Club Notes 28th October

Monday, October 28, 2013

There was no Match 4 winner of the Club Lotto on Friday, 25th October when the numbers drawn were 4, 7, 24 and 29 so next week, the jackpot goes up to €5,000. Elaine McCarthy was the name drawn in the Lucky Dip and will receive €25. As always, we encourage members to register to play online or to promote the Lotto to others. Further details are available at

Recycling Day
Following on from the success of previous recycling events, the Club will hold another Recycling Day on Saturday, 16th November. Once again, clothes and textiles will be accepted but we will also be taking in old laptops and mobile phones. We will announce further details closer to the date.

Parents of children who take part in the Academy are reminded that both hurls and helmets are available to buy from the Club Shop. Helmets are sold at a special discounted price while the Academy coaches can provide expert advice on the most appropriate hurl size for our up and coming GAA stars! Roll call will take place at the usual time of 10.15 a.m. on Saturdays and as always, parental assistance is required and much appreciated.

Cumann na mBunscol
Congratulations to the Scoil Chualann Camogie team who recently won the Cumann na mBunscol competition for the first time in 17 years. The school were delighted with their win and very proud of the achievements of their 5th / 6th class girls. The majority of the girls are members of Bray Emmets.

Ghlac Scoil Chualann páirt i gcomórtas camógaíochta Allianz/Cumann na mBunscol ar an 23ú Deireadh Fómhair i bPáirc Emmet Bhré. Seacht bhfoireann ar fad a bhí páirteach ann agus bhí dhá chluiche iontach ag  Scoil Chualann sna réamhbhabhtaí.
Bhuadar gan stró ar Bhaile an Chinnéidigh le farasbarr 16 cúilín. Ó thus an chluiche bhí an buntáiste ag an nGaelscoil le ceannasaíocht ag Sarah Ní Luain agus Laura Ní Fhearraigh i lár na páirce. B’í Sarah an laoch imeartha sa chluiche seo, ag aimsiú trí chúl agus cúilín amháin. (6 - 1) i gcoinne (1- 0) an scór deiridh. Bhí tús maith ag Scoil Chualann sa dara chluiche agus ghnóthaigh siad trí chúl go luath sa chluiche.  Ghnóthaigh Neasa Ní Mharcaigh dhá ceann acu seo.  Cé go raibh dúshlán níos mó ann sa chluiche (i gcoinne Ráth Droma), bhí cailíní na Gaelscoile i bhfad chun tosaigh ag an deireadh: (4 – 1) i gcoinne (2 – 0).Mar sin, shroich Scoil Chualann an cluiche ceannais ach bhíodar ag súil le dúshlan níos mó ó  Bhearna Cle agus b’shin mar a tharla.  Bhí an freasúra an-laidir i lár na páirce agus bhí coimhlint den scoth ann.  Ach sa deireadh b’iad cailíní an tuaiscirt a sháraigh cailíní an deiscirt…scór deiridh (2 – 1) i gcoinne (1 – 0).
Ag deireadh an lae, bronnadh an duais don laoch imeartha ar Sarah Ní Luain. Foireann Camógaíochta Scoil Chualann : Aoife Ní Bhriain, Emma Ní Dhúill, Róisín Ní Mhurchú,  Alexandra Ní Laoghaire,  Sarah Ní Luain, Laura Ní Fhearraigh,  Seán Ní Cheallaigh, Amy Ní Ealaithe,  Neasa Ní Mharcaigh,  Kate Ní Mhurchú,  Sinéad Ní Choigligh,  Caoimhe Ní Bhroin, Caitlin Ní Dhúill, Jordan Ní Bhriain, Eva Ní Chuilinn. Bainisteoir - Iníon Ní Chrean-Loinsigh.

Mermaid Arts Centre - Special Offers
The Mermaid Arts Centre located just off Main Street has made a special offer available to members of Bray Emmets GAA Club. Census/GAA Stories (as part of the Yarn Festival) sees social and cultural
historian Mark Duncan
trace the early development of the GAA in Bray and
Co. Wicklow and set it against the wider Irish sporting, cultural
and political experience of the pre-World War I period. This talk will take place on Saturday, 16th November and admission fee for Bray Emmets members is €8 (normally €10). Bookers can avail of this offer by telephone (01 272 4030) or by dropping into the Mermaid Arts Centre but these concessions are not available online.

