Christmas Tree Sale
Christmas trees will be for sale from 10am until noon tomorrow Saturday December 10th at the main club entrance.
This is a club fundraiser for next year's Féile hurling teams.
Please support the boys of '98.
Halloween Fun In the Nursery – Pink Fairies, Scary Chairman,
Mammy Mummied and Bloodied Cameraman.
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Weather conditions had a major impact resulting in postponement of fixtures over weekend. The result was a concentration on social activities in the Club.
Buíochas go raibh an aimsir go deas ar maidin dé sathran- the nursery was in fine form with attendance levels almost back to normal at the end of primary school midterm. Halloween fancy dress and games were engaged in. The young stars had a ball in the Zombie race, Witches Hat catches and by making Mummies of Mammies!!!
An duais don outfit is fearr do Feargal – Rí na Síog í ban dearg.
Club Camogs in weekend action
The senior camógs were in fine flying form on Saturday night at the Halloween Ball -resplendent in fancy dress - they were sporting a different look from the team that took on Raheny in Mobhi Road on Saturday afternoon. They extend their thanks to all those who supported the night – bhí breis is 115 ag an coisir – a great turn out - bhí siad sasta leis an suim airgead a rinne siad air. Comghairdeas do Maria O’Sullivan and all the gang who organised such a great night – no reports were related re after ball activities in McGowans---hmmmmmm!
Good News for Na Fianna from Vodafone
www.supportyourgaaclub.ie attention all business users:
Vodafone have now confirmed that some business users are eligible to sign up to www.supportyourgaaclub.ie where your club will receive 5% of your monthly bill. This offer is open to “Perfect Choice, 50/100/200/400/600”, “Perfect Choice 100-600” & “Vodafone Simply”.
You do not have to be a member to support Na Fianna, so ask grandparents, aunties, work colleagues etc. If you switch to Vodafone, the Club gets an extra €5 plus the ongoing 5%. This is a great win win opportunity -you and your family and friends can support the club at no direct cost.
Just log on and register. Alternatively if you are not sure of the package you are on you can email Ciara May on email@example.com or phone on 0863280085 and she will contact our vodafone rep directly.
Twenty Seven years and still “game ball” for county titles
Comghairedeas do Prionsias Ó Dalaigh, (Frank Daly) na Fianna and handball stalwart who
played his last senior championship game for the club last Tuesday, winning the senior 40x20 county doubles title, partnering our own World Champion Egin Jensen.
As you can only play two grades of championship in Dublin, Frank is now limited to playing over 40 and over 50 which means he cannot play senior as well. He has played senior handball since 1982 which is 27 years at top grade in Dublin. He has won many senior leagues and senior championships in both courts and in 2007 won a Leinster Senior Club 60x30 title. We wish him well in his over age handball.
Cooking up a result
Off the pitch another Club man, Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, is making headlines - appearing in full colour in the Irish Times and on Radio na Gaeltachta to celebrate being awarded Ireland’s first PhD in food history. Maith Thú a Mhairtín – when not researching the PhD or cooking, Mairtín coaches the under 12 girls. They had a fine camogie victory over Vincents this weekend in a challenge match. We hear celebrations are planned to mark the award shortly – Tá muid ag súil go mór leis.
Na Fianna Team in Croke Park Sunday
We were proudly represented in Croke Park, on Sunday to mark the official 125th anniversary of the founding of the GAA by our young performers – Dancers and soloist Muireann Gleeson – Maith sibh – sé an sceal ná go rinne sibh eacht.
The club extends it’s sympathy to Under 10 hurling mentor - Eugene McHugh – on the recent loss of his mother -Dolly (Elizabeth) – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
This weeks dates for you diary
Juvenile meeting occurs in Club house this Wednesday – a representative of each juvenile team is requested to attend.
Wednesday night is the Club heat for this years Scór na n-óg - the national cultural competition – all singers dancers and performers are welcome to come along – do a short song a recitation or a novelty act – 7pm Wednesday – Tuilleadh eolas Ann Ryan
A call to support the under 16 hurlers who are arranging a quiz night this Thursday to raise funds for their planned trip to Zambia next year – all welcome - Tuilleadh eolas – Anne O Dea
Club cards 25’s are back - arranged by Bob Courtney from 9pm in members bar
Big weekend -Next Weekend
Remember Minor Football finals next Sunday - O’Toole Park from 12 midday Get the colours ready.
Halloween Celebrations Commence
On Field Activities
This Sunday in Mobhi Road our senior footballers face Ballymun Kickams in Mobhi Road at 11am followed by Juniors who take on Ballyboden at 12.30.
Under 12 camogs play a challenge match with St Vincents at 3pm Saturday.
