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November 8, 2018

THE SASH Friday March 26thth 2010


The Weekly Online Newsletter of Sarsfields GAA Club.     



Dowling Cup Semi-Final Replay: Robertstown 3-10 Sarsfields 0-17

 By Tony Ryan


The replayed Dowling Cup semi-final between Sarsfields and Robertstown on Saturday evening in Robertstown was similar to the drawn St Patrick’s Day game; another high scoring affair with Robertstown just edging across the finishing line after Robertstown second half substitute Joe Carthy struck low and hard to score Robertstown’s third goal with five minutes remaining. This was the defining moment of the game and the score that finally separated the two sides after nearly two and a half hours of football.

            The old adage that goals win games eventually proved true in this tie as Sarsfields having been twice earlier rocked by two goals were unable to come back from conceding a third. Just prior to Robertstown’s decisive score it appeared that Sarsfields were about to gain the upper hand in a game that had the fervour and ingredients of an exciting championship encounter; passages of excellent football, high fielding and excellent scoring particularly from Sarsfields forward duo of Deagláin MacCionnaoith  and Ray Cahill and Robertstown’s Leslie Kelly who shaded it for man of the match over his Sarsfields opponents with his personal tally of 8 points.

            Early in the first half Ray Cahill and Leslie Kelly scored 2 points apiece before Sarsfields went into a 0-4 to 0-2 after a point each from Steven Lalor and Phillp Thinsley. Robertstown responded with their first goal when Mick Moran soloed through the heart of the Sarsfields defence before following it up with a point in the tenth minute to leave 3 between the sides 1-4 to 0-4. In the space of five minutes Sarsfields responded with 3 unanswered points to regain parity at 0-7 to 1-4. There followed two Robertstown points from their best forwards Mick Moran and Leslie Kelly to leave 2 points between the sides 0-7 to 1-6. Thus the pattern was set for the rest of the game with Sarsfields falling into arrears and attempting to catch up.  Robertstown held a two point advantage going into the break, 1-8 to 0-9.

            After the resumption two successive Ray Cahill points brought Sarsfields back on level terms once more.. But then immediately disaster struck for the Sash when Robertstown full forward John O’Sullivan after gathering a loose ball on the 40’ scored their second goal after just six minutes and Sarsfields were back to square one. Leslie Kelly added a point to stretch Robertstown’s lead to 4 points, 2-9 to 0-11. Sarsfields responded admirably to this latest set back determined not to let the game drift away from them.  The next five minutes was Sarsfields most fruitful spell of dominance throughout. They scored four successive points from Deagláin MacCionnaoith (2) and one apiece from Ray Cahill and an excellent point from midfielder Pauric Buckley after a great solo run which brought Sarsfields right back on par with Robertstown once more, 2-9 to 0-15. Leslie Kelly edged Robertstown ahead again but Phillip Thinsley responded with a well taken free for Sarsfields and the side were deadlocked once more.

Then with six minutes remaining an excellent Ray Cahill point from 30 metres put Sarsfields ahead for the first time since the 10th minutes of the first half and it looked like Sarsfields might hold out for victory. However the Sarsfields lead lasted all of one minute before Robertstown substitute Joe Carthy struck with his low shot to the left hand corner for what proved to be the winning goal. With five minutes remaining Sarsfields had time to recover but this time after the pace of the game it was a bridge to far for them to reach.       




Sarsfields: John Melia, Steven Dunne, Cian Sweeney, Brian Smyth, Joe Buckley (Capt), Niall Hedderman, Donachadh McDonnell, Caoimhín McDonnell, Pauric Buckley (0-1), Stephen Lalor, (0-1) Ray Cahill (0-6),Rory Franz (0-1) Pat Finlay, Deagláin MacCionnaoith (0-5), Phillip Thinsley (0-3). Subs: Tomás McDonnell for Brian Smyth, Keith Hederman for Pat Finlay (50mins)


Robertstown: Ray Kelly, Anthony Delaney, Eamonn Fitzpatrick, Brian Dowling, Niall Kane, Frank Dowling, Tony Hedderman, Damian Leeson, Dave Mathews, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Mick Moran (1-2), Declan Percival, Chris Byrne, John O’Sullivan (1-0), Leslie Kelly (0-8) Subs: Donal Percival for Kevin Fitzpatrick (ht), Joe Carthy (1-0) for Frank Dowling (42 mins) Mark Byrne for John O’Sullivan (57 mins)

Referee: Fergal Barry, Monasterevin.









