Blessington club notes

April 03, 2018

Lotto - No winner of €2600 jackpot 24 Mar. 2 winners matched 3 numbers and win €150 each. Gerry Devlin and Ella and Leah Richardson c/o Mark/Michelle. Next draw West Wicklow House 10 Apr. Jackpot €2800. Thanks for support. 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


Wicklow Ladies - Well done to the ladies who finish top of the Lidl Ladies National Football League with 7 wins from 7 games after completing the perfect league campaign with a win over Louth today. They will be looking for support in 3 weeks' time for the league semi-final. Louth 0-07 Wicklow 0-12. Congrats to management and team especially our club girls Kim Connors and Shona O'Connor.


Div 1- Div 1 football league 1 Apr at home v St Patrick's. A win for the visitors 0-5 - 1-06. Blesso scorers...Michael Mc Loughlin 0.2 (1 free) Brian Carroll (0.1) KJ Rodgers (0.1) and Paul Mc Loughlin 0.1 45. Next up is away v Dunlavin on 7 Apr at 5pm.


Div 3 - Well done to the Jun C team who had a good win over Newcastle at home on 31 Mar. Blessington 1-20 Newcastle 1-07. Stephen Carroll 0.6 Sean Mescall 1.2 Eoin Higgins 0.4 Ciaran Mescall 0.2 and one point each for Jack Cotter, Aaron Curran, Bradley Foster, David Behan, Glen Farrell and Alan Ellis.


Minors - Well done to our Minors who had their first game finally in the league v Michael Dwyer on Wed 28 Mar in Strafford. Thanks to some of the U15's who played on the night. The lads had a great start to their league and next up is Derry Gaels on Mon 2 Apr at home 6.30pm and on Mon Apr 9 at home v Bray at 7.15pm.


U13 & U14 - U13's and U14's Feile team played V St Nicks and St. Kevin's on Fri 30 Mar in Hollywood. It was a very close game with St Nicks winning it in the last 5 mins. A good performance by all. Blesso played St Kevin's in the 2nd game and came away with a 2-point win in a competitive game. Thurs 5 Mar: U13's & U14's final preparation training for Feile 7pm to 8:15. Sat 7 & Sun 8 Apr Feile Competition in Ballinakill at 12pm.


U14 & U15 - Wed 4 Apr at 8pm U15's first round of the league away V St Nicks in Donard.


U12's/U13's - Well done to the U12's and U13's on Thur 29 Mar in their match in the cross county league semi-final v St Fechins (Louth). Level at half time. Level at full time. Level at half time of extra time and in practical darkness St Fechins got the winning score. Despite peppering their goal for the last few mins we couldn't break through. Couldn't pick a man of the match. They were all great in really tough conditions. A really exciting night of quality football and a big thank you to the ladies in the clubhouse. The tea was just the ticket!


U11's - Training Wed night for all U11 players 2007/2008 kids 18.30 to 19.45. U11 Wicklow league starts Wed Apr 4 so important kids attend training sessions. NKB at home v Clane 2 on Sat 7 Apr at 4.30pm.


U9's -NKB U9's away v Ardclough at 3.30pm on Sat 7 Apr.


U7's - Training on Mon 6.30pm - 7.30pm. NKB U7 Purple v St Edwards. U7 Orange v St Edwards at 2.30pm Sat 7 Mar.


Senior Ladies - Great start for our Ladies in Dublin League on 28 Mar with a win against Foxrock/Cabinteely B. Score 4-15 to 3-06. Big well done to Niamh Cullen and Anna Vas with excellent performances on their senior debut. Second league game next Wed 4 Apr away to Kilmacud Crokes at 6.30pm. Wicklow league against ABG at home on Sun 7 Apr. time TBC.


U14 girls County - Wicklow U14 Ladies Challenge Match on Sat 24 March. Blessington GAA Captain Sarah Murphy led her team to a win over Carlow. Wicklow 5-09 Carlow 4-07.


Club physio - Contact Pat Molloy regarding any enquiries/emergencies on 0868230130.


Hurling - NKB U8's away v Maynooth on Sun 8 Apr at 10.30am.  Feile Hurling Blitz in Ballinakill on Sun 8 Apr.


Easter Camp 18 - What a fantastic two days. Another massive success - our biggest attendance to date (54 more kids than last year!). 258 girls and boys enjoyed every minute of the action packed couple of days. From academy age right up to 6th Class there was endless GAA fun & skills. The weather on Day 1 faired out better than Day 2 but that didn't stop any of the young footballers and their buddies! Every child received a lovely pair of crested gloves. We had our Presentations & big group photo taken at the end of the Camp.

We say a huge thank you to all 30 coaches for giving up some of their midterm break and they all did a wonderful job. They are a credit to our Club and it's brilliant to see the kids looking up to them and taking their guidance on board. Our coaches for 2018 were Sean Mescall, Ciaran Mescall, Niamh Cullen, Patrick O'Connor, Jonathan Daniels, Kim Connors, Olivia Kinsella, Emma Reid, Orla Doyle, Conor Richardson, David Phibbs, Eoin Higgins, Sophie Cronin, Mallaidh Behan, Nicole Walsh, David Williamson, James Mulligan, Daniel Keogh, Sarah O'Kelly, Craig Maguire, Aoife Richardson, Brian Bohan, Sara Bohan, Shauna Byrne, Maura Reid, Moya Richardson, Robbie Richardson, Kevin Quinn and Coach of the Camp Barry Finan. Academy Girl of the camp was Emma Vickers. Academy Boy of the camp was Brogin O'Driscoll. Young Girl of the camp was Leah Richardson. Young Boy of the camp was Liam Richardson. Senior Girl of the camp was Sadhbh Fisher. Senior Boy of the camp was Dylan Keogh.

Thanks a mill to the following: Julie and Alan Connors for the lovely lunches both days, Ross O'Duffy for the mooju milk for every child, Ronan from Scott's Jewellers for sponsoring the trophies, our registrars Michelle Richardson, Sinead Johnston, Lynn McMahon and Lisa Jackson. Thanks as always to John Magee for having the grounds in order for us. Many thanks to the school secretaries for their work in collecting Reg Forms, as there were quite a volume of them it made our life easier using the school offices.

To Sean Dempsey well done on keeping all the gear and equipment in order, you have been a super help thanks again...we'll get that pint in some time!!!! I have had the best (but busy) time organising this event for the last 4 years but it's time for a break so I happily bow out after seeing all those smiling enthusiastic faces leave the pitch today! Thanks to Barry and Phyllis Hamilton for pictures. Look out for photos in the Wicklow people. Jess Brennan.


Cul Camp Coaching Application Form 2018 is available on our website. The closing date for applications is Friday May 4th. Applicants must be over 18 before the Camps begin on July 2nd. Applications can be posted to Garrett Doyle, Wicklow GAA Cúl Camp Coordinator, Wicklow GAA Centre of Excellence,
Ballinakill, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow. or emailed to [email protected]


CPR/AED training - Well done to all who attended the CPR/AED training today in the clubhouse. Niamh Milligan, Damian Flanagan, Sinead Johnston, Michelle Richardson, Tony Pender, Tom Fisher, Elaine Duffy, Roisin Duffy, Graham Keogh and Kevin Dooley. Special thanks to Simon and Martin from Blessington Community First Responder Unit who provided this vital training.

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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