Message from Oliver O'Farrell's Family
Oliver’s wife Marie and his children Fiona, Fergal and Sinead would like to thank everyone who supported and sympathised with us throughout Oliver’s illness and when he died.

Olly would have been absolutely delighted by the number of GAA friends, young and old, who came to bid him farewell at his wake and funeral. A special word of thanks to the members of Bray Emmets who provided a guard of honour at the cemetery and to Tom Walsh for his nice tribute at the Mass. Such a tangible display of how much he meant to so many people was a real comfort to us. We also want to thank those who wrote really nice letters and cards sharing their lovely –and often amusing – memories of him.
Following his stroke, Oliver received the most fantastic medical treatment for more than a year in St. Vincent’s Hospital. However, in 2013, it is just terrible that such a prestigious university hospital doesn’t have a dedicated Stroke Unit. The hospital has space for such a unit but just needs the funds to set it up. Having this unit would make a huge difference to the hospital’s ability to successfully treat stroke patients, allowing 60 more stroke patients per year to return home and live independently. Several people have told us that they were unable to locate the St. Vincent’s Donation Box in the church on the day of the funeral, so if anyone would still like to make a donation to help set up the Stroke Unit, please send it directly to St. Vincent’s Foundation Stroke Unit Appeal at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin 4, please mention Oliver’s name. For more information about fundraising for the hospital, take a look at the video in this link
Oliver had a haemorrhagic stroke and the most common cause of this type of stroke is high blood pressure, which he was not aware that he had. So we wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that they should have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis. The consequences of a Stroke can be catastrophic and this routine medical check can make all the difference.
Thank you again for your kindness and support which we greatly appreciate. Knowing that Oliver will be remembered so fondly by so many people is a real comfort to us, we miss him every day.

Marie, Fiona, Fergal and Sinead. 

Minor Football Championship County Final Replay

Unfortunately, Bray Emmets tasted defeat in a County Final for the second week running after our Minor Footballers lost to St. Patrick’s Wicklow in the replayed County Final on Sunday, 27th October in Aughrim. The game was played as a curtain raiser to the Senior Final between Rathnew and Baltinglass and both games will be remembered for their dramatic finishes.
Emmets stormed into an early lead thanks to a goal from Marc Lennon and aided by a strong breeze, further points were added by Eoin Mac Cormaic and Cathal McGee who raised the white flag three times. A four point half-time lead was being whittled down when Daire Henderson weaved his way through the St. Pats defence to score a fantastic goal. Cathal McGee added to his tally twice and Marc Lennon popped over a free but the sides could not be separated at the end of normal time; Bray Emmets 2-7 St. Patricks 1-10.
In extra-time, Cathal McGee pointed again before Dunni O Midheach found the net and the Bray supporters were now dreaming of lifting the cup. The inevitable siege to the Emmets goal materialised in the second half of extra-time as St. Pats used the wind to their advantage and agonisingly, the winner came right at the death leaving Bray with little chance to respond. It was an absolutely heartbreaking  way to lose and the fact that both games were superb displays of football at it’s best will be of little consolation to Paddy Moynihan and his squad. However, everyone in the Club is extremely proud of the team and we know that this group of players will eventually get the success they deserve.
Emmet Bhré: Padraig Doyle, Sean O’Connor, Shane Lohan, Seanie Maloney, Dylan Terry, Ishe Mnensa, Peter Conroy, Matt Thompson, Eoin Mac Cormaic, Daire Henderson, Dunni O’Mideach, Ben Mac Cormaic, Cathal McGee, Gavin Dowling, Marc Lennon. Substitutes: Patrick Cunningham, Dan Cody, Ciaran Barnes, Paul Moran, Hugh Armstrong, Shane Anders, Ryan Ashworth, Conor O’Doherty, Ciaran Browne, Jack Doyle Rennix.
Management: Paddy Moynihan, Paul Barry, Matt Thompson Snr.