Our club wish to convey their deepest sympathy to our club trainer, Mick Byrne, on the death of his father, Bill Byrne, formerly from the Moate, Rathvilly, who died on Monday. To all his family, relatives, and friends, our sympathy.
Under-14 Camogie - Our under-14 camogie team got the year off to a winning start when they defeated Arklow Rock Parnells in the under-14 league in Arklow on Monday final score 7-5 to 23. Well done to all who played: Wendy Fairbrother, Brid Brophy, Ciara Boland, Searlaith O'Neill, Lynn Fenton, Eimear Doyle, Aine Timmins, Sarah Byrne, Amber House, Hope Tallon, Maria Rafferty, Paula Fenton, Anna Byrne.
Junior Football - Our Junior football team lost to Lacken in their first game of the year in the new West County Football League at Lacken on Thursday evening, final score 3-6 to 1-10. Shane Lennon 1-4, Mark Ryan 2pts, James Doyle 2pt, and John Keogh & Mark Pierce 1pt each.
Lotto - There was no jackpot winner and there were three match three winners congratulations to Kathleen Wynne, Tracey Winder and Mary Ryan. Next week's jackpot will now be €4,400 and the draw will take place on Tuesday April 22 in the Talk of The Town.
Juvenile - A busy week in Ballinakill for our under-10 football and hurling teams as they took part in the Go Games blitzes.
Two under-10 football teams from Blessington GAA took part on Wednesday. Super performance and a great evening out.
Our under-10 footballers will play away Celbridge on Saturday 3.30pm.
Our under-12s played An Tochar at home on Monday and were beaten. Next up is St Pat's at home on Tuesday, Aprril at 7pm.
Our under-16s lost to AGB at home last Monday in Round 2 of the league on a score line of 4-15 to 2-05. Next match is May 2. Well done to Conal O Gallchobhair, Jordan McGarr, Ethan Cotter and Eoin Higgins who represented the Blessington GAA on the Wicklow under-14 football development squad in Ballinakill beating Wexford and losing out to Laois.
Our Minors faced St Kevin's at home on Sunday. At half time Blessington led 1-05 to 1-04 but pulled away in second half to win by 3-14 to 3-05.
Next up is Michael Dwyers in Kiltegan on Saturday at 6.30pm.
Hard luck to Wicklow Minors who were heavily defeated by Meath 3-18 to 1-6 on Saturday last in Navan in the first round of the Leinster Football Championship. Next up is Kilkenny away on Wednesday, April 30.
Hurling - Our under-10s took part in the hurling blitz in Ballinakill on Tuesday, April 15. A great night of hurling and well done to all who took part.
On Wednesday, April 16 in the under-14 league Michael Dwyers 5-09 beat Arklow Rocks 2-09. Man of the match was Davey Phibbs from Blessington.
There was an under-14 challenge away to Corrachoill on Tuesda.
The hurling Féile will take place on Saturday, April 26 in Ballinakill. Matches commence at 10.30am. There are four Blessington men involved - Davey Phibbs, Christopher Murphy, David Williamson and Kevin Quinn. Well done to David Williamson and Eoin Higgins (representing Michael Dwyers) who hurled for the under-14 Wicklow County team beating Meath and narrowly losing to Carlow.
This Friday Blessington host the under-8/under10 hurling Go Games playing host to Dunlavin, St Kevin's and Stratford.
Senior - Our Seniors travelled to Bray on Friday where they overcame the home side with an excellent and hard fought victory by a margin of three points, 2-13 to 2-16. Man of the match was Curtis Geraghty. Best of luck to our Intermediates who take on Coolboy in the league on Easter Monday at 3pm. All support welcome!
Our Junior Cs beat Valleymount at home 3-15 to 0-02 on Thursday. Ian Richardson scored 2-06. Gerry Phibbs was man of the match.
Club - Our Senior Flag Weekend takes place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April. Please support. We are setting up a club phone for texting only for fixtures, lotto, club events, and county events.
If you wish to be added please text your name and number to Chris 086 2239403.
Our lotto was not won on April 8. The numbers were 3,6,8, and 15. There were five winners of €60 each. Lily Sargent, Teresa Murphy, Evelyn Paton, Denise Harris and Florrie O'Brien. Next draw was held in Bealin's on Tuesday. Jackpot €5600. Please continue to support our lotto.
