Blarney GAA news

Let the games begin! The winter break has ended and the new playing season has begun in earnest. First out of the gate were the U21 footballers who at the time of writing have recorded a narrow away defeat to Naomh Abán and a heartening 6 point home win over Kilmichael in the Muskerry championship. The team has been well prepared by Paul and Mark O’Leary, Colm Kiely, Padraig Conway and Tim Duggan. March also saw a return to action for our Premier Intermediate Hurlers with several league matches taking place over the course of the month, kicking off with an away game against Cloyne on March 4th. Further details of fixtures, match reports and photos for our adult and underage teams can be found on the club website at www.blarneygaa.ie. Live match updates are also provided on our Twitter account, @BlarneyGAA

Club maintenance work. Over the last few of months we have completed a number of maintenance tasks around our club grounds. These works would not have been possible without the huge amount of time given by our volunteers and the wonderful support from our community. Thank you. Connection of gas mains to clubhouse – Sept 2016 New gas boiler – Oct 2016 New external gym roof – Nov 2016 Levelling & setting of grass on spectator bank – Jan 2017 Purchase & erection of new/repair of existing nets behind goals in both pitch 1 & pitch 2 – Jan 2017 Purchase of small tractor & brush for new Astroturf facility – Jan 2017 Reseeding of goal mouths on pitch 1 – Jan 2017 Laying of stone chippings at castle end of grounds – Jan 2017 Relocation of storage container – Feb 2017 Repair of sagging clubhouse roof – Feb 2017 Professional power washing of external clubhouse walls and entrances – Feb 2017 Tarmacadam of new ball alley and entrances to club grounds – Feb 2017 Removal of entrance pillar & erection of new gate at main entrance – Feb 2017 Repair and replacement of clubhouse gutters, fascia and soffits – Feb 2017 Retiling of clubhouse toilets – Feb 2017 Internal painting of entire clubhouse – Feb 2017 Erection of floodlights for new ball alley – Feb/March 2017 Repair of internal gym roof – Feb/March 2017

2017 club membership now open. Become a member of the oldest organisation in the parish. Join our club at www.blarneygaa.ie This year you now have the option to pay your annual membership over 4 monthly installments – ONLINE ONLY. Benefits of membership include.. • Complete use of the all-weather pitch for club activities. • Playing members have access to the club gym & a certified strength, conditioning and fitness coach. • Players participating in official club playing activities have benefit cover under the GAA Injury Benefit Fund. See www.gaa.ie for full details. • Eligible to apply for & purchase tickets through the club for Intercounty Championship games involving Cork Hurlers and Footballers. • Free entry to all car boot sales held in Blarney. • Being an official member of the most famous and traditional organisation in the country and being registered officially with Croke Park. • For members 18 years & over, access to GRMA (go raibh maith agat) which is the new GAA Membership Card programme providing benefits and rewards to you, as a GAA member. Using the Card or membership number will enable GAA Members to benefit from partner discounts, special offers and earn points for going to games. • Giving support to your club, both financially through the membership fee but more importantly through participation in club activities. • Having a say through voting rights in how the club is run at the AGM.

2017 car boot sale dates. Monday 17th April Monday 1st May Monday 5th June Monday 7th August Monday 30th October 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. The club also run our own stall, and we welcome any unwanted household goods, electrical items, garden tools etc for sale as a club fundraiser.

Official opening of new club facilities. The club’s fantastic new all-weather pitch was officially opened on March 3rd, marking the culmination of a lengthy planning, fundraising and construction process. The new pitch is a superb amenity for the club and wider community, and great credit is due to everyone involved in the project from commencement to completion. In addition tarmac has been laid at the new ball wall, offering yet another resource to our members. See blarneygaa.ie for a full report and photos of the official opening of our new facilities.

Blarney Rathpeacon Fé 10s light up Páirc Uí Rinn. Blarney Rathpeacon Fé 10′s did themselves, the club and their community proud when lighting up Páirc Uí Rinn with their talents at half time in the Cork v Dublin Allianz Hurling League match on the 18th of February. Many thanks to Cork GAA who were fantastic hosts and Castlemartyr GAA who provided the opposition.

A great night was had by the large crowd who attended the opening of Blarney GAA’s wonderful new club facilities last Friday night. It is a real testament to the spirit within the Blarney community that so many people came to share in the celebrations on a cold, wet March night. The night’s entertainment kicked off with a great display of games from the boys and girls of Club na nOg and Blarney Camogie Club, watched on by proud parents and mentors. On an historic night for the club it was fitting that our future stars take centre stage. Suitably impressed by the skills of our young stars, all in attendance were grateful for the chance to move indoors to hear the speeches of our club officers and invited guests. Donal O’Leary, MC for the night, introduced club Chairman Martin Lynch who thanked everyone involved in the project, highlighting the incredible efficiency with which it was carried out, and the generosity of everyone who donated. Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan was next to speak, describing how impressed he was with the new facilities and his hope that the Munster Council can continue to support development within the club. Ger Lane, Chairman of the County Board, also expressed admiration for the club facilities and offered congratulations for the professional manner in which the project was funded and delivered. The final speaker on the night was Minister of State Dara Murphy TD. Deputy Murphy offered congratulations to the club, noting that the GAA was the strongest voluntary organisation in the country and an invaluable contributor to community life in Ireland. The speeches completed, it was time for the blessing of the pitch and ribbon-cutting to take place. Fr Fitzgerald and Rev Robert Ferris were on hand for the blessing, while club legend Pat Joe Sheehan and club President Michael O’Leary did the honours in cutting the ribbon. Once the night’s formalities were complete it was time to return to the hall for tea, coffee and refreshments, generously provided by Ian Forrest of the Castle Hotel and kindly served by volunteers from the Camogie Club.

Medal presentation night. A great night was had in the Castle Hotel on February 17th as our victorious Minor and Junior B teams received their medals. The Minor team claimed the county Premier 2 Hurling Championship title in September and a large crowd was in attendance on the night to toast their success. Frankie Downey’s highly-decorated Junior B team also received their medals after November’s Muskerry League win

Donations to local charities. We were delighted to donate all of the proceeds of the 2016 Poc Fada to Blarney First Responders, Blarney St Vincent De Paul and Blarney Meals On Wheels on Friday February 17th. Each local charity received €300. Thanks again to all of those who organised & participated in the Poc Fada to make this possible.

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