Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club Notes:
Ballybrown book semi-final spot with 3-point win:
Limerick County Junior B Hurling
Championship Quarter Final
Ballybrown 2-18 Granagh-Ballyingarry 3-12
At sunny Killeedy GAA Club Grounds in Raheenagh on Sunday afternoon City Junior B Hurling Championship runners-up Ballybrown recorded a hard-fought 2-18 to 3-12 victory over gallant West champions Granagh-Ballingarry to bring their sixteen game unbeaten run to an end and qualify for the County Junior B Hurling Championship semi-final.
Kieran Flaherty of Monaleen took charge of this hard fought 35 score County Junior B Hurling Championship quarter-final played in front of a good crowd despite the late change of venue on an excellent pitch. City runners-up Ballybrown made all the early running with a pair or white flags from open play courtesy of Conor O’Neill and David Hall in the opening 4 minutes cancelled out by Owen Lynch from a placed ball on 6 minutes and Pat Carroll from open play two minutes later for 0-2 each on 8 minutes. Ballybrown went one ahead through a white flag from a placed ball on 10 minutes. Then the West champions Granagh-Ballingarry were awarded a penalty for a foul on their No. 14 John O’Grady which their No. 3 Eoin Enright sent past Ballybrown keeper Barry Twomey to leave the Wests champions two ahead, 1-2 to 0-3 on 11 minutes. Michael Davoren on 13 minutes and David Hall on 15 minutes raised white flags from open play for Ballybrown before points were traded by Owen Lynch from a placed ball on 16 minutes and David Hall from open play two minutes later to leave the sides level for the third time Granagh-Ballingarry 1-3, Ballybrown 0-6 on 18 minutes. Then the Granagh-Ballingarry keeper brought off a top class save from Michael Davoren on 19 minutes before a trio of white flags for Ballybrown in an 8th minute spell through Paul O’Neill, Peter O’Rourke and Sean Healy to leave it 0-9 to 1-3 in favour of the boys from Clarina on 26 minutes. Four minutes later after inaccurate shooting by both sides the Granagh-Ballingarry keeper made his second top class save, this time from Peter O’Rourke at the expense of a 65 which Bobby Smith sent between the uprights to send the city runners-up Ballybrown in at the interval leading by four, 0-10 to 1-3.
David Hall and Jim O’Keeffe traded white flags from open play in the opening two minutes after the interval before a pair of white flags from open play for the Ballybrown boys in as many minutes through Robert O’Brien, Ben Adams to increase their advantage to 6, 0-13 to 1-4 on 34 minutes. Then white flags were traded from open play by Eoin Herlihy on 35 minutes and Bobby Smith on 36 minutes, Eoin Lynch on 37 minutes and David Hall a minute later to leave six still between the sides, Ballybrown 0-15, Granagh-Ballingarry 1-6 on 38 minutes. Eoin Lynch won points back for Granagh-Ballingarry from placed balls on 39 and 40 minutes before white flags were traded by Bobby Smith, free on 41 minutes and Mark O’Shea, play, on 42 minutes, Eoin Lynch, free on 43 minutes and David Hall, free, two minutes later to leave four between the sides, Ballybrown 0-17, Granagh-Ballingarry 1-10 at the end of the third quarter. A couple of wides were exchanged before the game turned nicely in favour of the Ballybrown boys’ favour with a pair of green flags in as many minutes through their No. 2 Samie Behan and No. 13 Paul O’Brien to extend their advantage to ten, 2-17 to 1-10 on 49 minutes. The Granagh-Ballingarry boys failed to be overawed with a white flag from a placed ball by Thomas O’Dono-van on 51 numbers followed by 1-1 from frees by Eoin Lynch in a five minute spell to reduce the deficit to five, 2-17 to 2-12 on 56 minutes. Four minutes later after inaccurate shooting by both sides Ballybrown substitute Mark Mullally split the uprights to extend his side’s advantage to six, 2-18 to 2-12 on 60 minutes. Then in added time Eoin Lynch finished to the back of the Ballybrown net for the second time from a placed ball which was too little too late for the Granagh-Ballingarry boys. At the final whistle the boys in white and green were deserved 3 point, 2-18 to 3-12 winners of a most enjoyable, hard-fought contest to qualify for the County Junior B Hurling Championship semi-final and the Granagh-Ballin-garry boys’ sixteen game unbeaten run finally coming to an end. They were sporting in defeat and wished the Ballybrown boys the best of luck in the County semi-final.
