Club Newsletter - no. 29, August 11

posted 3 Sep 2015, 04:51 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 11 Jan 2017, 06:05 ]

Adult mens’ teams

Our senior footballers travelled to Taghmon on Friday night to take on Horeswood in round 4 of the Tom Doyle Supplies senior championship and, after their excellent win the previous week against St. James, hopes were high and we were not let down as a well-drilled Martin’s team won by 2-18 to 0-4. The senior team reacquainted themselves with their hurls when they played Mount Leinster Rangers in a challenge match on Sunday morning. This was a very tough, physical encounter which was played right on the edge at times and the Carlow team won by 5 points. Nonetheless, it was an excellent workout for our lads and this was then followed by another challenge match on Monday night against Rapparess to ensure that all squad members got playing time. The outcome in last night’s match was a narrow one-point win for the Enniscorthy team in a fairly high-scoring game that will stand the lads in good stead for the weeks ahead. Next up for them now is Glynn Barntown in the hurling championship on Friday night in Taghmon at 7.15pm.


Coiste na nÓg

Our under 12s played two hurling matches last week, away to Shelmaliers on Tuesday night and in Glynn Barntown on Thursday. The A team was desperately unlucky to lose both matches, the first by 2 goals and the second by only 2 points. There was greater success however for the B team who beat Shels by 5-2 to 2-1 and then defeated Glynn by 5-6 to 1-2. Next up for the boys is a football match tomorrow night in Gorey against Naomh Éanna and then, on Saturday, we will be hosting Raheny from Dublin and we will play them in both hurling and football (starting at 11am).

The under 9 and 10 boys had a successful couple of weeks in their Go Games Hurling matches with a clean sweep of wins over St Mary's Rosslare last week and Cushinstown last Friday. The boys are putting together an excellent series of performances and with a rock solid defence the older boys conceded just 1-2 over the two matches. At the other end the score taking has been of a very high quality with every player playing their part.This week will see football to the fore with Cúl Camps all week followed by matches v Sarsfields on Friday (details to be confirmed).

Our under 16 hurlers were due to play their quarter final took place last night, Monday 10 August, versus Bann Gaels in Piercestown but, at the 11th hour, they were given a walkover as Bann Gaels were unable to field a team.  The minor footballers welcome Taghmon to Piercestown again, tonight, for round 7 of the premier football championship and the action kicks off at 7.30pm. The lads had a challenge match on Saturday in Kilkenny against James Stephens; unfortunately, due to absence of 5 or so ‘Village’ players on inter-county duty, it was a very one-sided game in our favour but we hope to welcome a full-strength Stephens’ team to Piercestown before the season is out.

The Coiste was recently the delighted recipient of €1,000 in the Topaz “Cash for Clubs” draw. A massive thank-you is owing to all the parents who helped collect the 500 cards needs to enter the draw, and a big thanks to Eamon & Joan Roche at our local Topaz garage on the Rosslare Road for all the help as well.


Wexford Coiste na nÓg Co. Board Gate Charges:   We are coming to that time of year when we are fast approaching Semi-Finals  & Finals Stage for All Grades.  The following Gate Charges will apply - U12 Shield Finals (Both Codes) Admission Fee €5.00; U14 to Minor - Cup Semi- Finals & Finals (Both Codes) Admission Fee €5.00; U14 to Minor - Shield Finals (Both Codes) €5.00.


Féile Peile na nÓg: the below letter of appreciation was received by the Club from Longstone GAC, the Co. Down football team we recently hosted.

On behalf of the Players, Mentors, Parents and Supporters of Longstone under 14 Féile team, we would like to extend our sincere thanks for the very generous welcome and hospitality afforded by you during the Féile Peil na nÓg.

Your Club’s time and effort in its preparation was clearly evident and made for a very enjoyable and memorable weekend for all who attended. 

The Players returned to the club with a better understanding of what the GAA is all about.

 We hope to meet in the future,

Longstone GAC.


GAA Youth Forum

The #GAAyouth Forum will be held on Saturday 24 October in Croke Park (10.30 – 16.30). The Forum is open to male and female club players in two age groups: 12 – 16 and 17 – 21. The theme for the 2015 #GAAyouth Forum is “Your Voice, Your Lifestyle, Your GAA” and the focus of the day will be on:

  • Healthy Lifestyle – the do’s and don’ts
  • Practical tips to improve your Game – debunking the myths


Delegates attending the Forum will be provided with an opportunity to:

  • Keep a ‘Lifestyle Diary’
  • Learn how to improve their lifestyle through proper Diet & Nutrition
  • Practical tips to improve their game in the Croke Park Warm-Up Rooms
  • Discuss how young people can influence changes in relation to Player Welfare in the GAA


Workshops on the day are being developed by experts in the field including Brendan Egan (Sport Scientist/Sligo Footballer), Cathal Cregg (Connacht GAA S&C Advisor/Roscommon Footballer) and Michael Fennelly (S&C Lecturer / Kilkenny Hurler). The Forum is being run in conjunction with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) with the support of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and An Cumann Camógaíochta.  200 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in two age groups: 12 – 16 and 17 – 21. The online application forms are available on

There are two ways to apply:

• Online Application by an Individual: A young player can complete an individual application form online and identify an adult in their Club who endorses their application.

