News Archive 2016

CLUB NOTES 07/02/2016

February 09, 2016

Our U14 boys started off their football season with a fine winning display against Man O'War, with stand out performances from Matthew O'Toole, Jason O'Reilly, Michael Harris and Callum Grey.

Our Under 12 boys' football team also started with a win.


The Jackpot was €2,000 this week and the numbers drawn were 7, 10, 15, 24. There was no jackpot winner. The winners of the €25 lucky dip prizes were: Jacqueline Mulhall, Stephanie Ryan, John Dowdall, Carmel Savage. Next week the jackpot is €2100.

Easter Camp places can be booked online through our website www.stfinians.com or by calling the office on 01-8132656.

We had a presentation in the past week when we said thank you and goodbye to Angela O'Neill who has worked in our Club Office for the last 6 years. Chairman Barry Shelly thanked Angela for her work over that time as our office administrator.

CLUB NOTES 16/02/2016

February 16, 2016

Our under 8 boys team had their first competitive games on Saturday. For the first time we fielded 4 teams at this grade and all the boys and parents enjoyed themselves.


Our under 8 girls Camogie teams also had their first competitive games on Sunday v Naomh Mearnog in Portmarnock. We fielded 5 teams at this level, again another first for the club.


Our adult hurling teams had a training session with the Dublin senior hurling team in Parnell park yesterday morning. A big thanks to Eoin OConnor for organising.


Congratulations to Conor Lennon who once again represented our club on the Dublin Minor Football team who came back from 1-10 to 0-03 to draw against Cork. Well done Conor.


The lotto jackpot was €2,100 this week and the numbers drawn were: 5, 13, 15, 16. There was no jackpot winner.


The €25 'lucky dip' winners were: Thomas F. Brooks, Declan Murphy, Ciara & Catherine Thornton, Ann Maxwell. Next week's jackpot will be €2,200


Don't forget that registration fees are now due and can be paid over the phone on 01 8132656 or online at www.stfinians.com. You can also get your tickets for Neven Maguire, book Easter Camps or play lotto in the same way.

CLUB NOTES 13/3/2016

March 14, 2016

The season is in full flow now with fixtures in all codes and age groups. A lot of success was recorded among our teams this week. At adult level the men's football teams had a win for the Junior AFL8 team and the narrowest of defeats for our AFL4 team. Among the juvenile teams there were wins for all of the boys' and girls' Under 14 teams, the Under 12's against O'Tooles and the Under 10 girls in Binn Eidear.


The Club will be launching our Player and Coach pathway manual on Tuesday the 15th of March in Peacocks at 9pm. This is a milestone for the club and will help to give our coaches the tools to develop our players to the best of their ability.


This week will see all out teams represented in the St Patricks Day Parade in Swords. All teams are encouraged to participate under St Finian’s Banner.


· The parade starts at 11.30 from Coliste Choilm.

· Team mentors and their teams should assemble from 10.30am in Coliste Choilm.

· All Teams should ware their club jersey’s and colours.

· St Finian’s will again have a truck float.

· Each Juvenile team can nominate ONE representative to ride on the float to represent their team.

· The teams should assemble by age group under the team placards e.g. Under 8, 9, 10’s etc. with their team mentors and parents.

· It is essential that Parents accompany their children and walk on the parade with them and bring them home afterwards. The club will NOT be transporting juveniles back to the club, this is the responsibility of each parent.


The Parade Organiser’s require as an absolute minimum number 1 adult to 10 children. So it is essential that parents accompany their children and as there will be large numbers attending the parade parents must bring their children home afterwards.


After the parade everyone is welcome back to the clubhouse where we will be serving tea and light refreshments, people can bring along sandwiches, cakes etc. And it goes without saying that ALL help on the day will be most welcome.


Easter Camp places can be booked through our website homepage (www.stfinians.com) or by calling the Office on 01-8132656. The same methods can used to pay membership fees or purchase tickets for the Neven Maguire cookery demonstration.


The club continues to be represented at inter-county level in several age categories. Eoin O'Connor was part of the Fingal team who were narrowly beaten by league leaders Monaghan and Louise Green was on the Dublin Camogie panel for their match against Kerry. Highlight of the weekend was Conor Lennon's part on the Dublin Minor football team who beat Meath in the Leinster League Final on Sunday.


The lotto jackpot was €2,500 and the numbers drawn were 10, 15, 16, 19. There was no winner of the jackpot. The winners of the €25 lucky dip prizes were Donal O'Hagan, Harry Hainsworth, Brigid Kennedy, Karen Ryan. Next weeks jackpot will be worth €2,600.

CLUB NOTES 21/03/2016

March 21, 2016

Pride of place this week goes to Conor Lennon (r, above) and the Dublin Minor footballers who secured the Leinster League title on Saturday afternoon. It was a proud day for the Club and all the Lennon family. Conor's involvement with the Dublin Minors gives us all extra excitement for the championship summer ahead.


Well done also to Louise Green who was part of the Dublin Premier Junior Camogie squad who had a big win over Cavan at the weekend.


The county representation theme continues with the selection of Conor Kavanagh for the U14 Dublin Development Squad - best of luck to Conor.


Both our adult hurling teams came out the wrong side of their results at the weekend. The hurling team would like to thank The Forty Four in Swords Main St. for their ongoing support and for organising a reception for the club last week.


We had a camogie blitz for Under 12 on Saturday. Our girls had good wins and a draw in their blitz vs Na Fianna and Setanta.


The Executive Committee have commissioned a survey to be issued to members, supporters and friends of the club. Our club is growing and has ambitious plans for the future and this survey, which takes 5 minutes to complete, is a pivotal part of informing those plans. There is a chance to win a €50 voucher, for a meal out, if you complete the survey, from the following link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stfiniansgaa


The lotto jackpot was €2,600 this week and the numbers drawn were 4, 7, 10, 19. There were no jackpot winner. The winners of the €25 lucky dip prizes were Louise Mateer, S. Pepper, Joan McDonagh and Tony McDermott.


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WEEKLY NOTES 8TH MAY 2016

May 08, 2016

It was championship fixtures for both our Adult Junior Hurling teams this week. The Junior A side had a narrow lost to Kilmacud on Saturday evening. The Junior F side had to abandon their match versus Realt Dearg when our forward Stephen Donnelly had to be taken to hospital. Stephen has since had a series of tests and is recovering well. We all wish him a speedy recovery and also express sincere thanks to all at Realt Dearg for their assistance and care.


Our U14 boys had a very busy week after narrowly missing out on a semi final in Feile last week, playing another 2 matches. Wins against Kilmacud Crokes and Man O War leaves the lads top of the table with 8 wins from 8. Keep up the good work boys. The team would also like to thank Brian Farrell from Airways Motor Company for their continued support.


A number of our U14 hurling team will be playing for Colásite Choilim in a Dublin schools final on Monday in Abbotstown. Best of luck in the final to Liam Kiernan, Fiachra Comber, Sean Clifford, Ben Doyle, Jason O'Reilly and Conor Kavanagh.


The Under 14 Camogie and Girls Football teams had another win each last week. The footballers are now in second place in Division 1, just one point behind the leaders St Brigids.


The Under 12 Camogie team had a fine win away against Nh Fionbarres on Saturday.


