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THE SASH Thursday March 10th 2011


The Weekly Online Newsletter of Sarsfields GAA Club.


Dowling Cup: Sarsfields 1-13 Moorefield 2-9


 By Tony Ryan


In an exciting and competitive Dowling Cup Round 2 clash in Sarsfields Park on Saturday afternoon last, Sarsfields edged out old rivals Moorefield by the slimmest of margins. It was a as good a game of football that one is likely to see at this early stage of the season or indeed at any time of the season. Such was the pace of the game that it more akin to championship football than a pre league tournament. The fast relentless pace of the game never let up throughout and the small attendance was treated to many passages of excellent, free flowing, attacking football between two fiercely committed teams 

            Moorefield showing no hangover from their County B final defeat to Sarsfields last Autumn signalled their intent from the start and led 0-3 to no score after 7 minutes.  Two points from Sarsfields sharpshooter Ray Cahill helped the home side to settle. The decisive score of the half came on 25 minutes when Darryl Edmonds was on hand to shoot to the net from close range, to stretch Moorefield’s 1-6 to 0-3 after a good Moorfield move that originated at midfield where the Moorfield pairing of Eamon Callaghan and Dara Dunne had a slight edge over their Sarsfields counterparts. A Keith Hedderman free from 40 metres reduced the deficit to 5 points for Sarsfields as the break approached but there no further scoring with Moorefield going in at the break with a 1-6 to 0-4 lead.

            Immediately after the resumption Moorefield corner forward Ciaran Corrigan pointed to increase their lead to six but two minutes later Keith Hedderman with another long-range effort cancelled out Corrigan’s strike. From the kickout Ray Cahill caught the ball on the ’40 and drove through the heart of the Moorefield defence and as he was about to be tackled he off loaded the ball to the inrushing David Whorrisky who finished to the net to leave just two between the sides 1-7 to 1-5. Sarsfields then followed up with a point apiece from Ray Cahill and the industrious Bobby Houghton  to gain parity. Then an excellent point from the right wing by half back Fergal Doyle midway through the half put Sarsfields into the lead for the first time. Having scored 1-4 without reply in under ten minutes it appeared as if the game was swinging inexorably in Sarsfields favour as Moorefield wilted. However Moorefield rallied with a point a minute later from substitute Gareth Duffy. Ray Cahill responded to a put Sarsfields back in front but a goal by the impressive Dara Dunne with ten minutes remaining gave Moorefield a 2-8 to 1-9 lead once again. Sarsfields however finished strongly scoring three points without reply; a point from midfielder Niall Murphy sandwiched between two more fine frees from Keith Hedderman to guarantee Sarsfields a semi final spot.         


Sarsfields: John Melia, Darrren Somers, Kevin Healey, Ciearan Houghton, Adam Ivrahin, Cathal Mcloughlin, Fergal Doyle (0-1), Niall Murphy (0-2), Cian Sweeney, Brian Smith, Ray Cahill (0-4), David Whorrisky (1-0), Keith Hedderman (0-4) Dean Higgins, Bobby Houghton(0-2)Subs: Niall Cross for Dean Higgins(ht)


Moorefield: Conor Galvin, Stephen McDonnell Pauric Byrne, Niall Whyte, Dean Rogan, Tom McDermott, Eoin Morrisey, Eamon Callaghan(0-1) Dara Dunne (1-2), Stephen Roley, Shane Orrigan (0-1), Daryl Edmonds (1-0), Glen Collins (0-1) Paddy Maher, Ciaran Corrigan (0-2),  Subs George Rogan for Dean Rogan (inj 17mins) Ronan Murray and Ken Hannify for Tom McDermott and Daryl Edmonds(ht)Barry Dempsey for Paddy Maher (38 mins) Gareth Duffy(0-1) for Shane Orrigan (42 mins) Alan Kelly (0-1) for Stephen Roley (51 mins)

Referee: Niall Colgan.