• Online Application by a Club: 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 Application Process will open on Friday 7th August and will close on Friday 2nd October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 9th October.  For further information please see or contact Caoimhe Ní Néill ( or 01.865 8622)



Our under 10s played two very exciting matches at home last Tuesday night against Kilmore and St Anne's and the under 12s played St. Anne’s on Saturday morning (though we’re still awaiting confirmation of the result!).

Then on Wednesday our under 16 team overcame St. Ibar’s in a desperately exciting game in a cold and wet Patrick’s Park which saw the match level in the dying minutes until a trio of goals saw us progress to the county premier final by 3-9 to 1-5. Siobhán Alouf got the girls off to a flying start with two points from play with Lettie also pointing two frees shortly afterwards on foot of fouls on Becky Hamilton and Anna Mulligan. Lettie then scored from play with the last score of the first half going to Anna Mulligan following a superb ball in from the hard working Anna Mai Stafford at half back. Half time score was 0-6 to 0-4. Mary Barrett and Anna Mai gave an exhibition of high fielding in the second haf and Lettie pointed two more to extend the margin before St Ibars got through on goal, narrowing the gap to just a single point. A foul on their midfielder shortly after saw the teams draw level with just minutes to go. However our girls drove on and after a lot of pulling in the goal mouth the sliotar eventually hit the net, credit given to both Alouf and Mulligan. This brought the girls back to life and in the dying minutes not only did Becky Hamilton fire home another goal but so too did Ella O’Connor, while Mulligan also pointed.

The senior camogie team will next be in action at home to Buffers Alley on August 19th in the championship quarter final.


Ladies’ football

In ladies football, a huge well done to Emma Codd, Becky Hamilton and Niamh Dunne on their recent fine win over Leitrim in the  All Ireland u16 C final. Last Friday evening our minors played Munn Abban Gaels in a  play-off for the last semi-final spot. From the start the girls were well up for it and they fully deserved their win by 6-8 to 1-10. The intermediate team played their last group game last night (Monday) against Clonard. This was a must win game for our girls to get a semi-final place and, in a thrilling encounter, the girls won by 1-13 to 0-12 to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time. Having lead by 0-9 to 0-4 at halftime with the aid of the breeze, the girls found themselves 0-12 to 0-11 down with 5 minutes to go. However they showed great courage to bag 1-1 in the closing minutes (the goal coming from centre forward Muireann Byrne) to beat their hosts and stay alive in the championship. Tomorrow, Wednesday, our under 16s play Ballygarret at home at 7.30pm.


Murrintown Piercestown Fittest Family

Chris Culleton will host a Family and Friends CPR AED Coffee morning on Sunday 16 August 16th in the St. Martin’s at 10.30am. Why not come along and, over a few snacks, learn the basics that could help you to save the life of a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest?

Another Fittest Family fundraising event that will be kicking off on Sunday night is a Skittles tournament, hosted by Mick Morrissey and costing just €5 for 4 weeks’ fun with scores from your best 3 weeks counting. Mick will be starting things at 9.30pm in the bar and it promises to be great craic.


Annual Charity Cycle

Finally, now that the Tour de France is over, cycling thoughts should turn to the annual St. Martin’s charity cycle which take place on Sunday 13 September. Route details and further information will be available online shortly but, for now, pencil the date into your diaries!



All membership subscriptions are now overdue and in particular, for those who intend to attend the 2015 AGM later in the year and help to shape the future of the Club, your membership is looooong overdue. Compared with last year we are still short some 25 non-playing members (Darren Sane is looking after players’ membership) so please contact Chris Culleton at 086.8476116 ASAP to sort this out. Chris will be at the pitch at 8am on Saturday morning if you want to pay your Pavilion membership of €20.00. While it’s great to see that there are lots of people using the walking track, only one person has contacted Chris to pay this membership since the sign was put in place at the start of the track.


Use of hurling helmets

The GAA is reminding all players at all levels in all hurling games and hurling practice sessions it is mandatory for, and the responsibility of, each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:335 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI). All players are advised that in the event of a head injury occurring, if the helmet being worn does not meet the standard or is modified or altered from the original manufactured state, they are not covered under the terms of the GAA Player Injury Fund.


The following manufactured helmets have been approved;

1. O'Neills

2. Aspis (Smyths Toys)

3. Azzurri

4. Cooper Helmets

5. Marc Helmets

6. Mycro Helmets

7. Atek Sports