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Club Notes 26th March 2012

posted Mar 27, 2012, 1:04 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated Apr 1, 2012, 11:18 AM ]
Membership fees are now long overdue and a No Pay-No Play Policy will be strictly enforced from here on. Membership Fees can be paid on-line via club website or by laser/credit card at the club bar.

Games Development Conference 2011-2012

Almost 700 delegates attended the GAA Games Development Conference which took place on January 14, 2012 in Croke Park. The Conference, kindly sponsored by Lucozade Sport, was held in association with the complete family of Gaelic games - Camogie, Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders.   Read more ...

MENTORS are reminded to send in match report and final score to PRO by Monday 8pm at the latest, either email or text 086-2909022.

starts next week so don't forget to get your forms in fast.

COMEDY NIGHT, posters that are invading the club and village are working tickets are going fast, available from behind the bar. A Great Night promised.

Three families in Raheny now have a 3rd generation playing with the club, the HOGANS, the MCSHANES and not forgetting the DONEGANS.

All Mentors are asked to keep our Lock Up in St Anne's clean and tidy. Please return nets to the correct bin after use. New nets are going on order for No.9.

The Facilities Committee (via Niall Dunne and Conor Lee) are arranging line marking for Pitches No.9, 10 and 12a this weekend.

Raheny GAA Girls Spring Mini Leagues 2012

The Open day for Camogie/Ladies Football was a great success down on Manor House last Saturday morning.  It was great to see so many girls out training, playing camogie & football games and having fun on a beautiful sunny spring morning.  Thanks to Ciara Burgess, Aoife Kelly, Eoin Symth, David "Dotsy" O'Callaghan, and many more who came down to support the girls including our chairman Paul Dempsey.  Many new faces down on the day! 
Check out a small video clip of the day.

Our GPO David O'Callaghan is available (by prior appointment) to assist Mentors in Coaching, to make a booking, please contact Ronan Leech or Conor Lee

AFL2 - Raheny 4-19 to Peregrines 1-4. In the late March sunshine, Raheny romped to a blistering 4-19 to 1-4 victory against a depleted Peregrines on Sunday. The midfield pairing of Rob Donnelly & Ciaran Murphy provided a strong platform for the dominant display from start to finish. On a day of high scoring, the duo contributed two points and were ably assisted by a hard working defencive unit and some solid goalkeeping when required. The game looked over as a contest by half time with Raheny firmly in control 2-07 to 0-2, thanks to a brace of well hit penalties from Gavin Ivory. The ball hit the net twice more in the second half courtesy of Darragh Pelly & Donal Ryan, but in truth, were it not for a combination of brave goalkeeping and some sloppy finishing, it could have been a lot worse for the hosts. Colm Woods, David Carroll, Stephen Swords and second half substitute Eoin Delaney all contributed further scores in a rampant finish to the game. Sterner challenges lie ahead, starting with a tough league encounter against Cuala this coming Saturday evening.

AFL5 - Well done to our AFL 5 Team who continued their unbeaten run with 0-15 to 1-6 over Round Towers Lusk and kept up their push for semi final place.Great performance from Danny Gaffney Mark staunton and great to see Collie hanley back in the middle of the park.

AFL 8 raheny 5-10 ST Joseph's OCB 2-1. Excellent second half, with all 5 goals coming after the break. Great to see Alan white back and good performances from Rory Boyle, Brian Malone, Declan Gallagher and Eoin mullen.

A big Thank You to Dectek ( who have become the new sponsor of our team and thank to vice captain Jimmy Keogh for organising the deal. Thanks also to for coming and taking photos.

