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Great responce to GAA club website.

GAA Website
There has been a great response to the launch of the Shelmalier GAA Clubs website with a very large number of visitors to the site on its very first week since its launch. People have commented that they can now get the latest news, reports and results from all the clubs in Hollymount as soon as it happens in the comfort of their homes. The club would encourage people to visit it on a regular basis to contribute to the continued development of the site. Your comments and contributions at present can be made by the contact us link on the site.
Race Night
Final preparations are now in place for one of the Big nights in the Shelmalier GAA calendar when all roads lead to Enniscorthy greyhound track on August Bank Holiday Monday 6th August. This is the annual Night at the Dogs organized by all the GAA clubs in the parish and the funds raised will go towards the Hollymount development fund. This is always a very enjoyable night for all those attending. So if you are an expert on spotting the form dogs or haven t a clue on how to pick a winner why not come along for a great night of fun for the whole family. This year s event also has the added attraction of, the best dressed lady competition, face painting and a fancy dress competition. So you are invited along for a good night s entertainment.
Birthday Party
Members of the Kildare Senior Football Panel made an appearance at a surprise birthday party in the Porterhouse in Castlebridge recently for a fellow "Short-grassed" Kildare man who is living locally in Castlebridge.  By all accounts no expense was spared for the party and a great evening was enjoyed by one and all.
Ladies Football
In the U14 League Championship the Shelmalier ladies defeated  Ballyhogue on a 3-9 to 1-5 scoreline. This was a much more closely contested game than the score line would suggest, with the Shelmaliers taking advantage in the first half of all scoring opportunities presented to them while Ballyhogue failed to put the ball over the bar for the first half.  Great credit must go to the Shelmalier defence who worked hard to snuff out any opportunities for Ballyhogue, with Shauna Murphy marshalling Ballyhogues danger lady Ann- Marie Kane.  At half time the score stood at 2-7 to the Shels 0-0 for Ballyhogue.  In the second half Shelmalier scored 1-2 while Ballyhogue laid siege to the Shelmalier goal scoring a total of 1-5. No doubt this will not be the last time that these two teams meet this year in the championship going on present form. The next meeting will be eagerly awaited. Scorers for the Shels were
Kelly Kearney 1-0, Siobhan Cloake 0-3, Rachel O Brien 1-3, Clara Donnelly 0-2, Aine Lacey 0-1, Hannah Duggan 1-0, Players to play well for the Shels were Ciara Neville, Andrea Furlong, Shauna Murphy, Eleanor Neville, Katie Lillis, Niamh Boland, Lora Davison, Lill Roche.  The Under 14`s will  play Crossabeg/Ballymurn on Thursday evening next (2nd August)  in Hollymount at 7.30pm.  In the Under 16 League Championship the Shelmalier side took on neighbours Crossabeg/Ballymurn.  This was the first game for the Shels side since the break for exams and having been defeated by. Crossabeg/Ballymurn, St. James and Ballygarrett in their first round games the management and players were thrilled to have their first win when they defeated Crossabeg/Ballymurn on a 5-5 to 2-5 scoreline.   Scorers for the Shels were Clara Donnelly 1-1, Caroline Curran 1-1,  Aine Lacey 1-1, Andrea Furlong 1-0, Ciara Donohoe 1-0, Kelly Kearney 0-1,Rachel Moran 0-1.  The full panel of players consisted of  Lill Roche, Shauna Carroll, Katie Duggan, Sarah Lacey, Michelle Harding, Adele Campbell, Maria Lacey, Eimer Power, Niamh Campbell, Rachel Moran, Caroline Curran, Clara Donnelly, Mairead Boland, Ciara Donohoe, Andrea Furlong, Ellie Carley, Kelly Kearney, Aine Lacey.  The Under 16`s will now  play St. James in Mersheen this evening,  Wednesday 1st August.
