April-May-Newsletter

LOTTO

Our Lotto continues to break records and remains as popular as ever. We have some stellar people putting in an incredible shift every week to ensure this continues to be as popular as ever. So kudos once again to Mick Berrigan, Amanda Kavanagh, Paul Kiernan and Fiachra O’Mathuna. Tonight’s jackpot is €13,100 so as they saying goes ‘if you’re not in you can’t win.’
The online option is on our agenda but while progress has been slow it is incumbent upon us as Officers of the Club to make sure it’s a fully functioning addition that we can all be happy with. More news about this soon…

DEVELOPMENT & COACHING PRESENTATION BY PAUDIE BUTLER

To support the discussion & future development of a structured coaching framework for our club, we’re delighted to announce that prominent GAA coach Paudie Butler will give us a presentation on Juvenile Development & Coaching of Young Players at DPETNS this Monday 08 May 20h00.
This should be of great interest to parents of young players & coaches alike. The presentation will be followed by a short Discussion / Q&A and is open to all Adult Club Members as well as parents.

CÚL CAMP & MINI ALL IRELAND

Our Cúl Camp this year takes place 10 – 14 July at Ballymastone from 10h00. It caters for primary school children aged 5-13. To register your child, just follow this link.
Our Mini All Ireland for children born 2003 – 2012 takes place 21 – 26 August. Registration will take place in the summer.

TOUR DE FINGAL

Our inaugural Tour de Fingal Cycling Event takes place on Saturday 17 June 09h00. There are 2 different routes: one covering 90km and the other 50km so the cycle will cater for many levels. On the return to the Club House, we’ll have some fun events along with Burgers & Beer!
For a description of the routes, please click here to see Doctor Bike‘s explanatory video.
To register and support our Club, just click here.

STARS IN THEIR EYES

A superb event from start to finish; huge credit needs to go first and foremost to the organisation committee led by Veronica Duggan and very ably assisted by Kate O’Dowd, Karen Fullam and Brian Moroney.
An event like Stars In Their Eyes takes an extraordinary effort to coordinate successfully and it really was a credit to all involved. The variety of acts and performances, the level of effort and preparation that went into each was above and beyond, the colourful nature of our judging panel, the irreverent and polished Master of Ceremonies in Austin Shields and the co-operation & hospitality of the hotel all made for an outstanding event. And we raised a few quid in the process! Well done all.
A sincere note of thanks to Tesco & Michael McCarthy who sponsored the event to the tune of €5,000 for which we are very grateful; it’s a relationship we hope to build on into the future.

The photo above is of the moment that our Sister Act Group found out that they’d won. Click here to see a video of their winning performance. Click here to see all the photos from the night. There are videos of the other wonderful acts on the night too. If you’re not on Facebook, don’t worry, our website stpatsgaa.com shows the Facebook feed on the home page.

ADULT HURLING

Our Hurlers had a handsome win last Sunday in the Championship beating Civil Service 3-17 to 0-08.
We wish them continued success!

ADULT FOOTBALL

Another tricky start for our Adult Footballers but a very young team back-boned now by a cohort of extremely talented Minor Footballers, who have come through to the Senior ranks over the last year or two, have been making incremental improvements week by week.

LADIES FOOTBALL

Our Ladies squad began their League Campaign with a 5-11 to -03 against a strong Crumlin side. Then then followed this up with a 3-09 to 1-11 win against Ranelagh Gaels.

GROUNDS

The summer training schedule was recently issued to our Teams’ Mentors. Please click here for weekday and weekend training times.

Weekly match fixtures are also available on the website. However, please remember that these are updated weekly so your Mentor’s instructions will always take precedence.

GOLF CLASSIC

The summer Golf Classic begins at 08h00 on 23 June at Donabate Golf Club. The Timesheet will be in the Club House next week.
If you’d like to register, please contact Christy McAllister 086 831 6887 or Jody Mc Gahan 087 628 8020.

