Laois GAA Digest - All the latest news from the clubs in Laois

Sport Editor


Sport Editor


Laois GAA Digest - All the latest news from the clubs in Laois


There was no winner of Thursday's €11,600 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 20, 26, 30, 32. We had two €20 winners, Aidan and John Kennedy, and Paul Davis and Christine Devlin. Next week's jackpot is €11,800. Thanks again for all your support.

We have a number of ongoing projects to maintain/improve our club facilities and subsequently we hope that you can continue your support and become a member of your club for 2018. (details to follow)

Club Texting System
Please be aware that Ballinakill GAA Club have a texting system to inform all interested members / followers of the club of upcoming social events, matches, lotto results etc . Should you wish to avail of the system please TEXT 0872355301 with your name and number and you will be included within all such messages throughout 2018.

Jogging Track
Ballinakill GAA want to remind the whole community that the jogging track is available to use as a free and safe alternative to the dark roads at this time of year. Each lap of the main pitch is 500 metres. The track and ball wall (sponsored by Copper Face Jacks' Cathal Jackson and Dowling Quarries) is fully illuminated up to 21:30 every evening. Rules at main entrance gate.

Help Needed
The Club is always looking for good ideas, and people to drive good ideas! If you have any suggestions to improve on our facilities/fundraising capabilities etc please feel to contact 087-2355301 to discuss.


Dinner Dance
Ballypickas GAA Club's dinner dance for the presentation of 2017 Junior Hurling Championship medals is on Saturday the 20th of January in the manor hotel in Abbeyleix. The Club's Annual Awards will also be presented on the the night. Tickets are only €30 for a three course meal with Music on the night by Damian Bowe & The Vows Weddeng Band. For anyone who wants to see the band and not get the meal there will be a €10 charge on the door from 10:30. Contact Mary on 086-8381992, Tom on 087-7929481, John on 087-2859644 or any club member for tickets or more information.


Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw
Tickets are currently on sale for the 2018 Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw. The Annual Fund Raising initiative run by the Laois County Board, it is one of our Clubs primary revenue sources with Park/Ratheniska taking home close to 3/4's of the purchase price. However only tickets bought from the Park/Ratheniska GAA Club benefit the Park/Ratheniska GAA Club, so please make sure to buy your tickets from a GAA Club member.
These tickets remain our single most important fund-raiser for the club and members are urged to support this in every way possible, be it buying a full ticket, or perhaps sharing a ticket with some friends or family members.
We now have an payment plan which you can avail of should you so wish. More information on it can be found on the plan on our website,, but essentially you can roll your membership, club lotto and All County Clubs Members Draw into the one monthly payment of €18, spread out over 12 months, and save yourself €30.
Tickets are €130 each and can be sourced from any GAA Club member. And if you feel you can't purchase a full ticket, then half and quarter shares are also available, so please, do what you can! Thank you all once again for your continued support.

Athletic Development Workshop With Peter Hally
We're delighted to announce that Laois GDA Peter Hally will hold an Athletic Development Workshop in Ratheniska Hall, next Tuesday night, January 16th from 7-8pm.
Hurling and Football mentors from U8 to Senior are requested to attend as Peter will tailor parts of the workshop to make it relevant for each age group on the night.

Laois GAA Coaching Courses
Laois GAA Foundation Football Course, Feb 16th - 17th: The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop hurling or football. Anyone interested in attending should go to for more information.
Laois GAA Foundation Hurling Course, Feb 9th - 10th: The Foundation Award is the introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games. The course is aimed at beginner coaches and will enable participants to assist a coach in the organisation of activities to develop hurling or football. Anyone interested in attending should go to for more information.
Laois GAA Award 1 Child Football Coaching Course: The Award 1 course has been designed to take account of the different playing capacities that exist between children (up to 12 years), youths (age 13 – 18) and Adults (age 19+) and the competencies that a coach is required to display when working with each of the playing populations. Therefore, coaches can specialise in coaching the particular players that they are involved with. Anyone interested in attending should go to for more information.

U7 Hurling - Friday Night Lights Schedule
The schedule for the 2018 U-7 Hurling Friday Night Lights has been announced.
Friday 19/1/18 - 6.30pm. VENUE: Trumera GAA. Teams Involved: Trumera, Park-Ratheniska Timahoe, Borris-in-Ossory Kilcotton.
Friday 26/1/18 - 6.30pm: VENUE: Ballacolla. Teams Involved: Clough-Ballacolla, Mountrath White, Rathdowney-Errill, Park-Ratheniska Timahoe.
Friday 2/2/18 - 6.30pm: VENUE: Cullohill Hall. Teams Involved: The Harps, Mountrath Red, Park-Ratheniska Timahoe, Mountrath White.

Club Lotto
Results from draw on January 8. Jackpot: €9,200. Numbers: 1, 6, 8, 15. No Winner. €30 Winners - Pat McEvoy, Caroline O'Connell, Frances McEvoy, Betty Brophy, Mick Ryan, Martin Kelly.


Our Annual General Meeting was held on Friday last 5th January and the following officers were elected for 2018.
Chairman - David Murphy Snr; Vice Chair - Padraig Maher; Secretary - Dave Clarke; Asst Sec - Michael Lawlor; Treasurer - Aine Murphy; Asst Treasurer - Grainne McCann; PRO - Darren Bracken; County Board Delegate - Niall Slevin; Registrar - Padraig Coffey Jnr; Cultural Officer - Pat Galvin; Player Rep - Cathal Ryan; Games Dev Chair - Joe Dwyer; Social Committee Chair - Pat Sweeney.