Well done our Under 11 hurling boys who had 5 wins out of 5 when they won the McNulty Memorial Shield in an inter-county blitz, hosted by Na Fianna, last Monday.


Our Golf Classic takes place on Friday May 20th and timesheet slots can be booked with Tony McDonagh on 086 852 7529.


The Jackpot was €1,600 this week and the numbers drawn were 4, 9, 12, 23. There was no jackpot winner. The winners of the €25 lucky dip prizes were Denise McDermott, Margaret Reilly, Jim Shelly and Margaret Hand. The jackpot will be €1,700 next week.


Our Friday Bingo will be enjoying its first anniversary in the coming weeks and continues to be very popular in the community. The jackpot next Friday is worth €1,200 - might be a good time to come support this important club fundraiser!!

CLUB NOTES 7TH AUGUST 2016

August 07, 2016

All Ireland Semi Final tickets - Tickets for the All Ireland Semi-final Dublin v Kerry August 28th are available from Maree McDonagh 0876176687 or at stfiniansgaaclubswords@gmail.com. Please text or email your orders by 12.30pm on Saturday 13th August at the latest. Ticket categories and price details are available on the club Facebook page.


NB - Only fully paid up adult members over 18 years of age are eligible to order tickets through the club and please only order the amount of tickets required (don't over order) as you will be liable to pay for any tickets ordered.


Club Camps - The 2nd summer club camp will be taking place from Tuesday 16th August to Friday 19th August and the 3rd summer club camp will be taking place from Tuesday 23rdth August to Friday 26th August from 10am to 2pm for boys and girls 5 to 13 years of age. Price details are available on the club Facebook page. NB- Please note that the date for online applications has expired.


Fixtures – Best of luck to the Adult hurlers who play St Brigids in the Junior A Hurling championship quarter final this Saturday 13th August at 6.30pm in Russell Park. All support welcome.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2100 and the numbers drawn were 2, 3, 6, 18. There was one winner, congratulations to Lorraine May. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Anne McNally, M McNally, Josephine Collins & Harold Hainsworth. Next week’s lotto jackpot will be €1500.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.


The Chairperson and Executive Committee would like to pass on sincere condolences to Pat Farrell and his family on behalf of St Finian's GAA club and all its staff, members and friends on the death of Pat’s mother Maureen who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.


The club would also like to pass on sincere condolences to Harry Geraghty (Under 12 boys team) and his family on behalf of St Finian's GAA club and all its staff, members and friends on the death of his mother Joanne Regan who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.

CLUB NOTES 14TH AUGUST 2016

August 14, 2016

Well done to the Adult hurlers who beat St Brigids by 3-10 to 1-14 in the Junior A Hurling championship quarter final on Saturday in Russell Park.


Club Camps - The 2nd summer club camp will be taking place from Tuesday 16th August to Friday 19th August and the 3rd summer club camp will be taking place from Tuesday 23rd August to Friday 26th August from 10am to 2pm for boys and girls 5 to 13 years of age. Price details are available on the club Facebook page.

Applications can be taken in the club office.

NB- Please note that the date for online applications has expired.


A very big thank you to our local sponsor Donal O'Ciobhain, Super Valu Boroimhe who kindly sponsored training equipment for the club. Members and players were presented with the new training gear last Thursday in Super Valu Boroimhe.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1500 and the numbers drawn were 4, 10, 18, 22. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Brenda Green, Anne McGroder, Noleen Barrett and Fiona & Noreen Dowling. Next week’s lotto jackpot will be €1600.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.


The club would like to pass on sincere condolences to Peter Wright (Under 16 boys team) and his family on behalf of St Finian's GAA club and all its staff, members and friends on the death of his grandfather Phil Verdon who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.

CLUB NOTES 21ST AUGUST 2016

August 21, 2016

Tickets ordered for the All Ireland semi-final Dublin V Kerry Sunday 28th August must be collected from the clubhouse office between 7.00pm and 9.30pm on Thursday 25th August or they will be sold to other club members on the waiting list. Best of luck to the Boys in Blue!

Club Camps - The 2nd summer club camp which was a huge success camp took place last week from Tuesday 16th August to Friday 19th August and the numbers taking part increased as the week went on. A special word of thanks to all of the coaches and volunteers who assisted in its smooth running. The 3rd summer club camp will be taking place next week from Tuesday 23rdth August to Friday 26th August from 10am to 2pm for boys and girls 5 to 13 years of age. Price details are available on the club Facebook page. Late applications can still be made in the clubhouse office. NB- Please note that the date for online applications has expired.

Results – Hard luck to the AFL Division 8 Football who were defeated by Na Gaeil Oga.

Fixtures - Best of luck to the Adult Camogie team who play Na Fianna away in the Senior 7 Championship on Tuesday 23rd August at 7pm. The fixtures for the coming week will be circulated by email and published on the club Facebook page as they become available.

The club is holding a raffle for two Stand Tickets for the All Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday 4th September and for two Stand Tickets for the All Ireland Football Final on Sunday 18th September. The draw for the Hurling Final tickets will take place on 1st September and for the Football Final tickets will take place on 17th September.

Raffle tickets are €5 each and are available from the Clubhouse Office, Mentors or any Committee member.

Race Night - The club is also holding a Pre All-Ireland race night on Saturday 17th September in Peacocks starting at 8.30pm. Horses are €20 each and the horse owner gets €60 if their horse wins. To sponsor a race is €100 and there's a free ad with that for businesses. Further details to follow on the club Facebook page and by email.

A very big thank you to our local sponsor Donal O'Ciobhain, Super Valu Boroimhe who kindly sponsored training equipment for the club. Members and players were presented with the new training gear last Thursday in Super Valu Boroimhe.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1600 and the numbers drawn were 4, 11, 13 19. There was one winner. Congratuations to Ger Caffrey. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were D Daniels, Catherine Gill, Tina/Janet & Pauric McFarlane. Next week’s jackpot will be €1500.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 28TH AUGUST 2016

August 28, 2016

The 3rd and final summer club camp took place last week from Tuesday 23rd August to Friday 26th August. Despite heavy rain on the 1st day, the coaches and participants made the most of indoor activities and games in the hall. Credit is due to James Devlin and all of the coaches and volunteers who contributed to the success of all 3 summer camps.


The nursery (boys and girls 4-5 years of age 10am) and academy (boys and girls 6 years of age 11.30am) will be starting back on Saturday September 10th at River Valley pitches. Please contact James Devlin 0864000324 or visit the club website or club Facebook page for further details.


Well done to the under 14 division 1 LGFA team who had a fine win over Castleknock in the first round of the Championship.


Well done also to the under 14 division 6 boys team who beat Kilmacud Crokes last Tuesday.

There was revenge for Crokes who beat our Adult hurlers in the Junior A Championship semifinal in Silverpark on Saturday.

Congratulations to the Under 12 LGFA team who had a big win away over St Sylvesters on Saturday.


Hard luck to the under 14 camogie team who were narrowly beaten by Castleknock in the A Championship. Hard luck also to the under 16 division 4 team who were by St Patricks Donabate last Tuesday.


