Ahane GAA Club Notes.
Bronnadh corn Liam Mac Carthy don chéad uair i 1923 ar fhoireann Luimnigh nuair a bhuaigh said Craobh na hÉireann 1921. Níor imir said an cluiche ceannais 1921 go dtí 1923 toisc deacrachtaí polaitíochta sa tír ag an am. Sa bhliain 1992 cuireadh an corn bunaidh (original) san iarsmalann i bPáirc an Chrócaigh agus bhronn CLG corn nua Liam Mac Carthy ar Chill Chainnigh i
1992. Sin Liam Óg !
Thug Liam (Óg) Mac Carthy cuairt ar CLG Atháin agus ar Chaisleán Uí Chonaill Dé Domhnaigh seo caite. B’é seo an chéad uair dó bheith sa cheantair seo ach deir sé gur tháinig a athair cúpla uair sna triochaidí agus i 1940. Bhí aithne maith aige ar Mick Mackey agus d’fhan sé leis cúpla uair. Nuair a sheas Liam Óg ag barr na sráide Dé Domhnaigh ag féachaint ar dealbh Mick Mackey, táim cinnte gur smaoinigh sé ar scéalta a athar agus go raibh sort bród air bheith ar ais ar bhruach na Sionainne. Chaith Liam Mac Carthy (Óg) tráthnóna breá I gcomhluadar CLG Atháin agus deir sé go bhfuil sé ag súil le cuireadh teacht ar ais i 2019.
Ahanes Liam McCarthy Homecoming
While the 19th of August will forever be fondly remember by all Limerick folk as the day Limerick finally ended the long wait for an All-Ireland senior title, the 30th of September certainly added to the memories of those within the parish and club of Ahane GAA when the Liam McCarthy cup along with the victorious players returned to the parish for the homecoming. Special pride of place was due to having two or our own club members, brothers Tom and Dan Morrissey among the all-conquering 2018 side. And what a day it was!
Beginning with a visit to the nursing home in Castleconnell, the lads were greeted with songs, handshakes and hugs by all and some lovely pleasantries were passed given the joy it brought. They showed great support throughout the year and the lads were delighted to make this the first official stop in the parish.
A visit to the late Shane Lee’s memorial bench at Daly’s Cross followed, and this proved a very fitting tribute. Shane, one of Ahane and Limericks greatest fans will no doubt have been smiling down on seeing the pride of his family and friends hold the Liam McCarthy aloft at his homestead after all the years. Shane, who indeed had built up a relationship with the great JP McManus during his time of illness, will no doubt have enjoyed the banter of the day and being in the spotlight again!
As was tradition years ago, a successful Limerick side would have first stopped off at Castleconnell train station with the Liam McCarthy cup as it arrived back to Limerick. Although the route has changed a little now, both Tom and Dan commemorated this with a visit and some lovely snaps at the picturesque station.
From here, the lads with Liam Mc held high, embarked on a tour around village of Castleconnell within a spectacular cavalcade of grunting motorbikes from the Buachaill Dana MCC, led by Donal Walsh. A huge crowd turned out in the village which was awash with green and white to welcome them home. A stop at the statue of Limericks GAAs most famous son, Mick Mackey, allowed the lads get a picture with one of the greats – and who knows, they may have their own someday if they can add a few more Celtic crosses In time– no pressure! The lads got a lovely picture with Greg Mackey, son of Mick, which will be surely one to treasure.
All the time the crowd were gathering in Mackey Park, Newgarden where the main homecoming event was to take place. Brian O’Mara (MC) was warming up the crowd in his usual fun manner as they waited in anticipation for the arrival of their hero’s. DJ Jimmy spun the tunes as the atmosphere rose and some other recent Ahane members achievements were outlined, including Siofra Keane who recently was part of the Limerick Ladies Junior Football squad which won an All-Ireland also, and she proudly hoisted the cup on stage.
