Weekly Club Notes - May 25th

(24 May 2020)

25-05-20 Castleknock Club Notes

#AnswerTheCall - The June Holiday Weekend (May 29-June 1) sees yet another huge Club Charity Fundraising event. This time it’s the Adult Men’s teams who are raising funds for SONAS an organisation which provides services for victims of Domestic Violence in Dublin 15.

In marking the 10th Anniversary of SONAS the Club is showing its solidarity and support by walking, running or cycling 3,000 kms which is 10kms for each of those 300 women and children who were provided refuge by SONAS last year.

To participate all you have to do is don your Club colours and walk, run or cycle any distance you can. Then post the distance of your activity to any of the Club Social Media channels with the hashtag #AnswerTheCall and tag the Club. In the case of juveniles ask your parents to do it for you and contact your mentors. Photos are welcome but not essential.

Thanks to Dublin Senior Hurler Chris Crummey and to RTE’s Evanne Ní Chuilinn for voicing their support online for Castleknock GAA heading into yet another huge weekend for the Club.

You can make a donation at https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11385521_castleknock-gaa--answerthecall.html

SONAS Emergency Help Number (01) 8662015


St. Francis Hospice: Still on fundraising the Ladies Footballers Solo Challenge raised over €22,000 in total and a cheque for that amount has since been presented to St. Francis Hospice. Again many thanks to everyone involved.

Skills Challenge: The results of GPO Maria Bergin’s latest Skills Challenges have been announced. Once again it was for the U-6 to U-12 age group but this time the concentration was on Camogie/Hurling. The U-6 Girls winner was Lauren Spencer; the U-6 Boys winner was Ruairi Finnerty; the U-8 Girls winner was Fiadh Hogan; the U-8 Boys winner was Ryan Freeman; the U-10 Girls winner was Stella McGrath; the U-10 Boys winner was Cormac Finnerty; the U-12 Girls winner was Clara McGrath and the U-12 Boys winner was Jack Manicle. Congrats to everyone who took part for displayed such high levels of skill and thanks too to Maria for judging the entries and @1884Sport for once again supplying the prizes.

Club Together: First up this past week was Senior Footballer and current member of the Dublin Senior Football Squad Eoin O’Brien who gave us an exhibition of the less glamourous side of football that is tackling and in particular the footwork required to do it successfully. Thanks to Eoin’s lovely ‘not so young assistant’ Sean for helping out. Next up it was one of our Senior Camogie stars Emma Strappe who showed our young players how to practice and improve their ‘First Touch’ and in keeping with all great GAA occasions there was even a ‘dog’ on the pitch while Emma gave her expert demonstrations. Thanks to both Eoin and Emma.

Coaching: The Dublin County Board is running a free Elearning Foundation Coach Education Course which is mandatory for those wishing to become involved in coaching Club teams. The Course is being conducted online and the entry requirements are (1) you must be 16 or over and (2) have completed Safeguarding 1.

The Course runs from Wednesday, May 27 to Wednesday, July 1. The Final Registration date is Monday, May 25th. For further information contact our Club GPO Maria at https://twitter.com/MariaBergin1 or go to the Dublin GAA website http://dublingaa.ie/coaching

Bereavement: The Club extends its deepest sympathies to Fergus, Lisa and Andrew Kiernan on the death of Fergus’s mother Anne. Both Fergus and Lisa have contributed enormously to the development of the Club over the years and our thoughts are with them and the entire Kiernan family at this particularly difficult time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Slowly but surely we are getting through this Pandemic and it may not be long now before training and matches can resume so remember:

Keep washing your hands – Keep your distance and – Stay well

18-05-20 Castleknock Club Notes

Skills Challenge: Congrats to everyone who participated in GPO Maria Bergin’s Skills Challenges for our U-6 to U-12 Girls and Boys. Great to see so many taking part and of course that made Maria’s task all the harder in selecting the prize winners who after much consideration were announced as U-6 Girls Zoё McConville – U-6 Boys Jack Ellard – U-8 Girls Aria Keane – U-8 Boys Sean Rushe – U-10 Girls Elodie Farrell – U-10 Boys Liam McDermott – U-12 Girls Millie Byrne – U-12 Boys Cillian Dawson. Many thanks to everyone who entered and sent videos to our Instagram page – castleknockgaa. You can see videos of the winners and others on our Instagram and twitter pages. A huge thanks too to @1884Sport for providing the prizes. Watch out this coming week for a new hurling/camogie Skills Challenge.

Fundraiser: An incredible 14 Castleknock players were among the 250 players from Dublin Development, Minor, U-21 and Senior Hurling Squads involved in the ‘Hurl for Hope’ Fundraiser for Pieta. The individual player target was to strike 2,000 sliotars in an hour making a total of 500,000 sliotar strikes across all the squads. So far almost €22,000 has been raised and you can still contribute at  https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/hurlforhope Well done to all of our lads who were involved some of them Fundraising for the second week running.

Coaching: The amount of time and effort some of our members put into gaining Coaching Qualifications so as to benefit our own players often goes unnoticed so a special word of thanks to those of you who are embarking on the latest Dublin Coaching Course, GAA Award 1 Course, beginning on Monday May 18.

The Course is aimed at Coaches who have already progressed beyond the Foundation Award level and are currently coaching a club team at anything from U-13 to Adult level.  

The Webinar aspect of the Course extends over 4 weeks covering the fascinating OTú Model, the Role of Coaching and Communications in both football and hurling. The Practical aspect of the Course will be held as soon as activity resumes.

Club Together: The Club Together videos continue every Tuesday and Thursday on our Instagram and twitter pages. First up this past week was our Senior Hurling goalkeeper Jack Banks @jankszs who produced a video on the importance of good ‘footwork’ for hurling goalkeepers. That was followed on Thursday by two of our Ladies Footballers Sinead and Jessica Comerford who posted a very useful video showing the correct technique required to block an opponent attempting to kick pass the ball. And of course Ciarán Kilkenny’s hurling and football skills challenges which unfortunately are coming to an end can be viewed online at any time. 

Return to Play: While there are few signs of an organised return to training or play at either club or county level it is interesting to note the results of a Ladies Gaelic Football Survey which shows that the Ladies footballers in contrast to most of their male counterparts are quite happy to play championship football behind closed doors.

Leaving Certificate: It has been a stressful few months for those of our players involved in preparations for the 2020 Leaving Certificate but at least now there is more certainty and if any of our members want to see exactly what the department of Education’s plans for the new calculated/predicted process are you can view a Guide to them at this link (Ctrl + Click) courtesy of Castleknock Community College.


