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Lip Sync - Thanks
Many thanks to everyone who supported our recent Lip Sync event with the Timahoe Ladies Football Club in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. The night was a roaring success and we would like to pay a special word of thanks to all the acts who took part on the night and raised much-needed funds for both clubs. We'd also like to thank everyone who bought tickets for the event or sponsored an act and to all the businesses who advertised in the programme. We would also like to thank the three judges on the night - Colm Parkinson, Paschal McEvoy and Donal Miller. And finally we would like to thank the act sponsors - Cllr Tom Mulhall, Cllr Paschal McEvoy, Fitzpatrick's Garages, Stradbally Pharmacy, Co Co Hair Salon, Napper Tandy's, John Mansfield Transport, Gaynor-Miller, Chemco Pharmacy, Homebrew Company.

25 Card Drive
The popular 25 Card Drive resumes this Sunday, November 20, in the Old School Vicarstown at 8pm. We will run it for four weeks before Christmas and resume after Christmas once again. Entry is €10 and there will also be a raffle on the night. Refreshments served.

U-21 Football
Hard luck to the Stradbally Parish Gaels U-21 team who were beaten by Sarsfields in the county semi-final on Sunday. The lads had earlier beaten Graiguecullen in the quarter-final

Congrats to clubman Darran Hennessy who was on the Offaly Masters team that reached the All Ireland shield final at the weekend only to be narrowly beaten by Donegal.


Well Done Tony
Congratulations to clubman Tony "Shocks" O'Shaughnessy on his recent selection as Laois Junior Hurling player of the year on the back of a magnificent campaign in 2016.

There was no winner of Thursdays lotto jackpot of €19,600. The winning numbers were 10, 16, 20 & 24. There were no local €20.00 winners. Next week's lotto jackpot is €19,800, tickets can be purchased from The Post Office, Teach O’Seachnasaigh, The Forge Inn & Drurys, any committee member and senior team squad member.
Please support as we are trying to finish several projects to the club house and grounds which will benefit the entire community i.e. jogging track lighting, spectator viewing / BBQ/picnic area , cark park surfacing etc..

Dinner Dance
Friday 25th November - To celebrate record numbers of members and players, Ballinakill G.A.A. Club's 2016 Dinner Dance and Awards Night will take place on Friday 25th November. Presentation on the night, to our victorious League and Championship Junior team by Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett. Music by 'White Diamond'.
Tickets on sale in Drurys, O' Shaughnessy's, Post Office or from committee members. €35 for members and €40 for non members.
Meal 8pm sharp. Formal Dress. Over 18s. Tickets purchased in full for groups of 10 max, may reserve table if requested.

Please like Ballinakill GAA Club on Twitter. Our account is a very hand way of keeping up to date with fixtures and results etc. Simply download the Twitter app and set up your own account using your e-mail address. Search for @Ballinakill_GAA and ‘Follow’. Tweets can be liked or retweeted.

Helping Out
The Club wants everyone to know that if u can help out the Club in any way with time/services/sponsorship etc, we would be very grateful to hear from you. Please contact Cyril at (086-1525451) or Shea at (087-2355301) or for any information regarding membership.


Awards Night
Ballyroan Abbey GAA club will hold their annual awards night next Saturday, November 19 in Scully's bar, Ballyroan. There will be music and finger food on the night and all are very welcome.


Camogie News
The clubs AGM originally fixed for December 2nd is now changed to November 25 at 8pm. All nomination forms are to be returned to club secretary by November 20th. New faces and new ideas welcome.
The U-18 girls have qualified for the county final against St Brigid's. Best of luck to all the players and management. No time or venue yet for this.


The Annual General Meeting of Mountmellick GAA Club is arranged for Friday, November 25 at the clubhouse in Acragar at 8pm.


Numbers were: 10,19,24,28. No Jackpot winner or Match 3 winner this week. Promoter - Mick Whelehan. Next weeks Jackpot: €13,200. Thank you for your continued support of our weekly lotto.

The AGM of O’Dempsey’s GFC will be held in the clubhouse on Saturday, November 26 at 8pm. All club members, parents, supporters and potential new members are invited and encouraged to attend in order to reflect on the last twelve months. Nomination/motion forms are available to download on our website or from secretary Louise McCormack. Forms must be returned to Louise McCormack before the AGM and must be signed. Please check with nominees that they are agreeable with the position that they are nominated for. Please see website for more information.

