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RATH­NEW

Lotto re­sults from Novem­ber 24 - num­bers drawn were 7, 13, 18, and 22. There were three match threes who shared €200 - Dar­ren New­some c/o him­self, M. Porter c/o Joe Boy O’Con­nor and Tom Dun­bar c/o Bobby Dig­nam. Jack­pot now €3,700.

Our lotto will have a draw for all ticket pur­chasers for turkey and hams start­ing De­cem­ber 1 un­til De­cem­ber 22.

Rath­new GAA Club would like to re­quest our play­ers to play their part in the de­vel­op­ment of the club, that is, take a book of five lotto tick­ets a week. Our Se­nior play­ers es­pe­cially could help the club by sell­ing.

Rath­new GAA Club will be hold­ing a big Christ­mas draw. Keep your eyes open for de­tails.

Tick­ets avail­able from Doyle’s Pub, Rath­new House, Rocky and Gerry’s and Healy’s, as well as all com­mit­tee mem­bers. Huge ham­per with many other prizes avail­able to the lucky win­ners. Tick­ets on sale now.

The de­vel­op­ment of the club grounds con­tin­ues, with the lights get­ting closer to com­ple­tion and the ad­di­tion of out­door gym equip­ment to the walk­way.

Well done to Rath­new foot­baller Ro­nan Doyle who was voted num­ber one male in Deb­sIre­land.com.

Ro­nan would like to take this chance to thank ev­ery­one who voted for him and es­pe­cially the Whe­lan’s from Wick­low who he owes his good looks to. Ro­nan is the son of our hard­work­ing trea­surer ‘Whacker’ Doyle.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Rath­new woman Roisin McGet­ti­gan Du­mas who re­cieved a Euro­pean bronze medal in the 1,500m. Roisin fin­ished fourth in 2009, but with the ban­ning of the Rus­sian Gold medal­list due to dop­ing and sub­se­quent ban, Roisin was pro­moted to third place. Well done to Roisin who was pre­sented her medal at a func­tion in Dublin last week ac­com­pa­nied by her fam­ily.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Trevor Cul­bert and An­nie Byrne on the birth of their baby daugh­ter.

Happy birth­day to Paddy Byrne who cel­e­brated his 30th re­cently.

Gym mem­ber­ship prices and de­tails from club house man­ager Anto Doyle at 085 7252430.

Con­tact Vincent on 086 8430446 and on Face­book at Rath­new GAA Club.

MICHAEL DWYERS

The year has fin­ished with a week­end of highs and lows. Two weeks ago the Un­der-16s hurlers took on Carnew in the ‘A’ cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

In the first half Carnew took off fly­ing scor­ing 1-10 to 0-02, while our lads were find­ing it dif­fi­cult to score.

But the lads ral­lied in the sec­ond half and kept Carnew score­less for over 20 min­utes. The lads fought to the end but un­for­tu­nately it was not enough to beat Carnew. Fi­nal score: Michael Dwyers 1-05, Carnew 1-10.

On Sun­day it was the Un­der-14 hurlers turn at bring­ing home some sil­ver­ware when they took on Ark­low in the ‘B’ cham­pi­onship fi­nal. The lads played a stormer from start to fin­ish with some fine scores and solid de­fence and came out win­ners scor­ing 9-16 to 0-04. Mark Reid ac­cepted the trophy on be­half of the team, while Kevin Quinn picked up a wor­thy Man of the Match award.

On be­half of the Michael Dwyers club we would like to thank the two teams and man­age­ments on the year and all the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the club.

Also thank you to every­body who has helped out with the club es­pe­cially the par­ents for trav­el­ing to the train­ing ses­sions and matches with the lads. En­joy the break lads and hope to see you all next year.

ST. PA­TRICK’S

Our An­nual AGM takes place next Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 10 at 8pm sharp in our club house. Our sin­cere con­do­lences to the Keogh fam­ily on the pass­ing of Tommy Keogh R.I.P.

Tommy played hurl­ing with the club and won a cham­pi­onship medal in 1978. Tommy will be sadly missed by his loving wife Sarah, daugh­ters Mandy and Kristin, sons Wayne and Michael and all the grand­chil­dren and of course all his club mates.

Well done to the ladies Se­nior foot­ballers who won the re­cent seven-a-side Shield and es­pe­cially to Lor­raine O’Reilly who won her first ever GAA medal.

HOL­LY­WOOD

AGM - The An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing (AGM) is sched­uled to take place on Satur­day De­cem­ber 6 at 7pm. Please come along and share your views on the fu­ture of our club.

