St Peters club notes – 23rd April 2012

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
GAA Club News and Events

“The Point Gets Jiggy “ Takes Warrenpoint by Storm

St. Peter’s GAA Club “The Point Gets Jiggy” took Warrrenpoint by storm on Saturday evening. Rarely has an event ever attracted so much interest and excitement among the local community. Tickets were sold out weeks before the event and as a result a second show was organised on Sunday evening 22 April, again at the Whistledown Hotel. Patrons packed into the glamorous function room at the Whistledown to witness a first class performance of dancing skills, pageantry, choreography and sheer professionalism within the context of community spirit and joy.

Compere for the evening Ronan McMahon managed the over enthusiastic audience and indeed stage performers with considerable aplomb, good humour and efficiency.
Seven courageous and talented couples participated in the competition namely:
Mark Rafferty and Hannah Kearney, Declan Ryan and Aoife Burns, Ruairi Cowan and Laura McGrath, Brendan Rice and Laura Robertson, Mickey Morgan and Saoirse Pearce, Marty Slevin senior and Fiona McGivern and Feargal McCormack and Carmel McGrath.

All seven dancing couples wore magnificent themed costumes and utilized many props. The dancers had great support with promotional shirts, flags and banners creating an electric atmosphere.

Both the audience and the judges contributed to selecting the ultimate winners, Mickey Morgan and Saoirse Pearce on Saturday night and Laura Mc Grath and Ruairi Cowan on Sunday evening. However, the judges over the two nights Maureen O’ Hare, Danny Hughes, Mark Doran, Conor McGarry, Peter Rooney, James White and Seamus Murphy were very keen to stress that all seven couples were winners.

Entertainment was provided by an Irish Dancing Exhibition display from St. Peter’s GAA junior and senior dancers and Anne Marie Mulholland entertained the audience with her beautiful solo singing.

Mícheál Moore was acknowledged for his outstanding production of the informative and well designed souvenir programme. The Youth Pointer Group were responsible for organizing a raffle with superb prizes. Special thanks were extended to Colum and Sarah Mc Avoy of The Whlstledown Hotel for their support and generosity.

Co-ordinator of the event was Aisling Mc Givern, ably assisted by Elaine Kelly.
The evening concluded with an appropriate standing ovation for Aisling McGivern who was the inspiration and driving force behind an unforgettable weekend of enjoyment.

Championship Draws.

Cumann Pheadair Naofa Senior Footballers have been drawn with Glenn in the Intermediate Football Championship.In the Premier Reserve Championship the Reserve Footballers have been drawn against Saval.In the Junior Hurling Championship our Senior Hurlers have been drawn against Ballela.

Under 14 Hurling Feile

St Peter’s U 14 Hurlers travelled to Castlewellan to take part in Feile 2012 on Saturday 21st April. They faced Newry Shamrocks in their opening match and played well in the first half with Newry just edging it at half time. In the second half Shamrocks took advantage of the wind at their backs and came away the winners. Next up for St Peter’s were Castlewellan and while the boys worked hard and did their best, they could not secure victory on this occasion. Manager Marty Brown was extremely happy with the turnout which was the best of the season so far. With continued commitment to training, the boys should undoubtedly fare better next year.

Team: Nathan Hillen, John Harkin, Tomas Magill, Matthew Cole, Conn Lennon, Niall McParland, Joey Beggs, Mike Lennon, Michael Murphy, Owen Rice, Aaron Laverty, Brogan Fitzpatrick, Conor Boyle, Peter McCreesh, Jack Murphy, Tiernan Murphy and Emmett Leddy.

Packed Town Hall for Titanic Play

St. Peter’s GAA Club Cumann na nÓg Youth Drama Group took to the stage in Warrenpoint’s Town Hall on Thursday past to perform their award winning play Ar Bord na Loinge. The cast of 25, all under the age of 12 enthralled the appreciative audience with their acting of the tragic loss of the Titanic and their interpretation of the emotions of heroism, bravery, love, loss and heartache.

