The Club Executive wishes a Happy Christmas to all the families and friends of Clontarf GAA. Well done to the Belgrove boys and girls in their Cumann na mBunscoil Division 1 finals in Croke Park last Tuesday. The girls defeated St Colmcille’s Knocklyon by 6pts in an exciting final. Hard luck to the boys who narrowly lost out to the same opposition after a hard fought and tense final. Special thanks to Dublin hurling star Tomas Brady for presenting medals to our U12 hurlers on winning their league this season. Thanks also to Dublin minor stars Jack McCaffrey and Ross O’Hanlon who presented medals to the U12 B football squad who also won their league. Pictures from the recent nursery Xmas party are now on the website. Club shop is open 7- 8pm Tue/Wed/Thurs this week. An Cul Doras will be open on St Stephen's Night for ceoil agus craic. Charity hurling and football blitz on Wednesday December 28th at the clubhouse - hurling 3pm to 5pm and football 5pm to 7pm. Afterwards a DVD of the recent boxing challenge between Cluain Tarbh and Clontarf Rugby will be shown in the clubhouse. www.clontarfgaa.com
Commiserations to our fantastic u21 footballers who lost out to Ballymun in the championship after 3 titanic games. Ballymun eventually got the better of us in the 2nd half of the 3rd game. Congrats to our u12 hurlers who finished the season as unbeaten div 3 champions - cup and medals will be presented by Dublin star Tomas Brady at the club astro this Sunday @ 2 p.m. Many thanks to all those who helped make the nursery Xmas party such a success last Saturday. The club also held a fun social night in the club last weekend - thanks to all that attended and to Bernard Hughes and his team for organising the event. Best of luck to all the Clontarf boys and girls that represent Belgrove Schools in their respective senior football finals today in Croke Park. Both teams are in division 1 of the Cumann na mBunscoil Finals with both teams playing St Colmcilles Knocklyon. The boys hope to retain the cup following last years success. The National Hurling Feile is in Dublin from Thurs 5th - Sat 7th July. If any club members can host u14 boys for the few days please contact Donal O'Shea. Finally sincere condolences to Naomh Fionbarra and the family and friends of 14 year old Conor Hickey who died so tragically recently. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.
Battle of Clontarf boxing on Friday, November 18, in Airside Arena, Swords. Clontarf GAA pitted against Clontarf Rugby Club. Tickets are €25 from Mick Cronin on 086 2533186 or Kieran McMahon on 086 1791120. 50th Anniversary Mass in the Clubhouse this Saturday at 8pm, followed by get together. Past and present members welcome. For more details call Maura on 0879016430 or Paul on 0861769182. Congratulations the Aibhne Byrne who was voted Tesco’s Player of the Month. Please support the U16 girls who play the Div 2 Championship Final v O’Tooles in O’Toole Park next Saturday at 3.30pm. U15 girls beat Whitehall to win the Div 2 Champsionship. The U14 girls won the Div 3 shield in extra time v Lucan, while the U13 B girls were unlucky to lose to Ballyboden by a point in the Div 4 shield final. Both U12 girls’ teams won, the A winning the Div 2 championship and the B team won the Div 6a shield. The U11A team to Erins Isle, while the B team won in a goal fest on Saturday. The U9 girls had a great outing to Foxrock with two wins, two draws and two losses against Foxrock & Lucan. www.clontarfgaa.com
The 50th Anniversary Commerative Mass will take place in the Clubhouse on Saturday, November 12, at 8pm. All members, past and present, welcome. The U12 footballers took on Ballinteer in a friendly. They won the A match and lost the B game with the last kick. Great performances by Shane Walsh and Paddy Grainger. The U11 hurlers were unlucky to lose to high-flying Erins Isle away in Finglas at the weekend. The tight A game was decided by two goals for the home side. Eoin Donnolly performed well in goals while Conall Kehoe and Jamie Nesbitt also shone. The B game had a similar outcome, with two second-half goals securing victory in a gritty encounter. Eoin Gahan shone again on the scoresheet, while an injured Stephen Evans did well in goals and bagged two points when he switched to half forward late on. Www.clontarfgaa.com
The club, and in particular the mentors, parents and U9 boys, would like to express deepest sympathies over the passing of Joseph Lyons, father of Barry and grandfather of Rory. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam. The club’s 50th anniversary Mass takes place on Saturday, November 12th, at 8pm in the clubhouse. All welcome. Tom Owens is the winner of the rugby world cup forecast, with Alan Keyes and Michael Cronin taking the other top three spots. Well done lads. Many thanks again to all who participated in this vital fundraiser. The U15 boys won the local football derby against Scoil in Division 2, while the U13 boys had a mixed weekend. The A team lost to a very well organised Ballyboden team while the B team had a titantic battle with Liffey Gaels which ended up in a draw. The U11 two-team footballers suffered heavy defeats away to Parnells during the week. The A hurlers were narrowly beaten at home to Plunketts, while the reverse was true to the battling B team. The U10 boys came out on top – just – in three tight hurling matches against Whitehall. www.clontarfgaa.com
The Senior footballers ended the season with a flourish, emerging as convincing victors in Sunday's Championship clash versus Whitehall Colmcille to preserve their Senior status. Please support the Minor footballers who play away to St Vincents in the Championship on Sunday. Our U14 boys saved the best wine until last with their best performance of the season to overcome a gallant Erin's Isle. Well done to the U16 girls for reaching their Championship final with victory over Ballinteer St John. The U13B girls enjoyed a narrow victory over Ballyboden C, while the U12 girls had a good win in the Div 2 championship semi-finals against St Peregrines. Hard luck to the second team against Robert Emmets. The U12A boys footballers played a tough match against Fingal Ravens, coming out with a one-point victory. That leaves them finishing mid table in Division 1. The B team won Division 5A with a game in hand after beating closest rivals St Pats Donabate to secure the title. Well done to all the lads on a great season. The three-team U10 boys won away to Skerries and Naomh Mearnog, while the one team group beat Beann Eadair and Na Dubh Ghall but lost to Trinity Gaels in their blitz. The U9 girls hosted a blitz in St Annes with Cuala and Na Fianna. With glorious weather there was a lot of exciting matches. Well done to all the girls and the parents for helping the morning a great success. Camogie 5 – 6 Monday evenings on the Astro. www.clontarfgaa.com
The Junior Ladies team finished competitive action last Monday with a win in the cup which sees them finishing off top of the table. Well done to all. The Minor lads had a narrow victory in the football over Na Fianna in the Championship. The U16 boys remain undefeated in the football league this season – well done to all. The U15 boys were pipped to the post in their football Div A Championship semi final by Thomas Davis. The U13 boys A team continued to stay in contention for Div 1 honours beating Kilmacud Crokes at the weekend.The U12 boys will bounce back from this and drive on in the last game of the league.are our team of the week The A hurlers became Div 3 winners, following their visit to Naomh Olaf. The B team shook off a four-game losing streak with a win over Parnells. The U11 boys lost to Castleknock in two tough encounters, while the U10 boys won two out of three games away to Ballyboden. Well done to our 56 U8 children who competed well in their six-team hurling and football blitz v Ballyboden St Endas. www.clontarfgaa.com
Congratulations to the Ladies team, who won Division 2 with a great display against St Peregrines. The next match is against Sylvester’s tomorrow (Wednesday). The U16 girls enjoyed a convincing win over Thomas Davis. The U14 hurlers lost to Round Towers Clondalkin in atrocious weather. The U13 hurlers enjoyed another great week. On Tuesday, the A team travelled to St.Vincents. Great defensive displays from Eoin McNamee, Diarmuid Brodie, Liam Howley and Jack Higgins. Kevin Lillis had a superb game in goal, while second half goals from Sean O'Shea, Martin Byrne and Patrick Smyth and a great display of point-taking from Tom O'Flaherty ensured the boys eased to a deserved win. The B team played at home and won convincingly against Cuala. There was solid defensive and midfield work, especially from Donal O'Dwyer, Ryan Bolton, Niall O'hUallachain, and Niall MacCaffrey. This gave the forwards a lot of possession, so much so that Gavin Jackson and Oisin O'Donoghue scored seven goals between them. Special thanks to the Under-12s who "played up" for us regularly this season. The U13 girls put up a great display against Castleknock in the Championship but fell short by a few points in a very tight, exciting game. The U12A boys battled the weather as well as a stronger Naomh Mearnog side, losing out by a few points. The B team hosted St Brigids and continued their outstanding league form. Great performance by James Doran, netting half our goal tally. Well done to all. With theU11 boys' two-team group’s games off due to the atrocious weather, it was left to the one-team lads to fly the flag at this level. The conditions away to Erin go Brragh were atrocious, with the muddy pitch and teeming rain ensuring a torrid day for all, with the scoreline just as miserable. www.clontarfgaa.com
Condolences to Niall McCullagh on the death of his father last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. The Intermediate Ladies are scheduled to play St. Peregrine’s this Wednesday (28th) on Pitch 35. Well done to the Junior Ladies, who represented the club in the All Ireland 7’s in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday. The U15 boys defeated Ballyboden away by a goal in the Division 1A Championship. However, St Judes were too strong for Clontarf in the C Championship. The U12 girls had a good start to the championship recently. The Blue team (Division 2) beat Naomh Mearnog, while the Division 6 Red team their game conceded by Skerries. Well done also to the U12 hurlers, whose A team are one game away from winning the Division 3 title, after defeating St Judes on Saturday. Commiserations to the B team, who lose to Beann Eadair in Division 6. The U11 hurlers lost to Raheny in their A and B matches. A busy week for the U1's began with challenge games against neighbours Raheny and Naomh Mearnog on Tuesday evening. Two good performances secured a pair of wins and confidence was high in advance of a stiff test to come against Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday. But the lads played well, to win overall. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from injury to U10 players Barry Mangan and Kevin Byrne.The U9 girls play away in Kilmacud this Sunday at 10am against the hosts and Castleknock. Well done to all the girls who attended the All Ireland Finals in Croke Park to distribute flags. Camogie every Monday 4.50 – 5.50 am at Astro for U10 and U9’s– help needed from experienced Camogie / Hurlers: contact Anne O’Mahony. Irish Guide Walk in St. Anne’s on the 8th / 9th Oct sponsored by Dublin Ladies GAA – all members and kids invited to participate. www.clontarfgaa.com
