ÉIRE ÓG GREYSTONES
Lotto - The ticketless lotto has been in operation for a few weeks now and seems to be functioning well. However it needs many more sellers of online entries to ensure its long term viability. Last week’s winning numbers were 16, 22, 27, 30. Doc, our new Rúnaí, and Cillian Blake were the winners of the weekly prizes. The pota óir this week is €3,600.
The closing date for return of National Club Draw is rapidly approaching so it is important that you get rid of those tickets (€10) as soon as possible
The Phoenix is arising from the ashes of an all too untimely and much lamented incineration. After a hiatus of a number of years – offhand one does not remember how many but however long it has been, it has to be judged too long – adult ladies football is returning to Éire Óg Greystones. Great work has been done over a number of years by Séamus Ahern and his fellow mentors in bringing players up through the juvenile ranks to the stage that in 2016 their u-16 charges won the County B Championship.
A number of the squad graduated from this level last year and players were left in a limbo with respect to the game within the club.
The spectre of their being lost to the game, and more importantly to the club, loomed. In these circumstances ní raibh aon dul as but to try and put an adult team together.
Since early last year Oliver Leonard has been organising training sessions for neophytes to the sport; it is intended that a team be formed from a combination of players from these sources. The Coiste Chondae has agreed to allow a team from the club to play in its junior competitions for 2017. Go n-eirí go geal leo.
Training will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Interested? Beidh fáilte romhat.
On Facebook two former members of the previous team, Caoilfhionn Deeney (Edinburgh) and Laura Mitchell Geraghty (Chicago) expressed their delight at hearing the news.
Re another former member: comhgáirdeachas (or should it be comhbhrón?!) to Caoimhe Ní Shúilleabháin who has been elected cathaoirleach of Belgian G.A.A. for 2017.
CÚL CAMPS - Would you like to coach Gaelic games during the summer in the Cúl Camps and earn yourself a few bob? Positions are open to both males and females. Application forms can be downloaded from the club’s website www. eireoggreystonesgaa.com
GO GYM - Our club sponsors Go Gym are offering discounted rates to Éire Óg members. See website for details.
The Ball Wall has been completed but it will have to be given some time to bed-in. Because of this it will be a few weeks before it will be available for use.
When the installation is complete the wall will be surrounded by railings which are to be erected later in the year.
It is hoped that when it is operational those players who insist in trying to knock the rendering off the clubhouse walls will transfer their activities to its confines.
BOXING NIGHT - The White Collar Boxing Night has been fixed for March 18 so don’t overdo St Patrick’s Day festivities.
Training has already begun and there will be 6 sessions in Taylors gym. A couple of vacancies remain. Young and Healthy? Why not give it a go and do your bit ar son na cúise. Contact details on website.
A photograph on the Bray People and on the club’s Facebook pages shows three members of the Wicklow senior football team viz. captain, our own Stephen ‘Chester’ Kelly, Ross O’Brien and John McGrath with the Big Sugarloaf - known as Cíoch (pap) Chualainn – Cuala was the goddess of this area - and also known as Giltspur) in the background.
It was taken on the occasion of the launch of the team’s new sponsorship deal with Joule.
Unfortunately the team got off to a bad start with a defeat by Leitrim in Aughrim on Sunday. Hopefully there are better days ahead.
In a postmatch interview on RTE Radio1 Stephen spoke of their hopes and he thanked Joule for their very generous sponsorship.