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BARN­DAR­RIG

Our boys U-14 foot­ball team kick off their sea­son this Wed­nes­day at home ver­sus Fer­gal Ógs at 7pm. All sup­port wel­come and good luck to the lads this sea­son as they look to start with a win.

The first ju­ve­nile train­ing ses­sion, for U-8, 10 and 12, takes place this Wed­nes­day the 7th at our pitch in KIl­macurra.

Hurl­ing starts at 5.15pm fol­lowed by foot­ball at 6pm.

Chil­dren U-8 are wel­come to at­tend our nurs­ery from 6pm to 6.30 pm.

Any ju­ve­niles who have not yet reg­is­tered can do so on Wed­nes­day. Par­ents who can help out as men­tors, please put your name for­ward so that we can put out as many teams as pos­si­ble and keep as many ju­ve­niles play­ing as we can.

Any­one wish­ing to place an or­der for club gear could you please con­tact Michael Mur­phy on 087 2648509 as soon as pos­si­ble - the date for fi­nal or­ders is fast ap­proach­ing. Items avail­able are: hood­ies, track­suit bot­toms, gear bags, beanie hats, wrist­bands and polo shirts.

The men's first team will be out in League Di­vi­sion 3 against En­niskerry this Satur­day and the men's sec­ond team will be kick­ing off in Di­vi­sion 4 shortly. Ex­cite­ment is build­ing as our Un­der 14 girls team pre­pare for Féile this weekend.

Good luck to the girls in what should be a great weekend of sport.

Please re­mem­ber that gumshields are com­pul­sory for all train­ing ses­sions and matches, and also that all mem­ber­ships are now due.

The club would like to con­grat­u­late Murf and Ni­amh on their en­gage­ment.

Good luck to Joe Toomey as he takes on some of the big­gest leg­ends in the coun­try in an at­tempt to be­come Ire­land's Mr. Per­son­al­ity 2014……if his per­for­mances at cor­ner back re­cently are any­thing to go by, he will be un­stop­pable.

AN TOCHAR

Thanks to the Round­wood and District Ath­letic Club who have made a very gen­er­ous ges­ture last week by of­fer­ing to run their an­nual bar­beque in June in aid of our de­vel­op­ment fund. More de­tails will fol­low later.

Keep Easter Sun­day (April 20) night free for a night of en­ter­tain­ment or­gan­ised by Don Fer­gu­son, 7pm Aras an Tochar.

These nights were a great suc­cess last Spring so come along ev­ery­one for plenty of mu­sic, song and com­edy. Kids are wel­come and bar will be open. This Fri­day, April 11 will see the kick off of the U8 and U-10 teams foot­ball games. If you want to see some of our fu­ture stars come along at 7.15pm to see the blitz.

Hard luck to the Se­nior men who put in a great dis­play against Ti­na­hely last Tues­day but were un­able to turn them over in the end.

It is great to have Cian McHugh back play­ing af­ter his stint away and his per­for­mance on the field showed no ill-ef­fects, wel­come back Cian.

There is only a cou­ple of days left to buy your Gar­den County De­vel­op­ment draw tick­ets.

DUNLAVIN

Our Intermediate team had a very good win in Bless­ing­ton on Satur­day af­ter­noon in Di­vi­sion 2 league on a score line of 2-12 to 1-07.

The home side put up a great fight and it was a very close game un­til the last quar­ter when Dunlavin fi­nally started to get on top and pick off some vi­tal scores, good per­for­mances all round from the lads and the sub­sti­tutes made a huge dif­fer­ence when they came on in the sec­ond half, well done lads and good luck in the next game.

Our club lotto is now €5,200. Tick­ets are avail­able from all busi­ness in the vil­lage for just €2. It could be you!

Also time is run­ning out to pur­chase your Wick­low County Draw tick­ets at €50 first draw is April 11 with top prize of €10k! Still some tick­ets avail­able from Ed's Fruit and Veg.

Nurs­ery/U-8/U-10 foot­ball train­ing Mon­day, April 7 at 7pm. Nurs­ery/U-8/U-10 hurl­ing train­ing Tues­day, April 6. All play­ers must be reg­is­tered with our club to par­tic­i­pate. Reg­is­tra­tion forms avail­able from Ed's Fruit and Veg, or con­tact Louise Allen 087 2236216.

