The AGM of Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club will be held on Friday 16th December at 8pm in the Community Centre, Granagh. Secretary John Lynch in his 31st successive annual report states that the year under review was very successful on both the inter county and local front.
Inter County
On the inter county front Limerick senior hurlers winning the Munster League Cup, their 23rd Munster Senior Hurling Championship title, a first four-in-a-row last achieved by Limerick in 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936 and became the first winners of the new Mackey Cup with a thrilling three point, 1-29 to 0-29 victory after extra time over gallant neighbours Clare in difficult conditions at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday 5th June in front of a crowd of 45,500. They then defeated Galway 0-22 to 1-21 in the All Ireland Semi before recording a thrilling two point 1-31 to 2-26 victory over gallant Leinster champions Kilkenny at sunny Croke Park on Sunday 17th July to capture their fourth All Ireland and the Liam MacCarthy Cup in five seasons, their 11th overall and three in-a-row for the first time in the history of the competition, a record held only by Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny. Declan Hannon of Adare became the first captain to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup four times and Limerick are also the only team to win the All Ireland Senior Hurling Champion ship Final in July, August and December and Gearóid Hegarty, Limerick who finished with 1-5 all from play winning the man of the match award.
The Limerick U21 hurlers defeated Clare and Waterford to reach the Munster Championship Final where they defeated Tipperary by four points 1-25 to 2-18 at Páirc na nGael before going under to Kilkenny 0-19 to 0-18 in the All Ireland Final at Semple Stadium, Thurles and the minor hurlers after going under to Cork defeated Kerry to reach the Munster Quarter Final where they went under to Waterford 2-12 to 1-10 at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock.
On the football front Limerick senior footballers enjoyed a very successful season reaching the Division 3 National League and Munster Championship Finals and promotion to Division 2 for 2023. The U20s defeated Waterford before going under to Cork in the Munster Championship semi final at Ballyagran and the minors after going under to Tipperary defeated Clare and Waterford to reach the phase 1 of the Munster Championship Final where they went under to Tipperary at Mallow.
On the college front Ardscoil Rís, Limerick having lost all three previous finals all against St. Kieran’s in 2010, 2011 and 2016, finally came in from the cold when they finally got the better of the Kieran’s boys 1-17 to 0-15 at Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day to ensure that the first time since CBS won it twice in three years 1964 and 1966.
On the local front 46 competitive games were played at adult level, an increase of 10 games on the previous year winning three pieces of silverware. An increase number of games were also played by the Bord na nÓg sections of our club reaching the County U13 Division 2 Hurling Championship Final where they went under to a strong Newcastlewest side by four points, 1-11 to 1-7, after a thrilling contest at Croagh. The highlights of the year were undoubtedly the success of the Junior A footballers reaching the 2021 Munster Junior B Championship Final where they were most unlucky to go under to Randal Óg by five points, 3-13 to 3-8 after a replay, achieving a historic West and County Junior A Football Championship double and back to back County Junior A and B Football Championship titles and their counterparts in hurling fought a great campaign to reach the West final where they went under to neighbours Knockaderry to a late goal and to eventual winners Bruff in the County Quarter Final.
The fine displays given by the intermediate hurlers to win the Jim (twin) Lynch Memorial Cup for the third year-in-a-row reached the County Intermediate Hurling Championship semi final for the second year in succession when they went under to eventual winners, Na Piarsaigh, by a point after going under to winners Effin by two points at the same stage last season. A spirited performance was given by the U19 hurlers against eventual winners Dromin/Athlacca when forced to play with only 13 players in their only championship game played due to reduced number of players due to injury/holidays and did not field an U19 Football team. The U21 hurlers fought a great campaign to reach the County U21A Quarter Final where they went under to a strong Murroe/Boher side while their counterparts in football went under to neighbours Banogue in their only game played in the County C Championship.
Other Highlights
A record 56 teams completed the course in the 12th Annual King of the Hill Challenge on St. Stephen’s Day 2021.
The 11,588km clocked up in every step counts challenge.
119 players present at the Bord na nÓg presentation night in Granagh Comm unity Centre on Sunday 20th February.
The big turnout of over 60 teams at the club golf classic at Charleville Golf Club on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April.
The Junior B Football and Hurling medal presentations night at the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare on Friday 19th June.
The €500 cheque present ation to Irish Red Cross Ukrainian Appeal proceeds of the 3rd annual Jim (twin) Lynch Memorial Cup Final.
Completion of the clubhouse refurbishment, club gym, artificial surface in the ball alley and the development of the new training field.
Peter Dunworth winning the club lottery €18,600 jackpot on Saturday 14th June in Denny A’s Bar Ballingarry.
