Granagh-Ballingarry GAA AGM Thurs 8th
Cumann Greanach - Baile an Gharraí CLG
Annual General Meeting 2017
Community Centre, Granagh
Thursday 8th December 2016 at 8.00pm
Welcome Address by Chairman
Read and Confirm Minutes of Previous AGM
Field Development Report
Election of Officers for 2017
Election of Club Executive
Ratification of Bórd na nÓg Committee 2017
Fix Club Membership Fees for 2017
Election of Adult Team Managers for 2017
Prayers for Deceased Members
Granagh Ballingarry GAA AGM
Minutes of AGM Friday 11th December 2015
The last Annual General Meeting of Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club took place at the GAA Clubhouse, Ballingarry on Friday 11th December 2015. Outgoing Chairperson, Dinny Ahern who did not seek re-election, presided, welcomed everyone.
Those present were Dinny Ahern, John Lynch, Eoin Kennedy, Mossie O’Connor, Donagh McCarthy, Darragh O’Grady, John Carroll, Kevin O’Connor, Donal O’Grady, Willie Power, Seamus Stapleton, John Joe Carmody, Liam Lynch, Liam Carroll, Andrew Holmes, David Clancy, Pat Cagney, Michael Healy, Jimmy Chawke, Neil Dunworth, John O’Keeffe, Jim Lynch and Conor O’Keeffe.
Apologies received from Jimmy Stapleton, Michael Clancy, Richard O’Donoghue, Colm Noonan, Paddy Hennessy and Niall McCarthy.
The minutes of the last AGM of 12th December 2014 were taken as read, proposed by Mossie O’Connor and seconded by Seamus Stapleton.
A copy of the Secretary’s Report on the club activities of 2015 was given to each club member present. The report was taken as read, proposed by Jimmy Chawke and seconded by John Joe Carmody.
Outgoing treasurer, Eoin Kennedy, who did not seek re-election gave a detailed account of the club’s financial situation, which showed income for the year of €53,694 for the senior club and expenditure of €50,295; income from Bord na nÓg was €3,690, with expenditure €7,586. Eoin thanked all the people who had helped finance the club for the year and our sponsors for their generosity to both the senior and Bord na nÓg clubs. Eoin said the last club draw of the year would be in Dinny’s Bar, Ballingarry on Sunday 12th December. After a number of questions the report was adopted, proposed by Mossie O’Connor and seconded by Willie Power.
Assistant treasurer, John O’Keeffe gave a detailed account of the club’s weekly lottery. He thanked all involved in the committee for their dedication each Monday night and all those who supported the lottery each week. John said the lottery had not suffered in sales with the new club monthly draw and that the jackpot would be €10,700 on Monday 14th December in Condron’s Bar in Ballingarry.
Mossie O’Connor and Michael Healy gave a detailed account of the plans for the refurbishment of our clubhouse, dressing rooms, toilets and showers which will cost in the region of €50,000 to complete.
Outgoing chairman, Dinny Ahern, who did not seek re-election, thanked all these people who helped him during the year and those who gave time and made a contribution to both the senior and Bord na nÓg clubs, and joined the secretary in congratulating all the people who made 2015 such a successful year for Gaelic games in Granagh-Ballingarry.
Election of Officers
Chairman: TBC (Outgoing Chairman to act as Chairman until Friday 16th January 2016)
Vice-Chairman: David Clancy
Secretary/ PRO: John Lynch
Treasurer: TBC (Outgoing Treasurer to act as Treasurer until Friday 16th January 2016)
Asst. Secretary: Liam Carroll
Asst. Treasurer: John O’Keeffe
Registrar: John Carroll
Insurance Officer: John O’Riordan
Irish Officer: John O’Riordan
Alcoholic Substance Officers: Pádraig Lynch
Children’s Officer: Jimmy Chawke
Games and Coaching Officer: Donagh McCarthy
IT Officer: Neil Dunworth
Health and Wellbeing Officer: TBC
Chairman of Bord na nÓg: TBC
Secretary of Bord na nÓg: TBC
Executive Committee: To be appointed at first club meeting of 2016 on Friday 16th January
Membership fees to be fixed at first club meeting of 2016 on Friday 16th January.
That when the underage team managers and selectors are in place from U14 to U21, a Special General Meeting of the club be held yearly in January to rule on amalgamation requests for all underage club hurling and football teams (Carried)
That we form a joint Junior Football team with another neighbouring club for players who want to play football (To be further addressed at the first 2016 meeting).
The following team managers for 2016 were then appointed with each manager to pick his own selectors.
Intermediate Hurling: Liam Carroll
Junior Football: TBC
U21 Hurling: Niall McCarthy
Junior ‘B’ Hurling: TBC
Minor Hurling: Richie O’Keeffe
U21 Football: Niall McCarthy
Minor Football: Richie O’Keeffe
Tributes were paid by many present to the outgoing Intermediate Hurling Management, Seamus Stapleton, Willie Power, Paddy Hennessy, Darragh O’Grady, Outgoing Chairman Dinny Ahern, Vice-Chairman Paddy Hennessy and Treasurer Eoin Kennedy, who did not seek re-election, for their immense contributions to the club and Donal Mulcahy Field and Clubhouse Co-ordinator was complimented on the way he carried out his duties in this very demanding position.
Congratulations were extended to Jim Lynch on his election as West Board Assistant Secretary Jimmy Stapleton as West Board President and to Bart Hanley and Kevin O’Connor on their recent engagements.
Get Well Soon
Best wishes for a full recovery were extended to Jack O’Donoghue and West Board Chairman, Gerry Molyneaux.
The first club meeting of 2016 was fixed for Friday 15th January in the clubhouse, Ballingarry at 8.00pm.
The AGM ended with prayers for deceased members.
Cuntas an Runaí - Seán Ó Loingsigh
A Cathaoirligh agus a chairde Gael, Annual General Meeting time has arrived once more and I would like to welcome you all here to the Community Centre, Granagh. It is my great pleasure to put before you my 25th annual report of the happenings in Cumann Greanach Baile an Gharraí CLG for 2016. The time has come for us to look back and reflect on the happenings both on and off the field over the past twelve months and to look forward and make plans for the year ahead. The year under review was very successful and busy contesting seven West and two County finals, winning eleven pieces of silverwear. Sixty-one competitive games were played at adult level, an increase of five games on the previous year and a large number of games were also played by the Bórd na nÓg section of our club. The highlights of the year were undoubtedly the treble success of our Junior ‘B’ hurlers, winning an historic County League title defeating Blackrock in the final and retaining the West League / Championship but unfortunately lost out to eventual winners, Murroe-Boher in the County Championship semi-final.
While their counterparts in football made it an historic West Championship double when defeating Drom-Broadford in the final, only to go under to eventual winners Oola in the County semi-final. Our Intermediate hurlers despite being relegated to second tier Intermediate for 2017, retained the West Championship title when defeating Newcastle West in the final and reached the West Senior final where they went under to a strong Adare fifteen.
Our Minor hurlers who amalgamated with Rathkeale on winning the West Minor ‘B’ Championship title defeating Ballybrown in the final, while their counterparts in football amalgamated with Banogue reached the West ‘B’ semi-final where they were most unlucky to go under to Drom-Broadford by one point in extra time. Our U21 hurlers forced to field minus a number of key players due to injury, gave creditable performances in the County 13-a-side competition, while their counterparts in football amalgamated with Banogue, won the West U21 ‘B’ Football Championship with an impressive win over St. Kierans in the final and are due to play the City winners in the County semi-final.
Sean O’Connor (U16 Hurling), Gearóid Lynch and Luke O’Flynn (U15 Hurling), Keith O’Kelly (U15 Hurling and Football), Darragh Casey (U14 Hurling), and Michael Russell (Primary Game) had the honour of wearing the Green and White of Limerick. Mickie Sheehan received the West Limerick Hurling Hall of Fame Award, Donal O’Grady (Senior Hurling), John Carroll (Intermediate Hurling), Eoin Casey (Junior ‘B’ Hurling), Gearóid Mulcair Granagh-Ballingarry/Rathkeale (Minor Hurling), Aoife Sheehan (Senior Camogie), David Condron (Munster and All-Ireland U21 Hurling) at the 19th Annual West Limerick GAA All-Star Banquet at Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday 20th February. The 1966 Ballingarry West Junior ‘A’ Championship winning side was honoured by the West Board.
