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Senior Hurling Champions 2017!!

posted 23 Oct 2017, 18:19 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 23 Oct 2017, 18:24 ]

On Sunday 22 October, our senior men won the club's 3rd-ever county title when they beat Oulart-The Ballagh by 2-16 to 1-9 in Wexford Park. While we had beaten Oulart in the opening group stage match on a balmy evening in Enniscorthy in May, the defending champions were the rightful favourites for the final as they had won every match since then and they have proven themselves time and again to be a truly special team.  However, on a remarkable afternoon our boys all stood tall, went in at halftime leading 1-7 to 1-5 and slowly stretched the lead in the 2nd half.  We will have time for more detailed reflection later in the year but there's very little down team for these young men as next Sunday 29 October will see them back in the Park as they take on a very strong Starlights team in the county football final.

2017 Coiste na Og Fixtures

posted 15 Feb 2017, 07:19 by luke hennessy   [ updated 15 Feb 2017, 07:27 ]



The new GAA season is upon us - and the underage section of the Club will be back in Championship action in little over 10 days time, when the minor footballers kick off the defence of their title with  the trip to Naomh Eanna on Sun 26th Feb.
Keep up to date will all the fixtures as they are updated on Wexford GAA by accessing the link below:


St Martins GAA Club Fixtures 2017 - Wexford GAA

2017 Weekly Newsletter No. 4

posted 1 Feb 2017, 05:08 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 1 Feb 2017, 05:08 ]

Coiste na nÓg

The Club is immensely proud of the fantastic achievement by 10 of last year’s minor team who, playing with St. Peter’s College, won the Leinster A post-primary football title on Friday 27 January. Captained by Conor Firman, the College won by 2-13 to 0-7 against Moate Community School, and they are now just one match away from an All-Ireland appearance. A special mention also to Barry O’Connor who won the man of the match award.

 

The various underage teams are beginning to dust off the equipment and get ready for the season ahead. Early starters passing the Centre during the week would have gotten a welcome reminder that Spring is surely on the way as a host of primary school boys and girls were busy working on their skills at the hurling wall before classes started on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30am to 9:15am. If anyone would like to get involved - you can contact Luke on 087-9074030.

 

Gaeltacht Scholarships

Any underage club players interested in applying for the Wexford GAA Gaeltacht Scholarship scheme are asked to contact Cian, the Club's Irish Officer, ASAP with their date of birth. You can email Cian at cianolionain@gmail.com and the deadline for responses is Wednesday 1 February.

 

The 3-week residential course will take place in Coláiste Cholumba, An Cheathrú Rua, Conamara,Co. na Gaillimhe for 3 weeks from 27 June to 18 July. The player, the Club and Wexford GAA will each pay one-third of the cost of the course which works out at just €243 each.  Each Club can nominate just 2 players for the Scheme and, as there are only 14 scholarships in total available, the scholarships are awarded on the basis of a draw at the February County Board meeting. St. Martin's will select its two nominees by a draw (if there are more than 2 nominees) and all applicants must be fully paid-up members of the Club. We have previously been lucky enough to have had members selected for the scholarship and they have been delighted with what's on offer.

 

The course is designed to improve students’ fluency and develop their understanding of Irish in a fun and educational environment. The courses are fully accredited by the Department of Education and by Roinn na Gaeltachta and are open to players between 14-18 years of age.For further details about the course, please log on to www.colaistecholumba.ie

 

Camogie

Registration nights for all players new and old will take place on Tuesday 28 February and on Friday 3 March.

 

Community Games Swimming

The Community Games Area Swimming Competition which will be held in Ferrybank Swimming Pool on Sunday 12th Feb at 10.30AM sharp.  Entry fee €3 per child.  U8 and U10 - one length, U12, U14 and U16 two lengths of pool. The ethos of Community Games is based on participation and fun, children of all abilities are welcome to participate so come along and give it a go. See full details on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/piercestown.murrintowncommunitygames

Enquiries to: piercestownmurrintowncg@gmail.com 

 

 

15 Questions with . . . Ian Waters

Next up in our series is Ian Waters who is currently trying to encourage all and sundry to sign up to the Club Players’ Association.

 

 

1          Favourite Wexford GAA sportsperson of any era?

            Greg Jacob

 

2          Best sports memory?

            St. Martin’s winning the 1999 county Senior Hurling Final

 

3          Favourite non- Wexford GAA sportsperson of any era?

            Eddie Brennan

 

4          Your proudest personal sports achievement?

            Still working on it.

