Our weekly lotto takes place on Tuesday night next. Next week's Jackpot will be €4,600. Tickets can be purchased from club sellers and by clicking on the following link - https://abbeycourtygaa.clubzap.com/categories/lotto/products
The Senior Footballers bowed out of the championship last Sunday when going down to defeat against The Nire. It was always going to be a tough assignment, but the lads battled gamely right to the end. We’d like to express our thanks to the players and mentors for their efforts throughout the year. Things didn’t go our way this time, but we’ll regroup and come back stronger next year.
It was with profound sadness that we heard of the passing of Antoinette Enright last Monday morning. Antoinette was a hugely popular lady and of course the Enright family are steeped in the history of our club. Her 3 sons Patrick, Eoin and Stephen all played senior with the club, whilst Doc played for many years and is a club president having previously served in an array of positions including Chairman. Our thoughts and prayers are with all Antoinette’s family and friends at this difficult time.
We’d also like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Anthony Rochford who died tragically last week. Anthony was a popular coach with our camogie club and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Please note that this week our regular Sunday Night Bingo has returned to the CBS Hall. Eyes down at the usual time of 8pm.
County Medal Presentation
On Saturday evening our U15 division 2 panel got together to in the Gold Coast to celebrate their recent victory in the hurling county final. The boys enjoyed refreshments while they watched a recording of the match. The medals were presented by senior players Conor Prunty (who also coached the team) and Michael Kiely. Well done to all involved on a great season and we look forward to following the boys as they progress through the age ranks.
Mini All Ireland Football Finals
Sponsored by David Walsh Office, School & Computer Supplies
Sunday was a marquee event for our academy boys as over 120 of them gathered to play the finals of the Mini All Ireland Football series. In total we had 12 teams in action representing their designated counties and it was lovely to see some great football being played with a sense of healthy competition, while fun and participation were at the core of it all. Proceedings began with the traditional parade to the playing pitch which was lead out by the Pop Up Pipers. On arrival at the main pitch everyone stood to attention for a rousing rendition of our national anthem before the boys broke off to begin their warm ups.
Along with the large number of enthusiastic young players came a big crowd of supporters made up of family and friends who cheered on from the sidelines. The matches were hotly contested, as you might expect, and each of the boys gave their all with the encouragement of the coaches and the supporting crowds. We had 6 finals and while not everyone could be a winner on the day, each and every one of our young players got due recognition for the effort that they put in, and the all-important medals and goodie bags to mark their participation.
It was fantastic to have the support of the Walsh family on the day and the generous sponsorship of the event from David Walsh Office, School & Computer Supplies, helped to make it special for all the boys taking part. A special mention must go to young Grace and Jack who presented all the trophies and medals like true professionals – we hope to see both of them lined out in the club colours in the future! Special thanks must also go to the “Pop Up Pipers & friends”; Noel Fraher, Martin “Switchie” O'Donnell, Tony O' Shea (drummers), Gareth Higgins (Bass Drum), Liam Egan, Mary Beresford (flag bearers) and John Tynan (pipes). They volunteer their time and they add that bit of magic to the event which makes it special for the players and supporters alike.
All in all it was a great day and thanks to all the coaches for giving their time to organise the preliminary rounds and the finals but most importantly; giving their time and dedication to all of our young players. Events like this, as well as all of our other activities through the year, help to ensure that we make our games as enjoyable so that we can keep as many boys as possible, playing and having fun. Keep an eye on our social media for lots more photos and videos.
The Mini All Ireland finals officially brings down the curtain on our academy for the 2022 season. Our Saturday morning Academy sessions have been going for over 30 weeks and have provided healthy exercise and above all fun, for almost 180 boys between the ages of 5 and 10. Thanks to all the parents for the support and encouragement throughout the year and to the coaches for their enthusiasm and dedication. From the perspective of our young players, the juice and biscuits at the end of each session is an essential part of their Saturday mornings so thanks to Ann Doyle, Dorothy Cliffe, Emma Power, Kaye Murray, Liz Power, Louise Byrne, Margo McGann, Paula Morrissey & Terri Foley for always giving a warm welcome to children and adults alike.
Keep an eye out in the spring for the start of the 2023 academy. New members are always welcome.