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Christmas Newsletter 2018

Christmas Newsletter December 2018


Grab a Coffee … take a few minutes out and have a read … so much to review from 2018.


But where do we start ..... 

There’s only one place to start ….

And that’s with a really nice note I got from Aidan, Freya’s Dad, who wanted me to circulate this note to the club members ….

“On behalf of Freya, and the rest of the family, we just wanted to extend the greatest thanks possible to everyone at the club for all they have done for her during this heart-rendering experience, battling against a brain tumour. Everyone's generosity has been extraordinary.

We would especially like to mention all the hard work done by the coaches, parents and girls from Freya's team. We are so grateful to Damien Peelo, Willie & Matt O'Dell for being the driving force behind the fundraising event for Freya and OLCHC and for constantly checking in on her.

It has been a traumatic experience for Freya and the family, but that trauma has been eased because we have come to realise that we are part of a greater extended family, which is Templeogue Synge Street.

It has been heart-warming to see the club rally around one of their own to such an extent with every strata of Synger involved. It makes us proud that Freya and her brother, Conleth, play for such a club.

Freya has begun her rehab and, hopefully, will be wearing her beloved Synger jersey on the pitch before we know it.

We wish you all a Happy Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Aidan, Freya & Family ”

Thanks Aidan , A lovely note ….

A note from the Chairman!

What a great year. So much silverware. So much potential delivered upon. So much potential for the future. It was an honour for me to be invited to present so many medals to so many of our players at all levels over the last weeks. Unprecedented for the Club. It’s easy to be Chairman when it’s like this. A special word for the girls teams. On a weekend when all of Dublin Ladies GAA Juvenile 52 Trophys were handed out, TSS won 6 of them. One for each of our teams involved! A brilliant return for our ever growing ladies section.  

But it doesn’t happen by magic.

The Executive working tirelessly behind the scenes, the coaches, volunteers, sponsors, our parents and of course the players. Huge efforts, hours and hours of time given by all for which I say a huge thanks.

Our efforts to invest in the Development of our Club owned facilities at Dolphin Park for future generations continues. 15% of the site has been sold subject to planning. We retain of course our 2 full pitches and 4 cross pitches. The developer expects to have planning ready for us to lodge at some point in early New Year. There were a number of technical matters that have delayed us for many months but I am confident we are nearly there now in terms of getting the planning process fully underway.

The events this year were amazing, the Feile win, the Vincent Walsh Cup win, Coaching sessions,  the Cycle, Our Dubs doing their stuff, the Mini All Irelands, Denis Basticks dinner, Croke Park Dinner, the Academy, the prize giving all winter !!  the list goes on.

But the highlight of everyone’s year, not just mine, was the Club coming together for Freya and her family. The Committee and all the volunteers made it a great day for the Club, the Community & our juvenile players and we just hope it brought some happiness to Freya and give her the strength to keep up the great fight and recovery. We look forward to seeing her with the Synger shirt on again.  

Keep an eye for the AGM in January. More women are invited to put themselves forward on the Executive. You are under represented on this committee & I am keen for that to change.

Enjoy the Newsletter. There’s so much in here. A great year for the Club.

Thanks again all, here’s to a great Christmas and another great new year for TSS.

Alan O’Brien.


Lets start the round up …. And lets start with Freya’s squad …..

U12 and U13 Girls

This year was another great year for women’s football at TSS.  Our U12 girls had a great year and this panel of girls are going from strength to strength.  They finished the season in Division 1 and have been playing some great football all year.  They finished the year winning all their games at the blitz hosted by Cuala in November.

The U13s is split into two teams as we have such a big panel.  The teams started the year in Division 4 and Division 5.

U13 Girls A team

We won the Div. 4 league winning all our games. We also won the Div. 3 Championship beating a brilliant Raheny team 4 - 6 to 2 - 9 in the final. The standard of football played by this group of girls all season was unbelievable. It was a great end to the season made even more special by having Freya there to spur us on. Roll on next season were really looking forward to it especially being Feile year.

