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Gathering Festival 2013

Last Saturday Erin’s Own celebrated the Gathering Festival with a full days activities in Ballycomey. The day began with the playing of The Annual Gerry Holden Memorial under 12 hurling blitz. Teams from Dublin, Offaly, Kilkenny city/ county and Erin’s Own took to the playing field for a feast of hurling. With over 100 young hurlers participating throughout the day the large crowd were treated to some fantastic games played in a great spirit.

Annual Gerry Holden Memorial under 12 hurling blitzThe locals entertained Edenderry in what was their first visit to Castlecomer and after a shaky start they boys in blue ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-9 to 1-4. To the fore in this game were Kealan Ring, Dan Coogan, John and James Kenny, Ciaran Meagher, Cathal O Reilly and Nicky Connolly. Next up for the Comer boys were city team Dicksboro. The Comer boys started really strong and converted some great points from play and frees to lead at half time by 7 points. They kept the pressure on in the second half and finished the game with 9 points to spare. This was due in no small part to the hurling of Kevin Holland who would go on to play a great tournament throughout, Connor Clarke, Killian Hogan, Luca Downey, Kevin Smith, Ashley Kerr, Lee Holden, Shane Coogan, Dara O Rourke when out around midfield and Billy O Neill. This win set the local boys up to play the winners of group 2 in the Cup Final. After a titanic struggle Kilmacud CroKes from Dublin emerged as group winners. The final was played in front of a large crowd encouraging on the two teams from the off. With the Comer boys giving away a big difference in size to their Dublin opponents it looked like the could be overrun early on as they went down by an early goal and a point. However the young boys from Comer dug in and chased down every ball and were rewarded when Jack Buggy shot two goals to the net from dead ball’s and added two points from frees. This was end to end hurling from both teams with the skill levels on show quite remarkable for players so young. As the game went into the second half the locals could sense victory and on a number of occasions the shaved the post after some lovely direct hurling. At this stage Connor Clarke, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Jack Buggy, Lee Holden, Kealan Ring and Billy O Neill were doing all they could to drive Comer over the line. When the referee blew the final whistle it was all square and both teams finished on 3-5 each and we headed for extra time. In the first half of extra time Erin s Own added 1-1 to their total and consolidated this in the second half with two more further points. On the final whistle the comer boys had just about done enough to win their own tournament. This was a great panel victory and all the boys showed the skills that they practice every week at training. It was also a great days hurling played in a great spirit. Afterwards all players were treated to a barbecue and goodies compliments of Erins Own Bord Na Nog. All players also received medals and Lee Holden collected the Gerry Holden trophy from his Grandfather Michael Holden.

PANEL. N.Connolly, James Kenny, Kevin Holland, Billy O Neill, Jack Buggy. Conor Clarke.Shane Coogan, Lee Holden, Kealan Ring, Dan Coogan, John Kenny, Ciaran Meagher, Cathal O Reilly, Luca Downey, Kevin Smith, Dara O Rourke.

When all the excitement of the hurling blitz and the downpours of rain had receded it was the highlight of the days activities when two mixed teams of men and ladies took to the field to exhibit their silken skills with the big ball. With the ladies having been in training for this match for a number of weeks leading into the game it was evident from early on that the benefit of the training would tell on the scoreline. Players took to the field who hadn’t togged off for many years. All the pictures from the day can be seen on Willie Hetherington’s facebook page. So after great entertainment the white team came out on top.

Well done to all who helped to make the day a great success.

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Gaelic4Mothers & Others Update Aug 2013

Information sheet for Gaelic4Mothers & Others

Gaelic4Mothers & Others Update Aug 2013

  • Conahy blitz Saturday 24th August at 2pm. Please text Liz on 0872141467 or Linda on 0863217438 if available to play on or before 14th August as Conahy need to know if we are playing in order to make out matches.
  • Contact Marina on 0866062065 if interested in going to the evening race meeting in Gowran Park on Wednesday 14th August.
  • Ultimate Ladies Day out RDS Sunday 1st September we will travel by bus and stop in Naas on way home for meal. Contact Marina on 0866062065 or Paula on 0867324841 before Friday 16th August if interested. This is a great day out and a real treat for the ladies.
  • We will be having a clothes recycling fundraiser in early September if you want an excuse to do a clean out. (date to be decided)
  • G4M National blitz Saturday 19th October – a team will be entered names will be taken at a later date.
  • We will be organising day or night away depending on what people want in November.
  • Looking into long weekend city break next year, possibly May or June bank holiday will be discussed at a meeting later in the year where we will have more information on prices etc.
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Golf Classic 2013 – Results and Pictures

