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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:// club­ 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. 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 sker­ 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.sker­­ber­ship.

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.

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