John Healy visits Hollymount.

Leinster Council make contribution to Hollymount development.

Congratulations to the Shelmalier Ladies Football Club, St. Ibars Shelmalier Camogie club and Shelmalier G.A.A club on being awarded the first HeartSafe G.A.A Club Status in Ireland. This award will be presented to the clubs by Mr. Michael O’Shea CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation at a special function in the New Complex in Hollymount on Wednesday (tonight) 14th November. Proceedings will get underway at 7.30 pm. There is an open invitation to everybody in the local and surrounding communities, Sport Clubs, Schools and the general public to attend this launch. We look forward to seeing you all on this historic occasion.
To date 15 members have been trained in the use of the AED and CPR and a further
12 in CPR. The clubs aim is to have a trained person present at all training sessions and matches and hope that more volunteers come forward for this important training and function. The AED Committee was born with representatives from the interested bodies. Liz Quill was elected chairperson and in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation the committee began looking at the Steps to becoming a heartsafe Club. GAA clubs which are awarded the Heartsafe award will be expected to be involved in ongoing ‘Heartsafe’ activities to maintain the Heartsafe Award. The Heartsafe Community Programme will be invaluable in maintaining the momentum and enthusiasm needed for this. It doesn’t just stop there as the award is valid for two years we now need to maintain the status. We need to continue the training of users on the AED and CPR. The training is quite easy to do and the use of the AED is literally fool proof. We would encourage more people to come forward. Anyone wishing to be trained should contact Liz Quill, Chairperson of the AED Group to arrange training.

The Chairman of the Leinster GAA ground development committee John Healy visited the new complex in Hollymount on Saturday last to view at first hand the enormous progress made since his last visit six months ago. He said he was greatly impressed with the rate of progress the club had made on the development in such a short period and he had high praise for the style and standard of the building. He said that other clubs in Leinster could follow the Shelmaliers in producing a high class facility in this time scale. He recognized that the club still had a lot of fundraising to do in order to complete the overall development of Hollymount by the year 2010, but if the last year was anything to go by the club should safely reach its targets. In order to assist the club in fulfilling its objectives he said that Leinster Council of the GAA would be announcing a substantial financial contribution to the development in the next few weeks. The members of the clubs involved were present to thank John and his committee for their support and they highlighted the importance of such financial contributions to completing the complex.

The annual 1910 mass in remembrance of the famous All Ireland winners of that year and also in remembrance of any other club member who has passed away, will take place on Sunday next 18th November in Castlebridge church at 10-30 am. This has always been an important occasion for the Shelmalier club when all present and past members and players of the club come together to remember and pray for their friends and relations. It has also turned into an important social occasion when the club invites all their members to a social gathering in the Porter House after the mass. In recent years many a famous match or occasion in the clubs history have been relived  or recalled and friends from many a year past have come together at this social occasion.  The club would like to invite all parishners to attend the mass and social afterwards.

The clubs minor hurlers qualified for the county final with a hard fought 3-14 to 3-9 victory over St Martins played in Wexford Park on Sunday last. The team played very well throughout and built up a commanding lead before St Martins fought back to within a point with five minutes to go, but sub Ronan Kavanagh ensured a Shelmalier victory with a goal in the last few minutes of the game.
Congratulations from the Shelmalier GAA club to Kate Kelly on receiving yet another national award for her outstanding contribution to camogie and ladies football this year. On Saturday night last she had the honour of receiving the camogie GAA All Star award for 2007. Everybody in the club are very proud of her achievements over the years and it is only fitting that she should be recognized on the nation