Grainne Larkin – Zambia

Ballinteer St Johns member Gráinne Larkin is one of 5 Leaving Cert students from Coláiste Íosagáin and Coláiste Eoin who are travelling to Kasama in Zambia this Summer to work in schools run by Christian Brother Dominique Sykes.

Coláiste Íosagáin has built a strong connection with Br. Dominique over the last few years as groups of pupils and teachers have undertaken voluntary work in Kasama and brought much needed funds to this poor region. This group wants to continue that connection after they leave school and will travel to Zambia after their exams in July.

They are paying their own way but aim to raise €5,000 to further Br Dominique’s work in Kasama. To that end they have organised a fund raising concert which will take place on Saturday 10th March 2012 at 7.30 PM in Froebel College, Sion Hill, Blackrock.

This live performance will be a treat for music lovers and will feature classical, choral and traditional music from Vivace Quartet, LPSM Childrens Choir, The Bucks of Duibhlinn, Andrew and David de Barra, Empire Saints, as well as Gráinne herself who sang for us in St Johns on the eves of the Football and Hurling Finals, Summer BBQ and won Dublin and Leinster Scór na nÓg singing titles in 2011.

Tickets cost €10 for adults and €5 for children and are available from Coláiste Íosagáin school office or from any of the group:-

Gráinne Ní Lorcáin 086 2291582
Cathy Ní Néill 085 1600574
Elinor Ní Dhochartaigh 087 2566618
Oisín Ó Frighil 087 2804072
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh 087 7687892

Please support these young people in their aim to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in Africa.

The following links provide some details of previous school trips to Zambia:-

Junior Camogie League

The Junior Camogie team begins the 2012 season with a home game in Marlay Park next Sunday (4th March) at 2.30pm against Lucan Sarsfields.
Players and management are looking forward to the challenge, and to the prospect of an enjoyable and productive season ahead.

All camogie players intending to play at junior grade this year are asked to attend training at Broadford/AWP on Wednesday night 7.30 – 9.00pm, and are reminded to ensure registration forms and subscriptions are returned this week.

The Camogie Seniors & Juniors hold their table quiz on Thursday night, March 1st in the clubhouse – your full support will be appreciated greatly.



Adult Hurling League

Our Senior Hurlers get their 2012 league campaign started this weekend as they take on local rivals Ballyboden St Enda’s. The match throw’s in at 11am in Pairc Ui Murchu on Sunday morning and promises to be a great match to open the season.


The Intermediate Hurling League 2012 opens on Sunday next, March 4th with the BSJ Inter hurlers taking on Craobh Ciarain in Marlay Park at 11.00am.

Having successfully retained Intermediate status from last year’s encouraging league campaign, and following a great Junior B Championship run that saw the team reach the county final, the players and team management are looking forward to the season ahead.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Broadford and AWP.



Player Registration

Player Registration fees for the 2012 season are due, and must be paid by Saturday, March 3rd.
Registration Forms are available from the BSJ clubhouse, teams management and from club officials.

Remember: club policy is very clear   " NO  PAY,  NO  PLAY " !!

Completed forms and payment may be returned to the clubhouse, club officials or your team mananager/mentors.



Camogie Table Quiz. – Fundraiser

The Senior and Junior Camogie team are organising a Table Quiz next Thursday night (1st March) in the clubhouse. The quiz kicks off at 8pm and the girls are looking for all the support they can get for this.

All support is much appreciated on what promises to be a good night in the clubhouse.

Adult Footballers in Cup Action this Weekend

This weekend sees all out Adult football teams in cup action again with the majority of games taking place on Sunday morning.

Our Senior team take on St. Annes in Botharnabreena at 11am. The Seniors had a good win against Cuala last Sunday and will hope to add to their points tally. This is St Annes first cup match of the season and no doubt they will want to get off to the best possible start.

The Junior A’s also take on St Annes in Marley Park at 12:30pm. The lads had a good win last week against Good Counsel, while Anne’s had a narrow defeat to Ballyboden in Botharnabreena.

The Junior B’s take on Castleknock in Porterstown at 14:30 on Sunday afternoon. The B’s were beaten by Ballyboden by 5 points last week while Castleknock had a 6 point victory over Lucan last week.

At the same time in Loretto Park, the Junior C’s take on Kilmacud Crokes. After losing to Geraldine Morans on Matchday 1, they will be looking to get some points on the board against a Crokes team who had a 13 point win over Wanderers last week.

As usual, all support is very welcome for all these matches.

On the Shoulders of Giants





Sean Mac Connell



BELIEVE it or not, the sporting and cultural citadel established on the fringe of Marlay Park 30 years ago by the visionaries who wanted a GAA club to serve the local population, formalised a long heritage stretching back to the pre-history of the area.



When asked to write a series of articles to mark the setting up of the club three decades ago, I did not realise I would during my research , end up rubbing shoulders with characters like Fionn Mc Cool.



He and his ratpack group of friends, and they were a rough bunch of lads who behaved in a very anti-social way a lot of the time, spent some time around the area, a fact marked by the naming of at least two of the local mountains to their time here.



Its not unreasonable to assume when Fionn and his mates, who had been thrown out of their own homes to test their ability to survive on their own, played hurling on the slopes of Seefinn or Seefinhan, only a few miles away.



