Ronnie’s Relay unites the Kilkenny community


On the 27th June, under the dwindling restrictions of the Covid-19 lockdown, a 24 hour virtual relay – Ronnie’s Relay -is being hosted by St Martins GAA club in north Kilkenny.

In this event, men, women and children of the parish will be walking, running or cycling “virtually” between every GAA pitch in the county, and for the record, there are 42 of them over a distance of 426km.

A whole host of stars have endorsed this via a video campaign from across all walks of life including Brian Cody, Jim Bolger, DJ Carey, Henry Shefflin, Davy Fitzgerald, Marty Morrissey, Colm Bonnar, Lee Chin, Derek McGrath, Stephen Ward, Ken McGrath, Ian Dempsey, Mags D’Arcy, Edwina Keane, Jon Egan, Ursula Jacob, Martin Kavanagh, Richie Hogan and Seanie Maguire.

But they will not be alone, they will be joined by many othersaround the country who have come out to support the event. The hurlers, footballers and camogie players of Muckalee, Coon and Ballyfoyle will be joined by members An Garda Siochana and the Army, Lisdowney, Castlecomer, Conahy and Tullaroan hurling clubs, Deen Celtic soccer club, Kilkenny Triathlon club, the local cycling club and the Nore Dragon Paddlers, to name just a few

Ronnie’s Relay is primarily being run in support of Veronica (Ronnie) Clancy, and is also in aid of two great charities, Jim Bolger’s Hurling for Cancer and the fantastic Carlow Kilkenny Homecare team.

Ronnie, originally a Lisdowney woman, married Niall in 2003 and settled in Coon. There they are bringing up their young family, Emma, Hannah and Evan. Ronnie is a proud member of An Garda Siochana, based in Athy. The family are steeped in sport. Ronnie is a member of the Nore Dragon Paddlers and is a committee member with “Relay for Life”, while Niall hurled with St Martins and is an active member of the club, serving as one of the many volunteers behind the scenes ensuring everything runs smoothly. All the children are involved at various levels within the club and Emma is also a keen basketballer with Kilkenny Stars.

While it all sounds picturesque, unfortunately it hasn’t been an easy path for Ronnie. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 when Evan was just 10 days old. As a young mother, an aggressive treatment path followed of both Chemo and Radiotherapy. The recovery was long and not without complication, but she was determined to recover. While she never officially received the all clear she was able to take up numerous activities supporting cancer charities. Through Relay for Life she was not just able to support the various charities, but she also inspired Emma & Hannah in 2016 to have their beautiful long hair cut to donate to the Princess Trust Fund for children also struck with this terrible disease. In 2016 Ronnie was one of the founding members of the NoreDragon Paddlers, a group of dragon boat paddlers who comprise of breast cancer survivors. With them she has been fortunate enough to travel throughout Ireland & Europe to compete in various events.

The spectre of cancer however was never far away from Ronnie having lost both her mother Mary and sister Mary-Beth to it in recent years. In January this year during a routine check-up, Ronnie received the crushing news that her cancer had returned. Her old enemy was back and this time it hadinvaded her bones. Knowing the battle that is ahead, the Clancy family have buckled down. Despite the disruptions caused to treatment in these unusual Covid-19 times, their battle with cancer will be hard fought.

Hence this community of north Kilkenny are determined to help. They have enlisted the support of many through St Martins Patrick O’Flynn , Chairman of St Martins Bord na nOg proudly states “It’s an honour for the club to facilitate this event for these great causes, especially in these challenging times”.

Friends, colleagues, acquaintances, sport stars both local and national, have pledged their support for this young mother & the charities involved. You can too, at Ronnie’s Relay gofundme page with €18.4k already raised. Be part of this story to support Ronnie and the broader cancer struggle through Hurling for Cancer and the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare team.

Details and regular updates can be found at St Martins hurling club facebook, twitter & Instagram pages and #ronniesrelay through Pado Flynn (083) 4631641 or Paddy Kealy (087) 276 0628

Ronnie’s Relay


We are running a cancer fundraiser for Veronica Clancy and Family and in association with Jim Bolger’s Hurling for Cancer charity and also the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care team who are specialist in palliative care in our local area. The format of the fundraiser will be a 24 hour virtual relay between all GAA club grounds in Co Kilkenny. We are planning to hold the event on Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th.  Participants will have the option of walking, running or cycling depending on the length of the leg of the relay.  All rules related to Covid 19 will be adhered to as part of the event.  If you wish to partake in the event please contact Paddy Kealy on 087-2760628 or for general queries contact Patrick O’Flynn on 083-4631641.  Thanks very much for your contribution. Donations can be made on Ronnie’s Relay Go Fund Me page.

