FORTHCOMING EVENTS Next week-end, deire seachtaine Lae le Padraig is going to be a busy one within the club.
The junior footballers host Baltinglass in the Murphys Hotel (Tinahely) Div. 3 League on Tuesday at 8.00 p.m. while the hurlers play Naomh Moininne of Louth in Div. 4 of the Leinster League at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Later that evening we are promised an exciting programme of boxing in Box for Eire Og in Newtown. From a glance at the line-up of bouts it is to be expected that there will be collateral comedic diversion on the night with the throwing of shapes by some of the contestants.
Also our juveniles will be marching in the St Patricks Day parade ins na Clocha Liatha. Their float is themed The Warrior Spirit of Eire Og and this will be reflected in their singing of Oro se do bheatha bhaile as they pass the reviewing stand.
IOMAINT Our senior hurlers made a propitious start to their 2017 season with a comprehensive victory at home over St. Pats of Donabate in their Leinster League match. Apart from the 1st few minutes the locals were very much in the ascendant, and with the wind very much in their favour in the 1st half they should not have been in the position of having their noses just in front as they approached the half-way stage. However they did eventually stamp their authority on the match with a well worked goal involving Shane Nolan and Anto Byrne virtually on the sound of the short whistle. Despite the locals having added goals early on after the break the game retained its intensity into the final quarter.
With it being obvious from the initial stages that there was little chance of the buachaill from Eire Og losing, the games entertainment value had to, for the most part, lie elsewhere than in the excitement of uncertainty. And indeed it was there aplenty in the wholehearted man-to-man exchanges, in the many individual exhibitions of skill and in the plethora of excellent scores.
Well done to Peter Keane who was a strong contender for MOTM in Wicklows victory over Derry in Div. 2B of the league. Anto Byrne was Eire Ogs other representative on the team.
ACADEMY On Saturday morning the opening morning of the Academy the main pitch was alive with the shouts and endeavours of the young hurlers and footballers. Recent weather had not been kind to grass sodded pitches and as a result ball-movement over their surfaces was greatly inhibited. Despite this disadvantage the children appeared to be taking huge enjoyment from their exertions. All of Saturdays Academy activity was taking place in the shadow of the newly commissioned ballwall. Hopefully a goodly number of these children will in future years derive many hours of benefit and enjoyment from its use. Its construction was no little undertaking for a club like Eire Og. That the club could even contemplate such an enterprise was thanks to having people of the professional calibre of Mark Barry, Eoin ONeill, Brian Gubbins and Anto Byrne in its ranks. The coiste is hugely indebted to them for the many hours they devoted to the bureaucratic and supervisory work involved in its installation.
Some choose to retire and others have retirement thrust upon them. Eddie Davis had intended not to hang up his boots for another year but events took a turn which scuppered this idea. He severely damaged his luidin in a recent practice game and, all things considered, this left him with no choice but to retire. His dynamic presence on the field will be missed but he will be continuing in his valuable role as manager of the juniors.
Comhgairdeachas to Eoin ONeill and his wife Rebecca on the recent birth of their daughter,
Lucy Mai. Faoi choimirce De Lucy agus go raibh saol fada slan aici