Archive for October, 2009


Coolmine looking for tag team effort

Coolmine RFC are running one-hour tag rugby training sessions every week on Tuesday nights between 9 and 10pm.
The club are calling on both male and female adults of all ages and all levels of skill and fitness to come along and take part. Emphasis is put on the social and fun side of the game and sessions are strictly non-contact. There are a limited number of places left for the current term that runs until the end of December.

Coolmine are also running a tag rugby blitz on Saturday, November 7. It will be limited to 8 teams and will start at 5pm. Each match will be eight minutes a side and teams will consist of five players, and there can be as many players as you like on a squad. Ladies and over-45s score double points. Teams will be guaranteed a total of 5 games. The entry fee is €5 per person.

For more information, email, or ring Joe on 087-2375008 after 2pm.


This week in Gazette Sport

brigidscupThis week’s top stories in Gazette Sport:

  • St Brigid’s ladies claim the Leinster intermediate football title
  • Wesley College claim the All-Ireland schoolboy’s hockey title for the third time this decade
  • Sporting Fingal find themselves within 90 minutes of European football after their great win over Bray Wanderers in the FAI senior cup
  • Malahide’s Annette Kealy takes the Irish national title after a titanic tussle in the Dublin City Marathon
  • Leo Cullen back in the Irish squad for the first time since 2007
  • Castleknock College alumni Devin Toner is also called up for the winter rugby internationals
  • We announce October’s Dublin Sports Awards winners
  • Meteors Basketball continue to soar on the national stage
  • Blackrock battle to victory in atrocious conditions in the All Ireland League
  • TEK United shock Malahide United as they defeat their rivals from three divisions above
  • And, as ever, the best Dublin GAA coverage…

All this and much more in this week’s Gazette newspapers.


Aviva Stadium to open with combined provinces match

To mark the opening of the Aviva Stadium, the Irish Rugby Football Union have  confirmed that the first game to be played in 2010 will be an historic rugby match between two composite provincial teams pitting a Leinster/Ulster team against a Munster/Connacht selection on Saturday, August 7.

Leinster and Ulster were the first representative teams to play in the old Lansdowne Road nearly 133 years ago onDecember 16, 1876.

Both provinces were also on hand to play the final game, The Last Stand in the stadium on New Years Eve 2006, when Leinster beat Ulster 20-12 in the Magners League.

The game will form part of the provincial preseason calendar and present Irish rugby stakeholders with the opportunity to be the first to witness rugby returning home to the iconic stadium.

The Aviva Stadium will play host to some of the top teams in world rugby during the Guinness Series in November next year. Ireland is scheduled to play four internationals for the first time during that period against World Champions South Africa, followed by games against Samoa, New Zealand and Argentina.


Hokubu Dojo Swords karate club holds national competition

HokubuDojo Swords karate club recently held and competed in the annual JKS Autumn championships. The third running of the event drew some 400 competitors, making it one of the largest karate event on the national calendar.
Competitors travelled from all over Ireland, with a large squad coming from Scotland and England, making this event a national championships of the highest standard.
Medal winners from the Swords dojo were Athar Farooqi, Katie Munroe, Karl Kavanagh, Debra Chan and Stephanie Philippe.
Karate classes in Swords are run by Dermot O’Keeffe, sensei 5th Dan, a current JKS World and All Japan champion.
For more information about the club, contact 0878073885 or

Harrington still focused on Road to Dubai

Stackstown superhero, Padraig Harrington, is aiming high for the remainder of the season and targetting victories in the next three events on the Race to Dubai, starting with the upcoming Singapore Open.

In comparison to the first six months of the season, Harrington has managed to garner seven top ten finishes in the eight events that proceeded the British Open.

“I have had two halves to my season. The first six months performance-wise wasn’t very good. I was doing a lot of work on my game. I have now played well over the last three months but haven’t got a win. It’s nice to be playing well, but it’s getting frustrating not to win,” said Harrington.

With €2 million on offer to the victor in the next three events, which take place in Singapore, Shanghai and Dubai, Harrington is hoping to catch up to current leader Lee Westwood.

“It’s mathematically possible I can make number one. I would need a big run and that means I would have to win two of my last three events and finish very high up in the other, so if I am going to aim for that I may as well try and win all three. It is possible but it’s a very long shot.”


Dublin Camogie Board Notes

Many thanks to Erins Isle for hosting the finals of Div 2 and 3 of Féile na nGael and to Thomas Davis for hosting Division 3 of competition.

92 girls from across Dublin turned up for the trials on Saturday and Sunday to select next year’s U14 panels.

Eimear Butler, Aine Fanning, Jacinta Buckley, Joan Twomey, Fiona Ní Shúilleabháin and Paul Beecher observed the girls and selected the panels to go forward.

Training starts in St Brigid’s next Sunday morning 1st November at 9am, all selected girls have been informed and should attend.

Many thanks to all who participated in the U8-9 Blitz in the Phoenix Park.

Convention is on Saturday 28 November in St Olafs.

Clubs are reminded to submit their articles for Dublin GAA Yearbook 2010 immediately to


Ballyboden Wanderers Club Notes

Congratulations to our ladies’ footballers who won their league on Saturday after another fantastic year. The ladies’ panel put in incredible effot this season and every credit needs to go to the girls and their management team.

The Under-21s’ training continues each Monday at Frank Kelly Park, contact Damian for details on 086 863 2565; 7pm sharp start.

Juvenile training continues on Wednesdays at 6.30 to 7.30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon at Frank Kelly Park. For more details contact Niall on 0868857303.

There was no winner of this week’s lotto. Numbers drawn were 1, 7 and 12; €25 goes to Alan Lalor, Olga Grehan, Geraldine Kelly, Lorraine Hoey. Next week’s jackpot is €5,000.

Tickets are available at the club, or from any member.

A club end-of-season party will take place in the Merry Ploughboy on Saturday, November 7. Tickets available from the committee.

Set Dancing continues this Wednesday at 8.30 in the club house. Contact Terry for details on 4931399.

New players always welcome from Juvenile to Adult Ladies and Mens teams.