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Club News for the Week Ending 5th Sept 2014

Championship Progress

After a league campaign in which the senior team put in several good performances which were not reflected with points on the board, the lads are now undefeated in their last four championship outings.  The replay of the quarter final against Milltown was played in Naas on Wednesday night and it was another tense affair, with a Colum Fagan goal separating the sides after 60 minutes and what felt like the longest of injury times.  The lads are playing with confidence and cohesion; their biggest test of the year awaits in the next round when we play our neighbours Straffan in the semi-final in Clane next Saturday (3pm). Straffan are being talked about as a team that could go all the way to all-Ireland glory this year in the same fashion as Two Mile House, and will be raging hot favourites for this tie.  The lads are looking for a big support on the day for their biggest game for several seasons.

 

Club Cycle

The Rathcoffey GAA annual cycle, scheduled for Sunday 19th October, continues to take shape.  Our road signs were printed this week and will appear around the area over the coming days while we are working with local news outlets to increase publicity. The routes are agreed, with a 90k route to Trim or a 50k route to Kilcock, Enfield and Carbury for those looking for a challenge, and a 10k local area route for families.  The cost this year will be €25 per person for the long cycles and €10 per family for the local route.  There will be refreshments on the day with hot food coming off the barbeque when the cyclists return to the clubhouse.  This is the club’s main fundraiser for the second half of the year; it promises to be a great day so please mark it in your calendars.  Watch our Facebook page and our website for further details and route options over the coming days, or contact Chris McGovern at 086 252 8295.

 

Minors

Well done to the minors who recorded another win on Tuesday night last, defeating Kilard (Kill / Ardclough), despite being down a few regulars.  Many of the lads turned out again the following night in the JFC quarter final. 

 

Under 16

Our under 16’s are out tonight (Friday 5th Sept) v Ballyna in the Championship with a 6.30 pm throw-in.  Best of luck to Padraig and the lads.

 

Club Lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot, worth €3,600, on Sunday 31st August.   The numbers drawn were 4, 9, 11 and 22.  The €20 winners were Trevor Weld, Colm Moriarty, Sylvia O’Reilly and Elaine Houlihan. Sean Moriarty won the sellers prize and Brendan Weld the in-house draw.  Next week’s jackpot will be worth €3,700.  You can purchase a ticket for €2 any evening at the clubhouse, or contact any committee member to pre-pay for several weeks or to set up a standing order.  The draw takes place every Sunday night after 9pm.  

 

All Ireland Final Ticket Winners

Congratulations to the following Rathcoffey GAA Club members who have won the option to buy a ticket for the All Ireland finals.  The members’names drawn were [Hurling] Paul Coleman, Kay Davin, Jason Kinahan and Carmel Cunningham.  The Football winners were: Cathriona Flaherty, Amanda Mayock, Liam Mayock and Jason Acton.

 

Under 9 Girls

This new team got off to a great start against Castlemitchell last Saturday.  Training is on Tuesdays at 7 pm with mentors Mary Ryan and Aisling Behan.  All new players are more than welcome.

 

Strictly Come Dancing

Club Kildare is hosting aS trictly Come Dancing event on Sunday 26th October (bank holiday weekend).  All clubs have been asked to nominate two dancers to represent the club in the event.  We are looking for two individuals, or a couple, to represent Rathcoffey GAA Club. It’s a great opportunity to improve your footwork skills and represent the club while supporting Kildare, in a county wide fun competition.  If you are interested, please e-mail Sean at secretary.rathcoffey.kildare@gaa.ie.

 

Bingo

Rathcoffey GAA Club hosts bingo every Monday night with great prize money to be won.  There are usually over 200 attendees each week and all are welcome.

 

Rathcoffey Bowls Club 

Rathcoffey Bowling Club is actively seeking new members.  The club practices every Thursday night at 8.15 unless it has an away game.  No experience is necessary and all newcomers are welcome, and will be given appropriate coaching in the rules and objectives.  There is no age requirement.
 
The club plays in Division Three of the Kildare/West Wicklow Association which includes teams from Hollywood and Blessington to Castlemitchell.
 
So, please come along any Thursday night.

 

Rathcoffey Art and Craft Fair 2014 

The annual Rathcoffey Art and Craft Fair will take place again this year, with the date set for Sunday 12th October at 2pm.  This year the venue is changing from Rathcoffey Church to Rathcoffey GAA Hall, because of the demand from participants. Attractions on the day will include; a painting exhibition, children’s art competition, flower arrangements, jewellery, crafts, cake stall, raffles, book stall, candles, pottery, vintage tractors and cars, face painting and much more.  All new exhibitors are welcome. For further information, please contact Brendan Travers at 086 8301885, or Aisling Behan at 086 6089911. 

