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Se­nior – Our se­niors had a dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance against AGB and lost by two points. We play Ti­na­hely in the last game on Satur­day, Au­gust 12, in Aughrim. This is a must win game to sur­vive in the cham­pi­onship.

Ju­nior B - Our Ju­nior B team play AGB in the cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day at home at 7.30pm.

Physio - Physio on Wed­nes­day at 7pm in the club­house. €5 do­na­tion. Play­ers train­ing will have first pref­er­ence.

G4M&O - Train­ing Wed­nes­day as nor­mal 7pm to 8pm. It’s been great to see some new mem­bers join­ing the team over the last while. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Michelle 086 3734748, Sinead 086 2446510 or Kevin on 087 6123202.

Ju­ve­nile – For up­com­ing fix­tures, pic­tures and pitch rota please see our web­site and Face­book page.

Un­der-10 girls - Our un­der-10 girls took part in the Wick­low blitz in Balt­in­glass Satur­day. Su­per per­for­mance from all the girls as usual. They won all their games and with th­ese girls the fu­ture is very bright.

Hurl re­pairs - Hur­ley re­pairs - €5 a fix, €2/ hoop. Con­tact Ciarán 085 7145288.

Lotto – Our lotto was not won on Tues­day last we had three matched three num­bers, num­bers drawn 2,3, 6, and 23. Lotto con­tin­ues every fort­night. Tick­ets are avail­able from play­ers, com­mit­tee mem­bers and in shops and pubs around the town. Don’t miss a draw again and sign up for Di­rect Debit. Con­tact Noelle Mc Garr 087 7460327 or Arthur Hennessy for de­tails 087 2396157. Re­mem­ber you can also play on­line

AFL - We wish Molly Cullen and Gavin Mur­ray all the best as they head Down Un­der on July 29 for a month to play for Ire­land in the Aussie Foot­ball League in Mel­bourne.

Out­stand­ing mem­ber­ship- We would ap­pre­ci­ate if play­ers and non play­ers could pay their mem­ber­ship to Breda Bro­phy or John Magee Snr by July 31 please .

Hurl­ing Cúl Camps- well done to all who took part in the hurl­ing Cúl Camp this week in the pitch.

Scór na nÓg – Bless­ing­ton GAA will proudly host the Scór na nÓg on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

Scór is a GAA com­pe­ti­tion that com­bines all the colour and ri­valry of Gaelic Games with the so­cial/fun el­e­ment of Ire­land’s tra­di­tional past-times.

The com­pe­ti­tion was es­tab­lished by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of pro­mot­ing Ire­land’s tra­di­tional pas­times and cul­ture while of­fer­ing club mem­bers the chance to meet up, have fun and rep­re­sent their club dur­ing the win­ter months while foot­ball and hurl­ing had ceased.

There are eight events/dis­ci­plines in Scór that cover all as­pects of Ir­ish cul­ture: Fig­ure/ Céilí Danc­ing, Solo Singing, Bal­lad Group, Recita­tion/Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Pre­sen­ta­tion, In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic, Set Danc­ing and Table Quiz.

The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into two age lev­els, Scór na nÓg, for young peo­ple un­der 17 and Scór Sin­sir, for those over 17. Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Cather­ine Be­han on 087 1224019.

Cash for Clubs - The club has reg­is­tered again this year for Topaz Cash for Clubs. Every time you spend €30 and present your game tag you will get one point. We will need 2,000!

Is there any bus com­pa­nies, com­pa­nies with a fleet of vans on the road or taxi driv­ers around to help us achieve this tar­get?

Please con­tact Noreen on sec­re­tary.bless­ing­ton.wick­ Cash for Clubs will run un­til Sun­day, Au­gust 13. To par­tic­i­pate in Cash for Clubs you will need to be a reg­is­tered Play or Park mem­ber. Mem­ber­ship of Play or Park is sub­ject to the terms and con­di­tions of the scheme which can be found at www. play­or­

Cloth­ing Col­lec­tion on­go­ing - col­lect­ing good qual­ity sec­ond hand cloth­ing suit­able for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we col­lect, the more our club re­ceives.

If you are un­able to bring them to the GAA Grounds we can ar­range col­lec­tion. Please con­tact: John Magee Snr 086 8717483 or Breda Bro­phy 087 2253892. Thank you for your sup­port.

Car park­ing – For those who use Bless­ing­ton GAA Grounds the club has a RE­V­ERSE IN, DRIVE OUT pol­icy. This is for Health and Safety rea­sons.