AHL2 - On Sunday morning the Senior’s were away against Clann na Gael - and with both teams getting wins on the first day out – we needed to get off to a good start to maintain the momentum. We did this with a great goal from Sean Dempsey and 2 quickfire points from Dave Henry. Clann na Gael replied with 2 points but Raheny maintained the pressure and with some fine scores from Luke Dillon, Ger Coady, Conor Henry and some fine free taking from Greg Bennett opening a size able gap between the 2 team . 
There was some fine fielding from centre back and captain Dave Heffernan which was added to by some excellent quality ball distribution from the half back line to our forwards being topped off with a fine goal from Dave Henry - where he broke in on goal from the left hand side and blasted the ball to the top right hand corner of the net giving the goalkeeper no chance. 
At half time the scoreline was Raheny 2.14 Clann Na Gael 0.5. 
There was very little to be said at half time and whilst Clann Na Gael did up their performance in the 2nd half Raheny maintained the quality of play with some fine defensive work by the complete full back line of Kevin O Gara, Conor Gillen and Eamon Fitzgerald -who is developing into a fine Senior player. Paddy Bradshaw also pulled off some fine saves in the Raheny goal. 
Raheny introduced subs - Eoin Gillen, Simon Deignan, Stephen Kelly , Cian Daly and Ger Sheedy and whilst you would expect the number of changes would have affected the team structure the hard work across the entire team resulted in some more fine scores of Sean Dempsey and Ger Coady. Clann na Gael did eventually did break through the Raheny inside Line and scored a last minute consolation goal but the final score was Raheny 2.20 Clann na Gael 1.10. 
Once again there was some fine support on the sideline for Raheny and this was very much appreciated by all the players. 
In the afternoon Raheny fielded a 3rd hurling team against St. Sylvestors and with the sun splitting the stones out in Malahide Castle, they turned in an excellent performance with some fine scores by Rob “Swoop” O Neill and Michael McShane in the opening half and would have been added to but controversially “Swoop” had a brilliant goal disallowed by the referee for no apparent reason. 
Brian Fogarty and Barry Roche also put in some excellent performances and it was great to see player /assistant manager Ian Kennedy making a fine return from injury. Micka O Brien also came on as 2nd half sub returning from a long term knee injury capping off his return with a fine point from wing back. 
Raheny tired in the last few minutes and conceded 3 relative easy goals and eventually went down 6.8 to 3.10 but this was a very much improved team performance and augers well for the future. 
Raheny supporter of the year “Grizzly Bear Christy” cycled out to the match from Raheny and the team really would like to thank him for his support and assistance as umpire during the game. 

AHL5 - played O’Tooles under floodlights on Blunden Drive. 
O Tooles got off to a great start scoring 1-3 before Raheny replied with a very well worked goal which was eventually put in the back of the net by Junior A debutant Liam O Shea. 
Colm Donegan added to 2 frees from around 50m out and we were back in the game . We were finding it hard to get a stronghold at midfield against 2 of O Tooles more experienced players both of whom had inter county experience but we battled on and both teams exchanged points . The half time score was 1.4 to 1.3 in favour of O Tooles. The 2nd half began with a fine score from Richie Judge but O Tooles hit back with a long distance free. 
The game was turned on its head – although one of our players was fouled some 40 yards out from the O Tooles goal- there was a small bit of a scuffle and the referee decided to send off one of our players. The rest of the game was then an uphill battle but Raheny made it very difficult for O Tooles to pull away with some excellent defensive displays from Alan Carr and Richard Peavoy. 
O’ Tooles eventually breached the Raheny rearguard scoring some 3 points in last 5 minutes to win out on a scoreline 1.10 to 1.5. Whilst the result was disappointing there was many fine performances on the night and we will have to work that little bit harder in our next home game against Naomh Fionnbarra to break our league. 

AHL9 lost to St Sylvesters. 

U16s won v Na Fianna, 

U15s drew with Ballyboden/St Endas, 

U14s won v Commercials 

U13s unlucky v Kilmacud Crokes. 

U11 Football Speedy recovery to Sean Ryan who broke his wrist. 

U7 - Football weekend and we were split Raheny 1 away in Round Towers Lusk and Raheny 2 home versus Man O War. 
Great sport had by all and the boys played very well. Raheny 2 produced a stirring comeback against Man O War in one of the games coming from well behind at half time to win through. Star performers for Raheny 2 this week were John "2 feet" McNally who put the training on the weaker foot to good use by slotting over a point on his left foot and a returning player Bobby McNamee who had a great couple of games. Welcome back Bobby. 
Notable mentions for Matthew McGloin who played a stormer when moved into the forwards, Jason "Messi" Maguire, Hayden Carroll and Sam Grant. 
We're always delighted to see new players joining. If any player has friends or class mates that would like to join us please remind them that we train Wednesday nights Alfie Byrne Rd from 5.50 to 7pm. 
For Raheny 1 star players this week were Mark Farrelly in goals, David McCarthy, Cillian Ryan, Eoghan Cullen, Ruairi Kelly and Sean Reilly. Karl English and Brian Purcell chipped in with a few lovely scores. The players are starting to play as a team now, keep it going. 

