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This is the last club notes for 2018. Thanks to all who contributed throughout the year. Keep updated on Facebook and Supporters What's App. Watch out for our newly designed Website which will be launched in the New Year.

Lotto - Next draw 4 Dec in Hennessy’s. Jackpot €2600. Thanks for continued support.

Mass for our deceased members – Will be held in St Mary’s on 8 Dec at 6pm.

Club AGM – The Blessington GAA AGM on Mon 26 Nov in the Baile Coimin Centre was very well attended. Thanks to all who came along. Well done to Arthur Hennessy who has served as a committee member for 50 years since first elected. Best wishes to our club President Gerry McIntyre who is currently unwell. A minute’s silence was held for our deceased members.  

Night at the dogs – The Blessington GAA night at the dogs at Newbridge on Fri 30 Nov was very well attended. The winners of the Buster draw €750 – Amy Dunne €750 – Oisin O’Callaghan. Raffle – Sheila Cooney, Deerpark Walk €400. Jimmy Carroll Portarlington €400. Curtis Geraghty €300. Maria Ruiz €300. Darren Behan €200. Paul Pender €200. Pat Brennan €100. Catherine Bealin €100. Brigid Murphy, Red Bog €100. Mary Finnegan €100. Paddy Murphy c/o Paul McLoughlin €100. Thanks to all who bought tickets, sponsored dogs and sponsored individual races. Our main sponsor was Dunnes Stores Blessington.

Awards night – The juvenile awards night for boys U11 to U17 was held in St Kevin’s Hall on Sat 1 Dec. It was a terrific turn out and the final awards event of the year. Kevin Gilmore welcomed everyone for attending and thanked Steven Bohan, Kevin Hanlon and Bryan Carroll alongside new Senior Manager for Blessington Mick Murray for attending and presenting the medals on the night. Kevin thanked everyone in the club, parents, coaches and players for their support. First up was the 3 U11 teams who had a very successful season by winning their league finals and won the Allen Cup. The U11’s were worthy winners of the Team of the Year 2018. Jimmy Mulhall is very proud of all the lads and the effort they all put in.  Martin Walsh manager of the U12’s had great words of encouragement for the lads. Barry Behan manager of the U13’s thanked his lads for all the great work they put in this year and wished them the best for 2019. Kevin Dooley manager of the U15’s gave very impressive stats of the matches that his team had played during the year and still had a semi-final to play the next day! Darren Behan the U17’s manager thanked the lads for a great year and were worthy winners of the Wicklow League and Runners Up in the Championship. He wished the older lads all the best as they move up to Junior football in 2019. Pat Brennan and Derek Brogan thanked all the hurlers who play for Western Gaels and Michael Dwyers teams from U11 – U17. All the lads received a sliothar as a momento. U15 player Jack Sargent was the worthy winner of the Pat Fanning Cup which was presented by Tom Hennessy and Kevin Quinn was the deserved winner of the Minor Player of the Year. The Blue Stars team was announced: U13’s - Sean Ellis, Brian Richardson, Finn Behan. U14’s - Lukas Sarkauskas, Adam Williamson, Rory Cullen. U15’s- Robbie Richardson, Dan Keogh,                       Niall O' Gallchobhair. U16’s - Claude Tournou, Jake O'Kelly, Sean Lambe. U17’s - Cormac Roe, Eoin Kavanagh, Craig Maguire. Well done to all. Thanks to all who got the hall ready and Sandra and Karen who served the refreshments.

U11’s - We had our awards Sat night Dec 1 in St Kevins hall. Blue/White and Red squads received their Wicklow league winners’ medals from our Finals in Ballinakill. Also, the Allen cup squad received their medals for winning the Allen Cup. Finally, to our great surprise our 2007/2008 u11 squad of players received the club’s team of the year award which is nothing more than they deserve for all their hard work in training throughout the year/Travelling near and far to matches and then winning respective top group finals in Ballinakill. There was also the fantastic achievement of winning the Allen Cup which hasn't been won by Blessington since 2011. Thanks to all the kids for all effort through year, to the parents for bringing kids to training and all over Wicklow and Kildare for matches, to Noreen for top class weekly notes and FB updates, to all associated with pitch rosters/stewards and pitches organisation (Jack sorry for leaving Goals on Main pitch twice and he well let me know !!!!!)), to Kevin and Juvenile committee. Finally, and most important thanks to my fellow coaches who without nothing can happen for kids who give up all their time to coaching kids and travelling to games - Eddie Boylan, Ben Reid, Eamon Elliott, Jonathan Behan, Donal Smith, Liam Small and Gerry Phibbs. Thanks to anyone who helped us out with teams in 2018 in anyway.

U15’s Last game of the year was on Sun 2 Dec away to Sallins in the Kildare U15 league semi-final and it was probably one of the most determined team performances of the year. It was a very close game throughout but Sallins made it there in the last 10 mins. A busy year for the lads with 38 games over the year that started in early January. Best of luck to all the lads in 2019.

Scor na nOg – Our young members from Blessington GAA will represent Wicklow in the Leinster Semi-final of Scor na nOg in Allenwood on Sun 9 Dec in Leiriu Staitse, Ceol Uirlise and Aithriseoireacht/Scealaiocht. Good luck all.

Ladies 25th anniversary memorabilia - Ladies 25 anniversary mugs, pens, wristbands, boot bags etc for sale. These will be collector’s items in a couple of years so make sure you get yours. Contact Jess on 0868602822.

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. Please contact: John Magee Snr 086 871 7483 or Breda Brophy 087 225 3892. Thank you for your support.

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