Bereavement: The Club wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to Andy Carolan, Áine and their family and friends on the death of Andy’s mother Rose. As well as a mentor to the 2010 Girls team Andy will be well known to many of our members in his work behind the bar in the Carpenter. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

And as always Remember - Wash Your Hands – Maintain Social Distancing – Stay Well

11-05-20 Castleknock Club Notes

Skills Challenge Prizes: Hot off the presses. News of a fabulous new Skills Challenge for our Nursery to U-12’s Boys and Girls. Our Games Promotion Officer Maria Bergin has linked up with @1884Sport to provide prizes for the best Skills displays at U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 Boys and Girls levels.

There are different skills challenges for each age group. Maria will demonstrate each skill online (view them on Instagram and twitter). Then all you have to do to enter is send a video of your skill to our Club Instagram page – instagram.com/castleknockgaa – with your name and age group and Maria will decide who the prize winners are. There’s no time to waste. So get practising and send in those videos.

Employment Opportunities: Great news for Club members, their families and friends. WEST Pharma, the Club’s main sponsor, based in Damastown (behind the Mulhuddart Services) has a limited number of openings for Summer Hires/Short Term Contracts commencing in May and early June. These are Production Operator roles.

WEST Pharma (https://www.westpharma.com/) is a Medical Device Manufacturer which is deemed an essential industry during the Covid-19 crisis. Its Cleanrooms operate on a 24/7 basis to supply critical diabetes and advanced medical devices to customers Worldwide. All Social Distancing work protocols have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic.

Interested applicants should contact Club Member Liam O’Flannagain  (Liam.oflannagain@westpharma.com) on 087-9970031 with CV and contact numbers. Applicants must be over 18.

Fundraising/Volunteering: The Ladies Intermediate Footballers Solo Challenge has now passed the €22,000 mark and the total is still rising. A nice touch by the players is the posting of videos on the Club instagram – instagram.com/castleknockgaa - showing the various groups who supported the venture.

Congrats to Gerard McDermottroe who as part of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice ‘Shave or Dye’ Campaign dyed his hair blond. The online Fundraiser has to date raised over €56,000.

Congrats also to Dylan Clarke et al who as part of the Dublin Development squads were involved in the Dean Rock driven Run Against the Sun Fundraiser for Stewarts Care. Coincidentally they have also raised €56,000 so far.

GAA members Worldwide, including our own, have being involved in some amazing Fundraising and Volunteering events. Over 19,000 GAA Club members have helped almost 35,000 people during the current health emergency.

Most, like our own Club members, are involved in the collection and delivery of essential goods and supplies for members of their communities unable to travel due to cocooning or other restrictions.

Additional areas of support recorded include sharing public health information, supporting members online, participation in the Club Together Initiative (in partnership with SuperValu and Centra) and meal delivery.

Colin Regan, the GAA Community and Health Manager sums it up perfectly.

“This is testament to the GAA’s values of community identity, teamwork, inclusiveness, and respect, and shows that such values are not bound by the white lines of a playing field.”

Holy Communion: Last Saturday May 9th should have been First Holy Communion Day for those of our younger players in St. Patrick’s National School. Sadly like many other of our younger players they missed out on their big day but it just means they’ll all have an even bigger celebration at some time in the future.

Club Together: An exciting new development as part of the Club Together initiative is that every Tuesday and Thursday skills videos provided by some of our Senior Teams’ players and designed especially for our Juvenile players will be posted on the Club’s social media platforms.

Emma Diamond of our Senior Camogie team was first up with three videos showing exactly how a sliotar should be handpassed. Gerard McDermottroe of our Senior Football team has also posted three videos on ball (not opponent) kicking and drills and there are many more videos to follow.

And don’t forget the Ciarán Kilkenny (how many different jerseys does that man have) daily coaching posts which you can catch up with on our Club twitter page - @CastleknockGAA.

Maria Bergin’s Saturday morning online Virtual Nursery sessions are proving a huge hit as well with our younger members. The participation levels have been great so far and fingers crossed the benefits of Maria’s coaching will be on view to all of us in the very near future.     

Lotto: While weekly Lotto sales have been suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the weekly Member’s Draws continue as per usual.


April 2 – No Jackpot Winner – Numbers drawn - 11,12,21,28 – New Jackpot €5,800

April 9 – No Jackpot Winner – Numbers drawn - 3,5,7,23 – New Jackpot €6,000

April 16 – No Jackpot Winner – Numbers drawn – 7,9,12,14 – New Jackpot €6,200

April 23 – No Jackpot Winner – Numbers drawn – 2,6,9,24 – New Jackpot €6,400

April 30 – No Jackpot Winner – Numbers drawn – 15,19,23,30 – New Jackpot €6,600

The next member to strike it lucky will enjoy a significant windfall. The best of good luck to everyone.

Restriction Relaxed: Many in our community have not had the opportunity to visit open spaces in weeks. Under a relaxation of the Covid-19 cocooning restrictions, over 70’s and those in vulnerable groups are now permitted to access Parks on a daily basis. Parks such as Tir na nÓg are now exclusively Reserved for those groups between 1.30pm and 3.30pm every day. We ask our club members to observe the designated times in our many local Parks.

Bereavements: The Club extends its deepest sympathy to Mick Lynch, our former Chairman, his wife Marian and all the Lynch family on the death of Mick’s sister Marie. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

Given the times we are living in at present it is entirely possible that we have missed out on bereavements connected to one or more of our Club members. If that is the case we would like to extend our sympathies to anyone who has suffered a family bereavement during these particularly difficult times. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha uaisle.

And as usual – Remember to Keep Washing Your Hands – Maintain Your Social Distance and most of all – Stay Well.

04-05-2020 Castleknock Club Notes

Castleknock Ladies Footballers ‘Humbled’ By Staggering €21,000+ Response to Solo Challenge Congrats to our Ladies Intermediate Football team and management on the success of their 24-Hour Solo Challenge which raised over €21,000 for St. Francis Hospice. In the end their original target of €1,000 was beaten by a multiple of more than twenty, a magnificent achievement for everyone concerned.

The €15,000 target was beaten at 12.45pm on Saturday, just over halfway through the Challenge and oddly enough it was passed when Aisling Mahony was engaged in the Challenge in the ‘beautiful wilds of Kerry’, home of the second-best football team in Ireland. In turn the magical €20,000 mark was passed just before midnight. Extraordinary stuff.

One of the most notable features of the Challenge was the number of people who watched live and posted their support on instagram. At a time when our Club members were never more apart we were ironically never more united.

The Club cannot adequately thank all those who donated to St. Francis Hospice over the past week and so it is left to Jenny Hickey on behalf of the Ladies Footballers themselves to best sum it up.

‘Thank you so much to everyone for supporting our fundraiser. We can’t quite believe the staggering amount we have raised. We are extremely humbled by it and more importantly WE ARE ALL giving something back to St. Francis Hospice. Again, thank you all for your generosity.’ 

A huge thanks is therefore extended to all those who completed the Challenge especially the ‘graveyard shift’ and of course a special thanks to all the support teams who provided encouragement, slagging, bunting and more practical help throughout.

The participants in the Solo Challenge, in order of appearance, were: Amy Mahony; Louise Mahony; Claire Nulty; Aisling O’Connor; Nicola Fagan; Lauren O’Neill; Laura O’Hare; Aoife Douglas; Emma Finney; Kevin Finney; Jenny Hickey; Caitlin Coffey; Laura Carolan; Tara King; Sophie King; Aisling Mahony; Denise Convery; Orlaith Higgins; Aisling O’Donnell; Sinead Cremin; Aoife Whelan; Mairead Griffin; Eimear Griffin; Lelia Ryan; Ciarán Barry; Ciara Murray; Hannah Hanlon; Jessica Comerford and Sinead Comerford (apologies if any one has been missed.)










It was a Solo Challenge but a team effort. Proud of you all.

Thanks also to our social media teams for keeping everyone up to date on what was happening during the 24-hours involved with Maria Bergin and Ger Doyle as always going the extra mile to keep our members informed. Thanks also to Hoganstand for featured the Challenge so prominently on its website.

Skills Challenges: In the good old days most footballers only had ‘one foot’ so it was great to see the ease with which the Solo Challenge participants could Solo with either foot. Similar Solo skills challenges have been taking place among some of our Minor footballers and it is worth while checking out on Instagram the efforts of Luke Swan and Conor Chawke.

Also on Instagram GPO Maria Bergin has been posting her own ‘skills’ programme direct from a secret location somewhere in deepest Kildare. There are numerous clips too on Instagram of our very youngest players supporting the Solo Challenge. Well worth a look.

And finally. It’s possible we’ll see hurling and football again before the end of the Summer – so.

Remember to Keep Washing Your Hands – Keep Your Physical Distance – and of course Stay Well.       

27-04-20 Castleknock Club Notes

St. Francis Hospice Fundraising: Next weekend is a huge one for Castleknock’s Ladies Intermediate Football team as the players and management engage in a marathon fundraiser for St. Francis Hospice. 

At midnight next Saturday May 2 the team will complete a 24-hour Solo Challenge. For a 24-hour period, beginning at midnight on Friday, our ladies will continuously solo the ball, passing between team members and management on the hour every hour.

Team Captain Jenny Hickey outlines why the team wants to help the Hospice.

‘We acknowledge the tremendous compassion and care that is provided to people at St Francis Hospice and we feel this is our opportunity to show them our support. We have members of our team who have experienced palliative care for their family members and friends and therefore recognise its incredible lasting power at an extremely difficult time in their lives. For everything they do for the people in our community we want to thank them and help them at a challenging time.

The response to our call for support has been staggering. We originally set a target of €1000 with 100% of the money donated going to St Francis Hospice but that target was quickly smashed and so we set a new target of €5,000. Again, that target was quickly met and we are already closing in on our latest target of €7,500.

Year after year we have people supporting us on the pitch and now we would like those same supporters to help us raise these vital funds for St Francis Hospice. So please get behind us and give what you can for this incredible organisation.’

You can hear and see Jenny and indeed many of the Ladies Intermediate team in person on twitter @CastleknockGAA.

Donations to  https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/castleknock-intermediate-ladies-football-24-hour-solo-challe

Follow the hashtag #24hrsolochallenge, the Castleknock GAA Instagram and Twitter page @Castleknock GAA for updates.

The 24-hour activity will be live streamed through our Instagram page @CKLadies24hrsolochallenge to keep the participants all accountable and to give you all some entertainment without even leaving your homes.

Thank you for your support - Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Gerald McDermottroe Fundraising: We are grateful to our senior footballer Gerard McDermottroe for providing us with a host of valuable online sites to help with Home-schooling (see April 20 Club Notes) and now he had turned his attention to his native county to fundraise for the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

Gerard is dying his hair (presumably in Roscommon’s primrose and blue) to raise funds for the Hospice and should you wish to support him you can do so at:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpforhospice

Community Support: Under the guiding hand of our Chairman Kevin O’Shaughnessy we as a Club have been working closely with Fingal County Council, Supervalu and other bodies in supporting households in our area who are in difficult circumstances due to the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic.

Over 60 Club members are engaged in this community initiative helping with everything from shopping to dog-walking. Our members have so far engaged with 33 households on a daily/weekly basis resulting in over 80 visits to date.

This resource is available to the entire community and not just our members alone. It is another great example of our members rolling up their sleeves and getting to work in the community when help is needed. We are especially proud of all those involved and we salute their efforts in making life that little bit more bearable for those who are struggling at present.

Maintaining Your Skill Levels: Ciarán Kilkenny continues to provide us with daily Skill Challenges all of which you can follow on @CastleknockGAA including his latest challenge featuring a ‘super-sub’ in the guise of Alan Brogan in a Meath jersey (sacrilege). The rumour that Coolmine Train Station Car Park, the venue for Ciarán’s Challenges, is to be turned into Tir na nÓg A Dó, is sadly just that – a rumour.

Maintaining Fitness Levels: Many thanks to our senior footballer James Sherry of Somerton Physio for his offer of free video/phone consultations for Club members who are (a) over 60 or (b) who are medically vulnerable and are cocooning due to Covid-19.

A video/phone consultation will consist of an assessment and prescription of a suitable Home Exercise Programme to help maintain physical activity levels in Club members who are currently cocooning or isolating.

If you, a family member or friend would like to avail of this free service please contact Somerton Physio on 0852455600 or info@somertonphysio.ie   

Memories: Great to see so many old photos appearing on the Club’s twitter, facebook and Instagram in particular. Keep them coming to GPO Maria Bergin.

And Remember no matter how frustrating it is – Keep Washing Your Hands – Keep Your Physical Distance (particularly difficult for well coached corner-backs) and most of all – Stay Well.

20-04-20 Castleknock Club Notes

Covid-19: Everyone at the Club spends our best wishes to those Club Members, in some cases entire families who are suffering for Covid-19 especially those of our younger members who have been hospitalised as a result. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Hurling and Football Archive: If like the rest of us you are suffering withdrawal symptoms due to the absence of hurling and football, the good news is that the GAA in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland are providing free access to past GAA matches to internet users worldwide through the GAA Digital Archive.

One hundred and thirteen All-Ireland Finals (across both codes) since 1961 are included in the Archive and Provincial Finals from 1961 also feature as do All-Ireland Club Finals since 1989.

In all, over 500 hurling and football matches are available with additional information such as results, dates, venues, referees, scorers and teams plus subs included. A must watch at https://www.gaa-now/archive/

DubsTV: DubsTV is showing the best of recent Club activity in the Dublin Club Championships online including Highlights of the Classic Extra-Time Castleknock vs Plunketts SFC Round 2 match in Parnell Park in 2017. You can see the game on facebook.com/DubGAAOfficial/

Croke Park Art Competition: Huge Congratulations to Lauren (aged 5), one of our Nursery stars who recently won a Croke Park GAA Museum Kids Art Competition. Children were asked to draw their favourite GAA object and she drew a sliotar and Castleknock flags.

