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Club Notes 23rd May 2016

posted May 23, 2016, 2:02 PM by Ger McGloin   [ updated May 25, 2016, 10:25 AM ]

Raheny U16 B Champions


There will be Ogra on Friday evening @ 6pm on pitch 12A

We're always looking for volunteers to assist with coaching, admin/registration, and preparation of the fresh fruit (on Saturdays). Absolutely no experience is required for any of the roles. If any parents/coaches are available to assist on either Friday nights or Saturday mornings from January to June, please contact Seamus Dunne or Tom Reynolds at the following email addresses:

  • Friday Hurling Ogra Fridays 6pm Club Astro
  • Saturday Ogra Saturday10am Club Astro

The Ogra caters for our youngest players - if you are interested in playing games with school friends just pop up to the club either day, we are sure you will have a great time.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd class Girls Blitz

Summer Camps

The dates for our summer camps are July 11th to 15th (9am to 1pm), July 18th to 22nd CUL CAMP (10am-2.30pm) and August 8th to 12th (9am to 1pm).

Our Club shop 

Sat 9.30 – 12.00 Ongoing

First Thursday of each month 7.30 – 8.30 pm

5th May, 3rd June.

Thank you to all who have paid their membership to date, remember if your membership is not paid in FULL by 31st March 2016, we will be implementing a strict NO PAY NO PLAY policy.

Raheny under 7 vs Na Fianna Saturday May 21



On Saturday morning the Raheny under 7's made the short journey out to the old airport road for a return fixture with our north side neighbors na Fianna. Although its not where we normally expect to encounter our friends in blue and yellow the fine welcome did not disappoint. 


Raheny fielded five teams and all players got an opportunity to demonstrate their blooming skills in both hurling and football by playing two games in both codes. Although no scores were kept the competitiveness of the maroon and white is in safe hands if this group of 6 and 7 olds are anything to go by. 


First up was our 'Green' team ably led by the Champ brothers Archie and Alex (Mark Twains quote comes to mind for some reason!!! - "it's not the size of the dog in the fight" that matters but "the size of the fight in the dog").  Huge performances were given by both Leo Vaughan and Zack Ramsey, while a third generation Raheny player Charlie Gallagher was also very much to the fore (his granddad and dad were also fine players for the club). Fantastic work by Alex Daly and Mathew Hawkshaw meant the Green team were always on the front foot. 


Next up our Blue team. I'm not sure if there is any truth to the rumour that Harry Duffitt got his GAA skills from his father but wherever they came from, Raheny GAA should be very thankful. It would not be a complete lie if this author admitted shedding a small tear of joy watching the fantastic performance by both Jack Hamill and Conor Harrington. Then there was also the super play of  Cillian Costello and Cathal O'Braoin who both did trojan work. Roadhan Fidgeon stood up when the going got tough and Joshua Frier was nothing short of super! 


Our Orange team gave some of the best performances of the day. It's probably a safe bet that Sam O'Brien will continue to score goals for the club while young Oisin Mullen has skills way beyond his years. Joshua Gallagher and Daniel Keenan always seem to do the right thing. Kevin Dean-Howell, Jamie Kelly and Conor Murphy should be very proud of their mornings work. 


Although there were some fine individual performances it was the team work and courage of the Red team that really caught the eye. Aaron Buckley, Jed Conroy and Naoise Heaney worked the ball brilliantly. Luke Kinsella and Joey Fallon never stopped pushing the team on. I lost count of the amount of passes and tackles made by Alex Kennedy, Mark O'Mahoney and Padraig Clare.  These young players were a joy to watch. 


Despite the challenging weather conditions the White Team gave a stirling performance and remained focused on the games ignoring the very noisy, local distractions. Over the four matches the boys worked hard covering all positions: excellent defense-teamwork by Bill Beary, Ben Lynch and Louis O'Leary; mid-field superbly managed by Eoghan Savage, Robert Lynch and Dara Flynn. Raheny finally broke through with fantastic goals from Christopher Barry and Daniel Payton. 


These players are only starting out on what will hopefully prove to be long and successful  hurling and football careers. But already they are learning the joys of sport and teamwork and developing friendships that will possibly last a lifetime. All new Henry Shefflins and Bernard Brogans are very welcome!!!