The highlight of the Bórd na nÓg scene was the U15 Footballers reaching the Div. 2 County final and the U14 Hurlers winning the Liam English Memorial Cup. Creditable performances were given by all other underage hurling and football teams when fielding on our own against amalgamated sides. The Summer Camp that was run in July was enjoyed by all the children and the most enjoyable Awards Presentation function on Sunday 28th February in Ballingarry Hall. Theresa Noonan, David Bennett, Gráinne Lynch, Diarmuid Flynn, Nessa Houlihan and Ciara English who performed ‘The Match’ won the Leiriú Staitse (Stage Presentation) for the second year in succession at the West and County Scór na nÓg finals in November. Our own Donal O’Grady announced his retirement from inter-county hurling in January. The County Development Draw and the club draw were the main source of income.
On the local camogie scene Granagh Ballingarry won their 24th County Senior Camogie Championship and a couple of underrate competitions. It was encouraging to see our Ladies Football Club field U12 and U14 teams. The Local Bobbles team of Thomas O’Donovan, David Condron and Colm Noonan won the adult section and the Best Team of the Claire, Eoin and Siobhán Enright won the Family Section in our seventh annual King of the Hill challenge on St. Stephen’s Day. Ciara Sheehy and M.J. Purtill received part-scholarships to Corcha Dhuibhne. Fifty-six attended our club plain open workshop on Wednesday 9th November at Granagh Community Centre, Jim Lynch was re-elected Assistant Secretary and Jimmy Stapleton, President of the West Board on Wednesday 23rd November. We lost many great Gaels, among them former dual player, Michael Mulcahy.
Local Bobbles team win Knockfierna King of the Hill
Thirty-eight teams completed the course, an increase of three teams on 2015 in the seventh annual King of the Hill challenge in difficult, wet conditions on St. Stephen’s Day over Knockfierna. The adult competition was won by the local Bobbles team of Thomas O’Donovan, David Condron and Colm Noonan with a very creditable score of 42 shots. In close second place on 45 were the Drowned Rabbits, Gerald and Kenneth Lenihan and Richard O’Dea. The bronze medals went to the Bruff Liners, Billy O’Connor, his son Liam and Shane Mulqueen on 46 shots.
The Best team of Claire, Eoin and Siobhán Enright won the third annual Family Section with 43 shots, one behind the Family Section winners second on 54 shots were last year’s champions, the Liam McCarthy team of James Flynn, his son Luke and his cousin Darragh Casey. Joint third on 57 shots were the No Name team of John, Sean and Claire English and the Lynch Road team of Noel, Gearóid and David Lynch. Thank you to all 38 teams who completed the course, the Dunworth family for the light refreshments and Dinny Ahern for the soup and sandwiches, which were more than welcome. Thank you also to O’Sullivan Insurance for their sponsorship and to the organising committee of John Carroll, Donagh McCarthy and Niall McCarthy, driver Liam Carroll and all the volunteers who helped on the day.
Donal, John, Eoin, Gearóid, Aoife, Mickey and David
The 19th Annual West Limerick Banquet took place at Rathkeale House Hotel on Saturday 20th February. There were many present from Granagh-Ballingarry to pay tribute to Donal O’Grady, who was present with the Senior Hurling Award; John Carroll - Intermediate Hurling, Eoin Casey - Junior ‘B’ Hurling, Gearóid Mulcaire (Granagh Ballingarry Rathkeale) Minor ‘A’ Hurling, Aoife Sheehan - Senior Camogie, Mickie Sheehan - Hurling Hall of Fame and David Condron - U21 Munster and All-Ireland U21 Hurling. The West Board officials deserve great credit for the way the banquet was organised.
Donal O’Grady retires from Inter-County Hurling
On Monday 18th January our own Donal O’Grady announced his retirement from Inter-county Hurling. Donal played 46 Championships games for Limerick, having made his Championship debut as a sub against Cork in the 2004 Munster Championship. He started in midfield in the 2007 All-Ireland, defeated by Kilkenny striking two long-range points. In 2013 he took over the Limerick captaincy leading them to Munster Champonship honours and to the Waterford Crystal Cup in 2015. Donal also won Waterford Crystal Cup medals in 2006 and the Division 2 League title in 2010, Interprovisional medals with Munster in 2007 and 2013 and Munster and All-Ireland U21 Hurling medals in 2000. Thank you Donal for the many memories on the Inter-County front and all in Granagh-Ballingarry are delighted to see him continue to hurl and play football with the club.
