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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 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



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 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 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 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?



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.