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Club Notes July 10th 2012

posted Jul 10, 2012, 3:09 PM by Ger McGloin   [ updated Jul 11, 2012, 6:11 AM ]


Summer Camp got off to a flying start on Monday with 87 children turning up despite the wet weather conditions, is was great to see all the helpers out especially some of our county players Siobhan Woods (who plays both Senior and Minor Football) and Eoghan Smyth (Minor hurler). This year we were allowed to use the characters from Ballinbracken (an Irish cartoon)on our poster and also Gerard ORourke (former vice Chairman and Founder of Monasteranimation) has given a DVD of the Cartoon for everyone in the audience.


Unfortunately due to many members being on holidays next Friday, we are sorry to have to cancel the golf outing in Malahide.

So apologies to those who have committed to it, and if you are looking for an alternative next Friday (or indeed any day from Saturday 7th July to Sun 15th July), it is Open Week in St Anne's G.C. and visitors can book online and play for just €20.

Finally just to say that we'll be going ahead with the final outing of the year in early September so we expect a lot of interest and will be in touch in mid August looking for confirmation of attendance.

Enjoy the summer and see you in September!

Marius, Tom and Brian.

Minor f/blrs unlucky v St Finians[N]

On Wednesday (27th June) the Raheny minor hurlers travelled out to Tymon North and played a great game to overcome St. Judes. Numbers were low and thanks to the U15s and U16s we were lucky to field fifteen. In the first half we had an injury which meant we were down to fourteen with no substitutes available. We started the second half one point down, battled hard and won by nine points. The minor hurlers are a great bunch of lads with huge potential. Unfortunately we were unable to field a full team for the Craobh Chiarain game on Monday 2nd July and had to give the walkover. Our next and last match of the league is at home on Sunday 15th July at 11.00am. The ten lads will have returned from their collective holidays and we will aim to finish our league campaign with a win. We are currently in joint third position along with Kevins, Lucan Sarsfields and St. Maurs, Craobh Chiarain in second and an unbeaten Setanta side in poll position.

All Ireland U14 hurling Feile

Just a big thanks to everyone for making the events of July5/6/7 a great occasion. On the sporting field the squad did themselves proud and whilst coming up short in the Div5 final against a classy Easkey outfit they gave their all over the 5 games and it was a great experience for the whole squad. It was also a great few days for the wider club and the tremendous voluntary efforts of a whole host of folks made it a great occasion for our guests Wolfe Tones of Edgeworthstown, Longford as well as Glenealy of Wicklow on the Camogie front. Raheny can be proud that the spirit of volunteerism that is the hallmark of the GAA was evident to all both inside and outside the club.

We had great guests in Wolfe Tones, super kids and mentors and who rowed in with Raheny as we made progress to the Semi-Final and final, offering their bus to us for matches and supporting us to the end. Special mention for Rory, John and Willie from Wolfe Tones and we enjoyed the social side as well, and their passion for the ancient game over a few pints was plain to see. Special thanks to Aine Owens who undertook the huge task of co-ordinating the guesting and liaison with clubs over the 3 days where everything went off a treat.

Massive hospitality effort by a huge number of parents, juvenile players of all codes and wider club members who ensured everyone was fed and watered for 3 days. As usual the club stalwarts ( Ronan Leech, Tommy Hogan, Conor Lee, Marius Herbert and Reggie) made sure the club facilities were in order and worked on getting us out of jail with the generosity of Clontarf GAA whose excellent pitch in St Pauls was a godsend in the monsoon conditions and of course Feile Co-Ordinator Enda Morris who made sure everything was planned and ran like clockwork. Big thanks to some of the U16/Minor folks for umpire duty, Eoin Smyth and Evan Cumiskey for all the enthusiasm and warm ups (and DJ!), and of course to all parents and members who put up the guests and ferried them around for the few days. Thanks to SuperValu, Costcutters and SuperQuinn for their generous support as well as Johnston Mooney and O Brien. Big thanks to Joe Robinson for organising a mini-bus for the parade which made the logistics work perfectly. We owe a big thanks to Clontarf GAA for their support with their pitches and comradeship of their mentors and club officers.

The squad itself can be very proud, a group that really only came together for both feile events, made up of lads playing across 3 teams with half able to play u14 again next year. They carried on their good form the Dublin Feile to win their 3 opening games easily to qualify for the semi-final V Monaghan after parading from Croke Park to O’Connell street somewhere in between (many thanks to Cian Markham & Marius Herbert for the banner and Michael Grenham for helping us with the parade) . The semi final V Monaghan was played in monsoon conditions and our lads had to dig deep against a very determined opposition but in then end won comfortably setting them up v Easkey in the final. Alas it was not to be in the final, Easkey were just too strong (and probably a few divisions higher in reality) fully deserved their win but the lads kept playing to the end. A speedy recovery to Ivan Fitzpatrick , James Gannon , Conor Duffy and Andy Carroll who were injured before/during the tournament and in particular to Ivan and James who missed out game time but supported the team throughout. Special thanks to Maeve Keogh for the miracle work on injuries over the few days. We also really appreciate the support the team got over all the games and in particular those who travelled to Ballinteer in terrible conditions for the semi-final and to Parnell Park for the final.

Not to forget the fantastic work from Dave Geary the teams manager and his mentors coaching the team throughout the year.

And finally while there were a lot of helpers behind the scenes there are a few who deserve special mention for their trojan work, Martina Finn, Colette O'Reilly and Catherine Geary. They were instrumental in the clubs feile efforts from the start, organising the fundraising for the football and hurling and then continuing with leading all the efforts for the All Ireland and both played a huge role in making all the 2012 feiles (2 hurling and 1 football) such a great experience for all.

