There were great scenes – and lots of great football – at Balscadden FC Girls U14s tournament which took place on Sunday 28th August in Ringcommons Sports Centre Balscadden, Stamullen, Raheny United, Skerries Town, East Meath, Lusk United ,Kilmore Celtic and Kilkenny FC took part in the competition which ran from early morning until the afternoon.It was the first time the tournament was held and a highly successful day was enjoyed by all..Kilkenny FC won the tournament, beating hosts Balscadden in a cracking final. Former Republic of Ireland international Olivia O’Toole presented all the players with their medals. “It was a fantastic day and we’re delighted with how everything went,” said Balscadden manager Michael Holohan. “We’re always looking for girls and boys to come out to the club to play with us so hopefully this will help us attract more young players.“It was great to see the players show their quality, and we’d like to thank Ringcommons Sports Centre for all their help too.”
Balbriggan has a Senior Cricket club located in Balbriggan Town Park , Balbriggan. New playing members of all ages and abilities and pavilion members always welcome.Balbriggan Cricket Club is based in the heart of Balbriggan and has 5 Senior Men’s teams, A Senior Women’s Team, 2 Social cricket teams and a big underage section of boys and girls teams for all ages.The Men’s and Women’s Adult Senior teams range from Premier league level down to the lowest league so if you are interested in joining you can be sure we will have a team that suits your playing level. We have excellent facilities with top class wickets and nets and you will find people practising most days of the week. The underage set up in Balbriggan is thriving , our ground and nets is a hive of activity every day from April to Sept in Balbriggan Town Park when underage coaching and Practice takes place. Kids from 5 years up can come along and experience cricket and will learn how to play the game with our experienced coaches. We also go to the local schools to teach kids the basics of the game during Jan, Feb and March To enquire about membership or training call or text 0860644238. Congratulations to our 2nds who secured promotion recently to the highest ever league we’ve been in after a very hard fought victory against Civil Service. Well done guys and girl, you had some super performances all year.
The weather may not have played ball with us, recently but it was great to see the return of the Beachy Cup to Balbriggan after a three year Covid induced absence. This Leinster North East competition, named in memory of John Beachy McCreanor took place at Balbriggan RFC. Teams from Ardee, Ashbourne, Balbriggan, Boyne, Navan and Ratoath took part. Despite the heavy rain the day was a great success. Balbriggan won the Beachy Cup, Boyne won the shield and Ashbourne won the bowl. The competition was played in great spirit with old friendships renewed. Thanks to Beachy’s family, Tanya and daughters Kasey and Iona who were on hand, with Kasey and Iona making the presentations.Thanks to our North East referees who officiated over all the matches that took place. Thanks also to Area President, David Rowland from Ratoath and Chairman of the Leinster Junior Committee, Pat Carolan from Wicklow who were also present. Finally, a special thanks to North East Hon Sec Cathal Myles for all his work in organising the Beachy Cup this year. It simply would not have happened without all his efforts. Here are some photos from the day including the traditional North East Group photo of all the players and match officials.
Well done to all three Fingal groups in the 2022 Pride of Place Competition which took place on September 13th & 14th. Our very own Balbriggan Men’s Shed have been selected. Also Oldtown Community Council and Mountview Community & Youth Centre in Dublin 15. Each group represented Fingal County Council in three different categories for the judging team to adjudicate. This year, Balbriggan Men’s Shed competed in a new category which highlights the best in Community Wellbeing and what better group to represent us than these men,.Well done to all concerned with the Men’s Shed.
HSE Foróige Youth Health Initiative aims to enable young people who need and deserve access to good quality youth work to get it, through educational and developmental programmes. We are looking for volunteers to help run Foroige Clubs across Balbriggan.Volunteers will receive full support and training from Foroige. Help make a difference to the young people’s lives living in your community. Contact Lorraine on 0860123078.
For our next talk on October 26th in the Bracken Court Hotel Balbriggan and District Historical Society are delighted welcome Cllr Grainne Maguire who will speak about the fascinating history of Balbriggan Dramatic Society and we will also have short presentations from the local history students from Lorreto Secondary school who were winners in a competition the Society is proud to sponsor.In August Colm Timmins gave a very interesting and informative talk on Genealogy and Balbriggan How to trace your own family and advised on the records to check.Some sites of interest are registers.nli.ie buriedinfingal.ie .genealogy.irelandcemetaryrecords.com or the Thoms Directories. We also joined with other Historical Societies to celebrate Heritage Week with the Heritage Network event in Malahide where Anne Collins spoke about the fantastic source that is the 1930s Schools Collection which can be searched on duchas.ie. In September we commemorated the centenary of An Garda Síochána with an event in the Bracken Court hotel which included a talk by Jim Herlihy. For further information see balbrigganhistory.com.
We are delighted to announce Roberto Bonello as the new Director of Underage Coaching for Glebe North FC. Roberto will be responsible for all aspects of coaching education for both underage Players and Coaches alike. Roberto has a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience that will only benefit our club going forward. Congratulations and best wishes Roberto.
We are delighted to announce Ian Murphy as Men’s team Captain for the new season.
Ian takes over from Conor Caldwell, who was at the helm for an incredible five seasons! This was Conor’s second stint as Captain, having previously captained the team in season 2009-2010. We want to thank Conor for his outstanding service to Balbriggan RFC. Conor isn’t going too far and will still be involved with the team as a player. Ian has an impressive record as a player. He has played with Balbriggan RFC since he was a youth. Ian has been ever-present on the men’s team and has more than 100 Caps playing senior rugby for Balbriggan RFC. Ian mainly plays at out-half and centre, but has also played in other positions including wing, full-back and wing-forward. We wish Ian well as he leads the team into the new season.
Our Women’s Team had a brilliant win last night , there was a little bit of history as Skipper Lara Maritz became the first Balbriggan Women’s player to score a century with a spectacular 108 Not Out , Lara was backed up ably by her sister Tess who was 23 not out at the end , it was an excellent team performance with our young bowlers getting valuable experience and everyone backing each other in the field. The team spirit in coach Chuka Uba’s squad is fantastic and evident in the team pics.
Did you know that all services from Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are free of charge. However, it costs €5m a year to run the charity and €53,000 to breed, train and care for one Guide Dog during its working lifetime.85% of the funding comes from fundraising, corporate partners and gifts in Wills.It takes 2 years to train a dog and a working dog will generally retire around the age of 10. Currently there are, 184 working Guide Dog Partnerships, 213 working Assistance Dog Partnerships.We are happy to provide some puppy in training updates. Voldee has been in Stamullen with Adele Halpin for two months and is settling well. Adele says Voldee attended his first dance show recently and the music and dancers didn’t faze him. He’s showing great signs of confidence. Adel, who is in Cork, is progressing very well in her training as an Assistance Dog and will hopefully be graduating at the end of August of early September.Andy Green of our Balbriggan/North County Dublin branch’s Guide Dog Ollie recently graduated and Andy said that, “He is a joy to have and as Guide Dogs go he is a pleasure to work and has like my previous dogs enhanced my life in the best possible way. It’s great to be out and about with a working dog again and to feel confident in getting around the place again. So if you see us be sure to stop and say hello to the chaos that is Ollie and I.”
Our Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch will be in Bremore Castle Food and Craft Village on Sunday the 4 th September from 10am – 4pm. Make sure to pop over and say hello. We currently have a large collection dog in storage that is looking for a new home with plenty of footfall to get it filled up. Please contact our Balbriggan/North County Dublin branch if you have any ideas. If you would like to volunteer, you can also contact us on Facebook, by email at GuideDogsBalbriggan@gmail.com or by mobile on 085 766 3107.