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At a well-at­tended A.G.M on Fri­day night last the fol­low­ing were elected to the main po­si­tions in the club: Chair­man Wil­lie O’Lough­lin, sec­re­tary John Keenan, trea­surer Conor Phe­lan.

Our Ju­ve­nile Christ­mas raf­fle tick­ets are on sale at the mo­ment we would urge all par­ents, play­ers and club mem­bers to sup­port this fundraiser for our ju­ve­niles. We fielded 16 Ju­ve­nile teams in both hurl­ing and foot­ball at all age groups this year and it takes a huge amount of time, ef­fort and fi­nance ev­ery year to keep the show on the road.

Our draw will take place in Joe O’Tooles on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22, so pen­cil this date in for our Christ­mas get-to­gether for ev­ery­body in­volved in the club.


Lotto num­bers drawn were: 11, 21, 24, and 25. No win­ner. Match-three win­ners for €100 each: Ju­lia O’Neill, Michael McGrath and Mar­garet Kenny. This week’s jack­pot is €9,500. Next draw on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3, in Ger­maine’s pub. Thanks for sup­port­ing the club lotto. Please con­tinue to play.

Our AGM is Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, at 8pm in the club house.

Con­tact Ali­son on 087 6320850 for any club gear re­quests. She also has gift vouch­ers which can be pur­chased.

A great end to the play­ing year in the club when the un­der-20 team won the in­au­gu­ral Un­der-20 County Cham­pi­onship a cou­ple of weeks ago beat­ing AGB in the fi­nal. We say well done to this great young squad and their man­age­ment team of Billy Cullen, Stephen Heaslip and Rocky Nolan who brought home the Peter Keogh Me­mo­rial Cup to the town.

Any­one who wishes to pur­chase a DVD of the fi­nal please con­tact Billy Winders.

At a re­cent cer­e­mony in DCU, for­mer Balt­in­glass play­ers Paul Kenny, Kevin O’Brien and Robert McHugh were pre­sented with their Award 2 coach­ing cer­tifi­cate by Le­in­ster GAA. Well done, lads.


Fol­low­ing our AGM our chair­per­son is Paul Wilson, sec­re­tary is Lucy Mooney and trea­surer is Gary Tutty. Con­grat­u­la­tions to them. A huge thank you to all our out­go­ing of­fi­cers who have put in an enor­mous amount of work for the club.

Hol­ly­wood GAA Club lotto re­sults from Novem­ber 29 - The num­bers drawn were 1, 3, 4 and 29. There was no jack­pot win­ner. The seller’s prize went to Maura Tutty Deay (534). The €50 win­ners were Ann Cullen (364), Kevin Pat Clarke (426) and Ly­dia Doyle (343).

Next draw for €7,600 will be held in Hol­ly­wood Inn on De­cem­ber 13. Thanks for your con­tin­ued sup­port.


This is the last club notes for 2018. Thanks to all who con­trib­uted through­out the year. Keep up­dated on Face­book and Sup­port­ers What­sApp. Watch out for our newly de­signed web­site which will be launched in the New Year.

Lotto - Next draw will take place on De­cem­ber 4 in Hen­nessy’s. Jack­pot is €2,600. Thanks for con­tin­ued sup­port.

Mass for our de­ceased mem­bers – Will be held in St Mary’s on De­cem­ber 8 at 6pm.

Club AGM – The Bless­ing­ton GAA AGM on Mon­day, Novem­ber 26, in the Baile Coimin Cen­tre was very well at­tended. Thanks to all who came along. Well done to Arthur Hen­nessy who has served as a com­mit­tee mem­ber for 50 years since first elected. Best wishes to our club Pres­i­dent Gerry McIn­tyre who is cur­rently un­well. A minute’s si­lence was held for our de­ceased mem­bers.

Night at the dogs – The Bless­ing­ton GAA night at the dogs at New­bridge on Fri­day last was very well at­tended. The win­ners of the Buster draw €750 – Amy Dunne €750 – Oisin O’Cal­laghan. Raf­fle – Sheila Cooney, Deer­park Walk €400. Jimmy Car­roll Por­tar­ling­ton €400. Cur­tis Ger­aghty €300. Maria Ruiz €300. Dar­ren Be­han €200. Paul Pen­der €200. Pat Bren­nan €100. Cather­ine Bealin €100. Brigid Mur­phy, Red Bog €100. Mary Fin­negan €100. Paddy Mur­phy c/o Paul McLough­lin €100. Thanks to all who bought tick­ets, spon­sored dogs and spon­sored in­di­vid­ual races. Our main spon­sor was Dunnes Stores Bless­ing­ton.