There are a lot of kids us­ing our fa­cil­i­ties and their safety is para­mount. Yes, it’s a pain but it must be done. You will make our park­ing at­ten­dants life a bit eas­ier. The club are also im­ple­ment­ing a NO PARK­ING sec­tion at the area im­me­di­ately be­side the as­tro. It would be great if all ev­ery­one would com­ply. It’s not easy to im­ple­ment change.

Shop at the pitch – Shop will be open for some home games. Boots for sale sizes 28 to 33 (age 4 to 8) €10. Tea, cof­fee and good­ies. Gum shields also for sale.

Re­mem­ber to keep up­dated on what is hap­pen­ing in the Club log on www.bless­ing­ton­ and Bless­ing­ton GAA on Face­book and on Twit­ter @bless­ing­ton­gaa. If you wish to be on the Bless­ing­ton GAA Sup­port­ers text list, please text your name to 085 1607808.


The Se­niors suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing cham­pi­onship loss against An­nacurra last Sun­day in Ark­low. Fi­nal score was 0-7 to 1-12. A win is needed in round three to see New­town through to the next round, round three against Éire Óg is sched­uled to take place on Fri­day, Au­gust 11, at 7.30pm in Ash­ford.

Over re­cent weeks we have en­joyed glo­ri­ous sun­shine at our ju­nior Mag­pie’s nurs­ery which takes place every Satur­day at 10am on the pitch, the nurs­ery is for kids aged 4-8 and great fun is had by all every week. We will have no nurs­ery next week due to the bank hol­i­day but will re­sume on Satur­day 12th.

The un­der-7s and un­der-9s had their last home blitz of the year re­cently. There are two blitzes left to fin­ish out the sea­son one in Bray on Fri­day, Au­gust 18, and one in Bal­li­nakill on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2. Both of th­ese teams are train­ing on Tues­days at 6.30pm.

The un­der-11s are back in ac­tion tonight against Kil­coole away and they train on Wed­nes­days at 7pm.

The un­der-13s are do­ing well in the league and they played An­nacurra away on Mon­day, they train on Mon­days at 6.30pm.

The un­der-8 and 10 girls train Wed­nes­days at 6.30pm. The un­der-12 girls were away to Balt­in­glass last Mon­day for the first match of the cham­pi­onship with their next match at home to Bless­ing­ton.

The un­der-14 girls are due to play Ti­na­hely in the cham­pi­onship next week how­ever there is no date con­firmed as yet, train­ing is Mon­days and Thurs­days at 7pm.

The un­der-16 girls clinched the league re­cently and were pre­sented with the cup last Thurs­day, Philly and his man­age­ment team gave the girls the night off and took them out for a well-de­served pizza.

Thanks to the Moun­tkennedy inn and chef Keith Devlin for a great evening. Now train­ing has been stepped up and we re­ally need ev­ery­body to at­tend all ses­sions.

Best of luck in the cham­pi­onship which started on Mon­day with an away game against Balt­in­glass.

We had a great week at our Cúl Camps which was our best and big­gest camp to date, many thanks to all who at­tended. Well done to Una Power who won ‘Girl of the Camp’ and Dayle Carthy who won ‘Boy of the Camp’. Mas­sive thanks to all the coaches and the ever re­li­able Ger Burke who as usual went be­yond the call of duty.

If you need more info about any of our ju­ve­nile teams please give Shay a ring on 087 2699620.

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

The lotto rolled over again this week, num­bers drawn were 7, 14, 15, and 18, and there were five match three win­ners. This week’s jack­pot was €5k.


IOMÁINT - Éire Óg drew with Gle­nealy, 2-14 to 1-17 in their match in the league stages of the Da­cia Cars SHC in Joule Park on Satur­day evening last.

Based on the his­tory of the clubs in the com­pe­ti­tion to that date one would not have given the seasiders a snow­ball’s chance in hell of com­ing near such an achieve­ment.

Gle­nealy had been un­beaten while Na Clocha Liatha lads had lost two of their games and had been ex­tremely lucky in scrap­ing past Carnew by the min­i­mum of mar­gins the pre­vi­ous week.

For the pes­simistic among us the fix­ture had the air of lambs to the slaugh­ter about it.

The team tak­ing to the field against Gle­nealy, whilst com­pris­ing es­sen­tially the same per­son­nel, luck­ily bore no re­sem­blance in ac­tion to that which played against Carnew.

Gone was the fum­bling and foos­t­er­ing, poor han­dling and strik­ing which char­ac­terised that game, in­stead we had a team trans­formed play­ing with con­fi­dence, skill and co­her­ence.

Éire Óg were in at­tack mode from the throw-in and, to ev­ery­one’s eye-rub­bing as­ton­ish­ment, were (thanks to a long-dis­tance goal from Anto Byrne and an­other from the ‘Pooch’ after a pass from Michael Walsh) 2-0 to 0-1 ahead on six min­utes.