Hol­ly­wood GAA So­cial - Many thanks to the large crowd who sup­ported the an­nual so­cial night. Thank you to Martin Cole­man, County Chair­man, for at­tend­ing and pre­sent­ing the Hen­nessy Cup medals. The club an­nounced the Player of the Year awards for 2014, con­grat­u­la­tions to Harry Wilson (Se­nior), Stephen Burke (Ju­nior) and Conor Burke (Young).

Con­grat­u­la­tions - Con­grat­u­la­tions to Richard Burke on win­ning first prize in the re­cent Bless­ing­ton GAA car draw. Richard drove away with a new Da­cia Duster.

ASH­FORD

This year’s AGM will take place in the com­mu­nity hall at 8pm this Fri­day, De­cem­ber 5.

Tesco are run­ning their blue chip com­mu­nity fund. Please support Ash­ford GAA in this ini­tia­tive in or­der to help the club out with fund­ing.

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 co­or­di­na­tor Stephen Be­han on 086 6018781.

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.

Club gear is now avail­able to buy. Show your club colours with a wide range of Ash­ford cloth­ing. Con­tact An­drea about get­ting gear if you are in­ter­ested. Ash­ford GAA Gloves now also avail­able to buy €12 for kids and €15 for adults.

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.

EN­NISKERRY

Lotto - Win­ning num­bers on Novem­ber 24 were 2, 4, 10, and 22. Bonus 36. There was no jack­pot win­ner, match three num­bers re­ceive €77. Jack­pot on De­cem­ber 1stands at €14,000.

Thanks to all buy­ers and sell­ers of club lotto tick­ets for con­tin­ued support.

Box­ing - Con­grat­u­la­tions to both Kathy Tay­lor on her great win last week and also to our own club­man James Cahill who won a gold medal for Le­in­ster in Poland last week­end.

On the same night James was voted our Un­der-16 Player Of The Year, a week after win­ning a hurl­ing medal with Cill Chomhaill Gaels. Well done James, you are a great ex­am­ple to all our club mem­bers, young and old.

Strictly DVD Launch - This will take place shortly with pub­lic sale of DVDs af­ter­wards. Watch this space. For this and all cur­rent club in­for­ma­tion, re­mem­ber to check out our club web­site at www. en­nisker­ry­gaa­club.com.

Awards Night - The an­nual club awards night was held in the Old Forge Inn on Satur­day night. Spe­cial guest Michael Lys­ter pre­sented the awards start­ing with the medals for the ladies cham­pi­onship win­ning team with the LGFA board mem­ber in attendance.

Other awards handed out on the night were - Most im­proved ladies player of the year: Jenny McGrath.

Jenny had a suc­cess­ful year with the ladies team be­ing part of the at­tack­ing half back line. She pulled her­self out of her sick bed to give a 50 minute lung bust­ing per­for­mance at wing back be­fore filling in at full back in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Good in the air and al­ways first to the ball her game has im­proved im­mensely this year turn­ing her from a hold­ing wing back into a launch pad for at­tacks with the wing for­ward of­ten spend­ing more time in their own half.

Still in her early 20’s there is more to come from her. Out­side of the club Jenny is cur­rently study­ing al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies while ed­u­cat­ing groups of kids in the Bray aquar­ium on sea life.

Ladies player of the year - Orla Kearns. The win­ner of this award for the sec­ond time in three years Orla has been an out­stand­ing player for the team.

Play­ing in five dif­fer­ent po­si­tions, once even in goal, her ded­i­ca­tion to the team is never in ques­tion. Vice-cap­tain for the year she lead the line at cor­ner for­ward prov­ing her skills in the county fi­nal with the fi­nal 3 points of the game.

A fierce com­peti­tor who keeps the cor­ner backs hon­est but it’s her cul­tured left foot and foot­ball brain that they can­not stop and scores come freely from her re­gard­less. Out­side of the club Orla is an out­stand­ing soc­cer player, she works as a chef and of­ten ap­pears at train­ing after work­ing a dou­ble shift to put an even harder shift in on the pitch.

Un­der-16s Player - James Cahill. James had an amaz­ing year with the club. He played mid­field for a very tal­ented Un­der-16 team that got knocked out in a county cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

He also rep­re­sented the Wick­low schools in hurl­ing and foot­ball and de­feated a strong Gle­nealy team to win the Un­der-16 ‘A’ hurl­ing shield fi­nal while play­ing for Kil­coole.

He also par­tic­i­pated in some train­ing ses­sions with the men’s se­nior team in prepa­ra­tion of play­ing with them next year. Out­side the GAA cir­cle James is an ac­com­plished soc­cer player and boxer and un­for­tu­nately he was un­able to re­ceive his award as he was away in Poland rep­re­sent­ing club and prov­ince in the Euro­pean Box­ing Cham­pi­onships.