 

If you would like to contribute to these notes for any aspect of the club’s activities, please e-mail Dónal at pro.rathcoffey.kildare@gaa.ie

2015 Fun Run

posted 15 Jan 2015, 12:30 by Donal Travers

4th Annual Rathcoffey GAA Fun Run 2015 

In conjunction with Console, the National Suicide Charity

As regular as clockwork, each new year brings the usual uninspiring coverage of new years resolutions, most of which are a distant memory by Easter.  One strategy to overcome this is to set one modest goal at a time, achieve it and move on.  The Rathcoffey Fun Run is becoming a staple fixture in the local North Kildare calendar for casual walkers and runners, and for more serious athletes in the community to reach an early new year goal.

Whether you’re aiming to break the 33-minute mark for 10k or have a leisurely stroll around the 7.5k course, the Rathcoffey Fun Run is a safe and well-organised way to do it.  This year’s run takes place on Saturday 7th February over the same popular course as in previous years, with a start time of 11 a.m.  The run is relatively flat and takes the runners towards Ladychapel and back via Johninstown offering stunning views of Rathcoffey Castle.

 The 2014 edition saw nearly 250 runners and walkers line up, despite the bleak weather earlier in the morning.  First home in the mens run was Patrick Roche in a time of 32.58 while local teacher Catherine Kelly was the first woman home in a time of 41.24.    

 Once again, Rathcoffey GAA is teaming up with Console, the National Suicide Charity, with participants having the opportunity to raise money for this hugely important organisation.  Meanwhile, the club will be serving refreshments for runners and supporters and Glanbia will be on hand to provide Avonmore protein milk for all finishers.

There will be two entry fee categories, €10 for under 18’s and €20 for adults.   Registration can be completed online at www.runireland.com, or at the Rathcoffey GAA Clubhouse on the morning of the race or the night before.  The event will be time chipped by Pop Up Races.

 Spokesman for the race organisers, Mick Kennedy said “This is the fourth year of the Rathcoffey Fun Run and the 2015 edition promises to be even better than the last.  It’s a great way to banish the new year blues and get fit in a fun way and at your own pace.  We are again teaming up with Console, the National Suicide Charity, which typically gets a great response from participants.”

 Further details are available on the Rathcoffey Fun Run Facebook page or via Rathcoffey GAA on Twitter. 

2015 Membership

posted 22 Dec 2014, 12:59 by Donal Travers   [ updated 17 Feb 2015, 14:01 ]

2015 Membership

It has been decided to keep membership fees unchanged for the 2015 season.  Family membership is particularly great value at €100 for two adults and all children.  A single player membership costs €75 and an adult student player; €50.  Membership for a non-playing couple is €70 and €50 for an individual.  Senior citizens' membership costs €20 (single or couple) while social membership can be availed of at €30 (single) or €50 (couple).  The annual subscription is a significant if just one important source of revenue to maintain the club for the year ahead (maintenance, light & heat, insurance, affiliation fees, playing gear…).  The club makes every effort to keep its costs competitive and consistently looks for ways to eliminate or lower its running costs. 
 
In return for membership, you have access to some of the best playing facilities in Co. Kildare.  Access to the members’ bar is now restricted unless accompanied and signed in by a club member. Paid up members are also provided with a say and vote in the club AGM and any EGM, as well as being included in the draw for All-Ireland tickets.  The club will hold a membership renewal morning on Saturday 21st February 2015 from 11am to 1pm at the clubhouse.  Please come along to update your membership for 2015.  All new members and anyone wishing to help out with club organisation or mentoring is most welcome.

AGM

posted 22 Dec 2014, 11:02 by Donal Travers

The club’s Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 23rd November in the clubhouse with one of the strongest attendances in a number of years. The majority of the committee was re-elected to serve for another year; however Peter McCrystal who has held the Chairman role for the past three years has stepped down, while Sean Moriarty moves from the role of Secretary to Chairman. Paddy McGovern, who has done such a wonderful job leading the club’s underage structures, has also stepped down. The club welcomes Derek Noonan to the committee in the newly created role of Football Secretary. Although there is a small army of volunteers in the club, from mentors to administrators and general dogsbodies (you know who you are), the club expresses its deep gratitude to Peter, Sean and Paddy for the tremendous service they have provided over the past number of years. We know it won’t mean that their work-rate around the club will decrease in any way but recognise the huge level of commitment that they have shown to lead the club through an exciting phase of its development.

Recycling Week

posted 22 Sep 2014, 23:34 by Donal Travers

Hi all - Rathcoffey GAA is collecting clothes for recycling, from 6pm to 9pm every evening this week, from tonight, Tuesday until Friday.  All clean clothes in reusable condition will be accepted, and each kilo collected will raise €5.50 for the club.  Old smart phones and laptops will also be accepted. 