The ex­pected Gle­nealy fight-back was im­me­di­ate but thanks to the com­mit­ted en­gage­ment of the Éire Óg lads through­out the field it did not take the feared form of a del­uge of scores and in­stead the gap on the score­board was only very grad­u­ally whit­tled down. The teams were level at the short whis­tle.

The sec­ond half was closely fought but with Gle­nealy main­tain­ing a nar­row lead through the 30 min­utes. Gavin Parslow brought the teams to par­ity with a point from play deep in in­jury time.

The two sets of play­ers are to be com­mended for both the qual­ity of their play and its hon­esty.

This was a con­test which would bring joy to any hurl­ing en­thu­si­ast’s heart for its won­der­ful sports­man­ship and the in­ten­sity of its man-to-man en­gage­ment (un­tainted by any pre-ar­ranged sys­tem). Buíochas leo go léir for giv­ing us such an en­joy­able game.

PEIL NA GCAILÍNÍ - The un­der-16s’ league cam­paign ended last week with a 6-17 to 4-13 win at home against An Tóchar. While it might be some­what dra­matic to de­scribe the cam­paign as hav­ing be­gun in a whim­per and hav­ing ended in a blaze of glory it did mir­ror this de­scrip­tion.

Due to in­juries etc.the team took some time to get it to­gether and early on lost some games they should have been well ca­pa­ble of win­ning and therein lay their fail­ure to top the table.

On the other hand the girls found their form at the lat­ter end of the league and in their fi­nal games reg­is­tered an un­bro­ken run – in­clud­ing a five-point win over league win­ners New­town – of vic­to­ries.

The game against An Tóchar was a hugely en­ter­tain­ing ding dong bat­tle which did not re­lent in in­ten­sity over its ab­sorb­ing du­ra­tion.

The open­ing pe­riod was par­tic­u­larly close fought and Éire Óg counted them­selves lucky to be two points, 4-9 to 4-7, ahead at the break.

Goals in ladies foot­ball are eas­ier to come by than in the men’s game so they do not have the same im­port as leis na fir.

Hence the fi­nal score, 6-17 to 4-13, if taken on its face value, would give a dis­torted view of the sec­ond half pro­ceed­ings and would do scant jus­tice to the ef­forts of a gal­lant An Tóchar team.

An fhoire­ann: Alanna Ní Sheáin, Me­gan Maguire, An­drea Han­lon, Chloe Leonard, Ais­ling Dug­gan, Eva Roche, Alice O’Neill, Katie Law­less (2-3), Clau­dia Ran­dles, El­lie O’Neill (1-7), Eva Me­gan­nety (0-2), So­phie Fitzger­ald, Emer Fawsett (0-4), El­lan Gar­vey, Terri-Ann Hamil­ton (3-2), Eva Sk­er­ritt, Kerry Williams (0-2).

The team’s next match will be in the cham­pi­onship which is sched­uled to be­gin about the mid­dle of Au­gust.

CÚL CAMPS - Dur­ing five days of each of the last two weeks, from 10 in the morn­ing to half past 2 in the af­ter­noon the Éire Óg grounds echoed to the joy­ful sound of hun­dreds of pri­mary school stu­dents ag baint tait­neamh as the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Kel­loggs GAA Cúl Camps. Buíochas to the man­age­ment team of Dar­ren Hay­den, Colm Gaskin and his brother ‘Mossie’ and to their very com­mit­ted en­thu­si­as­tic, child-cen­tred and able teams of tu­tors in both the hurl­ing and the foot­ball, the camps were a huge suc­cess.

The Cúl Camp pack­age is ap­peal­ing and offers great value for money. Chil­dren are af­forded four and a half hours of well-struc­tured and well-su­per­vised ac­tiv­ity per day and are pre­sented with at­trac­tive and use­ful play­ing gear.

In the Éire Óg camps 190 chil­dren at­tended the hurl­ing and in ex­cess of 240 took part in the foot­ball. The sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing was very high with the feed­back from chil­dren and par­ents be­ing uni­ver­sally pos­i­tive (the whine-line to Joe Duffy proved to be to­tally re­dun­dant!).

The Cúl Camps are or­gan­ised in all of the 32 coun­ties, in Bri­tain and in Amer­ica and are at­tended by well over 100,000 chil­dren. A huge feat of or­gan­i­sa­tion for which the GAA is given lit­tle credit in the me­dia.


