20 and re­buys are €10. Last year's event proved to be hugely suc­cess­ful and we hope that this year is as en­joy­able.

This year's mem­ber­ship fees are now due. They are as fol­lows: adults €50, ju­ve­niles €20, fam­ily €75 and if you have three or more ju­ve­nile mem­bers in one fam­ily the fee is only €50. These fees in­clude a €10 levy for the de­vel­op­ment fund which will be used in im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the club.

Advertisement is now avail­able for the score­board. The fee is €100 and you re­ceive a free county draw ticket. Please con­tact any mem­ber of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee for more de­tails.

The monthly meet­ing takes place this Thurs­day at 9pm, venue to be con­firmed.

Our In­ter­me­di­ates are away to Eire Og this Satur­day at 5pm. They will be look­ing to bounce back from their nar­row de­feat to St Pat's last time out. Train­ing this week is on Tues­day night (on the pitch at 7.30pm) and Thurs­day night (8pm in the gym).

The Ash­ford GAA nurs­ery is now open for chil­dren aged up to 12 years on Fri­day nights at 6.15pm. This is an en­joy­able and ed­u­ca­tional ap­proach to GAA and has been hugely suc­cess­ful in re­cent years. A great op­por­tu­nity for the fu­ture stars of Ash­ford GAA. If you should have any queries, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact club coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor Stephen Be­han on 086 6018781.

Un­der-14 and 16s coach­ing times are Tues­day nights at 7pm.

Gumshields must now be worn by all play­ers so please en­sure that ev­ery­one has one for both train­ing and matches as you can­not play with­out it.

Please check out our so­cial me­dia sites for up to date in­for­ma­tion and news about the club and events:

Face­book: https://www.face­­ford.gaa­club

Twit­ter: @Ash­fordGAA1884 (https://twit­­fordGAA1884)

Lat­est club news and in­for­ma­tion will be avail­able through these medi­ums.

The county draw tick­ets are now on sale. We need to en­sure that we make ev­ery ef­fort to sell the tick­ets so if any­one would like to pur­chase one then please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact any mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.


A date for your diaries - Fri­day April 4, a club meet­ing will be held in Aras an Tochar to dis­cuss our draft five-year plan.

All mem­bers will re­ceive a copy be­fore hand and will have an op­por­tu­nity on the night to air their views on the con­tent.

Thanks in ad­vance to Fer­gal Mul­li­gan and Mau­reen who have put a lot of work into get­ting this doc­u­ment to­gether. Re­fresh­ments will be served af­ter­wards.

The club would like to ex­tend our sym­pa­thy to Dan Shea­han and all his fam­ily on the re­cent pass­ing of his fa­ther Michael in Tip­per­ary. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

The Gar­den County De­vel­op­ment Draw tick­ets are still on sale and we would en­cour­age all mem­bers to buy and sell as many as pos­si­ble, this is one of our main sources of in­come for the year.

The County Board have ap­pealed for people to put them­selves for­ward to help with Stew­ard­ing in Aughrim at County games please con­tact Nick Nolan 086- 8516254 if you are in­ter­ested.


The A and B teams were in ac­tion at the weekend in the Le­in­ster Hurl­ing League and both record good vic­to­ries.

The A team played in Bray on Fri­day in a re-fixed game against Delvin from West­meath and af­ter a good dis­play came away with a 10 point win 2-13 to 1-6.

They now play Ballyske­nagh from Of­faly for a place in the Di­vi­sion 2 semi-fi­nal.

The B team took on Shana­hoe from Laois in the Park on Satur­day af­ter­noon and af­ter a good com­pet­i­tive game they edged in front in the last quar­ter to win 2-14 to 2-10.

There was no win­ner of the jack­pot in last week's lotto. The num­bers drawn were 12, 21, 27, and 28.The jack­pot this week stands at €2,600.

The best of luck to the county hurlers who play Down in Na­van next Satur­day, with pro­mo­tion to Di­vi­sion 2A the prize for the vic­tors.


Our Se­nior foot­ballers were back in ac­tion in the Di­vi­sion 2 league on Tues­day last against Bless­ing­ton. At the end of a tight af­fair, Bless­ing­ton came out on top by a score of 2-12 to 1-9. We will now play Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money next Satur­day evening at 5pm in Pearse Park.

There are still a num­ber of people who have yet to pay their mem­ber­ship fee. Ev­ery­one whose mem­ber­ship is un­paid should pay as soon as pos­si­ble.