Granagh-Ballingarry scored 0-5 from play, 2-7 from frees and a penalty goal. Ballybrown scored 2-15 from play, 0-2 from frees and 0-1 from a 65.
Ballybrown: Barry Twomey, Jamie Behan 1-0, Peter Kiely, Adrian Roberts, Robert O’Brien 0-1, Keith Punch, Leo O’Reilly, Ben Adams 0-1, Sean Healy 0-1, Michael Davoren 0-11, Conor O’Neill 0-1, Bobby Smith 0-4, 2 frees, 1 65, Paul O’Neill 1-1, David Hall 0-6, Peter O’Rourke 0-1. Subs used Mark Mullally 0-1, Kelan Keyes, Michael Griffin, Luke O’Neill.
Granagh-Ballingarry: Keith O’Kelly, Mike Carroll, Eoin Enright 1-0 penalty, Ger Ryan, Thomas O’Donovan 0-1 free, John Carroll, Mark O’Shea 0-1, Owen Lynch 0-2 frees, Pat Carroll 0-1 Eoin Herlihy 0-1, Jim O’Keeffe 0-1, Eoin Lynch (2-5, 2-4 frees), Eoin Horgan, John O’Grady, Brendan Lynch. Subs Marcus Moore, Edward Sheehy, Brian Mulqueen, Padraig McKenna, Niall Carroll.
Referee: Kieran Flaherty, Monaleen.
On behalf of the club and the people of Granagh-Ballingarry we congratulate the players on the many great displays they have given, winning fifteen drew one and lost one of their 17 games played this year to win the West and County Junior B Hurling League, the Dinny Cup tournament, the West Junior B Hurling League and reaching the County Junior B Hurling Championship quarter-final, where they went under to a strong Bally-brown by three points, 2-18 to 3-12 after a hard-fought contest. Well done to the management team of Conor O’Keeffe, David Clancy, Andrew Holmes, Eoin Cahill and first aid officials Niamh O’Keeffe Theresa Noonan and physio Calon Scott and the backroom staff too. If they all stay together this team looks like being a match for the best again next season.
County Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals
Monaleen 1-13 Kildimo/Pallaskenry 0-14 Fr. Casey’s 3-15 Na Piarsaigh 4-3.
County Senior Football Championship Relegation Final
Ballylanders 1-15 Claughann 1-12
County Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Finals
Dromcollogher/Broadford 0-9 St. Patrick’s 0-8 Rathkeale 0-8 Galbally 0-7
County Premier Junior A Football Championship Quarter Finals
Feenagh/Kilmeedy 1-13 Kilteely/Dromkeen 0-6 Cappagh 2-9 Mountcollins 1-8
County Premier Junior A Football Championship Relegation Final
Athea 1-13 Bruff 1-4
County Junior A Football Championship Quarter Final
Ballybricken/Bohermore 6-14 Monaleen 5-14
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Hospital/Herbertstown 2-14 Knockainey 2-13 Murroe/Boher 3-23 Bruree 3-19
County Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Mungret/St. Paul’s 1-18 St. Patrick’s 0-16 Kilteely/Dromkeen 2-12 Monagea 1-21 Caherline 0-22
Couty Junior B Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Ballybrown 2-18 Granagh Ballingarry 3-12
South Junior B Hurling Championship Semi Final Replay
Bruree 3-16 Camogue Rovers 2-12
East Junior B Hurling Championship Final
Murroe/Boher 2-15 South Liberties 2-14
County Intermediate Hurling Championship
Semi Final Preview:
All roads lead to Fedamore on this Saturday 14th October at 3pm for the eagerly awaited clash of 2021 and 2022 defeated semi-finalists Granagh Ballingarry and Murroe-Boher in the Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final. Tremendous support is anticipated for both clubs as Granagh Ballingarry bid to reach their first final since 2005 when they defeated Glenroe 4-10 to 3-10 at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock and Murroe Boher, a first since 1999 when they defeated Knockainey 1-14 to 12 at Caherconlish. Saturday is a rematch of the recent final group stage game won 2-24 to 0-17 by Granagh Ballingarry at UL North Campus. Granagh Ballingarry finished top of the group 2 on ten points with five straight wins over Knockainey Feohanagh Castlemahon, Croom St. Kieran’s and Murroe Boher to qualify straight for the semi-final and Murroe Boher third on four with wins over St. Kieran’s and Croom and defeat to Feohanagh Castlemahon, Knockainey and Granagh Ballingarry to qualify for the quarter final meeting with Bruree who they defeated to set up this Saturday’s semi final on merit after playing a lot of good hurling on the way.