The play won four awards at the Newry Irish Drama Festival included Best Overall Production. Special thanks were extended to the entire production team, under the guidance of Hugh Carr and Louise Carr, assisted by Sandy Sneddon and choreography was provided by Catherine McAnulty. The music was provided by Cathal McAnulty and Hugh Carr, with Fírín McArdle acting as wardrobe mistress. Gerard McArdle and Paul Morgan designed and produced the set and Conor Tinnelly was responsible for stage lighting. Susan Carr and Angela Morgan were responsible for make up.

First citizen Mayor Charlie Casey attended the event along with Margaret Ritchie MP and MLA’s Karen McKevitt, Catriona Ruane and Sean Rodgers. In his speech, the Mayor was fulsome in his praise of the quality of the production through the medium of the Irish language and congratulated the production team, the cast and St. Peter’s GAA Club on their promotion of Irish culture.

Senior Footballers Defeated.

In their second game of the season, played in dreadful weather conditions, Warrenpoint Senior footballers lost to Rostrevor by three points in a home game. Rostrevor 0-8, Warrenpoint 0-5.

Pointer Youth Group Movie Night

Following on from the success of the last movie night organized by the Pointer Project Youth Group, the group has organized another movie night in the Clubrooms, Mary Street on Friday 27 April at 7.30pm. The movie will be suitable for Primary school children. There will be a tuck shop where popcorn and snacks can be purchased. Entry fee is £1.

Disappointment For Senior Hurlers.

Warrenpoint Senior Hurlers were unable to produce their earlier season form in the Ulster Tain League semi-final, loosing by 5 points to Lisnaskea on Saturday past.

Special Olympics Ireland Annual Collection Day

The Special Olympics Ireland Annual Collection Day takes place on Friday 27 April 2012. St. Peter’s GAA Club will this year again co-ordinate the collection in Warrenpoint under the guidance of Ann McGeeney, Katrina Kernan and the St, Peter’s GAA Pointer Youth Group.

Charity Night in Memory of Patrick Dinsmore

Aisling Dinsmore has organised a charity night in memory of Patrick Dinsmore to be held in the Whistledown hotel on Friday 4 May. Aisling, a third year PR student, is Patrick’s cousin and this is one of two events being organised. Aisling has got together a team of friends and family to participate in Belfast City Marathon Relay and all proceeds from the Charity Night and the Belfast Marathon will go towards The Patrick Dinsmore Memorial Trust. Aisling has set up an Official Patrick Dinsmore Memorial Trust facebook and can be accessed by following the link;

http://www.facebook.com/PatrickDinsmoreMemorialTrust

Minor Football

Cumann Pheadair Naofa Minor footballers got their first win of the campaign on Tuesday night past in a very good game of football. The Blues started well with the very lively Donnach Mc Aleenan getting the first few scores on the board. Ballyglass came back into the game well and started to play better when they went a man down, a stright red shown to the fullback. Michael O Hare and Aaron Magee got to grips with things around the middle and the Blues started to string a few passes together and then fed Donnach who duly popped the ball over the bar. In the second half it was much the same with the Blues starting to stretch their lead after attacking half back Anton Magill put the ball into the top corner of the Ballyglass net from some distance out. After exchanging a couple of points,Ballglass scored 1-01 unanswered which brought them back in to the game. James Haughey and Cormac Mc Cartan in the Blues full back line had other ideas and kept strong, Ryan Magee made strong runs up the field to supply the forwards with good ball. Donnach Mc Aleenan finished with ten points, which were a mixture of left foot, right foot and fisted scores.A good team show from all involved.

Under-14 Football

On a cold and wet night at Milltown playing fields, Cumann Pheadair Naofa Under 14 footballers got their league campaign of to a flying start on Monday past. This game was a one sided affair with the Blues very strong all over the field. Some excellent performances from Joey Beggs, Adam Lynch, Aaron Magee and Tomas Magill. The whole team played for each other and this reflected in the score line.

Cumann Pheadair Naofa 11-13  Clannderg 0-03.

For further information contact Club P.R.O. Anne McCormack:-

Tel: 028 41773186 or 07808946182
E-mail: pro.warrenpoint.down@gaa.ie
Fax: 028 41754994


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