 

5          Favourite other sport and personality?

            Boxing, Anthony Joshua

 

6          What actor would play you in a film?

            Christopher Waltz

 

7          Favourite spot visited in the world?

            San Sebastian, Spain

 

8          Favourite film?

            An Officer and a Gentleman

 

9          Best song of all time?

            “Bat out of Hell”, Meatloaf (the full version of course)

 

10        Who’s the first person you’d invite to a party?

            John Coleman

 

11        Your favourite meal?

            Sushi

 

12        Favourite pub or restaurant

            Sammys

 

13        What TV show are you most enjoying now?

           The Man in the High Castle

 

14        Most admired historical character?

            Henry Ford

 

15        What one book would you bring if marooned on a desert island?

            “Trinity”, Leon Uris

 

 

 

Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 24 January were 16, 20, 21 and 22 and there were no winners of the €15,000 jackpot which rolls over for another week. We had three “Match 3” winners who get €50 each so well done to Kevin and Liz Waters, Declan and Mags Codd and Frank and Cepta O’Connell.

2017 Weekly Newsletter No. 3

posted 1 Feb 2017, 04:45 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 1 Feb 2017, 04:46 ]

There are a few key events / deadlines to note this week, as follows:
  • Tennis AGM, Wednesday 25 January, 7.30pm
  • Piercestown Community Text Alert Scheme AGM, Thursday 26 January at 7.30pm
  • Gaeltacht scholarships deadline for nominations: Wednesday 1 February

 

 

Gaeltacht Scholarships

Any underage club players interested in applying for the Wexford GAA Gaeltacht Scholarship scheme are asked to contact Cian, the Club's Irish Officer, ASAP with their date of birth. You can email Cian at cianolionain@gmail.com and the deadline for responses is Wednesday 1 February.

 

The 3-week residential course will take place in Coláiste Cholumba, An Cheathrú Rua, Conamara,Co. na Gaillimhe for 3 weeks from 27 June to 18 July. The player, the Club and Wexford GAA will each pay one-third of the cost of the course which works out at just €243 each.  Each Club can nominate just 2 players for the Scheme and, as there are only 14 scholarships in total available, the scholarships are awarded on the basis of a draw at the February County Board meeting. St. Martin's will select its two nominees by a draw (if there are more than 2 nominees) and all applicants must be fully paid-up members of the Club. We have previously been lucky enough to have had members selected for the scholarship and they have been delighted with what's on offer.

 

The course is designed to improve students’ fluency and develop their understanding of Irish in a fun and educational environment. The courses are fully accredited by the Department of Education and by Roinn na Gaeltachta and are open to players between 14-18 years of age.For further details about the course, please log on to www.colaistecholumba.ie

 

Camogie

The camogie AGM was held on Sunday 22 January in the Centre and, unlike the traumatic changes in the USA, the incoming committee looks a lot like last year’s one so it’s a case of reassuring consistency in a world gone mad. The 2017 committee is as follows:

 

  • Chairperson                            Liz Cullen

  • Vice-chairperson                     Tracy Browne

  • Secretary                                 Barbara Ryan

  • Assistant Secretary                 Maire O’Connor

  • Treasurer                                Jackie Dempsey

  • Assistant Treasurer                 Susie Firman

  • PRO                                        Tracy Browne

  • Children's Welfare Officer       Barbara Ryan

  • Development Officer               Deirdre Colfer

  • Mental Health Officer              Tracy Browne

 

Registration nights for all players new and old will take place on Tuesday 28 February and on Friday 3 March.

 

A massive well done to all the girls from the Club who competed in Leinster finals on Saturday in Blackwater. As is so often the case, it was all about the fine margins between joy and despair with Aine Ennis, Orlaith Barrett, Alannah Davies and Ciara Bridges winning their final with Presentation Wexford by 2 points while Loreto Wexford lost by the same margin to their counterparts from Kilkenny in the A Final, so commiserations to Megan Carty, Anna Henessey, Sarah O Connor (captain), Ciara O C, Ella O C, Lettie Whelan, Mary Barrett, Niamh Dunne, Anna Mulligan and Emma Codd (plus Tracy Browne who was part of the management team)

 

Operation Transformation

It’s not too late to join the local Piercestown / Murrintown version of Operation Transformation which meets every Tuesday and Friday evening at the Centre at 8pm. It’s for over 18s only, is very informal and relaxed and the cost is a mere €2/night to cover the cost of lights etc. Anyone wishing to join in can contact either Tracy Hamilton or Brid Quigley for further information.