Congratulations to the Dublin team on getting over the finishing line against Kerry and keeping Sam at home for the first time in 16 years. And we're proud of our Minors, Ross, Jack and Maitias, for their work in getting Dublin to the Minor Final, and commiserate with the team on such a narrow defeat. A big thank you to everyone who organised a great weekend of activities, including Clontarf's Got Talent and the match day fun at the club. Well done to Kevin Devine on organising the lights of the Convention Centre be turned blue for weekend in honour of the Dubs. Our Seniors' final league game of the season ended in disappointment. Clontarf's two-point lead was shattered late in stoppage time by a Clanna Gael goal. Congratulations to Brian Lynch and Jean Carroll on their wedding last week. The Ladies (Division 1) defeat Whitehall by 2-10 to 2-9 in the Championship. The Div 2 Ladies defeated Ballinteer by 0-15 to 0-7 in the league. The U15 hurlers are our team of the week, achieving an historic win over Whitehall, congratulation to all the players involved . Semi final Division 1 is the prize. We’d urge all mentors and parents to attend an important speech this Thursday. GAA National Children's Officer Gearoid O Maoilmhichil will speak about the role/work of club child welfare. The talk will start at 8pm sharp in the club hall. The u14 hurlers were beaten by O'Tooles. The U11 A team defeated Ballymun Kickhams away, but the B team and the mixed team lost to Kickhams B and St Peregrines respectively. www.clontarfgaa.com.
Best of luck to the Dublin team in their quest for their first Sam since 1995. And a special note of best wishes to our Minors players Jack McCaffrey, Ross O’Hanlon and Matias MacDonncha who play the curtain raiser at Croker v Tipp this Sunday. The draw for tickets for the All Ireland final will take place on Thursday evening in the clubhouse at 9.45pm. All members who asked to be included in the draw are requested to attend the draw to be in with a chance of securing a ticket. Thanks to all who entered the Rugby Forecast Competition. We received over 150 entries, details of which will be posted on the club website later this week. Please support this weekend's Clontarf's Got Talent show. The Adult Men footballers turned in a strong team performance to defeat Naomh Barrog in the Final of the Loving Cup at Balgriffin with a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-8. Well done all. The Division 2 Ladies beat Skerries by 3-10 to 3-8. Next game at home tomorrow (Wed) v Ballinteer. Two great Championship wins, over Whitehall and O’Tooles, for the U15 and U16 girls respectively. Best for the former were Michelle Hetherton, Ciara Plunkett, Una Hoey and Fiona Terry. Best for the latter were Margaret Mohan, Katie Murray and Caoimhe Troy. Two great wins for the U15 boys over Kilmacud in the football, with the U13 boys securing two great wins and winning the shield away at Austin Stacks. Many thanks to the great hosts there. The U11 A hurlers lost narrowly away to Ballyboden at Ballycullen, while a five-goal blitz ensured the first league win of the campaign for the battling B team. The U10 boys did well away to Castleknock, while congratulations to all the U8 hurlers who took part in two great blitzes at the weekend.
Well done to Belgrove Senior Boys teacher Richie Hogan and his team mates on a fantastic win for the Kilkenny hurlers in the All Ireland final. Commiserations to the Dublin minors, and best of luck to them next year. Please come out and support the Adult Men’s team in the final of the Loving Cup against Naomh Barrog this Sunday. The match takes place in Balgriffin at 3pm. The Ladies (Div 2) play Skerries away Wednesday, September 7, at 6.45pm. All support welcome. The U14 hurlers lost to Naomh Fionnbara by two points in a very exciting game, with Bill Perryman and Barry Davis outstanding. The U12B boys’ footballers had a great win away to Erins Isle in their first league match after the summer break. The A match has been refixed away to Garristown. The U11 footballers made a winning start to the new season, with a good double victory over Na Fianna at St Pauls. A gutsy one-point win over Garristown for the one-team U10 group, while the three-team group won one and lost two to some strong Castleknock sides at St Paul’s. Entries for the Rugby World Cup Forecast Competition must be in by Thursday night to the club bar. www.clontarfgaa.com
Congratulations to the Dubs on achieving that rare feat of modern times – a place in the All Ireland Final – following a hard-fought victory over Donegal. And well done to the brilliant Minors who’ll make it a double for Dublin in the Final this year, with Clontarf’s Mattias McDonagh, Jack McCaffrey and Ross O’Hanlon playing a huge part in getting them there, with the latter two playing at Croke Park in the Semi against Galway. The omens were good on Sunday morning as Clontarf’s U11 and U12 teams beat Oranmore, who were down from Galway for the big match. The U12 team – who beat Ballymun Kickhams twice in friendlies - won by a generous margin against the visitors. Meanwhile, the U11 team survived a second-half rally by the Westerners to win by a point in two gritty games. Well done to the U12 hurlers who acquitted themselves well in the Leinster tournament. And another brilliant win for the Ladies, who beat St Margarets 2-10 to 0-10. There’s no Division 2 game for them and they well deserve their break. Please support the rugby World Cup forecast competition. Details on our website. Entry forms must be back by Thursday, September 8. Entry fee is only €10 (same format as Gaelic provincial forecast). Return forms to any member of the Executive or Justin O'Flaherty or to the box in the Culdoras bar. Well done to all who organised the barbecue following the Dubs match on Sunday. A Ladies Fundamental Course takes place on September 3 at Parnell Park from 10-3pm, while the Ladies Dublin Development Squads for U13/15/17 are now looking for players. Ladies Juvenile Champions start Weekend of September 10/11 - see www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie for fixtures. Nursery is now back every Saturday in St. Paul's 9.30-11am. This Saturday at the nursery - New Clontarf Kids Football Boots for sale Size 12 -5 kids sizes €25. www.clontarfgaa.com
Tickets ordered for the Dublin / Donegal match to be collected this Friday from 9-10pm in the clubhouse. Best of luck to club members Ross O’Hanlon, Jack McCaffrey and Mattias McDonagh and their Dublin teammates in this year’s All Ireland football semi final. And best wishes to Stephanie and Zoe and the Dublin U16s in the All Ireland final this weekend. Congratulations to the club’s Ger Devine on representing Ireland at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the weekend. The Senior Men recorded an important league victory over Ballyboden by four points on Sunday thanks to goals from Sam Harkin and Ciaran Johnson, with Neil Shanahan outstanding in midfield. The team bounced back after losing to Ballyboughal on Wednesday. The Clontarf Ladies play St Margaret’s in the Division 2 league this Wednesday at 7.30pm at St Anne’s. There was a cruel end to this year’s Camaint for the U11 hurlers. Cruising against a fancied Cuala first team after a haul of 1-2 from half forward Stephen Evans and a converted free that slammed into the back of the net from John Hanley, the Southsiders fought back well after the break with a last-gasp free sealing the win. They went on the win the Div 2 Shield, showing just how close the combined group of under-11s and under-10s came to glory. Well done all and congratulations to a gutsy Cuala side and to the County Board’s Damien Murphy for organising a great day out in Parnell Park. A good win for Clontarf A over O’Dwyers in the U15 football division 2. www.clontarfgaa.com
The club would like to express its deepest symapthies to the family of Maria O’Connor, whose son Carl plays for the under-12s, who passed away last Thursday evening after a long illness. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis. A big thank you to Anthony Daly and his Dublin hurlers for such a great season, losing out by a whisker to All Ireland champs Tipperary. Congratulations to Clontarf’s Steph Adams and Zoe Murphy who were outstanding for the Dublin U16 girls in the All Ireland semi final win over Galway. Best of luck to the girls in the final. Another great win for the Ladies, this time in round six of the cup, on a scoreline of 4-12 to 1-8 for St Peregrines. Next fixture tomorrow (Wed) away to St Sylvesters at 7.15pm. Best of luck to the U11 hurlers who make their debut at Parnell Park, taking on Cuala 1 in the semi-final of Camaint. www.clontarfgaa.com
Tickets orders for the Dublin V Donegal match to be sent to Kieran (0861791120) before Sunday evening, August 21st. The Ladies Division 2 cup match is one this Wednesday away to Peregrines at 7.15pm. All support most welcome. www.clontarfgaa.com
The club would like to express its condolences to the Farrelly family on the recent death of their mother, Josephine. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.Congratulations to the Senior footballers who defeated Clann Mhuire on Wednesday by the narrowest of margins in their latest AFL3 encounter. Neil Shanahan outstanding and excellent performances from Ger Ryan and Mark McNamee. This win sees the footballers moving up to second in the league. The Ladies Div 2 match against Garda is this Wednesday at 7.30pm at Westmanstown. All support welcome. clontarfgaa.com
The first of the TESCO Dublin club championship finals was played last Wednesday night in the superb setting of Parnell Park. The Donnycarney venue over the years has seen many an epic tussle and indeed last night’s Intermediate final proved to be another classic.
