Laois GAA Digest (February 15)

This week’s Leinster Express GAA Digest with news from clubs across the county. The Digest is published each Wednesday in the Leinster Express

This week’s Leinster Express GAA Digest with news from clubs across the county. The Digest is published each Wednesday in the Leinster Express


All Clubs County Draw

Tickets are now available from all committee members and players for this years all clubs county draw. This is a vital fundraiser for the club and we hope everyone will give the draw their full support. With almost a hundred cash prizes up for grabs spread out over four separate draws the tickets are great value for money at e130. Phone Richard on 087-9254754 if you have not yet got your ticket.


Training continues every Wednesday and Friday in the park at 7.30pm. New or past players are especially welcome to join us for the year.

Club Lotto

We had no winners in last weeks lotto. Next weeks jackpot heads for e2,800 so get your tickets early from usual outlets.


Kelly Cup

The season begins this weekend with the first round of the Kelly Cup against neighbours Courtwood. The game is in Annanough on Sunday at 2pm and all support will be greatly appreciated as this will be our first game under new manager Paul Doyle.

County Board Tickets

Members are reminded that tickets are currently on sale for the e130 county board draw. Members can also avail of the new club membership scheme by signing up to a monthly direct debit of e25, e15, or e7.50. The e25 deal gets you two county board tickets plus full membership plus entry into a special members draw for e500. The e15 deal gets you one county board ticket as well as the same benefits as the e15 deal. For e7.50, you get half a share of a e130 ticket plus club membership. As this is the club’s main source of income for the year, your support is greatly appreciated. We understand times are tough but any contribution makes a big difference


Senior and Junior Hurling Training

Training will recommence in the Gym in Heywood this Friday at 8pm, all players are asked to be in attendance.

Committee Meeting

There will be a committee meeting this Wednesday at 8.30pm sharp in the Clubhouse. All committee members are asked to be in attendance.


Baile na Coille CLG recently held their AGM, the following are the details for the Club officers and committee members for 2012: Patron - Fr Conlan; President - Jim Brennan; Vice Presidents - Paddy Lawlor and Martin Rohan; Chairman - Adrian Fitzpatrick; Vice-Chairman - Seamus Dwyer; Secretary - Liam O’Shaughnessy; Asst Sec/PRO - Mairead Fitzpatrick; Treasurer - Willie Phelan; Committee members - Cyril McGuire, PJ Simms, Aiden Kennedy, Mick Dunphy, James Walsh, Declan Kennedy, Eamon Delaney, Niall O’Shaughnessy, Darragh Gorman, Declan Hanrahan, Barrie Dunne. Thanks to all outgoing officers & committee.

County Board Draw

Tickets for county board draw e130 tickets are available from all committee members. All support greatly appreciated.


Deepest Sympathy

The club extends its deepest sympathy to the Heffernan family on the tragic passing of Sean Heffernan RIP. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Training in the Hall

Conditioning Training for all will begin in the hall this week. A text will be sent out with all details.


Membership is now due for all members, please contact secretary Glen Brennan or any member of the committee with regards to payments.

County Board Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase from any committee member (Adult & Juvenile) at a cost of e130 or 4 monthly Direct Debit Payments of e32.50. The first draw takes place on March 2. The top prize is e10,000, 2nd Prize e5,000, 3rd Prize e3,000, 4th & 5th Prizes e1,500, 6th Prize e1,000 and a further 14 prizes of e500. This is a great way to support your club financially so any support would be greatly appreciated.


The next Disco is on Friday 2 March 2012 in the function room at the back of the Deadmans Inn, Ballyfin from 9pm to 12 Midnight Sharp. All first, second and third years students are welcome. There will be a Live Band on the night so please support this non-alcohol and strictly supervised event. Admission is e8 to include Cloak Room facilities.

Juvenile Club Registration

We have organised an Open Night for Registration of all boys born after 1 January 2006 on Friday 24th February from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. The cost per child is e30 and includes insurance so please get your child is registered as they cannot play hurling or football without insurance. Maximum cost per family e75.

Ballyfin Girls Football Club

All girls born after 1 January 2006 can also be registered on Friday 24th February from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. As the girls club is separately affiliated we expect the membership fee to include insurance to be e30 per child but this will be confirmed on the night.

Juvenile Training

Our U-8s have commenced indoor training in the Community Centre every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Alternating each week between football and hurling Friday 17th is Hurling so please come on down to the hall and bring e2 for each child to cover the cost of the hall.