County draw tick­ets are now on sale from the club. Any­one who wishes to pur­chase a ticket should con­tact a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee.


Lotto num­bers drawn were 8, 10, 12, and 22. there were five match three win­ners to share €200, Liz Dunne c/o L.Ka­vanagh, Man­leys c/o Nigel Man­ley, Jack n' Jill c/o Etna, Ken c/o Phil Con­nolly ans Ross c/o E. Franey. Jack­pot now €2,700.

Se­nior Team - Good win against Balt­in­glass, 112 to 1-06, last Satur­day in Di­vi­sion 1.

Great to see the pitch and grounds look­ing so well. Work has started on fenc­ing in of new pitch again this is look­ing well. A lot of hard work and guid­ance here by our De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Cllr John Snell.

Well done to Wick­low on a fine win, still in with a good chance of pro­mo­tion.

Satur­day coach­ing back up and run­ning 12.15pm each and ev­ery Satur­day please come along and check it out. New play­ers al­ways wel­come. This is for all girls and boys.

Mi­nor train­ing and un­der-16 train­ing on Mon­day nights.

The ladies team is back in full swing so again check Face­book for times.

County draw tick­ets at €50 for sale now from all com­mit­tee mem­bers. There are fan­tas­tic prizes avail­able.

Wick­low Se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­ons, Gle­nealy, have chal­lenged Wick­low Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­ons, Rath­new, to a dance off to see who will be crowned cham­pi­ons of the dance floor.

This spec­tac­u­lar event will take place in the Grand Ho­tel on Sun­day, May 4. So keep that one for the diary. Tick­ets now avail­able at €15. Be sure to get yours now as there is a limit of 150 tick­ets.

Gym mem­ber­ship avail­able now, con­tact Anto Doyle on 085 7252430.

To get in con­tact: Vin­cent at 086 8430446 and Face­book at Rath­new GAA Club.


The club would like to con­grat­u­late club men Conor Lam­bert and Roan Lynch on win­ning the Se­nior Wick­low Schools fi­nal last week with Coláiste Bhride Carnew.

Well done to Robert Lam­bert on an­other great per­for­mance on Sun­day as Wick­low de­feated Water­ford in the sec­ond last round of the Na­tional Foot­ball League. We wish him and the Wick­low team the best as they search for pro­mo­tion next weekend.

Race Night for 2014 has been set for Satur­day, May 3. Horses are €10 and spon­sors for each card is €50. Please sup­port one of the main fund rais­ing events for the club for the year.


Our next league game is at home against St. Pat's on Satur­day at 5pm, hope­fully we can get an­other win in this game. All sup­port wel­come.

Train­ing continues ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­days at 7.30pm, ev­ery­one needs to start at­tend­ing all these ses­sions. The man­age­ment and play­ers would like to thank Gary Duffy for all his hard work over the last cou­ple of months.

Any­one who hasn't yet paid there mem­ber­ship please do so ASAP we've ex­tended it un­til the end of March to ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one, this can be given to Christo­pher Mer­ri­gan or any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Our ju­ve­nile train­ing will com­mence Wed­nes­day (tonight) evening in the field. Any­one avail­able to help out please do so. Any one in­volved train­ing our ju­ve­niles must be Garda vet­ted if you need a form con­tacted Fer­gal Olohan.

It's get­ting close to the first County De­vel­op­ment Draw so any­one that has tick­ets please re­turn them along with the money this weekend to John Mer­ri­gan.

Also any one look­ing to pur­chase a ticket con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber.

Hard luck to Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege first year's who got bet by a strong Balt­in­glass team in the A semi-fi­nal last week.

Well done to the county foot­ballers on there win over Water­ford and the best of luck to the hurlers next week,


The Se­nior team bat­tled to a hard earned draw against An­nacurra on Satur­day in the league. De­spite be­ing down to 14 men for most of the game and five points down at half time they drew on a score line of 1-7.

Un­der-12s train­ing for 2014 sea­son starts on Wed­nes­day, April 2, 6.30pm up on the pitch.

De­spite the rain on the Satur­day al­most 30 jun- ior Mag­pies turned up to join in the fun in the nurs­ery. It was bril­liant to see some new faces among the group, the nurs­ery runs on Satur­day morn­ings at 10-11am on the pitch, €20 mem­ber­ship.