Great way to de-clutter before the winter sets in, and raise money for the club at the same time.

Thank you.

Club News for the Week Ending 5th Sept 2014

posted 8 Sep 2014, 00:30 by Donal Travers

Championship Progress

After a league campaign in which the senior team put in several good performances which were not reflected with points on the board, the lads are now undefeated in their last four championship outings.  The replay of the quarter final against Milltown was played in Naas on Wednesday night and it was another tense affair, with a Colum Fagan goal separating the sides after 60 minutes and what felt like the longest of injury times.  The lads are playing with confidence and cohesion; their biggest test of the year awaits in the next round when we play our neighbours Straffan in the semi-final in Clane next Saturday (3pm). Straffan are being talked about as a team that could go all the way to all-Ireland glory this year in the same fashion as Two Mile House, and will be raging hot favourites for this tie.  The lads are looking for a big support on the day for their biggest game for several seasons.

 

Club Cycle

The Rathcoffey GAA annual cycle, scheduled for Sunday 19th October, continues to take shape.  Our road signs were printed this week and will appear around the area over the coming days while we are working with local news outlets to increase publicity. The routes are agreed, with a 90k route to Trim or a 50k route to Kilcock, Enfield and Carbury for those looking for a challenge, and a 10k local area route for families.  The cost this year will be €25 per person for the long cycles and €10 per family for the local route.  There will be refreshments on the day with hot food coming off the barbeque when the cyclists return to the clubhouse.  This is the club’s main fundraiser for the second half of the year; it promises to be a great day so please mark it in your calendars.  Watch our Facebook page and our website for further details and route options over the coming days, or contact Chris McGovern at 086 252 8295.

 

Minors

Well done to the minors who recorded another win on Tuesday night last, defeating Kilard (Kill / Ardclough), despite being down a few regulars.  Many of the lads turned out again the following night in the JFC quarter final. 

 

Under 16

Our under 16’s are out tonight (Friday 5th Sept) v Ballyna in the Championship with a 6.30 pm throw-in.  Best of luck to Padraig and the lads.

 

Club Lotto

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot, worth €3,600, on Sunday 31st August.   The numbers drawn were 4, 9, 11 and 22.  The €20 winners were Trevor Weld, Colm Moriarty, Sylvia O’Reilly and Elaine Houlihan. Sean Moriarty won the sellers prize and Brendan Weld the in-house draw.  Next week’s jackpot will be worth €3,700.  You can purchase a ticket for €2 any evening at the clubhouse, or contact any committee member to pre-pay for several weeks or to set up a standing order.  The draw takes place every Sunday night after 9pm.  

 

All Ireland Final Ticket Winners

Congratulations to the following Rathcoffey GAA Club members who have won the option to buy a ticket for the All Ireland finals.  The members’names drawn were [Hurling] Paul Coleman, Kay Davin, Jason Kinahan and Carmel Cunningham.  The Football winners were: Cathriona Flaherty, Amanda Mayock, Liam Mayock and Jason Acton.

 

Under 9 Girls

This new team got off to a great start against Castlemitchell last Saturday.  Training is on Tuesdays at 7 pm with mentors Mary Ryan and Aisling Behan.  All new players are more than welcome.

 

Strictly Come Dancing

Club Kildare is hosting aS trictly Come Dancing event on Sunday 26th October (bank holiday weekend).  All clubs have been asked to nominate two dancers to represent the club in the event.  We are looking for two individuals, or a couple, to represent Rathcoffey GAA Club. It’s a great opportunity to improve your footwork skills and represent the club while supporting Kildare, in a county wide fun competition.  If you are interested, please e-mail Sean at secretary.rathcoffey.kildare@gaa.ie.

 

Bingo

Rathcoffey GAA Club hosts bingo every Monday night with great prize money to be won.  There are usually over 200 attendees each week and all are welcome.

 

Rathcoffey Bowls Club 

Rathcoffey Bowling Club is actively seeking new members.  The club practices every Thursday night at 8.15 unless it has an away game.  No experience is necessary and all newcomers are welcome, and will be given appropriate coaching in the rules and objectives.  There is no age requirement.
 
The club plays in Division Three of the Kildare/West Wicklow Association which includes teams from Hollywood and Blessington to Castlemitchell.
 
So, please come along any Thursday night.

