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Fine Ghallain CLG Nótaí an Chlub 7 Meitheamh 2022

June 08, 2022 1803 Views

Cover Pic: Our U/15 Div 3 Regional Féile Champions

Yes, it's that time of year again when all in Fingallians get to wish the best of luck to all those sitting their State Exams. Even though you have heard it a millions time by now, its worth repeating 'the Leaving Cert is not the be all and end all and there are now many routes to your dreams' it's true. We will be thinking of you all and we know you will be looking forward to a well earned rest when they are all over.

Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir

Ukrainian Day
This Saturday 11th June, in conjunction with the Swords Lions Club, we will be holding an afternoon of fun and refreshments for our Ukrainian neighbours in Emmaus House. If you would like to help out on the day please contact the club at Fingallians@gmail.com

Adult Games
Fingallians Golf Classic, our main fundraiser for our Senior Mens Footballers, will be taking place on Friday 24th June. Tee times will be available from 11am - 4pm with a team of 4 @ €200. If you or anyone you know are interested in sponsoring a Tee Box or Green (€150) please contact Paul Flynn 0872102088 / Paul Tyrell 0863186128. Please spread the word.


Some of our Junior Ladies headed to Tinahely GAA Club, Wicklow at the weekend to take part in the Ellen Kinch Memorial Cup in aid of Barretstown.

Games This Week

Swords Express : sponsors of the Senior Ladies
Wednesday 8th

Senior Ladies v Castleknock 7.30 Away Cup.
Junior Ladies 1 v Lusk 7.30 away Cup.
Junior Ladies 2 V Erins Isle 7.30 Away Cup.
Junior Ladies 3 V Cuala 7.30 Away Cup.

Friday 10th

Social Football v Na Dubh Gall 8pm all weather.

Saturday 11th

Senior Hurling v Setanta 6.30 Away League.

Ruby's : Sponsors of our Senior Hurlers

Sunday 12th

Junior 1 Hurling v Ballyboden 11 am League

Best of luck to all our teams and please go out and support

Juvenile Section

What a great footballing weekend for our U/15 Girls. First up on Friday evening the girls headed to Rush to play St. Maurs in a Div. 3 top of the table clash and came out on top by 6 points in a thrilling game. The following morning the girls met up in the Club at 8am to go to Rathleague, Portlaoise for the John West Regional Féile Peil na nÓg .
The first game was at 10.30am v Cill Óige (Westmeath) and the girls got off to a flying start winning by 5-7 to 2-2. Next up were Glen Emmets (Louth), again another comprehensive win 5-8 to 0-0. Then in the final group game it was Clara LGFA (Kilkenny) in a tight game we came out on top (1-7 to 1-1) to top the group.

The girls then went on to play one of the local teams in the semi final. Despite Ballyfin having a large support, the girls rose to the occasion and went on to win 5-13 to 1-0.

Getting a well earned break between games

After a long day, the final was now set for 4.40pm with a repeat of an earlier pairing Fingallians v Clara LGFC. Even though the previous game between the two teams was closely contested, this game was very different with the girls putting on a super display and winning 6-13 to 0-2 .

Well done to all the team and congratulations to all the mentors, coaches and all involved. Fins Abú

Kirsten Mooney collecting the winning Trophy

Summer Festival

Great to have our Summer Festival up and running. There will be over 450 girls and boys taking part in Hurling, Camogie and Football over the next 4 weeks.

Some of our girls taking part in the Summer Camps

Congratulations to the boys of St Cronans School on winning their Cumann na mBunscoil Hurling Final yesterday in Croke Park. Great to see so many of our Fins boys involved. Well done all involved.

We wish the best of luck to the boys of Gaelscoil Bhrian Bóroimhe whose turn it will be on Wednesday to take part in their Hurling Final.


Opening Times
Friday 5pm - 12am
Saturday 4pm - 12am
Sunday 3pm - 11pm

We are currently seeking bar staff for part time, weekend work (usually 20hrs with possibility of more). If you are interested please pass your CV onto Claire at Claire.thornton@fingallians.com

Summer Camps

Don't forget to book your place to avoid disappointment.

1. Football sold out

2. 11th to 15th of July hurling/camogie 9am to 1pm €45
4 to 12 years

You can purchase by following the link

3. 8th to 12th of August - Campa Samhraidh
4 to 12 years
9am to 1pm €45

You can purchase by following the link

Campa Samhraidh is peil agus iománaíocht/camógaíocht and will be conducted entirely through the medium of the Irish language.

Date for the Diary for ages 13 -16:

4. 25th July to 29th Advanced football / hurling/ Camogie

9am to 1pm
€60 for full week
€40 for 3 days

The format of this camp will be 2 days football and 2 days hurling/camogie (with outside coaches involved) and Wednesday for nutrition/agility etc.

This camp will be available to book early next week. Keep an eye on our Social Media.