Best of luck to the Senior Camogie team against Cuala B in the Senior 7 Championship in River Valley at 19.00 on Tuesday evening. All support welcome, to keep up the winning streak.


Applications for All Ireland Hurling final tickets must be made by email to the club email address stfiniansgaaclubswords@gmail.com or by text to Marie McDonough by 8pm on Thursday September 1st.


Reminder that the club is holding a raffle for two Stand Tickets for the All Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday 4th September and for two Stand Tickets for the All Ireland Football Final on Sunday 18th September. The draw for the Hurling Final tickets will take place on 1st September and for the Football Final tickets will take place on 17th September.


Raffle tickets are €5 each and are available from the Clubhouse Office, Mentors or any Committee member.


Reminder also that the club is also holding a Pre All-Ireland race night on Saturday 17th September in Peacocks starting at 8.30pm. Horses are €20 each and the horse owner gets €60 if their horse wins. Horses can be purchased from the club office from Saturday 27th August onwards. It’s €100 for businesses who wish to sponsor a race and there’s a free ad.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1500 and the numbers drawn were 4, 6, 18, 23. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Bridget McGill, Maura May, Grainne Sullivan & Frank Cullen. Next week’s jackpot will be €1600.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 4TH SEPTEMBER 2016

September 04, 2016

The draw for the All Ireland Hurling Final Stand tickets took place on 1st September and were won by Paul Ling, 4 Cherry Court, Waterford.

The names drawn to purchase All Ireland Hurling Final tickets were James Shelly, Nuala Darcy, Philip Long, Liam Curran, Jim Shelly.


To apply for All Ireland Football Final tickets, please contact the club email address stfiniansgaaclubswords@gmail.com or text Maree McDonough by 8pm Thursday 15th September.

NB - Only fully paid up adult members can purchase tickets through the club and only one ticket may be ordered per member.

The Executive Committee will endeavour to facilitate ticket allocation in a fair manner with fully paid up members but if demand exceeds supply, a draw will take place to pick club members who will be offered the opportunity to purchase All Ireland Football final tickets.


Remember there's still an opportunity to win a pair of All Ireland Football tickets in the club raffle. Tickets are €5 and can be purchased in the club office, from mentors or any member of the Executive Committee. This draw will take place at the club race night in Peacocks on Saturday 17th September.


The nursery (boys and girls 4-5 years of age 10am) and academy (boys and girls 6 years of age 11.30am) will be starting back on Saturday September 10th at River Valley pitches. Please contact James Devlin 0864000324 or visit the club website or club Facebook page for further details.

Well done to the Division 9 hurlers who beat Realt Dearg on Monday by double scores 2-18 to 1-9 in River Valley and also to the Adult Camogie team in beating Cuala B by 3-5 to 1-4 in the Senior 7 Championship in River Valley last Tuesday. Congratulations also to the Under 14 Camogie team who beat Lucan Sarsfields by 2-4 to 5 points in the A Championship in River Valley on Saturday morning in dreadful conditions. Well done also to the Under 12 camogie team who had a great win in the league away to Setanta on Saturday also in atrocious conditions winning by 7 goals to 2 goals and 1 point.

Well done to the AFL DIvision 4 football team who beat our near neighbours St Margarets by 13 points to 10 points on Saturday.

Hard luck to the Under 14 Division 6 LGFA team who were beaten away by Castleknock in the Championship on Friday. Hard luck also to the AFL Division 8 team who were unlucky against St Sylvesters.

Reminder that the club is also holding a Pre All-Ireland race night on Saturday 17th September in Peacocks starting at 8.30pm. Horses are €20 each and the horse owner gets €60 if their horse wins. Horses can be purchased from the club office from Saturday 27th August. It’s €100 for businesses who wish to sponsor a race and there’s a free ad.

The club lotto jackpot was €1600 and the numbers drawn were 2, 8, 8, 14. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Nina Cummins, Paul Curran, Louise & Lynn and Maureen O'Rourke. Next week’s jackpot will be €1700.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!

CLUB NOTES 11TH SEPTEMBER 2016

September 11, 2016

To apply for All Ireland Football Final tickets, please contact the club email address stfiniansgaaclubswords@gmail.com or text Maree McDonough by 8pm Thursday 15th September.

NB - Only fully paid up adult members and juvenile members who play on adult teams can purchase tickets through the club and only one ticket may be ordered per member.

Please note that applying for a ticket will not guarantee a ticket.

As demand has now exceeded the club’s tickets allocation, a draw will take place on Thursday 15th September at 9pm in the Clubhouse to pick club members who will be afforded the opportunity to purchase All Ireland Football final tickets.

Remember there's still the opportunity to win a pair of All Ireland Football tickets in the club raffle. Tickets are €5 and can be purchased in the club office, from mentors or any member of the Executive Committee. This draw will take place at the club race night in Peacocks on Saturday 17th September.

The club is running the inaugural Kenneth Smith Cup & Shield Under 11 Football tournament on Saturday the 17th of September. Kenny played for the club at juvenile level and was an active member of the club until his untimely passing in 2001 and the purpose of this tournament is to honour his memory.The tournament will run from 12o clock to 3pm in the GAA pitches in River Valley. It will involve four under 11 teams from St Finians, Na Fianna (Dublin), St Colmcilles (Meath) & Navan O’Mahonys (Meath). All are welcome to attend to start the All Ireland Football Final weekend with the Race Night that evening and the All Ireland Football final the next day!

Congratulations to the Under 11 Boys Hurling team on a great performance in the Camaint Hurling Tournament final on Sunday in Parnell Park. There were great displays all round and thanks also to the parents for their support during the tournanment.

Well done to the Division 4 Adult hurling team on beating Ballyboden St Endas away on Saturday by 3-15 to 1-8. Well done also to the Adult Division 9 hurlers who beat Whitehall Colmcille away on Sunday.

Congratulations to the U12 LGFA team who had a great home win against St. Maurs on Saturday winning by a scoreline of 6 goals 5 points to 4 goals 3 points. Congratulations also to the Under 14 Division 1 LGFA team who beat St Sylvesters in the Championship by 14-7 to 6-5.

Well done to the Under 14 Division 6 team who had a great home win over Ballyboden St Endas.

Hard luck to the Under 14 A Championship LGFA team who were beaten at home by St Brigids last Wednesday. Hard luck also to the Under 16 Division 4 Boys team who were beaten away by Naomh Barrog.

Reminder that the club is also holding a Pre All-Ireland race night on Saturday 17th September in Peacocks starting at 8.30pm. Horses are €20 each and the horse owner gets €60 if their horse wins. Horses can be purchased from the club office from Saturday 27th August. It’s €100 for businesses who wish to sponsor a race and there’s a free ad.

The club lotto jackpot was €1700 and the numbers drawn were 12, 13, 18, 20. There was one winner. Congratulations to Caoilfhionn McDermott. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Jackie & Denis O'Keeffe, Audrey Buchanan, Jim Conway & Marie Nolan. Next week’s jackpot will be €1500.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 18TH SEPTEMBER 2016

September 18, 2016

The draw for the All Ireland Football Final Stand tickets took place on 17st September at the club Race Night in the Peacocks and were won by Mick McDermott.


