Lotto –Next draw in West Wicklow 7th May. Jackpot €3800. Thanks to all for continued support.
Bingo - Our next Bingo will be on Wed 8 May and will commence at 8.15pm in The Avon. Shuttle bus available from various locations in Blessington €2.00. Books and flyer sheets €10. Bingo will now be held weekly. Thanks for the huge support so far.
Seniors – Seniors away v AGB on Sun 12 May at 11am.
Juniors Div 3 – Blessington v Avoca Away on Fri 10 May 7.30pm.
Juniors Div 4 – Div 4 Blesso beat Avondale 3-9 to 0-8 at home on Thurs 2 May. The goals made the difference. Thanks to Pat Molloy and Brendan McGarr for umpiring. Team - Kian Geraghty, Stephen Byrne, Martin Doyle, Cormac Brogan, Fionn Walsh (0.1), Brian Bohan (0.1), David Phibbs, Kevin Quinn (1.3) James Mulligan, Alan Ellis, Ruairi Finan (0.1), Michael Mc Mahon, Fionan Leahy (2.2), David Williamson (0.1), Damian Breen, Barry Behan. Next up Blessington away v Kiltegan on Thurs 9 May 7.30pm.
Leinster SFC –Wicklow v Kildare – Netwatch Cullen Park – 11 May 7.00pm.
Physio - Upstairs in the clubhouse this coming week on Tues 7 May at 7pm. Adults needing full physio appointments MUST go through Pat Molloy and Juvenile through Barry Cotter.
Senior Ladies – Senior ladies home v Baltinglass at home 7pm.
Junior ladies – TBC Junior Ladies v Newtown on Sat 11 May.
U16 Wicklow girls – Congrats to Our Girls Niamh, Anna, Erin, Bryana, Alana and Sarah who were part of the U16 Wicklow LGFA team that won their Leinster Shield Final on Sat 4 May.
U16 girls – TBC U16 girls Blue v Baltinglass away Thurs 9 May. TBC U16 girls White v Clan na Gael away on Thurs 9 May.
U14 girls Feile –Our U14 Girls are heading West for Feile Peil na nOg from 28-30 Jun. One of three clubs representing Wicklow our girls are very excited. We will be hosted by Naomh Mhuire Oranmore in Galway. Anyone that knows about Feile will be aware there’s a huge cost involved in sending teams and our girls have done up (with a little help!) a wonderful letter seeking the support and sponsorship of local or any businesses willing to contribute. Instead of targeting one business for a big amount we appeal for just €100 per business to sponsor one of our players. Being affordable, in supporting our young girls you will get full recognition for the sponsorship with our player profiles including your business name/logo and acknowledgement on all our networks (social media etc). We are extremely grateful for all sponsorship received so far. If any other businesses are in a position to contribute, please contact any of the management. Jess 0868602022 and Kim 0852079643. We are very much looking forward to the build up to one of the most memorable weekends in the Gaelic football calendar.
U14 girls – U14 girls white at home v Ashford on Mon 6 May at 7.15pm.
U12 girls – U12 girls Blue v AGB away on Mon 6 May at 7pm. U12 girls White v Carnew away 7pm on Thurs 9 May.
U8’s - Well done to our U8 girls who played an impressive practice match at home Sat 5 May. A great turnout and brilliant teamwork. Congratulations to those who played their first game! Our future is most certainly bright.
Minor – Player Pathway Blessington at home v Rathnew on Mon 13 May at 7.15.
U13’s – U13 boys White v Bray Emmets Green on Mon 6 May at home 7.15. U13 boys Blue v Eire Og on Mon 6 May away 7.15pm.
U12’s – U12 NKL. Boys played Celbridge in a rescheduled home fixture from last Saturday on Fri 3 May. Despite playing very poor in the first half, if it were not for our backs being on their game, we managed to be leading 1.05 to 1.03 at half time. After a good talk at half time and a change in attitude we played a lot better in the second half moving the ball faster and more direct from defence resulting in a lot of great scores. Final score Blessington 3.14 Celbridge 2.05. Thanks to Celbridge for travelling over and to our ref John Whyte. Next up U12’s v Clane 2 away on Sat 11 May 4.30pm.
U10’s – Under 10’s played at home to Ardlough in the NKL on Sat 27 Apr. The lads were slow to start in the first half but after a quick chat at half time they really kicked into action in second half. We moved the ball a lot quicker and played with more width opening up the opposition and taking some fine scores. Highlight for the coaches was our tackling and work rate all over the pitch. Hard to pick any individual out as the whole team played so well in the second half but special mention had to go to Alfie Mc Donald in goals and Sean Metcalf who got our only goal as won well in the end to make it 3 wins from 3 in the leagueU10’s v Cappagh away on Sat 11 May 3.30pm.
