Club Notes - 2014-11-18

posted 20 Nov 2014, 04:25 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 05:46 ]

Strictly Club Dancing / Talent Show

The Club’s social event of the year took place on Saturday night in the Talbot Hotel when 6 dance pairs and 4 musical groups took to the stage for our Strictly Club Dancing & Talent Show. Right from the off, the standard of the performers, the staging and all-round production were of really high quality and it provided a fantastic night’s entertainment. The dancing couples were Andy & Jenny Firman, Dermot Rossiter & Edel Audsley, Harry O’Connor & Rachel Cantwell, James Dunne & Marie Mernagh, David Dempsey & Joanne Fenelon, and Donncha Quigley & Tracey Browne and the standard of dancing on display was a great credit to our couples. When the dancers finished, the musical acts came on stage and the first up was a huge supergroup  called “Misfits” as Jimmy Furlong led out what seemed to be a cast of thousands. They were followed on stage by LAMA, a slick 4 member group of camogie starlets who were dressed to the nines. Then Wrong Direction, six young men with big ideas, swaggered onto stage and proceeded to entertain and shock in equal measure with a mixture of choirboy singing and in-your-face hip hop. Finally it was the turn of the Travelling Campers, a trio of our more seasoned men who looked like a local version of the Rat Pack.


Michael D’Arcy (who also served as the Talent Show judge) and James O’Sullivan of Corner Boy entertained the huge crowd while the audience votes were being counted and, at 11pm, the results were announced. Edel Audsley and Dermot Rossiter were crowned the dancing queen and king and, on the musical front, the camogie girls claimed the bragging rights as their group, LAMA, were announced as winners. Thereafter, the night descended into less sophisticated dancing both in the Talbot and throughout the town. Massive thanks must go to Brendan Roche and Brian Cantwell who were the brains behind this great night and to the Talbot Hotel, and her general manager Dick Walsh, who were of huge help to the event.



A lot of our camogie players will be returning to the Talbot on Friday as the county under 18 and senior teams will be receiving their Leinster medals at a special reception. Well done to our under 18s, Muireann Byrne (team captain), Katie O’Connor, Amy Cardiff, Chloe Fox, Lauren Carty and Sarah O’Connor and clubwoman Deirdre Colfer who was a selector with the county team. At senior level, Noeleen Lambert, Lisa Bolger and Linda Bolger were important members of the team.  


Adult men

On the mens’ side of the Club, there was a well-attended players’ meeting on Friday night to review 2014 and to discuss plans for the year ahead. The discussions were very positive and the club is confident that better engagement with the players will help us to put our best foot forward in 2015. Almost 30 players attended the meeting which was facilitated by the senior committee and, over the course of 90 minutes, there was very fruitful debate. Players were broken into smaller focus groups and asked to address particular issues and the Club wants to recognise the open and positive approach taken by the players in this.  


The senior AGM will be on Friday 5 December and any motions, or nominations for committee or coaching positions, are to be submitted in writing to the Secretary, Jack Roche, by this Friday, 21 November. All players and senior members are asked to attend the AGM as key coaching and management positions will be filled on the night.


The adult men met again on Saturday morning to help with the Scrap Saturday fundraising drive. This was a great success as around 6 tons of scrap was collected and we’d like to thank all those players who helped out. Our under 21 footballers will be playing their county semi-final next Saturday AT HOME at 2pm against Fethard. It would be great to finish the year off on a high so hopefully the entire club can turn out to support the lads. Sarsfields play Shelmaliers in the other semi-final.


Coiste na nÓg

The Coiste na nÓg will have its AGM on Friday 28 December at 8pm and we’d encourage anyone with any interest in the underage section of the Club to attend. Also, anyone interested in getting involved with the camogie club next year is asked to put their names forward. No matter how big or small you may feel your contribution is it all adds up to the running of our very successful club. Coiste would, in particular, be delighted if some of the adult players would volunteer to do one evening’s coaching a month with an underage team as experience has shown that our younger players respond really well to being taught by younger, active players.


Rackard League

Congratulations to the boys’ Rackard League who won the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Rackard League football Roinn A title last Wednesday in St. Patrick’s Park after beating Horeswood in a dramatic final on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-12. This is the first time in 16 years that the title has come back to the parish and, after our lads beat Gorey CBS in a replayed semi-final, this is the first time since 2006 that the title hasn’t gone to Gorey!


Scór na nÓg

We have had no volunteers yet to represent the Club in this year’s Scór na nÓg Wexford (South) competition will take place in Rathangan hall on Friday November 21st but it’s not too late if there are musical club members under 17 willing to represent us in this competition. Last year was the first time in a long while that we took part and we had great success, with several reaching the county final, and – more importantly – great fun.  Hopefully we might get a team together to compete in the table quiz which will be a straight final on Thursday November 27th in Glynn-Barntown GAA. Last year we finished in 2nd place so it’d be great to go one better and qualify for the All Ireland final which will be in Dublin. finish.


Club Lotto

The Club Lotto numbers drawn on Sunday 16th were 4, 7, 19 and 20 and there were no overall winners which means the giant jackpot of €15,000 rolls over for another week. However, Barry Wilson did “match 3” so he’s now €50 richer! Anyone wishing to sign up to the Lotto need only approach any Committee member.  


Finally, our condolences to Tom Higgins and his family on the passing of his mother who was buried in Mallow, Co. Cork on Sunday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis