CROSS-COUNTRY running isn’t for the faint-hearted, so it was tremendous to see so many athletes donning the Lusk AC singlet on Sunday for the Dublin Masters Championship at St Anne’s Park, Raheny.
There were 16 men, six women and an army of supporters all flying the Lusk flag in the face of very strong competition. Conditions underfoot were great, but cross-country is different to the road running that most of us are used to, so most of us were well outside our comfort zones.
Even so, the performances were great and it’s brilliant to see the club battling it out with some of Dublin’s bigger clubs. These events are all about the team and eking out an extra place or two. The places for the first four from each team are added together for the team competition for Over-35s and Over-50s.
The women’s race was 3,000m and we had a fantastic five in the top 90. Sheila Bourke was outstanding, coming home in 45th place, with Nicole Hodson, Una Gaines and Kathy Mcnamara all scoring valuable points for the team. Thirteenth place out of 18 was a superb result in the Over-35s competition.
The men’s race was 6,000m, with Johnny Holland and Conor Doyle working brilliantly together to both break into the top 60. Dwain Moore and Eamon Caffrey also ran well to score for the team, leading us into 15th place from 19 in the Over-35s competition.
Our Over-50s men gave it their all and were 12th out of 13 teams, and overall it was an amazing day for the club. Well done to all those who ran and thank you for the cheers from our great supporters. Results:
Women’s 3,000m - Sheila Bourke 13:31, Nicole Hodson 14:14, Una Gaines 14:21, Kathy Mcnamara 14:24, Ann Robinson 14:37, Fiona Reinhardt 15:20.
Men’s 6,000m - Johnny Holland 24:04, Conor Doyle 24:12, Dwain Moore 25:29, Sean Greensit 27:13, Eamon Caffrey 27:23, Garret Nolan 28:10, Colm Mcnally 28:19, Ken Cahill 28:25, Will Walsh 28:31, Colin Browne 29:34, Mark Geraghty 30:12, Stephen Brennan 30:27, Olivier Ansaldi 30:53, Greg Robins 31:47, Eamonn Gahan 33:13, Ger Kearney 33:15.
Attendances were high at parkrun events across the country, with the combination of New Year resolutions and a bright, sunny morning.
Lusk members were present at six different venues on Saturday, with Stephen Murtagh recording the fastest time with an impressive 20:22 at Ardgillan. There were also PBS for Cian Harpur and Elizabeth Kavanagh.
Well done to all those who participated and thanks to everyone that volunteered. Results:
Ardgillan - Stephen Murtagh 20:22, Cian Harpur 27:48 PB.
Donabate - Francis Mccullagh 21:48, Sean Greensit 24:44 pacer, Eamonn Gahan 25:40, Liam Halpin 26:03, Cerys O’mahony 26:59, Geraldine Halpin 31:02.
Malahide - Rodrigo Lara 23:36.
Tymon - Elizabeth Kavanagh 27:44 PB.
Hartstown - Des Mcnally 23:59.
Castletown - Kylie Anne Hill Daly 29:54.
Rush junior - Cerys O’mahony 10:07, Alexa Holland 11:01, Oscar Nolan 11:04, Caleb Nolan 15:10, Reuben Nolan 15:12, Aoife Clune 20:48.
Volunteers - Nicole Hodson, Liam Halpin, Sean Greensit, Jamie Cruise, Matthew Bush, Caitriona Halpin, Daniel O’brien.
New Year’s Day is the only opportunity of the year for parkrunners to register two parkruns on the same day. Start times were staggered at the locations that held events, allowing time to complete one with a 9.30 start and then get to the next one by 11am. Some hardy souls even managed to run between the two!
Of the 14 club members who participated, no fewer than 12 completed a double. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to the dozen who can say they got the year off to a great start with a unique kind of interval training.
Congrats also to Olivier Ansaldi who completed his 50th and 51st parkruns. Results:
St Anne’s - Sean Greensit 20:20, Colin Browne 22:01, Olivier Ansaldi 22:50, Nicole Hodson 22:59, Des Mcnally 23:59 PB, Gerard Kearney 24:45 PB, Colm Mcnally 24:48, Liam Halpin 26:40, Geraldine Halpin 30:22.
