Scór na nÓg County Finals
We travelled to Ballymore on Sunday to support our three acts in this years finals - Jemma Seery in Solo Singing, Shane King in Recitation and our Instrumental Music group made up of Emma O'Brien, Ellen Daly, Anne Reynolds, Sean and Rose Macken. Before the finals kicked off, Hugo Slevin paid a lovely tribute to Rose Longworth and Carmel Doherty both of whom sadly passed away recently. Both were lifetime supporters and organisers of Scór while Carmel was mother to Olive Leonard and Catherine Daly who are involved in Westmeath Scór and we send our deepest sympathy to both sets of families at this sad time. May they Rest in Peace. This years Scór has seen a huge uptake in clubs taking part and therefore the standard of all acts that made it through to Sundays finals was very high. Our acts took to the stage and they all performed brilliantly on the day. Jemma sang a lovely ballad called "The Banks of Kilrea", Shane had the audience engrossed with his witty and lively recitation called "The day I scored the winning goal" while our musicians played two beautiful pieces, a jig called "The Rose and the Heather" and a reel called "Fr. Kelly's Reel". In truth, they were all wonderful on the stage and we are all very proud of them. The judges, from Armagh and Down, surely had plenty of hard decisions to make after each category. In the end when the results were announced, Ballinagore's Jemma Seery was announced as county champion in Solo Singing. Unfortunately for Shane and our instrumental music group, we didn't qualify this year. However both have youth on their side, they received very positive feedback from the judges and we're sure they will be back to challenge even harder again next year. We send our congratulations to the other category winners on the evening. Jemma, along with the other Westmeath representatives, now take part in the Leinster semi-final which takes place in Oldcastle, Co. Meath next Saturday. We wish them the very best of luck! We want to thank all the parents and everyone who helped to prepare the kids for Scór this year.
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM took place last Friday evening in front of a small attendance. It is a pity that our AGM didn't get a bigger turnout as great effort goes into the various addresses and this year didn’t disappoint on that front. Couple that with the lively debate on a range of topics relevant to the club and we ended up with a interesting meeting that concluded just in time for all to be home in time for the toy show! Secretary, Mark King, gave a very detailed account of club activities for the year with highlights such as our three county titles in Scór, our commemoration and dedication of our gym to Eoin Miller, our All Ireland success in rounders, facilities upgrades to away dressing rooms and water amongst others. The obvious lowlight of our intermediate team suffering relegation to the junior tier for 2019 was counter balanced by the fact that manager Ray Sheridan will lead the team again next year which is a very promising outcome and Mark looked forward to a return to good results in the new year. Treasurer, Sean Delaney, presented a very detailed account of club finances for the year and he thanked everyone who supported the club through our various fundraising efforts. Sean also expressed thanks to registrar, Darren Rigney, who put in a great effort which has seen our club membership continue to grow again this year and this has had a very positive impact our our operational finances. Shane Heraty gave a detailed report on the Scór and Rounders arms of our club, both of which are continuing to grow from strength to strength. Our involvement and success in Scór na nÓg is very welcome news with the influx of help from parents a major contributing factor acknowledged. Our Rounders side had a very successful year which saw them win the All Ireland Junior Title along with a second All Star award going this time to Enda Claffey. The All Ireland win is a significant achievement especially when you are playing against established teams from all around the country. Martin McCann presented a report on our Club Lotto which continues to be a mainstay of club funding. It goes without saying that all members should participate and support our weekly lotto and there was widespread agreement that we should look to expand our existing support base. Liam McDaniels, as juvenile club secretary, reported on underage activities and, in particular, noted the great work being carried out at the younger age groups and also the achievements of our U12 (Shield Winners), U14 (League winners, All Ireland Feile semi-finalists, Championship semi-finalists) and U16 Championship winning teams of this year. Liam then donned his club chairmans hat for his keynote address. He highlighted the great work taking place in the club at each level and thanked everyone involved. Liam recalled a number of achievements during the year and highlighted the background efforts that goes into each and every aspect of our club. He thanked his committee and also paid tribute to Martin and Steph McCann for their great efforts in running the club lotto. Liam rounded off his address with a positive look forward to what will be hopefully a successful year for our club in 2019. The following committee were elected: Chairman: Liam McDaniel; Vice Chairman: Kevin Deegan; Treasurer: Sean Delaney; Vice Treasurer: Jerome Robinson; Secretary: Mark King; Asst Secretary: TBC; Registrar: Darren Rigney; Welfare Officer: Gerry Claffey; Irish Language Officer: Kieran Deegan; Player Officer: TBC; Culture Officer: Shane Heraty; PRO: Paul Seery.
Our Annual Table Quiz takes place this Friday 7th December in Wallace's Bar and Lounge, Dalystown. This is our final fundraiser event of the year so we hope to see a large turnout of players and members on the night.
Lilliput Gaels AGM
Our juvenile club AGM takes place on Thursday, 13th December in Castletown Geoghegan clubhouse at 8pm. It's very important that all parents, mentors and those who take an interest in the youth development of our club attend this meeting.
Last weeks winning numbers were 4, 8, 23 and 25. We had two match 3 winners in Jemma Seery and Rachel Ennis - well done girls!. Next weeks jackpot stands at a whopping €10,500. Please support our weekly lotto for just €2 each week.
Fitness Classes and Walking Track Lights
Our fitness classes continue on Mondays (19:00 - BodyTone) and Wednesdays (19:00 Zumba, 20:00 Yogalates). Feel free to join in the fun. Meanwhile, our lights are on between 7pm and 9.30pm on Tuesday and Friday evenings for members who want to get out and active.
Blessing of the Crib in Ballinagore
Ballinagore Tidy Towns are holding the blessing of the crib and the switching on of the lights on the Christmas Tree on Sunday, 16th December at 2pm. Baubles are available for the tree for family members, friends, wishes and loved ones now deceased. Please contact Brigid O’Brien if you wish to have a bauble engraved. Refreshments will be served on the day. All are welcome.
Best of Luck
We want to send our best wishes to St. Brigid's, Croghan who are playing in the Leinster Junior Football Club Final at the weekend.
Club Gear for Christmas
If you're looking for Christmas present ideas, why not check out our club shop on the O'Neill's website where you can select from a full range of club leisure wear.