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Club Notes January 20th 2014

posted Jan 20, 2014, 1:05 PM by Kevin Brassil   [ updated Jan 20, 2014, 2:26 PM ]
Ogra went ahead on Saturday as always, regardless of the weather. We trained our little ones indoors.  If Ogra is going to be cancelled it will be announced on "Facebook" and "Twitter" so please 'Like" and/or "Follow" us on these to be kept update on everything going on in the club.


Memberships are now due
, you will have received the forms in the post, please return as soon as post. Membership week starts this saturday with our first ever Juvenile Membership Saturday. Come down to the club, pay your membership, meet the mentors and much more ...see what your club has to offer you.

Raheny U16s got their League preparations off to a very positive start with a hard fought and well won pre-season friendly against Erin's Isle. Winning by the tightest of margins the Raheny lads showed great determination and strength of character to come from behind and pip their opponents by a single point in the dying stages of the game. Going forward the U16 lads will face Lucan Sarsfields in another friendly next Saturday (St David's at 4pm) before beginning their League proper on Saturday 1st Feb.

Firstly we would like to welcome back all the U10 players, parents and mentors. It is time to get rid of a few selection boxes!
To help us get the year off to the best possible start we are hosting an U10  parents information night in the club from 8.30 on Friday 24th January. It would be great to see a big attendance of parents.
Our first match of the new year - on an extremely wet Saturday morning - saw the  Raheny U10 hurling team make the cross town journey to Ballinteer St Johns superb Astro facility, at Ballinteer Community School. Many thanks to Paraic Kennedy and BSJ for arranging the friendly on a day when all grass pitches were out of commission.
This year the team is moving on to the next phase of Go Games where full hurling is allowed for the entire 40 minute match. Matches are once again 9 a side with a skill point awarded for the hook.
We played 3 streamed matches against BSJ.
In the green match we showed great tenacity in our hooking and tackling and we are improving our pucking from the hand all the time. BSJ got the better of us in catching and getting around the pitch to the ball. We will do plenty of work on our catching on the move over the next few sessions. BSJ were as good as any team we have played over the last 2 or 3 years, some superb young hurlers on display.
Best performances today were from Sean Reilly in defence and in the 2nd half by Ciaran Harnett who scored all 6 of our points. Full credit to our boys as they kept playing right up to the end of the match and finished the stronger of the 2 teams. Special mention for Kevin Moran who showed some lovely touches and a nice line in sideline cutting.
In the white match Mike Twomey reports that the boys went down fighting with Matthew Sherlock and Andrew O'Seachnasaí performing best. Cathal Quinn scored a great goal on his return from a serious finger injury. Well done Cathal, great to have you back.
In the orange match Michael Harnett managed his charges to our sole victory of the day. Good play all round from the boys here, in a match where we dominated possession but struggled to score. It was a draw at half time. Lads battled well in 2nd half with Aaron and Johnny in charge of midfield helping to set up good scores for Conor and James up front.  Aaron sealed the win with a great point.

Back to Gaelic Football next week for our training sessions and match. We welcome St Judes to St Annes 12A next Saturday 25th January, for an 11am throw in.

Good luck to all our 6 class members who are sitting their entrance/assessment exam on saturday morning.

As always Wednesday night in the club we have our Trad music session.

U11 Girls Quiz Night


Raheny GAA operates a boot exchange aimed at juvenile players.  The idea is that parents donate outgrown boots and find a pair in the next size.  No money involved, so it's pocket and environmentally friendly.

When and Where?
 9.30 - 11.30 every Saturday during school term (i.e. when Ogra is on), in Club Hall.



Q: I'm always on a sideline on Saturday mornings - is there any other means of accessing the boot exchange? 
A: Email to arrange alternative boot drop off or collection, or to enquire whether particular size is available.  You can also drop boot donations into the Club Bar.
Q: Can I pick up  boots if I have none to donate?
A: Yes, sometimes the old boots aren't in great condition, or your child is only getting started - you are welcome to pick up  boots nonetheless.  However, we ask that you remember the boot exchange if you have boots to donate in the future.

Q: Does the boot exchange cater for teenagers?
A: Absolutely.   There are often size 9s and bigger in stock, this can be a period of rapid growth and players can move up several sizes in a matter of  months.

Q: My child has outgrown his/her hurling helmet - can I donate it for reuse?
A: Hurling Ogra would be delighted to accept any old helmet, even ones with broken clasps etc (they can be fixed).  Contact Seamus Dunne on 087 2515524  or drop down to Hurling Ogra on Friday nights.

Spring Series Football Tickets

The Dublin Senior Football Team will play their 4 home National League Games in Croke Park as part of the Dublin GAA Spring Series.
Please find ticket and fixture information below:

•             Saturday 1st February – Dublin v Kerry
•             Saturday 1st March – Dublin v Cork
•             Saturday 8th March – Dublin v Kildare
•             Saturday 29th March – Dublin v Mayo


4 Game Package:
Adults €40 – Stand & Terrace
Juveniles €10 – Stand Only

Single Game - Buy in advance:
Adults: €12 – Stand & Terrace
Juveniles: €5 - Stand

Single Game - Buy on the day:
Adults: €15 – Stand & Terrace
Juveniles: €5 – Stand

Group Passes:
Juveniles (U16) €3, One adult will be admitted free of charge with every ten juveniles. Each additional adult ticket - €12.

Please send your ticket order(s) to Evin Crehan either by email to or by text message to 086 2410281. Any ticket order received will be confirmed by return email/text (if you don't receive confirmation then your order has not been received).

Ticket orders for the 4 Game Package and/or for Saturday week (Dublin vs Kerry) must be received by me no later than 9pm on Sunday 26th January. Late requests cannot be accommodated.

Thanks to Denise and Danielle Moloney our latest overseas members to play Raheny GAA  club lotto on-line. This weeks jackpot is a massive €6,700. That would certainly clear a few bills. Remember if your not in you can win. 

Visit for more info.

LOTTO -- Lotto can be done on-line, or in the club lounge or by standing order. It couldn't be easier.

Torthai an Chranchuir 13/01/14.
Uimreacha; 2,3,4,12.

Ni raibh aon buaiteoir.

Pota Or 20/01/14 - €6,700. Go n-eiri libh go leir.

The three €25 lucky dip winners this week are:

1) Sandra Hughes.
2) Aideen Mulcahy.
3) Marie Holohan.

B&M McLoughlin and Tommy Hamill got three numbers and are now entered into our monthly €200 draw.

There is no strength without working together