Ladies Minor A Football Final Sarsfields 3-16 Celbridge 2-7

By Dema Houlihan

Despite the score line this was a closely fought game, Celbridge playing in their first A final acquitted themselves well but it was the more experienced Sarsfields who won the day. Celbridge started brightly with a burst through the middle from Orla  Gowran which was stopped by Oonagh Confrey whose clearance found Pamela Martin who was fouled. Roisin Byrne opened the scoring with the resulting free. Two minutes later as Sarsfields were running at Celbridge they drew another free which Clare Fox added their second point. Celbridge began to settle and it was Orla Gowran and Leah Earley who combined to put a ball into the danger area where Chanice Corcoran’s quick thinking boxed the ball to the net. The same player then made an excellent run and finished with a point to put the blues ahead by two after 10 minutes. Sarsfields were in no humour to lie down and began to dominate around the middle with Sarah Sheridan and Pamela Martin pulling the strings. Sadbh McDonnell showed a clean pair of heels as she ran through the Celbridge defence to reduce the deficit to one. The sides were level a minute later with another Roisin Byrne point from a free. Celbridge came back again and a great save from Caoimhe McConnell was cleared quickly and found its way to full forward to Laura Houlihan who shot to the net, Laura quickly added a point to stretch the Newbridge girls lead. The Sash were on top now and were rewarded with another Sadbh McDonnell point and a free from Roisin Byrne. It was Celbridge ill discipline that saw them reduced to 14 when Aisling O’Halloran was yellow carded for a wild pull on the ball. Celbridge fought hard not to concede too many scores but two more Roisin Byrne frees left Sarsfields 1-9 to 1-1 up at the break.

The second half saw Sarsfields use their experience close out the game effectively and with three minutes gone in the second half Roisin Byrne put over her first point from play. Celbridge responded with a point of their own from an Orla Gowran free. Then possibly the move of the game saw Sarah Sheridan pick up a ball and a good pass to Pamela Martin who freed up Clare Fox to run and shoot low to the Celbridge net. Celbridge responded yet again with a point from play from Nicole McDonagh. Sarsfields confidence was growing and when Becky Houlihan got in behind the Celbridge defence she saw her shot for goal turned over the bar for a point by Shannon Gannon in the Celbridge goal. Sarsfields cemented their dominance with Roisin Byrne and Pamela Martin shooting points from play. Again Celbridge went down the field and were rewarded with another point from Chanice Corcoran. Play moved to the other end of the field as Sarsfields added three unanswered points from Laura Houlihan and two more from Roisin Byrne. As both teams made the changes it was Celbridge who reaped the rewards with the hard working Sarah McNiffe adding a point followed by another from Asling O’Halloran. Lisa Marie Gaynor then got in for a goal with five minutes remaining to reduce the deficit further. Sarsfields withstood the Celbridge attack and when the ball was worked up the field Sadbh McDonnell was fouled. Pamela Martin saw her free deceive the Celbridge keeper to drop under the bar to settle the Sarsfields worries. To their credit Celbridge never gave up and went looking for the next score and were rewarded with a point from Leah Earley from a free at the death.


Sarsfields: – Roisin Byrne 0-9 (5 Frees); Laura Houlihan 1-2; Pamela Martin 1-1 (1-0 Free); Clare Fox 1-1 (0-1 Free); Becky Houlihan 0-1; Sadbh McDonnell 0-2

Celbridge: – Chanice Corcoran 1-2; Lisa Marie Gaynor 1-0; Orla Gowan 0-1; Nicole McDonagh 0-1; Sarah McNiffe 0-1; Leah Earley 0-1(free)

Feile A Sarsfields 6- 4  Moorefield 1- 12,


By Steven Murphy

Well done to the Feile U14 A team with a well earned and deserved away win over Moorefield on Monday evening. This completed a great double over our neighbours in the Feile championship, with our 2nd team also winning convincingly on Sunday morning.

With qualification for the knockout phase at stake both teams put on a great battle for the sizeable crowd who braved the chilly Curragh elements. The star of the show had to be Sarsfields full forward, Peter Howard who scored a hat-trick of goals in both halves. Moorefield had no answer to this tower of a player who could have scored more on the night. The game was closely fought and The Moores tally was mainly due to well taken points from frees in either half. Sarsfields Goalkeeper Colm Galvin played exceptionally well, making some very crucial saves throughout the match preventing the Moorefield forwards from adding to their one and only goal.

Other notable performances came from Tadgh Mcquillan at full back, David Marnel at corner back, Half Backs Sean Browne and Eoin O’ Connor, Shea Ryan in midfield and Eoin Donnelly at wing half forward.


The boys play their last group match at home to Celbridge this Sunday morning at 10:30am and needs as much support to come out and cheer them on for another crucial game. 


As it stands:


Group 1: Towers and Athy have played 2 and won 2 – so both teams have qualified. Top and 2nd to be clarified next W/E when they play each other.

Group 2: Clane have won 2, Maynooth & Laurences have won 1 game each. Clane should top group, and 2nd place will be decided between Laurences and Maynooth

Group 3: Sarsfields have won 2, Celbridge won 1, and still need to play Leixlip. Top and 2nd should be decided this coming Sunday with Sarsfields home to Celbridge.


In Feile D, we are only team in group 2 with 2 wins todate, with 2 matches to play.

Naas and Clane have 2 wins each in group 1, with 1 match left to play and will both qualify to knockout phase.


U-14 football feile 6th/7th March
Feile A:
Group 1

Round Towers 2-12 Nass 1-05
Athy 2-09 Raheens 1-08

Group 2

clane 6-12 St Laurences 2-09
Maynooth 4-07 Eadestown 2-09

Group 3

Sarsfields 6-04 Moorefield 1-13

Celbridge  v Leixlip           Postponed

Feile D:
Group 1

Clane 6-06 Kilcock 2-03
Nass 3-15 Maynooth 4-04


Sarsfields 5-10 Moorefield 0-02





Sarsfields Notes


Due to the Leinster leader’s new publication date of Tuesday morning instead of Wednesday all information for the Sarsfields notes must be sent to PRO Tony Ryan before 11am on Friday. Anything that occurs over the weekend, results of matches, match reports etc, can be sent in by 9pm on Sunday night and will be included in the notes for the Nationalist newspaper who as of now are still publicised on Wednesday mornings. 

The  Annual Club Adult Awards and Presentation Night will be held on Saurday next March 12th at 8.30pm in the main hall where all winning teams from 2010 will be presented with their county medals and the 2010 player of the years awards in all codes will be presented.  Admission is free and food will be available on the night.  The Reserve A, Jack Higgins 2009, Reserve D, Ladies Minor teams will all receive their medals.

Congratulations to Paddy Timmons who celebrated his 70th Birthday with a huge party in the club recently and to Stephen Dunne who had his 21st Birthday Party in the club also and to Kate O’Sullivan who celebrated her Birthday last Saturday.

 Congratulations to the Sarsfields Scor team who competed in the County Senior Scor Finals in Allenwood recently. This is the first time in over 25 years we have competed in these county finals and Team Manager Brenda (O’Hanlon) Walsh put together a quality team who performed brilliantly on the night. We didn’t win any of our categories but after the experience this year Brenda will be hopeful in 2012 of taking back a Scor title to Sarsfields. The team members were Musicians Kieran Galvin, Emer Dempsey, Mairead (Harnett) Carroll, Maria (Higgins) McQuillan, Cliodhna Ni Ghogain, Brenda (O’Hanlon) Walsh and Quiz team members Nicky Maguire, Mick Ward & Christy Horan. Well done to all, Brenda will be putting together a Sarsfields Junior Scor team (17 years and Under) to compete in the County Junior Scor 2011 Finals later in the year and is looking for children or young adults who have music or dancing skills to contact her on 086 1969868.

            The Underage Academy resumed last Saturday March 5th. and will continue every Saturday at 11am throughout the spring and summer up until Saturday 29th Oct. The Sam Maguire and the NFL Division 1 trophy will be in the club house on Saturday next  March 12th. Thanks to Juvenile Chairman Stephen Murphy for arranging this. The Academy invites all children between the ages of 5 and 14 to participate in the St Patrick’s Day parade on Thursday March 17th. After the parade there will be festivities in the clubhouse including food, music and showing of Club All-Ireland senior hurling and football finals. Irish Strew only €5 and children’s Menu only €2 on St Patrick’s Day. Well done to Sarsfields U10 footballer Alan Shaw who has been chosen in the County Draw to pick Kildare mascots for all Kildare Football and Hurling League home games. Alan will be a mascot for Kildare’s last home game of the National Football League against Sligo on April 10th.

Sarsfields Intermediate hurlers after their highly successful season last year, winning the Intermediate B Championship will return to training on Tuesday week  March 15th ty 7pm. Any new players or any hurler who has recently come to live in Newbridge and who would be interested in joining a dedicated group of hurlers are very welcome. For more information call Manager Denis Lahart on  Barney Breslin on 087-2299887 or Dinny O’Callaghan on 087-9352741.

The funding deadline for the Floodlights project has now been extended to 31st May 2011. To date the Floodlight Committee have had a fantastic response and Padraig Brennan on behalf of the Committee would like to thank to all who have supported the project so far so far and asks all other members to support the project as best as they can. All contributions, no matter how big or small are significant and very much appreciated. The Floodlight Committee will hold a Table Quiz on Holy Thursday  on 21st April 8.30. Entry per team of four is €40. All proceeds go to the Floodlights Fund.

            Sarsfields membership 2011 is now due. The membership fee for 2011 is unchanged. All player memberships include a player/gym contribution of €30 for juveniles and €60 for adults. Adult Member – €60. Adult Player – €120. Student Player – €70. Unemployed Player – €60.  Retired Member – €10.  Juvenile Member (U6-U9) – €30. Juvenile Player (U10-U18)-€60.  Family Membership – €70 + player/gym contributions for relevant family members.  Players who are not registered members of the club are not insured to train or play. For further details on registration please contact the registrar Kathleen (Ollie) Ryan – 086 2641115.

