Western Gaels brought the John Daly Cup back west after a 20-year gap in 1961 and the following is a record of the 1961 Limerick County Hurling and Football Championship Finals with Western Gaels, a team drawn from the junior hurling clubs in the western division that brought the Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship title and the John Daly Cup to the West Division for the first time in 20 years since Croom in 1941.

County Senior Hurling Championship Final 1961

Western Gaels 7-4

Treaty Sarsfields 0-9

Western Gaels, a team drawn from the junior clubs in West Limerick caused a sensation and certainly made their presence felt in the 1961 Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship. Kilmallock hurlers surprised many pundits when they ran out comfortable winners over Claughaun by 4-5 to 0-4 in the 1960 Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship Final at Páirc na nGael on September 11th with Jack Quaid RIP as referee.

The Kilmallock boys’ reign as champions was short-lived however as the hurlers of Western Gaels comprised of players from Feenagh/Kilmeedy, Adare, Coolcappa/Ardagh, St. Mary’s Rathkeale, Newcastlewest, Granagh/Ballingarry and Knockaderry beat the champions narrowly in the 1961 semi final at Bruree on 20th August. Old Christians beat Treaty Sarsfields in the other semi final by 2-8 to 3-4 but lost out on an objection when disqualified by the Munster Council.

The Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship Final at Páirc na nGael on 8th October 1961 was a disappointing affair which Western Gaels won readily by 7-4 to 0-9 for Treaty Sarsfields captained by Tom Galvin, Feenagh/Kilmeedy to bring the Limerick County Senior Hurling Championship and the John Daly Cup to the West Division for the first time in 20 years since Croom in 1941.

Western Gaels: Liam Scanlan (Feenagh/Kilmeedy), Tom Galvin captain (Feenagh/Kilmeedy), Willie Sheahan (Adare), Jack Enright (Coolcappa/Ardagh), Jim McEnery (St. Mary’s Rathkeale), Matt O’Connor (Newcastlewest), Michael O’Brien (Feenagh/Kilmeedy), Gerry Fitzgerald (St. Mary’s Rathkeale), Rory Kiely (Feenagh/Kilmeedy), Paddy Sammon (Newcastlewest).

Treaty Sarsfields: Gerry Kelly goal, Michael (Benny) Fitzgibbon, Paddy Hickey, Billy O’Callaghan, Joe Dawson, Kevin Long, Tom Meagher, Jimmy Fitzgibbon, Tom Meaney, Ambrose Lawlor, Pascal Ryan, Frankie O’Donoghue, Michael O’Connor, Michael McInerney and Joe Sherlock.

Referee: Gerry Lowry (Croom).

County Senior Football Championship Final 1961

Oola 0-4

Western Gaels 0-2

Western Gaels, a team drawn from the junior football clubs in western Limerick, winners of the Limerick County Senior Football Championship title in 1963 and 1960, were back in the decider again in 1961 at Páirc na nGael on 26th November where their brave bid for back-to-back County Senior Football Championship titles and a hurling and football double failed to surprise following a two-point 0-4 to 0-2 defeat to Oola which saw them take their fifth Limerick County Senior Football Championship title a first since 1925 in a low scoring and exciting game.

Oola: John O’Donovan goal, Kieran Burke, Willie Gubbins captain, James O’Donovan, William Ryan, Jimmie Blake, Jimmy Hayes, Tommy Berry, Albie Heuston, Paddy Ryan, Dan Casey, Davy Quirke, Joe Meagher, Pakie Heuston, Seamus Cunningham.

Western Gaels: John Downes goal, Jack Quaid, John Colloty, Donie Nestor, Basil Fitzgibbon, John McMahon, Eddie Walsh, Francie Kenny, Pat Neville, Denis O’Grady, Peter Neville, Tom Carrig, Michael Allen, John Quaid, Brian Neville.

Referee: Christy Mannix (Claughaun)

County Junior Hurling Championship Final 1961


St. Mary’s Rathkeale…..1-6

City side Monaleen were crowned Limerick County Junior Hurling champions for the first time with a hard fought two-point 1-6 to 1-4 victory over west champions St. Mary’s Rathkeale in the 1961 decider at Kilmallock on Sunday 19th November.

