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BRAY EM­METS

New PRO - Call for con­tent Hello to all Bray Em­mets mem­bers. My name is Dy­lan Terry and I have just started as the new club PRO. Firstly, on be­half on the club I would like to thank Conn for his four years of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the role as PRO.

I am ask­ing all mem­bers, play­ers and coaches to send me any con­tent they would like shared on the news­let­ter/Face­book/Twit­ter/ web­site. Con­tent can be shared with me by email at pro.brayem­mets.wick­[email protected] or by mes­sag­ing the Bray Em­mets Face­book page. I want to in­crease the con­tent that we share across our plat­forms so please share any­thing you have.

If any mem­bers have sug­ges­tions on how we can im­prove our com­mu­ni­ca­tions or would like to hear more/less about cer­tain top­ics, please get in con­tact at the above email ad­dress. Club Awards Club Per­son of the Year - Der­mot O’Brien A big con­grat­u­la­tions to Der­mot O’Brien on be­ing awarded Club Per­son of the Year at our Christ­mas night last week. Der­mot is the cur­rent club trea­surer but has held nearly ev­ery po­si­tion in club over the years, in­clud­ing be­ing our Chair­man. Der­mot is thought of in the high­est re­gard by all club mem­bers. He has given count­less years of ser­vice to the club and there is a no more de­serv­ing win­ner. Se­nior Foot­baller of the Year - Ciaran McKay Ciaran raised a lot of eye­brows early in the year, putting in big hits and keep­ing men score­less through­out the league. He played mostly at corner back and was one of our most con­sis­tent Cham­pi­onship play­ers. What is most im­pres­sive is that this was his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity for the Se­nior team. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ciaran, we hope you have many more suc­cess­ful years as a Bray Em­mets foot­baller. Ju­nior Foot­baller of the Year - Tadgh Dor­nan Tadgh was the main man at cen­tre back for our Ju­nior team this year. He led the team to a suc­cess­ful run in the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship, even­tu­ally los­ing in the semi-fi­nal. Tadgh is one of our most com­mit­ted men’s play­ers and will be push­ing strong for the se­nior team this year. Con­grat­u­la­tions Tadgh! Call for Coaches Any­one look­ing for in­for­ma­tion or think­ing of get­ting in­volved in help­ing out or coach­ing please see our con­tacts list. Train­ing young kids to ful­fil po­ten­tial and have fun could be great be­lated New Year’s res­o­lu­tion!

Lotto - The num­bers drawn were: 13, 3, 23, and 19. The next jack­pot will be: €20,000

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Paul Humphries who won the €25 Lucky Dip. Please sign up to our club lotto, it’s a fan­tas­tic way of supporting the club and winning some cash.

NEW­TOWN

The AGM held early in De­cem­ber will re-con­vene on Wednesday, Jan­uary 16, for the main pur­pose of elect­ing a club sec­re­tary. An ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee will then be elected.

New­town’s GAA pre­sen­ta­tion ban­quet will take place in the Parkview Ho­tel on Saturday, Jan­uary 26, at 7.30 p.m. Din­ner at 8pm. En­ter­tain­ment is by Men in Black. Tick­ets are priced at €35 each and are avail­able from any com­mit­tee mem­ber or the post of­fice. It prom­ises to be a great night so get your tick­ets early!

New­town ex­tend our sym­pa­thies to the Healy fam­ily on the pass­ing of Michael Healy. Michael was a mem­ber of a prom­i­nent GAA fam­ily and sadly passed away be­fore Christ­mas, may he rest in peace.

AUGHRIM

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our ju­ve­nile play­ers Cameron Byrne, Der­mot Toomey and Alex Ka­vanagh who have picked for the Wick­low un­der-14 foot­ball panel 2019.

Aughrim G.A.A. are in the process of af­fil­i­at­ing an adult hurl­ing team this year. Any­one from the area and sur­round­ing clubs who are in­ter­ested in play­ing a bit of hurl­ing this year should con­tact club sec­re­tary John Keenan a sap John can be con­tacted at 0868465587 or sec­re­tary.aughrim.wick­[email protected]

RATH­NEW

We wish all our mem­bers and sup­port­ers a happy and peace­ful new year.

Any per­son in­ter­ested in man­ag­ing/coach­ing or just help­ing out with any of our ju­ve­nile or adult teams please send a pri­vate mes­sage to our ONLY Face­book page ‘Rath­new Gaa 1885’ or email: sec­re­tary.rath­new.wick­[email protected] Dead­line is Fri­day, Jan­uary 11.

Our lotto jack­pot at the time of writ­ing is €8,900. Please sup­port our lotto as much as pos­si­ble as it’s the club’s main in­come. Con­tact Bobby or any com­mit­tee mem­ber if you want to sell tick­ets.