Well done everybody great weekends work. 

Our U15 Camogie girls continue their strong league form with a good win over St John’s Ballinteer on Sunday. Raheny started strong with goals from Emma Kavanagh and Fiona Larmon. Raheny went in ahead 4-1 to 2-0 at half time. Our girls started the second half the way they finished the first and ended up 6-2 to 5-1 winners. Scorers Emma Kavanagh 3-0 Fiona Larmon 2-1 Aoife Nolan 1-0 and hazel Mullen 0-1. 

Our U16 match was abandoned when injury struck one of our players after a heavy fall. Patricia Grehan was take to Temple Street by ambulance and was later discharged with damaged hip ligaments Get Well Soon Patricia from all the gang. 

Another weekend with the 2001 CFF taking part in 10 games in total. 

U11 Football 
The Football team travelled to Portmarnock on Saturday evening to play a highly fancied outfit. We lined out against a really strong outfit from Naomh Mearnog who had some brilliant footballers that were well able to take defenders on. A brave display from the girls with some lovely football being displayed after the management switched things around in the second half. Unfortunately Raheny came off the wrong side in the end but it is all a learning process for everybody. 

U11 Camogie 
The one Team Camogie group were away from home and played two very competitive matches against Erins Isles and Skerries on the Isles astro pitch on a roasting Sunday morning in Finglas. The two team Camogie group were at home on pitch 12A for a blitz with Erin Go Bragh and Faughs where the sun was ard san aer, the grass was cut to perfection and we were ready for action. Both teams had 3 highly competitive matches in glorious sunshine. Thanks to all the supporters both young, very young and old for coming out and lending their voice and assistance 

Raheny GAA LIVE Fixtures and Venues can be seen here 
The eSportmanager links at bottom of clubs homepage have LIVE links to fixtures and results across all 4 codes. Please check out the fixtures and support home games, nothing like a roar of 'come on the parish' to keep you focused or so I'm told. 

A handy tab for directions to other clubs 

Well done to Dub U21s on reaching the Leinster Football final with Patrick O'Higgins coming into the action at midfield after 20 minutes 

Well done to Dublin Senior Hurlers and footballers for great performances v Tipperary and Donegal last Saturday in Croke Park 

AHL2 Hurlers are planning a trip to TIPP on Easter Sunday to play a Challenge Game. 

Comedy Night
Friday April 13th.8.00pm sharp. Tickets available at bar or any senior mentor player.

Thanks to all involved in a very successful Mothers Day Brunch especially some of the local businesses that supported us, Dublin Balloons ( for their fabulous display and New business to the village Interior Design company Haven, We also got a great spot prize from the sen hurlers/footballers of a pair of tickets for their Comedy Show on Friday 13th. 

GAA for Ma's is still going strong. 9-10 on Sunday evening on our Astro. It was a bit of a turnaround to have one of our children coaching us this Sunday, Mary Fitzs daughter Claire took the reigns and put us through our paces, some sore Mammies were seen walking to school on Monday. Thanks Clarie, Great Session.

A very successful fundraiser was held in the club on Friday Night for three of our feeder schools, well done to all involved. 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - 23rd June Raheny open day, a fun day for all the family, last years was a great success and thankfully we got great weather, here's hoping for the same this year. 

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Cannon and Stynes families following their recent sad losses.Ar dheis De go raibh na h-anamneacha dilis. 

Torthai an Chrannchur 19-03-2012.Uimhreacha 6-13-23-24. Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.Pota Or 26-03-20123300.
Go n-eiri an t-adh libh go leir. Bionn cluasa fada ar na mucha beaga.

There is no strength without working together