Sash Notes


Sarsfields Fixtures this week. 


Saturday 27th March 2010

U16 Football League Div 2 @4.00pm

Sarsfields v Two Mile House Des Coyle

Allianz National Football League at 7.30PM

Laois v Cill Dara

Sunday 28th March

U14 Football Féilé A Qtr Finals @10.30 am

Sarsfields v Celbridge Pat O’ Connell

Minor Football League Division 1 11.45AM

Moorefield v Sarsfields Brendan Hickey

Under 16 Girls Football League 12.30pm
Sarsfields v Balyna

Senior Football League Division 1 at 4pm
St Kevins v Sarsfields Alan Lagrue

Senior Football League Division 3 at 4pm
Rathcoffey v Sarsfields (2) Jody Callan

Sasrsfields 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.


Kildare’s Leinster Senior, and Minor Fixtures for 2010



 Leinster Senior football Championship.





Louth v Longford




Wicklow v Carlow




Meath v Offaly








Louth/Longford v Kildare




Wicklow/Carlow v Westmeath




Meath/Offaly v Laois


Croke Park


Wexford v Dublin


Croke Park






Louth/Longford/Kildare v Wicklow/Carlow/Westmeath


 Note Saturday 26th. venue

To be announced 


Meath/Offaly/Laois v Wexford/Dublin






Croke Park







 Leinster Minor Football Championship

Minor Football



1. Wicklow v Wexford



2. Carlow v Westmeath



3. Louth v Laois



4. Kildare v Dublin



5. Offaly v Longford



6. Meath v Kilkenny






7. Loser 5 v Loser 1


Home Venue Loser 5

8. 7 v Loser 2 = A


Home Venue 7

9. Loser 4 v Loser 3


Home Venue Loser 4

10. 9 v Loser 6 = B


Home Venue 9




11. 6 v 5


Home Venue 6

12. 3 v 1


Home Venue 3

13. A v 2


Home Venue A

14. 4 v B


Home Venue 4




15. 11 v 12

26.06.2010 (30.06.2010)

Home Venue 11

16. 13 v 14

26.06.2010 (30.06.2010)

Home Venue 13

CRAOBH: 15 v 16


Croke Park


 Kildare’s National Football League And Hurling Fixtures

First team out has home advantage.

 Remaining  fixtures: NFL Division 2:  All Sunday games at 2.30. Saturday games at 7.30 under lights Saturday, March 27 – Laois -v- Kildare under lights at 7.30; Rnd 7: Sunday, April 11, Meath -v- Kildare.

NHLRnd 5: Sunday, March 28, Wexford -v- Kildare; Rnd 6: Sunday, April 4, Kildare -v- Carlow; Rnd 7: Sunday, April 18, Kildare -v- Clare.


NFL League Fixtures for this weekend. 


27.03.2010 (Sat)
Allianz GAA Football National League
Round 6
Roinn I
Parnell PK 7.30pm Áth Cliath v Gaillimh Setanta Sports 1
Referee: Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)

Omagh 7.30pm Tír Eoghain v Ciarraí Setanta Ireland
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Ard Mhacha)

Celtic PK 7.30pm Doire v Corcaigh
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligeach)

Roinn II
Portlaoise 7.30pm Laois v Cill Dara
Referee: Patrick Fox (An Iarmhi)

Ballybofey 7.30pm Dún na nGall v An Mhí
Referee: Martin Sludden (Tír Eoghain)

Roinn III
Casement PK 7.30pm Aontroim v An Lú
Referee: Con Reynolds (An Dún)

Kingspan 7.30pm An Cabhán v Uíbh Fhailí
Breffni PK Referee: Paul Kneel (An Lú)

Roinn 7
Roinn IV
Dr Cullen PK 2.30pm Ceatharlach v Liatroim
Referee: Martin Collins (Corcaigh)
Gaelic Grounds 7.30pm Luimneach v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: Jer Lynch (Ciarraí)