Our U-14 hurlers from Ballyfin, Mountmellick and Emo under the name O’Moores Boys, have been busy training for the past couple of weeks in preparation for the upcoming Feile Qualifiers which will be underway in March. All hurlers to be in Ballyfin pitch on Sunday 19th February at 4pm unless coaches advise otherwise.

Our U-16 hurlers all under the name O’Moore Boys had their first training session on Sunday 12th February. Training will be continue on Sunday 19th February in Mountmellick at 11.30am. This team is competing in the Leinster League and the schedule of matches will be given to players as soon as possible.

In order to the maintain the pitch grounds and club facilities we are asking all parents/guardians to bring e1 per child to each training session.

Ballyroan Abbey

Laois County Board Draw

Tickets for the above draw are now available from all committee members. Your ongoing support for this important Club fundraiser is greatly appreciated. The first draw takes place on March 2. The 4 monthly instalments of e32.50 can be paid by DD or the total of e130 can be paid for a ticke.t This draw helps out greatly in the day to day running costs of the Club.

Junior Team

The club is currently registering players that intend to play junior A football for the forthcoming season in 2012. The management team will be meeting at the clubhouse on Saturday Feb 18 at 8pm to finalize the panel for this year’s competitions.

Juvenile News

Training has resumed for the U-14 and U-13 panel on Sunday mornings at 11.30. The Club is participating in the Feile which takes place at the end of June this year. Could any outstanding Garda vetting forms please be returned to the Juvenile committee. Parent’s will be notified as to when other age group training times are confirmed.


Lotto Draw

Draw took place on February 7. Jackpot e10,200. Numbers 9,19, 21, 27. No Winner. Ten e20 winners: Sal Daly B-I-O c/o Sals Diner; Niall Carey B-I-O c/o Canice; John Paul Nevin B-I-O c/o Pat Moore; Arthur Buckley Coolrain c/o Finty; Damien Fox B-I-O c/o Self; Bridie Abraham B-I-O c/o Darren; Caroline Brennan Mountrath c/o Costcutters; Esther Durack Roscrea c/o Denise Origan; Con & Una Teehan Roscrea c/o M Kavanagh; Tom Fitzpatrick Killasmeestia c/o Abe.

Next Weeks Jackpot e10,400.

Club Membership

Club Membership is now due for 2012, your e30 can be paid to registrar Ronan Kelly or any committee member.


Laois GAA County Club Members Draw

Over e100,000 in prizes. Four Monthly draws - First Draw 2nd of March. 1st Prize e10,000; 2nd Prize e5,000; 3rd Prize e3,000; 4th Prize e1,500; 5th Prize e1,500; 6th Prize e1,000; Plus 14 Prizes of e500. Tickets e130 or e32.50 per month.

This is the clubs main fundraiser for the year, a large percentage of each ticket sold stays with the club to help finance all Adult and Juvenile teams for the year ahead. Your Support would be greatly apprerciated.

Castletown-Slieve Bloom


Training for all adult players will commence on Friday night next February 17th in Castletown at 8pm. All players are requested to attend. If there are any changes in mobile phone numbers please send same to Rúnaí Fionán on 0877942565.



Adult training sessions continue for the month of February on Tuesday and Friday nights in Trumera Hall. On Tuesday nights training commences at 8pm (sharp) and Friday nights at 7:30pm (sharp). All Football and Hurling players please attend the sessions.

Colt Lotto

Colt Lotto 6/2/2012, Numbers drawn 6, 7 and 14 - Jackpot not won. Next week’s Jackpot will be e900. Please note that lotto tickets are available from committee members, Dunne’s shop, Eamon N’ Chnoic or by contacting 086/2686805. The club lotto is held on Monday nights in Eamon N’ Chnoic and the craic is good at the event. The club would appreciate your support.

County Board Draw

Tickets for the 2012 Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw are now available from all committee members. This is the club’s largest fundraiser every year, therefore, we would ask all members to purchase a ticket. The tickets cost e130 and will enter you in four draws, the first will be held on 2ndMarch. Further draws will be held on 6thApril, 4thMay and 1stJune. The first prize in each of these draws is e10,000, plus further generous prizes of e5,000, e3,000, e1,500 (x2), e1,000 and e500 (x14). We have had winners in this draw over the past few years, hopefully our luck continues.

Club Membership

The club membership fee of e50 must be paid on or before the 31st March, fee can be paid in instalments. It is vitally important that all members, especially players pay this fee, for insurance and voting purposes.


Scrap Saturday

Next Saturday 18th February, Courtwood GAA club are giving you the opportunity to get rid of all your household or farm/business unwanted scrap metal or appliances by donating it to a recycling collection as a fundraiser for the club.

