lucan sarsfields gaa club
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes
March 05, 2020
A Message from the Chairman.
As a club we need to fundraise annually in excess of €90,000, that’s just to keep the club going, sustain a clubhouse, grounds and over 140 teams in competition.
Hence, we recently surveyed members in order to gauge the appetite for a “Rock The Lock” style event. The response was low, and as such we cannot risk the investment required to run such an event where we could incur large losses were the event not supported.
Our need for fundraising stems from the fact that it costs over €440k annually to run the club, of which we raise €240k in membership fees. (Note that detailed accounts are available in our annual report).
We control our expenditure very carefully with facilities costing over €110k a year, team expenses almost €200k (including €60k GAA affiliation fees), with loan repayments, insurance, interest charges and any administration costs making up the remainder.
All the work done by members in running the club, managing teams, and ground maintenance is done on a purely voluntary basis.
The gap of €200k in our funding is made up from rental income of €40k, sponsorship of €40k, variable Lotto income of about €25k, Shop commission of €10k, and fund-raising events of over €90k (including our Christmas Draw, Annual Golf Classic, Race Day, and other events).
We are very grateful to the groups that undertake fundraising events to help make up that deficit and equally so to all those who support such events.
We will communicate a variety of events in the coming months and would appreciate your continued support.
Best of luck to Mark Lavin and Alan Murphy and the Dublin U20's as they prepare for the Leinster Final against Laois in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow on Friday at 7:30 pm
The Lucan Sarsfields Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday March 28th, 2020. Tickets are available from Mary Flannery, Josephine Donohue, Kathleen Roche or Mary Reynolds. See poster for more details.
ClubForce App – Have you got the app yet? Over 300 members have already downloaded it from the Apple App or Google Play store, search for ClubForce. Ensure you make Lucan Sarsfields your favourite club! It’s a great way to keep up to date with whats happening at Lucan Sarsfields. Our registrar has been busy creating all the teams to allow GDPR compliant messaging to take place, and you can renew you membership, enter the club lotto and purchase event tickets.
Get well soon to Chris Crummey who will be side-lined for 12 weeks or so after suffering a broken collarbone in Dublin’s league game against Wexford.
Our sincere condolences to the Lyons family on the passing of Nancy Cunningham, sister of Angela Lyons, sister-in-law to Paddy (Club PRO) and close aunt to Ellen (Minor Ladies Football). May she rest in peace.
Bingo is Every Wednesday from 8:30pm, All Welcome, you do not have to be a member to join in. Last week we had over 50 players taking part, if you know someone who would enjoy Bingo, let them know
Have you lost your Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club membership card, apply for a new one using http://bit.ly/ReplaceMySarsCard. Preload your card at the Bar or Café and use it to get members discounts on snacks and beverages.
This week it Dubs Healthy Week 2020, Lucan Healthy Clubs in conjunction with the GAA Healthy Club Project, have events for all, the first, on March 3 at 7:30pm, was a Health and Wellbeing talk in the Clubhouse by David Cryan, one of the 2019 Operation Transformation Leaders.
Then on Thursday March 5 at 7:30pm, Repak will give a short talk on recycling, again free admission. On Friday there is a Barefoot Yoga session for 14-18 year olds. And finally, on Sunday March 8, the Senior Citizens Lunch 2020 will take place at the club between 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Tickets can be ordered from Dee on 087 918 3707 or by email to email@example.com.
Thank you to the Marie Keating mobile unit and nurse for visiting Lucan Sarsfields on Tuesday as part of #dubgaahealth week, giving our members advice and information about early warning signs of cancer. Supporting each other on and off the pitch!
Congratulations to the 2019 Minor C Footballers who collected their Division 5 South and Division 5 medals at the clubhouse on Saturday evening.
Sunday 1st March saw Lucan Sarsfields descend on Leopardstown racecourse for the 5th Annual Race Day. Fresh from the midday Prosecco reception at the Clubhouse, two double deck bus loads of revellers arrived at the course, planning to take on the bookies and enjoy the afternoon.
The fashion police were not needed as our dapper crowd took their seats in the 1888 restaurant with the senior football team and their management looking like they had just walked off the set of Peaky Blinders.
A combination of heavy ground and poorly performing favourites meant that the bookies won this time round, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Lucan crowd who partied on regardless. The tension was raised in the room and you could hear a pin drop when the raffle took place after the last race. There was some very worthy winners and thanks to all the local hostelries, gyms and of course Leopardstown Racecourse for donating all the prizes.
The double deckers returned after sunset and delivered our merry crowd back to the clubhouse, where the night was finished off in style.
Thanks to Peter Power in the village who once again gave us a great deal on the marvellous wines served with the meal. Thanks also to all the local companies and members who came back again this year and supported the event. It was a financial success for the club but most importantly it was another great social day out for those members in attendance to enjoy. Until next year...
Seachtain na Gaeilge 1-17 Márta, see the new website www.snag.ie. Comhaltas Lucan are having a table quiz in the function room at 8pm on Saturday 7 March. Entry only €40 per table of four, all proceeds to Dublin Fleadh 2020. Seisiún Ceoil after quiz!
Cúpla Focal Club is every Monday, time 8pm-9pm, two groups, beginners and advanced, learn to speak Irish in a fun way. interested? Fáilte roimh cách.
On Easter Sunday night, from 8pm April 12, fresh from Vicar Street, Colm Kavanagh performs The Legend Of Luke Kelly – Dubliner in the function room, tickets priced at €20 each are available via the App, online or at the Club Bar.
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club 25 Card Drive every Friday, Time: 8.00pm Sharp 1st Prize: €50, 2nd Prize if 3 or more tables.
Club Lotto Jackpot stands at €20K: There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot held on 27th February 2020. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 8 and 21. Lucky Dip winners (€30) Joe McGill, Margaret Doyle, Christy Tucker, Michael May and Michael Roche. The next draw will be Thursday 5th March 2020. Sponsor: O'Grady's Hearing Care Services and managed by Shay Hurson. Play Online (http://bit.ly/LucanSarsfieldsClubLotto) or tickets can be purchased at the Club, 12th Lock Cafe or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms, Lucan. Cut off time for Online Entries is 6pm every Thursday.
The Twelfth Lock Café our Club Community Café is open Mon – Fri 6:30-9pm. Sat & Sun 9.30am to 1.30pm. Club Shop Opening hours,: Thursdays 7:30-8.30pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.
The Lucan Credit Union Academy is on Saturday Mornings, 9.30am for girls, 10am for boys.
GAA for All (SARS Stars) is every Tuesday 5.15-6pm in Scoil Mhuire. This provides training for children with disabilities age 5-12. Newcomers always welcome.
Zumba Classes are on Tuesdays 8PM