Bray People - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

New­town 2050 presents a night of dis­cus­sion and ideas re­lat­ing to the fu­ture devel­op­ment of our town. Si­mon Wall, well known as the driver be­hind re­gen­er­at­ing West­port, County Mayo will be our chief speaker. The evening will in­spire and in­vig­o­rate your en­gage­ment with the plan­ning and aes­thet­ics of your lo­cal com­mu­nity. All wel­come Fe­bru­ary 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. Parkview Ho­tel, Main Street, New­town.


BARRA MCGRATH – We are all heart­bro­ken at the sud­den death of our pupil Barra McGrath. Barra died af­ter a short ill­ness in Crum­lin Hos­pi­tal on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 4. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barra’s par­ents, Tracy and Colm, his brother Jamie and sis­ter Kayla as well as gran­par­ents, aunts, un­cles, cousins and many re­la­tions and friends.

OPEN DAY – Our open day will be held on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in the ju­nior school build­ing. All fam­i­lies with pre-school chil­dren are in­vited to at­tend.


All ex­cite­ment and energy at the mo­ment is be­ing di­rected to­ward our fundrais­ing Garda band con­cert sched­uled for Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 23, which prom­ises to be an even bet­ter event with the lat­est an­nounce­ment from the boy’s in the shed, con­cern­ing the ap­pear­ance of a wee man from the com­mu­nity will­ing to per­form among us. Yes folks we are proud to bring you with the kind per­mis­sion of his par­ents, none other than the town’s own young singer/song­writer Bobby Dowl­ing tipped to be the next Ed Sheeran. This planned per­for­mance may be the only chance to hear him for a ten­ner if the bush tele­graph is to be be­lieved, any­way be sure you come along and give him all the sup­port in his spot along­side the big band sound of the Garda band and singers, tick­ets still avail­able at the post of­fice, ho­tel, or from any shed mem­ber.

A very in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle from none other than this pa­per’s reg­u­lar colum­nist David Medcalf, ex­plain­ing all that we in the shed are about, we are in­deed in­debted to David and his pa­per for such cov­er­age of the work we hope to con­tinue within our com­mu­nity with the peo­ple’s help and gen­eros­ity.

Mum­bles which were very hard to make out were also heard com­ing from around the stove yes­ter­day morn­ing, some­thing on the lines of St Pa­trick’s day shenani­gans, I’m not too sure but I think a horse was men­tioned along with some­one who makes matches, when I tried to move closer there was in­stant hush, and heads were dipped again into the tea cups, but I’m sure all will be re­vealed soon. We had a very suc­cess­ful and en­joy­able so­cial evening to Ly­nam’s of Laragh on Satur­day evening last in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of do­na­tions re­ceived from the fam­ily.

Our next planned out­ing will be in June, when we hope to ar­range a trip to take in a tour of the great GAA head­quar­ters ‘Cro­ker’ those wish­ing to go please place names on list on shed no­tice board.

We must ex­tend our thanks again to all our very gen­er­ous do­na­tors who keep our en­gine oiled when you pro­vide ma­te­rial, food, and most of all good­will, a big thank you from the shed.

We would like also to of­fer our sup­port to fam­i­lies within our com­mu­nity and sur­rounds who may be suf­fer­ing a be­reave­ment, sick­ness, or some other dark cloud, we hope the sun­shine is not far from your door, and wish it will knock quite soon.


Weather con­di­tions are a lit­tle un­pre­dictable at the mo­ment and while last week­end more of our teams played, some of them played in ab­so­lutely Baltic con­di­tions. The un­der-8s hosted Wicklow Rovers on Sun­day morn­ing and af­ter an hour’s foot­ball nei­ther side could be sep­a­rated on the score­board. On the mark for the 8’s were Ryan, Leighton, Leon, Lily, Aaron, David, Al­bie and Oisin. Among the play­ers who starred were John Tur­ley and Lu­cas Dow­dall.

On Satur­day our un­der-9s trav­elled to Bray to take on Ard­more Rovers and af­ter a fan­tas­tic morn­ing’s foot­ball we headed home for the hot soup. Good to meet up with a good friend of the club and for­mer New­town res­i­dent Jonathan Owens, who was one of the Ard­more coaches. His son Ryan, who was only a baby the last time we seen him had a fine game on the day. They played on Sun­day morn­ing at home to Wicklow Town and among the scor­ers for New­town were Max, Frank, Wil­liam, Mikey, Liam, Dy­lan, Ai­dan, Pat and Luke. Among the play­ers who starred were Dar­ren Fisher and Conor Thorn- ton. The un­der-11s suf­fered a rare loss as they went down to an 8-2 re­verse away to Avon­more in bliz­zard like con­di­tions. Ryan McMa­hon scored both New­town goals while Pa­trick Martin and Aaron Hack­ett starred for an un­der­strenght New­town team.

The un­der-13s only had the bare bones for their trip to Aughrim due to ill­ness, in­juries and a cou­ple of play­ers who have gone awol. On the day though they lost nar­rowly on a 3-2 score­line, the 11 play­ers who played gave it their all and cer­tainly de­served some­thing for their ef­forts. The team trailed 2-0 but su­perb goals from Laragh Davis and Ryan Clarke re­stored par­ity but Aughrim won the game with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the game. On the day among those who starred were Re­becca Gil­lan and Shane Syn­nott.

