Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club Notes:

63 Teams in 14th Annual Knockfierna King of the Hill:
A record sixty-three teams completed the course in the 14th Annual Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club King of the Hill Road Hurling challenge in ideal conditions on St. Stephen’s Day.
Adult competitions first place were David Condron, Pa Shelton and Jack Cagney with a very creditable score of 51 shots.
Family section: Mary, Tom and Kate Horgan won the tenth annual family section with 55 shots. Thank you to all sixty-three teams who completed the course of our hosts Seamus and Janet Twomey and family of the Rock Bar, Granagh. Thank you also to John Carroll of Larochasports Gear for their sponsorship co-ordinator Niall Carroll, the organising committee and the volunteers who helped on the day. The total amount raised was €1,725 which will go towards the club’s new training field.

Delayed March County Club Draw:
The much-delayed March 2023 Limerick County GAA Club draw is on this Saturday 6th January 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, 5th exclusive star prize €500 voucher, 6th to 9th €500, 10th to 13th €300, 14th to 30th €200. Granagh Ballingarry had had 117 members in the November draw and three winners to date – Claire Herlihy €3,000 in August, Niamh O’Keeffe, Brian Burke €300 each in September and Joanne Kelly €200 in December. Thank you to who joined the draw through our club in 2023 and if you wish to renew your membership for 2024, please follow the links and select Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086-1960301. Note the first draw for 2024 is on Saturday 30th March.

Club Membership 2024:
Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club membership fees for 2024 are fixed at €100 to include membership of club draw. Bord nan Óg players €40 (€90 maximum for two or more players). No family membership. Players to register online to pay fees through Foireann at as per official guide.

2024 Club Draw/Lottery:
The new Granagh Ballingarry GAA 2024 club draw will be held quarterly with €2,000 in prizes. 1st €1,000 and ten prizes of €100 with the option to join the club weekly lottery and draw for €150 and clubdraw/lottery/county club draw for €200. If you wish to renew your membership, please contact your promoter on or before Sunday 31st Mach with your fees.

Presentation Dinner Dance:
All roads will lead to the Longcourt Hotel, Newcastle West on Friday March 1st for a night of nostalgic celebration at the Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club 2023 Intermediate and Junior B Hurling medal presentation function. Music will be provided by Free Bees followed by a disco. More details in the coming weeks.

2024 GAA National Club Draw:
Granagh Ballingarry GAA Club are promoting the 2024 National Club Draw. There is no financial cost to the club to get involved as all costs of tickets and prizes are covered by central council. In addition to maintaining the proceeds for all tickets sold by the club, any club who sells a minimum of 200 tickets automatically gets into a draw to win €1,000.
Main Draw
Amazing prizes await in the 2024 draw. Imagine driving away in a brand-new Dacia Sandero car, landing bigger cash prizes than ever before, or enjoying weekend packages to the thrilling All-Ireland Finals.
Club Specific Draw
A draw will take place whereby 3 clubs will receive €5,000. Another draw will take place whereby 1 club in each county will receive €1,000. The club with the highest ticket sales in each province will receive €1,000. To qualify for these draws a club must abide by the following terms and conditions: Sell a minimum of 200 tickets Record all sold tickets on the online ticketing system. Account for all funds raised through the draw separately in the club accounts. Adhere to all terms and conditions of the draw which are outlined on the back of the tickets. €10 per ticket.
Prizes Include
1st All new Dacia Sandero car, 2nd €10,000 cash prize, 3rd and 4th All Ireland hurling and football final package 2024. The complete package for 2 includes premium tickets for the All-Ireland Hurling and Football final, overnight accommodation in the Croke Park Hotel on both weekends and dinner for two included. 5th to 7th prize: All Ireland Football Final including overnight accommodation for two nights (Saturday and Sunday) in the Croke Park Hotel and dinner for two on the Saturday evening. 8th to 10th prize: All-Ireland Football Final including overnight accommodation for two nights (Saturday and Sunday) in the Croke Park Hotel and dinner for two on the Saturday evening.
Tickets are €10 and will go on sale in the coming weeks in local shops, bars and from promoters.