Next weekend is scheduled to be a busy one when the under 21 football championship kicks in, two minor football finals in O’Toole park and the refixed relegation play off with Cuala for the Senior hurlers.
Important News for Clubs Mobile Phone users
Vodafone – in a recent meeting with Anne Foley and Ciara May have advised us that a number of business accounts qualify for the support your club scheme. This is very important news as accounts with up to ten phones can be signed up to the scheme which will mean that 5% of their existing bills will be donated directly to the club.
So now along with your personal account if you operate a business account you can arrange to sign up to the scheme. For the small effort on the account holders part there is a regular return for the club – for assistance or info please contact Ciara May in the office and she’ll look after the rest. Cabhraigh linn le do thoil. Tá sé ann tabhachtach don club.
Halloween Celebrations dominate weekend activity
The weekend activities around the club this weekend focus as much on Social events as much as on field activity.
Tonight the Juvenile Disco takes place downstairs in the Halla with over 300 juveniles turned out in their disco finest it’s not for the faint hearted. Tá an job deanta ag coiste an Disco ag obair faoi struriú ár rúnaí Jim Aughney. Deanann siad sar obair go ciúin. Wednesday nights queue for tickets was a sight to behold as the adult participants of the Salsa Class upstairs had to battle through an excited bunch of teenagers behind crowd control barriers to make their way to the clubhouse!
Upstairs in more sedate surroundings– the change of the clock heralds the return of card night in the members bars – 25s start at 9.30 agus tá fáilte roimh gach duine.
For those who survive the Friday night socialising or those who don’t get out – the Nursery starts at 9.30 sharp on Saturday morning. Be up early because to ward away the spirits it will be fancy dress time from 9.30. All the children are encouraged to come in fancy dress and for the mentors – well – we’ve been told it’s mandatory.
We’ve heard Lesley mentor of the under seven’s has booked her costume a week ago. Bheidh camera nó dhó le feiceal timpeall na h-aithe – so don’t be shy. It should be great fun. Halloween games and fun for all who turn up is the aim.
On Saturday the Club is proud to be represented in Croke Park for the official 125 celebration by our group from last years scor – there is a day of celebration planned in Croke park in the Museum where our group will provide entertainment.
Stadium tours will be available free of charge but need to be prebooked with the museum. Beidh Ann Ryan ag obair ann ar feadh an lae – maith thú Áine.
Ar an óiche fhéin - the Senior Camogie team have arranged the Halloween Ball upstairs in the Mobhí suite – the Dublin camogie team are scheduled to appear but recognising them in fancy dress could be a challenge. There are a number of eligible club members who have expressed an interest in taking on this task anyone wishing to join in can purchase tickets at the bar which include a concession for after Ball festivities in McGowans.
On Sunday Scór na nÓg club heats take place in the club house at 7pm – all talented musicans , dancers, actors and performers are very welcome. Tá fáilte roimh cach.
Na Fianna’s under 16’s launch African campaign
Fresh from their superb victory in the A Shield Final about 9 of the lads from our U16 hurlers - along with their mentors Pat Fanning (also Senior Hurling Manager) and Colum Meleady - are heading to Zambia next July for 2 weeks. They will be putting the 'painting touches' to a school that is being built out there early next year, working in a hospice and clinic, working with street children as well as doing 'altitude training' for next year's minor hurling champo!
To kick off their campaign they are hosting a table quiz on Thursday 5th November .This is the first of several fund-raising events that they will be organising. Any money raised will go towards bringing supplies out with them for school/hospital etc. They are also hoping to raise enough to be able to have a well drilled out there. This costs in the region of $5,000 but would improve the quality of life greatly.
Tuilleadh Eolas – Anne O Dea
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- Gift vouchers are now available from the shop and bar an ideal birthday / Christmas present.
- Bar food menu starting on 7th November 5pm-8.30pm.
- Big club night on 14th November for Ireland V France, club will be decorated and bar food menu will be running!!
- A 7 a side tournament being arranged for St. Stephen's Day! Anyone interested in summiting a team to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0863280085.
Job opportunity – see Camogie.ie
Communications and Marketing Director
Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael (The Camogie Association) seeks an experienced and dynamic communications and marketing professional to work in its head office at Croke Park. The post holder will report to the Association's Ard Stiúrthóir. The post will be offered for an initial three year contract period.
The primary function of this position will be to develop and implement a marketing and communications strategy for Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael in line with the Association's Strategic Plan and annual business plan.
The successful candidate will have a third level qualification in communications, journalism, marketing, PR or related fields. S/he will have proven track record of at least three to five years experience in developing and executing communications and marketing activities. S/he will be a strategic thinker and planner and demonstrate an interest in women's sport and particularly in Gaelic Games.