Club Membership 2020


St Martins GAA  & Muckalee GFC Membership Breakfast / Brunch Morning:  the clubs are holding a membership registration morning on Saturday February 8thfrom 10:30 to 14:00 in Muckalee Community Centre.  If you come along and sign up your 2020 membership on the day you will get a free breakfast.  The General Election is on the same day, so people will have the opportunity to vote and then call over to the breakfast / brunch morning to pay their GAA registration.  Juvenile membership registration will also be taken as part of the breakfast morning.  There will also be an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the primary schools teams.

St Martins Race Night


The club are running a race night on Friday Oct 18th in the Cave Bar at 21:00.  Please support as the proceeds go towards our players and team championship preparations and the running of our facilities.  Lifts home will be provided free of charge.  Race cards are now available from committee members and players.  Anyone interested in sponsoring a race can contact any member of the committee.

St Martins Inter County Bounty 2019 Winners


A dramatic final weekend of provincial action saw Wexford and Limerick take the spoils to bring us all the way back to the summer of ’96. Davy completing the full set of titles for his own personal collection and Limerick annexing all three major titles at the one time for the first time since 1936. Tom Murphy (€1000) and Helen Corcoran (€400) were joint top of the predictions with 180 points with Tom closer in his prediction for the top scorers winning out. Seamus Callanan and TJ Reid taking the top scorer from play awards after scintillating provincial campaigns. The Father and Son duo of Paddy and Tomás Morrissey could not be separated in the battle for third and share the All Ireland tickets of their choosing later in the year as both were within five of the correct score. Congratulations to the winners and sincere thanks to all those who took part and bought forecast cards for 2019.

Excel InterCountyBounty 2019 St Martins

St Martins Summer Camp 2019


Leaflets were delivered out through the schools but a couple of people were either out sick or not in school on those dates. Attached is the application form for all those who have not registered to date. I will be away for a time in July if you want to contact me do so through watsapp.

The camp takes place from the 12th to the 16th of August. On Tuesday the 13th the Cul Heros Team will be at the camp with prizes and special offers which can be seen below for those in attendance.

Regards,

John

Camp leaflet 2 (dragged) 2 Comic ad ST MARTINS GAA SUMMER CAMP 2019

 

St Martins Inter County Bounty 2019


Joe Dowling never fear the Inter County Bounty results are here!! After a dramatic conclusion to the Leinster championship with Kilkenny and Wexford emerging as Leinster finalists alongside Dublin who dramatically knocked out 2017 All Ireland champions Galway. Munster will see Tipperary and Limerick face off after emerging from Munster with Cork. TJ Reid and Seamus Callanan are atop the scoring lists from play and it will take a major scoring surge to knock them from the top spots. Its all to play for at the top of the leaderboard going into the Leinster and Munster finals which will be played next weekend.

Excel InterCountyBounty 2019 St Martins

St Martins Inter County Bounty 2019


Welcome back to the St Martins 2019 ICB and after the deplorable hurling we have seen in Munster to date and with Tipperary going so well lets not panic and see what the weekend has in store. Two Carlow men lead the scoring charts from play in Leinster Chris Nolan and James Doyle while in Munster its a 123 for Tipp with Callanan and John McGrath tied at the top. Indeed, Tipp have seven of the top ten scorers from play. All scores and scorers are within the attached Excel.

Excel InterCountyBounty 2019 St Martins

Membership for 2019


Club membership is now due for 2019.  Membership can be given to your regular club membership collector or to any hurling or football club officer.  Membership can be paid in full or on a monthly basis by setting up a standing order using on-line banking.  Membership monies received are used to help cover the running costs of both clubs i.e. Team registration and levies, Hurleys/balls, Medical costs, Insurance, Facilities maintenance, Lights, etc.  Thank you for your continued support of St Martins GAA Club and Muckalee GFC.

Inter-County Bounty Leaderboard Winner


After another epic clash Galway emerged as Leinster champions with a massive statement of intent towards regaining the All Ireland they won last year. Conor Whelans 2-12 from play was enough to give him the top scorer from play in Leinster trailed by four other Galway men scoring their scoring strength. It also saw the emergence of the first three positions in the 2018 Inter County Bounty. In first place with a magnificent total of 190 is  Thomas Hiney of Abbeyleix and his prize a total of €1000. Second place (185) saw long time leader Nicky Siney of Ballinakill collect €400. While third place saw John Cahill (180) take home the prize of two All Ireland tickets and accommodation in Dublin for either the Hurling or Football All Irelands.  Huge congratulations to the winners and a massive thank you to all those who collected cards earlier in the year and to all those who took part it is much appreciated.

Top Scorers (Leinster)

Conor Whelan (GAL) 2.12
Joseph Cooney (GAL) 1.11
Conor Cooney (GAL) 0.14
Cathal Mannion (GAL) 0.13
Joe Canning (GAL) 0.12

Top Scorers (Munster)

Seamus Harnedy (CO) 3.14
John Conlon (CL) 1.19
Tony Kelly (CL) 1.15
Patrick Horgan (CO) 1.15
Tommy Ryan (WAT) 3.05

Excel InterCountyBounty 2018 St Martins

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