GAA Digest - All the latest news form around the clubs of Laois

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GAA Digest - All the latest news form around the clubs of Laois

Louise Corrigan, Mike Ryan and Katie O’Reilly being presented with a new set of Jerseys by Alan Tsang of Portlaoise Chinese at their recent presentation night.

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Table Quiz
Ballyfin GAA will be hosting a table quiz on the 2nd of March in the Deadmans inn.
Sure to be a fun occasion, the event starts at 9pm. Tables are €40, All support greatly appreciated.

County Board Draw 2019
Tickets are now on sale for the Laois GAA Monster Draw. Have your chance to win part of the €126,000 overall prize fund and support Ballyfin GAA. Tickets can be purchased at a cost of €130 or you can pay by monthly installments over four months, each of €32.50. Ballyfin GAA only benefit from the draw if you buy your ticket from our club. If you would like to purchase a ticket please contact 087-6939909.

Player Registration Night
Ballyfin GAA will be hosting a registration night for all new/existing youth players from U-17 down to four years old. The Registration night is this Thursday 21st February at 6:30 in the Community Hall in Ballyfin. If you have any questions relating to this, please send this page a message or contact 087 693 9909.

Dinner in Ballyfin Demesne draw
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the draw for the meal for two in Ballyfin Demesne.Winners of prizes in last nights draw as follows: 1st Prize: Meal for two in Ballyfin House - Carmel Dunphy, Mountmellick; 2nd Prize: Hamper worth €90 -
Laura Coyne, Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath; 3rd Prize: €50 - Sarah Colgan, Clonminch, Tullamore.


County Board Draw
With the first draw taking place on Friday March 1st time is of the essence. Tickets can be purchased from any committee or team member. Tickets cost €130 which enters you into the four monthly draws. Each month €10,000 can be won as well as numerous other cash prizes. Installments of €32.50 DD for four months or a SO of €11 for 12 months will also secure an entry and full membership of our club. With the continuing growth and success of our Juvenile Club the funds raised from ticket purchases will provide much needed equipment and facilities required to aid their future development. Please support.

Seven's Tournament
The very successful tournament is coming to a conclusion on Saturday next February 23rd. Taking place in Heywood with the Shield semi-final at 7pm. Team 2 with Captain Ruairi Dunne takes on team 3 led by MJ Tierney.
The Cup semi-final between Scott Conroy’s team five plays Jamie Whelan’s Team 6 at 7:30pm. The Shield final at 8 will be between Padraig McMahon’s team 1 v 2 or 3.
Cup final at 8:30 will be between Sean Murphy’s team 4 v 5 or 6. All welcome and it promises to be a great evening’s entertainment.


Draw on February 12. Jackpot €3,600. Numbers drawn 6, 21, 27, 29. No Winner. Ten winners of €20 - Kathleen Morrissey c/o Denise; Aideen Maher c/o Josie; Jimmy Fitzpatick c/o Josie; Noel McCormack c/o Canice; Eileen Quinlan c/o Post Office; Breda Murray c/o Denise; John Kealy c/o Local Lotto; Matthew Whelan c/o Josie; Jamie Prudfoot c/o Michelle Foyle; Ray Fox c/o Finty. Next week’s jackpot €3,800.


Senior Scór
Next up is Senior Scór which takes place in Mountmellick on this Friday night February 22nd and best wishes to all taking part.

Teenage Disco
On Saturday night February 23rd Camross juvenile club are hosting a first ever Teenage Disco for 1st to 3rd year students in the Community centre commencing at nine o’clock and concluding at midnight. This venture will be strictly supervised as will car Parking and admission is strictly by ticket only. Please see Camross juvenile Facebook or contact and committee member.

Bake Sale
The juvenile club extend grateful thanks to all who supported the Make and Bake event and results of draw in this column next week.

County Board Draw
Please note tickets for the County Board draw are presently on sale and your support will be as always greatly appreciated and the club are grateful to those who purchased tickets for the annual Croke Park draw.

The Auction on Sunday attracted great interest and the weather was kind thanking all for the support as always.

Mountrath Bow Out
Kilcormac was the venue on Saturday week where Mountrath CS faced the reigning All-Ireland Senior B champions Colaiste Colhm Tullamore for a place in the Leinster final but in dreadful conditions Mountrath got off to a bad start but improved as the game approached the halfway mark and only two points separated the sides. Mountrath were favoured by the breeze on the restart but despite their best efforts they could not contain the champions who had seven points to spare at the final whistle. Tullamore now progress to meet Castlecomer in the decider. Camross were represented by Liam and Robbie Delaney with a third Delaney Dan came on a sub as did Tomas Keyes.

Camross were represented on the Laois camogie team that travelled to face Kilkenny at John Locke’s Park Callan on Sunday last. Well done Sara Cuddy who was part of the Carlow IT team that defeated the Garda College with a late goal to win the Purcell Shield on Thursday last.