MEMBERSHIP

It’s been another super effort by the members to get the Membership across the line for 2017. There is still a little way to go for some of our non-playing members but overall it’s been an excellent return and a very fine job from new Club Registrar Brian Moroney in his first season in the role.
We as a club are extremely grateful and very much appreciate the massive effort made by all our members to get this one over the line in a timely fashion. Our existence, short and medium terms strategies depend on it and it is never taken for granted.
Membership can be paid online via MyClubFinance.

CAPITAL 250 CLUB

The CC250 Club has been a huge success thus far but we are only at the half way point. Below is a bullet point brief on where things stand currently and as you can see progress is ongoing and the potential is endless. We need to finish the job now and encourage a wider spread and uptake to really take advantage of what we feel will be THE gamechanger in the club’s capital development.

  • We have over €20,000 raised so far; we have 123 people committed to Capital Club 250, most of whom are signed up on a monthly basis
  • We managed to secure an interest free loan to add to the funds that we have raised ourselves
  • The Club submitted an application for a grant from the Government ahead of the deadline last month. We are in very good shape.  It’s now a matter of crossing fingers and hoping that the grant will come through.  If it does (we will know in September), we will be starting construction of our All Weather Astro Training Facility towards the end of the year or early in 2018
  • Almost half-way to our target of 250 families contributing. Together we are transforming our Club and together we’re going to leave a fabulous legacy for the young people of Donabate and Portrane
Remember it’s €5 per week, the price of two cups of coffee – “two cups for the kids”
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2016 recap

Seasons Greetings and festive cheer from all in St Pats at the end of another busy year in the life of the Club!
On the field it was another landmark year in many ways. A very impressive year for the Ladies Footballers who secured another promotion. It was the first time we managed to field two teams at Minor level in football. And a very first time for a Minor Hurling team to contest and play competitive hurling.  These achievements are a mere snapshot that represent the collective coaching effort by a brilliant cohort of mentors that we are very fortunate to have in our midst.
Off the field, it’s been equally busy with Grounds and Facilities development ongoing and much achieved over the last 12 months. The work on Pitch 2 is now more or less complete. The fence will go in over the course of January. And the next 12 months will be all about putting it into the best possible shape before we get it back this time next year. So not having that area available to us over the next year will pose a challenge in terms of space and slots for training and matches. We urge all members, mentors and coaches to bear with us while this is ongoing.

The CC250 Club is one of the big successes of 2016. From a soft launch to where it is now and the potential for where it can go is a potential game changer for us as a club. Future Grounds Development which will include more lights, an artificial pitch and a Club House will be hugely dependent on the success of CC250 so it’s important we keep the initiative going.

Day to day Fundraising will still always be with us unfortunately and to that end an important one is happening in SuperValu 22-24 December. The Bag Packing slot last year was a big success for us on two fronts. In terms of finance raised and profile raised at a time when the shop is extremely busy. We still have some slots that need filling so contact our Club Secretary Elaine Downey if you or your team can give an hour or two over the course of the three days. It’s vital we fill the slots and maintain this fundraiser.

Finally I’d like to welcome the new members of the 2017 Committee: Alan Merriman, Brian McGrath, Fintan Delaney, Brian Moroney and Ken Spratt.
It’s great to have them aboard and here’s hoping for a successful 2017.

Is mise le meas.
Rory O’Neill
Cathaoirleach 

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NEW GAA MEMBERSHIP CARD & REWARDS PROGRAMME

The GAA recently launched their new Membership Card & GRMA Rewards Programme which is open to all adult members. Everyone who registers for the programme will receive a personalised GAA Membership Card. This card can be used to benefit from partner discounts, special offers and to earn points for going to games.

The scheme will go live in January. As soon as you’ve renewed your membership of St Pats, you’ll be able to register. To do this, you’ll need to know your Membership Number. We are currently emailing our adult members with a note of this info. If you need it as a matter of urgency, please email info@stpatsgaa.com otherwise just hang on, it’s coming!