Girls & Boys born in 2018 can now enrol

Our youngest members enjoying the hurling

Children Born in 2018 & 2017 9.45am - 10.30pm
Children Born in 2016 11.00 - 12pm

Noreens Opens every Saturday

It is mandatory that all Coaches and Mentors and those interacting with U18's have Valid Garda Vetting,
Using the below form allows you to update us on any changes.


Lotto Results 7/6/2022

Next weeks Prize Money €3,809

Congratulations to Joan O'Hara on winning this weeks Bingo jackpot and was presented with a cheque of €950 from Charlie Rogan and Kenny managed to sneak in.

To play online at: LOTTO !!


To play bingo at the Drive-in at Fingallians car park, buy your books at the gate. Books bought here must be played in the car park.

To play bingo on-line at home, you can buy your books at:

Online Bingo Books

Grúpa Comhrá

Some of our Grúpa Comhrá which meets every Wednesday night at 9pm. A great way to practice or improve your Irish in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. Fáilte roimh baill nua i gcónaí. New members always welcome. Contact Liam at 086 3814422.

Golf Society

The June Back Holiday Monday saw the 4th Golf Society outing of the year. 32 of our members took to the beautiful St. Margaret’s course. The winners were:

1st - Daithi Crowley 42 (12)
2nd - Martin Daly 39 (26)
3rd - Darren Greene 38 (9)

Longest Drive - Louie Groves
Closest to Pin - Darragh Joyce

For our next outing we will be at Ashbourne Golf Course on Friday the 8th July. For more details please contact Barry Rodgers @0868540223

Open from 7pm - 8.30 on Thursday evening and Saturday morning from 10am - 12.30.

All in Fingallian's would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Conor Maxwell and the Maxwell family on the recent passing of their father John. May he rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Death of Joe Walsh

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of Fingallians greats, Mr. Joe Walsh Snr who passed away on Saturday morning.
Joe was one of the founding members who helped with the formation of Fingallians Athletic Club in the late 60s early 70s. Joe alongside Vi Delaney, Cyril Gallagher and Jimmy Harford started the Community Games for the children of Glasmore in the late 60s. Many training sessions were held on the green opposite his house and the warmups would have consisted of a couple of laps of the housing estate followed by a few longer runs up the Brackenstown Rd towards the Cradle House. In the early 70s, Joe and his Community Games team, Martin Wheeler, Paddy Kelly, Harry Hanratty and his wife Bernie began the athletics club in Fingallians to avail of the training facilities. With many a Monday and Wednesday night spent on the main pitch doing lap after lap in preparation for the cross country season under the NACA banner. Joe had a passion to get everyone to perform to their best potential and no matter what level of fitness you had Joe would know what race would be best suited to individuals.

Many a great day was had out in the wind and rain of the early springtime around the muddy courses of every county in Ireland. One of the highlights was when Joe entered the club into the juvenile section of the Rás Na h'Éireann in Dunleer which attracted teams from all over the world. Joe was more than a trainer, his encouragement to all to get past that finish line will always be remembered. The famous red and white tracksuit will be etched in many people's minds as they think of him this week.

Another big day out was the road races in Dunboyne on Easter Sunday and the Liberties Road Race at midnight on New Years Eve and where the singsong on the way back from all these events became legendary.

Joe's vision for the whole of Swords to be represented at the Community Games started with a big sports day held on the main pitch. Many different events from sprints, middle distance, javelin, shot put, long and high jump were on show. Joe's interest never waned from the athletics over the years and along with Bernie, Joe Evans and many others kept the Fins flag flying high in Santry Stadium over the last 50 years. Joe's influence on many athletes who passed through his hand will never be forgotten. His pride watching Fins athletes performing such as our Olympian Mark Howard in Sydney. The most precious memory for the Walsh family was the success of Joe's daughter Catherine with her bronze medal in the Sydney paralympics and then adding a silver in London.

The club presented Joe and Bernie with the lifetime achievement a few years ago in gratitude for their tireless work in promoting athletics in the club and wider Swords community. Over the last few decades Fingallians athletics club has progressed from humble beginnings of the roads around Swords to athletes performing at major sporting venues worldwide. This vision of Fingallians performing at top class level was formed by the passion of many people over the last 50 years but most notably by one man by the name of Joe Walsh.

To his wife Bernie, family Bernie,Tom, Joe, David, Simon, Laura, Catherine and Michael the club passes on our heartfelt condolences. His memory will be forever etched in Fingallians Gaa Club. May he rest in Peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

For all Mentors, Coaches and Volunteers in our Club.

Garda Vetting for GAA
Updated every 3 years

It is mandatory that all Coaches and Mentors and those interacting with U18's have Valid Garda Vetting, Safeguarding 1 and minimum foundation level course. You are required to keep us updated on your status. Using the below form allows you to update us on any changes.

More on Garda Vetting in GAA at:

Child Safeguarding 1 Course - a minimum for all volunteers interacting with U18's


Please ensure you have completed the GAA Safeguarding 1 refresher (less than 30 mins), and submit the Certificate number and date of completion to the Club

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Dave: dmacsitric@gmail.com

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