ASH­FORD

This year's poker night was held this Satur­day in the Bel Air Ho­tel. It proved to be a great suc­cess yet again. We would like to thank Scott for or­gan­is­ing it.

We would also like to thank Mo­men­tum for pro­vid­ing prices for the raf­fle. Thanks to ev­ery­one who came and made it a great night!

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.

Our In­ter­me­di­ates lost away to Eire Og last Satur­day by 3 points. They have won one and lost two so far so they will be look­ing for bet­ter re­turns over their next few games.

Our U-14s play their first league game tonight, Wed­nes­day away to Clan na Gael (Kil­mac/En­niskerry) in Kil­mac pitch at 7pm. Meet­ing in Ash­ford at 6pm.

Our nurs­ery continues on Fri­day nights at 6.15pm in the pitch. This is aimed at in­tro­duc­ing four to six year olds to Gaelic games through fun games based coach­ing. It is open to boys and girls and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

We host our first Go Games this Fri­day night in Ash­ford for U-8s and 10s at 6.45pm. As al­ways we are look­ing for any help with the ju­ve­niles so even if you don't have any ex­pe­ri­ence please give us a call and get in­volved.

If you should have any queries, please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact club coach­ing co-or­di­na­tor Stephen Be­han on 086 6018781.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Intermediate player Aaron Nu­gent who was on the Wick­low hurl­ing panel which won the Di­vi­sion 2A League fi­nal in Na­van at the weekend.

Gum shields 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.face­book.com/ash­ford.gaa­club

Twit­ter: @Ash­fordGAA1884 (https://twit­ter.com/Ash­fordGAA1884)

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

The county draw tick­ets are now on sale. These are due back very soon as the draw is ap­proach­ing so, 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.

GLE­NEALY

The Se­nior teams in­ter­est in the Le­in­ster league ended last Wed­nes­day evening when they were beaten in a quar­ter fi­nal play­off by Ballyske­nagh of Of­faly.

The game was played in Bal­li­nakil, Co, Laois and the fi­nal score was Ballyske­nagh 4-9, Gle­nealy 0-7.

There was no win­ner of the jack­pot in last week's lotto. T num­bers drawn were 8, 9, 20, and 28.This week's jack­pot is €2,900.

Gle­nealy hurl­ing club would like to of­fer its con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Roisin Gaffney, Park­more, Moneystown who passed away re­cently. Roisin was the sis­ter in law of our club sec­re­tary Peter King. To her daugh­ter Han­nah, mother Marie, sis­ters Mary, Theresa, Liz and Ann, her brother Stephen, nieces and neph­ews and the ex­tended fam­ily we ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thy. RIP.

AVON­DALE

Our Se­nior foot­ballers will be back in ac­tion in their next Di­vi­sion 2 league match against Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money, this Tues­day at 7pm in Pearse Park. De­tails of the match will be in next weeks notes.

Train­ing will con­tinue this week for our un­der­age teams on Wed­nes­day night, with Acadamey train­ing tak­ing place on a Satur­day morn­ing at 9.30am.

We're ap­proach­ing the last week for sell­ing our County draw tick­ets. If any­one has any­thing to re­turn, can they re­turn them to the com­plex as soon as pos­si­ble.

RATH­NEW

Lotto num­bers drawn - 2, 7, 13, and 30. No win­ners. Jack­pot now €2,800.

Well done to Wick­low on a fine win, a gal­lant ef­fort but just missed out on pro­mo­tion. Well done to Harry and all the Wick­low set up.

Nice win for our Intermediate team beat­ing Val­ley­mount.

Rath­new GAA Club will be host­ing a 50-year an­niver­sary of our Mi­nor Cham­pi­onship win­ning team of 1964.

They also won the 'Old IRA Cup' that year. The team brought great hon­our to the club and its only fit­ting to hon­our them.

The cel­e­bra­tion takes place in Doyle's on April 11 at 9pm with mu­sic and re­fresh­ments. We hope to see all the mem­bers of the vic­to­ri­ous team and their fam­ily on the night. Great chance to catch up on old sto­ries with old friends.

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 U-16 train­ing on Mon­day nights.

Ladies team 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. Time to be get­ting yours now as time is run­ning out!

Tick­ets now avail­able at €15 for Strictly Come Dancing. Be sure to get yours now as there is a limit of 150 tick­ets!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Barry and Grace Smyth on the birth of their new baby girl Kath­lyn Veron­ica Smyth re­cently.

