Blessington GAA Club Notes

February 26, 2018

County - Hard luck to the hurlers who lost to Mayo in Ballina (Mayo 1-22 Wicklow 2-16). The footballers also lost out to Laois (Wicklow 0-10 Laois 1-16) at home in Joule Park, Aughrim on Sun 25 Feb. AFL Sat 3 Mar Rd 5 away v Carlow. Sun 4 Mar AHL Rd 5 Wicklow at home v Derry.


County Ladies - Well done to the Wicklow ladies who had another great win against Antrim in An Tochar (Wicklow 3-16 Antrim 1-03) on 25 Feb. Well done to our own club ladies Kim and Shona (inj). Next up for the unstoppable ladies is away v Carlow on Sun 4 Mar at 2pm.


Seniors -The senior team despite a slow start led Baltinglass by a point at half time at home on Sat 24 Feb in Division 1 of the league and went to win in the end 4-12 to 1-13 Anto Mc Loughlin at full forward was man of the match in an overall very good team performance. It was great to see that our young substitute Jack Cotter making his senior debut was ok after the game having been subject to a cowardly off the ball blow from a senior Baltinglass back late in the game. The club was delighted to welcome back Wayne Callaghan after his travels overseas. Team - Stephen Kitt, Barry Murphy, Caolan McGorman, Jack Gilligan, Stephen Bohan, Kevin Hanlon (0.2), KJ Rodgers, Gavin Murray (1.0), Paul McLoughlin (0.1), Martin Shannon, Michael Nugent, Michael Mc Loughlin (0.2), Curtis Geraghty (0.3), Anto Mc Loughlin (3.3), Michael O Connor (0.1). Subs Peter Manning, Wayne Callaghan, Patrick O Connor, Jack Cotter. Next up on Sun 4 Mar the seniors are away v Kiltegan at 11am.


Junior C - The lads didn't have a good day at the office in the football league at home v St Patrick's Kilcoole on Sun 25 Feb.  Blessington 0-04 St Patrick's Kilcoole 3-10. Next up the Juniors are away v Enniskerry on Sat 3 Marat 3pm. Team: B Behan, B Foster, C Walsh, P O'Reilly, G Farrell, A Curran, J Cotter, J Kearns, D Sarkauskas, K McGovern, C Mescall, B Bohan, S Carroll, C Devlin (0-01), S Mescall. Subs - E Boylan (0-03 f), E Howlin, E Higgins, D Behan, P Nolan, F Hennessy.


Ladies - Congrats to Sarah Murphy who was named Captain of the Wicklow U14 girls. Well done Sarah.


Club physio - Physio up in the club house on Wed at 7pm. Contact Pat Molloy regarding any enquiries on 0868230130. Players training on the night will have priority.


Academy -Our academy returns on Sat 3 Mar at 10am.


U14 and U15 - Sat 24 Feb 6 of our lads took part in a tough U14 Wicklow training session and then played their first U14 pre Féile prep game against a very strong Sarsfields team. Sarsfield dominated the first half, but our lads picked it up in the 2nd half. We have a good squad of players for Féile. It was good to get a game under the belt but a tough first game.


Blessington played Ballymore in the final round of the 10 aside astro league. Slow start but the lads picked it up for the last 2/3's. Good effort and another good astro league game. Final on the 11 Mar.


Parents Meeting Wed 28th Feb.  8pm in Clubhouse.


U17's - First match Sun 4 March at home v Clan na Gael. Time TBC.


Kildare Spring Football League - The league will commence from 10 Mar for U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, and U12.


Kildare Spring Hurling League - The league will commence for the U8's on Apr 8.


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 - Award 1 Youth/Adult Football 8 March in Dunlavin 7.30pm - 10pm. To book contact Paul Garrigan GDA 083436680.


Adult Referee Course - The first night of Wicklow New Referee Course will taking place this Thurs 1 Mar in Ballinakill and follow up sessions on Mon 5 Mar and Tue 13 Mar 8.00pm - 10.00pm. Donal O Keeffe Referee administrator can be contacted on 086-8219941 [email protected]


Lotto -  No winner of €2000 jackpot 13 Feb 2018. No match 3 winners. €300 Will be carried over to next draw which will be held in Bealins on Tues 27 Feb. Jackpot €2200. 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 hosted the Scór Sinsear County performance and quiz on Sat 24 Feb in St Kevin's Hall. Clubs who participated were Blessington, Ballymanus and Hollywood. It was disappointing that there were only 3 clubs from all of Co Wicklow who turned up on the night Perhaps the numbers will improve for next year. It was an entertaining evening. Thanks to Pat Molloy who performed his "Fear an Tí" duties with gusto, Ivan Smith who is always there for us with sound, Mary O'Loughlin and Sandra Behan who performed the most important duty of keeping the soldiers fed and foddered, Phyllis Hamilton for photos and to Catherine and Noreen for organising. Kathyrn Noone, Chair of Wicklow Scor was very impressed with the talent on the night. Going forward to represent Wicklow in the semi-finals on 4 March in The Downs, Co Westmeath are: Solo singing - Chris Walsh Blessington GAA. Recitation - Sile Ni Neachtain Blessington GAA. Ballad group - AGB GAA (Geraldine, Mary & Kathryn). Well done to Ballymanus GAA who won the Scor quiz beating Blessington GAA by 2 pts. They will now travel to Sligo on 14 Apr to represent Wicklow in the Scor Sinsear national final. Well done all and good luck. Updates will be on our Facebook page.

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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