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Club Notes 16th April 2012

posted Apr 17, 2012, 5:25 AM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated Apr 17, 2012, 5:36 AM ]
Thanks to those who have paid, those who have not, we would appreciate you co-operation with immediate payment by cash, cheque, laser, visa or even PayPal via club website . The Club Registrar has again circulated each team manager and with a listing of paid and unpaid players. Unpaid players are NOT allowed to train or play until their membership fee is paid; all Mentors are asked to implement this policy immediately.

Our sincerely condolences to our GPO Dotsy O Callaghan and his family on the recent passing of his father Patrick, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Club was full of laughter last Friday night when the Senior hurlers and footballers hosted a comedy night, Willie White, Eric Lalor and Fred Cooke were amazing. Thanks to the people who helped out behind the scenes, especially Charlie Meade and his committee, Marius Herbert who did all the design work for poster etc. Aidan Hurley who built us a new stage and Greg Brough who does trojan work for all, and not forgetting Reggie of course.

GAA 4 MA'S started back on Sunday Night, Thank you so much to Senior Player Darragh Pelly for putting us through our paces. On Tuesday at 9pm, we have another guest coach in Ladies Senior Manager Andrew Dowling.

The Chairman and the Executive Committee would like to invite all Club Mentors to a special forum
to be held in the club on Friday 20th April at 7.30 PM. The Forum will have brief talks from the clubs most experienced mentors, across all 4 codes. We would like to take this opportunity to keep mentors informed as to what
is going on in the club and to give people a chance to raise any issues that they may have.
We would like to see every team across all codes and age groups represented where possible.

U8 blitz from Saturday:
Saturday morning Raheny 1 played Parnells and Craobh Chiarain up in St Davids. All the boys had great fun, star players this week Cillian Ryan and Sean Reilly. Great improvement being made by all players. We won 5/6 matches.  Raheny 2 played Scoil Ui Chonaill and Naomh Barrog at Clontarf Road. We won 3 from 6 matches, missing a lot of players this weekend with Easter holidays still on. Well done to all our players keep up the training.
Hurling training this Wednesday at 5.50 alfie byrne astro. New players would be very welcome to come along and join us. Click on our team page for event calendar and team news and photos.

Minor Football - Raheny 7-15 Cuala 0-5.Great win for minor footballers.Tremendous effort from all 16 players.Thanks to Eric,Mark and David from 16`s for toggging out.2 goals each from Joe and Brian and one
each from Mark , Aido and Luke along with some excellent point taking made this a terrific all round team performance.Special mention for Brian Arthur from ref for really clever football and great positional sense. Great to see Mark Kirby back . Well done all.

AHL 2 On Saturday night the Seniors maintained their good start to the year-achieving a 3 point win over St. Patricks Palmerstown in St Annes on a scoreline of 0.14 to 1.8 Raheny played into the wind in the first half – which was low scoring affair- the half time score being 0.6 to 0.5 in favour of St. Pats. –  Raheny getting all their scores from play- 0.2 from Patrick O Gara, and a point each from Sean Dempsey, Stephen Kelly and Dave Henry . Raheny were very unfortunate not to get 2 goals in this period, only for their first touch to let them down at vital stages but the signs were looking good for an improved 2nd half performance Raheny’s midfield and defence showing a great work ethic during the first half and were very disciplined with their tackling only conceding 3 frees and a 65m and only 2 points from play.  Whilst St. Patrick’s Palmerstown were missing their Inter County star Liam Rushe, their other Inter County panelist Shane Stapleton was available and whilst he converted 2 frees he was struggling to make an impression through the sterling work of Eamon Fitzgerald who held him scoreless from play over the hour.  A the start of the 2nd half Pats Palmerstown broke away and scored a goal against the run of the play but Raheny did not panic replying with some fine scores from Dave Henry, Stephen Kelly and some good free taking from Greg Bennett went into a 0.12 to 1.6 lead. Raheny made 2 changes at this stage introducing and Michael Grenham and Simon Deignan and both made very
valuable contributions.  The teams then exchanged points but Raheny still led going into the final 5
minutes of the game by 3 and with St. Patricks Palmerstown making an allout onslaught on the Raheny goal to retrieve the game but they were repelled with sterling displays from Derek Browne, Ger Sheehy and Captain Dave Heffernan- Raheny winning out on a scoreline of 0.14 to 1.8
Raheny Scorers Dave Henry 0.4, Greg Bennett 0.4, Paddy O Gara 0.2, Stephen Kelly 0.2, Sean Dempsey 0.1, Ger Coady 0.1
The victory leaves Raheny in a good position in the league with 6 points from 6 - 1 of 3 teams who remain unbeaten at this stage in the league- The championship commences now and we will play St. Marks in 2 week’s time at home in St Annes. Thanks for all the support on the night – it is really see great to see such
support for the team the players and management appreciate.