Two well-prepared teams took to the field to contest the final both had a mix of youth and experience amongst their ranks and in front of a large enthusiastic crowd both teams gave an exhibition of football and show cased all that is good in Ladies football.
Towers from the throw in appeared to have their nerves in control and shooting into the church end of the stadium they took the game to Clontarf. Within five minutes the Clondalkin crew had clocked up 1-2 with full forward Emily Hamill on target to raise the green flag. Towers centre forward Hannah Tyrell was using her height, speed and strength to her advantage and was orchestrating the Towers forward line with aplomb.
However the Clontarf defence soon settled and gained their composure with Fionnula Kennedy at full back along with Captain Ciara Fenton at corner back they started to get to grips with the Towers forward line. Slowly Clontarf found their rhythm and soon were back into the game with half forwards Sarah McCaffrey and Sarah McGrath finding their shooting range.
At the interval both sides were level Clontarf 0-06 Round Towers 1-03 the second half was going to be an interesting 30 minutes.
The sides exchanged points in the second half and there was always just a kick of a ball between the teams. Maria Kavanagh was having a fine game for Towers at centre back in spite of this Clontarf substitute Stephanie Adams was beginning to influence the Clontarf forward line and delivered a good supply of ball in to Tarfs forward line.
The aforementioned Hannah Tyrell once again showcased her skills when she went through the heart of the Clontarf defence and her shot went passed Clontarf keeper Christine McBride. Towers now appeared to have the edge but to the their credit Clontarf kept plugging away and where rewarded for their determination when full forward Chris Doyle fired the ball passed Towers keeper Emma Redmond this was followed up by a point from Margaret Mohan. With minutes remaining on the clock there was just two points between the sides.
The final moments of the game were frantic with spectators from both clubs afraid to leave the stadium. Deep into injury time Clontarf held possession and worked the ball smartly up the field. A Clontarf player was fouled just inside the Towers 45m line so this was it, the last chance!
All of Clontarf held their breaths as midfielder Carrie O’Connor lopped the ball in towards goal hoping that a Clontarf hand would make a connection however it wasn’t to be Towers captain Ruth Collins broke the ball and held possesion and in doing so broke Clontarf’ s hearts.
Philip Fitzsimons blew his whistle; Round Towers from Clondalkin were the champions of Dublin.
Round Towers: Emma Redmond, Eimear McGrath, Geraldine McTavish, Clare McGinty, Andrea Bowe, Maria Kavanagh, Suzanne Murray, Ruth Collins (Capt), Sinead Kearns, Catherine Roche, Hannah Tyrell, Aisleen Milton, Nathalie Behan, Emily Hamill, Caoimhe Joyce.
Scorers: Hannah Tyrell 1- 3, Emily Hamill 1-2, Nathalie Behan 0-2, Aisleen Milton 0-01.
Clontarf: Christine McBride, Siobhan Kennedy, Fionnula Kennedy, Ciara Fenton (Capt), Anne Marie Heery, Orla Deegan, Hannah Craddock, Carrie O’Connor, Erica Grant, Sarah McGrath, Fiona Coghlan, Sarah McCaffrey, Margaret Mohan, Chris Doyle, Avril Robinson.
Scorers: Chris Doyle 1-1, Carrie O’Connor 0-02, Sarah McCaffrey 0-2, Helen Cliff 0-02, Sarah McGrath 0-1, Margaret Mohan 0-01.
Full time score: Round Towers 2-08 Clontarf 1-09
Half time score: Round Towers 1-03 Clontarf 0-06
Player of the Match: Hannah Tyrell (Round Towers)
Referee: Philip Fitzsimons (Liffey Gaels).
U11 BOYS: Well done to the hurlers on two great wins at home in Camaint. They scored seven goals and kept a clean sheet against neighbours Naomh Barrog, and went on to keep a strong Erins Isle outfit down to a single point. www.clontarfgaa.ie
Show your support for the Clontarf Ladies in the county's Tesco Intermediate Championship Final. Throw-in at 7.15 in Parnell Park tomorrow (July 20th). Admission is €5 for adults, €3 for students and OAPs, and it's free for under 16s. Please note that the Men's Loving Cup final has been postponed to a later date. Well done to the Senior Men's team, who had a convincing league win over St Vincent's on Saturday. Best wishes to Stephen McGinn who was injured during the match. The U11 hurlers were back in Camaint action, but down from a squad of 18 to just 12. They drew to the home side Skerries Harps, beat Na Fianna and lost to St Sylvester’s. Many thanks to the superb U10 lads who played up and to Ronan Hickey and U10 mentor Gerry Reid without whom we’d never had gotten the players up to Skerries. Tickets for the Dublin football quarter final to be ordered by next Sunday evening, July 24th. Contact Kieran (086 1791120) with your order. Congratulations to Miriam Lillis, overall winner of this year’s forecast competition. www.clontarfgaa.com
A fantastic week for the club on the intercounty and adult fronts. Congratulations to the club’s Jack McCaffrey, Matias Mac Donncha and Ross O’Hanlon and the Dublin Minors on a superb win over Meath as Dublin triumphed at both Minor codes in Leinster for the first time since 1954. The Men’s team beat Kilmacud Crokes by a point in the semi-final of the Loving Cup, with a superb display by Craig McConnell, bagging six points, and an excellent debut from Mark Hughes. This will be the first final of any description for this team. Meanwhile, the high-flying Ladies beat Parnells in the Intermediate championship semi-final. They now play the final in Fingallians on Wednesday, July 20th. Please come out and support a super squad on the day. The team play their cup game v Skerries at St Anne’s at 7:30pm tomorrow (July 13th). The U13 boys finished off before the summer break with two defeats. The A team lost to a very physical St Brigids, but the boys were great and never gave up. The B's lost to Scoil and while Scoil had the better of the game they never got away from Clontarf to win out by 3-13 to 3-8 at the end. All enjoy the summer break. The U12 boys enjoyed two out of three wins in Camaint – well done to all involved. The U11 boys suffered three narrow defeats in Camaint but can be proud of their efforts. Well done to the U10 boys who played up and did so well. Many thanks to everyone who organised the food and fun after the Dublin v Wexford match. www.clontarfgaa.com
A great occasion for the club on our 50th year, with Clontarf’s three minors - Matias Mac Donncha, Ross O'Hanlon and Jack McCaffrey - all on the pitch together in last Wednesday’s Leinster semi-final v Kildare. Support the lads and the Dublin squad as they raise the curtain (v Meath) before the big boys in next Sunday’s Leinster Final at Croke Park. Tickets for the Dubs V Wexford game can be collected this Friday at 9pm at the club. There’ll be a fun barbecue and the astro will be open for the kids after the big match. Our Ladies, defeated recently by Crokes in round four of the cup, are back in action. Please support them as they take on Parnells on Wednesday 6th, 7.30pm, at Pitch 35 in St Annes v Parnells. Best of luck to the U12, U11 and U10 volunteers who are taking part in the Camaint tournament, which starts on Tuesday, July 5th, for the U11/U10s and Wednesdday, July 6th, for the U12s. The Adult B hurlers earned a great victory away to Lucan Sarsfields in the league last week. It was sweet revenge for a heavy defeat inflicted by the same team three weeks earlier in the championship. Great goals by Jimmy Cantwell, David Coppinger and Johnny Murphy and a super stop at the death by Joe Murphy to give us a one-point win, 3-11 to 3-10. Both U14 teams – way down in numbers due to holidays – were defeated. The U13B boys were beaten by Parnells while the A teams kept the pressure up on the other teams in Division 1 with a great win over St Sylvesters. Last games before the summer break this week with a local derby vs Scoil on Thursday night, July 7th, and a top of the table clash on Saturday v St Brigids. www.clontarfgaa.com
To order tickets for the Dublin/Wexford Football Final, please contact Tom McCabe (0872264732) before Sunday evening, as Kieran Mc Mahon is on holidays. Tickets ordered for the hurling final to be collected on Friday at 9pm in clubhouse. The barbecue after the Dublin-Kildare match was one of the best attended in recent times, with a big crowd coming out to enjoy the sunshine. Many thanks to all those who helped out on the day. Our Ladies maintained their unbeaten record in the league recently with a win over Crokes. Next game is cup against Crokes in St Anne's on Wednesday, June 29th, at 7:30pm. The U15 hurlers were narrowly beaten by St Vincent’s in a pulsating tie, while the U13 boys acquitted themselves well at the PJ Troy tournament in a tough group with Na Fianna and Ballyboden, finishing third overall behind Whitehall and St Vincent’s. The U11 boys enjoyed one of the highlights of their year with a coach trip to Belfast. They played hosts Bredagh GAC in south Belfast and Dublin club Naomh Olaf, doing very well in their matches in both codes. Many thanks to the hosts for their exceptional hospitality, endless cups of tea, sandwiches and cakes. We would be very keen to return the favour in the near future. (Please see website this week for pix of the fun!) The U10 hurlers finished a great season on a high, winning two and losing one narrowly against Skerries Harps. www.clontarfgaa.com
