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Club Notes November 18th 2013

posted Nov 19, 2013, 12:31 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated Nov 19, 2013, 12:37 PM ]


Raheny GAA Boot Exchange up and running every Saturday morning 10-11.30 am in club hall during school term (when Ogra is on). Drop in your son or daughter's outgrown boots (good condition) and pick up a pair in the next size.

Range of sizes currently in stock - from small 12.5s right up to teenager's 9s.
Donations especially welcome to help build up stocks. Thanks to all who have already donated boots.
For enquiries, contact Catherine on 087 213 6703.

St Brigids Boys Christmas Fair
On Sunday the 1st December 11am - 4pm, why not come along to the St Brigids Boys Christmas fair in the school. Be sure to drop by the Raheny GAA stall. We will have club gear available to buy on the day.

We would really appreciate your support.

With Christmas coming up this is an ideal opportunity to get some stocking fillers e.g. Raheny GAA shorts, socks, jackets, hoodies, beanie hats etc for boys and girls or adults.

We are asking mentors on all teams to spread the word and to circulate this email to parents on all teams so we can make a success of the day.

In addition we are looking for parents of children in St Brigids who are also members of Raheny GAA to help out on the Raheny GAA stall. We could do with the help so if you are available for just 1 hour on the day please reply by email to

We start off this week with a well done to both our U21s, both are through the second round of the Championship. Our Footballers got a pass through the 1st round and will play St Annes in the Q/F away this saturday at 2.30. All support very well, Lads a gentle reminder training is Wednesday night ALL players must attend.

Congratulations to our U21 hurlers on a fine Championship win over a very strong Setanta team on Saturday afternoon . Excellent performances from all the players with special mention to Sean Collins for some fantastic scores, to Eoin Gillen for a superb all round display and to Smythy for a flawless display of free taking. Hard luck to a battling Setanta , we wish you well for the future.

Dublin County Minor Football Championship Final.
Raheny 02.17 Kilmacud Crokes 03.07
The week before this Final started with a major hiccup - The venue set for the fixture, O'Toole Park, Crumlin was claimed by the Leinster Council who said only 2 matches could be played on it. There were 3 listed & unfortunately our match was withdrawn, to be re fixed for a later date.
Step in Ronan Leech, always the willing servant to the Club. Through his brilliant diplomatic skills it led to the County Board moving both Minor Football Finals to Parnells. Well done Ronan!!!!
On a mild, damp Sunday morning the lads rocked up at the Clubhouse for 9.15 am. For once there were no latecomers, no alarm calls to make. This showed that, to a man, they were focused & ready for the match. The bus arrived on time & the lads headed into the dressing room to get togged out & ready for the journey. Colm Arthur was so focused, he locked Marc Bosonnet in the dressing room when we were leaving!! Luckily Marc had his phone with him & could ring for help.
Thanks to Tommy Hogan for getting out of his comfortable bed to open up for us, much appreciated.
A focused warm up session took place on Parnells 'Astro', some of the lads glancing at the opposition, working out who they might have to watch, what foot they kicked with etc. its these little things that count.
Raheny started with a fine point & Crokes replied quickly with a point of their own. Then the lads pushed on with a goal & two more points. Crokes looked shell shocked with the fine possession & running game Raheny were playing.
Raheny opened up a five point lead within the first 15 minutes but the opposition clawed their way back - as is fitting for a Final.
At half time the score stood at Raheny 02.07, Kilmacud Crokes 02.06. A slender lead!
From the throw-in to start the second half Raheny drove on with a display that would grace any County Ground, scoring 10 points to Crokes 1 goal (a consolation with three minutes to go) & 1 point.
After the presentation of the Cup & the obligatory photo-call, the Team moved into the dressing room to the applause of all the supporters on the sideline, including the neutrals that witnessed a great game.
Conor Lee, Club Chairman, spoke a few words (no, really, it was only a few!) to the lads congratulating them & reminding them that a Minor Championship winning medal is something special that nobody can take away from them.
There were nine scorers for Raheny:
  • Chris McIlhenny 1pt; James O'Kane 1pt; Brian Arthur 1pt;
  • Roy Lunney 2pts; Danny Reid 2pts;
  • Brian Howard 3pts; Kevin Doran 3pts;
  • Darren Byrne 1 goal 1pt;
  • Luke Bennett 1 goal 3pts.
It was a sweet victory, especially for the 2nd year Minors, Danny Reid, Luke Bennett,Jack Lyons, Andy McMorrow, Matthew Collins, Andy & James Keane, Brian Arthur. 'Larry' Liutvaitis, Mark Kirby & Captain, Conor Flaherty, all now moving on to full adult level. We wish them all well.
They are not the only ones moving on, The Management Team of Brendan Flaherty & Colm Arthur announced their retirement after over 11 years with these lads. On behalf of the Club & all the other 'backroom' lads we wish them the best & a Big 'Thank You'. I hope their partners are ready for having them under their feet after all these years!
While doing the 'Thanks' a special mention must go to all the Parents, families & Club members that came along today to support "The Parish".
(ps I thought the Umpires, resplendent in their white coats, did a superb job today) Report Written by one of the men in the White coats!!