Wick­low LGFA un­der-16 county trails will be held on Saturday, Jan­uary 13 and 20 in Bal­li­nakill from 11am to 1pm. Any girls in­ter­ested please pm our Face­book page for fur­ther de­tails.

‘Rath­new Gaa 1885’ is the club’s one and only of­fi­cial Face­book page. Any other page with our name is not run by us and has noth­ing to do with our club.

With the new year upon us and a lot of res­o­lu­tions be­ing made why not try out our gym fa­cil­i­ties in the club. Con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber for de­tails.

The club send its con­do­lences to the Dunne and Franey fam­ily on the pass­ing of Siob­han Dunne nee Franey. Siob­han was from the Bank who set­tled in Gra­hams Court in Wick­low Town with her lov­ing hus­band David (daithi).

Even with David a big St. Pats man, Siob­han was al­ways from the vil­lage and would have her red and green flag out come any county fi­nal time and like last Oc­to­ber they had both flags out fly­ing. Siob­han will be a mas­sive loss too both com­mu­ni­ties as was seen with the size of the at­ten­dance at her fu­neral. May she rest in peace.

COOLKENNO

Athbh­li­ain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir! 2019 is upon us and it prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing year for the club.

Our 2013 ti­tle-winning man­ager and long-serv­ing player, Ste­vie Cushe has re­turned to the helm of our once-again in­ter­me­di­ate team. Here’s hop­ing that he can re­peat the trick of 2013 six years hence.

His ap­point­ment was con­firmed in the days af­ter this year’s AGM which took place in mid-De­cem­ber. Ned Ros­siter con­tin­ues as Chair­per­son for 2019. Ditto Ea­monn Dolan as sec­re­tary. He­len Ros­siter takes on the trea­sury for a sec­ond year. Stephen Donoghue is the Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer for the New Year.

In other off-pitch ac­tiv­i­ties, the club has en­tered a team in Scór na nÓg ques­tion time this year. The fab four will go into bat­tle for county hon­ours on Jan­uary 18 in the Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, Bal­li­nakill. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leo!

On a more som­bre note, for­mer club trea­surer Mick Fur­long’s First An­niver­sary Mass will take place on Saturday night, Jan­uary 12, in St Mary’s Church, Bal­ly­con­nell. That mass com­mences at 7.30pm.

The death took place this week of Mr Ian San­des. Ian was truly a gen­tle­man and a char­ac­ter be­held with fondness by many of us around the Coolkenno area through­out the years. Born in Coolkenno, he would marry Brid­get O’Neill of Kilquig­gan and help raise a large fam­ily within their home at ‘The Har­bour’ of Kilquig­gan.

Ian is fondly re­mem­bered for his par­tic­i­pa­tion with Coolkenno GAA back in the 1980s and 1990s and would of­ten be seen stand­ing at the gates on a Sun­day morn­ing col­lect­ing for the in­fan­tile club or cheer­ing from the side­lines.

We give our sin­cere sym­pa­thies and re­grets to his wife Brid­get and chil­dren, Elsie, Olive, Yvonne, Alan and Fiona, his brother Des, and all friends and re­la­tions. Kilquig­gan will not be the same with­out him.

AN­NACURRA

Happy New Year from ev­ery­one in the club.

We start this year with the health and well-be­ing ini­tia­tive.

Ev­ery Fri­day night for the next eight weeks start­ing this Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 11. There will be cir­cuit train­ing in the hall. There are two ses­sions to pick from each Fri­day. 7 un­til 8 and also 8 un­til 9. Why not start the year by get­ting fit? Let’s get mov­ing for 2019.

At An­nacurra GAA we are get­ting on board with Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion for Ire­land Lights Up. We will be light­ing up our new walk­ing track ev­ery Thursday evening from Jan­uary 17 to Fe­bru­ary 21. (7pm to 9pm).

An ideal op­por­tu­nity for you, your fam­ily and friends (young and old) to come and walk in a safe and well-lit area. So, let’s spread the word and get as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble from our com­mu­nity mov­ing.

BALT­IN­GLASS

Lotto num­bers for De­cem­ber 30 were 7, 11, 15, and 27. No win­ner. Match-three win­ners €40 each: Martha Ash­ton, Mar­garet/Philip Hughes, Billy Kenny, Mark Staines, Lo Glee­son, Han­nah Dowl­ing, Billy Byrne, Jimmy Mo­ran. Jack­pot now €10,500. Next draw Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, in Ho­ran’s pub. Thanks for supporting the club lotto. You can play online at www.lo­cal­lotto.ie.

Please come join us at the club grounds on Saturday, Jan­uary 12, at 11am for an Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion walk. We will also be tak­ing part in GAA Lights Up from Jan­uary 17 where ev­ery Thursday evening from 7 - 9pm the grounds will be lit up. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come walk in a will lit en­vi­ron­ment. This will run un­til Fe­bru­ary 21.

