Congratulations to our 3rd Ladies junior team who won the league today ..first year playing together and have won league and championship a lovely mix of young girls and a few Gaelic for Mothers taking the step up .. well done in 2021 to all the players , coaches and management.

The Inter Hurlers also finished off a hugely successful season with a fantastic game against Castleknock which went to extra time and penalties in front of a great home crowd. Congratulations to the players and mentors for a fantastic season of hurling - looking forward to 2022!

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We are still getting there and let’s hope 2022 will bring more great news. At the moment we are still busy building our young athletes to be future black belts ,Poomsae champions , Olympic hopefuls , Taekwondo referees or even trying to fill the kids with confidence and fitness. We help everyone no matter what Taekwondo path they want to follow. Here are some photos of our guys in action and as you will see the first four pictures are of our less advanced students training session while the next six are of when Junsa Taekwondo hosted a training session with Elite Taekwondo. This training session was aimed at the more advanced groups and it was a fantastic training session bringing both styles of Taekwondo together. Junsa Taekwondo classes are very popular so if you are interested in taking up a new sport for any reason please don’t hesitate to contact Master Stuart Russell on 087 7775202 or message our club on Facebook @ Junsa Taekwondo. Happy New to everyone from Junsa Taekwondo.

Lusk Athletic Club would like to wish a very happy and healthy New Year to all our members and families. We are already looking forward to an exciting 2022 events with you and hopefully a lot more “real” events” in 2022.The club are confident that ‘red tape’ issues between Fingal County Council and a local developer will soon be resolved and we will be moving to our own home on a dedicated site in Lusk in the first half of 2022 where we can provide safer and better facilities for all our members to train. Club membership for 2022 is now open. Please go to luskathleticclub.ie for details. Training will resume on Tuesday 11th January for all age groups.Some of the club highlights during a very challenging 2021 included seeing the brilliant Cara McNally twice wearing the green of Ireland in International competition. Lusk AC athletes of all ages from juvenile to senior adults and masters athletes posted some fantastic times at virtual and real events and at all distances. Our dedicated athletes competed at track and field events winning national medals, cross country races, marathons which included a number of fantastic sub 3 hour marathon runs, ultra marathons and mountain races. Lusk AC again ran two very successful Fit4Life programmes during the year for new runners and those returning after a long layoff - check our facebook page for the next one in 2022. Another highlight was that club membership reached 700 members meaning that Lusk AC is now the 2nd largest athletics club in the country! Considering that the club was only reformed in 2009, this is a phenomenal achievement and testament to the dedication and hard work of the club committee and our juvenile and adult coaches who invest so much time into the club.The Lusk AC 4 mile race is set for Sunday the 6th March 2022 and we are eagerly looking forward to putting on a great “Real” event after all the virtual races of the past 18 months. This is the highlight of the club calendar and registration is now open at luskathleticclub.ie and on the Myrunresults website. We hope yo enoy or and photos highlights from 2021

St Pats recently added the Dublin Intermediate and Junior 3 Chanpionship titles to their long and illustrous history. Congratulations to both squads and teams, their coaches, management and mentors.

Congratulations to the Fingallians Hurlers and Mentors on beating Erins Isle to win the Dublin Go Ahead Intermediate Hurling Championship recently with a scoreline of 1-18 to 0-10 points. It was an absolutely fantastic display of hurling throughout the game and it goes to show that all the hard work and early morning training sessions have paid off.

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With all sport back in action, Swords Tennis Club has celebrated a return to the courts by being presented with a Tennis Ireland Bronze Clubmark Award. The Award aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality tennis clubs in Ireland and their contribution to the development of tennis in Ireland. Mayor of Fingal Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh commented: “I would like to say a huge Comhghairdeas ó chroí libh to Swords Tennis Club on the Tennis Ireland Bronze Clubmark Award. The club committee and volunteers have put in a lot of time and hard work over the past number of months and years and this award celebrates that passion and dedication.”Presenting the Award, Shane Cook, President of Tennis Ireland said: “It was a great pleasure to present Swords Tennis Club with this accolade. Their enthusiasm and energy is infectious and shows how much the Club strives to be the best in its field.” Swords Tennis Club Chairperson Stephen Girvin commented: “What we thought might be an arduous task turned into one of the most rewarding club experiences. The process of putting together the requirements for the award, many of which we already had and guarded by former committee members, gave us a growing confidence in the way we were running the club.” Swords now takes its place amongst the other Tennis Ireland Clubmark accredited Fingal Tennis Clubs including Portmarnock Tennis Club, Donabate Portrane Tennis Club, Castleknock LTC, Sutton LTC, and Grove LTC. Tennis is a sport for life so if you are thinking of giving it a try, get in touch with the Fingal Tennis Development Officer to find out how you can get involved in your local area, Contact:tara.rdo@tennisireland.ie

St Sylvester’s U12’s boys have just completed a cracking season. Having received the support of new jerseys courtesy of Joe Duffy BMW at the start of the season, they represented Syls with pride and determination. All four football teams and all three hurling teams finished the season in the top half of their respective leagues. They proved more than a match for all that their opponents ( and Covid ) could throw at them. Certainly, one of the highlights will be the boys who went unbeaten all season and were TOP of their Football A division group. The boys enter the Christmas break having earned a well deserved break, and we look forward to what the future holds for them all.

Now that we have our new premises and can train in our pods indoors we have begun to concentrate on our sparring skills and preparing for our Christmas grading. Due to all the restrictions this year we were unable to have our summer graduation so hopefully we can have one this coming December. Junsa would like to wish all their members and friends a very Happy Christmas and a safe new year.We are always looking for new members young and old to take part in our wonderful Martial Art and sport. Merry Christmas everyone.

The club were delighted to reach the milestone of over 700 members recently. Thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and members for the continued support you give to make our club what it is. We are really proud to be practising all athletic disciplines; within a fully inclusive club. A bike stand has been constructed at The Hub so we encourage all members to cycle, walk or run to training where possible. Tickets for the Lusk AC Christmas Raffle are now on sale with details on our facebook page. We have some fantastic prizes and all proceeds will help to raise funds for the club for the year ahead. We are excited to announce that the date for the Lusk 4 mile will be Sunday 6th March. Registration is now open through our website Luskathleticclub.ie. Editors Note: We at Locals magazines wish to thank on our own and on your behalf Sean Greensit as PRO with Lusk AC for the wonderful work done by him as he retires from that post and we wish him all the best for the future . We also wish his successor Matt Wade well in the post and look forward to working with him.

Donabate parkrun returned at the end of September after a long absence due to the pandemic and we celebrated our 6th anniversary in October. There have been regularly attendances of over 150 participants and it’s been fantastic to see everyone enjoying their 5km run, walk or jog as well as catching up with friends for a chat and coffee. We recently purchased a defibrillator which will be available if needed at parkrun each Saturday. This was possible thanks to the generosity of donations made by parkrunners. We are truly grateful for this. We usually need up to 20 volunteers each Saturday to cover all the roles needed for a successful and safe parkrun. Some would say that it’s even more fun volunteering than actually running a parkrun so please get in touch if you could help for an hour. Donabate parkrun is a free, timed 5k run, walk or jog that takes place at 9:30am every Saturday at Newbridge House. You can contact us by email if yo are interested at Donabate@parkrun.com or send us a message on Facebook.