Ballitore Narraghmore Crookstown

Golf society

Golf society

Dolores Kelly, PRO reports “St. Laurence’s Golf Society held their last outing on Saturday 12th of May at Portarlington. The overall winner was Tony Delaney with 35 pts.

Category One winner was Sean Barrett.

Category Two winner was Tom Kelly who also won the Two’s Club.

The draw for the matchplay has taken place and is as follows: Preliminary round: Paddy Murphy v Barry Kelly and Tony Delaney v Mary Gregory.

Round One: Tom Sweeney v Sean Barrett. Brian Kelly v Gerry Harkin. Willie Keatley v Arthur Kelly. Kay Kirby v Shay Doran. Tom Kelly v Dave Barrett. Ena Harkin v Dermot Kelly and Martin Lanigan v Liam Kirby. First player in each draw has to make contact and has choice of venue. If contact nunbers are needed for any of the above please text 0876402001. All matches have to be played before our next outing which is on Saturday 23rd June in Mount Wolseley Golf Club.

The late Peg Deay

The death of Peg Deay (nee Leigh) late of Spratstown, Ballytore on Monday May 2 caused much sadness in the community. 91 year old Peg died at Naas General Hospital following a very short illness. Her reception in the Church of SS Mary & Laurence, Crookstown took place on Friday for Mass at 11am followed by interment in adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. McEvoy PP officiated. Sympathy is extended to Peg’s husband Barney, sons Sean, Bary, Seamus and Pat, daughter Margaret, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, brother Pat Leigh, relatives and her many friends. May she rest in peace.

County championships

Gabrielle Aspell, PRO for Crookstown Millview Athletic Club reports on the County Championships which took place at Leixlip on Sunday May 12.We had 26 competing athletes aged from U/9 to Masters with medals won at both ends of the age groups and some more in between.

DAY 1. - “Competing in the boys events were U/9 Aidan McMahon, Scott Cardiff, James Deane and Charlie Swan in 80m and Ball Throw; U/11 Colm McMahon and Callum McElhinney in 80m and 600m; U/12 Sean Moore and Evan Swan in 200m and Long Jump; U/14 Sam Moore, Harry Swan and Jonathan McKenna in 200m, 800m and Long Jump; U/17 Aaron Hennessy in 200m and 800m; Thomas Hickey in Inter Shot Putt; John Moore in Masters 200m.

The boys did well with Scott winning gold in Ball Throw, James winning bronze in Ball Throw, John winning gold in Masters 200m, Jonathan winning bronze in 200m, Aaron winning bronze in 800m and Thomas winning gold in Shot.Competing in the girls events were U/9 Emily Quigley, Ciara McGrath and Amy Moore in 80m, Long Jump and Relay, U/10 Roisin McGrath in 100m and Relay; U/11 Anya Calderwood in 200m, Long Jump and Ball Throw; U/12 Molly Aspell in Shot Putt and 600m; U/13 Adanya Hott and Aoife Kelly in 200m and Long Jump; U/14 Eva Calderwood in 100m; U/15 Katie Quigley & Estelle Dowling in 100m; U/15 Roisin Crowe in 1500m; U/18 Kathryn Weir in Shot; U/19 Alison Keatley in 1500m.

Medals won by the girls were Molly who won bronze in 600m, Aoife winning silver in 200m and bronze in Long Jump, Kathryn winning gold in Shot and silver in High Jump, Roisin winning gold in 1500m and Alison winning gold in 1500m.

Open sports

St Abbans AC held their open sports in wintery weather on May 7. There was wind, rain and hailstones! The following athletes competed: Emily Quigley, Scott Cardiff, Harry Mallon, Callum McElhinney, Molly Aspell, Adanya Hott, Aoife Kelly, Katie Quigley & Laura Quigley.

Our youngest athlete Emily Quigley competed in the U/8 60m and 300m and was over the moon to win her first individual medal coming 3rd in the 300m. Other mentions go to Aoife Kelly who jumped a personal best of 4.02m in the U/13 Long jump to come 3rd and Callum McElhinney who competed in his first athletics competition for Crookstown.