28.03.2010 (Sun)
Allianz GAA Football National League
Round 6
Roinn I
Castlebar 2.30pm Maigh Eo v Muineachán TG4 (Live)
Referee: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

Roinn II
Crossmaglen 2.30pm Ard Mhacha v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Martin Higgins (Fear Manach)

Cusack PK 2.30pm An Iarmhí v An Dún
Referee: Gearóid Ó Conamha (Gaillimh)

Roinn III
Hyde PK 2.30pm Ros Comáin v Loch Garman
Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligeach)

Brewster PK, 2.30pm Fear Manach v Sligeach
Enniskillen Referee: Ciaran Branagan (An Dún)

Round 7
Roinn IV
Pearse PK 2.30pm Longfort v An Clár
Referee: Paul Finnegan (An Lú)

Fraher Field Dungarvan, 2.30pm Port Láirge v Cill Mhantáin
Referee: Tom Lynch (Ciarraí)

28.03.2010 (Sun)
Allianz GAA Hurling National League
Roinn II
Wexford PK 2.30pm Loch Garman v Cill Dara
Referee: John Sexton (Corcaigh)


Underage Camogie & Hurling Training.
 All Outdoor Underage Hurling & Camogie training starts back in Sarsfields on Thursday 25th of March from 6pm to 7pm.
For  U8, U10, U12 & U14. Boys & Girls.

For more information contact Denise McGann on – 087-2873096




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More Stupid Quotes.  


‘Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly.’
– Batman costume warning label  


‘You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a
Bill Peterson, Florida State football coach


‘We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO.
We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of
– Dan Quayle  


‘This president I think has exposed himself over and over
again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people
or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white
people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe,
a racist.’
– Glenn Beck on President Obama,
  FOX News show, July 28, 2009 


‘I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist.’
– Tara Reid



Strange/Bizarre/Quirkie News. 


Wedding Blues for the Bride.


A newlywed Massachusetts’s couple spent their
wedding night in separate jail cells after police said the
bride tried to run over an old flame of the groom.

Police say 22-year-old Hyannis resident Marissa Ann
Putignano-Keene tried Monday to run over the other woman and
the woman’s son in a parking lot. The intended victim later
told police that she had previously been in an intimate
relationship with the groom.

Police say the couple got married at Barnstable Town Hall
and split a bottle of Champagne afterward.

The bride was charged with assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon. Her husband, 37-year-old Timothy Keene,
was riding in the car with her and was charged with
disorderly conduct.


 Civilian pulls over Policeman.


PHOENIX – An Arizona man accused admonishing motorists of
traffic laws while posing as a police officer apparently
picked the wrong driver to pull over.

A Maricopa County jury on Tuesday found 62-year-old David
Word guilty of impersonating a lawman for pulling over an
off-duty police officer. Sentencing is set for May 5.

Avondale police officer Matt Lydic says he was on his way to
work in his personal vehicle last May when Word pulled him
over while driving a black Ford Crown Victoria equipped with
lights and a siren. Lydic says Word told him to slow down,
then drove away.

The officer noticed police-style equipment in the car and
copied down the license plate, which came back registered to
Word. Police arrested Word at his home in Surprise.

Word was acquitted of pulling over a state liquor board
member for driving in an interstate carpool lane.



 Ten Unusual Accidents

Figures published by the Department of Health reveal a huge range of unusual accidents, which put people in hospital in England in 2004.  Here is just a small sample.  Odd accidents affect one million people.

1) Two people were admitted after being in contact with venomous spiders.  Both stayed in hospital for five days.  Coincidence or the nature of spider venom?

2) Twenty two people suffered from exposure to ignition or melting of nightwear, most of them men.  Does this mean that contrary to the male psyche, women do not wear nightwear?

3) 1,481 people, most of them children, were injured by hot drinks.  Most of the poor children required an overnight stay in hospital.

4) Two people needed five days of treatment after contact with centipedes or venomous millipedes.
What goes ninety nine bonk, ninety nine bonk?  Answer a centipede with a wooden leg.

5) 15 people were admitted after contact with a marine animal.  On average they needed an average of two days in hospital.

6) Four people had an average of two days’ treatment after exposure to vibrations.

7) 1,839 people – fell out of trees.  No surprises that 80% of the injuries were to children.

