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Club Notes 28th May 2012

posted May 30, 2012, 11:02 AM by Kevin Brassil

Club Notes by P.R.O.

Our resident artists will be painting our doors on Thursday to help advertise the summer camps, thank you to Linda and Roise

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Many Thanks to Naomh Barrog for the use of Pitch 14 for our AFL8 match on Tuesday.

Apologies to U8 for omitting their match report last week.

Under 8 Match Report

Raheny 1 game V Round Towers Lusk was postponed due to communion commitments in Lusk.
Raheny 2 visited Naomh Fionnbarra in Cabra. The games started at 10am on the button on a lovely surface in THE BOGIES.
Both teams played very well with Stefan, Ruairi, Daniel getting early goals for one team and Ciaran, Eoghan and Zack doing very well for the other team.
Daniel managed to score a point from play a rare sight in Under 8 hurling, keep up the practice Daniel, you are coming on every game.
In the end we won 4 games, with one game going right to the last puck.
All the boys are enjoying themselves and are starting to use the skills we're learning in training during the matches. This week we emphasised stopping and striking the sliothar as quickly as possible to keep the ball moving. Remember, strong hand ALWAYS on top!
Thanks to Naomh Fionnbarra for a great mornings fun (and the drinks and crisps afterwards)!

U10 Football - A balmy Sat morning in Raheny for the visit of Na Fianna footballers to St Annes. The firm conditions underfoot seem to suit the Raheny guys who put on a master class in defending - tackling, getting first to the ball and helping team mates. Some great scoring even in the face of a stiff breeze, the Raheny boys ran out comfortable winners on the day.
Friendly challenge match in hurling against St Vincents next Tues night at Alfie Byrne Road Man of the match performances by Mark Murphy, Stephen Dunne and Conor Dodd Lodge with Most Improved to Tom O’Donnell, Adam Barry and Jamie Herbert.

U12 Football result - NaFianna (3) 2-4 v Raheny(2) 4-7


Féile weekend got off to a great start with a superb Skillstar competition held in brilliant sunshine Ballyboden St. Endas this Friday evening. Almost 100 girls from 28 clubs took part in this event - easily the best attended Skillstar event ever held in the capital. It was great to see so many Camogie helpers and supporters.

Aoife Stack and Caoimhne McGloin represented Raheny and both performed excellently. Both girls will be taking the bus next Saturday to Mallow where they will play a blitz with the Under 14 After keen competition in each of the 5 disciplines the top three eventually emerged with only 2 points separating first and second placed girls.

Congratulations to Niamh Mahon (Faughs/Celtic) in first place, Hollie McGregor (Good Counsel) in second place and Danika Donnelly (Erin's Isle) in third place. Well done to all the girls who took part.’

Thanks to Cian Burgess for the new Feile Camogie banner.

We all assembled at 9am at the clubhouse on what must have been one of the most glorious days so far this year. As soon as everybody had arrived we headed off in convoy for the “Southside”. Across the Liffey we headed and soon arrived in less of a convoy but hey whats an away game without a Round the word in 80 days adventure.
On went the brand spanking new jerseys that the hard fundraising had afforded and it was quickly into the parade lap of Pitch 1 with a piper leading the way… you can keep the Artane Boys band this man was brilliant. The Raheny banner was hoisted high and paraded by the girls with great honor until the wind started to pick up and it was lowered slightly. We all stood for Amhran na bhfiann and it was belted out by the lonely piper. When it was finished we headed back to our own little bit of the Northside we and the large contingent of supporters had called our own “Little Raheny” on the side of Pitch 1. The first match for the Parish was at 11:10 against Erins Isles so we had a bit of time to savour the match between Plunkets and Faughs. The second half started and we began the warm-ups with some drills and dynamic stretches to get the girls ready for our first game.