Other medals came from Harry Mallon who came 3rd in the U/10 Boys 300m; Katie Quigley who came 3rd in U/15 Girls 100m and 3rd in Discus and Laura Quigley who came 3rd in Girls U/17 High Jump. Well done to all who came as the conditions were not easy.

St. Laurence O’toole Open Sports

A few of our athletes travelled to Carlow in the rain to compete in SLOT Open Sports on April 22. Competing in the events we had U/8 Aidan McMahon & Emily Quigley, U/11 Colm McMahon, U/12 Molly Aspell, U/13 Aoife Kelly, Adanya Hott and Lauren O’Gorman, U/15 Katie Quigley & Laura Quigley.

On the track Aidan & Emily put in great effort as usual and it is great to see our younger athletes coming along to Open Sports. Colm qualified for the 80m final and holding onto 3rd place for most of the race was pipped at the line and unfortunately out of the medals but a great race. Molly ran a great 500m where she kept in the top half of athletes until 200m left when she went up a gear to have a great finish and pick up a bronze medal. Aoife qualified for her sprint final and ran a great race to finish 3rd. Lauren also qualified for the sprint final but was unlucky to finish outside of the medals, likewise in the 600m. Adanya competed in the 600m where there was a strong field of athletes and finished outside of the medals. Katie had a straight final in the 100m where she finished 2nd.

In field events Colm competed in the Ball Throw where he had a throw of 25.58m. Aoife threw 6.35m in Shot to win a 3rd place medal. Adanya & Lauren also competed in shot. Laura competed in High Jump where she jumped 1.40m to win a Gold medal. In Shot Katie & Laura both competed with Katie throwing 9.66m to win Bronze. Unfortunately the U/16 Long Jump did not go ahead. Last of the day was the U/13 Girls Relay team who came 3rd.”

Active Retirement

The South Kildare Active Retirement May meeting will take place on Thursday May 31st in Moone Hall commencing at 8pm. It is very important that all members attend this meeting to discuss the summer outing and get the “Fit for Life” Course up and running. New members especially welcome.

Camogie club

Congratulations to St. Laurence’s/Athy girls who won the U/16 Division 2 League Cup beating Clane 4-4 to 0-0 in the final in Eire Og on Sunday 13 th May. Athy/St.Laurence’s played with a strong swirling wind in the first half and had many chances but led by 2-4 to 0-0 at half time. Having the wind in the second half a strong Clane challenge was expected but it never materialised as Athy/St.Laurence’s continued to dominate with Abbey Monaghan providing a supply of balls for the forwards. Sinead Miley was moved from the backs to the forwards and put the result beyond any doubt with two brilliant goals.

There were good displays all round especially Erica Dempsey, Laura Bowden, Cheyanne Holmes and Dervla Byrne. Goalie Rosin Howe and full back Jenny Downey who had come from her twin brothers Communion had little do but held solid throughout. The team lined out as follows St Laurence’s players except where stated Athy

Rosin Howe, Niamh Hicks, Athy, Jenny Downey, Aoife Harrington Athy, Sinead Miley, Cheyanne Holmes, Aoife Flynn, Erika Dempsey Athy, Laura Bowden Athy, Nicole Redmond, Abbey Monaghan, Katie Doran, Hannah Breslin Athy, Anna Cully Athy, Dervla Byrne. Subs Sarah O Neil for Katie Doran, Suzie Dunne for Hanna Breslin Athy,

Sarah Ann Stanley Athy for Nicole Redmond mid second half.

Newtown Rovers Underage

Newtown Rovers Underage kicked off last Saturday and there was an excellent turnout with 32 children taken part, training will continue each Saturday at Booleigh Cross (Opp Conlan’s) from 2:30 to 4 pm. New Players always Welcome and if your a parent looking to getting involved with coaching Contact Sec. Stacey Moss on 087 6420714


The First team had no league fixture but took on Premier Side Kilcullen on Saturday evening at home and defeated them 4 - 1 with the pick of the goals coming from Neil Barnby. The Seconds poor run continued losing 3 - 2 to Walshestown.