The excitement hit the roof as Brian announced the lads were on the way. They were duly led through the crowd onto the field and to the stage by the motor cavalcade, as Tom and Dan held Liam McCarthy aloft to the rapturous cheering of the huge numbers in attendance. Flanked by All-Ireland winning teammates, Seamus Hickey, Shane Dowling, Barry Nash, Lorcan Lyons and Doon trio of Richie English, Pat Ryan and Darragh O’Donovan. On stage, MC Johnny Meskell welcomed all in attendance for making the occasion so special for the lads and the club. On stage, the Liam McCarthy cup oversaw all the players being introduced and interviewed, and gave some very interesting insights and observations to the questions and comments put to them! Last to speak were Tom and Dan who delighted the home crowd with their kind words.
The lads then moved to the clubhouse where they spent a huge time signing autographs and having photos taken with the patrons. Huge credit must go to not only those who queued patiently, but to the players who were so generous with their time throughout the evening. They really are a credit to all associated with them and super role-models.
It was great to see representatives of the County board, John Cregan, and Liam Burke make the visit to our famous club, as well as friends and families from surround communities and clubs. A special mention was given to those involved in a recent bus crash in the parish and all involved were given photo opportunities with the lads and the cup as soon as they left the stage. .
All the while, great live music continued from the stage while everyone enjoyed the multitude of food, refreshments and joyous atmosphere the club offered on what was a magical day, late into the evening.
Well done to all those who attended and a huge thanks to all the Limerick players, club members, committee and all associated who helped make this such a wonderful occasion.
Role on 2019!
Athain agus Luimneach abú
Ahane Senior Camogie team in County Final
Our busy week in Ahane Camogie has been a very successful one! Our Under 14’s won their Mackey Cup Final on Tuesday, our Under 16’s won their Plate County Final on Thursday, and now our Senior’s have made it three from three as they won their County Semi Final against Newcastle West this evening in the Bog Garden Rathkeale.
There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the crowd as they waited for the game to start. Ahane and Newcastle West are no strangers to one another on the field of play and have produced some cracking games of camogie over the years, today’s game was no different as both sets of players came out all guns blazing. Ahane got the first score of the game with Niamh Mulcahy scoring a free in the second minute. There was fierce battling going on around the field and girls were putting their bodies on the line for the game. Niamh scored her second free in the sixth minute to put Ahane two points up. Newcastle West scored in the eighth minute to get their scoring campaign going. Due to the work rate from both teams around the field the next score didn’t come until the twelfth minute with a third point from Niamh from a free. The game was played at a high intensity all throughout the sixty plus minutes. Ahane got their fourth point in the 14th minute and then their fifth point in the 15th minute both coming from the stick of Niamh once again. Newcastle West added to their own tally of scores in the 20th minute. The defensive work rate from Ahane was immense, with them being led by Rose Collins at full back and Noreen Flanagan at centre back. Some excellent clearances and pin point accurate puck outs from Sile Moynihan made the forwards lives easier as they were getting good quality ball in to them. The first half ended on a score line of Ahane 0-8 Newcastle West 0-3.
The second half started much like the first and we weren’t thirty seconds in when Niamh got on to a great ball from midfield and scored a great point. Newcastle West scored the next point putting it Ahane 0-9 Newcastle West 0-4. There was a serious clash of the ash and more than one hurley didn’t survive the battle! Niamh went on to score four more points in the second half which brought her tally for the day to thirteen points. Some great performances from Sile, Niamh Power, Niamh Martin, Rose, Kate Herbert,Noreen Flanagan, and Sarah Crotty all in denfense made sure that Newcastle West never got an easy score. Ann Kennedy and Marguerita McCarthy in the middle of the field covered a serious amount of ground and hooked, hassled, and harried throughout the game. Aoife Quinn, Niamh, Aisling Herbert, Aine Reynolds, Orla Curtin, and Roisin O’Mara also had great games in the forward line, with some great interlinking play throughout the game. No team is just the starting fifteen and that was seen when substitutes Susie McGovern who is back from injury and it is great to see her back on the field of play, and Margaret Meskell came on in the second half and really added to the game. The game was not without drama as in the dying moments of injury time when Ahane were 2 points up, Newcastle West got a 20 meter free in front of goal, but Ahane stood tall and an amazing block from Niamh Mulcahy pushed the ball up and over the bar, meaning Ahane were up by a point when the ball was pucked out and most importantly when the referee Mike Flaherty, blew the final whistle. The final score was Ahane 0-13 to Newcastle West 0-12.