Success Celebrated in Style
Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club celebrated their achievements in 2015 on and off the playing field on Saturday night 27th February in Dinny A’s Bar, Ballingarry with medal presentations to the successful Junior ‘B’ Intermediate and Minor Hurling teams. The honour of presenting the medals was accorded to Limerick All-Ireland U21 Hurling Manager, John Kiely and special presentations were made to the successful team managers, Seamus Stapleton and Conor O’Keeffe, selectors Liam Carroll, Andrew Holmes, Stepehen Stapleton, Niall McCarthy, Willie Power, Darragh O’Grady, Paddy, Hennessy, Edward Sheehy and Jack O’Donoghue in recognition of playing Minor Football for Limerick in 2015, Breda and Laura O’Keeffe for their services to the club in First Aid and Maura Friel Lynch (Producer) and Cathy Noonan (Mentor) of our County and West Scór na nÓg, Limerick Winners Group to Dinny Ahern and Paddy Hennessy in recognition of their dedicated service as Club Chairman and vice-chairman 2013 to 2015, to Eoin Kennedy, Treasurer 2014 - 2015, to David Condron on winning Munster and All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship medals with Limerick and to Donal O’Grady on his retirement from Inter-County Hurling after playing 46 Championship games for Limerick. Thank you to all who supported the night, invited guest John Kiely, and Dinny Ahern who provided music and food.
An Enjoyable Night
Our Bord na nÓg committee held a most enjoyable awards presentation function on Sunday 28th February in Ballingarry Parochial Hall. Guests of honour were former player and official, Sean Cagney and Tom Burke, County Bord na nÓg Chairman, Denis O’Carroll and our own Munster and All-Ireland Hurling medal winner, David Condron, and former Limerick Senior Hurler, Donal O’Grady. Presentations were made to the U6, U8, U10, U12, U13, U14 and U16 hurling and football teams. Individual presentations were made to Darragh Casey in recognition of playing Mackey Cup Primary Game, Josh Mulcaire Quill (Mackey Cup), Michael Russell (Sarsfield Cup), Luke Flynn (Limerick U14 Sonny Walsh Cup), Sean O’Connor (Limerick U15 Hurling Ted Henley Cup), Philip Byrnes (Sarsfield Cup). Special presentations were made to David Condron in recognition of winning Munster and All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship medals and to Donal O’Grady to mark his retirement from Inter-county Hurling and Lifetime Service Awards were presented to former player and official, Sean Cagney and Tom Burke. Our Bord na nÓg committee deserve credit for the way the function was organised. Thank you to Jimmy Chawke who did an excellent job as MC, Graham Russell for organising the presentations, John Carroll and Donagh McCarthy for collecting membership fees, Nora O’Connor for taking photos, the invited guests, the ladies for the tea and sandwiches, John Joe Carmody and the Ballingarry Hall Committee for the use of the hall and everyone who helped in any way to make the night so enjoyable.
Playing Activities for 2016
The year 2016 was another very active and busy year for Granagh-Ballingarry on the playing fields. Our various adult hurling and football teams played a total of 61 competitive and very sporting games, since our U21 Hurlers commenced the competitive playing season on Sunday 14th February with a 1-22 to 0-7 victory over St. Kierans in the opening round of the County 13-a-side competition at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale and the curtain has not yet come down on the playing season as our U21 Footballers will play Mungret / St. Pauls in the County semi-final on Sunday 11th December in Adare at 12 noon.
U21 Hurlers have the Honour of Commencing Playing Season
Due to insufficient numbers of players available for 15-a-side hurling, it was agreed for the third successive year to enter the County 13-a-side competition. The honour of commencing the adult competitive playing season on Sunday 14th February fell to the U21 hurlers with a comfortable 1-22 to 0-7 victory over gallant St. Kierans at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. They went under to Ballybricken-Bohermore 3-19 to 1-7 at Caherelly on Sunday 13th March to enter the final group stage game level with Cois Laoi Gaels, the Effin and Staker Wallace amalgamation, on two points, who recorded a 0-27 to 1-8 victory over a very much understrength Granagh-Ballingarry in ideal conditions in Ballingarry on Sunday 20th March to finish second in Group 2 on four points and advance to a semi-final meeting with Group 1 winners, Killeedy.