The Division 5 team got off to a rocky start in this division but soon got back to winning ways and came third in the division and qualified for the shield.  After a great battle in the semi-finals they qualified for a final v Ballyboughal on their home pitch.  It was a great match, with TSS well ahead only to let a very resilient Ballyboughal team back into it with 7 minutes to go.  The two teams could not be separated at the end of normal time and they had to go extra time.  It was nip and tuck all the way to the final whistle with TSS coming from behind to get the last two points and win by single point.


The news earlier this year that one of our U13s was diagnosed with a brain tumour rocked the club.  Freya, one of our consistently great performers, had to put all her energy into fighting the tumour.  Her team mates from the U13s and U12s asked us if they could do something to support Freya.


We were so grateful to the whole club for their support for what turned out to be an amazing day in mid-October, when the sun shone on our walk for Freya fundraiser. 

The girls organised a sponsorship walk around Bushy Park and then received a Garda escort through Terenure, where they began chanting Freya’s name as they followed the Garda car to CYM.

The fun and fundraising continued in CYM with a fantastic obstacle course, a cake sale and an amazing raffle.  A total of €21,231 was raised and Freya and her family were so grateful to the club.  On behalf of the mentors of the U12s and U13s we thank you all for your amazing support and generosity. 

Team Freya Setting the Pace

Freya made it along for the final and lifted the trophy

Bushy Academy

Our TSS Boys and Girls Bushy Academy will start back in January in White Fathers / Bushy Park every Saturday morning at 10.30am to 11.30am. Our recruitment drive for our 4 to 7 year olds remains our priority and the goals are simple – enjoyment, participation and basic skills. Feel free to drop by and check out the fun!!!

New Dolphin Park Academy


Our Chairman was determined to begin to cater for the demand for Football in D8 during his tenure. True to his word he got it going. Cillian O’Gara, brother of Eoghan is now our Games Promotion Officer working closely with a many schools in Dublin 8 and we are already seeing numbers at the Saturday Dolphin Academy swell.    

U14 B Girls

The U14 squad had a second team for the championship and played in Division 7.

The team, made up with some girls from the U13 panel, had a great championship. The team had local matches against Ballinteer and then Ballyboden in a very tight semi-final in Bushy Pk. That win set up a final match with another close rival club, Kilmacud Crokes on their home pitch. In a game that ebbed and flowed the TSS girls continued to play their football and edged out a strong Kilmacud team, to win the Division 7 championship.

U14 A Girls

More winners ….Shield this time. Corkys Team won by the narrowest of margins with a critical free kick by Aoife Power to win it at the death out in Lusk. A true Synger style ‘never say die’ attitude won the day.   

Ladies Senior B

2018 was a very significant year in the club at adult women’s level, it was the first year the club has fielded 2 ladies senior teams. In their inaugural year the B team had great success on the pitch. 21 matches played, 16 wins 1 draw and only 4 defeats, 3 of those defeats happening early in the year in their first 4 matches. They finished the season strongly knocking the championship winners out of the cup before beating the league winners in the cup final.
Junior E shield winners 2018
Division 7 cup winners 2018.

U16 Boys

We are very proud of our U16 boys’ team who played some outstanding football in the league campaign earlier this year to claim CCC2 Div. 4 honours. It was a great team effort! Captained by Stephen Grogan the team worked really hard for each other, going on to win every game and finish on maximum points. Many thanks to all the coaches and parents support.

Under 14 Boys 2018 season

We kicked off the Feile year with a trip to Cork in February where our A team took part in a blitz hosted by Nemo Rangers with games against the host club and Austin Stacks from Kerry, as well as St Vincents and Cuala from Dublin. The B team had a very successful series of games against Cork clubs St Finbarrs and Ballincollig.

The Football Feile took place on the May bank-holiday weekend. The A team won all their group matches in Division 3 only to lose the semi-final by 1 point. The B team had a great weekend progressing unbeaten through the group to beat St Vincents in the final on the Bank Holiday Monday in Tallaght Stadium.

