GAA DIGEST - All the latest news from around the clubs of Laois

Sport Editor


Sport Editor


GAA DIGEST - All the latest news from around the clubs of Laois


There was no winner of club's lotto. The winning numbers were 17, 23, 30, 36. We had two €20 winners (Margaret Brennan and John Dooley) next week's jackpot will be €13,200. Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Hurling
Senior Hurling Training will take place in Heywood on Wednesday night at 7:30pm.

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 087-2355301 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 9.30pm every evening. Rules at main entrance gate. Enjoy.

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.

Laois GAA Draw
We had one winner on the night - Mr Denis Gowing. He received the 19th Prize of €250. Well done to Dennis and other local winners. The next draw takes place on Friday 6th April.


Palmer Cup
After a blank weekend it was back to normal service on the playing fields and Camross entertained Shanahoe-Ballypickas in Round 2 of the Palmer Cup, which they are defending, and next weekend they are scheduled to play Abbeyleix in Round 3. Last weekend the meeting with Castletown Gaels was a victim of bad weather conditions.

County Board Draw
On Wednesday night Camross had 322 in the drum for the County Board fundraiser but unfortunately no Camross names were in the winner’s enclosure, but as one 'wag' suggested, Camross had used up all their luck on the playing fields last year. The next draw takes place on April 4th

Championship Draws
The eagerly awaited draw for the Laois Senior Championship took place in the Laois Shopping Centre last Thursday night, and in what has been dubbed the Group of Death, Camross are paired in a group with Clough-Ballacolla last year’s beaten finalists, Rathdowney-Errill beaten finalists of 2016, also with near neighbours Castletown-Slieve-Bloom Gaels.
The intermediate team face Park-Ratheneiska-Timahoe Gaels and the Junior B team face the same opposition in the opening round. Junior C team play Clough-Ballacolla. The U-21 team have a bye and will meet either Borris-Kilcotton or Raheen Parish Gaels. The new U-19 championship will see Camross in a group alongside The Harps, Clough-Ballacolla and Portlaoise.
In football new Junior B champions Errill will provide first round opposition. All in all a lot of work from now till October, and if half as successful there will be no complaints. Best wishes to all involved.

The club held their AGM recently and reviewed a most successful year and already they are preparing to add to their laurels. Last Sunday the club were represented in Derry when Laois made the long journey north. Full details of the AGM in next week's notes.


Four Winners in Opening Draw
We would like to thank EVERYONE who supported us in the Laois GAA €130 Draw this year. To say we are overwhelmed by the response would be putting it mildly. Truly we are very lucky to have so many generous friends & supporters.
And we were delighted to take home four winners in the opening Draw. Congratulations to Camilla Donnelly (€500), Mary O'Connell(€250), Eoghan & Sean Masterson (€250) and Eoin Lowry (€250)! A great start to the Draws, here's hoping for a few more winners over the next three draws!

Intermediate Hurling
History will be made on St Patrick's Day 2018, when the first outing for our new Hurling Club, Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe will take place at 11am in Mountrath against St Fintan's. Best of luck to Martin and his players.

Go Games Fixtures
U-7, U-9, U-11 Go Games Football and Hurling fixtures for the above grades can be found on our Club website,

Club Lotto
Draw on March 5. Jackpot: €10,000. Numbers: 5, 12, 16, 20. No Winner. €30 Winners - Pat Walsh, Noel & Sheila Kiernan, Rose Boulton, DJ O'Connell, Christy Fingleton, Jim Morrin.
Results from February 26. Jackpot €9,900. Numbers: 10, 16, 20, 28. No Winner. €30 Winners - Linda Thompson, Liam Wall, Louise Cooke, Caroline Keogh, James Conroy, Bill Meaghar.

Thanks for Coming
Park-Ratheniska Ladies Gaelic Football Club enjoyed a great night celebrating their Intermediate win at the Midlands Park Hotel. They would like to say thanks to those who came and added to the celebration. Your supported is appreciated.

Community To The Rescue
When roads were impassable and driveways and lanes piled up with snow, restricting access in and out, the local community came to the rescue. Locals with tractors and loaders took the time out to clear the way. A big 'thank you' for your thoughtfulness and generosity with your time and machinery.

Table Quiz
On Friday, March 23rd, Park Ratheniska Ladies Gaelic Football club will host a table Quiz. Venue is Kavanagh's, Main St, Portlaoise. Starting time is 8.30pm. Table of four €40. Come along and enjoy the night.

First Aid and Defibrillator Training
Coming up soon is First Aid and Defibrillator Training. Details will be provided at a later date. If you are interested, let any member of Park Ratheniska Ladies Gaelic Football club know.