County U21 A Hurling Championship Final
Coshlea Gaels 1-23 Murroe Boher 1-20
County Premier Under 21 Hurling Championship Final
Mungret St. Paul’s 0-14 Monaleen 0-12
County Premier Under 21 Football Championship Semi Finals
Mungret St. Paul’s 1-1 Monaleeen 1-6
Fr. Casey’s 2-8 Newcastle West 1-4
County Premier Under 21 Football Championship final
Mungret St Paul’s 1-6 Fr. Casey’s 0-8 (AET)
County U21 A Football championship semi final
Oola 4-17 Na Piarsaigh 4-2
Ballylanders 0-11 Ballysteen 0-6
County U21 B football championship final
Oola -11 Ballylanders 0-14 (AET) (Oola won 3-2 on penalties)
County U21 B Football championship semi final
Dromcollogher Broadford 4-6 Cappagh Rathkeale 1-5
County U21 B Football championship final
Dromcollogher Broadford 2-13 Ahane 3-4

Any Granagh-Ballingarry player wishing to be regraded from Intermediate to Junior B hurling for 2024 should contact club secretary John Lynch as soon as possible as forms must be returned to the County Secretary before the end of January.

First Meeting of 2024:
Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club will hold their first special general meeting of 2024 in Ballingarry Clubhouse on Thursday 18th January at 8pm sharp. All club members, particularly team managers and players are asked to attend. This is an important meeting as a lot of business will be dealt with on the night to help with the running of the club for 2024.

Club Gear:
Granagh-Ballingarry club tops, hoodies, tracksuits, jackets, shorts and socks can now be ordered online at

There was no winner of the €2,900 jackpot in the Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Saturday 30th December in Buckley’s Bar, Ballingarry. The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 9 and 12. The lucky dips of 20 each went to Seamus Stapleton, promoter online; Carmel O’Carroll, promoter The Rock Bar, Granagh, Pat Joe O’Connor, promoter Denis O’Connor, Conor O’Keeffe, promoter Conor O’Keeffe. The next draw for a jackpot of €3,000 will be held on Saturday 6th January in Condron’s Ballingarry. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 and are on sale in local shops, bars and from promoters. You can now also play the weekly draw online and the link to play is available on the club Facebook or Twitter, which finishes at 6pm every Saturday. Thank you for your continued support.

Club Website:
Check out our website at for all the latest club news. Our club website is updated regularly and is well worth a visit. You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Club Diary:
Wednesday 3rd January:
McGrath Cup Senior Football Group A Round 1: Kerry v Tipperary in Austin Stack Park, Tralee at 7.30pm.
McGrath Cup Senior Football Group B Round 1 Clare v Cork, Cooraclare at 7pm.
Saturday 6th January:
McGrath Cup Senior Football Group A Round 2: Limerick v Kerry in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 2pm.
McGrath Cup Senior Football Group B Round 2 Waterford v Clare in Lemybrien at 2pm.
All Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship semi-finals: Gael Fiodh Almhaine Kildare v St. Patrick’s/Cullyhanna Armagh in Pairc Tailteann at 1pm.
Castlerea/St. Kierans Roscommon v Cill na Martra in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise 2.30pm.
All Ireland Junior Club Football Championship semi-finals: Laherdane MacHales, Mayo v Listowel Emmets Kerry in O’Connor Park, Tullamore at 1pm.
St. Patrick’s Arva Cavan v Milltown, Westmeath in the Downs, Westmeath at 1pm
Sunday 7th January:
Munster Senior Hurling League Group 1 Round 1: Cork v Limerick in Mallow at 2pm.
Munster Senior Hurling League Group B Round 2: Waterford v Tipperary in Fraher Field, Dungarvan at 2pm.
All Ireland Senior Club Football Championship Semi-finals: St. Brigid’s Roscommon v Castlehaven, Cork in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 1.45pm.
Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin v Glen, Derry in Pairc Esler Newry at 3.45pm.
Wednesday 10th January
Munster Senior Hurling League Group A Round 2: Clare v Limerick in Sixmilebridge at 7pm.

Happy New Year:
Wishing a happy new year to all in out club, to our friends in the Weekly Observer/Vale Star, and to people everywhere who have read our column over the past 31 years.