Granagh/Ballingarry G.A.A. Notes:

Lynchs Late point earns Granagh Ballingarry Reply:

West Limerick Junior B Hurling Championship Final
GranaghBallingarry 0-12 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-12
In difficult wet and windy conditions at Dromcollogher on Saturday a point from a placed ball by Owen Lynch following a foul on John O’Grady one minute into added time earned West and County Junior B Hurling champions a deserved 0-12 each, a draw with gallant Feohanagh/Castlemahon to take the 2023 West Limerick Junior B Hurling Championship to a replay on this Sunday 1st October in Dromcollogher/Broadford Club grounds in Dromcollogher at 3pm.
The Dromcollogher/Broadford officials had their pitch in top class condition despite the heavy rain of the previous days for their fifth meeting of Granagh/Ballingarry and Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the West Junior B Hurling Championship decider played in front of a big crowd who gave great support to the side with Mike O’Flaherty of Rathkeale in charge. Granagh/Ballingarry played with wind advantage in the first half and the opening six minutes were close and exciting with white flags traded from play by Patrick Murrihy and Owen Lynch, Jamie Butler (free) and Jim O’Keeffe play for 0-2 each. Wides were exchanged before white flags were exchanged by Owen Lynch from open play on 8 minutes and Jamie Butler from a placed ball a minute later to level for the third time at 0-3 each on 9 minutes. Then a pair of white flags from placed balls in a three-minute spell by Owen Lynch to put the Granagh/Ballingarry boys two ahead 0-5 to 0-3 on 12 minutes.
Then Granagh/Ballin-garry created a great chance to go five ahead when John O’Grady laid off to Eoin Herlihy only to see his shot for goal bring off a top class save from keeper Gearóid Sexton to the delight of the large Feohanagh/Castlemahon support present on 13 minutes before a pair of white flags from open play in as many minutes by Eoin Lynch and Pat Carroll, extended the Granagh/Ballingarry boys’ advantage to four, 0-3 to 0-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Then Jamie Butler won points back for Feohanagh/Castlemahon from open play on 17 minutes and place balls on 19 minutes and 21 minutes to reduce the deficit to the minimum, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-7, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-6.
The standard of hurling in the 6 minutes was poor with both sides guilty of inaccurate striking in the difficult wet and windy conditions before Granagh/Ballingarry’s Owen Lynch finally found the range with a pair of white flags from a placed ball on 27 and a 65 on 29 minutes to send the West and County League winners Granagh/Ballingarry in at the interval leading by three, 0-9 to 0-6.
John O’Grady extended the boys from Knock-fierna advantage to four when he split the uprights from open play in the third minute after the interval. A couple of wides were exchanged before John Francis Reidy cut through the Granagh/Ballingarry defence to split the uprights to reduce the deficit to three, 0-10 to 0-7 on 36 minutes.
Then Jamie Butler hit wide from a couple of placed balls for Feohanagh/Castlemahon before white flags were traded by Owen Lynch from a placed ball on 40 minutes and Damien Brouder from open play two minutes later to leave three again between the sides, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-11, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-8 on 42 minutes. The next 12 minutes belonged to Jamie Butler of Feohanagh/Castlemahon with a trio of white flags from placed balls to level the score for the fourth time at 0-11 each 55 minutes into their close hard fought West Limerick Junior B Hurling Championship Final.
A couple of wides were exchanged before Kieran Guina split the uprights to give the Feohanagh/Castlemahon the lead for the first time since the opening minute 0-12 to 0-11 on 57 minutes.
A couple of wides were exchanged before a long delivery out of defence by Granagh/Ballingarry’s no 6 and captain John Carroll was collected by Eoin Horgan who laid off to John O’Grady who was fouled in possession and from the resulting free Owen Lynch split the uprights to level the score for the fifth time one minute into added time. The final few minutes of added time were very exciting with play flowing from end to end with both sides creating chances which they failed to convert. At the final whistle the sides finished level, Granagh/Ballingarry 0-12, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-12. After a most enjoyable hard-fought contest in difficult in wet and windy conditions to take the 2023 West Junior B Hurling Championship Final to a replay this Sunday 1st October in Dromcollogher/Broadford Club grounds in Dromcollogher at 3pm, with extra time and penalties. Granagh/Ballingarry scored 0-5 from play, 0-6 from frees and 0-1 from a 65, Feohanagh/Castlemahon scored 0-6 from frees and 0-6 from play.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Mickey O’Keeffe, Eoin Enright, Ger Ryan, Marcus Moore, John Carroll (captain), Mark O’Shea, Owen Lynch (0-8, 6 frees, 1 65), Pat Carroll (0-1), Jim O’Keeffe (0-1), Eoin Lynch (0-1), Eoin Herlihy, Eoin Horgan, John O’Grady (0-1), Brendan Lynch. Subs used: Edward Sheehy, Thomas O’ Donovan, Mick Carroll.
Feohanagh/Castlemahon: Gearóid Sexton, Michael Flynn, Seán Downey, Shane Brouder, Eoin Murphy, Patrick Lomasney, Conor Noonan, Patrick Murrihy (0-1), John Francis Reidy (0-1), Damien Brouder (0-1), Kieran Guina (0-1), Jamie Butler (0-8 6 frees), Jack Roche. Subs used: Padraig O’Donnell, Donal Mullane.
Referee: Michael O’Flaherty, Rathkeale.

