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Lotto – No win­ner of the Bless­ing­ton GAA lotto of €5,600 held on Septem­ber 10.

Num­bers drawn were 2, 3, 10 and 7. Con­grats to Mary Fin­negan who matched three num­bers and wins €300. Next draw on Septem­ber 24. Jack­pot €5,800. Thanks for con­tin­ued sup­port.

Bingo – The nights are clos­ing in and time to pen­cil in your lo­cal bingo ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening. Next Bingo on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 18, at 8.15pm sharp in The Avon. Cost €10 in­cludes jack­pot and flyer sheets. Jack­pot now €3,300! Please spread the word and sup­port.

Se­niors – The lads met Ti­na­hely on Sun­day in the quar­ter-fi­nals in Aughrim. Half-time score was 1-7 to 1-3 but the lads did what they had to do, and they now march on to the semi-fi­nal on a con­vinc­ing fi­nal score­line of 1-19 to 1-8.

Well done to the team and man­age­ment. Scor­ers: C. Ger­aghty 1-3, P. O’Con­nor 0-6, A. McLough­lin 0-3, S. Car­roll 0-2, M. O’Con­nor 0-2, D. Booth­man, E. Keogh and W. Cal­laghan 0-1 each. The lads face AGB in the semi-fi­nals of the SFC and Avon­dale will meet St Pats. Date TBC.

NEW BLESS­ING­TON STRIP O’Neills On­line shop – New Bless­ing­ton GAA jerseys for sale in O’Neills on­line. Adult €55.

Ju­niors – Our Ju­nior A team were up against Shil­le­lagh/Cool­boy in Bal­li­nakill on Fri­day evening last in Round 5 and they had a great win on a score­line of 0-14 to 1-3.

Scor­ers: K. Quinn 0-7, S. Mescall 0-3, E. Hig­gins 0-2, E. Devlin 0-1, M. Nu­gent 0-1.

Thanks to Barry Cot­ter and Martin Doyle for do­ing um­pire. Next up is a quar­ter-fi­nal v Balt­in­glass. Date TBC.


Un­der-14 Girls Cham­pi­onship - Our un­der014 White team de­feated Kil­bride/Lacken on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 12, to se­cure their place in the Shield fi­nal of the C Cham­pi­onship. (POTM) Roisin, Aoife K and Clodagh.

Both un­der-14 teams (blue and white) will now con­test their re­spec­tive county fi­nals next Satur­day, Septem­ber 21. De­tails to fol­low on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram. Well done all.

Un­der-12s - Well done to the un­der-12 girls on a great walk on Tues­day, Septem­ber 10.

Thanks a mill to Lisa Jack­son (our club health and well-be­ing of­fi­cer) for sup­ply­ing the fruit for af­ter­wards.

Un­der-8s/10s – Blitz at home on Satur­day, Septem­ber 21, at 10.30am.

Un­der-8s – The older of our un­der-8 girls joined the un­der-10s train­ing ses­sion on Tues 10 Sept.

Great to see how well pre­pared they are for mov­ing up next sea­son. Well done girls. 40 chil­dren at the ses­sion. Thanks to the un­der-10 coaches and team for wel­com­ing us.

Un­der-7s - Our un­der-7 girls were out on their own on Tues­day, Septem­ber 10, with­out the back up of our older un­der-8 girls who they nor­mally play with.

They played Kil­cullen GAA at home. Th­ese matches were a big chal­lenge for our younger play­ers, and we are so proud of them. They were fan­tas­tic. So good for their con­fi­dence. A first match for a few of our play­ers.

Gaelic 4 Mothers & Oth­ers – G4M team is look­ing for new mem­bers. If you fancy try­ing some­thing new and meet­ing some new peo­ple, please come along and try it out on Tues­day evenings at 7pm. Ju­ve­niles

Le­in­ster Blitz – On Sun­day, Set­pem­ber 8, Bless­ing­ton GAA held our fourth an­nual ju­ve­nile blitz where we wel­comed un­der-8/9/10/11 teams from all over Le­in­ster.

In to­tal 32 teams were in­volved from four coun­ties.

The blitz for­mat is based on eight teams at each age level with the teams split into two groups of four.