On behalf of Ahane camogie we would like to congratulate the girls on a great team performance and a great win. The girls are now in the County Final which will be played on October 14th in a venue and time to be confirmed. The girls will be going up against Granagh/Ballingarry in the final which is a repeat of last years final. Keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages to get all the details of the final.
Ahane U16 Camogie
Our winning streak continues! Our Under 16’s won their plate final last Thursday in Croagh against Tournafulla!
On a wet, cold, and windy evening in Croagh, Ahane took on Tournafulla in the Under 16 Plate Final. Ahane were first on the scoreboard with an Éle free in the 3rd minute making it Ahane 0-1 Tournafulla 0-0. Éle got her second score in the fourth minute, putting Ahane two points up. Ahane went three ahead when Fiona got her first point from play. Éle popped up again before half time to get two more points putting five between the teams at half time. Ahane 0-5 Tournafulla 0-0
The teams came out in the second half and Ahane were quickest out of the blocks with Fiona scoring her second point of the game putting six between the teams. Cliodhna got her name on the score sheet with a point in the 10th minute of the second half. Éle ended the game with six points to her name (2 from play 4 from frees). Tournafulla got their first score of the game in the second half. The game ended Ahane 0-9 Tournafulla 0-1
Both teams throughout both halves showed great skill and work rate. Some fine saves from both goalkeepers and some great pieces of out field play that show the future of Limerick Camogie is bright!
Well done to our girls on a fantastic win! For eight of our girls it was their second county medal in 48 hours 💚💛
Thanks to the girls coach Alice Reynolds for the huge amount of work, time, and dedication she has given the girls over the last few years!
Squad: A. Murrihy, L. Cole (C), A. Whelan, Á, Herbert, R. Donnellan, M. Hussey, É. Madigan, É. Ryan, C. Twomey, C. Hackett, F. Herbert, N. Brennan, Á. Conway, N. Conroy, C. Cantillon, S. Cosgrove.
Ahane Juniors conclude season with Championship final win
Last Saturday saw Ahane finish off their season with a resounding 17 point win in the East Limerick Junior Championship Final versus Fedamore. On a beautiful evening in Mackey Park, perfect for football, Ahane duly delivered with an exceptional all-round team performance that showcased how the game can be played with movement, work-rate and a healthy dose of skill thrown in.
Ahane started the brighter and with Tristan O’Sullivan knocking over some early scores, an early gap appeared. This lead was emphatically doubled midway through the half when a quick free played into John Kennedy was laid off to Jimmy Feerick, who after making a perfectly timed run to beat the cover, calmly slotted the ball home past the keeper’s despairing dive. This goal helped to energise the team further and with the inside forward line making some great runs and linking up superbly, a number of other great goal scoring chances were created but ultimately missed, as the post and the keeper denied Ahane a second goal that their pressure deserved.
Fedamore did manage to collect themselves and as half-time approached came back into the game with some excellent long range points, but the feeling and the half-time team talk was that this was a game and a trophy there for the taking.
The second half began similar to the first with some early scores shared before Ahane took control to go 3 points ahead through some great points from David Kennedy before the moment that seized the game for the home team came along. It was a case of experienced heads showing the future stars how to create and finish a flowing move as Mark O’Keefe carried the ball wonderfully through the heart of the defence before laying it off to Jimmy Feerick, again timing his involvement to near perfection. Eschewing an easy point, he drew the full-back and keeper to the near post before playing a simple hand-pass to an unmarked Gearoid Hussey who had the handy task of stroking it home to an empty net.