Result Group 2:
Round 1 Granagh Ballin-garry 1-26 Knockainey 1-13 Feohanagh Castlemahon 1-18 Murroe/Boher 1-13.
Round 2 Granagh Ballingarry 3-21 Feohanagh Castlemahon 0-8 Murroe Boher 0-22 St Kieran’s 0-13.
Round 3 Granagh Ballingarry 4-28 Croom 1-14 Knockainey 1-23 Murroe Boher 0-17
Round 4 Granagh Ballingarry 0-20 St. Kieran’s 0-11 Murroe Boher 1-29 Croom 1-17
Round 5 Granagh Ballin-garry 2-24 Murroe Boher 0-19 Knockainey 2-14 St. Kieran’s 0-16
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Murroe Boher 3-23 Bruree 3-19
Granagh Ballingarry Panel, Denis O’Connor, Eoin Casey, John Kealy, Brian Sheehy, Colm Noonan, Jack Cagney, Ronan Mullane, Josh Quelle Mulcare, Darragh Casey, Mike Russell, Cathal O’Keeffe, Sean O’Connor, Paudie Murphy, Luke Flynn, Damien O’Dono-van, Keith O’Kelly, David Condron (captain), Niall Cahill, Eoin Horgan, Eoin Lynch, Donal O’Grady, Mark O’Shea, Eoin Herlihy, Thomas O’Donovan, Padraig McKenna, Pat Carroll, Brendan Lynch, Edward Sheehy, Owen Lynch, Jack Hartnett, Gearoid Lynch, Ger Ryan, John O’Grady and Sean Murphy.
Manager: Michael Clancy. Coach: Ger Kelleher.
Selectors: Donal Walsh, Donagh McCarthy, Eoin Kennedy. Stats: James Flynn. First Aid: Niamh O’Keeffe. Physio: Caolann Scott. Team Doctor: Dr. Cian Cagney. Backroom support: Graham Russell, Bobby Houlihan, Andrew Holmes, Darragh O’Grady, Stephen Stapleton, Cormac McCarthy and Darren Clifford.
Murroe Boher Panel:
Killian Quaid, Dylan Ryan, Cillian Burns, Liam Quaid, Finn Hourigan, Darragh Kennedy, Euon Sheridan, Mark Nicholas, Jack Nicholas (joint captain), Sean Tobin, Michael Ryan, Paudie McNamara, Mike Ryan (joint captain), Conor Foley, Aaron Kennedy Cathal Barry, Gavin Ryan, Sean O’Brien, Eoin Burke, Kevin Clohessy, Joe Keays, Ross Kennedy, David Hickey, Brian O’Keeffe, Ruaidhri Casey.
Manager: Tomas Butler. Selectors: Kevin Tobin, Willie Walsh, Tony Leahy. Physio: Sarah O’Sullivan. Kitman: Mike Moore. Team Doctor: Dr. Cian Cagney. Backroom support: Graham Russell, Bobby Houlihan, Andrew Holmes, Darragh O’Grady, Stephen Stapleton, Cormac McCarthy and Darren Clifford.