GAA News
On the playing fields the Shelmalier Junior A hurling team got their first win of the group stages of the championship when they completely outclassed St. Fintans in Taghmon on Sunday last and ran out easy winners on the score line of 2-19 to 1-10. Good performances on the day came from Cathal Gaule, Eoin Doyle, Darren Malone, Joe Kelly, Conor Byrne and Chris Wall.  The under 14 hurlers drew 1-3 each with the Rapparees in the championship played in Hollymount on Friday night last. This was a game in which the Rapps grabbed the equalizer in the dying moments with a well struck goal from a 21 yard free. The Shels were slow to start and allowed the Rapps to dictate the pace in the opening stages which saw them go in at half time trailing by 3 points. However, it was a different Shels team in the second half as they completely dominated the half from start to finish. Glen Murphy was again the Shels goal scorer, with Craig McCabe contributing the points for the home team. The Shelmalier under 14 footballers fought out an exciting 4-7 to 3-10 draw with Fethard in the championship played in Fethard on Wednesday last. The Shels minor football team was pushed all the way by a dogged Clongeen team on a wet and sticky pitch at Hollymount. The home side started brightly with three quick points before Clongeen responded and for the rest of the first half there was little between the teams. The first half produced snatches of good football by both teams with good combined approach play often spoiled by very poor finishing. A late first half goal by Shane Murphy, from a Joe Kelly cross goal-mouth pass, helped the Shels into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead. Midway through the second half a fisted goal from a long range free brought Clongeen back into the game leaving the margin at 2 points. However late points by Conor Byrne (free) and Conor Walsh helped the Shels to maintain the 2 point lead to the end despite constant pressure from the visitors.

The glove of Padre Pio will be present  for the First Friday in Curracloe Church this coming Friday, August 3rd. The Rosary will be recited at 7.15pm followed by the Mass at 7.30pm.
There was a great turn out in Enniscorthy Greyhound track on Monday night last for the Shelmaliers Night at the Dogs . There were many stories of the dog that nearly won, or the dog I should have backed , but over all a great night was had by all.  The Club would like to thank all the companies and individuals who either sponsored a race or an individual dog. Your contribution was gratefully received and will go towards the development at Hollymount, which is presently progressing at a very satisfactory pace. Greyhound tipster James Mythen  forecasted during the previous week possible winners of each race on the Club website  and anyone  who took James advice certainly came home happy on the night with lots of winners.
Next week sees the start of the Over the Water under 10 hurling tournament. There are six teams taking part and they are Oylegate/Glenbrien, Shelmaliers, Oulart/The Ballagh, Crossabeg/Ballymurn, Blackwater and Faythe Harriers. The tournament will run for six weeks finishing with the finals in Hollymount on the 15th or 6th of September. We wish all the teams every success in this tournament and thank the organizers for their efforts in promoting hurling in this part of Wexford.    The Shelmalier minor footballers had a 7-11 to 3-7 victory over the Starlights played on Bellfield on Thursday evening last.  The story of this game is the dominant second half performance produced by the Shels, in which they outscored the Starlights by 3-9 to 1-1, to run out comfortable winners in this premier minor football championship clash.
The Schedule of events for the 67th annual Castlebridge Show is now available from the Secretary, Breda Conroy


On the GAA scene for the Shelmalier Club, the Intermediate footballers easily overcame St. Fintans by 5-14 to 0-3 in the championship on Sunday last in Piercestown. Having lead by 1-8 to 0-0 at half time the Shels were always in control and led from start to finish.