Raheny Vs Erins Isles
The team was called out and Aoife Nolan (Captain) went to the centre circle to take the toss. We played with the wind for the first 15 mins well kind of as the wind was blowing in every direction. The girls got stuck in and fought hard but they couldn’t break the deadlock against an Isles side who had a freetaker that was well able to point frees from the halfway line. This she did brilliantly 3 times in the first half. Halftime came and we called the girls ashore and let them get some much needed fluids onboard which were supplied by the supporters who seemed to have arrived with everything including the kitchen sink. In days of old when we as kids were thirsty “we drank” but in these days as the girls are athletes they “rehydrate”. The second half got underway with the wind doing its usual and blowing in favour of Isles. We just couldn’t get the score we needed to get us started as every shot we put in just barely trickled wide. In the end it was a victory for a very strong and tenacious Isles side.

Raheny Vs Faughs

The second match arrived in the heat of the day and it told on the Raheny girls in the first-half who struggled to get going. Some easy scores were conceded but the girls never ever stopped running and competing for every ball. Halftime came and more fluids were pumped onboard and a much needed halftime chat and some welcome encouragement from some of the supporters seemed to do the trick and Raheny came out flying. The second half was superb and the girls did themselves and us proud as they hurled out of their skins with some fine displays of camogie being delivered by the Raheny girls. We kept Faughs scoreless in the second half right up until the last minute when a suspect handpass found its way to the net. In the end Faughs were worth their victory as they struck hard and fast in the first 10 mins of the first half and the damage was done then. Raheny though can be well proud of themselves with that display.

Raheny Vs Plunkets

Raheny needed a victory to prolong the day into the knockout stages and they were fired up for it. Right from the off they got to every breaking ball first and added to it or got it into their hands and released it up the park. Plunkets are a well schooled bunch and had been watching to see who to pickup and it worked for them. They too struck early with some lovely long range scores. At this stage the girls had given it their all and had nothing left in the tank as the sun and the first 2 games had sapped their energy banks. Raheny kept at them right to the final whistle but it was Plunkets result During the intervals Cuala brought out tray after tray of sandwiches, biscuits and cakes of all shapes and sizes and every tray was seized upon by the Supporters Club and eaten with gusto. The amount of tea/coffee that was brewed on the day from the moment we arrived to the moment we left would have been enough to fill Poulaphouca Resevoir. Fair play and a huge thank you to the ladies and girls from Cuala who kept us motoring throughout the days activities. We even had a visit from RTE’s very own Des Cahill onto the sidelines.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents/guardians and supporters who made themselves heard throughout the days proceedings in “Little Raheny”. The girls were delighted to have them along. Roll on the All Ireland Feile on July 5th where we do it all again but under the watchful gaze of an entire nation.

Ladies Football Divsion two - Raheny 0-16 v Garda 4-17

U11 Camogie Raheny 9-2 - Naomh Fionn 1-0

Adult Hurling league Division two - Raheny 2-10 to Lucan Sarsfield 1-11.

Adult Hurling League Divison five
- Raheny 1-12 to St Brigids 1-5.

AFL5 lost to Civil Service (friendly)

Junior D Hurling Championship Group 1 - Raheny 14 to Castleknock 13.

U15 Raheny 1.5 to Cuala 0.10

U14 Hurlers
Raheny 3-15 v St Finians 4-9

U8 Camogie Great morning of camogie on Sunday with 23 of our girls making the trip to Finglas to play against Erins Isle and St. Finians. Special thanks to so many parents making the effort to travel and support their girls.  The U8-U11 mentors are hosting a social night for the girl's parents in the club on Saturday the 16th of June.  Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the Manor House Camogie team who won the Shield Final in style last Wednesday with an impressive 7-3 to 1-2.
The team was made up entirely of Raheny GAA players and the 12 strong Raheny team overcame a numbers deficit in style beating the 13 players of Coláiste Chilliain.
Players: Emma Kavanagh, Ashling Sutton, Becky Barrett, Clare O Reilly, Caomhie McGloinn, Andrea Elebert, Apurva O Leary, Aibhe Kirwan, Tara McEllistrim, Aoife Stack, Amy Nannary, Sophie Crowley.