David Buggy Kia Motors, KilkennyErin’s own GAA Club held its 8th annual golf classic in Castlecomer GC recently. This event was sponsored by David Buggy Kia Motors, Kilkenny. 48 teams played on the day in both GUI & non GUI competitions. As usual, the golf was most competitive with Keith Doheny, James Dowling & Richie Costello’s team from St Patrick’s Ballyragge (pictured below) proving victorious with a very good score on the day beating Michael Buggy’s team with a better back nine score.

Keith Doheny, James Dowling & Richie Costello

In the Non GUI Category, winners were a Local Team of Seamus Coogan, Shane Coogan & John Kelly with young Shane proving to be the star of the day with a brilliant score.

The organizing committee Congratulate all the winners & would like to thank all who played, the ladies who looked after the Barbecue and anyone who assisted on the day to make the Classic a success. Special thanks to all our Generous Sponsors who continue to support the Classic. We acknowledge all those who supported by sponsoring a Tee Box, a team or a Prize.

Check out the photo gallery for the full list of winners and photos of the day. All of the monies raised go directly into the Club Development fund to help improve facilities for all members.

List of Winners:

Main Competition

Ist Prize: Keith Doheny, James Dowling, Richie Costello

2nd Prize: Michael Buggy, Michael Daly, Joan Brennan

3rd Prize: Ray Walsh, Martin Reade, Dermot Jacob

4th Prize: Shan Butler, Kevin Butler, Colm Lynch

5th Prize: JD Harding, Paul Campion, Derek Campion

6th Prize: Jason Brennan, Martin Brennan, Michael Dowling

Non GUI Competition

1st Prize: Seamus Coogan, Shane Coogan, John Kelly

2nd Prize: John Buggy, Keith Brennan, Adrian Cunningham

3rd Prize: Martin Boran, Graham Lawlor, Gary Delaney

4th Prize: Ken Loughlin, Shay Loughlin, Pat Comerford

5th Prize: Colin Dunne, Sean Kealy, Anthony Owens

6th Prize: Gavin Nolan, Peter Donovan, Aidan Moran

7th Prize: Marty Connolly, John Cahalan, Richard Connolly

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Erin’s Own in Zambia!

A whole new group of Erin’s Own players and supporters have come together to support Comer. Aisling Carey (front Left), neice of Noreen Buggy is currently working as a volunteer in Zambia. Erin’s Own donated two sets of Jerseys for the local people. A big thanks to everyone who supported this initiative and the start of world domination!!

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Golf Classic Friday 21st June 2013

Golf Classic Friday 21st June 2013Erin’s Own GAA Club

Fundraising Golf Classic

Friday 21st June 2013
In Castlecomer Golf Club

Team of 3 ~ Entry €120
~Includes BBQ ~Super Prizes~ Great Day Out~
NON GUI Teams Welcome

For Tee Times Call/Text
Deirdre on 086-2387140

-Sponsored by Kia
David Buggy Motors, Kilkenny

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April 2013 – U8 Croke Park Visit

Congratulations to the Players, Management, Parents and families who travelled in huge numbers to support the Under 8 players in their first experience of playing in the wonderful Croke Park. It will be a memory that they will never forget and hopefully some day again, not too far into the future, they will get an opportunity to represent Erin’s Own there again – It is good to dream, some of them do come true.

April 2013 - U8 Croke Park Visit

Thanks also to the Bord na nOg for their help in preparing for the day and also to Denis Buggy Coaches.

If any of you have pictures send them to and we will add them to the ones already here.


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Set Theatre – Langtons Fri 5th April 8pm

Fantasy Cheltenham 2013All roads lead to Langton’s Set Theatre on Friday 5th April at 8pm for the annual handing out of prizes and monies raised by clubs following Fantasy Cheltenham 2013.

All are welcome to this event to help to close the door on another successful fundraiser for our club. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Croke Park Visit 4th April – Information for U8 Parents

Dear Parent,

We are delighted to inform you that Erin’s Own under 8s have been selected to play in Croke Park on the 4th April as part of the Leinster Councils Activity Days for young players. As you will agree this is a fantastic treat and honour for all these young hurlers. Enclosed are the details for the day’s activities.