Danny O’Grady playing for Limerick’s Primary Schools hurling team at half time in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday 5th June.
The Cúl Camp Monday 25th to Friday 29th July was enjoyed by all the children who attended.
U9s trip to Clare Centre of Excellence U11s to Cusack Park, Ennis and U12s to Croke Park.
Bord na nÓg Cup Finals Day Saturday 17th September.
Primary Schools Fun Days.
The financial success of our own club draw and County Club Draw with three winners to date, Teresa McCarthy €300 in August, Joan and John O’Grady and Norina Sheehan in May winning €100 each.
Donal O’Grady, coach/selector for Limerick All Ireland 3-in-a-row hurling winning team.
Limerick receiving seven hurling All Stars and Diarmuid Byrnes, Hurler of the Year.
The €5,000 Pro-am grant received.
Maurice Noonan winning an All Ireland medal with Munster Wheelchair Hurling/Camogie Club on Sunday 20th November was among many other highlights.
Adrian Farragher will give the treasurer’s report and Andrew Holmes the chairperson’s address.
The AGM is the place for members and players to air their views on club affairs over the past year.
The aims and ambitions for 2023 will be high on the agenda and it will take people with time, vision and energy to maintain the club’s place among the top dual clubs in the county. All club members are asked to attend particularly players as the debate and discussion as always should be lively.
December County Club Draw
The last Limerick County GAA Club draw for 2022 is on this Saturday 10th December with a top prize of €10,000, 2nd prize €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1,000, 5th exclusive prize, 6th to 9th €500, 10th to 13th €250, 14th to 30th €100. Entry to the draw is €10. If you would like to join the last draw for December please follow the link limerickdrawsignup and select Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club. You may also contact the Granagh/Ballingarry Club draw co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086 1960301.
Note All new names to be included in the December draw must be in by 12 noon today Wednesday 7th November.
Race Night
Granagh Ballingarry club is going to the races in conjunction with our partners in Granagh Ballingarry ladies football and camogie, the three clubs are hosting a joint race night in the Longcourt Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday 30th December at 8.30pm. Two lucky winners will take home €1,000 each. All proceeds from the night will go towards the club’s new training field. Individual sponsorship is available for €1,000 for a full pageant on ad in our booklet is €200 and €100 for a half page. To enter a horse is €50 which entitles you to name your horse, owner, trainer and jockey. To reserve your horse and or sponsorship please contact any committee member or David Condron (086-3482210) or Niall Carroll (085-102666310. This is the first Christmas and new year’s 2019 without covid related restrictions so we hope this can act as a social event for all within the community to meet and greet neighbours and friends especially those who are home for the holiday season. So, remember the date Friday 30th December at 8.30pm and we hope to see you there. Entry on the night will be €15. Thanks for all your support.
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Monaleen (Limerick) 1-22, Roscrea (Tipperary) 0-18.
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship.
Ballygiblin (Cork) 3-12, St. Kieran’s (Limerick) 0-11.
Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final
Na Piarsaigh 1-19 Croagh Kilfinny 0-14
County U21 A Hurling championship Quarter Finals
Kildimo Pallaskenry 2-20 Blackrock 1-15
Coshlea Gaels 1-19 Bruff 1-11
County U21 B Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Dromin Athlacca 0-19 Askeaton 0-16
County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 1 Round 1
Fr. Casey’s 1-12 Newcastle West 3-6
County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 1 Round 2
Fr. Casey’s 2-11 Adare 1-6
County U21 A Football Championship Group1 Round 2
Dromcollogher Broadford W.O Kildimo Pallaskenry SCR
County U21 A Football Championship Group 2 Round 2
St. Patricks 4-9 Ahane 1-6
County U21 A Football Championship Group 3 Round 2
Oola W.O South Liberties/Crecora SCR
County U21 A Football Championship Group 4 Round 1
Ballysteen W.O Na Piarsaigh SCR
County U21 A Football Championship Group 4 Round 2
Ballysteen 6-19 Claughain 0-3
County U21 U21 B Football Championship Group 1 Round 1
Belville Gaels 6-10 Killacolla Gaels 0-9
County U21 B Football Championship Group 1 Round 2
Killacolla Gaels W.O Ballybricken-Bohermore/Fedamore SCR
Belville Gaels WO Croom SCR
County U21 B Football Championship Group 2 Round 2
Galtee Gaels 4-10 Shannon Gaels 0-10
Knockaderry 1-15 Pallasgreen 1-7
County U21 C Football Championship Round 2
St. Senan’s W.O Granagh Ballingarry SCR
Banogue W.O Athea SCR
Launch of Knockaderry GAA History Book
Hearty congratulations to Knockaderry GAA and Camogie Clubs who launch a History of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Knockaderry and Clouncagh by Sean Liston on this Sunday 11th December in Knockaderry Resource Centre at 6.30pm. The book will be launched jointly Michael O’Mhuircheartaigh legendary Gaelic Games Commentator by remote message, John Cregan chairperson county Limerick GAA Board and local man Tom Condon winner of two All-Ireland Senior medals with Limerick in 2018 and 2020.