James is the one of the stars of the fu­ture and the se­nior team looks for­ward to hav­ing James and some of the Un­der-16 play­ers on board next year.

Men’s Foot­baller of the Year - Ul­tan O’Kane. Ul­tan has only been part of the club for 3 years but has made a mas­sive im­pact since his ar­rival. Ul­tan joined the club after not hav­ing played foot­ball since Un­der-16 grade but due to his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion he has be­come a reg­u­lar in the team.

A night­mare for half-for­wards, Ul­tan can play any­where in the half back line and apart from be­ing a great de­fender he is just a good if not bet­ter at go­ing the other way. Blessed with fierce pace and an en­gine that never quits he is ever re­li­able right up un­til the fi­nal whis­tle blows.

Very rarely does Ul­tan miss a train­ing ses­sion and is al­ways seen work­ing on his skills, so much so that he has be­come two footed and very ac­com­plished un­der the high ball.

Out­side of the club Ul­tan is one of the most avid users of the club gym, he has com­pleted many marathons and is cur­rently away in Nepal ca­noe­ing his other great pas­sion in life.

Club­man of the year - James Ennis. James is another re­cent mem­ber of the club join five years ago join­ing from Ti­na­hely GAA. He made the tran­si­tion from a player on the men’s team to a coach of the ladies team this year.

In what turned out to a be a suc­cess­ful sea­son for the ladies, his coach­ing re­fo­cused a very tal­ent team and re­turned them to the county fi­nal where they were three years ago and man­aged to push them over the line.

He has spent many years work­ing with the county team as physio and used his ex­pe­ri­ence there to re­model the ladies team into an ef­fec­tive but ex­cit­ing foot­ball unit.

He is also the PRO and part time physio for the club. Out­side of the club his in­ter­ests are in physio and al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies as well as coach­ing and phys­i­cal fit­ness.

Strictly En­niskerry - The dancers of the strictly En­niskerry com­pe­ti­tion also re­ceived their awards. The club would again like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported and helped the make the night suc­cess­ful. The club is part of the com­mu­nity and the com­mu­nity re­ally showed their support over the last few months.

A spe­cial thank you from the club to Dara Con­nelly and Bren­dan Bar­ton who be­hind the scenes work tire­lessly for months on or­ga­niz­ing the event.

The lads were part of the en­tire process from con­cep­tion to com­ple­tion and never missed a night of dance prac­tice, meet­ings and events in four months of or­gan­is­ing. The suc­cess of the event was due to the con­stant hard work of th­ese two men in the back­ground and with­out that them the fu­ture of St. Mary’s En­niskerry GAA club would not look as pos­i­tive as it does now.

Thank you Dara and Bren­dan from the club board, play­ers and club sup­port­ers for keep­ing the black and am­ber flag fly­ing high.

Ju­nior awards night - The Old Forge was again the venue for the Ju­nior awards night. The medals were first pre­sented my Gary and Larry to the com­bined Un­der-8 and Un­der-10 teams of En­niskerry and Kil­mac.

Then it was the Un­der-12s turn to make the walk down through the cheer­ing par­ents and fans to re­ceive their medals.

Lastly, the cham­pi­onship win­ning Un­der-14 team to re­ceive there medals from se­nior play­ers Sea­mus and Gavin. This team is re­ally push­ing the club for­ward and will be one to watch when their Mi­nor year comes alone and they push for the county medal most in­ter­county play­ers never win.

The club will like to say a big thank you to Larry, Noel, Pat, Daryl, Colin and all the other coach­ers/ train­ers/helpers who with­out their tire­less work and ed­u­ca­tion with the younger teams the club would have no fu­ture.

Club board meet­ing will take place Wed­nes­day at 8pm in the club house, please at­tend.

KIL­TE­GAN

Lotto num­bers drawn were 2, 3, 18, and 21. There was no win­ner, but we did have seven match threes, €35 each, as fol­lows- Edel Wynne, San­dra Marie O’Shaugh­nessy - twice! Well done; Niall Gart­land; Ciara Tal­lon; Peter Case.

Next week’s draw will take place on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 1, in Ju­nior’s Bar, Rath­dan­gan. Jack­pot will be a cool €10,000.

Club De­vel­op­ment Plan - There’s an open in­vite to ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to at­tend the first meet­ing of the club’s De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

The meet­ing is on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 10 at the club­house at 8pm. The club is de­vis­ing a five-year de­vel­op­ment plan, and we are seek­ing in­put from across the com­mu­nity for this.