We are taking a large bus to Croke Park on the day (Bus Leaving from Ballycomey at 8.15am sharp, €10.00 per head) for all the boys and their families to travel on. We are aiming to make this a great occasion for the boys involved and we want families to enjoy the day and to be also involved in this day for the boys. To get to play in Croke Park, The Theatre of Hurling Dreams is a dream come through for many players and for these young boys, We hope it will become a lifelong memory where they will experience all the fun and excitement of the dressing rooms, The running out through the famous tunnel and playing on the hallowed turf.

Afterwards the club will be taking the panel to Liffey Valley for some treats in McDonalds on the way home. If you have any queries please feel free to contact myself or Ken Brennan(Under 8 Coach).

Yours in Sport

John Buggy
Erin’s Own Bord Na Nog
087 2299555

Erins Own will be playing on pitch 6 – the corner between the Hogan Stand and Hill 16

Schedule of Events:
• Arrival to Designated Car Park (minimum 45 minutes prior to their allotted match time)
• Meet at the entrance to the museum and be escorted to the Cusack Stand
• Teams will be registered (only numbers given prior to event can be catered for)
• Team are asked to tog out in the stand
• Teams will be brought down to see and experience the dressing rooms etc. but this will be really just a walk through as we will have access to only one dressing room on the day
• Players will line up in the tunnel and get a team photo as they enter the pitch
• Matches will be 40 minutes in duration (including half time)
• There will be only 2 Mentors allowed per pitch per team
• Each team will play 1 match
• After the match teams and mentors will make their way to the Hogan Stand Presentation Area
• We would ask that 1 mentor from each club would bring a digital camera to take pictures of their players in the presentation area
• Players will return to the back of the lower cusack stand by walking around between the seating area in the lower decks of the stands

Just like last year there will be no food provided to the participants on the day and as such all teams are asked to bring their own packed lunch with them if required.


There will be three designated areas for parking on the day:

Bus Park 1 & 2 – Back of the Cusack Stand and The Davin Stand Car Parks
These car parks will be limited to Buses Only as there is limited space available. As to which car park you use will be dependent on your designated time slot. Access to the Cusack Stand car park is off Clonliff Road (At the Hill 16/Museum entrance) and entrance to the Davin Stand Car Park is off N Circular Road down St. Margarets Ave. Access to the Stadium from the Davin Stand Car Park will be through the Davin Stand. (Please see appendix (i) of schedule of events for breakdown of allocation of Bus Parks

Car Park 3 – Back of Croke Park Hotel (This is located across from the Hogan Stand)
This car park will be available to all other cars i.e parents, clubs where the children are travelling by individual cars etc. (Please see map provided). This will be an unmanned car park and we would ask people to park in an orderly fashion to allow people to enter and leave on a regular basis.(Unfortunately we cannot guarantee access to this car park as it will depend on demand on the day)

Parking will be at owners risk

Entrance to the Stadium
Entrance to the stadium for those parked in the Croke Park Hotel will be solely through the entrance off Clonliff Road via Hill 16 (Please see map provided). We would ask that you communicate this with all parents and supporters prior to the day to avoid confusion. For the buses parked in the Davin Stand Car Park there will be access to the stadium from the Davin Stand

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Fantasy Cheltenham 2013 – Erin’s Own Winners

Congratulations to Nellie Brennan, Smithstown on winning the overall prizemoney (€250) in the Erin’s Own section of Fantasy Cheltenham. She was among over 30 Erin’s Own winners in the competition.

The draw will also take place this weekend for the Bruce Springsteen tickets to be given to ticket sellers who sold 10 or more tickets.

The full details of the winners will be available in the next day or two so keep checking in for updates.

Congratulations and thanks to everybody who participated, sold tickets, bought tickets, helped in any way during the build up and throughout the main week itself. It was a mammoth undertaking so give yourselves a pat on the back for that. Well over 100 people are involved in the week itself so to all of you a sincere well done.

All of the monies raised will go direct into Club Development to help to improve facilities for our playing and general membership.

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Under 6 and Under 8 Indoor Hurling 2013

Indoor Hurling for the Under 6’s and the Under 8’s starts on Monday 18th at 6.15 pm for the Under 6 group and at 7pm for the Under 8 group. It is €2 per person. Dont forget to bring your helmets. Indoor Hurleys provided.

It will be on every Monday until further notice at this time.

Under 6; 6.15pm to 7pm

Under 8; 7pm to 7.45pm

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