Condolences to U13 girls’ mentor Stephen Byrne whose father passed away last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. Tickets ordered for the Dublin/ Kildare match must be collected on Friday at 9pm in the clubhouse. Ticket orders for the Dublin v Kilkenny Leinster Final to Kieran McMahon on 0861791120 before next Monday. Congratulations to the Dublin hurlers on a fine win over Galway. A great night was had by the club's supporters on the bus to Tullamore. Nursery finals day was one of the highlights of the club’s year with the children having a ball. A special mention to PJ and his team for the barbecue, and Denis McIntyre as MC on the day. Summer Camps enrolment takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 21st, 8.30-9:30pm at the Clubhouse Bar. The Seniors had a good week in AFL3, with wins over St Finians away and St Olafs at home. The Ladies (Div 2) are away to Crokes tomorrow. A great win for the Junior B team in the cup at Portobello. Clontarf went into the match as complete outsiders as they had not won a league match all season. Led by the evergreen Collie O’Connor the team produced the performance of the year to win 3-11 to 0-19 with a goal in the last minute of extra time sealing a great victory. The team continued on from that result on Thursday to record their first league victory of the season against Wild Geese on Sunday. A great week for the U13 hurlers. The A team had two league wins, against Fingallians and Whitehall. Cathal Ryan scored 5-4 v Fingallians, while there were rock solid defensive displays by Jack Higgins, superb link play with the forwards from midfielders Rory Clarke and Patrick Smyth, and tireless wing back play from Sean O'Flaherty. The B team won a tight Div 5 encounter against Scoil, 7-4 to 5-5. The entire team played with great heart, but special mention must be made of Grellan Murray and Declan Adamson who were superb in their comeback matches, while the performances of Ronan Dunlea, Ryan Bolton and Gavin Jackson were exceptional. Congratulations to U12 player Aisling O'Byrne who scored 7-6 in a recent game. The U11 boys had two great wins over Skerries Harps away, while the one-teamers lost to O’Tooles away. The U10 girls had a great win over St Patricks of Donabate. The U10 boys’ one-teamers had a very convincing win over Fingal Ravens, while the three teamers outclassed Na Fianna away. www.clontarfgaa.com
Ticket orders for the Dublin v Kildare football match must be in with Kieran McMahon (086 1791120) by Sunday evening. The Nursery Mini League Football and Hurling Finals take place on our new pitch at St Paul’s next Saturday morning. All support welcome for the biggest day in the club's juvenile calendar. Well done to Matt O'Neill, his helpers and all of our Cubs Nursery group who finished their season last Saturday at the clubhouse. One place is still available on the Fundamentals Course being held in Club this Saturday from 10.30-4.30.The Ladies footballers reached the semi-final of the Monaghan Harps seven-a-side but were defeated by eventual winners Donaghmoyne. A great weekend for the U13 girls, with a win for the Div 1 at Ballinteer and the Div 4 at Kilmacud. The U10 boys lost just one match in a nine-game hurling blitz against Skerries, Na Fianna and Whitehall Colmcille. The U9 girls had a great outing in Castleknock with four wins and two draws. And the U8 girls enjoyed a great game against Foxrock/Cabinteely. www.clontarfgaa.com
The senior footballers drew with Naomh Monica in Wednesday's AFL3 tie. Inter championship - Clontarf 4-11 Round Towers 1-04. Clontarf Ladies qualified for the semi-final of the intermediate championship when they reversed the score of last year's tie against Round Towers. Clontarf Ladies also won the inaugural Clontarf Castle trophy when they defeated Scoil Ui Chonaill as part of their field weekend. Thanks to Scoil for the invite and hospitality. No fixture tomorrow due to the State exams so we wish Margaret, Steph and all players sitting their junior/leaving certs the very best. No fixture next Wednesday due to the State exams so we wish Margaret, Steph and all players sitting their junior/leaving certs the very best. Meanwhile, a squad of 10 inters travel to a seven-a-side competition hosted by Monaghan Harps on Saturday. Pictures of all those who competed in the 50k race will be up on the website tonight, so keep an eye out. Tickets for the Dublin-Galway hurling game must be ordered before next Monday (June 13th). Tickets for the Dublin-Kildare football match must be ordered before Monday, June 20th. Contact Kieran McMahon on 0861791120. Megan Casey is running a fundraiser for the International Student Volunteering Programme in the clubhouse next Saturday evening at 8pm. The race night aims to raise funds to go to Costa Rica to do charity work for the summer. The U13 hurlers made the trip to Ballyboden for a double header last week. First up was the B squad, who won by a four-goal margin with great help from the U12 lads. A tired A squad lost by eight points but battled hard throughout. The U11 boys footballers played away to St Pats Donabate on Saturday and achieved two good wins.
A huge crowd came out to support the club’s 50th anniversary La na gClub and 50k charity race. GAA President Christy Cooney and Dublin County Board Andy Kettle, along with Clontarf club President Stephen Morean were the VIPs in attendance with the Vincentian order as the new pitches were unveiled at St Paul’s College. There was plenty of fun as juvenile teams up to under 12 took part in fun games and activities at St Paul’s and players from under 13 level upwards sweated it out in the 50k fun race, in conjunction with St Francis hospice in Raheny. The later barbecue back at the club was among the best attended ever so many thanks to all who took part in the day and those on the steering committee who got it to work out so well. Ladies Intermediate championship match v Round Towers tomorrow (wed, June 1) at St Anne’s at 7.30pm. On Friday the ladies play Scoil on Clontarf Road. The U14A football team suffered defeat but the B team put up a good performance against Na Fianna before going down by two goals. The U11 one-team football team won well against St Finians in Swords, while the U11 A and B hurlers lost narrowly to Castleknock. The U10 hurlers narrowly lost out away to Ballyboden St Enda.
Come out and support our La na gClub day of fun and festivities on Sunday. Check out the club website for all the details and support our 50k race around St Anne's. The Senior footballers were unfortunate to lose to Whitehall Colmcille's by the narrowest of margins in the recent AFL3 match. The Junior Ladies won in good style against O'Dwyers. The U15 girls continued their great run in the league by beating Erins Isle and staying in the hunt for league honours. The u14 hurlers kept up their good Feile form with a hard fought four-point win against O'Tooles. Michael Cassidy put in a storming second half performance, getting three great goals. The U14A football team went down to a heavy defeat against Kilmacud Crokes, with the team having to be bolstered by lads from the B team and U13 boys. We hope to have far more of the A team available on Saturday for the return fixture. Wishing Fiach Beechinor all the best as he is forced to take time out again due to injury. U11 boys' footballers played Sylvesters on Monday night and won one and lost one. Both teams won well when they faced Fingallians at home the following Saturday. All three high-flying U10 teams recorded a rare defeat, to strong St Vincent's sides.
Congratulations to the club’s Ross O’Hanlon and Jack McCaffrey who helped the Dublin Minors edge out Longford in the Leinster MFC quarter final meeting. Our team of the week are the U14/13 hurlers who were pipped at the post by Castleknock in the Division 3 Feile final at Parnell Park. The lads had a fantastic tournament, winning all their group matches as they scored goals freely and then secured a great win against Oliver Plunketts in the semi. Despite tremendous pressure from our boys in the last 10 minutes of the final, the scores did not come as Castleknock defended stoutly. Well done to the Intermediate Ladies, who won their first championship group game with a comprehensive win over Skerries last Wednesday. Congratulations to Anne-Marie Heery and Ciaran who were married last Saturday week.