The draw to pick fully paid up members who were successful in their application to purchase All Ireland Football Final tickets for the drawn game took place in the Clubhouse on Thursday 15th September 2016 at 9pm. Details of the successful applicants were posted on the Club Facebook page and circulated by email. Successful applications who were not present at the draw were notified by telephone.



Please text Maree McDonough by 9pm Tuesday 27th September at the latest should you wish to be included in the draw which will take place on Wednesday 28th September at 9pm to pick fully paid up adult members who will be afforded the opportunity to purchase a ticket for the All Ireland Football Final replay on Saturday 1st October. NB - Only fully paid up adult members and juvenile members who play on adult teams can purchase tickets through the club and only one ticket may be ordered per member. Please note that applying for a ticket will not guarantee a ticket.



If you already purchased raffle tickets in the club draw for a pair of tickets for the drawn game, your name will also be included in the club raffle to win a pair of tickets for the replay. Should you wish to purchase additional raffle tickets, you can do so from the clubhouse office, from team mentors or from any member of the Executive Committee.


The Executive Committee would like to extend a special word of thanks to the fundraising committee and all those who were involved with arranging the successful Pre-All Ireland Football Final Race Night in the Peacocks on Saturday night. Thanks also to the businesses who sponsored the races, to those who bought ads for the rolling presentation, those who donated spot prizes for the raffle and not least the members and supporters who purchased horses and turned out for this very successful fundraising event which raised much needed funds for the club.


The County Children's Officer will be giving a CPSA course in the Clubhouse on Saturday the 24th September at 1.30pm. It is compulsory for all who deal with Juveniles (under 18s) to complete a CPSA course, therefore it is essential for all juvenile mentors and coaches to complete this course. Please contact the Club Children’s Officer Sharon Callinan to confirm attendance.



Well done to the Senior 7 Camogie Team who beat Commercials by 1-8 to 8 points in River Valley on Wednesday.


Congratulations also the Adult LGFA team who beat Thomas Davis by 2-12 to 3-6 on Wednesday evening to earn a place in their cup final versus Parnells.


Well done to the AFL Division 4 team who had a comprehensive victory away to St Monicas by 2-15 to 10 points on Saturday evening. Well done also to the AFL Division 8 team who beat St Josephs away by 2 points on Sunday.


Congratulations to Navan O'Mahonys GAA Club on winning the inaugural 'Kenneth Smith Tournament' on Saturday which was hosted by the club. A big thanks to Na Fianna and St Colmcilles (Meath) for making the event such an excellent afternoon of football. Kenny played for the club at juvenile level and was an active member of the club until his untimely passing in 2001 and the purpose of this tournament was to honour his memory. A special word of thanks to Jenny Foster from Muffin Tops Home Baking who presented the Smith Family with a cake including the 4 participating clubs’ crests. Excellent work as always Jenny!


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1500 and the numbers drawn were 2, 8, 17, 20. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Margaret Ward, Frank McArdle, Stephen King & Fiona O'Carroll. Next week’s jackpot will be €1600.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 25TH SEPTEMBER 2016

September 27, 2016

Please text Maree McDonough by 9pm Tuesday 27th September at the latest should you wish to be included in the draw which will take place on Wednesday 28th September at 9pm to pick fully paid up adult members who will be afforded the opportunity to purchase a ticket for the All Ireland Football Final replay on Saturday 1st October. NB - Only fully paid up adult members and juvenile members who play on adult teams can purchase tickets through the club and only one ticket may be ordered per member. Please note that applying for a ticket will not guarantee a ticket.


If you already purchased raffle tickets in the club draw for a pair of tickets for the drawn game, your name will also be included in the club raffle to win a pair of tickets for the replay. Should you wish to purchase additional raffle tickets, you can do so from the clubhouse office, from team mentors or from any member of the Executive Committee.


Well done to the U12 camogie team who had a great win against Commercials on Saturday winning by 9 goals 6 points to nil. This was their final league game of the season having only lost one league game all year.


Well done also the Adult Division 4 hurling team who beat St Brigids by 2-15 to 13 points in Ridgewood on Saturday evening.


Hard luck to the Adult Ladies camogie team were beaten by Ballinteer St Johns on Sunday.


Best of luck to the Adult LGFA team who play Parnells in Chanel Coolock in their Cup final on Wednesday 28th September. All support welcome and appreciated!


Finally a big Congratulations to the representatives from the Under 14 LGFA team who were invited to take part on the Kilmacud All Ireland 7's tournament and who did the club proud on Saturday with their superb performances.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1600 and the numbers drawn were 3, 16, 18, 22. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Jim Sullivan, Ciara McDonough, L Harris & Nicky, Dylan & Callum. Next week’s jackpot will be €1700.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 2ND OCTOBER 2016

October 02, 2016

The draw for the All Ireland Football Final replay Stand tickets took place on Wednesday 28st September in the clubhouse and were won by Pat Farrell.

The draw to pick fully paid up members who were successful in their application to purchase All Ireland Football Final tickets for the replay also took place in the Clubhouse on Wednesday 27th September 2016 at 9pm. Details of the successful applicants were posted on the Club Facebook page and circulated by email. Successful applications who were not present at the draw were notified by telephone.


Congratulations to the Dubs on winning back to back All Ireland Football titles for the first time in 39 years and to our neighbours 'Flynner' in Fingallians and Darren 'Butsey' Daly in Fingal Ravens who played in the final.

There was great honour for the club also when Maya Dunne who plays for the Under 12 girls football and camogie teams brought the Sam Maguire onto the pitch in the final replay. A very proud moment for Maya, her family and the club.

Hard Luck to the Adult Ladies LGFA team who were beaten in the Division 6 Cup final in a hard fought battle against Parnells on Wednesday evening. Thanks to all the supporters who came out, it was great to see the sideline full!

Hard luck also to the Adult Camogie team who were beaten by Ballinteer St Johns and also to the Under 14 LGFA team who were beaten in the semi final of the Championship by Lucan on Sunday.

Well done to the Under 12 LGFA team who beat neighbours Fingallians on Saturday.

The Club AGM will take place on 27th October 2016 at 9.00 pm in the Clubhouse. All nominations and motions should be submitted by 05th October 2016 and addressed to Club Secretary Ciaran Crosbie at the Clubhouse.

The Annual " Valley" Cancer Walk (10th anniversary ) is taking place on Saturday 8th.October. Meet in Peacocks Pub Car Park @ 1 pm for registration. The Walk Starts at 2 pm and is approximately one hour walk with a picnic stop en route. Buggy friendly. Dogs are welcome but MUST be on a short lead. There's refreshments after the walk sponsored by Peacocks in function room upstairs followed by a Raffle for some lovely prizes. Contact Margaret Harris 0872213605 for further details.

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was € 1700 and the numbers drawn were 6, 16, 21, 23. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Ger Clarke, Mary McGee, Fiona & Noreen Dowling and Ann McNally. Next week’s jackpot will be €1800.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 9TH OCTOBER 2016

October 09, 2016

The season is coming to the business end for our Intermediate Football Team. They will be playing in the 1/4 Final of the championship next Wednesday in Balgriffen at 19.30. They are also in the Division 3 play off for promotion in the league (Fixtures still to be confirmed ). Support at these matches could be the extra man the team needs to get over the line . The team has worked very hard to get to this position. Contact Anthony Mc Donagh 0868527529 for more information.