An application form is available for download
The deadline for applications is November 11th at 5.00pm and interviews will take place on November 18th.
Beir Bua ag an deireadh seachtaine agus bain taitneamh as Féile na Shamhaine.
Major achievements for Minor Footballers,
Féile Finalists, Scary plans for Samhain
and marriage saving corrections.
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Major success for Minors
Tá deireadh le deireadh na seachtaine and good news keeps rolling from the fields of Na Fianna battles. Last year our minor footballers bridged a thirty three year gap to capture the county championship title – this year the minor sides are aiming to go one better by capturing two titles.
Last Sunday saw the A’s deliver a convincing performance to outclass Ballyboden St Enda’s at a well attended semi final in Mobhi Road. The conditions were blustery but the determination of the team, aided by strong support, overcame the elements and the opposition to qualify for the A championship final where they will be pitted against St Vincents.
Although the teams have already met in the group stages where we ran out victors the team will be taking nothing for granted. More hard work between now and then. Tá muid ag súil leis an craobh – ann lá a bheidh an.
Minor B Semi Final Success
At the same time on Sunday morning down in St Vincents the minor B side battled with Thomas Ashe in a tightly fought contest. After the help of a strong wind in the first half the barest minimum separated the sides. A stronger second half performance resulted in a five point victory for the lads.
Maith sibh – rinne sibh eacht.
The unprecedented success of our three minor sides this year is no accident and is a credit to the work of all in the juvenile section, players, mentors, supporters and delegates. Two finals now await. Beir bua!
Challenging the Minor footballers for club headlines this weekend were the under 14 Camógs. They secured three straight wins in the féile to qualify for a semi final on Saturday afternoon against Balinteer St Johns where they went on to win with a tally of 1-6 to 2-0.
On Sunday in the final St Bridgets proved the better finishers and despite creating chances in the first half we failed to convert and Bridgets secured the title despite our best efforts.
It was a great display from the girls who did us proud. Maith Sibh.
Féile Samhain ag Na Fianna – Halloween Na Fianna Style
The now world wide festival of Halloween originates from the Celts sacred place of Tlachtga, (Hill of Ward) Athboy. In Tlachtga every Samhain the first ceremonial fire of the celtic new year was lit by the druids and embers were carried in carved out turnips to light fires on the seven other hills visible from Tlachtga. (Inc Royal Tara) Only from these flames could new fires be lit. The ancient ceremony is been celebrated and re-enacted this year with a torch lit procession to Tlachtga from Athboy.
As Halloween falls this year on a Saturday there is no better way to celebrate our own ancient new year festival than with the youngest of the club in the nursery on Saturday morning.
Plans are for a fancy dress theme in the nursery with seasonal games for the younger players – mentors be warned expectations are high for your fancy dress.
Later in the evening things could be a lot scarier as the Senior Camogie Team host a Halloween Ball the club house – Fancy dress – Tickets are €12 and some are still available behind the bar. Tickets include concession to Mc Gowans for possibly even scarier events later!!
Home thoughts from Abroad
Mo buíochas do na daoine a bhí i dteagmhail ó thar lair. The newsgroup travels far and wide and we’ve had some interesting feed back from overseas – it was great to hear last week from Downey Keegan and the crew who have been keeping up to date with happenings via the news group – we look forward to the photos!
Tá muid ar fad ag súil leo a fheiceal ag an Nollaig.
Corrections and clarifications
In last weeks enuacht I mentioned a special word of thanks for all the parents who travelled with the Under 12 Camógs on their weekend away – I listed all involved but neglected to include Tony Lynch’s name in the list – particularly for the benefit of Sinead - Tony’s wife– I’m happy to correct this!
Club lotto has not been won this week and is now over €3400.
Fridays update will include under 15A shield winning side, more on the sideline call and some interesting news on Vodafone scheme extending to businesses.
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Go dtí sinn –bí curamach.
Following last weeks haul of honours – the club’s ability to astound continues.
One World Title, one under 16 football shield, a senior football league play off, a border camogie raid and August club players of the month awarded.
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World Title discovered behind Club Shop!
Last weekend our very own Egin Jensen, partnering the legendary Duxie Walsh from Kilkenny, captured the world over 40 doubles handball title in the world championship in Portland Oregon, USA last week. Comhgairdeas do Ian agus na h imireoirí uile ón gclub.
It’s a great triumph for the club and personal achievement for Egin.
The world title crowns an outstanding run including a USA over 40 doubles title, an over 35 USA national title, Senior All Ireland 60 x 30 doubles title won with Eoin Kennedy, St. Brigids and two Dublin doubles titles held with our own Frank Daly.
