We have returned to our regular training session after the Christmas and New Year break.
Our first event of the year was to host JKS Ireland Brown & Black Belt training alongside
Open Squad training. 43 students from all over Ireland trained for 2 hours covering a wealth
of knowledge from Dermot Sensei.We are looking forward to several other competitions and seminars this year and the highlight will be when we host our World Chief Instructor, Kagawa Shihan 9 th Dan JKS, in May for a weekend seminar.Congratulations to Mehert Gebremichael and Faye Devine Riley who have won Student of the Month. Both Merhert and Faye train on a regular basis, participate well in class and arevery interested in learning more karate. Well done both!

We take new members (Children, Young People & Adults) throughout the year. Contact
Dermot on 087-8073885 for details on how to join. Contact us on Facebook: JKS Swords
Karate Club or on Instagram: @jks_swords_karate_club

The Club undertook Top sparring recently in Ratoath Golden Gloves club in preparation for the upcoming Dublin and Under 18’s championships.Thank you to Ratoath and East Meath BC for the top rounds.

The St Sylvester’s GAA Clubhouse in Malahide village has been recently renovated & available for booking. It’s spacious function room is the perfect choice for your next party or function of numbers up to 250 people. Our newly refurbished bar upstairs, perfect for any party! We provide excellent service and facilities for many special events such as: Christenings, Communions, Confirmations, Birthday Parties, Weddings, Club nights, Christmas nights, pre-debs party. The function room is fully equipped with a seating plan of choice, full bar & a dance floor. We can also provide a DJ, a Wine/Champagne reception, a great menu of food and room decoration as requested. The function room is open to members and non-members. To enquire, please contact: Dave Potts 086 7263191 or Lisa Murphy tel:085 222 6982.

Well done to L-R): Brian Waugh, Billy Stanbridge, Jamie Fagan-Carr, and Noah Tyrrell, who took to the field recently against North Midland as part of the Leinster Metro U16s. Unfortunately, the results didn’t go their way with a 32-21 loss, but a strong performance from everyone involved. Well done to both Brian and Billy on their tries today for the team. Everyone in Malahide RFC wishes all the best for these young players in the future.

Situated in the picturesque village of Malahide in North County Dublin, Malahide United currently field approximately 60 schoolboy/girl and senior teams. With over 1,200 registered players we are one of the largest clubs in Ireland. Our home ground is Gannon Park, which comprises of two 11-a-side pitches, one 7/9-a-side pitch, one 11-a-side floodlit all-weather pitch and one 5-a-side/warm up floodlit all-weather pitch, floodlit warm up area with full clubhouse facilities, Gym (members) and Coffee Shop. We also have three 11-a-side and two 7/9-a-side pitches in Malahide Castle and one 11-a-side pitch and one 5-aside pitch in Robswall Park, which is accessible from Gannon Park. By following an ethos of encouragement, equality and participation we provide an environment to enable all players to develop their potential. As a club we are investing a considerable amount of time and resources in developing our coaching programme for both players and managers. Welcome to the Malahide United AFC Web Site. Situated in the picturesque village of Malahide in North County Dublin, we currently field approximately 60 schoolboy/girl and senior teams. With over 1,200 registered players we are one of the largest clubs in Ireland. Our home ground is Gannon Park, which comprises of two 11-a-side pitches, one 7/9-a-side pitch, one 11-a-side floodlit all-weather pitch and one 5-a-side/warm up floodlit all-weather pitch, floodlit warm up area with full clubhouse facilities, Gym (members) and Coffee Shop. We also have three 11-a-side and two 7/9-a-side pitches in Malahide Castle and one 11-a-side pitch and one 5-aside pitch in Robswall Park, which is accessible from Gannon Park. By following an ethos of encouragement, equality and participation we provide an environment to enable all players to develop their potential. As a club we are investing a considerable amount of time and resources in developing our coaching programme for both players and managers. We would love you to be part of our team! We promise, you’ll get more out of it than you’ll put in! Help nurture the futures stars of tomorrow in the best facility in the country! New volunteers and coaches are always welcome. Want to get involved? Give Alan a shout on +353 (87) 240 4664 and he’ll be delighted to help.

Recently Junsa Taekwondo held there bi annual club grading. The club gradings are the highlight of our calendar. The grading is where our students get to display their skills, of technical ability, sparring skills, knowledge of Taekwondo, fitness and the traditional aspects of Taekwondo. Each grading is to progress our students and between each one the students learn new aspects of Taekwondo plus new skills and moves. It’s all about progression and building confidence and self esteem at Junsa. Please take a look at these photographs of our recent gradings. A very happy new year to all our students, supports and our Taekwondo friends around the world. Junsa Taekwondo is always accepting new students both experienced and completely beginners of all ages. Please contact Master Stuart Russell or follow us on Facebook @ Junsa Taekwondo