Home-schooling Aids: Trying to come up with new material to keep our younger players engaged in the home-schooling process can be difficult to say the least. Well help is at hand. One of our Senior Footballers and proud Roscommon man (aren’t they all) Ger McDermottroe who is a Primary School teacher has provided these helpful links for our future stars (well more for their parents really).

Online Resources for Primary School Children:
Online Books:
Online Books and Challenges https://clubs-kids.setantabookclubs.ie/clubs_assets
Children’s Podcast https://www.brainson.org/
Letters and Sounds https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-gam…/…/letters-and-sounds
Interactive Games and Activities http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/literacy/
Literacy Games https://www.education.com/games/early-literacy-concepts/
Oral Language/Current Affairs for Children https://trte.rte.ie/news2day/
Story Books https://www.vooks.com/
TG4 Children’s TV https://www.cula4.com/en/
Irish Resources and Games https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/irish/
Resources and Ideas https://www.seomraranga.com/tag/gaeilge/
Maths games https://www.mathplayground.com/
Maths Resources/Ideas https://nzmaths.co.nz/resource
Activities and Resources https://www.youcubed.org/
Activities https://nrich.maths.org/14536
Mindfulness/Yoga/Warm Ups https://app.gonoodle.com/
Short Fitness Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Daily Exercises https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/
Yoga/Mindfulness https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Interesting Videos and Facts https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Interactive Resources https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/geography/
Science Experiment Ideas https://www.sfi.ie/…/discover-…/activities-search/index.xml…
More Experiment Ideas https://www.kidsacademy.mobi/
Geology Resources http://www.geoschol.com/
Irish Wildlife and Heritage http://www.heritageinschools.ie/teachers-resources
History Activities https://www.scoilnet.ie/…/them…/history/work-as-a-historian/
Learning about Vikings and Medieval Ireland https://www.dublinia.ie/online-learning/primary/
Lessons/Ideas https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/
Music Lessons and Videos https://dabbledoomusic.com/
Making Music https://www.scoilnet.ie/…/the…/music/music-in-the-classroom/
Art Ideas https://www.scoilnet.ie/primary/theme-pages/art-craft/
Colouring Pages/ideas https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/
Art Lessons http://mrsbrownart.com/
Teaching Resources e.g. PowerPoints/Explanations/Print Outs https://www.twinkl.ie/ (use IRLTWINKLHELPS as a voucher code)
Classroom Daily Quizzes https://www.seomraranga.com/
Extra Fun Resources/Games https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Online Quizzes https://kahoot.it/
Fun ways to learn with the help of Dogs https://www.learnwithdogstrust.ie/resources/
For FREE Access to several primary school resources/eBooks https://www.edco.ie/
Educational Apps available for download:
Learning new words in Irish https://apps.apple.com/us/app/duolingo/id570060128
Puzzles https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flow-free/id526641427
Spellings https://apps.apple.com/us/app/spelling-stage/id1277968058
Fun Maths Game https://apps.apple.com/au/app/quick-maths/id1105735200

*Please make sure that all websites and apps are ALWAYS used with a parent present.
*These are ALL only recommendations and screen time for children should ALWAYS be limited.

Skills Videos: All club activity remains suspended until May 5 at least but don’t forget if you have any note-worthy skills video material you can send it to our twitter guru Ger Doyle - @CastleknockGAA or to our Games Promotion Officer Maria Bergin for facebook - @knockhfc or Instagram - castleknockgaa.

And Remember. Keep washing your hands. Maintain social distance (especially from me). And most of all - Stay Well.

13-04-2020 Castleknock Club Notes

What’s it like to have Covid-19? A Castleknock Club member who unfortunately had the Virus shares his experience with us.

‘It was coming up to the weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day. People were beginning to be aware and cautious of the fact that the Coronavirus had been confirmed as being well and truly established in Ireland.

It turned out to be an earlier than usual finish to work on that Friday, given that Monday was going to be a Holiday.

At home in Castleknock the talk was about what Social Distancing really meant and the eventual if somewhat reluctant agreement from four teenagers was that we would curtail our contact with friends.

Saturday was spent mostly at home and on Sunday we decided to go for a walk on the Knockbarron Eco Trail in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Co Offaly, just in case restrictions on movement would soon be imposed. On the day we met very few people and my only contact outside of the family group was a stop at a filling station to get diesel. On Monday, as it was a day off work we all stayed home and finished up making pizza around 5pm.

At around 7pm that evening it was as if someone had hit me with a sledgehammer. I developed a heavy tiredness, a chill and a severe pain in my head. I went straight to bed with an instruction to everyone else to stay well away and that’s where I stayed for the next 10 days.

The tiredness stayed with me for those 10 days, the blinding headaches lasted 2 days, waves of pain up and down the body also went on for 2-3 days as well as the chills. However, I didn’t develop a high temperature, if anything I was on the lower side of normal. I didn’t have much of a cough either but I did have a tightness of the chest for about 5 days which was very worrying.

The family were great in bringing me what was needed but always leaving it at the bedroom door. It was a struggle the first few days to even get out of bed to collect what was left at the door but it was the right thing to do in order to keep our distance.

Boredom or the like doesn’t really feature in the first few days as you are too sick to do anything other than lie in bed. As my strength came back the desire returned to get out of the room but that is when you have to stay-put for everyone else’s sake.

As the Tuesday was St Patricks Day it was not possible to contact my GP. I did so on Wednesday the 18th and he confirmed that the symptoms warranted a test. I eventually got notification to attend the Testing Centre in Croke Park on Tuesday 24/03/20 at 5pm.

That was well organised and went smoothly. Now the wait for the results. I was told it would take three to five days but due to the backlog that developed it was not until Monday April 6, 12 days later, that I received a call from my GP to say that the results had come back as positive.

It was a relief in a strange way, to know that I had been through it and for whatever reason was able to get through it without needing any medical intervention. I was contacted the following day by HSE to start the process of contact tracing. Thankfully the list was a short one.

No one else in the house has shown any signs similar to mine and only one of the kids had mild symptoms. I have also heard of other people who have tested positive but their symptoms are totally different to mine. So the answer to all this is simple.

If you do feel unwell at this time don’t take a chance. Isolate yourself and keep the virus to yourself.

Keep safe everyone.’

In light of the above story the club hopes everyone is keeping safe and well and complying with the requirements to stay home and to only take exercise within 2kms of the house. We are saving lives here; keep up the good work! The Government has announced that the current restrictions will remain in place until 5 May.

Some of our neighbours and friends are cocooning, on age grounds and perhaps based on under-lying health conditions. They will continue to need our support over the coming weeks.

The Club's Community Response, which we launched a couple of weeks ago is making a difference. Requests for assistance are coming from three different sources - Fingal, SuperValu and directly to the Club Community Response team based on the flier that was distributed to local shops. We have had over 30 calls-out to date, some more than once to the same household.

The team are seeing an increase in demand and a number of our volunteers have left their numbers with households for call backs. We can be rightly proud of our volunteers for their commitment. Every request for support has been matched with a volunteer within three minutes.

On behalf of the Club, we would particularly like to express our gratitude to Barbara O'Neill, our Children's Officer, who is central to the success of the initiative.

We waited a long time to have our own Clubhouse but unfortunately it remains off-limits until May 5 at the very least. So this is perhaps an opportune time to thank one of the many groups of volunteers who gave an enormous amount of time and effort to the project – the painters.

The building looks great inside and out as a result of the huge efforts made by Fergus Kiernan, Jason O’Neill, Mick Delahunty, Johnny Murphy, Alfie Sawyer and Ger O’Brien in particular. Apologies to anyone we have missed. The only good thing is that when the restrictions are lifted the Clubhouse will still be in pristine condition and a credit to all concerned.

The Closing date for our Club Survey has been extended to mid-April. All Club Members over 18 are asked to complete the attached survey. It will take less than 5 minutes. The replies to the survey will help inform the Club Executive. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FKV2CY2

All who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for a €100 voucher. If there are members over 18 who are part of your family membership and who will not receive this email, please forward the link to them and ask them to complete the survey.

Every question on the survey requires an answer. If you get to the end and have missed a question the survey will bring you back up before it allows you to press DONE.

If you have any queries about the nature of this survey please direct them to the Club Chairperson Kevin O'Shaughnessy, Chair@castleknock.net or the Club Secretary, Sean McLaughlin, Secretary@Castleknock.net  

Cash for Clobber is a very important fundraising stream for the Club and we know that many families are using this time to do a bit of a spring clean or clear out.Can we are asking members to store their Cash for Clobber bags in their sheds or under a bed until we are back up and running as given the Government guidelines we cannot allow access to our Cash for Clobber container in Somerton, nor are we able to collect from members’ homes.

And Remember – Keep Washing Your Hands – Keep Your Physical Distance – and – Keep Well.

06-04-20 Castleknock Club Notes

Community spirit is what it’s all about at the moment so many thanks to Castleknock club members Kevin Broderick and Liam O’Flannagain for leading the way in providing PPE supplies to Temple Street Children’s Hospital and to Michael Wylie for ensuring that our excess supplies of liquid soap went to Coolmine Therapeutic Community.  

Even without Tir na nÓg being available our GPO Maria Bergin has come up with a really innovative idea to keep the Nursery going. She has begun hosting virtual Nursery sessions so our younger players can watch her on Zoom to see how to maintain their fitness and suppleness without leaving their homes.

Our Senior Footballer James Sherry at Somerton Physiotherapy Clinic has come up with an equally novel idea. He is offering alternatives for teams who wish to do specially adapted Collective Training sessions online. Contact James info@somertonphysio.ie for details.

The Dublin Juvenile Committee has deferred all U-15 Football Championship matches until the Autumn. League activity for U-12 to U-16 will resume approximately a week after the shutdown ends with Go-Games schedules to follow.

While Weekly Lotto sales have been discontinued due to the Covid-19 outbreak the Members Lotto draws continue.

March 12 – 1/13/28/30 No Jackpot Winner – new Jackpot €5,200

March 19 – 3/8/20/29 No Jackpot Winner – new Jackpot €5,400

March 26 - 6/9/20/23 No Jackpot Winner – new Jackpot €5,600

Somerton remains closed indefinitely and in the interests of community solidarity the Club asks all members to respect that closure until restrictions are officially lifted.

Keep an eye on the Club’s twitter (@CastleknockGAA), facebook (@knockhfc) and instagram (castleknockgaa) for more details of Skills Challenges (such as T.J. Reid’s on facebook live and of course Ciaran Kilkenny’s on twitter) and have a look at the Down Memory Lane photos from Niall O’Connell and Maria Bergin.

Also be sure not to miss Mary Kilkenny demonstrating the new hurling Hand Pass Rule although it looks remarkably similar to the one John always used when he was playing. Keeping it in the family Ciarán has also been lending his voice to the #HomeTeam campaign organised by the GPA and WGPA and designed to encourage all of us to #StayAtHome.

So remember – Stay at home and keep your physical distance - that way we should all stay well.

30-03-20 Castleknock Club Notes

The Dublin County Board’s decision to suspend all club activity in April at Adult level means that the opening rounds of this year’s Dublin Club Championships have been postponed until later in the year.  Juvenile competitions have also been put on hold until May 1 at the very earliest.

Our Games Promotion Officer Maria Bergin has been continuing to do just that – promote our games by inviting our senior players across all four codes to provide members with skill challenges to ensure there is no diminution in skill levels while the Covid-19 shutdown continues. You can view them on the Club twitter, facebook or Instagram pages. Check out Aoife Whelan’s most recent Camogie challenge. Remember – Be Ready To Resume.

Somerton remains off-limits to all activity including training/exercising but for those of you who want to stay active and fit while adhering to the Government directives there is a very helpful new site https://2kmfromhome.com/ which once you allow your location information shows you a map of where you can go for a walk or run while staying within a 2km radius of your own home.

Former Meath great Colm O’Rourke also of RTE and the Sunday Independent and the man who launched our own Website has chosen what he considers to be the best Dublin fifteen of the last 50 years and we are delighted to note that Ciarán Kilkenny has been selected at left-half-forward. See Colm’s full Sunday Indo selection below and don’t forget to follow Ciaran’s Skill Challenges on our twitter feed as well.

Anyone interested in local history/sports history may be surprised to note that the 1893 All-Ireland Hurling and Football Finals were scheduled to be played along Castleknock Road where the Chesterfield estate is situated today (near the Castleknock Gate into the Phoenix Park). As you may have plenty of time on yours hands (and hopefully nothing else) you can read the full, bizarre story of what transpired on http://gaathenandnow.com/.




And remember wash your hands regularly, maintain your social distance and to do what you can for your older neighbours.

Stay safe – stay healthy.

23-03-20 Castleknock Club Notes

Reluctantly the Club had been left with no option but to close Somerton to all activity during the current restrictions. Our priority has to be a duty of care to our members and to the community at large and so we would ask everyone to adhere strictly to this closure.

With Somerton off-limits to training and skill challenges we invite all members to engage with our own Ciarán Kilkenny’s daily Skill Challenges online instead @CKKilkenny93 @CastleknockGAA @DubGAAOfficial and @gaelicplayers. Many thanks to Mary Kilkenny for showing the way. Other notable efforts are being posted on the Club facebook page @knockhfc.

Parents struggling to home educate or just entertain their children at home should refer to a post by Gerard McDermottroe, one of our senior footballers. Gerard, a Primary School teacher, has compiled an extensive list of what are invaluable sites, all of which will help parents to negotiate their way through these difficult times. Check it out on our facebook page @knockhfc.