All Ireland Camogie Feile
Firstly let me thank everybody who had any involvement in the Feile as they made it a superb occasion to be involved in. There were many people who tirelessly worked away in the background to make it the occasion that it was but without them there would have been no sangwiches, no tae, no pitch, no bloody Feile and no craic. 
After much preparations and many many meetings the Raheny Feile 2012 Committee sat for the final meeting on Tuesday 3rd July. Due to the weather there had been many rushed phone calls over the previous 3-4 days to our local neighbours Clontarf to see if we could get the the use of their "New Pitch" in St Pauls.  This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the pitch was second to none. Apart from it being huge it was in great shape even after the torrents of rain that had fallen on it over the last 3 weeks. When we told the girls that they would be playing on the pitch that Dublin had been training on on the previous Saturday they were delighted. There was even a spectators mound to watch the sporting festivities from carefully roped off to keep them all back off the golden sod.  

We welcomed the Glenealy contingent at 11am at the club but they weren't the first to arrive as the Glenealy Reconnaissance Platoon had arrived the previous evening there had been calls from someone from Glenealy wanting to know where the pitch was that we would be playing on so that they could have a puck around on. They all came off the bus and were brought into the hall and Pat and Mary dealt the girls and mentors off to their respective host families. They all said their hellos and had a quick chat and then back out to he bus to get their bags/cases..... they ARE only saying for 3 days but the cases still kept coming. Away they went with instructions to be back for 12:45. 

The convoy left the club for the pitch at 1:00 as Camogie was up first for 1:30. A quick warm up and a feel for the pitch before we called them in to announce the team and have a last minute chat. Away they went and spread out around the pitch. Now I'm not joking here when I say that if we wanted to shout at someone on the far side of this pitch that we would have been better with a long distance phone call it was that far away. Raheny started the better of the 2 teams and were it not for the Gleanealy net minder who stopped about 5 point blank efforts the game would have been over as a contest in the first half. As it happened everything we asked the girls to do at all the training sessions came off perfectly, the hand passing was superb, the blocking and hooking was great to watch, the make yourself big when defending worked a treat. With all these working the confidence was raised and the scores came. Half-time..... the day was so warm that the liquids and oranges/strawberries (I told you that there were loads tirelessly working in the background) were devoured and the mentors went around each of the girls to have a chat and a bit of encouragement where required. No changes were required. The second half started where the first left off with Raheny winning the throw in and up the park to pepper the Glenealy goal once more. After about 10 mins of intense pressure being piled on Glenealy finally had enough and you could see that they were struggling but in fairness they never gave up. Time to empty the bench and on they came with last minute instructions being given as they sprinted onto the pitch. Raheny finished out the match with some fine scores being taken and it was a great spectacle to watch .... so I'm told. When I eventually looked behind me when the final whistle blew it was only then I could see how many supporters had taken time off work to bring their families and come out and support "Their Club".  Once the final whistle blew it was a relief all round and you could see the delight on the girls faces. A really quick warm down and back to the side of the pitch. 

Next up the boys delivered a brilliant performance against their Longford visitors but I'll let somebody else write that one up....  

Congratulations to St.Brigids on a fantastic Feile double.

Great display from Dublin Minors on retaining the Leinster MHC title v Wexford, our own Eoghan Smyth was in the panel.

Hard luck to Dub senior hrlrs and senior camogie v Clare and Wexford last weekend.

Members are reminded to keep an eye out for notices around the club for ordering tickets on time.

AHL2 lost by 2pts to Setanta.

AFL2 play v Kilmacud Crokes 2 tomorrow night Wednesday out on Binn Eadairs Pitch in Howth and then Round Towers, Clondalkin away on Saturday.

AFL5 Jun.A f/blrs, with a historic 1-3 from Fago, had a 1pt win over Na Fianna. Their match tonite was called off due to flash floods.

For games to support check out fixtures on our website (, if unsure of where the pitch is is also available on our website 

Under 12 Camogie enjoyed a great trip to Rathnure

last Sunday week. 25 players travelled .We played a blitz with Rathnure and a neighbouring team Cluban which is the home club of Raheny’s adopted Colm Codd. The girls competed very well and all matches were close , we managed to snatch one victory. We were then treated to the lovely hospitality of the Rathnure community, lots of iced cakes and sandwiches. Next into the Arena ,which is a full size indoor pitch where the Rathnure mentors has laid out lots of obstacle course activities for the group(see photos on team page) . The session ended with a massive tug-o-war with everyone pulling hard and a Rathnure Mentors V Raheny Mentors on the Ski Walk. We hope Rathnure will visit Raheny in the near future and we will give them a great day too.

Deepest sympathy to John McEvoy and family[Rathmore] on the passing of his mother Elizabeth and the family and friends of Mick Culliton[Clg Raheny and Clg Craobh Chiarain} Ar dheis De go raibh na anameache dilis.

Members are reminded that we have a number of very competent builders and tradesmen within the club, anybody looking for extensions, renovations or work around the house, please contact Conor Lee who will point you in the right direction. We would also ask members to please support local jobs and local business in Raheny

The GAA Club lounge and Hall are available for parties and all types of functions, contact Tommy Hogan at 01 8313530 for details.

Torthai An Chrannchur 02-07-2012.Uimhreacha 2-08-15-24 .Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.Pota Or 09-07-2012 €4900 Go n-eiri libh go leir.Is fearr cairde na or.

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