Blessington GAA Club Notes

February 12, 2018

Pitches - Unfortunately due to the weather our pitches will remain closed until at least next weekend.


County - Hard luck to our hurlers today who lost out to Longford by the minimum in the Kehoe Cup Final 0-11 to 0-10. They meet Donegal in Aughrim on Sun 8 Feb at 1pm in the league. Our footballers drew with Antrim in Corrigan Park 0-12 a piece.


County Ladies - The ladies are having a tough time at the moment trying to get a game as the Lidl Div 4 ladies NFL Wicklow v Limerick was postponed due to heavy fall of snow in Limerick on Sun 11 Feb.   


Seniors - Opening match in the league away v Hollywood on Sat 17 Feb at 4pm.


Junior C - Opening match in the league away v Kilbride on Sun 18 Feb at 11am.


Blessington GAA Ladies - Many thanks to all who supported our Ladies Bag Pack on Friday & Saturday. Big thanks to Kenny's Supervalu Blessington as always for allowing us to collect.


A massive congrats goes to NIAMH CULLEN who has been selected as vice-captain for the girls county U16 team. Well done Niamh. We would also like to congratulate all 12 of our girls who are representing their club on U14, 16, Minor and Intermediate panels this year. The girls are Sarah Murphy, Alana Carroll and Bryana Reid on the U14 team. Niamh Cullen, Erin King, Anna Vasiljeva and Ellie McKeever on the U16 team. Nicole Walsh, Sophie Cronin and Aoife Richardson on the Minor team and last, but not least, Kim Connors and Shona O'Connor leading by example and flying the flag for our girls on the Intermediate team. Well done girls and best of luck for the season.


Good luck to the ladies and management taking part in the Páidi Ó Sé tournament 16 - 18 Feb. Sat16 - Rd 1 v Naomh Abán, Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork 11am in Mounthawk School, Tralee. Rd 2 v Gowna, Cavan at same venue 12.30am.


Club physio - Physio starts on Wed 14 Feb at 7pm. Contact Pat Molloy regarding any enquiries on 0868230130. Players training on the night will have priority.


Club registration night - Please put Tues 20 Feb into your diary as this is the Clubs registration night. It will take place in the clubhouse from 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Fees remain the same as 2017. All players (juvenile and adult), coaches, committee members, parents, non-players etc must register on the night. More information regarding fees can be found on the club+ website and Facebook page.


U17 - The U17 management will meet with the team at the clubhouse on Fri 16 Feb at 7.30pm. There will be a light training session on the astro on Sun 18 Feb. Time TBC. Management will be in contact with the parents of the players also beforehand.


Leinster GAA Cross County U15 league - Blessington were due to play Roundtowers on Sat 10 Feb but they pulled out giving Blessington a walk over. Blessington played Sallins on Sat 10 Feb in a very competitive drawn match that was tight all the way through. Next up is away v Donaghmore/Ashbourne 1 on Sat 24 Feb. Time TBC.


U14 &15 Boys - The lads started training on the Astro in early January. The lads have played week 4 of a 9 aside astro league with two weeks against Ballymore, Eadestown, Kill and St Kevin's. A super competitive league with Blessington fielding 2 teams. The early year turn out has been fantastic with over 25 players turning up at each session with 31 different players attending. 


Hurling -  Age 5 to 9. In the Community College commenced on Wed 6pm 24 January - 22 Feb 2018 . €3 per session.

Contact Sean Dempsey for info 0861085879.


Easter Camp 18 - Blessington GAA Easter Camp will run on Mon 26 & Tue 27 Mar 2018. Last year was again a huge success with our highest attendance to date - 207 kids attended. THIS YEAR ALL KIDS WILL RECEIVE TOP OF THE RANGE CRESTED GLOVES. Forms will be dropped into schools before Midterm break. . REGISTER EARLY IS THE ADVISE!! Any queries don't hesitate to contact Jess Brennan 0868602822.

Coach training - E-Learning Foundation Football on 17 Feb in Baltinglass 10am - 2pm. Hurling Nursery 4-6 Workshop 23 Feb in Stratford 7.30pm - 9pm. Award 1 Youth/Adult Football 8 March in Dunlavin 7.30pm - 10pm. To book contact Paul Garrigan GDA 083436680.


Lotto -  Blessington GAA Lotto jackpot €2000. Next draw on 13 Feb in Bealins.  Tickets available in shops and pubs in the town and committee members. Don't miss a draw again and sign up for Direct Debit. Contact Noelle McGarr 0877460327 or Arthur Hennessy for details 087 2396157. Remember you can also play online at

Scór Sinsear - Blessington GAA are looking for competitors to take to the stage and show their talents in a variety of disciplines which include Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation/Storytelling, Instrumental Music, Léiriú (drama), Ballad Group and Set Dancing. If music or dancing isn't your forte, then perhaps the table quiz which follows might interest you. We are looking for members to form a team of 4 to represent different sections within the club to take part e.g. senior men, senior ladies, juniors, hurling, G4M, juveniles etc. Blessington GAA have not participated at this level in years so please support this effort by the club to revitalise our interest again. We used to have a very healthy appetite for it years ago. Let's show off our talents and our general knowledge. It is free to participate. 

Scór Sinsear and Scór na nÓg (for under 17s) have been organised by the GAA since 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland's culture while offering members of the association the chance to represent their club in a variety of disciplines. Blessington GAA hosted Scor na nOg for the first time ever in Dec 2017 and 5 young lads represented themselves, families, club and county brilliantly in the Leinster Finals in Jan 2018.

If anyone is interested in pulling together a team for the quiz or take part in any of the other disciplines, please contact Noreen 0872858375 or Catherine 0871224019. Blessington GAA hope to host this event on the weekend of 24/25 Feb. Further updates on Facebook and on our website.


Leinster Senior Schools Championship - Naas CBS are through to the Semi Final of the Leinster A Championship on Sat 17 Feb vs Colaiste Eoin, Dublin in Blessington GAA at 2.00. Blessington GAA players are Conal O' Gallchobhair, Jordan McGarr and Ethan Cotter.Good luck to all.

Sympathies - One of Blessington GAA former members Mick Doran passed away on 6 Feb 2018. Mick was goalie on our 1974 championship winning team. Mick also served as Secretary of the club around that time. Condolences to his wife Nuala and family. At dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Blessington GAA Jackets are on sale for €30. With the season ready to kick off stay warm at training/matches with these great quality club coats. Sizes in stock are Adult M, L and XL. Kids sizes can be order if required. 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. 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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