Birthday wishes to Patrick Balfe, Daniel Silk Fetherston, Oliver Burdzynski and Freya Carroll.
The under-10s travelled to Ballinakill on Friday evening. We played three games against Donard, Kiltegan, and Dunlavin. Great efforts were put in by Jake, Maurice, Darragh, Kevin, James, Daniel, Larry, and Oran. Thanks to the parents for their support. Training Monday evening 6pm to 7pm. Our under-8 and under-10 hurlers are playing in a Go Games blitz in Aughrim this Friday at 6.30pm. Well done to the under-10s who took part in the national Go Games week by playing in a blitz in the new Centre of Excellence in Ballinakill last Tuesday.
The under-10 hurlers would like to welcome Eamon Bradley on board as the new coach along with Baron McDonald and Pat Murray. Training continue every Tuesday, for under-8s its at 5.30pm and under-10s it's the new time of 6pm. Our under-12 hurlers play their first league game at home to Avondale on Monday next at 7pm.
Under-14 hurling news - Well done to the under14 hurling team that beat Arklow Rocks 5-09 to 209 last Thursday in the League.
Under-14 hurling training takes place on Thursday, April 24 in Kiltegan at 7pm.
The hurling Feile will take place on Saturday, April 26 in Ballinakill at 10am. Best of Luck to the lads.
Michael Dwyers under-16 football team drew with St Nicholas in the league at Stratford on Monday evening. The final score 2-9 to 3-6, after leading this game for most of hour a penalty late in the game put St Nicholas ahead by a point and Dwyers had to dig deep to score a late equaliser to draw the game. Stephen Coogan 3pts, Colin Coogan 4pts, Mark Murphy and Tom Sweeney 1 goal each and Padraig O'Toole and Arran Coogan one point each.
Minor News - Hard Luck to the Michael Dwyers Minor team who were beaten by Baltinglass in the football league on Sunday.
Match was called off in the last few minutes of the second half due to an injury to one of our players. End result: Michael Dwyers 2-08, Baltinglass 4-11.
Aughrim Juniors had a great start to the Division 4 league when they ground out a two pts win over neighbours Avoca.
More players are needed to keep this team going. As the championship starts soon the juniors are asked to attend on club training times. Training is on this Wednesday at 7pm sharp.
All returning players remember to have membership money with them at our next match at home to Coolkenno this Thursday at 7.15pm. It is hoped more support, especially from the intermediate panel will support this group of young players.
Our juvenile teams are playing in leagues at present as Aughrim or Derry Gaels. Please give support. Check Wicklow People for juvenile fixtures each week.
Juvenile training night is Tuesday nights. Volunteers needed from 6.30 till 8pm to help out especially adult players.
Reminder to all that the Annual GAA race night will be held on Saturday, May 3 in Paddy's. Anyone interested in purchasing a horse for €10 or sponsoring a race for €50 should contact PRO Stephen Mann on 0863039760.
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 under-13s held a coaching session on Good Friday from 10am to 1pm and 42 players turned up. The players worked really hard on skills and really enjoyed the session. Next session is Saturday, April 26 at 11am.
The under-14s had 44 players in attendance on Saturday. The first 20 players were put through their paces in a gruelling fitness test and all players were videoed and results data based for future reference. The other 24 took part in leinster blitz with wexford and Laois.
The team put on a serious display and saw ran out comfortable winners, with Adam Hughes, Daniel Ging, Conor Kearney and Andrew Conway leading the way. Unfortunately, the second game with Laois saw Wicklow lose out in an extremely well balanced game. Tadghe O'Toole and Pauric Murray put in outstanding displays at full back and full forward to put the icing on a very encouraging morning. The next session will be held next Saturday at 11am in Ballinakill where the team will train and then discuss nutrition.
A ruthless Wicklow U16 team demolished a hapless Wexford in their first competitive fixture of the year.
The Wicklow players held an advantage in all sectors and scored freely from the start. With the half time score of 5-11 to 0-1, the game was long over as a contest.
The management were pleased not just with the score line but with the overall standard of skill, in particular the unselfish running off the ball and excellent tackling.
This is a hard-working and committed team and there was no question of a lesser effort in the second half.
Scores continued to flow and the defence remained determined and organised throughout. Wexford did manage a very late consolation goal but the final score of 8-22 to 1-4 reflects the absolute dominance of Wicklow.
