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2017 Weekly Newsletter, no. 1

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


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.




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 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 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!




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.