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Club Notes January 9th 2012

posted Jan 10, 2012, 11:34 AM by Kevin Brassil
Its that time of year again, Membership Fees for 2012 are due this month and all members are asked to pay their fees as soon as possible. Membership renewal forms will be posted to all members on Wednesday 11 January 2012. Membership week in the clubhouse from Monday 23 to Friday 27 January from 8-10pm. Please make a note to call in and pay your membership fees during this week. Alternatively, membership fees can also be paid by Credit Card or Laser at the club bar during opening hours. 
To view/print membership form click here ...

As all are by now aware, annual membership fees only cover club Insurances and the various County Board Affiliation/League entry fees. Fundraising will be necessary if we want to maintain the high standards. All teams are asked to notify the club secretary regarding any proposed fundraising events, so that the club can co-ordinate same.

OGRA Nursery starts back this Saturday at 10:00am. Reminder to all that Kevin Welsh is the clubs CHILDRENS OFFICER.

Kevin is also spearheading a Cultural initiative to further promote the use of Irish during 2012.

An Plean Ghaeilge C.L.G. Rath Éanna - The objectives of the Irish Plan are:

  •         To enable mentors to give a training session through Irish.
  •         To show that Raheny G.A.A are willing to promote the Irish Language throughout the community.
  •         That Raheny G.A.A will be renowned as association that promotes the Irish language.
  •         That Irish classes will be available free of charge to club managers/trainers.
  •         That players will receive exposure to Irish during their GAA sporting activities.
  •         More to follow shortly on the club website

The club was a hive of activity over the last week with lots of meetings taking place as management teams prepare for the coming 2012 season.

In a great morale boost for the club overall, its great to learn that Ciaran Whelan is back around the club. The 2012 AFL2 Management & Coaching team is Brendan Keane, Ray McDunphy, Colm McMahon, Neil Curley and Ciaran Whelan.

The Adult male teams across Football and Hurling started an intensive players Physical Assessment this week and immediately commence pre-season training. Players have been contacted and each adult team squads will be finalised when pre-season training has concluded.

The Adult ladies across Camogie & Ladies Footballers are joining up for their pre-season training.

Niall Dunne and the Facilities Committee are repairing, levelling and re-sodding the 4 goalmouths on Pitches 9 and 10 this Saturday morning 14th January, starting at 09:00. They need help (> 10 pairs of hands), if you can give a few hours, please phone or text Niall at 086-8141185 (after 5pm). Both pitches will then be out of action for a few weeks for training and matches.

Winter Training facilities are in place now for teams, anybody looking for access to external facilities, touch base with Ronan Leech who has a good overview of what is and is not available.

Dublin host 2 National Feiles 2012 over July 7th, 8th, 9th and Raheny GAA will be hosting travelling teams. Thanks to Enda Morris (Hurling) and Pat Stack (Camogie) who are have volunteered as the clubs Feile Co-Ordinators.

The Dublin County Board have some places left on Level 1 Football & Hurling Coaching Courses starting this week, interested, please contact Kevin Broderick or click here ...

Gaelic4Mothers started back on their new slot last Sunday evening 9-10pm. Thanks to Sarah Caulfield for coaching.

Scor Sinsear semi-finals take place Tues 7th Feb. and Thurs 9th Feb.Venues tba.Final Thurs Feb.23rd.Table Quiz as Gaeilge Wed.Jan 25th.Eventual Leinster winners go to Croke Park on club finals day for All-Ireland final'Anyone interested contact Kevin Welsh

Deepest sympathy to the Kelly family following their recent sad loss.

Managers, Coaches, Selectors are still required for 2012 season for the following Adult teams:
  • Senior Hurlers AHL2,
  • Minor Hurling & Football

If anybody is interested in helping out, in any way, please contact the Chairman or Secretary Tony Lee at

A big welcome to our new Games Promotion Officer, David O'Callaghan who started full time this week. David will be working with local schools and all Raheny GAA teams during 2012, for scheduling, your contact is via Ronan Leech.

St Anne’s Park remains closed for team training and matches until further notice.

The Coaching tab on the website has lots of information for players, parents and mentors, well done to Kevin Broderick for keeping it up to date and informative. Anybody interested in GAA Coaching Courses should visit the website or contact Kevin.

For upcoming Social events around the club, sign up for TWITTER or keep an eye on the Social Calendar on the home page.

The GYM is being cleaned up this Friday afternoon,if you can give an hour to assist, please contact Conor Lee. A reminder that only RAHENY GAA CLUB MEMBERS are entitled to use the GYM and all are asked to keep it clean & tidy, by using bins provided.

If you have any surplus GYM equipment at home, please contact Greg Bennett who is compiling an inventory of GYM equipment upgrade requirements. The GYM diary for adults teams is currently being reviewed by Kevin Broderick in conjunction with Greg Bennett.

Winter Training Slots for the club Astro have now been finalised and circulated to mentors. Mentors on the earlier slots are asked to obtain light tokens and keys in advance, as the clubhouse opens from 7:30pm Monday to Thursday.  To view the the new time slots click here ...

Live NATIONAL GAA NEWS is available at

The club is looking for sponsors and advertisers for 2012 and beyond, click here for details

Members are asked to support the club socially during 2012. The club hall is available for all types of functions, parties and social occasions, for details, contact Tommy Hogan at 01-8313530

For fundraising purposes please donate your old mobiles and ipods. Check out at home, with family and friends re same. Collection Box is now available in clubhouse, all mentors are requested to ask their players to assist this initiative.

Interested in learning how to update the Raheny GAA website? Please email Kevin Brassil to arrange training

Anybody with any news articles, photo’s (JPEG) or editorial for the club website can email same to

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