The next Hol­ly­wood GAA Club Lotto will be held on Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, at 7.30 pm in Tutty’s for a jack­pot of €10,800.Tick­ets can be bought lo­cally or at hol­ly­ Thank you and good luck.

Ju­ve­nile train­ing con­tin­ues on Thurs­day nights at 7pm.


Mary Cam­pion (nee O’Neill) Balt­in­glass passed to her eter­nal re­ward on Mon­day, July 24, to Mary’s hus­band Daniel & fam­ily, to her sis­ter Carmel and the Be­han fam­ily, Quarry St., and to Mary’s ex­tended fam­ily and friends all in­volved with Shillelagh G.A.A. adult and ju­ve­nile clubs ex­tend their deep­est sym­pa­thy.

Adult train­ing on Tues­day 25th was called off and all ju­ve­nile ac­tiv­ity cur­tailed as a mark of re­spect. R.I.P Mary.

The Ju­nior A foot­ball team had to give best to Newcastle in Rd. 2 of the cham­pi­onship on Sun­day, July 23.

Los­ing Cathal Mur­phy with a wrist in­jury didn’t help our cause and de­spite dom­i­nat­ing for long pe­ri­ods in the sec­ond half, a two-point de­feat was our lot. Still a bit of foot­ball to be played in this group and on a pos­i­tive note our chances of ad­vanc­ing to the knock­out stages is very much in our own hands.

Train­ing for all panel mem­bers con­tin­ues on this Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, at 8pm and the lads will have a chance to get the Newcastle de­feat out of the sys­tem when they take on Clon­more in the in­au­gu­ral John F Kenny Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment on the Fair­green on Satur­day, next Au­gust 5. Throw in is at 5pm, all sup­port ap­pre­ci­ated.

The com­bi­na­tion drawn in the club lotto draw on Mon­day, July 10, was 5, 6, 7 and 20 their was no jack­pot win­ner. Karl Dagge and Jonathan Be­han, both from Quarry St., matched three num­bers and shared €100. John Cullen won the pro­moter’s prize.

The num­bers drawn on Mon­day, July 24, were 11, 16, 19, and 24. Again, the jack­pot proved to be elu­sive.

Treasa Doyle c/o Tommy Mur­phy, Bren­dan Be­han, Quarry St., and Maisie Car­ton, Quarry St. matched three and won €35 each.

Dar­ren Ka­vanagh won the much sought after pro­mot­ers prize, the next draw with the jack­pot a very en­tic­ing €3,800 will take place in Kenny’s Cen­tral House on Tues­day, Au­gust 8, your con­tin­ued sup­port is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Best wishes for a speedy to re­cov­ery to Lil Be­han, wife of our joint Pres­i­dent, Paddy, re­cu­per­at­ing at home after a spell in hos­pi­tal. Get well soon, Lil.

Tony Lyons, Mill­bank, is also cur­rently hos­pi­talised, best wishes for a speedy re­cov­ery, Tony.

Our other joint Pres­i­dent, Jimmy Kearns, Quarry St., is also in cel­e­bra­tory mode with the ar­rival home from the US of A of his daugh­ter Marie Zu­panc and fam­ily on hol­i­day.

En­joy your stay in the Emer­ald Isle, Marie and fam­ily.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Carol Nolan and David (Caf­frey) Cullen on their new ar­rival a sis­ter for Anna and Noah, and Noah, who is re­ported to be in a state of eu­pho­ria since hear­ing that the ad­di­tion to the fam­ily was a girl, just a lit­tle re­minder you will be ex­pected to as­sist your un­der-11 team­mates in the lo­cal derby against Cool­boy on this Wed­nes­day evening.

Ju­ve­nile - The un­der-13 St. Mary’s Coolkenno / Shillelagh com­bi­na­tion who have been show­ing a marked im­prove­ment in form and re­sults of late were sched­uled to take on St. Pat’s on Mon­day last, July 31. Full re­port in next week’s notes.

Plenty of ac­tiv­ity on the hori­zon for our tal­ented ju­ve­niles. On this Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 2, the un­der-11 foot­ball team take on Cool­boy on the Fair­green at 7.15pm.

A re­minder to all ju­ve­niles and par­ents and tes­ta­ment to the fan­tas­tic work be­ing car­ried out at ju­ve­nile level, this year we host our very own Cúl Camp, tak­ing place on the Fair­green and run­ning from Mon­day, Au­gust 14, to Fri­day 18th in­clu­sive. For fur­ther de­tails con­tact Ju­ve­nile club Chair­man Paul Be­han at 087 7405359.

On Satur­day, Au­gust 19, the next in­stal­ment in the Go Games se­ries takes place on the Fair­green.

Fur­ther de­tails closer to the date.

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