Monaleen: Noel Crowe, Leo Morrison, Mick Fitzpatrick, Tommy Dillon, Dave Fitzpatrick, Paddy Dillon, Noel Moynihan, Joe Grimes, Liam McKenna, Seamus Moynihan, Mick Duggan, Paddy Flynn, Tony McMahon, John O’Dwyer, Eamonn Cosgrove.

St. Mary’s Rathkeale: Pa Clancy, Tom McNamara, P. Ryan, S. McDonnell, D. Culhane, Tom Markham, J. McEnery, M. McNamara, G. Fitzgerald, Jim McEnery, Gerry Curtin, L. Dowling, F. Neenan, J. Wilmot, P. Doherty.

Referee: Denis Barrett, Bruff

Granagh Ballingarry GAA 2

CountyJunior Football Championship Final 1961



Ballysteen won their second Limerick CountyJunior Football championship a first since 1946 with a hard fought four point 1-6 to 1-2 victory over city side Monaleen in the 1981 decider played at Bruff on 11th April 1962.

Ballysteen players John Downes, John Connolly, Denis Nestor, Liam O’Shaughnessy, Eddie Walsh, John McMahon, Brasil Fitzgibbon, Michael Danahan, Francie Kenny, M. Kenneally, Tommy Carrig, Pat Neville, John Kenneally, Michael Walsh, D. McMahon, D. Nealon, Mikie Allen and James Byrne.

County Minor Football Championship Final 1961

Claughaun defeated 3-4 to 1-2 by Askeaton in the 1961 Limerick County Minor Football Championship final were back in the decider again the following year. Where the boys from the Childer’s Road got their reward when beating Hospital-Herbertstown after an exciting game at Bruff on 27th August 1961 to take their third Limerick County Minor Football Championship crown a first since 1956.

County Minor Hurling Championship Final 1961



Kilmallock wont heir second Limerick County Minor Hurling Championship a first since 1955 with an emphatic 24 point 4-13 to 0-1 victory over Doon in the 1961 decider at Pairc nan Gael on Sunday 10th September 1961.

The winning line out was Kilmallock: T. O’Mahony, R. Gould, P. O’Sullivan, M. Cotter, B. Magner, E. Rea, F. Birrane, P. McCarthy, J. Brazill, M. Moloney, J. Kiely, S. Naughton, J. Moran, H. Keane and B. Savage.

County Under 16 Football Championship Final 1961

St. Patrick’s……4-4


St. Patrick’s won their fourth and back-to-back Limerick County under 16 Football Championship crown with an impressive fifteen point 4-4 to 0-1 victory over west champions Knockaderry in the 1961 decider at Bruff.

County Under 16 Hurling Championship Final 1961


Claughaun……2-3 Replay

1961 was a very successful year on the playing fields for Knockaderry juvenile players, winning the West Hurling and football championship double. They lost the County under 16 football championship final to a strong St. Patrick’s fifteen and finished level with city champions Claughaun in the County Hurling decider after a pulsating game at Pairc na nGael on 8th October 1961. Where on the same day Jim Begley from Knockaderry won a County Senior Hurling Championship medal with Western Gaels who defeated Treaty Sarsfields. The County under 16 Hurling Championship final replay was fixed for Bruree two weeks later, where Knockaderry were crowned Limerick County Under 16 Hurling Champions for the first time on a scoreline of Knockaderry 4-3, Claughaun 2-3.

Knockaderry players: Jas Meehan, Willie Quaid, Gerry Butler, P. Meehan, Sean Walsh, Con Danaher, Tom Frawley, Moss Meehan, John Mackessy, Paddy Hennessy, Jack Hennessy, Jim Hennessy, Paudie Dowling, Paddy Corkery, Moss Walsh, John Collum, Gerry Hennessy, John Hennessy and Eve Gallahue.

Cheque Presentation To National Schools

Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club were delighted to present both Granagh and Ballingarry National Schools with a cheque each for €4,000 each half of the proceeds from the club 48 hours community run held on the weekend of Friday March 26th to Sunday March 28th.

