Busy month for Blarney GAA

Blarney GAA Medals Night.  On Friday 23rd Blarney GAA held their Medals Presentation night. Both our Junior A footballers and Junior B hurlers collected medals. Our footballers receiving medals for winning the Mid Cork League and our hurlers for winning both their Mid Cork League and Championships. It was the last of many Presentation nights for Frankie Downey and Donal O’Donovan who stepped down after a decade of service to the Junior B team.We also had the presentation of cheques to two local charities Meals on Wheels and St. Vincent DePaul. These monies were raised from our St. Stephen’s Day Long Puc. We must thank our main sponsors and organiser of this event, Frankie Downey of Blarney Sofa Factory, they show massive support every year and it could not happen without this support. Special thanks also to Ian and Una Forrest of the Castle Hotel for hosting us and treating us to a beautiful meal.

Rebel Easter Camp. Rebel Club Easter Camps are back again and are going ahead in Blarney GAA from March 26th to 29th. The camp is for ages 5-11 years. Registration will take place in Blarney GAA Saturday 24th from 10am. – 1pm. Places are limited so confirmation via text is required before registration day.  To book a place text Robbie on 086 1551045. The children will be coached by Mark Coleman, Shane Kingston, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Robbie O’Flynn for four days. Hope to see you all there!

Car Boot Sale. Our first car boot sale of 2018 will take place on Monday April 2nd. 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 7am for sellers.  NO BOOKING REQUIRED, just show up on the day! Please note that gates close for sellers at 10am. 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.

Defibrillator Training. Blarney GAA and Blarney Camogie club will hold defibrillator training courses on Saturday March 24th. There is both a morning and afternoon course. If you are interested in attending, please contact Anne Coleman 087 123 4161 to book your place. The course is free of charge for Blarney GAA and Blarney camogie club members. Those who complete the course will get a certificate which is valid for 2 years.

018 membership now open. Membership subscriptions alone do not cover the full costs to run our club. Every year we rely on members, sponsors and supporters engaging in fundraising activities to make up the difference. 2018 will also see the introduction of a new membership category, Social Membership, for €10. This introductory membership offer is available to all parents/guardians of boys under the age of 18 who are full members. It is also available to wife’s and partners of full adult playing members. This category is for those who wish to support our club but not seek full voting rights, participate with a team or any administrative affairs of the Club. This membership category does not allow draw entry for All Ireland tickets or eligible for membership discounts. Blarney GAA Club have a close association to Blarney Camogie Club and recognise many families have daughters who play camogie. This coming season, families will now have the opportunity to avail of a Family Membership for €200. This membership category will give Blarney GAA Club membership to both the non playing parents/guardians and all boys under the age of 18, while also including Blarney Camogie Club membership to all girls in the family who play camogie. Fantastic value. By paying online, members have the option to pay over four monthly instalments. Benefits of membership include; Complete use of the all weather pitch for club activities. Playing members have access to the club gym and 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 and 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 and 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. Exclusive discounts to Eoin Murphy Fitness and rental of club facilities for party bookings. Membership Discounts; 10% off rental of club facilities for party bookings. www.eoinmurphyfitness.ie offers members the following benefits; Free personal training with your first unlimited class pass at EMF Free 8 class pass with every level 1 personal training membership purchased

U21 Football Championship. Our U21 footballers with the management team of Paul O Leary, Eoghan Murphy and Conor Foley got their championship campaign underway recently with an impressive 1-8 to 0-7 win over Ballinora in Rathpeacon. We caught up with manager Paul O’Leary before the fixture… Championship draw. First round v Ballinora, it has been difficult to get challenge matches but we had a good game against clyda. How has pre-season gone? The lads have put in a great effort since before Christmas. Paul Holland took one of your sessions which was really excellent and the lads enjoyed it. Goals for year. Get as many U21 players out playing & enjoying football and be competitive in championship How big is your squad? Approx 25 players Biggest messer? Pa O’Connell Laziest? Alan McEvoy Highlight/Funniest moment of the year so far? MJ Shine handpassing a sideline kick during a challenge gameEaster Camp leaflet unnamed (24)