Well done to the Under 12 LGFA team who beat O'Tooles away by 2-14 to 3-08 with the performance of the season.


Congratulations to the Under 14 Division 6 Boys team who beat St Peregrines on Saturday at home and who finished the season unbeaten topping the league with guaranteed promotion. The team plays St Judes in the league final in two weeks time.


There was revenge for St Peregrines who narrowly beat the Division 9 Adult Hurling team on Sunday.


Hard luck to the Under 14A Camogie who were narrowly beaten at home by St Judes in the Shield semi final on Saturday and to the Under 14 LGFA B team who were beaten in the Championship semi-final against St Finbars.


Hard luck also to the Adult Camogie team who were beaten in the Senior 7 Championship semi final by Commercials on Sunday.


Reminder that the Club AGM will take place on Thursday 27th October at 9pm in the clubhouse. It is important to have as many members as possible in attendance in order to have your say in how the club is run and managed.

The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1800 and the numbers drawn were 3, 5, 9 19. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Brenda Watson, John McDonagh, Una Woodruff, Esther Woods. Next week’s jackpot will be €1900.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1500!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 16TH OCTOBER 2016

October 16, 2016

Hard Luck to the Intermediate Footballers who were narrowly beaten by neighbours Fingallians in the Championship Quarter Final in Balgriffin last Wednesday pushing all the way to the end with a late penalty only to lose by 2 points, despite being 6 points down with 20 minutes to go. The focus now switches to the League playoff and getting Division 3 status.


Best of luck to Sean Clifford from the Under 14 hurling team who will line out for the Dublin Under 14 Hurlers versus Cork on Sunday 23rd October in the National Sports Campus Abbotstown.


It was a big occasion for the 2009 boys who played their first match against Erin Go Brath in River Valley on Saturday. All of the boys have come through the Nursery & Academy and are looking forward to starting the Under 8 league in early 2017.


Well done to out Gaelic4Mothers and others team who took part in the All Ireland National Blitz held in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday. The ladies competed well winning 3 of their 5 games. A special word of thanks to their manager Anto Gray for his dedication and belief in these ladies.


Well done to the Under 12 camogie team who finished off their season winning all 3 matches in their away blitz on Saturday.


AIB will donate €50 to St Finians GAA Club for all new home insurance customers. When you get your policy number click on the link on the Club Facebook page to fill in the online form.


Reminder that the Club AGM will take place on Thursday 27th October at 9pm in the clubhouse. It is important to have as many members as possible in attendance in order to have your say in how the club is run and managed.


The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1900 and the numbers drawn were 8, 11, 14, 23. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Brenda Green, Edel Dunne, Margaret Ward & Mary McGill. Next week’s jackpot will be €2000.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1100!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 23RD OCTOBER 2016

October 23, 2016

Well done to the AHL Division 9 team who beat St Josephs OCB in River Valley on Sunday, with great performances by Eoin Murray & Sean Halpin and goal of the year by Ian Fahey!


Hard luck to the Under 14 Boys team who were beaten in the Division 6 League final by St Judes on Saturday. Hard luck also to the AHL Division 4 team who were beaten by Clontarf on Saturday.


Best of luck to the Adult Camogie Team who are playing Cuala away in the Shield Final next Sunday. All support welcome and appreciated.


There will be no nursery or academy this Saturday 29th October the bank holiday weekend, but they will resume as normal on Saturday 5th November at 10am & 11.30am respectively after the Halloween break.


Reminder that the Club AGM will take place on Thursday 27th October at 9pm in the clubhouse. It is imperative to have as many members as possible in attendance in order to have your say in how the club is run and managed.


The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2000 and the numbers drawn were 1, 12, 18, 23. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Jean McGill, James & Lorna Sullivan, Ann Hogan & Kelly Ann Byrne. Next week’s jackpot will be €2100.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1150!


Sincere condolences from the Executive Committee on behalf of the club members to the Under 12 Camogie Mentor Amanda Kiernan and her daughters Ava & Ellie who play for the club on the death of Amanda's mother Molly Finlay who passed away on Sunday last.

CLUB NOTES 30TH OCTOBER 2016

October 30, 2016

Congratulations to the Adult Camogie team who beat Cuala in their Meadowvale pitch in extra time to win the Championship final on Sunday!


Well done also to the AFL Division 4 team who beat our namesakes St Finians Newcastle away on Wednesday evening.


There were no juvenile fixtures at the weekend, due to the Bank Holiday.


The Club AGM took place on Thursday 27th October 2016 at 9am in the Clubhouse and the following officers were elected to the Executive Committee, Chairperson – Barry Shelly, Treasurer – Paul Dever, Vice Chair – Jim Conway, Assistant Secretary – Fiona Cronin, Vice-treasurer – Maree McDonagh, Registrar – Jean McGill, PRO – James Freeman, Children’s Officer – Sharon Callinan, Players Rep – Kevin Ryan, LGFA/Camogie Chair – Nuala Halpin, Irish Language and Cultural Officer – Ronan White. Other committee members nominated are Fiona Cronin, Gene Griffin & Fergus O’Neill. There were no nominations for the position of Secretary, which will be addressed by the incoming Executive Committee. Best wishes to the Incoming Executive Committee in their roles for 2017.


Best of luck to Conor Halpin from our AFL Division 4 team who has been invited to a trial with the Dublin Under 21s on Wednesday next.


Well done to the all of the club members (at least 10 of them) who did the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday.


The Nursery (4 & 5 years olds) & Academy (6 year olds) will resume on Saturday 5th November at 10am and 11.30am respectively after the Halloween break.


The 25th anniversary, dinner/cabaret of the opening of the St Finians GAA Club/River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association Community Centre will take on Saturday the 26th of November. This is a celebration of the joint project which built and manage the centre. Doors open at 8pm with the two course meal being served at 8.30 pm, the entertainment commences at 8.30 pm. Tickets are €25 each and are available from St Finians GAA Club and from the Community Centre. Numbers are limited to 240 so early purchase is advised.


The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2100 and the numbers drawn were 2, 4, 18, 22. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were J, K & M Ryan, Margaret O'Reilly, Betty Cashin, Margaret Kane. Next week’s jackpot will be €2200.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1200!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 6TH NOVEMBER 2016

November 06, 2016

A very quiet weekend for fixtures, there were no adult games. St Finians under 16s had a fine win against Na Fianna B on Saturday. This was their final game of the season and the end of the team as St Finians because they will have to merge with St Margaret's next year to play minor football. The Club would like to thank John McGuick, Tony Munane and Roger Ryan for their commitment to the team over the years.


Congratulations to our neighbours Fingallians on winning the Dublin Intermediate Football Championship last weekend and also beating St Josephs of Louth in the Leinster Championship Quarter Final on Sunday and we wish them well as they represent Dublin in the Intermediate Leinster Semis.


Membership subscriptions for 2017 are now due. Payments can be made directly online under the Club Membership menu on the club website www.stfinians.com. Payments can also be made in the club office Monday to Thursday from 7pm or Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm by cash or credit/debit card. Membership forms can also be downloaded from the Downloads menu on the club website. For insurance purposes, it is imperative that adult players and Juveniles who play on under 8 teams and upwards have their subscriptions paid in advance of the new season.