We wish all our play­ers, of­fi­cers, coaches, ju­ve­niles, mem­bers, spon­sors and sup­port­ers a very Happy New Year.

In re­cent times we lost three of our play­ers from the 1958 winning team, the first Balt­in­glass team that won a Se­nior county ti­tle: Bill Burke, Rathvilly for­merly of Tuck­mill, Char­lie Nolan, Black­rock and for­merly of Weaver Square and Bill Nolan, Park­more, Balt­in­glass. We ex­press sin­cere sym­pa­thies to both the Nolan and Burke fam­i­lies on their pass­ing. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-ana­macha.

AGB

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ner of AGB’s 50/50 Draw for week one of Jan­uary 2019, Fredie Mi­lar, Team Kil­dare, Ticket H077. The draw will con­tinue weekly on a Wednesday night for the new year. Once again thank you to all who have sup­ported this new fundrais­ing ini­ti­ate and we look for­ward to your con­tin­ued sup­port in 2019.

The next meet­ing of the Club Ex­ec­u­tive is sched­uled for Wednnes­day 9th Jan­uary 2019, in the AGB meet­ing room in Pearses Park.

AGB and Stephen Hur­ley Health and Fit­ness have joined forces to get you off to a good start and see those new year res­o­lu­tions through. Start­ing on Tuesday, Jan­uary 8, and run­ning for eight weeks.

Classes will be held at Stephen Hur­ley Health and Fit­ness, Croghan In­dus­trial Es­tate ev­ery Tuesday for the eight weeks at 7pm. A walk­ing

group will run ev­ery Thursday for the eight weeks in Pearses Park at 7pm, where we will light up the grounds and join in the na­tion­wide Light Up Your Club Cam­paign. Join­ing fee of €80 to be paid up­front on the first night. All are wel­come to at­tend; club mem­bers and non-club mem­bers are all wel­come.

Mea­sure­ments and weight will be tracked by Stephen Hur­ley in con­fi­dence through­out the eight-week pro­gram and the most suc­cess­ful looser will be an­nounced with a prize for the best re­sults. Please mes­sage Sinead at AGB PRO on Face­book or on 087 1374812 if in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing.

AGB’s an­nual din­ner dance will be held on Saturday, March 2, in the Arklow Bay Ho­tel.

This year is a cel­e­bra­tion of 21 years of the club Arklow Geraldines Bal­ly­money. Tick­ets are now on sale at €30 per ticket. Please con­tact Sinead Red­mond on 087 1374812 or Jen­nifer Mitchell on 086 8833159 to book your tick­ets.

VAL­LEY­MOUNT

Our Lotto draw was held at the week­end and there was no win­ner of the jack­pot.

The num­bers were 3, 8, 17, and 28. The three €25 win­ners were Amby Mi­ley, David Shaw and Marie Bro­phy. Our next lotto draw will be on Saturday, Jan­uary 19, with a jack­pot of €6,800. Con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks for the sup­port.

Our Win­ter Won­der­land in the GAA grounds in late De­cem­ber was a mar­vel­lous suc­cess.

From the stalls in the club­house to the mag­i­cal trail that lead to the Santa’s grotto, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Mas­sive thanks to the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee who worked hard to make the day a suc­cess along with the club mem­bers who helped out, it is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Our fourth and fi­nal €100 fundraiser draw was held on De­cem­ber 16. The win­ners were: €500 - Christy Mi­ley, €500 - Deirdre Mi­ley, €100 - Bren­dan Hughes Snr, €100 - He­len and John Keogh, Oven - Ann Mooney, Val­ley­mount Foods Hamper - Or­laith Byrne and Jack Boud, McGre­als Hamper - Emma Richard­son, Avon Rí voucher - Andy Far­ring­ton, Tul­far­ris voucher - Bríd Kin­nane and Hol­ly­wood Inn House Red and White wine - An­thony Mi­ley.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners through­out the year and a big thanks to the lo­cal busi­nesses who spon­sored prizes. We hope to run a sim­i­lar fundraiser again in the new year.

Our AGM took place last Fri­day, Jan­uary 4. The top ta­ble is now as fol­lows Pres­i­dents: John Stones and Bren­dan Hen­nessy, Chair­man: Michael Nolan, Sec­re­tary: Sharon Nolan, Pro: Caoimhe Nolan, Fix­tures: Liam Ka­vanagh, Trea­surer: Bren­dan Hughes, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary: Ais­linn Reid, As­sis­tant Trea­surer: Shay Geoghe­gan, Reg­is­trar: Shay Geoghe­gan, School Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer: Larry O’Brien, Chil­dren’s Of­fi­cer: Ais­linn Reid, County Board Del­e­gates: Michael Nolan and Liam Ka­vanagh. Thanks to all who at­tended.

