GRANAGH BALLINGARRY GAA CLUB NOTES
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club will be held on Friday 18th December at 8.30pm in the Clubhouse, Ballingarry if the current restrictions are eased, but if the restrictions are still in place, we will endeavour to move to an online format. In this case all paid up club members who wish to receive a link to join the meeting must send a text to An Runai at 087-2912356 or email secretary.granaghballingarry.limerickatgaa.ie with your email address by Wednesday 9th December. Secretary John Lynch in his 29th successive annual reports states that the year under review due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic which has had and continues to have a massive effect as we know on all aspects of live and specifically led to a pause on all our club games and activities on two occasions from Thursday 12th March to Monday 19th June and Monday 5th October until further notice.
Adrian Farragher will give the treasurers report and Andrew Holmes the Chairman’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 2021 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.
Note: Nomination and motion papers can be downloaded on Facebook and must be returned directly to the Secretary John Lynch, The Bungalow, Granagh, Kilmallock, Co. Liimerick. Any club members who may not have access to email/Facebook can contact the secretary at 087-2912356 to receive a hard copy of notice and nomination and motion papers.
Mike Chawke All Round Versatile Sportsman
Mike Chawke is one of the most versatile sportsmen from Granagh who played soccer, rugby and gaelic football with hurling his first sport. His late father Jackie from Ballyvologue who won West and County minor hurling honours with Granagh in 1939 and West and County junior A Championship honours in 1942, with that Granagh side captained by his cousin Ned Chawke. Mike was a regular on the Granagh junior and senior hurling teams for many years. His hurling career began when he won West and County under 16 championship honours with Ballingarry in 1969 and West and County minor hurling championship in 1971 with that Ballingarry side captained by Davy Clifford. He attended St. Munchin’s College, Limerick where he played rugby and soccer. With Granagh junior hurlers he partnered Tommy Tracy in midfield on the 3-in-a-row team that won the West Championship in 1974-75-76. His brother John who played County Minor and under 21 hurling with Limerick was also on that team. Mike had the honour of being captain when Granagh won the West and County Junior A hurling championship in 1976 defeating Ballingarry in the West and Staker Wallace after a replay in the County final. He played minor hurling and football with Limerick in 1971 and senior football with Limerick from 1974 to 1976. He was a key player in midfield with Granagh under 21 footballers who lost 1-7 to 1-5 to St. Kieran’s in the 1974 West Championship final. He worked with Golden Vale Engineering from 1971 to 1976 during which time he won All-Ireland Inter-Firm hurling medal plus 3 Munster Inter-Firms. Mike went working in England in 1976 and joined Thomas MacCurtain’s GAA club based in London. With them he won the Great Britain 9-a-side championship (in Ireland it is 7-a-side). He also played with London in 1977 winning the Great Britain Championship. That year he was centre-back on the London Irish team that was beaten by Laois in the All-Ireland B hurling final in Croke Park. As a trainer he trained Granagh junior and senior hurlers in the 1970s and 80s. He trained and coached Graangh-Ballingarry camogie team to County Munster and All-Ireland senior club titles in 1998, 1999 and 2003. For many years he played
rugby with Charleville during the winter months. Mike now gives his time to coaching in Granagh National School and coach to our Intermediate Hurling team. He is an all-round versatile sportsman.
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Finals: Galway 3-23, Tipperary 2-24; Waterford 3-27, Clare 3-18.
Leinster Senior Football Championship Final: Dublin 3-21, Meath 0-9.
Joe McDonagh Cup Senior Hurling Round 4: Westmeath 2-20, Meath 1-19; Kerry 2-22, Carlow 1-23.
Munster Senior Football Championship Final: Tipperary 0-17, Cork 0-14.
Ulster Senior Football Championship Final: Cavan 1-13, Donegan 0-12.
Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling Final: Kildare 3-16, Down 0-22.
Nickey Rachard Cup Senior Hurling Final: Donegan 3-18, Mayo 0-21.
All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Semi-Finals: Antrim 0-14, Laois 0-3; Down 0-14, Meath 0-8.
All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship Semi-Finals: Armagh 2-10, Tyrone 3-4; Cavan 2-16, Roscommon 1-6.
All-Ireland Ladies Junior Football Championship Semi-Finals: Fermanagh 4-10, Limerick 4-3; Wicklow 7-11, Antrim 3-10.
All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Group1 Round 3: Roscommon 5-10, Offaly 4-4.
All-Ireland Laides Intermediate Football Championship Group 2, Round 3: Westmeath 3-11, Louth 1-10.
All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Group 4, Round 3: Clare 7-18, Sligo 0-2.
All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Group 1, Round 3: Armagh 4-12, Mayo 1-16.
Limerick Aim To Reach Second All-Ireland Final in Three Seasons
The best of luck to our own Donal O’Grady, a member of the management team and the Limerick Senior hurlers who play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday 29th November in Croke Park at 4pm, in a re-match of the 2018 final won 3-16 to 2-18 by Limerick. Sunday will be the first meeting of the counties in an All-Ireland semi-final since 1981 when the sides finished level at Limerick 1-8, Galway 0-11 in Croke Park on Sunday 2nd August. The replay two weeks later on 16th August was a free-flowing game. The Connolly borthers Joe and John combined to score 3-9 between them for Galway. Eamon Cregan was Limerick’s scorer-in-chief as he bagged 1-5, Brian Carroll scored the second Limerick goal but it couldn’t half Galway’s momentum, a 4-16 to 2-17 victory which send the westerners into a third successive All-Ireland hurling finial which they lost to Offaly.
€10,700 Jackpot on Saturday
There was no winner of the €10,600 jackpot in the Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club lottery on Saturday 21st November. The lucky dips of €20 each went to Sean English, Sean Crosby, Anthony Looney and Michael Clancy. The next draw is on Saturday 28th November for a jackpot of €10,700. We thank all our punters for their continued support.
Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club officials and players and members extend sympathy to club Chairman Andrew Holmes and the Holmes family, Kilmeedy and Ballingarry on the death of
Mary Casey (nee Holmes), Ardagh Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin and formerly of Kilmeedy, Co. Limerick. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Saturday 28th November
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Finals: Cork v Kilkenny in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 12.30pm; Galway v Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 2.15pm.
All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final: Clare v Meath in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 2.45pm.
All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Semi-Final: Armagh v Dublin in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 4.30pm.
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Kilkenny v Waterford in Croke Park at 6pm.
Joe McDonagh Cup Senior Hurling Round 5: Meath v Antrim in Pairc Tailteann at 1pm; Westmeath v Carlow in Cusack Park, Mullingar at 1pm.
Lory Meagher Cup Senior Hurling Final: Fermanagh v Lough in Croke Park at 3.30pm.
Sunday 29th November
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Limerick v Galway in Croke Park at 4pm.