Sports Capital Grant success

The Club has learned that we have been successful in our application for funding from the Sports Capital Grant for the full amount of €150,000!

This will mean the construction of a fantastic, brand new All-Weather facility will begin in due haste with work hopefully completed over the 2018 season.

This is another stunning success on the part of our Finance Committee so enormous credit must go to Alan Merriman, Brian McGrath & Felim McAllister.

The silent, thankless and often invisible work these men do on all our behalf is breathtaking. It should never be taken for granted; this is a painstaking process and I speak for the wider membership in expressing our deepest thanks to all three for seeing this application through to a successful conclusion.

The work done to secure this funding would not have been possible without the able assistance of Downey Planning & Michael J Kennedy Solicitors, we extend our sincerest thanks to them for all their efforts in helping to make this possible.

This is the next phase of development in Ballymastone which will result in the campus becoming a state of the art facility, the envy of clubs across the country, safeguarding our facilities into the future for the next generation of players and families coming through. It is a landmark day in the Club’s history.

Finally we also thank all public representatives for their help in making this dream a reality.

A great day in the life of St Pats GAA Club!
Many thanks again.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Rory O’Neill
Chairperson

AGM Monday Dec 4th

DEC 4 – Mon 20:00Donabate Golf ClubDonabate

The Club AGM is the most important meeting of the year and we hope that all our members will attend.
We invite nominations from our members for the 2018 Executive Committee along with motions for consideration at the AGM.
If you’d like to nominate someone or put forward a motion, please email the Secretary or PM the page by Monday 13 November.
Each year, we do up a summary of the year in a photo montage. If you have any squad photos or photos of special moments, please email them in to the PRO or PM the page.
Finally as the AGM, this is a members-only event.

31 December 2017: Vetting Deadline for Managers, Coaches and Mentors

From 01 January 2018, if you as a Manager, Coach, Mentor or Referee, you are committing an offence if you are working with underage players and are not Garda Vetted.

The Club is also committing an offence by permitting this situation. The Executive of St Pats GAA Club require all concerned to fully comply with vetting requirements under National Vetting Bureau ( Children and Vulnearable Persons ) Act 2012 to 2016.

There are TWO STEPS involved in this:

  • National Vetting which is simply done on line
  • Child Protection Course done via Croke Park/Parnell Park through our CPO

E-Vetting commenced in April 2016. Since then St Pats GAA Club has coordinated a vetting process that is still very far from complete and must be an ongoing and fundamental exercise.
Garda Vetting is only valid for 5 years, so anyone who was not vetted in the last 5 years needs to now apply for vetting immediately in order to meet the deadline of 31 December 2017.

What is now needed:
The Executive of St Pats GAA Club require all Managers, Coaches, Mentors and referees to fully comply with vetting rewquiriements by year end.
All managers must supply to the Children’s Officer – by 30 October 2017 – a full listing of everyone who is coaching/mentoring with their teams and either indicate that they are vetted (within last 5 years) or confirm they are currently making an application for vetting.

This is about protecting the Club, the Officers, the Coaching Staff and foremost protecting the children in our care.

E-Vetting is a simple confidential process for more information please follow this link.

The good news is that our CPO Fiona Gallagher has arranged a Child Protection Course for Wednesday night 04 October in Keelings 19h30 for those needing to complete Stage 2.

If you have not completed this course and intend to coach/mentor for the coming season it is imperative you make an effort to attend.

If you’ve any queries or need any assistance with vetting, please email our Child Protection Officer, Fiona Gallagher  087 639 4840.

Donabate Golf Club initiative

The Club recently met with Donabate Golf Club to discuss joint initiatives. They have been a great supporter of our Club over the years and would like to offer the following to all St Pats members:
 
Discount for Pat’s Members – Donabate GC have agreed a new Membership deal for our members, on the basis of 10 new members in same year, then a further discount of extra 10% on any membership offers, including already discounted special Introductory rate – if 5 join, the discount is 5%.
 
Green Fees – They are offering a 10% discount on Green fees to our members.
 
Use of their premises – Caterer John Wynne provides excellent catering to their members & guests and also for functions booked in advance. Why not check out their updated & improved website for details of their restaurant & Sunday lunch menu. (Under licensing laws, they do ask that our members sign in their visitors book inside the entrance door.)  
If any of our members would like to inquire about their venue for a family event, just ring Robert on 018436436 who will take all the details; the restaurant can be cordoned off for privacy if desired.
 
Junior Golf & Tennis: Donabate Golf Club have a thriving Junior Golf Section (aged 8 years upwards) and have room for new members. Junior golf is run entirely by volunteer golf members, so we would need to get their agreement in advance depending on numbers involved. Annual Fee is €105.

Donabate Tennis Club is also resident at Donabate Golf Club and are also keen to welcome new membership.

Mini All Ireland Teams & Fixtures

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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.

Summer Golf Classic

Our Summer Golf Classic takes place this day week – Friday 23 June at Donabate Golf Club; the Timesheet is in the Club House.
Morning tee times are €120* for a team of 4 while afternoon slots are €160* for a team of 4. (* evening meal included). Any golfing ability is acceptable as the format for the day is a Team Scramble which means less pressure on individuals. We used this format last year and all comments on the format were positive.

We’ll be having a raffle on the day with some excellent prizes including a BBQ, 4-star Hotel Break, Wine Hamper & many more. Tickets are €5 each and are available from Jody McGahan 087 628 8020, Christy McAllister 086 831 6887, Paul Kiernan 087 621 2162 or Damien Burke 086 859 5429. The draw will take place on Friday night at Donabate GC.

Once again, there is an Inter-Team competition for the perpetual trophy. Last year, although many teams were represented, we didn’t have one for each team Juvenile, Mens & Ladies. This year we hope to have full representation.
If you’re a golfer, we’re hoping that you & your friends will represent your team/your son or daughter’s team and help your club while enjoying a great day out!
Please contact contact Christy McAllister 086 831 6887 or Jody Mc Gahan 087 628 8020 to request a tee time, alternatively drop us an email on info@stptasgaa.com

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”

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 

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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