Club Newsletter No. 40 - October 29th

posted 5 Nov 2015, 01:16 by Cian OLionain   [ updated 12 Jan 2017, 01:03 ]

It was Charles Dickens who wrote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” and the last few weeks have echoed that in a sporting sense, as we veered from the highs of reaching two senior county finals to the lows of defeat in both. However, it’s important to maintain some perspective and to recognise the massive achievement by such a young squad to reach both finals and to look forward with hope and confidence to great things next year and beyond.


Adult mens’ teams

Sunday was an historic day for the Club, having two teams in adult hurling finals in Wexford Park but unfortunately both teams fell at the final hurdle.


There was fantastic support in the Park for both our teams and we’d like to thank all those who cheered and stayed on to commiserate with both teams. For the seniors, it was a 2nd final defeat in a week although the performance level in Sunday’s hurling final was much higher and the performance by so many of our younger players gives real hope for the future. The final 8-point margin doesn’t reflect the performance by the team who managed to close the gap to a mere 3 points halfway through the second half having recovered from the shock of conceding two goals to a very experienced Oulart team in the first half. In the end, it was Oulart’s greater experience that told but hopefully our lads will learn from this defeat and use it to good effect in the years ahead. When we look back on the progression over the last two years, from a relegation final to safety and then on to the weekend’s county final, there’s a very positive trajectory and we hope that can be maintained next year.


Oulart-The Ballagh 2-15 St.Martin's 0-13


TEAM: Luke White; Willie Devereux, Tomás Waters, Conor Firman; Patrick O'Connor, Joe O'Connor (0-2), Aaron Maddock; Jake Firman, Daithí Hayes; Rory O'Connor, Paudie Kelly (0-3 frees), Daithí Waters; Ciarán Lyng (capt., 0-5, 1 free), Mark Maloney, Harry O'Connor (0-1). Subs. - Stephen Murphy (0-2) for Maloney (HT), Joe Coleman for H. O'Connor (43), Seán Stafford for J. Firman (56), also Ken Furlong, Donal Kelly, Ryan Murphy, Edward O'Byrne, Tony Kelly, Ciarán Redmond, Darren Codd, Jack O'Connor.


The junior A final was the first match in the Park and Davidstown-Courtnacuddy’s first team proved too strong for our 2nd team.  The lads’ performance never hit the heights they had reached in previous matches during the year but, again, we draw consolation from reaching the final and from the great waves of youth that are coming on to our adult teams.


Davidstown-Courtnacuddy 3-11 St.Martin's 1-7

St. Martin's: Phelim O'Connor; Tony Kelly, Ken Furlong, Kevin Price; Adrian Ryan, John Coleman (capt., 1-1 frees), Johnny Hamilton; Pádraig Morrissey, Ciarán Redmond; Darren Codd, Richard Devereux, Nicky Greene (0-2); Conor Coleman (0-3, 1 free), Edward O'Byrne (0-1), Michael Kearney. Subs. - Mikey Coleman for Redmond (25), David Higgins for Morrissey (38), Evan Dunbar for Hamilton (42), Micheál Lyng for Kearney (49), Paddy Curran for O'Byrne (51), also Dylan Byrne, Alan Kehoe, Barry O'Connor, Tomás Coleman, Eoghan Rackard, Paudie Fitzmaurice, Martin Whelan, Derek Howlin.


Coiste na nÓg

The long-awaited minor hurling Premier championship final against Glynn-Barntown will take place in Wexford Park this Saturday 31 October at 1.30 p.m. The lads deserve massive support and it would be great if they could lift the title and give the whole club a boost. It’d certainly make for a great night’s trick or treating!!



Our minor premier camogie final will take place on Saturday also, in Oylegate, at 11am and the girls will cross swords again with Rathnure (who of course bested us so narrowly in the senior semi-final).


Schools’ GAA

The girls’ Rackard League final is due to be played after the midterm break and we will post details of that when we get them.The boys went out at the semi-final stage to Kilmuckridge and many thanks to Mr. Murphy and Mr. White who facilitated training all year.



The Handball AGM will take place this Wednesday 28 November at 8pm in the Centre.


Scór na nÓg

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. Scór was established in 1969 with the aim of promoting our traditional past-times and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months when Hurling, Football, Handball, Rounders, Camogie and Ladies Football had ceased.  The following are the 8 events/disciplines in Scór:

1.    Rince Fóirne (Figure Dancing).

2.    Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing).

3.    Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht (Recitation/Story-telling).

4.    Ceol Úirlise (Instrumental Music.

5.    Léiriú Stáitse (Stage Presentation).

6.    Bailéad Grúpa (Ballad Group).

7.    Rince Fóirne (Set Dancing)

8.    Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird (Table Quiz).