Kil­te­gan GAA club is not just a pitch, the four walls of a dress­ing room and the cur­rent set of play­ers. Rather, Kil­te­gan GAA club is a cen­tral part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and this is a great op­por­tu­nity for all con­cerned to have in­put into how Kil­te­gan, as a club and com­mu­nity, will de­velop over the com­ing years. We would en­cour­age ev­ery­one with to get in­volved at this early stage.

We would like to thank our out­go­ing chair­man, Pat Ivory, for all the hard work he has done dur­ing 2014. He stepped into the breach for the club ear­lier in the year and steered us through a year of highs and lows. Pat’s ded­i­ca­tion to the club goes above and beyond in ev­ery­thing he does. We’re happy to say that Pat is re­main­ing on as an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, and look for­ward to plenty more con­tri­bu­tions from Pat.

We’d like also to con­grat­u­late and wel­come John Tim­mins as the new chair­man of the club. John has been ever-present in Kil­te­gan since he could wear shorts.

Thank­fully that’s not re­quired in his role as Chair­man, but we’re lucky to have a per­son with the cal­i­bre of John Tim­mins to take over from Pat, and keep the club mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. So con­grat­u­la­tions John, and good luck from us all!

Our club held our AGM re­cently in the club house which was very well at­tended with a few changes at the top ta­ble for the com­ing year , out-go­ing chair­man Pat Ivory and vice chair­man and ju­ve­nile chair­man Ned Doyle and as­sis­tant trea­sure Lor­can Byrne did not seek re- elec­tion the fol­low­ing were elected for com­ing year. Pa­trons – Fr Michael Moloney, Fr Tommy Hay­den, Rev Stella Du­rand, Pres­i­dent – Danny Byrne Vice Pres­i­dent Peter Keogh, Chair­man – John Tim­mins, Vice Chair­man Mick Byrne and Ju­ve­nile Chair­man Sec­re­tary –John Cullen, Fix­tures Sec­re­tary – Pat Ivory, Trea­sure – Michael Len­non As­sis­tance Trea­sure- Gra­ham O’Toole, PRO - Michael Barry, As­sis­tant PRO - Peter Keogh, Reg­is­ter - Siob­han Doyle, De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer - Dave Mur­ray, Health Wel­fare Of­fi­cer - David Real, Score Of­fi­cer - John Tim­mins, Del­e­gates to County Board - Michael O’Toole, Pat Ivory, John Tim­mins, and Pat Keogh.

West Board del­e­gates - Damien Byrne, John Tim­mins, Com­mit­tee plus the of­fi­cer Michael Far­rell, De­nis Hayes, Nigel Byrne, Martin Nolan, Eu­gene Byrne, PJ O’Toole, Ciaran O’Toole, Peter Byrne, David Real, Colm Doyle, Lor­can Byrne.

Ju­ve­nile Com­mit­tee: Chair­man – Mick Byrne, Com­mit­tee – PJ Ka­vanagh, Lor­can Byrne, Gerry Boland, John O’Toole, David Real, Peter Byrne, Christy O’Toole, Ned Doyle, Lor­can Tal­lon. PRO Tracy Win­der, Chil­dren’s Of­fi­cer - Colm Doyle, Reg­is­ter of Coach­ing – PJ Ka­vanagh, Schools Li­a­son Of­fi­cer –Lor­can Byrne, John O’Toole, David Real.

TI­NA­HELY JU­VE­NILE

Our ju­ve­nile AGM is on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 12 at 8pm above the dress­ing rooms.

All are wel­come. Please note that AGM nom­i­na­tion forms will be sent out to all train­ers of teams.

Should any par­ent seek a nom­i­na­tion form please con­tact Liz Lil­lis.

On the play­ing front last week our Un­der-13s played two matches in the Dick Allen Cup. We played St. Nic’s last Tues­day and drew 11 scores all.

Last Fri­day we also played Balt­in­glass and were beaten by a much stronger Balt­in­glass team. Well done to our young play­ers and man­age­ment.

Tonight is week four of our strength and con­di­tion­ing for our Un­der-14s and Un­der-16s. All wel­come. Please bring €2 for hall us­age and lights. Ham­per cards will be dis­trib­uted shortly and the draw will take place on Mon­day the 22nd at 8pm. The ham­per is be­ing made up now and will be in the shops by this week­end.

Any last minute do­na­tions for same, please drop into Jim or Liz Lil­lis. Fi­nally on the schools front we had our blitz for third and fourth class boys and girls. A great day was had by all.

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