Awards night – The ju­ve­nile awards night for boys un­der-11 to un­der-17 was held in St Kevin’s Hall on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1.

It was a ter­rific turn out and the fi­nal awards event of the year. Kevin Gil­more wel­comed ev­ery­one for at­tend­ing and thanked Steven Bo­han, Kevin Han­lon and Bryan Car­roll along­side new Se­nior man­ager for Bless­ing­ton, Mick Mur­ray, for at­tend­ing and pre­sent­ing the medals on the night.

Kevin thanked ev­ery­one in the club, par­ents, coaches and play­ers for their sup­port. First up were the three un­der-11 teams who had a very suc­cess­ful sea­son by win­ning their league fi­nals and won the Allen Cup.

The un­der-11s were wor­thy win­ners of the Team of the Year award for 2018. Jimmy Mul­hall is very proud of all the lads and the ef­fort they all put in.

Martin Walsh, man­ager of the un­der-12s, had great words of en­cour­age­ment for the lads.

Barry Be­han, man­ager of the un­der-13s, thanked his lads for all the great work they put in this year and wished them the best for 2019.

Kevin Doo­ley, man­ager of the un­der-15s, gave very im­pres­sive stats of the matches that his team had played dur­ing the year and still had a semi-fi­nal to play the next day!

Dar­ren Be­han, the un­der-17s man­ager, thanked the lads for a great year and were wor­thy win­ners of the Wick­low League and run­ners-up in the cham­pi­onship. He wished the older lads all the best as they move up to Ju­nior foot­ball in 2019.

Pat Bren­nan and Derek Bro­gan thanked all the hurlers who play for West­ern Gaels and Michael Dwyers teams from un­der-11 to un­der-17. All the lads re­ceived a slio­thar as a mo­mento.

Un­der-15 player Jack Sar­gent was the wor­thy win­ner of the Pat Fan­ning Cup which was pre­sented by Tom Hen­nessy and Kevin Quinn was the de­served win­ner of the Mi­nor Player of the Year award.

The Blue Stars team was an­nounced: Un­der-13s: Sean El­lis, Brian Richard­son, Finn Be­han. Un­der-14s: Lukas Sarkauskas, Adam Wil­liamson, Rory Cullen. Un­der-15s: Rob­bie Richard­son, Dan Keogh, Niall O Gall­chob­hair. Un­der-16s: Claude Tournou, Jake O’Kelly, Sean Lambe. Un­der-17s: Cor­mac Roe, Eoin Ka­vanagh, Craig Maguire. Well done to all. Thanks to all who got the hall ready and San­dra and Karen who served the re­fresh­ments.

Un­der-11s - We had our awards on Satur­day night, De­cem­ber 1, in St Kevin’s hall. Blue/White and Red squads re­ceived their Wick­low league win­ners’ medals from our fi­nals in Bal­li­nakill. Also, the Allen Cup squad re­ceived their medals for win­ning the Allen Cup.

Fi­nally, to our great sur­prise, our 2007/2008 un­der-11 squad of play­ers re­ceived the club’s Team of the Year award which is noth­ing more than they de­serve for all their hard work in train­ing through­out the year/trav­el­ling near and far to matches and then win­ning re­spec­tive top group fi­nals in Bal­li­nakill.

There was also the fan­tas­tic achieve­ment of win­ning the Allen Cup which hasn’t been won by Bless­ing­ton since 2011.

Thanks to all the kids for all ef­fort through year, to the par­ents for bring­ing kids to train­ing and all over Wick­low and Kil­dare for matches, to Noreen for top class weekly notes and Face­book up­dates, to all as­so­ci­ated with pitch ros­ters/ stew­ards and pitches or­gan­i­sa­tion (Jack sorry for leav­ing goals on main pitch twice and he well let me know!)), to Kevin and the ju­ve­nile com­mit­tee.

Fi­nally, and most im­por­tant, thanks to my fel­low coaches who with­out noth­ing can hap­pen for kids who give up all their time to coach­ing kids and trav­el­ling to games - Eddie Boy­lan, Ben Reid, Ea­mon El­liott, Jonathan Be­han, Donal Smith, Liam Small and Gerry Phibbs. Thanks to any­one who helped us out with teams in 2018 in any­way.