La nag Club is fast approaching, and mentors will have details of each team’s events during the morning of Sunday, May 29th. Please support the runners in the 50k charity run around St Anne’s Park. Best of luck to everyone who entered the forecast competition. It’s a vital fundraiser for our youngsters’ teams. It was a busy week for the U12 boys with four wins by the end of it. The A hurlers played Craobh Chiarain on Tuesday and the B footballers took on Na Fianna on Wednesday. Well done to all and we wish a speedy recovery to Kevin Minihan who broke a finger in Wednesday’s game. Hectic times too for the U11 lads with plenty of action on the pitch. The one-team footballers – who were beaten well by Naomh Fionnbarra in recent weeks – got revenge last. Mixed fortunes for the hurlers, with the A team winning well away to Raheny and the B having one of those off days. The U10 hurlers embarked on their first trip with the club to play a country team on Saturday. Hosts were Edenderry GAA in Co Offaly and a very enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks to Edenderry for their hospitality and we hope to welcome them to Clontarf soon.
La na gClub is fast approaching (May 29th) and full details of the exciting family fun day itinerary will be on the club website this week. Please support the club’s Championship Forecast. Entry forms are available from team mentors. There was disappointment for the Senior Men’s team, who were beaten by O’Tooles in the Dublin SCC second round, but the Ladies beat Ballinteer to record their third victory in three games in the cup competition. Thanks to Carla and Fiona (Div 5) and Zoe and Roisin (U16) for stepping up. Next fixture: Skerries Harps v Clontarf, Skerries tomorrow at 7:30pm. The U13 boys had a successful and eventful weekend. Both the A and B football teams won their league matches, while the squad had an overnight trip to Richie Hogan's Dansfort to play a friendly hurling match. We would like to thank Ted and Eoin down there for all their hospitality. It was a fantastic trip and we’ve got a few very worn out players and mentors. A great trip ... well done PJ for organising it. The U12 boys footballers started their league campaign with two superb wins – away to Castleknock and at home to Erins Isle. A hectic week for the U11 boys, with a narrow loss to Scoil, a narrow win over St Maurs (both football) and an enjoyable hurling blitz played in a great spirit by both St Judes and Clontarf, with six of our lads togging out for the understrength visitors. The U10 hurlers beat Na Fianna away in an enjoyable morning’s hurling. The A team were unlucky to lose by three points in an even contest, while the B game was an excellent contest with the entire team having a stormer. The C team won by 11 points, with Lee Cadwell impressing between the posts.
The club is delighted to congratulate Dalo and the boys on an historic win for the Dublin hurling – a first League title since 1939. Cluain Tarbh would like to express its deepest sympathies to Sean Ryan on death of his brother Liam. Please come out and support the Senior footballers in their Championship tie against O’Tooles this weekend. Junior Ladies won against Templogue Synge Street. Many thanks to all who helped with the hosting of last weekend’s boys Feile. The A team played well, making it to the semi finals, where they narrowly lost to Lucan Sarsfields. The B team also played well, despite having a small squad. Our players of the tournament were eight-goal hero Mikey Holloway and non-stop runner Lee Cunningham. The U15 hurlers enjoyed a good win over Lucan Sarsfields, while the U10 squad partook in the official opening of the DCC Astro pitches at Alfie Byrne Road on Thursday with hurling and football games against Scoil Ui Chonaill. An enjoyable morning with the highlight being the boys meeting up with Dublin footballers Philly McMahon and Kevin Nolan and Dublin hurlers Shane Durkan and Simon Lambert. Their one team group had a powerful first half at the weekend away to St Finians with strong midfield performances from Fergal O'Byrne, Max Kennedy and Ronan Reid. Fine finishing from Max Hession, Max Kennedy, Ronan Reid, David Orange and Sean Hanratty and good defending from Tom Farrelly and Sean Downes. www.clontarfgaa.com
Best of luck to our Senior Footballers who play Round Towers (C) in the 1st round of the Championship, Fri 7pm in Newcastle. Junior Ladies recorded a good 3-10 to 2-1 league win away against Clan na Gael in Ringsend. Despite conceding 2 goals in the first 5 minutes the girls didn't panic and led by 4 points at half time. The second half continued in similar fashion with the girls scoring 1-6 and restricting Clans in for a point. Overall a strong team performance. Well done to Neil O'Driscoll and all his helpers for a well run and attended Easter Camp. The 1st Hurling School of Excellence led by the Hogan brothers from Kilkenny was a big success with 60 U13-U16's in attendance and thanks to Scoil Ui Chonaill for their co-operation. Video hightlights of the 3 day event available soon. See our club website for forms for our annual GAA Forecast Competition, please support. Best of luck to the Dublin Hurlers v Kilkenny on Sunday. Club 50th celebrations on May 29th are now just five weeks away, further details on the website this week. Best wishes for a speedy return to good health for hurling mentors Aidan O'Halloran and Jim Maher.
Well done to the Dublin Minors and Clontarf representatives Ross O’Hanlon, Jack McCaffrey and Matias McDonnocha on their win over Westmeath in the Leinster Championship on Saturday. And congratulations to the Dublin hurlers on achieving a place in the city’s first League final since 1946. Our Adult A hurlers faced one of the favourites to win the league, Lucan Sarsfields, at home on a perfect morning for hurling. Clontarf got off to an excellent start and for the first 10 minutes asked serious questions of Sarsfields’ favourite tag. Unfortunately a number of penetrating moves by the Clontarf forwards did not yield any results and Sarsfields began to settle into the game. A well worked goal by Ronan Kenny a few minutes from full time was a just reward for the Clontarf lads’ refusal to give up but Sarsfields ran out clear winners in the end at 1-13 to 1-5. Best for Clontarf was Robbie Stokes at centre back. The Adult B hurlers continued on their winning way with an excellent victory over Whitehall Colmcilles at the Rose Garden. The final whistle saw Clontarf emerge victorious with a score of 3-4 to 0-7. Nial McMahon impressed at midfield and the return of the two Murphy brothers, Joe and Johnny, for their first competitive outing of the season ensured the team’s unique mix of experience and youth continued! Minor A footballers had a good win over St Judes in the league. Well done on a solid team performance. They play Templeogue in the league tomorrow on Pitch 34. The U16 girls had a great win on Sunday in their Division 1 match vs Foxrock Cabinteely. Best were Stephanie Adams, Laura Plunkett and Roisin McCaffrey. The U16 boys’ footballers had a great win in the first round of the Division 1 championship against a fancied Castleknock team. The final score was 1-9 to 1-4. Comprehensive wins for the U15 footballers, over Whitehall and Scoil respectively. With so many teams doing so well at the weekend, it would be impossible to call our team of the week. But special praise must go the Ladies U14 Feile participants. Clontarf girls played six matches on Saturday and did their club proud winning four. Thanks to Ann Shannon from the U13s who played up for them and gave a great performance.