County Intermediate Hurling Championship:
Group 2 Round (re-fixture)
The meeting of Granagh/Ballingarry and Murroe/Boher in the fifth and final round of Group 2 in the Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship postponed on Sunday due to the inclement weather conditions is refixed for this Saturday 30th September in Ballybrown GAA Club grounds in Clarina at 1pm.
The Granagh/Ballingarry boys are top of the group on 8 points after 4 straight wins over Knockainey, Feohanagh/Castlemahon, Croom and St. Kieran’s and will be all out to make it a fifth straight win to stay top of the table on 10 points.
Murroe/Boher are third in the group on four points with St. Kieran’s after going under to Feohanagh/Castlemahon in the opening round. Defeated St. Kieran’s went under to Knockainey and defeated Croom 1-29 to 1-17 last time out in Clarina and will be all out to take their third brace of points to stay in contention for a quarter final spot were Knockainey to defeat St. Kieran’s, also played on Saturday at the same time in Ballyagran. So, Clarina is the place to be on Saturday 30th September at 1pm to cheer on the boys in black and green and their management team to a fifth straight win in Group 2 of the Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship to finish top of the group on 10 points.

Granagh/Ballingarry U9s win Reale Memorial Cup:
Murroe/Boher U9 Reale Memorial Cup Hurling Tournament
Hearty congratulations to the Granagh/Ballingarry U9 hurlers and coaches on winning the Reale Memorial Cup U9 Memorial Tournament in difficult wet and windy conditions at Harty Park, Murroe on Sunday. The Granagh/Ballingarry boys recorded thrilling wins over Cappawhite (Tipperary), Murroe/Boher and Watergrasshill, Cork to finish top of the group on 6 points to qualify for a final meeting with the host club Murroe/Boher who they defeated to bring the Reale Memorial Cup back to West Limerick and Granagh/Ballingarry for the first time. Well done to our own Tom O’ Grady who was named Player of the Tournament.
Granagh/Ballingarry: Aaron O’Brien, Bryan Hanley, Calvin Morey, Darren Grimes, Donnacha Doody, Donnacha Noonan, Evan McDonagh, Hugh Kearney, Jack Fitzgerald, Jake Noonan, James Ahern, Joe McCarthy, Killian Noonan, Killian Tierney, Matthew Clancy, Ollie Kennedy, Oran Kiely, Patrick Gilbourne, Reuben Huggard Ryan, Alfred Ryan O’Kelly, Seán Davis, Shay Hickey, Tadgh O’Hanlon, Thomas Kamper, Tom O’Grady.
Coaches: Cormac McCarthy, David Claney, Denis Noonan, Emma Noonan, Kayleigh Twomey, Ollie O’Brien.

County Intermediate Hurling Championship
Group 1 Round 5
Kilmallock 2-12, Croagh/Kilfinny 0-14; Bruree 2-14, Pallasgreen 0-4; Hospital/Herbertstown 1-17, Knockaderry 2-9.