8) 4,533 people fell when using ice-skates, skis, roller-skates or skateboards. 57% of them were under 15.

9) One boy needed an overnight stay after being ‘bitten or struck’ by an alligator. (By comparison, 3,508 people were bitten or struck by dogs.)

10) One child was admitted to hospital after ‘prolonged stay in a weightless environment’. He or she did not stay overnight. There are no further details about who this person was or how they had come to need treatment.


 Famous Sayings – Quotes from Famous Old Sages  

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Those who do not learn the lessons of history are bound to repeat them

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Chinese proverb

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
Socrates (470-399 B.C.) �

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

All things are difficult before they are easy
Thomas Fuller

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind
Samuel Johnson

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

I am still learning.
Michelangelo �

Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.
Virgil, Aeneid

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
Chinese proverb

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more we do, the more we can do
William Hazlett

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult

Pay no attention to what the critics say;�no statue has ever been erected to a critic
Jean Sibelius�

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.
Rene Descartes

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Will Durant

Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare.
Harriet Martineau

You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus �

Do not wait for the day of judgement, it takes place every day
Albert Camus

All men desire knowledge

Education is the best provision for old age

Well begun is half done.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them

True Story. 



There’s a story set just after the second world war at Portsmouth dockyard in England.

One day Ministry of Defence policeman [Mod plod] stopped a worker who was walking out of the dockyard gates pushing a wheelbarrow with a suspicious looking package in it. The Mod plod opened the package and found it contained nothing but some old bits of rubbish, sawdust and floor-sweepings.

The next day he stopped the same worker who was again pushing a wheelbarrow containing a suspicious looking package. Once more it contained nothing of any value.

The same thing happened several days on the trot, until the policeman finally said, ‘OK, I give up. I know you are up to something, but I just can�t tell what. Please, I promise not to arrest
you, but put me out of my misery; tell me what you are stealing.’

‘Wheelbarrows,’ smiled the worker, ‘I�m stealing wheelbarrows.’
Guy’s Story about a real life Michelin Man
Funny how one story reminds you of another.  I had a job computer training at one of Ford’s factories.  Theft was a continual problem.�

At the end of one day old Fred passed the security booth, gave a cheery wave, then fell over in an apoplectic fit.  Worried, the security guard rushed over to the stricken man and tried to give him heart massage.  Perplexed, the guard could not get anywhere near Fred’s heart because ten inner tubes were restricting access.  

Fred was stealing the tubes by wearing them around his trunk.  A quick and delicate job with his Suisse army knife  soon had Fred breathing normally.  In no time Fred was on his feet and having a quiet word with the factory manager about inner tubes shortages.  



True Story 2.   

The Left Overs



There was a time in Japan where a wife being left handed was
a ground for divorce.  
Being left-handed has always been something of a mixed
blessing. With it came the stigmas of age old beliefs that
it indicated a tendency to evil and criminal behavior, while
at the same time, left-handed people have been some of the
greatest creative and scientific minds in various fields. So
what does one have to do with the other?

Left-handed geniuses and notable figures that have appeared
over time include Joan of Arc, Pharoah Ramses II, Alexander
the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Queen Victoria of
England, author Lewis Caroll, novelist Mark Twain, sculptor
Michaelangelo, and artistLeonardo Da Vinci. It did not seem
that any of them came from notably creative or unusually
intelligent parents. Nor was there a hereditary history of
being left-handed.

A 1976 Canadian study, updated in 1992, confirmed the
results of many other testings done in the 20th century:
that the chances of being left-handed had little to do with
genetics. When the father was left-handed, the chance of
like offspring was one in ten. For mothers who were left-
handed, the chances increased to two in ten. And if both
parents were left-handed, the likelihood of left-handed
children was only four in ten, which meant that right-
handedness would still be dominant.

What has emerged through scientific study over the years, is
a theory that those who are left-handed, are utilizing more
of the right side of their brain, the hemisphere that is
also responsible for thought and perception. The enhanced
activity here, may in fact promote a person’s ability to
perceive things differently, and to incorporate more
information when making a decision.