U9 Girls
Congratulations to the under nines girls team for their overall victory against St. vincent's away on Saturday.
St. Vincent's who are never an easy opponent beat put to it up to our girls but Raheny were able to sustain their level of play right through and although the matches started off very evenly Raheny by keeping the pressure on with their pace of play started to grind Vincent's down.
there were several knocks and bumps but none of the girls stayed on the side line. well done girls.

Congratulations to both Paddy Reid and Gavin Ivory on receiving a nomination for Dublin Bus/Herald Dub Stars Football.

U7 Boys - Clontarf V Raheny: 16th Nov 2013

 Venue:  Pitch 29/30, St Annes.
 Throw In:   10:00
 No. of Raheny Teams:   5
 No. of  Host Teams:   6
 Weather:  Dry, Cloudy, Moderate Wind
 Pitch Condition:  Dry, Soft, Grass Medium

Raheny Orange

Report By: Kieran Doherty
Coaching Team: Conor Pitts, Kieran Doherty, John Strain.

The Raheny Orange team completed two football matches and one hurling match when they visited their near neighbours Clontarf.  The first football match was a very close affair with the defenders of both teams on top, and finished with one score to each team. The Raheny score was thanks to some determined play on the Clontarf goal line by Ben McCarthy. The Raheny lads worked hard with great challenges from Luke Kelly and Jack Codd. 

The second football match was a one-sided affair with Raheny running out deserved winners by 6 points to nil with some great scores. There were impressive performances from Mark McHugh, Thomas Reddy and Rian Prizeman. 

The final game for the Orange team was a hard fought hurling match. There were some great strikes from Finn Brassil, Dylan Strain and Joseph Doherty but the long grass made it difficult for both sides. In an even encounter it was Clontarf that got the only score of the game to run out winners. 

Overall, everyone involved put in a good performance as the Sam Maguire looked on.

Raheny Green

Report By: Shane Beary 
Coaching Team: Shane Beary, Padraig Kent, Conor Clarke.

The Green team played 3 hurling and 1 football match against some very well drilled Clontarf teams. First up for the Green team was hurling and despite some excellent goalkeeping from Samuel O'Leary and an "wall of steel" defensive strategy from Tom Beary and Zach Newson the team was defeated by a very strong Clontarf side. 

Next up was another hurling match which was dominated by some great Raheny teamwork and lit up by a dazzling long distance goal from Matthew Grant created from a stunning pass by Tiernan O'Brien.
In the 3rd hurling match the Clontarf goalmouth saw most of the action and some rocket shots from Cormac Baldwin and Michael Clarke narrowly missed their targets. The Raheny team had to settle for a scoreless draw in what was an excellent performance. Finally the green team played their only football match and despite the excellent saves and kick outs from Ryan Kent and excellent linking play from Matthew Dowdal the tiring Raheny side lost out to a talented Clontarf outfit.

Raheny Blue

Report By: Niall Watters
Coaching Team: Niall Watters, Ian Marnane.

On a windswept pitch 29 and 30 in St. Anne’s Park, the Raheny Blue team took to the field with some changes in our personnel on foot of Raheny fielding five not four teams. On the day, we were joined by Sean Quinn and Dan O’Grady (2006s who have been playing for the 2005s) and by Eduardo Tome, Joe Bonnar, Liam Savage, Alex Marnane and Luke Morgan, from the 2006 group but who had up to now played with some of the other colours.
Raheny Blue were to play six matches, three hurling and three football, but with the overrun in time and the arrival of a very special visitor, we only got to play four. The first three matches were hurling, in which we won one and drew two. The goal in our won game was scored by our own ‘super striker’ Conor Watters. He was ably assisted by Alex Marnane and Evan Wynne up front, and by Sean Quinn and Dan O’Grady, who marshalled a strong defence. Over the two drawn hurling games, there was great tackling and commitment shown by all but with Luke Morgan, Joe Bonnar and Liam Savage standing out. Our final game was in football and was won by a great goal and man of the match display from Dan O’Grady. In that match, Eduardo Tome was a rock in our goal with some great kick outs and he was very well protected in defence by a committed Jamie Ward, Brian Murray and Luke Morgan, all tackling impressively.
Today’s display was against a team that six months ago taught us a lesson or two, today was a big contrast and goes to show the great improvement these lads are making and have made in a half year. Well done lads, you’re a credit to yourselves and an inspiration for the rest of us. At the end of the games, Clontarf GAA had arranged a real treat (thanks is due to our neighbours): the lads got to see Sam Maguire, chaperoned by Dublin All-Star Jack McCaffrey’