A proverbial mouth-watering clash awaits with either side fearing the other and both confident of victory. So this Saturday 14th October at 4pm in Fedamore GAA Grounds is the place for all Granagh Ballingarry fans to cheer on the boys in black and green and their manage-ment team to victory and a place in the Limerick County Intermediate Hurling Championship final for the first time since 2005 when they defeated Glenroe 4-10 to 9-10 at Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock on Sunday 9th October, where current team manager Michael Clancy and selectors Donagh McCarthy and Eoin Kennedy were members of the victories Granagh Ballingarry side and Eoin Kennedy with 3-3 won the man of the match award.
Pre Purchase of the 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 Board are pre-purchase those can be purchased online via the Universe system.
County Senior Scór Final:
Granagh/Ballingarry will be represented by Johnny O’Riordan who will be singing ‘Where Corby and Shannon Flow’ in solo singing in the Limerick County Senior Scór Finals which takes place on this Saturday 14th October in the Community Hall, Askeaton at 7pm. The question time final (team of four) will be held at Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse on this Friday 13th October at 7.30pm and Granagh/Ballingarry will be represented by Stephen Stapleton, Jimmy Chawke, Pat Herlihy and Seamus Twomey. Your support for our solo singer Johnny O’Riordan and our question time team would be appreciated.
October County Club Draw:
The next Limerick County GAA Club draw is on Saturday 28th October with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prizes to be won: 2nd €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1000, 5th exclusive prize of €500 voucher, 6th/9th 500, 10th/13th €300, 14th/30th €200 GranaghBallingarry had 117 members in the September draw and three winners to date, Claire Herlihy €3,000 in August, Niamh O’Keeffe and Brian €300 each in September. If you would like to still renew your membership: limerickgaa.ie/clublimerick-draw-signup and select Granagh Ballin-garry 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 196031.
Note: all new members for the next draw must be in by Wednesday 25th October.
1973 Keeping the Dream Alive:
The story of Limerick’s historic All Ireland Hurling success 50 years ago. This book, which costs €30, 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. The book will be launched on Sunday 5th November at Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel, Adare at 6pm. The 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. For more information contact James Condon 085-14367727, Liam O’Brien 087-7557898 or Niall Deegan 087-2789120.
Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club’s tops, hoodies, tracksuits, jackets, shorts and socks can now be ordered online at www.larochasports.ie product-category/clubs/granagh/ballingarry
€1,800 Jackpot on Saturday:
There was no winner of the €1,700 jackpot in the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club lottery draw on Saturday 7th October in Denny’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 5, 11, 14 and 17. The lucky dip winners of €20 each were Catherine O’Sullivan, Ollie O’Brien, Michael O’Rourke jnr, David and Josh Meehan. The next draw for a jackpot of €1,800 will take place on Saturday 14th October in McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballingarry. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops, bars and from promoters. You can also play the weekly draw online and the link is available on the club’s Facebook and Twitter which finishes at 6pm every Saturday.
Check out our club website at www.granagh-ballingarry.ie 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.
Thursday 12th October
County Senior Hurling Cup Semi Final
Adare v Ahane in Adare at 7.30pm.
Friday 13th October
Limerick County Senior Scór Question Time Final in Mungret/St. Paul’s GAA Clubhouse at 7.30pm.
Saturday 14th October
County Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final
Na Piarsaigh v Doon in Páirc nan Gael at 3pm.
County Senior Hurling Cup Semi Final
South Liberties v Monaleen in Cappamore at 3pm.
County Premier Inter-mediate Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Effin v Blackrock in Bruff at 2pm; Bruff v Dromin/Athlacca in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 4pm.
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Croagh/Kilfinny v Hospital/Herbertstown in Ballyagran at 1pm.
Granagh/Ballingarry v Murroe Boher in Fedamore at 4pm.
County Junior A Hurling Relegation Semi Final:
Staker Wallace v Claughaun at 3pm.
County Senior Scór Finals
In Askeaton Community Hall at 7pm.
Sunday 15th October
County Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final
Kilmallock v Patrickwell in Páirc na nGael at 3pm.
County Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Finals
Mungret/St. Paul’s v Monagea in Adare at 1pm.
Feenagh/Kilmeedy v Kilteely/Dromkeen in Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock at 1pm.