County Chairperson
Hearty congratulations to Seamus McNamara, Fr. Casey’s, Abbeyfeale who will be confirmed as the new chairperson of Limerick County GAA Board at Annual Convention on this Monday 12th December in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare after Mass at 7pm for relatives and friends of the GAA. Commiserations to our own Seamus Twomey after serving well as county development officer for five years and Munster Council Delegate for three years despite a great campaign just came up short in the county chairperson contest with Seamus McNamara and we thank him for his huge contribution to the County Board over the last eight years and know that he will not be lost to the GAA. Granagh Ballingarry will be presented with their County Junior A Football Championship medals on the night.
Club Website
Check out our club website at www.granagh for all the latest club news. Our website is updated regularly and is well worth a visit, you can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Club Gear
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club tops, hoodies, tracksuits, shorts and socks can now be ordered online at…/clubs/granagh-ballingarryclub.
€7,600 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €7,500 jackpot in the Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club Lottery on Saturday 3rd December in McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 2, 14, 15 and 28. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Patsy Power, promoter online, Phil Mulqueen, promoter O’Grady Spar, Ballingarry, Vinne McHale, promoter Niall McCarthy, Paddy Tierney promoter Niall Carroll. The next draw is on Saturday 10th December for a jackpot of €7,600. Tickets €2 and 3 for €5 and are on sale in local shops, bars and from promoters. You can now play online and the link is available on the club facebook page and twitter and finishes at 6pm on Saturdays. Thank you for your continued support.
Club Diary
Friday 9th December
County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 2 Round 2
Mungret St. Paul’s v St. Kieran’s in Caherdavin 8pm
Saturday 10th December
Munster Club Senior Football Championship Final
Kieran’s Rahilly’s (Kerry) v Newcastle West (Limerick) in Páirc Uí Rinn at 7.30pm
County U21 B Hurling Championship Final
Knockaderry or Ballybricken-Bohermore/Fedamore v Dromin Athlacca (Time and Venue TBC)
Sunday 11th December
Munster Club Junior Football Championship Final
Fossa (Kerry) v Kilmurray (Cork)at 1pm.
Munster Club Inter mediate Football Championship Final
Rathmore (Kerry) v Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) in Mallow at 3.30pm.
County Premier U21 Football Championship Group 1 Round 3
Monaleen v Fr. Casey’s in Mick Neville Park at 12 noon.
County U21A Football Championship Group 1 Round 3
Dromcollogher-Broadford v Ballylanders in Dromcollogher at 12 noon.
County U21 A Football Championship Group 2 Round 3
Ahane v Cappamore in Mackey Park at 12 noon.
County U21 A Football Championship Group 3 Round 3
South Liberties v Rathkeale/Cappagh in Dooley Park at 12 noon.
County U21 B Football Championship Group 1 Round 3
Belville Gaels v Ballybricken-Bohermore in Quaid Park, Coolyroe at 12 noon
County U21 B Football Championship Round 2 Round 3
Galtee Gaels v Knockaderry in Kilbehenny at 12 noon
Shannon Gaels v Pallasgreen in Ballyhahill at 12 noon
Launch of Knockaderry GAA History Book
In Knockaderry Resource Centre at 6.30pm
Monday 12th December
Limerick County GAA Board Annual Convention
In the Woodland’s House Hotel, Adare after Mass at 7.30pm for relatives and friends of the GAA.
Tuesday 13th December
County U21 A Hurling Championship Semi Final
Newcastlewest v Kildimo/Pallaskenry in Adare at 8pm.
Thursday 15th December
County U21 Football Championship
Group 1 Round 1
Monaleen v Newcastlewest in Adare at 8pm.
Friday 16th December
County U21A Hurling Championship Final
Murroe Boher or Coshlea Gaels v Newcastlewest or Kildimo/Pallaskenry.
(Time and venue tbc)
Annual General Meeting of Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club in the Community Centre, Granagh at 8pm.
Sunday 18th December
County U21 C Football Championship Final
Banogue v St. Senan’s in Sean Finns Park, Rathkeale at 12 noon.