A 2004 study out of Vanguard University in Southern
California, is one of the more recent scientific papers to
support this theory. In it, they determined that those who
have a strong ‘mindedness’, in other words, whose thinking
and actions were dominated almost totally by one side of the
brain, were more likely to have rigid and strong beliefs in
the Biblical creation of humans.

Theoretically then, most Biblical creationist believers
should be right-handed, since left-handed people are often
‘double sided’ to some degree, using both the left and right
hemispheres of their brains. That two-sided thinking allows
for more pathways of thought, information gathering, and
analysis of the results.

Sadly, even after we were out of the Dark Ages, people who
were left-handed continued to be punished for what nature
had thrust upon them. In the 20th century, children were
still getting their knuckles rapped by teachers for not
using the right hand, and even in China, if a woman was
discovered to be left-handed, it was grounds for divorce.






A college freshman called up his mother and asked her for
some money, because he was broke. His mother said, ‘Sure,
sweetie. I will send you some money. You also left your
calculus book here when you visited 2 weeks ago. Do you want
me to send that up too?’

‘Uhh, oh yeah, O.K.’ responded the student.

So his mom wrapped up the book and mailed it. Dad asked,
‘Well how much did you give him?’

‘Oh, I wrote 2 checks, one for $20, and the other for $500.’

‘That’s $520!’ said dad, ‘Are you crazy?’

‘Don’t worry honey,’ mom said. ‘I taped the $20 check to the
cover of his book, but I put the $500 one somewhere in 

chapter 19!’


Gone Fishing

Alex had a terrible day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one.  On his way home, he stopped at the fishmonger and ordered four rainbow trout.  He told the fishmonger, ‘Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?’

‘Why do you want me to throw them at you?’ Asked the salesman?  ‘So that I am able to tell my wife, in all honesty, that I caught them.’ said Alex.

‘Okay, but I suggest that you take the salmon.’ ‘Why’s that?’ ‘Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take salmon. That’s what she’d like for supper tonight.’ replied the fishmonger with a grin.


Fishermen’s Tale of Woe.


Two avid fishermen go on a fishing trip. They rent all the
equipment:the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the
rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend
a fortune.

The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch
anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on
the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the
last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish.

As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy
turns to the other and says, ‘Do you realize that this lousy
fish cost us fifteen hundred dollars?’

The other guy says, ‘Wow! It’s a good thing we only caught
the one!’


Mathematical Equation
> My Dear Wife,
> You will surely understand that I have certain needs that you, being
> 54 years old, can no longer satisfy.
> I am very happy with you and I value you as a good wife. Therefore,
> after reading this letter, I hope that you will not wrongly interpret
> the fact that I will be spending the evening with my 18 year old
> secretary at the Comfort Inn Hotel.
> Please don’t be upset—-I shall be home before midnight.
> When the man came home late that night, he found the following letter
> on the dining room table :
> My Dear Husband,
> I received your letter and thank you for your honesty about my being
> 54 years old.
> I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you are also
> 54 years old.
> As you know, I am a math teacher at our local college.
> I would like to inform you that while you read this, I will be at the
> Hotel Fiesta with Michael, one of my students, who is also the
> assistant tennis coach. He is young, virile, and like your secretary,
> is 18 years old.
> As a successful businessman who has an excellent knowledge of math,
> you will understand that we are in the same situation, although with
> one small difference – 18 goes into 54 a lot more times than 54 goes
> into 18.
> Therefore, I will not be home until sometime tomorrow .

Thanks to Leo. 


Computer Problem

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission  Control and asked him to come over. Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he was walking away, I called after him, ‘So, what was wrong?  He replied, ‘It was an ID ten T error.’
I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, ‘An, ID ten T error? What’s that? In case I need to fix it again.’
Eric grinned…. ‘Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?
‘No,’ I replied.  ‘Write it down,’ he said, ‘and I think you’ll figure it out.’          
So I wrote down: ID10T  

I used to like Eric,  the little . . .



That Wasn’t US
A professor of psychology at a British university included a
lecture on crowd psychology in his annual course. To
illustrate mass hysteria, he regularly showed TV news
footage of teenage crowds greeting the Beatles at the local
airport in the 1960’s.

One year, when he ran the footage, he heard squeals and
bursts of laughter from his students. When the film ended he
asked what had caused the hilarity.

Replied one student, ‘we recognized some of our parents!’