Well Done
A massive well done to St Fergal's College who qualified for the All Ireland Colleges SHC C final. They overcame a strong Kinvara side on Saturday 10th March on a score line of 1-13 to 1-10. The final has been provisionally set for March 24th. Time and venue to be confirmed. Keep an eye out for more info next week.

U-17 League: Rathdowney-Errill 1-9 The Harps 1-10.


Crossmaglen Sevens
The weekend club outing to Dundalk was very worthwhile for all involved and included playing in the Annual Crossmaglen Rangers 7’s Tournament on Saturday. Despite the very inclement weather the event was another very successful one for the organisers, Crossmaglen Ladies Club. A total of 20 teams participated, from all over Ulster and Leinster, and Sarsfields came out on top after seven matches to defeat Armagh Harps in the final on a score line of 4-5 to 2-5. Well done to all involved.

Laois League
The Club Leagues get underway this St Patrick’s week-end with a home fixture against Shanahoe on the Bank Holiday Monday March 19. Fixture: Division 1 Round 1 Sarsfields v Shanahoe 12pm.

The Laois U-14 Feile competition qualifying series will be played the-is week-end Ballyroan March 18th at four venues throughout the County: Graiguecullen, Ballyroan, Ballylinan and Mountrath. A total of 12 teams will participate , made up of four groups of three, with the top team in each group qualifying for the Semi-final on Sunday March 25.
Sarsfields will play in Ballyroan against the host Club and Ballyfin.


Lotto draw results for March 5th. Numbers drawn: 6, 8, 24, 28. No jackpot winner. €20 winners: Kieran Kelly, Kevin Grehan, Phil Moore, Agnes Kennedy, Jackie & Peg Doheny, Ursula Dunphy, Joe Connolly and Doireann Tiernan. House prize: Heather Mortimer. Promoters prize: Tom Meade and Eddie Kirwan. Next weeks jackpot €3,000. Venue 'Bennett's'.
Lotto draw results for February 26th. Numbers drawn: 1, 22, 23, 24. No jackpot winner. €20 winners: Jackie Doheny, Eugene Lawler, Mary Dunne, Pat Curran, Brigit Kirwan, Dan Phelan, Peadar Rice Snr and Kevin Byrne. House prize: Martin Phelan. Promoters prize: Davy Tobin x2. Next week's jackpot €2,800. Venue Kelly's.

Club membership is now overdue so anyone who hasn't paid should do so immediately.

County Board Draw
Our club had no winner in the County Board Draw. Next draw is on 6th April.


Our annual sponsored walk will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 19th March – Sponsorship cards available from all mentors, or any of the committee. Secretary 086-3619010, Chairman 086-2522768 – See Facebook 'St Pauls LGFA' for further information.
A table quiz will take place on Friday 30th March @ 9pm, in conjunction with Emo GAA in The Gate House, Emo. Table of 4 = €40.
Plenty of spot prizes on the night. Please support. The annual clothes collection will take place on Saturday 31st March next. All unwanted clothing can be left to the Community Centre from 9am to 3pm.
A great opportunity to do some spring cleaning!

Registration continues for the coming season – all new members welcome. You can contact the committee directly for information: Peadar O’Toole, Chairman – 086 2522768; Secretary Mary Keegan - 086-3619010.

Social Media
Please follow us on Facebook at “St Pauls LGFA” to keep up to date with all club news.


Club Lotto
Lotto Result. 17, 23, 30, 36. No jackpot winner or €20 winner. Jackpot next week €13,200.

County Board Tickets
The club would like to say huge thanks to each and every person who bought a ticket. It was a great fundraiser. Unfortunately we had no winners this month. The next draw takes place Friday 6th of April.

Championship Draws
Our seniors will play Arles Kilcruise in the first round of the championship and our Juniors will play Ballyroan Abbey in the first round of the championship in July.

Club Membership
Just a reminder to all that club membership is now due of €20 per person please contact club registrar Maurice Deegan.

Kelly Cup
Due to last week's weather the semi-final of the Kelly Cup is postponed until April.


Draw on March 6th: Jackpot €10,000, no winner. Numbers drawn 1, 5, 10, 27. Five €20 winners - Ray McEvoy, Teresa Delaney, Billy Crossen, Tom Flynn, Joanne Dunne. Next week's jackpot €10,000.
Draw on February 27th: Jackpot €10,000, no winner. Numbers drawn 1, 6, 11, 27. Five €20 winners - Tom Storey, Jessica Fitzpatrick, 2 Crossen, Iris Lawlor, D+D Quinn. Next week's jackpot €10,000.


County Board Tickets
Thanks to everyony who bought a ticket for the Laois GAA draw. The next draw is on Friday, April 6th. If anyone would like to purchase a ticket for the draw please contact any committee member.

Numbers drawn were 17, 23, 30, 36. We had one winner, congratulations to Jackie Delaney. Next week's lotto jackpot is €13,200.


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