U9’s – The U9 boys fielded two teams against Maynooth away on Sat 4 May in the NKL. On what was a lovely clear day both our teams played very well and managed some great scores against two tough Maynooth teams. In the second quarter each team had to play with their opposite foot this week and this led to some wild kicks, but it proved a very beneficial ten minutes for both teams which again led to some good scores. A feature of both games was how well they managed to move the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, something we have worked hard on in training. As well as that some tough tackles were made by all teams and it was great to see how well we coped and turned the ball over from them. Overall both teams won well but Maynooth had some great moments too and really put it up to our lads in parts of the games, but the results came our way due to the huge work rate this week from both teams.
U8’s – U8s v Sarsfields x 2 at home on Sat 11 May 2.30pm.
Academy – Academy for boys and girls aged 4 to 6 is held every Sat at 10am. Further info from Graham 0876393125. The boys and girls are enjoying the fresh fruit provided by the club to the academy. This is an initiative of our new Health and Well Being Officer Lisa Jackson. Thanks to the Senior men and ladies who help out every week.
Hurling – Girls and boys of all abilities aged 6 and upwards are invited to join the Blessington GAA Hurling Club where you will learn to play an exciting sport in a fun and relaxed environment. All ages train regularly. If any child is interested please join our WhatsApp group b sending your name and phone number and email to Jack Whelan @0876678936 and we will keep you up to date with everything that is happening with hurling in Blessington, Valleymount, Kilbride and Lacken. Volunteers are always needed, so if any Mums or Dads wishing to relive their glory days on the pitch are welcome to help. Send your details to Jack and register your interest. All welcome. We look forward to meeting all our new players.
County Minor – The Two GAA Celtic Challenge panels got their campaign off to a flyer with wins over Westmeath and Longford. Well done to our Blessington GAA players Oisin Brogan and Jake O'Kelly who were in Wicklow Blue team.
Michael Dwyers U14 Feile Team Fundraiser – Fun quiz will be held in Hennessys on Fri May 17 at 9.30pm. 3 lads from Blessington GAA on this team - Finn Behan, Conor Richardson and Thomas Walsh. Tryjng to raise a few bob towards their costs. Please support.
U11’s – The U11 white team had a very good win at home to Rathnew on Wed 1 May. The lads played some brilliant direct early football and getting their heads up all the time looking for the right pass and they worked like Trojans all over the pitch. Dylan Callaghan and Ryan Sargent were on fire in the forwards and took some great scores. Final score Blessington 4-13 Rathnew 10pts. Well done lads. U11’s v Aughrim White at home on Tues 7 May 7.15pm.
U7/U9’s – Hurling Go Games in Kiltegan 6.45pm.
U9’s – Blessington v Athy at ome on Sun 12 May 11am.
Wicklow Cul Camps 2018 – www.wicklowculcamps.gaa.ie. Only 200 places for football camp (8 July) and 150 for the hurling camp (22 July).
Congratulations – Congrats to Gary Hanlon and his new wife Malwina who got married in Poland on Sat 4 May.
West Wicklow Wellbeing Workshop – The final workshop of the Health and Well- being workshops was held on Thurs last in The Avon. The guest speaker was John Farrin from GROW Ireland. GROW give a range of talks on mental health issues and are operating here since the 1950s. They are funded by the HSE and hope to start a grow group in West Wicklow. The groups are a self-help group based on the 12 Steps programme. More information can be found on the GROW Ireland website. For this to happen, we would really appreciate support. If anyone is interested in helping out and trying to set to a GROW group in West Wicklow please contact Lisa Jackson (Blessington GAA Health and Well-Being Officer) on 0863767534.
Date for your diaries: Blessington GAA will be holding a Golf Classic at Craddockstown Golf Club on 12 July. Inquiries to John Magee 0868717483 or Arthur Hennessy 0872396157.
Darkness into Light Blessington – For anyone from the club who would like to participate and support Pieta House on Sat 11 May in the global fight against suicide, self-harm, and stigma. Register on. www.darknessintolight.ie.
Ciaran Shannon 7’s Tournament – Ciaran Shannon 10 year anniversary event will take place on May 17 and 18 May in Annacurra GAA. FREE entray. Family Event. All Welcome.
Car parking at the pitch – Can all who use the Blessington GAA Astro and Pitches please Reverse In, Drive Out please? There are a lot of children who use the grounds and they have a habit of just running out. Please respect the job that our Health and Safety Officer Annmarie (or anyone else assigned to assist with parking) must do and if you are asked to move your vehicle and park correctly please do so without a fuss.
New website – Log onto our new website Blessington GAA. (https://sites.google.com/view/blessingtongaaclub/home?authuser=0)
Clothing Collection ongoing - collecting good quality second hand clothing suitable for re-use. Please fill as many black bin bags as you can – the more we collect, the more our club receives. If you are unable to bring them to the GAA grounds, we can arrange collection. Please contact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Thank you for your support.
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