 

Club Players Association

The Gaelic Club Players Association is trying to achieve an improvement in the situation around fixtures for the regular club player and it would be great if all players, coaches etc in the Club could log onto www.gaaclubplayers.com and to register with the association. There’s no cost to joining and non-playing mentors and supporters can also sign up. Ian Waters is active within our Club in encouraging sign-up to the CPA and we would like to congratulate him on representing the CPA

 

AIB home insurance: money to your club

Don’t forget, if renewing home insurance, to check out the offers from AIB as – if you go with them – the bank will make a €50 donation to the Club if you nominate us. The policies on offer are underwritten by AXA and the key benefits of the Home Insurance offered are:

  • 30% Discount if you have been claims free for 3 years or more. Subject to a minimum premium of €157.50
  • 24 hour claims helpline, based in Ireland
  • Spread your payments over 12 months at no additional cost to the premium

 

While the Club isn’t endorsing one specific product over another, we would ask that you compare the AIB offer and  - IF IT SUITS YOU - to nominate St. Martin’s as the beneficiary of the €50 gift. It costs more than €10,000 a month to run the Club every little bit really does help! If you’d like a quotation, contact Nycola Hillis in the Wexford Branch at 087.4101584 or email her at nycola.n.hillis@aib.ie. On taking out an insurance policy, all that’s required then is that you (or a friend or colleague) complete the “Reward my Club” form on www.aib.ie/gaainsurance where you will be asked to nominate the GAA Club of your choice. Hint: us please!

 

15 Questions with . . . Ruairi Quigley

Next up in our series is Ruairi Quigley, currently a junior hurling legend and treasurer to Coiste na nÓg and a man who is as comfortable with sliotar and camán as he is with a spreadsheet and a bucket of loose change.

 

 

1          Favourite Wexford GAA sportsperson of any era?

            Jason Barnes

 

2          Best sports memory?

            1999 Senior Hurling Final

 

3          Favourite non- Wexford GAA sportsperson of any era?

            Maurice Fitzgerald

 

4          Your proudest personal sports achievement?

            See question number 2

 

5          Favourite other sport and personality?

            Golf, Tiger Woods

 

6          What actor would play you in a film?

            Ricky Gervais

 

7          Favourite spot visited in the world?

            Rio de Janeiro

 

8          Favourite film?

            The Godfather part 2

 

9          Best song of all time?

            Imagine – John Lennon

 

10        Who’s the first person you’d invite to a party?

            The barman

 

11        Your favourite meal?

            Roast leg of Lamb and roast spuds

 

12        Favourite pub or restaurant

            Taps in St Anton, Austria

 

13        What TV show are you most enjoying now?

            Westworld

 

14        Most admired historical character?

            The surviving members of the St. Martin’s 1948 team

 

15        What one book would you bring if marooned on a desert island?

            Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 17 January were 10, 11, 17 and 20 and there were no winners of the €15,000 jackpot which rolls over for another week. We had two “Match 3” winners who get €50 each so well done to Liam Codd and Frank Codd.

2017 Weekly Newsletter No.2

posted 1 Feb 2017, 04:40 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 1 Feb 2017, 04:47 ]

Operation Transformation

The local Piercestown / Murrintown version of Operation Transformation has got off to a great start last week and it’s now running every Tuesday and Friday evening at the Centre for 6 weeks at 8pm. It’s for over 18s only and is very informal and relaxed with more than 50 joggers and walkers already signed up, weighed in and getting to business around the walking track. The cost is a mere €2/night to cover the cost of lights etc and anyone wishing to join in can contact either Tracy Hamilton or Brid Quigley for further information.

 

Handball

There will be some serious handball action this evening in Piercestown as, in an all-Martin’s clash, David Stanners will take on Paddy Curran in the junior C semi-final while in the over 35s James Stanners will take on P. Roberts of Kilmyshall. Then on Wednesday evening, 18 January, Sean Stanners and Ian Curran will play a Bridgetown pair in their semi-final in the St. Joseph’s centre in town. On Thursday, 19 January, James Stanners will play Adam Walsh from St. Joseph’s in his JC semi-final at 7.15pm in the Josephs’ centre.

 

Upcoming events

  • Camogie Club AGM, Sunday 22 January at 4pm.

  • Tennis AGM, Wednesday 25 January, 7.30pm

  • Piercestown Community Text Alert Scheme AGM, Thursday 26 January at 7.30pm

 

Club Players Association

The Gaelic Club Players Association is trying to achieve an improvement in the situation around fixtures for the regular club player and it would be great if all players, coaches etc in the Club could log onto www.gaaclubplayers.com and to register with the association. There’s no cost to joining and non-playing mentors and supporters can also sign up.