The Club wants to play its part in supporting our elderly/vulnerable neighbours during this difficult period so we are looking for two groups of Volunteers, 1. to manage our Community Support Programme and 2. to deliver fliers around the community advertising our Community Support Programme. Contact 086-3782419/087-2456185 or community@castleknock.net if you can help.

With our actual Clubhouse out of bounds we are once again resorting to our Virtual Clubhouses to keep in touch on a daily basis so a huge thank you to Tony Nulty (Website); Ger Doyle (twitter) and Maria Bergin (facebook/Instagram) for all their work in this regard.

And remember lives are at stake so wash your hands and keep your social distance.

16-03-20 Castleknock Club Notes

The suspension of all Club activities due to Covid-19 until March 29, while deeply disappointing, is clearly the correct action to take and we urge everyone to do their bit to slow the spread of this disease. The advice on hand washing and social distance is still the best defence.

Tonight’s Adult Awards (March 16) have been postponed but will hopefully be rescheduled. Many thanks to Louise Mahony, Laura Carolan, Tom Quinn, Philip Bohan and Ollie Coffey for all their hard work to date on the event. 

The Lotto Sales Team has been stood down for the next two draws, March 19 th and 26 th however the draws go ahead as normal. 

In regard to the ongoing Coronavirus threat the Club asks members who have recently returned from high-risk areas to follow government guidance.  If a member is in any doubt or if a member has any concern or symptoms, we ask that they do not visit the Club for at least 14 days after the date of their return to Ireland. 

All members over 18 are asked to complete the Club Survey that was recently sent to them by email. If any member has not received a link to the survey can they contact Secretary@Castleknock.net and the link will be forwarded to them. All members who complete the survey will be entered into a draw for a €100 Voucher. 

Commiserations to everyone involved with Dublin Champions, Castleknock Community College as their great run of success comes to an end by losing the Leinster Senior Football ‘B’ Semi-Final 3-5 4-9 to Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore.

Week 1 of the Club Cúl Camps is already SOLD OUT. Week 2 (July 13-17) can still be booked while places remain by contacting Maria Bergin 087-7563654. 

The Club expresses its sincere condolences to Senior Football team statistician Barry Egan on the death of his brother Aidan following a short illness. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

09-03-20 – Castleknock Club Notes

Our Healthy Club Committee is looking for new members and new ideas to promote the mental and physical health of our members, young and old. Contact Barbara O’Neill at 0863782419 or childrensofficer@castleknock.net with your suggestions for activities or people/organisations we should contact.

Don’t forget to sign up for the GAA Healthy Club challenge through the My Life app. The club in each province that takes the most steps will win a €2500 O’Neill’s voucher Think what that could buy for your child’s team, and all you have to do is walk. Details on the website.

Mar.3 – Bookings open for this year’s Cúl Camps – there are two in both football and hurling. Cúl Camp 1 is from July 6-10 and Cúl Camp 2 in from July 13-17. You can book through http://kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie – once you get into the site go to the Find A Camp box and select Dublin West. Then you can choose which of the two Castleknock Camps you wish to book. If you have any problems message our ever-helpful GPO Maria at 087-7563654.  

Mar.4 – While the Covid-19 threat exists mentors will not be supplying juvenile teams with water containers. Players should bring their own water bottles which should be clearly marked and used only by themselves. The County Board also recommends that players cease handshakes after games until further notice.

Mar.5 – No Lotto Jackpot winner. Next week’s Jackpot €5,000. Nine Match 3 Winners get €35 each – Kevin McCambridge, Karen Feeley, Ruth Dargan Akiwumi, Paul Cunningham, Niall O’Connell, Edwina Hogan, ‘Gerard’ Kindlon, Neal McDonald, Jackie. Lucky Dip €30 goes to Cindy.

Mar.6 – Congrats to Like Swan, Senan Forker (and the rest of the Castleknock lads in the extended panel) on Dublin’s 0-18 0-8 win over Laois in the Leinster U-20 Football Final in Carlow. At full-forward Luke acted as the perfect target man and his strength and unselfish distribution contributed hugely to Dublin’s victory. The All-Ireland Semi-Final against Ulster Champions Tyrone is part of a double header in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day, so no excuses. 

Mar.8 – Great AHL3 win for the Senior Hurlers beating Naomh Olaf 2-14 2-12 following a terrific second-half performance against the gale. A similar story for the AHL5 team which beat Lucan 2-7 0-12 with an injury time winning goal into the wind by Oisin Murphy O’Kane.  

Excellent 0-12 1-4 win over Cuala in the MFL Div.1 in difficult conditions. The MFL Div.4 side also had a good five point win over Cuala and the Div.6S team drew with Kilmacud. Good day.

Wishing Aoife Whelan a speedy recovery from injury after her Dublin team lose 0-10 1-10 to Limerick in the Senior Camogie League. However good news for Aisling Andrews on Dublin’s 4-08 0-7 win over Laois in the National Camogie League (Intermediate) and congrats to Mollie Turner, Caitlin Coffey and Cara Feeney on Dublin’s second Minor Camogie Championship win.

Great to see the huge turnout in Tir na nOg for the Girl’s 2011 Blitz. Many thanks to our organisers and to St. Brigid’s and St. Peregrine’s for participating. 

Upcoming: Club Ticket Orders for Dublin vs Meath in the NFL next Sunday March 15th at 2pm in Croke Park by text only to Lisa Kiernan at 086-1022296 by Monday, March 9th, 8pm.

The Senior Footballers AFL1 are at home in Somerton on Sunday morning (March 15) at 10.30am against Thomas Davis in a mouth-watering repeat of last year’s Senior 1 Championship Quarter-Final. The AFL4 side make the short journey to Westmanstown to play Garda again at 10.30am followed almost immediately afterwards also in Westmanstown by the AFL8 meeting of Castleknock and Garda. The AFL11N team are in Ballymun at 3pm to meet Kickhams. The Minor Hurling teams are also in League action on Sunday morning.

The annual Adult Awards Night is being held in Westmanstown Conference Centre on Monday March 16 at 8pm. Tickets are €20 and include Bus (home only), Finger Food, DJ and a drink. Unequalled value.

March 2 – Castleknock Club Notes

Feb.24 – The details of the Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship First Round matches are announced. Castleknock play Oliver Plunkett’s on Friday, April 17th in Parnell Park at 8.15pm.

Feb.25 – Congrats to everyone in Castleknock Community College and of course the many Castleknock players involved in CCC’s victory over Malahide Community School 4-11 1-4 in the Dublin Schools Senior ‘B’ Football Final. CCC now advance to the Leinster Semi-Final.

