Comhgirdeachas to the county hurlers who defeated Roscommon in the Christy Ring Cup in Athleague on Sunday. Next up they play Kildare in Joule Park on Saturday June 2.
Saturday morning, to say the least, was a busy one in the Eire Og grounds. As one approached the clubrooms one was confronted by a carpark filled to overflowing.
What could be the reason? Was there a GoGames or other blitz in progress?
For while the car population for the Saturdays extremely popular hurling and football Academies is large it could not account for the overspill.
The explanation was soon to hand. Ones memory was at fault. Could one have, after sending out an appeal for helpers in last weeks notes, forgotten that it was a Club Clean-Up morning?
It was great to see such a big team of able and willing workers beavering away (unfortunately one was not suitably attired to lend a hand!) at giving the clubhouse and its immediate vicinity a much needed facelift.
Not to take in any way from the great work which was being done in the cutting of the hardto-get-at grass around the edges, in the pulling of weeds and in the general tidying and brushing up, it has to be admitted it was the painting of the outside of the clubhouse which caught the eye.
That many hands make light work was being attested to by the rate at which the weather beaten faade of the building was disappearing under the fresh coat of paint being applied by the busy brushes of the group of painters under the professional supervision of club Uachtarn Ray Barry.
A grateful maith sibh (well done) to all who participated.
Unfortunately, as the catch phrase has it much done, but much still to do so the cleanup is of necessity ongoing. So if you were not able to help on Saturday you might consider doing so at the next session.
PEIL NA MBAN – During the week the Eire Og ladies travelled across the Sally Gap to Manor Kilbride to take on the locals (renewing the friendly rivalry which blossomed in the early days of Peil na mBan ins Na Clocha Liatha). Bfhi and tairbhe an trioblOid (the journey was not in vain).
They came away with a 3-11 to 2-2 win, their 3rd away victory on the trot. In the early stages of the game the ball spent the majority of its time in the hosts end of the pitch thanks in no small way to the Trojan work of Katie Lawless in the middle third.
Besides her huge influence on general play Katie won a goodly percentage of Kilbrides kickouts and slotted over three points.
The Eire Og forwards took full advantage of the teams first half dominance and as a result it had built up quite a lead by the break.
There were significant contributions from Ciara Patrick (1-1), Elaina Fusciardi who embellished a well-worked movement with a beautifully executed goal and a wonder point from distance by Claudia Randles.
A greatly improved Kilbride took to the field for the second period and for a while it appeared they might pose a serious threat. A few minutes after the resumption they had the ball in the Eire Og net and could have made it three shortly afterwards but for three wonderful finger-tip saves by Alice ONeill.
The visitors were, however, soon back on the rampage and had placed themselves in an unassailable position with five quick points from Kerry Ann Hamilton and a goal from Rachel Purcell.
Erin Wyley was particularly prominent in this half and Shauna Allen who was returning after an absence made her presence felt with a well-taken point.
Well done to the girls five of whom, Megan Healy, Aoife McTague, Katie Lawless (4-2), Rachel Purcell (all St. Davids) and Kerry Ann Hamilton (3-1 Col Chr Abhann) had played in the Schools B Shield earlier in the day.
Camogaiocht is alive and active within the club at the moment and if the hugely impressive attendance at last Sats underage training session is anything to go by a very solid foundation is being laid for the sport in Eire Og.
The adult team participates in both the Dublin and Wicklow leagues. Recently it put up highly creditable performances against Kilcoole and Na Gaeil Oga(played in the Phoenix Park). In these games our players showed themselves to be anything but shrinking violets.
U-16 – Our camogs at this level combine with Kilcoole. Eire Ogs Jessica Mai Maxwell contributed 2-3 to the Cill Mhantain score in the countys recent victory over Louth in the final of the Leinster U-16 C championship final.
U-14 – Four of our under-14s Emily, Bryana, Aisling, and Grace were on the Wicklow under-14 team which played in last weeks Leinster blitz in Portlaoise. Carlow beat Wicklow in the final.
The under-14 team had a commendable win 5-0 to 2-2 over Arklow Rocks in Arklow with Sarah scoring three goals and Aisling and Siobhan one each. under-8 and under-10s have given a