Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Club Notes - 6th August

Jack The Joker
No. Drawn - 48
Our popular Jack the Joker Fundraiser will continue this Sunday night in Kennedy’s Live where the Jackpot will be €6,760 as on Sunday night Patricia Power was drawn out of the drum and picked card 48 which wasn’t the Joker though she did win €50. Evie Cliffe and Declan Ahearne won €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Convenience Store Ballinroad, The Village Inn, Village Flowers, Kennedy’s Live, Spar, Mike Kiely’s Butchers and Mousies Takeaway.

Senior Football
On Thursday evening last we defeated Clashmore in Round 4 of the County Championship in Fraher Field.

Senior Hurling
This Saturday evening we play Passage in Round 3 of the County Championship in Walsh Park at 7:30.

Sponsored Cycle
On Saturday last after months of careful planning our Sponsored Cycle from Limerick to Abbeyside took place and to say it was a great success would be a major understatement. From when the brave cyclists started to gather in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick on Friday night and great buzz started to build up and you got the feeling that everything would go smoothly thanks mainly to the work of Liam O’Connor and his hard working committee. After enjoying the hospitality of the City on Friday night all the cyclists were ready for departure from Limerick by 9 am and they hit the road in truly great form. After a pit stop in New Inn with refreshments provided by the two Mary’s the pelaton headed for the dreaded climb over The Vee.  All of the cyclists gave each other great encouragement up the climb and it was fitting that first man over the Vee was Jack O’Hare who has supported the club so generously for many years now. After a brief stop in the Cats, Melleray, it was time for the final leg of the journey to Abbeyside. A large group of supporters were waiting at Quill’s to join the cycle back into Abbeyside and it was great to see so many younger members of the club supporting the cycle. There were many sore and stiff limbs as the 27 brave cyclists completed their journey in Abbeyside where they were greeted by many family members and club supporters. Some welcome refreshments were provided by Minnies Bar before the cyclists headed home for some much needed rest and to prepare for the evenings barbecue in Kennedy’s. The evening was most enjoyable where after some well-earned sustenance all involved shared stories of the cycle long into the night. To round off the evening presentations were made to our main sponsor Jack O’Hare and to the one and only Liam O’Connor in recognition of the work he put into organising the whole weekend.
Of course such a major event couldn’t have happened without the hard work and dedication of the organising committee. Trying to name all of those involved would be impossible but we would like to thank them all for their great work. Without them the event could not have gone ahead. A big thank you to the people who drove with the cycle, and to the motor cyclists, who gave great support to the cyclists throughout the cycle. We must thank all the businesses of the town and also to the people who sponsored the cyclists for their most generous support. Finally and by no means least we must record our appreciation to the brave men and woman who completed the cycle. Many of them were more or less novice cyclists and without the time they put into preparing for the cycle it would not have been the success it undoubtedly was.

Club Bingo
This Sunday our Club Bingo returns to the CBS Hall at 8:30 pm where the jackpot is €1100.

Intercounty Activity
On behalf of all in the club we would like to wish the County Minor Hurlers the very best of luck ahead of their All Ireland Semi Final against Kilkenny in Croke Park this Sunday. Conor Prunty is on the team while Stephen Cliffe and Sean Daly are on the panel and Donnacha Enright and Pat Moore are part of the backroom team.

Booking of Pitches
All team managers are reminded to please ensure that they have booked the pitch for training or matches with Michael O’Donovan. We would also ask team managers to please try and do as much heavy training in the areas behind the goals.

On behalf of all in the club we would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the late Mary McGovern who passed away last weekend. The McGovern family have ties to our club stretching back many generations and Mary’s children lined out in the club colours for many years, a tradition carried on by her grandchildren. Mary’s son Pa continues to serve our cub in his role as one of our main fundraisers through his work in the club bingo where he is on duty every Sunday night of the year without fail whilst he sells tickets for all our fundraising efforts throughout the year. Once again we extend our sympathies to the McGovern family on their loss.
We would also like to send our sympathies to Pat Grant, Western Board Secretary on the death of his brother Willie last weekend.

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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