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

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. bless­ing­ton­gaa.ie and Bless­ing­ton GAA on Face­book and on Twit­ter @bless­ing­ton­gaa.

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, 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.

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