Blessington GAA Night at the Dogs Fundraiser

Date: Friday 30 November 2018. Doors open 7pm. First race 8pm.
Venue: Newbridge Greyhound Stadium
Cost: €10 Ticket includes admission, Race card and entry into BUSTER DRAW plus additional prize draws/ 

Buster draw 
1st Prize - €750 voucher for Dunnes Stores, Blessington
Additional Prizes - To the value of €2300

Main sponsor Dunnes Stores, Blessington.

Tickets on sale now from any of the managers and committees or contact Breda on 0872253892, John Magee Snr 086 8717483 or JP Moran 087 2388592. 

Blessington GAA AGM
Notice is hereby given to all paid up members that the 2018 AGM will be held in the Baile Coimin Centre on Mon 26 November 2018 at 7.30pm. If any member has not received preliminary notice by email please let Noreen know on 0872858375 asap. 

Scór na nÓg County Finals
The finals will be held in St Kevin's Hall on Sunday 18 November from 3pm - 6pm. Admission will be €5 for adults which includes a ticket for a raffle. Please come and support this wonderful celebration of Irish Culture with our county's young people. 

Blessington GAA Annual Girls Presentation Night
Event will take place on Wednesday 14th November in the Community College at 7pm. Awards from U8 up to U16 will be presented, in celebrating another wonderful year of girls football in the club. We look forward to welcoming our special guests Mick Bohan & some of the Dublin Ladies with the Brendan Martin Cup once again🔵

Ladies news

Blessington LGFA Celebrated 25 Years of Ladies Football on Saturday 25th August. With the sun shining we had the most enjoyable event at our pitches from 2-6pm. With an action packed afternoon and a massive crowd in attendance, we started proceedings with an opening parade around the grounds led by our wonderful bagpiper Eoin Hanratty with our juvenile girls singing Amhrann Na bhFiann.

Kicking off the first of our match schedule was the hilarious Mothers vs Daughters game. With neither side willing to let themselves be defeated this was a game of bragging rights for the youngsters who came out winners, which I assure you had nothing to do with the fact they outnumbered the mammies!! Featuring plenty of laughs and battles, it was the perfect start to the football action. Great to see so many taking part and no doubt there were a few sore bodies afterwards!

Next up was the Coaches vs G4M&O match. This one had as much tempo much to the surprise of everyone! From Damian Flanagan kicking the score of the game to divorce proceedings for Roisin & Ruairdhi O'Brien after a dirty tackle, this was a most enjoyable contest. The coaches proved too strong and won by a few scores AND with the help of referee Tom Fisher sending Jess Brennan to the sin bin!! Card happy he also gave Maura Reid her marching orders just before full time.

The afternoon continued with many activities, mini matches at all age groups U8, U10, U12, U14 and U16. Also busy was our games corner with Obstacle Courses run by Glen O'Kelly and helpers, plus much more fun including human hungry hippo, caterpillar game, tug o war and penalty shootout. Thanks to Kim Connors for looking after the penalties and donating one of her Wicklow jerseys to the winner Anna Carlyon.

While all the events were taking place we had plenty more going on around the grounds, with Sinead Carroll and her crew doing lovely blue and white face painting and nail polish. We had grandparents corner, a memorabilia shop with great items for sale to mark the occasion. Our amazing Nostalgia gallery compiled by Maura Reid, Seanna Pender and Karen Walsh was one of the highlights of the day, where everyone had a look down memory lane with the large amount of photos, newspaper clippings, match programs, old team kits etc. We had a giant poster to sign as a keepsake for the clubhouse and it is well & truly full of signatures. Guess the amount of blue and white bon bons game was a popular one and the big jar of 2506 was won by Stephen Hanlon. Thanks to all our food providers on the day, Wilson's butchers, Donut wall, Tiger ice-cream and our ladies in the club shop Ann-Marie Nolan and Noreen Keegan Kavanagh.

The main match of the day was a "save the best for last" battle! The Silver Stars vs Blesso Babes game was a 90's selection team against the 2018/more current team with the current team playing in wellies. What a ding dong battle it was. With the wellies proving difficult to play in for the Blesso Babes with many of them slipping and losing boots, the Silver Stars were able to take control. Having a huge number of big name players returning to play football together one more time, these ladies proved they have never lost it. You would never think from looking at the "oldies" that it has been as long as 10-15 years since some of them played! We think some of them might have slipped referee Noel Kinsella a few bob, as every decision went in their favour. Although the youngsters proved to be the fittest, it was the Silver Stars who really outclassed them in the football department and won on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-5. Great to see how well these ladies still gel as a team and fine performances from Mary Whelan, Marie Kavanagh, Julie Fitzmaurice, Caitriona Grace, Brid O'Neill, Jill Heatley and Sharon Kelly. Best for the Blesso babes were Emma Reid, Amy Ryan, Anna Vas, Shona O'Connor, Molly Cullen and Niamh Cullen. Club Chairman John Williamson presented the Cup to captain Sharon Broderick. Massive thanks to our managers who also returned for one day only - Paddy O'Connor, Mickey O'Connor, Steven Bohan and Kevin Hanlon.

