Ardfinnan GAA

Ardfinnan GAA

We played Drom & Inch in the semi final of the County Junior football championship on Sunday last in Golden and lost 0-11 to 0-9. See match report inu Sports Section. We would like to thank all the players and the management team for their efforts throughout the year.

Our Juvenile Development Programme continues next Friday night from 7.20pm till 8.30pm. All players from under 10 to Under 16 are welcome to attend.

Note the final date for submission of orders for Club gear for Christmas is Friday 2nd November. So it is important to get in orders ASAP as NO orders can be placed after this time. Contact Stephen O Brien on 0868055467 for further details.

The Club will hold its Annual Race Night in the Local Bar Ardfinnan on Saturday 17th November at 9pm. You can purchase your horse in advance of this night from any Club Committee member for €10 and we would ask you to support this event as it is in aid of our Juvenile and Senior Club.

Congratulations to Michael Lonergan Grange on receiving a special merit award for outstanding services to South Tipperary Bord na Nóg

The Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to family of Willie English, Rochestown, Ardfinnan who died recently. Willie played football in the 1950s for Ardfinnan and was part of the 1954 Junior team that won the County Junior football Championship beating Holycross in the final. Willie and his team mates were again honored by the Club in 2006 in the Hotel Minella, when a special presentation was made to all the members of this Junior team in recognition of the wonderful 1954 victory. This was something he was very proud of, a fact that Fr Bobby Power pointed out to the large crowd present at Willies Funeral mass last Sunday. May he rest in peace.

Ardfinnan Habitat Survey

Are you interested in local nature and wildlife? Do you know of local names for parts of the River Suir? Then you might like to come along to Ardfinnan Hall on Thursday 1st November at 7.30pm, for discussion on the new habitat survey of the Suir valley in Ardfinnan. The survey was undertaken by ecologists during the summer on behalf of South Tipperary Heritage Office.

Input of local knowledge is vital to make sure that this survey records as much as possible of the wildlife, flora and fauna, and river names in the survey area, and so that the recommendations of the survey report are useful for the Tidy Towns, anglers and other groups.

This survey is a follow-on from the River Suir community mapping project in Ardfinnan as part of the Waterways Forward project from July 2011. This habitat survey is in response to the community who wanted to enhance the wildlife aspect of their village. Thanks to the community in Ardfinnan for taking part in the River Suir mapping project. This project is an action of the County Heritage Plan funded by South Tipperary County Council and the Heritage Council and is helping deliver the ‘River Suir Community Action Plan’ as part of the Interreg IVC-funded Waterways Forward project.

In addition, archaeologist Fred Hamond will be surveying built heritage associated with the river during this week, funded under the county Heritage Plan.