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GLENEALY

Mon­ster Bingo - There is a change of date for the next mon­ster Glenealy GAA bingo it is now on Sun­day, March 12 at 3pm. Great cash prizes to be won. Put this date in your di­ary look­ing for­ward to see­ing you all there.

GLENEALY CAMO­GIE

We are look­ing for­ward to a new year of Camo­gie in Glenealy and the girls in red get back to train­ing next month from Satur­day, March 25. Wel­come back to all the play­ers and coaches and a big wel­come to new play­ers.

Un­der-8s and un­der-10s train at 11.30am; Un­der-12s train at 10.30am; Un­der-14s train at 10.30am; Se­nior squad train­ing will start back first week in March time and date to be de­ter­mined.

Glenealy teams would wel­come new play­ers and any­one in­ter­ested can con­tact the coaches

Un­der-8s and un­der-10s con­tact De­clan Hart­ley on 086 818634. Un­der-12s - Amanda Doyle 083-2385010 or Pauline Doyle 086-3009875; Un­der-14s - Ka­tri­ona Rowan 086-1943146 or War­ren Ka­vanagh 0868449631; Se­nior team con­tact Au­drey Driver 086-8870950.

AN TOCHAR

All Stars Dinner Dance – in the Glen­view. Dinner served at 7.30pm sharp. Pre­sen­ta­tion of medals to Ju­nior C, and an­nounce­ment of our Play­ers Player and All Stars Panel.

Bus De­tails - Gerry O’Toole will have a coach leav­ing the com­plex for the Glen­view at 6.45pm sharp - €5.00 one way.

Re­turn jour­ney - There will be two mini-buses leav­ing the Glen­view at 2.15am - €5.00. One bus will head to the vil­lage, the other will cover ru­ral ar­eas.

Good luck to Stephen Con­nor who is part of Wick­low panel for Le­in­ster un­der-21 cham­pi­onship against Louth this Wed­nes­day night, Fe­bru­ary 22. Also con­grats to Bren­dan Kennedy who played for Wick­low Se­niors last week against Water­ford.

Ladies train­ing con­tin­ues ev­ery Fri­day at 7.45pm sharp and Tues­days at 7pm. All new and for­mer play­ers wel­come.

Our ju­ve­nile reg­is­tra­tion night will be Mon­day, March 6, at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. There will be a sec­ond reg­is­tra­tion night, date to be con­firmed.

Cúl Camp Coaches - Do you want to Coach on our Kel­logg’s GAA Cúl Camps 2017? Job De­scrip­tion: Coaches must be over 18 years old on the first day of the camp on July 3.

NOTE: Coaches must be a paid up mem­ber of their lo­cal GAA club. A coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, code of ethics, Garda Vet­ting and/or Coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and/or ev­i­dence of vol­un­tary coach­ing/work is manda­tory in ap­ply­ing for this po­si­tion. Clos­ing Date for re­turn of all fully com­pleted coaches ap­pli­ca­tion forms is Fri­day, April 7.

All se­lected coaches will be paid a weekly wage and put through the rev­enue sys­tem in ac­cor­dance with Croke Park reg­u­la­tions. You may in­clude any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in sup­port of your ap­pli­ca­tion if nec­es­sary – Note: Late ap­pli­ca­tions will not be ac­cepted or con­sid­ered and can­vass­ing will dis­qual­ify. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms avail­able by email­ing the sec­re­tary of An Tóchar at sec­re­tarybng.an­tochar.wick­low@gaa.ie

AVON­DALE

There was a good turnout for the club’s pre­sen­ta­tion night in Ja­cob’s last Satur­day, which was a great suc­cess.

Medals were pre­sented to the Se­nior foot­ballers who were pro­moted to Divi­sion 1 and to our Se­nior hurlers who won the Bil­lie Byrne Cup.

The in­domitable Ju­nior hurlers who tri­umphed over Glenealy af­ter three mon­u­men­tal bat­tles to win the Ju­nior ‘B’ cham­pi­onship also re­ceived medals as did the hurlers who won the seven-a-side com­pe­ti­tion in Bali­nakill.