Your scrap metal can be brought to the club car park between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm on the day. If you need the club to collect items this can be facilitated by calling PJ Kelly on 087-6686267 to arrange same.

We ask all club players, members and supporters to collect any bits of old scrap metal, iron, etc. around the house, garden, shed or farmyard and bring to the collection point. We will accept all of the following items; old cars, vans, engines, machinery, washing machines, tumble dryers, cookers, microwaves, bikes, wheels, steel, copper, brass, aluminium, tin, lead, scaffolding, electric cables, car, vans and tractor batteries, electric motors, radiators, metal barrels, gates, corrugated sheeting, swings, etc.

We cannot accept fridges, gas bottles, televisions, wood, rubber, ceramics or household rubbish.

Your help and co-operation in this fundraising event are greatly appreciated.

Intermediate and Junior Football

Training has recommenced for all players recently. Next training session is this Friday evening at 8pm and the intermediate football team are then due to play Annanough in Kelly Cup on Sunday in Vicarstown. Check fixtures list for details.

Laois GAA

Foundation Coaching Course

Laois GAA will be running a foundation football course on Saturday 10th of March in Heywood CS at 9.30am. The foundation course is suitable for any coaches over Go Games football teams in your clubs or any new coaches starting out. This course is in high demand and is giving out on a first come first served baises and with a maximum of 25 places available it is advised to book early by e-mail or phone Donie 085-7258912.

Referees AGM

At the recent AGM of the Laois Referees, the following officers were elected: Chairman - John Carroll (Park-Ratheniska); Vice-Chairman - Arthur O’Connor (Courtwood); Secretary - Michael Ward (Borris-in-Ossory); Treasurer - Tom Dunne (Clonad)

Referee Recruitment

Laois GAA is looking for hurling and football referees to join our panel for 2012. It’s vitally important all clubs can ask all their members if they would be interested in the position. Anyone interested is to contact the Laois GAA office, Parkside, Portlaoise on 057 86 60674

Laois GAA Members Draw

Tickets priced at e130 are now available from your local GAA club. Clubs in Laois have beneffitted by e3.4 million throughout support of this Draw over the past five years. The funds generated have been used to provide enhanced sporting facilities in all our local GAA communities and through our Games and Development programme.

Club Laois

Support Laois GAA with all funds generated solely for the benefit and preparation of Laois Hurling and Football squads at Underage, Minor, Under 21 and Senior levels.

Cost of membership is e30 per annum (Junior Members under-16 free).

Benefits include: Club Laois Key Ring, Car Sticker, Club Laois Membership Card and a Genuine Leather Wallet. Members will also recieve regular updates while also recieving a 10% discount on traders around Portlaoise such as Shaws and Colgan’s Sports. Application forms available from your local club, Laois GAA office or can also be downloaded from the Laois GAA Website (

2012 Laois GAA Club+ Season Ticket

This includes: All Allianz League matches in either football or hurling, this includes semi-finals and final. Also includes the opening round of the Leinster championship fixture in your selected code, AIB GAA Club Championship Finals in Croke Park on St Patrick’s and then all Laois GAA Club League and Championship games around the county.

O’Moore Park Signage Space

Laois GAA are offering special rates for advertising signage spaces in O’Moore Park. Annual Rental Fee per signage space is as follows: Stand and Terrace Side and both End Lines e475 per space, Stand Side (inside) e75 per space, Terrace Boundry Wall e675 per space, while other signage locations within the stadium can be discussed on request. Advertising Space is available at e300 per annum.

Further advertising opportunities are available on our recently updated Laois GAA Website , which had in excess of 40,000 hits this year.


Eugene Quigley - RIP

There was much sadness in Mountmellick GAA club with the sad news that Eugene Quigley had passed away. Eugene served the club in a range of capacities over the years. As well as training juvenile hurling teams, he also acted as the club’s Juvenile chairman. He also took an active role in the county juvenile GAA committee as well acting as a referee. A thorough gentlemen and a pure diplomat, Eugene will be sadly missed especially at the club’s meetings as he was always available to make an invaluable contribution. One of Eugene’s last tasks as a member of the county board was to present Ballyfin-Mountmellick the trophy after beating Camross-Clonaslee in the U-16 B hurling final last October. On the day he was especially proud as his son Eoghan brought off a superb save to keep the team in the game at a crucial time. Eugene’s funeral was one of the biggest seen in Mountmellick and was a wonderful testament to the contribution Eugene made to the lives of many who knew him. The club sends our sympathies to his wife Caroline, daughter Laura and sons James and Eoghan on their loss. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.