Reminder that the 25th anniversary, dinner/cabaret of the opening of the St Finians GAA Club/River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association Community Centre will take on Saturday the 26th of November. This is a celebration of the joint project which built and manage the centre. Doors open at 8pm with the two course meal being served at 8.30 pm, the entertainment commences at 8.30 pm. Tickets are €25 each and are available from St Finians GAA Club and from the Community Centre. Numbers are limited to 240 so early purchase is advised.


Applications are invited for team managers/management for the following St Finians Adults teams:

Junior Men's Football, Junior A Hurling, Junior B Hurling, Senior Ladies Football & Senior Camogie. All expressions of interests should be forwarded to the Club Secretary at the following email address secratary.stfiniansswords.dublin@gaa.ie.

The Closing Date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 16th November next.

Please contact Barry Shelly for Junior Mens Football at 0871312420, Jim Conway 0868150109 for Junior A & B Hurling & Nuala Halpin 0868121817 for Senior Ladies Football & Camogie.


The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc. With the festive season approaching, it’s a great opportunity to purchase club gear for Christmas presents. Check out the latest stock available on the club website www.stfinians.com.


Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2200 and the numbers drawn were 2, 7, 12, 21. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Matt McDonnell, Rita Gilligan, Betty Pentony, Martin Long. Next week’s jackpot will be €2300.


The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1250!


The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.


On behalf of the club members, the Executive Committee would like to offer sincere condolences to Gerry Drumm on the passing of his mother Anna aged 102 who died peacefully on Saturday

CLUB NOTES 13TH NOVEMBER 2016

November 13, 2016

The AFL 4 Intermediate Playoff Semi-final v Kilmacud Crokes is fixed for Saturday 19th November at 2pm in Ridgewood. All support will be welcome for this home tie as the team bids for Division 3 status.

We would once again like to remind all players, mentors & supporters to be mindful of and consider local residents when parking cars for this fixture and indeed at all games in Ridgewood and to park legally, in a responsible way and to not cause obstructions or park on grass verges.

The club will be represented at the Swords Enterprise Sports & Community Sports Expo hosted by Bank of Ireland in Fingal County Council Offices on Saturday 19th November from 11am to 3pm. Some of the guest speakers include All-Ireland Winner Philly McMahon and there’s some activities for kids including photo opportunities with Sam Maguire. Details of the event are on the club Facebook page.

Paul Burke was nominated by the Executive Committee as the new Club Secretary for the forthcoming year. We wish Paul well in this very important role.

Best of luck to Clare Deegan, Shauna O'Shaughnessy, Rachel Church & Rachel Fagan, taking part in the Dublin under 16 Football trials:

There will be a clothing recycling collection on Saturday 26th November to raise funds for our club. Please donate all your CLEAN unwanted clothes (in any condition as old or torn clothes will be shredded for industry), bedlinen, towels, curtains, shoes, handbags, belts and soft toys. NO HOUSEHOLD BRIC-A_BRAC. Please drop bags off to the club house on MONDAY 21st -THURSDAY 24th from 7.30-9pm and also on SATURDAY morning 26th. Clothes will be collected at 12 noon so please have your bags in on time. Thank you for your support.

There’s a ‘Drag’ Bingo night being held in Wrights Café Bar in aid of the LGFA & Camogie sections of the Club on Thursday 24th November from 8pm. Bingo books are €10 and this includes a raffle ticket so all support is appreciated at this event.

Reminder that the 25th anniversary, dinner/cabaret of the opening of the St Finians GAA Club/River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association Community Centre will take on Saturday the 26th of November. This is a celebration of the joint project which built and manage the centre. Doors open at 8pm with the two course meal being served at 8.30 pm, the entertainment commences at 8.30 pm. Tickets are €25 each and are available from St Finians GAA Club and from the Community Centre. Numbers are limited to 240 so early purchase is advised.

The Club appreciation night for mentors and players will be held in Peacocks on Saturday 3rd December with food and music on what is always a great social occasion for the club.

The closing date for orders from the Club Shop for Christmas orders is Thursday 25th November. The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Check out the latest range on the club website www.stfiniansgaa.com for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2300 and the numbers drawn were 5, 6, 14, 23. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Bernie Murphy, Benny McGill, Ger Mohan, Aaron Caul. Next week’s jackpot will be €2400.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1300

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat

CLUB NOTES 20TH NOVEMBER2016

November 20, 2016

Congratulations to the Adult AFL4 team for a great team effort in beating Kilmacud Crokes in the play off semifinal in Ridgewood by 0-12 to 1-5 despite being down a man early to 2 yellow cards. Onwards now to the Playoff final on Saturday 3rd December in McGee Park in Tallaght and the march towards Division 3 status.

Well done also to the AHL 9 hurlers who won their play off semi in beating Parnells away by 2-12 to 0-16.

The club was represented at the Swords Enterprise Sports & Community Sports Expo hosted by Bank of Ireland in Fingal County Council Offices on Saturday 19th November from 11am to 3pm. Some of the guest speakers included All-Ireland Winner Philly McMahon and photo opportunities with Dublin players John Small & Darren Daly. It was a great opportunity to promote the club with flyers including team information and contact details, and the All Weather pitch initiative. A special word of thanks to Dessie Brady, Manager, Swords Branch, Bank of Ireland for their hospitality in hosting this event and giving the club the opportunity to showcase itself. Thanks also to Shay Leetham in Image Vision Print in Airside, Swords who printed the club flyers for this event at short notice.

Sam Maguire paid a visit last Wednesday to Holy Family Junior & Senior schools accompanied by David Byrne (in crutches!) from the Dublin Team and also to Holywell Educate Together accompanied by Dean Rock.

Great news for the club, a huge congratulations to Conor Halpin who has made the Dublin under 21 panel for 2017.

Best of luck to Teagen Comber, Ellie Kane, Nicola McLean, Grace Murray & Emma Howe from the Under 14 LGFA team who are doing trials for the Dublin Under 14 Ladies panel.

Reminder that there will be a clothing recycling collection on Saturday 26th November to raise funds for our club. Please donate all your CLEAN unwanted clothes (in any condition as old or torn clothes will be shredded for industry), bedlinen, towels, curtains, shoes, handbags, belts and soft toys. NO HOUSEHOLD BRIC-A_BRAC. Please drop bags off to the club house on MONDAY 21st -THURSDAY 24th from 7.30-9pm and also on SATURDAY morning 26th. Clothes will be collected at 12 noon so please have your bags in on time. Thank you for your support.

Reminder also that there’s a ‘Drag’ Bingo night being held in Wrights Café Bar in aid of the LGFA & Camogie sections of the Club on Thursday 24th November from 8pm. Bingo books are €10 and this includes a raffle ticket so all support is appreciated at this event.

The 25th anniversary, dinner/cabaret of the opening of the St Finians GAA Club/River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association Community Centre will take on Saturday the 26th of November. This is a celebration of the joint project which built and manage the centre. Doors open at 8pm with the two course meal being served at 8.30 pm, the entertainment commences at 8.30 pm. Tickets are €25 each and are available from St Finians GAA Club and from the Community Centre. Numbers are limited to 240 so early purchase is advised.