There was no match four win­ner of the lotto on Mon­day, March 24 num­bers drawn were 3, 20, 23, and 24 so next week the jack­pot goes up to €3,200. If you're not al­ready signed up please do so as not only are you in with a chance to win a the jack­pot but you are also help­ing sup­port your lo­cal club. It is €2 per week but goes a long way to­wards run­ning all the fa­cil­i­ties that we have.


Coolkenno ladies club ta­ble quiz was held in Byrne's Crablane on Fri­day night. The event was huge suc­cess.

Many thanks to those who helped or­gan­ise the quiz. Thanks to the Byrne fam­ily for host­ing the quiz.

Spe­cial thanks to Alan O'Cal­laghan, Ann and Mairin O'Rourke for set­ting the ques­tions. Many thanks to all those who sup­ported the event and helped to make it such a good night.

Coolkenno Ladies had a good win in the Com­bined Cup on Sun­day, de­feat­ing Ark­low on a score line of 5-17 to 3-06.

Coolkenno Se­niors picked up two points on Satur­day by beat­ing Kil­macanogue in Di­vi­sion 1A of the league. The match was tight with only a goal sep­a­rat­ing the teams at full time. Fi­nal score: Coolkenno 3-10, Kil­macanogue 1-13.

This week's lotto num­bers were 3, 12, 14, and 30, bonus num­ber was 33. The jack­pot is now €10,500. Tick­ets avail­able from any club mem­ber. Train­ing for Se­niors, Ju­niors and Mi­nors is Tues­day and Fri­day at 8pm.. Ladies train­ing on Fri­day at 7pm. We are plan­ning on launch­ing Strictly Come Dancing in the next few weeks. Any budding dancers please con­tact any com­mit­tee or club mem­ber.

Keep up to date on all events. - Like us on Face­book, Coolkenno GAA.


Lotto - No win­ner of the lotto jack­pot this week Num­bers drawn were 5, 9, 18, and 28. There was one match three win­ner, Sharon O'Keeffe for €100. Sell­ers prize win­ner was Ed­ward Car­roll. Next week's jack­pot stands at €15,700. Tick­ets on sale in the Wag­ons, Ja­cob's, Byrne's shop, The cor­ner House, Boland's, and Sean Mur­phy's Butch­ers.

Mem­ber­ship - Mem­ber­ship is now due and can be paid to any of the com­mit­tee mem­ber. Play­ers €25, fam­i­lies and non play­ing adults €10, stu­dents €10.

Knock­ananna and Ballymanus un­der-10s boy and girls were in­vited to play at half time in the game be­tween Wick­low and Water­ford last Sun­day in Aughrim.

The game ended in a draw and apart from some out­ra­geous ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions it was a very en­joy­able game. Knock­ananna: Cathal Shee­han, Niall O'Keeffe, Alanah Coogan, Eoin Canna, Eoin Ke­hoe, Caoimhe Coogan, Aoibhe Lan­caster, Mark Kinsella, Adam Kinsella, Don­nacha Coogan, Re­becca Tracey, Me­gan Whelan and Rachel Tracey.

We were happy to ex­cept the in­vi­ta­tion from the County Board and the kids re­ally en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.

How­ever, we have a bone to pick with the County Board re­gard­ing match passes. Ev­ery club is al­lo­cated 10 passes for the par­ents of the kids taken part so un­for­tu­nately this meant 10 par­ents had to pay €10 each to watch their own child play­ing.

We could un­der­stand if it was Kerry play­ing in Aughrim and an ex­pected crowd of 6,000 but not Water­ford and cer­tainly not on Moth­ers Day.

If we're try­ing to pro­mote the games, 10 more passes wouldn't have broke the bank.

Knock­ananna's next match is away to Shil­le­lagh at 5pm on Satur­day.


The gar­ru­lous­ness of the Ir­ish is at­trib­uted by many to our cli­mate; our con­stantly chang­ing weather, they say, leaves us with a con­ve­nient de­fault op­tion in con­ver­sa­tion. As a topic it has also proven, as you may have no­ticed, a very use­ful point of de­par­ture in the Notes' ac­count of many re­cent matches. This week is no dif­fer­ent.

Fri­day was def­i­nitely a night when the fire­side was a far more at­trac­tive place to be than a cold damp and windswept Em­met Park. The un­kind­ness of the weather did not, how­ever, de­ter our Ju­nior Bs from trav­el­ling to play the lo­cals in the league. Un­for­tu­nately the lads re­turned to Na Clocha Liatha empty handed hav­ing suf­fered a frus­trat­ing one point de­feat.