We at val­ley­mount GAA would like to ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the Fos­ter fam­ily, Bal­ly­knockan, on the pass­ing of Jan­ice, the friends and fam­ily of Brid­get McEvoy, Bal­ly­knockan, the Reid fam­ily, Granamore, on the pass­ing of Frank, the Byrne fam­ily, Humphreystown, on the pass­ing of Teresa, the friends and fam­ily of Bri­die Nor­ton, Lacken, and the Gal­lagher fam­ily, Humphreystown, on the pass­ing of Cathal. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Tick­ets are now on sale for our Din­ner Dance on Saturday, Jan­uary 26, in Tul­far­ris Ho­tel at 7.30pm, with mu­sic by En­tourage. Tick­ets €40. For tick­ets please con­tact Michael Nolan (087 2964476), Anne Flynn (083 3744841) or Brid­get Cahill (087 7699765).

ST PA­TRICK’S

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Dean Healy who is the County Wick­low foot­ball cap­tain for 2019.

It was a mas­sive dis­ap­point­ment for Wick­low to lose to Laois by a sin­gle point in the O’Byrne Cup hav­ing lead at half time in Bray: Wick­low 2-4, Laois 0-6.

It fin­ished with the full-time score of Wick­low 2-10, Laois 2-11. The team showed a huge im­prove­ment this week and there can only be pos­i­tives drawn from it. Well done to our club man Dean Healy who cap­tained the team in a man of the match per­for­mance.

St Pa­trick’s GAA Ladies com­mit­tee are hav­ing an adult play­ers meet­ing on Saturday, Jan­uary 26, at 6pm in the club­house to dis­cuss the year ahead.

It’s re­ally im­por­tant that all play­ers who wish to play in 2019 at­tend to dis­cuss our plans. Please in­vite all play­ers new and old who wish to play. See you all on Saturday in the club­house at 6pm!

St Pa­trick’s Ju­ve­nile Com­mit­tee are hold­ing a pre-sea­son men­tors meet­ing on Thursday, Jan­uary 10, at 8pm, to plan for the year ahead. This is im­por­tant to get every­body aligned across all the teams.

We will cover the fol­low­ing: Men­tors 2019, coach ed­u­ca­tion, child pro­tec­tion, train­ing times/fix­tures, team ad­min/reg­is­tra­tion, events/ fundrais­ing/spon­sor­ship.

It was great to meet all four Se­nior cham­pi­onship winning cap­tains re­cently in the club­house with their winning man­agers Gail Dunne and Casey O’Brien with Andy Jame­son (2004), Dean Healy (2018), Daragh O’Sullivan (2012), and John Slat­tery (2006).

Thank you to ev­ery­one who sup­ports our club lotto. On Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17, the lotto num­bers were: 1, 5, 19 and 20 and bonus num­ber was 24.

No match-five jack­pot win­ner for €10,000. No match-four jack­pot win­ner for €3,400

Three match-three win­ners: Noel Red­mond, “A/B” c/o Bash Barry and Sharon O’Con­nor. This week’s match-four is €3,500.

Next draw is on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, in the club­house.

Our sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of Siob­han Dunne née Franey of Wick­low Town and late of The Bank, Rath­new who passed away sud­denly at her home on Jan­uary 1.

Pre­de­ceased by her beloved par­ents John and Kath­leen and her sis­ter Va­lerie and brother Mal­colm.

Dearly loved wife and best friend of David (Daithi); proud and lov­ing mother of Cor­mac, Callum and Kacey and much loved sis­ter of Elaine, Glenda, Brian and John.

Re­mem­bered with love by her mother-in-law Nancy and the ex­tended Dunne and Franey fam­i­lies, rel­a­tives and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

AVON­DALE

A very happy new year to all our mem­bers! 2019 has a lot to live up to af­ter last year, which was a great year for a great club!

Our most re­cent draw took place in Mi­leys Bar, the num­bers drawn were 4, 5, 13, and 23.

No jack­pot win­ner. There were two matchthree win­ners shar­ing €200.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Clara Man­ley and Anne Staunton Next week’s jack­pot is €2,500. Thank you all for your con­tin­ued sup­port. Happy New Year to you all. There’s a foot­ball play­ers meet­ing tak­ing place this Fri­day at 8.30pm in the com­plex with our new foot­ball man­age­ment team. This new team has a lot to give and we are hop­ing for a good turnout from our play­ers.

Our din­ner dance is on Fe­bru­ary 2 this year which will be in Law­less’s of Aughrim. Tick­ets will be on sale next week.

Wick­low goal­keeper Mark Jack­son tack­les Michael Keogh of Laois dur­ing the O’Byrne Cup clash in Bray last Saturday evening. Photo: Bar­bara Flynn

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