Each team played three group games and de­pend­ing on re­sults ended up in the Le­in­ster, Con­nacht, Mun­ster or Ul­ster fi­nal against a sim­i­lar placed team in the other group.

At any one time 8 matches were in progress. The 400+ kids who at­tended played very en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball through­out and most im­por­tantly en­joyed them­selves and luck­ily all games were played in bril­liant sun­shine.

A day such as this brings out the best in the GAA and we had so many volunteers in­volved right from the ex­ec­u­tive down to older kids not play­ing in the blitz.

It is im­pos­si­ble to name them in­di­vid­u­ally so, thanks ev­ery­one – you know who you are.

Thanks to the par­ents of each Bless­ing­ton team who pro­vided food and drinks for the vis­it­ing teams, club mem­bers and par­ents who helped with car-park­ing, as pitch co­or­di­na­tors, sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets and var­i­ous other jobs.

A big thank also to ev­ery­one in the shop for keep­ing ev­ery­one in tea/cof­fee and food and Conor Wil­son for hot food.

Thanks to all the ref­er­ees who had a busy morn­ing in­clud­ing Liam Cullen, our club coaches/ adult play­ers and young whistlers who gave up their Sun­day morn­ing to ref all the matches.

Also, thanks to Ivan Smyth who pro­vided the sound sys­tem and David Booth­man for pho­tog­ra­phy and drone.

Thanks to our se­nior play­ers who pre­sented medals and helped all day at the blitz along­side our ju­nior play­ers.

Fi­nally, a spe­cial men­tion to our spon­sors Panda Group and to ev­ery­one who helped or con­trib­uted to our re­cent bag pack in Dunnes Stores. All go­ing well we hope to do it again next year.

Un­der-17s – Mon­day, Septem­ber 23,Mi­nor Foot­ball League Divi­sion 1 A Cham­pi­onship Round 3 at 7.00pm Group 2: Bray Em­mets V Bless­ing­ton in An Tochar.

Un­der-15s – Bless­ing­ton played St Pats away on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 4, and came away with a win on a score of 2-9 to 1-7.

On Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 11, the lads se­cured a fourth win on the trot against St Kevins in what was a tight game and came a way with a two-point ad­van­tage on 2-12 to 3-9.

Next up is Aughrim on Wed­nes­day (to­day) and a win will see lads through to cham­pi­onship fi­nal on Oc­to­ber 4. Train­ing Fri­day 7 to 8pm.

Un­der-13s – Un­der-13 blue squad played St Pat’s at home in Round 2 of Divi­sion 1 cham­pi­onship on Mon­day, Septem­ber 9.

Lads started game with in­ten­sity which we needed to do against League cham­pi­ons, and we kept it up right to fi­nal whis­tle.

What a fan­tas­tic match and we ran out win­ners on a score­line of 1-11 to 2-5.

Huge con­grats to all the panel tonight and it’s no more than what they de­serve.

Thanks to St Pat’s for a great sport­ing game of foot­ball as usual.

Un­der-13 Divi­sion 3 White team were away to Éire Óg in Laragh on Mon­day, Septem­ber 9, in Round 3 of cham­pi­onship and bat­tled hard but couldn’t get the win. We lost 7-7 to 4-7.

Thanks to the 2008 lads trav­el­ling with squad - Daniel Smith, Ciaran But­ler and Pa­trick Mur­ray. Well done to Ben and team.

Mon­day, Septem­ber 23, the un­der-13 Foot­ball Divi­sion 1A Cham­pi­onship Round 3 Group 1 Bless­ing­ton V Bye.

Un­der-12 NKL - On Satur­day last our lads played their last game in NKL away to Maynooth.

11 2007 lads trav­elled and four from 2008 (Ciaran/Al­fie/Ethan and Jamie).

Lads started re­ally well and our fin­ish­ing was ex­cep­tional. Maynooth fought hard early in sec­ond half, but Bless­ing­ton lads bat­tled to the end to fin­ish year on a great win and look­ing for­ward to Fi­nal. Thanks to par­ents for trav­el­ling on a busy sport­ing day.