St. Finian's GAA club have just launched a new Christmas jumper campaign as part of their fund raising project to assist with development of a new all-weather pitch. This Christmas jumper has been specially designed for the project and is only available for purchase online at the links below. We would appreciate your support and encourage all members and friends of St Finians to share this unique GAA themed Christmas jumper to all their online friends. 

https://www.teezily.com/christmas-jumper-sam-maguire

 

The closing date for orders from the Club Shop for Christmas orders is Thursday 25th November. The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Check out the latest range on the club website www.stfiniansgaa.com for tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.

The Club appreciation night for mentors and players will be held in Peacocks on Saturday 3rd December with food and music on what is always a great social night for the club.

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2400 and the numbers drawn were 2, 6, 8, 23. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Nicky, Dylan, Callum, Noreen Dowling, John Dowdall, Jean McGill. Next week’s jackpot will be €2500.

St Finians sell lotto envelopes in SuperValu Boroimhe once a month on Saturdays from 11am to 6pm which is just 7 hours per month. Therefore, we are looking for parents from juvenile teams who would be available for hourly slots which would be a great help. The fundraising committee are trying to create a lotto group to take this on. Contact Grace 087 2659400 if you can spare a hour once a month on Saturdays to cover one of these hourly slots to raise much needed funds towards the costs of running the club.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1350!

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

St Finian's GAA Club extends sincere sympathies to our Under 14 Boys coach Niall Comber & to our Under 8 girls coach and Gaelic for Mothers & Others player Claudine Rooney on the death of their mother Margaret Comber who died peacefully on Thursday and also to Niall's children Fiachra & Teagen who play on the Under 14 teams and to Claudine's children who also play with the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

CLUB NOTES 27TH NOVEMBER 2016

November 27, 2016

The AFL 4 playoff final versus St Marks will be played in McGee Park on Saturday 3rd December at 2pm. The club will be providing a bus to and from the game from the clubhouse. Further details on this will be posted on the Club Facebook page and circulated by email etc. The AHL 9 playoff final away to Round Towers is on Sunday 4th December at 2pm. All support welcome at both matches.

Reminder that St. Finian's GAA club have just launched a new Christmas jumper campaign as part of their fund raising project to assist with development of a new all-weather pitch. This Christmas jumper has been specially designed for the project and is only available for purchase online at the links below. We would appreciate your support and encourage all members and friends of St Finians to share this unique GAA themed Christmas jumper to all their online friends. 

https://www.teezily.com/christmas-jumper-sam-maguire

Don’t forget to tune into the 7 O’Clock show on TV3 on Friday 2nd December where presenter Martin King whose kids used to play with the club will be wearing one of the jumpers, so they’re all the rage!

The Club appreciation night for mentors and players will be held in Peacocks on Saturday 3rd December with food and music on what is always a great social night for the club.

The Nursery & Academy Christmas party will take place on Saturday December 10th where Santa will also in attendance!

Membership subscriptions for 2017 are now due. Payments can be made directly online under the Club Membership menu on the club website www.stfinians.com. Payments can also be made in the club office Monday to Thursday from 7pm or Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm by cash or credit/debit card. Membership forms can also be downloaded from the Downloads menu on the club website. For insurance purposes, it is imperative that adult players and Juveniles who play on under 8 teams and upwards have their subscriptions paid in advance of the new season. 

The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. With the festive season approaching, it’s a great opportunity to purchase club gear for Christmas presents.

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2500 and the numbers drawn were 16, 17, 18, 24. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Christine Davis, Martin Long, Aidan Long, Eilis Ní Dalaigh. Next week’s jackpot will be €2600.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1400!

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

St Finian's GAA Club extends sincere sympathies to our Adult Hurling & Under 12 Camogie selector Tommy McManamon on the death of his mother Bridget who passed away recently and to Tommy's grand daughter Claire who also plays football & Camogie for the club. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

CLUB NOTES 4TH DECEMBER 2016

December 04, 2016

Hard luck to the AFL 4 team who, despite a strong 1st half performance were narrowly beaten by St Marks by 2-9 to 0-11 in the Division 4 Playoff final in McGee Park, which concludes a relatively successful season for the team.

Hard luck also to the AHL 9 hurling team who were beaten in their playoff final away to Round Towers Lusk.

Well done to the Under 11 boys Football team who beat neighbours Fingallians in River Valley on Saturday morning.

St Finian’s GAA Club are pleased to announce Peacocks Lounge & Bar as the official club sponsor for 2017. Peacocks have always been great supporters of the club and this announcement is a formal recognition and acknowledgement of their ongoing support. A jersey presentation took place at the club appreciation night on Saturday 3rd December to mark this partnership. The Executive Committee strongly urges those planning team fundraising events in 2017 to use Peacocks as their choice of venue where possible.

Check out the Club Facebook page for photos of the club appreciation night. The following players were awarded Player of the year in their respective categories:

Ellen Dunne - Camogie, Nicola Mann - Gaelic for Mothers and Others, Fintan Merriman - Junior Football, Shane O'Brien - Junior Hurling, Dave Lennon - Intermediate Football, Fiona Walshe - LGFA

Reminder that St. Finian's GAA club have just launched a new Christmas jumper campaign as part of their fund raising project to assist with development of a new all-weather pitch. This Christmas jumper has been specially designed for the project and is only available for purchase online at the links below. We would appreciate your support and encourage all members and friends of St Finians to share this unique GAA themed Christmas jumper to all their online friends. 

https://www.teezily.com/christmas-jumper-sam-maguire

The jumper featured on the 6 O’Clock show on TV3 on Friday 2nd December when presenter Martin King (whose kids used to play with the club) wore one for the duration of the show.

Congratulations to our Under 14 Camogie players Ellie Kane, Teagen Comber, Grace Murray, Ciara Laird & Emma Howe who have all made the Under 14 Dublin Camogie panel.

Well done to Kieran Murnane on winning the under 16 most improved player in hurling with Parnells GAA. Kieran has played hurling with Parnells GAA since under 15 and will be back playing hurling for St Finians in the future.

The Nursery & Academy Christmas party will take place on Saturday December 10th and Santa will in attendance! The Nursery & Academy will resume on Saturday 14th January at 10am & 11.30am respectively after the Christmas break. A special word of thanks to all of our Nursery & Academy coaches and helpers throughout the year, Jack, Andy, Laurie, Cian, Colin, Niall, Mark Murray, Jenny Foster, James Freeman, Micheal Marron, Ann-Marie Corcoran, Ger Edwards, Shane Sylvester, 'Mammy & Daddy' Ann & Eoin O'Connor led of course by our GPO James Devlin who make GAA games a very enjoyable experience for our 4 to 7 year olds on Saturday mornings.

The Club will be hosting a Christmas ‘Afternoon Tea’ party in the clubhouse on Sunday 11th December from 2-4pm. It’s a perfect opportunity to take a break from the Christmas shopping!

Membership subscriptions for 2017 are now due. Payments can be made directly online under the Club Membership menu on the club website www.stfinians.com. Payments can also be made in the club office Monday to Thursday from 7pm or Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm by cash or credit/debit card. Membership forms can also be downloaded from the Downloads menu on the club website. For insurance purposes, it is imperative that adult players and Juveniles who play on under 8 teams and upwards have their subscriptions paid in advance of the new season.

