Blarney GAA news

We were delighted to host the Cork GAA Clubs January Draw on the 28th of January last in our clubhouse. John Quirke (chair of our clubs subcommittee) welcomed all present and expressed our appreciation in receiving the invite to host the draw. Cork treasurer Pearse Murphy acknowledged and thanked all in the club for their continued efforts & support the draw has received. The draw is approaching its 25th year and has raised millions over the years for clubs in Cork. Well done to our own John Martin O’Keeffe who won €150 in the Confined Divisional Draw – Muskerry. Congratulations to Kieran Murphy from St Finbarrs won the top prize, Ford Fiesta/€13,000 cash. Full results of the draw can be seen on www.corkgaadraw.ie

We are delighted to announce we have installed a new defibrillator cabinet to house our defibrillator outside. The cabinet is just mounted on the wall just outside the entrance to our clubhouse. This ensures quick access to the defibrillator when needed. Blarney First Responders have also been informed which will make the club’s defibrillator more accessible to all within the community. Huge thanks to Fintan Coleman Electrical who gave his time to install the cabinet and to all supporters of the club for their continued support.

Club na nOg registration will table place on Saturday 5th of March 2016 from 11:15am to 12:15pm in our clubhouse. Club na nOg is open to all boys aged 5 to 10 years old (born 2006 – 20011). The focus is on teaching the basic skills of both hurling and gaelic football in safe and fun environment. All abilities welcome as there are no basic skills required to join. Training sessions start the following Saturday 5th of March and run to September in our main pitch every Saturday morning from 11:15am. Please contact Club na nOg Chairman Niall Hayes (086) 396 8675 for further information.

Two Blarney Players Make Muskerry Hurling Team of the year. Congratulations to Richard O’Shea and Sean Twomey who made the 2015 Muskerry Junior Hurling Team of the year. The team was announced at the annual Muskerry GAA Gala held in the Oriel House Hotel on the 10th of January last.

2016 Car Boot Sale Dates. Monday 28th March – Easter Monday Monday 2nd May – May Day Monday 6th June – June Bank Holiday Monday 1st August – August Bank Holiday Monday 31st October – October Bank Holiday The cost of entry is €10 for a car, €15 for a van and €2 entry for customers. Free entry for club members. The club grounds open at 7.30am for sellers. NO BOOKING REQUIRED – just show up on the day! If you require any further information, please contact Ray Coleman on 087 233 3180 or email pro.blarney.cork@gaa.ie and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 2016 Membership.

Our registrar Pat Harrington will be at the clubhouse the every Friday evening in February (18:45 – 20:00) and Saturday morning in February (10:30 – 12:00) to register existing and new members for 2016.

Why Join Blarney GAA Club? Blarney GAA Club is a community based club where everyone is welcome to join. We develop and promote Gaelic Games in and around Blarney. We promote individual development and well-being and strive to enable all of our members to achieve their full potential in their chosen roles. The club provides the youth of the community a chance to develop in a positive sporting environment while learning the values of teamwork and developing their social skills. Our club provides a safe place to enjoy sports and make friends. The personal development of all its youngsters is an important goal of the club through commitment, personal dedication and discipline. Blarney GAA Club helps to create a sense of local identity and is an important social outlet for many of its members and players as well as a source of enjoyment for its many supporters. Blarney GAA Club has a long tradition, and it is hoped that we can continue that well into the future. The development of young players and the provision of top class facilities are vital to ensure the club will be here for many years to come. Membership is a vital part of ensuring the club’s continued success and development. Whether you are a player, coach, supporter, parent of a player or member of the wider community, we welcome all new members. The monies received is funnelled towards: the maintenance of facilities, playing equipment, affiliation fees, insurance, utility bills, team preparation and the development of players.

On Saturday 23rd of January last a number of our underage teams received their medals for winning various competitions last year. Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks to our great sponsors The Blarney Castle Hotel for ensuring the occasion was enjoyed by all present. Medals given out on the night included the Fe11 East Hurling, Fe12 Tralee Hurling Tournament, Fe14 Premier 2 Hurling County and Fe15 A Football County.

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