County Intermediate Hurling Championship
Group 2 Round 5
Croom 1-18, Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-12.
Note: Granagh/Ballingarry and Croagh/Kilfinny qualify for semi finals and quarter final pairings, Bruree v third team in Group 2 and Hospital/Herbertstown v second team in Group 2.
Pre-Purchase of club hurling and football championship tickets
All Granagh Ballingarry supporters please note that the upcoming hurling and football club championship games under the auspices of Limerick County GAA Bord are pre-purchase. Those can be purchased online via the universe system.

September County Club Draw:
The next Limerick County GAA Club draw is on this Saturday 29th august with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prizes to be won. 2nd €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1,000, 5 exclusive star prize of a €500 voucher, 6th to 9th €500, 10th to 13th €300, 14th to 30th €200.
Granagh Ballingarry had approximately 117 members in the 3rd draw in June.
If you would like to renew your membership, please follow the links: and select Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club and the number of draws you wish to sign up for. You can also contact the Granagh Ballingarry club co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086-1960301. Note all new members for the next draw must be in by Wednesday 27th September at 12 noon.

County Senior Scór Finals:
Any Granagh/Ballingarry club member who may be interested in taking part in the Limerick County Senior Scór finals which takes place on Saturday 14th October in the Community Hall, Askeaton at 8pm, should contact Maura Friel Lynch on 087 2912356. The programme includes contests in music, song and dance with group and solo classes in a variety of events. The question time finals (team of four) will be held at Mungret St. Paul’s GAA clubhouse on Friday 13th October at 7.30pm and Granagh/Ballingarry will be represented by Stephen Stapleton, Jimmy Chawke, Pat Herlihy and one to be confirmed. Your support would be appreciated for our question time team on the night.

‘1973 Keeping the Dream Alive’
(The story of Limerick’s historic All Ireland Hurling success 50 years ago. Closing date for pre-orders is Monday October 2nd at 8pm. This book has been in production since January to commemorate and celebrate the wonderful achievement of the victorious and fondly remembered Limerick hurling team of 1973, it contains over 500 pages packed with original archive material plus a host of rare photographs, many of which have never been seen before until now. We expect pre-orders to ship in late October/early November and a book launch pencilled in for Sunday November 5th at the Fitzgerald Woodlands Hotel, Adare. The net profits from this book will be shared between two most deserving charities – The Children’s Ark University Hospital, Limerick and the Limerick Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The book costs €30 (excluding postage and packaging and payment will be Revolut or Paypal).
How to order
Fill out all the following fields and send to 1973limerickbook at name, address, Eircode (post code of outside Republic of Ireland), mobile phone (for package tracking purpose). Book Quantity (see delivery costs below).
Delivery costs – One book posted in a single padded envelope) €9.50, two to eight books posted is €11 (up to 25kg into a single box), overseas deliveries will cost more. You will be sent a payment request once your pre-order has been received.
For more information contact James Lundon 085 14367727, Liam O’Brien 087 7557898 or Niall Deegan 087 7789120.

Club Gear:
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Club Diary:
Saturday 30th September
County Intermediate Hurling Championship
Group 2 Round 5
St. Kieran’s v Knockainey in Ballyagran at 1pm; Murroe/Boher v Granagh/Ballingarry in Clarina at 1pm.

County Junior A Hurling Championship
Group 1 Round 5
Monagea v Patrickswell in Croagh at 3pm, Staker Wallace v Kilteery/Dromkeen in Doon at 3pm.

County Junior A Hurling Championship
Group 4 Round 5
Bruff v Doon in Cappa-more at 5pm.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Feenagh/Kilmeedy v Dromcollogher/Broadford in Quaid Park, Coolyroe at 3pm. Mungret/St. Paul’s v St. Patrick’s in Caherdavin at 4pm.

Sunday October 1st
West Junior B Hurling Championship Final replay

Granagh/Ballingarry v Feohanagh/Castlemahon in Dromcollogher at 3pm.

County Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Finals

Doon v Mungret/St. Pauls in Páirc na nGael at 2pm; Patrickswell v Ballybrown in Páirc na nGael at 4pm.

County Premier Inter-mediate Hurling Championship

Round 7
Na Piarsaigh v Dromin/Athlacca in Fedamore at 2pm; Glenroe v Blackrock in Kilmallock at 2pm, Cappamore v Effin in Bruff at 2pm; Bruff v Newcastle West in Ballyagran at 2pm.