Se­nior foot­baller of the year went to Shane Beevor, Ju­nior foot­baller of the year is Ian Hef­fer­nan, the Se­nior hurler award went to Keith Byrne, with Craig Byrne col­lect­ing Ju­nior hurler of the year. Fi­nally, club man of the year went to Leonard Byrne. Well done to all, it was well de­served.

Avon­dale GAA club would like to thank Noel and He­len Ja­cob for their hos­pi­tal­ity, and all their staff, who helped make it a mem­o­rable night.

Train­ing for our Se­nior grades will con­tinue at 7.30pm on Tues­day and Fri­day nights.

NEW­TOWN

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 on­http://learn­ing.gaa.ie. 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.

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 on 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 11.30am in the pitch, while the un­der-16 girls are train­ing on Mon­days and Fri­days at 7.30pm.

Well done to Ais­ling McDon­ald and Sean Gre­gory who rep­re­sented the club on county teams last week­end

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

If you have any club re­lated notes for in­clu­sion in the weekly notes, please for­ward to pronew­town@gmail.com be­fore Sun­day 6pm for is­sue the fol­low­ing week.

AUGHRIM

Aughrim Na­tional school was full last Fri­day morn­ing on the oc­ca­sion of a farewell pre­sen­ta­tion to Des Bur­ton who has stood down as School Li­a­son Of­fi­cer af­ter 22 years con­tin­u­ous ser­vice coach­ing count­less boys and girls on be­half of Aughrim G.A.A. Club.

In her address, school Prin­ci­pal Brid Owens high­lighted the great work and achieve­ments that Des had per­formed with var­i­ous teams and pupils over that pe­riod.

His abil­ity to en­cour­age and mo­ti­vate all pupils not just those that were nat­u­rally tal­ented made him a re­spected and much loved coach in the school.

Oth­ers to speak on this spe­cial oc­ca­sion were Wil­lie O’ Lough­lin, Chair­man Aughrim G.A.A., Theresa Byrne, Board of Man­age­ment Aughrim Na­tional School, and Joan Fan­ning, Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion.

All thanked Des for his work on be­half of the club and school over a very suc­cess­ful 22 years.

Des, in his ac­cep­tance speech, said that it was very over­whelm­ing to re­ceive such a re­cep­tion and to look out over a sea of Aughrin blue and white flags would be a mem­ory he would cher­ish for­ever.

The school pre­sented Des with a lovely tro­phy and travel vouch­ers. Des’s wife Josephine was pre­sented with a beau­ti­ful bou­quet of flow­ers.

The pupils of the school en­ter­tained the large gath­er­ing with singing and Ir­ish music, truly a very mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion.

Train­ing con­tin­ues for all adult play­ers on Tuedsy night. Mem­ber­ship now due from all.

BALLYMANUS

There was lotto jack­pot win­ner last week­end with Hugh Coogan the only match three win­ner from 2, 6, 20, and 25. The foot­ballers had their first out­ing of the year last week­end against Ti­na­hely.

Both sides were miss­ing play­ers but it proved a good runout de­spite Ti­na­hely win­ning out on a score line of 4-8 to 0-12. Train­ing Fri­day evening starts at 7.45pm.

EIRE OG GREYSTONES

One would pre­fer not to have to men­tion it but no mat­ter how one tries to sup­press it, it con­tin­ues to rear its ugly head. The “it” in ques­tion is that of filthy lu­cre.

The pri­mary func­tion of Éire Óg Greystones may be the cul­ti­va­tion of Gaelic games ins Na Clocha Liatha and its en­vi­rons but un­for­tu­nately this en­tails quite a large fi­nan­cial out­lay.

Hence to keep it­self sol­vent it must con­stantly de­vise schemes for rais­ing money which it would be hoped would draw on sup­port from be­yond the rel­a­tively small num­ber of core fol­low­ers who are con­stantly putting their hands in their pock­ets.

Such a project, White-Col­lar Box­ing, is tak­ing place in the Parkview Ho­tel, New­town on March 18. In case you haven’t no­ticed this is the Satur­day night fol­low­ing Lá ‘le Pádraig. Tick­ets are a mere €15 each or two for €20.

A lot of work and ef­fort has been put in by the pugilists to en­sure that you will be treated to an en­ter­tain­ing night’s box­ing. So come along and show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Lotto - The num­bers. drawn on Fe­bru­ary 13 were 6, 22, 25, 28. The pota óir was not won and stood at €4000 for Mon­day 20th. The lesser prizes were won by Kevin O’Ma­hony and Geral­dine Kelly.