Senior 2 Camogie

On Tuesday this week our Senior 2 camogie team played Skerries at home in round 5 of the league. The girls  while playing well in the league to date have not been getting the results  their performances deserved and really needed the 2 points on offer to pull away from the lower regions of the league. They did not disappoint but they did it the hard way - starting off slowly giving Skerries a 7 point head start in the first 15 minutes of the game. The girls had plenty possession  in these 15 minutes but hit 5 consecutive wides.
But when leadership was required up stepped Jackie Elebert , Ciara Burgess O'Brien and Lorna Twohig. Jackie making making some brilliant clearances from defence combined with some fine link play with Ciara who made some brilliant lung busting runs into attack terrorising the Skerries defence who had no choice to foul her with Lorna then converting these frees to get Raheny back into the game .
By half time we were back in the game only down by one point. 
Once the 2nd half began  it was clear to all of the large Raheny supporters present at the game that the the whole team now believed they could turn the game around and pull off the victory. 
This was truly demonstrated by the tremendous work rate shown by Michele Markham in defence whose hooking and blocks were inspiring , the long distance strikes into attack by the team's newest recruit -midfielder Ailish Brennan and also the relentless support play of Aoife Dooley. 
The scoreboard began to tick over and Raheny went into a 5 point lead but Skerries did not give up - the fine team they are by coming back with 2 fine scores of their own.  
But Raheny  were defiant replying with a fine team goal of their own.
A marvellous clearance from
Lisa Ryan in goal  delivering the ball to Aoife Stack in the half forward line ,Aoife after catching a great ball broke through a tackle and delivered a rocket launcher to Ciara Burgess now positioned at full forward who finished the ball to the Skerries net. The game was won and shortly after the final whistle blew and the score line read Raheny 2.11 Skerries 2.7

The Club Hall is available for hire for parties, communions, confirmations, christenings and we have had a few weddings as well. If interested in hiring the hall please contact Tommy (Mon,Wed or Fri morning) 01-8313530.

Ray Yates
June 17  We are delighted to announce that Ray Yeates will be performing his 1 man show : The Parting Glass at 8pm in  the hall. This play, written by Dermot Bolger is set on the infamous night that Thierry Henry’s hand caused Ireland’s exit from the 2010 World Cup. Dermot Bolger uses that incident as a metaphor for the deception experienced by people in post boom Ireland. This is a very entertaining show and we would love to see a big turnout. We’re delighted to announce that you can book your tickets here via the club website

Raheny Camogie section are running a Last Man standing competition for the Euro's 2016. Entrance fee is €10.
The links to enter and the rules are below- very simple. Kevin will also be putting up an offline entry sheet up in the club for those who are not on Facebook and Twitter - He will batch enter these entries.
Please share this posting - it will increase your interest in the competition which is now just over 24 days away.

Communion Girls
The dress styles may have changed slightly but the girls attitude to sport hasn't, hurl at the ready no matter what the occasion, 2014,2015 and 2016 communion girls

Congrats to our  Ciara McDunphy , Manor House TY Sports Girl of the Year

Our chairman Conor Lee presenting Tommy with a token of our appreciation for all his fantastic work in St Annes Park


Trad music every Wednesday in the club lounge from 9pm

Raheny GAA Golf Society

The next Raheny GAA golf society outing is on Friday 27th May. We have the tee booked from 5pm to 6pm in St Annes golf club.
As usual, we will return to the GAA club afterwards for prize giving and some food.

If you want to play in this event please reply as soon as possible with the following information:
A) Your name
B) Your mobile number
C) Your handicap
D) Advise if you are a member of St Annes GC
E) Preferred playing partners (we will try to accommodate that where possible).

Depending on playing numbers we may make this a 14 hole stableford event this time (instead of the usual 12 holes).

The cost to enter is a very reasonable 30 euro which covers the golf, prizes and food back in the GAA club (also there is 10 euro discount off this for St Annes members). We are trying to keep the cost low to make this as attractive as possible for people to enter. All surplus funds are being raised for the benefit of Raheny GAA club with the goal of trying to raise 1,000 euro from these small outings this year.

Please note this is very much meant to be a social event and all non-regular golfers and non-golf club members are very welcome and encouraged to play in this too. We want to get everyone back to the GAA club after the golf to support the club bar.

Please come along and use this opportunity to get to know more people in the GAA club.


Summer Club Fundraising Golf Classic


Please note you may know from other emails that there is a special separate Club fundraising golf outing at 2pm on  Friday August 12th in Luttrellstown - please contact  Brian Kavanagh briankavanagh@gaelic.ic  or Andrew Dowling if you wish to take part in that or indeed sponsor a hole (Team of 4 Players costs €380 which includes round of golf, golfers grill and 4 drink vouchers for use in club bar that evening).

Torthai an Chranchuir 
Monday 23/05/16. Uimreacha; 10, 19, 21, 24. Bhí buaiteoir amhain (one winner). Comhghairdeas to 
Orla McElhinney who won €4,700 last night.

Pota Or 30/05/16 + €1,000. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

The three €25 Lucky Dip Winners this week are:

1) Sean O'Rourke.
2) Breno & Maria.
3) James Holohan.

This month's €200 Monthly Draw* entrants:

1) Donall O'Conall.
2) Eoin Gillen & Danny Reid.
3) Daithí B.
4) Karl Fynes.
5) Veronica O'Connor.
6) Sean Power.
7) Veronica O'Connor.

Lemon Tree Cup Final Call for numbers! 

We have about 10/11 yesses for our first social hurling tournament V Clontarf. The games will be played over the summer over 4/5 games on a home/away basis on the astro. We intend on having a beverage afterwards too. These games are aimed at anyone who wishes to enjoy some hurling v the local rivals. Contact Mick O' Brien on 0871420228 should you require any more info! 

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