 

Rathcoffey Art and Craft Fair 2014 

The annual Rathcoffey Art and Craft Fair will take place again this year, with the date set for Sunday 12th October at 2pm.  This year the venue is changing from Rathcoffey Church to Rathcoffey GAA Hall, because of the demand from participants. Attractions on the day will include; a painting exhibition, children’s art competition, flower arrangements, jewellery, crafts, cake stall, raffles, book stall, candles, pottery, vintage tractors and cars, face painting and much more.  All new exhibitors are welcome. For further information, please contact Brendan Travers at 086 8301885, or Aisling Behan at 086 6089911. 

 

If you would like to contribute to these notes for any aspect of the club’s activities, please e-mail Dónal at pro.rathcoffey.kildare@gaa.ie

Update from Rathcoffey GAA Club

posted 8 Jul 2014, 05:14 by Donal Travers   [ updated 8 Jul 2014, 05:20 ]

Tuesday 8th July 2014
 
As you are probably aware, there was a serious incident on the club grounds over the weekend. The club is currently assisting the Gardaí in their on-going investigations; however if any club member has concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the club's committee. 
 
Rathcoffey GAA Club Committee

Club Registration 2014

posted 5 Feb 2014, 15:34 by Donal Travers   [ updated 27 Feb 2014, 00:09 ]

Friday 28th February 2014 - 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

There will be one final opportunity to avail of full membership of Rathcoffey GAA for 2014, on Friday evening, 28th February.  This year, after considerable debate at the AGM, it was decided to alter how the club raises money through membership and associated income.  It has been decided to discontinue the practice of collecting €2 per child at each underage training session.  As a result, the membership options and rates have changed to reflect the different forms of membership that the club can cater for and to ensure that the club has enough subscription-based revenue to contribute to its ongoing and substantial running costs.   Rathcoffey GAA has some of the best facilities in Co. Kildare; we hope that you will continue to support the club as it continues to plan for the future with the development of additional pitches and the maintenance of its top class facilities. 

Please come along to the club house, this Friday evening 28th February, between 7pm and 8.30pm to register you or your family for 2014.
Membership Rates for 2014

 Player Membership         €75
 Student Player     €40
 Individual Membership (non-player) €50
 Couple Membership (non-player) €70
 Family Membership     €100
 Juvenile Individual Membership €50
 OAP (single or couple)     €20
 Social Membership (individual) €30
 Social Membership (couple) €50

 What does your membership subscription contribute to? 
  • Light and heat for the sports and social facilities
  • Club maintenance (pitch maintenance, sports hall, painting, repairs, health and safety upgrades)
  • Team expenses - nursery / underage / senior
  • Insurance (facilities, players, mentors and public liability)
  • Equipment maintenance and upgrades
  • Facilities upgrades, drainage & new pitch developments
What does Social Membership mean?

SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP entitles adults (>18's) to the use of the club facilities such as the bar, without having to be signed in.  However, social membership is not full membership.  It does not entitle you to influence the running of the club at the AGM or at an EGM.  Social members are not included in the annual draw for All-Ireland Football and Hurling final tickets. 

EGM 13th February 2014

posted 4 Feb 2014, 14:04 by Donal Travers

The Club will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on 13th February 2014 starting at 8.30 pm in the clubhouse.  The purpose of the EGM is to elect a treasurer and assistant treasurer for 2014.  All members welcome to attend. 

2014 Annual Fun Run

posted 4 Feb 2014, 13:48 by Donal Travers

Almost 300 runners turned out last year on a fine sunny Saturday in February to take part in the now annual Rathcoffey GAA Fun Run.  Won in a time of 33 minutes by Stephen Cleary, just over a second covered the first three runners home.  The 2014 edition, and the third running of the race, takes place on Saturday morning 8th February with a start time of 11 a.m.

Once again a 10K and 7.5K course will be available.  The course is almost completely flat and after leaving Rathcoffey, the route heads for Ladychapel before turning towards Smithstown and Johninstown and returning to the GAA Clubhouse.

This year’s race will again be run in support of Console, the National Suicide Charity, with optional sponsorship cards available for anyone who wishes to avail of one.  A total of €2,450 was raised for the locally founded charity last year. 

The entry fee is unchanged this year at €20.   Registration can be completed at the Rathcoffey GAA Clubhouse on the morning of the race or the night before, or online at www.runireland.com The event will be fully time chipped with all entrants receiving notification of their time by text shortly after the run. 

Further details are available on the Rathcoffey Fun Run Facebook page or via Rathcoffey GAA on Twitter. 


Rathcoffey G.A.A. Annual Cycle Sat Oct 5th

posted 4 Sep 2013, 04:01 by john cleary

From Rathcoffey to Blesssington Return

(Tour of  Lakes Optional )

Journey to Blessington ret 68km 

(Including tour of lakes 94 kms)

€20 Including refreshments in Rathcoffey GAA & Blessington

 All Welcome

Contact  Tom (087) 2446365

John Flood (087)2306665 

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