In the league there was more success. The A team won the Division 3 title while the B team finished strong runners up in the Division 9 league.

All in all it was a great year for the lads. We would like to thanks all those who provided sponsorship throughout the year, in particular our longstanding jersey sponsor HWP Estate Agents and our main Feile sponsor KENNCO Insurance.

TSS 2007 Boys

Our 2007 boys turn U12 in 2019 and will commence their first League matches. This squad has 60 players ! And a great year included a Day trip to to Newbridge Sarsfields and Red Hills Adventure Centre, a Trip to see the Dubs in Croke Park, the  U11 May Mini Leagues & a  June BBQ & Superstars event.


2018 saw the debut of our very own G4MO team. Gaelic for Mothers and Others is an initiative that is run by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to introduce mothers and other women to playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment.

At training we focus on warm-up, fitness, basic skills, concepts of play, a short game and warm down, not forgetting the friendly banter and good craic! We have trained throughout the summer in Bushy Park (7-8pm, pitch near tennis courts) and over the winter months we are training on the Astro at Terenure Rugby Football Club (8.15-9.30 pm).

Over the summer we played a few challenge matches with Cuala and Ballyboden. In July we participated in the Leinster Blitz in Trim where we took on Naomh Mearnóg, Walterstown and Mighty Moylagh. In October we were delighted to secure a much coveted place in the National Blitz which was hosted by Naomh Mearnóg and St Sylvesters, where faced teams from all over Ireland and had a great day out.

Many thanks to the Executive Committee, in particular Gabrielle Ruane and Matt O’Dell, who have been so supportive of this new endeavour. Thanks also to Shane Harte for his encouragement, to Ken King, Tim Lombard and Damian Duffy who have worked with us for many training sessions, their efforts have been invaluable.

Come join us on Friday evenings for fun and fitness! Róisín McGarry: 086 829 4983

Noeleen Lynch: 086 853 4174

June 2018 TSS v Cuala
July 2018 Leinster Blitz
TSS v Ballyboden

Under 10 & 11 Girls Squads

A great year for both aged squads on the pitch for rounded off with a trip to NAC for a great afternoon in the pools and slides. Trips to Kildare and to Croke Park for the final also added to the year. 



Under 15 Boys

This was the first year that TSS had two teams at Under 15 level and it was a great year for the squad. Both teams made it to their respective shield finals. The A squad narrowly lost out in the A Championship Shield Final to our near neighbours, St Judes, after a great game. The level of support on the day was greatly appreciated. The B team had a great run in their Championship eventually losing out in the Shield Final to Na Fianna. They made up for the loss by having a great run in the league, winning their Division with some great performances during the year. A number of our players are involved with Dublin Development squads and we wish them every success. It is great to see the lads out there representing TSS and hopefully will follow in the footsteps of Anton, Denis, Eoghan and Niall.

Under 15 B team pictured after winning their league with a victory over Na Fianna


Adult Women’s 1st Team (Division 2)

Season began with our first match on 28th March and finished up in late October with a nail biter against Garda/ Westmanstown, in what turned out to be a must win game. The season was challenging with a lot of the players leaving the country over the summer on various work visas. At the height of the summer we were down by up to 9 players. Division 2 includes clubs such as Cuala, Skerries Harps, and Clann Mhuire who can all name a few All-Ireland winning players amongst their ranks. We consider the year a major success as we maintained our Division 2 status, with some tight wins against very tough opposition. Safe to say we are delighted to be featuring in Division 2 again in 2019. Now that most of the squad are leaving their college days behind them and entering into the real world – it is hoped that they will be seeking employment that is Dublin based!!

Senior Mens 

A great win against Towers Clondalkin saw our Senior Men win Division 2 and promotion to Division 1. A big year for the lads awaits.

A very special evening was held in the Castle Golf Club in December where the Club wanted to acknowledge the achievements of Niall Scully & Eoghan O’Gara. In addition the Senior Men’s team, minors, ladies B team were all acknowledged for the terrific season. Great performances from Mary Black, Danny O’Reilly & Roisin O’, in particular the moving rendition of Grace, rounded off a wonderful evening.      