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NATIONAL CLUB DRAW

Tickets are now available for sale from Katrina in the Office. If you’d like tickets, please email and Katrina will be in touch. 100% of all ticket sales remain in the Club – they’re a great stocking filler!

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Men’s Cancer

StPatsGAA offers an open invitation to anyone in our community who are interested in learning about Men’s Cancer.

We have 3 speakers;
Mark Cooper – our former GPO
Dr Pierre van Staden – Malahide Medical Centre &
Jack O’Connor – Movember Foundation

They’ll be talking about their own experiences – jargon-free!

We encourage men aged from 15 years to attend this important event.

Please share this on your profile to get the word out to as many people as possible.

Sincere thanks to Mark, Pierre and Jack for their time & their help, to DPETNS for the venue and to Ray Brett for organising this event.

#ProudToBePats
#Movember
#MensHealth

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St Pats Shop opening hours for Dec

St Pats shop opening times:

Sunday 27 Nov:
12h00-16h00 Dpetns Winter Fete
Saturday 03 Dec:
10h30-11h30 Ballymastone
Thursday 08 Dec:
Boys NS 19h00-21h00
Saturday 10 Dec:
10h30-11h30 Ballymastone
Saturday 17 Dec:
10h30-11h30 Ballymastone

Our continued thanks go to Mary Conlon & helpers who do so much for us behind the scenes.

Posted in St Pats Shop

ADULT HURLING MANAGER WANTED

We are currently seeking applicants for the following position:

ADULT HURLING MANAGER – JUNIOR 6

The ideal candidate should have the following attributes:

  • A proven track record in management and coaching of hurling
  • Suitable player management and organisational skill
  • An ability to organise a high standard of coaching
  • Be motivated and driven to succeed
  • Have the ability and be wiling to work with the club’s officers, other mentors and administration staff

All applicants should submit to the Secretary listing:

  • Personal details
  • Coaching qualifications
  • Management Experience
  • Proposed Management Team
  • Training Plan for the year 2017 ahead &
  • Proposed Annual budget

Completed applications should be returned to the Secretary no later than 17h00 Monday 05 December. They can be sent by email to the Secretary or by dropping it into or posting to the Club Admin Office in the village.

 

 

Posted in Notice

Games Promotion Officer

The club is delighted to announce the appointment of Pio Kennedy as the new Games Promotion Officer

Posted in Latest News

Club Notes week ending 02 Oct 2016

Club Notes

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2015 Sports Capital Programme announcement

St Pats club has received formal approval from the Government to proceed with the sand based pitch. This is a brilliant development for the club and brings to conclusion the tender and approval process.

Thanks so much to the sub committee that came together to make this a success. The tender process involved drafting the scope of works document, interviewing the potential vendors, scoring the various tenders and making the decision on who to go with. Members of this committee included Terry Dowling, Paddy Guinan, Christy McAllister, Paul O’ Neill, Mick Duignan, Paul Kiernan and Brian McGrath.

The potential vendors themselves commented on the high skill set this group had. Thanks to this group for all their time and effort.  The group concluded the tender process by nominating Clive Richardson Limited as the vendor of choice.

The process quickly shifted to getting government approval. Members of the Finance committee, our Secretary, our Trustees and Grounds committee helped with this process. We would like to thank Terry Dowling, Jim O’Donohue, John Costello and Michael Reynolds in their capacity of trustees of the club for signing the requested documents. We would like to thank Alan Merriman for acquiring the clubs tax clearance certificate and Brian McGrath for providing support with the financial documents required. We would also like to thank Christy McAllister and Felim Mc Allister for doing all the running behind the scenes with the required documents. As always Elaine Downey worked tirelessly to support all the groups during this process.

Another great day for the club. We look forward to Clive Richardson delivering the pitch in 18 months time working closely with our grounds committee.

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