Con­grat­u­la­tions also to all the boy's and girls who made their Con­fir­ma­tion in Rath­new on Mon­day.

Gym mem­ber­ship avail­able now con­tact Anto Doyle on 085-7252430

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

GAR­DEN COUNTY ACADEMY

Gar­den County Academy- Club Notes 7/4/2014 Co­or­di­na­tors: Hugh Kenny (087-2718537) Philip McGil­ly­cuddy (086-0270500)

Fundrais­ing: Joe O'Brien (087-2577680) www.TeamWick­low.com Me­dia/PR: Robert Walsh (087-1611010) The U-13s had 45 play­ers at­tend a coach­ing ses­sion in Bal­li­nakill last Satur­day morn­ing from 11-12.30pm.

The play­ers ex­pe­ri­enced five dif­fer­ent drills each with each drill fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent as­pect of their game. The hope is that as the ses­sions progress more play­ers will be en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Please note that the U-13 squad will be us­ing dress­ing rooms five and six in Bal­li­nakill for the re­main­der of the year un­less other­wise in­formed. These are the dress­ing rooms at the front of the build­ing.

The U-13 pitch will be the pitch on the right hand side as you drive into the fa­cil­ity.

The GCA U-15s had a coach­ing ses­sion with 27 play­ers work­ing ex­tremely hard through­out the ses­sion. With a num­ber of games com­ing up com­pe­ti­tion for places is re­ally strong.

The Gar­den County Academy is de­lighted to an­nounce that Colin O'Brien from Wick­low Town has agreed to as­sist the GCA with any graphic de­sign work re­quired.

Colin will be in­stru­men­tal in de­sign­ing all of the branded ma­te­rial that will be pro­mot­ing the GCA in the com­ing weeks, months and years. Wel­come aboard Colin!

Fi­nally, Team Wick­low am­bas­sadors are con­tin­u­ing to re­cruit 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.TeamWick­low.com. All funds raised go to­wards pre­par­ing our ju­ve­nile foot­ball play­ers to chal­lenge for Le­in­ster and Al­lIre­land suc­cess in years to come.

HOL­LY­WOOD

Wick­low Grand De­vel­op­ment Draw 2014 Last few days to get your ticket! The Club launched the sale of the Wick­low County Board De­vel­op­ment Draw for 2014 at the re­cent Race Night. The draw is a County Board ven­ture to aid the fund­ing of new fa­cil­i­ties, County teams and Clubs. The draw con­sists of three monthly draws with a to­tal prize fund of €66,750. The first draw is due to take place on April 11.

Tick­ets are on sale from the Club Ex­ec­u­tive for €50.

Hol­ly­wood player Thomas Burke claimed first prize in the cor­re­spond­ing 2013 draw.

Adult Foot­ball - Our Di­vi­sion 3 team recorded an im­por­tant win at home to Kil­coole on Sun­day evening. Well done to all in­volved.

Next up on the fix­ture list is a Di­vi­sion 1 game away to Bray on Fri­day, April 11. Please come along and sup­port.

Texas Hold'Em Poker Night - The club will host a Texas Hold'Em poker night in the clu­b­rooms on Fri­day April 18. Check out our Face­book page in the com­ing weeks for full de­tails.

Mem­ber­ship - The club had ex­cel­lent mem­ber­ship for 2013 and we thank each of them for their sup­port. Mem­ber­ship can now be paid through Paypal on www.hol­ly­woodgaa.com for 2014. Mem­ber­ship rates in­clud­ing fam­ily mem­ber­ship of­fers can be viewed on our web­site.

An­nual Race Night - Many thanks to all who sup­ported and at­tended the re­cent Race Night in Poulaphouca House. A great night was had with the newly in­tro­duced man­ual camel rac­ing caus­ing a stir!

A spe­cial word of thanks to Paul Crowe of www.hol­ly­woodracenights.ie for fa­cil­i­tat­ing the event and to Poulaphouca House for host­ing.

In­sur­ance Of­fer - Lib­erty In­sur­ance will do­nate €50 to the club when a new mo­tor or home pol­icy is taken out with Lib­erty and the 'Pol­icy Num­ber' is en­tered on www.lib­er­ty­gaa.ie.

This is a great fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity for the Club and we ask mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to in­put their pol­icy num­ber and de­tails on the web­site if they get Lib­erty in­sur­ance.