 

A good deal for you AND for the Club

AIB has just launched a “Reward my Club” scheme to which St. Martin’s have signed up to so and which means, if purchase a new AIB Home Insurance policy and complete the ‘Reward my Club’ form to nominate St. Martin’s, we will get a €50 donation from the bank. The policy must remain active for a minimum of 3 month and the offer only applies to new AIB Insurance policies and excludes renewals. It’s underwritten by AXA and the key benefits of the Home Insurance offered are:

 

  • 30% Discount if you have been claims free for 3 years or more. Subject to a minimum premium of €157.50
  • 24 hour claims helpline, based in Ireland
  • Spread your payments over 12 months at no additional cost to the premium

 

Therefore, while the Club doesn’t endorse one specific product over another, we would ask that if you’re shopping around for home insurance to take a look at what AIB have to offer and IF IT SUITS YOU then to nominate St. Martin’s as the beneficiary of the €50 gift. As it takes €150,000 a year to run the Club every little bit really does help! If you’d like a quotation, contact Nycola Hillis in the Wexford Branch at 087.4101584 or email her at nycola.n.hillis@aib.ie. On taking out an insurance policy, all that’s required then is that you (or a friend or colleague) complete the “Reward my Club” form on www.aib.ie/gaainsurance where you will be asked to nominate the GAA Club of your choice. Hint: us please!

Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 3 January were 10, 11, 16 and 21 and there were no winners of the €15,000 jackpot which rolls over for another week. We did have three “Match 3” winners who get €50 each so well done to Statia Frayne & Joan O’Brien, Teddy Kavanagh and David & Jackie Dempsey.

Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta / Gaeltacht Scholarships

posted 11 Jan 2017, 02:36 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 04:46 ]

Any Club members interested in availing of the Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme is asked to contact Cian, the Club's Oifigeach Gaeilge, ASAP and by Friday 27 January at the latest. His email is cianolionain@gmail.com and both name and date of birth should be supplied.

Wexford GAA is again part-funding 14 scholarships for club members between the ages of 14 – 18 to attend a 3-week residential Gaeltacht course in the Connemara Gaeltacht. The course is designed to improve students’ fluency and develop their understanding of Irish in a fun and educational environment. The courses are fully accredited by the Department of Education and by Roinn na Gaeltachta. The course will take place in Coláiste Cholumba, An Cheathrú Rua, Conamara,Co. na Gaillimhe for 3 weeks from 27 June to 18 July.

The County Board has negotiated a discounted rate of €730 / student which means that the player and the Club would pay €243 each and Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman would pay €244. A combined payment from the player and the Club must be paid to Coiste na nÓg Loch Garman in the Spring, precise date to be confirmed.

 

The Club can nominate 2 players aged 14 - 18 who must be paid-up members of the club. In previous years we have had more than 2 people interested so we have had to draw names from a hat. The 14 scholarships will then be awarded at the February County Board meeting, again on the basis of a draw and priority will be given to Clubs who were not successful in the 2016 scholarship draw.

St. Martin's sent two people to the Gaeltacht in 2015 and the reviews were uniformly positive. For further details please log on to www.colaistecholumba.ie

2017 Weekly Newsletter, no. 1

posted 11 Jan 2017, 02:10 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 04:48 ]

Handball

Sean Stanners lost his county semi-final by 2-0 while Paddy Curran had to concede a walkover in the Leinster competition. It was better news in that competition however for James Stanners who beat Fergal Lawlor of Kilkenny by 21-6, 21-13. In the county team championship semi-finals, St. Martin’s will be playing St. Joseph’s with Bridgetown and Kilmyshall meeting in the other semi.

 

 

Camogie

The Camogie Club AGM will take place on Sunday 22 January at 4pm.

 

Club Players Association

The Gaelic Club Players Association was endorsed at the recent Wexford GAA annual convention, the first county to do so. The main aims of the CPA are to create a well-organised fixtures calendar for players in every county, one that gives the normal club player a voice in the scheduling of games in order to allow players to plan all the other aspects of daily life. While intercounty players are represented by the GPA, the Gaelic Players Association, the other 98% have not had a voice in how the GAA is run and so moves are now afoot to get club players signed up to this new organisation. Within St. Martin’s, Ian Waters is spearheading this initiative and he is asking all adult club players to log onto www.gaaclubplayers.com and to register with the association. There’s no cost to joining and non-playing mentors and supporters can also sign up.

 

As a dual county, it’s vital that a better balance between club and intercounty demands be arrived at so Ian is hoping that all who’re interested in this will log on and sign up. Declan Ruth, former Wexford intercounty star, is leading on the development of Wexford participation in this initiative and it is hoped to pull together suggestions and fixtures proposals over the coming months with the aim of making major urgent progress as soon as possible. These proposals will fully recognise the importance of intercounty competitions but will also balance the vital importance of the Clubs at the heart of all GAA activity. While it might be 2018 before this initiative can impact on fixtures, broad support for the aims of the GAA Club Players Association is merited.