Thank you to manager - Niall McCarthy, selectors - Sean Lenihan, Niall Carroll and Thomas O’Donovan and the panel of players for giving creditable performances in all three games with only a small panel of players.
Minor Footballers Lose Out on Semi-final Spot in Extra-time
Due to insufficient numbers of players available in Granagh-Ballingarry for the Minor grade in 2016, it was agreed to amalgamate with neighbours, Banogue, for Minor Football for the third successive year to play under the name Granagh-Ballingarry / Banogue. This year’s West Minor Football Championship was played on a League system in one group; eight teams with the tope four teams to qualify for the ‘A’ final and the bottom four for the ‘B’ semi-final. Granagh-Ballingarry / Banogue commenced their Championship campaign on Friday 29th April when they travelled to Coolcappa, where they went under to the home side, St. Kierans, by five points 3-12 to 1-13 in a fine open game of football. Received a walk-over from Gael na Sionna in round 2 before suffering three straight defeats to Knockaderry / Monagea 4-8 to 2-7, Claughaun / Old Christians 4-15 to 0-11, Ballysteen 5-15 to 1-14, they went on to defeat St. Senans 3-14 to 1-14 at Foynes on Friday 12th August and Dromcollogher-Broadford 3-10 to 14 at Banogue on Tuesday 30th August to finish fourth on the table on six points, to qualify for a semi-final meeting again with Dromcollogher / Broadford at Quaid Park, Collyroe on Friday 9th September, where in difficult underfoot conditions a cracking goal by James Molyneaux in the fifth minute of extra time earned Dromcollogher / Broadford a thrilling one point 2-10 to 0-15 victory over gallant Granagh-Ballingarry / Banogue to qualify for the first West Minor ‘B’ Football Championship final since 2014 against holders St. Kierans after a thrilling contest.
Thank you to manager - Richie O’Keeffe, selectors - Michael Meade and Noel Lynch, the Banogue club and the panel of players for giving creditable performances in this years West Minor Football Championship to reach the ‘B’ semi-final.
Granagh-Ballingarry /Rathkeale Crowned West Minor ‘B’ Champions
Due to insufficient number of players like their counterparts in football, it was agreed to amalgamate with Rathkeale for the second successive year for Minor Hurling to play under Granagh-Ballingarry / Rathkeale and enjoyed a very successful year playing a total of eight games, winning the West Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship and the Dromin-Athlacca Tournament. This year’s West Minor Hurling Championship was played on a League system in one group of six teams, with the top four teams to qualify for the ‘A’ semi-final and the bottom two for the ‘B’ final. Granagh-Ballingarry / Rathkeale commenced their Championship campaign on Friday 15th April when going under to a heavy 3-14 to 0-8 defeat at the hands of South Side Gaels, a combination of Claughaun / Old Christians and St. Patricks, at Claughaun and also suffered defeat at the hands of Knockaderry / Monagea 1-11 to 2-9 at Monagea on Tuesday 19th July, and to Newcastle West by three points 3-14 to 2-14 in a thrilling contest at Ballingarry on Tuesday 2nd August, before defeating Ballybrown 4-23 to 3-10 in the final group stage game on Tuesday 13th September to qualify for the West ‘B’ final, where they again faced Ballybrown on Thursday 6th October. There in a historic West v City final under lights at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, Granagh-Ballingarry / Rathkeale won the West Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship title and the Rory Kiely Perpetual Cup in resounding fashion to come from 0-12 to 0-4 behind at the interval with a polished second half performance, scoring 1-10 and holding their city opponents, Ballybrown, to two points from placed balls for a thrilling three point 1-14 to 0-14 victory.
County Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship Semi-final
A far more competitive and physically stronger South champions, Killacolla Gaels, a combination of Bruree / Castletown-Ballyagran, were convincing 3-15 to 1-13 winners over gallant West champions Granagh-Ballingarry / Rathkeale in the County Minor ‘B’ Hurling Championship semi-final in ideal conditions at Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh on Sunday 6th November. The Granagh-Ballingarry / Rathkeale boys were sporting in defeat and wished their neighbours the best of luck in the final against East champions, Cappamore.
