Senior News,December 20 2020



Our pre-Christmas Fordes Daybreak 4 week virtual winter league ended this week and 200 runners signed up for the event which was turned out to be a great success. All monies raised 2.000 euro in total was donated to the local charity group “Surprise Surprise” who are doing invaluable work in our community. Surprise Surprise Dungarvan was founded in 2018 to try make 50 Christmas hampers to give out to people in the community who lived alone along with 332 Christmas gift hampers which went out in Dungarvan, Abbeyside, Ballinroad , Ballinacourty, Kilaneen West, lemybrien, Stradbally. An Rinn, Old Parish, Aglish , Villerstown and Cappoquin. This year they will welcome Lismore and Tallow also. This year the group hope to make 600 gift hampers up for distribution and will including the residents in Care Choice and St. Carthages in Lismore. Christmas is a time of goodwill and surprise surprise will certainly do our very best to spread Christmas cheer within the safety of our Covid guidelines. The groups work is varied and wide they also gave out 85 Emergency bags of Dignity to people going to hospital unexpectedly, 2085 care packages of food during lockdown, 1800 ear savers to staff in hospitals and front line workers to prevent soreness behind the ears and 955 100% cotton masks to help those compromised and anyone who helped us during the year who were struggling as frontline Staff. They also delivered thank you cakes to hard working staff and Businesses who supported the charity also. Lots of knitting has been done for their South East “Bumbleance” which bring lots of Children ( king and Queen Bee’s) to hospitals whilst people cocooned and many sensory boards were given out to both ASD Schools and homes in and around the County. Many more surprises will happen throughout the year when people least expect it, so watch out you never know where surprise surprise will turn up. You the runners of the league contributed in no small way to all of the above activities undertaken by this brilliant group of local people, take a bow all, thank you and well done you have always come up trumps when called upon.We have spots prizes for the participants over the 4 week period which will be distributed shortly to the winners of which a list will be announced.




It’s all of 23 years since the Dungarvan GAA club initiated the St Stephens day charity run and in that time frame somewhere north of 90.000 thousand euro has been raised for local charity’s and organisations, the response by all involved both Dungarvan GAA and West Waterford AC and of course the general public who come along each year to support the event has always been brilliant making each year of the event very successful, indeed over the years the St Stephen’s day run has become a family ritual for many households in  the locality. This year the event still drives on despite the difficult times we live in with Covid. It will be a little different this year in that we will hold a virtual event, in other words you do your own walk/run at home in your own locality but remember to donated to the charity event when doing so as all monies raised this year will be donated to the Anne Le Roy Centre ALRC at Kilrush roundabout. This year’s charity request came about from Hannah O’Mahoney. Hannah attends the Anne Le Roy Centre (ALRC) which is one of the day services provided by Carriglea Cáirde Services CCS. Hannah needs no introduction to us and is no stranger to WWAC club events as she regularly attends and helps out along Sharon Duggan her aunt in-law and of course our club treasurer and Hannah will equally be very well known in Dungarvan GAA circles as one of their avid supporters. The centre is part of the Carriglea Cáirde Services who provides residential, respite and day services and supports to persons with an intellectual disability or autism. Services are provided to people in West Waterford and are mainly centred in Dungarvan. These supports include residential respite, day and multi-disciplinary. The Services work in partnership with local communities, state agencies and voluntary organisations to initiate and develop increasingly inclusive opportunities for and with the people who receive services from CCS. CCS is a learning organisation whose responses are based on best practice and in full recognition of the rights of each person to self-determine their life goals and wishes. In the Anne Le Roy centre a comprehensive programme of day activities and supports are provided in the which are in line with the persons needs and wishes as identified through individual person centred plans and in line with the Interim standards .  


These include supports for:  

  • making choices and plans and making transitions and progression.  
  • inclusion in one’s local community.  
  • accessing education, training and work.  
  • maximising independence.  
  • health and wellbeing and personal and social development.  
  • personal expression and creativity.  
  • having meaningful social roles.  

All funds raised will go towards purchasing an interactive whiteboard for training rooms in the ALRC that are vital to enhancing the learning experience of people as they accommodate different learning styles and multiple intelligences. So remember get out and active St Stephens day bring along as many of your family as you can and most important press that donation button on the link below. THANK YOU .









On behalf of the officers at West Waterford Athletic Club we extend season’s greetings to all our members, sponsors and friends. Remember when running over the Christmas season be safe and be seen. Blessings to you, your families and all your loved ones. Keep safe and hopefully we will resume fully in 2021.