Lotto results for Monday February 28th. Numbers Drawn: 1,15,20,26. Lotto value: €12,000. No Jackpot Winner. €100: R Crummy, Allenview Heights €40 Each: Pat O’Connor, PJ o’Reilly, Robertstown, c/o Seamus Wilson, Lorraine Maher c/o Johnson’s. €25: Rose Byrne, c/o Seamus Wilson..


Remaining 2011 Kildare NFL and Hurling Fixtures.


The 2011 National Football and Hurling League fixtures have been announced.

 Sat 12 March: NFL 1 (Rd 4) (7.30): Kerry v Galway

NFL Div 2 (Rd 4) (7.30): Tyrone v Antrim

 Sun 13 March:
NFL Div 1 (Rd 4) (2.30): Mayo v Armagh, Cork v Down, Monaghan v Dublin.

NFL Div 2 (Rd 4) (2.30): Meath v Donegal, Kildare v Laois, Sligo v Derry.

 Sat March 19:
NFL Div 1 (Rd 5) (7.30): Down v Monaghan

NFL Div 2 (Rd 5) (7.30): Derry v Donegal, Laois v Tyrone

Sunday March 20
NFL Div 1 (Rd 5) (2.30): Galway v Cork, Armagh v Kerry, Dublin v Mayo

NFL Div 2 (Rd 5) (2.30): Kildare v Meath, Antrim v Sligo

Sunday March 27

NHL Div 3A (Rd 5) (2.30): Derry v London, Armagh v Wicklow, Kildare v Meath

Saturday April 2
NFL Div 1 (Rd 6) 7.30: Dublin v Down

Sunday April 3
NFL Div 1 (Rd 6) (2.30): Monaghan v Kerry, Mayo v Cork, Armagh v Galway

NFL Div 2 (Rd 6) (2.30): Donegal v Antrim, Tyrone v Kildare, Derry v Meath, Sligo v Laois

 Sunday April 10
NFL Div 1 (Rd 7) (2.30): Monaghan v Mayo, Kerry v Down, Galway v Dublin, Cork v Armagh

NFL Div 2 (Rd 7) (2.30): Antrim v Derry, Laois v Donegal, Kildare v Sligo, Meath v Tyrone


Sasrsfields On Facebook 

Sarsfields now have 700 Fans on Facebook.

Sarsfields now has a Facebook Page where all sections can now post information directly relating to games, results events and photos etc. In addition there is a discussion forum. Link to Sarsfields  Facebook page can be found by scrolling down the home page of the Sarsfields website or by Googling Sarsfields GAA Facebook. More Stupid Quotes.

‘I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.’ Stuart Pearce

‘The Brazilians were South American, the Ukrainians will be more European.’
Phil Neville

‘All that remains is for a few dots and commas to be crossed.’ Mitchell Thomas

‘One accusation you can’t throw at me is that I’ve always done my best.’
Alan Shearer

‘I’ d rather play in front of a full house than an empty crowd.’
Johnny Giles

‘Sometimes in football you have to score goals.’
Thierry Henry.

‘I was surprised, but I always say nothing surprises me in football.’ Les Ferdinand.

‘It was like the ref had a brand new yellow card and wanted to see if it worked.’
Richard Rufus.

‘There’s no in between – you’ re either good or bad. We were in between.’
Gary Lineker.

‘If you don’t concede any goals you’ll win more games than you lose.’ Wayne Bridge.


Sarsfields Floodlights Fundraiser


The first fund raiser for the Floodlights takes place on the 21st April (Holy Thursday) at 8pm. It is a table quiz in the Club. A table of 4 is €40 and there will  raffles with spot prizes.


So here’s a quiz to get you warmed up for the Fundraiser in April.


  1. How many Irish Counties have coastlines. Is it 17 18 or 21?
  2. What river flows through Sligo?
  3. How many All Stars have Kildare received?
  4. What is the capital of Nepal?
  5. What is the second largest country in Europe?
  6. What country is completely surrounded by Italy. Hint: Not the Vatican.
  7. Who said “The news of my death has been greatly exaggerated”?
  8. How many senior football championships medals has Sarsfields manager Sean O’Sullivan?
  9. What is the second smallest county in Leinster?
  10. In what county does the river Shannon rise ?

Answers below














True Story 


Room Service – Tenjewberrymuds

The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest and room-service at a hotel in Asia. It was recorded and published in the Far East Economic Review:

To get the full effect it should be read aloud. [You will understand what ‘tenjewberrymuds’ means by the end of the conversation.]