Dromin-Athlacca Cup Win
Granagh-Ballingarry defeated Dromin-Athlacca in the semif-final and Croom 2-19 to 1-9 to win the inaugural Dromin-Athlacca Minor Hurling Cup Tournament at Athlacca on Saturday 23rd July.
Thank you to managers - Richie O’Keeffe and James O’Connor, selectors - Noel Lynch and Tom Keating, First Aid official - Mary Sheehan, Rathkeale Club Secretary - Pat Sheahan and the panel of players to have won the West Minor ‘B’ Championship and the Dromin-Athlacca Tournament after making such a poor start to the season, losing their three opening games.
Intermediate Hurlers Retain West Championship, Lose Premier Status
Granagh-Ballingarry Intermediate Hurlers won seven, lost ten and drew one of their 18 games in 2016. They won the West Intermediate Championship for the second successive year, reached the West Senior final, finished seventh in Division 2 of the County League on four points, drew with Effin and defeated Croom in the opening two rounds of the County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship, but unfortunately did not produce the same form in the five remaining rounds to finish second from the bottom of the group ahead of neighbours Croom on three points and are relegated to second-tier Intermediate for 2017.
County Hurling League Division 2
Granagh-Ballingarry Intermediate Hurlers commenced their playing season on Tuesday 29th March when they travelled to Knocklong where they went under to the home side, Garryspillane by five points 0-17 to 0-12 in the opening game of Division 2 in the County Hurling League. They also suffered defeat to Ballybrown 5-16 to 1-12 at home on Wednesday 13th April and to Monaleen on 2-21 to 2-9 away on Thursday 9th June. They went on to take their first brace of League points when defeating Bruff 3-19 to 2-14 at home on Tuesday 28th June. Went under to Effin 3-14 to 0-17 away on Tuesday 12th July before taking their second brace of points in the final rounds on Tuesday 28th July with a 2-17 to 0-19 victory over South Liberties at Knockea to finish seventh in the group and retain Division 2 status for 2017.
Back-to-Back West Intermediate Hurling Titles
The quarter-final of the West Intermediate Hurling Championship at Quaid Park, Collyroe on Friday 15th April resulted in a hard fought 2-14 to 1-11 victory for holders Granagh-Ballingarry over Junior ‘A’ side Templeglantine to advance to a semi-final clash with last year’s County Junior ‘A’ champions Dromcollogher-Broadford at Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh on Sunday 26th June, who they defeated by three points 3-16 to 2-16 in a thrilling 37 score contest to qualify for a final meeting with great rivals Newcastle West. The final played on Sunday 10th July in wet and windy conditions at Dromcollogher, where Granagh-Ballingarry wrapped up back-to-back West Intermediate Hurling Championship titles and the Michael Henley Memorial Cup with an emphatic 13 point 3-17 to 1-10 win over gallant Newcastle West.
Adare Prove Too Strong in West Senior Final
The semi-final of the West Senior Hurling Championship at Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh on Bank Holiday Monday 1st August resulted in an emphatic 4-17 to 1-7 win for holders Granagh-Ballingarry over a very much under-strength Dromcollogher-Broadford to qualify for their second final in a row against Adare on Sunday 28th August at Sean Finn Park, Rathkeale. Here, Adare gained sweet revenge for last year’s one point 1-14 to 1-13 final defeat with an emphatic 13 point 2-23 to 2-4 victory to take their first West Senior Hurling Championship title and the Liam Hough Memorial Cup for the first time since 2013.