John Mulhall Trust

There will be a Field day on Sunday 3rd June from 11am in aid of the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund with Newtown Rovers Underage Taken part in Games on the Pitch. All proceeds going toward the Jonathan Mulhall Trust Fund. All Support Greatly Appreciated.

Table Quiz

Kilomarathon Ireland are hosting a fund-raising Table Quiz in Paddy O’Bien’s, Timolin at 8.30pm on Friday June 15 in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. Table of four costs €40. Please support.

Humpty Dumpty

The Humpty Dumpty Club had their AGM on Monday May 14 and a new committee has been elected. The new PRO is Louise Plewman and we look forward to hearing from her with the new officers and committee and any up-to-date news.

The Humpty Dumpty Group would like to welcome mums, dads, minders and grandparents to come along any Thursday with their babies or toddlers to the St. Laurence’s Old GAA Hall, Narraghmore between 10 am – 12 noon. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to play and adults to socialise with people from their community while enjoying a nice cup of tea. They meet all year round. For further information please contact 086 124078.

Flower club

Rathvilly Garden and Flower Club will meet on Wednesday 30th. May at 8pm in St Patrick’s Sports and Community Centre, Rathvilly, We look forward to having Mary Keenan owner of Gash Garden, Castletown, Laois who will give a talk and Slide Show on Trees. Mary is an Executive Director of The Tree Council of Ireland and a regular contributor to the Irish Garden Magazine, followed by the usual cup of tea and chat. all are very welcome. Admission €5.

There are a few places left on our trip to Clonakilty, Co Cork. Flower Festival and Garden visits on 23rd and 24th June. For further details please Phone Marie O’Leary at 0599161986 as soon as possible.

Shrines of Northern Italy

This year the Ballitore Pilgrimage will be taking in the Shrines of Northern Italy leaving on September 25 to 2nd October. The cost is €1,085 and includes return flights Dublin/Nice and Fenice/Dublin, 7 nights hotel dinner, bed and breakfast, tours and transfers in air-conditioned coach, Guide throughout, admission charges to places appropriate to itinerary, Canal-boat to Venice, Airport and local taxes, comprehensive holiday insurance. The Spiritual Director is Rev. Fr. Frank McEvoy PP. Single room supplement is €245. For further information and Itinerary contact Lily O’Mara 059 86 23201.

Walking group

The Walking group meet monday to friday at 7pm in Ballitore Village. If you would like to get out for a walk and a chat for one hour please come along any night, bring flash light, and jacket. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Mill Celtic - Lotto

There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €8,300 and the numbers drawn were 3/23/28. The €20 winners were Aoife O’Rourke, Liz Lawler, Teresa Warren, Bridget Mackey 1464 and Ann Farrell. . Next Lotto Jackpot is €8,400 and the venue is Kirwan’s Lounge, Ballytoe.


U/14 Training takes place on tuesday and thursday evenings from 6 to 7.30pm - all welcome. Registration fee €5. For further information contact Jim 086 0656959.

Badminton Club

St Laurence’s GAA Centre hosts a badminton club. Practice Sessions are held at the following times - Adults - Tuesday 8-10pm, and Friday 8-10pm. The Junior Club is on Saturday from 10 - 12pm. New Members are always welcome, just turn up on any of the times noted above. We try cater for all players, either social or competitive as there are 4 courts available for playing. St Laurence’s are the current Leinster Champions at grade 5 level.

Membership Fees - In Season Full year payment: €180 or Pay to Play - €5 on the Night, Plus a yearly insurance fee of €25. These fees cover the use of the Hall, Shuttles, Equipment, Insurance and Membership of Badminton Ireland. There is a Registration Form to be filled out by all members.

