Sarsfields Newsletter

November 8, 2018

The Weekly Online Newsletter of Sarsfields GAA Club.



SFL league Sarsfields 1-6  Kilcock 0-13



Kilcock had a deserved four point winning margin over Sarsfields in Round 10 of the league in Sarsfields Park on Saturday. While the margin may only have been four points it didn’t reflect the difference between the two teams. Kilcock dominated for most of the game and were far superior to a very poor Sarsfields team whose loss was compounded by the forced withdrawal of corner back Conor Duffy with a broken collarbone after 12 minutes and Pauric Brennan with a groin injury at half time. Ironically on a night when Sarsfields’ Kildare contingent could play none were available because of injury.

            Kilcock announced their intentions early and were 4 points to one up after 12 minutes. Kilcock’s outstanding full forward Darren Cusack who mined a personal tally of six points and was literally and figuratively head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch, opened the scoring in the first minute with an excellent point from 35 metres. Paddy Cambell opened Sarsfields account on seven minutes after John Geraghty managed to get behind the Kilcock defence and quickly offloaded the ball to Paddy Cambell.  A great point from 30 metres by Ciaran Fitzpatrick put four points between the sides on 26 minutes. With two minutes to go to the break Darran Cusack stretched Kilcock’s lead to five points, 7 – 2 before Sarsfields John Geraghty scored  a minute later from a free after a foul on Ciaran Dempsey to leave the score at halftime 7-3 in Kilcock’s favour.

            Two minutes after the resumption Kilcock probably should have scored a goal when Declan Gavin soled through the heart of the Sarsfields defence and with only goalkeeper Gavin Slicker to beat but he elected to shoot over the bar instead of going for goal. For the next 6 minutes Sarsfields had a mini revival scoring 1-1 without reply. First Sarsfields best forward John Geraghty scored a point and a couple of minutes later after a period of sustained Sarsfields pressure substitute Niall Fortune connected with a long ball from midfield to send it past Ger Cremin in the Kilcock goal to leave just a single point between the sides,0- 8 –1-4. This however was as good as it got for Sarsfields as their revival inexplicably spluttered and died as quickly as it had begun.

Kilcock reasserted their superiority immediately with a Declan Gavin point followed up a minute later with another well taken point by Darren Cusack. When the same player put Kilcock 4 points clear 0-11 –1-4 midway through the second half it looked like there was no way back for Sarsfields. Confirmation of this came two minutes later when a fine point by Davy Keogh increased Kilcock’s lead to an unassailable five points.

With ten minutes remaining and a five point lead Pauric Nolan’s team shut up shop as midfielders and forward were dispatched for defensive duty. At one point they had eleven players behind the ball as Sarsfields tried resolutely to reduce the gap. Unable to break through the blanket defence Sarsfields did manage to score 2 points from outfield to outscore Kilcock 2-1 in the final ten minutes. On one of Kilcock rare forays past midfield in the last 10 minutes Full forward Darran Cusack fielded a high ball out of defence in the vacant space at midfield and quickly released it to Mickey Quinn who scored Kilcock’s final point of the game before Niall fortune did likewise two minutes later for Sarsfields.

            Kilcock will be happy with their performance as they worked hard throughout, played with confidence and determination, moving well off the ball and with five of their six forwards scoring. Sarsfields on the other hand will have to ponder why when they came within one point of Kilcock early in the second half that they didn’t maintain the level of pressure that they had exerted on Kilcock during their brief spell of dominance. While Kilcock were the better team they also had that vital ingredient that is the winners constant companion; hunger. They wanted to win but Sarsfields never looked likely at any stage do so.     


Kilcock: Ger Cremin, Barry O’Keefe, Steven Hunter, Kevin O’Hara, Neil Gannon, Cormac Davey, Owen Flannagan, (0-1) Declan McInerney, Eamon  Fitzpatrick,  David Keogh (0-1) Ciaran Fitzpatrick (0-2) Cian Flannagan, Declan Gavin, (0-2) Darran Cusack, (0-6) Mick Quinn (0-1) Subs: Gavin Walsh for Eamon Fitzpatrick(48 mins)

Sarsfields: Gavin Slicker, Ciaran Carey, Murt Dunne, Conor Duffy, Robbie Murphy, John Kavanagh, Robbie Confrey, Ciaran Dempsey, Niall Hedderman, Owen O’Sullivan, Pauric Brennan, (0-1) Niall Fortune (1-1) Joe O’Malley, John Geraghty, (0-3) Paddy Cambell, (0-1) Keith Harvey. Subs: Steven Ussher for Conor Duffy (injured 12mins) Niall Fortune for Pauric Brennan (injured ht)