It was agreed that both Wexford and Wicklow would field the reminder of their squads in a second game.
The possibility of some redemption for Wexford was quickly dispelled as these Wicklow players clearly wished to make an impression.
The final score of 1-12 to 0-1 completed a very satisfying day for the Wicklow U16s. The selectors will be faced with some difficult decisions after today's performances.
All Wicklow players made outstanding contributions. Saoirse Kearon, Jack McCall, and Daire Fitzgerald were particularly strong in defence. The midfield pairing of Cal Kelly and Robert Kelly held the upper hand throughout. Cormac O'Shea, Jack D'Arcy and Conor Byrne were noteworthy in a forward line that scored at will.
If you would like to support the Garden County Academy initiative please call Joe O'Brien 087 2577680 or visit www.TeamWicklow.com.
With our Seniors without a game last week our Juniors had the stage to themselves and made good use of it.
Back in the Division 4 league again they played Stratford on Thursday evening, it was a cracking game between two evenly matched teams.
It took about 15 minutes before Stratford got the first score of the game, it was five points each at the break.
In the second half it was still even until 'goal a game' man, Des Mann, struck again.
Des sidestepped his marker and sold a dummy to Stratford's man of the match, veteran, Ultan Rooney, for the only goal of the game.
We had our own veteran in Jerome Kelly who showed the young lads how to score a point by getting one just after coming on.
Then all the young lads found the way to the posts and we ended up five points clear at the finish. Our lotto is now worth €5500.
Last week John Handbidge, Dick Lynch, Aisling Grace all matched three numbers. Our Juniors will play Lacken this Thursday night at 7.15pm.
Our seniors will play Tinahely away either Friday evening or Sunday morning in the league ,we will have notification of fixture later in week.
Glenealy GAA Development fundraising committee have challenged Rathnew GAA to a 'Strictly Come Dancing' competition in The Grand Hotel, Wicklow on Sunday, May 4.
Dancing for Glenealy are: MJ and Shirley O'Neill; Shay O'Neill and Anne Marie Glynn, Ronan Smyth and Siobhán Kennedy; Noel and Meg Geraghty; Hilary Joyce and John Barrett.
The club really appreciate Hilary and John joining us at a late stage when Emma and Stephen Gillespie had to pull out after Stephen injured his back playing Rugby - best wishes for a speedy recovery Stephen!
If you are unable to join us on the night and would like to sponsor one of our dancers, you can do so online by going on to the Glenealy website www.glenealy.gaa.ie and click on the Strictly Come Dancing Page. All proceeds are going to the new development and sponsorship donations are translated into votes on the night for the dancers.
There are still a limited number of tickets available from Kings, Sheila Driver, or Celia Hughes.
No winner of last weeks lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn were 9, 13, 25, and 28. Lucky dip winners were Owen Coleman, Ted Kennedy, C. Murphy c/o Jimmy Barnes and Colm Osbourne. Next draw is in Kenny s lounge on Monday, April 28 with a jackpot of €4,200.Tickets are €2 and are available from local business s or any club member.
Please help support your local club and maintain the excellent facilities we are lucky to have.
The Garden County Development Draw tickets are due back tonight (Wednesday). The first draw takes place on Friday night. If you have not returned them yet, please do so asap.
The Senior hurlers played the semi-final of the Leinster League last Wednesday night in Bray against the hosts. This was an exciting encounter for this time of year and was played in front of a large crowd who weren't disappointed.
Carnew led for a lot of the game and will rue some missed chances. The game was level at full time and after a gruelling extra time, Bray finished on top by the narrowest of margins. We wish them the best of luck in the final as they fly the flag for Wicklow hurling. Also a big thanks to the club for their hospitality after the match. The cup of tea was very welcome before the long journey home!
The Senior footballers played host to Baltinglass last Saturday night in Division 1 of the league. It was a close first half but two killer blows before half-time saw the visitors go in eight points up.
Carnew held their own in the second half but the lack of football in recent weeks was apparent. A lot of work to do in both codes over the next few weeks.
The Junior hurling league kicks off this week on Wednesday night away to Arklow Rocks while the Junior footballers are away to Barrandarrig on Thursday night.
If you have any news from the juvenile section to ladies football or camogie, and you want to put it in the paper , please contact Nick on 087 6399579 or email email@example.com before Sunday night of each week.