Frus­trat­ing is re­ally no word to de­scribe our loss when one con­sid­ers we were 11pts to 1-1 up 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half and that we were still 3 points to the fore with a cou­ple of min­utes left.

Then the gods frowned on us. A mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween two of our backs saw the ball bounce off one of them into the hands of one of the Bré for­wards in a one on one with Eoin English. An act of des­per­a­tion by a back. A penalty. Equal­ity. An­other Éire Óg in­dis­cre­tion in added time set Bré up for a one-point win.

From the Éire Óg point of view there was a wa­ter­shed in the game at about the 40 minute mark. Up to that point the team had played with style and verve. Then, in­ex­pli­ca­bly, en­ergy seemed to seep from their play and they be­came vul­ner­a­ble.

Paul Do­herty gave some sub­stance to his claim af­ter the An Tóchar game with a ster­ling dis­play at cen­tre-back and Conor Mon­aghan proved a lively and ef­fec­tive cor­ner-for­ward. James Smullen was par­tic­u­larly prom­i­nent in the 1st half while Daniel Woods worked hard in the cen­tre. Mat­tie Maguire threw him­self whole­heart­edly into the fray.

Peil na gCailíní - Foot­ball for girls in the 9-14 age group has re­sumed and takes place on Thurs­days at 6:30pm. Thurs­day night last the U-14 girls played their first league game. The weather was in­tent on do­ing them and their op­po­nents, Fer­gal Óg, no favours. The dis­com­fort of the low am­bi­ent temp was ac­cen­tu­ated by a bit­ing wind; one pitied the girls and ad­mired the hardy few who braved it out on the side­line.

In the event the girls served up a pleas­antly en­ter­tain­ing game which Éire Óg won with a lit­tle bit to spare. Eva Roche, at full-back, an­chored a par­si­mo­nious de­fence and was ably as­sisted by Ash­ley Lawrence at cor­ner back. Rachel Pur­cell was im­pe­ri­ous in the cen­tre of the field and crowned an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance with a mag­nif­i­cent 3-03. Katie Law­less was her busy self in the for­wards and con­trib­uted 1-02.

El­lie O'Neill, in the tra­di­tion of her brother, had an ex­cel­lent game in goals in the first half. As an act of phi­lan­thropy - there was a dan­ger of her freez­ing to death - the man­age­ment moved her to full­for­ward for the 2nd pe­riod. It turned out to be a worth­while move, she scored a goal. Aoife McTeague (0-01) was a very ef­fec­tive part­ner to Rachel Pur­cell in the cen­tre. Ni­amh Han­ra­han (10) and Olivia Strong (0-01) were oth­ers to catch the eye. The U-12 league starts in just un­der a week’s time.


The U13’s were not train­ing last weekend and will have a train­ing ses­sion in Bal­li­nakill on Satur­day 5th April at 11 am.

Any player born who was born in the year 2001 is wel­come and en­cour­aged to come along. Please note that all play­ers are to be there by 10:50am.

The U13 squad will be us­ing dress­ing rooms 5&6 in Bal­li­nakill for the re­main­der of the year un­less other­wise in­formed. These are the dress­ing rooms at the front of the build­ing. The U13 pitch will be the pitch on the right hand side as you drive into the fa­cil­ity.

The U14s were back to­gether af­ter last weeks’ Feile with an en­cour­ag­ing at­ten­dance of 48. The ses­sion was sup­ple­mented by a coach­ing work­shop held by for­mer Laois Man­ager Sean Dempsey which utilised 16 of their play­ers.

The next ses­sion for the U14’s will be this Satur­day 5th April with a slightly later start time of 11.30am in Bal­li­nakill.

With the first com­pet­i­tive games com­ing up on the 19th of April the next two ses­sions will con­tinue with the build­ing process.

Fi­nally, Team Wick­low am­bas­sadors have be­gun re­cruit­ing mem­bers with a great re­sponse to date.

If you would like to sup­port the Gar­den County Academy ini­tia­tive please call Joe O’Brien 087 2577680 or visit www.TeamWick­ All funds raised go to­wards pre­par­ing our ju­ve­nile foot­ball play­ers to chal­lenge for Le­in­ster and Al­lIre­land suc­cess in years to come.

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