Well done to St Brigids Boys school who won their Junior A Division 2 League against 3-10 to St Helens Portmarnock 2-2. A great match day on a fabulous day in St Annes Park.


had a tough training session with an extra half hour of fitness training on Sunday Night, we are preparing ourselves for our first match. Thanks as always to Sarah for giving up her time to train us and to our Guest coaches last week, who were a little surprised by us!!!! Marius Herbert and Bart Lawlor. Anyone interested in trying their hand at training, contact PRO on 0862909022.

Peile Abu
- A combination of the good weather and our Good Lord (via First Communions) meant our numbers were down this week. However we played on regardless with the help from our first ever father and son combination Paul and David Hyland. The first 2 quaters were very close but the reds pulled away after that with newcomer John very impressive. (Little does he know he will struggle to walk for the rest of the week like the rest of us) Paddy decided to aim for the big goal with the small goal gaping... and still missed both. No game next week due to Dublin v Louth and the bank holiday. Back on Sunday 10th June 5pm pitch 10.


And now some important housekeeping.
Club Members will shortly receive a letter with an overview of the club finances. A short version is that the club, like most organisations and households in Ireland in recent years, has had a significant drop in its income. Since the clubhouse opened in 1981, the bar profits have subsidised a host of other costs in running the club. With the significant drop in bar sales and hence, drop in profits, the club has now reached a point that the club no longer has surplus funds to subsidise the day to day running costs, insurances, affiliations fees and so forth. To give all an example, our Treasurer and Registrar have carried out detailed analyses of the costs for fielding teams, per player.

Juvenile Players Cost is €102 Membership Fee is €60 Multply that by circa 500 juveniles and its approx €20,000

Adult Players Cost is €210 Fees vary from €100 for Student to €175 for those working. Take into account that dual players only pay once and that students are being subsidised, thats another €15-20,000.

A calculator, pen, and financial statement.
We have to close a gap of circa €40,000 per annum going forward. The Treasurer has reviwed all our costs over the last few years and where feasible we have reduced our costs, whilst maintaining a very good service level around the club. The low hanging fruit on cost reductions have been addressed e.g energy, waste, medical, maintenance & refurbishment is being done voluntarily (thanks to those members, greatly appreciated)

The club officers and bar committee having carried out a detailed review of the bar running costs and opening hours, have identified significant savings and effective from 1st July:-

Monday and Tuesday evenings the bar will be staffed voluntarily.
Friday evening the bar will now open at 7:30pm Saturday mornings the bar will now open at 12:00 Staffing rosters have been reviwed.

The club are also organising a significant fundraising event later on in the summer, details to follow.

Past Chairman Declan Gahan is heading up a Sub-Committee to further investigate Corporate Sponsorship, if anybody can assist or has any leads, please come forward.

In summary, the club is doing very well out on the sporting fields and thank you to everybody involved. We are financially solid, we have a low mortgage, we are honouring our banking obligations, however, the fact is, we now have a recurring annual deficit to address and a plan in place to do so. More to follow.