The first written reference to hurling in south county Dublin goes back to the scene of the massacre by the mountain septs, on Easter Monday, 1209, of the Bristolian settlers who had assembled here for holiday sports, the chief item of which was to have been a great hurling match between two parties of the citizens.



All this neighbourhood was then wild country, covered with forest, brushwood, and heather, affording excellent facilities for an ambuscade. According to Frank Hopkins, the local historian and writer, this was probably the area between Ranelagh and the Dodder river and the victims were Freemen of Dublin, mainly from Bristol.






Stanyhurst, writing in 1584, gives the following quaint account of this episode of the early settlement of Dublin: – "The citizens having over great affiance [confidence] in the multitude of the people, and so consequently retchless [reckless] in heeding the mountain enemie that lurched under their noses, were wont to roam and royle in clusters, sometimes three or four miles from towne.



“The Irish enemie, espying that the citizens were accustomed to fetch such odd vagaries on holydays, and having an inckling withal by means of some claterfert [traitor] or other that a company of them would range abroad on Monday in the Easter week, towards the woode of Cullen, they lay in a state very well appointed, and layde in sundry places for their coming.



“ The citizens rather minding the pleasure they should presently enjoy than forecasting the hurt that might ensue, flockt unarmed from the citie to the woode. where being intercepted by their lying in ambush, were to the number of 500, misererably slayne.



“The citizens, deeming that unlucky tyme to be a cross or dysmal day, gave it the appellation of Black Monday. The citie being soon after, peopled by a fresh supply of Bristolians, to dare the Irish enemie, agreed to bancket yearly in that place.



“ For the mayor and the sheriffs, with the citizens, repayre to the Woode of Cullen, in which place the Mayor bestoweth a costly dinner within a moate or roundell, and both the sheriffes within another, where they are so well guarded by the youth of the citie, as the mountain enemie dareth not attempt to snatch so much as a pastye crust from thence."



For hundreds of years afterwards the colonists kept up the tradition of the tragedy by marching out on the anniversary, thereafter called Black Monday, to Cullenswood, fully accoutred and armed, headed by a black standard, and formally challenging the mountain tribes to combat.



In 1316 the O’Tooles attempted a similar surprise of the settlers, who, however, sallied forth in numbers from the city, with their black standard, and routed their assailants, pursuing them for miles into the mountains. It has been generally stated by modern writers that the actual scene of the massacre of 1209 is the locality known as "The Bloody Fields," now almost entirely built over.






A further reference to hurling and its popularity in Dublin in the 18th Century can be gleaned from the newspapers which reported Crumlin Commons and Irishtown Green were the main areas where the game was played.



There seems to have been a few shillings involved in hurling because one report refers to a forthcoming game between “Married men and Batchelors at Irishtown for a purse of 50 guineas”.



In more recent times and a lot closer to home was the first reference I could find to football in the area which came from Faulkners Dublin Journal of 12th February 1789 which described a football match which had taken place on the previous Sunday evening.



The report said: “A party of mountaineers engaged in a game of football at the foot of a mountain known locally as the Three Rock with a party from the neighbouring valley.



It goes on; “ A desperate quarrel ensued with much much bloodshed and battery as a consequence”.


The Journal does not tell us which side won the game and it seems there was no referees report either, but I will keep looking.

Adult Football Fixtures Released

The Adult Football Fixtures for the season have been released with the first round of League games taking place on the 26th of February.

Our Seniors, start the league with the same opposition they started the cup off with – Cuala. They play them in Hyde Park on the 26th of February at 10:30am. This is followed by home games against St. Peregrines and Erins Isle on the 11th of March and the 31st of March.

Our Junior A’s also start on the 26th of February against local rivals Ballyboden St. Enda’s. That match takes place in Marley Park at 11am. This is then followed by matches against Erins Isle in Finglas and Inisfails in Marley Park on the 11th of March and the 1st of April.

The Junior B’s kick off with a home game against Ballyboden St Endas also on the 26th of February at 11am. They then have St. Finians away on the 11th of March and Naomh Olaf at home on the 1st of April.

Again our Junior C team are also playing Ballyboden St Enda’s at home but this time at 3pm on February 11th. That match takes place in Loretto Park. They then have Lucan in Arthur Griffith Park on the 11th of March and St Finian’s of Newcastle at home on the 1st of April.

The full fixture lists are available by clicking here



Seniors start off with Victory

There was a good start to the season for the Senior Footballers and Junior A Footballers on Sunday as they both started their Cup campaigns with victories.

The Seniors travelled to Dalkey for an 11am throw in V Cuala and they got off to the perfect start with 3 unanswered points and an impressive start by Gary Mitchell, slotting two over the bar early on. Cuala battled back a small bit but Ballinteer kept matching them and the score was 8 points to 4 at half time. In the second half, Ballinteer turned it up a notch and great team work between Centre Back Dave McElligot and Full Forward Kevin Power ended with McElligot slotting past the goalkeeper to end the match as a contest. Ballinteer continued to slot a few points over the bar with the match ending 1-12 to 0-07.

The Junior A’s travelled to Drimnagh on Sunday Morning also to take on Good Counsel and had a good 16 points to 12 victory over them.