Un­der-15s – Last game of the year was on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, away to Sallins in the Kil­dare un­der-15 league semi-fi­nal and it was prob­a­bly one of the most de­ter­mined team per­for­mances of the year. It was a very close game through­out but Sallins made it there in the last 10 min­utes. A busy year for the lads with 38 games over the year that started in early Jan­uary. Best of luck to all the lads in 2019.

Scór na nÓg – Our young mem­bers from Bless­ing­ton GAA will rep­re­sent Wick­low in the Le­in­ster Semi-fi­nal of Scór na nÓg in Al­len­wood on Sun­day in Leiriu Staitse, Ceol Uirlise and Aithriseoireacht/ Scealaiocht. Good luck all.

Ladies 25th an­niver­sary mem­o­ra­bilia - Ladies 25 an­niver­sary mugs, pens, wrist­bands, boot bags etc for sale. These will be col­lec­tor’s items in a cou­ple of years so make sure you get yours. Con­tact Jess on 086 8602822.

Re­mem­ber to keep up­dated on what is hap­pen­ing in the club. Log on to www. bless­ing­ton­ and Bless­ing­ton GAA on Face­book and on Twit­ter @bless­ing­ton­gaa.


The county un­der-20 foot­ball cham­pi­onship was a hugely wel­come ad­di­tion to the Cill Man­táin schedule in 2018.

The com­pe­ti­tion proved to be quite com­pet­i­tive in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ di­vi­sions with most games at both lev­els be­ing closely fought and en­ter­tain­ing and with no cer­tainty as to the fi­nal­ists un­til the penul­ti­mate stage.

The Éire Óg men­tors are grate­ful for the com­pe­ti­tion as it helps to keep in­ter­est alive among young foot­ballers who are in tran­si­tion be­tween youth and adult foot­ball. It was an added bonus that our lads won the ‘B’ sec­tion.

Éire Óg beat Rath­new in the fi­nal, 0-14 to 1-4, in St. Pats grounds in Dun­bur on Sun­day. This win, when one con­sid­ers the for­mi­da­ble foot­balling his­tory of Rath­new, surely al­lows the team to add an ex­tra feather to its cap.

The tro­phy for the com­pe­ti­tion which is named af­ter Paudge Doo­ley of Doo­ley Auc­tion­eers was pre­sented to cap­tain Eoin McTeague by Eu­gene Doo­ley.

On the club’s web­site a pho­to­graph of the oc­ca­sion shows Eoin be­ing pre­sented with the tro­phy in the pres­ence of Uachtarán Ray Barry and Oliver Leonard.

The vic­tory came af­ter the AGM so it was not pos­si­ble to in­clude it be­side the county cham­pi­onship win of our un­der-17s in Rú­naí ‘Doc’ O’Con­nor’s an­nual re­port. Comhgáird­eachas mór to the buachaillí and to their men­tors,


St Pa­trick’s GAA held the 2018 AGM in the club­house on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, at 8p.m. We wish the in­com­ing com­mit­tee the best of luck for 2019:

Chair­man: John Gill, vice-chair­per­son: Tara Gor­man, sec­re­tary: Michael Mur­phy, trea­surer: James Phe­lan, reg­is­trar: Eddie Leonard, adult foot­ball: Gary Duffy, ju­ve­nile sec­tion: Alan Lalor, chil­dren’s of­fi­cer: Carmel Earls, and PRO: John Smith.

In­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in man­ag­ing adult play­ing teams for 2019 should sub­mit their name and man­age­ment team pro­pos­als to the sec­re­tary. Man­age­ment teams will be ap­pointed by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to club mem­bers Medb O’Keane and Aine Cahill pick­ing up sil­ver­ware with UCD while win­ning the Gourmet Food Par­lour HEC Divi­sion 4 ti­tle.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved with CCM who de­feated St Kevins CC 6-9 to 3-8 in the Wick­low fi­nal of the Le­in­ster Ju­nior hurl­ing C1 com­pe­ti­tion. Best of luck to CCM who will now rep­re­sent Wick­low in the South Le­in­ster com­pe­ti­tion.

St. Pa­trick’s GAA Club hosted the Un­der-20 Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship ‘B’ fi­nal for the Paudge Doo­ley Me­mo­rial Cup be­tween Rath­new and Éire Óg Grey­stones on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, in Dun­bur Park, Wick­low Town, with ref­eree Stephen Fa­gan.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Éire Óg who won the the gameby 0-14 to Rath­new’s 1-4.

Our own Eu­gene Doo­ley, who spon­sored the cup in mem­ory of his late fa­ther, pre­sented the Paudge Doo­ley Me­mo­rial Cup to Éire Óg cap­tain Eoin McTeague.