The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. With the festive season approaching, it’s a great opportunity to purchase club gear for Christmas presents.

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €2600 and the numbers drawn were 5, 9, 18, 19. There was one winner. Congratulations to 'The Six Pups' who scooped the jackpot. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Noreen/Fiona Dowling, Anne Finn, Emer Reilly, Carina O'Brien. Next week’s jackpot will be €1500.

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1450!

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

CLUB NOTES 11TH DECEMBER 2016

December 11, 2016

The club bingo takes place this and every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. Imagine what you could with this week’s jackpot of €1500 to pay for your Christmas bills!

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1500 and the numbers drawn were 4, 8, 11, 15. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Aisling McArdle, Paddy & Des, David Collins, Karen O’Mahony. Next week’s jackpot will be €1600.

Please contact Grace Murray 0872659400 if you can spare an hour to cover the monthly Lotto envelopes stand which will be in SuperValu Boroimhe this Saturday 17th December from 11am to 6pm.

The Annual Club 'Bag Packing' will be taking place in SuperValu Boroimhe on Saturday 17th December from 11am to 6pm and Sunday 2pm to 6pm. All support for this vital annual fundraising event will be welcome and appreciated.

Applications are invited for team managers/management for the Intermediate Football Team. Expressions of interest should be emailed to the Club Secretary at Secretary.stfiniansswords.dublin@gaa.ie by Wednesday 14th December 2016.

The Club has been notified by the DAA that Nevinstown pitch is not available for training or matches during the month of December. Please adhere to this request.

The club is pleased to announce that the Nursery & Academy has a new sponsor Sky Handling Partner. A presentation of equipment with Lorraine Daly from Sky Handling Partner took place in the clubhouse on Saturday.

We’re lucky in St Finians that we live beside the airport as Santa landed on time at the Nursery & Academy Christmas Party. Thanks also to Robert Kennedy our Under 12s Boys coach who was DJ and supplied the sound equipment for the party. Robert and his band ‘The Brief’ are playing in Peacocks next Saturday so all support welcome.

The Sky Handling Nursery & Academy will resume on Saturday 14th January at 10am & 11.30am respectively after the Christmas break.

Congratulations to John Walsh & James Quigley who won the 2nd hurling team player of the year awards.

Congratulations to Ciara Buchanan on being selected for the Dublin Junior All Star LGFA team for 2016 and also for making the Dublin Premier Camogie team.

There is a limited number of Christmas jumpers available in the club shop. Selling for €25 each - special offer.

Congratulations to club footballer & hurler Shane Murphy who married Catriona Lyng last weekend and best wishes to club hurler Jason Merriman who will be marrying Bernadette McGuinness Thursday December 15th.

Membership subscriptions for 2017 are now due. Payments can be made directly online under the Club Membership menu on the club website www.stfinians.com. Payments can also be made in the club office Monday to Thursday from 7pm or Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm by cash or credit/debit card. Membership forms can also be downloaded from the Downloads menu on the club website. For insurance purposes, it is imperative that adult players and Juveniles who play on under 8 teams and upwards have their subscriptions paid in advance of the new season.

The Club Shop is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. With the festive season approaching, it’s a great opportunity to purchase club gear for Christmas presents. Check out the latest range on the club website

The clubhouse coffee shop is now open every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, all are welcome for a cuppa & chat.

St Finian's GAA Club extends sincere sympathies to former players Lee & Ian Montgomery on the death of their father George who passed away on Monday. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

CLUB NOTES 18TH DECEMBER 2016

December 18, 2016

The will be no club bingo this Friday 23rd December but it will resume on Friday 30th December immediately after the Christmas break upstairs in Peacocks at 8.30pm. Imagine what you could do with the jackpot of €1500 to clear the Christmas bills and for the sales!

Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot was €1600 and the numbers drawn were 9, 15, 18, 19. There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €25 were Helen Martin, Eilis Ni Dalaigh, Audrey Buchanan, Joe O'Neill. The lotto will continue as normal this week with the draw in Peacocks on Friday evening 23rd December. Next week’s jackpot will be €1700.

The annual St Stephens Day 'Married versus Singles' football match will take place in Starlights grounds Collinstown at 11am. A big thanks to Tony McDonough for arranging this and to Starlights GAA Club for hosting us.

The Club Shop is open this Monday from 8pm to 9pm and from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday to collect Christmas orders or to pick up some last minute presents.

There is a limited number of Christmas jumpers available in the club shop. Selling for €25 each - special offer.

Please support the National Club Draw, €10 per ticket. Tickets are available from Team mentors or any member of the Executive Committee and all funds raised will be retained by the club. Details of Prizes are on www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw .

Please note that River Valley & Ridgewood pitches will be closed from Saturday 17th December until Sunday 15th January 2017. Last matches were played on Sunday 11th December and the first match of 2017 will be played on Saturday 21st January.

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Nevinstown pitch is also unavailable for the month December until 1st January 2017.

The Club will be running a Foundation Level coaching course on Saturday 7th January 2017. Contact GPO James Devlin for further details.

The Club will also be running a Child Protection Safety course on Saturday 14th January. It is compulsory for all juvenile coaches to complete this course. Contact Childrens's Officer Sharon Callinan for further details. It is also mandatory for all those working with juveniles to be Garda vetted which can be done online (e vetting) on the GAA website, which is about one week turnaround time from the date of application.

AIB will donate €50 to St Finians GAA Club for all new home insurance customers. When you get your policy number click on the link on the Club Facebook page to fill in the online form and choose St Finians Swords in the Club Drop down box.

The Nursery & Academy sponsored by Sky Handling Partner will resume on Saturday 14th January at 10am & 11.30am respectively after the Christmas break. Some well-earned Saturday morning lie-ins for the coaches and helpers!

Thanks to Ciaran Crosbie, all of the mentors, parents & helpers who gave up their time to assist in the Annual ‘Bag Packing’ fundraiser in SuperValu Boroimhe over the weekend. Thanks also to Donal O’Ciobhan in SuperValu and Boroimhe Shopping Centre Management who always facilitate the club with this fundraising event.

Congratulations to club hurler Jason Merriman who married Bernadette McGuinness Thursday December 15th.

Belated congratulations to Denis O'Keeffe who recently celebrated his 50th birthday.

Membership subscriptions for 2017 are now due. Payments can be made directly online under the Club Membership menu on the club website www.stfinians.com. Payments can also be made in the club office Monday to Thursday from 7pm or Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm by cash or credit/debit card. Membership forms can also be downloaded from the Downloads menu on the club website.

If you want to be kept up to date with the latest club news, please send your email address to pro.stfiniansswords.dublin@gaa.ie or check out the club Facebook page St Finians Swords. Please send news items, fixtures or results to be included in the Club Notes to pro.stfiniansswords.dublin@gaa.ie by 6pm at the latest on Sunday evenings as that’s the deadline for publishing in the newspapers.

As this is the last Club Notes of 2016, the Executive Committee would like to wish all members & supporters a very happy & peaceful Christmas as we look forward to the new season in 2017. Nollaig Shona Daoibh.