Blessington club notes

October 19, 2020

The GAA’s Management Committee on the 5 Oct endorsed a decision to suspend all GAA Club games ​at all levels with immediate effect ​and until further notice.  

Wicklow Minors – Well done to the Wicklow Minor team and management who had a great win over Longford in the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship in Aughrim on Sat 17 Oct.  There were 6 Blessington players on the team – Jack Sargent, Daniel Cooney, Mikey O'Toole, Austin Brennan, Daniel Silke Fetherston and Luke O'Brien. The half – time score was Wicklow 1-10 Longford 1-2. The match ended in an 8 pt win for Wicklow. Final score Wicklow 4-14 Longford 3-9. They will play Offaly next.  


Ladies - Our Ladies wrapped up their excellent 2020 season this evening. Never too old for the ice cream van - it went down a treat. We want to say a massive thank you to our Covid Officers Lynn Brid Barbara and Anne for all their hard work this year it is so very much appreciated. In what was a crazy year we are so thankful for team sport which kept us all going. A well-deserved winter break for now, stay safe everyone. We look forward to getting back together in 2021.  

U10 girls - Sure what else would you be doing on a rainy, cold Tuesday evening only having the craic with friends and eating ice cream! End of season celebration for our amazing U10 girls. They are a great group on and off the pitch. We are so proud of them. They have made such progress, not letting the strangest of times get in the way. We have all appreciated our football that bit more in recent times congrats girls, onwards and upwards. A big thanks also to Sandra and Laura for volunteering as our Covid Supervisors. From Róisín, Dave, Darren, Barry, Jason & Sandeep. 

U8 girls - And that's a wrap! The U8 girls had their final training session last Tues. Lots of games, treats and ice cream. They are a great bunch of girls who are a credit to their families and to the club. Big thanks to all the coaches for their work. And best of luck to all the girls moving to U10 next year. 

Academy – 30 children attended the academy on Sat 17 Oct. The coaches would like to thank you to Michael McMahon, Ruairi Finan and Peter Manning for their help. Without this extra help, it would be quite difficult to continue due to Covid restrictions.  

Healthy Clubs – Another great morning at our inclusion session. We were joined by a former club and county senior player who was only too willing to show off his football skills! Thanks a mill to everyone who turned up this morning including John Coogan, Blessington GAA Club President.  

Blessington Prize Draw - Blessington GAA are running their only fundraiser this year. Draw will be held on 31 October 2020. If you have sold your tickets, contact your promoter to collect or drop to the promoter. Tickets need to be returned sold or unsold.  The club will be make a donation to the Irish Cancer Society from the proceeds of the ticket sales. 1st prize - €2000, 2nd prize - €1000, 3rd prize - €500, 4th & 5th prize - €250 and 5 prizes of €200. As always thanks for your support. If anyone would like to purchase a ticket at €10 each please contact Breda on 087 2253892.  


Lotto –Next draw 20 Oct for a jackpot of €2600. Lines available to purchase at Hennessys Next door, players or committee €2 a line. Lines can also be purchased online. Thanks for continued support.  

Walk Des Home Fundraiser - From Michelle Richardson - I'm doing the virtual Dublin Marathon next weekend locally around Blesso. First marathon so it could take a while. I hadn't planned on fundraising but really want to help in any way I can with the "Walk Des Home" appeal. Following a bike accident in a cycle lane in Dublin City on 8 Jan 20, Even his helmet did not save him from a crushing blow to the skull against a cycle bollard. Life was never to be the same for Des and his family. Des through no fault of his own was thrown into darkness, lying in a coma in Beaumont  Hospital, it was touch and go. Half of his skull was removed by life-saving surgery…the will-to-live now lay within. Grief stricken, for Tara his wife there was no sign of life. When Des’s eyes eventually opened, that was all that he could move.  The only alternative option for Des at the moment is long-term hospitalisation or nursing home care where his family will not be allowed to visit. Undeterred by prohibitive costs of caring for Des at home, Tara is appealing to other families to help. This is an urgent appeal as Des is due for discharge from the NRH on the 6th Nov. If anyone would like to sponsor in anyway, please donate on the GOFUNDME page. Ger and Ruth and all the Vallely family are known to us all in Blesso and it would be great to help in any way we can however big or small. We are all community. Thanks so much. 


Condolences - Condolences to Carnew Emmets GAA Club and the family on the tragic news on the passing of Niall Osbourne. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

Clothes Collection – Our clothes collection is continuing. For more information contact Breda on 0872253892. 


Instagram - Blessington GAA is on Instagram. Keep up to date with all the action by following us - Username @blessingtongaa. Remember to keep updated on what is happening in the Club log on to Blessington GAA on Facebook and on Twitter @blessingtongaa. If you wish to be on the Blessington GAA Supporters Whats App please text your name to 087 2858375.  


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