The nitty-gritty - Ju­ve­nile reg­is­tra­tion takes place at the club­house on Satur­day 25th be­tween 10 a.m. and 12 noon, and on Mon­day 27th be­tween 6.30 and 7.30 p.m.

It is worth re­call­ing that at ju­ve­nile level mem­bers are af­forded the op­por­tu­nity of be­ing tu­tored in two of the world’s finest team sports for the price of one.

We are on the eve of the open­ing of Peil na mBan (Ladies Gaelic foot­ball) sea­son in Wick­low and train­ing for the Éire Óg ladies, which takes place on Thurs­days at 7.30 p.m., has al­ready be­gun.

The ver­sa­til­ity of its skills is such that Gaelic foot­ball girls read­ily adapt to other team sports e.g. how quickly those who have trans­ferred to rugby have reached in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

So if you would like to try your hand (no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired) at this sport in the com­pany of a wel­com­ing group of ladies come along on any Thurs­day night. Beidh fáilte mór romhat.

Camo­gie - The un­der-8 and un­der-10 girls had their first train­ing ses­sion for 2017 on the astro turf at Charles­land. Train­ing con­tin­ues on Satur­day morn­ings at 10.45 a.m.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion Team: Chair­per­son and Pub­lic Re­la­tions: Olive Far­rell; Child Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer: Freda O’Kelly; Sec­re­tary: Kate Fogarty; Reg­is­tra­tion: Leanne Con­nolly and Eimear Clo­nan; Coach­ing team 2017: Ciaran Goff, Jim Darcy, An­gela O’Leary, Suzanne Be­han, Mar­guerite Dee­gan, Eve­lyn Burns, Alison Goff, He­len O’Driscoll, Noreen Keville, Mick Burns, Dar­ren Daly, Bill Malone, Fiona O’Far­rell. Olive Far­rell.

There is ref­er­ence on the Éire Óg Face­book page to an in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on camo­gie on the web­site www.her­fam­ily.ie en­ti­tled “Are you a Ga ma? Five amaz­ing rea­sons (some of th­ese are not unique to this sport but are highly de­vel­oped within it) to hand your daugh­ter a hurl”.

In sum­mary (1) de­vel­ops a re­fined level of hand –eye co-or­di­na­tion (2) car­ries on the com­mu­nity tra­di­tion of the GAA “team out­ings with u-8s and u-10s are a big part of the camo­gie cal­en­dar” (3) learn­ing about the com­mit­ment re­quired and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­curred in be­ing part of a team (4) learn­ing to re­spect oth­ers (5) par­tic­i­pa­tion in the world’s fastest ladies’ team sport and one of which it can be said “if you play camo­gie you will not be fazed by any other sport”.

AGB

AGB will host a Dinner Dance this Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 25, to cel­e­brate the great achieve­ments and wins of the ladies and men’s teams dur­ing 2016.

Break­away will pro­vide the music on the night. Tick­ets are now SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who or­dered tick­ets, we urge those who have not yet col­lected tick­ets to please con­tact the comit­tee to ar­range col­lec­tion and pay­ment as soon as pos­si­ble, as fi­nal num­bers need to be sub­mit­ted to the ho­tel in the com­ing days. Thank you for sup­port­ing the event, we look for­ward to see­ing you all on the night.

Thank you to all who sup­ported and bought tick­ets for the Na­tional Draw. The draw will take place on March 8. We will keep you posted on the re­sults.

Scór Sin­sear County Fi­nal takes place in the St Pat’s club­house, Wick­low Town on Fri­day, March 3.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 7.30pm with the Per­for­mance com­pe­ti­tions be­gin­ning at 8pm sharp.

The county quiz fi­nal will take place on the same night and in the same venue, kick­ing of at 9pm. We are look­ing for Solo Singers, Set and Fig­ure Dancers, In­stru­men­tal Groups and Nov­elty Act Par­tic­i­pants. If any­one is in­ter­ested, or has any ques­tions, please con­tact Kathryn at 086 8664931.