Feb.27 – No Lotto Jackpot winner. Next week’s Jackpot €4,800. Fifteen Match 3 Winners win €20 each – David Byrne, Cormac Dowling, Alan Geraghty, Emma Kirwan, Conor Tiernan, Maureen Conway, Ronan Duffy, Mark Keane, Irene O’Brien, Declan Tobin, Pearse Corcoran, Sandra Fetherston, Tadgh Kelleher, Padraig Purcell and Niall Tutty. Lucky Dip €30 winner – Damien Mahon.

Feb.28 – Congrats to Cliona Hewson on being included in the Dublin Camogie U-16 Panel for their opening Leinster Championship match against Wexford om March 22.

Feb.29 – All Juvenile games postponed due to Storm Jorge. Another historic evening for Castleknock with Eoin O’Brien’s first National Football League start for Dublin at full-back and the first time that two Castleknock players, the other one being Ciarán Kilkenny, have started for Dublin in the National League. Dublin lose to Tyrone but still a proud occasion for the Club.

Mar.01 – Castleknock Seniors return to AFL Div.1 results in defeat in Rush as the team go down by 0-12 1-12 to St. Maur’s.  In Div.4 Castleknock open the season with a hard-working win in Somerton over Man O War 0-12 0-8.

Upcoming: The Senior Hurlers look to make it two wins from two in AHL3 when they play Naomh Olaf in Somerton on Sunday morning (Mar.8) at 10.30am. That game is followed at 12 noon by the AHL5 meeting of Castleknock and Lucan also in Somerton and then at 3pm again in Somerton the AHL9N side meet O’Dwyers. Minor Football League games in Divs. 1,4 and 6S are also fixed for next Sunday morning.

A Foundation Level course for new or existing coaches who must be 16 or older takes place in the Clubhouse, Somerton on March 13th (Theory 7-9.30), March 20th (Practical 7-10) and March 27th (Child Safeguarding Course). All coaches who have applied for the Camps and have not completed the Course as yet must attend. 

The Adult Awards Night takes place on Monday March 16th in Westmanstown. Tickets only €20 which includes bus, finger food, DJ and a drink. What more could you ask for? Tickets available from Laura 087-9193483 or Louise 085-1534270.

24-02-20 Castleknock Club Notes

Feb.18 – The Championship draws see Castleknock’s Senior Footballers being drawn in SFC1 Group 4 with Kilmacud Crokes, Raheny and St. Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh. The First Round of games will take place over the period April 15th-18 th . The Senior Hurlers are in Group 1 of the Senior ‘B’ Hurling Championship with Naomh Barrog, Round Towers (Clondalkin), O’Tooles, Cuala and Crumlin. The

Hurling First Round takes place on the weekend of April 4 th -5 th.

Feb.20 – No Lotto Jackpot winner. Next week’s Jackpot €4,600. Only two Match 3 winners so €150 
each to Carol Brady and Norah O’Connell. Lucky Dip €30 goes to Ann and Noel Farrell.

Feb.22 – Congrats to Luke Swan (1-1) and Senan Forker on Dublin U-20 Footballers Leinster Championship Semi-Final win over Meath (2-14 0-7) in Parnell Park. The Leinster Final against Laois is fixed for Friday night March 6. Sadly no joy for Mollie Turner and her St. Dominic’s Cabra Camogie colleagues who lose by 0-7 1-10 to St. Pat’s Academy Dungannon in the All-Ireland Post-Primary ‘C’ Final. In the Dublin U-13 Football Grading League Div.1 Castleknock lose to Na Fianna (2-1 3-5) while in Div.13 St. Brendan’s edge Castleknock by a single point (2-4 2-5). Congrats again to Ciarán Kilkenny as another star performance helps Dublin to a 1-15 1-14 NFL Div.1 win over Donegal.

Feb.23 – In the AHL Div.3 our Senior Hurlers make a brilliant start to the league with a 3-24 1-9 win over St. Mark’s. The game marks Cian O’Dulaing’s first game as the team’s new Captain. The MFL Div.1 team lose to narrowly (0-13 0-15) to Na Fianna and it was a similar story in Div.4 with Castleknock losing to Na Fianna as well (4-3 3-7). In spite of losing to Tipperary (0-8 0-14) in the Senior Camogie League it’s great to see Aoife Whelan on the scoresheet for Dublin. The Club extends its deepest sympathies to former Treasurer Michael Roche and family on the death of his father, also Michael, of Doneraile, County Cork. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Upcoming: Castleknock Community College Senior Football team which includes a number of our players meets Malahide Community School in the Dublin SF ‘B’ Final on thisTuesday Feb.25 on the 3G pitch in Abbotstown at 1.30pm. All support welcome. Please support the U-14 Girls and Boys Féile 2020 Table Quiz in The Carpenter (Upstairs) on this Friday February 28 @8pm. Teams of 4 - €40. Don’t forget the Féile 2020 Cash4Clobber Fundraiser as well. The Senior Footballers play St. Maur’s in Rush in AFL1 on Sunday March 1 at 10.30am. The AFL4 team plays Man O War in Somerton also at 10.30am. The AFL8 side meets Raheny in St. Anne’s at noon and the AFL11N team plays Lusk in Somerton at 3pm. The Minor Hurlers are also in action on Sunday morning. 

A Foundation Level course for new or existing coaches who must be 16 or older takes place in the Clubhouse, Somerton on March 13 th (Theory 7-9.30), March 20 th (Practical 7-10) and March 27 th (Child Safeguarding Course). All coaches who have applied for the Camps and have not completed the Course as yet must attend.The annual Adult Awards Night for all Adult and Minor teams will be held in Westmanstown on Monday March 16 th , the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day.

17/02/20 Castleknock Club Notes

Great to see Darragh Warnock receiving his 2019 Dublin U-20 Leinster Football Championship and All-Ireland Runners-up medals. Yet another proud moment for the Club.  It’s been a great start to 2020 for Senior Footballer, Limerick native Seamus O’Carroll who has followed up Limerick’s McGrath Cup success with three straight NFL wins.

Feb.12 – Well done CCC students Callum Sheridan and Dylan Clarke on joining the Second Year North Dublin Colleges Squad and on playing for North Dublin in their 8-17 1-5 League win in Abbotstown.  

Feb.13 – No Lotto Jackpot Winner. Next week’s Jackpot €4,400. Six Match 3 winners get €50 each – Oonagh Boland, Joe Garry, Jenny Hickey, Aoife McLoughlin, John Hynes and Padraig O’Brien. Lucky Dip €30 winner – Willie Green.

Feb.14 – Congrats to Caitlin Coffey centre-half forward on the Dublin Ladies Minor Football team on beating Meath 2-11 2-10 in the First Round of the Leinster Championship in the Meath Centre of Excellence in Dunganny on St. Valentine’s Day.

Feb.15 – The 2012 Boys hold a special Tree Planting ceremony in Tir na nÓg in memory of Calum Farrell. Thanks to everyone who organised this wonderful tribute to Calum.