Oper­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion - Well done to all who took part in the in­au­gu­ral Hol­ly­wood GAA Oper­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion. Thanks to Peadar, Keith and Stephen for the hard work and mo­ti­va­tion.

KIL­BRIDE

Kil­bride GAA Launch Evening will be held this Satur­day, April 12 from 6.30-9pm in the hall in Kil­bride. Food and re­fresh­ments will be served, there will be a games ta­ble for kids and there will even be a celebrity guest present to sign au­to­graphs and take pho­tos! Please do come along, Kil­bride GAA wants to show you what we plan to do over the next few years and we would re­ally love you to ac­com­pany us on our jour­ney!

We are cur­rently look­ing for ju­ve­nile coaches for ages U-8s to U-12s both male and fe­male, if you have any in­ter­est in this please con­tact Lor­can Clarke on 085-1219449.

Our men's team played Bray Em­mets on Sun­day the 6th and were nar­rowly de­feated on a score line of 1-8 to 2-8.

Kil­bride didn't get on the score­board for the first 20min­utes or so but found our­selves trail­ing 1-3 to 1-5 at half­time.

It was a re­ally good ef­fort put in by all our lads against a side who are so far un­de­feated in their first three games. Let's keep it go­ing and we will get a few wins lads!

The Kil­bride GAA jack­pot lotto was not won; the num­bers drawn were 5, 6, 18, and 23. Our €20 weekly win­ners were Mary Keogh, Siob­han Keogh, Charley Keogh, Billy Meade and Imelda Mor­ri­son.

Our next draw is on Sun­day, April 13 and will stand at €3,800.

VAL­LEY­MOUNT

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Se­nior ladies team who had a great win over Balt­in­glass dur­ing the week on a score­line of 3-08 to 2-08.

Un­for­tu­nately the re­sult went against the men's Ju­nior A team on Satur­day when they suf­fered de­feat away from home in Rath­new.

Tick­ets are now avail­able for the club's Awards Night. This is tak­ing place on Satur­day, April 19 in Tul­far­ris Ho­tel and Golf Re­sort.

Mu­sic on the night will be pro­vided by Upload and if last year is any­thing to go by, we should be in for a great night. Tick­ets cost €20 and are avail­able from Anne Flynn (0833744841) or Brid­get Cahill (0877699765). Al­ter­na­tively, you can con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber or player to or­der.

Lotto draw will take place this Satur­day in Leo's so please have tick­ets back by 9pm Satur­day. Lotto en­tries can now also be sub­mit­ted on­line via the club web­site, www.val­ley­mount­gaa.ie.

BALT­IN­GLASS

Lotto jack­pot stands at €9,600, no win­ner. Num­bers last week were 14, 15, 21, and 29. Match three win­ner was Ben Kir­win, Ram­pere. Intermediate lads were out against Strat­ford but lost out in the league.

The girls U-12s be­gin their league next Thurs­day away to Val­ley­mount at 7pm.

County U-16s girls had a good win over Kil­dare. Well done to Marie and Mia.

Intermediate girls had two games in the Cup. They went down to Val­ley­mount on a score of 3-8 to 2-8.

But they bounced back to beat St. Nic's on a score of 7-7 to 1-3.

The All-Ire­land girls got more pub­lic­ity as they are on the front page of the LGFA web­site. Well done to the Wick­low lads.

ARK­LOW ROCK PARNELLS

Thanks to all the sup­port­ers and play­ers who trav­elled to Mount­mel­lick on Satur­day. It was a hard fought bat­tle, with the Rocks show­ing su­pe­rior skill and hurl­ing in the first half.

Sec­onds af­ter the start, TJ Byrne tucked away a bril­liant goal and then slot­ted over a point, to put the home team on no­tice. Up by three points at the half was a good start, al­though seven wides in the first half meant that the seasiders re­ally should have been in front by a lot more.

How­ever, play­ing against the wind proved a lot harder in the sec­ond half than the first.

A lot of the young lads con­trib­uted greatly and helped to form a great team ef­fort, but in the end a cou­ple of messy goals meant that the Rocks would go down ul­ti­mately to the Laois team by 48 to 1-11.

Thanks to all the sup­port­ers and play­ers and ev­ery­one in­volved. The club can build on the suc­cess of this year's Le­in­ster League and look for­ward to the com­ing sea­son.

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