The U13A boys beat the much-fancied St Brigids footballers in a top of the table clash in Division 1. The U11 boys did well in the two-team league final day blitz while the one teamers had an off day away to O’Dwyers. The U10 boys suffered a rare defeat - away to an excellent group of hurlers at St Vincents - but the U9 girls kept on their winning ways, defeating Na Fianna. www.clontarfgaa.com
Happy birthday to the club, which turned 50 yesterday. It’s proving an exciting year, with plenty of activities planned. Well done to the Men and Ladies on their wins at the weekend. The men clinched a valuable victory over St Margarets on Saturday night, securing the second position in the AFL 3 league table, while the Division 2 Ladies recorded their first league win, against Raheny. They’re in the cup away to St Margarets tomorrow. The U15 boys drew a hard-fought hurling match against Faughs. Our goals were scored by Jack Loftus and Conor McGinn. Eoin Strut was our most effective player. A much depleted U13A panel lost by a single point in a thrilling 5-9 to 5-8 defeat versus top side Na Fianna in hurling. We’ve never been as proud of the boys and thanks to all the parents for their great support. The B squad had a great outing against a strong St Peregrines side. We may have come second but great hurling was played. Welcome back Harry and Ryan and thanks to our U12s for playing up. Badly defeated in recent hurling games, the U11 hurlers needed was a visit by Na Fianna, one of the top teams in our grading grouping. But both of our teams shone in the sunshine. The A team were narrowly defeated, by a Na Fianna side showing brilliant blocking skills, but didn’t go down without a fight. Luke Marren, John Hanley and Conall Kehoe got the scores, while Jamie Nesbitt’s first touch was extraordinary. Well done to all. The B came back from 3-1 down at the break to put three goals past Na Fianna without reply. Scorers were Sam Brennan (two classic poached goals), Stephen Evans begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting (one long range) and Zac Power (drilled past the keeper). Daniel O’Sullivan excelled in goals, while Oscar Langan played his best game ever in either code. The U10 footballers continued their good start to the season with a convincing win away to Whitehall. Great point taking by Cathal Brennan, and brilliant defending, gave the first team a great win. Team 2 won well with Max Hessin scoring a magnificent 3-5. Team 3 gave a wonderful exhibition of blocking, losing narrowly in the end. The one-teamers were playing away in the splendid new pitches in Castleknock. Driven on by Leo Cunningham (who was excellent throughout) and with Max Kennedy and Darragh Jackson upping the workrate considerably there was little to choose between the teams. Our slow start came back to haunt us however as Castleknock ran out deserving winners by 2-12 to 1-6. The U9 boys hosted neighbours Raheny at the fabulous DCC. Our Red team lost by a very narrow margin despite having more possession. The Green team won by a large margin with a good team-wide performance. The blue team won by 3 points thanks to several great skill scores. Their first hurling session was in November 2008 and two and a half years later the U8 hurlers play their very first hurling match (five teams) v St Vincents this Friday night on Pitch 35 at 7pm. All support welcome. Hurling School of Excellence for U13-U16's with Kilkenny stars Richie and Paddy Hogan will run from April 18th-20th, only €25. Limited number of places left, details on our club website. Members wishing to order tickets for the League final on Sunday week should contact Kieran (0861791120) before Sunday. www.clontarfgaa.com
The club would like to offer its condolences to the Moore family on the passing over the weekend of Gerry Moore. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. Congratulations to the three Clontarf aces who were part of the Dublin Minor team which overcame Longford to win the Leinster title. Jack McCaffrey scored a goal as fellow clubmates Ross O’Hanlon and Maitias MacDonncha did Clontarf proud. Congratulations also to Pat Gilroy’s Dubs who’ve secured a first National League Final place since 1999, following their last-gasp defeat of Down. Best wishes to Anthony Daly’s hurlers – who gave Kilkenny some game – who are still in with a shout of getting Dublin to their first Final since 1946. The A hurlers emerged the victors in a closely fought contest with Faughs. Two top-class first half goals by Eoin O Grady saw the lads lead by a point at half-time. Concentration slipped temporarily in the second half and following a goal by Faughs from a free the home team took a two point lead. Composure was the name of the game and following three substitutions Clontarf's focus returned. A tremendous goal by substitute Andy Lombard after a well worked move involving Aidan O’Halloran and Ronan Kenny put Clontarf back in front, a lead they kept until the final whistle. Final score 3-8 to 1-12. Meanwhile, congratulations to Aidan O' Halloran and his DCU team on winning the All Ireland Freshers B Colleges Final, beating favourites Jordanstown University by two points. The B hurlers clocked up by far their highest score line since their inception three seasons ago. Clontarf dominated St Josephs from the start and were putting scores on the board right from the throw-in all the way through to the half time whistle. The boys in red led by 2-7 to 1-2 at the interval. By far a fitter and younger team Clontarf took off in the second half, putting another 4-9 past their near neighbours. At full forward Chico caused chaos every time the sliotar came his way, while two minors made their adult hurling debuts, Robert Forrest (aka Bobo) and Ronan McDyer and both aquitted themselves very well. Clontarf were easy victors in the end with a final score line of 6-16 to 2-6. Great wins for the Ladies teams, at home to Raheny and away to Fingallians, Next Adults D2 next match away v Raheny St Anne’s No 10 on Wednesday at 6.45pm. D5B v Fingallians B has been postponed till Monday. The Minor footballers gave a fine team performance to secure victory in the Division 2 league against Skerries with a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-8. Clontarf were on top for most of the game and led from the start opening up a three-point lead. Skerries hit back and by the interval there was two points in it. The first half saw both teams have penalties saved by the keepers. Skerries started brightest in the second half scoring the first point. Clontarf got up and running again and some excellent football pushed them into a six-point lead. Skerries pushed back at the lads and scored two goals after a few points were exchanged and this left only a point between them again. The lads kept their concentration and focus and pushed on to score another point and a goal to win by five points. The U15 boys produced a great game of football to beat Scoil in their local derby. The B team were well on top in their win against Good Counsel. The U15 girls narrowly beat Ballyboughal - thanks to the U14s girls who played up. Belated congratulations to the U14 hurlers after their recent hard fought win over Skerries Harps, securing victory by a goal. Good wins for the U13A and B boys in their football games against Sylvesters and Parnells. The ever-consistent U10 boys kept up their winning ways, this time against Lucan Sarsfields in the hurling. Congratulations to the U10 girls who got into winning ways with a defeat of Foxrock/Cabinteely at home. Well done to all the U9 girls who had their first official match on Sunday against Kilmacud and Na Fianna. U8 GIRLS: Entertaining Na Fianna this Saturday on Pitch 21 at 10am. Please come and support. The Social GAA slot has been moved from Friday to Wednesdays (8.30pm on club astro). Please come out and play to keep this initiative going. All members welcome, and would-be players will be told of insurance formalities. www.clontarfgaa.com
Congratulations to Patricia Reynolds on organising another super dinner dance – and this one was always going to be that bit special as it celebrated 50 years of the club we love. A big thank to you to the dignitaries who attended. Uachtarain CLG Christy Cooney reminded everyone what a club and community is all about, with a passionate and well-received speech on the night (Christy, a proud Rebel, was happy to be surrounded by images of red and white playing colours). The biggest cheer was for one of those people on whom every club depends – in our case, new Club Person of the Year Mick Forde. Congratulations, Mick. Dublin County Board vice-chairman Sean Shanley, a near neighbour from Craobh Chiarain, gave a witty speech and proudly recalled the friends he’d made both on an off the pitch who hail from our parish. And in this historic year, the club will be safe in the hands of its newest ambassador, and one of its most passionate promoters. Stephen Moran – known as Stevie to his many friends in the club and community –is our new President, and a popular choice. Photos of our members’ brilliant dance moves are now on the club website. The Seniors’ third league match ended in a home victory over O'Dwyers, while the Junior As had a good win over Fingallians. Come out and support the Ladies, whose season starts on Wednesday v Raheny on Pitch 34 at 7.30pm. The Division 5 ladies are away to Fingallians at Balheary on Wednesday at 6.45pm. Juniors are still recruiting, so anyone interested should contact Grellan Duane on 0862579065. Social GAA matches continue next Friday at 8.30pm. All club members are welcome to join in on the astro. The U16 girls had a great win over Thomas Davis. Best for Clontarf were Ciara Plunkett, Caoimhe Troy, Zoe Murphy and Eva Kelly. The U15 girls beat league leaders Erin Go Bragh. Well done all. Hard luck to the U15 boys who narrowly lost out on a win against Whitehall, who have eight players on the Dublin Development squad. The U13 hurlers, ably assisted by our younger ranks, had a fine win away to Cuala. The one-team U11 boys were in action away to Beann Eadair in a must-win match after two successive defeats. The lads responded superbly, and were always in control against a talented Howth side. The game, though physical and competitive, was played in a fair manner, with a good ref keeping stoppages to a miniumum and both sides adhering to the new Respective initiative after the game, and lining up to shake hands. We wish the Summit-siders well in the remainder of the campaign. U10 boys continued on their winning ways, performing well against St Sylvesters away in Malahide. Keep up the good work. Ladies Juvenile Meeting next Monday at 8.30pm in the club. This will be followed by a juvenile mentors meeting at 9.30pm and as many mentors as possible from all groups (boys and girls) should attend. www.clontarfgaa.com