Tymon - Jamie Cruise 22:38, John Mcdonald 26:05, Elizabeth Kavanagh 28:24, Ursula Mcdonald 28:32.
Lees Road - Francis Mccullagh 21:19.
Father Collins - Sean Greensit 20:23 PB, Colm Mcnally 23:28, Olivier Ansaldi 23:37 PB, Nicole Hodson 24:07, Colin Browne 24:07, Des Mcnally 24:19, Liam Halpin 26:54, Geraldine Halpin 30:50.
Bushy - Jamie Cruise 22:32, John Mcdonald 27:50 PB, Ursula Mcdonald 29:01 PB, Elizabeth Kavanagh 29:02.
ACADEMY: The Academy returns this coming Saturday after the Christmas break on the all-weather pitch from 10am until 11.30am. New members are always welcome.
Annual Membership: The Annual membership is now due and the club have introduced two new methods of payment. One is an App for smartphones called Myclubfinance and can be found on Android and Apple App stores. When you open the App, look for Fingallians in the Club search.
It’s also a great way to play the club lotto online as you can play the same numbers for a given amount of weeks.
The other method is in the Desktop. Log on to https:// clubforce.com and follow the same process as the App. We are trying to get members to pay online more so than the bar as it is a quicker and easier way to pay your membership.
Ladies U-16 football: It was a super night in the club on Friday night last. Well done to all those who organised the Graduation night for our U-16 ladies who now move into the Adult section of the club. It was a great undertaking by mentors, parents, sponsors and supporters to host the night for the girls who all go on to a super next stage in their football career.
Hurling: The club are running a new initiative to reuse any hurling helmets and hurls that are lying around your home. Anybody wishing to donate hurls or helmets is asked to drop them into the bar.
Dancing: The Monday Night Dancing has returned on Monday nights in the club hall. This is open to all and there’s no partner required - just show up. The fee is €10 from 8 until 11pm, with all types of dancing catered for. Contact Patricia at 0857307173. Bring out your inner Strictly Come Dancing!
Camogie Level 1 Course: A Level 1 Camogie course will be held in O’dwyer’s GAA Club in Balbriggan on Friday January 25th/saturday 26th and February 1st/2nd. Anybody interested is asked to contact Anne Marie Brett. Please note - you must have completed a Foundation course to attend this course.
Ladies Dub Stars: The Ladies annual Dub Stars Games take place in the DCU Sports Grounds next Sunday, starting at 11.30 with the Junior game and then 1.30 for the Senior match. Admission is free of charge, with an option to donate to the chosen charity ‘Daniel’s Voyage’. Best of luck to Emer Ni Eafa in the Senior game and Lauryn Campbell in the Junior. There will be serious talent on display, so get out and support the Ladies.
Social football: Social football is back on the all-weather pitch on Fridays from 8pm and it’s a great way of running off the Christmas excess, New players are always welcome - just contact Mark Butler.
Ladies Player Conference: The Ladies Gaelic Football Association is delighted to host our first Adult Player Conference
on Sunday next in the National Indoor Arena on the Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin.
We recently conducted a player survey which received a huge response and we aim to address many of these topics through an educational, informative and inspirational day designed for adult female players (18+), both club and county.
To book tickets for the event please go to https://www. eventbrite.ie. It is only €10 per person, including lunch. Places will be limited and we look forward to seeing many of you players there.
Dublin senior football: Best of luck to Ian O’reilly and Oisin Lynch who line out for the Dublin senior football team in Parnell Park on Saturday night in their O’byrne Cup clash with rivals Meath.
Fingallians extends their deepest sympathy to Joan King and her family on the death of her father. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilís.
The Committee would like to wish all players, mentors, staff, supporters and sponsors a very happy new year.
HAPPY New Year to all our members, players, supporters and friends. We look forward to your continued support of Skerries Harps during 2019.
Congratulations to Alix Buckley on her selection for the Dublin senior camogie team for 2019. Best of luck with the year ahead Alix!
Zingo result: 6-7-4-1-5-2-3. We had no winner of the jackpot or dividend and the jackpot now stands at €3,200 and the dividend €150.
