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Over 250 people from the local and surrounding communities took time out on Wednesday night last to gather in the new complex in Hollymount when the local GAA clubs received the very first Heartsafe award from the Irish Heart Foundation. The young and the not so young were out on force to show their support for this fantastic achievement.  The award was presented by Mr. Michael O'Shea CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation to the Club chairpersons Noel Ryan, Peggy Kelly, Brenda Fox who in turn presented a generous €1000.00 donation to the Heart Foundation.
Many of the guest speakers paid tribute to the Clubs on achieving this award with The CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation stating that this was the highlight of their year. He also went on to mention the sense of community spirit that he felt was evident the moment he set foot in the complex. Liz Quill was given a standing ovation in recognition of her efforts in bringing the AED to Hollymount.  While we have now achieved this recognition it’s vitally important that we continue to build on it. If there is anybody in the local community that would like to get trained on the AED and how to use it, please contact Liz Quill 087 9052588
After the awards and speeches were completed the community was treated to high tea in the complex. It would be foolish not to mention the fantastic complex but more importantly the fantastic effort by everyone that went into transforming the building from a dusty empty shell to the wonderful presentable area on view last night. The enthusiasm and energy that went into this is evidence again of the community spirit and the pride in our clubs.
If it could look that good last night with its grey brick walls and temporary lighting imagine how good it will look when it’s completed. There’s a lot done but a lot more to do. 

The clubs involved with the development of the new complex in Hollymount would like to thank the people of the parish for their continued generosity and to recognize this generosity the October draw for all the members who contribute to the development was made at the Heartsafe award night. The winners were:
1. Robert Delaney, Castlebridge – €2000
2. Eamon Mc Carthy, Screen – €1000
3. Patrick Kavanagh, Screen – €250
4. Jackie Maloney, Crossabeg  €250
5. Nicki Scallan, Blackwater – €250
6. The Breen Family, Ballyvaloo, Blackwater – €250

Both the minor A and B minor football teams were in action on Saturday last in their respective county semi finals in New Ross. In very poor weather conditions the A team took on Adamstown and were slow to get into the game allowing Adamstown to take an early lead. Points from Conor Walsh and Joe Kelly restored parity before Adamstown forged ahead to leave a half time score of 0-5 to 0-2. The Shelmaliers were always chasing the game in the second half against a very strong Adamstown side. Eoin Doyle scored four points for the Shelmaliers in the second half, with his side going down by 1-11 to 0-6 on the final whistle.
The B team were next in action and they started with a flourish leading by 3-3 to 2-5 at half time against a strong Cloughbawn side. Eoin McMahon 2-2 and Shane O Connor 1-1 were the Shels scorers in the first half. Cloughbawn came more into the game in the second half and the young Shels side found the going much tougher in this half. Ronan Kavanagh made some great save in this half together with the fine work of Brian Tobin, Conor Hynes, Keith Kehoe, Shane O Connor and three goal sharpshooter Eoin McMahon, couldn’t stop the Enniscorthy side claiming victory by 4-3 to 4-8.
The annual Shelmalier GAA clubs 1910 mass in remembrance of the famous All Ireland winners of that year and also to remember any other club member who has passed away, took place on Sunday in Castlebridge church. Following the mass, Simon Donohoe and Pat Doyle, direct descendents of team members had the honour of laying a wrath at the 1910 monument outside the church. Each year the Shelmalier club makes a presentation to the sporting achievements of people in the parish and this year it was the turn of James O Connor Screen in recognition of his magnificent achievements at the recent Special Olympics in China when coming home with one silver medal and one bronze medal.  James was presented with his award at a presentation in the Porter House afterwards.
There were no winners of the clubs Development Lotto last week. There were twelve winners of the match 3 and they were Mag O Toole, Mick Linson, Liam Bennett, David and Deborah Roche, Aidan and Mary O Leary, Catherine Doyle, Patricia Banns, Margaret Rossiter, Larry Walsh, Janice Gordon, Owen and Noeleen Murphy and Tony Egan. Each of these lucky winners received €26.