Congratulations to Fergal Hynes who was the first winner of the clubs website quiz .  He correctly spotted the mystery players as Colm Tynan and Niall Tobin. The few managers who are still failing to email detailed match reports and photos to please check the site to see which reports are still not submitted and submit them as soon as possible. Tthe building of the complex at Hollymount by Bushel Construction is progressing well. The roof structure including the portal frames for both the sports hall and dressing room blocks has been erected.  The cladding is also completed on the sports hall. Most of the block work is completed at this stage. It is expected that the structure will be substantially complete by September and that the fit-out of the building can then commence. There was no winner of the clubs lotto last week which stood at 9,600, with the following numbers of 3.10, 11, 17 and bonus 28 picked out. There were 9 lucky winners of the match 3 and they were Cerl Burk, Elaine Farrell, Bea Clayden, Paul and Deirdre Tobin, Joe Carton, Ella O Connor, Ann Kehoe, Mary Whitmore and Hughie Murphy, and each received 17.  The Shelmalier under 14 hurlers travelled to Bunclody on Wednesday last where a win here would copperfasten their place in a County semi-final, and although the opposition have struggled in this division, the Shels, under pressure to win and short a number of regulars, were on their guard against complacency.  However they went on to win the game easily.  The Shelmalier Minor footballers had to withstand a late goal from Ferns  which setup a nail biting finish to this minor football championship game at Hollymount , but luckily for the Shels time ran out on the visitors with the score at 2-10 to 3-6 in favour of the home team.
Screen National School are seeking applications for a Cleaner.  This is a part-time position offering 10-12 hours per week.  Send your application and   C.V to the Board of Management, Parochial House, Screen.    Closing date is Friday  August 31st.
The Annual Patron to Curracloe cemetery takes place on Sunday, September 2nd at 2pm.  Weather permitting Mass will be celebrated in the graveyard.
Congratulations to Sorcha O`Rourke, Kitestown, Crossabeg, winner of the Bronze medal in the Under 16 Back-stroke Swimming event at the Community Games National Finals held at the National Aquatic Centre last weekend.  Jacob Holden from Castlebridge was competing in the Under 16 Butterfly event and although he qualified from his Heat he did not progress from the semi-finals, but well done to him on reaching this stage of the competition.  This coming weekend the Castlebridge/Crossabeg Area will have a number of athletes and an Indoor Under 13 Soccer team competing at Mosney.  On their way to Mosney are Tony Smith ( Under 12 Ball Throw) Andrew Butler ( Under 14 Shot Putt) Emma Kavanagh (100M Under 16) and the girls Under 16 Relay team of Sarah Shovlin, Emma Kavanagh, Julie Butler and Aoife Sheil.  The Under 13 Indoor Soccer team members are  Adam Whitmore, Stephen McGuire, Colin Cleary, Conor Forde, Graham Staples, Simon Donohoe, Eoin O`Leary and Eoghan Nolan.  There are also a number of young people assisting at the National finals as Basket runners/Presentation personnel and Stewards.  Travelling with all of the above will be Adrian Carr ( County Manager) Aidan McGuire ( Indoor Soccer) Mary Carr (Youth Manager) Alice Devine ( County Security) Anne Cowman ( County Manager) and Mary Kavanagh ( Athletics Manager)  We hope each and everyone have a great weekend and heres to your success. 
 Ladies Football
Congratulations to the Shelmalier girls Maeve Quill, Mag Kelly,
Leona Tector, Shelly Doyle, Deirdre Fox, Tara Moloney, Michelle
Hearne, Catherine Doyle, Laura Corrigan,Kate Kelly, Bridget
Curran, Deirdre McMahon, Nikki Scallan and Kimberley Moloney who are members of the Wexford panel that defeated Tipperary by 2-15 to 2-12 in the All Ireland Intermediate semi final on Saturday last. The girls will now play the All Ireland final in Croke Pk on Sunday 23 September against either Leitrim or Clare who play this weekend. Caroline Curran was a member of the Wexford U 16 team that lost the All Ireland U 16 B semi final to Clare at New Inn Co Tipperary recently.The new club gear of Hoody, tracksuit bottoms and Polo Shirts are available from Margaret O'Brien 087-6489074. The U 12 team kept up their recent good form with a 3-12 to 1-2 victory over The Saints recently.The under 14 team play St Annes in the Co semi final on Tuesday in Hollymount at 7.00 pm.
Heartiest congratulations to the under 13 Indoor Soccer team representing the Castlebridge/Crossabeg Area who came home with the Silver medals from the Community Games National Finals held in Mosney last weekend.