U-21 Championship Semi-Final
O'Dempsey's 1-5 St Joseph's/Barrowhouse 2-16: Our under 21 campaign ended against a very strong St Josephs/Barrowhouse outfit who progress to the A final to meet Sarsfields. It has been an excellent year winning the U-21 B and also reaching the A semi final.
All 18 players used on the day gave there all and the final score didn't reflect their effort and commitment. St Joseph's/Barrowhouse finished the last five minutes of each half by scoring 1-3. Winning the A championship was always going to be near impossible for the team against the amalgamations and gaels teams. We were the last surviving club team in the championship and the fact that so many of this team were minor and that only two are now overage for next year, bodes well for the future.
O'Dempsey's: Shane Hogan, Christopher Slevin, Cormac O Hora, Liam Whelehan, Ben Molloy, Tommy Kehoe (0-1), Christopher McCormack, Johnny Kelly (0-1), Shane Nurney, Pat Maher, Matthew Finlay (1-2), Darran Fitzpatrick, Daithi Howlin (0-1), Glen Mitchell, Oisin Maher. Subs used: Darragh Bannon for Liam Whelehan (inj); Andrew Egan for Darragh Bannon; Aaron Fitzpatrick for Oisin Maher. Referee: Brendan McCann

Social Media
Don't forget to checkout our website ( for all the latest news and photos. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more information and news on O'Dempsey's GFC. For updates on our weekly lotto, fixtures, Results, match reports, photos or any other information concerning the club. Any items for inclusion in Club Notes or on our social media outlets, email to odempseysgaa@gmail.comor contact PRO Barry Finlay at 087-7707511.


O'Moore's Camogie Club would like to congratulate Ailison Mc Evoy who was one of the receipents for the Laois GAA Camogie Player of the year 2016. This is a very proud occasion for Alison and her family, and for all the players and their families. This is a brilant finish to the year as it was O'Moore's first year to win the Senior County Final. We wish Alison a great night at the awards cermony on November 5th in The Heritage Portlaoise.


The Park-Ratheniska GAA Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday December 2nd at 7.30pm.
All fully paid up members of the Club for 2016 should have received their Nomination & Motion Forms at this stage. Please note, these are to be returned to Club Secretary Tommy O Connell on, or before, 25/11/2016. Any forms received after this time, will not be accepted.
We also ask that you discuss any nominations with those with whom you are proposing for the position, as this will save time on the night, and allow further time for more important matters.
Those putting forward any Motions, will be asked to stand behind them and propose them in person on the night, on the night.

Club Lotto
Results from 07/11/2016. Jack Pot: €3,300. Numbers - 4, 15, 24, 28. No Winner. The following is a list of the €30 winners: Brigid Carroll, Bill Meagher, Paul Conroy, E. Lacumber, Mick McGuinness, Carmel Brennan.

Sunday Morning Puckarounds
Every Sunday morning there will be puckarounds for all ages above in our Field. The coaches insist there no need to say whether you're coming or not, just know that if you're there at 11, others will be too and the Hurling will go ahead with whatever numbers turn up.

U-21 Football Final
We're delighted to be playing host to the 2016 Laois Shopping Centre Laois U21FC Final between St Josephs Barrowhouse and Sarsfields, this Saturday, November 19th at 2PM.

Ratheniska Community Golf
The final outing of 2016 took place on Saturday in the Heritage par 3 course. We were very lucky to have a mild and dry day. We had 27 players taking part. We played for the BCS Ltd sponsored Ratheniska shield. The scoring was excellent and there was very little between the top ten players. Here is a list of the winners on the day - Mary Conroy 41pts; Denis Brennan 39pts; PJ Delaney 39pts; Joe Kelly 38pts; Des Conroy 38pts; Pat McEvoy Snr 37pts; Mark Carroll 36pts; Martin Langton 36pts; Nearest Pin - Mick Fennelly; Two Club Winner - Pat McEvoy Jnr; Paddy Last Winner - Jimmy Fitzpatrick.
Well done to all the winners in this outing and previous outings.
I would like to thank our sponsors this year BCS Ltd and First Ireland Spirits. Thanks to Jimmy Fitzpatrick and John Kelly for the bottle donations during the year. A big thank you to Brian Ramsbottom for his advertisement in the Leinster and sharing posts through the GAA page. Thanks to everyone who played this year and those who have expressed interest in the society. I think what has made it a success is the society has catered for all levels of players. So everyone is welcome to get involved next year. Looking forward to 2017 for more craic and banter.


