St. Patrick’s club notes September 26th

Our Senior Footballers will play Baltinglass in a repeat of the 2012 Senior Championship final on the 9th October following their excellent result against Blessington in Aughrim on Sunday. Playing with the wind in the first half St. Patricks lead at Half time score: St Patricks 1-4(7)  Blessington 0-5(5). Everybody was questioning could St Pats prevail having lost Tommy Kelly to injury just before halftime and playing against the wind. A flying start to the 2nd half with 2 points before another forced change following an injury to Ruairi Marron. The lads played good football to outscore Blessington 7 points to 2 to finish with the Full time score: St Patricks 2-8(14)  Blessington 0-7(7). Team: Ian Murphy, Padraig Higgins, Emmet Cullen, Ciaran  Doyle, Wayne Doyle, Padge McWalter, Niall Donnelly, Dean  Healy, Johnny Delahunt (0-01), Conor Ffrench (0-01), Brian Doyle (0-01), John Crowe (0-01), Brian Coen (0-01), Tommy Kelly, Eamonn Wolfe (2-00) Subs used: Ruairi Marron (0-01), Stephen Duffy (0-01), Ritchie Murphy, Ciaran McGettigan, Shane Doyle


We all wish Tommy Kelly and Ruairi Marron a speedy return to fitness.


Congratulations to our U16 Ladies who had a busy week beating Bray Emmets in the Championship Semi-Final 5-09 to 2-04 in Rathnew GAA Club on Monday 19th September. On Friday night in Rathnew the Ladies meet old foe AGB in the Championship final. In unpleasant weather conditions the girls played some excellent football to reign supreme for the 5th year in a row. Final Score: 8-7 to 1-4. U16a County Champions 2016 Megan Dunne, Aoife Dunne, Kellie Phelan, Amy Kavanagh, Molly Hodgkinson, Aine Cahill (Captain), Lucy Dunne, Rachel Armstrong, Sinead McGettigan, Saoirse O Reilly, Weronika Kuzio, Emer McNulty, Ciara Fagan, Niamh McSorley, Mel Clarke, Rachel Winters, Luci Hobb, Zoe Byrne, Jess Lyons, Niamh Caffrey, Naoise O Reilly, Aine Kavanagh, Zoe Armstrong, Nicole Humby, Sarah Evans


A big thank you to Rathnew GAA for allowing the use of their pitch for the U16 Girls County Championship, it is very much appreciated.


We have another busy weekend ahead when our Senior Hurlers take on reigning Champions Bray Emmets in the Dacia Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final in Aughrim on Sunday 2nd October. Best wishes to Michael Neary and all involved. Did someone mention double?


Our Junior A Footballers took on Division 2 side Ashford in the championship semi-final in Arklow on Saturday. In dreadful conditions both teams played football but missed opportunities at both ends. Shaun Vickers got the vital score at the death to force a deserved replay which will take place in Rathnew on Sunday 2nd October at 11.30am in Rathnew GAA. The full time score Ashford 2-07 St Pat’s 2-07

Team: Davy Byrne, Ronan Connolly, Lorcan Smullen, Barry Fitzgerald, Aidan Dunne, Bosco Guinan, Hugh Humby, Ciaran McGettigan (0-02), Joe Quinn, Simon Bouchier (0-01), Jordan Pettigrew (0-02), Shaun Vickers (1-00), Jack Kelly, Conor O’Brien (1-02), Shane O’Dwyer  Subs used: Paul O’Brien, Tommy Dunne, Adam Cox


Congratulations to our U12 hurlers who won their final at the mini festival in Ballinakill on Saturday.  In wet and windy conditions the lads overcame Luke O’Tooles on a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-3. The team faced into a strong wind in the first half and trailed by 1-3 to 0-0 at half-time. The lads produced a stunning second half performance and a fantastic late goal from Johnno Moorehouse sealed the victory for Pats. Team captain John O’Brien lifted the cup to unbridled scenes of joy. The successful panel was Aran Cavanagh, Sam Culleton, Rory Hennessy, Billy Joe Connors, John O Brien, Tom Davis, Joe Davis, Fionn Greene, Denis O Brien, Bill O Brien, Conor Lacey, Johnno Mooorehouse, Fionn Laffan, Matt Gleeson, Adam Kelly, John O’Brien, Callum Doyle, Tom Phelan, Jim Stafford and Chris Bouchier.