Lotto numbers drawn 2, 7, 15, and 26. Four match three share €200. Ray Healy c/o himself, Jane Merrigan c/o Bob Dignam, Julie Mulligan c/o L. Kavanagh, and Triona Murphy c/o John Doyle Jackpot now €3,000.
Seniors had a satisfactory win over Hollywood in Division 1, with Tom Gill showing the way.
Fine win for our under-16s over Bray in the league with a strong team performance.
Saturday coaching starting now at 11am 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. Ladies team back in full swing with the numbers improving week by week.
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. This draw was put back by two weeks. Contact any committee member.
Strictly Come Dancing - Our dancers are being put through their paces by Ms Aisling Doyle who is leaving nothing to chance and is slowly but surely turning plodders into dancers. Tickets now available at €15 for Strictly Come Dancing. Be sure to get yours now as there is a limit of 150 tickets.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Corpus Christi Procession in Rathnew which takes place in June, be nice to see a big crowd mark the occasion. The Procession is quite unique and one of only a very few that still takes place in Ireland.
Gym membership available now contact Anto Doyle on 085-7252430. Club Membership now due.
Congratulations to Thomas McDonald who celebrated he's 40th recently with friends and family up in the hills!
The club extends its sympathy to the family of Ned Merrigan R.I.P.
Training continues every Monday and Wednesdays at 7.30pm. We play away to kilcoole this Sunday at 11.30am in the league all support welcome.
All juvenile training continues Wednesdays at 6.30pm in the field. It was a quite week with no games for any of our teams.
Best of luck to anyone that has purchased tickets for the county development draw which takes place this Friday.
Anyone free for a few hours this Saturday to help out in the field contact any committee member.
Well done to our under-14 ladies Feile team who have won the county Feile title threeyears in a row.
St Pat’s won an exciting final against AGB and will now go on to represent the county in this years National Feile in Connaught this summer.
On Saturday the Pat’s girls topped Group 2 with victories over Blessington, St Nicholas and Eire Og.
Sarah Evans, Niamh Caffrey were among the goal scorers in the earlier games and all of the panel lined out.
This set up a semi-final on the Sunday against Bray Emmets. Pat’s, playing against a strong breeze, led 1-01 to 0-1 at half time.
St. Pat’s scored two goals in the second half one by Sinead McGettigan and the other by Niamh McSorley and a further three points from the fit again Saoirse O’Reilly secured a place for us in the final against AGB who beat Blessington in the other semi-final.
Saoirse O’Reilly who was beginning to cause problems for the opposition scored the first point and Arklow kept pressing against our team as they were wind assisted.
Arklow were then awarded a penalty and this was brilliantly saved by our county goalkeeper Megan Dunne and Aine Cahill was the first on hand to clear the ball.
In the second half both teams exchanged points and both defences were playing very well.
Our captain, Aine Cahill, attacked on numerous occasions from the centre back position and this really helped our forwards to score incluning Niamh Caffrey and Sinead Mc Gettigan who scored two points.
Weronika Kuzio scored the leading point from 25 metres and victory was sealed when Sinead McGettigan scored her fourth point.
The final score St Patrick’s 0-7 and AGB 1-2. Everyone of the panel lined out and it was a grat team effort and well done to the coaches and mentors including Brian McSorley, Brendan Kavanagh,Martin Byrne,Dave Whelan, Cassandra Dunne,Joanne Kavanagh and Patrice Evans.
The club will now be looking for sponsers for this great Feile team who could indeed win the AllIreland.
Our new club Facebook is up and running so please have a look and you can keep in touch with what is happening in the club as all results and notes will be updated on to our Facebook page.
Patrice Evans has phone covers in stock for all types of phones.Our Tuck shop is open every Saturday morning and childrens training takes place at the same time.Club memberships are now overdue and you may contact Eddie Leonard or any committee member.
The senior ladies continue train and there next match is against An Tochar in Dunbur Park on the 11th of May.
The winning Lotto numbers for April 14th were 15 22 24 25 and the bonus number was 11.Justin Heffernan and Rebecca Waters shared match 3 winnings.The Jackpot is now at £5650 euros.
Well done to our Senior footballers who beat KIltegan in Division 1 of the Campus League the final score was St Patricks 4-17 to Kiltegans 2-5.