The players and management send their best wishes for recovery to Kevin Devine, who was injured in the Seniors’ weekend match. Social GAA (formerly Gaelic for Dads) will commence training on Friday week from 8:30-9:15pm. All interested GAA players who are club members (even newbies to the game) should contact Derek Gallagher at 086-8213286 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 086-8213286 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for further details. A challenge match has been organised against Beann Eadair (away) this Saturday at 3pm. All players welcome. The U16 hurlers performed well in first outing but lost narrowly to Ballyboden St Endas. This was our first league game under the Alfie Byrne Gaels banner and our combined team did well in their first league game. Sean Brodie was his usual tower of strength at the back while Sean McGovern cleared from defence time and time again. Kevin Mullins was our top scorer with a return of 0-7. The U15 hurlers lost out to Thomas Davis. Dermot O’Houlihan was our best player, which is remarkable as he has been unable to train due to injured knee. The U15 girls produced another great team performance against Ballyfermot DLS. It was a great team performance again and thanks to the U14 girls who played up to help us out. The U14, U13 and U11 boys lost their respective ties. The U10 boys ran out winners in their three football games against Skerries Harps in a series of very competitive matches. Darragh Moreau and Brian Maxwell stood out for the A team; Philip Lynch and Conn Byrne excelled for the Bs; while Cillian O'Neill, Sean Downes, Gerry Boyle and David Orange were excellent for the C team. Final score Cluain Tarbh 13 points Skerries 10. The U9 boys ran out victors in their three-team clash against Na Fianna. A few tickets are still available for Saturday week’s dinner dance. Contact Patricia Reynold on 087 2337534 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087 2337534 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The Culdoras bar is hosting a music night tomorrow. www.clontarfgaa.com
Congratulations to all the winners at last Friday’s 2010 Adult Players Awards (full list on the website). Junior Ladies recruiting new players. Contact Grellan Duane on 086 2579065 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 086 2579065 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. U16 GIRLS: Great performance despite the 2-15 to 2-7 defeat to Castleknock in their first game. Best for Clontarf were Caoimhe Troy, Ciara Plunkett and Kayla Taaffe. U15 GIRLS: Got the new season off to a great start winning at Naomh Mearnog. U15 BOYS: The A team had convincing win over St Brigids, despite being short a couple of players and with two just back from illness. The B team beat Na Fianna C 4-8 to 1-4 in a super all-round team performance. A man of the match performance from Hugh Foley and a huge first half performance from Cathal McCarthy. U14 GIRLS: Well done to Dublin’s U14s with a comprehensive win over Kildare, 7-17 to 1-1. Our own Fiona Terry had a brilliant game in midfield, managing to score 1-2. U14 BOYS: The A football team went down to a very heavy defeat to Raheny. Michael Cassidy had a good game, while Barry Davis notched up some nice scores. U13 BOYS: Continue to improve with every game and were unfortunate not to come away with all points over a very dogged Na Fianna side. Some great defending by Martin Byrne and Sean O'Flaherty. U13 GIRLS: The A team had a tough game away to St Sylesters. The B team enjoyed a great win over Na Fianna, 2-4 to 1-1. U11 BOYS: The hurlers were well beaten by Kilmacud Crokes on the DCC astro. Clontarf battled throughout and the spirit on the A team was typified by Ed Brennan and Eoin Donnolly. Best outfield for the B team was Stephen Evans begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Daniel O’Sullivan and Conor Ryan tried hard and goalie Finn McGarry blocked a lot of shots. U10 hurlers beat Whitehall 58-36. Best for Team A were Sean Curran and Kevin Byrne. On Team B Barry Mangan looks to be finding his old form after injury and Cillian O'Neill popped up with his by now customary goal. Some nice point-taking by Cathal Brennan rounded off a very competitive encounter. Adam Redmond provided the stand-out performance for Team C, while one of the newer players, Darragh Moreau, did well. U9 GIRLS: Had their first outing on Saturday away to Foxrock Cabinteely, and now have five wins out of six games. U9 BOYS: The three teams hosted Ballinteer St John’s hurlers at the DCC Astro. The Red and Green teams both had very competitive fixtures with just one score the difference in both games (in favour of Clontarf red but against Clontarf Green). The Clontarf Blue team lost by 6 goals to 0. Defribilator course tonight, 7-10pm upstairs in the club. Contact Gay Byrne on email@example.com if you wish to attend. Next Monday (14th) the coaching panel will be running a workshop on Forward play- Creating space. Time and venue to be confirmed. The club is hosting a fundraising table quiz for the International Student Volunteering Program in the clubhouse this Saturday at 8.30pm. Megan Casey is aiming to raise funds to go to Costa Rica to do charity work for the summer. There will be plenty of prizes and spot prizes. Entry is €10 per head. www.clontarfgaa.com
The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family of club parent Niall Brennan, who passed away, and whose daughter Aisling and son Cathal both played for the club, at under 12 and under 10 levels respectively. Funeral at 10am tomorrow (Tuesday) at St Brigids, Killester. Ar Dheis De go rain a anam dilis. Best wishes to Richie Denehy and Clare on their wedding at the weekend. The 50th anniversary dinner dance is on Saturday March 26. Tickets at €65 are available from Patricia Reynolds on 0872337534. U15 BOYS: The A team beat Thomas Davis 4-8 to 1-5. Clontarf were leading by just one point at half time and the opposition were becoming dominant. Clontarf were asked to dig deep and find each other with controlled passing. Best for Clontarf were Man of the match Eoin Strut,Steven Smyth (1.1), Des Whelan (4 pts from play) and Andy McClean in the 2nd half with 2 goals. B team Clontarf 5-4 Garristown 1-5. Similiar to the A team. The game was level at half time 1 goal to 3 points in attrocious storm conditions on Friday night. Clontarf took control of the 2nd with Andy McClean and Des Whelan (3 goals) dominating in attack. Carl Ranson, Niall Gahan and Brian Barry controlled the game from the half back line. U14 BOYS: The A footballers’ game was called off ut the u14B match against Erin Go Bragh went ahead in Clonee. Another good win, with great performances from Cathal Kelly, James Adamson, Fiach Beechinor and Kevin Farrelly who are now pushing hard for elevation to the A team. U12 BOYS: The A hurlers suffered a heavy defeat at home to Kilmacud Crokes. Man of the match went to Billy O'Brien who played well in goal and ensured that the loss did not get any worse. B team travelled to Castleknock and came away from a very close game with a draw. A fine team performance was displayed by all. Man of the Match went to Michael Cunningham in midfield and Gavin Hodson played very well in half back position. U11 BOYS: Playing their first hurling match of the year, against St. Vincents at the DCC astro on Saturday, the lads came away with an overall win. The A team had a great win and were well worth the final score of 4.4 to 0.2. The B team had a poor first half, conceding 3-2, but improved as the game went on and drew the second half. Andrew Sinnott was man of the match with a good display throughout the game. U10 BOYS: The hurlers lost 15-12 away to Castleknock. Both teams enjoyed good possession in a competitive encounter. An eye for scores above the crossbar will improve future tallies.
Intermediate Ladies’ training continues each Monday at 8.50pm on the club astro and each Wednesday on the prom (6.45pm). Junior Ladies are recruiting new players. Contact Grellan Duane on 086 257 9065 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 086 257 9065 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. U15 boys: In a great start to the new season, the footballers beat St Sylvesters by 8-9 to 0-4. The players were asked to dig deep, rely on their new fitness acquired over their past few months and they rose to the challenge. Clontarf won the second half by 6-6 to 0-2 thanks to the teamwork of the entire panel. Exceptional performances on the day from Cian O'Flaherty, Conor McCaffrey, Conor Murphy, Oisin Hoy (3-1) and man of the match Andy Foley. The Div 6 tie v St Peregrines was postponed. The U14B boys got their football league campaign off to a great start with a big win over Beann Eadair in Howth. U12 boys had comprehensive football wins, over Naomh Mearnog and Donaghmore. Keep up the good work lads. The U11 boys’ two-team group played Whitehall in the round robin, losing both matches. In the A match Clontarf had their work cut out against a well organised Whitehall. Despite this Clontarf tried hard to the end. Jonathan Orange typified the spirit with great runs into space and picked up a lot of breaking ball. The B team had a similar difficult day. Stephen Doran played well in backs and at midfield while Eoin McGloin ran and ran. Oileann McKeon also did well in goals in the second half. The one-teamers responded in magnificent style to a narrow defeat in the first game last week against Fingal Ravens, beating Clann Mhuire away at the Naul 8-1 to 1-2. Zac Power and Ciaran Walsh were the goal poachers par excellence, while the defence – the meanest in the league – was led well by Timmy Sweeney, Ed Brennan and Andrew Synott. Well done to all involved. The U10 boys commenced the 2011 Go Games with the one-team football group hosting Erin Go Bragh at the DCC Astro. They led 20-8 at half time with good scores from Jake Costello and Cathal Brennan. The second half saw Cluain Tarbh playing some lovely passing football and taking good scores, running out 37-11 winners. Defribilation training on the horizon – details as soon as we have them. Dublin v Cork National League tickets to be picked up this Thursday at the Culdoras bar at 9pm. The dinner dance on March 26th is now smart casual, not black tie. Tickets, at €65 each, are available from Patricia Reynolds on 087 2337534 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087 2337534 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. www.clontarfgaa.com