Again it energised the team and supporters but this time, Ahane drove on and through the tiring Fedamore defence. With some great runs from Clifton Carey and Andrew Minehan in mid-field, long and short-range points continued to extend the lead to the obvious delight of the junior umpire, Donncha. David Kennedy continued the rout with a well-drilled finish and a late fortuitous lob added gloss to the scoreline. Dean Lillis in goal, making a great save to preserve his clean sheet, and the 6 backs, led by their ageless captain Tony Cross, deserve a special mention – not only for their workrate and foraging runs in this game but throughout the season as well when their backs were to the wall and results were required. It was a great team performance from 1 to 18 and when the final whistle went with the scoreline reading 4-16 to 0-11 in favour of Ahane, both the team and their supporters basked in the glory of a job well done and an evening to be savoured.
Tony Cross as captain received the trophy and gave a speech thanking his teammates for their efforts and also thanking Fedamore for their involvement in a well-played final and extending wishes from Ahane to them for the remainder of their season with some upcoming playoff matches.
The team would also like to thank the staff of Bradshaw’s for their hospitality afterwards.
Ahane team v Fedamore –
D. Lillis, G. O’Keefe, T. Cross (capt), K. Grant, J. McDermott, K. Carroll, S. Ryan, A. Minehan, C. Carey, J. Kennedy, T. O’Sullivan, D. Laing, J. Feerick, M. O’Keefe, G. Hussey, K. Keenan, D. Kennedy.
Camogie U14 Mackey Cup Final Win
Unbelievable win for our Under 14’s Monday night in the Mackey Cup Final in Ballingarry!
In what was an end to end game between Ahane/MB and Newcastle West from the beginning, with both sets of players not giving an inch. The first score of the game came for Ahane/MB when Niamh B slotted over a point from a free. Niamh put Ahane two up in the 6th minute with another point from a free. Éle got her first score of the game in the form of a point to put three points between the teams. Newcastle West never let the heads drop and from a free the ball sneaked in under the bar to put the teams level Ahane/MB 0-03 to NCW: 1-00 after 11 minutes. As was the theme of the game there was periods of play where neither team scored due to the sheer work rate, hassling, hooking, and blocking been done out the field. The next score didn’t come until the 18th minute with a point from Niamh putting Ahane/MB ahead by a point. Their lead was short lived however as Newcastle West scored a point from the puck out bringing it back level. In the closing minutes of the half Newcastle West got a free which was scored meaning at half time there was a point between the teams. Ahane/MB 0-4 NCW: 1-02.
The intensity and pace of the first half carried over into the second half, where both teams came out ready for a hard 25 minutes of Camogie. Ahane/MB were first to score with a point coming from Ella. Newcastle West scored their second goal in the 6th minute of the second half, but credit to their character Ahane/MB just came back stronger and fought harder, they were not going down without a fight! Niamh B scored a wonderful goal from a free putting the score at Ahane/MB 1-05 to NCW 2-02 meaning they were level again for the fourth time in the game. NCW put one between the teams in the 16th minute. 21 minutes into the second half and Niamh popped up again with a point bringing the teams level for an incredible 5th time! But the moment of magic came in the 24th minute of the half when Éle scored an absolute beauty of a goal that put Ahane/MB three points up.
The next 3 minutes felt like a life time for the Ahane/MB crowd in Ballingarry but the elation when the final whistle blew was the exact same as when Limerick won the All Ireland!
The crowd were treated to a game of high quality, intense, and skillful camogie that would rival any senior game, it was well worth the fare in!
And finally a huge congratulations to the girls themselves, they have done themselves, their families, coaches, and the club proud 💚💛
On behalf of Ahane Camogie we would like to thank their coaches; Anne Madigan, Eugene Ryan, Kevin Donnellan, and Denis Murrihy, for the huge amount of work, time, and dedication they have given the girls over the last number of years! We would also like to thank the team sponsor, Tony McDermott’s Butchers Castleconnell.
The squad: S.Quaid, A. Corrigan, R. Donnellan, A. Murrihy, L. Magill, A. Whelan, M. Hussey, É. Madigan, E. Ryan, N. Brennan, C. Oliver, S.J. Flynn, S. Hogan, C. Keaveney, A. Conway, C. Wright, A. O’Hanlon, L. Cusack, H. Coulter, R. Flaherty, T. Madigan, L. Donnellan.