Bray Emmets GAA Club Notes

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There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 1st November when the numbers drawn were 1, 2, 13 and 15 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €5,100. Suzie Hoskin was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available at

Notification of Bray Emmets GAA Club Annual General Meeting

Bray Emmets GAA Club will be holding their 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 29th November in the Clubhouse.

Forms for nominations to positions in 2014 and for proposing motions have been circulated to all members by e-mail.

Nominations for positions for 2014 and/or proposed motions should be returned by Friday, 16th November to the Club Secretary either by e-mail ( or submitted to the Club Shop on Saturday mornings between 10.30 a.m. and midday.

Please note that copies of this notice, as well as the nomination and motion forms, will also be available in the Club Shop on Saturday mornings (10.30 a.m. – midday) or alternatively by contacting Anne Healy on 087 255 6193.

‘The Lie Of The Land’ by PJ Cunningham

PJ Cunningham is well known to all members for assisting whenever help is needed and as a result, he has filled many roles within the Club. However, by day, PJ is a journalist, publisher and editor.

His latest book ‘The Lie Of The Land’ is an account of the lives, loves, hatreds, failings and greatness of ordinary people told mainly through the social history of actual events. The stories are evocative, insightful, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, framed as they are between a heritage of alcoholism, arranged marriages, religious beliefs and personal tragedies.

‘The Lie Of The Land’ shines a sometime harsh, sometime soft, light on family and community relationships as they juggled with legacies of loyalty and feuds handed down through generations. Overhanging the landscape at all times were the religious fears and taboos which had common roots between the superstitious and the supernatural.

‘The ‘Lie of the Land’ is a unique slice of modern history as well as fiction, capturing the drama of several generations as they agonised at the crossroads between old and modern Ireland.

This way of life now largely accessible only in the minds and hearts of those who lived and knew The Lie of the Land. The book is available in all good book shops or alternatively, further information is available from the publishers – Ballpoint Press Ltd: 01-2962272 / 086-8217631 or

Recycling Day

Following on from the success of previous recycling events, the Club will hold another Recycling Day at 12.30 p.m. at the Clubhouse on Saturday, 16th November. Once again, clothes and textiles will be accepted but we will also be taking in old laptops and mobile phones.
Coaching Workshops

A number of Wicklow GAA Coaching Workshops will take place over the next few weeks. ‘Award 1 Child Football’ takes place in Roundwood on the 16th, 23rd and the 30th November while ‘Award 1 Child Hurling’ takes place in Aughrim on the 16th, 23rd and 30th November.

A Foundation Course in Football and Hurling also takes place in Greystones on consecutive Saturdays, 30th November and 7th December. Please contact Dave Barry or Garrett Doyle if interested. Anyone interested in doing an internship in coaching Gaelic Games in the Primary Schools in Bray should contact Dave Barry or Hugh Kenny.

Also, Niamh Buffini will hold another workshop on Running Technique on Friday, 15th of November from 7.30 p.m. until 9.00 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Coaches and parents are welcome to attend. Please contact Paul Sweeney on 086-3934273 for more information.
Update: Underage Hurling

Congratulations to our U-16 Hurlers who on Sunday, 3rd November travelled to Arklow and came away with the U-16 ‘B’ Championship title after defeating Arklow Rock Parnells on a scoreline of 9-6 to 2-11.

Some of the squad are also involved with the Junior Wicklow Schools team that have reached the Leinster Schools Hurling Final so best of luck to those players and hopefully, they will pick up another cup! Our U-14 Hurlers also tasted success in the ‘A’ Shield Final so well done to the team and management.

Finally, our Minor Hurlers are scheduled to play Glenealy in the Championship Semi-Final at 11.30 a.m. in Arklow this Sunday, 10th November and again, we ask all members to come out and support the players as they try to retain the title we won last December.

Mermaid Arts Centre – Special Offers

The Mermaid Arts Centre, located just off Main Street, has made a special offer available to members of Bray Emmets GAA Club.

Census/GAA Stories (as part of the Yarn Festival) sees social and cultural historian Mark Duncan trace the early development of the GAA in Bray and Co. Wicklow and set it against the wider Irish sporting, cultural and political experience of the pre-World War I period.