Synger Cycle

All the way back in the summer Matt organised a great fundraiser in the now annual cycle. Great day had by all. Everyone, even Declan Carolan following his breakdown, got back safely to Terenure Sports Club to enjoy the All Ireland Hurling Final.   

Croke Park Dinner

Another great afternoon in Croke Park on All Ireland Final weekend. If you haven’t been to one, try get along. It’s a great event.

Coaching the Coaches

Supporting the development of our Juvenile Coaches is key to the long-term success and health of the club as coaches play a central role in the development of young players. All our Juvenile Coaches are passionate volunteers committed to creating fun, safe playing environments for all of our players, regardless of age or ability level. Quality Coaching promotes fair play, builds social cohesion, self-esteem, and enhances health and well-being as well as supporting social and economic objectives.

Being a Coach is a massive task requiring many hours of planning and preparation. To assist our coaches and to promote their continuous development, TSS runs a Quarterly "Coach the Coaches" Workshop where expert coaches are invited to the club to share their football coaching knowledge and know-how. In 2018, we had large attendances at our 4 Workshops for the following sessions;

#1 Kevin O'Donovan, GPO,TSS

#2 Mick Bohan, Dublin Senior Ladies Coach

#3 Pauric MacDonald, GPO, Kilmacud Crokes

#4 Willie Braine, GPO Bray Emmets & Dublin Senior Camoige Selector

Are we seeing the fruits of these efforts already …we have never seen so much silverware at the club.


Under 13 boys

The under 13 boys fielded two teams this year in divisions 1 and 6. The two teams had a very enjoyable and successful year ending in mid table in both divisions. The division 6 teams were pitched in a very strong division featuring A teams from Parnells, Westmanstown, Counsel Gaels and Round Towers Lusk. The highlights was a great victory away to Westmanstown’s A team back in April.  The Division 1 team had great tussles throughout the in what was as expected a very competitive division 1 league. The boys held their own and finished mid table which was a great achievement. Highlights for them was doing the double over neighbours Judes and thrilling 13 point comeback away to Ballyboden to clinch a dramatic draw. The boys and coaches are already looking forward to playing under 14 in 2019 and of course participating in Feile in the May Bank Holiday weekend.  Under 13 boys coaches are Mark Fowler, Rob Pryce, Frank Bell, Aidan Grimes, Lorcan McCormack, Dessie Chew and Peter Hennelly.

Under 13s Trip to Birmingham.

A group of 60 TSS under 13 boys and parents went to Birmingham for a weekend in June. The boys participated in a blitz hosted superbly by Sean McDemotts GAA club.  They boys also got in a bit of paintballing on the Friday as well as making use of the hotel’s swimming pool facilities.  The boys and parents had a very enjoyable time without a hint of trouble or bother for the entire weekend!!!

New Equipment

Thanks to the great fundraising, the Club was able to invest in new Goals and nets in all our locations (Dolphin, Bushy, and VEC & Terenure Sports Club). We can now hold more games in more locations as we continue to grow and grow. Thanks to Philip Ryan, Neil Delaney, Ger Vickery & Charlie Roarty for loading trailers and moving the equipment to where it was needed on the first horribly wet day of the Autumn! Typical ….  

Minor - Boys

Minors had a great season winning div3 South gathering 21 out of 22 points and getting to the quarter finals of the B championship. Congrats too to Luke O Brien and Alex O’Toole who started for the seniors and a further 4 minors who were heavily involved too al season at senior.


Digital Team  

Thanks to Ronan Devitt, Sonya O’Brien and the rest of the digital team for keeping everyone up to date with everything on Facebook, Twitter & the website and now our new E mail list.


That’s it folks, thanks to all the content providers for this newsletter & thanks everyone for reading, 


Brian, TSS PRO, Signing off for Xmas, have a lovely holiday everyone.