CLG Bhaile an Chaisleáin extends sympathy to the family of the late Billy Doocey, Aughafan who passed away last week. Billy served as Secretary of Castletown Gaa in the early 80’s. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Raffle for Juvenile Sponsor
This week is the last chance to purchase raffle tickets to be the sponsor of our new minor jerseys. Tickets are only €50 and are going fast. Draw will take place on the 28th February. If anyone would like to purchase a ticket please contact 086-0797611 or a committee member.

Don’t forget to purchase you parish lotto tickets. Draw takes place every Monday night.


Numbers drawn: 21, 23, 27. No winner. Four €20 winners: Anne Tynan, Julia Grant, Willie Stackpool and Peg Callaghan. Next week's Jackpot €1,500.


Last week's winners in the Crettyard Footballers Lotto were Bridget O’Neill, 154 Crettyard, Claude Byrne, Dromagh, J&J Kearney, Ballylinan, Anna Mullins, c/o Pa O’Reilly. The winning numbers were 12, 13, 19, 29. Next week’s jackpot is €800.

Seven-a-side Tournament
The club would like to extend thanks to all who turned out on Friday weeks last for the Dominic Buggy Memorial seven-a side tournament. With over 50 players braving the cold, thee was some great contests taking place. Just over €1800 was raised for Pieta House.

County Board Draw
County Board Tickets are now available from Crettyard Club Members at €130 each. There are four draws taking place with 35 cash prizes in each draw – the top prize being €10,000. The first draw will be held on Friday March 1st.


There was no winning jackpot ticket last Monday night. Numbers drawn were 19, 21, 23, 30. There were no Match 3 tickets so five tickets were drawn each winning €20 each - Mick Cleere, Errill; Pauline King, Castlefleming; Emily Dunne, Rathdowney; Ann Kavanagh, Rathdowney, and Olga Ryan, Errill. Next week's jackpot will be €4,150. Tickets for the draw are available in Errill Post Office, Dowling's Bar, Ray's Bar and from local promoters.

County Board Draw
Tickets are now on sale for the County Laois GAA annual draw with a draw each month for months of March, April, May and June. Tickets €130 each and are available from Ray Kelly (087-6467591) any committee member.

Table Quiz
The club will hold a Table Quiz on Friday 8th March in Ray's bar Errill. Table of four is €40. First question at 9.30pm. Support is greatly appreciated.


Kyle Dinner Dance
Kyle will hold their Dinner Dance in the Racket Hall Roscrea on this Friday, February 22. Presentation of Junior 'B' medals for 2018 will take place on the night. There has been huge interest in this and it promises to be a fun filled night. Due to the big numbers, we intend to start as close to 7.30pm as possible on the night. We hope to see you all there as we celebrate our 2018 season and look forward to a new challenge in 2019.

Membership is currently due for 2019. Social members are very welcome. Membership can be paid to any committee member or by contacting our treasurer Michael Quinlan. It is imperative that all memberships are paid up front as insurance costs has escalated tremendously in the last year.

County Board Draw
These €130 tickets are currently on sale and are a vital part of our fundraising endeavours for 2019. A percentage of all tickets sold stays within the club once we have passed our quota so we are appealing to all our members to support us in this draw. Tickets are available from any committee member or by contacting our treasurer Michael Quinlan.


Senior Scór
Laois Senior Scór takes place on this Friday the 22nd of February in Mountmellick Youth & Arts Centre. This competition is open to all GAA members over 17 years (over 17 on 01.01.19) or older who can dance, sing, tell a yarn, play an instrument or be part of a novelty group. So why not get your club involved?
For your information, Scór competitions are organized along similar lines to hurling and Gaelic football championships where the following events take place: Rince Fóirne (Céilí Dancing), Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music), Aithriseoirecht/Scealaíocht (Recitation/Storytelling), Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group), Leiriú (Novelty Act), Rince Seit (Set Dancing), Tráth na gCeisteanna (Table Quiz).
The winning team in each event (bar Table Quiz) will go on to compete in the semifinals for Leinster in Carlow on March 2nd at 4pm, whilst the Leinster Final will take place on March 10th in Wexford. The winning table quiz team will automatically go straight through to the All-Ireland. To win an All-Ireland title is seen as a great achievement and honor for any club.
The competition starts at 7.30pm and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Scór na bPaistí
Laois Scór na bPaistí will take place in Mountmellick Youth & Arts Centre on Sunday 7th April at 2pm. This promises to be a very entertaining afternoon with several clubs all ready expressing an interest in same. Events are the same as Senior Scór above. However, to facilitate everyone, ballad groups just need to sing one song on the evening. More details to follow over the next couple of weeks, if you would like clarification on anything please email after 6pm any evening.


Dinner Dance
Mountmellick GAA Dinner Dance is on Saturday March 2 at 8pm in the Killeshin Hotel. During the evening medals will be presented to the Junior A hurling team and player of the year awards will be given to both hurlers and footballers. Tickets are €25.


Laois County Board draw
Tickets are currently on sale for the 2019 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.
With the news of the newly acquired grant funding as part of the Sports Capital Grant programme there is an even bigger emphasis on this fundraiser this year as we strive to begin the development works as soon as possible.
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. 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!

(CAPTION: The Portlaoise U-16 ‘A’ County Champions are presented with their medals recently.)


