Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Club Notes - 25th January

Jack The Joker
Our ever popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in Crotty’s Bar where the jackpot is €5,400 as on Sunday night Carmel and Jim were drawn out of the drum and chose card number 1 which wasn’t the Joker but they did win €50. Ritchie Walsh and Jamie Cliffe won €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Village Flowers, Spar, Mousies Takeaway, Minnies Bar, Abbeyside Post Office and Crottys Corner Bar.

Medal Presentation
On Saturday night we held a very enjoyable medal presentation to our Under 21 Hurlers in Minnies Bar. Club Chairman Michael Briggs welcomed all those in attendance and praised both the players and management team for the fantastic job they did in 2016 in winning the Western Title after which Donncdha Enright and himself presented the medals to the players. A presentation was then made to Emer Enright on behalf of all the players, before Michael Briggs brought the formalities to a close with a presentation to Conor Prunty in recognition of him winning an All Ireland Under 21 Hurling medal in 2016. We would like to thank Pat O’Brien and all the staff of Minnies Bar for their help and hospitality on the night.

As the playing season draws ever nearer we would ask all members both playing and ordinary to please get your membership paid as soon as possible. It can be paid to Membership Officer Pat Keane or any Committee Member. The onus is on intending members to hand their membership fee over and players should be aware that they are not eligible to play for the club if they don’t pay their membership.

Field Bookings
We ask that all team managers book their times for training / matches with Michael O’Donovan in advance of returning to training. Managers must notify Michael in advance if they wish to change from their allocated time.

Club Leisure Wear
The designs for our new club leisure wear can now be viewed on the club website and Facebook page. So far there has been an extremely good response to the gear, which will be worn by all our teams in 2017 and 2018. It is available from size 5/6 years right up to all adult sizes, and it is open to all our club supporters and players to purchase the gear. As it will personalised with initials we will require full payment upfront when ordering the gear. Orders will be taken in the clubhouse on Friday nights January 27th, February 3rd and 10th from 6:45 to 8pm and Sunday mornings January 26th, February 5th and 12th from 11am to 12pm.

National Draw
Tickets are currently for sale from all Committee members for the GAA National Draw. There are some fantastic prizes on offer such as a car and holidays, but the great thing about the draw is that the club retains all of the €10 which the ticket costs. Therefore you are doing your bit to support the club whilst also having a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

Club Bingo
This week our club bingo session returns to the CBS Hall with a jackpot of €1450. Our thanks to the management and staff of the Park Hotel for their hospitality over the last two weeks.

On behalf of all in the club we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Kevin Dwane, Kilminion, who passed away last week. The Dwane family have given great support to our club for generations and Kevin’s grandson Kevin Dwane was a member of our Under 21 hurling team who won the Western Title last year. Once again we send our sympathies to his wife Monica, daughters Margaret, Michelle and Majella and son Francis.

We would also like to extend our sympathies to Michael O’Donovan and Kieran O’Connor on the death of Kay O’Donovan, Ballyduff Upper over the weekend. Kay’s son Michael has been in charge of our pitch for a number of years now whilst he also served a s a selector on a number of County Title winning teams in both hurling and football and of course her step brother Kieran has been involved in the club in many capacities for nearly 20 years now. Kay’s grandsons Shane and Cathal have won man County Titles in the club colours as has her nephew Stephen O’Connor. Once again we extend our sympathies to Michael and Kieran and all of the O’Donovan family on the passing of Kay.

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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