Room Service (RmSv):  Morrin. Roon sirbees.
Guest:  Sorry, I thought I dialled room-service.

RmSv:  Rye…Roon sirbees…morrin! Jewish to oddor sunteen?
Guest:  Uh..yes..I’d like some bacon and eggs.

RmSv:  Ow July den?
Guest:  What??

RmSv:  Ow July den?…pryed, boyud, poochd?
Guest:  Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please.

RmSv:  Ow July dee baykem? Crease?
Guest:  Crisp will be fine.

RmSv:  Hokay. An Sahn toes?
Guest:  What?

RmSv:  An toes. July Sahn toes?
Guest:  I don’t think so.

RmSv:  No? Judo wan sahn toes??
Guest:  I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what ‘judo wan sahn toes’ means.

RmSv:  Toes! toes!… Why jew don juan toes? Ow bow Anglish moppin we bodder?
Guest:  English muffin!! I’ve got it! You were saying ‘Toast.’ Fine. Yes, an English muffin will be fine.

RmSv:  We bodder?
Guest:  No…just put the bodder on the side.

RmSv:  Wad?
Guest:  I mean butter… just put it on the side.

RmSv:  Copy?

Guest:  Excuse me?
RmSv:  Copy…tea…meel?

Guest:  Yes. Coffee, please, and that’s all.
RmSv:  One Minnie. Scramah egg, crease baykem, Anglish moppin we bodder on sigh and copy…rye?

Guest:  Whatever you say.
RmSv:  Tenjewberrymuds.

Guest:  You’re very welcome.

The Eternal Question – Why?

Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?

Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, while dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons?

Why don’t we ever see this headline:
‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a ‘Broker’?  

Why isn’t there mouse flavoured cat food?

Who tastes dog food when it has a ‘new & improved’ flavour?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

Why do they call the airport ‘the terminal’ if flying is so safe?

 * If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

* If people from Poland are called ‘Poles’, why aren’t people from Holland called ‘Holes?’

* Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack, anyway?

* If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

English Words with Quirky Logic

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger.

Have you noticed that there is neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren’t invented in England

French fries do not originate in France.

A guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And there are no hogs in Hogmanay.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?

You cannot buy boots in Boots nor virgins in Virgin. You cannot buy threshers in Threshers and the Superdrug chain is a big disappointment.

Quicksand only works slowly

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

2) Strange Words

There is no parlour in in parlous. (Parlous – dangerous, hazardous)

Sweetmeats are sweets while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

When you are incommunicado: you are without the means to communicate.

3) The Problem with Speaking English

Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.





Paddy and Mick were walking along a street in London .  Paddy looked in one of the shop windows and saw a sign that caught his eye.  The sign read, ‘Suits £5.00 each, Shirts £2.00 each, trousers £2.50 per pair’.

Paddy said to his pal, ‘Mick look at the prices!  We could buy a whole lot of dose and when we get back to Ireland we could make a fortune.  Now when we go in you stay quiet, okay?   Let me do all da talking ‘cause if they hear our accents, they might think we’re thicko’s from Ireland and try to screw us.  I’ll put on my best English accent.”

“Roight y’are Paddy, I’ll keep me mouth shut, so I will.  You do all da business” said Mick.


They go in and Paddy said in a posh voice, ‘Hello my good man.  I’ll take 50 suits at £5.00 each, 100 shirts at £2..00 each, and 50 pairs of trousers at £2.50 each.  I’ll back up my truck ready to load them on, OK?


The owner of the shop said quietly, ‘You’re from Ireland , aren’t you?’


‘Well yes,’ said a surprised Paddy. ‘What gave it away?’

The owner replied, ‘This is a dry-cleaners.’

Midnight Blues

A man is stopped by the police at midnight and asked where he’s going.

‘I’m on  my way to listen to a lecture about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the human body.’  

The policeman asks, ‘Really?

And who’s going to give a lecture at this time of night? ‘My wife’

Quiz Answers:

1 17 counties with a coastline: Donegal, Derry, Antrim, Down, Louth, Meath, Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo

2 The Garavogue river flows through Sligo

3 14 Kildare have All Stars.

4 Katmandu is the capital of Nepal.

5 Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe.

6 San Marino is surrounded by Italy.

7 Mark Twain said “The news of my death has been greatly exaggerated”

8 Senior manager Sean O’Sullivan has 5 senior championship medals.

1982,1986, 1993,’94, ’99.

9 Carlow is the second smallest county in Leinster.

10 The 396 km long river Shannon rises in cuilcagh Co Cavan.