Our bingo continues every Tuesday @ 8.30pm up in the GAA Center with €2000 in prize money to be won.

Combined club lotto tickets on sale every week with the Jackpot up to €12,000, tickets can be purchased from The Pint Of Port, Burbages, Spars Station Rd, Luttrells and any committee member.

County Board Draw
The All County Draw tickets are out also with four monthly draws with prize money of €100,000 to be won.Tickets are €130 and be paid by monthly installments and are available from any committee member. This is the club's main yearly income and would encourage people of the town to support the club with this draw.

Dinner Dance
The Annual Dinner Dance is on January 26th in The Heritage Hotel Killenard where the successful winning Minor and U-21s will be presented their county medals. Music on the night and it promises to be a great night, tickets are €40 are on sale from Darren Bracken, Niall Slevin and Adrianne McCarthy.


The Club Annual General Meeting was held recently in The Physio Centre, The Square, where the members reviewed the activities of the past year and laid plans for the next twelve months.
2017 was deemed to be another successful year, with the completion of a historic 5-in-a-row Laois Senior Championship titles as well as winning back the U-14A Championship and also the Minor B Championship.
Topics covered included: 1 - Address by Club Chairman, 2 - Reports from Club Officers and Team mentors, 3 - Election of incoming Officers and Committee.
Sarsfields Committee for 2018: Chairperson - Jim Halley; Vice-chairperson - Emma McEvoy; Secretary/PRO - Michael O’Loughlin; Asst Sec - Ciara O’Loughlin; Asst PRO - Meaghan Dunne; Treasurer - Michael Dowling Jnr; Asst Treasurer - Dom Dunne; Registrar - Jenny McEvoy; C&L and Injury Claims Officer - Kathleen O’Loughlin; Childrens Officer - to be appointed.
Committee Members: Tim McEvoy, Eamon O’Brien, Simon O’Meara, Emmet Conroy, Emma Dunne, John Griffin. County Board delegates: Aileen O’Loughlin, John Griffin, Kathleen O’Loughlin, Jim Halley, Eamon O’Brien, Ml. O’Loughlin plus player.

Presentation Night
The presentation of medals to the Sarsfields successful 2017 teams took place at a function in the Golf Clubhouse in Garryhinch on Saturday night. The Minor B medals were presented by team Manager Alan George and the Senior medals were presented by Club Chairman Jim Halley in the unavoidable absence of senior Manager Gerry O’Flaherty.
Senior Panel: Clodagh Dunne, Emma McEvoy, Jenny McEvoy, Casey Conroy, Ciara Hughes, Mags McEvoy, Alison McEvoy, Tracey Lawlor, Joyce Dunne, Laura M Maher, Ciara Burke, Rosemarie Bermingham, Meaghan Dunne, Aileen O’Loughlin (Capt), Lorna O’Sullivan, Amy Loughman, Clare Conlon, Yvonne Comerford, Aine O’Neill, Ciara O’Loughlin, Becky Williams, Lauren Kearney, Aine Moore, Rachel Williams, Caoimhe Callaly.
Minor Panel: Jenna Griffin, Ava Lawlor, Rachel O’Connor, Kate Hourigan, Orla Whelan, Aine Moore, Niamh Ryan, Aine O’Neill(Capt), Rosemary White, Amy Farrington, Carey O’Brien, Mary Hyland, Leah Tarpey, Ciara Hughes, Kiahara Dempsey, Megan Friel Ava Conroy, Roisin Scully, Emma Lawlor, Sinead Wall, Sophie Lawlor, Anna Hyland, Roisin Dowling, Eva Hyland, Kathleen Dwyer.


Lotto draw results for January 8th. Numbers drawn: 8, 14, 16, 26. No jackpot winner. €20 winners: Ann Cuddy, Monica Middleton, Ursula Dunphy, Edwina Cuddy, Lila Lynch, Katie Wrest, Liam Delaney and Dan Russell. House prize: Peter Middleton. Promoters prize : Kelly Ryan (×2). Next week's jackpot €1,400. Venue 'The Pub'.

Membership is now due for all players, gym users and social members.


Club lotto
Lotto Result. 20, 26, 30, 32. No jackpot winner. €20 winner Sarah Larkin - Jackpot next week €11,800.

Laois GAA is again appealing for anyone interested in becoming Hurling or Football referees for 2018. The number of referees in our county is at a very low level and we need your help to maintain our fixtures schedule. If you're interested please e-mail

Club membership
Club membership is now due of €20 per adult. Please contact club registrar Maurice Deegan. Anybody who uses our club facilities must be a paid up member.

€130 tickets
It's that time of year again our clubs biggest fundraiser. Tickets available from any committee member. You can do €32.50 per month or €130 up front. First draw starts 1st of march. Over 100,000 euros in prizes over the four draws. If your not in you can't win. Huge thanks to each and every person who has bought from us in previous years


Jackpot €10,000. Numbers drawn 5, 11, 17, 25. No winner. Five €20 winners - Conroy Girls, Aoife Connolly, Cathrine Doyle, Mariad Flynn, James Conroy. Next week jackpot €10,000. Tickets available online


Trumera GAA Dinner Dance
This will be held to honour the 2017 championship winning team. It will take place in the Killeshin Hotel on 10th February at 8pm sharp. Music by Outta Diseal Price €35. Contact Brian Allen on 087-9449055 or Grainne Kirwan on 087-9148350.


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