The Portlaoise GAA Club 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held in O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Main Street, Portlaoise on Friday 18th November 2016 at 7:30pm. All current members invited to attend and to become more actively involved in running your club. The main purpose of the AGM is review the work done in the club in the last year, to elect club officers and executive committee members, to get members views on club & GAA policies and to make submissions through motions to the County Committee on the framing of policy and dealing with GAA rules.


Our annual auction will take place on Sunday 27th November in St. Bernadette's hall in Errill. On the day there will be our popular as ever Wheel of Fortune whichs caters for young and old. A cake sale with beautiful home baked products. Santa will be arriving at 1pm with the auction to follow which will include timber, turf, hay and sileage. This has been a very successful fundraiser for the club in previous years so wrap up warm and come and show your support.


The Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place on Saturday November 26 in the Physio Centre in the Square at 6.30pm. The meeting will reflect on the activities over the past year and hear reports on the club's games, fundraising events etc. It will also elect officers and committee to administer the Club for 2017. All parents, players and supporters are welcome.
This has been a busy and active year which saw registrations reach an all-time high and teams were fielded at U-8, U-10, U-12A, U-12B, U-14A, U-14B, U-16, Minor and Senior. The Seniors again experienced major successes winning the Sarsfields 7’s in Acragar in February, the 2015 League Division 1 in April, the 2016 League Division 1 in May and completed the historic four-a-row championship title wins in September.


Spink GAA are holding their AGM in Knock Hall on Tuesday, December 6 at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend as we plan for the year ahead. We have proposals for next year's committee but new committee members are always welcome.

Christmas Draw
Spink GAA Christmas Draw and Party will be held in Headen's Bar on Saturday, December 17. We look forward to seeing everyone there for what is always great night.


U-21 Football
Well done to the U-21 St Josephs Barrowhouse team who defeated O'Dempseys in the semi-final last Saturday on a score-line of 2-16 to 1-5. They will now play Sarsfields in the county final on this Saturday 19th November and we wish them the best of luck.

Ladies Football
Well done to the minor team who have qualified for the county semi-final against Shanahoe and this game will take place this weekend coming.

Juvenile Football
Hard luck to the U-15 and U-13 teams who lost out recently in their respective competitions. U-13s lost to Ballyroan Abbey in the final while the U-15s lost out to St Pauls in the quarter final. Both teams performed superbly all through these competitions and the future looks bright for all concerned.

Lip Sync Battles
We are holding our St Josephs GAA Lip Sync Battles next Saturday November 19th at 8pm in the Clanard Hotel, Athy. All the acts have put in huge work in preparation and we are asking for your support on the night. Tickets are on sale from any of the acts or from any committee member. Come along for a great nights entertainment.


Juvenile AGM
Our Juvenile AGM took place last Friday night, with a good discussion ofall events 2016 taking place, as well as a look ahead to 2017.
The night was notable also for the end of Michael Lenihan's tenure as chairman of the juvenile committee. Michael has done great work over the last five years, with large numbers coming through the gates to play for our juvenile teams. The club would like to extend a sincere thank you to Michael for his work over the last five years, and look forward to him contributing in new roles in the future. We also wish his successor, John Browne, all the best in the role.


Jackpot €4,600, no winner. Numbers drawn 6, 17, 26, 27. Five €20 winners - Brendan and Tanya, Margaret Delaney, Mary Bergin, Mary Conroy, Sile Coyle. Next week's jackpot is €4,700.


On behalf of Trumera GAA Club we wish to thank you for your support for our recent auction this was very much appreciated by our club. The Auction was a good success.

There was no winner of the GAA lotto this week no’s were 10, 16, 20, 24. Trumera had one winner - Fint Callaghan. Next week's jackpot is €19,800.

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