Feile Laighean Saturday May 31st


The Feile Laighean U14 takes place this coming Saturday in Kildare as a forerunner to the All-Ireland Feile, which will be held for the first time in Kildare in 2009. Sarsfields have been chosen as one of the host clubs and the Division 1 Girls competition will be held in Sarsfields Park. The Welcome Address and Opening Ceremony will take place in St. Conleth’s Park at 9.30 –9.45 am. Afterwards the 90 teams taking part will parade past the review stand on the main street to Chill Mhuire where the parade will conclude.  Sarsfields Girls will play their first game in Sarsfields Park against Dublin side Ballyboden St. Enda’s at 11am. The semi- finals will be played in Sarsfields at 2.30 with the finals being played in St. Conleth’s Park at 3.30 pm followed by the Boys Division 1 final at 4.30.  Sarsfields Boys will play in Clane in Division 2. Their first game will be against Geraldine’s of Arklow at 11.30.Venue co-ordinator Lisa McConnell can be contacted on 085-7382043. Best wishes to our two teams. There will be no nursery this coming Saturday due to the Feile taking place in Sarsfields,



Sarsfields Fixtures for the coming week

Thursday 29th may

Liffey Champion Sraith Iomána A Idir-Mheánach 2008 semi finals at 7.15PM (ET 2* 10 Min)

At Rosglas            Na Sáirsealaigh V Naomh Lorcáin            Declan McGrath


Saturday 31st May

Leinster Leader Senior Football League Division 1 R11 at 7pm

Carbury V Sarsfields

Hazel Hotel Senior Football League Division 3 R11

Clogherinkoe V Sarsfields

Monday 2Nd June 2008

Liffey Champion Sraith Iomána Soisir 2008 final at 5.00PM (ET 2* 10 Min)

At Leixlip            Na Sáirsealaigh /Naomh Lorcáin V Na Saileáin/Claonadh        Tim O’Sullivan




Sarsfields Golf Classic and  3 Ball Scramble


On Monday the 30th June the annual Sarsfields Golf Classic takes place in the Curragh Golf Club.  Entry fee is €400 per team of four. The time sheet is almost full. On this coming Friday 30th May the club will hold a 3 ball scramble in Newbridge Golf Club with an entry fee of €35 per person. Tee off time will be between 2.45 and 5.15.

Sarsfields require club member to promote Sarsfields Website lotto sales. Candidate must be computer literate. Would suit student with IT/Marketing experience. Full training and support given. Contact PRO Tony Ryan: or 087- 2767338






International Rules Tour

GAA Press Release
23 May 2008

As previously announced today (Friday 23rd May) was the final date acceptable to the GAA
in terms of the AFL confirming arrangements for two International Rules
Test games between Australia and Ireland in October next. The AFL
stated however that they are close to finalising venues and logistics
for both Tests but require a few more days to confirm arrangements. The
GAA has agreed to accede to the AFL request for a little more time and
is hopeful that the Series will resume in October and that relevant
details can be announced by next Thursday.





On RTE: The Sunday Game Live Fixtures

May 31 Wicklow v Laois
June 1 Donegal v Derry
June 7 Longford/Westmeath v Offaly
June 8 Cork v Tipperary
June 14 Dublin/Westmeath v Wexford
June 15 Offaly/Laois v Kilkenny, Galway/Roscommon v New York/Leitrim
June 21 Fermanagh/Monaghan v Donegal/Derry
June 22 Limerick v Clare/Waterford
June 29 Tyrone/Down v Armagh/Antrim/Cavan
July 6 Munster Senior Football Championship Final
July 12 All Ireland Qualifiers
July 13 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final
July 19 All Ireland Qualifiers
July 20 Leinster Senior Football Championship Final
July 26 All Ireland Qualifiers
July 27 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Finals
Aug 2/3/4 All Ireland Qualifiers
Aug 9 All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Finals
Aug 10 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Minor Hurling
Championship Semi-Finals
Aug 17 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Minor Hurling
Championship Semi-Finals
Aug 24 All Ireland Senior Football Championship and Minor Football
Championship Semi-Finals
Aug 31 All Ireland Senior Football Championship and Minor Football
Championship Semi-Finals
Sept 7 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Minor Hurling
Championship Finals
Sept 14 All Ireland Senior Camogie Final
Sept 21 All Ireland Senior Football Championship and Minor Football
Championship Finals




TV3 GAA Fixtures
Date Match Competition
1/6/2008 Clare v Waterford MSHC R1
8/6/2008 Dublin v Louth LSFC R1
22/6/2008 Wicklow/Laois v Meath/Carlow/Wexford LSFC S/F
29/6/2008 Offaly/Longford/Westmeath v Dublin/Louth LSFC S/F
6/7/2008 Leinster Hurling Final LSHC
13/7/2008 Connacht Football Final CSFC
19/7/2008 Round 1 Qualifiers AIFC
20/7/2008 Ulster Football Final USFC
26/7/2008 Round 2 Qualifiers AIFC
2/8/2008 Round 3 Qualifiers AIFC



Any interested Sarsfields Ladies?