Un­der-11s – Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 18, un­der-11 Foot­ball Group 1 Round 13 at 6.30pm St Pa­tricks Blue v Bless­ing­ton Blue.

Un­der-11 Foot­ball Group 3 Round 13 at 6.30pm Bless­ing­ton White v Éire Óg Grey­stones White.

Un­der-10s – Away v Clane on Satur­day, Septem­ber 21, at 3.30pm.

Un­der-9s – Fri­day, Septem­ber 20, un­der-9s at home v Naas x 2 at 7pm. Satur­day, Septem­ber 21, un­der-9 Go Games Foot­ball Mon­ster Blitz in Bal­li­nakill at 10.00am.

Un­der-8s – Away v Naas x 2 on Satur­day, Septem­ber 21, at 2.30pm.

Academy – Only a cou­ple of weeks left of our academy. De­pend­ing on weather it will wind up around Hal­loween. If your child is four or over, please send them down to the astro at 10am on Sat to try out for free.

Rounders - Bless­ing­ton GAA are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of start­ing Rounders teams for ju­ve­nile ages (boys and girls). It’s an of­fi­cial GAA sport and even has own Féile.

If any par­ent is in­ter­ested in train­ing and at­tend­ing coach­ing, please con­tact Kevin Gil­more on 0872324197.


Mi­nor Hurl­ing – Satur­day, Septem­ber 21, Mi­nor Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nals at 11.00am. Michael Dwyers v Avon­dale/Par­nells at Pearse’s Park. The club lads on the team are Jake O’Kelly, Oisin Bro­gan and Conor Gil­li­gan.

Un­der-11s - Our un­der-11s Western Gaels played Éire Óg’s first team on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 11, at home.

Éire Óg came out strong in the first half and it took the whole half for us to set­tle.

Some fine blocks and tack­les kept us work­ing hard. In the 2nd half our play­ers upped the work rate and some great scores fol­lowed.

For his work rate alone POTM goes to Paddy Balfe closely fol­lowed by Alex Too­lis play­ing in goal and mid­field.

Men­tors are de­lighted to see ev­ery­ones higher workrate and ef­forts im­prov­ing. Home v Eden­derry on Sun­day, Septem­ber 22, at 11am. Away v Maynooth on Sun­day, Septem­ber 22, at 12 noon.

Con­do­lences - Sin­cere sym­pa­thies to An­nmarie Nolan and fam­ily on the tragic pass­ing of her first cousin Ger­ard O’Dwyer (Dunlavin). De­tails on Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Sin­cere sym­pa­thies to Maura Reid and fam­ily on the sad pass­ing of her Aunt Rita Reid. De­tails on Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h’anam.

All Ire­land Tick­ets - Win­ners of the Bless­ing­ton GAA All Ire­land tick­ets is John Magee Snr and Ea­mon El­liott.


Our lat­est club Lotto draw took place in the Car­toon Inn on Tues­day, Septem­ber 10.

There was no jack­pot win­ner. Num­bers drawn were: 13, 20, 22, and 24.

Well done to one match-three win­ner: Colm Mor­ris­sey, seller Ja­cob’s Well.

Next week’s jack­pot of €6,100 in Ja­cob’s Well, Septem­ber 17 at 9.30 pm .

Thanks all for your con­tin­ued sup­port.

The un­der-7s and 9s played in the Mon­ster Hurl­ing Go Games blitz in Bal­li­nakill Satur­day af­ter­noon, Septem­ber 7.

The un­der-7s played Aughrim, Ark­low Rocks and Gle­nealy while the un­der-9’s played St. Pats, Bray and Carnew.

All the kids played very well and dis­played all the great skills of hurl­ing, and a never say die at­ti­tude.

Thanks to all the par­ents who sup­ported the kids.

On Satur­day morn­ing, Septem­ber 14, our un­der-7s gave a 5 Star per­for­mance in their last Foot­ball Go Games blitz in Bal­li­nakill. They played Ash­ford, Balt­in­glass and Shil­le­lagh/Cool­boy.

The boys played very well, with some hard tack­ling, ac­cu­rate foot pass­ing, great han­dling of the foot­ball, ex­cel­lent scores, and above all en­joy­ing them­selves.