The next draw will take place on Sunday at 6.30pm in the clubhouse. How do you win? You buy a ticket! You can also play online at skerriesharps.ie and follow the links. Entries cost only €2 each or three for €5.
A reminder that Skerries Harps Annual Membership fees are now due and are available for renewal online at www.skerriesharps.ie/club-membership.
All Players (Adult and Juvenile) must have membership and injury fund fees paid up to date before the commencement of the 2019 season.
Lyndsey Davey has been nominated for Fingal independent Sport Star of the Year 2018 and we would ask all members to cast a vote. It takes two minutes and all you need is a valid email address.
Many thanks to all those who supported the Annual Christmas Tree Collection Fundraiser. The Academy recommences on Saturday January 19th at 10am. Registration takes place this coming Saturday from 10 to 11am.
The Gormanston Indoor Hurling/camogie Tournament commences on Sunday January 20th and team mentors will be sharing details with all relevant groups from Under-8 to Under-11.
The clubhouse is available for functions/parties. Contact Pat on 087-2505479 for details, or email bookings.sker[email protected]
The club extends its deepest sympathy to Kathleen Mcpoland and family on the passing of their mother Phyllis, to Peter Farmer and family on the passing of his brother Rob Farmer, and to Lorraine O’byrne (Richardson) and family on the recent passing of Declan O’byrne. May they rest in peace.
WINNERS from Sunday’s Men’s Spring League nine-hole white competition: Front nine - Div 1 Ger O’donoghue (11) 21pts, Div 2 David Sheridan (14) 21pts, Div 3 Tommy Sheil (17) 23pts; Back nine - Div 1 Greg jnr Lewis (4) 22pts, Div 2 Paul Redmond (12) 22pts; Div 3 Martin Casey (21) 21pts.
Sunday’s ladies stableford: 1st Imelda O’shea (12) 22pts, 2nd Barbara Kenny (14) 19pts ocb, 3rd Anna Hannon (23) 19pts ocb.
Saturday’s men’s stableford winners: Front nine - Div 1 Tommy Harford (6) 18pts, Div 2 Andrew Mclean (14) 20pts, Div 3 Vincent Garland (27) 21pts; Back nine - Div 1 Eddie Mcgrath (8) 22pts, Div 2 Eoin O’donoghue (12) 20pts, Div 3 Derek Curran (23) 19pts.
Saturday’s ladies stableford: 1st Nicola Campbell (9) 20pts ocb, 2nd Frances Shaw (7) 20pts ocb, 3rd Rachel Mcevoy (14) 20pts ocb.
December 30th ladies competition: 1st Frances Shaw (7) 19pts ob6, 2nd Veronica Hamilton (25) 19pts.
December 29th ladies competition: 1st Rachel Mcevoy (14) 21pts, 2nd Frances Shaw (7) 19pts.
SATURDAY’S men’s 12-hole singles stableford competition: Class 1 winner Andrew May (10) 29pts, 2nd Will Murray (7) 28pts; Class 2 winner John Ryan (12) 28pts ocb, 2nd Eoin Gleeson (14) 28pts; Class 3 winner Pat Mcdonagh (18) 28pts, 2nd Jonathan Furlong (17) 27pts; Class 4 winner Eugene Casey (23) 30pts ocb, 2nd Michael Fearon (20) 30pts.
SUNDAY’S men’s nine-hole singles stableford (back nine): 1st Seamus Casey (16) 21pts, 2nd Bernard Moore (15) 21pts ob3; Class 1 David Fitzgerald (9) 20pts ob3, Class 2 Gary Lawlor (14) 19pts, Class 3 Kieran Farrell (23) 21pts.
Saturday’s men’s nine-hole singles stableford (front nine): 1st Eugene Kiely (15) 22pts ob1, 2nd Willie Burke (2) 22pts; Class 1 Des O’connor (9) 21pts, Class 2 Paul Mcnally (18) 22pts, Class 3 Kieran Farrell (25) 20pts.
Last Thursday’s Men’s Open Singles Stableford: 1st Joseph Warren (19) 41pts,2nd Paul Tyrrell (9) 40pts ob9.
Lusk AC athletes who took part in the Dublin Masters Cross-country Championships in Raheny at the weekend.