Raheny Junior A Hurlers got their season back on track on Sunday morning when they had a very decisive win over Naomh Fionnbarra in the AHL 5 winning on a 4.10 to 0.7 point scoreline.

U11 Ladies Football Vs Naomh Peregrines St. Annes Pitch 12A  A superb closely fought game of football by the 2001 CFF against Peregrines took place on Saturday @1pm. The squad rotation policy by Coach McCarthy and Management eventually paid off with a victory by the narrowest of margins 2-5 to 2-4. Congratulations girls. 
1 Team Camogie Vs Skerries St. Annes Pitch 12A (11AM).  Skerries brought out their big guns on Sunday morning but the 2001 CFF were ready and waiting. A lovely game of 13-a-side camogie took place and our
girls showed themselves to be in fine form with a win at a canter in the spring showers in the end.
2 Team Camogie Vs Naomh Brid St. Annes Pitch 12A (12AM)  Brigids brought 13... no wait 14... hang on 15 so we had a 15-a-side game and with a plethora of girls to pick from we had them running in/out like Lanigans Ball all through the game. We had sun/hail/wind/rain and to finish bringing the result home glorious sunshine... April you cant beat it or the CFF.

U9 Camogie team were away last weekend in St Brigids in a two team blitz against St. Bridgids and Round Tower.  The girls showed some fantastic skills and came away with 5 wins out of 5 matches.

U10 - Raheny U10s were narrowly defeated by Fingallians on 12A last Saturday am. Showing signs of plenty of Easter enjoyment, Raheny started slowly but improved a lot during the matches and will surely strip a lot fitter next day out. Man of the match awards went to Mark Murphy, Conor Baldwin and Adam Morgan
with Alex McIndoe, Thomas Moriarty and Matthew Smyth picking up the most improved player awards
See our page on the website for more!

Last year, the GAA started an initiative called Recreational Football and Hurling ("Peil Abú and Camán Abú"). They are non-contact version of the games with modified rules to make the sport accessible to all. They have
been described as the GAA version of 5-a-side soccer and tag rugby and are suitable for both male and female participants. The emphasis is on having some fun whilst getting a little bit of exercise.
The games are suited to all regardless of age or fitness level and no prior experience of playing GAA is required. They should be particularly of interest to Mentors (male and female) of the various club teams and indeed Parents of our Juvenile members. It's an ideal opportunity to further increase the social interaction throughout the club and for everyone to get to know each other better.

Raheny GAA are going to launch the games in the club by running a Mini Peil Abú Football blitz at 5.00pm on Sunday 6th May in St Anne's Park followed by a Barbeque in the Clubhouse. We are hoping that as many Mentors and members as possible will take part in this event to at least give it a try on the day. If there is sufficient interest subsequently, there will be a game arranged every Sunday evening until the end of September.

For more information about the games (including rules) please see and for queries please email Stuart Baldwin ( or Neil Kelly (


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3. Mick OKeefee                  4. Dan L
5. Patsy Markham                6. Declan Gahan
7. Tom OReilly 8. Eddie Lawless
9. C O Donoghue 10. Steven Big Balls
11.Martina OLeary 12. Richard Fitzmaurice
13.Peter Jackson 14. Stephen Swords
15.Arthur Deane 16. Kathleen Whelan
17.Alan Behan 18. Eilis O Leary
19.Alan Larkin 20. Anita Patterson
21.Brian Powell 22. Claire O Reilly
23.Paddy Gogarty 24. PJ Guinness
25.Eddie Murphy 26. Car Care Kit
27.Blondie 28. Margaret Harkin
29.Paddy Kelly 30. John O Rouke
31.Bernie Hanley 32. Paul Butler

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