Commiserations to the U21 squad who narrowly lost their Championship final under miserable conditions at St Annes on Saturday. Our best wishes to the St Pats team who won on the day. The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to former chairman and club stalwart Donal Nolan on the death of his father Jimmy (James) Nolan. Mr Nolan was also father-in-law to Ladies mentor Ann O’Mahony. Removal from his home today (Monday) to funeral home in Kinvara, Co Clare, open 5pm-8pm. Funeral mass 11am Tuesday morning at New Quay, Co Clare. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. Senior Ladies training each Monday; meet at 8.45pm at the club astro and Wednesday on the prom at 6.45pm. Junior Ladies now back training. New or returning players are welcome. Contact Grellan Duane. Adult/minor hurlers had an excellent joint training session last Tuesday night. It was great to see such a fine mix of youth and experience. Following half an hour of joint training a mixed match took place. It was an excellent test for the minor players up against experienced adults and a great workout for the adults trying to catch young fast minors!! Many thanks to Dublin ace Bernard Brogan who gave our U14/15 boys a master class in forward play and team training last Friday night. Ten lucky U12 girls had the privilege of playing in the half time mini games during the Dublin-Armagh National League game on Sunday. While the weather conditions were atrocious, with wind and torrential rain, all had a great time. Our thanks to the County Board for the invite and to Fingallians who hosted the game and made us feel welcome. U12 and U11 boys lost in their respective opening ties of the campaign, but U10s kept to winning ways against St Sylvester’s. Dinner dance tickets available from Patricia Reynolds on 0872337534. See website for details of discount on black tie hire for the occasion. www.clontarfgaa.com
Please support the U21 lads, who take on Fingallians in the Championship semi final tomorrow (Tuesday 1st) on Pitch 35 at 8pm. This is a vital game so please come out in force. Dublin Ladies Club Mentors night this Wednesday (February 2nd) in clubhouse, 7.30-10pm. Call Ray Doyle on 087 2596492 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087 2596492 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. All new mentors welcome. Ladies football training resumes this week. U14/16 boys: Clonmel Commercials visited our footballers on Sunday, bringing up 45 lads from their U14/U16 teams. The visitors proved very strong opponents, and are county Champions at both ages. Our teams were badly depleted and the boys from Clonmel won both matches easily. Many thanks to all who supplied food and gave a hand in catering to feed the Clonmel boys and mentors. U12 girls: Will play a half-time exhibition match as the All-Ireland champs, the Dublin Senior Ladies, play Armagh next Sunday in Parnell Park at 2pm. All kids Under 14 are free in. If a group of 10 U12s attend, a mentor goes free. Come along and support Dublin and our girls. U12 boys: Played St Sylvesters in a friendly at Alfie Byrne Road, winning the A game and drawing the B tie. Well done to all the lads. U11 boys: Start with the big boys this weekend in football, playing Naomh Mearnog away in the two-team group and home to Fingal Ravens in the one-team group. Belgrove: The Corn Kitterick champs featured in the Evening Herald last Saturday. Chairman’s night: Many thanks to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen, for attending and helping organise the landmark 50th anniversary Chairman’s night in the Mansion House. A big thank you also to Dublin City Council and our very entertaining guest speaker, sports psychologist Neil O’Brien. Annual Dinner Dance is on Saturday, March 26th, in Clontarf Castle. It’ll be black tie to mark the club’s 50th anniversary. We are conscious of costs and have arranged discounted suit hire price from Black Tie in Fairview. Please say you are with Clontarf GAA club when making your booking for suit. Discount will depend on numbers hiring but if 100 or more bookings, they will do it for €50 for the full hire which includes shirt, bow tie and cuff links. Tickets are €65 each and available from Patricia Reynolds on 087 2337534 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 087 2337534 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Book early as demand is expected to be strong. The club would like to express its sympathies to Kevin Williams and his family on the recent death of his mother, Maura. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis. We're looking to recruit new adult programme sellers. Contact Kieran McMahon on 086 1791120 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 086 1791120 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. The next juvenile boys mentors meeting (CCC1/CCC2) is next Thursday (February 3rd) at 9.30pm in the club. www.clontarfgaa.com
Adult games: U21 Football Championship: Clontarf 1-7 Round Towers Clondalkin 0-6. The U21 footballers stayed on track to retain their title and repeat last year’s success with a hard fought but well earned victory on Pitch 35 last Saturday. On a very cold afternoon Clontarf started brightly and raced into an early lead with points from Kevin McGrath and Ian O Dwyer from a long range free setting the lads on their way. A converted penalty by Ian O Dwyer after Craig McConnell was fouled in the act of scoring gave Clontarf a five-point lead that they maintained into half time. Round Towers started the second half strongly and with their midfield gaining dominance they scored three unanswered points to reduce the lead to just two points with 15 minutes remaining. Our lads dug deep and, despite some desperate, last minute defending we managed to add three further points in the closing stages and run out worthy winners over a spirited and competitive Towers outfit. A home game versus the 2008 Minor final opponents Fingallians awaits the lads in next weekend’s semi-final. Junior ladies: Pre-season training will start soon - anyone interested is welcome. Contact mentor Chris McGinn. Gaelic for dads: Continues tomorrow night (Tuesday, 24th) on the clubhouse astro at 9.10pm. All members welcome. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in becoming a full playing member and joining the full Junior C panel. Juvenile games: U10 boys: The footballers shared wins with local rivals Clanna Gael on the DCC astro last Saturday. Please note that football training is now 6-7pm each Monday at Alfie Byrne Road, while the hurling training moves to the 5.50pm slot on the clubhouse astro each Wednesday. Chairman’s night: Invitations have been sent for the Mansion House event. Buses will depart from the Clubhouse at 7pm next Saturday. A guest speaker will give us some words of wisdom, followed by some finger food and a few drinks back at the clubhouse. Physio: The weekly official club injury service, run by ExWell Medical, resumes this week, starting today (Monday, 24th). For appointments, phone Antoine or Pauline on 01-8040659 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01-8040659 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. If you get voicemail leave a message (please state name, contact tel and say that you are from Clontarf GAA ) and it will be returned as soon as possible. Cost per session is €25. Courses: Frankie Byrne’s match analysis (hurling and football) course is on tonight (Monday 24th) 8.00-9.30 pm in the club. The strength and conditioning course is next Saturday. Full details of it on the website. Jedward tickets: See the website for full details on the Dubs’ exciting football and hurling National League double headers at Croker. Nursery: Coffee shop now available on-site at the clubhouse for parents of nursery children. www.clontarfgaa.com
The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to the McAreavey and Harte families on the death of Michaela Harte. Tyrone manager Mickey Harte kindly agreed to be the guest speaker at a chairman’s night some years back and gave a brilliant insight into coaching at the very highest level. Congratulations to Frankie Byrne and all his staff and the Belgrove boys on their fantastic historic win in the Corn Kitterick final at Croke Park. Pictures of the squad – and their fantastic supporters from our local school – can be found on http://tinyurl.com/4qfo7lv. Fingers crossed for further success from our Senior hurlers in the school. Best of luck to all involved as trials start this Wednesday (19th). Frankie Byrne is running a match analysis course in the club next Monday from 8-9.30pm. All teams should have at least one rep attending. The course covers both football and hurling. Let Ollie Mangan know by Thursday who will be taking part from your age group. Strength and conditioning course takes place next Saturday week (29th). Please let Neil O’Driscoll know by tomorrow if you wish to attend one of the sessions. This year’s new U11 squad hosted St Vincent’s in an astro hurling blitz at the club last Saturday and edged out their neighbours in a great workout for both clubs. Chairman’s night takes place on Saturday 29th, full details to come. The club has some exciting news for anyone interested in continuing/commencing Gaelic for Dads. Please come down to the clubhouse astro at 9pm tomorrow night (Tuesday, 18th)for full details. www.clontarfgaa.com
Well done to all of our Belgrove boys, who yet again deservedly took their place in the schools final, taking at Croke Park tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th. A big welcome to all of our new nursery and juvenile mentors who completed the Foundation course over the weekend. Thanks to club GPO Neil O’Driscoll who provided an informative and fun introduction to coaching Gaelic games to our new recruits. Adult subs renewals letters have gone out. Please ensure that you fill them in and get signed up asap. Please see club website for important new updates: Briefing on children’s officers; Astro allocation up to April; and information on the strength and conditioning session at the end of the month. Note that the Chairman’s Night will take place on the 29th. Invites on the way, with transport arranged to and from the Mansion House for the big night out. As part of our 50th birthday celebrations we’ll be doing a Super Tarbh looking back over the years. If you’ve got old memorabilia, photos or articles of interest, please contact Executive member Niall Harrington. www.clontarfgaa.com
The club would like to wish all members and their friends a happy new year. And 2011 is a milestone for Clontarf GAA, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a host of fun events. An upcoming date for your diary is the Chairman’s Night, with special VIP guests, at the end of the month. Details will be posted on the website in due course. The postponed strength and conditioning course will now take place on Saturday, January 29th. Again, full details will be up on the website as soon as possible. Mentors wishing to upgrade their skills should check out the upcoming dates for the Award 1 course in hurling and football (full details from Tim O’Mahony). The Football course will take place in Fingallians GAA Club in Swords, while the Hurling course will be in Kilmacud Crokes in Stillorgan. The dates for both courses are: Monday 10th January, Wednesday 12th, Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th, Monday 24th, Wednesday 26th, Monday 31st, Wednesday, 2nd February. The club would like to express its condolences to hurling mentor Donal O Se, whose mother Mairead O Seaghdha (nee Ni Ghriofa) passed away last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis. www.clontarfgaa.com