County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship
- Relegated to Second Tier Intermediate for 2017
The 2016 County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship was played on a League system in one group of eight teams with the tope four teams to qualify for the semi-finals, winners of both semi-finals promoted to Senior for 2017. County Final winners represent Limerick in Munster Club Championship and bottom two teams in group relegated to second tier Intermediate. Granagh-Ballingarry commenced their County Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship campaign on Saturday 9th April with a thrilling 1-15 all draw with Effin, courtesy of a point by Denis O’Connor from a placed ball in added time, from all of 100 metres, after a foul on Donal O’Grady. They went on to defeat neighbours Croom by eight points 3-17 to 1-15 at Croagh on Saturday 7th May before suffering five straight defeats to Monaleen 2-19 to 2-11 on Saturday 21st May, Blackrock 3-16 to 1-14 on Friday 27th May, Cappamore 1-13 to 0-10 on Friday 19th August, all at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock; to Feohanagh-Castlmahon 1-14 to 1-11 on Saturday 10th September at Knockaderry and Garryspillane 2-19 to 0-11 in the final group stage game on Sunday 18th September at Bruff, to finish second from the bottom ahead of neighbours Croom on three points and are relegated to second tier Intermediate for 2017.
Thank you to manager - Liam Carroll, coach - Aidan O’Reilly, selectors - Stephen Stapleton, Paul Kennedy and Darragh O’Grady, kitman - Donal Mulcahy, Pat O’Connor and Neil Dunworth, First Aiders Laura and Breda O’Keeffe and Emma Noonan and the panel of players for giving their all for the Black and Green jersey this season and despite being relegated, winning the West Intermediate for the second year in succession.
Junior ‘B’ Footballers Bridge Six-Year Gap
After some lean years in the Junior ‘A’ grade Granagh-Ballingarry were regarded to Junior ‘B’ Football this year, enjoyed a very successful year winning six of their seven games to claim their first West Junior ‘B’ Football Championship title since 2010 and reached the County semi-final.
West Junior ‘B’ Football Championship Group 2
Granagh-Ballingarry did not play in the West Junior ‘B’ League so had a long wait to Thursday 7th July to commence their playing season when they travelled to Sean Finn Park, Rathkeale where they were impressive 5-18 to 0-7 winners over gallant Ballysteen in the opening game of Group 2 in the West Championship. They went on to defeat St. Kierans 1-9 to 0-7 at Knockaderry on Wednesday 13th July and Dromcollogher-Broadford 3-9 to 0-11 at Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh on Wednesday 10th August and received a walkover from Glin in the final group stage game to finish top of the group on 8 points, two ahead of Dromcollogher-Broadford to qualify for the semi-final with neighbours Rathkeale, whom they beat 3-16 to 0-7 at Knockaderry on Friday 2nd September and Dromcollogher-Broadford in the final by seven points 1-12 to 0-8 to capture their fourth West Junior ‘B’ Football Championship and the Dr. Jim McCarthy Memorial Cup for the first time since 2010 at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale on Wednesday 5th October.
County Junior ‘B’ Football Championship
As West Champions on Tuesday 11th October Granagh-Ballingarry travelled to Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale where they advanced to a meeting with East champions, Oola, in the County Junior ‘B’ Football Championship semi-final in resounding fashion to come from one point down 2-3 to 1-5 at the interval with a polished second-half display, scoring 3-5 from play without reply from Ballybrown who had to field minus key players due to hurling duty. Knocklong was the venue on Wednesday 2nd November for the County semi-final where the men from the Eest trailed by ten points 2-7 to 0-3 early in the second half but in the remaining 27 minutes went on to add 3-7 to a solitary point for the Black and Green to turn an almost certain defeat into a most unlikely victory and a place in the County Junior ‘B’ Football Championship final for the men from the East, on a full-time score of 4-10 to 2-3.
Thank you to the manager - Michael Condron, selectors - Donal O’Grady and Teresa Mulcaire and the panel of players for giving creditable performances, winning six of their seven games to claim their first West Junior ‘A’ Football Championship title since 2010 and reaching the County semi-final. I am sure that if most of this year’s team and management stay together they will again be a match for the best in 2017.
Junior ‘B’ Hurling Triple
Granagh-Ballingarry Junior ‘B’ Hurlers enjoyed a very successful year winning ten, drawing one and losing two of their 13 games to retain the West League and Championship, a historic County ‘B’ League title and reach the County Championship semi-final.