Larries GFC

The membership rates for 2012 are as follows €50 per person, €25 per student/OAP, €80 per couple and €100 per family. New members welcome.

Senior C team won their seventh league game against Kildangan. The Senior B’s lost their league game to Maynooth. The Seniors won their league game to Leixlip.

Underage training takes place in Oldgrange on a Wednesday night between 7pm-8pm and on Saturday Mornings between 11am-12pm. This week’s lotto numbers were 11, 31 and 32. There was no jackpot winner; next week’s jackpot is €1400. The €20 winners were Marie Claire, Aileen Huntington, Marie Watchorn, Jade Michael and Bu-Bu Swaine.

Brendan Shine will hold a dance in St. Laurence’s on Sunday 3rd June, doors open at 9pm and begins at 10pm. Tickets are €10. The annual field day will take place on Sunday June 10th at 2pm in Oldgrange, free entry and parking.

The St. Laurences GAA summer camp will take place the 9th-13th of July, further details will follow. The annual golf classic will take place in Rathsallagh on the 27th July, contact Willy Keatley for further details.

There will be a teenage disco in St. Laurences complex on Friday 8th June from 8-11pm., tickets are €8. Appropriate dress essential, mineral bar only and supervision on the night.

Gym Membership for 2012 is student/over 55’s/ unemployed €100, single €150 and €250. Direct debit options are available. There are circuit classes held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am for advances and 10.15am for beginners. They are also held on Wednesday evenings at 7.10pm to 7.55pm. Classes are 45 minutes and are €4 per person and free to gym members. The gym opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-12am and 5.30-10.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-10.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 6-9pm

St. Laurence’s GAA complex is available for all functions, communions, confirmations, family gatherings, 21st, all major milestones and other special events. Contact Marcella in the clubhouse on 0598636769.

Golf classic

The annual golf classic will take place in Rathsallagh on the 27th July, contact Willie Keatley for further details.

Don’t forget a full range of training gear is available at buy design in Crookstown. Check out the club website for fixtures and other news

Boys U/14 League

St Laurence’s Vs Celbridge. The Larries U/14 got their league campaign underway at Old Grange with an excellent performance against a strong Celbridge side. Larries took an early lead following excellent work down the left wing by Dylan Wynne and Michael Corrigan, before conceding some unfortunate goals which swayed the game in the visitors’ favour. Constant pressure from the Larries led to two excellent goals for Richard Slattery and one acrobatic effort leading to a goal for Cathal Ryan. Hard work from Oisin O’Mahony, Killian Harney and Kevin Kelly kept the visitors were under constant pressure before running out narrow victors.

There will be league games every Wednesday and Sunday for the next four weeks, with training on Friday evenings from 7 to 8. The U/10s Larries Red team were away to Sarfields on Tuesday 15th. Great game from both teams with newcomers Nathan Swaine, Leo chambers and Ross O’ Brien playing a great game with their team mates.

U/10s Amber team travelled to Castlemitchell. A great performance by the Larrys with William Bissett, Con Killeen and Oran Linehan best on the night.

On a lovely evening for football last Thursday, Laurence’s fielded three teams of U/12’s at home. The first team and the Red team played Sarsfields and the Amber team played Round Towers. All three teams put in a massive shift and all the clubs played with great passion. Very little at the end of the three matches separated them with the Red team battling back well in the second half best for the reds were Niall Flood in goals, Sean Goldrick and Mikey Cassidy. The Amber team, a great game from Eoin Mason, Colm Fennelly and Evan swan all standing out for the Laurence’s. The U/12’s A team best for Larries were Joe Gibbons, Niall O Connor, Eoin Curley and Dean O Driscoll.

Whist drive

The fund-raising Whist continues in Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore every wednesday evening commencing at 8.30pm. All card players welcome.

Ballitore Crookstown First Responders

For further information please contact Denise on 087-9442952, Helen on 086-2619147 or any committee member. In the event of a Cardiac (Heart) Emergency in the Ballitore or Crookstown area please call 999 First and then call 085-1393728 for assistance.