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

Fundrais­ing: Joe O'Brien (087-2577680) www.TeamWick­ 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.TeamWick­


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 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 nickskel@hot­ 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.

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