GAA Club Awards Night and Dinner Dance

A date for your diaries; the Park/Ratheniska GAA Club will present our Laois and Leinster Junior Hurling Winning side with their medals at a Dinner Dance in The Heritage Hotel on March 10th 2012. Kick off on the night will be 7.30PM and ticket are now available from any of our Social Committee members, Ger Ramsbottom (C) (0863370646), Liam Wall, Christy Fingleton, Stephen McLaughlin and Darach Kennedy.


Congratulations to Darragh Nolan and DJ O’Connell who were part of the Portlaoise CBS South Leinster Football Championship winning side recently. Nice to see some silverware in the Club before the end of February!

2012 Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw

Tickets for the 2012 Laois GAA All County Clubs Members Draw are now available from all GAA Club Members. Along with our weekly Club Lotto, this is our sole fund-raising draw each year and we would hope that all our Club members and supporters would give us their support and assistance by purchasing at least a part share of a ticket, if not more if they feel they wish to.

We realise these are difficult times and appreciate your help and support as always, every little helps. Again we remind our supporters that only tickets bought from Park/Ratheniska GAA Club will see your money going back to help out in the day to day running of our Club, so please, ensure you buy your ticket from Park/Ratheniska GAA Club members only.

There are four draws, with a top prize of e10,000 available in each draw, with a further 19 prizes available of sums ranging from e5,000 to e500. Again, we thank you as always for your kind and generous support.


Fight Night

On March 31, history will be made by both the Portarlington and Gracefiled GAA clubs when the neighbouring clubs that are only separated by the River Barrow, but compete in their respective counties Laois and Offaly, will hold a huge fundraiser when they host a white collar boxing fight night against each other. Training for the boxers has already commenced and is been done by brothers Willie and Anthony Crampton from the Clonbulogue Boxing Club on Wednesday and Saturdays.

Admission is e15 with a disco following the fights and doors will open at 7pm with the first fight kicking off at 8pm. Both clubs will be on the search for an overall sponsor and sponsors for each bout. If anybody would like to sponsor a fight or a boxer please contact any of the following people - Seasmus Hunt, Michael Lawlor, Darren Bracken from Port GAA, Padraig Maher, Joe Byrne, Michael Flanagan from Gracefield GAA. You can also follow us on our Facebook page Portarlington GAA versus Gracefield GAA Fight Night 2012 for any information and updates as the fight night approaches.


The Battle of Maryborough

The Battle of Marylborough returns to Fr Browne Ave on April 14th with the Rugby Club. Katie Taylor is headlining the event and any one interested in Boxing for the club should contact Vincent Dowling ASAP not to be dissapointed.

All County Draw

Club County Tickets are now available from any committee member to buy or sell. Tickets are 130 euros and payment can be shared and payments spread over the year.

Membership 2012

All members are reminded that payment of membership of the club for 2012 is now due

Helmets Wanted

Any one that has helmets or hurls they are not using in any condition could they please leave them to any committee member in Rathleague. They will be used for coaching in the schools project. Please check your garage or shed.


Dinner Dance

The Rathdowney-Errill dinner dance will take place in the Templemore Arms on Saturday the 3rd of March. Music by Oliver Twisted and disco Noel Brennan. Tickets available from Pat Whelan 087-9730464 or Paddy Kelly 087-9505369 e30 each. Should be a great night.

Adult training Friday night in St. Fergals 8pm.

Juvenile GAA

Best of luck to all on the St Fergal’s team who take on Loughrea in the Vocational schools All-Ireland Junior semi-final this Saturday in Banagher. You can do it lads!


An evening with Brian Cody

The recent evening with Brian Cody and Damien O’Reilly was a great success being both highly informative and entertaining. Rosenallis GAA Club once again wishes to thank both Brian and Damien for their time and professionalism and also the Dunamaise theatre for its input. Of course the night could not have taken place without the initiative of David Redmond and Jim O’Brien.

Training continues every Tuesday and Friday nights at 8pm for both footballers and hurlers.


Registration Day

The 2012 Club Registration Day will be held on Saturday next Feb 18 in GAA Clubhouse Acragar from 11am to 1pm. All current and intending players, from U-10 to Senior, are requested to attend.


Club members were shocked to hear of the deaths of Eugene Quigley and Sean Heffernan in the last few weeks and the Club would like to extend our sympathies to the respective families. Eugene was a former vice-chairman of Sarsfields LFC and made a huge contribution to the club during his time of involvement, while Sean’s passion was Hurling and Camogie with Ballyfin and O’Moores.