‘The Dogs Take on London’

 In last year’s nail biting final the Underdogs managed to defeat the
formidable New York All-Stars. Adding to the success of the campaign,
several members of last year’s Underdogs team now represent their
counties at senior level having been previously overlooked.

This year it’s Ladies Football again and this time the team face a fresh
challenge a little closer to home. National pride will be at stake in
November when the Underdogs square off against Britain.

TG4 and Adare Productions are now inviting applicants for The Underdogs.
Any female player over 18, who has never been on a panel for or played
at senior county level, and has never been nominated for an All-Star
Award, qualifies as an Underdog and can apply. Trials will commence in
late June.

This is a chance to train with legends of the game and show your county
selectors what they are missing. To apply visit TG4’s website,, and click on the Underdogs link.

For further information, call Mark at Adare Productions on 01-2843877 or

Visit the Leinster GAA web site at



GAA & Other Quotes


‘The toughest match I ever heard off was the 1935 All-Ireland Semi-Final. After 6 minutes, the ball ricocheted off a post and went into the stand. The pulling continued relentlessly and it was 22 minutes before any of the players noticed the ball was
missing’ – Michael Smith.


‘He’s like Lazarus; but Lazarus didn’t have such a sweet right boot’ -Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh on Colin Corkery.


‘The wheel fell off my mobile home’ — Offaly’s Eugene McGee explains why he was late for training.


‘When my friends were besotted with Jason Donovan, my heroes were Colm O’Rourke and Barney Rock’ —
Sue Ramsbottom ( Former Laois Ladies Captain).


‘Ger Loughnane was fair, he treated us all the same during training-like dogs’ – anonymous Clare hurler


The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals.  I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.
        – Knute Rockne, American football coach

‘They were so frightening, you even watched the TV highlights from behind the sofa.’
        – England batsman Keith Fletcher, about the West Indies fast bowling attack in the 1980s

There’ll be tears and beers in Temple Bar and Cork after this abject failure.
        – The New Zealand Herald, after Ireland’s dismal 2007 World Cup

‘It goes to show that Dermot MacMurrough was wrong to invite Strongbow in in 1171 or whatever it was.’
        – George Hook, after Ireland beat rugby world champions England in Twickenham (2004)

‘If someone starts talking about pride today I’m going to vomit… The Apache nation had pride and look where they are. The bushmen of Kalahari have pride and look where they are.’
        – George Hook, ahead of Ireland v France (Feb’08)





More Stupid Quotes


‘There is no housing shortage in Lincoln today – just a rumour that is put about by people who have nowhere to live.’
– G.L. Murfin, Mayor of Lincoln


‘I have opinions of my own –strong opinions– but I don’t always agree with them.’
– George Bush Senior, former U.S. President 

‘If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.’
– George Gobel

‘It is white.’
– George W. Bush, when asked what the White house was like by a student

‘And now, will y’all stand and be recognized.’
– Gib Lewis, Texas Speaker of the House, to a group of people in wheelchairs on Disability Day

‘For most people, death comes at the end of their lives.’
– GLR broadcaster, UK

‘Most cars on our roads have only one occupant, usually the driver.’
– Carol Malia, BBC Anchorwoman

‘Everything that can be invented has been invented.’
– Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

‘My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.’
– Chuck Nevitt, North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice.

‘As Deng’s health is now failing, many matters have been passed to Wan Li, who despite his age is still alive.’
– company report, China Inc.

‘You’d better learn secretarial work or else get married.’
– Emmeline Snively, Director of the Blue Book Modeling Agency,  giving advice to Marilyn Monroe in 1944


The Brothel

Two Irishmen were sitting in a pub having beer and watching the brothel across

the street. They saw a Baptist minister walk into the brothel. One of them

said, “Aye, ’tis a shame to see a man of the cloth goin’ bad.” Then they saw a

rabbi enter the brothel, and the other Irishman said, “Aye, ’tis a shame to see

that the Jews are fallin’ victim to temptation.” Then they saw a catholic

priest enter the brothel. One of the Irishmen said, “What a terrible pity . . .

one of the girls must be quite ill.”

Father Flaherty

Mrs. Donovan was walking down O’Connell Street in Dublin when she met Father Flaherty.

The Father said, ‘Top o’ the mornin’ to ye! Aren’t ye Mrs. Donovan and didn’t I marry ye and yer hoosband 2 years ago?’

She replied, ‘Aye, that ye did, Fadder.’