For those of you who have often wondered what secret activity occurs behind the grey door beside the club shop –
You now know - it’s where we store world titles.
With the addition of the new outdoor alley behind the hurling wall the handballers are encouraging all members – from beginners to old hands - to join them in the sport- by keeping fit and enjoying the game. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine ní ga ach leabhairt le Frank Daly. Juveniles train on Friday evening and on special request you may even be coached by our own World champion.
Under 16 ladies netted a Shield title in Division one – Maith sibh – photo below looks gorgeous! Disappointment for camogie U14's defeated by Ballinteer in final ach tá seans eile acu - ádh mór leo next weekend in the div 2 feile. Senior footballers great win versus Plunketts -despite Jayo’s early goal - league play off beckons. Senior Camogs secured victory versus St Judes and good win for inter footballers. Best of luck to U8's camogs in blitz in Phoenix Park next Saturday. Trials for the Dublin U14 camogie panel for 2010 next weekend.
Great wins for U14 footballers with U14A defeating Ballyboden in Div 1 and U14B beating St Peregrines in Div 4.U15s lost by a point to Cuala in Div 1.
Sweet Sixteen’s Victory
Congrats to the under Sixteen Ladies Footballers on a sweet victory over Scoil Ui Chonnail to secure the Division 1 Shield on Sunday – Well done to the girls - pictured above after their training session last Friday evening –
Following some controversy in the league meeting earlier in the year -The word on the street was that the nets of the Scoil goal were well tested on Sunday!
Bh’fearr caint leis an liathróid. Fair play go Berni Caffery agus an foireann. Bain taitneamh as an bua.
Mentors Wall Ball Training well attended
The wall ball session conducted by Tom O’Mahony, (Commercials GPO) on Friday night was well attended by approx forty of the clubs Hurling and Camogie mentors – the session was concise and to the point and the drills demonstrated will be of benefits especially over the coming winter months – Thanks and well done to Mango for organising and the under 15’s for the demo- Maith sibh.
Táin Camóg na bhFiann- Weekend border Camogie Raid
The Under Twelve Camogie team made a weekend end of season tour, deep into the heart of Fianníocht land - the Cooley and Mourne Mountains. On Saturday the team played a challenge match against St Peters in Warrenpoint (Manus’s old club) and banqueted back in the clubhouse. Ar mbuíochas go St Peters , Ailleen Freer, Team manager, Camogie Club Founder and past President of the national camogie association, Belle O’Loughlin and Fergal Mc Cormack, PRO for the warmth of their hospitality. Táimid ag súil leo a fheiceal í Áras na bhFiann sar í bhfad.
After overnighting in Greenore , the team were royally treated to a match in land of Irelands most famous hurler Cú Chúláinn- beneath the shade of Slieve Foy the team did battle in Fr Mc Evoy Park with the might of Cooley Kickhams – go raibh maith agaibh – Anne and Adrian – finer hosts are hard to find.
A great time had by all and the team behavior on and off the pitch brought great credit to our club maith sibh. Well done to Aine Clerkin, Billy McLoughlin, Liam Rainsford, Barbara Webb-Ní Mhaolagáin, Donal and Tricia O Donoghue and all the parents who helped. Rinne sibh eacht!
Player of the Month - Imreoirí na míosa – Lúnasa
Congratulations to our August players of the month pictured below receiving their awards from Our sponsor Ebano Health care from former Club chairman Gerry Donohoe - Thanks to Eamonn Rainsford for sponsoring the scheme and making it happen. Also thanks to him for staying behind the camera – he’s too hansome to appear on our enuacht complete with recent hurling head injury.
Hurling Eoin Vaughan
Football Rob O'Neill
Ladies Football Mary Nevin
Handball Cliona Daly
Camogie Carmel Ryan (Absent from photo)
Former Club Chairman – Gerry Donohoe
Lotto over €3200 imir online www.clgnafianna.ie
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Social Quiz night on Thurs hosted by the under 11 hurlers - Halloween ball tickets on sale at bar.
Fáilte to ten new newsgroup members over weekend – now over 500 – please encourage all to register on group see link at base.
Subs Now overdue, Beidh an siopa dunta ar an sathrain- shop closed next Saturday.
Buíochas do gach duine a leabhair liom faoi an enuacht - Tá athas orm go bhfuil an méid speis ann. Thanks for all the feedback on the enews – it’s been very positive and please keep feeding back - including important corrections and clarifications Please encourage as many as possible to join the group to keep informed of ALL activities in the club.
On Friday look out for the sideline call – The club needs some regular help and input in a number of areas off the pitch – between now and then maybe you’ll consider if you could become involved a little more in helping our club continue to make a positive contribution to our community.
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