This talk will take place on Saturday, 16th November and the admission fee for Bray Emmets members is €8 (normally €10). Bookers can avail of this offer by telephone (01 272 4030) or by dropping into the Mermaid Arts Centre but these concessions are not available online.

Match Report: U-12 Hurling

On Saturday, 2nd November, the 2001 Under-12 Hurlers played their last game of the season in the Dublin League against Erin Go Bragh at Páirc Emmet Bhré.

Bray played with a strong wind in the first half, well taken points from both Brian, Seán and Davy left the half time score at 0-8 to 1-0.

The second half, with the wind strongly blowing in to the Bray faces, had David frequently defending his goal, the back line of Michael, Sam, Seán and Fionn resolutely contested both Erin Go Bragh and the wind.

Gavin and Davy in the middle were busy helping out the defence and also ensured that the front line containing Rian and Darragh had a decent supply line, despite the strong wind. Brian and Conor combined well up front and scored three well taken second half goals between them. The match was a total team performance, with the heroics in the second half defence being every bit as important as the scores at the other end.

A word of thanks to Brian and Sam from the 2002 Group who, despite having already played a hurling match that morning, togged out to make up the numbers as some players were missing due to holidays.

Final Score: Bray Emmets 4-9 Erin Go Bragh 5-2

Team – Brian Nesbit (1-1), Conor Hardiman (2-0), Darragh McCormack, David Nesbit, Davy Maloney (1-7), Fionn Dougan , Gavin Henderson, Michael Timmons, Rian Knox, Sam Kearney, Seán McDonagh (0-1)

Match Report: U-11 Hurling

The Bray Emmets Under-11 Hurlers completed their campaign with a hard earned win against Stars of Erin.

Missing the hugely influential Philip Jakob through a thumb injury (get well soon Philip) Bray travelled to probably to the most scenic pitch in their league campaign in Glencullen.

To say weather conditions were not conducive to free flowing hurling was an understatement as gale force winds and biting rain fell throughout the game.

Undaunted, Bray played into the wind in the first half and settled quickly with dominant displays in midfield from Cathal, Jack and Zack ensured ball went into the industrious forward line of Brian, Daniel, Ben and Riain and great scores from Cathal and Brian ensured that Bray were ahead at half-time.

It was not all one way traffic though with the back line of Aaron, Aodain, Rory and Tadhg under pressure at times but repelled the Stars of Erin’s forward line. Sam in goal had a quiet but very chilly half such was the dominance of the Bray backline.

Half-time came and some positional changes were made but the expected Bray onslaught did not materialise due to a strong rear guard action by a gallant Stars of Erin side.

Continued good play from Jack, Zack and Sam in midfield continued to provide good ball into the forward line and Brian and Daniel very unlucky not to score. In a counter attack Stars of Erin managed to score a goal to go ahead and it looked like Bray might lose.

However hard work from Aaron, Tadhg, Rory and Aodain stemmed the tide and an excellent goal from Daniel after hard work by Riain and Cathal put Bray in the lead again. Bray still could not push on and only for an excellent interception from Ben in the closing minutes, the result could have different.

This was a hard fought contest in very difficult conditions (the sound of wind turbine next to pitch was frightening and at one stage the goal posts were blown away!) but this team never gives up and always gives its best.

This has been a successful season for this group in terms of results but more importantly the team has learned a lot from playing with each other on a consistent basis and there has been huge improvement. They are a credit to their peers, parents and the Club and hopefully they will continue to improve over the next twelve months as much as they did this year.

Full Squad that played this year: Philip Jakob, Brian Nesbitt, Tadhg McCarthy, Eoin Holmes, Aodain Daly, Hannah Suples, Jack Treacy, Mark Cullen, Daniel Flavin, Daniel Munro, Sam Kearney, Aaron O’Rourke, Cathal Eddy, Zack Collins, Rory Mulcahy, Riain MacMaolin, Ben Gorman, Sebastian Coleman and Art Whittle

Upcoming Fixtures

U-14 Boys Football: Emmets V Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney – Páirc Emmet Bhré – 7.00 p.m. Wednesday, 6th November

Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Emmets V Glenealy – Arklow – 11.30 a.m. Sunday, 10th November

U-14 Boys Football: Emmets V Avondale – Avondale – 7.00 p.m. Wednesday, 13th November

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