2020 and the early months of 2021 have been incredibly difficult for everyone in our club and parish. It was so heartening therefore to see such generosity for our fundraising event which raised a staggering €15,579. This was almost double raised the club target amount at the outset, so were blown away to receive such phenomenal support. It was fantastic to see so many people out and about for their one hour run, in a safe and healthy manner. In addition to our locally based club members we also had participants from London to Leitrim, Cork to Canada and even one or two from Sydney, making it a truly International event.

The Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club officials members and players would like to formally thank both schools, their principals, teachers, staff and pupils for allowing the club to fundraise on their behalf. It has been a challenging time financially for many families and organisations in the parish, so we hope the monies raised will benefit the community as a whole. In the coming

months better lies ahead and we all look forward to a return to normality, in the classroom and on the field of play. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you all to our refurbished clubhouse for its official unveiling when safe to do so.

Thanks to Andrew Holmes, Chairman Adrian Farragher, Treasurer, Stephen Stapleton, Bord na nOg, Chairman and Pat Carroll representing Granagh-Ballingarry Intermediate Hurling team who were on hand on Wednesday 14th April to present a cheque of €4,000 to both Granagh and Ballingarry National Schools.


The Granagh/Ballingarry Cul Camp will take place on the club grounds in Ballingarry from Monday July 5th to Friday 9th July. Booking is now accepted online at

We look forward to welcoming all the children to the Granagh/Ballingarry GAA Club camp this July.


Croke Park and the County Board has advised clubs to inform players that the Player Injury Scheme for 2021 will not cover for loss of wages. Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club officials encourage all adult club players to consider getting personal injury insurance to cover loss of wages before the various competitions and championships resume, as the club will not be in a position financially to cover loss of wages for players injured while playing in an official sanctioned game or training session.


The Irish Hospice Foundation have developed a free bereavement resource pack for anybody grieving in these very difficult times. It includes advice on coping with grief, funerals in exceptional times and supporting children/young people It can be downloaded…/support-grieving-in


The Granagh/Ballingarry Covid 19 volunteer group would like to remind parishioners that their delivery service is still up and running. Elderly, vulnerable or anybody who cannot leave their homes to get groceries or medication can ring O’Grady’s, O’Gorman’s, Snow’s and O’Riordan’s Pharmacy. You can give them your order and pay them over the phone or put it on your account. They will contact a member of the delivery team to drop them to your door. We ask you to please avail of this service as we all want to work together to keep our community safe.

201 LIAM

The official number plate 201 Liam are now available for sale in shops in Limerick county and city. Please support this fundraiser as all the proceeds go to the Limerick team training fund.


The Limerick GAA online shop is now live. Shop all things Limerick GAA from the website.

2020 Hurling All Ireland, 2020 Hurling All Ireland signed jersey, 2020 Hurling All Ireland signed photo, package deals, new 2021 jersey, 2021 commemoration jersey. All funds raised go towards the training of the Limerick hurlers and footballers


Are you interested in becoming a referee? Think you can do better? Then put your whistle where your mouth is and become a GAA referee!

Why become a GAA referee?

Stay involved with the game as an alternative to playing.

It’s a great way to keep fit.

Could you referee a County Final or All Ireland?

Learn more about the game. Give something back off players at the end of their playing days the opportunity to continue in the sport.

It helps to develop personal skills that are of value in all walks of life.

What qualities are required to become a GAA referee?

Good knowledge of the playing rules. Be physically and mentally fit. Have the ability to remain calm. Have the moral courage to take decisions which are correct.

If interested please forward your details a.s.a.p. to Patsy Coffey, Cappamore 087 9160344 or Mike Sexton, Bruree 087 9188375.


The County C.C.C. has informed clubs of the following decision with regard to the running of the remaining 2020 hurling and football county championships.

U21 Premier A/B 13-1-side Football Championship abandoned.

Minor premier and A/B Football Championship Finals will be played at the next available date.

County Junior A Hurling Championship Semi Finals and Final will be played at the next available date.