Our U8 and U10 hurlers marked the last weekend of Go Games with a skills competition followed by a presentation of Certificates and medals to all. Winners of the Skills competitions on the night were Tiernan Shorthall U7, his brother Senan Shorthall U8, Eoin Lawlor U9, and Johnno Moorehouse U10.  The boys had to complete a course across 4 stations testing their skills in ground striking, striking from the hand, pick-ups, catching and hand-passing. Our adjudicators armed with clip boards and pen kept an eye on proceedings collating the scores. A highlight of the evening was the hotly contested “Ladies Long Puck” competition with Tara Treanor coming out on top! Many thanks to County Captain and local school teacher  Billy Cuddihy who was on hand to help with the skills competition and present the medals to the boys.


Hard luck to the U14’s Ladies who travelled to the Kilmacud Crokes All Ireland 7’s but were beaten in the semi-final by Donaghmoyne, the home of Eddie Leonard’s cousins. Great performance by the girls to get to an All-Ireland semi-final!


Hard luck to our U14 Footballers who came up against an inform Tinahely side in round 4 of the A Championship.


This weekend September 30th and October 1st we will be on the streets of Wicklow for our annual flag day collection. Your support for this club fundraiser is very much appreciated.


Upcoming fixtures:

Sunday 2nd October:
Junior A Football Championship Semi Final Replay – Ashford V St. Patrick’s. Time: 11.30am Venue: Rathnew

Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final – Bray Emmets V St Patrick’s Time: 4 15 PM Venue: Aughrim

Please support your Town, Your Team, Your Club!


GAA Youth Forum 2016 – Saturday 29th October in Croke Park

Are you a GAA player aged 12 – 21 years old? Would you like to improve your performance as a player? Would you like to learn how to balance the demands of sport and study? Would you like to get inside the minds of some of the top Inter-County players in the country?

If so, apply to attend the FREE #GAAyouth Forum! The #GAAyouth Forum is designed by young players, for young players.

Registration is from 9.30am, the Forum commences at 11am and concludes at 4.30pm. This FREE event will fill up fast so make sure to apply online asap!

How to Apply – 200 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in two age groups: 12 – 15 and 16 – 21. The online application process is now OPEN and there are two ways to apply:

A young player can complete an individual application form online and identify an adult in their Club who endorses their application.

A Club can complete an application form to nominate a young player/s from the Club to attend the Forum (max. 2 players, ages 12 – 21).

The closing date for applications is Friday 7th October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 14th October. Once an individual or Club receives confirmation that the application was successful, the delegate will be asked to supply a parental consent form (under 18’s only).

Both the forms are available on the links below:



The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2016/2017 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. The application form for the grant for 2016/17 being made available to students from Leinster G.A.A. is now available with a closing date of Oct 7. You should follow the link below to download the Leinster GAA form…/national-student-bursaries-sche…

The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration. Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750 in Munster, Leinster and Connacht (Ulster Amount TBC). Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download from, the various GAA Provincial Council websites and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website Students should apply using the relevant application form to the Provincial Council of their home GAA Club. All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications is Friday October 7th. Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2016 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at


Congratulations to Louise Rowland and Darren Pierce who celebrated their wedding recently in Athlone. Darren was a former member and player before emigrating to Canada. Congrats guys, we wish you a lifetime of health and happiness          


St Patrick’s GAA – Sports Prediction Competition update We had 2 events decided in our competition recently: All Ireland Ladies Football Final – predicted winner Cork – (2) and Australian Rules Football – predicted winner Other – (12). The Australian Rules Grand Final is being played next Saturday between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs.  As both of these teams would fall under the ‘Other’ category in our competition it does not matter which team emerges victorious for our competition and so we have updated the leaderboard ahead of the final taking place. We have 4 events left in our competition; All Ireland Football Final replay between Dublin and Mayo, Ryder Cup Golf between USA and Europe, County Wicklow Senior Football Final between St Patricks and Baltinglass, County Wicklow Senior Hurling Final between St Patricks or Bray and Carnew . Our Leader table is as follows: 76 Mark Murphy, 74 Marguerite Fitzpatrick, 72 Christopher Kavanagh, 70 Con Hayden, 66 Daragh O’Sullivan, Damien O’Brien, 64 Michaela Kennedy, Gary Duffy.


We had no winners in our Club Lotto this week! Numbers drawn were 10, 22, 23 and 24. The bonus number was 8.
Thanks to the weekly Club Lotto Sellers who give up their time to help raise funds for the Club. It’s greatly appreciated. Make sure you buy a ticket each week and you could be the winner of our Match 4 prize €1,600 or Match 5 €10,000 jackpot!


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