Raheny Red

Report By: Paul Nolan
Coaching Team: Paul Nolan, Tony Lawless

The Red team keenly contested three football matches against strong Clontarf teams on a great day for football. The first match very tight and ended as a scoreless draw with Raheny enjoying the majority of the possession. 

In the second match Raheny played the entire match against the wind and an uphill pitch. Raheny narrowly lost by one score despite the mammoth efforts of Matt Lawless, Cathal Shovlin and Max Osborne who scored a goal despite having just stepped off a plane from his holidays in Florida and showing no signs of jet lag!

It all changed in the third match as the Raheny Red team clicked beautifully and won at a canter by 1 goal and 2 points to a goal. Raheny dominated the possession from start to end. 

The scores and particularly the points were taken beautifully with intricate hand passing by the Red team ending in two fabulous scores from the nippy forward Jamie Nolan and his team mate Adam Roberts. This great attacking was of course complimented by the strong defending by the Rossi brothers (Ryan and Cian). A thoroughly deserved win. Onwards and upwards Raheny!

Raheny White

Report By: Brian Carroll
Coaching Team: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Brian Carroll

On a fine day for Gaelic football and hurling, the Raheny White team took on their local rivals Clontarf at their pitches in St Anne’s Park. And the Raheny lads came away with their heads held high as they went through all four games unbeaten.

The first hurling match proved to be a very tight contest but Raheny were not going to be denied. A cracking first-time strike from John Broderick proved to be the difference between the sides. Great defending from Ultan Fitzpatrick and some neat and tidy play from Oscar Thomas kept the Clontarf lads at bay.

In the second game Raheny settled  very quick and began to dominate. With Rudi Whelan having an excellent  game, and Sean Mooney and Martin Bishop providing fantastic support for their team-mates, Raheny made some chances but just couldn’t put Clontarf away and in the end had to be content with a draw.

The final hurling game saw Raheny get into their stride very quickly and, with Sam Mitchell doing some great work for his team in midfield, it looked like a matter of time before the first goal arrived. And so it proved with forward Callum Carroll making some space for himself to fire home a superb goal, his first for the club.

The last game was football and a good Clontarf team made it very tough early on for Raheny. But with Odhran Carmody performing great in defence and Se Daly proving a real handful up front, Raheny responded well with John Broderick again in great scoring form as the visitors won by a single point. Overall, it was a fantastic effort  in the four games by Raheny and very encouraging for the future.

Our mentors list is still not complete
, please send names into Vouchers will be given out on the mentors night to those on the list ONLY.
Mentors night is Friday 13th December.

Raheny GAA Adult Awards Night 2013- 7th December 9pm.Please see first reminder to get the finger out and start collecting the votes for your Player of the Year and Players Player. We ve had a few responses to date so many thanks to those who got them in early.
The trophies will be ordered next week so can mentors please send me a quick mail to confirm that they are agreeable to the €50 charge?
We are sure most of you are probably still waiting on can be worse than chasing for subs trying to get a reply sometimes!
And dont forget your vote for Club man of the year.

Zumba in the hall every monday night at 7.30 and Fitness classes with Louise are mon,wed N Fri mornings at 9.15 and Tues and thur evening at 7.30. All welcome.

Trad music every Wednesday night in the club from 9pm all welcome.

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Torthai an Chranchuir 18/11/2013
Uimreacha; 4, 6, 15, 18.

Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.

Pota Or 25/11 - €5,900. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

The three €25 lucky dip winners this week are:

1) Emma Holohan.
2) Christine Carr.
3) Eimear Mc Munn,

Ronan Farrell, Paul Dempsey, Ray Holohan, Sean Carr & Ronan Leech hit the bar with three numbers.
They are now entered into our monthly draw for €200.

If your not entered in you cant win.  Enter on-line through our website or while in the club, envelopes always available.

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