Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Club Notes - 4th April

On behalf of all our members and supporters at home and abroad we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Walsh and Enright families on the tragic and heartbreaking death of Mary Enright nee Walsh and her daughter Mollie Enright last week. When news of this terrible accident began to break around the Parish on Tuesday morning all who heard it were struck by sense of disbelief and shock at this terrible taking of two young lives which held so many years of joy and promise for many people especially those close to them. As this news slowly began to sink in, all of our prayers and thoughts turned to Mary’s husband Pa Enright, to David and Ursula Walsh and their families and to Jack Lacey and his family. To say that the Walsh and Enright families are steeped in the GAA would be an understatement. Mary has served ladies football in our club and at County level in numerous capacities for many years now and there was rarely an evening in the playing season when she wasn’t on duty with a club or county team. Pa has of course played for the club for many years now winning County titles in both codes as dependable goalkeeper, and at all times the ultimate team player. Mary’s father David is well known to all involved in GAA circles and he has been involved with the club for many years where his role as an outstanding fundraiser has seen him raise substantial funds for the club on many occasions. Mary’s sisters were involved in Ladies Football also while her brother Kevin is a member of the Minor Football team who had played on Monday night. The Enright family of course is part and parcel of our club for many generations as Pa’s father Liam is a former club Chairman and along with his brother Pat played in many of the club’s finest hours in the 60’s and 70’s, whilst Pa’s brothers Eoin and Stephen are valued players today.
This year Pa came on board as a Club Committee member and typical of his dedication to the club agreed to take over our Minor Football team this year. Mary as was always the case supported Pa in this job and was on the sideline supporting the team at last Monday night’s game against St.Pats. Those who know Pa and Mary would not be surprised by this, as since they started going out together many years ago they were almost inseparable and supported each other in so many ways, they were a true team if you like. It seems like only yesterday when so many club members joined Pa and Mary in The Park Hotel last summer for what was a fitting night of celebration on their wedding. It is perhaps the fact that these happy memories are so fresh in all our minds, that makes accepting this tragedy all the more difficult. Despite their young years Pa and Mary had already given so much to our Club and were serving the club when tragedy struck their lives in such a cruel way. No words of ours can express the genuine feeling of despair felt by all of our members at this tragedy or indeed the feeling of concern that they feel for Pa, David and Ursula and their wider families. Whilst we all experienced an awful sense of loss last week our pain and suffering is nothing compared to that currently being experienced by those closed to Pa and Mary. The esteem they were held in was obvious to all by the enormous crowd present in Ballinroad for Mary’s burial on Thursday and those that took part in the Guard of Honor. We would also like to thank the many clubs within and outside the county who contacted us in the past week expressing sympathy and support. It is at times like this that the true strength and value of the GAA can be seen.
It is a cliché perhaps but at times like this words really do fail to justice to Mary and the life she lived and also to express our own pain for Mary’s loved ones in their time of suffering. All we can do is to once again say to Mary’s loving husband Pa, her adoring parents David and Ursula, sisters Elizabeth, Hillary, Clare and Rachel, brothers Billy, John and Kevin, parents in law Liam and Antoinette and all those who were close to her that you will all remain in our thoughts and prayers and that we will be there to support you in whatever way we can in the difficult times that lie ahead.

Get Well Wishes
All of us in the club would like to send our best wishes to Jack Lacey who was seriously injured in the tragic accident last Monday in Tipperary. The Lacey family moved into our parish a number of years ago and since then Jack has played has played both hurling and football for the club. Throughout this time Jack was a popular player with teammates and selectors alike. This year he played on all our under 21 football games in the Western Championship and had returned home from college in Limerick on Monday night to play in the Minor Football Championship against St.Pats. As well as being a very good hurler and footballer Jack is an exceptionally talented golfer and had recently traveled to France with the Irish boys team. All in the club especially Jack’s team mates would like to wish him a full recovery and hopefully he will be back at home shortly to continue his recovery with his parents Mick and Anne.

Joker Fundraiser
Our popular Jack the Joker Fundraiser will continue this Sunday night in The Stables Bar where the Jackpot will be €5,484. This week Tom Foley was drawn out of the drum but did not find the joker but did win €50 while Bernie Lonergan and Orla and Ann Power won €25. We appeal to all our supporters to continue purchasing the tickets as the funds raised will go towards our ongoing development works at the club grounds.

Club Bingo
Our club bingo will continue in the CBS Hall this Sunday night where the Jackpot is €2,000.

Under 21 Football
The County Final of the Under 21 Football Championship has been fixed for Easter Sunday in Walsh Park where our opponents are Roanmore and we appeal to all our supporters to come along and support the team.

Granville Hotel/WLR FM Award
On behalf of all in the club we would like to congratulate Mark Ferncombe on being chosen as the March winner of this prestigious award. Mark who has won numerous County Titles in Hurling and Football with the club was given the award for his displays with the Waterford Senior Football Team especially his three goal haul against Wicklow in Aughrim.

Booking of Pitches
We would like to ask all team managers to please ensure that they have booked the pitch with Bernard Shields before they arrange training sessions.

Please note that membership can now be paid to Jonathan O’Donovan or any member of the committee.

Deise Development Draw
It is that time of year again when our promoters are out on the doorsteps of the parish promoting the 2012 Deise Development Draw. The format is similar to previous years with a nine month draw coting ten euro a month to join. Whilst the board retains some of the money to cover prizes etc the draw is crucial to helping us meet the costs involved in running our club in these difficult times. We would ask all our loyal supporters to please continue to support the draw as best they can, and if you have not been approached to join the draw but wish to do so then please don’t hesitate to approach any club committee member.

Club Website
Our club website has undergone a major renovation recently and is well worth a visit to catch up on all the upcoming fixtures and recent results as well as containing some photos from previous years. Log onto to see for yourself.
Club History
Abbeyside / Ballinacourty GAA Club was formed in 1967 as a result of the amalgamation of Abbeyside Hurling and Football Clubs and Ballinacourty Football Club. It is situated within the Parish of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane. Located on the eastern side of the River Colligan, it forms the northern and eastern shorelines of Dungarvan Harbour from Abbeyside Church to Ballinacourty Lighthouse
Development Fund
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club has been growing at a dramatic pace over the past 10 years with the population of our parish increasing rapidly. We must ensure that we have the best facilities for all our players. We want to ensure that the next generation have the facilities that they need and deserve. We are asking supporters and friends to support this project over the next five years.
Strategic Plan
Past generations have had their visions for the future of our club. These are our current aims and with these achieved we hope to hand on the club to future generations in the same healthy state it was passed onto us.
Abbeyside/Ballinacourty GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
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