Lusk AC had an actioned packed start to the New Year with multiple events taking place in early January. The annual Tom Brennan 5k kicked off the year on 1st January and then a week later it was over to Abbotstown for the first round of the National Indoor League. It was with great pride that the club entered two teams at this event for the first time since reforming in 2009. There were PB performances from Ross Moore, Max Lara and Daniel O’Brien and no doubt the whole team gained valuable experience from the event. A few miles away in St Anne’s park, Raheny another 23 club members were taking part in the Dublin Master’s Cross Country. Weather conditions were ideal although cross country is never easy and our athletes all performed admirably, fighting for every place. The weekend of Jan 13th & 14th was also full of action starting with Matt Bush taking part in the attritional Art O’Neill challenge which involved 60km of road and open mountain starting in Dublin Castle and finishing in Glenmalure, Wicklow. As Matt was completing his overnight challenge, 5 of the club were starting a half marathon in Donadea Forest. We also had athletes competing well again in the National Indoor arena at the Junior & U23 championship as well as club members officiating. We would like to welcome all of our new members to the club and for those of you who haven’t taken that step yet it’s not too late. We have a Fit4Life forever group which will continue all year with opportunities to achieve many goals. As always it will be fun, easy running designed for complete beginners or those returning to fitness. We also have a Fit4Youth group aimed at teenagers. Both groups train at 7pm on Tuesday & Thursday at The Hub, Rathmore Road. Register at Luskathleticclub.ie. Finally, the Lusk 4 mile takes place on Sunday 5th March. Don’t forget to sign up or volunteer.

Blasters Cricket starts up again on the 5th of Feb in Castlelands Community Centre !!!! Open to boys and girls aged 5-11. The sessions will run for 8 weeks and it’s just €50 for 1 or €75 for 2 kids for the 8 weeks. To Book go to balbriggancricketclub.com

Looking back at 2022, we had a busy and almost normal year at Swords Karate Club since the Covid Pandemic hit. We hosted members of JKS Ireland from all over Ireland at the National Brown & Black Belt training sessions in April, May, September & November. We also hosted National Squad training sessions. Several members of the club were presented with their Dan grade certificates from Japan: Conor Kinsella, Szymon Kupiec, Brian Horgan and Conor Glennon received their 1st Dan certificates, while Mark Girvin received his 2nd Dan certificate and Vincent Clarke received his 4th Dan certificate. Members of the club attended 3 competitions, topping the medal table in both JKS Inter-Club competitions in June and Oct and we did well also in the Kanazawa Cup in November in Tallaght. We had several seminars for members this year. In the Spring, members attended the Online International Seminar from Japan. In June we hosted Makita Sensei from Japan and Jesper Sensei from Denmark for our Spring/Summer Seminars. These were the first in person seminars with visiting instructors since the pandemic began. In October we hosted Kagawa Shihan 9th Dan JKS. We were privileged to have JKS Ireland members from around the country join us in this world class seminar. We held two club gradings , in early July and mid-December, where club members showed off what they have been studying during the year and all members who took the grading examinations progressed to their next belt. Perhaps the biggest event this year was moving after 11 years from Seatown Business Campus to Applewood Community Centre as our new home. We have settled well with regular training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We are looking forward to 2023 with all the regular training, special seminars and training sessions and competitions it will bring. We take new members (Children, Young People & Adults) throughout the year. Contact Dermot on 087-8073885 for details on how to join. Contact us on Facebook: JKS Swords Karate Club or on Instagram: @jks_swords_karate_club

BY Liam O Culbáird

Isn’t it funny how quick the time goes by when you are having fun! That is certainly the case at Fingallians GAA as we enter our 139th year of serving the people of Swords and surrounding areas. Lawless Memorial Park serves as a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for the sport stars of the future. In 2022 our membership passed the 2,000 mark. Our club is proving more popular than ever and we are now one of the largest community groups in Fingal. This is due to the brilliant support of our players, parents, mentors, volunteers, staff and the many others that contribute. Special thanks must also go to our sponsors that support the various teams and are central to our ongoing success. Isn’t it funny how quick the time goes by when you are having fun! That is certainly the case at Fingallians GAA as we enter our 139th year of serving the people of Swords and surrounding areas. Lawless Memorial Park serves as a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for the sport stars of the future. In 2022 our membership passed the 2,000 mark. Recently we opened the new all weather training facility at our grounds. The new all weather surface will mean additional space for training during winter months when grass is unusable. The new facility was made possible through a capital sports grant in addition to fundraising by Fingallians. The official opening was carried out by Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister of State Jack Chambers. Many Fingallians members were present for the opening including 6 time All-Ireland winner Paul Flynn. Photos were taken by Fingallians member Noel Delaney. Our club is proving more popular than ever and we are now one of the largest community groups in Fingal. This is due to the brilliant support of our players, parents, mentors, volunteers, staff and the many others that contribute. Special thanks must also go to our sponsors that support the various teams and are central to our ongoing success. As we look towards 2023, our major concern is that we do not have enough playing space. We have over 77 teams taking to the field each week for games. Add training sessions to this and you see how stretched our resources are. Regardless of this we look forward to welcoming new players to Fingallians in 2023. We wish all our friends and supporters the very best of success in the new year and we hope to see you at the sideline soon. Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh.