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                CLUB NEWS
Issue 5                                                                                                        Sept 2004

       OUR OWN All IRELAND                                                     Nursery 2004
           CHAMPION!                                            Nursery Football has resumed, @10:00am in Beechpark
                                                                every Saturday, The attendance this year looks like it will
Eoin Kennedy wins Handball Mens Title for 2nd time              surpass even last year’s records. If you would like to get
In an attractive line-up for fans of big alley action, former   involved please drop by any Saturday morning.
Wexford hurler, Barry Goff, and our own Eoin Kennedy
topped the bill at the Coca-Cola All- Ireland 60 x 30           The Hurling Nursery takes place on Fridays @ 5:45pm in
Handball Finals last weekend at Croke Park. In a thrilling      Beechpark. There is a new team running the nursery this
encounter Eoin reclaimed the title he first won in 2002 on      year contact Declan McCarthy on 087 9175916 for further
a scoreline of 21-17, 21-16. He received great support          details.
from a vocal crowd of supporters.

Goff, who played three years of senior hurling with
Wexford before leaving the panel earlier this year, was
appearing in his first final and was determined to make up
for missing out on a Leinster medal. Eoin, who is holder of
the National Handball champion-ship had too much
experience though and the fitness and skill of both players
should be commended in what was a superb game.

Pictured below Eoin receives the Coca Cola cup from
President of the GAA Sean Kelly and is flanked by Brigid’s
Chairman Padraic O’Dea and Vice Chairman Michael
Sweeney.




                                                                                     (2004 Summer camp)

                                                                 Dublin Ladies Through to All Ireland -
                                                                Well Done to all and our 4 team members
                                                                Dublin will play the winners of Mayo/Galway in this year's
                                                                TG4 All Ireland Ladies final on Sunday 3rd October at Croke
                                                                Park. The Jackies booked their place in a second successive
                                                                TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior final with a dramatic victory
                                                                over Kerry in O' Moore Park on Saturday 11th September
                                                                The sides were deadlocked with just over three minutes
                                                                remaining when Dublin midfielder Fiona Corcoran burst
                                                                through the Kerry defence and with the ball on the ground
                                                                she finished soccer style to the bottom corner of the Kingdom
Eoin would be more of a household name in pro handball          net.
if his schedule afforded him the time to make the trips. The    Well done to all the squad and manager John O.’Leary. Our
25 year-old is working toward a PhD in Electronic               Jackies have done the club proud .Louise Keegan at centre
Engineering and is also teaching undergraduate                  back has been a rock all year. Elaine Kelly who scored two
electronics courses at Dublin City University.                  points from wing forward in the semi and Elaine Murphy both
                                                                also played in last years final and will be hoping to go one
The Club plans to honour Eoin’s great achievements with         better as will Carol Anne Griffin who has been with the panel
an Exhibition match and presentation night in Russell Park      for the past few years.
in early October. ..Well Done Eoin!!!

                                             St Brigid’s GAA – Your Local GAA Club
   Hurling Revival in Russell Park?                              COACHING COURSE A GREAT
While it was the footballers who contested 3 county                     SUCCESS!
finals last year this year it could be the turn of the     Following on from the huge success of the Summer
clubs Hurlers. Best of luck to our Senior Hurlers who      Camps Club coaches Tom and Martin have been
play have battled back from some major setbacks to         very busy. The Foundation Level Coaching Course
reach the playoff stages. Also through to semi finals      has proved a great success with 25 taking part. A
are our Inter and Junior hurlers dates to be               Hurling Foundation Level Practical Coaching Course
announced. Our Junior hurlers had a great win over         takes place shortly. Watch the notice boards..
Kilmacud in their league final while our Inters drew
their league final with Finnians.                          A separate new coaching initiative to work with the
                                                           Juvenile mentors and to help them with coaching
         JUNIOR Hurlers Win League                         matters is also underway.

                                                           A big thank you to Pauraic MacDonald for all his help.
                                                           Well done to Martin & Tom for organising the
                                                           coaching course. Keep up the good work.




          Captain David Brooks raise the Trophy               (Some graduates from the Football Coaching
                                                                               course)
        St Brigids 1-15 , Kilmacud Crokes 0-3
St Brigid's deservedly won this encounter against a                    CAMOGIE UPDATE
hard hitting Kilmacud Crokes side and added the
Junior League Title to the trophy cabinet in Russell Pk.   HARD LUCK to our Senior Camogie team who were
                                                           beaten in the Dublin Senior B final by Skerries Harps
 St Brigid's dominated for long periods of the game        on September 4th.
and the result was never in doubt right from the offset.
The foundation for this result was the solid back line     Well done to all the girls and Team management
that enabled St Brigid's to launch wave upon wave of       John Peake and Timmy O’Mahony and all who have
attacks against a bewildered Kilmacud Crokes side. St      helped out throughout the year. You have done the
Brigid's forwards were very clinical and their             Club proud!
movement spread-eagled the Kilmacud Crokes
defence.                                                   St Brigids: Martina Sheridan, Siobhan O Leary,
                                                           Collette Coady, Joanne Bruen, Tara Carolan, Aisling
Ali Waters and Vinnie Bruen dominated midfield for St      Kelly, Patricia Bruen, Mary Galvin, Christine Norton,
Brigid's and Kilmacud Crokes had no answer to this         Thelma O'Donnell, Paula Bruen, Elaine Duncan, Ann
improving St Brigids who are peaking at the right time     Kirwin, Aoife Clifford, Patricia Timoney
of the year. Brian Hanley & Aidan O Leary had great
games, always posing a threat in the Kilmacud full
back line. The St Brigids first touch was crisp which
always gave them the extra second to look up and pick
out a free man.

St Brigids played with real championship vigour and
intensity not allowing Kilmacud Crokes to get a
foothold in the game.

St Brigids: Tim O Leary, JD Mulcahy, David Brooks,
Ciaran Byrne, Willa Corbett, John Dunning, Brian
Mulcahy, Ali Waters, Vinny Bruen, David Smith,
Seamus Lynam, Declan Maloney, Aidan O Leary, Neil
Plunkett, Brian Hanley

                                                             Camogie Players Celebrating their Centenary

                                      St Brigid’s GAA – Your Local GAA Club
Adult Football Round Up:                                   Juvenile Round-Up:
Hard Luck to our Junior and Inter footballers who          • Minor Footballers draw with Ballyboden – Replay
were beaten in the quarter and semi finals of their          eagerly awaited
respective Championships. Both games went to a             • U14 hurlers score three victories on the trot and are
replay and we wish the best of luck to our conquerors        still in league contention
Mearnog and Parnells in the finals.                        • U11 footballers have exciting victory over O’Tooles
                                                             to continue their record run
All is not lost however and both teams can still clinch    • U12 Ladies footballers defeat St Thomas’s and are
league play-off spots. Well done to our Junior 9             in contention for their league and champ’ ship
footballers who won their league and our Junior 3
                                                           • U15 Hurlers bow out of championship with defeat to
remain unbeaten in League and await other results to
                                                             Na Fianna
see if they are to be crowned Division 3 Champions
                                                           • U14 Ladies footballers score good win over St
for the second year in succession. Well done to both
                                                             Sylvesters
squads and successful management teams.
                                                           • Minor hurlers beaten by round Towers
                                                                            ------------------------------
     J9 Footballers win League
                                                                             SCOR 2004
                                                            This is an exciting Talent competition run by the
                                                            GAA for Children U17. There are a wide range of
                                                            events including, Ceili Dancing, Trath na Gceist,
                                                           Set Dancing, Solo singing, Recitation, Instrumental
                                                             music, Ballad Group and finally a Novelty Act.
                                                                                             st
                                                           Entries must be in by November 1 . St Brigit’s GAA
                                                            hopes to enter a team this year for the first time.