Full details are available from the GAA website. Scór is divided into two age levels, Scór na nÓg for people under 17 years on 1st January 2016 and Scór Sinsir for those over 17 years of age on 1st January 2016. Th  the following arrangements for this year’s Scór competitions.


The Wexford Scór Committee has announced the following competition arrangements: Clubs in the Wexford and New Ross Districts (Co. Semi-Final South) will compete in Bannow on Friday 13 November while clubs in the Enniscorthy & Gorey Districts (Co. Semi-Final North) will compete in Oulart Community Centre on Saturday 14 November. Registration will begin at 7pm each night and the competitions will begin at 7.30pm. The County Final of Scór na nÓg Loch Garman will be held in Bannow on Friday 27 November, beginning at 7.30pm.

The Scór na nÓg Table Quiz (Team of four members with ten rounds of 8 questions) will take place in Glynn/Barntown GAA Complex, Killurin on Thursday 19 November at 7.30pm.
Rounds of questions will be under the following headings:

1. Gaelic & Ladies Football
2 Hurling & Camogie
3. General GAA
4. Irish History
5. World History & World Geography
6. Irish Geography
7. Irish Current Affairs
8. World Current Affairs
9. Irish Culture
10. General Knowledge.

Each round of questions will include a “ceist as Gaeilge”.

Winners of the Table Quiz will qualify directly for the All-Ireland Final while the winners of the other Scór na nÓg Stage Competitions will advance to the Leinster semi-final to be held in Parnell’s GAA Club on Saturday 12 December. County winners from Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Louth, Meath and Offaly will compete at that semi-final. The Leinster Final of Scór na nÓg will be held on Sunday 3 January in Ballymore, Co. Westmeath. The All-Ireland Finals of Scór na nÓg will be held in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on 30 January.

Scór competitors must be registered members of their club (hurling, football, handball, rounders, camogie or ladies football). Full-time professional performers are not eligible to take part in competitions in which they specialise. A club need only enter one group or competitor in any of the specific Scór events.


Adult Scór (Scór Sinsir)
The Wexford Co. Final of Scór Sinsir (over 17 years) will be held on Saturday 13 February 2016 in Oulart Community Centre. Competitions are the same as in Scór na nÓg. The Scór Sinsir Table Quiz will take place in Glynn/Barntown GAA Complex on Thursday 11 February, beginning at 7.30pm.The Quiz winners will advance to the All-Ireland Final. The Leinster semi-finals of the Stage Competitions will be held on 21 February and the Leinster Final will be on the first weekend in March. The All-Ireland Finals will be held in Killarney on 2 April.


We would be delighted to have some Club representation in both age-groups and anyone interested in competing is asked to contact Cian, Club PRO and Oifigeach Gaeilge ASAP.


Begin rehearsing and have fun. Bain triail as Scór! Is cinnte go mbainnfidh tú féin agus do cháirde taitneamh as!


Please see attached schedule for Coach Education in Wexford for 2015/2016. These courses are open to all, but must be booked in advance. Booking can be done online or by contacting the Club Secretary, Jack Roche, or the Coiste na nÓg Secretary, Hilary Codd. All foundation awards will take place before Christmas, while Award 1 courses will commence starting in January. If you have any queries the Wexford coaching team can be contacted at or by calling 053-9144808.


Don’t forget that it’s now club policy that ALL coaches working with underage players MUST have a recognised coaching qualification. For anyone out there looking to get on the coaching ladder, the handiest first step is the Foundation Course that will be held in St. Martin’s on 30 January and 6 February when our own George O’Connor will be the lead tutor.


Club Shop

Any Christmas orders for the Club Shop must be submitted by Friday 6 November. We’ve an extensive range of highly desirable gifts, from gilets to beanies, sweatshirts to hoodies so get in now with your orders.


Fun at St. Martin’s

The Ballycogley Players will bring their brilliant comedy show to St Martins GAA Centre on Sunday 8 November at 8pm. This will be to mark the reopening of the main stage in the centre. Tickets are only €10 each and can be purchased on the night. All are welcome.


There will be a 70s and 80s disco in the St Martins Centre on Saturday 14 November at 9.30pm. While fancy dress is not compulsory it would be great to see you dress to suit the era and THERE WILL BE A PRIZE for the best costume. So dust down your flares, your leg warmers and your afros. This is the night to put them on.


Club Lotto

Finally, the Club Lotto numbers drawn on Monday 26 October were 6, 7, 26 and 32. We had no winners and so the giant €15,000 jackpot rolls over for yet another next week.


We’d like to thank all those who’ve signed up recently to the lotto; if you’re interested in buying or selling weekly tickets (which are proving to be a great success) simply contact Club Treasurer, Frank Codd, at 087.6593553.