County and Divisional Junior B Hurling and Football Championship will be played at the next available date (county only will go ahead if time permits). Clubs will be afforded sufficient lead time to train prior to the commencement of their respective championships.


Intercounty adult training resumes on Monday 19th April. Underage club training resumes on Monday 26th April in pods of 15. Neither adult or underage teams may train collectively and club games are not permitted but county league games are permitted from May 8th with the opening round of the hurling league. Any breach of the regulations will be dealt with as per appropriate rule.

April County Club Draw

The next Limerick County Clubs Draw is on Saturday 24th April with a top prize of €10,000. There are a host of other prices to be won. Second prize €3,000, 3rd €2,000, 4th €1,000 and 5th to 9th €500, 10th to 13th €250, 14th to 30th €100. There will again be an exclusive monthly prize to be won. Entry to the draw is just €10 per month with the option of join our own ten monthly draw and County Club Dra for €150. Granagh-Ballingarry had 117 members in the March draw with North Farragher winning €100. If you would like to renew your membership, please follow the link and select Granagh-Ballingarry GAA club and the number of draws you wish to sign up for. You may also contact the Granagh-Ballingarry GAA Club draw co-ordinator Stephen Stapleton on 086-1960301. Note: all new

names to be included in April 24th draw must be in by Wednesday 21st April at 12 noon. Please support.

Limerick Face Tipperary in Opening League Tie

Details of Limerick’s opening games in defence of their Allianz 2 National Hurling League Division 1 title have been revealed. Hat-trick seeking Limerick are set to begin the defence of their title on Saturday May 8th against 2019 All Ireland champions Tipperary on Saturday 8th May at 5.30pm. In the second round Limerick will travel to Salthill to face Galway at Pearse Stadium on Sunday 16th May at 3.45pm.

Limerick’s remaining league fixtures will be against Westmeath, Waterford and Cork.

There will be no quarter finals, semi-finals or final instead there will be joint winners of if teams that win in Division 1A and B meet in the championship that game will double as a league final. The Division 1 Hurling League relegation play-off will act as a curtain-raiser to the All-Ireland Senior semi-final in August.

National Football League Division 3 South

Limerick, Wicklow, Offaly and Munster champions Tipperary play in Division 3 of the Allianz South National Football League this season. The top two teams qualify for the semi finals against the top two teams in Division 3 North. The bottom two teams in each division enter relegation play-offs with the losers relegated to Division 4 for 2022.

Munster Hurling Championship 2021

Quarter Final: Clare v Waterford.

Semi Finals: Limerick (holders) v Cork. Tipperary v Clare or Waterford.

Note: opening round losers will get an opportunity to progress in qualifiers.

Munster Senior Football Championship 2021 (Knock-out)

Quarter Finals: Limerick v Waterford, Clare v Kerry.

Semi Finals: Tipperary (holders) v Clare or Kerry, Cork v Limerick or Waterford.


Due to the changed financial circumstances of many at this difficult time the closing date for membership of Granagh/Ballingarry Club for 2021 is extended to July 1st. Fees are €40 for adult players (€120 with club draw), €20 for students and non-players, €15 for Bord na nÓg (€120 per family), non-players who pay €100 club draw fee in full will automatically become members for 2021. Fees should be paid on or before July 1st to club registrar John Carroll or any club official.

To train or play for the club you have to be insured. If you have not yet registered, we ask you to do so, it is generally felt by club officers that any member or player should feel obliged to get their membership paid a.s.a.p and we must reiterate that people who have not paid will not be covered by insurance or entitled to any privileges whatsoever from our club.

€12,800 Jackpot on Saturday

There was no winner of the €12,700 jackpot in the lottery held on Saturday 17th April. The numbers drawn were 12, 16, 17 and 25. Lucky dips of €20 each went to Martha O’Kelly, Dinny Ahern promoter Seán Crosby, Pat Cagney promoter Paschal Moynihan, Andrew Holmes promoter, Johnny Mulcahy (senior), Paddy Hennessy promoter.

The next draw will be held this Saturday 24th April for a jackpot of €12,800. Tickets are €2 each or three for €5 are on sale in local shops and from promoters.

Thank you for your continued support.