The un­der-15s had a good run out down in Grey­stones where goals from Luke Kelly, An­drew McMa­hon and Steven Cough­lan en­sured a 3-1 win. Thanks to the Grey­stones man­ager Colm for or­gan­is­ing the game.

Un­for­tu­nately the un­der-10s game away to Wicklow Rovers was called off.

The fol­low­ing are the fixtures for the week­end of Satur­day/ Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18/19: un­der-8s away to En­niskerry ko to be con­firmed; un­der-9s away to Grey­stones ‘A’ ko to be con­firmed; un­der-10s at home to Ark­low Town ko Satur­day at 10.30 a.m.; un­der-11s at home to Ark­low Town ko Satur­day at 11.30 a.m.; un­der-13s at home to Ark­low Town ‘A’ ko Satur­day at 11 a.m.; un­der-15s at home to Ark­low Town ‘B’ ko Satur­day at 12.30 p.m. (fixtures and ko times are sub­ject to change)

The Devel­op­ment Squad is back in ac­tion and they prac­tise every Satur­day morn­ing 10.11 a.m. in­doors in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre (Sports Hall). Cost per player each week is €3. Re­gards the In­door Hall all play­ers must wear in­door/astro run­ners and also must ad­here to all rules gov­ern­ing goal­post safety etc.

The teams have con­firmed their train­ing times for the week be­gin­ning Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 13: Dev. Squad on Satur­days 10.11 a.m. – (18th Feb); un­der-8s on Wed­nes­days 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – (15th Feb); un­der-9s Thurs­days 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – (16th Feb); un­der-10s on Tues­days 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – (14th Feb); un­der-11s Wed­nes­days 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – (15th Feb); un­der-13s on Wed­nes­days 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (15th Feb); un­der-15s Thurs­days 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – (16th Feb)

Three play­ers from the club is cel­e­brat­ing a birth­day in the com­ing week and they are Dy­lan Dun­leavy and Cor­mac Chance from the un­der-10s and Alex Byrne from the un­der-15s. Happy birth­day lads from ev­ery­one at New­town Ju­niors FC.

All mem­bers are re­minded that the re­main­der of Mem­ber­ship Fees for the sea­son 2016/17 are now due. Please or­gan­ise any out­stand­ing pay­ment with your child’s re­spec­tive coach or any com­mit­tee mem­ber. Thank you.

We will be start­ing our next Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion on the week­end of Sat.4th/Mon. March 6. €10 per player and 50% of the money taken in go to the last man stand­ing. Please sup­port as all money col­lected go to­wards the youth of the area.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on all mat­ters ‘New­town Ju­niors F.C.’ please con­tact the sec­re­tary at 087 6987653 or by email to­ and you can also fol­low the club on our Face­book and Twit­ter pages.


The GAA club news­let­ter for Jan­uary 2017 is now avail­able; please see news sec­tion of the New­town web­site.

Wicklow GAA is run­ning an on­line Foun­da­tion Foot­ball course which is cer­ti­fied over the next few weeks, reg­is­tra­tion and in­struc­tions can be found on­learn­ If you would like to com­plete or know of any­one who wants even to be in­volved in a mi­nor ca­pac­ity it is a use­ful course to com­plete.

Two codes of be­hav­iour cour­ses have been or­gan­ised by Wicklow GAA on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, and Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 20, at 7.30 p.m. in Bal­li­nakill Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence. These cour­ses are limited to 30 peo­ple. Book­ings for this course are made through email­ing County Games Man­ager Hugh Ken­ny­­man­ Please pro­vide your Coaches Name, club and team in which your coach is in­volved with for 2017. Cost for each per­son at­tend­ing is €10 and must be paid on the night to our Code of Ethics Tu­tor.

We are de­lighted to have a large num­ber of kids play­ing for our fast grow­ing ju­ve­nile sides, more kids means more helpers so if you feel you are in a po­si­tion to help in any ca­pac­ity our fu­ture GAA stars then please get in touch as it takes much more than a man­ager to run each team. We are still short of help for some of our teams and may not be able to en­ter teams at all ages due to lack of men­tors, please give Tom a ring at 087 6611480 or Shay at 087 2699620 for more info.

Some of our ju­ve­nile teams are back train­ing and we would hope to have all our teams back within the next few weeks. The un­der-14 girls are train­ing next Satur­day and every Satur­day at 11.30 in the pitch, while the un­der-16 girls are train­ing on Mon­days.

There were 11 match-three win­ners last week who won €20 each but no jack­pot winner. Num­bers drawn were 3, 11, 13 and 15. This week’s jack­pot is €3,800.

There is a good stock of club gear now avail­able to buy for any en­quiries re­gard­ing club gear please con­tact Ruth at 087 7472682 or Amy at 086 3332195.

If you have any club re­lated notes for in­clu­sion in the weekly notes, please for­ward topronew­town@gmail.combe­fore Sun­day 6 p.m. for is­sue the fol­low­ing week.

We would like to ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the ex­tended fam­ily and friends of the late Dorothy Spell­man. May she rest in peace.

Louise Shan­ley, Su­san Hayes and Diane Cahill en­joy­ing their night out at the Eleanor Shan­ley con­cert at Charles­land Golf Club.

Der­mot Downes pic­tured re­cently at New­town Men’s Shed.

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