The biggest of thank yous to all our volunteers on the day, parents, players, past managers and the following people: Ivan Smyth for the wonderful job on sound system as always. Barry & Phyllis Hamilton for capturing everything on camera for more memories to the collection and David Boothman for taking drone footage of the whole day. We say sincere thank you to our Sponsors of the event, Heart Safety Solutions, Alan & Brigid Auld, Murphy's Bar and to all who donated to Blessington LGFA.

On to the night part of the celebrations in Avon Ri, we had a really wonderful evening. Joined by Special Guests, Brendan Martin and his lovely wife Mairead, Dominic Leech president of Leinster LGFA and Paraic Corbett 1993 Chairman of Wicklow Ladies County Board when Blessington Ladies was founded. Ladies Chairperson Jess Brennan welcomed everyone to the venue and thanked everyone for their support & contribution to the club over the 25 years and all who helped mark the tremendous Silver Anniversary occasion. Everyone joined in a round of applause for our good friends no longer with us, in particular special mentions went to John O'Connor, who was one of the three amigos O'Connor brothers who founded the club and were the first management. Also gone but not forgotten are proud club men and friends of the Ladies section, Mick Curran and Jack Boothman. Proceedings were then handed over to Michael Sargent who was our excellent MC. Michael gave a run down of the history of the Ladies club and spoke of the remarkable successes and achievements over the years. Our special guests all gave fantastic speeches and credited the work done and continuing to be done. A mighty achievement and amazing milestone to reach with so much to celebrate in that time.

Presentations followed, first up was player's of the match, both sponsored by Mae Curran. For the Coaches vs G4M&O game the player of the match was Michelle Richardson. Silver Stars vs Blesso Babes player of the match was the evergreen Julie Fitzmaurice.

A big feature of the night was our Silver All Stars Team. Not an easy job to pick but the 15 players selected by all ex managers from the 25 years were: No.1 Emer Miley No.2 Breda Reid No.3 Sharon Broderick No.4 Shauna Byrne No.5 Marie Kavanagh No.6 Carly Ellis No.7 Maura Reid No.8 Caitiona Grace No.9 Julie Fitzmaurice No.10 Jess Carroll No.11 Niamh Carroll No.12 Molly Cullen, No.13 Jill Heatley No.14 Breda McEvoy No.15 Jenny Foster. The ladies were presented with lovely Blue sashes by Brendan Martin Dominic Leech and Paraic Corbett. Our awards finished up with Kim Connors presenting Michael Sargent with a football signed by all the players in recognition of Michael being a fantastic Chairman for 17 of our 25 years.

Massive credit to Avon Ri for the stunning venue so well decorated and for the lovely food. We also had a beautiful cake made by Tanya Vas. We danced the night away with amazing band Vintage Vibes and DJ.

ON CELEBRATING OUR 25th ANNIVERSary, Blessington lgfa sincerely thank each & every one of our players, managers, coaches, supporters, Sponsors, friends and fellow members for your wonderful support and contribution in helping keep ladies football well and truly alive in our fantastic club…’s to many more memorable days in the BLUE & WHITe.

Jess Brennan

Blessington LGFA Chairperson

Topping off our wonderful 25th Anniversary, the celebrations continued in Ballinakill on Sunday when our U12 girls claimed their respective Championship titles.

First up was our brilliant White Team vs Ashford in the B Shield final. Our girls already unbeaten in the whole campaign proved too strong for a great Ashford team. From start to finish we dominated the match with some excellent defending and tireless work in midfield. Special mention to U10 player Katie Behan who was outstanding with a personal score tally of 2-8, this was only Katie’s second U12 game! Having been beaten in last years final this meant the world to us when the final whistle went. The shield was presented to captain Michaela Garvey who made a lovely speech with three cheers for Ashford. 
Score 2-11 to 2-1
Team & scorers: Ciara Tracey Lauren Richardson Michaela Garvey Shannon McDonnell Cria Cullen Clodagh Nugent Katie Quinlan Abbie O’Riordan 0-1 Asia Duggan 0-1 Olivia Quigley Emma Carpenter Aoife Kinsella Emily Cully Katie Behan 2-8 Katelyn Elliott Ciara O’Neill 0-1 Aimee Hill Ciara Whelan Erin Buttner Holly Teague Ellen Williamson

🔵Our Blue Team v Tinahely in the A Cup Final was an absolute thriller of a game. Our girls were out of the traps like something possessed as they played with sheer determination and battled hard and first to every ball. We got an early lead but Tinahely being a great little team pulled it back and left only 2 points in it at halftime. The second half was as gutsy as the first and we couldn’t be prouder of our girls with the pride and passion they showed as a team. It truly was one of the best performances they’ve every given. Each and every one played a huge part in the victory on a score line of 4-5 to 1-7. 
Team & scorers: Anna Carlyon Grace Swan Ava Jordan Dempsey Caoimhe Gilligan Roisin Doyle Erin McMahon Niamh Brennan Leila Shannon 0-1 Ava O’Driscoll 0-1 Robyn Brennan Aisling Brennan 2-2 Aibhe King Aoife Cullen Sophie O’Driscoll 2-1 Clara Keane Ella Richardson Leah Richardson Paige McDonald Eilis Reid Susie Cronin. The Cup was presented to captain Aisling Brennan who also gave a great speech and thanked everyone involved and Tinahely for a great sporting game.