                                                           See club Notice Boards for Further Details
                                                                          -----------------
                                                               Dub Ladies Win 1st U14 All Ireland

                                                            The Dublin ladies U14 team won their first ever all
                                                             Ireland final this year ably supported by Shona
                                                                 Barrett & Noelle Healy from St Brigid’s –
                                                           Congratulations Girls and keep up the good work!!!
St Brigid's Junior 9 footballers continued their rise
through the Adult Football ranks as they clinched the
League title last weekend. The team in its first year of      CAMOGIE CENTENARY DRAWS TO A CLOSE
competitive football has done remarkably well
winning a league title and reaching the Championship       This year the Camogie association celebrates its 100th
Final to be played in a few weeks time.                      year. To mark the occasion a torch was carried all
                                                           around Ireland eventually arriving at Croke Park just in
It has been a real squad effort with all thirty players
                                                            time for the 2004 Camogie all-Ireland final between
contributing to the team’s success this year. The year
                                                           Tipperary and Cork. The Torch passed through Dublin
started off with a narrow one-point victory of St
                                                              last Sunday and was carried to near neighbours
Martins but the team has vastly improved since then.
                                                                 Plunkett’s by some of our camogie players.
Comfortable wins against White Colmcilles, Thomas
Davis followed by a very tough game against
Wanderers put the team in pole position at the top of
the league table. Round Towers of Clondalkin were
emerging as St Brigid's main title contenders as they
were matching St Brigid's one hundred percent
record. St Brigid's pressed on concentrating on their
own game defeating Ballyboden St Endas & Lucan
Sarsfields.

The league title was always going to be decided
when St Brigid's would meet Round Towers. The title
decider was real hum dinger with St Brigid's
defeating Round Towers by the narrowest of
margins, one point. The team survived several tough
encounters during the league campaign but showed
great character and determination to defeat all
opponents.                                                   Marie Brennan-Norton with Daughter Christine


                                       St Brigid’s GAA – Your Local GAA Club
  Club Lotto               U11 Footballers Excellent Performance in League                        Club Nursery
                                                                                                 Our nursery is the
Jackpot heading                                                                                  future of the club.
      for
                                                                                                   Have you a son,
                                                                                                  daughter, niece or
     €7,000                                                                                      Nephew, Grand-son
                                                                                                or Grand-daughter...If
   Tickets only                                                                                  so get them down to
                                                                                                Beechpark on Friday

         €2                                                                                      evening or Saturday
                                                                                                morning and introduce
                                                                                                      them to our
  Have you got             Back l-r A Carolyn, C Hanley, B Moran, P Winters, R McKenna, E         club...they’ll really
                                   Lysaght, E Hanlon, C Nash, E O'Hehir, G O'Halloran             enjoy it..and don’t
  yours…….?               Front l-r D Doyle, M Kelly, J Fogarty, G Henry, D Henry, S McGrath,    forget to tell them to
                                      R Mullen, S Clarke, R Cunningham, M Ebbs.                   bring their friends..

           St Brigid’s GAA - Celebration                                         Sponsor Spot
                                                                      Spar Springs for Gear




                                                           Brian McCreesh from Spar Church St presented a new
                                                           set of sports bags to the St Brigid’s U14 hurling team
                                                           prior to their taking part in the recent All Ireland hurling
The club annual is a really fine read and as well as       feile in Co Meath. Brian has been a sponsor of this
covering the fabulous last 12 months for the club also     team for the last four years and has already provided
chronicles the history of St Brigid’s from its founding    the team with a set of jersey’s and other sports
back in 1932 right up to today. A copy costs only €10      equipment.
and can be purchased in the clubhouse at any time
or off the website. The annual would make an ideal            If you would like to give some coverage to your
gift for ex members of the club who would like to see          team’s sponsor here. Please send a photo and
how the club is faring. Get your copy now while                       some details to the editor. Email
stocks last.                                                              info@stbrigidsgaa.com


                                         Your Club Needs You!
 Would you like to help with the various committees in the Club, marketing, social, buildings, playing fields, the
 shop, the nursery, the lotto, the development committee, coaching and mentoring whatever your skills we can
      use them…Don’t say you haven’t been asked. Contact Mick Sweeney at any time on 087 2645808

                                 Keep In touch—Surf the Club!!!
 Have you visited the new website lately www.stbrigidsgaa.com. It has an exciting new look and is attracting a
record number of visitors. From the site you can view the latest news, take part in lively forum discussions, sign
   up for the club email, download the club newsletter, browse the club shop catalogue, check the club lotto
  numbers, order the annual and find out a huge amount of information about the club and its members. The
       website is updated at least twice a day so it always has the latest information….See you there…..

                                      St Brigid’s GAA – Your Local GAA Club

				
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