This was the last game for some of the boys, as they move up to un­der-9s now. Best of luck lads.

A big thank you to Or­lagh, Rob­bie and Liam, who coached the lads this year and thanks to all the par­ents who cheered on the boys and girls all year.

On Wed­nes­day night, Septem­ber 11, our un­der-11 hurlers trav­eled to Barn­dar­rig to play in the sec­ond last match of our league cam­paign.

As the match started off we went down a few scores leav­ing our­selves an up­hill bat­tle to get back into the game and that we did, we got right back up with them for the re­minder of game and we got lit­tle tired for last quar­ter and lost out by few points but over­all it was a great ef­fort and team per­for­mance.

Panel: Jake Nolan, Alex Ka­vanagh, Kevin Mur­phy, William Mul­lahy, Tyler Byrne, Tyler O’Neill, Alex Mi­ley, Adam Kearns, Leighton O’Toole Byrne, Leighton Ga­han, Cameron Byrne, Shane Kennedy, Bobby Dease, Tiar­nan Byrne Cahill, Harry Cullen, James Turner.

Well done on good solid team per­for­mance.

On Thurs­day night, Septem­ber 12, our Ju­nior foot­ballers were in ac­tion in Round­wood in the cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nal against Dunlavin.

We were pipped at the post by Dunlavin in the Divi­sion 4 league and with a few lads un­avail­able due to in­jury and hol­i­days we cer­tainly didn’t take this game lightly.

The first 10 min­utes was all Dunlavin as they raced into a five­point lead but we slowly but surely reeled them in.

Donal McGraynor and Paul Ga­han rat­tled the net and a string of points from Jack Manley, Kevin Fitz­patrick, Donal McGraynor and Dar­ren Beevor saw us lead 2-7 to 2-2 at half-time.

Avon­dale kept the mo­men­tum go­ing in the sec­ond half adding 1-8 while keep­ing Dunlavin score­less.

Apart from the first 10 min­utes it was a very good dis­play from us as we ea­gerly await the semi-fi­nal draw. Full time score was Avon­dale 3-15 Dunlavin 2-02.

On Sun­day evening Avon­dale trav­elled to Aughrim to play Rath­new in the SFC quar­ter-fi­nal.

A fan­tas­tic dis­play of foot­ball was shown on the day.

Days like to­day don’t come around too of­ten but when they do you have to grab them with both hands.

Avon­dale ar­rived in Aughrim as mas­sive un­der­dogs to take on one of the aris­to­crats of Wick­low foot­ball in Rath­new.

The game started off even enough with both teams go­ing point for point be­fore Rath­new rat­tled in a goal to lead 1-4 to 0-3.

Many ex­pected Avon­dale to buckle at that stage but we ral­lied back strong to draw level by half time.

The sec­ond half fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern but as we en­tered the last two min­utes Dean Ga­han kicked us into the lead with a cool fin­ish.

It was backs to the wall then with Rath­new throw­ing the kitchen sink, table and any­thing else they could get their hands on at us .... a high ball into our square was cleared for a 45 which Theo Smyth pointed to send the game into ex­tra time.

A point apiece in the first half of ET and we were still level.

The last 10 min­utes was to­tal nerve jan­gling stuff, Conor Byrne got his fist to a cross the Rath­new square to punch a goal which sparked wild scenes of ex­cite­ment among the huge Avon­dale sup­port but back came Rath­new to kick two points to bring it back to a one-point game.

Thank­fully the fi­nal whis­tle blew and we came out wor­thy win­ners on a score­line of Avon­dale 1-15 Rath­new 1-14.

Well done lads. Avon­dale GAA wishes to send its sin­cer­est con­do­lences to the Busher fam­ily on the sad and un­timely death of Tommy.

Tommy was a for­mer hurler and foot­baller for the club and along with his brother Sea­mus was part of the panel that won the 1983 se­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship.

He al­ways kept a keen in­ter­est in the club as his son James and grand­sons have kept the Busher name alive in Avon­dale .... may he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a aimn dilis.

Ronan Keddy, Stephen Kelly (man­ager), Ciaran Dut­ton and David Kelly af­ter Kil­coole’s great win.

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