Congrats to Luke Swan and Senan Forker on Dublin U-20’s Leinster Football Quarter-Final win 3-10 0-9 over Longford in Parnell Park. Dublin now meet Meath in the Leinster Semi-Final next weekend.

Wonderful to see five Castleknock players, Aisling O’Neill, Cara Feeney, Lucy Quinn, Mollie Turner and Caitlin Coffey, in the Dublin Minor Camogie squad for the first match of this year’s All-Ireland Series. Dublin beat the 2019 All-Ireland Minor Champions Cork in Bray by 1-12 1-09 helped by four points from play from corner-forward Aisling O’Neill. Lucy Quinn started in the other corner and Cara Feeney at wing-back with Caitlin Coffey and Mollie Turner on the bench. Another great day for Castleknock.

Storm Dennis wipes out the entire weekend calendar of Club games at Juvenile and Adult levels.

Upcoming: Following the disappointment of last weekend’s postponements this weekend sees the beginning of the 2020 Adult Hurling Leagues. The Senior Hurlers travel to Tallaght to play St. Mark’s in AHL Div.3. on Sunday morning (Feb.23) at 10am. In Div.5 Castleknock play Realt Dearg in Drimnagh Castle at midday and the Div.9 North side meet Setanta in Ballymun at 3pm. The Minor Football Leagues begin on Sunday morning as well.

Castleknock Community College Senior Football team which includes a number of our players meets Malahide Community School in the Dublin SF ‘B’ Final on Tuesday Feb.25 on the 3G pitch in Abbotstown at 1.30pm. All support welcome.

Please support the U-14 Girls and Boys Féile 2020 Table Quiz in The Carpenter (Upstairs) on Friday February 28 @8pm. Teams of 4 - €40. Don’t forget the Féile 2020 Cash4Clobber Fundraiser as well.

03/02/20 Castleknock Club Notes

Exciting times for Camogie in the club, as first Aoife Whelan joined the Dublin Senior team and now the news that Aisling Andrews has joined the Dublin Intermediate team. Congrats to Mollie Turner on St. Dominic’s Cabra winning the Camogie Senior ‘C’ All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Semi-Final beating St. Annes, Killaloe 4-9 2-7. Congrats also to the Castleknock girls on the recently successful
CCC and Mount Sackville teams. 

Feb.4 – Thanks to senior footballer, James Sherry of Somerton Physiotherapy Clinic, for his very informative Clubhouse talk on Injury Prevention. Thanks also to the many parents and mentors who turned up and engaged in some great discussions afterwards.

Feb.8 – Congrats to Luke Swan (0-3), full-forward on the Dublin U-20 team which beat Wicklow 1-17 1-07 in the Leinster U-20 Championship First Round in Aughrim. Great to see Senan Forker named among the subs as well. Dublin now play Longford in the Quarter-Final next Saturday (Feb.15) in Parnell Park at 2pm. Hats off to Ciarán Kilkenny and his Dublin colleagues on a miraculous comeback against Monaghan to gain a thrilling NFL draw. Castleknock U-16 Footballers lose by 1-7 2-10 to Thomas Davis in the league but victories for
Castleknock’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams in the U-13 Grading Football Leagues beating Fingal Ravens and St. Sylvesters although the ‘C’ team loses out to Good Counsel Liffey Gaels. The U-15 Football League fixtures were called off due to the weather.

Feb.9 – The U-14 (2006) Boys enjoy their first visit to the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown led by Senior Footballer James Sherry.

Upcoming: The 2020 Adult Football Leagues begin next weekend. The Senior Footballers mark their return to Div.1 with a home match in Somerton against neighbours St. Brigid’s on Sunday morning (Feb.16) at 10.30am followed at midday in Somerton by a Div.8 AFL game against Kilmacud Crokes. The Div.4 AFL side play St. Sylvester’s away and the Div.11N team travel to St. Maur’s in the afternoon. The three Minor Hurling teams also begin their League campaigns on Sunday morning. The Club’s Easter Camp which will be held from April 6 th -9 th in Tir na nOg is now Sold Out. If you want to claim a place on the Waiting List contact our Games Promotion Officer Maria Bergin on 0877563654 or maria.bergin.gpo.dublin@gaa.ie.

Any coaches who are interested in coaching during any of this year’s camps i.e. Easter Camp April 6 th - 9 th, Cúl Camps June 29 th -July 3 rd and July 6 th -10 th or Club Camp August 17 th -21 st email Maria Bergin requesting an application form. In your email you should specify which camp/camps you are applying for. Applicants must be 16 years old by June 28 th 2020.

Castleknock Club Notes Feb 2nd 2020

Congrats to all the Castleknock players who recently represented Dublin. Eoin O’Brien and Graham Hannigan played for the Dublin Senior footballers against Longford in the O’Byrne Cup. Darragh Warnock, Ciaran Murphy, Senan Forker, Conor Chawke, Conor Kelly and Luke Swan played for Dublin U-20 footballers in the John Kerins League and Cian Boyle, Conor Murray, Matthew Lynam, Evan McSherry, Luke Swan and Conor Chawke on representing Dublin North in the Leinster Colleges Senior Hurling Championship. Proud of you all.

Jan.30 – Congrats to all our players on the Castleknock Community College team on winning the Dublin Senior ‘B’ Football Championship Semi-Final beating Lucan CBS 7-8 2-13. Wishing Ben Harding a speedy recovery.   

Jan.31 – No Lotto Jackpot winner. Next week’s Jackpot €4,000. Six Match 3 winners receive €50 each – Rita O’Gara, Paula Harper, Conor Horgan, Brian McCann, Kevin Moloney, Dermot Nolan. Lucky Dip €30 – Madeline-Anna-Noel.

Feb.1 – Great Man of the Match display from Ciaran Kilkenny in Dublin’s NFL Div.1 victory over Mayo in Castlebar.

Feb.2 – Congrats to Aoife Whelan on making her Dublin Senior Camogie competitive intercounty debut in the second-half of the National Camogie League defeat to Galway. Aoife becomes the first Castleknock player to represent Dublin at this level.

Good win in the Leinster Camogie Club League Div.2 with Castleknock edging out O’Moore’s of Laois by 4-7 3-8 while in Div.4 Castleknock ‘B’ lost by 3-12 3-04 to Athy of Kildare.

The U-15 Football Leagues begin with two wins. In Div.2 Castleknock ‘A’ record a 1-9 1-7 win away to Whitehal Colmcille and in Div.7 the ‘B’ team score an impressive 4-7 0-7 victory over St. Pat’s Donabate. 

Upcoming: Feile time again and everyone is asked to support our Cash 4 Clobber Fundraiser in aid of the U-14’s Boys and Girls 2020 Feile teams. Simply drop your unwanted clothes, shoes, linens and bags (no duvets, cushions or pillows please) into the container in Somerton or on Saturday mornings to the Sign-in-Desk in the Nursery or the Club Shop. 

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