On the men's football fixtures, there are three relegation games on over the weekend. The senior footballers play St. Sylvester's on SUNDAY in Park Ui Murchu (Ballyboden) at 4pm. Support is very much welcome. A win will secure them in Senior 1 next year. They will face Na Fianna next weekend in the league. Our Junior B and Junior C teams are also both in relegation games at home on Sunday.
Unbeaten in the B Championship group, our Minor Hurlers are into the QF and play at home vs. Ballinteer St. Johns.
Our Ladies Football team beat St. Brendan's last night in their Cup semi final to set up a final vs. Shankill next Sunday (20th). The Senior Camogie team are playing Naomh Mearnog this Sunday at 10am in their Senior 2 Championship. Both teams have had a great year and best wishes to them both this week. Below is the Camogie team at their bonding day last week and the Ladies Football team after their win last night.
Lots of home games, so please get out and support our teams this weekend!
We are an Official GAA Healthy Club !!!
Last Saturday, at the 2019 Healthy Clubs Conference in Croke Park, the club were officially recognised as one of 84 GAA clubs across 32 counties who completed Phase 3 of the ‘Healthy Clubs’ Project.
The Healthy Club Project, proudly supported by Irish Life and Healthy Ireland, has grown from a small pilot in 2013 involving just 16 clubs to nationwide movement involving 150 clubs to date (multiples in each county).
Trish Maher, Healthy Club Officer was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the Club. Becoming an 'Healthy Club' is a result of many initiatives undertaken by the club in recent years including:
- Operation Transformation (fitness classes, walks and couch to 5k);
- Supporting Darkness into Light;
- Mind Matters events.
Trish paid tribute to the Healthy Club Committee members who have worked really hard to get this accreditation for the club, including:
- Martina Carroll;
- Grainne O'Connell;
- Lorraine McCormack;
- Cathy Harrison;
- Dolores Madigan;
- Mick Finn;
- Allan Clarke;
- Jim O'Connell;
- Charlotte McLoughlin; and
- John McLoughlin
As always, new members are welcome and we have some vacancies to fill with the departure of Charlotte & John to Leitrim. We would love to hear from new members living in the community - you won't regret getting involved!!
For more details on the Plunketts Healthy Club activities, please see the Plunketts website: https://www.plunketts.ie/gaahealthyclub
Some quotes from the 2019 Healthy Club Conference:
An Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to the 84 clubs that received official recognition as Healthy Clubs at the conference. The work they have undertaken over the course of their journey has been a credit to the Association. I also urge other clubs to attend and get involved in the Healthy Club Project. It helps the GAA live up to the values of its new manifesto: ‘Where We All Belong’. This exciting work couldn’t happen without our partners Irish Life and Healthy Ireland and I want to acknowledge their continued support for the project.”
David Harney, CEO, Irish Life said: “We are passionate at Irish Life about helping people build better futures. Working together with the GAA through the Healthy Clubs project, we want to bring information on health to every community in Ireland. The Healthy Clubs initiative brings information to people in a unique and empowering way. Similar to our new Irish Life MyLife app, this is about providing people with the knowledge to live a healthier lifestyle and to help people understand their own personal health.”
Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D., said: “The Healthy Clubs project is a great example of how health and wellbeing can be encouraged and promoted at local level in communities. Healthy Ireland is very happy to support the GAA in this and I would like to join Uachtarán Horan in congratulating the 84 clubs who will now be recognised as Healthy Clubs. I also want to wish the Association every success in its plans to recruit a further 150 clubs to join this project.”