Camogie Presentation Night
Last year was another remarkable year in the history of Portlaoise Camogie club. This remarkable young club continued to compete at the highest level at all grades.
Portlaoise Chinese was the place to be on Sunday night as the Ladies came together to celebrate their success. It was another incredible year for the club as they contested County finals in U-12, U-16 and Minor. The U-14s were unluck to lose out to O’Moores in the County semi-final.
Portlaoise U-16’s however laid down another marker on the Laois Camogie scene as they overcame a spirited Harps side to claim the Laois Camogie U-16 ’A’ Championship Final with a scoreline of Portlaoise 6-7 The Harps 2-2.
With such great talent building in this youthful Club, Portlaoise Camogie club are excited to be entering its first ever Senior Camogie team into the Championship for 2019.
The club were delighted to be presented with a set of jerseys from Alan Tsang of Portlaoise Chinese on the night. The foundations have been laid and now the fruits of many years hard work by Mike Ryan and Teresa O’Reilly are seeing fruition, the future is certainly bright for this tremendous club.


Table Quiz
The club will hold a table quiz on Friday 8th March in Ray's Bar, Errill. Table of four is €40. First question at 9.30. Support is greatly appreciated.


We extend deepest sympathy to the Doocey family Castletown on the death of Billy who be sadly missed by his loving wife and family neighbours large circle of friends and the wider community. May he RIP.


St Patrick's Day Parade
Spink GAA are again hosting the St Patrick's Day Parade in Spink and welcomes all groups or individuals in the parish to take part. Please contact any Spink GAA committee member for more information.

Laois GAA Draw
Tickets are now available from any committee member for the Laois County Board Draw. Free family membership of Spink GAA is included with the purchase of a Spink GAA Laois County Board ticket.


Lotto draw results for February 11th. Numbers drawn: 10, 12, 22, 23. No jackpot winner. €20 winners: Fintan Russell, Billy Donovan, Killian Phelan, Lisa Bennett, Ben Lalor, Sean Meade, Caroline Byrne and J. T. Hearns. House prize: Aidan Phelan. Promoters prize: Davy Tobin x2. Next weeks jackpot €9,000. Venue 'Kirwans'.

€130 Tickets
The €130 tickets are now on sale from any committee member. Tickets can be paid for in full or €32.50 per month. This is our clubs main fundraiser and support is much appreciated.


Club Lotto
Lotto Result. 3, 6, 21, 30. No jackpot winner. €20 winners Golly Keeffe, Leanne Molloy, Mark Ring. Jackpot next week €9,200.

Club Hats
The new order of club hats has arrived. There are still some available if you want to buy one. They are €15 each please contact Ros Larkin.

County Board Draw
Just a reminder to you all about our €130 tickets. This is our clubs biggest fundraiser for the year & we really appreciate each & every person who purchased tickets each year. If you would like to buy one please contact any member of our committee. You can pay €32.50 per month also. Thanks to those who have already purchased one this year. First draw take a places Friday 1st of March.

Opertation Transformation Walk
Thursday nights at 7pm our pitch will be light up for the OT walk. All adults & children welcome.

Club Membership
Club membership is now due please contact club registrar Adrian Lawlor.


County Board Draw
The club is now in the process of selling the tickets for the Laois GAA All Clubs County Board Draw. Tickets are priced at €130, with a significant portion going back to the club. It is one of the club's major fundraisers every year, and all support is greatly appreciated. If you are unable to purchase a ticket on your own, two or more people can club together to buy one, and there is also the option to pay for one over four months by direct debit. There are four draws later in the year, with a top prize of €10,000 in each draw, and a total of over €30,000 in prize money on offer each month. Extra prizes have been added this year, so there are even more chances to win. Contact any committee member to register your interest in purchasing a ticket.


Jackpot €4,200. Numbers drawn 5, 7, 9, 23. No winner. Five €20 winners - Aoife Connolly, Jack McDonald, Nuala McNamara, Audrey Sinnott, Sharon Hartnett. Next week jackpot €4,300.


County Board Draw
Please support the annual sale of the all county board tickets. These tickets are a major source of income for the club, and all your support would be very much greatly appreciated. The first draw is on the 1st of March next, tickets available from all committee members.

Training continues in the field for the footballers, all players are asked to put in that much needed effort to get over the line.


Numbers drawn 3, 6, 21, 30. No winner. €20 winners - Tom Fitzpatrick, Damien Lalor, Gina Lalor.

County Board Draw
The €130 tickets are now on sale, this is our main fundraiser for the coming season your support would be greatly appreciated, you can pay in three ways - €130 lump sum, €32.50 over four months, or direct debit into club account. If you would like to purchase a ticket please contact Grainne Kirwan on 087-9148350. Thank you.

We are holding a bingo in Mountrath Community School on Sunday 28 of April with prize money of €5,000 to be won. More details to follow closer to the time.

Club Membership
Club membership is now due for payment, please contact any committee member.

Social Night
Thank you to all who attended our social night last Saturday night in Eamon A Chnoic, a great night was had by all.