Ladies Club AGM

The AGM of the Ladies football club took place on January 14. The meeting was chaired by Mary Kirwan, with reports presented by Lisa Dunne (Asst Sec), Deirdre Moore (Treasurer) and Mary Kelly (registrar), who informed the meeting that there were 125 members of the club, 85 of which were juvenile.

Chairperson Mary Kirwan congratulated all teams which represented Shanahoe during the year, and informed the meeting she would not be seeking re-election. She was thanked for her hard work and also for her selection as an All-Star in 2011. Both Deirdre Moore and Marian O’Grady also confirmed they would not be seeking re-election. They were also thanked for their hard work and dedication.

The following Officers were elected: Chairperson - Emer Barry; Asst Chair - Martha Kirwan; Secretary - Noirin Kirwan; Asst Sec - Lisa Dunne; Treasurer - Breda Fox; Asst Treasurer - Trudi Earls; PRO - Pascal Walsh; Registrar - Mary Kelly; Children’s Officer - Mary Kelly; Co Board Delegates - Valerie Leahy and Emma Quinn.

Training started back on Friday, January 20 for U-12 and U-14s in Ballacolla Hall between 5pm and 7pm. Training for U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 will start back in Shanahoe hurling field on Marcj 21 at 6pm. A registration weekend will also take place on March 3 and 4.


Dinner Dance

The latest time for ordering tickets for the Dinner dance is today Wednesday 15th (today) as the Seven Oaks needs numbers confirmed. There is a bus running to Carlow from Ballinakill, leaving the square in Ballinakill at 6.30pm sharp and leaving Headens pub at 6.45pm sharp in order to be in time for the meal which is scheduled to be served at 7.30pm. Music on the night is supplied by ‘Penny Lane’.


Started back on last Friday night under Sammy Kelly. Training will be on every Friday night for the start of the season and will be stepped up as the League campaign gets a little closer.

Clothes Collection

There is still time to get those unwanted clothes put to good use as the last day for collection is this thursday. The proceeds of this venture are in aid of the Juvenile Club and the organisers would like to thank all those who donated clothes on Saturday last at the clubhouse.

St Fintan’s Gaels

Club News

St Fintan’s Gaels are hosting a coaching course for all mentors in both hurling and football in Colt GAA grounds Raheen on Saturday 18 February from 9am to 12.30pm followed by lunch. If you would like to get involved in coaching any underage team you are welcome to come along and join us.

St Fintan’s Gaels are holding their annual awards/enrolment night in Roll and Bowl, Portlaoise on Thursday 16 February at 6.45pm. Parents are asked to complete the registration forms they received and bring them along on the night. Siblings U-16 welcome and anyone who did not receive a form but would like to register for 2012 is most welcome to come along and enjoy an evening of fun for all.


Club News

A Reminder that tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Laois GAA Club Members Draw and your support for Stradbally GAA club would be greatly appreciated. While appreciative of the tough economic times, these tickets remain the single most important fundraiser for the club and members are urged to support this in every way possible. There are four draws beginning with the first on 2nd March, first prize of €10,000 in each draw. Tickets are €130 and can be purchased off any committee member. Alternatively contact Alan Hartnett on 085-1679521.

Also, congratulations to Colm Kelly, Jamie Kavanagh, Darren Maher and Conor Delaney who were part of the Laois team that defeated Donegal in Letterkenny on Sunday in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.

The Heath

County Board Tickets

Tickets are currently on sale for the Laois County Board Draw. The first draw takes place on March 2, with a top prize of e10,000. There will be four draws in total. Tickets cost e130, and can be paid for by direct debit, costing e32.50 per month. Contact County Board Delegate Mark Delaney or any other committee member for further details.

Upcoming Fixtures

Training starts back this weekend as the new season fast approaches. We will play the first round of the Kelly Cup on February 26 against Graiguecullen. The game is at 2pm and is on The Heath.


Ladies GAA

All underage training will be starting back on Saturday morning, February 18 from 10am until 11am in Stradbally GAA Field. Ages start from U-8s up to U-14s. Any girls around the parish interested in playing football are more than welcome to join.

Club News

The club are currently selling the All county board tickets for e130 each, the first draw is on Friday, March 2. The support of the locality is very much appreciated. We are also in the process of recruiting people to subcribe to the clubs monthly draw. The club understands the difficulties at present but ensure all funds raised will go directly to the development and maintenance of the club. All funds are used fairly and equally throughout the club and are not wasted, we look forward to your assistance. Well done to our players involved with the county scene both ladies and mens, and congratulations on the wins at the weekend.