Thank you to all the club volunteers who helped out: Eddie Leonard, Mick Mur­phy, Gar­ret O’Reilly, Eu­gene Doo­ley and Pa­trice Evans.

Af­ter the end of a suc­cess­ful sea­son for the Se­nior foot­ball team, the play­ers and man­age­ment would like to take the op­por­tu­nity to thank their spon­sors for their sup­port and gen­eros­ity dur­ing the year. It was very much ap­pre­ci­ated and helped play a part in the team win­ning both the cham­pi­onship and league cup.

Please note - dates for your diary. Please sup­port your club, this is your op­por­tu­nity to have your say in your club.

Wick­low GAA’s an­nual County Con­ven­tion will be held on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10, at 7pm sharp in county build­ings, Joule Park Aughrim.

The Gar­den County awards night will be held on Satur­day, Jan­uary 19, in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

The GAA Na­tional Club Draw tick­ets are now avail­able from club trea­surer James Phe­lan. Please con­tact James on 087 2284441for tick­ets.

Please note ev­ery Wed­nes­day from Novem­ber 7 for the next six weeks the St. Pa­trick’s Club Gym is un­avail­able from 7.45 to 9.15pm due to the county un­der-15 lads us­ing the gym.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ports our club lotto. On Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, the num­bers 16, 21, 25 and 28, and the bonus 24 were drawn.

There was no match-five jack­pot win­ner of €10,000. There was no match-four jack­pot win­ner for €3,100. There was no match-three win­ners. This week’s match­four jack­pot is €3,200.

Our sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Mar­garet Ellen (Aileen) Mar­ron (née Mee­han) (Swords, Co. Dublin and Drum­cliffe, Co. Sligo) who has passed away peace­fully on Novem­ber 30, 2018 at Beau­mont Hospi­tal.

Beloved wife of the late Frank; sadly missed by her lov­ing chil­dren Siob­han, Peter, Deirdre, Donal, Emer and Aiveen, daugh­ters-in-law Carmel and Mau­reen, son-in-law Eddie, part­ners Pas­cale and Michael, grand­chil­dren Ais­linn, Caitri­ona, Doire­ann, Frankie, Ruairi, Laoise and Rossa, rel­a­tives and a large cir­cle of friends.

Repos­ing at her home on Mon­day (De­cem­ber 3) evening from 4 - 8 p.m. Re­moval on Tues­day (De­cem­ber 4) morn­ing to St. Colm­cille’s Church, Swords, ar­riv­ing for 10 a.m.

Mass fol­lowed by fu­neral to Rolestown Ceme­tery. No flow­ers please. Do­na­tions if de­sired to C.O.P.D. Sup­port Ire­land or the Beau­mont Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Please send any in­for­ma­tion for club notes to Pro.stpatricks.wick­[email protected] be­fore 9pm on Sun­day evenings.


Lotto draw re­sults from Mi­ley’s on Tues­day, Novem­ber 27 - No jack­pot win­ner from num­bers 4, 6, 10, and 15. Two match-three win­ners: Mag Doyle c/o sharon Doyle; Pa­tri­cia O’Toole c/o Eileen Kennedy.

Next draw Car­toon Inn, Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4, 9.30pm for a jack­pot of €2,100. Thanks for all your con­tin­ued sup­port.

Avon­dale GAA club are cur­rently seek­ing a new se­nior hurl­ing man­ager and also a new se­nior foot­ball man­ager for the com­ing sea­son.

If any­one is in­ter­ested please con­tact Helen on 086 8058983.

The club would like to thank Em­met O’Sul­li­van for all his ded­i­ca­tion to our teams, and wish him all the best for his fu­ture en­deav­ors.

Our club AGM is on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 in the com­plex at 8pm. All wel­come to at­tend.


The Ju­ve­nile club would like to thank all the kids, men­tors and par­ents who helped us this year and also a spe­cial thank you to any­one who spon­sored us this year.

‘We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christ­mas’: Ju­ve­nile chair­man, Stephen Hickey.

There was no jack­pot win­ner of the lotto on Novem­ber 26. The win­ning num­bers were 1, 5, 13, and 24. The bonus num­ber was 17. There were two match 3 win­ners, M. Austin and Jim Darcy.

Rath­new’s Dy­lan Smith and Éire Óg’s Eoghan McTague com­pete for pos­ses­sion dur­ing the Un­der-20 ‘B’ Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Dun­bur Park.

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