The Father asked, ‘And be there any wee little ones yet?’

She replied, ‘No, not yet, Fadder.’

The Father said, ‘Well, now, I’m goin’ to Rome next week and I’ll light a candle for ye and yer husband.’

She replied, ‘Oh, thank ye , Fadder.’ They then parted ways.

Some years later they met again. The Father asked, ‘Well now, Mrs. Donovan, how are ye these days?’

She replied, ‘Oh, very well, Fadder!’

The Father asked, ‘And tell me, have ye any been blessed wit wee ones yet?’

She replied, ‘Oh yes, Fadder! T’ree sets o’twins and 4 singles, 10 in all!’

The Father said, ‘That’s wonderful! How is yer loving husband  doing?’

She replied, ‘he’s gone to Rome to blow out yer stinking candle.’

Three Wishes

A man is walking down the beach and comes across an old bottle. Picking it up, he pulls out the cork. Sure enough, out pops a huge blue genie.

The genie says, “Thank you for freeing me from my prison. In return, I will grant you three wishes.”

The man says, “Perfect. I always dreamed of this, and I know exactly what I want. First, I want ten million dollars in a Swiss bank account.” Suddenly, there is a flash of light, and a detailed list with Swiss Bank account numbers appears in his hand.

He continues. “Next, I want a brand new red Ferrari right here.”

There is another flash of light, and a bright red Ferrari appears right next to him.

He goes on. “Finally, I want to be irresistible to women.”

A final blaze of light, and he turns into a box of chocolates

Guinness is Best

After the Britain Beer Festival, in London, all the brewery presidents decided to go out for a beer.

The guy from Corona sits down and says, ‘Hey Senor, I would like the world’s best beer, a Corona.’ The bartender dusts off a bottle from the shelf and gives it to him. The guy from Budweiser says, ‘I’d like the best beer in the world, give me ‘The King Of Beers’, a Budweiser.’ The bartender gives him one. The guy from Coors says, ‘I’d like the only beer made with Rocky Mountain spring water, give me a Coors.’ He gets it.

The guy from Guinness sits down and says, ‘Give me a Coke.’ The bartender is a little taken aback, but gives him what he ordered. The other brewery presidents look over at him and ask ‘Why aren’t you drinking a Guinness?’ and the Guinness president replies, ‘Well, I figured if you lads aren’t drinking beer, neither would I.’

Young and old Skulls


Bud Nelson, from New York, flew to Knock Airport  on Business.
As he walked down the stairs from the plane onto the runway he noticed a small Irishman standing beside a long table with an assortment of Human Skulls.
‘What are you doing?’ asked the American.
‘Oh, I’m selling skulls’, replied the Irishman.
‘And what skulls do you have?’ said Bud.
‘Well, I have the skulls of the most famous Irishmen that ever lived!!’ said the Irishman.
‘That’s great!’ said Bud. ‘Give me some names!’
‘Well!’ said the Irishman, pointing to various skulls. ‘That one there is James Joyce, the famous author and playwright, that one there is St. Brendan, the Navigator, that’s Michael Collins one of the leader’s of the war of Independence, and that one there is St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland…God bless his soul..’
‘Sorry’ said Bud, ‘But did you say St. Patrick?’
‘That’s correct!’ said the Irishman.
‘I have to have that!’ said Bud and paid him $1,650.00 in cash. Bud flew back to New York and mounted his Skull on the wall in his Pub.
People came from all over America to view this famous Skull. He made a fortune over a five year period and retired a very rich man.
During his retirement, he decided to go back to visit Ireland, the land that made him a fortune. Bud flew back into Knock airport, and while walking down the stairs saw the same Irishman at the bottom of the stairs. ‘Goodness’, said Bud, ‘What are you doing?’
‘Oh, I’m selling skulls’, replied the Irishman.
‘And what skulls do you have today?’ said Bud.
‘Well, I have the skulls of the most famous Irishmen that ever lived!!’ said the Irishman.
‘That’s great!’ said Bud. ‘Give me some names!’
‘Well!’ said the Irishman, pointing to various skulls. ‘That one there is James Joyce, the famous author and playwright, that one there is St. Brendan, the Navigator, that’s Michael Collins one of the leaderr of the War of Independence, and that one there is St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland…God bless his soul..’
‘Sorry’ said Bud, ‘But did you say St. Patrick?’
‘That’s Correct!’ said the Irishman.
‘Well!’, I was here almost 7 years ago and you sold me a Skull a little bit bigger than that one there, and you told me then that the skull was St. Patrick.’ said Bud, begging to get angry at having being deceived.
‘Oh yes!’ said the Irishman, ‘I remember you now!…you see… This is St. Patrick when he was a Boy!!’



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