West Junior ‘B’ Hurling League Group 1
Granagh-Ballingarry Junior ‘B’ Hurlers commenced their competitive playing season on Tuesday 3rd May in the opening game of Group 1 in the West ‘B’ League at Askeaton, where they went under to the home side by five points 3-11 to 1-12. The went on to defeat Croagh-Kilfinny 4-20 to 3-4 at home on Tuesday 10th May and Knockaderry 0-11 to 0-8 away seven days later to finish second in the group on six points behind Askeaton to qualify for a semi-final clash with Killeedy who they received a walkover to qualify for a final meeting with Askeaton. The West Junior ‘B’ Hurling League final played in difficult, west conditions at St. Kerans GAA grounds in Coolcappa on Saturday 11th June where a 30 metre strike by Eoin Casey, which went all the way to the net on 11 minutes, was crucial in Granagh-Ballingarry’s one point 1-11 to 0-13 victory over unlucky Askeaton to claim their second West Junior ‘B’ Hurling League title in a row and the Seamus Flanagan Cup for the fourth time in six years.
County Junior ‘B’ Hurling League Semi-final
West Champions Granagh-Ballingarry qualified for their second successive County Junior ‘B’ Hurling League final in a row with a deserved seven point 2-17 to 2-10 victory over gallant City winners, Na Piarsaigh third string in misty conditions at Adare on Monday 13th June to qualify for a final meeting with South winners Blackrock. Having lost five Championship and two League finals in the last fourteen years Granagh-Ballingarry Junior ‘B’ Hurlers finally came in from the cold when they defeated Blackrock by seven points 3-10 to 1-9 in the 2016 League final in ideal conditions in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock on Thursday 16th June.
West Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Group 1
Granagh-Ballingarry commenced their West Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship campaign on Friday 3rd June when they recorded an impressive 2-16 to 1-12 victory over Killeedy in warm conditions at Dromcollogher. They went on to defeat Feohanagh-Castlemahon by eight points 2-15 to 1-10 at Knockaderry on Sunday 3rd July played out a thrilling 2-13 to 1-16 draw with Tournafulla courtesy of a late cracking goal by sub Thomas O’Donovan at Sean Finn Park, Rathkeale on Tuesday 19th July and defeated Askeaton by seven points 0-20 to 1-10 in the final group stage game to finish top of the group on 7 points to qualify for a semi-final clash with Group 2 runners up, Knockaderry on Sunday 4th September in difficult wet and windy conditions at Pairc Caoimh Uí Luing, Feenagh where the Black and Greens recorded a six point 2-13 to 1-10 victory over their neighbours to qualify for a final meeting with Newcastle West. Here the two characters in the rise and fall of Reginald Perrin who keep saying ‘Great’ and ‘Super’ would have had a field day if they had been in Dromcollogher on Saturday 17th September because there was much to admire about the performance of Damien O’Donovan wearing the No. 14 jersey, who stylishly and systematically dismantled the resistance of Newcastle West by scoring 3-6 for Granagh-Ballingarry of which 2-2 came from play in their five point 3-13 to 1-14 victory over the magpies to claim their second West Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship title in a row and the Mary Sexton Memorial Perpetual Cup for the third time.
County Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship
As West champions Granagh-Ballingarry travelled to Croagh on Sunday 2nd October where they recorded a comfortable 4-14 to 0-6 victory over a gallant City runners-up Ballybrown third string side to qualify for a semi-final meeting with East champions Murroe-Boher on Sunday 16th October at Clarina. Here Murrow-Boher came from two points down 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval with a strong second half performance, scoring 1-8 and holding West champions and last year’s finalists Granagh-Ballingarry to three points to qualify for their first County Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship final since 1997 on a full-time score of 1-14 to 1-8.
Granagh-Ballingarry Junior ‘B’ Hurlers and management team put in a lot of effort winning ten and drawing one of their 13 games played to retain the West League and Championship, a historic County league title and reach the County Championship semi-final after playing a lot of good hurling on the way. I congratulate the players on the many great displays they have given. Well done to the management team of Liam Lynch, Conor O’Keeffe and Andrew Holmes and first aiders Breda and Laura O’Keeffe who gave a lot of time to the team. I am sure that if most of this team and management stay together they will again be a match for the best in 2017.
Historic First West U21 Title for Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue
Due to insufficient numbers of players it was agreed to amalgamate with Banogue for U21 Football to playunder Granagh-Ballingarry/Banogue in the West U21 ‘B’ Football Championship. Due to St. Senans being promoted to the ‘A’ Championship, Granagh-Ballingarry and Banogue received a bye into the West