AGB’s Bal­ly­money Com­mit­tee will host a tra­di­tional night of Ir­ish music and danc­ing on March 16 in the AGB Club­house, Bal­ly­money, Shel­ton, Ark­low as part of the St. Pa­trick’s Day Cel­e­bra­tions. En­try fee is €5, and a great night of ceoil agus craic is promised.

St. Pa­trick’s Day is on the hori­zon. Call­ing all Vol­un­teers to help or­gan­ise the AGB float and teams march­ing in the lo­cal pa­rade. Please con­tact any mem­ber of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee if you would like to help out.

Golfers, Save the Date - May 12. AGB’s Golf Clas­sic will be held in the Wood­en­bridge Golf Club. If you would like to sub­mit a team in this great event, please con­tact Paul O Donoghue on 0861018976. You can’t beat be­ing there!

The next meet­ing of the AGB Ex­ec­u­tive Comit­tee will take place on March 8 in the AGB of­fices in Pearses’ Park at 8pm.

AGB club gear is avail­able at great prices. Con­tact Kerry on 087 3287881 to or­der.

Please send club notes to ark­low­gaa@ gmail.com You can con­tact the AGB PRO at above email, Face­book (‘Ark­low Geraldines Bal­ly­money GAA Club’ or ‘AGB Ladies’) or Twit­ter.

TI­NA­HELY

Our se­nior team played their first challenge match of 2017 against Ballymanus in Ti­na­hely GAA pitch last Sun­day morn­ing at 11am. The team on the day was: Niall Byrne, James Gil­bert, Hooch, Kevin Doyle, David Blake, Conor Hat­ton, Gavin Kenny, Rory Stokes and Crouch in the mid­dle, Niall O’Gor­man, Alan Dil­lon, Brian Hickey, Ste­wart Gil­bert, Podge and Enda O’Ke­effe,.

This was a good work out, miss­ing good few se­niors, all subs got a run, Tonto, David Dil­lon, Sean Pol­lard, Ja­son Byrne, Jamie Cullen and An­thony Phe­len scored three points on his Se­nior de­but. Hope­fully have an­other game next week.

Train­ing is Fri­day night this week for all Mi­nors, Ju­niors and Se­niors at 8pm sharp.

Mem­ber­ship and in­sur­ance is now due and must be paid be­fore you can play. Please see David Blake with pay­ment.

Wel­come home this week to Pierce Bren­nan who is on short visit from Aus­tralia. Any chance you might ex­tend your trip and put back on the old play­ing boots?

Lotto re­sults from Fe­bru­ary 13 - num­bers drawn were: 11, 17, 20, and 24. The bonus num­ber was 15. There was no jack­pot win­ner.

Match 3s: Ce­line Dil­lon, Carl Perry, Owen Dempsey, Joe Mal­lick, Kil­lian, and Mary Byrne.

Next lotto jack­pot: €4,700.

RATHNEW

The Hugh Doyle Festival of Foot­ball takes place on March 4 in aid of our late friend, An­thony Doyle.

The tour­na­ment will see play­ers from un­der-17 to Se­nior level bat­tling it out ac­cross our fields for the highly sought af­ter tro­phy that was do­nated to our club by the Doyle fam­ily.

We want to see play­ers of all ages and our loyal sup­port­ers fill the club­house and kick­start 2017- a ma­jor year for our club.

The fi­nal will be played at 6.30pm in our club grounds un­der lights, fol­lowed by a night in Shay Doyle’s with an ex­cel­lent raf­fle,music and gen­eral craic!

Tour­na­ment teams are Le­in­ster, Mun­ster, Ul­ster and Con­naught and are listed on our Face­book page. If you wish to play in this fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment, please call Harry on 086 2637336 or Peter 087 9882640 or con­tact us via Face­book.

Co­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der, to Ab­bie Doyle who won gold in the na­tional sta­dium re­cently and also to Se­nior player Nicky Mer­nagh and his beau­ti­ful bride Wendy who were mar­ried on Satur­day.

Send­ing mile­stone birth­day wishes to Es­ther Mer­nagh, who, as mother of the groom, had dou­ble cel­e­bra­tions over the week­end.

A gen­tle re­minder that all club mem­ber­ships are now due, please con­tact club regis­trar Tommy Mur­phy.

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