What an achievement two years in a row reaching both finals and this time taking the double🏆🏆 we couldn’t be any prouder of these amazing young ladies. They have worked so hard and deserve every bit of the success. It was a credit to Ladies football to see the performances they gave. We had an incredible entrance back into Blesso with a convoy of possibly 40 cars beeping the girls through the town!! The girls enjoyed pizzas and food from Apache in Mick Reid’s thanks so much to both for everything🎉

We had our Player of the Match presentations(which were the most difficult ones we ever had to pick!)and thanked everyone who in any way was part of the fantastic season. 
White Team POTM was the amazing Lauren Richardson 
Blue Team POTM was outstanding full back Ava Jordan Dempsey

What a year thanks a mil to all. Jess Kim and Michelle💙

Our County Open night, Meet & Greet your County Senior Football & Hurling Teams on Friday 4th may 6.30pm to 8pm in Ballinakill.

Club members who have not yet been to our Centre of Excellence can come and look at our fantastic facilities.

As Christy Ring & Leinster Football Championship is the following week we would really like to see all clubs attend. Our County players have been putting in a huge effort and they would like to see all the young players in the County.

11 March 2018 - 

6 Mar - CCC have postponed matches for this coming weekend (10/11 Mar) due to the extreme bad weather we have experienced over the last few days. Pitches will be unplayable.

G4M&O Table Quiz
In Murphy's on Fri 23 Mar. 8.30pm registration. 9pm start. Please support

Fixtures rescheduled
The GAA has confirmed that all Allianz Football and Hurling league fixtures scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.
A full revised fixtures programme to cover the remaining rounds of the Allianz Leagues will be issued on Monday, March 5th. For the moment, the following should be noted as broad principles:
- Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League will now take place next weekend (March 10th/11th)
- The Division 1 Allianz Hurling League Quarter finals will move to the weekend of March 17th/18th, the semi-finals to the weekend of March 24th/25th and the Allianz Hurling League final to March 31st
- Round 5 of the Allianz Football League - due to be played this weekend - will move to March 10th/11th.
Any exceptions to the above will be addressed in the revised fixture programme to be issued on Monday.
Bearnard MacGabhann 
Daingneáin Náisiúnta agus Riarthóir Tionscadail 

New Referree Course

New referee course that will take place on Thursday 1st March, Monday 5th March, Tuesday 13th March in Ballinakill Center of Excellence from 8pm - 10pm for the three nights. Could all clubs actively recruit new referees over the age of 18  at this is a full GAA Referee Course. With an increased games programme in 2018 we need New Referees to support this programme we are targeting, Current Players, Past Players, Coaches and any person with an interest in the GAA. Names can either be sent to Donal O Keeffe Referee Administrator 086-8219941 or myself  ASAP. We want all clubs to promote this New Referee Course on all Social medial outlets, Facebook, Twitter, website, etc.. 

and if group text can be sent out to all members.. Thanks in advance and lets all make a big effort in recruiting new Referees 

Is mise le meas, Aodh Ó Cionnaoith, Bainisteoir Forbartha na gCluichí, C.L.G. Chill Mhantáin, Fón: 087 2718537

Blessington GAA Easter Camp will run on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th March 2018.

Last year was again a huge success with our highest attendance to date - 207 kids attended.


Forms will be dropped into schools before Midterm break. . REGISTER EARLY IS THE ADVISE!!

Any queries don't hesitate to contact Jess Brennan 0868602822. 

Blessington GAA Award Winners 2017

 - Ladies Young Player of the Year received the Jimmy Hughes Shield presented by Barry Hamilton - Mallaidh Behan 
 - Men's Young Player of the Year received the Jimmy Keogh medal presented by Anne Richardson - Patrick O'Connor
 - Junior Men’s Player of the Year received the Robert Hennessy trophy. Presented by Helen Hennessy - Ciaran Mescall
 - Ladies Players Player of the Year received the Jess Carroll and Maura Reid trophy presented by Maura Reid- Cara Hennessy 
 - Ladies Senior Player of the Year received the Teresa Sargent shield presented by Paddy Sargent - Emma Reid
 - Senior Player of the Year received the Ray Daniels trophy presented by Jonathan Daniels (on Rays 10th anniversary year) - Steven  Bohan
 - Club Person of the Year presented by John Williamson - Kevin Dooley
 - Mick Curran Hall of Fame award presented by Michael Curran Jnr - Gerry McIntyre

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9 Feb 2018, 14:24