The following copy of a recent newspaper article is WELL WORTH A READ......
There was a suggestion last week that the GAA may need to set up its own version of NAMA. It came from former Cork hurler Tomás Mulcahy, who said a lot of clubs are facing into debt problems which they won't be able to sort out on their own.
He proposed that Croke Park should separate the debt held by clubs into day-to-day bills and repayments on loans taken out to pay for developments and that, where appropriate, the GAA should look to write down the latter in cases where it is simply too large to be paid back. "People have enough going on in their own lives without having to worry about taking calls from banks about club finances," he said.
Two days before Mulcahy's comments, a man pulled into a GAA ground for an underage final. His daughter and her friend were both in the car and both were due to play.
A decision had been taken beforehand that each car would be charged €5 on entering to pay for the referee, to make a small donation in the region of €30 to the club which had made its pitch available and any money left over would go towards the cost of the medals for the final. This man, however, refused point-blank to pay. Why won't you? he was asked.
"I thought the GAA was supposed to be free," he replied.
Two days before that, on Newstalk, the GAA's director-general Páraic Duffy said that a third of county boards are experiencing financial difficulty. "They're no different to the rest of society," he commented. Which is true, of course, but then you have to ask, who will pick up the tab? And where will the money come from?
It's a bit like the caller to Radio 1 some time back who complained that it wasn't fair that the Irish people should have to pay back all this money to Europe, that the government should have to pay it because ultimately this mess is their fault. The trouble with this is that she failed to join the dots on where exactly the government gets its money from -- the people.
This idea that the GAA is 'free' has taken root over many generations. Anyone involved in a club will tell you one of the biggest hassles they face every year is collecting the annual membership fee, especially from players. Often those people will play other sports too, like golf, soccer or rugby, where taking part in a game without having first joined the club and paid the membership fee would be unthinkable.
There is a perception that the GAA is a wealthy organisation -- which in many respects it is -- but it has always struggled to properly communicate how its money is spent, and to what uses it has been put. This applies at local level as much as, if not more than, national level.
For a lot of people, however, there is no distinction between national and local level. Putting sponsorship of the leagues and championships, and gate revenues, to one side, county boards and clubs ultimately rely on the communities in which they are based. In that sense they are no different from any other organisation.
So the man who is asked for a fiver at the gate, or a tenner for a club fundraiser, might not distinguish between the two. To him, it's all one giant pot.
GAA clubs are no different from any other in having to scrape around for every cent. These are difficult times for any sporting organisation in terms of fundraising, even if by and large the goodwill remains at a time when unemployment and emigration have hit communities hard.
People are not as quick to come forward with money for clubs now, although the results of a recent survey conducted by -- an Irish company which helps clubs to get their fundraising efforts to online platforms -- show that the GAA's failure to communicate properly with its members and supporters is a major problem.
In all, 1,000 GAA club members were asked for reasons they had not supported a fundraiser, and the answers were revealing. Inability to pay in the current economic climate was only fourth on the list, lagging well behind: we don't know what's going on in the club; we don't know what the money is being spent on; and we only ever hear from the club when they are looking for money.
So, there is a clear message here that the failure of clubs and counties to properly communicate their work to supporters is hitting their ability to raise money. One club I know of in Louth has taken to putting up posters in the locality listing where the money it raises is spent, down to spelling out its loan repayments.
The explosion in the inter-county game in the last 20 years saw the cost of preparing county teams rise to ridiculously high levels that could be neither sustained nor justified.
When Kildare recently went on a training holiday at a time when the county board was being bailed out by the GAA to the tune of €300,000, the point was made that the players had fundraised to help towards the cost of the trip.
Assuming they fundraised in their locality, there will be a knock-on effect on clubs when they next look to raise money in their area.
And the same goes for other counties where players have had to organise fundraisers to help pay for their preparation costs. Some county boards and a number of clubs -- including some high-profile ones -- which engaged in free spending are feeling the pain now, and other boards and the majority of clubs are a little tarnished by association.
All this has combined to muddy the image of the GAA and its money.
The GAA might argue that it is sometimes judged to different standards than some of its main sporting rivals, but this is still largely a problem of its own making, and one which is easily fixed.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the Fahy family following their sad loss.Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.

Its the new Summer of Love
clubwise with Aoife O Farrell and Donal Ryan,Aoife O Shea and Colly Dwyer, Eileen Murray and Eoin Kelly,Barbara Connolly and David Henry all tying the knot .Best wishes to all.

Torthai an Chrannchur 21-05.Uimhreacha 1-12-17-19.Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.Pota Or 28-05 E4300.Go n-eiri libh go leir.Beidh la eile leis an

There is no strength without working together