 

 

Piercestown Community Text Alert AGM

The first AGM of the Piercestown Community Text Alert Scheme will be held on Thursday 26 January 2017 at 7.30pm in the Centre. The AGM will give the local people of Piercestown Parish a chance to obtain information and gain an insight into how the scheme has been operating to date.  The AGM is open to anyone and the Committee encourages as many people as possible to attend on the night.   Community Text Alert Schemes have been set up to empower local communities, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, to fight burglaries and other rural crime.  The Piercestown Community Text Alert scheme has been operational since early 2016 and is open to new members at all times.  Anyone wishing to join should make contact with the Committee.

 

 

 

A good deal for you AND for the Club

AIB has just launched a “Reward my Club” scheme to which St. Martin’s have signed up to so and which means, if purchase a new AIB Home Insurance policy and complete the ‘Reward my Club’ form to nominate St. Martin’s, we will get a €50 donation from the bank. The policy must remain active for a minimum of 3 month and the offer only applies to new AIB Insurance policies and excludes renewals. It’s underwritten by AXA and the key benefits of the Home Insurance offered are:

 

  • 30% Discount if you have been claims free for 3 years or more. Subject to a minimum premium of €157.50
  • 24 hour claims helpline, based in Ireland
  • Spread your payments over 12 months at no additional cost to the premium

 

Therefore, while the Club doesn’t endorse one specific product over another, we would ask that if you’re shopping around for home insurance to take a look at what AIB have to offer and IF IT SUITS YOU then to nominate St. Martin’s as the beneficiary of the €50 gift. As it takes €150,000 a year to run the Club every little bit really does help! If you’d like a quotation, contact Nycola Hillis in the Wexford Branch at 087.4101584 or at nycola.n.hillis@aib.ie. On taking out an insurance policy, all that’s required then is that you (or a friend or colleague) complete the “Reward my Club” form on www.aib.ie/gaainsurance where you will be asked to nominate the GAA Club of your choice. Hint: us please!

 

 

 

Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Tuesday 3 January were 4, 17, 21 and 23 and there were no winners of the €15,000 jackpot which rolls over for another week. We did have two “Match 3” winners who get €50 each so well done to Paul Wilson and Mick Dee.

 

Junior Tennis News

posted 12 Sep 2016, 08:16 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 Sep 2016, 08:18 ]

A very successful Parks tennis camp was run at St. Martin’s during the four weeks of July.  The weather proved to be kind with no wet mornings. A big thank you to the three coaches involved: Rory O’Connor, Lucy McGuinness and Caitriona Sinnott – all of whom had learned the game through Parks at underage level. The players had great success on Finals Day in the Boat Club on Friday July 27th.  They won the overall trophy for best club in the Finals.

 

The following are those who performed well in the deciders;

 

Under 14 Doubles: David Codd & Rory Walsh  - Winners

Under 16 Doubles: Adam Feery & John Hennessey – Winners

Under 10 Girls Singles: Grace O’Connor – Winner

Under 12 Boys Singles: Ben Larkin – Winner

Under 14 Boys Singles: Kevin Culleton – Winner

Under 16 Boys Singles: Adam Feery – Runner-up


Also, please note that the outcomes of the Summer League series can be found under the Tennis Section of this website. 

Club Strategic Development Plan 2016 - 2021

posted 4 Aug 2016, 16:49 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 6 Aug 2016, 01:15 ]

The Club's first ever Strategic Development Plan, covering the five-year period to 2021, was launched on Thursday 4 August by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl. The plan is now available to view in detail under the "Download Section" on this website and summary brochures, capturing the key points, will be distributed throughout the Parish in the coming months.

We hope that the Plan will help us in our future development and, if you'd like to help with implementation of the Plan or to suggest other issues that could be addressed under it, please feel free to contact Club Secretary Jack Roche at secretary.stmartins.wexford@gaa.ie

Your Club, Your Say: open forum, Weds 16 March @ 7.30pm

posted 14 Mar 2016, 17:01 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 14 Mar 2016, 17:02 ]

The Club is hosting an open forum for anyone with an interest in any aspect of the Club, or indeed with an interest in community development more generally in the Piercestown-Murrintown area, on Wednesday 16 March at 7.30pm.

The aim of the forum is to help in the preparation of a 5-year development plan for the Club which we hope will cover everything from the playing field, to facilities, to wider community engagement. This forum is open to members and non-members alike and we really hope to see a good crowd in the Centre to take part in this very important conversation.

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